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Arturo DeGari

Owner of "As The Page Turns"/werewolf

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a character in “Traditions”, as played by TheSpaceInBetween

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|{Full Name}|
Arturo Christobel DeGari

|{Nickname}|
Art, Turo


|{Age||Birthday}|
20||Feb 12

|{Ethnicity}|
French

|{Sexuality}|
Straight


|{Species}|
lWerewolf|




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|{Personality}|
{Reserved | Caring | Private | Jaded l Loyal}

Arturo is a very protective individual, he will go beyond breaking point to save his friends and loved ones. He thinks a lot mainly about work as well as the curse he is stuck with. If he didn't have Rosa and in fact if he hadn't have met her he has no idea where he would be without her if they hadn't met that one fateful night. He loves to help people and will offer his assistance to anyone. He works hard and appreciates the life he is living and the people around him.

|{Quirks || Habits || Oddities}|
▪ His wolf like habits emerge ever so often. ( sniffing, growling, hissing etc.)
▪ He plays with his hair when he stressed
▪ Taps his legs when his is thinking/ distracted
▪ His eyes become bright yellow when the wolf is breaking the edge of him

|{Talents || Strengths || Skills}|
⚘He can defend himself well enough against enemies⚘
⚘His heightened senses give him advantages in otherwise hopeless situation⚘

|{Flaws || Weakness}|
⚘His temper tends to get the best of him especially if the wolf has been on his back for a while annoying him⚘
⚘He argues with the wolf constantly cursing and muttering in French⚘


|{Fears}|
øDeathø
ø The beast taking over forever ø
ø Hurting his family ø

|{Secrets}|

✤He has a fear of enclosed spaces and will attempt everything he can to avoid going into one✤

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l{Hair/Eye Colour}l
Deep Brown and spiky/ Ice Blue eyes ( Yellow in wolf form)

l{Height/Weight}l
6'4"l 190 lbs

|{Style}|
Arturo tends to wear smart casual clothes, that give him a modern style. He wears short sleeved shirts that show his muscular arms he prefers to wear jeans than trousers since it's more of a comfort thing.

|{Skin Tone}|
His skin is tanned lightly naturally but it looks like he has spent a good amount of time in the sun.

|{Body Type}|
He is tall and intimidating especially when he is under the influence of the wolf, he is very muscular especially in his top half his chest is like rock and his abs are almost solid.


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Specialties | Talents:
Werewolf transformation {Mastery level}: Arturo can turn into a wolf with the blink of an eye, its still a really painful process, but as soon as something upsets the wolf he can rip your throat out in seconds. The wolf also shows himself in Arturo by elongating his nails and teeth into a monster like appearance.

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|{Likes}|
|▲Summer|▲Watching the stars|▲Music|▲Coffee|▲French Food|▲Exercising|▲The smell of Rain|▲Reading|▲Writing|▲Painting|▲Rosal

|{Dislikes}|
▼The Wolf|▼Pressure|▼Sleeping|▼ Stressful situations|▼Crowds|▼Losing control|



Occupation Owner of the town bookstore " As The Page Turns" and Co-Owner of "The Wicked Wolfe" coffee shop.
Family/kin/important Friends Arturo's family are large, he obviously has his parents, two older brothers who live elsewhere now, and older sister who is married and lives close to his parents, and a younger brother and sister who he loves dearly. As well as a bunch of nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles. Everyone in the town is connected.
Social Status Single



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Eye Colour Yellow
Average Temperament 5/10




|{History}|

Arturo has left a happy life in the twin, growing up with his family around him he is happy. He has a business owning the family book store as well as a coffee shop where he mixes specialty blends.

He knows that soon however he will have to find someone to marry, he wants to find his own love in his own time. Wether it be a human or a werewolf. His father can't seem to understand why he doesn't want to follow traditions to keep the DeGari blood flowing in the town.


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So begins...

Arturo DeGari's Story

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Arturo's day started off pretty relaxing, he had done his usual morning excesses including a 10 mile run around the forest and the town. He had sat down to a hearty breakfast with his family where they discussed the new family that would be moving in some time in the day. The family discussed them in great detail including how they could get to know them better, Arturo's mother began putting together a meal and a hamper for Arturo to take over to the house later on in the day.

"Everything must be good between us and the humans, Arturo I want you to take this over to them and make friends with them" Arturo's father explained wanting everything to be smooth and no harm would come to them.

Arturo had taken his younger siblings to school and headed off to work, he had busied himself with rotating the older books in the store to the 'Sale' section of the store as well as some books for the family to read. If they weren't done with unpacking, the hamper was filled with home comforts. Tea bags, washing up liquid, fabric softener and some coupons and menus from the food places in the town.

Arturo loved his job he loved anything to do with books, he was lucky enough to have some first editions that had been passed down from generation to generation to the DeGari family. He love the feel of older books, the smell of the paper and the feel of pages. It was bliss.

He cleaned the store washing all the windows and that had filled his time up enough to go and collect his siblings from school. They played around for a while as they walked, making a short detour to glance at the new family but they must have been inside unpacking. After having a drink he took the large hamper and the oven proof dish of Ratatouille and made his way to the new house.

The door was open so they must have been coming in and out of the house, he knocked on the door loudly incase the people were elsewhere in the house.

"bonjour? êtes-vous d'accord?(Hello? Are you okay?)" he began then realised he was speaking French as a force of habit. "Hello, everything okay in there? I'm Arturo DeGari, I've brought some things that you may need as well as some food..." He trailed off his voice carrying through the halls.




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Delmy had wandered back into the house, looking for Callo. She found him in his room, where he was preparing his clothes for the next day while simultaneously wiggling across the floor to the music playing on his iPad.

“Having fun?” She asked, leaning against the doorway, smirking at him. He jumped, and scowled at her.

“Don’t do that, Delarosa,” he said, using her full name. He only used it when she scared him like that, or he was angry with her. She just grinned wider and stepped into the room. “And yes, I was having fun.”

“Nice digs,” she said, gesturing to the spacious room. It had been painted a greyish white on three of the walls, with exposed brick on the left wall. He’d already begun to hang some things – he obviously had more patience than she did when it came to unpacking – and the room was starting to look distinctly his already. She had to admit, for a sixteen year old boy, he was really neat and particular about the way he kept his living space.

“Mom and Dad said they’ve got to go over to the office to drop things off before tomorrow,” Callo told her, turning down the music a bit. “They’ve left already, I think.”

“Didn’t take them to long,” Delmy muttered, rolling her eyes. “I swear the only reason mom knows what the kitchen looks like is because she told the designers what to do. God forbid she used it to actually cook something.” Callow cracked a grin and shuddered.

“I know, I’d be worried if all of a sudden she started cooking,” he joked. “We’d have to hire a live in poison tester.”

It was a well-known fact in the Skjavro family that Julinha Skjavro nee Peterson was a horrible cook, mostly due in part to her workaholic tendencies and lack of actual practice in the kitchen. Delmy and her father were the two cooks of the family, and no one had a problem with that.

Suddenly, Delmy heard a voice floating up from the ground floor. Thinking it was maybe her parents come back having forgotten something, Delmy left Callow and headed down. She was surprised to find a young man with his head poked through the open front door.

“Hello; everything okay in there? I'm Arturo DeGari, I've brought some things that you may need as well as some food..." His voice trailed off just as Delmy hit the last step. He was holding some sort of hamper and glass cookware, and looked a little confused at the fact that the door was open with no one in sight. She had to admit that it was a little bold, what with all of their things still being left out in the open, and them being relatively new to town. She didn’t know how these people were, and she hoped she wouldn’t have to find out anything negative right off the bat.

“Uh, Hello Arturo DeGari,” Delmy greeted, reaching out to take the dish from him. He didn't look like he was struggling, but she could only assume he was bringing it for her family, and it he admittedly looked a little silly standing there holding the floral-patterned dish.

“I’m Delarosa Skjavro; nice to meet you.”


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"It's a pleasure to meet you Delarosa," Arturo said. Delmy never really went by Delarosa, thinking it sounded so grandmother-ish, but it was nice to hear it in Arturo's voice. Soothing almost. "I have some cleaning products, fabric softener, a bottle of wine. Red, I'm afraid the White wine is as dry as sand dune. There are a few books, some coupons for the stores in town as well as some menus. And in your hand is a Ratatouille which just needs warming through. Also some bread, milk and sugar along with normal and herbal tea bags." He gave a soft chuckle, and again, Delmy found the sound soothing.

"Would you like me to give you a hand with the boxes? I can just bring them in ce n'est pas un problème (It's no problem). It's not due to rain but you never know with Mother Nature." He was french, Delmy figured, given his use of the language so flawlessly integrated with his English.

He seemed interesting, this Arturo DeGari. Certainly, he was nice, but he was also very good looking, and Delmy could tell he wasn't lacking for female admirers. She was especially fascinated with his eyes -- they were blue, but they shimmered, as if deciding on whether they wanted to stay blue or change to a different color.

"That's really nice of you," she replied. Then, realizing he was still there holding the hamper, she mentally smacked herself. "Where are my manners? Please come in. The kitchen is this way, I think. We can leave the food items in there. Ah, and please, call me Delmy. It's less grandmother-ish." She began to make her way to the kitchen, or what she hoped was the kitchen, if she remembered correctly.


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[b] " That's really nice of you...Where are my manners? Please come in. The kitchen is this way, I think. We can leave the food items in there. Ah, please call me Delmy. It's less grandmother-ish."

Arturo supressed a chuckle as Delmy lead him through to the kitchen, he put the hamper on the country and began to unpack the food. Putting the milk into the fridge as well as the wine and the bread. Wine was always best chilled warm wine was absolutely disgusting especially if you were having a meal. Wine was meant to cleanse the palate and open up the mind to new tastes.

He pulled out the set of books and the cleaning products leaving them on the counter next to the sink. "Delarosa is a beautiful name, I'd say it was a mature name, rather than a grandmothers name. At least you don't sound like an aristocratic French governor. " he gave a small shrug and pulled out the rest of the items from the hamper. "The hamper is yours to keep by the way as well as the oven proof dish. My mother get the exact same one from my grandmother for her birthday and Christmas every year. So she has taken to leaving them where she can so when she heard that there was a new family moving in she leapt at the opportunity to make something. But she says that moving is stressful enough without having to worry about cooking a meal"

Arturo drummed his hands on the counter and took off his jacket "if I start bringing the boxes in can you tell me where they go?, I won't go through your things I promise. " he wiggled his eyebrows a little and went to collect some boxes. He stacked two on the heavy boxes on top of each other and lifted them up, they didn't weigh nothing to him but he had to make out like they did. He puffed out a few breaths of air and carried the boxes to the hallways and set them down. He picked up a few more these ones were much later and soon the hallway was filled with boxes, but with enough space to get around still.




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Delmy saw Arturo pull a few books from the hamper, and wanted to look, but held back. She would have plenty of time for that tomorrow.

“Delarosa is a beautiful name; I'd say it was a mature name, rather than a grandmothers name. At least you don't sound like an aristocratic French governor.” He gave a small shrug and pulled out the rest of the items from the hamper. Delmy took his momentary distraction to let a big smile show and her cheeks flush with color. No one had ever said that about her name before, and it was nice.

“The hamper is yours to keep, by the way, as well as the oven proof dish. My mother gets the exact same one from my grandmother for her birthday and Christmas every year. So she has taken to leaving them where she can so when she heard that there was a new family moving in she leapt at the opportunity to make something. But she says that moving is stressful enough without having to worry about cooking a meal.” Delmy was sure her dad would be grateful for the dish. He had a habit of being a bit overzealous when it came to baking and had broken a few of their dishes in the past. She supposed it was best then, that he was the head of the catering division of their event planning business; it allowed him to be in the kitchen without breaking things.

“If I start bringing the boxes in can you tell me where they go? I won't go through your things; I promise.” Delmy was momentarily distracted by his figure (what girl wouldn’t be? The man was fit) and blinked a few times before realizing he had already gone ahead and began gathering boxes. He was much stronger than her, taking two boxes to her one, and she was grateful for his help.

“Delmy? Who’s the help?” Callo asked as he came downstairs as Delmy was going up. He nodded towards Arturo who’d just come back in the front with more boxes. “Not that I’m complaining. Boxes I don’t have to move are my favorite kinds of boxes.” With a shrug, he went back up stairs and left the Delmy and Arturo staring after him.

“That’s my little brother Calloway, but everyone just calls him Cal or Callo,” She introduced, despite her brothers departure. “Nevermind him though; Let’s get these boxes up to my room. I think these are the last of them that go up there. My parents should be back to figure out where the rest of the stuff goes.” She led him up to the attic, and set the boxes down near the picture window.

She directed him to set his boxes near the table where Joo was set up; most of it was the things Delmy used to care for the little salamander. "This window seat will look great covered with books, don't you think?"


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"Delmy? Who's the help? Not that I'm complaining. Boxes I don't have to move are my favourite kind of boxes." Arturo looked up at the younger teenager who spoke, he didn't look like Delarosa so he must have followed his fathers gene pool. He nodded a greeting stepping aside to let the younger male pass.

" that's my little brother Calloway, but everyone just calls him Cal or Callo, Nevermind him though; lets get these boxes up to my room. I think these are the last of them that go up there. My parents should be back to figure out where the rest of the stuff goes."

Arturo nodded and followed Delmy up to her room, placing the boxes where she told him to. He peered into the enclosure looking at the small salamander. Certainly an interesting choice of pet he looked around her room, most things were scattered around. She had a fair collection of books. " this window seat will look great covered with books, don't you think?"

Arturo nodded walking over to the window, he ran his fingers along the seam of the window. There was no signs of damp coming through but it was always best to be prepared especially if Delmy wanted her books to last. "It's should be a good place, you haven't got any moisture problems but to be safe I'd keep the books about ten inches from the window, then you haven't got to worry about temperature changes that causes the pages to bend a little, the Suns a good distance away so you won't have no bleaching problems on the pages." He explained pointing to where he would put the bookshelf. "I own the bookstore in town, you'll have to come and see our rare books, a few Lewis Carolls, H.G.Wells all sorts. A salamander an interesting choice of pet if I may say" He smiled softly.




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"It's should be a good place; you haven't got any moisture problems, but to be safe I'd keep the books about ten inches from the window. Then you haven't got to worry about temperature changes that causes the pages to bend a little. The sun’s a good distance away so you won't have no bleaching problems on the pages." He explained pointing to where he would put the bookshelf. "I own the bookstore in town, you'll have to come and see our rare books, a few Lewis Carolls, H.G.Wells all sorts. A salamander an interesting choice of pet if I may say" He smiled softly.

“Ah, Joo? She’s the best pet ever,” Delmy smiled back, though her mind was still stuck on the fact that he said he owned a bookstore. “I got her a few years ago; she likes crawling around on me usually, but with all this stuff in the way, I don’t want to risk losing her. But back to what you said before. You own a bookstore? That is so amazing! Books are like… they’re like… where would humanity be without books?”

She was rambling now, she knew, but reading and writing were her passions; she didn’t care much that she looked silly.

“I’ve got to go around town tomorrow, dropping off flyers and such,” Delmy let him know. “I’ll stop by when I’m done. Knowing me, I’ll end up visiting you all the time.” She paused as if realizing how suggestive that last statement sounded.

“For the books, I mean,” she added quickly, her face flushing. “I’ll be there all the time for the books, not you. I mean, not that you’re not worth visiting; you’re very nice looking. I mean, nice; you’re nice. I’m just going to shut up now.” Embarrassed, she turned away from him and busied herself with unpacking a box.


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“Ah, Joo? She’s the best pet ever,I got her a few years ago; she likes crawling around on me usually, but with all this stuff in the way, I don’t want to risk losing her. But back to what you said before. You own a bookstore? That is so amazing! Books are like… they’re like… where would humanity be without books?”

Arturo broke into a smile as Delmy spoke about books, he would have guessed she'd have some form of love and opinion on books.

“I’ve got to go around town tomorrow, dropping off flyers and such,I’ll stop by when I’m done. Knowing me, I’ll end up visiting you all the time.” Arturo couldn't help but raise an eyebrow at the statement but Delmy had other ideas as she carried on almost rambling.

“For the books, I mean,” she added quickly, her face flushing. “I’ll be there all the time for the books, not you. I mean, not that you’re not worth visiting; you’re very nice looking. I mean, nice; you’re nice. I’m just going to shut up now.” Embarrassed, she turned away from him and busied herself with unpacking a box.

Arturo chuckled softly feeling her embarrassment he cleared his throat "Well I would love to have your company tomorow, I can make you a drink and I'll show you around the collection. Herman Hesse said "Without words, without writting and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity." Which is completely true without books we wouldn't be no where. I'll be off now, but until tomorrow Delarosa" he gave a warm smile and exited her room, he poked his head back into the room " By the way. You're very nice looking too" he gave a quick playfull wink and left the room as well as the house closing the front door behind him.




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“Well I would love to have your company tomorrow. I can make you a drink and I'll show you around the collection. Herman Hesse said, "Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity." Which is completely true; without books we would be nowhere. I'll be off now, but until tomorrow, Delarosa." He gave a warm smile and exited her room. Delmy was about to breathe easy again when he poked his head back into the room. "By the way, you're very nice looking, too." He gave a quick, playful wink and left the room, and Delmy flopped on the bed, face flush.

“Oh God, that was so embarrassing,” She muttered as soon as she was sure Arturo was out of earshot. She was not some simpering twelve year old, and she wasn't sure why she suddenly started rambling like that. “It had to be the car ride; the air was stale and now I’m probably suffering from fatigue. Yep, fatigue.”

She rolled onto her stomach and sighed. She had a lot to do over the next couple of days. She was lucky in that she wouldn’t have to do too much until her parents opened officially the following Monday, but she still would have to adjust to living in a new town. She was grateful also that Arturo had come introduce himself. She wasn’t sure when she would have time to meet people, and as a relatively private person, she only ever had a few friends anyway. She wasn’t lying when she said that she would be visiting the bookshop often; she had a feeling that it would become one of her rare escapes from her home life. She closed her eyes, exhausted, as the weight of the day pressed in on her.

“Della! Callow! We’ve got some dinner; come down to the kitchen!” Della flinched awake at the sound of her fathers voice booming up the through the house. She padded down to the kitchen to find the rest of her family standing around the island in the middle of the kitchen, doling out a meal of Indian food.

“I heard we had a guest,” Her mother casually said. Delmy glanced at Callow who was suddenly very interested in his rice. “I hope you were polite.”

“Of course I was,” Delmy replied. “Why wouldn’t I be? He dropped some things off for us to have and helped with the boxes.”

“Oh, well, that's great Honey,” Delmy’s father gave her a soft smile. “Everything all set in your room?”

“Yeah; I really like it, thanks,” Delmy smiled back. “Joo seems to like it, too. She was trying to scale the side of the tank and explore.”

“Since we’re going to be staying here for a while, can I get a cat?” Callow interrupted, much to Della’s amusement. He had been asking for a cat for years now, but because they moved around so much, her parents were reluctant to get a pet that would get stress from so much travel.

“We’ll think about it,” their mother said, waving her hand dismissively. “We’ll be extra busy for the next month or so; I don’t know if we’ll have time for a cat.” Their father nodded in agreement.

Delmy really wanted to shake her mom by her shoulders and maybe instill some sense in her. She loved her parents, she really did; but sometimes, it seemed like their mom cared more about their business than them. Everything was about the business; all their so-called “free time” was used promoting their business. Julinha Skjavro was relentless when it came to getting their name out there – part of the reason they were so successful in the first place – but Delmy missed the days when she could just relax for an hour without having to think about how her actions would affect the business. She’d like to be able to share with her parents the fact that she really loved books and writing and wanted to work with kids.

“Delmy, did you hear me?” Delmy snapped out of her thoughts to see her father giving her a confused look. “I was saying that after delivering the flyers, you’re free for the day. We don't have much left to do at the office and it’s nothing you’re mom and I can’t take care of ourselves. You can go make some friends or something.”

“Uh, yeah, sure,” Delmy replied trying to keep the smile off of her face. What her parents didn’t know was that she had already made a friend. And she was more than happy to forget about her troubles for a day and visit him.


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Arturo walked home slowly, taking in the cool evening air. The town was beautiful in the evening the sun would set and the moon would rise leaving a wonderful clear sky full of stars. As soon as he stepped through the threshold of the house his young sister Arianne was wrapping her arms around his waist. Arturo picked her up straight away putting her on his hip, as they walked through the house Arianne suddenly burst out the questions she had been holding in.

"Turo? What are the humans like? I can smell a girl have you been by a girl? What's she like? Is she pretty? What does she do?"

Arturo laughed and put his sister down so she could take a seat at the dinner table where Arturo's father Giovanni was already sitting. His mother Cossette walked in carrying a large steaming meat pie " Yes Arturo tell us all about the new family"

Taking a seat he began " Well the parents are business types, I'm not sure what business. They have to children a younger son probably around 17 and a daughter around my age. She helps out with the business but she has a lot of books so she is going to pay the store a visit tomorow and to answer your question Ari, yes she is very pretty not as pretty as you of course but pretty nonetheless" Arturo poked his sister who burst into a fit of giggles.

They ate the meal slowly having discussions about the town and other interests within the family.

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The next morning was very mild, the sun was out but there was hardly any cold in the air. Most of the community were out shopping and heading off to work Arturo was busy as the local school visited the store and learnt about all the old books in the store as well as buying some hot chocolates for them to take back to school. He tidied up the shop after the children had messed up all the books everywhere.

Arturo sat down to open a box of new books, he loved delivery day. Something new or old always came in, he found himself glancing to the door every now and then to see if Delarosa was coming.




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Delmy dropped Callow off at the high school just as she'd been told, and got started on delivering the flyers. She went to all of the businesses, introducing herself and her family and informing them about Platinum Event Planning.

Her mother and father had started it when she was still a baby, as a result of her mother losing her job at the travel agency she worked at. Her father, head of a catering business in their town, had become the head of the catering department, and her mother took over most everything else. They worked on weddings, birthday parties, business conferences, festivals, anything really.

Put some PEP in your step!

The company's slogan seemed like a joke as Delmy left her parents in their office, having finished the deliveries. Just as her father promised, she was free for the rest of the afternoon and could do as she pleased. And she knew exactly where she was headed: Arturo's bookshop.

She had purposely skipped the business when she was out before because she wanted to spend as much time there as she possibly could. It was a very fascinating place, and as soon as she opened the door, she knew she'd found a place she could spend a lot of her time.

"Arturo? It's me, Delmy! I saved the best place for last. How are you today?"


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(Take your pick of these or maybe all of them hehe.)ImageImageImage

"Arturo? It's me, Delmy! I saved the best place for last. How are you today?"

Arturo had infact knew it was Delmy even before she entered, it was her scent. It's was like a breeze across a lake. Fresh and beautiful. He stepped out of one of the Isles that he was restocking, his arms full of new books and a clipboard. Walking towards her he smiled before speaking as he changed over some books checking them to see if they were in the right place.

"Bonjour manquer Delarosa...( hello miss Delarosa) I am very well Thankyou. I've had a busy day, my little sisters class came to visit today. So they've looked at books and put them in the wrong places so that's took up most of my day, but it's brought me a few more customers in as well as to the coffee shop. I hope you are well. Would you like a tour? I can show you the rare works first, I've just had a delivery so I need to cover the whole store. "

Arturo explained as he pulled down a large book on local wildlife and replaced it with an updated version. He scribbled down something on his clipboard.




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{I like the first one the best!}

Delmy looked around in awe. The place was beautiful and cozy and oh so perfect. "I would love a tour," she said. "This place is all yours? I'm amazed. Your little sister and her class must've had so much fun here." She remembered when she was a little girl and could keep her nose out of a book. She loved reading stories about kids going on adventures and solving mysteries and doing magic. There was always some new world to discover, some new path to go down... It was wonderful.

She followed Arturo around as he shelved the books. "I think your parents must be so proud of you, running this place on your own. I mean, look at it!" She waved her arms around. "How'd you even get into this anyway? It's like my dream job. Much better than working at the office." She slapped a hand over mouth, shocked that she spoke one of her most secret thoughts out loud.

"I... I didn't mean that. You didn't hear that. Sorry." much like she had th eday before, she busied herself with browsing the shelf nearest her, and finding a book.


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" I would love a tour. This place is all yours? I'm amazed. Your little sister and her class must've had so much fun here. I think your parents must be so proud of you, running this place on your own. I mean, look at it! How'd you ever get into this anyway? It's like my dream job. Much better than working at the office. I...I didn't mean that. You didn't hear that sorry."

Arturo was happy that Delmy enjoyed walking through the store, it was certainly large with a lot of nooks to curl up with a book. He certainly did draw the lucky straw with owning the store. "Well I suppose it was my great grandfather. He was head of 19th century fiction at the British library. He amassed quite a collection through his years, first editions signed copies all sorts. When my grandfather was born he moved to American taking his family with him. He found work at the library of congress in Washington where his expertise of antique books got him a job restoring old works and my grandfather got a job as an apprentice" Arturo paused to check the shelves again. He lead Delmy to a box picking up a few new books before walking through near the back of the store where the adventure and fantasy books were kept.

" then when my father was born they had already moved here, with thousands of books. Along I came, I learnt book preservation from my grandfather. I managed to save most of his collection, but they are at home in a special chamber. I had always a passion for books ever since I was little. I had said that I'd own a book store on day even if my father was to happy about it to begin with. I got this place for my 18th birthday when I was able to leave school. I love it here" he smiled running his hands over the bookshelves.

He turned to Delmy "and between you and me...I'd rather work here than an office. I can always use the extra help here, if you want a break from normality. The sale section is over there, some of the books that I've changed over today will be on there, but if you want something different..." He trailed off pulling out a blood red book with a black tree and moon in the centre, with the title "The Paper Wolf: Volume One: Moons light. On the back of the book was a gold calligraphy signature" by A. DeGari. " try that out for size a very popular series" he stifled a laugh and winked playfully walking to the other end of the bookshelf.

(Thougt I'd give Arturo a bit of influence to Delmy nearly figuring out about the whole werewolves in the town. It took me ages to think of a title that sounds intriguing.)




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{That's a great title. I'd read it if it were real :)}
“Ah, I would love to help out where I can, if I have the time,” Delmy told him. She looked at the book he had handed her.

“You wrote this?” She whispered, awed. In her hands was a copy of a book Arturo had written. It was an idea from his own mind, a world created by him, with characters birthed from his imagination. She looked up at him, smiling wide. “You’re an author. That’s really cool, Arturo. I must admit. I’m jealous. I… never mind, it’s not its not important. Thank you for the book; I’ll tell you what I think after I’m done.” It looked to be about wolves. She was a big fan of animals, canines especially, so she curious to see what this was about. Wolves, mysterious and often feared creatures, had always held her attention longer than books about vampires or other mystical creatures. She supposed it was because she envied their wild and proud nature.

She tucked the book under her arm. “That’s cool about your great granddad. I guess you could say books are in your blood then.” She gave a short laugh. “By the way, your ratatouille was really good. We didn’t eat it for dinner, but I got hungry in the middle of the night and ate some. My compliments to the chef.”

She glanced at her watch. It was only just after lunch, and at the mention of food, she realized just how hungry she was. “Um, if you have time, do you think you’d want to get lunch? I mean, I understand if you have to watch the shop. I don’t really know anyone yet, and your kinda my only friend, so I was just wondering. I’m rambling again aren’t I? Sorry.”



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“Ah, I would love to help out where I can, if I have the time,You wrote this?....You’re an author. That’s really cool, Arturo. I must admit. I’m jealous. I… never mind, it’s not its not important. Thank you for the book; I’ll tell you what I think after I’m done.That’s cool about your great granddad. I guess you could say books are in your blood then.By the way, your ratatouille was really good. We didn’t eat it for dinner, but I got hungry in the middle of the night and ate some. My compliments to the chef. Um, if you have time, do you think you’d want to get lunch? I mean, I understand if you have to watch the shop. I don’t really know anyone yet, and your kinda my only friend, so I was just wondering. I’m rambling again aren’t I? Sorry.”

Arturo smiled widely and felt a swell of pride rise into his chest, as well as a small lush rising to his cheek. He was curious as to why Delmy would be jealous of his writting, he suddenly thought of what she had said earlier about not wanting to work in an office. Perhaps she wanted to be more involved for books as a occupation, like a writer. Arturo was determined to find out what Delmy really wanted out of life, what her real aspirations were.

He smiled and spoke " It let my mother know that her meal went down well. I can take a break for some lunch, one condition though. You tell me what you really want to do. I'll pay for lunch, and tomorow I can take you around some of the locations that are mentioned in the book. Any questions you have about any terminology don't hesitate to ask." he clapped his hands together as he finished putting away the books.

Arturo grabbed his jacket and wallet, poking his head around the isles he smiled " Come on Delarosa, you can pick where we go" he winked playfully and headed to the door waiting for Delmy.




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Delmy was excited at the prospect of lunch with her new friend. She supposed there was no harm in letting him know her true aspirations; it was the first step in becoming closer friends, right? She was already feeling comfortable with him. And he was an author, maybe he he had some tips or something. She smiled at him and followed him out the store.

"How about that little burger place near the library," she suggested. "I stopped there earlier and there was a mushroom bacon burger calling my name." She let out a little laugh and flipped a couple of pages in the book. She spied a passage about werewolves and grinned.

"How did you decide to do a book about werewolves?" She asked, but then held out a hand indicating he shouldn't reply. "No, wait, don't tell me. I want to find out tomorrow. I'll have to read quickly, I guess."

They soon approached the little restaurant and entered, taking a seat near the window. "You really don't have to buy me lunch," she told him. "You've already given me a book, and helped me move boxes. Let me foot the bill and we'll call it even."

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"How about that little burger place near the library, I stopped there earlier and there was a mushroom bacon burger calling my name" Arturo nodded and allowed Delmy to go first before he locked the door and turn the sign around to closed. The pair walked, mainly in silence except for the turning of the pages that Demly was so interested in.

" how did you decide to do a book about werewolves?"

He would have spoken but Delmy stopped him by holding up her hand. " no, wait, don't tell me. I want to find out tomorow. I'll have to read quickly, I guess." Arturo chuckled he liked how happy Delmy seemed with a book in her hand.

Ever the gentleman Arturo opened the door for Delmy and took a seat opposite her " you really don't have to buy me lunch, you've already given me a book, and helped me move boxes. Let me foot the bill and we'll call it even."

Arturo nodded " sure, that seems fine for me" he smiled " I'll take a chicken ceased burger please. Then we can have a good chat." He removed his jacket and leaned on the table. " since I've told you all about my family and some of my interests. How about yours?" He asked.




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Delmy took a moment to think about Arturo's request, and began speaking.

"Well, I'm originally from Pennsylvania. But I we moved around alot because of my parents business. They pretty much travel wherever the party is," she let out a little laugh. "My dad says we'll be here for a while, but I'm kinda just used to it by now. Uh, I'm 20 years old, and I love meat. Bacon is my favorite." She paused as their ordered food was delivered to the table. She held up the burger and gave it a little shake. "See?"

"I'm really close with Callow; I don't know what I would do without him. He takes after my mom, though, and I take after my dad. Both my parents want me to take over the business," here she lowered her voice and looked away, an embarrassed blush on her cheeks. "I want to be a childrens book writer. They don't know, and I feel like a jerk and a coward for not being able to tell them. Sorry, this is probably not what you meant when you wanted to know more about me."


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"Well, I'm originally from Pennsylvania. But I we moved around alot because of my parents business. They pretty much travel wherever the party is, My dad says we'll be here for a while, but I'm kinda just used to it by now. Uh, I'm 20 years old, and I love meat. Bacon is my favorite. See?" Arturo smiled as the food came along, he took a bite out of his burger and listened to Delmy.

"I'm really close with Callow; I don't know what I would do without him. He takes after my mom, though, and I take after my dad. Both my parents want me to take over the business," here she lowered her voice and looked away, an embarrassed blush on her cheeks, Arturo leaned forward his head tilted to the side in curiosity. "I want to be a childrens book writer. They don't know, and I feel like a jerk and a coward for not being able to tell them. Sorry, this is probably not what you meant when you wanted to know more about me."

Arturo wiped his mouth a little and spoke " it's exactly what I meant, I was curious as to what you really wanted to do with your life. Only because you would say something and then go back on it quickly as if you didn't want your parents to know anything. You've just got to bite the bullet and go for it, write a story and get it published, either by a company or yourself. You haven't even got to put up your own name. " he explained as he ate some more of his burger. " you can send some proof read to me and I'll let you know what I think. But you should never hide the person you really want to be. If you want to be a children's author. I say go for it, don't let your parents stop you." Arturo smiled giving a wink towards Delmy.




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Delmy sighed and leaned back in her seat. "I appreciate the offer, Arturo, I really do," she said. "But I don't know if I can do that just yet. That's a big step, and I don't know if any of my writing is good enough yet." She quietly ate the rest of her her food, thoughts swirling inside of her head.

Arturo, she decided, was a very kindhearted individual. They had only just met, and already she was telling him things like her true life aspirations, and her fears of disappointing her parents. He had the kind of aura that just drew you in, and really, he was the only person to even have asked what she wanted. Callow knew of course, but he was her brother and they talked about everything. He actually wanted to take over from their parents, and that made them prouder than anything. She hated to see the look on their faces if she ever told them that she didn't.

Arturo seemed to understand, but she was still afraid. She was the type to have only a few close friends, and she had to admit to herself that she was afraid at the speed with which she was starting to get close to him. It had everything to do with the fact that she was used to being put in a box, and for once, someone was treating her like she was her own person. It was scary and exciting and altogether crazy.




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Arturo smiled warmly as Delmy seemed to feel uncomfortable about his proposition of helping her. " Well the offer will still stand if you need my help and advice" he carried on eating, savouring the burger he would probably have a hearty meal when he finished from work. It seemed all his mother did was cook, he found himself staring at Delmy, she had a warming personality even with her insecurities and lack of confidence around her parents. But she was truly beautiful, her hair and eyes matched together perfectly and complimented her skin tone. When Delmy's eye caught his he looked away quickly, clearing his throat nervously and eating his burger.

"So.." He began trying to think of a topic of conversation, he looked at the book on the table " I'll come and pick you up at your house to show you around the landmarks mentioned in the book. And of course answering any burning questions you may have, and who knows our chance meeting may have sparks some inspiration for another book, I'm still finishing the fifth one but there's always room for six" he chuckled and finished off his burger.




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Delmy could feel Arturo's gaze on her and willed herself not to look up. Alas, curiosity one out, and she glanced up, only to meet his eyes and look right back down again. Awkward. She stifled a nervous giggle.

"So," he said after a moment. "I'll come and pick you up at your house to show you around the landmarks mentioned in the book. And of course answer any burning questions you may have. Who knows, our chance meeting may have sparked some inspiration for another book. I'm still finishing the fifth one, but there's always room for the sixth." He chuckled, and Delmy nearly choked on her drink. She swallowed slowly and gave him an incredulous look.

"You'd really put me in your book?" She asked slowly, as if she had misunderstood his previous statement. "I- I haven't even read the first book yet! Oh no, Arturo, I can't let you put me in. I'm still a newcomer, it wouldn't be right." She pulled out her wallet to pay the bill for their meal.

"I hope Callow can find his way home," she said, in a lame attempt to change the subject. "Kid is so directionally challenged, I wonder how he manages to find his head on his shoulders. I bet your little sister is adorable. Is she the only sibling you have?"


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"You'd really put me in your book?" She asked slowly, as if she had misunderstood his previous statement. Arturo chuckled softly giving a nod "I- I haven't even read the first book yet! Oh no, Arturo, I can't let you put me in. I'm still a newcomer, it wouldn't be right." Arturo simply shrugged of her statement.

"I hope Callow can find his way home, Kid is so directionally challenged, I wonder how he manages to find his head on his shoulders. I bet your little sister is adorable. Is she the only sibling you have?"

Arturo shook his head "Sometimes I wish she was, I suppose you can say I'm the middle child of six siblings" he laughed softly "I have two older brothers Marcel who work in France over at the Louvre. Marcel is a restoration manager of 16th century art and Piotr who lives in London and has played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables for about two and a half years now , but they visit every now and then my older sister Catrina who still lives in town she is the head of science at the local college. Then there's me fitness fanatic, part time author and owner of a bookstore I also play the violin, my little sister Arianne is seven going on 17 she'll ask you anything and everything and won't take no for an answer and my brother Alistair is 6 and just wants to run everywhere and climb trees. " he laughed softly and slid on his jacket "You can help me taken the home if you like" he stood up tucking the chair underneath the table.




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Delmy thought about it for a moment. His little siblings sounded really cute, and she didn't have anything else to do with the afternoon. She decided she wanted to go with him. She really liked his company, and she loved children, so it was a good situation.

"I'd love to," she told him, following his lead and tucking in her chair. Tucking his book under her arm, they exited the restaurant, and Delmy paused, realizing that she didn't know where the elementary school was. She turned to Arturo and grinned sheepishly.

"Where to?" She asked. He led her towards the school, and she followed obediently. Just as she had thought the day before and while she was walking around today, she thought the town was beautiful. Everything was so refreshing and free. The few people walking the streets looked so content, she had a hard time believing that this was real.

"Arturo," she started shyly. "This is going to sound really strange, but do you ever feel like sometimes, you want the world in your books to be real? Like, if werewolves and supernatural stuff was real, would you be okay with it? I don't know how I'd feel. Werewolves are cool and all, but if I saw one, I think I might faint. What would you do?"


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