1995-05-12: The Muppet Show

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Scene Title The Muppet Show
Synopsis Amber shows up for her detention, given to her by Professor Keegan.
Location Great Hall, Hogwarts
Date May 12, 1995
Watch For Dancing!
Logger Holly

It's a fairly normal evening in the Great Hall. Dinner is already served, and should be on the tables for quite some time yet as students come in to eat, socialise, and catch up on homework with their friends in other Houses. The ceiling shows clear stars, even though the sound of rain can be heard heavily smacking against the windowpanes. It's all very informal - not a feast like the Welcome Feast or the Farewell Feast, and students mingle among the four tables. Here, it seems that all rivalry is off.

Maybe it has something to do with the recent ghostly appearances in the meadow outside the castle, or maybe because OWLs and NEWTs and other end-of-the-year tests are coming up, kids are more likely to hang out together. Whether it's emotional or practical doesn't particularly matter.

There are a good deal of students here - it's right in the middle of dinner, which means the most people are likely to be in attendance.

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Mei wanders into pick up something to eat. In her case it's…well it looks like something Snape might make the students use for a potion ingredient. Adding a bit of rice to the bowl, the girl produces some chop sticks and has a bit of a munch.

—-

Julian has decided to sit down at the Ravenclaw table for a change, asking an older student a question about an obscure charm. He's accepted the jibes of his fellow snakes, and has just given up, deciding to learn what he can against the summer filled with the unknown. He eats his steak and kidney pie with relish.

—-

So, she's serving detention. Luckily, despite Keegan's best effort, it's something Amber's actually looking forward to, because it's not that bad, as far as she's concerned. She is, however, required to let everyone know the reason she's doing this, though, which is just slightly humiliating. This year, she's ended up with not only her first, but second detention, and that's enough to make her think twice about trying to get another.

The Hufflepuff enters the hall through the large double doors. She's gonna enjoy this, even if it's a punishment - or try, anyway. She's not shy, she's always loved theatre, it should be a piece of cake, right? Currently, the head table is vacated, so Amber figures that's as good a spot as any, and climbs up onto it. "Oi! C'n I 'ave yer attention please?" she calls. It's probably the loudest anyone's ever likely heard her. She's usually fairly quiet.

—-

Julian turns around in his seat. This isn't really normal, of course, so at first, the little first-year's eyebrows furrow in worry. Then, he realizes it's a student, not a staff member. Therefore, he reasons, it can't be something too bad. He sets his fork down, and shushes the Ravenclaws he's been querying. "Shh. Let's hear what she's got to say." Bean has kept away from Amber, partially from guilt at biting her, and partially from wariness deriving from that situation. However, he still thinks she's a decent person. "S' Matthews." One of the other students whispers something about Bean's teeth and Bean attempts to reach over to quiet the boy.

—-

Mei blinks and then peers over her bowl, it looks like noodles are on her menu. With a good helping still in her mouth, chopsticks held in the air she stares up at the table.

—-

Having just gotten to the Gret Hall himself, and settling in with some of his fellow Ravenclaws at the Ravenclaw table, Mason seems to be pretty oblivious - at least, at first. When he hears someone at the High table speaking up to address folks, he glances up from serving himself some juice. Hmm. Sitting a couple of places down from Julian, as it were, he tilts his head, and glances down the way at the Slytherin boy. "What d'you reckon all this is about, then?" he asks quietly down the table…

—-

Clearing her throat, she pulls a paper out of her pocket, unfolds it, looks over the top, and smiles at all the students who are now watching her with rapt attention. "Pr'fessor Keegan would like you all ter know tha' this is wha' 'appens when 'e gives out detention." She looks around. She's sure Keegan's watching somewhere. "An' 'e would like you to further note tha' 'e can be far more creative than this, if 'e wants ta be. So 'e woulds like ta respectfully recommend tha' you stay outta trouble." She added 'respectfully,' herself. The word the professor used was slightly less appropriate for conversation in the Great Hall. Lowering her speech, she adds, "So wif dinner t'night, y'get some music."

The paper is pocketed, she rolls her eyes and runs her fingers through her hair, manages to stall for another few seconds, before she starts singing. Those who have ever watched Muggle TV will know the tune immediately. It's the theme song from the Muppet Show.

—-

There is a very loud SLURP sound as Mei sucks in all the noodles she had in her mouth, followed by a little clicking sound as she uses her chopsticks to clean up a bit. Cocking her head to one side she ah's softly and asks aloud "Is this common, do you English love being…crazy?"

—-

Julian does know the tune. He's seen the muppets enough in the storefront windows. It makes him break out in raucous laughter. The Purebloods and half-bloods raised in the wizarding world will probably look askance at him, but he doesn't care. "That's priceless, that is." He can't control his laughter and it takes him a long moment before he's merely silently shaking. "Yeah. Won't be crossin' him soon." He grins at the Ravenclaws around him.

—-

And, being the half-blooded young boy that Mason is, he recognizes the tune - and, getting one of those looks on his face, he bites his lip, and proceeds to promptly hide his face by bowing his head slightly and continuing to serve his meal. Otherwise, he may just burst out laughing at the poor girl up at the high table. At the 'priceless' comment, though? He loses it. Along with half a mouthful of mashed potatoes, before he can get them down - he starts to laugh… Though, not as vivaciously as the Slytherin counterpart just down the table from him.

—-

Oh, Bean, how you encourage. As she continues singing, blue eyes wander toward the Slytherin first-year, and she smiles. Voices raise - some other people are amused, as well. Though Amber is, at first, somewhat quiet and reserved, the volume in her voice picks up a little near the end, and when the song is over…

She starts again. Yes, Keegan is making her do this for a full hour.

And, hey, as long as she's up here, and she's already made a fool out of herself, and everyone's going to be pointing and laughing at her and calling her 'Muppet' for months - maybe even years - she might as well ham it up a little. So this time, she starts dancing.

—-

When the dancing starts, between that and the flying potatoes, Bean is lost. He laughs so hard he nearly falls out of his seat. He clutches at his side, emitting a giggle that he's probably really never let show in public in his entire life. He can't help it. He inhales sharply, trying to get a breath. "Can't… breathe…" He calms for a bit, and then catches sight of her dancing again. It's hopeless.

—-

Another loud slurp is heard before Mei comments idly to a housemate at the table beside her as she points with the chopsticks. "There have been wars started over less than that." Hearing that the other puff notes "You're wrong. Nothing's less than that." Mei giggles and shakes her head, going back to eating noodles.

—-

A hearty guffaw is an understatement to the howling that Mason begins to start after having originally lost himself - and it's infectious, it seems, spreading from Julian to Mason like a virus. He can't help himself! He just… laughs.

—-

This is totally going to suck later. She knows it. And yet, she fears what Keegan will do to her if she stops before the hour's up.

After the fourth (Or fifth, it's kind of hard to remember) time through, she calls, "You all know the words by now, sing along!" Because, dear god, she's getting hoarse, and if she moves her mouth and other people are also singing, maybe she can quiet it down just a little.

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Julian gestures to Mason. "C'mon, mate. Can't get much worse, can it?" He's game. When she starts again, he sings along. He has to take laughter breaks, though. But he sings. Cheerfully. And for a few moments, Bean gets to be a little boy. He taps along on the tables with his spoon.

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Of course, Mason's not going to be left out. Having actually known the song, his own singing along is a little more convincing than others - and he, like Julian, has to stop to laugh here and there. He can't help it. "Oh, Gahd," he whimpers at one point, choking on the laugh and then continuing on with the singalong.

—-

Mei just sits and stares. Thankfully it's one of those moments where she feigns ignorance of the English language.

—-

Each time she sings it through takes roughly a minute and a half. People leave, new people come in and must have this new show explained to them, and the people who leave make sure to tell their friends that there's an insane Hufflepuff singing the Muppet Show themesong in the Great Hall. Yeah, really! She's up on the head table and everything! Go see before her voice wears out!

So the whole school knows. This is ever so much worse than cleaning chamberpots for an hour.

In grand total, she ends up going through the song forty-one times, and at the end, her words are mere whispers. She didn't speak for years, and going so long while singing the entire time would be hard for someone who speaks a lot. For Amber, it means her voice is completely shot.

Every once in awhile, she checks her watch, and as soon as it hits an hour - on the second - she stops, right in the middle of the song. But she's not done yet - oh no.

She has the nerve to take a bow afterward.

—-

When she finishes, Bean stands up, cheering and clapping as if they were at the footie or something. "Bravo!" He grins widely. He hopes his cheering will allay the bad feelings between them, and if not, he'll figure something else out. She's got pluck.

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Mei turns and hmms. Looking to her table, the girl pulls her own tea, green of course, over and adds a large dollop of honey and lemon to it. Standing she walks up to Amber and holds out the bowl (yes, no cup here you weird westerners). "Not a bad showing, though I must wonder what you did to deserve it, housemate."

—-

At the random splatterings of applause and whatnot at the end of the hour - which Mason sat through, the whole time - he can't help but laugh and clap along with the other folks, chuckling a little bit.

—-

Despite the fact that Amber wasn't completely mortified by this, she bets that students who don't like such things will avoid getting detentions around Keegan. Unfortunately, it means those who do like to pull stunts like this might just go ahead and make sure they spraypaint something obscene on his desk - or whatever the wizarding equivalent would be - and sign it. Of course, Amber did warn them that the Professor can be much more creative than this. Probably not a good idea to test the boundaries. Amber won't be, that's for damn sure.

She makes sure to blow a kiss to Bean before she hops down off the table. And then, she leans next to Mason's ear and whispers - because that's all she can do - "Wouldya tell 'em all they've been a great audience?" before winking, and turning to Mei. Accepting the tea gratefully, she says, barely audibly, "Decked Egbert Torrington. 'e was gettin' on me nerves."

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Mei shrugs. "He probably had it coming" the chinese girl notes before adding. "I'll see about fixing you some more tea later that should help. I think I've some willow dust somewhere."

—-

Julian blinks as he's blown a kiss. He grins again, sits down, and starts eating his food, leaning over to talk to Mason. "She did pretty good, didn't she?" He'll chatter with the other boy between bites.

"'Course!" Mason gives the older student a slap on the arm - a light one, anyway. Grinning slightly, he stands up, and raises his hands. "T'madam'd like you all t'know y'been a -great- audience!" he proclaims, laughing a little bit, before ducking back down to his seat… and grinning over toward Julian. "Oh, yeah," he comments quietly.

—-

Amber's kind of hungry after all that singing, so she sits down near Mason and Julian and pulls some food onto her plate - just the usual stuff. Potatoes, a bit of meat pie, some beans. Whatever's available. It's hot, and feels good on her rather raw voice. "Yeh, jes' don' make 'im mad. 'e says 'e's got worse where tha' came from, n' I believe 'im." Between mouthfuls of potatos, she sips at the tea Mei gave her. "Thanks, Mei, 'ppreciate it. I admit, I kinna missed bein' on stage— Oi, watch it," she says as someone on their way out gives her a rough pat on the back. Unfortunately, she's too quiet to hear at the moment.

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Julian lifts his eyebrows. "If th' man's creative enough t' make you do that…" He can see him doing far worse. "Still, it's a damn sight better than anything Filch's got." He rolls his eyes. Bean's had a couple detentions here and there. Not many, though. "So, what'd Torrington do to earn your wrath, Matthews?"

—-

Mei laughs some, shaking her head as she does so. "Remind me not to take that course. I hate to think what he might do to me." Turning at the question from Bean she smirks, "Yeah, what did he do?"

—-

Amber pauses as she takes another sip of her tea. Perpetua's been out and about among the students - people have seen her, and word is spreading that the former Hufflepuff is now a castle ghost. "Perpetua… decided ta trust 'er brover with wha' 'appened to 'er. She's a ghost now. 'Pparently him n' some firs' year cracked jokes at 'er. Egbert didn' even seem ta care she was…" Dead. Gone. It's still a sore spot for Amber. She lost a good friend - only not really. She can't mourn, because Perpetua's right there. "Pet were upset abou' that. So I went n' foun' 'er brover and decked 'im. Righ' in the teeth." She holds up her hand to prove it. It's a nice combination of purples and greens where the knuckles are bruised.

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Bean's hilarity disappears. "That's cold, that is." He frowns, returning to his food, suddenly reminded of his own loss. But, he pushes the thought away. "Well, he deserved it, and you got out of it with a bit of a bruise and some posh singing." He smiles again. "Seems like a fair deal all around." There's a long moement, and then he finally says what's been on his mind. "I owe you an apology, I think, Matthews."

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Mei oh's softly and then mutters "The gui-zi. Yeah I'd heard some. I wasn't really well acquainted with her, mostly in passing." Looking to the other girl she sighs softly "People deal differently. I am no expert, being a simple girl, but I think it hasn't sunk in yet for him; her being here and all."

—-

She pokes at the meat pie with her fork for a bit, addressing Mei before Julian. "If I 'ad a sibling - if they died, if I couldna 'old 'em or 'ug 'em ever, I'd cry. I'd … jes' stay in me dorm and never come ou' for weeks. An' if I saw 'em as a ghost, I sure's 'ell would try ter make 'em feel like my family." People deal with grief differently. Amber understands that. But Perpetua was so upset, and —

She shakes her head. "It's aw'right, Bean," she says with a wink and a smile. "We already talked abou' it, r'member? S'fine." She doesn't really hold grudges. They had a yell, and while she's still a little freaked out that he bit her, she can get over it. Same with Egbert, really. It's just that justice needed to be served.

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"Right." Now he's embarrassed. A little. He quashes it, and returns to his steak and kidney pie. Supper's almost over, and he has revising to do. "Sometimes, it does take a while to sink in. Y' still expect her t' show up again. It's probably weird her bein' here, but bein' a ghost." He can't imagine how that would be.

—-

Mei mutters idly "Be nice not to have to worry about homework." Looking at Bean she stares some, idly twirling a lock of her hair before just shaking her head and looking to the housemate. "He could be having a hard time, or he could just be an arse. I'm leaning to the latter…"

—-

Amber nods. Starts to reach out to give Julian's arm a pat, but with her hand poised in mid-air, she draws it back. Right, bad idea, but old habits die hard. She'll just have to learn not to touch Bean; seems she hasn't entirely forgiven him, or she's just being overly cautious.

What Mei says causes her shoulders to tense slightly, but her anger was spent on Egbert. She doesn't often attack people - that was justified. Going after someone else in her House is just a bad idea. So she smiles, offers a sort of offhanded "Yeah," in response, and goes back to poking at her food. "'Oi, I got some 'omework ta do. Better get back ter the common room, aye? Thanks fer the tea, Mei."

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Mei nods some at Amber's comment. "I'll see about getting something for your throat. Just a nice simple tea, but as I said I know I have some willow dust somewhere. It'll help with the pain." Smiling weakly, she looks to her now cold noodles and sighs.

—-

Julian is also pretty much finished with his food. "Thanks for the entertainment, Matthews." He doesn't say anything to the other girl, rather lost in his own thoughts. Standing up, he grabs his bag, and heads out to catch up with his housemates and head to the common room.

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