Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Apr 20, 2017 21:50:07 GMT -6
stay with me.
The sun was sinking and the time was nearly up. There was still no sign of Evanna anywhere and the little hope that Kody still held onto was slowly slipping away from him. Perhaps he'd overestimated just how much she cared. Perhaps she was actually done with him for good this time. It wouldn't surprise him. But he hoped.
His eyes were focused out, over the ocean, when he heard the approach of another person. Then he heard the voice that made his heart leap into his throat and he turned his eyes from the ocean to Evanna's face, really taking it in for the first time in weeks. "Evanna," he breathed out, trying to fully convince himself that she was there, that she had followed his clues. He couldn't let his hopes get up more than they already were though. She'd followed the treasure hunt, yes, but that didn't mean things were guaranteed to go smoothly from this point.
Standing, he barely contained himself from just immediately embracing her, halting himself only a step into closing the gap. She was there, but that didn't make them okay. That didn't mean she wanted him to touch her. "I...." Taking a deep breath to center himself, Kody looked her straight in the eye. "I'm sorry." It was late. It was so, so late. But it was also his first proper apology in years and hopefully that would be enough.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Apr 20, 2017 21:25:10 GMT -6
i hope you're satisfied.
"It really isn't any of your business what happens between me and your sister. She can fight her own battles, Edmund. I'm sure she wouldn't take kindly to you being here." He was definitely deflecting actually talking about what was going on, but he also knew that he was right. Evanna had always been big on fighting her own battles. She would have told her little brother to stay out of it. Not that Edmund ever listened to anyone but himself.
As tempting as it was to just slam the door shut again, Kody knew that if he did that he'd never actually get rid of Edmund. He'd have to actually put in the effort to make the younger blonde go away again. "We're both adults and we can handle this without the interference of children."
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Apr 20, 2017 20:35:54 GMT -6
trust is a double edged sword
He didn't need to be a legilimens to figure out what was running through Evanna's mind at the moment. It was clearly written on her face. He had known this probably wasn't going to go well from the second he'd opened his mouth and finally let her in, but to see it playing out made his heart clench in his chest. There was a chance that this would be the final straw. They'd have enough rocky moments in the past, when they were still only friends, that Kody had always wondered if someday he would just be too much to handle anymore. He had always thought he'd be okay when that day finally came, but as he potentially stared it in the face, he realized he was so far from okay with it.
Perhaps it hadn't been his place to out his sisters as well, but the moment had come and gone. If Evanna was going to know about him, she should know about them as well. It seemed only fair after all. "I don't understand why I would have told you," he said as calmly as he could manage. If he kept his temper under control maybe he could stop this from spiraling out of hand. "It's not as though I've ever used it against you."
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Apr 20, 2017 19:18:24 GMT -6
for you my love.
"How hard can it be?" he asked. "They have books and stuff for it, right? Isn't it basically following instructions?" That seemed right, but he'd never given it much thought. Growing up with house elves, and then continuing to have at least one as an adult, he'd never had to deal with things like cooking. It was probably a lot harder than he was thinking but with a teacher like Evanna, he was sure he'd get it in no time.
Smiling, he took her hand as the couple walked towards the dining room. The surprise had gone off without a hitch, so now all they had to do was have a perfect dinner and everything would have gone to plan. It felt good to have things working out.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Apr 20, 2017 19:03:55 GMT -6
share one more drink.
It was all Kody wanted in life for his sisters to be happy, no matter how that happiness were to come about. Be it through their ambitions or finding love or running off to join a circus, as long as they were happy, that was all that mattered. Though he did prefer them all in the Ministry. It was easier to keep tabs that way. "As long as you're happy, or at least content," he said with a shrug.
Frowning thoughtfully as he took a drink of his wine, Kody regarded his sister. "I never said anything about you being my favorite."
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Feb 21, 2017 15:54:28 GMT -6
i hope you're satisfied.
Running a hand through his hair, Kody looked at the young man in front of him. He really didn't feel like doing this on his doorstep, nor did he want Edmund in the house. If the house was going to contain any Everhart, Kody would prefer Evanna. Plus, he really didn't feel like being shouted at in his own space.
"I didn't set out to hurt her," he replied. His tone was sharp, but it didn't have the usual edge to it that his anger normally brought out. He was too drained for that, too dulled. "I openly told her something new about myself and she took it poorly. That's it." Except that that wasn't it, but it was the general gist of things. His actions following might have been aimed to hurt just a little though. His pride had taken a blow and that never went over well.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Feb 21, 2017 15:25:26 GMT -6
trust is a double edged sword
Kody waited patiently as Evanna pieced everything together. He knew it wouldn't take her long to figure out how he'd known what she had on her mind. The first few had been easy, yes, but this one was far more out there. It was only a matter of seconds before she realized what had just happened and when she did... Perhaps she'd be less angry since he had openly decided to let her figure it out. Perhaps that wouldn't matter.
"And an occlumens," he added as she finally spoke. "Both of my sisters share the skills with me as well." To be quite honest, his sisters were the reasons he'd felt it necessary to learn. He'd never intended to before both of them had as well. His mind was not a place he wanted his family members, or anyone else now.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Feb 21, 2017 15:19:21 GMT -6
for you my love.
As Evanna spoke, Kody swore he felt his heart skip a beat when she brought up them living together. There were seldom moments in his life where he was just so unabashedly happy about something. Most of the time, he did try to keep his emotions as under wraps as he possibly could, so to allow himself this happiness was a big deal. To share it with someone else was even more important.
"I think I could be open to learning more," he said after a short moment of consideration. Cooking wasn't something he'd ever really considered as a skill he needed, but perhaps it wasn't all bad. It could be useful in surprising Evanna in the future at least.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Feb 21, 2017 15:14:20 GMT -6
share one more drink.
He could have risen to her teasing, but Kody decided that he wouldn't let his sister get to him tonight. Instead, he'd remain as level-headed as he ever was, no matter how much she poked at him. "Someday you might understand," he told her, though he didn't really believe the words even as he said them. There was always a chance that his sister would also fall in love with someone, but at the same time, he could easily see her never doing just that.
The wine finally arrived, for which he was grateful because it gave them both something else to focus on aside from each other. Bottles were opened and food orders were placed quickly enough once everything was set into motion. "I feel as though Maia would disapprove of this," he mused, moving to have a drink of his wine.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Feb 21, 2017 14:50:49 GMT -6
stay with me.
If there was something Kody was not good at, it was admitting when he was wrong or when he'd made a mistake. However, even he knew that there were times when he didn't get a choice in the matter. As much as he'd like to live his life without apology, sometimes he had to suck up his pride. Honestly, it shouldn't have taken him as long as it did to get around to making amends with Evanna. She was the most important person in his life and he'd been lost since she walked out their front door months ago.
In all honesty, he could have moved to apologize to her a couple of weeks prior, but he'd wanted everything to be absolutely perfect. He wanted this to have meaning. He didn't want to just pick some arbitrary day in the middle of whenever to try and win her back. He wanted her to understand that he cared, that he kept any pieces of knowledge about her that he gained close to his chest. More than anything, he needed her to understand that he didn't know what to do without her. He never really had, even through all the times he'd pushed her away in the past.
Paying no mind to the fact that he'd undoubtedly get sand everywhere, Kody sat on a beach in Italy, back against a large rock there and eyes focused out on the water. He was nervous. There was a chance that she wouldn't show. She could just as easily decide she'd finally had enough and refuse to follow the clues he'd left behind for her. He didn't think she'd have trouble figuring them out. But he did worry that she had been pushed too far.
The nerves, usually tucked away somewhere deep inside him, were clear for the world to see, with his brow furrowed and his teeth working at his bottom lip. Kody wasn't supposed to get nervous. He had never allowed it of himself before, instead choosing to take the world on with his head high in the air. But there something about this moment, a moment that felt like it would define the rest of his life, that ate away at his defenses. Even when he'd proposed to Camille, he'd never been so nervous about what someone else would do. There was just something about Evanna that made him more open, more human. He was a fool to have damaged that in any way.
There was still time. He didn't expect her to arrive before the sun began to set, and it still had some time left in the sky. But that did little to ease the growing tension in his gut. If anything, it made the feeling worse. Perhaps he should have waited a little longer before coming to the beach himself, but he hadn't wanted to risk her figuring things out quickly and him not being there. No, this was just another consequence of him being an ass. It was no less than what he deserved after the last few weeks.
Sighing, he let his head fall back against the rock and blue eyes closed out the rest of the world.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Jan 25, 2017 22:08:52 GMT -6
i hope you're satisfied.
An empty house wasn't exactly on Kody's favorites list, but an empty house is what he had. This meant that he spent as much time as he could in the office. There was no point in going home outside of sleeping. There was nothing there for him now. It was a miracle he hadn't just reverted to his usual technique of coping with negative emotions, but he'd done so well for so long and there was no way his pride would let him throw that all away over something that was ultimately his fault.
However, he did have to go home sometimes, even if he had no desire to be in the house that he'd basically lost two people in now. Maybe he needed a new house. That was probably a good idea. He'd have to talk to... Nope, never mind. That could be dealt with later. Right now he had to focus on the person knocking on his front door. Sighing, he got up from his chair to answer it, frowning when he saw the familiar young man on the other side. "Don't,." he said without giving Edmund a chance to speak.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Jan 25, 2017 21:52:20 GMT -6
trust is a double edged sword.
His gaze had been moving back down from hers when he caught the last edges of something and looked back up again, frowning slightly. Perhaps... Sighing, he put the papers down on the table and met her gaze. This would likely be a longer break than normal, but he had since realized what had happened and, though it wasn't something he even normally thought about, it was something that did need addressed. "Would you like to discuss dinner?" he offered as he continued to look at her. Kody knew that she was smart, and he knew that the second she gave it some thought, she'd know what was happening. There was no coincidence this time.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Jan 25, 2017 21:43:53 GMT -6
hello my treacherous friend.
"No, not necessarily a bad thing, I suppose," he mused with a condescending smirk. "But they are taking you away from whatever research you're doing to run the errand. Clearly it doesn't mean that much to them if they send you away from it." Now he was just trying to push buttons, but that wasn't anything new for the two of them, though perhaps it was a bit more vicious now. They had both grown up cruel. "If you needed to know, you would know. Until that time, you'd be wise to stop poking your nose into the business of a department you don't belong to."
"Don't worry about Evanna, Edmund. She can worry about herself, though she won't have to," he called after him, watching him go.
Post by KODY ALEXANDRE BELANGER on Jan 25, 2017 20:45:29 GMT -6
for you my love.
Smiling faintly, Kody extended a hand to her so that he could lead the two of them towards the dining room. After the nervousness over the key had finally been expelled it felt like nothing else could go wrong with the night. The biggest obstacle had already been taken care of quite wonderfully. It was almost like walking on a cloud, if that cloud was cloud nine.
That didn't mean he wasn't nervous about dinner, though, because he most certainly was. He just wasn't quite as scared for the outcome of a meal as he was the outcome of asking his best friend to move in with him. "I apologize ahead of time if it's not up to the usual standard. I... attempted to help in the preparation and we both know I'm hopeless with cooking."