It was a dare. They had a bonfire in the woods to celebrate a month left of vacation, and then someone had broken out the firewhiskey and Elilana had found herself accepting a dare from Theodred. "Do something ridiculous and stupid in knockturn alley, Braverman. Afterall, a lion like you has plenty of stupid and brave to go around, don't you?" "Go suck yourself."
And she was now standing outside the Glittering Serpent, or whatever it was called, holding a sign emblazoned with color-changing paint, courtesy of her cousin, thank you very much and no underage magic involved - that read "FREE HUGS". The worst that could happen would she might be bitten and become some kind of vampire or werewolf, the best that could happen might be she didn't get any hugs. Then, this was Eliana Braverman. Boring was painful, it was death of a different kind. At least there was music, something with a low beat coming from the club a ways to her right. "Free hugs, zombies and vampires and werewolves included. No judge ment here. Let's just spread a little sunshine." Maybe this would turn into a chase. High-speed chase through Knockturn alley - that would be a story to tell. And what if no body hugged her? That's what stories were for. Eliana had already scouted the illicit shops, and made a note of which ones she wanted to visit. If no body stopped, she got to go buy a skull. It couldn't be too pricey, right? It wasn't as though there weren't loads of skulls on earth. Call it a Shakespearean fascination.
No one would think Kida was really an overly brave person. But her father had asked her to get something out of Knockturn Alley, and so she was moving in and out. After all, when it came to the Whittaker family, Kida was probably going to be the most likely to be ignored. It would work out in her mind. No one would care what she did or anything else like that. She moved into a few shops and picked up what she needed to get. It would be just fine, right?
After buying what she needed to buy, she wasn't fully sure what she wanted to do. But she did pause when she spotted someone with a sign. "Um. What is that?" Sure, the obvious answer was what it said. But really, she didn't understand why someone would hold a sign like that. Maybe it would be better for Kida to ignore it and go about her day. But she had questions and she wanted to understand things.
She heard someone speak and turned in the direction. A girl somewhere around her age was staring at her with incomprehension. Ellie stared back at @kida wordlessly. "English." she replied with a small smile. The girl would probably walk on. The tone of her question alone seemed to be mistrustful. Nevermind, because she liked everyone in theory. She would put the sun in the sky and the stars against the canopy to drum away malice and scorn. Her grin bled out, waiting eagerly for the girl's response.
Kida blinked at the other female. She was pretty sure that they were in school together, but right now Kida had more questions then anything else. After all, everything about this girl was trying to hug people while not in the best place in the world. "I'm aware of that. I guess the better question is why?" Because why would someone want to hug strangers while in a more sketchy place? It just wasn't really a smart move.
Tucking her things closer to her body, she eyed the other female. "You know this isn't a safe area, right?" People would gladly murder anyone else while here.