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Lions and Tigers and Bears... oh my!
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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Music to your Ears
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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Using Tally Gossip
Posting Gossip Small towns are notorious for gossip. The wizarding community that inhabits Narragyambie and Tallygarunga is no exception. B...
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Plotting
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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Highlights
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
Lily Quinland
Bilby Student...
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...
Kristen James
Author...
Kora Karras
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...
Petros Karras
Job up to you...
Morgan Richter
Seventh Year Parents: Mason Richter & Carlotta (Last) Raised solely by her mother Mother is at least half Brazilian, father is parti...
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...
Elizabeth Burdett
Waitress - Melbourne Eldest of the Burdett sisters Struggling actress Among her siblings, closest to Liam Does not enjoy country life ...
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...
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...
Lilah Karras
Bilby...
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 (...
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 ...
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Shio
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Cait
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Cait
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Teddy Davis
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Ignatius Larue
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Shio
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Brinley Grisham
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Cait
Cait achieved Plotter Level One
Squiggy Lux
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Brinley Grisham
Brinley Grisham achieved Rambunctious Reactor Level One
Cait
Cait achieved Listed in Member Directory
Cait
Cait achieved Prolific Poster Level One
Cait
Cait achieved Welcome Level One
Tyson McKennis
Tyson McKennis achieved Explosive Level Two
Jonathan Azai
Jonathan Azai achieved Explosive Level Two
Athelney
Athelney achieved Prolific Poster Level One
Maksim Valentin
Maksim Valentin achieved Explosive Level Two
Characters
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
Naoki Nakamura
17 ☆ pb ☆ hu Player Friendly Fake Outgoing Fashionista Polite Casual ...
Ethan King
24 ☆ mb ☆ hu Energetic | Hyperactive | Friendly | Focused | Spastic | Inquisitive ...
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, ...
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 ...
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...
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...
Caldwell Hughes
24 ☆ mb ☆ ww Clever - Stickler - Kind of a hard ass toward students - Can loosen up around the right people ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Lucy Fischer
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Headstrong | Stubborn | Spontaneous | Loyal | Adventurous | Strong in her convictions ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Grant Thomas
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Grant is a shy but smart guy, incredibly loyal to his friends. ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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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
THE AUSTRALIAN HOME OF MAGIC

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  1. Kate flopped down onto a chair with a long sigh. "Yes, yes," she said. "You're probably quite right." It had all sounded like a very good idea to Kate, who tended to get tunnel vision when she wanted something. She got caught up and carried away, it had been so long since she'd felt anything remotely like physical attraction it had been such a thrill to feel like she might get that part of her life back. Logic and reality, and Boaz's better judgement, took away the last shreds of that wonderful fantasy, and... Kate very suddenly felt empty again. Her shoulders fell, and she tried to stay upright while her body felt like it was collapsing into the aching void that had reappeared in her chest. What if this was her life from now on? Long stretches of feeling nothing, punctuated by bright and then soul-crushing moments of hope and disappointment. Kate didn't attach to people, or trust them easily. She needed that before she could feel attracted to them. She needed to know they would be there, needed to feel secure. Independent as she wanted people to think she was, she didn't let go easily. She couldn't. The hole that people created when they left her life was too unbearable. "I hurt people. And I make them want to go away," the smile on her face was sad, distant. "My sister said that, right before she went. I wonder sometimes if it was a curse she put on me, or just some dying wish magic, or... I don't know. I'm exactly what she saw? And maybe I don't deserve more than I have, because... I haven't been a good sort of person." Kate knew it. She hated herself for it. Sometimes she wondered if Matt's coma was less an unfortunate accident, and more karmic revenge. "What if Hazel realises?" her voice shook suddenly. It was a thought that had always been there, but Kate never dared voice it. "Sooner or later, I'm going to drive her away too, and I don't..." Kate didn't know how to do this any more. Her sadness was dragging Hazel down, was it going to push her away too? How did she stop that from happening? The ache wasn't going away any time soon, and the way that brief hope had crumbled made it clear enough that there was no bright future just there on the horizon. Kate felt she needed to get better for Hazel's sake, to be real again before her daughter grew up without the mother she deserved. "I don't know how to fix me so that she won't get hurt."
  2. Kate listened, a bemused smile on her face. More wine for the wine gods, she poured herself another drink. Her tolerance was so much higher these days, too many nights alone while Hazel was up at the school. She let out a soft sigh, and the look she gave him was (for once) a pure reflection of how she felt. Relaxed, not at all worried about any potential consequences, and with a fondness for Boaz and his adorable little concerns. "Alan is a good friend, yes," she acknowledged. "More a constant pain in my arse, but it is what it is---we have a lot of history. You know that, surely? He wanted to marry me at one point, but... it'd only been a few years since we lost Calinda. Daddy would not have survived the heartbreak of losing me too. Even if that would have been his own choice, I couldn't do it to him," Kate frowned, rolling her eyes at her own past stupidity. "We do such dumb things for the people we think we should love." Kate's relationship with her parents was a rough one. She still spoke to, and took care of them---dutiful daughter that she was, but neither her mother nor father had met Hazel. They had not been invited to her wedding. Kate had been her Daddy's girl, his perfect princess, until the moment it all came crashing down. After Calinda, the curtains had been pulled back and Kate didn't like the family she found herself in. Nothing had been the same after that. "But, you know. We got over it. And the seven thousand times it started and ended, we always come back to where we are. Because I trust him, and... at the end of the day, we're friends. Always have been, always will be." and he would always be a pain in her arse, and she would bite back the same way. That's just who they were. Like family. Better family than she'd been born with, that was for sure. "I don't really have much to offer you, Boaz," Kate admitted with a sigh. "You deserve so much more than I can give. A family, for one. Your own children. Less... complications. All I've got is mountains of baggage wrapped in a body too damaged to carry another baby. I was lucky to get Hazel. There's always the minute possibility of Matthew waking up, and then what? What happens then? What if he wakes up and we don't fit together anymore? Or I've moved on to someone else, and suddenly I need to choose?" Kate closed her eyes, exhaling as if she could breathe out the demons and confused thoughts that plagued her. "But going to a bar and picking an opportunity at random was never my style, either. There's no soul in it. No real connection. I miss that more than anything. Trusting someone enough to share your whole self with them, to... let them see you at your most vulnerable. Know that when the world crashes on you in the dark of the night, they're there to hold you down." her smile now was sad, reflective. "Ultimately, once I trust someone like that... I don't let them go. It's a bond for life, no matter what happens. It's why Alan and I always go back to where we are. Why my first husband is still a part of my life. It's not the kind of love they write movies about, but... it's very close," Kate was picky about partners. She was picky about everything. It took a lot for her to let go, to really let go. "I feel like I can trust you like that. And I want to. I don't know what comes next, or how it all works out, but..." Kate pushed herself to stand properly, stepping over to stand in front of Boaz, her wine glass held in front of her, grasped like a security blanket. "I do know that I'd like to be closer to you. Is that... okay?"
  3. "Oh, Boaz, you sweet thing," Kate's laugh came with a shake of her head. He was such a gentleman, it was almost disgusting. Another man--most men, in fact--would have seized the opportunity as it was presented. That wasn't wrong, Kate was a grown woman who knew exactly what she was doing. It was rare that Kate let anyone truly take advantage of her, and only ever offered what she was willing to give. Kate sighed and topped up her glass again. "I appreciate the sentiment, but your concerns are... unfounded. Alcohol as the breeding ground of bad decisions is something of a myth, if you ask me. It's more like a key," Kate tapped her fingers idly against the glass. "You know me well enough to know that... I would never be seen out in public as I am now. Casual, under-dressed, speaking freely. Gods, I forgot my shoes at the apartment and haven't touched up my make up in the last hour. Every aspect of who I let the world see is so crafted, right down to the words I use and the way I move---anything that doesn't fit that, does not happen. It's a lot of effort, and there are very few people I can relax that around. The society I was raised in, live in, work in, it demands that level of perfection. Growing up, and for a long time after that, I really believed it was also who I wanted to be." Kate stepped around the side of the couch, dropping a hand to where Cheeto was sitting, absently smoothing down the cat's fur. "It's not. Not anymore. Maybe it was, but the whole act is so... practiced that it's far easier than letting myself go, and chase after the things I do want. Alcohol melts away the mask, inspires me to act on the truth of who I am. Too much, and yes---like anyone, I make bad decisions. But I'm far from that point. I'm a big girl, I know my limits. And I know it's not the first time I've wondered what it would be like to be closer to you, just the first time I've been free enough to ask for it." "Almost all of the decisions in my life that led to regret, are decisions I made when I was stone cold sober. And usually because I went with what was good for my image, rather than what I wanted deep down. I don't think this is something I will regret in the morning, and even if I did? I can still be proud that I didn't run away from something that I wanted." Kate shrugged. Especially since Hazel had sent that letter, she'd pondered the pros and cons of someone like Boaz to death in her mind. Every negative point seemed to focus on how it would look rather than how she would feel. "If it isn't something you want, or if you think you would regret it in the morning---that's perfectly fine," she added softly. "Just please don't pretend that it's to save me from regrets. Because I'm done regretting all of the things I never had the courage to make happen."
  4. As the blush hit Boaz's cheeks, Kate's grin widened. For all her orchestrated politeness, Kate actually had very little shame. She'd never have survived if she did, there were plenty of aspects of her life that she should have been embarrassed by. Perhaps she genuinely didn't care, or maybe she was that well-practiced at distancing herself from the people she'd embarrassed herself in front of, it wasn't really relevant. And seeing Boaz blush was incredibly cute. "I was rather hoping you wouldn't say anything," she replied with a smirk. No point being coy about it. Kate didn't know what she wanted in the long term, but her short-term wants were crystal clear. Boaz was kind and thoughtful, intelligent and challenging in his own way. He was someone she could hold a conversation with, without wanting to shake him. Outside of Alan and Stuart, that made Boaz the closest thing Kate had to a "friend" in Narrie. With a sigh and another long sip, Kate let the grin fade. "I'm... actually serious," she admitted, her voice soft. "I haven't wanted anything like that from anyone in six years. It's... terrifying to feel like that again, but... I do. I did when I first met you, and you were nice to me even though I was horrible to you. You didn't have to help me, but you did. You made me feel like I was more than just the shell I'd become, more than Hazel's mum and Matthew's poor wife. I actually... do like you. A lot. And clearly, Hazel's noticed." Admitting it still felt like a betrayal to Matt, maybe one day that would get easier. Nothing good was coming of denying her wants and needs though, Hazel had shown her that. She needed to be happy again, and real. Herself. Not just a figure in other lives, but live her own life again. "Are you blushing because you're mortified I'd feel that way," she said, only a little awkwardly. Kate tried to pull back that wicked grin and easy confidence. "Or... because you've thought about it too?" It was supposed to be a light tease, make him blush again---but as she said it, she heard the words and cringed a little. What arrogance. She couldn't take them back now.
  5. Kate nodded. Boaz was wise. Very wise for someone who looked (to her) like they were probably homeless. He wasn't saying anything new, or terribly profound---certainly not anything that hadn't already been said to her by Alan or Stuart, even her mother had weighed in on this. Though, that had more been a thinly veiled attack on "that terrible Tallygarunga boy" than it was genuine concern for Kate's happiness. It was so much easier to tell her to go shove it when Matt had been up and around. "I guess the last person to accept that is... me," she shrugged. No one else had a problem with her moving on, least of all Hazel. Kate had always been the one to refuse. Always been the one who felt like it was cheating, unfaithful, that it made her the same sort of wife to Matt that... well. That she'd been to Seth. She wasn't proud of that. They'd all been such dumb kids. She stopped by the table, picking up the wine bottle and topping up her glass---before tilting the bottle back toward Boaz to offer the same to him. "My life has been on pause for years," she said, with a deep and resolute breath. "It's time I pressed 'play' again. And whatever happens... happens, right? Whether Matthew wakes up or... not... I won't have wasted any more years waiting." there was something very comforting about this decision. She felt like she could breathe a little better, stand a little straighter. The future was suddenly less bleak. Hazel would no longer be raised in a grey void of Kate's misery. There was... potential. Possibility. "Besides, I want a lot of things," Kate had always been a woman of ambition. That was no secret. She enjoyed her work at Penrose, hadn't tried to go beyond that for fear of losing her security. "Possibly a career change---do you think I would do well in the Ministry? I think I have the right level of 'ruthless bitch' to own that place. Then Laney can just have the damn school. You know I've been there for... almost my whole life. That's... upsetting..." Kate's voice trailed off as she went into a career crisis. She'd started at Penrose in one of the first rounds of pre-school programs, and only had four years at VMU before she took a job there teaching. "Good thing we rescued Hazel from that," she snorted, raising her glass as if it was a toast. "She's a smart kid. Such a smart kid, she just knows things... but you know that. Of course you do. You're her teacher." Kate had her wagging finger out, pointed at Boaz. "And you're kind of teaching me now. Isn't that fun? But I need it, I do, I'm... it's a difficult crossroads in my life this one, but you're absolutely right. I am allowed to want these things for myself." Kate looked up at him, her lips curling into a devilish grin not seen in years. "I'm allowed to want you to kiss me," she said airily. "You can't stop me."
  6. "You need to speak with Matthew?" Kate's incredulous voice rose a little with her surprise. Who was this kid? Not one of the Penrose girls, she knew that much. Her lips thinned against each other as she tried to guess where this was going. Someone who wasn't aware of Matt's situation? That didn't make sense. The girl looked scared, too. Try as she might, Kate couldn't work it out. She felt off-balance here, aware that something was not within her control. Which of course meant she just had to control every other thing that she did have power to control. "I'm afraid that won't be possible," she said after a moment. "My husband has been in a coma for several years now. He won't be attending to any business, urgent or otherwise. I'm sorry." Kate gave the girl a tight smile, her hand on the door ready to close it. What was this nonsense? Urgent business with Matt? It was probably a scam of some sort, that was all that made sense. Someone who just had a name and address, like a door-knocking Nigerian prince. Did she want money? Was that it? Curiosity got the better of her. The sky was darkening and rain beginning to fall. Before she sent this miserable kid back out into the weather, she could at least stop long enough to find out why she was even here. "What business do you have with him?" Kate asked, turning her head back a little as small bare feet slapped up the tiles toward them. Hazel's frizzy-haired head poked out from behind her, uniform disheveled in a messy chaos so opposite to her mother it was almost hilarious. She had stickers on her face. Kate's hand dropped, resting atop her daughter's head, smoothing down some of that wild woolly child, a subconscious gesture of comfort. "Mummy! I caught the sticker-pox!" Hazel giggled, before looking at Holly. "Are you staying for dinner? I'm Hazel!" fast as a blink, Hazel darted forward and poked a sticker onto Holly's leg. "And you've got the sticker-pox too!" "H, sweetheart," Kate said softly, the gentleness at odds with her sharp appearance. "Let the girl speak."
  7. Kate wasn't long home from work, still impeccably dressed in the severely professional uniform that was forced upon the staff of Penrose. Hazel, on the other hand, had left shoes and socks, a jumper, her hat, and a scattering of books in a trail down the hall as she made her way inside. The items were covered in dirt, grass stains, and though Kate was certain that she'd sent her daughter to school with her hair neatly braided, some of it was still half-held together... while the rest frizzed out around her like a fluffy curtain. The kid was a chaotic mess, the exact opposite of her parents. Their apartment wasn't big, but it was in a good area. Her parents had bought her the place, right after she promised not to marry Alan. A wedding gift to herself and Seth, and even though the marriage had no chance... she rather liked the place. It was also her last remaining asset, the majority of her savings sunk into endless specialists to find the answer to Matt's coma. None of it had been successful, and of late she'd had to pull back on her trying. Any more and she would soon be in danger of losing the house, and that was where she finally drew the line. "H, are you out of your uniform yet?" she called back to Hazel, knowing full well that her daughter would need at least three more reminders before she changed. And Hazel did not respond, which meant she was either lost in a book---or some other fantasy world that she had invented. At least she kept herself well occupied, Hazel was a very social girl but also enjoyed time to herself. Making up stories, or holding elephant tea parties. The knock at the door was a puzzle though. Kate got very few actual visitors, it was generally easier for her to visit Narrie than it was to have anyone come here. Her heels clicked ominously against the tile floor, unaware of the sharp and intimidating nature of her appearance as she opened the door. "Yes?" she asked, raising a single eyebrow. "What do you want?"
  8. "I see," that made sense. Kate nodded slowly, wandering around the tiny living quarters and peering at knick knacks and other curiosities. Normally she would never have been so impolite, normally her strict upbringing would have forced her to stand still and poised, show no interest in anything until it was offered to her. Boring. Kate was naturally curious and liked to see how people lived, what they loved, who they were. She'd spent hours poking around Matt's apartment while he was working, which he'd been very angry about. Especially when he discovered she'd beaten all his best scores on all his favourite video games. "Am I ready to let go?" Kate repeated his question with a sigh. It was the question she'd been asking herself for years, and some days the answer was clear. Most days it wasn't. Marie, in an odd fit of kindness, had said that if she still needed to ask the question, she probably wasn't ready. Lately Kate had come to wonder whether she would ever be ready and if the solution wasn't just to jump back in and see what made sense. "Depends on what "letting go" means, really. Am I ever going to be able to stop wishing this hadn't happened to us? No... and am I ever going to be able to fully leave behind my truest best friend and deepest love? No. Am I ready to look for a new, serious relationship and rebuild my life? Not... yet." Kate circled back around to lean against the back of a chair, comfortable and relaxed. Boaz was easy to talk to. Mostly because he wasn't interrupting, and she'd had just enough liquor to say what she felt. She looked down at Cheeto, and gave him a shrug. "I have worked so hard to do this right," Kate murmured. "I've been a dutiful wife, a mother, a headmistress. You know what I haven't been? A person. Doing the right thing should be enough to make you happy, Boaz, but it doesn't. Doing the right thing doesn't... take away the loneliness. I'm never not going to miss Matthew, but I'm still.. I'm still a person. And I think that I want to be treated like a person again. And I think that I don't want to be alone anymore." Kate sipped her wine, her outpouring a little awkward now. Refreshing and liberating to say it out loud, the thoughts that gnawed away at her soul. Did they make her a terrible person? She missed physical contact, closeness, intimacy. Kate had always had a strong need for it, and the years since the accident had been torture. And yet, she'd been good. So very good. Maybe it was time to stop and give in. Let herself be happy for once, if Matt ever woke up... he would understand.
  9. Kate stood in the doorway, bottle of wine held up in one hand---and two crystal glasses in the other. So they were the very special wedding present ones that she'd refused to let Matt use, who cared anymore? Glasses existed for a purpose. To drink out of. Why be so hung up about these ones just because they were given to her on a particular day? She looked down, realising now that she'd left her shoes back at the apartment. That's why she felt short. Meh, whatever. Kate walked in as he made the space, a smile twitching across her lips at the cramped teachers' quarters. Ah, she remembered those days. The Tally ones really weren't so bad, but Penrose---for all it's class and money---they were almost prison cells. Kate had been very glad that she kept her own apartment, most of the teachers did. Maybe that's why the rooms sucked? "You mean you've not let her try, or she can't get the set up to happen? 'Cause I can see the first, but the latter I imagine it's hard to find a woman that doesn't look your way and go 'yes please'... maybe your sister just has awful taste?" Kate shrugged. She'd drunk enough that she was free. Still competent and in control, but with far less care for holding her tongue. Kate sat the glasses on a table, pouring them each a very generous drink. "Didn't need to, no," Kate agreed. "Doing it anyway. You know, it's not the students at Penrose that are trouble. It's the other teachers. Laney's making a move for my job. Again. Third time since the accident, and now she reckons that sending Hazel to Tally? Hah---symbolic of my "growing disloyalty" to the school. She ought to learn a thing or two about loyalty, I taught that little witch, mentored her while she was a new teacher, and then bloody well put her where she is now." Kate rolled her eyes with disgust, but stopped before taking a sip of her drink. "All's fair though, I suppose I did the same to the woman who hired me, but..." Kate snorted and waved off the idea. "I was more of a terrible person then. Point is, Laney is still a terrible person. Alan and Stu don't get it, or they wouldn't... even if they weren't so preoccupied with everything else. They have whole teams of people loyal to them, I can't even tell my deputy what I want for lunch without her crafting it into an attack." "Do you think the wine is good? I don't think it's that great, really. I expected... better," she lifted the glass to stare at the liquid as if that would answer her question. "Gods, it has been so long since I had a good Friday night. I don't feel like I should be allowed to? I spend most of them at the hospital. Being a good wife to a man who can't be a good husband in return. Not his fault, no... but. I'm tired of being this good. Tired of being sad about a situation that hasn't changed a bit since it first happened. Zero improvement in all this time, Boaz. Zero. And Hazel..." Kate drummed her fingers against the crystal wall of the glass. "I mean, I think Hazel wants a full family. The chance to have siblings, and for me to be happy, and..." Kate took a sip. Her throat was getting dry with all this overtalking. "What do you think I should do?"
  10. When confronted with the mystery of the empty perfume bottle, and Boaz's tidbit of information through QuillBook, Hazel had come clean. She wasn't a liar, and Kate could tell that although she knew she'd done the wrong thing---Hazel wasn't especially sorry about it. In fact, she seemed more hurt and angry that Kate was upset by it, insisting through tears that she just really wanted Kate to go out with Boaz. Or someone. Or anything. And just not be sad anymore. It was that heartbroken look that played on Kate's mind after she finished work. Adam was collecting Hazel from school that night, and normally she would spend this time at the hospital. Instead, she made her way to Narrie---of half a mind to surprise Hazel at the school gates and take her out to do something fun. She arrived early, and whiled away time in the Drunken Roo, admiring the half-done renovations and a red wine Matt had cellared from their wedding. The afternoon came, and went. Kate let Adam pick up Hazel, she'd forgotten to let him know she was in town. He had plans for the kids anyway, and Hazel had been looking forward to those. She finished the bottle of wine, and ordered another. Was Hazel right? Eight years she'd been married to Matt, and more than half of that he'd been in the coma. She missed him every day, but this wasn't a way to live. It wasn't a way for Hazel to live. Kate frowned, and picked up the bottle of wine from the table. She headed upstairs to their old apartment on the top floor, and stood for a while in the dusty space. She should probably apologise. That.. felt like it needed to be done. She changed into a dress long forgotten, fixed her makeup. Made sure that no hint of earlier tears was visible, and apparated to the edge of the Tallygarunga school grounds. At this late hour, most of the teachers would be in their quarters. Did Boaz spend nights here? Some did, some didn't... some stayed only when they were on night duty. Kate wandered around until she found a door with his name on it. All the teachers were allocated rooms, even if they didn't use them. Maybe he would be here? She knocked on the door. "Hey, it's um. It's me," she called, more than a little awkward. "Wanted to say sorry about Hazel, I---I hope you like wine?"
  11. Brand new bottle of perfume... and it's almost gone? How?

    1. Boaz Izem

      Boaz Izem

      i think i have it here, with your very posh Wiggles Stationary 

    2. Katherine Belmont

      Katherine Belmont

      You... what? How?

  12. (The letter is written upon the best Wiggles stationery, letters alternating in pink, blue, purple and a hard to read yellow pencil. Some of the writing has been smudged by what appears (and smells) to be half a bottle of perfume, and a pair of stick figures are drawn holding hands at the bottom of the page. In poorly spelled, and awkward writing, unmistakeable to Boaz as that of Hazel Belmont, it reads:) deer MisTeR IzeM I aM HAZEL's MuM. I thikn yoo AR verie niss. WilL yoo go owt with mee? I pormisS thaT I can stey up lat bicOz my beDTim iz vere lat tooo. iT is 10 at niGt. pliSS say YES!!!! love (this adorned with hearts and butterflies) kAt BeLMonT ps. pliss reely say YES!! pps I mene it! ppps i wiLL cry if yo say NO
  13. "Oh what? No!" Kate whined upon hearing the news about Alan and Audrey. Given Audrey's knack for organising Alan's life, Kate had assumed that Audrey had things handled in areas that Alan never did. Clearly she'd been wrong. Kate knew all about Alan and his "lack of preparation" so to speak. Now it had cost her fifty bucks, and she'd been so sure she was going to be right. Flipping the long, blonde braid over one shoulder, Kate folded her arms. "Damnit, there's no way I can win now. How long you reckon before he proposes? I've got ten bucks that says he's already bought a ring." Kate's smile was one of dry amusement, but Hazel's words were still ringing in her ears. She was happy for Alan, but she also couldn't deny the gut-wrenching jealousy that came with it. Why did it get to be so easy for him? He'd been able to end his relationship with Rachel. Losing Lauren had been a tragedy, but he'd been able to try again. Kate had been advised not to try again. Hazel really wanted brothers and sisters, she'd asked Santa for them every year since she knew who Santa was. It broke Kate's heart every time. "Hazel reckons I should go out with someone," she laughed softly. "She suggested you first, actually. So she can be Jezebel's sister. You, or her teacher. She really likes that guy. It's good. I like him too." and immediately after saying it, Kate began to hope that Stuart didn't remember any of the less-safe-for-work comments drunk!Kate might have made about her daughter's teacher. And especially not her devious plan that involved turning up to the school ten minutes before pick up time, in the hopes that Boaz had decided to teach his classes shirtless that day. Her cheeks began to flush red all the same. Great. Now she looked like a blonde tomato.
  14. Hazel was home for the weekend. She seemed out of place now, in their upscale city apartment, dressed in her Bilby uniform and still with dry grass woven through her hair. She leaned across the counter, watching intently as Kate tried to sew frosty flower decals onto an Elsa costume. The unwedding was this weekend, and Hazel couldn’t wait to dress up. “Guess what, Mum?” she asked with a cheeky grin. “Mnn?” Kate swore under her breath, pricking herself with the needle for the umpteenth time. “I can’t guess, you tell me.” “Cameron says his Dad and Miss Audrey are going out now,” Hazel delivered the gossip with an excited wiggle. “He saw them kissing, but it’s a secret.” “Not as secret as he thinks it is,” Kate murmured with a grin. Typical Alan. She wondered if she was allowed to take credit for this. Sure, it would have happened anyway---but hadn’t she set the wheels in motion for it to happen now? The few times she’d seen Alan since Conference he’d been happy. Happier than she’d seen him in a long time. “You already knew, didn’t you Mum?” Hazel sighed, a little sad. Kate shook her head. “Of course not, sweetheart,” she replied, reaching across the counter to tuck a stray bit of hair (and grass) behind Hazel’s ear. “You bring me the best secrets.” Hazel’s smile returned, and that’s what it was all about. Keeping her happy. In no other universe would Kate be caught dead as a blonde, except in the one where Hazel asked her to be Elsa for a day. Perhaps she should have glued these stupid things on, though. Her fingers were getting sore from the repeated stabbings. “Why don’t you go out with someone, Mum?” The question was so innocent. So simple at face value, and so complex beneath that. Kate wasn’t an idiot, she knew that Hazel could see her sadness. Had grown up with it. With Alan practically dancing every step he took these days, having someone to “go out with” looked like a very easy solution. “Because I’m married to your Dad, you know that.” “Well, yeah…” Hazel shrugged. “Kind of. But he’s not really there, is he?” “Hazel, please…” Kate frowned, putting the sewing down as she watched her daughter. “Cam says it’s like with his Mum. Still married to his Dad, but not really there in the family anymore. He said Tavi doesn’t even know what she’s like, but… it’s okay. Cause they have Miss Audrey, and Miss Audrey is a good mum to them.” Kate looked away. Bloody Burdetts. Always saying things. Hazel had been too young to remember Matt before the accident, and every day it became more and more certain that she never would know. For all the most wonderful friends and family they had, Hazel was still missing her father. “Well, who do you think I should… go out… with?” Kate decided to humor the conversation. Hazel perked up, swinging her legs against her chair. “Oh! What about Uncle Stuart? Then I could be Jezebel’s sister, and that would be so cool! Could you imagine, Mum? And you would be like the first lady of wizarding Australia!” Hazel wiggled her head from side to side as she thought. “OH! What. About. Phil? No---he’s too grumpy. Or…” “Haze…” Kate laughed, and shook her head. “Mr Izem!” Hazel declared. “Your… teacher?” Kate’s eyebrow rose as her daughter nodded enthusiastically in reply. “He’s really nice and really smart, and he didn’t even hate you when you decided he was homeless and called him Bozo,” Hazel said pointedly. She’d heard the story. Like most kids her age, who enjoyed school, Hazel hero-worshipped her teacher. It wouldn’t be weird if he became part of the family, no. It would be awesome! “Please Mum?” Hazel asked, her eyes wide and pleading. “Please please please? It would be so fun! And then you could even move to Narrie too, and Mr Izem could teach me all the things we don’t get time for in class and please Mum?” Kate laughed. “I’ll think about it, sweetheart,” she promised. It was an empty promise, she knew that. But Hazel was so caught up in the idea it was hard to let her down. “You better go get changed before you get your uniform dirtier than it is.” “Okay Mum!” Hazel jumped back from the counter and onto the floor. With a wide and happy grin, she sprinted upstairs, leaving Kate to continue sewing and wonder what on earth just happened.
  15. When asked what she wanted to be, Hazel had (predictably) picked Princess Anna from Frozen. Which meant that Kate was coerced into a series of appearance charms and spells to transform herself into the likeness of Elsa. She knew this was a sure way to hear "ice queen" jokes all day, but if it made Hazel happy it was worth it. Hazel hadn't needed much transforming, just a pair of braids and a costume dress that she was sure to cover in grass stains. There was no helping the kid, wherever she went, she managed to find some way to get dirty, injured, or put holes in her clothes. Kate couldn't ever remember being that way. She couldn't remember being allowed to be that way and she wasn't sure how to handle it. Tallygarunga was clearly good for Hazel, though, and as they arrived she immediately rushed over to join Cam, Sarah, and Tavi. They were as much cousins to Hazel as Alan had been a brother to Matt, and it was good to see them play together. Hazel grabbed Sarah's hand, to chase after Tavi as she skipped across the space to find Lorelei and Jezebel's triplets. And so, Queen Elsa was left to stand alone---looking around for a friendly face. She spotted Alan just as he and Audrey made their exit (hah, didn't she know what that was about! Did they have no self control?) and wandered up toward Stuart instead. "Did someone call for an ice queen?" Kate snorted, tilting a head of long blonde hair. She certainly looked... different.
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