Post by Deleted on Aug 7, 2017 21:20:31 GMT -7
A few weeks had passed since Elise had moved to London. During that time she had managed to acquire a reasonably sized apartment, furnish it, and get a feeling for the English city. She had been to London before on vacations, but living there was completely different from visiting. The last few years had been a mash-up of apprenticeships and working on the bookstore, and the last couple of weeks were the first time she had ever truly been unemployed. It was scary and nerve-wracking being on her own. The only other time she had ever felt like this was during her first year at school. At least then she knew that she would be home during the summers and holidays. Now she was all alone in a different country. For all the mental preparation she had done to get herself ready for the transition, she realized that she could have done more. There was no way that she could have anticipated the amount of stress and physical drain that would hit her at the end of the first week. And yet it came full force and she was out of commission the following week. Thankfully her father had allowed her to bring the cat, Frank, because without him it would have been awful.
By the end of the second week, her cold was over and the real work began. The reason she was living in London was to convince Ollivander to take her on as an apprentice. There was no one better than the Ollivander family when it came to wandmaking, that much was clear. Her other teachers had served their purpose thus far, but when it came to her wanting to advance in the field, the only real option left was the wandmaker in Diagon Alley. So with little forewarning of her arrival, Elise headed towards the magical shopping district to try her hand at being accepted as an apprentice. The only thing she had against her was the fact that she hadn’t contacted the current owner in advance. From her understanding though, that would have been a bad idea. It was better to be turned down in person than to have it done through a letter. By being there herself, she could make a compelling argument for why she should be taken on, or at least tested out as a wandmaker first. Giving her the opportunity to at least show that she has what it takes would be all she needed.
Arriving in front of the store around noon, Elise went over everything once again in her head. The last two and a half years had been spent studying and learning all about wandmaking. She had done this before, and she wanted to continue. Making a compelling argument to be accepted was all she needed to do. Letting out one last deep breath, she nodded and stepped towards the door, taking hold of the doorknob. She pulled but the door didn’t open. That was strange. Trying again, she was met with the same result. Frowning slightly, Elise cupped her hands around her eyes and pressed her face up against the glass pane in the door. The inside of the shop was dark, and it didn’t look like there was anyone in there. That was disappointing. She had worked up the courage to get this done today, and now she was met with nothing. Deciding that she’d come back the next day, Elise backed up from the door and turned around, almost running into the person that was standing there.