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Lena W., Keeper
Determined to not be phased
Thu Feb 2, 2017 14:17

Lena was nervous. There was no other word for it. Playing Quidditch for the Aladren team had been more exciting and enjoyable than she had thought it could be third year when she had given the sport actual consideration. Flying with a purpose was exhilarating and the comradery that came from belonging to a team was if not a superior feeling to the co captaining of the Archery club then by all means equal to it. Yes, she had come a long way since third year. But there had been nothing to lose in third year.

As daunting as it was to think of in so many words, Clark’s future could very well lie within the results of this game. Even in third year Lena cared for Clark and had she joined then there would have been a sufficient amount of extra effort everted on her part to see him happy. Now she would do a lot more for the boy. Increased emotion, it turned out, was a two edged sword. Though she could feel the increased adrenaline racing through her skull and torso, even her legs minutely, she also felt something she didn’t expect. Dread. Dread at the thought of losing, which led to the nervousness.

Normally, Lena tried her best and that was that. As she had grown up flying it came naturally to her to continue the act in the position she was most suited for- Keeper. Her faith in her abilities to speedily meet the Quaffle heading for any hoop wasn’t unfounded- it didn’t require anything of her that she had not already practiced for years herself. Chasing or Beating, those would have been difficult to pick up, but even then she would have. Clark deserved a full team.

The rain, the team soon discovered as they entered the pitch, was problematic. It wasn’t completely dire, Lena at least had flown in rain before. Wales was not a very dry place. She couldn’t speak for the others though.

Clark soon huddled the players together and gave his pep talk. With no need for assistance in warming herself or keeping herself dry she had no reason to actually take a moment of Clark’s time. ’Well, screw that’ she thought, and after he had performed the charms on the younger players brushed her hand against his arm. She didn’t say anything, just pulled him into a hug, not crushing but what she hoped was firm and reassuring. She let him go, making eye contact only, willing the hug and their prolonged gaze to convey what she was wishing him.

As the players began to fly, she soon realized flying in the rain wasn’t the problem- seeing was. Thankfully the quaffle, though dull in color, was a stark contrast to the grey. If she had been able to see the grey of tree bark and the misty green of their leaves in rain surely she could see orangeish-brown. She also had the advantage of being against the brightly robed Red house. What she couldn’t detect immediately, she would see coming as the players would be far more obvious when approaching. Hopefully, she thought, the opposite wouldn’t hinder her team for passing. Nerves ate at her again, but she refused to let them rise to the forefront of her mind now that the game had started. Crotalus was in possession and a Crotalus beater had sent a bludger somewhere presumably towards an Aladren player. She hoped his aim was off, and settled in for the second Chaser who was about to receive the quaffle to make their way further towards her.

  • Making my debut.Amelia Layne semi-Chaser, Thu Feb 2 13:34
    Before the first match, Amelia had been bouncing with enthusiasm even though she had known she was not going to play. Before the second match, she was frozen with terror because she had been informed ... more
    • Nothing like winning your first match!Louis Valois, Beater, Thu Feb 2 14:55
      Louis shook his head as released his hair from his towel before running a hand through it to make sure it looked messy but artistic. He didn’t just let it lie any old way! In nothing but his boxers,... more
      • I enjoyed it very much.Simon Mordue, Chaser, Fri Feb 3 12:08
        Simon saw the rain on the windows as soon as he’d woken up, but for a while, he had managed to mostly deny its reality. Maybe, he had thought, it had just been an illusion on their windows; he’d... more
        • So did I!Winston Pierce, Chaser, Fri Feb 3 13:53
          Winston saw the rain on his window that morning and decided, in spite of previous experience to the contrary, that this was Arizona, and a dessert, so it would surely stop before the game began. He... more
          • Let's enjoy this one, lads.Daniel Fintoc, Chaser, Fri Feb 3 14:39
            Daniel was pleased when his pass landed safely in Crotalus hands but he then winced as Simon got hit by a bludger. Arne had just saved him from the same harassment and could hardly be everywhere at... more
            • A very big step would be needed Lena, Keeper , Fri Feb 3 15:55
              Things were not looking good so far as chasing was concerned. Crotalus started with possesion, which Lena wasn’t too worried about. She had an eye on the bright red robes of the opposing team... more
    • Determined to not be phased — Lena W., Keeper , Thu Feb 2 14:17
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