Title: i've seen this one before
Juliet Bytheway - May 10, 2012 10:12 PM (GMT)
Miss Bytheway's latest obsession, now that she had outgrown dragons, was defense technology. She had purchased sneakoscopes, and a painting that showed you the whites of its eyes when you were in danger, and she was doing truckloads of research in an attempt to find out something she herself could invent. She liked the idea of sneakoscopes, but they were fairly easy to spot and disable if you recognized them. She had stayed up late dissasembling one and fallen asleep in a heap on her bed...
Juliet woke up with a piece of parchment over her face. She spluttered for a moment, sat up, and plucked the paper from her lap. Fanny Blackwood coming at noon. -Father. Blackwood, Blackwood. She knew the name, she just couldn't place it. Juliet played with a piece of hair. Blackwood! As in Margaret Blackwood. Did that mean the child was Fanny? But why was she coming, and why did Juliet need to know about it?
While she had been engaged to be married for a long time, Juliet had never spent much time around young children. She was the youngest of the Bytheways, and Margaret hadn't been very attached to the family before giving birth to Fanny there (and Juliet hadn't seen her much at all since.) Juliet could not help but guess that this was some scheme of her parents' to bring out her maternal instinct, which she wasn't even sure existed except for when connected to her cats. Juliet heaved a sigh, brushed the hair out of her face with a hand, and grabbed her pocketwatch off of her desk.
She checked the time. 12:03. She swore and slipped out of her room, heading down the stairs three at a time. She heard someone in the hallway. "Hello," she called. "I'm sorry I'm late, I slept late this morning." Well, she slept just as late as she had intended to, but late for whatever she was apparently supposed to be doing.
Fanny Blackwood - May 11, 2012 10:10 PM (GMT)
Mary Frances Blackwood sat in the hallway feeling grumpy and ill used. She had arrived with her mother at noon after they'd gotten together her things (and her mothers in preparation) for the big adventure she was going on and Fanny had almost given up trying to convince her to take her with her. No amount of pleading, teasing, screaming, whining, or begging would change her mothers mind and so Fanny was stuck staying at her Uncle and Aunts under her care of cousin Julietbecause her mother had said that s he hadn't been behaving herself enough to be looked after by Uncle Cai. Her mother had said something vague to her uncle and aunt who'd accepted her with wide open arms and large smiles - to which Fanny had moodily been hugged but hadn't hugged back. Fanny couldn't remember exactly what had been said but it sounded like something if I'm not back in a month... and I don't want to interfere with Mordecai's work which made Fanny even grumpier.
Her aunt had asked if she had wanted something to eat whilst the 'grown-ups' went to discuss further matters. She'd replied moodily 'no.' and her mother had told her to go upstairs and find cousin Juliet who'd she be with when her mother was going to be seen off. That was another thing! Fanny wasn't allowed to go see her mother off because it would be too easy for a little girl to get lost in the crowd and Fanny already had demonstrated an ability for that. She had been told to sit at that her cousin Juliet could decide whether or not they'd go and to Fanny that most certainly meant that she wasn't going to be allowed to go. She was convinced that cousin Juliet must be the most strict, unfun person in the universe.
She heard rather then saw a person coming down the stairs and skidded backwards to the wall on her bum to allow room for the person to pass. She didn't respond to the persons words. Doubtless they weren't intended for her.
Juliet Bytheway - May 31, 2012 08:42 PM (GMT)
No one responded to her words. With a frown, Juliet sauntered down the hallway. She almost passed the child without noticing, but caught sight of her and paused in her walk. Brown hair, brown eyes, looked vaguely like her aunt Margaret slash Peggy. Juliet decided that this had to be the elusive Fanny, and beamed.
"Oh, hello!" she said, running a hand through her hair. "You must be Fanny Blackwood." She paused, leaned against the wall, and studied the girl. How did one ask why are you here subtly? Juliet wasn't sure, and as such decided to put that off for a few moments. It would have been a lot easier if her parents were in the immediate vicinity, but her life rarely cooperated with her in such a way.
"I'm Juliet Bytheway," she said, "I just woke up." Blunt, but true. Juliet's internal clock was a very strange thing, brought on by her lack of duties. Unless 'remember to eat all three meals' and 'don't set the house on fire' counted as duties. "I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing," she admitted. "You wouldn't have any idea what that is, would you?" Usually she would have assumed that anyone underage had even less knowledge about what was going on than she does, but the note had mentioned the girl, so there was a chance/
Fanny Blackwood - June 1, 2012 04:06 AM (GMT)
Fanny stared at the person in front of her skeptically. She didn't believe her there was no way was no way that this girl was Juliet Bytheway. Her cousin Juliet was supposed to be old and strict and no fun at all and this girl didn't look like that at all. She actually looked more like the kind angel lady Miranda who her mother worked for. Had been working for. She stared at the girl with a confused expression on her face.
"I'm Fanny..." She said then realised that this was one of those times that her mother probably expected her to introduce herself properly. "I mean I'm Mary Frances Blackwood." She said as she screwed up her nose in disdain of the name and continued to stare at the girl. It wasn't that early in the day that Fanny thought she would be able to get away with being asleep - sleeping in was not a concept Fanny was particularly aware of, nor one she was sure that she approved of. If the sun shone then there was sure to be lots of things to do! Or books to read.
"I don't know." She then said in reply to the older girl's question. "I'm supposed to be going upstairs and finding cousin Ju-li-et because she's going to be looking after me whilst mummy goes away on adventures." She looked sullenly at her feet which she shuffled on the floor.
Juliet Bytheway - June 17, 2012 01:00 AM (GMT)
Mary Frances Blackwood didn't have alliteration in it, what a shame. Juliet thought all good names had some alliteration - of course, she was biased, but she would have thought her Aunt Margaret (or Peggy) to know better.
"Ohhhh," she said. Adventures, adventures, adventures? "Oh!" Fanny's mother was going on the trail, and .. Juliet would be watching her. Oh, joy. It wasn't that Juliet didn't like kids - it was that she was the youngest child, and had no idea what to do with them. Perhaps she would be appealing to Mia for help.
Perhaps not. Mia was very pregnant, and her abundance of children were far more imposing than just one. "Well," she said, beaming. "You found me, I guess. Would you like something to eat or drink, or do you want a tour of the house?" she asked. Margaret had been a Ravenclaw, if Juliet was remembering correctly, and was actually a descendant of Rowena herself. As such, Juliet expected Fanny to be bright - it would be truly awful if she wasn't. Juliet didn't do well with people that weren't intelligent. She just didn't find them very interesting...
She had faith, though. The least intelligent Bytheway she could think of was really Alexander Page, and he was an auror, so that was probably just her being less-than-fond of his not understanding her flightiness. She preferred his friends Daniel Riley and Jules Fancourt, anyways.
Fanny Blackwood - June 23, 2012 11:33 PM (GMT)
Disbelief could clearly be seen from Fanny's features. She did not believe, in any shape or form, that the pretty blonde girl who reminded her of Mrs. Wakefield was cousin Juliet. Cousin Juliet was supposed to be olllldd and strict looking like Sirius' governess. She was supposed to stand straight like a soldier and have her hair pinned up in a bun and wear stern glasses and dresses. She wasn't supposed to be fun looking at all.
"No way!" She gasped. It just wasn't possible. This wasn't Juliet. There had to be some big mistake. She perked up at the sound of something to eat, drink and the chance to explore.... well she'd said tour but that sounded like more then a adventure then anything else. "Can we go exploring?" She asked with wide brown eyes her teeth biting down on her lip. This wouldn't be so bad after all (though she suspected that the real cousin Juliet would appear at any time and unmask the imposter). She got to her feet and craned her neck up at the woman who claimed to be Juliet.
Juliet Bytheway - June 26, 2012 04:35 PM (GMT)
Juliet beamed at her... she supposed Fanny was her niece. This couldn't be that hard. After all, her parents had watched more than one child for years, and they hadn't screwed up too badly. (Of course, Juliet was very rarely good at the things her parents were good at.) Worst case scenario, she would have to ask Hermia for help. (And she really didn't want to do that.)
Fanny seemed to like her, at least from what Juliet could tell. "Of course," she said, half-smiling. "We can start down here or way upstairs, what do you think?" she asked, amused. She wondered, vaguely, if Fanny would be useful at all for helping with her latest project.
"Or," she breathed, "I could show you the shed in the yard. I'm an inventor, of sorts, and some of my old things are in there." She bet that would amuse the girl. Hopefully. At least, it probably would have amused Juliet back when she was a child.
Fanny Blackwood - July 24, 2012 01:10 AM (GMT)
'Yep' Fanny decided firmly. 'There was no way. No way at all.' She knew right then and there after fake-Juliet had said she was an inventor that there was no way that this Juliet was the person her mother would've decided to leave her with. Her mother would've chosen somebody responsible to look after her and she hadn't thought Mordy was responsible, especially not after the Puppy incident... and this person seemed so much fun.
Of course it was obviously a mistake because obviously the real Juliet wouldn't be an inventor. She'd be something really boring.
She wasn't married (that Fanny was aware of anyway, because if she was why would she want to look after Fanny anyway) so it was most likely that the real Juliet was something like a governess? The idea seemed to suit the idea Fanny had of the woman. Frumpy and not fun at all like Sirius' governess who never seemed to let him have any fun. She looked around concerned wondering exactly when any adults would come back and fix the situation.
"What's in there?" She breathed back excited, deciding to have as much fun as possible until fake-Juliet couldn't play anymore and real-Juliet took her place.
Juliet Bytheway - July 29, 2012 05:13 PM (GMT)
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<p>"Let's see..." she said, staring at the ceiling as she concentrated. "There's the exploding-and-reassembling chair - uh, don't touch that one, it doesn't really reassemble..." That had not been a thing that went well. "My very large map of a dragon's anatomy is in there, as well. A piece of the devil's snare vine was under her bed, but that was arguably more dangerous than the chair and she had no plans to share it with a child. She started walking in the direction of the back door, beckoning for Fanny to follow.</p>
<p> "An small colony of oversized puffskeins," she beamed. Puffskeins were fun, although she far preferred her cats. "Oh, and a vanishing-and-reappearing necklace. That's all I can remember, but there's definitely more." She supposed all the dangerous stuff was either under her bed or, at the very worst, marked with 'do not open.' </p>
<p>"A cat or two might be hiding in there," she said, "we'll have to see." She grinned at Fanny and held open the door.</p>
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Fanny Blackwood - August 8, 2012 10:32 AM (GMT)
Fanny stared at Juliet as she described so many wierd (and obviously) and wonderful things. Her eyes wide, and her mouth open in shock as she stared at her cousin. It sounded amazing!
"What are Puffskeins?" She asked, a skip to her step as she followed her cousin. "How come the chair explodes and resembles itself? How come it isn't good at it? Why are Puffskeins over... over... what does oversized mean really big? And how do you find the necklace if you want to wear it if it constantly disappears?" The questions flowed out of her mouth freely as she decided if she kept quiet about them they wouldn't be answered. And it wasn't like her mother was around to scold her and at Fake-Juliet was supposed to be family so it was okay.
"Do you have cats? I want a cat but mummy says we can't have one. Can I pet it? Where will they be?"
[N/A: Errrrr This probably sucks likes Beans' Geometry]
Juliet Bytheway - August 30, 2012 06:56 PM (GMT)
[[better than beans' geometry, actually]]
"They're puffy little creatures," he said, "very fluffy. They also have really, really short legs." Puffskeins were probably her favorite easily bred creature. "Yes, they're bigger than normal. The chair doesn't reassemble but rather breaks apart several times until forced to go back by a freezing charm."
"I usually find the necklace by using a summoning charm," she said. "And I have four cats, but I need to get someone else to take three of them." She trekked across the lawn and bent over to get the key to the shed from under a rock.
She unlocked the door and pushed it open to let Fanny inside. It was pretty big, and one of the cats was curled up on a pillow just inside the door. "Oh! And yes, they're friendly, so you can pet them all you want."
Fanny Blackwood - August 31, 2012 02:14 AM (GMT)
Fanny tried to follow after Juliet, a slight skip to her step as she followed after her, her head nodded at everything her cousin had to say. Somehow during their walk over the lawn she had come to accept that indeed this Juliet was her cousin Juliet and she had abandoned the idea of the stuffy old woman who wouldn't let her do anything that was fun.
This pretty blonde lady, who reminded her so much of Mrs. Miranda Wakefield, just older looking, had things called Puffskeins that sounded cool. She knew her mother wouldn't let her have a cat, and Mordy had bought dogs because she'd asked but they were at his place but maybe Juliet would let her have a Puffskein.... and a chair that did... well she missed most of what Juliet had said it did but IT ACTUALLY DID something and that sounded exciting as well.
She stared wide eyed at the cat, and was already reaching out to pat the animal before Juliet said that they were friendly enough to pet. Her face broke into a brilliant grin as she ran her hand over its head and it moved it's own head into her palm and purred loudly.
She stared at it for a moment and decided that, during her stay here, this was going to be her cat. Her eyes rose from the cat's face and almost goggled as she stared around the work room.
"Is this all yours?" She asked in disbelief.
Juliet Bytheway - September 9, 2012 11:01 PM (GMT)
Juliet glanced over everything, re-affirming the memories. Taped to the back wall was her massive sketch of the anatomy of a Hungarian Horntail that she had done before moving on to defense technology. Color-changing flowers, experimental potions, wall after wall of projects she had finished with or abandoned. The thing that had almost killed her wasn't there - that had been destroyed, but not by her. She had never gotten a solid answer on who had taken away that research.
"Yes!" she said, walking over to a small table that was mostly dominated by the massive puffskein container. They were in there, purple and orange and yellow and blue and even some with markings. Puffskeins, while not her active interest, were easy enough for her to take care of that she had not sold any of them. "I've been doing experiments for a long time," she said, "and most of them end up here. Or under my bed. But mostly in here." She rambled.
Juliet picked up the container with both hands and set it down on the floor, sitting next to it. She grabbed the bag of Puffskein food from next to the table. (Puffskeins ate anything from leftovers to spiders - Juliet mostly fed hers dried fruit and crackers.)
She opened the top of the lid and the bag, dropping little pieces of food down to them. "I save everything," she admitted, "I think it vexes my father sometimes." Maybe that was inappropriate to share with a child - but whatever, Fanny seemed bright enough, and it wasn't like it was rude or she was complaining or anything.
Fanny Blackwood - September 11, 2012 12:34 AM (GMT)
Fanny hand stopped mid pat and the cat mewed in protest as she gaped, slacked jawed at the giantly massive contain of puffskeins but she didn't know what they were. She gaped at them.
"What are those?" She asked, excitedly jumping to her feet and rushing over to the desk and staring at the multicoloured jar and the creatures that lurked within. She wanted one... maybe Juliet would give her one of those instead. They didn't look hard to care for so maybe when her mummy got back she would let her keep a Puffskein. She stared at it so hard she missed what Juliet said next and watched as her cousin fed the animals.
It didn't look hard at all. She could do it. Maybe Juliet would let her and when her mummy got back she could prove that she was responsible enough to care for animals.
Juliet Bytheway - September 15, 2012 04:04 AM (GMT)
"Puffskeins," Juliet answered, dropping a dried bit of apple in. A purple puffskein lunged for it, stealing it away from one of his soft green cagemates. Juliet turned to look at Fanny, smiling slightly at the staring. Peggy/Margaret's daughter was certainly interesting, at least more so than most other children she had met before. Perhaps when this was over Juliet would attempt to mold Hermia's children into something less.... Well, she was not very fond of Alex Page. The less Alex Page-y, the better.
"If you want you can feed them," she offered, "and if we close the door, we can take them out of their enclosure." She had nothing dangerous on the bottom of her shed, except for the cats, and cats could be easily handled anyways.
Fanny Blackwood - October 10, 2012 07:50 AM (GMT)
She nearly squealed out loud at her older cousins suggestion and with overly wide eyes she stared at her cousin. Her fingers clenching unconciously as her mouth fell open.
"I- I- I- Can feed them? She asked, putting particular emphasis on the word feed. This was the most awesomest day of her life. Juliet was not some boring old stickler lady that she'd be stuck with. She was officially the most awesome person Fanny knew aside from Uncle Mordy and that's because Mordy was Mordy who was awesomest combined and his job was finding things... and his stories made Fanny dream of having adventures like that someday. Maybe when she was older she could go on adventures like him.... but Juliet was quickly closing in.
She made things.
And she said she'd let Fanny feed the Puffskeins.
"Can we Juliet? can we- can we- can we-can we-can we-can we-can we?" She asked bouncing at the idea, a giant excited smile on her face.
Juliet Bytheway - October 16, 2012 02:36 AM (GMT)
Fanny blackwood was very energetic. Juliet did not suppose that this was very bad - to be quite honest, it made her ward for the next few weeks more interesting. She smiled at Fanny. "Mhmn." The good thing about puffskeins was that they could get chubby without Juliet worrying very much - being that the creatures were stout and round anyways, she thought they had a predisposition for such things. And hers were oversized - she could not see it hurting.
Juliet was not much of an expert in puffskeins. The reasons she kept them mostly consisted of a.) colorful, b.) easy to take care of, and c.) she was sort of vaguely fond of them.
"Of course we can," she replied automatically. "C'mere. If you take the food from this bag," she shook it once with one hand, "and put it in your palm, they'll eat out of it."
Fanny Blackwood - October 19, 2012 07:15 AM (GMT)
She giggled and bounced over to her cousin, scarcely standing still as she bounced in place and fumbled her way into the bag, dropping food everywhere. When she got enough (or what she considered was enough. Her hands were just sooo small and there were just so many pretty creatures that she wanted to have her hands at once) of the food she stared at it, frowning a little.
"What is this?" She stared at it and wondered if her mother knew how to find it. "Do they only eat this? Can I feed them now and let them out? Nooowww?" She bubbled, quite forgetting what Juliet had said they had to do first. More of the food tumbled to the floor in her excitement.
Juliet Bytheway - November 21, 2012 03:20 AM (GMT)
Being both a Ravenclaw and a nosy person in general, Juliet could appreciate curiosity - and as she had already decided that she liked her cousin Fanny, obliging the girl was fairly easy. "Dried-up leftovers," Juliet answered, "they eat a lot of things, though. Like spiders." And bogeys from noses when the target was sleeping, but Juliet was not going to mention that just in case her niece decided to test it.
She also decided that she was going to handle the second question, because waiting on it or explaining herself again wouldn't be very fun.
Juliet shimmied towards the open door of the shed and pushed it closed with one hand, turning and grinning when she heard it click into place. "Now. We can let them out now."
Fanny Blackwood - November 21, 2012 06:00 AM (GMT)
Fanny stared at her cousin her eyes wide as she bounced up and down on the spot, barely able to contain her shivers of excitement that were getting worse and worse as the time that her cousin would let her let the Puffskeins out was approaching.
"Can I let them out Juliet? Can I can I can I can I can I can I can I can I can I can I?" She asked bouncing each time, and nearly forgetting to take a breathe before she exhausted her oxygen supply and got dizzy. Her world spun for a moment and she only calmed a little way of the way down because this was the most exciting thing to happen to her ever! Maybe if she was really good she could ask Juliet if she could invite Sirius over and show them to him. She thought he'd really enjoy them and then she could show him that she wasn't destitute? She'd asked her mother later what that word stands for.
She had a home.
Maybe if Juliet let her she could give one to Sirius? It could live in his garden and eat spiders.
Juliet Bytheway - December 6, 2012 11:18 PM (GMT)
"Yes, yes, yes," Juliet said in a sing-song voice. "They can come out now." She wondered if perhaps her Aunt Peggy-Margaret Maybe-Blackwood did not take Fanny around little animals very often. Although, her Aunt Maybe-Margaret did have to support Fanny all by herself, which was why Juliet was watching Fanny during the trail.
Also because she needed to learn 'responsibility' instead of 'messing around with magic all day.' Her parents were quite pleased that she had met Mister Fancourt, but her behavior was still 'mildly concerning.'
If she could be convinced to discuss it, which was rare, Juliet would have simply claimed that she liked to be entertained.
She walked up to the cage and unlatched the door, pulling it open so that the puffskeins could hop out if they wanted before standing back again. "There," she said with a wide grin.
Fanny Blackwood - December 13, 2012 10:50 AM (GMT)
Fanny crowed in delight; the excitement of it all being really too much to bear as she stared at the creatures as they crawled all over the place.
She was not certain of many things but of one she was very certain.
Her cousin Juliet was the most awesomest person in the world and most certainly not boring or dull as Fanny had first imagined