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Alexis Nightshade, Hogwarts School

Magical ★ Faculty • Charms Professor
#22566
[February 2003]

The sun was finally shining, after a week of dreary ice cold rain it was a much welcome surprise. And so, on waking up that Saturday morning, Alexis decided to make the most of it and to head out into the world from her little cocoon of a cottage in Hogsmeade. Except that she didn't stay in the village, she headed south. Briefly she stopped by Hawkstoop to drop something in for Jeeves. She had made him a little something, he didn't celebrate his birthday but Alexis and Regulus liked to mark the occasion with little thoughtful gifts. She would pop back later with a cake.

For now though she headed off towards Diagon Alley, while it was sunny it was still cold. So with her best purple long cloak, over a bodiced dress, laced up boots topped off with smoked glasses she stepped into the busy shopping thoroughfare and smiled.

She had some errands to run, and the first one was a simple one which was to sort out the delivery of owl nuts and a little feather grooming kit for Lavender. So she headed towards Eeylops Owl Emporium & Magical Menagerie on the North side of the alley.

A brief glance to the various creatures outside and in the window, and headed into the depths of the store...
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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#22707
Determined to design a new harness for the thestrals, Jude was in desperate need of inspiration. Haunted by the piles of crumpled paper that littered the floor of his flat, he had grabbed his cloak and had gone for a walk.

Hands in his pockets, he had wandered along the streets of the busy Alley until the Magical Menagerie had caught his eye. Perhaps inspiration could be drawn from the many creatures awaiting for a kind soul who would be willing to give them a home.

Without much creativity he started by looking at the various kinds of harnesses the store offered. Holding one in his hands to feel the strong leather, he noticed a woman walking in. Something about the bodice couture seemed to catch his interest. Desperate to understand what exactly would become of the spark of an idea that was forming in his mind, his eyes followed the woman.
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Alexis Nightshade, Hogwarts School

Magical ★ Faculty • Charms Professor
#22708
After a few steps into the shop, Alexis paused to remove her sunglasses just in time to avoid walking into the counter. It was dark in the shop but not in a way that it was difficult to navigate or work out what was for sale, but enough that anyone wearing dark glasses looked like an idiot. She took a sidestep and carried on further into the store. She smiled briefly to one of the employees but shook her head slightly when they asked if she needed assistance. For the moment she wanted a look round, there was no rush to get everything done.

Alexis walked past a man starring intently at harnesses for evidently large creatures and moved on, eyes flicking about at the various pet accessories, gilded cages, coloured food bowls, snacks, until she found herself looking at the rows upon rows of cages and tanks, of all shapes and sizes. She couldn't help but take a look.
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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#22734
Jude hesitated. While an idea was forming and making him feel ecstatic, he knew that approaching the woman in this state might just make him come off as creepy. Too bad, he had been so desperate for an idea, he couldn't simply ignore it.

Leaving the harness behind he approached her. "I'm sorry," he apologized after clearing his throat. "I am a Thestral Handler for the Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve. I am trying to design a new harness for Hogwarts' thestrals and I think your dress just gave me an idea. Would you mind if-" suddenly noticing the strange little creature in the cage in front of him, his eyes widened "what is that?" He pointed at little thing that seemed to be doing cartwheels.
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Alexis Nightshade, Hogwarts School

Magical ★ Faculty • Charms Professor
#22741
It took a moment to realise that the 'sorry' was being directed at her and not to anyone else in the shop. Her eyes were fixed for the moment on one of the occupants of the cage in front of her. Eyes flicking from the little creature to the person who had approached, "I'm not sure why you need to apologise for your job?" she started to say as he carried on, her gaze fixed a little more on the man, whom she now realised she had just passed on entering the shop.

"Uh" was all she managed at his broken off query, as she tried to take in what he had said about designing new harnesses and her dress, she wasn't sure how they connected and then he was pointing to the cage. She looked back, and the smile returned, "it's a little fancy mouse."
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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Thestral Handler
#22775
"It's more talented than a Bucket Bros. Carnival's acrobats! " He exclaimed with a grin as the mouse seemed to be doing the splits. Taking a step closer he chuckled as he watched the marvellous little critter. "I never thought of them as animals who could learn tricks." Enthralled by the animal's movements he had completely forgotten about his harness.