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Keira Lance

"I'm not going to waste my life waiting for Godot."

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a character in “Modern Magic and Martinets”, as played by Miss Nomer

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|| FULL NAME ||
Keira Ida Lance

|| AGE & CLASS YEAR ||
18 || Year 7

|| BLOOD STATUS ||
Half-Blood

|| SEXUALITY ||
Pansexual


|| HOUSE ||
Stark

|| DIALOGUE COLOR & THOUGHT COLOR ||
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❝There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.❞ -Beverly Sills




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Decisive & Direct // Keira is not one of those people who never seem to really know what they want. Rather, she is aware of her own needs and desires, and is direct in her attempts to fulfill them. She achieves her goals because she is takes the steps necessary, rather than waiting around and hoping for an opportunity to arise. Single-minded in her pursuits, Keira never wastes time beating around the bush, and often gets what she wants simply because she bothered to ask, and act.
Clever & Ambitious // Some people claim that ambition is a flaw, and can lead to ruthlessness. Keira will not hesitate to shut these people down and label them as useless. Aiming high is a strength of hers, perhaps because it pairs well with her direct attitude. Her cleverness, undeniable though she may occasionally goof off, is a great tool for the young woman in achieving what she desires.
Dueling & Competitions // A Stark through and through, Keira thrives off of competitions and rivalries, often performing at her best when pitted against another person. The more capable the opponent, the more enthusiastic the young woman gets about it all, for she loves nothing more than a good fight. With fast reflexes and a knack for battle magic, she's far from incompetent herself.

|| FLAWS ||
Competitions & Bets // The young woman isn't exactly a gambler, per se, but she can never turn down a challenge, regardless of how steep the odds. She loves them too much, it should seem, and can occasionally have difficulty picking her battles. She is known to especially like placing bets on competitions, raising the stakes with such rewards as the loser doing the winner's potions homework for a month. Often times she gets stuck doing the dirty work of others, because she didn't back down from a challenge when she should have, and lost spectacularly.
Rules & Guidelines // Keira has a bit of a problem, as far as following the rules go. She has a sort of code of her own that she follows rigidly, but the girl seems to view the school rules as more of suggestions. This means it isn't unusual for her to spend weekends in detention, serving time for some crime she's committed. Seven years at the school, and she still has yet to "get her act together."
Insensitive & Impatient// It isn't that she can't read people at all, necessarily. It's simply that Keira has difficulty putting herself into the shoes of others, for while she is certainly outgoing, when it comes down to it she is more task-oriented than people-oriented. She's a bit egocentric, expecting that other people have the same resilience as she does, and because of this can push people to far without realizing it, or make enemies when she thinks it is all just playful sarcasm. Her lack of patience doesn't help; she may not give someone a proper chance to make a good impression if they act slowly
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Challenges || Competition || Dueling || Defense Against The Dark Arts || Quidditch || Winning || Magic || Very Spicy or Hot Foods || Straightforward People || Bets || High-Energy Environments || Charms Class || Exploration || Dancing || Flirting || Adventures || Amusement Parks || Magdalena Academy || Leniency || Proactive People || Card Games || Magical Creatures || Confidence || Trying New Things

|| DISLIKES ||
Potions || Divination || Complete Calm || Strict Rules || Detentions [Though She's Used To Them By Now] || Losing Competitions/Challenges/Bets || Scorching Heat || Toads || Sitting Still || Fragile People || Unchanging Routines || Too Much Hesitation || Betrayal || Pumpkins || Lack of Hygiene || Doormat Personalities || Beating Around The Bush || Uneven Playing Fields || Very Long Names || Waiting

|| FEARS ||
Growing Old || Missing Opportunities By Waiting Around || Snakes [Though She's Loathe To Admit It]

|| GOALS & AMBITIONS ||
As far as future career paths go, Keira is rather torn. On one hand, she wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, a magical treasure hunter who is also a best selling author, but on the other, the career of an Auror seems exciting and alluring. Her greatest ambition is simply to live her life the way she wants to, and to avoid dull moments whenever possible. Whatever she does, she wants to be one of the best.

|| SECRETS ||
Fear of Snakes // Keira realizes that broadcasting your fears is never a great idea.
Stolen Relic // A few years ago, a precious relic was uncovered by her father, to be sent to a museum. It went missing before arrival, however, and the mystery of its disappearance has gone unsolved. She doesn't even know what the relic, a tarnished gold arm cuff, does --it was an impulse.
"Borrowing" // The young woman doesn't like to think of herself as a thief --the things that go missing around her do tend to eventually be returned, whether it take an hour or three months. Still, she doesn't announce her borrowing, which really is just temporary stealing.




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❝Better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.❞ -Andre Gide





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|| BIRTH DATE ||
β™ˆ March 22nd β™ˆ


|| PERSONALITY ||
Most people who know Keira, even if it is just a very shallow acquaintance, can testify that she is generally a very straightforward sort of person. Raised by parents who preferred to bypass the unnecessary and jump straight to the interesting bit, the young woman isn't known for her hesitation or tendency to beat around the bush. Rather, she knows what it is she wants and does not hesitate to go for it, often times getting what she wants simply because she had the pluck to ask for it. Of course, her straightforward nature, which sometimes rides the line between honest and excessively blunt, has the negative aspect of making her come across as rather tactless. This impression is quite accurate, as she is not the first person that one thinks of when looking for someone who is sensitive and able to tip toe around things. Keira has little patience for such things, finding hesitation to be a waste of time that often prevents experiences from being lived out properly. While her impatience can be a problem when it comes to times when she really doesn't have a choice about waiting, it does push her to be a proactive person. Keira goes for what she wants, and has little shame in doing so. In fact, she seems to have little shame at all, completely confident and unapologetic for her personality and preferences and the like. She is outgoing, some might say almost charismatic, and very open to new experiences. Of course, she might also be a bit of a flirt from time to time, but that's another matter.

Another prominent aspect of Keira's personality is her competitive spirit, which is easy to spark and difficult to snuff out. Whether it be in Defense class or on the Quidditch field, she has a passion for all things challenges and competitions, seeing them as necessary and enjoyable parts of life. She is frequently getting herself into trouble, betting on herself and then having to do another person's homework for a month because she overestimated her own ability. The girl simply can't say no to a competition. It isn't the only way in which she has made friends with trouble, of course, for the girl has a tendency to see rules as suggestions, and this viewpoint has occasionally led her to get on the bad side of professors. She's very much the sort of person that believes one must take opportunities as they come, and in this way is very impulsive and borderline reckless. But she's also clever, enough so to get herself out of many of the sticky situations she finds herself in due to leaping first and thinking second. Most of the time she does not regret her impulsiveness, even when it turns sour, because it has also led her down the road to many adventures that she otherwise may have missed.





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❝Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.❞ -Allen Saunders




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|| ORIGIN ||
London, England

|| HISTORY ||
With a muggle mother who is among the top detectives in London and a wizarding father who is well known for his adventures and novels, an incredibly dull life was never in arm's reach for Keira. She grew up traveling around with her father, who homeschooled Keira and her elder brother rather than sending them to a muggle school [something which he had spent a good deal of time persuading his wife to allow]. Keira never really made close friends, but an outgoing personality meant that she always seemed to be able to make temporary friends wherever she went. This life adjusted Keira to adventure, and is perhaps the reason that she still has difficulty sitting still today. On slower periods, where she stayed at home more with her mother, the young woman would often find her best friend in the form of Louis, who was three years her senior. Had he gone off to Magdalena, she likely would have sulked for days --but he had never shown any magical abilities, and when no letter arrived upon his eleventh birthday, the suspicions of the family were confirmed. Louis, despite being in possession of magical blood, was a squib. He stopped playing with Keira quite as much upon learning this, leaving her to occupy herself more. There were reasons for his isolation, as he grew bitter because his father began to show clear favor towards Keira, who had shown magical aptitude very young. By the time Keira's letter came around, she and her brother rarely spoke at all. He had enrolled in a muggle boarding school, and seemed to shut away all things magical. Magdalena offered experiences and friendships that would eventually patch up the spot her brother had left behind when he distanced himself. Keira always has been very good at springing back and dealing with things --she inherited that from her mother.

|| FAMILY ||
Dinah Lance nee Queen || Mother // Muggle // Detective
Richard Lance || Father // Pureblood Wizard // Treasure Hunter & Author
Louis Lance || Elder Brother // Squib // Lawyer





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Mickey the Rabbit, who has an unhealthy addiction to lettuce and is a bit chubbier than he ought to be.
Bites people he doesn't like, as well as most strangers.
Strangely, is litter trained. It took quite a while for Keira to accomplish this.

|| WAND ||
10" Aspen, With A Dragon Heartstring Core





Portrayed by || Miss Nomer

Face Claim || Antonia Thomas



So begins...

Keira Lance's Story

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On the morning of September the first, all students arrive at Magdalena early and eagerly, just in time for breakfast. They’d all greet those they hadn’t yet had the chance to see and from there breakfast commence. Whether or not the lot of students got any rest usually depended on their compatibility with trains, which was inevitably unlikely. All students boarded at different times and different places, but they all arrived at 8am on the dot.

ImageProfessor Hawthorne announced the arrival of the first years as the rest of the diverse school sat munching, to which they sorting ceremony began. Magdalena had it’s own special way of sorting students into their houses. Though it seemed rather average or rudimentary, there was an enchanted basin placed at the end of the long line of first years. From there, they would draw their house, and go to join their tables pridefully.

Each table was dressed neatly in it’s house color named boldly with a banner lined in gold and silver, a glowing mist emanating around all the dishes and plates that floated and rotated so that everyone could get a bite. Not only did the tablecloth glow as brightly as the plates did, but it would almost play with the children. Pleasing them with thoughtful images of animals that best described their actions or their houses, and blasting the occasional first year in the face with what looked like an abundance of glitter.

Once the frayed nerves of the newbies died down, the students would surely be reintroduced to their new home know as Magdalena Academy of Magical Education.

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Location // Magdalena Academy, Germany
Date // September 1st


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If she were to pause and think about it more, Keira would feel a good deal of pity for those students who are coming to Magdalena from anywhere outside of Europe. The trip from London to the Wizarding School is already far too long for her tastes, as the young woman is not a huge fan of sitting still for approximately ten hours, especially not while anticipation for the year to come boils inside of her. By some series of events, or perhaps mistakes, the young woman has been named Head Girl this year. The letter had confused her, and her parents, quite a bit at first, but she is certainly not one to argue with a good thing. After all, being Head Girl will mean certain privileges that suit her quite well. Private room and special bathroom aside, it means that people won't think too hard on her sneaking around at night. She can always claim to be on 'Head Girl' business, and shoo them back to their own room. The freedom that this rank gives her is something that Keira is going to enjoy throughout her final year at Magdalena, that much is certain. Whatever spirit possessed the headmaster to place her among the students with the highest authority seems to have had Keira's interests at heart.

The ride to Magdalena is as long as always, and Keira finds herself fidgeting throughout the entirety of it, her leg bouncing or her hand tapping. The young woman seems to be in a state of perpetual motion, full of the potential to spring forward and act at any moment. This seemingly endless reserve of energy suits her impulsive nature very well, as she is never too tired for an adventure of some sort. No one is here to tell her to sit still, and even if her parents had elected to come with her to Magdalena [they've never offered before, and she hardly blames them], they would not reprimand their daughter for this bouncing. After all, she inherited it from them, a pair of thrill-seekers who have trouble sitting still themselves. How her father had managed to sit down and write any sort of novel is beyond Keira, unless he used a charmed quill to write as he paced about. Yes, that sounds about right, actually.

Like a Jack in the Box, Keira springs out of her compartment when the train finally pulls around to Magdalena. While some students travel from places much further away than London, all are expected to arrive at Magdalena at the same time. Thus, she gets off and is greeted by the sight of other students, from across the globe, filing into the school. Her smile is inevitable.

And, of course, as she makes her way to the Dining Hall, the young woman can't help but make little comments out loud with the intention of freaking out the 1st years a little bit. Nothing too bad, of course, just the sort of things she was told by older kids back when she had arrived at Magdalena. She hadn't believed a word, accustomed to being told stupid stories to freak her out by her parents, but still found them funny. "Hopefully the basin doesn't bite off any hands this year," she observes, glancing at a huddle of small 1st years only after hearing them suddenly break out into whispers.

Of course, an hour or so later the first years had been sorted, no hands had been bitten off, and Keira was seated at the Stark table, happily eating and engaged in a conversation that was mostly made up with a friend. Made up in that it has no substance, but is something of a scene or a bit --playing at being other people, mocking each other, etc. Keira quite enjoys such conversations early in the morning.

"How did you manage to become Head Girl?" one of her fellow Seventh Years remarks after she had tossed a wadded up napkin at their face. Keira merely grins and taps her nose, as if to tell that she has some sort of secret, or perhaps blackmail material that the others don't know about. This is of course nonsense, but she does like nonsense from time to time, this is undeniable.

"Maybe Blackwood's too much of a dweeb and they needed to balance it out," Keira provides, still smiling. She speaks in jest, of course, for the head boy is no enemy of hers. Well, not that she's aware, anyway, but Keira is the sort of person who might unknowingly make enemies and continue on in ignorant bliss. It hadn't been until Zara had gotten revenge on her that Keira had noticed she'd earned some dislike, and of course couldn't stand to be one-upped. That rivalry had eventually become a friendship that Keira enjoys, and she is happy for it. Then, Keira is of the personality to adore rivalries, almost preferring them to friendships.

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September 8th




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The school year had officially begun.

After the breakfast feast, orientation started for all students. First years; or as referred to by the headmaster, ersten Jahren, made things especially hectic, but they always did. Compassion was something the staff often enforced. Students of every grade had been there before, therefore it was nobody’s job to hassle them.

A week forward, students should now have had their schedules in order, and even maybe have gotten a little more sleep in the comfort of their dorms, which were located on the upper floors, comprised of balconies and bridges stringing over the view of the entrance hall. All fashioned and lit by enchanted lanterns that glowed with orange autumn light.

It had been a rainy week, some couldn’t even recall seeing the sun once during the first days of school. Nonetheless, the alumni kept the homecoming festivities rolling, but it wasn’t long until a gloom began to settle. It wasn’t any early-winter gloom that most experienced around this time. It was hardly winter yet in Germany. Something was clearly depressing the atmosphere.

Rumors of dragon sightings began to travel. Spreading like a wildfire, every student had to have heard something by the wake of the second week. Muggles had even apparently caught sight of the supposed ”UFOs”, but unfortunately the students were left in the dark.

Eventually, the ministry had sent word to Magdalena of the recent encounters, and Professor Hawthorne publicly and personally explained to staff and students what was occurring Monday morning.

β€œ'Professor Decimus Wendell Hawthorne,'” chuckles rose among the students as the Headmaster read aloud the statement from the Minister himself. With a grunt and a half smile of his own, the Professor continued extravagantly. β€œ'And to all whom it may concern at Magdalena Academy of Magical Education.

β€œβ€˜It is to my dismay that I inform the wizarding communities of Germany and nearby settlements about the recent sightings of Chinese dragons. I’m afraid I have no personal knowledge as to why they’ve left their country to journey as far as Europe, but we know for certain that they have become a danger to central Germany. Chinese dragons aren’t known to act up as we’ve seen this past week, attacking farms, and increasingly populated places.’” Hawthorne trailed off, dropping the letter down on the podium and tightening his jaw.

β€œAs you all know, and it goes without saying, the school will be carrying out lockdown procedures. I understand that this isn’t how any of you would like to start your Monday, but it looks as though we haven’t got any choice.” Hawthorne leaned heavily down upon the neatly engraved podium. It was true, he never liked laying down bad news, but it was not in his nature to sugarcoat subjects like this. β€œThis means herbology, and other outdoor classes, will be heavily supervised, and dungeons will be utilized if those dragons come too close for comfort.”

The Headmaster, gazed down at the letter that sat before him, but he only nodded as if just agreeing with his decisions. β€œSo, all that is left to say is enjoy your breakfast.” His tone defaulted to that of more positivity, and he turned to take his seat, leaving the students to their own thoughts.

With that, the second week had begun, and it wasn’t shaping out to be a good one.

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Keira had not managed to get more than a few words in with Zara the previous evening, due in great part to the somewhat annoying 'responsibilities' that she has apparently been tied up with due to her newly attained role of head girl. She had, of course, been thinking of the freedoms the title would allow her, but had quite blissfully chosen to ignore the fact that teachers would expect her to actually fulfill duties and be a 'good example' so that 'younger students have a role model' and other rubbish like that. Honestly, Keira had been quite content to tune out half of the lecture one of her professors had chosen to pull her aside for. They apparently feared for the school with Keira being raised as a model student, and perhaps for good reason given that she tends to adore trouble, competition, and the sort of bluntness that most teachers regard as disrespectful. Once again, all rubbish, really, but she still manages to get in trouble for it.

Anyway, she resolved upon waking that she would find, and likely pester, Zara at breakfast. After the announcement about dragons, which manages to terrify plenty of the students and send some younger ones into tears but only intrigues Keira, the head girl stands up and begins to make a beeline towards the Vorne table to grace Zara with her presence. Well, that's the word she likes to use anyway, though perhaps Zara would not entirely agree. Theirs was a relationship built on initial hatred, and the continuing rivalry and friendly mocking is a vestige of that.

Unfortunately, Keira is beat to the Vorne girl by another member of the Stark house, the Taunton boy who might as well not have a given name, for all the individuality he seems to possess. Keira views him as a carbon copy of his family, at least from what she's seen of him, but this might just be her usual kneejerk opinion of anyone who demonstrates prejudice against non-purebloods. No, in fact, it is exactly her kneejerk reaction. She isn't muggle born, but her mother is a muggle, and she'll be damned if she lets others look down on Mrs. Lance, who is honestly perhaps more badass than her treasure hunting husband. In Keira's very biased opinion, anyway.

Coming up towards Zara despite the company she is keeping, Keira leans slightly to the side, most likely still out of Taunton's view since she is behind him, and makes a face that is equal parts amusing and childish. Of course, she is not one to be frightened off by anyone, certainly not Draven, and thus her face is followed by Keira walking up to the table and sitting down on it, effectively making herself taller than Taunton. On purpose? There is a very distinct possibility of this.

"Good morning, lovely. Do you suppose that they'll let me go fight the dragons? I can be the school's champion, it'd be brilliant," she starts the conversation with a grin quite rudely interrupting anything that the two might have been saying to one another. Tact has never been her greatest of skills --she really just relies on the thick skin of others in order to make friends.

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"I suppose we would have to call you some ridiculous name if you took down a dragon. Draven, The Dragons' Dread perhaps? Or how about Taunton the Tamer? Although watch that your eyebrows don't get incinerated. You're nothing without your eyebrows honey." Draven laughed, the sound as sudden as a quail flushed from cover, waggling said eyebrows in a comedic fashion in response. "Are you kidding? They'd have to take more than some facial hair from me to knock me off Magdalena's 'Hot One Hundred' list."

Just as he began to contemplate which of the two names she had awarded him with had more gravitas and was preferred, Keira Lance waltzed up behind him and stole a seat, interrupting the homogeneous pair. "Good morning, lovely. Do you suppose that they'll let me go fight the dragons? I can be the school's champion, it'd be brilliant." She stated with aplomb as though it were factual and not opine.

His brow climbed skyward, surprised that she'd go so far as to ignore his presence so blatantly, it was obvious she didn't mean to address him. "That's rich, a Half-Blood being the champion of the school? That'll happen when Grindylow's fly." Draven replied without provocation in an attempt to assuage his slightly bruised ego by impugning her blood status.

A slight hush fell over the tempestuous crowd seated at the table, all clamoring for last minute second helpings before rushing off so's not to be late for class. It was a bit harsh, even for him as mostly Muggle Borns were the Pure Blood target of choice, but he had no qualms about letting his opinion be known in regards to all of those he considered tainted. It was an axiom at this school that a Taunton didn't go unaddressed or unnoticed.

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Zara gives a derisive snort as Draven mentions the 'Hot One Hundred' list. Modesty is one trait that appears to have bypassed Draven completely. Of course, if one were to look at Zara's own personality one would also find a distinct lack of the trait. "I wasn't aware that we had a list, or even enough heart throbs to make up one hundred." Zara replies, "Twenty perhaps might be a better estimate of this school's male population. But I'll allow that you would make the top five." She's just teasing now, playfully denying Draven the top spot.

Zara's attention is drawn away from Draven by the arrival of another of her friends, Kiera Lance. Kiera and Zara have not always seen eye to eye, in fact there was a time when the two were bitter rivals. However, time and perhaps a better understanding of the other, has seen the two become friends. Zara may still feel the odd competitive pang around Kiera, but that hasn't stopped her from enjoying the other girl's company. Right now Zara is rather pleased with Kiera's arrival as the pair haven't had much of an opportunity to catch up yet. Kiera takes a seat on the table, proclaiming that she can be the school champion.

Before Zara can reply Draven does. Zara well knows Draven's prejudice against muggle borns and isn't too surprised to hear him insulting Kiera based on her blood-status. While Zara herself is purebood she prefers to discriminate people based on their personality, appearance and so forth. Blood status has little to do with it in her eyes, she's just as likely to trip up a pureblood as she is a muggleborn if they get on her nerves. However, while she herself is slightly less prejudiced than Draven, she has yet to admonish him for his views. So, while she might not actively bully someone based on their ancestry, she rarely steps in to put a stop to it.

"Such drama and it is still so early in the day." Zara says. She places a calming hand on Draven's shoulder, while glancing up at Kiera, "Don't mind Draven, Kiera, he's just crushed that you didn't compliment him on his hair." Zara turns her attention back to Draven. Her hand brushes an imaginary piece of dust off his shoulder as she adds, "It's looking lovely by the by, and did you work out over the holidays? You can definitely tell." It's one part an attempt to mend his wounded ego, and one part gentle teasing. Both Draven and Kiera are strong individuals. She has no doubt that a battle of wits between the two would be an interesting affair to watch, Zara suspects that neither would back down without a fight. While that would surely be entertaining, and Zara is still questioning whether she'd attempt to step in if it came to blows, she also knows that in the middle of the Great Hall is not the ideal location for it.

"You two make a girl feel so safe." She says a moment later, removing her hand from Draven's shoulder and holding it over her heart in a mock 'damsel in distress' fashion. "I know who to call if those dragons come calling. It is exactly what I would expect from Stark's Head Girl and Magdalena's own top one hundred hottie."


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There is definitely something to be said with regards to a warm breakfast. Nothing quite hits the spot like bacon and eggs washed down with a side of fresh, pulpy orange juice. Most people are aware of Matteo's mountainous appetite, perhaps only rivaled by the 6th year Lucie (Zara's friend) from Vorne house. His appetite and love of food is the reason his sisters nicknamed him Grasso from a young age, and the reason all of the elves in the kitchen know him by name and vice versa. He knows that he only has to ask his favourite elf, Bringles, for a particular item and the elf will have it ready for him in the blink of an eye.

Even all this talk about dragons does little to dampen Matt's appetite and he's halfway through his colossal meal when Anita Kapoor takes a seat beside him. She apparently has missed the announcement that dragons have been spotted in Germany, but has easily caught on to enough gossip floating around the hall to know that something regarding dragons is up. Teo happily takes it upon himself to fill his friend in on the gossip, "Headmaster just announced that Chinese Dragons have been seen in Germany. All outdoor classes will be heavily supervised and we're to run screaming to the dungeons if we see a dragon flying towards us." Teo's embellishment brings a grin to his face.

He's only slightly perturbed at the thought of having more supervision at Care of Magical Creatures. He hopes all the extra supervision won't put off the animals. Some species don't like large crowds and some of the creatures that are regulars to the class, those that live on the grounds with the CoMC's teacher or in the forest, have only just grown comfortable with Matteo. He'd hate to think what a sudden rush of strangers would do to the more jumpy ones. Then again, he suspects that a dragon attack would have far worse consequences than a couple of supervising teachers. "You know, I don't mind this whole supervision thing... just as long as they don't spook the animals." He says to Anita a moment later.

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Zara hastily attempted bridging the gap between the head girl and Draven, rather optimistic that she could prevent a fight by doling out some compliments. It had to be difficult to balance with one foot on either side of the proverbial fence, precariously straddling the razor sharp line between the two friends. Draven himself was fairly pleased though that she harbored more regard for his temper than Keira's as she chose to praise his physical appearance solely. His blue eyes flicked over to the Half Blood and noted her vacuous expression, opting to let sleeping dogs lie. It would be a fight for another day, he supposed. He was simply too pretty to stay angry. He might wrinkle.

Draven flashed his schoolmate an indolent, salacious grin. "Of course, if there is a Hot One Hundred list for the men of the school, you must know there is one for the women as well." He tapped his temple with his index finger lightly, one of his brows giving a slight arch as he did so. "And as one of the top most ranked individuals of said list, this soon to be dragon slayer has the privilege of knowing just where you ladies sit on your version. It's classified information, however, if you are exceptionally kind to me, it very well might be incumbent upon me to let you in on the well kept secret." Draven stated monotone, teasing them with the offer.

His expression turned cheeky as he swipped Zara's drink and took a swig before rising to stand with a stretch. The man had little to no regard for other people's personal space or possessions; he was like some insolent, contented house cat who ruled the roost and quarreled with the other pets, taking ownership of all the furniture by raking his claws down the side of it. "At any rate, I haven't time for your worship just this second. If I'm not off now, I'm going to be late for class." He slid a sideways glance a Keira and frowned. "Isn't it like, a sin or something, for a headgirl to be tardy? Don't you get demoted for that sort of thing?" He hooked his arm and extended the bow to Zara. "Walk with me? You're pretty much done with your food anyway, and if I leave you, who would protect you from a potentially life threatening dragon attack?" The victorious expression he wore then was a petty one.

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The moment that Taunton, the prat, decides that the best comment to be made towards Keira is one about her blood status, the young woman's eyebrows shoot up. Playfully knock at her skill, she will only respond jokingly, confident that she is more than competent. But attacking a person's heritage is not something Keira is all too fond of accepting, especially from a wealthy, privileged pureblood like Draven. Some part in the back of her mind muses, Well at least he isn't racist, but this is precisely the same thing in the Wizarding World, and the thought is more sarcastic than anything else. Not that there aren't students here who manage to be both racist and blood-bigots, of course. There will always be insufferable twits, no matter how lovely a place otherwise is. It's something Keira has learned to accept, though she is far from complacent about it.

Keira is about to make a snide comment, probably something to do with the fact that he's more snake than dragon and might be better off slithering home, or something along those lines, when Zara cuts in. It is clear that the girl is trying to stop a fight before it starts, rightfully so given that Keira and Draven are both capable of being some of the more dangerous members of the student body if provoked, but Keira's eyebrows remain up. She looks at Draven with the sort of curious displeasure that one might use while observing a stranger vomit, or a grotesque creature previously unseen. Her gaze adds a very slight smirk, or perhaps the beginnings of a grin, to its arsenal, even as Zara decides to try and placate Draven over Zara. Taunton might interpret it one way, but to Keira it is a sign that Zara believes Keira less of an egomaniac. Her temper is no less dangerous for this, of course, but it luckily is able to simmer away. Were it not for Zara, she might have been prompted to challenge him to a duel already. Plenty of people, muggleborns and halfbloods alike, might have rallied behind her for this.

Keira's smile grows once more, as she seems almost ready to chuckle at Zara's little act of a damsel, knowing the girl to be far from it indeed, "What's Taunton going to do --make eyes at the dragons until they go away? Please." Keira responds dismissively. The arrogant side of her does not view him as a significant threat, not when parted from his wealth and influence. Behind the money is an average wizard, as far as she's concerned, and Keira decides to let it slide for the first day of school. She supposes the Head Girl can't be starting fights on the very first day, after all.

Not the sort to be concerned with appearances, she is less than impressed with Draven's comment about telling them where they lie on the 'hottie list' or whatever nonsense he's spouting. Were they friends, she might have found the comment amusing. As it is Draven, she merely finds it boring.

"If it were, they wouldn't have chosen me," she responds breezily, before looking at Zara. It is a good thing that her rivalry with the girl had evolved into a friendship, or else these two would be absolutely sickening to Keira. "I hope you'll keep your wand out --he's likely about as useful as a porcelain flower vase. See you at dueling club, yeah? I've got to get to Charms."

She glances once more at Draven, giving him a critical sort of once over before laughing lightly to herself, her thoughts going unstated but the fact that they only dismiss him further clear, before departing from the duo to head off to Advanced Charms.

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Zara is successful in helping to prevent a magical fight between her two friends, although other factors might also have come in to play besides her own comments and she would hardly credit herself completely with keeping the peace. Still, she's rather pleased with herself and is happy to laugh along at both her friends' comments, even the ones poking fun at the other. Draven's mention of a female 'hottie list' has her rolling her eyes too, although the ever present smirk on her face seems to reveal her amusement at the idea of such a list.

"Darling Draven, I know exactly where I stand on that list and I must say, I'm honoured to top it." She retorts with a wink, flicking her hair back over her shoulder. Truthfully Zara has never heard of 'the list' before, and, as with the Male Hot One Hundred, believes it to be a figment of Draven's imagination. But she's happy to play along, besides she's fairly confident that she would rank fairly high on any real list.

She watches as Draven helps himself to her drink. She is accustomed to Draven and his complete misunderstanding of personal space and possessions. While the quirk might put other people off, Zara has rarely found it troubling, and on the odd occasion where it becomes a problem she's never had any hesitations about letting Draven know. And, if she were being completely honest Zara would admit that she's not always the best at respecting other people's possessions either.

Draven, at any rate, seems to have had enough of Zara's drink and stands, offering her his arm in a gentleman like fashion. She let's him wait a moment as Zara turns her attention to Keira. Keira warns Zara to keep her wand on her, comparing Draven's effectiveness in a battle to that of a porcelain vase. Zara chuckles, and then nods in answer to Keira's question. "Ja, I will see you there. Save your first duel for me and we'll be able to see who got sloppy over the break." Zara says, doubting that Keira would have let her skill slip at all but not being able to hold back the light teasing. While the two girls might not be rivals anymore, Zara's competetiveness She gives Keira a cheerful salute as she leaves, before standing and linking her arm with Draven.

"I will see you in Herbology Lucie." Zara says in farewell to her friend, who is still eating her hearty breakfast. Then, turning her attention back to Draven she sends him a mocking smile, "Lead on Dragons' Dread." Zara gives a quick gasp, her free hand flying up to cover her mouth as she corrects herself, "Or should I now call you my porcelain vase?"