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Closed Call of the Woods

Madeline Kaimarama

Adventurous | Leader | Dragon enthusiast
 
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55
OOC First Name
Jasmine
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Mixed Blood
Relationship Status
Too Young to Care
Age
7/2036
#1
Ever since she'd heard from Wills about the Forbidden Forest at Hogwarts, Maddy had longed to explore it for herself. She had always loved adventuring in the native bush with her brothers, so of course she was eager to do so in an entirely new forest she'd never visited before. That rule that said it was forbidden was obviously ridiculous, and it couldn't possibly apply to people like them, who'd grown up in the forest and knew everything they might expect from them. Maddy had never been in the bush alone before, but she was excited to try doing so, and confident that everything would be fine. And it would be a fantastic thing to write home to Sebastian about, and an exhilerating new adventure.

So on the sunny afternoon of her first full day at Hogwarts, Maddy set out. She had to do this early, before William offered to show her around and deprived her of the opportunity to try this on her own. Besides, it was too exciting to leave any longer. Maddy was well prepared, with her backpack stuffed with her raincoat, waterbottle, compass, and snacks. She strode confidently into the trees, with a smile on her face and her head filled with thoughts of adventure. Between the trees, the familiar dappled light was comforting and encouraging, though Maddy noticed some European trees among the natives. She could hear birdsong high in the branches, tui and bellbirds. Relaxing a little, she wove her way through the undergrowth. She would go as far as she could today, she decided. Not get tired, not turn back for anything. It would be great.
 

Jasper Night

Class Clown | Oblivious | Impulsive | Chaotic
 
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OOC First Name
Daphne
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Mixed Blood
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Too Young to Care
Age
12/2035 (11)
#2
Being at Hogwarts was a new and thrilling experience for Jasper, one he had been looking forward to for years. But now that he was here, he wasn’t just here to go to school. In his opinion, the classes were the least appealing part of being here. No, Jasper was here to explore and do something awesome to impress everyone. Those two things were on the top of his list, and he had thought of a way to combine them both. The forbidden forest was supposed to be a very scary and dangerous place, which was why it was forbidden probably. So if Jasper headed inside on his very first day and then told everyone about it, he would surely be seen as someone very cool and fearless. Especially if he wasn’t caught.

It wasn’t until he was nearing the tree-line that he realized there was a flaw in his plan. Even if he went in for real and walked around for a long time, there was no way he could prove it. He should have thought to bring someone with him as a witness! Hesitant, Jasper glanced back at the castle. He could go back, but who would he ask? He didn’t know that many people yet, and if he asked the wrong person and they told a professor he would get in trouble. He decided he would just have to go into the forest and find something awesome to bring back, something that would prove his story. He stepped into the forest and looked around with wide eyes. The trees were huge! And everything looked so much darker now most of the sunlight was blocked by their branches. Jasper stuffed his hands in his pockets as he walked, his confidence waning a little bit. What sort of creatures were in here, anyway? Probably nothing that would eat him, right? But then he heard some rustling noises and paused, watching the direction the noise was coming from warily. He grabbed his wand, even though he didn’t know any spells yet. “If you’re thinking of eating me, I will kick your butt first and I’m not even tasty!” He shouted.
 

Madeline Kaimarama

Adventurous | Leader | Dragon enthusiast
 
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55
OOC First Name
Jasmine
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Mixed Blood
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Too Young to Care
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7/2036
#3
Maddy loved the forest, the plants, the light between the trees. She looked around, curious about everything around her, trying to spot the birds she could hear - just like she would at home, although it felt weird to not have her brothers here. Still, she would inevitably go in with Wills sometime soon - and then it would feel even more bizarre to not have Sebastian with them. Why had the principal said this place was dangerous? It was just a forest, like the many others Maddy had ventured into, nothing threatening or surprising here. Soon she would be looking for more excitement, but for the moment she was content to wander slowly and explore.

Soon, though, she heard a rustling and a cracking of twigs: someone - or something - moving, far more clumsily than she was. What if it was a wild animal? Maybe even a magical creature! That would be exciting, and go some way to explain the description of the forest as dangerous, though Maddy was sure she could deal with whatever it was. Then came a voice through the trees, and all Maddy's wild imaginings were quelled before they properly began. Clearly whoever it was had heard her too - and the voice sounded kind of familiar. She giggled at what it said. "I'm not going to eat you!" she called back, following the direction of the sound. "I'm sure you're really tasty, though." It wasn't long before she found the source of the noise, and stepped out of the bushes to show herself. "Oh, hi Jasper!"
 

Jasper Night

Class Clown | Oblivious | Impulsive | Chaotic
 
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Daphne
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12/2035 (11)
#4
As Jasper pointed his wand in the direction of the noise, he noticed something embarrassing. He was holding the wand backwards, so it really was a good thing he didn’t know any spells yet. He hoped that whatever creature or monster was there would take him at his word about his tastiness and back off accordingly. But when he heard a girl voice call back that she wasn’t going to eat him, he relaxed. He quickly turned his wand around and listened as the girl approached. It turned out to be Maddy, the girl he had met on the train to Hogwarts. He grinned at her and nodded. “I knew it was you.” He lied. “Or at least a student. I was just making a joke.” He put his wand away and shrugged. “The forest is no biggie, right? I bet it’s not even really that dangerous.” He glanced around, a little uncertain. “But hey Maddy. Shame we’re not in the same house, right? What are you doing here?” Presumably she was here to explore too, but she looked a lot more prepared. In Jasper’s eyes, it was a little too much, really. The school was right behind them, why would they pack up like they were going camping for three days? “How much stuff did you bring?” He asked her, glancing at the backpack in disbelief. “Are you running away to live in the woods?”
 

Madeline Kaimarama

Adventurous | Leader | Dragon enthusiast
 
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Jasmine
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7/2036
#5
Maddy chuckled at Jasper's bluster; she was pretty sure his tone had been too nervous for that to be entirely a joke, but she wasn't about to pull him up on it. At least, not too much. "Sure you were," she said, with just a hint of sarcasm. "Yeah," she continued earnestly, "that whole 'forbidden' thing is ridiculous. This is just like any other forest, it's not dangerous at all." She grinned, although by the way Jasper kept glancing at the trees she guessed he wasn't quite as comfortable here as she was. Just as well they'd met, then. He'd be safe with her. "At least you're in the same house as my brother instead. I'll introduce you, we can all have adventures together." That would be ideal: they already had a group between them, with Wills' friends and Jasper, and maybe some of the other Gryffindor girls too, they seemed cool. "I'm exploring, of course. Forests are the best, so of course I wanted to have a look around as soon as possible. You're exploring too? We can go together." Maddy was a little disappointed that she wouldn't be by herself for this trip, that someone else had been bold enough to come here on the very first day, but looking around with Jasper would be fun too. "Running away to live in the woods sounds like a great backup plan if Hogwarts isn't as fun as I thought - we do pretty much live in the woods at home - but nah. This isn't nearly enough stuff even to stay overnight, just to keep safe and comfy." Maddy was a little incredulous that Jasper thought this was too much; clearly he was terribly unprepared and had no idea what he was doing. That was okay, she was happy to take the lead.
 

Jasper Night

Class Clown | Oblivious | Impulsive | Chaotic
 
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Daphne
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Too Young to Care
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12/2035 (11)
#6
Jasper was pretty sure he wasn’t completely convincing, and he really wished his heart would stop pounding in his chest so much. He decided to ignore the tone of sarcasm in Maddy’s voice, as insisting on it just didn’t seem like a very good idea. He nodded vigorously when she said the forbidden part of the forbidden forest was silly. “Right? What’s the worst that could happen? Are the trees going to eat us?” He scoffed, then pulled a face at a nearby tree. “Try it.” he hissed before looking at Maddy again. “Oh right, your brother is in Slytherin too. I’m sure he’ll love to go on adventures with us. Why didn’t you ask him to go to the forest?” He was a little curious about Maddy’s older brother now that she mentioned him, though he had forgotten about him until now. “I’m just going in for a quick check.” He told her, still a little wary of her backpack and what it implied about her own plans. “You look like you’re ready to be out here for days.” He added, pointing at the full bag. As she explained she wasn’t running off to live in the woods, Jasper only focused on one part of what she said. “Wait, you live in the woods at home?” He asked her, a little baffled. “Like, for real?” In his imagination, he saw tree houses connected with rope bridges. It probably wasn’t that cool, but he couldn’t help hoping. “What do you mean?” He asked her, eager to hear more about that part. He once again looked at the girl’s pack skeptically. It looked a little more than simply stuff to keep her ‘safe and comfy’. But he wasn’t going to keep questioning it. If she wanted to carry around way too much stuff on a stroll through the forest, he wasn’t going to ruin her fun.
 

Madeline Kaimarama

Adventurous | Leader | Dragon enthusiast
 
Messages
55
OOC First Name
Jasmine
Blood Status
Mixed Blood
Relationship Status
Too Young to Care
Age
7/2036
#7
Maddy giggled as Jasper challenged a tree. Seb had had the trees attack them once in a D&D game, but that surely wasn't going to happen here. "That one's definitely just a normal kauri," she pointed out. Did he know that? Could he recognise trees? Maddy knew all the native plants, but she was aware that not everyone did. She patted the rough bark as she sauntered past the tree. "Well, we always have the best adventures together at home. I wanted to try exploring here on my own before I went with him." Maddy decided not to mention how weird it would be to have the two of them exploring without Sebastian; she didn't want to think about that. "I wanna go as far as I can," she told him enthusiastically, oblivious to the nervousness in his expression. "Not for days, I can't miss our first classes, but definitely for the rest of today." Jasper seemed to have unrealistic expectations of what was enough to pack for a forest trip, but that was fine, Maddy was prepared enough for both of them. She grinned. "Yeah! Our house is right on the edge of Fiordland National Park, we're surrounded by trees. We can just wander off into the bush and go adventuring any time. It's really great." Maddy loved her home, and she was eager to share her enthusiasm. "So, you coming?" she asked, gesturing deeper into the forest.
 

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