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Jack Spencer
Being social
Sat Mar 4, 2017 13:17
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Jack was sure how he was going to tell John or anyone on his team about his temporary 'condition'. If he were lucky, he wouldn't have to tell anyone and no one would ever see him seemingly freak out over nothing. He'd gotten good at hiding it for the most part, except he would start sweating for no apparent reason and his pupils would dilate. Otherwise, he thought he had it under control; his father had given him a good stock of Calming Draught only if it became really bad.

Jack had been improving slightly; the attacks occurred only three times a week now, but they were still unpredictable. Once he'd felt a panic attack come on right before he fell asleep. If he wasn't so afraid of embarrassing himself by breaking down in front of other people, he would have been incredibly annoyed by it every time. His friend Ruby had accidentally figured it out when he'd suddenly felt it come over him whilst they were out for lunch. It'd been an awkward conversation at first, but she was very supportive of him. He'd like her more if she didn't have such a smarmy boyfriend, but that couldn't be helped.

On the wagon ride over, he had his fingers crossed that he wouldn't have one right in the middle of the opening feast. He couldn't imagine running out of Cascade Hall to hide in the loo for a good five minutes or so.

There were quite a few first years this year, and Jack applauded especially loudly for the new Aladrens. He'd been very pleased with his house last year when they won the House Cup, and very proud of his team as well even though they lost the finals. Though Teppenpaw had seized the Head positions this year, Jack hoped to represent his house next year as Head Boy. He crossed his fingers again as he listened to the Headmaster's spiel, hoping for good things next year.

His biggest concern with joining the team again this year was having a panic attack in the middle of a match. Ever since he'd been hit in the head with a bludger that summer, it'd been difficult to muster up the same blinding passion for the sport. There was always a bit of anxiety that tickled the back of his head whenever he joined his team on the pitch.

Jack's hope was to be a Quidditch coach one day as a professor, but as of now he wasn't sure if that was a dream that could be carried through. He would have to see how his progress was and deal with it accordingly. Until then, he'd keep his 'condition' a secret.

Feeling friendlier than usual, Jack smiled at the person sitting near him. "All right? Good to see you again," he said. "How was your summer? Do anything fun?"

  • Opening FeastHeadmaster Brockert, Fri Mar 3 15:03
    It was time for another school year to start. Mortimer sat at the staff table as they all waited for the new first years to come in. Missing from staff this year was Liam Ammon, who had taught Muggle ... more
    • Uncharted territorySammy Meeks, Thu Mar 16 03:04
      She barely saw her mothers the last few days of summer break. After Gia left their Nevada home with her mother and those men, their goodbyes still hanging in there, almost tangible, like maybe if one ... more
      • One last hurrah?Laila Kennedy, Sun Mar 19 22:22
        Laila had spent the majority of her summer behind the church gym with Cal Fullerton and by the time she was back on her wagon to school she was feeling fuzzy and light-headed. She had had a lovely... more
        • I can't stand any more "last" anythingsSammy, Thu Mar 23 01:33
          “ Sammy? ” Reality stole her back, ripping her from the sad little day dream she was having where she was somewhere else. A moment ago, she had been imagining herself young again, more carefree. The... more
    • Another year, another startFinn Scott, Fri Mar 10 11:34
      Moving up into the intermediate class felt like an important thing to Finn. He’d be one of the youngest in his class again, but he would no longer be in the youngest class. He was growing up, and... more
    • Excited for the year ahead!Tess Whittaker, Fri Mar 10 11:19
      Tess’s summer had been far better than her last one, although that wasn’t hard. Finally she’d made some friends in Winthrop (her brother going to the local middle school had definitely helped her to... more
    • Torn.Emilia-Louise Scott, Wed Mar 8 10:26
      Emmy-Lou tried her best to take on every new day with a bright smile. She was a happy person for the most part, but more than anything she liked to see happiness in the people around her. She was... more
      • Where do we go from here?Louis Valois, Thu Mar 9 13:38
        After a good – albeit deep – catch-up with Emmy, Louis was definitely ready for some food. However, as usual he had to wait for the seemingly never-ending stream of small first years to be sorted.... more
    • A pie or a person?Victor Callahan, Tue Mar 7 15:53
      Victor was a big boy now, and it wasn’t his fault that being at home was just a teeny, little bit boring. Even if saying that had made Jehan sad - but then again, it didn’t take much. Victor didn’t... more
    • Some casual bickering.Florence and Dustin Newell, Tue Mar 7 00:53
      Florence craned her neck to look over the tables at the entryway to the Hall. “Do you think they’ll be coming in soon?” she asked her older brother. “What time is it?” “I don’t care,” Dustin stated... more
      • All in good fun, I hope?Amelia Layne, Thu Mar 9 09:48
        Summer had passed quietly, for the most part. Lionel had started working, and while he didn’t seem happy – he was quieter than usual and didn’t sometimes smile to himself for seemingly no reason, and ... more
        • Weeeell, yes and no.Dustin and Flo, Thu Mar 23 01:00
          The moment he heard Florence address someone else, Dustin’s whole body tensed and his teeth clenched. Of course he’d heard her; he just wanted to jerk her around a little bit, a subtle return for the ... more
          • Amelia had to admit that there were situations she’d felt more comfortable in than being glared at by an older student, but she stared back at Florence’s brother anyway. It would be really stupid of... more
    • Making this place home.Brett Newell, Tue Mar 7 00:22
      As the first years were led into the Cascade Hall, Brett’s eyes immediately located the Aladren table. This was an easy feat, because his sister bolted to her feet and waved at him as soon as they... more
    • Stranger in a familiar landCecilia Carey, Mon Mar 6 21:10
      For as long as she could remember, Cecilia had been taught that one indiscretion could easily be enough to ruin someone’s whole life. When she had been taught that, though, all the examples had... more
      • I know the feelingAraceli Arbon, Tue Mar 7 05:35
        Seventh year. It definitely didn’t feel like she should be a seventh year. That was, she supposed, hardly surprising, given that she had actually only spent a small fraction of her alloted time in... more
        • Cecilia smiled again as Araceli Arbon – a safe choice, she thought, for her first conversation of the new year; they were practically family, after all – welcomed her back. “I am, thank you,” she... more
    • I'm a tomatoCleo James, Sun Mar 5 02:05
      The school was impressively distracting. So much so, that Cleo started to forget her homesickness as they looked around. She had attended the local Muggle school in their small town prior to Sonora.... more
      • Why not an apple?Connor Priory, Tue Mar 14 19:22
        So here he was, Sonora. Connor knew he shouldn't be impressed by the Cascade Hall as he should have been used to huge displays of magic but he was. His home was large but not especially opulent as... more
        • You say apple, I say tomatoCleo James, Wed Mar 15 07:14
          “Oh, cool. I'm from Colorado,” Cleo smiled. She had enough knowledge of the magical world to know that being from somewhere and being of somewhere were not the same thing but well… Connor had told... more
    • Excited!Ivy Brockert, Sat Mar 4 14:33
      All her life, Ivy had heard about Sonora and now she was finally here. The school where generations of her family had gone, where all her older cousins had attended or were currently attending, where ... more
      • *noncommittal hand wiggle* Eden Manger, Mon Mar 6 20:29
        Blue for Aladren, yellow for Teppenpaw. Hearing the names of the Houses announced like this by the Headmaster jogged Eden’s memory. Teppenpaw was Jake’s. Aladren, she was less confident but still... more
        • Joining in.Alex Leifsson (and a bit of Madison), Tue Mar 7 21:28
          “What House do you think you’ll be in?” Madison whispered to Alex. She had read about the different Houses in the pamphlets they had received regarding the school. “You’ll probably end up in... more
          • Welcome!Ivy, Thu Mar 16 19:02
            Ivy smiled back. "Nice to meet you, Eden." So the other girl wasn't as excited and she sort of wondered why. Maybe Eden had wanted a different house or was homesick, the latter of which Ivy could... more
            • What an interesting trio this is. Eden, Thu Mar 23 01:17
              Ivy’s smile felt warm, genuine, and almost familiar, so Eden decided that she liked her. She hadn’t made a big deal of their difference introduction styles, so that was generally a positive. Eden was ... more
    • Being social — Jack Spencer, Sat Mar 4 13:17
    • Mirror, mirror on the wall [tag Jozua]Lily Spencer, Sat Mar 4 13:01
      Loads had happened this summer. Loads. First, Adam and Ginny had finally tied the knot and were officially Mr and Mrs Spencer. She’d cried a few tears over the heart-breaking realisation that Adam... more
      • You're the fairest of them allJozua Sparks, Sat Mar 4 22:17
        Jozua's summer had been about as dull as the one before. There'd obviously been the expected lessons his parents insisted he take so he didn't get stupid over the summer and there were the more... more
        • Pish posh.Lily, Sun Mar 5 10:30
          Jozua's outburst and wide-eyed look made Lily suspicious. Was he lying to make her feel better? But Jozua wasn't the sort to lie for that reason. At least, he'd never really done so before, but then... more
          • Someday I'll fly my house to South America for youJozua "Carl Fredricksen" Sparks, Wed Mar 8 14:51
            Jozua wasn't sure what he'd been expecting from his declaration of undying love - okay, maybe if he had phrased it that way, Lily may have reacted differently, but his natural penchant to not... more
            • As long as it's by durable coloured balloons.Lily "Ellie" Spencer, Tue Mar 14 14:00
              As Lily spoke of her English mates, she saw Jozua's facial expression drop. She could imagine the jealousy one would feel hearing their best friend talk about other friends they liked quite a lot. If ... more
              • Of course. Nothing less for you.Jozua, Tue Mar 14 19:35
                "Good," Jozua said, glad and relieved that Lily though she could visit for the New Years Dueling Tournament. Since dad had made the offer, he had alternated between being certain that she wouldn't... more
                • Glad we're on the same page.Lily, Wed Mar 15 06:44
                  The thought of adding additional courses to her timetable made her cringe, but being friends with Muggles with no previous experience was difficult. She was a quick learner in context - she didn't... more
    • Waterfalls in the DesertJen White, Fri Mar 3 15:58
      As the tour concluded, Jen fished out her uniform robe from the small satchel she’d kept with her through orientation. It was relatively neat thanks to her Mom’s charmwork, and Jen tried not to feel... more
      • While brushing off his uniform robe and dragging the back of his skater shoes on the ground, Ryder made his way into Cascade Hall with the rest of his new classmates. Soon he would learn which house... more
        • Oceans are difficult to containJen, Tue Mar 7 15:13
          Wow, it seemed like her smile had been interpreted as an invitation for the other blue kid to keep talking and not stop. Jen was definitely going to have to be more careful about which facial... more
          • That's the beauty of it.Ryder, Tue Mar 7 21:43
            Ryder blinked at Jen while patiently waiting for her to say more in response to the questions he asked her, but alas she just thanked him, gave her name, and asked him the same question she left... more
            • Hard to keep in a school, thoughJen, Thu Mar 9 05:41
              Jen frowned; either Ryder didn’t like her not voicing her excitement, or he’d talked to other people already that day who also didn’t wish to express excitement. He didn’t seem at all impressed by... more
              • Zevalyn's head was spinning from everything she had seen on the tour. It wasn't even just the big things, either. Obviously the potions room looked . . . incredible, she supposed was a good word, as... more
                • You, my new friend, are missing out. Ryder, Thu Mar 9 22:11
                  Ryder was pleasantly surprised that Jen decided to at least humor him and answer his questions. “Beet and cherry juice huh? Sounds...tasty?” He chuckled a bit. “I like cherry alright, but I am not... more
                  • You make friends real quickJen, Fri Mar 10 14:54
                    “Are you a muggleborn, too?” a girl asked out of nowhere. Jen glanced at her, preparing to frown disapprovingly in her direction - so maybe her conversation with Ryder hadn’t exactly been private,... more
                    • This is awkwardZevalyn, Fri Mar 10 21:05
                      Not a muggleborn. Zevalyn felt a small rush of disappointment, and it showed on her face, but she consoled herself with the information that he at least knew - and was best friends with - a muggle,... more
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