Anya Delachene, with Granddad Sparks
Working on my first detention before I even start
Thu Jun 6, 2019 14:27

Anya was so super stoked to be going to see Jasmine’s concert at Sonora, she could hardly contain herself. Not so much for the concert, but for Sonora itself, which she was getting an unexpected early preview of just a few months before she would be starting as a first year. She wanted to see everything.

While her parents stopped to admire a boring old banner, Anya hurried on, intent on seeing the school.

There! Awesome! Just like Jasmine described! A room where the walls were made of waterfalls. It was amazing. Anya ran up to one of the closest cascades and marveled at how it didn’t make any sound. She stuck her hand in it, and yeah, that was definitely real water. Her hand was wet and while it hadn’t hurt exactly, she could tell it was probably literally tons of water crashing down the wall without so much as a splashing sound.

She wanted to see the top.

The curly haired eleven year old looked around, but the only places the walls didn’t have falling water was where the windows were. Well, if that was the only way up, that was what she’d take. There were casements holding the glass panes that should work as foot and hand holds. Having some rope and pitons would make it easier but this was hardly the first time she’d gone without.

Still, that was sheer glass, and pounds and pounds of water rushing down at the speed of gravity. “Hey,” she called to an old guy eating a cookie who looked like he knew the definition of fun. “Spot me?” She pointed up the window.

He looked momentarily confused but then he caught on and grinned. He drew a wand. “Go for it,” he encouraged.

“Thanks, Grampa!”

“Granddad,” he corrected.

“Grandad,” she dutifully amended his form of address with a grin of her own. He was definitely the coolest granddad ever and wondered whose he was and if she could steal him. She had no shortage of other grandfathers - her dad’s dad was French so he talked cool but he was otherwise kind of dull, her mom’s dad was a lawyer and no fun at all and she had to spend almost half of every visit to his house in jail (her mom called it the time out corner, but Grandfather Greer called it jail and Anya figured his name for it was more accurate), and her Uncle Daniel’s dads were in show business and therefore cool by default but the weren’t fun.

None of them, not even Grandma Burbridge’s latest boyfriend who wasn’t even old like grandfathers are supposed to be, would have helped her do this.

“You’re the best,” she told her new favorite Granddad to show him her appreciation, and started climbing.

She was a few feet above the ground when she floundered for her next grip. Just as she was about to decide on one that was a bit dicey, a new one appeared. She looked down, and saw Granddad was was using his wand. “Thanks, Granddad!” she called down to him.

He grinned back and raised two thumbs at her. “Keep going! Teachers are going to start noticing you soon!”

Right. That was a very real concern. Anya climbed faster. She had to see the top before someone stopped her.

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    • ArrivingThe Priorys, Wed Jun 19 00:15
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    • A blast from the pastRyan O'Malley, Sun Jun 16 19:39
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    • Working on my first detention before I even start — Anya Delachene, with Granddad Sparks, Thu Jun 6 14:27
      • Would you like some help?Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Sun Jun 16 00:19
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    • We have a problem Holly Delachene with Raoul and Philippe , Mon May 27 17:17
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      • Ich verstehe nicht.Florian Eckart and Agathe Zauberhexen, Wed May 29 00:34
        Agathe Zauberhexen stood with her son and husband, happily taking in their surroundings. It had been a short trip, of course, but the distance was very great. It was interesting to see something so... more
        • I don’t understand Holly, Wed Jun 5 10:12
          Holly blinked in equal incomprehension to the responses she got in reply to her query as her question had induced in the family before her. Jasmine had said something about there being a pair of... more
    • Fish out of water.Arthur and Rosalie Hayles, Mon May 27 09:01
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      • That's quite alright! The De Matteos, Mon May 27 13:53
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          • I know so. The De Matteos, Mon May 27 22:01
            Ilefonso positively beamed, thrilled to have found that he'd accidentally met the parents of his boy's classmates. "¡Es maravilloso! They must be in the same class, then," he said, shaking Arthur's... more
            • I approve of your confidence anyway.Arthur and Ros, Tue May 28 12:13
              “Yes,” said Arthur. “Jessica. Jessica Hayles.” Jessica, who was causing him such headaches, both professional and personal. Jessica, whom he missed every day. He did not think he had realized just... more
              • Confidence is a man's best strategy.The De Matteos, Tue May 28 14:30
                Leonor's mouth fell open in embarrassment and shame for a moment, before changing into excited surprise. Then, unbidden, words tumbled out of it. "¡Tú también sabes español! Mi hermano dijo que todos ... more
                • Or a woman’s.Arthur and Ros, Tue May 28 17:18
                  “Oh, it’s quite all right,” said Ros, smiling at the little girl reflexively. It was easy to smile at a little girl, even...knowing...what she was. Arthur, predictably, looked intrigued by what the... more
                  • Ah, yes of course.The De Matteos, Tue May 28 18:39
                    Julieta smiled gratefully. She'd been worried about some of the cultural differences that might prejudice others against them for any number of reasons, and she'd been worried that Felipe would take... more
    • A Maarten and two Sparks walk into a schoolStefanie Sparks plus Two, Mon May 27 08:36
      Peter and Stefanie Sparks apparated into the landing area near Sonora Academy. After another moment, a third crack sounded the arrival of Peter’s father. He wasn’t technically invited, being neither... more
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        • It’s the set up to meeting youStefanie and Peter Sparks, Wed Jun 5 15:49
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    • Wow, magic!Damien and Patricia Ives, Sun May 26 19:09
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      • Wow, non-magic!Abraham Jackson , Tue May 28 05:06
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    • Zdravstvuite, sonory!Sem'ya Vorontsovykh, Sun May 26 18:29
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      • Standing and talking nearbyKarl and Hans Hexenmeister, Mon May 27 19:45
        Karl Hexenmeister flooed into the transportation station, carrying Hans, who was just about too big to do that much longer, but Hansel's accent was too uncertain to be sure he'd arrive in the right... more
        • Alleviating boredom.Sonia Vorontsova and Family, Thu May 30 12:46
          Sonia was bored. This was not, in and of itself, inherently unusual. Sonia was often bored. She had, in fact, decided to accompany her family to see Tatya and Katya’s school out of boredom, which was ... more
      • Welcome!Professor Mary Brooding, Mon May 27 12:59
        Mary had been smiling because of course she was smiling. It was part of her job as greeter, but she also couldn't help herself when such exciting things were going on. Plus, she was meeting the... more
    • Party of two? No?Mathias Stones (Evelyn's Dad), Sun May 26 13:31
      Mathias was not eager for the concert, and had honestly considered not attending. The previous year hadn't required nearly so much of his attention, and he hoped that the school would put a stop to... more
      • Nope. Of four.Duncan, Angus and Whitney Brockert , Sun Jun 2 17:31
        Duncan gazed around the Cascade Hall.It had been awhile since he graduated and it was nice to see the old place. Juniper wasn't performing of course, but he still wanted to come see how she was... more
        • Oh, great.Mathias Stones, Sun Jun 2 23:15
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          • Angus-"It sure is!"Duncan, Angus and Whitney, Fri Jun 7 17:31
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            • I'm glad to have met you tonight. Mathias Stones, Sun Jun 9 23:19
              Mathias realized with some self-disgust that he had no idea what Evelyn was good at or if she was actually good at anything. Her mother was as good a potions brewer as any squib could be, and it was... more
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