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April, 2019
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Tallygarunga: Term One, VMU: Semester One

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

The school year had been fresh still, the advisor had also been breathing down his neck that if he'd intended to change now that the paper needed to go through first or that he could wait until finishing his current degree and then go into the Law Enforcement program under the same scholarship, albeit, longer time in the VMU system than intended. This had been a different kind of stress than he'd been used to in Tallygarunga, the opportunities afforded to him back then had been due to his hard work not the random hiccup within his magical heritage of being able to transform his body into limitless forms. 

This is what led him to 'The Tipsy Mozzie', sitting in one of the more secluded areas in the establishment which hadn't exactly been the 'usual table' for the group of people he usually sat around with. He'd already been two drinks in, a third in hand as he hunched over with a hand embraced against his forehead and his eyes closed momentarily still trying to mull everything over, as if the liquid at the end of each bottle consumed would actually gift to him the revelation of the choice. It wasn't something that he could shunt off on someone else and it still held all of the importance of effect to other people in his life. 

It hadn't even been his path but what if his talents actually could be useful? He leaned his head back and huffed with frustration. He wasn't sure what time it'd been, would it be around the time everyone would start to come in for the usual hang? Or was he there just way too early and lost track of everything around him? He scratched the back of his neck a bit and decided either way he'd send a text ahead towards Jamie and Alex that he'd already been here, at least for the last couple of hours. 

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Melbourne ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch MachineKirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"Oh, you're alive." Jamie deadpanned as he watched his sister burst through the front door, slamming it shut and pressing her back against it as she slumped downwards in exhaustion. It felt like he hadn't seen her in weeks. "Actually, no, you don't look it." That earned him an eye roll, prompting the Seeker to chuckle. Alex looked exhausted, which was definitely a feat for someone as energetic as her.

"Just kill me now." The woman muttered as she closed her eyes, not moving much farther from her seating position - not by her own will, at least, as Jamie crouched down to pick her up and over her shoulder. Not expecting it in the least, she momentarily struggled.

"It's fun to watch you like this and all, but Cole texted me. We're off to the bar, and I won't hear otherwise."

"Wait, what?" Reaching for her pocket while held up in mid-air, she retrieved her smartphone. "He didn't text me--" He had. It was just that she was too busy running around to notice. The girl sighed in defeat. Rest would have to wait. "...Nevermind. Fine, but put me down, god damn it."

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The pair (half-begrudgingly) made its way to The Tispy Mozzie, their friend's bar, to meet with their cousin. It was easy to spot him in their usual booth a bit out of the way. Alex was pushed forth by Jamie with a hand to the back as means to make her move, exhaustion having made her lag behind. "I'm going, I'm going, sheesh." She grumbled, almost tripping as she did so but catching herself in time. She was the first to slide into the seat in front of the VMU student. "'Sup?" She asked, but then she immediately waved at the closest bartender to get her alcohol fill that day.

"Already?" Jamie asked as he sat down next to his sister, and gave a nod to his cousin in acknowledgement. "Isn't it a bit too early? Even for you."

"Fuck off, Jamie." She really had no patience for her twin's crap that day.

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

Cole's hand rose up as he started to bring the bottle of brew to his lips until the sound of the door opening up clattered from the frame and then back against it. This drew his attention briefly away from his action to see that his cousins had showed up, actually, quicker than he'd expected. He didn't expect to see them so soon but it did look as if Alex had been hit with the exhaustion wave, which, perhaps had been expected considering the amount of hours she'd been putting in. It'd felt as if there'd been an empty spot around him for quite some time due to it, the feeling of actively missing the usual culprits around him had settled in to an eerie nagging for the past few days. Perhaps it'd even been the offer that kept him on edge from VMU too, the fact he hadn't offered a definitive answer as of yet prompted its own unique set of stress as well. 

"Hehehe, You're both already at it? Must mean Alex must be really exhausted." He teased playfully before raising his bottle up part way in a somatic greeting. "How are you two doing? You know, besides the age old war against sleeping and working like a dog." It'd been difficult for him to keep up with the work Alex had been doing, but far easier to keep a bit of an eye on Jamie due to his much more spotlight kind of a career. Even so, he wanted to gauge how they were feeling or at the very least what they're saying how they feel even it'd been a way to keep the spirits up of those around them. "Commissions haven't been too hard on you, Alex? And what about you, Jamie, training going well? If I remember this season looks like a bit of a monster fight with the amount of talent surging.

Okay, so maybe he'd been a bit of a Quidditich fan on the downlow but it'd been hard not to become one when it'd been so exceedingly important to one of the most important people in his life. He tended to take their likes to geniune heart, finding it important to get himself involved and understanding them which eventually would lead to an admirational affection. He leaned back into the booth to offer his back a bit more support while he gained a bit of comfortability, it never felt right, sitting in these kinds of places alone for him and having both of his cousins around instantly melted away that odd eeriness that hung on him. 

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Melbourne ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch MachineKirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Once seated, Jamie reached across the booth's table to hold out a hand for Cole to shake in greeting. Alex crossed her arms under her chest and her legs under the table, leaning back in the comfortable booth as she waited for her alcoholic beverage to be served.

"Not commissions. Been out looking for a job. It's insane the number of people that turn up for interviews in this area, portfolio'd to their eyebrows. And on top of that, they wanna make people work for scraps. Not that I don't have a safety net, but I have a minimal amount of self respect, y'know?" Alex rolled her eyes and shook her head. It was criminal how underappreciated artists were in this world, and most people hiring them didn't actually understand the service they were hiring them for. It was even worse in the freelance world, but at least she wouldn't have to subject herself to such crap. If only she wasn't such a proud person.

"...Yeah, the League's lookin' pretty hot. Training's been hot too, in a hellish sort of way." Jamie decided to veer the conversation out of that topic for everyone's sake. "Kinda makes me wish I was still playing in it. It's gonna be a bit of a scouting year for us too, we need a couple replacements. The fresh blood helps keeping things interesting for sure." Alex didn't like Quidditch, but at least she wasn't complaining, which was a victory for him.

"How about you, man? Haven't heard much from you lately."

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

A smile stretched widely across Cole's face as his hand reached out and grasped Jamie's in a firm greeting. Then his eyes shifted towards Alex as she took a more relaxed position and his head shook with a light laughter that escaped from him. But it seemed that she'd been having a rough time when it came to work and the amount that they were trying offer, had it really been going that bad? His lips scrunched together; Had he been neglecting both of his cousins too long to not notice the issues?

"That sounds like a punch in the jugular to the hard work you've been putting in." He stated sympathetically, not that she needed that kind of a shoulder pat statement. But he understood to some degree the issue of trying to get a gig only to be paid far lower than the effort put into the job. It'd been a constant issue in the underground Violin racket and there hadn't been much he could do when the money had been far meager, it was a necessity. "If you want I can try looking around for some good opportunities and sling them your way? Maybe there will be something that pops up that could make use of your talent." Lips curved towards a smile of comfort as he stared towards her. Cole truly believed that her talent had been good, really good, in fact. Unfortunately having the talent didn't always mean the right person had been found or taken into a good job only taken for a bad ride. "Actually, I may have seen some stuff this passed week I'll check them out a bit and see if it's any help.

Then his attention turned towards Jamie and an accompanied grin formed on his face, the bait and switch to focus elsewhere. He didn't entirely blame him, wanting to pull Alex out of the stump and probably not wanting to add more stress to a relaxed environment. "Have they been robbing the cradle of newly graduates from the schools?" There hadn't been much chance for him to check out last years Teams from Tallygarunga and the other schools but from the rumors on VMU's campus there'd been a few that were up and comers that hadn't made any definite decisions. "And, hey, new blood means maybe you can actually be given a rest here and there. The way you work yourself always end up with me getting calls of, 'Make sure they aren't pushing themselves to hard! Oh! And Feed them!'. Apparently, Mom thinks I'm the designated cook." At least she didn't mark him as the designated driver, not tonight. 

"Me. . . I've. . ." His words halted and his gaze lowered towards the bottle that settled in his hand. "I guess I've just been avoiding everything and everyone for a bit." As much as had been reasonable as far as he'd been concerned. He'd never been the sort to cut himself off from others completely during the times of confusion or uncertainty, no, instead he threw himself deep into something and worked until he succeeded, distracting himself. Accolades had never been a bad thing and having the drive to accomplish them only seemed to be a reasonable and responsible reaction in his mind. Even then. . . it all still lingered. "Pops has been asking about my choice, whether I will sign up for the Auror training or not. I at least planned to finish out the degree I am on. It makes no sense to just switch when I'm at this final stretch." But that didn't mean the decision had truly been made, no definitive yes or no. 

Cole lifted up the bottle and pressed the edge of the spout to his lips and tipped it as if it had the answer he'd been looking for only to be disappointed that it could unveil nothing. As it lowered once more he placed it gently on the table top and sighed with a weakened shrug. "Knowing why they really want me to even enroll in that program is a pressure I haven't managed before. Has me kind of like. . ." Both of his hands rose up, palms opened and fingers extended as he made up a shaken up motion near his head. "You know?

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Melbourne ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch MachineKirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"I'll be fine." Alex was quick to dismiss Cole's help, much like she had ignored Jamie's, which prompted an eye roll from her twin. She detested having help on anything at all; her pride made it so she had to do things on her own, to prove that she didn't need anyone in such a way anymore. It was a matter of being able to sleep at night and living with herself at that point, and she wouldn't have it otherwise - very much the reason why she scoffed at the idea of living off of Jamie's dime while trying to establish herself in the world of freelancing.

Cole then went on to the plight that had struck him just a couple months back - being asked to pursue Auror training. Alex had flipped out considerably at the time, and Jamie couldn't help but think it was for the best that she didn't understand most magic jobs and conventions - he didn't want to know how she'd react to learning their family had a bit of a history with Magical Law Enforcement at all. He wondered if that was why Cole was still considering it to begin with, to keep up with the legacy.

"Easy solution, just ditch 'em." That phrase earned Alex a light bump of her elbow with Jamie's, as if telling her to shut up. "What? I'm assuming we're here for some sort of advicefest. Don't gimme that. Gimme that." She made grabby hands at the drink that was being served to her by one of the bartenders, promptly bringing it to her lips for a sip.

"Well, do you want to enroll?" Jamie spoke up, having always had more tact than his sister. "You should ask yourself that first. It's something you'll be doing for the rest of your life, so, if you don't want to, ditch it. No point waking up every morning to do something you hate."

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

That's what he expected her response to be which prompted a defeated sigh to escaped from him. A rough touch had rarely been the proper step and often when it came to ones pride it'd been best to bend it to be malleable than to try and break it, if it could be broken, but the resistance would be palpable in either event. His leg extended slightly and the tip of his show gently nudged in a caring bump against Alex's leg. "Alright, just remember we're always here, yea? Part of the whole family quirk we're all stuck with." Then a smile touched his face. While he stated 'Stuck' he meant it in a way that had been less of a burden and far more like a benefit of life. Not to mention, his door would always be open for her to barge through if she or Jamie ever needed anything. Something that he'd always made sure to let both of them known even if he didn't expect them to take it until the wall had already started to close around. 

He laughed weakly and his head nodded with a slight twitch. "It sounds easy with that but. . ." If it hadn't been for the fact that members of their family had been accomplished people in the Auror sector, it wouldn't have even been a thought. Cole did have to admit to himself that regardless he'd end up in the Ministry sector some how due to the current course and expectation of a career that he held for himself originally. "Just give us a heads up when you're at that limit, Alex." That way he and Jamie will end up flipping a coin on who had the duty of trying to bring her home depending on how late things would end up going. 

"I hate tests, can I avoid those? . . . Probably not." There'd been his attempt to try a bit of levity to the situation, however, the thickness of the atmosphere for himself personally didn't allow for it to effect much of his mood in terms of weight. "I've been asking myself that. A bit hard, mostly because I keep going back to the fact that I actually could be extremely effective in it. Well, in the thought of certain talents. . ." Did he even have the proper temperament? His cousin brought up a perfect point, it's a career that he'd need to wake up every morning and find a reason to filter through, dealing with the kind of things that could pop up and that they'd see. Would it end up destroying who he was in the long run? 

Cole wasn't sure if it'd been legacy alone that drove him or even the admiration for the kind of man his Father had been. To be so solid, the kind of values that had been instilled within. "And I think part of me wants to enroll. As much as part of me wants to research the different kinds of magic that could help." That had been the string of it for him, both were worthy and admirable careers, they spoke to the young adult in ways of wanting to better their society. To either protect it or to progress it. "It's why I figured I may as well finish out my practical degree first and then. . . Maybe during the training I might have a better idea. But maybe that's just me having a wishful thinking approach.

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"Can't you pace yourself and do both?" Jamie chimed in, not knowing much of anything about college education. He himself had elected not to enroll in VMU when the time came, throwing himself at the one thing he knew he could do competently - Quidditch. He never had the same plight that Cole was having, as he knew what he wanted to do ever since he first got a flying broom in his hand. All he had to do was to follow his nature, and it led him to fame and riches at a young age. Something he partially resented, of course, but it could still be considered as a measure of success.

"Or, y'know. Neither. Take a gap year and find out what you like more." Alex suggested with a shrug, before roughly half the liquid in the clear glass she was holding disappeared past her lips. Much like her twin, she had been dead set on her career path from a young age; but, unlike him, she had a bit of experience in terms of having multiple interests. "There's no rush. With the kind of pressure you're placing on yourself right now, you make me feel old."

"You're one to talk." Countered Jamie, shaking his head; Alex merely rolled her eyes at his statement. "Anyway, Cole, if you need some time off after the course, you can stay with me, okay? In case your parents don't let you go back home. I don't mind covering for you for a while." Family always came first, and he didn't mind being his kin's safety net.

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"I'm already at the final point of one degree, this is the last year until I officially graduate from the current program." On one hand if he had tossed all of that work and investment he put in out he could've had somewhat of a head start in one of the Auror programs. Part of him couldn't stand to do that as he'd been one to always finish what he started and yet there'd been the fact of spending another few years learning, picking up another skill and set of knowledge. It wasn't like he wouldn't have already gone through the previous years either, all of the learned knowledge would still be there in a manner of speaking. "But if I do both it would reduce a bit of time. A bit of extra work.

By a bit, he meant a lot. It wasn't as if the Auror's field had been a walk through the park things were going to end up getting intense with the only uncertainty being the when it would get intense. His head shook lightly, it'd been admirable that both of them felt as they did. Really, he understand the dangerous of taking on too much both mentally and with time in general. "I don't know. . .  Don't want to get too comfortable, you know? Ever since Tally I pushed myself, being in the thick of something always seemed. . . Right." Perhaps he'd been a workaholic himself, trying to escape his own mind through work rather than actual problems. "Yea, I know it sounds stupid but it feels like if I stop here then I might end up stopping indefinitely.

Even if his parents were alright with the idea of him taking a sit-rep there he'd spent the last few years out of their care in that way. It felt wrong to put that burden back on them all over again. It may have been much more solid for his own health, if he planned to do the two to do one at a time as well. The work for Practical Magic wasn't light by any means and the certifications alone were most likely going to be hell itself. "Yea, I think I will do both. If I'm already right at the finish line I can knock it out of the park but I can start the Auror program next year if they still really want me. It isn't that long and the benefits will be good either way.

Talking it out seemed to clear his mind, if only slightly on the stance. "It opens up doors for different chances, right? One day I may end up hanging up my Auror's hat and going into something else." Maybe he'd been projecting that likelihood from his own Father's success. "But I do know I want the opportunity to be able to make my happiness whichever path seems to catch my heart the most. Don't know if I'd really cut it as an Auror personality wise but. . . Hey, I'll find out in the first few weeks, right?" A smile formed brightly on his face. 

As he thought about the idea of 'Happiness' his sights trained on the two individuals before him. Their happiness mattered to him as much as his own did to them. "I saw they're still trying to work that whole 'Merchandising' angle, J." He understood the reason behind it, businesswise anyways. But that didn't mean he had to like what he considered a smear job on his cousin's actual personality. "How've you been holding up with it and all?" Due to the heavy discussion involving himself the atmosphere seemed prime for a far more heart-to-heart kind of discussion with all three of them there. 

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Alex watched on with skepticism as Cole voiced his decision to pursue both things. "Well, you just lost yourself the right to get in my face about me working too much." She declared, pointing out the hypocrisy in his choice - she'd very much prefer if Cole took his time and didn't do the same stupid mistakes she had done. She had very little in the way of a social life anymore, was stressing out over finding work, and had to drop a number of hobbies just to get by - and that was with one course. She couldn't even imagine what it would be like for Cole to pursue both things at once.

Jamie, in the meantime, nodded - he was oblivious to how bad college workload could get. "I wish you the best, man." He would have to cover for him regardless in one thing in particular: Alex's temper tantrums once she read more about the job description and questioned their mother about it, whom had been a Hit Wizard herself. To that day, Jamie was thankful that she had no idea what such a thing was, but something told him those days were about to come to an end.

The conversation took a bit of a bad turn, in the Seeker's opinion, as his cousin decided to question him on what he deemed the dark side of the sport he played. "Ah, you know... Surviving..." He let out a forced chuckle, though it was fairly obvious he wasn't minimally comfortable with the subject.

"Have ya read his contract? It's bonkers." Alex interrupted. "They'll fuckin' fire his ass if he dates someone for the whole PR bullshit. Feels like something straight out of the Asian idol industry." Quite sickening, in her opinion. "Plus, it doesn't help his kissless virgin record, now, does it?"

"Thanks, sis."

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"I'm finishing what I am doing and then taking on something else. So, I still reserve the right on you." He offered a coy smile towards her. The workload of the two combined would've been astronomical and only ended up in a single way. At least if he split them up, finished the current year with what he'd already started and then started the next VMU year towards something else the two wouldn't be compounded on top of one another. It had came with the larger consideration that the Auror training would most likely require him to be within his home less, which meant not as much time to study towards his other courses that would need a certain degree of focus. "With how that particular program is designed it's most likely hyper intensive. So, doing both at once would actually cost me to fail one or the other.

Cole probably should be counting more of his blessings. He'd hoped he'd be able to start the track of the Auror training to the point that even if Alex did find out about the true depths of it that it'd be a foot too far in to actually pull out. A thumbs up protruded up with Jamie's vocalized support. "Thanks! I'm sure it will be hard but I've always been the sort to handle the tasks pressed in front of me." If the final years in Tallygarunga had taught him anything it had been how important punctuality, pre-planning, and organization had been to getting multiple errands and important tasks done in a timely and reasonable manner. 

It looked as if he stepped on a larger landmine when it came to Jamie and the situation with his PR. "Oomph. . . That bad huh. . .?" A rhetorical question after hearing Alex's own breakdown of the contract they'd offered him. It sounded like shit, in his opinion. "Sounds like they're only a couple of skips away from trying to put in that they'd assign people to 'date' you and then have you publicly 'dump' them. Unless that's actually in the contract too?" Cole really hoped not, the amount of focus on him already meant that actual dating when it will be viable for him would grow to be even tougher if they can see passed the fake entertainment façade. 

"Hey, that isn't bad. It just means that when it's right for you it will be perfect by your standards, right?" Not that he could claim to be a virgin himself either though he wasn't sure if the two would believe that in general. "Have you considered looking for a better representative for yourself though? I mean. . . I don't mean to beat a dead horse with a stick here but. . ." Cole leaned in slightly with his grip on the bottle tightening. "I'm concerned, man. You deserve a lot more than that especially if they focused on just your skills." He didn't even want to touch the possibility that they may try digging deeper into the family histories. 

"At the very least I personally would rather see you actually have fun with the thing that makes you happy. That I'm saying to both of you. Just clarifying here." He grunted with a soft amusement and the usual bright smile touched his face. "But I guess we're all in the same boat in a sense, right?

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Alex gave Cole an annoyed look with the quick clapback, but didn't verbally answer to it; rather, she just took a big chug of her drink instead. She could feel a headache setting in at that point. Why did people have to be so hard to deal with? It only worsened the need to throw herself at work. At least her pages wouldn't nag her about various things, and her wallet would be quite happy with her creative output. 'Unlike some people.'

Jamie shook his head at the (fairly disturbing) idea that Cole had put forth - assigning people for the Seeker to day? That was quite warped in his point of view, but he didn't think management would let the notion fly at all - a single, flirty Jamie was worth thirty taken Jamies. Though, an equally chilling thought occurred to him: it could be they considered having him flirt with fellow players. And that would mean he'd have to hit on Viktoriya if they were to ever meet in the Quidditch pitch. The thought alone made something in his stomach revolt, as evidenced by the mildly queasy look on his face.

"It's just a temporary thing for me, you know. Just wanna make some money first. I can always go back to AQL when stuff explodes, right?" He suggested. A loud sound of glass clapping down on wood got his attention and he looked at the source, noticing his twin had finished her drink and was signaling to a roaming bartender.

"Refill, please!"

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21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

Cole sighed lightly and shook his head, there'd only been so much that he could prod and pushing too hard wouldn't be a smart thing to do when hoping to get others to see a new kind of point of view. He knew they understood health had been important and it hadn't escaped him that security in being able to provide had been a strong suit for the both of them. Which, admittedly, had been the same fence he'd been on in terms of not accepting the offer proffered by Jamie nor finding it right that he move back with his parents if he decided to take off time from school. At some point he would need to find a job too, something that could be substancive. At the end of the day the only thing he wanted them to do had been to take care of their health, not to let it decline or get harsh to manage things.

"Just rest when you can, okay, Alex. . .?" The tone his voice hadn't been combative rather somewhat defeated for the time being when it came to trying to discuss her current issues with work. "I'll make sure to bring your favorite dish every so often.

It hadn't been the thought that he wanted to place in anyones mind but the kind of pubilicity any form of entertainment needed to fuel viewers and follow articles often escalated or somehow ended up so out of control it increased the stress on the person who'd been 'acting it out'. Regardless, he'd support Jamie and Alex in their endeavors and he'd hoped they wouldn't doubt that he'd do anything he could for them without question. "AQL Would be a pretty good gig for you. All that competiton and the pure fun of the sport." That did drum up a curiosity in his mind as that particular gem had been brought up. "Is that the kind of thing you want to do? Run in the AQL?

As he started to lift the glass up to his lips to catch the final drops of the liquid inside the wood knocked and a gentle wince formed as it halted him. Eyes lowering to Alex as she already seemed to be asking for that refill. Then slowly turned back towards Jamie. "It's been that bad huh. . .?" He questioned, worriedly. Had there been anything he could do to reduce the stress he would, as it was he'd only been sitting on the sidelines watching with a heavy concern.

"Hey, I have an idea." That's when it hit him. He didn't want to really do it, but if it meant a bit of a reprieve for his cousins? It was worth it. "How about we get Shane to rent us out the place one day, you gather up some of your friends. You know, a bit of a relax time for you both. Drinks, food and I can setup a good surprise to help you all winddown." He looked between the two of them with a wide smile. "I promise it won't be a dissappointment. . . Er, Hopefully."

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Was AQL what Jamie wanted to do in the long term? Absolutely. His lips pursed in hesitation but he ultimately nodded to his cousin. Before he could expand on it, however, an arm moved in front of him and he leaned back into his booth on reflex - Alex was getting her drink refilled on the spot. He watched as she dove in for another sip almost immediately, and couldn't help but mirror Cole's words in his thoughts. 'It's been that bad, huh...?'

He was snapped back into attention by the suggestion of festivities. "Huh? Ask Shane?" He reflexively looked around. There was no Shane in sight, but Jamie seemed uneasy on the thought in the first place. "I'unno. Do you think that'll fly, it's a full day of missed profits in the Robbins' point of view. Then again, I can cover for that, I think..."

"Surprise?" Alex perked up, leaning her chin on her hand while glancing at Cole. "What kind of surprise?"

"If it's a surprise, he won't be telling you." Jamie stated as a matter of fact, which earned a grumble. After a chuckle, he had an idea himself. "You can always be the one to ask him, you know. He's always listened to you way more than his old pal." A bit of a joking smirk crossed his lips, and he got the reaction he was looking for - a look of disgust in his sister's face.

"Go to hell, Jamie." She said, taking a bigger chug out of her glass than she intended. 'Gross...'

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

It had been unexpected that Jamie was also caught off guard by the swiftness of Alex's need to get a refill of her drink. That seemed like a subject neither of them really wanted to approach in the moment, not if she'd planned to keep tossing them back. His gaze locked onto Jamie's for a moment and he gave an expression to essentially say, 'We'll have to let it be for now.' One thing Cole had to learn had been when to poke the bear and when to coerce it with juicy berries for it to munch on. 

"I'm sure if Alex asked he'd totally agree at the drop of a dime." Cole teased lightly, though his head shook lightly. "I wasn't expecting a freebie, really. He should be paid to compensate for it all. It could be an equally good time for him to relax too." He didn't think running a business had been the easiest thing to do especially not a bar with the various ups and down between regulars and sudden spikes for people looking for a good time. "I'll even offer to help him clean up the place after, hopefully it'd be a good helping hand." That had been something he never had a hard time doing, offering his help when he felt the need had rose for it. 

 A grin touched his lips as he looked between the two. "Sorry, Alex, you wouldn't be able to unveil that little secret." As much as he wanted to show and tell the both of them for sometime the reason he'd taken up the little secret made it far more difficult in the past to bring it up in his mind. 'Secrets', They were things her personally hated to keep and not because his mouth couldn't be shut, it'd hinged on the fact that he'd always been so opened with both, Jamie and Alex, that not bringing it up felt like a blatant lie to the two people who stood by him through his teen problems and issues. 

"It will be great. Some drinks, some good food, a bit of dancing for you twinkle-toes." He wasn't entirely sure if that had been their personal schtick to do but it had been a good opportunity when it was people familiar and added an air of comfortability, hopefully a bit of silliness if they could make it all flow together. "It will be a night of no talking about work or PR's - just something where it's a night of refuge from the crazy lives we live." A moment of being disillusioned of the world around them didn't seem like a bad gig in his mind, sometimes, it was needed to just focus on the self. It could even be considered a form of therapy for the soul. 

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Melbourne ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch MachineKirupachi
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"Who should we invite, though?" Jamie asked aloud, although he was more thinking to himself than anything. The idea of a social gathering was something that very much catered to recent interests - with Alex's, Cole's, Shane's, Toriya's and Ana's sudden disappearances over the past few months to do who knows what, the Seeker had been left to his lonesome and it was a bit jarring to the man. He had never been social himself, having always benefited from other people's social circles. Once they all left, he didn't have much of a clue on how to approach people anymore, and his peculiar situation made it a fairly risky endeavor to even consider.

"I could ask some teammates, I guess." He didn't necessarily get along with any of them, but they probably had their own circle of people they'd be interested in bringing, which in turn would make things easier for Jamie in general. "A couple people from back in the day got in touch with me recently too, but I think that's about it. What about you two?"

"Friends? What even are those?" Alex joked between sips. "I mean, I can ask former coworkers? I'm not exactly big on 'wizard friends' like you guys are, and I'm gonna go ahead and assume this surprise of yours has some weird magical nature." She motioned her head towards Cole as she spoke. "So it'd probably be a bad idea to bring a Muggle in." At least she had the presence of mind to speak in a bit of a lower tone, knowing they were in what was very much a magic-free area. "Outside of that though, my contacts list is pretty slim. Whaddya got?" She asked her cousin. He was in college. It was likely that he knew more people than the twins combined.

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"Teammates and people from back and the day are perfect. Anyone you want to date on the downlow, don't worry, we can all keep a secret." Cole winked towards Jamie, at the very least, if he'd been looking towards someone he should have the attempt. Hexing a few cameras to explode to save face shouldn't be much for him as it had been one of the few magics he'd been practicing every now and then. "I mean, It's probably been a while since you both actually had a bit of few with friends, right? I mean actual fun, not the occasional drinking contest or streaking through the sky with  teammates. Good, old, 'We don't care about the problems of today' kind of fun." There'd been times where people needed to break off the shackles for a night before having to place them back on, truthfully, he did also hope it would be a way to clear everyone's head a bit better about their paths in life. What they wanted to do and how they wanted to actually lead them for mutual happiness. 

"I'm with Alex on that, only friend I have is this one guy who keeps giving me really bad movies to watch." Sometimes he'd even shift them towards Alex's way so that the two of them could have a good laugh or five. Cole gave a smooth towards Alex as his eyes shifted left-to-right as he leaned inwards to whisper towards her. "Contrary to popular belief, my dear, Alex. . . I do have some little talents that aren't magically enhanced. It won't be a magical surprise, I promise." He hadn't sought a Violin designed to react with magical presence and design, luckily for that. It'd been something he wanted to consider but the costs were. . . Astronomical with the amount he actually managed to make just to support himself with what his scholarships wouldn't pay off. "So, anyone will be fine to come. It wouldn't be fair to offer that to you if my plan had been magical.

Cole could say it had been a type of magic, but really, it's the kind anyone could do with a bit of training or some kind of virtuoso of talent in it. He didn't know which he fit, in truth. But he did train and end up making a bit of side money from the gigs he played under the radar. A good way to have his own little world for a moment, that had been about to break soon but he'd been oddly fine about it. "Me. . .? Uh, I guess. There are a few people I've seen that I've wanted to try and spark a bit of a friendship with, I guess. It would be a good time for me to focus more on making a bit of University friends, right? I can't be a friendless little sop." He chuckled lightly for a moment as he ran fingers through his own hair. "Just bring comfortable shoes and don't worry about a band too much. I know some guys who owe me one for the help I've offered."

It had also been a difficult part of the year for the few friends he did go to Tallygarunga with that ended up attending VMU. Most had either finished their degree's or had been at the final stretch where studying and keeping focus had been more on their mind than trying to release that stress for a far easier studying period. "I guess I can go out and start trying to meet people. You know, stop being stuck in my apartment."

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Jamie shook his head at the idea of wanting to date someone. He didn't really knew anyone who catered to his interests - not that he knew anybody to begin with, but it was hard for him to find that one needle in the haystack that was a mountain of crazed fans following him wherever he went, or such was the curse that the team's managed cast upon him (at least metaphorically, or so he hoped). Unless someone introduced someone else to him, he didn't think he'd feel tempted to bend the rules anytime soon.

However, the idea of asking old friends over gave him pause. Olivia had recently gotten in touch with him and would be a very valid candidate for such a thing; but, there was the issue that Alex didn't know she was back, and that girl had a bit of an explosive temper when it came to people vanishing off the face of the earth. Should Jamie let her know their friend was back? Should he try to have them meet up again prior to this event, whenever it would end up being, and hope for the best? Or should he just invite Olivia anyway and watch the spectacular explosion that would certainly soon ensue?

"You don't even have classmates you can invite?" Alex asked Cole, placing her drink down on the table and leaning back on the comfortable booth. "I mean, I guess I can introduce you two to a bunch of Muggles, but you'll need some nice excuses when it comes to what the hell you do in your lives. Easier said than done. Especially you." She nudged Jamie with her elbow. "You're famous in your 'wizarding world' and all, but you're a nobody out here. You're gonna have to come up with a good excuse as to why there are cameras following you everywhere."

"...On second thought, maybe no Muggles?" The boy gave a nervous smile. He really didn't want to deal with that.

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

He smiled warmly. "Yea, I didn't think you were going to go for that idea either." Cole felt disconnected from the overall life of both Jamie and Alex, had they even been spending time with people that they enjoyed? A presence that had seemed overall unique to others? Maybe that hadn't entirely been his business, just because he'd been curious it didn't mean that he'd been mandated by any sense of it that he needed to know. "We'll keep it low key for you then." With a grin and wink offered to him as if they'd made such a grandstanding plan. Truth be told, he probably would be in the same predicament as Jamie. Not so much that he'd been contractually obligated to not date, even just casually, but that there didn't seem to be any good pickings. 

"Not really. None that I think would show up. I don't know. . . I keep pretty lowkey because I have my attentions elsewhere a bit." If he suddenly became busy with friends would he be able to be there for his family when they needed him? On the other hand, it'd been unhealthy to not make genuine friends to party and go out with. Here he had been at a booth drinking with his cousins, the two people that had been the only real friends he had. 'Man, that's pretty pathetic now that she questions me about it. . .' "I can't say I'm a genius philanthropist playboy? Minus all three of them." A playful chuckle escaped from him, both at his joke and the back-forth between the twins. 

That would get a bit of an issue if the reporters didn't care about exposing that kind of information to random Muggles, that would probably cost the reporters more than they bargained for at that. "Well, alright. No muggles then if that's the way you want to go about it." They seemed to have a better idea of how things would turn out in that regard than he did. "Either way, it's supposed to be for the two of you and your friends. I'm not included in that little bit of planning.

Cole wanted them to get off the idea that it was meant for him as well, truthfully, he wanted to offer the relaxation for the them and not so much for himself. "Would it. . . Make you feel better if we put up something to block the windows too, Jamie? Kind of like blacking them out temporarily- avoid the flashes and all that?" He wasn't sure the proper way to dissuade the paparazzi. It wasn't lawful for him to outright intervene against them, like pushing them out into some water to swim with their equipment. But making it harder through ingenuity and different ways to black their view from getting an easy shot could've worked well. 

"Can even slip you some. . ." His eyes shifted left and right before he leaned in towards him. "Polyjuice? Can use it when you're about to leave that night, give yourself a quick break of it." He would've offered to change into him as an added diversion but he'd already been getting enough attention for that particular gift that he didn't want much more. 

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Melbourne ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch MachineKirupachi
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Before Jamie could reply to Cole's ideas, Alex had already interjected. "Bullshit, it's for you too. It's been us three against the world for like forever now, so don't gimme that. Go out of your apartment and meet a person or three and that's when we're doing this." While it was Cole's idea for that sort of meeting, it didn't sit well with Alex to watch her best friend sit on the sidelines. He deserved his time on the spotlight too, and she'd be willing to put in the work for him and his friends to have a good time.

"...Anyway." Jamie cleared his throat. "I don't think any of that's necessary... This is still a Muggle bar after all. I meant more in the sense of, I get along with a given person, am hanging out with them somewhere outta here and then suddenly boom, photos. That's when it'd bother me." He already had to be particularly careful whenever he was in the company of a woman, almost any woman; not even for a paparazzi concern, but a management concern. They were very trigger happy when it came to the subject.

"All the more excuse to stay indoors." His sister chimed in with an eyebrow wiggle, which prompted the Seeker to laugh, having to cover his mouth so not to bother the other patrons.

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VMU Students ☆ 4th Year VMU Student/Secret Violinist✩ Kaitore
21 year old Pureblood Human ☆ HE/HIM

"Looks like I couldn't escape from that. . . Can't blame me for trying, can you?" She probably could and perhaps he would've done the exact same thing if he'd been her shoes. Fingers passed through his hair bashfully as the nails scrapped soothingly against his scalp. "Okay, okay. I'll do it. I was just trying to do something a bit nice for you guys." While he tried his best to support them emotionally and mentally, at times, he found his efforts not up to par. Not where he would've wanted it to be, he didn't expect a perfect record of it all falling into place. At the very least he expected to hope to be as effective as he possibly could be. "I can grab some random no-face students off of the streets. Hopefully they'll be all for it." If not? Then they could still have it, he just had to try and invite them, right? Maybe he could abuse his Quillbook for that. 

He pointed towards Alex as he nodded in solidarity with her words. "She has a point there, man. They can only snap photos of what they can see, am I right?" What happens under the sheets, stays under the sheets. At least that had been the hope with such brief entanglements. "Just tell them if they ever snap pictures of me with you, take it from the right side? That's my good side." He started to sit up straight, shifting to the right side of his body and displaying it with a half smile as if he'd been ready for a photo op. Then he started to nestle back into his seat with a wide smile painted on his face. "Promise not to steal the show away from you too much there.

It'd been a joke to Cole on that part, in comparison, Jamie had been far more the draw of the public. Not only by reputation, a persons fashion statement had been as much a public relations kind of deal. He wondered, how often did he have to actually dress up like a bad boy? Did he always need to take up that look if he'd been in public for a prolonged amount of time? "So, we don't have to expect you to suddenly start wearing a leather jacket with some tight jeans like you're the Fonz if they're trying to sell that ladies man look, will we?" Thinking about it alone fueled a laughter that he tried to withhold. "Because, I can't speak for Alex, but I don't think I could take that seriously at all."

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