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FearlessLeader19 05-17-2021 11:05 PM

Okay, there was chaos around the dance floor. Claudine could see that much. One of the Flamsteed twins even seemed to be actually suffering from physical blows from Scarlett's hair. Ouch. She actually felt that for whichever twin it was. Said twin was actually cast out of her mind when the boyfriend surprised her with his response. Say what? Heath was actually up for dancing in front of a bunch of others? Wow. Of recent, he certainly was surprising her.

“If you’re sure.’’ Claudine grinned, realising that the prospect of dancing with Heath and perhaps with Ashley wasn’t such a bad thing. There were plenty of bad dancers in the room already, lead by Gunter, so one more {herself} being added to the mix wouldn’t be a bad thing. In any case, Claudine never let what others thought of her rest on her mind.

“I think we can dance together.” Group dances were just as fun? She wouldn’t know. Claudine led the way to the dance floor, choosing somewhere out of any potential danger. Um… how did she kick things off? Oh, right. Follow the beat of the music.

This is exactly what the sixth year started to do, moving the upper part of her body to the beats. It took a while for her to actually get some foot movements in there but a couple of minutes later, there was. Thank Merlin for comfortable shoes.

Kolyander 05-17-2021 11:35 PM

Tadhg & Apollo!
 
Lia wasn't sure what Apollo's shrug was in reference to but she could only assume it had something to do with whatever Gunter was talking about. She made a face that could only mean 'I have no clue' and that same look was given once more at the hair whipping girl too. While she had done that very same thing a few times it had been back at home and not in close vicinity of anyone else. Ouch! She grimaced seeing Atlas or was that Aries? get hit right in the eye with that girls hair. Good for Quinn sticking up for him though!

"Looks that way," she nodded her head in response to Tadhg wondering when exactly he had joined them. Boy had to stop sneaking up on her that way. Anyhow it was time to dance and in her moment of not realizing that her bestie had been near her all along, her attention had been on Apollo.

Which now left her with two boys expecting a dance. One whom she had just asked to be her partner. The other whom was being his goofball self and obviously trying to make her laugh. Which he got her to go. Dahlia giggled. "I would kind Sir but as my friend Apollo here so kindly mentioned I did request his hand for a dance as well. A Lady can not go back on her word." She placed her had in Apollo's offered at the very same time she slipped her other hand into Tadhg's. "We can all dance together to start." No hurt feelings today. They can all dance together first and then take turns if they wanted.

astrocat 05-18-2021 12:39 AM

SPOILER!!: Claudine and Heath :)
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Originally Posted by MadMadamMalfoy (Post 12496160)
Heath returned Claudine’s smile, but his face soon fell as Professor Gunter confirmed what he already suspected. They were dancing. Why? What in Hoth did dancing have to do with Ancient Runes? Never mind… He’d learned long ago not to try to make sense of the professors’ reasoning; just go with it. He watched Gunter’s fall with apprehension, both for the professor and himself. Knowing his luck, it was only a matter of time before he did something similar on the dance floor!

At least they had the option of walking… or jumping jacks or running in place. Literally anything was better than dancing! Heath had every intention of taking one of those options until Claudine spoke. The thought of dancing with her put him more at ease. He’d done it before - although that was in private, not in a room full of students who, despite what the professor said, would probably judge him - and he just couldn’t say no to her! “Okay,” he replied, nodding.

The only problem was the only dances he knew were mean for two people, and he didn’t want Ash to be left out. Okay, technically that wasn’t true. He knew The Chicken Dance and The Hokey Cokey, but those were silly kiddie dances. No way in Hoth was he doing either of those! Then an idea occurred to him. “What if the three of us take turns dancing with each other?” he said.

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Originally Posted by FearlessLeader19 (Post 12496223)
Okay, there was chaos around the dance floor. Claudine could see that much. One of the Flamsteed twins even seemed to be actually suffering from physical blows from Scarlett's hair. Ouch. She actually felt that for whichever twin it was. Said twin was actually cast out of her mind when the boyfriend surprised her with his response. Say what? Heath was actually up for dancing in front of a bunch of others? Wow. Of recent, he certainly was surprising her.

“If you’re sure.’’ Claudine grinned, realising that the prospect of dancing with Heath and perhaps with Ashley wasn’t such a bad thing. There were plenty of bad dancers in the room already, lead by Gunter, so one more {herself} being added to the mix wouldn’t be a bad thing. In any case, Claudine never let what others thought of her rest on her mind.

“I think we can dance together.” Group dances were just as fun? She wouldn’t know. Claudine led the way to the dance floor, choosing somewhere out of any potential danger. Um… how did she kick things off? Oh, right. Follow the beat of the music.

This is exactly what the sixth year started to do, moving the upper part of her body to the beats. It took a while for her to actually get some foot movements in there but a couple of minutes later, there was. Thank Merlin for comfortable shoes.



Ash did not enjoy dancing. She could dance just fine, sure. But dance was expressive. It showed deep truths. Now, Ash had very little tact or filter and was prone to saying whatever she thought, but she was not at all comfortable with showing how she felt or her motives. Noooo thanks.

She was going to just pace coldly around the perimeter of the dance floor. But nooooo. She was being asked to dance. But Claudine and Heath were pretty great (and super cute), so she'd dance. "Alright." Dance in a way that revealed absolutely nothing about her. She mirrored Claudine perfectly, occasionally switching something up for a few seconds to make people confused. She was satisfied that she was not giving much away- perhaps she could have fun now.

ArianaBlack 05-18-2021 02:27 AM

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Originally Posted by TakemetotheBurrow (Post 12496178)
Well, Uncle Oakey was still as clumsy as ever and Cece frowned a little, hoping her classmates didn't make fun of him for it. The guy was kind of a goof, but he had a great heart, and he was also super smart about this stuff. He had this. Well, she hoped he had this. Professor-ing wasn't for everyone.

Deciding now was as good a time as ever to practice some of the dance moves Kale had showed her, the blonde put her arms out as if to dance with an imaginary partner and then began to practice the simple steps she remembered. One-two-three. One-two-three.

Dance party during class? Who was Kinsay James to complain!? This was awesome. She wished every class started with a dance party. Maybe if they were lucky, Mr. Gunter would even let them dance for the rest of class too. Kizzy didn't like Ancient Runes very much, she had very little interest in keeping up with it.

She was VERY interested in dancing though. Not by herself, of course. She'd probably look silly if she tried to dance by herself, so instead, she made her way over to the dance floor and found Cece. "Can I dance with you, Cece?" she asked quietly, moving her hips side to side and doing a few little twirls. She was a pretty good dancer, but dancing by herself would be embarrassing. Cece was real good too, Kiz noticed!

Watson 05-18-2021 02:46 AM

Remy, Ollie, aaaaand V (please read aaand Peggy!)
 
Aaaand V had joined their group! Excellent. The more the merrier. Lisa was just about to suggest inviting more but saw Daniel and Alfred standing together. As much as she would have liked to extend an invitation to either boy, she thought it would be best to keep both firecracker V and firecracker D far, far away from each other. She turned back to the group still doing her sword dance thingamajig when she saw V throwing it down.

GIRL HAD MOOOOOOOVES.

With the biggest eyes as wide as tea cup saucers, Lisa just bounced from side to side as she looked at her friend. "V, can you teach us how to do THAT? Imagine if we were all in sync. How cool we'd look!" she cried out. They'd be just like those girl groups but only cooler with magic. "We'd be like the Spice Girls!!! And we already have our V!"

Lisa wasn't entirely sure WHY Professor Gunter was making them boogie it down. It was far different from his other lessons thus far that she had experienced. It was also significantly different from the therapy sessions. She turned her gaze from Remy to Ollie. "I don't know HOW this has to do with Ancient Runes unless their is like a movement dance or we're learning a secret rune dance buuuut I like how we're not talking about our feelings. This is fun!" Even if she was a bad dancer.

Aaand out of the corner of her eye, she witnessed a hair slap and yelp. Oof. There was that energetic Hufflepuff girl. And she had smacked Atlas. Oof. That looked.... painful.

Granger Danger 05-18-2021 02:46 AM

Apollo and Lia.
 
Looking at Lia and Apollo he gave them a fake smile that definitely looked like a real soft warm smile. " My apologies Apollo didn't hear her say that, wasn't paying attention and it's Tadhg thanks." He too was a bit occupied by the wild Hufflepuff girl. Pulling his hand gently away from Lia's he shook his head. " Go ahead and go with Apollo, after all you asked him to be your partner, be rude to cut in. How ungentlemanly of me to cut in without asking, my mother would be so ashame of me." He could literally hear her in his head and smacking him across the head for being rude.

Besides, he was fine dancing alone and by himself, all good and fun, he didn't need a partner. Besides he didn't want to be reminded of the stupid dinner parties his parents thrown together anyways where he had to waltz and so many other dances. Yeah... he didn't like those dances, no thank you but next, he liked upbeat music. He swears if boring classical ballroom dancing was going to come on he swears he'll fall asleep dancing.

TakemetotheBurrow 05-18-2021 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by ArianaBlack (Post 12496267)
Dance party during class? Who was Kinsay James to complain!? This was awesome. She wished every class started with a dance party. Maybe if they were lucky, Mr. Gunter would even let them dance for the rest of class too. Kizzy didn't like Ancient Runes very much, she had very little interest in keeping up with it.

She was VERY interested in dancing though. Not by herself, of course. She'd probably look silly if she tried to dance by herself, so instead, she made her way over to the dance floor and found Cece. "Can I dance with you, Cece?" she asked quietly, moving her hips side to side and doing a few little twirls. She was a pretty good dancer, but dancing by herself would be embarrassing. Cece was real good too, Kiz noticed!

”Hey Kiz,” Cece greeted with a smile, taking the other girl’s hand. ”Thought you’d never ask.” She gave her pseudo little sis an exaggerated twirl and then let her go, doing a ballerina twirl of her own. She had to admit, this was kind of a nice way to start a lesson. Dancing made her not think so much and maybe clearing their minds was exactly what Unc-Professor Gunter was going for.

Tegz 05-18-2021 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Felixir (Post 12496179)
Staying off the dance floor itself seemed the wiser choice thus far, if the flailing students and professor were anything to go by. Might have been fun to go out there and lamp someone in the face, claim it was the result of exuberant dancing and self-expression, but there was nobody they were particularly interested in targeting, and ultimately the idea did not hold as much fun as they expected it to. More entertainment value in observing the others, and even then...

... even then, they weren't interested. Not in the covered object either, at least in the sense that they didn't think it likely to find an advantage that mattered in seeing it a few minutes early. Sabotage, though, that was a different kettle of kelpies. Nem had noticed where Pax's eye was drawn earlier, and were not averse to making a short stop in the name of... whatever, especially if those little kids were inclined to turn their little collision into an entire scene.

Strolling silently around the edge of the dance floor alongside Pax, they veered slightly outwards, closer to the wall, fiddling with something in their pocket.

What was Nem doing? Pax was tempted to inquire in their twinspeak, but instead just casually moved so that she was walking exactly where she needed to in order to partially obscure Nemesis from Professor Gunter's view in case they wanted to make use of the cover. It was entirely automatic. And honestly? Possible sabotage had more potential as a relevant potential learning opportunity than dancing around and getting sweaty in class.

It was also somewhat of a relief to be able to slide back into old patterns with her twin after the previous term. Better than overthinking. Better than feeling unpleasant things. Everything felt better for Pax when she and Nemesis were simpatico.

MadMadamMalfoy 05-18-2021 03:23 PM

SPOILER!!: Claudine & Ash <3
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Originally Posted by FearlessLeader19 (Post 12496223)
Okay, there was chaos around the dance floor. Claudine could see that much. One of the Flamsteed twins even seemed to be actually suffering from physical blows from Scarlett's hair. Ouch. She actually felt that for whichever twin it was. Said twin was actually cast out of her mind when the boyfriend surprised her with his response. Say what? Heath was actually up for dancing in front of a bunch of others? Wow. Of recent, he certainly was surprising her.*

“If you’re sure.’’ Claudine grinned, realising that the prospect of dancing with Heath and perhaps with Ashley wasn’t such a bad thing. There were plenty of bad dancers in the room already, lead by Gunter, so one more {herself} being added to the mix wouldn’t be a bad thing. In any case, Claudine never let what others thought of her rest on her mind.

“I think we can dance together.” Group dances were just as fun? She wouldn’t know. Claudine led the way to the dance floor, choosing somewhere out of any potential danger. Um… how did she kick things off? Oh, right. Follow the beat of the music.*

This is exactly what the sixth year started to do, moving the upper part of her body to the beats. It took a while for her to actually get some foot movements in there but a couple of minutes later, there was. Thank Merlin for comfortable shoes.


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Originally Posted by astrocat (Post 12496241)
SPOILER!!: Claudine and Heath :)




Ash did not enjoy dancing. She could dance just fine, sure. But dance was expressive. It showed deep truths. Now, Ash had very little tact or filter and was prone to saying whatever she thought, but she was not at all comfortable with showing how she felt or her motives. Noooo thanks.


She was going to just pace coldly around the perimeter of the dance floor. But nooooo. She was being asked to dance. But Claudine and Heath were pretty great (and super cute), so she'd dance. "Alright." Dance in a way that revealed absolutely nothing about her. She mirrored Claudine perfectly, occasionally switching something up for a few seconds to make people confused. She was satisfied that she was not giving much away- perhaps she could have fun now.



Truth be told, Heath surprised even himself by agreeing to dance. It wasn't like him to put himself on the line for judgement! While Professor Gunter might see the dance floor as a no judgement zone, he doubted his classmates would feel the same way. But what could he say? He could never say no to Claudine! She brought out his confident side, and they'd already been through so much together. What was a little embarrassment among friends? He grinned back at her. "Positive."

Blink, blink. What? He didn't know the steps to any group dances! His confidence wavered, but before he could talk himself out of it, he followed Claudine and Ash onto the dance floor. Keeping his eyes on his two partners so as not to accidentally meet any judgemental stares, he copied Claudine's upper body movements and a few of Ash's moves. He even incorporated a few steps he'd picked up from plays he'd been in. A twist here, a spin there…

As he looked at the floor, a thought occurred to him. Was this going to be like one of those old Dance Dance Revolution games, only with runes on the floor instead of arrows? That was the only connection between runes and dancing he could think of!

ArianaBlack 05-18-2021 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by TakemetotheBurrow (Post 12496316)
”Hey Kiz,” Cece greeted with a smile, taking the other girl’s hand. ”Thought you’d never ask.” She gave her pseudo little sis an exaggerated twirl and then let her go, doing a ballerina twirl of her own. She had to admit, this was kind of a nice way to start a lesson. Dancing made her not think so much and maybe clearing their minds was exactly what Unc-Professor Gunter was going for.

Kinz knew exactly what to do when Cece took her hand. She had pleeeeenty of practice. Even though she didn't take dance classes like Emm, they always made up routines in the living room for their parents. So she had lots of practice! It was just like gymnastics, minus going all upside down. Again, Kins moved her hips side to side, cheering as Cece did a twirl of her own. This was so much fun!

"I wish we could dance every lesson." Even though it might get a little redundant. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood about it too. Mr. Gunter clearly knew what he was doing. Kinz had to give him big props for that. She almost didn't even want the actual lesson to ever begin. Couldn't they just dance the whoooooooole time, please?

Kolyander 05-18-2021 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Granger Danger (Post 12496275)
Looking at Lia and Apollo he gave them a fake smile that definitely looked like a real soft warm smile. " My apologies Apollo didn't hear her say that, wasn't paying attention and it's Tadhg thanks." He too was a bit occupied by the wild Hufflepuff girl. Pulling his hand gently away from Lia's he shook his head. " Go ahead and go with Apollo, after all you asked him to be your partner, be rude to cut in. How ungentlemanly of me to cut in without asking, my mother would be so ashame of me." He could literally hear her in his head and smacking him across the head for being rude.

Besides, he was fine dancing alone and by himself, all good and fun, he didn't need a partner. Besides he didn't want to be reminded of the stupid dinner parties his parents thrown together anyways where he had to waltz and so many other dances. Yeah... he didn't like those dances, no thank you but next, he liked upbeat music. He swears if boring classical ballroom dancing was going to come on he swears he'll fall asleep dancing.

HUH?!

Dahlia stood there in complete confusion as her bestie pulled his hand gently from her grasp. That sweet soft smile of his and those kind apologetic words weren't following her. With how long they had known one another, she knew something was going on right away. Mood swings were one thing but this was just all kinds of strange. She had told them both they could all dance together, they were allowed to do that, so what was Tad's problem?

"No, what's rude and ungentlemanly is this," Lia muttered waving her now free hand at him. "I can have more than one partner, you know. That's allowed. And I think your mum would be more ashamed of you upsetting me over something so silly right now." Yeah, she pulled the mum card since he went and did it first. Plus she knew his mum well enough to know how she would be laughing at the two of them right now and telling them to just dance and stop being so silly.

Why did boys have to be some complicated sometimes? Tadhg was her bestie since they were three years old, he was always included in everything she did. She just didn't understand. And now, she didn't even feel like dancing at all.

MadAlice 05-18-2021 10:00 PM

Ivy! (my savior!)
 
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Originally Posted by AlwaysSnapesGirl (Post 12496209)
"C'mon, Violet, join us!" She smiled. "It's not so bad!"

Violet was feeling more and more uncomfortable, feeling like she needed to do something pretty soon, when she heard Ivy calling her. Thank goodness! Dancing (or trying to) in the vicinity of someone else was loads better than attempting it on your own.

Violet edged over to where Ivy was moving on the floor, carefully avoiding getting struck by the flying hair of one of the new Hufflepuffs. She was mortified to confess to anyone that she really did not know how to dance. She checked out what Ivy was doing out of the corner of her eye and tried to copy it. Because when in doubt, find someone who's competent in a skill and do what they do.

Uncle Moose 05-19-2021 12:49 AM

Professor Gunter slowed down on his own dance moves feeling pretty confident now. He observed as a majority of the students got onto the dance floor and got right to dancing. A smile escaped his lips. Of course there were plenty of really interesting dances going on as well. The Robot, some Mirror Dance performance piece, What he could only assume were ballet techniques, Groups dancing together. All this interaction was making the grown man all giddy with joy.

But it was time to move forward. There was still much to cover and it might be good to get a few of the students back on track. With Scarlett whippping her hair into unsuspecting faces, and don't think he wasn't watching you Upsteads. Veering off course from the perimeter of the dance floor toward the covered object. "All right everyone. Let's settle it down now." He turned toward the self playing instruments and each of them began to quiet down until it was completely quiet again. "You can all plop a squat right where you are. Catch your breath. Anyone who walked or stretched you can take a seat on the dance floor too." That means both of you Pax and Nemesis, come right on back.

"Those were some really some Brilliant moves. Everyone hopefully feels much more mobile and loose." He took a seat at the edge of the stage. Surely this would be the part where they all wished they could have just kept dancing. "I'll need you all to listen carefully. For everything to piece together I'll give a abridged version on the Birth of Sleipnir." Professor Gunter always get very focused whenever he got into the Myths that came from the Vikings.

"A Giant disguised as a simple craftsman came to Asgard when it was still young. He brought with him his own horse and made an offer to the Gods. He would build them a massive wall around their city that would grant them protection from the Frost Giants in three seasons. In return for his services he would wed their Goddess Freya, and be given the Sun and the Moon." Those were some CRAZY demands! "The gods would only agree to this if he could build this wall in one season, not three. And the Giant in disguise agreed. Talk about confidence. "The trickster god, Loki had convinced the gods that this man could not build the wall in one season so Freya was safe, as was the sun and the moon. Unfortunately the man was building the wall and much faster than they had anticipated. It was not the man who was making this possible, but his faithful steed, Svadifari. The stallion had tons of Horse Power." Horse POWER! Get it?! "Furious with Loki, and concerned with giving up so much for the Wall being built at a much faster pace than they had hoped. They forced the Trickster to stop the wall from being finished. So Loki shapeshifted himself into a Mare and at night went to where the Giant and his stallion were working." Get ready this next part was gonna be weird! "Loki as the Mare trotted out toward the two of them. This mare was a beautiful creature. Easily distracting Svadifari. Who abandoned his work and ran off with with Mare. Leaving just the Giant to work on the wall. In the end, the Man could not complete the wall in time. Even worse he was discovered to be a Frost Giant. With this Thor with his mighty hammer felled the Giant swiftly. Loki still as a Mare returned, but now he was pregnant with a foal." Yeah told it was weird. "Loki as the Mare then gave birth to a magnificent horse. Grey in color and with eight legs. Loki gifted the horse to the All-Father Odin. Sleipnir would be the greatest Horse among all other horses. Fastest thanks to his eight legs, and stronger than even his father Svadifari."

Okay maybe not so abridged as he thought. He got caught in the story.

"It's important to understand how swift and powerful Sleipnir was for Odin. What else can you tell me about his noble steed? Is there a relationship the horse has to Ancient Runes? Can anyone figure out why exactly I had you all dance like crazy?"

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OOC: Answer one or all three of the Questions Professor Gunter posed to your students. Don't worry about answering correctly. Respond with how best you believe your character might. Class will press on tomorrow about 7PM EST.

Chelliephone 05-19-2021 02:13 AM

He did not ever really get himself to the level of comfort where he was dancing as openly as his peers, but Evan was enjoying watching all of their moves. Some of them he was jealous of how clearly they were able to just.. have fun and not worry about what other people thought. And then others had such large groups of friends he felt a pang at that too. He was quite glad to see the large group of first years included his sister though - which he would have not expected anything less, but it was still good to see.

And despite his not dancing, his body was actually feeling pretty relaxed with all the stretching and he was glad that they'd done some movement so they could better focus on the lesson ahead. When Professor Gunter called the dancing off, and told them to sit where they were - err, well what Evan assumed what he said meant anyways - he couldn't resist grabbing his notebook and a pen first so he could take some notes.

Crossing his legs and getting comfortable, he listened to the norse tale, not at all familiar. The tale was... odd and to be perfectly frank, Evan had no idea what they were supposed to be getting from it or where the tie in was for everything yet. So far the only thing he could gather was that attraction was distracting... so maybe avoid that? As for why they had to dance.. he was going to assume it was not to do with trying to imagine what it would be like with 8 legs like the mentioned horse. But he still figured he'd offer an answer, so Evan raised his hand and waited to be called upon. He had no answer for the first two questions, much more interested to hear what his peers would say, but he could guess for the last. "Did we dance or move before so that we could concentrate on a complicated lesson?"

Because Runes was complicated.

Watson 05-19-2021 02:39 AM

Lisa pouted when Professor Gunter called them back to the lesson.

Nononononononononooooooooooo! :whaa: Couldnt they keep dancing? Couldnt that be the WHOLE ENTIRE LESSON? She was just getting into the groove and learning all the awesome dance moves from V. As they were called all together, Lisa made her way over to sit next to her brother. She leaned against him and glanced up, offering him a toothy grin, before listening to the lesson at hand.

As Gunter started telling the LOOOOOOONG and non-abridged version of the Norse myth, Lisa spent the whole time imagining the event with the Marvel Thor actors. She giggled quietly as she imagined the fight scene and even wondered if the Hulk or Rocket the Raccoon had gotten involved in this whacky and wild adventure. Hehe. She loved it. She’d have to ask the Professor after class when Marvel was going to do THIS story as a one off film. That being said, they’d have to cast new actors cause the last film was in the late 2010s or something. Almost 90 years ago.... WOW! The cinematic film still had aged well.

Swift and powerful? Hmmmmm? She paused. Now who would win in a battle Shadowfax or Sleipnir? She wasn’t entirely sure but she thought it’d be a tie. “Wasn’t Sleipnir the Lord of Horses? Like Shadowfax from Lord of the Rings....” She HAD read all those books over the summer with the help of her parents. “Did he have runes carved into his hooves that made him fast? Or his bridle? Or saddle?

LilFox06 05-19-2021 03:07 AM

Misa actually wasn't sure why a mythology lesson was involved with an ancient runes class. Of course, runes could be used for anything from written language to divination. So maybe there was a reason for this?

She raised her hands. "Like most symbolic languages, runes have meanings." she said. "One of them must represent horses or something?"

ArianaBlack 05-19-2021 03:40 AM

NOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!

They were stopping? ALREADY?!? But they had only JUST started dancing, Mr. Gunter! This wasn’t fair! Kinsay had reaaaaaally been hoping that their professor would let them continue like this for the whole hour (despite knowing how unlikely this would be). She made sure to properly pout so he’d know how disappointed she was. Maybe he’d even feel bad and let them start dancing again?

Once again, unlikely, but still worth a try.

So much pouting was happening. So much.

Despite her disappointment, however, she did sit down, only pausing to give Cece a quick hug before doing so. These things were important. Also important? Paying attention. She tried her very best to do just that. It was always hard to sit still. ESPECIALLY when there were long stories involved. Cooper would love this, she was sure of it. But Kinsay? Every time she heard stories like these, they just made her real sleepy. Even when she tried her very best to stay awake! They still made her sleepy.

So if she was yawning, it had absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Gunter's confusing story. It was just a Kinsay thing. Hopefully he wouldn’t take offense to it because she really was trying her very best. Despite this, her eyelids kept drooping down. Long stories + limited sleep at night = the sleepiest Kinz. In attempt to keep herself engaged, the Gryffindor raised her hand when she sensed there was a pause in the story. She hadn't come up with an answer to the questions posed, but she did have a question of her own (as per usual). There was something about the story (one of the only parts she had really processed before her brain went all tired on her) that didn't make any sense! ”Professor Gunter? Would they really give him the sun and the moon? Or were they just lying so he'd build the wall for them?” Because Kinsay was very skeptical. Sometimes adults lied just to get you to do what they wanted. So skeptical.

sweetpinkpixie 05-19-2021 05:32 AM

You know what showed a lack of empathy, DANIEL YOON?! Laughing at someone in pain and thinking it was AMAZING.

Though Atlas could not hear the laughter over the music, so at least there was that.

He also really couldn't pay attention to much else once Quinn had his hand on the Gryffindor's cheek. Eyes watering and his right one just baaaaaaaarely able to squint open, Atlas was sure he was okay but also...not okay in that his vision was a little impaired presently. "Just...stings...a lot...is all." He wasn't surprised, but also was, that Quinn was then scolding the Hufflepuff tornado...though he didn't really think it was necessary. It had just been an accident and probably spared Atlas the embarrassment of stepping on someone's foot while trying to dance. Still squinting through that one eye and his eye watering like crazy, it was just the eye's defense mechanism to flush out containments, Atlas turned his attention towards Tadhg and nodded. "Yeah...I'm fine..." He also offered Dahlia and Apollo small smiles since they were close by proxy...and then that budding hormones induced drama.

Girls were dangerous, clearly.

Knocked entirely off whatever rhythm it was he had pretended to find just now, Atlas was relieved when Professor Gunter moved things along and didn't bring further attention to the fact that he had been smacked in the face by hair. Plopping himself down and stretching his legs out in front of him, they ached a little these days due to growing pains, Atlas glanced up at Quinn hoping he would just...plop himself down here as well, or else things would be really awkward.

His ears perked up a little as dance time turned into story time and the Gryffindor actually knew a couple of these names (namely Loki)...but soon Atlas was zoning out and looking around at all at all the lights. They were distracting and his mind found itself trying to make constellations out of the lights. Sleipnir was a horse...with entirely too many legs...maybe he could find that kind of shape in the lights...

Zoning out, and his eye still squinty squint, Atlas kind of lost himself in his scavenger hunt and starting picking his nose...and the majority of what the professor was saying zipped in one ear and right out the other. He came to around the time that some of his classmates were answering...whatever question, or questions, had been asked. That one older Ravenclaw, Misa...he thought he name might be, steered him close to the right course and suddenly his hand SHOT up.

"Ehwaz!" Runes were like constellations in a way, painting an abstract picture of something, and this one he remembered being two horses. Like twins. It was the rune for him and Aries, basically. "That's the...uh...rune she is thinking about."

And he pointed to the Ravenclaw just to make sure Professor Gunter knew what he meant. He probably should stop pointing at people.

Maybe tomorrow.

TakemetotheBurrow 05-19-2021 11:40 AM

Cece understood Kiz's pouting and she squeezed her some when the younger girl came in for a hug. They could have their own dance party later, did she know? Cece was always down for something like that and made a mental note to extend the invitation later as she sat down beside the younger Gryffindor and tried to pay attention to the tale Oakey Professor Gunter was now telling.

And boy was it a TALE.

It was pretty interesting and she'd read about runes being carved into all sorts of things to increase their abilities or protect them, so it made sense that runes might've been carved into the hooves of THIS mythic horse. As for the dancing, "Maybe you wanted to show us that our dancing skills, or even endurance skills, could be made even better with certain runes." And maybe that meant there was more dancing in their future, hm? Cece was sure Kiz would be excited about that.

Imsosikk07 05-19-2021 01:19 PM

SPOILER!!: Gunter
Professor Gunter slowed down on his own dance moves feeling pretty confident now. He observed as a majority of the students got onto the dance floor and got right to dancing. A smile escaped his lips. Of course there were plenty of really interesting dances going on as well. The Robot, some Mirror Dance performance piece, What he could only assume were ballet techniques, Groups dancing together. All this interaction was making the grown man all giddy with joy.

But it was time to move forward. There was still much to cover and it might be good to get a few of the students back on track. With Scarlett whippping her hair into unsuspecting faces, and don't think he wasn't watching you Upsteads. Veering off course from the perimeter of the dance floor toward the covered object. "All right everyone. Let's settle it down now." He turned toward the self playing instruments and each of them began to quiet down until it was completely quiet again. "You can all plop a squat right where you are. Catch your breath. Anyone who walked or stretched you can take a seat on the dance floor too." That means both of you Pax and Nemesis, come right on back.

"Those were some really some Brilliant moves. Everyone hopefully feels much more mobile and loose." He took a seat at the edge of the stage. Surely this would be the part where they all wished they could have just kept dancing. "I'll need you all to listen carefully. For everything to piece together I'll give a abridged version on the Birth of Sleipnir." Professor Gunter always get very focused whenever he got into the Myths that came from the Vikings.

"A Giant disguised as a simple craftsman came to Asgard when it was still young. He brought with him his own horse and made an offer to the Gods. He would build them a massive wall around their city that would grant them protection from the Frost Giants in three seasons. In return for his services he would wed their Goddess Freya, and be given the Sun and the Moon." Those were some CRAZY demands! "The gods would only agree to this if he could build this wall in one season, not three. And the Giant in disguise agreed. Talk about confidence. "The trickster god, Loki had convinced the gods that this man could not build the wall in one season so Freya was safe, as was the sun and the moon. Unfortunately the man was building the wall and much faster than they had anticipated. It was not the man who was making this possible, but his faithful steed, Svadifari. The stallion had tons of Horse Power." Horse POWER! Get it?! "Furious with Loki, and concerned with giving up so much for the Wall being built at a much faster pace than they had hoped. They forced the Trickster to stop the wall from being finished. So Loki shapeshifted himself into a Mare and at night went to where the Giant and his stallion were working." Get ready this next part was gonna be weird! "Loki as the Mare trotted out toward the two of them. This mare was a beautiful creature. Easily distracting Svadifari. Who abandoned his work and ran off with with Mare. Leaving just the Giant to work on the wall. In the end, the Man could not complete the wall in time. Even worse he was discovered to be a Frost Giant. With this Thor with his mighty hammer felled the Giant swiftly. Loki still as a Mare returned, but now he was pregnant with a foal." Yeah told it was weird. "Loki as the Mare then gave birth to a magnificent horse. Grey in color and with eight legs. Loki gifted the horse to the All-Father Odin. Sleipnir would be the greatest Horse among all other horses. Fastest thanks to his eight legs, and stronger than even his father Svadifari."

Okay maybe not so abridged as he thought. He got caught in the story.

"It's important to understand how swift and powerful Sleipnir was for Odin. What else can you tell me about his noble steed? Is there a relationship the horse has to Ancient Runes? Can anyone figure out why exactly I had you all dance like crazy?"

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OOC: Answer one or all three of the Questions Professor Gunter posed to your students. Don't worry about answering correctly. Respond with how best you believe your character might. Class will press on tomorrow about 7PM EST.


As she heard the music begin to stop, Aibhi sat down and caught her breath and chuckled to herself with just how much fun she just had and as she is catching her breath, she pulls her hair up in a messy bun once again listening to Gunter. And now it was time for the lesson to begin...with a good old myth. The entire story was intriguing to her. Loki turning himself into a Mare, giving birth to a horse with 8 legs...just fascinating. Once the story was finished, she listened to Gunter's questions and she thought about the story trying to think how this story was pertaining to us dancing in the beginning of the class. Raising her hand, Aibhi answers as best as she can,

"Odin would ride Sleipnir into the land of the dead, or Hel, if I'm not mistaken. It would be such a fast horse, that it would almost look like its almost sliding through the air. I think that maybe you made us dance in the beginning of class because horses generally are considered an athletic species with large hearts and lungs for their size, but some breeds have greater stamina than others...and with those 8 legs I can't imagine Sleipnir being a low stamina horse. When we were dancing, we were using our stamina to the best of our capabilities and then once the music ended, a lot of us felt like we tired and exhausted. When it comes to runes...they have certain abilities to grant you...boosts in a way??" Runes was never really her strong suit but she tried as best as she could.

FearlessLeader19 05-19-2021 01:44 PM

Claudine didn’t feel so silly dancing out and about now that she had two of the best partners. In fact, it was flattering that Ashley happened to be copying her moves. Sort of… because Good Merlin! Was that how Claudine actually looked with those moves? She would have hidden herself in shame if this activity wasn’t beginning to be fun. Then her gaze trailed to Heath who looked comical but in a good way. She grinned as she watched the other two, not bothering with anyone else in the room. But what on Earth did this have to do with Ancient Runes?

Thank Merlin they could stop now though! Claudine wasn’t sure how much longer her skills would last out here. Or her bravery would fade. So, the sixth year put herself down on the ground, hugging her knees to her chest.

Come again, Professor? An abridged version of what? Whatever. The start of the story sounded interesting. And weird. Very, very weird. Anyway.

There was nothing that Claudine could contribute to this lesson at present and so she sat silently. The younger students seemed to have ideas though, especially Lisa whom Claudine knew was obsessed with Muggle things like Lord of the Rings.

Dumblydor 05-19-2021 06:41 PM

Alfred was shaking with internal laughter when Daniel hurt himself trying to copy him. "Are you okay?" The question was asked within a fit of giggles. He turned away to stop laughing. It took about a minute for it to pass, and he turned back around and repeated the question, this time with a serious expression. "Seriously, are you okay?" It looked quite painful.

Alfred was thankful when the dancing ended and the actual lesson began. Sitting down, he listened to the story, but Gunter probably lost him at 'Freya'. One, it was boring and two, it sounded too complicated anyway. He decided to sit their in silence and act like he was listening when he definitely was not.

astrocat 05-19-2021 07:40 PM

Ash had heard this story before. That didn't make it make sense tho. Surely the whole 'ancient runes' thing would be easier if the story didn't make her brain hurt. "I guess I agree with whoever said something about horse runes. I don't know whether the rune is based on that horse specifically though. But um, how did that guy have horse kids if he wasn't a horse? And um... why did it have eight legs? And isn't it cheating to distract that guy's horse? It kinda seems like the gods were salty. I agree with Kinsay on this." They lost fair and square. There were more important parts of this story than ancient runes. Like the trickster-god-having-eight-legged-horse-kids part.

Emzily 05-19-2021 08:24 PM

Remy smiled as another joined their dance troupe and nodded to confirm it was okay with her. The coolest first years in school? She switched up her robot moves for some disco pointing. Dad dancing was the only dancing she was really good at, but it was more fun that way. Remy laughed along with her friends, still giggling when the professor asked them to stop dancing.

Awh, she thought the whole lesson would be about dancing. Remy sat down beside her friends and did her best to listen to what he was talking about. Because it was a lot.

She really had no idea about any answers to the questions asked. Ancient Runes was not her strong suit, and neither was Norse mythology. Remy stayed silent and twiddled with her fingers in her lap.

NiallNIP 05-19-2021 10:01 PM

Quinn gave a small side frown at Atlas... he hoped his eye really would be fine, but there wasn't much he could really do right now... "Alright, then." He gave a smile to Lia, Tadhg and Apollo as well. And then there was a tiff... honestly, Quinn didn't realize why Tadhg didn't want all three of them to just dance together... but it wasn't his business, so he wouldn't put himself in the middle of it.

When Professor Gunter told them to sit, Quinn wasn't sure if Atlas wanted to sit next to him for the whole of class. He noticed Atlas glance up at him, and he knew he couldn't just... move, so.... after a moments' hesitation, he plopped himself down next to Atlas. He also wasn't paying much attention to the story as it was told because his brain was swimming with Is this alright? Does Atlas want me to sit here, or was that glance meant to say Okay, that's it, you can go now? I still don't know what he's feeling, but he came over to me for the dance activity, so it can't be too bad, right? And then Quinn reminded himself—keep it simple. Simple. Let it be simple. He relaxed a bit and let out a quiet exhale. He hadn't even noticed that his muscles were so tight while he was sitting there... he relaxed his shoulders and sunk down into his sit a little more. Everything was fine.

However, he had almost no idea how to answer the questions presented to him because he was paying almost no attention to the story. He jumped a bit as Atlas's hand shot up and he called out an answer. He was... certainly excited. But if there was a rune to represent horses... "Well..." Quinn started, adding on to Atlas and Misa, "...if Ehwaz represents horses, maybe that ties into movement? Since, y'know, people sometimes use horses to get around, and movement would relate to dancing, hence the activity. But, uh... that might be wrong." Quinn answered, biting the inside of his lip, looking down.


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