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Blacky's Characters Always up for plots and new things, so feel free to toss in ideas!   Amanda (Amy) Lee7 | Description ...
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Vil's wildlings
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Rachel was like that floater that just refused to flush... And it was Audrey's self-designated job to be there for him and the kids whenev...
Miss Piggy Del
"What a delightfully ugly snort there, Adele! Don't tell me the pink cheeks are spreading and affecting your brain, I'm not sure how I'll ...
Blood to Blood, Shade to Shade
"...The other part owner is basically dead, and his wife is a swamp donkey. She let the place go and refused to do anything to save it, so...
Unwavering Faith
"Mamiere will cook." Caleb interjected, before looking squarely at Zane. "And then you will die." ...
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Adam Longhurst
Interior Designer Is the twin brother of Matthew Belmont Currently has custody of his half-siblings, Aiden and Valerie Longhurst Has been in a...
Kora Karras
Up to you...
Kalea Taylor
Fifth-Sixth Year Is either in her fifth, or sixth year. Age dependent on what year she's in, and time of year born [hence the range] Excellent came...
Emily Burdett
Single Mother Youngest sister of Alan Burdett Former Flinders, class of 2001 Protective baby of the family Has a daughter from a sca...
Liam Burdett
Public Relations Representative Youngest of the Burdett brothers Of his siblings, is closest to Liz Works for the Australian Federal Ministry of Magic as a ...
Tamarah Blair
Star Quidditch Chaser One of the infamous Blair Triplets Has a love for all sports, but always especially for Quidditch Was picked up to play for...
Petros Karras
Job up to you...
Thomas Blair
Co-CEO of PartyBox, Events Manager One of Stu's infamous 'Blair Triplets' Was a prankster in Spencer with his siblings Co-CEO of a successful party business w...
Kristen James
Author...
Timothy Blair
Co-CEO of PartyBox, Chef One of Stu's infamous 'Blair Triplets' Was a prankster in Spencer with his siblings Co-CEO of a successful party business w...
Lilah Karras
Bilby...
Morgan Richter
Seventh Year Parents: Mason Richter & Carlotta (Last) Raised solely by her mother Mother is at least half Brazilian, father is parti...
Elizabeth Burdett
Waitress - Melbourne Eldest of the Burdett sisters Struggling actress Among her siblings, closest to Liam Does not enjoy country life ...
Alison (Surname)
Main occupation up to player | Base guitarist in Franklin Struck Gold squib born to wizard parents, though was still placed in wizarding school in the hopes that she might prove to just be a late bloomer (...
Lily Quinland
Bilby Student...
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Characters
Artemisia Bellerose
22 ☆ pb ☆ hu Having moved from one country to the next and then the next, Arti often had a problem making, or keeping, friends when she was younger and...
Sturn Haviland
26 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Veela The surface of Sturn Haviland can be very misleading, looking at the way she holds herself, speaks and moves one would think that the res...
Jonathan Azai
25 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Fae Jonathan is an enigma of switching phases and no one personality or image he shows is entirely true only a fragment of what he wants to b...
Cassandra Sullivan
18 ☆ pb ☆ fr Wildcat, pocket rocket, little bundle of constant energy and amusement, there's a reason she needed to take up dancing to burn some of tha...
Teddy
14 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human When Teddy thinks of her personality, the term “prickly” comes to mind. She pictures herself like a rose, thorns used to protect the ...
Stuart Blair
51 ☆ pb ☆ hu Considering he's the father of five Blair kids who were all Spencers (and a secret other one who ended up in Sturt), it would be fairly ac...
Siwan Llewellyn
16 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Organized and studious, but erring on the aloof and dreamy side of it. Siwan spend so much time traveling, that it was difficult for her t...
Tyson McKennis
17 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Driven and Ambitious, Tyson's major noticeable traits is that he always finds something to work hard towards living under the shadow of h...
Zane Nedvidek
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Serious. Sociopathic. Distant. These are just some words to describe Zane. He isn't much of a talker, but when he chooses to speak to you...
Alic Eron
24 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Alic is a very mercurial person; he can be your worst enemy one minute, and your best friend the next. How he treats you depends on how he...
Morgan Ohara
13 ☆ hb ☆ hu Despite her situation, Morgan is a very sweet girl. She is rather shy, and introverted, but isn't afraid to make friends. She just needs s...
Grant Thomas
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Grant is a shy but smart guy, incredibly loyal to his friends. ...
Evony Wynter
16/17 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Centaur Evony is by default, a happy person. She enjoys the chance she has been given to attend schooling within the magical world and strives to...
Savannah Ryan
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human You will find that Ava is bright and intelligent for her age. She has a playful kind of personality and an easy laugh. Ava enjoys being h...
Penny Quinland
27 ☆ pb ☆ hu Stubborn, willful and determined to accomplish her goals, Penny has proven that even if there were some detours along the way, you can rea...
Caldwell Hughes
24 ☆ mb ☆ ww Clever - Stickler - Kind of a hard ass toward students - Can loosen up around the right people ...
Brinley
12 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Human Brinley is a quiet boy with a stiff demeanor. He fancies himself older than his years, and as a result, rarely lets his guard down enough...
Ashkar Gastrell
44 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ash is a man that seems to exude confidence. He wears this along with arrogance as a shield. Showing the world a Wizard who has little re...
Susan Summers
22 ☆ mb ☆ hu Frank and serious with little regard for easing the blow of opinions and facts. It’s not that she doesn’t care about people's feeling...
Eugenia Holtzer
16 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Eugenia has always liked to take the lead, it's not so much that she desires leadership as much as it's the simple fact that she naturall...
Josie Wilson
22 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Josie is, for the most part, an optimistic young woman. She loves life as it is, and wants to explore it--but one day at a time. She deals...
Scarlett Fate
11 ☆ hb ☆ hu She is eccentric and very creative. She paints a lot and her favourite style of painting is abstract. She favours loud colours and messy ...
Michael Grant-Jones
27 ☆ pb ☆ hu Michael is a complicated man, who has two distinct personalities; that when he is in public company and that when he is with his loved on...
Lorelei Valentin-Blair
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human To say Lorelei's personality is complex would be an understatement. She holds a deep intelligence that is clearly abnormal for a young ch...
Dylan Connell
38 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Human Dylan Connell can be considered a very grim sort of man on the surface, more of actions than words. Often when he -does- speak it is short...
Iggy
16 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Fae Ignatius is a bit dreamy, easily distracted by a book or something new, which can make conversation with him difficult at times. He’s o...
Rosmunda Townsend
32 ☆ pb ☆ vt Though she may appear stoic, practical and professional much of the time, Rosmunda is far from unkind or lacking in compassion. In fact, i...
Squiggy
11 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Fae Squiggy is an extremely shy child, and rarely speaks unless spoken to. The one exception to this is in the classroom, when ze tends to as...
Eudoxia Miller
33 ☆ hb ☆ hu Eudoxia comes across to most people as cool and collected. She prides herself with always being in control of emotions, though she does no...
Lot Karras
38 ☆ hb ☆ hu ven when he appears self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid exterior. Lot is like a vo...
Holly Bennett
17 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Holly is a little bit like marmite. People tend to either love her or hate her, well, a less extreme version of that. She is self confess...
Elektra Devereux
31 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ely takes most of her life's problems on the chin. Most. For the rest, she usually hides it behind a mask of dry humour and sarcastic rem...
Keith Anderson
45 ☆ hb ☆ hu Keith is a shy person when he is in a new place. However, once you get to know him, you realize he is a fun loving, down-to-earth kind of ...
Igor Drakov
30 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Vampire Igor did have a fairly pleasant disposition, but through trauma inflicted upon him by his father, his attitudes and personality changed, ...
Viktor Valentin
27 ☆ hbr ☆ dh Viktor is a fairly quiet man, but is more than comfortable with engaging in conversation with others, even those he has not met before. No...
Liam Somersfield
32 ☆ pb ☆ hu Liam is a very quirky soul. He's extremely depressed from previous life experiences but he hides it well by constantly joking around and b...
Tory Pierce
22 ☆ pb ☆ hu Tory has always been a tomboy who loved getting into scrapes. She is more courageous than is good for her, and particularly susceptible to...
Naoki Nakamura
17 ☆ pb ☆ hu Player Friendly Fake Outgoing Fashionista Polite Casual ...
Salt Morgan
28 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Salt is shy, anxious and has little confidence. She is nervous and insecure. She is kind and although awkward, she is welcoming and will o...
Stanley Pike
17 ☆ mb ☆ hu Pike struggles to take most things seriously when it comes to his education, magical or otherwise. While not outright disruptive, his eff...
Amy Lee
7 ☆ hb ☆ hu Amy is a very quiet, sweet little girl. She will go out of her way to comfort someone else, and tends to be always grinning and happy. She...
Vladimir Valentin
527 ☆ pb ☆ hu Vladimir is a bit of a mix in terms of his personality, however the most noticeable feature of his is the fact that he is extremely calc...
Audrey Adagathguarde
25 ☆ pb ☆ hu Happy, hyperactive, and peppy -- if there was a cheer squad then Audrey would be it. She can be almost childlike in her natural bubbliness...
Maks Valentin
9 ☆ pb ☆ hu Maks is a cheeky little boy with a honey badger attitude to go along with it. Always cheerful, and willing to do whatever he wants and nee...
Leander Hue
26 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human While Leander is generally fair in grading, he dislikes untidy workspaces and is strict on his students in this area.  Lee loves organiz...
Sean Rhodes
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Sean is a serious soul, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t stand up for himself or others. He’s incredibly loyal and you can always...
Jezebel Blair
25 ☆ hbr ☆ sc Jezebel is generally a friendly and understanding person in most aspects, this is because through her life growing up she herself has had ...
Kate Belmont
48 ☆ pb ☆ hu Kate is Daddy's little princess all grown up. She's never had much of an interest in romance, beyond creating the odd scandal here and the...
Jason Miller
38 ☆ pb ☆ hu Jason is a very colorful guy. A fun-loving individual, he loves to be around a crowd of people, having fun and cutting up when it's accept...
Thomas Sollozzo
53 ☆ pb ☆ hu Thomas is a dangerous individual who enjoys nothing more in life than money, murder, and torture. Sociopathic by nature, he shows very li...
Lucy Fischer
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Headstrong | Stubborn | Spontaneous | Loyal | Adventurous | Strong in her convictions ...
Iris Glauert
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Iris is the type of girl that can easily overload herself. She likes to start projects, but not necessarily finish them, and her dreams ar...
Albertine Bellerose
Sixteen ☆ pb ☆ hu Albertine is an extroverted girl who due to feeling out of place in her current situation has become more introverted. She answers in cla...
Alexander Winfield
19 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Sorceraic Alexander is an extremely friendly young man and enjoys the better side of life. He has already dealt with what it felt like and even now ...
Daria Bishop
28 ☆ pb ☆ hu Many would say that Daria is the very definition of stubborn. The traits she has are almost a shock when you get to know her, she is outsp...
Maddison Harris
16 ☆ mb ☆ hu Maddie is like a rose, a delicate flower who can prick you with thorns if mishandled. She is a bit shy but a complete goofball around her ...
Boaz Izem
30 ☆ mb ☆ hu Boaz would tell you he has led a fate filled life, full of dramatic personal relationships. This has led him to believe that he has all th...
Caitlin Sullivan
36 ☆ hbr ☆ fr Cate would be considered a no-nonsense woman, which may sound strange when someone is told about her personal gifts and the fact that she ...
Adele DeVylissea
35* ☆ Halfblood ☆ Sorceraic There are two very distinct sides to Adele. One, is the happy, carefree, laid back person she would like to be all the time. During these ...
Ikedi Azikiwe
43 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ikedi is the type of person you want in your corner. He is compassionate and caring, and incredibly driven. Because he was the eldest of t...
Gerry Richter
16 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Gerry has always been very strong-willed. She knows what she likes, what she doesn't, and she seldom bends to any who aren't in her closes...
Amea Nedvidek
25 ☆ hbr ☆ sc She's not easy to understand. She is for the most part, a cool calculating woman with a very serious look on life. She takes things person...
Aiden Longhurst
15 ☆ hb ☆ hu Aiden is ridiculously protective of his younger sister Valerie, and treats all new people with caution - especially men. When he first cam...
Stella King
20 ☆ mb ☆ hu Stella is rather reserved and guarded.  Her family was close knit and traveled a lot.  She never had an actual home as a kid as the fami...
Gemini Demetra
22 ☆ hbr ☆ vt A good egg for the most part, Gem has always been free-spirited. Always eager to use her knowledge to basically turn whatever she can into...
Rue Delaney
28 ☆ hbr ☆ fr Rue is odd. She’s always been odd. There’s just something mildly unsettling about her. It could be her eyes, that startling shade of ...
Marcus Carsen
25 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Dhampir To narrow it down to a 'playful sort' would do Marcus a grand discredit. Being in the business of news and socially active there is a cert...
Hine Parata
16 ☆ hb ☆ hu While she likes to define herself as strong and athletic, her strength is in persistence. She has a tendancy to complete what she starts, ...
Derrick Ackers
26 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human A man who seems to always be looking for the next big thing in his life in the way of fun or simply an activity to do just to shake up th...
Vladimir Valentin
27 ☆ hbr ☆ dh Vladimir is one of the quietest people a person could ever meet. The man hates intruding upon the affairs of others. He respects everyone ...
Lilith Evenstar
24 ☆ pb ☆ hu Lilith becomes known to any community she joins very quickly, owing to her outgoing nature. She is fair and frank, preferring to be honest...
Tony Wolfe
38 ☆ hb ☆ hu Srengths: Compassion- regardless of what others may think of him Tony has a rather large heart. He keeps it hidden as much as possible, th...
Alan Burdett
50 ☆ pb ☆ hu As a general rule, Alan is open, honest and likes to have a joke around. He was a Spencer student in school, and well known for his pranks...
Violet Kalifa
28 ☆ hb ☆ hu Violet is incredibly tactile, but also very calculated and self conscious. While at first she may appear amiable she is very socially awar...
Bryan Hawthorne
45 ☆ hb ☆ hu Bryan Hawthorne is a down-to-Earth kinda guy. He enjoys the simple things in life such as the great outdoors with camping and hiking. He l...
Mary Ohara
29 ☆ mb ☆ hu Mary is a rather ordinarily happy woman, though she might choose to express it a little more vehemently than others. Always talkative, Mar...
Samhain Eros
16 ☆ hb ☆ hu Samhain is very quiet, and prefers to be on her own. She views people as untrustworthy, and tends to avoid them. However, she desperately ...
Matt Belmont
51 ☆ hb ☆ hu Matt’s obsession with neatness and cleanliness is a defining part of who he is. He keeps detailed records of everything, organises his m...
Ethan King
24 ☆ mb ☆ hu Energetic | Hyperactive | Friendly | Focused | Spastic | Inquisitive ...
Sage Morgan
28 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Sage is very academic and very creative. She is sharp-minded but gets obsessed with one thing or the other. She is a good friend and she h...
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The Australian Home of Magic Tallygarunga is an 18+ post-Potter non-canon forum RPG, featuring Australia's only public wizarding school Tallygarunga.
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Location: Rural Victoria, Australia
Current time: May 2018
Term Two: April 18th-June 30th
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Bourke: 215
Spencer: 205
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  1. How is England colder in summer than Australia is in winter?

  2. If Audrey hadn't dropped the news when she did, there was a fair chance Tavi would have done it for her---Alan knew there was never going to be a nice, well-calculated moment to make that announcement. Nor should there be, it was a baby and Alan didn't have time for people who felt like they needed to be in the right frame of mind to hear about it. That he and Audrey were officially a couple now? Well, that was different. He coughed as Edmund's sharp gaze went straight to him, followed by a similar look from Ammeleine. They were clearly thrilled to see Audrey and the kids, but he felt like he was a little... less welcome? It was very probably all in his head. "A baby?" Meri was the first to speak. "With him?" "Yeah I'm still tryin' to figure out why she'd bother with me too," Alan laughed wryly. Meri wasn't amused by that, she just frowned. Edmund didn't appear entirely shocked by the news, smiling quietly before reaching out to Audrey again. He pulled her in tight, kissed her forehead. "That's wonderful news, princess," he said softly. Ammeleine let out a long breath. "It is, but are you sure about this?" here it came. Alan braced himself. "New relationships are wonderful, but a baby so soon? What if this doesn't work out for you? You're not married, I wouldn't... well, I wouldn't want you to ruin any future like that..." "A baby ain't gonna ruin any future," Alan did his best not to snap Amy's head off, but he had strong feelings. "Even if things don't work out between me and Auds, we'll do our best for the kids. The three we've got, and the one coming." it was very important to Alan that Edmund and Ammeleine understand how integral Audrey already was in their family unit. This wasn't something he could, or would, walk away from easily. Even if there was no baby, he would always do right by Audrey because he would never let his own situations hurt the kids. They loved her. That was everything. "Aren't you already married, Alan?" Edmund's question was surprisingly gentle. Alan nodded, his expression grim. "Technically, yes. Rachel should be getting the papers around about now, it's been over for a long time." he waited for follow up questions, but Edmund seemed happy with that. He offered Alan his hand, shaking it with a wide grin. "Well, congratulations you two." he said, kneeling to be on the same level as the kids. "And to you three! What do you think you're going to get, a brother or a sister?" It was the most heavily debated question in the Burdett household, and Edmund soon found himself under an avalanche of arguments as to what it should be and why. Alan relaxed a little, hiding a smile. Meri frowned, watching her sister with a look of disappointment.
  3. Well now this was actual hell. Had Audrey poisoned him? Put something in his stomach that meant he couldn't have a beer? That basically was poisoning him, he was sure of it, especially when the next week would be spent in England where they didn't even see the point of cooling their beers. Alan's stomach did three consecutive flips. Was he ever going to have a cold beer again? Maybe he should just go and get one now. In case... well, in case the worst happened. But---they were being called. Alan swallowed and tried not to look as anxious as he felt. The kids, in contrast, were pure excitement. Alan was worried for them as much as he was for himself. If this went wrong his entire little family could be wiped out in the blink of an eye. It happened to people. What were they thinking taking all the kids along with them, and Audrey pregnant, and... Audrey's kiss only soothed his worry a tiny bit. Sarah took his left hand, and Cam took the right. Both kids beamed up him with big smiles. Alan wanted to run. This could be the very last time they ever did that. And then... his guts flew forward, and everything got very suddenly colder. "Oh, f..." dizzied from the journey, Alan bolted awkwardly for the nearest bin. He felt drunk, light-headed. A little sleepy from whatever Audrey had given him. Fast travel was always hell on his stomach, and though the nausea was not so bad as he'd feared, it was still enough to leave him dry-retching over a bin. Marie had, of course, told the kids all about their family trips and wasn't it so funny that Dad couldn't handle the trip, so... yes, the kids were stifling giggles. Which was better than them worrying about him. "Not a happy traveller, then," Edmund was also amused. As instructed, the kids rushed to the sound of his voice, clamoring around Audrey's parents for cuddles and to show off Tavi's prized green suitcase. Alan waited until he felt a little stronger in the knees before letting go of the bin. "Never been real good at it," he mumbled, stumbling over to the group. Meri stood a little off to the side, as though she wasn't part of the group. "Nice to see you again Edmund, Ammeleine. Meri." "And you too, Alan," Edmund reached forward through the kids, to shake Alan's hand. Ammeleine, on the other hand, was eyeing Audrey critically. "You're looking well, sweetheart," she said. "It is lovely to see you over here again, and to have the kids... and Alan... here with you." At this last she sounded less convinced, as if she was unsure of why Audrey had brought her boss and his children all this way.
  4. Alan nodded, satisfied for the moment. He worried about her, just as he worried about all his siblings. At the mention of a celebration, though, he shook his head. "Not yet, Moo," he said. The divorce situation was making him nervous, he really didn't know what to expect. Rachel was horrible like that, there was nothing she wouldn't do to get what she felt she deserved. Worse, Rachel believed that it was worth whatever she had to do. Even if it meant hurting the children, Rachel would do it. There was only so much their hearts could take, and Rachel's mastery of guilt was supreme. "She's getting the papers the same day we leave," he said. "Hopefully by the time we get back, she'll be in a more rational place. You remember what happened last time---Cam still worries that he should have gone with her so that she doesn't get too sad." there was an edge in Alan's voice, a protective anger for his son. How dare Rachel ever put that on the kids, how dare she cry and beg, make Cameron feel that the only way for her to be okay was for him to be with her. That her life was not worth living without him, when she was the one who had ran out. Remembering that night, and so many others too similar, made Alan's blood boil. "Once she hears I'm with Audrey of all people, it's going to get ugly," Alan sighed, releasing the tension from his shoulders. "Let alone the fact there's a baby on the way, I mean---I hope she doesn't try anything, but... I really can't say I believe she won't." His frown was deep, and even a little annoyed at himself. He'd loved her, still did to a point. How had he been this stupid? How had he not seen her for the manipulative demon she was? "Besides, Audrey's family will be the last to find out about the baby---our family has the ability to be there, know things as they happen. I'd like to make this happen over there, include them. So... don't breathe a word to Mum, or it'll be through Narrie in a split second." Alan laughed. Marie had a big mouth. Convincing her not to tell every person she knew about the baby had been a challenge. Alan dug around in his pocket, before passing a small box over to Susan. Inside, the engagement ring he'd bought in the days after conference. "Reckon she'll like it?" he asked with a grin.
  5. "You guess? Doesn't sound convincing, Moo," Alan pressed gently, a concerned frown on his face. University was hard. He remembered that much. One of the benefits of getting older was that people judged you by where you were, they forgot how much you struggled to get there. No one remembered anymore the classes he'd failed because he hated the city and kept coming back to Narrie instead of studying, or how he'd paid Kate to stay up all night to write an essay he couldn't wrap his head around. They forgot how at risk he'd been of not passing Sixth Year at Tally, how his parents had to intervene to make sure he wasn't put in the same class as Steve, and the long hours he'd had to put in to catch up. And his first years teaching were lost. He was the headmaster now, a Tally institution---no one looked at him and saw the man who'd turned up to class with hangovers, been less than responsible, put his efforts into being cool and liked by the students more than he had into being a teacher. Failure had been a big part of his success, and over the years he'd honed his knack for spotting others in trouble. "We're very happy. You know me... no such thing as too many kids, and Audrey's..." a wide grin spread over his face without Alan even being conscious of it. Which always happened when he thought about Audrey, it was disgusting. "She's everything. There will be people who don't approve, but... I don't care anymore. The kids love her, and so do I." Being happy again was a weird feeling. Like the first time he'd taken his wedding ring off, and his hand felt naked. A good weird, though. "Got all the paperwork set to finalise things with Rachel, and... if I survive this trip to England," Alan took a deep breath. "I'm gonna ask Audrey to marry me. Get permission from her father, or not... actually don't care if he says no, but I think she'd appreciate that I asked him? Did that right? At least then they'll know how serious I am about this, and... it's not just the baby. That's a nice bonus, but I can't imagine my life without her." Scary new steps, but he had so much hope again. Things were finally coming back his way.
  6. "Yes!" the chorus of excited Burdett children shouted back at Audrey, making Alan at least crack a nervous smile. Whatever she'd given him had settled his stomach, but he also felt a touch drowsy. Or drunk in the not-fun way. Whatever got him through this... maybe... maybe beer was the answer? Surely they had time to chug down a beer or six before their appointed departure slot? Alan looked around, there had to be a bar here somewhere... "Yeah, yeah..." Alan nodded, swallowing down another big lump of impending doom. The kids were very excited about this. About all of this. Sarah had tried to pack dolls' clothes in her suitcase just in case the baby arrived early. Tavi was telling anyone who got past her bright green suitcase demonstrations that she was going to be a big sister, and Cam was quietly (but desperately) hoping for a brother. It didn't bother them at all that the baby was with Audrey and not their biological mother, but why would it? Audrey was more a mother to them than Rachel was these days. "Reckon there's anywhere I can get a beer around here?" he asked, looking around again. It sounded like a very good way to prepare for the travel, and then for facing Audrey's family. Meri was going to be meeting them on the other side. No amount of gentle "you don't have to!" would persuade her otherwise. Alan had hoped they could tell Edmund and Amy first, get them past the shock and whatever came next before they faced Meri. At least that way, they wouldn't be frozen and unable to act if Meri decided to stab them. Or something. Alan really wasn't sure what Meri was capable of anymore. The world had broken her. Alan felt broken too. His appetite was gone, only the desire for beer was still there. He hadn't even been able to face bacon and eggs for breakfast. He was also wearing a collared shirt, and jeans that weren't mostly destroyed. He was neat, clean-shaven, presentable. He had shoes on that weren't also farm boots, and Audrey had put something in his hair to make it sit right. How did she know what was "right"? Hair just... did what it did. "It's gonna be colder when we get there," he said to the kids. "You all got your jackets ready?" He knew they did, he could see all three jackets. He was trying not to think, and still trying to locate a bar.
  7. This had all come up way too fast. Alan stood in the lobby, bags packed at his feet. Tavi was very proud of her bright green suitcase, wheeling it behind her and asking random strangers to admire it. They did, because Tavi was adorable, and it was very hard to say no to her. This was going to be his longest Floo trip by far, and for all Audrey's reassurances, Alan couldn't shake the feeling that something was going to go wrong. They were going to get reassembled the wrong way at the other end, or something. Was this really safe for Audrey while she was pregnant? They had done all the research (mostly to shut him up) but in spite of hundreds of pages of proof that Floo travel was absolutely safe for pregnant women, Alan had read one article about a possible defect that had come about probably not because of Floo travel, but maybe it had. After all, how much did it really matter that there was a genetic mutation in the family that had caused the same defect in the child's father and grandfather, it was clearly and probably the Floo travel! This wasn't the only source of his worry. In about two hours, Rachel would be getting the divorce papers. That wasn't going to resolve itself quickly and quietly, when they came back (assuming they survived) there would be a fight to be had. Maybe death by Floo travel wasn't the worst-case scenario here? Alan really didn't want to face his estranged wife. That always got complicated. Didn't want to leave, sure didn't want to stay. Alan found in these situations it was just better to do as Audrey wanted---which in this case was going to a very cold place to talk to her parents (who probably didn't like him much) about a baby they probably wouldn't approve of. Fun.
  8. "Yeah, but you didn't tell anyone you were coming up today. Else Mum'd be here making you dinner," Alan pointed out, lumbering into the room and dropping himself heavily onto Samantha's bed. It was the only bed he was really game to sit on, Sam was the least volatile of his sisters. Even if neither Liz nor Emily lived here, they always seemed to know when he'd done something. It was weird. It was probably weird enough that most of the bedrooms were still set up the same way they were when they were still kids. Alan chalked that up to laziness of the part of Steve and Barry, who had gone as far as to turn Laurie and Marie's room into Steve's room... and Barry had taken over the boys' room. "Sarah's in the front room," Alan nodded. "I'm sure she'll come up in a minute, but... prepare yourself. She's pretty excited about the baby, she's got... plans." So far Sarah had decided that the baby's name would be Rebecca (obviously it was going to be a girl, Sarah wouldn't accept the possibility of another brother), that it would sleep in the small dolls' crib in her room, and go to school with her so that Alan and Audrey could keep going to work. Also, every day the family would eat chocolate waffles for breakfast once the baby arrived, because babies only liked waffles and only chocolate flavour. Alan wasn't sure where Sarah was getting this information, he suspected Liam may have played a part. And Alan had plans of his own. First, he would survive the trip to England. That was key. Just thinking about it made him nervous, and Steve and Barry had capitalised on that. The Floo jokes had been thick and fast, along with reminders about Alan's other miserable attempts at long-distance travel. Family holidays were often impeded by Alan's "sensitive travel stomach". "You doing okay, Susie-moo?" he asked, ever the big brother. It had been weird while she was still in school, and a student under his care. Now it was no different to his blood sisters, he teased and loved her the same way. "Do I need to get Mum out here to interrogate you?"
  9. Alan had a sense about these things. That, and Barry had sent a note over the boundary once he saw Susan make her way inside. Sarah had insisted on coming too, so soon as she'd got her farm boots on, the pair made their way over to the main property---taking the shortcut through the side paddock. Steve had moved the cows there for the day, which was annoying. You never really got used to the creepy stare of hundreds of cattle. Sarah just laughed and skipped ahead, daintily avoiding the cow pats and visible mud. Her farm boots were brand new, and she wasn't ready for them to be destroyed yet. Coming up to the property, Alan lifted a hand in greeting to Barry. He had his faults, but Barry was more sensitive than he let on. He also knew that if there was a particular reason that Susan had come home without telling anyone first (not that anyone minded, it was just unusual) he wasn't the person to deal with it. Barry would make her laugh later. Steve would too, but less intentionally. Alan was never sure how Steve survived day to day, he wasn't the most intelligent soul. "Alright, stay here a minute sweetheart," Alan said to Sarah, helping her out of her coat and hanging it on the hook inside the door. "I'll let you know if Aunty Susan wants to play. Okay?" Sarah nodded, and raced for the box of toys kept in the front room. Trucks. The girl loved her trucks and tractors. She also loved princesses, and Princess Truck Driver was a Thing in their house. Alan was so proud. He wandered down to the girls' room, knocking lightly on the door. "Susie-moo," he called through the door, the nickname she'd tried to make him stop using---but he'd refused and just used it more. "You really think you can sneak home like this?" he laughed, it was a joke. If she didn't want to talk, she wouldn't let him in---but he wanted her to know he was here anyway.
  10. Alan really liked the idea of being out of town when Rachel found out. Especially taking the kids with them. Rachel had a horrible habit of turning up when he really didn't want her to, and each time was more painful than the last. She wasn't the same. The Rachel he married wouldn't have turned up at Cam's cricket games, fed him full of fantastic ideas of what living with her would be like---all of them false. Alan very much doubted that Rachel had a tree in her backyard that sprouted Mars Bars. Cam had been so excited to go with her, he'd hated Alan for stopping it. And that had only been because Alan had filed for her visits to be supervised, the last time the kids had been left in her care (the one time in a six week period that she'd actually shown up) Sarah had broken her arm, but Rachel refused to take her to a doctor. Once you told Rachel she couldn't have something, she immediately found a reason to fight it. Alan was fairly certain that she would fight the divorce with the same petty energy. "Yeah, that sounds good." he nodded, trying to block out the enormity of what they were going to do. Travel to England. The baby thing? That was also huge, but he felt prepared for that. He laughed nervously. "I didn't really think I'd leave Australia for anything either." This wasn't just anything though, and that was the difference. Acknowledging his feelings for Audrey had been difficult, the age gap and the fact that she was an employee, and a student at Tally before that---but she'd also been there for him. And for the kids. He didn't know when that had become love, exactly. It just... had. "I'll do it for you, though." he grinned. "No one else, but."
  11. Her faith in him did make it all seem more possible. Alan grinned like the big dumb idiot he was, or a dog being told he was a "good boy". It was much the same thing with Alan. Seeing her happy like this only made him more happy, happy enough that even if the trip was terrible and he did find himself torn apart by the traumatic long-distance Floo travel... well, he got to see Audrey smile like this, so it was worth it. And the kids would be in good hands, he'd make sure that Audrey was ensured legal custody before they went. No way was he letting Rachel get the kids back in the event of his untimely death. "School holidays, yeah..." Alan nodded. He could understand that her parents would be upset if they weren't told almost immediately. He spoke before his brain caught up with the calendar, and... oh no. "So um. Very soon." he said, a crack in his throat. No. Keep it together, Alan. Just... chill, and prepare for the potential death trip as quick as humanly possible. "Got a lot to organise," he mumbled. He had to do it. Audrey's parents needed to know, and he wanted to go on a tour of all of the wonderful places he'd heard about. He wanted this happy, excited Audrey to show him. There were things that needed to be done. "So... a lawyer on Tuesday then, huh? Try and be out of the country when Rachel gets the papers..." he laughed weakly.
  12. He understood, and he would do it---for her---but that didn't make it less frightening. Perhaps in years to come he would at least learn to tolerate the trip, if not enjoy it. He doubted he would ever enjoy it, Alan never did enjoy being out of Narrie for too long. Three years in Melbourne had been about six years too many, he'd hated it. What he did understand, though, was Audrey's desire to show him her life before Australia, and that was important. "I want you to share those with me, yeah," he nodded. Alan had heard a lot of stories, a lot of names and places and adventures he'd not seen for himself. He did very much want to see the backdrop of Audrey's history, he just wished it wasn't so darn far away. Or cold. Alan wasn't a big fan of cold weather either. "Of course I trust you," Alan added with a grin. "And I go where you go, no matter what. Even if it scares the hell out of me, which---it does. We'll find a way to get me there and back, and you'll have plenty of time to tease me about being a scaredy cat." This was a good way to prove to her parents that he was serious, though, right? Rachel had wanted to go overseas for their honeymoon, and he'd flat refused. He wasn't even marrying Audrey (yet) and already they were planning a trip to England. "When... would you like to go?" he asked the dreaded question. Might as well start the doomsday clock.
  13. Alan wasn't so worried about seeing her parents as he was about the travel involved. He didn't know them well, but he knew they were good---if very English---people. He'd once watched with a very perplexed expression as Edmund made his way through a pizza with a knife and fork. Ammeleine may have believed that Audrey was wasting her life tending to an old man and his kids, and Alan suspected that maybe she believed he had Audrey trapped here somehow? But she was still good with the kids, and spoiled them when they came to visit. Heck, the kids already called them Granny and Granddad. "All... in one go?" Alan could feel the nausea sweep through him just contemplating it. A jump that big? There was a reason he made small jumps. Alan didn't even like apparating all that much, why were wizards so insistent on modes of travel that made you feel like your guts were outside of your skin? And muggles with their bloody airborne death traps. Alan shivered. He didn't want to admit to Audrey that the prospect of going to England made him very, very uncomfortable. "That might. Well, you know... the kids. Might not handle it." Alan mumbled. What if they got trapped in England? Got there, and then it was too much and he couldn't come back? He didn't want to live out the rest of his days somewhere cold! And who would look after the property in their absence? Run the school? Feed the dogs? Who would mend the bloody fences! Think of the fences!
  14. "Who can stay bitter when there's a baby?" Alan agreed. He couldn't imagine that at all, babies were good. Babies were the best. Even Meri and Ems would have to agree that this was a good and wonderful thing once they laid their eyes on the newest member of their family. Ems had hated the fact that Adele was Lauren's mother, but she'd loved Lauren without reserve. Meri might be jealous and bitter, but that wasn't something she could hold against a child. And if she did? Alan didn't have time for that. He hoped for Meri's own sake that she didn't allow her own sadness to eclipse Audrey's happiness, because if she dared make this unpleasant for Audrey he was going to do whatever it took to reduce the hurt for Audrey. He wasn't above cutting Meri out of their lives if it came to that. He'd done it with Rachel. But now Alan was beginning to look proper anxious. New babies and revealing their scandalous relationship was all well and good, but international travel? That was something that gave him the real worry. Just going interstate required multiple small jumps for Alan to feel comfortable, and England was very far away. "Yeah that---that would be good," he said, swallowing down the knot that was forming in his throat. It did sound good to go and see what Audrey's life was like before this, and the kids would love it. Alan laughed nervously. "That way... your family can punch me in person if they don't like this whole thing..."
  15. Well you couldn't fault that logic. Although he couldn't fathom why she'd chosen to stay here with him, there was no disputing that she had. In spite of what was probably an ocean of better offers, she was here. And they were going to do this, it was exciting---terrified as Alan was of getting hurt again, could it really be worse than the last dozen times he'd had his heart torn out? What was one more? Better to take the risk and enjoy the good times than run away now. "Mmm... we are going to have to tell a lot of people," he agreed. Already the slightest twinges of guilt were settling in his gut that he hadn't told his Mum yet. He'd only known five minutes but it still felt wrong that she didn't know. His parents would be excited, he knew that---and Liz and Liam, who had lately seemed very interested as to whether he was planning to have more kids. Steve and Baz would be happy to have more little ones around to torment. Ems... well. Alan wasn't sure about that one. Ems was weird when it came to Audrey, she'd once scolded Sarah for accidentally calling Audrey "Mum". But that paled in comparison to having to tell Meri. "Yeah, I don't imagine she's going to take it well." Alan cringed. Meri had a bad habit of making her problems everyone's problem. It had been a relief when she took her misery back to England. Alan's patience with her had run out when she took a story Rachel was telling about her pregnancy cravings and turned it into a spiel about being grateful she could get pregnant at all, and maybe she should just enjoy the experience because some women would never have that. Even Rachel hadn't deserved that. "I wanna be there when you tell them," he said after a moment. No way was he going to let Audrey face that alone, and however she thought it was best to break the news he would simply have to follow. He'd never been out of the country before. Long-distance travel made him anxious. He avoided it whenever he could.
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