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Robin Corelli-Rose

There was one word that Robin had learned from Reid working at The Bakery over the Summer and he used it now:

 

Voilà.

 

Only he didn't say it out loud; he showed it, gesturing with an open palm to the little boat he'd commandeered from the Boathouse (he was going to return it). He blinked at Ryszard and raised his brows. Well? The other boy had to appreciate Robin's daring and risk of detention - all for the proof of discovery.

 

He had heard of the Slytherin's unofficial race with @Alvis Anderson to see who would make contact with the rumoured Giant Squid first and, since Aiden was helping Alvis, Robin had decided he was going to help Ryszard (and by doing so, confirm the possible existence of the squid, inform @Francis Barnes II and @Kay Wickham, and then go swimming with them before it got cold).

 

Hence, the boat. 

 

Edited by Robin Corelli-Rose

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Ryszard Althaus-Valerio

Anything that one of his classmates did, Ryszard could do better. Or so he thought.

 

The idea of calling up the Squid had been present in his brain since the day they had arrived at Hogwarts. There was something irresistible about a supposed formidable creature that lived at the bottom of the lake, and Ryszard had every intention of being the first one to win that title.

 

Him and Robin, of course.

 

There was a boat, and the Ravenclaw was staring at Ryszard with an amiable look; a challenge, if you will. Smiling, he stepped into the boat (that they were simply borrowing) and patiently (for him) waited for the other boy to join him. There was only one problem now: Ryszard didn’t know how to sail.

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Robin Corelli-Rose

With a grunt and a slosh of water, Robin pushed their small boat off from the shoals and into deeper water, before hopping in himself. The bottom scraped against the pebbles until the bottom fell away into the green. As they coasted out, Robin noted that his classmate was looking about with confusion blatant on his face.

 

Robin sighed; that was why the Hat Sorted them the way it did.

 

Calmly, he picked up the single oar (oddly enough, he couldn't find the other, when he'd borrowed the boat) and held it with a look that could only be translated as 'Duh.' Then he dunked it the water.

 

Robin didn't really have a set course or destination other than "farther out." If they squid really was as big as the rumours said, it probably needed lots of room to frolic in. The problem with getting out to that point, however, lay in that, with only one oar, it was easy to get turned around unless Robin kept switching sides. Eventually, he pointed at Ry. "Steer," he instructed, meaning, 'Tell me if we're going straight.'

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Ryszard Althaus-Valerio

The boat was off, and Ryszard stared intently into the water. The Squid could jump out at any moment, and he needed to keep a lookout. Of course, when the boat didn’t automatically start moving, he looked around at Robin, confused.

 

That was when he noticed the oar in the Ravenclaw’s hand.

 

Ryszard mouthed a silent “oh”. Alright, then, that made sense; he definitely didn’t get the mechanics of sailing a boat, but it seemed like common sense that the oars were there to move the boat. He nodded once at the other first year, and watched as he unceremoniously stuck it in the water.

 

It was definitely a sight to see.

 

“We’re going in a straight line,” he nodded, firmly. That seemed like the right thing to say - though perhaps Robin should have chosen a smarter partner for this particular adventure. Ryszard was way out of his depth and he didn’t like admitting it.

 

He would be more at ease once they finally saw the Squid. For now, however, he simply moved to the head of the boat, and kept his eyes trained on what was in front of him.

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Theirs was a small boat. Old - how old? Who knew? - and they had one oar between them, one that happened to be their only means of getting back to shore dry. Robin glanced at the water; it looked dark, deep, and foreboding and he did not want to get in it. He did not have his cousin @Francis Barnes II's desire to meet with the Black Lake's denizens.

 

Robin held onto their one oar like his life depended on it, dipping it once-twice on the left and once-twice on the right to keep them gliding straight ahead. The smallness and fragility of their small craft made Robin truly and unfortunately appreciate the size of the Lake; when they first used the boats as First Years, there was exhaustion, the excitement, the need to get it Over With and the dark of the night going for them. Everything was dark, from sky to water. Now? Well, dang.

 

If they intended to find the Giant Squid, they were gonna need a bigger boat

 

A ripple hit their boat at just that moment, and Robin quickly jerked the oar up at out of the water, going still and quiet and wide-eyed. All sorts of horrible thoughts went through his head, as their boat bobbed. He locked eyes with Ryszard. Was that actually?

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Ryszard Althaus-Valerio

It occurred to Ryszard that maybe the pair of them and their boat weren’t equipped to deal with the mission they had set off on. He had never before glimpsed the Squid, but he didn’t think they would be able to handle the sea creature in what was essentially a dinghy. The Slytherin didn’t even know a thing about boating - maybe Robin was actually about to teach him something

 

Ryszard wanted to imagine them going off on the journey of their life, but they were probably just barely hanging on.

 

That’s when the ripple hit the side of the boat.

 

The first years exchanged a horrified glance, silently trying to communicate the fact that they were most likely about to be swallowed up in two seconds flat. The main problem was the near lack of oars, and Ryszard felt himself gulp silently, as he signalled to Robin.

 

What the signal entailed, he wasn’t sure, but hopefully the other boy got the message.

 

Carefully, Ryszard inched forwards and peered over the side of the boat. There wasn’t anything there, but the surface of the water still hadn’t stilled, and he watched helplessly as it continued to ripple.

 

This was it, it was now a matter of life or death.

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Robin's instinct was to shove Ryszard back into the safety of dinghy-proper when the boy leaned over the side - didn't he stare enough into the green from the Slytherin Common Room? - but it warred with his need to cling to the boat's sides. He'd convinced himself they couldn't capsize that way.

 

Still, he was just as curious (only he liked to think he hid it better).

 

Turning his head but a fraction, Robin eyed the rippling surface. There was no wind. He couldn't imagine anything but the Giant Squid rocking the boat like that. Robin gulped - this was such a bad idea, one that had traitorously not occurred to him from the safety of the shore - and thought he saw something move in the water.

 

A trick of the light or a... tentacle?

 

Shutting his eyes, Robin drew courage from imagining Reid grinning at the sight of the Squid with all its tentacles dancing out of the hissing, boiling water and saying something like, 'Hello beastie.' No fear or anything.

 

When Robin blinked, it was to see what was without a doubt a tentacle skim the water. It had suckers and everything.

 

Then it disappeared under the boat. 

 

Robin's heartbeat was oddly loud.

 

He locked eyes with Ryszard. "Did you see that?" he raised his brows. He didn't ask, Do you want to see more? The question seemed like a given; the answer even more obvious.

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