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Zennon Baros

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There were a lot of things that had happened in the last year or more that had Zennon wondering what on Earth he was supposed to be doing with his life, or, better question being, what on Earth was he supposed to do now. He’d suffered some pretty poor grades in his last year despite his best efforts, and though he’d been trying to make up for them he had no real guarantees that his best efforts were enough. He didn’t know if his dream career was in jeopardy of failing to become a reality and so he’d been focusing as much as he could on his family - on Sam, Finley and of course the tattered remains of his siblings and mother. Losing Elsie and their father they way they had changed them. Of course it changed them, people didn’t go through things like that and not change. It was ridiculous to think that it could be normal again after all that had happened. His father and Elsie were such huge elements in his life and losing both of them together, on Rowan’s birthday no less, had been entirely devastating to the whole family. He’d not been the best brother he could have been in those moments either and he knew that. For the most part, for a long time, he’d entirely ignored Grace and Rowan. He hadn’t meant to and as soon as he remembered to be there for others he’d sought out people they were close to, like Elio to help him. He’d felt some relief at Grace and Rowan being placed together, but it also meant that he wasn’t able to check in on them as much as he would have liked and given Rowan had reverted into herself pretty fully, he had a lot of doubts that Grace had been properly looked after, something he hoped he could rectify in some small way now. With Rowan appearing to feel better, he had to assume that meant she was going to be able to take Grace under her wing, get her to where she should be.​
As someone knocked at his bedroom door, Zennon turned to see Rowan smiling at him. Or…no, she was smiling at the seven month old baby currently tugging on his hair. It had grown out a bit now, and hung a little below his ears, easy for Finley to grab onto when Zennon held him this way. He rolled his eyes at his sister. “This is private property, what do you want?” Though the words specifically seemed a bit harsh, there was no bite in them. It was a game they played, because it seemed that the only time Rowan ever came to see him anymore was when she felt like she wanted to steal his baby. He shook his head and held Finley a little higher in his arms and waved one of the baby’s hands at her. “Say hi to Auntie Ro.”
 

Rowan Baros

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Rowan had been thinking about this decision for… a pretty long time, actually. She hadn’t realised she’d been thinking about it until she’d made the decision had spoken to Elio - they’d sort of made the decision together she supposed, but, she sometimes felt like mostly it was her idea and he was just going with it, which was sweet, really. She loved Elio more than life itself and for a long time he had been the only thing keeping her together, there was no way she could ever thank him enough for that, she was going to anything and everything she possibly could to thank him… though she wasn’t quite sure she knew how to do that yet, she would figure it out, for him, because she had to. Sixth year had been such a mess, she barely remembered most of it, though she intimately recalled the way Elio was always just there for her whenever she needed him. It pained some of her memory when she pushed him away, the lines of his face contorted in the pain he tried not to show her. They’d both been hurting and he’d had to focus all his energy on her, with little thought to himself. She wasn’t quite sure how he managed to stay sane… they didn’t talk about it. It was for the best. They both knew they’d had to do what they had to do to come back from their grief, that didn’t meant they had to like how that had gone, but it was better now and she hoped they would get back to how things were. They were good, they would always be good, but she hoped that the shadow of Elsie’s light wouldn’t hang on them forever. It was fine for it to hang on Rowan, but she couldn’t live with herself knowing it had taken away some of Elio’s light too.​
She headed up to Zennon’s room as soon as she got home, the decision to drop out of school had been easier than she’d thought really and she had already made up her mind, but she felt like maybe she owed something to Zennon. He’d tried to do right by her as best he could, even if he didn’t quite know what that meant and she greatly appreciated it. She grinned as she noticed he had Finley with him, knocking lightly on the door and waving lightly at her nephew. Nephew. She’d never thought about what being an Aunt would mean. Elsie would have made an amazing Aunt. Aunt Elsie… the thought made her a little sad. “Oh bugger off, you know he likes me better,” she said, moving into the room as her brother made the baby wave to her so she could catch his little fist in her hand and play with his fingers. “Hi bubba, look how big you’re getting. Honestly every time I see you, which is most days, you’ve added on a bit of meat or an extra slide on your height.” She said, pressing a soft kiss to her Nephew’s forehead. “Your mama must be doing a good job of raising you little man.”
 

Zennon Baros

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Finley was the most important thing in Zennon’s life. He’d never thought about what it would be like to have a child. Of course he hadn’t, most people didn’t at his age he was pretty sure. And given certain other things about himself, he’d never really thought it would be a possibility for himself either. He wasn’t upset with the outcome though, he couldn’t be happier about it all, since this gave his life some meaning he’d never really thought possible. Of course, now that Finley was in his life, Elsie’s loss sit worse with him. He now understood more of what his mother was going through. She had not only lost the person she loved, but her child, her flesh and honestly, the thought of something terrible happening to Finley gave Zennon terrible nightmares. He could barely let his child out of his sight without thinking something was going to happen to him and he was pretty sure that Sam was a little bit the same. Though for her, he doubted things were as fresh in her mind, since she hadn’t lost someone close to her as he had. Of course Zennon was still angry at the way her family had treated her. So much for that. Family. Apparently it meant nothing to them.​
Finley’s little baby face broke out into a smile at Rowan spoke to him and Zennon chuckled lightly. There was something of a truth in what she’d said given he always seemed to smile around his Auntie, maybe he sensed the deep sadness in all of them and was trying to help, but, whatever it was, they all felt better when he smiled. Who didn’t feel better when a baby smiled at them anyway? Psychopaths, that was who. “Honestly, yeah,” he confirmed, laughing. Finley reached up to wind his fists into Rowan’s hair. It was getting longer now and Zennon was glad. He liked her with long hair because it meant she was starting to feel better. She’d cut her hair shirt for reasons they never spoke about, but this was good, if she was starting to feel more like herself, maybe he didn’t have to worry so much about her. “You know I’m his Dad, right? Sam’s not the only one who raises him,” he scoffed at the insult, but he knew she didnt mean it and was only trying to get a rise out of him. He was annoyed it worked, because he always felt inadequate as a parent, not that he would ever tell anyone that. he was so young, he just didn’t know what to do half the time and he didnt want to mess this up.​
“Sam and I agreed we’re going to do this together, however that works out for us. We don’t want to step on each other’s toes and we want to be there for each other even if we’re not together, you know?” He asked, though he wasn’t really expecting Rowan to completely understand. He’d done a lot of growing over the past year, they all had, he just wanted them all to connect again like they used to… if that was at all possible. And who knew, maybe what they all needed was to rally around Finley and just make sure that he got anything and everything he needed at all times. Yeah, that was the right thing.​
 

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Rowan let out a little laugh. It felt… strange. She felt like it had been years since she’d really laughed. It wasn’t that she couldn’t, she’d laughed a couple of times with Elio, but… there was so much memory here… so much of Elsie that she could ignore with Elio. It felt strange to laugh in a place she could never laugh again. She knew she would get past it one day, but… that was not today. It was why she had to go, she couldn’t stay here, not yet. Not for a while. Maybe not ever. “Sam’s his mom, you know he’s always gonna want his mom. All boys want their mom’s right? And all girls…” all girls wanted their dad’s, only she couldn’t have hers anymore. Never again. Finley’s wandering fingers in her hair brought her attention back to him and she did her best to shake the thoughts away, but the look in Zennon’s eyes told her he knew where her mind had wandered to. She appreciated that he didn’t hover so much anymore and hadn’t tried to distract her from her thoughts, of course Finley was a distraction all on his own, maybe that was the point. “Anyway,” she said, straightening up a little. “You and Sam are going to be great together. You were good before and you never fought over anything, so I don’t see why you’d start now,” she shrugged, carefully tugging the strands of hair out of her nephew’s tightly balled fist with a wince. He had some grip on him for sure.​
“That’s not what I wanted to talk to you about though,” she said, biting her lip slightly. She didn’t really know how to bring this up, or what he would say. She hadn’t even told her mother yet. Zennon was the first person she was telling this to, well, she didn’t count Elio in things like this, because he was always her first. In everything. “Zippy,” the old nickname still meant something between them, it was important, it had purpose. It wasn’t a silly little nothing name anymore and it hadn’t been for a long time. “I need my big brother right now.”
 

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It wasn’t often that Zennon found himself more preoccupied with someone other than himself. Honestly there was a lot in his life he could probably regret, despite trying not to. He wanted to change that as much as he could but, well there was a lot to think about. His memories of Hogwarts were always going to be tainted after what he’d been through, especially with his mind on other things, like his son. He knew his grades weren’t great and he worried that it might have ruined his future plans, but he wouldn’t know for sure until he tried. He still had a little bit of time though, and he intended to use it as wisely as he could, not that he was going to stress too much. If things didn’t work out, he was sure there was something he could fall back on. He can’t possibly of completely ****ed up his life, right? Well, he hoped not anyway. He looked at Rowan as he realised what she was going to say and his mind went to the exact place he was sure hers had gone. They both missed their Dad, though he sometimes wondered if she was right and maybe she missed him more. He hadn’t always gotten along with him, and they had differences of opinion on the reg, much like any family he supposed, but, Rowan was more like him than she sometimes wanted to admit and that had to mean something. Zennon still had people, others he could focus on, like Sam, Finley, but who did Rowan have really, besides herself? Sure, she had Elio, he supposed - not that he really understood that relationship much - but what did that really mean since they were joined at the hip and mostly inseparable. Honestly he wouldn’t have been surprised if he looked around the corner to see the Zephyr kid standing against the wall waiting. They lived in each others back pockets.​
“Yeah, we’re gonna try at least. We dont want to make things harder than they have to be and… Sam’s family, well, let’s just say I wouldn’t feel very comfortable subjecting my son to them.” Zennon knew they were his family too and if Sam wanted to introduce their son to her family then… well he couldn’t stop her, but he didn’t like the way they’d treated Sam, especially her father. It was disgusting. He should have known better as a grown adult. Zennon knew his father would never have been so callous, and with a letter! No, Zennon didn’t want Finley near that kind of intolerance and negativity. It wasn’t good for him. The use of his old nickname startled him for a moment and he looked up, not quite sure he’d actually heard it correctly. Confirming that he actually had head it correctly, Zennon turned and gently placed Finley on his blanket before holding his hand out to his sister. “Come on, I’ll make us some coffee.” He had a feeling this was going to be an involved conversation and he didn’t want anything to make her feel like she didn’t have his full attention, even if he wanted to stand right where they were and just watch Finley all day.​
 

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Rowan had to admit, of all the things she might have said about her brother in the past, she would never deny that he was always there for them… eventually. They’d hit a bit of a rough one last year after everything with Elsie happened and then Zennon being in his last year and of course baby Finley now, it occurred to her that they’d not sat down to a proper conversation in… well over a year. They'd both been dealing with their own sh*t that it was hard to keep track of the conversations they’d had. For the first part of the year and even now, she’d spent most of her waking hours alone with Elio. It was difficult to pull herself out of that codependency, though she was trying. She knew that for her own sake, she needed to land on her feet and not be so dependent on other people. It was only going to hurt them in the long run and after everything Elio had already done for her, how could she do that to him again? She didn’t ask him what it had been like… honestly she was a bit afraid of the answer and she didn’t want to know how hard it had been for him. She felt like no matter how much she imagined it, the reality had to have been worse, she never did have a very good imagination after all. That had always been Elsie’s thing. The fact that she still considered it to be even be Elsie’s thing at all probably said more about her current state than she would have liked, but that was where she was at right now. “I don’t really know what do say to that, he’s your kid, you and Sam just do what you think is right I guess,” she said, not quite sure what to make of his confession. It wasn’t something she thought much about. She liked Sam, but she’d never really sat down to have a regular old heart to heart with her. They weren’t that close. Rowan wasn’t that close with anyone other than Elio, she liked it that way. Preferred it even.​
Rowan took Zennon’s hand as they headed down to the kitchen and Zennon waved his wand for the coffee to start. She kind of missed that she would not be learning all the super cool wandless and wordless tricks, but, she knew enough and really it was fun to do things slowly sometimes. She didn’t like doing things the muggle way like she would have in the past, not since Elsie, but, she wasn’t too worried about the specifics. “Bit of vanilla please and coconut milk,” she’d stopped drinking almond when she’d learned of Elio’s allergy. After all, she didn’t want to risk him. She also stayed away from peanut butter and anything else. She didn’t know how severe his allergy to nuts was and she didn’t care, she just stayed well away from all of it when she could. Somethings were unavoidable given a lot of the substitutes she liked had nuts in them, but it wasn’t too bad, and she was careful to always keep their food separate if something of hers had traces of nuts in it. Made all the easier with the aid of magic. “I haven’t told anyone this yet,” minus Elio obviously, but she knew she didn’t need to clarify, “but I won’t be going back to school this year… and I’m leaving.”
 

Zennon Baros

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There was a lot that went into being a big brother and one of those things was to always be there, without judgement, when he was needed. As they’d gotten a bit older, they’d obviously drifted apart a bit, but they’d been so close as little children. The name Zippy carried a special meaning for them, well, specifically for he and Rowan, but if either of his sisters would come to him with that name, he knew he had to drop everything, all judgements, all commentary and listen. He didn’t always know what he was getting into when he did this, but it was something he took incredibly seriously and so did they. He never talked over them and he always listened. It was a powerful name in his family and though it probably seemed silly to outsiders, he liked it this way. It meant he would always have their trust, because he never wanted to break it. He’d done a lot that had hurt his sisters in the past, but that had ended when he’s come out with the truth to them, of course there were still things he held close to his chest because he didn’t really understand them himself, but that was conversation for another day.​
“Of course, you don’t drink almond anymore,” he said, though it was mostly to himself. It had been a while since he’d made her a coffee, since they mostly saw each other at school now and he didn’t need to make her anything. He was a decent cook, not great, but he suspected he would have to get better now that he had to support himself and all. “Do you want cinnamon as well?” He had to quickly check his mental files to see if it had been sourced naturally or if there was anything with the cinnamon she would appose, but he didn’t think so and so when she nodded, he added a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top. It was how Elsie had preferred her drinks after all.​
“So, what did you want to talk about?” Zennon didn’t quite know what to say at her answer. He certainly didn’t want to push her, with everything she’d gone through he definitely understood the desire to escape… but… this was the kind of decision that could cause problems for her down the line and he wanted to help her avoid that if he could, not that he knew how to do that. He took a sip of his own coffee, baring his teeth slight at the bitterness of it. It had been a while since he’d had coffee, he’d made it a tad stronger than he meant to, oh well. “Talk or mute?” He asked later, leaning against the counter and watching her. He’d respect whichever she chose, but that didn’t mean he’d have to like it.​
 

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