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Title: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Juniper E-L Steele on 08/02/2012 at 01:46
The  Dunk  Tank


A small dunk tank that would be commonly seen at an American fairground is situated between the decorative Hogwarts and Salem booths. The tank is constructed of clear plastic and filled with ice cold water. For a hot day in July, it's bound to be refreshing. However, the blonde Gryffindor precariously perched upon the tiny, wobbly red bench overhanging the water looks less-than-thrilled. In fact, she's sulking quite a bit.

"Step right up and try your hand at the dunk tank! Imported from the States courtesy of Salem Institute! One try per person. Dunk the Nurse and win a prize!" Juniper wrinkled her nose and shot a scathing look at the student who was currently doing the announcing with the aid of a booming Sonorus. She'd had the sense to tie her hair up with a red ribbon, but the activities directors had insisted she wear her nursing uniform in the tank. For fun, they had said. This was more like torture. It certainly wasn't what she had in mind when she had been coerced into participating. Why couldn't she learn to just say no?



Here's how the game works:

If you'd like your character to take a chance at dunking Juniper into the water, please bold your actions having your character request a ball. I will then have The Announcer (alias Bartholomew Button, a Salemite NPC which I will be controlling for the course of this thread) stamp your hand and give you the go ahead to try your luck at tossing a ball at a bright red target attached to the side of the tank. There is a line you have to stand behind at a reasonable distance so that the game isn't too easy! Also, the balls aren't always what you're expecting...and that adds to the difficulty level.

I will then roll a dice to determine whether or not your attempt is successful. A hit lands you with a prize! If you have any questions or creative ideas for breaking the rules (trying to shoot more than once, hitting the target with something other than a ball, etc.), please feel free to PM Juniper Kedding. Thank you!
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Philippa Thatcher on 08/03/2012 at 02:56
Pippa squinted against the sun, staring at the tiny swimming pool with Juniper suspended above it. This was supposed to be a game? Why wouldn't she just jump in? Swimming is fun.

There was a red target attached to the side, not particularly high or anything, even. Pippa stared at it, and then at the tank. She shrugged, then charged at the target with her head, full speed.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Juniper E-L Steele on 08/03/2012 at 04:07
"Yes, yes, step right u-...what are you doing?!" The Salemite's voice went up by several pitches as the girl dared to step over the established line. Worse still, she had ignored his careful instructions and charged head first at the target.

Snapping one hand out to grab the charging girl by the collar, the target wobbled at the contact but Juniper remained in place. Heaving a sigh of relief even while the blonde nurse looked horrified, Bart dragged the Hufflepuff back to the pitching line. "Now see here," He started with the sternest voice he could muster. "I don't know how you Brits play, but in the States we use balls rather than our heads. You're supposed to stand at the line and throw this ball at that target. Care to give it another try the correct way this time?"

He smiled, but it was all teeth and no mirth.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Shya Cambridge on 08/03/2012 at 04:26
Neat a dunk tank! Shya had only ever seen something like this once when her father had taken her to a carnival in the states on one of his freer days. Nevermind the fact that he was there on business, he had taken her with him and therefore he needed to keep her entertained. The carnival seemed a great way to make her happy and it had.

There were so many memories to be had with those things that she couldn't just walk by without making a stop. She got there in time to see another girl...the girl from the graden but she was being told off at the moment. One thing was for sure, the man didn't seem very amused despite the smile on his face.

Was she to assume there was a line? If so then she would be next! She began bouncing on her heels as she waited her turn. She couldn't wait to have a go at it. At the moment the presumably nice woman was still dry but that wouldn't be for long! For now she would wait patiently because once the ball was in her hand the woman was going for a swim. It was only logical seeing as she reeeeaaaally wanted the prize.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Juniper E-L Steele on 08/04/2012 at 14:46
"Okay, who's next?" The girl that had head butted the target like a bull that had seen red was disregarded for the moment as Bart spotted the next participant. Adjusting his little red bow tie and top hat (he rather enjoyed roleplaying), he slid his way over to Shya and gently took her hand. "Would you like to play?"

Of course she would. Tapping his wand against the back of her palm, he uttered a few words until a tiny black stamp with DT appeared upon her skin. "Now, here's your ball. Take a shot, but make it a good one. You only get one attempt to dunk the nurse." A red rubber ball was plunked into her hand as he winked. "Oh, yes. Do remember not to step over the line."

Within the tank, the blonde shifted uncomfortably and eyed the icy water below. She really was not in the mood for a swim.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Shya Cambridge on 08/04/2012 at 14:56
"Okay, who's next?"

Ooo that was her! Shya stepped forward with a wide smile, eager to get a ball and try her luck. She wasn't sure what the prize was but for now the thought of having the woman go for a swim was all the motivation she needed. She watched the man walk over to her and mumbled a few words.

Shya watched with wide eyes as a dark mark that said "DT" appeared on her hand. Where had that come from? Was it for good luck? She liked the thought of having some good luck on her side.

Grasping the ball firmly in her hands she made sure to keep behind the line. She got in line with the target and took a moment to concentrate. When she felt she was in a good enough spot she took a deep breath then put all her strength into the throw. She didn't blink for a second, as she watched the ball praying it hit the bulleyes.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Juniper E-L Steele on 08/04/2012 at 15:06

Bart gleefully rubbed his hands together as he watched the infirmary nurse wince when the ball sailed through the air. It arched high, but failed to hit the target. "Better luck next time, kid. Them's the breaks." He stooped to collect the red ball when it rolled back to hit his foot. It would have been too light to actually send the nurse toppling into the water in the first place. Still, there wasn't any need to tell the girl that.

"Bartholomew," Juniper wrinkled her nose as she twisted to glare at the seventh year Salemite. "Why don't we switch places?" Why did she have to be in the tank? She had much better ways to spend her time other than...this.

Bart simply lifted a hand to signal for silence and rolled his shoulders in a shrug while feigning innocence. "It's just good business?" Everyone wanted to see a nurse in a white uniform get wet. He was just surprised that there were currently more girls than boys in line. Precious little sadists angels, those girls were.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Shya Cambridge on 08/04/2012 at 15:29
Shya watched with great horror as the ball missed the target. For a moment she didn't know what to say or what to do. It--but--then there was--Argh, how did it not hit the target! She could feel her hands ball into fists and before she could think of her next move she had reached for a large enough rock on the floor and hurled it as hard as possibly at the mark once more. Stupid dunk tank!
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Juniper E-L Steele on 08/04/2012 at 15:42
"Isn't that just too ba-...?!" Bart's eyes widened in alarm as the girl suddenly chucked a rock. "No, no, no!" His voice went up by two pitches as the rock pegged the target for a bulls eye.

Much to Juniper's horror, the target shuddered from the weight of the rock and the platform she had been perched upon suddenly gave way beneath her. Slamming her eyes shut, she braced for impact.

...but it never came.

Bart's wand was out and directed at her as he cast a silent Wingardium Leviosa to keep her from hitting the water. Snapping his head around to glare at the cheater while Juniper levitated, his brow furrowed in anger. "That's not the way the game is played! You could have hurt someone!" Rocks were not meant to be thrown. Worse still, the main attraction would have been wasted on someone who broke the rules.

"No prize for you." He wagged the finger of his free hand back and forth while clucking his tongue against the roof of his mouth. "Now kindly step away from the line. Cheaters never prosper." He waited until the seat returned to its previous position before gently setting Juniper back down upon it.

The blonde scowled and snapped her attention back over to the squabbling pair. "The temperature of this water is inhumane, Button!" Her hand had skimmed the surface before the Wingardium Leviosa had hit and the water was as cold as the bloody Arctic. "And you!" She glowered at the girl who had very nearly pitched her into the drink. "Play by the rules next time."
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Shya Cambridge on 08/04/2012 at 16:04
"No, no, no!" His voice went up by two pitches as the rock pegged the target for a bulls eye.

Yes....yes...yes, "YES!" Shya began jumping about, screaming with her hands in the air. She had hit the target--it actually got it this time! This was amazing. What a little perseverance can do. She felt a nice feeling of accomplishment rising in her as she thought thought back to all the skill--or brute force--she had used to successfully hit the target but when she turned to the guy again he didn't exactly seem as happy as she knew she was...

"That's not the way the game is played! You could have hurt someone!"

She looked up at him after glancing over and seeing the nurse suspended in the air. That was not how the game was played. She should have gone splash! She gave him a certain look as she wondered what the big idea was? Hadn't she hit the target like she was supposed to? What got him miffed?

"No prize for you." He wagged the finger of his free hand back and forth while clucking his tongue against the roof of his mouth. "Now kindly step away from the line. Cheaters never prosper."

"But..but I hit it just like you said, why can't I have the prize? That ball was rather light you know and I'm sure that even if I hadn't missed it wouldn't have done very much--you're cheating not me!" The one brit said, lashing out at the guy. She wanted that prize and he was being a big meanie about it. The rules were simple, hit the target get a prize; she hit the target, she wanted  a prize and besides it never said only one throw per person and she was behind the line so how did she cheat?

"And you!" She glowered at the girl who had very nearly pitched her into the drink. "Play by the rules next time."

She flashed around to the nurse immediately. Great, now she was scolding her too.  Hadn't she played by the rules? Why were they all going down on her. She sighed and stepped a bit further away from the line, still not able to take her eyes off the target. A small smile formed on her face; it didn't matter what they said, she had still hit the target.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Frank Viggano Jr. on 08/04/2012 at 21:17
"Well she did hit the target Barty..." Frankie walked on over, looking at Juniper who was still quite dry, before looking over at the American Bartholomew Button. Giving him a lopsided grin he shrugged, "Tell you what. You give her another shot at hitting the target properly... And I'll be the victim for her to dunk."

He glanced up at Juniper smiling at her, "Would be a shame to ruin a pretty girl's outfit."
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Juniper E-L Steele on 08/06/2012 at 23:03
"I clearly stated that you only get one try!" Barty flustered and fiddled with his bow tie. He wasn't exactly pleased at the sass that the little first year was giving him, but now it seemed that she was making a scene and that simply wouldn't do. "Me!?" His voice went up by another pitch and his cheeks reddened at the accusation. "Cheat?! Never!"

Juniper merely rolled her eyes and thanked her lucky stars that she hadn't yet taken a dive into the icy water. She really wasn't keen on getting wet and the whole idea of a dunk tank was quite preposterous in the first place. Couldn't they have forced the Head Nu-...wait, what if they had asked Bruce and that persnickety Healer had suggested that she take his place? Her jaw clenched as she glanced away and ignored the bickering until some Good Samaritan decided to come along and offer to swap places with her.

"Done! Barty, let me out." The Salemite flailed while babbling about how this was completely inappropriate and that a nurse drew in more of a crowd, but then quieted as he rethought the situation. Thus far, all of the customers had been female and with such a willing victim, why not capitalize upon it?

"Fine. Fine. Out you go then, Nurse Kedding." He could compromise. "But don't go far." He wasn't done with her yet. Twisting back to face Frank, Barty rubbed his hands together and grinned. "Don't complain when you're dropped in the drink, Viggano. Now, kindly take your spot where the nurse was and we can continue on with the game."
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Shya Cambridge on 08/06/2012 at 23:15
She sighed and openly showed that she wasn't listening as the guy went on yelling. She didn't even care that he had gone red in the face because in the end she still wouldn't be getting the prize. She would have walked away in the middle of his little rant but she figured she should have maintained some level of good behaviour. This didn't prevent her from rolling her eyes though. "Aren't you overreacting just a bit?"

"Well she did hit the target Barty..."

She whipped around and saw another walk up to them. "Wow, that's awfully nice of you!" She  didn't know who he was but she was glad he had stepped in. Even he was seeing the logic behind it all. She had hit the target just like he had told her to do so there was no reason for him to be making such a fuss. She felt a smile spread across her face when he offered to take the woman's place so she could get another chance. Her eyes drifted over to the guy again hoping he would say yes. She was relieved when the nurse agreed and quickly step down. Did this mean she could have her other shot.

Probably not but then the guy himself said that the guy could do it. Her smile widened. She didn't want to dunk the nice boy that had saved her but at the same time she now had another opportunity to win that prize.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Frank Viggano Jr. on 08/07/2012 at 10:46
Well it seem like a deal had been struck.

The cute blonde in the nice little nurse outfit got off from her perch, and although it took Barty a second to actually accept it, he seemed to see the light. Giving a smirk at Barty as he passed he gave a pat on the shoulder of his former schoolmate, "Give her something with weight on it, Barty." He said this quietly, meant for only Bartholomew to hear, a smile on his lips as he said this.

He was not scared of cold water, no reason why he should. He disliked how cold it was out here, but Juniper sitting on the seat had not looked happy at all, neither did it look like anyone was going to get a fair shot considering that he doubted it would be decent for a white dress to get wet on such a pretty looking nurse.

Removing his shoes, socks, and his over shirt he sat down on the platform, his toes dangling close to the water, "All right then... C'mon dollface. Let's see if you aren't just lucky." He gave Shya a crooked grin before nodding that he was ready.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Juniper E-L Steele on 08/08/2012 at 02:44

"Yeah, yeah, I got it. Jeez, you never change." The senior student gave an indignant sniffle at the quiet instructions that Frank had uttered. Viggano's reputation for being a notorious flirt was well known to all Salem students. "Isn't she a little young for you or are you trying to win brownie points with the nurse?"

A heavier red rubber ball was plopped into Shya's open hands. "Sink the Salemite and I promise I'll give you something good." His free hand lifted to mark an x-shape over his chest. "Cross my heart." He certainly wouldn't be stingy about rewarding prizes to anyone who could drown Viggano.

Surprisingly, Juniper didn't stray too far from the dunk tank and merely observed the scene. Barty could be a bit too much at times and the whole point of the game was to entertain the masses while promoting international relations. "Give it a good toss." She nodded in encouragement to the girl, then glanced over to Frank and mouthed a silent thank you.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Shya Cambridge on 08/08/2012 at 14:51
"Isn't she a little young for you or are you trying to win brownie points with the nurse?"

She didn't know what he meant by that but she didn't care. All that was important was that a nice older kid got her a second chance at winning the prize. Her eyes filled with excitement when he promised her something good for hitting the target this time. That sounded very promising indeed. She watched the ball plop into her hands and smiled with satisfaction when she realized that this one carried a bit more weight.

She clutched the ball tightly for a moment and tried to focus on the target. With a deep breath she hurled it as hard as she had done the rock and didn't dare look away.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Frank Viggano Jr. on 08/09/2012 at 22:57
"I could just be doing this to annoy you Barty. Always enjoy it when you get a little hot under the collar."

He smirked before looking over at Juniper, catching her mouthed words and giving a wink in response. Brownie points were always a plus, but you did not get them if you admitted that you were working for them.
Title: Re: The Dunk Tank (Opening Ceremony)
Post by: Tobias Black on 08/13/2012 at 04:24
As Tobias passed the dunk tank he smiled as he saw Shya. Seeing that she was about to throw the ball he decided to remain quite as he walked up behind her. He watched as she threw and crossed his fingers that she would hit the target.