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The Mamas and the Papas

Posted on Tuesday, 6th of March, 2012 @ 6:27pm by Seventh Year (G) Barnabus Collins

Mission: Christmas Break
Location: McLlewyn Estate
Timeline: Christmas Vacation

Barny had been told not to repeat the incident with the broom, even though he had the proper spells to cover his travels, so he had ended up taking the Hogwart's express to London, where he'd been met by his new stepfather at the station.

"Hope you don't mind me being the one to meet you, your mum's at home. I thought this might be a chance for us to get to know one another a bit." Ian said.

"Oh, I don't think it's quite that bad. If you're making my mom happy, treating her right, then I don't think we'll get on that bad." said Barny with a smile.

"I'm taking it you met someone you like?" said Ian, and ran his fingers through his hair.

Barny blushed. "I don't know if it will work, but she's smart and cute, and... Well, she puts up with me, which is something I'm not really used to."

Ian smiled, "I'll bet a lot of them were put off by the hair. California is a lot more permissive about things like that than Massachusetts. Not that it didn't give you some character and make you stand out. But girls... They want you standing out on the strength of your character more."

"I think so. It's hard to know what they are thinking some of the time." said Barny.

"It's not as hard as you would think, really. They aren't all that different than we are. Two sides of the same coin, really. I know they seem that way, but they are our opposites, they make us complete." Ian got a dreamy expression on his face. "And I do think there are people that are meant to be together as well. Take the time to learn about one another, if she's the one, you'll figure it out."

Barny smiled at Ian, finally at ease, "Don't worry. I don't plan on rushing. I hope to travel the world, learning more about natural magics, and ancient ones that still exist. If I'm going to be with someone, then they'll have to have a kindred heart."

Ian nodded, it fell a little too close to the truth between himself and Maggie. Her father would have killed Ian if he had known who he was. Maggie had kept away from him all these 15 years, suffering in silence, as had he. He should have faced up to the old man instead. So many years lost...

"You alright? You got quiet all of a sudden." Asked Barny.

"Oh, my mind went miles away for a moment there, one of the bad parts about getting old, so much ground inside to cover that you can get lost along the way... But what's this about needing help with Herbology?"

Barny nodded, "I took stones instead, back at Salem. We had a choice there. I never expected to be switching schools."

"I suppose I'll be helping you play catch up in the basement and garden. The garden for recognition and best harvesting, the basement for any actual magic..."

Barny looked at him. "Just so there's no bringing trouble down on either of us."

"I think just that will be fine, It isn't actually casting anything. And despite her loving stones, your mom was a whiz with herbs."

Barny looked at Ian, not saying what had popped into his head, "I didn't know that, yes, having you both help would be nice..."

Ian looked over, "Too bad there are neighbors a bit too close by or we'd have a chance to practice quidditch, or at least fly."

Barny smiled, "Would have been nice, but I'm used to not being able to practice on the off season too much. Most don't have practice areas." Barny chuckled, "Then again, I could always teach you about freestyle running."

Ian groaned, "If I had half the middle I do now, I don't think I'd do well at that. Sitting a broom I could do, but from what your mother's told me about you dancing around like that, I'd be broken in a half dozen places before we went a mile. Just a little too old for that kind of stuff." He patted his midsection, "and with your mother's cooking, I don't think I'll be getting any better."

Barny looked at him, "Now that I'll have to see, she hardly ever cooked... Maybe you are good for her, that fast food habit was half the reason I took up freestyle running. If I hadn't, I'd be doing freestyle rolling from the big macs and fried chicken."


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