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Harper Alston

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Years of flouting the rules had emboldened Harper. She'd grown to assume that no one minded when she broke curfew early in the morning to go running or when she ventured near the cliffs and forest. So when she had spotted a flicker of movement in the forest yesterday, she hadn't hesitated to follow it. Unfortunately, someone had spotted her. And even more unfortunately, that someone had also caught her flying past the cliffs earlier that week. The two infractions had been enough to land her in the owlery in detention.

Harper eyed the pile of muggle cleaning supplies in front of her. It was much easier to focus on the supplies than the enormity of the task ahead of her. The room was completely covered in dirty straw and owl droppings. And that was just what she could see. Who knew what half-eaten remains lay under all the straw? Somehow she was supposed to clean the entire place by hand all while owls kept swooping in and out, adding to the mess. And as if that wasn't bad enough, she could spot dark clouds looming in the horizon. Cleaning this place would be impossible if rain started blowing in. Then again, maybe inclement weather would cut her detention short.

At least she was supposed to have help. Harper had been informed that another student would be joining her for detention. She didn't really want to start without them, but maybe if she claimed one of the brooms, she could busy herself with the straw instead of having to scrub off owl droppings. Harper took a step forward but froze when she heard a sickening crunch. She looked down to see that she'd stepped on a regurgitated rodent skeleton. Making a face, she crossed her arms and stepped back. Nope, she was going to wait.
 

Flynn North

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Anyone who knew Flynn knew that he most certainly didn't give a toss about the rules. As far as he was concerned, rules were just made to be broken and only put in place to ruin people's fun. Apparently, always not bothering to do your homework and showing up late to class would get you a detention. Not that this was new news or anything, Flynn was well aware of that fact, but he kept doing it anyway just because he really couldn't be bothered to do the work himself. Homework was a waste of time, anyway. But because he had done it one too many times he had been dumped with some stupid detention to clean the owlery.

At least he wasn't alone in this torture, however. Though, when he actually arrived and saw who he would be slaving through this detention with, he couldn't decide whether this made it better or even worse. Flynn moved a little further into the room, wrinkling his nose up as he looked around, shoving his hands into his pockets as he stopped to stand next to the other girl. "I'm all for ditching if you are," he first offered, clearly not bothered about the fact that would just get them into even more trouble.
 

Harper Alston

we will go nowhere we know
 
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Harper tried very hard not to sigh when she saw who would be joining her in detention. Flynn never seemed to be in a good mood, and she'd found that even the tiniest things could set him off. This detention would almost definitely just make him more grumpy. Harper supposed she should have prepared for this. After all, if she had to make a list of people who were most likely to end up in detention, Flynn would be near the top. Still, a small, selfish part of her had hoped that maybe Hilda or Sky had landed in detention with her. (Though after a second look at the mess surrounding them, she decided her friends didn't deserve that fate).

She gave Flynn a small smile that quickly disappeared when he suggested they ditch. It was tempting, but Harper knew they would have to pay for it later. "We can't. They'll definitely notice if we don't do something to this place, and they'll just give us more detention." Harper kicked at some straw and wrinkled her nose. "And it'll probably be supervised and even worse than this," she speculated, hoping she wasn't laying it on too thick. She really didn't want Flynn to leave her here to clean by herself. Plus, it wasn't too much of a stretch to think the professors could come up with something worse, especially since they had the help of magic.
 

Flynn North

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He supposed Harper was still better than a lot of other people in the castle who he didn't really want to be hanging around with. And he was quite sure that they felt the same way about him and didn't want to be serving detention with him. Then again, Flynn didn't exactly want to be serving detention himself, though there was little he could really do about it. While it was annoying, Harper was right and if they just ditched, they would probably be made to do something else. Then again, they could just ditch that, and then the one after that. And just keep going. No one could force them to do something. At least, they couldn't force Flynn, no matter how many house points they wanted to take from him.

"Who cares? They can't force us to clean stuff," and anyone who knew Flynn well knew that he certainly didn't care how much trouble he ended up in. "I mean, what could they do? Take more and more house points off us? Like I actually ever cared about that." And he certainly wasn't going to crack even if some Professor was standing there glaring at him the whole time and telling him off.
 

Harper Alston

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She should have known that things wouldn't be as simple as her pointing out the consequences of ditching and Flynn changing his mind. Things were never that simple with Flynn. He'd proven that back in first year when he'd tried to start an argument with her over playground equipment. "Yes, but they could give us supervised detentions. And that would take up even more time," Harper tried to explain. The professors might not be able to make them clean, but they could definitely keep them trapped in a room. She wasn't sure what Flynn did in his free time, but she had to assume he had better things to do than sit in detention.

Harper wasn't surprised to hear that Flynn didn't care about house points, but there were other things the school could do. "Aren't you worried about losing your spot on the Quidditch team?" she asked, puzzled. She knew that wouldn't be the immediate consequence of ditching, but if he kept escalating things, she assumed the school would take more severe action. In some ways, she had a lot less to lose. She wasn't part of any clubs or extracurriculars. There wasn't a lot that could be taken away from her. But it was all a moot point since Harper certainly didn't plan on taking things that far. Unlike Flynn, she did care about house points, and she didn't want to serve any extra detentions after this one.
 

Flynn North

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Flynn just continued to stand where he was, making absolutely zero attempts to wandering further into the absolutely disgusting owlery. Harper was still failing to convince him that it wasn't just a good idea to turn around and leave already. just as he seemed to be failing to convince her to come with him and ditch this stupid detention. "So what?" Just sitting in a room for an hour or so was a perfect opportunity to nap. And it was not really like he had much else going on and a lot of his time was spent just lounging around the place avoiding doing his homework.

And then Quidditch was brought up and Flynn paused. He thought about it. Then he thought about it some more. And then he shrugged, "Not really." Sure, he enjoyed playing Quidditch and liked the feeling when he managed to grab the snitch. he also quite enjoyed proving that just because he was missing a leg didn't mean anything and he could still play sport and do things everyone else could. But if the Professors wanted to punish him by removing him from the team just because he didn't do their stupid detention, then he really didn't care. Not being on the team was still better than actually putting in any effort to attend detention.
 

Harper Alston

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Harper wasn't sure how to make herself more clear. "Wouldn't endless supervised detention be worse than just doing this one?" She thought the choice was a pretty simple one. As terrible as these next few hours would be, she knew it would be better than spending several detentions in a row tasked with something grosser — or even simply doing nothing. Already, she could feel herself itching to move. But she didn't want to end up cleaning the entire place by herself and effective serve Flynn's detention for him.

For a second, Harper wondered if she'd gotten through to Flynn with the Quidditch comment. But then he shrugged, leaving her to gape at him. "Seriously? You'd rather get kicked off the team than serve a detention? Maybe he was just saying that to be contrary. But no, he actually did look like he was okay with losing his spot on the team. Harper couldn't imagine ever feeling that way about football. Her whole life had revolved around sports, and it had been crushing to realize she had to give that up at Hogwarts. And here Flynn was, still able to play sports through the Quidditch team, and he didn't even care. "Do you even like Quidditch?" she asked, truly baffled. Maybe the team had forced him to join out of desperation for a seeker. She had a hard time understanding why someone would willingly subject themselves to bludgers if they didn't like the sport.
 

Flynn North

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"Who said I would even show up to the other detentions?" It was not like the Professors could force him to show up if he didn't really feel like it. It was actually a bit of a miracle that he had even bothered to show up to this one in the first place. A big part of him had just considered ditching and leaving everything for Harper to deal with herself. Which he was still planning even now he had taken the time out of his day to get here.

Maybe his priorities were out of order just a bit. Most people would probably care quite a bit about losing their spot on the team, especially seeing how hard it actually was to make the Gryffindor team with so many people trying out every year. Flynn had just gotten lucky, he supposed. "Of course I enjoy it," what a stupid question to ask, "I wouldn't bother doing it if I didn't enjoy it." Did she honestly think he was the sort of person someone could force to do something if he really didn't want to? Absolutely not. If he hated flying and playing quidditch then he wouldn't have tried out for the team even if someone had been begging him to do it.
 

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