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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Chief Thestral Handler
#20557
Location: Darlington Ranch, Somerset • Date: Autumn 2022


Leaning comfortably into his chair, feet on the coffee table Jude was sketching an extension to their already impressive stable. Pencil against his bottom lip as he considered what he had drawn, Jude tilted his head, something bothered him about the window he had just drawn.

He ran a hand through his hair, leaving it to rest haphazardly as he frustratingly used his wand to erase what he had drawn.

Jude was in the middle of drawing a wider window when in the corner of his eye he noticed his wife entering the room. Realizing he had already been caught with his feet on the coffee table he didn't even bother taking them off.
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Lidia Ostrivnyj, Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts

Magical ★ Classic Ballet • Ballet Master
#20792
The Darlington garden, while grand was not a place Lidia ever visited. The blonde woman who was born from humble beginnings and bred to appreciate the small things, and the garden Jude played in as a child was neither humble nor small. So Lidia left it to the professionals and instead grew her own modest garden a few short meters to the left of the estate. It was a project she had started not three years into taking over the home and to an outsider, the garden probably looked like a chaotic mess with no rhythm or rhyme, but to Lidia it was a beautiful oasis that she would gladly spend all day in if she could.

Colors of every shade littered the small area, with every type of flower you could think of planted there just waiting to be ogled. Today Lidia had spent a good two hours out there and then after picking a small bouquet of white camellias, orange hyacinths and beige garden blossoms, she headed inside.

Toeing off her rubber boots, she tucked them neatly into the entry way closet and then continued on her way through the house. She was passing by the east wing living room when out of the corner of her eye, she spotted Jude tucked into one of the arm chairs with a sketch pad in his arms. He also had his feet up on the coffee table, the same coffee table she snapped at him for never using a coaster because while Lidia's garden might be a chaotic mess, her house was not.

Not even bothering to greet him verbally, she moved into the room and with her free arm, pushed his feet harshly off the table, "Are you a child?" She asked him with a glare.
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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Chief Thestral Handler
#20830
"Mum! look at my drawing!" Proud of himself for his segway he grinned as he turned his sketch pad towards her. "According to Augi-us, the ground should be leveled by new year which means we could start construction by Spring." Jude turned the pad towards himself and smiled proudly as he contemplated his own work.

Constructing an extension had been a rather contentious conversation, but he hoped that by showing her what he had in mind she might be more open to his idea.
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Lidia Ostrivnyj, Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts

Magical ★ Classic Ballet • Ballet Master
#20882
Screwing her nose up at the nickname that nearly slipped from her husbands mouth, Lidia eyed him humorlessly, holding back the retort that August was a perfectly fine name and that Jude's boyfriend did not need it shorten, but she stayed quiet and instead moved towards the vase that she had cleared earlier.

"Did August tell you how much this would all cost because he did tell us originally that it would be done before Christmas, and now with the delay..." She snipped the end of a flower off a little more furiously than needed, keeping her back to the handsome thestral handler. "This is costing us much more than we previously thought, Jude."
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Jude Darlington, Snowdonia Wildlife Reserve

Magical ★ Chief Thestral Handler
#20917
August had told him about the new rate and they had argued about it but in an attempt to smoothen the relationship between the two people with whom he shared his life Jude would try to remain diplomatic about the matter.

"He has, it is a bit over budget, but we can afford it." Wishing his talent for calming thestrals extended to humans, the handler smiled sheepishly. "You seem wound up, Dia. If you really think this is too much we can postpone."