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[ There’s a soft click as Esmeralda switches the communicator on, and a few moments of silence as she contemplates it wonderingly – and admiringly! She has never seen technology like this before, but she is completely fascinated. ]

If the light is on, you can see me and hear my voice, right?

[ She examines the device, murmuring to herself sotto voce, before propping up the communicator on the desk before her and smiling brightly at her audience. ]

Hello, everyone! I am here, invitation and communicator in hand, so I must be in the right place. The only trouble is...I still feel a bit lost. I understand the basics of how this works, I think, but surely there are some things the invitation left out that I ought to know? Are there very many of you here? Have you been here long? Is anyone familiar with the areas surrounding the Academy itself?

[ Her expression turns playfully entreating, and her voice lowers to a confidential tone ]

Voulez-vous me rendre un service? Would any of you be kind enough to direct a directionless girl? I’ve a good memory and a special talent for not getting lost, so I won’t be a burden to you long.

[ A coy smile spreads across her face. ]

So…any takers?

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kittybeggarking
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
[In Person]
[sdalfkjasoidgnalweirjodsknfawfsd ESME

There is a scraggly tomcat that is meowing really REALLY loudly and practically sprinting across the grass to where he hears your voice coming from, and then he bumps against your leg, purring and meowing up a storm while rubbing up against you.

...Also, now that it's still, it seems to be limping. And that sprint made it start bleeding through the bandages wrapped around its body and foreleg.

Don't get him wrong, Esme, he expects a full explanation about why you're here but sdfilknasdfoiwenfr you're HERE!]
sirenspell
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
[In Person]
[ The meowing catches her attention first, and while she's not entirely sure what she's done to merit the cat's favor (a cat does not bestow such a gift lightly) she instinctively reaches out to him, scratching him gently under his little kitty chin and cooing softly.

Now that she can inspect him up close, her eyes widen worriedly - the cat is covered in bandages, which badly need changing. She sits down beside him, holding her arms out to him invitingly, her voice soft and welcoming. ]


You poor little thing - where in the world have you come from?
kittybeggarking
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
[In Person]
[He's absolutely chattering her ear off in kitty purr/meow language, but unfortunately, she can't understand that. He explains that he's Clopin and he's been turned into a cat and he's so happy to see a gypsy and why the hell is he even trying it's not like you can understand him anyway but goddamn it you're HERE

He ignores the tearing pain in his leg--he's going to need new stitches--and leaps to her, standing on his hind legs and putting his forepaws on her shoulders so he can properly lick her face. Had he been human, he'd have settled for a hug and kissing her cheeks, but he has long since surrendered to catlike behavior and Esme's face is gonna get a thorough licking.

He has no shame. :| ]
sirenspell
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
[In Person]
[ In spite of his pitiable condition, Esme can't help but smile at the cat's oh so vocal welcome - in another moment he'll be talking!

She receives the pounce with a delighted laugh, wrapping her arms gently around the cat's frame so he doesn't lose his balance and hurt himself further. Once her face has been thoroughly licked, she leans forward to place a kiss on the tip of his teensy nose. ]


How could a darling like you ever have come by those wounds, hmm?

[ She assess the situation quickly - those bandages are going to have to come off, now, and if the cuts are as deep as she suspects they are, they're going to have to be stitched. Kitty, what has the world done to you? ]

I hope there isn't someone waiting for you, little one, because you're going to have to come with me.

[ She gives him a stern look. ]

No arguments. It's decided.

[ She feels fairly certain there won't be a frantic owner searching for him, though, because if he did belong to someone, his owner would have taken care of him in the first place. ]

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kittybeggarking
Jan. 6th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
[In Person]
[Oh God he wishes. :| He misses talking.

He purrs in response to the kiss, practically smiling despite his feline facial structure.

He'll tell her the full story in good time. A story of broken glass, getting carried to a doctor by a white girl less than half his age, getting sorta halfway adopted by said white girl, trying to undo the voodoo spell, killing insects, taking naps, getting chewed on by a coordination-challenged squirrel... you know what? Maybe the 'full story' will need some revision.

The tomcat purrs and licks Esmeralda's cheek again. He's totally fine with her carrying him off to her room. He's not sure how long he'll be a cat, but during a time as uncertain as this, he'd prefer to be with Esmeralda over anyone else (even though, to be fair, Violet has treated him much more kindly than he had expected). And hey, maybe he'll find a way to communicate with her.

So he keeps on licking her face before settling down a little. The pain is starting to catch up to him, even with his impressive pain tolerance.]
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chansondeleau
Jan. 6th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
[video]
You look like the music teacher, whathisname...Clopin.
sirenspell
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
[video]
[ She knows that name! She reaches for the communicator, knocks it off the desk in her haste, scrambles to snatch it off the floor, but still manages to look poised and unflustered when she holds it up again. ]

Your music teacher's name is Clopin?
chansondeleau
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
[video]
Yeah. He's kinda nuts, but pretty good.
sirenspell
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
[video]
He wouldn't happen to have an earring in one ear and an unforgettable tenor voice, would he?
chansondeleau
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
[video]
Yeah! That's him.
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obviousroyal
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
[video]
[...Princess isn't sure if she likes that smile. All the same...]

I would be more than happy to help. Where do you need to go?
sirenspell
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
[video]
[ She smiles gratefully, fleetingly, as her original question is addressed, before her expression turns thoughtful ]

Oh, anywhere, I suppose. I am completely new and completely unfamiliar...with just about everything, really.

What's the one thing every new person ought to know?
obviousroyal
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
[video]
Probably that the headmaster has an awful sense of humor.

[...She's not kidding.] If I were you, I'd worry more about useless drills and inexplicable magic than anything else.

Also, the ice patch in the middle of the quad. Avoid that.
sirenspell
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
[video]
That is actually incredibly helpful, thank you.

[ She pauses, wondering why the Academy would have drills that were useless, but inwardly marvels that this is the second time someone has brought up magic - real magic, presumably]

That sounds like it has a story behind it. Probably an interesting one, too.
obviousroyal
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
[video]
You are more than welcome.

[No one deserves to freeze in the middle of the night without warning. No one.]

...It is slippery. [And that is ALL she's explaining on that one.]

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sarcasticsecond
Jan. 7th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
[video]
Yeah, the communicators are pretty tricky at first, but you'll get the hang of them eventually.

*God knows this over a thousand-year old gargoyle did, who is still learning new things about this mostly human world.*
sirenspell
Jan. 7th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
[video]
[She nods in agreement. She's already half in love with this new technology, though, and so she smiles.]

They're wonderful!

[Also, hello, new person.]

I'm Esmeralda. It's nice to meet you, monsieur...?
sarcasticsecond
Jan. 7th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
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Name's Brooklyn! Nice to meet you Esmeralda!

*He pauses*

You're from France! Right? Oh man, what's it like there?
sirenspell
Jan. 7th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
[video]
Mais oui!

[Oh, Brooklyn, you picked the right subject. Any opportunity to talk about home is a welcome one.]

It's very beautiful but very crowded - well, Paris is, at least. There is never a dull moment, but the city never loses its charm. And once you've tried the food, you will spend the rest of your life missing it.

May I ask where you're from?
sarcasticsecond
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
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Wow...*HE SIGHS, dreamily before he shakes his head, snapping back into reality*

Oh I ah.. I lived in Manhattan, just off of New York. It's busy and there's never a dull moment there. It has the best and worst of people, but in the end, it's a great place.
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oh_icanfeelit
Jan. 24th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
[Voice]
[Hey, pretty lady. Kronk can comport himself with total grace with pretty women. He promises.]

I dunno what you just said, but I've got a pretty good sense of direction!
sirenspell
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
[Voice]
Ah, it means "would you do me a favor?" in French.

Do you? I just arrived, so I'm trying to familiarize myself with the Academy, and the area around it. What do you think every new person should see?
oh_icanfeelit
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
[Permavideo]
Ohhhh!

[Kronk scratches his head, then crosses his arms.]

Never heard it spoken before, even though I know folks teach it here.

Oooh! Well, when it come to the basics, you've gotta stop by the dining hall. You've gotta know where you're gonna eat. Do you know which dorm you're in yet?
sirenspell
Jan. 28th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
[Permavideo]
I can't argue with that! I probably should have looked into that sooner. I do know my dorm, though - I'm already settled in. It pays to travel light, yes?

[She offers a little shrug - she didn't have tons of things to pack anyway, but oh well! - and a grin.]
oh_icanfeelit
Jan. 28th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
[Permavideo!]
Oh sure - give me a backpack and I'm gone for the week!

Okay, you're in the Quad, right?
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