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Lena Westley, Keeper
Watching and Waiting
Wed Nov 23, 2016 14:54
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Lena was looking forward to playing Keeper for the Aladren team, remembering how she had considered joining at one point and ultimately had banished the thought for fear of displeasing Olivier. Looking back, her interest in Quidditch had probably started after hanging out with Clark. Now she and Clark were more than friends, playing Quidditch together, and she and Olivier were pretty much back to the way they always had been. She hoped he wouldnít be upset by her playing this year- he could be too overprotective sometimes- but took the chance, making the educated guess that he wouldnít risk confronting her about it lest it lead to a repeat of their last confrontation. She didnít care for a repeat of that either, but if worse came to worse she was going to choose Quidditch and Clark.

The only thing that had worried her had been letting the team down. Keeper was an important position, and there was only one per team. Every goal the opposing team would try to make would have to be blocked by her. The Secret Cabal of Keepers had helped relieve some of the stress she had been putting on herself, being able to practice blocking and picking up tricks from Ginger. Not having skipped practices, she was now fairly confident she would be able to make a decent Keeper. She had no problem flying quickly, her movements on brooms had always been of the speedy variety. Faking was more of a problem, but she found that if she waited a second longer, until the actual throw was made she could reach the quaffle in time.

She felt none of that worry now, sitting on her broom in front of the highest hoop. The quaffle was far enough away that she didnít have to lower herself yet to a better position to block all three hoops. From her perch she could see the passing of the quaffle, and the heated battle of the bludger. John had Clarkís back as always. The sight didnít surprise her per se, she had seen Clark targeted before, but something about this time made her feel differently about it. Maybe it was because her feelings for Clark were more intense than just easy friendship, maybe it was the vantage point. She noted the difference but brought her eyes back to the chasers. As much as she wanted to watch Clark, she equally wanted to protect the goals. Clark was an excellent Seeker and could easily close the game in their favor but she was determined to not let Pecari score.

No one was close to making a goal though. She continued to hover at her elevated position, waiting for the quaffle to come closer.

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    • Watch and wait no longerClark Dill, Seeker , Thu Dec 22 06:03
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    • Watching and waiting.Amelia Layne, Reserve , Sat Nov 26 18:39
      Amelia did not actually bounce around on the morning of the first Quidditch match jabbering at her teammates and spontaneously hugging the ones she felt most comfortable with, but it was a very close ... more
    • Watching and Waiting — Lena Westley, Keeper, Wed Nov 23 14:54
      • Doing the same, but doing it better.Luke Powell, Keeper, Fri Nov 25 14:45
        Luke knew that the outcome of the game was very important to Joella, and he didnít doubt that the rest of the team had a lot riding on it too. If they won this match, they got through to the finals... more
    • Ain't no rest for the wicked.AC Sammy Meeks, Beater, Thu Nov 17 01:54
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      • Are you calling me wicked? Wicked cool, I hope?Captain Clark Dill, Seeker, Thu Nov 17 08:39
        Well, they said a battle plan never lasted past first contact with the enemy. He probably wouldn't go so far as to call Pecari 'the enemy' but the axiom worked well enough for rivals, too. He had... more
        • Wicked cool, my friend.John Umland, Beater, Thu Nov 17 12:17
          John had also not slept well the night before the match, though not because of Pecari. He had had a packet of letters from home, and one of them had included a word search puzzle. This was not, in... more
          • Nah, fam, just the normal kind of wickedAC Sammy Meeks, Beater, Mon Nov 21 00:14
            Welp, she didnít hit Clark. Sammy hadnít really expected to--the Aladren was too good, and he had the good fortune of an Assistant Captain Beater, just like another fabulous team--but it did feel... more
            • No rest for me thenJamie Park, Seeker, Thu Nov 24 08:28
              Jamie would never admit it to anyone but he was actually feeling kind of nervous. They had a title to defend. That was a very different feeling than being the plucky have-a-go heroes looking to end... more
              • No worries, I'm happy to keep you busy.John Umland, Beater, Thu Nov 24 13:05
                The deflection of his Bludger was unwelcome, but not altogether unexpected. What was unexpected was the glimpse of Meeksí expression John caught as he flew after it again. He had only seen it for a... more
                • You guys have fun.Captain Clark Dill, Seeker, Fri Nov 25 09:52
                  Clark returned to the starting point of his pattern and began it again for the second time just as Sammy cracked her bat on the bludger and shot it back his way again. John was there this time,... more
                  • Winners usually do. AC Sammy Meeks, Beater, Fri Nov 25 15:57
                    Bad news: she was gonna have to back down first from the little game of pseudo-catch she played with John. Jamie needed to mark Clark, which meant sending Bludgers at the Aladren Seekerís face was no ... more
                    • Pecaris know how to partyJamie Park, Seeker, Sat Nov 26 03:27
                      Jamie was expecting the bludger to be sent hurtling down into the Chaser game (though, as they were dominating with the Quaffle right now, perhaps it was better that it didnít - this fact, however,... more
                      • After the game you can write an instruction manual for usClark Dill, Seeker, Sat Nov 26 12:36
                        Clark looked back at the sound of the bat meeting bludger, but it was just Sammy again, and John would take care of that one. Clark kept going. After another few seconds, he glanced back again to see ... more
                        • I prefer to do it my way.John Umland, Beater, Sat Nov 26 16:35
                          For a moment, John thought Sammy was, indeed, going to send the Bludger back to him, something he found a little disappointing. The one thing he respected about her House was, after all, that they... more
    • New tricksCaptain Clark Dill, Seeker, Wed Nov 16 21:03
      Clark had been plagued with dreams the night before what may be his very last Quidditch match should Jamie repeat his victory form last year's final. Over the seven hours he had laid in his bed, he... more
    • Start as you mean to go on.Captain J Curtis, Chaser, Sun Nov 13 12:13
      This was it. Her chance to prove herself. Joella had waited so long for her time and now it was here. Sheíd worked her team as hard as they would let her in the run up to their first match of the... more
      • The Hippo attacks!Ben The Hippo, Beater, Fri Nov 18 08:36
        Ben was ready for this. So ready. Sammy was an awesome person and beating partner and he felt he had learned a lot under her leadership over the last couple of months. Sure his dad and uncle had both ... more
        • 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
            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 wasnít just a... more
            • 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 hadnít 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 Louisís bludger and, whilst he was glad not to cause any injuries, this was Quidditch and Louis could be a rather competitive player. Ingridís 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 Louisís actions had made sure she... more
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