Rod raised an eyebrow. “Is that so…” he was referring to both their words. He extracted his arm from Astoria and grabbed a cookie. His eyes ran over the face of it and mummbled the number 7 before plopping it into his mouth. He chewed for a moment. He didn’t know what to say.
He’d leave the girls to talk so continued to eat the cookies, saying the number of chips under his breath before eating each one.
Olivia laughed slightly. “Yeah, he does tend to do that.” She thought it was an incredibly endearing trait, but Olivia understood where Astoria was coming from. “Oh, you did? Did you actually get any studying done?” Olivia prompted with a slight tone of malice. For whatever reason, Seamus and Astoria sharing a table didn’t seem as innocent as the other girl put it.
Rod chuckled at the pair. He teasingly pulled at Astoria’s hair as he spoke. “Are you reading the texts in the order I placed them in your bag? Because if so I completely understand why the first one took so long… it’s about the thinkness of two Hogwarts: A Historys.” He nodded at the mention of his journals. “I hope my aweful handwriting in those things are readable. You’ll see my scrawl become much more understandable as time goes on. I’m glad you are finding them insightful though.”
“Tor makes a good point. Is the pyro. yours yet? You never did say,” he waggled his eyesbrows suggestively.
Olivia nodded. “Yeah, that book was huge.” She laughed nervously and reached out to pour herself a cup of tea. She shrugged, so far she had been able to read the notes, but a couple things had been a bit unclear. “It’s no problem, really. They’re pretty easy to read, and you did a good job explaining everything.”
She blushed slightly and looked down at her hands. “I-I don’t really know about Seamus and I. We haven’t talked in a while, so I’m not sure…”
Astoria was getting that weird gut-wrenching feeling. It was barely there, but it was. Those only came along when she felt like something was off, wrong. However, Rod’s presence comforted her and made her fee a little better and she pushed the feeling to the back of her mind. It must have been her nerves.
“No thanks. I just had lunch. I’m good.”
“Yes, the training is going well. I’m almost done with the first book, and I’ve been looking over the notes you gave me.” Olivia said with a short nod before continuing to fidget with the hem of her skirt. An awkward silence descended on the room, and Olivia had the urge to say something, but she couldn’t think of anything that wouldn’t potentially offend either Astoria or Rod. So, she kept her moth shut and looked between the two Slytherins nervously.
Rod looked up from his nervous counting and smiled at Olivia. He stood from the couch and walked over to her. “Not yet.” He gave her a friendly hug and motioned for her to sit just as the door swung open to reveal Astoria.
Rod smiled at her mention of the animagus teacher. “It’s quite alright,” he said as he took her into his arms for a hug and softly kissed her on the cheek. He pulled her over to the couch across from the one he motioned Olivia to sit on and sat. Rod slung his arm over Astoria’s shoulder. “Tea anyone?” He asked with a smile on his face.
Olivia smiled to Astoria quickly and waved hello. “It’s nice to finally meet you, Astoria. I’m Olivia. ” She said half heartedly. Olivia folded and unfolded her legs nervously. She couldn’t put her finger on exactly what it was, but she could already sense that there was something about Astoria that made her a bit uneasy.
“No thank you.” Olivia responded quickly.
Rod had arranged a meeting between his girlfriend and most trusted friend in Hogwarts. He was currently sitting in the Room of Requirement waiting for both the arrive. He wondered how they would get along.
Olivia was like a little sister to him and reminded him so much of his late sister. Where Astoria was his first ‘girlfriend’ and someone he loved in a way that was a bit foreign to him. It was a different love than what he was used to. It was obvious that he cared for both of them.
The room was cost and well lit. There were two couches, facing each other. And a low table in the middle of the over stuffed furniture. On the table there was tea and cookies along with a few pastries. The house elves had set it up upon the Slytherin (7th year) Prefect’s request. Rod resorted to impatiently counting sugar cubes and them chocolate chips once he finished that as he waited for the two girls to arrive.
Olivia sighed and nearly stomped down the hallway to the room of requirement. Despite her best efforts to convince herself otherwise, she wasn’t thrilled about meeting Astoria. She had heard a lot about the younger girl, and almost none of it had been positive. She knew it was irrational, but she didn’t think Astoria was a good choice for Rod and seriously doubted that their relationship would go anywhere good.
She walked into the room a bit sulkily and smiled half-heartedly towards Rod. “Hello, Wolff.” Olivia muttered in greeting as she took a seat on one of the couches. “Is Astoria here yet?” She asked, looking around the room slowly. Olivia couldn’t see the other girl around, but she could have been hiding somewhere.
“Thanks birdy. So have any questions about the whole animagus thing? Or anything you want to talk with me about?” Rod questioned.
“You’re welcome, Wolff.” Olivia replied with a smile. “No, I don’t think so.” She shook her head and sipped the tea.
Hey Allie! That sounds awesome, I’d love to, let me know when you’re free! -Olivia
Rod laughed at the face she made. “Maybe I will get him a kiddy broom. You know the ones that hover like a foot off the ground. I don’t know… I guess I will come up with something eventually.” He said with a shrug before finishing another cup of tea.
Olivia nodded in agreement. “That sounds like a good idea to me. But if you need any more help, let me know.” She smiled and took a sip of tea.
“I was thinking of carving him a panther as a charm from wood for a necklace since both me and his mom had that animagus… but he wont be able to wear it for a while,” Rod said making a face.
“So then I was thinking of getting him a puppy. But I don’t think that’s a.good idea now.” He was laughing now. “I have no ideas…”
“That’s a great idea! Oh…yeah…well he could wear it, but it might not be the best idea.” Olivia said and took a sip of her tea. She frowned and thought of any ideas. “You could teach him how to do something.”
Olivia laughed, then cringed at the thought of how that might have turned out. “No, it really isn’t…”
Rod nodded. “I miss them. He’s my God son so I have to get him an extra special Christmas gift. And I wanted to give him his birthday gift early. Too bad I still don’t know what to get him… for either,” he laughed.
“Well, what does he like to do?” Olivia asked. “You could get him something to do with that. Or you could make him something.” She suggested with a smile.