tap tap tap. over and over again throughout the hallways of the Hogwarts castle. The noise bounced off of the walls, creating an thundering echo of the running noise. some students looked up when they saw the tall boy passing next to them. He on the other hand didn't pay any attention to his surroundings. His mind was fixed on his destination, Pandora in the astronomy tower, together with the content of the little piece of parchment his hand was clutching. With every corner his fingers gripped around the uneven surface of the parchment more tightly as if he was scared of losing the little written treasure. Xavier couldn't afford losing this now! It had been pure luck to find this piece of parchment hidden between the pages of a potions book. The lines probably couldn't be found in another book as it was certainly written by a student. The handwriting was thin and elegant, most likely from a girl but the boy didn't care. Because on top of the paper was written forbidden. Probably some other stuff too but he didn't really pay attention to the other words anymore. The word forbidden just triggered something in his head, an urge to try it perhaps. Stuff like this parchment was valuable, especially to a rule breaker like him.
One moment he suddenly stopped running and rotated to confirm he had really seen a pretty girl from from the corner of his eye. Then Xav had to remind himself that he was now officially dating Rowena. He wasn't single anymore…So instead of stopping and have a little chat, he only gave the girl a small smile and a salute before restarting his running. There was a girl waiting for him in the Ravenclaw tower and one in the astronomy one though. Could a guy ask for more? Still, the relationship he had with Pandora was strictly platonic. They were…business partners of some sort, nothing more.They saw each other around once a month and lived different lives afterwards. When he passed her in the halls, Xavier only gave her a small nod just to be polite. There was no need nor advantages to keep her as a close friend. The only thing they did together was creating magic with inventing new spells.
The Ravenclaw rested his back against the cold stone wall for a moment. He had never had a good endurance and it would probably never be one of his skills. Sports were horrible and being a total nerd, Xavier preferred reading books all day long instead of physical exercise. His chest was moving up and down in a way too fast tempo and there was this annoying stinging pain in his side. It was nothing more than his body making more red blood cells to improve the transport of oxygen to his muscles. Xavier knew this was a useless effort, he would not do such a physical exercise anytime soon. With closed eyes the Eagle listened to the sound of his fast breathing together with that of his heart pounding in his ears. It calmed him down somehow.
Then it occurred to him again that Pandora was waiting. Immediately his eyes shot open. With a bad grace Xavier started running again, filling the air with the noise of his Converse High Tops hitting the floor. There were still so many stairs to climb until he was at the astronomy tower. Xav groaned at the thought. He loathed Hogwarts for its stairs and the fact that the Ravenclaw common room was situated in a tower. It seems like centuries until he finally reached that last stair. Totally out of breath the wizard reached the room full of circling orbs and large windows. Xav wanted to crash against the wall to recover from the run but instead he ran over to her with the biggest toothy smile on his slightly freckled face. "Look what I've found!" the Eagle announced proudly holding the piece of parchment in front of the girl's nose for her to read. "I wanna test this spell."
Pandora hummed a little tune under her breath, feeling rather cold in the darkness of the astronomy classroom. She hadn't really used magic - choosing to avoid it in preparation for what summer would bring - and she had no intention of it, either. She was waiting for Xavier once more, but he wouldn't be long. He never was. At least, not to her.
She scanned the classroom, green eyes watchful for movement. Maybe it was a prank. Maybe Xavier had gotten tired of her and maybe he'd set up a prank instead-
No, Pandora. Don't be stupid. He doesn't hate you... does he?
The notes of the long forgotten song faltered and died on her lips as Pandora shivered.
"...Don't take my sunshine away..."
But it was gone. She couldn't remember the words. Now there was nothing.
Still waiting for the footsteps that signified someone else arriving, Pandora placed her forehead onto the hands on her knees. She was gripping the cuffs of her school robes, and even though it grew steadily colder she never uttered a note of complaint. It wasn't as cold as it was at that room at nights, in the summer. She had nothing to complain about. Nope.
While she waited, she ran over the thoughts in her head. The entirely uneventful trip to the tower, for starters. The lioness had walked up in relative silence, yet she'd only encountered one person on the way.
Yes, she'd passed by the owlery on the way. Her owl had completely disappeared - he'd been gone a week, which was annoying - and it was only a matter of time before she had to send that letter.
Enough about that. She was here for Xavier. He wanted her there for something or other - he'd definitely found something, from the looks of it - and he was late. Terribly late.
Pandora looked back up again, once more watching the door. Xav should be coming soon, right? They were business partners... And it was nice that she had a common interest with someone. Making spells was even more fun when done with someone.
But she was brought out of her thoughts as someone came crashing up the stairs - crap, not another teacher, she should have known!
Pandora brought up her wand, aiming it up in case it wasn't just a teacher. Maybe it was him. Why would he be at Hogwarts? Why-
Pandora let out the breath she had been holding as a certain Ravenclaw had crashed into the room. However she had only seconds to place her wand back into her robes as he was suddenly in her face, freckles completely redefined in the green eyed lioness's vision. More parchment.
Her eyes scanned the paper - it wasn't the fateful spell that she'd used on that day that had almost ruined everything - but the word forbidden had made her so curious.
Pandora nodded as he suggested they tried it. Really, she should have learned her lesson from last time.
But she hadn't. This was going to be fun.