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The Courtyard is where the students spend their time between lessons if they’re not in their Common Room or the Great Hall. Its architecture reveals the Courtyard to be one of the oldest parts of the castle. It connects the castle with the Grounds and also leads to the Wooden Bridge.

In the middle of the Courtyard stands an antique ceramic fountain, perfect for admiring your own reflection or making wishes at. Be aware that once your coin has been tossed into the water, you may never get it back as it will continue to sink. Be careful not to fall in as an attempt of retrieving it, the staff does not usually fancy a swim in the fountain to fetch little students.

In between classes, the Courtyard is usually filled with students enjoying some sun before heading back into the castle again. Whether you choose to occupy one of the many stone benches or enjoy a picnic in the warm lush grass, the Courtyard is the perfect place to relax with your friends from all houses.
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Still, the blonde almost felt like she had been talking too much was already swiping her finger across the top of one of the cupcakes. Then slowly unintentionally slowly as she was busy trying to pay attention to everything and everyone - still, she didn’t hear Quinn’s comment about the Pygmypuffs…she was too focused on the fact that Daehyun had grabbed Pancake and was…holding him out toward her? Was…was he regretting this?

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”and by next year we’ll all have our own inside jokes” Beth grinned, because really those made the best gifts.

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It was a beautiful February afternoon. The smell of spring was starting to fight its way through the winter slumber and the sun shone bright in the sky. Wanting to take full advantage of the unseasonably cheery day, Emmalyn packed her bag and headed out to the courtyard to study. Walking the grounds and daydreaming would have been her first choice, but reading in the sun was a close second.

After finding the perfect bench, one that faced just the right angle to keep the sun out of her eyes, but still allowed the warm rays to fall upon her vitamin d lacking body, she took a seat and pulled out her planner. The trouble with struggling in several classes was trying to choose which one received attention first. Transfiguration was a struggle, as was potions. However, the only class she had managed to set another student's clothes on fire in was charms. That could never happen again...at least not on accident. She let out a small giggle and shook her head at the thought. No, she would never set another students clothes on fire on purpose either.

Finally deciding upon her plan of study, she pulled out her book of spells, and began reading. She was so engrossed in her reading that she was completely oblivious to her surroundings.
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It was a beautiful February afternoon. The smell of spring was starting to fight its way through the winter slumber and the sun shone bright in the sky. Wanting to take full advantage of the unseasonably cheery day, Emmalyn packed her bag and headed out to the courtyard to study. Walking the grounds and daydreaming would have been her first choice, but reading in the sun was a close second.

After finding the perfect bench, one that faced just the right angle to keep the sun out of her eyes, but still allowed the warm rays to fall upon her vitamin d lacking body, she took a seat and pulled out her planner. The trouble with struggling in several classes was trying to choose which one received attention first. Transfiguration was a struggle, as was potions. However, the only class she had managed to set another student's clothes on fire in was charms. That could never happen again...at least not on accident. She let out a small giggle and shook her head at the thought. No, she would never set another students clothes on fire on purpose either.

Finally deciding upon her plan of study, she pulled out her book of spells, and began reading. She was so engrossed in her reading that she was completely oblivious to her surroundings.
Even with the morning jogs with Roderik, Regina still wasn't totally used to Scottish winters. They were still cold to the bone, and the headmistress honestly would rather stay indoors, close to a lit fireplace. But, alas, here she was making her way out to the courtyard only to venture off further into the grounds. There better have been good reason for her to be summoned all the way out there...

But her trek was put on pause when she caught sight of the young Hufflepuff. Regina couldn't help put blink. Yes, the sun was out (a sign of spring, which she was looking forward to longingly after the cold winter) ... but it was still February. It wasn't exactly warm out. The air still had a bite, at least in her opinion.

"Good afternoon, Miss Walsh," the woman finally stated. "An odd place to be studying in this weather, don't you think? I do hope you've casted a heating charm on yourself, even with the sun shining."
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Even with the morning jogs with Roderik, Regina still wasn't totally used to Scottish winters. They were still cold to the bone, and the headmistress honestly would rather stay indoors, close to a lit fireplace. But, alas, here she was making her way out to the courtyard only to venture off further into the grounds. There better have been good reason for her to be summoned all the way out there...

But her trek was put on pause when she caught sight of the young Hufflepuff. Regina couldn't help put blink. Yes, the sun was out (a sign of spring, which she was looking forward to longingly after the cold winter) ... but it was still February. It wasn't exactly warm out. The air still had a bite, at least in her opinion.

"Good afternoon, Miss Walsh," the woman finally stated. "An odd place to be studying in this weather, don't you think? I do hope you've casted a heating charm on yourself, even with the sun shining."


Fully engrossed in her reading, she didn't hear the Headmistress approach and was startled by the sound of her voice. So startled that she dropped her book on the ground with a loud thunk. Her head whipped up to see the familiar face. "Oh! Hello, Headmistress, you surprised me." She reached down and picked up her charms textbook and placed it on her lap. "I rather like the cold weather. Helps me stay focused." She replied, tapping on the cover of her charms book. Plus, it really wasn't that cold and the sun more than made up for any chill in the air.

"A heating charm? Well, I, um, no. No heating charm. I haven't exactly figured that one out yet." Her cheeks flushed with embarrassment. It seemed she couldn't escape her faults, even out in the courtyard.

Hoping to change the subject, she placed her book in her bag and rose to her feet. She didn't want to seem rude by continuing to sit. "So, what brings you out on this fine day?" She wondered what the Headmistress did when she wasn't Headmistressing. It seemed odd to her that she might be doing something that wasn't required by Hogwarts.
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Fully engrossed in her reading, she didn't hear the Headmistress approach and was startled by the sound of her voice. So startled that she dropped her book on the ground with a loud thunk. Her head whipped up to see the familiar face. "Oh! Hello, Headmistress, you surprised me." She reached down and picked up her charms textbook and placed it on her lap. "I rather like the cold weather. Helps me stay focused." She replied, tapping on the cover of her charms book. Plus, it really wasn't that cold and the sun more than made up for any chill in the air.

"A heating charm? Well, I, um, no. No heating charm. I haven't exactly figured that one out yet." Her cheeks flushed with embarrassment. It seemed she couldn't escape her faults, even out in the courtyard.

Hoping to change the subject, she placed her book in her bag and rose to her feet. She didn't want to seem rude by continuing to sit. "So, what brings you out on this fine day?" She wondered what the Headmistress did when she wasn't Headmistressing. It seemed odd to her that she might be doing something that wasn't required by Hogwarts.
"I didn't mean to startle you," she quickly responded, watching as the Hufflepuff picked up her book from the ground. She then caught the title of the book in the girl's hands -- "or disturb you from your studying. My apologies."

Now, Regina couldn't tell what was the cause of the flushed cheeks. Was it the fact that Emmalyn hadn't quite worked out the mechanics of the heating charm? Or perhaps the air was a little colder than she was letting on?

"May I suggest Bluebell Flames?" the headmistress said, remembering that being a spell they learned in one of their lessons. It was fairly simple, and didn't involve anyone getting burned.

The subject was quickly changed, however, which the woman took as a cue. "One of the professors requested that I meet them out in the grounds," she said, her gaze shifting to the wooden bridge that she eventually would need to cross. "Not exactly sure why yet, but duty calls."
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"I didn't mean to startle you," she quickly responded, watching as the Hufflepuff picked up her book from the ground. She then caught the title of the book in the girl's hands -- "or disturb you from your studying. My apologies."

Now, Regina couldn't tell what was the cause of the flushed cheeks. Was it the fact that Emmalyn hadn't quite worked out the mechanics of the heating charm? Or perhaps the air was a little colder than she was letting on?

"May I suggest Bluebell Flames?" the headmistress said, remembering that being a spell they learned in one of their lessons. It was fairly simple, and didn't involve anyone getting burned.

The subject was quickly changed, however, which the woman took as a cue. "One of the professors requested that I meet them out in the grounds," she said, her gaze shifting to the wooden bridge that she eventually would need to cross. "Not exactly sure why yet, but duty calls."
Blue bell flames? Did she know what had happened in Charms class? Maybe Professor Marchand had told her she set Derf's shoe on fire and this was her way of trying to get her to say something about it. Either way, she was going to ignore the suggestion and move along.

Her eyes followed the Headmistress's gaze towards the wooden bridge, wondering which professor would be calling her outside in a sort of private place. Maybe it was a date. It could be rather romantic out there. "Oh, well, that sounds interesting. It's a nice sunny day for a meet up." She grinned only slightly hoping for more information, but fairly certain that wasn't going to happen. There was no reason for the Headmistress to tell her anything about her personal or professional business.


"Well, I don't want to keep you from your work." She had a hard time of reading people and wondered if Professor Hawthorne was simply trying to politely exit. Plus, she still had a lot of studying to do before exams.
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Blue bell flames? Did she know what had happened in Charms class? Maybe Professor Marchand had told her she set Derf's shoe on fire and this was her way of trying to get her to say something about it. Either way, she was going to ignore the suggestion and move along.

Her eyes followed the Headmistress's gaze towards the wooden bridge, wondering which professor would be calling her outside in a sort of private place. Maybe it was a date. It could be rather romantic out there. "Oh, well, that sounds interesting. It's a nice sunny day for a meet up." She grinned only slightly hoping for more information, but fairly certain that wasn't going to happen. There was no reason for the Headmistress to tell her anything about her personal or professional business.


"Well, I don't want to keep you from your work." She had a hard time of reading people and wondered if Professor Hawthorne was simply trying to politely exit. Plus, she still had a lot of studying to do before exams.
Did she know about what happened in Charms class? No, actually. The headmistress knew the content they were studying, but that was all she was aware of. Had she known about the events that had transpired, she probably wouldn't have thought too much of it. Accidents were bound to happen in Charms.

She didn't linger on the suggestion of using Bluebell Flames. Emmalyn didn't seem very interested in that and stuck with her statement of the current state of the weather helping her keep focused. Mind you, she had broken the girl's focus by interrupting her studies.

"I don't think it'll be much of a meet up," Regina responded truthfully, even though she herself really didn't know what to expect. "Something probably got out of the barn and ran off, or maybe something is going on in the forest. The message said my presence was urgent."

With that said, the headmistress did have to leave. Not that she necessarily wanted to, but because she needed to. "I'll leave you to your studies now, Miss Walsh. Don't stay out too long though, alright? I'd had for you to catch a cold."
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Did she know about what happened in Charms class? No, actually. The headmistress knew the content they were studying, but that was all she was aware of. Had she known about the events that had transpired, she probably wouldn't have thought too much of it. Accidents were bound to happen in Charms.

She didn't linger on the suggestion of using Bluebell Flames. Emmalyn didn't seem very interested in that and stuck with her statement of the current state of the weather helping her keep focused. Mind you, she had broken the girl's focus by interrupting her studies.

"I don't think it'll be much of a meet up," Regina responded truthfully, even though she herself really didn't know what to expect. "Something probably got out of the barn and ran off, or maybe something is going on in the forest. The message said my presence was urgent."

With that said, the headmistress did have to leave. Not that she necessarily wanted to, but because she needed to. "I'll leave you to your studies now, Miss Walsh. Don't stay out too long though, alright? I'd had for you to catch a cold."
She shifted her weight from one foot to the other, starting to feel the cold air seep through her outerwear and down to her bones. She shivered a bit and rubbed her hands together for extra warmth. Maybe the Headmistress was right, it was a bit too cold to be studying outside for more than a little while.

Her interest in what was pulling Professor Hawthorne away was fading at the talk of things as mundane as a creature roaming from the barn. "Oh, well then I better not keep you." She nodded her head in agreement over not staying out too long. "I won't be out much longer. I think my fingers are protesting the cold a bit more than I let on." She placed her hands in her pockets. "Thanks for saying hi and I hope your meetup is uneventful."

She sat back down and gathered her things. A trip back to the Hufflepuff common room to sit by the fire was in order. If she was lucky, there would be a tray of cookies and hot chocolate sitting out when she arrived.
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