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A noise in the dark

raven-ellie:

by-merlins-beard:

"I’ve had that problem before, though more often than not it’s the book that keeps me awake. I’ll start reading and before I realize it, it’s time for breakfast. Thankfully, this new book I’m translating won’t let me do that. It tends to bite if it’s been read too long. Just as well, translating while tired isn’t any fun." The second creak had sounded close enough to be behind them. Guessing that the Muggle Studies room had more stuff in it for the poltergeist to play with, Merlin sent a silent unlocking charm at the door. The knob turned and the door opened, hinges silent.

Inside, all manner of muggle technology was on shelves around the room. From ancient tools to computers and MP3 players, this room had it. On the blackboard an explanation of how electricity worked was next to a display of a light bulb. Merlin almost thought they had picked the wrong room until he heard the creaking again and saw an old wooden globe on a floor pedestal slowly spinning. Raising his wand to the globe, he spoke, ” Peeves, knock it off. You’ve had your fun, now leave here before we find the Bloody Baron. I know he just loves being bothered by your mischief.” No answer in response, just a slowly revolving world creaking every so often. Maybe they did get the room wrong, or maybe Peeves was just waiting for them to turn their backs.

Ellie’s eyes brightened at the mention of the mystical book. “Oooh, sounds challenging. I love challenging things,” she giggled, her inner (well, outer too because she is a Ravenclaw) nerd popping out to say hi. Her breath caught in anticipation as Merlin opened the door. Her heart was beating fast as she laid her eyes upon the creepy globe. She had one in her house back in Wales and they did not move on their own like that.

"That globe…they don’t move like that on their own. I’ve had one in our library at home and they’re not supposed to do that," she whispered in the dark.

"Well, as long as you can read Latin, I would love some help translating it. I’m understanding the meaning behind what the book is talking about, it’s an advanced school book basically. The difficulty is when it decides to change what is on the page to a different topic. Rather annoying when trying to learn a spell, and it changes part way through the incantation." Merlin seemed rather miffed at that, though considering the last time the book did that, he was forced to repair half his room before anyone else found out.

"No, they usually don’t, though I’ve come to realize that anything is possible here." He still approached the globe cautiously, feeling that something was amiss. Sure enough, when they were just a few feet away, the globe shattered, pieces of wood flying everywhere. Getting hit in the head by a piece of North America, Merlin saw Peeves heading fast towards the wall shared by the next room. "Petrificus Totalus" Merlin flicked his wand at Peeves, hopefully allowing the chase to end. The spell seemed to hit as the poltergeist seemed to freeze in mid air. Smiling in triumph, he turned to Ellie, about to thank her. Before he could, Peeves somehow managed to throw off the curse, blew a raspberry towards the Head Boy and Girl, and continued through the room. He sighed at this, shaking his head.

"That’s the charms classroom. I know that the last class to be there was the sixth years practicing silent Protegos, I was asked to help launch spells and objects at them to test their ability. Some of the things launched were… not so soft.” A loud crash from the next room over signaled that Peeves found some toys to play with there. “You are good with the Shield Charm I hope?”

8 months ago with 13 notes

A noise in the dark

raven-ellie:

by-merlins-beard:

Merlin sighed. “Yeah, we should. No telling what kind of mischief he will get into otherwise. Though I’m not sure how we’re going to stop him, he’s never listened to me.” Well, since he wasn’t likely to get back to sleep anyway, this seemed like as good a way to spend the night as any. Though, Merlin was left wondering which prefects were on patrol tonight and why they hadn’t come running.

Leading the way through the halls, he glanced over at his partner. “So, what was keeping you up all night anyway?” Finding the stairs leading up, all was quiet. just as they reached the top of the stairs, a soft creak could be heard not too far away, almost like a rusty hinge. Now where might it have come from. He knew that Muggle studies was nearby, so was Arithmancy and the Charms classrooms. The rest he wasn’t sure of, never having taken the classes. If absolutely necessary, Professor Dearly’s room was nearby, though he hated the idea of waking her this late for a Peeves incident. Another creak, slightly closer. “Any idea where that came from, I couldn’t quite tell.”

"Oh, I couldn’t sleep so I was reading," she said softly. She assumed he wasn’t already awake, by his disheveled appearance. He made it work, though, she noticed. She shook her head to get rid of those thoughts. It must just be her sleep-deprived mind messing with her.

The second creak startled her. “It’s getting closer. I think it’s coming from behind us.”

"I’ve had that problem before, though more often than not it’s the book that keeps me awake. I’ll start reading and before I realize it, it’s time for breakfast. Thankfully, this new book I’m translating won’t let me do that. It tends to bite if it’s been read too long. Just as well, translating while tired isn’t any fun." The second creak had sounded close enough to be behind them. Guessing that the Muggle Studies room had more stuff in it for the poltergeist to play with, Merlin sent a silent unlocking charm at the door. The knob turned and the door opened, hinges silent.

Inside, all manner of muggle technology was on shelves around the room. From ancient tools to computers and MP3 players, this room had it. On the blackboard an explanation of how electricity worked was next to a display of a light bulb. Merlin almost thought they had picked the wrong room until he heard the creaking again and saw an old wooden globe on a floor pedestal slowly spinning. Raising his wand to the globe, he spoke, ” Peeves, knock it off. You’ve had your fun, now leave here before we find the Bloody Baron. I know he just loves being bothered by your mischief.” No answer in response, just a slowly revolving world creaking every so often. Maybe they did get the room wrong, or maybe Peeves was just waiting for them to turn their backs.

8 months ago with 13 notes

A noise in the dark

raven-ellie:

by-merlins-beard:

He slowly walked down the hallway, wand ready for anything. The closest corridor came into view, revealing nothing. Coming to the next hallway, all was eerily quiet. Looking around the corner Merlin saw… Nothing. Weird. He would have sworn the noise was coming from this hallway. He walked up and down the hallway, growing more and more confused. Certainly not giving up on finding this noise after being bothered by it for so long, Merlin turned to Ellie.

"Any ideas?" Just as the words left his mouth, a huge crash resounded above them. Ducking and hastily throwing up a shield spell, Merlin glanced up in time to see Peeves hurl a couple pots at the Ravenclaws, laughing hysterically. He floated back up through the ceiling, laughter slowly fading.

Heart pounding, Merlin stood up slowly, half expecting Peeves to come back with more stuff to throw. The pots on the ground were severely dented from heavy use, clearly the source of his nightly frustrations. Looking back at Ellie, he chuckled a little, “Well, mystery solved. You ok?”

Ellie followed closely behind the boy, a bit fearful, but very excited. When they saw that nothing was in the hallway, she grew suspicious. It was too quiet.

Then Peeves showed up, banging more pots and disappearing as quickly as he came. She straightened up from her ducked position and giggled. “Yeah, I’m okay. Should we follow him?”

Merlin sighed. “Yeah, we should. No telling what kind of mischief he will get into otherwise. Though I’m not sure how we’re going to stop him, he’s never listened to me.” Well, since he wasn’t likely to get back to sleep anyway, this seemed like as good a way to spend the night as any. Though, Merlin was left wondering which prefects were on patrol tonight and why they hadn’t come running.

Leading the way through the halls, he glanced over at his partner. “So, what was keeping you up all night anyway?” Finding the stairs leading up, all was quiet. just as they reached the top of the stairs, a soft creak could be heard not too far away, almost like a rusty hinge. Now where might it have come from. He knew that Muggle studies was nearby, so was Arithmancy and the Charms classrooms. The rest he wasn’t sure of, never having taken the classes. If absolutely necessary, Professor Dearly’s room was nearby, though he hated the idea of waking her this late for a Peeves incident. Another creak, slightly closer. “Any idea where that came from, I couldn’t quite tell.”

8 months ago with 13 notes

A noise in the dark

raven-ellie:

by-merlins-beard:

Merlin was rather surprised when he saw the Head Girl. He wasn’t expecting that tame of a reception. In a magical school, full of ghosts, spells gone awry, and a nearby forest full of unknown creatures, he was fully expecting to have to shield himself. Lowering his wand, he actually took in the sight of his fellow Ravenclaw. She didn’t appear to have just came from bed, she was still too put together. He doubted she was the cause for the ruckus that had awoken him.

"Hello, Ellie. I’m wagering you are here to investigate the banging as well?" Right on cue, another bang occurred, sounding as though something metallic were hitting the stone wall. Merlin looked up, trying to decide which way it came from. The echoing made it difficult, but if he had to guess he would say it was within a corridor or two of where they were, out of range of his floating Lumos.

"I’d guess it’s that way, though no idea what ‘it’ is. Shall we find out?" Merlin almost sounded excited by this. Sure, it had annoyed him, but it was an unknown. Figuring out unknowns was always exciting.

Ellie smiled sweetly and nodded. “Sure. Lead the way,” she motioned for him to start walking towards the mysterious noise. “I wonder what it is. I love a good mystery!” She exclaimed excitedly. She was a bit too energetic for this time of night, but she couldn’t sleep. She had all of this excess energy in her for some reason.

He slowly walked down the hallway, wand ready for anything. The closest corridor came into view, revealing nothing. Coming to the next hallway, all was eerily quiet. Looking around the corner Merlin saw… Nothing. Weird. He would have sworn the noise was coming from this hallway. He walked up and down the hallway, growing more and more confused. Certainly not giving up on finding this noise after being bothered by it for so long, Merlin turned to Ellie.

"Any ideas?" Just as the words left his mouth, a huge crash resounded above them. Ducking and hastily throwing up a shield spell, Merlin glanced up in time to see Peeves hurl a couple pots at the Ravenclaws, laughing hysterically. He floated back up through the ceiling, laughter slowly fading.

Heart pounding, Merlin stood up slowly, half expecting Peeves to come back with more stuff to throw. The pots on the ground were severely dented from heavy use, clearly the source of his nightly frustrations. Looking back at Ellie, he chuckled a little, “Well, mystery solved. You ok?”

8 months ago with 13 notes

A noise in the dark

raven-ellie:

A noise in the dark

by-merlins-beard:

This was the fifth time in a row Merlin was awoken in the middle of the night, and he was tired of it. Someone, or something, was making a banging sound near the Ravenclaw dorms. As he dressed and left, he noticed shutters pulled in the beds, slightly surprised no one else had heard the noise….

Ellie was up reading hen she heard the first bang. She wasn’t sure if it was her imagination or not, so she went back to reading. A moment later, she heard another bang. She looked to her dorm mates, and saw that they were sound asleep. Being Head Girl, she decided she must investigate. She pulled on her robe and slippers when she heard yet another bang.

She left the tower and was about to whisper, “Lumos,” when she noticed she was not alone.
"Oh…hello," she said softly, slightly taken aback. She recognized the boy, with crazy auburn hair, as Merlin Techlin, fellow Ravenclaw and Head Boy.

Merlin was rather surprised when he saw the Head Girl. He wasn’t expecting that tame of a reception. In a magical school, full of ghosts, spells gone awry, and a nearby forest full of unknown creatures, he was fully expecting to have to shield himself. Lowering his wand, he actually took in the sight of his fellow Ravenclaw. She didn’t appear to have just came from bed, she was still too put together. He doubted she was the cause for the ruckus that had awoken him.

"Hello, Ellie. I’m wagering you are here to investigate the banging as well?" Right on cue, another bang occurred, sounding as though something metallic were hitting the stone wall. Merlin looked up, trying to decide which way it came from. The echoing made it difficult, but if he had to guess he would say it was within a corridor or two of where they were, out of range of his floating Lumos.

"I’d guess it’s that way, though no idea what ‘it’ is. Shall we find out?" Merlin almost sounded excited by this. Sure, it had annoyed him, but it was an unknown. Figuring out unknowns was always exciting.

8 months ago with 13 notes

A noise in the dark

This was the fifth time in a row Merlin was awoken in the middle of the night, and he was tired of it. Someone, or something, was making a banging sound near the Ravenclaw dorms. As he dressed and left, he noticed shutters pulled in the beds, slightly surprised no one else had heard the noise. Before he could leave, another bang, not close enough to be in the common room. Walking through, no one was in the commons, the crackle of the fireplace clearly not what he had heard. Walking out of the Ravenclaw tower, he whispered “Lumos Mobilus” willing a small ball of light into existence to float from his wand over his head. It might make him easier to see, but at least his wand was free this way.

The sound happened again, louder now that he was out of the dorm and down the staircase. He came to a corner, almost certain that what he heard was just around it. Not knowing what to expect, he took a breath and turned the corner hoping to finally see the end of his rude awakenings.

8 months ago with 13 notes

Tagged: #mmhstarter

Back in Session // Merlin & Kasim

kasimganesh:

by-merlins-beard:

"It’s really not that hard once you know what you’re doing. Though, admittedly, this tome has helped me quite a bit. It appears to be an advanced school book. Imagine if we took classes for another three years. It would be about that level. The problem is that it decides what it wants to show you and tends to change its’ mind mid sentence. Just a few moments before you came in, I was reading about ancient magical creatures when it decided to show me some of the old curses, then some advanced potion brewing." He looked down at the ancient tome, and frowned, " At least it stopped tying to bite me." The book purred slightly, seeming content.

Looking back at Kasim, “I haven’t been around enough muggles to know, so I’ll just take your word for it. Thanks, I just hope I don’t disappoint. A party sounds great, just don’t do anything that is going to make me report you to the Headmaster,” He said with a smirk, knowing full well that he’d never report his friend, “I still, barely, remember your last party. What was in that punch anyway?”

"Another three years?" Kasim echoed, shaking his head at his friend’s thirst for knowledge. "I don’t even want to imagine that, mate. Seven is bad enough. Did you know that muggles go to school for twelve? And some of them even longer than that. Ridiculous, I say. Where did you even get a book like that? It sounds like a nightmare.” He couldn’t begin to wrap his mind around a book that would bite its reader. That was a surefire way to keep him from trying to open it again, that was for sure. Kasim wasn’t even sure he knew where the library was in the castle - no, that was an exaggeration, but still. Sometimes it felt like that.

"Combination of Dragon Barrel Brandy, red currant rum, and spiced mead. Bungbarrel, I think." Kasim smiled fondly at the memory. His parties had a habit of getting out of control, especially with the amount of alcohol he tended to dump into the punch. "Remember the boy that ended up on the chandelier? And that Slythern girl, what was her name… The one that can’t stand you." He glanced at Merlin, lips pulling into a smile. 

"She was definitely all over you that night. Anything ever come of that?"

Kasim was going to thoroughly enjoy the fact that his best friend was head boy. He’d had to toe the line in the past, make sure he didn’t step too far out of bounds, but with Merlin as head boy there really wasn’t anything he could do that would get him into trouble. This year would be perfect.

"No, nothing happened. Was a weird night though. Even with as much as we had, I wasn’t figuring I’d ever enjoy her company, nor she mine. Maybe I’ll actually try to patch things up with her this year, see if she really isn’t as cold as she seems."

The train was slowing down by this point, coming to a stop at the end station. Merlin stood and opened the compartment door for Kasim. “Time to see all the young ones to their proper places. Don’t harass them too much, and make sure to see the first years to their right places. I’d hate for another incident like last year to happen. I’ll catch up with you later tonight. I’ll be checking the train to make sure there’s no stragglers and supposed to see the Headmaster right after the feast to go over patrol schedules for us.” By now, other students were moving around the train, he could here the prefects directing kids where to exit at. Smiling, it seemed like he might have a decent group under him this year. Merlin went back through the train, directing some of the children and answering some questions the first years had. Always concerned about their stuff making it to their room. 

8 months ago with 5 notes

Back in Session // Merlin & Kasim

kasimganesh:

by-merlins-beard:

Merlin looked up from the tome in his lap. He smiled from ear to ear when he saw it was his dear friend entering the compartment. Closing the book, he traced his fingers over the moving runes on the ancient leather cover and watched Kasim put his stuff away and sit.

"Oh, just the usual. Explore the forest, nearly get mauled by a bear, practice silent wandless magic, try to convince Mom to move somewhere safer". He said nonchalantly. "I did find this book though. It seems to be written by some wizards from the Roman era. It’s taking me a while to decipher, the words keep moving when I try to read it." He seemed a little upset that it had taken this long to make sense of the tome. 

"What have you been up to? Any new lady friends you haven’t mentioned? "

Silent wandless magic?” Kasim repeated. He knew they’d covered something their previous year dealing with wandless and nonverbal magic, but together? That was beyond his scope. He was suitably impressed by his friend’s progress with such a difficult feat. 

"That is quite impressive," he said with a nod. "I can barely do the nonverbal thing. I think I managed to put my mother in a better mood once with a nonverbal cheering charm, but that might have had more to do with remembering her birthday last minute than anything. Good thing, too. You know how she gets when I forget things." Kasim shook his head, remembering the last time that had happened. He’d honestly feared for his life - his mother was not one to be trifled with.

"What’s the book about? Anything exciting? Kama Sutra of the olden days?" He wiggled his brows at Merlin. "After you an I parted ways I spent some time in the local village near the estate. There’s a muggle girl that runs a shop there; we spent some time together. They can be quite inventive, you know, for not having magic." He smiled fondly at the memory. 

"Other than her, no not really. Bit of a lull, if you catch my drift. But, hey, Head Boy! Congrats! Not that I doubted you, of course, you’ve been working toward this for years. We’re going to have to have a party to celebrate. Maybe after the first week of classes. Fifth years and up. What do you say?" 

A party would be just the thing to get him out of his funk, he was sure of it. Besides, what better way to celebrate Merlin’s accomplishments than by smuggling in some fire-whiskey and cutting loose with a few tipsy lady friends?  

"It’s really not that hard once you know what you’re doing. Though, admittedly, this tome has helped me quite a bit. It appears to be an advanced school book. Imagine if we took classes for another three years. It would be about that level. The problem is that it decides what it wants to show you and tends to change its’ mind mid sentence. Just a few moments before you came in, I was reading about ancient magical creatures when it decided to show me some of the old curses, then some advanced potion brewing." He looked down at the ancient tome, and frowned, " At least it stopped tying to bite me." The book purred slightly, seeming content.

Looking back at Kasim, “I haven’t been around enough muggles to know, so I’ll just take your word for it. Thanks, I just hope I don’t disappoint. A party sounds great, just don’t do anything that is going to make me report you to the Headmaster,” He said with a smirk, knowing full well that he’d never report his friend, “I still, barely, remember your last party. What was in that punch anyway?”

8 months ago with 5 notes

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