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Sylvia Mordue
This is not going to plan
Fri Jan 26, 2018 23:20
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Orientation had been an interesting experience. They'd had a rather slow and difficult conversation with Heinrich, who was of German extraction and undetermined blood status, and a presumably non-S girl had given up on trying to talk with them, which Sylvia was taking to be a positive sign because she didn't want to talk to nobodies anyway. The tour of the school had probably been the most interesting part because even having an older brother who could tell you all sorts of things about the place didn't make up for actually treading its hallways yourself, starting to know your way to your classes, and, for when you pictured yourself studying with your big group of friends, knowing what the actual library you would do it in looked like.

And now they were lining up, ready to be sorted. Sylvia was excited to see who her and Nate's housemates would be. She already knew many of them by reputation, as Simon had told her who to look out for in Crotalus (almost everybody) and she'd even met her brother's friends before. Mostly, the only surprises would be who they were to room with. She had read a lot of boarding school stories, and having an excellent roommate was the cornerstone of school happiness. She hoped she would have a closeknit dorm with other society girls, where they could talk about boys and do make up together.

Sylvia went first, and her badge turned the beautiful shade of scarlet that she had predicted it would. She wasn't allowed to hang around for Nate, but started towards the Crotalus table whilst he dunked his badge. She hadn't got far enough to have split off to the different tables by the time he was following, but a glance at his badge told her that something had gone horribly wrong. It was yellow. Sylvia stared. This wasn't right at all. They were cousins – more than that, they were best friends. They did everything together. And Crotalus was where the most respectable people went. Was the potion judging Nate? No damn potion was going to judge Nate and find him wanting! But what could she do? She couldn't exactly challenge the potion – not only because only crazy people yelled into cauldrons, but because this was school and you had to do as you were told. She just hadn't thought the school would ever tell her anything as idiotic as to sit at a different house table than Nate – or rather, tell him to sit at a different one than her, as she was where they were meant to be. As he got to her, she reached for his hand, determined that he should join her in his proper place in Crotalus. It was the simplest solution – she would just take him with her, and they would sort it out later, because it was obvious that this was a mistake.

“It's okay,” he reassured her – perhaps mistaking her hand grab as a search for reassurance rather than an attempted kidnapping. Sylvia however, looked thunderstruck. It was definitely not ok by her, and she had that steely look in her eyes that she got when she didn't get her way, and thought that arguing rather than crying was her best option. “We can't make a scene,” he advised her. She hadn't been going to make a scene, she wanted to argue. She had just been going to take him with her and look after him like she was supposed to, and sort it all out. But she knew what he meant. He did have a rather literal flag pinned to his chest, and it was going to be hard to smuggle him across without having to do some explaining to someone – someone who might be cross and unreasonable about them technically breaking a rule. They would have to go their separate ways for now but she would do the explaining at the first available opportunity, and get Nate brought over to Crotalus.

“I'll sort it out,” she promised, dropping his hand, giving him a very sad look as she had to abandon him to his miserable, yellow fate. Teppenpaw. It was just... tragic.

She made her way over to the Crotalus table, making sure she smiled. She didn't want anyone to think she was miserable about her sorting, when it was exactly what one should hope for. She needed to make a good first impression on her new housemates. She applauded politely for the prefects and the head students, and sang the school song quietly but tunefully. The announcement that interested her most was the ball. Even if it was just a school ball not a society ball, she was excited at the chance to dress up and dance. She really hoped someone would ask her to be their date. Maybe even one of her brother's friends. She was very mature for eleven, after all.

“Hello,” she smiled pleasantly at the person beside her. “I am Sylvia Mordue of the Oregon Mordues.” She had often had to introduce herself without Nate, at parties and the like, so it wasn't like she was in a firm habit of presenting them as a pair, but it still felt a little bit strange not to be meeting all their new housemates together.

OOC - all god-modding (writing for another character) of Nate approved by his author

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