Re: cottage; ren & adrian
That was helpful. If Adrian hadn't chosen a target, then the Obscurus had chosen for him. And Adrian had definitely started to move it, but the Obscurus had jumped in when he hadn't done so right away - subconsciously, or consciously? It seemed subconsciously... maybe and possibly working with desires Adrian hadn't quite articulated. Ren nodded.
"Yeah, it is power, and there's..." He looked over with empathy at Adrian, trailing off for a moment. There were pieces of this that felt so familiar, the way he'd closed down for years, the shame he'd felt about what he might be - not even what he was. But Ren knew that sort of visceral worry and fear and the way it knotted your stomach and kept you tied up. And if the Obscurus acted off of unspoken rage and misery... There was maybe something there. Ren swallowed.
"Maybe because you've internalized shame about it?" He suggested tentatively. Not even sure that it was exactly what Adrian was feeling, but it was an idea. "It doesn't feel like something you can control, but what if you are - unconsciously? I don't know... I'm playing with things here, but maybe - it's not your enemy in all this. Maybe it's a friend, or maybe we should try to treat it like one."
Ren paused for a minute, and then continued, and he did so by reaching out and over and finding the stone. "It feels like being connected to everything," he told Adrian, closing his eyes. "And it's different here, because this entire environment is made of magic, so it doesn't feel like it would in a 'real' forest with real life, but I can feel that magic, and find the rock, and then it's like seeing something happening -" the rock, moving again - "before it does."
The rock floated back towards them again, settling into the hole it had vacated momentarily before.
Ren opened his eyes and looked at Adrian. "What would you like to do to that rock?"