Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Dec 25, 2016 21:52:12 GMT -6
Athena shrugged. "Russian was also very useful for a... project of mine," she admitted. "My family is here, so it is where I am as well." Perhaps someday she would leave again, but for now she would be near her brothers and play the sport that she loved in a country she did not. "I haven't run into many people from Norway in my travels. It's interesting to me."
"What sort of project?" How was Russian of use for a Greek girl that went to school in France. "Interesting place for your family to choose to live." For all those other ties to Greece and France... it seemed like an interesting choice. She gave an acknowledging tilt of her head. "New things do tend to be interesting."
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Jan 6, 2017 3:47:47 GMT -6
Very slowly, Athena let her lips curl into a sharp smile that only hinted at dangerous things. "I don't think my projects are any of your business," she stated. Based on their present location, she had a feeling the woman wouldn't have much against the 'project' but all the same, it was best to play it safe. However, the smile faded again quickly. "Where you live isn't always a choice you get to make." Her mind went to how her brothers had been all but forced from their country, their home, to go somewhere foreign.
Freya regarded the young woman curiously. There was something there, but trying to listen to her thoughts was like picking through a broken wireless. "I would agree not," she said. "But I can't resist a good story." Or the people behind the stories at least. This girl was being vague about her family, and that was unfortunate. Knowing her background might make it easier to pin what her views may be. "No, you don't," she agreed. Trying to get somewhere with beating around the bush was clearly not working, and Freya wasn't really in the mood to keep playing word games in the hope that something would slip out. "So," she said, eyeing her. "What causes someone as young as you to learn occlumency?" Maybe a direct approach would gain her things. One could hope.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Jan 17, 2017 21:58:15 GMT -6
For a moment, Athena thought that perhaps the woman was giving up and letting things go, but apparently not. That was much more entertaining than giving up at least and her lips curled up into a smirk as she regarded the woman in front of her. "There was many reasons for someone to take up a skill as useful as Occlumency," she said simply with a shrug of her shoulders. "Surely you know that much." The question only caused her smirk to grow, because now she had the information that the woman was a legilimens. "What made you take up Legilimency?" she returned challengingly.
"Yes," she stated. "I know there are various reasons it can be a useful skill. Which is why I was asking exactly what your reason is." The fact that there was so many reasons made it a question worth asking. "Now," she said, her lip curling. "I'm hardly going to answer that question when you've given me such an unsatisfactory answer to mine. Am I?"
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Feb 14, 2017 1:17:04 GMT -6
i walk the line.
"I suppose that places us at a bit of a standstill then, doesn't it?" she returned, mouth still upturned in an amused smirk. Her reasons for learning the skills she had were of no one else's business. They were definitely far too personal to allow a stranger to know what they were. "Unless of course you're willing to accept an answer about it being personal."
"Of course it's personal," Freya said, looking back at her with a quirk of her lip. "That is hardly a revelation. It's a difficult magic, that focuses on protecting your mind. Protecting whatever is in it that is personal. Your reason for learning it is unlikely to be anything but." She watched her for a moment, trying to see if she could learn anything useful from how she acting, coupled with some of the thoughts that she was able to pick up. "But the question is what exactly are you protecting? What is so important that you don't want it known? To the extent that you'll learn a very difficult magic to block against something that is actually quite rare. Nothing good. Simple secrets are not worth that much."
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Apr 9, 2017 18:54:05 GMT -6
i walk the line.
A single eyebrow raised as Athena regarded the woman sat near her. This wasn't quite the conversation she'd had in mind, but it was intriguing at least. At least it wasn't the senseless flirting she got more often than not. Today that wasn't something she was after. "That's the thing, isn't it?" she said after a moment's consideration. "Of course it has to be something important. Inconsequential things aren't worth the level of protection. However, that also makes it far less likely that you'll actually get the answers you're seeking, even now." After all, she had no reason to divulge anything about herself to a woman she'd only just met, to a woman who clearly had plenty of her own secrets. It was just something that was absolutely not happening.
"Depends how inconsequential they are," Freya returned. "Small things that aren't important on their own lead to bigger secrets. You more or less answered my questions about your schooling and what brought here. Inconsequential things, that raise bigger questions, that could lead somewhere interesting," she shrugged her shoulders. "Its not only the big things that can damage you."
Except that there was a big thing here, and that made Freya curious. She regarded the young woman for a few moments. "Funny things, families, you either get people willing to uproot themselves, and do almost anything for them. Or you get ones that would leave the runt of the litter out to die - so to speak."
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on May 24, 2017 0:18:15 GMT -6
"There's nothing in either of those things that could hurt me," she said confidently. Athena knew how to protect herself and her secrets when she had to. She wasn't some fool who was an open book. She was a book that was pretty much blank from how much she hid away from the sight of others. Her choices were often weighed heavily before she made them unless she was forced to think on her feet, then she just followed her gut.
She eyed the woman back, not really liking the expression on her face. "Or you get the odd family that does both," she returned neutrally, doing what she could to not give away that that was something she knew personally. She and brothers would die for each other, had nearly died for each other, but her parents... they were another story entirely.
"Well at least you're confident in that," Freya said. Some things that you didn't expect to, could come back to hurt you one day. Life had a funny way of playing out at times, inconsequential things could quite easily turn bigger.
There we go. She kept the satisfaction off of her face as she continued to regard the younger girl. She hadn't said it was her, but in Freya's experience people's additions to such comments tended to reflect their own life. "So were you the runt in your litter then, or did you just watch it happen?"
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Jun 24, 2017 18:45:21 GMT -6
Oh, well that was sort of annoying. Athena didn't much like this woman try to work out the meanings behind what she was saying despite the care she was taking with them. "Neither," she said neutrally. It was technically the truth since she wasn't the youngest of her siblings, though using runt in the way of being the unwanted one...
Freya eyed the girl. Did she believe her? She wasn't sure that she did. At least with the snatches of thoughts that were coming through. This would be easier if she hadn't been an occlumens. Though she might have actually taken the girl at her word without having to read her mind without that. But people hiding secrets enough to be occlumens... they were not people to always take at their word. "Lucky you then," she commented.
Post by ATHENA EVANGELINE KASTOR on Jul 18, 2017 12:31:06 GMT -6
"Lucky, right," she said as her gaze moved across the room and away from the woman. That whole situation was still one she hadn't totally worked through and it often led to reactions that she didn't want, reactions that gave things away when she wanted to hide them. Reactions like looking away because it was something she didn't want to deal with. If the woman hadn't had her suspicions before, Athena would have just cemented them without meaning to.