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Rain of Night

The surrounding woods and foliage of the school. Care of Magical Creatures classes are also held here. Includes the Gamekeeper's hutch, thestral paddocks, and the winding pathways where students can leisurely relax.
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Rain of Night

Post by Qingying » Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:14 pm

March 2nd, the day of the Lantern Festival.

For the past few weeks, students running around with bits of paper and colourful paint, and convening to build frames varying from palm-sized to several metres in length, were a common sight.

The club Qingying ran encouraged continued participation while being open to students who dropped-in for a session or two. A number of busier students would participate for a few weeks when the club worked on a project, attend to other tasks for a while, and then return later. The newest project of the club revolved around the Lantern Festival, and students were also involved while in regular Charms classes.

Qingying often integrated aspects of foreign cultures and magic into the students’ curricula and activities to broaden the scope of their education, and to encourage understanding of other cultures. Students crafted with both their hands and magic, learned about the history of the festival, and grouped together to build lanterns and practice spells.

In the morning, Qingying and Laurie had visited St. Mungo’s to bring some tangyuan – filled sticky rice balls eaten during the festival - to Mahra, and also some for the staff to snack on. Some less sticky ones were available for patients the staff thought would be able to have some.

Students practiced magical cooking and split into teams to organise, create, and serve tangyuan as dessert at dinner. (Yes, some floating plates flipped over onto people’s heads, but hey, even recovering from that helped developed their adaptability and teamwork.) The fillings included more common ones such as sesame, sweet bean paste, flowers, and peanuts, more modern ones such as chocolate, fruit, and pumpkin paste, and of course stranger ones of the students’ own creation, such as ‘Spice Up Your Butt Life’, ‘Kiss of the Frog’, and (whispered) ‘Professor Blacksworth’s Bonsai – Because I’m Sure I Saw One In His Office’. A group of students even managed to make a larger one in the shape of a cat for Professor McGonagall which, in hindsight, was probably a bit weird for her, because, well, she was a cat.

After dinner, all the students headed outside to either perform or watch the aerial lantern display. All the lanterns floated with magical, smokeless, and harmless fire, were spelled to be recalled after the performance was complete, and were made of materials that would disappear and not harm the environment or leave dangerous residue for farm animals, if recall went awry. Through building them, students became more aware of the impacts of their actions on the world around them.

Lines of lanterns parted and then converged into formations that lit the night with colossal flowers, a castle with numerous towers, buildings with pointed roofs, valleys and waterfalls, fire-breathing dragons, rearing unicorns, twirling koi fish, and phoenixes flaring wings. Large lanterns controlled by multiple students glided in; an orange koi fish that jumped over a gate and became an eastern dragon with a fluid, scaled body, a tiger that descended from the moon to walk among the chirruping students on the ground, a phoenix that swooped in to duet with the dragon in the illuminated sky, and more.

Groups of students waved their upwards-pointed wands, controlling lanterns, while others played instruments with magic or without. Students could keep their lanterns, and if more than one person wanted a team’s lantern, students could then practice or ask for help with duplication spells.

Clean-up was rowdy, and the students were in high spirits. All in all, the evening was a success. After accompanying the students back inside, Qingying exited, still carrying his bag of spare lantern supplies, to walk through the grounds and do a final magical sweep, checking for any escaped lanterns or pieces of paper caught on plants. Shuang floated behind him, glowing in the night. Everyone knew about him - he was basically the mascot for the club, and was often around Professor Euphemeria or Professor Keelan.

Qingying smiled as he neared a bench and spotted Kier. When with students, Qingying was calmer, but when he was with teachers, he could be more bouncy. He had been, unsurprisingly, the most excited about decorating for Christmas, and had gotten a bunch of teachers to do it with him. After that, he’d taken students around to practice their spells as they added all sorts of bits and bobs to bannisters and walls.

“Kier,” Qingying greeted.

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Re: Rain of Night

Post by Kier Desjardins » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:14 pm

The other professor gave him a jaunty wave, rocking on the balls of his feet. "Qingying," he returned with a short nod."How's it going?" he held an extendable trash bag in his hand and had been picking up the leftovers and throwing them in, where they dutifully disappeared. He'd enthusiastically helped plan the celebrations and decorate the area, having always possessed an immutable energy for things.

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Re: Rain of Night

Post by Qingying » Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:46 am

Qingying also possessed a seemingly endless amount of energy, though everything about him felt rather easy. When he was excited, he didn’t raise his voice, when he was focused, he didn’t appear to strain, when he invited people to join in, he effortlessly offered them gentle wisps of his own enthusiasm, and when it was time to rest, he was still and relaxed, comfortably quiet.

“It went well,” he smiled as he walked the last few steps towards him. Shuang floated closer to Kier as his form of a greeting; he had learned more ‘expected’ behaviours throughout the years.

“Thanks,” Qingying said as he glanced at the trash bag, and then gestured down at his bag of lantern supplies. “You didn’t make one, did you? Would you like to make one?”

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Re: Rain of Night

Post by Kier Desjardins » Sat May 12, 2018 9:04 am

"Oh, no," Kier grinned. "Trash patrol is the most coveted duty."

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Re: Rain of Night

Post by Qingying » Sat May 12, 2018 2:57 pm

He smiled and gestured at the grounds behind him. “Patrol of the rest of the grounds, complete.” He sat down on the bench while indicating his bag. “Why not? Many of the students made lanterns.” Shuang floated back towards him and hovered near his upper arm as he hummed. “I’ll make one,” he said, and lifted his gaze slightly to look across the sloping lawns.

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