Surprises are good too
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:44

Drew had been all ready to talk Ruben into teaching their club. A seventh-year whose main hobby seemed to be punching people would probably say he had better things to do than teach a bunch of second-and-third-years dueling, so Drew had had plans. He was going to say that they could really use an expert, because flattery could go a long way and he thought ‘expert’ would appeal to Ruben, and point out that Ruben was obviously the best in the school at this, which was both true and a compliment. Drew knew Rose was good at dueling too, but she hadn’t been to a school besides RMI, and he was also pretty sure Dade wouldn’t want his sister to know about their extracurricular stuff. Dade was a private kind of person.

But Drew didn’t need to flatter Ruben, because Ruben just agreed. Okay then. In fact, the Aquila was a lot more hands-on already than Drew had been expecting. Ruben wanted to come to, like, all of their meetings? Uhhh, okay, sure. If it meant he was going to teach the four of them stuff that wasn’t even in Durmstrang books—Drew didn’t know what that meant but it sounded ominous and exciting—then Ruben could come to all the meetings as far as Drew was concerned.

Also who? Oh, Anssi. Yeah, that was fine with Drew, and he thought it would probably be fine with everyone else. Overall Anssi seemed like a generally nice person, and Remington was friends with him. Kit would probably confuse him and as long as Anssi didn’t dislike Darby, she would probably like him. And Dade—okay, so Dade wasn’t the most outgoing friend Drew had, but if having Anssi around meant they would have Ruben to teach them, Drew figured it wouldn’t be a problem. Dade liked an advantage. Drew privately thought that the rest of them would probably hang out without the Swedes anyway, because they were all friends. If they talked about spells then too, that really wasn’t any of Ruben’s business. Drew knew better than to say that, though.

“Sounds good, Sponsor,” Drew confirmed with a grin, pretty sure that Ruben had been more informing him than asking him. Ruben had a whole bunch of other questions, which Drew scrambled to answer. They didn’t really have a name, because why would you name specific hangouts of the same group of friends that hung out doing other things? In his head, Drew referred to it as Spellwork practice, because that was what he’d called learning hexes over the summer, but it wasn’t a universal group thing. “Uh, we don’t have a name. We get together, like, once a week, just whenever we’re all free.” Unless one of them found something really cool and they couldn’t wait to share it, and then they’d try to get together between dinner and astronomy or something. Not wanting to tell Ruben their usual meeting spot off the library passageway yet, Drew carefully said, “There are a couple places in the passageways we can use. It’s not super formal. It’ll be cool to have you on board.” Drew offered his hand so they could shake on it.

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