Post by Deleted on Feb 1, 2018 21:12:37 GMT -7
Constant tinkering meant needing materials to do so. Harper had learned her lesson with that years ago – school had always been an antagonizing period of time for her since there was little to nothing for her hands to work on whilst there. She could only spin springs and gears around so many times before getting bored. Summer had always been her favorite season because that meant she was home free for a few months to do whatever she pleased. Having been graduated for a little over a year, and working at an awesome job that fed her addiction, days like today didn’t happen all that often. Typically there was an unlimited supply of muggle things between left over ‘junk’ at work and her grandfather’s garage. But a nifty breakthrough on what the metal charmers had been slaving away at for months meant she couldn’t take anything home in case it was needed for work. That was both a positive and a negative for her. As for going to the Burrow…she knew it would mean getting stuck catching up with whatever family members were there and probably never going on her expedition of the garage. While she loved everyone in the family, it did take a lot of energy to stop from being dragged away from the task at hand (another reason why she steered clear of Uncle George and the joke shop).
So Harper was in the muggle end of London, close to an entrance to Diagon Alley, trying to find a hobby shop or electronics store. She didn’t need anything specific. Staring at shiny muggle technology was enough to have her in awe for a few hours. If something did catch her eye, then came the debate on whether or not she would be able to charm it for use at home or in magical zones that limited electronic usage. Radios were fairly simple, but coming across one of those in the muggle world was basically impossible these days. Most of the ones she had worked on over the years were practically ancient, and always covered in a thick layer of dust to boot. The conditions of a piece of technology never bothered her though; that was part of the fun of it. Fighting with missing pieces or faulty wiring was what made it all worth it in the end.
Unfortunately one of the stores she had stopped into didn’t have anything of interest, and playing twenty questions with the clerk didn’t seem to grant her any insight on what they might have in storage in the back. Slightly disappointed that nothing had come out of the brief expedition, she decided to head towards Diagon Alley and see what the stores there had to offer. The magic district was always a last resort and never seemed to produce results, but at least she wouldn’t look like too much of an idiot inside stores like she did around muggles.
While on her way over, the store front of a jewelry shop caught her eye. Jewelry had never really fit her all that well, mostly because she spent all day working with her hands and especially when it came to her motorcycle. The last thing she needed was a ring to get lost somewhere inside the machine, or pop off while cleaning her hands. Still, Harper parked herself in front of the shop window and peered in at the pieces on display. Maybe one day she would have an occupation that would allow her to reasonably wear something…