California dreaming on such a winter’s day!
Wed Nov 1, 2017 11:54

Jasmine had lived in the southern half of California for as far back as she could remember. Her parents’ ranch had seen snow before, but she could count on one hand the number of times she had seen it get deep enough to cover the grass. Stepping off the wagon at Sonora in early January was almost more magical than it had been in September.

Leaving her luggage for the elves to deliver up to her room in Crotalus, she walked out into the Winter Wonderland formerly known as the Labyrinth Gardens. Despite the unfortunate fact that it wasn’t currently snowing, she held her hands up toward the sky and twirled, laughing. (Television told her this was the proper way to appreciate snow and as this was magic school snow, she didn’t want it to feel slighted just in case it was marginally sentient.)

She was poorly dressed for the weather - she was wearing a coat and gloves and a hat and even boots, but they were fashionable rather than warm as her home area had been above freezing when she left it and she hadn’t anticipated the Arizona dessert to be any colder when she arrived - but right now she didn’t particularly care. There was so much snow!

Smiling at the nearest student not beelining for the school after getting off their wagon she asked excitedly, “Do you think there are sleds out here somewhere?”

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    • California dreaming on such a winter’s day! — Jasmine, Wed Nov 1 11:54
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