Cleo James
End of an Era (tag Parker)
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:30

Cleo hung back from the fire. She hadn’t massively been looking forward to it… Fire wasn’t really fun or warming to her, it was just a little intimidating, given her incendiary tendencies with accidental magic. She’d liked the concert they’d done last year, even though she hadn’t done anything except watch. And she was sure someone had said that next year would be a ball… That sounded like a lot of fun. Dressing up, dancing. Maybe a boy would ask her to be his date… She wasn’t particularly enamoured of the idea of kissing boys or anything like that, but being someone’s date sounded fun because it was sort of princessy and romantic.

The headmaster did little more than announce the fact that they were at the fire (well, duh) and that they should have a good time. She thought she might well, even if she would need a little bit of encouragement to get any closer to the actual fire part of the bonfire. There were other things to do, like eat, and hang out with friends. And now she actually had one, other than Professor Xavier (whom her daddy seemed to think she shouldn’t really count or hang about with so much). This year had been a lot of fun, and she was up for celebrating its existence. She stood on her tiptoes, looking for the person who had been a big part of that. When she spotted him, she bounded over, linking her arm through his.

“Hey Parker,” she grinned, “Let’s eat, yeah?” she asked, already towing him towards the food tables.

“This year was fun,” she grinned happily. “But it went waaaay too fast. It’s crazy to think that next year we’ll be intermedi- oh,” she stopped, crestfallen as she suddenly remembered. Parker was a first year. “We won’t have classes together next year!” she wailed. “But we’ll still see each other all the time, right? We can eat together. And explore the gardens more. And we’ll see each other at gardening club too - next year I’ll run it much better, and if I don’t you have to nag me, ok?” she asked. She’d managed to get going with the club a little bit but she wanted to do it properly next year, to take advantage of all the different planting seasons and make their area really special. And she wanted to make sure she made plenty of opportunities to spend time with her friend, and that he wouldn’t forget her once she moved into a different class.

  • Bonfire!Headmaster Brockert, Sat Dec 30 16:12
    Today was the Midsummer Event. This year they were having the bonfire and...well, that was about the extent of it. The festivities this year more or less included a barbecue-though there was food... more
    • Time to say goodbye(Tag Sammy)Kira Spaulding, Mon Jan 15 19:00
      As happy as Kira was that Kelsey was graduating-it would be nice to have one year where she wasn't going to have to worry that her cousin's mere presence would alert others to her own flaws-it also... more
      • Don't worry, we've got a little time first!Sammy Meeks, Tue Jan 16 19:43
        The first thing Sammy did when she arrived on the Pitch was ditch her sneakers and stuff her socks in her backpack. She wiggled her toes against the grass and grinned. Did the bare feet go with her... more
    • Waiting for poetryDorian Montoir, Sat Jan 13 11:17
      Dorian was rather looking forward to the fire. It sounded like quite a lot of fun, and they got to camp out and share tents with people who weren’t their room-mates - though he had no objections to... more
      • Firebird of old, give us your apples of gold.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Jan 18 19:53
        Midsummer and Bonfire were new words for Tatiana, but she recognized parts of them – particularly summer , and mid , that was the first part of the word middle ; noticing these little things was much ... more
        • Ah. It was Tatya. Dorian had been ready to squirrel the book away into his pocket, far too used to his things being snatched by his brother for a game of keep-away. He had not had any such... more
          • Having both makes one happy and bold.Tatiana, Mon Jan 22 16:08
            Tatiana leaned forward to hear as Dorian whispered about his great ‘secret.’ Upon the revelation, she stood back, covering her mouth with her hand in mock surprise. “Never tell,” she said, just as... more
            • Dorian smiled as Tatya agreed to keep his secret. She hugged him back, which reassured him both in the sense that his hug was clearly not unwelcome, and also because it was always nice to be held. He ... more
    • Can you handle this?Georgia, Fri Jan 12 07:05
      The fire was going… strangely well. Midsummer events kind of had this way of being really stressful for her somehow. The fair, she’d done her best to get involved but had been in a super Aladren-y... more
      • Relaxing? Yes. Maybe I ought to do it more.Zevalyn, Tue Jan 16 11:21
        Zevalyn was have a good bonfire. Aladren hadn’t won the House Cup, but she had already resigned herself to that after seeing how far behind they had in Professor Mims’ count all year. Last she’d... more
        • Cool. Maybe we should do it together moreGeorgia, Tue Jan 16 13:12
          “Cool. Good choice of snack too,” Georgia grinned, when she saw that Zevalyn had also brought marshmallows over. She was glad Zevalyn seemed happy and chilled. Her life seemed to have been completely ... more
          • Works for meZevalyn, Tue Jan 16 21:11
            Zevalyn grinned, and saluted Georgia with her marshmallow-on-a-stick, as it was complimented. Then, as Georgia stumbled through answering Zevalyn's cascade of questions, her eyes widened a bit in... more
    • A very important question (tag Jemima)Owen Brockert, Thu Jan 11 16:34
      Owen felt anxious as he stood on the pitch. More anxious than he really ever had, even more than he had about RATS or all the changes inherent with graduating and impending adulthood. This was, after ... more
      • This is a lot like last timeJemima Wolseithcrafte, Sat Jan 13 10:08
        Jemima felt strangely light and carefree as she made her way down to the bonfire, hand in hand with Owen. They’d got through the exams - she hadn’t really expected not to - and they had a reasonable... more
        • Yeah, last time.Owen, Sun Jan 21 00:32
          He waited with baited breath. Even though it was probably a split second before Jemima replied, when it was something that was this big a deal, it still seemed to take forever. “Of course I want to... more
    • End of an Era (tag Parker) — Cleo James, Thu Jan 11 12:30
      • The beginning of a new one!Parker Fitzgerald, Tue Jan 30 13:24
        Parker had always loved fire. The warmth, the crackle, the way that it would slowly turn branches or paper into smoke that would rise up. He also found it shockingly peaceful. When he was home for... more
    • Later that evening...Winston Pierce, Wed Jan 10 15:06
      It had been hours since Teppenpaw had been announced as the winners of the House Cup. Winston had already eaten his fire roasted dinner - he would had preferred having a table to eat it on, but it... more
      • ...I'm to have some new experiences, apparently.Simon Mordue, Thu Jan 11 18:53
        Another year was gone, or near enough. A peaceful year, relatively speaking – something that Simon was not displeased about. He could have wished for Crotalus to lose the House Cup by a slightly... more
        • You and me bothWinston, Thu Jan 11 21:21
          "Oh, good," Winston breathed out when he had finished savoring and swallowing his toasted marshmallow. He did enjoy eating those, even if they were impossibly messy sometimes. "I was thinking that,... more
    • A good bonfire so farJasmine Delachene, Tue Jan 9 10:20
      Jasmine was willing to give the bonfire the benefit of the doubt. Mom said it was the least interesting of the midsummer events, but Jasmine was still a first year and had no other midsummer events... more
      • What could make it better?Gary Harper, Wed Jan 10 16:34
        Gary strolled out to the bonfire with a mixture of interest and trepidation. He'd never been much of an outdoors type person in practice, although he'd had plenty of practice in theory and... more
        • Horses. Horses would make it much better.Jasmine, Thu Jan 11 11:09
          Jasmine beamed as Gary complimented her outfit (or at least, she chose to take it as a compliment; he’d mentioned it anyway, and not in a bad way, so that must mean he liked it). “Not exactly,” she... more
          • Is there anything they wouldn't improve?Gary, Thu Jan 11 20:02
            Gary had started moving food from the table onto his plate as the line moved on its way. With his attention split between listening to Jasmine and the table, he wasn't sure he had caught her... more
            • No, no there isn't.Jasmine, Thu Jan 11 21:06
              "Sure," Jasmine responded, as if living on a ranch with pegasi were the most normal thing in the world. To her, it was. She did know, however, that most people did not, but that was their loss. The... more
              • What about potions class?Gary, Thu Jan 18 20:20
                Gary just shook his head in disbelief as she talked about her horses. "As big as elephants? That's incredible. What kind of wingspan do they have? To get enough lift for that kind of weight... That's ... more
                • Jasmine was dutifully trying to remember the measure of Flossie’s wingspan when Gary, instead of politely waiting for her to provide the requested statistic, kept asking questions, each one... more
    • House Cup WinnersDH Skies, Sat Jan 6 17:19
      After the bonfire had been in swing for about an hour - giving everyone time to chat to their friends and grab some food - Professor Skies took to the podium. She placed the sonorous charm on her... more
      • Trying something nonlethalJozua Sparks, Tue Jan 16 10:18
        Jozua was pleased that his House won the Cup, but he wasn’t entirely convinced that learning to do circus things was really a great reward for it. To Jozua, that sounded like something that would... more
        • I guess that's for the bestKir McLeod, Tue Jan 16 15:04
          Kir was sort of excited for the bonfire. After all, who didn’t love a good fire? His dad and his aunt didn’t often reminisce about many things from their childhood - unsurprising given their eventual ... more
          • Yeah. Sparks burn.Jozua Sparks, Tue Jan 16 20:43
            Jozua honestly wasn't paying much attention to the people around him. He was pretty focused on the cursed green hoop that keep wanting to run away from him. So when someone close by asked, "How the... more
            • “Yeah, she is,” Kyte nodded, when Jozua pointed out that Raine was was really…. In spite of the sentence not ending with any discernible adjective, he definitely agreed. “I wish the Aladren girls... more
              • Really, let’s not spark anything hereJozua, Wed Jan 17 13:10
                Jozua gave Kir an odd look, momentarily confused about whether Kir meant the House Aladren or the town Aladren, but deciding that he must mean the House Aladren because Kir probably didn’t know any... more
                • Kir was tempted for a moment to ask which Pecari Jozua specifically wanted there, but he didn’t necessarily think that was a fair question given how little he knew the other boy. He also wasn’t... more
                  • Hey! That’s harsh!Jozua, Thu Jan 18 09:08
                    Jozua stared at Kir, confused and taken aback. “I thought- You weren’t? I - Oh.“ Okay. He must have totally misread the other boy’s question and consequently overreacted in entirely the wrong way for ... more
                    • So are youKir, Thu Jan 18 17:37
                      Kir waited patiently for Jozua to form his thoughts into sentences. Overall, Jozua seemed to be calming down, which was probably a good thing, as Kir had suddenly remembered that the other boy ran... more
                      • You underestimate my level of freakabilityJozua, Thu Jan 18 20:52
                        Oh, good. Not hitting on him. That was good. Very good. It would make the next three years very awkward otherwise. Then Kir kept talking and Jozua began to suspect Kir might be making assumptions of... more
      • A familiar faceRaine Collindale, Mon Jan 8 04:05
        She was still alive. And the CATS were over. Professor Xavier had helped her believe that all was not lost, and she had gone into a couple of the exams with a clearer head than others, but she still... more
        • A familiar face and an unfamiliar face.Joe Umland, Thu Jan 11 14:31
          Someone had given Julian a dictation quill. Joe had not done it, had not spoken to anyone who had owned to doing so, but he felt utterly comfortable asserting that it had been done. Joe! Tell any of... more
          • Any familiar feelings?Raine and Starr, Sat Jan 13 14:42
            “Nice to meet you,” Starr smiled, flicking a sideways five against Joe’s outstretched hand and then going in for a fistbump. “I’m sure Raine must’ve told me something about you, but I’m much better... more
            • Joe considered Starr’s statement and concluded that Raine had most likely never mentioned him to her family in her life. This did not offend him - indeed, it would have surprised him more if she had. ... more
      • Trying a balancing actLauren Song, Sat Jan 6 20:13
        It felt a little too sad admitting that Lauren had spent the last day of final exams crying in her room. She was way more sentimental than she thought. Taking down the decorations in her room almost... more
        • I'm off to join the circus!Ginger Pierce, Mon Jan 8 21:20
          The Teppenpaw Seventh Year Girls' room was looking like a barren shadow of itself with most of the decorations taken down and all of their things packed up and ready to go home tomorrow. Ginger was... more
          • Goodbye, world as we know it!Lauren, Tue Jan 9 18:14
            Lauren waved as Ginger passed, but she quickly focused on balancing again. Her arms were out, one holding onto the performer and the other flailing in an attempt to stay upright. "Moving might help," ... more
            • I may need to switch to a broom to make my escape!Ginger Pierce, Thu Jan 11 08:49
              “Look at you!” Ginger enthused in delight as she saw Lauren unicycling over to her. “Wow! You learned that fast!” She grinned, feeling pretty pleased that Lauren had seen at least some of her... more
    • All by myselfAngelique Brockert, Wed Jan 3 15:32
      Despite the fact that the choir was performing, Angelique was absolutely dreading the Bonfire. For one thing, she was not the sort who liked sleeping in a tent. More importantly though, she had... more
      • Not anymore Ben Pierce, Wed Jan 10 12:06
        Ben was really glad his CATS were over. After three years of hearing about them in the majority of his classes almost every day, especially after midterm, he didn’t think the tests had really been as ... more
    • On a hunt [Tag Vlad]Jehan Callahan, Tue Jan 2 11:19
      Jehan had been very excited about the idea of a bonfire. Sure, he’d had bonfires at home, mostly in the course of helping their gardener. Those had been fun, especially when Victor had joined in.... more
      • Ooh, fun!Vladimir Brockert, Wed Jan 17 18:23
        Vlad really liked camping. Sometimes he went camping with Dad and some of his uncles and cousins, and that was really fun. It was just the boys that went, which he didn’t really get because he was... more
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