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[zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:00:39 AM »

Harlan Bellamy [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 04:26:42 AM »
Fingers danced along the lip of glass in a beat out of sync with the sporadic (and less than enthusiastic, Harlan noticed) applause of the audience. Maybe he was used to Quidditch functions, but the allure of an alumni event for some sort of muggle dessert school in Zurich seemed to pale in comparison to the caliber of ceremony that he was usually required to attend. Not that he would dare complain, though. It was a welcome reprieve. No press, no fans, no frills, no fuss. And most importantly, no one knew who he was. It was heaven. Heaven on Earth, even sat next to what could only be described as the single nicest and most terrifying human he'd ever met.

Her name was Darlene. An American from somewhere in the south of the country and apparently world-renowned for her cakes as evidenced by her countless accolades throughout the event. He'd wondered if she put whole thing on after the fifth award. Apparently she was the 'belle of the ball', or so said her counterpart, a smaller man with thick framed glasses, shiny bald head, and an immaculately tailored suit. Honey Bea Flume, and by extension her guest Harlan, were fortunate to be seated with them at the prime table at the event, font and center just off the stage.

Harlan, enticed by the promise of being unknown in the crowd of people with an open bar, had agreed to join Honey at an award ceremony put on by her secondary school in Zurich. The hint of her planned attire, not even necessary at the time of decision, was simply an added bonus. At least so much as he cared to own up to. He had to admit, though, that although Honey's methods of persuasion were questionable to say the least, they were certainly effective.

"Hold it?" The wizard repeated, almost under his breath amidst the cacophony of the crowd between awards, cool grey eyes deliberately dropping from her head to toe in mock surprise. He took the award in his hand, tossing it to the other casually as he leant back in his chair. "Watch your mouth, Flume." His voice lowered. "I told Darlene here that you're my cousin, so don't get any ideas," He joked in a tongue not familiar to the two remaining guests at their table. In reality, his alter-ago was Harvey, a muggle banker from London. "Congratulations," He held the award back to her, tone earnest for once. "You were bound to be good at something one of these days..." Harlan held up his glass with a smile.

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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 12:22:40 AM »

Harlan Bellamy [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2018, 02:42:40 AM »
Harlan watched with delight as the very intent of his toying with her precious award had served it's sole purpose. She was squirming. Almost visibly so, he noted, as her face contorted into a grimace. The wizard smiled sweetly in response and finally handed it back to her, the prop having sufficiently served it's purpose as far as he was concerned.

"Oh did you?" The blond cast a cursory glance over his shoulder at their tablemates who were too consumed in their own conversation to pay them any mind. If he had to guess, they were gossiping about the desert that had just been served. "Should we really make them uncomfortable then?" Harlan casually draped an arm over Honey's shoulder, moving his chair as close to her own as possible. His pseudo-persona really had no depth here anymore, anyway. "Oh go on," He took a drink from the glass whilst shaking his head. "No one likes math anyway," He settled with, unable to even argue that the subject was his strong suit.

Harlan had always been a words man -- consumed by the stories that he read, obsessed with historical pieces, and always craving the feeling of being lost in the pages of something else. Math, on the other hand, had never really been on his radar as it apparently was for the man whose identity he'd assumed for the evening.

"Hmm, I think I'd be better off asking her..." Harlan eyed the handful of awards the woman next to the had amassed over the evening, his voice lowered in all seriousness. If Honey wanted to give him a hard time, he'd have no problem giving it right back. It was the main component of their banter after all. "So where's the after party, then, Flume?" Harlan crossed an ankle over his knee. The multiple courses of impeccably prepared food and lull of champagne had him more relaxed than usual. Just as the relaxation had consumed him, Harlan felt someone grab his shoulder.

'A photo, with the couples'  The photographer pulled the attention of the foursome at the table before blinding them with a flashing bulb. Harlan wasn't even sure how he he'd positioned himself but surely it wasn't natural. It seemed, though, that the party was really starting to come to life after the final awards had been given, the first few on the dance floor beckoning those around them. "Or did you just invite me to be your arm candy?" Harlan finally finished his thought as the lights dimmed around them. This was going to be interesting.
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Honey Bea Flume [ Artist ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 02:49:02 AM »

Harlan Bellamy [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2018, 03:40:09 AM »
The other room. Harlan wasn't disappointed by the lack of plan for an after party, but he had to admit he that he had anticipated some sort of ridiculous muggle underground rave like he had seen briefly in movies. "Apparently it's right... here," He answered his own question after her. Steel grey eyes adjusted to the darkened room as florescent strobe lights in various colors danced across the table, Honey's limbs, and his pristine white button up. "I'm not dancing..." Harlan declared as he leaned back in his chair. '...by the way," His statement was absolute, evidenced by his furrowed brow and terse jaw.

The flash bulb of the camera rendered Harlan momentarily useless as he again adjusted to the unexpected change in landscape of vision. He managed to fake a smile to the photographer who was loudly proclaiming his thankfulness, although as usual it manifested itself as more of a grimace. Based on the guests to he and Honey's immediate right, that lucky bloke had the shot of the night.

"I was bound to be good at something one of these days," The quidditch captain repeated his insult to her from earlier in the evening, the perpetual scowl on his face dissolving to a smirk, eyes flashing to meet her own briefly. He had never dreamed that arm candy would be something he would aspire to, but with Honey in such close proximity, he found that it mattered little in the moment. At her mention of the rumor mill, Harlan sank into his seat and clapped a hand over his forehead.

"You did catch that, then?" He finished his glass and poured another in quick succession, referencing the Daily Prophet article he had been forced to take part in a month prior. As usual, the professional questions turned personal fast, and somehow a certain redhead was brought into the conversation. Although Harlan himself paid no mind to gossip columns, according his own personal Griffins public relations detail that had been assigned to clean up his messes, the mysterious candy shop owner had been spotted with him in a more than casual manner and the public had taken notice.

"You shouldn't have invited me, then... save that pristine reputation " Harlan dared, noting her empty glass and filling it and his own with the remanence of the champagne bottle. "You know never know who may see us," He raised an eyebrow, relaxing upon remembering that the two of them being photographed for the wizard press, here of all places, was almost impossible. Harlan got closer to compete with the thumping of unfamiliar music that blared through the speakers, "Or maybe you should have brought a change of clothes leaving my place," He shrugged. "Make it a little less obvious.." Harlan leaned into her in jest.
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 04:54:46 AM »

Harlan Bellamy [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2018, 10:40:33 PM »
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2018, 01:04:22 AM »

Harlan Bellamy [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2018, 03:57:18 AM »
Their American table mate having intervened at just the right moment, Harlan smiled happily to himself, pride evident across his features. He couldn't have planned it better if he tried. And he hadn't -- at all. Honey wasn't as amused, though, clear in her intent to spook the couple away for long enough for she and Harlan to continue their conversation in peace. He had to admit, he was impressed with the improvisation, and not only because he enjoyed the familiar touch of her hand to his jawline.

"You're cheeky..." Harlan cooed at the redhead as he watched the couple leave in a huff, leaving the two of them in their powdered sugar dust. "You do need to work on that accent, though," He shook his head through a laugh, unable to hide the fact that he was entertained by the night, and Honey, thus far.

It was no surprise that the witch circled back to his previous comment, just as he'd hoped when he made it. All of what he had said was truthful of their night, but the realisation that she may not have recalled their conversation in its entirety as he had got the gears working in his head. It was like a lightbulb had gone off, opportune to the success of his side of their continued banter. There was no way that he was going to pass on the opportunity to mess with her head.

"Wait," Harlan leaned back casually, trying to gauge how much she remembered. It wasn't hard to fake the monologue, as he hadn't had to fabricate anything just yet. "Really?" He leaned back to get a better look at her to emphasize his disbelief. "If I recall, you pointed out this particular patch of..." Harlan pulled his blond hair to the side to expose a patch a white greys. "....whites..." He quickly pulled his hair back over before she could get a better look. This part, at least, was truthful.

"I take it you don't remember what you said after that, then?" Harlan paused for dramatic effect, wondering just how much she would believe of his charade. "About how you really felt?" Harlan changed his tone to indicate that he was repeating a statement she had made. "About me," He clarified. In honesty, Honey had drunkenly confessed her champagne fuelled appreciation for him ages ago, but regarding the night in question she only confessed that he had preferred his particular brand of kissing. "The 'L' word..." Harlan dared, catching her eye.
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Honey Bea Flume [ Artist ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2018, 03:34:47 PM »

Harlan Bellamy [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2018, 03:32:35 AM »
"You do realise that I'm not that much older than you, correct?" Harlan spoke matter-of-factly as he made himself comfortable sitting back in his chair, eyes scanning to crowd, hand lazing over the back of the chair. It had been a long few weeks training. Harlan's muscles felt the full effect of the Griffins' schedule each movement, straining under his semi-formal attire. He hated to admit it but the game had certainly taken a toll on his body. Even still he had not intention of slowing down.

The quidditch player grappled with the sensation of her delicate fingers combing through his hair. He fought the inevitable chills that ran up and down his spine and stopped just short of a shiver. Honey knew his weakenesses, he would give her that. "Silver fox," He repeated cooly. He couldn't let her know that she had gained any ground in their battle of the evening. He still had a lot of squirming to make her do.

Knowing that he had the power to make Honey second guess herself was nice, but knowing that his nonchalance would make her sweat was the fuel to his proverbial fire. He'd always had a problem with control. "Oh, am I?" Harlan crossed a foot over his ankle and took a deliberately slow drink, his voice equally as drawn out. It was clear that, as he suspected, there were pieces of that evening that Honey hadn't remembered, and he fully intended to capitalise on that.

Honey was trying to retaliate. Harlan recognised her counter as one of her more successful defence mechanisms based on prior experience. He also knew, however, that this meant for certain that she had no idea if his claims were true or false. She was scared, even. And Harlan relished in it. "Or, what if, I just felt bad for you..." He nearly whispered, peeking of of the corners of his eyes before turning to the dance floor again. He couldn't be too obvious. "Just trying to make you feel better," He shrugged.

"Guess you'll never know," He ended quickly with a flash of a smile. Harlan caught the eye of a server and requested another bottle of champagne. The way things were going, he couldn't dream that their night was going to end anytime soon.

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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2018, 03:51:16 PM »

Harlan Bellamy [ Quidditch Player ]
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Re: [zurich] be the first to run [harlan]
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2018, 09:20:03 PM »
Despite everything in Harlan that dared to push the envelope to see just how far he could take this little game, he remained quiet as Honey spoke, mouth closed, jaw terse and brow unflinching. From experience, silence was far more convincing than the alternative. Besides, it was out of his character to be so forthcoming. He sensed that the redhead, who knew him well enough by now, would catch on if he'd acted too erratically so he instead practiced his long perfected act of control. Even the mention of Honey 'taking what she could get' only garnered a half smile from behind the lip of his drink, his eyes flashing for a moment so fleeting it was gone before it registered.

"Correct," For once, he agreed with the woman's sentiment that she was better off not knowing what had really happened that night. That was, until she could no longer stand the fact that he was holding something over her. It was only a matter of time, given both of theirs affinity for having complete control of a situation.

As his eyes did a final scan of the ballroom (or lack thereof) they planned to leave behind, Harlan happily grabbed his coat and followed her out the door. If there was one thing he couldn't tolerate, it was dancing with a crowd. That, paired with the bad music was enough to send him running willingly, even if it meant out in to the snow. Since they'd arrived, the moon had made it's ascent and was now shining brightly beyond the flurries of snow overhead.

Harlan took a deep breath of cold air in the hopes that it would refresh him from the ceremony that had lasted entirely too long for his company. In fact, there were very few people he would endure something like that for, and he had no idea how in the hell Honey Bea Flume had become one of them. As he thought on the matter, his head tilted to watch Honey step in one direction, and then another, before turning back to her original course. Harlan wondered if she actually knew where she was going before remembering the amount of nights he'd seen her do just that before leading them exactly where she wanted. It was magic.

"Where are we going, then?" He spoke into the sky as he blinked through snowflakes, his boots crunching along the coated cobblestone. "Or is this the part where you lure me into an abandoned building to injure me enough to give your team a chance this season?" Harlan's gaze flicked over to her for a moment before tucking his hands into the warmth of his coat pockets that were charmed to cut through the chill of the night.

In fact, the weather was barely noticeable with all the champagne in his blood. Speaking of, "Hand it over then,' Harlan stopped their trek to tap the strap of her bag, not daring to dig in on his own. As it turned out he had some manner.
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