Kieran wanted to throw up.
Not that the breakfast food in the Great Hall wasn't delicious - it always was - but Kieran's head has been swimming for a few days now, and his stomach was following suit. It was funny to him how much a difference a few days could make. A week ago, he was proud muggleborn, Kieran Xavier Sawyer, son of loving, albeit odd muggle parents Christian and Jeanette Sawyer. Now that was out the window. Halfblood. Confused. Lied to. No emotions flowing through him made sense anymore. He'd not told a soul, not even the love of his life, who at least was owed and explanation for his missing letters, for missing Valentine's day and showing up two days later - which had been just yesterday. He was determined to get through this by himself, though there was one person he knew needed to be informed f this as well.
Across the hall, the lion spied Schuyler Sutherland, who he'd recently learned was more tied to him than anyone who knew the two would realize. His father, who he'd always believed to be an only child, not only had a sister, but a twin. Sarah Sutherland was Kieran's aunt, and her daughter was none other than Sky, a schoolmate who had easily become a member of the sixth year's inner circle. He'd always found it odd that he was so attuned to her, so interested in her existence, so comfortable from the get-go, and yet, despite all that fascination, no thought about her had ever been romantic. Somehow, his body had known deep down that she was related. What if it hadn't though? Their parents were insanely irresponsible in not telling them.
As the great hall began to empty, Kieran said goodbye to his friends, telling them he'd catch up to them later. He moved towards the badger table, an sat down across from Sky. "Hey there, do you have a moment?" He wasn't sure what her schedule was, but he'd keep her here as long as he needed to. "I've got some questions for you."
- Valentine’s Day had been perfect for Schuyler. She had finally come to a decision about Brydon Wilkins, one that still made her smile just thinking about it. The badger and the lion were now officially an item. Whatever rumors had been flying around the corridors since last spring – about crushes or heartbreak between the two – could be put to bed now. There were no more questions, only answers. So the answer to the question: who was Schuyler Sutherland’s favorite Gryffindor, could easily be answered with one person. It was with this smile that she chatted with her fellow Hufflepuffs while eating the delicious oatmeal with raisins and dried cranberries, scrambled eggs, and fresh homemade sausage. She had felt nothing but calm ever since finally revealing the news to the lion and so it was with this calm that quickly glanced around the room for his brunette head. It wasn’t that she was worried or jealous of whom he might be talking to – she had heard the rumors of long before she came to Hogwarts and didn’t care much about them at all. No, she trusted Bry, or B as she liked to call him, and knew he’d never do anything that silly again.
It was with her extra bright and searching eyes that the witch spied Kieran Sawyer crossing the Great Hall, his path likely leading directly to her and her table. She knew the boy well. They were friends, partners in charms and transfiguration, and he was her best friend’s boyfriend. Certainly she saw that this lion was attractive, but she’d never felt more than a platonic spark for her friend. He was brilliant, hopelessly loyal, and a perfect gentleman in all things. He was exactly the type of wizard everyone needed to count among their allies and especially the kind of person you would want your friend to be dating. Still, with the worried look on his face, the brunette couldn’t help but frown slightly as he walked over. It wasn’t an upset kind of frown, but still reported worry. Sky hadn’t seen Kieran since the incident in the dungeons that had earned the entire group at least one night in the hospital wing. She had just broken her arm – a clean break – but was still required to stick around for a few hours to make sure everything else was all right. Students had attended to the healing, a fact that her mother Sarah more than a little frustrated. But here was Kieran in front of her, looking wholly healthy if not a little bit bothered. Pushing her smile back to the foreground, the sixth year resolved not to worry until she’d heard what he had to say.
“Hi, Kieran,” Sky smiled as way of greeting. “I have some time. I don’t have class until ten. Want to have a seat? I’m just sitting here waiting for the others to finish up. We were going to go back to the common room before class, but…” her voice trailed off as she nodded to her roommate as a way of understanding. “I can hang out with you instead. What’s up?”</li>