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    PostSubject: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:57 am

    Hey Tess-

    Just got in earlier this week. Still can’t thank you and the others enough for this. It’s so surreal, being here. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up any moment now! The host family I’m staying with has been great so far, really accomodating. Great food too. It’s silly, but I’ve been so worried they wouldn’t like me.

    Also, I know I said I wasn’t going to mull over how things ended with Mac, but I’m kinda glad things ended when they did. It’s hard to explain, but it feels good. Like I don’t have anything weighing me down while I’m here. Classes and volunteering start next week, wish me luck! And write soon!

    Parker


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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:26 am

    From the Desk of Tess Holmes:




    Dear Parker,

    I'm so glad that you remembered we exist! I'm kidding!! It's so good to hear from you. I admit, that well....oh hell. We The girls miss you here. It's not the same here without you in my healing their classes. It's different. But you don't understand how...proud I am of you doing something spontaneous like this. You really deserve everything great to come your way, especially after everything that has happened. Anyway, how could they not like you? I like you, and I rarely like people. Isn't the food great there? I quite enjoyed the street food, which I suggest that you try. I remember when I was in the same country, I snuck out with my brother to try the "peasant" food as my family so lovingly called it. Try it!  

    In fact, I suggest that you do something different. Be spontaneous, try new things and don't for a second think about coming back until your semester is over! As much as I do kind of, sort of, miss you think it's weird you're not here, don't for a second come back. I'll hex you!

    Write to me soon!

    - Tess  

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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:57 pm

    Tess,

    Of course I'd remember!! I miss you all terribly, and it's weird to go through things here without any of you at my side. I admit I'm also pretty worried about making friends with some of the other students and volunteers here, but I'll let you know how that goes. After all, classes and work have only just started. It's been really interesting and hands-on so far. Next week we're going out to one of the remote magic-practicing villages and providing help/education to them. I'll let you know how that goes.

    But yeah, the food's been great! My hosts are really great cooks! Next time I go out, I'll be sure to try some of the street food! Honestly, the only complaint I have about anything so far is the heat, makes it hard to sleep at night. I'll probably have to brew up some sleeping potions to help with that.

    If you promise me that you'll try to be more open and spontaneous, then I'l try my best at it too. Take care and write back soon!

    -Parker
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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:08 pm


    From the Desk of Tess Holmes:

    Dear Parker,

    Remote magic practicing villages? I never knew. I suppose when I was there, I never really got to be able to leave the grounds to take the actual look to what the country really was. But that sounds so interesting. I'm so jealous you get to implement medicine in more hands on. So far the Hospital Wing is filled with students that are celebrating their 18th birthday a little too strongly. Alcohol poisoning left and right. I'm so unfazed by it now, but I need my hours.

    Oh, so I never got to mention how my job is going. It's awful. I have a boss that is very nosey, he knows everyone and he times us. I've had to bribe the cooks to put my meals out first so I don't get fired. I know you're thinking that it's unnecessary for me to have a job. But now, well...I haven't told the girls yet, but I figure you have no one to tell so I can write it here. My parents cut me off; I now pay my own rent for this place and pay for everything. They're hoping this way I can quit and come back home and apologize for my "bad behavior" and the "questionable" company I keep. It's hell. Now that I know that I need this job, I find myself to be more conscious about what I do. I smiled today, and I really tried it mean it. It's horrible.

    By the way, you missed it! You and I are the only single people of our group. Brooke and Joe, well I suppose she already sent you those news! She's so happy. And with Cassie married, well it's just us two. You'll make a nice bridesmaid when you come up. Purple is your color I suppose. I kid.

    To deal with your heat, I've enclosed a few vials from the newest line of Mycroft's potions company. Apparently you can put a drop on your skin that allows you to cool off your body despite the area around you. One drop per hour you will want to keep cool. I hope it helps! I certainly don't need them in this chill. And while I can't promise to be spontaneous, I promise to be nicer to people. That's the best I can do.

    Have fun!
    -Tess

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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:31 pm

    Tess,

    I honestly wouldn't have guessed either. The locals were really kind and hospitable though, I feel like I learned just as much from them as they did us. Actually being able to work hands-on with this is making me all the more sure that it's what I want to do. I didn't really talk much about it but I was seriously doubting myself for a while - if healing was something I could actually do, you know. Good luck working through all that though, I always hated dealing with party aftermaths. Bad memories. But that's for another time.

    Oh wow, I had no idea things were that bad. I really wish there was something I could do. What your boss is doing hardly seems legal, I wonder if there's anything that could possibly be done in that regard?? It must be difficult enough making the adjustment with all the family issues... work stress added onto that only makes it even harder. Just... be sure to take care of yourself, alright? Do what you think is best and if that means going back to your family for financial support there's nothing wrong with that. No reason to be stubborn if it's only going to hurt you. Keep me updated on everything, and let me know when you tell the others too. I know we'll all be here for you to the best of our abilities!

    I've heard bits of news here and there, but have generally been out of the loop. Brooke and Cassie have been so busy with their lives lately I haven't had much a chance to keep up with them. Things been settling down well with them though? Cassie in particular? Also... about the single thing. That's been a bit complicated, but I'll tell you more about that another time if I have anything worth actually telling.

    Also, you're a life saver - the vials have been working wonders! Take care!!

    -Parker


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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:22 pm

    From the Desk of Tess Holmes:


    Dear Parker,

    It's been three months! How is it going? Has the heat gone down? I'm glad you found yourself finding what you enjoy and know your major is it. I know I feel the same way; except I'm not quite sure it might be with people. Professor Ellingston took me to the stables to teach me the way they treat seemingly sick dragons. Did you know there's a branch of medicine specifically under that? I think I prefer doing that. I mean, with animals I don't have to do small talk, or Merlin forbid actually deal with children? It'd be a nightmare. You saw me with a "child" Parker, I'm not meant to be with one, especially not a sick one.

    My job is slowly becoming something of a haven. Is it weird? Sure there are the usual opulent old man with an attitude that says "I own this place" but at least I get going. I can't go back to how I was. For example, today my mother came for a "peace mission". Yes, she actually said that to my face. She even took me to dinner; to the restaurant that I worked in. It was embarrassing considering my co-workers were waiting on our tables. I hated it. But she had brought over a peace offering by means of a shopping spring. It was embarrassing to realize that this was how she got me back into the house. Serious question: am I really that materialistic? And is that a bad thing?

    This month has had me thinking of who I want to be and wonder how people see me. I in no way want to have more friends. I have you guys and that's all I need. But...I don't think I like being called shallow.

    Sorry for ranting, but it seem my quill has a mind of it's own. I can catch you up on the girls. So far, Cassie has been MIA, as has Brooke. I don't blame them; they're married. I'm embarrassed to say that at twenty, I was hoping that I would be in their position not that long ago. I'm glad I'm not. I think I like my freedom.

    Also...how's your "maybe single" life going? Is it not so "maybe" anymore? Don't just leave it hanging, I'm pouring my heart out here!


    -Tess

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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:09 pm

    Tess,

    Things have been... interesting. I don't really know how to describe it. Besides learning a tremendous amount for school, I've also been learning a lot more about myself. It seems like you've been doing the same haha. I can definitely see you working as a vet working with animals/creatures instead of people. It suites you, and I'm behind you 100% of the way!

    I don't think that's weird at all. That's what work at the tea shop became for me too. I'm really glad to hear you've settled into working and providing for yourself - though I am sorry about how things went with your mother. Honestly, you've never stuck me as that materialistic, and even if you were I don't think that it's necessarily a bad thing in and of itself? It's natural to want to have things, especially when you have the means to get it. Sorry, I'm not really the best person to go to with this sort of thing... but try not to be so hard on yourself okay? You're a deeply interesting person with a lot of deep interests, hardly one to be considered shallow in the slightest!

    Speaking of mothers, I've been thinking a lot about visiting mine sometime after I get back.I know I haven't really talked with you about my parents or my growing up, but you'd be more than welcome to come along with me if you're comfortable with that. I could always use the support.

    "Maybe single" has become definitely single. Got caught up in a rebound and it didn't go very well. It would probably be easier to just explain things in person, but I don't want to make it seem as if it was a big deal.

    Let me know how your holidays go! I'll be back before you know it!

    -Parker
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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:31 pm




    Dear Parker,

    Sorry about the rushed note, but I'm at Rhian's place and could you believe she doesn't have a stationary? So this "lined-paper" as she calls it will do. Once she stops reading over my shoulder I will be able to write more....there we go she got the hint.

    Anyway! I am so glad that you are able to really continue to learn and perhaps realize what area you want to specialize in. I managed to write some of your scribbles and did you write vet? Is that a muggle thing? I'm glad they have that, I'd like to specialize I think. I'm glad you weren't here for the day we saw a live birth. My family line will die because of me, the pressure will lie on my brother. Because no. It's disgusting and I'm horrified. I didn't eat all day after that.

    Your Mother? No, you're fairly private about your family, and I understand since I'm fairly the same way. I have to admit, I've only been to the Muggle world once, and that was for the drunken shenanigans that was that bachelorette party. And while that was an....interesting experience, I wouldn't mind going with you. I don't know how helpful I could be, but it'd be nice to visit the muggle world with you. I just ask that you tell me my level of filter and some basic knowledge of the Muggle world so I don't scare muggles and your family. Just because they're muggles does in no way stop me from trying, I want to be on my best behavior.

    I'm sorry to hear about that situation. When you come back I'll take you to lunch and we can figure out whose life we'll destroy okay? I kid. Unless you want me to, I'm good at that.

    Holidays are just starting, at the moment we're going through finals (Thus this ugly lined paper.) and I'm studying with Rhian. We'll see how this goes! Good luck on your studies!

    -Tess



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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:05 pm

    Tess,

    Oh Merlin, I've not used lined-paper since primary school. You'd not imagine how hard it was getting used to parchment and quills! But yeah, veterinarians are basically healers specifically for animals - not really sure what the magical term would be though?

    I'm really glad I'm missing that too. I really wish there was a way I could bypass any classes having to do with pregnancy or children. My line's probably gonna die out too, for the best probably haha.

    Honestly, taking you to where I lived growing up and to where my mother is now probably won't be the best impression on the muggle world. I'll... try to be more open about some things and prep you the best I can though. I appreciate you even considering it, so thank you. And lunch would be lovely!

    Finals here are just as much of a pain in the ass, work hard and I'll see you come the end of holidays! I'll be sure to pick up some gifts!

    -Parker
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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:59 pm

    From the Desk of Tess Holmes:


    Dear Parker,

    We've hit December and I'm turning nineteen! So far there are no plans as to what is happening for my day. My father and I have been trying to work it out so I've agreed for me to visit for the weekend before my birthday and have a family dinner. I've asked for something small, so I figure only around sixty people would be arriving. It's so upsetting that they didn't allow any of my "acquaintances" to come for my celebration. It's so frustrating that I'm not allowed to call them "friends" unless they approve, but I'm letting it slide because I know that all of you would hate being there. It'll be uncomfortable for me, I can only imagine how it would be for you all. But at least I'll see my brother who has avoided everyone so he can't get involved. (I don't blame him). I can't wait for you to be back, I've bought presents for everyone!

    By the way, don't worry about whatever happens in the Muggle world. I know I'll be safe there with you there and I'd like to be there for you. This is what friends do right? Anyway, just give me a date when we go, and I'll clear my schedule.

    I'm sorry this is a bit rushed! Finals are here and I need to run to get to my first final. Good luck with yours. By the time you get this letter you'll be ready to pack and come home. I'll meet you at the station if you'd like!

    -Tess

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    PostSubject: Re: Postcards (Tess and Parker)   Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:57 pm

    Tess,

    I really hope you have a good birthday, I wish I could be there! I didn't know what to get you as a gift, but I took some really nice photos of the beach and ocean when a few of my classmates and I took a day trip out that way. I know how much you like the water, so I sent them along with this letter.

    I hope the family dinner goes well. I don't think I could imagine 60 people being a small party (not sure I even know that many people!), but I hope you can have some fun and relax a little. Fingers crossed for good gifts and money too!

    As far as the trip to the muggle world, I was thinking sometime during spring break? Of course, unless you had major plans. Then we could do it a few weeks after that. Again, thanks so much.

    Good luck with the rest of your finals! Stay focused, I know you can do it! I had a floo call with Cassie the other day actually, and she's been fairly eager to pick me up from the station herself. I know you're probably really busy anyway, so no worries about that. We'll figure out a time to meet up once I'm back.

    See you soon!

    -Parker

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