i haven't got a clue

i haven't got a clue

Tristan Smith
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April 12th, 2014, 8:20 pm #1

It was lunch time, or rather, it was lunch time for Tristan, which meant the rest of the student body would be walking through the doors to the Great Hall in about a half an hour. Now, there were only about five other students in the large room, and all of them from different houses, so Tristan didn't have to worry about ignoring one of his housemates. Propped up in front of him was his potions book, opened up to the Draught of Living Death, which rumor had would be what his next potions class was one. It had surprised him, considering it was usually a sixth year potion, but he supposed it would be nice to know considering it was almost definitely going to be on their OWLs later this year. He just worried about actually brewing it, considering all the precise steps it took to be successful.

He made a note about one particularly complex step on a parchment next to the book as he took a bite of his sandwich. There was so much to take in for this one, if he didn't get one little thing right it wold ruin the whole thing. He sighed deeply and turned the page, realizing there were many more steps. How were they supposed to brew this all in one class?

His eyes glanced around the hall, perhaps there was an older student whose brain he could pick that he actually knew. He wasn't about to walk up to someone he didn't know and just ask about it. No faces really jumped out to him however and he returned to the book with a slight frown.

"So by this point the potion should be lavender, but if it's not then something went wrong," he read aloud quietly. "Ok, so something went wrong, but what? How are you supposed to figure out where you went wrong, it's not like you can let it sit while you figure it out, considering it says right here that if it simmers too long it'll just explode." He ran his fingers through his hair and shook his head. He was good at potions, it was his best subject, but sometimes he wondered whether the class was around just to torture him. He spent way too much time on it, though he had figured out a few short cuts for some of the simpler potions over the years. It was one of the things he was most proud of. Still, this potion was starting to get on his nerves.

"It's impossible," he said, a little louder than he intended, throwing his quill down. "It's impossible to get this potion perfect in one class period!"

He suddenly realized just how loud he'd been talking and glanced around, hoping he his outburst hadn't disturbed anyone around him.

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Liliana Gaunt
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April 13th, 2014, 4:45 pm #2


It was time for lunch in the Great Hall. At least it was about to be, but Liliana wasn't all that hungry. Still, she didn't quite feel up to sitting in the common room for another thirty minutes waiting for the lunch period to start. So, she grabbed a roll of parchment and a quill and made her way to the Great Hall. She wasn't all that surprised to see that the hall was mostly empty, aside from a few students scattered here and there. And she definitely wasn't the least bit surprised to see that the Slytherin table was completely empty of students. Her house wasn't exactly known for being early risers.

Her eyes scanned the many tables as she tried to pinpoint someone that she could sit with for a few minutes. But it was her ears that notified her of exactly where she should sit. Someone was talking about Potions; someone she knew. She squinted slightly and tried to see if she could see who it was who had said the statement and was only somewhat surprised to see that the person in question was none other than Tristan Smith.

"It's impossible to get what potion done in one class period?" she questioned, coming up behind him. It had been way too long since she'd had the opportunity to discuss Potions with someone other than the Professor, and well Tristan himself. But they hadn't been able to get together to discuss Potions recently due to their days being so hectic. "Long time, no talk by the way," she greeted as she sat down beside him.

"So, did you want to talk Potions as per usual? Or do you happen to fancy a conversation about the weather for a change?"

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April 14th, 2014, 11:27 pm #3

Tristan hadn't noticed anyone come up to him until they spoke and he jumped slightly. He wasn't exactly used to people paying attention to him, so the fact that someone had even heard his complaints was a little bit of a shock. He glanced up and grinned a bit at Lia. "Hey stranger," he said, turning away from his textbook to give her his full detention. "Oh, the Draught of Living Death. Rumor has it that that's what we're going to be learning next so I figured I'd get the jump on it, you know, just in case the rumors are true. But it doesn't exactly seem like it's possible to brew it in one class period. The steps are so complex, so precise and this text book isn't exactly forthcoming with ways to fix it if you mess up even the littlest bit."

He scooted over to give her space as she sat down and grinned a bit more. "Well, the weather is rather bland at the moment," he said, glancing up at the ceiling. The clouds were grey, though a bit of weak sunshine was attempting to fight its way through. "Not much of a conversation starter if I'm being completely honest. I think that chat would last about... oh thirty seconds considering this is about the extent of our weather talk."

He chuckled a little bit, shutting his book. "Then again, potions is really making my brain hurt at the moment, so that's out too. Unless you have some pointers on how to not blow this particular one up to kingdom come. I wouldn't want to be the first one to blow up a potion in McGinnis's class."

He turned around so he was completely facing her. "So, what have you been up to, Lia? Besides getting engaged to one Hades Silvanesti and apparently dating Leo Wood at the same time, that is." He grinned. Leo being his roommate and all, he'd heard about their relationship. It was a good thing, he'd decided as soon as Leo told him who he was going out with. Leo was a good guy, and Lia deserved a good guy.

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April 15th, 2014, 5:27 pm #4

"Sorry I've been so... hard to reach," she muttered, smiling apologetically. Liliana felt bad for neglecting her friendship with Tristan. He was a really sweet guy and amazing at Potions. Though that wasn't necessarily all they talked about. It was definitely the thing that led them to being friends in the first place. "The Draught of Living Death, huh? Well, that's definitely a complicated one." Even she hadn't attempted to create that potion before. "Do you think they use stasis spells? It seems like the only way to complete it." It really didn't seem like it'd be possible to complete in all in a couple of hours. Maybe an entire day.

Liliana glanced up at the ceiling and laughed. "It is pretty bland," she agreed. "Definitely not worth talking about. I'm not even sure I could talk about that kind of weather for thirty seconds." Honestly, she was ready for the sunshine. All this snow and rain and overall drabness was starting to get tiring. And Liliana for one, was way over the snow.

"Nope, can't say that I do," she admitted. "Now if you had asked me for pointers on the different ways to make a hangover potion. I would have been your girl." She grinned. "But I wouldn't worry too hard. If you dwell on it too much then you'll definitely blow up something. Like your brain."

What had she been up to? "Too much really," she replied," Between classes, homework, getting engaged and fake dating... Well I guess you could say that my life's taken a turn towards the complicated." She paused for a moment. "You're Leo's dorm mate, aren't you?", she asked curiously. "Does he talk about me often? Or not at all?"

"Enough about me, what have you been up to Tristan?"

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April 15th, 2014, 11:41 pm #5

"She says to the guy that defined 'hard to reach'," he said with a laugh. Tristan had admitted to himself long ago that he wasn't exactly an easy person to be friends with. It was insanely difficult to get through to him and it was something he was working on. "It's really no big deal though, I totally understand." He gave her a bright smile. He knew she was busy and that she had a lot of stuff going on in her own life. Merlin knows he would never be able to handle what was being thrown at her. He probably would have hidden under his bed and waited for it all to just go away if it was him. "I never thought of a stasis spell. That would probably be the easiest explanation. That's probably the only way anyone would be able to finish it."

"At least it'll change soon. Spring's gotta get here eventually, right?" He shrugged a bit. He'd been done with winter ever since the first snow flake had fallen from the sky. When it was snowing, he couldn't go outside. He couldn't fly. And that was his escape. From everything.

"Ah, well I figured I'd ask you first, but I guess I'll just have to figure it out myself. Maybe I'll hunt down Professor McGinnis later and ask her." He shook his head and laughed. "The day I need a hangover potion is the day you know the world is ending." He made a bit of a face. It was well known that Tristan didn't drink. He'd never had more than a few sips of any drink anyone had ever handed him. It wasn't that he was morally against it, really he just didn't like the taste. Plus, he was kind of worried about what sort of person he would turn into when inebriated. "An exploding brain probably isn't the prettiest thing in the world, so perhaps I'll just have to let this one go."

"It sounds incredibly complicated," he said, shaking his head. "But if anyone can handle complicated, it's you. You've always been good at handling whatever the world throws at you. You're strong, and you're smart, so I'm sure you'll uncomplicate it all pretty quickly." He gave her a confidant smile and patted her knee reassuringly. Though at her next question he raised an eyebrow. "That's an interesting question. I didn't think anyone would really care whether or not their 'fake' boyfriend talked about them that often," he teased. "But, to answer your question, yes, hes does talk about you. And he asks a lot of question. I don't think he realized I knew you until I rather uncharacteristically threatened him if he hurt you. That was before he told me it was all an act, but the threat still stands regardless."

"Tell me the truth though, Lia," he said, giving her a bit of a look. "Is it really all an act?" There were certain things that Tristan was good at, and reading his friends was one of them. He just had a gut feeling that this whole fake dating thing was more than that. "Because Leo's a good guy. And I think he'd be really good to you."

He shrugged. "I am happy to report that might life is blissfully uncomplicated. Haven't heard a peep from Mum and Dad, so that's a plus right there." He knew that Lia knew how much he disliked his parents, so not hearing from them was always a good thing to him. "Mostly I'm getting ready for the OWLs. It's a bit of a drag, but I guess it's a necessary evil. Other than that, you know me. Life is nice and quiet in my own little world."

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April 16th, 2014, 2:34 pm #6


"Okay, so we're both horrible friends," she laughed. Well that made her feel a little better. Given that it wasn't entirely her fault. "Still, I think we might need to put a forth a tiny bit more effort when it comes to our communication." She shrugged. Maybe one day neither of them would be so insanely busy. "I'm sure I haven't been the only busy one out of us," she mused. "I mean you're a 5th year now and everything. So you've got all that extra homework and studying to do." She gave him a thoughtful smile. "Merlin, you make me feel glad to be a seventh year," she teased. In reality, she wasn't all that excited to be graduating. How could she be, when she knew what her future held? "Stasis spells are pretty common these days," she admitted. "They're definitely the only thing I can think of that'd make a lot of potions able to be finished in more than one class period."

She nodded thoughtfully. Spring was definitely going to be there eventually. No matter how long winters in Scotland seemed to be. "It's probably right around the corner," she agreed. "Just seems to be taking it's precious time to get here." The first thing she planned on doing as soon as the snow finally disappeared was run out and dance. Hell, right now she felt like attempting some of Cal's infamous cartwheels. Except she was pretty confident that she'd be able to follow through.

"That might be a good plan," she admitted. Professor McGinnis was always around to help with things no matter what the problem was. Or how stupid the question sounded. "Well, whenever that day comes, even if it's a billion years in the future, keep me in mind." She winked. "I don't know, seeing a brain explode might actually be a really pretty thing." She shrugged. "Except maybe not. All the blood and guts everywhere. Not to mention the brain bits." She shuddered at the mental image she just gave herself.

Her face flushed in embarrassment. "Thanks," she muttered. "I'm not sure if I can handle everything as well as you think I can, but it's nice to know you think that." The fact that he thought she was capable of making her life uncomplicated gave her a boost of confidence that she hadn't really known she needed. "You should know by now that I'm not most people," she sighed. "But can we keep it between us for now? I don't want the entire school to know that Liliana Gaunt has real feelings for her fake boyfriend."

"Awww you did that for me?" she asked giving him a quick hug. "That's got to be the sweetest thing I've ever heard."

She frowned slightly when he asked her if it was really just an act. "That's what it's supposed to be. But no, I don't think it is. Or was really," she admitted. "I'm not sure about him though, but I really, really like him. Heck, I might even love him." She sighed. "He is a good guy Tristan, and I don't doubt that he'd be good to me. He already is." But she couldn't help but feel like she was dooming him somehow.
"At least one of our lives is blissfully uncomplicated," she grinned. "Can't have us both run around with super complicated lives, now can we? Merlin knows it'd probably be one of the signs of the apocalypse."

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April 16th, 2014, 10:07 pm #7

"I wouldn't say horrible, just preoccupied," he stated with a smirk. "But I agree, I've missed chatting with you. So there should definitely be an increase in communication, perhaps even a hang out session every once in a while. Now wouldn't that be an interesting change of pace?" He chuckled and toyed with the pages of his textbook. "Well I'm glad my suffering at the hands of the professors can brighten up your day even this slightest bit. It's why I'm here."

"Let's hope so. Because if it's not here soon I might just run away. Some place tropical, with sandy beaches and blue skies all the time. Think that'll go over well at home?" He looked up at the ceiling as a particularly strong ray of sunlight broke through the clouds. Once spring was there he was going to go flying, as high and as far as he could just to get away for a little while. Because being cooped up was starting to get to him. There were surprisingly few places one could go to be alone in a castle as large as Hogwarts was.

"Then that has just become Plan A." He might even wait until the lunch period started and the hall started to fill, when he knew she'd be there to ask. "A billion years is probably too few, though I'm sure I know quite a few people who could benefit from a good hang over potion. So perhaps one day I may take your pointers on that particular brew." He returned the wink and stretched widely. He'd been sitting a bit too long. "Hey, as long as it's not my brain that's exploding I would be more than willing to witness it. Note the as long as it's not my brain section of that sentence."

"Hey, if you ever need help dealing, you know where to find me. I'm always there for a friend in need." He nodded a few times. It was true, of all the people he knew, there was no one quite like Liliana. She was truly unique. "No, you're not most people. Which is a good thing. No one wants to be like everyone else, and you definitely aren't. In the best ways possible of course." His smile widened. Good, maybe if things with Leo worked out this whole marry Hades thing would fall through. Tristan had always thought that boy was bad news and when he'd heard that he and Lia were engaged he was worried. "Your secret is safe with me."

"Of course I did," he said, returning her hug. "You're a friend of mine and even if I could never in a million years take Leo in a fight at all it's the thought that counts, yeah? Plus I don't have to worry about him so it's a totally empty threat anyways."

He nodded knowingly. "Yeah, I didn't think so. I don't know what it is, you just seem a bit brighter when you're around him. And, you know, sometimes he won't shut up about you." He put a hand on her knee and gave her a bit of a look. "There's a but in there somewhere. I can see it in your eyes."

"Can you imagine? The school would explode. Or Addy would kill herself trying to help us make sense of everything. It's sort of what she does. She won't be happy until everyone around her is." He shook his head and chuckled. "But I think the biggest complication I'll ever have in my life is exams so I think the world is safe from anything majorly apocalyptic."

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April 17th, 2014, 1:48 am #8


"Horrible, preoccupied. Same difference really," she replied with a shrug. Either way, she still felt bad. He'd been her friend since before Leo, so she really had no excuse for neglecting him the way she did. "We should do that sometime, just hang out. It'd definitely be a nice change of pace." Plus, she might end up running into Leo a bit more. Which made her want to visit even sooner. It's not fault I've got a few months to go and you don't," she joked. "Don't worry though everything will start speeding along once spring comes around."

"I think I might like your idea," she mused. "Mind if I tagged along?" Going some place tropical definitely seemed a lot more appealing than sitting around in the castle while it snowed it's hide off outside. "Still, when spring finally does come, I think I'm going to dance. Right there in the grass."

"If that's plan a, then what exactly is plan b?" she asked curiously. Not that she thought he really needed a plan b. McGinnis usually enjoyed helping people out, no matter what time of day it was. "Are you planning on taking up the post once I'm gone? Maybe for profit?" She smirked. "If so, that's an amazing idea." Definitely something she should've considered doing. Especially given all the hangovers people tended to have in the castle. "I still thinking witnessing a brain explosion would be insanely gross. So you might have to tell me about it instead," she laughed.

"I might take you up on that one day," she said, smiling at him thoughtfully. Having someone to talk to who wasn't a sibling, or James Potter seemed really appealing to her. "And now you're making me blush." She felt her cheeks start to heat up. "You should know that I'm still not insanely used to compliments." She wasn't sure if she ever would be. "Thanks though, for keeping my secret."

"I think you could take him," she stated. "Although I can't say the same for beating him when it comes to flying." Leo was an amazing flier. He had to be with the way he'd been able to beat her so quickly.
She seemed brighter when she was around Leo? Well, that was something she hadn't noticed. Though she did feel all warm and fluttery when she was around him. Maybe that was what Tristan had meant. "I just feel like I'm leading him to his doom," she muttered sadly.

"Three cheers for postponing the apocalypse!", she exclaimed, earning herself a couple of stares from the other occupants of the room. "Well, I gotta go track down my brother. He owes me some sickles. I'll see you around Trist!"

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