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Victorians could hire 'professional mourners' to attend their loved one's funeral. These people would partake in the procession and were not allowed to speak, just look awfully sad! — Rune


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Kristoffer was going to be great at this, because he was great at everything. Also his memory was greater than everyone else's, because he bet no one else had ever lost their virginity somewhere exotic like Morocco. Hell, he bet no one else had even lost their virginity. Inexperienced losers.

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7 Deadly Sins

Complete seven threads, one where your character displays each of the Seven Deadly Sins — Pride, Lust, Sloth, Envy, Weath, Gluttony, and Greed. Each thread should be at least ten posts, with at least three being your own. Character accounts can be combined.

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Well at least she'd get some vindictive pleasure out of making Bella guess.

"No, not Jack." She had a lot of Hufflepuff friends, but honestly had only really been close with Zelda and Oliver in the long run. Would she even tell Bella if she figured it out? That was the real question, but as soon as Gem started trying to figure it out she already knew the answer; yes, because she was a terrible liar.



“I'm dancing on my own,
I make the moves up as I go.”

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Huffing, Bella began to make weird squiggly motions in the air as she tried to make a mental list of all the boys in the year above her. There were definitely a few names that stood out, so maybe it was best to ask

"It wasn't the head boy, right? Mr. Gallivan?" He'd been cute, too, and on the quidditch team. Then, she impatiently began spouting some random names. "Bingham?" Pause. "Trask?" Pause. "Clearwater?" Pause.


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Well this was a little amusing, watching her friend try to puzzle this out while she was left with the inner turmoil to end all inner turmoil for herself.

"No." Theo Gallivan was a nice guy though, and admittedly handsome. "Nope, not Bingham, not sure we'eve ever properly conversed without someone else around." Gemma furrowed her brows trying to think about that one, but Bella was moving on. Gemma outright laughed at Oliver. "No, not Oliver. He was my own personal quidditch coach though." Damn she missed seeing him as much as she had in school.

It was then that Bella finally reached Alfie and Gemma just gave her a look to let her know she'd finally gotten it.

This wasn't fun again.



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I make the moves up as I go.”

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Bella erupted giggles that had her involuntarily sending another pillow in Gemma's direction.

"Alfred Clearwater? Oh, but Gemma, he's a giant!" she teased. Bella preferred tall men, but she had a reason: she was as tall as the average gentleman! Gemma, on the other hand, was the encyclopedic definition of petite.

"But it does have a nice ring to it, don't you think? Gemma Clearwater," she continued, her giggling bordering hysterical at this point. Now she really understood why Lucy had such fun teasing her about her love life.


I'll burn that bridge when I get to it.
#21
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This time Gemma threw the pillow back- and not nicely either!

"You stop that right now, Gemma Clearwater, you're ridiculous." How did they jump from a kiss on New Year's to marriage? Honestly!

Barely resisting the urge to punch one of her beloved pillows, Gemma let out a long, exaggerated sigh. "Honestly though, I supposed I have to talk to him right?" There hadn't been any talking at all on New Year's after the kissing. No time. No words. Gems was still kind of in a daze over the whole thing even now, two weeks later.



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I make the moves up as I go.”

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Bella's giggles subsided, and she pondered on the forming guilt in her chest before dismissing it entirely. She was just teasing, and Gemma should know that! She meant nothing malicious!

"Oh Gemma, I'm just messing with you!" she replied, her tone more calm and collected. "And you should talk to him. I can't imagine a man would just ruin a perfectly platonic friendship with a kiss if he didn't have feelings. Maybe it will lead to something!" she piped optimistically.

The thought of Gemma (out of all her friends) ending up married first was still hilarious, though.
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Thank Merlin, a tone of voice without teasing. Gemma was not so used to being on the other side of teasing, though it was always in good fun, she rather thought this deserved a little seriousness!

"That's what I'm afraid of." It was a perfectly good platonic friendship. Gemma wasn't so out of touch with reality that the notion had escaped her, but damn if she didn't want everything to stay just as it was; perfectly platonic. She did like Alfie, of course she did, but she really wasn't sure she liked him like that. And now there was some crazy pressure on her to figure it out!

Gemma pulled a frown. Lead to something? What could it lead to? Disaster. That's what. And likely some heartbreak if he really did have feelings for her. "I don't want to ruin our friendship." She valued it too much to take the risk. Besides it really couldn't go anyway, not really. They were too close in age, different classes, not that it mattered to her, not one bit, but it would certainly matter to her father. He'd already had one heart attack, she refused to give him another! She was already on borrowed time thanks to her apprenticeship, after she was fully on her own, she didn't doubt her father would make her downgrade it to a hobby and start looking to get married.



“I'm dancing on my own,
I make the moves up as I go.”

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Boo, now their fun time was over and everything was serious. Why did everything have to be so serious? Why couldn't feelings be allowed to develop naturally without all the worries society put on women—fears about class, ages, jobs, and everything in between? Blood was also an issue for Bella, but luckily Gemma didn't have that issue. What she would trade to be a halfblood (or even a muggleborn, really, since she imagined it couldn't do further damage to her prospects).

"If you handle your feelings like that, you'll never find love, Gemma," she sighed, realizing that she was giving Gemma the advice she refused to follow herself. "You're such a happy person, and you deserve more happiness! As long as you don't rush into anything too hastily—" Once again, the pot calling the kettle black. "—I can't imagine how it would ruin anything."


I'll burn that bridge when I get to it.


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