Leah Roth
Don't wanna be all by myself
Sat Jul 21, 2018 05:51
2a00:23c4:2d8f:b800:4158:6a97:d2bd:b69b

Leah hated this partner exercise. Of course, this was due to her fear of the unfamiliar. Here she was, all alone in a strange place surrounded by people she didn’t know.

In this moment, she’d have given anything to make Professor Embers change her mind and assign students into pairs. That would make things so much easier!

At the other side of the room, she could see Elliot, but unfortunately it looked like he’d already teamed up with another student. Besides, it would probably be very uncool of her to cling to him. Unlike her, Elliot seemed extroverted and happy to mingle, and Leah cringed at the idea of being “that annoying friend”, following him wherever he went, doing whatever he did.

Fidgeting with her new robes – she didn’t know how she felt about wearing a school uniform yet – she considered not partnering up and perhaps hiding behind the honey-coloured curtains for the entirety of the lesson. Would she be able to get away with that? No. Definitely not. Professor Embers had said that everyone had to practice. Also, she was itching to use her wand for the first time ever and try this intriguing disarming spell. If only she could practice on herself!
Come on, she urged herself silently, now or never! Slowly moving around the room, Leah tried to make eye contact with students who were also still on their own, but none of them seemed to be looking her way. Great…

Suddenly, she felt a hand on her shoulder. Heart racing, the Draco first-year turned around. Facing her was a dark-haired boy about her age, asking her if she’d like to work with him. She was pretty sure that she hadn’t seen him before. He looked a bit pale, but neither unfriendly nor scary. Leah was so surprised that she simply nodded yes.

After a few seconds of silence, she remembered her manners. (One thing RMI had already taught her was not forgetting to introduce herself.) Clearing her throat, she extended her hand to the other student. “My name is Leah. Nice to meet you.”

Unsure how to start, she gently waved her other hand in which she held her wand. “Do you know how to do this?”

  • I can't think of a witty pun - Jesse Keller, Fri Jul 20 16:28
    The practical lab was very different this term than it had been the previous term. There were squishy chairs and a strange selection of toys and gadgets, and the curtains were a very pale green, just ... more
    • Don't wanna be all by myself - Leah Roth, Sat Jul 21 05:51
      • Two's company - Jesse, Sun Jul 22 11:01
        ( OOC: Hi, it’s great to be posting with you! Just a quick note that in Leah’s last post you wrote that ‘she felt a hand on her shoulder’, whereas I did not write that Jesse had touched her. RMI... more
        • Let's dance, I guess? - Leah, Mon Jul 23 15:32
          OOC: So sorry about the character hijack in my previous post! I wasn’t aware I was doing it, so thank you for pointing it out to me. Looking forward to our upcoming posting interactions! Once again,... more
          • I fear you will find me inept - Jesse, Wed Jul 25 13:45
            “I would not mind going first,” Jesse answered the question in the parse it had been asked, because negatively phrased questions could get confusing otherwise (for example, if he had just answered... more
            • Won't believe it 'til I see it - Leah, Sat Jul 28 07:05
              A Draco! Leah was delighted to meet another student from her new house, especially because the two of them becoming friends was now even more likely. If there was one thing that she needed here at... more
              • How about Santa Claus? - Jesse, Sat Jul 28 15:14
                The first time has cast a spell on another person Jesse had found it nerve-wracking. When casting a charm or a transfiguration on an inanimate object there were so many things that could go wrong... more
                • But your magic is real - Leah, Sun Aug 5 08:45
                  A flash of red light blinded Leah, and she instinctively closed her eyes. Simultaneously, she felt her wand slip out of her hand. Her eyes flew open again just in time for her to see it hitting the... more
                  • So is yours - Jesse, Tue Aug 7 15:10
                    Jesse’s spell had more or less the desired effect. He had expelled the wand from the grasp of his opponent, however instead of moving towards him, the object in question had most unhelpfully sped... more
                    • Well yes, but it might disappoint - Leah, Wed Aug 15 07:56
                      Flustered, Leah twirled a strand of her hair. Jesse had talked a lot about why he thought that he didn’t deserve her praise, and even though he was being critical about his own performance, it still... more
                      • Not likely - Jesse, Sat Aug 18 14:57
                        Leah reiterated that it was just a ‘feeling’, which was not an especially specific answer - feeling cold, feeling sad and feeling pain were corresponding descriptors for temperature, emotion and... more
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