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Dec 01, 2021 1:29 PM
I decided that he needed to get some sense knocked into his head
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No one wants a repeat of this morning. Fenris has an easy time to find a group that is going in the direction of his dorm, giving Scorpius a wave before leaving.

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By the time he get to the cafeteria Scorpius will not be there, yet.

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Fenris didn't exactly have expectations on the topic, or even if Scorpius would be at their table again so soon. He spots Patrick and Aika, plus a couple of girls from Aika's non-enclave group of friends. They pounce on him for gossip, and are generally put off when he doesn't give them any juicy details.

It is not even just that Fenris is not willing to gossip, but all the obviously public details are... well, already public. He is surprised, but not by much that they knew about the alchemy lab session, but it's not like people hide whatever tracks they are, and it's easy to figure out freshman schedules with just that information.

So he mostly tries to act like Patrick and pretend he is a piece of the scenery.

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Felix and Trevor show up alongside their senior enclaver - Nico - a brief while later. While Nico goes to the food line, Felix joins the table and is even less willing to share details. The girls are apparently more willing to back off at his downturned face.

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Trevor just spends his time staring daggers at their senior's back, so the girls don't even bother with him. Clearly, these freshmen don't understand the value (practical and for entertainment) of gossip at the Scholomance.

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Scorpius Lake arrives at lunch surrounded by the other New York freshmen, who seem to have gotten their share of gossip and are just smalltalking or spending time in silence as they go to the queue.

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And Nico pushes the three of them "to build connections with New York to correct this morning's terrible behavior". So the three get up to join the queue and as they're passing by, Trevor says, "Hey, Scorpius, just so you know, Nico - the Athens senior - has a major raging boner for your political connections."

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Well, that is sure a way for Felix to come out of his funk, because he doesn't look sad while facepalming.

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Scorpius sporfles when Trevor says that and one of the three boys in the group with him snickers, while the other boy rolls his eyes and the girl looks somewhat mortified. "Tell him if he has a boner for anything else of mine we can come to a better agreement."

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"I can't say I would recommend. Not that I have any personal experience with him in that regard. Thank goodness."

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"We swear we tried our best to domesticate him," Felix says to the girl, waving at Trevor.

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"Unless he is actively evil I am sure his d-"

    "Lake," says the boy who rolled his eyes. "Must you? In public?"

"Sorry, Magnus," says Scorpius, sounding completely unrepentant. "But I figure the gossip is gonna find out who I am sooner or later so I might as well get it out of the way."

    "Or you could try to be more proper."

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"All I am seeing is a proper level of sincerity here."

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"We should get to the back of the line before it gets too long," Felix says, dragging Trevor by the arm.

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The New Yorkers wave 'bye (except for Magnus who just turns back to the others).

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"I think I caused an impression. Definitely on Magnus."

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"That's a factual statement. Oh, that reminds me, but Scorpius is interested in you, and likely the three of us."

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"I already knew that, but thanks for letting me know." And now they are in the queue proper and spending their time playing a game of find-the-safe-food.

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Scorpius the budding school hero can be seen from a distance dealing with some maleficaria that has infected their food, even stuff he's not particularly interested in getting. At this point in the year that even leaves a good 80+% of the food still available for them!

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Awesome, especially because their breakfast was subpar today. Trevor makes sure to wink at Scorpius and make a "call me" gesture. Of course, they don't have phones, but that is not the meaning he wants to convey.

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When Scorpius sees that he actually waves them over to the table - the seniors are getting up anyway. Magnus shoots him an incredulous look but then schools his expression into something more magnanimous.

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Oh, yes, Trevor is definitely going to think that Magnus is being magnanimous. The three naturally come over.

"Hey there, handsome."

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Felix is resigned, but flashes a distractingly good smile. He has not recovered from this morning's events, but he already knew that it is a good idea to practice being pleasant and cordial. Even if you don't account for Trevor.

"Thanks for inviting us over." He is not a suck-up, but he does sound sincerely thankful.

Easy, because he doesn't want to hang around Nico at the moment.

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"Hello," Fenris says, simply taking a seat and ignoring any social whatever.

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