Andrew Tennant
Unafraid to tread
Mon Aug 13, 2018 23:42

Here was the thing: the thing was that now, Drew had to do Dueling Club. He would’ve done it anyway—in fact, he’d been in Dueling Club before third year—but now that Claudia had told Dad about Drew’s notebook and Drew had had to talk to him about it and Dad had suggested Dueling Club as an option for learning protective magic, he sort of had to go. It showed that he was following the suggestion. But with STOATs this year, plus Rocky Voices and Quidditch and the musical and self-defense club, Dueling Club was a pretty low priority. The whole needing-to-do-stuff thing was really cutting into his just-chilling time.

(Drew was also thinking about getting a job on Pearl Street, which would cut his uncommitted time down to pretty much nil. This year might not be the right time for it because of all the other stuff filling up his schedule, but he would just go for it if Deep River Records had an opening. It would be so cool to work in a record shop.)

He showed up to Dueling Club anyway, even though Aunt Cindra was nowhere near as good a teacher as either Ruben or Remy armed with Ruben’s notes. Drew was happy to work with anyone, but he usually ended up partnered with one of his friends or with younger students who needed some guidance. A couple of the first-years were what his dad would call “worryingly eager” about dueling—Drew honestly wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of fight happened before the year was out—but he liked showing them stuff. He’d kind of taught shield charms to one of the Aquilas (mostly because he figured that even a first-year couldn’t do much damage with Protego), and the kid seemed pretty pleased even though his shield wasn’t strong enough to block Drew’s spells. Even though Drew didn’t want to be a teacher, he liked teaching. It made Dueling Club a little more fun, and explaining a spell was kind of like a refresher on it.

It took a few moments of her standing robeless at one end of a mat for Drew to recognize Claudia. Big old nope to that, Drew thought sensibly. Claudia rolling up to Dueling Club wearing a crop top and workout leggings was T-r-o-u-b-l-e and that stood for pool. Then there was a kind of a pause and Drew was forced to redact his big old nope. Maybe if he could take Claudia in a duel, it would help the Dade situation. Getting to duel him might help Claudia with whatever kind of paranoid-phobia thing she had going on (Remington had alluded to it but Drew had been more concerned about Dade’s mess at the time so he wasn’t totally clear). No matter what it was, this could help with that. Probably. There was really a kind of logic to his decision to step up to the mat.

Drew shed his silvery robes and readied his cedar and dragon heartstring wand, aimed right at Claudia as he settled into the dueling stance that was the result of both Aaron’s and Ruben’s guidance. “Ladies first,” Drew said, tilting his head permissively, half invitation and half challenge. He had Quidditch-trained reflexes and was quick on his feet, and his shield charms were good enough for tutoring. He could block or dodge whatever Claudia threw at him.

  • [Dueling Club] Who dares? - Claudia Dubois, Thu Aug 2 11:32
    Claudia studied her reflection in the full length mirror of her single dormitory in Cetus. It looked critically back at her. For those who relied on visual perception - which included every person... more
    • Unafraid to tread - Andrew Tennant, Mon Aug 13 23:42
      • I admire your courage - Claudia, Tue Aug 14 09:34
        Claudia experienced considerably mixed emotions when Andrew Tennant placed himself in her opposition. She had been hoping for someone closer to her own age, who might present a worthy challenge,... more
        • It may have been a mistake - Drew, Tue Aug 14 13:06
          Almost all of Drew’s dueling experience was from self-defense club, and he’d noticed how dueling style varied between his friends. Remington was defensive and conservative until she saw an opening,... more
          • I mean you no harm - Claudia, Tue Aug 14 14:25
            It occured to Claudia that she was among a select few people that knew Andrew was studying Dark magic. She wondered whether she could force him to show his hand, and by doing so demonstrate that she... more
            • Then this is a truce - Drew, Tue Aug 14 17:01
              Drew managed to get out of the quicksand while Claudia was distracted by his spells, but it pulled his right shoe off. He’d better get that back when the floor turned back to normal. The gray... more
              • It doesn’t look like a truce - Claudia , Thu Aug 16 13:30
                Andrew was moving about a lot. Claudia understood the purpose of this technique - and it was clearly working to her opponent’s advantage - but, despite her athletic attire, Claudia was reticent to... more
                • No white flags here - Drew, Mon Aug 20 17:48
                  Drew’s satisfaction at his sneezing and shoe-tying spells hitting Claudia didn’t last long, as her next spell struck him. The room reeled around Drew like he’d just landed after doing barrel roll... more
                  • I understand - Claudia, Tue Aug 21 09:41
                    “Beats doing it alone,” Drew taunted her. Claudia wasn’t certain she believed him; having a person to practice with was probably beneficial, but then one ran the risk of being hexed in return. The... more
                    • Well, maybe just one - Drew, Tue Aug 28 02:23
                      Drew was willing to admit it when he was wrong. It was a good trait to have, according to his dad. It had come in handy with the whole Dade and Remington situation—Drew had tried his hardest, and he... more
                      • Wise decision - Claudia, Thu Aug 30 12:32
                        There was something immensely satisfying about seeing Andrew hanging upside down by his ankle, especially as a result of her spell. His wand soared towards her; Claudia caught it and held it in the... more
                        • I’m known for my wisdom - Drew, Sat Sep 15 13:57
                          There was a little pause, and then Drew fell to the ground like his broom had disappeared out from under him. The landing was not graceful, but Drew could handle a few bumps and bruises. He was used... more
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