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 Sometimes Life is a Stone Wall, Viv
Kai Baxter
 Posted: Jun 8 2018, 03:22 AM
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Age / 23 | Height / 5'10"

Pronouns / they/them

Blood Type / Unknown

Hometown / Greylock

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Post Count/ 112

Grace | she/her







With the extra shifts they were picking up and the amount of time they ended up putting into the apothecary shop, Kai’s writing project was slow going. However, they were still working on it and when they got another message about a kid out of the system, Kai was looking forward to getting another interview done. This time it was a first year, so it took longer to get all the necessary permissions. The child couldn’t come down to Greylock and Kai would need an escort to go on campus. Eventually, though, all the paperwork was sorted out and they were able to set up a meeting with the girl.

Despite having already conducted a few interviews, Kai was nervous this time around. The other interviews had been with teenagers or adults. This girl was only 11 or 12 years old. Kids were trickier and they would feel terrible if she had a bad experience. It was already difficult to talk about such things, let alone with a stranger and Kai was asking a lot of her. They knew they’d have to take it easy and follow her lead.

The other reason to be nervous was going back to the school. They didn’t realize the source of the feeling until the were heading up the hill toward the castle. It slowly came into view as they approached, becoming more and more real. Entering the castle was even stranger. It was just like they had remembered it. Kai felt a sharp pain of not just nostalgia, but longing too. Ilvermorny had been the first consistent home they had had and it was strange to now need a staff escort just to visit.

Kai waited with the counselor for Viv to arrive. They had had their fair share of appointments back when they were a student, but the office looked different now. New counselor, new decorations. Eventually there was a knock on the door. Kai left it to the counselor to stand up and answer it. Kai got up from their seat when the girl entered, rather towering over her small frame.

“Hi, I’m Kai. It’s Viv, right?” they asked gently. They had been told 'Viv', but wanted to make sure that it was the name she preferred. What was in the files didn’t always reflect that, something they knew all too well.

Viv Barnum

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Viv Barnum
 Posted: Jun 10 2018, 10:31 AM
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Age / 11 | Height / 4'7"

Pronouns / She/Her/Hers

Blood Type / Unknown

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Post Count/ 21

Reanie | She/Her/Hers







It had been a few months since Viv started to go to the counsellor, but she hadn’t really been open to it. It felt weird talking to adults, even telling her professors about her problems with reading and magic was nerve-wracking. The girl wasn’t used to adults actually caring about her. It also felt weird to complain about the adults and her life before Ilvermorny. Deep inside she felt like she should feel grateful, at least that was they always told her when she was throwing a fit. Besides that, she was used to going through her problem herself. So instead of talking about what bothered her, or her past, she just drew during the sessions and told the counselor a recap of what she did or learned today. If the counselor asked something deeper, she would just quietly sit there and draw. Her sketch book had gotten quite full, but she didn’t think it would get another sketch during this session.


The counsellor had told Viv that they would have a someone joining them. They hadn’t told her the exact details about it, probably to not scare her off or confuse her. The mystery did intrigue her a little bit, but she also notice that she was nervous that she would talk about. In hopes that she would have time to draw, the blonde witch was holding her sketchbook as she walked to the counsellor’s office. Her tiny, pale hand knocked on the wooden door softly to announce her arrival. The door was opened by the counsellor, but she heard that someone behind the counsellor. For a second, she was excited to know that it wasn’t a lie. Could it be someone from her orphanage who actually could tell her more about her parents. However, as soon as she saw the face of the other individual in the office, her excitement disappeared. It was an unfamiliar face, and definitely one that was too young to be anyone from the orphanage.

With a questionable look, Viv stared at the counselor and walked hesitantly over to her seat. Her gaze went back to the stranger as soon as they spoke to her. She barely noticed that her hold on her sketchbook had gotten tighter than before. The eleven-year-old nodded to confirm her name was ‘Viv’, before sitting down. Her eyes was going back and forth between the two adults, not knowing what was going on. “Why…” she started insecure if it would be rude to ask why the stranger named Kai, was here.



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Kai Baxter
 Posted: Jun 17 2018, 04:31 AM
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Hometown / Greylock

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Grace | she/her







The girl clearly hadn’t been given much explanation as she looked at Kai with confusion. She looked nervous too, clutching her sketchbook close. Kai felt even more worried that they were going to mess things up. The girl was more timid than they had anticipated. At her age, Kai had been a lot angrier and would have demanded an explanation had someone just popped into school like that. They probably would have been scared too (though unwilling to show it) about what some random stranger might want with them. In their experience in foster care, people showing up suddenly didn’t typically mean anything good.

They sat back down, hoping to seem less intimidating that way. At least they were now closer to eye level. “I’m not a social worker or from MACUSA,” they said, feeling it was important to get that out early to make Viv feel more comfortable. They still hand’t pulled out their notebook, wanting to start with some casual conversation before jumping into things.

“I was in foster care when I was your age and through Ilvermorny. Now that I’m older, I want to help kids like you. Right now I’m interviewing other kids with similar stories, who are or were in foster care before coming to Ilvermorny.” They watched Viv’s face as they spoke, ready to answer any questions that she might have if she found something confusing. “I want to make things better for other kids who were like me. Would it be ok for me to ask you some questions about your life? You don’t have to answer anything you don’t want to and you can ask me any questions you have first.” Their voice was gentle. Once they had finished, they sat back, open to any questions that Viv might have.

Viv Barnum

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