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A couple of farmers have been talking about sightings of a large wild cat of some kind, but when the try to chase after it to get a better...
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Bet you didn't know that the latest news is the performer on the net who goes by 'BlueEyed' is taking up schooling in Tallygarunga! Even s...
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No longer "AT", but we saw THAT coming.
It's official. Papers have been filed, and the unexpectedly long marriage of @Adele DeVylissea is over. Dear oh dear. At least the Drunk...
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Posting Gossip Small towns are notorious for gossip. The wizarding community that inhabits Narragyambie and Tallygarunga is no exception. B...
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Shio's Folks
Ignatius LarueAge: 16Gender: MaleHouse: Bourke Iggy is of the quiet sort, often keeping to the edge of social gatherings even though he r...
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Cait Doesn't Know What the S in Splotting Means
Brinley Abraham Grisham 11 | Transfer Student | 1st Year | Profile Link   ABOUT: Sent to live with his uncles in Austra...
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Welcome to the Black Parade
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
Plots! Splots! Spots! Lots! Socks! ... okay I'll stop now As a general rule I'm pretty much down for anything. I don't hugely enjoy f...
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Unflushable...
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." ...
Adoptables
Lilah Karras
Bilby...
Kora Karras
Up to you...
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...
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...
Kristen James
Author...
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 ...
Elizabeth Burdett
Waitress - Melbourne Eldest of the Burdett sisters Struggling actress Among her siblings, closest to Liam Does not enjoy country life ...
Petros Karras
Job up to you...
Lily Quinland
Bilby Student...
Morgan Richter
Seventh Year Parents: Mason Richter & Carlotta (Last) Raised solely by her mother Mother is at least half Brazilian, father is parti...
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 (...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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Cait
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Kaitore
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Brinley Grisham
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Boli
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Shio
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Cait
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Ignatius Larue
Ignatius Larue achieved Prolific Poster Level One
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Characters
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
Caldwell Hughes
24 ☆ mb ☆ ww Clever - Stickler - Kind of a hard ass toward students - Can loosen up around the right people ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
Grant Thomas
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Grant is a shy but smart guy, incredibly loyal to his friends. ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Ethan King
24 ☆ mb ☆ hu Energetic | Hyperactive | Friendly | Focused | Spastic | Inquisitive ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Naoki Nakamura
17 ☆ pb ☆ hu Player Friendly Fake Outgoing Fashionista Polite Casual ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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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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Flinders: 155
Sturt: 162
Bourke: 215
Spencer: 205
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  1. "My motives?" Elscia's eyebrows rose, along with the pitch of her voice as though she thought the proposition was simply laughable. "I don't think you understand, dear cousin. I have nothing to gain from any of you. Even were I not so far removed from the line of succession, to what end could I ever expect it should fall to me with so many eternals before me? I have precisely, in this time, all that will ever be allotted to me and never any true chance of more, and I am not unhappy with that," there was a ring of truth to her words. She didn't have anything to gain, but that wasn't the point. Elscia didn't want power, political or magical. Reasons that drove the average person simply weren't there. "Yet you do nothing without cause, Elscia," Bethianna intoned, her voice still incredibly displeased. Elscia's tight grin flashed through annoyance, to anger. And then... hurt. "Is it so outlandish to think perhaps I desire some member of my family to care if I live or die?" she snapped. "You disallow me our common blood then shun me for not having it---you fight for Lui'xander's right to exist and yet deny mine even as I stand here? You say it is because he has purpose, when both we know such purposes are invented and given by you. Is my crime that you had daughter and not son? Am I so purposeless and useless to you simply because I could not replace your brother?" Bethianna's expression didn't flicker as Elscia hissed her injured accusations. None of it was untrue, and none of it really could be defended. So she remained silent. "Mistake not, Lui'xander, that is what draws her to you. To turn you into the shadow of a brother centuries dead. Aunty Lillian ensured Calebrien's blood was purged to save him from such a fate, and though the dullness of your eyes suggests you also have been purged---what is it you plan now, Mummy? You couldn't mean to replace him entire with the Violet?" Elscia's expression was one of disgust. "Lui'xander, dear cousin, if you tire of being moved as a piece in the game---seek for me. I cannot save you from their strings and secrets, but I can provide human company. Something in short supply in our family." And with her outburst complete, Elscia swept away as fast as she had arrived. Bethianna's expression still hadn't moved. But she had turned to one of the gardens, her fingers tracing the edges of the petals on a yellow rose. "I imagine you have some questions," she said softly. "Ask what you will."
  2. David and my father have conspired to send me on a "spa day". They're refusing to let me go to work. Off with their heads!

    1. Alexander Winfield

      Alexander Winfield

      You deserve it, just take it in. You'll end up missing it once the kiddo comes along.

  3. Elscia, it seemed, did not have the heightened intuition that Bethianna, Lillian, and the others did. She made guesses based on what she could see, and what she assumed to be true. Alexander's eyes were not as she would have expected from her mother's kind, and they looked too dull still to be containing any of that power. It didn't occur to her that a simple pair of contact lenses might be meddling with her perception. Alexander must simply have chosen (or been forced to choose) his wizarding side. But she laughed as her hand was moved. "Oh now, your girl doesn't approve of your family being close?" she asked. Elscia had no designs on Alexander, even though they were not blood kin. He was however, a curiosity in how he'd managed to capture Bethianna's attention for so long. Getting answers had been difficult, but persistence paid off. It was almost... sweet... how her mother was working so hard to replace what she'd lost. Elscia didn't really have time for what held sentimental value for her mother though. What was more important was that it existed. And so too was the nugget of supposedly secret information so casually tossed into the conversation. Another fact gleaned from Lillian in one of her weaker moments, the diabolical scale of the lie was delicious to her. Having Alexander know, and therefore be forced to wrestle with himself over whether he ought speak up... a mental anguish that might almost pay him back the torture that was living a life invisible to her own mother, a woman forever preoccupied with a lost prince. Haphazard as she seemed, Elscia was as cold and calculating as Bethianna could be. "I know Mummy has tried this so many times, I really thought she would push you further. The others, clearly, were not successful. Had Aunty Lillian not protested, she had a mind to take little Calebrien that way too, didn't you Mummy?" as Elscia looked at her, Bethianna could not---would not---deny it. "But, you standing here, wizard as you are... now that is a wonderful sign that Mummy has accepted that it brings only illness and pain, and not to inflict it any further." "Are you quite done, Elscia?" Bethianna frowned. "Don't be like that, Mummy. I just want to welcome my cousin here to the family. And if there is anything he wishes to know about us, he is most welcome to ask," the smile that spread across her lips didn't falter for a second. "I think you'll find me far more agreeable with information than our elders, or even your sister."
  4. "Should you reach your hundredth year, I fear you'll be disappointed in the frequency of your 'blue moon'," Bethianna's wry tone suggested it was... a joke? Elscia's sudden intrusion was less than welcome, immediately setting her lips to a thin frown. The girl played up like this as if it were to embarrass her, there were no real bonds behind her terms of endearment. It was an act. It was always an act. "Oh, yes, I have heard of you," Elscia said with a gleeful grin. "Mummy doesn't like to give details, but Aunty Lillian was most obliging. Little Alexander Athrose, finally back home---what an occasion! Where has Mummy been hiding you? She hasn't---oh no, your eyes..." Elscia tutted softly. "She took it away from you too, didn't she? Made you choose the other side. What did Mummy tell you to make you agree to that?" "Elscia, enough," Bethianna warned. "In any case, it does make us the same, and that is exciting. Do you know how it is to only have cousins preoccupied with eternity? Now we have each other, dear cousin, you'll be far better company than Aellra and her breed, I can see that already..." there was something very wrong about Elscia. A sinister playfulness that lurked beneath her melodic voice, the clear contempt she held for Bethianna while pretending to a sweet daughter act. "I suppose it was different for you anyway, dear cousin. My chance of surviving acceptance was ever stronger than yours, quite certain to succeed. Yours, oh... I weep for you, cousin. Even if you survived, what life is it to be Mummy's only experiment gone right?" Bethianna stood in stony silence, letting Elscia dribble her shit. Sooner or later the girl's incoherent babble would reduce her credibility to nothing. There was rarely any use fighting her, Elscia was good enough at destroying herself. "But well done to you, Mummy, for letting this one go. It can't have been easy after all of these years, why who could blame you if you thought perhaps to infuse him as Aunty Lillian did with Láurendylora?" "Do not speak of things you know nothing about," Bethianna said firmly. But Elscia simply laughed, and reached out to squeeze Alex's shoulder. "So secretive, aren't they? So glad you're one of us, and not one of them."
  5. "Yes. That is why I tried to end her," Bethianna had no qualms about admitting it. The truth was the truth, and rarely was it pleasant. If it changed Alex's view of her, that was unfortunate---but she would rather he be disappointed in the truth than admire a lie. "Aellra was different. Your mother insisted she live, that she take her place on the throne. Even though Liana took her in, Lillian kept her close. Aellra worshiped her. Such heavy influence was not in the interests of the nation's future, they had to be separated." Bethianna didn't regret what she'd done. Not one bit. As far as she was concerned, it was all toward a better future for everyone. Sometimes there was a human cost. That was just life. "By the time we knew of you, Lillian's interest in control had waned. She believed there was no use for you in her life, she saw no need to raise and influence you. You were never a threat in the way Aellra was. Lillian's loss, but there was no reason for you to perish. Not when you could be happily raised outside, in a life all your own," Bethianna turned her head slightly, looking down at Alex with a soft frown. "When Aellra returned, and I saw how she had become her own person, I saw no further reason to view her as a threat. She has objectives of her own, not pushed upon her by Lillian. It is not ideal, but there were worse outcomes." She was glad that he saw the truth in her assessment of him, he was young and idealistic. Adele's bitter and hard nature served her well where she was, an unfortunate but true fact. Bethianna shook her head as he spoke of more secrets. There wasn't much more of great importance that he was missing. "The rest is mere details," she said. "Stories that belong to one person or another, the heart of it is here. Should Lillian, Aellra, or any of the others choose to divulge what has occurred to them in life, that is for them to do so. There are things Aellra does not know. But you are all young, and there is plenty of time to discover all the finer points." The sound of clicking heels clattered through the courtyard, a woman racing toward them with a high-pitched giggle. For a moment, it was as if there were two Bethiannas---the quiet, disapproving one that Alex knew well, and the manic laughing one that had stopped near them. She had the same red ringlets, the same angular face. Her eyes were also green, but not as intense, and she lacked that same energy signature that came from other sorceraic. A witch. "Mummy, you should have let us know you were coming home!" she said, in heavily accented English. "Daddy and I would have prepared a lovely meal! Who's this friend you've got here, Mummy? He is rather handsome---is he one of your projects?" light as the conversation appeared, and childlike for a woman who was clearly in her twenties or more, there was a cold undertone that persisted beneath the act. "This is Alexander," Bethianna replied, irritated. "Alexander, this is Elscia."
  6. “This is one of the rare occasions in which Aellra’s reasons are not entirely unfathomable,” Bethianna admitted, as Alex touched on how Adele could have kept something so massive from him. She turned away from the painting, leading him down a long corridor. As they walked, she spoke. “She herself is something of an outsider, and as you must realise—prefers it. Here she is an entity, not a person. There is no freedom. Perhaps if she had been fully raised here in the ways that were considered right, it may have been different. She would have known nothing else.” The air turned colder still as she led him out into a large courtyard. Thin paths separated small plots of earth, planted with roses. Two to three bushes grew on each, a name plate in each one. A graveyard, the life of the dead carried on in the vibrant petals above. There was every colour of rose imaginable, white to red, yellow to lavender, some with colours so deep they were near black, and most curiously — a blue showing here and there. “Many of the ideas here are what you would feel is old-fashioned. A family should only be started when a family unit is stable, generally that means a husband and wife. Not only were your mother and father unwed when Aellra was conceived, it was a match that should never have been. Our position, Alexander, is to guide those who guide nations. For your mother to consort with Rheldor as she did was a terrible conflict of interest.” Her stride was purposeful, but it was really just movement. Letting him take in the scenery as she spoke. Start wrapping his head around all of this. ”Your aunt had recently married, she offered to fake her own pregnancy that Aellra might be legitimate. But it was not far enough removed from Lillian’s influence that the damage could be undone. If they were exposed, Rheldor would be killed and Lillian banished, my threat to do so sent him into hiding. The child—I tried to reverse that too. Fatherhood never suited Kheldere, and your aunt’s marriage failed swiftly. Your grandmother, Ethanielle, granted an extra special concession that her daughter could divorce and seek happiness—something she could do as the current monarch, but not without consequence. Between the threat to Aellra’s life and her own scandal, Ameliana escaped with your sister to the outside world.” She stopped by a particular garde bed, withered stalks suggested it had been planted once but died. “Both were assumed dead, and gardens planted for them. Your sister has ever been more an outsider, not given the trust and love that was given to those before her. She has a strong wish that her family experience a common outside life and know their options, before allowing this to become all that they are.” Bethianna actually respected that view. “Given how limited your life may be, Alexander, it is a heavy weight to ask you to bear.” ”But yes, your father—the lost crown prince, does mean that you are also a prince. To rule, the laws stipulate a marriage that one heart not face the job alone, and to fulfill this requirement Aellra married her first true husband. He was a father to Ruella.” Bethianna watched Alex carefully, attuned to what he may need. Was he unreasonably cold? Upset? Hungry? ”Aellra is far from loved. There are many who would jump at any chance to oust her, something they can only do if a viable option can be found. Ruella was disinherited for her marriage, Jezebel has been forbidden to take that step. Aellra is quite determined that the monarchy end with her, there are others simply determined to end her. A precarious position.” “Your marriage, if it is discovered who you are, will be like a sign to them. An heir of the right line, fresh and young and naive. You are the perfect prey, Alexander. There is... no need yet to end your marriage. We will conceal you as best we are able, bring you here only with protections. When you know yourself, and the truth of your family, enough to choose which life you truly want—then we will reassess.”
  7. Without further ceremony, Bethianna opened the door. Into... a tiny closet. Well, that was uneventful. On one side, garments hung inside zipped bags, and discarded accessories -- shoes, belts, hats -- littered the floor. On the other, a series of shelves was home to what appeared to be mostly junk. Old board games, spare linen. A storage space with an identity issue. Bethianna ignored all of it, reaching through the back to a far more concealed door that was no more than a few subtle lines in the plaster work. As her fingers touched, it clicked, allowing her to push the panel open and into... ... Another closet. A bigger one, though. Around the size of a small bedroom, carpeted in a soft blue and much neater than the other. More of a dressing room than a wardrobe, it too had garments hanging on racks to the side. A full-length mirror stood in one corner, the gleaming glass framed in an ornate polished setting. The temperature had dropped, and the door they had come through clicked back into the wall, the seams lining up so perfectly it was near impossible to tell it was there at all. "Here, you will need this," Bethianna selected a coat from the rack, heavy wool dyed an intense blue. She wrapped it around his shoulders, pulling it tight. After a moment, she frowned, and took a small box from a side shelf. "And these." The box contained a couple of contact lenses, tinted to a near black. They wouldn't entirely mask the intense blue of Alex's eyes, but it would be better than nothing. For this visit, he needed a little anonymity. Rumours spread very fast. While waiting for him to sort that out, Bethianna stood in front of the mirror. Slowly, the uncomfortable modern clothes of the outside world morphed into her more traditional, heavy emerald green dress. Between the coat Alex was wearing and her own elaborate dress, it appeared as though they might be attending a costume party. She adjusted her jewellery, fixed a few loose strands of hair, before turning back to Alex. "It is time you knew of the homeland," she said, beckoning for him to follow her again as she headed for the more obvious entry to the dressing room. This time, the door opened onto something far more impressive. Polished marble floors, rich tapestries and banners in blue, a bitter ocean breeze that came in from open balconies on either side. One showed a rough, grey sea -- far below the cliff that held the building. The other, the tops of buildings built of stone and more marble, some rich and others more run-down. Ornate pillars held up the impossibly high ceiling, and yet staircases suggested that there were floors above and below this one. Thick blue carpet brought in some warmth, and suddenly---their costume-esque attire seemed very appropriate. The richly dressed people who milled around spoke the same fluid language heard from Adele and the others, speaking in sounds that made English seem raw and crude. "This is the homeland of your father, of your sister. Isle du L'Arine, or L'Arindelle. Raised from the sea in a time of crisis, shut off from the wider world to preserve wizarding kind. Forgotten by history quite deliberately. A place untouched by most modern influence, resistant to change. Currently ruled by a monarch with a taste for progress, putting her at constant odds with her people. They feel she is "tainted" by outsiders." Bethianna turned a corner as they walked, stopping in front of an enormous painting. There it was. Clothed in royal luxury, a gleaming silver crown upon her head---so unlike the denim-wearing alcoholic Alexander knew, but with the same proud determination in her eyes. "Your sister, Kendr'aellra," Bethianna said. "I imagine you have many questions."
  8. "I believe Aellra is quite injured that she was not consulted or informed, the girl is given to that manner of foolish sentimentality," Bethianna acknowledged, though she couldn't fathom how---if this were simply a normal situation in any other family---it would be any of Adele's business to be so bothered by not being included. The kids had made a decision, a decision that in most cases would be theirs to make. Bethianna respected that. This just wasn't most cases. "That is not the entirety of it, though," and this was what she'd come to discuss. "Nor is it that you entered into a life-long contract with a girl you barely know. You will suffer the pains and joys of those decisions as they happen, I cannot say I find your decision wise---I would have advised against it so early. And yet there is more, so much more, that you weren't to know of. Aellra is, in part, upset because your decision has an impact outside of yourself and the girl." Bethianna tilted her head just slightly. She always did give more expression and warmth to Alexander than she did anyone else. Except possibly Caleb, and only when there was no one else around to witness this bizarre affection. "Or did you not find it odd that Aellra's daughter, who has children with a partner of many years, is very much not married to him?" Bethianna stood up, pushing her chair in and moving across the room to a bland looking door. It led to a storage cupboard or something, for the most part it blended into the wall and was only really noticed if you were trying to notice it. "It is far too complex to simply explain," she said after a moment. "Come, I will show you."
  9. Ah, she knew he was a clever one. There were really only three likely suspects, she supposed, herself, Lillian and Flora. Lillian would never bother with a note, it was more her style to simply show up when it suited her. Flora would lie in wait for her opportunity. The way that Flora's original personality had become so enmeshed with The Grey was deeply disconcerting for Bethianna, after all---there was a reason The Grey had been stripped down and imprisoned. Did Lillian not remember? It... wasn't important at this moment. "No, thank you," she answered his question with a gentle firmness. "I do not drink." It was one of her most important rules. She'd never seen the point of it, and the damage it did was clear. You only had to look at Adele's mess of a life for an example. He was right again, though. It wasn't a casual lunch. Bethianna did nothing without purpose, she wasn't in the habit of arranging lunch dates. "I feel it is prudent to speak with you about... circumstances that have been kept from you," she said carefully. A point of no return was coming, and Bethianna knew she would be in a lot of people's bad books once she crossed it. "You are aware, of course, that Aellra is less than thrilled about your marriage?" The way she raised her eyebrow at the end of the question, the way she thinned her lips suggested that Bethianna herself was not especially happy with the news either. It was less obvious than Adele, but it was there. "Perhaps you should like to know why?"
  10. It wasn't the voice she'd expected, and that confused her for a moment. She frowned, padding barefoot across the tiles until she could see down the hallway and to Cass standing in the front door. A frown deepened on her face, much as she tried not to show her annoyance at the whole "surprise marriage" thing, it was one additional stress she really didn't want or need at this time. It wasn't Cass's fault, it wasn't Alex's fault, however she looked at it the situation was her own fault. But Adele didn't let anything like logic stand in the way of being irritated. "I didn't ask you to bring anything," she said, confused as to why the girl would even say such a thing. Her sharp gaze looked Cassandra up and down as she came in closer, a soft snort flaring out her nostrils. "Married life doesn't suit you," she said dryly. "You look worse than Ruella." Something definitely didn't feel right about the girl. Adele wasn't sure whether to be worried for her, or suspicious of it. Although the lack of life in the girl mirrored what Améa had gone through, she was at least sure that it wasn't something Alex was doing. So then... why? Making her way to the sink to wash her hands, she set the kettle to boil with a nod in its direction---and a chair pulled itself out from the dining table for Cass. This was uncomfortable, but clearly the girl had come here for something. She seemed... more than drained. Actually upset. Not a good combination. "Sit," she said, sliding two mugs onto the counter. "Talk. I assume you have come here to do so?" Because what was the point of being delicate about it?
  11. Weakness did not sit well with Bethianna. She had settled herself into an elegant, if older, version of her usual appearance---grey streaking through the intense copper of her hair, her skin looser and her lips thinner. It hadn't taken her pride, though. Her shoulders back, she still carried herself with the same determined strength, like a grandmother on a mission. Which she was, she supposed---Bethianna was a grandmother several times over, most faded into history and none of which she could really say she cared for. Unremarkable beings, every last one of them. The mission, however, was important. She'd asked Alexander to meet her here, by means of a small note left at his bedside table. How it got there was her own secret, and though she hadn't signed the bottom she felt he would know who it was from. Adele and her husband would be working, Améa was with the Blairs, and Caleb would be with his mother at the school. The McEwen Lane house would be empty, so Bethianna let herself in. By residential standards it was big, but to Bethianna it felt small and suffocating. Leaving the front door open for Alex, she wandered through various rooms as she waited for him to arrive. The kitchen seemed to be the place with the most light and air, so she settled there, perched on a chair at the dining table. In an attempt to make Alexander more comfortable, she had opted for casual clothes. A soft knit jumper in green, over grey slacks. It was so far removed from her usually ornate and costume-like wear that she felt almost naked. Perhaps he would not come, but Bethianna felt she knew him better than that. His curiosity, if nothing else, would bring him here.
  12. Adele was cleaning her house. Aggressively. She'd given up on having a butler years ago, wanting the "normalcy" of a settled married life, just a slightly bigger-than-average house in a nice neighbourhood for herself, husband, and son. Cleaning wasn't really an issue, it was a therapy. As she manually scrubbed the inside of the oven, the physical work released some of the building irritation and anger. It wasn't David's fault, he just always happened to be there when she needed a punching bag. Adele couldn't even remember what he'd said this morning that had made her scream at him, only that she'd refused to stop screaming until he left the house and gave her some space. He would be back later, apologise---she would apologise, it was her fault. Hormones and the situation with Lei were wrecking her head. Nothing felt safe. What the hell did they think they were doing, bringing another child into this? Oh, and the baby was another irritation. She could feel it now, kicking. She let it show, and it ruined the silhouette of all her favourite clothes. Some of her clothes didn't even bloody fit now, and even if she carried herself with that same elegance and eerie grace that was common of her family, she still felt like a whale. Caleb was only making things worse too, somehow he'd decided to blame David for Lei's situation, which made no logical sense. Then there was Alex and Cass, who... she had done her best to be calm and polite around, but... underneath she was still angry. Adele was angry about a lot of things. She hadn't even got around to telling her father the truth about how she had come to be here, just... ducked all questions about his sister. Or anything about her past. He'd escaped with David, the two of them had at least bonded. She was still mulling through all of the reasons she was disgruntled when she heard a knock at the door. They were back already? David had better have a damn good apology. For... whatever he'd done. Adele stood, wiping grease from the oven across her jeans. "Well?" she shouted toward the door. It was unlocked, which was probably stupid... but Adele had always been careless with security when she was the only one in the house. "Are you coming in, or are you going to hide behind that door all day?"
  13. Adele caught that sour look and wondered for a split second if Gerry was going to punch her. That would have been fun. It would give her a chance to really inspect Gerry's technique, and besides---how many people out there had the stones to punch a pregnant woman? But she was disappointed, it seemed that as his elder sister, Adele was one of the few people allowed to say negative things about Alex. Oh well. "Get enough space in there, and you might even stop yourself from doing something stupid at all," she added. Fighting on school grounds definitely fell under the category of "stupid things to do", as much as Adele respected someone who was willing to fight for what they believed. "There's not really anything that some teenage twit can say that will damage Alexander, or anyone else. If someone really needs defending, you'll know. Save your punches to stop others getting punched." Adele wasn't exactly a paragon of good decisions, but she was better when it came to pointing out where others went wrong. Gerry was a good kid, she just went too fast for the physical response. "Otherwise, all you do is damage your own reputation. Might not seem important now, but you'll need it. Much harder to crush your enemies when no one respects you, Geraldine." and that was something Adele knew a lot about---having a terrible reputation. "Be someone others look up to. Make better choices. Be someone people want to follow, and from there make sure everyone knows that if they want to be in your circle, they need to obey your rules." Adele dragged a small step ladder along a row of books, stepping up to balance on the top rung and carefully place books in their rightful place. "Trust me. It's easier."
  14. "You wasted your hand on that idiot, huh?" Adele raised an eyebrow, her mouth quirked into an amused half-smile. Her tone was fond, but the name stood. She did think Alex was an idiot. Running off and getting married like that? Did he have no idea what he was messing with? That... wasn't fair on Alex. Alex genuinely had no idea why it had upset Adele so much, and she wasn't about to tell him. Rheldor had been thrilled, because Rheldor was thrilled about everything (including corn flakes, which was just weird) and the rest of the family had accepted the news with little more than a "meh, whatever makes them happy". It didn't make Adele happy, though. Adele was quietly furious about the whole thing. It felt like an affront to Jezebel especially, who had only been allowed to have an unwedding. And Améa, whose choice to marry Zane had ruled her out of many things. But no, the dumb fragile idiot had run off and secretly got married and not even told her he was thinking about marrying some red-head girl he barely knew. Fair point, they barely knew each other too, but he was her brother. Wasn't that supposed to mean something? Adele adamantly denied she was hurt by it at all. Just disapproving, because it was a dumb thing to do. For reasons she couldn't explain. But definitely, absolutely, not at all injured that she didn't see it coming. "'Spirited' is one word," Adele grumbled. She would have preferred other, more offensive words at this moment. Caleb was really pushing her patience, both with David and his loud insistence that he did not want to be a big brother. And there was the hand on her stomach again---gods, how did this keep happening? Adele selected a few books from the top of the pile, using those to keep her hands full. She did like working in the library. If she didn't, she wouldn't have stayed---and she certainly wouldn't have stormed all four dormitories the night before and terrified the children into returning their overdue books. It was amazing how those pre-lights out visits had such a positive effect on returns the following day. This trolley had been empty in the morning. Adele also saved the bulk of her work for the quiet night hours, when the students weren't around to see her care about her job. She much preferred them to see her grouch at her desk, sit on tables, and look like she was drinking during school hours. It was the most fun when they went to Alan about it. As if Alan could ever pull her in line, she did what she wanted. She did it when she wanted. Because consequences were for people who did not share a tragedy with the headmaster. "If you insist on using your fists," she said, reaching to shelve a book a little down from where Gerry was working. "You should slow it down a touch. You're letting your emotions move your body, that's why you keep injuring yourself." A little planning in a punch went a long way toward preserving knuckles. Adele wasn't above street fighting when the situation called for it. The idea that "ladies don't brawl" was preposterous. Ladies did whatever they damn well had to do to survive. "Breathe. Pick where you want it to land. Breathe again... and then let them have it," if she couldn't stop Gerry from getting into fights, she could at least help her win without too much pain. That was helping, right?
  15. "Excellent," Adele stood, a hand rested on her stomach in the way she hated so much when she saw pregnant women. What was it about that? Why did they feel they had to do that? It had always annoyed her in a most irrational way, as if that single hand drew unnecessary attention to the pregnancy. Like the women who did it were deliberately highlighting their condition for some sort of sympathy or special treatment, and yet--here she was, doing the same. Ugh. It was a comfortable pose, though. Adele had to admit that. "Fighting again?" she nodded toward Gerry's bandaged hand. The girl had a good punch. Adele had seen it a couple of times. It was rough, driven by anger and certainly not by thought---with a bit of practice the girl could be quite a fighter. Raised in a society where there were knives around every corner and swords following behind, Adele knew a thing or two about defending herself. Alan wouldn't approve, though, if she dedicated this detention session to correcting Gerry's technique. Which was almost a reason to do just that... "You know, you wouldn't ruin your hand if you used a knee to the balls instead," was her only comment. Practical enough advice, she thought. Adele shrugged, moving over to a trolley full of miscellaneous books. The sound of Caleb trying to play still floated out into the library, and Adele threw Gerry an apologetic shrug. "Part of your punishment today is listening to that. Terror decided to stab his stepfather in the leg with a fork at breakfast, so he's with me for the day." Caleb had still not warmed to David. He wasn't subtle about it. "Books on trolley to go on shelves. Simple enough. Make sure they go in the right place, if you're not sure---ask. Every book I find stashed in the wrong place is another afternoon of detention," it wasn't, she couldn't enforce that... but that didn't matter. "If you find anything damaged, set it aside.. and let me know. Got it?"
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