Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 6, 2016 18:07:41 GMT -6
Emery had just finished up a very long, and not entirely successful, day at the lab. She'd had a particulary had sequence of base pairs to decipher today and frankly her eyes felt like they were going to fall out of her head at any minute. So, she decided some coffee was definitely in order.
Logically, the best destination was her favorite cafe, which happened to be only a few blocks from the lab. She decided the walk in the brisk air might also lend to waking her up. It was only 3 PM - she still needed to get quite a bit done today.
As always, when she stepped out into the world, she felt her gaze scanning the crowd, always looking for signs of magic folk among them. She had been raised around parents and brothers who wielded the trade, so she knew the little twitches of the fingers to look for.
So busy was she with her scanning, Emery found herself paying less and less attention to which way she was walking. To be honest, she was already a clumsy person. Adding in distractions hardly aided her grace. In a second, she had managed to collide with another person, jostling them. Looking up, she met the eyes of her victim and tried to smile kindly. "Sorry, that's on me....really gotta watch where I'm going. Are you okay?"
Before she had begun dating Sebastian, Aurelia had not moved too far away from London, at least not in the muggle world. She had moved between magical place to magical place at times, when she had been able to convince Ignatius, or they were places with the floo network set up. But she was beginning to feel a little bit more confident in exploring further out.
Maybe that was not the best decision. At least not on her own. Rei was now, rather horribly lost. Biting her lip, she glanced around herself, and then set off. Perhaps if she just kept moving, she would be able to figure this out. It felt ridiculous. To be twenty five, and lost. She wasn’t a child. And yet… she could blame her parents for that one.
Still looking around hopelessly, she wasn’t paying enough intention to notice the person getting too close, and startled a little as they collided. She blinked. “Yes, yes, I’m alright,” she said, offering a half smile in return. Alright maybe, but still terribly lost.
Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 7, 2016 20:26:37 GMT -6
She felt bad for bumping into the other girl, but, honestly, she seemed almost too distracted to care. Arching a brow, Em stared at her face for a second, debating. Did she ask what was wrong? Did she pretend to care? Or did she move along with her own business and let them each go their own ways. She was torn - the introverted part of her wanted to get her coffee and be on her way.
However, the scientific part of her brain always yearned to make new connections. Not because she necessarily treasured human contact or anything. Mostly because she liked meeting the new people so she could pick their brains and see how they viewed the world. In another universe, maybe she would have been a psychologist. "Hey, are you okay? Do you need help finding something?" She asked. The city was huge and easy to get lost it, so it was logical that the busy surroundings could have been bothering the stranger.
She must have looked rather lost. Which was fair, considering that she was lost. She'd only meant to explore a little bit further out than the route she usually took between Sebastian's, and her own place, but somewhere along the way, she must have taken a wrong turn. "I'm a little lost," she said with a sheepish smile. The muggle world was really far too confusing for her. Inwardly cursing her parents for not allowing her the tools to survive in it, she glanced around again.
If she could get back to Sebastian's, then she could get back to her own. Which seemed better, considering that Sebastian lived in muggle London, and this lady was very likely muggle herself. "I'm looking for [name of street here.]"
Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 8, 2016 21:12:16 GMT -6
So her notion that the woman was lost had been correct. Granted it hadn't exactly taken a ton of deduction, but still. Even small victories deserved some basking, right? She had been born and grown up in this city, as well as establishing her lab here, so she was pretty familiar with almost every corner of it. She was pleased to hear a certain street name spoken.
"Oh, you're actually not that far then. It's just a few blocks that way." She said, motioning with a thumb over her left shoulder, a little north of where they currently stood. "That's actually not far from where I was headed. I could walk with you, if you want company." She offered. She wasn't one to go out of her way for others normally, but this really didn't seem like that much of a trouble.
The Darnell's had not lived in London, and so Aurelia had never had much of a chance to learn the city very well. Especially so because she had never learnt how the muggle world worked. Despite the fact that she did not fit into the magical world, her parents had not allowed her to find any peace in the muggle one.
"If that's not too much of a bother?" she said, frowning a little bit. Rei really did not want to put someone out of their way, but she also would really appreciate the help. Otherwise she was likely to keep wandering for a while more. "I'd really appreciate that, thank you."
Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 16, 2016 22:33:02 GMT -6
just don't lie to me
Emery nodded her consent almost instantly. It was in her scientific nature to wonder about people and try to figure them out. The mystery that any person potentially posed was endlessly intriguing to her. "Of course. It's really no worry. C'mon, we'll get moving." She invited, turning on her heel. "I'm Emery, by the way. I work in a laboratory a few blocks from here. That's why I know the area so well." She offered over her shoulder, i means of explanation.
"What brings you to the city?" She asked in a friendly, open sort of way, encouraging along the conversation as they walked. She hoped to learn as much as she could about people, as much as they were willing to tell, so she was always full of questions.
Aurelia gave her a grateful smile, and then fell into step beside her. At least this person was nice enough to show her where she was meant to be doing. Otherwise she probably would have ended up wandering London for a little while. "I'm Aurelia," she introduced herself. "Whats the lab for?" she asked curiously, glancing at Emery.
"Uh," she gave an awkward pause. "I live in London, actually," she said with an awkward half smile. And she was getting lost in the city. That looked good, didn't it?
Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 18, 2016 15:28:09 GMT -6
just don't lie to me
Em didn't necessarily like to reveal the purposes of Braxton Labs, especially to people of which she was unsure their magical ability or blood status. So, herself and Cato had carefully crafted the front of being a lab for the purpose of tracing ancestry. Which, in a weird way, was sort of what the lab was for. Granted, it was designed to trace the bloodlines of magic origin. But, a little bit of a white lie never hurt anyone. "We use the lab to trace the genetic origins of certain people. It's really quite interesting." She explained excitedly. She did love sharing her research with people, even if it meant that she had to leave out certain details.
She was surprised to learn that Aurelia actually lived in the city, but she didn't think it was all that odd that she was having a bit of trouble maneuvering through it - it could be quite a confusing place to navigate. "Ah, well, it takes a while to get used to, believe me." She offered, kindly.
Genetic origins? Oh that sounded interesting. "What are you looking at the origins for?" she asked curiously, and then wasn't sure whether that question had really been very clear. "What things do you trace? Is it everything? Or something a bit more specific?" She was interested herself in how things came through family lines, having done a little bit of research into bloodlines through her work in magical theory.
The more this conversation went on, the more awkward she felt. "Couple of years and counting," she muttered, and gave a shrug of her shoulders. It was fine. She had only recently just started going outside of the magical world, it was going to take more time to get used to the magical one.
Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 20, 2016 21:00:55 GMT -6
just don't lie to me
Emery paused awkwardly at the woman's questions. She couldn't exactly tell this woman she was researching the blood of wizards. There was obviously a chance the woman was a witch herself, or at the very least a squib. However, squibs were fairly rare and this was a muggle heavy area, so it'd be sort of odd to find a witch in these parts. Plus, she had no reason to suspect this woman to have any magical origins. "I'm afraid it all has to be a bit cryptic due to the nature of the research." She said carefully. She really did wish she could share more details, but she simply didn't know if she could trust this woman yet.
The pair strolled down the street, falling into an easy pace. She gave a little shrug at the explanation of the length of time she'd lived here, waving it off once again. "Eh, you'll figure it out, I'm certain." She said. "Anyhow, do you work around here? Anywhere I would know?" She asked, trying to reciprocate the earlier question.
The fact that it was classified only succeeded in making Aurelia more curious than she already was. Knowing that there was things that she did not know... a desire for knowledge had spurned her this far into her life after all. "That's a shame," she said, but gave her a half smile, to show that she wasn't too bothered by it. "What's the lab called?"
At the question of her work, she paused. "Oh um, probably not. I work in a book shop, a bit more, that way," she gave a very vague wave of her hand. "Very small, hidden away. Most people don't know it's there." She had only just started working in Flourish and Blotts, but so far, she was liking it. It was however, far easier to explain than magical theory. At least when talking to someone who was likely not magical. 'I work in theory.' 'What type of theory?' 'Uh.' Yeah, that would work well.
EMERY VIOLET LACROIX , She knows Cato, so I figure the name can be the lead into knowing the other knows the magical world.
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Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 25, 2016 13:40:40 GMT -6
just don't lie to me
She supposed providing the name of the lab wouldn't do any harm, given that it did have a valid muggle front. The building was too obvious not to, with it's numerous windows which could give view to all sorts of advanced equipment inside. Plus, it was not like herself or Cato had the magical means to conceal it in any way. "It's called Braxton Labs. It's not far from here, actually." She said easily, smiling at the woman. She'd probably not know the name at all and, even if she looked it up later, the knowledge wouldn't get the average person very far. No harm done with that.
The idea of a hidden away little bookstore kind of sounded like a secret haven to Em, so she was curious to know more details about it. Given that she'd spent quite some time in the city, she felt like there was a good chance she'd know it, or at least could have seen it in passing. "Oh? You'll have to give me the name, I'd love to visit it. Bookstores are kind of an escape for me." She explained. It was nice to get away from the lab and the experiments every now and then.
Braxton Labs, oh! Now that she was familiar with, and could understand why she hadn’t wanted to give out any information about what went on there. “I know of Braxton labs,” she said. “I know Cato.” She hadn’t known him for particularly long, but she did know him, and had heard about the labs through him. “I have the same…situation,” she said, because she didn’t want to go saying things like squib and magic where just about anyone could overhear them.
Now that she knew that the person she was talking to at least knew of the magical world, Aurelia didn’t have a problem with giving out the name of the bookshop. “I work in flourish and blotts.” It was nice to be working in a bookshop, surrounded by them all. It was also nice to distract her mind from all of the theory for a little while.
Post by EMERY VIOLET LACROIX on Dec 29, 2016 22:28:11 GMT -6
just don't lie to me
It quickly became apparent that the other woman was familiar with Em's laboratory. What was more, she said she was in the same situation. That must mean she was also a squib. Nearly stopping in the middle of the road, Emery barely stopped herself from exclaiming her surprise out loud - she was always one for wearing her emotions on her sleeves. "Oh, you do? Cato is such a wonderful weirdo. He and I have known each other since....I was about....I don't know, too young to remember." She said, waving off the number of years as too much to count.
She smiled at the familiar name - she'd been there, a few times, with her parents, years and years ago. "Oh? Is it hard to you know...work around....what you don't have?" She asked, trying to get at if working around magical folks was hard when they had clearly not been gifted with those abilities.