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There was a little bit of a jump in her steps these days with the knowledge that she was now dating Gabriel Danvers. It was a concept that she had wanted for a while now, it might have taken a little bit of a break in there while she had thought that hey were best apart from each other, but barring that, Ebony had wanted to be with Gabe since she was sixteen years old. His parents were finally gone which was a welcome relief because she was well aware that they did not like her. She was even more certain now that they didn't like her because Gabe had chosen to stay in New Orleans with Ebony instead of going home to Bowen Island with them. She couldn't say that she blamed him. Things were not the best back home in Bowen Island, she didn't even consider that her home anymore. She had however, tried to get Gabe to go back with them. For a brief moment of time anyways. She might not like his parents (because they didn't like her) but she did acknowledge that they knew him better than she did and if they really and truly thought that he should be going back to Bowen Island, she couldn't see how she could ask him to stay.
And her week just continued to get better because as she was walking down an unexplored street, on her way to meet up with Theo, Ebony just happened to pass what looked like a wiccan store. Fifteen minutes later she was late to meeting Theo and by the time she burst into the coffee shop where they were supposed to meet, she was grinning from ear to ear, "Let's blow this popsicle stand," she told him brightly, "I've found a much cooler place," she laughed. New Orleans had all kinds of voodoo stores, but there weren't any wiccan ones that she had ever found. For a brief moment, she had tried convincing her mothers to come down here and open up one but considering they were east asian, south asian and also gay, they'd figured they better not. She couldn't really blame them.
Theo had settled back into the normalcy of his life again after the last couple of weeks and he was happy for it. he didn’t like to be the worrying sort, it was stressful which probably wasn’t good for his own health but that had been at the back of his mind. he’d done a couple of things the last couple of weeks that in retrospect he’d liked to take back. like looking for a fucking cat for half a day that hadn’t actually been missing he just hadn’t been informed about that, apparently it was funnier that way. he’d never thought he’d panic over the fact that a cat was missing, then again he never though he’d ’lose’ BEN’s cat while he was in the hospital with small pox. after the token asshole remark when he'd been informed, he’d been very relieved to find out kristen had kidnapped the feline. though he wasn’t going to let that go, picking on his friend about the complicated whatever they were before and now did not get old. the other was more like a lapse of judgement and rational thought, he should have just waited for his mother to answer her phone to see if she was okay instead of opening up a line of communication with his father to see if he knew anything. not that the man was going out of his way to initiate conversation, Theo certainly wasn’t, but there but there were just enough text exchanges to be irritating, making them hard to ignore.
he was glad to see that the city was back to normal as well, not quite like nothing had happened but it bounced back like it always did. since it was nice to see and he’d felt a bit cooped up Theo had opted to walk to the coffee shop he’d and ebony had agreed to as a meeting place. figuring she wouldn’t be too far behind him he got himself a coffee and snagged them a table to wait. he thought it was a bit odd that she was late but he shrugged it off, he didn’t think she’d make him wait too long. it wasn’t like he didn’t have ways of entertaining himself, the main reason he kept games on his phone. for moments when he was kept waiting. he wasn’t really watching the clock, he got wrapped up in one of those luminosity games, it seemed to be helping with memory issues and some focusing. he wasn’t sure how much time had passed when she came into the shop with a change of plans, which she looked excited for. he laughed ”so that’s what the hold up was.” he stated curious about what she’d found. ”so what’s cooler then a place that serves delicious coffee and has air conditioning?” it was summer, it was warm out there though he was mostly use to it. he ignored the fact that he’d likely inadvertently made some sort of corny joke or something. he picked himself up out of the chair ready to follow her to the place she’d discovered.
Everything that had happened with superpox just seemed like it had been so long ago. And it hadn't been. The reason that it seemed like so much time had passed was because so many things had changed with Ebony since all of that had happened. Her life had moved in directions that she honestly hadn't expected it to and she was excited for this new chapter. With everything turning around, she just - it really felt like everything had been ages ago. She had pride after that, she had her boy say he loved her, then she had his parents try to convince him to leave New Orleans. It was a roller coaster of a ride but right now, in this moment where she was in time? Ebony was happy. Like she had told Theo the last time that they had met up, she had wanted to go on vacation somewhere and now her and Gabe were planning one, like old times where they had travelled the world. She was pretty pumped about it all. Life had never been bad for Ebony per say, but there was no denying the fact that everything was so much better now, she supposed, that was what happened when two people were in love.
"Sorry!" she said with a loud laugh as he pointed out that there had been a little bit of a hold up on her end, "It'll be worth it, I swear," she told him. It was worth it, to her anyways. "You'll see!" she told him with a grin as she gestured for him to get up so they could go "Hey Theo, your age is showing, come on," she laughed at him, teasing because he was moving too slow for her liking. If anything was going to get him off his butt and out of the air conditioning, that was going to be it. So, she grinned and looked at him expectantly.
THEO HADN’T REALIZED HOW EXHAUSTING IT COULD ACTUALLY BE WHEN YOU WEREN’T THE ONE IN THE HOSPITAL BED. HE WASN’T EVEN SPENDING HIS TIME SLEEPING IN A CHAIR NEXT TO A HOSPITAL BED. HE’D HAD THE COMFORT OF WORRYING ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM HIS OWN APARTMENT. THE BUILDING HAD FELT A BIT EMPTY DESPITE MOST OF THE APARTMENTS BEING TAKEN. BUT HIS MOTHER LIVED THERE, BEN WAS ACROSS THE HALL AND NEITHER ONE OF THEM WERE HOME UNTIL AFTER THE SECOND WAVE OF CURSE WHICH KIND OF PISSED HIM OFF. HIS MOTHER WAS DOING HER JOB SO THAT WAS FINE, HE HAD NOT BEEN HAPPY ABOUT THE WAY THE CURE WAS HANDED OUT THE FIRST TIME AROUND. BY THE TIME THAT HAD COME HE HAD BEEN HAVING SOMEWHAT REGULAR CONVERSATIONS WITH HIS PARENTS. HE WAS JUST GLAD THAT IT HAD ALL SETTLED AND SELFISHLY THAT EVERYONE HE CARED ABOUT HAD WALKED OUT OF THAT HOSPITAL BETTER THEN THEY HAD GONE IN. THEO HAD HAD HIS STAY IN A HOSPITAL FOR A SERIOUS ISSUE, BEN HAD ONE NOW TOO, THEY WERE EVEN SO HE DIDN’T THINK LIFE SHOULD MAKE THEM GO THROUG WITH IT AGAIN. NOW HE COULD GET BACK TO HOW HE USUALLY SPENT HIS SUMMERS, BEING BORED WITH THE SPORTS THAT HE HAD TO TALK ABOUT AT WORK AND RELAXING AND JUST ENJOYING THE SUMMER. THOUGH HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK INTO THE SWING OF THIGNS WITH FOOTBALL, DECIDING NOT TO WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT CONTRACT TALKS THAT WOULD BE COMING UP SOON. HE’D HAD ENOUGH WORRYING ON HIS PLATE, HE DIDN’T WANT TO ADD MORE HIS MOTHER MIGHT MAKE HIM TAKE ANOTHER STRESS TEST JUST TO CHECK ON HIS HEART.
HE GAVE A SHRUG ”DON’T BE, NOT LIKE YOU STOOD ME UP” HE SAID WITH A LAUGH, HAVING FRIENDS DO THAT WAS REALLY THE ONLY TIME HE HAD TO WORRY ABOUT IT, AN UPSIDE TO NOT REALLY BEING THE DATING TYPE. ”YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’VE DISCOVERED A LOST TREASURE OR SOMETHING.” IT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY AMUSING AT HOW EXCITED SHE WAS, HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS THAT BROUGHT ON THAT REACTION. HE COULDN’T EVEN BEGIN TO MAKE A GUESS BUT HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO FIND OUT. WELL IT WAS AMUSING UNTIL SHE CALLED HIM OLD WITHOUT EVEN BOTHERING TO BE SUBTLE. HE FAKED A FROWN, HE WAS NOT ABOUT TO LET THAT STAND AND HE KNEW THAT WAS WHY SHE SAID IT. ”I AM NOT THAT OLD.” HE ARGUED PULLING HIMSELF UP AND TAKING THE LAST DRINK OF HIS COFFEE, AND THEN PROCEEDING TO WALK TOWARDS THE EXIT OF THE SHOP, HAD NO IDEA WHERE HE WAS GOING BUT SHE SAID HE WAS MOVING SLOW, ”NOW HE'S TAKING THEIR SWEET TIME.” HE QUESTIONED WITH A RAISE OF HIS EYEBROW AS HE WALKED PAST HER.
To Ebony, she had found something that was like lost treasure. It was something that she had grown up with and something that excited her. For as long as she could remember, her parents had been running a wiccan shop. She used to help out there a lot and it was in their shop on Bowen Island that she had met Gabe for the first time. Her moms had given her an art room in the back, where she had been free to do anything and everything she wanted to the walls. It had been her safe haven. It obviously, wasn't the same sort of thing, it didn't hold the same sentiments here because her parents weren't here but the concept, the things that were in that store was something that Ebony thought to be fantastic. It was something that she really and truly appreciated. She was beyond excited that she had managed to find one of these, she had honestly thought that one would no exist in New Orleans. "I have," she emphasized to Theo with a laugh. It was a small gem in a large city and Theo was going to have the pleasure of experiencing it.
She had known that implying he was old would work and she tried not to grin at his reaction to it. Age was just a number, it was meaningless, being older meant that he had more wisdom. Ebony didn't think that it was such a bad thing to get older and wiser. Well, some people didn't catch onto the wiser part, but a good chunk did. "That's the spirit," she said with a laugh as he started to move and then once more they were out in the New Orleans heat. It was about a five minute walk away from the shop, so it wasn't too bad and when they stood in front of it, she stared up at the shop, the display, the sign, in awe. "Ever been to a wiccan shop before?" she asked him, a grin growing on her face. She could smell the incense, she loved it.
theo had lived in new orleans he’s entire life and despite that there were still things around that he hadn’t seen or done. it was a pretty big city he didn’t think he could be expected to do it all, not to mention there were a lot of tourist traps and some times theo just had to be in the mood to deal with tourists. he didn’t really have anything against them, it was nice to see outsiders coming to see and enjoy the city he called home. but he also thought that there were some distinctions between the tourists hat showed up around the city. the ones that resembled the stereotypical sorts that were shown in movies and television shows, with their cameras and photo ops. they were the ones that tended to get get a little bit in the way, he liked the more conscientious traveller that showed up and just sort of lived the city rather then see it from behind a lens. seeing ebony’s excitement over whatever it was made it difficult not to expect something good, though given the fact that it was ebony Theo wasn’t expecting it to be anything ordinary. ”alright, alright, i’m coming.” he said wondering what it was he was in for.
he didn’t actually feel old, well he didn’t any more after the hurricane he felt more then his thirty-two years. but that was behind him and he was back to feeling like himself again, young. he felt like he could start worrying about his age when he retired and grey which didn’t exactly paint a pleasant picture but he didn’t have to worry about it. he was not there yet, he wouldn’t be there for quite a few years. but there was a little bit of a difference when someone ten years younger implied that he was old, even if it was just to get his ass up on out his seat. most people probably would have had the same reaction. he laughed with her as they stepped out into the sun again, which made the departure from the air conditioning quite noticeable. but he was use to it, for the most part, and just flipped his sunglasses over his eyes. he was glad though that it wasn’t too long of a walk. ”not once. pretty sure you’re the only wiccan i know..” he didn’t know what to expect, he knew it would be different then the voodoo shops around the city, he wasn’t that unknowledgeable though he couldn’t quite remember the last time he’d popped into a voodoo shop. he might not have a high belief in that but he was from new orleans, there was just some things you didn’t mess with.
Old was subjective. Like most things. If you looked at it in the sense of time, well, time was a construct that had been created by humans. It wasn't even real, so who was to say what was old and what was not? Even if you did play by the rules of time. Thirty years being old? One hundred? Look at how old the world was, the universe. How were any of these things really old? Old was just a word, like any other word that they had made up., It really didn't carry any meaning. She was sure that everyone, at any stage of life or time, was going to have something that was worth it. They were going to be someone that could do something, contribute in some way. She sometimes wondered what she was going to be like in a couple of decades. She knew what she wanted to happen to her when she died. She had known that one for a fairly long time. She wanted to be converted into fertilizer so that she could provide new life for the planet. Or she had heard about how sometimes people's ashes could be converted into a tree. She liked the idea of that too.
"And I'm an absolute delight," she said with a grin as she pulled open the door and held it for him. The scent of incense grew stronger as she did so. She had only stopped by briefly but she waved hello at the man that was manning the cash with a friendly smile. "Welcome to your first wiccan shop," she told him grandly, "I grew up in one a lot like this when I was younger," she mused wistfully as her fingers trailed along things as they passed them by. It brought back a lot of fond memories for her. "Tarot cards," she said with a grin, "I have these, I can do your fortune later," she told him.
people tended to make a big deal about age and worrying about it when they probably didn’t have to. he hadn’t freaked out about turning thirty, Theo had seen it more as one of those milestone birthdays that gave him an excuse to celebrate and have more fun then one might normally have on any given occasion. there were so many ways to look at being old as a bad thing, which he would do in the case of ben because he would always be older and it was a lot of fun to poke fun at someone that way. but there were also more positive ways, there were a lot of things that got better the older the way, most of it that was coming to mind was alcohol though that was how they sold it. aged like fine wine or whiskey. he probably should have given some consideration to what he wanted to happen to him when the end did come, he was pretty sure he’d actually been there briefly last september. but it was a little too close to that still for him to be giving too much attention to what he wanted to happen to him afterwards. he didn’t think it really mattered anyway, not sure he had a preference, he’d be long gone by the time someone wanted to put him in the ground.
he laughed, ”and humble too” he teased as he walked through the open door and into the wiccan shop, he wasn’t sure if it was what he expected or not. he wasn’t entirely sure what he expected, it was different and the scent of incense was pretty strong. not something he was use to, he didn’t go into a whole lot of stores that sold them or scents of any kind really. he’d never really had an interest in manufacturing the way his apartment smelled, though considering he was in a wiccan shop there could be other uses for them that he had no idea about. ”yeah?” Theo looked around at the shelves and what they had displayed, ”sounds like that would have been interesting.” a lot more interesting then what was considered to be more the normal way of growing up, which honestly he was a little iffy on how great that was. but it all came down to perspective he supposed, ”alright, be nice to know what i’ve got to look forward to.” his whole beliefs system wasn’t really existent but he didn’t see the harm in that, sounded a bit more legitimate to him anyway. at least this was something a person could see..
"Hey, I gotta flaunt what I got," she said with a grin. She thought that she was a delight, and she actually thought that. Ebony was a fairly confident person and she believed in herself because if she didn't, then who was going to believe in her? Support her? She might as well do it for herself. "Who needs humility?" she asked him with a grin. As long as you weren't cocky and bragging all the time it was a good thing for you to have faith in and believe in yourself. Confidence was an attractive quality in another person she thought. It was a good thing that she was like that too. Because while Ebony thought and truly believed she was a delight, not everyone thought like that. She was different from most people and people didn't always appreciate differences. People were scared of differences, hat was a story that had been told countless times.
"It was, I suppose? But for me it was just normal, y'know?" she asked him.It was what she knew, so she didn't know any better when she was growing up. It had taken her a while to realize she was different from most people. "This," she said with a grin as she picked it up, a small bundle that looked like sticks but wasn't, "Cleans your aura if you have a murky one... you don't though," she added as she looked at him. He had a very clear one. Ebony had been fairly fascinated with Theo from the time she met him. It was like she felt a part of her soul knew him, and she thought he felt the same way. Like in another life, they had known each other. She liked it, she kind of thought it was a cool concept. Just like everything in here.
”no other way to live is there?” he had a similar mindset, it was a bit easier to be friends with other people who were confident. he had learned to be confident pretty quickly, mostly through being stubborn and wanting to stick to what he wanted, it tended to get you more places too. Theo did not need people walking all over him because his attitude allowed them to think they could. ”certainly not us.” he said with a laugh. he didn’t think he was cocky, there were moments where he cold have come off that way but it was typically around friends and the moment called for it. he definitely preferred confidence in others compared to the alternative, he wasn’t good at being a boost for other people’s self esteem all the time. there were probably an exception or two to that but he was so much better with the whole tough love sort of approach. it was a bit of a struggle with the confidence and self esteem as a kid but now that he had it, he wasn’t about to let it go.
he might not have had a lot of exposure to the different but Theo had nothing against it, he didn’t see why there was anything wrong different, people would be boring if they were all the same. he nodded, ”Suppose that means my boring upbringing would have been odd to you” which made sense, normal was simply relative. this did seem like a more interesting place then his parents' house, well father’s now he supposed. but he was deciding to move on from those issues now. he tilted his head to the side slightly to look at the bundle of what appeared to him as small twigs though he was going to assume that it wasn’t. ”i don’t? that’s good then.”he said glancing down at himself briefly before back at ebony ”so hows that work?” why not learn a little bit of something while he was here. it probably wouldn’t have crossed his mind had he not wound up being friends with ebony. he still wasn’t sure what it was about her and he’d be one of the first to admit that he didn’t exactly believe in the unexplainable but something felt familiar despite him knowing that wasn’t the case. it was odd, but he wasn’t questioning it either, it worked.
She grinned at Theo. This was why she thought that the two of them got along so well. They had very similar ways of thinking and acting, despite some obvious differences that they held. "Nope, not at all," she chuckled. She knew, that there was clearly another way of living and it was a way that she would never want to live. She felt bad for people who didn't believe in themselves. She always wished that there was a way to inspire them to see how amazing that they were. People had things of value, they were valuable and everyone had something that they could offer this world. "We wear it well," she said with a grin. Not cocky, just confident in themselves. It wasn't like Ebony was always confident, everyone had those times where they faltered and where they questioned things. She had those moments and they were difficult to plough through, she didn't know how people did that on a daily basis.
"Yes," she said with a laugh, "I was stunned to learn most houses had televisions," she grinned, offering up one way that her childhood had been so different. Because she had not grown up with one though, she figured that was why she didn't really spend that much time watching television now., She didn't find a lot of meaning in something like it. The stories were sometimes cool, but they were awfully dragged out so she preferred movies to television shows completely. "So you burn the end," she explained, "And kind of move it around your vicinity. It works best while you're relaxing or meditating," she finished off. And it left you feeling calmer and more at peace after. Worries slipped away and for a little while it helped to cleanse all the darkness that tended to pile around people.
he grinned when she agreed with him, of course there were other ways to go about one’s life but they weren’t necessarily as fun. or as pleasant. the fact that that was one of the things that they agreed on though made their friendship easier and allowed it to work like it did. it had to suck to not be able to have a streak of confidence even some of the times, he wouldn’t want to have that constantly. he knew though that there were factors that could easily play into why people lived one of the other ways. some times the obstacles weren’t so easily passed. he understood that, he’d gotten a lot of shit from his father growing up. no longer living with the man made it so much easier to be the person he wants to be. people just had to get to that point in their lives. he wouldn’t claim it was easy but it was worth it. ”hell yeah we do.” he said with a laugh. he hoped that he never got to be that arrogant sort of cocky, those people were insufferable. he’d have to have a permanent sense of self inflation for that happen he supposed, which he didn’t. Theo had some things she was still working on but not enough that it affected him all that often.
”really? that’s probably not a bad thing. we only had one, shocked some of my friends.” his parents hadn’t really wanted him to have too many distractions. well he’d technically had one in his room but there was no cable hooked up to it, it was for video games. thankfully he’s parents hadn’t had any issue with those, he would have thought deny him that little luxury would have been cruel. he got a fair bit out of his television now, though during certain times during the year it was on mostly on the sports networks or something for background noise when he was doing something else. he had a few shows he kept up on and netflix was great for comedy. but he preferred being busy with other things, he didn’t really need to fall into the binging habit, Theo had gotten enough of that when he’d been told to lay back and take it easy while he healed up. he needed as she explained, ”that’s simpler then i thought it would have been” though he hadn’t even been sure where to even start guessing on how it worked. though looking at the bundle she’d had in her hand it did make sense.