aug 2018 Witches and wizards all over the country (and the world) arrive at their safe zones. In the UK: Hogwarts, Holt Castle, Diagon Alley, Order HQ (secret), Midlothian (Liberamach run), Yester Castle (Liberamach HQ).
july 2018 The Ministry admits the mysterious deaths are unstoppable. They have created safe zones for everyone to live together to stay safe while they try and track down the cause of the great threat.
may 2018 The Ministry claims the mysterious deaths are from the killing curse and that a new Dark Lordd is rising. This is exposed by Liberamach to be completely false.
feb 2018 Mysterious deaths start happening to witches and wizards in their own homes.
Post by SAMANTHA TAYLOR on Jul 14, 2021 20:13:02 GMT -5
Sam had once read that a good way to make friends was to do something unexpected and fun. She wasn't sure if that was true or not, but she decided to put that theory to the test.
After dinner, Sam made her way straight back to Ravenclaw tower. She entered, and just as she hoped, saw that it was empty. Perfect. Smiling to herself, she headed right up to her dormitory, pulled the blanket off her bed, and dragged it to the common room. She then ran back and forth from the dorm to the room, gathering up five books. Her materials assembled, she then took a chair, hung her blanket over it, stretched it out and secured it with four of the heavy books, and then climbed inside her blanket fort.
Was it weird she did this? Yes, but would it be a good way to break the ice with a new, potential friend? Well, she hoped so. Unless they all thought she was crazy, which was very much a possibility. There was only one way to find out for sure though!
Thumbing through the fifth book she had, her book, she tried to find a good conversation started in it as she waited for people to return from dinner and find her new, cozy, little abode.
Upon entering the Ravenclaw tower common room, Raven was surprised to find that someone had constructed a blanket fort. She then spotted its architect; one of the new first years. Remembering how alone she felt when she first started a year ago, Raven decided to be friendly and introduce herself and perhaps make a new friend.
“That’s a cool fort. Looks like the perfect place to cozy up with a good book,” Raven commented as she approached the younger girl. “I’m Raven, by the way. Welcome to Ravenclaw.”
Post by SAMANTHA TAYLOR on Jul 21, 2021 6:38:36 GMT -5
Yes! Her plan had worked!
As the first students came back from dinner, one of them saw the fort and made her way over. Smiling, Sam flipped through her book to her "Introduction" section and pointed to the first few lines in it:
"Hello! I'm Samantha, but people call me Sam. I'm a first year!"
"I am not deaf! I get asked that a lot! I just have a hard time talking to people. I get all nervous. So, this is how I talk for now..."
"I like reading a lot!"
She then flipped to another section of her book, and pointed to a new line:
"What books do you like?"
Sam then smiled at the girl, and pointed from the girl to the spot next to her, in the fort, clearly inviting her to enter. If the girl wanted too. Sam didn't want to pressure anyone to do anything. It was her choice. Yeah.
The girl smiled at her but did not speak. Instead, she flipped through her book, opening it to a particular page, and pointed to the section she wanted her to read. Written on the page was the girl’s introduction causing Raven to wonder if the girl was mute. “Pleasure to meet you, Sam,” she responded with a warm smile before reading the rest.
On the next line, Sam had pointed out that she was not deaf. Of course, she wouldn’t have assumed the first year was deaf because she had heard and responded to what she said but she did feel guilty for jumping to the conclusion that the girl was mute when she was only too shy to speak. Raven understood the feeling all too well. “I like to read too!”
Sam flipped to another page with the question asking what sort of books she enjoyed. Raven was unsure how to answer because she enjoyed reading just about anything. “I enjoy reading all sorts of books,” reaching into her bag, she pulled out a book titled ‘The Philosophy of the Mundane: Why Muggles Prefer Not to Know.’"This is what I’m currently reading," she held it out for Sam to get a closer look. “What kind of books do you like to read?”
Post by SAMANTHA TAYLOR on Jul 26, 2021 14:33:17 GMT -5
Well, this girl was already super nice.
Smiling to herself, she was happy that Raven answered her question, and took a closer look at the book she was holding out. Thinking quickly, she flipped through some pages in her own book, and pointed to a few new passages.
"That looks boring."
"Do you like to learn?"
"I bet you are really smart."
She was a little embarrassed about that last one because, well, of course the girl was smart! She had been put into Ravenclaw too! She let it go though, and beamed when Raven asked her what she liked to read. She carefully extracted one of the books holding up her fort, and placed her foot there so it wouldn't all come tumbling down. She then held it out for Raven to see: Fantabulous Fables for All Ages!
Sam thumbed through her book before returning it to her, then turned to a page that said her book was boring. “Yeah…” she laughed nervously, with her cheeks turning scarlet. Being isolated for so long and growing up away from other children, books were her only pastime. Through so much reading, her interests only grew too mature for her age making it sometimes difficult to relate to others.
Sam then pointed to another phrase asking if she liked to learn. “More like I want to understand and learning new things help open our minds.” The next thing Sam pointed to said that she thought Raven was smart. “No, I only got an E last year which means I have to work harder this year to get an O.”
Raven watched nervously as Sam pulled a book out of the foundation of the fort and let out a sigh of relief when she was successful. “Wow… that was impressive.” Raven took the book and observed the front and back covers before thumbing through the pages. Until she came across multiple tales about a big bad wolf such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and 'Little Red Riding Hood.’
Growing increasingly nervous as she read how wolves were portrayed as villains. Did that mean she was a villain or would someday become a villain if she couldn’t learn how to control her wolf side? She shut the book and handed it back to Sam. “A lot of interesting tales in there,” she said feigning a smile to mask her discomfort.
She quickly changed the subject by peeking her head between the flaps of the fort. “Can I get a tour of your fort? I’m curious to see what’s inside.”