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Who: Zach & Lance and later, Harry
What: Moving In & the dreaded interview
Where: the hotel, owls and then the Defense against the Dark Arts Classroom
Status: Complete

Zach looked around the suite, smiling. It hadn't taken long to get everything to his liking. His pictures were on the wall and the mementos of his travels were scattered around the suite. Lance's bed was set up and the ferret was eagerly sniffing around. 

Laying on the bed, he sighed. Coming home was nice, but he needed to do <i><b>something</i></b> or else he was going to go stir crazy! Zach had promised himself that he'd try and overcome his workaholic tendancies when he moved back. He looked at his Backsync picture and sighed. The guys would welcome him on tour as a diversion. The only thing better than being on tour with them, having a wonderful time <b>and</b> getting paid for it, was the hot sex. Still, he had wanted to try to find real love and he knew that the guys wouldn't be able to give it to him, at least not now...

Groaning, Zach got up and sat at his desk, summoning parchment and his ink and quill. He might as well get some work finished...

Owl to Harry

Dear Harry,

 I'm back in England and working on the PR for the Hogwarts project. Draco thinks that interviews for a series of articles are one of the first ways to go. 
I know how much you hate interviews, but I'm hoping that I can persuade you that one with me won't be so bad. Also, I'd like to see you and catch up. 

Hope to see you soon,
~Zach

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brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 23rd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Harry was finishing putting the last changes on the rooms he'd chosen not far from the his classromm. He laid back on the cream colored couch and sighed. At least he had a place of his own other than the memory filled home of his parents.

A tapping at the window got him reluctantly up from the couch. He let in the owl and took the parchment from it's leg. He smiled grimly as he read it.

He'd better get it over with.

Zach~

One interview is all you're getting so you'd better make the most of it. We could meet in the Defence classroom or in the village some where. Let me know a time and location.

~Harry
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 23rd, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach chuckled as he read the owl. He quickly wrote a reply.

~Harry,

I guarantee that I'll make the most of whatever you're willing to give me. I promise I'll write what you're looking for and try to keep the focus on the school and the present as much as possible, Harry. You have my word.

One would think that you weren't the slightest bit glad to hear from me. I certainly hope that isn't true. I've thought of you over the years.

As for the interview, I'm free now, if you are. Would you just like me to meet you where you are?

~Zach
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 23rd, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Harry raised an eyebrow at the flirtatious nature of the second half of Zach's note.

Zach,

I'm up at the castle. Meet me in the Defence classroom.

Harry


Harry smirked slightly. Short sweet and keep him guessing, he thought.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 23rd, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach raised an eyebrow as he read Harry's reply. He honestly hadn't imagined his friend's reaction. His memories of Harry didn't include this type of reply. A smile blossomed across his face as he realized this interview definitely wasn't going to be boring...

He reached out and pet Lance, feeding him a treat. "Be a good boy while I'm gone, ok?"

He got up and grabbed his voice recorder. Concentrating, he Apparated to the edge of the Hogwarts gounds. Zach's breathing quickened as he looked at the castle. It was exactly as he remembered. As he walked quickly though the halls, he could almost hear whispers of conversations long past. Get a hold of yourself. There's nothing unusual here, he thought.

Before he knew it, Zach was standing outside of Harry's classroom. Taking a deep breath, he knocked on the door.
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 23rd, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Harry walked up behind Zach and tapped the doorknob with his wand.

"After you," he said softly.

Harry couldn't help but admire the way the faded jeans were worn in all the right places and hugged his arse. This interview certainly was going to be interesting.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 23rd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach jumped a bit, startled by how close Harry was and the fact that he wasn't inside of the classroom...

He swallowed and turned the doorknob. "Um, thanks." Opening the door, Zach stepped inside and then turned around to look at Harry. His friend had certainly become even more handsome since he had last seen him.

Before he could stop himself, he gave Harry a quick hug. "It's nice to see you again. Do you mind if I record the interview? Like I said in my owl, I'll make this as painless as possible for you. I assure you, I'm no Rita Skeeter." Zach closed his eyes for a moment, trying to stop himself from babbling anymore. What the fuck is wrong with me? I interview major celebrities all of the time. There's no way that Harry Potter should make me this nervous, he thought.
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 23rd, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Harry ignored Zach's babbling for the most part as he sat down behind what was now his desk. "You can do what every you have to," Harry replied, knowing full well that his voice was full of suggestion and innuendo.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 23rd, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach's eyes flew open at Harry's words and, Merlin help him, his tone. He raised an eyebrow as he replied, "Um, yes. Of course. Thank you, Harry. Very nice of you to be so accommodating."

He sat down at a desk in the front row, directly facing Harry and turned on his recorder. "Why don't we start off with why you chose to come back to Hogwarts, even though you have other offers,which are equally attractive?"
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 23rd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"I've spend the last five years avoiding those kind of offers. I don't need to work but being here helping the next generation get ready for what ever mad man is on the horizon is the right thing to do. Hogwarts itself also keeps out they type of attention that I don't want or need in my life."

Harry sat back in his chair and forced himself to calm down. Cool & collected. That was Harry Potter.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 23rd, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled and nodded. "Hogwarts is definitely a safe haven. I can't really imagine you being happy anywhere else. I can see that parents will feel relived that you're going to be teaching their children."

He paused for a moment before continuing. "It's strange, how we can travel the world and live different lives for years, but, in the end, Hogwarts calls us back. I never thought I'd be back in England again until I got Draco's owl. I'm glad to be back, though..."
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 24th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"I never planned on returning to England either," Harry admitted, "But something drew me back here. I suppose it was a need to confront my demons. I'm here now and I've signed on to teach what I know best."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 24th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach nodded. "I left after graduation and never looked back. My Mum owls me a holiday card each year, but that's it. I doubt that my father even knows about it. There's no love lost between us."

Zach smiled for a moment, thinking about teaching. "Well, I'm not going to be able to write my own interview. I'll be teaching Arithmancy. I wonder if Hermione would mind writing mine..."
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 24th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"You're going to be teaching as well?" Harry asked, "You're going to be quite busy aren't you?"

Harry smirked. In his travvles he'd heard roumors of the wild happenings that seemed to follow Zach through life. Even when one tried to stay out of touch gossip allways found a way to you.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 24th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach thought about Harry's comment and the hint of innuendo it held. A smirk of his own played on his lips. He wondered exactly what Harry had heard. Shrugging slightly, he looked at Harry. Whatever Harry had heard, it probably didn't begin to compare to the truth...

"I'm used of being busy. In my circles, I'm one of the most busy and award-winning freelance writers. I play as hard as I work and I've never heard any complaints."

brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 25th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC) (Tags)
I just bet you haven't, Harry thought to himself.

"I've been lazing about the last few years so teaching and having to get up at regular hours will be quite the change for me," Harry replied.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach nodded, thinking about the odd hours he had kept touring with the Backsync Boys. That had definitely been one of his favorite jobs. He knew their management had breathed a sigh of relief when he had decided to leave his job in PR, but the guys had told him he would have a place with them anytime and his name was on their VIP list always.

"I've kept some late hours myself," Zach said with a smile. "You'll have plenty of time before classes start to get adjusted. I've always had at least three projects going on. I did freelance writing the whole time I was working on PR for the band I worked with. So, I'm used to long hours and limited sleep."
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 25th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC) (Tags)
"When do we get to the actual interview?" Harry asked lightly. As much as he enjoyed the banter he wanted the tedious part over.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled and laughed, a deep and rolling sound. "Why Mr. Potter! I've been interviewing you ever since I turned the recorder on. I think I have everything I need for the article. I told you it would be as painless as possible."

He turned off the tape recorder and stood up. "I don't suppose you might like to get some lunch and a few drinks? You could tell me what rumors you've heard about me and my travels and I could tell you the real stories. I can guarantee that the truth is much more fascinating than the rumors..."
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 25th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC) (Tags)
Harry raised an eyebrow and Zach's playfully blatant come on.

"I could go for a drink and some food. Seeing as I haven't eaten as yet," he said lightly.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach's answering smile lit up his face. "Where should we go? I only just moved in today, so I'm really not sure what places have good food yet..."
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 25th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC) (Tags)
"About the same as there ever was in Hogsmede," Harry said as he stood up and moved toward Zach. "The only real difference is that you have Hekate's Girdle to compete with the homeyness of the Three Broomsticks."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach watched as Harry moved toward him, wondering what secrets were behind those glasses and green eyes...

"Well, I had lunch a few days ago at Hekate's Girdle after my meeting with Draco, so I guess it's time to go and pay the Three Broomsticks a visit. Unless you'd rather Hekate's Girdle. Is Madame Rosemerta still there?"
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 25th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC) (Tags)
"Yes, she is. I had lunch there with Hermione a few days ago," Harry said. He passed by Zach close enough to breath in the scent of his cologne.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC) (Tags)
"I used to love that place. During Hogsmeade weekends, Hannah and I would get lunch and sit there for hours, drinking butterbeers and talking. I've never had a friend quite like her. She's my best friend."

Zach could feel Harry's breath as he passed by. He swallowed hard. Merlin, I really could use a drink...
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 25th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC) (Tags)
Harry continued through the classroom seemingly ignoring the effect he was having on Zach, but he knew full well what he was doing. He didn't mind playing the game it was what he was good at.

"I know what you mean. Hermione means so much to me. I don't know what I'd do with out her in my life," he said.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach watched Harry cross the room, eyes narrowing. He knew that he was being toyed with. Still, he hadn't been involved in this type of game for a long time and it was a nice change...

"Well, Hannah has been the one constant in my life since I was twelve. I never want to find out how awful my life would be without her."

He brushed past Harry as he exited the classroom. "Are you in the mood for a walk or did you want to Apparate once we've cleared the wards?"
brave_at_heart From: brave_at_heart Date: April 25th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC) (Tags)
"I think a walk would be nice but," Harry paused as he thought about all the things that could happen on a long walk to Hogsmede but his stomach grumblin made the choice for him, "I do believe apparition would be a better idea."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 25th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled. "Alright, Apparation it is!" He felt a brief pang of regret that they wouldn't have the walk.

"Last one there buys the first round of drinks!"
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