Bottoms Up, We’re Going Down

Friday, 12/20/2250 – By Kayla Salmon.

Ayato was looking forward to the masquerade, mostly for the chance to get out and have fun with his girlfriend. Knowing that she wasn’t about to go the whole nine yards meant he didn’t have to either; a shower and a nicer set of clothes, dress pants with a button-down shirt and a pair of shoes that weren’t too shabby. He’d gotten a mask from the prefects who had been in charge of buying or making them. He’d arranged to meet Cleo in the Eagle’s House around seven, and he was there right on the dot, standing in their common room and waiting for her to appear.

Upstairs, however, everything was a mess. The girl’s dormitory at the Eagle House had been in an absolute uproar for the better part of the day and Cleo was forced to sit for nearly four hours as all of the madness swirled around her. Her sister and a few of their friends had insisted on doing some sort of spa prep thing in which they did facemasks and each others nails and then make up, as well as swapping jewelry and shoes and making sure dresses and masks were in order. It had been fun at first, but Cleo didn’t like being pampered and she didn’t like people picking and plucking at her in any sort of way, so it had gotten old fast. Her sister had barely been able to wrangle her to brush out and then use a curling iron on her hair. It looked great, but Dee had burnt her several times and after just a touch of makeup, Cleo made a break for it, grabbing her shoes in her hand and running for the stairs. Her mask sat on top of her head, its red and silver swirls matching the red of her dress and a silver necklace she’d donned.

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Text: Dora to Prefects

Monday, 12/16/2250

Dora Santos 3:21 PM: Testing
Aelita Rede, Alistair Gardner, Amelia Caverly, Anoubis Blackgate, Camilla Aune, Eugene Cupid, Laleh Dunn, Michael Murdoch, Miska Erdos, Nessa Marksen, Reid Firewolf, Sparky Keese, Svene Beaumont, Teagan Dunn, and Tiana Murdoch have been added.
Dora Santos 3:25 PM: Okay lovelies, I added all the prefects and a couple people who said they’d help with getting the ball ready. Feel free to add anyone else who said they’ll help. Please don’t leave because we need to coordinate times so we can get everything ready.
Svene Beaumont 3:26 PM: What do you need, Dora?
Camilla Aune 3:27 PM: We should finalize our committees, we talked about tasking but we didn’t make assignments
Camilla Aune 3:28 PM: We need decorations for the atrium and the dining hall, someone needs to be in charge of coordinating with the chefs, and we need a clean up crew. Someone also needs to make sure we have chaperones.
Michael Murdoch 3:30 PM: I can help with decorations, just tell me what you want done and I’ll get something together
Aelita Rede 3:32 PM: I have some designs drawn up, I’ll bring them over.
Miska Erdos 3:33 PM: Cool, I’ll grab them on my way out of the dorm, then you can go the hell back to bed
Aelita Rede 3:34 PM: Dude, it’s been like four days. I’m fine now.
Dora Santos 3:37 PM: Aelita, tomorrow can you come with me to the Staff Room to see who can help out by chaperoning at the dance?
Aelita Rede 3:39 PM: I know Vander is, I’ll bring a map to figure out where everyone is going too.
Dora Santos 3:42 PM: Okay, that’s great, hey Reid, while we’re working on all of this, can you make sure that the Eagle House doesn’t implode?
Reid Firewolf 3:46 PM: Yeah, sure
Sparky Keese 3:47 PM: I can get the music together, got a huge playlist
Dora Santos 3:48 PM: Okay cool, this is a really good start guys, why don’t we all meet up in the dining hall in like an hour and we can go through and make sure everything is settled while we have some snacks and stuff
Sparky Keese 3:51 PM: Works for me, see you in a bit
Nessa Marksen 3:53 PM: Okay. Sparky, bring your roommate, Lunette, I was talking to her about helping us with plants before she leaves.
Aelita Rede 3:54 PM: I’ll bring a list of profs and stuff 😀
Sparky Keese 3:56 PM: If I have to, sure XD

 

Text: Sparky to Group

Saturday 12/14/2250

 

 

Amelia Caverly, Ariel Collins, Ayato Caven, Beck Snow, Dora Santos, Eglantine Gardner, Eugene Cupid, Kamryn Karelam, Michael Murdoch, Miska Erdos, Reid Firewolf and Sparky Keese are in the group
Sparky Keese 7:28 AM: Eugene Fucking Cupid if you don’t have your half of the essay done by now I will personally skin your fucking hide.
Eugene Cupid 7:34 AM: C’mon man i’ve got like 40%, my lil bro is a slow worker
Sparky Keese 7:35 AM: Dude it’s due Tuesday and I know you do shit for shit on the weekends.
Eugene Cupid 7:38 AM: actually i’ll have u know im doing the chorus performance tonight, @eglantine will kill me if i start belting out the wrongs words or my literature analysis
Eglantine Gardner 7:42 AM: Damn straight i’ll be annoyed, I don’t need Aelita screaming at me about the Chorus fucking up “her performance”
Eugene Cupid 7:45 AM: yeah she’s giving me mad vibes, man
Sparky Keese 7:48 AM: Tell her to shut the fuck up
Sparky Keese 7:48 AM: Or just like, knock her ass out for a bit until the concert
Amelia Caverly 7:50 AM: I mean i tried to get her to go bed
Amelia Caverly 7:51 AM: She’s, like, super duper important for the concert and a great player but she’s kind of driving us all crazy
Amelia Caverly 7:52 AM: @Dora???? Have you heard anything?
Michael Murdoch 7:53 AM: There’s crazy and then there’s Aelita
Reid Firewolf 7:55 AM: Do you know she’s abandoned every patrol she’s had this week just to go fiddle around? Is she preparing for her duel with the devil?
Miska Erdos 7:59 AM: Gonna fight his ass for that gold violin
Kamryn Karelam 8:02 AM: She could probably just pay for it without so much effort
Ariel Collins 8:05 AM: How easy is an all-gold violin to find?
Amelia Caverly 8:07 AM: @Dora
Amelia Caverly 8:08 AM: @Dora
Amelia Caverly 8:08 AM: @Dora
Reid Firewolf 8:09 AM: jesus @Dora put an end to this
Eglantine Gardner 8:10 AM: What are we bothering @Dora about?
Ariel Collins 8:11 AM: Whether or not Rede has taken a train to crazy town, I think.
Eugene Cupid 8:13 AM: she’s trying her best, man
Dora Santos 8:14 AM: Guys I was taking a shower chill
Dora Santos 8:14 AM: I still haven’t been able to corner Aelita, and If I do she puts her hands in her head and yells and runs away sso
Kamryn Karelam 8:16 AM: Sounds effective
Sparky Keese 8:16 AM: Son.
Eugene Cupid 8:17 AM: She has a lot of feelings okay
Amelia Caverly 8:19 AM: ur fucking telling me
Dora Santos 8:20 @Amelia ????????? Did she talk to you??????????
Amelia Caverly 8:22 AM: uhhhhhh sort of
Miska Erdos 8:23 AM: DA FAK DOES THAT MEAN
Amelia Caverly 8:25 AM: it means sort of
Amelia Caverly 8:25 AM: i mean she was like, super upset in the auditorium and i was just trying to keep her from going nuts
Amelia Caverly 8:27 AM: i told her to go get a nap, talk to dora, and get herself taken care of but i guess she didn’t listen so idk
Eglantine Gardner 8:28 AM: Aelita’s great at being a Mother Hen until someone Mother Hens her
Eugene Cupid 8:29 AM: you can’t out-hen the hen man
Dora Santos 8:30 AM: Did she talk to you about anything that was happening?
Amelia Caverly 8:32 AM: she did that word vomit thing shes does so yeah
Michael Murdoch 8:34 AM: **hums jeopardy music**
Sparky Keese 8:35 AM: She does know that we can see when she pauses and begins writing, right? Because if I get anything less than a book about this shit I will be sorely disappointed
Amelia Caverly 8:36 AM: like, her dad died, her mom is shitty, and she’s 100% set on the idea that u and Gwen hate her guts and not really sure how she got that idea but i think she’s having that sweet, sweet 1/1000th life crisis.
Amelia Caverly 8:38 AM: bitch u try explaining this shit
Miska Erdos 8:39 AM: I got this hemhem BITCH IS CRAY, we love her, BUT SHE CRAY
Amelia Caverly 8:40 AM: A) rude. B) she’s just realling from the whole ‘the love of my life hates my guts’ feeling you get whenever someone rejects you
Amelia Caverly 8:41 AM: harsh, dora
Eugene Cupid 8:42 AM: I’m sorry what?/
Miska Erdos 8:42 AM: SHIT JUST GOT DEEP
Miska Erdos 8:43 AM: IT IS TOO EARLY FOR THIS KIND OF SHIT TO BE HAPPENING
Ariel Collins 8:45 AM: I guess I need popcorn
Amelia Caverly 8:49 AM: @Dora?
Dora Santos 8:50 AM: She told you about that then? I told her we could still be friends but she just kind of screams and runs away, it’s not my fault I’m not interested in women???
Eugene Cupid 8:51 AM: hwat the fuck are we talking about
Eugene Cupid 8:51 AM: OH SHIT
Eglantine Gardner 8:51 AM: I PUT DOWN MY PHONE FOR 10 MINUTES
Eglantine Gardner 8:52 AM: AELITA FINALLY TOLD DORA SHE LIKED HER?????
Sparky Keese 8:53 AM: SON.
Eugene Cupid 8:53 AM: FUCK
Ariel Collins 8:54 AM: i thought you were like, super empathetic or something cupid
Amelia Caverly 8:55 AM: it was obvious as shit @eugene.
Amelia Caverly 8:55 AM: and i mean yeah i get ur not gay but like, shit her dad just died and she’s a really good person
Kamryn Karelam 8:58 AM: hey maybe put the breaks on
Kamryn Karelam 8:58 AM: we all love Aelita we all wants what best for her but she can’t be forced to love someone
Eglantine Gardner 8:59 AM: Yeah, even when she’s being a pain in our asses
Michael Murdoch 8:59 AM: You okay @dora?
Amelia Caverly 9:02 AM: shit dora, you don’t need to get twisted up about it. It’s just a harmless crush anyway
Dora Santos 9:04 AM: It’d clearly a big deal because I have lost my best friend who’s running herself ragged because I’m so fucked up that I can’t return my feelings because I was pretty sure for the last however long that I was asexual and now I’m not even sure about that so I don’t need you making me feel like even more shit because I”m not gay enough to return her fellings
Amelia Caverly 9:06 AM: i’m not trying to make you feel like shit im just saying it how it is
Sparky Keese 9:06 AM: To be fair you don’t have to be gay, just bi
Eugene Cupid 9:07 AM: Not cool Amelia, this isn’t a soap opera for you to ship on. Aelita will be fine, everyone gets rejected, she just needs a little bit. It’d be much worse if Dora tried to play along and made it worse when Aelita realized it wasn’t real and feels bad for forcing her bestie into something.
Eglantine Gardner 9:07 AM: @dora deep breaths okay, no one thinks you have to return a one sided crush
Miska Erdos 9:08 AM: Holy shit dude is that new student counselour ever going to get hired because i am legit certain 80% of the students here need psych help
Miska Erdos 9:08 AM: Just saying
Dora Santos 9:09 AM: I already have a therapist, but thanks for the concern anyways, @Miska.
Dora Santos 9:09 AM: And I’m just saying how it is, how Aelita knows it is, she knows I’ve always thought I was asexual and no where near or capable of a relationship of any kind and I never once blamed her for springing it on me, but you can’t blame her shoving her head in the sand and ignoring me begging and pleading to talk to her, on me
Amelia Caverly 9:10 AM: maybe you should leave her alone then?
Dora Santos 9:11 AM: Maybe I would consider it if I didn’t have people telling me five times a day to come wrangle her or talk to her because she’s acting crazy
Reid Firewolf 9:13 AM: well im not babysitting
Eugene Cupid 9:15 AM: I’ll babysit!
Kamryn Karelam 9:16 AM: i don’t think the baby can babysit
Eglantine Gardner 9:17 AM: @Amelia, @dora has a point, I know I’ve asked dora to get aelita like three times in the last few days, and then we all kind of swarmed her after those texts she sent at 2 in the fucking morning
Amelia Caverly 9:19 AM: idk man. The concert will be over after tonight, and then finals will be over soon, so maybe break will help.
Kamryn Karelam 9:20 AM: hey guys i have stuff to do today so i’m going to hop off
Kamryn Karelam has left the group
Sparky Keese 9:21 AM: @dora lets go get breakfast, i pulled an all nighter and i desperately need coffee
Reid Firewolf has left the group
Miska Erdos 9:23 AM: Fuck am i invited or is that a girls only party
Ariel Collins 9:24 AM: miska u are a girl, lets go get waffles
Eglantine Gardner 9:25 AM: @dora i’m pulling pants on for breakfast so you better open your door
Amelia Caverly 9:28 AM: is it cool if i join? @dora, i still love you 😦
Dora Santos 9:29 AM: Yeah, @amelia, that’s fine, I know, it’s just stressful, I’m walking over with Eggie and Miska now
Amelia Caverly 9:30 AM: Awesome 🙂 See you there!

Moonlight Threat

Thursday, 11/28/2250 – By Kayla Salmon.

The Headmaster, Rodney Murdoch, usually stayed on campus for some of the major family holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and while most of the Murdoch family who was not in attendance at the Academy would come to see him during Winter Break, Thanksgiving was usually more up in the air. Will was very close with the older man and as such almost always stayed over the extended weekend while his cousins went home to see the rest of the family. Most of them lived in Chicago, but a few lived in the towns close by, or in the suburban areas outside of the city.

And Thanksgiving at the campus wasn’t such a bad thing. A decent amount of students stayed at the school during the extended weekend, not wanting to travel home, only to have to travel out again a few weeks later when the end of the semester came. And the dining hall always gave them a grand dinner, just as good as any home cooked meal, as always.

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7th Year Literature

Tues. 11/26/2250 – By Rebecca Green.

Already the class had dissolved into chaos, but Hermes Gryph could expect little more from the seventh year literature class. His lessons weren’t too difficult, they were the same year to year and the students had known about this particular project for awhile. It was his most infamous, as it required students to pick a scene written by an assigned author or director, and recreate it while providing an essay on its importance and literary elements. Authors weren’t necessarily picked for being good, or particularly difficult, but rather on their influence and audience. Some students loved it, some went overboard just for the hell of it, and some hated every second.

Today, he wasn’t quite sure which was which.

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We’ve Had a Bad Day

Fri. 11/22/2250 – By Kayla Salmon.

It was definitely upsetting that his brother didn’t want him to come to the hospital, but he did understand a bit. He grunted as he punched the bag in the gym again. Ever since the curse and their mother dying, his older brother had always been protective of him. It had gotten even worse when their father had been diagnosed with cancer, the kind that had progressed too far for any surgery or medicine to help, magical or otherwise. But they were supposed to have time, a year or two even.

The stand of the punching bag finally gave way and tumbled over, despite its reinforced frame. He stood there, huffing as he stared at the fallen bag, the bruises showing on his hands. He’d managed to resist running all the way to the hospital in town, mostly because he knew some part of what the Headmaster had said was right. He didn’t know if he could handle seeing his dad…dead. Not his father any more, just some corpse that would be burned to ash soon. He’d never see his dad again, never hear his laughter or praise, like when Reid had been made a prefect.

“What the fuck, Reid?” came a voice and he turned to look at the entrance to the gym. His fellow Eagles prefect, Aelita Rede, was standing in the entrance. “You’re about to fall over and the bag is dead, good job, you killed it. Cut it out.”

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Two Times the Charm

Fri. 11/22/2250 – By Kayla Salmon.

 

When he’d received the phone call that morning from Lucielle Rede, the mother of Aelita and Gwen Rede, he figured the day had already gone to Hell and that it couldn’t get much worse, however he was proven very wrong. He then received another call shortly after lunch from one of the students at the University.

Brandon Firewolf was a freshman and he and his brother, Reid, had been attending Strongwind since their first years. They’d experienced the loss of their mother in their younger years, and just recently had found out that their father had been diagnosed with cancer. His health had been on the steady decline, but had seemed to have leveled off. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. Brandon had received the call from the hospital about a sudden turn for the worst and had been able to be there at the time of his passing. He then called and asked the headmaster if he would be able to inform his brother, who was still in class, about their father’s passing, given Brandon had to handle everything at the hospital. Of course, Rodney readily agreed.

Not that he was pleased about having to tell the student, but he understood why Brandon wanted his brother to know sooner rather than later. Instead of calling to Reid’s class on the intercom he walked to the history classroom. His cane tapped on the tiled floor, the only other noise being the echo of students and teachers chattering behind their doors. He gently twisted the doorknob and slowly opened the door, interrupting the newest member of the Strongwind staff.

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