Gathering Supplies

A long street holding an assortment of popular shops (described here). Places of note include the Daily Prophet offices and Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Its entrance is behind the The Leaky Cauldron and can be accessed by tapping the correct bricks. Also, you may find Knockturn Alley here.

Gathering Supplies

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28 Dec 2014, 02:26 #1


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07 Jan 2015, 02:45 #2



The one drawback of no longer working in the Leaky Cauldron was that Corvus no longer had the ability to just fix himself something to eat while he was on the job. Cozy as the job at Flourish and Blotts was, it didn't allow for eating on the job. Especially when you work in the rare books department most of the time. No, instead he was allowed a dedicated lunch hour in which to slip out and find himself a sandwich, maybe a cup of tea if the mood so too him.

Today happened to be one of the days on which it did. He wandered past the familiar shops of Diagon Alley, narrowly avoiding the bustle of people doing some summer shopping. Witches and wizards in all manner of brightly colored, lightweight robes were milling about and enjoying the warm weather. Getting directly in his way. Merlin, he hated tourists. Groaning, he stepped around a particularly large group milling in front of Eyelops Owl Emporium and barely kept his temper in check as an older wizard bumped into him. The alley really did get crowded around this time of year, didn't it? Between the students getting an early start on buying school supplies and the families enjoying the summer holidays together, he was starting to realize that there was no avoiding the large crowds.

As if work hadn't been busy enough, now I have to deal with this.

When he ducked into the nearest cafe to try to avoid the crowd, the line was enough to make him groan aloud. He was never going to find food at this rate. Trying to keep himself level and patient, he left the cafe and wandered a few more shops down. Noticed a tea shop and decided that was close enough to real food. He could get his cup of tea and maybe a biscuit and call it lunch.

Grumbling to himself about how he still had five hours in his shift after this, Corvus slipped into the shop and waited in the notably shorter line to order his tea and one of the delicious looking baked goods that was tempting him from that glass case next to the register. He was given his cup of tea and apple danish and an extra big smile from the young witch behind the counter as he paid a few sicles, took his goods, and decided to wander about the shop to kill some more time.

It was oddly quiet compared to the rest of the alley, far less cramped than the street outside. So he wandered with his cup of tea, admired the little tea sets and intricately designed pots that adorned the shelves throughout the shop. It was while he was admiring a beautifully etched blue tea set that a witch that looked to be about his age caught his eye and smiled at him.

"Excuse me, may I ask you something? Do you think young adults would like this?"

It was his knee jerk reaction to ask her just how out of touch she was. This woman couldn't have been more than maybe thirty, though likely younger, and here she was using the phrase "young people." He almost laughed. Almost, though not quite. After all, she was pretty and looked a little lost and incredibly concerned with how well the "young people" would like the teaset. So he grinned and shrugged as he looked over the tea cup she was holding up. "Uh...depends on what you're looking for, I s'pose."

Taking a sip of his his tea, he looked up and down the shelf in front of them. Even when he wasn't at work, there was that part of him that had the natural sense for customer service. Though he acted as though he wasn't interested in dealing with people, one on one interactions were always nice. Giving her the most charming smile he could muster, he decided to be as helpful as possible. "I mean, if you're dealing with some really responsible and careful ...er...young people.... then this vintage style is great. Very classy. Not very modern, though. Mind if I ask what it's for?"
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07 Jan 2015, 03:51 #3

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11 Jan 2015, 03:50 #4



Offput, that was the best word he could think of to describe the way she looked at him when he asked her what she needed the tea set for. He realized a bit late that it perhaps sounded a little naive. He should have been more specific, asked if she was looking for a gift or just for something to make her look like less of an old lady.

Merlin, he really couldn't get over that "young people" comment, could he?

She wasn't particularly old, around his age if he was not entirely mistaken. But she spoke with a certain amount of elegance, class. Two things he definitely lacked since moving out of his parents' house. Back when he lived with his rather rich parents there were times when they would go out of their way to instill in him the importance of holding a certain decorum because of his blood status. "You are part of the elite, darling. You need to hold yourself to certain standards." It made him sick. He was not above anyone, he was just Corvus. A Ravenclaw, a slacker, and kind of cute to boot. Nothing special about him but his smile. Even so, he turned on a bit of that charm, held himself a bit taller and melded his mind around the idea of speaking a bit less casually.

When she explained to him why she was searching for the perfect tea sets things suddenly made much more sense. A divination teacher, of course, that made perfect sense. If it was students she was shopping for, that little antique tea set was not at all what she would want.

"If you were a student how would you feel about these sets?"

He gave a quiet laugh, fluffed his hair a bit as he considered how best to tell her that this may not be the tea set she wanted. "If I were a student? I mean, I'm not the best at knowing what the latest tea set fad is. But for students in general, I would suggest against the antique cups." He took a sip of the tea he was carrying with him, eyes skimming the shelves. A few steps to the left and he pointed to a modern looking black and white set with simple etching. "What about these? They look sleek and will not date easily. I don't think they're tacky, but they also aren't particularly fancy. Should we look elsewhere?"




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24 Jan 2015, 01:09 #5

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17 Apr 2015, 00:19 #6



His suggestion was shot down, which didn't exactly shock him. Perhaps he should be thinking about this differently. After all, he didn't actually know much of anything about tea sets, especially ones meant for Divination. Sure, he remembered enough about it from his years at Hogwarts, but beyond that he was nearly clueless.

He tried to remember what they'd had when he was young. Little flowered china, if he remembered right. It hadn't been very eye-catching and certainly felt outdated, like something his grandmother would have picked out. Tacky, actually. That really was the word for them. At least this new professor was trying to update the place.

The next set that caught her eye had goldfish on it, and Cor had to admit that he rather liked them. Especially enjoyed the idea of them swimming around when there was liquid in the cup. Alas, she decided against those and continued her search. "The goldfish are nice, though not very traditional. Do they come bewitched to move? Bugger if they don't, that's a fantastic idea, really."

Honestly, he wasn't entirely certain why he was so hellbent on helping this woman. Something about her just called out to him. The way she seemed so full of enthusiasm for her job, truly excited about what she was doing. It was refreshing, in a way, compared to the constant sea of parents leading their children to buy school supplies that he usually dealt with. And her mention of asian tea sets had him perking up and nodding enthusiastically. "Asian tea sets are my personal favorite. They are always so well made, yeah? If you've got a blue and white room, maybe those lotus ones down there would look nice?"

He pointed her in the direction of a collection sets with carefully painted flowers on them. Some had pink cherry blossoms, others had varying shades of lotus flowers and Chinese characters. If Corvus were the collecting type, he probably would have a whole mess of them. "The kids won't object to something like those and they certainly aren't tacky. What do you think?"
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