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Escape the Forest: Task Three [Scavenger Hunt]

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"A miniature unicorn? Let's search for that!" Fern suggested excitedly. She glanced around her surroundings, squinting as she looked through the thick of trees. "What if we see a real unicorn in here?" she asked in a dreamy voice. The Ravenclaw was kind of bummed she hadn't seen a real one yet because she had been at Hogwarts an entire year now (though the real reason is likely that she'd only been in the forest like, twice and it was always supervised)

 

"Anyone know the summoning charm?" She asked, only half-serious. That would certainly make things easier. "Or maybe we split up?"

 

Group 1 is searching for a miniature unicorn

 

 

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Holding a list of possibly the strangest mix of items ever, Margaret's immediately fell on the most attractive item: the book. No wait, she was a Hufflepuff - the tray of snacks. Margaret looked back and forth at the words: dueling book... or tray of snacks? Book or snacks? Or both?

 

"Umm, can we prioritize these two?" Margaret pointed at her two favorite items. "J-just in case we get hungry. And um... we might want to brush up on our ski - our spells?"

 

Group 2 is searching for a dueling book.

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YES!  Score, they were right.  Seeley once again shimmered with pride at the success of her deduction skills and the three of them were on the way to their next task.   Seeley peeked over Margie's shoulder as she looked over the list the girl held in her hands.   Such a random assortment of items and they had to find them scattered around the forest?  

 

Who wanted to eat a tray of snacks after bugs had been crawling all over them?  Seeley hoped there was a cover over-top or something.  "I think... maybe the dueling book will be more helpful right now?" Seeley urged.  

 

 

Group 2

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“A miniature unicorn? I shoulda brought the one from my trunk.” Dove said, a little annoyed that she wasn’t allowed to go back and claim it. As Fern spoke about seeing a real unicorn, Dove gave a first real smile of the day. “They are so pretty. I’ve only ever seen one once before, and it was truly magical.”

 

She carried on searching, in the back of her mind wondering how to get Phillip to be quiet, and wishing that she knew the silencing charm already. “Spilt up… that sounds like a plan…. Ill go this way.”

 

She pointed in a random direction and skipped away merrily from the two first years.

 

Group One

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Phillip nodded at the suggestion of searching for a miniature unicorn and he looked around for a moment before deciding that a miniature unicorn was small and light and therefore could be hidden anywhere.

And Phillip thought that he might have spied it up a safe-looking tree and so he opted to climb that tree and try to look for it in the tree’s boughs.   Yes, okay, he was a little tall for his age but he was slight so he figured that the tree could likely bear his weight.

Hopefully, they’d find the miniature unicorn now, right?   Hufflepuffs are supposed to be particularly good finders, aren’t they?

Group 1

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This was Hogwarts. Things were magical. Of course the tray of snacks Lainee was imagining had a lid and would be perfectly safe from all of the critters in the woods who would seize the opportunity to steal human food.

 

"Those first, for sure." She nodded in agreement. The Hufflepuffs were exceeding her expectations, both in capabilities and in acknowledgement of their limitations.

 

"Specifically a dueling book, it said?" She double checked before she wandered off to search.

 

Group 2

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Group 1 is unsuccessful. They may search again.

 

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Splitting up was surely the way to go and so Seeley wandered away from the other two.  Three pairs of eyes searching for the book in different places would have better luck then everyone looking in the same place all at once.  Logically, right?

 

Wandering over to a fallen log, she peered inside and used her wand to shift some leaves and muck around.  Sure it seemed like a gross place to hide a book because it would get all mildewy and wet but she wasn't in charge of this shindig, she was just trying to find the things and get to the next task.  

group two searches again for a dueling book.  

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Obviously you shouldn’t trust two first years to the work of a second year. Dove moved away from her team, wondering whether she would be able to skip away from them permanently, as she performed her search swiftly. She was still wondering whether she should just go back to the castle, grab her miniature unicorn, and pretend that she located it in the forest. In her mind this would not be cheating, and instead it would be considered resourceful.

 

She did not do this. Instead, she married on with the forest path, and hoped it would come to her very soon.

 

Group One is still searching for the Miniature Unicorn

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The group split up to better cover the area. Lainee waded through the brush, trying to think of an easier way to find a book (and an assortment of other oddities) in the middle of the forest. What were the rules of this game, anyway? 

 

"Accio dueling book!" Lainee chanted.

 

She didn't hear anything, but that didn't mean she wasn't about to get hit in the face with a book.

 

Group 2 searches (again!)

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Group 2 is successful and has the three needed posts. They may move on to the next task.

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