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Posted on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2011 @ 1:29pm by Seventh Year (G) Barnabus Collins & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins

Mission: Parents Weekend
Location: Great Hall
Timeline: Parents Weekend

Barney was walking with his mother and new stepfather, with not a little trepidation. His mother was dressed better than he'd ever seen her dress, the most lucid she'd ever seemed, and this was the first time she'd attended a school function with him. He felt out of place with the way he was dressed. He still didn't know Humphrey all that well either, though he seemed like a nice guy, he was dressed impeccably in a suit that likely cost more than Barney had ever seen at one time.

They turned to head towards the Gryffindor table, but ended up face to face with Jen and her parents...

'Hi," Jen said. She'd hoped to have her parents meet Barney. "Mum, Dad, this is Barnabus Collins, from America. He says he's a cousin."

Mr. and Mrs. Collins smiled. "Nice to meet you," Mr. Collins said. "How exactly are we related? Until Jennifer got a visit from a professor here, we'd never even heard of wizards."

"My grandfather had the family tree researched when he heard I was coming here. I gave a copy to Jen, but apparently a few generations back, part of the line came up with no magic and the rest of the line moved to America. I'm supposed to be Jen's 5th cousin, once removed. For the longest time I didn't know of any family except for my mother and grandfather, so it's nice to know there are more of us out here." Said Barny.

"Then there's your Grandmother, down in Brazil, and you have some closer cousins down there, but they are avoiding your grandfather. He never quite forgave her for leaving him, not that I blame her. I'm Victoria, pleased to meet you." Victoria offered her hand.

Barny was surprised by this, he'd always heard that his grandmother was dead. He resolved to check into it sometime when he had the chance.

"What would induce a man to go to such lengths to keep someone from the rest of the family?" Tracy Collins said.

Victoria smiled, "It's a long story, but she left him because he paid more attention to his work than he did to her. Arranged marriages often end up like that. He only disowned me when I refused the marriage he'd arranged for me. I'm surprised he didn't try to set up a marriage between Barny and your daughter. To his mind it would have been a perfect idea."

Barny blushed, "I think Jen already has someone she likes, so even if he did, I'd refuse it. If I get married, it will be for love, not for some silly outdated idea like that."

Jen was surprised he recognized that she seemed to be in a relationship. She and Reg were being very good about keeping it secret. "I'm 15. I have three years of school before I do anything about getting married. And I have no intention of letting soem man I never met tell me who I should marry."

"Yes, dear," Tracy said. "Last I heard, American didn't have arranged marriages. Neither does England, so you're safe."

"Now, I believe there are still a few countries in the world that arrange marriages. We could always send youthere for school..." Benjamin Collins teased.

Jen gave him a mock-scolding look, then laughed. "You'd miss me far too much for that."

Barny looked over, "Apparently, it's still common among wizarding families. Bit of rubbish I say, though. If two people love each other and want to get married, then the heck with what anyone else thinks." He looked over at his mom and nodded in silent approval.

Humphrey hugged Victoria, a bit of pride in his chest. The child was a bit odd in dress, but he seemed to have a good heart.

"So, what brings you to Hogwarts?" Benjamin Collins asked Barny. "Why come across the pond for school?"

Victoria spoke up, "That would be my fault. Humphrey here swept me off my feet and rather than us living oceans apart... I'd have thought that he could have stayed there with his grandfather, but the school was insistent that he should be where his parents were."

Barny nodded, "They were a bit more stuffy there than here, I don't know how many times they checked my room for... recreational substances..." He eyed his mother for a second, "But I've never touched that kind of thing. They took how I dressed to be proof, and I think that was a large part of the decision. Not that I'm complaining, I think that it's nice to have a broader experience."

"Well, with a matchmaking grandfather, I think you're better off here, too," Benjamin said. "I still can't believe we have family in American who are wizards." He looked at Jen. "I'm still having problems with a daughter who's a wizard."

"Girls are witches, Dad," Jen corrected.

"Witch, then," he corrected.

Barny hoped that his grandfather wouldn't have sent a contract to Jen's parents yet... or at all. He could see his grandfather doing something regrettable, like trying to force the contract on them. Barny would refuse it on principle, out of respect for Jen, but his grandfather, he had seen, did what he had to in order to get what he wanted. "I'm kind of happy that he found out about our families being connected. It was a nice surprise."

The six of them talked quietly for a while, sharing family stories and such. Finally, Benjamin Collins turned to his wife. "Well, we'd better get to our hotel before it gets too late. We've talked with most of Jen's teachers, but we want to be back her early tomorrow to meet with the rest. It was very nice meeting you."

Tracy hugged Barny's mom. "Good luck, dear."

Jen said her goodbyes and followed her parents outside. "I'll walk you back to Hogsmeade," she told them cheerfully.

Barny waved as they parted. It was nice to meet new family. Then he felt an elbow in his ribs.

"You aren't going to do what He wants, are you?" asked Veronica in a scolding tone.

"Wasn't planning on it. If she loves someone, then leaves them for me, how would I ever be sure that she wouldn't leave me? No, she's pretty and smart, but gramps's plans aren't for me. He wants me married this young? and behind a desk? Not likely. You know what I want to do with my life." Barny said with a smile.


Barny Collins,
5th Yr Gryffindor

Humphrey and Victoria
Barny's mother and step-father

Jennifer Collins
Fifth Year Prefect

Benjamin and Tracy
Jennifer's parents


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