Welcome to Amortentia! We're a unique personified animation site set in the HP universe. The second semester is in full swing, the Yule Ball is finished complete with our royalty poll, the Goblet of Fire ceremony has been conducted, and our champions for the Triwizard Tournament have been selected! The first task will be under way beginning in March. In the meantime we are wrapping up a Valentine's Hogsmeade Weekend and the champions are preparing themselves for the first task. The effects of an illegal truth serum finding its way into the punch bowl at the Yule Ball have rippled their way through the populace, resulting in the firing of two staff members and friendships made and broken. So fall into place and let your own stories unwind!
Bran's father sat solemnly on his horse, long brown hair stirring in the wind. His closely trimmed beard was shot with white, making him look older than his thirty-five years. He had a grim cast to his grey eyes this day, and he seemed not at all the man who would sit before the fire in the evening and talk softly of the age of heroes and the children of the forest. He had taken off Father's face, Bran thought, and donned the face of Lord Stark of Winterfell.
Rayne smiled as she read one of her favourite series for probably the sixth time in a row. Song of Ice and Fire series was one of magic and mystery that Rayne could not help but become entranced by. She loved the different characters, each with their own personality. She was often quick to look for the next in the series. She sighed as she snuggled deeper under her warm tribal blanket, she had taken with her from home. Her window was wide open, allowing a small breeze to whisk about her room. It was a cold day; wind rustling through the leave less trees. Despite the cold, Rayne was quite content with the day. She loved the days where it was so warm, she could bask on her bed, the sun warming her skin. She pushed the blanket down slightly, arranging her Ravenclaw Quidditch team tank top. She was dressed in royal blue, which were not only her favourite colours, but also her house colours. She continued to read, smiling as she did.
Bran's bastard brother Jon Snow moved closer. "Keep the pony well in hand," he whispered. "And don't look away. Father will know if you do."
Bran kept his pony well in hand, and did not look away.
His father took off the man's head with a single sure stroke. Blood sprayed out across the snow, as red as summerwine. One of the horses reared and had to be restrained to keep from bolting. Bran could not take his eyes off the blood. The snows around the stump drank it eagerly, reddening as he watched.
Rayne was secretly glad the author did not skip out on any of the gore. She was one who had seen much in her life and hated when the characters would skip out on all the details. She would have to say that she loved the Starks. Probably her favourite family, despite their bloody ends. She could relate to Arya the most, being more rebellious and such when it came to her own family.
"No," Jon Snow said quietly. "It was not courage. This one was dead of fear. You could see it in his eyes, Stark." Jon's eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see. He was of an age with Robb, but they did not look alike. Jon was slender where Robb was muscular, dark where Robb was fair, graceful and quick where his half brother was strong and fast.
Robb was not impressed. "The Others take his eyes," he swore. "He died well. Race you to the bridge?"
Rayne could not help but smirk. She could not help but think of all the times her and Little Creek would go for a good gallop to the creek near her village. She beat her brother every time, which always made him grumble and Rayne turn into a child as she stuck out her tongue at her older brother. A tanned hand moved to brush away a strand of hair from her face, before she shifted, settling against her propped up pillows, dragging her feet underneath her. She wiggled slightly before settling again as she continued. Rayne was never one to sit still.
They found Robb on the riverbank north of the bridge, with Jon still mounted beside him. The late summer snows had been heavy this moonturn. Robb stood knee-deep in white, his hood pulled back so the sun shone in his hair. He was cradling something in his arm, while the boys talked in hushed, excited voices.
The riders picked their way carefully through the drifts, groping for solid footing on the hidden, uneven ground. Jory Cassel and Theon Greyjoy were the first to reach the boys. Greyjoy was laughing and joking as he rode. Bran heard the breath go out of him. "Gods!" he exclaimed, struggling to keep control of his horse as he reached for his sword. Rayne grinned. She knew exactly what was coming, but she always loved those parts when they would put you into a near cliff-hanger to see what happens next.
Half-buried in blood stained snow, a huge dark shape slumped in death. Ice had formed in its shaggy grey fur, and the faint smell of corruption clung to it like a woman's perfume. Bran glimpsed blind eyes crawling with maggots, a wide mouth full of yellowed teeth. But it was the size of it that made him gasp. It was bigger than his pony, twice the size of the largest hound in his father's kennel.
"It's no freak," Jon said calmly. "That's a direwolf. They grow larger than the other kind."
Theon Greyjoy said, "There's not been a direwolf sighted south of the Wall in two hundred years."
Rayne could not help but glare at her book, directing the stare to the nonexistent Greyjoy. Such a jerk he was. He reminded her too much of the Slytherin boys who teased and bullied her as a child. She was about to read on when a soft knock came at her door. She sighed before placing her bookmark within the pages and moved to get the door.
"Lilo?" Rayne immediately asked as she saw the small third year standing in front of her door. Kneeling down, Rayne immediately saw the tear stained cheeks, despite Lilo's attempts to hide them and the red eyes. Rayne immediately guided the young girl into her room, moving to sit on her bed as she moved to give Lilo a soft hug. The only words that Rayne could say right now:"Whose body am I burying?"
Why was it always her? It couldn't be anybody else, or anyone who was able to defend themselves. It had to be her - although Lilo wouldn't wish this on anybody. Not even her worst enemy. Lilo's day didn't start off all that great. First off, she couldn't find Stitch anywhere. He never showed up to her, either. She had spent half of the day searching for him, but she didn't find him anywhere. After she had finally given up, she had spent the rest of the day alone - well, she had Scrump with her... so she wasn't completely alone. She was just sitting, minding her own business, and reading a book. That was it. She wasn't harming anybody, she wasn't disturbing anybody, and nobody wanted to be near her. Everything was fine. Until a group of sixth year Slytherin boys walked up.
Lilo should've known, really. She should have hurried up and picked up her stuff when she saw them heading her way, but she didn't. Instead, she looked at them with that same smile she always had, attempting friendship once again. But they weren't there for friendship. Stitch wasn't around her - that's the only reason they did it. They were scared of Stitch, and the fact that Stitch protected Lilo made them never go near her when he was around. Same thing for Rayne - but Lilo didn't want to disturb Rayne, which is why she didn't look for. She was regretting that now. Lilo's smile turned into a frown when one of the boys said "Weirdlo" - that all too familiar nickname she developed that she absolutely hated. It was too late to runaway now. Lilo just looked down at the ground as the teasing began, like she always did. By now... she was used to it.
"Weirdo. Crazy. Loser. Nobody wants to be your friend. You deserve to be alone." They taunted. Then more name calling.. every name imaginable. And more teasing. Lilo had to shut her eyes to hold back the tears. Why wasn't Stitch around? She needed him right now. Why didn't she go find Rayne? She immediately regretted it. The book she once had, they had yanked away from her. Lilo stood up... although trying to run wouldn't really do much. What did she ever do wrong to have people hate her? All she ever wanted was friends. That's all she asked for. She didn't want anything else. She had a picture of her family in the book (she didn't have pockets on her right now) - Nani, herself and her parents. When they were alive. When one of the boys grabbed hold of the picture, that's when she started to panic. She needed that picture. It was the only thing of her parents she had here at Hogwarts. She needed that. "Give that back!" Lilo yelled, only to have them laugh at her. She then decided to attempt to take it out of his hand. It worked - as she landed on her butt on the ground, although the bottom right corner was now torn - good thing was, no one's faces were torn apart. Tears started falling from Lilo's eyes.
Then, they grabbed hold of Scrump. "Let her go!" Lilo yelled, but they mocked her. "You're too old to be playing with dolls..." one of them said, and at this point, Lilo knew what was going to happen. She couldn't stop it fast enough. The tall Slytherin boy grabbed hold of Scrump, and with one quick pull he ripped her body from her head. This made Lilo burst into tears. Scrump was her first friend... the only when she had at the time. She was made right after her parents died. That doll meant a lot to Lilo - and now, they broke her. Ripped her apart. He dropped the doll on the ground, and the group of boys laughed. Lilo got up as fast as she could, running over and picking up Scrump's head and body, then holding them tight against her chest. She backed away, before quickly turning on her heel and running in the opposite direction. She could still hear them laughing and mocking her. Calling her name's again. But she kept running.
Lilo wasn't concerned about getting the book back. She had to run out of there. They could keep the book. Scrump was more important. There was only one place she could go. One person left she could run to. Stitch was no where in sight, so it couldn't be him. She didn't want to disturb Rayne - but where else was she supposed to go? Right now, she needed her. Badly. She cradled the torn apart Scrump in her arms, picture of her family held tightly in one hand as she ran from the courtyard to the Ravenclaw Towers, tears falling the entire time. Why did she have to be weird? Why couldn't she be normal, like Nani? Her mother always told her she was unique and special. But her mother wasn't here to tell her that anymore. Her father always told her she was beautiful, and that being weird made her different than everyone else, and that different was good. But he wasn't here. Neither of them were here. She wanted to go back home - to Hawaii. To her sister. She wanted her sister's arms to wrap around her and comfort her, tell her everything would be okay... encourage her. Comfort her. Just be there. But she was so far away from her. She can't feel Nani's comfort when their so far away.
Lilo had ran all the way to the Ravenclaw Tower, and once inside, she tried wiping her tears as much as she could. But it didn't help. Her cheeks were stained with tears, and her eyes were red and puffy. Her curly hair (that she left natural this time), kept getting in her way as she walked to Rayne's room. She memorized where her room was from last time she was there... she was observant. Part of her intelligence. She stopped in the front of the door, taking shaky breaths and trying to hide the fact that she had been crying. Then, she gave a soft knock. She eventually looked up to Rayne's voice, but tried hiding her face. Rayne saw through that, and quickly guided the young girl to her bed. Lilo took a seat, and she quickly returned Rayne's hug, sniffling and taking shaky breaths.
"Whose body am I burying?" Rayne asked, and Lilo wiped her face with her arm. "A... a group of Slytherin boys. All sixth years..." she talked, her voice shaky as she was trying not to cry again. She was intelligent, and had good memory. Remembered exactly what they looked like. "They... called me weird, crazy... and a loser. Said that nobody wanted to be my friend... and that I deserved to be alone..." Tears fell again. She then opened her arms to show Scrump, head in one hand and body in the other. "They broke Scrump. They said that I'm too old to play with dolls, and tore her apart. They broke her." she said, beginning to cry again. "T... they tried to tear the family picture... but they only tore off a corner. Why do they do these things? I'm not... a loser, am I? Do I deserve to be alone?" she said, beginning to sob. Lilo was beginning to think they were right. About everything.
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To anyone else, Rayne came off as cold, stubborn and hotheaded. Sounds ridiculous, right? Rayne was an interesting girl. For her many years at Hogwarts, Rayne was probably one of the few Ravenclaws who always seemed to have trouble follow them. She was an excellent student, but her temper was the real problem. There wasn't a Slytherin bully who hadn't faced Rayne's wrath before, expect for maybe a first year or two, but many knew very well of her ability to hang bullies from the rafters by their ankles. Not an easy girl to get along with for sure. She certainly wasn't a model student for Ravenclaw. With a file the size of a textbook, Rayne Soquili was not a girl to be reckoned with.
Ok yes,"Whose body am I burying?" probably wasn't the best approach to this situation, but Rayne couldn't help it. Despite having only known the third year for about a year, Rayne had taken a liking to Lilo. Hell, she felt Lilo was like another sister to her, nearly a daughter. She was protective over the third year and anyone who hurt Lilo, would pay. Rayne hugged the young girl close, closing her eyes as she listened those heart shattering words. She pressed her head on top of Lilo's curly hair, feeling her own eyes welling up with tears. No one deserved such treatment, especially Lilo. She was such a bright witch, and Rayne hated how she was picked on. Probably because Rayne was bullied and teased as a young child for being different. Rayne knew what it was like, which was probably the reason she cared so much for Lilo as she did. She looked to see little Scrump destroyed and she nearly let a tear fall. Nearly.
"Shhh, Lilo... You are no loser, Lilo. No one ever has the right to say such cruel things and in a perfect world, they would be punished for it, but unfortunately, this world isn't perfect as much as most of us wish it was... You are no loser, Lilo Pelekai. You are a smart, beautiful, honest and caring witch, who will show those boys who the real losers are one day. No one deserves to be alone, Lilo..." Rayne spoke in a soft voice, still cradling the young girl in a hug,"Those boys are stupid and they'll never compare to your brave heart, Lilo." She pulled away slightly to look at Scrump gently. She was sure there was a spell that could sew the doll back together. If not, Rayne would do it. She remembered those days watching her mother sew clothing for her brother and younger siblings. She remembered the weaving and she was sure she could do it. For Lilo, it would be worth it.
"Give me one second," Rayne pulled away slightly, grabbing her textbook as she began flipping through it. She grinned as she found the simple spell. She looked to Lilo,"Here, I'll fix Scrump for you, if you would like..." She pointed to the small spell, easy enough to say. She hoped Lilo would trust her enough to do said spell, but she would understand if Lilo didn't want her to. She looked to Lilo as she waited for a response.
Rayne crawled back near her mountain of pillows before patting the spot between her legs where Lilo could sit in front of her. She wrapped her arms around the young girl, hoping she would slowly feel better. Her teeth nibbled at her bottom teeth as she thought to herself what they could do. her eyes brightened as she thought of the perfect idea. It was one of her favourite books, despite the fact that it was a children's book.
Tags: Lilo <3
Notes: I tried looking up a sewing something back together spell, but there was none in the actual hogwarts thing, so let's just pretend there is one xD... I'm nearly sobbing... And They are going to read the Ugly Duckling. Enough Said.
Lilo never quite understood why everyone called Rayne the things they did. Rayne has been nothing but nice to Lilo since they first met - so why did people say she was "cold"? She didn't quite understand it, in all honesty. Rayne was like a mother to her - she was never cruel or cold like people claimed she was. Rayne was the only other person besides Stitch that she trusted. That she wasn't invisible for. That wanted to be around her no matter how "weird" she was. Rayne certainly didn't treat her like these other bullies did. She treated her far from it.
Lilo's eyes closed, tears continuing to fall as she felt Rayne's head on hers. But, she felt comforted being here in Rayne's arms. It was just like when her mother would comfort her when she was alive. That's exactly what it felt like. Rayne began speaking, and Lilo opened her eyes, her breathing shaky from crying. Rayne was right - the world was a cruel place. Sad, but true. The world and the people in it showed no mercy. For anything. As Rayne kept speaking, she started to sound like her mother. That's exactly what her mother would've said if she was here. Lilo looked up when Rayne pulled away, taking her hand and wiping her eyes with it. "Sometimes I think I deserve to be alone..." Lilo spoke in a soft voice, looking down at the bed as she did so.
Lilo's eyes turned to Scrump, and she held back more tears. "Can you really fix her?" Lilo said, looking up at Rayne. She then nodded her head to Rayne's question. "Fix her. Please." Lilo said, looking back down at the doll. This doll meant so much to Lilo in ways no one but Rayne and Stitch understood. Seeing the doll torn about like that was killing Lilo in more ways than one. She needed that doll. Lilo trusted Rayne enough to fix Scrump. She just hoped she could get Scrump back to normal.
Lilo moved herself to be sitting in between Rayne's legs in front of her, sniffling a bit and wiping her face some more. She was glad Rayne was here to comfort her - she didn't know what else she would do without her. Feeling Rayne's arms around her, Lilo leaned back into Rayne, opening up her hand to the picture of her family. She stared at it for a minute, before holding the picture to her chest tightly and closing her eyes, a few tears falling again. "Mahalo, Rayne." she spoke, thanking Rayne in her native tongue. "Why do they choose to pick on me?" she then asked the question that constantly bugged her. She opened her eyes, looking down at Scrump after she did so. Why did they choose her?
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Rayne was fairly eager to find these boys and give them a good talking to. No one else would. It was like no hogwarts professor cared that there were bullies here. As a first and second year, Rayne had tried to go and speak with one of the professors, which they gave the Slytherin a talking to as well, but they always seemed to continue. This was probably why Rayne took the matter into her own hands.
She hated seeing Lilo like this. Heck, it reminded Rayne so much of herself. It was freakishly scary. She remembered the days she would lock herself in her room, sobbing her tears out, wishing someone would stop by the door and comfort her, but no one ever did. She looked at Lilo, before shaking her head, a hand moving to wipe away a few stray tears,"No one deserves to be alone, Lilo... Not you, not me, not even Tate deserves to be alone..." Ok, using her worst enemies name like that would earn her his teasing and comments, but she hoped Lilo would not repeat that. She wasn't too sure what made her immediately think to use Tate's name, but it just happened."I know it's tough, Lilo, but you will always have me and Stitch to talk to and you're never alone in that respect... I'm sure if you even send an owl to your sister now and again, I'm sure she'll be happy to listen..." Rayne looked to the young girl, her dark brown eyes holding nothing but concern for the young girl.
Rayne's lips quirked into a small smile as Lilo looked up at her, nearly begging her to fix Scrump. Pulling out her large red wand, Rayne barely looked to the spell, taking scrump ad scooting back slightly to lay the doll on the soft conforters. She placed the head as close to the body, on the right way of course before she touched the wand to the rip, whispering the latin words under her breath and watching as a string began weaving the head back onto Scrump's body. When it had finished, Rayne smiled, holding up the now fixed doll, and handing her to Lilo.
Rayne watched Lilo as the young girl took to laying between her legs, watching as she looked at the picture and hugged it to her chest. She smiled softly as Lilo thanked her in her native tongue. "'A'ole pilikia Lilo..." Rayne nearly grinned as she spoke to Lilo. She tightened her arms around Lilo slightly before her smile faded and she listened to Lilo as she asked that question that Rayne had asked herself many times before."They pick on you because you're different, Lilo. You're not like them and they don't understand... They try to put others down to make themself be high and mighty. They would never understand, unless they decided to walk in your shoes for once and learn things they never knew..." Rayne pressed a soft kiss to Lilo's curly hair before adding,"That and some Slytherins are just mean to others in general..." She knew a few that could be used in this sentence.
Rayne looked up as a small wind blew through her window, noticing Chatan had now landed on one of her bedposts. He hooted softly before bouncing forward onto the head, his orange eyes staring in interest. He managed to fall a few times, but he wasn't really made for bouncing about on her bed. He studied Lilo before hooting again, settling on his belly. His soft underfeathers brushed against her sweat pants as he settled near the two, like a watch dog. His head faced the door, his eyes staring directly at it. She couldn't help but roll her eyes at the owl. Such a goof he was. "Hey, Do you want to read a story?" Rayne asked the young girl, immediately knowing exactly which story would be perfect for this occasion and it was one of her favourites too.
Tags: Lilo <3
Notes: *A'ole pilikia = No problem... Hehe, slight Pocahontas reference in there.
Lilo stared up at Rayne as she began wiping a few tears away from Lilo's eyes. She gave a small smile at Rayne's reassuring words, but quickly picked up on when she used Tate's name. "Tate? Why did you mention Tate's name as an example?" she asked, her eyes widening to a curious expression. She knew Rayne hated Tate - or, Rayne at least said she did, but Lilo would be the first to say that the two had chemistry. "And I'm glad you guys are here." Lilo looked down again, playing with a strand of curly hair. "There's only so much my sister can do through an owl. But, at least she tries." she spoke softly. Honestly, she didn't know what she'd do without Stitch and Rayne. If Stitch was around, he would've been on those bullies in a second. No questions asked.
Her eyes turned back to Scrump, looking up at Rayne when she moved Scrump's head close to her body. After she began whispering words, she looked back at Scrump and watched as the string began putting Scrump back together. Lilo gave a smile as Rayne held the doll up, and she took it and hugged the doll close. She then sat up and wrapped her arms around Rayne's neck in a hug. That's when she had seated herself in between her legs afterwards, and she had turned her body to the side so she could lean onto Rayne with her head on Rayne's chest - as a young child would do to her mother. Rayne's arms tightened around Lilo, and she felt safer than ever.
"But... I'm a good different, right?" Lilo asked, turning her head to look up at Rayne. Lilo already knew she was different from everyone else - but most of the time she saw it as a bad different. She needed to know if it really was a bad different, or if she was a good different. It'd be nice to hear she was a "good different" for a change...
Lilo turned her head when Chatan appeared from the window and settled on his belly near them, staring at the door. "What is he doing?" she asked, but held one hand out to Chatan. She always held her hand out first before petting him, even though he was used to her by now. Just in case. "Sure. What story?" Lilo asked, turning to look up at Rayne again.
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Rayne had to stop herself from cursing as Lilo picked up on her using Tate's name. She bit at her lip before speaking,"Well, even though I hate his guts, I still don't believe he should be alone, Lilo..." She wanted to add that it was the first name that popped into her head, but that would not sound good. She hated him, right? Wait, this wasn't about her, getting off topic. She nodded as Lilo spoke about Nani only being able to do so much over the owl post. "Hey, you know as soon as you have a problem with someone, all you have to do is come find me straight away, and I'll take care of those bullies.." Rayne reminded the young third year. Of course Lilo knew this already, but Rayne felt she should remind her.
Rayne hugged the young girl immediately as Scrump was fixed. Rayne did not know why, but she had grown fond of the little doll. It was quite cute. She immediately felt at ease with Lilo laying on her chest. It felt almost motherly which Rayne couldn't help but feel towards the young girl. She hummed a soft tune as she stroked Lilo's hair, enjoying the curly feel. Her hair was always straight and normally cut short, but Rayne had allowed it to grow a few inches, allowing it to just brush her shoulders. She never really liked long hair as it always got in her way, so short was the way to go.
"You are a very good different, Lilo... You're unique and no one can take that away from you," Rayne immediately replied to Lilo's question. Rayne remembered the days she would ask herself if she was really a bad different, but her brother's owl posts helped her through. She came to realize that just because she was different then the other kids, didn't mean it was in a bad way. She was unique and no one would be able to take that from her. This was probably why she often walked to the beat of her own drum.
Rayne chuckled as Lilo asked what her owl was doing. Chatan seemed to coo as Lilo reached out a hand to him before his eyes closed under her small hand. Despite being a bird, Rayne had that feeling that Chatan liked Lilo. The large eagle owl hooted again as he looked to the door. "He's being our guard dog..." Rayne smirked as she leaned forward slightly, allowing her fingers to run gently across his soft feathers. Chatan seemed to rub against her hand before he continued his post. "He's a real goof, isn't he?" Rayne whispered to Lilo, earning a small chuckle from Rayne herself. She would never say it out loud. Chatan was much too proud to ever be called something like a goof.
Rayne smiled as she pointed her wand to her desk drawer, speaking a spell to open it before speaking another to float a large book towards her. The Ugly Duckling was sprawled across the front. Rayne hoped Lilo wouldn't mind such a kiddy book, but Rayne always felt better after reading the book and she wanted to share that with Lilo.
Tags: Lilo <3
Notes: Rayne is cursing herself at saying Tate's name such denial... Yay, Ugly Duckling reading time!
Lilo raised an eyebrow as Rayne gave an explanation at using Tate's name. "Normally when people hate someone, they don't use their name for an example..." she spoke. Sometimes this girl was just too smart for her own good. Did Rayne really hate Tate? Probably not. Was she going to admit that? Of course not. Was Lilo going to press her on it? Yes and no. Maybe not right this second... but eventually, yes. Lilo knew Rayne probably didn't hate Tate as much as she claimed she did. But she'd leave it be... for now.
"I know. That's why I immediately came to you." Lilo said when Rayne mentioned about taking care of those bullies for her. Hearing Rayne call her a "good different" made Lilo grow a big smile. "Unique... I like it." she said, giving a laugh afterwards. "It's much better than being called "weird"..." she said. Rayne seemed to know just the right things to say to make Lilo feel better. It was nice, really. She felt Chatan put his head on her hand, and Lilo smiled as she stroked the owl lightly. She liked Chatan, and she felt like the owl liked her, as well.
"I think it'd be called "guard owl" instead of "guard dog"... Lilo said, but proceeded to smile anyways. Hearing Rayne whisper to her, Lilo laughed. "Yes, he is." she then said with a smile. She moved her hand to hug Scrump again as she watched Rayne pull a book towards them. Then she saw the title... and she smiled. "The Ugly Duckling is my favorite book. It was actually the book I was reading before the bullies took it..." she spoke, but looked up at Rayne. "Good book choice."
Rayne couldn't help but raise her own eyebrow at Lilo. She couldn't help but sight softly at Lilo's comment. Ok, perhaps Lilo might be right that most people don't remember the people they hate, but Rayne did, and Tate never let her forget it. "But, you do understand what I'm getting at? I may hate Kiger, but that doesn't mean he deserves to be alone.." She knew Lilo was smart, but sometimes the third year was way too smart for her own good. Rayne couldn't help but smile as Lilo spoke to her about coming directly to her after the bullies.
Rayne couldn't help but allow herself a small laugh as Lilo said being unique was better then being called weird. "I completely understand," Rayne spoke with a nod. She herself had been called weird and different and she knew what it was like. As she watched Chatan and Lilo, she noticed her owl made a funny noise, coming from deep in his stomach. She laughed as she noticed it was an attempt at a purr. It sounded more like a hum then a purr, barely audible, but there if you searched for it. 'He's been watching the cats again...' Rayne chuckled softly at her owl. He loved watching the cats, seeming to study them. He had gotten the hiss down quite well, which often surprised people when he did. Chatan leaned into Lilo's hand before his eyes blinked and he looked to the door.
Rayne chuckled softly, nodding softly as Lilo said he was more owl then dog. He was a funny owl. Despite that, He was her oldest friend and for that, she was grateful. She remembered the first few years where Rayne was never seen without a small bundle of feathers on her shoulder or hidden in her pocket. Rayne could not help but smile as Lilo commented on the book choice with a smile. She held out a hand to catch the book as it dropped into her hand. The book was slightly faded, well used, but the print was lovely and the picture well done. She smiled to Lilo as she spoke,"It was my favourites as a child and it helped me get through the first three years of my Hogwarts years..." She smiled before opening it to the first page. Each page was slightly faded, but there was no tear or rip to the pages. She smiled as she looked to Lilo,"Would you like me to read? or would we just like to ready quietly?" She asked, looking down at Lilo, resting the book between her two hands.
"Sure. I get it." Lilo said with a shrug. Yeah, she got it.. that Rayne didn't hate Tate as much as she said she did. But, she would leave it alone. For now. Lilo gave a smile back when Rayne smiled after mentioning about coming to her for the bullies. It was true. If Stitch wasn't there, then Rayne was always the second one she ran to. She didn't trust many other people here at Hogwarts...
Lilo giggled when Chatan attempted to purr as Lilo pet him. She had grown attached to the little owl, and even claimed him as her own pet. The owl leaned into her hand, before he looked back at the door, and Lilo took this moment to pull her hand away. She would admit, the owl sometimes tended to act like another animal completely. It was quite odd, but it was quite interesting to watch the owl move and interact. Lilo looked down as the book landed in Rayne's hand, the cover and words faded a bit from the years. She took a hand and ran it over the cover lightly, before Rayne turned the page. "I always read it when I'm alone and you or Stitch aren't around." Lilo said with a nod.
The pages were faded, but other than that were in good condition. "I want you to read." she spoke. She hadn't had someone read out loud to her ever since her parents died. Her mother would always read a book to her at night before she went to sleep - and most of the time, it was The Ugly Duckling. It'd feel nice to have someone read to her again. It'd feel just like her mother was there, and feel like when her mother would read. And Lilo would do anything to have that feeling again...
Rayne really hoped the evident of her hate had shown through. She could feel a touch of unconvincing tone in Lilo's voice as she hoped. She decided to drop the subject, thanks the gods, but Rayne had a feeling this was not gonna be the last time Lilo would speak to her about Kiger. No, No, There was nothing to talk about. She hated him and he teased her. That was it. Nothing more, anything less.
She couldn't help but shake her head at her goof of an owl. Chatan's unblinking gaze immediately turned to the door as he fluffed out his feathers and began cleaning them. He would stop every so often, staring at the door as if he heard something, probably a mouse or a cat skittering outside the hall. She looked back to Lilo, who had now brushed her hand almost lovingly across the cover of the book. Rayne knew what an attachment she had grown towards this book. She smiled as Lilo spoke about always reading it when she was alone.
Rayne chuckled softly before nodding as Lilo asked for her to read. Rayne always remembered reading to her siblings and she had a sudden vision of herself laying in this position with a little boy, who she didn't know, in her lap and Lilo's eyes staring up at her as she read them the same faded book. She blinked rapidly for a moment to clear it before she cleared her throat with a slight cough. She smiled as she began,"It was a lovely spring weather in the country. Large forests surrounded a large sunny spot, where sat an old farm-house close to a deep river, with corn fields and meadows running on either side of the blue river. In a snug little retreat, under the burdock leaves, sat a duck on her nest, waiting for her young brood to hatch." Rayne smiled as her hand ran over the paintings. Despite it's kid-like nature, Rayne couldn't help but imagine the place as she read on, looking to Lilo every so often. Her voice was calm and soft, nearly soothing as she read the book.
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Notes: I feel like such a kid, but I actually found an Walt Disney short film of the ugly duckling, plus a writing by Hans Christian Andersen [linkhere], so I thought I would use some of those elements. I'm gonna reword a few things, making it sounds more kid like, but I hope you enjoy it!
Lilo didn't bring Tate back up. Rayne didn't want to talk about it, so Lilo was going to leave it that way. She watched Chatan as he stopped watching the door, instead deciding to clean his feathers. Every once in awhile he'd look back to the door when he heard a noise, and Lilo couldn't help but smile as she watched Chatan. He was probably the closest thing she had ever gotten to a pet. Lilo had always wanted one, but Nani had enough trouble taking care of Lilo - she didn't want to burden her sister anymore. So she never asked.
Lilo looked at Rayne as she cleared her throat, before looking at the book as Rayne started reading. She turned her body to face the book, her back to Rayne. She leaned against Rayne, sitting Scrump in her lap as she listened to her read. Sure enough, it brought back the memories of her mother - and this made her happy. Lilo listened, looking over at the pictures as Rayne ran her hand over them. Rayne's voice was calm and soothing, and Lilo felt happy and content being against Rayne, listening to her read to her.
All memories of the bullies faded away. Her sadness was gone. She was happy and safe. She just listened to Rayne tell her the story, smiling as she did so. The bullies would get what they deserved, Rayne would make sure of that. Lilo had nothing more to worry about.
She knew Chatan had basically adopted Lilo as one of his owners. Both her and Stitch. She was quite relieved that Chatan had taken to the pair. He was a cautious owl, enjoying his solitude. While others had snowy owls and ginger cats, Chatan was different, much like Rayne. She remembered the nights she would fly high with Chatan flapping alongside. Those were the moments she would miss when she left Hogwarts, that and protecting Lilo. She knew Stitch would look after her, but Rayne always had that fear that she wasn't gonna be able to protect her. It was probably a motherly instinct that showed through whenever she was with Lilo or Stitch.
Lilo shifted as she began to read, which Rayne couldn't help but smile at. She spotted a small flash of green, knowing Scrump would be sitting on the young girl's lap now, probably staring at the book. She couldn't help the smile as she began to read. It reminded her of the days her mother used to tell her the old legends, which she would sit in the exact same position as Lilo and listen as her mother brushed through her hair. She continued to read, feeling the power behind the words as she read.
She knew that once Lilo was gone, she would have to get her book back. She couldn't let those boys get away with bullying her daughter and not doing something about it. She pushed away those thoughts, allowing herself to get lost in the story. "Spring comes once again. The sun shines warmly. Everything is fresh and green. She smiles as she reads, remembering spring among her people. It was a time of celebration, a time of great laughter and feasts. Spring was not her favourite season, but she enjoyed the new beginnings. A fresh start, so to speak. As she turned to the last page, her voice calm yet holding a happy tune as she concluded the story. " He feels ashamed as he was He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds." She couldn't help but smile as she read. As she read the last sentence, smiling at the over used, cliche ending, Rayne couldn't help but feel there was a happily ever after for everyone. For her? Well, that was still to be decided.
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Notes: It's totally adorable. Again, apologizes for such a late reply! Enjoy!
If anyone ever asked if Lilo had a pet, she'd probably tell them it was Chatan. While she didn't have any pets back home, Chatan was pretty much like her pet here. He's adopted her about as much as Lilo has adopted him. She saw him as a pet, and honestly considered Chatan to be her pet. Lilo feared the end of this school year. Rayne would be leaving, and she wouldn't have her around anymore to protect her or make her feel safe. These thoughts made Lilo feel sad, but she quickly pushed them away and went back to listening to the story.
Rayne's soothing voice made Lilo feel comforted, and warm. She enjoyed the sound of Lilo's voice, and she smiled as Rayne continued reading to her. She finally remembered that the boys had took her book, but she was sure Rayne would get it back for her. As well as teach them a lesson. She wasn't at all worried - Rayne would gladly take care of it. She got towards the end of the book, reading the final sentence, and Lilo smiled. That ending always made Lilo happy. She sometimes felt that she was just like The Ugly Duckling - and sometimes hoped she'd have a happy ending like he did.
"That will always be my favorite story." Lilo spoke, looking up at Rayne. She placed Scrump down, sitting up and wrapping her arms around Rayne's neck in a hug. "Thank you, Rayne." she spoke. "That made me feel better." she said, before pulling away and looking at her. "Sometimes, I feel just like The Ugly Duckling..."
She knew that it was her last year of school. While others might be excited to be leaving, Rayne felt a pang of worry. She did not want to leave. She wanted to stay and protect Lilo & Stitch. Despite knowing quite well both would be alright on their own, Rayne couldn't help but wish she could stay. Perhaps she could speak with the Headmaster and see if he would even consider a job at Hogwarts. Highly unlikely, as she wasn't one of his favourite students, but it wouldn't hurt. She did not wish to return to her homeland. It did not feel like home any longer. She'd figure something out. She knew that Lilo had no pet, as they could not afford one. She knew Chatan would hate to leave the place he had called home for so many years. She'd like that Lilo keep in contact with her and Chatan had basically adopted the young ravenclaw as Rayne had.
Rayne smiled as she ended the story. Lilo spoke, earning a soft chuckle from the older Ravenclaw. "I agree with you, Lilo. It's one of my favourite stories too…" She watched as the third year placed Scrump down on her bed, before wrapping her arms around her neck. Rayne immediately moved her arms to pull the young girl into her body gently. "It's no problem, Lilo…I'm glad you're feeling better." As Lilo pulled away and spoke how she felt like the Ugly Duckling, Rayne smiled, before moving to press a motherly kiss on Lilo's forehead,"I used to believe that too, when I was younger… But I know, one day, you will transform into a beautiful human being, Lilo. Just remember to have courage and be kind, Lilo…" a tanned hand moved to tuck a strand of Lilo's curly black hair behind her ear as Rayne gave her a smile.
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Notes: I hate that this took so long, but enjoy! Quote is from the new Cinderella movie. Don't hate me!