Play With Fire

Play With Fire

Riley Finnigan
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30 Sep 2014, 01:46 #1

"DENIIIIIIIISE!"
Riley ran onto the Quidditch Pitch, not bothering to watch where he was going as his gaze remained fixed on his sister, who was flying up above.
In a higher pitched voice, he shouted again. "DENIIIIIIISE!"
He really had no reason to call her down in the middle of her flight except for the sole reason that he was her brother and he wanted to talk to her. She could fly later. Besides, he had something he considered exciting to tell her.

Standing in the middle of the pitch now, Riley looked straight up. When he shouted her name a third time, he lowered his voice by several octaves and cupped his hands around his mouth to help his call travel better. He wasn't actually even sure if that worked. Maybe with normal hands, but one was currently heavily bandaged, which he figured might absorb the sound.
He'd just got out of the hospital wing, where the very pretty healer wrapped up his hand. It was burned, see, and even though Healer Heather had insisted she could mend his skin in just a few seconds with a simple spell, Riley had yanked his hand away and rather enthusiastically declared that he wanted to keep the burn for a little while to show it off. She could heal it later, when it proved to be an inconvenience to him. But first, he wanted to show Denise.

"Denise, come look at my hand!" he yelled, waving the bandaged hand around like one might a flag. As she got closer, he launched into a rushed explanation of what happened, not even caring if his excited words became a jumble.
"I was in potions and Lucas dared me to stick my hand in it, but I'm not sure I made the thing correctly, because it smelled really awful, you know? Like burned cherries laced in fresh tar that had been mixed in urine. You should've smelled it, 'nise, it was rank," he rambled. "Anyway, I put my hand in. I'm not sure why, but like, I was dared and I can't just not go through with a dare. I thought the potion might burn my hand off, but it wasn't that bad, like it could've been acidic, but it was mostly just like hot juice. I think I made juice, but like burned cherry-tar-piss juice, which wouldn't taste very pleasant. But tapioca pudding that's been sitting out for a few days doesn't smell pleasant, but when I ate one I found in my room last month, it tasted fine to me!"
He beamed at his sister. "Wanna see it? The burn, I mean, not the potion. Pretty sure the professor made Lucas pitch it."

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30 Sep 2014, 17:11 #2

Denise had been flying high in the sky in hopes to let off a bit of steam. She'd been trying to wrap her mind around what had occurred with Cal the other night in the chamber that currently held the Mirror of Erised but try as she might she just couldn't do it. It had been foolish to hope that the wind blowing through her hair and being quite a few feet above ground would help her solve the current issues of her life. Of course it hadn't. Her life and the people in it were far too complicated for their issues to be solved by one little flight.

She had just started debating whether she should go back down to Earth or not when a distinctive noise caught her ears. It sounded like someone was saying her name repeatedly at different pitches. Automatically, her mind went to her brother, one of the only people she knew who would do that sort of thing.

"Denise, come look at my hand!"

There it was again and that time she knew that it was her brother this time. There wasn't anyone else in the world aside from her brother and his best friend Ezra Snape that would be so proud of a bandaged hand. In all honesty, she was a bit amused at this fact. Her brother had managed to hurt himself yet again and if he was proud of that fact then she knew the reason behind it would be glorious.

She hadn't even touched down completely when he immediately started to give her every single detail possible, some of which came out as more of a garble than actual words. Luckily, being his sister had given her the talent of being able to easily decipher whatever it was that her brother was saying, no matter how fast or slow he was saying it.

"So you made cherry piss juice and Lucas dared you to stick your hand in it and you did," she summarized, grinning rather widely. "While I actually am extremely glad I wasn't there to smell it, I do regret not being there to see it." She giggled just picturing what must have gone down in that Potions classroom. "I bet McGinnis didn't enjoy the experience as much as the two of you had."

She had been hovering off the ground on her broom for a bit but finally touched down and hopped off. "So tell me, anything else exciting happen in your life?", she asked. "Or has piss juice been the highlight of your life?"

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03 Oct 2014, 02:29 #3

Riley was beaming proudly when his sister finally reached him and got off her broom. She looked a little confused, so Riley figured she must have missed half of what he'd been saying, but he didn't bother repeating it. They'd been siblings for so long (like, all his life) that she could put the pieces of what was going on together. He wasn't a difficult guy to figure out, and Denise was smart.

Riley's eyes went even wider with enthusiasm and excitement when Denise reiterated all that happened. "Yes!" he practically shouted. "That's exactly what happened! Cherry piss juice! You would've peed yourself laughing, seriously. This girl screamed while I was screaming 'cause my hand was really hot, and then I burst out laughing and McGinnis looked at me like I was insane and I swear Lucas was rolling on the floor but also freaking out about how my hand was blistering." He paused to take a deep breath before continuing. "It was one for the yearbooks, let me tell you, Denise. I can't wait to write mum and dad about it!" He wasn't sure if his parents enjoyed reading about each accident he got himself into, but he wrote those letters anyway.
"I got ushered out of class so quickly, I figured I'd come find you and show you before someone realises I haven't gone to the infirmary yet." His hand was wrapped up pretty crudely, in the quick-fix bandages they'd found in the potions class, but Riley thought Lucas had done a decent enough job of bandaging it that he'd been fine for an hour or two before the hand got healed.

"I've been hanging with Ezzie lots, and I'm trying to invent an exploding chocolate snack, but I think that's about it. I think Healer Heather is sick of seeing me, but I have to go to her later for my hand, because it's really starting to hurt a lot," he admitted with a lopsided frown. "I lost my teeth last week because of the chocolate thing, but they're going to be a hit when I perfect them, Doc, just you wait."

He slung his good arm around his sister's shoulder and pulled her into a half hug before releasing her. "What about you? How's Quidditch? And how are you?" he asked. "Tell me literally everything." The worst part was, he meant it. Well, unless she started talking about deep relationship-type stuff. Riley wasn't so great at hearing about his sister kissing other guys. That was on a need to know basis, and Riley did not need to know.

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08 Oct 2014, 19:11 #4

Denise adored her brother and thoroughly enjoyed hearing about every single one of his antics. She also deeply loved his best friend Ezra and had adopted him into their little fold. And while it had become a very rare occurrence to see one without the other she couldn't say that she minded it too much. Having her brother to herself was a rare treat, one that she'd take whenever the opportunity presented itself to her.

"I wish I was there to see it," she admitted. "I would've been right there on the floor with Lucas, just rolling around and quite literally laughing my ass off." And it would've been glorious. "Hey, do you think that's why they keep the years separated in Potions?", she asked curiously. "Because they somehow know that it's very necessary to keep older and younger siblings apart from one another?" Probably not, it most likely had something to do with knowledge being power and skill levels being different and all that nonsense. "You should get Ezra to make up a comic and send that to them." Now that, would be something well remembered.

She examined his hand and grinned. "I'm weirdly glad I got to see it," she laughed. However she was a bit curious as to how it looked under the bandages. Not that curious though, because it probably looked a bit too red, fleshy and blistery than she'd like.

"So you have been spending time with Ezzie, I knew it!" Ezra and Riley were almost like twins except for those random moments when she'd almost swear they were going to kiss. She'd always ended up feeling weirdly disappointed. "Hey, could you remind him to give me my dress back?", she asked. "He 'borrowed' it a few days ago and I'd really like to be able to wear it again." It was one of her favorites, little and black with purple polkadots scattered in all the right places. "And watch on the exploding candy why don't you? Merlin knows how many times your teeth can get replaced before you end up looking like some weird mechanical toothed man." Actually, upon picturing that image she had to admit it was rather hilarious.

She didn't like his little half hug thing so instead pulled him into a full hug. "If you're gonna hug me Riley you're gonna hug me right," she teased, ruffling his hair. "Quidditch is good and I'm good. Made a new friend by the lake a while ago actually. We're not romantically involved or anything but he's cool. Made me think though." She sat down cross-legged on the grass. "Riley, what's your opinion on this whole blood purity, muggle versus magical nonsense?"

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17 Oct 2014, 19:40 #5

Riley smiled at the image of Denise and Lucas on the floor laughing their pants off as Riley burned his hand. It had been a great experience, minus the whole painful hand thing, but with his sister there it would have been even more hilarious.
"Next time," he promised her, although he didn't plan on sticking his hand into any boiling hot potions anytime soon. Maybe when the memory of how much it had hurt was lost to him. Because right now it was very fresh in his memory.
"It might also be to keep me and Ezzie out of the same potions class. Could you imagine what a riot that would be, though? You, me, Ezzie, and Lucas, all in one class together. I think McGuiness would literally birth a hippogriff," he said, giggling at the idea. But oh, that would be the best class ever. They would probably burn the school down, though, and that probably wouldn't be cool. It would be at the time, but after when there was no school left, well. Hogwarts was a great place.

His eyes widened with delight at the idea of Ezra drawing up a comic about the whole situation. "Yes! You're brilliant, Denise. I'm going to ask him to do that later when I see him. It'll likely be his best one yet!" He adored his best friend's comics. They were always hilarious. And it would break the news of his burned hand to his parents more gently than if he were to write a letter. He didn't always word things in the best ways, and often neglected to tell his parents he was okay, and instead just wrote something like 'Nearly singed my face off in class today! Hey, can you send me a few sickles? I'm out of fireworks and short from my last Hogsmeade visit.' Those letters always returned with a howler from his mum. Riley loved howlers, though. He liked to wait until they combusted on their own, because that was always an event.

"Why wouldn't I spend time with Ezzie?" he asked, confused when Denise acted like she was Sherlock Holmes and had solved a murder mystery. He grinned when she mentioned the dress. "You know, I think his legs might look better in that thing than yours," he said, ducking to avoid a swat he was sure she'd deliver him for saying that. "We should buy him a dress for his next birthday. Think he'd like that, right? A red one, like fire."
He snorted. "No worries, Denise. I've almost perfected the candies. One day you'll see them at Honeydukes. Or Zonkos. Riley's... R... Rilesnacks.... I'll think of a name for my brand another day," he decided, waving a hand.

He grinned when his sister pulled him into a proper hug, and allowed his face to get lost in the material of her robes. He was definitely taller than her now, but he liked to bend to below her height sometimes, because hugs from Denise when he was younger and shorter were the best hugs. Why not recreate them whenever he could? She was his big sister, after all.

"Hey, speaking of romantically involved," he said slowly and carefully, watching her face for a reaction. "How, um. How are you doing now that, you know, Talon Auburn is back? He's my roommate," he added, rather unnecessarily. But he knew the past between Denise and Talon was.. not the nicest. He wanted to blame Talon for neglecting his sister, but after learning what all had gone down, he couldn't really do that. The guy had it rough. Although he still felt Talon owed Denise a huge apology. But Riley wasn't going to be the one to bring that up. Talon kind of terrified him. The guy never smiled. It was so weird. But if Denise were to die, Riley figured smiling after that would be a little difficult. But then he knew Denise would want him to smile. She'd want him to laugh and set off a truckload of fireworks in her honour. Didn't Talon's brother want that for him? Didn't Talon realise that? But maybe it wasn't that simple.

When Denise asked his opinion on blood purity, Riley arched a brown at her and shook his long hair out of his face. He sat down with her before answering. "It's stupid," he said simply. "People are people, magical or not. I mean, having magic is cool as fudgle, but who cares if your parents had magic or not? People need to calm down about it all, y'know?" He looked at Denise, wondering why she'd ask such a question. "What... What do you think?" he asked, and for a moment, feared her answer might be different. But that would be silly.

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23 Oct 2014, 01:47 #6

Sometimes Denise truly wished she was younger so she could witness more of her younger brother's antics firsthand. Sure the ones she did get to witness were always hilarious but she hated missing anything that went on in his life. He was her very first best friend after all and she really did enjoy his company. And that wasn't because he was her brother at all, but mostly because he was just that amazing. He was also incredibly likable. She honestly couldn't fathom how anyone could ever dislike him. Ever.

"As much as I regret not being around for this, I don't think I want there to be a next time," she admitted. The idea of her brother possibly losing a hand was just too worrisome for her to even consider asking. He was already losing his teeth a lot more than she'd wanted or even thought possible, which was also just a little bit worrisome as well.

She snorted, just imagining what would happen if Ezzie and Riley actually shared a Potions class. "I think that the school would actually explode if the two of you were in the same potions class," she decided. And as hilarious as it was to picture she did not want it to happen in real life. Hogwarts was her home and you never really wanted to blow up your home. "Also, that visual you just gave me of McGuinnis birthing a hippogriff was very unwelcome." It didn't even matter that it was scientifically impossible.

"Make sure to let me borrow it, will you?" Denise adored Ezra's comics. They were all just so brilliant and colorful, plus they brought Riley and Ezra's adventures to life in amazing ways. They made her feel connected to her sibling and his best friend in ways she hadn't exactly thought possible. "Also, you should really talk him into selling them." She really meant it too. Just the amount of money the two of the would make would be insane. "And definitely send some to mum and dad, they'd probably help them to be a whole lot less concerned than they usually are." Okay, so their dad was typically a lot less worried than their mum but still, less worrying was always wonderful.

She shrugged. "I dunno, why wouldn't you spend time with Ezzie?" They were practically attached. You just couldn't picture one without the other. "Maybe because you've been a bit too busy staring at your roommate lately?" She arched a brow at him and gave him a knowing smirk. "I'd lecture you about it but I can't." The boy's eyes were just too pretty that even she'd been caught staring at least once.

"You want to buy Ezra a dress?", she asked excitedly. "Can I help pick please?" Picking out a dress for Ezra would just be so much fun. "Oh man, this is going to be so fun. He's got the prettiest legs too." She really couldn't wait to start shopping. "I think he'd love a red one, with some lacy bits," she decided. "Or maybe some lightning bolts." She really should not be this excited about buying her brother's best friend a dress but she couldn't help it. He'd become her family as well over the years. And even though he tended to help get Riley get into more trouble than not, she couldn't picture life without him. "Rilesnacks is a really cool name actually. It sort of rolls off the tongue quite well and sounds incredibly snazzy. Just make sure the teeth exploding thing isn't a problem anymore before you sell them."

She loved hugging Riley, absolutely adored it. There was just something about hugging her incredibly tall younger brother that always took her immediately back to her childhood. To nights filled with laughter and explosions. There was a reason why she typically used those memories to cast her patronus.

"Romantically involved?", she asked, pausing. "Oh." Talon Auburn was back. She actually hadn't known that. "I actually had no idea that he was back. Is he alright?" A part of her was actually afraid to find out. They hadn't split on the best of terms. But she did miss him sometimes. How could she not? He'd been her first real boyfriend after all. And while he wasn't as high as Callum Weasley on her list of crushes he was incredibly important to her.

"I don't really have an opinion on it. It all just seems so complicated to me." She sighed. "But I do wonder... which side is really wrong in all this?"

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01 Nov 2014, 02:22 #7

Riley thought about what his sister said about there not being a next time and sighed. "Yeah, you're right, sis," he agreed. It was probably best if he didn't stick his hand purposefully into potions that would burn him - or worse. But there were other antics he could always get himself into that she could witness. And since she was his sister, she'd see them more often.
"But I promise to invite Lucas and Ezzie over lots this summer so we can all hang, and you can witness everything we do," he vowed, going as far as to place his hand over his chest. "You are going to be home this summer, right?" he asked tentatively, his expression changing. Some students liked to move out once they graduated. The end of this year was going to be tough. Denise and Ezra would both be graduating from Hogwarts, and as much as Riley didn't like to think about it, it was not something he could just ignore.

"I'd love to watch her birth a Hippogriff!" he exclaimed, his eyes oddly alight at the idea. "Just think about it, 'Nise. That would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! A human birthing a half-lion, half-eagle. It would make the record books!"

Riley nodded enthusiastically. "Definitely! And I will try. He's kind of shy about his stuff sometimes, but he could be drowning in galleons if he sold his stuff. I keep telling him he should make us wizarding superheroes, you know like those muggle ones? And each comic issue is one of our adventures at Hogwarts. Like blowing up the toilets. It'd be great. We'd be famous! Like mom, but not for Quidditch."
It wasn't that Riley wanted to be famous, but he wouldn't mind it if Ezra were there at his side.

Riley frowned. "Which roommate?" he asked, giving her a quizzical look. Except his mind jumped straight to the one roommate he had been staring at a lot lately. "I don't see staring at someone interfering with hanging out with Ezzie," he said, averting his gaze. He didn't even bother lying to his sister - she was right, and she was his sister. He wouldn't disrespect her with lies. Why his face was flushing about the whole thing, he didn't really understand, but the knowing smirk on his sister's face might have something to do about it.

He nodded again at the mention of Ezra's dress. "Definitely. I think you'd be better help than Lucas. He and I might pick out something that wouldn't suit Ezzie, but I think you're good at that sort of thing, since you're a girl who wears dresses sometimes and all." Red sounded good and was definitely a colour Riley could get behind. He was glad Denise was always willing to lend a hand when it came to, well, everything.

"I'll continue testing the Rilesnacks, I promise," he said, grinning. He did really like that name. He couldn't wait to tell Ezra about the decision. "Rilesnacks' Exploding Candy. It'll sell like hot cakes!" As soon as he fixed the teeth thing.

Riley felt bad for bringing up Talon, especially once he discovered Denise hadn't even realised her ex was back. "He keeps to himself a lot," he admitted. "He's definitely... different from the Talon I remember you dating. It's like some days he's just a body. He wouldn't even eat the pudding I offered him his first week back." And Talon's listless expression had made Riley shudder, and he'd avoided the eighteen year old ever since. He'd tried breaking the ice with pudding, because pudding was amazing, but Talon hadn't responded like Riley had hoped. He'd wanted to talk to Talon, to tell the guy off a bit about just ditching his sister like that. But the guy wasn't all that easy to talk to. He just hoped none of this would negatively affect Denise.

"It is complicated," he agreed. Some of the Death Eater's wants were understandable. For the wizarding world to come out of hiding. But to put muggles below them didn't seem all that right. And the killing... "I mean, killing innocent people is wrong," Riley said with a frown. "Killing people at all is wrong." He knew the Order wasn't clean of blood on their hands, but that just made this whole situation even more confusing. There didn't seem to be a middle. "Maybe it's not about who's wrong, but who's right." Riley didn't think either side was. But he also didn't know any more than what his parents had told them and what he'd learned in History of Magic - when he'd paid attention.

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08 Nov 2014, 05:01 #8

"Of course I'm right, I'm the doctor after all," Denise replied with a laugh. "And the doctor always knows best." Maybe that's what she could be, a doctor. Sure, it wasn't as fancy as being a Quidditch superstar would be but, she did think she'd be good at it. She was just about to ask her brother what he thought when he mentioned inviting Lucas and Ezra over during the summer. "Oh! That'll be exciting." Pretty much everything was exciting with those three together. "Might want to warn mum in advance though because I'm fairly certain she'll want to get the fire extinguisher ready. But yeah, to answer your other question, I will be home for the summer but that'll most likely be the last one I'll be home for. Because what I do..." She paused momentarily, trying to figure out the right words to use. "Whatever I choose to do," she corrected. "Be it Quidditch, becoming a Healer or working as some random shop girl, I'd like to do it once the summer ends."

"Speaking of summer ending, do you know what Ezra's plans are for after all this." She gestured at the school. "Is over?"

Denise shook her head and groaned. "I repeat, I do not need these images in my head!" They were grossly inappropriate and made her imagine a side of their Potions Professor that she never wanted to think about in her life. "And if such a thing ever makes it into the record books, please keep them away from me."

"Ezra's shy about a lot of things," she commented, her mind trailing to several observations she'd made of the boy over the years. "But I think you give him strength to do some things that he normally wouldn't." She paused again and gave him a rather thoughtful smile."And that's why I think you'll get a more positive response if you mention him selling his comics this time 'round." She knew that they'd end up being famous one day. "In my opinion though, you two already are. Famous, I mean." And she'd always think that way.

Denise made a face. "You don't get it at all do you?", she asked, her voice taking on hints of both amusement and minor frustration. "He likes you and he can sense that Azure likes you as well. Merlin, I swear, I've always known you could be a tad daft but I never knew you could be this daft." How had he not noticed? Did her brother really think those smiles, the lovely and bright smiles that Ezra shared only with Riley were purely out of friendship and nothing else. She sighed inwardly, deciding that yes, her brother really could have been that oblivious. He was a Finnigan after all.

"Lucas is a lot of things," she mused. "And he has quite a bit of skill but I don't think a keen understanding of women's fashion is one of them." Yes, she'd definitely be the better option since she did, as Riley so eloquently put it, wear dresses and those sort of things. Besides, just picturing how Ezra would look in a red dress was enough to put a huge smile on her face. "He's going to love us so much for this." She seriously couldn't wait.

She nodded excitedly, glad he liked the name. "I bet you'll produce some of the best inventions ever, just as long as you fix the teeth thing." Which couldn't be so hard, could it?

Denise frowned, remembering the Talon she knew and comparing him with the things that had happened to him. She was certain he wouldn't be his normal self. "Talon's brother was his entire life," she mentioned. "So, I can't really say that I find what you're saying all that hard to believe. And honestly, I think you should just give him some space." She bit her lip slightly and sighed. "He can get to be a bit too vulnerable."

She shrugged. To her there just wasn't a side that was right. "I'm not going to choose," she stated, a determined and decisive look on her face. "I can't choose. I see both sides and I don't think that either is right enough for me to pick a winning team." Her eyes drifted to her brother's hand and she sighed. "You might want to have Pomfrey look at that now... Before it starts to get blistery and bubbly."

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08 Nov 2014, 05:26 #9

It saddened Riley to know that all too soon, things would be changing. At the Finnigan house, at Hogwarts... He didn't really know what he was going to do with himself with Denise moved out after the summer.
"Can't you work and stay at home?" he asked, sighing. He wasn't much of a fan of change, especially with it involved not seeing his sister every day. Or Ezra. Now that would be an adjustment.
"Well whatever you choose to do, you'd better visit. Every day or I'll send you howlers," he threatened, looking incredibly vulnerable.
He glanced at the school when she mentioned Ezra's post-Hogwarts future, and he shrugged. "Visiting me lots," he said. "Or I'll send him howlers. One every hour." And he would, too. Riley wasn't sure he could stand it at Hogwarts without Ezra. But without visits from Ezra? He'd go insane and probably set fire to the school just so he didn't have to go there anymore. And then he and Ezra could hang out all the time.

Riley made a face back at Denise and laughed. "Ezzie doesn't like me in the way that you're insinuation," he said, rolling his eyes. He shook his head, then her words about Azure hit him. "Wait. You think Azure likes me?" He stared at his sister for a moment, and a smile slid onto his face. When he realised it was there, he fought against it, biting the inside of cheeks and blushing. "That's..." He cleared his throat and shuffled his feet, looking at the ground. "Nah."
He wasn't exactly sure why his stomach was flipping over itself like nobody's business or why he suddenly wanted to break into song, but he knew it had a lot to do with the thought of Azure Koen liking him.

"Awesome!" he said, clapping his hands together, his eyes lighting up at the idea of him and Denise going shopping for Ezra. "He's gonna love us so much," he agreed, grinning from ear to ear. He could just feel the tackle-hug Ezra would give him.

"Step one: Fix the teeth thing," Riley promised. He had a lot to do, then, because the teeth thing was definitely going to give him troubles. But he supposed it was necessary. No one wanted to have to see a healer after eating candy.

Riley sighed, nodding. He knew Denise was right about Talon. "I can give him space. I'm just glad you're okay." Giving Talon Auburn space was something he was already doing.
Riley stepped forward and hugged his sister tightly, smiling over her shoulder. "I love you, Denise," he said, holding her for a moment before stepping back. He'd hate to lose her. He felt horrible that Talon had lost his sibling. He couldn't even imagine the pain the older boy must be feeling, but he could see it every day in Talon's face. It was scary.

Riley understood where his sister was coming from. Choosing a side seemed pretty scary, not to mention confusing. Why couldn't things just stay as they were? Why did people have to fight about it? Maybe he'd stay out of it, too. It seemed like a good option.
At Denise's prompt, Riley looked at his hand and grimaced. "Yeah, you're probably right," he said, poking the bandaged and wincing. "Pomfrey's gonna get so pissed. She says my file's already overflowing." However, he grinned. "I'm going to get my hand healed properly now that it's kind of stinging a lot," he said. Riley stepped forward and pecked his sister on the cheek before waving with his bandaged hand. "See ya!" he said brightly, then ran off towards the castle.

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