That's real awkward, since you'd lose it
Fri Mar 31, 2017 05:31


Instead of being knocked into the hole and stuck there by her leg-locker curse, Ruben had rolled into the hole of his own accord and used it to protect himself. She wasn’t entirely sure if her curse had gone off or not until she saw a weak light fizzle right in front of her opponent. Rose mentally cursed again, realizing that Ruben could apparently do non-verbal magic. Okay fine, that wasn’t too incredibly unusual especially for someone who took dueling as serious as he seemed to. And wow was he putting up a fight. It wouldn’t have been a bad bet to make that the majority of the dueling club would have been hit by one of her spells, and some of them would have fallen into the hole on their own. From his roll, Rose could tell that he had some sort of physical fighting training in addition to being a passionate duelist, which interested her immensely. After their duel, she would have to pester him to teach her at least some of what he knew. Martial arts had been something she considered doing briefly, but there was no real way for her to learn without going up to Pearl Street, and Rose preferred saving money from her job at the Quidditch Supply Store where she worked part time, rather than spending it. It wasn’t going to pay for university entirely, but it would help, and Rose wanted to be financially independent as soon as possible.

Although Ruben was crouched in the hole she’d made - an action she was now regretting, since it made him a smaller target - Rose saw him make a small motion with his wand while mouthing some words, and there was suddenly a ball of thorns rolling toward her. Although her immediate instinct was to jump away, she realized in a split second that she could possibly use Ruben’s attack to her advantage.

Eisoptrízo,” she called out, using a spell that they’d learned in the first half of the year in Defense with a jab of her wand at the ball. An orange light hit it and it ricocheted to the side, just in time for her to notice out of the corner of her eye that Ruben had lobbed something at her. Rose quickly brought her wand up and wordlessly performed the same spell. This time, the ball shot right back at Ruben, although from the trajector Rose saw it was going to hit a few feet above his head.

Stupefy,” she said, pointing her wand at Ruben before silently, wandlessly ordering the ball that was about to be right over Ruben’s head to turn to stone. It did, although it seemed to be some sort of quartz instead of the hard obsidian that she had been going for. She had been practicing the combination of casting spells in quick succession, one verbal and one nonverbal and wandless. She had met mixed success, but turning an object into stone had been one of the first spells they learned as first years, and consequently one of the first spells Rose had learned how to do without aid.

They were now in questionable territory. Both Rose and Ruben had demonstrated that aside from spells that were cast back and forth, making each others’ legs into jelly or making their hair grow suddenly and quickly, or anything along the vein of the fun offensive spells that happened in Dueling Club, they were willing to cause actual physical damage to each other. Although Rose hadn’t considered the thought before she’d cast the spell to change the ball of thorns into stone, it was likely that a ball of stone hitting him from a few feet up would give Ruben a concussion. Rose had managed her first and only concussion her first year, when she’d driven her broom head first into the Quidditch Pitch trying to show off by executing a fancy dive, but as far as she could remember it hadn’t been a pleasant experience. And yet, it wasn’t an experience she minded giving Ruben, all over a no-stakes duel.

Rose grinned. She was pretty sure her fellow fifth-year could take it.

  • Sure, I could use the cash - Ruben, Thu Mar 30 15:57
    Rose did wind up dodging his second spell, which he made mental note of. It was always good to know who was willing to play along with him in turning a duel away from pure magic. Because of course... more
    • That's real awkward, since you'd lose it - Rose, Fri Mar 31 05:31
      • As he jumped out of the hole, Ruben overheard the spell she used on his first ball of thorns. It wasn't one he recognized, which he supposed wasn't too unusual: if he imagined taking his Dark Arts... more
        • Well I'm certainly not losing - Rose, Mon Apr 3 04:42
          Oh Merlin, had Ruben just punched a rock ? Rose snorted and tried to prevent herself from entering full-on giggles. Blasting the rock was something she expected, but it took a special kind of person... more
          • Are you sure about that? - Ruben, Tue Apr 4 01:18
            Excellent. He’d caught her. A swell of satisfaction washed over him as he watched his jinx hoist Rose into the air. Technically, his was the first injury, but he didn’t think it exactly counted. She... more
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