Hogsmeade.   Posted by Hogwarts Academy.Group: 0
Athene Shoe
 player, 860 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Tue 19 Mar 2013
at 19:22
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"Well everyone else is probably going to either Honeydukes or Weaseleys' Wizard Wheezes first; which means mad crushes from front door to back in both stores.  We could swing through Gladrags or Tomes and Scrolls first." Athene suggested amiably.  Not that she had a lot of blunt to spend, but it couldn't hurt to do some window shopping.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 751 posts
Fri 22 Mar 2013
at 15:23
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"Mum's probably working today at Gladrags.  See what's new in the fashion world." her voice had a flippant edge.  She was wearing a jacket over her plaid dress and her hair was braided down her back.  She kept stealing glances back at Da and over at Lysandra's group.
Amanda Davis
 player, 811 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Fri 22 Mar 2013
at 16:12
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
“Gladrags sounds good,” Amanda agreed lightly.  “I’ll want to pick up a few things at Tomes and Scrolls later, but it might get a bit tedious carrying them around all day.”

OCC:  Did Kiri, Lloyd, or Miles request anything from Hogsmeade?
James Evans
 player, 317 posts
 Snape's Ward
 Lonely Child
Sat 23 Mar 2013
at 20:29
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
For James, the idea of going to Hogsmeade had been exciting, and he had tried to catch up on his homework, but there was a bit to be done yet when he got back that evening. Still, he was walking along with his friends out of the castle and mostly ignoring the other students, just seemed easier that way.

He was moving an inch closer to Claire when eh spotted her Da and took a good step away. He didn't like it, but he knew that she was still keeping things from her parents. He didn't need the old man glaring at him the entire trip. Still, he was glad when the man fell to the back and seemed to be chatting with one of the aurors a bit. Still, he didn't risk being closer to Claire than seemed appropriate for a good friend.

The debate on where to go, though, had him flumoxed. He had wanted to got to exactly the places Athene mentioned first, and had not even wanted or planned to visit Gladrags, he had all the clothes he needed, yeah? Still, he glanced at his friends and knew he was outvoted and would follow along anyway. He glanced wistfully over at Robert and wished he'd have his best mate along for the trip. He was already imagining himself loaded down with bags and stuff, like in the movies.

"Alright, as long as we pop by Weaseley's at some point when all the good stuff is still in stock. Oh, and I wanted to visit the pub, too..."
Hogwarts Academy
 GM, 299 posts
Sat 23 Mar 2013
at 20:30
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
The students arrive at Hogsmeade without incident and disperse into the village. A few who live there head home for a bit, but most mob the popular stores just as Athene thought they might.

Miles asked for nothing and is only barely civil to Amanda because they are family.

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Claire Cowlings
 player, 752 posts
Sat 23 Mar 2013
at 21:36
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"Oh, it won't take long.  Give it about an hour and the wheezes ought to have cleared out.  Amanda, you want to stop by your house.   Athene, how about you?  anybody you want to visit?  James, if they're home you can meet the famiiies, if you want."  She sighed when James stepped away from her, and glanced back at Da.


Kiri requested some candy (specific varieties), and 2 decoy detonators. and handed over enough money for the requested items..
Athene Shoe
 player, 862 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Sun 24 Mar 2013
at 13:42
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athene shrugged, It's a Saturday, so all the Hogsmeade orphans will be out and about; either doing odd jobs for shrapnel or traipsing about."  Then she got a conspiratorial grin on her face and added, "Do you know that the orphanage was build on the site of Shrieking Shack?  A place so haunted that they had to board it up completely so that the ghosts couldn't get out?"  Not that she believed in dangerous ghosts, not with all the ghosts in Hogwarts after all, but it was a fun story to tell to spook younger kids or for a lark.
Amanda Davis
 player, 813 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Tue 26 Mar 2013
at 06:46
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda nodded in response to Claire’s question, “I promised my parents that I’d stop by for a visit while we were here and Mrs. Jones said she’d be making a fresh batch of oatmeal cookies.”

She glanced over with an interested expression when Athene told them about the Shrieking Shack.  “I wonder whose ghost used to haunt it.  If it was considered dangerous enough that they had to board up the building, it was probably the ghost of a criminal.  Considering that most ghosts haunt either the places they spent the most time during their lives, or the place they died, we might be able to find out by researching what the building was used for before it became the Shrieking Shack.”  She gave a small shrug, “Not that I have enough free time for that this year.  Sometimes it seems like each of our professors thinks theirs is the only class we have homework for.”  The complaint was made in a light tone.  After all, while she might have liked a little more free time, she wasn’t having much trouble keeping up with the workload.

Although Amanda wasn’t looking for anything in particular, her gaze drifted to the new clothing on display as they entered the store.  “Oh....look at that one,” she indicated a beautiful set of silver dress robes trimmed in blue.
Athene Shoe
 player, 863 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Tue 26 Mar 2013
at 18:45
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athene looked at the dress and shook her head, "It would be better if it was blue and gold... more "Ravenclawy" if you know what I mean.  Besides with your skin, eyes and hair, you should stick to more autumn colors rather than winter ones."  She dug through the racks nearby and pulled out two different robes.  One was deep purple with golden celtic embroidery and the other was blue with burnt gold flowery trim.

"Now these are more what you should go for."  She handed Amanda the two robes and pointed to the mirror in the corner.  "Go see what I mean."

Secretly she thought that the silver and blue dress would look good on herself, but she knew better than to even look at the price tags of anything in the front of the shop.  The back of the shop would be where she'd find anything.  She slowly made her way to the back, pretending to look at stuff but not really trying until she was where the discount clothes were arranged.

She found a dark blue colored robes with light grey piping that looked pretty good, but honestly where would she wear it?
James Evans
 player, 318 posts
 Snape's Ward
 Lonely Child
Tue 26 Mar 2013
at 19:08
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
James was standing very uncomfortably off to one side as dresses and colors started becoming the topic of conversation. James had never liked dressing up and had a normal, healthy boy's attitude toward clean clothes as well. His mother used to berate him all the time and he would probably get an earfull from Professor Bones too if it weren't for the house elves. Still, one thing about this sidetrip did have him excited.

He glanced toward the shop's window to check if Mr. Cowlings was still outside. He was standing in front of the shop in the street, watching many of the children but especially Gladrags while chatting with auror Thrussington. Hogsmeade was ado with hogwarts students and resembled a marlstrom.

James moved closer to Claire and smiled at her. He was just reaching into his pocket when out of the corner of his eye he otted a dark face peering out of the back of the shop. He frowned, froze, and stared at the face, wasn't it looking at Claire.  "Hey, Claire, do you know tha... Hey, where'd they go?"

The dirty, dark face was gone. His brow furrowed in confusion and he pulled a hand out of his pocket to shield his eyes from window glare to see if he the figure was somewhere deeper in shadow. In his hands was a scarf in Hufflepuff colors, ""Bloody hell, I swear I saw someone staring at you Claire."

He suddenly notice the scarf, blushed, and hid them behind his back.

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Claire Cowlings
 player, 753 posts
Tue 26 Mar 2013
at 21:51
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Claire startled, she'd been looking at a display of knitted goods, a one of which she'd made, homework or no, she still had her piecework.  "Wha"  She glanced toward the back of the shop where he was staring.  "Well, come on, we can go in the back, I work here, . Just don't touch anything."  She grabbed his hand and headed in the direction he was staring.  "Mum.  I'm gonna pick up my piecework.", as they passed into the back of the shop heading toward the back room.
Amanda Davis
 player, 814 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Wed 27 Mar 2013
at 02:13
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda accepted the suggested robes with a smile, “these look pretty too,” she agreed as she headed towards the changing area.  She paused a few times as she strolled towards the corner of the store, adding various items to the collection of clothing.

After trying on several different outfits, she quickly decided on a favorite and after admiring it in the mirror for a while went looking for her friends to get their opinion.  She wasn’t sure where Claire and James were, but after a brief search she found Athene in the back of the store.

“What do you think?,” she asked with a pleased smile.  Athene had been right, the purple robe with golden embroidery did a wonderful job of complementing Amanda’s complexion.  Moreover, the cut succeeded in making her look at least a year older, hinting at curves that had not yet fully developed.  “I’m fairly certain that I’m going to put it on my Christmas list,” she said as she posed for her friend.

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Athene Shoe
 player, 864 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Wed 27 Mar 2013
at 05:29
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athene was giggling when Amanda came over with the purple robes on.  She had softly asked for Mehen's opinion of the plum robes and he had told her in no uncertain terms that the robes were shaped nicely but he couldn't give any advice on the color seeing as how he didn't see colors.  Besides, all he cared about was whether or not she was there, not what she was wearing.

Looking over at her friend she gave her a thumbs up.  "Definitely the robes for you."  She put the plum robes back on the rack and looked around a bit puzzled, "Where's James and Claire?  Did they run off for a quick snog?" she whispered, not wanting Claire's mum overhearing.
Amanda Davis
 player, 815 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Wed 27 Mar 2013
at 06:18
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda looked around the store once again and then answered quietly, “I’m not sure.  I haven’t seen them since I went to try on the robes.  I can’t see them leaving the store without letting us know.  But, since Claire’s mum works here, she’s allowed to go into the back rooms.  That’s probably where they are.”

“They should be back soon.  Did you find anything you liked?”

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Athene Shoe
 player, 865 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Wed 27 Mar 2013
at 14:28
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athene shrugged.  "Not really, just window shopping.  Besides, don't need anything new yet.  Probably next year when I have to get new school robes." She had a plan to keep to after all.  She knew down to the Knut how much money was in her school fund that Bones had given her and how much she could expect to earn each summer.  Aging out wasn't going to catch her unprepared.
Robert Smith
 player, 671 posts
 Half blood, Hufflepuff
 decent surfer also.
Wed 27 Mar 2013
at 17:25
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
 Glad to have a chance to waunder around with the others as they all flooded down the pathway into hogsmeade before the crowds began breaking off to go visit which every building had attracted their eyes.

 He pointed to the others with him towards the post office and held up a letter, "
going to drop off a letter then i think i will swing by the three broomsticks and look over the new brooms and read up on how fast they are."
 Heading down the path he stops and pays for a owl letter to his parents describing all the effort being made by the aurors to protect them from the escaped prisoners.
 Before heading off to the broomstick store.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 754 posts
Thu 28 Mar 2013
at 01:53
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
As they passed into the back of the store, Claire said low to James "is this the right way?"
James Evans
 player, 319 posts
 Snape's Ward
 Lonely Child
Thu 28 Mar 2013
at 17:24
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
For several seconds, James was more focused on how Claire's hand felt that where they were going or what she was saying. It was soft and warm and felt nice. There was something about her mum and then it got suddenly a bit darker and he looked around. Where they in the backroom? He glanced at her hand and his heart did a silly flip before he heard her ask the second question.

"Right way...?"

He glanced around and realized they were right about where the face had been and he suddenly caught up. He did not retrieve his hand though. Instead, he bit his lip, worried about if they should REALLY be back here, and then nodded, "Yeah, they were right here, uhmm, right there exactly. I didn't see which way they ran though, they left while I was getting your attention."

He surreptitiously put the scarf back in his pocket.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 755 posts
Thu 28 Mar 2013
at 23:18
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
In reply to James Evans (msg # 42):

She looked around the backroom, there were plenty of places to hide, but the door to the back alley was there too.  "You want to check the back exit?"    She let go of him and stepped toward the backdoor.  She just intended to test it, not go through it.
Amanda Davis
 player, 816 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Thu 4 Apr 2013
at 03:57
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda nodded, “I don’t really need anything else either.  But, it can be fun to look.  Give me a minute to get changed back and we’ll see if we can find the others.”  While, in addition to the dress robe, Amanda had noticed a few cute accessories, she’d already decided that she’d rather save her spending money for Tomes and Scrolls, Honeydukes, and Weaseleys' Wizard Wheezes.

After giving Athene a chance to respond, Amanda headed back to the changing area.  After putting her own outfit back on, she returned the clothing she’d been trying on to the racks where she’d found them.
Athene Shoe
 player, 866 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Thu 4 Apr 2013
at 04:20
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"Sounds like a deal."  Athene said with a smile.  The smile slid off her face as soon as Amanda was gone.  As much as she was happy for Claire, James and Robert, she couldn't help but also feel put out by their pairing up already.  After all, it did seem a bit premature of them.  At Howley's she had seen the same sort of things happening, but usually to the fifteen year olds.  At the rate things were going she was going to be the last to find someone to make kissy-faces with; she couldn't see Amanda having any trouble finding a boyfriend.  Maybe it was better that way.  Who needs to try and impress some guy anyways?

She continued to wander around the store as she mused darkly.

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Robert Smith
 player, 672 posts
 Half blood, Hufflepuff
 decent surfer also.
Sat 6 Apr 2013
at 18:23
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
 The feel of Corina's hand in his and the faint smell of her shampoo was very nice and somehow felt right. He had to hope that any Auror who was following him would be descret and keep their distance, though after the train ride he was not convinced these aurors would be that nice.

 He went along as they did the regular spots for a butterbeer but he found the taste too strange to be comfortable with and only had a single glass. He did enjoy the mischief house of the wheasly brothers funny but again he felt that none of what was there interested him, at least when the auror was standing nearby keeping an eye out for trouble. He looked around to see if any off his friends were in the store and sighed.

 Later he did find time to talk with Corina alone about what she had done over the vacation and about her parents and what they were like. He did talk a little about his friends and they might need to set up a picnic with everyone when the weather turned to spring and warmed up.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:44, Sat 06 Apr 2013.

James Evans
 player, 320 posts
 Snape's Ward
 Lonely Child
Tue 9 Apr 2013
at 21:44
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
James peered around the back room like a curious kid, because he was. He had never been to the back of a store before. Then the fact that he was alone in the dark with Claire occurred and he blushed, glad it was hidden. Of course, his thoughts didn't manage to conjure up anything specific beyond that their parents, even his and definitely hers, would probably not approve.

He caught himself and looked at the door then shrugged, "Well, as long as there is no alarm... they'd have set that off if there was, right?"

There is a magical alarm on the back door.
Hogwarts Academy
 GM, 300 posts
Tue 9 Apr 2013
at 21:47
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
In reply to Robert Smith (msg # 46):

Corina talked pleasantly about her summer, mostly spent in Devon with her parents but with a vacation to France and relatives, as well as her parents with Robert, though she noticed him looking around. She didn't get jealous though, she knew that he was mates with James and didn't begrudge him that. She was less thrilled when he hung out with Amanda and Athene, but she felt she had to be somewhat reasonable.

She loved the idea of a picnic... with her friends and his.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 756 posts
Wed 10 Apr 2013
at 02:26
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Claire pulled out her wand.  "Lumos."  And shone it around the back room looking around the room. Even if she found nothing else, she should find her piecework.