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Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

The young brunette’s head ached as she walked into the library, her heart set on a good book to read. Wini had been spending her time in her room, getting ahead on some school reading. But her brain began screaming at her to stop so she figured a nice relaxing book would ease off some of the pain. So something with fighting, deaths, and lava should do.

Wini frowned slightly, the size of the library catching her off guard as she paused mid-walk. How on earth was she supposed to find anything? The thought of asking for help crossed her mind, but the thought of embarrassment caused her to venture into the library aisles by herself.

Her nimble fingers traced over the spines of the books, her blue eyes fluttering over the titles carelessly as she looked for something that might peak her interest. But they all simply reminded her of the reading that awaited for her up in her room. The eleven-year old scowled visibly.

She huffed quietly, letting her hand drop to her side as she walked off a little faster, deciding to choose a rando aisle and let fate decide where she would end up. Simply winding up in a section filled with Magic history, Wini walked through it quickly only to find a section of the library where there were tables. Students littered the quiet space, some reading and others studying. There were even a few catching some shut eye.

A stack of books that sat neatly on a nearby table drew Wini’s attention. She sat in the seat before beginning to skim through each book, those being a bit more to her liking.
Last edited by Winifrey Golding on 3rd April 2018, 10:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

It wasn't completely true that Memphis knew this library off by heart; the restricted section was not yet explored and he didn't think he could. He already got himself a neat stack of 'reading material' for tonight; a few autobiographies of some great wizards that also were into Astronomy, a few books on Hufflepuff history and some other reads that were apparently very necessary. He noticed the stack start to get a bit, how to say it, heavy. He found a near-empty table, with only a singular girl sitting. Memphis could handle a person, could he?

He didn't even look at her as he pivoted to the left section, where he could find more Astrology books. If he was going to graduate, he's going to graduate only after reading every book in this damned library. His eyes viewed some other dusty shelves but he decided to brush it off; in a few years, he'd be tall enough to reach them.

He scanned the books that he picked up, and took some old newspapers too, for his personal research. He did look like a proper Ravenclaw, didn't he? He refused to wear yellow and chose his blue over the blue combination.

Now, to return to the table. The table with a singular person that Memphis could totally handle. Lies upon lies. Each night he returned very early to his bed, so to not communicate with his dormmates.

He relaxed so much during his second trip back to the library aisles that he started humming silently, mouthing the tune. He immediately stopped as he reached his table and placed the books in another grouping. He opened the first one on the first group, the big Encyclopedia Of Stars. No student read this massive thing as an enjoyment (but for assignment), but Memphis wasn't taught about ethics on books. He was just taught how to read, and how to read to relax.

You're your own pawn at your own game.
sniff.

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Wini supposed the book was somewhat interesting. But as she placed her right elbow on the table and then rested her chin in her palm, her brows creased, showing that it was absolutely not interesting. The brunette placed the forth book down, grabbing the next. It was a book about different plants that could be used in potions. This only caused Wini to sigh in exhasperation and sink into her seat so that her head disappeared from view behind the tall height of the very thick book.

The table rattled slightly, causing Wini to freeze. She peaked above the rim of the book, catching sight of a boy about her age. He was wearing blue, which meant Ravenclaw. Right? But then Wini remembered that they were suppose to be the smart ones, and glancing at the book that he was currently reading only proved her point.

Laughter drew her attention away as she looked to her right, a group of students giggling together before being shushed harshly, the noise only dying down a fraction. Wini’s eyes narrowed a bit. She probably needed friends. That was important, right?

Turning back to the boy, her blue eyes watched him as he read.

I should say hi. Probably not. You’ll never know if you try. What could possibly go wrong? This guy could probably think up of a thousand ways to kill you Winifrey

The brunette’s eyes simply continued to narrow, her looks probably looking more murderous than she intended to as she stared down the boy that shared the table with her.

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Memphis should've brought the books out and somewhere else, maybe into the study room if he managed to carry it that far. He hated being looked at whilst doing literally anything. Couldn't this girl just bug off and read her own thing? She brought books, didn't she?

Although he looked like a fast reader, he wasn't. His finger had to retrace the same path a few times and sometimes repeat this step over seven times. His eyes didn't even eye the diagrams, for he thought them useless and not as important as the text. His hand started to hurt a bit, and that's why he took it off the edge of the old, yellowed pages and circled it with his other hand in such a motion, that after a few seconds, his wrist cracked and he returned to reading.

God, she's so annoying. Not even my brother, who's barely four, stares like this. Does she live in a barn or something?

He found an interesting extract about one of the star constellations that were in the newspaper articles. So, he proceeded to get up and slide the Daily Prophet copy from in between two other books and sat back down. He examined the constellation and gave a small satisfactory sound as he was proved to be correct. This was the same constellation.

His hazel eyes focused on one of the major headings in the encyclopedia and then flipping the book to a completely new heading, where he found his interest peak. He wondered about if the girl was finished staring at him and if she was ever going to stop looking. He wanted to snap at her, but he didn't.

His eyes didn't stir at the laughing group, only because he noticed to voices to be the boys from Hufflepuff who greeted him this morning. He didn't need to say hello back. He wasn't planning becoming friends with literally anyone this year or any year. Better focus on grades.

You're your own pawn at your own game.
sniff.

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

You should talk to him. Nope. Come on Gryffindor, aren’t you suppose to be brave?

Wini simply narrowed her eyes even more at her own coldness, slamming the book down on the table before picking it up and reading it once more, as if nothing had ever happened. She was going to say hello. The brunette sighed lightly.

For heaven’s sake, just do it!

“What are you doing?” Wini sputtered out, grimacing at how she sounded. “I mean, what are you reading?” Why was it so hard to talk to someone now? Maybe it was all that magic reading she had been doing in her room. It probably messed up her social skills or something.

Her blue eyes glanced towards the boy’s hazel ones, expectantly waiting for an answer. She read the titles of the books that were spread around him on the table, her earlier thought of him being a Ravenclaw being further proven in her mind. She tried to remember if they were mean or if they were annoyed easily.

Her books that she used to read from Cambridge weren’t very descriptive about the seperate houses, only briefly going over what they did in history. She supposed it would be interesting to find out some things from the boy who sat before her, if this interaction were to go well of course.

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

"Why are you speaking to me?" his tone seemed harsh, frankly, that's how he wanted it to come out as. His voice didn't shudder, yet his patience did. He felt... judged. Was she judging his house? Or his book choice? What was going on?

She doesn't look too terrible, now. Maybe she's not Hufflepuff. I want to get away from all of those people. They are a terrible influence and they lack respect for me.I might spite them or curse them when I get back; maybe both.

His glare returned, sharp as ever as he went back to his read, now whilst hearing the breathing of this person sitting beside him, and her curiosity pressing onto his body like walking through a barn of muck and trying to rub it off in the grass afterward. It was stressing and never fun.

He felt the whole library shudder in his mind every time he did and a book fall every time she took a breath out. This situation was freaking him out, but to outsiders, it just seemed like he wanted to ignore this girl. His stress wasn't just building up from the inside; his hands were clammy and sweaty as he skipped some pages to find the page he truly wanted, but he didn't even eye the title properly.

You're your own pawn at your own game.
sniff.

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Her eyes narrowed slightly at his tone, but she let it slide off her shoulder as she abruptly stood from her chair and leaned over the table to get a better look at his book.

“Encyclopedia of Stars...” She mumbled out, squinting at the words that were sprawled on the cover of the massive book. “So is it just about stars?” She asked curiously, tilting her head a bit as she stared at the boy. Her eyes glanced once again to the other large books on the table, the thought of actually reading them bringing back her most recent headache.

Maybe Ravenclaw were easily annoyed. Wini frowned slightly at the thought. His tone showed that he seemed indifferent about her. He probably even felt superior to her as well. This only caused a hint of anger to boil in her chest, but not enough to show on her face.

She didn’t consider herself amazingly smart, but she worked hard. And when that hard work was rewarded she was always proud. People like this boy in front her annoyed Wini, but she made care to avoid them lest she lash out and get in trouble. Apparently it’s not nice to punch mean people, at least that’s what her mother taught her.

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

"Answer my questions first." He turned to glare at her, shutting his book firmly in front of her and turning it over so the blurb or index was 'shining' up at them. He placed his arms on his book and let out a huff of anger. His brows furrowed at the girl. Her curiosity made her even the more mind-irking.

His movements were varied, as he didn't want to make the girl seem like he was open for conversation. He wasn't. He was absolutely the opposite to that. The Library was a place to calm down and read, not make friends and talk. Did this girl even read the rules of the library?

Memphis decided to look back down at his book, still in his glare. He was intending to open it up, but she would just look and ask more question. Gah, he should have kept in his room and reread his own book.Well, actually, it wasn't his fault to be 100 percent sure. It was her fault for sticking her nose up in his business when he just wanted to read in the damn library. He cursed her under his breath and hoped she didn't hear his little swear.

You're your own pawn at your own game.
sniff.

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Wini's face filled with confusion. What question was he talking about? Oh, that's right. The stupid one.

"Well," The small brunette started, sinking back into her seat as she placed her book down. "I suppose it is the polite thing to do, seeing as we are sitting at the same table and all. Plus, I don't have that many friends," She trailed off, smiling sheepishly with a shrug.

"And besides, you don't have to be so nasty to me," She huffed out, opening her book back up so that it was flat on the table, giving her a full view of the fuming boy in front of her. "I haven't done anything terrible to you so you have no good reason," She finished, acting like she found some form of interest in the book. She never understood why some people were so nice while others acted like they had sticks up their butts.

The boy then muttered something under his breath, but she didn't catch what he said exactly. Although, her experience with people in general gave her the idea that it wasn't anything good. She glared at him sharply before saying, "There, I have answered your question. Now it's your turn to answer mine," She lifted her chin, sending him a challenging look. If he was planning on being rude to her, she wasn't going to sit back and let him. She could play this game too.

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

"Do I look very friendly to you?", His mind wanted to shut down and just die. He never got interrupted while reading, in his life probably. His family was respectful; close or extended, along with friends of family. This girl was wanting to be friends with him, despite not knowing his name, or his personality.

"For your information, the book is obviously about stars and I do not want to be friends with you; hence my approach to you, I thought you would notice." He turned the page of conversation to the end, and began on examining his stack of books. He grabbed one from the top and layed it on top of the Encyclopedia of Stars. His eyes darted towards the first few words as he decided to dig in his read again.

Memphis, whilst reading, had a specific way of leaning his head on his elbow and a specific raise of finger whilst making it follow along the string of words that formed a sentence. His finger suddenly came back to the same sentence, tracing along the exact words he just did, but examining it more. He had a very unusual hand twitch with the hand he leant his head on, where he would make a wince movement underneath his jaw. He was indeed, weird.

You're your own pawn at your own game.
sniff.

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Wini tilted her head slightly, her eyes moving to look up as she chewed on his question. Did he look friendly? He seemed annoyed, and if annoyed was the opposite of friendly, then yes? She thought about it a bit more, before simply answering with a casual shrug.

Wini then gave him a smug look, “Really? I didn’t notice,” She teased, referring to his statement about his ‘unfriendly approach’. It was kind of amusing to see him get annoyed so easily. It was even more intriguing when he stuck around.

She watched him as he pulled out another book, leaning on his elbow and beginning to read. Her blue eyes followed his finger as he read a sentence. And then went back and read the same sentence. And then the same freaking sentence. Again.

Wini’s face twisted into annoyance. “Why do you keep reading the same sentence?” She asked, tilting her head at the question. She forced herself to look away from his repetitive reading, choosing instead to look towards the window that showed outside, bright and sunny. Wini suddenly had an urge to go outside, maybe climb a tree or dare to jump into the lake. Wini’s annoyed expression had vanished as her blue eyes flickered back to the boy in front of her, expectantly waiting for an answer.

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

His face soured as she spoke of his rereading. He did it by instinct; his brain was mixing up the letters for him every day, making the lines seem so similar that they actually began to repeat and repel his eyes from the page. His eyes saw the future as something small but something that excluded this problem if he just kept on reading; Dyslexia it was called. Found his nightmare's name by his eighth birthday, when they visited a doctor about it. Oh boy, was that a trip.

"Mind your own damn business," Obviously, he was touchy with the subject and warned her with a mid-low growl for an answer. He scrunched his body to get away from her. To close himself off and never get back to her or the topics she wanted to speak of. Annoying and foolish she was, to be speaking to him.

Sometimes, Memphis felt bad for the people who wanted to be friends with him. They were so clueless, and if Memphis was a tad different, he'd tell them off before they got excited to talk to him; to feel something to him and to worry for his own health. But he didn't. He just closed himself off ever since he first got to meet people outside of the family. He felt ashamed for his behavior in a way.

She was one of those foolish kids, those flies that get trapped in the web and want to get out, but it's too late. Her words already hurt him, and he wasn't sure if he could be nice to her anymore, or polite whilst biting down his anger even.

You're your own pawn at your own game.
sniff.

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Wini's eyes widened slightly as she shifted in her seat. She was startled by his sudden outburst and her brows pinched together in worry as he seemed to shrivel away from her. Did she say something wrong? It was a genuine question out of curiosity.

"Sorry," She said quietly, not sure what more she could possibly say. If it was any other situation, she probably would have lost her cool, maybe challenged him even. Then they both might have gotten kicked out of the library. But this wasn't the first time she had been in this particular situation.

Wini glanced at the boy again, wondering if she should maybe say something. He seemed pretty sensitive at the moment, and that was probably her fault. Wini cursed herself in her mind, wondering why she had to be so blunt all the time. No wonder she didn't have any friends at home. She was absolutely terrible at making them.

The small brunette sat up in her seat a little, putting her book down. "I don't have many..." She started, cringing slightly at how she sounded, "Friends."

Well, that came out. She blinked at him for a moment before asking, "What about you?" She supposed might as well attempt to be nice now since she had totally messed that up before.

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Memphis grunted to himself in quite a low. aggressive tone and shifted on his seat to get away from her. He glared and bit his lip to not speak to her, yet words still spilled out of his mouth eventually. Tears were about to prick his eyes but he stopped himself.

"Could you please shut up? I am not interested in talking to you." He wanted to be calm, he truly did. He hated the way he burst out at random things that were truly stupid and were too miniscule for normal people to notice and get annoyed at. Right now, he felt like shaking. He felt like slapping her too, but he also felt like that was too much. She was just trying to be friends.

His words seemed to be even more blurred than before. He tried to focus on a word but it appeared to multiply and discard words and letters at his mind's own will. This is what he got for daring to believe in his interaction skills. Maybe she did say sorry, but he didn't feel like it was appropriate and that her words before were very blunt. Did she even care about his feelings?

How do I escape? How did I even get myself in this situation in the first place? Oh gosh, why does summary have four m's? I hate this so much... He hoped she would go away soon, or maybe even stop talking.

You're your own pawn at your own game.
sniff.

Of Magic and Quarrels  PV Memphis Herndon   Closed 

Wini frowned. She wasn’t startled this time, rather she was getting a bit frustrated. Why was this so hard? Was she doing something wrong? Every time she said something, he would just go off. It seemed like she was hurting him each time she opened her mouth.

“Ok, look,” She started, doing her best to have a calm voice as she closed her book, “We obviously got started on the wrong foot,” She continued, lacing her fingers together in front of her as she leant on the table slightly. “But maybe we can start over?” She asked gently, giving the boy an almost pleading look.

The small brunette had no idea if this would work or not. She didn’t have very much experience with people in general, especially her age. Her mother usually stayed at home, ordering groceries through home delivery. They became more secluded after her father disappeared, but even before that they traveled too much to get to know the neighbors. Wini was mostly homeschooled before her father went missing. Her mother put her in public schooling after that, the experience not being that great. She was the girl who sat in the corner, unsocialized. The girl with the father who went missing. But she was still the brightest, always the one to raise her hand in class first, eager to answer every question. But that only made things worse for her.

Wini extended her hand slowly, offering it as a shake of truth to the boy, “Please?”

|| stam » 5 || agil » 5 || str » 4 || con » 4 || ap » 8 || acc » 4 ||
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