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PostSubject: What You Wanted (Ben)   Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:25 am


Halfway through the night, Tess wanted some time to be alone. The whole ball was a raging success, from the music, to the food, everyone seemed to enjoy it. Even the grumpiest people, and she felt like the whole thing was worth it. She had even danced with strangers, perfect gentleman who complimented her and spun her around the dance floor that she had gotten a bit dizzy. And as much as she hated to admit it, she felt like she had missed out on something.

She hadn't realized what it was until she saw couples dancing. From Jake to Mari, to his little sister and some Slytherin, everyone seemed to come with someone they cared for. Sure many had gone stag, but they had a group of friends that were excited to go to the ball. But she didn't have that. Yes she made new friends from America, and yes it was refreshing but she just needed time to get away from people, time to count her blessings.

Lifting her white dress, she had gone down the stairs towards the gardens. She had walked throughout the whole castle except for the gardens. Her heels clicked and clacked as she walked down, and took a deep breath as she finally reached the twinkling lights she had seen from afar in the balcony. It was then she let the bottom of her dress down and walked. She ignored certain couples cuddling up in the gardens, she supposed it was a nice atmosphere.

She walked towards the roses, the part she always found the best part of the ball. Rich and red and as she picked up, she put it under her nose to take in the aroma. It was so fresh, that she knew it would calm her down, and remove that dampness of her mood.

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PostSubject: Re: What You Wanted (Ben)   Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:43 am

It didn't take much to blend into a crowd. Not when people weren't really looking for you. Sure, Ben was the Head Boy. But it didn't make him popular, nor did it mean that people were particularly glad to see him. As of late, he hadn't made the best impressions, and, for the most part, he was fine with that. But moving through the castle, seeing the time and effort that was spent putting this all together...well, he couldn't miss the fact that he hadn't done a damn thing.

Walking through the second ballroom, he was glad to see these annoyances weren't all focused on dancing, even if it meant that the food table was frequented by lonely people looking for someone. Moving closer, he forced himself to grab a small piece of a sandwich. He didn't want it, not really, but he didn't want to think what would happen if Tess found out he still wasn't eating.

Tess.

His brow knit again, wondering where she was. He'd arrived late, trying to avoid the greatest part of the celebration. But now he couldn't think of where-

Of course, he almost laughed to himself, a small smile tugging at his mouth. Out a window, he caught sight of a lush, full garden, complete with colorful lights and all manner of foliage. He'd bet all the Galleons in his vault that she was there.

Moving through the other students, he stepped out onto the lawn and was greeted with the calming sense of seclusion. There were couples here and there, in various states of affection, but he didn't care for them. He only wanted one person. The doe-eyed girl who'd saved him. In every way. It didn't take long, as he let his nose guide him closer. The scent that lingered on her skin and all around her had to be the sign he was looking for.

And there, amid the roses and other sweet things, she stood. In perfect white and gold. For a moment, he was absolutely terrified. What if she didn't want to see him? What if she yelled at him for coming here? Maybe she was just being nice the other night, taking care of someone who needed help and nothing more. The unease and fear settled in his stomach like lead, making him regret that bit of sandwich all the more.

She loved me there... With that quiet, perfect memory, he took a deep breath. Walking forward, he spotted a singularly stunning white rose, surrounded by lesser blooming buds. He plucked it, being careful of the thorns. Noises of outside life stifled the sounds of his soft footsteps as he approached Tess.

When he was just behind her, he tentatively reached his arm out into her line of vision. So many words came to his mind, but they stuck in his throat, lost in the moment.

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PostSubject: Re: What You Wanted (Ben)   Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:02 am


Tentatively she looked down at the rose in front of her. Lightly petting the petals, so delicate in her hands. Despite the whole garden being lighted up with varying colors, crystals and magic, her eyes were on the roses. She always had a fondness for them, her grandmother always loved them, at least she thought she did. She was a cold woman, but her heart would melt for a bouquet of roses, she remembered how she would be pulled along to look at them, never touch, but always look. Now she was, tracing the petals on the flower her fingertips admiring their softness.

Roses were a symbol of love, even a person like her knew it. And while she would swear up and down the garden that she was cynical about love, but she had a soft spot for these innocent things. For her, they were so gorgeous and yet they could hurt so easily, kind of what she was told love was like, and in her limited experience was real.

Her thoughts about flowers dissipated as she noticed the most beautiful rose of all, and an arm attached to it. Immediately she turned around and her breath was taken away the moment she looked at him. He looked so good, so handsome and so pristine in his suit. All black, he contrasted so much with her clothing. He looked...he looked really good. And for the first time in that night, she let out a real smile. A slow smile, that she hadn't allowed herself to show for a while.

She took the rose softly and dropped the other one immediately. Lifting it to her nose she inhaled the smell and smiled. She didn't know what to say, and he wasn't exactly chattering either. Her initial reaction was wanting to hug him, tightly and just be so happy he was there. But she hadn't exactly told him she would have been gone or had expected him to be there. His health came first. Finding her courage though, she did the only thing that really came natural to her. Reaching over to him, she took his hand and stepped closer.

"You came" she whispered softly.

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PostSubject: Re: What You Wanted (Ben)   Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:46 pm

With his heart in his throat, Ben watched Tess turn. For one panicked moment he forgot how to breath. The girl before him was someone new, and enchanting. It wasn't that Tess wasn't equally so in normal attire, because he loved that she could be so beautiful just like herself, but...Wow. She'd gone a bit above her usual formal attire and style, opting for an older look that accented her natural features. All in all, Ben felt like he was mentally tripping over himself.

As he got caught up in her smile, he didn't even register that she had taken the rose until her nose was lightly pressed against the petals. Ben couldn't smile, though. Not yet. Even though she seemed happy, or at least fine, with him being here, he didn't know for sure.

His eyes searched her face for answers, finding none. Her hand sliding softly into his seemed to jolt his heart into beating again as she spoke two simple words. Maybe...

But he couldn't let himself think ahead. That was how he messed things up. He let his hand settle easily against hers, his thumb rubbing lightly across her knuckles as he looked down at them.

"I...Don't be mad. I know I should have stayed at the dorms. I just..." His eyes moved up to catch hers, saying so much more, wanting so much more, than he could right now. Watching the gold flecks flash in her eyes, his words just fell out.

"I wanted to dance with you."

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PostSubject: Re: What You Wanted (Ben)   Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:10 am


Tess looked at him softly wondering what was going on in that beautiful brain of his. Recently, he tended to look so confused, or overthought things with her. No longer did he have the bite or glare that he gave her, now he looked so...needy? Dependent on her. And it had worried her, had she not been mothering him in return. She wanted him to heal, wanted him to be like he was. And yes, maybe that wouldn't happen so easily, but what was clear was that he was getting better.

For one thing he cleaned up nicely. He always had a flair for style, with his tight shirts and fitted pants for class, her eyes had always wandered over to him when he passed by. But when the whole...situation happen, things began to change. He stopped taking care of himself, stopped eating, sleeping, even caring. She had never cared till now. But he looked better now, he was slowly returning to the man that she loved.

Slowly, so very slowly he began to think it through. Tess smiled encouraging him to move. She liked the way he always forced himself to be delicate about it. Once she believed herself to be just as delciate as she was treated, too scared to take charge, too scared to use her name to its full potential. But it was only recent, that she realized she wasn't breakable. Still the way he was almost scared to touch her only succeeded in making her want to get even closer to him.

"I...Don't be mad. I know I should have stayed at the dorms. I just..."

There were so many things that were left unsaid, unspoken about. But it wasn't the night to do so. Because tonight it was the exception, it was about them. For one moment she wanted to pretend that they hadn't broke, that there was a way to mend all of this. She wanted to be selfish, fuck the world, all that mattered was him and her. The ball was all the more important now that he was there. He wasn't her first dance, but he would definitely be her last.

Sliding the rose to her ear, she moved closed and placed her free hand on his chest. She wanted to say so much, but now, only a few words came.

"You're right, I should be angry. I should swat you for even thinking of coming. But...I forgive you I suppose." she tugged the suit lightly, "Just because you do clean up nicely..and..."

She moved even closer, forcing herself to lift her head more to be able to look at him clearer.

"I missed you." she whispered softly, not wanting to break the spell.

She wanted to tell him that for him she would do anything he asked, only for today. She wanted to love him, to trust him, and it would take her a while. For now, why not a simple dance?

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PostSubject: Re: What You Wanted (Ben)   Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:35 am

Her words were playful, but Ben could see the emotion in Tess's eyes as she settled into the quiet space around them. One of the things he missed so much about her was that they never felt the need to fill the silence. It had always been enough to just be there. And now, sheltered by the small clearing of roses, it felt like they were in their own little world. And they were enough.

He didn't have to look down to know her hand had landed over his heart. It thrummed under her touch, as if it knew she was there all on its own. Taking the hint, he followed her lead in moving closer, pulling their joined hands up. He planted a soft kiss in her palm before laying that hand on his shoulder, placing his at her waist. His other one laid over hers, over his heart, which had belonged to her no matter what happened. Even when he had tried to forget her, tried to driver her from his mind, she had been there. In the recesses of his heart.

Even with the heels she had on, Tess still was on the shorter side. Resting his cheek against her temple, Ben let his eyes close, keying in to the music pouring out of the open windows of the castle.

As their bodies started to sway ever so slightly to the soft tune, her words drifted up to him. A soft smile tugged at his lips as he let hope begin. Maybe there was a chance.

His lips ghost over her hair, pressing a soft kiss at her temple. "I'm not going anywhere." Not again.

With promises left unspoken, Ben let the calm fold around them. He didn't know how long they had here, alone, but he wanted to absorb every last second. Tomorrow didn't exist, neither did yesterday. Just now. Just them. The music flowed around them, taking them away.

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