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Brett Newell
Making this place home.
Tue Mar 7, 2017 00:22
67.140.80.14

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 were within view of one another. Brett grinned and waved back. He saw Dustin’s look of irritation. Heh. Good.

As his Sorting grew increasingly close, the eleven year old pondered what House would be the most fun. Pecari sounded cool, from what Flo reported. And she was in Aladren, but the drawback of that was that Dustin was too. Crotalus with Makenzie could be nice, but he thought that House sounded pretty boring. Following the rules wasn’t his style anyway, though, so he doubted he’d go there. Teppenpaw was the nice people, from what he understood, but he was a little worried that they’d be too nice, constantly saying “I’m sorry” and “excuse me”. Like Canada, but worse.

He gulped his share of the potion eagerly, and he was quite happy with the result: Pecari. If he had known more about the House, Brett would have been in no way surprised that this was where he belonged. Still, he waved again to his sister, this one slightly more tame, weighted with a “see you around”, and took his place among his new Housemates.

“Hi, I-” Brett turned to greet his neighbor, but then the Headmaster was talking again, so he stopped. Headmaster Brockert announced the prefects - Dustin didn’t win, which was great - and Head Students, said something about a midsummer event, and then suddenly they were singing. Brett didn’t sing, but he did hum along as best he could. He could read music, ish, but it had been a while, so he was just following by ear, and trying to do that and sort out words sounded like way more effort than he was willing to expend.

The first year held his excitement for just a moment, making sure the Headmaster wasn’t about to start up again, before turning once more to his neighbor. “Hi,” he said again. “Sorry about that. I thought he was done. Anyway, I’m Brett. What’s your name?”

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    • Making this place home. — Brett Newell, Tue Mar 7 00:22
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