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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:54 pm

Mitz shrugs a little, knowing that Jerel's right about their mother. "She wouldn't have to know it's going to Slytherin," he mumbles, but there's no sense in the argument. It'll never happen. Mitz takes the list from Jerel and takes it all in. "Are you going to teach me arithmancy? I can do that while I do my homework. It won't take long. Please, Jerel?"

(were we going to skip on I forget. OH THE HOLIDAYS yeah we could do magic Christmas for Christmasssss~ or magic Hannukah)
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:04 pm

Jerel snickers. "I've got to learn it too. How about I read it, then I'll explain it to you? That will help me learn it more thoroughly." He's missed his study buddy. He's got friends, but Mitz and Jerel were raised to consume knowledge like food, like air. The other Slytherins aren't like that, and almost none of them want to do homework on their first night back.

(WIZARDING WINTER HOLIDAY christmukkah it up, wizards, you heathens)
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:32 pm

"Alright, that sounds okay," Mitz decides, nodding. He can do all his homework while Jerel reads--or at least most of it. Then he can finish it off while Jerel explains it. And then he can plead for Jerel to let him read the textbook when he's not using it. And any other textbook he's willing to give up, actually. They were both told that they'd feel like they'd be taking a step backwards, educationally speaking, in their first few years of Hogwarts but Mitz was always given to believe that he would console himself with Ravenclaw's library.
He might be panicking about things and coping with books. He tends to do that.

(pagan bastards
okay okay so Jerel and Mitz go back home for the Christmas holidays. Do they get a letter telling them that they are invited to the Stillhaven Winter festivities as though they aren't family but guests before the holidays? Or do they just show up back home after Mitz begs for Jerel to come with him back home [because the bullying from Gryffindor has started up and he hasn't got his training in Slytherin sneering yet and he won't tell Jerel that he's being bullied]?)
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:47 pm

Jerel'll let him loose in the school library the next day after class. It's not the same as Ravenclaw tower, but he doesn't want Mitz retreating to Ravenclaw every chance he gets once he learns where it is and how to beat the eagle. He's got to learn to get his green and silver feet under himself before he can dip a toe in blue and bronze.

(I bet they just show up back home. The house could send out invitations to them--it'd have to be the house, I'd say, because the Stillhavens would be both too proud to invite them, and too upset at having to invite them because of the doubt that they'd come without the invitation, if that makes sense. Jerel's largely avoided holidays, probably only went home for a few days at a time each break. mitz jerel will set slytherin loose on your bullies)
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:57 pm

There's a chance of that happening, true. It's good to have Jerel catch it before it happens but he'll have to be subtle or Mitz will feel like a failure to be the Slytherin that Jerel wants him to be.

(I don't understand that second part about doubt but I do like the idea of the house inviting them back. Or, really, one of their extended family's house because I really don't see Helen and Jacob holding a holiday feast for like thirty people just because it's tradition. They definitely /go/ to those things because it's tradition but they wouldn't hold them.
Mitz knows, thank you, he does not want that to happen, thank you, no)
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:36 pm

Good thing he has seven years to figure it out. Jerel won't keep him out of Ravenclaw for seven years, though. He'll figure out a way to introduce Mitz to it slowly, while attempting to drive up Mitz's interest in Slytherin.

(Like that they're embarrassed the boys would doubt that they're allowed to return home, but also they kind of hope that they won't return home, but also they want them home. It's all--wibbly wobbly family wamily. I really enjoy the idea of the house sending out the invites, too, mostly because I've always enjoyed the idea of Hogwarts sending out the letters to the appropriate children, rather than it specifically being the Deputy Head's summer job.)
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:08 pm

Mitz takes about two years before he does the Ravenclaw thing and he goes full Slytherin prrrrrobably after this first holiday back home. That'll be when he realises that him and Jerel aren't really family to these people anymore. It'll be when he realises that they're unreasonably shallow to care about that kind of thing. And he'll suddenly understand why he's Slytherin and not Ravenclaw, because he values blood over books, that he's sad over losing his family so matter how awful they are.

Ah, you mean they would be ashamed that they don't want their boys home, ashamed that the boys wouldn't expect to be invited back. Both relieved and surprised when the invites go out.

So, say that the invites are sent by another branch of the Stillhaven family and in order to go, Jerel and Mitz have to at least have somewhere to stay so they send a letter to Helen and Jacob requesting permission to stay in their home over the holidays so that they can RSVP. It'll break Mitz's heart. "Mother, would it be okay with you if I slept in my room for the holidays because otherwise we won't be able to make it to Aunt Bart's feast, thank you for your consideration, you son."
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:22 pm

Perhaps he's Slytherin because he needs some kind of strength, not wisdom. That he already has wisdom, where the rest of the family are lacking.

Yeah, exactly. And probably a mite disappointed that the invites went out, too, because that means the house still considers them family, even if its insides and inhabitants don't. A fundamental disconnect between house and home, there.

Mitz'd probably have to ask for Jerel and Mitz both. Jerel would spend, like, fifteen minutes just staring at the invitation to the family feast, then put it aside and go on like nothing happened. Every time he's tried to go, it hasn't turned out well, and now he has Mitz right here with him so he doesn't have to go anymore, they can just stay at Hogwarts and be fine here together with the other war orphans.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:06 pm

Mitz doesn't see strength in Slytherin, but there is certainly support. I mean, let's face it, when he was a Ravenclaw it wasn't like he was suddenly accepted into a loving bosom. He would get a pat on the back every time he won them 25 points for a really well-researched answer in Charms but that would be about it. Slytherin, on the other hand, would stand by him because they can't afford to have a weak link. They'll build him up.

The house will go to Jerel, to be fair, if he takes it in Jacob's will. So there'll always be some link to him and therefore Mitz. Whether or not the house actually wants it, he's blood.

Mitz will ask. He thinks that if there are the two of them then the family might chill out a little, accept what happened with Jerel. They might not be nice to Mitz because he's the fresh disappointment but they might accept Jerel because it's already happened and at least he's looking after his little brother. And Helen just /knows/ that if she doesn't accept their request to return home for the holidays then it'll get back to Minerva and the next time they speak it will come up like it's any of her business. So they'll go. They have invites /and/ they can go back home. Mitz will feel like everything's going well, for a while.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:10 pm

Ravenclaw would be happy with his smarts. Slytherin will drag out all his qualities and bring them to a high shine.

Even if the upstairs bathroom will always be prissy about it and have the tap break at important times.

Jerel will probably put on such a brave face for Mitz. Inside he's miserable at having to go and face up to this lot /again/, the people and the house both, and he's terrified at what that kind of rejection is going to do to Mitz when he encounters it face-to-face instead of through a howler. But there's no way he'll let Mitz go alone, so it's decided.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:24 am

Until the end result is Jerel the Seventh Year head boy wearing his blacks and whites like a proper gentleman, graceful wandwork, cold realism, sharp intelligence and a bright future with his little brother following behind in a similar fashion. The Stillhaven Slytherin princes.

Mitz is going to end up making magical items as a hobby, because you know he'll pull a Draco and have to learn from desperation how to fix things. He'll become a wandmaker, no doubt, as a career but he could easily go into working to repopulate the wizarding world with new and modern versions of magical furniture and houses without the negative connotations of old blood. So he can fix Jerel's taps whenever they get shitty.

Mitz is being naive. He dealt with his howlers just like Jerel did but he'll quickly decide to forget the reality of it and hope instead. Hope that this means that maybe the family, the house, the grounds, have had time to think about the situation and come to terms with it.
Sorry Jerel. Mitz is going to be a little broken for a while. And probably just when he needs to stick with Jerel he'll have to switch mentors.
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Post by nocturnalie on Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:08 am

All the best ambition and cleverness of the house with none of the violence and racism. As keen to help others as they are to step up the ladders themselves. Well--they'd never be so gauche as to /show/ keenness.

That'll be good, until Jerel can come to An Arrangement with the house. He understands it must not be pleased about having half the gardens be ripped up and re-dedicated to potions ingredients, but he won't be having this sort of nonsense in his place of work, honestly. It's hard enough getting a full night's sleep with some of his more delicate projects that require a personal touch every few hours, let alone having his bed canopy droop so much he wakes in a panic with cloth in his mouth.

In the long run, that'll help, though. Mitz will get to spend time with other Slytherins and get to see how they all work, get a more firm idea of Slytherin identity and support. And Jerel will still be around.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:53 pm

Oh my no. Can't even imagine it!

Jerel, you can't hack away at the gardens and expect to be welcomed home afterwards, come on, that's just basic stuff. Kindly snip! Ask permission! Warn the roses before they're pruned. Jerel. Jerel, come on.

It'll be fine, eventually. At the time, it's going to make him feel very lost.

So Mitz'll come over to sit with Jerel after the mail's delivered on their last day before the holidays. It's very pointedly written in bronze ink, stamped with a blue seal. Mitz really shouldn't have expected anything else and just by looking at the letter, before reading it, Mitz figures that Mother decided to go with "We will not allow any Slytherins in our holiday festivities" instead of letting them come home.
Wordlessly, he tips the letter to Jerel so he can see it. Should we open this together? is the look he gives Jerel.
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Post by nocturnalie on Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:13 am

As if Helen and Jacob gardened a day in their lives. Jerel's the only one who showed that garden any affection when he was a boy and those roses still ripped him to shreds when he'd come home. It's his garden. It was out of order. He put it back in order.

Ickle firstie.

Jerel slides in close so no one else might sneak a peek as they open it. He takes one edge from Mitz. "At least it's not another Howler," he mutters. "Ready?"
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:01 pm

Ah, he's going with the Master Of The Grounds approach. That's valid, too. Just have to find everything's snout and punch it to establish dominance. So to speak.

shuddup

Mitz snorts humorlessly with a shrug and takes the other corner. They open the letter together, perfectly timed through some miracle, and read the letter.

Mr & Mr Stillhaven,
My husband and I were surprised to hear that you received an invitation to the family's annual holiday feast, given the circumstances. We were not, however, entirely disappointed as you might imagine.
The holiday feast will be held in the Scottish grounds, hosted by Mme Bart Stillhaven-Ross. Both of you are welcome to stay in our home until the feast and the following week until you are expected to return to Hogwarts for the rest of your term.
Following the disappointing sorting of Jacob Stillhaven Jnr to Slytherin, both of you will be expected to behave appropriately and to stay out of trouble while visiting our family.
Please RSVP via owl to Mme Bart Stillhaven-Ross at your earliest convenience.
Sincerely,
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Post by nocturnalie on Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:33 pm

Jerel's good at punching. The establishing dominance he can work on.

Jerel lets out a breath, already re-reading it for the third time before he looks up at Mitz. "Aunt Bart's hosting this year."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:01 am

Maybe also talk to your hedge-witch Aunt Moonflower about it, that could help a little.

"Aunt Bart isn't the worst," Mitz says, though he is quiet. He's been working on actually speaking up in the last few weeks since a few upperclassmen comment on it but he still isn't used to catching himself on his habits when he's shaken. Besides, he's lying; Aunt Bart is just as bad as the rest of them. When Mitz got sorted she sent a letter, though, instead of a howler unlike their parents. That has to count for something. That she decided to complain like a Stillhaven and not like--anyone else. "Mother says we can stay for the whole holiday."
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:30 am

She'll only tell him he's doing it wrong.

Jerel doesn't think they'll last more than a few days, food-starved and sleep-deprived as well as heartsick. Still, it's Mitz's first holiday season away from home, so he tries to ignore the pit in his stomach. "You want to go?"
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:38 am

Not meanly, at least. He does need to know if he's doing it wrong.

Mitz nods but he doesn't look at Jerel. He knows he should be cooler and not want to go home, but he wants to go home. He's actually missed his parents--which, okay, is weird. But he can't help it. He knows they haven't missed him but that's not the point. And he misses his room and all his books. He misses the gardens. He probably just misses familiarity without relying on Jerel all the time. He feels like a tumour. "Yeah. But only if you go."
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:36 pm

He's kind of a bit proud though. I know what you're thinking: Jerel? Proud? Pff, yeah, right.

"Okay," Jerel says, simply. He grips Mitz's wrist for a moment, as if he can draw some of Mitz's homesickness into himself to make it easier, then lets go. "We'd better get packing."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:17 am

Chyeah, as if!

"Okay," Mitz echoes. His stomach lurches with the sick stabbing of familiar nervousness--which had all but disappeared while at Hogwarts--but he gets up when Jerel lets go. "We don't have to bring everything with us, right? Since we're coming back. Just clothes. Homework. At least we don't have to worry about getting them anything?"

Mitz can't think of any way to make this seem better for Jerel. He can already see the lines of dread settle on his face. It might not be so bad with the two of them home instead of just Jerel The Traitor.
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Post by nocturnalie on Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:16 pm

"How about we try to get all our homework done before we go," Jerel suggests. That, at least, will keep his mind off the upcoming trip. "That way we can just take reading for fun instead."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:49 am

Mitz relaxes somewhat. "Can I do more arithmancy, do you think? Just a little. I'll go over what you do, at least? Can we bring your textbooks with us?"

This will generally continue until Jerel actually shows Mitz that his textbooks are packed on the day that they're leaving. And once that's done, Mitz'll remember to be nervous about going home.
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Post by nocturnalie on Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:16 pm

Jerel has been getting more and more tightly wound the closer they get to going home, but Mitz being so keen for work years beyond his level of education never fails to get a snorting laugh out of him. He's not gonna need to even take Arithmancy, come third year.

They board the train with everybody else. Jerel sits with Mitz instead of his friends; he sits by the window and stares out the glass, chewing on the inside of his lip. It shows how much he trusts Mitz again that he'll do that around him, that he doesn't pretend to be fine around Mitz. Not right now, anyway. No doubt there's been some pretending over the last few weeks, and there'll be pretending yet to come.

But right now he's nervous, too.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:31 am

Mitz knows that Jerel is nervous. He knows they're both nervous. What he doesn't know is what to do about it, how to help. How to fix it.

"Hey, uh..." He starts before he knows what he's going to say, looking around the cabin for a prompt. "Oh, I know! There's got to be something about Slytherin in our library, hidden away. Maybe we could find something that could..." He wants to say 'make it better'. He doesn't know how to say that in a way that will keep Jerel from getting mad.
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Post by nocturnalie on Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:36 am

Mitz always wants to fix things. Some things can't be fixed. "I've looked, but you know the library better than I do." Not the least because he's had broken fingers from books snapping closed on his hands, the last few years. Maybe the library will like Mitz more. It's always liked Mitz more. "That'll give us something to do, anyway."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:00 am

"Might give us somewhere to go," Mitz mutters, then scoots himself to sit opposite Jerel and look out the window as well. They don't need to talk and Mitz is completely okay with that. One of his favourite things about being able to spend time with his brother is that they don't always talk.

Their father is waiting at the station. He looks distracted but that's nothing new. He's wearing his usual dusty looking black suit-robes, stepping out of the way of rushing children and families with a kind of nervous effortlessness that he always displays. Their mother is nowhere to be seen but that doesn't really surprise Mitz in the slightest. He would have been shocked if she were there.

Maybe she would have been if Mitz had been sorted into Ravenclaw.
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If Mitz had been sorted into Ravenclaw, he wouldn't be nearly so close to Jerel. Jerel wouldn't have abandoned him, but it would have been different. Today would have been different. Jerel thinks about that, too, as they retrieve their trunks and wheel them towards Jacob. He can just imagine Helen and Jacob welcoming Mitz with at least distant smiles and brief hugs, while Jerel has to stand off to the side and wait.

Jacob shrinks their trunks so they don't have to worry about lugging bags around. They Side-Along home--no cars or messy Flooing for this pureblood family. The hand on his shoulder is the closest Jerel's been to his father in well over a year.

He doesn't know how to act. Cocky, and carefree? He should at least put up a cheerful front for Mitz until they see how the house treats him.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:03 pm

Mitz swallows his twin-headed nausea while looking at the Stillhaven Manor for the first time since he left for school. He never liked travelling with his father--too jumpy--and now his nervousness had reached fever pitch. Enough to turn his stomach even further, anyway.

He never really noticed how much blue and bronze is /everywhere/ on the grounds alone. Roses enchanted to match Ravenclaw's colours, looking unnatural and, now, unwelcoming. Cornflowers dotted the path up to the door--which was brown but Mitz couldn't help but feel like it was edging towards bronze in the afternoon sun. Maybe he was being unforgiving. Was he unforgiving now, even after just a few months in Slytherin? Was that the first step to dark wizardry? Everyone was going to think that about him, same as they thought it about Jerel. The family never said it outright but that's what they thought.

Mitz very rarely considered questioning his family's statements or silently held beliefs before. Stillhavens were never wrong. That's what it always felt like. What if they weren't wrong about Slytherin and the Dart Arts and Mitz was too trusting to notice? What if Jerel was too trusting to notice? They'll wake up one day in their forties and realise they're dark wizards and have nothing they could do about it.

Mitz took a few deep breaths while these thoughts whizzed through his head in the few seconds it took to walk to the door. Their father opened up and ushered them inside. "Leave the luggage," he said, shrugging off one of his layers for the coat rack to take. "I'm sure it'll all make its way to your rooms. Your mother is in her study but, ah...perhaps you should wait until dinnertime before speaking with her. Very busy. You know how it is."

Mitz glanced at Jerel. That just meant that Mother didn't want to speak to them. She could find time if she wanted to and they all knew it but perhaps that was a blessing in disguise. Mitz was relatively sure he was having the beginnings of a panic attack and having to face his mother straight away would likely push him over the edge.

"I'll just..." he said out loud, reaching for the shrunken trunk and beginning to make his way to his room, ignoring his father's suggestion. He wanted to get away as soon as possible. He thought he would feel better once he got home. He didn't.

Two steps up the stairs, he looked back at Jerel. A question. Wasn't he coming as well?
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Post by nocturnalie on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:32 pm

Jerel's bag hasn't made it to his room since the Christmas before he went to Hogwarts--the last family trip they all took together. He reclaimed it as soon as Jacob let it go; now it's tucked in his pocket under his robes, along with his hands, shoved as deep as they can go. He feels like pulling the hood over his head, too, but he pushes that away.

"Is someone going to come get us for dinner? I'm not sure I remember the way," Jerel mutters as he heads after Mitz, up the stairs. He remembers the way just fine. He's walked these halls in his sleep more often than he has awake in the last two years.

The house seems to be behaving for Mitz. Jerel eyes the handrail.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:14 am

"I don't understand the joke, Jerel," Jacob answers honestly. He doesn't really respond well to Jerel's jabs and only because they go over his head. "But I'll make sure the bell rings when food is ready. Are you both hungry? What's--"

Mitz stops watching Jerel come up the stairs and, uncharacteristically, prompts his father to keep speaking.

"What's what?" he asks. If they get to choose a favourite meal for the elves to prepare then he doesn't want to miss the opportunity, no matter how much he wants to get away to the possible safety of his room.

"Well. I was wondering if the food at the Slytherin table is any different than the Ravenclaw table. Hoping that they're feeding you well, if nothing else," Jacob replies, pushing his glasses up on his nose.

Mitz turns a little, unsure of what to say to that but unable to not look at his father full-on in disbelief. What a stupid thing to say, he thinks.
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Post by nocturnalie on Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:17 pm

"We eat exclusively duck liver pate and shredded snake's ear broth," Jerel says flatly. "Some say its passe to eat our own house emblem, but we figured since Ravenclaw gets to eat chicken, all's fair."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:59 pm

"Ravenclaw's emblem is an eagle, which you well know," Jacob replies with no hint of sarcasm or anger, though a little confusion. "Are you pretending right now?"

Mitz doesn't think he ever realised that his father was a little simple before. He just assumed that he was a genius because everyone said he was, but he was acting simple. Had he always?
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:18 pm

Jerel's never had much respect for Jacob's complete disconnect from the world and regular conversation. "I swear, Jacob. Can you just ask Mitz what he wants for dinner on his first night home and leave it at that?"
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:04 am

"What?" Jacob says, seemingly surprised by the suggestion. "Ah. Yes. Junior? Would you like, ah...?"

Mitz shakes his head quickly, waving his hands. "No, don't--don't worry. The elves will probably come up with something nice. Don't," Mitz repeats, turning and starting to go up the stairs. He puts his hand on the railing and the grain of the wood feels different for a second before he feels a sharp sting on the palm of his hand. The varnish had disappeared and the grain reversed, easily pushing tens of tiny splinters into his hand. Recoiling but staying silent, Mitz cradles his hand on the way upstairs.
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:44 pm

Jerel sees Mitz jerk and guesses what happened. He scowls at the banister and holds his arm out for Mitz to come under it as he gets closer. He'll haul Mitz off to the bathroom to clean out his hand. Fingers crossed the sink actually gives them clean water.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:56 am

Mitz leans into Jerel. "It isn't that bad," he says quietly. He feels like he shouldn't bother the house any more than he can help. Talking loudly probably won't help. "I should have said something before I touched it."
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:11 pm

"Wish I could help you heal it. I hope there's salve in one of the cupboards." And that they can access whatever cupboard it's in. Jerel's sure there's stuff in the bathrooms, but it remains to be seen whether the bathroom mirror will allow them access.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:28 pm

Mitz hums, not sure if anything will work out. He was being a bit flippant before. Maybe Jerel had been exaggerating about how hostile the house becomes. But the reality of it all is beginning to dawn on Mitz. He hopes his room will let him be there.

"Just need to...I don't know, actually," Mitz feels so uncomfortable. He's never needed to know how to treat wounds without magic. "Uh. Find a way to take out the splinters? Then. Then. I don't know, Jerel."
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Jerel focuses very deeply on the thought of a bathroom and leads Mitz towards the closest one he remembers. "Even water will help," he murmurs. He wishes they were still at school. He could retrieve just about everything from Slytherin's private little gardens, the greenhouse under the lake. He'd give anything for dittany. He's got a very protective grip on Mitz's hands right now.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:48 pm

"It's okay," Mitz tries to reassure Jerel. His brother's tension has been ticking upward since they got off the train. Mitz has to make sure he doesn't get into any trouble in the house, he realises, or he'll stress out Jerel too much. "It'll be alright. It's...even if we don't get anything, I'll get treated back at school." That's weeks from now and an infection won't be fun to power through, but he could handle it. It won't be forever.
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Post by nocturnalie on Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:51 pm

"No. I'll find something in the garden." Jerel used to spend most of his time playing out there. It's not been kept up for years, but even wild, there's surely some useful herbs out there. "Or I'll tell Helen, and she'll do something. She'll do /something/," he says again, like he has to reassure both of them of it.
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Post by sinistra_blache on Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:09 pm

"Don't tell her," Mitz says quickly. He can't explain why he doesn't want her to know, but he doesn't. "Let's just figure it out together. Please don't tell her, Jerel?"

Helen would do something, for the record. She might not believe Jerel about the circumstances of the wound but she'd fix it. And Mitz is more worried about being treated as an obligation than being neglected. If Helen doesn't know about anything that's going on with him then she can't judge him on how he's dealing with the situation.
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Post by nocturnalie on Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:35 pm

"I'll tell her if we can't work it out," Jerel says, because he's not going to leave Mitz's hands to fester. He wants so much to just write to school and get advice from the nurse--but he had no idea whether he'd have access to the family owls even being here at the house. He feels cut off. When his friends send him letters, maybe he can co-opt their owls to send replies. "But I do have some ideas, and we brought our textbooks, so."
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Post by sinistra_blache on Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:51 am

"You don't--she doesn't--you don't need to tell her," Mitz manages, panic rising again. "I'll...I'll pick out the splinters. Maybe ask the elves? Do they still listen to you? Will they listen to me?"
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