Also, they haven't met each other before. Except for Theo and Dora, who are twins. But Ariana and Cedric haven't met them, or each other, and they are about the same age, and close enough in social status that they might have met in school.
Dame schools, mind you, are small, but even so, I suspect it's going to have to be a large town to put them all in separate ones. I suppose of this kind of trivial constraint is just what builds up the world of story. . . .
Though I started to work with their paths. Magical paths that allow you to cross space more quickly than you would think from the map. That will let them be farther apart.
Meanwhile, Theo and Dora are hinting that they are not living with their parents but their brother -- or maybe half-brother -- but at any rate, he's not happy with the duties after his parents -- left -- I'm not sure they died. sigh Starting plot rabbits left right and center. Some of them are going to have to go.