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Reptile room


It took some convincing from Søren, but Sabrina finally agreed to let him have this. The room is a safe haven, with the intention of safeguarding the many serpentine sidekicks of one Tristan le Fey. Be careful where you walk - they won't all play nice.

The Reptile Room


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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

Tristan seems to be a thing of the past, considering she hasn't seen him in so long. She misses him a lot. She misses her dad, too, and her mum. Things haven't been the same since her dad left for work. Her mum is always worried about one thing or the other, and her temper has been a bit awful lately, even though Claire knows she's trying her best even though she's sick. At least that's what her daddy told her once; that she was sick, and that's why her hands did that weird little thing they did, and why she got tired really fast. Claire's learned not to question a lot of the things pertaining to her parents, even though she really wants to. She's always getting shut down. Adult stuff this, Claire, adult stuff that. Just today her mum told her off for trying to get into one of the locked rooms upstairs. In a fit of anger, her magic manifested for the first time. She ended up accidentally apparating to the reptile room in the Citadel. That was like an hour ago. She's been here ever since, keeping the Parade's snakes company. She's currently curled into a tiny ball in one corner of the room, with one of the new baby vipers curled around her arm. She's cooing at it, hissing softly in parseltongue. (Which, by the way, she has yet to tell her parents or even Tristan about. In her defense, she's under the impression it's normal. Why would it be any different from normal magic?)

Message Me • 22:54, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

Unlike her insufferable step-son who seems to reduce to a third of his size at the sight of one, Adele is not afraid of snakes. She most certainly isn't on the level of Tristan or Soren, cradling the slithery little things as she would a child, but they don't freak her out that much either. Still, the sight of her own granddaughter curled up in a literal vipers nest is enough to perturb her, for Merlin's sake. She had just been passing the room on a stroll around the corridors, half-leisurely and half-scouring for anything out of the ordinary, when she'd carelessly looked through the window in the door, expecting to see her nephew and instead seeing a child. With a snake curling around her arm. She's going to have Tristan's head for this, honestly. "Claire! No sudden movements, sweetheart." The assortment of reptiles hiss at her as she walks in, the door creaking on its hinges. "I'm sure it's harmless but please put it down."

Message Me • 23:06, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

Claire's head snaps up, surprised by her grandmother's arrival but happy nonetheless. Her face splits into a massive grin, and she lifts her arm instinctively, proudly showing off her new friend. She lifts her other pointer, rubbing its little head tenderly. "Look, mémère! I don't know what Trissy named this one, but I've named her Cherry. She likes it, I think!" It doesn't occur to her that Adele might be concerned for her safety until she really takes a good look at her face, at which point she makes a point to stop every single movement. A small crease forms, though, as she looks at her with confusion written on her face. "Okay? What's wrong? Cherry wouldn't bite me or anything... that's what she told me, at least, and I think Cherry wouldn't lie to me... Right? Would you?" she hisses down at the animal, tilting her head slightly. The returned hiss makes her brighten up again, and when she turns back towards her grandmother, she looks as lively as ever. "I told you so! Come on, sit with us. I'll introduce you! The scary ones are at the back, I think. The big one - the, um, what is it? Basilisp? It's been a while since I came here last, and I haven't seen Trissy around to really ask..."

Message Me • 23:15, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

How remarkably calm Claire is is impressive, but childhood innocence always results in such boldness, and Adele allows herself a little smile at the similarities which forge themselves before her eyes: little Tessa stealing that bracelet from her wrist without a second thought, and now her daughter sat before her with a bracelet of her own, only this one is writhing and slithering around. And- talking? Huh. That's an interesting development. "I see that, ma trésor, but you really mustn't come in here when Tristan isn't around. He is the snakes' father, after all. Although you have- obviously made a friend." Her heart is still thudding in her chest with nerves - Merlin, where is Tessa? - but none of the reptiles look particularly hostile, at least towards Claire. "You say Cherry spoke to you?"

Message Me • 23:20, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

Ma trésor... Claire doesn't know French, just the word for grandma and evil step-grandma that Tessa had taught her months ago for fun, but she thinks she knows the English word for it. Her nose scrunches up as she thinks, and finally, she lights up. "I'm your treasure? Awww, I love you too," she chirps, touching her chest with the hand whose arm is carrying Cherry. "C'mon, let's just..." Claire shifts where she's sitting, uncrossing her legs to stand up and skip over to the entrance with her grandma. "Mémère, meet Cherry. She won't hurt you, y'know," Whether she's speaking to Adele or the snake remains unclear. "Yeah, she talked! Can't you hear her?" Claire looks up at her with a quizzical quirk of her eyebrow. "Can't all wizards do that?" Claire goes to say something else, but finds herself interrupted by a soft hiss. Claire beams. "See? Cherry says you shouldn't be scared. Can I have your arm now? She likes being carried. I think she's gonna be a bit of a brat, but Tristan could probably straighten her out if she gets too demanding." There's another hiss, and Claire smiles smugly, but otherwise doesn't reply.

Message Me • 01:02, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

It is unsurprising that Tessa's daughter is a special individual; it runs through the Bellerose line, but Parseltongue was admittedly beyond her expectations. And adverse as she is to the thought of a snake winding itself around her arm, being a good grandmother takes priority, so Adele extends her arm to transfer the little creature across. "Talking to snakes is a very particular gift, I'll have you know. I certainly can't do it. Sabrina can't do it. Your mother can't, to my knowledge - though Merlin knows, she likes keeping her secrets." It's in moments like these, in the dim light of the quarters with a wicked little smile on her face, that Adele is somewhat breathless at just how alike Claire looks to her mother. Not just in physicality - though that cheeky grin is Julian's, undoubtedly - but in her demeanor, the confidence with which she carries herself already. You're going to be a little terror, in the best way possible.

Message Me • 17:35, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"Really?" Claire looks a little in awe at first, but when it settles on her that she's special, she grins. It's no wonder her mum was always so worried when Tristan let her carry around his own children. She can't do it! she thinks gleefully. Ha! "Is that how Tris can talk to snakes, too?" she queries, looking up at Adele with an inquisitive look on her face. "Can Uncle Morgan do it?" Had her mother warned her against calling Morgan her uncle? Yes. Was she going to do it anyways? Yes. She liked how huffy her mum got, plus Morgan isn't really that bad, from the few times she's seen him. Sure, he's a little creepy, but that's not a crime. When Adele extends her arm, Claire happily strokes Cherry with the back of her pointer and middle fingers, whispering quietly in Parseltongue before it begins to slither down her arm to hang onto Adele's. "She likes you, I think," Claire surmises, watching the reptile carefully. Her attention ends back on her grandmother shortly afterwards. "How are you today, mamie?" She 100% did not think she'd see her today, but then again, she didn't think she'd somehow end up at the Citadel on her own. Today's been a day of surprises.

Message Me • 17:56, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

Claire's obvious lack of knowledge surrounding the exclusivity of her ability makes it clear that she hasn't told Tessa about it, or anybody, for that matter; and while part of Adele is a little bemused at how she's made it so far and not been caught talking to snakes yet, the majority of her is delighted, more than anything, that she gets to share this moment. Regardless of whether Claire's future tends towards the Parade or a normal life (she silently hopes the latter), a power like that is always beneficial. "Yes, you're just like Tristan. Though he treats his snakes more like children than pets, he keeps them up his sleeves. I wouldn't recommend doing that in your everyday life," she smirks, watching the reptile wind around her arm. Ugh, how Tristan endures that sensation on a daily basis is a mystery. "Morgan cannot speak to animals, no. He can just turn into one." Uncle Morgan makes her bite back a wider smirk - oh, how Tessa must abhor that. "I'm doing very well, my little dove. It's been an uneventful day. A little busier than usual, now the children are home - listen to me me, calling them children when they've just graduated. What are you doing here, I must ask?" As aware as she is that keeping a curious youngster under watch is difficult, and it'd be hypocritical of her to scold Tessa for letting Claire wander around like this, this room is dangerous. It's a blessing that Claire can talk to the snakes or the situation could have ended very differently.

Message Me • 18:16, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"Why not? I can't think of anything better than carrying Cherry around with me all day!" Claire looks down at the creature, and shortly after she hisses out some inhumane questions, she receives a curt response that makes her roll her eyes. "Or not, I guess. Lame," she mutters, puffing out a small, indignant breath. Adele's question catches Claire's attention again, and she pauses, unable to stop herself from grimacing. "Ummm... I might have... sort of accidentally gotten here? I don't — I don't know what happened. I was fighting with mummy one second, and I bolted to my room because I was so mad, but when I slammed the door, I was here." Claire scratches the back of her head, looking completely sheepish as she confesses to the incident. "I don't know what happened, but at least it was in the reptile room! I scared Cherry, and she almost attacked, which is, y'know, why I sat down and hugged her and everything. She didn't like it a lot at first, but Tristan told me he'd warned them not to hurt me, so I guess that might've helped? Dunno," she shrugs. Aside from feeling bad and vaguely confused about how she actually got here, she's indifferent to everything else. Knowing Adele's life has been uneventful (because Claire doesn't look at the small picture so much as the bigger one, so if today's been uneventful, surely this whole summer has been) feels almost like a personal attack on her. She gasps, audibly offended. "You should come home with me and stay a few days! We can have a sleepover!" she exclaims, "Mum would love that! She's been so sad and worried, it's so tiring! I can paint your nails! Fabian always moves and messes them up, and ugh. It's annoying. I don't like boys."

Message Me • 18:37, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

It's certainly quite a story to hear about. The imminent worry that Claire had been aimlessly wandering around the Citadel dissipates as the girl speaks, instead replaced by- a sense of pride, more than anything. This must be Claire's first sign of magic, or at least one of her first; although she doesn't see her granddaughter (or daughter, for that matter) as often as she would like, Adele can recognise that look of bewilderment anywhere. "Well, we should call your mother and let her know where you are, shouldn't we? She's likely worried about you, ma poupette." The invitation to go back home is... well. Her relationship with Tessa is, admittedly, not as strong as it once was and likely never will be; they have simply been too apart for too long, and although Adele's love for her daughter will never wane, she couldn't say with certainty that Tessa feels the same. And the worst part is, she couldn't really blame her. "Sad and worried? How so?"

Message Me • 18:49, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

Claire shrugs. "Dunno. I think it's because of daddy being gone for work, but I'm starting to think he isn't actually working," she muses. Claire is still under the impression he's gone for the Parade, but that illusion is starting to crack the longer he stays overseas. He's never been gone for this long. On the other hand, Claire is someone that needs concrete evidence before she becomes resolved on something, and seeing as she hasn't gotten around to finding the courage to ask her mum, she's partially in a state of limbo in that regard. "Her hands shake a lot again, and daddy said once that only happens when she's really stressed. She's jumpier, too. I mean, that's normal, but she practically put one of those Chritmas jingle bell necklaces around Fabian so she knows when he's coming around. I don't blame her... I'd do it too, if only to run the opposite way," she laughs. She watches as Cherry slithers futher up Adele's arms, resting its head on her shoulder. "She stares a lot at that picture from Christmas last year, too," Claire adds after a few long moments of comfortable silence. "Every time I ask she says she loves the holidays, but..." She leans in dramatically, and faux-whispers: "I think you and I both know that's not very true." It's not that her mum isn't very festive, because she tries really hard, but Claire isn't dumb. She knows her mum gets really sad around the holidays. Also a mystery to her. Honestly, what is it with that woman and being sad? "Oh, Merlin, I didn't tell you! Mum signed me up for ballet, finally! I start next week! I'm so excited, I've been asking her for so long! You'll come to my recitals when I get good enough, right?"

Message Me • 19:10, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

One would think that Adele would be desensitised to all aspects of Parader life, the good and the ugly, but being forcibly absent from children is somewhat of a trigger. She's never been particularly fond of Julian, but he's never given her reason for her to dislike him. His love for the children has always shone from him like sunrays, and that was good enough - but now he's obviously absent, and Adele swallows the lump in her throat. Merlin. Another person Tessa's lost. That poor girl. The sensation of the snake creeping further up her arm barely registers as she listens to Claire, heart hurting at the mention of the holidays, and forces herself to smile at the mention of ballet. It wouldn't be fair of her to make Claire worry anymore than she clearly is. "Ballet! How sweet! I took ballet lessons myself at Beauxbatons, did you know? I can be your dance partner, if you like."

Message Me • 19:18, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

Claire looks like she's just gotten the greatest offer of her life, fully ignorant to the dilemma Adele is now having from her revelations. "Oh, I'd love that! I went in to meet the ballet mitress the other day, and she said if I'm a quick learner, I can be in their next big recital! I'm a long way from that, but if I have my favorite ballet partner with me, I think I can be at my best by then," she chirps. "Why did you quit ballet?"

Message Me • 19:29, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

Another pang of hurt at Claire's question; it has occurred to Adele many times that Tessa wishes to keep her daughter away from the Parade, which is most definitely the right decision, if history is to teach them anything. But the extent of how much Claire knows about the family business is unclear. It hopefully isn't much, as evidenced by her childish ignorance of Julian's whereabouts, but the thought of her being totally clueless of the danger of it all... no, she has more faith in her daughter than that. Besides, it's entirely alien to Adele, the concept of raising a child who isn't constantly on guard. Just because Tessa had to grow up that way doesn't mean her own children do as well. "I didn't have time to take lessons anymore," she explains simply, ruffling the top of Claire's hair with a smile. "Work came and stole all my weekends." The work in question being assassin training with Sabrina is a detail she neglects to mention; there are some things better left unsaid.

Message Me • 19:36, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"So being a grandma isn't your full-time job?" Claire pretends to be offended, her lips curving downwards and her head shaking disappointedly. "It's okay! Now you get to dance with your favorite grandchild!" she beams. There's no way Fabian is their grandmother's favorite, and Claire is absolutely relishing in the potentially false assumption. "Is it okay if we go outside? It's actually really hot in here." She hadn't even noticed until now that she was standing and didn't have Cherry distracting her. And also, it smells... not very pleasantly, which she doesn't necessarily mind, but she could use a break.

Message Me • 19:45, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

Merlin, being called a grandmother makes her feel old. She's never been one for sentimentality but there are nights where she dwells on just how far they've come, from the days of her and Sabrina and Carlisle scrapping for their lives as teenagers and now here they are, all of them parents, anchored by newfound responsibilities. Though she can't personally see Morgan having children any time soon, and probably for the best; he has more than enough issues of his own to work through before he adds parenthood into the mix. "Yes, darling, let's go." She holds out her hand for Claire to take, grateful as Cherry immediately winds her way back down and over to the younger girl. "Have you seen the entirety of the Citadel? The vault, all the gold? Now I'm here, I feel much more comfortable letting you see the chambers rather than if you were on your own."

Message Me • 19:52, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

Claire takes Cherry first, and rather than acknowledging Adele's extended hand, quickly whirls around to put Cherry back where she belongs. The snake isn't particularly happy about it, but Claire has the ability to ignore anyone she doesn't want to talk to, which is exactly what she does when she skips back out to meet her grandmum near the entrance. "I haven't!" she shakes her head. "I saw the room with the throne, and the one with the balcony... plus the big tower and the really big room with the white table. But I haven't seen anything else! I thought that was as big as it was," she discloses, laughing a little to mask her embarrassment. "Wait, gold? Oh, Merlin, do you have crowns here, too?" Claire is practicing a lot of self-control by not breaking into a run and dragging Adele along. She should be proud. "Oh, come on, I'm already big enough to wander on my own! This place doesn't look that scary. Dirty, but not scary." Yeah, these walls could do with some scrubbing.

Message Me • 20:03, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

That makes her chuckle - yes, the place looks dirty, but Sabrina would never let it be so. There are cleaning charms cloaked across these walls that will exist long after their caster is gone. "It's not dirt, ma choupette, merely age. The stone is so old, time has eaten away at it. But yes, it could do with refreshing." Are there any areas of the Citadel which should be off-limits? The crypt is perhaps a little morbid for a seven year old, as is the dungeon, but everything else can be perceived as beautiful in the right light. The rooms which are above ground look particularly stunning with the sunlight streaming in through the windows. "Come on, then, let's explore."

Message Me • 20:12, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"Oh," Claire pauses. "Old stuff's not very pretty, then." Spoken like a true trust fund baby. She holds onto her grandma's hand, lacing her fingers around the other woman's as they exit the reptile room. "How long have you lived here?"

Message Me • 20:26, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

A trust fund baby, indeed. Between the Parade's bottomless funds and Tessa's monopoly of investments in Lincliff, the family will certainly want for nothing in the duration of their lives. And even if they ever did, Adele would not let them go without. Even if she's a little too old now to be going out on the battlefield, she can fight for her loved ones from the council meeting room of the Citadel, making decisions like moving chess pieces. "Oh, I've lived here longer than I can even remember. Since I was younger than your mother is now. It used to be just three of us - myself, Sabrina and Carlisle - before others joined. I've watched it grow with us over the years, new rooms added here and there when needed. Although the original intention was to keep it lowkey and undetectable, your step-grandma has always had a penchant for the decadent." And a total softie - after all, the watchtower only exists because Xavier had asked for it.

Message Me • 20:33, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"That doesn't say a lot," she notes absentmindledly, distracted by engravings on the wall. "Mum's ancient." It feels oddly fitting to be here, Claire realizes. It feels familiar, almost, and she feels uncharacteristically at peace here. She chalks it up to it being her mum's home, but it does awaken her natural curiosity as she peers around the corridors they walk. "Have you always known her? Err, nana, I mean." Calling Sabrina Sabrina has always felt kind of wrong. Tessa often tells her stories of her childhood before she goes to sleep, and the fondness that she talks about Sabrina with has always made Claire see her just as much her natural grandmother as Adele is. "Has she always been with you?"

Message Me • 20:45, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

She chuckles at that, the sound bouncing and echoing off the stone walls, carrying down the corridor. It is impossible to have a private conversation in the Citadel, she's learned over the years. "If your mother is ancient, what am I? A crumbling ruin?" It does cross Adele's mind every now and again that it's an absolute miracle that she and Sabrina have even made it this far. Between near-death experiences in combat, aborted attempts at prison breaks with Lucien, and the menial threats of an assassination attempt or a rival organisation, fate clearly favours their chances. The same with Tessa and Morgan and all that they've gone through - totally different experiences but similar in the way it must have taken everything out of them, made them think there was nothing left to fight for. It truly is an ugly lifestyle. She wouldn't change it for the world. "I met her at school, when I was barely fifteen. We've been attached at the hip ever since. Her brother too, and Carlisle, her friend. Dunstan took a different path but stayed close, and now we have the family that we do."

Message Me • 20:54, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"No, you already crumbled," she jokes, joining in her grandmum's laughter with a hearty giggle of her own. Claire listens intently to the response she's being regaled with, her lips curving into a happy smile. "Have you always loved her?" Claire dreams of having that kind of relationship one day, the kind she sees in all her movies and reads about in her books. "Or was it slow?"

Message Me • 21:06, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

Ah, is this what it is? A third-degree about her and Sabrina's relationship? She can't blame the girl - Tessa likely isn't telling her the ugly details, just the highlights, and now she sees the Parade as some fairy tale. Part of her vehemently disagrees with such an upbringing; just through her relation, Claire is going to be a target her entire life. The thought makes Adele's blood run cold but it's a sad reality. But maybe that's the mind of somebody who has always lived like this, who brought her own daughter up in such a way - and look how that turned out. Maybe Claire can exist with fairy tales for a few years longer. "Sabrina is the type of person you never stop loving," she replies, tossing a gentle smile down to Claire. "Believe it or not, she was all charm and cheeriness back in the day. Happy and carefree as a lark. I fell for her the moment I saw her."

Message Me • 21:15, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"I can see it," she nods. Thinking of her grandmothers in their youth, running through opulent halls and relishing in their freedom makes Claire grin to herself, filled with excited anticipation for her years at Hogwarts. It's still so long from now, though. The reminder wipes the smile off her face and replaces it with a deep frown, brow furrrowing. Ugh.

Message Me • 21:32, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

Merlin, even the way a smile scrunches up into a petulant frown is so reminiscent of Tessa, it feels like they've walked through a time loop. "What is it, my darling?"

Message Me • 21:39, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"Hogwarts is so far away," she complains, "I'm still basically four years away, and Kwikspell is getting so boring! I know most the stuff they teach. I don't know why Hogwarts won't let me start a few years early!" Sure, she hasn't had her first sign of magic as far as she's aware, but what's the harm in at least trying to use a wand anyways? "It's not fair!"

Message Me • 21:42, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

Oh, how similar she is to Tessa in terms of ambition, too. "Your mother was always years ahead of herself, too," Adele laughs, ruffling Claire's hair again as they turn a corner, winding down a particularly dark corridor with cracks like spider webs making their way through the stone walls. She knows the layout of the Citadel like the back of her hand but years of always watching her back have drilled cautiousness into her, so she whips out her wand and lights a quick Lumos, the light spreading and defeating the shadows. "You have so much left to learn before Hogwarts, believe me. It may not feel like a lot but rushing into magic too early is a grave mistake. It is always better to be doubly prepared and secure beforehand."

Message Me • 21:48, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

The light is very much so appreciated by someone who, whether she admits it or not, has an intense fear of the darkness. Adele might've noticed how tightened Claire's grip on her hand became as a result, only letting up some of the pressure when she can see more than a few feet ahead of her. "I mean, I guess, but I still don't think it's fair. My friend Sakura says her older brother started at Ma - Mawhotuh - the school in Japan - when he was seven. I'm seven!" Claire pauses. "And three quarters."

Message Me • 22:25, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

As amusing as that is, she understands exactly where Claire is coming from - that Bellerose ambition proceeds age every time, and in the case of Tessa, led to danger that Adele could never allow to be repeated. "I hear you, ma belle. But believe me, practice and experience must come first. Have you ever held a wand?"

Message Me • 22:52, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

"Dad's," she nods. "Nothing happened, though. Mum let me see her old one for a school project, but it didn't do anything, either." The admission leaves the bitter taste of disappointment hot in her mouth, leaving her with a surly look on her face. "How old were you when you did magic for the first time?"

Message Me • 17:57, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

It's no surprise that Julian had allowed a seven-year-old loose with his wand, Merlin forbid the consequences - though she recognises that Tessa was getting up to far more dangerous activities at her age, and considering the track record of child safety in this family, Claire has fared rather well so far. "The wand is specific to the witch or wizard. It is dangerous to handle somebody else's. I was older than you when my magic first appeared, though, so don't worry. You still have so much time. Though I think you Apparating to the reptile room is as good a sign as any."

Message Me • 15:12, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

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Claire Ritchardtessa bellerose & julian ritchard's daughter

「 Age 」
7 y/o
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
kwikspell student
「 Relationship 」
too young

Claire stills besides Adele, her eyes slowly widening as realization sweeps over her like a big wave. "Apparating?" She knows what apparating is. Merlin, how didn't she think of it sooner? "That's what I did?!" It explains so much. "So I really do have magic?!"

Message Me • 20:36, 28 December 2020 (UTC)

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Adèle Bellerosebeauxbatons graduate • mother of chaos

「 Age 」
41
「 Species 」
witch
「 Occupation 」
parader
「 Relationship 」
married

The awe in Claire's face is as amusing as it is heart-warming; it was so many years ago that Adele can't remember feeling that herself, discovering her own powers and watching them blossom before her eyes like stars. She knew she had magic before it ever revealed itself, so the surprise was lost. "Of course you have magic! I'd be more worried if you didn't, ma chérie. With a family as powerful as yours, I think you're going to grow up to be a very talented young witch indeed."

Message Me • 00:25, 31 December 2020 (UTC)

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