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DH Skies and Headmaster Brockert
The Ball
Sat Jul 7, 2018 06:22

There was rarely a convenient time for a school wide epidemic and a quarantine, but the ball year was especially bad timing, given that they usually relied on a certain amount of outside entertainment. The good news was that everyone would be going home, something Selina had announced to the students the week before exams. The disease was still something of a problem, and there was not yet a satisfactory cure - things had progressed a little, in that those working on it had found a potion that suppressed the accidental magic bursts, which meant that the symptoms could be tackled earlier on and reduce potential damage and danger. The potion had the undesirable side effect of suppressing all magic, and so had not proven particularly popular with the adult population. However, for school children who weren’t supposed to be using magic in the holidays anyway, it was a reasonable option, and was enough of a solution that they were all going to be free to go. Whether individual parents felt it worth curbing the accidental magic or not was up to them. There was also the risk that a few of the more mischievous students might use it as a license to mess around with magic in the holidays, but happily that was not going to be the school’s problem. In just under twenty four hours, there would be blissful, quiet weeks stretching out in front of all of them where none of it was their problem….

One thing that had been their problem was entertainment for the ball. Usually they had live entertainment, but finding a band all of whom had been through the illness and thus could breach the quarantine had been impossible, and by the time it had been lifted, it was too late to book anyone. Thinking of a way around this problem had led to a rather fun idea to celebrate the house cup winners. Instead of a live band, they had a large enchanted jukebox, ready to play everything from classical waltzes to the latest magical and non-magical chart toppers. Selina was quite pleased with this solution, it seemed rather fun, and the hall seemed no less festive for the lack of musicians - as usual, the house tables had been removed and most of the room was taken up with a large sprung wooden dancefloor. Around the edge of the room were smaller tables where small groups could sit and talk should they prefer not to dance, and against one wall was a large buffet with a variety of refreshments. The staff were stationed around the room, aiming to keep an eye on everyone - the normal ball risks of people spiking the punch or couples trying to sneak off paling in comparison to what a cocktail of jealousy, hormones and accidental magic might bring down upon them. Selina would most likely end up heading up those forces. Mortimer would kick off proceedings, but he tended not to involve himself with the students very much. Case in point that, as the students assembled, she was pulling the prefects and their dates out of the group - and indeed checking they did indeed all have someone to perform the opening number with - before leading them into the hall, whilst Mortimer waited inside to greet the rest of the student body.

The ball was, overall, Mortimer’s least favorite school event. Teenage hormones. Terrible music. Socializing. No scotch. How could one have a party with no scotch? That’s why parties meant for teenagers were barely tolerable because alcohol was the only thing that made socializing tolerable. He’d probably end up sneaking away and letting the rest of the staff chaperone. Which was basically his policy in general, come to think of it.

First though he had to give a speech, for lack of better word. Introduction might have been more accurate. Why one needed to be introduced to a ball, he wasn’t sure as Mortimer felt that even the dimmest Pecari could figure out what they were supposed to do.

He stood and cast the Sonorus Charm on himself. “Welcome to our Midsummer Ball. Our house winners will be announced halfway through the ball. Each member of the winning house will receive a token for the magical jukebox which is providing this evening’s entertainment. Before that though, we will have some more traditional dancing, and to open the evening, our prefects and head students,” With that Mortimer sat down and removed the spell from himself.

Ten minutes. He’d give it ten minutes before he’d sneak away. There was, after all, plenty of scotch waiting for him in his office along with a model of knee splitter-a device built of spiked wooden blocks that would be placed on either side of a person’s knee and screwed together until their knees split. Which was pretty much what going to a school ball felt like to him.

OOC - welcome to the ball. If you have a prefect without a date, Selina would most likely let you off the opening dance, unless there was another dateless prefect she could quickly pair you with. Ask in chatzy if this affects you. Other than than, have fun, and try not to kill anyone. You can set your posts at any point during the first half of the evening, i.e. you can post as if the prefect dance is over, if that’s more interesting for you.

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      Clothing, unlike jewelry, was not something Tatiana had ever given much thought to. Papa would have his people bring in beautiful collections of jewels for his daughters to select gifts from, but... more
      • See the lights, see the party, the ballgownsDorian Montoir, Wed Aug 1 09:17
        The trouble with trying to surprise an Aladren was that they were just too darn logical. The suggestion of getting ready together had been rebuffed as impractical, and Dorian had regretted making... more
    • Having a little fun (tag Fabian)Ingrid Wolseithcrafte, Sat Jul 21 10:11
      The evening was off to a relatively interesting start - certainly a surprising one. Ingrid had been ready for the ball - or rather had thought she was ready - when Tatiana had crossed paths with her... more
    • Masquerading is appropriate at a ball, right?Danny Fox-Reynolds, Thu Jul 19 09:17
      The chances were that the headmaster was a homophobic old fusspot. The chances also were, according to Selina, that he would not put any effort into figuring out how any of the miscellaneous adults... more
    • The best kind of ball is the kind you fetch (tag N and S)Raine Collindale, Thu Jul 19 07:55
      The ball really didn't hold much promise of excitement for Raine. She had fond-ish memories of the one in her second year because she had spent the evening hanging out with her friends, but the whole ... more
    • Free agent right hereIsaac Song, Wed Jul 18 01:36
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    • Hoping for a non-dance (tag Jasmine)Michael DiCaprio, Wed Jul 18 01:34
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      • Jasmine was severely disappointed that none of the boys in or near her year had asked her to the ball. Not Gary. Not Parker. Not Michael. Not anyone. In a moment of pique, she almost decided not to... more
    • Hoping this goes reasonably well (tag Georgia).Joe Umland, Tue Jul 10 19:47
      Julian, Joe thought, had been all but born to be a mother. Taking care of things and making people feel vaguely ashamed of themselves until the point where she became annoying were both seemingly... more
      • Everything crossedGeorgia Kirkly, Tue Jul 17 09:25
        Georgia had been prepared for dress shopping to be a complete nightmare, and at first it had been - the first few things she had tried on had all made her feel completely hideous to the point that... more
        • Overall, Joe thought things were going well so far. He had a date at all, which meant he would not have to bring further shame on the name of the house of Umland by either doing something stupid or... more
    • Making an entrance.Lily Spencer, Tue Jul 10 14:24
      The package had arrived for Lily three days before the ball, a week after she’d already ordered her robes. She’d perused through wizard’s catalogues secretly before bed for several days, wanting to... more
      • You did that very wellJozua Sparks, Wed Jul 11 12:58
        Jozua stood in front of his mirror, studying his reflection doubtfully. The dress robes were nice enough. Surely not up to Grandmother Maartin’s standards, of course, but definitely more... more
        • Now to keep the momentum going.Lily, Thu Jul 12 20:41
          Jozua looked smashing and Lily’s stomach fluttered. It wasn’t the same overwhelming butterfly sort she’d felt with Geoff or Alex, so she didn’t think much of it. Primarily, she was concerned with the ... more
          • Like a rolling stoneJozua, Fri Jul 13 20:59
            She was blushing. It was kind of cute. Better not to mention it though. Jozua knew from personal experience that only made it worse. Oh, and now she was holding his hand. That was . . . nice. He felt ... more
            • "Sam'll be my pretend name, Octavia Lee will my alias." Lily appreciated Jozua for remembering those details - they were ever so consequential in pretend realistic spy situations. Spencer was her... more
              • There are some doozies in our past, tooJozua, Fri Jul 27 19:52
                "Got it," Jozua nodded, committing the name and alias to his short-term memory. He doubted this character play would come up again much in the future, except maybe as an inside joke, but he did want... more
                • We certainly can't forget those.Lily, Wed Aug 8 22:34
                  Jozua was a surprisingly good dancer. She wasn't sure what she had expected, seeing as they'd hardly danced together before, but she was admittedly surprised. It was actually enjoyable - not tense... more
                  • I’ve tried. It doesn’t work.Jozua, Tue Aug 14 14:15
                    Jozua grinned as Lily assured him that climbing trees was not out of the question tonight. And they called Aladrens problem solvers. “Right, good plan,” he approved. “Probably try transfiguration... more
    • Cleo really wasn’t convinced that she wanted to go to the ball, but she was going anyway, for two reasons. The first was simply that she wasn’t sure she had any choice. She hadn’t ventured to ask,... more
      • No princes here, and I don't think any pumpkinsParker Fitzgerald, Mon Jul 9 12:27
        The tie had been a hassle. The spell hadn’t worked the first four times he tried it and one of the times he felt he might strangle himself in the process. He had grown frustrated and threw it across... more
        • So far, so goodCleo, Tue Jul 10 07:25
          For a second, Parker looked like he was going to reach out and play with her hair, but he stopped. Had she imagined that was his intention, was she being paranoid, or had he nearly but then stopped... more
          • Worts, Walls, all kinds of flowers hereParker, Fri Jul 20 13:57
            Cleo didn't know all the flowers. For a second Parker was stunned. It was as if someone had told him the sky wasn't blue, but actually undulating purple. He was skeptical at first. He quickly... more
            • “They’re a band?” Cleo asked. Although she spent a lot of her life listening to the wireless, her daddy had always preferred talky shows, nice radio dramas, or shows that played that music that he... more
              • Me & Cinderella, we put it all togetherParker, Sun Jul 22 18:48
                Parker nodded to Cleo's question. He realized that possibly the Wallflowers weren't popular in the wizarding world. "They, umm, are a band my parents listened to. The one my dad used to play a lot is ... more
                • We could steal time just for one dayCleo, Sat Jul 28 05:57
                  “Oh, I might know it. That sounds familiar anyway,” Cleo mused. And if it was something Parker’s parents listened to, then that made sense with the rough age of her musical experience. The version... more
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