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    [library] welcome to the human race [ludwig]
    « on: March 11, 2018, 12:28:52 AM »
    Hey there mister blue
    We're so pleased to be with you
    Look around see what you do
    Everybody smiles at you

    This was the first year in which Louis had selected the Library Service. He’d previously done Storage (for two consecutive years) and School Beautification, and last year had made the terrible mistake of choosing Stable Service (far too many girls telling him what to do), so apart from finding some sort of job in Chatoeil, this was the next one to test out. Plus, he really wanted to keep an eye on his friend Ludwig. The Ombrelune was terribly quiet, morose, even, thought Louis. He seemed not to want to talk to anyone, and Louis wondered if the boy was being bullied – he’d witnessed @Cosimo Marconi being unpleasant, but the Bellefeuille thought there might be more to it than that.

    So Louis had taken it upon himself, this year, to try and catch Ludo alone as often as possible and check in – make sure everything was fine. Be a good friend. The younger boy had done a good job of avoiding Louis in a one-on-one situation thus far, though the French boy took it simply as his friend being busy. Which was good. Hopefully Ludo was hanging out with other friends. At least if that was the case it would explain why Louis could scarcely find the Ombrelune.

    Not today, however.

    Louis walked into the library and his warm brown eyes lit up upon seeing his target.”Ludo!” he whispered loudly, so loud that it wasn’t really a whisper, as he approached, waving enthusiastically. “Are you just starting your service?” Louis didn’t wait for an answer before barrelling on, “Great, we can work together! What needs doing today?” He smiled wide, before looking at the list of tasks that had been pinned to the noticeboard.

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    « Last Edit: March 11, 2018, 01:18:15 AM by Lowri »

  • Offline Ludwig Baumann
  • Re: [library] welcome to the human race [ludwig]
    « Reply #1 on: March 12, 2018, 09:28:48 PM »
    Once again, Ludo was realizing how much better the libraries were than the stables. Not just from a student service point of view, but from an overall standpoint. The grounds were a terrible place these days, overrun with giant-induced disaster, and the common room seemed like it had much more chatter than it usually did. It was annoying, to say the least. He did have some library duties to do that day, but Ludo was finishing up his free time until then by reading a book. It was peaceful and enjoyable and he was so happy that he had been able to switch his service to the library.

    Not today, however.

    Ludo glanced up with wide eyes, closing his book with his finger inside to keep his place. He knew from experience that this wouldn’t be a quick enough conversation for him to pick up his reading in a timely manner. He didn’t return Louis’s wave, instead bringing a finger up to his mouth to implore him to lower his voice. Never mind that they were in the library, but Ludo simply didn’t want to draw attention to himself.

    “No, I’m starting at elev--” he face fell as he looked own at his watch. It was five minutes past when he was supposed to start, and he was just sitting there reading. He would never deliberately skive off his library duty, not even if he desperately needed to avoid someone. Damn it. “Yes, I suppose.” He opened his book again, replacing his temporary placekeeper with an actual bookmark, and stowed it in his bag.

    “Great,” he replied automatically, not matching Louis’s enthusiasm. He had asked before to be left alone, but apparently that only served to encourage Louis to bother him more. He couldn’t figure this guy out. “Book stuff, I imagine,” he muttered, standing up to get a better look at the noticeboard. He needed to find a task that wouldn’t suit two people, but the only available things were repairing bindings or returning books to their proper place. There was a new one, though, that seemed like maybe it would keep Louis too busy to be able to talk too much, since Ludo was pretty sure he wouldn’t be able to lose him no matter what job he was doing. “I’ll be doing this one,” he said, like he had made the decision ages before Louis had appeared, pointing to a notecard that read: Remove all books from the MAR - MOO shelving, repair the shelf, and replace the books exactly where you found them..

    He removed the card from the board and reread it, offering Louis a shrug.

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  • Offline Louis Proulx
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    Re: [library] welcome to the human race [ludwig]
    « Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 07:53:28 AM »
    Louis winced awkwardly with a grin at Ludo’s gesture of quiet, “Sorry!” He not-whispered again, his excitement at not having to work with someone he didn’t really like, or worse, alone, very much evident.  “Fantastic!” He beamed, his eyes crinkling at the corners. This was going to be perfect – a chance for them to talk, and get another student service out of the way, all in one! And no need to muck out stables or have girls telling them what they were doing wrong.

    “Book stuff...” his expression slowly fell, his brow raising in a concerned expression at the Ombrelune’s muted response. How could someone be so glum? Maybe Ludo was still being bullied. Louis would just have to try and get to the bottom of it. Try and pry it out of the other boy gently, whilst still making sure Ludo knew that Louis was his friend. And he only had as long as their task took to be able to do it.

    “What is it?” He leant in close as Ludo pointed out his chosen task, the Bellefeuille occupying his friend’s personal bubble to read the card over his shoulder. “Remove all books... repair the shelf... where you found them.” He muttered as he read. Well it wasn’t exactly a fun sounding job, but it was simple enough and they could work together on it.

    “Cool, should be pretty easy, right?” He smiled reassuringly, clapping Ludo on the back probably a little harder than was necessary – all that Quidditch practice was clearly starting to have an effect – and steering him towards the section of the library they’d be working in. “So...” he began, unable to let silence permeate the air between them for long, but not wanting to launch straight into the deep stuff, “This giant thing. Crazy, right?”
    « Last Edit: April 11, 2018, 11:55:03 AM by Lowri »

  • Offline Ludwig Baumann
  • Re: [library] welcome to the human race [ludwig]
    « Reply #3 on: April 20, 2018, 07:52:37 PM »
    Ludo edged away as Louis entered his space; of course, Ludo's personal space bubble was a bit wider than others', but he didn't give the other boy the benefit of the doubt.he inwardly cringed as the words were read aloud -- in the library no less -- yet somehow refrained from telling the Bellefeuille to hush. Again.

    He hardly had time to process Louis's next question before he lurched forward, catching himself only after taking a large step. Ludo straightened up and shrugged Louis's residual germs of his back, moving his shoulders in small circles. But the small germ-sloughing gesture wasn't enough apparently; Ludo was being steered towards the correct section. At least it was the right one, and they seemed to be taking the most direct route, so at least this wasn't the worst possible thing that could be happening to him.

    The job assignment card was still clutched in his hand when they reached the shelves, and Ludo glanced down at it again quickly before looking back up and pinpointing the exact places they should start. "So," Ludo replied, though he wasn't listening, still figuring out the best way to start unloading the shelf. He was rolling up his sleeves as Louis spoke again.

    "What?" Ludo turned to Louis with an eyebrow arched. He had been formulating his strategy in his mind in German and hadn't registered immediately what the French boy had said. "Yeah, crazy," he agreed, only half sure what he was agreeing to. "But why do you think it's crazy?" That was the easiest way to figure out what he was talking about without asking him to repeat himself. he set the assignment card aside and stepped toward the shelf, sliding four books from the top left corner of the shelf and stacking them neatly on the table behind him.

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  • Offline Louis Proulx
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    Re: [library] welcome to the human race [ludwig]
    « Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 01:40:46 AM »
    Louis watched Ludo for a moment before copying the Ombrelune and rolling his own sleeves up – seemed appropriate. They were going to be doing physical work, or, kind of, anyway. He looked up at the shelf, mirroring Ludo and standing with his arms crossed, as though thinking about where to start, but in actuality just staring a little into space and waiting for his companion to offer a plan.

    “Well,” the French boy started, “where did they come from? Why are they here?” He lowered his voice dramatically, “Madame Maxime hasn’t been around for ages – I thought they were only here because she’s… you know.” He raised up to his full height (which wasn’t very tall, really) to make his meaning clear without having to say anything out loud. No one ever said anything about their Headmistress’ suspected (and rather obvious) genealogy. It was impolite to do so. Like asking a girl her weight.

    Louis’s warm brown eyes followed Ludo’s movements, repeating them after a moment and reaching up to pull off the next set of books. He stacked them somewhat haphazardly beside Ludo’s pile. “How are we supposed to… get rid of them? What if Madame Maxime never comes back and they just think they can live here? They’re destroying the gardens and we can’t even practice quidditch now – one nearly swatted @Emilia Costa right off her broom last time we were on the pitch! Like a bug!” His eyes were a little wide as he reached for another lot of books, taking a little more than previously and not-so-gently slapping them down on the desk. He blinked, his imagination having gone on a tangent – what if Emilia had been hit?

    “And that’s not the only weird thing right now, what was Professor Blauvelt's lesson about? Radicals? Sounded fishy to me. And Professor Burgstaller was really mean in Defense for no reason. It’s all just… weird.” he finished, looking directly at Ludo and drawing out the last word a little to emphasise it.

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