Amelia Layne
Weighing my options.
Fri Aug 10, 2018 14:26

Amelia had accepted the Assistant Captain badge last year because to do otherwise would have been to reject her very identity. She was a Layne; Laynes, with the exception of her mother and brother, achieved things. Amelia loved her mother and her brother, but she didn’t want to live like they did. Their lives scared her – the lack of knowing about physical things, the lack of respect from the world, all that.

In spite of all that, however, she had not been horrified to hear that the House teams were being dissolved after all, because she had been afraid of taking up the post of captain. It had been bad enough playing Seeker and not doing that well. It would, she was sure, be worse to be not only a failing Seeker and a younger captain, but also the only girl among the five (Crotalus was weird) captains. It was a lot of stress, and she had been afraid that it would be blamed on her if a team didn’t form, and….

It was a bit of a relief to have that off her shoulders. CATS were heavy enough.

Her fellows, however, didn’t seem to think so. Ben and Joe signing up was unsurprising – they were seventh years, big guys, both down for Beater. It was in their very natures to compete for the top spot, she thought. Simon and Winston both bidding for captain, though, that was a surprise – they couldn’t think they really had a chance, did they? Or had Eden Manger deranged them? And did this mean Amelia had to give it a shot?

She hesitated. The others had all been captains properly; she had only been Louis’ Assistant Captain. She looked for another Assistant Captain for guidance and found…Jozua Sparks.

On one hand, he was giving her an out here.

On the other, he was…Jozua Sparks. Not exactly respectable people, with all the, well, sparks.

She sighed and checked the boxes for Seeker and Chaser, positions she’d played before, and then began writing her information on the line in smaller-than-usual handwriting, squeezing more than she was meant to into the line. Amelia Layne, 5, Aladren, 2nd team please. If she volunteered, it saved the indignity of being demoted, didn’t it? She hoped so, anyway.

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