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Jasmine Delachene
I have arrived.
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:49

Jasmine looked out the back of the covered wagon, watching the ground pass beneath her. This was higher than her horses usually flew, but the height didn't bother her. What bothered her was that she couldn't see the ranch. She scooted back to a more interior seat and worried about how awful the homesickness was going to get it it was already this bad when she didn't think they'd even left California yet.

Or maybe they had. Her stop had been pretty close to the Arizona border and it wasn't long before they started another descent. No, it was just another boarding stop. Could be Arizona though. She wasn't sure what exactly the wagon routes were. She looked around the platform, not expecting to recognize anyone, but still irrationally disappointed when she didn't see her mom anyway. It just looked enough like the last platform, where she'd left her family, that it seemed like they should be here, too.

Soon enough the wagon took off again and then landed and took off until finally it stayed aloft long enough to reach the school. Jasmine didn't live terribly far off, so it was only about an hour and change since she boarded, but she was still glad to be done with the bumpy vehicle. Her dad had put a featherlight charm on her trunk but she still stared at in dismay because it was big and bulky and she was not. Fortunately, the guy helping people off the wagon told her the elves would get it so she happily abandoned it where it lay.

Following the signs, and being diverted from exploring the gardens by the older students and grown-ups guarding the crossroads, she found her way to the Orientation clearing. They hadn't had these during her parents' day, but the food looked delicious so she wasn't going to complain. She filled a plate with fruits and splurged on a large chocolate chip cookie the size of her face then went for one of the green folders as well. She popped a grape in her mouth and looked around at the other students, wondering if any of them were princesses like herself. Arianna was too old to be here at orientation, but Jasmine was looking forward to catching up with her friend sometime later. As their mothers were best friends, Jasmine considered the older girl the closest thing she had to an older sister. And they had more in common than she did with her actual sister. It would be good to be living in the same place now. Jasmine hoped to get into Arianna's House, and thought she had at least a decent chance at Crotalus. It was more likely than Aladren at any rate, but both her parents had been Pecaris so she really wasn't sure.

There, that girl was wearing nicer looking jewelry than Jasmine was. Based entirely on appearance, she looked promising. Surely nobody with such expensive tastes in accessories could be too unmannered. If they got into the same House though, Jasmine didn't want to monopolize her here and there, and it would be better to risk the uncouth now than over a meal where she couldn't make her excuses and move on.

Mom told her it was very important to make the right friends at Sonora, especially since she was technically a half blood (Mom being a muggleborn, thus giving Jasmine two muggle grandparents). Well, Phillippe, Mom and Dad's only biological child, was technically a halfblood. Only Merlin and Jasmine's biological parents, whoever they might be, knew what she was. She'd just have to prove she had the good breeding without having the pedigree that let it be taken for granted. Her mom had done it as a muggleborn, so it was definitely possible. With the right friends.

Jasmine just needed to find some Ladies of her own.

She was still analyzing all her options and culling them down to high and low likelihoods of being satisfactory friend material, when Professor Xavier interrupted her study to make his speech. Most of it she already knew, but there were a few details that were new to her and she committed them to memory.

He finished talking and told them to mingle. But before she could target a person of her choice, someone else targeted her. She turned toward the voice and smiled politely, giving a slight curtsey that was not in the least bit hampered by her green folder or her plate of food. Her silvery dress was unfortunately hidden by her uniform robes, but her coiffed hairdo (protected by preserving charms cast by her mother to guard it against the winds and bumps of the wagon ride) and delicate matching jewelry she wore around her neck and wrist should further indicate she was a from a good family.

"Hello," she returned, the very picture of good manners, "I am Jasmine Delachene, of the California Delachenes." That branch consisted entirely of her nuclear family, as her grandparents were living in France again now and Dad had no siblings, but they weren't unknown in pureblood circles. The Delachenes were a respected pure family (or they had been pure, up until Mom married into it) and Mom had more pure blood friends than Dad did. Her family was wealthier than Dad's was, too.

  • First Year Orientation Nathan Xavier, Fri Aug 11 10:43
    Nathan greeted the students as they disembarked from their wagons, helping anyone with the last big step who needed it, and telling them to leave their luggage for the elves. For the first years - or ... more
    • As long as there is sugar, I'll be okay.Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Aug 14 08:39
      Tatiana could have gotten down from the wagon herself, but she accepted the assistance the fat man (some kind of servant, she assumed) offered because she knew that was what Mama would want her to... more
      • Sugar is good.Gary Harper, Thu Aug 17 16:52
        Gary was grinning like a fool when the flying wagons landed on the school grounds. That ride was awesome! He'd never really though about what kind of magical transportation wizards would use.... more
        • I'm glad you agree.Tatiana, Thu Aug 17 22:44
          Tatiana tried to work out if this one had a patronymic or not. She finally decided it didn’t much matter. They were both children, which meant it was acceptable for them to call each other ‘Tatiana’... more
          • Rumors abound about the perils of excess thoughGary Harper, Sat Aug 19 07:23
            Tatiana's response gave Gary pause for a moment, then he remembered the part of the professor's speech about language assistance for those not fluent in English. Maybe Tatiana wasn't a native English ... more
            • Eh, you only live once.Tatiana, Sat Aug 19 17:23
              The second iteration of Gary’s question made more sense. Tatiana filed away this new meaning of parts - shorthand for ‘parts of the country’. She nodded her understanding. “I come from Alaska,” said... more
    • Freedom?Jehan Callahan, Fri Aug 11 16:02
      Jehan was small for his age, with faraway eyes and hair that was cut a little too short for its natural curliness to really show. Of course, his curls were nowhere near as wild as his brother’s. He... more
      • From older brothers Dorian Montoir, Fri Aug 11 23:50
        Dorian stepped off the wagon and tried to tell himself that he did not feel... That word for when things were too much. He was sure there was such a word, a single word or maybe two word combination... more
        • Well, mine isn't too badJehan, Sun Aug 13 16:14
          Jehan was a little thrown off by Dorian’s assumption, not really having considered that as a possible response. Still, there was logic to the other boy’s question. It was a big world, and who knew... more
          • Lucky youDorian, Wed Aug 16 22:20
            "Oh, I am sorry for misunderstanding," Dorian apologised. "My English is terrible," this was a conclusion he had been forced to reach in the past ten minutes. Prior to disembarking the wagon, he... more
            • Lucky you, it sounds like!Jehan, Sun Aug 20 07:01
              “No, I quite like your English,” reassured Jehan, not wanting Dorian to think badly of his language abilities. After all, people often said that Jehan didn’t always make much sense (even if Jehan... more
              • I'm starting to feel that wayDorian, Mon Aug 21 05:35
                Jehan liked his English. Dorian was not quite sure whether this was just a way of saying that his English was fine, or whether it meant something else -that there was something special and different... more
                • Yes, this is all going very well!Jehan, Wed Aug 23 09:55
                  Jehan beamed at Dorian as the other boy said that he made sense, and that he had good thoughts. No one had ever said that to Jehan before. His flights of fancy were seen as, at best, amusing, if not... more
                  • Then let's keep goingDorian, Fri Sep 15 00:48
                    "Yes, that will be very good! And I can also read some more harder English with you to help," Dorian nodded, glad that Jehan had brought up the idea of shared language study so that he didn't have... more
    • I have arrived. — Jasmine Delachene, Fri Aug 11 12:49
      • So much open space!Parker Fitzgerald, Fri Aug 11 15:44
        Parker Fitzgerald got off the wagon with the other students around him. He heard someone talk about elves, and remembered the buying of school supplies and the new creatures Sullivan had introduced... more
        • Eh, I've seen moreJasmine Delachene, Fri Aug 11 21:06
          The boy didn't recognize her family branch, but judging by the way he then stepped on his food and that she didn't recognize his surname, that was not indicative of any failing on her family's fame... more
          • A Subject I know!Parker Fitzgerald, Sat Aug 12 16:49
            The girl was talking about California bordering Arizona, and Parker imagined his grandfathers house and trips to the Salton Sea. He was thinking about this that he almost missed her comment about... more
            • A subject I love!Jasmine Delachene, Sat Aug 12 19:42
              Jasmine nodded as Parker stated he expected he'd be a Pecari. "My father loved it there," she encouraged. Her mother had mixed feelings; Mom had loved having a room to herself, and being with Dad,... more
              • Invisible horses?Parker Fitzgerald, Tue Aug 15 19:51
                Parker was glad to hear that her father liked it. But the absence of her mother gave him pause. Did he mishear about both her parents being Pecari? Or maybe it was a male heavy house. Parker could... more
                • Yes, of course, an invisible horse!Jasmine, Sat Aug 19 17:16
                  Jasmine smiled fondly in remembrance, "Well, the first time, I was probably only three or four, so Mom rode behind me to make sure I didn't fall off. Honestly, I don't remember not riding Flossie, so ... more
                  • Everyone looks like an idiotParker Fitzgerald, Tue Aug 22 12:07
                    Parker was a bit spell bound. Stories of horses flying, and this seemed so mundane to the Jasmine. He paused when she mentioned not knowing how to ride a bike. He had never thought that the people... more
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