Heinrich Hexenmeister
oh nein
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:50

One month ago, Heinrich Hexenmeister had been living in Zauberstadt, Germany with his parents and two younger siblings. Three weeks ago, he'd been uprooted from his home country and installed, along with his siblings, in the home of his uncle, Karl Hexenmeister, in Utah. Uncle Karl had resigned him from the German school he had been expecting to attend, and enrolled him instead in an American school one state south of his new residence. Which would be fine, mostly, if they spoke German, or Heinrich had ever spoken English to anyone but his English tutor before in any context other than English lessons. He was good at English, as he was at most of his lessons, but it was a lesson. He had never expected to actually need it for anything but directing a British tourist to the town's inn.

Instead, he was on a flying wagon, crossing the foreign environment of the American West, which looked nothing at all like the old forests where he'd lived his life up until now, surrounded by people talking in a language he could follow some of, but which mostly just sounded like gibberish unless he was really concentrating on it. He kept to himself, which would have been normal behavior anyway, and read his book - Learn to Read English With Fairy Tales! - and hoped he was ready for this.

He got off the wagon in a greener area than what they'd been flying over, but it still looked foreign to him. Hedges were no substitute for towering dark trees in his opinion. The professor guy pointed him to signs he could decipher, so that was promising, so he followed the arrows, got some food, and looked at intimidating blocks of English text in the folder hand-outs. He sighed and closed the folder and promised himself he'd try to read it later, as an exercise in learning English if not for its own sake. The guy from the wagons joined them some time later, and began talking a lot. Like, really a lot, and Heinrich got some of it, but he fell behind and got lost and stopped trying after a while. This was not promising at all. At least he had German versions of the text books, so even if he couldn't follow the lectures, he could at least read the books and follow the curriculum that way.

Eventually, the guy stopped talking, and everyone else seemed to be just talking amongst themselves, so he figured that was probably what they were supposed to be doing. "Hallo. Ich -" Oh right, English. "I am Heinrich," he introduced himself. "How goes it to you? No," he frowned in concentration. They said it differently in English, "How are you?" That was it.

  • First Year Orientation!Nathan Xavier, Fri Jan 19 12:32
    Nathan Xavier, the schoolís heavy set middle aged Herbology professor, greeted the students as they disembarked from their wagons, helping anyone with the last big step who needed it, and telling... more
    • Why am I here at all?Masha Adin, Sun Jan 21 11:11
      Masha couldnít wait to get out of the flying wagon. It didnít strike her as safe. Why canít they use planes or helicopters, like everyone else? she thought as she stepped to the ground. There was a... more
      • Socializing...Leilani-Alana Akau, Thu Jan 25 19:16
        After walking away from a few other first-year students, Alana searched the crowd for someone else to introduce herself to. She wasn't by any means a social butterfly, but she had enough Pureblood... more
        • What do I do now?Masha Adin, Fri Jan 26 19:41
          Masha focused on her plate, and that was a mistake. She managed to lower her eyes long enough, when she raised them again she noticed the girl approaching. For a brief moment, she hoped that the girl ... more
          • Deep breaths. In...out...Leilani-Alana Akau, Sat Jan 27 18:08
            Alana noticed that Masha seemed very nervous, so she smiled to try to calm her nerves ó both hers and Masha's. "Ooh, Kaua'i is nice! My family is from O'ahu, but I've visited all the islands at least ... more
            • Pureblood? Muggle?Masha Adin, Fri Feb 2 19:08
              Alana was nice. That was relaxing. She told her from which island she is and Masha was relieved, she didnít insult the girl. She was glad that she wasnít the only one concerned about different... more
    • oh nein — Heinrich Hexenmeister, Sat Jan 20 10:50
      • Oh yes! Sylvia Mordue (with a little bit of Nate), Sat Jan 20 15:39
        Sonora was going to be a success for her, Sylvia was sure. This belief was partially founded on the fact that Simon, her older brother, was doing relatively well here. Part of that was the dumb luck... more
        • Mingling...Leilani-Alana Akau, Sat Jan 20 18:40
          Just barely a month ago, Leilani-Alana Akau had been in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach in the shade whilst watching her older brother tackle her father into the sparkling water. Now, however, she was... more
          • OOC answersDH Skies, Sun Jan 21 06:09
            Hi Alana, Just to answer your questions. Yes, multiple people are allowed to join the thread so it's fine that you joined us, and yes, there is then a posting order - the same order is maintained,... more
            • AnxiousHeinrich Hexenmeister, Sun Jan 21 15:54
              The girl he had approached seemed to take many more words to answer his introduction that had been used in his Conversational English unit. Heíd gotten Good Day, that was easy enough. And then he... more
              • Being soothing.Nathaniel and Sylvia Mordue, Mon Jan 22 11:10
                Oregon, Hawaii, and Germany. Nathaniel supposed Sylvia would be pleased; they were networking with the whole globe within minutes of landing at Sonora. ďItís nice to meet both of you,Ē he said... more
                • Trying to remain in characterLeilani-Alana Akau, Mon Jan 22 21:35
                  Sylvia Mordue of the Oregon Mordues introduced herself, and Leilani-Alana forced a smile. She knew a lot about body language and tones of voice, and she could tell that Sylvia was wondering what... more
                  • OOCDH Skies, Thu Jan 25 02:52
                    Okay. The thread will carry on between us without you. As Alana is now free, may I suggest you reply to Masha, as she's still waiting for someone to talk to?
                    • Right thenHeinrich Hexenmeister, Fri Jan 26 07:08
                      "Danke," Heinrich said in response to Nathaniel's compliment of his English skills, then grimaced and repeated, in English this time, "Thank you." The easy phrases like that, he knew how to say in... more
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