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Fuck it, I know the work we're doing out here is important--Col. Davidson says it's not only doing the right thing, it's also a strategy to help prevent another war once the Sleepers are fully awakened and the rest of the world realises Britain exists again (now there's a thought to trouble your sleep at night).

But I hate, hate being away from the castle when you lot are still risking your lives. Not that I would have been much use to Justin. Or poor Honoria.

And Sally-Anne, for what it's worth, I'm glad you went.

I feel like there's a better way to put this and I'm too tired to think of it: obviously she's grieving, but has Hydra done anything to suggest she might be going to top herself? I'm not sure it would be fair to stop her if she did, but I hope she knows we care.

I'll be back tonight; I haven't packed a stitch. Heard through the grapevine about your village idea--for now I'll be kipping at Great-Aunt Mina's with the family when I'm not out and around, but I'm in if you want me.
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Pansy...

I know you've had a hell of a 24 hours. I doubt the best words in the world could help.

You're incredibly brave you know--I think having to go on with regular life and school and act like things are normal is really difficult. Your friends love you & we're here for you if you want.

I'm really sorry about Hitty.
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How are you doing?

I've been following all the Order Only chatter about the pins, but I haven't really had anything to add just yet.

But I've been worrying about everyone quite a lot. Not that that helps really.
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Pansy,

I was thinking you might like to get away for a bit. I talked with Mandy after lunch, and she suggested a walk around the lake.

Up for it, maybe after dinner tonight? I'll bring my wireless and we can see if there's anything good on.
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I feel sort of odd writing about this when there's so much else going on, but even in the midst of all our work and our worries I get this fizzy feeling whenever I think about Aurelia and you two are the only ones I can really talk to about it. I understand why she feels she has to be so secretive, but I wish she'd at least be all right with the rest of the galleon people knowing.

We've been giving our owls a proper exercise regimen this week, though everything we're saying there is very proper and strictly new-friend-ish.

I'd hoped we'd be able to get away to see each other properly, but her parents have her on a N.E.W.T. tutoring course that sounds well demanding--so at least we've been equally busy.

I'm excited to see her in person again, but it's all kind of overshadowed by how horrid everything at school is, you know?

And I'm going to have a hard time being civil to Megan when we get back--I can't believe she helped search our rooms! I sort of understand why she's the way she is, but mostly I just want to shake her really hard.
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Hello everyone,

Neville and Pansy told me all about you last night and I...I don't know quite what to say, except that I'm awfully honoured that you've trusted me with it.

I've got to say, when you both wanted to take a walk round the lake, I suspected something was in the cauldron, but nothing like this. It's bloody amazing is what it is.

So here are my secrets--I hope they're enough.

First of all, my parents don't support the Lord Protector--they raised us on the original Beedle stories, and loads of Muggle literature, and told us all about how things used to be different, as soon as we were old enough to understand them, and to understand that we absolutely could not tell other people ever.

And they told us the real story about my Great-Aunt Amelia--that she was loyal to Dumbledore and especially to the rule of the law and no one person being in charge of things. I think Dad sometimes feels like she should have put the family (and Aunt Mina) first, but he always says that she did what she felt was right in an incredibly difficult situation.

They've never actually done anything officially against the government, except teach us, but even so, Mum could lose her job at the very least if anyone found out. The Ministry probably couldn't do anything to Dad directly, but they could probably lean on the Cannons' owner to sack him or get Mr Bagman to ban him from the pitch. I don't know if it would be enough to get us put into fostering, but it might. I'm sure that's a big part of why Mum and Dad've never risked anything more; well, and they don't approve of violence like those awful Dogstar people.

And if that's not enough of a secret, here's one more:

I found out this summer that my Great-Aunt Amelia and my Aunt Mina were more than just good friends who shared a flat--they were Daughters of Artemis. Sapphists.

I had a long talk with Aunt Mina--it explained so much, and not just about them. About me.

I mean to say...I'm pretty sure I fancy girls.

And boys, too, yeah.
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Hey, Mandy and Luna,

I've been meaning to ask you both about something for awhile, but I keep getting caught up in revising and such and forgetting!

Anyhow, what it is, is--what do you two thinking of inviting Hydra Lestrange to join Teatime?

Pansy and Sally-Anne are all for it (and I assume Millie is too, though Pansy didn't say), but we agreed that it would be good to ask the rest of the Teatimers who aren't in Slytherin, and especially you, Luna, since you're in lessons with her and might see a different side of her than the rest of us.

So...thoughts?

Surprises

Dec. 2nd, 2008 12:22 pm
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Uric the Oddball was a disruptive influennce on Wizarding culture because of his

Oops! I started doing my revising for History of Magic in my journal instead of my parchment.  I'm trying to get a lot of revising done today since the only class we have is double DADA with the Gryffindors.  I like Professor Lockhart very much, but not because he's handsome although he is. It's the way he tells stories--I'd love to be able to tell stories like that someday.   I used to think that I would like to have lots of adventures like he does, but now that there have been some real adventures here at Hogwarts Im not so sure.   They seem scary more than anything. 

I've been thinking a lot lately about how sometimes things aren't the way you expect them to be at all.   When we had our first flying lesson at the beginning of the year, I was so sure I'd do well right away because I'd ridden on loads of brooms with my dad.  But it turns out that controlling a broom yourself is a lot different than just riding on one that someone else is steering.  I was able to get my broom to jump into my hand right away but then it took off!  I was just barely hanging on and Madame Hooch had to help me get down.  I was really shaken up and worried that maybe I would always be terrible.  So I owled Daddy for advice and he reminded me that you have to show a broom that you are in charge and really believe it.  That helped a lot and now I think I'm quite good at flying for a first-year.

I didn't expect to do well at all in the chess tourney--I mostly said I'd do it because Sally-Anne convinced me and I wanted to make sure Hufflepuff was represented.  I did lose really badly to Patil in the first round--she did some kind of mental series of moves and had my king in 4 turns!  It was a bit rough standing around watching everyone else finish, but I have to admit it was clever. And Patil did me a favor in a way--I don't think I'll get fooled by that ever again.  I just wish it had been somebody else.  Then I played Weasley--I don't really know him except to say hello to in the coridor before class, but I'd heard that he was really good. And he was.  I expect he could have finished me pretty quickly, but he played out a longer game and even explained a few times why a certain move was good or bad.  A couple of times he told me to hurry up and move already but I don't think he was actualy mad.

Up till then I was doing even worse than I'd expected, and I was feeling a little bit down but I didn't want to give up. Then I played Bobby Stebbins.  Bobby usually beats me when we play in the common room because hes a very agressive player and Im a very careful one.  But this time I decided to be more agressive and I did some things that I saw Weasley do, and I won!  Then I played Neville and that was a really good match!  I think it could have gone either way but I was feeling quite excited from having just won the match against Bobby and Neville seemed tired from a couple of long matches. He thought he was moving his king out of check but he'd forgotten about my knight!  I quite often forget the knights too but this time I didnt!

So I quite surprised myself by doing well after a bad start! 

One nice surprise at Hogwarts has been the journals--I guess no one knew we were going to get them before school began, and I wasnt sure what to make of them at first.  But I've decided that I really like them because I've talked to people who I might never have talked to without them like Harry Marvolo and Pansy Parkinson.  I went to the Owlery after the chess matches to get my owl Valkyrie because Pansy had wanted to meet her.  We met in a classroom that isn't used anymore and played some music for Valkyrie to see if she liked it.  She did, except for Nine Inch Wands which made her fly around the room screeching!  I've decided that I like Gary Grimoire a lot--some of his songs are like stories and some are like listening to a persons thoughts.  None of my dormmates are interested in music except Hannah and she and I don't really like the same things. I had a good time and I hope Pansy did as well sometimes its hard to tel  I cant wait to meet her Kneazle when she gets one! Even though it is kind of a horrid story about her cousin we both agreed that Piranhas Ate My Kneazle would be a good name for a band.

But there have been some not-so-nice surprises at Hogwarts too--like that troll at the feast and what happened to Harry Marvolo's broom and the Carr.  I hope there aren't any more of those!

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