Arnold Bittleby and Emily Wiggins (Cetus)
Then thieves we shall be
Wed Feb 26, 2014 15:08

Arnold sighed as he entered the Spellwork classroom. Once again, all of the desks were gone, prompting the students to sit on the floor. He figured he ought to be used to the uncertainty of Professor Clarke’s teaching methods by now, but Arnold was almost always thrown by anything that varied from normalcy. When Professor Clarke told them to split into groups, he made a beeline for his friend Emily Wiggins. None of the other faces around him looked inviting, and he figured one of Emily’s other friends could join them if they wanted to.

“Hi, Arnold!” chirped Emily when he came over. “I wonder what all of these trunks have inside of them. Hopefully something fun…” She trailed off as Professor Clarke began to speak again.

Arnold leafed through the pages of his book until he found page 303, and placed it so that both he and Emily could see it. He was familiar with Alohamora, but had yet to actually try performing it. As usual, Professor Clarke had an interesting backstory to tell them about the day’s spell. Arnold had to suppress an eye roll as he saw Emily mentally check out the moment she realized they were talking about history.

The stories of how spells got their common names were always the most interesting to Arnold. He liked to accumulate small facts like those, though most of his classmates didn’t share his enthusiasm.

As soon as Professor Clarke gave the go-ahead to start working, Emily snapped back to attention so quickly that Arnold was almost impressed by her slacking skills. Emily was the type of student that thrived on interactive activities, and generally excelled in them. However, as demonstrated moments ago, she was less keen on book work or things like magical theory and history.

“Okay, Em. Do you wanna go first or do you want me to try?”

Emily twirled her hair thoughtfully. “You can go first this time. I can’t remember the wand movement exactly, so I want to see how it’s done first.”

Arnold nodded and pulled out his wand. Clearing his throat, he glanced around the room at the other groups before attempting the spell. “Alohamora,” he said clearly while flicking his wand. As usual, his first attempt yielded no results. He tried again, this time moving his wand slower and more smoothly. Arnold thought he saw the lock jiggle, but it might have just been his imagination.

“Try a more swishy movement before you point at the lock,” Emily said from behind.

“I thought you didn’t know the movements,” Arnold replied sarcastically.

“I don’t,”Emily retorted. “It just seems like it should be swishy.”
Shaking his head, Arnold decided to follow her advice. He swished his wand, ending in a flick at the lock. “Alohamora.” The trunk popped open. Arnold stared, dumbfounded for a moment. Of course she was right.
Inside of this trunk was another, smaller trunk. Arnold supposed it was all part of the game.

“Yay! Good job!” Emily shouted excitedly. “My turn!”
She jumped in front of Arnold, and without taking a breath, said “Alohamora” while copying Arnold’s wand movement. The smaller trunk popped open immediately, revealing yet another trunk. Arnold wondered how many of them there could be.

Biting back annoyance that Emily had gotten the trunk open on her first try, Arnold glanced behind him to see if anyone else had joined the group.

“Anyone else want to give it a go?” he asked, gesturing at the trunks.

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