Feb 16, 2019 7:08 PM
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Most of the athletes don't attend the generic meets, just coaches and administrator types. She can, however, meet a Quidditch coach who has room for a reserve to train up.

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"Well, sounds fun maybe, but it does kinda depend on how often you'll need me to practice. I'm doing a lot of swarm patrol too, and I've got work sometimes. And school."

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"My girls practice four nights a week eight to ten," says the coach. "You can miss some but if you miss a lot you won't perform well and I won't sky you."

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"I can do that." Worst case, she'll just drop out of the team, like she did for the school's soccer team. "Do you know if there's casual or pickup games sometimes, though? That might be more my thing if I can't get to practice enough."

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"Sure, but I don't have a phone number for you or anything, I do serious Quidditch," says the coach.

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"I'll sign up for serious quidditch, then. Do we practice in the spandex?"

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"You don't have to if your magic doesn't help you move, but it's recommended that you at least strip down to something with similar wind resistance properties," the coach says.

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"Lightning. Not really. But, I may as well wear that."

She signs up, involving her parents if she has to, unless it's terribly expensive. She goes to practices.

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It's not terribly expensive but they do want her parents to sign a form acknowledging that All Sports Carry Risk.

She starts as a reserve Chaser but is allowed to try demonstrating ability as a Keeper if she wants to. They do various drills and she is introduced to their tactical notation, which involves a lot of 3D chess boards tied and stacked together to represent the relevant volume of sky.

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(Her grades are going up, she's happier. They sign the form.)

Flying is awesome, and sports are fun, but flying sports are double awesome. She tries her absolute best. She practices fast turns, dives, jinks, throws, and climbs even outside of the practices. She learns her teammates' names and pays attention to what all they're are good and bad at. She does have a very good sense of space and motion, and learns the 3D tactics very fast. She tries out Keeper, but isn't great at it. 

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The first game they have, she's only been on the team for a couple weeks, and she doesn't fly; the game after that, she goes in for the second half to relieve a girl who didn't sleep well and isn't performing to par.

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She doesn't try anything glamorous or fancy - just focuses on passing, doing the tactics as called, and helping the more experienced Chasers. You do your job, and things get done.

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They lose, but the coach doesn't seem to think it's her fault. They go out for pizza and ice cream.

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Laura plays sports, does swarm patrol, makes friends, grows up. She joins the army and gets used to it, then grows proud of it. She joins a Paladin team, later, and does well there. She has a good life.

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