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Offline Marin Clare

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don't stay away for too long { nola }
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:36:08 PM »
He’d started in the library.

Wini was busy today – prefect things – so Marin had decided to do a little study. They were only halfway through the month, and it was a Sunday, but he’d heard about the difficulty of NEWTs, and was rather adverse to the concept of falling behind. The common room was his usual place of study, but he was half hoping to find Lionel so they could sit in silence with one another. Unfortunately, it hadn’t worked out.

Instead, he had found himself increasingly irritated at a group of young second years a few tables over who couldn’t seem to shut up. Why were they even in the library if they just wanted to chat? He was pretty sure he’d heard the sound of a packet of crisps opening too; they were lucky Pince hadn’t eviscerated them yet. Oh well, he’d thought distantly, there was still time.

Eventually, though, Marin had had to ditch the library. He’d opted for a walk outside instead; it was Autumn now, and it wouldn’t be long before he’d have to start using magic to warm up when he went outside to draw, so he might as well take advantage of today’s sun and the decent temperature. He found himself sitting against the trunk of his favourite tree, curved over a sketchbook rested against one knee. The lake glittered in the distance, and things were quiet.

Offline Magnolia Lane Hawkins

Re: don't stay away for too long { nola }
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2020, 06:13:24 AM »
Magnolia was excited for the new term but not looking forward to the pressure. Things had been great so far but at her age and with no boyfriend, her prospects of a proper fifth year experience were looking rather bleak.

Things were supposed to work out with Rod, she would feel cool telling her friends she was dating an adult who had a job and everything. But with Roderick having graduated, Magnolia started to feel a little antsy again, considering that while their love (mostly just hers, he was still playing hard to get) would have stood the test of time if she had another term to work on it, a long distance relationship would simply not do. She had considered asking Mavis, Josie, or even Killian to set her up on a date but she knew she’d get more judgement than a good suggestion. There really was a connection between her crushes. She actually did have a type, but confessing that she usually went for the more challenging types didn’t seem like a thing. However, Magnolia had set her sights on someone else now anyway, the beginning of feelings further confirmed by the smile that immediately lit up her face when she saw that one Marin Clare had signed up for the SNAIL program just as she had.

Marin was elusive at best. Magnolia knew he had been prefect for a couple of years and knew he was a Hufflepuff. She often saw him hanging out with Winifred, and though Magnolia didn’t know Winifred that well, she seemed really nice. Though she couldn’t decide if they looked like cute siblings or an oddly mismatched couple, she intended to find out. Magnolia took time to consider her approach, which only helped the little crush grow in leaps and bounds, distracting her from her studies as she considered how adorable they might look together. He seemed nice, that was an improvement from Roderick so that had to count for something. Killian would be proud.

So she had made up her mind, finding the perfect opportunity when she went out for a walk (sort of, she had heard through the grapevine that he liked to go outside but it sounded creepy). She approached him quietly, leaning over just a little to watch him draw for a moment before she stepped out in front of him, “Hey!” she announced with a quick wave, “I’m Nola, I uh—heard you were looking for a mentee, you interested?” she asked. She had prepared a pitch and everything if he needed to hear it too.

Offline Marin Clare

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Re: don't stay away for too long { nola }
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2020, 06:39:11 PM »
It was moments like this one that Marin really found peace. He loved Wini of course, but she really did not stop talking – not even during her own self-imposed no-talking study sessions. By now, of course, he’d learned to tune out thirty or so percent of what she was saying, but the matter still stood. Alone, there were no potentially stressful social dynamics to navigate. No incorrect moves to make. Just the sound of dry, orangey autumn leaves brushing against each other in the wind, the scratching of his quill against his textured artist’s paper and his own thoughts to occupy him.

Well, usually, anyway.

Marin glanced up, alarm in his blue eyes as she materialised before him. He didn’t wave back or say hello; she didn’t pause for long enough in between sentences for him to think, let alone respond appropriately. Marin closed his sketchbook slowly, feeling a little self conscious about having his work on display. He didn’t put it, or his quill, down beside him, though; he wasn’t quite willing to commit to this conversation just yet. He glanced over his shoulder, but it did seem like it was just her. Bizarre.

“I… In you?” He asked blankly. She looked familiar; Marin recognised her as one of a group of noisy Gryffindor fourth year – well fifth, now, he supposed – girls. He was fairly sure he had a sketch of her somewhere. It took him a second to formulate a more detailed response. “I think the professors match the S.N.A.I.L applicants,” he informed her, his voice quiet, “But regardless… I was under the impression it was more of an underclassman thing…?” He trailed off, his expression somewhere in between puzzled and unimpressed. Perhaps he was mistaken?

Offline Magnolia Lane Hawkins

Re: don't stay away for too long { nola }
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2020, 03:40:30 AM »
This had played out a little differently in her head. Either way, the fifth year wouldn’t be deterred by some silly semantics, even if those had not been suggestions but rather rules, “Who’s gonna enforce them anyway?” she shrugged, though soon after she realized that that probably wasn’t the best way to get a former prefect’s attention. “I mean, I think the students should get a chance to choose their matches, what if you get paired up with someone weird?” she offered, setting her things down and taking a seat even though he hadn’t excited invited her into his space. Those little details did not really matter as much anyway.

“It doesn’t have to be,” she offered, but the statement was far from definitive. However, the last thing that the Gryffindor wanted was to get stuck with a little kid she did not like. She could imagine it, the Professors having a good laugh at her expense by setting her up with her little brother and how horrible the entire situation would be. At this rate, most people knew there was some sort of relationship between the two Hawkins at the castle, but she often shrugged off the connection as if he were some poor distant cousin rather than her actual brother.

“Plus you’re in seventh year now,” she quipped, Magnolia had done her research even if the information limited, “and I’m in fifth, you’ve probably got plenty of things to teach me about life, I bet,” she offered. There was not anything the young witch wanted to know exactly, she had not come prepared with questions but she’d think of some on the stop. As long as she got to stare at Marin’s dreamy face a little bit longer, none of that other stuff mattered. “So, what’d you say?”

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Re: don't stay away for too long { nola }
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 03:15:51 AM »
Who would enforce them? Teachers, he supposed? Her tone indicated she didn’t require such a literal answer, however, and he didn’t immediately have a sassy response, so he chose to stay quiet. “True,” he said, raising his eyebrows slightly. What if he was paired with someone “weird” indeed. He wondered if she had any kind of idea of what this all looked like from a perspective other than her own.

She was looking at him rather intently, and Marin wondered if he had something on his face, or a leaf in his hair or something. He reached up to run a hand through his hair self-consciously. She was forward, that was for sure. It was equal parts irritating and wini-esque, and the wini part was half endearing and half annoying. He wasn’t sure what he should say.

He straightened up a bit, turning to her. It was clear she wasn’t about to leave unless he told her to directly; he’d already dropped all of the more subtle hints that her company (75% annoying, at least) wasn’t really wanted or welcome. She was still kind of staring at him – he made a mental note to relay all of this to Wini later.

“What… kind of life advice are you looking for?” he asked slowly, obviously unconvinced.

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