From the riotously colorful merchandise displays to the mischievous sound of laughter to the faint smell of acrid smoke, walking into Zonko's was as familiar to Sayen as going into his own dorm room. A slight grin lifted the corner of his mouth as he let the door fall shut behind him, closing his cynical, moody thoughts of Valentine's Day out behind him in the cold. While hearts and flowers may not have really been his thing, birthday presents definitely were, and he planned on receiving plenty of those come February 29th, which was hardly even weeks away. It was time to start doing some serious browsing so that on the off chance anyone started asking, he would have a list of Sayen's Absolutely Necessary Gifts already prepared for them to choose from.
As he wandered through the shelves, picking up boxes and prodding things, he mentally took note of all the items that caught his interest. Of course, Sayen wasn't really going to give anyone a list of things he wanted, except maybe his best friend Freddie. Obnoxious as he could be, there was no way he would pester his aunt and uncle or cousins for anything excessive; they did enough for him as it was, and he knew they'd send presents regardless. It was just an easy way for him to waste time, and to imagine the kinds of things people would actually buy for him.
Although, come to think of it, what he really needed to be doing was shopping for his sister Sariya, rather than daydreaming about things he didn't need. He was truly terrible at finding presents for other people, and every year at both Christmas and their birthday, he struggled to pick out something decent for his twin. Reluctantly, he shifted his focus, and began to look around with a bit more determination than before. Fireworks... jinxed candy... love potions... magical quills...
Quills! Sari liked quills, right? She certainly used them far more often than Sayen, what with all of her studying, so he figured it couldn't hurt to start there. He crouched down and reached out to examine an automatic spell-checking quill, trying not to get in the way of the blonde girl who was checking out the display as well. At first, he didn't notice anything unusual about the girl, and since he didn't recognize who it was anyway, he ignored her. But as he shifted to shove the quill back onto the shelf, the paleness of her face caught his eye.
"Uh... are you okay?" he asked without preamble, raising an eyebrow. "You don't look very good."
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