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PostSubject: Re: The Cayman Islands - 3rd June, 2023 (Sasha)   Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:51 am

To pretend that he hadn't been expecting the question about his drinking habits would have been a blatant lie. In fact, Jackson was surprised it had taken Sasha this long to even broach the subject. But then again, she herself didn't seem much of a keg girl - surprising given everyone drank at college - so maybe it took her some time to notice that he was uninterested in alcohol too?

But the question was out now, and Jackson had never really lied when asked directly. He didn't intend to start now. A small frown touched his features but he reached across the table to squeeze her hand slightly, assuring her it wasn't her fault. "I'm a recovering alcoholic, Sasha," he spoke seriously, looking into her eyes as he admitted it. The first thing they taught at rehab was to get used to that word, to not be ashamed of it.

"I went to Salem Academy of Magic, an American wizarding school you may not have heard of, especially since Ilvermorny State became all the rage. Garbage school in my opinion but I digress." Shaking his head, the young man returned to the topic at hand. "Salem had three houses, Belladonna, Wormwood and... the party house. They call it Nightshade, and don't get me wrong, the house was my family while I was there. But there was this culture of drinking and partying and... the kind of stuff teenage boys basically dream of. Kids started drinking young in Nightshade, second year initiation is doing shots so you can imagine how easy it was to fall into the trap. "

It had helped that there was always someone around who could provide hangover potions, cleanse the body of alcohol before a student got tested by a staff member. And Jackson wouldn't even dare recount the secret passageway from the Nightshade dungeons to The Devil which kept the house in steady supply of the finest liquor available. Some Nightshades became connoisseurs, others became like him.

"I had a flask on me everywhere, in class, on excursions, to games. No one noticed of course, seeing a Nightshade with a hidden flask was so common, it was cliche. In fact, this little kid from Wormwood actually got me a flask for Christmas when what I really needed was help. Only one of my teachers ever noticed. Miss Azalea tried to get me to talk about things but I was too stubborn, and she left soon after so that was that."

Jackson stopped there, noticing the servers making their way to him and Sasha. Once their coke and sprite were on the table and the waiters gone, he continued. This would be the most difficult part.

"One night I was on the roof with this girl..." Diem Malik, a name that still haunted him, even if he knew it had no power over him now. "We were drinking, and doing the kind of things teens do under the influence. I was... pretty far gone, I don't remember much of that night. I just remember waking up and she.. she looked hurt." There were no words invented to describe his horror when he'd woken up to see Diem curled in on herself, quietly whimpering as the pool of blood around her grew. Later on, when she was in recovery, she had sworn she told Jackson to stop, that he was hurting her, that she was in pain but, she claimed, he hadn't listened. Jackson on his part had no defense because he couldn't remember. The contents of his flask may as well have been an obliviate in drink form.

"At that moment I knew, I had to get away from Salem. I would never stop drinking if I was still a Nightshade, and the idea of having possibly hurt someone made me sick to my stomach. So I walked into the headmistress's office and said I wanted to withdraw. She needed confirmation from Merida so I told Merida everything. She agreed to take me out of school on the condition that I check myself into rehab right away. Which I did." The rest, he was sure Sasha could piece together on her own. Jackson was very committed to his sobriety, the last time he'd had a drink was when Judith had left him, and that was years ago. Baring that relapse, the young wizard had been on the straight and narrow since.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cayman Islands - 3rd June, 2023 (Sasha)   Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:04 pm

Sasha listened what Jackson said there now. She decided not to disturb him and just listen to his story there now why he didn't drink alcohol. Actually, all that made now total sense to the girl. If she had gone through something same then she probably wouldn't touch it too.

"This is something I didn't really expect to hear but it does make sense why you trying to do drink any alcohol there now. It does explain a lot," she said and tried to figure out what to else to say there now. She just knew now something about him finally. Even if it wasn't really the good stuff she learned about it but she knew he was doing now so much better than in the past.

"Thank god I haven't had any problems with alcohol before. I just don't like it that much. Never been a big fan of alcohol or even parties what have it. Just never been my thing," she said about herself why she didn't really like alcohol. "Of course you can say I have tried them but didn't like them. I prefer sodas and juices more," she added there now. Sasha has never even been drunk before, so drunk that she has a hangover or doesn't remember anything next day. She has always been the good girl most of the time, she would rather focus on her studies than go partying.

"Well, you had really terrible experiences with alcohol and really hope you're doing now so much better. Alcohol can be the devil and ruin people lives. So yeah it's better not drink it much," she said. She just it would best to stay away so much you can from it.

"Anyways how you become a politician, after all, that?" she asked there now. She was curious about it too. She was sure that there was some kind of story behind too now. She really wanted to get to know Jackson more. She still there tried to figure out her own feelings. She knew she liked to spend time with Jackson but was it just that or there was something more going on, she wasn't really sure.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cayman Islands - 3rd June, 2023 (Sasha)   Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:01 pm

Honestly, it felt good to tell her what was possibly his biggest secret. Not because it was a real secret as much as it was the most personal thing about him. His heckling into rehab was public record, anyone could get to it with enough digging. But hearing his side of the story, the days after Diem, the shame and gully an self loathing that had led Jackson to cut ties with his school because it reminded him of what he might have done to a poor girl.

Sasha to her credit amazed him at every turn, she really seemed to be the most perfect being in the world, because she simply nodded and accepted him. Jackson tried hard but he saw no judgment in the redhead's eyes, no accusation. She seemed to believe him when he said he would never hurt a girl in that way. And most days, Jackson couldn't even believe in himself.

"You know you're amazing right?" he murmured softly, squeezing her hand before letting go. "You really are a miracle."

Just then, their servers approached with fresh menus even if their sodas were untouched. Waving them closer, Jackson figured they might as well get the ordering over with. Time to see if Sasha was a salad girl or if she actually ate. "The steak tar tar for me please," the young politician ordered, barely glancing at the menu. "With a side of fresh vegs." He waited politely fro Sasha to finish ordering and then watched the waiters leave.

"I actually started doing community service while in rehab," he admitted. the days had been long and he needed something to focus on. Idle minds devised ways to get alcohol so the natural step was to keep his mind busy. His sponsor had been the lifeline Jackson was looking for.

"It wasn't much at first, handing out flyers, organizing stuff for our church, putting together a jamboree. Public service made me feel like I was...giving back somehow. Merida and I owe a lot to Green Lake, and if I wasn't doing anything else, at least I could hand out some flyers. Except that led to more stuff and within a few years, our mayor died and I was nominated to replace her. Our town is small, but voter turn out is smaller still, I won by a landslide of some seven votes and became mayor."

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PostSubject: Re: The Cayman Islands - 3rd June, 2023 (Sasha)   Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:21 pm

Sasha has learned is not to judge people by their past basically and just by the cover too. There is much more to see as it might seem at first. She might be young still but there is so much more than she knows but still, she makes mistakes in her own life and does or says things she shouldn't.

Sasha smiled when she was called there now a miracle. "Thanks, I suppose," she said there. This was probably a compliment or something like that. She really wasn't sure what she should be doing with Jackson exactly. All she knew that there might be feelings still and then again right now. She knows she needs to figure it out. It's wrong to lead someone really.

Sasha finally looked at the menu there and wondered what she should even take. She just couldn't decide what she should take. She knew she was hungry so something that would fill her stomach would be nice. "I will take the same," she literally decided there at the end. She knew she didn't want a salad and some other things. Steak seemed to be the most delicious things on the list for her.

"Oh, I see. I probably wouldn't have guessed it happened that way. Well, I guess you did then pretty good job so people voted for you," she said there with a small smile. She herself would never see herself as major never. She has lately thinking maybe she should do something with art or then something else. She hasn't yet decided what she wants to do in her future. She is so confused still what her future holds for her.

Sasha mostly wasn't sure what else they could talk about there. She wasn't sure what to else to ask or say. She knew they should talk about something or there will be an awkward silence.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cayman Islands - 3rd June, 2023 (Sasha)   Yesterday at 8:43 am

"I don't know if I did a pretty good job," Jackson confided sheepishly as their food arrived, identical platters placed in front of them. It looked like Sasha could stand medium rare meat too, the girl kept on becoming more perfect.

"Or rather, I don't know if I did enough. We were already pushing for our own high school so Green Lake kids wouldn't have to go out of town to study. And plans are underway for our own hospital too. An yet we have a long way to go before I can feel like I've done enough. " It was a sentiment only people from small, close knit communities would understand, Jackson knew. People who literally had no one but their neighbors to rely on for survival.

"Do you like small towns?" Jackson suddenly asked halfway through lifting a forkful of meat to his lips. "And don't feel pressured to say you do because of how much I love Green Lake, I can deal with differing opinions," he joked. "Well, on most days anyway, otherwise they'll revoke my man card." Milwaukee was nice enough, very convenient and yet Jackson knew that if there came ever a day where he would make a permanent home, it would be in Green Lake or a small town like Green Lake.

"You know I haven't invested in a house yet, except the one Merida has thanks to squatter's law. We lived there and maintained it so long, city hall officially declared it ours after twenty years." Of course, he had been rather influential with city hall at the time, bu that was just a coincidence.

"I'm nearly twenty eight, about time I invest in some property," he thought out loud, scooping some mashed potatoes on his fork. "Any diea where a good investment plae would be?"

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