Fly Into The Light Of A Dark Black Night

Fly Into The Light Of A Dark Black Night

Emmett Edwards
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August 22nd, 2014, 4:47 am #1

It was after curfew, but Emmett stood alone in the semi-darkness on the Grand Staircase, facing the double oak front doors that served as the entrance to Hogwarts castle. His expression was stoic, and a cigarette hung limply from his lips as he took a long puff. He closed his eyes as he held the smoke in his mouth for a moment, then held the cigarette between his teeth as he parted his lips and puffed out the smoke.
As it trailed out of his mouth and slowly dispersed in the air, Emmett thought about what he was about to do.
He was pretty sure tonight was one of the nights his older sister Melody would grace the castle with her presence, to visit Silas and whatever students she was working on recruiting for the Death Eaters. What she did was no secret to Emmett. It was what had torn them apart, and Emmett had decided he wanted nothing to do with her. She visited him if she could find him on her visits. But Emmett usually made himself scarce.

The last time he'd seen Melody, they'd had a shouting match up in the clock tower - one of Emmett's hideaway spots where he went to think, and sometimes to sleep. Since then he'd tried not to think of his Death Eater sister. But it was hard. She was his sister, after all. His family. His own flesh and blood. Her words had cut through him that day. How could he cut her out, when they used to be so close? Just because she'd joined an organization that Emmett had sworn he'd stay clear of? He had no intention at the moment to join the Death Eaters, but he had a feeling deep in his gut that that wouldn't always be the case.

His main worry was that Melody would get him killed. Or get herself killed. Merlin, that would be horrible. Emmett wouldn't be able to stand it, in all honesty, if his sister wound up dead. Worse would be if he never knew. If her corpse was rotting somewhere and he still thought her to be alive. The thought made a chill shoot through him, and he calmed it with another drag from his cigarette.
He knew his sister loathed his smoking, but he couldn't help it. It was an addiction, and it helped calm him. And for what he was about to do, he needed to be calm.

Emmett needed to talk to his sister. He needed to try to mend their relationship, and for that he needed to apologise. She didn't cut him out, after all. He'd sworn his neutrality the moment she'd chosen to join the Death Eaters. Before that, Emmett had been seriously considering joining the Order of the Phoenix. With his friend Icarus. But now he wasn't so sure he could stay neutral. He would certainly never join the Order. That would mean going up against his sister. But even neutrality was beginning to grow difficult. What if his refusal to also join the Death Eaters ended up harming his sister? He could be punished for it, but so could she. He still didn't want to join them. He enjoyed his neutrality. It felt safe for the time being.
But one thing was for certain: he wanted his sister back. He just hoped he was right, and that tonight was one that she paid the castle a visit.

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September 1st, 2014, 2:41 am #2

Recruiting was one of Mel’s favorite activities. It made her feel like an actual, productive member of the Death Eater community instead of just a store clerk. She scrunched her nose at the thought of her ‘title.’ It was such an outrageously useless position and a total waste of her time. Most of her days were spent leaning on the empty counter, daydreaming of running actual missions. Her recruiting nights were the closest she’d get for the time being.

Recruiting nights also meant seeing Silas, one of her favorite wizards on the planet. She’d heard some worrisome rumors that he had a soft spot for a girl who wasn’t her, and tonight, she’d figure out the truth for herself. Just to be on the safe side, she wore her most flattering black dress underneath her pilfered Hogwarts robes and pocketed a shrunken bottle of champagne for good measure.

It was surprisingly easy to sneak into Hogwarts. Just apparate outside of the gates and there was always someone to let her in. Today, there was no one to open the gate, but all it took was the casting of some simple charms to undue the lock. The idiot professors probably didn’t give a second thought to the safety of the school, living in their delusional world where the Death Eaters had ceased to exist. The thought made her smile. She couldn’t wait to see their faces when they figured out the truth.

She pushed open the gate and traipsed up the path, admiring the imposing silhouette of the castle in the darkness. Today, she was going to check in on the new initiates. Make sure no one was having seconds thoughts. Make sure there were no weak links among them.

She let herself in the main castle doors feeling no reason to mess with secrecy. She’d never been stopped before. But tonight, she did stop just ten steps up the staircase. The brightly lit candles made it easy to see that it was her brother there, sitting on the steps, but she couldn’t wrap her mind around it. He’d never willingly made himself available when she came to the castle. Normally, she had to track him down if she wanted to talk to him, though she always played it off like some fortuitous run-in.

The only thing she could think of was that he had wanted to see her, but that didn’t make any sense. Emmett hadn’t wanted to see her since she’d joined the Death Eaters.

She cocked her head to the side and studied his face, trying to gauge what sort of welcome she’d receive. But she couldn’t tell a damn thing from looking at him. He was completely blank with a stupid cigarette hanging out of his mouth. She wanted to smack it off his face. “Well, hello, little brother. Funny running into you here. You here to rat me out of hex me?” her lips curved into a wicked smile.
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September 4th, 2014, 2:58 am #3

Emmett did not have to wait long until the front doors of the school opened and in walked his sister. He watched Melody for a few seconds, taking in the sight of his sister before she saw him. She was beautiful, as always. Being part veela sort of had that effect. For the brief moment Emmett remained unnoticed, he smiled in admiration of his sister. She always held herself so confidently. She never seemed to doubt herself or her actions ever, even when Emmett questioned them for her. She was strong and independant, and he found he was envious of her for that. She knew what she wanted in life, while Emmett was just lost. But perhaps he could seek guidance from his older sister. She was supposed to be the wise one, after all, having graduated already and everything.

And what was it, wasn't it? All this time Emmett had been pushing his sister away, when really he needed her. He needed her advice. She wouldn't ever force him to do something he didn't want to. Obviously he knew she'd prefer he followed in her footsteps and join the Death Eaters, but Emmett had reacted first. The moment she'd joined, he'd pushed her away before they could even have a conversation about it. He hoped it wasn't too late to let her back into his life. He still didn't know if he wanted to join, but he did know one thing: He wanted his big sister back.

Finally, she saw him, and made her way over to him. Emmett stayed where he was, not-so-calmly puffing at his cigarette. He was nervous, and bad at hiding it. A part of him wanted to run up and hug her like they were young again and she just stepped off the train from Hogwarts, like he used to back when he was not yet eleven. But a part of him wanted to revert back to a few weeks ago, when he'd avoid her presence in the castle like the plague.
Emmett settled with doing neither, and remained where he was on the staircase, watching his sister approach. She looked devilish and oh, so Melody. Emmett felt his lips twitch into a smile.
"Believe it or not, Mel, neither," he said, taking her in. He removed his cigarette from between his lips and slowly exhaled tendrils of smoke. "Would you believe I come in peace?" He gestured with his arms at the dark, empty space around them. "I'm not going to hide from you anymore. You're my sister, and I was being an idiot." He grinned sheepishly, hoping that was okay. That she wouldn't brush him off like he'd brushed her off multiple times over the past few years.

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September 19th, 2014, 1:01 am #4

Emmett had always been one of her favorite people on the planet. Even though he was terribly judgmental, and had yet to show any desire to use his veela for personal gain, he was still her brother. She had played tag out in the lawn for hours on end and had tried to teach him how to talk to girls. Plus, he had been such an entertaining child.

Mel had always sort of pictured them as being friends forever. They would meet up for drinks and she would regale him with stories of her exploits and he would roll his eyes and tell her to take it easy. In turn, she would hide his books from time to time so he didn’t waste his life being responsible. But when she’d joined the Death Eaters, that entire vision had vanished. Sure, she loved him, but if he couldn’t support her, then they had nothing to talk about, as far as she was concerned.

This was what made this attempted conversation so troubling. Obviously, something had happened to change his mind. She wondered briefly if Silas had anything to do with it. He’d been known to change a stubborn mind or two back in his day. “Are you under the Imperius curse?” she narrowed her eyes at him, scrutinizing his face for any sign. Then she laughed. “Stupid question. Guess you couldn’t tell me, even if you were.”

“You were,” she said simply, shrugging. “Then again, I think idiocy may run in the men in this family,” she shook her head in mock sadness. “While I am thrilled that you’ve apparently stopped hating me with all of your heart and soul, you can’t blame me for being the teensiest bit suspicious.” She sat down on the step and patted the space next to her. “So, are you going to tell me what brought on this change of heart or am I going to have to fight it out of you?”
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September 20th, 2014, 3:31 am #5

Emmett almost laughed when she asked him if he were under the influence of the Imperius Curse. He managed to bite back the laugh, in case it set her off. She was scary when she was angry, if he were being perfectly honest, and Emmett was trying to get back on her good side. He had years of damage to repair, hopefully most of it with one conversation. And saying or doing the wrong thing might ruin that. He didn't want his change to get his sister back ruined.
"No, I'm not being Imperiused," he told her, unable to hide his amused smile. When she laughed, he realised it was okay, and let his own laugh escaped between his lips, a few stray tendrils of smoke leaking out through his laughter. "Although if I were, you're right, I'm sure the person controlling me would make me say that to you."

His cigarette was burning in his hand, so he lifted it back to his lips so as not to waste it. He knew Melody hated his smoking, but he wasn't sure of the exact reason. She could hate it because it was an act of defiance, or she could hate it because it was dangerous. Either way, he wasn't going to stop. He couldn't, he realised. It was an addiction, but it was also one he didn't want to quit.

After taking a drag, he lifted a shoulder in nonchalant agreement. "It probably does run in the family," he said. He watched as she sat down, and sighed. Of course she would be suspicious and want to know more. He didn't mind sitting down with his sister and talking about it, but talking feelings made him uncomfortable. But of course it wouldn't be as easy as him asking for forgiveness and her giving it. He had to explain himself.
Emmett sat next to Melody, holding his smoke away from her so it wasn't in her face, and took another drag before he began his explanation.
"I just don't want to fight anymore. I'm working so hard to resist who I am, and it's boring. I flunk homework assignments and write down the wrong answers on tests just so I don't get the incredible grades I know I can earn, and it's getting annoying. I'm laying low, picking my friends carefully, trying to stay neutral, and it's getting boring. Way back before you joined up, I wanted to go with the Order. It seemed glamorous and we were learning about them in History of Magic. Then you joined the Death Eaters and I realised if I joined the Order, I'd have to go against you. So instead of listening to your reasoning as to why you joined who you did, I just shut it all out," he explained. "I decided I would be neutral. I don't mind being neutral, but I know now I don't want to join the Order. It would mean going against you, but not only that, I just don't want to join their cause, you know?" He shrugged, unsure if he was even explaining any of this properly.
"I don't know what I'm going to do, but I've started handing in homework assignments done to the best of my ability - which is fantastic, I must say - and I'll actually start studying for tests so I get the grades my intelligence deserves. But I also am considering ..." He paused, a part of him not wanting to admit this. What if he changed his mind? "I'm also considering not being neutral to everything anymore, Mel. I'm considering joining up."

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October 5th, 2014, 8:37 pm #6

In all of their previous interactions, Mel had been the positive one. The one trying to make the jokes and get him to stop being such a prick (at least that’s now it felt to her). She’d gotten used to it. It entertained her. Now, she wasn’t quite sure what to do. A tiny part of her wondered if someone had put him up to this. Emmett knew that Mel was a Death Eater…. what if he had finally decided to join the Order and was trying to trick her into divulging information? She didn’t think her own brother would do that, but then again, he could be a sly little devil when he wanted to be.

She decided to let the conversation follow its natural course. If she felt he was trying to take advantage of her, she could stun him and be on her way. It wouldn’t be pleasant, but she would cope with it.

She pursed her lips and watch him smoke, feeling her patience waning at an alarming speed. She tapped her foot impatiently. “Are you done?” she scoffed, rolling her eyes. She had better things to do than inhale poison from some stupid muggle contraption.

When Emmett joined her on the step, Mel fought the urge to snatch the cigarette out of his hand and stomp it out on the ground. She listened to his speech, rolling her eyes and scoffing at all of the appropriate places. He thought joining the Order would be glamorous? All of this smoke had probably affected his brain. When he got to the part about not being neutral anymore, she knew that something was wrong with him. He’d been stupidly neutral for as long as she could remember.

“Because their cause is stupid,” she finally broke her silence and pointed it. “I’m sorry, little brother, I’m not quite sure I follow. You’re not doing well in school and you’re tired of fighting so you want to join up with the cool kids?” she raised an eyebrow at how ridiculous it all sounded. “Hm. Well, join up if you want then. Stop by the book shop sometime next week and I can introduce you to a few people.” She watched him for any sign of reaction, wondering how far she could push him.

“This isn’t going to solve all of your problems, if that’s what you’re looking forward to it. So why? You’ve been great at fighting with me this long,” she smirked. “Do you actually believe in it? Our cause?”
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October 8th, 2014, 12:44 am #7

Emmett could see the judgement in her eyes along with the disbelief, and as much as he hated to see it, he understood it. For so long - too long - he'd been on her case about joining the Death Eaters, and then attempting to shut her out completely when it became clear she would not change her mind. With his past actions, why would she believe his words now to be the truth if his decision appeared to be so sudden? What Emmett realised and Melody didn't know, is that the decision wasn't as sudden as it felt. This was something his mind had been stewing for a while now. He just refused to accept it before.

If there was one thing that would likely never change between them, it was his sister's hatred for his smoking habit. It was likely something that would continue to be an issue between them, because Emmett had no intention of trying to quit.
"I'll never be done, Mel," he said with a sigh. "Just... stay upwind so you don't breathe it in or something. It calms me, okay?"

After he'd finished, he listened to Melody sum up what he just told her, and made a face. "You're a terrible listener!" he accused, but there was no malice in his expression. "I want to join up with the Death Eaters, yes," he said quietly. "If you want to introduce me to some people, please do. I'd like to know more. Wipe that skeptical look off your face, big sis, because I'm not fibbing you here," he told her. He took another puff of his cigarette and leaned back on the steps behind him, propping himself up with an elbow so the edges of the stairs didn't dig into him.
"I'm not looking to solve all my problems. That's probably impossible. I want to join. And I want to know more about the cause. That's why I stood on these damned steps for an hour waiting for you," he huffed, annoyed at her questioning. "The Order is fucking stupid. People aren't the same despite their bloodlines. We veela are fucking superior. I mean, look at us," he said, gesturing at himself and his sister. "We're fucking gorgeous and we can do magic. That would be rewarded. We shouldn't have to hide who and what we are. Being neutral is stupid, too. I'm done hiding, Mel. I want to put my talents and skills to use and join you guys. So tell me, finally, why you joined. I promise this time, Mel, I'm listening."

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November 7th, 2014, 2:12 am #8

As much as Mel loved being an older sister, she didn’t often get the chance to feel like one since her own little brother liked to pretend she didn’t exist. It had bothered her, just a little, but she had never believed that they’d ever completely stop talking. After all, even in the days when he swore he most vehemently hated her, she still found ways to talk to him around the castle. Right now, she was feeling especially big sister-ly. Big sister-ly and annoyed at whatever genetic defect made her brother think it was okay to smoke.

She didn’t give a damn about being upwind. She wanted to smack that stupid thing out of his hands and stomp on it and curse it right through the ground. She let herself consider it for a moment before shaking the idea out of her head. This ‘good-ish’ relationship with Emmett was still so new, she didn’t want to spoil it by being right. “Not okay,” she huffed, but then let the subject drop.

She rolled her eyes at his little outburst. Of course she was a terrible listener. She rarely met people who had interesting things to say. “I’ll wipe whatever look off my face when I’m good and ready. Sorry I didn’t come right out the gate with celebratory balloons and champagne,” she narrowed her eyes at him. Being a Death Eater was something that fucking mattered to her and she’d be damned if she let anyone, including her little brother, treat it so nonchalantly.

“I didn’t know I was keeping you up,” she rolled her eyes. She tried not to look bored as Emmett walked her through all of the realizations she’d come to years ago. “It’s nice to see you’ve finally come to your senses. I guess you could say I joined for most of the same reasons you want to,” she began, feeling slightly uncomfortable at how normal this conversation was. She wasn’t used to being honest with Emmett.

“I just got tired of the whole good guy/bad guy shit. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about talent and skill being rewarded. That’s what’s important. The world will never get better if you treat everyone like they’re equal. Besides, the most talented, intelligent, and undeniably attractive people I’ve ever met are Death Eaters,” she added casually. If you’re really serious about this, you can come by the book shop later this week. There’s always all sorts of suspicious characters coming by.”

She thought about mentioning Silas but then thought better of it. It wasn’t that she didn’t trust him… she just had to make sure he was being serious. “Initiation’s not the easiest thing.”
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November 30th, 2014, 12:35 am #9

He could tell she was still beond irritated by his smoking, but he wasn't going to quit just because she wanted him to. He liked smoking. And he was addicted. He couldn't quit even if he wanted to. Besides, it was sexy as hell. So what if it was slowly killing him? He was going to die anyway; everyone did. That was just something people had to accept. Especially his sister, especially when he was waving the white flag.

"Maybe not balloons and champagne, but a bottle of hard firewhiskey would've been nice," Emmett said with a grin. "Or a cigar," he added wistfully. He wished she would stop giving him all these doubtful looks, as if he was going to interrupt her with laughter and tell her he was just kidding about all of this and that he'd be neutral forever. There was no such thing as neutrality in a situation like this. That was something Emmett understood now.

"Jeez, Melody, I forgot how much of a bitch you can be," he muttered. "I'm being fucking serious here, you know! So will you please stop treating me like your little brother who has no idea what he's talking about? I've thought about this. I'm fucking smart and attractive, and I want to do something with that and be rewarded in return. Neither neutrality nor the Order are going to give me that." He could think of an attractive Death Eater, but he wasn't going to say that in front of Melody. Who he was attracted to was none of her business. Well, for now.
"Fine. I'll stop by the bookstore. Because I am serious about this, Mellie," he said sincerely.

"I don't care if initiation is easy or not. I'm not looking for easy." He wondered what exactly initiation was, but he wasn't sure if she'd tell him. She didn't seem to believe him entirely, as if she didn't trust him entirely either. And that hurt. But Emmett understood. He hadn't exactly acted like brother of the year. "This is what I want."
He paused, staring down at his fingers, then added, "I'm also becoming a bird. Animagi, I mean," he explained. "I've been working at it for a while. So if you want to tell your higher ups or whatever if that'll be useful. I'm not registering." Because fuck the Ministry. They didn't need to know his business.

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