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Both Feet on the Ground

Post by Guest on Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:06 am

This is what Riley had been dreading, flying classes. The boy was so scared of heights and liked it better when his feet were on the ground. He legs felt like jelly and he could hardly keep himself up. He felt like he was going to pass out at any moment. He tried to listen to the professor but his fear was taking up his mind. He only caught the part when Professor Bowen asked if anyone had any questions. Riley's hand was the only one to go up. "Um, can I not fly?" Her answer was no and that he had to do what the class was doing. Some of his classmates laughed, others rolled their eyes. The young boy felt his cheeks burn.

As she called out orders, the class followed. Riley was just a bit slower than everyone else. Finally, she told e eryone to kick off the ground and float on their brooms. Everyone else did besides Riley. He was told again to kick off the ground and join the class. "I-I can't!" Why couldn't anyone understand that he was afraid?

He began to hear rude remarks from other students. He felt tears come to his eyes but he refused to cry. He just dropped his broom then sat where he had been standing. The professor wasn't happy and warned him that if he didn't get up then he would get a detention. He didn't care,he wasn't about to do anything that made him feel unsafe and fearful.

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:55 pm

Beauregard didn't see why they had to have flying lessons. It seemed to him like gym class all over again, only really fun for the people who were athletically inclined. Bo could skateboard, but that was about it, and wasn't too hopeful for quidditch. None of the St. Holmes played Quidditch, but they all seemed like the artistic type anyway, so his exposure to the sport was minimal.

He trudged on his way to the class and lined up with the other kids, sighing heavily. He didn't even notice his roommate was there until he had spoken up and asked if he could be excused. A couple of kids laughed at him. Bo was not one of them. He understood Riley's desire, but unlike Riley, actually obeyed the teacher's orders.

He grabbed one of the school's old brooms and made his way to stand next to Riley before mounting the broom and, much to his surprise, hovered on it without any difficulty.

"C'mon, buddy. People are starting to talk about you," Bo called down to the boy next to him, who was now sitting. He could tell Riley was stressed out. He had already seen the boy cry and was most acquainted with Riley's habits out of anyone else in school, well, except for Melody, of course. "It's not that bad. Look at me! I'm a classic fool and I'm managing just fine! What's wrong?" He asked, trying his best to help. Riley was an alright kid and he didn't want to hear the other students pick on him in whispers.

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:48 pm

He would be lying if he said he didn't care that people were talking about him. But that didn't mean he was going to change his mind about not flying. He was going to stay on the ground even if it meant getting a detention or, worse, getting sent to the headmistress's office. No way was he going to do something that he was uncomfortable with. Didn't anyone care that he had a terrible fear of heights? Or that he had feelings and that he could hear the rude remarks people were saying? He shook his head at his roommate and pulled his legs to his chest. He rested his head on his knees amd looked forward.

The professor gave him another warning, she said if she had to tell him again that he had detention. She might as well already give him that detention because he wasn't getting up. "I'm afraid, okay!" He spat out. Why else would he be acting out like this? Usually the boy was the teacher's pet but not this time. "I-I have a terrible fear of heights," he said in a shakey voice.

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Post by Lucie Banken on Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:18 am

Lucie was going to learn how to fly.  She was excited about this.  Her brothers may have called her weird for not wanting to learn how to ride a bike and a freak for being a witch but they were going to be so jealous when she told them she could fly.  It was all so very odd to not be afraid of flying but she wasn't.  Grass was softer than the roads around Amsterdam.  Wasn't it? She brushed aside that twinge of fear.

She lined up with the other first years and listened to the instructions.  Very carefully listened to them.  That was the best way to avoid a fatal accident right?  Finally with a broom in her hands she was up to the part which partly made her excited and partly had her nervous.  She kicked off the ground with the rest. The rest but the boy she'd met in that broom shop.  

The first year hovered and looked down at Riley with sympathy.  No laughter was coming from her direction.  She knew what it was like to have a fear no-one else understood.  "Bo," she hissed, "don't push him."  She shot a pleading look at Professor Bowen. Didn't she understand fears? There had to have been other students in the past with a fear of heights didn't there?

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:59 pm

Riley didn't answer him at first, but rather continued to sit on the ground. The teacher had threatened him with detention and Bo found himself surprised that it had no effect on Riley either. Bo bit his lip nervously. He didn't want to see Riley get detention, but he didn't know what to do to help him. Someone called to him in a scolding manner and Bo looked up to see Lucie hovering on the other side of the seated Riley. "I'm just trying to help!" He defended, then quickly looked at Riley as suddenly he had exclaimed that he was afraid.

Suddenly it all made sense and Bo nodded to show his understanding. For Riley to try flying a broom, he'd have to face his fear, which was asking a bit much in his opinion. Bo dismounted his broom then and sat down on the grass next to Riley. "It's okay," He told Riley. "If Professor Bowen is going to give you detention for not participating, she'll have to give me it as well," He determined and then look towards Lucie to see whether or not she was in. Professor Bowen couldn't give them all detention, so maybe if enough kids went on strike, she'd just let Riley off the hook.

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Post by Lucie Banken on Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:15 am

Lucie hesitated when she saw Bo get off his broom to sit down beside Riley. Did she dare defy the teacher even though she thought it was unfair to make someone do something they were beyond terrified to do? If she was going to do this she was going to have to act fast. Before Professor Bowen really did carry through with her unfair threat.

The young witch was close enough to the ground to hop off her hovering broom and let it fall gently to the ground too. Then she sat down on the other side of Riley. "I think she might be understanding if you make it clear why you can't do it," she whispered to him. Maybe. Oh she hoped so because it really was unfair when you were paralysed with fear and someone was pushing you face it before you were ready.

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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:30 pm

Riley hadn't expected what happened next, Bo had gotten off his broom just for him. The young boy couldn't help the smile that grew on his lips. He had never had someone risk getting in trouble for him. They must be friends now since he was sticking up for him. He swore he would do the same if the roles were reversed and Bo needed saving. Then, this made Riley's smile grow, Lucie got off of her broom and sat down beside him.

Maybe this was enough people to stay out of trouble but maybe it wasn't. His heart pounded as he watched the professor to see what she would do next. She didn't look too happy but she looked as if she had lightened up a bit. She knew that she couldn't give them a detention but Riley was still going to have to learn to fly. "By the end of the year, you must get on a broom and fly at least once," she said before turning her back and facing the other students.

He dreaded the day that would come but they had won for now. He pretended not to hear the rude comments coming from other students' mouths. Why should he get special treatment? He's nothing but a baby. He wanted to cover his ears so he couldn't hear them but that wouldn't help since he had aready heard most of their comments about him.

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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:43 pm

Much to Beauregard's pleasure, Lucie had joined the pair of them. He was serious when he said he would take a detention with Riley if things amounted to that, but he would hate to have had his act of rebellion go in vain if it were only him and Riley sitting out. Their demonstration seemed to appeal to Professor Bowen, for her face lightened and she approached Riley and made a compromise with him. Bo smiled. That meant no detention for them and he would be able to rejoin the class without having to worry about Riley.

"Don't worry," Bo started, as he stood up and patted the dirt from his trousers. "I'll help you with flying so you can keep your part of the bargain with Professor Bowen. If you want, that is," Beauregard offered. He might not be a flying champion yet, but he would teach Riley everything he learned from class. He moved towards Lucie and offered her a helping hand up. "Thanks," He told her. He wasn't sure about her when he had first met her, but anyone who was willing to help out Riley was okay in his book.

Bo returned to his spot and picked up his broom again before mounting it and continued to hover with the remainder of the class.

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Post by Lucie Banken on Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:47 am

Lucie was relieved to hear she wasn't going to get into trouble for sticking up for Riley. Even better was hearing Professor Bowen giving him another chance. It was a shame though she was expecting him to overcome his fear without giving any suggestions as to how to do it. Maybe if he did do it eventually she would try riding a bike again during the holidays.

She took the hand Bo held out and let him help her up off the ground. "I can also help," she offered before returning to her on the broom hovering position. And when the summer holidays arrived she would ask Owen to help her learn how to ride a bike. Wouldn't he be surprised?

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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:58 pm

Help was offered by both members of his little boycott, if you could even call it that. He usually didn't go against elders or anyone in that matter but this one time he did. It had made his heart pound and his palms sweat. Was this how it felt to stand up for yourself? He was so used to doing what others wanted even if he didn't like it. But this time was way different, he felt proud of himself like he had just won a race or a spelling bee.

"You both could help," he said softly. His clasped his hands together and looked down at his sweating hands. He began to blush, for what reason he didn't know. While growing up, he did things on his own, besides when he was too young to do anything. But now he was getting help and it felt so weird to him. "Thank you," he said to the other two students. Was he able to call them his friends now? They had risked detention for him after all. If they wanted to be friends then he was more than happy to accept.

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