No turning back now
Mon Jul 16, 2018 16:44

The more she thought about it and took in Claudia’s body language, the more certain Remington was about what was going to happen. If it was something that someone needed to see, that Claudia needed them to see… well, she kind of understood. This got her wondering how pensieves might be used. If memories were admissible as evidence, would they be used as the auror version of body cameras? What would it look like if a memory had been incredibly altered or suffered from bias? That was the great thing about cameras. They did, technically, show exactly what happened.

And Remington genuinely wanted a better understanding of what happened. Maybe this would provide her some clarity, too, as to why Dade started avoiding her. It all seemed to center around that timeline of events, and Remington couldn’t figure out when her part in everything started. She felt lost when she thought about her friendship. Before, she’d considered Dade to be her best friend. Now that had to be Drew, and that was fine, but what about Dade? If she could gain any more understanding than she already had from this, then she’d be thrilled.

She followed Claudia to the pensieve and felt a flutter of nervousness in her stomach. This had nothing to do with her; why was she nervous? Maybe it was because she knew how intimate this thing Claudia was about to share must be for the Cetus. Remington felt as though she didn’t have a comparable memory to offer. That would be a concern for after this, so she pushed it to the back of her mind as they stopped in front of the dias.

All it took was a brief flash of what she was about to see to confirm it for her. ”Are you sure?” Remington swallowed and tugged on her bow to make sure her hair was still in place. “Yeah.” She briefly touched Claudia’s arm and gave it a gentle, friendly squeeze. “I’m sure.”

And then she took the plunge.

She found herself in the Defense Against the Arts class from last term. It was pretty clear what she was getting to see. And the first thing that she realized was this was Holland’s boggart, and Claudia, who was slipping out of the classroom, was clearly not leaving to follow Dade. She was leaving to avoid this. Remington slipped out the door too and followed the older student.

She stood behind Claudia, off slightly to the side by the wall, and looked between her and Dade. They weren’t far apart, and Dade was kicking a wall. Remington could tell that her friend didn’t want to talk to anyone, but Claudia asked if boggarts were uninteresting to him anyway. Right, this all came back to the boggart class. The Draco hated that she didn’t notice Dade walking out of class and didn’t follow him. Maybe that’s why he was so mad at her. He had some weird conspiracy that she could’ve stopped all of this. It made no sense but that was Dade.

Speaking of, everything seemed to escalate way too quickly, with no warning and no logic. Dade went from telling Claudia to go away to both of them walking without interacting towards what she assumed was the Cetus common room. Then, Dade had his wand and the spell - she recognized the spell, or what it was supposed to be, but couldn’t place what it was supposed to do - was cast, and there was fire, everywhere.

Remington pressed her back against the wall and even though she knew this was a memory and she was safe, the heat from the flames still made her heart jump to her throat. This felt too real, too dangerous, and so confusing. There was an alarm and Shifty appeared, but all Remington could process in the end was the feeling of flying out of the pensieve and suddenly she was back in the classroom.

She took a step back, two steps, then three, far enough away that she could put her hands on her knees and bend over to try and catch her breath. Sweat was beaded across her brow. After a few gasps for air did nothing to calm her racing mind, all she knew is that she absolutely wasn’t in the place to have a turn, and she had so many more questions than she’d started out with. She also knew she had something else that was way more important than anything she wanted to ask.

“Claudia?” She managed to straighten herself up when her voice came back to her. “I’m…” She shook her head. “I am so sorry. I didn’t know details, at all, and… I am so sorry. I didn’t know.”

She was absolutely spending that evening in the library so she could learn everything she could about pensieve memories.

  • Let's get to it, then - Claudia, Mon Jul 16 15:42
    Remington gave Claudia her express permission to show whatever she wanted. Even if she had not correctly guessed at the event Claudia had in mind (and she probably had, because Remy was smart, and... more
    • No turning back now - Remington, Mon Jul 16 16:44
      • Any regrets? - Claudia, Tue Jul 17 16:04
        Claudia tried not to flinch when Remington touched her. Her tentatively developing acquaintanceship with the fourth year was based almost solely on the genuinely selfless way Remy had come to... more
        • Forget regret - Remington, Sat Jul 21 17:13
          Admittedly, Remington knew very little about the incident between Dade and Claudia. Dade made it seem like he’d been in danger of being attacked and was reacting. If there were more, she hadn’t been... more
          • Forget forgiveness - Claudia, Sun Jul 22 11:39
            The fifth year had genuinely not expected Remington to be so affected by her memory, and she might be close to regretting her decision, except for the relief flooding through her that she had not... more
            • Can you imagine? - Remington, Sun Jul 22 18:24
              Remington hoped that this would have made things more clear, but instead things were more confused. Why hadn’t Dade told her about this? Like, why hadn’t he told her anything? He was her first friend ... more
              • I have an exceptional imagination - Claudia, Mon Jul 23 14:28
                When Remington confessed that she didn’t know whether she was still friends with Dade, Claudia found herself feeling something akin to sympathy for the other girl. She knew what it was like to have a ... more
                • Remington didn’t realize just how hurt she’d been at Dade’s lack of responses over the summer until Claudia provided her with new information. Apparently, Dade hadn’t even been home to receive her... more
                  • There are so many problems right now - Claudia, Wed Jul 25 15:03
                    Remy didn’t comment on the information about Dade living away from home for the duration of the summer, so Claudia elected to let the matter slide; it was of no further consequence to her, and she... more
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