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Grounds Have a case of cabin fever? Then go see the groundskeeper, hang out by the lake, or explore the expansive school grounds.

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Old 04-16-2017, 09:46 PM
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Located just south of the castle is a large body of water known as the Great Lake or the Black Lake. This is where the first years encounter the school for the first time when the Groundskeeper takes them there by boat. After seven years they will leave the castle, their individual house and their home behind as they sail back across the Great Lake to embark on new adventures.

If you decide to dip your toes in the water, be careful of the many magical creatures inhibiting the lake that might mistake a little student’s toe for a tasty treat. For in the Great Lake lives everything from merpeople to grindylows. Bartholomew Henry, the Giant Squid, however is not interested in nibbling on toes, but would much rather have someone tickle his tentacles while he soaks up some sun.

Why don’t you follow his lead and do the same? Do some homework in the sun heated grass, take that well deserved nap before Ancient Runes or catch up on that reading. Enjoy your time at the Great Lake!
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Well, that was an unnecessarily cold reaction from Ronan. Isa hadn’t realised that Ronan would be offended by being addressed by his last name. ”Sorry, Ronan.” She smiled at him in return. Look, the squid had decided to come talk to them! ”Hello Bartholomew Henry!” What a special treat to have the opportunity to talk to Bartholomew Henry! ”Perhaps there are more coins in the lake that were not collected earlier? Perhaps there has been some disturbance in the lake that caused these ones to wash up here? Bartholomew Henry, have you noticed anything unusual in the lake recently?”

Sky had an interesting theory. ”A message? Like, through the runes? Or a Hansel and Gretel trail of coins?” Maybe there was some lost… something or someone at the bottom of the lake still to be discovered. Who knew. Maybe the merpeople or the grindylows had something to do with it. ”There has to be some bigger story behind all this treasure.” If the runes had anything to say, perhaps this belonged to ancient ancestors What had happened to them? Were there any ghosts with this treasure? Perhaps new treasure finds would further explain the story of the people who these artifacts has belonged to. Why was it all under the lake though? Had this area been dry land before it was a lake? This could be an interesting study of history.
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"I thought they were too. But maybe the professors thought that having all the coins wasn't important....." Wouldn't be the first time that professors at this school were lax at something (see: having encountered pumpkins twice in the past two terms in places where he wasn't expecting them).

Really? "There is plenty wrong with your prefect friend, but now isn't the time to discuss it," was Ronan's equally bitter response to Skylar. Whether she chose to see his faults was her problem. Unfortunately for the Head Boy, the person in question had a certain charm about him that was rather attractive. Ahem. Anyway.....

"It's okay." He honestly hadn't meant for it come out the way it sounded. Something that was happening on the regular these days. It was something that had him slightly worried, but it appeared that there was nothing he could do about it. Anyway, about the treasure. "There's only one way to figure out what's going on here," he said, taking his shoes and socks off, leaving them at the shore and following the trail of coins into the lake. "You guys coming?" he asked the girls and Mr. Henry.
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She didn't mind the colder weather per say, but the little Ravenclaw was bundled to the max even if it wasn't completely freezing just yet. Going near the lake was fun, but the wind from the trees could go right through you some days and today Chloe McCarthy was prepared.

Skipping her way down she had stopped to look at something that was shining on the ground.

What was it?

Bending down she tried to pick it up, but the object seemed buried in the ground. So digging was started, her wand on the ground she used both hands to try to dig the object up.

Looking around she noticed a boy standing closer by, "Hey can you help me over here?"
Harley was kind of off in his own head until he heard a voice.. the voice of a small girl. She was like... twelve at most and her hands were covered in dirt. Naturally it wasn't the female attention he was looking for at school. But nevertheless he looked back toward her. "Help with what? Digging a hole?"

Cause how hard could that be? She had hands.. and seemed to be doing a fine job of it.. Why should he get himself dirty? But maybe some girls his age would see him helping out a younger kid and think he had a heart of gold.. Yeah, that might work. "How can i help?" He wasn't afraid of getting dirty he just thought it should be avoided where it could.
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FINALLY the weather was getting a bit warmer. Nettie had decided that winter in Scotland was even WORSE than winter in France. Much worse. If it was even a single degree warmer than the day before, Nettie was out and about. She'd basically gone STIR CRAZY in the castle all winter and she was over it.

As she walked down to the Great Lake, wondering if it was warm enough to take a swim yet (probably not) she paused when she noticed a rather large group of kids. Hmm. Was there some sort of swimming lesson that she hadn't heard about? She hadn't joined anything except Quidditch this year, just so she could focus on her studies, but if Hogwarts had a swim team, she was DEFINITELY interested. She was basically a fish in the summer.

She walked up to the group and grinned at them, approaching the Head Boy in particular. If she'd learned ANYTHING this term, it was that people with badges usually were good people to follow around. Especially Derf. "Hi! Whatchu doing?" she asked with a friendly grin. Hopefully they were taking new recruits! She didn't have her bathing suit, but she assumed the older boy would know some water proofing charm or something...

That was when she noticed people digging - and one of those people was her very own dormmate. "Chloe!" she exclaimed, smiling over at her. "What are you...WAIT. Is that...?!" her voice trailed off, attention veering away sharply as she noticed a glittering coin near the shoreline, wedged between two rocks that she had almost missed. Was that what she was doing?? Digging for coins??

She was so confused now. Bending down, she picked up the coin and looked around to see if anyone else was as interested in this as she was.
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Bartholomew met Skylar’s eyes then Isabel’s. Like them he had a lot of questions as well as the appearance of the coins was suspicions. “I really cannot say for I do not know. I am one hundred percent sure that your professors are working around the clock to solve the meanings if they haven’t already.’’

Really Mr. Head Boy? Old Bartholomew looked to Ronan wearily. “I highly suggest you report this finding to one of the staff members or to the Headmistress directly. That would be your best course of action.’’ Bartholomew was being stern because he could not help but feel uneasy due to all the happenings over the past few months. It would do no good if the students came to harm in any way.
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Harley was kind of off in his own head until he heard a voice.. the voice of a small girl. She was like... twelve at most and her hands were covered in dirt. Naturally it wasn't the female attention he was looking for at school. But nevertheless he looked back toward her. "Help with what? Digging a hole?"

Cause how hard could that be? She had hands.. and seemed to be doing a fine job of it.. Why should he get himself dirty? But maybe some girls his age would see him helping out a younger kid and think he had a heart of gold.. Yeah, that might work. "How can i help?" He wasn't afraid of getting dirty he just thought it should be avoided where it could.
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FINALLY the weather was getting a bit warmer. Nettie had decided that winter in Scotland was even WORSE than winter in France. Much worse. If it was even a single degree warmer than the day before, Nettie was out and about. She'd basically gone STIR CRAZY in the castle all winter and she was over it.

As she walked down to the Great Lake, wondering if it was warm enough to take a swim yet (probably not) she paused when she noticed a rather large group of kids. Hmm. Was there some sort of swimming lesson that she hadn't heard about? She hadn't joined anything except Quidditch this year, just so she could focus on her studies, but if Hogwarts had a swim team, she was DEFINITELY interested. She was basically a fish in the summer.

She walked up to the group and grinned at them, approaching the Head Boy in particular. If she'd learned ANYTHING this term, it was that people with badges usually were good people to follow around. Especially Derf. "Hi! Whatchu doing?" she asked with a friendly grin. Hopefully they were taking new recruits! She didn't have her bathing suit, but she assumed the older boy would know some water proofing charm or something...

That was when she noticed people digging - and one of those people was her very own dormmate. "Chloe!" she exclaimed, smiling over at her. "What are you...WAIT. Is that...?!" her voice trailed off, attention veering away sharply as she noticed a glittering coin near the shoreline, wedged between two rocks that she had almost missed. Was that what she was doing?? Digging for coins??

She was so confused now. Bending down, she picked up the coin and looked around to see if anyone else was as interested in this as she was.
What the boy going to help her? She looked up to see, but was so interested in whatever it was that was on the ground that she soon was on her hands and knees.

Oh YAY he was going to help, "There is something shiny and I want to know what it is, but it's mostly buried. See" pointing for only a moment before she was back to digging again. Whatever it was it was bigger then she first though.

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What could it be? Could it be something expensive or was it just some junk toy that was lost. She hoped it would be the first thing as she kept pushing dirt around. Hearing another voice she looked up, "Hey Nettie, I've found something hopefully super cool. Want to come help? "
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Bartholomew met Skylar’s eyes then Isabel’s. Like them he had a lot of questions as well as the appearance of the coins was suspicions. “I really cannot say for I do not know. I am one hundred percent sure that your professors are working around the clock to solve the meanings if they haven’t already.’’

Really Mr. Head Boy? Old Bartholomew looked to Ronan wearily. “I highly suggest you report this finding to one of the staff members or to the Headmistress directly. That would be your best course of action.’’ Bartholomew was being stern because he could not help but feel uneasy due to all the happenings over the past few months. It would do no good if the students came to harm in any way.
Of course his hopes for some kind of adventure after what had been a relatively quiet term, aside from the grindylow incident, would end up being waylaid, if not completely dashed. With a sigh, Ronan pulled out his wand and sent his meerkat patronus up to the castle with a message for the Headmistress.

He wasn't moving from the water, though, until a professor showed up.
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Regina had been sitting in her office when the meerkat made an appearance. At first it was startling, considering it wasn't a Patronus she was familiar with. But, as soon as the short message was given, she quickly left her office and made her way down to the lake.

Moments later, there she was, her figure getting closer and closer with each step. The headmistress had a concerned look on her face, put was rather perplexed at what was going on. And why was the Head Boy just standing there in the lake?

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And Ronan was wading out into the lake??? Skylar just stood where she was at a moment, listening, but her blue-gray eyes flicked over towards Bartholomew instead of following the Head Boy just yet. Okay now was her chance to be rude, at least in her mind, because in her seven years at Hogwarts she was stunned to learn that the professors worked around the clock to solve the Hogwarts Mysteries. And before she could speak anything more on the matter, Ronan sent off his patronus and the Headmistress was approaching them.

"Hello, I was just going to be working on my flying assignment," unnecessary addition, really, "When I noticed these coins. They don't seem to be cursed or anything from the revealing charm I tried on them." She wasn't going to mention her rookie mistake of handling them before casting the revealing charm either. "They're like what we found back in the Fall."
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