Hogsmeade.   Posted by Hogwarts Academy.Group: 0
Claire Cowlings
 player, 763 posts
Wed 1 May 2013
at 20:04
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
(OOC is robert and company in the booth too, or just three girls and James.?)


Crowded into the booth with the others, Claire asked. "Amanda, Athena, you want to go to your house or the orphanage?  Grandmum might be home, but there's a chance she'll see a group of kids and put us to work."  She lowered her voice.  "I know Da will."
Athene Shoe
 player, 872 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Wed 1 May 2013
at 20:10
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Making a face, Athene replied "Ugh!  No thanks.  Today is our day off, not to work.  I say we hit Honeyduke's and the other shops."

OOC: I think Robert and the others were going to join us later, so they aren't here right now.  I think.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 764 posts
Sat 4 May 2013
at 00:14
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
In reply to Athene Shoe (msg # 76):

Claire kept her voice deliberately low.  "Well, my house is on the way back, we can stop for a few minutes on the way back, enough time to say hello, not enough for chores.  I've got a feeling there's going to be trouble either way.  But not till next time, at least." 

She glanced about, then kept her voice low.

"We've got to figure out KIri's thing, we haven;t had a chance to do anything, what with the aurors about and everything, but anyone have any ideas.  I think there's more in the castle.  Have either of you tried the bathroom again? James, is there any way you can find out what the headmaster did with it?" She looked at Athena and James.
Amanda Davis
 player, 824 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sat 4 May 2013
at 04:41
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
After placing an order for a mug of butterbeer and an appetizer of chips, Amanda slid into the booth.  “Visiting our families after we’re done shopping sounds like a good idea.  As I mentioned earlier, Mrs. Jones said she’d be backing a fresh batch of oatmeal cookies for us to share.”

As the conversation moved to more sensitive topics her voice lowered, “I really haven’t had much time to research Kiri’s question or to do much exploring.”  Honestly, she hadn’t given it much thought since she’d come back.  Part of her continued to hope that this year they could leave things in the Aurors' hands and simply focus on their school work and extracurricular activities.  “Considering how the Headmaster got into the passage, I doubt the opening still works the way it did before.  But, it might be wise to check.”  She frowned thoughtfully, “If there are other portions of the castle that can be accessed the same way, it might be a good idea for the rest of us to try to learn a couple of words.  If nothing else, we could try writing them down, like in that letter.”  She glanced to Athene and her voice dropped even lower as she asked, “Did you ever hear anything else the author of that letter?”

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James Evans
 player, 325 posts
 Snape's Ward
 Lonely Child
Sat 4 May 2013
at 21:53
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
James blanched as he slid into the booth then looked at the others, he ordered a butterbeer and some scotch eggs then whispered to the group, "I made the serious mistake of asking Mr. Snape about the snake, I said I was worried about my friends' safety. He didn't buy it, of course, he's a shrewd dude. HE said it was in the safest place possible and I should not worry my deliquent head about it. Then, he gave me a HUGE summer reading list." James blanched a bit more.

"When I got back from visiting Robert, I had to read the whole History of Magic text book." He turned a bit green then but brightened when the waitress came back with their orders. He was about to dig in, dunking his nugget of fried cholesterol into a pool of some spicy sauce when he looked at Claire, paused, then offered her one.
Athene Shoe
 player, 873 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Sat 4 May 2013
at 22:17
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athen winched as James told them about what happened after he asked about the snake before turning to Amanda.  "I haven't heard from our letter writer at all.  As to the passageway, I highly suspect that's been sealed up, but I can have Mehen double check it later." She dropped her voice low fo the second half of that sentence and made sure her face was turned away from the auror and Mr. Cowlings.  "As for the snake, I'd feel safer if it was dead and chopped up into a thousand pieces."
Claire Cowlings
 player, 765 posts
Sat 4 May 2013
at 23:18
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"I agree.  I would too."  She looked at the fried thing James offered her and took it. "Thank you."  She placed it on the plate and sliced up the scotch eggs, pushing the plate into the middle of the table.  then she picked up the little fried thing again and ate it.
Robert Smith
 player, 680 posts
 Half blood, Hufflepuff
 decent surfer also.
Sat 4 May 2013
at 23:29
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
 While he has a few seconds alone with his new girl friend he talks about her coming along with him to meet his friends and have something to eat. He had talked up the group and filled in some of the truth about the stories floating around.

 He really wanted a soft form of the truth to attempt to turn the mistakes and half truths that he had heard from other students about what had happened with Prof LeStrange and why the Aurors were hanging around his friends and himself.

 "So, want to join the breakfast club circle and share a butterbeer with me.?"
Amanda Davis
 player, 825 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Mon 6 May 2013
at 03:42
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda gave James a sympathetic look as he mentioned the Headmaster’s reaction.  Reading didn’t seem like a particularly harsh punishment.  But, much like Professor Binns, the History of Magic textbooks tended to make even the most interesting historical events seem dull.

She nodded in agreement with her friends comments about the snake, “So would I. Hopefully, Headmaster Snape meant that the snake’s dead body was somewhere safe.”  She looked thoughtful as she pushed her plate of chips towards the center of the table for everyone to share and then continued, “If not, maybe there’s some reason why it can’t be destroyed?  If Lloyd was right about Voldemort’s spirit being inside the snake, killing it might free him or let him posses something else.”

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Claire Cowlings
 player, 766 posts
Sat 18 May 2013
at 02:48
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Claire considered. "I suppose.  She killed him, so if that was the case, would it have gone to the snake right after he died, or would he have done something ahead of time, to like store part of it, just in case?"    She took a piece of egg and chewed thoughtfully. "The ritual, down in the room, BSC was trying to make a body, right. Killing the snake would have to be done with the ritual for it to work, you would think."  She frowned.  "I wish everything made sense."
Athene Shoe
 player, 874 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Sat 18 May 2013
at 14:26
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"No kidding.  And why if they needed my body parts for him to come back, did they wait so long?  I mean, it's been what?  Twelve years since Lady Red killed him?  Something must have happened to keep BSC from finding Nagini or vice-versa." Athene mused as she looked down into her mug of butter beer.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 767 posts
Sat 18 May 2013
at 14:36
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
In reply to Athene Shoe (msg # 85):
"MAybe it was the identifying you part that took so long.  You may have made the papers as a baby, but it was the muggle papers, something a lot of wizards pay no attention to.  The whole time period was a mess anyhow.  So she couldn't identify you till you got to Hogwarts and then the figuring out how to get you alone and in the right place would have taken some planning, especially if it had been down there living on rats all this time."     She picked up a chip and doused it in vinegar before eating it.
Amanda Davis
 player, 827 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sun 19 May 2013
at 05:26
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
After finishing a bite of scotch egg, Amanda nodded in agreement with Claire, continuing to speak quietly.  “I doubt that any of his followers would have even considered that someone muggleborn or muggleraised would meet the criteria for the ritual.  If they believed that the bloodline had died out, they might have even assumed that the ritual was useless.”

She frowned thoughtfully, “It doesn’t seem like Professor Lestrange was testing the students each year.  Otherwise, you would have had the nightmares during your first year as well.  So, either she had just discovered the ritual or, somehow, they realized that someone Hogwarts might work.”

“Maybe the individuals you heard whispering during our first year gossiped about your ability and he overheard.”
  Amanda wasn’t sure that she needed to be quite so cryptic, but she didn’t want to be the one guilty of accidently revealing Athene’s secrets if someone overheard part of their conversation.

She considered for a moment as she ate another chip, “What did Kiri say last year when she was telling us about what she’d read?”  Her frown deepened as she tried to remember, “He had used objects to make himself safe: the snake, a goblet, some things that had already been dealt with.  Maybe he prepared them so that he could possess them.”  She took a sip of her drink, “Though, it wouldn’t be very useful to possess a goblet.”

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James Evans
 player, 326 posts
 Snape's Ward
 Lonely Child
Sun 19 May 2013
at 17:55
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
James was eating his bites of scotch egg and listening carefully,n but a lot of the speculation was way over his head. He got the gist of some of the things being said, someone had found out something about Athene and then tried to perform the ritual last year, the one he had thwarted. He thought it made sense that they had never even considered that an Athene had existed, wizards really tried very hard to ignore muggles.

He was thoughtfully chewing another bite of the very tasty eggs when he had an idea, "Perhaps it was the nightmares that tipped them off actually. MAybe they were just hiding the snake... you know, they;d had it all along and were moving ti about to keep the Lady from finding it? I got no idea about this possessing stuff."

James was a bit uncomfortable with his speculations, he generally preferred to let the girls do that, and smiled at Claire then Robert. He thought they were all being very smart, but he'd rather just enjoy the day. He supposed it was in response to the problem at the store. He sipped his butterbeer and thought through a few more things. He was just about to comment again when a head stuck itself into the bar and announced the return line up in an hour.

James looked at the girls and made the quick suggestion, "the Weasley shop?"
Corinna Beaglehole
Sun 19 May 2013
at 19:33
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
In reply to Robert Smith (msg # 82):

The older girl looked at him with a sort of deep thought for a second then glanced from her friends to his and shrugged, "Sure, Robbie, I shouldn't hog you all day." Corinna then linked arms with Robert and let him guide her over to the other table. Her eyes were on the friends rather than Robert, as if she was watching for any sudden blushes or topics dropped at their approach.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 768 posts
Sun 19 May 2013
at 21:24
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"But no one would suspect it, it might make a good storage device.  You know, like a book safe.  Hide in plain sight. and Yeah, the Weasley shop." Her hand touched James' as she took another piece of scotch eggs.  Then she saw Robert coming over with Corinna and blushed.  She took a quick drink of her butter beer, so as to finish it, and took too much and nearly choked trying to swallow it.
Amanda Davis
 player, 829 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Wed 22 May 2013
at 00:54
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda had a slight advantage over Claire, since she had simply been sipping her drink and listening to James and Claire when Corinna approached.  So, it was a simple matter to just pick up the more innocent thread of the conversation.  “The Weasley shop sounds good.  Although, I need to make a quick stop at Honeydukes as well, both Kiri and Lloyd had candy on their list and I’m almost out of sugar quills.”  Since they only had an hour left, she had a feeling the bookstore would have to wait for the next Hogsmeade weekend.  “We’re going to have to hurry if we’re going to visit both stores and our parents before going back.”

She smiled as Corinna and James reached the table, and if she was feeling nervous or guilty only the faintest of hints about it could be seen on her face.  “Hi Robert, Corinna.  We were just finishing up here and planning to head to the Weasley shop and Honeydukes.  If you haven’t already been there, would you care to join us?”
Robert Smith
 player, 683 posts
 Half blood, Hufflepuff
 decent surfer also.
Wed 22 May 2013
at 17:29
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
 Enjoying the time to once again get to know about what she had been doing over the holidays and also the time to judge that sense of rightness with each other. He had wondered how the holidays would go while they were apart but was smart enough to know they would have to work at making that warm fun feeling of being close again.

 He had meet the friends and could make the cross over to how she felt about his close friends. He knew that his friends would most likely be friends for life but he was not there with any of her friends yet.

 A small frown crossed his face as the got to the table to enjoy a drink or something else only to be told that they were just leaving. He lifted an eyebrow at Amanda and James. "Well, if we finish our drinks and still have time then we will see if there are any new books for us." 

 He knew his friends well enough to sense the nervousness that jumped thru Amanda and Claire when they arrived but at the moment was not inclinded to ease that nervousness for them.

 Moving over to a table that was empty he found a couple of chairs and sit down with Corinna and crew.
Claire Cowlings
 player, 770 posts
Wed 22 May 2013
at 19:08
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
"Well, if we go to Weasley's first, then Honeydukes, then Amanda;s house, then my house on the way back to Hogwarts.  I think that's a good order. And we'll look in as we pass by." She glanced at Amanda, hoping she was remembering the topology of her own home town correctly..
Athene Shoe
 player, 877 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Fri 24 May 2013
at 05:17
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athene rolled her eyes at both Amanda and Claire insisting on visiting the 'rents.  It wasn't like they couldn't see plenty of Claire's Da just by turning around at any given moment.  As Robert and Corinna moved off to find their own table, she called out, "See you around then I guess." before standing up.  "Well... onward and outward it would seem."
Claire Cowlings
 player, 771 posts
Sat 25 May 2013
at 23:50
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
As they were leaving, Claire had a sudden thought.  "I wonder if you could use a person like a storage device.  Not possession, just storage, and if it could be done without otherwise affecting them?"
Amanda Davis
 player, 830 posts
 Pureblooded Ravenclaw
Sun 26 May 2013
at 07:24
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Amanda was slightly disappointed that the timing had worked out so badly with Robert and C Corinna.  There had seemed like there would be so much time when they were heading to Hogsmeade.  But, now there was only an hour left and so many places left to visit.  If there had been just a little more time, she would have suggested lingering for one more drink with Robert and his new friends.  But, instead, she nodded in agreement with Claire’s suggestion.  “That sounds good.”

After saying to the departing Robert and Corinna, “I guess we’ll see you back at Hogwarts, then.  Enjoy your drink and trip to the book store,”  Amanda left a tip on the table and headed out with her friends.

She frowned thoughtfully at Claire’s question, “I don’t remember ever reading anything like that in a non-fiction book or even a novel.  But, I’ve never heard anything that said it couldn’t be done either.”
Hogwarts Academy
 GM, 303 posts
Tue 28 May 2013
at 19:02
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
As the troop was exiting the inn, the cold air hit them, then someone literally rammed into Claire. The wind had just come up and thrown cold into everyone's eyes, making them water and squint a bit white making their necks small inside their coats. That was when a stranger in dark, ratty looking clothes bumped into Claire hard.

They felt like a piece of stone wrapped in hoarfrost, all hardness and angles ad chill, then he was gone and she had a shocked bum and she sat on the hard ground.

James was there almost instantly offering a hand and glaring toward... empty air? In the moment everyone had focused on the now reclining Claire, the stranger had disappeared without so much as a mumbled, unfeeling apology.

If someone wishes to try not to get distracted by Claire falling, they may make a Fortitude roll DC 10. Robert, you and your group were coming out just then as well, you can make the same roll at a DC 9, since you were a bit more distant from the immediate effect of the exchange.
Robert Smith
 player, 684 posts
 Half blood, Hufflepuff
 decent surfer also.
Tue 28 May 2013
at 20:49
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
 The cold air hit his face much harder then he would have remembered and turned slightly to offer a wind break for Corrina as they exited the malt shop. He did let his eyes sweep out over the group just in front of them so they did not run into anyone.

13:46, Today: Robert Smith rolled 13 using 1d12+1. fort chk /dc 9
Athene Shoe
 player, 878 posts
 Muggle-born Ravenclaw
 Orphan
Tue 28 May 2013
at 21:11
Re: Hogsmeade - October 2020
Athene was right there next to James, helping Claire up.  Too late she looked around for the guy who had knocked her friend down.  "Anyone get the number of that truck?" she joked as she failed to spot the person.

16:06, Today: Athene Shoe rolled 3 using 1d12+1. Fort check.  Not even close.  LOL