Claudia Dubois
Making enemies
Fri Jul 6, 2018 08:56

She permitted Dardanius to bid her farewell, as he repeated assurances that he would visit if she wanted him to (Claudia considered that to be excessively unlikely but she was sensitive to his delicate temperament and did not outright refuse the offer, merely responding with a haughtily and silently raised eyebrow), and embraced her parents. They had both expressed concerns for her well being while she would be back at school, but Claudia honestly felt optimistic about the coming term. She had two new classes to look forward to, and regular sessions pre-arranged with the Counselor to help prevent any further emotional breakdowns. Her visits to Connor in England and her family in France had been beneficial to Claudia’s damaged self confidence, and as the dreamcatcher portkey whisked her away from the double-staircased entrance hall of her New Orleans home, she was certain that fifth year at RMI would be her best yet.

Claudia landed firmly on her feet, amidst the crowds and bonfires, and was instantly overcome with suffocating, mind-numbing terror. How had she neglected to consider that the attendees of the Opening Feast were surrounded by flames? Heat rushed to her face as a roaring sound filled her ears. She remained rooted to the spot, incapable of moving despite her every instinct screaming for her to run: a perfect statue in a Cetus blue swing dress, with curled dark blonde hair and recently manicured nails.

Moments passed. Perhaps just a few, but to Claudia it felt longer. Reality and memories were fighting for prevalence. The corridor was on fire. Dade had set the corridor on fire. Dade had been trying to set her on fire. She tried to breathe, but her chest was tight. Brown eyes darted erratically, trying to locate safety amidst the flames. A sudden tremor shivered down Claudia’s spine, startling her from her stupor. She moved quickly, with determination, bumping into other students and making no apology as she reached the edge of the room, proximal to the Cetus bonfire but a considerable distance from it. Her legs were threatening to give way beneath her, so the fifth year leaned heavily against the wall for support. She was trembling, her breath coming in hard to swallow short gasps; the students and fires that filled the room were nothing more than blurs of color as her eyes watered above flushed cheeks. Claudia hated RMI. She hated crowds, she hated bonfires, she hated conflict. She hated Dade Farnon.

More students settled as Claudia fought to regain control. She didn’t cry, her breathing slowed, but her fists were clenched so tightly she was certain her palms were bleeding. She couldn’t contemplate sitting any closer to the fire; she commanded her feet to take her forwards, but they stringently disobeyed. Luckily the flames eclipsed her from view of the majority of the student population, but it was inevitable that someone would take notice. As another person approached, Claudia defiantly raised her chin; she would not break down in public again.

  • Cetus Bonfire (nm) - Busy, Busy House Elves, Fri Jul 6 07:32
    • It’s quiet uptown - Emmett Lawrence, Sun Jul 8 10:20
      Emmett landed with both feet, his weight directly over top, his luggage firmly secure in his hands. The swirling Portkey air had affected him, but it had not disoriented him. Thus he landed, settled, ... more
      • Too quiet - Russell Drew, Sun Jul 8 19:57
        The summer had been too long. But also not long enough. Too long, due to the repeated passive-aggressive attempts of his mother to steer him towards decisions about college, information pamphlets... more
        • Not quiet enough, actually - Emmett, Sun Jul 15 10:30
          In avoiding the bonfires of his friends’ former Houses, Emmett had a 50-50 chance. And, as fate would of course have it, he had chosen wrong. Draco would have probably been better. There was nobody... more
          • Fortunately I have no words left - Russell, Sun Jul 15 22:19
            Emmett wasn’t often in a good mood. Specifically, not often in a good mood around him. In fact Russell was pretty sure that the only instance in which they had spent time together and the other boy... more
    • My name’s Vivica, and I’m a Cetus - Vivica Dixon, Fri Jul 6 15:11
      Vivica felt that time had flown by so quickly between the new student orientation event at RMI and the start of term. She had filled her time learning as much as she could about the wizarding world…... more
      • My name’s Drew, and… me too - Andrew Tennant, Fri Jul 6 17:37
        All things considered, Drew’s summer had been eventful in comparison to normal ones. First of all, a lot of weird magic stuff had been going on in the school. One day Drew had gotten up and walked... more
        • Vivica, now with that new car smell… - Vivica Dixon, Sat Jul 7 13:56
          No sooner had she spoke did she realise that not everyone sees things the way she did. The older student next to her was clearly used to it. Whether or not he was from a magical background, he was an ... more
          • Drew, new and improved - Drew, Sun Jul 8 15:36
            Pleased that his guess about her being Muggleborn was right—yay for him having investigative skills—Drew grinned back at the first year. “Drew Tennant,” he replied. “And don’t worry about it, it’s... more
            • I don't have a baseline to compare you with - Vivica Dixon, Tue Jul 10 09:40
              The c Vivica was awash with relief as Drew, very politely, offered her a soda. The worlds weren’t necessarily separated and there were normal muggle things in the magical realm too. “Yes please. Do... more
              • Then you have to believe me - Drew, Wed Jul 11 23:38
                Drew grinned. “They do pretty much anything.” He wasn’t sure if orange soda would specifically be on the menu today—they usually tried to go a little fancier than usual during the opening feast—but... more
                • I do, I do! But... brb - Vivica Dixon, Tue Jul 24 11:00
                  The mall sounded exciting. It was fairly obvious why it was third years or above that got to go there. Vivica assumed it was a mixed world mall… with the muggles and the magical folk. But the... more
    • Making enemies - Claudia Dubois, Fri Jul 6 08:56
      • Hopefully not with me - Connor Farnon, Fri Jul 6 17:37
        The summer had been quite dull, honestly. Even though his father had taken him to a variety of social events, the lack of other children in the Farnon manor had been unsettling at best. Connor had... more
        • Certainly not - Claudia, Sat Jul 7 16:41
          While Claudia would usually be pleased to see Connor, she was loathe to allow him to witness her current state of weakness. He had been overwhelmingly supportive of her last term, and such agreeable... more
          • Well that's a relief - Connor, Sat Jul 7 17:23
            Out of the corner of Connor’s eye, he noticed his brother walk up to the Cetus fire and then turn away quickly. He hoped that Claudia hadn’t seen Dade. Connor was so focused on Claudia’s well being... more
            • I'd like some relief - Claudia, Sun Jul 8 16:22
              Connor offered his arm to her, and Claudia’s stomach twisted again, but this time it was a different sort of squirm, one completely unassociated with her currents distress at the bonfires, and far... more
              • “Not very much of her, no,” Connor responded. “My stepmother went on holiday for a bit as well, so the manor was rather quiet.” Had Connor not already been escorting Claudia to a seat, he would have... more
                • I want it Now! - Claudia, Tue Jul 10 06:13
                  A brief contact with her arm alerted Claudia that Connor had returned. She opened her eyes, and needed to repeat the process because initially it had seemed to Claudia that Dade was ushering Marley... more
                  • Whatever the lady wishes - Connor, Thu Jul 12 08:03
                    Much to his horror, Connor realized that Claudia thought she was being a burden on him. Hastily, he rushed to reassure her that was not the case. “No, of course not,” he said in response to her hope... more
                    • I could get used to this - Claudia, Sat Jul 14 16:16
                      Connor made a compelling case against Claudia being, as she had assumed, a burden. The blonde fifth year felt a complex tugging of emotions at his assertion that despite her pathetic and dependent... more
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