Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 12, 2016 22:50:27 GMT -6
He wasn't sure why today, after two years, memories of the young brunette were being conjured into his mind. As he sat in his half-empty pub, he couldn't make the image of her go away. He couldn't forget how she had made him feel, even after all this time. It was like she had become a part of him, a part that he couldn't let go.
He definitely should have, though. He'd gotten fired after everyone had figured out what had been going on. Truthfully, it had taken them a lot longer to catch on that it should have, though it probably had something to do his skills of Legilimency and Occlumency - somewhat predicting the questions on their mind and being able to shield his own. It had helped.
Also, he had plenty of other things to occupy his mind. He was single-handedly raising his daughter (how he had won that custody battle, he still wasn't sure) and she was going to be a teenager herself soon. He had no idea how to raise a teenage girl. He'd obviously already proven to not be a greater mentor to at least one.
He wanted to forget. He wanted to start anew. That's why he had moved from France two years ago after winning custody of Daniella. That's why he didn't rejoin the staff (not that they would have let him with his record) and instead went to own a Pub. Still, rumors got around. People stared at him sometimes like they knew. They probably did.
The bell above the door rang, but, as his back was to it, he didn't see who entered. "Make yourself comfortable." He offered, before turning around. "What can I-" He stopped abruptly, as he realized who exactly stood in front of him. His mouth set in a hard line, unsure of how to react to her being here. "Athena?"
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 12, 2016 23:37:51 GMT -6
nder normal circumstances, Athena wasn't the type to be sentimental or remember dates or be concerned about anyone but herself and her brothers. But this was anything but normal circumstances. It was a bit hard to believe that it had been two years since she'd been caught in a rather... compromising position with one of her professors. It had been two years since she nearly got expelled from school. But that was all behind her now. She was graduated and an adult and nothing could stop her anymore. Nothing had the power to hold her back. There was nothing in the way to stop her from hunting down the very man she'd gotten fired two years before.
It hadn't been hard to find out where he was these days. With the dark stain on his record from their affair, people talked. And where people talked, Athena had been there to listen. It was almost sickening really, to think he'd been so close when she had transferred to Hogwarts for her last term. How had she not run into him in her few trips into the village? How had she not known until now, six months after graduating?
Dressed to impress, Athena strolled confidently up to the door of the Hog's Head, but then she found herself stalling. These days there was nothing that gave her pause, so why did this? There was nothing on the other side of that door that should faze her. She was Athena Evangeline Tomaras Kastor. She was strong and powerful.
Taking a deep breath, the girl pushed open the door to the pub and walked inside with her head held up high. The nerves tickled in her stomach, but she refused to show them outwardly. Though when he didn't even turn towards her initially... Well, that helped a sharp smile to appear on her face as she regarded him. And then he turned around and the shock made it all worth it. "Hello, Sully," she said plainly as she finished crossing the building to him.
Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 13, 2016 17:39:06 GMT -6
Sullivan frowned at the nickname. Nobody had called him that in quite some time - no one was allowed to. Even his ex-wife had never done that. The shortening of his name in that way had been completely reserved for Athena and, as per usual, she chose to abuse the privilege. Obviously, she had figured out that he worked here now, not like it was a terribly well kept secret.
No, the main mystery right now was not actually how she had found out his employment but why she had decided to come here. Ruining his life once wasn't fruitful enough? Was she going to try again? Of course, it took two to engage in the sort of activities they had, and he had never fought her on it. Still, he was wary.
Remaining professional, Sullivan decided he was not going to be the one to question her appearance. He was stubborn like that. She would tell him. She had to, right? He noted with dismay, for his own potential victory, how old she looked now. Adulthood seemed to suit her well.
Shaking his head a little - he should not be thinking about things like that, not right now, he rearranged his face into a mask of coolness. "What would you like to drink?" There. A nice, normal question, something he'd of asked anyone coming into his business.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 13, 2016 20:06:42 GMT -6
aking a seat at the bar, Athena rested one elbow on it before placing her chin in her hand, leaning towards the man as her sharp smile grew even wider, revealing her teeth this time. "Is that how we're going to play this then?" she asked him mostly teasingly but there was a hint of somberness to it as well. She was disappointed in the reaction once he'd pulled himself together again and that much was apparent. All the same, she wasn't sure what she'd expected to get out of him after the two years it'd been, after the mess it'd been left on. Honestly, she wasn't in the position to ask for anything but the professionalism he was showing her. He could have thrown her out back into the cold instead.
Sighing, she leaned back again, blue eyes wandering around the pub for a moment as she considered the options. "Surprise me," she dared him finally in response to his question. Hopefully this would not disappoint her as well.
Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 14, 2016 14:52:51 GMT -6
Despite his best intentions, Athena was making him nervous. He shifted uncomfortably under her watchful eye, pondering how to play this out. Blissful ignorance seemed like the best option currently, to be honest. Just pretend like he didn't care why she was here and act like her presence didn't bother him one tiny bit. Narrowing his eyes at her one more time, thoughtfully, he reached randomly down to the counter and picked up the first glass bottle his hand hit.
"Looks like it's gin, then." He muttered, pouring a fair amount into a glass tumbler before shoving it across the bar. Now, he was careful to avoid eye contact. Maybe she would just go away. Part of him wished she would, but, still, part of him remained curious. He was infuriated at the latter fraction.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 20, 2016 1:24:14 GMT -6
There was an odd sense of satisfaction from knowing that her presence unnerved him. That was almost like nothing had ever changed and honestly that was just how she wanted it. She wanted to make him fidget and twitch and probably wish she'd step back out of his life again. But she had no intentions of doing so. Not this time. This time she had a choice in the matter.
As the glass slid across the bar to her, the grin came back to its place on her lips. This was going to be fun. She could already tell. "Then I suppose gin will have to do," she commented lightly as she picked up the glass and took a drink from it. It was probably too early to be drinking, but when had she ever cared about propriety. "So tell me, did you miss me?" She fully expected him to say no, even if he had actually missed her, but she wasn't passing up a chance to make him squirm some more.
Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 20, 2016 22:03:51 GMT -6
cut all the ropes & let me fall
Sullivan hated the way that this youug girl could hold power over him. It made no sense - he was a powerful wizard with an array of skills and, yet, this one small person brought his confidence crashing down. It was simply infuriating. He just needed to keep a straight face on, though they both knew that she got to him in more ways than he was willing to admit. He kept his face neutral as he poured his own glass and took a long swig from it.
He didn't really want to answer her question, but he thought that the sooner he showed his disinterest, the sooner she would leave. One could hope that, at least. He still refused to let her win, though. He was stubborn to a fault. "Did I miss the constant mind games and the childish pettiness? That'd be a no." He responsed, shaking his head at her in a bit of disgust. He moved to wipe off a bit of the bar that actually seemed pretty spotless, though he was just trying to keep his hands busy. He didn't want to look at her. He couldn't. He just wanted to forget her.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 21, 2016 12:20:31 GMT -6
"Childish pettiness?" she repeated, teeth moving to bite her bottom lip to contain a chuckle. "Why, Sully, you insult me." Except not really. He certainly hadn't seemed to mind her personality a few years ago, so she had no reason to believe he was telling her the truth. If he had minded, then she had no doubt he would have turned her away when she requested lessons in Legilimency the first time.
As he moved to wipe the bar, her hand reached out in an attempt to cover his. "I missed you," she said, looking directly at him. Her tone and face were serious now, all traces of smugness gone. "And I do think you missed me, even if only because you miss the thrill of the games we used to play." There was no way being a bar owner was nearly as satisfying as what he used to do, and she wouldn't believe him if he said so.
Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 21, 2016 21:06:40 GMT -6
cut all the ropes & let me fall
He wished he could say, even to himself, that he regretted teaching her the skill, but he really didn't regret it. Not even now, not even years later. That was the problem. They had both been in the wrong and, he, being the older, "wiser" ones, should have had the sense to feel remorse. But he didn't. He couldn't. He didn't reply to the insulting comment, merely kept his gaze trained downwards. He was not going to give her words power by acknowledging them. That would merely play into her game and be the exact kind of response she wanted him to give.
He was forced to look at her and respond when she covered his hand with hers. Looking up at her finally, he very pointedly pulled his hand forcefully away. "I don't miss any of it. Not the part where I was manipulated or conned by you. I do not miss being another part of your schemes, Athena. If you came here looking for any sort of trip down Memory Lane, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong person." He said calmly, evenly, holding her gaze for a moment this time.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 21, 2016 21:31:21 GMT -6
As he spoke, a feeling Athena hadn't felt in a few years stirred to life deep in her gut. She wasn't accustomed to feeling guilty about anything anymore, so the feeling came as a shock and she pulled back her hand almost too quickly, letting it curl against her chest instead. Her eyes finally fell away from the man, instead drifting anywhere but to him. "It wasn't manipulation or a game by the end, you know." Maybe it would be more convincing if she could look at him now, but even the idea of doing that made the feeling worse. This was not at all how she'd envisioned this going when she walked through the door of the Hog's Head just moments before.
Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 21, 2016 21:59:53 GMT -6
cut all the ropes & let me fall
It really wasn't all that clear why she'd decided to come here today. Not to him, at least. All that was clear was that she was here, stirring up some emotions in him that he hadn't felt in....years. And he didn't like it. Instinctively, he lashed out his words unplanned and crafted to be harmful.
"It was always a game to you. Every relationship you ever have is a game. You can't ever hope to have a genuine, complete, fulfilled relationship in your life because you don't have the capacity to actually love anyone purely. And god knows nobody should ever love you. You're not worth their time. You're not worth my time."He spat the words, his eyes intense and his gaze locked onto her, making sure she didn't miss a single syllable.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 21, 2016 22:32:49 GMT -6
While she knew that he was intentionally trying to rile her up, all Athena could do was laugh. But it wasn't even close to an amused laugh. She hadn't laughed like that in as many years as it'd been since the last time she'd felt guilty about something. "You know, you're probably right," she admitted once she finally stopped. "Nothing starts purely, but that doesn't mean it always ends with me still not caring." There were precious few things she did care about, but she didn't think herself incapable.
Her eyes met his and she forced herself to not look away again. "Say what you want about me, Sullivan, but at least I know I'm horrible. You can try to paint me as awfully as you want, but that doesn't change that you're just as bad."
Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 21, 2016 22:45:42 GMT -6
cut all the ropes & let me fall
He had to resist the urge to roll his eyes at her, because he feared that might be too childish of a gesture. He fought to keep his face expressionless. Because he knew she didn't care. She never had. She could pretend all she wanted but he had felt something for her that she had never reciprocated. And that was fine. So long as she didn't stand here in front of him and profess to have ever possessed such human emotions. "Stop lying to yourself. You'd have had to been playing this game so long that you've become deluded yourself to ever think that you cared about me. About us." He said, shaking his head at her in disgust.
"At least I don't go around pretending to care about people I don't. At least I don't use people as pawns. I may be a tainted person but I am nowhere half as screwed up as you." He wouldn't profess to be a perfect, undamaged specimen, because he wasn't. But, he didn't have half her damage, half her problems. He didn't use people the way she did.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 21, 2016 23:08:55 GMT -6
Suddenly Athena was on her feet, combined height and shoes make her just shy of matching him in height, a much more level area than when they'd known each other before. It made looking him in the eye that much easier when she didn't have to look up at him to do so. "Why would I delude myself into thinking such a thing? What would I gain from doing so?" she demanded of him. "What use is it if it's anything but genuine? They nearly expelled me because I wouldn't incriminate you, and goddamn it, Sully, you know my education means more to me than anything else. Why do you think I don't care?"
Post by SULLIVAN ZAKARY OBERYN on Dec 21, 2016 23:19:03 GMT -6
cut all the ropes & let me fall
It was still so hard to imagine that the girl - well, woman now - before him had ever felt anything for him. Had ever cared, as she so put it. He watched as she stood, nearly evening their height. She had grown in more ways than one, it would seem. "They would have found out either way. They did find out. Do you expect me to believe that you didn't try to save yourself?" He asked. Part of him was angry, part was curious, and part was just tired.
It was then that he realized their voices were carrying and making a bit of scene. More than a little annoyed, Sullivan glanced at the other bar tender, who was already staring, and gave her a stern look. "We'll be right back." He said. To Athena, he glared. "Just...follow me." He said gruffly, lifting the little door to the bar so she could follow him through and then down the hall to his office. Once there, he proceeded to pour himself another drink before turning to see if she had followed him. "Why did you come, is that what you want me to ask?" He said as he turned, not even sure if she was there to answer.