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Simon Mordue, Chaser
You demonstrate that admirably.
Thu Dec 29, 2016 14:53

I am not going to run away. I am not going to run away. I am not going to run away.

Simon thought this to himself over and over again, chanting it silently in his head like a mantra. Underneath it, though, was a second thought: I want to run away. I want to run away. I want to run away. And also curse Winston for dragging me into this as soon as I learn how.

This last thought was so patently ridiculous that it almost cheered him up. Almost.

The sight of snow falling and an order from the Deputy Headmistress about mandatory warming charms did not help him toward confidence. At least, he tried to reason, the ground was very firm, so he didn’t have to worry about slipping while he was trying to kick off and making a fool of himself falling face-forward into the mud while his broom went away without him. Well, not as much as he would have in mud, anyway. Slipping on ice was a real possibility, but the frost looked more manageable than thick mud. Thick mud sounded like one of those things that could thoroughly destroy his dignified heir act in front of the whole school.

Teppenpaws were supposed to be soft. Their primary trait was supposed to be kindness. Simon did not, however, draw any comfort from that, both because he didn’t think he had any traits that would allow him to readily take advantage of kind people and because the Teppenpaw team just looked very big compared to him and Winston and Sebastien. Their captain practically looked like an adult, and might in fact technically be one. He was also carrying a Beater’s bat rather prominently….

The captains shook hands and Simon mounted his broom and kicked off without any major incidents. A good start, but it could have been better – he or Winston or Daniel could have gotten the Quaffle. Instead, the Teppenpaw girl had it. Simon followed her, flying along one side of her in the hopes that she would only be able to pass the other way and would so have to give one of his teammates an opportunity to intercept. He was pretty sure he himself was not yet ready to try an interception and hoping one of his teammates would prove bolder, or that she would simply prove unfortunate while Simon was getting his head in the game and his everything accustomed to the cold, snowy air.

This did not happen, at least not in a timely manner, or at least not by Simon’s definition of a timely manner. For him to feel that Crotalus had gained an advantage in a timely manner, his team would have had to do so before Simon heard the whistling of a Bludger and realized that it was aimed for him. He decided discretion was the better part of valor and dove to avoid it, hoping it would continue on and hit the girl instead. Not a very gentlemanly sentiment, he knew, but well, the normal rules about how to treat a lady went out the window when that lady was on a Quidditch Pitch.

  • Actions speak louder than wordsCapt. Reinhardt,Beater, Tue Dec 27 13:43
    Liac arrived on the pitch, early on account of the frost, egger to stretch his muscles and quell his nerves. Despite being captain, he sometimes got a numb body before a game. Although if anyone... more
    • You demonstrate that admirably. — Simon Mordue, Chaser, Thu Dec 29 14:53
      • Liac is good like that.Joseph Umland, Chaser, Thu Dec 29 17:56
        Teppenpaw was somehow, due to the peculiarities of magical and, Joe supposed, mansion architecture, far from any natural windows, but somehow, Joe had known it was going to be cold outside from the... more
        • Liac for president. Tobi Reinhardt, Beater, Thu Dec 29 20:56
          Tobi had never been one for competition. He thought it had it’s place in life—after all, things had to compete to survive and if nothing competed then the delicate balance of the ecosystem would be... more
          • Picking on the little guys. Not very Teppish of you.Winston Pierce, Chaser, Fri Dec 30 09:06
            Winston was oddly nervous. He knew Teppenpaw was the least frightening of the teams they might have had to go up against for his first match but that almost made it worse. What if they lost to... more
            • Who wants to be Teppish, anyway? (Watch out, seeker!)Sébastien Évreux, Beater, Fri Dec 30 12:22
              Yet again, Sébastien Évreux had made the potential mistake of signing up to play Quidditch. However, his initial concerns of being passed over had proved unfounded, and once again he could say he was ... more
              • Watching out!Jake Manger, Seeker, Thu Jan 5 23:29
                “Welp, this is it,” Jake told his reflection in his bathroom mirror. “Your last game Maybe. Probably.” He gave a noncommittal squint and shrug to the idea. “It doesn’t have to be. Now, you’ve never... more
                • Got your back!Tobi Reinhardt, Beater, Sun Jan 8 14:48
                  The moment he had miscalculated the time it would take to swing and hit that bludger, Tobi had known it would come back to haunt him. Luckily Jake was aware enough to pull up from where the young... more
                  • You should watch yours...Arne Reinhardt, Beater, Sun Jan 8 15:35
                    The showdown between Teppenpaw and Crotalus had been something Arne'd been waiting for since, well since he let Alistair Johnson of the Arizona Johnsons sign him up for Quidditch back in his first... more
            • Beaters do have the toughest jobNat Varth, Chaser , Fri Dec 30 10:53
              As Nat heard a crack and the familiar whir of a bludger getting too close to comfort the quaffle seemed heavier in her hands. She needed to pass, just as soon as she got a little farther. Another... more
              • I'd say we're all working pretty hard.Makenzie Newell, Keeper, Mon Jan 2 17:55
                It was odd to wake up for a Quidditch match and not have silky black hair presented to her for braiding. Shino’s decision not to play Quidditch this year had thrown Makenzie for a loop - admittedly,... more
                • I will agree with you on that.Joe Umland, Chaser, Tue Jan 3 15:55
                  There had been a small Crotalus (Joe didn’t know which was which) doing something that looked like trying to interfere with Nat’s ability to pass, but then there was the crack of a bat and the... more
                  • I'm not doing much yet, honestly.Ginger Pierce, Wed Jan 4 12:49
                    Ginger was glad the worst of the fallout over her Keeper get togethers had largely passed. She suspected Alistair still wasn't entirely pleased about it, but they had largely made up after the... more
                    • Can I do nothing please?Jozua Sparks, Chaser, Fri Jan 6 14:03
                      It had happened again. Fortunately, this time, Liac was perfectly healthy and Jozua would not be required to handle a bat in the Captain's place, but he was taking over for one of the chasers who... more
                      • That suits me.Daniel Fintoc, Chaser, Fri Jan 6 18:27
                        Quidditch provided a pedestal which made Daniel known in the school and he liked that about it. He liked the idea of people knowing his name and furthermore, these people (especially girls) admiring... more
                        • Can I join him?Simon Mordue, Chaser, Sat Jan 7 10:46
                          Time did not seem to run normally on the Quidditch Pitch. To Simon, it had seemed to go very fast as he fled the Bludger, but then it had slowed to a crawl as he gathered himself, swallowing... more
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