Krystal Baitman [Aquila]
Stress relief
Fri Jan 24, 2014 16:14
2.29.11.68

Study Hall was alright in that it was basically a doss, as far as Krystal was concerned. The librarian tried to make them do stuff, always putting out loads of things that she chirpily suggested they had a go at but there was like.... nothing you actually had to finish in order to not get detention. She was glad of an hour's break in someone hassling her. She was still feeling a bit wound up after Christmas. Daryll had been consistently nasty. Her mum had panicked, over compensated, and the effort had tired her out, making her even more grumpy, irritable and unable to face the issues she'd caused. All in all, it had been stressful and unpleasant. But no one wanted to hear that. Whenever anyone asked how your Christmas was, you just had to smile and say it was great. She'd been doing that ever since she got back, pushing all the fights and the chaos deep down. She was also fighting back horrid, choking feelings of guilt and isolation. There were some ways in which she was glad to leave home behind. RMI was clean and she was always well fed here. She felt disloyal for preferring school on any level to her home. There were a lot of ways in which school wound her up of course. You were always being told to be here, do this, do that... and she was often failing in all those and in trouble. It wasn't like she was safe here from conflict and being yelled at. Which left her wondering where she really wanted to be. She wasn't happy anywhere.

She slouched into study hall, considering pretending to read for the entire period in order not to have to really speak to anyone. Today though, the activity caught her attention. Firing at a dummy actually seemed kind of fun. Better than sitting at a table waiting for the time to go by. She squared up to one of the dummies, trying to think what spell she could use on it. De Villiers didn't really teach them magic – he just threw them at horrible creatures and watched them struggling not to get hurt because he was a sadistic tosser. Although she still drew a blank on what to hurl at it, a pleasing idea crept into her mind. One that might give her the fire she needed to get a hex flowing. She knew exactly who she would be pretending it was. Maybe interspersed with occasional appearances from Daryll.

Just along from her, someone was casting a spell. She listened in, and once she thought she'd heard the word right, she turned on the dummy to try it. She thought about all the times de Villers had made her feel small, or forced her to do things just because he could. She thought about his smug face, lording it over her.

“Stupefy!” she cast, furiously slashing her wand at the dummy for want of a better movement. A shower of red sparks exploded from it. It was too untargeted to have any further effect but it made her feel a little better. She was sure lighting it up like a Christmas tree would get a lot of the hurt and anger right out of her system.

“How do you do it?” she asked someone nearby.

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