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Arnold Peasegood
Posted: Oct 18 2011, 12:32 PM


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Oops.

He hadn't meant to be so loud, really, at least not so loud that even he could tell that Aggie was suddenly very interested in her tea. "Sorry," he said, quietly (in half a whisper, really, for all the good it did) in the direction of his own teacup. Hopefully he hadn't accidentally spoiled Aggie's afternoon or anything like that - although he doubted that one overly enthusiastic exclamation could do something so drastic - and so he determined that he would be much more quiet from now one, if only because Madame Puddifoot's didn't seem like it could handle his usual decibel level.

"Arthur is a great duelist," he said admiringly. Having seen the older Gryffindor in action during Dueling Club, he could wholeheartedly agree with Aggie's guess. "But you're the vice president and you'll be president next year, right? I bet you'll win this year." Perhaps there was more loyalty to his friend than actual logic in Arnold's guess, but that didn't matter. "Especially if we get some books, that's a great idea!" It was all he could do not to instantly bounce out of his seat and race towards the door, abandoning his cup of tea and the scones that had not yet arrived. But he had been invited to tea and so for tea he would stay; he would show Aggie that he could handle sitting in a chair in Madame Puddifoot's for long enough to enjoy a midday snack that he never could have afforded on his own. "What store do you think'll have the best books? I bet it'll be the Wrangling Wizard down the main street."


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Augusta Selwyn
Posted: Oct 23 2011, 03:14 PM


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“It’s quite alright, Arnold.” She said, glancing at Arthur’s table out of the corner of her eye, and realizing to her relief and simultaneous dismay that the older boy was too preoccupied with his blonde companion to even be bothered by Arnold’s exclamations of excitement. Suddenly the thought of tampering with their date by making some sort of spectacular ruckus didn’t sound so bad.

Aggie nodded in agreement, but listened attentively at her friends reasoning. She gave him a confident smile, momentarily believing that indeed, she had great chances of winning. She had, after all, been able to win some duels against him in the past. And Aggie could bet that if he got as distracted as he currently seemed to be with Dorcas, she would have no problem in disarming him. Augusta had no problem with taking advantage of Arthur whenever he was distracted by the fairer sex. “You’re right! I just need to practice more this year and I’ll be able to beat Arthur at a duel.” She claimed, and added in a less certain tone. “Even if he’s probably going into Auror Training.”

With a polite smile and a muttered ‘thank you’ when their scones where served on the table, she picked one thoughtfully while she pondered his question. “The Wrangling Wizard sounds like a good place to stop by. We should go as soon as we’re finished here!” She agreed, and was suddenly overcome by the urge of spending the money her mother had sent it to spend in accessories for the ball in Dueling Books, but decided against it. She always had trouble with storing her extra curricular books at home.


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Arnold Peasegood
Posted: Oct 27 2011, 11:14 AM


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He managed to follow her gaze this time and spotted Arthur Longbottom at the table with some blonde girl he recognized vaguely but whose name he couldn't remember. Arnold, of course, knew the name and year and Quidditch position (if applicable) of everyone in Gryffindor House; his knowledge regarding the other students at Hogwarts was slightly sketchy, despite his best efforts to befriend everyone in the castle. "Oh!" he exclaimed, although by some miracle of good luck for Augusta, his voice remained relatively low. (He just didn't want everyone in Madame Puddifoot's to stare at their table again.) "Look, Aggie, there's Arthur over there! Do you reckon he'd have some suggestions on what books to get? Especially if he's going to Auror training. Is he really? That's so cool."

The scones landed on the table and he selected one after only a moment's consideration, adding the strawberry jam and clotted cream in amounts that suggested today's tea was an indulgence - and, gosh, was he ever grateful for Aggie's offer to pay. His mother would have been relieved to know that Arnold had retained enough manners, however, to wait until he'd chewed and swallowed his first bite of delicious scone before replying, even pausing to take a sip of tea as if he was actually cultured in any way.

"We should!" he agreed eagerly. "I never get to go into the Wrangling Wizard, Alastor always wants to go to the Three Broomsticks or the Hog's Head for news." And, of course, Arnold went with him. The thought of separating rarely, if ever, crossed his mind. He had a tendency to follow his friends wherever they lead him: Aggie, Alastor, and Euphemia were hardly people that Arnold lead.


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Augusta Selwyn
Posted: Nov 5 2011, 09:59 PM


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Augusta’s generally composed features distorted slightly once Arnold caught on to Arthur’s presence in the parlor. Her blue eyes widened slightly and as color drained from her face, Aggie couldn’t help but feel increasingly mortified. Maybe Arnold hadn’t been her wisest choice for a spying partner, although admittedly, the rest of her male friends were no more discreet. “Oh, he pointed some names for me yesterday.” Aggie lied shamelessly in a dismissive tone. “I’m sure we don’t need to ask him again.” She added, with the full intention of distracting Arnold from the idea. Spies weren’t supposed to get caught, and Aggie thought being hanged was less mortifying than Arthur nudging her, pinching her cheeks or congratulating her on having a date with Arnold.

Indeed, death was certainly less complicated than that.

“Really? News about what?” Augusta inquired quickly, attempting to drive Arnold into diverting his attention from Arthur Longbottom. Picking a scone herself, she added a discreet amount of jam with delicate movements, embedded into her after tedious hours of scolding from her mother, grandmother and governess. Aggie was sure that had her great grandmother been alive as well, she would have taken part of the colossal task of teaching Augusta Selwyn proper behavior.


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Arnold Peasegood
Posted: Nov 6 2011, 01:42 PM


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Arnold being Arnold, he was too busy focusing on Arthur being in Madame Puddifoot's to notice Aggie on the verge of panicking over being noticed. It wouldn't be a problem for him to be noticed by Arthur, after all; he'd always tried his best in Duelling Club and had always aimed to impress Arthur Longbottom, who seemed spectacularly neat and was going to be an Auror (which in Arnold's mind was some sort of legitimised version of the Batman, defending the wizarding world night and day against the Darkest sorts of wizards out there).

"Oh just news about the Resistance and stuff," he said a bit dismissively, more interested in adding another spoonful of clotted cream to his scone. "You know, Alastor's really interested in what's going on, after--"

He paused, even Arnold unsure of whether some things needed to be discussed in polite conversation. Alastor's cousin was a touchy subject, and it rarely came up even between the pair of them.

So! Time for a change of topic. "After you know," he finished, and immediately launched into Aggie's story of getting information from Arthur. "Did he really?" he asked, barely having swallowed another bite of his scone. He hadn't even considered the idea that he might choke before he managed to get his question out. "That's great! We can go over to the store whenever we're done and see if they have anything from his list, what'd you think?"


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Augusta Selwyn
Posted: Nov 18 2011, 08:44 PM


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As Aggie continued to busy herself in her scones and tea, she secretly prayed that Arnold’s attention span diverged from Arthur rather soon without her having to force another subject in a less subtle fashion. Truth be told, Aggie had learnt halfway the tricks of females and still had things to learn regarding the subtle art of directing a conversation.

With a nod, Augusta acknowledged her awareness of Alastor Gumboil’s family. She had heard it mentioned a couple of times before, as it always happened with scandals in pureblood circles, even if the Selwyns were not in the highest or most exclusive of them. “Of course we can! I’m sure we’ll find something!” She said a little over eagerly, happy to find a topic she could cling to, but slightly worried about having to invent a list of duelling books. If anything, Aggie had seen Arthur’s book collection countless times and she could always just draw names from the list.


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Arnold Peasegood
Posted: Nov 22 2011, 07:48 AM


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Well, Aggie certainly seemed happy to go book shopping, and Arnold was glad that she was happy, and that was that! He was glad he'd been saving up his money for buying books, and what better books were there to buy than duelling books? Maybe Defence Against the Dark Arts books, since it was one of his favourite subjects, but duelling came a close second. It was the sort of flashy magic that he'd always imagined ever since the first wizard had shown up on his doorstep.

"Oh, definitely," he said, nodding eagerly as he loaded yet another scone with jam and cream. "The Wandering Wizard'll definitely have something, even if they're not on the list." A heaping spoonful of sugar went into tea and he stirred enthusiastically as he talking. "I bet we could even get books using club funds. Does the Duelling Club have a fund? Or budget or whatever it's called? It's probably got loads, you and Arthur really run one of the best clubs, and I do lots." He paused for a drink of tea, the frilliness of his surroundings slowly fading in his awareness as he got more and more excited about their upcoming trip to the book store. Then his scone was gone in a flash and he was eyeing the last one on the plate. "Are you going to eat that scone, Aggie? We could cut it in half if you want."


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Augusta Selwyn
Posted: Dec 4 2011, 12:52 PM


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Augusta nodded energically, not really sure if she could improvise an impromptu list. She didn’t want to have to walk up to Arthur here, considering she wasn’t exactly with her paramour, more like on a spying mission that was spiraling out of control quickly, leaving Augusta more and more convinced she had to abort Madam Puddifoots as quick as she could. “I’m sure we’ll find something.• Aggie sentenced with a nod. At this point, she was willingto purchas anything regarding duelling that looked remotely helpful.

She sipped her tea rather hurriedly, even if she burned her tongue in her rush. The stinging pain made her wince, fully aware she wouldn’t be able to tolerate hot liquids for at least a few days. It always took Aggie’s best self control to pace herself when drinking anything, and now, anxious as she was, she had paid the price for it. She was distracted from her pain by Arnold asking her if they had a fund, and Augusta paused to think. For all the time she had been a member, she couldn’t tell for sure if they had a fund or not. Surely, Arthur would know, but she had already discarded the idea of asking him in the parlor. “I’m sure we do.” She said with a dismissive shrug. Surely, she could purchase books and ask Arthur later about it. “Don’t worry, I’m satisfied, you can have it.” She said with a smile, internally the last scone to vanish quickly so they could leave.


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Arnold Peasegood
Posted: Dec 6 2011, 09:04 AM


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"Gosh, Aggie, thanks." The last scone might not have vanished as quickly as Aggie might have liked - Arnold did have to take the time to scoop copious amounts of cream and jam onto it, as eager as anyone to make his treat last as long as he could. Anyone with any knowledge of physics (or structural engineering, insofar as anyone in Madame Pudifoot's understood it beyond the fact that it probably existed) would have doubted how the scone could stand up under the weight of its toppings, but Arnold managed to make it work without spilling all over himself.

With a customary display of abominable manners, he was licking his fingers within minutes, grinning as if he'd just had tea and scones with the King of England himself.

"Ready, then?" he asked, standing up and fumbling in his pockets for at least a few Knuts to donate to his tea-and-scones fund with Aggie. Finding two or three, he set them awkwardly on the table, hoping that they'd at least be enough for a tip or something. Gosh, he felt rather bad about Aggie haven't to pay. From what he understood, girls weren't supposed to have to pay. But she'd offered and Aggie was fantastic and he couldn't feel too bad about it - besides, she was going to let him help pick out books for Duelling Club! Excitement wiped away the last remnants of guilt (which never hung around Arnold for very long). "That's so neat, Aggie, a fund for the club! I bet Professor Dippet allows it because you and Arthur are so fantastic at running it, you know."


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Augusta Selwyn
Posted: Feb 26 2012, 06:10 PM


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Augusta smiled absently and nodded, busying herself in attempting to steal a glance at Arthur’s table without Arnold noticing. She vaguely became aware of the monstrous scone and couldn’t help but thinking of the massive heart attack her Mother would have if she witnessed the scene. As it was, she could only glance out of the corner of her eye every now and then, and Arthur didn’t seem like he was having a horrible time. Her spirits slightly lower, she forced herself to stop stealing glances, instead toying with a strand of dark hair until the scone in front of Arnold disappeared completely.

She remained seated for a few seconds after Arnold stood up, wondering if her classmate was going to help her out of her seat like her mother had told her was customary. Then again, there was nothing customary in taking a friend to a romantically decorated tea parlor and offer to pay for him because she wanted to spy on someone who obviously, wasn’t interested in her beyond friendship. Augusta stood up in a dignified fashion, doing her best to hide her confusion and reached down into her red purse. After a seconds of fumbling, she retrieved the money to pay for their tea and scones, leaving it in a surreptitious way, nonetheless earning a few skeptic glances at a girl paying. Even Aggie, under different circumstances, would have found it unusual.

A bright (although not quite sincere) smile lightened her face, and Aggie had to suppress the urge to just grab Arnold and leave the parlor as quick as humanly possible. Instead, she walked at a perfectly reasonable speed, avoiding any sort of visual contact with anyone in the room except her companion. If she was lucky, she wouldn’t have to explain her ‘tea date’ with her friend to anyone. “Right, well I’ve never actually helped preside over anything before this. I’m sure the idea must’ve been someone else’s.” She said, feeling the weight of guilt at lying shamelessly to such a good friend as Arnold.


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Arnold Peasegood
Posted: Mar 7 2012, 11:30 PM


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Arnold had no idea, honestly, why Aggie took so long in standing up. The idea of pulling out the chair for her had never even crossed his mind; his mum had taught him manners, of course, but nothing so fancy as pulling out a chair for a lady like Aggie Selwyn. Holding the door for her was enough, in his mind, to classify him as a right proper gentleman. (The abominable way he'd eaten the scone, however, was already purposely forgotten and would never be spoken of again, hopefully, otherwise his mum would probably scold him if she heard about it.)

All the sceptic looks, though, he missed completely. Yes, a girl paying was unusual, but that didn't mean he had to notice the people around them looking over at Aggie laying her coins on the table, did he? Of course not. To Arnold, what was strange and untraditional to most people had already been reduced to a terribly nice gesture on his good friend's part. After all, if Aggie hadn't offered to pay for scones and tea, why, then he wouldn't have gotten to have scones and tea! And that would have been really sad, since Arnold hardly ever got to have really good quality scones. This was a treat that he would hardly ever expect to be repeated.

"You do a right good job," he said, following her out of the parlour. As they approached the front door, however, he recalled his manners and hurried forward a few steps to push open the door so that she could walk through it unhindered. (He did let it slam a little behind him, though, in his eagerness to make it to the Wrangling Wizard.) "Really, I'd never guess that you'd never run anything before, Aggie. You and Arthur are fantastic." If given the opportunity, Arnold could probably have gushed all day about the fantasia that was the Duelling Club in his humble and unbiased opinion, but the Wrangling Wizard - and the club's fund - lay ahead. "You know, I bet it was Arthur's idea, to get a fund for books for the club. He leant me one of his books once. It was amazing! I managed to even get some of the spells to work, although I don't think Alastor was terribly happy that I ruined his work robes."


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