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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#30423
Location: Magic Neep Grocery • Date: Fall 2003


For the last few weeks, Jude's diet had been constituted of frozen meals, he and his new wife had prepared in prevision for her extensive North American tour. While he appreciated the time-efficient diet, he could not help but feel lonely every time he took a small container from the icebox.

In an attempt to feel a little less alone, Jude had decided to make a trip to the Magic Neep to buy a few ingredients. Perhaps preparing a fresh homecooked meal would help him feel a little less deserted.

Standing in the middle of the produce aisle, Jude was waiting for a craving to appear and provide inspiration.
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Sen Watanabe, Watchdogs Security

Magical ★ Accountant
#30660
The last thing Sen needed on his list were carrots. Why? Because they were nutritious, versatile and most of all cheap. And he could eat them without having to prepare anything in advance. The wizard's trolley was almost full as he rolled up to the produce aisle. Two bottles of Scottish whiskey, a family packet of salt and vinegar crisps, a loaf of sourdough bread, several bottles of pre-made pasta sauce, a tub of hummus and a jar of orange marmalade sat in the spacious shopping basket which Sen lugged through the grocery stall.

He was just approaching the produce aisle when someone caught Sen's attention. He stopped in his tracks and peered at the stranger. They had met before, Sen knew this for sure. But where? He couldn't place a finger on it. It was only then did the French-Japanese man realise that he was staring. And by then it was probably too late. His unrefined gawking had most likely been noticed by now.

Played By: melmaid
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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#30715
The squashes were nice, perhaps he could make a nice soup or roast one in the oven. Oven-roasted squash, a nice quinoa salad and a piece of salmon? Jude smiled to himself. As far as homecooked meals were concerned this would be a modest meal, but hopefully, it would provide some comfort.

Hand hovering over the squashes, Jude caught a glimpse of the man looking in his direction. Under the bright store lights, it took him a few seconds to recognize the man. Realizing he had been looking too long to be able to subtly dodge the encounter, Jude offered a gentle nod of acknowledgment.
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Sen Watanabe, Watchdogs Security

Magical ★ Accountant
#30753
There was no denying that the other man had noticed Sen staring at him. How could he not? Even if they were to have never met before, Sen's demeanour had always been on the shadier side. Anyone would notice someone like him staring if he were to ever pay anyone the slightest attention.

His steps towards Jude was cautious and uneasy, like a cat scoping a foreign environment. "Jude, was it?" Sen found himself saying as he slumped up to the other fair-haired wizard. He could remember the taste of strong whiskey and soda-stream cola in his mouth, shitty music and an undisclosed fascination not previously experienced.

Played By: melmaid
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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#30793
Jude nodded, the man had an impressive memory considering how inebriated he had been. "Nice to see you again, Sen." Attention drawn to the other man, he forgot all about the squash he had been choosing.

They had met while Jude had been attempting to indulge in his frowned upon proclivities. His impending wedding had been his excuse to satiate his visceral desires. It had been meant to be his last time, he had been determined to become a faithful husband. His plan had not quite been successful. Jude had never gotten his last dance.

"How was the hangover the next day?" He asked with a smirk.
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Sen Watanabe, Watchdogs Security

Magical ★ Accountant
#30883
The sullen accountant had not anticipated for the other man to remember his face, let alone his name. It had been a rare moment of Sen's life to meet someone who clawed at the frailest threads of interest. People were boring, dull and stupid in Sen's opinion. Jude hadn't been boring or dull, that was for sure. The latter could only be decided over time. After all, Sen was not one for abrupt first impressions. Especially when booze was involved.

"What hangover? I didn't drink that much," Sen replied despondently. He shifted his shopping basket to his opposite arm. The bottles of spirit clanked merrily together.

"How was your wedding?"

Played By: melmaid