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River Wolfe

Thestrals, it always ends up being a Thestral...

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Sometime after curfew.

 

It didn't take long for River to pick up on Ryan's jealousy.  Honestly the Ravenclaw didn't mean to be better at Transfigurations than her, it just... Sort of happened.

 

"Ry, it's cool! I got a reliable source saying that there's some Thestrals up over this valley!"  Of course, however, River didn't know about the whole 'you have to experience death to see them' part.  But River wanted everything to be normal with his best, so he was going to do what ever it took to get them back on the right tracks.

 

Moving his arm in follow me motion River beamed "It's just over here!"

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Ryan stood, uncertainly, near the edge of the Forbidden Forest, her weary eyes on RIver. If anyone knew her well enough, they knew she was enraptured with magical creatures. She'd been fascinated since forever. And River had mentioned thestrals. Ry knew all there was to know about the rare species; including that they couldn't be seen unless you'd experienced, or witnessed, death. Still, the idea of maybe seeing one, regardless of what she knew about them, was slightly overpowering the fact that she knew the Forbidden Forest was strictly out-of-bounds. Headmaster Gawkrodger had told them that on their very first night at Hogwarts.

 

But, thestrals...

 

Biting her lip, and throwing caution to the wind, Ry looked back at the castle (which she should have been in, seeing as how it was after curfew), and walked toward River. "Okay, lead the way!"

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Of course once Ryan had agreed to let Rover lead the way, which, honestly was a bad idea in itself as he had no clue where he was going.  But this was an adventure!  He would make the most of it!  Drudging his way into the shrubbery, River wasn't really even sure what direction he was going in anymore, for all he knew, he could have just been leading them into circles...  After what felt like hours of pushing through and past bushes, the boy had to take a break.  

 

Stepping aside as he placed his hands onto his knees, River beamed to Ryan, "Ladies first."  He jokingly gestured allowing the other to take the lead before he stood correctly once more and began to walk.  Tripping over an unearthed root, the Ravenclaw winced at his pain before looking up to what looked like rotting flesh.

 

A sharp high pitched scream entered the night air as River quickly got to his feet and ran to hide behind Ryan.

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Ryan followed hesitantly, keeping her steps light, and her eyes alert. She split her time between watching her feet--so she didn't trip over upturned roots--and scanning the trees--in case anything ominous dropped from them. After a while, Ry started to regret letting River lead the way into the Forest, because it seemed apparent after some time that he really didn't know where he was going. He was just leading them further into the trees; and away from the clearing, where their exit was.

 

When he stopped up ahead, with his hands braced on his knees, Ryan caught up enough to hear him insist she lead them. Putting her hands on her hips smartly, she pierced him with a knowing look and said, "River, you don't actually know where you're going, do you? You said you knew! You heard some older kids talking about it. I was following you! I can't lead us because I don't know where I am. We're lost." She said this last part with dejection in her voice.

 

The dejection turned to fear when River shrieked and ran to hide behind her. Which meant he was practically using her as a human shield. Ryan was too busy looking at the ground, at the ragged pieces of what looked like something dead. It certainly smelled dead. "Blech," the Hufflepuff said, covering her mouth and backing up, pulling River along with her. "Okay, we're getting out of here. Or, we're going to try to, anyway."

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Sableplume was a busy hippogriff.

 

Just kidding.

 

Since Lilytuft was becoming more independent by the day, Sableplume often found himself bored and unsure about how to spend his day. These days, he decided it might be amusing to silently stalk after some humans, such as the boy that always wore mud on his clothing ( @Ian Ellsworth). He went into the forest and the hippogriff went after him, only to be confused when he made a turn and the boy was no longer in sight.

 

Instead, there were two other smaller humans. He blinked at them with wide eyes before turning away with a snort. Meh, they smelt less interesting.  

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Ryan muttered under her breath about "scatter-brained best friends" and the "disregard for safety", when she saw it. A hippogriff. The Hufflepuff stopped dead in her tracks, her eyes wide with awe. The tall girl was simply fascinated with magical creatures of all kinds (I mean, hello, she was in the Forbidden Forest to look for thestrals). She had read all about hippogriffs. In fact, she owned multiple books about them. But she had never seen one up close. It was quite nearby and was studying her and River carefully. Ryan did the first thing she knew to do, and bowed, keeping her eyes on the beautiful creature.

 

But then it turned around and left. Ryan watched it go with love in her eyes. Only when it was out of sight did she turn around and smack River excitedly on the chest. "River, did you see that?! A hippogriff! Oh, wasn't it beautiful?"

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His face was burried into Ryan’s back, arms wrapped around the girl’s torso.  He didn’t want to look up, look out, or see anything that resembled the rotting flesh that he had seen

 

”That was no Hippogriff!”  

 

The boy shouted as he began to shake in fear.

 

“Can we go back to the castle please?!”

 

A small hint of tears could be heard through his voice.

 

 

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Exasperated as she was, even Ryan couldn't withstand the charm River unknowingly gave off. She knew he was feeling genuine fear, but she ignored it. She'd seen what he'd seen on the ground--what was frightening him so--and it had been a pile of rotted leaves. Or, at least, it had looked that way. But River was legitimately shaking and was gripping her around the waist very tightly. She patted his hands lightly and turned around in his grasp to wrap her arms around him in a comforting hug. "River, it was a pile of leaves that were rotted. It wasn't anything scary, I promise."

 

But her thoughts kept going back to the hippogriff she'd seen. Ryan knew better than to go look for it because they were proud creatures and she reckoned it didn't want children following after it. So, instead, she acquiesced and rubbed River's back. "Of course we can go back to the castle." In which direction that was, however, Ry wasn't sure. River had led them in on his own; but it looked up to Ryan to lead them back out. "Let's try this way, okay? We can hold hands."

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Feeling the light tap from Ryan’s hand, River one what he saw, this was not a pile of leaves as Ryan easily dissmissed.

 

”No!” 

 

River shouted stomping his foot into the mud.  

 

“I KNOW WHAT I SAW!”

 

He continued his childish tantrum as Ryan agreed to take him back to the castle.  Holding her hand, which somehow made everything ok again, River wiped away his nose sniffleevas she lead the way.

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Taking in a deep breath, Ry held it for a few seconds, and then let it out. River was often dramatic; you had to roll with it. "Okay, okay. You know what you saw. So let's move away from whatever-it-was-that-you-saw (which was a pile of leaves) and toward the castle. Do you think you can concentrate long enough to think about the direction we came?" Ryan really needed to start paying better attention to her surroundings when she was around River. Because they often got lost. 

 

She was glad to see the boy wilt a little when she took his hand, though. Getting River calmed was half the battle, really. Taking in the surrounding trees and not seeing any kind of path that might point them in the right direction, Ryan thought briefly about maybe throwing up sparks like Professor Quayle had taught them. But then they would get into trouble. And River would probably cry more. Ry narrowed her eyes a little when she spotted a slight indentation up ahead. "Hang on," she said, stalking forward and dragging River with her. "This looks like it might be the way."

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