Hi there, Kirupachi! Thanks for posting with all your lovely characters. I'm sorry I'm rather late in replying.
Rhys & Chloe
Definitely makes sense that these two might have met at the reserve and maybe even have worked together a little bit. I like that idea of them just working on a task in a comfortable sort of silence! I think her deadpan manner might make him a little nervous but he'd still try to be polite and friendly, albeit in an awkward, low key sort of way. Her affinity with magical creatures would definitely impress him, anyway! From doing a bit of stalking I see that Chloe is a bit undecided about her future so I was wondering if maybe he could potentially be a source of information/advice about the magizoology sector eventually? If they end up sort of getting used to each as workmates. I mean, he's no expert yet or anything but his family background means he's got a fair amount of experience with creatures.
Rhys & Jamie
I like the prospect of some kind of random run-in for these two! The way they're both sort of shy and reserved but then more jokey when you get to know them better strikes me as pretty interesting common thread. I don't have any particularly exciting ideas yet, unfortunately, but perhaps one of Rhys' cousins is a big fan of his and when he recognises him around the reserve he feels compelled to ask for an autograph or something? Which I guess might not go brilliantly, since Rhys is terrible at approaching people and Jamie seems to like his privacy?
Rhys & Natasha
Oh, I can totally imagine Rhys being a regular at the bakery! He's got an extremely sweet tooth and is very much the type to bring along muffins into work to share on a Friday and stuff like that. I'm not sure whether that's enough for them to be friends exactly but if they did end up chatting a little bit over purchases he'd end up liking her a lot, I think, for her warmth and cheerfulness. I can even see him developing a teensy bit of a crush, haha, and just being a huge, stammering dork when he attempts to buy pastries. Her ability to speak to animals also sounds super cool and I am definitely down for Rhys catching her interacting with a critter! He's secretly always wanted to talk to animals.They've both lost siblings due to accidents as well, interestingly.
Rhys & Mark
You're right, these two definitely have a load in common! Both gentle souls, both artists and nature-lovers, and both rather socially awkward. They would definitely get on, I think, and like you said I imagine they could easily meet through classes at VMU or mutual acquaintances (perhaps a professor?). Maybe they were fellow wallflowers at some kind of University function or maybe (since I think Mark has finished or nearly finished his magizoology degree?) Rhys might have a project that requires the input of an older student and someone might point him in Mark's direction? If they end up friends Rhys would definitely encourage him to go for that career change! Idk, I can just imagine them being fishing trip and hiking buddies and stuff like that.
Rhys & MJ
I've talked with Tecri a bit and Rhys likely knows Robin at least a little so it makes total sense that he might meet her assistants! MJ's survivalist hobby and her ghost thing sound really interesting. Maybe he could accidentally stumble across her secret HQ or stop to lend a hand with an injured animal out in the wilderness?
Rhys & Ian
I'd love for Ian to come along and get in Rhys' face trying to help him with some problem! He would probably not really know what to do with such relentless enthusiasm but he'd be very grateful, I'm sure. Perhaps he might know/be a friend of one of Rhys' younger cousins or something as well? I imagine that at least one or two of them are still Tally students.
Rhys & Ashley
Yes, magic-proofed equipment would surely be something Rhys would need! I can see him being at least a little bit afraid of her, depending on how much of her caustic side she shows.