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VH37 Sorting Night

the boats

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Kasper had gotten to the point of being well aware of his position, that is to say, he knew to be at the boats as the first years climbed off the Hogwarts Express, even if it meant letting his niece handle her own disembarkation on her own. She would be fine, he was sure of it. He pointed his wand at his throat and called out, "FIRST YEARS, THIS WAY. FIRST YEARS, FOLLOW ME," walking backwards off the platform and towards the lake. Kasper greeted the first years as they came by, trying to learn as many names as possible. 

 

Once the platform was empty and all the carriages had started towards the castle, Kasper excused himself from the conversation with a particularly anxious first year and turned back to the crowd as a whole. "Good evening, first years. As you know, that," he pointed at the castle with his free hand, "will be your new home for the next ten months. Unlike the older students, however, we'll be traveling in boats." He was pretty sure they were already aware of this, as there was some new fangled it wasn't that new, Kasper was just old program that helped new students learn about the intricacies of Hogwarts.

 

"Only four students per boat. The boat will not move if there are more than four. And don't worry, it won't go unless I tell it to, and I will make sure everyone's got a seat before we start our journey." Kasper certainly hoped the boarding of the boats would be much less eventful this year than it had been in the past. "All aboard!" he said cheerfully, gesturing for the students to begin.

 

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At the top of your posts, please claim a boat number (which I will edit into this post as a list; remember only four per boat!). You may create your own thread (and link to it), if you'd like, otherwise you can have your whole boat ride within this thread. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

 

For sorted students, please make your way to the VH37 Annual Carriage Rides here, courtesy of Killian Dracel. 

 

Boat #1 (4/4) - Ryszard Althaus-Valerio, Clarissa Perenge, Adrina Althaus-Valerio, Pandora Midnight

Boat #2 (2/4) - Kelby Matos, Ezmeralda de la Renta, 

Boat #3 (1/4) - Stephanie Eckland, 

Boat #4 (1/4) - Alvis Anderson

Boat #5 (3/4) - Robin Corelli-Rose, Kay Wickham, Francis Barnes II

Boat #6 (2/4) - Misty Leaf, Kamron Sparrow, 

Boat #7 (1/4) - Cosette Mercier, 

Edited by Professor Althaus
updated to post #15

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Robin Corelli-Rose

i am a keener MAMBOAT NO. 5

 

'Home for the next ten months' looked larger than life. 

 

It felt good to step off the Hogwarts Express and stretch his limbs out, but that left room for the jitters to set in that had nothing to do with the cool Scottish air and everything with the castle ahead. It looked like it had been carved from the very cliff it sat on, with towers like the sharpest teeth and hundreds of pinpricks of light that did little to actually light it up. In the cleat night, Hogwarts looked both awesome and terrifying at the same time and no amount of his family's stories could have prepared him for it.

 

Home-for-the-next-ten-months was also very far away; it was big enough that it made the distance across the lake look relatively short, but the water was placid and Robin knew better. He eyed the water with a wary eye, wondering how deep down it went. 

 

Maybe he was overthinking it and the lake was only waist deep.

 

Either way, not something he wanted to test out in the dark of the night, with a small, ghostly lantern to light his way.

 

"Three's company," he said to his friends, tearing his eyes from the water, gulping, and nodding to a boat instead. He touched the stern, laying claim. "This one's ours." At least some things were in his control - for the next couple of seconds. "We should name it for luck."

Edited by Robin Corelli-Rose

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Kay Wickham

BOAT MAMBO NO. 5

 

Kay fidgeted in place, hopping from one foot to the other as the professor explained the limitations of these MAGICAL BOATS that were about to traverse the MAGICAL LAKE towards the MAGICAL CASTLE in the distance. She could barely catch her breath between her stifled gasps of excitement, her fingers pressed to her mouth to catch them before she could distract from the teacher's instructions.

 

Hogwarts looked like something out of a dream. She was still getting used to the idea of living somewhere castles even existed--they were a little hard to come by in New York--and now she was going to live in one of them? And learn hocus pocus on top of that?

 

What was the plural of hocus pocus? Hocus Pocuses? Hoci poci? ... All the hoci poci.

 

Nevertheless, she was practically vibrating next to her friends until the crowd of students were loosed upon the boats. She might have spent the next few minutes running from boat to boat trying to determine which looked the fastest (whichever one had flame decals on it would be a clear winner), if Robin hadn't marched decisively towards the fifth and claimed it as theirs.

 

Kay galloped after him, glad that they'd saved their time and energy for more important things like potentially rowing the boat if the magic somehow sputtered out halfway across the lake. She hopped in and scrambled to the front, leaning out over the water as the nose dipped beneath her. "Wowowow!" she cried, bending over the edge enough that her braids were partially submerged. "This is so cool! This is the lake with all the magical creatures in it, right?"

 

When Robin suggested they name it for luck, she turned over and grinned. "Great idea! It's gotta be christened." Looking around for something to christen it with, she finally settled on her shoe, and pulled it off to hold aloft, prepared to smack the port side with it. Or was that starboard? Kay knew very little about boats, but she was VERY EXCITED. "Any ideas for names?"

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Stephanie Eckland

BOAT NO. 3T

 

Steph had enjoyed the train journey, it had been generally plesant and comfortable. Now that they had arrived at Hogsmeade station, she knew that they were just as short distance away from Hogwarts School itself. She could see across the lake, an enormous structure topped with towers and spires. Hogwarts looked more like an ancient castle than a school, but she had read about its origins. Steph knew that Hogwarts was over a thousand years old, so maybe the four foundered had modelled it after a castle somewhat.

 

An adult was calling for first year students, and Steph followed the crowd of eager faces down to the shore of a lake where a small flotilla of boats awaited them. Clearly the boats would be their means of transportation over the lake. Steph could see no oars or sails though, and no sign of an engine. It was clear that magic was going to play a part somehow, and as she had never seen a boat powered by magic, it would be interesting to see how that worked out.

 

She saw a couple of people board one of the boats, but Steph decided not to join them, but rather to take a boat of her own. She didn't recall interacting with that pair at Pre-Hogwarts Primary but she suspected they might be friends, and might prefer to keep their own company. She was sure that someone would join her in her own boat soon enough.

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Cosette Mercier

Boat Number 7

 

They had to get on a boat? A boat? What kind of thing was that, what if there was someone that wasn’t able to swim and they fell off the boat. Didn’t this school think of anything. Cosette wasn’t sure this was something that he wanted to do anymore, could she get back on the train and leave and go home. That was all she wanted to do now.

While she had an adventure on the train, if you were able to call it that. Following the professor, the one that was calling them over there. Cosette just carried her bag with her, she never went anywhere without her art bag. She was worried that it was going to get wet and her drawings would be ruin. That wasn’t something she was ready for at all.

Taking a step into the last boat, she held her items close and just sat there. Not talking to anyone at all, it seems like this school really wanted them to make friends and talk to someone that they didn’t know. This wasn’t what she signed up for all.

Grabbing a rubber band from her bag, she placed her hair up. Not knowing how this ride was going to happen. All she did was wait, and went along with it. She wanted to sleep, that train ride was long, and now they have to ride a boat.

Could she ever sleep, or at least rest.

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Ryszard Althaus-Valerio

Boat #1, please!

 

The familiar voice chiming in had Ryszard turning his head in an attempt to catch sight of his uncle. He hadn’t seen the man in what felt like forever, and while he tried to remain as stoic as possible, the truth was that Kasper was his favourite.

 

That didn’t, however, make up for the fact that they were expected to wade across the Lake in tiny boats.

 

”Uncle!” He yelled, hoping to be heard over the incessant chatter. “Why can’t Addy and I go over in a carriage?” He asked, sullenly. It was perhaps best not to mention that Ryszard had no clue where his sister was. The twins had lost each other, between their arrival at the platform and his fight with Mabel. Unfortunately, it had left him in a stormy mood. It was, therefore, perhaps a good idea they hadn’t brought the baby cats with them.

 

As long as Finley and Nemo were there with them, safe and sound.

 

Quickly, before anyone could lay claim to it, Ryszard jumped into the first boat that was queued up for them. If he absoutely had to travel this way, he would be the one to lead. Once he was settled in, Ryszard turned back around, trying to peer through the crowd and spot @Adrina Althaus-Valerio. She had to be somewhere close; otherwise, his twin detector would be swivelling like mad.

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Kelby Matos

I’ll take boat number two <3.

 

Kelby was not amused in the slightest.

 

First, the train ride turned out to be dreadfully boring. One would think that a magical train going to a magical school would be much more exciting than it actually was. The first strike against this whole Hogwarts experience was how nearly impossible it was to find the sweets’ trolley. She was a first year with a serious sweet tooth, and yet, she was stuck with nothing to munch on during the ride to the school – and it felt like it took forever. Not to mention the fact that there was nothing to do on said train ride but stare out the window like a dimwit or talk to people (ew). Kelby was not a social creature by nature, so the idea of just sitting and ‘making friends’ and ‘bonding’ on her way to ‘her new home’ was not appealing in the least (and she wanted to punch everyone who worded it that way). She thought perhaps she could go on some magical adventure, but that train was lame.

 

Kelby’s next prospect was perhaps finding something to explore the grounds on her way to the castle. There was still plenty of time to venture around and find something before she had to figure out where she was sleeping that night. Kelby figured the older students would know all the cool spots, so they were probably the best people to lead her– until some old man required first years to follow him (full disclosure: probably not an old man, but anyone older than 25 was ancient to young Kelby. Plus, she was #bitter).

 

He started into some spiel about how this would be their homes for the next ten months (ugh, another one of those people), but Kelby couldn’t stop herself from smiling ironically. She had never lasted in a school that long – there was no way that this one was going to be any different. As he mentioned their varying mode of transportation, Kelby scowled.

 

“This is age discrimination!” she said aloud to anyone who would listen to her. “You cannot force us to be segregated from fellow students because we are the youngest. I’m not a child that needs to be chaperoned!”

 

It was very likely no one was actually listening to her rant, but Kelby kept on giving it in the hopes that her concerns would be addressed. While boat rides were pretty cool, she was almost certain she saw the older kids ride in carriages with something invisible leading it. That was so much cooler than a stupid boat – and a chaperone. She didn’t need someone holding her hand to guide her to the castle; it was so big, there was no way anyone could possibly get lost unless they were blinder than a bat!

 

She begrudgingly got into the boats as instructed, but she made sure to glare at the Professor who was leading them the entire time. He was now on her list of people she was not happy with (along with almost everyone she had ever met, but that was beside the point).

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Alvis Anderson

Boat 4 Please

 

No sooner had most of the first years made there way off the train, Alvis was far to busy looking at all the owls and cats that littered the platform along side their owners luggage. In his dreamy way he had not made any attempt to follow the professor down towards the lake so he soon found himself being buffeted down the platform by a group of students who had every intention of doing as told.

 

''More haste, less speed!'' he chuckled as his feet dragged on the ground for a short while until the level of the surrounding lake fell away enough for him to slip down and place his feet back on solid ground. Still having no control over his direction, this might have been a good thing seeing how he tended to wander off a lot but was soon at the lake front and once again without any word or pause was pushed into a boat with other students!

 

''Howdy! Doodly do! Alvis is the name and are we going on a boat ride?''  

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Misty Leaf

Boat 6 Please

 

Misty was finally at Hogwarts. Well, not quite, there's, apparently, a boat to ride, and then she'll arrive. Or something like that. Books aren't very clear about things that they want students to experience first hand. Finding the nearest empty boat, Misty hopped on and waited for Kamron to join her. Fortunately the fold-up desk was left on the train. She'd have a hard time trying to bring that in inconspicuously.

 

Misty looked at the students in the boats around her. She had seen them around PHP, but never really talked to most of them. Might as well start now. She would be living with some of them in the same dorm for the next seven years. Maybe she should go talk... nah, shyness is a hard trait to overcome at first. She'll just stay in the boat and hope someone else approaches.

 

She looked over to Kamron and smiled. "Ready for Hogwarts?" 

Edited by Misty Leaf

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Clarissa Perenge

Boat # 1

 

Clarissa made her way through the crowd of students. She just wanted to get to the castle already.

 

"Move!" She said to some kid in front of her.

 

Everything about today just seemed to be taking too long for her liking. Why couldn't she have just flooed over? Or her parents could have apparated her over instead. You couldn't apparate in the grounds, but they could have dropped her off in Hogsmeade at least! But no, they wanted her to get the experience of Hogwarts from the train ride, to the boat rides, to the sorting. She didn't like the fact that she'd had to leave her trunk and owl behind. To be honest, she'd rather just have the hat sort her without anyone around. The school should have made exceptions for her. She continued to push the kids away as she rushed to the boats. She climbed into the first boat she saw without paying attention to the fact that someone was already there. She looked around at the castle across the lake before looking at her boat companion. She sighed when she saw who she'd joined. This was why she should have been paying attention. She'd joined the rude boy twin without meaning to.

 

"Oh, it's you," she said as her eyes fell on Ryszard. "Great," she added under her breath.

 

Maybe there would be an opportunity to push him overboard.

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Adrina Althaus-Valerio

Boat #1 (and Pandora Midnight also by force ^_^

 

"UNCLE KAS!" She hadn't exactly meant to shout out above everyone else, and to be honest there was no guarantee that he had heard her but in all the excitement and after all the disappointment that had been the struggle of a ride to the school (especially being separated from Ryszard the whole time) she was more the grateful to see the smiling face of her uncle standing on the docks to greet them.  

 

Surely he was most excited to see them most of all, even if he had to pretend he was happy to see all of the other first years as well.   She was happy to see him and what else, finally she was able to catch a glimpse of Pandora in the group of fellow new first years and her brother.  She could have almost cried with relief.  Except she had another project in mind, especially after she saw Ry jump into the first boat dockside.  She needed to get into that boat.  

 

"Excuse me!" She chirped, an altogether too cute smile on her face as she nudged between some of her classmates and reached for Panda's hand.  "Panda! That's my uncle, the one I told you about!" She grinned but offered no other explanation as she dragged her friend down the dock towards the boat.  For a brief moment she stopped to throw her arms around her uncle because it had never been any secret she planned on keeping and to be quite honest she had not enjoyed that train ride one bit and just needed the hug.  "We made it! Please don't tell me these boats fall over."  

 

Though as she turned around to finally hope into the boat with her brother and take @Pandora Midnight along with her she noticed the other girl that had, for some reason decided to join the boat too, and she wondered the exact opposite.  The last person she expected to be sitting in that boat was the loud mouthed Clarissa girl who kept insulting Finley.   

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Pandora Midnight

Boat 1 (Now Full ^-^)

 

During the entire trip here Pandora was already getting nervous. Everything was riding on what happened tonight and even though she was very distracted on the train, little thoughts had begun bubbling up inside her the moment everything around her became quiet again. She followed along quietly with everyone else as the Professor ahead of them led them down towards the lake. She glanced around trying to find her friend in the crowd hoping not to be stuck in a boat with some of the more rowdy of the class. Thinking back, Pandora wasn't even sure she had learned how to step into a boat properly. Was there even a proper way to step into a boat? She was becoming lost in her thoughts when just the girl she was hoping to find was grabbing her hand.

 

Pandora smiled at Addy as she was dragged forward. Everything became so much easier with someone to follow and Addy seemed perfectly happy to oblige. She stood back as Adrina hugged her uncle. That would make him...Professor Althaus? She racked her brain trying to remember what exactly Addy had even told her about him. Clasping her hands together in front of her, Pandora smiled up at the man. "Thank you for being our guide across the lake. I do hope that everything goes well this evening." She said, bowing her head just before Addy led her away from the man and towards the dock.

 

She got in behind Adrina as carefully as possible, noticing the sour look that seemed to now be on all three of the other boat passenger's faces. She paled. If there was a fight in the boat it was likely they would end up in the water. There was no way she'd be able to live down the embarrassment of getting sorted while soaked and smelling like the lake. So hoping to keep things at least cordial, Pandora said, "Since we will be sorting soon, do any of you have a house you wish to be in?" 

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Kamron Sparrow

~~Boat, Number 6 Please. 

 

"Misty! Where did you go? How could you have vanished so quickly...." Kamron Jumped off the Hogwarts express and began looking about the crowds of student's everywhere. He couldn't see Misty anywhere but he did hear someone calling for first year student's. He followed along until they reached several boats. Something was strange about this indeed. They took boats? To a magical school? Hogwarts in the middle of a lake, Why didn't they fly....Oh flying. The thought of flying filled his mind as he soon noticed Misty.

 

"Yup, Very excited. You? I'm really glad we left that bloody desk behind. Not sure it would fit with a full boat." Kamron sat down beside Misty and smiled. Excited and nervous for the ride to Hogwarts. 

 

 

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Ezmeralda de la Renta

Boat number two, please ^_^

 

 

"You look upset."

 

It wasn't even a question. It was an observation that Ezmeralda was entirely certain of. What other emotion would incite such a glare on the other girl's face? With her words, she plopped down on in the boat, right in front of the girl, greeting her with a smile to contrast the negativity. "Why's that? Homesick already?" How dreadfully sad; Ezme predicted she would never be homesick. She was far too independent for such a pathetic fate.

 

“Or you’re scared of water?” No, no that couldn't be the reason. The girl appeared much more angry than fearful. She tapped a finger to her chin, analyzing the other closely. 

 

“Not excited to be here?” And wasn’t that blasphemy at it’s finest! Who wouldn’t want to be at Hogwarts? The muggle-born was mesmerized by this new world, impatiently eager to be inducted through whatever elusive sorting ceremonies were to take place.

 

“Oi, join our boat!" Feet stomped lightly on the boat's floor, causing the whole thing to wobble back in forth in her effort to draw attention. "We’ve got two more spaces before we can get going!” She’d been waiting months for her entrance to Hogwarts; she was not waiting any longer than need be.

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Francis Barnes II

MAMBOAT NO. 5

 

The sleepy haze of exhaustion that had slipped into Francis’s mind sometime during the train ride to Hogwarts immediately evaporated when the train came to a sudden, jerking stop.  Francis was immediately jostled to wakefulness; the skin of his cheek a bright, glowing red from where it’d been pressed into the window moments earlier.  On autopilot he moved, mimicking the motions of those immediately around him while rubbing away the dull pain he could now feel in his face.

 

It was probably good that Francis had a crowd to follow, because his return to consciousness was sluggish; only one step above sleepwalking as he meandered from train to platform.  It wasn’t until a cool breeze slapped him across the face (accompanied by a large, stray leaf) that full alertness returned to him.  Francis soon found himself deeply immersed in the quiet rumble of excited chatter, stood at the edge of a great lake surrounded by his fellow first years.

 

Robin and Kay, he realized, were there too, standing predictably close.  Enthusiastically, he followed them into the boat. “It’s the MERMAID SURPRISE!” The boat rocked from the gusto of his suggestion. “We have to call it that because Aunt Evvie told me there are mermaids in the lake, and maybe they’ll be less likely to drown us in the water if we name our boat after them!”

 

=)

Edited by Francis Barnes II

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Professor Althaus

Kasper smiled when he heard the overly enthusiastic (though who was he to judge?) voices of his niece and nephew. "Ry, Addy, welcome aboard," he said, nodding as they boarded their own boat. He chuckled as a student (@Kelby Matos) cried about age discrimination, shaking his head. "All first years have to go by boat, because they have to get the older students seated and ready for your sorting," he explained, helping a student who nearly fell into the water

 

Once all the students were in their boats, Kasper boarded his own and waved his wand. With a flick and a swish, the boats started on their own. "Don't worry, the boats are magicked so they don't tip. The only way to fall in is to go over the edge or if someone uses magic to tip them," he assured the first years before turning to face the castle.

 

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If you haven't already claimed a boat, feel free to still do so now (and feel free to claim the student being helped, just make a note at the top of your post a la lesson participation style)! Every student goes in a boat -- Professor Althaus wouldn't have left any of you behind -- but what happens between now and when your boat reaches the shore is up to you, but remember, actions have consequences! 

 

Enjoy your boat ride, first years! 

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Kelby Matos

Kelby sighed as a girl joined her boat and commented on her attitude. She thought perhaps if she gave the girl a deadpan stare, her co-occupant would cease speaking and let her mope in the corner of the boat by herself; she was very disappointed at the lack of exploring she had gotten to accomplish. But alas, the girl decided to sit right in her line of vision with a giant smile on her face. Lovely.

 

“Not homesick,” she replied without going into any detail. Kelby was the exact opposite of homesick, so excited to get away from her parents for just a while, headed to a place they could never set foot in since they weren’t magical, a place that would allow her to breathe and make her own decisions. “And no fear of water.”

 

It wasn’t that she wasn’t excited to be at Hogwarts, it just felt a lot more… anticlimactic? Kelby imagined a place of grandeur with magic sparkling through the air. “This place feels lackluster. I expected more. There wasn't even real magic on that train,” she attempted to explain in an effort to get the girl to lay off. If they were going to be stuck in this boat together for as long as it took them to get across the water, she’d prefer the girl accept her answers and leave her alone.

 

But then the overly cheery girl was inviting even more people to their boat, and the professor was trying to defend the reason Kelby was stuck taking the boring way to the castle. Kelby rolled her eyes and crossed her arms over her chest as she wished this whole boat ride thing was over before it even began.

 

Did it really require so much ceremony just to be assigned a bed?

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Miya Weber-Li

Any boat is fine with me!

 

Miya shuffled towards the fleet of boats. She picked up the hem of her robes, and daintily stepped foot into one, while it wobbled dangerously from the sudden addition of her weight. "Mister Sir?" She waved, to get @Professor Althaus's attention. Mister Sir was the most appropriate title she could think of. He hadn't formally introduced himself, so he could have been anyone: a professor, the groundskeeper, the janitor, the headmaster, he could even be a student, held back many times!

 

"Can you tell us when the boats are going to tip over for our lice-cleaning, so we'll know when we need to take a breath?"

 

Sitting herself down, she leaned over the edge and stared into the water. She could see only her reflection. Her dad said there was a village of mermaids that lived on the bottom, and a giant squid, too! Would they be the ones who inspected them for lice? Miya reached into the pockets of her robes, and drew out a bar of soap, and travel-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner, the type you could get in hotels.

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Robin Corelli-Rose

 

 

While Kay set about christening the boat (something Robin hadn't thought of, but was glad his friend did), Robin twisted around and looked wistfully after their luggage; he hoped Frederick was okay. It was too late to dwell on maybes, but Robin still wished he'd have thought to ask Lindy what she did when she brought the family owl over on her Sorting Night.

"Sound," Robin pointed at Francis appreciatively, meaning the logic, brows raised. Then he looked at the dark water and felt something within him drop.

He had only ever heard of the Giant Squid (which didn't really sound magical, but sounded enough) living in the lake. Of course there'd be more than one magical creature dwelling beneath the dark, placid surface. He wasn't sure how he felt having that knowledge kept from him, but then, he wasn't sure if he'd gotten into the boat if it hadn't been kept from him. There was a chance that, if he stared too intently into the water, his imagination might take the simple darkness and run with it, twisting it into forms and shapes that weren't there. Massive creatures swimming below them, with gaping mouths and teeth; giant kelp forests; Something reaching out and dragging him miles down underwater...

With that thought, Robin pulled his eyes away from the surface, sat as straight as possible with his hands in his lap and directed his gaze to the faraway castle, as Kay and Francis both leaned over the sides of the boat (at least they drooped over oppositely and balanced it out) and cooed and awed.

He found a good distraction in Miya, a couple boats over who, as usual, raised the questions no one else seemed to think of. Robin had considered inviting her to their Just Us boat, but he felt he'd have his hands full with the boat's other two occupants. Their minder may have said that the boats couldn't tip without magical assistance (in which case, Robin was all the assistance their boat would need), but if there was a will to get in the water, there was definitely a way. 

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Rían O' Donnell

Boat number 6 please.

 

 

 

 Rían had made his way off the train in a daze. a Very uncomfortable, forced daze. Everything was happening too quick. They had trumped up a little path away from the train. And to Rían's confusion, away from where all the older students seemed to be going. This wasn't right. It all became clear when the Professor instructed that they'd be crossing the lake to get to the castle. "Well where's the sense it that?" The lake looked huge. About the distance between Aaranmore and Burtonport really. He wasn't very excited about the boat ride. Nor was he anxious about it like some of the others in his year. 

 

Really he couldn't care less, he just wanted to go home. Or go inside. It was a gorgeous balmy but he was tired. And hungry. And just general fed up. He was over all of this and just wanted to lie in the dark in his bed. Though honestly he wasn't really looking forward to that. That meant sharing a room with people he didn't know. This was all terrible and he hated every bit of it. 

 

He hovered at the back of the group with Avery. The conversation had petered out just slightly. She was much more into it than he was. Eventually he took the lead and made his way into a boat, only holding one quiet enough looking girl, hoping Avery would follow. 

 

 

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Avery Potter

Boat six please

 

Avery followed Rian from the train dressed in her shiny new Hogwarts uniform. Her excitement was increasing with each passing moment. Unfortunately, her nerves were also rocketing, as every single worried thought that had passed through her mind in the past month resurfaced. As Rian spoke, she attempted to clear her mind from her own musing, and instead looked towards the boats.

 

It would be a wonderful adventure. Although she longed to go and find Sonny, or Desmond, or Alayna and gain some comfort, she also knew that she had no choice but to follow her fellow first years. “The other years get carriages. We’ll have one next year.” She said to Rian, remembering what she had been told previously. She wondered whether this would bring him some comfort in the fact it was just one journey of their lives. The most important journey – but she wouldn’t mention that part.

 

Not willing to be left alone in one of the boats she followed as Rian chose one of them. She wasn’t prepared to let either of them go through the rest of this evening alone.

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Rían O' Donnell

Rían at this stage was just sort of going along with everything. He was silently glad Avery took the seat next to him. He barely knew her, but it was something anyway. Some sort of stability in this unstable time. As he sat in his weird dress-like uniform he scowled, needing some sort of continuity. 

 

That was until she started talking again "Other years get carriages?!" He scoffed under his breath, rolling his eyes. "Carriages. Where are we, mid century England?"  He was quiet for a moment, shaking his head. "I hopefully won't be coming back for other years..."

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Dinah Grimwood

I’m just here for the ride. No boat preference.

 

Dinah eyed the boats suspiciously. Where were the oars?

 

With a shrug she put herself in the magical hands of fate and took a seat in the nearest boat. 

 

The lake was pretty at night. Pretty and... Cold, she decided pulling her fingers from the dark water after a cursory brush. “It’ll be fun,” her dad said, “It’ll be the best sight you’ll ever see!” He said.

 

Well, she was about to find out. The waiting was finally over.

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Ezmeralda de la Renta

Boat #2

 

"You must've been on the wrong side of the train then." The girl gave the other a sympathetic look. "There was plenty of magic where I was." She nodded once sharply, her smile only growing bigger at the thought of the real magic surrounding her. "Saw some older kid showing off.. He was charging for the tricks, but I could see through the window." For a second she looked smug, proud to have swindled her way to the magic show without having to empty her pockets.

 

"And did you try the chocolate frogs?" A brow raised as she pulled an extra one from her pocket. "It's real enough magic for me." She held out the sweet for the other girl, impatiently waving the object back and forth. "Go on, take it. Get your taste of magic." Literally.

 

Her boatmate should be grateful Ezme was kind enough to offer at all.

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Kelby Matos

Still chilling in boat two

 

Kelby had obviously chosen the wrong compartment, and she was quite upset with herself. Though she had yet to understand wizard money, everyone acted with disdain towards the little bronze coin. Perhaps if she would have given it to this show off, she wouldn’t have had the most uneventful train ride of her life (not that she had taken many, but that was beside the point). She pouted slightly in jealousy but didn't fixate on it long before the girl had reached some solution.

 

Not only was this girl a talker, she was also a sharer. Kelby eyed her hesitantly, not used to anyone offering her something without asking for something in return. “Oh no, I didn’t. … Why are you giving this to me?” Grabbing the candy from the girl's hand, she opened the package, and the candy actually moved. Kelby’s mouth fell open in awe, staring at the weird concoction in her hand, unsure how to eat it. Panicking slightly, she stuffed the whole thing into her mouth quickly and attempted to chew the gigantic piece of chocolate.

She was an idiot. But an amazed, less disappointed idiot. “… Thank you. Do you want me to pay you back?” She began to dig in her robe pockets for her coins because no one ever gave anything away for free.

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