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Louis Valois, Beater
But hawks definitely do!
Mon Nov 21, 2016 14:13
46.218.37.42 (XFF: 10.139.70.229, 127.0.0.1)

Waking up and glaring disbelievingly at his alarm clock, Louis was just about to roll over and make proper use of his Saturday by going straight back to sleep when he realised that it wasn’t just a Saturday, it was the Saturday! He immediately sat bolt upright and threw off the covers, stretching his arms up into the air and then tumbling slightly dramatically out of bed. He wasn’t going to miss the Saturday by sleeping in!

A quick shower later (approximately the length of Ugly Heart, a muggle song he’d discovered over the summer) and he was dried, dressed, and heading down to the Cascade Hall to fuel up for the first Quidditch match of the year!

Truth be told, Louis had been a little disappointed when the team roster had gone up on the Aladren noticeboard. Offering to change position had been a calculated decision, and he still didn’t regret it, but he was going to miss being part of the chaser trio with Arianna and Jack. He enjoyed spending time with them, and was going to have to make sure to see them outside of practice more. Jack was in his classes, so that was easier, but he’d have to make a special effort to spend more time with Arianna. After their summer adventure, he felt closer to the younger girl, and wanted to continue their friendship.

Slight disappointments aside, there were definitely positives to being a beater. It was refreshing to play a different position in the sport, and John was pretty cool, and very helpful with showing Louis the ropes. He’d gratefully read everything on the reading list given to him (Louis liked to do his research, especially seeing as he hadn’t played beater before!). Luckily, his flying ability and hand-eye coordination gained from chasing transferred well to being a beater, and Louis was in pretty good shape so strength wasn’t much of an issue. He’d spent a lot of time enthusiastically training, both with John and with the chaser team. All in all, he felt well-prepared for today’s game.

As well as feeling good about himself, Louis was confident in the Aladren team. He’d done the comparisons with the Pecari team, and didn’t think the Aladrens came off too unfavourably. Their chasing team was a little weaker (although Arianna had more experience than Lily Spencer, and Jack had more experience than Ingrid), but their beaters were well-matched. The seekers were well-matched too, although Clark did have many more wins to his name than Jamie did, so the evidence suggested Clark being the better seeker. Both keepers were new, even if both could already fly, and Lena had the advantage of being older, bigger, and stronger, whilst Luke was only a little first year. Yes, Aladren were back in with a chance, and with even more determination after their narrow defeat last year.

Louis nodded along to Clark’s pre-game speech. Taking out Joella Curtis was definitely high on his list, and Ingrid too if he got the opportunity. He wasn’t letting whatever was going on between them affect the game. Right now, she was just an opposing chaser, and a dangerous one at that. John’s last-minute advice was much appreciated, and made Louis even more confident. They had trained long and hard, they had (hopefully) prepared for any eventuality. They were Aladren, and they were going to win!

Joella started off with the Quaffle and, whilst this might seem bad, it did increase the chance of a chaser interception. Having no Joella on the other end of the pass was a good thing. But chasing wasn’t his job anymore, so Louis pushed those tactics to the back of his mind and went on a bludger hunt. Annoyingly Ben got there first, and the other bludger was in use. Narrowing his eyes, Louis tried to think tactically. Who would Ben send the bludger at? Kit was rather close to a Pecari chaser and- yes, Ben was aiming at Kit. Louis shot after the bludger, not quite fast enough to deflect it from Kit, but luckily she managed to dodge (he sent her a mental apology), and now he had control of a bludger! Wheeling round, he managed to get in front of the bludger, his bat the only thing between him and the ugly ball of metal. Joella started to pass, and Louis grinned. An adrenaline-driven thwack sent the bludger straight and hard towards the chaser Joella was aiming at. See how they liked that!

  • Hippos don't fly.Kit Reid, Chaser, Fri Nov 18 23:35
    Excitement was not a strong enough word for this day. Today was the first day that Kit would be playing her first real competitive Quidditch game. She had worked hard to learn all of the plays and... more
    • But hawks definitely do! — Louis Valois, Beater, Mon Nov 21 14:13
      • Better late than neverIngrid W, Chaser, Sat Nov 26 03:06
        Match day was always exciting. Ingrid had always been driven to do her best for Liliana because she admired the older girl, and things hadn’t changed with the passing of the torch. But as well as... more
        • Glad you think soBen Pierce, Beater, Sat Nov 26 13:17
          Ben watched as his bludger successfully scare the smallest of the Aladren chasers off course, opening up a passing opportunity. He didn't watch to see if it was taken, but instead followed the... more
          • If a Pecari, better neverLouis Valois, Beater, Sat Nov 26 16:01
            Ingrid managed to neatly avoid Louis’s bludger and, whilst he was glad not to cause any injuries, this was Quidditch and Louis could be a rather competitive player. Ingrid’s barrel-roll meant his... more
            • Never underestimate a Pecari.Cpt Joella Curtis, Chaser, Sat Nov 26 18:29
              Joella could breathe again once Ingrid was safely on her way with the Quaffle. The younger girl did a good job of making the catch and dodging a bludger pretty much simultaneously. The captain sped... more
              • Yeah, what she said.Luke Powell, Keeper, Sat Nov 26 18:43
                Luke weaved through his hoops with ease, handling his broom so casually and confidently. He was a natural sportsman and he liked training hard so Quidditch worked out nicely for him. The first year... more
                • I beg to differLouis Valois, Beater, Sat Nov 26 19:09
                  Annoyingly, Joella had manoeuvred her way out of a nasty bludger accident (well, not that he was actually wishing bodily harm upon the older chaser), but at least Louis’s actions had made sure she... more
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