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Ingrid W, Chaser
Better late than never
Sat Nov 26, 2016 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 admiring her as a player, Joella was rapidly becoming one of her closest friends at Sonora. It was a different dynamic than she’d had with Liliana, who was friendly but so much older than her that they rarely hung out outside of Quidditch-related activities. She had maybe also had Liliana up on a tiny bit of a pedestal… With Joella, she had admiration and determination to win for her as her captain, but she could picture partying with her afterwards and sharing the victory as friends, and that was a new and different sort of driving force.

If they won. Ingrid didn’t want to take that for granted. She always tried to tread the side of the line that was positive and showing team spirit but without being cocky. Firstly, there was the notion that pride came before a fall, which rarely made it a good idea, but she also didn’t think Pecari had much to brag about. They’d only just wrestled the trophy off Aladren after their long winning streak, and she couldn’t help but think that might have been more fluke than anything. She certainly still felt that Clark Dill was the more consistent Seeker, and all it took was a microsecond of distraction on Jamie’s part for their dreams to go up in smoke. She would be quite glad when he graduated, even if they had to put a rookie first year in his place. She just didn’t trust him not to let his ego or some pretty girl get in the way of what he was meant to be doing. And not having faith in your Seeker was a pretty demoralising place to be…

After a hearty breakfast with the rest of the team and the warm up on the pitch, Ingrid was champing at the bit… She couldn’t wait to get into the air again and actually play for real. She often did Quidditch camps over the summer, though they were getting less fun the older she got… There had always been more boys than girls, but as they got older they were getting more vocal about whether women belonged on the pitch. Some had even thrown out suggestions of what should be done to girls who didn’t know their place, and they were not in the least bit pleasant… It made her see what a political safe haven Sonora really was. It was a strange little bubble, but one she was very grateful for.

She kicked off as the whistle blew, heading up front early on as Joella dived into the scrum. There were a few strong cracks of Beaters’ bats in the early minutes of the match, and things seemed to be taking off fast, although as many of the hits were defence as attack, and no one got taken out. The rookie Aladren Chaser had been marking one of their players but the Bludger sent her flying. Still, it was a lot of action in a small space, and unsurprisingly, Joella turned instead to her to receive the pass.

It seemed, however, that Louis had caught up with the Bludger that Kit had managed to dodge, and was intent on sending it her way. She tried not to read into that. She was the Chaser most open for the Quaffle and a logical target. At first, she’d been glad that they wouldn’t be face to face any more, as she thought that had the potential to be awkward, for all that they’d reached a tentative sort of neutrality at the very least, but apparently him having the power to aim metal balls at her head was also not a very comfortable situation.

She caught the pass from Joella just in time to do a barrell roll that took her out of the path of the bludger, before starting forward to the Aladren goals. Dodging the metal ball had slowed her down though, as she wouldn’t have been surprised if she had a Pecari tail, or another Bludger with her name on it. It made it risky to pass but she couldn’t see herself getting uninterrupted to the scoring zone either. Better to do it earlier, she reasoned, so that anyone who had had to manoeuvre to catch up with her had had less time to see the fruits of their labours.

She tried to draw close to another Pecari, aiming to make the throw short and sharp but without going so near that it made it a dead give away that she was getting ready to pass to them. She sent the ball their way.

  • 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 wasn’t just a... more
    • Better late than never — Ingrid W, Chaser, Sat Nov 26 03:06
      • 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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