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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

It had been roughly two weeks since Ashkar had arrived in Australia, along with his entourage. An entourage that consisted of one former famous Quidditch Player, a ten year old and a baby. Anyone who was casually looking in on them might mistake the foursome as a diverse family and for the snobs that lived on the same estate, which is all they would ever be. The truth would probably kill some of the much older bastards, not that this was a bad idea. Ash had, more than once, considered offing some of the more nosey neighbours. Instead, he’d settled for throwing rubbish into the garden and washing the car in a bright pink frilly apron, only, the apron as well.

This apron was currently wrapped around his waist as he stood over the hob cooking up a large breakfast for the inhabitants of the house.  He’d also put on other clothes, since, letting children see his bare ass was a step too far even for him. The large breakfast was mainly Spanish in origin, with a think omelette, churros and various other bits and bobs. He’d thrown in bits of a traditional English fry up as well, including Black Pudding. The reason for the large meal was two folded. The first reason was simple, he liked cooking, and it allowed him to step out of his own head and focus on a single task to a satisfying end and secondly was to do with Nina. Nina, his ten year old Niece, had been experiencing some homesickness and he hoped the food would bring some comfort to her.

So, he’d rose early, gone to the shop and offended only three people in his haste to get back. Then he’d got the baby up, changed her nappy and brought her out with him to ‘assist’ in the kitchen. Five minutes into this, he’d decided babies were not good kitchen helpers, so handed her a bottle of pills that he’d found in the bathroom to use as a rattle.

After the oven dinged and the last of the food was ready, he plated everything using a warming spell to make sure everything stayed at a good temperature before laying the spread out on the dining table, giant buffet style.

There was only one more thing left to do before waking up Nina and that was to get her lazy ass Aunt up. So picking up one of the sausages he left the baby to her dangerous rattle and went off to Elektra’s room. In true Ash style, he wasn’t quiet about entering nor was he overly concerned about breaching her personal space.

Straddling the former Chasers sleeping form, he brought the warm sausage down to gently rest on her lips whilst saying “Here, wake up. I have something thick, long and firm to put in your mouth.”

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP Undercover Agent, Receptionist, Former Quidditch Star★ LilyCat
33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

Said former star Quidditch player had been awake most of the night due to her one year old niece deciding she wasn't going to sleep. Well... perhaps it had been less a decision and more just the fact that she'd been quite unsettled since the move and was still adjusting. But then weren't they all? Either way, when Ella had finally fallen asleep, she'd forgotten to set her alarm so that she'd be up in the morning to do those things she was still adjusting to herself. Like making sure Nina had all her school things ready for the day, and making sure the kids had breakfast... not that the woman was ever really allowed in the kitchen. Ash refused to let her, something about a pot of water that she'd accidentally burned months ago. She still didn't see how she could mess up cereal.

Either way, the blonde was sprawled on the bed while her partner seemed to have everything in hand unbeknownst to her in her passed-out state. A soft snore could be heard from her room, even despite some of the racket outside her window as some of their rude garden gnomes jeered and hurled curse words at a passing neighbour and then proceeded to get into a ceramic fistycuffs with each other. She didn't care how much the neighbours disliked the gnomes, they were near her favourite thing that had been brought over when they'd been posted here. They added a little entertainment.

The Spanish woman was disrupted from her sleep, however, when a weight suddenly pressed on her torso a little, causing her to snort loudly as she woke suddenly and her eyes blinked a little blearily before she registered the voice and what was said, causing her to huff as she slapped the sausage away from her mouth.

"Get that fucking thing out of my face, I do not know where it has been," The woman huffed, making a very half-hearted attempt to shift before yawning, the back of one hand covering her mouth in case the man got some idea to try and shove the meat in there while it was open. She then raised a brow at him, "Besides, I thought sausage was your favourite to gobble on." A small snicker followed, before she glanced toward the window to see how bright it was outside, "What is the time?"

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

"It's been in the grill and then my hand," he replied, frowning at the slapped away sausage he was still holding "which I washed." He added as an after thought, just in case she thought he'd been having a wank before picking up the phallic shaped object and bringing it too her. She should know, by now at least, that he had good hand hygiene practises. Though it was possible that she didn't pay that much attention to him and his need to be clean.

This train of thought didn't get to last long before she mentioned something else about sausages, not so subtly implying that he had homosexual tendencies or at least liked giving blow jobs. This was factually incorrect, he much preferred receiving them. He considered the source of the remark for a moment, then decided that seeing as the comment was coming from someone whose virginity had probably grown back, it wasn't worth putting too much energy in a response.

"I prefer receiving blowjobs." He replied biting into the sausage he was holding "Can you remember what that is? I know it's been a while. You really should sweep out the cobwebs love, it'll hopefully lighten you up."

She mentioned the time which brought Ash back to the reason he'd come into the room. Bouncing on his knees slightly, he responded "Its time you got your lazy arse out of bed and see the surprise I have for Nina." When this announcement was made, he made his way off the bed, shoving the rest of the sausage in his mouth as he left then room and waiting for her to follow and see the spread he'd put out.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP Undercover Agent, Receptionist, Former Quidditch Star★ LilyCat
33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

"For someone as sarcastic as you tend to be, it really flies over your head when someone else uses it," Elektra yawned loudly again, this time stretching her arms upward before snickering quietly with a small snort in between her giggling. The guy was strange, but she'd already decided that the day she met him and he went on about not being attracted to her sister, which she hadn't been sure what it had to do with her at the time. But then, Emeline had also been a little strange, or at least had grown somewhat strange  over the years. Nevertheless, the woman had been a good mother, going by all accounts, despite being a criminal and then a black ops agent. The thought of her made Ella's lips purse a moment, wondering once again where the other woman had even gone.

"Perdón?" The woman blinked up at Ash as he spoke about her having cobwebs, "What would you know about my pipes? Or how often they are cleaned out, hm?" The Spanish woman huffed softly. Implying that she was some kind of prude, why she'd had one hell of a sex life as a Quidditch player, and a year or so wasn't that long, was it? Mostly, she didn't like the idea of inviting strange men into her life now that she had her nieces in it basically full time.

Perhaps that should include Ashkur, since he was so strange himself, but he'd been in Nina's life already for... well, almost her whole like. So it was a bit late now, that girl was likely to have already taken up some of his oddities. Poor kid. Finally, the weight moved off the woman's torso, however, and she rolled off the bed and reached over for her robe, not caring about her state of undress, even while he was still in the room. Wrapping the article around her and tightening the belt, she lifted a brow at him before stepping out toward the kitchen and blinking.

"Wow. You did go all out," Ella had to admit, it did smell delicious... and he'd even included Spanish cuisine into the breakfast mix. Those churros in particular looked very tasty. It was then that she heard the rattling coming from where Elena was sitting in her high chair, before her eyes widened, "What the... don't give the baby a prescription jar!" The woman exclaimed, marching over to gently grab the pill bottle, before looking for something else. She picked up a large metal spoon and offered it to the one year old, before watching the girl laugh as she started hitting the counter with it.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Ash could have said something about her comment to do with sarcasm. He could point out that it didn't fly over his head, that in fact he knew she was being sarcastic and had simply chosen to ignore it. This was something she would get used to, him either ignoring sarcasm or wilfully misunderstanding it. All he did in response to her questions about her internal sex organs was a shrug, though he was close too responding. Since he had a few zingers he could sling her way yet, the desire too show her the spread he had lay out for their Niece.

"Nina has been feeling low and homesick recently, so I am hoping this helps allieviate some of it." He explained, walking to the table where the spread was "Do you think..." he started, about to suggest something else to try and help Nina when he was once again being told off for some heinous act. Something about jars and prescription medication. He glanced over as Elle removed the offending item and replaced it with a much worse one.

"She couldn't get the lid off," he said, in way of defence "and now you actually give her a weapon? The progeny of your sister should not be given objects that can be used to hurt other people." He said wincing slightly as Elena was happily banging away with her spoon. He shot Ella a look of annoyance, before deciding that was probably a battle to fight later. 

"Anyway, I got you up so that you could get Nina and take some credit for it. Since you two are still building your relationship up." It was perhaps cruel to remind her that though she had a biological connection with her Niece, she hadn't actually spent that much time with her due to Emmelines lifestyle "Go, go." He encouraged, ushering her to her nieces room.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP Undercover Agent, Receptionist, Former Quidditch Star★ LilyCat
33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

At the mention of Nina's homesickness, Ella herself winced a little. She'd been kind of trying to connect with the girl, but it was strange... for both of them. From her own point of view, Elektra had never considered children during her adult years. To be honest, the idea of having to be responsible for mini people had terrified her. And then suddenly she found herself the guardian of her sister's daughters. From Nina's point of view, she had to live with this woman she had never met until a year ago, and who looked exactly like her mother. And now, because Ella had decided to continue working with the IWP, they had to move around and everything.

"You never know what a baby is capable of. What if she did manage to get the lid off, and then suddenly she's taking an overdose of..." Elektra stopped to actually read the label, "Laxatives? That's just asking for a poonami!" One thing that the woman had learned, was that she was hoping that Elena could be potty trained as soon as possible. There had been more than one occasion when the woman had opened a nappy, only to spend a few minutes dry heaving while she tried to clean and change the baby's bum. No... a poonami was definitely not something she wanted. "Besides, she likes the noise, is all... maybe I shall get her one of those baby drum toy... things..." Ella wasn't exactly sure what she was talking about, she she figured there had to be baby drums in existence.

"You...? Oh..." The woman wasn't exactly sure what to say in regard to Ash's blatant reminder that she was still trying to build up her relationship with the older niece, and simply nodded a little as she glanced away, a small grimace on her features. It annoyed her that he could just point it out so bluntly, but he also wasn't wrong, no matter how much it stung to hear. "I... uh, hey, don't push! I'm going," The woman huffed and slapped at the man's arm to stop him from ushering her around like a child herself. She walked to Nina's room and  knocked on the door, before peeking in, "Nina, breakfast is ready." The woman called in meekly.

"Alright," The sound of the girl's voice reached her ears, before the door opened further and the younger version of Ella's sister walked out and past her without even a good morning. Following behind, she then watched when the girl paused in the dining room, looking at the spread, "Oh wow, you made all my favourites. Thank you Uncle Ash!" She exclaimed, and Ella rubbed the back of her head. She couldn't claim to have cooked it  herself... and in the moment, it also now felt wrong to claim it as her idea after the girl had already thanked Ash while moving to a seat. And so, Elektra simply sighed and wandered over to shift Elena's high chair closer to the table, before sitting down as well.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

The bottle contained laxatives? Who the hell lived here before them that they needed prescription laxatives? Someone who had a lot fibre in their diet and not the good kind that helped with the passing of stool. The image of a poonami briefly flittered across his mind and for a second he smirked. This was mainly because there was no way he'd have cleaned that up and the thought of Ella dry heaving over that sort of thing was kinda amusing. It was also not something he had a lot of time to think over before shoving Ella off to make amends with her niece.

A niece who was living in a strange new environment, with her Mothers good and famous doppelgänger. So as Ella went off to build bridges, he turned his attention and wand too Elena, using a small spell to downsize the noise too everyone but Elena herself. That was when he heard Nina come into the room. Turning, he graced the tiny blonde with a smile as she thanked him for breakfast.

Walking over to her, he leant down and kissed the little girl on the top of the head.

"You are very welcome. Sweetheart." He said, shooting a look over her head at Ella "but I am afraid it wasn't my idea. Your aunt woke me up early with the whole plan, she even made me clean up after Elena." He made a motion with his head toward Nina. Encouraging Ella too jump in and claim credit.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP Undercover Agent, Receptionist, Former Quidditch Star★ LilyCat
33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

Poonamis aside, Ella wasn't even going to bother thinking about why someone would need prescription laxatives. That was some serious stool issues. Besides, she was too busy being made to go try and connect with her niece. It wasn't for a lack of trying either, nor did she not want to. It was just the fact that there were so many years that Ella had missed out on getting to know Nina. Certainly, she'd seen Emi a few brief times, and knew that her sister had a daughter, but they'd never been introduced until after Emeline had gone missing, and now it was just awkward for the both of them. At least there was Ash there to bridge that gap in a way, the girl was quite fond of him, Ella had noticed.

Easily seen in the way the girl smiled at him when he kissed her on the top of the head, an action in itself that Ella still hadn't been able to do comfortably herself yet. It made her feel conflicted, because she wanted to be able to be an emotional support for the girls, but didn't know how still. It was all still very new and strange for the woman who'd never spent much time around children, let alone children she was related to by blood. She blinked, when she heard Ash's prompt, glancing up at him with a doe-eyed look, before then turning her gaze to Nina, who watched her curiously.

"I, uh... yes, I thought you might be feeling a little homesick, so I asked Ashkur if he could made your favourites for breakfast," Did that sound right? Ella couldn't tell if she'd made it sound more like a question than a statement, and was all prepped to confess that she had nothing to do with the idea at all and it had all been Ash's doing, and that she was a lousy aunt-slash-parental figure. But Nina then smiled lightly and offered a shy nod.

"Thank you too, Aunt Ella," The girl said easily, and then turned to begin eating the food, while Ella herself seemed to release a breath that she wasn't aware she was even holding. How was it that she could play in finals of Quidditch without batting an eyelid, but these children terrified her so much? Either way, the woman felt exhausted as she wandered over to take her own seat at the table and grab some food for herself as well, glancing over at Ash and offering a silent nod of thanks for his generosity in this.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

“She beat me.” Ash said softly to the ten year old, his words were serious, but the tone of it and the expression on his face would let the girl know he was joking “Beat me with a wooden spoon because I wasn’t working fast enough.” He rubbed the back of his head to indicate where she he was supposedly beaten.

He gave Ella a half smile over the top of Nina’s heading, the response to her unspoken thank you. Standing, he turned a grabbed a plastic plate from the table and careful placed on some of the softer finger foods for Elena. When he’d piled up enough that he was sure the little girl would surely burst, he placed it in front of her taking care to cut up the sausages.

When his work of feeding the baby was done, Asker returned to his own place and plate of food. Favouring the English based breakfast foods over those Spanish ones. He liked sweet treats as much as the next person but as a rule not for breakfast, however he did allow himself one churro. He continued his breakfast in silence, well for the most part.

When everyone finished, he poured himself what was probably his third cup of black coffee then stood up.

“Okay, Nina, I’ll pack some of this up for your lunch. It’s her trial school day today, isn’t it?” he asked, looking at Ella. He’d been rather insistent that she attend both the local schools that allowed girls for a trial period to see which one she felt she fitted better in. The likely outcome would be Tally, well, that’s the one he felt was the better fit. But, ultimately, it wasn’t down to him.

When that was sorted he picked up all the plates, using his wand to float the ones his hands couldn’t deal with into the kitchen and started packing the leftovers away whilst he allowed magic to at least start the washing up.

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33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

“Yes, absolutely beat him senseless until all he knew was cooking,” Ella wiggled her eyebrows in a fake sinister way, before snorting softly with a small shake of her head and then set herself down to have something to eat, a brow raising as her plate was served up. She never quite understood Ashkur’s need to cook and serve up the meals, but she didn’t complain. He did cook very well, and knew all their favourite foods.

Ella ate quietly along with everyone else, and when they were finished, she was going to begin cleaning up the plates, except that Ashkur got in on that before she could as well. So she poured herself another cup of tea and nodded lightly at his observation about Nina. Indeed, the girl had a few trial days coming up with schools, which made Ella probably just as nervous... or probably more nervous, than her niece. She had no idea how parents were supposed to feel about all this stuff, but the girl would surely make a lot of friends, right?

”Yeah, I bet it’s exciting, huh?” Ella said, glancing over at Nina who gave a small non-committal shrug and then nod. Her aunt ruffled her own hair a little, “Right, I should probably get ready as well. We all heading there together? At least there’s a childcare near the school for little Elena. Going to be interesting leaving the girls to other people,” Even if she didn’t know much about parenting, it didn’t make her any less protective of her nieces.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

“Yes, that is her I’m so excited face.” Ash replied to the comment about Nina being excited about a few days at Tallygarunga. Deciding that manual labour was getting a little bit too much like hard work he used his wand to make the rest of the dishes air walk into the kitchen. He used another handy spell too get them clean as well. No point in his hands getting all shrivelled and prune like when magic could do it for him.

“Look at her, just bursting with anticipation at just the thought all the friends and enemies she’ll make.” he gave Nina a smile that was supposed to be encouraging, though it likely came across as more of a ‘glad it’s not me, kid’ type facial expression.

This wasn’t too say that child Ash hadn’t enjoyed school. He had, after all, it was the place where one could expand their mind. In his case it had also been a place of escape, somewhere he could go that didn’t leave him being with a Father who may as well have been absent for all that he was actually involved with his oldest child and a Mother who had regular conversations with people know one else could see.

The Muggle-born Wizard could have gotten lost in his thoughts as they wandered towards his own childhood, the memories of which were more often than not bittersweet. He had two parents, either died or vanished like Nina’s had.

Then Ella spoke again and such wanderings and musing would have to be left for another day.

“Interesting for them.” He replied to the end of her sentence. He wasn’t overly concerned about leaving the girls in the hands of competent people, this was what these people were trained and paid to do.

“And yes, you best be getting ready,” he said finally, turning towards Ella “We haven’t got all day and who knows how long it’ll take you to be ready and fit for purpose.”

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP Undercover Agent, Receptionist, Former Quidditch Star★ LilyCat
33 year old Pureblood Human ☆ She/Her

At Ashkar's comments about her 'excitement' or lack thereof, Nina smiked and then poked her tongue out at him cheekily, before then bouncing out of the room in order to get ready for her trial day at the school. Ella watched the girl and afforded a soft sigh. She wasn't sure what she would have to do in order to get the animated responses from the girl that Ash received. But she would keep trying. At least Elena seemed to be much more accepting of the blonde, the baby reaching out toward her as she neared the baby chair. Ella picked her up out of it, before holding her on her hip a moment and smiling gently at the baby. She could see a lot of her sister in her, and it made her mind wander to where the other woman could possibly be.

"Hm?" Ella's attention had wandered a little and she'd forgotten that she was going to get ready for the day as well. She blinked a little at Ash and  then nodded, not really recalling what it was they had been talking about. Something that would be interesting. As he agreed that she should be getting ready, followed by a disparaging remark about how long it would apparently take, she released a huff, "Please, I don't take nearly as long to blow dry my hair as you do." She said, before then raising a brow, "Want me to, uh, get Elena ready too?" She knew Ash didn't mind doing that stuff, but she wanted to at least try to get into this whole taking care of kids thing.

And at least until Nina was ready to let her in more, then she could try to do more regarding Elena. As it was, Ella often felt pretty useless, considering she wasn't allowed to cook, or clean most of the time either, and Ash usually had the girls organised before she even had herself organised. She felt almost like she was just an older child in the house.

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Tally Staff ☆ IWP undercover Agent/Enrollments CoordinatorPoppy
45 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

Ash watched Nina bounce off with a small grin then turned back to Ella as he spoke. It was only after some prompting that he realised that she wasn’t actually listening to him. He tilted his head and watched her for a moment as she tried to catch with what was going on. Though he didn’t know for sure what was going on in her head and didn’t feel using his particular skills all that smart, Ash felt he had somewhat of an idea what might be bothering her.

“That is debatable.” He replied to her comment about his arm “You have more than I do.” As if to bring home the point, he tugged on the end of his own curly locks. The conversation moved on though, moved on to Ella getting Elena ready as well.

Yeah, I’m still packing up the food for everyone’s lunch.” He then stepped back from the table and waited for the pair to disappear into another part of the house. A sigh escaped the man as he turned and walked back into the kitchen. He would have a think over what he suspected was wrong and see if there was a solution available to them.

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