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"Okay, that's the last of them," Anton told Connie, approaching his prefect partner. The idea had been an ingenious one, and the boy was pretty sure that the new eaglets would be able to scope out the puzzle fragments and get them ready to go to their destination. Anton supposed it all made sense - if they were going to have to answer a riddle at the Ravenclaw knocker every time they wanted to get in, starting off the year with a little puzzle fun would be no biggie.

 

He hoped anyway.

 

Anton was able to stuff a last bit of pudding down the hatch before it would be time to gather up the ickle eaglets and begin their fabulous journey up to the common room. "First years! Over here now, please!" Anton called out, trying to at least remember the headcount of all the ickles that approached, if nothing else. He wasn't entirely sure he'd be able to remember all of their names with their faces, but he would try his best.

 

"Hello everyone! Welcome to Ravenclaw. My name's Anton Hunter, and this here is Connie Warren. We're your fifth year prefects, and our job tonight is to get you guys to the common room. However, to do that, we have to use a bit of searching, and some logic." Anton gave them as reassuring a smile as possible, as he motioned over to Connie. "Take it away, Connie."

 

In previous years, Connie had spent the sorting feast pulling faces at Jude across the expanse of space between the Gryffindor and Ravenclaw tables, bemoaning when the rubbish ickles were sorted into each of their houses, and rejoicing when they got the ones who looked like they could hold their own. This year, much to her chagrin, she had been too busy to even look at her best friend, let alone spend most of the night exchanging funny faces.

 

She had been too busy because, while everyone watched the first years sit beneath the hat, she had been stealthily running around the Great Hall, tucking jigsaw pieces into inconspicuous places. With just enough time to shove some dinner (roast chicken and steamed potatoes) and pudding (fruit) into her face, she had tucked the last of her pieces into its hiding space and joined Anton gathering the first years.

 

“Hello!” she waved at the gathered group, no idea of any of their names because she hadn’t paid attention to their sorting. “Anton and I have hidden all the parts of a giant jigsaw in places in the Great Hall,” she explained with a grand sweep of her arms encompassing all of the room. “Your mission, and you have no choice but to accept it, is to find these pieces, build the jigsaw, and discover the map to the Ravenclaw common room. It will test your logic, your ingenuity, and most importantly, your suitability for our house. Those who fail get let behind.”  This final statement made one first year’s face contort in worry but Connie ignored it; she wouldn’t actually leave people behind. She would leave them with Myrtle, which was probably a worse fate.

 

“Well, off you go,” she shooed them away when she realised they were still standing there. The quicker they found the pieces and built the puzzle, the quicker they could all get to bed.

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Connie Warren

The Game

 

Connie and Anton have hidden jigsaw pieces around the Great Hall, that when found and assembled make a map to the common room. All you guys need to do is find all the pieces!

  1. Two posts of 50 words each are required to find one piece. Please post a sentence at the bottom of your post stating if you are “searching for a piece” or have “found a piece!”
  2. Once you have found one piece, you may not find another for 24 hours. You may still post to your heart’s desire for the plots and fun.
  3. Each post must be a minimum of 50 words long.
  4. There are a total of 15 pieces. When they are all found, we will proceed to Professor Ripley’s welcoming speech.

Anton and I will be dropping in every now and again; if you want to get our attention so we have to reply to you, please use the @ tag function!

 

May the odds be ever in your favour...

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Robin Corelli-Rose

I am a keener

 

Shellshocked’ was a great way to describe how Robin was feeling; suddenly everyone was up and moving and he could no longer see his friends in the sea of black robes and House colours. He glanced down at his own blue-trimmed uniform – for the next 7 years, he belonged in Ravenclaw.

 

...or he would, if he found the pieces to the map.

 

Turning off the parts of his brain he didn’t need (the parts that worried, for example, or panicked), Robin reassessed – and quickly ducked under the table to search it underside. The faces of several other Ravenclaw First Years appeared as well, having gotten a similar idea.

 

No puzzle piece.

 

Robin hummed and looked up and down the table with a frown. Somewhere here were 15 pieces…

 

Oh, but they had said the Great Hall, though, didn’t they?

 

And the place was huge.

 

Well. Up and at ‘em.

 

/149

 

searching for a piece!

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Wilhelmina Davis

Wilhelmina was almost excited when she was sorted into Ravenclaw. She knew all her aunts, her Aunt Genevieve, her Aunt Alex, and her Aunt Aura were all Ravenclaws, so it was exciting for her to be in the same house as them. Naturally she assumed her cousins would be sorted here as well, but when it came time for both Davis, and Creylen to be sorted, they got Gryffindor. She watched in horror as her cousins wandered to different tables, and she was all alone. 

NO! That wasn't supposed to happen.

Suddenly Willa didn't feel so up to any of this. Even the food tasted bland. She picked at a piece of roasted chicken, and sighed. She was all alone. All alone. Glancing around the table full of strangers she did not know, Willa felt nervous. She didn't like that at all, and began mumbling to herself. She has this. It was just another house. They'd still see each other, right? She wasn't completely alone. Plus she'd make friends, right? 

She might. 

Willa didn't pay attention to the feast, though she saw the Head Mistress whom people seemed to like. What got her out of her thoughts was the food vanishing, and people suddenly yelling for first years. That was her, wasn't it? Standing up, she followed over towards the older students, when they mentioned a game. She did love games...

 

/231

 

Searching for a piece! 

 

Edited by Wilhelmina Davis

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Josephine Tindall

Oh okay.

 

She had been sitting at the Ravenclaw table, ready to go and see Lucas when an older student had called for them. Signalling for all Ravenclaw first years to come over. 

 

There would be no catching up tonight. 

 

One last look over her shoulder towards the Hufflepuff table, then towards Slytherin. Jo trudged forward and hung towards the back of the group of her peers. She had assumed they'd just be shown around the castle, told the basics and shown to the common room. A foolish assumption for her to make—why would a magical school make the first night comfortable and easy for their incoming students? 

 

Cue the eye roll. 

 

She didn't protest though, if it was the only way to get to the common room then so be it. A few ducked under the table and Jo turned on heels and made her way towards one of the other house tables, pushing a hand through her dark hair she paid no attention to the people sitting there as she got to her knees and began to crawl it's length, grimacing as her hand touched dropped food. 

 

It was just as bad as the kitchen floor back home after dinner.

 

203 words / Searching for a piece. 

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Eli Benoit

Eli picked up his plate (now magically cleared). His napkin. His goblet. There were no pieces underneath any of them. None magically in his pockets (that would have been a feat without magic). None under the table where he was sitting.

 

"Should we be methodical about this?" He asked the faces he saw under the table.

 

/56


Searching for a piece!

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Rían O' Donnell

After they had been adequately fed totally stuffed Rían had been bundled with the other first years. He had been watching them, working them out. He wasn't really sure what was to happen now. He would have been glad to have Avery here, but for now he just frowned, he'd never be happy to admit that.

 

For now he just shuffled around with the other little eaglets, doing what he was told. 

 

WC; 72 

Searching.

Edited by Rían O' Donnell

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Wilhelmina Davis

Willa felt silly searching for something. What if something wasn't there? She wasn't even sure what a piece looks like, they never did explain that to her. Pulling her long dark hair out of her face, Willa squinted as she glanced under the table, and she found something. Holy smokes! There really were pieces!

Holding it in her hand for a moment, Willa looked up, holding it up. "I found a piece."

 

/72 


Found a piece 

 

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Gustav Selwyn

The noise, the activity, the food…it all did its job at distracting Goose from his embarrassing display of ineptitude throughout the entire day. From his lack of any interaction on the train to forcing the Headmistress- a legendary witch- to say his name three whole times to almost bursting out in tears…it was all pretty pathetic, even for him. He quietly ate with the rest of his new Housemates, his ears constantly perking up at all the conversation that buzzed around him, pretending he was a participant despite his mouth only opening to shove more potatoes inside.

 

Even though his stomach was nearly bursting at the end of the meal, a sense of trepidation entered his gut as all of the first-years were approached by the prefect guides. There was no more pudding that Gustav could hide behind.

 

“Puzzle pieces?” he repeated aloud, his voice a little raspy. His eyebrows furrowed slightly at the game, but his face immediately brightened and he grabbed a napkin that was left behind. It had some raspberry sauce on it from one of the desserts, but was still usable. “I’m pretty good at making maps so we can track where each of them are?”

 

Searching for a piece | 200 words

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Stephanie Eckland

Steph had enjoyed her dinner, and now she felt rather bloated. Now though, she heard voices calling for first year students, and she joined the group of fellow first years who were crowding around the house prefects.

 

She smiled. She really didn’t mind puzzles and games, and she welcomed the opportunity to test her intellect. So apparently they were going to search for and assemble jigsaw pieces. Well, she was sure that wasn’t going to be overly taxing. She saw that a number of students had quickly decided to look under the Ravenclaw table, but she didn’t join them. There were only going to be so many pieces, and they wouldn’t all be under their house table.

 

She decided to widen her scope, and consider other ideas. Now, where else might these pieces be hiding?

 

Wc 135

 

Searching for a piece

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Josephine Tindall

She continued her crawling mission, her right hand squishing into a pile of mash under the table. The end of her nose wrinkled and she retracted it quickly. "Ew, what the hell?" Jo wiped it on her robe. Dirty handed but with success near, Jo saw a puzzle piece just up ahead of her, stuck to the underside of the Gryffindor table. 

 

Crawling the last few feet forward, she grabbed the puzzle piece and emerged from beneath the table; victorious but impasive as she walked back over to the Ravenclaws. 

 

Some kid (@Gustav Selwyn) said something about a map. Smart move, Jo tossed her newly found puzzle piece before him. "Here." She pointed towards the head of the Gryffindor table. "I found it there."

 

124 words / Found a Piece!

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Gustav Selwyn

“Oh!” Goose was unnecessarily startled with @Josephine Tindall tossed the puzzle piece at him. He marked it on the napkin that he had taken with a quill that he’d had in his pocket. Ink wasn’t available at the moment (he had learned the hard way once about not keeping a vial of it in his pocket after he once sat on it and it exploded all over his buttocks) but there was a leftover goblet of pumpkin juice that was faint, but effective.

 

“Okay, I marked it,” he announced before moving the goblet over to give him more room to map and lay out the pieces. His face broke out into a goofy, toothy grin; beneath the chalice’s wide bottom was another piece. “We’re getting there!” Goose realized he was yelling and lowered his voice. “Figuratively and eventually literally!”

 

Found a piece | 138 words

Edited by Gustav Selwyn

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Eli Benoit

Dreams really did come true.

 

In the first moment after being given the assignment, Eli set immediately to the task, but they were getting themselves organized now. Eli could imagine places in vivid detail, he could dream up stories of adventure. He had though he could imagine feelings too, but this... it was exactly what he had been waiting for for years: Team Birb Ravenclaw-first-years, putting together a puzzle. Eli the-only-child Benoit, was on cloud nine as he walked up the length of the Ravenclaw table, looking for pieces. He found one, sitting in plain sight on the edge of the platform the high table was sitting on. He grabbed it and ran back to the map excitedly.

 

"Here," he pointed to a spot on Goose's map and placed the piece next to it. "That's four!"

 

136

 

Found a piece! 4/15 pieces found

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Connie Warren

While the first years worked, Connie was reclining on a bench at the Ravenclaw table, watching them. It was so cute, the way they all seemed to be actually engaging with the task, instead of telling them where to stick their puzzle and their hunting and going off on their own; she had worried that even at eleven the new Ravenclaws would have been too sassy and too smart for their own good.

 

"That makes four!" she called to the boy who put the fourth piece on the pile. "Two points to everyone who has found one so far!"

 

Ripley would be so proud of her, handing out house points already.

 

4/15 pieces have been found!

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Robin Corelli-Rose

Having played enough hiding games with his sister, Robin thought he knew a thing or two about searching tactics. There was the table and there was the bench, which Robin had eliminated as possibilities and scampered off for the professors' tables. 

 

Ravenclaw was up in a Tower, right? So Robin figured a piece must be hidden somewhere up high - and what was higher than the Headmaster's table? Muttering a quick apology to one of the still-sitting professors (@Professor Forchheimer), Robin frowned up and down the table and finally felt under the ornate trim of it.

 

Sure enough, there was a puzzle piece waiting for him.

 

He nodded to the Professor in mute thanks and flew off the raised dais, victorious.

 

/120

 

found a piece!

 

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Stephanie Eckland

Steph looked high and low, trying to locate one of the jigsaw pieces. She still avoided the Ravenclaw table, which she was sure would have been well searched by now, and continued to expand her horizons. She started at one end of the hall, and slowly moved along, feeling that the sensible plan was to keep heading in the same direction, looking everywhere she could as she moved along.

 

Then she found it, as she reached up towards one of the windows, her hand closed on something resting beneath it. She had found a piece.

 

Smiling, she made her way back to the house prefects to announce her discovery.

 

WC 109 / Found a piece

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Gustav Selwyn

"Where did you find that one?" Goose squinted up from the itty bitty map that he was beginning. A small fire warmed his chest as he set to the task. It distracted him from dwelling on the constant mortification that he tended to bring upon himself and he half-smiled to himself as he realised this was his first map of Hogwarts; the first of many, he hoped. 

 

Looking at his crude drawing, he noticed that there was a large gap of area in one corner of the room that didn't seem to be the origin of any found pieces so far. "Maybe we should check around there?" he suggested until Goose realised it was the region around the staff table. His worried eyes flicked over to the girl prefect: Eagle One. "If we're allowed to look over there?"

 

Not that he was going to look over there. He did not particularly fancy crawling around the feet of some lingering professors.


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Anton Hunter

Anton beamed at the little eaglets as they were making short work of finding those puzzle pieces. As one boy ( @Robin Corelli-Rose) came up with the fifth piece, Anton said, "Nice work, five pieces we've got." 

 

"That makes six now," he said to the girl who brought it up ( @Stephanie Eckland), "Great work!" He really hadn't been sure how this would all work out, but hey, it seemed to be turning out fairly well. If the ickles kept this up, they'd be headed up towards Ravenclaw Tower in no time flat!

 

But then he'd have to explain the whole answering riddles to get into the common room deal... Yay? He hoped yay D: 

 

6/15 pieces have been found!

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Professor Forchheimer

All through the sorting, Professor Forchheimer had been keeping a tally of the first years on a napkin (placed within view of @Professor O'Brien). Seventeen. Ravenclaw had two fewer new students than Gryffindor and Slytherin, and five fewer than Hufflepuff. No matter. They would still come out on top, judging by how they set about the task of collecting the puzzle pieces the prefects had hidden.

 

"No, don't be sorry." Professor Forchheimer waved a hand at @Robin Corelli-Rose, who retrieved a piece from the professors' table. It was Kirsi's year to teach Astronomy to the first years, but she'd remember.

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Willa Mercier

Willa grinned broadly as the prefects explained the game to find the location of the common room. She loved puzzles and treasure hunts. As the first years began their hunt her first instinct was to begin her search with @Stephanie Eckland someone she felt comfortable with, but she really wanted to find her own piece and prove herself. 

 

She ignored the Ravenclaw table, too many people were searching there already. She looked around the Great Hall. Where to start, the back of the hall was devoid of other searchers so she made her way their. Hoping it wasn't empty because there was clearly nothing there she began methodically searching the wall hangings. 

 

Anton shouted that 6 pieces had been found already and Willa picked up her pace.

 

 

/127

Still Searching

 

 

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Misty Leaf

Misty had spaced off for a bit and started looking only after six puzzle pieces were already found.

Many of the more obvious places had been searched already. Several of her fellow Ravenclaws had looked under their own table, and even the table where all the professors were at had been searched.

Although… there were a few places none had thought to cover yet. What about the other houses’ tables?

 

Word Count 70
Searching For a Piece

Edited by Misty Leaf

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Misty Leaf

Slytherins, Gryffindors, or Hufflepuffs. Well, maybe Hufflepuffs. Kamron is over there after all. Misty started walking towards him, said a quick greeting, and, noticing that there wasn’t space for her to get under the table, walked towards a gap between two students.

“Excuse me, could I maybe check down under the table? You see, our house is doing a puzzle hunt, and I think one of the puzzles might be down here.”

Getting down under the table was not as hard. The difficulty was trying to locate a puzzle piece under a table that so many people were seated at. After searching for a bit, Misty located a puzzle piece and brought it back to the prefects.

 

Word Count 117

Found a Piece

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Willa Mercier

Finding nothing in the wall hanging's Willa moved towards the doorway searching around its edges as far as she could reach, which wasn't very high. She was beginning to feel desperate. She really, really wanted to find a piece before they all went. She gave up with the back of the room. There was clearly nothing there, at least nothing she could see. 

 

There seemed to be only one other person near the Slytherin table so she decided to search there, pointedly ignoring the few straggling students. She walked down the length of the table eyes darting across its surface, searching for anything that appeared out of place. 

 

Then she saw it, right in the very centre of the table leaning against a candle stick. She grabbed it quickly letting out a little hoot of excitment. She hurriedly made her way towards the prefects brandishing her piece of the puzzle. 

 

"I found one!" she cheered

 

/155

Found a piece

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Todd Darling

Todd didn't often do puzzles. They didn't have any at home that he knew of. He spent more time puzzling over books than putting anything physically together. He looked over the rest of his new housemates. They had a decent number, all of them combined. He could probably search with the rest and not have to actually put something together.

 

Todd looked around the Great Hall, watching as the rest of the group began to search in earnest. Where was no one looking yet? Under the table was more than covered, and he could see Robin walking up to the staff table out of the corner of his eye. The other tables were being split up and searched. What was left was....

 

The entrance to the Great Hall and the Sorting Hat. Todd made his way over to the hat, frowning down at it. He still wasn't sure he agreed with it, especially now that he had to find a puzzle piece to get into his own dormitory, but the hat had looked into his head and called him pure. Resourceful. Methodical. 

 

He peered under the hat. It was as empty as it had been when it sat on his head. "Figures."


searching for a piece! /202

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Todd Darling

He turned back to see another girl running back towards the prefects, carrying what he assumed was a piece of puzzle in her hands. It didn't look like any of the other houses were having a treasure hunt of sorts, though it was hard to tell with so many people milling about, all taller than him. 

 

Todd tried to navigate his way through the crowd, feeling more put off by this challenge by the minute. 

 

searching for a piece! /77

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