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Eli Benoit

Eli peeled the tape off of the carry-box and opened up the lid. He had thought about where the safest place to let Professor Wollice's niffler get some exercise, and had decided on the library. The books sparkled to him with metaphorical value rather than real value. There was probably little that Nyx could get into here.

 

"Nyx look!" Eli said, smiling at the creature newly in his charge. He took from his pocket a knut he had taped to a string and threw it down an aisle, intending to play something akin to a game of fetch.

 

open, 100ish wc ❤️

Edited by Eli Benoit

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Kelby Matos

Kelby did not find herself in the library often, and when she did manage to spend time in the dust and grime, it was exclusively to learn more dueling spells. Though the Gryffindor found she wasn’t doing terribly in her classes this term, it was obvious what was most important to her. (Spoiler alert: the answer was always dueling.)

She ventured out of her usual section to try and understand look up the coward charm that had been appealing to her recently, but the first year was met with an odd sight instead. It looked like this Ravenclaw kid was trying to fish… with money… and a weird little creature? Had she mentioned lately that Hogwarts was a strange place?

“Why are you fishing in a library?”

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Nyx

Nyx's beady little eyes lit up with the presence of the little bronze knut that she desperately wanted. Her little stub of a tail practically wagged as she wondered which way he was going to throw it. And when that knut when flying, and Nyx followed, scrambling off the table and knocking over several books.

 

PRECIOUS!

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Eli Benoit

"Not fishing." Eli took a second look at his setup. "Ok, it's kind of fishing, but I'm in charge of Nyx for the week, and I can't just leave her in the box the whole time. She needs some kind of exercise." This was an academic statement. The knut bounced away, Nyx bounded after it, and Eli took the free second to pick the scattered books up off of the floor. He looked back at Kelby, slightly annoyed but mostly amused that she'd beaten him at semantics.

 

"Fine, it's exactly fishing."

 

Eli tugged on the string, but instead of reeling in a niffler, the string detached itself from the knut and fluttered empty back into Eli's hand. "Oooohdear."

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Radueriel Benson

Rad was studying in the library, trying to memorize potion ingredients so he could at least have some sort of leg up in his very worst class, when he heard the voice of his Gryffinfriend (he was going to make this stick, ok??). She sounded curious and a little confused, which meant that whatever she was looking at would probably be of interest to the small Slytherin. So he dog-eared the page he was on and closed the textbook for later revising.

 

He trotted over to her, book tucked under his arm. She stood by a Ravenclaw boy Rad had never met, who in turn was standing in front of an odd setup including a string and a nervous face. "Hi," he said by way of greeting, mostly to Kelby but a little bit to the boy as well. "Was there supposed to be something on the end of that string?"

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Kelby Matos

Nyx?

Kelby started to ask Eli who he meant by Nyx when the little creature hoped out of the box to chase after the coin. “Not that fishing is a bad thing, mind you,” she added when the Ravenclaw confirmed her suspicions. “I just thought it was a little weird in the library, but whatever floats your boat.”

People gave her odd looks all the time for her various behaviors, so she supposed it wasn’t fair of her to judge this boy who was trying to be responsible (without being gross! something most of her housemates needed a serious lesson on!)

It wasn’t until Rad approached and pointed out that the string now hanging loosely with nothing attached that Kelby realized the severity of the situation. “Um, I think we just accidentally let a creature free in the library.”



“Locomotor Mortis!” she called out, attempting to lock the legs of the creature who had escaped. “Wait, does the leg locker curse work on magical creature?”

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Nyx

Nyx was very good. She wasn't some stupid little creature who didn't know how to get what she wanted, and attaching a string to a coin was a rookie mistake. Professor Wollice was not going to be happy.

 

Or, she was, because Nyx now had a shiny new coin tucked safely away in her pouch that could fit all the coins in Harry Potter's Gringotts vault.

 

Do you think the Niffler went back to her current guardian? Heck no. She was free to do whatever she wanted now, and that included brushing along people's ankles and making them scream out in surprise that there was a spider on their leg - or something to that effect.

 

There was a spell being flung at her, and Nyx made a sound, darting out of the way. She recognized that if she wanted to retain her freedom, she'd have to keep moving.

 

And she did.

 

Right out the library door.

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Xenia Lupu-Haidei

Xenia didn't often find herself on the path of the library, though not deliberately. She just didn't give enough of a damn about schoolwork to become preoccupied with studying or anything that required effort. But when she'd found herself on the fourth floor that day, she saw that that... thingy that the kids around the castle were all obsessed with came darting out of the doors. Xe didn't know what was going on, but she was intrigued. "Let me hold you!" She yelled after the thing.

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Eli Benoit

"Yeah, there was," Eli answered the other boy's question in place of a greeting, already making a move towards the runaway niffler. "A knut to lure back in the niffler I'm watching, but - "

 

Nyx dodged Kelby's spell and made a dash for the door. Eli shot Raduriel an apologetic look that said 'hold that thought, I can talk later' and hurried after. Despite looking both directions up and down the corridor, he saw no sign of the niffler.

 

"Xenia." His voice and smile held relief at seeing a housemate with another pair of eyes right outside the library. "Did you see which way she went?"

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Kelby Matos

 

Nyx had escaped.

Kelby’s very well-aimed spell was apparently not enough to stop the nimble little creature that dodged her away around the shelves of the Library until she was out the door. Some Ravenclaw girl was yelling about wanting to love the creature, and it seemed that Eli instantly knew her. Kelby ignored them both as she grabbed Rad’s hand and raced out of the Library in hot pursuit. “There’s a shortcut this way,” she said, pointing in the opposite direction of Xenia and Eli. “Maybe if we can get there first, we can cut off her path before she causes too much chaos.”

At least being a Gryffindor had finally come in handy. Thank Merlin she spent more time figuring out secret passageways than she spent doing her homework!  

Edited by Kelby Matos

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Radueriel Benson

Kelby's spell missed, and without further ado with wriggly little freaky thing (how could a dignified Head of House such as Wollice keep such a horrifying monster as a pet, this is what Rad wanted to know) shot out of the library like the hand of a game-show contestant slamming on a buzzer. His friend thought quickly, grabbing his hand and pulling him along with her as they made pursuit.

 

Rad didn't mind. It felt kind of like a victory that Kelby took his hand without thinking, even if she was practically yanking his short arm out of its socket.

 

Using his momentum as the inter-House duo skid into the corridor, Rad pulled the two of them in the direction Kelby's finger pointed. "I didn't know you had figured out secret passages," he panted as she led the way. "That's so cool. Like we're gonna crawl through the guts of a big dragon." But, you know. At least a little bit more sanitary.

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Xenia Lupu-Haidei

The rodent/bird thingy had proven to be more nimble and tricky than Xenia had expected. Quickly, it'd zoomed past all of the kids, leaving Xenia confused to @Eli Benoit's question. "Uhhh, I dunno..." She stared in the direction that the thing had gone, hoping that by simply looking in its former spot it would be conjured up once more. "But we won't find out just standing around like this. Let's go look!"

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Eli Benoit

Eli watched Kelby and Radueriel disappear in the opposite direction chattering about a secret passage.

 

"Maybe we can cut off his escape!" Eli called towards their retreating backs, and he ran in the opposite direction as his two classmates. This was the way Xenia was going, and this was the way the niffler had gone. And Eli was probably contractually obligated to return Nyx or else suffer horrible magical consequences. He didn't know. He hadn't read the fine print when he signed up for this way back at the beginning of VH37 the school year.

 

Wish him luck. He was going to need it.

 

THE END ❤️

thank you all so much for playing with me

Edited by Eli Benoit

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