Title: Augusta Longbottom v. Cailean Beckett
Icarus Prince - March 29, 2012 04:25 PM (GMT)
Yet another girl participating! Did their parents have no say in the matter?! And if they did, were they mad? Yes, it might be allowed by the Headmaster and all the other dueling officials but really! Ladies were not supposed to duel. It was wrong. Wrong on every level!
"Miss Longbotton, Mr. Beckett - I expect you to both to obey the rules I have reiterated to you, respect the formalities and not strive for disqualification. Miss Longbottom, if you would please begin the duel." The word duel ought not to be even used for such matches! Females dueling... It was madness!
Augusta Longbottom - March 30, 2012 01:20 AM (GMT)
Having secured a victory in the first round of the tournament, Augusta was determined to continue her winning streak. Entering the Great Hall, she made her way over to the dueling platform, ascended the stairs, and faced her opponent.
Surprised colored her features when Augusta saw that she was facing a fellow Gryffindor this time around. As if that wasn't enough, in this round she was going to face a boy. All in all, she found it a little bit odd that the tournament put men and women in the same ring together, but, in the end, it was all about technique anyway.
Listening intently as the judge outlined the rules, Augusta readied herself for the attack. Well, she wasn't actually going to attack her opponent, but she needed to do something eye catching in order to ensure that she would be awarded the point for the round. Grasping the left side of her robes, she curtsied- all the while racking her brain for something interesting to perform.
Then it hit her- impairing her opponent's sight would necessarily be combative. Pointing her wand at her robes, Augusta cast the Bedazzling Hex upon it. Suddenly the dress began to glow with a blinding light. It lit up the hall as though her robes were the sun- shining into every nook and cranny of the vast room.
If anyone had been looking directly at Augusta when she cast the spell, they would most likely be seeing several spots floating across their vision now that she had ended it. The usual dim light in the Great Hall would make it extremely difficult to focus and it was Augusta's hopes that her opponent wouldn't be able to target their spell properly.
Cailean Beckett - March 31, 2012 05:04 PM (GMT)
Cai was finding himself to be more and more distracted by pretty girls lately. After bowing to Miss Longbottom to begin the match, he couldn't quite take his eyes off of her. Watching as he waited for his turn to display his skills, he was caught in Miss Longbottom's dazzle as she cast a spell on her gown.
Blinking against the spots in his vision, Cai had no choice but to push forward. He conjured the first thing that came to mind -- spiders. That was hardly enough; pointing his wand at the shape that he thought was the dummy, Cai said, "Oppugno!
" Hopefully he hadn't accidentally made the conjured spiders attack the judge, because he couldn't really tell if the shape he'd sent them at was the dummy.
Icarus Prince - April 1, 2012 01:57 AM (GMT)
Icarus had to slam his eyes shut in irritation as the bright spell filled every corner of the room; the discomfort that was causing him and likely others could be considered a breach of the rules if one wanted to be ridiculous in their policing of them. As it was, it was enough for Icarus to appreciate Cailean's spider attack that much more.
"Mr. Beckett has won this round for his ingenuity and successful summoning and directing of spiders, he may also initiate the start of the next round of spells."
[Scores: Augusta 9, Cailean 12]
Cailean Beckett - April 3, 2012 02:49 PM (GMT)
Oh, good, he had sent the spiders at the dummy. More relieved he hadn't accidentally directed spiders at Professor Prince than actually happy about his point, Cai tried to decide what to do next.
He picked a spell almost at random. He'd already shown off a nice combo of conjuration and direction, and he wasn't sure what to do next. So he guessed it was back to basics. "Tarantallegra!"
Augusta Longbottom - April 6, 2012 03:09 AM (GMT)
Thoroughly disappointed, Augusta clutched her fist around her wand in frustration. She was beginning to have the suspicion that the judge only gave her opponent the point because he was a male. In the midst of her victory in the last round, she had neglected to notice if any of the other matches between opposite genders had questionable outcomes.
Collecting herself, Augusta watched as the Beckett boy launched his next attack. She raised a quizzical eyebrow, would casting that spell on a dummy actually do anything? Somehow, she really doubted it.
Never-the-less, this was not the time to be thinking of such things- Augusta had to pull out something really fantastic in order to push the duel into a tiebreaker. She mentally went through the list of spells that were in her repertoire, but almost all of them were real combative spells and would surely get her eliminated.
Screwing up her face, Augusta concentrated hard on the only spell that came to her mind. Pointing her wand at the floor, a jet of water burst forth- as it hit the floor ice formed. After a moment, the ice shaped itself into a three-foot high sculpture of a mermaid.
Once it was fully formed, a bright light formed in the center of the ice- as the light expanded cracks appeared all along the mermaid's form. Suddenly, the sculpture exploded, sending chunks of ice in every direction. As they sailed through the air, the pieces of ice were engulfed in flames, transforming into small phoenixes as they flew around the Great Hall and dissipated. Now that was certainly more impressive than what that boy did.
Icarus Prince - April 7, 2012 04:11 AM (GMT)
Icarus didn't want to be biased, not at all and nor did he want to appear that way. He prided himself on being neutral - just because he didn't like girls dueling didn't mean he would penalize them for simply being female. He didn't want to condemn the female species, only to keep his two daughters from participating in duels and other such things. It seemed perfectly reasonable and logical to him.
"Miss Longbottom has won the round! She also has the first move of the final, deciding round of this duel."
[Score: Cailean 9, Augusta 10]
Augusta Longbottom - April 7, 2012 05:18 AM (GMT)
Perfect! A determined glimmer shone in Augusta's eye- it was now the tiebreaker round. Whoever captured the point after the exchange would be moving on to the next duel, and she was going to fight her hardest to secure the victory.
Turning to her opponent, she bent her knees and dipped her head in a respectful curtsy and prepared herself herself for this defining moment. Well... it's now or never... she thought to herself, raising her wand.
Furrowing her eyebrows in concentration, Augusta once again pointed her wand at herself. Whispering the incantation, she could only hope that everything went as planned. Human Transfiguration was one of the most difficult things attempted by N.E.W.T. level students and she had just recited the spell that, if done properly, would cause the wings of a hippogriff to sprout out the back of her robes!
Turning around so that the judges and audience could see her handiwork, Augusta noted that the wings were not as large or silky looking as she would have hoped, but they were wings none-the-less.
Had Augusta been more confident in the magic, or more practiced maybe, she might have attempted to fly around a bit, but this was not the time to test such questionable ideas. No need to just hand over something the judges might fault her on. Facing front, she waited to see what Mr. Beckett would pull out in his attempt to secure the match for himself.