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Plot Update: April 2018
IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE... Thomas Sollozzo is back, and that's not  a good thing. No one knows exactly where he is, or what fa...
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Tally's 2018 Post-a-coaster!
That's right, it's POST-A-COASTER TIME! Now - May 18th, 2018 For each in-character post you make, a point will be added to yo...
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Shiny buttons system!
You might have got a flood of notifications recently. This is part of our Shiny Buttons System! (aka: Awards) Awards are little ackno...
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Character Database Updates & Stuff
Hello all! It's been a while since I last pestered you by tinkering with things that probably don't need to be tinkered with (but damn it...
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Our House Heads!
House Heads! We've looked through the current Professors and allocated four to be the Heads of each House. This is based part on exp...
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Mousie's Bug Bashing Thread
Mousie is the worst and tends to make new things when there are probably things that need to be fixed/clarified/all of that fun stuff.  ...
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Timeline Time!
The Great Tally Timeline So it's a struggle remembering when things happen to your character, and that's why we've got the "Signific...
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Quoting, Tags, Following, Activity Streams, Search, Links & Images in posts!
What a big week! It's time to introduce you all to some MORE FEATURES! Huzzah! Quoting Quoting on this software is glorious. At t...
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Linked Accounts, Reputation, Leaderboard, House Points, Avatars & Who Posted
I have had such a big day today coding, my brain feels like it's slowly melting out of my ears! Following up today with a few feature...
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Using Reactions
Hey guys, and welcome to the first of your tours on the new board! Today's feature: Reactions! At the bottom of each post, you'll...
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How to Apply
Welcome to Tally!  Looking to join a community of crazy writers as we explore the magical hijinks of the Australian wizarding world?...
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Beta Testing
Hey guys! Welcome to the new-look Tally! With a new look comes a new method of submitting your character. This guide is... quick and ...
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Gossip
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
Ravioli Inside®
Ravioli A little bit about me and my roleplaying habits: one, I clearly have a very bad sense of humor. two, you should usually e...
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pyjamaviking's splotter
Current Characters I Have for RPing With 1. Scarlett Fate - a First Year Spencer   ...
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Bare feet like a tomboy, and a crooked smile
Alrighty, here be the characters unfortunate enough to be written by me---Mousie! Alan Burdett 50 | Headmaster of Tallygarunga |...
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Heather's Babies
Elliot Morietti 41 | Surgeon/Healer | Ellen Pompeo Ellie is still grieving the loss of her husband three years ago. She's grumpy,...
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Ducklings
  orion arua-karras 17. Seventh Year. Bourke student. ...
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Come and have a butchers.
Albertine Bellerose ● 16 ● Spencer ● Former Child Model ● Pureblood Even though she is a Spencer, Albertine doesn't fit...
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Roar!
ThistleProse's Minions 100% stole the code from Lily! *tips hat* I am up for all kinds of plots! Just hit me up on Discord and I'l...
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Callie's Chars
Callie's Characters Always up for plots and threads, post below with ideas!   Liam Somersfield  32 | Keeper for A...
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Kai's Little Lies
    Marcus Carsen     Species: Dhampir Blood: Half-Breed(Wizarding Pureblood parent) Age: 25 Gender: Male...
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out of hiding
JOSIE WILSON 22 | School Nurse | Former Spencer | Lily Collins Once a student of Tallygarunga herself, Josie has returned as th...
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Flowers Made From Iron
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Lily's Lovelies
Lily's Characters Always up for plotties and connections and threads, post below with ideas!Jez25(?) | Actress, Princess, and Super...
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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." ...
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Interior Designer Is the twin brother of Matthew Belmont Currently has custody of his half-siblings, Aiden and Valerie Longhurst Has been in a...
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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 ...
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...
Elizabeth Burdett
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Characters
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...
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...
Marielle Prince
17 ☆ hb ☆ hu Happy | Fun-loving | Talkative | Optimistic | Believes the best in people | Loyal ...
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...
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...
Scarlett Van Acker
31 ☆ hb ☆ hu Scarlett is a no-nonsense type of girl. People who complain about how sad and pathetic their life is drive her absolutely crazy. She lacks...
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...
Grant Thomas
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Grant is a shy but smart guy, incredibly loyal to his friends. ...
Orion Arua-Karras
17 ☆ hb ☆ hu Orion is an independent, somewhat sociable, somewhat funny, somewhat stubborn young man. His life has always been full of 'somewhat' and '...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Siwan Llewellyn
16 ☆ hb ☆ hu 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...
Iris Glauert
15 ☆ hb ☆ hu 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...
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...
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...
Vito Salvatore
28 ☆ pb ☆ hu Vito is a ballistic stubborn short tempered man. He is quick to anger and he doesn’t have a problem holding back or physically harming w...
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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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 ...
Caldwell Hughes
24 ☆ mb ☆ ww Clever - Stickler - Kind of a hard ass toward students - Can loosen up around the right people ...
Keeley Monroe
28 ☆ hb ☆ hu Keeley is well known for being hard headed and stubborn. The youngest of four with 3 older brothers she learned from an early age how to b...
Naoki Nakamura
17 ☆ pb ☆ hu Player Friendly Fake Outgoing Fashionista Polite Casual ...
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...
Gerry Richter
16 ☆ mb ☆ hu 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...
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...
Josie Wilson
22 ☆ mb ☆ hu 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...
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...
Lorelei Valentin-Blair
8 ☆ hbr ☆ sc To say Lorelei's personality is complex would be an understatement. She holds a deep intelligence that is clearly abnormal for a young ch...
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 ...
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...
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...
Lux Hightower
33 ☆ mb ☆ hu Overall Lux is rather dualistic in her nature, she find the number two to be of great significance she sees herself as the saint and the s...
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...
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...
Kenna Westmore
16 ☆ hb ☆ vt Kenna acts as though she is driven by a motor, she is constantly moving constantly doing something and constantly attempting to be product...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Lazar Valov
28 ☆ pb ☆ hu Lazar is a mechanic, in a way. He likes to take things apart and put them back together. He tends to be more internal in his thinking and ...
Alic Eron
24 ☆ hb ☆ hu 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...
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 ...
Jackson Renner
17 ☆ hb ☆ hu At first glance, Jackson appears to be a very quiet and withdrawn boy, in fact many gave mentioned that there is something calming about h...
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...
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...
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...
Elena Bihar
30 ☆ pb ☆ hu Elena is one of the most stable women you will ever meet. she had an unnatural calm about her as well as a shrewd work ethic and strong wi...
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...
Frankie Oliver
16 ☆ pb ☆ hu Perfection is her ultimate goal. It drives her crazy sometimes really Frankie spends a lot of time reaching for perfection. She feels that...
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...
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 ...
Calixta Karras-Pappas
45 ☆ pb ☆ hu Being the only daughter of a powerful family had it perks, but it mostly had them treating her as the breakable child.  She was never goo...
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...
Kiera London
33 ☆ pb ☆ hu In her Tallygarunga days, Kiera was known as a quiet nerd. She was bookish and was often found in a squishy chair with her feet up and a ...
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...
Elliot Morietti
41 ☆ mb ☆ hu Stern | Grumpy | Short | Compassionate | Dry humored ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Ilia Collins
10 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ilia is rather unique. She tends to ramble, not able to pick up that other people have gotten bored, or checked out of the conversation. O...
Kevia Hale
27 ☆ hb ☆ ww Kevia has always been a quiet child, not shy, but she always liked to observe before she found herself engaging in something.  She was n...
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 ...
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...
Gideon Monk
36 ☆ pb ☆ hu at first glance Gideon is energetic and youthful. many have told him he can be impulsive but he knows that this is really his ability to b...
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...
Atlas Karras
60 ☆ hb ☆ hu At first glance Atlas is energetic and youthful. Many have told him he can be impulsive but he knows that this is really his ability to be...
Patrick Kelly
35 ☆ hb ☆ hu  Patrick likes to think of himself as the antihero.  While he was always laid back so to speak he has found his nature had changed quit...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
Mairead Townsend
14 ☆ hbr ☆ vt Bright, Mairead is unafraid to raise her hand in class, pushing forward whatever answers she might know.  She's quick to learn, but she ...
Lucy Fischer
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Headstrong | Stubborn | Spontaneous | Loyal | Adventurous | Strong in her convictions ...
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...
Ethan King
24 ☆ mb ☆ hu Energetic | Hyperactive | Friendly | Focused | Spastic | Inquisitive ...
Alexander Winfield
18 ☆ 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 ...
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...
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Music plots for Vladimir Crazy students being crazy for Big V (aka Vlad II) to deal with Fellow kidlets wanting to be friends wit...
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But first, coffee. Comfy plots that build character relationships.  Penny is in need of friends. Work friends, acquaintances and close friends. No rom...
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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

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Professor Teaching Staff Shio
28 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her

6/02/18


It was a hot afternoon, even in the relative shade of the eucalyptus trees of the central gardens. A number of fold out tables had been set up in the shade, complete with chairs and baskets of equipment. Closest to the tree was a wood bench covered with a patchwork quilt and strewn with chalk and odd herbs.
Scented pouches hung from the branches of the trees, charmed to give off a cool breeze as they dangled so that the air surrounding the tables was a good ten degrees colder than it should have been.

Rue paced around the circumference of the gardens, speaking quietly to the empty air and making odd gestures each time she paused. A flash of green lit from under her feet and she smiled, satisfied. The wards were set, none of the Neighbours would be able to enter should they come looking for her.
‘… and in her right hand, a silver dagger~’
She hummed to herself as she looked over the equipment once more. The roll - check. The subjects - check. Potion - check. Gloves - check. First aid kit - check.
‘She says that I, can’t be your bride~’

All that she needed now were her students. Rue looked at her watch, ten minutes until class time. Oh she did hope she wouldn’t have to give anyone detention on her first day…

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

(Geraldine Richter)

First herbology class of the term. Geraldine was quite excited--she liked herbology. She liked, at least in the past, most of the classes she had elected to take this year. While some were better at aggravating her frustrations than others, that tended to come more from interrelations with her peers, or the way she strove to be the best student she could, trying to top the others in her year where and when possible. It came from a place of pride.

Hearing it was outside, she couldn't help but groan, however. The summers were hot, unruly, and her tan was slowly starting to turn back into a burn again from the blistering sun. She had a bad habit of often forgetting to put on sunscreen. She knew some of the teachers threw fits about hats, so she didn't bring hers, but did still opt to wear her sunglasses. If the teacher had a problem she'd deal with it at the time, she wasn't about to go blinding herself or burning the skin around her eyes.

Ugh, Merlin's beard it was hot. She could feel herself starting to sweat by the time she neared the posted location, noting a checkered cloth over a wooden bench and some items hanging from the trees--which, she noted, smelled fairly nice. The heat was unruly. Why, why did this have to be outside? 

She looked around, about five minutes early, her books and things in a side-bag. She raised an eyebrow. What...were they supposed to do now? She noticed a woman she hadn't seen before, one with striking red hair and bright green eyes. Something seemed ... off about her. It was unsettling, to say the least. Geraldine decided to wait for the other students.

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Professor Teaching Staff Shio
28 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her

(Timothea Dracias)

Geraldine (nor, indeed, the professor) didn't have to wait long before the crunch of feet on grass became audible. A second later, if one were to turn their head, the person those sounds were originating from came into view: an averagely slender girl of average height and an average head of brown hair, who had an uncommonly mischievous grin on her face as she walked into the area with a sprightly step. Perhaps it was because she liked herbology--perhaps it was because she had finally cracked the code to the perfect stinkbomb recipe. Maybe it was even both.

With Tim Dracias, it was rather hard to tell.

"Huh," she murmurs to herself through heavy breaths--she wasn't much for walking, or indeed much physical activity. "Second one here. What the hell?"

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Sturt Blackbird
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

It was hot as all hell.

Samhain had pulled back her long hair, just to help keep her cool. But, unfortunately, it was rather uncomfortable, as she could no longer hide behind her hair. How did people do this every day?

It was easy to find the class, as there were fold out tables set up under some trees. As she approached, she could smell something in the breeze, and the air seemed to get cooler.

Samhain took a moment to look around, before hurrying over to an empty table away from the students that were already there. She sat down, with her head low, and began to pull out her supplies.

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Repository ☆ Fifth Year ☆ StudentThistleProse
15 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She | Her | Hers

Savannah’s long, dark and think hair was pulled up into a messy bun near the top of her head. While wearing her hair up like that allowed what little breeze there was to cool the back of her neck, it was countered by the fact that she was sure she was getting sunburned, even though she’d used quite a lot of high grade sunscreen! Normally, she would have been wearing a hat, but she’d forgotten it and besides, it wouldn’t sit over the top of her bun. Brushing little strands of hair away from her eyes, Savannah followed a couple of other students in the direction she knew her Herbology class was being held.

Arriving at the group, and finding that the tables that were set up didn’t have a distinct ‘front’ and ‘back’ of classroom feel, Savannah paused for a moment before moving to join another girl at an empty table. She flashed a wide smile at the other student, who looked to be about her age and was in a Sturt house, from the looks of her uniform. Glancing at the teacher – it looked like the woman was still waiting for a few more students – Savannah leaned towards the other girl a bit so she could speak without being too loud, but would also be easily over-spoken by the teacher should she begin to teach.

“Hi! I’m Savannah.” She smiled warmly, before digging into her bag to pull her text book, note book, and assorted accessories onto the table. She didn’t really have much to add to her introduction. While Savannah got along well enough with the people she interacted with, she didn’t have a lot of people she would call a friend. Not for a lack of wanting friends, but mostly because she tended to get absorbed in her school work, her latest novel, or generally day dreaming. She was shy, generally, which probably didn’t help, though she could also be extroverted enough to actively introduce herself to someone who looked even less social than she was!

@Samhain Eros

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Bourke ☆ Seventh Year Angie
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

The heat didn't bother him.

In the jungle, it was far hotter. He was used to the heat and humidity. Granted, he had water nearby and in this place he only had plants. But he knew plants. He got plants. He could dig in the dirt and recall facts because he had actually felt around said plants. Having to learn from a book seemed almost secondary. Almost. He could recite facts about the vines and shrubs he'd learned about last year because he had spent enough time touching them. He knew how pigments formed. He could test out theories on the jungle foliage back home. He could actually get plants. Which, according to his mum, was... odd.

The Professor was the first person to catch Orion's eye. She seemed a little like a wood sprite that had accidentally wandered onto the grounds and appeared in a place of comfort surrounded by vegetation. He kept his eyes on her as he moved forward, glancing around at the few other familiar faces. Nearly all of them looked as though the heat was getting to them. The only thing Orion regretted was that there wasn't a pool to lounge in so they could learn and be comfortable at the same time.

But that would be a distraction.

At least he made it on time today.

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Professor Teaching Staff Shio
28 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her

Rue looked up at the sound of Geraldine’s approach, setting a heavy book down on the table and clicking her tongue in sympathy.
‘Come under the tree, dear. It’s cooler.’

Frowning, she approached the young woman, tilting her head from side to side as she examined her face and tutted. Turning around, she snagged a large tub of sunscreen out from under the table. It was the stock kind, bought from coles that morning - cancer council. 
‘Slather yourself with this. I won’t have you burning on my first day.’ She pushed the bottle at Geraldine and turned to greet her other students, waving happily.

‘Ah! Good.’ She stood on her toes, pointing at each in turn and counting under her breath. ‘Five already. Excellent.’
She produced a clipboard stuffed high with tattered papers, dug in the pockets of her long skirt and found a fountain pen.
‘Sign your names away and find a comfortable spot. Don’t be shy! It’s much cooler under the pouches.’ Rue pointed above her head to the gently turning sachets hanging from the branches, which gave off the scent of mint leaves and a cool flurry of air. 

Rue studied her watch for a moment, frowning. The class had five minutes to start and she didn’t really want to rush into things. Nor did she want to have to mark students late on the first day. She decided to give them another ten minutes all up before the red ink came out.
‘Alright! I might as well introduce myself. Good morning everyone. My name is Rue Delaney and I will be your Herbology professor. I’d love to learn everyone’s names but I’m a forgetful sort so you’ll have to forgive me if I get any of them wrong.’ She smiled distractedly, tucking a stray lock of bright red hair behind her ears.

‘Seeing as I’m as unfamiliar with you as you are with me, why don’t you all tell me a bit about yourselves and how much you know about plants? It gives me something to work with.’ She paused, hands tucked into her skirt and clearly waiting for volunteers.

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Bourke Guest

Ilia sat uncomfortably in her table. This was so uncomfortable, she wished they were using desks, and inside a proper classroom. Out here, she couldn't have her usual seat: against the wall, front row. So she'd compromised, sitting in the table that was the most 'right' from the teacher's position. Her supplies were placed in front of her, and she fiddled with a stick in her hands. Anything to keep her fingers busy, to help calm her down.

She looked around once the teacher finished her spiel, waiting for someone else to volunteer. But, when it seemed no one else would, she raised her hand, before speaking. "My name is Ilia. I'm a Bourke, of course. My parents were both Muggles, so I don't know much about Magical plants. I'm pretty good with Muggle plants, though." once done, she sat back down, fiddling with the stick again.

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

Gerry moved beneath the shade of the tree as she was instructed, pessing her tongue against the inside of her cheek as she waited for the others.  The teacher, who's face being in her own was making the teen even more uneasy than she already was, quickly shoved a bottle of sunscreen into her hands and she was told to 'slather' herself with it.  Sighing, she gave a shrug and opened the bottle, pouring some into her hand and slowly covering her arm, beck, ears and face with the sunscreen.

When she finished, she dropped the bottle back in the tub the professor had pulled it from, noticing that other students had found their way.  She noted immediately that there was no one she was terribly fond of.  Ah, well, that's how it went.

Geraldine looked above her at a pouch, tapping it with a finger with enough force to make it sway a little.  She pressed her lips together and looked around as their new professor decided introductions were in order.  She hoped this wasn't going to be a thing this year.    "Yeah... Name's Gerry.  If any of you know me, it's probably because of Quidditch.  I keep a garden.  Took this course every year, will keep doing so.  Next."

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Bourke ☆ Seventh Year Angie
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Oh, boy. More class participation. Orion studied his hands for a moment as the person next to him answered. He gave her an appraising sort of look as she said she was known for Quidditch. She wasn't on his house team, but she was on another team. Yeah, he knew who she was. He couldn't remember ever seeing her in class before or remembering anything she'd done.

Orion moved under shade, breathing a sigh of relief. As a young man, he often perspired far more than anyone else. Likely they would all be dripping if they were in the direct light, but the air here was definitely cooler. 

"I'm Orion." He gave a giant wave with his hand. "I grew up in the jungle. Umm... I lived next door to people who raised magical clover. They used to sell the actual oils to Apothecaries. I love magic bamboo plants. And that's about it." Having grown up in a nonmagical world, for the most part, he was so unfamiliar with almost everything. There were just hints and bits and pieces about his life that were magical, not muggle and he was still struggling to piece everything together.

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Sturt Blackbird
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Samhain fiddled with her journal as she waited for class to start, although she was careful not to bend the papers. She was always careful with her belongings, keeping them meticulous. Her father would be furious if she had to replace some of her supplies this early in the semester.

She looked up as she sensed someone approach, seeing a girl in Bourke colors. Samhain looked around hesitantly, before realizing she was talking to her. "Uh, hello... I'm Samhain." she answered hesitantly, before turning back to her supplies when it seemed Savannah was distracted.

Urgh, more class participation? Why couldn't she have taken a class that would let her melt into the wall. When there was a lull, she raised her hand, before answering, "I-I'm S-Samhain, like the fe-festival. Um... th-there isn't m-much to s-say ab-about me. I c-can u-usually s-s-say wh-whether a plant i-is m-med-edicin-inal or not." She stammered, before looking back at her table once she was done. Nobody needed to know why she knew that, of course.

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Professor Teaching Staff Shio
28 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her

Rue smiled reassuringly at Samhain, filing all the information away in her mind for a later date. Geraldine’s prior experience didn’t tell her much, which was frustrating. Ah well.
‘We’ll make a start then.’
She picked up the roll and started through through it with her fountain pen, changing the ink to green and red as needed to tally up the house points.

Quote

 

PRESENT Samhain Eros - Sturt + 15 House Points

ABSENT Frankie Oliver - Sturt - 15 House Points

ABSENT Jackson Renner - Sturt - 15 House Points

PRESENT Geraldine Richter - Sturt + 15 House Points

 

PRESENT Orion Arua-Karras - Bourke + 15 House Points

PRESENT Ilia Collins - Bourke + 15 House points

PRESENT Savannah Ryan - Bourke + 15 House Points

 

PRESENT Timothy Dracias - Flinders + 15 House Points

ABSENT Siwan Llewellyn - Flinders - 15 House Points

 

ABSENT Albertine Bellerose - Spencer - 15 House Points

ABSENT Kenna Westmore - Spencer - 15 House Points

Total: 

Sturt + 30 - 30 = 0

Bourke + 45 = +45

Flinders + 15 - 15 = 0

Spencer  -30 = -30

 

Rue frowned, tapping her lip with her pen in thought as she considered the final tallies. 

‘Okay we have a number of students still missing, but I’ll knock ten points off their penalty so long as they arrive and complete the task today.’

Placing the clipboard down, she faced the class and indicated the objects on the table before her with a wide sweep of her hands. The table contained a central basket of banksia pods, some soft bristled paint brushes, a box of gardening gloves and several glass jars filled with a thick golden liquid.

‘I’m sure you are all at least passingly familiar with faeries. You may have heard stories about them. But the most important lesson you will ever learn from Mr Eron and myself is that you must never insult a fairy creature.’ Her expression was grave. Ever. It may be the last thing you ever do.’

Rue smiled again, trying to be reassuring. Of course what we consider ‘rude’ may be quite different from what the fair folk do. In general, avoid insults, politely refuse all gifts, and never thank them for their work. Anything that implies that you owe them a favour might put you on the hook for something unpleasant later down the road.’

She pulled on a pair of gloves and picked up a banksia pod, showing them to the class. ‘I’m sure you all recognise these but just in case: These are seed pods from the banksia tree, very common throughout Australia. They appear quite ordinary, but if you know how, you can get them to talk.’ She rapped one with her knuckles. ‘These creatures are not fae, but they make useful go-betweens if you are not confident in your skill in communicating with fairies. They also make excellent practice.’

Placing the banksia pod back down, she picked up a jar of honey. ‘Banksia people are extremely rude, so be prepared for some foul language. And I don’t want to hear you repeat any of it! Understand? You’re all adults. I’m sure I can trust you.’ She unscrewed the top of the jar. ‘Unlike humans, fairies don’t take insult to banksia people. They find them quite amusing and they generally cannot do them any real harm, as they are both magical. This means that you can practice your fairy etiquette with banksias, but you can also use them to pass messages and requests on to the fair folk without fear of mistakes.’

She held up the jar. ‘Of course, Banksia’s don’t normally talk. That’s where this comes in.’ 

Rue reached into her robe pocket and produced her wand, turning around to write in the air as if it were a chalkboard. The letters stood out easily in the slight shade of the tree. 

‘This is your recipe. I suggest you write it down in your books. I’ve prepared a mixture in advance for today.’

The writing read:

1 cup of wattle honey

Mix with a teaspoon of morning dew

Add crushed mint to taste

Charge by the sun for 3 days.

Or the moon for 2 days.

Please note: Cloudy days don’t count. You’ll have to leave it out for three sunny days, they don't have to be consecutive.

Rue put the unscrewed jar down on the table and picked up the banksia once more.

‘So all you need to do for today is take a little bit of the honey on your brush, like so’ - she dipped a brush in the jar. ‘And smear it on the banksia pod. You should aim to get it into one of the little ‘mouth’ like open pods for the best effect.’

There was a pause as she did so. The banksia in her hand shuddered, shedding dust and excess bark until three mismatched eyes opened in the pod, dropping seeds everywhere.

‘Bloody hell Lady! What time do you call this?’ It yawned widely. ‘Woke me up from the best dream I’ve had in ages.’ It glared around at the class. ‘Ugh. Let’s get on with it then!’ The banksia opened and closed its mouth as if chewing for a moment, seeming to settle down a little as it registered the honey mixture. ‘… pretty bloody good stuff this…’

Rue cleared her throat, looked at the class and laid a finger on her lips with a wink - she then proceeded to say something quite rude to the plant, though notably she didn’t use any foul language. The little thing promptly went still and closed it’s mouth with an audible snap. No matter how Rue prompted it with more honey, it remained silent.

‘And that’s why they make good practice. If you’re rude to them, raise your voice even a little, they’ll stop talking. They’ll do whatever they can to provoke you. So watch your tongue. Oh and they bite, so don’t forget your gloves.’

She put her instruments down on the table, stripped off her gloves and dusted her fingers.

‘Right then! Everything you need is right here. Form groups if you like. Sit where you like within reason. I want you to talk to these little ones, ask anything you like and make a note of what you found interesting or boring about the experience and hand in your notebooks at the end of class.’ She checked her watch. ‘We’ve got just under 40 minutes. I think that will be sufficient.’

Rue returned to her little seat under the tree, picking up her book. ‘If you’ve any questions I’ll be right here, and I’ll come around to check your progress as we go.’ 

She considered for a moment before waving her wand again. 

‘End of term homework is to make your own honey mixture. As long as it works you’ve passed. Though if the banksias particularly like your brew, you’ll get extra points.’ 


((OOC:
For absent players - if you post in this thread participating in class then the house point penalty will drop to -5. Homework can be done just by discussing with me on Discord or PM. Just let me know how well you want your character to do and I'll award points accordingly. If you like we can rp it out, but it's obviously not necessary.))

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Flinders ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Flinders Student✩ Chromatic
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

She was late, and that would not stand. But, there was nothing to do about it now than to show up anyways and hope that her professor would be understanding. After all, this was a new school to Siwan, and when she showed up to the designated classroom, no one was there. But there was a note hanging on the door. She quickly consulted a rudimentary map she had drawn for herself, and made her way towards the central grounds. After the shifting staircases and trick doors of Hogwarts, this was easy, but it would take a couple of weeks before she could find her way around. 

She had made a habit of applying sunscreen before she left her room in the morning now, and going outside without a hat made her shudder. Her skin was very fair after all, and the wide brim on her sunhat offered full shade for her face and neck. Even though she saw other students had removed their hats int he shade of the tree, Siwan did not remove hers as she approached. 

"I am so sorry about this! I'm not usually late." She said to the professor. "I'm Siwan Llewellyn." She took a seat and glanced at what her classmates were working on and was brought up to speed and quickly copied notes that she would transcribe into a more legible form later. 

She was well versed in the Fair Folk, and watched happily as her classmates conversed with the pods (which she was unfamiliar with only because they were not easily procured in Scotland), waiting for her turn. 

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year Dunkle
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Hine was running.She had gone to the wrong place twice already, and was thoroughly confused about the layout of the school. Not the best impression for the new school, especially for a class she wanted to excel in. Her dark hair had come loose of it's tie, and must have looked wild and crazy as she came into the room, coming to a stop a moment too late to not make a fuss.

"Uh... I'm Hine. I'm uh... new."

Her voice faltered, and after a moment she slunk into the back of the room, and began taking down the recipie, trying to not draw attention to herself. This was supposed to be an easy class, she thought as she began. But all these ingredients? She didn't know them. The techniques, yeah, but these weren't herbs she knew from working the greenhouse back home. 

She was in trouble. And she didn't know anyone to help.




OOC: Sorry! I'm new!
 

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

This teacher was pissing her off.  She wished the last one hadn't quit and she hoped to high hell that this one would quit by the end of the year.  She couldn't handle two years of this crap if this was how classes were going to be.  She might have to up her Quidditch game because it looked like her back up plan was starting to fall out.

The way she dropped fairies into the same category yas any other creature by associating Eron with it was downright insulting, and wrong.  She might have had the odd opinion out on the matter, but it didn't matter to her.  And then the teacher not only carried on about it, but kept discussing fairies as if they were actually in some sort of comc class.  She'd had enough.

"Excuse you, have you not heard of the Sentient Species Act?  Stop talking as if they're little more than a garden gnome.  Learn some respect, or get off that podium lady."  She folded her arms and glared at her.  "Besides, this is herbology.  If you want to teach," and she pulled out some air quotes before refolding her arms, " 'fae ethics and manners', then boot yourself over to a law class, or take over the creature one yourself since you seem so intent on dragging them down."

But it seeme dobvious very quickly the entire lesson, and homeowrk, was going to be talking to these stupid thigns to learn how to 'speak' to fairies. She was done for today.  She rolled her eyes and knocked the nearest items off the table that she could, grabbed her bag, and left class.  This was bullshit.

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Sturt ☆ Fifth Year Dunkle
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Hine looked over her shoulder at Geraldine's rapid departure, hiding a smile the best she could before returning to having a serious face looking towards the professor, waiting for any kind of reply. The outburst was dramatic, sure, but she tried to keep it out of her mind, and more importantly off her face, as she recorded the recipe in her book.
"Awesome" she whispered to herself as she scanned the room looking for a work partner.

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Sturt Blackbird
16 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Samhain watched as the teacher began to go through the roll, before dropping her gaze to the table again. She listened as the teacher began to speak, writing down what she determined to be important.

-Never insult Fae
-Mr. Eron?
-Fae view rude different
-Avoid insults
-Polite refuse gifts
-Never thank them
-Never owe a favor

She also was quick to write down what the woman said on Banksia pods. Were they sentient? That didn't make any sense, but since when did magic make sense?

The Sturt girl jotted down the recipe, wondering what it was for. Thankfully, the professor was quick to explain, and her eyes widened at what the woman said to the banksia pod. That was... seriously unprofessional.


She grimaced as she was told they could work in groups but, thankfully, it didn't seem mandatory.

Unfortunately, things went topsy turvy. The blonde haired girl spoke up, being completely unrespectful, and Samhain went still, feeling like her throat was closing in on itself. This was bad. The teacher was going to get mad. This was very, very bad. Without thinking, she reached for her wand.

Instinctively, she cowered as the girl knocked items off the table, not seeing the girl, but someone else. She could hardly breathe, and only managed an "Excuse me!" before grabbing her bag and bolting, racing towards the main buildings where she could panic in peace. Without thinking, she left her journals out on the table.

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Bourke Guest

Ilia listened intently as the professor spoke, before demonstrating what to do. Her eyes widened at the sight of the banksia pods, wondering what they had to do about this. To her shock, it turned out to be sentient, to the point that it had a mouth and snapped its mouth shut when she offended it.

The ten year old tilted her head as she recieved her Banskia pod, before hesitantly starting up the best conversation a ten year old could have with a seed pod.

She was startled at a sudden explosion of sound, watching as a girl stormed off after throwing stuff everywhere, and another girl took off at a run. What was going on?

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Professor Teaching Staff Shio
28 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her

Rue couldn’t do much but stand there silently while the young lady walked out of the classroom. She blinked. Well, that didn’t go well at all. She sighed and made a mental note to contact her later. 

She turned to address the class that remained, nodding gently to the newcomers.

‘I apologise if anything I have said over the last few minutes left you with the impression that I do not few fairies as sentient, intelligent beings on equal footing with us. Because they are. My point is simply that they operate on laws often unknown and incomprehensible to us, and demand respect. Not doing so is liable to be dangerous. Remember Hippogriffs.’

She tilted her head. ‘Herbology, Potions and Care of Magical Creatures all have some overlap. Please defer to the relevant professors for their expertise.’

She was angry with herself as what Geraltine had said finally clicked. Care of Magical Creatures, right. That did seem like something of a faux pas. But then what was deemed ‘sentient’ seemed so arbitrary. Were hippogriffs not sentient? Despite their complicated systems of honour and pride?

‘If you’ll excuse me. I’d best check on the young lady who just left.’ She meant Samhain. She’d sensed some distress. 

It wasn’t as though she could entirely leave the classroom, that would be irresponsible. But once she was out of earshot of the rest of the class she called softly to Kiki, giving her a piece of paper to carry to Samhain. 

‘Make sure she’s okay for me, please?’ With a small yowl, the cat raced off. 

Samhain would find a small black cat following her with a note in her jaws that read:

Are you alright? 

Please send a response with Kiki, I can provide you with class notes later if you wish.

Ps. Don’t be nervous, Kiki gives wonderful hugs.

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