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Elly Eriksson, Seeker
I'm Dreaming of a White Victory
Sun Nov 21, 2010 13:46
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Of all her years of playing Quidditch, Elly had never once played in the snow. She’d practised in the snow, for sure, but her high school games had all been played in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. The only game they’d had last year at Sapienti was pleasant enough weather; it definitely wasn’t snowing. Elly was definitely excited about the snow – it reminded her of home, both her childhood home in London and her mother’s current residence in Hollabrunn, Austria (technically the concept of ‘home’ was very fluid for Elly, who tended to live in places as she found them, often week by week in the holidays, and who hadn’t had a permanent address since she was fifteen, but that was beside the point just now). As exciting as the powdery white precipitation was, the Seeker for the Roaring Fireballs was mildly concerned that she might freeze into position on her broomstick mid-flight. Therefore she’d put on two pairs of socks (one knee-length, fluorescent green pair underneath her black sports socks) and some thin leggings underneath her normal Quidditch pants. She was also wearing a cotton vest, then a long-sleeved t-shirt, and a turquoise jumper knitted from floating goat hair, which meant it was lightweight and very warm. Finally her team Quidditch robes went on over the top, with her name emblazoned on her back. Elly had also put on an old pair of fingerless gloves beneath her Seeker gloves, and regretted having to braid her thick orange curls back out of the way for the game, because although it kept her vision clear, it prevented her hair from warming her ears.

As Elly walked out onto the pitch with the rest of her team, she couldn’t help feeling excited. She had a good feeling about this game. The team was made up of exceptional players, and Lucy had made a good captain thus far, despite her tendency to allow people to wind her up. Elly thought she could maybe stand to chill out a bit from time to time, but then this was a thought coming from someone who was so laid back she was practically horizontal at times. Regardless, the sophomore was confident her captain would lead the team to victory. So as the captains came together to shake hands, Elly was not intimidated by the other players. She’d heard of their reputation, of course, not to mention that they were serial winners of the Falcon Cup. In Elly’s mind, previous victory was in no way a determinate of future victory. As for their bullying and cheating tactics, they didn’t bother the redhead one bit. She used to play against Crotalus for crying out loud. Not to mention she’d been trained by Sonora Beating legends Ash and Sorrel Craven. Besides, the opposition just had to have heard of some members on the Fireball team and they would naturally run screaming in the opposite direction. In additional to all that, the majority of the Sapienti team couldn’t technically be described as entirely sane: a couple of Bludgers to the head could only do them good, really. Elly knew that this team wouldn’t be put off by the weather, or by some intimidating opposition, or by a jeering crowd, or by fierce Beaters on the other team, or the End of the World. In short, they would stop at nothing to win the game. Elly herself was no exception; she was going to Seek that Snitch like her life depended on it.

As Lucy returned to her team, the pre-game butterflies started flying up a storm in Elly’s stomach. It wasn’t nervousness, but excitement – there was nothing in the world like the adrenaline kick of a game of Quidditch, and nothing compared to the freedom of flying. Since she’d discovered she was a witch, and been plunged into this magical world she hadn’t previously known existed, Elly had come across a phenomenal wealth of new experiences. Magic had changed her life, in a very real way, and sometimes she found herself straying into philosophy and wondering which aspect of this magical universe had been the most enjoyable discovery. The answer was simple, and it was the same ever time. Quidditch was so exhilarating, so peculiarly dangerous, and so against all Muggle expectations that she had been irrefutably drawn to the game since she’d discovered it. Eight years down the line and she was still Seeker for her designated team, and her skills had developed in accordance with these many years of hard practise. She’d never been better prepared to catch that Snitch. So as she gripped the handle, and swung her leg over her broomstick, a strong determination settled over the Seeker. She was going to catch the Snitch and the Fireballs were going to win the game! She repeated this mantra as she readied herself on her broom. Then, before snow had time to settle on her robes, the whistle sounded and Elly kicked off. The ground was hard but slippery. Luckily it didn’t hinder her in the slightest, and she ascended into the sky, even higher than the other players, feeling the snow sting her face and the wind blow right through her layers almost as if it was trying to reach her bones. Not that Elly cared – this was the most fantastic feeling she’d ever had in her life!

She would enjoy the game, yes, but also she had to concentrate, and work hard. So after stealing a couple of seconds of guilty bliss following her kick off, Elly set to work. Spotting the Snitch through the falling snow would be difficult, not made any easier but the fact that the wind was causing the fall to billow this way and that with no predictable pattern. Ah well, she always said she enjoyed a challenge. Leaning to the left, Elly turned gently in the air, intending on starting with a wide circle of the pitch, above the game. It was a tried-and-tested tactic, with the advantages of spying on the other team’s Seeker, and surreptitiously watching the first few seconds of the game. She hoped for a Fireball to steal the Quaffle first, as an auspicious sign of their impending victory. She had a good feeling about this.

  • Roaring Fireballs VS Soaring HippogriffsCoach Bradford, Sat Nov 20 23:20
    The first game of the year had been put off for some time due to an outbreak of Dragonpocs at two of the schools. Yet it was that time again the crowds had come to cheer on the Roaring Fireballs or... more
    • High time to get on the offense. [Hippogriff Chaser]Liana Chapman, Fri Nov 26 17:06
      Lee was amazed at how fast the game went. It was just so constant , always flying and ducking other players and smacking Bludgers with as much strength as she could get out of her left hand. She knew ... more
      • ..did you really have to get that offensive?Kerrie Lang, Fri Nov 26 17:57
        Despite Edwards' almost pathetically awesome pass to her, he was now playing much better and was steadily gaining on their goalhoops. But Kerrie wasn't one easily outraced. She sped after him,... more
        • If you thought that was offensive, don't watch this.Christopher Salas, Sun Nov 28 01:22
          "You have no idea." Chris cringed on his broom. There was a brief flash of pain that seemed to travel from the middle of his back to his chest, as if an arrow had struck through him unnoticed, and... more
          • That's more awesome than offensive, actually.Kerrie Lang, Sun Nov 28 18:00
            And sure enough, there Chris was as always, in front of her the moment her thoughts turned to him. Staring into his eyes behind those dark glasses, she smiled at him in gratitude, her own grey eyes... more
            • Well, I'm rather offended.Liana Chapman, Mon Nov 29 20:50
              Lee grinned with satisfaction as her Bludger hit its target, continuing to trace its path around the field from the corner of her eye while the rest of her attention was on Hector and Gabriel. She... more
              • Don't waste your thoughts on them. Lucy Featherwick, Thu Dec 9 04:48
                As Lucy approached Lee, Lucy let out a long string of expletives under her breath. How dare he! Liana was practically hanging off her broom and if she sustained a hit now, she was surely a goner -... more
                • "Hey Lee" a voice drifted to her faintly through the rising wind, and she cracked one eye open slightly before frowning and opening both eyes wider in an attempt to make out the figure in front of... more
    • Aiming for a clean victory. [Hippogriff Chaser]Lucy Featherwick, Mon Nov 22 06:59
      The weather was windy and cold, but Lucy was confident of her team as she strode onto the Quidditch Pitch, her broom tucked under her arm. It was snowing but she'd thankfully told her team to cast a... more
      • Don't even bother.Nathan DeVerro, Mon Nov 22 15:10
        Nathan stepped onto the pitch, his taut face serious as the snow landed in his dark hair, nicely combed just for the match. Though his hair was always unruly on a regular basis, it was just for these ... more
        • Aiming for just victory then.Gabriel Errant, Mon Nov 22 19:50
          Though this was Gabriel's first game at Sapienti, he had played chaser and keeper interchangeably throughout high school and middle school. A few times he had been seeker, mainly for the glory factor ... more
          • Victory is goodHector Edwards [Fireball Chaser], Tue Nov 23 17:23
            It was the first game of the season, and Hector was quite excited about it. Quidditch was always a good time, and the blonde had a raging passion for the sport. He was confident they would win this... more
            • Don't bother with that, eitherKerrie Lang {Hippogriff Chaser}, Tue Nov 23 20:41
              If there was one thing that Kerrie Lang couldn't stand, it was the cold. So naturally, the fact that their match against Sapienti was to be held in practically a blizzard didn't impress her at all.... more
              • Gee, I think we're discouraging them.Christopher Salas, Tue Nov 23 22:33
                It was too early in the game to get annoyed. Chris merely gritted his teeth before whipping past Chapman. He'd underestimated her, she did know how to swing a bat. However, he hadn't actually been... more
                • It's going to take more than that. [Hippogriff Chaser]Lucy Featherwick, Wed Nov 24 06:58
                  Now, Lucy was becoming annoyed. This game had sped up from nought to one hundred in the past five minutes. That shoulder barge from the Hippogriff Chaser had really been necessary. Cursing under her... more
                  • To stop you winning? I think not.Gale Williams, Wed Nov 24 07:59
                    Gale, for the most part of the this match had not had much to do. Of course, it wasn't that he needed much to do - after all, he was confident that the Hippogriff's were going to win. The SUM team... more
                    • 'nough talk, more playGabriel Errant, Wed Nov 24 10:40
                      Gabriel had no time to be disappointed at Hector's poor pass. The Hippogriff chaser who had been trailing him and Mia shoved into him before speeding back towards Fireball goals. Gabriel turned... more
    • Sending a pretty bludger your way {Fireball Chaser}Christopher Salas, Sun Nov 21 19:31
      Chris swung his beater bat casually into the air as he trudged through the snow onto SUM's definition of a Quidditch Stadium, and caught the bat neatly into his thinly gloved hand. He lagged slightly ... more
      • Not on my watch.Liana Chapman, Mon Nov 22 20:13
        Lee strapped her wrist guards on tightly over the sleeves of her robes, hoping that they would keep the loose material from getting in her way too much. Underneath the robes she was dressed simply in ... more
    • I'm Dreaming of a White Victory — Elly Eriksson, Seeker, Sun Nov 21 13:46
      • My dreams are far more sinisterChristopher Salas, Wed Nov 24 17:43
        Chris pulled his broom up until he was far above all the players except one. Through his glasses he spied Erikson, an obnoxiously brightly colored girl who played seeker. Once again, Chris felt... more
        • I didn't know you had that much imagination. Lucy Featherwick, Thu Dec 9 04:39
          After sending several Bludgers towards the Chasers, sometimes successfully, but most of the time they missed which aggravated her no end she decided to play tactically. Noticing that both Liana and... more
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