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Annette Dumortier

After finally meeting with her cousin, Annette borrowed a book from her that was all about the types of magical creatures you could find under water. It was a fascinating read. Something that she was very much interested in. It was how she found herself by the lake side eyeing the water. The Durmstrang boat was nearby but she didn't see any of the occupants nearby. That being said she wasn't exactly looking for any other human beings. Her eyes were focused downward into the murky depths. Her mind was filled with thoughts of grindylow, hippocampus, mermaids,  and the giant squid.  

 

Reaching down, Annette ran her hand through the water. It was cold but not quite freezing yet. She would be able to spend a considerable amount of time searching around the bottom of the lake without her limbs going numb. She flipped the the pages of the book again rereading a few passages about each creature she hoped she may find here trying to assess if they could truly live in these waters and what she should do when she came across them. Finally satisfied she closed the book and set it down on the ground carefully making sure it was far enough from the water so it wouldn't get wet when she dove in.

 

Quickly Annette pulled at her uniform and stripped down to the bathing suit she, thankfully, had remembered to bring along with her. She folded her uniform and placed it down beside the book and walked back up to the waters edge. Now if only she could remember the incantation for the bubble head spell.

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Casimir de Haven

Casimir had tried to spend as little time as possible on the Durmstrang boat. It wasn't only because he was jealous of the fact that Beauxbatons had wonderfully large Abraxans pulling their mode of transportation, but also because he had suffered a very strong sense of seasickness on the way to Hogwarts. @Linnéa Nordström had been helping him by giving him a dash of magic and some help with the nausea, but he didn't want to keep asking her for help every day. 

 

So, he spent most of his days off the boat. 

 

That was fine, really, since there was so much to see at Hogwarts, the castle ever changing. Today, however, was a decently warm enough day that Cas didn't want to stay inside the drafty corridors of the castle. He had seen one of the Beauxbatons girls walk towards the water, seem to contemplate something, before stripping down to a bathing suit. Cas had averted his eyes, feeling like he was intruding on something, but also ... if she was doing this out in public, she had to know that people might see right?

 

As she started towards the water again, Cas looked back in her direction. "I do not think that's a very intelligent idea, miss," he called out to her in French, standing and dusting off his trousers to walk closer to where she'd approached the water. "I've heard the creatures are far from friendly," he added, a charming smile on his face as he shoved his hands in his pockets.  

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Raimond Rousseau

Remy on the other hand, had most certainly not averted his eyes.  

 

He'd almost been tempted to whistle as he'd been strolled at quite a leisurely pace across the grounds towards the carriage when he spotted his classmate begin to strip off her uniform.  But, so far nothing else had worked at getting Annette's attention over the years and Remy doubted a juvenile catcall would help at all.  

 

Also, he had no idea where Aurorette was and he didn't want to hear it from her.  

 

She couldn't control his eyes though, and when he heard someone else - and an unfamiliar voice at that - calling out to her, he stopped and took in more of the scene then just Annette herself.  Of course she wasn't just out for a walk in her swimsuit, though any reason why she might want to be swimming in that filthy lake was beyond him.   

 

"Not friendly?" Remy pipped up as he wandered closer.  "She tried to tame an abraxton when we were just year threes, I'm sure Nettie can handle anything down there." 

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Annette Dumortier

It seemed impossible to be alone in Hogwarts. Annette hadn't even stepped into the water when there was someone already speaking. At least they had the courtesy to speak in French. She turned to look at the unknown boy who was calling her out. There was a mischievous glint in her eyes as she opened her mouth to reply, only to be interrupted a second time. Her brow creased together as she looked at the other newcomer. This was was familiar. She was pretty sure they were in the same grade. It may have only been because he knew about her attempt to ride an Abraxton when they were younger. She stared at him for a long moment trying to see if she could remember his name. Nothing was coming to mind but..."Did you just call me Nettie?" She asked, her brow coming together further. Since when had anyone called her Nettie? What an awful name.

 

Instead of trying to figure out what any of that was suppose to mean, Annette turned her attentions back towards the other boy. "The creatures in this lake may be unfriendly but it would be far from fun to see if they were tame. Besides there is a very large squid who watches over the students here. At least, that is what I'm told." She said, returning to what he first said. This sort of conversation was easier to manage than trying to recall someone's name. It was even easier since this unknown happened to speak french. "Do you happen to remember the bubble head charm incantation?" She asked.

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Casimir de Haven

Being alone at Hogwarts really was impossible, Casimir had learned, but a part of him didn't mind. At least, being alone meant that he had someone to talk to if he got lost or was bored out of his mind. Although, being bored hardly ever stuck, because of the fact that there was always someone around doing something.

 

Like a Beauxbatons girl trying to swim to her death, apparently. 

 

"Wait, you can tame abraxans?" he asked the girl excitedly, because he was hardly subtle or quiet about his love for the creatures. At least, from mostly afar. "I suppose if the squid protects Hogwarts students, I'm sure it'll protect you as well." The logic seemed sound enough to him, at least. But Cas was hardly the person to talk to about particularly exact logic.

 

"I don't remember the one just for your head, but I know the full body one is Ebulbio." It was a spell useful in keeping his fish safe while he cleaned his aquarium back home. It was hardly an arduous task, but he enjoyed doing it by hand. It reminded him of being back in France, even though he was pretty sure the fish he still lovingly called Sir Mushu wasn't the same SIr Mushu he had first bought as a five-year-old.  

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