A Broken-Family Reunion.

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Post by Avery Bishop on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:03 am

"Oh, please, please. You can't make me do this without him."

"Avery," Keiran sighed, running a hand over his face. "I promise you: Claire and your mum aren't showing up to make any trouble. They probably just want to get to know us."

"But that's the thing, Keiran!" Avery huffed, hurrying around the end of the couch to flop next to him, dismay pulling at her face. "I call Bridget 'Mum,' not her. I mean..." She tilted her head side to side, trying not to be frustrated. "My mum is... my mum. But Bridget is just Mum. It's different."

Keiran nodded, though he was still frowning. "And you don't think that introducing your not-boyfriend to your mum that's not your mum, and your sister, ... That's not going to be stressful? I mean," he threw a hand vaguely, "more stressful than him not being there."

Avery deflated horribly, her lips turning down into a pout. "I don't know."

He lifted an eyebrow, choosing to omit the fact that he hadn't seen Claire since that night in the pub. Merlin help him if Avery ever found out about it. Bloody hell. Merlin help him if either of the mothers found out about it, either! This whole thing was a horrible, horrible idea. But Bridget had met Teddy and had been completely unable to let it rest. Keiran was relatively certain that his mum thought Teddy had asked her out properly, which he didn't think was the case. But after he'd been shoved into everything with Millie, he had absolutely no qualms about somebody wanting to take their time and make sure everything was working as it should.

Keiran glanced to the ceiling, but then lifted an arm onto the back of the couch so he could face her halfway. "Would it make you happy to have him there?"

She blinked, tilting her chin down in a weirdly submissive sort of way. "Yes."

"Then you two show up before they get here, you got it? Make sure he shows up first, so that you can both settle in around mum and the kids." That reminded him. Mum had this whole big plan with a small children's table and the adults' table and everything else. How horribly domestic, considering who all was involved. Three widows, two divorce(ť)s, two unmarried sisters, two single parents and a bloke who was only half dating one of the sisters.

Maybe.. Maybe the whole world just needed a nap. Keiran felt like he could surely use one. But the kids were due to wake from theirs soon, so he was out of luck if he didn't get Avery out of there.

She nodded her fervent agreement, so he gestured towards the portrait door. "Run down and ask him, then. I doubt he'll be able to say no with you looking like that."

Ironically, that brought a weak smile to her face. But Avery thanked him under her breath as she leaned forward to force him into a one-armed hug. And then she hurried out, leaving the Headmaster to collapse across the couch and close his eyes in the vain hope he could get a kip in. He'd, astoundingly, be pleased to note that the odds were abnormally in his favor.

Avery, however, aimed for Teddy's quarters since she didn't know where his office was, rolling her lips together when she realized he might not even be in. Perhaps she'd have to write him. At the portrait, she blinked once when greeted. "Um. Is Teddy in?" She asked lamely, wondering in the back of her mind what his password would be like, if he got to pick it himself. "My name's Avery."


[ooc: Since this'll end up at their house, I'm just putting this here rather than in his tower forum. *Shrug*]
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Post by Teddy R. Lupin on Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:01 am

Teddy moved through the castle with the easy confidence of a man certain that he was going to have a brilliant summer. Despite all of his lingering uncertainty, he couldn't help but think that he had all the potential for a wonderful summer. There was curriculum to write, sure, the daunting task of reaching out to his family, okay, but there was also a blonde haired woman with wide eyes and a kind smile and she seemed to want to see him again.

He was distracted. Constantly. He had left his job as a counselor because he couldn't focus on his work and it had been torture, but he couldn't bring himself to feel guilty. Try as he might, he couldn't mar his happy, distracted little thoughts with anything more than a playful chide that he had work that had to be done, the reminder that he would see her again soon just another means to make him spiral back into a happy, distracted state.

So distracted that it took a second longer than it should have to realize that the woman dominating his mind was standing outside his quarters.

He stopped, still a few feet away, and a grin tugged his lips. "Avery." His feet reminded him of their ability to bring him closer to her, and he lurched back into action. His head shook in confusion as he approached. "What are you doing here- it's great to see you, of course." And that's when he fell into old habits, worry tugging briefly at his face. "Is everything alright?"
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Post by Avery Bishop on Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:21 am

Avery turned, eyes wide as her curls throwing themselves at her neck and across her back. In her surprise, she felt her hands come together in front of her stomach as she took a last, apologetic glance at the portrait for having wasted its time. Did portraits have an understanding of time?

Seriously, Avery. Not now.

He looked pleased at first, and it sent her a few steps forward to try and meet him partway. But uncertainty struck him so she made up the difference, ending up in front of him with an embarrassed smile.

"No, no," she rushed to assure him, a hand finding his arm. "Nothing's wrong, exactly. Um. Well, first off," she drew in an almost nervous breath, "I missed you."

Her shoulders sank with the relief of saying it just because it was true, and it broadened her smile despite what she was preparing herself to ask him. Feeling the way her cheeks threatened to heat up, she glanced down, but then stood herself up properly once more.

"I also had to ask you something. Are you busy this Sunday around lunchtime? Mum- Well, Bridget -- She's invited.. my mother and my sister. To lunch. With Keiran, and all the kids." She hesitated, her mouth sort of just open for a moment or two. "I don't.. I mean, Keiran's an ally, obviously. But they've never met before. And if I say the wrong thing, it might be bad."

Her lips twisted to the side and she drew her hand back, wrapping it across her stomach with the other one. "It isn't actually fair of me to ask you to be there. To meet them like that." Avery frowned, wanting to look away but determined to get to the point. Someday. Probably. "But, I just.. Oh, Merlin's sake." She shook herself a little.

"I'd like you to be there. But it's weird. So you don't have to."

Plus, like, they weren't a defined thing. So explaining that would be weird. But Avery chose to firmly ignore that part for the moment.
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Post by Teddy R. Lupin on Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:48 pm

At the first appearance of a smile on her face, Teddy immediately felt reassured that nothing was actually the matter. He doubted she'd be able to keep it long from him, in just how open she had been with up until now. Her hand went to his arm in what was becoming a more frequent (and always welcome) gesture of affection that immediately made his lips flicker back into a smile, his other arm coming up to rest on her shoulder. "I missed you too," he said, grinning at the pleasure of being able to tell her something so sentimental, so true, and to know it was reciprocated.

She was suggesting something for Sunday and before she even clarified or explained, he found himself wanting to agree, hopeful in his assumption that she meant to spend the day with him. And he was partially right. But there was a bit of a catch.

A big one too.

He knew that he could act confident and unaffected about the prospect of meeting the rest of her family, but when the time came, he would be on the edge of panic constantly. But he could see how nervous she was, and the idea that she considered his presence there to be apart of the solution rather than the problem caused a small burst within his chest. He had always wanted to be a proper support system to the people in his life. Avery was the first person who seemed to actually see a value he could bring.

"I'd love to," he said, leaning forward to press a kiss against her forehead.
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