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Amelia Layne, Reserve
Watching and waiting.
Sat Nov 26, 2016 18:39
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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 thing indeed and it took all her willpower not to do it. When she was nervous, she lost her head, and today, it seemed, the result was a barely-controllable sense of jubilation.



This was, she knew, ridiculous. She was just the trainee Seeker. Nothing she did or didnít do was going to change anything one bit. Unless something awful happened, she wasnít even going to touch a broom after the first two minutes of the game, when she carried one from the center over to the bench for reserves. If they won, that was wonderful, and if they lost, that was bad, but it was not through anything she did or didnít do that the team would do either. There was no reason for her to be so excited when all she could do was sit and watch. Knowing this, though, didnít do a thing to make her stomach or her feet any more inclined to sit still, and for the first time she thought she understood why people really loved sports. She felt part of something even though she wasnít really.



Kit, however, was, and Amelia was torn between being jealous of her roommate and excited and proud for her. Amelia tried extra hard not to jabber at her in the dorm or at breakfast in case she was the sort who got sick when she was nervous and who found it made it worse for someone else to talk, but she beamed at her as the team got together (at last! It had seemed like the morning was going to go on forever) and whispered ďgood luck!Ē before Captain Clark started talking to them.



Mostly he gave directions. Amelia wasnít sure if she was a little disappointed or not. She had thought that captains were supposed to give these really elaborate speeches about honor and sacrifice and death and glory and stuff before big games, and from what she had gathered, this was a big game Ė a rivalry game, even. Overall, though, Amelia wasnít sure Aladrens were really ones for good speeches; she had noticed that a lot of her Housemates seemed to be fairly reserved as a rule, unless something they were particularly interested in was in front of them. This, however, was not the time for rambling about whatever the captain was reading this week, so she guessed it made sense that he got to the point. Even if it was a bit anticlimactic.



Professor Pye seemed to follow her observation about Aladrens getting to the point sometimes, because it was only a few minutes later that everyone else was in the air and Amelia was on the bench, gripping it with both hands and swinging her feet beneath her blue robes as she craned her neck to try to see what was going on. Since that hurt, though, she also looked every now and then at the cheerleaders. She didnít really understand that Ė why should Teppenpaw girls care about Aladren, or vise-versa? And there werenít really enough people for each House to have its own cheer team, or at least, in Aladren, not enough girls Ė but she hoped they were having fun and that the ones willing to wear blue made her teammates feel confident and supported and all.

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