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


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Narragyambie ☆ Photographer✩ Tecri
23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

Robin laughed at Jamie’s words a bit louder than she thought she would, she couldn’t really heard how it came out but the look of a lady that just peeked on their corridor told her everything she needed to know and she quickly covered her mouth once more so that she wouldn’t be reprimanded for making noise. She should have figured that he would enjoy some adrenaline rush, if she remembers correctly, he did some pretty dangerous stunts back in the day, nowadays shouldn’t be too different. If he wanted to do some free falling off the top of a waterfall down to a lake bellow, she was always in for it, and if anything went wrong the usage of magic could potentially save someone from getting seriously injured during their adventure.

“I can read it later tonight, or we can use it as a guide.” Reading it while visiting the house would be great. She assumed there wouldn’t be too much details about it, at least not a whole chapter on the house, but if it was important for the community it should have at least more than just a couple of pages about it. Her hand stopped over the book and it opened where they wanted. The house was old and had a Victorian style, it had been rebuilt in the past decade by using the original blueprints which were a few centuries old. “Well, what do you say? Pick that survival book and shall we go then?” her smile grew as she looked at Jamie before walking to the reception to check her book out.  

Once they were ready, Robin searched for a secluded place so that she could apparate them both to the house in question. Landin in front of the house, she removed the key from her pocket and opened the book again. “I hope you’re ready for some spooks.” She said, slightly excited about the exploration of the house. She walked inside and waited for Jamie before she closed the door, she didn’t want people walking on by wondering what they were doing there. “This place is huge.” She looked up towards the ceiling. The Corridor lead to the kitchen, with a few locked doors and a long staircase lead to the other floors.

“Where should we start?” she looked at Jamie as she did the same thing she had done at the library, opening the book on the house and its small history.

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Narragyambie ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch Machine✩ Kirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"If you say so, I guess it's fine then." Jamie replied as he accompanied Robin to the front desk so she could check out her book, as well as the one she had recommended to the Seeker. He felt horribly out of place in that library, and consequently uncomfortable. As he waited for the redhead to be done he looked around awkwardly with a wry smile and pursed lips as he visually greeted the various library-goers without a word, whom didn't seem to take too kindly to his presence in general - in hindsight, he looked like too much of a jock to be welcomed in a place of studying.

He held onto Robin's arm once they were somewhere more secluded, bracing himself for the Apparition. It was something he had to do every day for practice (thank goodness he had teammates willing to make the stomach churning trip for him every time) and he wished he could do it himself, but the circumstances demanded he rely on the Spencer alumna anyway. The two reappeared on the porch of the house in question. It prompted him to quickly look behind towards the street to see if anyone had spotted them, but it didn't seem to be the case.

"Uh, let's see..." He said as he stepped inside carefully, then refraining from speaking much as he left Robin to her book. With careful steps he walked forwards deeper into the house, looking around to peek past any nearby door frames. He only spoke when he managed to get her attention next. "Maybe start slow... Something like the living room or the dining room. No need to go to the main event first thing. Lead the way, miss."

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Narragyambie ☆ Photographer✩ Tecri
23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

She was quite excited to go on such adventure, that could be a wild goose chase, but at least they could still have some fun exploring the house, they could search the backyard after. The manor like house was however giving her some vibes, the same type as the twins that often roam her own house, perhaps they would be able to find a ghost or two. She looked up at Jamie who was speaking, she didn’t want to miss any word he said, and if she was in front of him, she wouldn’t be able to hold a conversation with the young man. It was that moment that she came to realization that she was quite boring due to not being able to talk in a situation like that.

Robin hesitated a little before tilting her head. “We do have time. I have no where to be.” She mentioned, to make sure neither of them would have to hurry that trip, and that they could both take all the time they needed or wanted, around that house. She opened the book, the layout of the house was the new one, followed by the first one, and she could see some hidden passages. “Living room it is, there’s this here that could be fun.” She showed the book to Jamie, showing him both the new and the old layout of the house. “I’m thinking secret passage.”

The door to their right was closed but with magic they could open it up to reveal the living room. Robin used magic to pick through the lock, she refrained from using wizard magic, and just proceeded with her fae abilities. While magic wasn’t traced by the ministry in adults, it left a feeling in the air, almost like an aura, fae magic just dissipated into the environment. The door opened and the room was a decent sized living room, with a couch bigger than Robin’s bed. “Here we are, look at this place.” Her house was old and big, but that just looked like a palace.

She looked and snooped around the living room, unable to find the secret passage she so desperately thought she would. “Maybe they closed it? It’s disappointing, I wanted to see where it led to…”

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Narragyambie ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch Machine✩ Kirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"Diving headfirst, are we? Secret passage it is." So much for slow, but despite his words, that didn't actually bother Jamie so much. In the old layout there was indeed an entryway to a secret passage, which was entirely absent in the new sheet. "Did it have multiple stories?" He asked her, the fleeting look across the book not being enough to decipher such details. Nevertheless, he followed the redhead deeper into the house. Hopefully nobody would catch them moving through the windows, as he was fairly sure he could be sued for trespassing at that point.

The house was enormous. Calling it a 'house' was an understatement in his point of view - even if he had a lot of money saved up, his own home couldn't hold a candle to what he now dubbed to be a mansion. He felt quite diminutive when standing in the living room despite his impressive stature and build, and he felt like a kid in a candy store as his eyes feasted in the sights that was the intricate construction.

"Well, you know why they call them secret passages." He attempted to joke, a roguish grin stretching on his face as he retrieved his wand from its holster. It felt like cheating, but if someone wanted things hidden, there's no way people would find it without magic no matter how hard they tried. "Maybe it's still here, maybe not. Let's bet on it, yeah?"

He took a few moments to look around. Charms were his specialty, and surely a good one could cover for the area. Waving his wand in an specific motion, he exhaled. "Revelio." Hopefully it would reveal something for them to work with; if not, then it would be truly gone.

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Narragyambie ☆ Photographer✩ Tecri
23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

Robin laughed at his comment. She lived to dive in headfirst, call her stupid or brave, the fact was that she didn’t quire care, she loved to jump into adventure with everything she had, and that case wasn’t an exception. “According to the book it’s supposed to have four if you count the basement and the attic.” She said circling Jamie in a hunter sort of way, mostly to scare him a little bit, but one could argue that her actions were weird. “There might be some not so friendly ghosts downstairs, maybe it belonged to a cult.” She stopped in front of the young man as her eyes grew the more she stared at him. The thrill of being there was making her show her true colours when it came to adventure and adrenaline, a junkie, and she wasn’t even ashamed of it.

She watched Jamie; her smile grew as she chuckled before watching him pick his wand. “Alright, let’s make a bet, if I win what do I get? And what if you win?” she was sure the passage was there, if they hadn’t covered it with cement, but event then they could use magic to make it disappear and put it back to normal, they would just seal the hole and not the whole passage. “And I bet the passage has some cement on it, at least the entrance, unless they just boarded it up.” If they just boarded it up to get the new wall that would mean Jamie would win the bet. What could he possibly want thought? She was going to have some fun figuring that one out.

Jamie used the spell and Robin looked around the place, a piece of paper on the wall indicated something was hidden in there, the passage perhaps? And upon confirmation Jamie had won the bet, Robin would have to pay up whatever he decided. “Very good Mr. Collins. What do I have to pay you?” she joked lightly, standing in front of the passage while looking at him, her smile growing bigger the more her eyes met his. She had to stop being a fucking idiot about him like that.

“Want to do in first? Ready to swat some ghosts away? Or maybe some creepy crawlers?” she handed the book to Jamie, showing the passage, it would go through all over the house, all he had to do is chose where he wanted them to go.

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Narragyambie ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch Machine✩ Kirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Robin hadn't exactly succeeded in her quest to scare the young man with her actions. Rather, as the redhead circled around Jamie, he found himself smirking with confidence and mischievousness. When was the last time he had been dragged into an adventure of any sort by a friend? Everyone had gone out their own path after Tallygarunga days, everyone was too busy working and studying to afford to plan such activities; and, unlike Robin, most people weren't spontaneous enough to drag Jamie along to do just about whatever. While part of it was his own fault as he wasn't the spontaneous sort either, the former Bourke was visibly raring to go and explore the mansion from top to bottom with his friend. The more floors and hidden passages, the better.

"You can decide what you get if you win." Jamie spoke as he let the spell cover the entire room. "I bet no cement. Either some sort of magic covering it, or a more Muggle-like passage, or something of the sort. Sounds fair?" He didn't have time to claim what he wanted if he were to win as the spell revealed something - there was a piece of paper on the wall. Before he could walk up close to inspect it, Robin had handed him the book covering the house.

"Well, first things first. If you got to get whatever you wanted, so do I. If you're free sometime soon, how about I take you on a broom ride through the Bushland? And I mean that quite literally." It was starting to be obvious they were pushing at each other's buttons to do things they shouldn't do. That was only a potential escalation of it: dashing through the woods at high speeds with a broomstick supporting two people and trying to dodge trees and animals sounded like their type of activity.

"And now, to answer your question... Ladies first, I still have my manners." Holding the book safely with one hand, he motioned with his free one towards the wall, daring her to go through with it. He didn't mind the idea of going in first, yet he couldn't deny the intense curiosity growing in him to just see what Robin was truly capable of.

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Narragyambie ☆ Photographer✩ Tecri
23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

She could decide what she gets, but, what about him? He hadn’t even decided what she wanted if he wins the bet. Robin was either having trouble understanding what he was saying, not being able to read his lips, or Jamie was making no sense. The girl was genuinely confused by his words but didn’t pursue them, there were other things that needed attending, like going back to the bet itself, ignoring the prizes. They weren’t that important, were they? At least they were betting against each other, what if they both thought the same thing? It would be completely hilarious, both would win, or both would lose. She nodded as his question as a smile grew on her lips.

Before they could proceed Jamie dropped a little adventure onto her lap, Robin’s smile grew as her lips parted, her eyes dancing in excitement about their next adventure. “Now there’s something I never did. I’m in. Can your broom carry us both?” she asked, her eyes fixated on his, as hers seemed to continue to dance, as the expectation of such an adventure grew. Robin was never good at flying, she preferred to use her fae magic for other things that didn’t involve using a broom for transportation, but if Jamie was the one leading, she was sure they wouldn’t crash so easily.

Jamie had won the bet, and yet he wasn’t going to go first. It was a shame, but they wouldn’t be able to talk either way, unless the passage was wide enough for them to walk side by side. “Alright.” Robin stuck her head inside the hole, webs dangling over her head, which she removed with her hands before going inside. It was a corridor, enough for a person to walk through, it even had some candles left. Whoever used that was well prepared, no wonder the house looked bigger, considering how smaller the rooms were.

She turned around to look at Jamie, who was still on the outside of that passage. “Scared?” she asked, curiously and in a provocative manner. “Come one, don’t be shy, it’s just spider webs.” Robin walked a bit ahead and waited for the young man to join her in the cramped place.

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"I'll make it work." Robin was smaller than Jamie. Perhaps if she went ahead of him on the broom he could better accommodate for two people, as he was awfully used to being nearly prone on it for the sake of speed, as a Seeker. The best way to avoid that tendency would be to have an obstacle in front of him to keep him from doing so, and that worked for the purpose of giving Robin enough space as well. It all came together in his mind easily enough. "Though I feel like I should warn you, my broomstick's a Firebolt." The fastest in the world. Even if he had to slow down in general, they'd still be moving quite quickly through the Murrigal Bushland if they so wished.

He watched as Robin went on into the passage. He kept his wand out just in case as she goaded him to follow her, nodding at the little joke. "Alright, alright." As he approached, the light of the room made the closest part of the passage very visible to them. Candles lined it, indicating it was for Muggles to walk through, but as a wizard and a witch they had something much better.

A light of the flick of Jamie's wand caused it to emit a small light from its tip, somewhat illuminating the path ahead of them. As he entered the passage directly behind Robin, he ducked the cobwebs, being tall enough that they'd have hit him square in the face. Before they proceeded forth, however, he had to think of something - unless the space opened up enough for two bodies side by side, it was unlikely that they'd communicate much from that point on.

"Lesse..." She could speak to him, but the reverse wasn't true. He could only warn her physically, and he had a plan. "Here's hoping you don't mind this too much." He motioned Robin to turn around to face the path ahead of them, after which point he held his wand past her and in front so she could see where they were going. His free hand moved to her shoulder - a neat trick to get her to stop or turn around on command without needing to speak up. They were finally ready to proceed.

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Narragyambie ☆ Photographer✩ Tecri
23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

Robin wasn’t the best flier out there, in fact, the last time she had been on a broom was the exact same say her last class about the matter was when she was still a Tally student, and she can still feel how her body hit the ground briefly after she took off, the broom however, continued to fly alone for a few more minutes before it fell, somewhere; a place that Robin never searched and hopped that whoever had found that thing would be happy with it. In their case she was in Jamie’s hands, he was good at what he did, she was sure she wasn’t going to fall off or ride into a tree. “You do know I don’t know or understand anything about brooms.” She said with a chuckle. “But I’m guessing is super-fast.” that had to be the only reason to why Jamie had mention it.

Their ‘journey’ within the walls of the house. Robin wasn’t as tall as Jamie, but she too had to avoid some of the cobwebs that were covering the place. His hand made it easier to see as she continued. Jamie was holding the book so she was simply following the corridor to wherever it may lead them, and if he wanted to talk to her, he would need to pat her on the shoulder, or else she wouldn’t be able to know what he wanted, but he had thought the same thing. Turned around to face him, in order to know what he wanted. She was confused what he meant, what wouldn’t she mind?

She was going to speak but decided to do what he suggested. She watched as his hand and wand were past her, illuminating the path ahead, he didn’t need the wand, but that didn’t stop her from smiling, and blushing when his hand touched her shoulder. It was clear what he was planning, but being so close to him was embarrassing? No, she didn’t mind it at all, but she had to calm down before she could speak. “Hey, you know, you don’t need your wand.” She spoke, looking over her shoulder towards Jamie. Her fingers snapped and from them a small orb of light, like the one in Jamie’s wand was hovering above them. “You don’t need to be unnecessarily uncomfortable.” She spoke, her hand touching him to lower his wand.

“Thank you. Shall we proceed?” she continued to walk ahead. “Open the book, let’s see where we are.” She bent her head back, enough to be able to look at Jamie.

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"Hm?" Jamie intonated inquisitively on reflex, temporarily forgetting Robin couldn't even hear him. His curiosity was satisfied once he felt the woman's hand on his, lowering the wand further and further until it was no longer lighting up the path much past being pointed straight at the ground. As Robin brought an orb of light to existence he saw what she planned to do; letting go of her shoulder temporarily, he took the book from the hand that was gripping it - the same as the wand - so to be able to put the magical instrument in its proper holster. He then retrieved the book to the same hand that had been holding it and the other one went back to the redhead's shoulder.

"Right." He nodded once she looked at him. Instead of holding a wand in front of her, he held up the book, opening it in the appropriate location that listed the passage in detail. He let the girl use her light so they could properly read, peeking over her shoulder to see if he could make heads or tails of it.

"This is a Muggle house, right?" He spoke as soon as he was able to catch Robin's attention once more. She had mentioned a thing or two about needing to learn Muggle history earlier that day. Anything that Muggles had devised for hiding places or any possible traps probably wouldn't hurt them that much at all, and as they were capable wizards they'd likely be just fine. "Do you think they've hidden anything interesting down here?" She knew about the house far more than he did, after all. "Feels weird for them to go out of their way to cover up the passage unless they have something to hide."

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23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

Her magic was slightly different than wizarding magic, and the best was that she could combine both, sometimes, other times things just backfired. But, Robin wasn’t the type that would use spells constantly, she was so used to the muggle world that magic was only used when it was necessary, or among friends and, in that situation, the use of it seemed to be necessary for them to walk through the house’s secret passage, lighting up the candles on the sides could potentially start a fire with all the cobwebs around the place.

“Yeah, according to what I read there’s not that many houses that were built by wizards, and this was considered one of them.” Books weren’t even sure, just because an old muggle used to live in that house before didn’t mean that some wizard hadn’t live there. Not everything that happened appears on history books. “Maybe it leads to a special room, but the renovators probably thought it was just a hole in the wall, or it was an illusion that we could see through.” They used magic to find it, as far as they knew someone else could have covered it with an illusion, and if that was the case, probably some wizard or someone with access to magic lived here.

“Let’s keep going.” She suggested, taking another step forward and following the corridor until they reached a dead end. Now the place wasn’t just covered in cobwebs it also had spider and squealing mice all over the place. “Watch your feet.” She giggled, looking down at the mice that seemed to circle them. “There has to be something on the walls here.” Robin didn’t look back at Jamie, she was far too excited about discovering the exit of that corridor to remember that if he spoke, she couldn’t hear a word.

She pressed against the boards, at first slowly, until she gave one a stronger push, finally opening a whole in the wall. She stuck her head outside to view a room with no doors but with a window. Things had dust all over the place, there were piles and piles of books, an old desk filled with papers and maps, maybe they hit the jackpot. “Come on.” She exited through the hole and held out her hand for Jamie in case he needed some help.

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Narragyambie ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch Machine✩ Kirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Jamie watched in awe as Robin used her magic for the both of them instead, Fae in nature rather than the one the Seeker was used to. An orb of light seemingly formed itself out of thin air in Robin's hand, illuminating the way down the secret passage the further they went along. He could feel various cobwebs rustling around in his hair as they walked, even if he was hunched over. 'I need a shower all of a sudden...' He was glad he wasn't allergic to dust with the large amount of it accumulated in such a small area.

It seemed they were in a Muggle house that had been built by Wizards. It was an interesting concept. It was quite amusing to imagine various Narragyambie citizens inhabiting the house over the years without a clue as to having a lot more space than they thought they had, and possibly having something lurking under the house that any person with a modicum of common sense would flee from. He found that the reverse was more common - Wizards acquiring Muggle homes, and getting permits to expand them. It wasn't necessarily cheaper, but it was certainly more customizable.

Little squeals filled his ears and he looked downwards just as the mice raced past their feet and into the distance. Presumably they went to the house, and it was a bad idea in itself to let them wander into the place, so Jamie momentarily turned around and waved a hand towards the initial entryway of the passage. Magically closing it, he placed that same hand back where it belonged shortly thereafter, which was on top of Robin's shoulder.

He didn't speak until the redhead was out. Taking her hand, Jamie pulled himself past the hole in the wall and into the room. He lowered the book to have it rest securely between his own two knees as he lowered his head momentarily, brushing it with both hands to get rid of excess cobwebs. He could only hope there weren't any spiders crawling up his shirt or trousers, as spider poison didn't go too well with athletic regimens. "I'm sure you understand more of all of this than I do." He joked at his general academic incompetence with a grin, seeing that many books and maps were laying around. "Though a treasure map would be cool."

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23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

Robin looked at Jamie when they were both in the room, it didn’t even show in the original blueprint, whoever built it made sure that it would be nearly impossible to reach, even if the corridor was displayed in the scheme that room was not, which Robin found a bit odd to begin with, but perhaps whoever decide to do it like that had other things in mind, perhaps had an excuse to have a random corridor hidden in the middle of the house, or maybe it worked as a refuse, but there were other things that came to mind, maybe even led to some other places inside the house.

She was so enamoured with the room that she almost missed what Jamie said. “I mean, I could spend days in here and not discover a single thing, but whatever this room was, it’s so well preserved.” The room was indeed marvellous, and maybe just as Jamie said, they could find a treasure map, although, what caught her attention wasn’t necessarily the books and the maps, or anything, it was a single music box laying on a table, almost like it was left there on purpose for someone to see. Robin could feel some magic coming from it, but unlike a normal person that would just leave it, she approached it. She completely ignored Jamie as she moved towards the box, almost as if she was hypnotised by it.

“Look at this…” she spoke softly as her hands reached out to pick the music box. It seemed to be missing a key. “It’s a music box, isn’t it pretty? I wonder how it sounds…” she smiled looking a Jamie, music box still in her hand, but once again she was unable to open it, not even with magic. “It feels strange though…” she commented in a low tone, still conscious but slowly drifting away, the more she held onto the box, the softer and lower her voice sounded.

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

"We should be careful. If the previous owner went through pains to keep this place hidden from Muggles, it's because it's probably dangerous." Jamie noted as he straightened his posture, more than happy about being inside a proper room rather than a cramped, dusty and cobweb filled passage. He wasn't as taken to the room as Robin was given it was not his area of expertise (by far), but he'd be lying if he were to say he wasn't curious about what was hidden in the various tomes and maps surrounding them.

It seemed that, however, his words were for naught as Robin wasn't even looking at him anymore. Instead the redhead had made straight for a music box laying atop a nearby table. She watched as she took a hold of it without checking for a potential trap; he felt relieved as it didn't seem to bite back at her or anything and allowed himself to relax for a brief moment, making his way towards her once she called on him.

He looked at the box as well, but something was off. Robin's voice sounded fainter by the second; short of her playing a prank on him at that moment, it was always a bad sign when that happened in a magical environment. Acting quickly, he took the box from her hands, holding it away from his friend. He noticed he felt no differently, unlike his friend who looked utterly hypnotized and out of it.

"Robin?" He momentarily forgot she was deaf with the concern. Placing their book atop the table where the box had once been, he then shook his hand in front of her face to see if she snapped out of it. 'Hopefully...'

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The redhead was completely ignoring Jamie and his words, not only she couldn’t hear him and even if she was looking at him the chances of being ignored were the same. She was far too interested in the music box she had picked. The box was carefully worked on, it had magnificent designs, flowers, animals, almost as if it was alive and calling for her. She tried to open the box one more time, fae magic still didn’t work, but she wasn’t even bothering to use her wizarding magic, what for? It was useless compared to her primary source of magic, yes, wizarding magic was ridiculous and useless.

Before Robin could so anything else the box was taken from her, she was still hypnotized by it but at least she was no longer fixated on the object she so desperately wanted to open, she just wanted to hear the sweet melody, but it was when it hit her, she couldn’t listen, she was deaf. She blinked a couple of times, confused and disoriented before her eyes left the box and ended on Jamie’s. “What happened? Oh! You found a box.” She spoke, completely unaware that she had been the one to find it in the first place, however, it seemed as if the effects of it were wearing off.

“Can I see the box?” she asked, her normal cheery disposition and voice before her eyes wondered to something else in the room, there were so many things to see, so many things to read and hold, but for the moment she was far more interested in the box that Jamie seemed to be holding, she was still weirdly attracted to it, but she was no longer hypnotized by the effects of it. “I wonder who would have left such beautiful box up here in this old room…it’s like a museum in here.”

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22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Jamie held the music box momentarily out of reach from the redhead before setting it down. She seemed to be snapping out of it, yet her reaction was quite strange - he found a box? He was taken aback by the statement, brows furrowed in confusion. She had found the box. She had been so enamored by the box for a few moments that it looked like there was nothing else of note in the room. It only added to the suspicion. "You don't remember..." He muttered to himself as he watched the redhead, whom, right on cue, was drawn to the box again.

"That's enough of that." He spoke, nudging the box away with his fingers so it would slide near the end of the table, after which he grasped the girl's shoulder again - that time, it was to get her attention. "Something's not right here." The fun was drained from his face. His expression of mischievousness was replaced with one of concern - he did want to have fun exploring the place, but he felt like they had crossed a line. Adrenaline junkie or not, there were things in that room that could take their lives or consciousness without them realizing. That was worse than facing off against a danger they knew and were minimally in control of.

"You found the box." He informed her hesitantly. "And you were growing fainter by the second when you were holding it. I don't think you should touch that. We should be careful around here, too..."

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Narragyambie ☆ Photographer✩ Tecri
23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

Robin stared at Jamie for a little while confused about what he was saying. What was there to remember? She got in the room and he mentioned something about a treasure map but then he found the box and then showed it her. She thought for a little while about what he meant as she watched him put the box away, her eyes quickly shifted towards it and followed it attentively, almost as she wished to pick it up again, to touch it, to feel the sweet and soft feeling it gave her. The redhead’s attention shifted from the box and towards Jamie once more when he grasped her shoulder, her eyes landed on his as his lips moved, she tilted her head curiously at him.

“What do you mean not right?” the more she looked at him the more confused she appeared to be. What was he talking about? Was he going crazy? Was he pulling a prank one her? His words made no sense to her, she wasn’t the one that found the box, it was him. Did he think she’d let go of such beautiful thing if she had been the one to find it? Obviously, she wouldn’t let it go, probably wouldn’t even let him touch it in the first place.

“I don’t sense anything strange in here…the wizard living in this house probably studied artefacts, that’s why this room looks weird.” she roamed around the room, each step trying to get closer to the box, but maybe she could go there when Jamie wasn’t with her, maybe he wanted the box all to himself. “Let’s search for a treasure map and then we leave? Or do you want to go now?” her words didn’t sound very convincing, the effects of the box still calling out to her, to trap her in an unsuspecting hypnosis.

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Narragyambie ☆ Australia National Quidditch Team Seeker, Living Merch Machine✩ Kirupachi
22 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Robin really had no idea. Jamie momentarily looked back at the lone box as the redhead verbalized her confusion, seeing it as an enemy rather than a potential artifact to study in their little adventure. He couldn't shake the feeling that Robin was in danger if she were to touch it - but, what he could do? Short of having it disappeared, he couldn't exactly interfere with the woman's free will. It didn't feel right to steal someone else's belongings anyway.

Things changed in his mind suddenly, however, as he came to notice that the way Robin moved around the room kept inching closer to where he had placed the box. Keen observation had become an occupational hazard over time as a Seeker, and it was fairly difficult for things such as those to go over his head. It made him conclude she was magically drawn to the item, given she was having no reaction to anything else in that treasure trove of books and knowledge. He needed to get rid of the box, but, how?

More importantly, why was she attracted to it? He certainly wasn't. What was the cause of its selectiveness? If he could sneak the item out of the room without Robin noticing, perhaps he could take it to the local magical item store and see what it was all about. But first, he needed to distract her. He took advantage of the redhead having her back turned to pop open his wand holster's button, free to make any sound due to the girl's deafness, the handle of the magical instrument sticking out mildly to the side so he could draw it out quickly when he felt prepared to charm the box into a far more portable size.

"That's not what I meant." He forced a smile as his friend turned to talk to him. His hand let go of the holster so not to seem suspicious, and he crossed his arms under his chest. "Actually, nevermind. There are a bunch of maps here, what should we be looking for? Looking for an X doesn't count." He tactfully maneuvered himself to lean against the very same table the box was resting on, blocking Robin's view of it just to see how she reacted.

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Narragyambie ☆ Photographer✩ Tecri
23 year old Halfbreed Fairy ☆ She/Her/Hers

She could still feel the box, slowly calling out to her, the scent, the magic that emanated from it, it wanted her to pick it up and keep it forever, to be admired by her, but Jamie was in the way, no matter how much she tried he was there, watching and he didn’t want her to take the box, maybe he wanted it all to himself. Robin closed her eyes for a moment, the thoughts running through her head were ridiculous, Jamie wasn’t the enemy, was he? Rationally she couldn’t believe that her thoughts even went there, but her thoughts continued to poke, continued to wonder if that was the only reason why he had pulled it away.

Maybe she had misunderstood what he wanted, but it didn’t matter, nothing matter except what was hiding behind him, for that she needed to distract him, or maybe just come back another day, yes, that could be it, coming back another day was going to solve her problem. “Let’s start searching then.” She spoke, trying to see the box that Jamie was covering, he was probably doing it on purpose. All she had to do was to pay attention to him and come back another day to get it. It should be easy, but for now, she had to search for the treasure maps.

She forgot briefly about the box as she searched through all the maps, nothing, just regional maps with coordinates, maybe there would be a travel journal that could indicate what they meant. “Hmm…I think there should be some travel journals associated with these maps.” She tried not to think of the box, maybe that wouldn’t seem suspicious. She knelt and looked under the desk, in search of some form of book. The mess in the boxes made her search for longer for what she wanted and since two people couldn’t fit under the desk, she had to do everything alone, hopefully, Jamie would continue to search through the maps.

After some long minutes, she finally found the journals. “How about we make a copy of all this? I’m sure we can get a better view at home, and certainly we won’t risk getting caught.” She suggested.

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