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Fern-hunting parties became popular, allowing young women to get outside in a seemingly innocuous pursuit with less rigid oversight and chaperoning than they saw in parlors and drawing rooms. They may have even had the occasional romantic meetup with a similarly fern-impassioned beau. — Bree

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The Unseeing
15th June, 1888 — 12 Grimmauld Place
Sirius Black
The fog that clouded the wide window of the parlour was not magical in origin – despite what the muggles might insist about their revolutionary techniques of industry – but in its depths Elladora could see the potential ruin of them all. The papers were full of Irvingly and Wellingtonshire being engulfed: any fool could guess if it hadn’t stopped yet then it might not stop at all. They were hundreds of miles away and yet, each swirl of the London smog made Elladora tense.
A fog that could stop magic? Perhaps the muggles really were doing something revolutionary in their factories?
“Have you seen your mother this morning, my dear?” Elladora asked after greeting her nephew. It would be just like Ursula to get caught in this the moment it hit. “I want you all here safe today,” she added in a softer voice she usually reserved only for Sirius.

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Sirius was trying to set up his trains in the parlour, because then Phineas and Arcturus and Belvina couldn't fuck it all up. Also, no one had stopped him yet. He was lying on the carpeted floor carefully attaching the links of track. He was not at all concerned with the Bad Fog in Hogsmeade or the normal, pollution fog outside.

He clicked two pieces of track together. "No," he said, rolling onto his back so he could look up at her without craning his neck. Aunt Ella was using her nice voice, which she usually contained for special circumstances. He frowned at her, but didn't get off the floor. "Why do we have to stay here?"

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He was curious. That was good. Curiosity and sensible questions meant the Black blood in his veins was battling against whatever Ursula had contributed to his make-up. He did have a tendency to loll on the floor but Elladora didn’t have it in her to mind that too much: as long as the house elves kept the floor free of dust then it scarcely mattered. And if they did not then it was hardly Sirius’ fault!

“Because the fog in Hogsmeade had already proven itself remarkably mobile and logically it stands to reason it may spread again,” she explained patiently. If it did spread again she would move the whole family immediately – going without magic would be utterly intolerable and there was no saying yet if that was the extent of it. The fog might yet be lethal and all eyes would be on Irvingly for them to set the precedent.

She thought briefly, painfully, of Iola before she forced herself to stop.

“Of course it won’t have wagered on facing me if it does,” she added, with a smirk for her nephew.
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"I thought Hogsmeade was far away," Sirius said. He sat up to shift to the left and place down another piece of track. This one was curved. Of course, if the fog did set in, then his enchanted train set would not work anyways - and that would be deeply annoying to him.

"The fog would definitely lose to you, Aunt Ella," Sirius said, glancing up at his aunt and grinning, "I don't know why the government hasn't pulled you in already."

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