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First names were most often used by childhood or school friends. If the friendship was made after school age, first names would only really be used by women. Men were far more likely to refer to their friends by their surnames, a mark of familiarity. — Documentation

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Emilia Wright for Jude Wright. Casually alienating offspring since 18882.
Separating was also not a great idea, though they weren't doing great at staying together anyway. If she were to volunteer to be the human sacrifice.. well... Hogsmeade had plenty of debutantes anyway...

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Are you alright?
10th September, 1888 - Hogwarts Corridors
Life as a prefect – forgetting life as a fifth year – was busier than he’d have ever imagined. He was always on guard, always checking to make sure the rules were being followed. It was tough but, and James felt this to be true of any prefect, it was rewarding. He had responsibility and he enjoyed it. It gave him more reason to do anything. He was, or at least felt, important. And it gave him a reason to not fixate on the Church of Magical Jesus – which is what he’d been doing most of the summer.

Wandering through the halls between a class, James noticed some students making fun of one of the first years. His heart fell as he saw this and, with a sigh, he straightened up his uniform and called out; “I’d suggest you head to class before I begin deducting points,” he said. His voice was stern – he’d not had to do this much before.

Moving to the small girl whom he recognised from the sorting ceremony as one Miss Tatting, James smiled softly.

“Is everything alright, Miss Tatting? Don’t mind them, they’re just…” he said looking over at them as they walked, “They have nothing better to do than to pick on a first year.”

Clearly, Tansy had to grow a bit more of a spine. It was strange, really, as she'd never been that timid of a girl before. But since coming to Hogwarts, she'd found herself drawing within herself quite a bit. She just hoped that it would get better with time. She'd barely been at school for a month, after all. But, as it was, her small build and sweet disposition seemed to make her quite the target for those that enjoyed bullying other.

She'd gotten a bit used to it, often just ignore it, but this time she'd been all but cornered. She'd stayed silent, simply clutching her books to her chest and staring at the ground. That was, until a stern voice spoke up and seemed to stir the bullies into action. They all but fled though the leader of the group didn't do so without one last scathing glare thrown in Tansy's direction. She'd just caught sight of it when she'd looked up to see who it was that had helped her.

She offered Mr. Grey, a Gryffindor Prefect from what she remembered, the best smile she could muster but it was still weak at best. "I'm alright," she answered quietly, feet falling back to her feet again, "I've gotten used to it. Seems to be a daily thing." A small shrug of her shoulders was given as well as if it really wasn't that big of a deal.

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Her smile bought upon James a distinct and unforgettable feeling of anguish that didn’t sit well with him in the slightest. It wasn’t for what had transpired that made him feel this way but the fact that her smile – weak and insincere in its features – was obviously something she’d practiced a fair bit which was to say: - she was used to this.

And that hurt him a great deal.

Her quiet words reassured the fact and James sighed offering a compassionate smile to her.

“Don’t shrug it off,” James said, “It ought not to be a daily thing – it’s not nice to be on the receiving end of that. It isn’t fair on you in the slightest. Is it the same people often, Miss Tatting?”

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