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Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:38 pm
by Cana Havich
Cana idly wondered on the nature of the universe. On how it began. How it ended. Everything of particular ill-omen in between.

His grandmother had written him.

The letter and the accompanying package encouraged such thoughts.

As a child, he'd watched Muggle television and read books about wise older women who spoiled their grandchildren and doled out strange, yet sage advice. He couldn't relate to it, of course. He'd seen his paternal grandmother less than ten times in his life, and each time had been more miserable than the last. The woman was a visceral blood supremacist, who resented Cana's mother not only for her lack of magic but for her skin color as well. His sexuality and his parents' acceptance of it also certainly didn't help her dreams of properly evening out the bloodline back to pureblood status eventually. It was not only unsurprising but welcome that she wouldn't be a part of Cana's life.

Yet since the Incident back at Gammla Uppsala, he got a sinking feeling of dread in the pit of his stomach; some sort of premonition relating to his grandmother. Had it come true? Was she finally going to vow to remove him from the family? Or was the woman finally about to open up and accept him for some reason? A late in life change fueled by regret.

He wasn't sure which would be worse.

As he walked through the dungeons towards the dorms, he carefully floated the package a few feet in front of him, as if it might explode. It might, after all. One never knew with Agneta Havich. He still hadn't even opened the letter. He pondered his options.

He could always take it to Aunt Jetta for inspection, but there was even more bad blood between mother and daughter than there was between grandmother and grandson. They never spoke of the details to him, but he'd gathered a murder attempt had occurred at some point. It seemed very much a Havich thing to do at least, on either of their parts. While he was sure his aunt would help him investigate, perhaps it would be better not to include her.

Which left him with precious few options in the dorms. He was sure he could take it to his head of house, but how awkward would that be? What would he even say? 'It's possible my grandmother is trying to kill me with a mysterious package that made it passed Hogwarts wards?'...he would say exactly that actually, which would result in more questions than not.

He stopped for a moment and flopped his large body against a wall. Gently, he floated the package towards the ground and slunk down the wall to sit beside it. Idly turning the letter around in his hands, he wondered if he should just get it all over with when he heard footsteps coming towards him from the direction of the dorms.

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:28 am
by Maija Guerrero
The food wasn't terrible at Hogwarts, for being cooked by House Elves, but Maija was used to more spice in her food. She knew she had forgotten to pack something when she gathered everything to come back to Hogwarts. To make her meals worse, Maija kept forgetting to owl home for some of her father's 'secret spices' to add to her food. She finally remembered and was on her way to the owlery.

Maija stepped out of the Slytherin Common Room and checked her pockets to make sure she had her letter home. She started walking down the hall towards the exit like a woman on a mission. Her mission was cut short when she spotted a figure sitting on the ground. As she drew closer, Maija saw that the figure was that of her housemate, Cana Havich. Maija liked Cana. He was helpful, at least to her.

Maija stopped in front of Cana, leaned on the wall and slide down to sit on the ground across the hall from him. Cana seemed to be thinking very hard about a letter he turned in his hands. She glanced at the package on the ground next to him. She figued her mission was going to be on hold for a little while longer. Then Maija cleared her throat and said, "Hi Cana. Are you alright?"

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:48 am
by Cana Havich
Cana looked between the letter in his hands and Maija.

"I'm not entirely sure....let me ask you something. If you suddenly got a package from someone you know who viscerally hates you, would you open it?"

He didn't particularly want to get into familial politics if he didn't have to, but he also trusted the younger Slytherin to be at least somewhat familiar with dysfunctional familial machinations. It seemed almost a prerequisite for occupation of this particular House. He'd not gotten to know many of his housemates well, but many of them had that aura hanging about them; the same kind of aura he carried around with him.

He ran a hand frustratedly through his long hair.

"My grandmother--my dad's mother wrote to me." There was an edge to the word mother, marking that Cana didn't really think she had earned the matronymic. And she truly hadn't. He'd heard whispers only what she had done to his dad and aunts--trauma silencing cries that could shake walls--but what little he knew was enough. What little she'd said to him when she acknowledged him was enough.

"I'm not entirely sure it's not a Howler or worse. And I have no idea what she could have sent me. But she hates my guts, so..." he waved vaguely in the direction of the package. "What would you do?" he queried to the younger girl, hoping she could come up with an answer where he couldn't.

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:23 am
by Maija Guerrero
I'm not entirely sure it's not a Howler or worse.

Maija paused for a moment and studied the letter in Cana's hand. She cleared her throat and started, "Well if it were a Howler and you haven't opened it yet, wouldn't it have gone off on its own by now?"

Maija was only vaguely family issues. She didn't know her paternal grandparents since they lived in Spain and never visited. As far as Maija knew, her grandparents were angry and possibly disappointed that her father and his twin brother left home to find a financially productive life far away from their large family.

She took a breath, "Now I'm worried about that package, but is your grandmother spiteful enough to send you something that would possibly harm people around you? It is safe to just leave it for a moment, right?"

Maija gestured to the letter, "If the letter hasn't erupted yet, maybe we should read it and see why she thinks it's a good idea to write you and send you something..." She waved a have slightly, "...suspicious?" She shrugged a little, "I'd say ask her what she sent, but maybe it's in the letter? It doesn't seem to be doing anything...yet. Maybe it's safe to open, or I can read it if you like?"

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:13 am
by Cana Havich
"That's....entirely true," he admitted about the Howler. "I've never really been sent one before though, so I didn't think."

Cana looked back and forth between Maija and the package.

"She definitely is spiteful enough...." He left out the times Agneta had tried to murder Aunt Jetta. While they were interesting stories and certainly painted his aunt in a clever and triumphant light, they weren't exactly for sharing outside the family. He figured that out after the first few looks of horror and disgust when he'd shared. "But I also don't know why she'd suddenly be paying attention to me. The only one in the family she'd ever paid attention to is my half-brother, because he's a pureblood. And white. But he wants nothing to do with her either. I've only spoken to her a few times in my life though, and she's always hated me."

While Cana definitely appreciated Maija's offer to read the letter first, he was somewhat embarrassed by it as well. Here was a younger, much smaller girl, offering to protect him from a piece of mail. He shrugged a bit and steeled himself.

"it would be written in Norwegian anyway," he explained.

Opening the envelope without so much as a word, he tugged the letter out.

Nothing.

Whatever venom was in it was saved for the words apparently.

As Cana read, the letter, he said the words aloud so as not to be rude to Maija.

"Dearest grandson," he translated with a sneer. "I have heard about your recent troubles, and must commend you for them. Not many could achieve what you have young."

Cana felt sick to his stomach. What he'd achieved was nearly getting his boyfriend killed and releasing an evil spirit into the word. Of course, grandmother would be excited by that prospect.

"Though I have disrespected you in the past for things that are truly your father's sins, I wish to start over----my sins?" Cana interrupted. "My father's sins? Were marrying a non-white Muggle. That's it. That's his big sin," Cana huffed, leaving off his father's indiscretions in the matter--including the cheating, the age difference between his parents, and his half-brother's illegitimacy.

"You have proven to be an intriguing subject and a worthwhile person to know, judging by your abilities, and I have sent you something to aid in your further education. Consider them the first in a long line of reparations. I expect that you cannot disappoint me further, and that our relationship may only improve at this point--."

Cana swore vilely and loudly.

"Who does she think she is?! That she can just say all that about my parents and my being a disappointment and to just be fine with it?"

He dragged the box over from where it lay and ripped into it.

He paused at what was inside.

He could just...not show Maija. But that would be incredibly rude. Asides, she was his housemate, and that had to count for something.

Pushing the box over her way, he revealed it's contents. Several potions ingredients that were impossible--nay forbidden in Hogwarts--and a new, expensive set of potions tools for non-classroom use.

"I apologize for distracting you over nothing," Cana said, still fuming over his grandmother's letter. "She's just...the letter doesn't bely what type of person she really is, I assure you."

For a moment, he genuinely debated telling her some of the full stories of his grandmother's abuse. He decided against it...for now. Maija's reaction would be telling of whether he could trust her with them.

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:17 am
by Maija Guerrero
Maija chuckled, "Norwegian? Alright then. I can only read Spanish and English."

She held her breath as Cana opened the letter and took it out of the envelope. She sighed in relief when nothing happened. She listened to the letter and frowned at Cana's comment about his father's sin and his sin. She didn't understand why some parents didn't just let their children be happy. Her grandparent were the same, but from the sounds of it, not nearly as bad.

She let Cana vent about the letter and his grandmother's attempt to repair the damage she had done. She didn't know what Cana had done to suddenly gain his grandmother's interest, but she didn't think it was a good sign by the he talked about her. Maija was sure she barely knew anything, but what little Cana shared was probably enough.

Maija flinched when Cana pulled the box to him and ripped it open. She sighed again as nothing horrible happened. She frowned a little at Cana's pause when he finally saw what was in the box. After a moment, he had pushed it toward and apologized for distracting her.

Maija leaned forward and looked in the box. She sat back and said, "Okay then." She smiled reassuringly, "It's not a distraction to help somebody in need." She gestured to the box, "You should probably send that back. Or shove it in the back of the wardrobe and forget about it." She shook her head slowly, "It sounds like, and looks like your grandmother want to turn you into her." She said softly, "You don't want that, do you?"

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:45 pm
by Cana Havich
Cana smiled a bit at Maija's saying that he was a worthy distraction. She was a sweet girl.

"I'm kind of...afraid to send it back," he said honestly. "But I might take your advice about the back of the wardrobe."

He paused a bit as Maija continued.

"I--I'm not the best person," he confessed. "But I would never hurt my family. She did. Badly. She--" he ran a hand through his hair and gestured wildly with the same hand. "Some people shouldn't be parents," he stated, finally.

"I screwed up," he said flatly. "And I hurt someone I care about. I--I don't want to go into detail, but apparently that's enough for her to see herself in me now. And no. I don't want to end up like her--old, alone, bitter, and clinging to a false system of belief. It's...pathetic really."

"And like. As much as I screwed up, I didn't do it on purpose. I would never hurt the people I'm supposed to love on purpose, unless I had no choice. She had a lot of choices, and she chose to hurt her kids. Even if she promised me all the power and love in the universe, I can't get passed that. What kind of person hurts their own kids on purpose?"

Even I'm not that much of a monster, he thought.

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:18 am
by Maija Guerrero
Maija blinked a little, "Your grandmother sounds like a horrible person if you're afraid to return her erm...gift." She frowned a bit and said softly, "You are better than you think. When we first met, you offered to help me." She muttered, "Most of the older students ignore us younger students." Maija still didn't consider herself one of the older students as a third year.

She listened to the rest of what Cana had to say.

She shook her head, "She does sounds like a horrible woman, thinking she can fix one of her mistakes because of one you didn't intend to make." She smiled a little, "And see, you're not as bad as you believe. There is a line you wouldn't cross if you had a choice."

Maija frowned, "I'm sorry your grandmother is a horrible person." She paused a moment, "Sometimes I wish we could choose our family like we could our friends." She sighed, "And I thought my grandparents were bad. They're just...narrow-minded. You would think, with 8 other children to carry on the family traditions, they would just let the two youngest be happy with whatever they want to do."

Maija looked at the letter, "Maybe you should burn the letter too, you know, just in case?"

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:41 pm
by Cana Havich
"She is," Cana frowned. "And erm...thank you. It's nothing really. More people should be willing to help you. We were all in your shoes once, after all."

Cana remembered being largely ignored by older students at Gammla Uppsala as well. His being ignored though was more than likely people either thinking he was older than he actually was--or that Kristian and Bjørn would take care of him, which they mostly did. Still, he couldn't imagine turing away a kid who needed help, especially if it was as simple as what he remembered Maija needing.

He looked up and smiled a bit at Maija's comments.

"I love most of my family. My parents are great, and my little sisters--everyone says you're supposed to be annoyed by your younger siblings, but I love mine to pieces. My aunts and uncles on my dad's side--well Uncle Robert is a bit weird, but I love all of them. And all of my cousins that I've met. Even my aunts and uncles on my mom's side are well-intentioned...they keep asking for me to meet a nice girl, which is awkward, but like. I understand. It's just her, really. But I do understand."

"And you would think!" Cana said with wonder to Maija's comment. "Ten children, my gods....You think they'd be happy if all of them were healthy and successful in their own way. Grandfather was a bit upset that Aunt Jetta left the business to be a teacher here, but he was still proud of her!"

He quickly looked back at the letter in his hands and nodded.

"Perhaps you're right...though maybe I should keep it to show Aunt Jetta at some point? Ugh, I just wish this would all go away...."

Re: Born to Meet His Maker {Maija}

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:31 am
by Maija Guerrero
Maija appeared to have an epiphany. She said carefully, "Wait. Do I seem to be one of the 'unapproachable older students' to the first and second years?" She chuckled a little, "Maybe I should help them out more often, since I know how they're probably feeling."

She smiled, "I do have a younger brother. He's still young enough to annoy me at times, but I love him dearly." She tilted her head a bit, "I have at least eight aunts and uncles I haven't met. I would love to know more about my father's side of the family. Maybe, after I graduate, I could go to his homeland in Spain and put myself in their path. See what happens."

Maija nodded as Cana spoke of his aunts and uncles. She tilted her head and asked, "Why would it be awkward to meet a nice girl? They just want you to be happy." Maija knew her father was probably dreading the day she met a nice boy. She had hoped that since he defied his parents by not marrying a 'nice Spanish girl' he wouldn't judge her on any boy.

"It's good that your grandfather got over the fact that your aunt left the business. I hope she's happy."

She blinked a little, "You want your aunt to know that your grandmother contacted you?" She paused a moment, "She'll read about the so-called gift. Maybe you should give the box to her too. So she can get rid of it."