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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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  • Pronouns
    She/Her

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  • Birthdate Year 1967
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 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(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)
  4. 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. 
      🔥

      🔥

  5. 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.
  6. "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.
  7. 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?"
  8. 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?"
  9. 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."
  10. Damnit. He'd forgotten the bag. That was four out of four times, now. Eventually he was going to learn, right? The excitement of rushing off to the hospital had always meant that the little things got skipped, and he cringed. It wasn't the end, though. Just as he had three times before, he could fix this. Alan squeezed Audrey's hand, walking fast alongside the bed as they moved through corridors. "Hey, I'm not going anywhere," he reminded her. "I'll get someone to bring it up, it'll be here when you need it. Promise." Alan had more than enough family in Narrie to sort it out, and if they were unavailable---there were plenty of other people around to help outside of them. He was pretty sure Ems would have it here in seconds, all he had to do was ask. Once they got settled in the next room, he would send off another few messages. If---of course---Stuart hadn't already realised and sent it over. That was a big possibility too. At least Audrey seemed calmer. Alan's own concerns had been quickly flooded by excitement, he'd been counting down to this day from the moment Audrey told him about the pregnancy. Whatever happened from here, was going to happen. Good or bad. There was no point in holding back, worrying about it. Alan was going to throw himself into the moment and if that ended in pain, then it would have always ended in pain. He doubted it though. So far, aside from their dramatic arrival, everything seemed quite normal. "Anyone particular you'd like to bring it up?" he asked, aware that whoever got that honour would no doubt want to stick around and be one of the first to see the baby. Alan's job, for the forseeable future, was going to be ensuring that people didn't overwhelm Audrey in their eagerness to meet the new arrival. Everyone would want to come all at once, and that was exhausting at the best of times, let alone with a newborn to look after. This part, Alan was confident would go well. It was after that he worried about. After, when the excitement was over and the reality of five kids in the house was weighing on them. While he believed Audrey would handle it better than Rachel did, the worry niggled at him all the same. But all he could do was make sure she had all the support she could possibly need, and let life go as it would.
  11. "She, hm?" Alan raised an eyebrow with a grin. He was also glad that Audrey recognised her own inability to sit still, because as much as he would have backed her choice to wait, he hadn't been looking forward to making sure she took things easy. Although, it was probably just karma for all the times he'd made her chase him around the school yard when he should have been sitting at his desk, doing paperwork, like a good headmaster. They were going to have their baby now, and with the decision made, Alan felt that familiar thrill flutter through his stomach and throat. He would never get used to this. The anxiety, the joy. A terrible and gruelling process, but the rewards were always worth it. Alan had always wanted a big family, he had always wanted kids. This morning he'd had three kids under his roof, and tomorrow it could be five. Some would be daunted by the sudden increase, but Alan was excited. Lauren was going to be a challenge, but they would straighten that out. Once she realised that coming back from the dead didn't entitle you to special treatment, that she was equally as loved as the other children and not above them, he felt like she would fit in. The Lauren who had visited his dreams had always been sweeter, and he figured that girl must be in there somewhere. "What a Christmas we're gonna have, eh?" he said with a broad and unstoppable grin. "You and me, our five kids. Unless you're hiding twins in there, Auds?" his eyes lit up with a mischevious hope. He knew there wasn't, but it would have been wonderful. For him at least. Not so much for Audrey who would have to push out more than the expected one baby. He pulled the chair closer in, and sat down, still not letting go of her hand. This part, he knew, could take some time. And it could be over in a blink, too. Tavi had all but fallen out of Rachel before they even got to the hospital. With his free hand, Alan took his pocket-sized Quillbook out, scrawling a quick note to Stuart, his mother, and other relevant family members to let them know it was Go Time. Ems responded with a very excited drawing of a stick-figure version of herself screaming "Yay!" within seconds. Alan showed it to Audrey with a half-snorted laugh. "Pretty sure Ems never pulls her nose out of her damn Quillbook," he said. "Sent your parents and Meri a note too... anyone else you want me to tell?"
  12. Alan nodded as the doctor spoke. The baby was okay, so was Audrey, and that was really all he needed to know---the rest was just a matter of logistics. Have the baby now, or have the baby later, it didn't really make much of a difference. Naturally Alan wanted sooner, from the moment he'd found out about the pregnancy he'd been over-eager to meet his new child. It wasn't his body that would take the strain though, and this decision belonged to Audrey. Who... was already thinking she'd done something wrong here. "No, sweetheart. It's not you. It's life," he said softly. "It might not be as planned, or by the book, but all of what he's said I bet he says a few times a week at least. He doesn't seem worried at all, see? Sounds like whenever it happens, we're going to have a very healthy, handful of a bub." he gave her a smile, and he believed every word he said. None of Rachel's births had gone smoothly, he'd learned to accept that everything was going to go tits up but at the same time, it was rarely anything the doctors hadn't dealt with regularly. "And it's up to you what you want to do, whether you're ready to do this. Don't worry about the house, don't worry about anything else---just focus on what you're ready for. I can contact your parents and get them here, you know they will drop everything to be here in time. No doubt Stu's jumped a few steps ahead and even done that already. As for the house, Lauren can squeeze in with Sarah for a bit. It won't harm her, might even be good for her to share space with someone for a while. Never did my sisters any damage, and they still have to share a room when they come home. Everything else will happen, I promise." Babies were not good at being "convenient", even when they arrived at the right time. No matter how much preparation you did, there was always something that could still be done, should be done, before the baby got there. And Alan didn't really like the chances of Audrey "taking it easy" with that on her plate either. Still, it was up to her. "You can do this, though," he reassured her. "Whether it's now, or later---you're going to be amazing. And I'll be here for you to yell at. Promise." he added, with a lopsided smile.
  13. Alan's apparition skills were passable. They got him from one point to the next, but he lacked the finesse that Audrey was likely used to. Alan much preferred more muggle modes of transportation, he apparated when he had to. This was one such moment, and Audrey's wishes weren't to be ignored for his personal comforts. He held her tight, murmuring soft reassurances to her as they arrived in the foyer of the wizarding ward at Narragyambie General Hospital. To get here, you either had to apparate, or know which of the broom closets on which hallway of the regular hospital to go poking around in. Even in Narrie there wasn't enough need for a fully dedicated wizarding hospital, and most of the wizarding staff had a grounding in muggle medicine as well---they worked on both sides. But Alan didn't have time to marvel at the neat interaction of muggle and magical worlds here at the hospital, he was busy getting Audrey checked in, following doctors, and not letting go of her hand as she was brought further into the hospital for assessment. Someone brought him a seat, sat it beside the bed---but he remained standing. One hand firmly holding hers, the other stroking her hair. Repeating over and over, the only promise that he could give: I'll be here no matter what. Even as he tried to keep Audrey calm, he wasn't immune to the worry himself. What if there was something wrong? What if their little dream was doomed for a tragic end? Perhaps it was something genetic that Meri and Audrey shared, perhaps it was just terrible luck, he knew it would crush Audrey absolutely, and he feared that more than anything. His own grief he could bear. Had done for years. It would rot him from the inside out, and he would never be the same, but even so---to watch Audrey go through it would be worse. To know he had done this to her, put her in the way of getting so horribly hurt... could he live with that? He had to. He'd promised. He wasn't going anywhere. The doctors promised answers soon, and left the room. A quiet moment. Time went too fast and too slow. "You doing alright?" he asked her. "The doctors will be back soon. We'll know what's happening soon."
  14. Alan almost counted the seconds between "I'm fine" and "I'm not fine", like he had known it was coming. Everything else was suddenly less important, secondary to what was happening to Audrey. The situation with Lauren was confusing and overwhelming, but ultimately it would be the same in a few hours. He didn't know what he was supposed to even do with the information right now, except be grateful, and so the pressing distress from Audrey took precedence. In an instant, he snapped from his laid-back, casual self to Alan the organiser. He'd always been good in a crisis. "Mum, reckon you can watch Lauren and Tavi? Cam and Sarah are with the boys, they'll be back in a few hours," he said. Marie nodded. That sorted, Alan turned back to Audrey, locking his gaze onto hers and lowering his voice to a soothing firm tone. "We'll go to the hospital, and find out, mn? We're in the safe zone now, so if you're going into labour early, just means we get to meet our baby a bit sooner than expected, okay? No matter what happens, we will be okay. I promise." he smoothed his fingers along her cheek, not caring that the room was full of family. He needed to bring her down from that panic. "Rachel got stuck on the kitchen counter when she went into labour with Sarah, so until we're told otherwise, we're gonna think positive. Can you do that for me?" he kissed her forehead, squeezed her hand. "I love you." As he spoke, his arms had slid under her knees and around her back, lifting her onto his lap ready to move off. Audrey was much lighter than Rachel, even pregnant. He stood, holding her tight and secure. "Did you want to try apparating there, or would you rather the car?" he asked.
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
Blood Status: Pureblood
Species: Human
Player:  ★ Sadrienne
Pronouns: He/Him
Play-by: Nathan Fillion
Education: 

Tallygarunga - Class of 1984, Head Boy (Spencer)

VMU - Bachelor of Magical Education

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.

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.

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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