Quirinus sighed as he realized she and her friends were probably somewhere far away where he wouldn't find them. He told himself they weren't talking about him or anything and wandered aimlessly around the site when he accidently bumped into a boy sitting by his tent watching a few people mingle with each other. Quirinus looked down at the boy, "S-s-s-sorry!" he cowered back a few steps, afraid of what the outcome would be.
The boy looked up at Quirinus. "Hey it's okay Quirrell." he grinned. "How are you?"
'Charlotte must have told him about me before she went off to hang out with the others.' Quirinus thought to himself. He looked at the group of people and recognised one of them to be Sirius, another as Peter. He realized Charlotte must have told this kid about him when he told Charlotte to meet him in the hall to give her birthday present to her. Quirinus weakly grinned in return, his trembling lessened slightly, "i-i-i-i-it i-i-is...?" he asked wondering why the boy thought it as okay for him to run into him. "I-I-I-I-I'm..." he stopped, 'Quirinus! You blithering idiot!' he thought to himself, 'you're supposed to be the one to ask him how he is, not he ask you first; it's the same with anyone...' realizing it was too late to do anything and he had possibly caused an awkward silence, or to show his hidden emotions, quickly said, I-I-I-I-I-I-I'm g-g-g-great... j-j-j-j-just g-g-g-getting t-t-t-to kn-kn-kn-know ev-ev-ev... err... a-a-a-a f-f-f-few p-p-p-people." he smiled weakly, "H-h-h-h-how a-a-a-about y-y-y-yourself?"
"I am good." Travis said with a bit of a grin.
Quirinus smiled weakly, he felt the urge to kneel down next to the boy but he knew to wait for the gesture. "M-m-m-me t-t-t-too..." he said awkwardly. 'Now what to say...? That was sort of an awkward thing to say... perhaps more than awkward...' he thought to himself.
"Are you having fun so far?" the boy asked, apparently sensing Quirinus hadn't thought of anything else to say.
Quirinus lowered his head as he absentmindedly dug around the dirt with his shoe. "Y-y-y-y-yeah..." he said in almost a mumble. "J-j-j-just w-w-w-wish I-I-I-I..." he paused and continued to stare at the ground as though hoping it would inspire him somehow to take away his nerve. 'If only I knew more people around here... but I just don't fit in... So it feels anyway...' he thought to himself. He looked back at the boy for a bit of hope and smiled weakly, though the sadness in his eyes was very obvious, "... I-I-I-I-I f-f-f-fit i-i-i-i-in." he stammered and looked back at his feet, 'you idiot! Why did you just admit that?'
"I am sure you will fit in just fine! I have seen you in class and I think you are cool." the boy, who Quirinus now recognised to be Travis Thorne grinned.
Quirinus looked down at Travis and smiled weakly, he swore he could feel himself flush red. As weak as his smile was, his now-bright and shining eyes told the entire story of how much Travis's words meant to him, "M-m-m-me? Sm-sm-sm-smart...? C-c-c-c-cool...? N-n-n-n... H-h-h-how?" he asked, now trembling as much as he had been when he first bumped into Travis, curiosity and confusion was written all over his face as he gazed at Travis, hoping he wasn't staring.
"Do you really need a reason?" Travis said and smiled warmly.
Quirinus smiled weakly, this time he was definitely reddening for sure; from embarrassment this time, "I-I-I-I-I-I d-d-d-don't kn-kn-kn... n-n-n-no." he said with a sheepish grin.
Their conversation was cut short as another boy Quirinus recognised from Potions class trucked into him while playfully running away from someone. The two tumbled to the ground. "Bloody hell!" he said, feeling quite shocked from what had just happened, he rubbed his head as he stood to his feet and pulled Quirinus up, "sorry mate, you alright?"
Quirinus gave a bit of a startled cry of the impact of falling and timidly let Jake help him up,
Travis sniggered to himself at the boy, the boy grinned back sheepishly as Travis ran off to join the others, apparently not wanting to seem awkward while Quirinus and the boy talked to each other.
"W-w-w-why a-a-are y-y-y-you r-r-r-running?" Quirinus asked, deeply concerned remembering what happened with Tom. 'Weird question... stupid, stupid.' he thought to himself as he realized how it would have sounded to the boy, "I-I-I-I-I-I-I'm... f-f-f-fine. A-a-a-are y-y-y-you?" he slouched low through nerves as he asked this.
"Yeah I'm fine... I'm Jake and you?"
Quirinus hesitated for a moment, "I-I-I-I-I'm... Qu-Qu-Qu-Quirrell... Qu-Qu-Quirinus... Qu-Qu-Qu-Quirrell." he said with a timid smile.
"Right then, Qui- ...Quir- ..." he cheekily pulled a face. "Quirrell." he added and nodded.
Quirinus laughed shyly at this, "N-n-nice t-t-t-to m-m-meet y-y-you."
"You too." Jake said with a grin.
Quirinus smiled timidly as he trembled slightly, "w-w-w-what ar-are y-y-you u-u-u-up t-t-to?"
Before Jake could reply, Sirius caught up to him, Quirinus cowered as Jake was tackled. He walked away before Sirius said anything to him; he knew Sirius and knew he would never be as cool as he was; he figured it were best to wait until Charlotte introduced him so it wouldn't be as awkward.