Jesse Keller
Welcome and Feasting
Sun Jan 14, 2018 15:07

Here he was, then, at Rocky Mountain International again, and not just as a prospective student this time, but as an actually enrolled first year. Jesse was wearing his new (second-hand, but looked new enough) uniform robes and, concealed beneath them, some smart grey pants and a freshly pressed, dark green polo shirt. His black shoes, that would be rubbing on his left baby toe by the end of the day, were super shiny. His dark brown hair was similarly so, but cut shorter than he liked to wear it to make it more easy for him to manage while he didn’t have anyone else to help him take care of it. Not that Jesse needed help taking care of himself, he could wash his hair like any normal person, but he couldn’t cut it himself. Which was not usually a concern but school was a long way from home and they weren’t allowed to leave the premises until they were in third year. How was Jesse supposed to get a haircut while he was at school?

This, and thousands of other questions plagued him as the fair-skinned eleven-year-old stood amongst the small group of his new peers at his first of seven - if he stayed coming here and the school stayed open and they continued to have this start of year tradition - opening feats.

There was a cheerful man who wanted to be called Toby - it was always strange calling adults by their first names, unless it was accompanied by a familiar prefix such as Aunt Elspeth or Uncle Joe, didn’t their Headmaster know that? - welcoming them all. He asked the first years to take out their dreamcatchers; Jesse diligently obeyed and looked with interest as his turned the red and gold assigning him to Draco House. He joined the appropriately (in terms of House hues and the expected appearance of flames) colored bonfire and tried to listen to the rest of Headmaster Toby’s speech while he looked at the flames and the patterns they made with their own images shadowed temporarily on his retinas.

Then there was food. That was always a welcome sight to the round-faced first year, so he took dishes indiscriminately as they passed by, resulting in a chicken gyoza in his right hand and a bowl of clam chowder in his right. Unperturbed by the conflicting flavors, he took a bite from each, unaware that he was being addressed until the person beside him had finished speaking; then the absence of their voice alerted him to its having been present in the first place. One of the newest members in Draco swallowed his mouthful, and then asked, “Did you say something to me?”

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      • colors, colors everywhere - Inga Berzina, Thu Jan 18 17:39
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    • Welcome and Feasting - Jesse Keller, Sun Jan 14 15:07
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        • Salutations, second year - Jesse, Wed Jan 17 05:46
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            • If you say so - Keith, Wed Jan 17 18:03
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              • I do say so! - Bryn, Tue Jan 23 23:30
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