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PostSubject: Popped (Mercy)   Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:55 am

The last day of school took ages to arrive, resulting in Mimosa growing more and more impatient to leave Hogwarts as the hours ticked by. Not only was the child over the moon at the opportunity to go to India again but end of term also meant seeing Jacques. In fact, Mimosa was so excited at the prospect, she felt it prudent to announce as such to her room every day. After all, why wouldn't everyone in her dorms, or the entire common room for that matter, not want to know.

Mercy had also - miraculously - gotten permission from her mother to go to India and Mimosa could not wait to show her best friend around SIMPLY EVERYWHERE. She would show the Gryffindor all of India in the two months they'd be spending there, she just knew she would. But first Mercy had to go home to pack. So on the final day, the two friends bid each other a reluctant goodbye and hugged fiercely, promising to see each other in two days't time. Mercy would head back to Hogsmeade station with the other students taking the train home while Mimosa would be picked up by Jacques and taken out all over London. Jacques had said she could pick where she wanted ti go and Mimosa had made a list.

A hand written list, in French.

The child grinned, patting the folded piece of paper in her skirt pocket. Her Jacques would be so pleased to see how far her penmanship had gotten. No one at the palace really said it but she knew they would prefer if she improved her reading and writing and he had honestly been trying for almost the whole year. She'd been working with the doctors that came down once every six weeks from America, she had kept up her promise of writing to both Jacques and Clara without using her phone or correction quills and she had even began reading some of the books grandmere sent her.

Jacques arrived right on time, though at first the child thought he was early because a lot of the older girls hadn't left yet. In fact, they just seem to annoyingly be around in the Great Hall when he came to pick her up and for some reason, all of them decided to come say goodbye to ehr the very moment Jacques was walking in through the door.

"Mimosa, my dear, I'm going to miss you so so much," a tall, dark skinned girl said loudly as the Clement heir came within earshot. "Are you going to miss me?"

"I don't know you," Mimosa replied honestly before ducking around the tall girl and running towards her Jacques who caught her in his usual style. Still they had to stay back for a few minutes as he politely mdse conversation with the seven or so girls who had all decided now was a good time for farewells and introductions before they could finally leave.

"I don't understand them," the eleven year old groused as they cleared the school gates. "I was waiting for you for fifteen minutes, they would have said goodbye to me them, but they only come over when I'm about to leave." The Frenchman merely smiled, as if he knew a secret she did not before distracting Mimosas by asking her what the plan was. Proudly, the little witch pulled out her hand written list, nearly bouncing on her feet as he read through each item written in her neatest handwriting and in almost perfect french.

The rest of the day was spent shopping, eating, going to the theater and then going out for ice creams. At the end of the day, they made their way back to Jacques's apartment where the child promptly fell asleep through a movie on his bed, even if she was supposed to sleep in ehr room with the to beds. Jacques never minded, she was his favorite after all.

The next day they made their way to a private hanger, Mimosa tucked safely in front of Jacques withe her eyes bugging out in adoration as the male drove his motorbike so faaaaaaaast. The only unlikable part was him insisting she wore a helmet despite all the safety charms but the helmet was pink and had her name on it in sparkly letters so it wasn't too bad. Once at the hanger, they boarded the palace jet which would take them to Ireland. Mimosa used the journey to play a very fun and too short lived game of Heads Up with ehr Jacques, the two having fun even when she read a word wrongly and acted out the wrong thing.

When they finally arrived at Mercy's, Mimosa was back to full mode excitement, giggling, bouncing and squealing at nearly everything. She greeted Mercy as if she hand't seen the older witch in years and while the two began chatting at once about what Mercy had packed, Mrs. Williams and Jacques stepped aside to discuss travel plans. Mimosa knew her friend's mom would be coming to India too at some point to see Mercy but she hand't paid attention to the details, that was for someone else to sort through.

And after what felt like ages, AGES, the four of them were finally at the airport. Mimosa had flown on her own many times before so she was not at all scared, And just in case Mercy was, the young model held her hand securely throughout check ins, reassuring her that everything would be fine.

And she kept holding on to Mercy's hand until the plane finally took off, whooshing slightly as it soared into the starlit night sky.

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PostSubject: Re: Popped (Mercy)   Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:19 pm

After saying farewell to Mimosa, Mercy followed the others back to the Hogwarts Express and boarded the train, humming with nervous anticipation. She found a compartment with some of her teammates near the front, and they played a few games of exploding snap to pass the time, pooling together for some Every Flavour Beans to pass around. Mercy was unusually quiet, lost in her own thoughts.
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"Please please pleeeeeaaase can I go, Mam?"  Mercy begged on the phone. "I'll be with Mimosa the whole time; it'll be perfectly safe. And we don't even have to pay for plane tickets!"

The other line was silent for a moment before her mother's worried voice came through. "How long did you say it was?"

"Two months." Mercy bounced nervously on the balls of her feet as she awaited her mother's verdict. She knew what the problem was of course, but she was willing to risk it if her Mam was. She heard her mother sigh quietly on the other line and bit her lip, glancing around the empty corner of the courtyard she had hidden herself in, out of earshot of the other students.

"Mercy..." her Mam began carefully, "You know it's dangerous. And I don't mean India. You haven't told Mimosa, have you?"

"No, but...we can make it work, can't we? I could go home for a week each month, or you could come to India, or...or something."

"I don't think it's the best idea. I'm sorry, Mei," her Mam said gently.

Mercy felt a lump in her throat and tried to shove it back down. "Please, Mam. I don't have to stay the whole time. Can you just think about it?"

"I'll see what your dad says, but I think he'll probably agree with me. You know so many things could go wrong."

"What if I only stay for a few weeks?"

"You're leaving right after school ends?"

"Yeah..."

"Mercy, that gives you eleven days. Four days until you have to start taking potions."

Mercy bit her lip, blinking angrily as she felt her eyes start to sting. It was so unfair! She'd never asked to be bitten by a werewolf. She couldn't change what she was. Why couldn't she do all the things other kids could do? Mimosa travelled all the time without even thinking about it. Why did one week out of every month have to ruin everything?

"Mam..." her voice cracked.

"I know, it sucks. But you have to be careful, Mei. We can find something else to do this summer."

"I don't want to do something else. I want to go with Mimosa." She didn't care if she was whining. She was allowed to be upset, wasn't she?

"Mercy," her Mam's voice warned. "You know there are going to be some things you can't do because of your condition. This is one of them. You can't take any risks."

"But, Mam, I don't want to miss out on things just because I'm scared! I'm not like that! I don't..." she swallowed, the anger dissipating from her voice and leaving her with something quiet and pleading. "I don't wanna live my life like that," she said softly.

The line went silent for a long moment. Finally, she heard her Mam heave a slow, heavy sigh.

"You really want to go?"

"Really really," she nodded, even though she knew her Mam couldn't see her. "More than anything."

Another pause. Mercy held her breath. Finally, after what seemed like ages: "Okay. We can try to figure something out."

"Really?!" Mercy squealed.

"But you have to promise to be careful. If anything goes wrong, you're coming home, got it?"

"Yes, I promise!"

"Good. I don't want to hear any complaining."

"I won't. I love you, Mam! Thank you thank you thank you!"

"I love you too, Mei. I want you to be happy."

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It had been a few weeks since her Mam had told her she could go, but they'd discuss the details when she got home. As her trip to India grew closer and closer to becoming a reality, Mercy began to feel some of her mother's initial worry. What if something did go wrong? Would she really be able to hide the truth from Mimosa for so long? If Mimosa found out, what would she think? Worse, what if she put her best friend in danger?

Mercy tried to shake those thoughts from her head and focus on all the fun things they were going to do together while they were there. It was going to be a good trip, she told herself. Nothing was going to wrong. Her Mam would make sure of it.

The train came to a stop, and Mercy gathered her luggage, saying goodbye to her friends as she disembarked to find her Mam waiting for her in the crowd. She rushed to give her mother a hug, and the two of them set off from the platform to meet her dad on the other side of the barrier.
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When they arrived back home, Mercy set her school stuff aside, and immediately got to packing what she'd need for India. Her Mam helped her pack as she explained the plan.

"I'll be coming with you for the first two weeks. Aoife's going to hold the shop down while I'm gone. I'll make sure you get your potions, and I'll be there for the first moon to cover for you. I've been in contact with Jacques Clement and cleared everything with him already. He knows about your "Lupus," so it won't be too suspicious when you start getting sick."

Mercy nodded, rifling through her summer clothes. The plan was relatively simple, and fairly airtight from what Mercy could tell. Her Mam would return home on the 14th, giving Mercy enough time to recover mostly from the moon on the 11th before she left. When the moon started waxing again in July, Mercy would feign feeling ill a little before she actually did, providing an excuse for her Mam to come back to India to help her. They could do the same in August.

After about an hour and a half, Mercy was finally packed and ready to go.
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The next day, Mercy was once again buzzing with nervous energy as she waited for Mimosa to arrive. The doorbell finally rang, and Mercy shot up off the couch and ran to greet her, excitedly pulling her inside to talk while her Mam discussed the plan with Jacques.

When they finally left for the airport, Mercy felt at ease. Her Mam would be with her to make sure nothing happened. Everything would be fine. She allowed herself to relax as she held Mimosa's hand through the airport and sat down next to her on the plane, gazing out the window as they left the ground.

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PostSubject: Re: Popped (Mercy)   Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:04 pm

The flight would have felt long had Mimosa not had her best friend (and said best friend's Mom) by her side. Thinking it only right to give the Gryffindor the window seat, Mimosa ended up sitting sandwiched between both Williams and more snug than anyone had a right to be in the chilly cabin. As soon as they ascended, chocolates and juice boxes appeared for the girls while Mrs. Williams was treated to her choice of wine. Mimosa spent the entire first class tutorial of reclining seats and heated bottles and whatnot happily munching on her chocolate because Mercy's mom hand't told her she couldn't.

"We're going to Delhi first," she informed Mercy once they chocolate was dispensed with. "There we're meting Raj and Simran and we'll be staying with them for a few days before we head off to Mumbai in another plane." Lowering her voice, she added "But that won't be a big, crowded plane like this one. Drishti Aunty is sending their own plane for us, it only has ten seats total." Mimosa had only ridden in the Ambanis private jet once and even if it was miles away from the jets of the Palace, it was still better than flying commercially. All the waiting at air ports tended to annoy the young model to no end.

"But before that, we have to go to Delhi's big bazaar, its so huge, as big as our palace I think, I haven't seen all of it. And it sells like, everything. It has clothes, and animals, and toys, and food, and I think it even sells people." The last was said with an air of puzzlement before the eleven year old instinctively latched on to Mercy's arm. "Stay near me though, if they catch children, they sometimes sell them too. The lady who was taking us to the bazaar said so." Then, realizing she was being impolite, the little witch turned to Mercy's mom. "You can come with us to Mrs. Williams. What would you like to do in Delhi? There's a really famous temple there everyone wants to go too, lots of grown ups go there. I got some glass bangles from there last time."

And so the conversation continued, until an interesting enough movie came on and everyone watched. Mimosa couldn't finish hers because she fell asleep halfway through but she supposed Mercy must have two since both girls were being prodded awake in what seemed like only a few minutes but what must have been most of the flight.

The two girls were still decidedly groggy as they disembarked, leaving Mrs. Williams to handle the immigration and exits, but Mimosa woke up when she saw what awaited them just outside the VIP Lounge.

For there stood both Raj and Simran, with three giant garlands of fresh flowers in their arms. A sparkling pink sign shaped like a heart floated beside them and the girl did ehr best to read it out loud. "Mi... Mimo... sa & Friends." With a small squeal, she ran towards the two adults, hugging them warmly before turning to introduce them to the Williams. "Mercy, Mrs. W, this is Raj and Simran. Raj is in charge of musics for our projects and Simran is background researcher... though she won't tell me what that means." The young brunette waited for the inevitable handshakes all around before she added "Oh and Simran promised me she would have a tiny baby for us to play with when I came next, I don't see a baby."

"He's at home," Simran laughed, giving Raj a sideways glance. "And don't worry, we picked the tiniest one for you. He can probably fit in your one arm."

"Shukriya," Mimosa grinned, dipping into her very limited Hindi vocabulary as they followed the two Indians to the limo parked outside. In no time at all, they were riding through the crowded streets of new Delhi, heading towards their temporary accommodation.

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PostSubject: Re: Popped (Mercy)   Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:34 am

The excitement began to sink in as the plane took off and Mercy snacked on the complimentary refreshments while listening to Mimosa talk. Mimosa seemed to know what she was talking about, and Mercy once again admired how extravagant the younger girl's life seemed to be. Where hadn't Mimosa been?

Her eyes widened as Mimosa mentioned selling people. "You mean like slaves?" She glanced at her mam. "I thought that was illegal..." She decided she wasn't going to let Mimosa out of her sight. Nobody would come anywhere close to hurting either of them on Mercy's watch -- she'd managed to perfect the Bat Bogey Hex before summer started, and she wasn't afraid to use it.

Mercy's mam looked a little saddened by the question. "It is illegal," she said. "But sometimes bad people do it anyway. You'll need to be careful. Make sure you have an adult with you whenever you go anywhere."

She smiled at Mimosa's invitation. "Oh, don't worry about me. I just thought I'd tag along with you guys. If you two want to see the temple, that sounds fun to me."

Mercy watched Mimosa's face once they were soundly in the air and there was nothing of interest outside the window. It was no wonder Mimosa was a model, Mercy mused to herself as she noticed the way the girl's clear blue eyes sparkled when she spoke. She seemed genuinely flawless, even from this close.

No matter how hard Mercy tried to snap out of it, her feelings had remained persistent ever since she'd realized them back in February. She wondered if at some point she'd have to tell Mimosa how she felt. Most of her hoped this crush would fade soon so things wouldn't get awkward between them, but some small, stubborn part of her wondered if Mimosa could possibly like her back. And if she did...could they be a couple someday? She snapped her gaze away from Mimosa's face and stared intensely at the movie beginning to play on the screen in front of her, blushing slightly. No, that would be weird. Stop thinking about it. It's not going to happen.

About midway through the movie, Mimosa drifted off, and Mercy followed soon after, the two girls leaning against each other as they slept. Before she knew it, Mercy was being shaken awake, just in time to hear the pilot's voice crackle over the speaker system announcing their landing. She glanced out the window, awestruck as she sleepily fixed her eyes upon the sprawling city below. The plane was calm and silent, and Mercy felt completely relaxed. When the plane finally stopped moving, it took some effort to push herself out of her seat and bearily follow Mimosa down the aisle.

Mercy stretched her legs as they stepped off of the plane, blindly following her mother and Mimosa until the latter squealed and started running towards a couple of people with a sign and a bunch of flowers.

Mercy and her mam greeted the two adults with smiles and handshakes as they were introduced, and then followed them toward a fancy limousine outside as Mimosa chattered excitedly about a baby. They squeezed into the limo, and Mercy nearly drifted off again as she watched the streets of the city blur past. It was very different from Dublin, she noted sleepily. There were so many people everywhere. She couldn't wait to go exploring.

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PostSubject: Re: Popped (Mercy)   Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:24 pm

The journey from the airport to their temporary accommodations was full of a hyper yet tired Mimosa randomly pointing things out through the car windows (which had been let down so the visitors could see the glittering lights of Delhi better). Of course the young model had not considered the heat anyone else in the car might be feeling from the extremely muggy summer night, her thoughts only on showing Mercy and Mrs. Williams as much as she could in the small time frame.

"Look, the Delhi tower, sometimes people have races to climb to the top. And someones boys even carry girls up on the tower but girls never carry boys, I think that's because boys are too heavy," the child pointed out, unable to sit still in her seat as the city flashed by.

"And look, that's the Taj hotel, it's shaped like the Taj Mahel. People say the Taj Mahel is really sweet but there are bodies buried in there, just like the crypts at my palace." Briefly, Mimosa wondered what everyone at the palace would be up to. Jacques and Elenore would probably be back, and getting ready to celebrate Grandmere's birthday. She should send Grandmere a card later.

Soon enough, there were less things to point out as the vehicle sped further and further from the city, rounding the hillside to the estate they were going to occupy for the next few days. And a good thing too as Mimosa was growing exhausted playing tour guide. The jet lag was catting up and her eyes blinked repeatedly, fending off sleep that would not stay away.

"And that's... Bl-Bl- Black Goddess shrine," the words were accompanied with a small yawn, her arm too tired to point out the small shrine someone had built by the roadside. "She.... does something I forget, but she magic." Another yawn and the child finally gave up, sinking back into her seat and drooping against Mercy.

When they finally arrived at the home they were borrowing, Mimosa's legs felt like jelly as she exited the car, holding on to her best friend for support.

"Would you guys like to wash up and eat before bed or are you too exhausted?" Simran asked cheerily as they made their way through the extensive gardens and up into the large structure.  The American witch wanted to declare bedtime but found herself too tired to even speak so the decision was left to Mercy's mom. Soon enough, all three were shown up a wide marble staircase to their rooms.

"We've set up Mimosa's room with an extra bed," Simran explained as she pushed open the ornate wooden door to the place Mimosa has stayed in last time when she was in Delhi. "It already had a double bed so we added another for you Mirs. Williams. But if you prefer to sleep separately, I can have the servants prepare a guest room for you in ten minutes."  

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