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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Numb. That was the word that could most accurately describe the state of Laurie's mind throughout the month of September. With Max avoiding her occasional questions and the short girl having to stay away from Colette for the greater good, along with the impeding deadline looming over the horizon, Laurie's mind had to mostly go numb in order to survive the mounting stress. The month had been a blur and mostly on autopilot, to such a degree she'd say some of her present friendships suffered. Yet for the past couple weeks things seemed to take a turn that got through that layer of self protection.

It started when Max had gotten into a particularly nasty accident over a gift for her boyfriend, something Laurie had to conceal when their room was searched. It took a full week for the redhead to go back to their newly fixed room, but apparently the stay in the hospital had given Max some sort of room to clear her mind about things because she was more forthcoming with answers upon her return. Not too long after, a prank hit the whole school, something she immediately recognized as Gwendoline's brainchild, having been the one that taught her to begin with, but it was a two person job - it was interesting to see the sisters letting loose after leaving Durmstrang behind.

If only Laurie didn't have to go back.

It all culminated just a couple short days after the school wide prank when Colette reached out through her via text, asking her to come visit her at her house. As Laurie read that message, it felt like an alarm had gone off to wake her up from a bad nightmare - she didn't exactly know if the outcome of the conversation was going to be positive at all, but the fact she was willing to grace the Spencer with her presence was a clear indicator of an opportunity to start anew. And, by Merlin, Laurie would take it if it was the last thing she'd do.

Strolling along to the rich part of town, Laurie was greeted by the Auclairs. She figured that Colette had heard her arrive so she only made small talk prior to excusing herself, not wanting to keep the half-Veela waiting too much. She briefly wondered where Gwendoline was but ultimately shrugged to herself as it was unimportant. As she reached the same room she had been dragged to last time she had been in the house, she took a deep breath. The door was ajar. Her steps would've been heard as it was.

"...Hey." She spoke once peeking her head through the opening, the side of it leaning on the door frame. "Mind if I come in?"

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

Colette was waiting for Laurie to show up. She had told the other girl to stop by her house since they needed to talk, Colette couldn’t avoid Laurie forever, and, as much as she still resented the brunette, the blonde had to put the past behind her. Was it going to be easy? No, but nothing in live really is, she had to stop whining about the idea of making up and would need to step into it, freely.  She was nervous and it wasn’t too hard to understand that, she had spent a lot of time wondering how that conversation would go that she had probably used all her possibilities in one hour.

Perhaps what had given her the strength to text Laurie had been the current prank Gwen and her, had played in the entire school. It was great watching everyone after the chairs and even being chased by them, among other things and it was a different scenery from her previous school, if they had planned something that big she was sure Gwen and her would be out the door on the next five minutes of finding the perpetrator, but the prank also served to make some memories more vivid. Colette was never one to prank people, either because of the fear of being expelled or because there wasn’t much joy in doing it, but she did like spitting out some ideas. Maybe now she doesn’t need to worry about being expelled.

As the blonde relived the moments at the school, watching the students and staff deal with the chairs, Laurie had arrived; she looked at the girl and motioned her to enter. Colette was sitting on her bed, leaving the small couch next to the window completely free for Laurie to sit if she wanted to. “So…how are you?” Colette asked. She wasn’t sure how she was going to start that conversation; she had accepted Laurie’s apology and she wasn’t sure how she could even reach a middle ground with the brunette. Should she break the ice and bring the chaotic even that had taken the school by surprise?

“I heard and experienced the chair chaos at school, what happened?” Colette asked like she had no idea how such thing could have happened. It wasn’t a hard spell, but anyone who knew the Auclair sisters well enough could easily tell that they were not only the perpetrators but also the masterminds behind that plan.

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

"Thanks." Laurie spoke up once motioned in. She leaned forwards, letting her own head roll off the frame before opening the door properly and stepping through the entrance to Colette's room, later closing that very door behind herself silently. She didn't think it would keep the Auclairs from overhearing the conversation if they really wanted to, nor did she plan on silencing the room at all, but she felt like it contributed to a much needed feeling of privacy for the conversation that was to come.

"Well, y'know. Hanging in there." Laurie replied, not wanting to go into details about the various pressures in her life just yet. She couldn't risk derailing whatever it was that Colette wanted to discuss (even if the Spencer could take an educated guess as to what it was) and so her own affairs had to take a backseat. She plopped down on the couch unceremoniously in an attempt to stab at the palpable awkwardness for the Sturt's sake - it had always been Laurie's to be so unflappable that such situations wouldn't get the better of her, and as such she had a reputation to uphold.

As she crossed her legs, she was cut off before being able to reciprocally ask how Colette was doing due to a peculiar line of questioning - the Sturt immediately asked about the prank that had plagued the school a couple days before. Was she so anxious to gloat that she had to blurt it out the moment Laurie had made herself comfortable? The Spencer felt quite amused by such a thing. She had suspected Colette had been partially behind the whole thing but that confirmed it. Not only that, it was quite peculiar how she asked what happened when she had just claimed she had been there to witness it.

'Two can play that game.'

"It was probably some Spencer gag." She had caught through the grapevine (or, in other words, Gwendoline) that Colette had a bit of a distaste for Spencers, and so she couldn't resist to prod at the wound, much like back in the day. "The chairs took on a life of their own and acted as if they were Spencers themselves. If I didn't know better, I'd have thought it was my doing." While she maintained a straight face, despite her major urge to smirk mischievously, her eyes told a different story: she knew. There was no way she wouldn't have known, as she taught the tricks of the trade to one of the culprits.

"Props to the culprits." It was a two person job. Letting a verbal cue slip about her knowledge of the event only made it more fun to her. "The school's been pretty gloomy lately so a prank or two doesn't hurt."

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

Things still seemed pretty heave between them, it was understandable, Colette wanted to think about the situation and both Laurie and Gwen didn’t annoy her about it, if anything, it seemed that Laurie was growing, maybe the time she spent in Australia did her some good? Guess some people are allergic to strict rules. The girl entered the room, her answer was somewhat vague, and it showed how distant they had grown apart. It was a natural thing in life, people move, things change, people become more mature, it’s inevitable, eventually people stop talking, although in their case it seems that something kept pushing them to communicate a bit more, and Colette wasn’t going to throw away that chance.

As Laurie replied to the prank question, Colette’s expression didn’t change. No one needed to know who was behind such thing, and hearing that it was a Spencer thing didn’t actually bother her. “Yeah probably, you’re all trying to create chaos and all that.” Colette decided to stick to her normal views of the Spencer, while her question could have been suspicious, she was trying to act as if she was still completely innocent and unaware of who might have done it. “I’m not surprised, most Spencers can’t really thinks beyond their perception, so they make everything act like them.” She watched Laurie; the same face that didn’t show a hint of being displeased with the idea that only a Spencer could come up with that. Only her and Gwen knew. “I heard someone was chair surfing, was that you?”

 Despite not showing, Colette’s ego might have grown a little bit with Laurie’s input, everyone seemed to think that it was a successful prank, people had fun and Colette had to admit she did too. The act of doing the prank was more exciting than the outcome, sneaking into school with   Gwen, and them still not being completely into the system was a plus, meant they didn’t have to worry about using underage magic outside of school or at home, Colette hopes the sorting takes  long, long enough for Gwen and her come up with something. “I noticed the Quidditch match was hard on everyone, besides the previous events that had happened before so, whoever did it might have taken that into consideration.”

“Aside from all those shenanigans you Spencers are up to, you didn’t seem too convincing when you answered to me earlier. You know, I don’t bite.”

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Laurie's eyes glinted with amusement as Colette continued with the false pretense. She couldn't tell if the Sturt genuinely believed her words, or if she had caught on to her knowing the inner workings of the prank itself, and consequently who was behind them. If she didn't believe her, she was sure putting up a fantastic act of the opposite. Perhaps some things were best left untouched, such as the answer to that conundrum. Mystery did add a bit of flair to things at times, and who was she to argue?

"I'm a Spencer too, you know. House pride and all, I sorta have to defend them." Laurie didn't truly care for Houses much at all, yet she couldn't resist prodding the wound. "Though I wish I could find out who the perps were. I'd be more than willing to lend a hand on a future project." Knowing Gwendoline, that would inevitably happen before Laurie had to leave. Perhaps they could think up of something for the End Year Ball that was heading their way as one last big bang before it was time to go.

"But, no. That wasn't me. I did race a friend of mine though. Good thing I'm short or I'd probably have ended up in the hospital wing again." After nearly camping there for a solid week, it wasn't a place Laurie was awfully fond of in the long run. But had the little chair race been worth the risk?

'Abso-fuckin'-lutely'.

"Earlier? You mean, me hanging in there?" That was an odd angle to tackle from. She had expected for Colette to segue into the real reason why Laurie had been invited to her home rather than press small talk like that. Was it just because she was trying to avoid talking about whatever it was for as long as she could, or was it the Sturt's way of showing she still cared greatly for her? "Well, you got that right. Not too convinced of it myself but it's the type of thing where telling myself that will have to do, you know? There's not much more I can do about it past going with the flow."

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

Yes, Laurie was a Spencer but Colette hardly thought the girl truly cared about the houses, much like Colette didn’t really care much, but it allowed her to predict what to expect from others, after all the Spencers were the pranksters, they enjoyed it, and did it for fun, her, well, she did it as a form of revenge or just because she was bored. If that wasn’t the case Gwen and her wouldn’t have tried the chair prank at the school, which was a success and she couldn’t contain herself, she loved hearing how great the prank was, she was very good at hiding it, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t poke a bit more, to listen to what others had to say about the amazing prank the Auclair sisters had come up with.

“Maybe one day you’ll find who did it. Try poking around your house, I bet it was one of you.” Colette still tried to use the excuse that the prank had been done by a student, a real student, not someone like her or her sister that were allowed to check classes without being enrolled. But hearing the Laurie raced someone on a chair wasn’t surprising, but she would assume the girl was smarter than to try to ride a chair, guess Laurie wasn’t as smarter as Colette thought.

Trying to go for small talk wasn’t a thing Colette liked, but in that moment, she was more interested in what Laurie had to say than to talk about how she was willing to give the Spencer a chance. “Do you want to fight the flow?” Colette refused to let herself go without fighting, even in her previous school, while not as rambunctious as her two closest friends were, she still managed to fight the strict system, in her own way, subtle but it worked. “Seems like you’re in a jam without knowing what to do…” The blonde looked at the Spencer and then looked at her nails, she still tried to show as if she didn’t care, but she was doing a poor job at it.

“Anyway, you know I do forgive you, but … I think we can try to work things out, if you promise to write back this time.”

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

"I'm sure." Gwendoline was, technically, one of them. Laurie felt like she could have some fun with that little arrangement in the future. With the Auclair sisters playing pranks on the school and Laurie's mentoring association with one of the two, she would certainly be able to help, even if indirectly. Yet, she was starting to hope she'd get a last big hurrah before having to depart. 'Two months on the clock, gotta make it happen quick if I will. Because I don't have more important shit to worry about, clearly...'

She did have more things to worry about, namely regarding her redheaded best friend, and so a prank was a very welcome distraction. Before her line of thought strayed too much, Colette brought up an interesting question. "Fight the flow?" She repeated, although from her tone she wasn't looking for a reply. Instead, something in her eyes let the world know she was taking those words into serious consideration. Indeed, Laurie had never been one to go against the current (save for her Durmstrang days, of course), yet seeing Max in the situation she was in gave Laurie the strength to fight for what needed to be done. Should she really stay put for two months? That time could make or break things between them by the time Laurie had to go.

But what could she do? Colette was absolutely right, and had read through the Spencer perfectly. That realization brought a smirk of good humor to Laurie's lips and she wound up looking down at her knees temporarily while regaining her composure, adjusting herself in her chosen seat and crossing one leg over the other. 'Am I that transparent?'

"Well, thanks. Again." She spoke once looking back at the Sturt again. "Though, I'll do you one better. Not only will I write, and I guess message you since I got a QuillBook thing now, but I'm gonna try to visit. How about that? I'm gonna have six months free before I go freeze my ass off again. Unless my parents haul ass back to Germany, I should stay in Sydney... So maybe I can drop by every now and then."

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

Colette didn’t consider Laurie to be dumb, sure they were different, they took different approach to things, if Colette didn’t dedicated herself to school and everything she did she probably manage well, but she didn’t want to just manage, she wanted to excel, but Laurie was too chill. The way Laurie repeated the question, the blonde just looked at her, but remained quiet. Whatever was going on with Laurie she needed to decide either to fight it or let things stay the same, and as chill as Laurie was for some things, she was quite the fighting type when it came to others.

She couldn’t help Laurie in that regard, the girl had to decide for herself what to do, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t give her opinion on the subject, even if it didn’t matter too much.

“Sounds good. Even if you stay in Sydney the trip using a portkey shouldn’t be too difficult, and I’m sure mom and dad will let you stay, Gwen might pee herself a little bit though.” Colette enjoyed poling fun at her sister, especially when it came to Laurie as the younger Auclair seemed to enjoy the older Spencer’s company a little too much, and it was amusing to Colette the way her sister reacted, even if not as dramatic as Colette explained it was. She held a chuckle, but it was clear that she was ready to burst out laughing anytime soon if they didn’t change the subject.

“Aside that little issue you seem to have, I assume things are well.” The conversation was still a bit hard to maintain, awkwardness and perhaps a bit of resentment were still floating but with time Colette would reach a compromise with Laurie sometime soon, it wasn’t going to be easy but they were both up to it, which shouldn’t make things too complicated, even if ‘complicated’ was Colette’s middle name.

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Laurie couldn't help have a chuckle escape her as Colette put Gwendoline's hypothetical reaction to her sticking around in the house for a while in quite the graphical terms. The Spencer would be lying if she were to say the idea wasn't appealing to her - to be able to stay around for that period of time with the Auclairs meant she got to make up for some more lost time with the sisters, and, more importantly, it gave her some more room to ensure her favorite redhead had less chance of running into trouble. Two birds with one stone, and it was certainly an option to consider.

"Alright, alright. I'll try to talk to 'em. Don't expect anything right away. My mom'll probably want to spend Christmas over at her folks like we did last year. Can't really blame her for that, I missed 'em too. After that, we'll see. Though, you act like you wouldn't be half as happy about it." Colette could poke fun at Gwendoline indeed, but of course that didn't mean she was immune to a few harmless shots from Laurie herself. While she'd normally think it would be far too soon to make that joke, the fact the Sturt had come up with the idea in the first place spoke volumes as to how comfortable she could get at that moment.

Relaxing further into her seat and not sharing the same sentiment of awkwardness, she continued. "It's been a bit... Suffocating in some regards, honestly. Can't really go into details for most of it, but, uh..." Quickly realizing how her words sounded, she put a hand up as if to call a truce. "Don't take that for keeping secrets or anything. It's more like, someone else's personal problems, so I don't really feel at liberty to discuss them, y'know? Anyway, that, coupled with Russian Winter school looming on the horizon, and all of... Well, this." She motioned to the room in general, mentioning the mess she had gotten herself into with leaving in the past.

"Just feels like my brain's about to pop half the time. Stress relief is needed, hence why I gotta find out who did that prank. Have one last big hurrah before I get transformed into an ice sculpture up north."

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

It was natural that Laurie’s parents would want to spend some time with their family during Christmas, the same went for the girl, after all, the whole idea around the holiday was to spend this special day with family. Colette couldn’t relate to Laurie, she wasn’t the type of person that would feel the need to spend time with someone, while she would have appreciated a letter from Laurie in the past, not that she particularly missed the brunette, but they were friends, communication is something important, but, she wasn’t going to go into that theme, it was old news. She shrugged lightly and watched Laurie. “It’s not a matter of being happy or unhappy really.” Would she be happy? It was a tough situation that Colette would rather not go into now, the time to miss her friend was gone, she now would have to get used to the idea of it.

“If I don’t know that person it’s irrelevant what they are going through.” And even if she did know about the person Laurie was talking about, Colette simply wouldn’t care, it wasn’t her business and she wasn’t going to go out of her way to help said person. She shrugged and took a deep breath before staring at Laurie with more attention than she was. “Well, maybe what you need is to relax.”  Colette, unlike others, she didn’t need to relax, but she understood that not everyone was like her, not everyone could do almost everything at the same time and she had to understand other people’s limitations.

“Go for a walk, enjoy nature, maybe it will help you a little.” She suggested. Nature was something that always made everything well in the world from the rare occasions that Colette needed to gather her composure. “Why don’t you work on a prank yourself? Maybe that’s what you need.” Another suggestion. Colette decided to still keep quiet about who had pranked the entire school, Gwen and her still had some moves when it came to pranks but she wasn’t going to let Laurie on them, not yet anyway.

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

An eyebrow raised at Colette's mild counter as she completely no-sold the joke. That in turn made Laurie want to laugh but she held it in. The Sturt seemed to be taking things too literally but it likely came with the territory of how on thin ice things were between the two; yet, with how she had been acting earlier, Laurie couldn't help feel like she was getting mixed signals. 'Did I step into a minefield or something without realizing here?' Perhaps it was a pattern she needed time to understand, but nevertheless it was equal parts amusing and frustrating to grapple with.

"I guess." She had never been one to take 'long walks through nature', as Colette had suggested, but she was still the adventurous type through and through, and the Murrigal Bushland was a wonderful place to stumble onto something unexpected, or so she'd heard. The blonde was far more well versed than the pirate-obsessed teenager, which gave her an idea. "Tell you what, come to the Murrigal Bushland with me one of these days, could be fun. Besides, if we meet something that can kill us, you'll get to laugh at me while I try to pet it or something."

Working on a prank herself, however, was a good idea. An idea she'd already had. "I do have a couple things in mind though, prank-wise. They're not solo projects so I need to find these... Prank geniuses." Did Colette honestly think Laurie hadn't caught on? Had she overestimated the Sturt? "I know the whole 'if you want to do something well do it yourself' saying but some things are just too much work for too little time."

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

Colette’s attention quickly followed Laurie and her suggestion to go with her to the Bushland. The blonde did love the outdoors, even if it seemed like a strange taste considering her other preferences, but Laurie did know her better than most people, perhaps it wouldn’t be such a bad idea, just the two of them, without the little excited puppy that was Gwen. She shrugged and weighted the pros and the cons, was she willing to go? Yes, yes she was, the longer she spent out there with someone she sort of liked being with, the least time she had to spend there with someone she tolerated. Not completely a bad person, but seriously someone who knew how to push her buttons.

“Alright, with one condition, Dumpster Baby doesn’t go, I don’t need her leaving a pee trail.” She continued to joke about her younger sister, a joke, a bad one, but one that never got old and that allowed her to pat herself in the back every time she mentioned it.

It was hard to say what Colette was thinking that particular moment, was she interested in hearing what Laurie had to say about the pranks? Or was she still trying to play it like she has no idea what’s going on? She was curious, but she still had a role to play, regardless of everything, she had to still pretend that she had no idea what Laurie was talking about and that the prank played by Gwen and her wasn’t something that they could come up with, after all, they weren’t even students, yet.

“What kind of prank are you planning?” her curiosity took the better of her and she finally ended up asking Laurie about it. Laurie’s wording told Colette what she had already suspected, but if the brunette thought that she was going to hear it from the blonde’s mouth, she was mistaken.

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Spencer ☆ Fifth Year ✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Momentarily, Laurie considered making a joke about it being a date; however, for as unflappable as she was, she was equally as intelligent. Instead of breaking clean through the thin ice she was standing on, she shrugged. "I won't tell her if you won't." Perhaps Colette was looking for a more quiet adventure, without someone screaming at the top of their lungs and accidentally combusting everything in sight. She couldn't blame the Sturt in the least - there was a time and place for everything, even if all Spencers (even herself) like to shirk that rule whenever they could.

Though, in a lot of ways, things hadn't changed one bit between the two. The curiosity prodding worked like a charm as Colette bit the bait hard. 'Hook, line and sinker.' If psychology books taught her anything, however, was that she couldn't present her with the prize right away. That'd be too easy. She had to make Colette chase the prank like a horse would a carrot to increase her interest and hopefully have her make some sort of misstep.

"If I told you, it wouldn't be that successful a prank, now would it, Senior?" Laurie tilted her head lightly while she analyzed her friend, as if gauging her reactions to take an educated guess at what was going through her mind. "That's for me and my future little helpers to know. If I find them, of course..." She trailed off. Would the older Auclair incriminate herself for the sake of a good prank?

"All I can say is it'll be a good one. A bit elaborate, but a nice bang to go out on when I leave. Not like they can punish me when I'm in the other hemisphere."

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16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

“Deal.” Colette loved her sister, even if her usual demeanour didn’t show, she was a bit affectionate towards those she cared, it was almost as if her shields suddenly dropped with the comfort of someone’s company. With Laurie she had those shields right up once more, while they had been down before, now was a different story, but they were slowly lowering, as if the threat was gone and things could proceed as natural. It was probably of Laurie’s knowledge that Colette didn’t mind chaos, maybe a more controlled chaos that some Spencers liked to cause, but whatever they were going they needed to proceed carefully, while they could use magic, they were both underage. Colette wasn’t sure if she was already being tracked by the Australian Ministry of Magic, but just case she was, she didn’t want to risk anything.

Laurie knew Colette, perhaps she knew her a bit too well and knew exactly how to catch her. Colette didn’t want to snitch on her sister, maybe Laurie already knew, maybe she didn’t, but she wouldn’t put it past Laurie knowing and just play with her a little, like a cat playing with mouse.

“Telling me or not wouldn’t make it more or less successful. But okay, don’t tell me I guess...” did Laurie think Colette was going to beg her to let her be on the prank? If Laurie genuinely wanted her help she could ask, unless she was scared about Colette’s answer. “May I at least know when you’re planning it?” Colette simply asked out of curiosity, it wasn’t like she was going to try and do something to prevent it or warn anyone about it, the only people that mattered were … well, Gwen, everyone else could be pranked for all she cared.

“So, you tell me you have a prank, but you don’t tell me what it is, it just seems like you want my help but don’t want to ask me.” Colette’s eyes fell on Laurie’s, as a smile stretched across her face. Was Laurie afraid of asking or was Laurie afraid of the answer? It was all very … suspicious. “It’s a shame, because if you were to directly ask for help I probably wouldn’t say no.”

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16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Laurie's eyes glinted with amusement as she watched Colette minimally catch on to her little mind game, yet not quite getting it just yet. It gave the Spencer a sizable advantage in that conversation, but, was it really that fun to lead Colette on like that? At a point the Sturt was bound to get frustrated and cut that particular conversation off. It was finally time to broach the subject in full.

"Almost, but not quite." She declared without missing a beat, a finger waving once as if signaling Colette wasn't too far off the mark. "I do want your help, and I was going to ask you. I was just trying to get you to admit to your share of the blame on that little prank from Monday. Is your curiosity not strong enough to bite, or is it something else?" There was no point in beating around the bush. Laurie knew, and it was time for Colette to know that she knew.

"But, to answer your question, it's set to happen during the End Year Ball. I'd need a curse breaker, me, a competent potioneer, Gwen, and someone who's fantastic with animals..." She trailed off. Billywig poison extraction wasn't the most fun activity in the world, but if someone could do it, it was Colette. They couldn't leave a trace of their shenanigans because the Auclairs were about to enroll in the school, and as such they had to go straight to the source rather than repossess the valuable ingredient from someone else.

"I was actually gonna ask you anyway, honestly. Take it as knocking two birds with one stone." Crossing her legs as she adjusted herself on the couch, Laurie decided to take a plunge she didn't take a couple years before. Decidedly risky, she realized, but at least at that point she had a solid reasoning to do it. "You see, this'll take a good amount of time and coordination in the event itself to pull off, and I wanted to ask you to be my date for it regardless, so it just goes hand in hand as far as I'm concerned."

Resting her hands on her own lap, Laurie continued. "I was thinking of doing that back in the fourth year. Didn't because... Well, I'm sure you know why." Dealing with her ex shortly after breaking up over such a silly thing was something she didn't want to handle, especially considering she'd have to leave soon. "Thought to myself, 'there's always next time'. And here's the next time. Probably the last one too. What do you think?"

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

Colette watched Laurie, as much as she enjoyed a good challenge she wasn’t seeing the point of dancing around, being blunt was the easiest way to address a situation and Laurie was playing around, throwing rocks to see what hit and what didn’t and honestly it was what was annoying Colette to begin with. Some things were obvious, they didn’t need saying, but in this case, it wasn’t, and Laurie’s little mind games were somewhat exhausting, but at last, she spoke about what she wanted. “Well, first of all it’s supposed to be a secret, and second of all Gwen’s involved.” And it was because of Gwen that Colette wanted to keep her mouth shut in the first place, snitching about her sister wasn’t something she enjoyed doing.

“I heard something about a Ball, but I wouldn’t think anyone would actually play a prank, considering the number of adults watching.” Someone most likely had tried it and had failed precisely because there would be too many adults walking around seeing what they were doing, but it was an interesting idea, could they even pull it off? “But I’m listening, what do you plan to? And are we even allowed to go to the Ball? We aren’t students.” Maybe if they were invited by another student, they could pull it off, but Laurie was only one and they were two.

“You want me to be your date? May I ask why? Other than just the purpose of the prank obviously.” Colette was surprised to say the least, there had been a time where she probably would have enjoyed it far more, but that ship was long gone. She wouldn’t decline, but she still wondered what made Laurie ask her such question, aside from being convenient for their prank.

“I’m not saying no, to the prank, but I still want to know why me? I’m certain you have plenty of other people to take.” It was sounding like a question someone bitter would ask, but there was no real meaning beside curiosity behind it, she was genuinely curious about Laurie’s decision to take her, Gwen was probably a better and safest choice.

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16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Even if it had been a secret between the sisters, Laurie was still finding it hard to swallow that Colette hadn't caught on to her figuring it out quite easily - after all, she'd pranked alongside them for years, and even taught Gwendoline most of the little tricks she knew, some of which had made an appearance with the great chair debacle. Nevertheless, she could respect what the Sturt had decided to do. Despite appearances the sisters were as thick as thieves and in retrospect it didn't surprise her too much that Colette was so unwilling to admit to it, even if she was the type to gloat over her successes.

Numerous questions followed. Could they go? What was the plan? Why her? Laurie lifted a hand in the air, palm outstretched so to motion her to slow down. "Easy, easy. One thing at a time." She hadn't gotten a straight response which was unsurprising in itself given who she was speaking to, but it nevertheless bothered her as it had taken a modicum of bravery to actually be out with it given their current status as far less than best friends. It made the knot in her stomach feel tighter, but she had no choice - she needed to proceed.

"First things first. I'm pretty sure you can go, you're not taking classes but you've transferred. And if that's not enough for some Merlin forsaken reason, outsiders are allowed to attend as a date to students should they be invited. I don't think staff has that same luxury though." One thing was to have some random teenager show up, and another was to have an unknown adult potentially interfering with supervision.

"And there's lots of people watching, yeah. That's why I said it'd be a lengthy plan and would take a decent amount of coordination, and it's by no means a solo job. Distractions are needed in general. You and Junior have always been quite good at attracting attention to yourselves, and with your skillsets, you're perfect partners for this little adventure. Though, I'm not telling you the specifics until you accept." She didn't think the sisters would steal the prank and make it their own, but she did need the bait in play still to hold over their heads.

"As for why... A bunch of reasons, actually. Like I said to start with, I already wanted to do so a couple years ago. There wasn't a whole lot of thought to it then past 'she's my best friend' and 'she's hot'." She moved her head from side to side, cracking her neck as she spoke in a vain attempt of getting herself to calm down. For once she was thankful for managing to keep a straight face rather easily. "But... Things changed. I guess it feels like there's more at stake now. Take it as my way of showing you I'm not messing around when it comes to righting my wrongs. Plus, it feels like a bit of a punch in the gut that after all of this I'm leaving anyway, so..."

She trailed off momentarily, closing her eyes as she let out a deep sigh. Being emotional wasn't always the first thing in her to do list but it was certainly getting at her at that moment, even if it was just a little. Laurie opened her eyes to look over at the blonde before finishing the verbalization of her feelings. "I know one day like that won't really make up for jack shit." A shrug of her shoulders followed. "But at least I'd like to be able to show you a good time without all these issues looming over our heads. I miss those times a lot. Whaddya say?"

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Student✩ Tecri
16 year old Halfbreed Veela ☆ She/Her/Hers

It seemed that Laurie had everything planned, the way they could potentially distract whoever was supervising the ball, it really seemed that everything that Laurie need was a distraction as she seemed to be having everything else under control. She could easily get something else to distract everyone, she didn’t necessarily need Colette or Gwen. The blonde waited for a brief moment and weighted the pros and cons, if they were caught Laurie could get away easily, she was going back, but Gwen and Colette would have to deal with the consequences. It was a tough decision, was she willingly to take the chance and get caught? It probably wasn’t anything that could cause them to get expelled, hopefully, but if she wanted to know more about it, all she had to do was accept, but she could always turn it back down, after all, there was nothing that prevented her from doing so.

“You know I can easily tell you I’m in and then just back out, or not show at all, leaving you and Gwen both stuck.” She commented. She was still deciding if she should agree with Laurie or not, there was too much on the line, however, she also could use to spend some time with her old friend. “I suppose I can commit to my word.” She spoke a bit sarcastically. She would never go back on her word, but it would be amusing to see Laurie’s reaction to that.

The answer that Laurie had given Colette wasn’t one that she was expecting to hear. She wasn’t sure to feel flattered or not, but they were that, just friends, perhaps on a different time thing could have taken another route, now? Colette was far from interested in Laurie like that. She shrugged but avoided answering to Laurie, there was nothing that she could say that could make it better, but there were a lot of thing that she could say that could make everything worse.

“Well, I suppose I won’t die if I do this and I’m sure the Puppy Gwen will be in it too, but knowing you two, you probably spoken to her already.” Knowing those two it was safe to assume they had already talked about it, she could be wrong, even if she was almost certain she wasn’t. Gwen and Laurie were close, at least that’s what Colette thought, and there was nothing wrong with that.

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