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Jamie Park, Seeker
No rest for me then
Thu Nov 24, 2016 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 Aladren’s obscene winning streak. There was expectation. There was something to lose. And, if he didn’t succeed, it possibly included his own skin. Joella was - and again, he would never admit this to anyone - a tad scary. She was obsessive about the sport. She tried to keep training fun but she just had this… vibe. He didn’t think she’d take a joke about it very well. And not that he saw this as a joking matter, but if she couldn’t relax and laugh about things, she was quite possibly going to explode if they lost. It was weird. He had previously thought of her as one of the more chill members of the team, but she seemed to be changing...

He was pleased when Sammy came to join him at breakfast. She was definitely someone who would lighten his mood. He held his bacon up to her in toast, although her breakfast was somewhat diminished from the pile he’d seen her with a few weeks ago, when they’d invented the whole bacon-cheers thing.

“Here’s to defending our title,” he grinned, “Wow, sounds big and responsible huh?” he said, the grin still in place, and this was the only reference he would make, to anyone about how he was feeling about what rested on his shoulders. He glanced at Sammy’s reduced plateful of food, wondering if all was well. He hesitated, on the verge of asking, but backed out. If all was not well, he wasn’t sure he knew how to deal with that. He was used to chipper, happy Sammy, and he wasn’t exactly well known for an ability to handle emotional matters.

“Y’know, I hear hardcore Beaters put away a whole pig before a big match. You’ve barely got an ear there. Have more bacon,” he advised, adding a couple extra rashers to her plate. He smiled, hoping at least she’d smile back because he wasn’t really sure he had much more to offer than that.

Once they got to the pitch, he followed the warm up, and even offered warming charms to the younger players. He didn’t think it was that cold out, putting on a long sleeved top had sufficed for him, but some people came from warmer climates, or might have been deceived by the sun being so clearly out. He joined the team cheer with some enthusiasm, though he gave more to Sammy’s high five, and gave her a further thumbs up as she said she had his back. He was glad it was Sammy who was his personal bodyguard for the game. Not only was she more experienced, she was just on his wavelength. He actually didn’t feel cramped by having her around, but felt better for it - like some of that smushy stuff about TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More might actually have some merit.

On the whistle, he launched into the air, the freshness of the breeze combined with the adrenaline doing a lot to shake some of the remaining cobwebs out. Ok, he was still a little nervous, but it felt more like a buzz now, more like a positive thing. He had planned to tail Clark pretty closely - loathe as he was to admit it, whatever game Clark was playing had worked well all these years, only know Jamie was the one cashing in on it. However, Sammy got things stirred up and started pretty early on, sending a Bludger at the Aladren Seeker. This left a good gap between him and his counterpart, and one he wasn’t keen to dash into with a Bludger on the loose. John was pretty prompt in returning the ball, placing the Seekers at a distance with their Beaters slugging it out. Jamie had no doubt that Sammy would be more than equal to the task of dealing with that. Sure enough, it went back Clark’s way with a resounding crack.

“Thanks mate,” he grinned. It being foolish to follow it and leave himself open, he stuck for now in closer proximity to Sammy than to Clark.

“Hey, if there’s a chance to send him running for it, and let me get in and mark Clark, that’d be good,” he added, as quietly as the wind would permit him. He was pretty sure John and Clark were too far away to hear.

  • Nah, fam, just the normal kind of wickedAC Sammy Meeks, Beater, Mon Nov 21 00:14
    Welp, she didn’t hit Clark. Sammy hadn’t 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 then — Jamie Park, Seeker, Thu Nov 24 08:28
      • 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 Meeks’ 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 Seeker’s 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 didn’t - 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
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