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[London] Bend The Picket Line

Arnaud Lacroix, The Daily Prophet

Magical ★ Investigative Journalist
#25990
Location: Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts • Date: Spring 2003
Time of Day: Afternoon • Weather: Cloudy


Due to considerable cuts in their funding, the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts would have to suffer years of meager programs instead of offering the superior quality education they had been providing for the past decade. Quickly, students, professors and community members had rallied around the academy hoping that their protest might bring light to the importance of the arts.

Arnaud had chosen to attend the protest as a citizen rather than to do so in a professional capacity. While he knew the event deserved media coverage, he was confident that a colleague of his had already been assigned to the protest.

The crowd was modest but determined. Most of the attendees had signs expressing their outrage and chants that emphasized their already bold punctuation marks. Holding his own sign Arnaud walked with them and chanted when he was not chatting with other participants.
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Re: [London] Bend The Picket Line

Helena Sun, The Daily Prophet

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Covering rallies and social protests was one of Helena's specialties. She had a firm grasp on deconstructing this kind of scene. From the crowds level of vindictiveness to the poker-faced presence of law enforcement, she was adept with capturing the mood accordingly. Most likely it had something to do with her own empathy towards political progression. On a personal level she did not actively engage in affairs of state, but she did vouch for positive change.

Helena stood at the edge of the humble crowd with her camera. She pressed down on the shutter as she loomed over unforgiving faces and vengeful fists. At one point her lens skimmed over a familiar face and she focused in on the figure. It was Arnaud among the protesters with a sign of his own. For the briefest moment Helena was about to take a photograph of her colleague but at the last minute her mind decided against it. The gentlest touch of guilt caressed her conscience at the very thought of gathering possibly incriminating evidence against someone she respected. Not that attending a protest was in bad favour, but all journalists knew how reputation and image evidence usually found itself in an arm wrestle.

"You're blending in well with that," she said as she approached the man. Helena nodded towards the sign he held and acknowledged it with a single raised eyebrow. "So you're a patron of the arts then?"

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Re: [London] Bend The Picket Line

Arnaud Lacroix, The Daily Prophet

Magical ★ Investigative Journalist
#26177
"I knew a beret would have been too much," Arnaud quipped as he was being complimented for blending in.

Realizing that Helena was covering the protest came to no surprise; it was her specialty. He did, however, wonder if the task had been assigned or if she had chosen to cover it of her own initiative.

"I am," he confirmed though it felt a little bit like letting a stranger gaze at the titles on the shelves of his bookshelf. He was not ashamed of his appreciation of the arts, but he felt as though he was revealing a segment of himself he rarely shared with others. "Are you here because the dragon said so or did you choose to cover the protest because you know you're amazing at it?" He asked attempting to shift the attention.
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Helena Sun, The Daily Prophet

Magical ★ Journalist
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"I would daresay a bit of both," Helena responded idly when Arnaud inquired about her attendance to the rally. She wore a modest white blouse and plain navy robes with the Daily Prophet embellished in copper on her right breast. It was obvious what kind of person she was and who she worked for. Still, the people paid her the slightest bit of attention. The crowd was now steadily chanting a sonorous rally cry. The edges of the mob had grown fatter with encouragement as stragglers joined the cause.

Helena attentively observed the slowly growing horse. "I'm not amazing at covering protests, they're just amazing at being newsworthy events" she then pointed out while offering Arnaud a sly grin.

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