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*Rook House has been a popular haunt for Order members over the last weeks, and so Remus is unsurprised to find it heavily warded when he arrives. He waits patiently for Xeno to appear (there must be some kind of doorbell/alarm mechanism, with a ward this advanced), hands in his pockets, examining the spellwork with mild curiosity.

He's fairly confident that he'll get across where his colleagues have failed. He heard what happened with Sirius and Moody and Frank, but the difference is that he's not a Ministry employee trying to get through to a raging anti-establishment activist. Xeno responds better to the fringe. And Remus, he's well aware, more or less is the fringe.

And anyway, he is legitimately concerned for Xeno. He's rather fond of him, and if he keeps up the way he's going lately, he's going to get himself killed the same way Rita Skeeter did. So if they can work out an understanding here, all the better for everyone.*

Date: 2011-08-01 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*Xeno's had more visitors in the past few weeks than he's had for a year or more, maybe, and certainly since Clover. When he makes his way to the edge of the wards he's slightly embarrassed to find a paper cup on the grass, his own from Frank's visit that he must have forgotten in his huff back to Rook House. He bends to pick it up, crushing it in his fist, and then smiles, squinting up at his visitor.*

Hallo Remus. Had lots of visitors lately, but wasn't expecting you. Lemonade?

Date: 2011-08-01 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*After pocketing the paper cup as surreptitiously as he can, Xeno sets about unpeeling the wards. It's a little while before it's done, and as he leads Remus up the garden path to Rook House he shrugs more grimly than anyone wearing those colors precisely ought to.*

Sorry--I've had a lot of, ah, visitors.

They poisoned my owls last week.

Date: 2011-08-01 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
I didn't see who did it, but I assume the Ministry didn't like what I was delivering. Pick a seat, wherever you like.

Twenty-six owls, I had, in a little Owlery out back. And one morning they were all dead. Not Eris and Fnord, though, they live in the house. Thank goodness.

*He indicates the two of them as he bustles around with the tea--the screech and the barn owl, sleeping head-under-wing on a shared perch. Xeno slides Remus his, and frowns, squinting just a little fretfully.*

All I've got is tangellas but they're ripe enough--and some scones but they're day-old, sorry--

Date: 2011-08-01 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
I was surprised it wasn't me.

Why've you come to visit? Not that you aren't welcome, of course, any time, but--

*But this doesn't feel like a social call, and there's no polite way to say so. So he just shrugs, folding himself cross-legged into a soft and squashy chair with his own tea and a day-old scone.*

Date: 2011-08-01 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*He only grunts his assent around a mouthful of slightly-stale scone, but the meaning is clear: thestrals couldn't drag it out of him.*

Date: 2011-08-01 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*There is a short silence, broken only by Fnord rustling his wings in sleep. That is a. . . development. And one that throws Sirius and Remus both into a new light, and Xeno's brain works furiously as he chews and swallows.*

I've heard rumors.

Date: 2011-08-01 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
Nothing with Albus Dumbledore's name on it can be all that bad, I reckon.

Date: 2011-08-01 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
Fighting who? The Death Eaters? The Ministry?

Date: 2011-08-01 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*Xeno's fingers tighten around his teacup convulsively at the name, and his heart beats just a little faster--but he's looking evenly at Remus, now, eyes narrowed, and the truth is he's impressed more than surprised.*

But how can I help you? I don't even have owls anymore, and one of these days it'll be me.

Date: 2011-08-01 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*Xeno only points to the corner of the room behind Remus, where a purple shotgun rests against the wall--and then he laughs, a low, rolling chuckle.*

Date: 2011-08-01 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*He doesn't reply, just nods, and speaks through another mouthful of scone.*

Not that I'll be much good to you if the Ministry decides to poison my breakfast.

Date: 2011-08-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
Who's the leader, now that Dumbledore-

Date: 2011-08-01 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mindtheplums.livejournal.com
*He's handled all this remarkably coolly so far, but now Xeno pales visibly, passing a hand over his face.*

Shit.

You're not kidding, are you.

Sirius too? How many Aurors?

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