Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 13, 2017 23:51:46 GMT -6
It was a little bit after noon and the sun was shining very nicely without being too hot. Overall, a very nice day, but Kameron wasn't really thinking about how nice the weather was. What he was thinking about was the fact that he was in London without his father for probably the first time ever to meet with someone he'd never seen outside of school before. It was all a bit nerve-wracking honestly.
He was early to save himself from any potential taunting if he was late, so he found a seat at a table in the Leaky Cauldron to wait it out. The two of them had agreed that meeting there was the best move so that it wouldn't be hard to find one another. It also removed the risk of Edgar getting lost because Kameron wasn't sure he trusted the boy's ability to navigate Muggle London on his own. That would have been some kind of disaster. Though the whole day was potentially a disaster on its own anyway.
Edgar had become privy to his parents' schedules, in part because of the aid of the family's house-elves, so planning an outing with Kameron had been easy. The hard part was keeping himself under control and out of the suspicious gaze of his mother, who could read his mind like a shipment ledger in a matter of moments. Leaving his mansion was easy: all he would have to do was instruct one of the house-elves to apparate him to the alleyway outside the Leaky Cauldron, give the house-elf a time to arrive in order to pick Edgar up, and make sure that the house-elf didn't say anything to his parents about what had happened.
The snake was nervous from the moment he and Kameron had agreed to meeting, and his nerves didn't stop. He had never seen the lion outside of Hogwarts, and while a part of him was excited, very much looking forward to their outing, he was nervous about making some kind of mistake or getting nervous around the Muggles. The fact that he was even going to be near Muggles also made him uncomfortable, but he would manage somehow, he thought. He had to.
Fifteen minutes before the meeting time, Edgar was staring at himself in the mirror checking for any blemish, any hair out of place, any wrinkle on his clothing; his parents were long gone for most of the afternoon, so Edgar had taken his time getting ready. He was wearing a gray and white button-up tucked into a pair of black slacks, a brown belt, and brown shoes, and his wand was angled rather uncomfortable in his shoe, hidden beneath one of his pants legs, just in case he would need it later. A pocket watch was stuffed into one of his pockets so that he could keep up with the time as the afternoon pressed on. "Dunce!" he called out, summoning the house-elf who would be taking him.
"Master?" came a nearly immediate reply.
Edgar turned to find the house-elf standing in the doorway of his bedroom. "I'm ready."
Moments later, the pair appeared in the alleyway beside the Leaky Cauldron. Edgar repeated his instructions from earlier, giving the house-elf a time to return and explicit instructions not to tell anyone what was happening. When Dunce disapparated, Edgar cleared his throat, smoothed out his shirt, and walked out of the alleyway and into the pub. His nerves were substantially worse now; there were eyes on him, just as there were eyes on anyone who would enter, and the boy wasn't sure where Kameron was or if the other boy was even there yet. Like an idiot, he stood a few feet from the door and looking around for the lion rather anxiously.
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 0:52:46 GMT -6
Every time the door to the pub opened, Kameron found his eyes wandering to it. Which was probably actually the best way to spot when Edgar arrived, so he convinced himself it was for that reason and not because he was nervous. Why was he nervous? They were friends meeting over the summer. He'd done that with people before. It wasn't like they were going off on some dangerous mission or something. They were literally just going to have a walk around and hang out. It would be fine. Everything was totally fine.
The door opened again and like clockwork, Kameron's eyes moved to it. This time the person that walked inside had him on his feet and moving that direction. He could have stayed seated and waited to be noticed, but he wanted out of the pub and back onto the street. The whole point of staying out of wizarding areas was to avoid being seen, so leaving one was paramount now. As he approached he debated a lame hello, but in the end what came out was, "You make me feel very, very under dressed." His eyes moved down to look at the random t-shirt he'd thrown on that morning and the slightly ripped jeans that accompanied it. But he'd had to train into the city, and being comfortable was more important than being dressed nicely.
When Edgar's eyes fell on Kameron approaching, he was pretty sure his heart skipped more than one beat. The snake's hands were shoved into his pockets and his eyes were locked firmly on the approaching blond, who was dressed very casually in Muggle clothing.
The thought of being overdressed had never crossed his mind, because Edgar dressed like this regularly.
"You are under dressed," he grumbled. "It suits you." He hadn't meant it rudely, although his tone might have suggested otherwise. He looked off in a random direction, quite nearly making eye contact with a woman who was staring at the pair of them, but she looked away before it actually happened. "All right, let's go."
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 1:17:24 GMT -6
In reality, Kameron was not under dressed since most people they passed in the street probably wouldn't be dressed much better than him. He just kind of hoped now that Edgar's being dressed so nicely didn't draw extra attention. It probably wouldn't from an adult, but for someone that was clearly a teenager to be dressed that way next to someone that wasn't... It would be an odd sight.
He chose not to comment on the remark about his clothing, instead choosing to stuff his hands into his own pockets and take a step towards the door. "Let's go," he agreed, pushing the door open and stepping back outside. Though once they were both outside, he hesitated. He hadn't really planned the next step from just meeting up. "Did you have anything you definitely wanted to do today?"
Edgar followed Kameron outside into the sunlight, which was far easier to breath than the dank air of the pub. His hands were still shoved into his pockets, and he looked around at the area outside of The Leaky Cauldron. "No," he admitted a little quietly. He swallowed and looked back at the lion.
"You're the one who knows what he's doing, right? Lead the way." He had no idea what there was to do anyway. He hadn't paid attention to those things before.
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 1:40:12 GMT -6
Well it seemed like they didn't have a plan beyond what they'd already done which was fine really. Having too much a plan was stifling anyway. Picking a random direction, Kameron set off down the street. "I don't really know what I'm doing. I don't come to the city very often," he explained with a shrug as he went. That meant they were probably just walking around unless something caught their attention, which was fine really.
"Great, we're going to get lost because of you," Edgar grumbled, following behind Kameron again. The noises and the people talking made him look around, afraid that someone familiar might spot him, and he shoved his hands further into his pockets in some vain attempt to secure himself.
"What do the Mud"--Edgar cleared his throat and tried again, hoping Kameron hadn't caught on--"Muggles call their money?"
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 1:54:07 GMT -6
"We're not going to get lost. I know how to use the train system." He didn't mention that they might get lost finding the station for the train, but that wasn't important. What was important was that he totally had this. He could manage to keep them from getting lost. Maybe.
When the snake spoke, Kameron turned to look at him with a raised eyebrow, because unfortunately for Edgar, he was listening enough to have caught the slip. "They're called pounds."
They were going to take a train. Right. They would go on a train to somewhere else that Edgar had never seen, and while it was a nice thought to learn more about the world, it was also rather frightening and had him retreating all the more into himself. "How far is the train?" he asked quietly.
Pounds. What a bizarre name. It didn't sound very original either, but Edgar wasn't sure he expected much from people.
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 2:02:41 GMT -6
"It's just down the street. I used it to get here," he said casually. His eyes kept flicking between the boy walking with him and his surroundings. Most of the time he would have just kept to looking around himself, but he was kind of unsure with Edgar there. It wouldn't do to lose him in the crowd somewhere.
"It stinks out here," the snake commented, grimacing. It was also loud, which he ordinarily didn't mind, but not in unfamiliar territories. After they passed more people, Edgar moved a little more quickly to walk beside Kameron rather than behind him. He stuck close, quite nearly touching the lion.
"The clothing is so weird," he added, staring at someone's tee-shirt. "Why do people wear these things?"
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 2:18:41 GMT -6
Five minutes into hanging out and Kameron was already having regrets about the whole thing. "Because they're comfortable. Are you going to do this all day?" Because he wasn't sure he could handle that. Not if it was already starting to annoy him. Honestly it was something he probably should have anticipated when the idea came up. Edgar would be completely out of his depth in the muggle world. Just like Kameron had been when he found out magic was real. Sighing, he told himself that he would deal with it because he got it. This was going to be a long day.
"I don't know," Edgar grumbled under his breath, looking toward the street with a blush. "Cars are so strange." He was glad to be on the sidewalk: those machines on the streets looked rather dangerous, and there were so many of them. "How far is the train now?"
Trains were familiar. He had ridden the Hogwarts Express to and from Hogsmeade Station like every other student, and he was hoping they would be on a train soon.
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 3:01:17 GMT -6
Kameron was right on the edge of apologizing for snapping when Edgar made his comment about the cars. "I've never wished I could drive before but now..." he mused out loud. Never mind that he hadn't been in a car since his mum walked out because his dad definitely didn't know how to.
"It's still a few minutes more walking." he replied as he dodged around someone that was paying more attention to their phone than the street.