Zevalyn Ives
The waterfalls are as close to an ocean as I've ever seen
Thu Mar 9, 2017 09:25

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 it bore the connotations of both amazing and not believable. And the library was just, wow. Then there was the strange looking sports field. They all stood out and proclaimed as clearly as a Morgan Freeman narration that this was a magic school and that the concept of real life had ceased to exist.

But then there were the little details, like portraits that moved and even talked. The lack of electricity. The complete wrongness of the everyday items laying about in the muggle studies classroom as subject material. The casual mention of elves doing the housecleaning. These were the things that really nailed it home that this was her new reality. Enough of the other people surrounding her just walked past these things like they were totally normal and the teacher guy didn't bother trying to draw attention to them, like he didn't even see them. If this had been made by normal people trying to convince other that magic was really real, they would have pointed out all the ways it was used to make everyday life easier, instead of just saying, "Here's the witches' toilet." And then moving on while a painting of a Renaissance lady tartly ordered him, "You ought to tell those elves to get in there, Professor. Someone splashed water all over the floor."

And then instead of using that as a launch point to talk about what the heck elves had to do with wet floors in the bathroom, they guy just stuck his head in a nearby classroom and called out, "Hey, Bonny, we've got a spill in the girl's bathroom, could you check that out? Thanks." Then there was a faint cracking sound and they carried on with the tour but s she walked past and looked through the half-opened door the professor hadn't closed behind him, all Zevalyn could see was a half full dust pan in the middle of the floor.

And then they entered into the aptly named Cascade Hall, and her mouth fell open as she stared around the place. Having lived her whole life in Arizona, she couldn't help but feel most of her state's water supply was crashing down the walls right here in this room.

She tore her eyes away from the waterfalls as a goblet started getting passed around, and she watched a few other people changed colors before it became her turn. She had read up on the Houses enough to know she was fairly solidly Aladren material, so she wasn't too surprised when she turned blue. She felt ridiculous, yes, but not surprised.

Self conscious about her coloring, she sat sown near some other people who were similarly hued instead of trying to find more people closer to her age. She was going to be in beginner classes anyway to start with, so she may as well get to know some of her classmates anyway.

First, though, there were people getting badges and an announcement of a concert next summer, and a school song (she didn't sing as she didn't know the tune). Then she was startled by the sudden appearance of a vast array of food onto the table all around her, and by the time she had gotten over surprise and filled her plate, two of the blue first years were already talking to each other.

At one day shy of her fourteenth birthday, she felt weird trying to join the conversation of two younger people, so she just watched them them and listened (she didn't think it counted as eavesdropping when she was being this obvious about it). The one boy seemed pretty friendly and she smiled at him a little in sympathy when the girl was not matching his enthusiasm, and she thought about inserting herself then, but then the girl loosened up a bit, and she wasn't sure if she should or not now.

Also, she wanted to know the answer to why Ryder's best friend wasn't here. She doubted it was the same reason why hers wasn't (having your best friend be the squib daughter of the muggleborn liaison officer assigned to watch your untrained muggleborn self until you could accept magic was real seemed like something that wouldn't happen very often) but if he was muggleborn, too, then it was reasonable to guess his friends were muggles, and it would be reassuring to know she wasn't the only one who found all of this to be completely new territory.

She decided to compromise. She would join the conversation. But she'd expand on Jen's question which could technically be answered without providing the one detail she most wanted to know. "Are you a muggleborn, too?" she asked almost hopefully. Then she worried it was rude to ask questions like that without providing a basic introduction, she added quickly, "I'm Zevalyn. A muggleborn from the suburbs of Pheonix."

OOC: Xavier is mine so I can write for him.

  • 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
    • The waterfalls are as close to an ocean as I've ever seen — Zevalyn Ives, Thu Mar 9 09:25
      • 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
            • Trying to make things less awkward...Ryder, Sun Mar 19 22:45
              While Ryder was waiting for Zevalyn to respond to him, Jen seemed ecstatic about his reply and began asking questions about skating. Zevalyn raised her eyebrows at him, which left Ryder in the... more
              • Okay, less awkward, whateverJen, Wed Mar 22 05:35
                He brought his board with him. Ryder had a skateboard, and he had it with him. Why did her mom hate her? Why? His skateboard was in his dorm room, right now. Jen's skateboard was in her bedroom at... more
                • Maybe for youZevalyn , Wed Mar 22 09:12
                  After the earlier brush off and obvious interest both her Housemates had in skate boarding, she was uncertain whether or not declining Ryder's offer to teach her would result in being instantly... more
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