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Lyssa Fitzgerald
Expecting the unexpected...
Sun Jul 22, 2018 20:07
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Parker had told her a lot during the summer about Sonora. Her mother had seen to that. Parker though wouldn't talk a lot in front their parents, and especially in front of JJ, about the wider world Lyssa was about to enter. Luckily JJ had gotten a job working on construction projects in the valley, so he had been gone most of the day times. With their parents also gone, Lyssa had pushed Parker on a number of fronts.

She'd learned about the clubs, the classes (or as much as Parker could describe them, meaning some were more coherent and understandable than others, the grounds themselves, and the people.

She knew what a few of the professors might look like and some of the surprising things Parker had found, for example the lack of telephones and internet was real, he wasn't making it up to make their mom feel better.

Still, when Lyssa had gone shopping for school she had been shocked and surprised by everything. The little elves running around everywhere. The moving pictures on newspapers and the paper signs that seemed to change colors and shapes, not to mention the animals.

Lyssa had stared in wonder at one elf in a coffee shop for so long that she had felt the need to talk to it and apologize. She had started to talk to it, when Parker had pulled her back mentioning that wizards don't normally have conversations with the elves. Lyssa thought that was a bit rude, and had gone back and apologized to the elf for staring and for being pulled away before leaving with her brother.

She was equally amazed by the flying wagons. The looked like ones people used to ride out west. She had been in one of those when she was younger, before Parker left, and this one was quite similar. Except it flew and was much more comfortable of a ride. Though Lyssa assumed it was because the air was easier for the wheels than the ground. She had loved the wind blowing through her hair, but after awhile it had become a bit too much and she had tied it back in a simple pony tail like when she had played soccer before.

After they had landed and before they had gotten off Parker had pulled her aside, "I can't go with you to orientation, but good luck and expect the unexpected ok?"

Without waiting for a response he had jumped off the wagon and gone off somewhere. As Lyssa looked at the back of him as he walked down the pathway, and could feel the excitement. She was here, finally. After hearing about it, and dreaming about it since she'd heard about it, she was actually here on the campus. She felt both so grownup being on her own and also so nervous that it might all come crashing down.

As she walked down the pathway the nice man with glasses had motioned to she began to worry a bit.

What if everything went wrong and it turned out she didn't have magic after all?

"No. They wouldn't make that mistake. They have to have some kind of indicators to know."

"But what if you go to class and nothing happens? Do they send you home? Do you have to sit there not being able to do anything?"

Thoughts like this continued as she went and picked up her folders and began to read everything carefully. She was just about done examining the map when the nice man with glasses spoke. He seemed to be speaking slowly, and from the experience of having done it herself, Lyssa wondered if there was someone here who didn't speak English. Mark one thing she had not expected.

The nice man was a Professor. That wasn't surprising, and if Lyssa thought about it hard enough, that was expected. His name was Professor Right. Taught Charms. He taught the Right Charms.

Got it. thought Lyssa. Trying to memorize his name the way her mom had taught all three of her children.

As he continued she realized that she knew most of the things he was telling her, flying lessons, the testing (which sounded like the SATs when Parker had mentioned them), and office hours.

When Professor Right mentioned English classes Lyssa looked around to see who might be nodding, but snapped her head forward at the mention of not knowing basic math. Lyssa tried to think of a situation where someone wouldn't have learned basic math and couldn't. She had loved math, and part of her had worried about going to Sonora and not studying it any more. She hadn't thought that there might be students who didn't know math.

This was such an unexpected fact that she stopped listening to what Professor Right had been saying for a bit only to came back at the mention of sorting. Though Lyssa had heard Parker's breakdown of the houses, he hadn't used the same descriptions. Lyssa found herself liking Professor Right's descriptions better.

As Professor Right ended his talk Lyssa looked around at the other first year students. There was one whose lipstick was bright orange and Lyssa found herself walking towards her. She didn't wear make up usually, but she found the color striking, and it reminded her of something Teagan would wear. When she saw that orange lipstick had started a conversation with someone else she turned towards the drinks not wanting to jump in.

Taking a swig of the drink Lyssa's eyes opened wide. It tasted so good, but was a taste she couldn't name. Bringing her cup down from her non-orange lips Lyssa turned towards another student who'd come to get a drink.
"This is delicious, do you know what that taste is?"

  • Welcome to First Year Orientation!Professor Grayson Wright, Fri Jul 20 15:21
    As they disembarked the wagons, returning students might have been slightly surprised by the figure waiting to greeting them, helping any down from the wagons who required such assistance and... more
    • Hello, everyone. It is so nice to be here.Katerina Vorontsov, Tue Jul 24 17:52
      The first year class was not, from Katya’s perspective, a very large crowd. When all her family was home, her own household – her parents, their six children, the governess, the tutor, the gardener... more
      • I'm afraid I don't agree.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 10:57
        Julius Astley was already intensely annoyed upon his arrival to Sonora Academy. The ride in the wagons had been uncomfortable and bumpy and the fact that he'd had to share seemed only to enhance his... more
        • I'm sorry to hear that.Katerina, Wed Jul 25 12:53
          Julius. That was an interesting name. Julius had been the name of the first Caesar – a Roman, but the western Romans had built the great Eastern empire, and Russia was the heir of the Eastern empire. ... more
          • It's my father who should be sorry.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 13:14
            Julius blinked at Katerina, unsure whether to take her question seriously or not. Maybe he was wrong in his assumption and she wasn't a Pureblood after all. Surely she wasn't attracted to the idea to ... more
            • Whatever he did is hardly my fault.Katerina, Wed Jul 25 13:41
              The look on Julius’ face let Katya know at once that she had somehow said something wrong, but it was only when he started talking that she became really concerned that she had somehow gotten English ... more
              • I never said it was.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 19:55
                The situation that Julius now found himself in wasn't an uncommon one. It wasn't the first time that he'd offended someone enough to cause them to snap back at him. Though, in Julius's mind, he felt... more
                • "I won't dignify that with a response," she responded.Katerina Vorontsov, Wed Jul 25 20:58
                  She was not, Katya decided in the moments after Julius stormed off, going to give up wearing hats just yet, even if she concluded it was definitely not the custom of proper American young ladies.... more
    • Expecting the unexpected... — Lyssa Fitzgerald, Sun Jul 22 20:07
      • Looking for troubleMalikhi Hill , Mon Jul 23 10:03
        Malikhi hardly listened to 'Professor Wright', being more interested in looking around. Anyway, he was talking rather slowly and sounded rather dull as well as looked it. He hoped it wouldn't all be... more
        • The trouble with trouble, is it starts out as funLyssa Fitzgerald, Mon Jul 23 12:51
          Lyssa looked over at the boy standing next to her. He sounded so proper, though that was really just his accent. She enjoyed hearing him talk. Something about him though made her think about her... more
          • Well, fun is never bad...Malikhi Hill, Mon Jul 23 16:36
            Malikhi took her hand and shook it firmly. His father had taught him to be mindful of his handshake. A limp and clammy handshake indicated weakness and if there was one thing Malikhi certainly... more
            • I'm not so sure about... you see where it becomes trouble?Lyssa Fitzgerald, Fri Jul 27 08:42
              The handshake was firm. It almost felt like the boy was trying to prove something to her with it, which Lyssa thought was entertaining. There really was no reason to do so. She returned the handshake ... more
              • Yes, I do see...Malikhi Hill, Fri Jul 27 09:15
                Malikhi held in a laugh. It was rare that anyone managed to pronounced his name correctly the first time and it amused him each time. It was like his own personal trick and he didn't even need to put ... more
      • OOC for aboveLyssa Fitzgerald, Sun Jul 22 20:13
        I was so intent on editing the above post that I forgot to write the OOC which is: The post above has words and actions for Parker. As I write Lyssa's brother Parker as well, so I am not writing for... more
    • Is it too soon to throw up?Evelyn Stones, Fri Jul 20 19:17
      Evelyn peered at the bespectacled wizard as he finished his introductory speeches, and then at her peers. She wasn't sure what to make of any of it. Her eyes fell, as they tended to, on the food and... more
      • It's not my preferred friend-making techniqueNess McLeod, Sat Jul 21 05:22
        Ness stepped off the wagon and into the gardens. Finally! It felt like it had taken forever to get here – both in terms of the wagon journey that day, which had been pretty long, but more in the... more
        • "Interesting" indeedEvelyn Stones, Sat Jul 21 12:15
          Evelyn smirked and then smiled. "Yeah," she said. "I guess so." Evelyn hadn't said it before, but she supposed it was actually pretty cool that they were finally at Sonora. It was certainly better... more
          • Curioser and curiouserNess McLeod, Sat Jul 21 12:36
            “Odd is probably a compliment too, if I say it,” Ness nodded, finding that so far, Evelyn seemed to be a likeable person. Someone who valued words like ‘odd’ and ‘interesting’ over and above ‘nice’... more
            • Re: Curioser and curiouserAnonymous, Sat Jul 21 13:23
              (OOC-- Thank you, I definitely forgot to count and panicked and ahhh!!) Evelyn was intimidated to meet someone whose family was obviously entrenched in the school's culture, but also wondered if it... more
              • Cheesy jokesNess, Sat Jul 21 22:25
                (OOC - no worries. Posts also have this sneaky habit of looking longer than they are until you click ‘submit!’) IC “Professor Wright,” Ness reminded Evelyn, when she referred to the teacher as ‘that... more
                • The best sorts of peopleEvelyn Stones, Sun Jul 22 03:31
                  Evelyn smiled. And then she kept smiling. "I think you're a pretty good person, Ness," she decided, grateful that growing up in the company of adults made it easy enough to be forthcoming about such... more
                  • We are indeed Ness McLeod, Sun Jul 22 04:36
                    “Thanks,” Ness beamed, really genuinely touched by Evelyn’s compliment. Ness felt like a good person - a believer in all things good and fair, like equality and human rights and stuff. It wasn’t... more
                    • With sandwiches like theseEvelyn Stones, Sun Jul 22 11:30
                      Things were looking up and Evelyn was pretty satisfied she wouldn't be kicked out anytime soon. She was still dreading the idea of sitting in class and just hoping she could produce some acceptable... more
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