Holland Keene [Lyra 5th Year]
But let’s not get dirty
Thu Jan 12, 2017 13:44

To put it lightly, Holland was less than thrilled to discover that the intermediates were starting with gym class. Wizarding school was supposed to drop fabricated subjects like physical education and history. Besides, Holland got more than enough exercise from the Lyra Quidditch Team, which they’d been a reserve player for last year.

Holland could care less about Quidditch. They’d only signed up because Emmett had promised if they did, he’d to let them show him what he looked like with makeup. (Dateworthy, is what Emmett looked like with makeup—not especially to Holland but definitely to girls their age—and they were disappointed but not surprised that he hadn’t made a habit of wearing it.)

The seafoam green color they’d dyed their hair before leaving for school was holding up nicely, but not the easiest shade to match. Today Holland had gone with a coral t-shirt, navy blue yoga pants, and a pair of gray men’s sneakers. A stretchy teal headband held back their hair, which was short on the sides but long enough on top that it might flop in their face while working out. They’d debated whether to put on makeup this morning, and eventually decided against. It meant their complexion was less smooth than they liked to present, but why waste the foundation when they were probably going to sweat it off?

At least Professor Rasnick was letting them use magic to get through the obstacle course. The best part of Defense was the jinxes, which were basically just annoying charms. Holland had noticed lots of seemingly arbitrary divisions between various types of spellwork—not just between transfiguration and charms, but also the relative effects of jinxes, hexes, and curses. The class discussed that during the theory parts of Spellwork sometimes, but Holland didn’t think the subject was resolved. Some people argued that the severity of the effects determined whether something was jinx, hex, or curse, but there weren’t hard lines. Holland couldn’t see any benefits to classifying the spells when the boundaries of the categories seemed so subjective.

While the other students began collecting their logs, Holland dithered for a few moments over whether to use a Locomotion Charm or a Levitation Charm. Locomotor was better for heavy objects but slower, while Wingardium Leviosa would be harder to maintain but give Holland finer control of the log. Or they could go with a feather-light charm and just carry it normally, which would leave them free to use their wand on the other obstacles.

The fifth-year chose the last option and hoisted the nearly weightless log onto their left shoulder. It was unwieldy but not heavy, and Holland made their way to the mud pit without much difficulty.

Well, they certainly weren’t walking through this mess. Holland set the log down at the edge of the pit and sat on it as though it were a comically large broom. They cast a Locomotion Charm on the log and began slowly crossing the mud pit. They were halfway to the other side when they thought they heard someone call their name. Holland suddenly felt a strong urge to jump off the log, but managed not to. The Lyra looked at their nearest classmate. “Did you say something?”

  • Let's get Physical! [DADA, Yrs 4 and 5] - Professor Ivy Rasnick, Wed Jan 11 11:04
    Everyone thought that Defense Against the Dark Arts classes were always about duelling, hexes, and curses but the one thing that Ivy had learned over the years was that physical fitness was just as... more
    • Just how physical are we talking here? - Rose Farnon [Aquila], Sat Jan 14 08:31
      After deciding that Professor Rasnick probably wouldn’t care if they showed up in bras and yoga pants, both Marissa and Rose had decided to go that route with ‘workout clothes’. While Marissa had... more
      • It's probably not what you're thinking. - Emmett Lawrence [Lyra], Sat Jan 14 18:17
        Ajkhskfhakjgks. Welp. This was the day Emmett would die. He should have known it would end like this, forced into extreme physical activity while he was already concentrating on just keeping blood... more
        • Or is it not what you're thinking? - Rose, Tue Jan 17 13:35
          As it happened, the person who had been trying to capitalize on her frozen mud was Emmett, which Rose really shouldn’t have been surprised by. Marissa’s ex wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer and ... more
          • ....*brain explodes* - Emmett, Wed Jan 18 17:03
            Emmett pondered for a second, trying to decide what looked stupider: to say “no thanks” to Rose’s Healing spell for his chin and look like a stubborn, ungrateful child, or to accept it and stand... more
            • Ew now there's brain juice everywhere - Rose, Tue Jan 24 10:32
              Once Emmett had agreed to let her heal the scratch on his chin, Rose reached down and tilted his head up so that she could get easy access to the cut. It wasn’t that bad, but the fifth year didn’t... more
    • But let’s not get dirty - Holland Keene [Lyra 5th Year], Thu Jan 12 13:44
      • I don't mind the mess - Russell Drew [4th year, Cetus], Thu Jan 12 19:07
        Back home in California, Defense Against the Dark Arts had fallen under the category of subjects that Russell found interesting but thought would be infinitely more so when it wasn't just himself and ... more
        • Then you’re welcome to stay in it - Holland, Thu Jan 12 21:06
          Holland thought they knew everyone in their year, and most of the fourth-years as well, but they were certain they’d never seen this boy before. The goggles made it hard to tell, but the only... more
          • "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
              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.... more
              • 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
    • Between a log and a muddy place - Dardanius Dubois [5th year Lyra], Thu Jan 12 06:30
      DADA was more often than not an interesting class, and for this reason it was Danny’s favourite. Also learning about the Dark Arts was cool, and Professor Rasnick was hot. You know, for a professor.... more
      • Let me add another log to that - Marissa Kendrick (5th Year Aquila), Thu Jan 12 22:45
        Whenever a professor gave Marissa the opportunity to wear something besides the school uniform of robes and whatever, she absolutely followed through. It wasn’t like she particularly paid attention... more
        • Let's lose the logs - Dardanius, Fri Jan 13 06:35
          Of course it was Marissa, why wouldn't it be? Danny made the mistake of turning his head to look at her, and he almost lost his footing for a second time. Merlin alive, was that outfit even legal ?... more
          • Then what am I going to carry? - Marissa, Sat Jan 14 18:43
            It felt like, for a moment, Marissa and Danny were frozen in time. From what she knew of Danny, he was also quite competitive, and he was probably contemplating her next move. Marissa was very... more
            • That's not my problem - Danny, Sun Jan 15 10:26
              He had just seen the next task up ahead and was wondering if he could pull off the bubble head charm after two months of no practice, when he tripped over nothing and the ground came rapidly up to... more
              • I guess I can just be empty handed - Marissa, Sun Jan 15 16:39
                Marissa gave a celebratory whoop! as she made it past Danny. In the back of her mind, she thought of going back to check on him because that fall looked way nastier than she had intended, but she’d... more
                • Better than empty headed - Danny, Mon Jan 16 05:43
                  Another advantage of dousing Marissa, besides revenge, was that she was now wet in a sports bra. “What?” Danny asked, her words not matching his thoughts. Then he realised she was talking about his... more
                  • My head is full of knowledge, okay? - Marissa, Mon Jan 16 15:38
                    If they weren’t next to a big thing of fire, Marissa would probably be shivering. How did Danny produce so much water with that tiny wand? The Aquila was almost tempted to stay by the fire a little... more
                    • Okay. Just not useful knowledge. - Danny, Mon Jan 16 17:02
                      “I’ll fix your lip for you when we don’t need the bubble head charm anymore,” Marissa offered. “Thanks, but I’ll pass,” he said, warily. He was not certain she had eptitude in healing spells. Spells... more
                      • Marissa noticed the wariness in his voice, which she found to be a little unfair. She said she was sorry, she meant it, and she thought it had come out very genuine. Danny clearly didn’t trust her... more
                        • Usefulness is to be commended - Danny, Wed Jan 18 15:51
                          How was she still cold? The water from his charm but have been icy . If he’d have known that, Danny wasn’t sure he would have gone through with it. Maybe. Dardanius himself was actually pretty warm,... more
                          • I do what I can - Marissa, Wed Jan 18 17:27
                            Marissa could tell that her shivering was making Danny feel uncomfortable or something. She was a good actress. She wasn’t the best – she’d never do fancy stuff like her mom did, and she didn’t want... more
                            • You sure do - Danny, Fri Jan 20 05:07
                              Once Marissa was in his shoulders, Danny shakily stood, using the sheer face of the wall for support, raising his companion sufficiently that she could haul herself onto the top of the wall. That was ... more
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