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Aaaaand I'm bleeding
Fri Mar 16, 2018 09:56

Dorian wouldn’t have thought to bow, not spending any more time than he could help on the concept of duelling. Still, he was familiar with its customs, having grown up in a magical household, and he bowed back, only just resisting bringing his hands together as he did so, because bowing was something he was much more used to doing when in his Chinese mindset.

His first shield was the sloppiest, having been distracted by the bowing, and drifting slightly into the wrong culture and language, and having to sharply bring himself back on course. However, it turned out his desire to not be humiliated was potent enough that he was able to continually parry Nathaniel’s spells. He felt almost bad for it – it was probably rather frustrating to keep firing out the hex and never get the results, although he was sure Nathaniel would still get the credit because his spell was no worse than anyone else’s – the flashes of light, which he was tracking keenly, proved that perfectly well - Dorian’s shields were just decent, and it wasn’t really fair if Nathaniel was graded based on his partner’s level and not purely his own.

Dorian just managed to fend off a particularly strong hit from Nate, when the other boy’s wand flashed red. Dorian instinctively went to throw up a shield but didn’t have time. Nathaniel’s questions of whether or not Dorian had noticed that, and whether he was okay, were rather overshadowed by the sharp cry of pain that probably answered both of those questions decently well. The second spell had had been like being hit in the nose. He fumbled for a tissue, feeling something wet on his face and assuming he was now streaming snot in a decidedly unattractive manner. He wiped his nose, but as he lowered the tissue, he saw it was stained red.

“Maugris!” he muttered, reapplying the tissue and pinching his nose. He hadn’t seen Nathaniel utter a second spell it had just… sort of happened. And he knew that accidents sometimes did. But still, this accident had been like a punch in the nose, which really was not pleasant. He regarded Nathaniel with a mixture of confusion and mild fear.

(OOC - permission for the spell effect discussed with Nate's author. As this is part of the 'accidental magic' plot around the site, such an occurrence is unusual and would not be happening to most first years).

  • Nathaniel found Dorian’s suggestions on how to proceed a little easier to understand than his earlier remarks and nodded in agreement. “Right,” he said. A coup de grace would, he thought, be somewhat ... more
    • Aaaaand I'm bleeding — Dorian, Fri Mar 16 09:56
      • Aaaand now you're notProfessor Daniel Nash, Sat Mar 17 21:14
        Things were going about as well as could be expected when the assigned curse of the day involved snot. The second years were not doing awful, though enough snotty sneezes were going on around the... more
        • That's the one good thing about this situation.Nathaniel, Mon Mar 19 06:49
          That he had just asked a stupid question was something Nathaniel realized quickly. He didn’t recognize the word Dorian used - something-grey? Wasn’t that what ‘gris’ meant in French? - but he... more
          • Everything else is pretty awfulDorian, Mon Mar 19 19:25
            Dorian nodded, as Nathaniel apologised. He seemed genuinely startled and sorry by what had happened, and Dorian was willing to chalk it up to being an accident. A small part of his mind tried to... more
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