Old Friends

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Old Friends

Isaac Stone
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October 1st, 2014, 11:56 pm #1

Isaac walked through the doors of Rapture, and a smile instantly appeared on his face. Now this was entertainment. This was a bar. It was clean, it was lively, it was atmospheric. The girls working were gorgeous, from the bartenders to the dancers. And really, the only way to make a bar better would be to add a brothel, which Rapture had. But Isaac was staying away from there. He was pretty much broke and couldn't afford alcohol AND a good romp, so he had to stay away from the ladies. Plus he would much rather get his sex for free, which he was fairly confident he could do. This was Knockturn Alley, where the girls liked bad boys. And what was badder than a former Azkaban prisoner?

But tonight, well, it wasn't about picking up any girls. He knew his therapist would have a few choice words for him if she found out he'd been here. He wasn't sure what her whole take on prostitutes were, but Isaac was fairly sure Summer would disapprove. She wouldn't approve of this whole atmosphere, and him mingling with people just like himself. He was supposed to be on his best behaviour and doing his best to reform. That meant not visiting brothels, especially ones where a former friend of his worked. But wouldn't that make him an asshole, if he just ditched all of his old friends simply because his therapist told him he needed to choose better ones? Ones like Christine Potter, who would help him get his life back on the right track. But see? He was friends with Christine. He'd made friends with her when she'd walked into the Hog's Head on one of his very first full shifts there. So he was reforming. And so he found nothing wrong with popping in on an old friend while he worked.

Isaac headed straight for the bar and claimed a stool. He sat slightly sideways, his body language inviting anyone not behind the bar to talk to him, although he was mostly here to talk to Levi, who he'd heard worked at Rapture. It took a moment before Isaac spotted his pre-Azkaban friend working the bar. It was weird; it had been over a year since he'd seen Levi, but the guy looked pretty much the same. Isaac knew he himself looked a tad different - a little more gaunt in the face than he used to, but he was gaining back the weight he'd lost in Azkaban. Being forced to be depressed all the time by living through your worst memories sort of did that to you. But no one else really seemed to change all that much. At least no one his age. But then Levi was younger than him, not exactly the same age.
Isaac shook his head to rid himself of the pointless thought. Who cared how people looked a year after not seeing them? They were the same people. He just had to accept that he was the one who'd changed when he'd flipped out on his now ex-girlfriend and got sent to Azkaban for it. But he was determined to be the guy he was before he lost his temper completely and nearly killed someone with his bare hands. He didn't want to be that guy. But did he really have to ditch his 'bad influences'? He was his own person. He could make his own decisions. He could learn from his own mistakes.

"Levi!" he shouted over the noise of the bar in order to get his friend's attention. He lifted his hand in a wave. "Nice digs! Wish this place had been hiring when I was looking for a job." Not that he hated the Hog's Head. It was a good job. But Rapture had its perks. "Bet working here is ..." He trailed off, distracted as a dancer in very little clothing walked by. A grin broke out on his face as he turned back to Levi. "Incredible."

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Levi Black
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October 16th, 2014, 2:07 am #2

Busy nights were always a plus. From the entertainment of the patrons to the busyness of the night. All of had its perks. The best part was that there was never a dull moment. On these nights there was usually a bit of a lull after awhile. The people settled in to watch the shows, he just had to keep the drinks filled. Occasionally there would be someone to talk to while they drank but tonight, the entertainment was strictly the alcohol and dancers.

Things had been going really good lately. Maia was moving in with him and his brother, he loved his job and he was getting to know some interesting people. It seemed like even the people in his life were having things look up for them. Jayden had gotten his wife back, who returned from the dead anyway? Xavier had gotten married. It just seemed like things were going great in almost every way.

Levi turned as he heard someone call his name. At first he thought it was just another customer but the more he looked as he walked towards him, the more he could make out that it was a familiar face. A huge grin took over his face. "Issac! I didn't know you had gotten out!" He exclaimed as he quickly poured him a drink. "It's great to fucking see you." He let his eyes look over his face and couldn't seem up shake the grin. "Missed you man!" Things were just getting better and better.

Isaac had definitely changed but that didn't surprise him. He'd seen the pictures of his father before and after Azkaban and knew the price people paid. "Drinks are on me! You look a hell of a lot better than I expected you to." He glanced around and nodded. "It definitely has perks." He wasn't going to go into all the perks right now. "Been out long?" He asked motioning to the other bartender on duty at the moment that he was taking a break.

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Isaac Stone
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October 22nd, 2014, 3:44 am #3

Working at a bar was great and all, but Isaac was already seeing the benefits of working at a bar that was also a burlesque club. The women dancing were hot, even the ones who wore more clothes than the others. Isaac wondered if being hot was a requirement to work here, because as he looked around, he saw not one person who turned his gaze away. Everyone was captivating, even the bar staff. Well, not the guys - Isaac wasn't into that. At all. But they weren't hideous, the guys that worked here. He was almost jealous, but the Hog's Head wasn't too bad. It got in its fair share of good-looking patrons, and his coworker Aliah was definitely easy on the eyes, which made up for the gross customers they sometimes had to serve.

A part of him that he would never admit existed was worried his old friends would forget him or want nothing to do with him because of what he'd done. He'd been away for a year. So much could change in a year. So when he approached Levi at the bar, he had to suppress the fear that he really hoped Summer would never ask him about - that he'd been forgotten/left in the past.

But then Levi spotted him and his face broke out into his signature grin, and Isaac relaxed. Of course Levi remembered him. He'd only been gone a year, and he and Levi were good friends. Isaac had had no need to worry or to wonder and doubt.
"Ahh, you remember my favourite," he noticed when Levi poured him a glass of whiskey. It wasn't a difficult drink order to remember.
He took a long sip, his nose crinkling a little at the taste. He'd been drinking a lot of beer lately, because he didn't have the budget to buy expensive whiskey, and had gotten used to the less bitter taste. He'd have to get back into drinking whiskey. He really did love the stuff, and he'd gone an entire year in Azkaban without it. It had pissed him off that they didn't let the inmates drink, but he supposed that was the whole point. It had really sucked.

"Missed you too, man," he said, reaching over the bar and clapping his old friend on the shoulder. "Seriously, it's great to see you. Didn't get many visitors on that island, you know." He hadn't expected any because the place was so awful. Few voluntarily put themselves in the same viscinity as Dementors.

He took a seat on a vacant stool and took another sip of his drink. He lifted his drink in thanks to Levi when his friend offered to pay for his drinks. Only an idiot would turn down free alcohol.
"To be honest with you, mate, I've been out for a few weeks, getting my life back in order. I got a job and a place to live - Hog's Head," he said. "I certainly look a lot better than I did when I first got out." He hadn't dreamed of visiting his old friends then, despite his dislike of Summer's rule. But he'd looked like recycled shit and didn't want to be seen by people he cared about.
"Hey, how've things been the past year? Did I miss much?"

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Levi Black
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November 7th, 2014, 7:14 pm #4

The arrest of Issac had been something that had affected Levi greatly. Although they weren't best friends, Levi still considered Issac one of his closest. They had hung around each other quite a bit growing up and he had even left school for a couple of weeks to deal with the arrest. Seeing him again was great. He felt like he was on top of the world and that the happiness that was flooding through him might just kill him in the end. Or he was just being overly concerned for no reason. He had a tendency to overreact sometimes.

"Of course I do. I should remember it. We drank it enough together." He smiled as he reminisced in his mind. "We sure have had some great times with this stuff." He took a drink himself as he tried to think of the way that they could celebrate his release. He wasn't sure of searching for girls would be the best way to go about it. In the end, he supposed that simply drinking and hanging out would be the best way to celebrate. Maybe when he was up to it, he could throw a party for him. Just figure it out later and talk to him now.

"I know. I tried to visit a couple of times. However apparently, since I was the son of someone who once escaped there, they sent me on my way. Stupid bastards." He said with a laugh. "God, it's great to see you again. We've got to get you back into the swing of things. We have to catch up. Well, hang out." He clamped his lips shut. "You know what I mean."

"That's great! I'll have to come by and see you in action!" He grinned again. One of the best things about everything was that Levi was probably one of the most accepting people around. He was far from being the type of person that was quick to judge, in fact, sometimes he wondered if he were able to judge people. Perhaps he simply missed that gene in life.

"Things have been really good. Things that you've missed. Hmm. Cora, Jayden's wife got in accident and we thought she was dead but she wasn't. She had amnesia and didn't remember jayden or Noah. Xavier is gonna be a dad and married a student. Remember Leila Aiden? That's who she married. Ummm. I can't think of much else at the moment. But we have a lot to catch up on."

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Isaac Stone
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November 29th, 2014, 10:37 pm #5

Isaac had never really understood or thought about what the people in his life meant to him until he'd been taken away from them and forced to live in the most miserable place on earth for an entire year. But now that he was out of Azkaban and he could see the friends he'd left behind, it was emotional. Nothing he'd admit outside of his therapy sessions - and even then he didn't like disclosing every single emotion he felt because it was embarrassing. Seeing Levi made him so grateful he'd been released, and even more grateful that he had friends still around and willing to accept him despite his serious misdemeanor. Knowing that he had friends to welcome him back meant more to Isaac than he could put into words - but he was never really all that great at explaining his feelings anyway. Actions were more his thing.

"I gotta admit, I missed drinking with you, Levi," he said, taking a pause to down half his drink. He closed his eyes for a moment, revelling in the freedom and the burning of the alcohol on its way down. This was something he wouldn't trade for anything. "Damn, that's good," he said, putting his drink down for a moment. "I've got to work my tolerance my back up on this stuff. Not drinking much but water for a year really fucks you up, let me tell you." It was embarrassing. He'd built up such a tolerance drinking back when he was in school, and now he felt like a light weight.

"Damn it!" Isaac laughed, slamming his fist on the bar. "You could've broken me out! Stupid bastards," he agreed. It would have been nice to see Levi, and knowing that his friend had tried to visit made Isaac feel a whole lot better about not receiving many visitors. "Seriously, we do need to chill. I feel like I haven't properly interacted with anyone in ages. And I need to catch up on my drinking!" That was one luxury not allowed in wizard prison, which was a shame. He'd have gladly become an alcoholic if it meant being so drunk he could escape the dementor's effect.

"Shit," Isaac said, gaping at Levi. "I didn't think so much could happen in a year." Cora had died and then it was revealed she hadn't died? How did that even happen? "Wait wait wait. Professor X married Leila Aiden? Like good girl Leila who used to be friends with that crazy chick?" He whistled slowly. Damn. Now it really felt like he'd been gone forever. Isaac shook his head. "That's just crazy, all of it. But I'm glad I'm back to hear about it all. They don't publish shit like that in the Prophet, which is like... the only entertainment they allow in prison, if you can even call newspapers entertaining. I did learn to perfect the paper plane. I don't even need a wand to make it fly far. Merlin, I'm so glad I don't have to find shit like that to entertain me. So tell me about this place," he said, nodding at a passing dancer. "I hear there's a brothel. You a part of that?" he teased.

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