The Library.   Posted by Headmistress.Group: 0
Headmistress
 GM, 21 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 20:38
The Library
It had been a not-unpleasant walk to the library-- although Karla got the vague impression that a couple of students were laughing at her behind her back, or perhaps laughing at her familiar-- and soon she arrived.

It was certainly an impressive building, and the doors were in an entryway shaped like a lion's jaws... no, wait.  A sphinx, not a lion.
Karla Dubois
 PC, 64 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 20:50
The Library
Karla took a moment to admire the doors before heading inside.
Headmistress
 GM, 22 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 21:07
The Library
She walked in-- books!  So many books!  Shelves and...

Oh, and a very large pair of eyes right in front of her face.

The head was probably the size of a very large lion's; it was, however, human, as was the torso behind it, and the arms it was resting on.  The hindquarters were feline, however-- just the size of a very large lion.  And then there were the wings.

And the teeth.  Couldn't miss those lion teeth filling up the mouth.

"Good day, new student," she said.  "Did you want to use the library?"
Karla Dubois
 PC, 65 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 21:14
The Library
"Yep! I was hoping to find a book on familiars and this little guy in particular," Karla said.
Sphinx
Fri 26 May 2017
at 21:21
The Library
"Really," said the Sphinx.  "And are you ready to complete the task of admission to the stacks?  We can't let just anyone in here, you know.  Someone might steal a book, or even damage one!"
Karla Dubois
 PC, 66 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 21:28
The Library
"Okay, what do I have to do?" Karla asked.
Sphinx
Fri 26 May 2017
at 21:42
The Library
"Answer my riddle," said the Sphinx.  "Any reasonably decent Witch could do that.  If you answer my riddle correctly, I promise to not eat you or your familiar.  Deal?"
Karla Dubois
 PC, 67 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 21:45
The Library
"Do I have to?" Karla asked.
Sphinx
Fri 26 May 2017
at 21:55
The Library
"Well, that's up to you," said the Sphinx.  "But I won't promise anything about eating anyone without an answered riddle.  Tell me, do you think it's likely that your pet might damage a book?"
Karla Dubois
 PC, 68 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 22:20
The Library
"Maybe I should do the riddle then," Karla said.
Sphinx
Fri 26 May 2017
at 22:37
The Library
"Please do," she said.  "Are you ready?"
Karla Dubois
 PC, 69 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 22:48
The Library
"As ready as I'll be," Karla said.
Sphinx
Fri 26 May 2017
at 22:51
The Library
"Excellent," said the Sphinx.  "Now...

"What's Black and White and Red all over?"

Karla Dubois
 PC, 70 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 23:09
The Library
"A newspaper?" Karla asked.
Sphinx
Fri 26 May 2017
at 23:23
The Library
"Yes, that's a fine answer," said the Sphinx.  "Familiar care is section 248, under Homecare.  I do advise you to never let a book get lost or damaged, however.  Some consider the penalties a bit extreme."
Karla Dubois
 PC, 71 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 23:35
The Library
"Okay, thanks," Karla said before going to look for the book.
Headmistress
 GM, 23 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 23:57
The Library
It took some digging, but it was indeed on the shelf.  The book appeared to be a bit damaged already, however-- odd stains and claw-marks and the like.
Karla Dubois
 PC, 72 posts
Sat 27 May 2017
at 00:40
The Library
"That's weird, it looks like something was already trying to destroy it," Karla said to herself. "Oh, and let me know if you're really hungry before you eat something, Hoppy, so I can find you something."
Headmistress
 GM, 24 posts
Sat 27 May 2017
at 00:58
The Library
Hoppy was indeed already hungry.  Apparently this was the default state.
Karla Dubois
 PC, 73 posts
Sat 27 May 2017
at 01:35
The Library
"Hmm. Better get you something then," Karla said. "I should go ask that girl at the menagerie where I can get food for you."
Headmistress
 GM, 25 posts
Sat 27 May 2017
at 01:44
The Library
That would be nice.  Although the book did smell a little bit like food...
Karla Dubois
 PC, 74 posts
Sat 27 May 2017
at 01:49
The Library
"I'll get you something, please don't eat any of the books!" Karla said, rummaging through her pockets for something.