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Rían O' Donnell

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Rían O' Donnell

Rí had tortured himself for the whole of potions class.

 

There had been no @Jaxon Sinclair, which was to be expected. He was still recuperating in the Hospital Wing. Though there was no sign of @Adrina Althaus-Valerio either. Usually she sat with him. This irked Rían for a number of reasons; the main one being it used to be him that sat with Jack. Since Addy had moved in now Rían worked alone on his work. He usually worked in solitude just a few seats down. Though it suited him. At his seat in the back of the class he could see everything fairly well. And when noticed there was no Addy either today, it didn't sit well with him. 

 

He had been thinking it over the whole of the class. He was distracted. His notes scatty. His practical work decent, but not up to his normal standard. Jack probably would want to make sure she was alright. Even though it irritated Rían and the thoughts of social interactions right now made him nauseated it was what Jack would want. Rían was a grumpy arse, but he wasn't a bad friend. 

 

Arguing with himself the whole time he slunk along the corridors, he was successful in managing to avoid Professors etc. He still had nobody to be his buddy, and didn't want to get yelled at. But it couldn't be helped. He wasn't Dr Frankenstein and couldn't just whip up a friend when he didn't have any. Standing at the door of the Great Hall he went over what he was going to say again. Trying to build up his confidence. His sister had always told him to fake it until he made it. He wasn't very good at that though. Throwing his eyes to the floor he closed his eyes for a moment, shaking his head. Looking up once again he trained his eyes around the Great Hall, trying to find her. 

 

Nodding as he located her at the Hufflepuff table, he sighed a sigh of relief. She was alone and that would make it a little easier anyway. Drumming up what little confidence he has, he began to stride toward her. As he walked though, his confidence began to seep away. By the time he reached the Puff table, it was was gone altogether. Although it didn't stop him puffing his chest out and trying to fake it. He stood over Addy and cleared his throat, looking down at where she sat. Clearing his throat he tried to run over what he had worked on before he came up from Potions. Although that was gone too.

 

Eventually he choked out "Why....why weren't you in Potions?"

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Adrina Althaus-Valerio

She had gotten up for class that day fully intending on attending.  

 

It wasn't until she'd reached the door on the potions classroom that she'd fully accepted that it would be too much.  Too much without Jack there beside her, not because he wasn't there to cut things up for her because if it meant he was okay she would surely accept that cutting up bits of already dead creatures was better then not having one of her dearest friends and whatever else he was to her safe and whole and in one piece.  Adrina could accept that.  

 

But the truth of it was that he wasn't there, like so many of her friends and their classmates and she couldn't come to grips with that and so when she was just a turn of a corridor and half a hall away from the dungeon classroom she had turned back around and retreated back to her dorm instead.  It wasn't a very comforting place at the moment either but it was better then the classroom would have been.  

 

Once she was sure class was well underway she made her way back out into the corridors and eventually found herself in the great hall where Rían found her sitting at the hufflepuff table holding a mug of hot cocoa with her legs folded under her along the bench seat.   

 

Addy was honestly surprised that he had noticed she had been missing from class.  Despite all of her best efforts to be friendly with Jack's friend he always seemed distant and she jumped slightly in surprised when he approached and spoke to her.  Regardless of that feeling, she was rarely one to give up especially on social engagements and even though she couldn't bring herself to smile she did look up at him and then back down at the space next to her at the table, a silent invitation extended.   

 

"You noticed?" She asked.  "I tried to come but I couldn't do it.  Did I miss anything important?"   

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Rían O' Donnell

Rían didn't really know what to say after that question. But now he had started he couldn't exactly shy away. 

 

"Er.." Standing wringing his hands awkwardly as he watched her, he searched for an answer. He didn't know why, but he hadn't counted on her replying so quickly. He didn't notice her silent invitation. He never was very good with social cues. He continued to just stand awkwardly. "Of course I noticed." 

 

Eventually he stopped wringing his hands. Though his left one did go up to rub the back of his neck instead. "It was...." Shrugging he cleared his throat again "The same as always I guess" Which was true. It wasn't any different to Rían. He sat alone as always, taking in what everyone else was doing. The only difference being rather than waiting till after class to stuff himself with sugary snacks, he did it continuously throughout class. He had been trying to eat healthy. Trying to be healthy and get rid of the extra pounds he had put on during the summer had gone to the wayside for copious amounts of sugary tea and sweet snacks. 

 

Everyone grieved in their own ways. When worried and stressed it was how he coped. 

 

Eventually he spoke again, quiet but his Northern Irish accent as strong and melodical as ever. 

 

"You can have my notes to copy" Shrugging again he reached forward past her to take something chocolatey and started nibbling on it self consciously. 

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Adrina Althaus-Valerio

The same as always?  

 

Her head shook from side to side, unconsciously refuting such words.  There was no way that it was the same as always.  Their classmates were missing, injured or worse.  He had to realize that.  Her eyes raised and critiqued him carefully for any sign that he was joking, but then again why would he joke at a moment like this.   

 

Of course, she didn't know the ravenclaw all that well and trying to comprehend his expression or pick out any readable emotion on his face was like trying to catch chizpurfles without a wand. (not to mention they hadn't had that class yet).  She was utterly lost and even a little bit annoyed that he didn't seem distressed at all.  

 

"Sure, that's fine." She sighed.  If nothing else she would eventually pass them along to Jack once he finally returned, assuming he would return.  "We didn't have to brew anything though?"  

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