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Though numerous street peddlers line the streets of Diagon Alley, customers would be wise to be wary of them. Any number of items can be found hawked on the streets daily, many useless and some illegal. One might be able to buy a cheaper wand, running the risk of it exploding during use. Bottoms have been known to fall out of the defective cauldrons bought from one of the carts. Not all is bad, though. Discounted jewelry can be bought, though the gold or gems may not be pure. One some days, a hag comes through with a cart of wind-chimes, some proclaimed to warn of burglars. Often, knick-knacks and small décor can be found in various carts. Be warned, though – sometimes the items being sold have been stolen from others.

Beyond item hawkers, various stalls are set up selling street food. Try a Cauldron Bread (a bread bowl carved out with soup or chowder served inside), stop by and grab some skewers/kebabs to go, hit up the Confetti Popcorn (the fizzy popcorn is supposedly made with real Muggle soda and fizzes in your mouth; dill pickle flavored even crunches like a pickle; berry flavored popcorn actually has dried cranberries, which goes well with the raspberry, blackberry and strawberry flavored popcorn). If you’re looking for a quick snack, the streets have enough.
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Confetti Popcorn.

Quinn thought that sounded pretty interesting. His aunt had told him of the strange delights of magical foods, but Quinn didn't really know what to expect. He found that to be the case with most of the things in Diagon Alley. No matter what he was told about anything he would find here, he never quite knew what he was getting into until he was into it.

His mother had given him a couple Sickles and Knuts to buy himself a treat while she shopped with his aunt. He roamed the stalls until he found something that caught his eye. It happened to be the fizzy popcorn from Confetti Popcorn. Soda and popcorn were both things that Quinn enjoyed, and he figured that it couldn't hurt to put them together, right?

Quinn got a small bag of the popcorn, just to try it out. He examined one for a moment before popping it in his mouth. He chewed for a second; then his face went funny. The taste of the popcorn itself wasn't bad, but the fizzing sensation was so far removed from the feeling of popcorn he was used to that it undermined his enjoyment. He swallowed, shaking his head and grimacing. He looked at this bag of popcorn he had no intention of eating—would throwing it away be a waste? He didn't like it. But he bought it. So... what should he do?
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Confetti Popcorn.

Quinn thought that sounded pretty interesting. His aunt had told him of the strange delights of magical foods, but Quinn didn't really know what to expect. He found that to be the case with most of the things in Diagon Alley. No matter what he was told about anything he would find here, he never quite knew what he was getting into until he was into it.

His mother had given him a couple Sickles and Knuts to buy himself a treat while she shopped with his aunt. He roamed the stalls until he found something that caught his eye. It happened to be the fizzy popcorn from Confetti Popcorn. Soda and popcorn were both things that Quinn enjoyed, and he figured that it couldn't hurt to put them together, right?

Quinn got a small bag of the popcorn, just to try it out. He examined one for a moment before popping it in his mouth. He chewed for a second; then his face went funny. The taste of the popcorn itself wasn't bad, but the fizzing sensation was so far removed from the feeling of popcorn he was used to that it undermined his enjoyment. He swallowed, shaking his head and grimacing. He looked at this bag of popcorn he had no intention of eating—would throwing it away be a waste? He didn't like it. But he bought it. So... what should he do?
His robe fitting done and not wanting to wait and watch Aries', Atlas had asked mum if it was okay for him to grab something to snack on from the vendors. He had skirted around breakfast that morning, not feeling like having chocolate chip waffles because they reminded him too much of dad who would sometimes arrange the chocolate chips in a very specific formation to see if himself and his brother would notice. He hadn't had constellation pancakes for a couple of years now...he missed them. Though he tried not to kick up too much of a fuss mum wouldn't stress more. That was Aries' job...being the emotional one. Atlas had to balance it out.

He ... had to.

So he was pushing coins around in the palm of his hand while humming softly to himself without realizing it, pondering what he felt like having today when he spotted someone with a fresh bag of popcorn...but looking as though they had just stepped in a big steaming pile of dragon dung.

".........what are you making that face for?" he questioned, curling his fingers back in to his palm and clutching his own currency in his hand. "What flavor did you get?" Because he would be steering clear of that one. "If it's the pickle one...you should have known better anyway."
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His robe fitting done and not wanting to wait and watch Aries', Atlas had asked mum if it was okay for him to grab something to snack on from the vendors. He had skirted around breakfast that morning, not feeling like having chocolate chip waffles because they reminded him too much of dad who would sometimes arrange the chocolate chips in a very specific formation to see if himself and his brother would notice. He hadn't had constellation pancakes for a couple of years now...he missed them. Though he tried not to kick up too much of a fuss mum wouldn't stress more. That was Aries' job...being the emotional one. Atlas had to balance it out.

He ... had to.

So he was pushing coins around in the palm of his hand while humming softly to himself without realizing it, pondering what he felt like having today when he spotted someone with a fresh bag of popcorn...but looking as though they had just stepped in a big steaming pile of dragon dung.

".........what are you making that face for?" he questioned, curling his fingers back in to his palm and clutching his own currency in his hand. "What flavor did you get?" Because he would be steering clear of that one. "If it's the pickle one...you should have known better anyway."
Quinn turned towards the boy, not noticing him as he arrived. "Oh, sorry, er... I got the fizzy popcorn. I don't like pickles anyway, so I wouldn't dream of getting those." He scrunched his face and shook his head.

"I was making the face because... well, I hadn't tried the fizzy popcorn before so I'm not used to the, um... fizz..?" That sounded quite dumb now that he thought about it. It was called fizzing popcorn, he knew what it would do. "I've only ever had regular popcorn. Or, uh... Muggle popcorn? Would that be how you said it?" He shook his head. "Ah, I'm rambling, sorry. I just... didn't much like the fizz. I don't think I'll eat the rest, and I don't want to waste it, so..." Quinn held out the popcorn. "Do you want it?"
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SO, she KNEW she was meant to be school shopping and KNEW she hadn't started yet, but Emmerson was distracted. It wasn't her fault, her mother allowed her to come on her own for something this important. It would be a wonder if the little girl went home with anything on the list she'd been given.

Rather than head for Flourish and Blotts to get books she had no interest in studying, Emm walked along the street vendors, fascinated by all they had to offer.

There were necklaces, street food, toys, hats... It would take her a long time to see it all. Maybe...maybe that school shopping could be done another day. Maybe she did need her mother to keep her on boring tasks. Maybe she DID need that turquoise necklace with the silver chain.

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Shockingly, Adam was ALSO distracted from his school shopping, only because it wasn't nearly as exciting as last year. Last year he had had to buy EVERYTHING but now, he just had to update a few things. Mostly his books and potions kit, but he'd also got some new robes since his other ones were too short now.

As he walked by the stands, gazing at all the little trinkets they had for sale, he spotted Emmerson and grinned. "Hey Emm!" he waved as he hurried over to her. "Whatcha lookin at?"

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Quinn turned towards the boy, not noticing him as he arrived. "Oh, sorry, er... I got the fizzy popcorn. I don't like pickles anyway, so I wouldn't dream of getting those." He scrunched his face and shook his head.

"I was making the face because... well, I hadn't tried the fizzy popcorn before so I'm not used to the, um... fizz..?" That sounded quite dumb now that he thought about it. It was called fizzing popcorn, he knew what it would do. "I've only ever had regular popcorn. Or, uh... Muggle popcorn? Would that be how you said it?" He shook his head. "Ah, I'm rambling, sorry. I just... didn't much like the fizz. I don't think I'll eat the rest, and I don't want to waste it, so..." Quinn held out the popcorn. "Do you want it?"
The blonde ruffled his hair with his closed fist, feeling the coins shifting this way and that over his skin, and quietly gave his approval for the dislike of pickles. The only time he even pretended to stomach them was when he was taking up a bet with his brother or trying to prove a point. Usually a nonsensical one bit still...a point. "A wise choice." He was used to offering reassurance for these sorts of things so the words slipped out easily.

"Yeah. It can all be pretty jarring if you've never had carbonation before," he nodded. Fizzy drinks were sort of a rarity in the Flamsteed home, dad had never been a fan of them and mum always leaned more towards health food. The one time they had had a fizzy drink had been when dad had planned their Willy Wonky inspired birthday party. Atlas had had hiccups for hours after - confirming to him that these drinks were just not meant for him. He would stick to pumpkin juice, thanks. "Yeah. I know what you mean." Even with the regular. It was a process of elimination considering this bloke didn't know fizzing, wizarding, popcorn.

His forget-me-not blue eyes shifted from the other boy's face to the popcorn and then back up to his face. He wished Aries were around to play guinea pig.

"I don't take food from people I don't know." Or unless he had seen it made or at least confirm where it had been made - something that had been instilled in him because of what his mum and dad had experienced while during their tenure at Hogwarts, Defense Against the Dark Arts and Astronomy professors respectfully. "Sorry." Though does lean in a little to waft the smell of the popcorn to him. He may be convinced depending on the flavor.
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The blonde ruffled his hair with his closed fist, feeling the coins shifting this way and that over his skin, and quietly gave his approval for the dislike of pickles. The only time he even pretended to stomach them was when he was taking up a bet with his brother or trying to prove a point. Usually a nonsensical one bit still...a point. "A wise choice." He was used to offering reassurance for these sorts of things so the words slipped out easily.

"Yeah. It can all be pretty jarring if you've never had carbonation before," he nodded. Fizzy drinks were sort of a rarity in the Flamsteed home, dad had never been a fan of them and mum always leaned more towards health food. The one time they had had a fizzy drink had been when dad had planned their Willy Wonky inspired birthday party. Atlas had had hiccups for hours after - confirming to him that these drinks were just not meant for him. He would stick to pumpkin juice, thanks. "Yeah. I know what you mean." Even with the regular. It was a process of elimination considering this bloke didn't know fizzing, wizarding, popcorn.

His forget-me-not blue eyes shifted from the other boy's face to the popcorn and then back up to his face. He wished Aries were around to play guinea pig.

"I don't take food from people I don't know." Or unless he had seen it made or at least confirm where it had been made - something that had been instilled in him because of what his mum and dad had experienced while during their tenure at Hogwarts, Defense Against the Dark Arts and Astronomy professors respectfully. "Sorry." Though does lean in a little to waft the smell of the popcorn to him. He may be convinced depending on the flavor.
Quinn was happy for the reassurances. He didn't want to seem like a bumbling idiot during the conversation, and this boy's responses gave him security, even if they didn't prompt much of a response.

Quinn's cheeks flushed light pink from embarrassment. "Oh, no, that makes sense, I'm sorry. That was silly of me to assume..." Quinn wasn't one to prod and pester after someone had already given an answer. He opened up his bag of popcorn again and peeked inside, then reached in and picked out a dried cranberry. "I guess I can just eat the cranberries out of here."

He looked back up at the boy. "And besides, I guess you have the money to buy whatever you'd want." Quinn could hear the coins clinking in his hand as he moved them. "I wouldn't want to stick you with something you didn't much like." He popped another cranberry into his mouth. They had picked up a slight fizz from the popcorn that Quinn didn't mind so much—it was like cranberry soda, but with actual cranberries instead of flavored popcorn.
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Quinn was happy for the reassurances. He didn't want to seem like a bumbling idiot during the conversation, and this boy's responses gave him security, even if they didn't prompt much of a response.

Quinn's cheeks flushed light pink from embarrassment. "Oh, no, that makes sense, I'm sorry. That was silly of me to assume..." Quinn wasn't one to prod and pester after someone had already given an answer. He opened up his bag of popcorn again and peeked inside, then reached in and picked out a dried cranberry. "I guess I can just eat the cranberries out of here."

He looked back up at the boy. "And besides, I guess you have the money to buy whatever you'd want." Quinn could hear the coins clinking in his hand as he moved them. "I wouldn't want to stick you with something you didn't much like." He popped another cranberry into his mouth. They had picked up a slight fizz from the popcorn that Quinn didn't mind so much—it was like cranberry soda, but with actual cranberries instead of flavored popcorn.
Atlas had always been a bit of a contradiction, not wanting to offer much in the way of so-called paternal instincts but the past couple of years had pushed him into the role. For his twin's sake. Thankfully his resentment had not yet manifested itself against Aries ... not entirely at least. So the ability for subdued assurances was a bit of a recent acquired talent.

"You may come to like it the more you eat it," he offered with a slight shrug. "Fizzing anything can be a bit jarring at first when you aren't expecting it but since you are now...might not be as bad."

His hand done with the pseudo ruffling of his hair, the blonde lowered his hand and unraveled his fingers to look at his own coins. He wasn't quite sure what to make of those words...and he felt a certain defensiveness that had the hairs rising on the back of his neck. Like he had just been...gifted this coins willy nilly. Privileged. Which...he was...but he had earned this coin through chores and careful saving. He had to if he was going to purchase an unorthodox pet.

"I don't mind it...but if I'm getting something sweet I'll be spending my coin at Sugarplums." He had yet to make up his mind about the vendors here. "...have you been?" To Sugarplums. Since this bloke was new and everything.

And then he heard his sister's voice fussing at him for forgetting his manners.

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Shockingly, Adam was ALSO distracted from his school shopping, only because it wasn't nearly as exciting as last year. Last year he had had to buy EVERYTHING but now, he just had to update a few things. Mostly his books and potions kit, but he'd also got some new robes since his other ones were too short now.

As he walked by the stands, gazing at all the little trinkets they had for sale, he spotted Emmerson and grinned. "Hey Emm!" he waved as he hurried over to her. "Whatcha lookin at?"

Emm turned in time to have the wave catch her eyes. Adam! This was the thing she liked so much about having already had a year of Hogwarts under her belt. Last summer when she walked the alley, everyone was a virtual stranger to her. Now, she recognized a ton of faces no matter where she happened to be and it felt a little like being a celebrity. This likely wasn't the case, and her mother had helped her come to the conclusion she may have become famous for little more than...er...screaming BUT it didn't matter, because now she was IN with the crowd.

"Come look! It's SO SO SO CUTE!" Emm snatched the necklace off the table and held it up for the boy to see as he drew closer. "Kizzy would like it, too, I bet. I'm hoping he's got a second in the ba--" Right...street vendors....didn't have a back...

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Atlas had always been a bit of a contradiction, not wanting to offer much in the way of so-called paternal instincts but the past couple of years had pushed him into the role. For his twin's sake. Thankfully his resentment had not yet manifested itself against Aries ... not entirely at least. So the ability for subdued assurances was a bit of a recent acquired talent.

"You may come to like it the more you eat it," he offered with a slight shrug. "Fizzing anything can be a bit jarring at first when you aren't expecting it but since you are now...might not be as bad."

His hand done with the pseudo ruffling of his hair, the blonde lowered his hand and unraveled his fingers to look at his own coins. He wasn't quite sure what to make of those words...and he felt a certain defensiveness that had the hairs rising on the back of his neck. Like he had just been...gifted this coins willy nilly. Privileged. Which...he was...but he had earned this coin through chores and careful saving. He had to if he was going to purchase an unorthodox pet.

"I don't mind it...but if I'm getting something sweet I'll be spending my coin at Sugarplums." He had yet to make up his mind about the vendors here. "...have you been?" To Sugarplums. Since this bloke was new and everything.

And then he heard his sister's voice fussing at him for forgetting his manners.

"I'm Atlas, by the way."
Quinn considered the boy's words. The fizz was the only thing that disrupted his liking of the popcorn, so maybe he could get used to it..? He smiled to himself, thinking it was a funny allegory for his introduction to magic. He could get used to it after a while. He might even end up enjoying it.

It happened again. Something inside him shifted. 'He.' Why did Quinn feel so icky because of it? He (ugh) frowned a little, then looked back up at the boy in front of him. "Yes... you're right. Maybe I'll learn to like it." Maybe Quinn could learn to like it.

Trying to push forward in the conversation, Quinn shook his head. "No, I haven't been. I was thinking about going in, but..." Quinn figured it would be embarrassing to say I didn't know if the candy would come alive, or if one would be hexed and I would eat it and turn into a snail, so he just went with, "I decided against it." His cheeks turned a light shade of pink.

Quinn smiled at the boy's name. "Atlas. Like from Greek mythology. He holds up the heavens. I like it." Quinn held out his hand for the boy to shake. "I'm Quinn. It's very nice to meet you."
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Quinn considered the boy's words. The fizz was the only thing that disrupted his liking of the popcorn, so maybe he could get used to it..? He smiled to himself, thinking it was a funny allegory for his introduction to magic. He could get used to it after a while. He might even end up enjoying it.

It happened again. Something inside him shifted. 'He.' Why did Quinn feel so icky because of it? He (ugh) frowned a little, then looked back up at the boy in front of him. "Yes... you're right. Maybe I'll learn to like it." Maybe Quinn could learn to like it.

Trying to push forward in the conversation, Quinn shook his head. "No, I haven't been. I was thinking about going in, but..." Quinn figured it would be embarrassing to say I didn't know if the candy would come alive, or if one would be hexed and I would eat it and turn into a snail, so he just went with, "I decided against it." His cheeks turned a light shade of pink.

Quinn smiled at the boy's name. "Atlas. Like from Greek mythology. He holds up the heavens. I like it." Quinn held out his hand for the boy to shake. "I'm Quinn. It's very nice to meet you."
Atlas nodded once more and decided to shove his hands into his pockets, dropping the coin there as well. He may end up saving this additional coinage for when he went pet shopping. He had high aspirations there, something unusual to help him stand apart from his brother again. But before he allowed himself to get pulled into the fantastical thoughts that would manifest into his familiar later on, he shifted his blue eyes back on the boy his age and nodded. "Kind of like when you reach for a glass thinking it is water but it turns out to be something...not water." He wasn't even sure WHAT had been in dad's goblet that night but it most certainly had NOT been water.

Anyway, as long as this bloke didn't go for pickle flavoring he should be okay.

"How come?" The blonde titled his head to the side and observed, as though the answer and reason were written in the boy's shadow. Which, according to how it was stretched and cast upon the ground gave him a good idea of what time it was and how much time he had left before he needed to head back and find his family. Namely his brother and sister. Andromeda wanted to show them something really unique here in the Alley and he had no idea what that was but if she thought it was special...then it was.

"By proxy...yeah..." Finds himself looking down at his feet and his hand curling up into a ball inside his pocket. But does his best to let the moment past, to not let his 11-year-old resentment manifest itself too prominently. He had to be the rock, the pillar, the Atlas, for his brother. "...but...more like after 27 Tauri. A multiple star system located in the constellation Taurus. One of the brightest members of the Pleiades." He paused a moment and realized just how...odd this probably sounded. No one he knew, save for his dad, talked like this. Atlas feigned a bit of embarrassment for this knowledge. "...my dad is the Astronomer Royal...used to be the Professor of Astronomy at Hogwarts...and currently is the department head for Mysteries over at the Ministry of Magic. Myself, my brother, and my sister all have named pulled from the field." The mythology angle was more from mom, a former Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts.
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Atlas nodded once more and decided to shove his hands into his pockets, dropping the coin there as well. He may end up saving this additional coinage for when he went pet shopping. He had high aspirations there, something unusual to help him stand apart from his brother again. But before he allowed himself to get pulled into the fantastical thoughts that would manifest into his familiar later on, he shifted his blue eyes back on the boy his age and nodded. "Kind of like when you reach for a glass thinking it is water but it turns out to be something...not water." He wasn't even sure WHAT had been in dad's goblet that night but it most certainly had NOT been water.

Anyway, as long as this bloke didn't go for pickle flavoring he should be okay.

"How come?" The blonde titled his head to the side and observed, as though the answer and reason were written in the boy's shadow. Which, according to how it was stretched and cast upon the ground gave him a good idea of what time it was and how much time he had left before he needed to head back and find his family. Namely his brother and sister. Andromeda wanted to show them something really unique here in the Alley and he had no idea what that was but if she thought it was special...then it was.

"By proxy...yeah..." Finds himself looking down at his feet and his hand curling up into a ball inside his pocket. But does his best to let the moment past, to not let his 11-year-old resentment manifest itself too prominently. He had to be the rock, the pillar, the Atlas, for his brother. "...but...more like after 27 Tauri. A multiple star system located in the constellation Taurus. One of the brightest members of the Pleiades." He paused a moment and realized just how...odd this probably sounded. No one he knew, save for his dad, talked like this. Atlas feigned a bit of embarrassment for this knowledge. "...my dad is the Astronomer Royal...used to be the Professor of Astronomy at Hogwarts...and currently is the department head for Mysteries over at the Ministry of Magic. Myself, my brother, and my sister all have named pulled from the field." The mythology angle was more from mom, a former Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts.
Quinn honestly wasn't quite sure what the boy was talking about with his analogy (what could be mistaken for water? Must be a magic thing), but he supposed that it fit. "Yes, like that, I guess."

When prompted to say why he never entered Sugarplum's, Quinn averted his eyes. "U-uh..." He tried to come up with a quick, believable lie. He was never good at lying. "M-my mom doesn't like me eating too much candy. I can get... hyper..." Quinn had never eaten so much candy that he got a sugar high, and it honestly sounded quite embarrassing to say it was a regular occurrence. More embarrassing than thinking the candy would eat him? He wasn't sure.

When talking about his name and, in turn, his father, Quinn noticed that Atlas didn't seem to be all too enthusiastic. Something seemed off there, but Quinn didn't want to pry. They had only just met, after all. "Honestly, I don't know much about stars and stuff, so I didn't understand half of what you just said. I know Taurus because of the Zodiac—and those are obviously constellations as well, though I didn't know there were names for stars in a constellation. But being named after a star system sounds cool! I'm just Quinn because my parents liked the name. Maybe you can tell me about the stars sometime?" Quinn also didn't know what the Astronomer Royal or Department of Mysteries were, but he was kind of embarrassed about his lack of knowledge on the wizarding world so he didn't really want to ask Atlas about those. And Atlas didn't seem super comfortable talking about his dad, so Quinn figured he would try to steer the conversation away from that. "Well, assuming we see each other again, I suppose. Do you go to Hogwarts?" Quinn sighed and bonked himself on the head. "Ugh. Sorry. Rambling again."

He suddenly had another thought—what if Atlas didn't even like him that much in the first place? He couldn't actually tell; Atlas hadn't said anything particularly mean but he never said anything particularly nice, either. And Quinn couldn't tell much from his body language. The conversation was very...neutral? Quinn could very well have trapped Atlas in a conversation he didn't much feel like having. It was presumptuous to assume that Atlas would even want to see him again. But Quinn didn't want to say anything because what if, maybe, Atlas did enjoy talking to him, and then he said something weird and made the conversation weird? Quinn's head spun and he ended up leaving his remark as-is.

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The dilemma of the fizzing popcorn now going flat, Atlas was entirely more interested in hearing what Quinn had to say about the newly formulated curiosity that was the aversion to Sugarplums. Which, with much irony, Atlas found he could relate. He had no real baseline to be able to tell when Quinn was and was not speaking the truth anyway. Mom had always been a bit of a health enthusiast and dad's idea of a snack tended to veer towards muggle's version of astronaut ice cream...which was a terrible consistency and chalky. Atlas had never quite understood his dad's obsession with it, though he had taken quite the liking to Dip 'n' Dots. "...but your mom isn't here right now, is she?" Which likely told Quinn A LOT about how Atlas viewed rules and parental guidelines. "My mom is the same, by the way."

The mention of the Zodiac made him smile a little. It was a touchy subject with his dad too and something that he and Aries took advantage of entirely. Astronomy versus astrology, absolutely drove the man into the stratosphere. Or...it used to. Dad was...different now. "Technically speaking, Aries and I ... Andromeda too ... were also named because our parents liked the name too." Isn't sure why he felt the need to point that out but he did. Quickly too. He was nodding in response to the suggestion to pass on the wisdom from his dad about the stars and nodded a bit more at the mention of Hogwarts. "I will. Myself and Aries are starting our first year this school term. We came to the Alley today to pick up some final school stuff." He paused a moment to give Quinn a brief scrutinizing sort of glance. The other boy looked to be the same age as himself...so it seemed a pretty logical conclusion to come to. "...you too?"

Atlas patted his pockets again for his coins and checked the way their shadows cast and clung to the cobbled stones beneath their feet. Was it really getting close to that time already?

"You're not rambling," he replied with a small shrug of the shoulders and an almost impish kind of smile. "At least not to me you're not. Though even if you were it wouldn't bother me." Feeling a piece of spare parchment, a bit of overly folded origami that had at one point been a bug. Considering the paper was red, he supposed it had been intended to be a ladybug. His blue eyes shifted back to their shadows and he gave a heavy sort of sigh. "I've got to start heading back towards The Magical Menagerie soon...but...here..." And then from his pocket he pulled a pen and wrote his name, Atlas Flamsteed, on one of the wings and handed it over to Quinn. "The owls at the Owl Post know our home well enough so if you send a letter through their services it will find me."
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The dilemma of the fizzing popcorn now going flat, Atlas was entirely more interested in hearing what Quinn had to say about the newly formulated curiosity that was the aversion to Sugarplums. Which, with much irony, Atlas found he could relate. He had no real baseline to be able to tell when Quinn was and was not speaking the truth anyway. Mom had always been a bit of a health enthusiast and dad's idea of a snack tended to veer towards muggle's version of astronaut ice cream...which was a terrible consistency and chalky. Atlas had never quite understood his dad's obsession with it, though he had taken quite the liking to Dip 'n' Dots. "...but your mom isn't here right now, is she?" Which likely told Quinn A LOT about how Atlas viewed rules and parental guidelines. "My mom is the same, by the way."

The mention of the Zodiac made him smile a little. It was a touchy subject with his dad too and something that he and Aries took advantage of entirely. Astronomy versus astrology, absolutely drove the man into the stratosphere. Or...it used to. Dad was...different now. "Technically speaking, Aries and I ... Andromeda too ... were also named because our parents liked the name too." Isn't sure why he felt the need to point that out but he did. Quickly too. He was nodding in response to the suggestion to pass on the wisdom from his dad about the stars and nodded a bit more at the mention of Hogwarts. "I will. Myself and Aries are starting our first year this school term. We came to the Alley today to pick up some final school stuff." He paused a moment to give Quinn a brief scrutinizing sort of glance. The other boy looked to be the same age as himself...so it seemed a pretty logical conclusion to come to. "...you too?"

Atlas patted his pockets again for his coins and checked the way their shadows cast and clung to the cobbled stones beneath their feet. Was it really getting close to that time already?

"You're not rambling," he replied with a small shrug of the shoulders and an almost impish kind of smile. "At least not to me you're not. Though even if you were it wouldn't bother me." Feeling a piece of spare parchment, a bit of overly folded origami that had at one point been a bug. Considering the paper was red, he supposed it had been intended to be a ladybug. His blue eyes shifted back to their shadows and he gave a heavy sort of sigh. "I've got to start heading back towards The Magical Menagerie soon...but...here..." And then from his pocket he pulled a pen and wrote his name, Atlas Flamsteed, on one of the wings and handed it over to Quinn. "The owls at the Owl Post know our home well enough so if you send a letter through their services it will find me."
"Ah, well..." Quinn wasn't sure what to say in response to that. "Yes, she's off shopping, so I guess I could have gone in, but... i-if I had shown back up with candy or obviously having eaten some, it wouldn't have gone over well." Quinn breathed a small sigh of relief, thinking he'd done a pretty fine job of covering his tracks. He'd just have to remember that he said he wasn't supposed to have sweets around Atlas. Forever. "It sucks, but I guess they just want the best for us."

Quinn blushed a bit at Atlas's comment on the names. Obviously his parents liked the names, or else they wouldn't have picked them, Quinn, he thought.

Quinn nodded. "Yeah, I'm going to be a first year as well. I've pretty much gotten everything I needed. My mom just wanted to come shop with my aunt today and I decided to come along. Anyway, I'm glad to already know someone in my grade going in, it'll make things easier." He smiled, genuinely happy with this development.

Quinn smiled more when Atlas said he didn't mind the rambling. People tended to mind the rambling. He took the paper from Atlas, not exactly sure what it was supposed to be, but knowing it was folded nicely. Perhaps Quinn could ask him about it sometime. He read the name on the paper in his head. Atlas Flamsteed. Had a nice ring to it. "I think I just might take you up on that. Well, Mr. Flamsteed, I don't want to keep you, so it was good meeting you. I'll see you later!" Quinn, forgetting that he hadn't been a fan of his popcorn, popped one on his mouth as he went to walk away. Being more unprepared for the fizz than last time, he made an Ech! sound and spit out the popcorn. "Ah, jeez, not again..!" Quinn hurried away before Atlas could say anything about the embarrassing ordeal.
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Essentially, what Atlas thought he was learning was that Quinn was someone who did not even like the idea of tip toeing the line. Not even on the line but safely on one side. Which simply was what it was and Atlas wasn't going to think too hard on it, though it was not a life style choice he personally understood. So he really had nothing more to add to this particular vein of conversation...

...or really any part of their conversation seeing as Quinn was not turning a 180 and bolting in the opposite direction. The Mr. Flamsteed had his insides feeling all kinds of wiggly wormy and he even gained a bit of heat in his cheeks. He had only ever heard that in context to his dad and, well, that was a whole thing and a half.

"Uh...see you?" Atlas timidly called after as he watched the back of Quinn's head disappear into the crowd. That had been...a little weird...but...oh well??

Feeling the coins in his pockets again, the blonde glanced towards the fizzy popcorn stand and decided he would buy some after all and share with Aries. He should still have plenty afterwards to get his tarantula. With one last glance in the direction his new acquaintance had disappeared in, Atlas took paid the vendor and then took his little bag of popcorn with him as he took disappeared among the gathering crowd of the Alley.
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Arm in arm with Anna and with a messenger bag full of shrunken down books, Kalen led the two of them away from the bookstore and down the street to find food. He was still chatting happily about pirates and hidden treasure and while he was sure Anna had stopped listening a while ago, he didn't care. He was just happy to have the afternoon off of work and school and to be out and about with her. She was fun. She was perky. She made fun of him but didn't make him feel stupid or silly. She was currently his favorite person in London and perhaps all of Europe.

"You know why pirates had earrings right?" he was saying as they approached the Cauldron Bread stand. Hey, he was still a poor college kid alright?! And these things were pretty good. "They thought that piercing their skin with precious metals could improve eyesight, ward off ill health and have many other positive effects. I wonder who convinced them of that! Probably some crafty colonial wizard."
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Arm in arm with Anna and with a messenger bag full of shrunken down books, Kalen led the two of them away from the bookstore and down the street to find food. He was still chatting happily about pirates and hidden treasure and while he was sure Anna had stopped listening a while ago, he didn't care. He was just happy to have the afternoon off of work and school and to be out and about with her. She was fun. She was perky. She made fun of him but didn't make him feel stupid or silly. She was currently his favorite person in London and perhaps all of Europe.

"You know why pirates had earrings right?" he was saying as they approached the Cauldron Bread stand. Hey, he was still a poor college kid alright?! And these things were pretty good. "They thought that piercing their skin with precious metals could improve eyesight, ward off ill health and have many other positive effects. I wonder who convinced them of that! Probably some crafty colonial wizard."
How-- why??

Anna didn't know how or why Kalen had so much knowledge about the most random things. She was listening, actually, hence her half-confused, half-amused expression as they walked down the street and towards some of the food stands. ".......What?" Was all she could muster at his remarks because, really... what?? "Why didn't they just take some Potion?" She asked with a confused frown, because honestly.... whaaaaa?? "Did they speak funny to ward off some kind of spirit too?" She asked with a snort. Random trivia was random. And she didn't even remember why he was going on about pirates in the first place.

Oh yeah, the book thing. In all honesty, she was kind of curious to see what he would be like reading to her. Ha! That'd be hilarious. She actually couldn't wait - which was saying something because, y'know, it had to do with books. "I'll have the clam chowder, please." She told the vendor, still arm in arm with Kalen. That was right, she was going wild and eating seafood from a potentially dodgy street vendor - le gasp. As they said, you only live once and she was a daredevil former Gryffindor who was dating a student healer, so she knew she would be fine.
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Anna didn't know how or why Kalen had so much knowledge about the most random things. She was listening, actually, hence her half-confused, half-amused expression as they walked down the street and towards some of the food stands. ".......What?" Was all she could muster at his remarks because, really... what?? "Why didn't they just take some Potion?" She asked with a confused frown, because honestly.... whaaaaa?? "Did they speak funny to ward off some kind of spirit too?" She asked with a snort. Random trivia was random. And she didn't even remember why he was going on about pirates in the first place.

Oh yeah, the book thing. In all honesty, she was kind of curious to see what he would be like reading to her. Ha! That'd be hilarious. She actually couldn't wait - which was saying something because, y'know, it had to do with books. "I'll have the clam chowder, please." She told the vendor, still arm in arm with Kalen. That was right, she was going wild and eating seafood from a potentially dodgy street vendor - le gasp. As they said, you only live once and she was a daredevil former Gryffindor who was dating a student healer, so she knew she would be fine.
Had Anna asked her question aloud, Kalen's answer would have been books. Duh...the boy read. A lot. And not just for school either. But she hadn't asked and so he focused on answering her questions about potions and incantations. "Well, A) because most pirates were no-majs and B) there are actually no records of how pirates actually talked so all the 'yo-ho-ho shiver-me timbers walk the plank stuff is all made up." He reached into his pocket and produced a few coins to pay for their cauldron breads. "Broccoli Cheese please," He said handing over the coins to pay for both of their lunches.
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Had Anna asked her question aloud, Kalen's answer would have been books. Duh...the boy read. A lot. And not just for school either. But she hadn't asked and so he focused on answering her questions about potions and incantations. "Well, A) because most pirates were no-majs and B) there are actually no records of how pirates actually talked so all the 'yo-ho-ho shiver-me timbers walk the plank stuff is all made up." He reached into his pocket and produced a few coins to pay for their cauldron breads. "Broccoli Cheese please," He said handing over the coins to pay for both of their lunches.
Hmmmm, was this a good time to tell him those had been kind of rhetorical questions? Nahhhh, look at him, all cute being an adorable geek. His answer actually made her smile, even though she didn't really care about the topic itself. So she just looked at him, paused, then chuckled. "You're cute." A cute neeeeeeerd, but still very cute.

Broccoli cheese? "Sounds nice, but too safe." She commented on his choice with a grin and in a low tone so only he could hear. No need to offend the vendor who was about to serve her potentially dodgy food. "Thank you!" She said to the vendor as she took her food. "And thank you!" Anna said to Kalen for paying. She gave him a look as she wondered if she should be doing all the paying, though, because, really, she was earning a lot more money than he was at the moment. But didn't that hurt a guy's ego or something? She was sure she had seen that in her brother. Just one of them, though, the other didn't seem to care much. So maybe just some guys really cared about that? Was Kalen one of those guys, she wondered.

She actually didn't have a clue. Great. So she looked at him to see if she could gauge his level of satisfaction for having paid for the food. Gaaaugiiinggg.
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Hmmmm, was this a good time to tell him those had been kind of rhetorical questions? Nahhhh, look at him, all cute being an adorable geek. His answer actually made her smile, even though she didn't really care about the topic itself. So she just looked at him, paused, then chuckled. "You're cute." A cute neeeeeeerd, but still very cute.

Broccoli cheese? "Sounds nice, but too safe." She commented on his choice with a grin and in a low tone so only he could hear. No need to offend the vendor who was about to serve her potentially dodgy food. "Thank you!" She said to the vendor as she took her food. "And thank you!" Anna said to Kalen for paying. She gave him a look as she wondered if she should be doing all the paying, though, because, really, she was earning a lot more money than he was at the moment. But didn't that hurt a guy's ego or something? She was sure she had seen that in her brother. Just one of them, though, the other didn't seem to care much. So maybe just some guys really cared about that? Was Kalen one of those guys, she wondered.

She actually didn't have a clue. Great. So she looked at him to see if she could gauge his level of satisfaction for having paid for the food. Gaaaugiiinggg.
Kalen was more interested in getting and eating his food then worrying about who was paying for what. Had Anna pulled out money first he might have made a attempt to pay instead, but mostly out of good manners more then ego. And speaking of good manners, they were about to go out the window because um...bread bowl without a table to eat it at + hungry college student = delicious tummy-filling mess. "You're just saying that because I bought you lunch," he protested making a face at her as if he was (playfully) offended at being called cute. "Cute is for bunnies or puffskiens...not manly men who were chicken suits and prance around doing the hippogriff at quidditch matches." Because yup, she had learned first hand recently that that was how he made his spending cash.

As for safe? "Hey, it sounds yummy today - it's chilly out here and cheesy soups are best for cold weather. Besides, I grew up on calm chowder and well, that," he said looking into her bread bowl. "Is not clam chowder. Or at least, not New England Clam chowder." He chuckled at his joke. As for the thanks. "Your welcome," he said with a happy smile because he was well, happy to be doing something for her. "Common, let's go find a place out of the wind to eat these." He didn't make two steps before some soup was shoveled into his mouth.
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He matched Hassan's pace, trying to time his strides with his father's. Walking down the streets of Diagon Alley always made him feel like a grown up, for some reason. "Baba, can we get some confetti popcorn for Maggie?" Jasper looked up with hopeful eyes and a big, boyish grin as they walked by the various street vendors. Maggie hadn't tried it before and as her older brother, it was Jasper's duty to get her to try new things. He took being an older brother very seriously.

That and... Jasper was really, really craving confetti popcorn.

He'd save most of it for Maggie though! ....... Promise!
Between his time spent assisting with Stark School, showing his face for the occasional quidditch event, and um.... Stemp house, Hassan didn't get to spend as much time with his children as he had liked. Which said a lot, because his children were his FAVORITE kids. So today was just for him and Jasper to hang out while Margaret went with her mum. Hm, it did work out that they only had the two, huh?

"We can get your sister whatever you want." He glanced at his mini me, amused at his attempts to keep stride and purposefully slowing because of it. It didn't surprise him that Jas was looking out for Margo even when she wasn't here. The child was just like his old man. "But what do you want, abnay? This is your day." He wanted to make sure Jasper got all of his attention today.


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Between his time spent assisting with Stark School, showing his face for the occasional quidditch event, and um.... Stemp house, Hassan didn't get to spend as much time with his children as he had liked. Which said a lot, because his children were his FAVORITE kids. So today was just for him and Jasper to hang out while Margaret went with her mum. Hm, it did work out that they only had the two, huh?

"We can get your sister whatever you want." He glanced at his mini me, amused at his attempts to keep stride and purposefully slowing because of it. It didn't surprise him that Jas was looking out for Margo even when she wasn't here. The child was just like his old man. "But what do you want, abnay? This is your day." He wanted to make sure Jasper got all of his attention today.


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Jasper grinned widely. "It really fizzes in your mouth, baba!" He exclaimed, wiggling his fingers to try and illustrate the sensation the best he could. The excitement was clearly visible in his eyes, but he didn't let it slow him down as he tried to keep up. Jas hadn't yet realized that his baba slowed down for him, he was still thinking about how excited Margaret would be when she tried!

As for what he wanted, well, Jasper had to give it some thought. "I just want to spend time with you," he answered honestly. "Oh! Can we go to the quidditch store and look at the brooms?" Maybe they had new ones! Jasper liked looking at the catalogues plenty, but seeing them in person was way better. Maybe in two years when he was old enough to join the U14 league, he could even ask for a new broom for Christmas!
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His muggle relations class got cancelled for the day (was the the alliances doing?) so he had the afternoon to kill. With Tills babysitting, he chose not to return home and instead wander through the street vendors. Already Toph had purchased some necklaces for both his mum and sister. At the present moment he had a bag of dill pickled flavored confetti popcorn and a fizzy drink. He needed (read: wanted) something else to walk away with, but it was a hard sell between some old records or a mini flying skateboard. Did he need either? Nah. Did he want both? You bet.
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Having gone to Durmstrang and living in Wales during his youth, Topher never did spend much time in Diagon Alley. Too many Hogwarts kids and too far from home. It never interested him as a kid the way it did now. Now they had street vendors that sold shady products and good food. Something about it made him think of both his former schools.

His muggle relations class got cancelled for the day (was the the alliances doing?) so he had the afternoon to kill. With Tills babysitting, he chose not to return home and instead wander through the street vendors. Already Toph had purchased some necklaces for both his mum and sister. At the present moment he had a bag of dill pickled flavored confetti popcorn and a fizzy drink. He needed (read: wanted) something else to walk away with, but it was a hard sell between some old records or a mini flying skateboard. Did he need either? Nah. Did he want both? You bet.
Having gone to Hogwarts and spent a large chunk of her childhood in Greater London, Natalie had spent much time in Diagon Alley and she still hadn't grown out of it. Florean's was still one of her favorite places, especially since had so many fond memories there as a kid (and a teen).

That day, Natalie had decided to break away from the Ministry for lunch. She wanted to soak in the sunshine, even though it wasn't too warm yet. It was sunny and that was enough. She had stopped for a bite at her favorite spot and then decided to wander the streets while she slurped up the remainder of her milkshake.

Natalie found herself at a stand with records, even though her last purchase here had been less than satisfactory. She sipped her milkshake again, noticing a boy - man - whatever, with his own food, at the stand. Her blue eyes watched the vendor owner carefully and then leaned over to whisper to the stranger. "I'd be wary of the records," she said quietly. "Last one I got was scratched up." Then she went back to minding her own business.
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