Who: Nikolai 'Niki' Urquhart and Theodore Nott. When: Nighttime. After dark. Where: Hogwarts grounds. What: Niki is flying randomly and lands at Hogsmeade and walks to Hogwarts. Theodore has snuck out. Rating: TBD. Status: Closed/Complete.
He loved to fly. The way the wind whistled and whipped around him, humming in his ears, dishevling his hair, licking cool against his skin, tugging at his clothes. Niki's fingers stayed curled around his broomstick as he flew, through the air, with no direction in mind. Sometimes he just needed to fly. And eventually he would land, he always landed, and when he did he would wander, and find a bar, or find a tree to climb or find a place to sleep. Or he would turn around and fly home.
As he flew, growing near to a hulking shadowed structure, he realized that he had gone a familiar way, although he hadn't intended it. Hogsmeade. He had flown to Hogsmeade. Huh.
Pointing the nose down, Niki flew to the ground and landed fairly lightly. The village was quiet, fairly so, given the time of night. He hopped off his broomstick, holding onto his broom as he started to stroll down the road. Away from the village. He hadn't been back to the school since it was rebuilt... and he realized he wanted to.
He walked along the road, his footsteps echoing softly as he wandered. The school, from the distance, looked good as new. Or good as old?
He mused this over, the voice tickling in his ear, whispering memories to him. Memories that carried him, all the way back to the school grounds.