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Alexander Crow

Signing up for reverse mentoring is a rare display of assertiveness for Alex. In fact, it was accidental. The ravenclaw made a wrong turn on his way back to the common room after a long study session at the library, walked into a group of students looking for volunteers, and promptly wrote his name on a piece of parchment after feeling too embarrassed to say no. He wasn't even sure exactly what it was about until he read the flier, but it was too late to turn back now. 

 

Adopting a seventh year for a day is an interesting concept though, and Alex understood why it was important to give the graduating class a last hurrah before they get kicked out of the castle and into the real world. The real world is scary and probably full of creatures that will eat you, so might as well give them a happy memory to remember before they have to face all that. He however, couldn't quite figure out his place in all of this. He wasn't particularly fun, or funny, and the poor upperclassman he claimed will probably get bored halfway through and demand a refund. 

 

So, Alex did whatever responsible mentor should do and owled his mentee, asking for ideas. The young eagle expected something within the lines of a picnic, a prank to do in the castle corridors, maybe a duel (that was wishful thinking on his part mostly). He did not anticipate the response, nor feel like he was particularly up for it...

 

... but here he is, setting up a nice picnic at the lakefront. Alex got a basket of snacks from the kitchen, a jug of water and pumpkin juice, and a large jar of jelly slugs which happened to be his mentee's favorite snack. It seemed innocent enough until one realizes that this isn't the main event. The aforementioned activity, per his mentor's request involved an initiation rite that he did with his poor ickles. It involved asking questions about the house of ravenclaw and slinging mud at the unfortunate victim if answered incorrectly. He was initially aghast at the thought of throwing mud at someone outside a duel but a promise was made, and he must deliver.

 

After straightening out his handmade cardboard sign that said "Congratulations London!" in glittery blue ink, Alex looked around anxiously, waiting for the seventh year to arrive. 

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London Yates

Receiving and and reading the owl’s letter, London was not pleased that a first year chose to adopt him, he would have much preferred a certain Hufflepuff to do so, but as he saw, someone had already adopted his girlfriend.  Still, why couldn’t they just blown off their mentors and had another date at Hogsmeade...  You know, this time without a Death Eater trying to kill them.  After all that was the second time he had escaped death from the violent group.

 

Sighing heavily as he walked the beaten path to the lake, London wasn’t to sure what to expect.  He had caused some mischief in his day, more or less remembering that he caused a whole bunch of first years to get detention from his prank that was until he had reached his destination.  Which the seventh stopped instantly as he looked to the makeshift banner.  “What the?”  Questioning as he read the sign, still it was better than reading his real name “Congratulations Constantine.” 

 

“Riiight...” The Ravenclaw said slowly as he looked to his surrounding instantly spotting a full jar of Jelly Slugs.  Quickly grabbing his wand, the eighteen-year-old spoke a quiet incantation and watched the jar of his favorite snack zip to his arms.

 

”Speak.”  London barked shoving a handful of Slugs into his mouth.

 

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Alexander Crow

Alex is glad he resisted the urge to snack of some jelly slugs before his mentee got here. The jar filled with the confection was quickly summoned by the older ravenclaw and it seemed like he wasn't interested in sharing. Good thing he brought cookies too, cause he is bound to get hungry at some point. "Uhh hi London... I'm uh.. Alex. Nice to meet you..." He held out his hand awkwardly to shake, noting that the seventh year is way taller than he is, like most people in this castle. "So uh.. graduation huh.. sounds exciting..." The first year isn't the best at small talk, and he mostly thinks of graduation as a trap to get released into the perils of the dangerous real world anyway... but he wasn't about to tell London that.

 

"So uhh... let's  see..." Alex fumbled in his pockets for the correspondence he had with London, it held detailed instructions on the initiation rite that the older ravenclaw did with his mentees. Thankfully, the most excitement he got out of his own mentoring experience is a nice picnic out in the lawn. Sure, the snacks were spiked but nothing that a long nap couldn't fix afterwards.

 

"So the initiator ties the uhh victim up and asks them questions about the house of ravenclaw right? And casts a mud slinging hex when they get it wrong?" Alex admittedly wasn't very good at elementals, but he managed to practice and produce a decent glob of mud for the occasion. "Just to clarify... am I supposed to be the initiator or the victim?" He would really rather not be either of them and would like to suggest a nice quiet picnic instead, but this wasn't his graduation rite.

 

The picnic will have to wait till when it's his turn to go out into the world,and maybe get devoured by dangerous creatures.

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Branchy

There was less and less people outside, Branchy was wondering what was happening. Sure it was something he enjoyed since there was no one that was showing up outside. Maybe it was close to the end of the heat and Branchy was going to be able to have time for himself. That was one thing that he loved. But also he wanted to mess with humans. 

 

Looking around Branchy was just wondering if there there was some human he was able to mess with. Looking around he finally found some humans. He walked over there, as fast as his little legs would carry him, and jumped on Alexander and wondered if he would mind Branchy sitting in his shoulder.

 

Hello just your friendly Bowtuckle invading your thread. If you want me to leave just send me a PM 

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London Yates

He was running out of Jelly Slugs, which meant that one of a few things were going to happen.  Well, mainly London would go back to his normal daily life and leave Alex stranded.  "Not really," London replied, "I'll be working with my Father, and he's an arse."  Being subtle was something the Ravenclaw was not great with, it was terrific how @Alice Reed put up with him, although, he was pretty sure it was all the Quid games he played.  Which one, in particular, he was sure she liked as he pulled up his shirt to distract the Gryffindor's keeper at the time.

 

Tossing the empty bag on to the ground which he instantly cast a switching spell with a rock, so somehow it wasn't polluting, just a simple switch of objects, London reached into his pocket for an emergency pack of Slugs and began to munch on them.  Listening to the boy continuing to speak as he began to question if he was the questioner or the victim, the older Ravenclaw swallowed the contents in his mouth and spoke bluntly of the situation.

 

"you're going to be both if you don't get on with it."

 

Finishing the small bag rather quickly, he looked to Alex's shoulder and spotted the bowtruckle,  "There's a bug on your shoulder." He lied about the creature as he was sure it should give him some entertainment.

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Alexander Crow

Alex was hoping for some words of wisdom from his mentee, something within the lines of the secret to success and surviving seven years in school. The younger ravenclaw assumed staying out of trouble is a good start, which he managed to pull off in his first year. He can imagine the mind of a graduating senior must be rich in nuggets of valuable advice, and more so a fellow ravenclaw. So it was rather anticlimactic when London shared his post Hogwarts plans without a shred of enthusiasm.

 

"Umm... cool." He mumbled awkwardly, taking a few seconds to stare down at his sneakers, hoping his shoelaces are untied for an excuse to duck. They were perfectly secured, just his luck. Odd how they always seem to find a way to unravel halfway through a heated duel but stay tightly knotted the one time he needed them otherwise. 

 

There wasn't much time to stall however, as London fervently expressed his impatience. Alex wasn't too excited about being a victim or initiator, let alone do both. He hastily stuffed the instructions back in his pocket with a loud "Umm... right.. let's get on with the tortu-- program then." 

 

Just then, a diversion in the form of a bug landed on his shoulder. Or so he thought. Alex wasn't too keen on the creepy crawlers and yelped at London's remark. His hand instinctively sought to whisk the said insect off, but he managed to take a closer look before the deed was done. It wasn't a bug that happened to cozy with the ravenclaw, it was a plant. Or a free walking plant-like creature.

 

"Oh hi there." He gently petted @Branchy 's head. "Wanna uh--- see our initiation rite?" Mentioning the activity made Alex remember the fact that London was already impatient and they should have started five minutes ago. "Oh right, for real this time uhh..." He shuffled a few steps away from his mentee, wand raised. 

 

"First question... uh... What is Rowena Ravenclaw's favorite dessert?" Truthfully, he didn't know the answer. Maybe London will just go with it. Maybe Branchy will give him suggest some trivia questions. 

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Branchy

This bowtruckle didn't know what the human was saying at all. He was just trying to find something to do and he didn't mind that the human liked him. It was nice being able to not get chased around for once in his small life. There was times that he knew humans wanted to keep him and take him into the castle, and while he didn't mind the castle at all. His favorite spot was being outside, no matter what the weather was at all. 

 

So when the human was asking him something he just smiled. 

 

Glad that he was going to just be able to stand there on the humans shoulder and just hang out. He didn't think that he was going to get hurt which was a good this, He smiled and just stayed there.

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