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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.
Setting
Location: Rural Victoria, Australia
Current time: April 2018
Term Two: April 18th-June 30th
House Points
Flinders: 135
Sturt: 162
Bourke: 160
Spencer: 140
THE AUSTRALIAN HOME OF MAGIC
Simon Bican

The Owls and the Pussycats (Feb 3rd '18)

By Simon Bican, in 2018

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Repository Tilani
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Eleven days.

That was how long it was until Valentine's Day, certainly, and there were certainly more than a few people already gossiping about their plans and how they were working up the courage to ask out their latest crush. But for Simon the date meant something else, something that either got lost in the chaos or people laughingly made a big deal of.

Birthdays. One for Silvia, and one for Simon.

He wasn't in Hoots and Whistles looking for something for Silvia though. Simon had already got her present; his twin had not been subtle when it came to dropping hints. Simon was here for the same reason as always, dropping in almost every time he was on the main drag of Narragyambie for one thing and one thing only: to look at the owls.

Tiny Southern Boobooks to massive Powerful and Rufous owls; shiny Sooty owls and ground-nesting Grass owls. Simon would look at them all, forever unable to decide which exactly he would get for himself one day. ("One day" was actually "when he went flatting", as right now his father was not too keen on anything magical, at least when it came to Simon.)

"Owl you doing?" he asked a dozing barking owl. But of course, like most of the owls there today it was far more interested in napping than answering the same tired joke Simon always made at each new owl. He made a face, with over-exaggerated frown, but that swiftly turned into a small smile as he imagined taking this owl home. Or that owl. Or maybe that one.

(He wouldn't be taking any of these owls home, or even any owl that would replace them when they were sold. Two years was a long wait to these beautiful creatures.)

The barking owl tucked its head further under its wing: Simon could tell when he was not wanted. With a sigh he adjusted his sunglasses (he ignored the voice of his mother reprimanding him for still having them and his hat on inside) and stuffed his hands in the pockets of his ripped jeans. And moved onto the next owl, a massive powerful owl that surveyed the shop from its perch in the corner of the store, where it had more human admirers than just Simon.

"Owl you doing?" Simon tried again. Maybe this owl had a better sense of humour. Or maybe the humans appreciated dumb jokes.

(Simon)

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Student/JanitorShell
16 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Geraldine was back again.  Had she not been in here back in December?  Oh well, it was what it was.  There wasn't necessarily a lot to Narragyambie for a student to really explore, and it wasn't as if she disliked the shop--along with Zoom's Brooms, it was one of the ones she went into frequently.  Always to look, to gaze, and never to purchase.

It was so hot outside, she thought as she fanned herself, feeling the sweat on her body.  Too hot.  Summers got too hot for her liking, if she wasn't out in the water somewhere.  At least in here it was air conditioned--a nice relief from the outside air.  And of course it was, it wasn't as if they had simple objects laying about [well, they did]--they had live animals.

She started making her rounds, this time started with the avian, stopping in front of one of the only ones that was actually awake -- a powerful owl.  "What the hell are you?  Looks like one of your parents mated with a pheasant."  She found it to be entirely ugly and made a face at it.  Ugh.  Why couldn't some of the others be more awake and entertaining?  She didn't find it much fun to stare at an animal that was passed out.

It was around this time she heard a joke, and a truly terrible one at that.  The voice familiar, she turned and saw one of her classmates not far from her.  Of all the people making puns, she was surprised to see that it was Simon.  She lifted her sunglasses from her eyes to atop her head.  "...Are you serious right now?"  It looked as if she wasn't the only one trying to beat the heat.  "Please tell me this is a result of the sun frying your brain."

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Repository Tilani
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Behind his sunglasses (which he still did not remove as Gerry did, not even to sit them on top of his hat) Simon rolled his eyes. "My brain is fine, Ger," he said with a snort. 

As with everyone, he shortened her name down to a single syllable. It did not matter if it was already shortened to something else, he always made things shorter. Gerry became Ger, Teddy became Ted, his sister Silvia became Sil. The one exception so far was that scarlet beanstalk of a seventh year Ted hung around with, whose name was too short to shorten and so was referred to by full three syllable surname. 

"There's an art to dumb jokes," he continued. "Pity you don't get that." And he was serious about thinking them an art, along with the good ones. No one beyond Silvia and now Ted got to hear them, but he liked making them nonetheless. It was not something he had picked up from his father, who was as opposed to 'dad jokes' or 'groan ups' as one could get. "Besides, you should be the one trying to be serious instead of insulting the biggest owl in the place. Those things eat a possum a day. And if you piss it off, it might try and eat you."

Now wouldn't that be an image. A magical, Australian version of Hitchcock's The Birds, started playing out in Simon's mind, and he chuckled.

"Maybe try one of the little owls, they seem more your speed." They were also more Simon's speed, not that he'd admit out loud just how cute he thought the tiny boobooks were. Okay, maybe to Silvia, but no one else. "Or maybe just a post box. That's probably safest. If you ignore the snakes or spiders that might get inside."

Because Australia.

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His sense of humor reminded her of a ten year old.  Maybe that was why he never laughed or joked around much unless he was laughing at someone's stupidity.  He probably knew the level his terrible jokes ran at.  She found they left much to be desired as she stared at him with a raised eyebrow.

"There's an art to dumb jokes," he'd said.  Art.  Sure, if that was the word he wanted to use for it.  "You're right, I don't."  And she had no problem with it.  She saw no fault in her own humor.  Let him have his puns--someone needed to take on her share that she never used anyway.

He tried to warn her, but it went in one ear and out the other.  Yes, these owls could be fierce and mean, but she had yet to learn to fear one.  It was an owl, however large.  She wasn't part of its food chain.  "It's not my fault it's hideous.  Why do they even have one of these in here?  Who would ever want to keep it?  And I mean in lieu of its size, not its feathers."  Must be expensive to feed, trouble to keep in dark places during the day.  The only thing it might have been good for was carrying excessively large packages.

She side-eyed Simon as he insulted her, giving way to post boxes.  "Well you're in a sunny mood today, aren't you?"  Not that he ever was.  And with this heat, she really couldn't blame him.  She was still trying to fan herself despite now being inside.  It was a thought though.  Owls were a practical pet, spent much of their time in the owlery.  Still....she didn't fancy keeping one for herself.  Even if some of them were awfully cute.  "Unfortunately this guy's the only one awake."  She sighed.  "Shopping for something are we?  Or just trying to cool off?"

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Clearly there was no point in trying to educate Gerry on the finer points of dumb jokes. Or how not to be an ass to an owl that was half a metre from head to tail - and had a much, much larger wingspan. The birds themselves were not idiots - after all, they had to be somewhat clever to find their way, and most certainly understanding of human speech if they were to follow instructions as well as they did - and by the way the massive owl was glaring at Gerry (in the way that only owls could) it was clear it was Not Impressed with her comments.

Ah well. Her loss - of hair and scalp, maybe - if she couldn't see the errors of her way in time.

"I'm always in a sunny mood, Ger," he said, giving her a crooked grin and with eyes dancing behind his sunglasses. "Can't you see? No clouds anywhere." Outside it was nothing but blue sky, while inside Hoots and Whispers it was cool and shaded. Was it air-conditioning, or an atmospheric charm? Either way, it was certainly much nicer inside than out. And no clouds in here either.

Just owls and pussycats, and instead of pea-green boats a whole host of other creatures. 

"I'm not shopping. Not yet anyway. One day I'm gonna buy myself an owl. But not today." Not for nearly two years. "What about you? Finally joining the ranks of owl owners? I hope not."

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And there went his terrible jokes again, trying to pass off his mood for the weather, or was it the opposite?  She wasn't entirely sure.  She was largely unamused and a little confused, but kept any further comments on his terrible humor to herself.  There really wasn't any point.  It would be like asking her to suddenly start baking cupcakes and handing them out.  People were who they were, after all, and Simon wasn't bad.

She gave a small nod when he said he wasn't shopping.  She could get behind that.  Browsing was well enough.  Gave a person plenty of time to mull things over, to figure out exactly what it was that she wanted.  She folded her arms, looking disappointingly at some of the sleeping owls.

She snorted at the idea of owning an owl.  "Merlin, no.  Not that there's anything wrong with owls, I'm just not in a place to be responsible for another creature."  She struggled to keep a lid on herself half the time as it was.  Besides, she was more of a ... cat person.  Something that was self-sufficient that wouldn't mind bouts of affection and handling.    She was content with looking.  "I just like being in here.  Especially when it's a furnace out there."

She gave a half shrug.  "Why do you know so much about owls anyway?"

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He totally got the whole 'like a furnace' thing so he didn't comment on it. It was almost oppressive out there, the expanse of the blue sky and the heat of the sun that bore down without any sign of relenting. Tallygarunga Road had been a haze as he walked down it, the heat lines setting everything off-balance and giving it an unreal quality. He would not have been surprised to learn that on some of the sealed roads here there would be little puddles of melted tar.

Note to self: check shoes before heading inside. His mother would somehow find a way to kill him across all this distance if he tracked melted tar over carpet back at school.

"I read, Ger." The three words were accompanied by a snort. How else did she think he learned about stuff? "Contrary to popular opinion, I do know what those scribbles on paper mean. And if you want to get fancy," he added briefly in English before switching to Romanian, "I can do it in more than just one language."

He could have translated it for Gerry, sure but he couldn't be bothered; either she'd get the intention, or she didn't, and he didn't much care which it would be. Instead he gave a proper answer, and to be fair kept it to English. "You said it yourself: it's about being responsible for another creature. I'm gonna get one at some point, and might as well make sure I know enough about it to not do a shit job taking care of it. I'm not going to be one of those assholes-" he switched back to Romanian just for the curse "-who dumps something that loves you and needs you out into the wild to survive just because it didn't match your perfect and wrong expectations."

Simon was totally talking about just owls here. Of course he was. It could be nothing else, nothing else at all. Just owls.

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Oh, now he was just inviting her in.  She raised an eyebrow as she folded her arms, a smirk playing at her lips.  "Oh, you do, do you?  And here I thought you were paying some poor, gullible person to do all your homework and classroom discussions for you.  Polyjuice potion and all."  She snorted.  "Good to know there's a brain behind that lovely face of yours."  

He was one of her biggest rivals when it came to the classroom.  They both aimed for top scores, and had to wrestle around one another to get them.  Yet somehow they'd managed to remain neutral through it all.  She couldn't say the same for everyone.

She pursed her ips together, eyes narrowing.  "You and I both know I don't understand what you just said.  But thanks for proving once more that you're an asshole."  It was always degrading when someone switched to another language in another's presence.  That feeling of not understanding was not one she cared for.  He did it on purpose, she was certain.

She gave a nod.  "How responsible for you.  I guess you're not a total asshole, then."  She eyed him with bemusement as he ranted.  "Although you sure have a lot of pent up aggression there.  It must be a bad day."  She looked around for a minute, a sense of awkwardness flooding through her at his obvious upset.  "Do...you need to talk about something?  Because you can air it out.  I know as well as anyone that keeping shit in just makes it worse."

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