Christmas at Hogwarts was so cool!
Connor had never experienced magical Christmas before - for a second, he didn't even know if wizards actually celebrated Christmas or anything like that, but then he found out that they totally did! Actually, that might've been one day when he was walking back up to Gryffindor Tower and one of the sits of armour started singing Christmas carols, all echo-y, and he'd almost fallen over because he was so surprised then. Connor had never thought that his heart could beat so quickly, or that he could be so surprised by a suit of armour
but it had definitely sung Jingle Bells at him, even if it sounded like what his father called a dirge.
But after that, they'd gotten invitations to something something school trip in another country, which also
sounded super cool, and then he'd had to hunt down Ariel to see if she knew about it too. Would they be able to go, he had wanted to know. Their mum had said yes but they had to be home for Christmas, which was fine! Connor was looking forward to going home. They'd spent the past few days in the snowy mountains, throwing snowballs and making snowmen, and at one point, Ariel had even made a snowman dance. It was really cool, even though it was literally, really cool.
Seriously - Connor was always cold. And Ariel also lectured him for going in the caves with Nellie Miller, even though they saw bears and it was the most terrifying thing he'd ever done. He almost wanted to do it again, but he also didn't want to die.
Today's adventure was ice skating! He'd never even gone ice skating before - he thought he was going to fall over as he gingerly stepped forwards in the ice skate blades. Ariel was already ahead of him, and Connor didn't want to try and move faster just in case he accidentally ended up faceplanting the ground. That wouldn't be very cool. "Aaaaarieeeeeeeeel," he whined, "wait for me." She was already on the ice, and Connor didn't understand how. He paused right at the edge and looked at the snow and then looked at the ice, and then slowly stepped on it. Connor didn't know what he was expecting but it kind of felt like rollerskating...just...on ice. Was that the secret to it? Except there were no wheels, obviously.
He put both feet in the ice, and moved one forwards. So far, so good. He tried to move his other foot now (baby steps, right?!) and then the ground decided to work against him and he slipped, landing backwards on the ice. "Ow!" he yelled. It came out louder than he intended it to, and then he had to try and struggle back to standing. Maybe this would take longer than he thought. He could feel how cold the ice was through his gloves, and he pouted at them for a moment.@Ariel Silvermoor