Elliot Phippen
At the very beginning
Wed Aug 8, 2018 21:17

School had too much sitting still and listening for Elliot, but he figured he’d like it more when the subjects were Spellwork and Potions instead of English and social studies. He was mostly right. Classes where they cast spells and made potions and played with magical creatures were hands-on and action-packed. Okay, turning a beetle into a button wasn’t exactly action-packed, but they were doing real magic and it was what Elliot had been waiting his whole eleven years for and it was freaking epic.

But they were back to sitting still and listening in classes like History of Magic. Elliot was b o r e d every time Professor Boot opened his mustached mouth. Even when he was going on about goblin wars (and it was usually about goblin wars), Elliot couldn’t help thinking about how much cooler it would be to learn this stuff via a Civilization-style game. You could play as different factions of humans or goblins, and have different abilities based on what the goblin leaders did. Like Vargot could have an apple-based attack or…

Okay, someone else would have to figure out how to make it educational. Elliot just knew how to make it fun. The point was that the rebellions were exciting, but hearing about them was way less exciting than leading them would be.

Score: today’s classwork was about stuff that Elliot had actually lived. Ari being born was definitely in the top five most important things that had happened to Elliot, and so was Peregrine opening, and wow this assignment was harder than he thought because Elliot was already out of things that jumped out at him as being most important for his whole life. Maybe the release dates for some of his favorite games? You could argue that games like The Anointed Darkness had made Elliot who he was, because he’d liked the story and the gameplay so much that he’d done multiple playthroughs that were more than a hundred hours each.

Elliot didn’t have a lot of time to keep thinking about that, because the paper that was supposed to be his flew right over his head. He was sitting near the front today, so Elliot climbed over two rows of seats and students to get it back, and scrambled back down over them after it was in his hand, accidentally kicking Violet Rosse a little in the process. (Not a real kick. Just a little one. She was still all “I’ll get you for that” but whatever, Elliot would deal with that later if he had to.)

He smacked his parchment down on the table and then watched as it unrolled off the desk and kept unrolling until it hit the floor, where it still unrolled. Boot had given them a lot a lot of paper. Were they supposed to use the whole thing? Elliot was gonna need to think of way more stuff. Even if he wrote really big there was no way that five things would take up all that space. He started with his birthday, June 17th, and was slowly scritching a horizontal line to the right when Kit asked leaned over.

Elliot cocked his head to the side and scrunched up his black eyebrows in thought. Did he know hours or minutes for anything he might put on this list off the top of his head? He knew that he was born at 2:29 am. He could probably guess about what time everything else had happened—it wasn’t like Boot would have any way of knowing if Elliot was wrong—but that seemed unnecessary. “I was just putting the date,” he told Kit. “Can’t be assed to figure out the hours and minutes for everything. I was gonna do when Peregrine opened and when Ari was born. And then maybe when Crash of the Tempest came out?” That was the game Dad had developed where the main character was based on Mama; she could shapeshift into a falcon and you had to use that to solve puzzles and save the world and stuff. Ari and Elliot had gotten to voice some NPCs in the game, and after it came out the family had gotten convention invites, so Elliot would say it was important because things had changed after it. “What are you putting?”

  • Where should I start? - Katherine Kendrick, Mon Aug 6 09:25
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    • At the very beginning - Elliot Phippen, Wed Aug 8 21:17
      • What if I started in the middle? - Katherine, Wed Aug 15 12:13
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        • Sounds a little avant-garde - Elliot, Thu Aug 16 20:00
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          • Avant-garde, that's me - Katherine, Fri Aug 17 11:15
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            • Yet you’re not so modern - Elliot, Wed Aug 29 21:47
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              • Says you - Katherine, Mon Sep 3 10:22
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                • Yes I do - Elliot, Sat Sep 15 14:52
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