Ursula Silva
Another Place
Wed Jul 11, 2018 01:43

Having been raised an army brat, Ursula was more than accustomed to adjusting. She had transitioned from life in Rio de Janeiro to Okinawa to Berlin and yet, this school in Boulder promised to be the strangest. The magical elevator in Lighthouse Books was a level of security she hadn't encountered on any military base. The hallways were ordinary enough. The students seemed overeager best. She liked the idea that cupcakes were near, though she figured she would be too anxious to eat anything. This place was unprecedented, unpredictable and unnerving.

Ursula's father made sure she knew she was a witch as her mother had been. After her passing however, and without any magical ability himself, he could not prepare her for what was to come. He did always talk to her with the same respect he paid adults. Which is why she so resented the frequency at which she was being addressed under the word “children.”

Finally! Something she could do with her hands besides wringing them. She wasted no time planning. After collecting material at random she haphazardly began building. The sensation of the rough tarp between her fingers transported Ursula.

Had her mother lived, their family would have spent vacations in the chaos of the closest major city. Instead furloughs meant rural retreat — the two of them swimming and striving to create fires by friction at the Nakijin camping ground. How does one make fire using a wand? Certainly not with a bow drill.

No time for nostalgia. Getting caught was not an option. She was her father’s daughter after all — scarcely scared but consistently clumsy. She saw the blood before she felt the injury. That spike came out of nowhere. Hurriedly she tried to adjust her body language so as to draw attention away from the gushing wound. She was looking for some trap material that might prove a useful tourniquet when she noticed someone noticing her. It was bad enough she was not going to be able to deal with this on her own. Here’s hoping this does not get blown out of proportion.

  • New Student Orientation - Professor Samuel Boot, Wed Jun 20 11:04
    It was clear to Professor Samuel Boot that something was afoot. Amiss. Awry. Up to no good. The house-elf that had fetched him for the third year running had received an earful, and it wasn’t about a ... more
    • Another Place - Ursula Silva, Wed Jul 11 01:43
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    • Achievement Unlocked - Disorientation - Vivica Dixon, Wed Jun 27 10:01
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      • Making friends - Poppy Hawks, Tue Jul 3 06:27
        Okay Poppy, deep breath, in and out. Poppy usually spoke to herself whenever she felt anxious and out of her depth, the majority of the time it worked to calm her down. However, her first day at... more
        • Challenge Accepted : Making friends - Vivica Dixon, Tue Jul 3 12:20
          From what the other new girl had said about Manticores’, Vivica didn’t see how anything on offer could remotely help in the capture - and supposed release(?) - of one. It would require a large net,... more
    • Best. Orientation. Ever. - Elliot Phippen, Wed Jun 20 22:39
      Visiting a school was not even close to the most exciting thing that had ever happened to Elliot Phippen, but since he was finally at RMI, the tour managed to hold his interest. Dressed in cargo... more
      • Do No Harm - Leah Roth, Fri Jun 22 17:33
        Killing a manticore? Leah Roth shuddered at the thought. Those were beautiful, powerful creatures. One couldn’t just … kill them. She looked again at the supplies under the table. They didn’t look... more
        • Are you a doctor? - Elliot, Mon Jun 25 17:06
          Part of the problem, Elliot realized as he thought about what the other soon-to-be-first-year said, was that he couldn’t remember which ones manticores were. Were they the lion-goat-snake ones or the ... more
          • That seems wrong to me - Leah, Tue Jun 26 10:28
            Leah tried very hard to summon everything she knew about manticores. Did they eat humans? She couldn’t say for sure. All she remembered was that they were violent creatures who were most likely bred... more
            • Why do you care? - Elliot, Wed Jun 27 15:30
              She ended up not being so helpful about how to trap a manticore. Elliot agreed that he wouldn’t want to be put in a cage, but it seemed to him like if manticores were smart and sentient and still... more
              • I'm cool I swear! - Leah, Sat Jun 30 05:27
                Leah didn’t agree with Elliot that manticores (and dangerous people) should be locked into cages, but decided to let it go. She was now almost entirely sure that Boot had been bluffing anyway, and... more
                • I believe you! - Elliot, Sat Jul 7 17:34
                  Elliot took her confused answer as a no, because if your parents were such big Star Wars fans that they named you after a character, you would definitely know about it. It was hard to believe that... more
                  • Let me tell you - Leah, Mon Jul 9 17:06
                    Elliot seemed keen to talk about magical creatures, which made Leah’s face light up in excitement. It was her favourite topic in the whole world! Unfortunately though, she didn't have any pets at... more
                    • Tell me more, tell me more - Elliot, Thu Jul 12 12:18
                      “Oh wow, that sounds awesome,” Elliot said. His family didn’t have any pets. His mother was an Animagus, so she could turn into a peregrine falcon and sometimes they played games like you might with... more
                      • ... about dragons or heartache? - Leah, Sun Jul 15 05:25
                        Leah snorted a laugh through her tears. “Hey, I think they’d prefer me to you!” She quickly wiped her eyes, feeling silly already. “But I’m not afraid of manticores. Dragons are much scarier, to be... more
                        • Dragons sound more exciting - Elliot, Sun Jul 15 20:22
                          “ Hey, I think they’d prefer me to you! ” Elliot snorted a laugh too. Oh good, it worked. Sometimes people got really weird about being teased, even if you’d been getting along just fine with them... more
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