Then let's get started
Fri Jul 28, 2017 23:38

Claudia looked happy, which made Marley happier. (She had been already happy to begin with, duh.) The dark-skinned girl beamed back at her friend. “Of course I’ll show you, that’s why I brought it! I really like listening to music when I’m working and stuff, but I don’t own an iPod - that’s, like, a mini version,” she explained rapidly, “- and this CD player is too heavy to just bring around with me all the time. My mum is, like, an expert with magimechanics, I mean, like, literally, it’s what she does, but she wouldn’t charm it lighter for me. Something about getting weak.”

Marley scrunched up her nose, more amused than annoyed at the memory. In retrospect, she shouldn’t have expected her mum, a former Beater, to enable her daughter, a current Beater, to get away with magically lightened things when she could instead use the normal-heavy things as weight training. Or something. She thought that actual weights were necessary for weight training, but there wasn’t a weightlifting room at RMI and Marley hadn’t even ever seen weights before; she just did push-ups sometimes at Quidditch practices and scrambled around the rock wall too. That was enough, right?

….maybe she should start lugging her CD player around more, after all.

“Okay, so, normally you’d have to plug a cord in here.” Marley tilted the CD player to show off the socket near its base. “But since it’s charmed not to run off electricity, all we gotta do is push it on.” She lacked the foresight to indicate which button that was; the circular power symbol on the top button was super obvious and consistent with, like, every electrical appliance ever, so. Nodding enthusiastically to Claudia’s question, Afro bouncing, she set down the CD player and pulled her knees up on the stage. “I brought lots!”

Scooching over to grab her knapsack. the bag was unzipped with a sharp yank to reveal a stack of twenty or so plastic casings. With uncharacteristic care, Marley began pulling them out, sliding them in not-too-neat rows across the floor. “Let’s find one you’d like… What about this?” She pointed at a disc whose neat cursive labelled it R. Owens and the Otiose Octet. “It’s, like, an opera singer, and some musicians who all magick different instruments. Or, oooh, d’you like poppy music?” she quizzed, offering an album by The Occasional Sweatervests for Claudia to review. The Picasso-esque portrait on the cover pulled a face.

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    • Then let's get started - Marley, Fri Jul 28 23:38
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