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Thomas Decius

"Society creates chains to bind individuals for the sake of the foolish, weak, and lazy, but when one breakes these chains, one's full potential is realized."

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a character in “Gaol Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry”, as played by almostinsane

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Age: 16
Year: 6th
House: Ursa
Wand: Ebony, Thestral Tail Hair, springy, 13 inches
Patronus: Bear
Familiar: An owl named Ozymandias

Personality
Thomas, in keeping with his family's reputation, is an independent thinker with opinions at odds with the opinions of many of his peers and elders. He is highly critical of most rules and regulations and is known for his vocal opposition to the censorship of magical knowledge in Gaol Academy and other schools across the country. Not surprisingly, many of his opinions echo those of his father. As such, he is highly critical of the American Ministry and the current Secretariat. He does not believe in the superiority of blood persay, but he acknowledges the advantages of a good family name and the wealth and connections passed down with it. He resents laws that try to "even the playing field" as he feels they are detrimental to Pure-Bloods, Half-Bloods, and Muggle-Borns alike by punishing Pure-Bloods for being born in the class they were born in and fostering a sense of entitlement and resentment in Muggle-Borns.

Thomas is keenly intelligent and would have been sorted into Strix had it not been his keen ambition that surpasses that of his father. Thomas believes that if the current government cannot be changed or persuaded to leave people alone, then there must be a new rebellion. Not a rebellion in the name of Pure-Blood Supremacy, but in the name of freedom and unfettered individualism, though he shares this belief with few people. On a personal level, Thomas treats others according to how much respect he thinks they have earned from him. He doesn't blind himself when it comes to his rivals. He respects their abilities and improves himself accordingly. With the opposite sex, he is unfailingly polite and courteous, even if they annoy him. This comes from an upbringing where he is expected to be a gentleman.

Thomas excels in all his classes, but the three classes he does his best in is Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms, and Potions. As such, he has chosen to take Alchemy and Dueling as an elective. In his free time, he can often be found reading and trying to discover the secrets of Gaol Academy as well as searching for potential allies among his peers.




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History
The Decius family is an old Pure-Blood family which first came to the American Colonies from the Republic of Venice in what is now Italy. A family that was heavily involved in the Venetian merchant tradition, it came as no surprise that Thomas' ancestors established a thriving trade both in legitimate magical items and smuggled goods which the British Ministry had either forbade the colonies creating or possessing or goods which they banned throughout the British Empire outright. The Decius's were happy to create or obtain whatever object one wanted in exchange for gold and silver. This, of course, made the family very rich and influential and were known to invest in colonial ventures such as the New York colony the British seized from the Dutch in the 1600's.

When the British Ministry began to tax and interfere with the commercial activities of the colonies, the Decius Patriarch, Philius Decius, was one of the first prominent Pure-Bloods to turn against the British Ministry. He began to militarise his holdings and smuggle even more than before. It came as no surprise that Philius was declared a pirate and the magical patriarch through his support behind Benjamin Franklin, providing food, weapons, and artefacts to both the American wizards and Muggles. However, at the war's end, he became quietly bitter that his efforts were under-appreciated. This reached a head when, after Benjamin Franklin's death, the Senatorium and Secretary Chesterfield broke Franklin's agreement to repay him with interest. Instead, they paid him back with useless paper money that no one in the new nation would accept. Philius Decius died bankrupt and never forgave the American Department of Magic.

Philius' descendants would, of course, bounce back thanks to their work ethic and what some people would call ruthless business tactics. They never forgot the Senatorium's insult, but they still invested heavily in the country for the sake of obtaining wealth and prominence. They refused to side with the Dark Lord in Aelius' Uprising, but they didn't accept government credit or promises to pay. Ironically, Thomas' father, Philius Decius II, became a Senator and leads a prominent faction in the Senatorium. This faction accuses the entire Department of corruption and mismanagement. It calls for the end of government interference with commercial interests, including healthcare, the withdrawal of the U.S. from the International Confederation of Wizards, the ability for wizards and witches to do business with Muggles, the repeal of all Pure-Blood laws, and the ability for Pure-Blood families to judge crimes and conflicts within their own family if both parties consent to it among other things.

Thomas Decius is proud of his father and grew up believing in his viewpoints. He loves both his father, Philius Decius II, and his mother, Venus Decius. Both come from prominent Pure-Blood families. He particularly admires his mother's thriftiness with the family's finances and businesses. It came as no surprise to Thomas that he was sorted into Ursa, the house most of his family members were sorted into. He has made a few friends at school, though he is far from a party animal or social butterfly. However, Philius has become disillusioned with the school because of the fact that it refuses to teach students every viewpoint and bars students from obtaining magic they deem "Dark" or dangerous. He has since developed a reputation as an excellent duellist and debater and most people believe he will either become an Auror or a politician.

Likes
  • Magic
  • Politics
  • Knowledge
  • Sarcasm
  • Debate

Dislikes
  • Ignorance
  • Collectivism
  • Censorship
  • Being controlled
  • Fools

Password: Specialis Revelio

So begins...

Thomas Decius's Story

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If there was one thing his father had taught Thomas Decius, it was to be prepared. Thus, he had purchased his school supplies a month earlier and at half price too. It helped that his family owned a quarter of the shops on Rhiamon Way and loaned money to money to many of the ones they did not own. Today, he had decided to visit the broom shop. True, he had never shown any inclination towards joining the Quadpot team. This was for various reasons, two of which amount to the practice times infringing on his already limited supply of free time and the fact that he found it easier to slip into the old school ruins while professors and students alike were distracted by the game. However, he loved the feeling of the wind rushing by him as he flew in the air and he felt that there might come a day where he would be grateful to have a quick broom available to get him away from somewhere quickly.

"Oh, you are very fortunate to come at the time you did, Master Decius," the middle-aged shopkeeper simpered as he brought out an elegant-looking broom, "This is the very last Aether V we have in stock."

"Hmm... I hope Auora managed to get one beforehand," Thomas mused before paying the shopkeeper, wandering if he was being truthful. He had found a couple documents in the old school ruins his father had been keen on getting his hands on. He was so happy, he had agreed to give Thomas the money for this purchase.

Next, Thomas decided to head towards the book store for some recreational reading. He paused, however, when he saw the commotion before him and lo and behold, Aurora was in the midst of it along with several of his classmates and what looked like a couple first years. He smiled politely at Eric, though he could not help but scrutinize Chloe. It wouldn't surprise him that she was the one to give him that bruise on his cheek.

"So, I'm heading over to the broom shop on Main Street if any of you two lovely ladies would do me the greatest pleasure of your company!"


"You should have stopped by there first, Aurora. Someone purchased the last Aether V, though he might be willing to sell or loan it for a price. Or maybe the shopkeeper was lying when he said it was the last one. It's a common marketing trick," Thomas announced with a slight grin on his face as he held the broom in his arms, unwrapped of course. There was no point in wrapping a broom. Everyone knew what kind of item it was.

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Claudia breathed a sigh of relief. They'd gotten around the group in the doorway, and had avoided conflict. She was about to breathe a sigh of relief when Eric insulted Chloe.
Claudia was very tempted to facepalm, but that was nothing like her. Letting out an audible sigh, she looked her sister in the eyes. "Flavia, stay here while I go and sort this out." She muttered. She doubted she would do as she was told, but it was worth a try. She walked out from behind the bookshelves to see Eric and Chloe in the middle of a shouting match. Vivian, a girl that Claudia didn't know too well, but was familiar with, had crept in too. Claudia sighed and watched as Chloe seemed to 'fight' with herself, and then punched Eric in the jaw. Claudia thought this was strange, the way the girl had used physical violence instead of drawing her wand. Claudia sighed.
A little boy, a first year, from the looks of him, rushed in with his older brother in tow. Claudia seemed to recoil, not physically, but personality wise. He was a lot older than her, and if she recalled correctly, was responsible for bullying Liam. She heard the bright and chipper words of Aurora. Oh great. Flavia seemed extremely happy by this fact, and Claudia made herself not look as her sister tackled her with a hug. Claudia shuffled through the crowd gently to get to Liam, holding a small slip of paper in her hand. "Um, Liam, if it's okay..." Her eyes gazed at the floor, at her feet that seemed to shift her weight and scuff the floor of their own accord. Signs that she wasn't feeling very comfortable. "They're for, um..." She trailed off awkwardly, looking at him in the eyes and pulling a face. A familiar Irish voice rang in her ears, and she turned to see Jim arrive. She smiled slightly before turning back to Liam and sighing again. "Only if it's not too much trouble." She told him.
The door opened once again, and Thomas Decius walked in. In his hands he held something sure to set her sister off. She cringed as her sister squealed rather loudly, obviously rather excited. She muttered a quick "Sorry." to Liam, and an awkward smile. She looked over at the first years.


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Flavia wanted to see some action, so she did. Totally ignoring her sister, Flavia followed Claudia out from behind the book case and watched as the blonde girl hit one of the older boys. This wasn't Liam, Liam was with his sister, who Flavia desperately wanted to talk to. She was about to wave at her, when she saw an Asian girl sitting in a chair in a corner, with a cat curled up on her lap. Flavia thought the cat was adorable, a bit like Fizz. She walked until she was a little way away, before asking; "Is it okay to pet him or her?" She smiled at her, and waited until she spoke.
The door opened once more, and in walked Aurora, Flavia's favourite person. With a huge grin on her face, Flavia squealed loudly. "Aurora!!!" She half skipped, half ran over to Aurora, and tackled hugged her. "I missed you!" She looked over and saw her sister shuffling away, with the arrival of more older people, and one first year. She promptly let go of Aurora and introduced herself to the boy. "Hi! I'm Flavia!" She grinned at him happily, feeling very full of energy, perhaps because she was so excited. She almost didn't hear a male voice talking about the broom shop, but she caught the tail end of it, and turned around to see...
Was that an Aether V?!
"That is NO WAY an Aether V." She stated, walking over to it, and examining it carefully. "No way. It is!!" Her voice raised slightly. "Oh my gosh. How did you manage to afford it? It's, like, the newest in the Series!" She walked over to him. "Can I touch it?" She asked, not feeling weird in the slightest. How jealous would her dad be if she said she touched an Aether V?

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"Need a hand there, Aurora?, Auroa jumped and turned around to see Jim behind her as she still struggled with the annoying little bat. "If you would I will totally love you forever!" She cried in desperation as she gave the small bat another tug, struggling to work if free and staring up at Jim with big puppy dog eyes while the minutiae creature glared daggers at his hands, seemingly unaffected by Aurora attempts to remove him.

"Come on Dyl, let go of me..." She had resorted to begging with the damn bat who continued to ignore her, and Jim as they tried to distantly the thing from her hair. Giving a final sigh, she removed her hands in resignation as she realised the bag wasn't moving as time soon and she was doing more damage to herself than the small creature. "Thanks for that Jim, but I don't think he will be moving anytime soon no matter how hard we try.", however she was soon distracted from the nuciance when she saw Thomas walk through the door holding the brand new Aether V.

"You should have stopped by there first, Aurora. Someone purchased the last Aether V, though he might be willing to sell or loan it for a price. Or maybe the shopkeeper was lying when he said it was the last one. It's a common marketing trick," , Her eyes widened in horror as they lay upon the gorgeous piece of art that would allow her to fly at 200 miles and hour at prim conditions; The way the handle had been carved and polished; the perfect arrangement of bristles; And the perfectly, calligraphy carving of "Aether V" at the end of the handle. She could not lose it, not even to Thomas.

"You and me, we are going back to that broom shop which I will raid until I find another, amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, perfect, Aether V. If the shopkeeper wasn't lying, then I will pay your double, no triple! The original price!" She all but begged him, as she moved to stand it front of him, eyes fixed on the broom that had to be hers. "Come on Tommy, I'm begging over here!" She said while looking up at him with her best puppy dog eyes.

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"That is NO WAY an Aether V," exclaimed a young girl's voice. Thomas blinked, having missed the girl as he focused on teasing his friend. He smiled sliglhtly at her excitement. Judging from her similar appearance to Claudia's as well as the older girl's cringing, this had to be her sister.

"Oh my gosh. How did you manage to afford it? It's, like, the newest in the Series! Can I touch it?" the girl asked excitably.

"I come from a family with too much gold on their hands. Of course you can touch it," he told her, allowing the girl to touch it. He wasn't one of those Quadpot-obsessed types who cringed at the thought of a child touching their broomstick. It wasn't like the child would break it. He grinned over at Aurora as she took it in. Soon enough, she sprang into action.

"You and me, we are going back to that broom shop which I will raid until I find another, amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, perfect, Aether V. If the shopkeeper wasn't lying, then I will pay your double, no triple! The original price!"

Thomas shook his head. He wouldn't exhort his friend in such a way. He may come from a family famous for pursuing wealth, but that didn't mean he was greedy.

"Come on Tommy, I'm begging over here!" She finished while looking up at him with her best puppy dog eyes. Thomas couldn't help but gaze into those eyes. It was one of her favorite tricks, but it still got to him. He did his best to regain his composure.

"Alright. I will go with you to the broom shop. I'll even sell it to you at three quarters of the price if you accompany me to the school ruins. I have an idea on how to open the chamber we couldn't open last year," he told her with a grin as he offered her his hand. He knew she didn't like his manners, but at times, he couldn't resist teasing her with a little chivalry.

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"Alright. I will go with you to the broom shop. I'll even sell it to you at three quarters of the price if you accompany me to the school ruins. I have an idea on how to open the chamber we couldn't open last year,". Hook, Line and sinker. Aurora grinned up at Thomas when he said those words. Not only was he amazing and willing to sell his, divine, broom to her at such a cheap price he also and figured out how to open the chamber!

"God, I love you, you know that right." She smiled teasingly at him, sending his hand one of her looks before taking it, "And none of that fancy pancy, your-a-girl-so-I'm-going-to-be-way-to-polite, stuff. We're friends so stop it." She commented, poking his forehead gently as if she was trying to make the idea stick.

Glancing around, she noticed that the bookshop had slowly started to fill up with friends and others from her grade, becoming a little crowded for her taste. Not to mention she needed to get that broom before it really did sell out because as much as she approciated Thomas offer to sell her the broom for so much less, she didn't want to take it away from him... Unless she had to. "Come on, let's get out of here before I really do lose that, Magnificent, broom to someone else." She said jokingly before making her way towards the door, pausing briefly to glance back at Flavia, "You want to come Flavia? If so than hurry up or we will leave you here." She laughed out towards the younger girl before exiting the shops completely and entering the street.

"Come on Tom, lets hurry! I need a broom right now and you and me could maybe fly to Gaol!" She joked out as she walked though the crowding streets, knowing that at least Thomas was following her but keeping a slower pace in case Flavia also decided to join them. She was muggle born and therefore hadn't been able to fly all summer and was now craving the rush of wind and adrenaline that came when she sat upon the levitating broom.

Walking slowly she waited for the two(?) to catch up to her while Dylan took off into the air, heading towards the broom shop which was also located on the Main Street and not to far from the book shop. Now that she thought about it actually, she had forgotten to get the book she was after... Maybe she could get Liam to bring it to her when they all returned to Gaol.

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Character Portrait: Claudia Gardner Character Portrait: Jim Malloy Character Portrait: Flavia Gardner Character Portrait: Eric Lee Greene Character Portrait: Eden Madsen Character Portrait: Aurora Nickson Character Portrait: Thomas Decius Character Portrait: Benjamin "Benji" Fox Character Portrait: Thomas Erener Character Portrait: Liam Madsen Character Portrait: Max Avarus Character Portrait: Sophie Alvar
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For the first time in his entire magical schooling career at Gaol Academy, Benjamin "Benji" Fox did not board the ship to school at the Georgia port, the closest stop to his home state of Tennessee. That was bizarre in of itself given that for the past four years, Benji's presence in the eleventh compartment from the end of the ship had been an undeniable truth like how two plus two always equals four or that owls were wonderful for package deliveries if you remembered to tip them with their rodent of choice. However, the oddest thing about it was where Benji actually was; Baltimore, Maryland, standing in the middle of the Alvar family rare book shop next to a port key in the shape of a bookmark, and listening to the Alvar children squabble tirelessly as he had for the past four days.

When Sophie Alvar had let it slip to her parents about the nice boy a few years ahead of her that had helped her with class, she had clearly underestimated how enthusiastic her parents would be to meet said nice boy. In a whirl of excitement(for her parents) and dread(for Sophie), an invitation had promptly been sent via owl to the Fox household with an invitation to have them stay in Baltimore for the last few days of Summer vacation. To say that those days had been difficult would be an understatement; the parents, once the Alvars had realized that they didn't need to tiptoe around the issue of squibs and muggles, and grandparents(because there was no way Randall or Miriam were missing a chance to be around other members of the magical community) had gotten along famously, and the children, well, less so. At first, the amount of sibling discourse had been a little disorienting for Benji given that he was an only child, but, unfortunately, he'd gotten used to it, letting the brothers' endless teases and their sister's cutting retorts become the soundtrack for his little visit. At least, he decided, she was talking to him again- Sophie had refused to even make eye contact for the first two days of his visit when Allan, the only Alvar boy still living at home, had jokingly insisted that Benji was his sister's boyfriend.

"You both have everything?" Gregory Alvar asked one last time, eying the two as they shifted on their feet, luggage topped with owl cages, the birds blessedly silent, gripped tightly. They'd already said their goodbyes and, honestly, they'd made sure that they'd had everything at least five times now, but parents do have a tendency to worry about these things.

"Yes, daddy," Sophie huffed, looking more than anxious to go.

"Alright then. It's about time, go ahead and put your hands on the port key-" The instruction was cut off in a short manner by Allan who apparently couldn't risk a parting shot at his baby sister.

"Remember to hold hands, Fi-Fi!" He cooed, despite his mother's prompt glare. Sophie, as she always did, colored a violent scarlet color and was about to round on her brother with a verbal assault to violent that it might have left a bruise or two. However Benji, who'd had more than enough of this by now, was too quick, grabbing her hand and tugging it down with his just as the hour struck and, quite suddenly, the middle of the rare book shop in Baltimore, Maryland, was missing two people leaving behind a guffawing older brother, a scolding mother, and several proud relatives.




They were unceremoniously dropped off in an out of the way part of Rhiamon Way, closer to the docks than to the shops. Sophie landed uneasily before smoothing down her uniform skirt, grumbling something about the perfect use of a bat-bogey hex, while Benji simply straightened back up- he would never get used to port keys- and started off towards the ship. Hopefully his usual compartment wouldn't be occupied- well, at least by someone he didn't know. If it was someone like Thomas then he'd-

"Benji." He stopped in his tracks and turned around to see Sophie looking just as red-faced as before.

"What is it?"

"I forgot my charms book." Before he could even reply, she charged on quickly, "But it's not my fault- Allan was talking when I was packing and he distracted me, so…" She huffed. "I need to get a new one."

"It's fine, Sophie," Benji said, cutting off any further rants. "We'll just drop our stuff off and I'll go with you, okay? We still have a little bit of time." When handling Sophie, especially when she was upset, it was best to use kid gloves, a lesson Benji had quickly learned last year after his first disastrous tutoring attempt.

Sophie nodded and quick as could be they dropped off their luggage and still sleeping owls before heading towards the shops.




It was lucky that Benji knew his way around Rhiamon Way because Sophie was completely out of her element. She was used to her parents buying everything for her and just staying put in the ship every time it stopped. The crowds buffeting her on all sides, most of them children around her own age, were frustrating and she couldn't help but press in a little closer to Benji just to make sure she didn't get lost- not that she'd ever admit it because she was just fine on her own, thanks very much.

They managed to fight their way through the crowds and into the Madsen family bookstore where Sophie vanished, presumably to find her charms book, and Benji was left to idly look around, fidgeting slightly with the shiny new Exemplar badge adorning his shirt. It would be a lie to say that he wasn't disproportionately proud of it and it would be a complete fib to say that he'd maybe cheered quite loudly the moment the badge and letter had arrived at his home.

It was only after Sophie had returned, dragging him resolutely to the counter so that she could pay for what was most certainly not a charms book(not that he could tell since she was hiding the cover resolutely from him) that Benji recognized the fact that, oh, hey, his classmates were here. And were also leaving. The bad thing, he supposed, about having friends was that, inevitably with him, they had other friends they were closer to, usually being people you didn't know all that well. That was the case with Aurora and her menagerie of friends that had swept out the door, excited about some broom or another, or Claudia, his own housemate who still lingered inside with Liam and some first years he was sure he'd never met before. He liked them sure enough, but he couldn't possibly just push himself into their group.

Sophie, whose self-esteem issues revealed themselves in a much different way than the doubt that constantly washed over Benji's mind, had no such issue. As exasperated as she may have gotten with Claudia, a familiar face was still a familiar face, and she was one of the closest things Sophie had to a friend, which was a bit sad, really.

"Hey, Claudia," She said, waving towards the girl and, given the general social obligation, Benji was about to call out a similar greeting when instead an explosion resounded within the shop. Well, not so much an explosion as an entirely too powerful light show. Sophie let out a shriek of surprise, stumbling backwards, and Benji had to shield his eyes before something more concerning than a firework gone wrong caught his sight. A boy- he didn't know him, so possibly a first year- has been propelled backwards in the explosion.

With all of the responsibility granted to him by the Exemplar badge and the general morality that he quite hoped most people had but knew from experience that they didn't, Benji hurried over to the toppled over boy, even as Zeke called out a not so sheepish apology.

"Are you okay?" He asked, almost immediately kneeling down next to him. If he was a first year, well, his life at Gaol had just gotten off to a rocky start.

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Flavia's excitement almost doubled as the older boy said 'yes' to her pleas. Trying to contain her excitement, she walked forwards towards the elegant broom handle, and stretched out one hand, before gently poking it with one finger, rather tentatively. After a brief moment of feeling the smooth polished feel of the wood, she snatched her hand back, almost cradling it, before jumping up and down and making what she would classify as 'happy-squealy' noises. "Dad is going to be sooo jealous!" She squeaked to herself.
She managed to calm herself down, enough to hear Aurora invite her to the broom shop. It took a moment to sink in, before she realised that Aurora and the older boy had left the shop. Sighing, and realising she still needed a wand, she huffed out a sigh of frustration. She really wanted to go, but she needed a wand first. Maybe afterwards she could go?
She walked over to Claudia and tugged on her sleeve. A disapproving look from the girl told her that Flavia was annoying her with her loudness and obnoxious nature...Again. Sighing, Flavia held out a hand. "Can I have some money, so I can at least get myself a wand?" She asked. Claudia rolled her eyes and fished in her pocket, finally pulling out a small pouch that jingled with the promise of coins in bronze, silver and gold. She dropped it into Flavia's hand, and her fist snapped shut around it. "Thanks!" She hugged her legs, before looking up at Liam's sister, who she thought was called Eden. "Do you want to come with me to get a wand?" She asked the blonde girl. "It's just across the road and you look about my age, too, so I was wondering if you needed a wand too!" She asked her, cheerfully, before offering her a friendly smile. She hoped she would accept, as she wanted to make a new friend.

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"God, I love you, you know that right."
She smiled teasingly at him, sending his hand one of her looks before taking it, "And none of that fancy pancy, your-a-girl-so-I'm-going-to-be-way-to-polite, stuff. We're friends so stop it."

Thomas couldn't help it. For a moment, he grinned at her words as well as the fact she actually took his hand. She could be so touchy when it came to being treated with any kind of chivalry. He smirked, "But you are a girl as well as my friend."

Seeing the amount of people entering the book store, Aurora invited Flavia to come with them before rushing out the door at a speed that he did not think possible without running into someone in the crowd. When she was out the door, she turned her head back and said, "Come on Tom, lets hurry! I need a broom right now and you and me could maybe fly to Gaol!"

"I really hope that you're joking about that!" he called out to her as he rushed after her. Damn, she could be fast if she wanted to. As he ran after her, he allowed himself to think about what his father would think about this. He knew that he didn't exactly approve of his "association with that crazy Acquila girl". For some reason, Senator Decius worried that Aurora would get him into some type of trouble that would haunt him for the rest of his life.

"You know, I have a hard enough time convincing my dad that you aren't so bad without you landing us into detention," he teased her as they reached the broom shop. He eyed the brooms. Hopefully, there was another Aether V.

"And my mother wonders why you didn't visit us this, Summer."

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"You know, I have a hard enough time convincing my dad that you aren't so bad without you landing us into detention," Aurora glanced back over her shoulder at him and sent him a wink and an innocent smile, "but getting into detention is soooooooo much fuuuuuuuunnn.", she said back to him as they entered the bookshop. She knew Thomas father wasn't to fond of her and had she been any other normal girl she probably would of felt bad about it, Aurora couldn't help her attitude towards the man she had never actually met. He was judging her based on stories and had never actually met her so she was rather inclined to return the favour.

"And my mother wonders why you didn't visit us this, Summer.". Aurora winced slight in guild then before shrugging her shoulders and sending him a sheepish smile. She really wanted to see him during summer but... "My family... Had me busy all summer so I didn't really get a chance to owl anyone, let alone see the." She commented darkly at the mention of her family before shaking her head and the moment passed. "Come on, let's get in there and get me a new broom!", she grinned before rushing into the shop and nearly giving the cashier a heart attack as she came to stop in front of him.

"Hello, I'm here for the latest Aether V broom. You have it in stock right?" The words came out cheerfully but the shopkeeper could probably sense the threat hidden with promise of what would happen if he did. He gave an audible gulp before nodding his head and scurrying into the back room. "Do you think it's bad that I scared him?", she asked Thomas as she turned to lean against the counter, sending him a little smirk and waited a few seconds before the keeper returned, huffing a little and red in the face.

"Here you are miss, the best broom my shop has to offer. The Aether V." He gasped out, placing the broom across the counter were Aurora couldn't help but stare at it like she was in a trance. Eyes glittering, she dropped the money onto the count and grabbed up the broom before turning to Thomas and sending him her I'm-about-to-do-something-crazy-and-possibly-dangerous-want-to-join-me look before opening the door of the shop! mounting the new broom and taking off into the clear sky's above Rhiamon Way, Dylan flying behind her as she shoot straight up into the air before turning and doing a nose dive towards the crowds, swerving up again just before their heads and coming to a rest, looking around for Thomas as she had lost sight of him in her made rush to fly the broom, but hopefully he had followed her up.

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Thomas couldn't help but chuckle as Auora turned back to wink at him and give him an oh-so-innocent smile he knew had no place on her face. She teased, "but getting into detention is soooooooo much fuuuuuuuunnn."

"Yes. It is fun up until we actually do have detention. That is boring," he told her with a grin. He waited patiently as she explained about her family. knew that she had a difficult home life. She did not come right out and say it, but it was obvious that no love was lost between her and here parents.

"Next year, you are legally of age. You can go anywhere you want," he told her, trying to cheer her up. That seemed to be the case as she immediately perked up.

"Come on, let's get in there and get me a new broom!" she grinned before rushing into the shop and nearly giving the cashier a heart attack as she came to stop in front of him. Thomas couldn't help but smirk as she practically caused the cashier to wet his pants. She could do that. He caught the cashier's eye, who immediately gulped. As he rushed to fulfill Aurora's order, she turned to him.

"Do you think it's bad that I scared him?" she asked Thomas as she turned to lean against the counter, sending him a little smirk and waited a few seconds before the keeper returned, huffing a little and red in the face. Thomas couldn't help but smile at her.

"It is part of your charm," he told her before eying the shopkeeper critically, "And he did deceive me..."

"Oh, no, Master Decius.... I only found this one in the back corner of storage," the shopkeeper defended himself nervously. Thomas nodded graciously.

"Of course... I'm sure you will make up for it," he mused.

"Yes! As soon as possible!"

As soon as they were out the door, Thomas couldn't help but notice his friend's captivation by the broom and the way her eyes sparkled mischievously. He raised an eyebrow. He knew she was about to do something so Aquila. Soon enough, she gave him The Look and it was not five seconds before she mounted her broom and soared above Rhiamon Way. He groaned. He could hear his father's voice now.

"Thomas.... You represent House Decius and our bid for individual freedom. We cannot afford to have you being caught doing something that could harm our House or Cause.

But, what was the point of freedom if you weren't free to use it? he asked in his head. After a moment's hesitation, he set his owl, Ozymandias, free and mounted his own broom, taking to the sky.

"We will need to do something drastic if someone calls the Aurors. There is some law out there about flying over Rhiamon Way," he noted as he soared next to her.