Throwing off the Winter Blues

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Throwing off the Winter Blues

Harry Berkwood
First Year
Joined: 27 Jan 2012, 00:22

01 Feb 2012, 18:29 #1

The problem with the winter months was that it forced everyone to spend almost all of their time indoors. No sane person would want to spend more time outside in the cold than absolutely necessary, so there never seemed to be an escape from the crowded corridors. Harry could swear the castle walls were moving closer and closer together with each passing day. The sixth year had never been claustrophobic, but even he was being pushed to his limits. If he didn’t get out of here soon, even for an hour, he was going to lose his mind. The eagle needed to stretch his legs, feel the fresh air on his face. Harry supposed that he could technically go outside any time he wanted to, if he got really desperate, but there was no changing the fact that it was freezing cold outside the castle walls. He didn’t need to freeze to death, no thanks.

The next best option, as far as the Ravenclaw was concerned, was the Room of Requirement. He’d stumbled across it near the end of his third year when he’d been looking for a spot to experiment without being disturbed. It had been perfect, an oasis in the middle of the fifth floor corridor, hidden away from anyone who would interrupt him. The next fall, he’d gone to someone’s party there—the same room, but completely different. It had to have been the same room, Harry figured. The door had been in the exact same spot as his experimentation room. Over the last couple years, the sixth year had come to understand how the room worked a little bit better, and he couldn’t help but admire the ingenuity of it all. A room that changed to whatever it occupant needed—it was brilliant. He only wished that he’d thought of it himself.

The boy paced in front of the wall where he knew the door would appear. I need a place to run, he thought, walking back and forth in front of the wall three times, until finally a door appeared. Harry eagerly pulled open the door, stepping inside. The Room of Requirement didn’t disappoint, as per usual. A grin spread across the sixteen year old’s face as he looked around. There was grass—actual grass, on the fifth floor of Hogwarts. It was completely mad, and wonderful, and best of all, there was so much room. If the walls outside the room were closing in, it was only because the walls inside were expanding. If the eagle hadn’t known better, he would have thought that he’d stepped outside on a calm spring day. Or maybe a portal into an alternate universe where snow was non-existent, and the sun was shining… well, all right, there was no actual sun, but it was quite bright in here. It was a good enough approximation for Harry’s tastes, anyway.

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Liam Andrews
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Liam Andrews
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Joined: 21 Jan 2012, 18:59

03 Feb 2012, 22:15 #2

  • The snow was grating at the usually happy Ravenclaw's nerves. The cold and the wetness was just gross. The young man couldn't wait for spring to finally appear. It was now the beginning of February and there were few signs of it in the air, but Liam couldn't help but to ache for it anyways. He was sick of being cooped up inside when all that he wanted to do was take a long run around the lake or go work in the greenhouses with plants. Usually during the winter he could go out to the houses, even if he couldn't spend hours upon hours out there in the cold, he could go and satisfy some of the want in his heart to be surrounded by plants. But as it was, the students had been forbidden to head out into the winter wonderland because of the huge snow storm that was still lingering. It made the eagle's mood a little more sour than usual, but Liam brushed the thought aside as he remembered that his buddy, Harry, had asked if he wanted to work out in the Room of Requirement. It wasn't the same as running around the lake, but Liam supposed it would have to do. There wasn't really any other choice if he wanted to get some kind of exercise, unless the young man wanted to sprint around the castle.

    His mood brightening considerably at the invitation, the eagle packed up the homework that he had just finished in the Ravenclaw common room, threw his bag over his shoulder and took the steps two at a time to the boys dormitory, where he quickly changed into running shorts, a t-shirt and his white sneakers. The combination would probably look odd to any passerby, and it was pretty cold in the castle these days, from drafts that were seeping in through the brick walls, so Liam took an extra moment to slip on sweats over top of his shorts before slipping his shoes on and lacing them up. Set to go, the young man bounded back down the stairs, eagerly heading to the room on the fifth floor, his long blond hair flopping with each and every step.

    Skidding to a stop in front of the wall where he knew that the Room of Requirement was, the eagle thought I need to know where Harry is a door appeared and with one small glance around him, the eagle pulled it open and stepped through. The first thing that the young man noticed was how positively green the room was. Was this real grass? Could it be? A large grin spread across the eagle's face as he spotted his friend across the 'room' It was they were outside. Like it was spring time. A joy spread through out Liam's heart and he realized with a pang exactly how much he had missed the warm weather. "Hey!' he called, approaching his friend, dropping a bag that contained some drinks for the two of them after they had completed the workout. "How have you been? I haven't seen you since before Christmas.."</li>

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Harry Berkwood
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Joined: 27 Jan 2012, 00:22

07 Feb 2012, 04:26 #3

Harry stretched, or at least attempted to stretch, as he waited for Liam. As much as the sixth year enjoyed running around, he found preparing for a run extremely dull. Stretching might be good for a person, but it was so dull. It was the white bread of physical activity--completely bland and uninteresting in every way, unless you were amused by the weird positions people had to adopt to stretch their muscles. The eagle didn't think it was half so amusing when he was the one doing the poses, though, so he quickly gave up on stretches and simply started walking around the room instead.

If there was one thing to be said about the Room of Requirement, it was that it never did anything half-way. When Harry used it for experimenting, he didn't even have to bring supplies with him, they were already there. Today, everything was perfect. It was like some kind of indoor park , as if someone had simply built walls and a ceiling over a patch of grass. Actually... no, no, never mind, he'd spend all of his time trying to water the grass when he could go outside where nature would do it for him. The boy spent quite a lot of time thinking of ideas and discarding them. He couldn't remember even how many ideas he'd had that day. Eventually the Ravenclaw had to come up with something that actually stuck.

It was in the midst of this train of thought that Harry heard the door open, and he turned to see his friend enter. The sixth year returned his friend's grin, unnecessarily pleased as if everything in the room were his work. "Hey, I've been okay." The Ravenclaw waved a hand at the room around them. "Better now that I'm not stuck inside. Or, well, you know." The boy shrugged. He'd had plans before the blizzard hit, most of which had been stuck on the back burner for awhile. Snow was all right, but being stuck inside twenty-four seven was starting to drive the eagle insane. It didn't help at all that the sixth year had spent his entire break--a time when he had expected to be hanging out at home with his family and relaxing--running around the castle, avoiding centaurs. He felt like he needed a holiday just to recover from the holiday they should have had.

Harry began walking again, continuing to warm up. "What about you?" he asked Liam. "See you survived that whole centaur mess all right."

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Liam Andrews
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Joined: 21 Jan 2012, 18:59

29 Feb 2012, 21:24 #4

  • Liam gave a hearty laugh, "Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. You know I'm not one for the indoors." It was the truth, too. Liam couldn't wait to feel the sun warm the pores of his skin again, to stretch out in the grass with Kiska, laughing and poking each other. The Gryffindor girl was like a sister that he never had, his closest friend. The eagle briefly wondered if there was any way that he could con Bailey out into the grass, to lay with him, watching the clouds as they roll by.. The day dream put an even larger smile on the young man's face, as he flopped down next to Harry, beginning the numerous stretches that the two boys went through together. Bailey was like the sun lately. She had been the light in his life for the last few weeks, the reason that getting through the centaur attacks was easier. The nights that they had spent together, talking and laughing, and then laughing and cuddling even, the Ravenclaw would always remember with warmth in his heart.

    His eyes roamed the room, a smile still lingering at his lips from the memories, as well as what he saw. Birds were actually in fake trees, singing their beautiful songs, the grass was rustling as a small breeze picked up. The room seemed to stretch out forever, and with the blue sky overhead, though there was no sun, oddly enough, it was hard to remember that this wasn't real, that it was just the school playing tricks on his mind, letting him enjoy a spring day in the dead of winter. Letting him forget the troubles of the centaurs, the issues that he had been having with his parents, the fear that he was loosing the connection with his parents that Liam had once had. They were muggles, so it was understandable, but once more, Kiska's words came into his mind, to try to reach out to them before it was too late.

    "Yeah, I made it through," the Ravenclaw blew a small breath through his lips, shaking his head to forget the memories. As much as he and Harry were friends, he really didn't want to talk about it at that moment. Standing and stretching his arms, he looked down at the other eagle. "You set to do this?" Liam asked, a grin returning to his lips.</li>

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Harry Berkwood
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06 Mar 2012, 03:30 #5

The Room of Requirement was really something. As he and Liam stretched, Harry wondered if the room could really transform into anything. There had to be limits to this place. Even the most advanced magic had some point it couldn't go beyond. The eagle straightened, performing one last stretch as he pondered that thought. What would it take to figure out the limits of the room? If you asked for something that was too much for it, would it give you a shoddy approximation, or would it just not do anything? And what did the room look like when no one was using it? It couldn't just pop out of existence, could it? Never mind, stupid question, it was magic, of course it could.

The sixth year took a moment to consider the room around them, his brain working to analyze what was there. The eagle did this just about every time he saw the Room of Requirement produce something new, and every time he left the place no closer to figuring it out. It was incredibly frustrating. Harry wanted to know how it was done. It was brilliant, though pretty par for the course around Hogwarts. Still, if the Ravenclaw were to be perfectly honest, it wouldn't be half as interesting anymore if he knew the answers to the questions he asked. Half the fun of a mystery was working it out. Once the mystery was solved, there wasn't really much point to hanging around, was there? It was like finishing a puzzle book--once all the answers had been filled in, there wasn't anything left to do but to toss the thing. Good time while it lasted, but then it was over and it was on to the next thing. The Room of Requirement was just too bloody useful to take the mystery out of it.

Shaking his head to get himself out of his daze, Harry turned to his friend as the other boy spoke. The sixth year returned Liam's grin. "Let's do this." WIthout another word, the boy took off at a reasonable pace, not wanting to exert all his energy at once. Running around like a goof had its moments--the Ravenclaw certainly enjoyed doing that, too--but if he tired himself out too soon, he'd have to go back out there, to the rest of the castle. The sixteen year old wasn't ready to surrender himself to the tortures of being cooped up again just yet. For now he had the Room's fake outdoors to explore, and nowhere important to be for awhile.

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