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[center [size11 Being the social butterfly he was, Vinicius spent the whole of the evening talking to his fellow Ravenclaws about the summer. Some had heard of his trip to Romania with his older brother and wanted to know how it went. Leander's intended was from Romania and they had gone to visit together. That's when he had asked Clarissa to marry him. Of course, she had said yes. No one in their right mind would say no to Leander Spaulding. Vini was used to being asked about his brother. The older boy was incredibly popular in his time at Hogwarts. It didn't bother him to let the few who still asked, professors included, know that his brother was doing well in his work.]]
[center [size11 Once they were dismissed and allowed back to the common room, the real fun began. No longer in the presence of their teachers, Vini opened up shop. It's almost comical how quickly the other Ravenclaws that [i knew] would come to him. Their needs were always so immediate. But that's what he signed up for. His first night in the common room was spent happily settling into his old routine. The first month of school was always his busiest because everyone wanted their needs met instantaneously. It backed him up for weeks before the requests finally trickled to a crawl.]]
[center [size11 This wouldn't be nearly as much a problem if a certain badger would share his knowledge with him.]]
[center [size11 Vinicius was one of the last students to turn in for the night. His mind was buzzing with plans. He had so much to do on top of his classes. Not that it had ever been a problem in the past. He finally managed to doze off late into the night when his mind stopped whirling enough to turn it off.]]
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[center [size11 Classes went fantastically, as per usual. Vinicius was a top student and that was something he wouldn't let slip through his fingers. The addition of nonverbal spells was a high point of most every class. The blonde would be lying if he said he wasn't a little nervous about it. He had practiced, but only because they were that much more difficult to perfect. The few he had gotten down would only sustain him so long and he'd have to stay on top of it to ensure he didn't wind up making a fool of himself later on.]]
[center [size11 In potions they began with Everlasting Elixirs while in Defense Against the Dark Arts it was straight to learning about curses. He couldn't even remember what they were learning first in Herbology, he could hardly care enough to pay much attention when the end of his classes for the day was drawing so close.]]
[center [size11 All day long, one thought continued to find its way to his mind. Ezra. That Hufflepuff boy had the most irritating habit of burrowing his way into Vini's mind, making it impossible to dig him out again. Seeing him on the train had only served to make to harder to forget that he existed, something he'd hardly managed to do over the summer holiday. It was embarrassing, truly. Vinicius Spaulding has feelings?]]
[center [size11 [i No.]]]
[center [size11 Their meeting was on business terms. Nothing more, nothing less. Ezra had something Vinicius craved above all else. Ezra had information. Anything Vini did in interacting with him was simply an exercise in extracting that information once and for all. At least that's what the blonde told himself over and over again as he waited in their normal meeting spot for the Hufflepuff to show up, a box of assorted sweets he knew Ezra to love in hand.]]
  ᴠɪɴɪ / Roseate / 46d 8h 10m 56s
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[center [size11 Matilda ate her fill at dinner. And by fill... she downed more food than a small Irish girl ever should have been able to. No one said anything, though. They never said anything about Matilda because she was an incredibly likable person and her housemates loved her. Not to mention her best friends were an insanely intimidating beater and the bloody captain of the quidditch team Wells Anders. Who in their right mind would say anything about the four pastries she scarfed down after a full meal?]]
[center [size11 Full and happy, Matilda followed the flowing sea of students from the great hall. Each house branched off to their respective dormitories. It was a piece of cake by now to find the Gryffindor common room. It was home away from home. When they reached the magnificent picture of the fat lady, the boy leading them muttered something to it. Their passwords were always left on their beds, to avoid any nosy non-lions from hearing it be announced over the rambunctious crowd. As the portrait swung forward, the first years were allowed in first so they could continue with their explanations. The rest of the years followed behind, streaming at their own pace into the common room.]]
[center [size11 The first night back was always full of chatter. Everyone was catching up and talking about their summer. Girls were hounding Wells and Percy was talking to her prefect friends. And in the midst of it all was Matilda Gretski. The fifth year was a feirce morning person, her pep never stopped. As such, she was accustomed to going to bed earlier than most other people. She didn't actually recall falling asleep on the common room sofa, her heart and her stomach full. But someone was kind enough to carry her to her dorm and tuck her fully clothed into her bed.]]
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[center [size11 The first day of classes went by in the blink of an eye. It wasn't too difficult but as they were back at school they were expected to get right to work. Matilda had always struggled a bit with some classes, and it was no secret that she was falling behind in some aspects. That's why she'd been going to extra tutoring all the previous year, and why she would probably be doing the same this year.]]
[center [size11 Transfiguration was a mess and she spent charms biting her nails to the nubs. Herbology was easier on her. She speant all summer every summer gardening with her ma, these plants were just a bit different is all. And then there was her best class, the one she excelled in, impressed in even. There was no rhyme or reason for why the muggle born witch with sub par magical talent was so naturally gifted at divination. At first she tried to pass it off like they were just lucky guesses, but it was clear she really had a knack for it. Everyone said so. Her da always said his grandma had the shine and s she must get it from his side.]]
[center [size11 After a day jam packed with information and seeing old friends, Matilda headed out on the grounds with some of the other Gryffindor girls for their last class - Care of Magical Creatures. As the class began to gather, Matilda noticed Wells standing at the head of the class with Hagrid. She knew he would be there, but it was kinda surreal seeing him up there. It suited him. She made a complete show of herself, waving and smiling and giving him a couple doses of thumbs up before Hagrid began to speak. And maybe one obligatory "woo!" after Hagrid introduced him. But then he got into the subject of the matter and she swore she nearly swooned.]]
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[center [size11 Real. Life. Unicorns.]]
[center [size11 Matilda was so excited she was bouncing on the balls of her feet. At her height it was difficult to really see over all the other students, but she wanted nothing more than to see those sweet little baby unicorns. When Hagrid said they'd be working in pairs, she immediately spun on her heel to find her friends. She'd be chuffed to be paired with any of them... too bad it wasn't her choice. As the half-giant professor worked his way through the students, he drew closer to her. [b "You an'...."] He looked around and motioned at a Ravenclaw girl not too far away with short brown hair and piercing eyes. [b "you. There you are."] And with that he moved on to create more pairs.]]
[center [size11 Never one to meet a stranger, Matilda skipped over with a smile and brushed her ponytail behind her shoulder. [b [#d20000 "Ai, it's Eliza right?"]] Matilda was sure they'd had classes together, or maybe she'd seen the other girl at tutoring. Either way, when her new partner looked at her she couldn't help but feel a chill rush over her. Matilda was nothing if not a sucker for a pretty girl. Eliza was very pretty. Feeling her cheeks start to heat up, the Irish lass was saved by Hagrid's call to follow. [b [#d20000 "Oh, looks like we're going now!"]] Matilda said a little too loudly and started to follow the other students toward the meadow, not even noticing how she had naturally grabbed the Ravenclaw's hand to pull her along like she always did with her friends.]]
  ᴍᴀᴛɪʟᴅᴀ / Roseate / 47d 5h 37m 42s
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[center [size11 Camden’s first day back at Hogwarts had been eventful to say the least. The feast was full of laughter and stories about everyone’s summer, they tried to make the first years who joined their house feel a little more welcome; going out of their way to get to know them. The students ate till they were bursting with food, yet they still seemed to have room for the plethora of desserts. When Headmistress McGonagall dismissed the tables the sea of students streamed out towards their houses. The Hufflepuffs walked with the Slytherins for a time before they parted to head their respectful ways, the Slytherins going deeper into the bottom of the castle while the Hufflepuffs followed their nose towards the kitchens. Pretty much all the Hufflepuffs knew how to get into the kitchen as well as get into their common room, Camden was no exception as the brunette loved spending time in the kitchen baking goodies for his friends and study group. The house elves were lenient towards the Hufflepuffs, letting them use the facility so long as they cleaned up and kept out of the way of their work.]]
[center [size11 The Hufflepuff common room was bright and homey, and smelled faintly of cinnamon rolls. Nearly ever seat had an abundance of pillows and at least one knitted blanket in the house colors. Most of the students stayed up, crowding the room and catching up even more. Many of the older students helped to show the first years to their rooms and get settled in. Camden was drawn into a conversation with some Hufflepuff girls who had seen him riding in the same carriage as the Gryffindor team captain and bombarded him with questions before the conversation dissolved into gossiping about the boy and praising his looks; Camden made a few statements of his own to the delight of the girls.]]
[center [size11 When it had grown to late for anyone to stay in the common room, he’d made his way to own dorm room only to find that along with Tasha he was rooming with Ezra and Davin. He actually knew Davin better than Ezra; the boy had always stood out from others with his incredible height, but he was also friendly and gave some of the best hugs. So obviously Camden had practically sprinted across the room to wrap the ginger in a bone crushing hug. This new development in roommates had given the brunette his second wind and they ended up talking for another hour, pretty much until Tasha had announced they had both been yawning too much and needed to go to sleep. After crawling into the plush bed, Camden was certain that Hufflepuff must have had the softest and most comfy beds in all the castle, he practically passed out into a comfortable sleep. ]]
[center [size11 Tasha was the first to wake up out of the four boys, he’d started getting ready as quietly as he could to let the others wake up naturally. However, Camden had exhausted himself socializing and eventually Tasha had gently shaken the brunette. Camden was still slightly out of it as he gazed up at Tasha, the boy’s toothbrush suspended between his lips and foam at the corners, trying to make sense of where he was. But then again, waking up wasn’t one of his strong suits. He was a heavy sleeper, always cocooned in his blanket and hugging either a pillow or large plush to cuddle with, and his nesting behavior caused him to be cursed with terrible bedhead. As he’d lifted up his head Tasha had chuckled at the strands which seemed to defy gravity.]]
[center [size11 It was the promise of sweet rolls and pastries that finally convinced the brunette to get out from under his warm blanket and get dressed. In the dinning hall students sat at any of the many tables, now that it wasn’t a formal meal the houses mixing together to talk before the day began. Camden sat with his roommates however, going over their schedules for the new year. He couldn’t help but be giddy for his first class of the day; Transfiguration. It was his favorite subject. And since they’d taken O.W.L.s last year he had qualified for the upper division class. Most of the class would be sixth and seventh years, so he couldn’t help but feel just a tad prideful. The crowd of students thinned out as they went to class and eventually Camden left as well.]]
[center [size11 Being the first day the classes weren’t too difficult, but they did still launch into a lecture after going over class rules. He’d sat next to a seventh year Hufflepuff in Transfiguration, and met with Tasha for Herbology afterwards. Lunch was even louder than breakfast, full of laughter in-between bites. This time Camden sat with a mixture of Hufflepuffs, including Tasha, and a handful of Slytherins. Afterwards he’d had his first Potion’s class. ]]
[center [size11 His last class for the day was Care of Magical Creatures, out on the grounds with Professor Hagrid. The half giant wizard greeted them loudly before the class had even gotten close to him. That had made the majority of them laugh. The class was mostly fifth and sixth year students. Camden had ended up walking and talking with Oliver Pierce, a fifth year Ravenclaw the brunette had gotten to know last year. Oliver had a personality as bright and loud as his blue hair. He was a chaser for his house’s quidditch team and spent a good portion of the conversation talking about the sport. For once Camden didn’t mind too much, he’d never been too big on quidditch but after his interaction with the Gryffindor captain the other day he felt more interested in the topic.]]
[center [size11 As the class approached the garden next to the grounds keepers hut Camden found himself blinking rapidly at the student standing next to Hagrid; Wells Anders. Maybe he was hallucinating? Wells clearly wasn’t a member of the class since he was standing apart. So what was he doing there?]]
[center [size11 Camden’s internal freak out was interrupted by Hagrid addressing the class. [b “Alright! ‘Fore things get started I wanna introduce my teaching assistant for this class; Wells.”] The man moved a large hand towards the student next him. [b “He’s agreed to help out this year, if you need help and I’m busy feel free to ask ‘im!”] A few of the girls in the class began chattering excitedly while Hagrid continued speaking. [b “I’ve got somethin’ special for you lot this year. Hogwarts has been entrusted with lookin’ af’er a herd o’ unicorn,”] Hagrid puffed out his chest as he spoke the line about Hogwarts being entrusted with the rare creatures. [b “The ministry is tryin’ ta get the population up and asked the school to help. So this year you kids are gonna help look af’er 'em.”] There was a mummer of excitement with the students, especially the girls. [b “Now the herd’s got quite a few youngin’s in it, and they’re ‘bout that age they need plenty of attention and care. So that’s where you come in. Today your gonna pair off and help get the foals used ta people,”] At the mention of pairs the students began looking at one another, something which didn’t get passed their professor. [b “Now, don’t go getting any ideas about who you want to pair with. [i I’ll] be the one setting the groups,”] The class groaned slightly, clearly a little disappointed they didn’t get to partner with their friends.]]
[center [size11 Hagrid counted them off, pairing everyone with a random student, most of the pairs weren’t even from the same house. Until finally at the end only Camden stood without a partner, the large man made a grunting noise and looked over at the other pairs, [b “Looks like we got an odd number o’ students,”] The seemed to pause and think, [b “Wells! You’re gonna work with, ah, what’s your name again?”]]]
[center [size11 [b [#f2da3f “Camden,”]] He answered feeling his cheeks flush under the gazes of the other students and the idea of having to interact with the Gryffindor after having made such a fool of himself the day before.]]
[center [size11 [b “Wells, you’ll be workin’ Camden here,”] Hagrid said, seemingly pleased with himself for resolving the problem. [b “Now follow me out of the meadow where we’re keeping them!”]]]
[center [size11 One of the girls in the class that Camden knew whispered to him as she passed, [b [#d20000 “Lucky you!”]] Giggling as she glanced towards Wells. The brunette ducked his head a tad, feeling his cheeks burn.]]
[center [size11 He dragged slightly from the group as they walked towards the meadow. Camden noticed Wells had fallen back to walk with him. He felt so awkward now. He had to say something or he’d suffocate from the feeling in the air, [b [#f2da3f “Sorry you got stuck with me.”]]]]
  вαdgєr / LIVE / 52d 12h 27m 30s
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Ezra stared at his lap hiding a sad smile. He laughed bitterly Ravenclaw's cynicism. He felt like an idiot for thinking there could be any possibility for the two. Clearing his throat, he swallowed his feelings and put his mask on. The Hufflepuff had a very convincing facade and he would use it to his advantage. [b [#e6b800 "Hah, I doubt we'll have to wait long."]] He joked dryly.

As soon as the carriage came to a halt, Ezra leapt to his feet. He failed to hide his eagerness to get off this ride. Just as he was about to make his escape, he felt Vinicius's hand on him. Turning around almost too quickly, he stared up at the boy.
[i [b [#00004d “Meet me tomorrow. Free Period. The regular place.”]]]
The words rung in Ezra's ears. All he could do was nod. Turning away, the Hufflepuff carefully climbed out of the carriage and disappeared into the crowd.

Once inside the Great Hall, Ezra scanned the sea of people for his roommates. He locked eyes with a tall ginger boy standing towards the back of the pack. Relieved to see the gentle giant, Ezra snaked around careful not to touch anyone.
[b [#e6b800 "Davin!"]] Ezra called to the boy as soon as he was close enough. Davin glanced around trying to pinpoint the voice. Spotting the smaller Hufflepuff, his eyes lit up. Wrapping his arms around Ezra, Davin lifted the boy off the ground in a bear hug. Davin was a whole foot taller than Ezra and Ezra wasn't even that short; 5'7'' was [i average.] Being 6'7" gained Davin the nickname 'Gentle Giant' by not only his house but the entire fifth year. Ezra felt bad for the first years that would have to meet the large man-child.

Ezra was frazzled when Davin finally set him down. Flattening out his robe, Ezra couldn't fight a smile. [b [#e6b800 "Dav, what did we say about hugging?"]]
Davin laughed a bellowing laugh. [b [#b30047 "I only get to give you one on your birthday, Christmas, and special occasions."]] He said mimicking Ezra. [b [#b30047 "Come on Ez, I haven't seen you all summer. That is a special occasion."]]
Ezra rolled his eyes but agreed. He didn't [i hate] it. The two exchanged a few more words before making there way over to the Hufflepuff table. They found a spot a spot across from there other two roommates. They were already chatting about the upcoming year.
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When the carriage came to a stop, Wells opened his mouth to say something to the Hufflepuff but the boy nearly ran from them. Turning to Matilda he furrowed his brow. [b [#cc0000 "Did I say something?"]] The Gryffindor was truly clueless.

Wells followed Matilda into the Great Hall as the Keeper practically drug him along. Banes was first to greet the two. He loved the beater. She matched him in strength and height. It was refreshing having someone to spar with.
[b [#cc0000 "It's good to see you Banes. Are you ready for practice to start?"]] Wells greeted with a grin. He was so excited to share his knew knowledge with the team.

Taking a seat at the table, many other housemates came up to greet him and ask about his summer. A lot of the girls were curious about what Quidditch star, James Monroe was like in person. He couldn't very well tell them he was a big dork who liked to spoon when he had too much to drink. Once he answered everyone's questions, he was back to chatting with Matilda.
[b [#cc0000 "I completely agree. I'm so hungry."]] He whined, clutching his stomach. It wasn't like he ate the [i entire trolley cart] just an hour before.
As he waited for the feast to begin, his mind wandered to the Hufflepuff from before. He discreetly turned his gaze to the Hufflepuff table. Cam was happily chatting with a few other badgers. Wells couldn't help but smile. It was nice to see the boy relaxed. He had to admit he had been worried. Just as he was about to look away, the two locked eyes. Well's looked away quickly. Clearing his throat, he tried to regain his composure. What was he so nervous about?
  |captain| / muta / 47d 6h 39m 50s
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[center [size11 Ezra seemed flustered at Natalie’s comment referring to the two boys as boyfriends, he tried to shake it off but the Hufflepuff could still learn a thing or two about pushing his emotions down. [b [#f2da3f “Vin and I,”]] The blonde arched one of her eyebrows from behind her book as he muttered out the nickname before correcting himself, [b [#f2da3f “I mean, um, Vinicius and I aren’t dating.”]] The Hufflepuff even stuttered out the last word like some kind of Victorian romance character being confronted. Natalie couldn’t help but to roll her eyes. ]]
[center [size11 Meanwhile Vinicius didn’t seem at all bothered snapping back at his housemate without missing a beat, [b [#070B59 “Not at all. I enjoy an audience to my most intimate moments.”]] She suppressed a groan, but only barely. As if to save the now thoroughly distraught boy in their midst Vinicius quickly changed the subject, [b [#070B59 “Natalie and I were discussing what we were most looking forward to about the upcoming year. She proposed a bet on which student is mot likely to steal Amortentia under the delusion that it’s a good idea.”]]]]
[center [size11 [b [#070B59 “Correction, I only said I’d be placing bets not that I’d be placing them with you Vinicius,”]] She cut in.]]
[center [size11 However, the platinum blonde continued as if he hadn’t heard her, [b [#070B59 “Care to make a wager?”]]]]
[center [size11 The other boy seemed to consider for a moment before answering, [b [#f2da3f “Hm, my money is on Veronica Kensington or Dalia West.” ]]]]
[center [size11 [b [#070B59 “A very good bet,”]] Vinicius praised, his smug smile nearly insufferable. [b [#070B59 “I suppose all that’s left to do is wait and see who takes the bait of passionate, unrealistic love.”]]]]
[center [size11 Natalie’s lips pursed as if she’d tasted a lemon, the two had both bet on the same girl which meant they would likely be right but her pride wouldn’t let her back down from this exchange even if she was reluctant to allow a loss. It didn’t help that Natalie knew that the girl in question went through boys the way Natalie went through books and had been a fan of Wells for a while, she might even try to slip the quidditch captain a brew. [b [#070B59 “Fine, I’ll bet on Riley Orvelle, he’s an idiot so he’d likely think it was a good idea,”]] The boy she’d mentioned was a sixth year Slytherin with a mean streak who’d been chasing after a particular girl since their third year with little success.]]
[center [size11 With the carriage coming to a halt Natalie allowed her foul mood to carry her out of the carriage before the two boys. Students all wandered towards the imposing entrance of their school and towards the Great Hall for the Welcoming Feast and Sorting Ceremony. The hall was ornately decorated with twice as many floating candles as was normal, banners bearing the symbols of each house billowed above the tables with an enchanted wind. Everyone dispersed towards their house tables, on formal occasions they all sat based on house but normally they would sit together regardless. Natalie caught sight of her younger brother with his friends making a ruckus two tables over with the Gryffindors. ]]
  єαglє / LIVE / 156d 13h 51m 28s
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[center [size11 Matilda smiled softly and retracted the chocolate frog. Despite thinking it wasn’t at all possible for anyone not to like chocolate frogs, she wasn’t going to push the subject. More chocolate for her. If there was anything Matilda thoroughly enjoyed, it was sweets. What she didn’t enjoy so much was the obvious tension in the carriage. It seemed more than just embarrassment. Maybe it was because she saw Wells as nothing more than a friend, like a brother almost, but it wasn’t obvious to her why Camden was so embarrassed. Probably for the best.]]
[center [size11 When they finally arrived at the castle, it felt like a breath of fresh air. The Hufflepuff practically darted from the carriage before them, and she watched him disappear into the swarm of students as she climbed down. Grabbing once more onto Wells’ hand, this time she pulled he larger boy along behind her. She was so excited for the feast and to see everyone and meet the new first years. This year was going to be the best yet, she could feel it.]]
[center [size11 [#D20000 [b “Banesy!!!”]] The small Irish girl exclaimed as they neared the Gryffindor table. She released Wells’ hand and launched herself at a larger Gryffindor girl who turned in just enough time to catch her. [#D20000 [b “It’s so good to see you. I hate that you couldn’t sit with us.”]] The other girl chuckled and hugged Matilda solidly before guiding her back by the shoulders.]]
[center [size11 [#D20000 [b “I know, I know. But duty calls.”]] Persephone Banes was a Gryffindor prefect as well as one of the beaters on the quidditch team. She was tall and strong and well-spoken and everyone loved her. No one ever called her by her full name. It was either Percy or Banes, nothing more. [#D20000 [b “But hey, it looks like you finally hit your growth spurt.”]] Percy highlighted that remark by ruffling Matilda’s hair, which she swatted away.]]
[center [size11 [#D20000 [b “Haha. Funny.”]] Matilda scrunched up her nose and fixed her hair to the best of her ability. Percy made that joke every single year, but it was out of love. Matilda knew she was on the small side, which was even more pronounced by how tall the other girl was. Matilda clapped her hands together. [#D20000 [b “Hopefully they get started soon. I’m starving.”]]]]

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[center [size11 Vini, despite his best efforts, couldn’t keep his eyes off of the Hufflepuff boy. It helped that they were seated across from one another, making it far less awkward. His mind was reeling with the possibilities of the year ahead and just how [b much] he wanted to speak with Ezra about. He reminded himself that the school year hadn’t even properly begun yet and that they had more than enough time to talk... it comforted him very little.]]
[center [size11 When Ezra took him up on his offer to pick the most likely girl to drug their crush with potion, Vinicius was pleasantly surprised. His eyebrow rose and he glanced at Natalie to see if she had any snarky comment to make about the fact he and Ezra had bet on the same person. Great minds think alike, and all that.]]
[center [size11 [#070B59 [b “A very good bet.”]] He praised, tapping his fingers against his knee. [#070B59 [b “I suppose all that’s left to do is wait and see who takes the bait of passionate, unrealistic love.”]] His smile was that of a cynic. Love was never something he put much stock in. At least not where he was concerned. Who needed love, truly? It was a distraction at the best of times and a disaster at the worst. He’d seen more horrible things done in the name of love...]]
[center [size11 The carriage came to a halt, jarring Vinicius from his thoughts and refocusing him on Ezra’s face. This was where they parted. The sorting ceremony was tradition, which meant they had to sit with their own houses. Not that they would sit together if it were any different, of course. Vini hesitated to allow Natalie to exit the carriage and as Ezra moved to do the same, the blonde boy reached out and gently grabbed his elbow to stop him leaving just yet.]]
[center [size11 [#070B59 [b “Meet me tomorrow. Free Period. The regular place.”]] He said it so casually, expecting Ezra wouldn’t protest. His long fingers lingered on his arm for another fleeting moment before he leaned back into his seat so the other boy could go inside. Once he had disappeared into the crowd, Vinicius stood and exited the carriage. It was certainly going to be an interesting year.]]
  ᴍᴀᴛɪʟᴅᴀ / Roseate / 167d 3h 36m 25s
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[center [size11 Camden felt his face flush further as the taller boy began to laugh loudly following the statement he’d made. [b [#D20000 “No, I mean you could have asked someone who can see them to help you pet them,”]] OH MERLIN. He was such an idiot. Of course, the other boy had meant for him to ask someone for help not to ask the thestrals. Why did he have to be such an idiot around attractive people? The blonde couldn’t help but sink back, wishing now that he had fallen out of the carriage when he was trying to pet the thestrals. He wanted to disappear. ]]
[center [size11 [b [#D20000 “Also, I don’t think trying to pet them while in a moving carriage is the best idea.”]] No, it really wasn’t. But at this point in time Camden wasn’t sure he every had good ideas. [b [#D20000 “I’m Wells Anders. I’m a Gryffindor sixth year,”]] Camden already knew the house he belonged to, even without knowing the two played quidditch they were dressed in their robes with red trim.]]
[center [size11 Matilda interrupted the two, [b [#D20000 “Are you alright?”]] The brunette smiled and nodded despite how warm his face felt and how desperately he wished he’d just melt into his seat. The other fifth year reached into her robes and produced a blue box which she held out to him, [b [#D20000 “Here, it’ll calm your nerves.”]]]]
[center [size11 If the boy hadn’t recognized what was inside, he would have taken it out of reflex but he knew that design, he held his hands up towards his face, palms out and shook them back and forth, [b [#f2da3f “No thank you. I don’t really like chocolate frogs.”]] His voice got quieter as he refused, he’d never been very good at telling people no on anything but he also didn’t want to offend her by not eating it or letting it go to waste. His hands fell back to his lap and he lifted one up to nervously push some of his hair away from his face. Under the attention of both Gryffindor students he wanted to pull his knees up to his chest for comfort but knew that he’d look silly. He was still flushed from the avalanche of embarrassing moments he’d experienced, at this point his face was probably as red as their house colors.]]
[center [size11 Relief washed over him as he felt the carriage come to a stop at the front of the Castle, he could see the bobbing lights of the first years in their boats over the lake. Camden was quick to disembark the ride, hoping to get away before he could embarrass himself further in front of the quidditch captain. Students poured out from the other carriages, crowding towards the door all of them eager to get to the Great Hall for the sorting ceremony and the beginning of the year feast. The small brunette followed along with anyone until he heard someone calling for him, [b [#f2da3f “Cam!”]] Scanning about him the Hufflepuff soon found the source of the voice, Tasha Balliol. Tasha and Camden had been roommates since their first year and were very close. Blue eyes caught sight of a small but shiny gold pin with a [i ‘P’] on his chest. [b [#f2da3f “Sorry I couldn’t sit with you on the train Cam, all the prefects had to meet at the front of the train.”]]]]
[center [size11 [b [#f2da3f “That’s okay, I sat with Ezra on the train over. Are you excited to be a prefect this year?”]] Camden asked, feeling infinitely more relaxed around Tasha. The taller fifth year had always been a calming presence and it had made sense to Camden that he be made a prefect since he was always looking after everyone anyways.]]
[center [size11 Tasha reached up and pulled at his curls, [b [#f2da3f “Excited and nervous. I don’t want to screw it up. I had nightmares this summer about how I’d be the first prefect to lose their position for the next year. I really don’t want that to be my legacy.”]] Camden laughed lightly, which made Tasha give his goofy tooth-filled smile and relax some of the tension in his shoulders as the two walked into the Great Hall. ]]
[center [size11 The Great Hall was decorated with hanging banners adorned with the school crest, and there seemed to be twice as many floating candles as normal. The long tables were set up with runners in the house colors to help everyone know where to sit. On a normal day it wasn’t too uncommon for students of different houses to sit together, especially at breakfast or lunch, but since tonight was formal, they’d all be sitting at their house tables. At the far end of the room the teacher’s table sat above them, though few teachers were actually sitting they too were standing and talking to one another.]]
[center [size11 Camden sat down next to Tasha still talking about the upcoming year, discussing their schedules and the different courses they were taking. From his spot along the table he could see the Gryffindor table just next to them. His blue eyes swept along, landing on the attractive quidditch star he’d just met and felt his cheeks warming at the very sight of him and the thought of his disaster of a carriage ride with him. Immediately he buried his face in his hands, groaning softly. [b [#f2da3f “You okay Cam?”]]]]
[center [size11 [b [#f2da3f “No,”]] He dragged out the last syllable of the word, [b [#f2da3f “I made a complete fool of myself in front of a cute guy. My life is over.”]] Tasha gently patted his back, probably making his usual face of not understanding but still caring. Tasha was asexual and aromantic so he didn’t much care about that stuff but he was always willing to listen.]]
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The Gryffindor watched the boy's face as he digested Wells's words. It was kind of cute how his face contorted. Wells was surprised he had never really interacted with the small Hufflepuff. But he had to admit, he didn't really pay attention to anyone if they weren't on a quidditch team and even then he was lacking.

[i [b [#efd900 "Ask ... the thestrals?"]]]

The words echoed in Wells ears. His jaws dropped at his response. Slapping a hand to his forehead, Wells burst into laughter. He couldn't believe this guy. Wiping the tears from his eyes, he cleared his throat before opening his mouth.

[b [#741500 "No I meant you could have asked someone who can see them to help you pet them. Also I don't think trying to pet them while in a moving carriage is the best idea."]] He chuckled. He couldn't wrap his head around how interesting this quiet Hufflepuff was. Wells eyes widened when he realized he hadn't introduced himself. [b [#741500 "I'm Wells Anders. I am a Gryffindor sixth year."]]

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[i [#2c0169 [b "Do you want me to leave so you can spend time with your boyfriend?"]]]

The word boyfriend echoed in his mind. A warm blush crept across his cheeks. Running his fingers through his hair, he shook his head.
[b [#efd900 "Vin and I ... I mean um Vinicius and I aren't d-dating .."]] Ezra stuttered clearing his throat. He kicked himself internally for barely getting the sentence out. Did he like Vini? That couldn't be possible. The two were business partners. But just saying the it out loud made his breath catch in his throat. He was acting like such a wienie. There was no way Vinicius would like Ezra.

The Hufflepuff could barely look at Vini at this point knowing very well that Natalie was making fun of him. But he couldn't help but sneak a glance. Vinicius took the whole situation in stride. He just laughed it off. Ezra couldn't figure out why his nonchalant demeanor made his stomach ache. Faking a smile, he chuckled nervously. This was a nightmare.

[b [#efd900 "Hm, my money is on Veronica Kensington or Dalia West."]] He mused with an content look. Both were Gryffindor girls with the ability to woo most any men they wanted. He wouldn't be surprised if it was either of them. Pulling his knees into his chest, Ezra rested his chin and closed his eyes. Human interaction was exhausting. All he wanted to do was talk to Vini about the upcoming year and what they were going to do.


[p Sorry this is a shit post I just wanted to get something up]
  |captain| / muta / 194d 10h 8m 56s
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[center [size11 The entire reason Vini had brought up nonverbal spells was because of the incident from the year before. When it came to Ravenclaws, there was a certain [i look] they took on when they weren't good at something. Especially when that something had to do with lessons of some kind. For Vinicius, that something was dueling. He just could not get the hang of it. Any sort of fast-paced action like that was not suited to him. Everyone had something they weren't good at. Ravenclaws were just very poor at admitting it.]]
[center [size11 [b [#070b59 "Oh, I'll take that bet."]] Vini's crystal blue eyes lit up even more and he sat up straight in his seat. [b [#070b59 "5 galleons says it's Veronica Kensington."]] The girl he was referring to was a Gryffindor. A rather precocious thing that seemed to have been bitten by the love bug the year before. She seemed to have a new boyfriend every weekend, if he kept his numbers straight. The presence of Amortentia would be irresistible to the likes of her. Just like gambling was irresistible to someone like Vinicius Spaulding. They all had weaknesses.]]
[center [size11 The train finally came to a stop, halting their conversation in its tracks. Vini was happy to be getting off the train. It was never his favorite place to be, only a means to an end. He would be much happier when he was set up in the dormitory with all his things. Getting through the crowd was easy enough for someone of his imposing stature. He may have been lean in muscle, but he was quite tall and could see over the heads of the younger students. If he was honest, he hadn't even noticed that Natalie was following him until he found a seemingly empty carriage. He had already climbed inside and began to sit down when he realized who was sitting directly across from him.]]
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[center [size11 Never before had Vinicius experienced the urge to shove a person from a moving carriage as he did in that moment. The urge was directed toward Natalie, of course. She only made it worse with her characteristic quipping. He knew she wasn't going anywhere, if only because she would prefer to make him miserable. He offered her a winning smile that reeked of disdain. [b [#070b59 "Not at all. I enjoy an audience to my most intimate moments."]] The carriage shifted and began to pull away and Vini spared the thestral a glance, as if making sure he could actually still see them. He could. Then he brought his eyes to Ezra.]]
[center [size11 [b [#070b59 "Natalie and I were discussing what we were most looking forward to about the upcoming year. She proposed a bet on which student is most likely to steal Amortentia under the delusion that it's a good idea."]] He couldn't very well talk to Ezra about what he wanted to talk to him about, not with Natalie here. He wouldn't dare reveal any of his secrets to her. [b [#070b59 "Care to make a wager?"]] It was enough to be near him again to sate something inside of him he didn't even know existed. If this was how he was going to react every time he encountered the other boy, he was in for a very long year.]]
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[center [size11 Matilda's eyes widened at his revelation. She knew Wells was good, of course she did, but she never could have imagined that kind of news. Why hadn't he told her before now? He seemed kind of torn about it, and the last thing she wanted to do was make that worse for him. [b [#d20000 "That's amazing. Congratulations!"]] She smiled brightly, a little starstruck all of a sudden. She knew how much Wells loved the idea of going into a career where he could care for magical creatures, but this was sort of a once in a lifetime opportunity. He could always do something else after. [b [#d20000 "Just don't forget me when you're famous."]] She teased.]]
[center [size11 They arrived at Hogwarts and Matilda just barely changed into her uniform on time. She wasn't exactly punctual, having gotten distracted by the conversation and her snacks. She happily took her best friend's hand to avoid getting lost among the crowd. He was much bigger than her, which made it easy to tuck in behind him and let him forge a path for them through the crowd. He finally seemed to settle on a carriage and she watched him pat the thestral, which looked like he was patting air to her. She was kind of disappointed she couldn't see them, but she tried not to complain about things like that.]]
[center [size11 She spotted Camden in the carriage but he seemed distracted and she didn't want to disturb him by saying hi. Unfortunately, it probably would have been better if she did. She was already sitting down when the carriage began to move, sending the meek Hufflepuff boy careening out of it. Matilda only had time to gasp while Wells used his ridiculous reflexes and strength to catch Camden before he could fall to his doom. Of course, then he snapped at him, which only made the other boy start apologizing. Matilda shot him a look, but he was already laughing the whole thing off. At least one of them thought this whole ordeal was funny.]]
[center [size11 Butting in on their conversation, Matilda leaned forward a little. [b [#d20000 "Are you alright?"]] She asked, eyes full of sympathy. She had seen the other fifth year around but still knew very little about him. She wasn't that great at paying attention sometimes. With a smile, she fished inside the pocket of her robe and pulled out a chocolate frog. [b [#d20000 "Here, it'll calm your nerves."]] There was something charming about her bright Irish accent and the way she smiled as she held the treat out toward him. He didn't have to take it, of course, but she knew the wonders of chocolate could cure just about anything.]]
  ᴠɪɴɪ / Roseate / 219d 5h 48m 56s
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[center [size11 Natalie rolled her eyes at Vinicius’s attempt at sassing her back. She noticed how the boy averted her gaze, it was nice so she decided to suppress the part of herself that was tempted to tease him over it. Which was actually really hard because the majority of interactions between Ravenclaws were full of sarcasm and thinly veiled attempts to one up each other at being the biggest smartass in the room. It was amusing how the other houses seemed to think they were these shy bookworms, because if you wanted shy, you’d better look for a Hufflepuff.]]
[center [size11 Unlike her compartment mate she tossed her clothes into her bag. There was no way she was going to waste time folding her clothes when her book was waiting for her. The characters were being idiots and not realizing that they were in a mutual state of pining but that was par the course for most romance novels. Natalie pooled her cloak in a pile next to her so she wouldn’t have to bother adjusting it while she sat down and did her usual bit of unconsciously adjusting her position.]]
[center [size11 [b [#070B59 “Sixth year already,”]] Natalie’s chocolate brown eyes darted up suspiciously at Vinicius as he attempted to make conversation. [b [#070B59 “What are you looking forward to the most, hmm?”]] She arched an eyebrow at the boy in accusation. Vinicius didn’t make conversation with people, especially not people who knew him well enough to know there was nothing harmless about any of his questions. [b [#070B59 “I think I’ll most enjoy the addition of nonverbal spells. I’ve already mastered a few but it’s always nice to guidance of professors.”]]]]
[center [size11 She groaned at the mention of nonverbal spells. Natalie was shockingly bad at them. Her father said it was because she was too rigid and hated to lose control thus her wand didn’t respond well to any attempts because her magic was reluctant. [b [#070B59 “I’m not looking forward to that part of our curriculum. Flitwick started us on some last year in my advanced Charm work class, I nearly set a Slytherin on fire. Not my best moment trying to brush that off,”]] She probably didn’t need to admit any of this but everyone already knew about the incident in charms so it wouldn’t hurt to talk about it.]]
[center [size11 [b [#070B59 “However, I have advanced Potions this year. We were supposed to study Felix Felicis but after the Slytherin quidditch team tried to use it last year to cheat again Gryffindor I’d heard they removed it from the curriculum. But we [i will] be covering Amortentia. I’ll be placing bets on which idiot smuggles some out and tries to drug their crush. At least one person does it every year,”]] She couldn’t help but laugh at the mere thought. It was always a disaster and yet someone was always desperate enough to try.]]
[center [size11 The train came to a rolling stop, as they were finally on Hogwarts grounds Natalie whipped out her wand and shrugged on her cloak. With a simple incantation her trunk floated just a few inches off of the railing above her head and would follow her to whatever carriage she chose. As the two Ravenclaws exited the train they were practically consumed by the crowd. A head of her she could see her younger brother exiting the train with his Gryffindor friends. She couldn’t help but scan the rest of the crowd, craning her head to make up for her small stature, to see if Casey had already made his way over towards the booming voice of Hagrid as he called out to the first years. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to see her youngest sibling before she was forced to move on with the rest of the students.]]
[center [size11 Natalie followed Vinicius, she probably could have gone elsewhere and found others to sit with but she’d rather take her chances on sitting with the platinum blonde than risk running into one of the [i “nice”] Ravenclaws. At least Vinicius had character.]]
[center [size11 The taller of the two seemed to find a suitable carriage and climbed in and Natalie followed suit, settling in next to her housemate. As she pulled her book out once more, she noticed the figure sitting down across from them. Ezra Bollinger. A sixth year like them but in the Hufflepuff house. As she’d heard he was as much trouble as Vinicius and the two were quite the pair. [b [#070B59 “Do you want me to leave so you can spend time with boyfriend?”]] She tossed at Vinicius dryly, her body language indicating that she would rather have her teeth pulled than actually move.]]

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[center [size11 [b [#D20000 “Bloody hell, are you trying to get yourself killed?”]] The boy who had pulled him back into the carriage yelled at him once the brunette was secured. Camden reflexively flinched at the noise. His stomach was sinking and his cheeks burned. He’d never been good at being yelled at, at least he’d gotten over his tendency to cry whenever someone raised their voice at him. Though even as that thought crossed his brain, he could feel a prickle in his eyes. Fortunately, the tears didn’t fall but his eyes had grown glassy with moisture. ]]
[center [size11 Camden muttered out another [i ‘sorry’] as the other boy rain a hand through his hair. [b [#D20000 “You almost died and you’re apologizing?”]] Well, in his defense, he wasn’t apologizing for the part where he almost died but for the part where the quidditch player had saved him and then yelled at him. [b [#D20000 “If you really want to pet the thestrals you should have just asked.”]]]]
[center [size11 Blue eyes widened a bit and his eyebrows knitted together as dumbly repeated back, [b [#f2da3f “Ask,”]] he paused trying to piece the suggestion together, [b [#f2da3f “the thestrals?”]] The Hufflepuff couldn’t see the creatures yet he was somehow meant to ask them if he could pet them? How was he supposed to know if they agreed? He’d never heard them make any noise, but maybe you had to be able to see them to hear them? Suddenly his mind was whirling with confused notions about the thestrals. ]]
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Wells pursed his lips and scratched his head. He vaguely remembered the blonde. She had been a little trouble the year before. The captain knew he needed to find a new seeker after theirs had graduated the year before. Sighing, he smiled sheepishly.
[b [#741500 "Mati you'll have to teach about all the players this year."]] Wells suggested.

The tawny-haired boy rested his head on his elbow and gazed out the window. He watched the trees go by as the train grew closer to the station. His mind wandered. He wasn't sure if he should bring it up to his keeper. Deciding she would understand him most, he opened his mouth.
[b [#741500 "James Monroe offered me a spot on the team after graduation if tryouts go well and I don't know what to do."]] He babbled. He knew Matilda wouldn't judge him for not knowing what he wanted. Most would jump at the chance but Wells had his fears. Would he be good enough? Was he capable of such a huge opportunity.

As the train squealed to a stop like Wells during the Great Feast. It was dusk by the time all of the students were off the locomotive. First years were being wrangled by the woolly groundskeeper Hagrid. Wells grabbed his bags and took Matilda's hand as the two made their way towards their carriage. He had gotten comfortable enough with the Gryffindor and didn't want to lose her in the crowd.

Before climbing into the carriage, Wells gave the skeletal equine a pat on the face and a scratch behind the ear. The thestral shook her massive head and nudged at the boys hand. Grinning from ear to ear, Wells was excited to start the year as a teacher's assistant in the fifth year Care for Magical Creatures. The captain had discovered his knack for creature care and ran with it.

Settling in his seat next to Matilda, he spotted the Hufflepuff from before. The underclassman was oblivious to the two as he inched towards the edge of the freight. Wells watched curiously unsure whether or not to just ask. Before he could make a decision, Camden had leaned too far over and disappeared from sight. Without thinking, Wells reached out a strong arm and scooped up the boy before he could fall to the fast moving ground. Pulling him effortlessly into the seat, Wells let out a sharp breath.
[b [#741500 "Bloody hell, are you trying to get yourself killed?!"]] Snapped Wells. Cam's meek response softened Wells flustered expression. Running his fingers through his now messy hair, Wells sunk back into his seat and shook his head with a smile. [b [#741500 "You almost died and you're apologizing? If you really want to pet the thestrals you should have just asked."]] Wells let out a laugh. It was going to be an interesting year.

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Ezra was surprised that he actually enjoyed the train ride talking to Cam. Although Ezra's preferred company was the ancient creatures of the forest or the comfortable silence that was his own, he rather liked having someone to listen to. Maybe this year the Hufflepuff would try to make friends rather than finding clients. Vinicius Spalding's pale, angular face flashed through Ezra's mind causing the boy to shutter. [i What the fuck?]

Once Ezra was off the train, he gathered his things and turned to Cam but to his surprise, the other Hufflepuff had been lost in the sea of black robes. Sighing, Ezra scratched his head. For a moment he toyed with the idea of turning into a wolf and making his way to Hogwarts on his own but he knew better. He wasn't in the mood to get chewed out. That is to say if it were even possible for him to [i get caught.] Ezra had acquired a certain [i magical artifact] during his first year. It wasn't before long that the boy had been sneaking around the castle and once he was brave enough, off grounds.

Deciding he would be better this year, Ezra found an empty carriage. The thestral pulling it gave him a push searching his pockets for treats. Reaching into his backpack, Ezra pulled out a paper bag full of jerky. His grandmother had perfected a dried meat recipe targeted towards all of her favorite carnivorous creature. Careful not to get his fingers bitten off by the winged horse, he said his goodbye and climbed into the carriage.

Ezra wasn't really surprised when two Ravenclaws joined him in his carriage. Of course it was Vini and Natalie. Ezra didn't know Natalie personally. All that he could gather was the girl hadn't figured out that being on the Quidditch team [i wasn't a personality trait.] Ezra didn't have anything against her. He quite liked the ruthless bitch archetype whether he would admit it or not. Settling into the corner of the bench, Ezra kept quiet hoping maybe the two wouldn't notice him. He was rather good at being invisible.
  |captain| / muta / 197d 19h 32m 55s
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[center [size11 [b [#f2da3f “That’s fantastic Cam. I am really happy for you. We will have to go out and explore together this year,”]] Ezra’s smile was practically blinding with happiness and Camden could admit to some pride in the praise he received from his older housemate. The pride was more because Ezra was so accomplished an animagus that to have him congratulate the boy made him feel as if he’d actually accomplished something of great difficulty. Which he had. But even still.]]
[center [size11 The two boys talked for the majority of ride, laughing and getting on quite well. Ezra spoke of his home and all the magical creatures he’d been taking care of and Camden mentioned his family vacation to Hong Kong and the two phrases of Mandarin he’d managed to learn; [i “Nín hao, hěn gāoxìng rènshì nín”] and [i “Wo bù huì shuō zhōngwén”]. Telling Ezra what they meant had earned him a heartfelt laugh from the other boy.]]
[center [size11 As the sun set and train drew near to the Hogsmeade Station Ezra changed into his Hogwarts uniform while Camden focused his attention on his hands with a blush. It wasn’t a secret that Camden was gay, a point which his roommates liked to tease him on occasionally . And while he wasn’t attracted to Ezra, he still felt it more polite to avert his gaze. Having already been dressed in most of his uniform Camden had only to put on the long black cloak trimmed with yellow and adorning the Hufflepuff crest on the left breast. When the train finally came to easing stop the other compartments seemed to erupt with noise as students began pouring out into the aisles. All of them eager to get off the train and head towards the castle where the welcoming feast was surely waiting.]]
[center [size11 The two Hufflepuff boys were herded out with the rest of the crowd unto the station’s platform. The first years were shepherded by the large, imposing figure of Hagrid the Hogwarts gamekeeper and professor of the Care of Magical Creatures courses. Camden’s gaze was drawn away from Ezra as he heard the booming voice of the grounds’ keeper calling out to the first years and seeing the small bobbing figures of the ten and eleven-year-olds. When he turned back, he’d realized that Ezra had been lost in the sea of students. But being so close to the castle he was less stressed about finding someone he knew than he had been on the train. With the weather so nice the carriages were the open-air category instead of covered.]]
[center [size11 Following the flow of students to carriages he walked ahead knowing that the carriages further away from the platform were the last to fill. While other students dawdled, he was able to find an empty carriage further ahead. He climbed in and turned around his seat closest to the front of the carriage staring at the empty space where the creatures that pulled the carriages were standing. By now all the upperclassmen knew that the carriages were pulled by thestrals, invisible horse-like creatures who could be seen only by those who knew death. Not like people who were dead, though he supposed ghosts could probably see thestrals, but it meant those who had witnessed death or known a loved one to have died. Camden, clearly, couldn’t see them and he honestly pitied those that could but he’d seen illustrations of thestrals, and at times wanted to know how truthful the pictures were.]]
[center [size11 Camden leaned over the edge of the carriage reaching out a hand to a creature he couldn’t see. His hand brushed against soft, warm skin stretched over hard bones. Judging by position he was probably touching the tail. The creature still for a moment before it seemed to relax under his touch letting the child pet at it. The small brunette leaned further out of the carriage trying to feel for more of the creature to pet while also not being able to see it. He was attempting to follow up the line of the tail. As he leaned forward he felt his weight shift making him lose his balance. He tried to regain his balance but he didn’t have the core strength to catch himself.]]
[center [size11 Just as he felt he might actually fall and plummet down to the ground beneath the carriage someone pulled him back by fabric of his cloak and sweater. Now safely in the carriage he was able to get a look at the person who’d helped him and found himself blushing. It was the boy from the train that he’d run into.]]
[center [size11 OH Merlin.]]
[center [size11 Camden felt incredibly embarrassed at this moment. Firstly, because he’d stupidly allowed himself to lean out of the carriage and almost fall. And secondly because this student had practically picked him up like he was nothing and put him back in his seat. The boy was towering over him easily by a foot and now that Camden got a better look at him, he was really, [i really] attractive. Part of the brunette wanted to bury his face in his hands and cry from the mortification he was feeling but that wouldn’t really help him feel better because doing so would also be embarrassing.]]
[center [size11 Realizing he hadn’t said anything he forced his mouth to open, [b [#f2da3f “Um, hello again.”]] [i MERLIN]. This was not going well for him. [b [#f2da3f “And, thank you,”]] His voice wavered and lost some of its volume on the last word. [b [#f2da3f “I’m sorry for the trouble.”]]]]
  вαdgєr / LIVE / 245d 20h 6m 47s
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[center [size11 Matilda kind of hated it when Wells went back to that place. It was like he was the person from before all over again. Sure, it worked. He was intimidating and maybe even a little bit cruel, all under the guise of teasing. But Matilda remembered what he was like before. She had known him then too, before they'd been friends, before he realized what path he was going down. Part of her always worried that he might be tempted to become that person again. She wasn't sure how close he was to that edge anymore. He was such a sweet guy for all intents and purposes, they wouldn't be friends otherwise. At least he'd said something nice about her flying. That always felt nice.]]
[center [size11 Unlike Wells, Matilda knew exactly who she was. She took quidditch seriously enough to know the other teams by heart and where their strengths happened to be. Natalie was a huge strength for the Ravenclaw team, which meant she was a huge pain in the butt for their team. That would be even more evident this year. If they couldn't find a new seeker to rival her, they were screwed, no matter how much the rest of the team rocked.]]
[center [size11 [#d20000 [b "Natalie Porter."]] She sighed, plopping into her seat and dumping her sweets into her lap. [#d20000 [b "She's the seeker for Ravenclaw. A real pain."]] She began the process of ripping open her beans and proceeded to pour a handful into her palm without thinking much about it. After close examination, she picked a bright green one and plopped it into her mouth. To her delight, it was sour apple and not something like grass. This continued for a little while, her putting beans in her mouth and finding out if they were good or not, at which point she spit them back out and disposed of them. When her handful of beans ran out, she realized the conversation had come to a halt.]]
[center [size11 Looking up, Matilda noticed the look on Wells' face. His brows were knitted together and he was chewing like his life depended on it. She watched him for a second and then swung a leg out toward him and nudged his leg with her foot. [#d20000 [b "Hey."]] She wanted his attention on her rather than whatever made him have that look on his face. [#d20000 [b "What's on your mind, big fella? You look like your sweets are giving you indigestion... You're not gonna puke, are you?"]] She drew her foot back again, making a disgusted face at the very thought. The last thing she wanted was to show up at school covered in vomit.]]
  ᴍᴀᴛɪʟᴅᴀ / Roseate / 246d 11h 21m 52s
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[center [size11 As much as Vini would have liked to stay and speak with Ezra, he wasn't inclined to talk about business matters in front of other people. Listening ears were a dangerous tool. And when it came to someone as nice as Camden there was always the risk that he might be less happy to keep secrets from those in charge. As far as professors were concerned, Vinicius Spalding was a model student. He had excellent grades and never got into any trouble. The perfect gentleman, if not a little overbearingly proper at times. If word were to get out about his dealings, his entire reputation among the authority of Hogwarts would be tarnished. No, he could speak with Ezra later, and bring snacks next time.]]
[center [size11 Vini's concern shifted effortlessly from probing the Hufflepuff boy for information to spending the ride in the peaceful bliss of Natalie's annoyance. He knew she wouldn't be happy to see him, which made his presence in her compartment all the more enjoyable for him. He saw it cover her face the moment she returned to find him sitting across from her empty seat, just as pleased as the cat who ate the canary. She seemed even more annoyed than usual. Perhaps it had something to do with the Gryffindors she'd been speaking with before.]]
[center [size11 [#070b59 [b "Ah, Natalie, you're in top form today."]] He scrunched up his nose and nodded sympathetically. [#070b59 [b "That time of the month?"]] He doubted she would honor him with any sort of retort. Those that knew his demeanor best knew the best way to deprive him of enjoyment was to ignore him. Banter was his food and Natalie usually did a wonderful job of starving him out. It would be a long, dull train ride watching her read her book. Thankfully, Vini found himself distracted looking out the window, his mind wandering to [i Ezra] of all things.]]
[center [size11 As they drew closer, Vinicius was drawn from his daydreaming by movement from across the compartment. He hadn't really noticed how late it was getting, so he could be grateful to Natalie for alerting him. However, he wouldn't say so. [#070b59 [b "It's so rare for minds like ours to get lost."]] He commented, a shallow smile on his lips. [#070b59 [b "Thank you for ruining it for me."]] Standing up, he reached for his luggage and pulled out his perfectly folded uniform and set it on the seat behind him. He wasn't a shy boy, big surprise, so he didn't mind changing in front of her either. To keep awkwardness to a minimum, he averted his gaze back to the window as he changed.]]
[center [size11 Vini spent a good amount of time folding his street clothes before stowing them away. He sat back down with a slow exhale and brushed his fingers back over his blonde hair to ensure it was still in place. Clapping his hands together, he looked to Natalie. [#070b59 [b "Sixth year already. What are you looking forward to the most, hmm?"]] One last ditch attempt at conversation couldn't hurt. [#070b59 [b "I think I'll most enjoy the addition of nonverbal spells. I've already mastered a few but it's always nice to have the guidance of professors."]]]]
  ᴠɪɴɪ / Roseate / 246d 11h 42m 13s
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[center [size11 Natalie listened to the Gryffindor girl’s comeback with an arched brow, it was hardly the kind of burning retort that she would get from another member of Ravenclaw but she supposed it was the best they could do. Wells did a much better job than the girl by choosing to use intimidation tactics by rising up to his full height, as a seeker Natalie was already small so the boy dwarfed her. Of course, she wasn’t exactly intimidated by him, there was no way Wells would do anything to her for all his bravado, and if he did, he’d lose his spot on the team.]]
[center [size11 [b [#D20000 “I am sure Matilda could coach you on your flying too,”]] Clearly the boy didn’t remember who she was or he’d know she’d been out flying his seeker the past two years and would undoubtedly outfly whatever new player they recruited that year. And as a seeker she did more maneuvering on a broom than the keeper before her. She kept in a laugh at his lack of knowledge as he gathered up what he’d bought, [b [#D20000 “See you on the field.”]]]]
[center [size11 She smiled with a sarcastic curl of her lips before taking her sugar quill back to her compartment where she found an uninvited guest. Her house mate Vinicius. The platinum blonde boy was a royal pain to deal with. She groaned when she saw him sitting there as if he’d been the one to find the compartment. [b [#070B59 “Great another annoyance. Can’t you go find a rat’s nest to infest Vini?”]] She tossed towards him as she moved back to her bench and picked up her book. [b [#070B59 “I really don’t need someone interrupting my reading,”]] The blonde girl didn’t hate Vinicius or anything but simply found him to be a draining person. The boy was intelligent, as were all their house mates in some manner, but had a knack for getting into people’s business whether he belonged there or not.]]
[center [size11 She reached in her bag and pulled out her robes, they couldn’t have been too far out from the Hogsmeade station now and she had to get into her uniform before they arrived. After being on the quidditch team for two years she hardly cared about changing in front of the boy seeing as she changed in front of the team all the time. [b [#070B59 “Shouldn’t you be getting your uniform on? Or do you plan to embarrass our house by showing up in street clothes?”]]]]
  єαglє / LIVE / 246d 18h 36m 51s
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