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"Would I lie to you? And I mean. I'm gonna eat some as well. They're the good ones!"

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"I- it's fine if you- I don't need-"

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"That's the point of candy. You don't need it, but you get it anyway."

He smiles at Ant.

"Just don't make yourself sick."

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"We won't! Thank you, Uncle Will."

Once the candy's purchased, Ant unwraps a relatively benign chocolate bar and hands it to Nova.

"What's the plan now? More visiting random shops?"

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Will looks over to check how Nova's doing.

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He seems okay, fairly relaxed, almost happy as he munches on the chocolate bar.

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He nods.

"Nova, does anywhere look interesting?"

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He shrugs. (His eyes briefly dart to the bookstore, but there's no point, he can't read.)

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Will notes his glance but doesn't immediately head to the bookstore.

"There's two joke shops," he says, "or we could go look at books or magical ingredients or stop to get a drink."

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"I still don't get the need for two joke shops," Ant comments blithely. "The book store's always fun!"

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He shrugs again. "I- don't mind?"

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Will leads them to the book shop.

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The bookshop has a certain kind of hallowed quiet to it, and a scent that is hard to pin down, but overwhelmingly means 'books'.

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Nova breathes in deeply and then breathes out, and seems...content as he looks around with wide wondering eyes.

The bookshop has far more levels than the outside would suggest possible, with winding staircases leading up to platforms that seem to be built on the bookshelves themselves. There's signs for different sections poking out from the shelves, and hanging on the ends of the staircase banisters.

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"There's a spell I can cast," Will says, "that will read a book out loud, highlighting the words as it goes. It's often used to teach young wizards to read, especially when their parents forget to teach them."

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Nova looks away, shoulders closing in on himself slightly. "I- you- you know I can't-?"

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Will nods.

"It makes me even angrier at the people who raised you, but it's not your fault."

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"O-Oh." He looks around.

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Ant smiles. "How about we go and find some books that sound interesting and we can get Uncle Will to enchant them. Ooh. I wanted to grab some of the wizarding tales for kids as well. They're really interesting." (And if they had easier words to pick up, well, Ant wasn't wrong about wizarding kids books actually being interesting.)

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Nova looks at Will, obviously asking for permission.

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Will smiles at him.

"Go on. There's some books I wanted to find as well."

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"Meet back here in half an hour? Or- uh, maybe more. Bookstores, y'know?"

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"Forty-five minutes?"

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"Yes, sir!" ey salutes. "C'mon, Nova, let's go look."

And ey leads the way deeper into the bookstore.

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Will goes to the section on local magical life.

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