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Alexia Warren

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Why... why... Why in heavens name did she agree to do this!? Alex paced back and forth behind a large study table, running her hand along a shelf of books. Her nerves were getting the better of her again. Small footsteps hit the floor in a repeating patting. Step. Step. Step. Why? Why? Why? This library had been a place of solace for her during her free time. While some of her more studious peers did frequent the room, they tended to keep to themselves. She had spent many an ideal evening in this library, curled up in a chair with only a good book for company.These books were her friends more so than any fellow student she'd met so far on her Wizarding journey. Everything in them was incredibly fascinating. Well, of course it would be to Muggle-born Alex. Now that she knew magic was real, every word n those tomes opened up new worlds of possibility. And yet...

She brushed her hands firmly across her robes, trying desperately to dry the sweat from her palms. Today this place offered none of its usual comfort. Against all forms of judgement, she had agreed to tutor someone here. A certain individual by the name of Axel Walkwood. For the life of her he couldn't remember why she would offer such a thing. Since he had begun sitting next to her in Transfiguration class, Axel and Alex's relationship had not much changed. He would talk, she would mumble. He would blurt out answers (usually wrong), and she would cover her face in embarrassment. She hated Axel Walkwood. At least, she thought she did. She definitely hated the attention he brought in her direction, and there were many times she wished that he would leave her alone. She had to admit though, there was something unique about that boy. Somehow she was unable to say no to him, completely powerless to tear himself away.

Maybe it was his laid-back way of steering everything in his direction. Alex was a bit of a dreamer, constantly spacing out during the lecture. And despite her best efforts to focus on the matters at hand, there was always a nagging wonder. What on earth was he thinking about. She had been tempted several times to elbow him in the side. In her mind she would demand that he pay attention, or at the very least quit distracting her with his thinking. A ridiculous thought, she knew, but she wasn't the only one who couldn't help staring at him during class. Something about him was just straight up distracting.

The clock struck noon. Where was he? They had agreed on ten 'til... Of course he was late. Not exactly surprising. Or maybe he had forgotten altogether and was out practicing Quidditch with some buddies. Wouldn't that be just wonderful... she could forget about the nerves and the social interaction and just curl up with a book like always. The ideal afternoon. But for some reason, she did not feel hopeful when she thought of this possibility. Only slighted and a bit sad. Surely she hadn't been looking forward to this, had she? No - that was just ridiculous. She was just annoyed that he'd broken their appointment. 

Where the heck is that boy?

 

{Ravenclaw RP Challenge #6)

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Lina had been studying in the library for an upcoming homework assignment in Potions. School didn't come as naturally to her as it did for most of the students--or at least it appeared to come easier for them--so she spent several afternoons in here a week to try and keep herself caught up. Though she wasn't naturally gifted, she was a determined and hard working individual. She believed that if she just kept applying herself, things would all work out int he end. Usually this yielded good results for her. Though, as she was studying today she couldn't seem to focus. There was a  much younger Ravenclaw girl who just kept pacing in the room. It was fairly distracting. Rather than get upset, Lina thought she might be able to help.

"Don't take this the wrong way, but... are you okay?" Avelina asked the nervous looking girl pacing in the library. It wasn't a common sight at this time of year, though perhaps it was more towards the end of the year. Lina was concerned that the young girl might need some help. Though she remembered what it was like when she was new to Hogwarts and a lot of things seemed far more worrisome than they really were. Perhaps it was nothing and she could find a way to help the little girl out. "Do you need anything?"

"I'm Lina. I'm a third year. Who are you?" She smiled sweetly. It was easy to forget who the younger students were because, while the school was fairly small in student population, if you didn't share a house with them you didn't really have much interaction. The last time she had heard this girl's name was probably on the day of the Sorting Ceremony at the beginning of the year.

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"O-oh! Hello..." Alex turned with a start. She hadn't expected anyone to approach, save for Axel of course. It was another student, an older girl with pretty blonde hair. SHe seemed very friendly, but any form of interaction was bound to bring out Alexia's awkwardness. She did look genuinely concerned. The Ravenclaw wasn't sure what "the wrong way" to take her comment would be, but it didn't sound offensive. She wrung her hands together, nervous at the sudden confrontation. "Mhm. I'm fine... I'm j-just waiting for somebody." She motioned toward the library door, which the boy she was to meet still hadn't walked through. "He's late."

The girl introduced herself as Lina, a third year in another house. Alex hadn't seen her before, but that wasn't too unusual. It was pretty rare for older students to bother talking eith first years. Even in Wizarding school there was a certain bias against "freshman". Lina, however, did not seem concerned with that. She was very confident compared to little Alex, which simultaneously impressed her and put her at ease. "I'm Alexia. First year. It, uh, it's nice to meet you." She started to extend her hand, but pulled t back as she suddenly realized it was still sweaty and gross. "S-sorry. I'm not really good with people."

She looked over at the door again, wondering where on earth Axel could be. It was really starting to annoy her that he hadn't shown up yet. "Boys are stupid, huh?" 

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Axel was pacing as well, but for an entirely different reason. There was an unusual streak of panic in his eyes while they scanned each of the doors in the hallway. It was halfway through the year at this point, but Axel looked much the same as he had on his first day. Lost in the hall, searching for a classroom he had not yet been to. Though he had been much more laid back that first day. The Veela boy rarely minded being lost. It provided so many opportunities for exploration. He loved this castle for its vast halls, its moving staircases, and its endless mysteries. But right now? Now he cursed it for those very same properties. He knew of the secret room on the seventh floor, he'd met the ghosts that wandered the place - every myth, every secret that had come to his attention had been thoroughly explored. And yet... he could not for the life of him figure out where the Library was.

While he was normally very easygoing, today he was beating himself up inside. He had made a promise to meet the transfiguration girl about fifteen minutes ago now. What was it he had told her that first day? I always keep my promises. Some joke. Even if the rest of the world was fake, at least he himself was supposed to be honest and reliable. She had been so kind as to offer him much-needed instruction. He didn't truly believe that the offer stemmed from kindness of course, but that didn't excuse him from the obligation. He knew why she had invited him- the same reason that everyone offered their support. Sometimes he wished that people weren't so nice. If someone were rude or mean to him, at least he would know that their feelings were genuine. Had did occasionally receive some grief from other boys, jealous of the attention he was constantly given. He actually liked these interactions quite a bit. But his charms were often enough to win over even them, and the resentment never lasted once he attempted to befriend the person. Axel knew full well that his classmate had only invited him because he had slipped up and let her see him worrying. Anyone would have rushed to help. But still... he felt terrible.

Finally he fount it - a placard with the words "LIBRARY" embossed across the front. It was embarassing to be so late. Heck, at this point she had probably left already. But if he didn't at least check in, it would only eat away at him more. So he pushed open the door as quietly as he could, peering inside. Transfiguation girl was still there, talking to an older-looking girl with yellow hair. He approached them cautiously, giving a sort of half wave. "Hey there!" he said in the loud-whisper voice he had always been taught to use when conversing in libraries. Coming from him, it had an almost hypnotic tone to it. "Sorry, I kinda got lost..."

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