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Curiosity Killed the Cat
May 10, 1888 - Rare & Exotic Imports, London

That doorway hadn’t been there yesterday. Percy felt certain of it. It simply had not existed when he passed this way only twenty four hours before. He would know for he often took this path - recently with increasing frequency to avoid dinners with his father - from work to the library in London. As it had not been there the day before and he felt certain that he had not seen it before he began to wonder about it. It was like an itch he could not stop. Each step further down the streets of London in the drizzling rain made him want to know what was behind the door. It was clearly magical, he doors simply didn’t just occur in the muggle world and he thought he might see a sign hanging. In the dim light though it was almost impossible to tell. He made it down the block and was about to cross the street headed to the library when he doubled back down the block the on the opposite. The side the door was on. It was just to see the sign, he reasoned. But when he reached the door he barely glanced at the sign, instead he opened it and stepped inside out of the rain.

A large variety of good surrounded him in a store he had never seen. Decidedly magical he decided after noticing a cage of dancing toy rats. He continued deeper in the store, taking in object after object with a fascinated mind. Curiosity didn’t always kill the cat.

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Yasmina hated watching the shop alone. It was fairly tedious when she wasn't alone, but when she was alone it was not only hideously boring but she felt trapped. Even if she didn't typically skip out on whomever else she was supposed to be working with, at least she felt that she could do so without much in the way of guilt over it. If she simply closed up early and went walkabouts she would never hear the end of it, especially not if something bad were to happen as a result.

It seemed to her like it had been at least an hour since there had last been a customer and the silence was oppressive. Finally there came the sound of the shop door opening and she looked up to see an unfamiliar man walk in. She ought to do something probably, like try to sell him something, but after an hour or so of inactivity, she felt as inclined towards activity as a sloth. It wasn't until she spotted him wandering in the direction of a vicious troupe of taxidermy meerkats that tried to savagely bite anyone who came near. She probably ought to warn him, it'd probably be better than dealing with him after he'd sustained a dozen meerkat bites. She was supposed to have made a little warning sign and she actually had but then she'd lost it somewhere and now it might as well have never existed.

She got up and weaved through merchandise until she closed in on the customer. She was about to unleash her warning when it occurred to her that maybe she could get him to buy them instead. "Are you looking for something fashionable to display in your home?"


Ahead of Percy a group of tall rodents stood on their hind legs. Animals had always fascinated Percy. Fascinated wasn’t quite the right word. They were easier to speak to. Not that he could hold conversations with them. It was just that they didn’t mind if you stared at them, didn’t expect awkward small talk. They did their own thing. Percy respected that. Likely how he had ended up in his profession. Then again he’d simply been looking for a respectable job when he’d graduated, he’d have taken something in the Misuse of Muggle Objects department if it’d been offered to him. But that was beside the point, the rodents - for he was quite certain they were indeed rodents - were nothing he had seen before. Their pointed noses and the way they stood and moved did not look like anything Percy was familiar with. Curious, Percy continued toward them.

A voice startled Percy from his path, “Er, no.” Percy felt as if he’d been caught out although was quite unsure the logical reasoning for this. He turned and found a young woman staring at him giving a distinctly foreign vibe. Not that that was a bad thing. He should have expected that in a store such as this one. “I - I was just curious, what are those? I don’t believe I’ve seen them before.” He pointed at the rodents before them only a few steps away from him now.

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