That’s one way to look at it
Fri Jan 13, 2017 13:59

The transfer’s full name was two first names, which was a thing Holland had always found suspicious, but they answered his question anyway. “Fifth-year. Lyra,” in case the hair wasn’t a giveaway. Then again if Russell had been here for all of two days and wasn’t in Holland’s House, he probably didn’t know the Lyra colors, so clarification was probably a good idea. “Not new,” they added helpfully.

Holland wanted to check out the mind-control feeling that was, yes, still happening, but the other students had all passed this point in the obstacle course. Either this was part of the activity (and they should just move on to the next part) or it wasn’t (and hanging around here wouldn’t change that). Then Holland wondered if giving up on finding the source was a mind-control thought, but it didn’t have the tickly feeling that come over here did. Whichever beings wanted Holland to wander off the main path would have to get used to disappointment.

They could always double back and investigate later. Just in case.

“Sure,” they told Russell. The crawl-on-the-mud-under-a-tarp thing was probably not a partner event, but there could be obstacles ahead that would require another person. Knowing Professor Rasnick, the fifth-year expected at least one teamwork challenge.

Unfortunately for Holland’s outfit, it looked like there was no way around getting muddy here. Holland didn’t terribly mind getting dirty if they had to, but they wanted to avoid it if possible. After depositing the log in its new home, Holland wiped their muddied hand on the side of their pants and drew their wand. They tapped their clothes with their wand and muttered “impervius” a few times, hoping the water-repelling charm would also keep mud off of them. It was worth a try, and if it didn’t work then a few well-placed scourgifys at the end should stop mud from staining. If anything, Holland hoped it worked on their shoes. Wet feet, with your shoes and socks soaked through, was the worst feeling.

Re-holstering their wand, Holland approached the obstacle. “We should catch up with the others,” they said, getting on the ground to start crawling. Holland couldn’t think of any spells that’d make this faster, but the Impervius Charm seemed to be keeping the mud from sticking to their clothes—though their arms and face were still getting dirty. “Where did you transfer from?” they asked, hoping Russell was keeping up.

  • "Oh... right," Russell muttered by means of acknowledgement, feeling a bit dumb. He had seen Professor Rasnick fly off ahead of them. But having multiple professors was in itself a very new... more
    • That’s one way to look at it - Holland, Fri Jan 13 13:59
      • It's a practical approach - Russell, Fri Jan 13 19:17
        Holland, who was not new, was apparently game to work together, or at least game enough to have taken the plunge first into the tunnel. Russell found himself vaguely wishing that he had gone in... more
        • I’m more theoretical - Holland, Sat Jan 14 14:49
          Mostly using their arms, Holland pulled themself through the mud under the tarp and decided they would love to never do this again. It was a good thing Frankie wasn’t here—Holland’s Quidditch captain ... more
          • I'm kind of symmetrical - Russell , Sat Jan 14 17:52
            As it turned out, Russell wasn't entirely the odd one out because Holland's education had almost gone the same way that his had. That was interesting. More interesting was hearing that Holland's dad... more
            • I’m mostly apocryphal - Holland, Sun Jan 15 17:44
              Russell’s water charm came out with all the strength of a fire hose, which startled Holland a bit but got the job done. Their own (more restrained) spell was a controlled stream that they used to... more
              • And a little existential - Russell, Mon Jan 16 02:04
                He nodded and flicked his wand in a tight spiral with a mutter. This charm was one Russell had practiced a lot. California was basically all summer; avoiding the sun was inconvenient, but more so was ... more
                • But you’re less hypothetical - Holland, Tue Jan 17 15:14
                  Russell’s spell worked exactly as he said it would, and Holland did their best to commit his wand movement and incantation to memory. He sort of mumbled it, so they would likely ask later. It could... more
                  • That's canonical - Russell , Wed Jan 18 19:13
                    "Oh, really?" was his reply as he tried not to look too relieved. He thought Holland was a little shorter than him, maybe - it was hard to tell accurately since he was still barefoot and that might... more
                    • And not allegorical - Holland, Mon Jan 23 14:13
                      “It’s just mud,” they said, not flinching as Russell stepped into their hand. Obviously they’d prefer not getting muddy, but it was a lost cause at this point in the obstacle course. The mud would... more
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