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Aldemar Delchev [Inactive Character]
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a night of frolic | galina
« on: May 20, 2022, 08:17:47 PM »
 
where children wear costumes and run amok!
amok, amok, amok, amok, amok.

October 31st, 2004


Honestly, Aldemar wasn’t sure if the Headmaster had a grand plan for Durmstrang, but on nights like this, it certainly seemed like it. After shutting down Quidditch, installing a host of severe rules and punishment, and riling up the student body, the head teacher had seen fit to allow the witches and wizards of Durmstrang to wreak havoc on the nearby village. And in just the nick of time too, as it seemed like the halls of Durmstrang had turned into a powder keg ready to blow at a moment's notice.

Everyone needed to let off some steam, now and again, but Aldemar couldn’t help but smile crookedly as he passed another bit of vandalism. “Rebellious youth knows no bounds,” he whispered to himself. The damage would be done by the morning. He imagined they would hex doors sealed, break windows, write their names on any wall, and Merlin knew what else. And he supposed they deserved this bit of hooliganism after the first month they’d had. Durmstrang was no stranger to tough regimes, and so long as they didn’t have another Vulchanova disaster, Aldemar knew it could be worse.

Joining another professor at a table reserved for faculties only, Aldemar reached the bar inside Dottar Vik. The restaurant was nestled into the cove, overlooking the water, but Dema was wise enough not to turn his back on the village tonight. Not even for the view. It was October, and the Sweden air was as crisp as ever, but Aldemar came dressed warm. He was always prepared. The outside seating area of the bar was warmed by magic, with hanging lights above and spooky lanterns floating in the center of the tables.  

“Evening, Galina,” he said, giving her a nod and ordering his favorite alcohol the moment the waiter was within earshot. “How many will break curfew, you think?” Aldemar had his money on three (minimum) from each house.

@Galina Krylova
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Galina Krylova [Inactive Character]
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a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2022, 01:39:45 PM »
 The new year at Durmstrang had brought some changes. Galina was rather happy with the one that affected her directly - she liked Alchemy, of course, but that she could now teach Dark Flora and Fauna excited her. Teaching was something that she really enjoyed but after years of teaching the same class, she was happy to have a change. The other changes were mostly affecting the students. However, the new rules for students required the staff to enforce them and deal with the negative mood of the student body.

That Halloween was actually celebrated this year was good so that the students had something to enjoy at least. Yet, Galina was not naive, she felt pretty certain that some students would make trouble and she wasn’t sure if she wanted to reprimand them for it. They were teenagers, living without fun activities and the little freedom that a boarding school offered in general was tough for them.

Döttrar Vik was a lovely village but it seemed to have changed for Halloween. The usually picturesque scene looked kinda scary now and Galina loved it. If they had gone for actual threats, she could have brought some dark creatures or plants but that wasn’t the plan which was probably for the best.

Galya was dressed in fine dark robes which were not her best or favourite, thinking that one never knew what would happen and she didn’t want to get upset if anyone managed to do damage that could not be undone.

She sat down at a table reserved for Durmstrang staff below a few floating skull lanterns. It seemed as though these skulls were cackling with laughter which the professor considered to be decent charm work. Soon a glass of vodka was put in front of her and Galya watched with mild interest as the village got more and more crowded.

Then, finally - it was hardly locking good when a woman sat at a table drinking alone - a fellow professor arrived and joined her. “Aldemar, good evening,” she said softly. Her voice quiet but just loud enough for him to hear her. “I suppose many will. Do you want to make bets on the exact number?” She was merely teasing but it would not be the first nor the last time that professors made bets of this kind.
 
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Aldemar Delchev [Inactive Character]
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a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2022, 02:25:42 PM »
 “Alas, my betting days are long gone…” Aldemar shrugged, before taking too deep a swig from the bottle of alcohol in his hands. He swished it around his mouth, savoring the flavor, along with the fact that he had no morning classes or lesson plans to finish, and then swallowed. A hearty chuckle followed, and he shook his head, jowls bouncing with the movement.

“Oh, who am I kidding? I can’t say no to a bet.” It didn’t matter that he was already making bets in his mind. Aldemar had to put up the act of refusing before he jumped on the invitation. It was just one of those things he did.

“Five knuts on the Klyk Vampira’s having more delinquents tonight.” The wizard pulled a few coins from his pocket and pushed them around on the table. He set up the betting pool with the ease of someone who had spent far too much time on such activities. Aldemar had been young once, and with enough alcohol, he could be again.

“What say you?” he asked over the rim of his bottle, before knocking a bit more back. Tonight was going to be a good night; Aldemar loved holidays.  
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Galina Krylova [Inactive Character]
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a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2022, 02:50:17 PM »
 “I don’t believe that for one second,” Galina said and she wasn’t joking. She watched her colleague as he took a sip of his drink and lifted her own glass of vodka to her lips as well. She was known to be a strict and serious professor but those who knew her privately were aware that she could be more fun when she was a little tipsy.

Then Aldemar said that he wouldn’t say no to a bet after all and a small smile spread across Galya’s face. “I’m glad,” she simply stated in response.

“Five knuts?” she asked, raising her eyebrows, “That’s all? You don’t seem to be confident that you are on the right track there.” She was merely teasing here and pulled out a few coins herself.

“My bet is on Drakonya Krov here,” she said, as the head of Klyk Vampira and a strict professor she clearly hoped that the other house was breaking the rules more than the students of her house.

“I say that in total there’ll be thirty students out there after curfew,” she added, giving him a challenging look over the rim of her glass, taking a sip of vodka as she waited for his response.
 
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Aldemar Delchev [Inactive Character]
36 Posts
a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2022, 07:38:38 PM »
 Aldemar had already had more to drink than he thought (but less than he’d probably claim) and felt the warming in his old bones. Enough that he laughed when Galina challenged him, and quickly dug into the pockets of his corduroy slacks. “Let us raise the stakes, then. Blow out the sails, so to speak.” Aldemar added a few more coins to the shiny little pile in the center of their table and laughed again. Should they have been making bets on the student’s bad behavior? No, but you know what, Dema needed to relax a little too. And besides, why should the teenagers have all the fun?

He finished the glass bottle of beer he’d been nursing, and set it next to another empty that hadn’t been collected yet. “Is that vodka? If I order a bottle, will you drink with me, Galina?” Aldemar’s days of drinking until the sun came back around the world were long behind him, but the more alcohol he had, the more his mind reasoned he could be young again, just for one night.

“I happen to know it’s always the buttoned-up students that have the most steam to vent.” He nodded twice – first at Galina and second to a waitress to place another drink order – and cleared his throat. Traditionally, the Klyk Vampira students were serious about their studies and less likely to break rules, which meant they had more bottled up than Aldemar’s house of fire breathing, hell-raising dragons.
 
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Galina Krylova [Inactive Character]
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a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2022, 11:11:27 AM »
 Galina watched Aldemar as he put some more coins in the middle of the table and shoved hers over to the pile as well. “I’m in.”

Aldemar finished his beer and seemed tempted to have some vodka now, too. With a smile and a nod, Galina answered his question. “I’ll never say no to vodka.” Maybe never was a bit of an exaggeration. If she was actually working tonight she wouldn’t be drinking. However, this wasn’t work, this was fun - even if they had to look out for the students a little.

“I guess you’re right.” Galina had been a model student in her days at Durmstrang but, given this opportunity, she might have been tempted to stay out past curfew as well. It was thrilling to break the rules once in a while. Breaking them constantly, though, was less fun or so she thought at least. Some students always seemed to try and prove her wrong on this.

“Some people I’d have totally bet on to break the rules have graduated by now,” she said, watching as the waitress brought them two new glasses and a bottle of vodka.
 
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Aldemar Delchev [Inactive Character]
36 Posts
a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2022, 08:26:47 PM »
 
The pile in the center of the table had grown to a satisfying proportion, and Aldemar clicked his tongue at it merrily. He could bet on anything, he had always been a gambling man. And alcohol only made him even more likely to do so. In his daily life, he was quite frugal, but there had always been something too appealing about gambling for him to show any sort of restraint. “Ah, yes, there were quite a few troublemakers last term.” Aldemar agreed with the other professor and nodded his head before taking another drink. A few more, and he’d likely forget the names of all his current students, let alone the ones from last year.

“So, tell me, Galina,” he began, placing his elbows on the table and frowning at the bit of condensation that dampened the sleeve of his cardigan. “What do you do on your off days? What hobbies do you have?” Aldemar was remiss to realize he didn’t know much about his colleague at all, and he was intent on changing that tonight. Alcohol – in addition to making him a lousy gambler – also made the already overly-social man quite an extrovert. He’d made a living being curious, asking strangers personal questions, and it still came as naturally to him now as ever. Dema burped, excused himself, and weighed the risk of using a summoning charm for some antacid as he waited for her answer.

 
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Galina Krylova [Inactive Character]
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a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2022, 02:33:04 PM »
 Aldemar confirmed that last term there had been quite some troublemakers. Galina didn't have much respect for people who weren't able to follow the rules but she had to admit that troublemakers sometimes made life at Durmstrang more eventful. Their creativity spiced up the daily routines.

Surprised that Aldemar asked her personal questions, Galina took another sip of vodka, taking her time to consider what she should reply here. The questions themselves were perfectly reasonable for colleagues who had a drink together but Galina was generally rather guarded.

"Days off," she finally said with a little smile. "Can't really say that I do have many days off. When I'm not working at the school, I work for my family's business. We have a shop in St. Petersburg, selling perfumes, beauty products and so on. All items have some desirable side-effects." She stopped the explanation at this point. "I do like to see a ballet when I have an evening off, though." While Galina's life was dominated by her work life, there was barely anything that she enjoyed more than a ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre.

"What do you do in your free time?"
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Aldemar Delchev [Inactive Character]
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a night of frolic | galina
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2022, 01:48:01 PM »
 “Oh, I do love the ballet,” Aldemar said, covering his mouth as he felt another acidic-alcohol-induced burped headed up his esophagus. It dissipated, he cleared his throat, and then continued. “Anything at the theater, really.” He took another sip from his glass; the fight between an uneasy stomach and the need to continue to drink waging in his body.

“I dare say I have too many and not nearly enough hobbies,” Aldemar chuckled as he twisted slightly to face her a little more. He moved to set down his glass, caught it on the edge of the table, and spilled the liquid across the flat surface. “Oh, dear,” he muttered, flipping through the folds of his various sweaters to pull his wand from a pocket. He used a bit of magic, half cleaning up the spill, half returning whatever liquid he could to his glass. – No sense it letting it go to waste.

“Reading, painting, crocheting—I’ve also got a patch of garden at my home, though I don’t spend enough time caring for it.” Aldemar had realized some time ago that he sounded like the old man he often felt he was. He wore knit sweaters, went to sleep early, and preferred classic opera to the wrock operas of his youth. And most of the time, his elderly aesthetic pleased him, but tonight – perhaps with the addition of alcohol – he felt the need to rebel against it.

“I’ve also done my fair share of adventuring. I love sailing and hiking—” Merlin, he hadn’t climbed a mountain (on purpose) in ages. “And chasing down mythic monsters, ah, I miss those days.” Little by little, he’d been growing restless at Durmstrang. Venera was getting older now, and Dema felt less useful here. And he also partly blamed Erik, his best mate his childhood, because the two shared the same sort of biological clock. They’d both found the need to adventure, then rest, and now, perhaps… it was time to be bold again.
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