pairing : regulus x petunia word count : ~3.1k prompt : summer fling for : the anon who requested it and @petuniaevans who i know loves this pair
she didn’t know. of course she didn’t know. she wouldn’t let herself know.
here was this perfectly polite and handsome boy, this funny and intelligent and charming boy and he was interested in her.
she should have known.
the summer of her sixteenth year was hotter than usual. the clouds had all ran away and left the sun free to cook the streets of cokeworth. just like lily had ran away to spend the summer with her school friends and left her there all alone.
her sundress stuck to her back as the tall grass bit at her chins. she wiped the sweat from her forehead with the back of her wrist and pushed her hair off of her face. the lake seemed closer last year. had she come to the right spot? just as she was starting to think she’d made a mistake, she crested the hill and saw her glistening salvation.
the air was hot but the water was cool. the sun hit her face as she floated along on her back, the rest of the world slowly fading out of existence. the water lapped at her chin and birds called out overhead. it was so peaceful that she almost forgot how unfair her life was.
she almost forgot how sad her life was.
she almost forgot how horrible her life was.
she startled, breaking the water tension and taking in a gulp of water. upright and treading in the water, she looked around to find a dark haired boy waving frantically at her. he pointed to her left; she was a meter away from his fishing line. she sighed and wiped the water from her face.
“it’s too hot to fish!” she called. he fiddled with what she now saw was a very expensive looking rod, struggling to reel his line in.
she rolled her eyes and swam in towards him. “it’s too hot to fish,” she repeated when she was at the bank. she pulled herself up but stayed sitting on the bank, keeping her distance.
“maybe that’s why i haven’t caught anything.” his accent was too polished.
“what are you using for bait,” she asked, looking around and seeing no tackle box or anything that could be holding bait.
“that might be another reason.” with his bait-less line finally out of the water he set rod down.
“haven’t you ever even fished before?” she scoffed.
his face fell for a moment before he shrugged. “no, but it looked like fun. have you ever fished?” she nodded but didn’t say anything. there was a silence between them before he stretched a leg out and dug around in his pockets. “do you want a peppermint?” he asked, holding a hand out to show three wrapped candies in his palm.
she shrugged. “sure.”
he stood and walked over to her, then sat down beside her, careful to leave a generous gap between them, then handed her a sweet. she pulled her legs into her chest and hugged them, resting her chin on her knees and unwrapping the peppermint in front of her legs.
“i’m regulus,” he finally said, the candy affecting his words. her face scrunched.
“that’s a funny name,” she said before thinking. she flinched. it was a mean thing to say. she’d found that lately everything she’d say would be mean, and she didn’t know how to stop herself.
but regulus just laughed. “yeah, i guess. but it’s a family name.”
she looked at him, really looked at him. she took in his odd clothes and his posture and his nails, his new rod with zero experience, his odd and stuffy family name. “you’re not from around here, are you?”
a big smile spread across his face and his bit his lip. she knew then she was in trouble. “it’s that obvious, huh?”
she had to leave, and she had to leave now. she’d only end up embarrassing herself if she stayed any longer. she’d only end up hurt. she pushed herself up with her hands and then wiped them together to clear them of dirt. “maybe next time you should leave the fancy loafers at home, regulus.”
he jumped up as she walked into the water and shoved off from the bank. “where are you going? you didn’t tell me your name! wait!”
“petunia!” she called, unable to help herself. she swam backwards, farther away from him. “it’s petunia!”
“i’ll be here tomorrow petunia! right here, right at this time!”
she took a breath and dived, turning around under the water and swimming away as fast as she could. when she came up for air he was a small dark blob against the green grass of the bank, standing there with his had shading his eyes, watching her swim away.
she should have known.
it had been a week of meeting almost everyday, right there by the lake. most days they just swam around, racing each other, splashing each other, seeing how long they could hold their breaths, and when they grew too tired to swim they laid out on the beach towels she’d brought and let the sun dry them off. more often times than not, they fell asleep, if only for a few minutes.
this time he’d brought a picnic basket, full of sandwiches and fruit and fizzy drinks. “i can’t keep living off of crisps,” he laughed as she looked at it all in amazement.
“yes but how have you kept it all cool?” she asked, popping a grape into her mouth. she didn’t see his face, she was too excited about the food.
“uh, fancy new basket,” he said, pushing the empty, plain wicker basket back with his foot. “try the sandwiches,” he hurried, “they’re delicious.”
they spoke as they ate, all about petunia and her family, her school, her hobbies. he was so interested in her that she hadn’t even realized that he’d never given up any information about himself. it was so rare that anyone wanted to hear about her and her thoughts and ideas and now that he’d opened the gates she couldn’t stop.
“i think i’d like to open up a little bakery one day,” she gushed. “with yellow awnings and little tables outside.”
regulus smiled. “you like to bake?” she nodded. “well then you’ll have to bake me something sometime.”
she blushed and finally decided that it was too hot to continue sitting in the prickly grass. they stripped to their swimsuits and raced to the water’s edge, laughing as they each kept trying to pull the other back so as not to lose. the day continued on just as the days before it. they swam until their skin was pruned and their legs cramped up and then they crawled on to their towels and stretched out in the sun.
only this time, just as she was nearly asleep, he reached out and rested his hand in hers.
when they woke up, still holding hands, they didn’t say anything for a long while. they turned and faced each other, their cheeks sunburned and their fingers dancing together between them. he looked into her eyes, memorized by their honeycomb color. she blushed.
“you’re getting freckles,” he finally said, his voice barely audible.
“well your hair’s getting lighter.” she retorted. they laughed.
they laid there even longer, until the air cooled off and the sun started hiding behind the trees, their sign that it was time to part ways.
“let me walk you home,” he said suddenly. they’d been quietly packing up their things and petunia almost dropped her towel.
“that’s probably not a good idea,” she said, reaching for the towel regulus had rolled up.
“it bugs me every time to think of you walking all that way alone.”
she was quiet. the last thing she wanted was for this to all be spoiled. she felt like if they never left this spot everything would stay perfect forever. she didn’t want her parents to know, didn’t want them asking questions or ruining everything like they always did. and if her sister ever found out? well that would be the end of everything. lily would be so excited and happy for her, would want to know every detail, would never stop smiling every time she looked at her. it would be horrible.
she looked to him. his concerned face morphed into a small smile. but oh! if he walked her home that was just more time to spend with him. “fine,” she sighed. “but not to my door. i don’t want my parents to see you.”
he smiled and took the rolled up towels from her, putting them into the empty basket, then held out his free hand for her to hold.
“what about you? won’t you have to walk twice as far now?”
he shrugged. “i’ll just send for my brother. he has a motorbike.” he smiled, like he was proud.
she should have known.
there was a ping on her window. she put down her book and looked around, and then another one sounded. concerned, she threw back her covers and went to the window between her bed and lily’s, which stood empty and perfectly made. just as she pushed the window up, another ping sounded right above her.
she looked down to see regulus smiling up at her. it had been a week since he first walked her home, and he’d done it everyday they met since. “are you honestly throwing rocks at my window?”
when he didn’t respond she closed the window and changed from her pajama bottoms into jeans and put her shoes on. she opened her door and peeked into the hall, the clock on the wall read half past ten. her parents would be sound asleep, even so she crept quietly down the stairs and out of the front door.
“what are you doing here?” she asked when she met him on the street.
“i just wanted to see you,” he stammered.
she eyed him, then looked around. “how did you get here? did you walk the whole way?”
“my brother dropped me off,” he said quickly, then took her hand. “want to go for a walk with me?”
she eyed him carefully again before agreeing. it wasn’t until they passed under their first streetlight that she saw how puffy and red his eyes were, how rough his cheeks were. “reg, what happened?”
he tried to shrug it off, tried to keep walking. “just some family stuff. honestly, i’m fine.”
petunia stopped them and turned to him. “you know, i don’t know anything about your family. aside from the fact that you’re well off and have a brother with a motorbike.”
regulus sighed and sat down on the curb. petunia sat next to him. “i don’t really have a good home life. my father’s never around, and when he is he and my mother are fighting. my brother’s a bit of a family disappointment and because of that i have all these extra high expectations on me.” he stopped and she could see that he was trying not to cry. “but when i’m with you it’s like, none of that exists, i’m just a fifteen year old kid enjoying the summer. it’s just us and the lake and the sun. it’s just you.”
and there, in the middle of a summer night, sitting on the side walk under a street light, next to chain link fence, with a boy whose last name she didn’t even know, petunia evans had her first kiss. his lips were salty but soft, and his nose was pressed into her sun-burnt cheek but she didn’t care. her arms were still at her sides, gripping the pavement as if she might float away at any minute, but his hands moved to her hair, pulling her closer as his tongue slid across her bottom lip.
the light above them burst with a loud pop, leaving them startled and in the dark.
she should have known.
the next few weeks passed in a hazy and sticky sweet blur. they spent more days at the lake, but petunia would also occasionally led them into town where they got ice cream and sweets and once they even went to the cinema.
“that was amazing!” regulus gushed as they walked out, hand in hand as they nearly almost always were. petunia laughed.
“you act like you’ve never seen a movie before.”
he laughed too, but his was more nervous. “my mum’s really strict. it’s all books as far as she’s concerned.” he was quiet for a moment before he turned to her. “want to see another!?”
she should have known
it was the middle of august. the heatwave had finally broken and cooling off in the lake wasn’t quite as satisfying as it had been, so they laid on the bank, sprawled out on a large quilted blanket.
“you’ve been so quite all day,” regulus said, playing with the ends of her hair. he was on his stomach, propped up on his forearms, and she was on her back with her arms folded over her eyes to block the sun. “what’s the matter?”
she sighed dropped her arms to look at him. “my sister’s coming home tonight.” regulus didn’t say anything, he knew what a touchy subject her sister was. “it’s all my parents have been talking about for days, it’s all they’re going to talk about for ages. she’s going to have learned all this new-” petunia caught herself about to say the word magic. that would have been horrible, it would have been the end of her and regulus. he would have thought she was insane and run away screaming. “i wish she’d just stay there.”
he kissed her, sweetly, slowly, in the way that always calmed her down when she got upset. “i wish we could just stay here,” he said.
“the summer’s coming to an end,” she said, holding back tears. “what’s going to happen then?”
“we’ll figure something out.” he said, pressing his forehead to hers. but she pulled away, sitting up and looking down at him.
“i don’t even know where you go to school! how are we going to figure it out?”
he sighed. “it’s just some dumb old private school. it’s embarrassing really.” he paused, then when he saw her skeptical face he added, “i can write to you!”
she thought about the offer for a moment, thought about how romantic it could be. maybe in the letters he’d open up more, they’d could share more and be even closer next summer. “we can trade addresses,” she said hopefully. her heart dropped, though, when she saw his face. “what?”
“i don’t really know the schools address, is all.”
there was something in his voice that told her he was lying and her heart broke. “you ass!” she cried. she pushed him away and stood up and began to hunt for her sandals. “what, do you have a girlfriend at school or something? was this all just some joke to you?”
“petunia, no!” he said, struggling to get to his feet. “of course not! i’ve never even had a girlfriend before. please, just stop!” he took her by the arms, stopping her from gathering up her things.
“why are you lying to me?” she pleaded. she saw that he was just upset as she was.
“there are just, things i can’t tell you.” he said. she scoffed. “i can’t. i’m scared to, but i want to, but i just can’t. i would be in so much trouble if i did.”
she crossed her arms. “oh, you’d be in big trouble if you gave me your school’s address?” she asked. “please.”
“it’s just complicated, okay?”
“it seem’s like you’re the one who’s making it complicated. can’t you even tell me the name, then? if you can’t give me the address? or do you just really not want me to write you? how about a phone number?”
“there is no address!” he exclaimed, and half empty can of fizzy drink that had been sitting on the ground next to them exploded.
petunia shrieked and froze, hands up, fingers splayed, legs covered in syrup. and then, as if a sports highlight reel was playing behind her eyes, everything came together. how out of place he was, the odd name, the mysteriously cold picnic basket, the streetlight, his amazed reaction to nearly everything she showed him, how he never talked about his life, the school…
“you-” she started, pointing a shaky finger at him. he reached out a pleading hand, but she pulled back.
“it’s not what you think, i can explain.”
“you’re one of them,” she mumbled, tears streaming down her face, eyes focused on th ground behind him. she was too heartbroken to move.
“please petunia,” he begged, “let me-”
“hogwarts,” she croaked. this time regulus froze. she looked to him, saw the confusion in his face. “that’s it. you go to hogwarts, don’t you? don’t you!”
“h-how do you know about hogwarts?”
“my sister, you idiot!” she slapped at his arm. “my sister’s a witch! and her friends are witches! and you-you’re-” she finally broke down and her knees gave out. his arms latched around her, catching her and guiding her do the ground. “you’re a freak, just like her!” she sobbed, pushing away from him. she stumbled to her feet.
“petunia wait!” regulus cried, but she was already running.
“just leave me alone!” she yelled, she ran until she hit the street nearest the lake, until he was clear out of sight, and then she walked home, crying and cursing herself.
she should have known it was too good to be true.
petunia watched as her father slammed the boot of their car shut, lily’s school trunk snugly inside. her mother was already in the front seat, and as her father opened the driver’s door he called for her sister. lily stepped on to the step behind her.
“are you sure you don’t want to come with us, tuney?” lily asked, nudging her shoulder.
petunia shook her head. “i’m still not feeling well,” she lied. lily nodded and hugged her, petunia hugged her back but only just. she watched as the early morning sun bounced off of her lily’s shining red hair and for the first time since she was twelve, petunia wanted to follow after, to go to the station and get on the train and go to school with her.
“lily, wait,” petunia said, her voice surprising even herself. lily turned and took a few steps back.
petunia bit her lip. “do you… do you, maybe, know a boy named regulus?”
lily looked at her with amazement. “sirius has a brother… but how-”
“does sirius have a motorbike?”
lily stepped even closer. “petunia how do you know all of this?”
petunia took her sister’s hands. “please. i’ll tell you everything when you come home if you just- just tell him that i’m sorry.” lily opened her mouth to speak but petunia kept going “please. just tell him that i’m sorry and that… he can write me, if he still want’s to.”
The first trip to the Vesperpool had left a bad taste in his mouth, with Ardyn once again having them doing his bidding for whatever reason. And all the talk about MT’s and Daemons had left Prompto more than unsettled.
But mostly this place was too hot and muggy. And Noctis was fishing. Which was fine for the first hour but now they were going on two and Prompto was bored and gross, pulling the front of his tank top to give some relief to his sticky skin where the material was clinging.
He’d stopped playing King’s Knight 30 minutes ago, unsure of when they’d be back to civilization to charge it. Judging by how the sky was turning orange and Noctis was still determined and frustrated trying to catch this Vesper whatever Navyth challenged him in getting, the blonde was almost certain they’d be camping nearby.
Prompto laid back on the small dock with a sigh. “Noooooct. I’m starving. Can we take a break?”
“You don’t have to stay here.” Noctis replied, not bothering to turn around as he cast another line. “I’ll get this guy before nightfall and join you guys later.”
“Tch, you know we can’t do that.” Came the gruff reply to Prompto’s right. The gunman turned his head, instantly regretting it. The jacket Gladiolus wore had been discarded, laying next to where the Shield sat cross legged.
He was too…everything and the blonde felt too spent to entertain the occasional dirty thoughts of Gladio. Prompto turned his attention back to the sky, noting some deeper red mixing with the orange. Noctis didn’t retort but he knew his friend probably rolled his eyes. The thought made him smile.
“Why don’t you and Prompto go get the camp ready?” Wait, what? Prompto sat up finding Ignis had left his spot under a nearby tree, the notebook he’d been writing in now tucked away. “I can stay with Noctis. We’re close to the haven and it would be nice to get a head start on the fish.” The advisor grabbed the small cooler and held it up. “Once they’re cooked it’ll make my preparing dinner much faster.”
Prompto was going to protest, not really feeling like doing much other than eating. Or sleeping. But his stomach growled and there was a deep laugh above him.
When had Gladio moved?
“Guess that’s your answer. Come on, might as well since Noct is never gonna catch that fish.”
“Now, now,” Ignis intervened, pushing the box into Gladio’s arms. “let’s not patronize him.”
“Or maybe not talk like he’s not right in front of you.” The prince grumbled.
Prompto gave a laugh as he got up. Making camp wasn’t his most favorite thing to do, but he was hungry. Maybe he could steal a fish before dinner.
And possibly find the energy to enjoy the one thing this yucky place had to offer-
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She looked up as Laura shifted through what was left of the seagull she jumped on earlier. Which was mainly a few bones and a lot of feathers, partially due to the quill pen breaking under her concentrated grasp and feathers were still better than sticks to draw with.
Within the pile, Laura spotted a strange triangular bone and upon closer inspection she gasped; it was a shark tooth.
Carmilla stared at it for a moment before opening her mouth and poking around the front her teeth with her tongue, finding a sudden gap on her right side.
“Huh…Thought that bird was particularly crunchy…” she shrugged and went about sorting the feathers while Laura just sat there in silence, staring at the tooth.
It looked exactly like an ordinary shark tooth, just smaller to fit the mershark’s mouth, which isn’t by much as Laura discovered she can unhinge her jaw for bigger prey.
As a child on the docks she would drag her father by grasping his finger and pulling him to see brave sailors return from shark hunting and selling their sharp incisors meant for ripping and shredding. They always terrified her, she had seen what they can do to even the strongest of men. It didn’t help that her father reinforced this fear, it was the only way to keep her off a ship and away from the dangerous ocean.
Dog wasn’t the most popular bar near the university campus. It wasn’t even in
the top twenty. But it was in walking distance of the building where the
demonology classes were held, and they had a decent selection of fried snacks.
television screens hung on the walls, a third above the bar itself. They showed
clips of music videos interspersed with commercials. The music droning from the
speakers didn’t match at all with the view from the screens.
of tables closest to the windows were occupied by a group of students playing
boardgames. Every once in a while they would erupt in noise and laughter. At
another table a few students from the Cryptozoology major were comparing
pictures they’d snapped on some field trip.
percent of the whole Demonology graduating class was sitting at the corner
table. All five of them.