“ volcano of sweetness,
thunder of honeycombs,
vast love, vast death, vast fire ”
NAME Margarita 'Marg' Soledad Marquez
RESIDENCE Between her fathers house in Kilkenny, Ireland and her flat in London, England
BIRTH 8th August, 1979 in Kilkenny, Ireland
DEMOGRAPHICS Spanish/Irish mixed-blood witch
MARITAL STATUS Single
OCCUPATION Active Duelist for the Professional Duelling Society (2001-current)
EDUCATION Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 1997 Gryffindor alumni
PATRONUS Iberian Wolf (Canis lupus signatus)
WAND 10 3/4" aspen, guajona hair, and sturdy
AMORTENTIA Saffron, freshly peeled oranges, dulche du leche, red wine, tobacco
BOGGART Her father disowning her out of disappointment
ERISED Becoming an international duelist
⤜ Tamsin Villiers, best friend
⤜ Olivier Villiers, friend
“ and what is love, anyway?
it’s clawmarks, scratches, scars,
traces someone leaves
inside of you. "
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This is what Margarita's father tells her:
He meets Eithne Whelan in the year 1970 when she's travelling around Barcelona. He doesn't speak a lick of English but somehow they make it work. They fall in love, they get married. Eithne moves from her small green world in Ireland to be him. They live eight years together in a small town on the outskirts Barcelona. There is a dog and maybe a few cats. There are lots of long drives and visiting the sea. They drink red wine every day, at least one glass. The fruit tastes the sweetest in the late summer and they are very happy.
Eithne realises that she is pregnant as the year 1978 comes to an end. She wants to move back home, wishes to start her family where she grew up and send her children to the school she went to. Except Miguel cannot imagine a life where the sun does not burn his back, where red wine is water and the night is lurid with someone playing the guitar. Miguel Marquez has never left the comfort of home, but he knows that the Irish do not siesta. Miguel loves his wife, so whatever she wants, he gives.
They come to Ireland along with spring, and Margarita is born on autumn's door. Shortly after conceiving, Eithne experiences postpartum bleeding and she leaves this world. She also leaves Miguel alone with their child in a foreign land and Instead of going home, he stays. Because thats what she would have wanted he reasoned, because her dying wish was for her children to live in the house she grew up in, and to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry just as she did. It was her dying wish and his love was now dead.
So is the first fallacy: A man touched by the sun and his infant daughter. He speaks very little of the native language, and thinks quite differently too. He is the only man who has crossed the English Channel from his small southern village. He is unhelpfully reticent and unsociable in nature. Such an integration of characteristic can only incite loneliness.
And this is just the start.
Margarita is a mad comet spun out of orbit.
When she graduates from Hogwarts with a bare pass, she spends the next three months finding/losing/finding herself by backpacking all over Europe. She makes it to Turkey when she starts to feel the need to do something more with her life that doesn't include beer-drinking competitions and heated arguments. She recalls that she was the top of the duelling club for five seasons straight. She remembers being asked to run for duelling captain (except she didn't because who wanted that kind of responsibility?). Margarita still feels the calefaction of her bones when she hurls a hex at her opponent and they falter under the weight of her spell.
So she starts getting involved in underground duelling. And she is damn good at it.
A few months later she is scouted to join the Professional Duelling Association as a junior dueller. She has the image down: young and capricious female with a ferocious hunger that cannot be satiated. Obsidian eyes, hair chopped with a blunt razor, chain-smoking cigarettes between matches and hurling profanities at the judges: She may be a stereotype, but everybody loves it.
Thats enough for Margarita, the mad comet with no orbit. She's never known love and affection, not like this. She finds it addicting just like how she can't seem to quit smoking. It's the feeling of always searching for something to satiate that black hole in her heart.
The crowd chants her name. She glows.