Charming is a Victorian Era Harry Potter roleplay set primarily in the village of Hogsmeade, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the non-canon village of Irvingly. Characters of all classes, both magical and muggle — and even non-human! — are welcome.

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    Ch. 1: In Which They Meet
    #1
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    September 19
    It was still very odd to not be back at Hogwarts. January didn't think that she would ever get fully used to the fact that she was now a Hogwarts graduate. Her days tended to be spent doing debutante things which was time consuming. She had known it could be thanks to her older sisters but she had somehow still not fully expected it.

    September nineteenth had been a surprisingly empty day for her social-wise and she was grateful for it. It had been quite some time since she had been able to do her usual hobby of painting. Even longer since she had managed to do it in the park. The last time she had gotten her paintbrush mauled by a duck though so that had partly contributed to her decision to stay away from the park for the time being.

    Setting up by the lake, she painted the scene before her but added in the image of the fairy tale version of mermaids rather than the selkies she was familiar with. Taking up her wand, she cast a spell against her canvas that had the mermaid splashing in and out of the water and flipping her hair.
    @J. Alfred Darrow
    @Ophelia Dippet
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    #2
    J. Alfred Darrow was on his second day back in England--one and a half, really--and he was not at all used to being home. He'd already met with several bits of unpleasant news of what had happened in his absence, and he was beginning to seriously worry about the things that he hadn't heard about yet. His mother was dead, his sister was dead, and Evander was still, unfortunately, a bit of an ass. Where were his old school friends--dead as well? And more importantly, so much more importantly, where was she?

    He probably would have found an excuse to get away from Evander and his house today anyway, but trying to figure out where his fiancee was and why she hadn't written when the news had broken was as good a reason as any. Not that Evander cared what his excuse was, really; he was feeling more and more like an inconvenience to his older brother with every passing hour and was fairly certain that was the impression Evander wanted to portray.

    Alfred couldn't exactly waltz right up to her door, though, so he'd made a pretense of some shopping, followed by a bout in the park, and was planning to pass by her house several times in hopes of creating an impromptu run-in. He'd been in town for two hours already, though, with no success, and was debating whether he ought to amble by again or whether that would be too terribly conspicuous. He was passing by a woman with an artist's easel and mulling over this question when he saw a flash of wandwork.

    Over the past five years, the light of spellwork had almost invariably been followed by disaster (the dangers of three men sharing one wand which had chosen none of them and was rather particular), and the sudden spark of something so nearby made him flinch. Turning his attention towards it, though, it seemed what the girl had done was rather harmless--and probably working as intended, though he wasn't familiar enough with the spell to say for sure.

    "Have you ever seen one of those?" he found himself asking, without a second thought to the fact that normal people did not strike up conversations with strangers in the park on a whim; he hadn't had to deal with introducing himself to anyone since 1882. "I don't think you can find them any farther north than Rochelle."
    #3
    January smiled as her spell settled in and the mermaid chittered at her. She idly wondered if there were any lonely artist spinsters that ever painted up their own companions for company. Not that she was in a lonely spinster state but it was an amusing thing for her to ponder.

    Her idle thoughts were disrupted by a man who was asking her if he had ever seen - what, a mermaid of the kind she had just painted? An easel? Either way, he was a rather rude one, wasn't he? "I beg your pardon?" January asked, wondering if that would remind the man of his manners and prompt some sort of introduction.
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    #4
    Unfortunately, a simple question was not at all sufficient to remind Alfred of the manners he hadn't used in five years; he simply took her question to mean she hadn't heard him properly, or else hadn't understood what he'd meant. He took a half-step closer to her and her easel, in case she'd had difficulty hearing him (he did sometimes have a habit of mumbling, and though he didn't think he'd been guilty of such in this case he had to admit that it was possible).

    "Your Mer," he clarified. "It's the Mediterranean kind. They aren't only in the Mediterranean, but I've never seen one this far north. Have you?"
    #5
    The man only came closer and January watched him warily, a little unimpressed with what she saw as being quite rude and overly familiar. Behavior she might have overlooked had he at least saw fit to introduce himself first. "No, I have never been outside of the United Kingdom," January replied. "I'm sorry but do I know you from somewhere?" It was always entirely possible that he was acquainted with one of her many sisters or even August.
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    #6
    Continuing to be thoroughly oblivious to what she was trying to convey, Alfred assumed that question was asked in the you look vaguely familiar, where do I know you from sort of way, and not as an attempt to reestablish decorum. His only thought was to be helpful when he stood up a little straighter and said, "Oh, well, I was in the paper recently. You might've seen me there." It occurred to him only as he was saying it, however, that she couldn't possibly have recognized him from the paper since they hadn't included a picture with the article. He frowned, puzzled. "Only there wasn't a picture, so I suppose you couldn't have. No," he concluded, after thinking it over and deciding she really couldn't have known him from anywhere at all. "No, I don't think you know me."