What: Birthday-ness with a bit of angst mixed in for good measure
Where: Gryff common room
When: November 30th, the twins's birthday XP
Theodore hesitated outside the Gryffindor common room, shifting uncomfortably from foot to foot. Not only was the fat lady glaring at him, but he hadn't spoken to Vati in weeks, and he wasn't sure how she would react to him showing up on her metaphorical doorstep after such a long time. Even with her birthday present (a small box wrapped in gold foil) in hand, though he figured if she was mad at him, a bribe might help. He sighed and knocked on the portrait, as the fat lady sputtered indignantly at him.
Parvati was just coming down from the dorms when she saw one of the second years open the portrait hole for someone and she immediately beamed when she saw who was there (the wrapped box in his hands probably helped a bit). "Teddy!" She squealed, rushing down the rest of the way and pulling him into a hug, careful not to disturb what she assumed was her birthday present and she probably would have ran over the younger student if he hadn't quickly moved out of the way. "How're you doing? I haven't seen you since before you got out of the Infirmary!"
Theodore hadn't been expecting quite so exuberant a response, and barely managed to keep both of them upright as she barrelled into him. "I'm ok, I guess," he replied quietly, returning the hug hesitantly and with one arm. "Sorry I haven't been around or anything. I haven't been in a very talkative mood or anything. But I thought I'd bring you your present and wish you a happy birthday."
"S'alright, you wanna come in?" Parvati asked, stepping aside to let him in. "I've kind've been lying low myself, not that that's really been all that hard, what with the whole people not recognizing me deal." She added with a bit of a wry smirk, trying not to glance too obviously at the present.
Theodore noted the direction of her gaze and smirked back as he entered the common room. He gestured towards an empty couch. "Let's sit down, and then I'll let you tear into it," he chuckled.
The beaming smile was back as Parvati steered them over to the couch and plopped down on it and somewhat patiently waited, her fingers fidgeting slightly in her lap, for Theodore to hand over the gift. "You didn't have to get me anything you know." she offered, "Not that I'm complaining..."
"Yes, well, if it makes you feel any better, we'll say that I got you a present because I would have felt guilty if I hadn't gotten one of my best friends anything for her birthday." He handed over the package, leaning over to press a barely-there kiss to her cheek.
If it had been at all possible for Parvati's smile to grow wider, it would have at Theodore referring to her like that; it wasn't "girlfriend," sure, but sometimes a best friend was more important than who you were dating, as she'd certainly found was true over the years. At any rate, she tore into the gift, though careful not to mangle the pretty gold paper too much. Her eyes widened as she opened the small box. "Oh Merlin, it's beautiful!" She held up the gold bracelet and, upon closer examination, found the links to be small snakes. "You really didn't have do this, Theodore."
Theodore snorted, folding his arms, though his eyes danced at the reaction he'd gotten, a small smile teasing at his lips. "I know I didn't have to," he retorted. "I wanted to. Am I to assume that you like it, then?" he chuckled, taking it from her fingers and fastening it around her wrist.
"I love it!" Parvati beamed, again, and pulled the boy into another hug and immediately examining the bracelet again once she pulled away. "I can't wait to show it off to Lav." She grinned.
Theodore chuckled. "If you show that around to people, you're going to ruin my reputation," he teased. As if I haven't already done well enough at that myself...
Parvati took on an innocent look. "Well, farbeit for me to ruin anyone's reputation. But, there's no way this is getting locked up in to catch dust. If it makes you feel better," She added with a wink, "I don't have to tell anyone who it's from. I could just tell them it's from...a secret admirer.
Theodore laughed. "I was only kidding. Feel free to show it off to your heart's content. There are very few people whose opinions actually matter to me. I'll survive if they figure out I'm not much of a badass Slytherin."
"You survived me finding out," Parvati gave him a playful nudge, "I'm sure you won't have a problem with anyone else finding out. And you can be sure I'll do just that; by the end of the day everyone's going to have seen it."
Theodore smirked. "As if I had any doubts to the contrary," he chuckled, poking her teasingly in the side. "Though you realize that many of the people you're showing won't realize who's showing them..."
Parvati raised an eyebrow at that, glancing down at the bracelet before the pale skin beneath it reminded her of what Theodore was talking about. "Oh, right, that." She gave a slight laugh before grinning back up at him. "Well then, I'll just have to make sure to show it off again once I'm back to normal, won't I?"
Theodore sat back on the couch, slouching comfortably. "I suppose so," he replied, smiling. "I'm just glad you like it enough that you want to show it off..." he murmured.
"Of course I do." Parvati replied, smiling back at him and leaning back on the couch, holding out her hand and admiring the way the gold shimmered with the light of the fire coming from the fireplace and thinking that it would look all the better once her skin was back to its natural brown/bronze. "I can honestly say it's one of my favorite birthday presents to date; and far better than what I got last year." She added with a slightly bitter smirk.
Theodore raised an eyebrow at the out-of-place expression on Parvati's face. "What did you get last year?" he asked curiously.
"A nasty birthday cake with that gross strawberry filling and my journal. I never did tell you about that, did I?" Parvati suddenly asked, raising an eyebrow turning to look at Theodore.
"I don't believe you did," Theodore replied, surprise written across his features. It certainly didn't sound like a very pleasant birthday... "A cake with strawberry filling?" He grimaced. No...not good at all...
"Yeah," Parvati laughed, "Though they didn't really have to do that." She shrugged. "Anyway, remember I told you I missed most of last year? The summer before I was visiting my dad in the States -- don't bother asking why, I'm actually not quite sure myself anymore. I was only supposed to be there for a month but I didn't get back until way after Christmas hols, I think some time in February, because I ended up holed up in the house of a Ministry official there until they 'felt it was safe for me to return.' Didn't even send an owl to Paddy to tell her I was alright, bloody idiots. You should've seen the look on her face when she saw me, like she'd just seen a ghost or something. Of course I'm sure it didn't help at all that I was with her boyfriend and he didn't realize that I wasn't her." Parvati stopped talking suddenly as she realized she was rambling and turned to Theodore with an abashed smile. "So, yeah, wasn't too fantastic of a birthday, as you can imagine."
Theodore idly tucked a strand of hair out of her face and behind her ear. Her year seemed to have been far more eventful than his had, whether or not that was for the better... "That at least sounds interesting..." he mumbled distractedly.
"Oh yeah, reeeaaal interesting, finding out your dad's a Death Eater after he drags you off to one of their meetings and trying to make yourself invisible at the back of a room filled with homocidal, power-hungry, lunatics and then sneaking out in the middle of the night only to get put into isolation from the outside world for half a year with nothing to do but wonder what your friends and sister are doing 'cause you know they're having a atleast a somewhat good time even without you. And then when you do finally get back it's to school full of Aurors and find out that your mother was killed by her boyfriend who turned out to be some water sprite serial killer and both your best friend and sister have found themselves boyfriends." Parvati took a breath as she realized she'd been rambling again and began fiddling with her bracelet with a wry sort of smile. Oh no, she wasn't bitter anymore. "Life is really fucked up sometimes."
Theodore's eyes had gradually widened at her speech, his full attention on her. It was the first time he'd fully focused on anything in at least a week, and it was a bit strange. "I'm not sure that this is the sort of conversation we should be having in your common room," he murmured quietly, his gaze darting about them. He personally had no qualms about discussing Death Eaters with Parvati, especially with the knowledge that she had personal experience with them as well, but this most definitely wasn't the place.
"Hm?" Parvati glanced up at the boy and followed his gaze about the room before she realized what might be making him uncomfortable. "What? You mean about the Death Eater thing?" She asked almost casually before waving her hand dismissively. "Don't worry, most everyone knows about it already, did by the end of the day I got back, actually."
Theodore leaned in to murmur into Parvati's ear. "Well, since Potter found out that my father is a Death Eater, and didn't keep quiet about it, I'm not certain that I'm the best person to be talking to about Death Eaters. People might get ideas..."
Parvati's eyes widened slightly and she turned abruptly to face Theodore. "Your dad--?" She managed to cut herself off before she finished the question. Though, from what she'd heard already of the boy's father, it really shouldn't have been all that much of a surprise and forced herself not to think "because he's a Slytherin." "Sorry, I mean, I didn't know. Are you?" The question fell from Parvati's mouth before she was able to stop it and she found herself unable to take it back, the desire to hear the answer -- or, rather, to hear the answer be "no" -- stronger than any sort of manners or tact she might possess.
Theodore's countenance darkened visibly at the question, his lip curling slightly. He realized that he was already extremely temperamental, so he was able to at least curtail some of his reaction, but he couldn't keep the indignance from his tone. "No," he growled quietly, scowling. "You should know better than that," he added sharply.
Parvati opened her mouth to say something but thought better of it and averted her eyes to the floor, her hands playing with a chunk of her hair. "Sorry," she murmured, "I guess I should but... I mean, the fact that my dad was I guess kind of shows that you never really can tell...not that I knew him all that well to begin with anyways but... I'm sorry..." She murmured again.
Theodore bit his lip, averting his eyes. "You don't need to apologize. I don't really have any right to get upset." He sighed, lowering his eyes to his lap. "Until the middle of last year, chances are I would have been followed in my father's footsteps," he muttered quietly.
Parvati glanced back over at Theodore before pulling him into a hesitant hug. "Well, for what it's worth, I'm glad you're not. After all," She added a bit teasingly, trying to lighten up the mood a little, "That would certainly make it a bit harder on me to keep up that 'I don't care what people say about me anymore' frame of mind."
Theodore wrapped his arms around her shoulders easily, chuckling quietly at her words. "True enough," he murmured. He didn't continue the train of thought he'd been on and admit that he probably wouldn't have any choice but to follow in his father's footsteps once he'd graduated; he didn't want to hear a lecture. "I should probably be going," he murmured instead. "After having all my work done promptly while I was in the infirmary, our professors have started expecting it from me all the time..."
"Damn those professors, always wanting homework in on-time." Parvati shook her head, tutting before she gave the boy another tight squeeze. "Thanks again for the bracelet, I absolutely love it."
Theodore shot her a weak smile. "I'm glad you liked it." It doesn't matter that I spent nearly all the money I had with me at school, if you liked it, he added internally. I didn't have anything else to spend my money on here anyway...
"Now I've got to make sure I get you something really good for Christmas." Parvati grinned, looking the boy over as she walked him to the portrait hole as if she that might tell her what the perfect gift would be.
Theodore smirked. "You don't have to get me anything, Vati. I just like to see you happy." He leaned in and pressed a brief, soft kiss to the top of her cheekbone before stepping out the potrait hole. "I'll see you later..." Then, without waiting for an answer he began down the corridor, wanting to get back to the West Tower, where he could continue his introspection uninterrupted until he had his meeting with Seth.
Parvati blinked at that, merely watching the boy step through the portrait hole before she felt that damnable blush rise up in her cheeks. She turned back to the cough, picking up the box and the remains of the wrapping paper from her gift, a smile growing on her lips as she looked at the bracelet before turned towards the stairs for the girls dorms and quickly headed back up them calling, "Oh Laaavendeeeeeeer!"