Vladimir Brockert
Here we go again!
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:27

Summer had been an adventure. He’d gotten to go over to Dorian’s house for a while, which was super exciting because Vlad absolutely loved going to other countries. America and even Russia had gotten a little bit stale, but Canada was new and exciting! And he’d also had his friends over a few weeks ago for his birthday, so that was super fun! It hadn’t been that long since he’d seen them now, but he was nonetheless eager for their reunion now that it was time to once again return to school.

He went to Teppenpaw to settle in, although to his surprise, Dorian wasn’t around. But he figured maybe his roommate and friend had other first priorities. That was okay too. He would obviously see him later. So Vlad just went about unpacking and then headed out to find one of his friends or maybe reunite with his sister or Peyton. Either way, he would definitely find someone to hang out with, he was sure.

Then the Opening Feast came. Vlad was somewhat attentive to the Sorting process, given his relation among the first years. There were pretty much always Brockert cousins, but honestly that side of his family was so big and complicated that unless they were close or named Brockert, he sorta lost track. But this time, somebody was here from his mom’s side. His cousin, Martin Crosby IV, had sent his son - the aptly named Martin Crosby V - to his wife Tawny’s alma mater. (Tawny was a Brockert and therefore also related to Vlad technically, but it was farther off, he was pretty sure.) Little Martin and Vlad were not particularly close, mostly due to their vastly different dispositions, but the Teppenpaw felt it would surely be his duty to look after the little guy, anyway. He was in no way surprised when Martin took his place among the Crotali.

What did surprise him, however, was the Prefect announcement. Namely, that his sister hadn’t won. Ivy would’ve made a great Prefect because she was a great big sister and that was, as far as he could tell, kind of a similar thing sometimes. Being a leader, helping people younger than you, that sort of thing. Ivy was great at that. But not everybody could be Prefect, and maybe Eden would be good too. He supposed he should probably be at least a little happy for her; he hadn’t talked to Eden much, but she was Jake, Arnold, and Sally’s little sister, so that made them kind of almost related. And in the brief interactions he had with her over the years, she did seem nice. But still, she wasn’t his big sister, so he decided it was okay to not be that happy for her.

Vlad belted out the school song with as much accuracy to the actual notes before him as one could expect, and then the music faded and it was time to eat. Vlad always liked that part of the feasts, and as he grew up now, he found himself always, always hungry. Mom said that was probably a puberty thing. As a recently turned fourteen year old, he was definitely getting older, although “growing up” was a debatable synonym as he hadn’t gained too much in the way of height. He was still on the tiny side for his age. But he was maturing! He knew that for a fact because his mom told him so.

Once his plate was sufficiently stacked, he turned to a neighbor for some friendly Feast banter, which was just his favorite. “Hi,” he grinned. “Did you have a nice summer?”

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