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* The Narrator

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Mid-July
Late Morning
Very warm

Your ref for this duel is: Jackson Ross

The Tulgey Wood was just the right setting for the first round of duels. Deep in the forest, amid all the trees and various deep green foliage there were most definitely mushrooms around.

The only difference was that there were three mushrooms that were quite a bit larger in size than any of the others one might find on the forest floor. From the mind of one Chartreuse Greene, the duellists would be facing off against each other on giant mushrooms.

Invited to the forest and instructed to just wear simple robes, the duellists would find one deep purple and one dark green mushroom. These two mushrooms were larger than the third, red, mushroom. Split up and directed to stand atop the mushrooms, Marlena Flair and Tiberius Paladin were on the purple mushroom and Lamia Cadwallader on the green. This was not a duel of two against one - unless the opponents wanted it to be.

Once the duellists and the referee, whose place was on the red mushroom, were in position all three mushrooms rose into the air. The duellists mushrooms rose higher than the referee's. The better to keep the referee out of the line of fire.

With the buzzing and chirping of random creatures around the forest came the voice of the ref, "Wands at the ready!"

Hopefully the duellists were a quick draw because just a few seconds later the voice sounded again, "DUEL!"




((Only one successful disarming action or spell per duellist))




Round 1 of 7:

Lamia Cadwallader - 50%

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Marlena Flair - 50%

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Tiberius Paladin - 50%

Marlena Flair

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Marlena was not thrilled when she found out what her dueling platform would be. She was a little one. She was not necessarily afraid of heights, but she did not often go out of her way to be farther off the ground than the situation required. Quidditch was one exclusion, and that was barely doable for her. She wasn't one who soared around like a banshee. Rather, she hovered and lazily flew after the snitch.

As the mushrooms rose, Marlena realized just how terrible this was going to be. She looked over at her mushroom-mate, Tiberius. He wasn't anything special, but neither was Lamia. Their referee was okay for a Ravenclaw. She was glad he wasn't a Hufflepuff, at least.

"Wands at the ready! DUEL!"

This was it. She wanted to say something like May the best duelist win, but that felt trite. She hadn't done much with her wand before. Still, she held it out in front of her, ready for an attack. She quickly thought that a nice blocking spell would work wonderfully, but then again...what if no one attacked her? She'd just be stuck there waving around like a clod.

She decided just because they shared a mushroom that Tiberius would be the first person she attacked. With her wand pointed at Tiberius, she called out, "Petrificus Totalus!" She wanted to see the boy frozen in place. That would give her a few extra moments to figure out what to do with the lass across the way.

Call me short.
I'll call you an ambulance.

* Tiberius Owain Paladin

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It had only been a few weeks since Tiberius had gone with Lamia and his family to pick up his wand, and since the moment he’d walked out of the store it had plagued him like some itch he couldn’t quite reach. Due to the rules against the use of magic at summer camp, he hadn’t been able to do anything real with it other than swinging it around in people’s faces and sleeping with it in his hand. Each day felt like a lifetime in his twelve year old world, and he’d been counting down the hours until he could finally duel. It was all he wanted- something that would finally mark him as a true Paladin man- and even though the idea of fighting in the middle of a forest seemed a bit off to him, he didn’t mind it and did as instructed for once in his life.

The mushrooms rose, and even though he felt slightly anxious about being split from Lamia (as they would protect each other and defeat this weird girl, after all), he still tried to maintain a serious face and held his wand out as menacingly as possible for his small frame. Ash. Thirteen inches. An inauspicious number.

In the few seconds before the round started, however, Tiberius felt the confidence drain from his heart like sand from an hourglass. What were the tips his brothers had told him? Hide behind something. There was nothing to duck behind atop the oversized fungi platform. Strike fast, like a snake. With what? He’d never cast a real spell. Team Up. Well, at least Lamia was there to help. Probably.

"Wands at the ready! DUEL!"

Was it really starting? It took a few seconds for the young Paladin to realize it, and suddenly he found his mind was completely and utterly blank. The girl across from him looked like she was saying something, so the boy went with his instinct and tried to run towards the edge of the mushroom to jump down to the red one.

It couldn’t be that far, right? Maybe it would be like a giant air mattress, like the ones he so often jumped on back home. Plus, there was a referee down there to hide behind.
Love seems barren when cash is king

Wealth here for the bleeding, what good will bring
A crooked mind, an honest heart ancillary
They collide

* Lamia Cadwallader

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Lamia glared down at her mushroom in disdain. She didn't mind its existence, but she was a tad bothered by the fact that she had to fight on it. What if some of it got on her? That would just be disgusting.

On top of that, her mushroom was green. She couldn't understand why she didn't deserve to be on the purple mushroom. At least that one was pretty, and a decent color. And why did stupid Marlena get to have Tiberius on her mushroom? That was hardly fair. They weren't even friends. Tiberius didn't even like Marlena. She was so short and weird. Supposedly, she was a pureblood, but Lamia was still investigating that. In all likelihood, it was some sort of scam. She didn't exactly have the same sort of grace that proper purebloods like the Borovsky twins had.

As the match was about to begin, Lamia eyed the other girl with a haughty expression on her face.

"Wands at the ready! DUEL!"

All while she was growing up, Lamia had snuck in on her cousin Kelsey's homeschooling lessons, as well as the few things her mother had taught her. She hadn't practiced them much, but she had gotten a chance to do a few practice spells.

Aiming her wand at robes, Lamia uttered the words of a spell she hoped she would be able to pull off as she attempted to cast, "Commutati scintillosus clarus." Her face was severely set. She hoped that her dazzling personality would blind the other girl, but in lieu of that, perhaps the sun would help her.

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Round 1

A1. Marlena attempts to cast Petrificus Totalus at Tiberius. It hits....but does no damage. Still better than nothin'.

A2. Tiberius gets scared and tries to dodge out of the way of any attacks. Success! He is protected for one attack or one round, whichever comes first.

Ref Note: Don't forget to notate what effect you want with your physical actions!

A3. Lamia tries to cast Commutati scintillosus clarus on her robes, but her wand just fizzles.

Ref note: I assumed you meant your robes, but please remember to specify next time!




Round 2 of 7:

Lamia Cadwallader - 50%

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Marlena Flair, may act twice - 50%

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Tiberius Paladin, -1 vel, protected for one attack or one round - 50%

Marlena Flair

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Marlena couldn’t believe it. Her first spell shot off like a rocket; however, it seemed to only distract Tiberius rather than send him hurtling. She was fine with that. His distraction would allow her the extra moments she needed to formulate a plan.

The duel wasn’t just between Tiberius and her. Lamia was also present. She just happened to be on the other big mushroom. Marlena looked at the referee, Jackson. Maybe his eyes would tell her what to do next. He seemed to be over the whole duel. She heard rumor he was a seventh year, just pretending to be going into his sixth year. Whatever was true, he was definitely older than most of her camp mates.

Tiberius had jumped out of Marlena’s train of thought. She now was staring across at Lamia. She turned her wand to Lamia and called out, “Ventus Redimio!” She hoped the wind would be stronger than usual, since they were quite a ways up in the air. Lamia would be so caught up in the twister, she’d definitely not have time to figure out her life.

Not sure what else to do, Marlena slid her shoe off and tried to chuck it up in the air so it would fall on Lamia all the way across the other mushroom. Hopefully, the girl would be distracted watching it go way up before heading down at her that it would not only bump her right on the noggin but give Marlena a few moments to think. [dmg, act twice]

She wished upon wishes that any of her magical powers would shine through in this duel. She wasn’t going to be the first to fall off the scary tower of mushroom.

I might be small, but I pack a big punch.
A big jug of fruit punch.

* Tiberius Owain Paladin

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There wasn’t much to be gained from cowardice, but so far as Tiberius could tell, he could still move for the most part. It was rather fortunate, but only a few seconds later he was chiding himself for his own folly. Was he the type of man that would run away? No, of course not.

After his escape, it seemed like Marlena was turning her ugly sights over to poor Lamia. Lamia had probably seen his blunder for all its glory, and the young boy felt like he might hurl. Running had been equal parts embarrassing and uncool.

It looked like Marlena was attempting to shoot something in Lamia’s direction (some other spell he hadn’t bothered to study- he’d have to get on that and actually open a book soon enough). It was hard to do much of anything about it, but Lamia was probably smarter than him anyways.

But then he saw Marlena take off her shoe.

If that dirty, sweaty, crusty thing hit Lamia’s pretty face (or even got within ten feet of her) Tiberius was sure he’d never hear the end of it.

As fast as he could manage to react, Tiberius lifted his wand and tried to halt the shoe in midair by shouting one of the only spells he knew, “Wingardium Leviosa”. (Counter- float shoe?)

This dragon seemed to want to play dirty, but he would still try to protect his princess from her, even if he was a bit of a cowardly knight.

 do your best to keep your distance in this instance
you're a stranger in the weeds

* Lamia Cadwallader

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Waiting for her clothes to become sparkly and pretty, Lamia felt vastly disappointed when it became evident that it wasn't going to happen. Her severe features became sour and she sneered up at Marlena.

Tiberius had run away from the the Flair. It was no surprise, really. Why would he want to be near the little weirdo? It made her feel vaguely vindicated. Sure, Tiberius wasn't on her mushroom, but at least now she knew for sure that he didn't want to be on the other girl's. It made her feel smug, despite her inability to successfully cast that spell. She considered trying again, but she noticed Marlena turning her wand on her, and knew it was too late to be thinking of herself.

Pointing her wand at the other girl's robes, Lamia attempted to cast "Commutati argenteus quadratus." Sure, her last spell hadn't gone off well, but perhaps this one would be different. Maybe she had said the wrong words before, or her wand movements had been wrong. Her wand was new, and she didn't have much practice with it. Marlena seemed to have the upper hand in that. If the other girl weren't so unpleasant to look at, Lamia would almost want to ask her opinion or try to practice with her.

That actually might not be a bad idea. Practice was what would set her apart in the future, why not try and practice now? Why not get information from the other girl? Clearly she knew something. Would Tiberius be alright with that?

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Round 2

A1. Marlena tries to cast Ventus Redimio at Lamia, but only succeeds in waving her wand in the air like she just doesn't care.

A2. Marlena tries to throw her shoe at Lamia, and this time it works! Gross. 4% damage.

A3. Tiberius attempts to cast Wingardium Leviosa....on the shoe? What did it ever do to you? His wand only sparks though.

A4. Lamia tries to cast Commutati argenteus quadratus at Marlena's robes, but she does a great impression of Tiberius' casting instead.




Round 3 of 7:

Lamia Cadwallader - 46%

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Marlena Flair, may act twice - 50%

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Tiberius Paladin - 50%

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Marlena Flair

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Marlena laughed when Tiberius tried to stop her shoe in mid air. It wasn’t even meant for him, but he seemed to feel the need to protect Lamia. Maybe he had a secret crush on her. Boys were known for such ridiculous behaviors. She had sworn to herself that she would never have a crush on a boy. They were icky and smelled of bad cheese.

Lamia not only took a dirty shoe to the head, but she also tried to shout a spell at Marlena. This was a duel, and such a thing was typical. With her wand pointed at the area above Tiberius, Marlena shouted, “Creo mushroom block!” She hoped to conjure a block of mushroom that would drop on him, causing Tiberius to lose his focus. [dmg, act twice] It seemed a little easy, since they were standing on big mushrooms. She had learned a little about conjuring and summoning from books, but this would be her first time actually trying to do such an odd spell.

Marlena wasn’t certain about how powerful her spells were, but she didn’t want to lose both shoes just yet. She turned her wand to Lamia and called, “Petrificus Totalus! It had worked on Tiberius a little earlier. She was having trouble with spells, but hopefully the gods were granting her favor. She knew this duel didn’t really amount to anything. It wasn’t an official Hogwarts Tournament, but she still wanted to try out a few good charms and summoning spells.

If she could get the other two distracted and slowed down, she’d be able to wallop them good. She wanted to laugh more at Tiberius for trying to charm her shoe, but things were getting serious. The heat was rising. There was no room in the kitchen for all the cooks, as they say.

If you find our little house,
please don't make yourself at home. This ain't Disney.

* Lamia Cadwallader

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A shoe hit her in the face.

A gross, nasty shoe off that gross, stupid girl hit her in the face! How dare the little urchin do something so crass and vile as throw her shoe at Lamia, of all people? Doesn't she know who I am?

Sure, the Cadwalladers weren't the most powerful of Pureblood families, but they had money as old as King Arthur and blood as pure as freshly fallen snow. That should demand some respect, at the very least, and yet she stood there, fuming from a shoe to the face. Glaring at the other girl, Lamia vowed some sort of vengeance before the summer was up. A shoe to the face would not be taken lightly.

Taking a few deep breaths, Lamia attempted to calm herself and remain composed like a good little girl. Not that she ever actually was a good little girl, but she could pretend. She was very good at pretending because she knew what was expected of her. Alas, he attempts were to no avail. So suddenly that she had barely anticipated it herself, Lamia let out a loud shriek of anger and frustration. Secretly, she hoped it was loud enough to throw the other girl off in her casting [-2 ability]. It nettled her that other girl was better able to get off spells than she was, and her cheek still smarted from where the shoe had hit her. It was far too many insults to bear.

Her throat hurt from the effort of screaming, but if Tiberius wasn't going to protect her, then she had to do something. A show of displeasure was enough.

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* Tiberius Owain Paladin

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What was the point of a wand if it was utterly useless? When Tiberius had watched his older siblings perform magic, it seemed unfathomably simplistic, yet neither he nor Lamia had been able to cast anything. Perhaps it was their twin cores- the doxy wings at the center of their wands. What if they’d gotten fakes? No matter what it was that was making both of them fail, his uncle would hear about it later ad nauseam. 

There was no way it could be something to do with their inexperience or age, after all. It was in their blood. (Supposedly.)

The shoe had managed to fly across and hit Lamia- the vile thing. There was nothing he could do about it, but he knew that Lamia’s rage was probably just as terrifying as his own, if not tenfold. Maybe his efforts weren’t to protect her, but rather to keep other people from getting hurt. He found himself to be rather benevolent in that way.

To try to ensure no more shoes were thrown, Tiberius stepped forward, aimed his wand at Marlena, and attempted to cast “vineyard”. There were probably vines enough in the forest to wrap around the girl at least twice, but who knew- that would be a lot of foliage.

Theirs would be the Light, his would be theDark:
And from his desolate throne
he watched them compose
A mountainous wall of stone,
to separate themselves from him.
A massive, jagged barricade    
to lock themselves in.

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Round 3

A1. Marlena attempts to summon a mushroom block over Tiberius' head....all she does is create a soft, vague breeze with her waving.

A2. Marlena tries to cast Petrificus Totalus at Lamia. The spell erupts from her wand...but Lamia dodges out of the way. Guess that shoe taught her she needs to be quicker on her feet.

A3. Lamia lets out a loud shriek, but it seems Marlena isn't paying attention. Or maybe she's hard of hearing?

A4. Tiberius tries to cast vineyard at Marlena, but it seems his wand is still dysfunctional. Don't worry bud, it happens to everyone.




Round 4 of 7:

Lamia Cadwallader - 46%

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Marlena Flair - 50%

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Tiberius Paladin - 50%

Marlena Flair

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Marlena couldn't believe it. Her conjuring spell didn't worked. On top of that, her charm to petrify Lamia had shot off like an empty pistol. She was about fed up with dueling, already. However, It made sense for such little kids to not be so hot at spell casting. Once again, Marlena was relieved that this was simply dueling in the summer, not an actual tournament. There would be no way she could beat both Lamia and Tiberius and then go on to face someone like Vladimir Borovsky. She would just surrender like a Frenchman.

She didn't have much time to gloat because Lamia decided it was a good time to just make a scene. She let out a shriek like a mouse. That is to say, it was not very terrifying. She supposed Lamia was trying to shriek at least. She was too busy looking at Tiberius. He was uttering a spell's incantation. Was he hoping to have vines grow out of the mushrooms? What was he thinking? She, once more, almost laughed at how pathetic their duel had become.

Tired of this horseplay, she decided to step up her game. Marlena attempted to jump across at Tiberius and roll into him, knocking him off his feet. [dmg, act twice] He'd be quite weak in the knees if she could manage that diving barrel roll, and she'd take full advantage of that. Lamia would have to wait.

Marlena was enjoying the company of Tiberius and Lamia, even if they were all supposed to be firing spells at each other. Maybe if they practiced together before school started, they'd be a force to be reckoned with. She could see Lamia being their little posse boss. Marlena and Tiberius would do the dirty work for her. She shook her head to snap out of the day dream. Even if she thought they were alright, they were still her foes for now.

Do not hold me closer.
I am not your tiny dancer.

* Tiberius Owain Paladin

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It only took a bit of wind for a spark to become a fire. How in the world was his wand still not working? Was it just a piece of driftwood? What if he was a squib or something? (That couldn’t be.) How dare they allow him to duel before actually teaching him anything. What purpose was this supposed to serve, other to humiliate him? It was a scam.

In a rage, Tiberius gave up on his spells and ran at Marlena, attempting to grab hold and pull out her stupid curls .[dmg] It didn’t matter to him whether or not Lamia found it noble or not- he wasn’t going to let his weirdo laugh at him anymore. This was a fight, and he was going to do battle the way he learned in the heat of playground brawls. Later, he’d write a letter to Pacifica imploring her to take Lamia and himself for real wands, and to prosecute the scam artist who’d sold them useless twigs.

Theirs would be the Light, his would be theDark:
And from his desolate throne
he watched them compose
A mountainous wall of stone,
to separate themselves from him.
A massive, jagged barricade    
to lock themselves in.

* Lamia Cadwallader

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Her throat hurt, and she was quickly tiring of this whole business. Shouldn't she be able to do something? She hadn't realized how exceptionally hopeless she was when she had decided to start dueling this summer.

It was absurd really. Her pride took a hit when she realized she should have known that with no formal training she was unlikely to be successful, but this level of failure... And so public as well. She was a pureblood. Weren't purebloods supposed to be naturally gifted? Better than everyone else?

Realizing she was becoming overly upset, Lamia decided to take a moment and lowered her wand, watching as Marlena and Tiberius moved around. It was a little barbaric, but then again neither of them were as refined as she was. She couldn't possibly have expected better of them, but she knew when to be gracious and decided to forget their faults, at least until they knew better.

While the other two were clearly preoccupied, Lamia decided to close her eyes and take a few deep breaths to calm herself and clear her head [act twice, +health]. Being upset certainly wouldn't help her perform the handful of spells she knew any better than she already had. On top of that, she only knew four spells in total. It would be impossible for her to do much better if her mind was clouded with anger. The spot on her cheek where the shoe had hit her still smarted, but she could get past that, she was sure. Just long enough not to lose her first duel, at the very least.

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Round 4

A1. Marlena attempts to jump and roll into Tiberius, but doesn't quite seem to find her mark.

A2. Tiberius attempts to grab Marlena's hair, but he can't quite seem to reach.

A3. Lamia tries to calm herself, and it works! She regains 4% health. It's almost like that shoe never hit her in the first place.




Round 5 of 7:

Lamia Cadwallader, may act twice - 50%

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Marlena Flair - 50%

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Tiberius Paladin - 50%

Marlena Flair

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All three of them looked worn out. They had been trying their hardest for what seemed like hours. Still, it seemed like someone gave them wands as a joke. They weren't the most skilled cooks in the kitchen. Some might say that their sense of taste was less than par.

Marlena got back up to her feet. Dumbfounded at how in the world she missed Tiberius. He must have stepped lazily to the side, allowing her to roll right past him. Either that or she was just a terrible acrobat. Only the entire crowd could answer that.

Tiberius and Lamia seemed to not be attacking each other. This felt foolish and trite. Marlena wanted to smack em both in the head with a shoe, but that wouldn't solve all her problems. If only she could manipulate them into attacking each other.

She looked around and felt like a fool, though. What was so foolish was her lack of ability at using her wand. She almost felt like throwing it off the edge of the mushroom. Instead, she focused on it in her hand. Turning her wand upon Lamia, she called out, "Petrificus Totalus!" She was not having any luck with her body or her spells. As she uttered the incantation, she prayed her luck would turn.

Do not hold me closer.
I am not your tiny dancer.

* Lamia Cadwallader

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Opening her eyes, Lamia felt a little better for her deep breaths. Calmer. Steadier. It even made her feel a little more optimistic. She still doubted her ability to successfully accomplish her spells, but if she got off one she could leave the duel feeling proud of herself. Especially if it helped her win.

For a moment, she felt a little bad for Marlena. While Lamia and Tiberius had promised never to turn their wands on each other, the poor girl was essentially facing two opponents. Sure, that was how it usually worked out—at least from what her brother had told her—but normally if one person were to square off against two, everyone else was too.

When she saw the wand swing back in her direction though, she felt significantly less sympathetic. Not that she ever really had much sympathy to begin with, but another pureblood deserved some, she supposed. If they turned on each other completely, the rabble halfbloods, or worse, the vile muggleborns would get a leg up on them.

Even so, she felt like it was about time to make Marlena pay for hitting her with a shoe. Taking a deep, steadying breath, Lamia aimed her wand carefully for Marlena's robes [+2 ability, instant for one spell]. Perhaps if she took a little more care, her spells would be more likely to work. Assured of her aim, Lamia decided to try the last spell she really knew. In a low, steady, almost malicious voice, she uttered, "Commutati acutus robes." She was fully prepared for it not to work, but who knew? Perhaps the power of hope would be enough.

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* Tiberius Owain Paladin

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It was unfathomable that he might lose this duel to some nobody. What would Paris and Perseus say? With the aid of Lamia, who he was confident would not strike him as they’d made a prior arrangement, it should have been easy. Yet here they were, and he had little sympathy for anyone who’d dare throw filthy shoes at a lady. It seemed like Lamia had calmed down, but Tiberius felt in his heart that a grudge like that might be hard for her to set it aside. Who knew where that nasty sole had tread?

After missing his grab at Marlena’s hair, Tiberius wondered how he could proceed, but found his mind was still preoccupied with the atrocious crime of the flying shoe. (Absolutely deplorable!) It occurred to him that the girl was still half-barefoot, but there wasn’t really a spell he’d read up on to do anything about that. If only he had a real wand and real magic, then he could make the mushroom hot or something like that. (Would the mushroom cook? Was it edible?) All he wanted to do was go back to his camp and eat some candy…

Too annoyed to think of anything else, Tiberius stepped to the side to line himself up with the discarded shoe resting by Lamia and called out “Accio shoe!” in the hopes that it might fly over and hit Marlena in return on its way to him. [dmg] Perhaps his stupid twig would work this time, but he didn’t have much faith in it. He didn’t pray for the spell to work, but rather that if it did, that the shoe wasn’t too smelly.

 do your best to keep your distance in this instance
you're a stranger in the weeds

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