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Author Topic: Bedtime Stories | Serafina  (Read 633 times)

Tia Hall

    (04/15/2013 at 23:19)
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In Tia's opinion, Camp Loki was quite possibly the strangest place on the face of planet earth.

For one, it was so quiet. That might seem as something strange to say about a place packed with magical kids in their holiday season no less, but to Tia, it was true. This far away from the city there were practically no background noises; no trundling of trains, whooshing of cars, ringing of bicycle bells or even the calling out of people to their friends across the street - no sounds of civilisation. Just the wind and the birds.
Another reason was that it was absolutely freezing once the sun set. She had no idea how that even worked, seriously, it was mean to be summer, but every time she snuck out after dark, she had to wrap herself in several layers of warm clothing to control her shivers.  Maybe wearing a bright yellow scarf when trying to go undetected in the dark wasn't the best of ideas, but she was cold. Tia twisted the material around her hands as she slipped through the trees, squinting in the darkness. Where was it? Where was she for that matter? She turned around several times, trying to distinguish one tree from another. Or even clumps of trees from others. Why did they all have to look the same?

Tia huffed and stomped her foot down on the ground in a miniature tantrum. She didn't have the patience for sleuthing. In fact, she wouldn't be out here if one of her favourite books hadn't somehow slipped out from the several she always carried around in a stack with her. Crouching down to the ground, she tried to get a better view of the ground in the dim moonlight. How hard could it be to find just one book anyways?

Serafina McAllister

    (04/17/2013 at 23:43)
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Serafina wasn't the sort to sneak out at night, or if ever at all - after curfew no less.

Yet, here she was, in the forest, sitting cross-legged in a small clearing, upon a jaunty-looking tree stump.

Normally, at this late hour, she'd be finishing up with her knitting, folding up the new sweater she was working on. It was a beautiful aubergine colour, and she'd meant to give it to someone, she hadn't decided just who exactly.

However, as circumstances would have it, Serafina had had enough of knitting, and had decided that since sleep would still not come for least an hour or two, perhaps, she ought to take a quick walk around the camping grounds - all in the hopes of tiring herself out. Even so, it was quite an ideal time for a leisurely walk.

And yet here she was, squinting in the semi-darkness, reading the contents of an interesting book with the help of her wand. She couldn't quite understand what she was reading. She tapped her fingers on the book cover, her nails clicking against the hardback - wondering who might've left such a fancy book behind.

Distant footfalls alerted her, her head snapping up, emerald eyes darting around. Beyond a grassy path, the very same one she'd used to get there, a shadowy figure loomed close. Tensing up, her fingers sought for her wand, her knuckles white from her tight grasp.

"Hello?" she called out weakly, her voice was but a whisper. "Anyone there?"

Tia Hall

    (04/17/2013 at 23:54)
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"Hello? Anyone there?"

A quiet voice made Tia jump with fright and she tripped over, landing on the grass several metres away from where a figure was sitting on a tree stump, wand in hand. Tia quickly scrambled to her feet, wishing she had thought of bringing her wand with her, though, having only recently obtained it, she still didn't feel all the comfortable with it. She wasn't very good with spells anyway.

She was about to turn around and run away from the person when she caught a glimpse of a familiar looking book cover in the wandlight. She took a step forward, squinting at it.

"Is that your book?"

Serafina McAllister

    (04/19/2013 at 17:24)
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"Oh dear, are you alright?" Serafina craned her neck, dark brows drawn together in concern. What was this - girl, Sera guessed - child doing out here in the middle of the night. She hadn't been expecting company.

Was it her book? Heavens, no.

She wasn't fond of reading. Words befuddled her, especially when they're all bunched up in large sections, chunks and chains of never-ending letters and made her head spin round.

Perhaps it was safe to say that she wasn't all that fond of reading.

"No, I'm afraid not." Sera turned the book in her hands, examining the cover. It was well-made, the spine hadn't suffered much, pages all intact, perhaps its owner was a careful person - there were no dog-eared pages, but there was a ribbon in Chapter 27. Even Serafina could tell that it was a much-loved tome.   

"Is it yours? Found it around here." The young woman lifted the book, directing her wand's light towards the front cover, a smile lingering on her lips.

"You really shouldn't be leaving your things anywhere."

Grateful for the moonlight bathing the clearing, Serafina cast a sidelong glance at the petite figure - she didn't recognise her from anywhere.

"Say, you new around here?"

Tia Hall

    (04/21/2013 at 00:22)
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The person, a girl much older than her, Tia now noticed, held the book up, using her want to illuminate the cover. Tia broke out into a relieved smile.

"Yes, it's mine," she said, taking the book and hugging it to her chest. She had really hoped that the book hadn't been lost forever; she had found it in a dusty little bookshop on a little side-street in London. She had been wandering around after her parents had left her home alone again - Skyler had done some bad things again and so her parents had taken her out for a "talk". Her smile faded at the memory, and she blinked when she realised the girl was still talking to her.

"It's my first time at Camp Loki." The reason why she was even here made Tia frown again, and she tried to shake that thought off. She had found her book, and that was all that really mattered. She turned to run off, but then hesitated. This girl had been sitting her on a tree stump, after dark, reading a book she found on the ground by moonlight. She was an interesting enough person to talk to, Tia supposed.


Serafina McAllister

    (04/21/2013 at 02:18)
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Serafina tilted her head at the girl, jade eyes filled with curiously.

She watched the girl's expression flicker from one emotion to another - the girl was seemingly the sort to wear her heart on her sleeve. Sera found that a nice surprise.

There were many that closed off their real intentions behind a saccharine smile, and Sera, ruled by her naivete, took them at face value. She supposed that she wasn't all that great in reading body-language, so she might still be wrong about that.

The young woman twirled a finger in her hair, blinking at the girl standing before her. She seemed uncomfortable about something. Oh, of course - where were her manners? Up with the clouds again, she'd wager. She had the tendency to drift off from reality, tuning in with the daydream channel.

"Oh, um, my name's Serafina. What's yours?"

She held out a hand, flashing a toothy grin.

Spotting a rock beside her stump, she ushered the girl towards it.

"Well, since you're here, you might as well sit."

Naturally, it didn't occur to her that this girl might refuse. After all, the saying 'Don't talk to strangers' applied to her, too. But she was getting mightily bored looking up at the stars, trying to spot a particular constellation. Salazar had shown it to her once, told her how it was alone in this world, like she was at the moment. She thought it might need company tonight. Two ought to be a good number.

"Do you know anything about a constellation called Draco?" Serafina bit her lip, eyes heavenward - was Salazar looking for it, too?

"I couldn't seem to find it up there."

Tia Hall

    (04/21/2013 at 04:14)
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The girl twirled her finger in her hair, seemingly lost in thought. Tia adjusted her yellow scarf; the previously snug knot around her neck now feeling too constricting. The girl spoke again, and Tia's fingers dropped hastily away from her neck as she tuned into her words.

Serafina. Tia was surprised, and eyed the girl with wonder. She had once named a poor little bluebird who had built its nest on the roof of their apartment building Serafina. It always felt so strange when she ran into people with names she had heard of before. Tia grasped the outstretched hand tentatively, letting go after a brief second. She wasn't really one for human contact.

"My name's Tia."

Tia examined the rock as well as she could in the moonlight - it appeared comfortable enough. She sat down, her knees drawn up to her chest, the book tucked safely in her lap. She looked up at the sky, startled by how clear the stars were. The London sky was always filtered through a thick layer of smog that made the stars all hazy, but out here in the middle of nowhere, they were clear and bright. She gazed at the moon in awe.

"It's so bright. . ." she stared at it for a little while longer, before realising that Serafina had asked her a question. She didn't break her gaze. "Draco means dragon in latin, but that's all I know."

Serafina McAllister

    (04/29/2013 at 17:17)
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"Wow, you sure do know a lot. That's really something."

Sera smiled warmly at Tia. The 16-year-old decided that she liked the name - not many people had such a name and, inherently, Serafina was drawn to all things uncommon.

The girl wrapped her knitted shawl over her shoulders, snug as a bug.

"Latin." intoned Sera, experimenting with the word. Latin was used in most classes. the language of magic as she called it - but there was no way she'd remember anything else besides... uh, Protego?

"Perhaps, I should pay more attention to class." the older girl laughed as she produced a little lunch box from her little satchel - it was filled with a variety of chocolate and biscuits. She held out the tin container out to the girl, presenting the confections with a proud flourish. She made those when she'd asked to borrow the camp's kitchen. She'd baked a batch for the kitchen staff, saved some for herself - she wasn't going to finish it all on her own, anyway - might as well share.

"Want some?"

Smiling wistfully, Serafina returned her searching gaze up to the starry sky, her chartreuse eyes fixed upon Draco. It writhed in the dark, hot-tempered and ferocious, the sweep of its tail unfurled, and it embodied a hidden gentleness within - very much like someone she knew.

"It's lonely."
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Tia Hall

    (04/30/2013 at 20:53)
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The slight rattling of the cookies in the tin as Serafina pulled it out of her bag caused Tia to finally look away for a second. She watched the girl curiously, hesitating. Cookies? For her? Why would someone offer her a cookie?

Deciding that the chocolate and biscuits all looked rather good, and that Serafina seemed to be a rather nice person anyway and wouldn't have poisoned them (and nor would she have had time to) Tia gently grasped a biscuit that looked rather like shortbread and smiled.

"Thank you."

She raised the biscuit to her mouth and tentatively took a bite, blinking in amazement. It was delicious! She took another bite, and then another, and had devoured the entire biscuit before she had the thought to say something else. Wiping crumbs off the side of her mouth, she grinned at Serafina.

"It's really good! Did you make it yourself?"

She glanced up at the sky, looking at all the stars, so far away - silent, but still visibly alive. They did look lonely. Like they were trying to reach out, to say something, anything to someone - to leave a legacy before it was too late and they were gone. She reached a hand up as if to try to catch a star and keep it for herself.

Despite never making friends, Tia had never considered herself lonely. She had her books. They spoke to her in a way that nobody else could. They made more sense than anyone she ever talked to. In books, people weren't confusing and she liked that. She turned her head to look at Serafina.  Was she talking about the constellation?

"They all are."

Serafina McAllister

    (05/01/2013 at 06:32)
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"I did. It's nothing much, really." Serafina smiled shyly, ducking her head briefly and away, eyes glued to the heavens.

She was secretly pleased that Tia liked her cookies. It was an age-old recipe, seemingly summoned from the deep recesses of her mind - amongst vagueness she found clarity.

As if instilled within every fibre of her being, her hands had moved on their own, measuring the exact amounts of flour, sugar and cocoa. Someone had taught her to bake - her, mother, perhaps? Thoughts of family often created an unexplainable fuzz in her head, as if somehow preventing her from total recollection.

Serafina took one biscuit for herself, slowly nibbling at the sides, her gaze shifting towards the book Tia cradled on her lap.

"What's that book about?"

Tia Hall

    (05/03/2013 at 03:49)
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Tia looked down at the book in her lap, tracing the embossed golden letters with her finger. Marmalade Fever was one of her favourite books - it was one that she never tired of reading. Her father had been slightly disgruntled when she had first indicated her general preference for muggle-written books over the wizard-written ones. 'It's not anything prejudiced, really," she remembered her younger self explaining, 'But the muggles seem to have more of an imagination. There's more fantasy. . .

She returned to the present, her fingers now smoothing down the fabric at the corner. "It's about a girl who wakes up in a castle with no idea who or where she is, and has to survive and purify the evil demons that lurk in the castle and in the forest around it," she said, looking up and smiling at Serafina. "There's a bit more to it but it's hard to explain without spoiling the ending."

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