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Robin Corelli-Rose

Takes place immediately following this post

 

The Bakery was big enough to contain Pandora's emotions - after all, it was big enough for their family, and if you couldn't feel at home, then what place was better? - but it was still a near thing. Robin padded over to where she sat curled up into the smallest ball she could, as if she could squeeze herself into non-existence and sat on the cushion next to hers. As supportive a home as The Bakery was and as wonderful Arcite and Carson were as parents, living in a home different from the one you were used to was still a lot - even if the change was for the better. He'd crept around like a shadow for nearly a years in his new home, and had been mute for most of it, too, bone-deep fearful that he'd be sent back for the smallest infraction, and desperately hopeful that he would get to stay.

 

The Corelli-Roses were the only parents Robin knew, however, while Pandora had a whole family before she'd gotten bit. Robin couldn't imagine what it was like to lose all that so quickly - but he was confident in the faith he'd put into Carson, Arcite and everyone else of the Barnevellirose clan.

 

"They won't give up on you," he said in his quiet way. "Arcite and Carson. They won't. Trust me." He looked down at his hands, folded in his lap. During early days, Robin had been so, so afraid of the damage he could cause with them - and the rest of himself, too - and never once did either Carson or Arcite bat an eye.

Edited by Robin Corelli-Rose

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Pandora Midnight

This was the first time in the past three years that Pandora had even left the castle for Christmas. It was kind of Professor Corelli-Rose to at least insist she come with them for the holidays. Even if this would be the last time she stepped foot into the bakery again. Afterall, why would they be so willing to look after her with her wolf problem? Not to mention the entire world probably knew about it now. She knew how uncommon her name was. There was no way that even through the static that people who knew her wouldn't have heard her name...right? How could she willing put this family in danger? She would need to try and figure out what she would do during the summer because there was no way that she could take up the offer to live here.

 

Her eyes were surprisingly dry as she tried to think everything over. There was just no time to feel sorry for herself anymore. She had to make sure she wasn't a bother to anyone. It wasn't until Robin voiced his own thoughts that Pandora even realized he was there. Lifting her head from her knees, she looked over at her classmate. Her heart stung again at the sight of his scars. No matter how much he said he didn't mind, or how many times she apologized, she wasn't sure she could ever get over the fact that he had gotten hurt because of her.

 

She lowered her head back onto her knees again. It was hard to find the right words. "I....believe you." Pandora finally replied. Even then, that didn't seem right. Of course she didn't doubt that Robin's parents were kind and ready to help her but she couldn't let herself become a burden on them. Especially now with everyone in the world knowing she was a monster.

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Robin Corelli-Rose

Do you? Robin wondered, blinking at Pandora. He had not real reason to doubt the validity of her words, but looking at her at that moment, Robin couldn't help but remind himself that while he'd had years-worth of faith in Arcite and Carson, there was a point in his murky origin story when he didn't, even if he'd wanted to. He didn't think anyone could really want him, especially with all the trouble he was - Had been, he corrected himself, with rare brashness - and all he'd been was a young wizard with magic reactively tied to his emotions. He couldn't fully grasp Pandora's situation - or Kay's, for that matter - on account that he wasn't a werewolf, but he was staunchly sure that the Corelli-Roses would never, ever go back on their word.

 

Arcite had explained to him and Lindy that Pandora would be coming home with them for the holidays now and why, and Robin had felt a stab on kinship at what he'd heard. Despite the awful situation that had spawned this result, he liked having Pandora live with them: he and his sister had a new taste-tester, and that was all the reason they needed to bake virtual mountains of cupcakes, of whatever flavour that struck their fancy. She was their tie-breaker, or the voice of someone that didn't live a bakery and therefore could provide the peoples' opinion. He wished she didn't look so sad over the fact of staying with them. 

 

He couldn't figure out why that was and it made him anxious; he wanted to ask, but given the horribleness of the radio broadcast, he couldn't find a way of asking such a question without unkind. Pandora did have plenty to not be happy about.

 

Instead, he opted to take a page out of Kay's book - particularly the chapter on humour. When he was upset, Kay always tried to make him laugh - or smile. Perhaps he could try.

 

He was going to try.

 

He sat up straighter.

 

"You could turn into a... blast-ended skrewt every time you sneezed, and they'd still want you to live with us."

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Pandora Midnight

The longer that she stayed with the Corelli-Rose family, the more Pandora really understood that there was no going back from this. They had made a room for her. While it was entirely possible that the room could disappear just as easily as the space was created, she knew deep down that it never would. That was why she was able to trust Robin so easily with his words. Part of her never wanted to leave. Not just the bakery but Robin's side. She was so comfortable with him around. But listening to the broadcast was just another reminder that she had gotten him hurt, that she might accidentally hurt him again. There would be those who would come after him and her friends just because they were kind to her. Was it really safe for her to stay by his side?

 

But then...

 

Pandora lifted her head from her knees and looked at Robin. First of all, that was one of the longest sentences she had ever heard him say, secondly...what? He looked so serious with the way he sat. It was kind of ridiculous. Despite herself, Pandora let out a soft laugh, before covering her mouth with the back of her hand. Robin looked too serious for her to laugh at him like that but somehow that made him look sillier. The grip she had around her legs relaxed feeling more at ease. How could she ever leave?

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