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Michael DiCaprio
Any other new Pecaris?
Sun Jan 28, 2018 21:34
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Michael had never been the quiet type—far from it, actually. He liked being known as the chatterbox even though he knew it was supposed to be an insult. But this, this was something totally different. Neither of his parents had attended Sonora as children and he was moving from his home state to somewhere completely different all by himself. He almost cried when his parents said goodbye to him as he waved to his little brother from the wagon. Nico had definitely cried, but maybe it was because he was glad Mike wouldn’t be around to pester him anymore. He could never tell with him; Nico was such a crybaby.

It felt weird to talk to anyone during orientation and Mikey kept to himself when he got there even though he wanted to talk to everyone. He felt nervous, like the first time he had walked into his kindergarten class. Without knowing which house he was in, he felt awkward and didn’t know what to talk about. All he knew was that he wanted to be an Aladren because he liked the color blue and thought they had a pretty cool mascot. He just wanted to know if his skateboard and notebook of drawings had made it along with the rest of his luggage, and if his bed was comfortable and if his roommates were cool.

Mikey followed his group to Cascade Hall after orientation was over holding his blank badge and felt intimidated by the huge crowd of students. Some of them looked so old and the teachers—er, professors—looked scary. Mikey fiddled with his buttoned-up robes as he waited for his turn. The robes were super comfortable, but he wasn’t wearing anything but shorts and a T-shirt underneath and it made him feel a little more vulnerable than usual, especially being in front of so many other people.

When his name was called, Mikey stepped forward and pulled his badge out of his pocket. He dipped it into the Sorting Potion, wondering briefly what his dad would say about a dozen kids putting their hands into the same container, and watched his badge with bated breath. Please be Aladren, please be Aladren! His badge turned brown and his heart sank. He looked at the table full of Pecaris and sighed before trudging to his new house. He sat down and tried to smile at his new housemates. He’d be with them for seven years and it wasn’t like he could change it.

He didn’t talk to anyone right away since the sorting was still going on, but he glanced around at his fellow first-years. Mikey decided on who he wanted to talk to first before turning his eyes back to the front. A ball didn’t sound that cool and he really wasn’t looking forward to it. If it was like a school dance or something, they’d probably have to find dates and Mikey did not want to do that. Unless there was a super pretty girl. Then maybe he’d change his mind.

They sang a school song and Mikey tried to pick it up, but it went by too fast and before he knew it, it was time to eat. He had eaten a lot of snacks during orientation, so he wasn’t that hungry, but he did serve himself some mac and cheese. It didn’t really taste like the kind Mom made. He missed home already.

Looking up, Mikey made eye-contact with another firstie. “Hi, I’m Mikey DiCaprio. I’m from Colorado,” he said with a smile. “What’s your name?”

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