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Tallygarunga
a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
November, 2019 :: Spring


Invite Some Sins Do Bear Their Privilege On Earth

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

It struck Diana as odd that Gideon had picked an outdoor café to rest and indulge in some delicious local pastries - they were in the dead of Winter, and the nasty wind chill bit at their faces as they explored the enormous city in such a way that not even Diana's cloth warming charms fully helped the situation. Nevertheless the Bourke alumni complied to her brother's request.

They sat down by a lone wooden table. The surrounding area was mostly vacant as people had rushed inside to shield themselves from the cold; it made it so things were quiet, just how Diana liked it. She didn't enjoy the outdoors too much outside of work, finding the loudness of the streets and their rowdiness to be a distraction in the worst way possible, but at that moment everything seemed to align with her comfort zone, sans for the cold - perhaps it wasn't such a bad idea.

"Say, how has school been? We haven't discussed it in a while." She struck up the conversation with her little brother, a gentle smile fitting her lips as their orders were served. Her own statement served for an unnerving reminder: she didn't know too much about Gideon those days, did she? With all the running around and studying and working, the two never got much of a chance to sit down and get together for an extended period of time outside their Mildura days. She had to correct that mistake somehow, and it would start with that weekend. If anything, she owed him that effort after what she had done to him so many years before.

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

Damn weather report. It said that today was actually going to warm up considerably, but when he woke up he heard the news of a correction. A wave of cold air was sweeping through the city. It was too late to make any rearrangements, and besides, Diana didn't seem to object to it at all. And now here they were, wearing an uncomfortable amount of clothes just to fight off the cold, his entire face pale save of his nose.

At the very least, their orders came in relatively fast, his sight focused on the sweet scent of hot chocolate emanating from his mug. He was about to practically dive into it, when Diana's words made him stop. "Mmh?" He said, looking up to her, his fingers barely wrapped on the handle. "Oh, right. Yeah, school has been going pretty alright for now. Not very eventful lately, save for some mishap here and there." He said, remembering what happened in one of the Elemental Magic classes, which ended with a good chunk of people wet.

With that said, he went ahead and continued is motion, holding the mug with the handle, and it's body with his other hand, as he carefully began to sip the drink, making sure to not burn his lips. "How about you? Work has been treating you well lately?"

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Diana's curiosity found it unfortunate that Gideon didn't have much to tell, yet the side to her that wanted to see him do well in school was overjoyed  - he wasn't ruffling any feathers nor getting into trouble, and as far as Diana was concerned, it was a win. It occurred to her that she didn't know much about his friends. While she didn't have much against her own friends circle, she couldn't help feel a mild shiver run down her spine at the thought of the boy getting along with pyromaniac Veelas and violent Dhampirs.

'They're good friends, but...'

"I don't like to complain too much, but... Work's been a bit of a slog lately." The blonde let out a light laugh while warming her hands with her own mug of the hot, sweet liquid. It could be that the intermittent exposure to Olivia's presence made her more tolerant of heat than people normally were, and so the mug didn't burn her minimally. "I've been considering asking for a promotion recently, though. That means more money, but it might also mean more questionable schedules..."

She was a journalist. She had been sent on goose chases for as long as The Mage newspaper hired her on an exclusivity contract - at times, she couldn't help but wonder if they did that precisely to help drive Marcus Carsen away and keeping Diana from doing her job. But enough was enough in her mind, and they were running out of excuses. If she wanted to provide for Gideon through college, she'd have to be more assertive in her career ladder ascension.

"What about your friends? I don't think I've asked about any of them before." A bit of a smile broke out once again as she continued. "Don't worry, Ted doesn't count. I hope he's not been giving you too much trouble."

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

He couldn't help but give her a small giggle when she mentioned how her job was going. "I'm not your boss, sis. You can complain." He said, taking another sip of his chocolate, listening how she was thinking of asking for a promotion, something which made his eyes grow with surprise. "Oh dang, that doesn't sound easy. What schedules are they offering? Very early, or very late?" Surely a promotion would be something she should strive for, it would give her more opportunities to keep her economy afloat, but if it meant sacrificing a bit of her health, would it help her in the long run?

And then, it was his turn to answer her questions. Putting the mug down, he looked at her with a thoughtful look, trying to see what he should talk about. The mention of Theo made him chuckle at least. "Heh. Well, they have been doing alright lately. One of them, Sam, started working as an apprentice baker, and she's been very busy thanks to it. But at least her pastries are very delicious. Another one, Meadow, is now an assistant of the nurses at Tally, and she's pretty happy about it since it's close to what she wishes to do once she graduates. Oh, and Ian's been receiving... bottles from his sister, so he's been in a much better condition lately." Of course, that wouldn't count for a lot considering the panic attack he had recently. But hey, that'd be too depressing to talk with her right now, no?

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

A grin splayed itself upon Diana's lips with Gideon's assertion. She wasn't the complaining type, per se, but it did feel like a weight was being taken off her shoulders as she talked to her brother about her life. She was unable to do so with Kyle and Amalea as she pulled away from them, and Olivia had too much going on in her life for Diana to wish to bother her; past the occasional drunken confessions at Keira's side, the woman saw little in the way of mental relief those days. "Try both and everything in between, all at once."

The blonde paid close attention as her brother described some of his friends, committing their names to memory so to be able to discuss them in the future. As he went on, they seemed to be hard working individuals for the most part - she should inquire Olivia about Meadow. If the girl was working with the nurses, she was working with her favorite half-Veela, and that meant she could get some insight on the people Gideon was getting along with.

"...Bottles?" Diana parroted as her little brother finished his speech. She knew that his roommate was called 'Ian', but little else; much less the fact that the teenager was a Dhampir. "Bottles of what?"

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

"Oh, geez." Gideon did a small grimace when Diana mentioned how her schedule actually was. He knew that she was capable of daunting tasks, but it still worried him how much she put on her shoulders. He definitely wouldn't want to hear about her fainting in some troublesome area, or worse! "Do you think you'll be able to pull through? Remember you must take care of yourself too, or else you won't be able to do your job well." Despite the rather pragmatic-sounding wording he employed, Diana would already understand that he meant them in a caring sense, his worrying nature always shinning through in such circumstances.

However, Diana's question threw Gideon on a loop, confused as to why she would feel confused about the way he mentioned them. Surely she knew why he couldn't disclose about them so publicly, right? Ian's sister knew her, which means that Diana should know about Ian's person, right? "Uuuh..." He let out, wondering if he should spill the beans even more, or remain silent, but given how Diana was, he felt that she was going to pry about it sooner or later. "You weren't aware? He's, uuuh, he's a..." And then, he got closer to Diana, enough for a whisper to be audible. "He's a Dhampir.And he's a Travers."

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

A rushed nod followed Gideon's line of questioning in an attempt to reassure him everything would be alright, nose wrinkling ever so slightly as she tried to discard the question completely. Would she be able to pull through? In all honesty she didn't know - the willpower was there, but that didn't mean her lithe body could accompany her wishes. But, what choice did Diana have if she didn't tackle the workload head on? If she were to step down out of weakness, she knew there were more than a few up and coming journalists overly eager to throw her under the bus and take her place. It was a dog eat dog industry and she had to claw her way up the career ladder no matter the cost, if only to be able to provide for her little brother.

"A Travers?" For a moment, Diana had no idea what on Earth Gideon was talking about. Was that surname supposed to ring a bell? Was it an important surname in Dhampir culture? She didn't recall seeing that name too much at all in her registry search, but she did recall seeing one Ian. Ian Bowen, May Bowen's little brother. A natural of Perth, he supposedly met his end by his own hand during the first year of wizarding education.

It took her a few seconds to recall that name. Travers. She had seen that surname once or twice indeed, the more she thought about it, but nothing that stood out much at all - were they in Victoria? "Actually, give me a second..." Reaching into her back, the woman retrieved her smartphone so to access the listing she had used to look for May in the first place just a few months prior. Flicking past the Victoria registry down to the T section, she spotted a 'Ian Travers' indeed - a fifteen year old man residing in Narragyambie - but, more importantly, a second Travers. An old male. There was no indication of a female Travers in the registry, let alone someone whom could potentially be the Dhampir's sister - unless she was unregistered, of course, but that made little logical sense since two separate family members were in the registry.

Her brows furrowed in confusion. It was a hunch. A baseless hunch, at that. May had been involved in all sorts of underworld activities over the past few years, and the death of her brothers were involved - but her youngest brother, Ian, would have been the same age as the one she just checked out in the registry. It was just a coincidence, right?

'No way...'

"...Does May happen to be his sister, by any chance?" She spoke up at last, looking at the young boy. The light mood that had once surrounded them was replaced by seriousness. Had Gideon accidentally stepped into the minefield that was being involved with the Bowen family?

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

To say that Gideon was confused would be an understatement. He had no idea what was going on with Diana, why she was acting like he was talking crazy, and when she asked about his last name, all he did was a nod, waiting to see if Diana finally understood what he meant. He wasn't sure if to keep speaking, and he was about to, if it weren't for Diana searching for something on her phone. A moment of silence followed, as Gideon took a nervous sip from his drink, the breeze in the air suddenly screeching to a halt, as if time stopped so that Diana could gather her thoughts.

But then, the silence was broken by Diana, as she asked him one single question. "May? Yeah, if I remember well. It was her who supplied the bottles of-" He said, suddenly cutting himself before continuing. "Wait a second... Diana, you do know what I'm talking about, right?" He asked, trying to see if he could get any information out of her. "As far as I knew, I thought you still talked to May, she told me she was your friend back in the day, was she not?"

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Diana's eyes shut in momentary disbelief as Gideon confirmed what she feared. Ian had a sister, and the sister was May, of all people. And she knew for a fact May had a brother indeed, Ian Bowen, whom had perished via his own hands a number of years back. That could only mean that the boy was under some kind of protection program under the Ministry of magic, and that usually went hand in hand with danger.

Danger they were possibly involving Gideon in.

"She was... Is, but..." Her words failed her for a moment. What was she supposed to tell Gideon? It was all highly sensitive information, and if May wasn't having it widely known that her sibling was alive, it was for a reason. Not only that, but she was giving bottles of blood to the young boy. If they were making him visibly appear to be in better shape, they had to be bottles of human blood at the very least, as May looked like she was on it as well. Where on Earth was May getting that blood in such large quantities?

A disgruntled sigh escaped Diana's lips. She didn't want that Saturday afternoon to be ruined by the chill that was running down her spine. "...But, well... Just be careful, okay? I understand that he's your friend... But from my experience, danger's never too far behind from a Dhampir. I don't want you to get caught up in it." A half-lie. She knew of no danger regarding Marcus; it was just that May's past was particularly bad. She knew it sounded bad, but it was the best she could do.

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

The kinds of reaction Diana was giving him where not pretty comforting at all. They were in fact very worrying. Did he just blurt out something he shouldn't have? May didn't actually tell him he should mention this to Diana, but then again, she also didn't tell him to not do it, maybe she took it for granted Diana knew? All of this was making Gideon's head spin, and given the way Diana was behaving, it didn't help him think more clearly. So he merely sat there, nervously sipping from his drink as she tried to gather her thoughts, ultimately culminating in a warning that he should be more careful.

"B-But, I don't understand. What kind of danger? Ian was my roommate ever since I entered Tallygarunga, and nothing bad ever happened to us, at least not anything that might be related to, whatever situation you are alluding to." He certainly felt like there was something Diana was not telling him, and while he understood that it wasn't appropriate to press on sensitive subjects... they were talking about Ian. He was his friend, and while he knew that Diana wasn't outright prohibiting him from being associated with him or May, he wanted to at least know more of the nature of this situation if he needed to be ready for whatever might befall him and Ian.

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Brows furrowed as Gideon pressed further on the matter. Diana couldn't blame him at all - if someone had told her she needed to be wary of one of her friends she'd likely react in the same vein. The difference between the two, however, was that Diana was gifted with the insight provided by experience and wasn't half as naive as him. She had a strong feeling that, even if she were to explain, Gideon wouldn't understand; and given that the situation begged for the least possible amount of information to be known for safety concerns, it didn't make it any easier. How would Diana wiggle her way out of that one?

"I don't know... Not for sure." A white lie to keep him from asking too much. If Ian was in Tallygarunga under a new name, it likely meant he was in some sort of protection program. It wasn't information she could reveal, as that could put the Dhampir boy himself in danger. "It's just... I know May. I know how to be careful around her. You need to know how to be careful around them too. Think of it more as a 'just in case' sort of thing."

She looked down at her order, realizing she had lost her appetite. She'd have to force the food down her throat to keep Gideon from worrying, but at the same time she felt like it was too late to have that concern. "It's complicated. But I need you to trust me on this one, alright?" Anything for Gideon's best interests, or so had been Diana's life up to that point, for a solid decade. She needed to either press May for a justification or seek Olivia's help...

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

Of course, while Gideon was rather young, he wasn't the small boy that used to hide behind the frame of his own sister. He really can't, now that he's grown taller than her (or maybe Diana just shrunk?), but after spending years with her, he became a bit more cognitive whenever Diana legitimately wasn't sure of something, and whenever she was withholding information. There was a moment of silence when she answered his question, a look of confusion and even doubt in his face, until he turned to look at his drink under him, probably to try and not burn his sister with his eyes.

'Being careful around them' didn't sit very well with Gideon. Sure, he understood that sentiment when dealing with people that were generally meaner, but Ian was a good boy, to be careful around someone like him felt weird, as if to indirectly say he couldn't trust him. And speaking of which, she ultimately asked him to just trust her regarding this. "..." He tried to mask his hesitation with another sip, but just like his sister, it wasn't easy to do so. The liquid felt heavy on his throat as this revelation and her reaction was still trying to settle in his mind. "... Alright, I-mmph, yeah, I'll keep a close eye." He was close to spilling out something like 'I guess I have no choice' because, did he? He could only assume this also implied not telling Ian about this conversation, to not risk any further problems like this.

"... In any case, uuuuh," He said, trying to find some sort of way to shift the topic away. To dwell in it much further would ruin the brunch.

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Diana felt her heart sink as she watched her little brother's reaction to her request. She truly had no right to ask such a thing out of him, yet at the same time she had no choice. She would be damned if she let anything happen to him if she could help it, especially after the hell both had gone through together in the past to ensure he had a future. She had already taken his parents and friends away from him in the past, and taking Ian away as well wasn't something she wanted to do.

A few moments of hesitation followed Gideon's awkward attempt to shift the topic, which soon proved unsuccessful as Diana reached her hand out to hold the boy's own ever so gently so to get his attention and to provide a sense of comfort. "...I'm sorry. I'm sure he's a good person..." May was a good person as well, but that didn't change what she was linked to. And since they were siblings, Ian was in the exact same situation. It broke her heart that such a young boy had to be stuck neck deep into a criminal family's past but it wasn't something Diana could erase to make it all better.

"And... I'm not telling you not to be his friend. I'm just telling you to be careful, okay?" She lightly squeezed the hand she was holding, visibly struggling to keep a straight face as guilt shone in her eyes. "It's just what's for the best." Hopefully she could explain it to him when he was older. Hopefully she would have the courage to. Or, hopefully, she wouldn't have to.

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Flinders ☆ Fourth Year ☆ StudentSilverion
14 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ he/him

Rats, this sucked. Gideon wasn't someone isolated, but his introverted nature made it hard to quickly think of something interesting to move away from the topic. He was rather aware that his own reluctance might rub Diana the wrong way, but... actually, he wasn't sure how to finish that thought either. He knew he couldn't just dismiss his sister, considering how she always had the best intentions for him, but such a sentiment eroded with each passing year, and he wasn't sure how long it would remain. Perhaps it was the way his rebellious attitude was manifesting? He was still a young teenager, he'd go through the same thing any regular teenager would go through.

But in the middle of his thoughts, he felt a pressure in his hand, which came from none other than Diana. She tried to reassure him that she didn't want him to just cut all ties with Ian, nor to assume he was up to no good due to his unfortunate connections, but rather that he should be careful. Well, he couldn't argue with that, being careful was in his nature. "... Yeah, alright." He eventually said, this time with no corrections or second thoughts, this was exactly what he meant. However, even with that acknowledgement, he still didn't look in high spirits, as he slowly retracted his hand. "I'm sorry sis, I ruined the brunch, didn't I? Hehe..." He said, the laugh sounding more forced than anything. Here she tried to make time to spend a moment with him and he only made things tense by indirectly antagonizing her. He took another sip from his drink, relieved in the fact he could at least gulp it down easily now.

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Melbourne ☆ Journalist at The Mage Newspaper, Writer✩ Kirupachi
25 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

Diana sighed out in relief as Gideon willingly complied to her request, although that feeling was short lived as the boy retracted his hand. It left the older sibling feeling awkward, leading her to ultimately mirror his movement until her hand was resting right beside her cake's plate. She had hardly touched anything since they had gotten there and the idea of Gideon being in danger only served to further mess with her appetite, but she had to pull through.

"It's okay." The blonde shook her head, smiling at Gideon. "I pushed the matter... I'm glad you told me all of this, actually. It's the type of information I feel I should be aware of." She was his guardian, after all - Gideon's well being had always been Diana's priority from the moment he was born, and moreso ever since they had escaped Mildura's clutches. It was a rough subject to discuss but she recognized it just had to be done.

"...You were saying you're friends with an apprentice baker?" She not-so-smoothly decided to change toe subject. Either this girl was at least a year above him or didn't board, since as far as Diana knew, students couldn't just leave campus unattended before the fifth year. "That reminds me. Next year you'll be able to go out on your own... Are you considering anything with that? Any activities, or perhaps a job?"

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