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Axel Walkwood

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    For probably the first time since he'd come to Hogwarts, Axel wasn't walking with his head held high. He dragged his feet down the hallway, his his stride unusual broken and slow. The enormity of the situation wasn't lost on the boy, and his dread had been building throughout the day. His first detention... It was a black mark on an otherwise clean record. He was a bit of a mischief-maker in the early stages of pranksterism, but up until this point he hadn't done anything bad enough to warrant disciplinary action. He wasn't the best of students, but he didn't like to think of himself as a bad kid either. Setting aside his reliance on others to get any actual schoolwork done, he did his best to go to all of his classes, participate in the lessons, and make the best of his time at Hogwarts. But this time he'd really screwed up. Axel paused for a moment to stare through a crystal window. He saw the Quidditch field below - the stage for his awful mistake. He didn't really regret anything he had said that day. The awful Slytherin brat had deserved far worse than anything Axel had done. He couldn't even describe how horrible she was without using harsher words than he was willing to say aloud. He had been so caught up in the moment that he'd completely lost what little sense he had. She deserved it... Of course she deserved it! But no matter how many times he told himself that, no matter how strongly he believed it, he couldn't shake the guilty feeling in his gut. Professor Wolfe had explained exactly why Axel's brazen outburst was inappropriate and he really couldn't help but agree. He'd meant to stand up for the man, but had wound up disappointing him instead. Not only that but he had inadvertently implied that the man couldn't fight his own battles. But Axel didn't think that at all. He really admired Professor Wolfe. The ex-star had gone through far much in life: injury, tragedy... and probably things like threats and blackmail that went along with being rich and famous. His reliance on seemingly no one and his permanent smile in the face of anything were traits that Axel hoped to develop for himself someday. And he did believe he had an affinity for such things, and being independent was easy with no true possibility of finding a confidant. He was the man that Axel most dreaded to see tonight. Even more than that horrible jerk he had been sentenced with. He didn't want to see her either of course, but her stuck-up features didn't hold a candle to the disappointed look his teacher had given him. Yet when he made it to his destination, the face that greeted him was entirely unexpected. It looked like Aradia hadn't arrived yet, but someone else had. "Harvey?" He addressed the older Gryffindor with surprise. The boy had come in his usual style of dressing, complete with cocky smile. "You're doing detention with us?" {Gryffindor Roleplay Challenge #8}
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    "Um..." Axel halted the moment he walked into the Transfiguration classroom. His eyes were locked on the chalkboard, a giggle stuck stuck in his throat. Snufflifors... now that was just a funny word. He had absolutely no idea what it meant, but just the sound of it was making him chuckle. It sounded somehow cute, like a tiny mystical creature. He knew it wasn't one of course, as he'd learned plenty about magical creatures from his father. But it did sound like one, and the tiny animal image it brought to mind made his smile grow even more. "Snufflifors! What a funny word... what's it mean?" He looked around the room, hoping to find his acquaintance Alexia (he was trying not to call her his friend, since she seemed to take issue with that). She always had the answers to stuff like this. And if not Professor Johnson was sure to give a thorough answer in her lecture.
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    Axel wrapped his robes tightly around himself as he made his way out to the Grounds. Why did they have to have Herbology in this kind of weather? Wouldn't all the plants just shrivel up and die or something? To be fair, Axel didn't know anything about plants. But if there were no live plants to work with that would be even worse. That meant more bookwork - the worst possible kind of work if you asked him. He would have dragged his feet, but the chilling wind propelled him forward. Anything to get out of that. When he finally got there, he settled down with his arms wrapped around himself- a futile attempt to warm up. He hoped against hope that this class would somehow be worth the walk.
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    "Oh, me! Can I go first!?" Axel's hand shot into the air. He was extremely eager to volunteer. The Gryffindor had been practicing his Flying during free periods, and he was pretty sure he'd be able to navigate the course. Heck, he planned to do it so fast that he wouldn't have to stop for anyone! (This was of course completely contradictory to the lesson at hand, but he was more interested in the cool obstacle course than the lecturing words of the Professor.) He did have a surface-level understanding of the third rule of flying. Of course respect was important. He knew that there were other fliers in the sky, as well as birds and other obstacles. There were laws regarding transportation for a reason after all. Plus respect in general was just a good idea. Being respectful meant having a concern for both his safety and that of others. None of this had entirely escaped him, but he wasn't thinking about it at the moment. He was raring to go for all the wrong reasons.
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    Axel liked Defense Against the Dark Arts. It was one of his favorite subjects. Of course they hadn't done anything too drastic in their first-year lessons, but Professor Cethero always managed to make it fun. If that ever failed, Axel's imagination was more than ready to pick up the slack. He wanted to be a Hit Wizard when he grew up, or maybe even an Auror (though that would require a lot more hard work than the laid-back child was likely to put in). He pictured himself warding off dangerous creatures and dueling with Dark Wizards. He'd be a hero someday. He'd earn all of the praise that people lavished upon him. The subjects of Cethero's lectures never failed to bring on these visions of grandeur, and he couldn't wait to get started on another one.
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    Axel's eyes lit up when he saw the words on the board today. Fire... cool! Well, not literally but you know... He had a small debate with himself in his own head. Over word choice of all things too. Maybe that Alexia girl was starting to rub off on him. But there was no denying that fire-making was an exciting prospect. For one thing it had been freezing around the old stone building these past months. And for another Axel just liked fire. He'd always had a sort of affinity for it. It was a powerful force of destruction, but also a source of happy things like warmth and light. And it was really pretty. He'd made sure to do his homework this time as well. It wasn't O-worthy or anything, but it was completed. For once he felt sort of confident in an academic setting, and he couldn't wait to get started.
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    Axel shivered as he made his way up to the Astronomy room. He wasn't one to ditch classes, but today he was quite tempted. It was cold and miserable, and his feet hurt from running around the castle all day. But he knew Professor Harkiss wouldn't let him live it down. So while he longed to ditch the Astronomy lecture for the comfort of... well, anywhere else, the class taught by the Headmistress was not one to take risks in. He sat down near the front of the classroom and scanned the board. Eclipses. He vaguely knew what that was, at least enough to know that he likely wouldn't find it interesting. But he still had the usual smile on his face as she greeted the teacher. "How's it going, Professor Harkiss? Er... am I supposed to call you 'Headmistress' here?"
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    "Huh? Of course we are!" What a strange thing to ask. She was the one who had been upset with him, after all. He definitely did not understand this girl. But at least his little speech appeared to have worked. Alexia's voice was more even now, and the look she was giving him not longer reflected pain. Thank goodness. The last thing he wanted to do was hurt anyone. He was glad that was over. No more "Transfiguration chick", that was for sure. "Mind if I sit down?" he gestured to the empty seat beside her. "I think the class is gonna start soon."
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    "Alexia..." The guilt hit him like a truck full of cement. He hadn't meant to hurt her. Indeed, he never would have called her his friend if he had known the effects the word would have. He couldn't claim friendship in the way she meant it, he wasn't even sure how exactly it was supposed to work. He'd thought nothing of it when he'd called her that in passing. A classmate, a friend, someone to exchange a few words with throughout the day... he didn't know the difference. But it had obviously meant something to her, and even the airheaded Axel couldn't miss the emotions that had been so clearly put on display. He found himself scrambling for the right thing to say. "I'm sorry. I... I didn't know. I didn't forget about you, I'm just not good with names." Great, now it sounded like he was making excuses. He wracked his brain for anything he knew about the girl, anything to make her stop looking at him like that. To make the awful feeling in his stomach go away. "It's not like I forgot who you are. You're the girl with the awesome handwriting who always seems to know the Transfiguration answers but never gives them out loud. The one who looks away whenever I say or do something embarrassing, who fights back her own nerves just to help me in class.You like patterns and math, and you understand things quick. You hate it when I call you Transfiguration chick, even though that's where I talked to you for the first time. I remember you. And I don't plan on forgetting."
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    "What?" he turned to Alexia, totally exasperated at this point. "What is it? Are you ignoring me or not?" He couldn't for the life of him understand what was going on in this chick's mind. To be honest he didn't understand girls in general. But for the shy Alexia to actually speak up to him was a feat in and of itself. She didn't really talk much from what he knew. Not that he really knew her all that well... but why on earth was she addressing him now, when she had clearly been intentionally blowing him off just a moment before. He knew she was mad at him, but her confusing and contradictory reactions were starting to drive him nuts. "Well?" he demanded a bit more harshly than he intended to.
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    "Totally!" Magic was definitely fun, more fun than anything he had ever done in his Muggle schooling. His own father had been a Wizard too, though he hadn't actively introduced Axel to the concept until he had begun showing some natural ability. He did wonder what it must have been like to grow up in the Wizarding World. Was every meal like the ones in the great hall? Did they fly to elementary school every day on broomsticks? Did they play Quidditch instead of baseball with their friends? Or was it a darker existence, constantly keeping their strange powers hidden from the Muggles around them? The first option would be more interesting, but the second more relatable. He wanted to know more, but most of the other students had arrived by now. "You did? I'd love to hear more! But I think the lecture is about to start..."
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    "Oh god, please don't." Axel groaned. The last thing he needed was more people following him around. His looks alone did enough for him in that regard. A "good word" from this obviously popular Hufflepuff definitely wasn't something he wanted. He supposed it was a kind offer though. He did notice her blushing and talking a bit faster, but that was nothing out of the ordinary. It was a bit sad though... Mandy seemed nice. She was positive and bright, and might have made for a good friend. But it seemed that just like everyone else, he had that inherent power over her. Nobody in that situation could truly be his friend. He definitely agreed with her about classes. The practical ones were loads more fun. That was part of the reason he loved Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts. It gave him real skills, real power that he could potentially use one day. This class on the other hand... "Yeah, I know what you mean. But hey, at least we don't have to take math!"
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    "Nah, I don't mind." Axel chuckled. He was still tired, but the Hufflepuff's energy was quite infectious. She was talkative an nice, a welcome change from a lot of his recent interactions. Most people were nice to him, but a lot of them found themselves at a loss for words. And then there was that Slytherin girl... what a nightmare! He didn't mind killing the time until lecture began talking to the cheery girl. He wouldn't have minded killing time after the lecture began either, but that would be rude and likely get him in trouble. Though judging by the look on Professor Harkiss's face she was about as eager to begin the Astronomy lesson as he was. "I take it I have some fans then?" He laughed. He knew full well that he had a few fangirls in his grade, but acknowledging that would come off as more arrogant than he wished to appear.

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