Tobias Winchester

The start of something new

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The morning that Toby left to go home for the holidays, he sent out an owl. 

 

It was one of the standard school ones, a cute-but-weathered little thing who pecked him on the finger when he forgot to feed her in payment. When she was fed and content and allowed him to see her leg, Toby handed over a book he'd wrapped in simple brown paper and string, slightly smaller than a textbook but slightly bigger than a novel. The owl looked at it, ruffled her feathers, then gripped the book between her talons. 

 

Inside the brown wrapping paper was a copy of Mastering the Platform and a note:

 

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Hatty,

 

A little something for you to help you see how strong you really are. 

 

Have a read and meet me in the chamber on the Wednesday after Christmas break? I'll be near the snack table. 

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Toby

 

 


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She sat over at her usual spot at the Gryffindor in the Great Hall eating breakfast as she also prepared to go home for the holidays. She was not really looking forward to it because she had a funny feeling that her dad was going to broach the subject of her being at Hogwarts yet again. And the last she had heard, he and her mum were seriously considering sending Heidi to Beaubaxtons instead. Her situation was different than her sisters, however, precisely because she had already started at Hogwarts and her parents felt that it would be weird for her to transfer schools. Plus her uncle was there now. But they wanted to avoid the situation entirely with her younger sister by sending Heidi elsewhere.

 

At any rate, because she was going home soon she was not expecting her usual mail from her parents, which always consisted of some delicious treats and a letter. Because she had not been expecting anything, she was a bit surprised when she looked up and noticed one of the school owls headed straight towards her. Weird, she thought to herself as she received the package. She tore open the wrapping paper and out dropped Mastering the Platform and a note. 

 

A note from Toby. Hatty read it quickly, the note putting somewhat of a smile on her face when she recently had been feeling very glum as of late and not her usual self. "Thanks Toby!" she whispered to herself, holding the book in her hands as she felt the pages. Maybe this would be what she needed to get stronger so the next time she was in a situation like the tournament, or worse, facing a death eater like a lot of the school her first year, she'd be able to handle it. 

 

It was a great start to her holidays and one that made her feel a little more up to facing what awaited her back home. 

 

OOC: I'm assuming we'll continue this thread in the dueling chamber? 

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OOC: Yes <33

 

Letter and present sent off to Hatty, Toby looked at his next gift, this one a textbook. It wasn't wrapped, and it wasn't even his. It was a book he'd found in the library after tirelessly searching the shelves for days. Apparently, he wasn't the only person in Hogwarts interested in Legilimency and Occlumency. 

 

The idea had come to Toby not long after his venture into the Forbidden Forest with Grace and Kaelyn, when Grace had revealed just how scary her mother was and how much she seemed to know about everything. Peggy Foster hadn't seemed too bad when Toby had met her (maybe a little cool, even) but Toby hadn't been able to get Grace's words out of his mind. He hadn't planned to study up on ways to protect yourself from having your mind read, but it had turned into an interesting topic of study and at the back of his mind, always, Ronnie. Could someone non-magical protect themselves from Obliviators?

 

When Toby finally found the book that was most useful, Occlumency & You, he checked it out of the library for the longest possible loan - 3 months - and stored it away in his trunk until the last day before he went home for Christmas. 

 

Having sent Hatty's (much more important) present off first, Toby waved over another owl and handed over the textbook for it to deliver. This one was much heavier than the dueling one had been, so required even more treats (how did people cope, having owls? Were they permanently poor from buying treats?) but didn't seem to mind waiting as Toby tore a strip of parchment from inside his bag and scribbled a note on it.

 

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Grace    Foster 

 

Were they on first name terms? Toby figured Silas would be happy if they were and, if they weren't, it would confuse the heck out of Grace which would at least be a little bit amusing. 

 

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Grace, 

 

Thought you might be interested in this. Found it in the library, it's about learning how to protect your mind from the prying of others like, say, parents who seem to know everything. It also has a chapter on learning how not to say everything you are thinking out loud - very useful for rebellion. 

 

Use it or don't, it's checked out of the library under my name. 

 

Have a good holiday

 

 

That was weird, they definitely weren't close enough for that.

 

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Toby

 

Letter complete, Toby slid it inside the front cover of the textbook and sent the owl off to find @Grace Foster


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