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    July 13th, 2018 at 02:55am
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    While Sage Tolipan's house was usually quite calm and under control, it was not that way on September 1st. Trying to manage to send two teenage girls off to Hogwarts was no easy tasks and the girls respectively ran around looking for last minute quills and books. Sage's mother chattered from the kitchen, awaiting for her father to return home with a car from the ministry. Sage turned around in her mirror, admiring the soft curl of her hair and tan she had gotten over the summer. She was excited for 6th year, though she can admit a bit of nerves were tangled in her stomach for all her N.E.W.T classes. She glanced across the hall at her sister, Silva, as she repacked her books and casted a wary glance to her own trunk. She probably had enough time to re-pack too. Before she could, move however, her mother called down and they were off to the catch the train.

    Not unlike Sage, Remus Lupin was a ball of excitement and nerves. His hand involuntarily searched for his Prefect badge once more. He really was hoping to live up to his expectations this year and bring Sirius and James back down to Earth. A small smile crossed his lips because he knew there would still be a few rules they'd be breaking. Flashes of nighttime adventures occupied his travel to the train until finally, he was waving goodbye to his parents. He found his friends quickly, they were at their usual cabin, and plopped down.

    "Only got a few minutes before I have to go to the other Prefects. How was your summer, Padfoot? Prongs?" He asked, with fond memories dancing in his head. He glanced around. "Where's Peter?"

    Sage found a cluster of her Ravenclaws and few of her friends from Charms club just a few cabins down and settled into their cabin. "Silva, Sage. How was your summer?" Sage went to open her mouth, but before she could, Silva began rambling about how beautiful their trip to Italy was. Sage settled into her seat, trying to look interested by her sister. She hated her twang of jealousy as everyone swooned; she was there too after all. "Yes," she said, breaking into the story, "It was really rather wonderful though. I don't think I have ever seen such quaint houses. And, of course, the food was magnificent." She wondered if her words sounded as desperate as she felt.

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    July 17th, 2018 at 02:50pm
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    Nia let out a long breath she hadn't realized she'd been holding, a part of her dreaded going back to Hogwarts because after this yeah she'd have to really decide on what she kind of N.E.W.T level courses she wanted to take. With a small smile she watched out the window as the train began to move, where had her childhood gone? Spending summers at home with parents who loated her; often putting her through pureblood classes on society and what was expected of her. Her parents still didn't know she planned on becoming a healer once she graduated Hogwarts. That had been her plan for well over four years now, but the idea of telling them really sent her mind into a tizzy.

    "Hello, Remus - how was you summer?" she asked him curiously as she took her seat next to the window. The first available car was good enough for her, though she knew him they weren't well acquainted with one another. "Better than mine I'm sure," it had to have been. He was great to study with, given that his friends didn't crash their study group to drag him away for god knows what. Being a hufflepuff to ad predominant Slytherin pureblood family was harder than if she'd been any of the other houses, she was immediately disinherited unless she married a pureblood within their choices and she was expected to get the second half of her inheritance once she had a son. The rules were barbaric to her, but if she had to - she'd make her own way; she didn't need them.
    "It was alright, spent most of it with James and his parents, might as well adopt me by now but Sirius Potter doesn't sound to nice to me," he said scrunching his nose. "aven't seen Peter yet actually - probably lost somewhere on the train, poor bloke," he said with a bark of laughter before settling back in his seat, "what about you Sage? did you see anything you sister didn't? Italy is wonderful, prefer Rome myself its a favorite out of the whole country,"
    July 18th, 2018 at 11:06am
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    Remus laugh with Sirius and James. Even with the climate that they were in now, it was these moments of joy that they had to relish. He glanced at his friends and their easy laughter and wondered how much longer they would find joy like this. In truth, while as wizards they were safe, the rest of the world, especially Muggles, were in disarray. Lost in his thoughts about the world that awaited them outside of Hogwarts, he almost didn't hear Nia.

    "Oh," Remus looked down at Nia's doe-eyes and his face softened. He didn't know much of Nia's family, but he did know that she did not lie to spend time with them. Much like Sirius, she seemed to be an outlier in her family. For a moment, he felt his stomach twist; he was an outlier too. "It was a bit uneventful. My father has been really busy at the Ministry, you know, with everything going on. I am relieved to be back, though I am nervous for school." His smile was sheepish, nervous and tentative. While he knew that Nia and him were often together late nights in the library, it wasn't so often that he found in the folds of his friends.

    Sage, whose eyes had wandered to the countryside as her sister chattered, turned to look at Sirius and felt a little flutter in her stomach. In truth, the butterflies in her stomach were unexpected. She had never thought of Sirius Black as anything other than a handsome troublemaker. Yet, his smooth nature and the way her name spilled from his lips surprised her. That, and, he was ignoring Silva's incessant chattering. "Um, yes. My dad and I went on this magnificent walk when Silva and my mom were shopping. We found this whole field of lavender and it was really lovely," she explained, her cheeks turning a bit pink.

    Silva glanced at her sister and rolled her eyes and mumbled something about the prefect meeting and needing to change as she left the cabin. Sage immediately relaxed and felt her shoulders drop. "Do you always stay with the Potters? I don't think I knew that." Not that she would know much about Sirius anyway, except they ended up in the same place today.
    July 20th, 2018 at 04:17am
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    Nia nodded a little, "Being back is...nice but at the same time it's kind of nerve-wracking. I just keep waiting for something bad to happen at home," as much as she hated to say it she knew they her parents put their loyalties to the wrong side. Nia hadn't told anyone but she didn't have plans to go home at all this year, she was separating herself from their cause much to her parent's desires. Nia remembered the day her parents charged into the school filled with a rage she'd never seen before, when she'd been placed in Hufflepuff they were beyond angry - they were downright seething. Though, nothing could be done about her house now - it was permanent.

    "Your grandfather always said you'd be the disappointment in our family, had you been a son this would have never happened. You're nothing but a traitor," 11-year-old Nia had no idea how much her life had changed that day. It wasn't until the 2nd year that she learned how to control her emotions, at school she wore them freely but at home; no one could even tell she was her family's biggest mistake.

    As she came back to reality she smiled at Remus, "Well, I hope this year lives up to whatever expectations you have," she put a hand up, "Only the good ones though," she laughed a bit, he was so handsome and intelligent. Gods how she wanted him to like her, but she hid that emotion under a thick cloak of friendliness. There was no way he would like her, he surely had other options - he was handsome enough.
    Sirius looked at her with keen interest, it'd been so long since he'd seen her. Most summers it was just he and James. Though he hoped to change that sometime soon, maybe he could convince moony and Peter to come with them to Italy next summer. Perhaps over Christmas break? " That sounds lovely, did you happen to take any pictures?" he asked her curiously, "Lily brought this muggle invention - a polaroid camera, still pictures but I'm sure I can find a way to charm it to move," Sirius was determined to make it work much to Lily's chagrin.

    "I spend most summers and holidays with them. They're really the only family I got since I left home," he admitted, it was no secret that he hated his family. They were a nasty bunch, his brother Regulus was just as bad - if not worse. Though he couldn't help but feel as if he had no choice but to stay. His bitch of a mother not letting him out of her sight, she'd be damned if another son made her look bad in front of her Dark Lord. "They're really great, maybe you could come on a break one time? Right, James?" he asked nudging his friend next to him trying to rip his attention from Lily which seemed to be more difficult than he anticipated.

    "huh?" James said looking over,"Oh yeah! sure that'd be cool," he said nodding before his gaze was drawn back to the ginger girl across from him. He'd swear she was a blood veela with how she drew him to her - or a siren if she hadn't been muggle born.
    July 20th, 2018 at 04:34am
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    Remus noticed the sad twist on Nia's face and he felt a pang of sadness in himself. She was not unlike Sirius. Remus would never forget the day that her family came throwing a fit after Sorting. He knew, deeply, that Nia was different than her family, but he wondered how she felt about his condition. Even if she didn't follow the Dark Lord, did she follow his (and most Wizards) prejudice? Even the best Wizards hated creatures like him. Yet, she was friendly and kind and her laugh filled the cabin. He smiled, a bit of a half smile and ran his hand through his hair.

    "You and me both. Listen, Nia, I have to go to the Prefect meeting, but Sirius and James should keep you company, right guys?" He asked, begging with his eyes. He hoped that Sirius would take pity on the girl and maybe she would stay around. "Gotta go be important," he said, with a wink and laugh.

    Sage was surprised that Sirius was spending so much attention to her. In truth, as handsome as he was, he seemed far more obsessed with his friends than he had ever in a girl. He barely looked at most of the girls that fawned all over him. "No, no pictures. I was 'living in the moment' as they say," she said with a laugh. She raised a brow, surprised by Lily's 'Polaroid.' "Well, it sounds interesting, I guess. Can you really get the best experience if the picture doesn't move?" She asked, curiously.

    Again, Sirius surprised her. He asked her to come see him outside of school (as if her father would allow that). Not only was Sirius from a family of Slytherins, he was also not a Wizard of status. While her father was not prejudice, he expected the best from her and her sister. Sirius, with his long hair and wild antics, would not fit into that mold. Either way, she was surprised and even more so when James agreed. "Yeah, maybe. Although, we have another long year here. Planning any trouble?" She said with a laugh.
    July 20th, 2018 at 05:00am
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    Nia nodded a little, "Of course, I'll just occupy myself; it's fine," she said shaking her head as she looked at him then curled her legs under her making sure not to take up too much room. It was times like these that she was thankful for her small size, short for her age she barely broke five foot making her the smallest of all the 7th years. Nia pulled a book out of her bag then opened the page she'd stuck her bookmark on, she had almost become a prefect but was passed up for someone else. Despite her near perfect scores and having never been in trouble, she wasn't upset at the situation just kind of felt like once again - she was lacking.

    Though, when she was alone she often thought of all the things she'd repress in the eyes of others. Her cold demeanor would change instantly once she got to the platform. Out of her mother's watchful eye. Holding herself much like a Slytherin would, as it was learned traits she had to use to survive in her household. Her third year she'd asked Dumbledore if she could just stay for the summer, and while he looked at her with sad eyes - he told her that as much as he'd like for her to - it was just not possible. The whole train ride she cried, unable to calm herself until she saw the station get closer.

    As much as she craved her parent's approval, she knew she'd never get it.
    "Am I planning trouble? Who would I be if I weren't?" he asked giving her a cheeky smile and wet his lips. "I've got a couple of plans up my sleeve, James said he is getting too old for my 'pranks'. Don't bloody know who'e is anymore with how he's acting," he said looking at his best friend pointedly as he laughed with Lily. "It's like she's got a mind control charm on'em or something downright disgusting," he chuckled a bit before looking at her.

    "I think this year will be the best one yet if you ask me," he said to her.
    July 20th, 2018 at 06:13am
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    Remus' prefect meeting was far darker than he anticipated, although it was to be expected. He knew that things were dark, but never thought they would be dark at Hogwarts too. After all, Dumbledore was there, so they had to be safe. That being said, Remus reasoned, they could also be prepared. He pulled his robes that he was carrying as he walked back to his cabin. He tried to rearrange his face so that the others didn't wonder (although he would have to discuss with James and Sirius and Peter later). They were so close to be done with school that it only seemed natural they would soon join the fray of those fighting against You-Know-Who. He could not be so confident about everyone that is in the cabin.

    Meanwhile, Sage couldn't help but wonder why Sirius seemed to be paying so much attention to her. He followed his eyes to where Lily and James sat, chuckling and looking over Lily's photos. She wondered if Sirius simply felt lonely like perhaps he needed a girl too or if he just needed someone to talk to. In truth, they were in opposite houses and lived opposite lives. Their interaction may just end with this cabin; she may as well enjoy it. She flicked her golden hair behind her and flashed a smile. "Well, it sounds like you have plans to make that happen. Let me know if you'll ever need any assistance with that trouble of yours," she said, sounding both bashful an confident at the same time.

    Remus entered the cabin at that time and plopped down across from Sage and Sirius, next to Nia. He caught just the end of Sage's words, dripping with honey. He wanted to roll his eyes. Sirius was always so passive when girls chased after him and Remus often wished he was that cool and collected. He, however, was far too nervous about his condition and everything to pursue someone; they seemed to have the opposite problems. He looked at Nia, "Pathetic, aren't they all?" He said. "Are any of you going to look up in time to change into your robes?" He said to the group, a hint of a laugh on his lips.

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    July 21st, 2018 at 01:11am
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    Nia let a smile curve her lips as she looked up, "I have the basics on already just have to put the robe on over top, not too big of a deal. You know, somehow I'm curious as to how the train isn't divided by gender, if we're meant to change on the train it'd be logical right?" She pondered as she closed her book then grabbed the small bag that her grandmother had enchanted for her to place many things inside of it. It was damn near bottomless, she had everything from books to clothes in there - it was very useful. She pulled her robe out of the bag with some struggle then sighed.

    "There we are," she said sheepishly, "and I think that chasing is overrated. This year I'm promising myself that.. if I fancy someone I'll tell them honestly," Nia had been avoiding the idea of dating her entire time at Hogwarts but she wanted romance and the experience of being sought after. She'd never even been asked out before, and she attributed that to her parentage.
    He smiled a little as he looked at him, "Sounds like a good plan then, perhaps we could plan an exuberant prank together then," he said to her smiling a little. Sirius was all for bring people to the prank side of things it definitely made things more interesting. It took him less than a month to get into trouble with James for the first time. His eyes peeked over towards Moony then smirked a little seeing how he was talking to Euphenia Sangrey - she was just his type. Quiet, shy, boom worm, attractive in her own right - definitely someone he could see hi friend settling down with. From the look in her eyes she had that just in mind as well, " Once meals have started would you sit with us?" he asked her curiously.
    July 21st, 2018 at 03:43am
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    Remus glanced down at her Nia’s bag, turning his head. “An undetachable extending charm? That’s really brilliant magic,” Remus told Nia. He wondered if she had done. He was really impressed. He wondered how skilled she must be at magic. They always studied together, but never practiced magic together. He wondered if he overlooked her. He fixed his tie and his hand fell on his prefect badge again. He moved it quickly - couldn’t risk his friends seeing him. He didn’t want them to joke about him liking Nia anymore than he wanted them to joke about him being a prefect. He looked up, catching Sirius’ eye and his cheeks flushed a bit.

    When she spoke again, though she sounded shy, she also seemed so confident. He was surprised, again. He wished he was able to be so confident and strong, knowing that he could talk to someone and tell them how he felt. He smirked, impressed by Nia’s confidence. “Your right, that’s a good plan,” he said. “I’m sure guys would really fancy that. A confident girl,” he added with a smile.

    Sage was changing into her robes, trying to hide her coy smile. She slipped her robes on over the rest of clothes for she was basically ready. She wanted to say something sassy or confident, but instead she could only smile. “Well, I suppose that could be possible. As long as you promise not to pull any of those pranks on me. I can’t afford that much trouble,” she said, flicking her hair behind her. She was surprised at herself, but she knew that only because her sister wasn’t here. As if on cue, her sister peeked through the door and cleared her throat. Sage’s cheeks turned pink, both embarrassed and worried. She shouldn’t be seen flirting with Sirius or hanging with this group anyway; she really couldn’t get in trouble.

    “Sage, come on,” Silva said. Without another word, Sage turned and left and flashed a parting smile at the group. The train began to slow and soon it stopped. Everyone in the cabin stood. The chatter of the students rose like a wave, crashing down all around them. “First years, this way,” Remus called, giving Nia a wink as he left. He pushed through the crowd, directing the first years to where Hagrid waited to escort them on the boat. The other prefects words echoed around him and he smiled, felt the purpose in his role. Sage followed behind her sister as she yelled with Remus. She saw Sirius, James, and Lily from across the crowd of people. They looked happy and joyous and she looked like a puppy. She sighed, climbing onto the carriage with her sister. “You should stay away from the likes of them,” Silva said, dismissively.
    July 25th, 2018 at 04:16am
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    Nia's cheeks turned pink when he left and she smiled as she walked over to the carriages where she would be taken up to the castle via thestral. "Hello," she smiled pulling out a container and tossing the meat down in front of it watching it scarf it up, "There you go, thank you for the ride," she said as she climbed into the carriage before sighing as a couple of 2nd years looked at her alarmed.

    "I thought it was charmed," he said with wide eyes.

    Nia shook her head, "It's a thestral, only those who have seen death can see them," she told them smiling a little, "very gentle creatures," the look of skin and bones but they were just like normal horses but they ate meat and hunted for their foods. Mostly small game like rats, rabbits and sometimes birds - never big prey and never hunted in packs.

    "How come you can see it?" one furrowed their brow and she looked down at her hands hoping they wouldn't have asked. She pulled a worn picture out of her chest pocket and showed them. On it was her grandmother and her three years ago before she'd passed away. Her grandmother had really taken to her and was the only one not pissed that she hadn't gotten into Slytherin.

    With a deep breath, she began to speak, "I was in the room when my grandmother passes away, she was very kind, nothing too horrid like you're assuming," she said seeing them relax a little before laughing nervously. When she got to the great hall she smiled taking her seat at her table and greeting a few of her friends from the previous year, but for some reason, they seemed more distant. They gave more space between them and didn't meet her eye making her frown a little, maybe this year wouldn't be as she'd hoped.
    Sirius enjoyed his conversation with Sage, he'd seen her around from time to time but he knew about her family and who they allied themselves with. Part of him hoped she would get out of it, the other part knew exactly how hard it was to rip yourself from your family. It took him a long while to figure out where he wanted to be in life, and aligning himself with the likes of Voldemort was not on his list of things to do. Pureblood elitists were nothing in his opinion - years of inbreeding amongst families to remain untainted. He made a face of disgust at the thought, he'd die before he married someone who thought that way of life was the way.
    July 25th, 2018 at 04:52am
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    Once they arrived at the castle, it was the familiar whirlwind of the first night at Hogwarts. The older students climbed on board the carriages and rattled their way to the castle. Soon, they were all filing out into the school and headed towards the Great Hall, which never ceased to amaze. This year, the candles light reflected off ornate stained glass and the room felt warm and welcoming, like coming home after a long vacation once again. Remus settled with his friends at the long wooden table and smiled, feeling joy he could not explain. If any of them were looking, they would have seen Sage casting a smile from Ravenclaw table to Sirius.

    The Headmaster, Dumbledore, stood up and raised his hands and the rushed and excited voices seemed to fall around them. “Welcome back to another year at Hogwarts, we shall begin our Sorting Ceremony,” he said, before taking his seat once more as the wooden doors opened. In filed McGonagall with a stream of scared little faces, marveling at the Great Hall. She explained the ceremony, the hat sang its song, and the names began.

    Sage was quite settled in with her friends and felt relieved that there was quite some distance between herself and her sister. She wondered if anyone ever noticed the tension between them as they settled down, a few seats apart. "Oh, I just love watching their little faces,” Sage to said to her friends with a smile. She remember explicitly how it felt to be that small and to be waiting to be sorted. It was the only time she wanted to have the same journey as her sister; sometimes she wished they weren't in the same house at all. She felt an inexplicable pull to look towards the Gryffindor table and she used each new Gryffindor as an excuse to cast her eyes in that direction.
    July 30th, 2018 at 04:03pm
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    Nia smiled and greeted the new 1st years, they were so small - had she been that small when her parents decided she was a failure to their family? The thought disturbed her so she stopped looking and instead opted to read a book till dinner was served. She was surrounded by a group of first years who were eagerly asking her questions; which she answered as they were asked. It wasn't long before they too disappeared from her side after realizing who she was making her sigh. There were at least three spaces on either side of her - once people knew who she was, who her family was, they avoided her. After dinner, she went to the dorms but not before looking around the hallways, and seeing her favorite part of the castle - the astronomy tower. Looking over the school grounds she felt a sense of helplessness as she sat down on the ground just watching the sky.
    Sirius didn't know what drew his eyes to her but then he realized she'd been watching him too - he flashed her his trademark smile then took a long drink of his pumpkin juice before wetting his lips to reply to something James had said. Sirius had left his family quite a while ago, and they didn't bother to even try and stop him. He was in the wrong house anyway, having him wouldn't have done his family well. He ate his food quietly.
    July 31st, 2018 at 01:14am
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    The Sorting Ceremony and the rest of the nights events went on without too many events. One first-year cried when they were sorted into Gryffindor which was pretty cute. Of course, Sirius had smiled at Sage which was an event in itself. She tried to pretend that even the thought of it didn’t bring heat to her cheeks. Remus sat with friends as they laughed and enjoyed the first night back at Hogwarts. It did always feel like coming home again. He was grateful to be back and took a long breath in, as if trying to savor the scent of this first night.

    Before long, it was time to head back to the dormitories since classes were starting sooner rather than later. Remus left his friends with a smile and ignored their few chastising comments. He called for the first years with a smile and sparkle in his eye. Despite the world falling apart, Hogwarts always felt so safe. He needed that feeling of safety and he hoped, he would give it to these first years as he walked them through the castle.

    Sage stood from her table, her hair swinging behind her. The part of her that was confident and strong was ready to walk straight up to Sirius; that smile meant something. The part of her that was afraid of her sister held her back. Yet, her sister was off being a prefect and yelling at first years in a snobbish and entitled voice. You could almost see her nose pointing towards the sky. She said nothing to her friends as they walked together, listening to them chatter. In the crowd of students, she was searching for a mop of messy curly black hair.

    “Earth to Sage,” her friend, Mari, said to her and she shook her head.

    “Oh, sorry. Would you excuse me? I’ll see you guys back in our room,” she said, turning and smiling. She had spotted him after all, following behind Remus with James and Lily. They were laughing, almost effortlessly so. They didn’t seem to have any troubles and everyone at Hogwarts knew it and knew them. “Sirius,” she called, pushing through the crowd. “I just waned to take you up on that offer and maybe sit with you at lunch tomorrow. I’ll see you then,” she said hurriedly, as her friends caught up to her.

    Remus was surprised and swiveled his head towards his friends with a curious smile. Sage nerves got the best of her and she couldn’t even wait for a response. She took the out with her friends and walked away, pausing only slightly to look back at him. She was excited and nervous as she settled into bed. After all the first years were sorted out, Remus settled into the common room and smirked. “So, it was certainly an interesting first night at Hogwarts,” he commented.
    August 27th, 2018 at 03:15pm