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7 Deadly Sins

Complete seven threads, one where your character displays each of the Seven Deadly Sins — Pride, Lust, Sloth, Envy, Weath, Gluttony, and Greed. Each thread should be at least ten posts, with at least three being your own. Character accounts can be combined.

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Diary of a Young Lady
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December 25th, 1887

It was so nice to be home for Christmas and see mother and father and Miss Hughes again. And of course Henry. Matthew of course teased Henry about being so little and acted as if he weren’t happy to be home. I think for once I understand, but I was happy to see my family again. I hope my friends have had such a good time home as I have.

Mother loved the locket we gave her and father loved his pocket watch. Henry seemed happy with his toy soldiers, and even Matthew looked happy with his gifts. Of course I think I got the best gift. This journal. Mother said that every young lady should have one. But that she must not let anyone know her thoughts beyond its pages. She even taught me a charm for keeping the pages sealed! I can’t wait to try when I get home. She told me it is a very lady like pursuit to keep a journal and as I’m growing into such a fine lady it was time for me to have a place to share my thoughts. I intend to do just this.

January 4th, 1888

School has begun again and I am quite glad for it. I miss mother and father and Henry, but I’m glad to be back. Henry looked so sad when I returned home, but if I’m honest he just seemed so young when I was home. I wonder if Matthew thought that of me on his first break. It is nice to see my friends though. Other young ladies my age are quite a blessing after two weeks with only my brothers. I’m sure Sloane understands with all her brothers!

January 8th, 1888

I know mother will disapprove but I’ve written to father about the dueling tournament. It’s just not fair that Matthew gets to try his hand at dueling and I’m suppose to just sit there any watch! It’s not like one dueling tournament at school will make me a duelist when I grow up! Besides, if I don’t learn now how will I ever be able to protect myself? Plus there are plenty of girls here who are in the dueling club! Not to mention the quidditch teams. At least I’m only asking to do something practical.

I hope father doesn't say no.

January 10th, 1888

He didn’t say no! He even included several tips about how to win my duel! I’ve signed up for the tournament. Oh! I’m so nervous. But excited. I’ve been going over the spells we’ve learned in class and been trying to practice them. I hope I don’t disappoint father.

January 12th, 1888

I did it! I really did it! Matthew keeps saying that mother will be disappointed in me. But I don’t regret it. Even if I didn’t win, it was worth it. Miss Scrimgeour is the best in our year so really I ought to be proud I even won one round, if not the whole match. I’ll have to try harder next year. Maybe I’ll enlist the help of Mr. Blackwall next time. After all he was very helpful with studying for potions.

January 14th, 1888
Mother wrote me reminding me to be more lady like. I could tell she wasn't happy I dueled. She included advice on how to better my embroidery and reminded me to focus on my studies rather than my extra activities. I suppose she could have been much harsher. Miss Hughes sent me a note as well, reminding me that all knowledge is useful. I wonder if she is trying to soften mother's words. For all my friends at school I do miss her.

February 4th, 1888
Classes are keeping me very busy. I wish I had more time to write to you, my dear little book,
but it feels like the homework will never end. When I finally do have a moment I can at least have the companionship of my friends, but sometimes the quiet of confiding in you can be more calming. Not that I mind their noise, really I enjoy it. But at times it is nice to have a break. I shall try to make more time for you in any case.


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February 9th, 1888

Matthew keeps mentioning the kitchens, but he won’t tell me where they are. It is simply maddening. I loved the kitchen at home and was always watching Mrs. Podmore as she made treats or even potions. She and Miss Hughes use to let me help when they brewed simple potions. You wouldn’t tell with how difficult I find potions now that I am on my own. But there is something homelike about kitchens. Perhaps I can find it on my own. After all, I did see Mr. Blackwall before Christmas break in the lower corridors with a lot of food. I suppose he found the kitchens there as it is nowhere near where the Ravenclaw common room is supposed to be. I shall have to see if any of Sloane’s brothers have told her about the kitchens, maybe she will be up for an adventure and we can go find them.


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February 11th, 1888

I confide homework is beginning to get dull. I find myself longing to do things much more than actually focus on classes. Even History of Magic which has less of the tales Miss Hughes use to include and more dry facts about who fought whom and when. Where are the heroes dear Miss Hughes always told me about? I admit among my other dull subjects are my music lessons, I would much rather focus on my drawings and paintings than on which cord of the harpsichord I need to hit. Mother says musical skill will make me more desirable, but I wish to stop my lessons. I think I will write to her about it.

On another note, yesterday Sloane and I went on an adventure to find the kitchens. We got terribly lost as neither her brother, Wallace, or Matthew had given us any form of directions. But we did find it in the end! I had no idea so many house elves worked here. There were so many of them. They were perfectly kind and gave us a snack that wouldn’t spoil our suppers. It was a wonderful break from our studies.


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February 14th, 1888

Yesterday I made mother and father a valentine card, and even one for Henry. I use to send one to Matthew too, but we’ve both grown to old for that. Mother sent me one as well, I always wish to make mine appear as fine as her own, but I end up with too much lace here or too much glitter there. This year I did enchant the cards to appear like they were snowing. I had to ask for help from the Matron, but she didn’t seem to mind. It was a rather unremarkable day beyond that for being St. Valentine’s day.


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February 19th, 1888

I truly don’t mind school, but why is it that tests and papers are assigned at the same time in each class? It makes it that much harder to keep up on my studies. Mother always says to use my time wisely at school, but it is so hard to study for a subject as dull as Magical Theory. I’d much rather be practicing magic than reading about why we have magic. I suppose this is why I don’t mind practicing charms homework, even essays in charms are not as bad as those in Magical Theory. I don’t think I shall ever get the hang of Transfiguration, however. I barely managed to turn a match into a needle and now we are expected to turn matchboxes into pincushions. As Miss Hughes says though, I shouldn’t ever give up or doubt what hard work will do. I shall strive to listen to her more when focusing on my studies.


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February 26th, 1888

It has been an endless parade of papers and tests in the past week. Everyone has been just as busy as myself. I am more likely to have a conversation with one of my friends as we work on papers than I am to find them at supper. It almost feels as if we are all on our own and yet as if we are all together - even if we aren’t talking. I do miss having time to simply spend with them, even the chatter before bed as quieted down as we stay up until curfew and then crawl into bed exhausted. Why is it so different from when school began?


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February 27th, 1888
I didn’t know how I didn’t realize that Calla’s family runs the florist in town. But today I ran into Calla in the greenhouses. I don’t really know why I was there other than I wanted to get away and they briefly reminded me of home. Not that I’m home sick or anything! But I did want to feel like it was spring and get away from homework. And well, anyway, I ran into Calla. I actually knocked her down and I do hope that she forgives me for it. But she told me about her family and honestly I felt much better after that. I think I will miss Calla when summer comes. But perhaps Mother will let me go see her and Sloane. I shall have to ask her at Easter break.


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February 28th, 1888
Did you know that you could get stuck on the stairs here at Hogwarts? I certainly did not. But on my way to supper this evening the stairs simply ceased to continue moving after they had started! It was terribly awful considering the fact that I was late to supper anyway and very hungry. I did meet a nice Ravenclaw boy a few years older than me, but the Matron of Slytherin was there too and I was surprised she could do nothing to help the situation.


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March 5th, 1888
Matthew has been giving me a hard time about joining flying club, but when Sloane had mentioned it back in September it sounded like fun. How was I to know that I wouldn’t be a great flyer. I get through flying classes alright, and sometimes it’s not too terrible at flying club, but lately the broom I’ve been borrowing has a tendency to fly on its side. It’s very difficult to fly and I find myself clinging on for dear life. Today was rather embarrassing as I managed to make it a few feet off the ground and then it just decided to hover on its side with just enough height to skim me across the ground. Everyone else makes it appear so easy. I shall try to practice more, maybe the other girls will want to fly with me as they all seem to wish to be on the quidditch team.


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