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Prof. Isis Carter
Welcome home! [HoH speech]
Fri Mar 17, 2017 18:39

Isis rose from the staff table, saying her temporary goodbyes to the rest and making herself apparent for the first years of her House. She had the biggest brood this year, it seemed, which she wasn’t entirely sure was a good or bad thing, based on how the kids of the House of the boar often were. It amazed her that the apparent disturbance before the feast was not one of hers, and in fact, she was a bit amused that it was Nathan and Alfie who’d have the trouble to deal with later.

“Over here, Pecaris!” she called, loud enough not to require use of a Sonorus charm. “Great,” she grinned once she was certain she had everyone. “Welcome to Sonora, and welcome to Pecari, boys and girls. I’m Professor Isis Carter. I’m the substitute professor around here, which means you won’t see me in class unless one of your regular professors is sick.” She thought she might be filling in for Muggle Studies since Liam had vacated the position, which was more than fine with her since it was the position she had actually been hoping for when she’d been hired, but that was an elective, so it’d be a couple years before these kids got that far anyway. “If you’ll step lively and follow me,” she added, “we’ll be on our way to the Common Room.”

From the Cascade Hall, Isis led the first years into the Labyrinth Gardens. She wondered idly if they had passed by the entrance to their Common Room earlier, during their tour, before they even knew about it. Hopefully, if they had, the memory of the happenstance would help them remember the location. “Stick to me,” she said back to them. “And keep in mind that even if the Gardens seem a bit spooky at night, they are perfectly safe. Not to mention, you don’t have to go too far.”

She stopped semi-abruptly beside a suit of armor. Gesturing toward it, she smiled. “This is the entrance to Pecari Common Room. Please keep in mind that its location is supposed to be kept secret from those who aren’t in your House, so don’t spread it around. If you happen to forget where it is or how to get into it, just find me or one of your Housemates, and we’ll help you get back in. This week, the password is Hippogriff hopscotch.”

Immediately, the suit of armor sprang to life and leaped out of the way, revealing the path inside. As she had with the class before, she offered a merry, “After you,” to the student nearest her and let all of them enter in front of her. It was a good way to keep track of them, but it was unfortunate that she therefore couldn’t see their reactions to their new home. Pecari Common Room was tailored to its students. It was a warm place in both temperature and aesthetics, with plenty of comfortable seating, oak tables, and brown and gold decor strewn about. Physical heat was provided by the burning fire, set earlier by a prairie elf. “Welcome home,” Isis said with soft enthusiasm.

“That way,” she continued a moment later, her voice returning to more of a tour guide style, “is the bulletin board. Be sure to check it often, because it will have the new password each week, as well as any announcements, like Quidditch. If you’re interested in that, Joella Curtis is the Captain of the team, so she’s the one who will be putting up a signup sheet soon. Sammy Meeks is her Assistant Captain.” Isis had never been fond of the sport (there were two players whose literal jobs were to hurt people, how was that safe for kids?), but for whatever reason, it was popular among witches and wizards.

“Joella is also one of your Prefects, along with Ingrid Wolseithecrafte.” Gia Donovan, the would-be sixth year given the title, had not returned to Sonora, and Isis wasn’t entirely sure what the school was planning to do on the matter. “If you need anything at all, you can go to them or the Head Boy and Girl. And my office is right over there,” she added with a gesture in that direction, “if you need me. I’ll have a schedule of office hours posted on the door, but if you’re in trouble, I can always be found.”

Isis led the first years across the Common Room to the two identical stairways. “This way leads to the girls’ dormitories, and this way leads to the boys’. If you go down the wrong way, you’ll be re-deposited back out here in the Common Room. Curfew is ten o’clock PM; it’s up to you to go to sleep on time, but you have to be back to Pecari Commons before then. Otherwise, you will be locked out and will have to come to me to get back in.” She had no intention on being too terribly strict with that, just as she wasn’t with timeliness for class, but it was good to at least try to set the boundary. “Does anyone have any questions? If not, you’re free to go explore your new home.”

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