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Playground


A typical children's playground, there's not much to distinguish Butterfield Green's from any of the others in England. It's got the typical climbing sets, slide and roundabout, coated in brightly-coloured paint that's already chipping, and when nightfall hits you'll almost certainly see a group or two of local teens getting drunk on the swings.

Butterfield Green Playground
hackney

Roleplay[]

Elijah and Mia[]

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

It was hardly difficult for Mia to locate Elijah after she got the news and figured out what he was actually about to message her about earlier, given how big of a deal his father was to the witch hunters (and also her father pointed her in the right direction, which is weird because everyone knows she hates Elijah. Just adults not understanding that young people aren't friends with everyone their own age they meet, she guesses). She's promptly dragged him away from the throng, wordlessly thrusting a bottle of champagne she stole from her parents' supply into his hands as she does so, and only starts speaking once they're sufficiently far away from everything. God, this playground brings back memories. "We can talk, or we can drink. Your choice."

Message Me • 18:36, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

The last few hours have been- well, a bit of a blur, really. Having nobody to turn to isn’t exactly a new feeling for Elijah but that doesn’t make it any less impactful every time it hits, and standing under that broken street lamp with a sinking feeling in his stomach only further confirmed that yes, the only remaining familial lifeline he has has officially been cut. It’s- a strange feeling, of course. Weirdly empty. He’s never been one for crying or breaking down - keeping his emotions behind a brick wall has been the norm since he was nine years old - but it still hurts. He’s also never been one for getting shitfaced drunk (though that’s a religious thing rather than a personal choice), but nothing has ever felt so appealing in such a moment. Especially here, in a playground, with Mia. “Drink,” is all his says, swigging from the bottle like it’s pop, doing his best not to pull a face. “Thank you.”

Message Me • 18:43, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

The lack of an argument so far tonight is unnerving, and even if Elijah didn't look absolutely shell-shocked it'd be easy for Mia to figure out something's wrong. As it is she'll admit she's not exactly sure what to do or say; she rarely comforts anyone, let alone people she has this rocky of a relationship with, and she's a bit at a loss. "Swings?" Her intonation indicates it's a question but she's already making a beeline for them before he has a chance to reply, fishing another bottle (Belvedere this time; Mia's a spirits-only kind of person) from her bag as she goes. "Don't bother thanking me, it's stolen."

Message Me • 18:55, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

It takes a second or two to snap out of his own thoughts but the motion of Mia moving towards the swings catches his attention, stone-faced as he follows her. Getting shitfaced and throwing himself back and forth on a suspended seat. Destined for success. “Classy as ever.” Stealing booze isn’t exactly a new event for them, more of a pastime; as dreadful as that job at Tesco was, it allowed him to ‘sell’ her plenty of bottles of vodka without a second glance. Though looking back, how much of that was potentially unconscious magic, telling bare-faced lies to the store manager that even a toddler wouldn’t fall for? Is mind control a thing? The textbook in his room made no mention of it, but- ugh. He’s tired. The fight with Az has drained him of his energy, even so much so that a barbed jab at Mia sounds uncharacteristically lacklustre. There are bigger things on his mind right now.

Message Me • 19:04, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

A rude gesture over her shoulder makes it clear what Mia thinks of that, but she doesn't say anything else until she's perched on one of the swings, unscrewing the lid of her own bottle. "When am I not?" she asks, instead of commenting on how weak his tone was. He's clearly going through it; that would be like kicking a sickly little kid. She'd say more, but- he did say he'd rather drink than talk, and Elijah's never struck as a talk-about-my-feelings kind of guy. So she takes a swig instead, kicking off from the ground to start her swing.

Message Me • 19:19, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

That certainly is accurate - if Elijah was the talk-about-his-feelings type of guy, he wouldn’t have been in such a situation for the last decade of his life. The rocking of the swing feels almost soothing, as he’s not intoxicated enough yet for it become nauseating, which is likely what coaxes the casual talk out of his mouth - after another swig of champagne, of course. “Go on, then,” he grumbles, swilling the silky liquid around inside the bottle, refusing to meet Mia’s eyes. There’s a certain amount of being able to give it out but not talk it that is contributing to his anxiety, but also the silence. Uncomfortable silence; peaceful silence is nice, the gentle hush of a library, but that horrible taut silence like the one between himself and Mia reminds him of those days back at home. It was always noisy with screaming and shouting, but the rare times it was silent- ugh, the memory alone makes his skin crawl. “How did you find me?”

Message Me • 19:27, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

It doesn't really matter to Mia whether he's looking at her or not - she's too busy squinting at the sky above them, trying to see if she can spot any stars through the light pollution that turns everything a murky grey. She can't. "I asked," she says simply, shrugging like it's not a big deal and completely neglecting to mention that her father asked her to go after him. She was going to anyway, after all; he just sped up the process. "You didn't slip away as silently as you wanted to, I guess." Did he even want to? The almost-message from earlier says otherwise. She takes another swig from her bottle. "I know we don't get on at the best of times," she adds eventually, still focused on the sky. "But that doesn't mean you have to deal with everything yourself."

Message Me • 19:43, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

Ah yes, the beauty of London: even on the clearest night, it manages to be totally starless. The unimpressive display reminds him, oddly enough, of Divya - the mention of Whitby and its beaches, and the promise he'd made to drop in if he was ever in the area. That seems particularly unlikely now. Despite the vast inheritance he's likely to claim in the next few weeks (after all, it's doubtful that any of his siblings are still benefactors), he's the main breadwinner of the house now. Miriam will just move onto another rich husband and their mother will be too emotionally distraught to work for as long as she sees fit. Looks like a government job and a life in London is exactly the path he'll be taking. Excellent. And to answer her silent question - no, he didn't particularly want to silently slip away. As much as Elijah values his own company, there are times where solitude would just exacerbate just how fucking out of control and lonely he feels right now. He almost says and who would I talk to?, but bites it back at last minute. That's a bit too self-indulgent, even for him. "Why not?"

Message Me • 20:02, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

That earns him a look, but Mia has decided to be nice tonight. Or as nice as she ever can be to Elijah. "What do you mean, why not?" she asks, a tinge of annoyance to her tone as she drinks again. "There's a time and a place for solitude, but you know as well as I do that sometimes it just makes everything worse. Besides," she kicks the ground again, having been losing height. "Like it or not, we're- partners, I guess, now. So you're going to have to get used to it.

Message Me • 20:17, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

There are two things he hates in life: one, Mia being right; two, Mia seeing straight through him like he's made of glass. It's an ugly feeling, not being the strong one of the group, the strong one of the family. You get so used to playing the role that to deviate from it all feels fraudulent, like the whole time he's been utterly transparent and none of the showboating or the brashness worked. No, that's impossible. If his dad knew he had been lying the whole time, Elijah would be in the same boat at his other siblings by now. Right? "You can always find a different partner," he grumbles, deciding to go with the barbed-wire approach in the hopes that she'll stop hitting so close to home. "I know you would leap at the chance. Here it is."

Message Me • 20:24, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"You're right," she agrees, twisting at the waist to face him. "I could. Doesn't change the fact that you know my secret, and I know at least one of yours, and no matter how much you might hate it our boats are looking very similar. Might as well accept it," she tips her head back to look at the sky again, feeling that she's made her point. Much as she dislikes Elijah the person she doesn't think she would 'leap at the chance'. The thought of even more people knowing about her, even the little bit that Elijah does... yeah, no. Mia's too paranoid for that. "Besides, it could be worse. You could be talking to Matthew right now."

Message Me • 20:38, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

The swings creak as she turns to face him, and he glances at her with a rather unceremonious gulp of champagne before narrowing his eyes. The knowledge that they share a secret - and apparently an identical secret - is terrifying, of course, but some tiny part of it exists as a comfort. It ensures that nothing will be spread any further, not even as a threat; if one of them exposed the other for their powers, it would only be a matter of time before they themselves were scrutinised. They are very much, as she put it, in the same boat. What are the chances of that? The comment about Matthew earns a humourless laugh, shaking his head as he kicks at the loose stones and the gravel below his feet. "I feel like I have barely scratched the surface with you. Whatever you did to those books, whatever- I don't know, charm it was... that was not normal magic." The word magic comes out like he's choking on it, like if he could touch it, it would burn him. "I wouldn't exactly call myself an expert in the subject but I know what magic feels like, and that wasn't it."

Message Me • 20:47, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Mia could tell him, and it occurs to her that it might be a good idea, but on the other hand she's- what? Scared isn't the right word; she can deal. More just not sure enough of what he'll think if she comes out with I'm not human to be able to risk it. After all, for all their 'shared secrets', he's still a witch hunter, and she knows better than most their order's stance on non-humans. It's even worse than their stance on witches. "Maybe you just need to get to know me better," she says, raising an eyebrow at him. "Or vice versa." A pause to take yet another swig, and then: "But you're right, it's not normal. Someone taught me how, a while ago."

Message Me • 21:04, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

"I need to get to know you better?" he echoes, mirroring her expression as the absurdity of their situation sinks in properly for what feels like the first time - perhaps because they're finally sat down, taking a breath. The last week or so has felt like a tape stuck on fast-forward, time flying by in an unstoppable blur. To be fair, she isn't wrong; he doesn't know her that well. The basics, sure. Her courses at sixth form, her code name, her drink order. But nothing beyond that, nothing concerning their actual shared experience. "Or vice versa. Okay. How do you propose we go about that, then?" Elijah doesn't have his little brother's tolerance, having adhered to the expected behaviour around alcohol - he has gotten drunk before, but it's far easier for him to reach such a state - so it's likely that, paired with his current emotional state, some truths may start being spilled without him even realising. God, he hopes not. He's meant to be good at the whole brick-wall act. "I tell you a truth and you tell me one?"

Message Me • 21:12, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"If that's how you want to do it," Mia says, giving a loose shrug and kicking the swing higher. She's more confident in her ability to hold her drink than Elijah is - her wild phase was good for something, at least - but she still knows that the drunker she gets the less guarded her words will be. But then again, nobody ever accused Mia of lacking recklessness. "Okay. You first."

Message Me • 21:25, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

The idea of going first, of voluntarily offering a piece of information he's kept under wraps for so many years feels so alien that it makes his face crumple. Yikes, he hadn't actually expected her to say yes. At least not until they were far more intoxicated. "Why do I have to go first? You go first. You've had enough out of me today already." After all, she is the one who tracked him out here and interrupted his silence, and saw him freeze Gwen, and caught him in Diagon in the first place. Regardless of his emotional state, pettiness is a particuar skill of his.

Message Me • 21:35, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Mia throws him yet another look, a barb on the tip of her tongue before she remembers she's supposed to be being nice to him. She chooses to salute him with her bottle instead, mostly in the hope it'll annoy him, before she starts to think of a piece of information to offer. Nothing too personal, of course, at least not until she's actually drunk and can blame it on that. Hm. "What kind of truth are we talking? Our favourite foods? Our greatest desires? Because if it's the former then it's yoghurt. You know the ones with the fruit in the bottom? Except I don't like the actual fruit in the bottom part. Your turn."

Message Me • 22:05, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

The salute earns her an eye roll, as does the superficial truth she offers, though it's not like he was expecting her to spill her deepest darkest secrets while she's still borderline sober. It's such a ridiculous concept, all of this, that he ends up chuckling cynically, lips curled around the neck of the bottle as he takes a long swig and immediately regrets it. This stuff is nice but not in mouthfuls. "Not to sound like a six-year-old child, but my favourite food is still chocolate. Dark chocolate, specifically. The invention of white chocolate was a declaration of war." His head is already beginning to ache, the motion of the swing no longer causing the world around him to sway and tilt just off its axis. What can he say? Champagne goes down easy when it's in gulps. "If we're continuing along this theme, then... favourite musical artist?" It's ridiculous, he knows it is. But their only options are this, arguing or actually talking about things, and out of those three options, Elijah is more than happy to continue with the former.

Message Me • 22:20, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"White chocolate is only good with raspberry," Mia agrees, scuffing her feet along the ground as she sips her vodka once again. She can't help but think that dark chocolate suits him, somehow - he's certainly bitter enough. Though she supposes she can't really blame him. "I don't know, actually," she answers, thinking hard. What was on her spotify wrapped last year? "Maybe Marina. The Arctic Monkeys and Édith Piaf are close seconds, though. I usually just listen to music based on whatever my mood is. Yours?"

Message Me • 22:38, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

Admittedly he isn't particularly well-versed in modern music, but he at least recognises the names she reels off. He's pretty sure the Arctic Monkeys were a favourite of Jai's; as hazy as the memories of past home life are, softened and blunted by trauma, the sound of CDs rattling in an old hand-me-down stereo system and the buzzy quality of its music remain quite fresh. That was another thing Elijah had over his siblings. Their parents are rich, always have been, but he always got the latest tech with no expenses spared, while the others made do with whatever half-broken junk could be dug out of the attic. It's a tiny thing, barely worth thinking about, but a million of such tiny details like that are what keep Elijah up at night, poring over how undeserving he was (and still is) of it all. "Leonard Bernstein, the composer. Symphony No. 1 is my favourite ever piece of music." And yes, he's self-aware enough to recognise the pretention in it all, but he doesn't really care. It's good music.

Message Me • 22:48, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"Why am I not surprised?" Mia asks, glancing over at him with eyebrows raised. The absurdity of this situation is abundantly clear, and she can't help but smile a little when she raises her gaze to the sky again. This is really not how she imagined this conversation going at all. "Okay. Favourite quote? Mine is perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim. Ovid. Call me a stupid fucking optimist if you want, I don't care." She raises her bottle back to her mouth, shrugging loosely. "We all have our coping mechanisms."

Message Me • 23:16, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

Copious hours of Latin classes at sixth form is both indicative of their social class and their levels of pretention. He has no desire to pursue law so the fluency feels somewhat useless, but whatever - it's a decent party trick, and it allows Elijah to understand what Mia just said with no difficulty, and his lips quirk up in a smirk at her choice. It's- yeah, it's a little cliché, but he appreciates the sentiment behind it. "Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo. Just because it sounds- cool." The throwaway comment towards the end piques his curiosity, eyes darting over to Mia's face then the bottle in her hand, its contents dwindling rapidly. "Is that one of your coping mechanisms?"

Message Me • 23:23, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"What's heaven and what's hell, in this context?" she asks, dragging her feet to stop her swing before pulling her legs up onto the seat. It's starting to hurt her head, all the motion. "I hate to break it to you, but we're Jewish. We're not supposed to do the hell thing. Or are we? I haven't been to shul in like, three months." She pauses to drink again; if it was easy to drink earlier, it may as well be water now. "My coping mechanisms are numerous," she informs him. "If you're asking about the alcohol, then yes, I guess. Usually I just- I don't know. Leave. I like adventures."

Message Me • 23:35, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

What is heaven and hell? Good question, really. "We technically aren't. It depends who you ask, I suppose. Scholars of the Kabbalah might start professing about the seven habitations, or whatever, but it's an interesting concept nonetheless." Of course, they're not supposed to be doing the alcohol thing either, at least not to the level where this night will undoubtedly end up - namely, seeing double vision and the world swaying and shaking like a snow globe. But it doesn't seem like Mia's entirely preoccupied with worrying about that. "Leave as in, disappear for a weekend? Or leave as in, halfway across the world with a new name?" Both seem appealing to Elijah at face value; he'd give pretty much anything to be somebody else for five minutes, to be able to- no, fuck that. He doesn't want to use his magic. It was magic that fucked everything up in the first place. "That doesn't seem very practical."

Message Me • 23:44, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Mia's faith died an ugly death when she was six and found out she wasn't human, but she does pay enough attention to her mother to know most of what she needs to. Or to pretend to. What she doesn't know is enough to have an in-depth conversation about the intricacies of Gehinnom, so she focuses on his question instead. "Disappear for a weekend," she says. "For now at least. I'm sure I'll get to the latter sooner or later. I'd recommend it, though, the trips; what else have we got trains and cars for? Sometimes London is suffocating." She's not sure if that's because London itself is suffocating, or if it's just her family's influence. Either way, she's in permanent need of a break. "Come next time, if you like. Unless you've got better coping mechanisms?"

Message Me • 23:58, 25 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

Disappearing for a weekend sounds- freeing, more than anything. And it would be far easier to do now his father isn't around, which is a miserable thought that only makes Elijah feel worse the minute it pops into his brain; prior to his death, every minor absence that wasn't for work purposes had to be run by him for approval, like some overbearing employer. His mother likely won't give a shit, and even if she did, there isn't much she can do now he's officially an adult. But the concept of leaving London for good? He won't lie. It sounds terrifying. "Where would you go next time?" Again, Divya pops into his head, and the shores of Whitby. Maybe it's as nice up there as she claimed. "My coping mechanisms are- unhelpful."

Message Me • 00:08, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"I've told you mine," she says, turning her head to regard him properly. "What's yours?" That was the basis of this - is it a game? - conversation, after all. That and she's curious; Elijah's always so... closed off. It'd be interesting to have some kind of an insight into his thought process. "As for where I'll go next time, I have no idea. I usually just decide in the moment, depending on where I feel like going." She's visited a good portion of this island, by now - Ireland and Northern Ireland not so much, but it's on her list. Maybe she should ask Divya if she wants road trip: the sequel? The Giant's Causeway would be a good continuation of their Scottish tour. "Where would you go?"

Message Me • 00:19, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

The question about coping mechanisms, and the answer which immediately formulated itself in his head, has already made him feel uncomfortable; not nervous or exposed, like he probably would if he were approaching this - game? conversation? - if he were sober, but that same feeling of uncomfortable as when he's getting worked up and can feel his hands trembling with held-back magic. His go-to coping mechanism was always to lock himself in his room and practice whatever feeble spell he was working on at the time, jumping at every creak of the floorboards for the fear that somebody would walk in and catch him levitating a book or changing a flower's colour. So he decides to focus on her second question first - though it's not as easy. "I'm not exactly sure where I'd go. The world ends at the Thames for me." He neglects to mention how family holidays were firmly off the menu the minute the children started showing signs of magic. Imagine if something had happened outside the privacy of the home? "Somewhere by the sea, perhaps. But I enjoy cities. You can disappear into them." The bottle in his hand is almost empty, a few foaming slugs of champagne left in the very bottom. "As for coping mechanisms..." There's a beat of silence as his contemplates his answer - he's never tried to put it into words before, let alone discuss it with another individual - but it doesn't matter in the end, because the bottle suddenly shatters without warning. The bang is loud, as is the rain-like sound of fractured glass raining onto tarmac, and- oh. Lovely. There's a shard of it lodged in his palm. The perfect end to such a week. "That. Though- ow- usually without the bloodshed."

Message Me • 00:28, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

The world ends at the Thames for me. Mia can't even imagine that, no matter how much she tries; maybe it's a side effect of rarely staying in one place for more than six months growing up, but it's just unfathomable. She thinks she'd go mad. Maybe she shouldn't be surprised at how unpleasant Elijah generally is, if he's stuck here forever. She doesn't reply, though, because he immediately segues into answering her other question. She's not proud of the way she startles at the bang, but everyone does at loud noises, right? So it's fine. Doesn't stop her from grumbling about it. "A little warning next time, Cagan," she says, even as she's leaning over to see what he's talking about and making a face. When it becomes clear he's not going to heal it - does he know how? - she sets her own bottle down, holding out her hand for his. "Let me see." Her tone's a little impatient.

Message Me • 01:25, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

He hasn't yet mastered any cleaning spells, if such a thing exist, so he's going to have to avoid his mother (and Miriam, if she's there) as he's definitely going to smell like alcohol for the rest of the night. The champagne lies spattered all over the floor, fizzing slightly before fading into mere puddles, and the bottle is in pieces. Every bit of it, from the neck to the base, decimated. Yikes. He really needs to get a lid on that. "It wasn't intentional," he retorts, aiming for a little bite in his tone but failing as his hand hurts too much to really care about Mia's comments - but then she asks for his hand, and Elijah frowns. Fuck's sake, what is she going to do? Does magic exist to heal cuts? Az never bothered healing his, as evidenced by the collection of scars across his face and body, and surely he would have if he had the power to? He eyes her cautiously, but spurred on entirely by the alcohol, offers her his hand. Fuck. He'll probably regret this.

Message Me • 01:32, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"Your unintentional bottle-breaking just happens to have really good timing, then?" she asks, her disbelief evident in her tone even as she's examining his hand. It's not really that deep - well within her capabilities, she thinks - but the shard of glass is problematic. At least the alcohol will have sterilised it. "You're ridiculous. Don't you know how to heal yourself?" she continues, easing said shard out as gently as she can be bothered to before tossing it away. There doesn't seem to be anything else lodged there, so she runs her thumb along the length of the cut, watching as the flesh knits itself back together, and drops his hand. "It's kind of important in our line of work, you know. You should read up on it."

Message Me • 01:54, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

"It wasn't- ow, for fuck's sake, careful!" Pulling a shard of glass from one's palm hurts like a bitch, regardless of how drunk you are, and Elijah steels himself as he feels it slide out from his hand and then- oh. So, healing magic does exist. The disdain in Mia's voice barely registers as such in his mind as he's far too focused on watching the way his skin pulls together, the edges of the wound melting and meeting in the middle and blending until his palm looks entirely unblemished, if only for the sheen of dried blood dripping down the inside of his forearm. To be honest, he's tipsy enough to question whether that was as seamless as it looked, but then his mind is awash with questions: why didn't any of his siblings heal their wounds? Why didn't Az heal that ghastly one through his eyebrow, the one that scarred and makes Elijah feel sick every time he sees it? Why would they not grant themselves that tiny bit of relief in all of it? Why did- no, we're not going down that road. "Shut the fuck up," he grumbles, though it's feeble. "I'm out of practice, if you can't tell. I'm not as experienced as you clearly are."

Message Me • 02:01, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"Stop acting like a child," is all Mia says to his complaining, summoning water to get the blood from her hands before she picks up her bottle again. It's no fancy wizard cleaning spell, but it does the job - and it's much easier than the healing, given that it's the element of her court. The court that doesn't want her, that is; she takes another swig from her near-empty bottle. "Is shut the fuck up some new way to say thank you?" she asks, kicking off from the ground again. "Because if it's not I hope you know that that shard of glass won't have any problem going right back to where it started."

Message Me • 02:14, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

He most certainly isn't drunk enough to thank her, mainly on the principle that she'd never thank him, so he merely shoots her a bitter look and wipes away whatever blood is left - regardless of how much she does or doesn't know of his home life (hopefully the latter), the difference in their skill level and experience is very apparent. "You clearly know what you're doing," he points out, watching how weirdly calm about it she is. The only magic Elijah's ever been exposed to has been destructive - curtains suddenly igniting, glasses shattering and scarring his face, whatever the fuck Sarai and Jairus can do - and has felt like being ripped to shreds, suppressing it and clenching his fists to prevent it lashing out at its own accord. And watching Mia perform it so casually- it hurts. More than it should. More than walking through Diagon does, seeing eleven-year-olds effortlessly zooming around on broomsticks; more than seeing Az did, wordlessly casting spells like it was an afterthought. "How does a talented witch end up a witch hunter?" And yes, he's aware of the irony here, but if anybody's deserving of answers here, it's him.

Message Me • 02:34, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

There's a flicker of annoyance at being called a witch, but then again isn't that what she wanted? "Your perception of who's a talented witch is shit," she tells him instead. On both fronts, really, though he did say her magic didn't feel normal, so perhaps she's not giving him enough credit. "I never said I wanted to be a witch hunter, did I?" And she really, really didn't. But needs must, she supposes; she'll be out of here soon anyway, and then she's never talking to - no, she's never even thinking about - any of these people ever again. "How does a repressed wizard end up a witch hunter?"

Message Me • 02:49, 26 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

In his defence, a witch who can do more than pull a rabbit out of a hat is talented in Elijah's eyes - he wouldn't exactly call what Sarai can do a talent. "I never said I wanted to be a witch hunter either," he points out, rolling his eyes a tad. How much Mia knows about his siblings is beyond him: it's highly unlikely that she's aware of their abilities, but their existence in general? They don't attend the same sixth form, sure, but that doesn't mean she hasn't encountered them on the street or anything. Especially since it turns out they've all been living so close together without even realising it. "Looks like we're in a similar boat."

Message Me • 13:46, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Mia does know Elijah's siblings, or at least one of them - the boy that works at the apothecary, at least. What she doesn't know is that they're related (in her defense, they don't exactly look similar, do they?). His assertion that they're in a similar boat makes her roll her eyes, saying, "No shit," as she swirls the remaining liquid in her bottle. "I don't know about you, but I'm not doing this forever," she adds. "This is all temporary."

Message Me • 14:39, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

There's a flicker of jealousy at how certain she sounds when she says that; the fact that she even has a choice, that she can afford to retire or give up or whatever it is she wants to call it. "What are you going to do? Just disappear?" It wouldn't surprise him. Leaving for the weekend is one thing, but Mia is most definitely the type of person who would board a train and vanish with barely a goodbye text; and as much as she grates him, even Elijah can admit that he'd be a bit narked at that. Admit in his mind, however. He'd never say that to her face. "What would be the final straw? Because we've both done some pretty despicable things already."

Message Me • 14:45, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Those 'despicable things' are the last thing on Mia's mind right now, and she tosses him a look at the insinuation she'd leave because of that. "Does there have to be a final straw? Maybe I just would rather not pretend to be something I'm not, for once." She's not really certain of her final plan; it does involve getting her degree and leaving London (perhaps the UK) entirely, but beyond that she's not sure if she'll need fake names or anything. She supposes she'll cross that bridge when she gets to it; there's always Tír na nÓg, if everything goes to shit. "I already know they'll try to stop me, so the least warning possible is probably best. So yes, disappear. Are you planning on doing this forever?"

Message Me • 14:55, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

Clearly she has less of a moral quandary over the requirements of their job, which isn't surprising now Elijah thinks about it; all the times he's bragged about his numbers, how many wizards he's hunted only to conveniently leave out that all he was doing was locating them, luring them out, while Mia was being deadly serious about her own count. She's more achieved than he ever hopes to be, and it says a lot about her - though what it says, Elijah is still trying to figure out. "I cannot afford to just disappear, so, yes, probably. For as long as the organisation is in London, at least - if something influences them to pack up and move again, that would be my way out. But I don't have any other ideas. I can't exactly run away and live among the witches."

Message Me • 15:21, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

"What's keeping you here other than that?" Mia turns her head toward him again, curious. She can't think of what, at this age, could be making him think he can't afford to disappear. They're young; what's tying them down besides school? Maybe she's just got a fucked up relationship with her family, though. "Leaving the order doesn't have to mean leaving the normal world; I know I'm not planning on it. And if they try to hunt me down, well," she shrugs, taking a swig. She's not particularly scared of that, really - being hunted down. If there's one thing Mia's confident in, it's her ability to take care of herself, and if that means skewering some of her former colleagues with icicles she's sure she can manage. "Do you really think if they move away they won't expect you to tag along? As far as my dad's concerned he owns every one of us."

Message Me • 15:55, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

God, it's a good thing that he isn't any more intoxicated than he is now, because the answer almost leaps from his tongue right there and then: I'm supposed to be the normal one. It's entirely illogical, his motivation for staying put, for continuing on the path he is now. His mother should be used to losing children by now, as bleak of a thought as that is, and there's no father left to impress - the only physical thing keeping him here is his close proximity to his other siblings, who, believe it or not, he does want to stay close to. Thinking about them now only makes him angry, but he doesn't despise any of them enough to just completely abandon them, even if they don't particularly want him around. And then there's the other part of it, the ridiculous concept of how this is his role. He's meant to be good at this: pretending like nothing's wrong, looking the other way. Disappearing goes against all of that. "I don't know what's keeping me here," he goes with instead. "I just know I can't leave."

Message Me • 15:01, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Mia wraps her arms around her legs, pulled up to her chest on the narrow swing seat, and rests her head on her knees as she watches a plastic bag float across the park in front of them and does her best to figure out how that even works. "Well, that's depressing," she says after a moment. "Don't you feel- I don't know, trapped? Are you just okay with it all?" Because she's not. Well, the actual hunting bit is unpleasant but not awful; it's the being under someone's thumb that really rankles Mia. Especially her dad's. She shivers involuntarily at the thought of any of her human family members learning her true name - she really can't imagine anything worse than just being ordered around like that forever. God. He can't really be okay with this fate, right? "It just sounds like Hell to me."

Message Me • 18:36, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

"I thought we weren't supposed to do Hell," he comments, with what could be a smirk but instead looks like a more out-of-focus smile, with no real malice or ah-ha behind it. She's completely right - it likely is going to be Hell. But he's put up with it for this long, right? With very few slip-ups, and the recent ones can be attributed to Jai fucking everything up for everyone. Before that, his own cover was going pretty swimmingly, and his mother doesn't have any clue or she would have kicked him out by now. "But yes, I am- okay with it all, I guess. I think I accepted it a long time ago." More specifically, when he was nine years old and realised he quite literally had no other choice. Nine is one hell of an age to realise you'd be essentially living a double life but at least he found it out himself, rather than somebody else (read: his family) found out for him. That would have been- well. Not good.

Message Me • 18:46, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Elijah receives a rude gesture for the Hell quip, but Mia doesn't comment on it beyond that. She's more interested in the rest of what he has to say, and it surprises her when she feels a pang of - what is that, sadness? - at his resolve. She can't imagine how defeated she'd have to be to accept that for herself, but then again she's not stupid. Maybe this is just what his experiences have taught him. Still depressing, though. "What made you accept it, then?" she asks, aware that she'd probably pushing it. "What do you owe all these people? It's not right, that they're making us feel like we have to hide just so we don't get killed."

Message Me • 18:57, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

Elijahwb2

Elijah Caganwitch hunter • hiding in plain sight

「 Age 」
18
「 Species 」
wizard
「 Occupation 」
university student
「 Relationship 」
single

Yes, she is pushing it, and Elijah has just enough rational thought left to realise that one more minute and he'd be in actual danger of answering that question truthfully. "That's enough," he says rather abruptly, standing up from the swing and taking a few paces sideways so he can hold on to the metal frame. "I have to get home. My mother's already lost my father, the last thing she needs is to be worrying about where I am too." It's a rubbish excuse, really, but it's all he has. Besides, she probably is panicking a little. "Thanks for the champagne. Even if most of it is on the floor."

Message Me • 19:02, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

Miahbubble1

Mia HopkinsWitch Hunter • Changeling

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Moon Fae
「 Occupation 」
Student
「 Relationship 」
Single

Yeah, she thought that might be too much. Nice to have a better idea of his boundaries, though; it gives her something extra to ponder. This has certainly been a memorable interaction. "Try not to collapse on your way home, yeah?" she instructs, squinting up at him from her place on the swing. She'll wait until he's gone before she stands up, mostly because she can't really tell how drunk she is right now. Oh well. It's not like her parents will miss her for a night, if she just stays here, and the cold can't really affect a moon fae. "Good luck."

Message Me • 19:18, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

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