It's a practical approach
Fri Jan 13, 2017 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 first, because dark tunnels were incredibly soothing to him and it would have been nice to have the experience of following it through without hearing someone else up ahead. His eye twitched. (Which was oddly well-timed, but not actually for any reason in particular; it just did that sometimes. Or, well, a lot of the time.)

Then again, Holland had paused for a while to try Imperviusing seemingly every visible item of clothing. In retrospect, if he had really wanted to go in first, he would have seized the opportunity to leap in the tunnel while Holland was preoccupied. As the thought occurred to him, the fact that he hadn't jumped in right away reminded him of the related fact that as much as he disliked feeling like he was following people in situations where he genuinely didn't need to, he much more strongly disliked hearing other people creeping along after him. That never helped his nerves.

Lose a window and gain a door, or something like that.

Russell couldn't care less about the state of his clothing. Briefly readjusting the knot of hair clumped at the nape of his neck, tucking a loosened chunk back into it with slightly muddied fingers and then stuffing his wand through the centre for good measure, he dropped to the ground behind Holland and slid into the tunnel. His eyes quickly adjusted to the space, marking the texture of the walls. Even with his underweight bones-and-skin body, Russell still felt crushed under the weight. He had to actually struggle a bit to get his knees up high enough to push himself forwards. Dark and cramped. In other words, it was perfect, and he was finally not-grumpy again.

"California," he answered, before it occurred to him that wasn't really an answer. "Er, I was at a Muggle school before." That just made him sound incompetent, didn't it? "I had a tutor in magic." Speaking of magic, he didn't mind crawling around like this at all, but was there an easier way to get through? Presumably he could use Flipendo again, but since it had to be cast on something, that was sort of a one-way deal that would get Holland ahead and leave him behind. It soon seemed unnecessary, though. In the time he'd taken to silently ponder it, they had arrived at the end of the tunnel...

...And right into fire. Which Russell hated, and expressed, mumbled around the dirty hand he had slapped over his mouth in an attempt to block out the smoke. "I hate fire." Giant, leaping, bright flames that screwed with his perceptions. Ugh. At least it shouldn't be too hard to get rid of; Aguamenti was a pretty simple spell. Fumbling around in his hair, he retrieved his wand and pointed it at the flames, giving Holland a quick glance. "Ready?" He figured that if they hit it at the same time, they could totally quash the blaze.

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    • It's a practical approach - Russell, Fri Jan 13 19:17
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