That’s your opinion
Tue May 15, 2018 10:28

Was it tough coming in when everyone already had friendship groups? Myffi wasn’t sure. She’d managed to make some friends just fine, although they did all seem to have other people they liked to spend time with. Ruben had Kaye, Heather’s best friend was Susan, Rose had a best friend, and was also in a group that included Holland; Nolan spent more time with the fourth years than the sixth years. It was fine, though. Myffi hadn’t ever felt left out or passed over (although she wasn’t really sure what Emmett’s problem was with her, and it would be nice to have him as a friend, seeing as they were in the same House and year, but you couldn’t please everybody. She shrugged. She thought she had settled in okay.

“Hey, why did you come to RMI anyway?” Leo asked. Myffi was surprised she hadn’t told him before, although after she’d been at the school more than a couple of months, people had stopped asking that question. Her presence there wasn’t news anymore, so for people she hadn’t immediately befriended, like Leo (who had been quite rude the first time they’d interacted at the hallowe’en party), she supposed her tale of transferring was not a relevant story.

“My Mam’s a Muggle,” Myfanwy started her explanation at the beginning. “My whole family used to live on this little village in Wales, where I grew up, and my Dad’s the only wizard for miles. They didn’t want us, me and my sister, Cledan, going off to Hogwarts for months at a time, so my Dad taught us at home. We went to a Muggle school in the day time, and learned magic in the evenings and weekends and school holidays,” she explained. “So anyway, my Mam’s sister lives on this commune in California, and she wants us all to join her there, says we’ll love it. Except they’re all Muggles too, and not having our own house, it didn’t seem safe to teach me magic outside of school anymore. Besides I was old enough by then, I said I wanted to go. So we started looking at magical schools that take international transfer students.” She smiled. “And here I am.”

While she’d been talking, she had moved to tough on the friendship bracelets she habitually wore on her wrists - tokens from her welsh classmates to remember them by, which she had worn every day since leaving Wales - only to discover they weren’t there. She must have forgotten to put them on that morning. It was a strange realisation, sad because she was starting to not think about the friends she had left behind; Happy, because she had new friends now, and she didn’t miss being at home anymore.

Myffi chuckled under her breath as Leo complained about Roger. Yes, she was very familiar with his grievances against his ex-roommate. It was a shame in many ways that Leo had to repeat a year - he wasn’t playing Quidditch, it seemed to have knocked his confidence a bit, it would be a whole extra year until he graduated - but at least he’d managed to claim his own room out of the unfortunate situation. He seemed happy about that.

“They are nice tents,” she stood up for her family’s unorthodox habitation preferences. “Designed to be properly loved in, not just for camping on a bank holiday.” They were wizarding tents, but her Dad had made some subtle improvements with magic nonetheless. “And of course I get fed up of being around people sometimes,” she expressed as if this fact were obvious. “People can be exhausting. That’s why I spend so much time in the allotment,” Myfanwy divulged. “I probably don’t need to go there every day, but I do weeding and pruning and tidying just to spend some time on my own with my own thoughts, you know? Or sometimes I go to the outdoor classroom with my sketchbook and just doodle things to pass the time.” She collected together Kit’s drawing and art supplies. “When I’m at home I can just wander off for hours, find a field to explore or some shade to sit under. Everyone needs to relax,” she said.

“What about you?” Myffi asked Leo. “Aside from Quidditch and plotting to murder your roommates, how do you like to unwind?”

  • OK. But you're wrong. - Leo, Sun May 13 17:17
    Leo decided he liked it when Myffi laughed. She didn’t have one of those obnoxious laughs- the sort that seemed too boastful- desperate to convey to everyone just how insanely happy they were- to be... more
    • That’s your opinion - Myffi, Tue May 15 10:28
      • The right opinion. - Leo, Wed May 16 12:25
        Leo didn’t know a lot about Wales except that they liked rugby there and had a lot of sheep so he couldn’t say if California was any better but he suspected not. Nothing Myffi had ever said suggested ... more
        • Myffi nodded in empathy at Leo’s mother wanting him to be homeschooled, too. Myfanwy had the best of both worlds, she supposed, by going to a Muggle school and learning magic secretly at home. It did ... more
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