Stories taking place in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.
Forum rules: When starting your thread, please put a location [Tag] at the beginning of it, such as [Scotland] or [Wales]. Use broad locations if possible, though more detailed descriptions are welcome for specific locations such as schools. Once your thread is complete, be sure to mark and report it as complete to be archived.
r_avatar

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.
r_avatar

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
r_avatar

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.
r_avatar

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
r_avatar

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.
r_avatar

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
r_avatar

Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#30932
"Ah, a man of experience," Jude countered as he identified the sound of bottles coming from Sen's basket. Know-how would explain the lack of hangover.

Jude smiled widely as the mention of his wedding brought back a deluge of happy memories. "It was a joyous event." Though his marriage was peculiar, it was a happy one. "Very festive," he added. "But tell you what, my wife is out of town and I am tired of eating frozen meals. I thought I could cook something for myself. How would you like to join me?" Because his marriage truly was a happy one, but there was always underlying loneliness. A loneliness Sen had come close to eliminate.
r_avatar

Sen Watanabe, Watchdogs Security

Magical ★ Accountant
#31359
Sen could imagine how the wedding would have gone. Lots of booze, enough food to feed a small nation state, wretched jingling music that no one really listened to outside of weddings... The last time Sen had attended a wedding had been a distant cousin of his, and it had been a traditional Japanese wedding. No room for church bells or bouquet throwing.

His first instinct was to immediately turn down whatever social invitation was thrown at him. But something seemed all too appealing about a home-cooked meal from someone he knew that he wouldn't mind the company of. It beat the cold sausages, canned tomato soup and bread he had planned on rationing for the next few days.

"Can you cook well?" the darker-haired man found himself asking, his voice bloomed with curiosity.

Played By: melmaid
r_avatar

Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#31528
"I have yet to address an official complaint," he bragged with the humility of a peacock.

Raised in a rather traditional household, Jude had not been allowed in the kitchen. He had watched with envy as the house cook had taught his sister a few cooking and baking charms. Making up for lack of experience with a lot of enthusiasm, he had quickly learned how to prepare a few well-received meals.

"But even if the meal disappointing, the company will certainly make up for it," he winked confidently.