Justin Finch-Fletchley (justin_ep) wrote in patronus_rpg,
Justin Finch-Fletchley

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Happiness is an open book

Who: Justin and anyone else in the library
Where: The Library
When: Late Afternoon
Why: To pick up some light reading
Rating: PG?
Method: Thread-based

Justin perused the library shelves, one finger tracing along the thick spines of the books crammed into the endless line of bookcases he was currently looking at. Having already completed his homework, he was searching for an interesting read for later tonight in the Hufflepuff common room. He'd already completed his homework, including the assignments due by the end of the week. It had grown to be a bit of a habit with him, as he'd always leave class so eager to impress his professors that he would almost immediately start in on his work. He liked finishing his studies while still in the mood for such things, so that later when the mood had left him he would have the free time to do other things.

It was those sort of studying skills that had lead to his acceptance to Eton years ago. His mother had been so proud and more than willing to pay the lofty tuition for him to attend high school with the intellectual and social elite. However, Justin could hardly compare the thought of studying at Eton to that of studying at Hogwarts, and so he'd chosen to forgo the best education muggle money could buy in order to find himself where he was now. He never regretted this decision, not even in that moment second year just before he was petrified by the basilisk. Rubbing elbows with royalty couldn't hold a candle to attending Hogwarts in his book.

Ah! Here we go!

Pausing in his journey down the length of the library, Justin grasped at the edges of a large, relatively dusty book and shimmied it out from between the books on either side. As it finally pulled free, Justin found himself stumbling backwards a bit at the sudden unexpected weight in his arms. Grinning widely, he hauled the book back over to one of the reading tables, placing it carefully down so as not to make too much noise. Sitting down in front of his find, he noticed with a slight pang of disappointment that there wasn't anyone else currently sitting at the table with him. Sighing quietly to himself, he turned his concentration back on his book.

Here we go! "Beatrix Bandiweather's Book of Bewitching Blossoms and how to Arrange them". Oh I do hope this one includes some illustrations...

Swinging open the creaking leather-bound cover of the book, Justin paused once more to glance up around the room, on the off chance that maybe someone new would enter the room - someone he could talk to. As excited as he was about the book he'd found, he hated to be alone, even when just reading.

Perhaps I should just return to the common room...

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Standing on her tip-toes, Susan Bones struggled to place the thick book she had just been reading back up on the second-to-top shelf near the back of the library. Being short never seemed to give her any advantage, and it was moments like this that proved the point perfectly. She reached up as high as she could. Taking the book down had been easy enough... she had simply moved it out of its shelf with the tips of her fingers. Putting it back up was another story. Finally giving up, Susan took the book and placed it on a bottom shelf, knowing very well that it did not belong there. She glanced around to make sure a teacher wasn't looking, and with a swish of her long, red braid she quickly turned and walked away, her expression one of total innocence.

Walking out from behind the high library shelves, Susan noticed that Justin Finch-Fletchley was sitting by himself at a table, a rather large book opened up in front of him. Her aqua-eyes lit up happily. Someone she knew! Now she wouldn't have to walk back to the common room by herself. Well, not really by herself... a prefect would be with her, but she really didn't know any of the prefects that were outside the library door right now; they were 5th year Ravenclaws. Smiling, Susan made her way over to where Justin was sitting stood to his right. She waved, "Hullo, Justin!" Her eyes flicked down to the book in front of the boy, "Having fun?"

Having just resigned himself to a quite read alone, the sound of Susan's voice from behind caused him to start slightly, jumping a bit in his seat. Turning to face her, he offered her a friendly smile tinted slightly with relief at finding someone to talk with. Slipping a spare slip of paper into the page he was on, Justin closed the book and turned his attention to Susan instead.

"Fun? Well, I did find an interesting read here," he said, patting the book cover affectionately. "But it is a bit quiet in here for my taste. I know, silly me, I am in a library after all... but it's good to see you here too."

Justin scooted over a bit on the long bench he was sitting on at the reading table.

"Are you staying? You can join me if you'd like. Of course, if you're headed back to the common room then by all means, don't let me keep you! Though, if that's your plan, would you mind terribly if I joined you?"