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Stefan Salvatore ([personal profile] immoderation) wrote in [community profile] cauldrons2016-05-30 12:55 pm

meet me at my window

[ In the wizarding community, the name Salvatore is practically synonymous with Slytherin. So it comes as no surprise when the youngest son and heir apparent of one of Britain's oldest and most celebrated pureblood families is promptly sorted and joins his brother at a table decked in green and silver to the sound of thunderous applause. It's only Damon that casts furtive, worried glances his way throughout the night. Neither boy shares their father's prejudiced ideology but as the elder son, Damon had already tried stepping up to the plate long ago, pledging himself to a cause he doesn't believe in, in order to spare his brother the atrocities of the coming war. But when that leathery old hat first settles to rest on Stefan's head, its obvious desire to put him into Ravenclaw (like his mother before him) is outmatched by Stefan's own staunch determination to follow in Damon's footsteps. And Giuseppe, who has always clearly favored Stefan, couldn't be more proud. ]
interpersonal: (breath.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-01 05:24 pm (UTC)(link)
[ in the spirit of school unity, is what they said.

the experiment is tentative and the first of its kind, but most of the higher ups have hopes that it will prove fruitful. the insularity, and at times downright animosity, between houses has been nothing if not alarming. steps are now being taken to rectify the situation before it gets (further) out of hand. they are all a part of hogwarts, regardless of the colors they champion, and their professors intend to encourage inter-house friendships. it's now included as a part of their curriculum.

elena doesn't know stefan salvatore. she knows of him and his brother, the now death eater, because who doesn't?

she's the only one of her friends who was paired up with a slytherin, and all of them made faces when that little tidbit was revealed. elena has never told anyone that it was suggested she belonged in slytherin. if it wasn't for the hat taking their own desires into consideration, elena would be donning a green scarf instead of purple.

they've agreed to meet up after stefan's quidditch practice, so elena is sitting by the bleachers, admittedly curious as she watches him.

oh no, he's cute.
Edited 2016-06-01 17:25 (UTC)
interpersonal: (fondness.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-03 03:17 am (UTC)(link)
[ elena cradles her books to her chest and offers a flustered smile as he emerges. she tucks a strand of her long, pin-straight brown hair over her ear and meets his gaze. this was a lot easier when he was otherwise occupied and she could watch from a safe distance. ]

Oh! No, I'm not too cold. I'm not warm, but that's hardly the lake's fault.

[ she inwardly cringes. ]

A walk down the lake would be fine.

[ gj elena ]
interpersonal: (impish.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-03 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
[ elena had her own reservations, but she's often scolded her friends for not being fair and open-minded; she might as well lead by example, right? she falls into step beside stefan, quieting those telltale nerves. ] I saw you out there.

[ she motions to the quidditch pitch behind them. ] You were good.
interpersonal: (sweet-talk.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-03 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
I like it. [ her voice is soft. ] I'm nowhere near as good, though.

[ elena's gravitated toward bookish pursuits. she'll be seen with a journal far more frequently than a broom. she risks a glance in his direction, before turning straight ahead. shh, you didn't see that. ] What changed? You said you never saw yourself playing before.
interpersonal: (assess.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-03 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)
[ she tries to hide it, and fails: the facial olympics her expression goes through at the mention of klaus. ]


[ she should say something else, shouldn't she? give her a moment. ]
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[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-10 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
[ elena's gaze softens and her smile warms. something tugs at her chest, and she lets it. ]

Sounds like you're doing it for the right reasons. [ it also doesn't take an expert to notice stefan is effortless out in the quidditch field. ] I think I know what you mean. How you feel about flying is how I feel about writing.
interpersonal: (mention.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-14 02:06 am (UTC)(link)
Will I be copping out if I answer a little bit of everything?

[ she glances to him with a tiny smile. it's not in her nature to be so divulging. elena is open while simultaneously reserved with many of her thoughts. she doesn't give them away easily, but there's an earnest interest she senses in him. whatever the reason, she finds herself answering honestly. ]

I wanted to be a novelist, but these days it's mostly journaling.
interpersonal: (whoops.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-14 03:00 am (UTC)(link)
[ it's elena's turn to decide, swiftly and certainly, that she can picture him pouring over a journal himself. she only brings herself to a stop once they reach the lake proper, her eyes roaming back to him. ]

You have? What do you write about? [ a smile twitches at her lips. ]
interpersonal: (wonder.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-20 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah! A tortured soul.

[ a teasing lilt reaches her voice, elena's expression shifting into a warm smile. despite this playfulness of hers, his gaze so fixed to her own means there's a flutter in her somewhere. please see icon. ]
interpersonal: (knowing.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-21 06:32 pm (UTC)(link)

[ she pulls in a steadying breath. ] I was a little worried, and I didn't know what to expect. But I don't think it's fair to judge everyone based on the colors they wear. I like to make up my own mind about someone. [ beyond what house they belong in. ]
interpersonal: (golden.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-22 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
[ elena turns to him, a muted sort of surprise taking over her features. stefan watches the grounds, and elena watches stefan. in that short span of time, a decision is made, and she has a feeling she won't regret it. ] We still can be.

[ she clears her throat exaggeratedly, and sticks a hand out for stefan to shake. to make it official-official. ]

Elena Gilbert. Avid journaler and treacle tart enthusiast.
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[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-23 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
Butterbeer, huh?

[ eventually, elena's hand slips away from his. she picks up a stone to mimic him, but the end result is nowhere near the same: there is no skipping, the stone just sinks gracelessly. she frowns. ] That's harder than it looks.
interpersonal: (j'accuse.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-06-23 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[ rude.

except he's cute when he laughs. she moves to step beside him, examining the flatness of the rock as though her o.w.l. scores depend on it. she is ravenclaw.
] We could always try a summoning spell. I'm sure the rocks would appreciate your conservation efforts.
interpersonal: (wonder.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2016-07-12 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
[ ooh, that's a tough question.

in truth, what elena likely needs is another demonstration. then there's what her girlhood wants, and it's the former. she clears her throat.
] I think ... in this case I might need a more hands on approach? For observational purposes.

[ for science. ]
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[personal profile] interpersonal 2017-01-17 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[ it's a helpless thing, but elena grows impossibly still as she becomes aware of their growing proximity. her head turns sideways to catch a glimpse of his face, inevitably paying more attention to it than the rock in her hand. it's only until stefan mentions her stance that elena looks forward at last, positioning herself in front of him.

her back nearly brushes his chest, but not quite.

Is it really that bad?
interpersonal: (overcome.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2017-01-18 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
Yes! [ okay, maybe that was answered too quickly.

note to self: when asked by a genteel and cute boy if something is okay, keep enthusiasm at a moderate level.

let's try this again. elena clears her throat, a dignified reply:
] You may.
interpersonal: (point!)

the sad thing is i rolled for this

[personal profile] interpersonal 2017-01-18 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
[ elena mentally prepared herself for this. two point five seconds is totally enough time to prepare, right? but she isn't anticipating how it will feel. so the moment stefan's hands begin to steer her in a certain direction, elena startles: the pebble springs free from her hand, sinking into the lake with nary a ripple. ]

... Oh.

I think this means I'm a hopeless case and you should probably save yourself the headache.
interpersonal: (golden.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2017-01-18 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
[ elena's embarrassment doesn't last long. stefan carries them away from it with enviable ease, and elena's face brightens with an amused grin. her own hand rummages inside the pockets of her robes, and it's only a moment later that she lifts up a sugared butterfly wing. ]

Better yet, I'll trade you. Now you can't say I never gave you anything.
interpersonal: (knowing.)

[personal profile] interpersonal 2017-01-18 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
That's true with almost anything, isn't it? [ her smile falters a bit, though she doesn't mean to turn this into a serious conversation. but once you let something go, or once it lets go of you, it's gone. ]
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[personal profile] interpersonal 2017-01-18 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[ elena pops the toffee into her mouth, allowing the honey to melt on her tongue. ]

Let's keep walking. [ she gives him a smile that's almost self-deprecating, but not quite. ] It'll help with the cold and we should probably answer at least some of these questions. I don't know about you, but I like to avoid Professor McGonagall's disapproval face.

[ you know the one. ]