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Date: April 23, 2001
Status: Semi-Private (Luna, Adam, Pepper, Wensleydale, Brian; ask if you'd like to join in?)
Setting: The Manor Grounds
Summary: Luna teaches the Them how to play Wizarding games. Hijinks ensue.


Luna stood at the back of the Manor, near a rather tall hedge that she had charmed to that height. Next to her, an open wicker box held two sets of Wizarding Chessmen, a dozen packs of Exploding Snap cards, an inflated pig's bladder and a battered, old, second-hand Quidditch chest. Next to that lay four brooms. It was strange how she had found most of this equipment at a second-hand bookshop, except for the broomsticks, of course. She'd gotten those from a friend of her father's. They weren't the best brooms, but they were servicable.

"Good boy, Fido!" Luna shifted her broomstick to her other hand as she reached into her pocket for a treat and threw it at the footstool.

Date: 2007-09-03 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
"Hi there, Luna," Brian said, sauntering up with a grin. "And Fido. Sorry I don't have any...er...footstool treats."

He looked at the array of equipment and grinned even wider. "Is all this gear for just one game?"

Date: 2007-09-03 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Adam came around the corner with Wensley in tow and froze as he found Brian and Luna. These must be the supplies for the games, but would Brian and Wensley both stick around and play? He hoped so. It was awkward having to break the Them up into pairs. They were meant to be four! And where was Pepper?

"Hi, Luna, Brian," he said as cheerfully as he could manage. "Didja get all the stuff then?"

Date: 2007-09-03 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dearwensleydale.livejournal.com
Wensley had been following directly behind Adam when he froze, and consequently ran into him, bouncing off his friend's back.

"What? Oh." He reddened a little, but waved at the group that had already gathered in front of...were those broomsticks? He had thought that Adam was kidding when he said they would be flying. "Hello, everyone."

Date: 2007-09-05 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
"I see that," Brian grinned. "Must be real useful when he fetches your slippers, you've got a footstool right there."

Brian was naturally drawn to the more violent games. "Beat the Beater? That sounds dirty..." his voice trailed off just a bit when he really registered who was right behind Adam. Wasn't gonna let it get to him. Not this time.

Date: 2007-09-06 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Laughing at Brian's joke and hoping he stayed in a joking mood, Adam said, "Well, I dunno about chess on such a nice day... Which game is the flyin' one?"

Date: 2007-09-12 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithboys.livejournal.com
"Well, you know me and my proclivity toward hittin' things," Pepper said on approach, wiping mud on her trouser legs. She glanced sideways at Adam. "But I keep hearin' all this talk about flying broomsticks. When do I get to see it?"

Date: 2007-09-13 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Adam stared. And then a big, wide grin spread across his face like the rising of the summer sun.

"How do I do that...?"

The surreptitious look he'd meant to shoot Pepper about Brian and Wensleydale was forgotten in the face of flying broomsticks.

Date: 2007-09-13 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dearwensleydale.livejournal.com
"These broomsticks are sentient?" Wensley felt a strange sense of deja vu, as a vague memory of purple bubbles flitted through his mind and just as quickly flitted out. Slightly troubled, he frowned at the broom at his feet.

Date: 2007-09-13 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Adam listened carefully, then eyed one of the brooms. "Fly, broomstick," he said, and it lifted easily off the ground because Luna said it would and Adam believed her.

"Cool!"

Date: 2007-09-14 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithboys.livejournal.com
Pepper was suddenly busy glancing back and forth between Brian and Wensley, which was probably a good thing or she might have laughed at Luna for gushing at Adam like that, no matter how sincere she was. As if people didn't do that over Adam often enough-

flying broomstick. Actual flying broomstick. Brilliant.

"All right, fly, you," Pepper said, pointing to one of them. And it started a little slower but eventually worked, not so much because Pepper had believed it from the start, but because there was no way Adam was going to be able to do something that she couldn't pick up just as easy. She'd spent most of her childhood seeing to that.

Date: 2007-09-14 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
There was Wensleydale. There was innuendo. Adam had even told him he did his best not to handle his broomstick at all if he could help it.

Fuckin' hell. They really weren't kids anymore, were they? But they sure didn't feel like grownups either.

Brian looked at the broomstick. Well, if footstools could move of their own, why not... "How about it then?" he said to the broom, feeling only a little silly (it was hard to feel too silly with Luna around).

It twitched a little. Too polite, Brian supposed.

"Get up, lazy!" he said. The broomstick rose, just a little.

Date: 2007-09-14 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
There was really no doubt that he wouldn't be able to handle his broom well. (What innuendo?) And it seemed that Adam had enough belief for all of Them. Not like that was much of a surprise, either...

He swung his leg over his broom, emulating Luna, and jumped off the ground to hover there a few feet off the ground.

"C'mon, Wens! Let's go, Pep! Hurry, Brian, you tell that broom! It's brilliant!" Adam grinned at Luna.

"What now?"

Sometimes when you were stuck between being kids and being grown-ups, it was fun to pick one or the other for an afternoon and not worry about it. Adam had made his choice.

Date: 2007-09-16 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithboys.livejournal.com
Pepper's broom bucked for a second after she mounted it (innuendo? what-...yeah, okay, so that was funny), but it seemed to sense her mood; one furious glare set it right. She caught her bat, suddenly impressed with how well Luna had managed to set this up when she seemed so flighty most of the time.

Fly out far. Which required moving in a specific direction. "Er, before you let the, the whatchamacallit out... how exactly do we direct these things?"

Date: 2007-09-16 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
Brian yelped with shock and glee as his broom rose suddenly and wildly. It was more comfortable between his legs than he'd thought it would be. Oh hell, he just had a dirty mind and there was nothin' for it.

The ground whirled away. It felt amazing. "This is brilliant!" he shouted. "Now what?"

Date: 2007-09-17 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dearwensleydale.livejournal.com
Wensley's insides threatened to leap out his mouth and back to Earth where they belonged, as he rose twenty feet in the air. What might have been a yelp was ripped from him by the wind, and he paled considerably, no small feat considering his already sun-deprived skin.

"Yes, now what?" He echoed Brian as he gripped the broom, knuckles bone-white.

Date: 2007-09-18 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
Brian's guts lurched as it looked for a moment like Luna might fall.

Brian whirled around to watch the Bludger, almost too late.

Date: 2007-09-19 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Adam took to flying like a duck took to water.

'All you have to do is learn how to play it, and then it's just easy,' he'd once said. It was still true.

"You gotta feel it, Pep an' Wensley," he called. "Trust the broom. I won't let you fall. Watch out, Brian!"

As Brian dodged the Bludger just in time, Adam had his bat out and gave it a great whack in Pepper's direction. He'd have been fine with just flying around, but this was fun, too.

Date: 2007-09-20 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithboys.livejournal.com
I won't let you fall. That was pretty much the way of things, wasn't it? Even for all the little stuff. Which was why it was good to see Brian and Wensley there together, really.

Of course, happiness over that was short-lived as a great speeding ball was headed right toward her face. Think of it like it's cricket practice, something in her head told her, and she swerved to one side, putting herself in a better position to bat the thing away from her. It set her spinning, since her control on the broom was not spectacular yet, and she nearly dropped the bat when her hands flew to the broom handle. "Somebody watch out for it!" she shouted, laughing all the same.

Date: 2007-09-20 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
Brian watched Pepper dodge and weave, unfazed, as the ball headed straight for her. She was a wonder, that girl.

That ball was flying around too fast and too hard to give Brian a chance to dwell on the unbelievable thing - he was flying. He was really, really flying. He didn't know if the broom was magic enough in itself, or if it was something Luna was doing, or it was Adam being Adam--what mattered was, it was real.

About time all the weirdness was just fun for a change.

Date: 2007-09-21 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dearwensleydale.livejournal.com
Wensley aimed a crack at the black ball flying towards him, hitting it back towards Pepper. Adam's declaration that he wouldn't be allowed to fall had helped a great deal, and he was even comfotable with a few shallow swoops every now and then. Luna's appearence by his side, though, nearly knocked him off his broom again.

"What? Oh." He massaged his elbow a bit,looking at the handle of his broom. "Yeah, that's him."

Date: 2007-09-21 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Content that his friends seemed to be having a good time and sure the ball wasn't coming in his direction for the time being, Adam took a minute just to enjoy the wind in his face and the sun on his back as he flew around. Catching sight of Luna, he tried a loop-de-loop as well, turning it into a barrel roll at the end. That was deserving of a victory holler, right?

Date: 2007-09-21 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithboys.livejournal.com
Well, he could holler all he wanted. Wouldn't change the fact that Pepper had sent the Bludger straight for him. "Oy, Peter Pan! Watch your rear!"

Date: 2007-09-22 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Laughing, Adam went into a steep dive, the ball following close behind. A few feet above the ground, he hauled on the front of the broom, spun around, and whacked the Bludger with the bristles, shooting it off into space.

Was that a whoop? I do believe it was...

Date: 2007-09-23 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
God damn, but it came at you fast! Wound up on eagerness and adrenalin, Brian whacked the Bludger hard and wild, with such a violent crack that the recoil knocked his broom almost into a collision with Wensleydale's.

Date: 2007-09-26 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dearwensleydale.livejournal.com
Wensley felt his broom twist in the air, throwing him sideways; he grabbed on for dear life with his hands and knees, somehow righting himself in time to see (as much as his skewed glasses would allow) the cause of the disturbance. "Sorry," he choked out, not exactly sure what he was apologizing for - being in the way, perhaps.

Date: 2007-09-28 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muddy-blues.livejournal.com
Righting his broom proved easy enough, but righting what Brian's gut had done when he saw who he'd nearly broadsided was another matter.

"Sorry for what, mate?" he muttered, flushing red. "Not your fault." Hm. That applied to more than one situation. Brian managed a hangdog smile before hurtling away after the Bludger.

Date: 2007-10-01 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Adam dodged the Bludger, cast an eye over Brian and Wensley, and shot off to Luna's side like he'd been riding brooms all his life.

"Thanks, Luna," he called. "This is amazin'. I can't believe I'm really flyin'. I always wanted to, you know..."

Date: 2007-10-02 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
Looking faintly stunned - whether it was because Luna had no friends, or because a heavy ball was shooting at his face, it wasn't really clear - Adam dove. When he'd nearly reached the ground, he pulled up hard, popping back up like a cork in a bathtub and grinning from ear to ear. "I'm glad you do, too," the young man managed before having to dart away again.

Date: 2007-10-22 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithboys.livejournal.com
((I figure I'll rethread in case Luna and Adam want to continue talking without the flow getting interrupted? ~_^))

Pepper veered off toward Brian as discreetly as she could, bat still held at the ready. Hopefully that would be enough to save her, should the ball come at her quick.

"How's it goin'?" she asked hopefully, glancing swiftly over in Wensley's direction, trying to be as light-handed about it as possible (which for her, unfortunately, didn't work much).

Date: 2007-10-22 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] average-adam.livejournal.com
((Er, we declared this thread done (http://community.livejournal.com/madprophets/242213.html) last week 'cause no one was posting... Do you want to revive it?))

Date: 2007-10-22 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithboys.livejournal.com
((Heh, figures. I'm really sorry, I was a little lost on it, for some reason and wasn't sure when to jump back in. It's totally up to everyone else. I'm thinking if we wanted to revive it, it might help to have some sort of outline of how we want it to go? That way it'll be easier to play it toward some sort of conclusion or goal. I think that's part of why I fell behind.))

Date: 2007-10-22 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anthony-crowley.livejournal.com
((Yeah, I don't think it ever really had a point - just to let Them have some fun. We can plan something else if you'd like, though, to move things along.))

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