Good thing I have a great coach
Mon Feb 20, 2017 00:04

Frankie was down for getting some practice in, and his suggestion aligned perfectly with what Holland had been planning to do. They nodded and set their wand down beside their broom, which was leaning against one of the goalposts. “Good, that’s what I wanted to work on. Reflexes and stuff.”

The other skill that needed some work was no-hands flying. Holland wasn’t bad in the air, but it was a problem when they had to completely let go of the broomstick. The fifth-year had faith in a lot of things, but the strength of their thigh muscles was not one of those things. Taking both hands off the broom made them feel very much in danger of being knocked out of the sky in a second—not an unreasonable fear, with the constant threat of Bludgers and crazy Beaters. Unfortunately, Keepers really needed both hands to block, so the fear of hitting the ground very hard got in the way of making good saves.

But for now, focus on the catching. Maybe if they got better at passing drills, that part of their brain could take over during matches and they wouldn’t have time to think about the falling-to-their-death thing.

Holland tucked the long part of their hair—they’d tried something fancy with it today, and it was softly cycling through different pastel colors—behind their ear. They’d been all dressed up earlier (literally, in a dress with half sleeves), but had changed into black yoga pants and a gray t-shirt with a picture of a planet captioned Out of this binary. Mom had gotten Really Into acknowledging Holland’s gender stuff around the time they hit puberty, and liked to show her support with appropriately-sloganed graphic tees. Dad was supportive too, but his solidarity was more along the lines of correcting people who misgendered his child, with even less patience for repeat offenders than Holland had. They didn’t totally get everything, but they hadn’t screwed anything up in Holland’s eyes. And the Lyra really appreciated the shirts.

They tossed the Quaffle to their Housemate, trying to match his stance. Even though he played Beater, Frankie seemed comfortable enough playing any position. It was what made him a great captain—what would make him a pro-quality Quidditch player. “Have a good break?” Holland called, hands up to catch Frankie’s return pass.

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