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Sleepless Nights, Tortured Souls. (Artemis, M)

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Sleepless Nights, Tortured Souls. (Artemis, M)

Post by Lavender Brown on Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:10 am

It wasn't the first time that Lavender found herself unable to sleep. In fact, it was a nightly occurrence, and while she usually found comfort in David's arms she knew that for once he had been able to settle soundly. Every time she closed her eyes, she would see the things that she had hoped and wished she could forget. But she wouldn't drink a potion to allow her rest. Not when other captives had been subjected to so much worse. Not when all that Lavender had to remind her of that time was memories, albeit a lot of them, while others had scars and ruined confidences.

So she walked, through the empty corridors, even though she knew that her house would lose points were she to be caught. What are a few rubies at the bottom of an hourglass, anyway? Lavender thought bitterly as she stepped into the cool air of one of Hogwarts' courtyards. Finally, she thought, I won't fall asleep here with the breeze. Sitting on one of the benched, she rested against the cold stone wall and waited. She didn't know what for, but she waited.
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Post by Artemis Black on Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:31 am

Artemis couldn't sleep. She had trouble to sleep before the..incident but now, it was non existent. Even being held by her brothers did nothing. She kept being herself up or sinking into the memories. Closing her eyes for short moment, allowing herself to go deep into the darkness but a few minutes in, she shot up with a thin layer of sweat coating her body and had to get out to walk around. 

Changing into leggings and a baggy shirt of one of her brother's, Artemis escaped her common room and wandered through the corridors, her face set like marble and her eyes were completely dull. Enjoying the cold stone beneath her bare feet, she found herself at the clock work tower, unsure of why she was there until her eyes landed on Lavender.. Instantly looking around for David, she decided to walk closer. ''Lavender..'' She softly called out, her voice broken and unsure. Such a rare thing for the strong Slytherin.
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Post by Lavender Brown on Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:46 am

Lavender thought that she was imagining the soft sound of bare feet padding on the stone floor. She didn’t react, because she often heard things that weren’t really there. She heard things that sounded like dripping, or scratching, but most of all were the loud screams and soft, defeated whimpers that seemed to be playing  on a loop in her mind. But she couldn’t do anything about it. Wouldn’t. Why should she see the mediwitch? She only saw those things.. heard them. She didn’t feel them, or experience them. Though in every one of her dreams, it was like she did.

When she heard a voice say her name, she considered ignoring it to. Surely it was her mind playing games with her again? She looked anyway. There, in a shirt that was too big and a face that made her chest feel like it would implode, stood Artemis Black. And in an instant it was there, in her mind’s eye. Lavender remembered every detail of every torture, but Artemis’ was one of the hardest. Not only did she watch the Slytherin being abused in such a horrific way, being humiliated in front of her closest friends, but she couldn’t stomach the horror on David’s face as he, too, watched.

Lavender wanted to close her eyes, because at least then she wouldn’t be seeing the face.. the body of Artemis in real life. She didn’t close her eyes though, but instead she looked directly into Artemis’. Because the Slytherin girl deserved better than to be looked away from. Lavender would face what she saw, because this girl went through so much worse. During the day she could pretend that everything was fine.. it was at night, like now, that she couldn’t escape it. “Artemis,” she said, her voice quiet and husky. Her own sobs and screams as she witnessed such horrors had affected her throat and voice box, but she hadn't let the healers see her after they’d been rescued, “can’t sleep?
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Post by Artemis Black on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:07 pm

Artemis held onto her elbows, watching Lavender, to wait for that look of disgust. But instead, she looked...shocked or was that her eyes playing tricks? Was it hope that one person wasn't disgusted? She decided to walk closer and sat down on the very edge of the bench. She almost winced at the feeling. When they had been rescued, she wanted everyone else to be okay and didn't allow her bruises to be healed, only serious wounds like the wound on her face, a long scar from her temple to her jawline. ''Lavender..'' She murmured again, fighting back the pathetic whimper that always seemed to be balancing on the edge of her lips. ''No no...Who needs sleep anyway?'' She said bitterly. Artemis knew Lavender hadn't been physically tortured like herself and others but she always found mental torture was the worst. It did bad things to emotions..which is why it seemed to be so effective with actual torturers. ''You can't sleep either?'' Her voice cracked at the end, something that never happened before even if she stayed up all night howling to the moon.
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Post by Lavender Brown on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:18 pm

As Artemis approached, Lavender could see the scare that extended down the side of the Slytherin’s face, and she bit her lip and forced her eyes to stay open. Closing them would show her how that scar came about.. and then the rest. Yes, she was certain that Artemis had been one of the hardest sessions to watch. “Yeah, you’re right.. who needs it?” Lavender said with a dry laugh, wishing that she would sound normal. But she knew that her voice would never be the same again, just like her mind. The Gryffindor heard the emotion in Artemis’ voice and watched to reach out to her, to hold her hand or comfort her in some way. Why, though, would she want to be touched by the girl who’d consumed her blood? No, she wouldn’t touch her. Not unless the other girl reached out first. “No,” Lavender answered, “why should I be allowed such a leisure?
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Post by Artemis Black on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:24 pm

Artemis watched Lavender in the corner of her eye, waiting for some..reaction of how she felt towards her. Was she disgusted? What does it matter if she is or not? She saw...David saw..Mio..Ian...I'm dirty. She thought to herself, clenching her fists on her lap. Hearing the dry laugh, she slowly allowed herself a glance at Lavender, taking her all in. Without looking, her hand slid over, palm up, and gripped the lioness'. ''A leisure...is that what people call it?..Huh..'' She mumbled. ''H-How are you?'' She finally asked after a moment of deafening silence. It was a stupid question but one that needed to be asked.
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Re: Sleepless Nights, Tortured Souls. (Artemis, M)

Post by Lavender Brown on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:34 pm

Lavender jumped slightly when she felt Artemis’ hand slip into hers. She hadn’t expected it but it was’t unwelcome, and she closed her fingers gently around it. Comfort. It could be the smallest thing, but just for a moment it could take the memories away. “I don’t know when is worse,” Lavender said, “when I can’t sleep, or when I can.” And her moment was over, as the images that had dwelled within her last dream flashed in the forefront of her mind. Lavender chewed on her lip, glancing at Artemis’ hand in her own before nodding. “I’m fine. Why shouldn’t I be?” Lavender said, before returning her gaze to the Slytherin, “whether you’re okay is more important. We both know you’re not..
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Post by Artemis Black on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:43 pm

Artemis laced her fingers with Lavender. At first..she didn't like the girl but seeing her with David, she grew to care for her. Just as David had probably hoped. The simple touch calmed her fast beating heart slightly. She sighed softly, rubbing her thumb against her friend's hand and nodded slowly. ''You say you're fine but it's obvious you're not if you can't sleep, Lav. You shouldn't be fine anyway...you had to watch...'' She trailed off, a small wolfish whimper finally escaped. ''We will never be okay, will we?'' she whispered, closing her eyes just as a tear trailed down her pale cheek.
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Re: Sleepless Nights, Tortured Souls. (Artemis, M)

Post by Lavender Brown on Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:53 pm

Lavender knew that Artemis had found her annoying when they’d first met. She had been the gossipy Gryffindor who had dug her claws into one of her closest friends. But over time, the pair had come to get along and Lavender was thankful for that. Some may say watching what happened to Artemis may have been easier had they not come to become friends, but Lavender knew that nothing would have made it easier- any of it easier. “I don’t know that anyone can sleep properly after what we all went through,” Lavender said, “but for me it really could have been worse. A whole lot worse...” At the Slytherin’s statement, Lavender paused for a moment. There was a time, not all too long ago, when she would have wiped away the tear and tried to coddle her which chanting that it would all be okay. But that time was past, and now she watched the tiny droplet move down the other girl’s cheek, pooling for just a moment on the fresh scaring there, before continuing down her face. “No,” she murmured, her injured throat having nothing to do with the breaking of her voice, “I don’t think this will ever leave us.
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Post by Artemis Black on Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:10 pm

Artemis stared blankly at the floor as it reminded her of the floor of her cell, the way the moon shone upon it as if there was blood, tears or sweat soaking it. She shivered involuntarily and willed herself to snap out of her thoughts..but the screams only seemed to grow louder, the cries of help from her friends strengthening...She couldn't do anything. She was weak. Forced to remember his touches, dirtying every inch of her body...She let out a low whimper, stopping herself from shaking. ''Promise me you'll help David sleep...He needs his rest...'' She asked. She sighed softly, hesitantly meeting Lavender's eyes. Artemis' eyes were usually a bright gold, like a fire blazed beneath it but now...the gold was worn, tired and pained. ''You were mentally tortured...i find that is the worst it can get...you feel helpless...'' She said, rubbing an ache away from her knee roughly.
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Re: Sleepless Nights, Tortured Souls. (Artemis, M)

Post by Lavender Brown on Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:12 am

Lavender heard the small whimper escaping the usually collected Slytherin, and she thought about how well Artemis had been putting up a front for her friends. In fact, the Gryffindor admired her companion for that. "He's sleeping now," Lavender said quietly, gently squeezing the other girl's hand, "but I promise I'll help you take care of him. But you should let them take care of you as well, Artemis. They know what happened.. you don't have to be so strong for everyone else." It was the most that Lavender had directly spoken of those days trapped with the insane Slytherin, and she hoped that her words didn't upset Artemis. "Let someone take care of you," the blonde added softly. Lavender frowned slightly, still not looking away from the spot that she had trained her gaze upon. "I don't think that's right, Artemis," Lavender said, her voice quiet enough that the raspy tone was almost impossible to notice, "what happened to you.. I can't imagine it."
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