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Date:
May, 2019
Season:
Summer
School Status:
Tallygarunga: Term One, VMU: Semester One

House Points

Sturt
290
Flinders
90
Spencer
185
Bourke
110
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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

The day for MJ’s birthday was there, Aspen quickly got out of bed to make everyone some breakfast. Today was all about MJ and all her favorite things, she wanted to be able to give MJ the best birthday possible; Aspen wasn’t sure if next year she would be able to be around her sister, so she wanted to give her the best she could. Previously Aspen had gotten her sister a notebook, she hoped MJ would love it and she also had something that Lisa had given her for MJ.

Before making breakfast, Aspen made sure to make every chore in the house, now that she was seventeen it was easier to make everything with magic, cleaning, laundry, waking out the dog, making sure the litter box was clean, everything in the house was going to be spotless for when MJ wakes up she doesn’t even have to do anything. When the chores were done it was time for breakfast, the only thing that Aspen didn’t use magic to do, she did it like she always has, manually. In the meantime she also began making the cake, this with a slight help of magic, to speed things along and, it could bake while Aspen gives her sister the breakfast in bed, perhaps later, they could decorate together.

As tradition dictates, Aspen took MJ’s breakfast to their room, but before waking up her sister, Aspen placed both her present and Lisa’s present next to the younger girl’s head, so that she could see it first. The older sibling placed the breakfast tray on the table and softly tried to wake up her sister. “Mary...” Aspen said before kissing her sister’s forehead. “...time to wake up Sleeping Beauty.” She joked lightly at her sister.

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Flinders ☆ Knitter, Paper CutterKirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Not only was it her birthday, it was also something MJ had grown to appreciate as workload increased over the years: school break. There was no need for an alarm to drag her away from her dreams, there was no crankiness in the mornings, there was no morning rush to get everything done for everyone. All that there was that morning was her head, the pillow it was resting on, and the two arms holding it close on reflex as she dozed. But, like all good things, that sleeping session had to come to an end.

The blonde stirred with the sound of her sister's voice, coupled with the display of affection. An unintelligible groan escaped her as her brain struggled to remain asleep, although the scent of food reaching her nostrils provided ample motivation to regain consciousness. For a moment, one of her arms let go of the pillow to reach out to Aspen, an unconscious way to greet her.

"...Morning..." She muttered before yawning into her pillow. She brought her arm back to rub her eyes clean, and took several seconds prior to opening them. A groggy smile stretched across her lips as her eyes met Aspen's, but that didn't last long; there were two objects obstructing her view, immediately next to her head. Turning it, she saw two wrapped objects.

"What the...?" She muttered, pushing herself to a sitting position, careful not to hit her head on the wooden boards of her sister's bunk. Instead of reaching to open them, she looked at her sister for a second time. "You shouldn't have..." Not only one, but two gifts? They had a very slim amount of savings to begin with. MJ couldn't help but feel bad, even if part of her was very happy about Aspen caring for her to such an extent.

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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Aspen sat on the floor next to the bed as she watched her sister wake up. Next year she wasn’t even sure if she could do all this for MJ, she wasn’t even sure if she was going to be around Australia during that time, if she wasn’t, she would need to get her sister something, if she was she was going to do whatever was necessary to be with MJ on that day.

MJ began to wake up slowly, Aspen chuckled at her sister’s reaction. “Good morning Sleeping Beauty. Time to wake up.” Aspen smiled, but her smile grew bigger as she watched MJ’s reaction to the presents, she could tell her that one was from Lisa, so they would be both from Aspen. “You deserve it. C’mon, open them.” Aspen said she was excited to see her sister’s reaction opening the presents.

“Let me know what you thought of it.” Aspen commented before getting up to reach for the tray that had the breakfast for her sister.

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Flinders ☆ Knitter, Paper CutterKirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

A sigh of defeat escaped past MJ's lips at Aspen's insistence. She knew she wasn't winning that argument - the presents had already been purchased to begin with, and it would be downright rude and disrespectful to have them returned to their seller. Ultimately choosing to bask in the more happy connotation that they brought, as was their initial intent, the younger of the two scooted away towards the wall. After pulling the two gifts to her own lap, she pat the bed next to her instead of reaching to open.

"I'm not doing this without you. Come here." She said, having given more than enough space for the Bourke to sit down. MJ valued her sister's presence more than she did a couple of materialistic gifts anyway. That would be the best way to bring her out of her sleepiness, as far as she was concerned.

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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Good, MJ wasn’t going to argue with her about the presents, all for the best, she wanted her sister to have them, or she wouldn’t have bought the notebook, and thanks to Lisa her sister now had something to help her in school. MJ had good grades, but that would make her life easier. Aspen wasn’t surprised when her sister wanted her to be with her, Aspen couldn’t deny such request, especially from her sister. The eldest Clarke but the tray back and sat on the bed with her sister.

“Go on do it!” Aspen said excited. MJ needed to hurry up and open the gifts, Aspen wanted to see her sister’s reaction when she sees the presents. Aspen had spent some time trying to choose the best notebook for her. “I hope you like them.” Aspen wrapped her arm around MJ and kissed her sister’s head softly before letting her go.

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Flinders ☆ Knitter, Paper CutterKirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Aspen's excitement was certainly a sight to behold. It brought a wide grin to the otherwise mild mannered teen's face, and she found herself having to suppress a giggle. "You sound like you were looking forward to today way more than me." She couldn't resist the little joke, a small liberty she rarely took with anyone else - but the look on her sister's face was downright infectious. "Okay, okay."

She reached for the smaller book first - at least, she could tell it was two books from the outline of the wrapping - and very carefully picked at the glue with her fingers, unable to use magic over being only fifteen years of age at that point; maybe, in her seventeenth birthday, she'd be able to open them without risking any paper tearing. They had grown up with the principle of saving and re-utilizing as much stuff as they could, and present wrapping was no exception.

Once the two pieces of glue tape were safely pried off, the Flinders carefully squeezed the first book out of its container. It revealed a small, leather-bound notebook, of a dark rose color - a bit girly, she thought, but was in awe at seeing that color on leather nonetheless, as she couldn't remember for the life of her having seen such a thing before. There was some sort of symbol inscribed upon its surface, rather than the title, which led her to believe it was a school notebook rather than something for her to read. The insignia was that out of an arrowhead, a mountain, and crossed blades made with smooth curves; all things considered, all of those symbols greatly catered to her interests.

Opening the book, she noticed that the paper looked like it had been aged artificially, and there were some markings along the edges of the page, mostly in black and white, to give it flavor. Mentally correcting herself, it didn't look like something she'd use in school. Rather, it looked like something deeply personal, something that no other eyes were meant to look at. Privacy was something that was a bit rare in the Clarke household - it was a big family living in a not so large house, and all her life she had shared a room with Aspen. She didn't mind it in itself, but having something to write down her own thoughts and projects in without having to bother anybody else about it sounded heavenly.

She closed the book in silence, pondering if her sister even realized what sort of meaning that little book could have to her. Rendered speechless, she did the only thing she could do to display gratitude: she pulled the teen in for a very tight hug, burying her face at the side of her neck, the other gift going completely forgotten. She didn't need anything else.

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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

MJ wasn’t wrong, Aspen had been looking forward to that day like it was her own birthday, but she just wanted to see her little sister’s face as she opened the presents and saw what was wrapped. Aspen paid attention as her sister began to unwrap the present, she had for her, she didn’t care about saving the wrapping paper that moment, she just wanted MJ to open it.

When MJ finally opened the present, Aspen watched her sister’s reaction with a smile on her face, it took her a long time to try and find something like that for MJ she tried to find something that the younger Clarke enjoyed, something it wasn’t easy. She didn’t know what MJ wanted to do with the notebook, use it for a class or for something more private, it would be up to the Flinder’s girl to decide what she wants to do.

Suddenly Aspen felt her sister’s arms around her, MJ was pulling her in for a hug. The eldest Clarke wrapped her arms around her younger sister and held her tight. “Mary…” Aspen said as a laugh escaped her lips. “It’s not over yet, go take a look at the other.” Aspen didn’t want Lisa’s gift to be forgotten.

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Flinders ☆ Knitter, Paper CutterKirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

"It can wait." Came the muffled response from the younger Clarke, just wanting to relish in that tight hug, as well as in the feeling of pure, unadulterated happiness washing over her with the meaning she had mentally assigned to the first present. Even though Aspen had enjoyed the gift MJ gave her just a few days before, it felt like it had been several leagues below that journal. She wasn't quite sure how to express her gratitude, but hoped her sister would understand it through the affectionate embrace.

She did manage to pry herself away from Aspen sooner rather than later, and carefully set both the discarded wrapping paper and the notebook aside. It was time for the bigger gift - also a book, from the outline of the paper. Much like before, the Flinders was ever so careful at separating the sheets covering the present, right up until she could squeeze the book out of them.

It was a copy of a school book, one that she already had - it was a mandatory book for the year. This made her brows furrow in confusion. Undeterred, however, and knowing not to quite literally judge a book by its cover, she opened it, running through a few pages prior to setting it down again. Adorning them were various handmade notes. Corrections, suggestions, new inventions, across a multitude of fields. Most things seemed geared towards dueling, and some were about pranks. However, that handwriting didn't belong to her sister.

"...Where did you get this?" She asked. Despite being quite awestruck with the gift, her innate sense of curiosity thwarted the feeling. The various annotations made were quite brilliant, she was able to deduce, within her limited skill. Did some used book store keep such an item? '...No, can't be. The book looks fairly new, no more than a few years of use...'

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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Aspen was glad that her sister had enjoyed the notebook, affectionate hug told Aspen everything she needed to know about how her sister felt about the notebook she had gotten her. But what Aspen wanted to know was what she thought about the second present, the one Lisa had given Aspen to give to MJ.

She watched her sister opening the new present, she paid attention to the younger Clark’s reaction upon seeing the book. Aspen was pleased with her sister’s reaction, but she wasn’t expecting the question. “Well, I got it at this old book store. Someone probably needed the money, and I thought you’d like to have something like that.” Aspen said. She had to lie, she promised Lisa that no one would know where that book came from.

 Aspen got up and retrieved the tray if MJ doesn’t eat the food was going to get cold. “Here, eat and then you can inspect that notebook a bit better.” Aspen said giving the tray to her sister with MJ’s favorite breakfast.

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Flinders ☆ Knitter, Paper CutterKirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

There was no reason not to believe Aspen's story, even if it sounded odd that someone would do that after pouring so much care and knowledge into the book. Maybe it had been someone in the same situation as them? That was a good point that the Bourke brought up. With a nod, accepting the justification without a second thought, she set the book aside to join the other gift. It was time for the main event - at least, the only one that her growling stomach cared about.

"Well, thank you, still. I feel like you just took my knitting and tore it a new one." The Flinders joked a bit with a smile. It was no competition between them, and Aspen had access to more funds. But, one day, MJ hoped, she would be able to invest in some proper pampering for that girl. It was only fair, since she worked so hard. At least, starting that day, MJ was legally able to find work. She needed to comb through Narragyambie to pursue a potential part time job, and pay mind to juggling that with chores, dog walking and caring for Justice.

Her nostrils had already let her known of the heavenly meal that expected her, but something was off. "You don't expect me to eat all this by myself, do you?" Even if it was effectively a one person breakfast, there was no way she wouldn't share it with the person closest to her in the world.

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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Aspen wasn’t the best liar, but it seemed that MJ had believed her story about the book, she has promised Lisa she wouldn’t tell MJ where she had gotten it, even if she did hate lying to MJ she couldn’t break a promise she had made. The older Clarke shook her head. “Don’t worry about it, Mary, just enjoy the notebooks and your day. Today is your day, don’t forget about it.” Aspen said nudging her sister’s arm. Aspen didn’t care if her sister pampered her or not, she didn’t need it, at least for now she didn’t.

The older Clarke nod when MJ spoke. Aspen was expecting MJ to eat all of it by herself, she had eaten hers already, so it was MJ’s turn. “Yes. But you eat, I need to go check on something.” Aspen kissed her sister’s forehead and left the bedroom, she had left the cake in the oven and by her calculations, she could be ready, or almost ready. Aspen check the chocolate cake in the oven, and it seemed to be baked, their uneven oven sometimes baked a side better than the other, but this time it seemed like the cake was evenly baked.

The sisters just needed to wait for it to cool so that they can start the decoration process, and once MJ was done with her breakfast, Aspen hopped that the younger Clarke would join her in the kitchen. 

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Flinders ☆ Knitter, Paper CutterKirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

MJ shook her head in displeasure at the idea of eating the lone once she received a kiss to her forehead, although there was a small smile across her lips that betrayed the head motion. She knew there was no escape from the attention that day - at least Aspen was the one granting her such a thing, and she wouldn't have it any other way. With most others, the young Flinders was prone to dodging and avoiding them; but in the Clarke household, family was everything.

As Aspen left, MJ finally took to calming down her grumbling stomach, exacerbated by her nostrils having picked up on the fact her favorite meal had been prepared - it was quite difficult to keep her mouth from watering. Even if she normally would have wanted to take her time ingesting, she found herself wolfing it all down in no time flat due to how delicious it all looked, smelled, and most importantly, tasted. Her sister had knocked it out of the park and MJ was a happy customer.

Noticing Aspen hadn't come back by the time the meal disappeared from the plate, MJ couldn't help but feel curious over what was taking so long. She moved to stand up, leaving the gifts where they were, and put on her slippers. Picking up the now mostly empty tray, she took it to the kitchen for proper cleanup, planning to check on where Aspen was afterwards; luckily for her, she found her target at her immediate destination. Near a cake.

"Aspen..." She muttered, her tone being quite hard to read - she wasn't sure if she was happy that her sister cared so much, or overwhelmed with so much attention. Perhaps both.

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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Aspen stared at the cake, seemed fluffy, still a bit too hot to start working on it or to even start making the decorations. She wondered if MJ would light chocolate filling or something else entirely but whatever MJ would prefer, they could always make it together, the beauty and the fun of it were being able to decorate the cake by themselves.

 After a while looking at the cake with an inquisitive look, Aspen heard her sister call her name, which made her look at the younger Clarke. “Hey.” Aspen said smiling at MJ. “So? How was breakfast? Any good?” Aspen knew she was probably going too far with the whole thing, but there was a chance that in the following year they wouldn’t have the opportunity to so it, Aspen had no idea what was going to happen or even if she would get the opportunity to go Pro, it was still all very up in the air.

The older Clarke approached MJ and tried to help her with the tray. “I thought later we could decorate the cake, maybe a few hours before dinner so that the decoration has time to set, what do you think?”

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Flinders ☆ Knitter, Paper CutterKirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

To see Aspen try so hard to make MJ's birthday a happy experience was bittersweet. On the one hand she was very grateful for the effort and expected nothing less from the Bourke, knowing her like she did; on the other hand, it made MJ feel like nothing she could ever do for the girl could ever repay the older sibling's deeds for her, and everyone else's, sake. Even if it could potentially be a matter of disagreement in the house, MJ had always perceived her sister as the glue that brought the Clarke family together, and the one whom kept them from falling apart when everything seemed like it couldn't get any worse. How was it even possible for MJ to be there for Aspen to such an extent at that point?

The Flinders nodded to both questions, although she dodged her sister entirely to give her some rest, lightly twirling her body around her to keep the tray out of reach and once surpassing her she finally moved to the sink, so to wash the dishes. As the water ran, she spoke up. "...I feel like a broken record now, the first thing that comes to mind every time is that you really didn't have to do this." She couldn't help but wonder if Aspen was exhausted at that point. Perhaps she could coordinate something with the rest of the family in order to give her a proper rest day themselves.

"Is dad home yet?" If he were, she figured the man would be asleep. If only the Bourke could take a valuable lesson from that and go nap as well.

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Bourke ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper GirlTecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

The older Clarke watched her sister. MJ had decided to do the dishes herself when she didn’t have to, Aspen didn’t want her sister to have to worry about anything, she wanted MJ to focus on herself, it was the younger Clarke’s birthday. “I’m doing it because I want to Mary.” Aspen chuckled. She knew her sister worried about her, but MJ didn’t have to, Aspen could take care of herself, besides, Aspen wasn’t sure if in the following year she would be able to spend MJ’s birthday home, she wanted to make it special.

“Dad’s not home yet, but he should be arriving any time soon.” Aspen wasn’t sure when her father was going to be home, but she hoped the man could rest before celebrating MJ’s birthday. “Maybe we can wake Justice up and leave the house for a couple of hours to let dad rest in peace?” she suggested. She knew Steve was a good boy, but sometimes Justice liked to make a little noise while playing. “What do you say? I’m sure Brian will keep dad some company.” The cat would make a lovely company, it was quiet and liked to sleep a lot, Aspen was sure the cat and their father would get along perfectly while their father rested.

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