Post by Raphael Caelan McLaggen on Jul 10, 2021 1:31:14 GMT -7
19 March 2026
Okay, so Rafe was extremely reluctant to admit that Jimmie had actually been right about something, but…yeah, she’d completely nailed it. He had only agreed to join the school newspaper because Jimmie had done a very good job pressuring him into it, not because he had any interest in journalism or media. In all honesty, he’d figured he could skate by with delivering a few good shots a week and then spend the rest of his time decidedly not thinking about the Hogwarts newspaper or Jimmie’s obsession with buffing up her news credentials ahead of graduation. But…in the end, it was turning out to be one of his favorite things. As challenging as the deadlines could be, Raphael found himself doing all sorts of interesting things as part of his role on the paper. Attending club events he’d never heard of before, scouring the Pitch for something that screamed Ravenclaw after their latest Quidditch win…
It was only because of Jimmie’s insistence that Raphael had begun to think of the newspaper as a future career path at all, but now it was on his mind almost as much as the NEWTs looming over every seventh year’s head. He’d never had any idea what to do with himself after graduation, but…taking photographs for the Hogwarts Post had given him the first glimmer of hope that he’d had in a long time. Now it was time to do something about it. Addy had been the first to give him a good idea, reminding him that her brother worked for the Daily Prophet. Technically speaking, Raphael also knew a sports writer, but the thought of asking his dad for career advice (especially in a field that wasn’t pro Quidditch)…well, he was mortified at the thought. Grey seemed like a much better option, but the second piece of the puzzle hadn’t fallen into place until Brígh had started going on excitedly about a career fair being hosted at the Ministry. She’d been avidly reaching out to cursebreakers all year, and Rafe was sure she’d take the opportunity to corner a few more and question them thoroughly about the job. On his part…it might be a good time to talk to Grey and see if the newspaper really was a viable option for him.
So, on the first day, Rafe found himself uncomfortably sipping a cup of Butterbeer as he towered over most of the other students there. As expected, Brígh had already split from the group and was speaking brightly to an extremely grumpy-looking cursebreaker. Addy had also left him to go speak to a Ministry employee, and they were already chattering away about magicked Muggle technology. That left Raphael slowly scanning the crowd, feeling extremely shy and wishing he had just stayed at Hogwarts. Maybe he could pull a Lily Potter and stay an extra year – that would delay all these hard questions until he’d had more time to think about it. But, as he finally spotted Addy’s older brother, Raphael got the distinct impression that his time was up. He approached Grey uncertainly, trying to seem more confident than he actually felt. “Erm, hi,” he started lamely, trying not to wince at the awkward introduction, “I’m, uh, Raphael. One of Addy’s friends? She...mentioned you'd be here.”
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