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    PostSubject: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:22 am

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    Cassana curled into her queen sized, fluffy comforter clad inn room bed with a smile on her face.

    She thought about how happy she was to have something so normal as a Girl's Weekend. It also felt very maturing, like super adult-ish. Not to say Cassie was immature, but she was a 19 year old woman who watched Netflix, wore frilly dresses, and ate candy like a three year old. As fate would have it, she lucked out in a roommate three weeks ago.

    Three weeks, maybe a short time to others, was like an eternity and an hour to Cassie. It dragged on with classes and tire, but it went fast when she got to spend time with her roommate she was assigned. Brooke was, well, amazing. She and Cassie matched pitch on enthusiasm, on common likes and dislikes, and sometimes Cassie liked to imagine that maybe, if the world had been kinder to her and Gabriella maybe they'd act the same way her and Brooke did. Except, self-consciousness swallowed Cassie whole when she considered telling Brooke she thought of her as anything more than just a good friend or roommate.

    In the past three weeks, Cassie had taken on the job of tutoring Brooke. It was a challenge in someways because Cassie wasn't an avid teacher, but also because it felt dangerous that two klutzes were allowed in the same vicinity of fire and materials that could maim. Luckily there had been no major accidents. She found that even outside of class she spent a lot of time with Brooke. Sometimes it was shopping (which normally ended in a step reprimanding to watch where they walked), sometimes it was walking around (one time they had managed to ruin a flash mob in London), and the safest was when they simply found a place to plop down and eat after a grueling potions' tutoring session.

    "I propose," Cassie had begun during a dinner after one session, "that you and I go to Avalon, spend the weekend at a pub, and simply enjoy the beach and the sights. No school, no nothing, just two great friends and the sea." Brooke heartily agreed and they packed their bags, Brooke parted with her boyfriend (whom she was with when she wasn't with Cassie) and Cassie parted with her books.

    Currently curled into her inn room bed, one of the two queen sized beds with huge, soft, comforters that made the sleepers and resters feel like they were being hugged by a sweet pillow. There were two of those, one kitchen/dining island area, one desk with a chair in the corner next to a window that overlooked the streets of Avalon, a large space of floor between the two beds, and a door (clearly).

    She bit her lower lip before grasping the pillow her head was laying on and shucking it to the floor, then rolling off the bed and onto the floor with a thump.

    "Psst, Brooke, I don't want to sleep, can we talk or something instead?" Cassie whined, even though they had a day full of Pier games and other stuff planned for their last Sunday in Avalon, Cassie's energy was to never be underestimated for it fluctuated at the strangest of time's. 0100 in the morning included. "Please?" This part was a beg, like a sister begging for her other sister's item or something like that. Cassie pouted in the dark, waiting for Brooke to reply.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:43 am

    [[OOC: Trigger warnings in some of the following posts, including the recounting of a rape, in minimal detail. They will be scattered throughout this thread, with only some containing said trigger warnings. Read at your OWN CAUTION.]]

    The breaking of the pipes had been a blessing in disguise, in the eyes of the witch, because otherwise, she would have never really gotten to spend time with Cassana. Brooke had never had a best friend before - of the girl kind, that is; Joe was, of course, not just her boyfriend - and as such didn't really dare to bring it up with the other witch. What if Cassie thought that they were close friends and not besties?

    Still, she had decided to permanently move into the smaller dorm with Cassana, even after the pipes had been fixed. And the best part was that the two were similar in so many, many ways. Already they shared a love of Disney, and music, and books, and animals... Although, as her mother pointed out in a letter, the two made quite a pair, considering that they were equally clumsy. Burning down the school was a very high possibility.

    Potions, on the other hand, was where one difference lay - Cassie was good, Brooke was.. well, she was not. Luckily enough, too, for they frequently partnered up during lessons and to have two clumsy witches bumbling around with ingredients and cauldrons would not have been a smart idea. In fact, Cassana was so good that she tutored the ex-Gryffindor.

    Improvement was.. happening, albeit slowly, and so far Brooke had not had another explosion. The two normally hung out after lessons, until that one incident with a flash mob in Muggle London and almost exposing magic for half a town to see, and they decided that if they did go out together, they either had to bring someone with them - other than Joe, for 3 clumsy people would end in disaster) - or settle for a simple meal. The latter was the obvious choice, for they enjoyed their girl alone time.

    It was after one lesson that Brooke heard the best idea she had ever come across, agreeing at once; that very afternoon, the two left to spend a 'girls only' weekend at Avalon. Plans were made and they settled into a cosy room for the night.

    She was wide awake, too excited to sleep, when she heard the other witch speaking. Giggling slightly, she sat up, turning to face the bed across from hers. "I don't want to either," she admitted, grabbing her wand and flicking the light on.

    Squinting in the sudden brightness, she grinned. "What shall we talk about?" she paused momentarily, and then a light bulb went off in her mind and she let out a squeal. "Truth or dare! Let's play truth or dare! We've never done that before!"

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:04 am

    Cassie rarely had "bonding" moments with Gabriella, and this entire weekend was just one big forever bond waiting to happen. She couldn't even remember the last time she'd had a sleepover with a friend much less an entire weekend away with another. During sleepovers there was a common theme of talking about the usual, other people, boys, school, and drama. Those were all irrelevant when one was out of pubescent age.

    "Okay, truth or dare sounds like the best," she nodded excitedly, smiling brightly, even as she flinched when the lights helped her eyes focus on her friend's mass of curls. They were a vibrant color that reminded her of-

    "Except," Cassie said, sitting up now too, her own wand in her hand, "nothing to do with fire, elements, food, wood, potions, water, or - no magic actually." She cringed. "There's a large possibility one of us could elementally screw up again and suddenly we're suspended from magic." She shuddered at the thought before waving her hand in front of her face. "But that doesn't mean it's not fun, though! We can still do silly dares, I mean we're both smart and creative I'm sure we'll figure something out." She added quickly. It wasn't that she didn't trust Brooke to not give her something that would get her and her magic in jeopardy, she didn't trust herself to not create another "incident". Merlin knows how upset Joe would be if they landed in jail or something akin to that.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:18 am

    Running a hand through her hair to straighten what she was sure was a tangled mess of red, she giggled at the warnings. "I say food is fine, as is water, as long as we don't involve magic with our dares. Or anything that could kill us, or destroy the room, or.. well, hurt anyone, really," she chimed in. This was actually quite true; if they weren't careful, they really could end up being banned from magic.

    Nodding, she grabbed her pillow and hugged it close. "Muggle dares, really. As for questions.. I say no boundaries and no passes. We have to answer and we must be honest." With a little shrug, she looked towards the other witch.

    "So, who starts? You or me?" she asked, then smirked a little, using her wand to summon a coin. "Okay, heads, I go, tail, you go," she added, then flipped the coin and watched it land. Showing it to Cassana, she let out a mock sigh. "Darn, uhm, can I flip again?" she joked, before biting her lip in thought.

    "Okay, uhh, I going to wuss out for this first one. Truth," she said, after a moment's pause, sending a sly grin towards Cassie.

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:38 am

    Cassie was glad that Brooke was easy to get along with, also entertaining. Some day, Cassie would argue that they needed their own show. It would be a dynamic and fascinating TV show, that Netflix would appreciate more than that some of the stuff they had on there.

    "It's not like we're evil people," Cassie pointed out, "I mean witches don't hurt people." She paused before adding extra words with a pointed, teasing stare. "Or each other."

    Cassie took the moment to grasp a hair tie off the adjacent nightstand with ease to tie her hair back from her face, enjoying the warm room air on her. She snorted with laughter when the coin ended in her favor. She bit her lower lip, contemplating whether or not to bring up a question that sort of haunted her for a while since they met as temporary roommates. She pushed it aside, she'd ask that later. This time she clapped her hands together and grinned mischievously.

    "So, truth huh?" She tapped her chin pretending to think about the question before leaning forward, eyes dancing with tease in it, watching Brooke's face for any freckles to appear when she asked her question, "does Joe kiss with tongue?" She asked, baring her tongue in a joking gesture.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:54 am

    Gazing back with an innocent smile, Brooke pretended to look confused for a moment. "Oh, darn," she muttered. "There goes my idea of a pillow fight later on," she continued moments later, returning the look that Cassana had just given her. "I mean, since we don't hurt each other, that is." With a wink, she added, "That means rictusempra isn't out of the question, though, because I'm sure it doesn't hurt." With a cunning grin, she gave a wink.

    And of course, Cassie was always one to cut to the chase. The mention of Joe alone was enough to cause freckles, but when combined with having to talk about how the two kissed.. Well, it was like somebody threw a bucket of those red spots onto her face; Brooke could feel them start up at once, not stopping as she paused to think.

    "Uhmm.. Well.. Uhh.." she started, shaking her head. "I'll get you back for this, I swear," she muttered, only half joking before taking a deep breath. "If uh.. if it's just a good night peck no. But.." Not knowing how to phrase it, she motioned with her hands a few times, finally managing to splutter, "Not really.. No. He's.. gentle."

    Involuntarily, she shuddered, but hid it by squeezing the pillow to herself, so that it would seem as though her movements were caused by that, and not.. And not because she could still feel Josh's tongue on her lips all those years ago.

    "Your turn!" Smiling in mock sweetness at the other which, Brooke asked, "Truth or dare?"

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:48 pm

    Cassie was always often taken aback by how alike Brooke and her, but also how different they are. Cassie was no innocent baby, but she also wasn't the most experienced nineteen year old. She'd lived a fairly sheltered life growing up. No her parents never lied to her or deliberately excluded her from the horrors of the world, but that didn't mean she had personally gone through life and gone through these things. However, she did know people who had gone through those sorts of terrible things. It made her stomach churn and she'd change the subject, too nervous to try and psychologically help them.

    "Well, I mean a Potioneer nerd who spends all her time reading and basically cooking versus an Auror who goes out and does all cool super-spy stuff? I'd be doomed." She concluded dramatically, lifting a hand to her face in joking horror. "I'm kidding, kinda." She giggled.

    She bit her lower lip to contain her mirth at the way that Brooke's face was simply aglow with freckles - in a totally adorable way - but it was the equivalent to a blush in Cassie's eyes.

    "I'd expect nothing of an A plus gentleman like Joe," Cassie said honestly smiling widely at the mention of her best- sort of - friend's boyfriend. "One of these days I'm going to have to met him you know." She said, her intent in good nature and serious.

    "Well, since I'm an open book," she said with a grin, "I'll have to test that intelligence of yours, which is pretty big as you know, and choose truth, see what kind of dirt you can dig up." She joked.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:14 pm

    Trying to stare threateningly at Cassie, Brooke failed and instead burst into laughter. "You are doomed!" she teased, then paused. "Give me a sec to join you," she added, pushing herself off the bed and landing on the floor opposite the other witch. Crossing her legs, she hugged her pillow to herself. "There, much better. Otherwise I'll have to keep looking down at you," she joked with a giggle. "Get it? Look down?"

    Her comment on Joe only made more freckles grow as she shook her head mockingly. "Why, so you can ask him how I kiss? No thanks!" With a sly wink, Brooke added, "I wouldn't trust you to be alone with him for a second! Why, you might find out all my secrets!" She was obviously teasing; Cassana and her were very close, and shared practically everything. There were only a couple of things Brooke hadn't told her room-mate, and those were because she wasn't sure if the other witch could even handle hearing about such things, not because she didn't want to tell.

    "Oooo, okay, truth!" Frowning for a few seconds, deep in thought, she then broke into a slow smile. "It's an easy one, don't worry. What is the one question you don't want me to ask you?" Smirking at Cassana, Brooke waited for an answer, unable to hide how smug she was feeling; it was always fun to play with sporting people, and she knew Cassie was just that.

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:11 am

    At Brooke's attempt to look scary, Cassie fell into a tremulous amount of giggles because the idea of her being remotely threatening to Cassana was ridiculously. Mostly because she knew where Brooke lived (with her duh) and that was enough of a reason for her to not be scared. She also trusted Brooke to not hurt her. She laughed at the joke.

    "Naturally." She rolled her eyes grinning, knees still pulled up to her chest.

    When she landed on the ground too Cassie's grin grew large.

    "Pfft, I'm sure it's sloppy like a dog," she blew a raspberry at her quite childishly, giggling at the absurdity, "didn't you know I'm called the Archive of Secrets?" She joked. "I'll find your secrets eventually!" She threatened, half-serious, half-joking. She bit her lower lip, was she still hurting after Tom? No because he was worlds away and she would never have to see him ever, Cassie thought with relief. However her sister...

    "I guess, it would have to be about my sister," she smiled weakly, "we're closer than she and I are." She honestly said, feeling a little downtrodden thinking of Gabriella. "I'll go dare on my next turn, but for now what sort of secrets are you keeping from the Archive of Secrets?" She cajoled before adding with a saucy grin. "Unless you'd like some sort of brilliant dare from yours truly."
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:43 am

    "Heyyyy!" she complained, reaching behind her to grab the spare pillow and throwing it words Cassana. "I do not kiss like a sloppy dog!" Narrowing her eyebrows and wiggling them in a obviously fake flirtatious manner, she added, "Do you really want to know how I kiss?" A few moment later she shook her head and exclaimed, "Ewww gross, sorry," breaking into a fit of laughter.

    At the mention of secrets, Brooke giggled. "Nuh uh," she teased back, winking. There was only one secret she truly had, and it was definitely not something light about a crush or anything. She doubted she would ever share it with anyone else, although if there was one person she would trust to be in the know, it was the witch before her.

    Nodding, immediately serious, Brooke reached forward and gave Cassie's knee a tiny squeeze. "That must suck, I'm really sorry," she said, meaning it completely. Then, because she definitely didn't want to do a dare just yet, she grinned. "Truth again for me, again, please!" she said, with a soft giggle.

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:33 am

    Cassie always found herself laughing uncontrollably around Brooke and this was no different. When she flirted, Cassie literally snorted. Like a pig. Then peeling laughter erupted from her and she was outright dying of laughter. She held her stomach for a moment before greedily drinking in the air tor regulate her breath again.

    "We're ridiculous," she declared after her laughing fit. "In a totally good way of course, not in a like wow we say dumb stuff so we're ridiculous but in a wow we are incredibly hilarious to the point that it's ridiculous." Realizing she was rambling and it wasn't making sense she grinned. "It's too late for me to philosop-philosopho-philosophize." She screwed up the word philosophize multiple times before finally getting it right. She laughed again.

    "Truth huh?" She bit her lower lip before realization dawned on her, eyes full of mirth and curiosity. "Have you, y'know, done the do? Made the beasts with two backs?" She just assumed that it was Joe of course if she had, but she couldn't help asking it since Joe and Brooke had been together for quite a while as far as she knew.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:35 pm

    Well, once Cassie started laughing there was no way Brooke could keep calm. It always happened that way, too: one of them would start and then seconds later they would both be rolling on the floor wetting themselves at the randomest things. How they hadn't disrupted a class with their antics yet she honestly didn't know.

    When they finally stop laughing, Cassana had gone and tried to speak, and Brooke snorted. "No, I'm pretty sure we say dumb stuff," she teased, grinning. "I mean, you know, we're us. Can't have it any other way!" Giggling. she shrugged. "Definitely too late if you can't even say the word!" But she didn't bother to say which word, quite certain that if she tried, she would also end up failing.

    "Truth," she confirmed, then waited, eyes smiling along with her lips. Cassana was definitely having fu..- Wait, what? Almost instantly, her face paled, and the grin faltered, not disappearing, but rather freezing in place. It was funny how such an innocently asked question had such drastic effects. She was quite sure that Cassana meant with Joe, but the answer to that was no; Brooke just hadn't been ready.

    Not able to lie to a friend, and silently cursing the phrasing of the question (but not Cassana), Brooke nodded slowly. "Y-yes, o-once," she said, slowly, unable to help the stutter. While she was recovered in body, and had moved on, the very thought of her first - and only - time still brought up memories that she never wanted to relive. And, at the same time, she didn't want to forget, because she knew it made her who she was - made her stronger, too.

    Part of her just wanted to leave it there, but at the same time, she couldn't. It was as if the universe had set everything up perfectly so she could tell Cassana what happened, but that didn't make it any less terrifying. With all the courage she could muster, she softly, in a tone almost foreign to her, she added, "B-but it wasn't v-voluntary." The last word came out soft, whispered, and slowly, as if each letter was an entire syllabus. Having said all she could for the moment, she focused on the floor in front of her, not able to bring herself to look at Cassana. She honestly wasn't crying, or upset; it simply hurt to bring up the past.

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:43 pm

    Cassana was sure of very few things in life. She was sure that her favorite color was pink, that her mother was Idna and her father was Macen and her sister was Gabriella, that the sky was blue but prettiest when a lighter shade of magenta or pink, and that Brooke was her first real friend. The first real friend she'd had because of their kindred spirits. A world where two people similar, but different, could meet and become close. What a world.

    "We are pretty great huh?" Cassie said smugly, "I mean I know I'm great, and since we're friends I guess you are too," she joked, mock-boasting. Her voice was too exaggerated to be taken seriously.

    Then at Brooke's next words, Cassie felt her heart stop. Everything about Brooke had changed, the jovial mood gone, and Cassana felt nervous. She was ready to make a joke about Joe or something, but looking at the pale of Brooke's face in the light, she knew better. She lifted her hand to place it over Brooke's and then interlock their fingers, a sign of patience. Then Cassie's heart went out to Brooke as she tried to reign in her emotions. Rage that Brooke had been defiled in such a way, sorrow for the loss, and tinges of admiration that her roommate was so strong that she powered through that kind of event.

    "You don't have to say anything," she had chosen the appropriate amount of words, just a few, not a lot, but enough to show her support, "I won't think any less or more of you for whatever happens next, I mean I'll think more of you but that's pretty hard to think you're more amazing than you already are." As per usual, Cassie was eluded into a ramble.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:23 pm

    Taking a deep breath and giving Cassie a half smile, Brooke nodded. "I.. I know I don't." Giggling slightly, she shrugged. "It..well, it was a long time ago. It's a story that.. still doesn't make sense to me. I.. My parents and Joe are the only ones who .. who know the full story." Pausing, she finally looked up towards Cassana, her eyes still as bright as ever and still alight - there were no more tears to be shed over the situation, but that never made it easier. "I.. I don't wish to burden you with.. with my past.. But.. If you want to know.. I trust you."

    It was all completely true. Brooke, deep down, trusted Cassana - trusted her enough to have already shared this much, which meant a lot. But, at the same time, what happened in Hogwarts - in that Prefects bathroom that she never used, even after he left - was a heavy thing to have to carry around. It had gotten much lighter with Joe supporting her in everything, and she quite honestly didn't feel its weight as much any more, but she knew it was hard for people to bear - especially someone as caring as Cassie was.

    Did the witch before her know that Brooke was okay? Trying to recall what she said, she frowned a little before giving up; she honestly couldn't remember. Instead, she gave another little shrug and said, "But, honestly, Cassie, I'm okay. I've.. recovered." The very words she choose took her back at once to that day in the hospital wing, when Joe first found out. And, repeating the words he had replied, she added, "Joe and I, we..- well, we made it."

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:18 pm

    Cassie smiled reassuringly, gently as she could, but not in a patronizing way. She didn't want to offend Brooke, but she wanted desperately to show that she was there for her roommate however way she needed her. She felt indignant offense hit her that Brooke would ever think she'd in anyway be a burden to Cassie. Even if they had been friends for a mere short months, they'd done enough together to make her feel sure that their friendship was worth more than gold, more than money, more than the chance to become the world's best Potioneer/Auror. At least that's how Cassana felt.

    "You'll never be a burden to me, Brooke," Cassie said confidently squeezing the redhead's hand in assurance. She couldn't believe the enormous strength the witch before her must have to overcome such a tragedy. It made her heart ache for her friend. "Joe sounds like the best kind of guy." She said added smiling, supposing it must have been hard on both of them to get over it together. However they had. They had and they had done so with love for each other. She felt relieved to know Brooke was okay.

    "Was it-how long ago was it?" Cassie asked, curious. "I'd like to know, please. You don't have to say everything if you don't want to." She added after a moment.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:29 pm

    There was nothing to say in reply to Cassana, only a nod, and a smile. Joe truly was amazing - and the other witch could never imagine how much so. But, if she truly wanted to know, Brooke was open. Part of her knew that Cassie would never treat her the same again, but at the same time, she knew it wasn't going to be in a bad way.

    Taking a deep breath, she managed a smile. "It was in my fifth year but.. But it started much further back." Swallowing dryly, she hugged her pillow closer, for comfort, even though she didn't exactly need that. "His name was Josh Murray. I don't know if you know, but they - the Murrays - are a high up there Pureblood family. And Josh.. well, he was never quite what you would call nice."

    "I met Joe .. well, you know how that happened. In the forest; I remember telling you. It's what happened after.. After, when Joe had left-" And every time she said his name, whether or not she realised, her eyes lit up and her lips twitched in a sort of smile. "That's when Josh came over. He.. I don't know why - I still don't -... He claimed I was Joe's toy and that.. that it "was his turn to play". Then he said if I didn't let him have what he wanted he'd hurt Tristan, and Joe... He broke my wand, then.. Kissed me. My first kiss."

    She took a deep breath, calmed her nerves, and then tried to smile again. "I had a date with Joe a few days later.. He was so sweet, bought me flowers.. But then.. I showed up and before I could talk to him.. Josh came. And took the flowers from Joe. And sent him away. And.. and kissed me again."

    It sounded like a stroy from somebody else, as though she wasn't talking about what happened to her, but rather, accounting a story she read or something. But Brooke knew it wasn't. "After that.. he kept Joe and me away from each other. It.. he.. I got so angry one day. So, so angry. I.. I went to see him. In the prefect's bathroom - he had just showered. I.. I pulled out my wand. I was so angry, I just wanted him to leave me - leave us - alone. But.. but I couldn't. I couldn't hurt him. I knew the spells, I knew the words to say but I couldn't."

    She paused, letting silence fill the atmosphere. Would she - could she - relive those moments? But she had already come so far, there was no backing down, not now, not ever. "I tried to leave. But, I slipped. I tripped and fell into him. He.. He pushed me down, took my wand.. and.. I was on my knees and hands.. Like a dog... the entire time. That's how.. that's.. After, he left.. He didn't bother to leave. He.. he went to shave.."

    "I got up, left the room, went to.. to the room of requirements. I.. well, I passed out - everything hurt. And I woke up at home, in bed." She shook her head. "He was never charged - we can't. His family.. he.. is too high up the ranks. The Ministry.. everything.. It's.. Impossible."

    "Oh, but Joe.. Joe suffered more. He.. Joe.. tried to end his life.. And it was Josh, too. But... But that's another story... Why, I never found out. Why me, why Joe. But.. it doesn't matter. I've forgiven him, I've moved on."

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:22 pm

    When Brooke spoke, Cassie listened with avid interest apparent on her face. No she'd never heard of the Murray's; America didn't give to shites for blood purity. The only things she knew about England during her life in America were the events of the Second Wizarding War, the issues that brought and that prejudice would never die.

    At the fact that this Josh had clearly had it out for Brooke, she felt outraged. Silently she was glad she never went to Hogwarts, she would've gotten expelled for sucker punching this jackhole in the face. Of course, from the way Brooke described him, she would've gotten worse than expelled.

    She couldn't interrupt her friend, didn't have the strength too, tears of pity, of silent anger rose to her eyes and she wiped them away quickly with the back of her hand. She stayed silent, staring at her friend with eyes not full of pity but admiration. At her story about the Perfect's bathroom of the actual events, Cassie could imagine it. It made the tears well up again; anger and frustration that her friend had been treated like so. She'd read the books of what happened to muggleborns in the Second Wizarding War, knew of the horror's but never of an act full of such depravity.

    And Joe! She'd never met her roommate's boyfriend but her heart was in pieces for these two. Two people who were made of hearts of gold, able to find each other, become each others' strengths; it was the stuff great storytellers worked to discover.

    "Yo-," she cleared out her throat, the hoarseness from held back sobs making it sound deeper, "you're a- you-." She stopped trying to find words.

    Instead she threw her arms around Brooke's neck and drew her in for a tight hug. She pulled away, arm's still on Brooke's person, eyes full of the gentle care one had for someone whom they loved.

    "You- I-," she was speechless. It was simply amazing to her that Brooke had gone through so much and was able to laugh, able to smile, able to love. There weren't enough people like her in the world she decided. She inhaled deeply, closing her eyes to center herself. When she opened brown eyes again they were filled with intense adoration.

    "You are brilliant Brooke, clumsy, intelligent, and breathtaking. For all your strength, there is nothing in the world that can stop you, and-and you are my best friend." That last part she said more as a declaration rather than a statement.
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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:37 am

    If there was one thing she was expecting, it was most definitely not for Cassana to start crying, and for a moment Brooke was lost for words. She honestly, truly did not know what to say, which was a rare thing. Why Cassie was the one doing that, she couldn't figure it out, but the humour of the situation didn't escape her for a moment. As much as the other witch was trying to hold in her tears, Brooke was trying to hold in her laughter.

    When the hug came, she was still making odd noises, and then finally, she couldn't hold it in any longer and started giggling. "Y-you're not the one w-who..- who should be c-crying," she spluttered between breaths, unable to control it any more. "Oh Merlin, I'm sorry. I'm not laughing at you b-but.." she trailed off, laughing, and took a few moments to calm herself. "Honestly, Cassie, you're amazing. There's nothing to cry for!" Smiling reassuringly, she paused to think about it and started laughing again. "And now I'm consoling you!"

    The two simple sentences that came after that made her stop at once. Did she hear right? Did Cassana just say what Brooke thought she did? Brooke had never had a girl best friend before, or any, for that matter - besides Joe, of course. To hear someone calling her that, and to have felt the same way about that person.. Well, it wasn't something she expected.

    "No, I'm not," she answered, honestly. "All those previous things, that is. But.. but you're my best friend too, Cassana." There were so many things she wanted to add, like how much she admired Cassie for her potions skills, and how much she enjoyed being around her, but right now, the words wouldn't come and Brooke simply left it there, leaning over to give the witch a hug to try and show her .. her best friend what she felt in that moment.

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    PostSubject: Re: How to Make a Best Friend (Brooke)   Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:22 am

    When Brooke started laughing, Cassie felt indignant anger rise and she felt silly. Surely Brooke wasn't pranking her or playing a mean joke by saying that? Maybe she was actually a witch actress trying to figure out how to play the part of a clumsy dork and that's why she'd taken up a room with Cassie. Maybe Brooke was actually a spy from her parents to watch her and make sure she stay a chaste and intelligent witch. Or maybe Brooke was actually the thought-to-be-deceased Dumbledore disguising herself to find the next Severus Snape.

    Okay that third idea was a little far fetched, but a girl could dream! Especially a girl who had a deep love for potions. The first theory was out of the option because there had been too many almost-fires for Cassie to count on one hand at their dorm and she hadn't been the only cause. The second one was also discredited because her parents were surprised she'd gotten a roommate when she told them as well as wary and offered to buy her another living space. To which, Cassie huffed and declined. So she pouted at Brooke's laughter, pulling back to stare contemplatively at her roommate, awaiting an explanation.

    However, the explanation was plausible and Cassie felt herself glow under it so she smiled at Brooke.

    "And I'm glad I've got you to console me, honestly," she said, replying to Brooke's reassuring smile with one of her own.

    Cassie scoffed at Brooke's disclaimer to being intelligent or clumsy.

    "I'm a truth-teller, Brooke, I've got no reason to lie." She giggled. "You can't tell me you're not honestly clumsy, that's the greatest understatement of the year."

    In reply to Brooke's hug she held the other witch tightly, too glad to have something she'd never thought she'd have; a genuine, real, best friend right there before her. She held her there for a moment before pulling back and yawning.

    "You are definitely my best friend too, Brooke," Cassie confirmed.

    "I think it's beddie by for me," she proclaimed as she stood up before she crawled onto her bed, facing her friend so she might wake up facing her best friend.
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