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Welcome to Tallygarunga, an original roleplay set in the Harry Potter universe. Set in present-day Australia, tensions are high between the Ministry of Magic and the only Ministry-run wizarding school in the country. Become like the other snooty private schools? Not a chance.

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


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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ School & Sturt Quidditch Team Captain, Chaser & Dueling Club Captain✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

It had been quite the busy week for Tallygarunga, or so Lisa had been told. There was the outcome of the Greyheme match, some sort of moving chairs prank plaguing campus, and even an overload of students flooding the Hospital Wing, yet the blonde had witnessed none of it - she had been in an induced coma up until that Saturday afternoon without even having so much of a choice to spectate from the sidelines. But outside of the pranking, defeats and misery that she had missed, something else bothered her more. It bothered her greatly.

She had been told Aspen had been gravely injured in their bout against the all-male school. She couldn't remember most of the match for the life of her, and nothing specific past a great feeling of distress and mental anguish. As she was relayed what had gone on by the nursing staff, the Sturt managed to put two and two together. Aspen had gotten injured, Lisa didn't keep her cool consequently, and that ultimately led to the team's downfall. Yet, for once, it wasn't the defeat itself that stung.

Lisa lightly clutched her head as a mild headache proved insistent that afternoon. Her forehead was encircled by a bandage - she had been told her skull cracked open at the side from an impact with a Bludger - and she was told she had to stay put, but the quietness of the ward was driving her nuts. Against all warnings the Captain sat up on the bed, put on a couple slippers and walked over to a nearby window to watch the campus. She knew someone had gone to warn Aspen that she was awake, but the wait was long enough for her to stew over how she felt nonetheless.

The part that did sting the most was that she hadn't been there when her girlfriend needed her the most. She had failed her. She let emotion get the better of her and it led to her own injury. It seemed to be very bad, bad enough to knock her out for nearly a year and make a huge dent in her future prospects. Lisa couldn't even imagine what had been going through Aspen's mind with that, let alone along with the fact she had her partner laying unconscious on a hospital bed for a solid week.

Her forehead came to lean on the window pane as she watched the students outside with irritation, brows furrowing as she crossed her arms. She had broken her promise. She promised to never fail Aspen, to never betray her in any way, yet she had. And she was going to pay for it in full for a change.

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Bourke ☆ Seventh Year ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper Girl✩ Tecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Aspen wasn’t happy with her current situation. She had sustained an accident during the last interschool game, in an attempt to avoid getting injured, she ended up being hit on the shoulder, causing her to lose balance from her broom and fall onto the field bellow. While her shoulder didn’t sustain a serious injury, being mostly dislocated, she couldn’t say the same for her head and leg. The moment her body hit the ground the girl barely remembers what happened, except that they stopped the game, after that, she had no idea what happened. Her time in the hospital had been short as she regained consciousness quickly, her shoulder and leg were treated and after a day in observation, and completely lost she was able to go home.

No one wanted to talk to Aspen about what had happened, no one wanted to say what was already crossing through her mind, which was that Lisa had gotten injured too and it was probably a more serious case than hers. Eventually, people had to come clean with Aspen about the situation, which only made her worry even more, especially when she had to practically be forced out of the Hospital Wing by the nurses, who didn’t want the blonde to be disturbing their work. Aspen couldn’t blame them; she could only blame herself for not being careful enough. She had already lost two people that she loved; she couldn’t lose Lisa too.

During the week a lot of things had happened, apparently some students thought that playing a prank on the whole school would be a good idea, well, it sort of was, at least the stress of the event slowly dissipated as everyone was a bit busy fighting with walking and jumping chairs, and trying to catch them as well. Aspen was pretty sure it had been the Spencers, they all did that sort of thing, but for once, she was grateful.

It didn’t take long for Aspen to hear the news about Lisa. While the staff was reluctant to call her, it seemed that some of the students that were walking past the Hospital Wing had seen Lisa standing up and promptly told Aspen, who was attending classes to the best of her ability, walking around with an immobile shoulder and a slight limp wasn’t easy, but as soon as she was able to go, Aspen rushed to see Lisa. At first, she couldn’t see the Sturt, until a figure entered her field of vision, and there she was, Lisa, awake and up looking outside.

“Lisa!” Aspen shouted, completely forgetting here she was. The Bourke walked towards the injured Sturt and wrapped her arms around her, if only Lisa knew how worried Aspen was, but she was never going to find out. “I thought you were never going to wake up.” She expressed her feelings towards Lisa, who at that point deserved that and so much more. What would Aspen do? She couldn’t lose someone else, that would drive Aspen over the edge of finally doing something stupid with her life, even if she still had to take care of everyone around her. "I'm so glad you're awake."

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ School & Sturt Quidditch Team Captain, Chaser & Dueling Club Captain✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

Lisa had been wholly absorbed in watching the various students chatting and playing outside when she hear her name being shouted through the Hospital Wing. She sharply breathed in through her nose to calm herself, recognizing the voice without even having to turn. Aspen needed something who could still take a beating and serve as solid foundation at the moment, not someone as pathetic as Lisa was fairly positive she herself looked.

Yet turn she did. She saw the Bourke moving towards her across the ward, but something caught Lisa's attention: she was limping. Brows furrowed with that realization. The nurses hadn't told her the whole story; and if the injury had been the shoulder, supposedly, why was she limping? Had Lisa let Aspen fall off her broomstick during the game? Had she not been quick enough to rescue her own girlfriend from hitting the ground below when it happened?

She could feel her stomach leap uncomfortably with the thought.

Her attention was diverted from those thoughts momentarily as Aspen threw her arms around her. Lisa's eyes widened as she saw Aspen's injured arm trying to hold her tight despite the pain that would cause and couldn't tell if she should struggle and break away or just embrace the woman she loved. Ultimately she chose to embrace her quite tightly, moving on instinct, her face pressing into the side of the Bourke's neck.

"I'm here... I'm sorry." That was all she could say. She was sorry for not catching her. She was sorry for not being there for her. She was sorry for being such a pathetic mess when seeing her again. Her voice was weak and her muscles trembled both from physical weakness and shame as she clung onto Aspen almost as if for dear life, being at a loss as to how make things better.

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Bourke ☆ Seventh Year ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper Girl✩ Tecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Anyone who knew Aspen knew how relieved she was that Lisa was awake and seemed alright, although the bandage on her head was worrying the older teen, but, for the moment Aspen just wanted to hold Lisa in her arms and pull her closer, regardless of how her harm felt in that moment. Aspen wasn’t sure how long she should hold Lisa, but she knew she didn’t want to let go anytime soon. The warmth of her woman she loved felt good, felt like something she didn’t mind holding for the rest of her life and the idea that she could have lost and that she could still lose Lisa wasn’t sitting well with her, it made her nervous, anxious and overall even more overprotective of the younger teen .

Aspen couldn’t understand why Lisa was apologizing, it hadn’t been her fault, none of it was her fault, if anything it had been Aspen’s lack of speed that had put them into that situation and Lisa was just trying to help her. “Hey, you don’t need to apologize.” She spoke, before kissing Lisa’s face gently, her shoulder starting to hurt a bit more than it was before, from the position she was. The older blond let Lisa go, slowly and carefully as she heard one of the nurses protesting about how Aspen should be careful with her shoulder. It didn’t hurt as much while she held Lisa.

“How are you feeling?”

There was a sense of helplessness in Aspen, she couldn’t do anything for Lisa, and she had been the reason they were both like that. She couldn’t explain why she felt like that, accidents happen, and Aspen knows how hard it is to help a teammate that’s falling, but she continued to believe if she had been better at the sport, none of that would have happened.

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ School & Sturt Quidditch Team Captain, Chaser & Dueling Club Captain✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

For what felt like too short a time span, Lisa let herself melt into Aspen's embrace. Words momentarily failed her as the Sturt came face to face with the reality of her own incompetence, and yet the victim of her inaction welcomed her back with open arms and kind words. Perhaps it was merely the bias of the feeling that glued the pair together come hell or high water on Aspen's part, but Lisa felt like she was undeserving of such a warm greeting. Nevertheless she was weak enough at that point to soak in it, in a vain attempt of washing away the negativity plaguing her mind.

For once, it didn't bother her looking so vulnerable, or at least not in a public area.  Truth be told, the Sturt Captain looked like an absolute train wreck - not only was the bandage firmly placed around her head, but she also hadn't seen sunlight in a whole week, contributing to a bit of a pasty complexion; her eyes were tired and hazy, unable to focus. Her hair was disheveled, displaying the bedhead only Aspen was used to seeing, and for once, she looked weak. But she didn't care that others were looking at her in the least, given the state of disarray in her mind. She couldn't help think that her girlfriend looked much better instead despite the hell she had gone through that week.

She closed her eyes momentarily as Aspen kissed her face and hesitantly let go just a moment after the older girl did. Her gaze was drawn to the injured shoulder and she minimally grimaced with the realization Aspen had potentially made her injury worse from the simple act of holding Lisa, something that greatly enhanced the guilt she was feeling, yet she couldn't exactly blame her - she would have done the exact same thing if she had been in her position.

How was she feeling? It was a good question. She could conjure up a myriad of answers, most of which negative. Yet, she didn't want to focus on herself. After a week of being away from the Bourke, a week of leaving her to contend with the mental massacre on her own, Lisa felt that it would do them some good to turn the tables on the subject matter. "I have a bit of a headache, but I'll live." She dismissed it with a straight face, even though she felt like her skull was splitting open (which it had at one point, from what she had been told). Leaning back on the window frame once properly freed from Aspen's hold, she reached to hold the girl's hand with the dual purpose of keeping a connection to the woman and to remain steady, as the occasional dizziness threatened to topple over the Sturt.

"But I could ask you the same thing."

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Bourke ☆ Seventh Year ☆ Student, Quidditch Chaser, Paper Girl✩ Tecri
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ she/her

Aspen didn’t care how Lisa looked, as long as she was alright. She could see that the past week had been rough, Aspen was alright for the most part, minus the shoulder that was the worst injury and that would have been a lot worse if it hadn’t been for Lisa. Her leg was fine, minor bruising that made walk a bit difficult but that it should be healed in a few days.

Week had been hell for both, Lisa looked like she got hit my train several times, and Aspen didn’t get decent sleep since she was sent home from the hospital wing, forced to leave Lisa alone, not that Lisa would notice, she was sleeping but it didn’t matter to Aspen, she wanted to have been there for the younger student, and yet she wasn’t fast enough to get in the hospital wing in time to see Lisa wake up. There can’t be a second time, Aspen can’t let Lisa risk her own live to save her, if she can’t be careful maybe she doesn’t deserve being the Bourke’s team captain. Should she just quit? She still had to play for the team she signed her contract, but it wasn’t for long.

Lisa’s voice made Aspen wonder why she wasn’t upset. Aspen had failed as a player, as a captain and more importantly, as a girlfriend. Her own distraction led to that situation and she couldn’t beat herself enough about it to make everything better. Maybe that was her punishment, watching Lisa like that, the person she loved in such a condition that every time she looked at her it breaks her heart. Aspen wasn’t strong, she was starting to feel the world crumble beneath her feet and she wasn’t strong to keep it together; for Lisa’s sake, she had to do better, she had to be better and she was going to push herself to the limit, even if it leads to her own demise.

The young Sturt shouldn’t worry about Aspen, she needed to worry about herself. Aspen’s felt a tight squeeze on her heart when Lisa spoke, how was she still worried? “I’m okay.” She spoke, her lips touched Lisa’s forehead before letting go.

“I’m sorry Lisa. You’re here because of me.”

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ School & Sturt Quidditch Team Captain, Chaser & Dueling Club Captain✩ Kirupachi
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ She/Her

"What?"

The statement had blindsided Lisa completely, so much so she needed several moments to be able to process it. Her eyebrows furrowed in confusion as she kept her eyes on her injured partner, and the complete disagreement with the statement was very visible on her face despite her not having said a word past the reflexive questioning. Ultimately she shook her head. Their efforts to stay apart were for naught as the Sturt moved to cup Aspen's cheek ever so gently, something only afforded to her over the course of several months, her rattled mind refusing to break contact with her.

"It's not your fault." She used that same hand to try and get the Bourke to focus on her, and only her. Those thoughts needed purging. How far down that rabbit hole had Aspen's mind sank while the Sturt was too knocked out to help her? She felt more and more sick by the second. "Never think that. Accidents happen. Okay? We're Quidditch players, and this comes with the territory."

'But, you're here because of me.'

The hypocrisy of her own thoughts was lost to her. At least, for the moment - she was distracted by the attention they were attracting by standing out there in the open in what was an emotional moment for the both of them, and eyes from all over the ward were on them. It got under the Sturt's skin and she barely suppressed a deep exhalation of frustration. If only they could have some privacy.

"Come here, so I can pull the curtains..." She wound up muttering, letting go of her cheek and letting her hand fall down to meet Aspen's in an effort to lead the girl closer to Lisa's hospital bed, and move the curtain around it so they could continue talking unperturbed.

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