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10 April 1890 — Set Up for Easter Charity Fundraiser
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Diana breathed out a sigh of relief as the last of the crates were brought into the hall. Thanking the staff, she tugged consciously on her gloves, adjusting them. Brightly colored streamers lay in a tangled pile next to her as she surveyed the scene. Boxes lay in stacks, abandoned and half-opened as they'd been only partially so to reveal their contents. Diana could hear the commotion outside as the waiting staff she'd brought with her herded in the animals for the charity zoo.

She looked around the bare room. Soon it would be alive and vibrant with a whole variety of guests, but first they had to make it presentable. Of course, they wouldn't actually be putting up the decorations, but guiding the serving staff they'd hired and offering their input on the design of the venue. Given that she'd volunteered to help out her mother with charity work, she settled into the idea of staying here for the afternoon. Hearing footsteps behind her, she turned. "I think that's the last of the crates." she said to Charlotte Beauregard, one of the other volunteers.


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Lottie enjoyed volunteering. It was one of the few roles expected of her as a debutante that she genuinely enjoyed, which gave her a purpose in her present day-to-day life until she felt called to something else. Whether than ‘something else’ would prove to be a marriage - which she still thought herself too young for, but wasn’t entirely out the realm of possibility - or an occupation remained to be seen, but she was in no rush to figure it out just yet or to force something that wouldn’t come naturally, so volunteering her time to others and attending parties and other social engagements would have to do for now.

“Excellent!,” Lottie answered Miss Fawley with a bright smile. While she and the older debutante had very little to connect them, they were friendly enough from running in the same charity circles together, and Lottie often looked up to her as someone who had several years more experience than she did. “Where do you propose that we start?” She asked, hands on her hips as her blue eyes surveyed the many crates laying around.



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Diana surveyed the lay of the land again, taking a few seconds to think before her eyes landed upon the folded up tables. "Perhaps those?" she nodded towards the ones she was eyeing. They were currently covered by a canvas cover, and so with a flick of her wand, the canvas flew off and folded daintily in the corner.

The only problem being they were a rather light-colored wood that, in the debutante's estimation, wouldn't go too well with the beautiful darker stained furniture they'd selected. She walked over to it, biting her lip. "They might need to be transfigured to match the ones we already have." She looked back at Miss Beauregard for her input. "Are you good with transfiguration spells?" Diana had, of course, excelled at Transfiguration, though the polite thing for her to do would be to ask the younger girl so she would not seem like she was hogging all the work.


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“I am,” Lottie nodded, looking towards the now-uncovered tables. Although Transfiguration wasn’t her forte when it came to wand-based abilities - that honor belonged to Charms - it was a simple enough spell that was confident she wouldn’t botch (unlike her NEWT Transfiguration exam), and with a murmur and slight flourish of her wand, the tables shifted to match their darker counterparts and levitated to their respective places in the room.

The last table landed gracefully on the floor, and Lottie turned back to Miss Fawley. “There,” she said with a satisfied smile, stashing her wand back into the secret pocket compartment of her dress. Very faintly, she registered some commotion outside as the zoo workers wrangled the animals into the pen for the petting zoo, but paid little attention to it as she peeked inside one of the other crates. “Hmmm, looks like we’ll have to do a little more transfiguring,” she announced. “These tablecloths are two different shades of white!”


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Diana gave a gasp of delight as the tables were given a beautiful sheen. "Wonderful work Miss Beauregard!" she said, clasping her hands together, eyeing the table cloths. Of course they were two different shades - with their luck the plastic eggs would all be the same color.

Stowing her wand away, the debutante walked over to the crate Miss Beauregard was at and peered inside. "Oh, bother." she murmured, walking over to another and looking inside. "It looks like these are as well." They'd have to transfigure all of them. This time, Diana took her wand and had the table cloths flutter around in the air, muttering under her breath as she did so. Slowly, the cloths turned a pearly eggshell color before settling on the ground in a nice folded stack. "What do you think the odds are that everything else is not the shade it was supposed to be?" Diana bit her lip, pondering how long this would take. Undoubtedly Miss Beauregard had some engagements for the afternoon, same as she.


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@Diana Fawley

Lottie watched on, satisfied, as the table cloths were changed to their proper color before settling down neatly in a folded stack on the floor. They had several more crates to go still, but at least they were another one down!

"Fairly good odds, I'd wager," Lottie said with a light chuckle as she moved towards the other boxes. With a mixture of trepidation and hope, she removed the lid off one, praying that all was in its proper place, but the defeated sigh she released said otherwise. It appeared that there must have been a mix-up with the crate order, and they had been sent preparations for a summer event rather than Easter, which - while terribly inconvenient for her and Miss Fawley, who would have to transfigure just about every object in the crates - thankfully explained why everything was the wrong color. Which meant that there were likely no eggs for the Easter hunt... Good Merlin, they really were going to be there all afternoon, weren't they?

Though Lottie could barely voice as much to Miss Fawley before the sounds outside - loud shrieks, she noted, though she couldn't tell whether they sounded more panicked or excited -  grew louder, and she fixed her companion with a questioning look. "What do you suppose could be going on out there?," she wondered aloud, moving to the window to see if she could peek through to the back.



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Diana watched with bated breath as Miss Beauregard approached the rest of the crates. The other witch's sigh of resignation told her all she needed to know – that they had their work cut out for them and it was likely she might have to send a message home to cancel a few engagements.

Amongst the thoughts of how they would unpack all of this in addition to transfiguring it all, Diana also registered the shrieks of panic coming from outside. Her first thought was a goose might have gotten loose, but it seemed a little too loud for a mere goose. Diana followed Miss Beauregard to the window and peered out. "Oh Merlin," she exclaimed, her mouth open in shock at the pure bedlam that went on outside. Not only was there a wayward goose flapping about, but the lambs had also gotten free of their cages and were leaping about in the garden. That wasn't even to mention the few dozen chicklets that were waddling every which way. "Oh, Miss Beauregard, it seems as if our afternoon just got a bit busier!"


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Miss Fawley was certainly correct in that their afternoon had just gotten much busier and far more chaotic, and Lottie looked on with wide eyes as the mayhem continued to unfold outside the window. She was sure that it must have been a mistake — if the gentleman, the zookeeper she presumed, followed after the animals frantically — but how on earth could he have lost control so suddenly?

She hardly had time to wonder further, however, when she realized that the trajectory of the animals' path would only lead them right into the ballroom itself, and Lottie gasped slightly and looked around. Fortunately, many of the decorations were still in crates, but she pointed her wand at the things on the floor, levitating them onto the recently transfigured tables and turned back to Miss Fawley.

"Quick, let's try to bar the door!," she suggested. The last thing they needed, in addition to their increased workload, was to repair the items as well. She was sure that they would both like to be home at a reasonable hour.



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