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  2. Godsgift A Moonbeam

    Aren’t we a little old for Snap?

    “I talk funny?” G asked. He thought about it, analysing everything he had said and everything that everyone else had and had to admit that he probably did talk funny. “I’m afraid I probably do...but that is most likely from being...tutored...I mean to say rather, homeschooled. My family isn’t short of the readies. Like really not short of them.” And that was really being modest. G’s face ducked down scanning the tabletop and the cards. “It’s a real pleasure to meet you Bernie. And yes G like the letter. When I’m older I’m going to get it legally changed but I’m stuck with it until I turn 18...though I doubt I’ll live through the scandal. My family has already had me thrown in the Tower for my exploits and I can’t imagine they’d let me escape as easily a second time. It was probably a mistake to refer to a relative’s new wife in such an uncouth manner...especially at the dinner table at a major function.” He slapped a card down and was met with a loud bang and soot on his face. “...well! I guess it wasn’t false advertising...” He looked up and grinned, hoping the soot covered the pink that his lie had created. “I think I might like this here magic school, especially if there’s any sort of cereal with sugar as it’s main ingredient.”
  3. Godsgift A Moonbeam

    Duck... Duck... DARE

    G was positive that whatever this game was it was going to be great...and he paused for a long time hoping to prolong the suspense, “...Duck!”
  4. Ekaterina Valentin

    Blind Dates are the Worst

    Kat was rather grateful that Ophiuchus had a shorter, easier name to call him. And it seemed like they had the idea of ornate first and middle names in common. "Xander," she repeated and smiled. "I like that," she added and then continued. "Sounds like we were both gifted with complicated names. My middle name is Vladimirovna and there's not too much I could do with that." "I'm glad as well," she admitted and smiled as he explained about not being sure about Kenzie's service. "For me it was a sort of spur of the moment decision. I'd probably passed her place multiple times and never even noticed it was there until this one particular day. For some reason, I saw it and just walked it even though I had no idea what I'd be getting into." So far, Kat was glad she did. "Cursebreaker," Kat replied. "At least that's my day job. I also seemed to have ended up with a career as a magical dj." It had been 3 years at least now and she still was not quite sure how that had blossomed from one class party at Jake's house. How about you?" she asked in return.
  5. Ophiuchus Valentein-Starr

    Blind Dates are the Worst

    Xander smiled warmly at her as she confirmed his name, “Xander.” He said, “My first name is a mouthful, with no real great nickname possibilities… And my middle name is pretty formal, so I went with the most bearable nickname I could figure out from there.” He laughed, it was definitely a quirk of his; he knew a few people who went by their middle name, but no one who went by a nickname of their middle name; but with a name like Ophiuchus Lysander what was a guy to do, really. He rambled when he got nervous, and to be honest, he was more nervous that he had realized for this. It was just a date, right? Of course right, but Xander didn’t date much these days. Work kept him pretty busy, and this woman was really gorgeous to boot - out of his league, maybe? He'd lucked out with trusting this service. He’d have to remember to thank Bee for signing him up later. “I’m glad you were able to come out tonight.” He said, a little awkwardly, “I wasn’t sure about Kenzie’s service, but my sister recommended it.” He said; not a lie, but also not the total truth either, as he pulled out the chair for his date. “What do you do for a living?” he asked, of course he’d read her file; and he was sure she’d read his as well, but what else was there to talk about at the start of an awkward blind date? Careers seemed like a safe place, even if they’d both seen that in the file.
  6. Ekaterina Valentin

    Blind Dates are the Worst

    They were beginning to surround her. All of the 'happy ever aters. Maks and Lillian. Kit and Seamus. Reid and Kirk. Now, her parents were asking if she'd met someone while on assignments. Just casual family conversation they said. And it probably was but Kat really wondered if she had something wrong with her that she could not seem to connect with anyone. To be fair, she was busy between her assignments as a cursebreaker and her weekend work as a magical dj but she was beginning to wish she had someone that she could at least talk to the way the others had. That is what had led her to visiting Kenzie's matchmaking service and signing up. Even though she had not expected anything to come of it, Kat figured there was nothing to lose but a little time to fill out the application. And, apparently, go on a date! Kat was a bit surprised to receive notice that there was a possible match and his picture was definitely interesting. She had to admit that they had a common bond in their first names being a bit complex. She hoped there was some way to shorten it but at least she could pronounce it without tripping over her tongue. She recognized him from the photograph she had received as he stood to greet her. "Ophiuchus Valentein-Starr?" she asked in return before adding, "And please, just call me Kat."
  7. Lorinda Weasley

    Absence Notices

    Life changes. brb
  8. Josephine Tindall

    I'm back!

    back
  9. Aggie Price

    Absence Notices

    Starting tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to be off grid till Friday See you then? Aggie, Josie, Sophia, Alice, Kat
  10. Prince A. Charming

    Absence Notices

    I'm on a VH break for the indefinite future. If you absolutely need me for something important, please let @Willa Henry know and she'll inform me. Otherwise, I'll be away from VH and Discord until I feel like coming back. See you all eventually? Who knows! Jacquetta, Atticus, Anderson (students) Beth, Cargan, Cam, Tara, Abrielle, Kenzie, Duke, Tarquin, Inara, Dane (alums) Miss Turner (librarian)
  11. Ophiuchus Valentein-Starr

    Blind Dates are the Worst

    Xander had been out of school for quite some time at this point! Throughout Hogwarts he’d worked for a rare bookshop over the summer, while he was in school just on the floor and in the shop. When he’d graduated school with fewer NEWTs than would make his mom proud the owner of the shop had taken pity on him, and hired him to acquire rare books. That had been a great job too! It had made his life interesting, searching for, and buying rare books. It honestly almost made him feel like a professional treasure hunter! He’d done that for a few years, before one morning the old shop owner called him into the office and told him he was selling the shop, and that he’d give Xander plenty of notice when he had a buyer to find a new job if the new owner didn’t keep it on. It took Xander all of 24 hours to decide he wanted to buy and run the shop, because job security… Also because then he could pursue and buy the rare books he wanted to, and cultivate his own clients, plus those clients he’d inherit from his boss. The cost of the shop had been expensive (expensive, in fact, that he’d found silent partners in the form of his grandmother and @Alexandria Braelin-VonHaus,) but buying the shop had been the right choice. He’d been running the shop successfully for a few years, and was on his way to becoming one of the premier purveyors of rare books in Diagon Alley- if not the whole of wizarding Britain. Of course, all of this meant that Xander did not have much time to date, which, according to his sister @Bianca Exira-Valentein-Starr, was a travesty, because he was a catch! What did she know though, she just hosted a late night wireless show offering romance advice and playing sappy love songs. Then last Christmas she’d signed him up for some dating service by @Kenzie Pendleton-Diggory. It had taken him a while to go in, but he finally had a date tonight with the woman he’d been matched with. He was, to be honest, not totally optimistic about a dating service, but the worst that could happen was a bad date, so he figured why not. They’d agreed to meet at a little bar and grille type restaurant in Diagon Alley, so here he was; he was in black jeans, and a nicely tailored navy button down. He sat down and waited, once the woman he recognized from the picture entered, he smiled, stood and walked over, ”@Ekaterina Valentin?" He asked, pulling out the chair for her.
  12. Yesterday
  13. Natalia Constantin

    Constantin, Natalia

    Natalia Alexandria Constantin - - - - - [HOGWARTS STARTER KIT] Roleplay receiving your Hogwarts letter Roleplay visiting Diagon Alley to buy school supplies Roleplay buying your wand at Ollivander’s OR send your SWS quiz to receive your wand Roleplay on the Hogwarts Express Post in the Sorting Ceremony Can only be completed after the sorting form has opened and your form has been submitted and approved [WRITING & ROLEPLAYING] Start an open roleplay Join someone else’s open roleplay Write a solo RP topic Roleplay in a group thread (3 or more participants) Try a writing challenge of your choice for a post or a thread Invent your own or use one of our ideas here, or find one elsewhere. If you use an outside resource, remember to cite your source. Participate in this year’s VHRPC challenge Roleplay with an Unsorted character Roleplay with a sorted student Roleplay with an alumni or staff member Choose Your Own Page: any roleplay-related activity of your choice [PLOTTING] Think up a roleplay concept, plot arc, or story point relating to some aspect of your character’s past or future Remember, plots are ideas! You’re not required to actually execute your idea if you don’t want to. This option may be completed alone or in cooperation with other member(s). Plot out a Pre-Hogwarts roleplay in cooperation with another member(s). Start a thread and write out your plot! It’s okay if the roleplay doesn’t end up sticking to the plot! That’s part of the fun. Choose Your Own Page: any plot-related activity of your choice [CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT] Draft the first post of your character library. You can find the form here. Post a RP Wanted topic for your character in Roleplaying Connections. Include a little bit of information about your character and some possible roleplay ideas. Complete a character questionnaire. You may use one from this post, one of your own devising, or one you found elsewhere. If you use a questionnaire from an outside resource, remember to cite your source! Complete a character prompt. You may use one from this post, one of your own imagining, or one you found elsewhere. If you use a prompt from an outside resource, remember to cite your source! Choose Your Own Page: any character development activity of your choice [ARTS & CRAFTS] Select a celebrity lookalike for your character, or create your own art to represent your character Create a family tree for your character. Code one of your scrapbook pages to look more appealing to you Create a graphic, drawing, doll or other visual representation of your character or someone else's Participate in the "Make something for the person above you" thread. Start a gallery, shop or request thread in the Member Creations forum. Choose Your Own Page: any art or coding activity of your choice [COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT] Join VH’s Discord server by clicking here. Join your year’s Discord server, found in this list. Post in someone else’s RP Wanted topic in Roleplaying Connections volunteering to plot or roleplay with them. We recommend including ideas about how your character might fit in with what they’re looking for. Post in an off-topic discussion Post in an off-topic game Comment on someone’s gallery in the Member Creations forum Send someone a message (on this board) offering to roleplay with them We recommend reaching out to someone you’ve never roleplayed with! Send a new character a message welcoming them to the site Sign up for a site mentor OR apply to be a site mentor Choose Your Own Page: any community involvement activity of your choice [ACTIVITIES, EVENTS, & GAMES!] Participate in a bonding chat Participate in a game No games? Think about starting your own! For a list of previous games and some simple game ideas to get you started, check out this list Participate in the pen pal programme Attend an activity day or excursion Make multiple posts in an activity interacting with the other students/the leader Got an idea for a scrapbook page or memory? Send it to Mr Lugg and Ms Murphy. Choose Your Own Page: any activity, event, or game of your choice
  14. Chaol Edevane

    DETENTION: And on Sorting Night Too!

    Post 5 wc: 137 ((ooc: sorry for the lateness of this final reply)) Things were winding down now, which meant that Chaol would soon be allowed to leave and get back to the festivities of sorting night. It was dumb that he couldn't enjoy the start of his second year properly without having to deal with a detention. All for speaking out in defense of his friend. And despite the headmistress trying to toe the middle line, it was clear there was a disparity in how others were being treated at this school. Taking what was left of his torn up robes, Chaol dropped them in the nearby fireplace. Good riddance, he thought. And good riddance to this stupid detention. More than ready to leave, he jerked his head in acknowledgement to the headmistress before he headed for the door. There better still be snacks in Gryffindor Tower when he got there.
  15. Viktoriya Valentin

    I'm coming at you like a cannonball

    Viktoriya had spent some of her vacation allowance on buying little gifts for her friends at school. Her dueling opponent friends, her closest buddies - Willa and Leon and Lian and Avery and so many others - little keepsakes that she thought they might find neat. It wasn’t a whole lot, but as Mama and Papa had always said, it was the thought that counted! So, when Viktoriya saw Leon in the corridors on her way down to the chamber to prepare for some of her mentoring duels, she immediately flagged the Slytherin down. Merlin’s socks, had everyone gotten way taller except for her? “Oi, Leon! Hang on!” The Hufflepuff called out, quickening her strides so that she could catch up before he skedaddled away out of her sights. When she caught up with him, she looked up at the boy and gave him a big ol’ smile. “Nice to see ya again! We gotta duel in the chamber at some point again, yeah? I powered up my firepower,” she told him excitedly as she fished around in her backpack. “Anyway,” Toriya continued while she fiddled around in her bag, trying to find the satchel, “That’s not why I stopped you. Hang on it’s in here somewhere.” Her hand clasped around… one of Bandit’s toys? He’d snuck into her bag again. “Got it!” Viktoriya exclaimed when she found the satchel, taking the little blue bag out of her backpack and presenting it to Leon. “Here! I got people little souvenirs from my trip over the summer, this one’s for you.” She’d thought the boy might appreciate the keychain she’d found for him in Moscow. A Slytherin would appreciate a sneaky looking snake, right? set during first week because my laptop sucks, I’m so sorry
  16. Annag Hamblton

    Keeper of knowledge

    Annag knew that there were plenty of people in the world that had never seen a farm animal up close and personal like. And apparently Jerome was one of them. It was sort of a shock though to hear the actual words come out of his mouth. How could people survive without animals in their lives? Perhaps that was why some who lived in cities commonly had those little, fluffy dogs. It was their way of connecting with animals. “Farm life is interesting. Farm life also can be really hard. The animals never take a holiday or want to sleep in. The fields need tending when the fields need tending. My dad loves doing things the old-style, Muggle way. The way they farmed around the turn of the 20th century. And yes, my family on my father’s and my mother’s side both are magical. How about your family? Are they magical also?” It popped into her head that Jerome might like to actually meet a farm animal once in his life. “If you’d like, if yur ever in Glasgow or Edinburgh, yu might want to pop down for a visit. I could introduce yu to Horse and the rest of our menagerie!” She smiled a sweet smile and nodded wondering how people who have never met animals before might react. “China! Oh, how absolutely fascinating!” She tried hard to memorize the words he was saying so she later could find it on a map. "You've got to tell me all about London and China!" The furthest Annag had ever been from home was London when they went to visit her mother’s family. The thought of getting a chance to go to China, little on be from there, was beyond. The little Ravenclaw would pour over books about other places far and away and pretend she had all the time and money in the world so she could go and immerse herself in the both the sights and culture. “I’m afraid where I’m from has nothing on London or China.” She smiled apologetically and looked at the floor. “We have a small town near us. Takes about 30 or 40 minutes to walk there from our farm. Shorter if we take Horse and the cart. There’s a pub where everyone gathers to drink; watch sports on the telly; play games; and eat and chat. Oh, and we have a general market that has both groceries and drygoods. Believe it or not, there is a farm implements store in Diagon Alley, way off the main street. Ma dad loves that place to chat up the clarks during the very rare occasion when we get to go shopping.” Her home was sounding worse and worse compared to Jerome’s seemingly amazing life. She stopped talking and hurried her step as they entered the scullery. “I think yur robe ‘ill be fine over that sink there until I can get to it. Let’s have a go at those hands first.” Annag knew that dried blood could be stubborn – hiding in the most obscure places. It was with this knowledge that she started the water running in another sink and checked the bristle scrub brush there for softness against the skin on the back of her hand. She had never cleaned hands like his before, so soft and mild. She wanted to make sure not to hurt him in any way. “Pop yur hands just under here, please.” She smiled as she grabbed the bar of soap. Ever so gently and carefully she began to message the boy’s hands and wrists with the lather, letting it start its job as she began on the palms. Her fingers worked deftly over the surface finding every nook and cranny where the offending blood might be hiding. The brush was for the nails and cuticles. She tried her best to keep the now-water-softened bristles from causing any pain. “I hope I’m not hurting you. Blood can be so troublesome at times.” She started work on the back of his hands with her fingers working around each knuckle and down each finger. “OK, let’s have a rinse and see where we’re at, shall we?” the little girl chirped as she pushed her hair out of her face with the back of her hand. She liked this job. It made her happy to be able to help.
  17. Aggie Price

    International Standard Book Hunter

    Posting for Sophia Sophia quickly wrote out the ingredients for the salves and handed it to the Gryffindor. "Here you go, Alvis," she told him. Grinning at his profuse thanks. "Just try not to need it that often. It's really the better alternative," she admonished the third year but then again -- Gryffindor. Enough said. "You're done," she affirmed. "And, free to go. And someone still learning is a healer in training but, actually, I'm a hospital wing assistant," Sophia explained to Alvis. "I'm not in training to be a healer. Just helping out here."
  18. Samantha Grier

    You know it's time to go 'cause here comes trouble

    Samantha was complaining to her friend/not friend/study partner Amelia about how something she missed about living at home in her muggle life was trick-or-treating. Sure, she was twelve, but who cares? Really. Dressing up and getting candy is for all ages. It was this talk they were having over studying the ingredients for the wigenweld potion that Professor Santiago had been showing them how to brew that the two came up with a brilliant plan. If they couldn't trick-or-treat inside of Hogwarts, then the two of them would do so outside of Hogwarts! It was brilliant! Lets just say the the Hufflepuff was so excited about being able to feel ore like she was back home that she didn't even think of the consequences of her decision. She could get into a lot of trouble--sneaking off of school grounds, after hours. They would have to get caught first though...right? The red-head thought about wearing her unicorn costume she'd used for potions class, but at the last minute decided to go with something different...and hopefully more fitting. The girl grabbed a sheet from her bed and cut holes in it. A ghost was much better! There had to be other ghosts where they were heading. As soon as it was beginning to get dark, the girl put her sheet over herself (she'd done makeup and some painting on the sheet to give it more realistic/scary look as well). She stuck her wand into her hip holster and then crept, quiet as a mouse, out of the Hufflepuff common room. She walked along the walls, trying to stay in the shadows until she got to the doors leading outside. She took a deep breath, again too excited about going trick-or-treating to care about anything else. She opened the doors and stepped outside. It was nearly dark out. Perfect for sneaking out and hopefully not being seen. She waited only a few minutes for @Amelia Martinto show up in her Cruella De'Vil costume. It was a neat costume, aside from her using a dead animal pelt for it. "You ready to go have some fun in Hogsmeade?" she asked with the biggest smile on her face.
  19. Last week
  20. Amelia Martin

    Psychiatrists call it positive reinforcement

    At this point, it was just a weekly thing they did. It wasn't anything to talk about or anything. In fact, most people had stopped staring at the pair of second years when they walked into the library, or met in the library, or left the library. Amelia Martin and Samantha Grier--partners, study buddies, dueling/defense preparation...people. The novelty and extreme shock had eventually died off for Amy and Samantha, respectively. The first Friday in November found the Slytherin already seated at a table near the back of the library, books spread across the table; parchment littered here and there, stuck in different books as placeholders. Rain had finally begun to fall at Hogwarts, the skies dark gray in the middle of the day and the lanterns prematurely lit to light the shadowed stacks of books. Water fell in sheets, throwing itself at the glass windows behind her, as Amelia worked quietly. She'd already been at it for about forty-five minutes, three-quarters of her way through the most-recently assigned Potions essay. It was just as she was putting her final touches on the essay that she saw Samantha headed her way. The redhead had a smile on her face, as she sat down across from Amy, sliding her purple messenger bag over her shoulder. "Just finished that Potions essay on the purpose of lionfish--ooo COOL!" Amelia shouted, an ice cream cone suddenly in her hand. "Wait, where did this come from?"
  21. Adam Sinclair

    what are you listening to?

    Iggy Azalea - Started
  22. Aleksander Dracel-Cortes

    You ought to know by now

    "Galathea!"- Aleks called once he arrived in the Owlery. His owl had been a blessing and he's given her free reign to come and go from her cage, making her a happy little hooter. - "Care to take this to Dracel Manor?"
  23. Lian Dracel-Cortes

    Ghostlights

    The following letter arrived at Dracel Manor: Lian threw the letter into the fire, sighing. Kienna would disapprove of this...
  24. Jean Li

    idk my bff jean

    Ah, politics. Jean had become rather familiar with the bureaucracy, through experiences told by her parents. Morwenna’s speculations made a lot of sense, and as the pieces of the puzzle started to fit together, Jean let out a small “ohhhh” in realisation. “Rebuilding would take a lot of resources-“ Jean agreed, before pausing and doing a double-take “-war? I didn’t know…” It hadn’t been in any of her history books, and she’d been through all of Western history as well as Chinese history. “It takes decades to really recover from war,” Jean added thoughtfully, before also yanking on a portrait. Sure, it felt sturdy enough, but Jean was secretly glad that Morwenna was also against the idea of neck-breaking. She, Jean, being rather afraid of heights, was not particularly keen on actually….falling. “I agree-“ Jean affirmed, nodding her head. “We could just…. figure out what the deficits are on this floor?” Jean offered, contemplating the option of filing a report, and maybe conducting some fundraiser activity to try and fix the safety deficits. Or, the could go with a less nerdy idea. “Seeing if there’s anything cool on the floor is good too.”
  25. Aleksander Dracel-Cortes

    what are you listening to?

    Wouldn't you rather - Alter Bridge
  26. Adrina Althaus-Valerio

    ᴛʜᴇ ᴘɪᴇᴄᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ sᴛɪʟʟ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ

    "It's nothing, really." Addy waved off the comment with a wave of her hand and a shrug. She didn't mind sharing the scraps she'd brought for the birds. At the appearance, or maybe the smell hitting the air, the birds started to make more noise and Adrina stopped to pass a glance around the high beams of the tower and along the open windows before her dark eyes landed back on the gryffindor. "Alright." She nodded then, still smiling. "I've already sent off off my own letter to my uncle so I won't be much longer." She realized she had already made such an announcement only after the fact but at least she found it would give them both something to fill what would otherwise be silence with something to talk about. "Adrina, but most people call me Addy." The hufflepuff turned back and stepped back towards the window where a two owls were perched on opposite corners and held out a small scrap to one. "Who are you writing to?" She asked.
  27. Aleksander Dracel-Cortes

    Dodging bludgers and other essential things...

    He disliked flying with a passion. Mister C had made Aleksander afraid of being on a broom with the gun-ho way he went about teaching his class and now his mentor, @Simon Reed was trying to kill him by making him come down to the pitch! Pulling himself together, Aleksander gulped as he braved the outside of the castle and made his way down. He hadn't told Simon about how awful he was at Flying class, but maybe... just maybe his Mentor could help him? Once he reached the pitch, Aleks divested from his robes and stayed in his more sports friendly clothes. School issued joggers, a jumper and trainers - a couple of warming charms that someone had been kind to apply to his clothing were the trick at this time. When he heard someone call for him, Aleks waved his arms in the direction of the person calling, recognizing Simon once he was closer by. "Wotcher!" - He called out informally, dropping the folded robes next to his feet. - "That would be me, you must be Simon." He eyed the broom and blanched. - "Oh Merlin's sagging a......" - He stopped himself, blushing at his choice of language. - "Please don't tell me we're flying. I'm half bloody convinced Mr C is trying to murder us in class. Next thing he'll think flying near the whomping willow is a good exercise in dodging..." Nobody tell that to @Mr Chamberlain though, he'll think it's an excellent lesson idea and Aleks could only imagine the holler his parents would send. Let alone the potential of his grandmothers showing up to discuss "school safety and idiots being hired". He could be spared the potential embarrassment as it stood, okay! - "I'm awful at flying..." The admission fell freely and he was already feeling awful saying it. What kind of bloody Wizard couldn't fly!?
  28. Diarmid Smithson

    Let's melt the world or maybe this bookshop

    The book was rudely snatched from Diarmid's hands without any explanation. Typical Bayleigh. She always was taking things that she wanted without asking. But that was what Dir wanted. She probably thought that Dir was going to get in trouble in this trip to Diagon Alley, but it was going to be her this time around. Well Dir was going to try and make it on her this time around. He watched her flip to a page in the book. He looked at the unicorn on the page. To be fair to Dir most unicorns looked the same, but baby unicorns were something else. The really young ones were gold. This one was a little older it's gold coat was beginning to turn silver. "Isn't fairy a little younger than that. This one is starting to turn silver." Dir showed off his animal knowledge. He helped his mum at the zoo quite a bit and learned a lot from that. However, he needed her distracted right now. He pulled out his secret weapon. He had pocketed it from his new sister's room so he was sure it was good quality. She kept using them in his room. The circular dungbomb was going to be his first official prank on Bayleigh and he hoped it would work correctly. He slipped the activated threat into on of the distracted girls pockets while flipping a page in the book to a picture of a unicorn mother assisting her newborn foal. "Aww look at that."
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