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Seeley Pichardo

Summer 2040

 

No letter had arrived at the Pichardo household to signify that anything was coming.  No warning owl to alert anyone.  In fact, that day had been surprisingly normal, boring really if one had stopped to ask Seeley.  She'd woken up a bit later then usual and skipped breakfast to make it to the marina on time where it was already packed and busy.  

 

Talus wasn't there to distract her, spending the summer with his grandparents - his actual grandparents - who had suddenly decided to show some kind of interest in his well-being and though they hadn't wanted to let him go, Oliver and Charlotte had given him the choice and he had taken it.  Regardless, the house and the days she spent helping out at the marina were more boring then usual without him and she couldn't deny that a little excitement was kind of desired.  

 

But not quite like this.  

 

The sun was hanging low in the sky and the fifteen year old was just walking through the hallway to climb the stairs towards her room when a quick set of knocks sounded on the front door.  Stopping with a foot on the bottom step and a hand on the banister she looked over her shoulder at the door.  The knocks came again.  It wasn't as if she didn't know what to do about it, but it was a rare occurrence that someone showed up unannounced and the last time it had happened it had been Desmond and his father and that had been an outright disaster.  

 

"Daddy?" She called back towards the kitchen and stepped towards the door.  "Someone's at the door!" 

 

She didn't wait for him to appear in the foyer before she pulled open the door and see who it was.  Two faces; a woman she vaguely recognized from  the back of her mind, photos she had seen somewhere but she couldn't put a name to the face and a young boy who stood with her.  "Hello?" Seeley looked out through the open door at them with confusion before she felt the weight of her father's hand on the door pulling it open farther and knew he was now standing behind her.  

 

"Aida?" He asked, his tone unreadable to her and the blonde turned quickly to look at him, but even his expression gave little away.  "What are you doing here?" 

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Nico Pichardo

For the record, the whole 'showing up unannounced thing' had not been Nico's idea. If he'd gotten his way they'd have sent word around the time his mum first brought the subject up. He would have liked to make sure it was okay before showing up on their doorstep but his mum just laughed, insisting to Nico that 'of course they'd be welcome, they were family' never mind the fact that he'd never met any of them before.

 

Something that had the boy curious, naturally, his mum having to field question after question about what they were all like. She hadn't been the most forthcoming but he was just hoping they really liked surprises and unannounced visitors. This was not the way he'd have liked present himself or spend the summer before Hogwarts but he was certain his mum knew best.. this time.

 

Nico blinked as a blonde girl opened the door, someone who looked a lot closer to his age than his mums. He tried to remember his he'd heard anything about her, but couldn't keep track of everything he'd been told about the family and his hands itched for the book he'd taken notes in.

 

He watched as his mum flashed a smile. "Is that any way to greet your sister?" It could be said his mum was not the greatest about getting right to the point. It seemed his uncle (or the man he was guessing was him) didn't have that problem.

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Suddenly the vaguely recognizable face clicked into a slot and Seeley registered who she was looking at.  At least one of the people anyway.  She had always known, at least she thought she had always known, that she had an aunt somewhere but she only existed in photographs and in stories dug out from her father or grandparents' memories.  

 

She had wanted a little excitement to liven up the boring (at least so far) summer, that she had been having.  But, maybe she had gotten more then she had wished for.  

 

The fifteen year old was flabbergasted as she was seemingly forgotten about, pushing to the side, when Oliver nodded, broke into a smile and welcomed Aida into the house - albeit a bit hesitantly.  He shouted out for Charlotte, called for the good firewhiskey to be brought down and was all of a sudden in one of the best moods she had ever seen him in.  

 

Somewhere in the rumpus and confusion of it all she found herself standing near the young boy that had come inside along with her aunt and still she knew nothing of him.  Not his name, or how old he was and all she could assume was that he belonged to Aida and thus was her cousin but it hadn't really taken the most astute of her sleuthing skills to determine that.  And as the adults disappeared out the back door and onto the patio she blinked at him, still confused and still as lost as she had been over how there hadn't been any more ceremony or questions behind their sudden arrival or where she had been for so long.  

 

"Um... Hi." She blurted out.  "I'm Seeley.  I guess we could..." normally she would have said 'go outside' figuring the climbing course in the backyard was as good a place as any to keep occupied but the backyard was already taken.  "... go upstairs?"  Her room it was.  Hopefully he liked the color purple.  

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It wasn't in his nature to go into something completely unprepared but for the moment, he had to relinquish that part of himself. Something that in truth, happened to be easier said than done. Nico worried his mum had made a mistake in not letting them announce their visit beforehand from the look on their families faces. Luckily, the surprise seemed to be replaced with a genuine happiness to see them. Or, well, his mum. Either way, it looked like maybe they were related after all.

 

"Uh, hey.." For someone who prided himself on being fairly observant he'd sort of forgotten about the girl standing near him as he'd watched the adults. "Upstairs.. sounds great." He flashed a smile, quickly making a note to remember her name. It'd probably make him seem rather dim if he forgot his own.. cousins name. Never mind that he'd only learned it about five seconds ago. "I'm Nico.."

 

Finding himself in new situations, sometimes uncomfortable ones, was nothing new to him. Nico just wished he could completely dispel the tension in his shoulders, now that he knew things were going to be fine. "Are you home for the summer?"

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A low and loud tumble of laughter flowed in through a crack in the back door and Seeley shook her head gently with a sigh.  How nice it was of her parents to just assume she knew how to handle this.  What to do when a complete stranger was dropped into her lap and she simply had to figure out how to entertain them.  Sure, she was an intelligent girl and would realize rather quickly that they were family and there was 'nothing more important then family' or so her Nonno and the story of how he had turned over the marina to Oliver would have her believe but if that were really true... where had this half of her family been for the last fifteen years of her life?  

 

All sorts of confusing and tangled thoughts wove their way into tight knots in her mind.  Ultimately though, if it were this confusing to her, she could only imagine how Nico was taking it.  

 

Leading the way, the walk up to her room seemed to take longer then it normally would as she considered what they might actually do once they got there.  What could she even talk about with him?  Thankfully, he seemed to be better at this then she was.  

 

"Well yea, from Hogwarts.  Do you go to school yet?" Immediately she regretted the question, of course he went to school somewhere.  The question was where?  Was he old enough to have started at one of their schools yet, she hadn't a clue.  She knew he wasn't at Hogwarts because there was no way she would have missed that, not with all of her ears and eyes on the ground.  But that didn't mean he didn't go elsewhere.  "I mean... I'm sure you go to school but I mean... like, I just finished my fourth year, ya know?" She rambled off as she dropped down onto the edge of her very purple bed and gave a nod in the direction of her desk where a chair was free and uncluttered, for once.  Thank Helga she had cleaned her room today.  

 

 

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It was all well and good for his mum to be having the time of her life. And Nico assumed from the sound of her laughter that she was, which only irked him a tiny bit. Nico was happy for her, honest, it was simply difficult to remember that with his heart picking up speed. Spending time with a stranger was never at the top of his to do lists.

 

Cousin or not.

 

People were great, he had no problem with the majority of them, but he was realistic. He'd moved around enough to meet all types and they weren't always what they seemed. His mum had such high hopes riding on all of this and that pressure had him nervous. What if they didn't get along? What if the girl was horribly mean, despite her sweet looking face. He knew better than to be fooled by what was on the outside so he couldn't help remaining wary, even if, he desperately wanted a friend in this household he'd been thrust upon.

 

Still, Nico knew how to talk to people, so if nothing else he figured he'd work out her favorite thing and ask her about it. Even the the most quiet, awkward of people he'd met seemed to be able to blather on for days about that. He opened his mouth, not sure what was going to come out when she started going off about schooling and oh! She was a fourth year. Wow.

 

Old lady alert!

 

He was totally kidding, thankful that he hadn't blurted it out. The fact didn't escape him that she'd spent four year at Hogwarts and therefore should have immensely valuable information about the place and people. "I'm going to Hogwarts.. after the summer is over." The familiar mixture of excitement and anxiety washed over him the way it always did when he talked about what was to come. "A bit nervous about it, really."

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