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 like tomorrow doesn't exist, liam !
Coco · 16 · Sixth Year · Not Affiliated · Muggleborn · 5'2"
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Jul 6 2018, 04:47 PM   Link Quote
It would seem that, the moment things seem to ebb and flow in a way you were familiar and comfortable with, the universe laid before you an alternate path that was to be taken whether you were ready or not. Certainly, the books that Antonina had picked up prior to beginning at Hogwarts had given every indication that the castle was huge, but they had failed to prepare her for just exactly what it was that she was getting in to when she had arrived to its door. Multiple doors, even. And gates, too. The beauty of Beauxbatons had been more… délicat than that of this new place and the rather bland turrets and towers were going to take some getting used to. Flowers had not yet appeared to be as plentiful as they had been at her old school, although out of doors had yet to be explored properly. Of course they would have Herbology and so they would undoubtedly have some of the same interesting magical plants. But perhaps they would have greenhouses or something similar, too?

The prospect had cheered her – she had already started some seedlings in her dormitory to liven up the small corner of the world that was hers. In a tower that was rather airy and was outfitted with many windows, there was no shortage of light that could come in to help give the little pots life. It would soon be more than gray splashed with Ravenclaw blue.

Ravenclaw. The concept of belonging to a House felt almost as foreign as being in an entirely new country did. It was certainly a new experience, one that Anya wouldn’t have considered unpleasant but did feel a little odd. There was unquestionably plenty of opportunity to mingle with students from the other houses and yet there was a distinct ”this is your group” sort of mentality. Once acclimated, there was little doubt that she would thoroughly enjoy this, a built-in group of like-minded individuals. It just meant that there was far more likely to have something in common with them and strike up new friendships, no? Although she did have to question whomever had thought putting a bunch of lions together was the best idea…

A soft breath slipped from the girl as her feet carried her to the common room, a book tucked under one arm. There was one place thus far that Anya had uncovered that was what she had instantly considered joli – the common room area for Ravenclaw was a truly lovely room. It was rather expansive and light, rays from the sun that shone outside creeping in now and brightening the space. Not only that, but the domed ceiling overhead was painted with stars that appeared to be twinkling and shifting all on their own. And true, they very well could have been by aid of magic. She had already caught herself staring at them several times and now, as she descended the staircase from the girls’ dormitories, was no different. It made her mind conjure up the promise of adventure, of a world so vast that you could uncover a new secret every day until your last and still not know them all.

Big, bright eyes broke away from the stars and the girl slid the book out from under her arm. Hogwarts: A History had proved quite useful thus far, even though it had been written so long ago. Was there a map in here, too? Anya so enjoyed taking time to explore new things but liked to specifically plan these sorts of adventures out in advance where possible. Seemed a bit contradictory, no? A map would prove most useful in determining where she ought to venture for the day, though the biggest challenge had been finding one in the first place. Did the youngest students find their way around by trial and error, or were maps sent home with those letters that they received…? That seemed plausible, though many of them seemed to get lost anyways. Well that was alright – at least they would have a sixth year lost amongst them.

Smoothing the fabric of her dress along her rear as she took a seat, Antonina opened the book in her lap. ”Où est-ce?” she questioned the book, speaking a language that was still proving a challenge to fully grasp for her. Spanish and English both felt natural – Spanish being her native language, and English being spoken to her by both parents since their occupations made it an asset to be able to speak and understand. French had only been necessary because of her schooling. “Where is it?” the question came again, her brow puckering a bit as she flipped through the pages. Could it be that there was no map and you really did just have to explore and find your way through everything? Not that such a thing would be a travesty, but…

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@Liam Andrews
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Jul 7 2018, 10:45 AM   Link Quote
Liam Andrews was one of those Ravenclaws whom seemed to spend a lot of time to themselves, reading and pondering the world around him, viewing life as a puzzle to put together and accomplish. Tucked away in the corner of the common room, there were books about the table in front of him as he read all about siren mermaids, the type of mermaid he and Gretchen were convinced the mermaid in the lake might be. Why the mermaid was present was a puzzle within itself, but now that the magical creature was, it was also important to figure out how to take care of her. At least in Liam's opinion, it was. Many students or other people might have shrugged it off and moved on, but for the young man who loved magical creatures - a puzzle within themselves, even without mysteriously showing up out of now where - it was a perfect project, when he wasn't busy studying for exams.

Now however, the exams were over and summer term was upon them, if the sun and heat outside the castle stone walls were any indication. He could focus fully on this project, with the aid of his housemate, a fifth year Ravenclaw, who the mermaid also seemed to trust. It was by this magical creature Liam had gained another friend and the young man was not complaining. It kept his mind off his sick mother at home; someone he had been thinking more and more of since the announcement Kiss's mother had passed away. A sigh slipped from his lips as he tilted back on his chair, rubbing at his eyes a little. He had been there for quite some time already and he had so much more he wanted to learn about mermaids and creatures of the sea.

Movement was caught from the corner of his eye and Liam turned his neck to the left, blue eyes settling on a young woman. She was a petite girl, someone Liam didn't truly recognize - this surprised him a little, since he was in the common room belonging to the Ravenclaws - his home for the last seven years and usually he at least recognized the people milling around the place. Curiousity hit him as he watched, his eyes falling to the book, a cover Liam recognized from his own copy, a book he had read a probably a dozen times since finding out he was a wizard. He was muggleborn and the summer he had recieved his letter accepting him to Hogwarts had been a wild ride. Even though it had been years ago now, Liam looked on it fondly.

As he watched the girl, Liam tilted his head. He debated leaving her alone, finding what she wanted, but a part of him wanted the human interaction, since it had been hours since he had last spoken to anyone. Stretching his limbs a little, Liam shifted in the chair and stood, approaching the young woman. Fingers shoved into his pocket, wrapping around a pale shell the mermaid in the lake had given him months ago, though Liam carried daily. "Excuse me," he started, a small tentative smile coming to his lips, "You look like you're looking for something specific in that book. Can I help?" His fingers squeezed the shell, almost for comfort as he waited for her answer. She was not a first year searching to learn about the castle they lived in, but perhaps a transfer student who was new, since he didn't recognize her?

@Antonina de la Rosa


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Jul 8 2018, 07:56 PM   Link Quote
Another page here, another page there… Still, no maps to be seen as of yet. Anya’s brow still remain puckered as she skimmed the pages, an index finger following down the lines as she tried to pick out any words that might help point her in the right direction. So intense was her concentration that the sound of another voice truly startled her, causing the young woman to jump just a bit as her first response. Pausing in he hunt, hazel eyes lifted and met blue, a smile spreading brightly across her features at both his offer of help and an opportunity to meet someone new. Someone new from her own House, no less! Shifting in her seat, Anya gave a light pat to the space next to her as an invitation for the boy to sit. Maybe he could help her figure out the layout of this castle as well as become a new friend? By his body language, between the hands in his pockets and the soft smile that came to his lips, he seemed the more reserved type. It was likely going to take some effort on her part to get him to open up but it was an endeavor that she would be more than happy to undertake.

“Well, you see, I’m attempting to locate a map of some sort,” the Spanish accent that was rarely ever noticed to her own ears was very much present when speaking with others. It had dulled a bit in the years of speaking English, and attempting to speak French, but would forever remain a part of her. Bright eyes looked away from the boy down to the page and turned another, drawing a lip between her teeth to worry at it a little. “I was trying to figure out this castle… Es enorme. I didn’t see any sort of map when I went through before, though I wasn’t necessarily looking for one at the time.”

Looking up from the page once more, Anya offered her housemate another smile. “I’m Antonina, although you can call me Anya. Perhaps a bit easier that way.” She rather hoped the friendly vibes she was trying hard to give off would work in softening his tense countenance. He had an attractive face, even if his smile was a little unsure, and didn’t necessarily tower over her like many of the other fellows at this castle seemed to. Was there something in the water around these parts that aided in and encouraged such growth? As her gaze went to the boy, it was again sidetracked by the ceiling overhead. It was just such a lovely sight – how could anyone not find themselves staring to it from time to time? Although… They’d probably gotten rather used to it by now. Her newness was showing just a bit.

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Jul 11 2018, 08:41 PM   Link Quote
Had they given first years a map? It was so long ago Liam couldn't seen to recall. Although, he was pretty sure one could not be found in Hogwarts: A History One had not come with his copy, although now that the other eagle mentioned it, it seemed like a really, really good idea. Why hadn't anyone ever thought of that? A map seemed like a fantastic idea, rather than letting little kids - or bigger kids, in the case of a transfer student - find their way around the school slowly and get lost. The moving staircases seemed like a bad idea to begin with, but then not giving students some sort of map to find their way around? It'd be a genius invention, if only someone had thought of that before.

The accent of the young woman on the couch was musical to Liam's ears in a way he hadn't exactly heard before. Shifting forward slowly, his feet carried him to the couch to sit next to her, his khaki shorts pressing against his skin as he tapped fingers softly against his thigh. "I don't think it has a map." He spoke softly, almost tentatively, hoping this wouldn't send her happiness spiraling downwards. She seems generally pleased at the moment, but Liam knew how fast emotions could change and how well or little people could handle them if they changed too quickly. Some people just weren't emotioally equipped for disappointment or change, Liam knew this well. The only girl he was adapt to handling was Kiska and he didn't like emotions to begin with. They were just too... messy.

"Ana-ton-eeea" Liam failed at pronouncing her name correctly and cringed a little bit. "Sorry. Yeah, I think Anya will be better." A warmth crept up his neck and over his ears and within a moment, Liam knew his ears were fire engine red. "Sorry," he apologized again, feeling bad at the same time hoping she wouldn't be extra upset with him. It was a pretty name when it had rolled off her tongue, but to him, it seemed foriegn and perhaps a little bulky. He would have to figure it out and suddenly, Liam wasn't so sure exactly why he cared as much as he did. Letting it go, he shifted on the couch a little bit, resting his back against the soft backing of the couch. "I'm Liam. I take it you haven't been here long? I'm not really good for a map, but I could maybe tell you where things are or show you sometime."

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