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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    11.13 This news is not at all big. Do not bother with it.
    11.10 Election update!
    11.07 We have Posting Wizards!
    11.06 A big announcement...
    11.04 Happy AC day!
    11.03 Banner time!
    11.03 Welcome to November!
    10.29 October is waning...
    10.17 Election 1887 campaign ledgers are up!
    10.16 Kayte's changed her (Charming) face!
    10.10 Congrats to September's PW winners Olive and Miri!
    10.03 An update on the Hogwarts ban...
    10.01 It's now October~
    09.30 The AC Approaches
    09.24 We have new Wenches!
    November 1887
    Kerosene & Matches
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    Lou wasn't expecting anyone that day--or any day, really, for the foreseeable future--and Daniel was out and shouldn't have been back yet, which made the rustle of someone approaching the cabin rather worrying. It was easy to hear even the slightest sound in the silence that had descended over the cottage like a shroud since he'd come back at the beginning of September, a metaphorical dog with his tail between his legs. Depending on your interpretation, maybe a literal one, too.

    Even Gabriel seemed affected by the pervading melancholy, and Daniel had been spending more and more time away these days--whether to give Lou space to deal with his tumultuous bouts of depression or just because it wasn't very pleasant to sit around and spend time with him at the moment, Lou didn't know. Anyway, hardly anything moved in the cabin these days except him, and whatever was outside the door hadn't been his doing.

    The most likely option was that it was his mother. Charles Jameshill had said he didn't intend to tell her about the Vow, and she was overdue for one of her periodic visits. It could have been someone else, though--maybe a stranger, or maybe one of the creatures that dwelt in the Forbidden Forest, though they'd never bothered him before. And although it was hardly very likely that she would arrive without notice, there was always the possibility, now that she knew where he lived, that it could have been Xena. From here on out, it would probably be impossible for Lou to hear anyone approaching the cabin without thinking that thought, however fleetingly--it could be Xena.

    It wasn't Xena, that much was clear as soon as he opened the door. He hadn't really been expecting it to be her, anyway, but he was disappointed all the same--though that didn't have a chance to show on his face as he immediately scowled at the young man who had arrived outside his door.

    "Sod off," he said unceremoniously, and shut the door of the cottage right in the face of the man who had, at one point in time, been his younger brother.

    @Theodoric Jameshill @Ursula Black
    Do You Know Lou, or Charlie?
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    Theo blinked hard as a 'whoosh' of air washed over him from the slamming of the door. He hadn't seen his brother since his father had insisted on an Unbreakable Vow and hadn't really thought anything of this lack of communication from Lou with work distracting him and not even the slightest inclination that his brother might be at odds with him. The the splinching debacle was a perfectly good reason for a person to resent their brother but Theo was under the impression that he was beating himself up over that more than Lou or anyone else. While the Vow itself had been something he fiercely disagreed with to the point that he still resented his father over it, he hadn't really had much choice in the matter and he assumed Lou understood that his involvement was minimal and unwilling. So why would he be met with such hostility?

    The last time he'd had his brother tell him to go away punctuated by a slammed door was early childhood as far as Theo could recall. When he'd been at that obnoxious age where he not only dogged Lou like a shadow, but imitated him incessantly, among other obnoxious behaviors that he'd eventually grow out of, mostly anyway. Perhaps this would have been a more common occurrence had Lou's 'death' not interfered.

    At first he couldn't do anything but stare in shock at the grain of the wood that formed the shack's front door. "Lou?" he called through the door, bewildered by the reception he'd received. He knocked gently on the door, not sure what to expect next.
    OCTOBER 20TH, 1887 | @Lupus Jameshill
    Lou hesitated at the door, his hand still on the handle as it shut. The cabin didn't have a lock, and he wasn't sure whether Theo would be tenacious enough to try and just walk straight inside, so he stayed poised to prevent him. After a beat of silence, he relaxed just slightly, wondering if Theo had gotten the message and left.

    What was he doing here? He could either have been here with a missive from their father Charles Jameshill, or he could have come for his own reasons. The former seemed unlikely, unless the healer had become suddenly paranoid about the security of sending letters via owl. Charles would never come to the cabin himself, Lou suspected, but if he had a message he couldn't send via his wife as a proxy, Lou doubted that Theo--notoriously willful and unreliable Theo--would be his first choice of delivery method. That meant that the young auror was here of his own accord, but Lou still couldn't imagine why. What business did Theo think that the two of them had together?

    Clearly there was something, because he hadn't gone away. Lou bristled as he heard his name, but wasn't sure how to react. Would Theo try the door if Lou just ignored him? Would responding to him constitute encouragement? He moved one hand to run his fingers over the butt of his wand, but he couldn't think of any way to expedite Theo's departure, really, even with the use of magic.

    The knock was what finally forced speech from him. "Go away," he called, scowling at the door between them. "You can't have any business here."
    Do You Know Lou, or Charlie?
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    The hostility once again took him by surprise. What could he possibly have done to deserve such treatment from his brother? "What, are you having so many visitors to your cabin in the woods these days you have to turn people away now, is that it? I'd hope as your brother I'd at least be on the exceptions list." He was trying to make light of it to keep his optimism going. It wasn't personal, Lou was probably just having a bad day and taking it out on him or something. It wasn't that he'd done anything to deserve this treatment.

    "Stop being an idiot and let me in!" he called through the door, sounding exasperated but not upset. He wasn't quite there yet but he was heading that way.
    OCTOBER 20TH, 1887 | @Lupus Jameshill
    Theo could be a real blockhead sometimes. Was it possible that he really thought things were all sunshine and roses between the two of them, after what he'd done? The Unbreakable Vow might not have been his idea, but it never would have happened at all if Theo hadn't derailed Lou's plans to make it in to the Werewolf Capture Unit. He couldn't fault the younger man for being opposed to the idea of seeing him in prison, but he could certainly resent him for the splinching, and for everything that had followed. Getting Charles Jameshill involved had spelled the end of Lou's autonomy, and it wasn't a loss he was taking lightly.

    "I don't have a brother," he growled irritably through the door. "Go find someone else's life to ruin."
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