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Professor Santiago

Mateo was beside himself. Who would have guessed that the year he lost his ship in battle and was stranded on land would be the year that Durmstrang ships would dock near him! The ships at Durmstrang were legendary and if it wasn't for the harsh cold winters, Mateo would have considered applying for a teaching role there. But he did not want to live covered in snow for 11 months of the year.

 

"Do you see anything students? Let's make sure we're on our best behaviors! Big smiles!" Mateo encouraged, grinning madly at the prospect of seeing some of the ships and meeting some of the students.

 

"IS THAT A SAIL?" the professor cried, thinking he saw something poke out of the water. They should be arriving any minute now and he did not want to miss a thing.

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Ollie Celeste

Given Ollie's newfound desire to become a pirate and quartermaster of Santiago's ship* the young girl could be found at the professor's side, eagerly looking for the sight of a sail but given no one had told her the ship just burst out of the water, her attention was placed on the horizon. "No, that's a cloud," she pointed out, tapping Santiago on the shoulder and pointing at what she assumed was the mass he had mistaken for sail. "It kinda looks like a pancreas." 

 

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*Which she was going to steal for him, from Durmstrang.

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Ekaterina Valentin

While Kat had no relatives currently attending Durmstrang, it did have familial connections for her and she found herself wandering down to the lakeside near the time that the ship was due to arrive.  She had heard her father's and her uncles' tales of riding the ship during their years at the school and their adventures as Durmstrang students and she felt it would be fitting to watch it arrive now at Hogwarts. 

 

Besides, as a prefect, she should be welcoming and assist if needed?  Right?  

 

"Hello, Professor, Ollie," she greeted the other two as she arrived at the shore

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Professor Santiago

If Mateo wasn't busy being super excited for the opportunity to see a Durmstrang ship, then perhaps he would have realized @Ollie Celeste was to make him look stupid. The pancreas-looking cloud was not capturing Mateo's attention not one bit, especially since, now, he was certain that he saw the tip of a mast poke out of the water. And look! Three more right behind it!
 

"Aren't you just excited!?" Mateo grinned, grabbing @Ekaterina Valentin on the shoulder and shake her slightly. The tall, cool pirate image that Mateo was trying to build at Hogwarts suddenly gone--he was acting more like a first year than like an adult. It was pretty sad. "STUDENTS! GET READY! THEY'RE ALMOST HERE!" he called to the masses behind him.

 

"They're almost here..." He was on the verge of tears.

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Ollie Celeste

Oh, it was coming out of the lake?

 

Ollie readied her hammer.

 

"What's the plan? Cause a distraction then steal it?"

 

She assumed this would be the boat ride Santiago owed her.

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Ekaterina Valentin

Kat grinned when Professor Santiago grabbed her shoulder.  She wondered if her father and uncles reacted like this the first time they ever saw the Durmstrang ship when they were first years at school.  "Yes," she admitted with a grin.  "I've never seen it before."

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Professor Santiago

"What? No! Not at all!" Mateo shook his head at @Ollie Celeste. "We're not here to steal ships," he told her.

 

Though, deep in his heart was a question: was that true? Was Mateo not going to possibly mull over the idea of stealing a ship and resuming his life at sea once again?

 

That'd be insane, right?

 

...

 

The ship slowly, but amazingly, rose up from the waters and Mateo was left speechless until he heard @Ekaterina Valentin mention how she never saw it happen before. "I know, this is a once in a lifetime event right now. It's amazing." Mateo was clearly beside himself.

 

And @Professor Mendelssohn needed to get off his back over how excited he was. :angry: 

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Molly Stone

Molly came armed with a baseball bat at the sight of the funny ship, and she squinted as it emerged from the water, feeling no more comfortable. She grinned and gave Ollie a thumbs up when she saw her hammer--it was best to be prepared in these types of situations, especially when there was something descending from the sky, too.

 

"WHO ELSE HAS A WEAPON?"

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