Jasmine Delachene, Crotalus
I hate snakes
Fri Nov 30, 2018 23:29
72.95.17.39

On the whole, Jasmine loved being a Crotalus and had no arguments against her sorting. She knew she would never survive as an Aladren. She liked the idea of Teppenpaw, but couldn't really see herself there. Pecari was the house of both of her parents, but she was kind of confused as to how her mother got in there and she didn't think it suited either of them. The one problem she had with Crotalus was its House symbol. As a girl who grew up in the deserts of California, she was very aware of exactly how dangerous a rattlesnake was, and she really wished her House was represented by basically anything else. She hated the things.

So when Professor Hawthorne offered statues of a Rattlesnake, a Prairie Dog, a Hawk, and a Wild Boar as targets in a destruction spell, Jasmine had nothing but approval in her choosing the rattlesnake as the one to go after. Jasmine herself lined up for that one, too. She didn't even have to think about it even a little bit. None of the other three had ever endangered the lives of herself, her family, or her horses.

Of course, it wasn't an actual snake - it was huge, and not slithering in the dirt - so it didn't invoke any kind of panic just looking at it, but that just made it easier for her. Faced with a real snake, she'd shriek in terror, turn tail, and flee as fast as she could. If there was any magic involved at all in that scenario, it would be accidental. Merlin knew that was how she first learned she was a witch.

***

Jasmine was five. She was riding Wendy. Wendy was an ancient old muggle mare, and Mom's favorite. She was the only horse on the ranch Jasmine was allowed to ride unsupervised, because Wendy was calm and steady and probably couldn't trot or rear up anymore even if she wanted to. Today, Jasmine had taken the old girl out into the hills for a bit of exercise.

Jasmine didn't see the snake at first, but Wendy did. She stopped moving and whinnied in fear. That was when Jasmine heard the rattle. She screamed.

Jasmine knew all about rattle snakes. She knew they could kill a girl her size easily, and while most of the horses on the ranch would be okay if they got bit, Wendy was old. Like really old. Older than most muggle horses lived. While Mom used healing spells and potions on her to counter the worst of age's infirmities, she was still nearly as old as Mom herself. There was no guarantee she would survive a venomous snake bite.

At the sound of the scream, the snake lunged for Wendy.

Terror filled Jasmine. She loved Wendy nearly as much as Mom did. Wendy couldn't get bit. Wendy, and Jasmine, were suddenly back in the stable. One of the stable hands let out a shout of startled surprise. Jasmine dismounted, crying, but checked Wendy for bites through her tears. Wendy was okay. A bit freaked out. (Which was fair, so was everybody else.) But okay.

***

So while 'flight' would normally be Jasmine's go-to response when faced with a real rattler, the lack of genuine panic did let her choose to go with 'fight' instead.

"Reducto!" she shouted with heartfelt intent.

Of course, she was still only a third year, and honestly not a very talented witch when it came to offensive magics. So while she successfully managed to smash its face (and most importantly its teeth), most of the statue remained after the dust settled.

  • Let's cause mayhem, Intermediates.Professor Hawthorne, Sat Nov 10 20:14
    Tabitha had warned her Intermediate class at the end of their previous session that today’s lesson would be taking place in one of the MARS rooms and she also left a reminder notice on her classroom... more
    • IndecisiveConnor Priory,Crotalus, Tue Dec 18 18:02
      Connor entered MARS and listened as Professor Hawthorne mentioned that this lesson was something that was going to wake them up. Which sounded kind of ominous to him. He personally was awake already... more
    • Re: Let's cause mayhem, Intermediates.Natalie Atwater, Pecari, Sun Dec 16 18:25
      Defense Against the Dark Arts was a really awesome class and Natalie couldn't help but be excited about the fact that they were having it in MARS instead of the Defense classroom. Even though it was... more
    • Take that!Emerald Brockert, Aladren, Tue Dec 4 22:55
      Emerald was still taking into consideration which classes she wanted to continue after CATS. She wasn't at all worried that she wasn't going to make adequate grades to continue in a particular... more
    • I hate snakes — Jasmine Delachene, Crotalus, Fri Nov 30 23:29
      • Yaun-ti as well?Gary Harper, Aladren, Sat Dec 8 00:03
        As usual, Gary had arrived early for class. It was a good thing to, because he had forgotten all about meeting up at MARS today. After seeing the reminding note, he 'raced' (as much as you could call ... more
    • Hitting the HawkWinston Pierce, Crotalus, Fri Nov 30 21:54
      Winston, ever since the Cleo Revelation, had not much cared for DADA. Not that Cleo being a veela had anything to do with it. Rather, That Teppenpaw did, and more importantly, the professor's... more
    • Demolishing Pecari('s statue).Simon Mordue, Crotalus, Wed Nov 28 22:53
      There had been coffee at breakfast, and it had even been fairly decent coffee, but Simon’s green eyes were still shadowed, lids heavier than usual (or at least his pre-fifth-year usual), as he... more
      • Not as weak as I lookDorian, Fri Nov 30 09:24
        Dorian was not sure what to make of the fact they were going to MARS for Defence class. He was fairly sure that the rooms had certain limitations on them and could not call forth anything... more
        • You look just fine to me, medvedozhnok.Tatiana Vorontsova, Pecari, Fri Nov 30 16:57
          Mornings were not things Tatiana found particularly vexing, as a rule. At home, after all, the only reason one was allowed to take a lie-in was if one happened to be ill; short of verifiable illness, ... more
          • And yet, someone has a problem...Dorian, Fri Nov 30 21:48
            Dorian was not quite convinced that not being pretty was a fair reason to attack something, but he supposed it was a good enough reason if asked to justify their choice for this class. He had had no... more
            • I'd say it's you two.Simon Mordue, Sat Dec 1 21:01
              If he ever had a girlfriend, Simon through grumpily, he would tell her not to make so much noise in public. Or rather, would not acquire one tasteless enough to do so in the first place. Montoir and... more
              • Simon was saying friendly enough words, on the surface of it. But he did not seem friendly whilst saying them. His words also felt rude because it felt a little bit like he was speaking as if Tatya... more
                • Tatiana also votes against it.Tatiana and Simon, Mon Dec 3 09:25
                  Tatiana was surprised when Dorian suddenly spoke to the Crotalus boy, and for a moment looked at him, not sure what to say about or how to react to this. Dorian never ignored her. Dorian listened... more
                  • Looks like it is two against oneDorian, Tue Dec 4 20:20
                    Do you want to go to Teppenpaw? Subtext: I am uncomfortable here and wish to leave. Tatya, of course, had repeatedly demonstrated that she was thoroughly immune to such nuances - whether by virtue if ... more
                    • So it seems.Simon and Tatiana , Wed Dec 5 20:25
                      Simon was surprised by the level of pushback from the pair. “Privately certainly,” said Simon, thinking fast. “But it’s distracting to everyone else when she’s jabbering out that loudly in class and... more
Click here to receive daily updates