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The hallways bustled with chatter from students who were excited to have the day off from their studies and spend some time with their friends instead. Idiots, Lettie thought to herself. Why anyone would pass up the opportunity to get ahead by doing some extra studying was beyond her.

Her classmates' lack of commitment would play to her benefit today, however, because Lettie was in great need of some quality studying time where her focus wouldn't be interrupted by any useless giggling or side-chatter. She made her way into the library, fully expecting it to be empty. Unfortunately, she was mistaken.

Burning frustration shot through Lettie's stomach as she noticed there was another girl that had beat her to the punch and was already sitting at one of the tables with an open book and a piece of parchment. She appeared to be working on homework of some sort. Lettie resisted the urge to roll her eyes and carefully calculated her next move instead.

Maybe she could use this to her advantage. She was always looking for he opportunity to make friends with like-minded people, and if this girl was studying on the weekend, she may be just the thing Lettie needed.

Lettie didn't waste another moment in putting on her biggest grin and making her way over to the girl. "Hello! Are you working on homework?" she asked rhetorically, since it was quite obvious the girl was working on homework. "Do you mind if I join you?"

❤ Lettie Lancaster ❤
Sta: 5 | Agi: 7 | Str: 1 | Ctrl: 6 | Arc: 6 | Acc: 5

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Right after class finished Reyna decided to find somewhere where she could get some work done. She had always been a good student and most subjects seemed easy to her, until she arrived at Hogwarts. Everything was so different and new, especially when it came to classes. Reyna would never have imagined that studying things like potions and transfiguration instead of maths and literature was even a possibility! She would never admit this, but it turned out that adapting to the new school hadn't been as easy as she had imagined.
Because of this, she would not only do homework after class, but also try to catch up on everything she didn't know about the wizarding world. It had become a habit of hers to hide away to learn every afternoon. On this day the ravenclaw common room had been completely crowded and she hadn't been able to find a proper place to sit down and study. Thankfully it turned out that the library was completely empty... until a girl arrived.
Whenever Reyna was working on homework or studying, she would enter a trance-like state and tune out all of her sorroundings. This had always been really useful since there were few things Reyna despised as much as being interrupted while she was focused. It was because of this that she wasn't aware of the girl's presence until she talked.
Reyna glanced at her, slight mistrust in her eyes. She was a slytherin first year she had seen around the school several times, but never payed much attention to. She knew that the girl's question was the kind you couldn't say no to, so Reyna just shrugged.
- Whatever...- she mumbled.
Reyna actually did mind. The last thing she needed was a distraction, or worse, someone to watch and judge her as she researched common things every witch and wizard should already know about. She made a mental note to herself to research more about the slytherin's history.

Stamina: 5 Agility: 6 Strength: 3 Control: 6
ArcPower: 5 Accuracy: 5

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"Whatever", the girl replied. Really, not even an introduction? Lettie could tell this was a mistake already. She wasn't one to back down from a challenge, though, so she continued to give the girl her biggest smile as she sat in the seat across from her and began to pull out her books.

Lettie wasn't sure why the girl had been so short with her; after all, she was the one that had taken over her own study spot. Lettie was only doing her a courtesy by gracing her with her presence. Determined to make the most out of the situation, Lettie brought out her quill and parchment and then turned to the girl once more, keeping a careful smile on.

"So, what subject are you working on?" she asked innocently. "Maybe we could work together, no? After all, two heads are better than one." The girl needn't know that Lettie thought her own words to be a lie. It didn't matter to her whether or not the girl could actually help her with her homework, though, as all she really wanted to do was make friends. However, it was seeming that this girl couldn't really help her with that either.

Suddenly peeved by the fact that she still didn't know the girl's name, Lettie set her quill down for a moment and sighed. "You know, I'm so sorry, I didn't catch your name. My name is Colette Lancaster." This was the part where she normally asked to be called Lettie, but she really wasn't sure that this girl should have the honors yet.

❤ Lettie Lancaster ❤
Sta: 5 | Agi: 7 | Str: 1 | Ctrl: 6 | Arc: 6 | Acc: 5

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Please sit somewhere else please sit somewhere else please sit somewhere else. Unfortunately for Reyna, the girl didn't leave. In fact, she started taking out her stuff and it looked like she was going to stay for a while. Damn it, she thought.
Reyna didn't usually mind socialising. She wasn't shy at all and would often just chime into conversations to give her opinion. But she strongly believed that studying should be kept far away from socialising. Both had their appropriate time and space, and right now wasn't time for talking.
- So, what subject are you working on?- The girl asked with her persistent smile. Reyna kept writing, hoping that the girl would notice that she was busy.
- Maybe we could work together, no? After all, two heads are better than one.- Reyna didn't agree. She strongly doubted that girl would be able to help her with the actual homework, and she was definetily not going to ask her about the wizarding world.
Was the girl just trying to talk to her to copy her homework? Reyna wouldn't be surprised. On the positive side, this would mean that it was known, at least to one girl, that Reyna was smart, and that was exactly what she wanted to be known for. Reyna smiled to herself, internally debating if she should actually answer to politely decline the offer.
Reyna was about to open her mouth to talk when the girl spoke again.
-You know, I'm so sorry, I didn't catch your name. My name is Colette Lancaster.- This came as a surprise to Reyna, since she hadn't even thought about asking for the girl's name. Reyna glanced at her again, but continued writing.A few seconds of silence passed, as Reyna thought about how to avoid answering. She stopped writing and sighed almost unnoticeably.
- My name's Reyna... - she answered hesitantly, still looking at the paper infront of her. She noticed how silently she had spoken. Reyna didn't want to come over as shy or intimidated.
- I'm doing transfiguration homework. I appreciate the offer, but no thanks, I don't need
any help.
- she said now, louder and more secure.
She thought if she should say something else to seem less rude, but finally decided against it. She wanted to finish working after all.

Stamina: 5 Agility: 6 Strength: 3 Control: 6
ArcPower: 5 Accuracy: 5

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Lettie was no stranger to having frienemies. She had been in ballet for 8 years, and she had seen her fair share of prima donnas and girls who just thought that they had what it takes and didn't. No matter what personality was thrown at her, Lettie had always managed to overcome and outshine the competition. Not that she was the most brilliant dancer ever, because that wasn't the case at all; she was simply good enough to observe the other girls' weaknesses and find a way to use them to her advantage.

She thought that being at Hogwarts was basically no different than being in the dance studio. There were the cool kids, the smart kids, the cool and smart kids, and then there were the plain losers. Lettie thought of herself as being in the cool and smart category, but the again, who didn't? She was very curious to find out which category Reyna fit into. Whatever it was, Lettie definitely thought that she didn't seem to take kindly to human interaction. It wasn't very often that the girl met someone that was so standoffish towards her, because whatever Lettie thought on the inside, she was very careful with the demeanor in which she treated the rest of the world. Nobody got successful without being at least a tad bit friendly.

However determined she was to rise above, Lettie couldn't help but be more than a little annoyed by Reyna's behavior. Lettie thought that the least the Ravenclaw could do was show a friendly face and politely agree to do their studying together, but it seemed like that was asking for too much. Lettie's smile changed, becoming just barely more stiff than it was as she replied, "Oh? That's too bad.. I've already started on mine, see, and it seems like you've gotten number 8 wrong."

❤ Lettie Lancaster ❤
Sta: 5 | Agi: 7 | Str: 1 | Ctrl: 6 | Arc: 6 | Acc: 5

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Reyna's hand stopped abruptly, but she quickly continued writing. She didn't want Colette to notice that her words had actually made her insecure. Reyna could tell from the redhead's body language that she had quite a strong personality. She didn't back down trying to achieve her goal, whatever it was. Reyna, who found this quite annoying, couldn't help but to also admire the girl's devotion and confidence. Though she wasn't going to admit this, of course.
- No one asked you for your opinion - Reyna said in a plain tone, slightly raising her chin, trying to show that she wasn't even going to consider Colette's words. Reyna wasn't going to let the slytherin intimidate her. Plus, she was confident she hadn't made a mistake... or had she?
Reyna casually dipped her quill in the ink, despite this being unnecessary, and glanced at her number 8. To her surprise she noticed that Colette's remark had actually been right. For just a fragment of a second one could recognise the light shock in Reyna's eyes and hear the slight gasp that escaped from her lips, but she instantly got control over herself and went back to the calm reserved expression she had been wearing before.
But, to Reyna's dismay, her entire face was covered in an unmissable tinge of red. She was blushing furiously, not being able to hide it. She lowered her head hoping her long dark hair would successfully cover her face, knowing Colette would have had to be completely blind not to see it. Reyna just starred at the words in front of her, unsure of what to do next, the fingers with which she was holding the quill slightly twitching.

Stamina: 5 Agility: 6 Strength: 3 Control: 6
ArcPower: 5 Accuracy: 5

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Lettie was completely oblivious as to why this girl had shown her so much hostility right from the start. One thing that the young Slytherin was sure of is that not only did she know how to handle hostility, but she actually thrived on it. This was all a game to Lettie, and whomever made the best plays was the one who came out on top in the end. Part of the game was getting to know your opponents’ weaknesses, and it seemed she had stumbled upon one of Reyna’s.

A smirk that may have had a slight hint of malice grew across Lettie’s face, as she saw the girl try to frantically cover up the fact that she was blushing. She took the opportunity and ran with it. “Honey, with a mistake like that you were begging for an opinion. You just didn’t realize it.” She tossed her hair back and began to draw out her own, completed Transfiguration homework. She peered back over to Reyna’s work and saw, just as she had expected, that her answer to Number 8 was wildly different than what she had put. “If you don’t want my help, could you tell me why you think that that’s the answer?” she replied sweetly. “Maybe there’s a chance I misread it.” Nope, there was no chance at all. Lettie was sure she had the right answer. It didn’t help to come at people with guns blazing, though – maybe it would be better to take a more indirect approach.

If Benji were here, she would have been elbowed in the ribs about fifty times by now. He didn’t understand how to play the game, which was maybe a good thing. Lettie suspected that it had something to do with his sweet, giving disposition. She could almost hear him yelling at her in her head Stop being mean, Lett! Not everyone is as smart as you. Lettie was glad that Benji wasn’t there this time though, because he didn’t understand that it’s not necessarily better for people to go on thinking that they know things when they actually don’t. The way she saw it, she was doing Reyna a favor by setting her straight; it was either she let her know now so she could fix it, or the Professor would let her know later.

❤ Lettie Lancaster ❤
Sta: 5 | Agi: 7 | Str: 1 | Ctrl: 6 | Arc: 6 | Acc: 5

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Colette's snarky remark made Reyna's insides turn. Her pride had been deeply hurt and she really felt like punching a certain red-haired somebody in the face.
- If you don’t want my help, could you tell me why you think that that’s the answer?- the slytherin continued teasing her, - Maybe there’s a chance I misread it-.
Reyna was aware that the girl seemed to enjoy watching her look helpless and lost. But what was she supposed to do? She knew Colette was right, and Reyna might even have had given her the satisfaction of admitting this, if it hadn't been for the mocking tone in her voice. Reyna decided it would just make her look even more pathetic if she didn't swallow her pride. She giggled softly.
- Congratulations, you were right! - Reyna said, smiling, fake cheerfulness in her voice - You're welcome for giving you the opportunity to feel smart for once, yet I am saddened to inform you that I have found my mistake myself so I do not need your help, nice talking to you -.
The redness on her pale skin was slowly disappearing as she corrected her exercise 8. She knew the conversation wasn't going to end that easily and was preparing herself for Colette's reaction. If the girl's goal was to upset Reyna, she was ready to laugh her rude comments off.

Stamina: 5 Agility: 6 Strength: 3 Control: 6
ArcPower: 5 Accuracy: 5

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It was a peculiar thing, pointing out one of your classmate’s mistakes. Most people would never have the confidence or the sheer ignorance for social boundaries to go up to a stranger and correct their work. Perhaps that’s why Reyna seemed so irritated. If Lettie had been told by another first year that she was wrong, she certainly would have become defensive as well; it was only natural. Instead of having empathy and compassion for this idea, Lettie allowed Reyna’s words to hype her up even further, causing her to become defiant as well.

The Slytherin let out a harsh laugh. ”You think this is the only time I’ve been right? she scoffed. ”I think we both know that’s not the case.” Tons of people always wanted to bring Lettie down. Mum always said they were jealous of her talent, and envious of her family’s money. That’s how it always had been, and Lettie was familiar with dealing with people who were “less than”. They were vultures, only motivated by the idea of gaining what Lettie already had. She wouldn’t give in to vultures.

Lettie moved in a bit closer, lowering her voice to an intimidating whisper. ”If you had already found the mistake, why are you only just correcting it now?” she smirked.

❤ Lettie Lancaster ❤
Sta: 5 | Agi: 7 | Str: 1 | Ctrl: 6 | Arc: 6 | Acc: 5

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The girl was slightly starting to annoy Reyna, who had barely got anything done since Colette had arrived. The threatening sound of the slytherin's voice made Reyna shudder, yet she wasn't going to just complacently sit there. Slowly and calmly she closed her transfiguration book, and turned towards Colette. She got close, facing the girl, looking into her blue-ish eyes.
- Why do you even care so much about being right or not? Are you really so insecure that you need to correct everyone else's mistakes to avoid facing your own? - She shook her head, as if she was deeply disappointed in Colette - Does telling me I'm wrong make your little miserable life more bearable? - Reyna said in a sympathetic tone. She wanted the pity in her eyes to annoy the redhead. She stretched out her hand and patted the girl on the shoulder.
- Listen, I want to help you. Have you ever thought about going to talk to a therapist about this? 'Cause I don't mean to worry you, but your obsession with trying to get me isn't healthy. You need to find a different way to deal with your issues. It's for your own good, believe me-.
Reyna smiled, awaiting Colette's response.

Stamina: 5 Agility: 6 Strength: 3 Control: 6
ArcPower: 5 Accuracy: 5