There were many drawbacks to looking the way he did. He frightened children, slowed down traffic, freaked people out without even trying and generally made every one uncomfortable just by being around. Animals however didn't seem to notice or care what he looked like, which is why he liked them a lot more than people. A dog for example didn't treat him differently and cats usually treated him like....well cats! Yes, animals were a lot better. They didn't care what he looked like as long as they were treated with kindness, which he always made sure to do.
Then.....he encountered a creature who very much DID care what he looked like. He was walking toward the staff room, usually he made a point to avoid it, but he'd run out of creamer for his coffee and decided to make some there and take it back to his office. He peered into the room and sure enough, it was empty. What he didn't know, was that for the past couple floors, he'd been followed by Inaya the Niffler. She'd been dozing in a corner, chewing on a nice shiny candy wrapper when she'd noticed Quillan limping by. She'd frozen in shock and watched him pass, unable to believe her eyes. A man. Made of gold! Shiny and pretty and oh-so-sparkly! She'd hurried after him, glad that he was slower than others, because she wasn't as young as she used to be, and running wasn't very easy anymore.
Quillan walked into the staff room and helped himself to the darkest roast coffee the school had on hand, along with some creamer and while he waited for the pot to brew, he sat down on one of the armchairs and leaned his head back, staring up at the ceiling and drumming his fingers idly. The niffler saw his (in her mind) pretty dusty golden hair cascading down the back of the sofa and crawled up the chair. Then, she hooked her claws into his hair and nibbled on it.
"OW!" Quillan shouted in alarm as several pounds of something suddenly jerked his head back and started working its way up! A little alarmed by it, he reached up and patted his head, surprised to find something warm and fluffy on top of his head! "What the hell?" He quickly got to his feet and hurried toward a magical toaster, using it as a makeshift mirror. He spotted the Niffler, "Hey! Get off my head!" He said and attempted to pull it off, but it just dug its claws into his skull and continued to lick his hair. "Off. Off. OFF!" the man snapped and tugged again, but it just hung on tightly and made cooing noises. "What's the matter with you? I'm not your personal chew toy!"
Nifflers liked shiny things..... he lifted his cane up higher and leaned against the counter, waving the head of his cane in front of the creature, "Look at this shiny pretty cane! It's much better than I am! You want it? Gotta let go to get it! See it? See the cane? You want the cane? Cane stupid!!! "
The Niffler considered it, still with a now very soggy lock of Quillan's hair in her mouth, then she snuggled her face into his head and began pawing at his scalp.
"Oh you are NOT making a nest right now!"