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Isabella Marie Swan 〢"Phoenix" ([personal profile] occluminous) wrote2013-04-11 08:49 am

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Bella doesn't find a spare moment to practice with Feral again for a week and a half, which is just as well, since he does need time to try his hacked-together Occlumency strategy. Bella fills the time by reading her Philosopher's Stone book, twice, and following up on the leads in it, but apparently either the author did her research very thoroughly and there's nothing else to be found, or the ACAAM library just isn't that great.

The library is pretty great in some other respects, though. Whenever Bella finds herself at a loose end, she reads ahead and outlines essay assignments for the courses that are kind enough to offer syllabi so she'll be able to dash off and work on other things if the fancy takes her. She is strict about holding herself down to no more than one hour of outside-class flying a day, two on weekends, even when the weather is really nice (which it virtually always is). She got sufficiently nasty (and, for that matter, pleasant) surprises about features of the wizarding world in her first few days of immersion that she thinks it's probably a higher immediate priority to get a lot of reading in.

Then it's a Wednesday afternoon, Bella is between books, and she spots Feral at dinner.

"Hey, did you practice?" she asks him brightly.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 04:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Kinda sorta!" he says. "I'm as ready as I'm gonna get, anyway."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 04:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"I can't really tell if anything works without, you know, trying it," he shrugs.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 04:42 pm (UTC)(link)
He tries to... be not there, wherever she is.

It doesn't work.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:13 pm (UTC)(link)
He's trying to hide a lot of things. Most of his memories, for a start.

The one that comes up first involves him running in terror from his father.

His father caught him.

What followed was not pleasant.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"Aww, shit," he says with a wince. "Sorry."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," he says. "I mean - no, but yeah. It's not fun to remember what he was like, but I'm used to it."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"Nope," he agrees.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"I, uh... no," he says. "Not really. I mean, I was trying to do what you said the books said - clear my mind, move away from where you were."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"...Not... think things?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"...I am going to be so bad at that," says Feral. "So, so bad."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"I have a lot of feelings," he says with a wry grin.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
"About as well as you could put not wanting your mind read on hold, I bet."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," says Feral. "I mean, I kind of am my feelings, I don't even know what I'd be like without 'em."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
"I could keep trying," he says doubtfully.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
He shrugs. "Okay."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"What are friends for, right?" he says with a crooked grin.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Not unless you asked!"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Feral giggles. "I don't want you to catch fire either," he says.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-04-11 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"Have fun!"
nobodyelse: (⑤ made me a saint)

[personal profile] nobodyelse 2013-04-12 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
Sherlock is present.
nobodyelse: (⑫ tell me why i'm so afraid)

[personal profile] nobodyelse 2013-04-12 01:42 pm (UTC)(link)


"I see," says Sherlock.
nobodyelse: (⑧ torn-up photos on the floor)

[personal profile] nobodyelse 2013-04-12 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
He nods slowly.
nobodyelse: (⑨ when things were black and white)

[personal profile] nobodyelse 2013-04-12 04:27 pm (UTC)(link)
He nods again.