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Cleo James
I'm a tomato
Sun Mar 5, 2017 02:05
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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. Her daddy was a wizard, but she still needed the basics - reading, writing - and they definitely weren’t the kind of family that could do that by private tutoring. But she had always known it was a temporary thing. Getting to magic school felt like really becoming herself. No more lying or pretending. No more worrying about her accidental magic, and having to wonder how to explain that. There was magic everywhere here. Sure, her daddy used it at home, to lock up the shop, to tidy up… But this was magic on an impressive, showing off kind of scale, the likes of which she’d never really seen. The hall was simply incredible. Cleo thought she could easily spend hours here watching the waterfalls. She’d never seen anything like them in nature, only in pictures…

She lined up with the rest of her little year group. So. Here it was. Sorting time. She was curious but perhaps also a little nervous… She tried hard to be the kind of daughter her daddy wanted. She wanted to be kind and good and hard-working, all the things he valued. But being all those things was such hard work. None of them seemed to come naturally to her as they did to him. She could see a lot of Pecari in herself. She often acted without thinking, but she often regretted it afterwards. She wanted to think things through, and make good decisions, it was just… hard sometimes, especially when she was annoyed about something, or when she wanted it really badly.

She took a sip of the potion and grinned broadly as her skin turned red. Crotalus! The rule-abiding, respectable house. That was good. That was something her daddy would be proud of her for. She had already been mentally writing a letter home, telling him all about school, but now it was even more exciting because she had some good news, not just merely observation. She took a seat with her new housemates, head up and smiling, clearly very happy with where she’d ended up. She listened to the announcements, and tried to join in the school song - it was hard because she didn’t know it and definitely had no idea how to sight read music, but she was happy and so quietly hummed along, a beat or two behind everyone else.

Then they were free to eat. She surveyed the dishes before her. She was a little unsure about some of the foods. Her daddy was a fan of plain and simple, and she didn’t recognise some of the dishes before her. There was a dish of spaghetti bolognaise nearby though. She knew that. She liked that. She helped herself, proceeding to cut her spaghetti into manageable and markedly lower class pieces, rather than spiralling it elegantly around her fork. It was how she’d always eaten it. She didn’t even know that it wasn’t the right way, and - had someone pointed it out to her - would have been baffled as to why spaghetti should receive some special exception to being a food that you cut up before eating it.

“Hi,” she smiled at the person next to her, tucking her short blonde hair behind her ears. Her hair was just long enough to tie into a very stubby little ponytail, but she usually only did this when absolutely forced to for dirty or dangerous tasks. She fell roughly in the middle when it came to sociability. She wasn’t totally removed from others, and didn’t desire to be, but nor was she the outgoing chatterbox who needed to be with other people all the time. She liked people, most of the time. They almost always seemed to like her - a fact no doubt helped along her having a pretty face framed by angelic blonde hair, although she wondered whether being the only witch in a Muggle school had anything to do with it; people certainly seemed interested in her, even though she wasn’t particularly outgoing. Even though they couldn’t know she was a witch, perhaps she just had some kind of… vibe, or aura. She would, on most nights, take it or leave it when it came to having company for dinner, but tonight was the first night, and she wanted to go to bed feeling like she’d started to make some friends. “I’m Cleo,” she introduced herself, giving them a sweet smile.

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