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Tallygarunga
a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
December, 2019 :: Summer

Alan Burdett

Headmaster
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  • Full Name
    Alan Laurence Burdett
  • Birthdate - Day
    6
  • Birthdate - Month
    4
  • Exact Age?
    Yes
  • Birthday - Year
    1967
  • Birthplace
    Narragyambie
  • Year Level
    First Year
  • Job Title
    Headmaster of Tallygarunga
  • Species
    Human
  • Blood Status
    Pureblood
  • Pronouns
    He/Him
  • Played By
    Nathan Fillion

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    GMT+10:00
  • Pronouns
    She/Her

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  • Playerx Sadrienne
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  • Birthdate Day 6
  • Birthdate Month 4
  • Birthdate Year 1967
  • Manual Age 0
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  • School Superstar 2
  • The Opener 1
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  1. Killing Time

    There was nothing like a few cold after-work drinks. And the only place for cold after-work drinks was The Drunken Roo. It wasn't just the fact that his childhood best friend now owned the place (in part with his cousin, and ex-girlfriend), Alan had been coming here for years. Before he'd even been legally able to drink. The previous owner hadn't given a damn so long as everyone paid their way. Glorious tales of a very mis-spent youth. It was a place of memories. Family, friends, almost everyone in Narrie had a drink at the Roo at some point in their lives. Some of the regulars ate and drank here every night in place of going back to empty homes and sad kitchens. Alan had been one of those, once, too. Before Audrey, Rachel, the kids. All of that. The Drunken Roo was part of the town, and part of who he was as well. He gave a wave to Matt as he walked in, glad to see that he was up and about. That whole situation had been a struggle for everyone, but he couldn't imagine the toll it had taken on the Belmonts. Pretty much every face here was familiar, this was his kingdom. His cousin Stuart may have risen to the fancy position of Minister of Magic, but Alan? He was the king of Narrie, both magical and muggle. It was enough for him. Business was picking up here again, and that was good. He'd almost had to watch the Roo go under, not cashed up enough to save it himself. Luckily Stu had stepped in and Matt woke up. The evening crowd was in, and it took him a moment to spot a free space at the bar. He leaned across, but before he could open his mouth, Mish had already drawn a pint of lager for him. "Cheers," he said with a grin. This was what you came back for. The ones who knew your order and didn't need you to tell them. Oh, and Mish's eye-rolls. They were legendary too. Alan settled into his seat and took a look around. Just a couple of drinks to socialise tonight, before he headed back home to be the world's best Dad. "Hey, Ash!" he grinned, nudging the woman next to him. "How's business?"
  2. I can't believe Lauren is still on about this horse thing. At this rate, I might even have to give in.

    1. Alexander Winfield

      Alexander Winfield

      Have to give her props for that persistence. 

  3. Who keeps digging holes along the back fence? Someone is going to get hurt. Probably me.

  4. Flickering

    "No, but you can absolutely not follow in her bad example," Alan muttered back irritably. It was hard to talk when he was also hard at work gulping down as much second-hand smoke as he could, before it dissipated out the window. He hadn't smoked for years but the cravings never left. Audrey would be furious if he took it up again, and he didn't really want to. It wasn't worth it. He scowled at Adele and Andrea in turn, the expression deepening as he saw a fresh cigarette materialise between Adele's fingers. She was really testing him today. "It is a rule. It's in the staff handbook," he said. Which no one ever read. Even Alan hadn't read it. He'd just been told the rule existed in there when he was an obnoxious professor who didn't want to go outside and all the way out to the school perimeter to smoke. "And it's disrespectful to your fellow staff to poison the air of a common space, it's a health hazard for goodness sakes. Imagine if Audrey had come up here instead, with Merrilea? Or anyone with breathing difficulties? This space needs to remain a clear and healthy environment for all staff. By smoking in here, you're cutting them off from their right to enjoy this space as well." Alan huffed, and he puffed, and he really wanted a cigarette. Adele was twirling the unlit one between her fingers, knowing he was watching and teasing him with whether she would light it or not. The corner of Alan's eye began to twitch. "You'd better think really hard about how much longer you want to work here, before you light that cigarette, Adele," he added. Adele simply smiled at him. "Oh Alan, I question my life here daily," she shrugged, lifting the cigarette and placing it between her lips.
  5. Flickering

    Bibidi bobidi what? Alan ground his teeth together, a very annoyed glare pointed at Adele. "That's not," Alan snapped, swiping the makeshift ashtray off the table and throwing the contents angrily into the trash. "The point. Just because you can magic things back to how they should be does not make it okay to disrespect them in the first place." He'd never had a problem with Andrea before. She was different, certainly. But always professional and reliable and until now hadn't chatted back at him. He knew where this was coming from. This had Adele written all over it, as if the satisfied smirk on her face didn't give the game away. She was still bloody smoking too. Alan grabbed for the cigarette, burning his palm on the lit end as he tore it away from her mouth and crushed the cylinder into a tiny, crumpled ball. "Almost thirteen years you've been here, Adele. You know this is against policy. You know that your fellow staff members hate waking up to a room full of stale smoke because, sure it could be just magicked away, but you never bloody even bother with that. You've been told, and you've been warned, and now you're dragging Andy into your shit?" Apparently the Burdett household was running on limited sleep, and Alan was at the end of his fraying rope. He'd only just got Octavia back to sleep after what he was fairly certain was Lauren encouraging the young girl to repeatedly come out and ask if she could have a horse. Octavia denied that Lauren was the cause of it, but Tavi had never wanted a horse before Lauren arrived. "And you're letting her do it." He said to Andrea. "Which I didn't expect you to fall for something that ridiculous. Or maybe you're going to tell me that it was all of your own volition and you make your own choices, blah blah, and I hoped for more from you than that. At least she," he pointed to Adele. "Never pretended to be respectful."
  6. Sarah has challenged me to climb to the top of the adult-size playground they've put up at Narrie Lakes. 

    I ain't doing this without some sort of reward. State your offerings and I might just let you watch me climb the bugger.

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    2. Alexander Winfield

      Alexander Winfield

      @Adele DeVylissea Race? Me?! Oh man! RIGHT! I'm allowed to now! 

    3. Adele DeVylissea

      Adele DeVylissea

      Yes. Whilst wearing the worst jumpsuits you can both find, some kind of crazy hat, and singing classic songs while you ascend.

      You can consider it my birthday present.

    4. Alexander Winfield

      Alexander Winfield

      Okay, I'll totally do that. You know I can't say no to spoiling you! Especially for a birthday present! 😉 

      I say we use Cookie Monster Jumpsuits.

  7. Just saw Lauren's QB. Really, Adele? Just how many stashes do you have in that library?

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    2. Lorelei Valentin-Blair

      Lorelei Valentin-Blair

      I have so far found some in one of the bricks of the Wall. And under a floorboard in F3, and the hollow of my favourite climbing tree, and also Mamiere's favourite secret passage in the tunnels... Is there a prize for finding the most?

    3. Alexander Winfield

      Alexander Winfield

      Yeesh. . . You know, it's reaaally hard to champion you with that kind of evidence, Adele! 

      Er, bring that to Uncle, Lei. So I can place them away properly. 

    4. Lorelei Valentin-Blair

      Lorelei Valentin-Blair

      Place them away where? No one has yet confirmed if there is a prize.

  8. essential Filling Out Your Character Profile

    Alan Burdett
    Filling out your character profile Ready to create a character? Fantastic! This guide will step you through the process of locating and filling out the character profile, and how to let us know you're ready to be sorted. Remember, you'll need to do all of this from a character account (a new account that has your character's name) not your player account. If you have any questions, concerns, or need a bit of help---let us know! How do I find the application form? The application form is stored in the user profile. To access it, click the drop-down menu on the account name in the top-right corner of the board. You'll need to be logged into the character account, or accessing it through the Account Switch system to edit the correct profile. This menu will appear: Select "Profile". This will take you to the account's main profile page. Double-check which account profile you're seeing, as this is the one you will be editing. If it's the character account you want to create an application for, go on ahead and click "Edit Profile" in the top of the banner. If not, make sure you're logged in as the correct user and try again. (Note: You should only see "Edit Profile" on this screen. That's the one you want!") A new box will pop up with fields to fill out. This is where you'll put all of your wonderful character information! The in-character sections are labelled "Short Answer", "Traditional App Sections", "Freeform & Shipper Sections", "Optional Character Items" and "Avatars & OOC". What do I need to fill out? If it looks like a lot, don't worry! Not all of it is essential to get your character applied. Our application system uses a mix-and-match structure to help you write a character the way that makes the most sense to you. The purpose of the application is to describe your character as you know them now, and how they fit into the Tallygarunga setting. We understand that characters evolve and develop as they're played, so don't stress if the details are a little hazy still. There are no minimum counts on any section of the application, but as a general rule we find that 100-200 words in the larger sections (history, etc) provides enough information to get started. To submit a character application, the following fields must be filled: All fields in the "Short Answer" section (Year Level mandatory for students only, Occupation mandatory for adults with employment only. Play By is not mandatory.) Either "Appearance" or "Play By" (from the short answer section) Either "History" or "Freeform" If using "History", either "Personality" or the "Friends/Family/Lovers/Haters" fields (all four) The "Player" field in the "Avatars & OOC" section. For example, some application combinations might be: Short Answer + Player + History + Friends/Family/Lovers/Haters + Appearance Short Answer + Player + Freeform + Play By Short Answer + Player + History + Personality + Play By Short Answer + Player + Freeform + Appearance + Friends/Family/Lovers/Haters It's up to you! There are also other sections such as Secrets and General Knowledge, Wand, and so on that are there to provide more detail on your character if you wish. Most members fill these out after the character has been completed, approved, and running around in game. Don't forget to click "Save" at the bottom of the form to save your character! You can come back and edit your character as many times as you need or like, and there's no limitation on how long you can spend working on your application. How do I submit my application? Got it all ready to go? Sweet! Now all you need to do is: Head on over to the Applications forum Fill out the form in this topic Post it as a new topic under your character account As always, if you make a mistake here---don't stress. We'll help you get it sorted. Once that topic is posted, one of our staff will review it as soon as we can! If we've got any questions or need more information on an aspect of your character, we'll contact you through the forum message system. Remember: We never deny applications here at Tally. Sometimes characters need a few adjustments to fit into the setting, but we're always willing to work with you to make changes that everyone is happy with. Guide to the character information sections Short Answer Full Name: This is your characters full name, including any second names (if applicable). Birthdate - Day: The date of the day your character was born. Eg. If their birthdate is March 17th 1987, this number will be 17. Birthdate - Month: The number of the month your character was born. Eg. If their birthdate is March 17th 1987, this number will be 3. Birthdate - Year: The full year your character was born. Eg. If their birthdate is March 17th 1987, this number will be 1987. Exact Age: This is for characters that may lie about, or even not know their precise age. If their exact birthdate is unknown, or if they habitually lie about their age, set the three birthdate fields to reflect how old they appear or claim they are, and set this field to "No". If their age is exact and they do not lie about their age, set this to "Yes". Birthplace: Where your character was born. This could be a country, or the town and country, eg. Narragyambie, Australia. Year Level: What year level the character is currently in (for student characters) Job Title: What job title the character currently holds (for employed characters) Species: What species the character is. Blood Status: Whether the character is pureblood, muggleborn, halfblood or other. Pronouns: What pronouns the character uses, eg. She/Her, They/Them and so on. Played By: The celebrity face claim for the character. (Not mandatory, can be used instead of completing the "Appearance" field.) Traditional Application Sections History: A rundown of events that have occurred in your character's life so far. This might include early home life, school life, jobs they've held, education they've undertaken, and any other aspects of your character's life up until this point that have made them who they are now. (Mandatory if not using the "Freeform" field) Personality: Who your character is, how they react and what drives them. What makes them angry, happy, what are they like around other people. (Mandatory if not using the "Freeform" or "Friends/Family/Lovers/Haters" fields). Appearance: What your character looks like, their sense of style, everything about the visual presentation of your character goes here. (Mandatory if not using a Play By) Freeform & Shipper Sections Freeform: This section allows you to describe all aspects of the character in a single section. It should touch on a little of the character's history and personality, and describe how they might fit into the Tallygarunga setting. (Mandatory if not using the "History" field) Friends: How the character behaves around and interacts with friends. (Mandatory along with Family/Lovers/Haters if not using the "Personality" or "Freeform" fields) Family: How the character behaves around and interacts with family. (Mandatory along with Friends/Lovers/Haters if not using the "Personality" or "Freeform" fields) Lovers: How the character behaves around and interacts with their significant others. (Mandatory along with Family/Friends/Haters if not using the "Personality" or "Freeform" fields) Haters: How the character behaves around and interacts with enemies. (Mandatory along with Family/Lovers/Friends if not using the "Personality" or "Freeform" fields) Optional Character Items Secrets: What secrets the character holds, anything about who they are that they don't want the world to know. (Not mandatory) General Knowledge: What is known about the character publicly. (Not Mandatory) Education: Any education that the character has completed. Though not mandatory, characters with high-level positions are likely to have something listed here. (Not mandatory) Wand: The wand your character uses. (Not mandatory) Patronus: The form of the patronus (if any) your character can summon. (Not mandatory) Avatars & OOC Player: Your player account. To link it, begin typing your player account name into this box, and select it from the drop-down when it appears. (Mandatory) Profile Avatar: Here you can upload a 250x400px image to be displayed alongside your character's posts and in the profile. (Not mandatory)
  9. If Lauren is what I have to look forward to from Sarah, Tavi and Merrilea... Cam and I might just go hide in a cave somewhere. No horses allowed.

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    2. Derrick Ackers

      Professor Derrick Ackers

      That's Auds way of saying, 'No chance of survival even in caves!'

    3. Audrey Adagathguarde

      Audrey Adagathguarde

      Let's be real. There's not a hiding place of Alan's that I haven't found. And never will be. :D 

    4. Derrick Ackers

      Professor Derrick Ackers

      If you want I can take care of the kiddos! I know something that would totally get their attention. 
      🔥

      🔥

  10. Invite Unbreakable

    Edmund and Ammelie were, as expected, very confused by the notion of Lauren suddenly being "not dead" as Audrey described it. Unfortunately, Alan wasn't able to describe it any better. He tried, though, in between attending to Audrey and being abused (as he expected would happen, and he made notes of her more amusing insults to remind her of later). The whole thing was beyond his own comprehension, and the best he could really say was that it was "some weird thing about Adele's family" and the end result was that he now had a teenage Lauren living with them. The blank stares and empty nods were the best he could hope for. They would meet Lauren herself soon enough. And then... there was crying. First the baby, then the rest of them all at once as his newest daughter made herself known in the world. Alan's chest tightened and expanded simultaneously, he would never get used to this feeling. He never wanted to. The world could be a terrible and bleak place, but this moment was everything. He couldn't speak, just held Audrey's hand tight and hoped that the look on his face, the squeeze in his palm, the tears on his cheeks---all of that would do for now, and she would know he was so proud of her. So amazed by her. What she had just been through was no small feat and he couldn't believe it was even possible. Audrey had done this. She was... she was everything. Absolutely everything. Words still weren't happening, and so as the doctors brought the baby girl over he listened to Audrey's tired words and nodded. Whatever she wanted, she could have. She had to have. He wouldn't allow her to be disappointed, or hurt, or anything bad he was going to protect her from everything for the rest of time. He swore it. No one who could produce miracles like these deserved any pain. Ever. All of Alan's emotions were brimming over, he didn't even notice that Meri had a hand to her mouth and was also crying happily at the name. Perfection. Utter perfection. "You are... so many kinds of incredible, Auds," he said finally. "Please marry me. Really. Please." That wasn't at all how he'd intended to propose. He cursed himself after, this was not the speech he'd had prepared (he couldn't remember a damn word of it now) or the place, or the time, or anything. None of it was right, but it had just happened.
  11. Stuff

  12. Invite Unbreakable

    "I think she might have said 'golly gosh' at one point," Edmund mused. "That's when I knew she was in extreme pain." It was about as close to swearing as Ammeleine had ever got in the entire time Edmund had known her. She was prim and proper to a fault, and while Edmund did love that about her, he was also glad that his daughters had developed a wider sense of freedom in what they could say and be. He knew that if Audrey was unhappy with something, she wouldn't keep it locked behind a wall of proprietry, she would do something about it. The swearing and brutal honesty might have upset Ammeleine's delicate properness at times, but Edmund was much happier knowing his daughters were happy, rather than perfect ladies. Meri, on the other hand, seemed quite anxious just being in the room. Her gaze darted between the monitors and Audrey, each sound making her flinch. The smell of chemical cleaning was stuck in her nostrils, and Meri had never liked hospitals to start with. But this was a big day for Audrey, she had to be here---had to be supporting her sister, even though just being here made her sick with fear. She kept her silence, but Alan noticed. "I hate to ask, Mer," he said casually after checking QuillBook. "But we could be here a long while yet, and Mum's got all four kids there now. Steve and Baz are no help, would you mind going and giving her a hand?" Marie could handle the kids. Even with Steve and Barry hanging around. But Alan could see that Meri needed to get out, and while he couldn't offer a less stressful option, he could at least offer her an out that didn't have so many doctors. "We'll send for you when it's time, the kids love you---so maybe you'll be able to keep them under control." Alan gave her a lop-sided smile. Meri dithered. "I--I guess I could do that, I mean... if it's okay with you, Audrey? I'll be straight back soon as you message. Promise." Meri said, somehow unaware that this was a favour to her, and not to Alan's mother. Alan hadn't wanted to hurt her pride, after all. He squeezed Audrey's hand. He was here, her parents were here, there was no need for Meri to be tortured by staying in the hospital room through all the drama. And besides... an extra pair of eyes was never a bad thing when Tavi was around.
  13. Invite Unbreakable

    Each of Audrey's family leaned in and gave her the kiss and hug as demanded, Meri first with a smile stretching her lips uncomfortably. She hoped, maybe, that the smile would distract Audrey from the red around her eyes. She knew about David, and was devastated. This news had at least pulled her away from that grief, though not entirely. This was, in Meri's eyes, the most frightening part of Audrey's pregnancy. This was the point where Adrian had been forced to choose between Meri or their baby, and Meri hadn't yet forgiven the choice he made. She didn't know if she ever really would. Edmund was next, leaning down with a proper and excited smile to greet his youngest daughter. He gave a nod to Alan, the silent communication between the two men enough to suggest that Edmund was content with the happiness he saw in Audrey and wasn't about to whisk her off back to England and to some posh twat who would treat her "better". Alan relaxed visibly after that nod, but knew he was still getting The Eye from Meri. He knew the tragic story of her first and only pregnancy, the rift that had destroyed her marriage to Adrian. How she could have expected that Adrian would choose the baby---well. Alan didn't know what he would do in the same circumstance. Either option made him want to be violently sick. Last was Ammeleine, who was lucky enough to press her lips against Audrey's forehead at the exact same time as Audrey let out the most unlady-like string of words she'd ever heard out of her daughter's mouth. Appalled, she gave a firm tap of disapproval to Audrey's shoulder, because you were never too old to be scolded by your mother. "Enough of that language, Audrey dear," she tutted, before busying herself about the bed, making sure that everything was tucked in where it should be---that Audrey had enough pillows, fussing around as mothers do when there's nothing else they can do to help. Alan pretended to yawn, the only good reason he could think of to lift a hand to his mouth and hide his amusment---and pride. Audrey was a proper Narrie girl now with expletives like that. "We need to get a doc in here, Auds?" Alan asked, once he had finally got his face back to some sort of respectable frown over the pain Audrey was clearly in. "Or is there something else we can get to help?"
  14. Invite Unbreakable

    Alan couldn't help the smile that crept across his face when she called him Batman. He was also glad that the bags had been sent, rather than taken over---there would be time enough later for the overwhelming flood of well-wishers and stickybeaks. They didn't need anyone else here right now. Except her parents, obviously, because that's what Audrey wanted. Alan wasn't too sure on that personally, but if it made Audrey happy then it would be done. Alan wasn't able to go through the pain of childbirth for her, so he would have to settle the pain of dealing with the in-laws. He snuggled a little closer, determined to enjoy this moment before Audrey started hurling abuse at him. It would happen, and Alan was certain it would also be mildly hilarious. Still, he preferred to cuddle rather than be yelled at. Alan grinned at the suggestion of Kate dressing up, snorting in amusement as Audrey added Matt to that list. "Dunno if you remember quite what Matto's like," he said with a grin. "But he ain't big on dressing up. Or fun. Or even drinking, which is pretty weird considering what he does." But mentally, Alan was already imagining Matt in a Robin suit. Something that was too short at the arms and legs for the man's lanky body, and the severely unimpressed frown that would come with it. Kate would find it very amusing, and the charm idea wasn't half bad. Surely between the three of them, they could get that to work? Convention wasn't that far away, it was definitely something to look into. He checked QuillBook again quickly, huffing a small laugh. "They're here," he said. "Mez sure doesn't waste time. You want me to have them sent in?"
  15. Invite Unbreakable

    With his free hand, Alan checked Quillbook again. "Meri's got them rounded up and out the door already, by the look of it," he reassured her with a smile. Audrey's bag was waiting for them in the room, which wasn't a surprise either. Stuart was good at things like that. Heck, Alan was pretty sure Stuart was good at everything. Had Alan more confidence in himself, it might have been a rivalry---but Alan had always known he couldn't compete. Stuart was naturally smarter, stronger, better-looking. Alan had his own strengths, that he never gave himself enough credit for, but the biggest factor was that he'd never been as ambitious as Stuart. Nor had he really wanted anything more glamorous than he had. Alan was annoyed enough by the politics involved in running a school, he didn't mix well with career politicians (having a habit of pointing out they were full of shit) and never did well in the city. That didn't stop him from comparing his achievements to Stuart's success, and feeling just a little like the backwards country cousin. While he was extremely grateful that Stuart had sent the bags over, he wished he'd bloody thought to get them himself. Given himself a chance to be the hero of the day, because that was what he did want. Alan didn't really care that outside of Narrie, he was just some relation to the Australian Minister of Magic. A nobody. At the school, he was the headmaster. At home, he was Dad. To Audrey, he wanted to be her hero. "I'm not gonna let you go," he promised, settling himself against the bed. Alan knew that he couldn't promise that everything would be fine, even if there was a very big chance it would be. He wouldn't lie. He wouldn't make promises he couldn't keep. What he could promise was that he would be there. That they would be alright, even if the day was not. Whatever came next, they would face it together. "We will be alright, sweetheart. It's all pretty scary, though." Alan admitted. "If there's anything you need or want, you tell me. Okay? I'll make it happen."
Alan Laurence Burdett
Headmaster of Tallygarunga First Year
52 year old Pureblood Human He/Him
Age  52
Date of Birth April 6th, 1967
Birthplace Narragyambie
Occupation Headmaster of Tallygarunga
Player  ★ Sadrienne
Blood Status Pureblood
Species Human
Pronouns He/Him
Play-by Nathan Fillion
Education 

Tallygarunga - Class of 1984, Head Boy (Spencer)

VMU - Bachelor of Magical Education

Knowledge
Secrets

There isn't much Alan keeps secret. All of his worst facets are known, and accepted. Although he's a little ashamed to disclose the exact amount how much he secretly hid away to pay for his wedding. Or that he's started a new fund since he and wife Rachel separated. It's also not well known that he actually asked her to leave when he felt her lack of stability was a danger to the children.

General Knowledge

Having lived in Narrie his whole life, everything is known about Alan. They know he has spaceships on sheets of the single bed he keeps at his parents house, they know exactly how many rings he's bought, and they've followed along as he got his heart broken time and time again. They know his music collection doesn't just cover rock, but also horrific nineties pop music, that he's all but allergic to suits, and that he has an extreme fascination with women's chests. It's also well known that he has a heart condition, which frustrates him no end.

Personal
Personality

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. Though older, he isn't exactly wiser - and is still the type of person to charm someone's drink to move away from their hand, and think it ridiculously funny. Aside from this, Alan is a family man, who dreams of having his own. He likes to be relaxed, and doesn't like the stress of formal situations, he loves the outdoors and the small town feel of Narrie. He likes wide open spaces, and any form of dead cow food. He doesn't like being told what to do, and can often get sulky when things don't go his way.

Appearance

A little bit rough around the edges, Alan is of an average height with broad shoulders and a stocky build. He has an open, honest face and is most often found wandering around in jeans, a flanelette shirt, or some variety of very faded black band t-shirt from the seventies. Farm work has made him a little muscular, although regular drinking sessions and a love for high fat foods tends to make him a little more on the squishy side. He takes no obvious care to look after his appearance, dislikes and distrusts formal wear, and would be quite happy living his life out in a singlet and an old pair of tracksuit pants.

Relationships
The story so far
History

Alan was born in Narragyambie, to Laurence and Ann-Marie Burdett. He was soon followed by six siblings, Stephen, Barry, Elizabeth, Samantha, Liam and Emily - and to this day the Burdett family is rather close. He attended St Andrews Primary School, and at age eleven, was sent to Tallygarunga Academy. He was a decent student, but tended to prefer pranking other students to actual study, and as his biggest goal in life was to run his own farm, seemed rather disinterested in school. 

At the end of his sixth year, he had a change of heart, and studied his hardest to achieve a higher score than his previous years. He graduated with moderate results, as Head Boy for 1984. He attended Victoria Magical University, studying to become a potions teacher. After graduation he returned to Tally to teach, resuming ties with friends Matt Longhurst and Rachel Myers. 

His progress through the school was relatively quick. By 1998, he had become Head of Spencer, and Deputy Headmaster. 1999 saw him in his first year as Headmaster, and has been there since. To date, Alan has proposed to two women. His school love Amanda Longhurst, and ex-professor Gabrielle Hawkson. He has bought rings for (but not proposed to) Kate McElhaney, and Drea Church. Both left him before he had the chance. In early 2008, Alan's first child was born - after a scandalous episode with Adele DeVylissea. 

Alan loved Lauren more than anything, but lost her in a tragic accident six months later. Today, he is still trying to pick up the pieces after his daughter's death. He has returned to teaching at the school, and regained his position as headmaster. During this rough time he reconnected with Rachel Myers, who had recently returned to town. Alan fell for her charm, the rural girl that he'd known though his early teaching days had finally returned to his life and he was happy. They married in December 2009, their first child Cameron Alan was born soon after in 2010.

Neither Alan nor Rachel wanted Cameron to grow up an only child. Sarah Grace was born in 2011. Octavia Renae was born in 2013, and after the birth cracks began developing in Alan and Rachel's relationship. In late 2016, Alan forced Rachel to move out, feeling that her behaviour was putting the children at risk.

A bitter legal intervention followed, and he now has full custody of all three children. Still, he's reluctant to initiate any divorce proceedings, as he believes that maybe, one day, she will come to her senses.

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