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Ben, Pecari
practice makes perfect
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:37

He smiled apologetically again as Raine was all Teppish and said his stink was tolerable. Or, at least, that was how he was interpreting her response. No help for it anyway right now anyway.

“Oh, I’ll get it,” he said confidently when Raine seemed concerned and unduly supportive after his initial failure. He smiled reassuringly at her. “My first good memory pick just wasn’t quite the best one for this. I mean, it turned out great and everything, and I’m super glad it happened since it lead to a lot of awesomeness, but it was actually kind of awkward taken by itself.” Ben shrugged, unconcerned. “Memory is weird, isn’t it? You remember a moment as being fabulous because of everything it led to, but when you think on it too close, you realize that actual moment itself was really more than a little stressful and maybe just a little awful even. Still amazing for your long term happiness, of course, and an important turning point, but not always so great for patronus creation.”

“Let’s see,” he mumbled, more to himself than to Raine as he re-examined his memory, looking for something that was actually totally awesome in its own right. Maybe something lighter. Sports club, maybe? That was awesome. Except Sports Club made him think of Gabe and he missed Gabe still. So maybe not Sports Club.

Also, the potions stink seemed to be getting worse again. He cast a quick air freshener charm, that he remembered about after reviewing his Sports Club memories. It wasn’t quite as effective against magical stink as it was for natural sweat, but it helped. And the faint floral scent now surrounding him, as it tried to mask the alchemical odor, also called to mind his bag of Quidditch gear, which was another place he used that charm a lot.

Winning Quidditch could work, he thought, returning to his consideration of potential patronus memories. That was a solid uncomplicated moment and the thrill of victory should not be underestimated. “Let’s try winning the Quidditch cup for 200, Alex,” he said, out loud, to focus himself. It didn’t occur to him that this might confuse Raine because he was barely aware he was verbalizing the thought out loud at all.

Expecto Patronum!” he cast with a good strong wind-up before pitching the incantation.

The feeling of jubilation he had felt seeing the golden snitch gripped between Jamie’s fingers filled him and flew out through his wand, providing a faint silvery mist in front of him. It didn’t look like a very substantial shield by any means, but it was a good start, he thought.

He grinned over at Raine, pleased with his improvement. “Practice makes perfect,” he declared, even though his mist was still a far cry from ‘perfect’. He’d get there, he was sure. It was just a matter of time and effort.

  • Perhaps a little, but it'll be okRaine, Sat Jun 9 23:10
    Raine was fairly used to stinky teenage boys. After all, she had a twin brother. To be fair to Kyte, their circus training was a sweaty business, and she could understand why he smelt bad after their ... more
    • practice makes perfect — Ben, Pecari, Tue Jun 12 12:37
      • It sure doesRaine, Sun Jun 17 06:33
        Right. Ben seemed fine. Of course he was fine, and he didn’t need a pep talk from her. Silly to think that had been a possibility. She just sort of nodded along as he rambled about memory, because he ... more
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