Lincliff Square is at the heart of the city. A lot of visitors and locals tend to frequent this area, as it connects most routes throughout the city. There's a small bakery right in the middle, home to some of the best treats the wizarding UK has to offer, and it's definitely a good place to kick back in and watch the people in a hurry to get places; if, of course, you don't mind people bumping into you every now and then.
She'd be sitting on a small bench on the edge of the plaza watching people move around and interact with one another, their emotions and auras swirling around them, mingling and interacting with one another like a giant fireworks show. There wasn't a lot of people but it was still...intense to observe but also mesmerizing.
It's pleasantly warm today with a comfortable amount of people in the area, so Tobin figured it would be a good idea to go for a walk all the way to the plaza while her mother and sister stayed inside the shops. She was right. As she walked, observing the people that slipped past her, she enjoyed her churro.
She'd continue to watch the people roaming around the plaza in an almost trace-like state both observing the people and also trying to balance her own emotions as different emotional auras met with and tried to influence her own.
In her distracted state between the churro and the people-watching, Tobin doesn't realize there's three steps leading down to the plaza. This results in her missing all three and slipping. She doesn't even know what happened until she's sprawled on the floor, her churro lost several feet away from her and a throbbing pain on her ankle. Ouch! Her mouth opens, face twisting into a pained look, but she emits no noise.
A flash of white/orange/red aura would catch her attention and she'd turn to see another girl sprawled not too far from her with something wrapped in paper landing near her feet. She'd pick it up and move over silently offering her hand to help the other girl up.
Tobin is so wrapped up in her small, pain-filled bubble that she doesn't notice Karci at first or the fact that she's holding her churro. As a matter of fact, even when she blinks her tears away, her instinct is to look at her ankle. It doesn't look broken... but she definitely twisted it, and it hurts. Tobin sniffles, doing what she can to avoid crying. If I'd stayed with mum, this wouldn't have happened, she thinks, remorsefully. This is what I get for craving a - wait. The churro. It's definitely been more than five seconds, but maybe she can make an exception? She looks around, and only then does she notice Karci. Oh. She tips her head back, bewildered by the close proximity... until she realizes what she's holding. The churro!
She'd nod. She'd watch the burst of white/orange/red fade but not completely and then be replaced with a bright blue followed by another burst of red before being replaced with yellow fading into orange. She'd follow the shift in emotions then nodding and responding seemingly to her thoughts even though the other girl hasn't spoken. "I picked it up when you dropped it." She'd smile and offer her free hand to help the other girl up.
Tobin nods appreciatively and takes it. She surveys the churro, but with the floor dust and gunk on it, she doesn't think she can make that five second rule exception anymore. Her face contorts into disgust for a second until she sets the churro down. It's gross and she isn't gonna eat it. Tobin sighs, shakes her head, and goes to stand up, but her ankle hurts way more when she tries placing weight on it. She winces and immediately sits back, ditching her previous plan while the pain subsides a little.
She'd watch the chain of emotions, then steel herself for the contact before kneeling down and sliding one of her arms under one of the other girl's then up around her shoulders to help lift her up on the one good foot. She's on the smaller side but if Tobin doesn't fight they should at least be able to get her up on her one foot so she can help her over to the bench.
Years of bullying have led to Tobin developing a hate for that feeling of helplessness, and this - being helped by a stranger - makes her feel all sorts of helpless. She hates this. Hates feeling like she can't do anything on her own. Like she needs to be helped, saved - like she's the damsel in distress. Tobin scowls and twists her body, waving the girl away. She makes sure not to hit her, but does try guiding her hands away from her body.
The helplessness and hate hit Karci like a wave, disorienting her as her head swam and causing her to lose her footing and fall down beside the other girl crying out slightly. She had been ready for...something but not such a strong negative reaction. She'd close her eyes and take the next few moments to start breathing slowly and try to stop her head from spinning and force the emotions that weren't hers out of her own aura and away.
In spite of Tobin's muteness, seeing Karci let go and fall down throws her off. Her eyes widen and she stares at her, both concerned and bewildered. She clears her throat a little and asks, "are you - are you okay?" Did she do this? She could've sworn she only tried nudging her hands away. Panic rises inside Tobin as she realizes she might've hurt her. Trying to avoid placing more weight on her ankle, she scoots her butt across the floor to reach Karci.
She'd hold out her hands defensively feeling the panic coming from the other girl. It was close to swallowing her just at this range...if she touched her it would be much worse. "Stop! Stop!" Her voice wasn't loud but there was the panic in it she was feeling.
She jerks back. The other girl isn't shouting, but the audible panic makes Tobin feel nauseously uneasy. Unsure of whether she means stop moving or stop freaking out, Tobin freezes mid-move, eyes wide and her breath caught in her chest.
She freezes too and after a few moments slowly pulls her own hands back so as not to spook the other girl. She speaks slowly and calmly thought she doesn't feel close to calm inside. "I'm sorry. Are you ok?"
Tobin slowly nods her head, but because she's feeling lingering pain mixed with (mostly) confusion, concern, and uncertainty, she still inches a little bit further away. "Are -" Tobin swallows thickly, so her emotions aren't so audibly obvious. "Are you?"
She would give a slow nod. "Physically yes. I need to cleanse my aura." She'd close her eyes and take some deep breaths, slowly returning her world to a bright orange. After almost a minute she would open her eyes again and nod to the other girl. "I'm sorry...I should have asked but didn't think about it before touching you. Can I help you up?"
Auras?! Tobin's confusion is likely the most prominent emotion right now, but there's no doubt she's feeling the rest of it, still. Slowly, Tobin shakes her head. She has no clue what triggered this girl, but if it was Tobin's hate for being helped, then she doesn't wanna risk it again. Again she has to muster a great amount of strength to haul herself onto her feet, so it takes a little bit, but she eventually gets there... even if she's hobbling awkwardly on one foot.
It's clear the girl doesn't want help. She would pause to assess the situation then gesture to the bench she'd been sitting on as the nearest place for the girl to sit and recover. "How bad is your ankle?"
If there's any moment Tobin's felt insecure about her vocal prowess, it's right now. After Karci's small meltdown, she feels as though she's bound to freak out any second now for any reason. Weighted down by this suspicion, she only shrugs meekly, like she doesn't know. But the way she's hopping to avoid disturbing it with her face contorting into a pained expression regardless speaks volumes. Her pain melts into relief once she sits down on the closest bench to her, and she sighs.
She'd move to also sit down on the bench, not too close but not too far either. She could feel the mistrust and anxiety from the other girl, no doubt her fault, but hopes to be able to salvage the situation somehow. "I don't know anything about healing. Should I try to find some help?"
Tobin shakes her head. She'll be fine, she just needs to avoid putting any weight on it for as long as she can. She looks down at her ankle and sighs. She doesn't know how she's going to explain this to her mother.
She can tell the other girl's worried about it. She doesn't think anything she can do can actually help but...she's also still figuring out what she can do and what it all means so maybe? She'd wave a hand at the ankle. "Can I see if I can help it at all?"
She'd kneel down gently running her hands over the ankle and foot assessing where it hurt the most. It was definitely the ankle. She had no idea if she could help with it but she wanted to be able to help so she'd pause and push that want to help make it feel better through her own aura and as it touched Tobin's aura it would drown out some of the feelings of pain coming off the other girl. She had no idea what she'd done but her aura looked better at least?
OOC: My thought was all she could really do it basically block some of the pain with other emotions. So...nothing's actually better (which in the long run might make it worse since pain is there for a reason) but it at least feels better.
It didn't hurt as much when her ankle wasn't being physically moved, but she tuts nonetheless, wincing as the pain intensifies for a moment before slowly subsiding little by little. Oh, Tobin's muscles relaxed and she was flooded by relief from whatever Karci had done. She looks down at Karci gratefully, with just a slight quirk to her lips, but there was an underlying confusion. What did you do? She looked about her age, if not younger, so... how did she know magic? Nonverbal, no less?
OOC: Sorry for the delay! I haven't had much of a chance to come online.
She'd note the surprise echo through the other girl's aura. She'd sit back down on the bench feeling a little drained but happy the other girl's aura seems to have improved. "I...don't know if I actually made anything better but I think I sort of...helped with the pain at least?"
OOC:No problem. I'm in no rush..we have all summer to get this done. ;)
Tobin hesitates, but her confusion and surprise warrants attempting to communicate. Karci seems... nice enough. After several long seconds of silence, she asks, "How -" There's a pause while she swallows. She hates talking. "-did you do that?"
She'd frown. Trying to explain was...always the worst. It usually lead to some amazement but always spiraled down into fear. "I...can sense people's auras. Their...emotions sort of. It can be hard to nail down exactly how people are feeling but I can get a general idea." She paused not really wanting to elaborate more because if she started talking about helping people with their emotions or being able to do more than just sense them that's usually where the fear and anger started.
Tobin has been involved with the wizarding world for as long as she's been alive, but Karci's response throws her off. Her brow furrows as she processes her words... but nothing clicks. Slowly, she nods, as if she understands, but Karci can likely see - or sense, technically - that she is still confused. Still, Tobin's priority right now is to not look like a dumbass. She sits back and looks up at the sky, still mulling over her words. How? Does she control it? Differentiate emotions? Is that why she screamed earlier?
The confusion was obvious so she'd try to explain further. "I...don't really know how it works since it's something I got from my parents and I never met them. It's something I'm working on getting a handle on. I can't really...not tell how people are feeling any more than you can not taste something you've eaten."
Karci's explanation draws Tobin's attention back to her. She can feel heat crawling up her neck and cheeks as she realizes she probably noticed the confusion. Oh, right. Fooling her must be hard, huh? Tobin pauses, contemplating what to ask and how to frame it so she wouldn't seem judgmental. But she also doesn't want to keep messing around verbally, so she pauses, until she remembers: her notepad. Tobin twists, wincing at the slight pain the movement causes, and slips her arm out of the backpack sleeve long enough to retrieve the pad and a purple pen. She writes down, messy but legible, What about Hogwarts?
She tracks the changes in the other girl's emotions and gives a small smile of approval when she clearly tries to reign them in. She'd pause then read what the girl wrote and frown at her. "What about it? I'll be starting there this year...so I don't know much about it. Hopefully it won't be too...crowded."
She'd wince at those written words and try to reign in the fear it brought taking longer to respond than she should have as she tried to tame her aura. "I...I've been there a few times for...evaluations. It was a pretty horrible place."
She'd consider asking the other girl to imagine how it was but decide just explaining would be easier. "Hospitals are full of people who are sick, hurt, exhausted, worried, and mostly afraid." She'd try to think of a parallel she could illustrate with and just couldn't. "Being able to feel all of that and having it be so strong and overwhelming is...hard."
With his video camera set up, he was filming the crowd moving through the square, sitting on a step behind it, watching down at the screen and what it was capturing. He wasn't doing this for any reason, just practise and experimenting with everything. Plus, he needed more practise with editing so maybe this would help. Sometimes, he moved the camera around, focussing on someone specific that caught his attention. Sure, maybe this was a bad idea and could annoy someone but he barely considered this, especially when he turned the camera onto a girl across the area.
Elizabeth didn't so much like Lincliff Square, or Lincliff at all if she was frank. It was too crowded for her. Family functions were crowded enough as it were so to leave that environment to go to a more crowded place seemed superfluous to her. Today, however, seemed to harbour a quieter day in the city and thus she was able to sit at a bench and read a book. It was some dull muggle romance novel but it stimulated her brain enough so that she didn't think she was losing all of her intelligence. She had a sneaking suspicion that someone was watching her and, when she looked up and saw the camera focused on her, she tilted her head a little - as if to tell alert the cameraman that, yes, she saw him filming her.
When Bebe noticed the girl was looking back at him, he jumped, whipping the camera way from her to something else. A group of pigeons, to be exact, and tried to seem innocent. Even though his face was burning up and people had turned to look at him, seeing as he caused a little bit of a commotion with the way he nearly pushed his camera onto the ground. I hope she doesn't think I'm some creep. It'd be his worst nightmare.