By Alison Bailes
Have you ever been in a situation and didn’t know what spell to use to get out of it?
Ever worried something horrible might happen and didn’t know what you’d do if it did?
Having trouble imagining the horrors that might await you as a Triwizard Tournament champion?
No fear! Situational Spellwork is here!
You are on your way to the library to go do some extra studying, as usual. The stairs are behaving themselves today and are where they should be. It’s nice and quiet as you ascend the stairs. You don’t hear anything but your own shoes scratching across the surface of the steps. There don’t appear to be any other students out and about in the grand staircase. Perhaps it’s either too early or too late but it’s always a good time to study.
Just as you near the fourth floor, where the library awaits you, you are attacked!
You’re caught completely off guard as you suddenly feel an ominous presence behind you. Without time to react or guard yourself, you feel something wrap around your back and shoulders. In complete shock and panic you attempt to detach it by throwing your weight to the side. It works! You’re released! A wave of relief and confidence wells up in you as you realize you’ve successfully escaped, for a moment.
As your body falls toward the rail of the stairs you manage to get a glimpse of your attacker. It was a friend of yours! Someone who /thought/ it was a fine idea to surprise you while walking up /moving/ staircases. As if on cue, the stairs give a creek and began to shift below you, going the opposite way that you are falling. Before you know it, you’ve slipped from the stairs and soon will be plummeting to your death. Thanks a lot. Some /friend/ they were, right?
But wait! It’s not over yet! You’re a wixen! You’ve got magic!
The height from the fourth floor to the bottom of the grand staircase is roughly 12 meters. That gives you almost two whole seconds to do something. There is a 50% chance of survival even before the use of magic but I’m not really a fan of those odds so let’s see what we can do.
Anytime you or a friend are falling these two words should /scream/ in your head.
Aresto Momentum is the spell that can be used to slow down the velocity, momentum or movement of something or someone. It’s especially useful when they are falling. It’s a third-year spell so if you’re a first or second-year student…let’s just hope that reckless friend of yours is third-year or up.
Indeed there are many benefits to have friends in years above your own.
So keep that in mind next time you decide where to sit at lunch or in class.
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