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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 02:43 PM
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Christmas was fast approaching and Talia still didn’t know what she was going to do about it. Last year she had spent it with the acquaintance in New York, just the two of them and a large bowl of soup because they’d both been too sick to move off the couch. But as the holidays approached and the town flooded, she found herself longing for her mother or, at least, the woman who had raised her. But as much as she wanted to go back, Talia didn’t feel like she could. She didn’t know if she belonged there or not. She felt like all of that, everything she’d been raised with, the drums, the singing, the dancing, all of that were lies.

It was still raining like crazy out and she’d had to dodge several large, human sized puddles just to be at the Grind in the first place but she had been going a little stir crazy traveling between her loft and the newspaper offices over the past few weeks. Aside from the party the town had thrown for its residents the night before the students went home, Talia hadn’t really had any sort of social interaction unless you counted Walt, the pygmy puff. Talia did. Otherwise her life was just too sad to even contemplate. Talia reached out and slid the cup of coffee towards herself, enjoying the feeling of warm ceramic against her palm.

“Hey,” she said, leaning forward on the counter to get a better look at the barista behind it. “I know you!” Talia moved over so that other customers could get their drinks but didn’t budge far from the counter so that she could at least have something to rest her coffee mug on while she stood. “You’re the one who wanted to come into the Gazette, right?”




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Kai Baxter
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 02:46 PM
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Kai was in a similar position to Talia. The most interesting thing to enter their life recently was the puppy they had found in the alley. Granted, it did actually help a lot to have the company. Otherwise, though, they were mostly just drifting from the apothecary, to The Grind, to their apartment and back. At points in between they worked on their writing and the interviews. It was slow going, though. At least they had secured another interview with a kid up at the school. A first year with a history in care.

The weather wasn’t helping their general mood. The holiday party had been a welcome distraction, but now they were just back to wading through town everyday. Come Christmas they would be going to Lizzy’s, but until then life was rather tedious.

Behind the counter at The Grind they slipped into a rhythm filling orders for those who came wandering in out of the rain. Usually people didn’t speak to them when they were working besides the occasional thanks, so they were taken aback to find someone addressing them.

“Oh, hey. Yes, that was me.” Fortunately things had been slow lately with the weather and break, so they were able to take a pause to talk to Talia.

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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 02:58 PM
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Talia wasn’t an expert on conversations but she was pretty sure that normally someone was supposed to say something that one could actually reply to. She blinked and nodded awkwardly, leaning back on her heels and then rolling forward again to collapse her upper body on the countertop, head propped up on the back of one hand which flopped inward to accommodate the new weight. She tilted her head to one side, her long, straight hair pooling underneath her.

“So, barista-ing,” she said, trailing her other finger in circles around her coffee mug. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in here, before.” At the beginning, Talia had been in and out of the Grind. As the newest member of the staff it had been her job to bring coffees for everyone though once the intern had been hired the honor had been passed on. The unspoken words hung in the air I would have remembered.

And why wouldn’t she have? After such a stimulating conversation, Talia would be hard pressed to forget her debating partner. She pursed her lips. Compared to that, this was more painful than watching paint dry. “The weather’s only gotten weirder,” she remarked, offering a second topic of conversation so that Kai would be forced to at least pick one to run with.




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Kai Baxter
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 03:04 PM
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Kai busied themselves with a few menial tasks behind the counter, but stayed engaged with Talia. They wanted to shoot a similar comment at Talia. Then again, they probably wouldn’t have noticed her if she hadn’t started talking to them in the first place. If they were back making drinks they were unlikely to take much notice of who had done the ordering, particularly if it was a busy period.

“Yeah, barista-ing. My main job is at the apothecary,” they explained. “I just pick up shifts here when I can get them. It fluctuates with necessity.” They had been spending more time at the apothecary anyway, with the owner turnover. Sometimes they felt like they should just be given ownership, considering all the work they did. Or at least a raise, they could certainly do with some more money.

“Yeah, I’ll say,” Kai answered with regards to the weather. They flicked their wand at the nearby basin of returned dishes so that it emptied itself into the sink. “Did The Gazette uncover anything? Have the pukwudgies just finally revolted against the school?” At this point everyone seemed to have their own pet theory about what was going on. They could joke about it all they wanted, but when Kai glanced out the window at the downpour, their look was one of concern. This had been going on a long time, so it was clearly more than a basic weather spell malfunction.

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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 03:22 PM
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Talia nodded. Before she had found the job at the Gazette, she had been juggling three jobs just to support her New York City life. Having to take a second job with odd hours just seemed necessary for any young person these days to simply get food on the table and somewhere to stay. Having a roommate likely would have helped but Talia didn’t know anyone well enough to ask them to move in and she didn’t exactly think she wanted to post an advertisement for a stranger. Besides, working at the Gazette, even though it was a starting position, was enough for Talia to get by.

“I don’t know anymore,” she replied with a shrug. The Gazette had done extensive looking into what had, at first, been a boring weather beat but had yet to uncover anything. “Some of the guys think there’s a big conspiracy and I’m pretty sure Mr. Everton has an idea but you don’t see him letting loose with it, just yet. I think he’s trying to keep us all calm over there or something...” Talia shrugged again. “Do you really think the pukwudgies are able to do all this?” She knew that it had been a joke but at this point almost any theory was valid.




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Kai Baxter
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 03:35 PM
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It sometimes felt to Kai that they were the only one who didn’t know what they were doing or what their plans were. So many around their age seemed to already be set on their career paths, but Kai was still working jobs just because they were available. They held no special interest in potions or ingredients, yet they worked at the apothecary because they had been hiring. Talia seemed to get it, though, even if she did have the job she wanted. While they would roll their eyes at the kids’ whose parents set them up with a career right out of school, they would be lying to say they weren’t jealous.

Their suggestion had been a joke, but Kai now thought more seriously about it when Talia responded frankly. “A conspiracy, huh?” they asked with interest. What that might entail, they really had no idea. Would there be any reason to sabotage the town or the school? “They do have their own kind of magic, don’t they?” Kai mused out loud. “Maybe if they were working together, they could manage something like this. If they were really angry….” The pukwudgies were known for not being the biggest fans of human kind, even if they did grudgingly work at the school. Could something have put them over the edge? “Not that I have any evidence for this whatsoever. I’m just spitballing,” they added, not wanting to come across as though they were blaming the pukwudgies. It wasn’t fair to be throwing accusations around, especially when people were getting more and more tense over the weather.

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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 04:29 PM
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“Of course,” Talia replied with a nod. Their first interaction might have leaned more on the debate side of things than the friendly-nice-to-meet you conversation but she didn’t really think that Kai was a bad person. At least, she hadn’t gotten that vibe from her and she was generally pretty good at feeling another person’s energies, whether they had good or bad intents.

“One of the guys on the paper is convinced that the ghosts of the founders are coming back to haunt the town because the school let a murderer teach Defense Against the Dark Arts and another one thinks it’s because they built the school on ‘old Indian burial grounds’.” Talia rolled her eyes to show how crazy she thought these theories were. “Look, we’re not--Natives aren’t anymore ‘voodoo’ than the next witch or wizard so I don’t really get why it always comes back to that.”

Her use of ‘we’ to talk about herself and the Native Americans of the area slipped out without her thinking about it and the rush to fix her words was anything but smooth. It was also one of the first times (if not the first time) she had ever verbally admitted to being any specific ethnicity since her departure from home nearly two years ago.




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Kai Baxter
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 04:32 PM
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Kai pulled an espresso for another customer, nodding along as Talia spoke. As she gave the proposed theories, Kai laughed. “I don’t think it works like that,” they said in response to the ghost theory. They didn’t know all that much about ghosts but they were pretty sure you either came back as a ghost at the time of your death or you didn’t. As far as they knew, ghosts didn’t just pop up after hundreds of years because they didn’t like what was going on in the world. Besides, the ghosts at Ilvermorny, while admittedly a pain sometimes, seemed unable to do much besides eavesdrop and startle people.

The way Talia backtracked over her words didn’t go unnoticed by Kai. They glanced back over at her, curiosity clear on their face. They hadn’t previously considered her background all that carefully, but now they wondered. If she was Native, or part Native, why correct herself? Thinking back to their previous conversation, she had certainly been admament about her position. Maybe she had experience in foster care and that was why she felt disconnected from her background. It was something Kai wanted to ask about, but wasn’t sure how to broach the subject. In their entire conversation about foster care, Kai hadn’t even outright revealed their own experiences.

“That’s always a favorite,” they said, rolling their eyes. “If that were the case, I think it would be a much more common problem.” Much of their education had been sporadic and often interrupted, but along with their traveling, they were aware enough to know that there was plenty to be angry about.

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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 04:37 PM
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Talia tried to hide a snort behind her cup as she brought it up to her lips to take a sip. It was rare someone would even acknowledge these things to her, in Talia’s experience she had only ever been met with resistance and “well actually”s. In a completely non-hilarious way it was funny the lengths people went to in order to make apologies for people who were neither even alive or deserving of said apologies.

More than enough times she had been told to “get over it,” to “leave the country if she was so unhappy with it.” What they didn’t understand was that she had nowhere else to go. The harsh remarks had stopped once she’d given up her claim to a culture she didn’t even know if she was allowed to belong to.

“Sometimes when strange things happen people let logic go out the window ,” she pointed out, setting the cup back down on the counter. Not that a lot of people had that sort of logic to begin with, she told herself as she bit her lip and stared into the swirling cream. “Maybe if that sort of thing was possible then there would be less corruption in the world,” she mused.

A nation of vengeful spirits cleansing the land of greed did not sound all that bad to Talia. Then again, that’s always where things went wrong in the stories.




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Kai Baxter
 Posted: Jun 9 2018, 04:44 AM
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Kai smiled wryly back at Talia. Wasn’t that the truth? Lack of consequences seemed to plague a great deal of the population. Their mind jumped to all kinds of vengeful tactics that could be effective if you had the power of angry spirits behind you. They had a strong sense of justice, which sometimes crossed over into vengeance. As a kid they had targeted those they felt deserved it. A bully would find itching powder in their socks or a cheater’s homework would disappear. As a kid it had made them feel better, like they had some form of control in their life. Unfortunately, they couldn’t solve their adult problems that way.

One of Kai’s coworkers came by, letting them know that they could go on their break. Since Talia had been standing for the duration of the conversation so far, Kai pointed to one of the empty tables. Otherwise they would just end up hanging out in the back. “Want to continue this in better comfort?” It wasn’t the most natural delivery, but Kai wasn’t particularly great at these kinds of interactions. They liked Talia though and wouldn’t want to squander the potential friendship because they were bad at managing relationships.

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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 9 2018, 05:04 AM
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The offer to move to a seated area peaked Talia’s interest and she nodded as Kai’s coworker left to deal with some customers. If the delivery was awkward, she didn’t notice. She was too excited by the prospect of actually making her first friend in Greylock. “Sounds good.” She picked up her coffee mug and moved towards the table. “Are you going to get anything?” she asked over her shoulder.

She remembered working at a fast food restaurant in university and how quickly she had gotten tired of the free fries and twice a month milkshakes they were offered to compensate for their abysmal wages. Maybe it was the same with coffee shop workers. She doubted it though. So many people drank coffee or tea everyday as part of their morning or evening routine. Getting tired of coffee? She wasn’t sure that was possible unless one wasn’t a coffee drinker in the first place.

“So,” she continued conversationally once they had both settled in at the table. “You were talking about writing an article a while back about foster children?” It had been a touchy subject before but Talia didn’t know how much longer she could go discussing the weather. “Have you made any progress with it?” Talia wasn’t sure if she’d seen an article like that run through the office, but she could have missed it. Greylock wasn’t a large city by any means but it kept it’s newspaper offices busy.




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Kai Baxter
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Working at The Grind hadn’t quite managed to put Kai off coffee. Maybe off those annoying frappe things, but otherwise they would still drink it everyday. “Yeah, just give me a sec,” they said distractedly as Talia started to head toward the free table. They made themselves an americano to satisfy this particular caffeine craving. Once finished with that, they made their way over to the table, sitting down opposite Talia.

Kai hadn’t been sure if Talia was going to bring up the article once she had switched over to the topic of weather. It was unsurprising, though, that it did come up. It was the source of their first conversation, after all. Kai cupped their hands around the mug in front of them. “A bit. Still mostly looking for people to talk to. I had an interview a bit back with an adult and just got word from the school that there’s a first year kid with a history in care,” Kai explained.

The prospect of talking to a kid that young and even of just going back to the Ilvermorny castle made them nervous. They didn’t consider themselves to be good with people and kids were even more difficult, especially kids with troubled pasts. They would feel terrible if they took a wrong step with this kid, but hopefully the counselor being there would help with that. “It’s coming along… just slow going," they admitted.

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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 15 2018, 08:53 AM
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Writing was a hard process. When Talia had first started out writing, there had been days where she’d done nothing but lie about and stare at the ceiling, hoping a meteor would come crashing through it and end her life before the assignment was due and she turned in a blank essay. There had also been days where she wrote and edited through dinner and had to spend hours apologizing for missing dinner or drinks or games. As she got older and more experienced she learned how she would just have to write through those slumps even if it was absolutely rubbish because then at least she was doing something and not just sitting around hating herself for being wordless.

But maybe this technique didn’t work for everybody.

She nodded. “I see,” she said. An interview was definitely a first step, but she wondered if Kai had what it took to bring that idea and turn it into something more. Many people had ideas, few people actually did anything with them. For Talia, focusing on writing had sort of forced her to get things done. There was no other source of income for her so if she came up with a story, she had to see it through or risk not eating. At the beginning it had been difficult but by now she was grateful for the self-discipline.

“Do you find that it’s a lack of time, resources, or motivation which is impeding the process?” she asked. She supposed there could be other reasons, too, but these were the most common hindrances when it came to journalistic writing. Perhaps she sounded impatient, but she couldn’t wait to see what Kai had written. Talia fully planned on asking to be the point person on the paper for the story so she could ensure nothing in it would harm the parts of the population which she held so dear.




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Kai Baxter
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It frustrated them that they weren’t further along in the process. After school they had more or less kept themselves afloat through their writing with the column they wrote, so they were no stranger to deadlines. Having a deadline for themselves, though, that was turning out to be a bit more difficult. They were wavering on what they wanted to do, too. Not the article itself, but rather what they thought should come of it. The project had started out with an adamant goal. However, the more they talked to people the more they weren’t sure what would help. Their own experience wasn’t the only one, they were coming to realize.

“Time and resources,” they said decisively. “Finding people, getting the interviews set up. The ones with the kids at the school have to go through all kinds of protocols. Especially this upcoming one.” The girl couldn’t even come into Greylock. Not like their meeting with Kurt. They didn’t feel like their motivation was a problem. Helping foster kids was really the only ambition they had. The Apothecary. The Grind. These weren’t exactly jobs they wanted to stick around in for ages.

“I’ve been thinking about what we talked about, too,” Kai started in. “I know something needs to change.” they were still very much adamant about that part. “Well, really everything about the system needs to change, but I’m only one person. If there’s some part of it that I can affect, I want to do that. Or some way that I can help those kids, I want to do that.” It was more than they had expected to say, but they were frustrated with feeling powerless. So much of their life had been spent feeling powerless.

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Talia Peterson
 Posted: Jun 21 2018, 04:26 PM
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Time and resources were some of the things which plagued journalists the most. Talia understood the feeling of being pushed up against a deadline with missing words and blank spots where interviews were supposed to go.

Life at the Gazette was always a time crunch. It didn’t matter if Greylock was the most boring town ever or the most bustling city in the world. Mr. Everton liked for their paper to have pizazz, and so when there was no “breaking news” they were encouraged to go out and find it. Write features, hunt out the stories that people wanted to know. There was an island nation in the Pacific ocean which was working to save the sharks? Contact them. Report on it. A city across the country had just held a large protest against the governor of their state? Call up your high school friend you hadn’t talked to in years to see if their cousins still lived there. Report on it.

They weren’t a gossip rag by any means, but if there was nothing going in Greylock then Mr. Everton liked for them to report on national and international news. Bring the world to Greylock, he was often heard saying in varying tones as he walked through the offices and tried to rally the writers and editors with only twenty minutes left until print.

“Why don’t you come by the office,” Talia suggested. “Talk with Mr. Everton about the article. The newspaper has some resources you might be able to hack. Maybe we could send out some feelers for you?” Talia could tell how passionate Kai was about the subject, but she didn’t know what to say when Kai felt like they didn’t have enough resources. She put on her reporter’s cap to try and see what kinds of things she could come up with to help.

“So you’ve likely already tried to get a hold of your old social worker?” she asked, just to clarify things. “Or is that just somewhere you don’t feel like you can go on your own?” Talia understood that. There were traumas in some people’s lives which didn’t warrant revisiting even if it was for something important. If the latter was the case, then Talia would offer to help out in that regard. It was important to talk to people in the organization, too, in order to write a non-biased article. Otherwise Kai would need to publish their piece in opinion.

“Are you thinking a feature or an opinion piece?” she asked just to clarify, wanting to make sure that she knew what direction Kai wanted the end result to be before they delved into the stuff what they’d talked about last time. “There are pros and cons to each one. Features on something like this should really try to remain unbiased, which can bring a piece up to the standard of look, these are all facts, here are some suggestion solutions. Opinion allows a writer to be more passionate and they can use more feeling to convince a reader. I guess in the end it’s about distance with the reader and your preference for how to approach them.”

Talia took a sip of her coffee and studied Kai intently. “Once you nail that down, it can help you in how you want to approach your sources and even which sources you want.”




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