Kaloo, kalay!
Thu Jan 18, 2018 21:17

It turned out that what the other elf had was grilled shish kebabs. Veggie kebabs, thank goodness, so she could actually eat them… well, mostly veggie, Marley amended as she took a second look at the kebab she’d taken and realized that the peppers and mini tomatoes were split up with pieces of pineapple. But pineapple was one of those fruits that could taste both sweet and savoury, and also the house-elves were amazing cooks, like, always, so she was certain it would taste great even if it wasn’t just veggies.

While she was prodding her lasagna-plus-crab-cake-topping around with her pinky to make room for the shish kebab on her plate, she listened keenly (hah) to Holland. They seemed really pleased, which they should be because Head Student was such a fancy title. You could probably put that on your resume! For wizard jobs, anyways. “Uh-huh,” she nodded, “like I’d assume that only the best most suitable girl and boy were picked before, and I guess it sorta makes sense that they’d try to pick a girl and a boy? Because sometimes it’s weird talking to a boy about girl things and there’s gotta be a head student that everyone can talk to if they need to? But calling it Head Girl and Boy is redundant if the head students are a girl and a boy anyways, and irrelevant if they’re not a girl or a boy, and I don’t think there are any other situations where it would actually be helpful at all, really.”

Oh wow Holland liked her skirt! Holland liked her skirt! “Thankyou!” Marley squeaked around her mouthful of lasagna, beaming. Hastily swallowing it down and out of the way with the help of a big gulp of almond milk (because the poor cows), she nodded enthusiastically at their suggestion. “Oh, I’m gonna, for sure! I’ve got legwarmers too - I mean, not space legwarmers but just like, normal ones - so I can wear it to Astronomy any time I want, even when it gets cold.” She was super excited to continue on with Astronomy. Like, she knew it would probably be the same as last year, at least for the first bit ‘cause herself and any of the other fourth-years taking it would have to catch up to the rest of the class, but then Marley was sure it was going to get just absolutely interesting. Holland had pointed out in one of their letter exchanges over the summer that Astronomy class was still technically underground with the enchanted sky, but that didn’t do anything to sway Marley’s confidence that there was something really cool out there, just waiting to be found. Maybe not real aliens, but at least, like, a planet, or a big fancy star, or--

“Of course!” Her train of thought was immediately swept away at mention of Mister Sprockets. “He really doesn’t like being caged up, but I didn’t want to let him loose right now, either, because what if he bonked into the magic windows or the bonfire or the Headmaster? That’d be an awful first impression!” Despite her claim of awful, Marley couldn’t help but let out a giggle at the mental image of her little owl crashing into their happy newish Headmaster. The owl in question seemed to know he was being discussed but not much else and was staring blankly between the two with his extra-round extra-yellow eyes. Bludger had sorta orangey eyes, but Mister Sprockets’ eyes were way brighter, which was maybe because he was a northern saw-whet owl and Bludger was… something else anyways, but probably at least a bit because he was also way younger than Bludger. Bludger was literally older than Marley! And she thought he was a lot easier as a mail-owl, since he knew the job so well, but he was an old man by now, so that was why Mister Sprockets had to learn to take over. Marley sent a lot more letters than her mum ever did and Bludger could use a holiday from all that.

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