04-01-2017, 02:24 AM
It was a lovely April day and Hwan was even more full of energy than he usually was. This fact was most likely the reason that his governess had decided that an excursion to the zoo in Irvingly was in order. Hwan had actually never been there before so this was going to be an entirely new experience for the young boy. Hwan was overly excited and his governess could barely keep up as soon as they had arrived.
Staying on the 'muggle' side of the zoo for the time being, Hwan looked around at all the animals. These were the non-magical animals but they were still quite amazing. They had been informed that it was permitted for people to ride the elephants and that had Hwan quite eager for his turn. Waiting in line to ride one of the two elephants, Hwan looked around at his surroundings, looking and everything that was of interest from his current perspective.
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This post just seemed to escape from me, I'm sorry. I didn't mean for it to get this long. xD
The day was cool and sunny as Eliza and one of her aunt’s older charges, Edythe, wandered about the Irvingly Zoo. Having lived in the little town for nigh on three years now, it certainly wasn’t Eliza’s first time visiting, but it also never failed to entertain her - particularly where the magical side of the menagerie was concerned. Some of the animals native to the wizarding world were just so strange - fascinating, but strange, creatures she’d never believe would have existed before because she’d only ever heard about them through mythical tales and folklore. Like the hippogriffs, for example, a legendary creature with a front of an eagle and the hind of a horse who could supposedly be able to fly around the world to the moon and back. Looking at the large creatures now, lazing about in their pen, they certainly didn’t look like they’d be equal to the task, but Eliza also didn’t doubt that they’d be able to travel long distances if they put their minds to it.Words: 546
But Edythe soon wanted to move on, and despite her slight protest - the baby hippogriff was adorable! - Eliza followed the older girl to the non-magical side of the zoo. Eliza knew of her discomfort with magic, and yet Edythe had complied with her wishes to explore the magical side anyway, and Eliza thought it only right to give her the same courtesy, so away they went. The two of them mainly stuck to the mammals, sightseeing giraffes, bears, monkeys, and all sorts of others, finding amusement in their little quirks and pointing out different details about each. Why, she had even witnessed one of the monkeys steal a man's tophat! The poor man had been very confused indeed, and Eliza had had a hard time masking her giggles behind her hand as she watched him look around in bewilderment, but Edythe had pulled her away before she could find out what happened next.
When they came to the elephants, Eliza's eyes widened slightly - she'd almost forgotten about this! - and she whirled around to face the other girl. "Please, Edythe," she begged, jutting out her lower lip. They both knew that her great-aunt would never permit to her riding the elephants - it looked far too unsafe in her books, though surely what her aunt wouldn't know won't hurt her?
Edythe, herself, looked at the majestic animal in distrust, and Eliza worried that she too, would say no, but she was pleasantly surprised when the other woman heaved out a defeated sigh, and with slight nod of her head, agreed to it. "But not a word to Josephine, do you hear?", Edythe said sternly as they made to take their place in line, but Eliza was so excited - both by the prospect of taking an elephant ride as well as the anticipation of trying something new - that she wouldn't dream of mentioning it to Great-Aunt Josephine, and she nodded enthusiastically at the request as she fell in line behind a boy.
He looked to be about her age, and just as eager as she was about the attraction, so she smiled brightly at him. "Isn't this exciting?," she asked, looking on as another pair of riders were lifted onto their elephant. "I've always wanted to try it!"
Hwan wanted to explore more of the zoo but he also did not want to lose his spot in the line-up. So, he settled for watching what he could see from his spot. There were a variety of animals and he wondered how Mister Podmore had found them all. To Hwans eleven year old mind, the amount of animals in the zoo seemed quite a lot for the two years or so that the zoo had been open to the public. It didn't really occur to him that the man might have had some of the animals for quite some time.
Hwan turned as a couple of girls fell into line behind him. "Oh, indeed," he replied cheerily. "This is my first time here. Are you here often?" He asked since she had made it sound like she had been here many times before. "Do you think it's true that elephants like peanuts?" If they did, then he felt bad for not having brought peanuts along with him.
Hwan thought nothing of talking to some girl he had never met before as if she were already his friend. His keeper made a small noise in her throat that was probably either a discouragement or an reminder to do a proper introduction of himself but Hwan wasn't paying her a lick of attention.
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"Oh! Is it really?," Eliza asked, brows raised with slight interest, smiling at him. "It's a fascinating place, isn't it? I've only been a handful of times, and each time, there's something different I've never noticed before!" Which made the excursions all the more entertaining, and it was a wonder that the zoo's owner could fit everything in! She supposed that magic must have something to do with it, though Irvingly's restrictions must certainly make it hard to do so. Words: 187 | Tag: Hwan - @Tristan Michaud
At the boy's question, Eliza's gaze traveled back over to the elephants, studying them curious. "I'm not sure...," she answered slowly. "They're quite large, I doubt peanuts would be very filling." Though that didn't take into account taste, which they could certainly like even if it didn't satisfy their hunger, but she could barely mention it before Edythe cleared her throat and gently nudged her to mind her manners. Which initially had made her confused until she'd looked up, and Edythe had made a slight gesture to her new acquaintance.
Oh! Of course!
"I'm Eliza, by the way," she introduced in the same bright tone. "Eliza Tremlett."