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Huff Tour VH36: The Lake

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Samuel Han

Sam thought it would be a good idea to show the first years around the grounds while they still had some light left to see by. They wouldn’t be able to cover the whole area but the ickles would at least get a general idea of where everything was located outside. He certainly had no intention of leading them anywhere near the forbidden forest, especially not in the evening. He didn’t want to be responsible for some poor kid getting lost or hurt.

 

“Everyone still with us so far?” It was difficult to go more than a few steps without feeling the urge to turn around and make sure the group was still together and behaving themselves. He was feeling a little overprotective, especially as he didn’t have the fondest of memories when it came to the lake, having been attacked there once in his third year, but he would omit that terrifying bit of information. He’d just have to grin and bear it. Maybe they wouldn’t have to stay here too long.

 

“As you can see, the grounds are quite extensive,” Sam began to explain, hoping the small crowd wouldn’t hear the nerves in his voice. “This is the lake. You’ve already been across part of it, coming in from the boats. The Quidditch pitch is that way,” he paused to gesture towards the massive goal hoops in the distance before pointing at the wooded area, “And the forest is back there, but please don’t wander in. It’s not allowed, and there’s all sorts of nasty things in there you don’t want to meet.” At least that’s what he’d been told all these years. He never stepped a foot inside the forbidden forest except for classes.

 

He could sense some of the ickles already growing restless, so he turned back to Fiona. “Should we pass the toast out now?”

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Fiona Weaver

 

 

 

It wasn't pitch dark out yet, but the surface of the lake was already a flat dark expanse that gave Fiona the willies. Instead, she glanced out over the grounds and pointed out a few other landmarks.

 

“Also out here are the greenhouses, where you’ll be taking herbology. And our hippogriff paddock is just over that way! Don’t approach the hippogriffs until you know how to do it safely.”

 

She trailed off and stood keeping watch over the students until Sam reminded her about the toast.

 

“Right!” exclaimed Fiona, and sifted in the small satchel she had grabbed on her way out of the Great Hall at the start of the tour. “The lake is home to a giant squid. I’m not really sure where throwing toast to the squid came from, but my Hufflepuff mentor told me that’s what you do, so...here you go!”

 

Fiona began handing out slices of toast to the first-years.

 

“Feel free to toss them in, and maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the squid!” she exclaimed. “Or...I suppose you could eat them if you’re low on energy, but that’s not what they’re intended for. Bones.” She added this last to her brown rat, who scampered down her arm and made a lunge for the slice of toast she was holding.

 

Once the toast had been either thrown, consumed, or dropped on the ground, Fiona got the group moving again. “Keep up, please, we’ll be headed back inside to look at the dueling chamber now!”

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

First years, you may now post! After you’ve fed the squid, walk this way and follow us to the Dueling chamber!

 

Edited by Fiona Weaver

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Neil Cauldronberry

Neil was not thrilled when they headed back outside and down toward the lake.  Were they going to have to get back into the boats?  He thought he'd done with that unpleasantness for the evening.  He tried to pay attention to where everything was, but it was dark and he was just going to be hopelessly inside and out.  He was interested when Fiona mentioned the greenhouses though.  He was most excited for Herbology.  Neil accepted his piece of toast and simply added it to the rolls still in his pocket rather than throw it in the lake to tempt the squid.  He didn't see any sense in deliberately summoning giant monsters.  What was wrong with these people?

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Hanna Liu

a giant squid that enjoyed toast. that was certainly an interesting fact, though hannah had hoped on at least catching a glimpse of the creature before having to pad off for the rest of the tour. from the boat right along the lake and to the school itself, the experience had been nothing like she’d ever dreamed of much less seen. even in the light of day she found herself looking around, turning this way and that as the prefects pointed out the surroundings. she was especially curious over the Quidditch Pitch if anything. feeling that her stomach for now was full enough she took slight step back, getting herself in a stance to throw the toast as far as she could get it into the lake. waiting a beat to see if something would coming lunging out of the waters to catch it. huffing out when not much aside from a glopping noise of it plunging in sounded, she shrugged her shoulders following along for their next destination.

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Hazel Wheeler

Hazel felt better. @Rosie Ferranti had joined her little huddle of friends. Her friends were there, and it made her feel more at ease! Cool air on her face reminded her that she was in fact at Hogwarts.  Did she really have anything to worry about when she was at one of the most magical places in the world? Her curiosity took over as she looked around at the grounds. It was so beautiful in the light of the moon.

 

Behati and Nari were at her sides, but Hazel didn't feel the need to cling to them as much anymore. The prefects started to hand out toast. Toast? Oh, yes. Her father had told her about this.

 

Quickly, Hazel tossed in her piece of toast as they moved along the rim of the lake. The water rippled when the bread hit the water, and she hoped the squid would have a lovely meal.

Edited by Hazel Wheeler

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Raiden S. Revere

Thankfully the ingredients inside the pepsi started working. He felt his stomach loosening up, he almost thought of eating again once inside the castle, but that was probably a bad idea. Although...the girl prefect said there will be more snacks once inside the Hufflepuff common room. Raiden instantly pictured himself having a huge belly and he cringed. If nothing else, he would have to make sure he watches over his diet...Damn... the food smelled so good!

Having thought of that, he hardly realized where they were going. It wasn't until someone said Lake and Giant Squid that he felt he had missed everything. There was green even past where the eye could see and they could still enjoy the last ray of lights dancing on top of the silvery water surface. It was amazing. He could sit there like forever and create all sorts of creatures that lived both inside and outside this lake. 

The momentary creativity rush did not last long. Someone handed slides of toast to him and suggested they threw it inside the lake for the Squid to eat. Raiden didn't want to doubt this technique and seeing that it was working he threw his towards the creature. Hazel was near by though and he had to seek her knowledge. "Hazel, do you know if we should feed the Giant Squid? I mean...doesn't it have fishes in there or something else to feast upon? Aren't we harming it with these?" Concerned questions from someone who had absolutely zero experience with animals.

Edited by Raiden S. Revere

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Rosie Ferranti

Hazel had two other girls on either side of her who Rosie didn't yet know the names of, but they seemed lovely! And if Hazel liked them then Rosie liked them too, because Hazel was a lovely person so of course she would have lovely friends too. 

 

Rosie took a piece of toast when it was handed to her and threw it into the lake. "Here you go, Mr Squid. I hope you have a nice night!" 

 

She waited to see if the squid waved a tentacle back at her and then hurried along after the others to the next stop in their destination.

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Branchy

Branchy was just trying to go for a walk, that's all he wanted to do. But the moment he left the forest he knew that something was up. There was so many people outside. Why? 

 

He enjoyed his walks. There wasn't a single person around and now there was more. 

 

Branchy jumpped into someone. And decided to stay there.

 

you can claim branchy jumping on you. Make a reaction. I'll post back

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Hazel Wheeler

"I think it will be alright since the prefects offered us the toast," Hazel said to Raiden as she watched her toast float along the surface of the water. He and Rosie had joined her as she walked along the circumference of the lake. It had started to get chilly. She pulled her cloak closer to her.

 

Hazel felt a small weight on her shoulder, and she turned to see what had landed there. A bowtruckle peered back at her.

 

"Hello, Mr. Bowtruckle. Are you joining us?" Hazel asked curiously to @Branchy .

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Alyssa Hoofer

They were led back outside which made Alyssa extremely happy. She'd hoped that there was more to this night. Were they going to check out the Forbidden Forest? She'd always been curious about it. Her parents had told her many times to stay away from it, but perhaps it was okay with their prefects. It was hard not to be tempted to go somewhere 'forbidden,' but they didn't go to the forest. Instead, they were lead to the lake where they were handed pieces of toasts to throw in the lake. She watched as each of the first years threw in their pieces before she too threw her own in.

 

"Ooh I think I saw a tentacle!" She said excitedly.

 

She glanced over at one of the other first years. She mentioned something about a bowtruckle. Her parents had mentioned them to her. 

 

"Where?" She asked the girl.

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Branchy

The human didn't freak out, that was one plus for Branchy. He did not know what happening but he didn't want to get ran over by so many people. Taking a seat on the human wondering what it was they were doing. He hoped that he wasn't going to fall off.

 

Looking at @Hazel Wheeler first then looking around. Branchy was ready to find a hole and get back to his place. 

 

Way to many humans for his liking.

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Polly Tibbetts

Polly followed the group outside. She was pleased when she recognized the lake. They had come across it in boats. Look at that. She already recognized a part of the castle. She definitely wasn't going to get lost on her first day of school. She noticed that there were some lovely trees and a lawn as well, which would be perfect for a day with nice weather. Crafting outside under a tree was so much better than doing it inside. Especially if you had a dumb older sister with a weird hatred of glitter.

 

Anyways, they were starting to point some stuff out like a ditch of some sort. A ditch pitch? That couldn't be right. But before she had the nerves to ask, they had moved on and were talking about feeding toast to a giant squid. Intrigued, Polly took her piece of toast and walked up to the edge of the lake. She tossed it in and hoped to see the thing. She was disappointed not to see it, and silently chastised herself for believing a giant squid could live in a lake. That was just ridiculous...

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Sableplume

Sableplume was soaring over the skies (hidden by the darkness and clouds) when he noticed the thrown offering in the lake. If the big bad thing didn’t want the offered soggy treat, then Sableplume would gladly take it.

 

*SWOOPS IN & SNATCHES*

 

Now, onto more pressing affairs, like scaring the humans in the pitch. *zooms off*

 

Edited by Sableplume
this is post 666 :D

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Behati Gadot

Giant...Squid? There was absolutely no reason for "giant" and "squid" to be in the same sentence that came out of the Hufflepuff prefects' mouths. It was an utter disaster, was what it was. And the fact that they were supposed to throw bread at it didn't have her feeling any better. For all she knew, the thing could come out, snatch her, and drag her away, never to be seen again. She pressed on with the rest of the group despite the fact, but she did give the lake the dirtiest of looks while she was throwing her bread.

 

And to think they had taken this very same lake to get to Hogwarts. Behati was worried about drowning when she should've been worried about getting eaten alive by a massive squid. Hazel seemed to be having a fun time, though.

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Zsuzsanna E. Maverick

It was nice to be able to say she recognized something in a place she’d never had dreamt up in her wildest of imaginations. It didn’t matter that they’d just come from across the lake some time ago either. As Sam pointed out various points of interest, Zsu couldn’t help but marvel by the large expanse of the property. When she heard Quidditch Pitch, she immediately perked up, having read up a tad on the game. She definitely would be trying out for the team when the time rolled around, confident that she could juggle it alongside her studies. The Forbidden Forest was a thing of interest as well, but not quite as much to her as to her other fellow year mates she observed.

 

When Sam mentioned passing out toast, her brow raised slightly. Oh, oh –but hippogriffs! Out of all the creatures that roamed these lands, it was the hippogriff that intrigued her the most. They were things of wonder to her, and she couldn’t wait until she’d finally be able to see one in the flesh. When she was handed her piece of toast, she skipped to the edge and tossed it in, attention completely set upon the ripples of the water. She was curious about this giant squid that lived in the belly of the lake, especially considering this same lake had carried them across. It had to be friendly with that in mind, right?

 

Zsu caught sight of a shadow looming and looked up, briefly catching what she was sure was a hippogriff snatching up the crumbs of bread tossed into the lake. Her eyes widened and her face lit up. It was a hippogriff! She had gotten to see a- “Did anyone- oh my- it was a-,” She turned to the nearest person, a girl with what she’d deem as an adorable pixie cut. “It was a hippogriff! Did you see it?!"

 

Check please, totally the best day ever.

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Emma Etter

Now the young Hufflepuffs found themselves down by the lake. Emma was quite impressed with the grounds at Hogwarts; her family wasn’t much for the outdoors so grand areas like these had never been something she had visited when she was young. She had to admit they were quite lovely and she figured there would be time to spend exploring them in the future. For now though, they were supposed to be focusing on the lake.

 

Emma looked skeptically at the piece of toast she was given. It seemed a bit silly to throw bread into the lake for the alleged giant squid, but she was always willing to be a good sport so she tossed her piece into the water, where it laid floating undisturbed by any apparent cephalopods. That was disappointing.

 

Right before she turned to follow the group along to their next destination, she caught sight of a large winged creature plucking a piece of the now soggy toast from the water. Unconsciously her jaw dropped, staring in amazement at the horse with an eagle’s head and wings flying away with its treat.

 

“Wow,” she found herself murmuring. She’d have to ask a prefect what that had been.

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