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John Umland, Beater
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Thu Nov 24, 2016 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 second, and was not good at reading faces anyway, but he could have sworn she had meant to challenge him personally.

John didn’t think much of Pecaris, as a rule. Most of them struck him as people interested only in physical thrills, grooming, and socialization for socialization’s sake - all topics John found profoundly boring. There were a few exceptions, though, and that look made Meeks (who already had a general lack of excessive or bizarre grooming working in her favor) at least temporarily one of them. She had just completely foiled Plan A and looked like she knew it.

More relevantly, though, Jamie was now clinging to her, which John thought he could use. He knew Clark’s pattern. If he could drive Jamie and Sammy away from it, keep them stuck to each other and chase them around….

The only flaw in this plan was that he’d necessarily have to keep less of a watch on Clark while he chased them around the Pitch, he thought as he hit the Bludger back toward the Pecaris, knowingly playing tennis (something most Beating manuals advised against, as it wore down both Beaters and rarely advanced any valuable strategic objective) to give himself a moment to think. John thought he was pretty good at his position, but he didn’t think anyone was good enough to be in two places at once. That would give Pecari’s other Beater a chance to relieve their Chasers and hit Clark. John would take that chance if he was in a Chaser game and saw it, and he knew better than to underestimate Pecari on the Pitch. They were, it had to be said, good at the game, one way or another.

For now, he put himself between Clark and the Pecari duo, closer to his friend but with a clearer, more direct view of his enemies. This involved flying at an angle he found less than comfortable, but after seeing his brother fly upside-down over the summer and then deliberately making everyone around him think that he himself was not as good on a broom as Joe, John couldn't help but feel he had a bit of something to prove. He was too far from his direct opponent at the moment to say it out loud (when Beaters were close enough for anything resembling melee, it was...ungood), but still thought Your move, wondering if Sammy would change tactics now or if this was just the game she was going to play.

  • 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
      • 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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