—Jack Kerouac, 'On the Road'

Event 1 ~ Its the last week of the summer holiday and everyone is anxiously awaiting their return to Hogwarts. Whether it be lazing around, shopping in Diagon Alley with the family, or meeting up with your man - give us a look into a day before your character's return to academia.

My character study for Adaire is here: http://www.polyvore.com/your_pain_is_breaking_shell/collection?id=2308482

“Sweetie, we can go over to Broomstix and you can choose a new broom.” Alicia Jordan said to her daughter. Maybe kindness was out of character for a professional Quidditch player, but Alicia was subtle and caring. Especially now that she had to overcompensate for losing her child. But that was long ago and some memories are best kept a secret.

“The one I have works perfectly fine.” Artemis stated, looking around the stores, not interested in anything in particular.

“How about new robes?” Her father, Lee, asked.

“I suppose that would be necessary.” Artemis said. She didn't like asking for new things when the ones that she had were in mint condition. It felt like a waste, splurging on material things like that.

As they entered Madam Malkin's, Artemis' eye caught sight of a younger kid with a concerned expression on his face. He wandered around the store, she thought he seemed lost.

“Are you okay?” Artemis asked softly, being careful not to startle the boy. He looked up and she noticed his eyes were watery. “Do you need any help?” She asked once more.

“I seem to have lost my brother.” The kid wailed, “We're going to be late.”

“Well, what's your brother's name? Maybe I know him...” She said. That wasn't entirely true but she wasn't going to squash the kid's hopes.

“Adaire. His name is Adaire.” The name made the hairs on Artemis' hand stand up. She certainly knew an Adaire, he wasn't exactly the best person in the world.

“Adaire Findlay?” She stared into the kid's eyes. He did resemble Adaire...

“Yes.” The kid nodded enthusiastically. “Can you help me find him?”

“Let me see what I can do.” Artemis nodded, “Come on. Let's ask Madam Malkin.”

“August!” A familiar voice shouted from the other side of the store. It was Adaire and he seemed to be pissed off.

“I guess that won't be necessary anymore, eh?” Artemis said. “You take care, August.”

“You never told me your name.” August pointed out.

“It's Artemis.” She smiled, “Now go before your brother drags you by the ear.” She said half-joking, but she was also certain that a boy like Adaire would do it without hesitating.

“What were you doing talking to /her/?” Adaire asked, his voice a mixture of hissing and shouting.

“I didn't think I'd ever find you.” August complained. “I've been looking for you for hours!”

“Well, if you didn't get lost you wouldn't have to find me.” Adaire rolled his eyes. “Come on, dad's going to furious if we don't show up to his presentation.”

–

Artemis' parents decided to take a break from all the store hopping and went to the Leaky Cauldron for some butterbeers. Artemis told them to go ahead, she wanted to get some /things/ and maybe a book or two. They agreed, giving her some money and leaving her on her own for a bit. The good thing about her parents was that they gave her space when she asked them.

“Be careful, okay?” Alicia said to her daughter, giving her a quick hug.

Artemis nodded, “I'll be alright. See you in a few.”

The plan was set in motion and Artemis soon found herself walking to the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. She could use a prank or two to lighten the mood over at the Gryffindor common room... maybe use one of those practical jokes on Adaire Findlay, just to see if he loosened up.

“Which one of these do you think would be better? Love Potion No. 5 or Cupid Crystals? Not that I would use it or anything, I just love to hook my friends up with these bad boys.” Purnima Thomas winked at Artemis. Surprisingly she was wearing a normal outfit and nothing too eccentric like Artemis recalled from her years at Hogwarts, although she still had a preference for love potions, Artemis noted.

“Love Potion No. 5 sounds interesting.” Artemis nodded, she reminisced about a muggle product with a similar name and chuckled to herself.

“What's so funny?” Lily Potter asked, her fiery red locks waving freely across the room. Artemis felt jealous for a second, but shook it off.

“Purnima's having trouble with deciding which love potion to buy.” Artemis said.

“Tell you what. I could get them both for free if you want me to.” Lily said to Purnima. Her expression was priceless.

“Really? Oh my God, I want them all.” Her eyes widened. “But these two are fine.” She nodded. “You're a star, Lily!”

“I guess I'll have a little conversation with good ol' uncle George.” Lily grinned. “By the way, Adaire Findlay was just talking about you...”

“Who? Me?” Artemis asked a little bit too loudly. Stop thinking about that, she told herself.

“Yeah. He's weird... kept saying he had to beat our team this year. As if Ravenclaw was any competition...” Lily laughed, flipping a strand of hair that got stuck on her cheek.

“Oh.” Artemis said. She couldn't help but to feel a little bit disappointed. But it's not as if she liked the guy.

“I know what you need.” Purnima grinned. “A love potion.”

“Love's not for me.” Artemis shrugged coolly. 

“We all need love!” Purnima squealed. “Even you, Miss I'm-so-cool-for-that.” 

“I didn't know we were talking about me.” Lily winked. “Just kidding.” She added quickly. “Come on girls, there's some stuff I need to buy and I'm bored to death in here.” It was odd that she was bored at a practical-jokes store but Artemis didn't say anything.

“Come on, we can grab some ice cream on our way out.” Artemis suggested.

“Good idea, we can also start planning this year's adventures and stuff. I totally want to go to the Forbidden Forest this time.” Lily said, “You will join us, right Purnima?”

“I suppose I could do that.” Purnima nodded. “If you two at least let me read your tea leaves.” Both Lily and Artemis laughed. It felt good to have friends, Artemis told herself.
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