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Date:
February, 2019
Season:
Summer
School Status:
Tallygarunga: Term One, VMU: Summer Break

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An AU non-canon Harry Potter-inspired forum roleplay set in Australia.

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THE AUSTRALIAN HOME OF MAGIC
Nox Ntonni

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Sturt ☆ Junior RangerJazZay
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ They/Them

Nox was checking their Quillbook messages for the upteenth time that day, checking to see if Mr. Longhurst had messaged them back yet (and also to make sure they for sure knew how Quillbook messaging worked.)

They were suppose to be picked up earlier that day and taken to their new homestay with the Longhursts, but Nox had explained that today's weather gave some researchers a chance to study some "funky" glowing coral and so they all wanted to go on one of the public science workshops. The researchers also wanted some aboriginal rangers along to guide them and wanted Nox to handle the magical backup SLR camera with their rough-and-ready enchanted infrared and color filter lenses.

Rather than being interested and enthusiastic, like usual, Mr Longhurst simply confirmed the location (a forested cay off the coast of Cape York) and the presence of a Bush Telegraph station. The man hadn't said a word since and now Nox was a bit anxious.

The young wix turned off their phone and tuned back into the distant rain that was gently tapping on the research building and little Bush Telegraph station roofs, rhythmically drumming along the towering mangroves and forest trees, lightly pattering on the nearby dock, and quietly sprinkling into the lagoon, whose waters lapped against the side of the boat that Nox, other rangers, researchers and workshop goers sat and talked around in.

Well, everyone but Nox talked.

They preferred to sit in the sea of jackets and wetsuits, roll their lips into a thoughtful pout, and brood. Nox ignored most of the instructions about navigating the labrynthine ribbon coral and staying with groups (that they already knew by heart), in favor of worrying about how to get a shot without the ambient light of the sun on their back or a moon waning into a new moon.

But as their gaze caught some latecomers coming out of the Bush Telegraph station, they furrowed their brows in confusion and stared until they recognized the face of Adam Longhurst.

Huddled in their baggy ranger jacket, Nox leaned out from under the awning of the boat and called out, "Uh—What's goin' on?" and then, with some of their ombre teal, blue and pink locs falling out of their hood, they added, "Yuh early!"

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"We really should tell them..." 

Aiden knew his protests were in vain. Once Adam decided to do something, he didn't listen to reason. Sure, there was no harm in turning up so many hours early to meet and collect Nox, but it wasn't exactly polite either. What if the poor kid was having an emotional farewell with his family and friends that they were about to interrupt? Adam waved away  his concerns yet again. Adam had decided this was going to be fun and that was it. Even Cass had suggested passing along a heads-up, and that too had been ignored. Aiden had also tried to get out of going at all, the Bush Telegraph was his least favourite mode of travel. There were stories about what happened when it went wrong. How would he explain to Lorelei when his body parts got scrambled and he had a belly button for a nose? How would he sneeze through a belly button?

He was overthinking it,  as always. For the most part, Aiden was looking forward to having Nox around. What he knew about them so far, they seemed fun. Adam had jumped at the chance when Alan suggested it, and only rolled his eyes a little bit when Alan clumsily tried to explain that he'd thought of Adam and Cass because Nox wasn't a "he" or a "she" but a "them". The man tried, everyone knew that, but he just couldn't seem to get his head around gender idenities. It was a small town thing, a thing that was easier if you had direct experience and understanding. For all his faults, Alan had known that Nox would need someone who understood. And that's why they were all here.

The lightning-fast trip made Aiden queasy, his head spinning as his body ticked through all the vital organs and  limbs to make sure he was all there. Aiden lifted a hand to touch his nose, breathing out a big sigh of relief when he discovered it was still a nose and not a belly button. Valerie skipped alongside Cass, chattering about her plans for the new year. She was excited to have "another brother" too. Aiden steadied himself against a wall, waited for the world to stop spinning. By the time it did, Adam and the  others were already well ahead.

"C'mon, Aidey!" Adam called back, clearly impatient. Adam and Cass had been talking for years about growing their family. They had been turned down by almost every adoption agency in Australia, and when society had grown to a point where Adam's history was no longer an issue, it was their age that held them back.  This was the closest they would get, now. No matter how many times Adam assured him that having him and Valerie around was enough, Aiden knew it wasn't. Never would be. Enough was the lie they told themselves to stop from being angry that the world had denied them the thing they wanted most.

Aiden jogged a little to catch up, sudden humidity flooding his nostrils. How did anyone breathe here? Would he have been better off with a belly button? He was confused when he saw the boat, and the face that greeted them. That was definitely Nox. Aiden already knew that Nox was cooler than he would ever be. Adam just grinned and leaned out to offer Nox a handshake.

"Yeah, thought we'd surprise you," Adam explained with a shrug. "Nox, this is my partner Cass, sister Valerie and brother Aiden."

Aiden lifted a hand as his name was mentioned, still watching Nox with a great deal of curiosity. He hadn't expected the boat. Nox also didn't look very ready to leave, which was just proof they should have stayed to the agreed schedule. 

"It's um, good to meet you," Aiden said, unsure of what else to say. 

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Sturt ☆ Junior RangerJazZay
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ They/Them

As Mr. Longhurst happily offerred a handshake, Nox's pout of confusion pulled into a lopsided grin as they leaned further out of the boat to return the handshake. Then they gave a nod as they greeted the rest of the Longhursts, ending with shaking Aiden's hand.

"Same to all a you." Without losing the amused grin, an arched brow still gave away Nox's confusion as they looked at Adam, "Welcome to 'di marine science workshop," Nox was sure they had mentioned this in Quillbook messages, but maybe they didn't get through. Or maybe Nox broke their Quillbook?

"We goin' pon a gilly dive…" their cast their hazel stare over the rest of the Longhursts as they continued, "…and chattin' 'bout safety and t'ings. and…" They weren't sure what else to add as they looked at everyone impatiently waiting in the boat, "Maybe all a yuh can come in here and get out of 'di rain?…"

Their voice trailed off into an unsure, throaty hum that was drowned out by the pittering of the rain as Nox just raised both their brows and gave a slow shrug.

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Adam clearly wasn't bothered by the rain. He stood with his hands in his pockets, grin on his face, and let it fall around him as though rain was one of the most wonderful things on earth. He did believe that, too, which helped. Adam had never been the sort to run from weather, it was what it was. What others called "bad" weather he simply thought was more interesting weather. He tilted his head at the mention of a dive, now that sounded fun. Coming out here early had definitely been the right choice, he'd always wanted to see this place. 

"Sure," said Adam brightly, before herding Valerie, Cass, and a reluctant Aiden onto the boat. He followed in last, running a hand through his soaked sandy-blonde hair to get the excess moisture out.

"What's... a gilly dive?" Aiden asked, almost too scared to find out. The boat rocked beneath his feet and the queasy feeling was coming back. He grabbed for the nearest support and held so tight his knuckles went white. It wasn't unlike his half-brother to lead them into some sort of unexpected adventure, but no one had mentioned boats. The Bush Telegraph was bad enough. The way the horizon bobbed and swayed on the outskirts of his vision made his stomach turn. Horizons weren't supposed to do that. Still, Adam stood confident with that broad and excited smile. Cass stood by his side as always, her smile not as blinding but she was happy.

"Something you could show us, maybe, Nox?" Cass asked, knowing that Adam was practically vibrating with the effort of not asking to go along. "It would be wonderful to see your world before we bring you over to ours."

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Sturt ☆ Junior RangerJazZay
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ They/Them

Any internal nerves or anxiety that haunted Nox that day began to fall away with a roll of their shoulders since Adam seemed perfectly content to either just get soaked in the rain or to herd the Longhursts onto the boat—which eliminated any awkwardness around Nox swimming off to finish their last day on the reef. At least until the family splashed their way under the boat's  puddle-littered awning and Aiden asked about the 'gilly dive'.

Nox opened their mouth to answer only to close it into a thoughtful pout as the boat rocked and their arm got caught in a vice-like grip. They raised a brow and looked down at Aiden. Was this a sign of things to come or was Aiden just not good with boats?

The ranger manager's chipper voice broke the silence, "You just eat some fresh, local gillyweed and go for a dive. Just need to get you some togs, suppress your gag reflex, and you're good to go."

After Cass spoke up, a confident grin crawled across Nox's lips as they looked over at her and added, "Sure! I can just transfigure all a' yuh clothes into wetsuits for a while, if you want." Then they tapped Aiden on the shoulder with a free hand and gestured to the padded benches the other workshop attendees sat on. "Sittin' might be easier 'dan standing?"

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