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Captain John Umland
Quidditch Sign-Ups!
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:56

He had not – technically – done anything wrong (as he was of age, he was perfectly within his rights to leave his house whenever he wished, and when Joe had tried to hit him, he had been standing in a public area making a cup of tea), but John was still surprised to receive a letter from Professor Carter confirming him as the new Aladren Quidditch captain after the regrettable incident with the headmaster. He had expected to be unceremoniously stripped of all honors and to receive a strong recommendation that he minimize his time in public for the rest of the year, but Carter’s letter was written as though nothing had happened at all.

He had been a bit surprised to see Louis recommended over Jack for Assistant Captain, but had, after some reflection, decided he did not have the energy or interest to inquire about it. He liked Louis and did not wish any further unnecessary interaction with the Minders. If Jack or Louis had a problem, they would work it out later. For now, he had to put together a sign-up sheet.

He had borrowed Clark’s basic style from last year, though with white writing on blue paper because the white on black effect had hurt his eyes a little. The name of the team was printed in block letters at the top of the page, and then beneath it was printed a short message:

Happy New Year, classmates! Sign up below for the Aladren Quidditch team and help us reclaim our place as school champions. All are welcome, just write your name and year and desired position below.

Below was a white sheet of paper with a grid of black lines drawn on it. John wasn’t sure why they asked for the student’s year, but it had always been done as far as he knew and so he included a square for that and wrote his own details in the first row: John Umland, 7th, Capt/Beater. He posted it prominently on the board, hoping this would remind him to twist arms if he didn’t get enough names the polite way, and went to confront the unappealing prospect of sleep. He had signed up for an extreme course load and knew that now, after...everything, he needed every advantage he could get if he was going to handle it all.

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        • I'm open to discussion.Jack, Mon Mar 27 12:12
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