October 1st- After Classes
October was already upon the students of Hogwarts. The year veered away from recaps and lazy weekends right into Autumn Balls and Halloween. With everything going on, one third-year felt a bit behind on the times. Sure, she had recently been accepted into the Dueling team and kept atop all of her homework, but she didn't feel super connected with anyone else. Her brother had quickly gotten accepted into his peer group and was spending less and less time with his older sister. Most of the people Katrina had done things with last year she hadn't even seen yet: Adonis, Pierre, River, Jo, Hackasplat. She had already run into Beckett! But Katrina still felt like she hadn't really reconnected yet to her friends.
Katrina overheard in the Common Room that the Muggle Studies teacher was hosting another one of the school errand events. Flag making. Something about making a personal flag that represents you for her to hang in her classroom. Katrina wasn't taking Muggle Studies this year, being a muggle herself, but figured that it might be a nice way to spend the afternoon. It might be a good excuse to let some of her art get famous. It was handy to trade for things, maybe if it hung on the wall, she would get more people interested in it. Besides some art supplies and a blank flag, maybe she could even get some social time out of it.
Katrina invited Bridget to join her between classes and she now climbed the staircases to get to the classroom, looking forward to talking to Bridget. They had spent the last few weeks of summer together and had been studying together a bit, but they hadn't really just chatted too much. She was looking forward to a chunk of time to catch up with her best friend. Maybe she could even talk about the Scavenger Hunt Club and the fact that Bridget would be a big help.
On the way up the stairs, Katrina met Boomerang coming down. She yelped with surprise, almost stepping on her mischievous familiar. "Boomerang! What on earth are you doing way up here?" She picked him up and he began to purr ferociously, his orange coat silky smooth. "You are seeing another student aren't you! I knew somebody was feeding you, and now they are grooming you too? I've got to figure out who it is!" Katrina talked to her cat as she trudged up the next few landings, oblivious to the fact that talking to your cat isn't a normal thing. Part way up the stairs, Boomerang leapt out of her hands and started following an older student down. Katrina shrugged and continued up the stairs, she could meet with him after.
When she arrived in the unfamiliar classroom, Katrina didn't spot Bridget. She was running... quite a bit early. She didn't have a watch, but assumed she was there about a quarter to a half an hour early. Katrina decided it didn't hurt to get a head start on her flag. After all, she had no idea what she was going to do with it yet. She grabbed the fabric and draped it across one of the tables. She then opened her sketchbook and got to work.
Ideas, ideas, ideas. Her first idea was a dragon, she loved dragons and had a fascination with them. Besides, having pictures to look at would make it a lot easier. Her first sketches weren't too bad, but she couldn't quite get the position right. She didn't want it to look threatening, but she struggled with the size too. Her follow up idea was to do Boomerang, she had plenty of practice with him as well. Again, she couldn't really decide how she wanted him to be on the flag or even the color.
It was a while later when Katrina realized that her notebook page was now basically full and she still didn't have a specific idea. She sunk into her seat in frustration. She just didn't know how to embody her character onto one small design. There was just so much that made her, her. Who was she? She was a witch of Hogwarts. A muggle. Once and orphan. A sister. A dragon lover. An artist. The leader of the Scavenger Hunt Club. A protector. A new dueler. A friend. She was so much, but yet, all of the things were abstract and nothing was really easy.
At a loss of ideas, Katrina got out some colored pencils and played with blending colors. She matched her teal streak, her auburn hair, her gryffindor sweatshirt colors, Boomerang's fur, her hazel eyes. None of the colors really stood out. They were all good. She couldn't come up with a design, let alone a color! This would be a very long project if she didn't come up with something soon.
Again at a loss, Katrina surveyed the room. It was about time, wasn't it. Was Bridget running late? It wasn't like her to not be on time. Katrina's mind went wild overthinking. What if Bridget got hurt? What if she forgot to take the medicine that kept her spider bites at bay? What if there was another attack? Hags? Mosps? Fire? Who knows! If Bridget got hurt again without Katrina knowing, she might explode. Had Bridget found out about Beckett punching Katrina a week ago? Had she gone back to Beckett? Katrina quickly wound herself into a ball of stress. It took the feelings of a panic attack creeping in for Katrina to stop her spiral and calm down. Bridget was probably just getting clarifications on homework or something, it wasn't a big deal. She was just stressed over nothing.
Katrina returned to her sketchbook, doodling on the corners a bit now. She circled the better ideas with a black pen and bit her lip. She needed to come to a conclusion soon. Maybe when Bridget came she could get her help. Yes, that's what she would do. She would just sit tight.
@Bridget Collins WC:1010/1000 Errand Complete ReducioNotebook: Think this but like way better...