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[10 Sep 1996|05:28pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

I just gave some first-year girls a brief tour of the girls' toilet upstairs. You know, that one. This batch is so inquisitive, it's really funny. Last year prefects got reasonable requests like directions to Potions, not guided tours of the haunted toilet.

Anyway, I had better post this before something else interrupts me. I love all of my classes! I think this is going to be a great year. Today was just Conjuration and Armament, so I'm relaxing a bit. I managed to find a fairly secluded spot in the library between two bookshelves to finish some Runes homework the other day. It's a nice hideout as long as no one wants to study pickling spells in great depth.

Handling this project and prefect duties and classes is a bit overwhelming -- how do you manage, Hermione? -- but it's better than being bored. Never a dull moment around here.

It's almost dinner! See you all soon, then.

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[27 Aug 1996|10:07pm]
[ mood | rushed ]

So, my cousins are really strange! I suppose they think the same about me, because I can't help being absurdly afraid of toasters, and I was under the impression that Tomb Raider was a video game with a very intricate and engaging plot until Will (one of my older cousins, he's really nice) made me sit down and play it. He said I would probably like other games better, so he plugged in this different video game player and got out this plastic orange gun thing and if you pressed the button and pointed the gun at a duck in the video game, it would die. Parvati went into a violent coughing fit after I said it was like magic... like that wasn't suspicious. Will just got really frowny and thoughtful when I asked him how it worked. His dad didn't know, either. It's a mystery.

I feel sort of bad. I think I've alienated myself from Clarice, who's the only one my age here. She wanted to look at my computer after she saw me typing an e-mail, but I can't let her play around on it, so I have to keep telling her that it was really expensive and I don't want her to mess up anything. Now she thinks I'm stubborn and mean, but what can you do?

I'm accepting Pansy's invitation, so I'll see basically all of you soon enough, but Anthony, if you still want to do something before then, just e-mail me, okay?

School starts soon! I'm getting a bit nervous.

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[11 Aug 1996|12:20pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I feel irresponsible for not having written anything in a while. I've been reading everyone else's entries, but things have been remarkably quiet around here, so I've not been able to write about much myself. Let's see...

My parents are taking me to Diagon Alley towards the end of August, of course. I have to pick up books and whatever supplies I'm running out of. The start of the school year is really exciting, I think. Time flies, and you have to buy new things, and it feels as though you have a clean slate before you, and the school year seems to hold so much potential. But by the end of the year your quills are all unusable and your clothes are boring and you want to leave school and become a circus performer, haha. Well, I do. Or I did. I hope this year is slightly less insane than the last.

Anyway, my mum and dad are taking me and my sister to stay with some relatives in London after we get our school things. About a week before we've got to go back to school, I think. We'll be going to King's Cross from there. We have to act like Muggles for a whole week. I hope it isn't too awkward. I've never met these relatives before, but Mum says she's told them all about us. Mostly they'll be showing us around London, and one of our cousins is a girl our age, so it should be okay.

Parvati was in London recently and now she wants to take me shopping when we both go. She's being really obnoxious about it. I suppose a bit of shopping couldn't hurt, though.

Hope you're all enjoying your summer!

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[21 Jul 1996|04:50pm]
[ mood | calm ]

The gathering at Lavender's house was really nice. It was good to see everyone. I failed utterly and completely at sewing and refuse to approach a needle ever again, but knitting is a nice way to wile away an afternoon. It's difficult to knit consistently, but I suppose loads of practise is all that separates my ugly tea cosy from Hermione's brilliant hats. I was doing pretty well, you know, but I botched it up while trying to introduce a new colour and had to unravel it all.

Susan, watch out for an owl, because now that no one's around, I can't cast stitches on for the life of me.

Speaking of owls, shouldn't our exam results be coming soon?

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[15 Jul 1996|06:20pm]
[ mood | bored ]

I grow more and more grateful for this computer every day. This week, I am watching Sarah Bramwell's pet toad for three knuts an hour while she and her family visit relatives in the Siberian hinterland. I am poking it every hour to make sure that it hasn't died.

My dad keeps asking me if I want to get a pet crab because he saw me looking at the pictures Pansy put in her journal. I tried to explain that I'm perfectly happy taking care of Sarah's catatonic toad, but he won't listen. He's excited because he had some kind of magical crab as a pet when he went to Hogwarts. That's nice, Dad. Maybe weird pets were all the rage when he was young? Instead of an owl, all kids wanted a Grindylow.

I wish my parents let me floo places alone. They're too afraid that I'll end up in Uruguay. I don't think the network even connects to Uruguay, does it? I get to visit London on Thursday to try and find Michael a present, but I'm not allowed to go any further than two blocks away from the Leaky Cauldron. Apparently my parents are considering a visit to London in coming weeks, though, so that's cool. I imagine a lot of Muggle-borns find the summer hols boring because they're a little disconnected from the magical world, but imagine living my life: watching a listless toad, looking at pictures of crabs, and letting my sister tell me that the gebo rune indicates a doomed love life. Well!

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[12 Jul 1996|09:38am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Mo said something in her journal about skipping stones yesterday, and it reminded me of when me and my sister were younger. Being twins, we used to fight about loads of stuff, and I would get so upset sometimes that I would leave the house for a creek a little ways away where I would skip stones for a while. I know that skipping stones is hardly exciting, but right now, during the hols, I think I would like to do it. I would do it without being angry at anybody, because these days everybody is too scared for each other to start arguments. I think I would like to do it without thinking about how easy it would be with Wingardium Leviosa, too, because, well. Sometimes I wish I could go back to before Hogwarts. Back to when the only problems in my world involved petty arguments with my sister and elaborate conspiracy theories about my mum cooking with Indian spices to burn off our tongues to prevent us from complaining.

I hate to be so negative, but these are dark times. My parents are so sad that me and Parvati have to live through this, so much younger than they were when You-Know-Who first came around. I keep walking in on my mum and dad having serious conversations and it makes me want to stab a gnome with a shovel or something, because just looking at those strained smiles, suddenly I find that I can't grin and say, "Parvati wants you to come -- she's finally learned how to stand on her head." It's like how you can't make jokes at a funeral.

I don't want my entire life to be like a funeral.

I think it's perfectly okay to fool around with these computers. I think that's even great, really. But we have to be cognisant of their purpose, too. I don't think it's bewildering or stupid any more, this idea of house unity. Can we please try?

And now that I'm done this all sounds sort of stupid. Sorry!

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[10 Jul 1996|12:55am]
[ mood | curious ]

We're supposed to say something about our hopes for this group, only I don't know what to write. What kind of duty are we supposed to fulfil? Asking us to help strengthen Hogwarts unity is kind of vague. Maybe we ought to brainstorm or something. I don't know.

I don't know many of you. That proves how pathetic interhouse relations are, right? I'm Padma Patil, a Ravenclaw prefect. I think Arithmancy's brilliant and I don't think I'll ever be bored of Hogsmeade. And while I love her, my twin sister Parvati is an entirely different person, thanks. We're in different houses for a reason, you know.

So, have any of you seen these games? Are we allowed to do whatever we want on these computer things? I'm playing a game with little black mace things and coloured numbers. I don't get it.

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