That's twice in a month that the Ministry came knocking. Is there a shortage of Aurors...?
I've had this one Clabbert chase me around all day ever since I stepped foot into the bush to search for supplies. I think he wants to adopt me.
I wish the Ministry knew how to take a 'no' for an answer...
Ashwinder infestations aren't very fun to deal with, but credit where it's due, they're fascinating.
Classes are hurting a bit nowadays with all the moving... Got a lot to catch up on.
I wish the temperature would go up just a little bit for a nice camping trip. Narrie is perfect for it, but right now it's just too humid.
Took my time settling down here. I forgot how much I missed Narrie, to be honest. I really like this town.
Might've found a nice place already! Here's hoping we won't have to look for much longer
Mark is, first and foremost, someone with a deeply peaceful and gentle mindset. He enjoys nature and serenity, doesn't know the meaning to the word 'confrontation', and takes the time to find the inner beauty in all things. He has a fondness for drawing things as he sees them in his sketchbook, regardless of what they are - from blades of grass to Muggle lawnmowers - and strives to make them look beautiful in his own definition of the word.
He can be seen as quite quirky, as his attention is easily caught by a variety of things - he can't sit still for too long, various outer stimuli striking his fancy, and as such he needs to investigate them. A curious person by nature, this makes it so he knows a whole lot about not much at all, and he's a treasure trove of useless trivia. It's commonly said that, even if he doesn't know what the hell is doing, he knows a thing or two about the activity that most others present don't.
The man is quite naive, having been brought up in an environment where everyone cared for him - he's very permissive of other people's faults, sometimes to his own detriment. He doesn't seem to care about where people came from or what they did in the past, opting to judge them on their actions rather than hearsay. He feels like he's compelled to do so due to his own social awkwardness - the more permissive he is, the more permissive others will be of him, hopefully.
While not wishing any harm upon anyone, he can certainly stand up for himself and others. He can't stand prejudiced people, and will actively become a roadblock for them should he spot them. If it means drawing out his wand, then so be it.
He actually rather enjoys social gatherings, despite his awkwardness - he enjoys to watch people talk and see how to behave around each other, both due to simple curiosity and to know how to improve his own mannerisms. He also finds humans (and fellow sentient beings) fascinating creatures, and wishes to know more about them in general - sometimes, this curiosity can be perceived as a bit creepy.
Mark was always a bit tall for his age, eventually capping off at 179 cm. He isn't particularly buff, actually going more towards the skinny side of the spectrum, and can be described as slender. He has a somewhat pronounced Adam's apple and keeps a light scruff beard on most of the time out of self consciousness of it.
His hair is forever unkempt and dark brown in color, just like his eyes. His expression is relaxed and inviting most of the time despite him not having many friends, and he seems to always have a well mannered disposition regardless of who approaches him.
He wears mostly neutral/dark colors, not caring to draw attention to himself and preferring to enjoy the beauty in the world instead. That's not to say he doesn't have a fashion sense, of course, and he makes sure to never be under-dressed for a given occasion.
Mark's never had a whole lot of these with his odd antics, but those he's managed to secure know better than to judge him and are aware of how loyal he is as a friend; however, due to how he is, it's likely that these few friends are from all walks of life rather than being limited by social circles around him. Young, and old, and anything in between, Mark is always friendly to people and enjoys seeing life perspectives from all sides.
Being an orphan whom was never adopted, he has no family - that he knows of, that is. It remains to be seen how he would react if he were to ever encounter someone with whom he shares a blood relation, though for the time being he consciously avoids figuring out his true heritage.
Mark has no experience in this field, and one could argue he's extraordinarily picky - even with the weirdness that's associated with him, he's had a couple admirers in the past whom he's rejected. It remains a mystery as to what makes this man tick when it comes to romance, and he doesn't seem awfully interested in flings and one night stands either.
It's not uncommon for Mark to rub people off the wrong way. Awkward and intensely curious, it makes for a destructive combination and people often rule him out as 'that one weirdo'. He doesn't mind his reputation much at all; in actuality that only feeds his curiosity as he wishes to know what makes people think and act the way they do, but he rarely holds anything against them over it, if ever.
Nobody knows where he was born or where he came from - as a small toddler, he was found at the doorstep of an orphanage in Melbourne, and that's the earliest memory he possesses. He only possessed his first name and the clothes on his body. Taken in by the caring staff, he grew up among the other orphans with no worry of not knowing his original parents. As such, his middle and last names were given to him by the orphanage, and his birth date is referring to the day that he was found.
He was never adopted, but he soon displayed magical capabilities. He was sent to Whitlam Bilby and Tallygarunga as the years progressed - instead of returning to the orphanage during breaks, he just lived in these institutions despite being under the legal guardianship of the government. He took to the situation like fish to water, as he was all too used to having no place to call his own.
Given his delicate situation he was always very well protected by those whom looked after him. It made him feel like his true parents were the staff from school, no matter how many they were; Tallygarunga was his family, and it helped giving him a sense of stability. When his parseltongue ability surfaced, however, in fear of it being traced to someone he didn't know, he decided not to reveal it so not to be uprooted from those he did deem his family.
As he graduated, he went on to VMU to study magizoology. Not being too ready to leave the area he's grown so fond of, however, he decided to take on a second degree as his current one is about to end - herbology. Could it be he does struggle with loneliness on an unconscious level?
As he enrolled in Herbology, a few things started to happen in his life that shifted his focus from it partially. Firstly, his long time friend and fellow apartment sharer, Bella Mayfield, decided to adopt a couple of bunnies alongside him - Charlotte and Carl - on top of the snake she already possessed; not wanting to have the apartment turn into a zoo, the landlord told them they should either get rid of the pets or leave. The pair ultimately opted to leave.
After a rather rushed search, they joined forces with Cole Lin and Natasha Roberts and returned to Narragyambie, renting out a considerably bigger apartment in the small town. Being in that small town made Mark very comfortable with where his life is at, and in a way, he started hoping things wouldn't change much further anytime soon.