Solitary Confinement is Bad for the Soul

Athena Clark
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December 6th, 2014, 2:52 am #1

Athena had invented a new drinking game, one designed especially for her brother. He had been keeping to himself lately, a bit too much in both her and Jayden's opinion. But despite how many times they chided him for it or told him to stop acting like a recluse and spend time with the people who actually loved him he just rolled his eyes and began his moping process over again. She never would have thought that her brother was capable of being so sappy. He'd always seemed so much stronger than this. Her awesome big brother, capable of destroying all the bad things in the world with a glare. But now, he was nothing like that not where it counted.

Sure, he put on a false bravado on occasion, pretending to be happy around family but she could see through it. She was his little sister, the one person who had spent her whole life looking up to him. She'd memorized his every move by the time she was twelve, it had been the greatest accomplishment of her childhood. So of course she knew that he was still feeling off. It was a natural part of her. Just as natural as fixing a car or falling off a horse and getting back up again. As natural as a swim on a warm summer day. And just as easy as flying.

Athena wanted her brother back, warts and all. She missed his crassness, his vulgarity. She even missed his former manwhorey ways, well not exactly. She didn't miss almost walking in on him with other women on an almost daily basis. So she'd invented a new drinking game, one that her brother could play solo if he chose. She called it drunken solitaire, a game that was originally designed for solitary playing, only now whenever he lost he could take a couple shots, that way losing wouldn't be so bad.

She wondered if there was some possibility to entice him, not to play the game but to have a few drinks with her, just for old times sake. So with a shaky hand, she reached out for the door and screamed," GAVIN FUCKING CLARK YOU BETTER OPEN THIS FUCKING DOOR RIGHT NOW OR I'M GOING TO HUFF AND PUFF AND BLOW THIS DOOR DOWN!" Of course this led to several doors in the staff ward to open and a total of ten points being taken away from Gryffindor all by then time her brother actually opened said door.

"Merlin fucking hippogriffs Gavin, you couldn't have opened up before I lost the house points could you?"

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Gavin Clark
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December 6th, 2014, 5:26 am #2

Gavin knew he had been pathetically anti-social. He told himself it was just because the year was wrapping up, but frankly a lot of things just bothered him now. The worst part was the two people he was closest two were happy, and he was glad for them, but he felt like the downer. For the first time in his life he was painfully aware of the love other people had. And instead of just feeling fucking great for them he felt sorry for himself. He had no intention of inflicting that upon others, so he simply did not see them much at all.

That was, until a childhood friend had gotten ahold of him He was a muggle that had grown up down the street from the Clarks and Gavin and him had been pretty close. Not as close as he and Jayden had been, but when he heard his friend was back in town he actually made the effort to see him. It helped that the two were basically clones of one another, both single, and both very pro getting drunk. The night had ended with Gavin going home with some waitress. He had only made it back to the school a few hours before.

Before his sister came knocking that was. He decided to change out of clothes that reeked of beer and were covered in…glitter? Maybe the girl wasn’t a waitress so much as a stripper. Maybe Gavin had too much to drink. But he was never one two deny his little sister, no matter what. So he answered the door, half in a new t-shirt that he finished pulling over his head as she questioned him.

“You couldn’t have kept from screaming?” He flashed her a patronizing smile. “I’m older, but I’m not deaf.” But Athena certainly wouldn’t be Athena if she didn’t make some sort of grand entrance. “Get in here before you tarnish my good house’s name anymore.” It wouldn’t matter how old Gavin got, he would always be a proud Gryffindor.

He tried to inconspicuously brush glitter off of his jeans as he shut the door behind his sister. He had to admit he was glad to see Athena. Despite living within the same space he felt like he saw her the least. “To what do I owe the pleasure?” He asked, throwing himself back on his bed, leaning against the wall.
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December 6th, 2014, 9:13 pm #3

Athena shook her head no almost immediately. "Did you really have to ask me that question? I might have changed my hair but trust me, my personality is still quite intact." Her personality unlike her hair was not something that would change overnight, or ever really. "I rather like being me thank you and as for your deafness, well considering that I've had a total of five owls sent back to my rooms... let's just say I'm starting to question that bit about you as well."

Rolling her eyes slightly, she wandered over to his bed and plopped down, raining cards down on the both of them. "Sorry, not sorry." She didn't think she owed her big brother any sort of apology, not really. Not when he'd been such an arse lately. And he had been one. Probably one of the biggest and saddest sacks of shit she'd seen in a long time. But he was still her brother and she did love him quite a lot, even if he was being an anti-social asshat.

But he seemed to have been somebody's company. Considering all the glitter decorating his lower half, she'd say her brother was back in the saddle once again. "It doesn't look like cards are the only thing raining in this room," she remarked, gesturing at his pants. "Care to explain that?" She gave him her sternest dad look, complete with pulsing forehead vein and brows arched almost to the heavens before bursting into a fit of laughter. She had no idea how their father managed to look like that for more than ten seconds ever.

"Well I was in the middle of playing a game I'd just invented called drunken solitaire when it crossed my mind that there was a certain drunken relative that I hadn't seen in a while and I thought why not show off my new hair and verbally berate him in person? So I jumped off...well it doesn't really matter what I jumped off of but anyways, I immediately dropped everything I was doing and came here immediately raining hellfire and threatening the lives of poor hippogriffs in the process."

She flopped back on his bed and grinned up at him. "But really, have I ever needed a reason?"

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December 8th, 2014, 2:03 am #4

Gavin was not ashamed of the fact that he really didn’t notice physical features on women he wasn’t attracted to, and he certainly wasn’t attracted to his sister. But he was slightly ashamed given that it was such a huge difference. He rolled his eyes. He had not been the best big brother recently, and he loved Athena, but he couldn’t really help it. He knew he was being a sap, he didn’t want her to see him that way. “I’ve had stuff to do.” He said in a mocking tone. Honestly, he was reverting back to his childhood years. His sister always did that to him. Their age difference had allowed him to act like a child even when he definitely wasn’t.

She threw cards up and he found himself rolling his eyes again. But he was entertained. She was weird, and he knew he had only himself to blame for that one. “Of course you’re not” He told her with a laugh. Her picked up one of the cards and looked at it. More than a little confused. He didn’t get too much time to get distracted as she noticed the glitter. “Do you really want to hear about sexcapades with a stripper?” He asked with a laugh. He had to admit, having Athena around cheered him up instantly. The more she tried to look serious, the more he laughed. Neither of the Clark siblings were bad kids, but certainly did some things worth a furrowed brow. Gavin had gotten much better at it since starting to work at Hogwarts, being around his sister during teenage years gave him a lot of time to practice his stern look. “Don’t give me that stern shit.” He said, playfully pushing her. “I’m an adult I can do what I want.” Although the way he said it made Gavin sound more childish than adult.

“So you’ve already been drinking?” Honestly, if anyone found out about half the shit he found out about students and didn’t do anything about he’d be fired. Although if that were the case they’d probably find out about a whole lot of other stuff that would get him fired faster, so underage drinking on school property was hardly the top of his concerns. “I’m touched you would clear your busy schedule for me.” He was being sarcastic. He could catch what she was throwing and he pulled out his wand and with a flick his bag filled with alcohol came out from under his bed. Times wouldn’t change, he was doing the same shit he did when he was a student. He leaned forward and grabbed two beers, handing her one.

“No you certainly have not.” Athena had been a ginormous part of Gavin’s life. She was his sister, so that was a given, but she had been so much more than that to. He would have friends over, and she was there. He went out, a good percentage of the time she was there. No matter what he did, from basically the day she was born Athena was at his side. Until recently. He popped the lid off his beer bottle and took a drink. “And besides chopping off your hair what has been new in the life of my ridiculous little sister?” A question he didn’t really want to ask, since he often found himself cringing at the answer.
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December 9th, 2014, 11:09 pm #5

Athena wasn't really offended that her brother hadn't seemed to notice the big change she'd made to her appearance. She knew how he worked, if the girl wasn't someone he was dating or even remotely attracted to, he just didn't notice any changes. She used to be offended by this as a child but as she grew up, it had become just another thing she'd gotten used to. But she was offended by the fact that he had other things to do. "Sorry, I wasn't aware that sex trumped siblings all the time. Seriously thought that was just on weekends." She rolled her eyes. "My bad."

She shook her head no. She didn't really want to hear about his date with a stripper. Not really. "And don't laugh at me," she muttered, pretending to be angry. "No more stripper talk either. I've never been that into hearing about your sex life and I don't plan on starting now." She flicked a card at his forehead. "Go ahead and do what you want Mister Adult but don't go forgetting me anymore. It really does sort of hurt you know..."

She shrugged. "Maybe, maybe not. Gonna tattle?" She arched a brow at him and snorted. Like that would ever happen. She had more than enough stuff to use against him, not that she ever would. He was her brother and despite any anger or frustration she might feel towards him right now, she would never do anything to intentionally hurt him. "I wanted to spend time with you so it wasn't a big deal really. Sebastian understood, he's got a lot of siblings so he gets it." He handed her a beer and she smiled, grateful that he wasn't kicking her out. Because she did need this visit, maybe more than he did.

She sat up on the bed and tried to run through the list of things she'd done lately. There were a lot of mundane things she could say like studying or homework but being her she wanted something slightly outrageous. "Well just the other day I had sex while reading a book..."

She threw another card at him, "Kidding." Or was she?

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December 13th, 2014, 7:14 am #6

“It’s been awhile.” That wasn’t exactly true. Gavin had been on a sort of weird, terrible decision binge. It had started sometime after the bachelor party and not really ended yet. By day all was normal, he wasn’t stupid and he wasn’t getting himself fired, but nights off were another matter completely. The thing was he was sad, and avoiding people, and sadness brought on reckless decisions and avoiding people meant no one was there to tell him it was a terrible idea. “And really? You weren’t aware of that? So the fact that you’re dating like the last person on earth I want you to be dating has nothing to do with sex?” He was being a bit over dramatic there, but played it off as sarcasm.

“Then don’t ask.” He said with a cheeky smile, “It’s glitter you had to know the answer.” Gavin thought he was both a good big brother, not lately but in general, and an absolutely terrible big brother. She flicked a card at his head and he put on his stern face, but it broke pretty quickly. “I’m sorry.” Honestly, he never meant to hurt anyone. He was just too wrapped up in his head. He brushed his hair back. “It just feels so stupid that a fucking seventeen year old messed me up so bad.” And that was the honest truth, “I didn’t get like this when I was seventeen.”

“Maybe I will.” He wouldn’t. Gavin could never do that to Athena, and frankly didn’t want to. Some of the best times of his life had been spent with her and alcohol. He hated to admit how much he needed his little sister in his life, but she always made things better. He grimaced a little bit when she mentioned Sebastian. He really had nothing against him, and honestly he was happy for Athena, but it was weird.

His jaw dropped when she told him what she had been up to and the card she threw hit him directly. “Don’t say shit like that!” He tossed a card at her. “I’ve heard some of the weirdest stories from Sebastian, and you’re weird as hell…” He laughed, “I don’t need that fucking image in my head.” He almost sounded like he was desperately trying to remove it. Probably because he was. “And keep saying that shit and you’re gonna hear some weird, completely true, stories.” Actually, that was an empty threat. Because admitting things like that to his little sister would be just plain awkward.
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