Winston Pierce
An advanced student now
Thu Jan 17, 2019 09:48

Winston was eager for new school year. The Pecari had graduated, leaving only The Aladren to give him problems in Quidditch and she (he was pretty sure she was a she) had almost no shot at being named Captain, so she was a much lesser problem than The Pecari had been. In fact, Winston had hopes of being the new Captain. Really, the only person he thought might have a slight advantage due to age was Lily. And while he still didn’t like Lily all that much, he could play with her and she had earned a bit of grudging respect in regards to her Quidditch abilities from him over the last year of being first string Chasers together. So it wouldn’t be the end of the world if she got Captain this year instead of him, but that wasn’t going to stop him hoping for it.

The other good thing about the Pecari being gone was his departure meant Winston and his sister were the sole Pierces left in the school, and so neither of the disreputable branches had a presence here sullying the name anymore.

The feast began. Winston had little interest in the first years. Simon had a cousin in the group, but the boy was enough younger that Winston did not expect to run into him much, even if he got into Crotalus. Prefects were likewise immaterial, as his chance had passed. Except . . . what was Amelia doing up there? Oh, no fifth year Aladrens. Pity it wasn’t Crotalus with that problem. Winston was still a little angry at the staff for picking Victor as the most suited out of the three of them.

Victor hadn’t even gotten Most Representative of Crotalus.

And now the Headmaster was having the prefects plan the concert act to represent Crotalus? Pfft. It should have been Winston wearing that badge. Winston represented Crotalus better. The yearbook said so.

He supposed he could volunteer to help anyway. That would look good for this spring’s Head Boy vote.

Huh, another new Coach? Well, Timothy Kinsell was a better known name in the Quidditch world that Patricia Reilly, though Winston wasn’t sure he’d ever heard of him coaching before. Well, he was probably still an improvement. Coach Reilly had appointed The Pecari as captain, after all.

Good riddance to both of them.

Winston sang the school song with reasonable skill, feeling more confident in the lyrics and melody now that he’d been here so long and was more familiar with both. He didn’t have an amazing signing voice, but he’d had a little musical training before he’d begun at Sonora so he wasn’t going to embarrass himself at least.

Then there was food. Winston was sixteen and it had been hours since his last meal. He was starving and the heaping piles he moved onto his plate reflected this. Nothing too unhealthy, of course, he didn’t want to risk getting out of shape so soon before try-outs, but he desperately needed nourishment before he wasted away.

Once he had taken his first bite, and thoroughly chewed and swallowed it, he turned to make polite conversation with his neighbor. ”Did you have a good summer?” he asked the requisite question after a long break. It was etiquette, not lack of creativity, he reassured himself.

  • Crotalus Table Threads (nm)Admin, Fri Jan 11 23:23
    • An advanced student now — Winston Pierce, Thu Jan 17 09:48
    • Making connectionsJeremy Mordue, Thu Jan 17 06:40
      Jeremy had, he thought, made a pretty decent job of orientation. He had already made A Connection. Felipe De Matteo. Who was an heir. And gracious and polite, and just the sort of person Nathaniel... more
      • Connections are certainly beneficialJulius Astley, Thu Jan 17 18:55
        Julius didn't hold so much hostility towards being at Sonora as he had done the previous year. He didn't frown or glare at anybody as he walked into Cascade Hall and took a seat at the Crotalus table ... more
        • They are indeedJeremy Mordue, Fri Jan 18 07:05
          “Very pleased to meet you,” Jeremy grinned, with something approaching genuine enthusiasm when Julius Astley said it was nice to meet him and held out his hand. Yes! Jeremy shook it, wondering... more
          • You are lucky to make a connection with me.Julius Astley, Fri Jan 18 20:17
            "Welcome to Crotalus," Julius added finally before releasing his firm grip on Jeremy's hand and returning to his dinner. Based on first impressions alone, Jeremy seemed suitable to socialise with... more
            • Indeed soJeremy Mordue, Sun Jan 20 00:25
              “Thank you,” Jeremy smiled, when Julius welcomed him to Crotalus. “It’s the house I was hoping for. I felt pretty sure I’d get it too,” he added. He decided not to point out that it was practically a ... more
              • Let's hope it lasts.Julius Astley, Wed Jan 23 18:55
                Julius reached for the jug of pumpkin juice that stood on the table just in front of him and filled his goblet and offered to fill Jeremy's before placing it back on the table. He quite liked the... more
    • And so it begins.Martin Crosby V, Sun Jan 13 12:44
      Sonora Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry was, Martin decided upon completing his Orientation and tour, adequate. It was a stellar review from the generally apathetic young boy, and one worthy of... more
      • Paralysis at the starting line.Jessica Hayles, Mon Jan 14 21:33
        The afternoon had seemed like it would never end, and by the time they were done with the meet-and-greet and the tour, all Jessica wanted to do was go crawl in bed and hide from the world, rest and... more
    • Cleo had had a fun summer. An interesting one too. She had made a friend back home. After the fun of the magical state fair, she had encouraged her daddy to see if there was anything similar going on ... more
      • I hope not. Felipe De Matteo, Sun Jan 13 02:14
        Felipe was sorted into a decent house, it seemed, and he took a seat proudly at his new table. With an older student based him, he felt rather pleased with himself, and also rather small. Both of... more
        • "Maybe later," Cleo mumbled, when the new boy suggested and selected shrimp. She did not really like fishy things, and shrimp looked little and wriggly and you could almost imagine them swimming... more
          • Americans introduce themselves so strangely.Felipe de Matteo, Fri Jan 18 14:40
            Felipe raised an eyebrow at Cleo's introduction, and pursed his lips in thought. Except that he did none of that on the outside. Maintaining the stoic expression that his father favored for business... more
            • Cleo blinked for a fraction of a second longer than was normal when a hand was held out to her, though quickly shook it because she knew that there was really no other choice. She appeared more... more
              • Proper ones of course. Felipe De Matteo, Sun Jan 27 23:46
                Felipe didn't consider Cleo's pause particularly strange, as he was more than used to people taking each social action only after deliberate thought. He would have almost thought it stranger had she... more
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