Zara Jackson
Be yourself - everyone else is already taken
Sat Jan 5, 2019 22:40

Zara stepped off the wagon and followed the signs for first year orientation, telling herself firmly that she could do this. She was sure it was perfectly normal to feel a little nervous on your first day of school. It didn’t mean that this whole thing - coming to boarding school instead of being homeschooled like her cousins and her sister - had been a really bad idea. It was going to be fun. It was going to be an adventure. She was going to learn a bunch.

She listened to the orientation speech carefully. It felt familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. She had read up on the school, on the courses offered, and the houses, and the curriculum and the exam structure… She knew it. But it was sort of different being told it. These were no longer printed words in a glossy pamphlet. They were no longer one of the options on the table. They were her life. Ok, if she hated it, she could go home, but she wanted to be able to do this. And it was now seeming startlingly real that she was about to have to. But there plus sides too. The gardens so far looked great, and there had been the ride on the wagons, and the school building itself looked cool, and she was wearing her uniform - it was all so schooly, and it was finally real in an exciting way as well as a scary one.

Once Professor Xavier finished talking, she made her way over to the refreshments table, grabbing some juice and a brownie, and pondering how to go about the next step: making friends. There were a few different things that made people like another person. Sadly, the first was pretty shallow and it was be beautiful. Faces were the first thing other people saw, and they liked pretty ones, sometimes to the extent of not caring about what was underneath. Zara was beautiful. Her hair stood out from her head in magnificent defiance of gravity and there was a little gap between her front teeth in her very toothy smile. She was aware that other people might therefore disagree with her self-assessment on the beauty front, but it was what she thought that counted. True, it might not help her in the making friends stakes, where other people were going to wield their own opinions against her, but it was still what counted. She liked her natural hair, and her auntie had helped her give it a deep condition and extra moisturising over the weekend, so it was, for a given value on her own personal scale, somewhat behaving itself, displaying its best ability to do curls rather than just frizz. She even liked the gap in her teeth, which her dad said was lucky - a fact which was born out by the fact that he had one too and was having the best time. She wasn’t sure if this was official folk wisdom anywhere, or just something her dad had come up with but it meant she had always liked her own smile. If other people weren’t going to like it, she supposed she could keep her mouth more closed so it didn’t show.

Another reason people liked another person was if they were good at something. Zara was good at a great many things. She could ride a bicycle, rewire a plug, and operate a microwave (basic functions). She had been the under 10s champion of the Boston Muggle Cultural Center’s ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ competition when she had been nine. The fact that there had only been a handful of entrants did nothing to undermine this achievement, as she had had the indisputably awesome score of ninety-five percent perfect with a streak of twenty-one correct moves. She was acutely aware that these achievements would be meaningless to almost all of her peers. Some, because they were Purebloods who thought all Muggle technology beneath their notice and attention, and others because they had just as much or more exposure to the Muggle world as she did, and could also do at least two of these. There were maybe a few people like dad, who had previously had limited exposure to the Muggle world but found it fascinating, though her best hope was to find someone who knew enough about video games to actually got her ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ achievement but wasn’t super into them because that was all she had. Or find someone who thought plugs were cool. From what she had gathered, most Muggleborn children did learn to ride bikes and use a microwave but rewiring a plug was a skill not widely possessed by most children, or even some adults. However, it also appeared to not be regarded as particularly interesting, on the whole. She supposed she could not mention it.

She could. But she wasn’t going to. That was the thing. There were lots of ways you could get people to like someone. But there was only one way to get people to like you and that was to be yourself. And Zara had never seen any reason to be anyone other than her big haired, gap toothed, plug rewiring self, because who she was awesome. She didn’t need anyone in her life who thought otherwise. So, that was the plan. She was quite sure that not everyone was going to like her, but she was going to find the ones who did, and not give a damn about the rest. As there was no time like the present, she made her way over to a nearby classmate, giving them a broad smile.

“Hi,” she grinned. “I’m Zara and I’m from Boston. It’s so cool to finally be here!”

  • First Year OrientationProfessor Nathan Xavier, Fri Jan 4 12:42
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    • Be yourself - everyone else is already taken — Zara Jackson, Sat Jan 5 22:40
      • Sound advice.Beatriz Couthon, Sun Jan 6 15:07
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        • I can teach you many thingsZara, Sun Jan 6 23:16
          "That's cool," Zara said when Beatriz described herself as from Texas and Quebec. Her tone was genuinely interested and it was clear she was happy to hear more on that subject if Beatriz cared to... more
          • So could I.Beatriz, Mon Jan 7 17:46
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            • Yay, learning exchangeZara, Tue Jan 8 02:43
              "That's nice. It's good to have a familiar face," Zara smiled when Beatriz mentioned her cousin. "Oh," she said, surprised when Beatriz said her twin brother was going to a different school. Ok, she... more
    • This all sounds very adequate.Felipe De Matteo, Fri Jan 4 19:48
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      • We'll seeJeremy Mordue, Sat Jan 5 21:16
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        • We certainly will.Felipe De Matteo, Sat Jan 5 21:45
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          • I think I'm coming round to itJeremy Mordue, Sat Jan 5 23:06
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            • No, no, you'll have to do a lot more to come around. Felipe De Matteo, Sun Jan 6 18:25
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              • Yeah, well... so will you. Jeremy Mordue, Thu Jan 10 07:05
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        • Gott sie DankHilda, Sat Jan 5 08:42
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            • Jippeh!Hilda, Sat Jan 5 14:40
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              • Du bist meine neue Familie.Johann Leonie, Sat Jan 5 15:03
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                • Und du bist meineHilda, Sat Jan 5 18:30
                  Friederike Albert. Obviously Johanna Leonie's parents liked double names as much as her own liked the letter H. "Hansel is younger than that," she told her new friend. "He won't be here for a while.... more
                  • Jetzt haben wir Schwestern. [Now we have sisters.]Johanna Leonie, Sat Jan 5 21:24
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                    • Das ist gutHilda, Sat Jan 5 22:19
                      Hilda laughed and agreed, "Yes, Hans is very cute. If we get to be roommates, I will show you a picture." She supposed she could still show Johanna Leonie a picture even if they weren't roommates,... more
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