failed | chraze
"When’s the last time you drank, kid?"
"Before I failed out of everything my life could possibly accumulate to."
"Oh come on, don’t put it that way, you’re young, my friend, there’s so much more you can do with yourself!"
"If you say so."
"Shhh," Chris says, pushing the full glass in front of him closer to Blaze. "She’s my cousin and I love her but honestly, here, mate, here."
He watches Blaze watch the glass for a moment and only when the younger takes the the glass does his trademark grin break out onto his face, “Atta boy.”
..If you say so, okay, thanks. Me neither, I think it just comes with being a Broadmoor, blonde and brawny. I guess, dying it did make me feel a little separated. I hope you’re not just saying that, but I’ll take your word for it. I trust you.
I know I don’t have to but I kind of feel like I should, I owe a lot of people apologies. I don’t blame us though, we had a lot going on, that’s why we…uh..left. Look at us, even we stop talking as a team effort. I don’t know, guess…not long. I just wanted to get as much out as possible! I knew I couldn’t send you owls everyday so I wanted to describe everything and get down everything just..in case, and stuff. I’m glad we did it like that, much better than sentence replies. We were never sentence reply people. O-Oh, that’s dumb, you’re amazing. But uh-yeah I’m, well you’re probably up to some good things. Yeah! Yeah. Yeah, everyone tells me that, guess I was the only one that really had doubts. Really? That makes me feel so great, I barely got to see them but your dad knew his quidditch, even more than you. I’d uhm, maybe I’ll catch up with them some time? Though I’ve barely caught up much with you so..well I guess I’ll work my way up. Oh, I’m sorry. See, the best thing about Ireland was that I barely knew anyone there, and they didn’t know me. Blaze! [she laughed, leaning in and squishing his cheeks in her hands teasingly.] It’s okay, I’m a daddy’s girl so I guess we’re even. Oh ho-ho, nice call, they’re fine. I’m actually back in the area because of some family stuff, but I came here to visit Chris because he’s too busy to leave the castle right now. Still trying to woo his woman.
What reason would I have to lie about that anyway?
Yeah, we both had a lot going on. [As if it just then it was hitting him how awkward this encounter was, he began to slowly shut down and grow quiet. Silent cues that he was listening and half hearted smiles followed Angus’ rambling, but he spoke up as she commented on him not becoming an Auror.] Obviously I wasn’t quite so amazing, but …what can you do, right? It’s whatever. [He simply nodded, biting his tongue as she talked about her lack of faith in her skills.] Well, you made it so - I’m sure you feel pretty silly now for doubting yourself. [Already red from embarrassment, her squishing his cheeks made him feel about as uncomfortable as he could have felt. As to not come off as aggressive or anything of the sort, he let it happen.] Well, that’s Chris for you. Miss that guy. Your family’s alright though, yeah? [He reached into his pocket subconsciously, gripping the pack of cigarettes.]
Well I kind of expected that. I mean my grades are pretty good, I think I could make it. What do you do now?
Then again, maybe I’m not the best person to be talking to you about all of this. Here I am yakking on about it, when it’s not like I even made it to being an Auror, is it? I’m working in a small cafe in London for the time being.
really? that’s so cool. What happened? Is the training hard?
Well, yeah, the training’s vigorous but that’s to be expected - and that’s after you get into the program, which you need top grades for. They only take the best. Not to scare you away from it or anything.
That’s exciting - where do you work, if you don’t mind my asking?
Does anyone know anything about becoming an aurora?
Actually, I was training to become one for a while - so, if there’s anything you want to know, I can definitely help out with that.
What I said sounded so dumb, but thank you for going along with it anyway. Yeah, just didn’t think I’d remember after all this time. Two years, was it? You look good though, I uh- I like the scruff.
Oh thank god, didn’t want to lose my accent, would have had to go ginger instead of brunette. Uh…uhm, yeah, that’s my fault. I got really caught up in some stuff and I didn’t do much talking to anyone I’m…sorry about that. I regret it, because I kinda missed the rambling. You know, other people don’t talk as much as we do, crazy right? You had plans to move? That’s…sadly completely true, and kinda unfortunate. Great! I learned a lot too. You’re uh…not? Oh. Did you find something else you liked better? Uh-yeah! Training went great it’s all great, exactly how I dreamed you know? Blood, sweat, and tears, my favorites. ..I’m so happy for them, I’d love to see them again, always been jealous of those two. Yeah my dad wasn’t too fond of me staying in Ireland but he figured it was the best, you know, with everything. Awhh, still mama’s boy! Lucky her then, she gets to see you whenever she wants.
I probably would have went along with it if it did, but it definitely didn’t. I swear. Oh, thanks. I have to say I never expected to see you without blonde hair but, I don’t know, I think you can pull off either one.
You don’t have to apologize. I wasn’t exactly answering back as quickly as I could have been. How long can you keep that kinda thing up without ever seeing each other anyway? I think what’s funny and crazy is that even in writing the both of us are long winded. It’s okay though. My dad always says that everything happens for a reason. I’m not an Auror, no. I kind of, well, I didn’t do so well on the stealth part of it all so I didn’t make the cut. I’m glad things went so well for you though! I knew you were gonna kick ass. Heh, I’m sure they’d love to see you again. It’s died down a lot, but they used to ask about you all the time - my father more than my mother. Every once in a while I get asked about you still though. I’ve always been a mama’s boy. I don’t know if it’s something I’ll ever grow out of, even if you teasing me about it is probably making my face as red as a tomato right now. Trying to change the subject here, how’s your dad? And your brothers? Chris?
Nothing! …Just uhm, like, a bounce in your step I guess. An aura? I don’t know, you kinda smell the same too. That was so weird, I’m sorry.
Yeahh it does. Oh, oh..wow really? That’s..great, I’m so happy for you! I had a place back in Dublin where I’d been staying before I got here, do you hear a change in my accent? Hopefully not! I..know the feel yeah, everyone uhm, everyone gets like that sometimes you know? I didn’t think I’d be back here for a while. Are they? I mean, are they! That’s wonderful, so uhm, so training went well? And how’re your folks? ….Yeah, I guess so. Also..hey.
Well, I’m glad that my, uh, aura hasn’t changed. No, no, it’s not weird. You were around me enough, you’d know, right? I don’t think I’ve changed much, besides maybe not shaving as much and my hair being a little shorter now.
You sound the same to me. Seriously, I would’ve never even known that you were living there if you hadn’t said anything. I mean, why would I? It’s not like… forget it, I’m rambling. But, no, I didn’t think I would be back here either. Been learning that things don’t always work out the way you plan them to. I think I’ve always known that but, it’s just been happening a lot more, recently. Training… Well, uh, training did go well. Not as well as I hoped, but I learned a lot. I’m not an Auror or anything, though. So, yeah, that happened. But, what about you? How’d the training go? You made the team, didn’t you? My parents are well - still constantly bickering, still disgustingly in love. Pretty sure my mom would have killed me if I didn’t get a place reasonably close to them, but now she just pops by and visits whenever she wants. Which is… hey.
You never know when someone will get on your nerves. Of course the best option then is to brutally murder that person but I don’t think you want to end up in Azkaban so whoopee cushions are a good alternative.
Oh yeah. High school, am I right?
Well, I think anything would be a better alternative over brutally murdering someone - whoopee cushions included, I’ll give you that. Usually I’ll just ignore the person and walk away. I’m not big on confrontation.
Right, didn’t you two break each others’ eyes and kiss each others’ girlfriends a few times over our last year? That year certainly was memorable, I’ll give you that and if I remember right you threw the last punch so I think you can walk into his store proud.
Oh, I’m sorry. Threw myself on the same boat so I feel that too.
Something like that. I think I’ll probably just steer clear of it. I mean, it’s not like I’m a huge prank kind of guy anyway, so I can’t really think of a reason I’d need to get something from there anyway.
Don’t worry about it, man - really, it’s fine. Oh, yeah?