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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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[los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« on: August 25, 2019, 07:42:49 AM »
Maybe it was the sunshine, or maybe it was the promise of a big break, but Oliver felt alive in California. By the time he and Liam had arrived via portkey, the sun sat heavy atop the horizon, touching the coastline just where it met the sea. He was struck by the freshness of the air in particular. It didn't taste the same as anywhere in France, and it certainly was nothing like back home in Scotland. It was saltier, thicker in some way. His cotton white button-up rippled in the breeze as they made their way to their destination.

Los Angeles wasn't what he expected. Though the wizarding faction of the city was abuzz, just as he'd seen in the muggle films he'd poured over as a child, in some ways it was lacking. Perhaps Oliver had built it up so much in his head that it was inevitably going to be a disappointment, but he did his best to not to dwell on the fact.

On the way to the venue, they stopped for tacos on the side of the street, through a window of a van. Liam said they were the best in the area and while Oliver had nothing to compare to, he assumed it to be true. It was no secret that his new friend had a penchant for persuasion, after all, he was here, on the other side of the world. 

The hour before the show came and went. There was champagne, canapes, and more champagne. It was as though everyone was celebrating just for the sake of it. The gig was small and Oliver was only the opening, opening act, but the energy was palpable from within the otherwise ordinary venue. It was a two-story bar, soaked in years worth of spilled beer and covered in memorabilia from bands who had played their first shows there many a moon ago.

He was struck the moment that he took the stage that he was entirely out of his league. Everyone in the crowd was just so cool, effortlessly so in their American way. Green eyes carried up to the balcony, studying the elbows of those with their backs faced to him. How could he compare? The start to his set was slow, he struggled to loosen up. Oliver was going through the motions without any real substance and apparently, Tony Duenas had taken notice, slipping out after just a few songs.

Oliver's heart was in his throat now. The moment he assumed would define his career had come and gone in the blink of an eye. Though he didn't like to admit it, his hopes were high. As he exited the stage, he dared a glance in Liam's direction and read entirely too much into what he assumed was apathy on his face. He had to get the hell out of Los Angeles.

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« Last Edit: August 25, 2019, 07:44:13 AM by Gage »

Liam Thompson [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 08:49:16 AM »

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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2019, 03:49:18 AM »
Liam Thompson was the last person that Oliver wanted to run into.

He was embarrassed. This man, an accomplished musician, had taken a chance on him. He vouched for Oliver despite only knowing him for one night, and he blew it in less than half an hour. The clouded lens in which he had been seeing things through in the few days leading up to their journey to America had fallen spectacularly, revealing what reality had to offer.

From the moment he stepped on the stage it was clear that he wasn't comfortable. Even the sheer linen of his shirt, built for breathability, was constricting and hot against his skin. The idea that had haunted him was that he didn't belong in this place. He couldn't belong in this place. Everyone was so sure of themselves, Liam in particular, and as his set went on it became more and more evident that he would never be able to get to that point. His songs, suffocated by hesitation, did little to draw the crowd (or Antonio Duenas, for that matter) in.

He needed to get back to Paris. Pretending as though this trip had never happened was his only option now. It was clear to Oliver, even in the fever of his need to run away, that he was dramatizing it all but he couldn't stop himself. Before he knew it, though, the pair were transported to another location.

Was this his home? For the second time, though across the world, he was in awe of where the man had taken him. He tugged at the strap of his guitar that had dug into his shoulder during apparation and gently placed the instrument against the couch nearest. Ceiling to the floor, windows to the outside world reveled in the last of the West Coast sun, dripping across the living room and leaving everything under the veil of dark pink light.

Oliver's face was still hot from fighting back tears as he turned to finally face Liam. Nothing like L.A at night.  He wanted to be angry with his nonchalance, but he couldn't hold onto the feeling for too long. "Of course you can say that," Oliver gestured to the room with a wave. "Seems to have worked out," Even still, the bitterness of his tone had gone soft. He followed in the direction of the kitchen slowly, still taking in his surroundings.

"I'm sorry," He spoke up, planting both hands on the bar of the kitchen. He wasn're sure how, but he felt worse for having let down someone who had invested in him, more so than having let down himself. "I just," Oliver chewed the side of his lip in thought. "I don't know, I got nervous," He attempted to explain though he was certain that Liam could not identify with that particular struggle. He held out his hand for a drink. Drinking sounded good now.

Liam Thompson [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2019, 05:49:53 AM »

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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2019, 03:56:12 AM »
Oliver had made the habit of living in his feelings, both good and bad. It was for the better that Liam hadn't entertained his dramatics. Somewhere deep down, though clouded by what he thought was the demise of his long-held dream, he knew it too.

Graciously accepting whatever alcohol was sent his way, he brought the glass to his mouth with both hands wrapped around it like a kid. He'd never been big on firewhiskey but the burn was a welcome reprieve now as it spread like fire from his lips down through his chest. He watched intently from behind his glass as he spoke, making note of his posture and the way that he spoke with his hands. He could tell that Liam meant it.

"Alright, alright, if you say so," Oliver admitted with a shrug though he still didn't sound entirely convinced. He sat down the drink that he'd made his way significantly through just in time for Liam to grab either side of his face and pull him forward to lean over the countertop. He let out a defiant breath of air but made no attempt to move away.

Again, he found that he was studying Liam, though this time in much closer proximity. Green eyes carried from his jaw to his mouth then up over the bridge of his nose and cheekbones before finally meeting his gaze. Still, he seemed so sure of himself. Oliver hadn't noticed when he pulled a hand away until it had slapped his cheek.

"Hey!" Oliver protested, stumbling backward to catch his balance. The firewhiskey, this place, Liam, the entire thing was disorienting. Despite the fact that he had planned to wallow for just a bit longer, he broke, either side of his mouth pulling into a grin. "Aye aye, shithead," He repeated with a sarcastic salute in his direction before shoving him playfully as he strode toward the living room.

Green eyes lit up as the wall opened up to reveal endless stacks of records. He would have been drawn forward without permission, though he cast a glance over his shoulder at Liam as he explained. A hand touched the plastic film of the record nearest absentmindedly as he lost himself in the search, scouring over the titles from all of the greats. The Beatles, though, stood out. If ever something could cheer him up.

His favorite of their collection, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, swelled and bounced the glass surrounding them. By now the sun had set completely to reveal only the lights from the city in the distance and the moonlight as it crept over the waves of the ocean. Oliver moved to the sound of the titular song, his shoulders and hips swaying along to the beat.

"Fine, nothing serious," Oliver agreed, finishing what was left of his drink in a mouthful. "Tell me more about Esther, then," He rested his chin in his palm, now leaning over the back of an ornate armchair that faced Liam. Liam had made it quite obvious they had some sort of history, one in which Oliver could easily guess the nature of. He was fairly certain he wasn't going to like the answer, but he was morbidly curious.
« Last Edit: September 07, 2019, 01:19:38 PM by Gage »

Liam Thompson [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2019, 11:25:15 AM »
« Last Edit: September 08, 2019, 11:48:10 AM by Emily »

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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2019, 06:05:38 AM »
His answer was even more Liam than Oliver had expected. And that was saying something given he'd thought out exactly how the question was going to go over before he'd even opened his mouth. Without knowing, he again mirrored the wizard's action, a grin pulling at the corners of his lips and effectively betraying the disapproving shake of his head. He knew enough about Liam to know that subtly was not in his nature, and now was no exception.

"Hmm," Pushing the waves of chestnut-colored hair from his forehead, Oliver hummed to himself in thought. He realized then just how little detail he actually wanted. The question was innocent in nature, sure, perhaps veiled in an attempt to figure out just who the person in front of him was, but his mistake had become clearer to him now.

Oliver attempted nonchalance. He slid over the velvet fabric of the armchair, lounging sideways with his legs crossed over the arm nearest Liam. He gladly used any excuse to keep himself busy, refilling his own drink as he continued his explanation. "She's beautiful," He spat out before he could stop himself. He meant it though, Esther had a voice like no other, etherial in some way, and physically she was just as stunning. In some ways, he wasn't sure who he was more jealous of in the pair.

As the attention turned back to him, Oliver felt his heart against his chest. He swallowed a mouthful of his drink. Truth told, he didn't know. Not really, anyway. He'd always been proud of his openness when it came to relationships and sex, but he wasn't particularly versed in love as it turned out. Ever prone to infatuation, he had assumed that equated to love, but as he got older he found that he questioned it.

"I'm twenty-one," Oliver sat up to rest his elbows on the back of the arm of the chair, seized by the need to prove himself as if being older than twenty had earned him a merit badge. There was Liam, though, looking back at him, older, wiser, and infinitely more versed in probably just about everything. He wasn't sure exactly how old the wizard was but he'd heard of Banshee enough when he was in school to know that he had to be a good few years ahead of him.

"This wasn't the first time you know," He began. "Being turned down, I mean," Oliver explained in an attempt to prove that he wasn't new to to the scene despite the fact that he very much was. From his new vantage point, he noticed the fluorescent blue water that juxtaposed the night sky, rippling from the coastal wind. "Is that --" He sat up suddenly. "-- a pool?" Of course, it was, though he felt compelled to ask out loud. Without thought, he popped out of the chair and drifted toward the door, opening it to the cool California breeze.

Liam Thompson [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2019, 07:34:51 AM »

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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2019, 11:34:33 AM »
The conversation had shifted. It happened so quickly that Oliver scrambled to keep pace. Where once he lingered in his own perceived failure, he now sat in awe. The advice given was genuine, tangibly so, beautifully so. He breathed in every syllable, careful to soak up the exact sentiment as it was spoken. "Ah, if you promise," His mouth was dry when he finally spoke, his attempt at coming across as nonchalant lost. The man was an artist, there was no denying that.

As if on cue, the next song on the album played, A Little Help From My Friends, as light as Oliver's steps toward the pool. In another blink of an eye, the mood had shifted again. Music had that magical ability, after all, in all of its non-magical allure. Oliver kicked a shoe haphazardly, in no particular direction, as he sang out, "Do you neeeeeed," He struggled with the other leather boot, falling over himself and finishing the chorus a fraction offbeat. "Anybody! He finally wrangled the other boot off triumphantly, steadying himself at the edge of the pool.

He hadn't been worried about being seen, not here anyway. He was light years away from home and the threat of someone, let alone Rita bloody Skeeter, caring enough about his life to keep tabs on it was not something that was on his radar. For Liam, he imagined, that was a different story.

"Though, maybe she'd like a show?" It was probably the song, or maybe it was the firewhisky he'd downed, but he was suddenly seized with self-assurance. Where was this an hour ago, when he really needed it, he couldn't be sure. Tugging at the already open buttons of his shirt, Oliver spun on the ledge before falling backward into the cerulean water, arms spread wide. It was warmer than he imagined based on how cold it was outside. He'd fooled himself into believing that California was tropical this time of the year, naively so.

He breached the water with a grin, laughing in Liam's direction. This was exactly what he needed. "What, you aren't coming in?" Summer or not, Liam had to make use of this. He made his way to the side of the pool, drowning in the fabric of his slacks and button-up. Thank Merlin for drying spells. He folded his arms over the ledge, resting his head on the crook of his elbow. "Thank you," He spoke up suddenly. "For everything," He couldn't articulate it all just yet, but he had to start.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2019, 11:55:04 AM by Gage »

Liam Thompson [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2019, 09:13:00 AM »

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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2019, 02:53:28 AM »
Oliver watched, amused, as Liam toppled over into the pool ever so casually. He shifted to make room and avoid a wave of water to the face though ultimately didn't notice the splash as it hit him. He was too busy smiling. It was easier than he imagined, convincing Liam, if you could even call it that. For someone who came across as so opinionated and set in his decisions, it didn't take much to change his mind. One question and there he was, wet and laughing.

Moving so that he was facing the wizard, he rested his elbows on the ledge of the pool, languidly kicking his legs offbeat to keep the rest of his body afloat. He'd always enjoyed the water, though he wasn't much a swimmer, not like his brothers anyway. Wiping the water as it dripped from his hair, Oliver pursed his lips through a hesitant smile. The water was salty with only a trace of chlorine.

Somewhere along the way the song had changed again, this time Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds demanded their attention, slow and whimsical at first, a drastic change of pace from the upbeat tune of just moments before. It seemed that the music catered mysteriously and perfectly to align with the pace of their conversation.

"I mean it!" Oliver protested, shaking his head. Again, Liam had surprised him. He would have thought the man would have relished in the satisfaction of praise, but he seemed to fight it for some reason. He splashed in his direction helplessly. The dream that he'd imagined for so long, one he promised himself that he was going to see through, had become a fraction of reality in what felt like an instant. And he was overwhelmed.

"Doesn't take compliments well..." He hummed to himself in jest, making a faux mental note in regard to Liam before catching his eye and breaking into a laugh. "Guess that's what they say about taking chances, right?" Oliver shrugged dreamily. Of course, he had no idea what they said. He cast his eyes upward. The stars were only just lining the darkness in it's infancy.

"You live here alone?" Oliver asked suddenly, looking back to Liam and holding his gaze, again his curiosity getting the better of him. The place was big. Large enough for a family. Though by all accounts (also known as his housemate with The Banshee obsession), Liam was a bachelor through and through. Linked to a new woman every other week, he appeared to be the Casanova of the group, but Oliver needed to know more. He refused to believe, perhaps selfishly so, that was the only layer of the onion.
« Last Edit: September 21, 2019, 02:55:00 AM by Gage »

Liam Thompson [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2019, 05:55:11 AM »

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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2019, 11:57:13 AM »
For a moment, there was a pause, a crack in the confidence. Oliver was used to Liam wearing that unabashed assurance that he hadn't expected anything different, not truly anyway. While he suspected there was more to the story than this unimaginably confident rockstar, there was a part of him doubted his own instinct.

On queue, the wizard snapped back. Oliver relaxed. In the moments of transition back to the persona he'd come to know, he worried that he'd overstepped. As if traveling to the other side of the world and embarrassing him in front of his manager hadn't been enough to do just that. "Right, of course," He finally breathed out with a grin, tapping the pads of his fingers along the surface of the neon pool water in rhythm to the song.

Liam spoke so nonchalantly about his living situation, staying here when he wanted to, that for a moment Ollie forgot that he currently lived in a home that had a perpetual revolving door. The life of luxury appealed to him, more so than he cared to admit. He wanted to have a home on the other side of the world, left uninhabited, empty cupboards and all. He stopped before going too far down the rabbit hole, dunking underwater.

His face, though, as it reemerged, still betrayed him. Oliver couldn't hide the fact that the idea of the whole thing astounded him. "I live with six other people," He said it before he could stop himself, pushing the water off of his jaw. "Artists, mostly, though it changes from month to month," Oliver unable to close his mouth, instead took the bottle from Liam and had another swig. The night couldn't get any more embarrassing after all.

"Ohh, I'm not sure that California will have me back anytime soon," Oliver replied with a shake of his head, the sound of the American state peculiar under his hybrid accent. It dawned on him then, Liam's comment about going through the cupboards, and he could have kicked himself. "I'm just curious," He explained with an embarrassed smile, handing the bottle back. "Swear I don't work for The Prophet or anything" He held both hands up out of the water, using an elbow on the ledge of the pool to himself afloat.
« Last Edit: September 30, 2019, 11:57:37 AM by Gage »

Liam Thompson [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2019, 04:51:35 AM »

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Oliver Rigby [ Artist ]
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Re: [los angeles] across the universe [liam]
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