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Melbourne ☆ Musician & Artist, Gallery Cafe Owner★ LilyCat
23 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

In the couple of weeks or so since hearing the news of David, Arti had been doing a mixture of trying to help Audrey out, trying to help her adopted father cope with his grief over losing his brother, and somehow also managing to keep her gallery running. She'd even spent some time with Mereditha, and gone to check up on Adele a few times. Though she hadn't taken a lot of time to think upon events herself. She knew if she did that then she would be reminded of those years back before she'd become a part of their family. It was easier to stay busy, to worry about everyone else.

Of course, it also meant that she hadn't been able to spend much time with Derrick. Every time she received a message asking how she was, she replied that she was fine, but busy, which wasn't untrue. But she had to admit, she was missing the company and just the simpleness of enjoying the small things like the antics and laughs. She also knew that he'd stepped up to take over event planning, with Audrey being out of commission and unable to to her usual party organising.

So it was that a small sugar glider waited patiently up high, for sight of the tall man, and as soon as she spied him she took off, gliding down through the air in order to land onto the back of his shoulder with the lightest touch that he almost wouldn't feel. At least until a moment later when that small marsupial changed shape into his short girlfriend who hung off his back in a piggyback style as she pressed a kiss to his cheek.

"Bonjour," The young woman chirped lightly, "Missed me?" She offered a small grin and then sighed as she rested her chin on his shoulder, beside his head, "Sorry I have been so busy. There was much to take care of. How have you been?"

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Professor Head of Spencer ☆ Professor at Tallygarunga✩ Kaitore
26 year old Halfblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

The effect of what had occurred rippled in a way that most people that had loose connections to everything could have anticipated. Inside the school, outside of the school - to think that a single death could shake up so much in people. He could empathize with Adele, while he hadn't taken the time to really talk to her (As she was creepy even by HIS standards!) he understood what it meant to have someone murder the person you had decided to spend quite a long time with. It became more personal for him due to the fact it had taken a hit on Audrey and Arti, a person who had invested in both of their lives and had been like a family to both. 

It meant that Sparky was left with picking up some things back at Tallygarunga opting to not let the stress of work and death bog down Audrey. That wouldn't be too good for the pregnancy and she needed to spend some time with people that could help keep her grounded, focused, and doted on. This left him in the similar position to try and assist Arti, yet, being the type of person who dealt poorly with consoling people he often found he was too generic. Almost like an answering machine that constant asked 'Are you okay? Do you need anything?' 

If he hadn't gotten on her nerves with that he certainly got on his own. He needed to change up the game on how he addressed it and there was only one way that Sparky knew how to address most if not everything. Derrick's mind already had formulated a proper 'strategy' as he called it and he'd been going over the particulars of it when the light sugar glider landed on the bridge of his shoulder. Then a sudden weight caused his brow to furrow with arms that wrapped around him and a sweet kiss stolen right against his cheek. 

His steps and weight adjusted swiftly to account for the new organic backpack he wore. Hands inbounded backwards to grasp at her rear to hold her up and really to cop a feel. "Well, Hey to you too! Hmm. . . Missed you. . . I didn't realize you were gone. You're always so short." A grin formed on his face as his fingers gently squeezed in a way to suggest that he'd definitely missed her presence around. "No biggie, really. I more than understand what people are going through and all." Asking any more details on the 'what's' had been considered a bad move in his mind. 

"Oh, you know, work, work and more work. Decided to give the little runts a bit of a party. It's formal just because I want to see them squirm while well dressed. I know I'm a sick dictator and drunk on power." The real truth had been that it was meant to be a distraction. A way for people to enjoy a night where it's more glamor and forget about the dread feeling that hung around. Not that it would be ignored, not with how palpable it had been. "Now don't you worry, I'm not stupid enough to ask 'How you've been'. But I am stupid enough to make a dangerous fun time.

Arms fastened tightly around her like a secured seatbelt and then he started to walk along the path heading towards a small area that he had often used for his classes involving the element of Fire. A series of dummies lined up in random patterns littered the somewhat scorched ground. "I did a couple of test rounds. . . How do you feel about setting some dummies on fire like a firepit?"

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Melbourne ☆ Musician & Artist, Gallery Cafe Owner★ LilyCat
23 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

"Hmph!" The young woman slapped lightly at the back of the man's head at his greeting remark to her, "I'll just have to fly off away again for a few weeks." She said, though with his hands now holding her, she wouldn't be going anywhere until he let her down, and so she was trapped being given a piggyback ride while some of the few students who were outside on the grounds watched the pair with amusement and hushed whispers. Arti doubted that Derrick would care, if he did then he wouldn't have been carrying her around still while he took off in what appeared to be a new direction.

"A formal, hm? Like a dance? Can you even dance, Professor Sparky? What about entertainment? Have you lined anything up for them yet? Worked on the decorations, style, atmosphere?" Arti questioned him playfully, wondering how much he'd began planning already. She knew that Audrey would normally have organised something like this, and just how thorough the other woman was when it came to party planning. "You know you have to think of everything, or Audrey will be very disappointed, and you don't want a new mam Auds being sadface at you, do you?" She chuckled with a light grin as she teased Derrick, knowing well that he probably would be given hell if the dance was anything less than stellar. She lifted her brows at his remark about not asking how she was, but then chuckled again at the mention of a dangerous fun time while he took them to where she assumed such a time would be had.

"Taking me to the testing grounds? Are you sure it's safe here? I feel like I should be wearing a hazard suit," The woman remarked with a smirk as she looked over his shoulder at the scorched patches around the place, and the lined up dummies, before Derrick then explained the intention. She snorted a quiet laugh as she tilted her head to the side in thought, before she then glanced at him, "Can we use fireworks?

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Professor Head of Spencer ☆ Professor at Tallygarunga✩ Kaitore
26 year old Halfblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"Ouch." He pleaded in a false sense of pain from the light tap against the back of his head. It led to a heavy laughter that held for a couple of seconds. "You'd end up coming back. We both know you missed my ever burning charms and the craziness that I bring to the doorstep. It's like a hole missing out of the entire day!" Not that he would disagree about missing her. There just seemed to always be a space 'there' that should have been occupied and yet never was, followed by the accent that he'd grown so attached to hearing. That had been one of the many things about the woman he hoped would never change.  

Even as the students whispered and chattered about the display, Derrick held up to carrying the petite woman proudly. Shame had been one of the few words that never stuck in his mind or actions and he'd be damned if he'd allow it to start now because of a few younglings and their gossiping ways. The barrage of playful questions shot from her and Derrick's grin formed. "You mean. . .I was supposed to do all that!? I thought that it had gotten taken care of automatically!? Damn Auds and her secret anal powers of structure and organization."  His eyes shifted from left to right as if a conspiracy had bene in the making. "But, yes - a Formal like a dance. Yes I can dance! I am a dancing machine at that! The only kind of proper party is a Sparky party. And her sadface hasn't worked on me since the College days. She's abused it waaaay too much.

Derrick's head tilted slightly. "But since I am such a nice guy and this is the kind of stuff she practically rolls out of bed ready and rearing to do on most days. . . The least I can do is make sure it's up to her standards. Well. . .As best as it can be anyways, you know how she can get. That being said? Nope, no Decorations, Entertainment, Style, or Atmosphere as of yet! I'm pretty sure the Headmaster would frown on a 'BURN IT ALL' Theme." That would have been quite the party and quite a bill if nothing else. He shrugged lightly. "I suppose I could ask my lovely girlfriends assistance in the matter. I don't do formal but you practically live in a formal world for your career. Even have student committee's that will be your slaves - I MEAN! Your 'helpers'.

Once they had arrived at the grounds he'd kneel down just enough to help shuffle her off of his back and stand on her feet. "But if you had a hazard suit on then you'd end up missing all the extra potential fun. You know, running around the school screaming at the top of your lungs while half of you is lit a blaze. The good stuff!" His own grin shined towards her. "Oh, we can use anything we want. This moment, this hours, is our crazy hour! Let it burn, let it burn. Or explode." A gaze shifted towards the school as he could spot a few students trying to peak their way through the windows. "That and we have an audience here that seems to waiting for something to happen. I guess they didn't think the Unholy Alliance of Spencer and Sturt would end up here."

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Melbourne ☆ Musician & Artist, Gallery Cafe Owner★ LilyCat
23 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

"Apollo would disagree over the need to have you for burning things," The young woman grinned as she poked at one of his very few competitive streaks. She didn't know what it was about him and her phoenix, but they both seemed to have this ever-running competition over who was the boss when he was at her place. They seemed to forget that she was, obviously. She kicked her legs a little as she continued to ride on his back, snorting a small laugh at his response to her questions about the dance. "Audrey would hang you up by your toes if she heard you right now, it is a good thing for you that she is busy playing new mama, not to mention house designer. Did you hear about the new extension they need to put on the place? She is practically bursting with ideas of what she wants to do with it." And of course, Alan would let Audrey do whatever made her happy too.

"Not certain I can believe that you dance though, not until I see it," Arti shook her head lightly before she was allowed down, and looked around the grounds as she considered his not so subtle question over whether he should ask his girlfriend for some assistance with the dance preparation. To be honest, if she'd still been in school then it would have been the last thing she'd have ever wanted to do. But now that she wasn't, it actually sounded rather fun, especially the part about having students to boss around, "I like the sound of slaves better." She joked, "But perhaps that could be something that I can do." She grinned and a small snicker followed up, before her gaze shifted toward the man with a raised brow.

"Only person here who's going to end up on fire is you, Mr Pyro," Huffing another quiet chuckle, Arti then opened her bag up and reached into it, before carefully drawing her violin from there, clearly a charm on the bag to hold much more than it appeared. "Unholy Alliance, indeed. So did you bring fireworks, or am I going to have to create them?" She grinned a little as she checked the instrument that was in her hands, making sure it was tuned - though it always was - and then tilting her head at him, "I am fine with either, of course."

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Professor Head of Spencer ☆ Professor at Tallygarunga✩ Kaitore
26 year old Halfblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"If he wants a burn-off! We can get it on! Thinks cause he's a Phoenix that he's lord of all fire. Maybe coming back to life! But me? I'M the Lord of Fire! I worked hard for that mantle." Derrick wasn't going to let some cheating Bird that had been made of literal flames take that crown from him. At the least the two of them managed to agree that Arti needed a sense of protection from some kind of guardian. Even though in his view, he won every night when the door closed behind the two of them entering into the woman's room. "I'd be out of the country before she could send the inquisition my way." He chortled for a moment and then nodded. "I bet she's going to go all out. I hope she has a small little fire pit. Need to teach Sparky Jr. how to probably set things on fire in a home." After a series a blinks his gaze narrowed. "Without Auds finding out, of course."

His brow furrowed at the accusation that he couldn't dance. He danced quite well, like a Dad who didn't know the meaning of 'Stop, no, you're literally killing us.' People needed to respect the moves, it took a lot of effort to put it all together in a very impressive string. Well, impressive to him, others didn't see the craftsmanship of such a well refined style. "I'm hurt, that you think I wouldn't have the moves. You already know I'm a Magician of unparalleled skill with my hips." One thing he never lacked for had been confidence! He snickered at her choice of 'Slave' over helper. "You just tell me the list of what you need and I can point you to any student that has that capability.  I'm pretty good like that, best teacher around. Even the problem children love me- . . . That's probably not a good thing, is it?

Derrick pressed a finger to his lips and then pressed it right at the edge of his rear and made a sizzled hissing sound. "Too hot to burn, Babe. And don't think I haven't set myself on fire at least five times before." Most of those were accidents from very bad testing methods. But he had to learn the hard ways so that the students wouldn't get too harmed from it, that and he knew a couple of techniques to quell the flames easily. Stop. Drop. and Roll. "Oomph, I didn't bring any fireworks. But I think making them is a better idea anyways. Just imagine the amount we can pack in for a massive flare?

A gaze shifted towards her and his eyebrows wriggled with a mischievous smile that could rival the Grinch. "Sounds pretty bad ass, doesn't it? We even get the fun of making these kids jealous from all this fun we're having that they can't." It was a planned distraction for many people but it had always primarily been for Arti. "Oh... Maybe we can also pack some Dummies with it too. Double the fireworks, triple the power.

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Melbourne ☆ Musician & Artist, Gallery Cafe Owner★ LilyCat
23 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

"You're such a child," Arti had to laugh at Derrick's reaction to the mention of her phoenix companion. Without fail, every time there was something that had to do with Apollo, the man would get all worked up as though the phoenix had no right to be a firebird. It was hilarious and amused the young woman to no end. She nodded in agreement that Audrey was probably going to have a field day with the new extension, before then snorting at the idea that the young mother's child would be a 'Sparky Jr'. "I hope it backfires on you and the only thing that they keep setting on fire is your pants," She said cheekily, poking her tongue out at the man, before then raising a disbelieving brow at the idea that he could dance. Truth be told, she hadn't actually seen him dance before, but she snorted as he compared dancing to 'hip skill'.

"Inappropriate for a teacher to be saying where students can hear him!" Arti wagged a finger at the man with a light tut and shake of her head, though then chuckled at the offer of him to find the children that she'd need to help her out with preparations. "I'll keep that in mind. And you should be careful of having the trouble kids like you, that means they're likely to pin the blame for things on you as well," She snickered. Though she then thought for a few moments while she fiddled with her violin a little and lifted her brows, "Well, if you need a band still, I could call in a favour from Gemini... not that she'd probably need to be coerced. Could be good to have alumni play here too." Perhaps remind students that they could go after whatever goals they had.

"Only five?" Arti was sure he'd set himself on fire many more times than that, but she just smirked his way before then nodding a little to him, "Though, I'm not sure why you think anything needs to be packed full of fireworks in order for it to make a hug explosion. I make fireworks often without having to pack them anywhere." She waggled her brows at him as she snickered again, before then slowly beginning to play a few slow notes on the violin, causing the dust on the ground to begin swirling around their feet in response. Magic through music had been a talent of hers since she was a child, and was just second nature to her by now. Her violin was even made with a special core to enhance it, and she slowly kicked her shoes off as she stepped into the ring of dummies, glancing back at the man with a grin.

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Professor Head of Spencer ☆ Professor at Tallygarunga✩ Kaitore
26 year old Halfblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"Child!? Healthy competition! Though, It's only a competition if I have a real challenge." Facts were facts, in this case the only real 'fact' had been he didn't see Apollo as a proper rival. It didn't count if you were a walking blaze that could light a marshmallow on fire just by hovering way too close to it. That wasn't an art in his mind, a man on literal fire could pull it off! But he couldn't let that all get him worked up in this moment, head shaking to grab more hold of his seemingly competitive nature. "What?! Backfires?! That's cruel, Arti. Just for that I'm teaching our kids all the tricks of the trade." He mused as a jest. 

'Their Kids' that's the kind of thought he imagined would be a joke. In his eyes he was more unfit as a parent than anyone he's ever encountered. Maybe once upon a ti- No, no. There was no time before that where he thought he could even be considered a safe person in that regards. 

"Ha, you know as well as I do how many students are most likely 'Inappropriate'. I think we're pretty safe." Derrick wasn't entirely sure of her history in that regard, but he surely wasn't an angel walking in disguise. He snorted lightly as he shook his head. "I can only be blamed for fires! Besides, Auds knows my actual work and the work of some amateur's trying to pull a Sparky. The benefit of having someone get into your mess with you, they have a pretty good idea of things." There were somethings he wouldn't mind having the blame shifted on to him. Like being blamed for feeling up his girlfriend, she was a walking magnet for his hands. "That'd be pretty great! It'd be good to let the Student's know that the school often reaches out to Alumni of all walks. The stuff that you build up in this place lasts and will follow you on a good note." Or a bad one, depended on how one decided to leave their school year. 

"Well, after the fifth time, my Sister started to cast an 'Anti-Flammable' charm on my clothes that warded off the major sites that it'd happen. Then scolded me even if it failed. Can you believe her? Younger and tries to scold me!" He shook his head as if he disapproved of it but he could understand the worry that flooded her. When you're stuck in the position of 'It's only us' then over-protectiveness tended to kick into hyperdrive. He snorted as he wrapped an arm around gently around her waist and pulled it in against his own. "I know I'm always explosive. Besides, you know I enjoy stuffing places. It's like a good  time every time.

Derrick had been wary that he needed to be careful, not of words, he didn't care too much what students overheard. But Arti had always been a spicy temptation where it had been difficult to simply 'not'. His arm withdrew as he watched her walk towards the ring of dummies and his arms crosses against his chest with his own grin sharpened towards her. "Let's see what you've got then, Miss. Bell." It was going to be an enjoyable sight and hopefully? Cathartic for the young woman as he expected she needed a true relief with all of the hell that screamed around her. 

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Melbourne ☆ Musician & Artist, Gallery Cafe Owner★ LilyCat
23 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

"Mhm, of course, amour," Arti nodded as Derrick continued on with whatever explanation to do with the grudge between he and her phoenix companion. She honestly found it more amusing than anything else, considering how juvenile the both of them could be from time to time. That they both cared about her was rather obvious though, and seemed to be one point they agreed on, regarding her protection. "Our kids?" Brows rose as she glanced at the man for a moment. Not that it was something she'd been considering for the near future, but she couldn't help but be surprised at him even joking about such a thing. However, she then snorted softly, "They would love their maman, and protect me from your pranks and hijinks." A nod followed, as though it were a fact.

"If the students are anything like I was in my last few years, then I am sure there is no place that's not been utilised," The young woman mused with a quiet snicker as she considered her school life after arriving at Tallygarunga. Though, she very quickly turned her mind away from those thoughts as well, not wishing to revisit the past. The present was where she was, and she was rather happy with her present. "You say that as though Audrey wouldn't decide to let someone blame you just for shits and giggles," Arti raised a brow at him, before laughing softly again, but then nodded with a warm smile, "I'll go see Gem later on or tomorrow then. I'm rather certain that she would love to play for the dance."

"Good, someone needs to scold you," The woman remarked about his sister, before shooting a grin at Derrick, though quickly found herself tugged in against him and snorted at his terrible wordage. "That's awful, you get an F minus," She snickered at him, before then offering a small wink and blew him a kiss as she flounced away from him and toward the center of the area, turning back only to lift her nose slightly at him, "It's Ms Bellerose." She corrected him, and then chuckled quietly before readying herself while warming up a little before stopping in the center.

After a couple of moments of silence, the woman then began to play, the air building up around her, causing the dust to swirl around her ankles, and crackling slightly as it began to concentrate with static around the dummies as well. As the rhythm intensified, the crackling gave way to small electrical bolts, creating sparks that ignited at the bases. Soon enough, the tune began to carry the fire and lightning together, creating imagery with them which resembled something more akin to waves as the tune slowed. With ease, the woman was able to show how easily a tune could influence the elements, one moment almost peaceful, and then the next fireworks shooting up high with the rhythm. The earth swirled around her feet and the ground to appear almost like water, while she created a masterpiece of elemental imagery in the arena and the sky above it until the song ended with one large explosion, which caused dust and smoke to cover the area where she was, and for a moment it would be believable to think that she could be harmed in such a thing.

But, as the dust settled and smoke dissipated, Arti was stood in the center, head tipped back as she looked up toward the sky. As for the rest of the arena, the dummies were basically decimated, all having popped in that explosive finish. After a moment, she offered a soft sigh and chuckle, before glancing over toward Derrick with a smirk.

"Beat that." 

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Professor Head of Spencer ☆ Professor at Tallygarunga✩ Kaitore
26 year old Halfblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"Our non-existent joking kids." Derrick quickly clarified, he had enough 'Kids' when it came to his classroom. The true reasoning behind it all had been that he'd always see himself as an inept parent. There had even been thoughts of genuine pity for whatever poor bastard ended up being his spawn. He had no foresight when it came to the estimated future between the two of them, past issues of doing so made such planning more harmful to himself. Taking everything as the day gave it had been how he had chosen to live life to its fullest. "Oh, Kitten, no one can protect you from my pranks and hijinks. A Spencer always gets their target, one way or another! Especially this one." Come hell or high fire, because water is bad, he'd find a way. 

"Mmm... Yea~ I know what you mean." What even had been 'Innocence' to him? He had been pretty sure that was lost the first year in Tallygarunga by some strange reason or another. Too many faces, encounters that most became faded meetings that held no groundwork for his memory. Others were a bit more punch in the face to not remember to the point he wasn't sure a spell could make him forget them. "If she let me take the blame and fall for something lame I'd have to get some awful revenge on the woman. Which we still need to do eventually for reasons." He wasn't about to let Audrey forget that she'd set the two of them up in a sudden way, just hadn't the time to repay it back tenfold. His hand pressed against the back of his head as he nodded. "Thanks, that'd be great. If she prefers a certain way for the Hall to be setup then it shouldn't be too hard to do it. I already have the kitchen staff working on a menu. Told them to bust out their best recipes considering the whole intention behind the ball.

Then his arms folded defiantly at the slight accusation. "They do not! If anything I should be scolding everyone for scolding me!"  If he didn't have his moments of being juvenile he wouldn't entirely be himself. The grin on his face became even more defined at the grading. "Well, I was always the naughty student." Eyes wriggled at the further insinuation. Though he gave a gentle chuckle as she 'corrected' him, he'd made a gentle play in reference to another Violinist with a similar last name. Of course, some inside jokes needed to be kept deep inside. 

At first Derrick stood there with an arched eyebrow, curious on what she had intended as a display of fiery relaxation of sorts. Instead it had been an art expose of Elements, imagery had been knitted together through the sounds of notes. Each note pieced together a new image that fit a larger piece of the elemental tune that rang through the area in equal show of the what had been taking form before his eyes. It was impress to the degree that not many could claim to hold that form of feat and style in general, to be able to do so with instrument alone showed a finesse and familiarity with the art and what it could produce. Well, he did say give the children a bit of a show and this had exceeded far and beyond what he could have anticipated or even properly prepared for on such a short notice. 

Eyes lowered and lingered on the dummies and their new state of existence or rather the lack there of due to the amount of focus and energy that had been placed against them. His hand stroked at his beard from cheek to chin at a loss on how to actually 'Beat that' as she so eloquently placed it. "Hmph, All that extra fanfare! You diminish the glory that is just fire and what it can do!"

With a flick of his wand he'd collect up whatever barely remained of the dummies and their standing poles then tossed them off towards the side where he could depose of them later. Then another motion called forth another set as he made his way towards Arti and started to escort her away from the circular-like area with a grand smile on his face. "I will show you raw beauty." Or rather the very chaos that he'd always viewed of his life and deeper inside of himself, something that had only gotten worse over the last few years.

Derrick gently tapped the edge of his wand against the earthen ground as it slowly started to rise just a bit taller, risen to the middle of his shin in height. Precise tracings of runes were made, three on four corners of the area - 'Air, Twisting, and Control'. As much as he hated the idea of containment the runes were there to infuse a secondary magical effect to amplify and keep the fire that would soon ensue tightly contained. He turned his attention towards the new collection of target dummies as they were now fully prepared for their fiery baptism. The wand traced through the air and a wide wave of fire in a breath fashion stretched across the circle where each one would be caught ablaze, the fire burned intensely and brightly even for the time of day. The entire time a grin grew by shifts on his face as if he'd already been enjoying an outcome that had yet to be written. He took a step on one side of the circle that had been risen where the runes were situated and with a cursory tap on each rune down the line until the fourth one, a reaction would occur. 

Bright lights illuminated and shimmered as the magic that had been engraved in the symbols pushed outwards and caused the already vibrant fires to grow and turn, a current of air that hadn't expanded beyond the circle constantly twisted and turned feeding the flames as they grew larger by the second. What looked to be multiple fires had now been a spinning fiery tornado that only seemed to grow until it reached each end of the runes where it wouldn't grow any further, the heat that emitted from the flames could be felt as if it had been trying to kiss against bare skin. It was contained Chaos, the very ideal of how he viewed his own inner self. His arms raised up and spread horizontally as if he'd been a villain welcoming the advent of a apocalypse by fire. 

Though next came the step in which would hurt his soul. Putting out the flames for a less destructive force, another motion of his wand and a stream of strong liquid flooded from the tip across one of the trio of runes. Quickly it built up and started to overtake the fire with a series of sizzling and steam that rose up in a cloudy mass until what remained had been a Hydro-tornado. Short lived given his dislike for the element in active use as he tapped his wand cautiously against the runes to dismantle their effects, what seemed to only be lights diminishing on one side would effect the torrent of an element in the center as it weakened. At least until a massive splash dropped into the center of the testing ground and spluttered a muddied ash about the area in a sense of defiance for being controlled. 

"Sheer chaos. . . I love it."

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Melbourne ☆ Musician & Artist, Gallery Cafe Owner★ LilyCat
23 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

"Mhm... they say that often jokes also speak of hidden truths," Arti teased lightly, giving Derrick a small prod. She managed to hide any small pang of the past easily behind the wall of playfulness and jest, though deep down all the joking reminded her of painful events which she still hadn't yet shared. She tutted at his confidence though, shaking her head, "Didn't I already tell you? I was the number one hellion when I was at Tally. Sturt ruled for a couple of years then." She smirked lightly at him, though was glad for the shift in subject, even more so for the topic of revenge against Audrey, not that the woman's plan had really caused anything terrible in the end, she supposed. "I'm sure we'll think of something for her, though maybe after things have settled down a bit for her, given the expansion of the Burdett family and all. I'm patient enough that I can wait for the right time," The small woman offered a gentle shrug, but nodded as they spoke then about the upcoming dance.

"So long as there's a performing area, Gemini's not too fussy. The woman can work near any kind of location, I've seen her use some obscure spots for makeshift stages. She could make it big if she wanted to, but I feel like she holds back a little," Arti mused softly, her brow furrowing a touch. She knew that Gemini was about as good an instrumentalist as herself, and she had a killer voice to go with it. Arti could sing, but not much or for very long because of the damage to her throat from years ago. She wanted to see her friend succeed, but didn't know if fame was something that Gem wanted. Shaking her head, she broke from her thoughts to snort at his immature response to her thoughts on him needing scolding, before then moving off to perform.

The effect she'd had with her performance had been what she'd aimed for. Not only in surprising and impressing Derrick, but to see the stares of wonder in those students who had watched. She'd done a few school tours in her European tour, and it was always a good feeling to be able to show the possibilities of magic, the potential someone could wield with not only a wand, but an instrument as well. She'd had offers to teach Musiciary magic in a few schools, but didn't feel she was really that qualified for it. Not to mention, she enjoyed the freedom of being able to do what she loved when she wanted and for whoever she wanted.

Derrick's turn was next though, and Artemisia watched as he created a vortex of chaos, a veritable tornado of flame and destruction. There was no doubt that it would destroy anything within the containment barrier that had been placed up, and she had to chuckle softly at the near boyish look of glee that Derrick had on his features. At least until he had to put it all out, and she could see the smallest hint of a pout. Once quelled, the woman looked over at him with a raised brow and tutted softly.

"Absolutely lacks finesse and artistic flare," The woman criticised, but then offered a small wink at him, knowing that those hadn't been his intent anyway. Still, they'd caused quite the amount of destruction between them, the ground dummies, scorched or laying in tatters, and she breathed out a long sigh as she hugged her violin to her chest. "It was nice though, to just let loose and create something larger than I normally would," Even if that creation only lasted for as long as the song did, rather than remaining immortalised on canvas. Perhaps she could create a mural capturing a moment of it later on. "David would have enjoyed both displays," She mused softly, her gaze shifting to the ground in thought. It was difficult to imagine the man would never be back, her adopted father had taken the loss of his brother hard as well, and there was only so much she could do. She was helpless against the pain he felt, unable to ease it. And it made her feel like she was failing somehow as a daughter. She just... didn't know what to do, and it bothered her.

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Professor Head of Spencer ☆ Professor at Tallygarunga✩ Kaitore
26 year old Halfblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"I have come to the hypothesis, as a man of academics that only delusional people say that." An L-Shaped finger curved just at his chin while he started to nod sagely as if to confirm it. The fact he called himself a 'Man of academics' easily broke his façade as he started to bust out into a mocking laughter of himself. "Oh. . . Oh man, I can't say that with any kind of straight face for long." It took several breaths to ease that burst of giggles that threatened to rumble up and out of him. "That's only because you hadn't encountered me during your time! If Jez and I were in the same area too long things would get way too explosive out of control. Had to give the school some breathing room." There had been the underlying factor that he stuck to calming a few bullies here and there or. . . Raging them in fire. He snickered and then nodded. "I can give her a grace period. I have much more tact in grace periods than her, fact." At least in his mind. 

"Holding back? That's never good, never hold back - never surrender! Not just for the students either, I feel it'd be good for her to go all out to lighten up the weight on a few staff members." The death had effected Audrey and by extension it would also effect the Headmaster. If the leader's of the school were in a demoralized state then it had been the duty of other staff members to see that they could have a respite of fun themselves. Teacher's had that right too, it was their memory as much as it had been the students. "And maybe~ some random French Maid can be there in case a feisty Sparky needs a bit of a dance." He stated in his not so subtle hint. It showed that she needed a night herself, not just to set something on fire but to have something she loved and enjoyed vibrating through her system. 

When it had been his turn, Derrick showed a bit of the reason why he'd been considered a viable Elemental Teacher. The pure power behind the spells hadn't lacked and even the foresight of precision to keep it contained for the sake of safety. For all of the bluster of enjoying a fire and its destructive capabilities he'd always been against others being hurt, even as a Spencer in school, for his own desire. The darker desire that he wanted to see things burn had merely been a hole for the various pains he'd endured through life, it wasn't just a cathartic action but a mental experience to see all that he wanted to burn inside those flames. After the fire had fully been diminished a small saddened smile shaped on his face, as if the memories had won out in its effect on him. 

Quickly it shifted away as he fully turned towards Arti. "Finesse? What's that? I just know that there was this awesome fire near me. And what? That was pure artistic flare. Okay, It was pure flare. But there is a neat art to it!" He smiled wide as if he'd been a child caught with their hand in the cookie jar. He looked back towards the scorched land and dummies behind him and then shrugged lightly. "At least my Students got a taste of my talent! I could have been an Auror! Well, I'd be a liability but still would have been an impressive choice."  The Elephant in the room had been brought to light, David's death. His eyes narrowed for a moment in thought and his eyes squinted. "Then why don't we do it? Hm? A celebration of life memorial. The positive effects he had in the peoples lives that want to honor that memory. It doesn't need to be stuffy either, respect him with that amazing talent of yours and others that were close to him that would want to do it."

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