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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 1 ~ The Beginning

One summer day, the streets were filled with people. The sounds of the people moved through the air. There was laughter from children, pets barking, and music from instruments . The town was buzzing with activity. It was the first cool breezy day since the start of summer, and everyone wanted to enjoy it.

The story begins in a small hole in the wall called "HINT Cafe". The place gave off a hipster-y feel and was filled with posters, plants, and lots of knick-knacks. A bookshelf covered half of a wall. The shelf was littered with worn down books, whose bindings and covers seemed to be coming off. The opposite wall was where the counter was located. All sorts of snacks and goodies were lined on the counter, inviting guest to come try a piece. A combination of chairs, couches, and tables filled the floor.

The place wasn't too busy, but there was enough people to create a buzzing sound. Fortunately, there was a spot by one of the windows that was open. And bonus, an outlet right underneath the table. Getting to the table was going to be the challenge. There were chairs pushed as far away from the table as possible, bags on the ground, legs spread out, and a whole lot of other things in the way. With careful feet, one character stands out from the rest as they squeeze between tightly-spaced chairs and watch out for bags littered on the floor. Carefully setting their beaten up bag down on the table, they pull out their laptop and begin to immerse themselves in research for an upcoming adventure.

It isn't long before they're interrupted by someone. At this point, they realize the spot across from them is the only one open. With a small nod, they allow the stranger to sit across from them. They were clueless at this point, but this person in front of them would be pivotal in the story to follow...


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

The first course of action is to build the characters of the story. We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until August 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll.


P.S.. We found some extra House Points lying around, so some of you lucky participants will be receiving House Points. Also we have a discussion/chat thread for collaborations and questions, go here.
 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 2 ~ Movie Marathon

Alex' nails were clicking against the keyboard, and they felt a pair of green eyes fixed on their computer. Opposite them, was sitting a red-haired, determined individual. Their eyes met, and Alex gave the redhead a small, friendly smile. Upon receiving this, the redhead simply looked down shyly. The two strangers went back to doing their things.

Skye, the stranger sitting opposite Alex, sighed dramatically. The taps and clicks of the keyboard came to a halt once again. "I'm sorry to bother you, but I've always wondered - how do those things work?" Skye asked curiously, pointing at the computer standing between them. Alex chuckled softly and focused their eyes on the person sitting across the table instead of on the travel blog they were writing.

"Well, it's a lot to cover in just one get-together," Alex commented. "But, for example, right now I'm trying to write about my dream destinations." Skye raised their eyebrow in interest. "Are you really? And what might those destinations be?"
The two were sitting at the exact same spot again as they were those weeks back. This time, each with a hot cocoa with sprinkles sitting in front of them. "I want to get out of here. Travel the world. See art in every medium one can imagine, experience different cultures..." Alex sighed dreamily. "So, why can't you? I have the same wanderlust, to see places far different from ours." Skye took a tiny sip from their drink.

Alex took out their computer again and typed in some words rapidly. Images of the Colosseum and Louvre covered the screen. Skye leaned forward to take a look at the alien device. "No matter how intrigued I am by this magic, why stay in Europe?" Skye said. Alex chuckled. "I do plan on visiting Europe, but not only Europe, Skye. We'd go through Russia, and Ukraine. Don't laugh! That's far away."

"Go further East! India, Indonesia, Australia. Don't you want to see the Sydney Opera House?" Skye tried stubbornly. They put down their mug and licked their lips. "Hey, I have an idea!" Alex said. Skye frowned. Normally they were the one suggesting ideas. "You know how the Midway is hosting a Disney movie marathon tomorrow?" There were a few seconds of silence. "You want us to go to a drive-in theater?" Skye asked.

"Oh no, it's not that simple," Alex laughed. "Let's make a challenge out of it. Whoever stays awake the longest through all those hours of happy Disney movies will pick our first destination." Skye nodded excitedly. "I like your thinking. Deal! But, you can't cheat! No using magic or any potions. We're doing this the old-fashioned way."

The rest of their conversation blended together with all the chatting, clinking of plates and cups, and the sound of the bell on the old checkout. Tomorrow, they would find themselves struggling to keep their eyes open while images of enchanted castles and an underwater world would flash before their eyes...


Now that we have our characters for the story, the next thing we have to decide upon is which of our characters' dream destinations they will travel to first. We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until September 27th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points


*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.

Also, we have a discussion/chat thread for collaborations and questions, go here.
 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 3 ~ Creatures Galore

Skye sat in the passenger seat as Alex drove them to the drive-in movie theater. She was still a little put off at the contraption, twiddling her thumbs, and was starting to feel a little motion sick. Who would've thought? She had no problem apparating but Merlin-forbid if she could last all the way to the theater.

"Hopefully my stomach allows me to enjoy some popcorn and that one fizzy drink," Skye grumbled as they pulled into drive-in.

Alex parked the car and jumped out, "You coming or what? They might even have coffee to help keep you awake. Without your silly little spells, I'm sure you'll need all the help you can get." Skye rolled her eyes at him, but joined him in line for the concessions anyway.

Soon enough, they were both leaning back in their seats as the films continued. First there was one about a little fawn with his little animal friends, next there was a girl with ridiculously long, magical hair, then a cute film with about a billion puppies, and now they were in the middle of a story with weird, alien pets. Skye took a sip of her fizzy drink, washing down a particularly nasty Every Flavor Bean. A slurp! later, and she was finally finished, setting her cup back in the holder.

She could've easily fallen asleep then: her belly was full, there was a breeze coming in the windows, and the movie playing was the perfect background noise if one ignored the shenanigans of Stitch. That was until she heard a very distinct zzhngghhn sound. Her eyes went wide as she looked at Alex. There was no doubt in her mind that he was snoring.

"WAKE UP!" Skye yelled at Alex, throwing a handful of popcorn in his face. He sat up with a start before glaring at Skye. He rubbed his eyes before speaking, "I wasn't asleep, you know. I was just, uh ..." he trailed off, looking at the large screen in front of them, "just closing my eyes and wondering what it would have been like if Lilo had adopted a Niffler instead. That's that cute little grabby thing, right? The one that likes treasure?"

Skye laughed, "No matter what you were dreaming of, you've lost. You were definitely snoring, and now I get to choose where we go. I've already made up my mind anyways. I want to see the Northern Lights in Denmark. I heard early November's a good time to go, so we've plenty of time to prepare!"

Alex crossed his arms over his chest and groaned. "Are you sure you don't want to go somewhere warmer? Like to see the Great Barrier Reef* or something? Wasn't that also on your list?"

Alex trudged behind Skye as they were on their way to meet with one Ms. Lana Perkins-Warner, the magical travel agent they had been assigned to. They had a few more details to finalize before they would be onto their first destination. He was in a t-shirt and shorts, and it was oh-so-sunny, but this was soon going to change. They only had another week or so before they would be in Denmark. If only he hadn't been lulled into a false sense of victory by that tub of popcorn and large soda.

He snapped out of his thoughts by Skye's shrill scream. He looked up from his feet (admittedly this was not a smart place to be looking when walking) to see a hoard of ... what? "You've got to be kidding me!" Alex ran to catch up to Skye, grabbing onto her arm as they were surrounded by pale white beings. Some were making gurgling sounds, while others were silent. They looked deathly, ungroomed, and overall creepy.

"Inferi," Skye whispered to him, "I - how - what happened here?"

Just as the pair was falling into a state of full-blown panic a man came up to them with a smile on his face. "I take it this is your first time in a zombie run? Look, if you step right over here we can make you look amazingly dead and you can join in the fun! No reason to be scared now."

Alex started to beat himself up over the obvious. Of course these were just fake re-animated corpses. However, Skye had other plans. She graciously accepted the man's offer and dragged Alex towards a makeshift makeup station. Perhaps there was time for one more adventure in town before traveling around the world.


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

We've watched some movies, found a victor, and are on our way to see the Northern Lights. What will happen in our characters' travels? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until October 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points


*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.

Also, we have a discussion/chat thread for collaborations and questions, go here.



*Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Amity Catwalnut, our first HINTory activity winner.

 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 4 ~ Dangerous Dragon

Between all the squirrels, rabbits, and the two lost travelers, a weak roaring sound could be heard in the distance. Surely, the cold, daunting forest in Scotland wasn't the best route to Denmark, but with little to no planning, how else would they get there? The two knew that they would have to hop on a Centaur or a plane to get there eventually. Skye squinted her eyes at a figure in the distance. "Wait, is that an actual human?" she asked, her voice filled with hope. Maybe they carried a map with them! Alex was silent for a moment, before shuddering. "Forget about that human, look at the angry dragon behind them!"

"That can't be right..." The duo hurried up to the dragon and stranger. The longsnout creature was covered in dirty blisters, and its breathing got heavier when the duo approached the dragon. Skye whispered indistinctly, clearly not believing what was hidden in these creepy yet supposedly innocent forests. "E-excuse me, sir? Wou-" Alex stuttered nervously. Skye interrupted him, muttering something about the stranger clearly being a woman. "Not the point!" the boy whispered back.

"Skye?" A beat. "I think we should get out of here. I've got a feeling that that odd man is keeping the dragon capture." Angry whispers could be heard from the duo. "She's a woman, Alex! I do agree, however. So, what's your plan?"

A few minutes filled with nervous breaths and strategic distractions later, the duo was now on the opposite side of the stranger. Alex was babbling on and on about a fake story, while Skye tried to mount the untamed beast without drawing too much attention. "Look, I admire your ambition, but seriously? This is your ideal way of escaping from an unfortunate situation?" Skye hissed.

"Let's go!" Alex roared. In a matter of seconds, Alex grabbed one of the dragon's spikes, and pulled himself up to sit uncomfortably on the leather back of the beast. The scared beast moved its enormous wings with great tension. Slowly and very unsteadily, the giant creature, with Alex and Skye atop of it, flew in the direction of a still lake.

"I still don't feel right about this! The dragon is injured, and Mr/Mrs Creepyface could be following us." Skye yelled, trying to overpower the overwhelming noises of flapping wings and powerful wind. Alex stayed silent for a few moments, while trying to focus on the mountains ahead instead of the incredible height they were at. "I'm afraid of heights. This is worse than that creepy stranger!" Alex yelled in return. "I don't know much about how safe this is, but it looks like our best bet right now is to jump into the lake below us..."

"Your plans keep getting worse. I can't think of any other thing to do right now, however. This dragon is unreliable as can be!" Skye shouted. "On the count of three then?" Alex asked, trying to contain himself. What's worse, dropping from an incredible height into the deep water, with no safety, or flying on an untamed dragon's back? One. Alex swung his leg over to the right side, so he could easily slide off and into the ice cold water. Two. Skye let both her legs dangle, desperately hanging onto the dragon's spikes. Three!

Two splashes could be heard from afar, even catching the stranger's attention. Frigid water gave the duo an unpleasant welcome to the calm lake, tightening their chests. The distance between the wild beast and the surface of the lake was even greater than estimated, and the two immediately realized that there was no way that they could make it to land without any help.

Two unfamiliar arms grabbed tightly around Skye's chest, and the freezing Witch was pulled to a drifting log. She clung onto the chunk of wood with all her might. Before they knew it, a pleasantly welcoming fire was crackling and warming their hands, while a soft blanket was draped on Alex' and Skye's backs. The stranger from before was roasting some steaks above the flames. "I have no clue what you guys were doing. I should be angry." Mr/Mrs Creepyface started. The duo kept silent. "I have been trying to take care of that dragon for a week, to make sure she could be set free again. And now, I have no idea if she'll ever get the proper care for her injuries."

"Wait, you were taking care of that dragon? Not... hurting it?" Alex asked weakly. The stranger frowned. "Why would I be hurting it? I'm a magizoologist. I don't hurt creatures!" the stranger continued. "What are you guys even doing here in the first place?" Skye glanced at Alex. "We're going to Denmark in a few days. We want to see the northern lights." The stranger gasped softly. "Seriously? I've been wanting to experience Aurora Borealis ever since I was little! Do you have an extra ticket, perhaps?" they joked.

"Actually, we haven't booked anything yet. We don't even know how we're going to get there!" The three of them chuckled. "I always leave the planning of trips to the last minute. That allows for the most fun." the stranger said, handing the pair a rare steak and broken utensils. "Don't worry about that stuff now. All we have to worry about right now is getting through the night." Alex munched gratefully on the deliciously warm steak, not paying attention to the board game that was being laid out on a bed of leaves in front of him.

"What's this?" Skye asked, suspicious of the possibly poisoned steak. The stranger looked at her, a smile curling on their lips and a set of dice clicking together in his hands. "Your steak is fine. Don't be so suspicious. Anyway, this is one of my favorite games. You know Monopoly, right? No? Well, this is the wizarding equivalent of it*. Here, throw the dice."


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

We've watched some movies, found a victor, and are on our way to see the Northern Lights. What will happen in our characters' travels? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until November 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points


*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.

Also, we have a discussion/chat thread for collaborations and questions, go here.



*Wizard Treopoly courtesy of DominicanSr, our second HINTory activity winner.

Quote:
The game that I have come up with is a variation of the Muggle game of Monopoly. The creature that I will use is a dragon. The purpose of the game is to have some adventurous fun, but also to teach Wizard children (and adults) about their economy. It will also teach them about the various shops available in Diagon Alley, Hogsmead and Kockturn Alley (adult version). This is how it works:

There are three boards, one with each for each of the shopping centres, two dice, cards with different items to be bought and a dragon and paper wizard currency. One person is a bank. First of all people have to throw a double of any number to get a wand. Once they have a “wand” they can start to play the first board which is Diagon Alley. Instead of “Go to Jail” there is “Sent to Azkaban”. Everyone starts at Olivanders once they have their wand. They progress around the board by throwing dice and can “purchase” the shops. Once they have purchased the shops, people who are sent by the cards to purchase items have to pay them. If the shop is not purchased when an item is purchased, the money goes to the bank.

Throwing a double of any number once a wand has been acquired means that the player can fly the dragon. This will take them to one of the other boards, but it is up to the dragon which one it does to. So for example if you are at Diagon Alley, the dragon could take you to either Hogsmead or Knockturn Alley. Throwing another double could take one back to Diagon Alley. If the dragon takes you to Olivanders, you lose your wand and you are out of the game. If you are sent to Azkaban and you do not have a “get out of jail card”, you need to throw a double to get out, but you cannot ride the dragon.

 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 5 ~ Northern Lights, at last

A bright light peaked through the trees and danced on the leaves in front of Skye. She groaned softly, her back aching horribly from sleeping on a pointy log for the night. The witch lifted her back and a loud thump sounded through the forest as her feet hit the ground. She looked around her for a second, glancing at her friend. "Alex!" she hissed. No response. He was still sound asleep under a moldy blanket a few feet away, sucking on his thumb like a toddler. Skye rolled her eyes at the sight, and carefully walked over to him. "Alex!"

He sprung up as if caught snooping through someone's things, and pressed his brows together at Skye. "Goodmorning, sleepyhead." Skye said, shaking her head. Alex wiped his eyes. "Hey, where's that magizoologist stranger?" The duo looked around for a second. A growling buzz could be heard behind them, and when the two turned around, a tiny car was displayed. Its headlights were flickering and the buzzing sound could be explained by the heated engine.
"Ha! Can you believe that? A flying car?" Skye laughed, stepping out of the orange Beetle. The stranger smiled proudly. "Hey, I never introduced myself, did I? How rude. I'm River." The car locked itself with a chirpy sound, and after the rush of flying over the sea in a car had died down, the frosting cold picked at the trio. "This is your idea of a holiday?" Alex shivered. "Well, it's the first location anyway, so I have to take a picture of this moment!" He searched through his bag for the fragile camera so he could capture the snowy surroundings.

"I can't find it!" he muttered, still going through the contents of his bag. Skye walked up to him. "Well, are you sure it's not in there?" Alex laughed humorlessly. "Of course it's not in the bag, Skye! That's what I meant by 'I can't find it'." River glanced over at the two, and in an attempt to calm them down, they proposed to go to the cabin at the end of the open area. "You can calmly search through your stuff there," they reasoned. There weren't many other options, so the two agreed to the plan.

And if they weren't happy with the plan then, they sure were glad when the warmth of the cozy inn greeted them with open arms. The three dragged their bags over to the counter. "I'm sorry, we're full," the uninterested innkeeper said flatly. "Wait, you're Alex, right?" Alex looked at the man in confusion. "Why?" A taped package came out from under the counter, and the man handed it over to Alex. "I'm sorry - who's this from?" Skye asked, looking at the package in suspicion. "Why should I care? It's a package for you. Just open it and get out." the innkeeper said.

Skye fiddled her thumbs in annoyance, grabbed the package, and dragged her two friends out of the inn and into the cold. She tore off the brown packing tape, and a variation of items were revealed. A note could be found on top. "Have fun in Denmark! -igor13*" The trio looked through the package in awe (Skye on the lookout for a prank or bomb), and Alex's face lit up when he found a brand new camera. "Aww," River said. "You can make new memories with this one."
The jar of bluebell flames kept the three warm in the biting cold, while they were waiting for those magical and colorful lights to appear in the sky. "Look!" Skye hissed, a smile from ear to ear when the first beam of green light danced through the sky. Alex and River followed Skye's lead and admired the occurrence. "Wow..." Slowly, more trails of light followed and flickered brightly against the night sky. "This is more beautiful than any magic could produce..." Alex whispered, afraid to take his eyes off of the neon stripes.

Green, blue, and purple colors decorated the view like fairy lights. The reflections were even more beautiful on the frozen lake. It was beautiful yet short-lived, and quickly, the three were sleeping in River's enchanted tent and dreamt of their magical experience in Denmark.


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

We've traveled far and long, and our characters have finally reached the Northern Lights. But what will happen next? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until December 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points


*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.

Also, we have a discussion/chat thread for collaborations and questions, go here.



*The thoughtful care package, put together by our HINTory activity winner, igor13.
 

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HINTory : A Moderator's Edition
Chapter 6 ~ To Russia, With River

Skye opened one eye blearily as the weak morning light shone on her face. She turned over to try and fall back into her peaceful dream, but a faint chirping noise caught her attention. She sat up and began digging through her belongings, eventually moving to search through Alex’s rucksack. She finally found the source of the noise inside a pair of thick woolen socks - a pocket watch, which had grown a mouth. Its tinny voice was repeatedly screeching, “You’re late! You’re late! You’re laaaaaaate!”

Silencio!” Skye cast a Silencing Charm on the pocket watch, but it also woke Alex and River. “Oh, no! We are late,” Alex moaned. “We must have overslept and now we’ll never make it all the way to Copenhagen in time to catch the train!”

“The train to where?” River asked. Alex began to explain to River - he and Skye had a plan to see the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia - the destination he was most excited to see on their trip. River listened as he told her all about their grand plan, but when he started to go into the finer details, Skye interrupted.

“River, would you like to come traveling with us or will you need to go back to your work caring for magical creatures?” River looked thoughtful as she considered the offer. “It sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so it would be rather silly for me to leave you on your own now! I’ll stay with you two until my work at the dragon colony requires me to go.”

“Fantastic!” Skye grinned. “Say, Alex, let’s just hike back to that inn where you got your new camera, and maybe we can use their Floo to get to the train station?” The trio soon made quick work of packing up their belongings, while River put a tracing spell on her flying, orange Beetle so she could come back for it later. It would never make the long journey to Russia.

“I thought you knew how to read Muggle maps!” Skye huffed at Alex impatiently. Alex turned the map upside down and looked to his left. “Well, kind of, but the signs here are all in Danish, and I’m not exactly sure which way is North. Plus, my Astronomy O.W.L. isn’t exactly helping me navigate during the day in urban Copenhagen.” River looked around for some place they could do magic discreetly to find their way to the train station.

“Let’s go down this way and use the Four-Point Spell to find north without anyone watching.” River led the other two to a darkened alleyway behind a large trash bin, took out her wand, and whisperedk “Point Me.” Her wand spun in her palm and pointed north. “Awesome!” Alex thanked River and began studying the map again. He cast Lumos to see the small writing a little bit better in the darkened alleyway. “Engorgio,” Skye cast, craning her head over Alex’s shoulder so she could see the map she had just magically enlarged.

“Whoa, Mandy, did you just see that?” At the sound of a strange American voice, the three travelers looked around to find a pair of young Muggle women gaping back at them. They seemed to have been watching the wizard and two witches perform magic. “Hi, there,” the American (whom they later found out was named Beth) greeted them. “We didn’t mean to interrupt you, but Mandy and I were just wondering where you got those cool glowing sticks?*”

Having barely begun traveling yet already broken the Statute of Secrecy, Skye and Alex began panicking, but River smoothly intervened. “Sure, it was in this little place right near the train station. We’re actually trying to get back to the station to catch our train now, but we’re lost. Can you help us?” The Muggle named Mandy looked skeptical, but her friend, Beth, seemed willing to help out fellow tourists in a jam.

As it so happened, they were already quite close to the station. The five travellers made conversation with each other about their journeys and found out they had all come to Denmark to see the Northern Lights. At the back of the group, Skye and Alex had an intense, but nearly silent, argument about whether or not they should try to wipe the Muggle girls’ memories or face the consequences from the Danish Ministry of Magic for breaking the Statute of Secrecy.

As the train station came into view, River announced that she needed to visit the ladies’ room before boarding the train, knowing it was going to be a long journey. Skye and Beth offered to join her, and Mandy was reluctantly dragged along to stay with her friend. After a long while, Skye and River returned to where Alex was waiting for them, but the two Muggle girls were no longer in sight.

“We wiped their memories, so they won’t remember how they met us, just that they helped us get to the train station,” River explained to Alex. “I’m still not sure that was the right thing to do,” Alex fretted, “but I’m sure I didn’t want to have to explain to the Danish Ministry that we were caught using magic to try and read a map.”

“I think my New Year’s resolution is going to be learning more concealment charms, like the Disillusionment Charm, so we’re less likely to run into that situation again,” Skye vowed. Alex chuckled, then deadpanned, “I think I’ll just learn to read a map.”


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Our characters have faced a difficult dilemma on their way to visit the Winter Palace. But what will happen next? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until January 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points


*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.

Also, we have a discussion/chat thread for collaborations and questions, go here.



*Characters provided by our HINTory activity winner, MandyMc23.


Quote: MandyMc23
"Tell me again why we're traipsing out into the middle of no where? I'd much rather be doing our original plan for the holidays. Y'all know, the swapping of presents, having a fabulous supper, and watching the best Christmas movies."

As I pouted to my three friends, they stared back in awe. They all thought I would love this little trip. Yes, it is pretty magical. I won't deny that. The colors that supposedly show are a wide range. I just thought we were planning this trip together. After all, it is our annual girl's only trip. We had flown all the way from the southern part of the United States to visit The United Kingdom and make a short trip over to Germany and Denmark. Who knew that Beth, Katie, and Amanda would pull this over on me? I surely wasn't expecting this to happen. Not at all.

Shaking their heads at me, they walked on ahead from where we had parked the car. There were mumblings of where my sense of fun had went and why I was putting up such a fuss. Rolling my eyes, I started a slow walk behind them.

I noticed that there were more groups than just ours looking for the "perfect" place to see the Northern Lights. Isn't this country supposed to be a prime location to see the lights anywhere? I was getting aggravated. I'm a bit obsessive about plans. A little OCD. When things like this pop up, I like to talk it out with whoever I'm with, not just bounce and go with the flow. I just can't.

Up ahead, Beth and Katie were arranging the blankets they had brought, on the cold, hard ground. As I shuffled up to where my high school friends were, another group joined pretty closely. Talking loudly, I realized they were also from the United States. Amanda, being the outgoing one, started a conversation with the new comers. She found out they were from Chicago, which is where she has a lot of family. I tried my best to be nice and welcoming to them, especially when Beth, my oldest friend, poked me in the ribs with her elbow. It didn't help. They turned and smirked whenever I spoke.

Before I could stop myself, I blurted out the only thing I could think of to the new comers :"The only thing you need to worry about is where you're going to buy your sweaters after the circus pulls out of town!"

Standing, I walked as fast as I could from the area with Beth right behind me. I knew my anger would come out full blast and that is not what I want to project on anyone, no matter how much I despise them. "How rude of them! Absolutely rude! There was no reason for them act that way. And, they smelled like onions! Gross!"

Beth put her arms around me and I calmed down. "I know I'm supposed to be an adult, but sometimes, you need to act a little like a teenager," I said.

At that moment, I stared up into the heavens. I saw purple. It was the prettiest purple I had seen. Turning to Beth, I said, "You do realize we could have seen this from our hotel balcony, right? We could have been drinking wine and eating steak." She shook with laughter. "I know," I said, "I'm a grouch for this. This is just bleh for me. I'll get better. Promise!"

 

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Chapter 7 ~ The Shifty Reindeer

“Merlin, that was a narrow escape we just had with those Muggles!” Skye blew out a large breath as she collapsed onto a compartment seat by the window. After stowing his bag overhead, Alex checked the compartment door to make sure it was securely closed, then joined Skye. “I feel quite bad that we had to trick them and wipe their memories. They seemed like decent people,” he said a little glumly.

“Cheer up, mate,” Skye said, perking up a bit. “We’re on our way to Russia to see the Winter Palace! You can geek out over all that Russian culture - both Muggle and magical.” Alex gave her a weak smile.

“Once we get to Stockholm, we’ll have a little time to kill before our next train departs,” River announced, distributing their tickets and pointing to the times. “Is there anything you’d like to see when we get there? It’s going to be about five hours before we get to Stockholm and then another few hours before the night train leaves.” None of the trio had ever been to Stockholm before, and they were struggling to come up with ideas when River suddenly began digging through her luggage. She withdrew a brand-new book, still in the wrapper. “I almost forgot I had this! A Complete Guide to Wizarding Travel.”

She excitedly began looking for wizard-friendly establishments in Stockholm. “The Shifty Reindeer,” River announced after a minute or so of reading. “It’s a wizarding pub - kind of like the Leaky Cauldron, but this book makes it sound a bit more… European?”

“As long as they serve food so we can have a decent dinner,” Skye said, and Alex nodded vigorously in agreement at the mention of dinner. Looking closer at the book River was holding, Skye squinted to read the cover. “Hang on, does this book have foreign language phrases?”
It turned out River’s guidebook not only had a whole section for translating common travel phrases into any language the reader wished, it also had an interesting section on useful spells wizards could use to travel more discreetly and comfortably. After ensuring they wouldn’t be disturbed by Muggles looking for a place to sit, River set to work practicing a Concealment Charm to hide small objects. Skye began learning some basic Russian phrases, occasionally recruiting Alex to test her recall.

By the time the train stopped in Stockholm, the trio had made quite a bit of progress - and worked up quite a bit of appetite as well. River led the way to their dinner destination - it turned out to be a short walk from the train station into Stockholm’s central medieval district, where the buildings and streets were old and narrow. After consulting the guidebook again, they quickly found themselves outside The Shifty Reindeer. “Looks alright to me,” Skye commented, peering at the unobtrusive sign in the blacked-out window. She held the door open for her companions and followed them inside.

The inside turned out to be the complete opposite of its exterior. Where the medieval district was quaint with well-maintained historical exteriors, the interior of The Shifty Reindeer was sleek and modern, covered in ice, and faintly glowing blue. The bar counter was made of giant blocks of crystal-clear ice and the entire place was freezing cold. The three visitors all oohed and aahed over the intricate ice sculptures of bears, beavers, and of course, reindeer. The glowing light of the bar reflected off of the ice in a way that reminded them of Patronuses.

Skye, Alex, and River proceeded to have an unforgettable dining experience. They were given large, fluffy coats that were enchanted for extra warmth, flaming purple cocktails served in glasses made of solid ice, and a delicious dinner which they ate with gusto. Using his relatively new camera, Alex took several pictures of all of them in their fluffy coats and mittens while they posed with their favorite ice sculptures.

After the excitement of The Shifty Reindeer, the trio were finally ready to board the sleeper train to St. Petersburg. They chatted excitedly about their plans in Russia before drifting off to sleep.


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Our characters have spent some time in the ice-cold bar, The Shifty Reindeer, and are heading to Russia next... But what will happen there? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until February 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


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Chapter 8 ~ Admiring the Divine


The train ride to St. Petersburg took quite a long time. By the time the gang awakened the next morning, the dining car was already serving lunch as well as a few remaining breakfast items. Their delicious meal in Stockholm seemed like a distant memory as Skye’s stomach growled with hunger.

While Skye and River both ordered full-English breakfasts with lots of coffee, Alex was already eager to begin immersing himself in Russian culture and dining. He ordered pelmeni - Russian minced meat dumplings served with sour cream. After enjoying as many of the little savory dumplings as he could, Alex persuaded River and Skye to each try one. Skye compared them to Chinese wontons, just without the soup. When they were no longer occupied by the cuisine, they talked about their home life, and what they missed most while on their grand adventure.

Soon enough, they arrived in St. Petersburg, eager to stretch their legs, brush off the melancholy, and explore the many secrets the city had to offer. Alex made a beeline for the Winter Palace, where they quickly joined an English-speaking tour group. As they were gathering around the guide at the entrance of the tour, Skye pointed out a prominent sign to the other two - she wasn’t fluent in Russian, but there was no mistaking the picture of a camera with a red ‘X’ over it - photography would not be allowed. Alex was devastated that he wouldn’t be able to take any pictures of his favorite destination to add to his photo album.

“Here, pass me your bag,” River whispered to Alex. They hung back as the other tourists meandered forward and River carefully slipped her wand out of her sleeve and into Alex’s bag. With the other two keeping a lookout for any curious Muggles, River performed the incantation for her newly-learnt concealment charm. After several tense seconds, River slipped her wand back up her sleeve and gave Alex back his bag.

“That should keep them from noticing your camera,” River whispered quietly. Sure enough, when Alex reached into his bag and withdrew the camera, it was nearly perfectly transparent. He grinned excitedly. Skye snatched up a flyer* from their stay in Stockholm that had fallen out of the bag - it wouldn't do for a Muggle to catch sight of it!

The rest of the tour went relatively smooth. River enjoyed all the fine art that was displayed and loved that she could witness the collection of Cristoforo Barbarigoc. Skye appreciated the intricate architecture and beauty of the palace and was distracted more than once by the malachite and gold drawing rooms. Alex, however, loved it all, especially the stories of the fascinating Russian monarchs like Catherine the Great, who had once lived in the Winter Palace. He could almost imagine the beautifully dressed women spinning like snowflakes around a Christmas tree.

As they were leaving the warmth of the Winter Palace to continue exploring St. Petersburg, Skye began to shiver when the sun dipped below the roofline. “Not that it hasn’t been wonderful seeing these last few sites with the two of you, but can I put in a request that we go somewhere warm next?”

Alex chuckled in amusement. “Let’s get some more of that delicious pelmeni and start planning out where exactly we’ll go!”

"Well, she said she missed warm weather most of all earlier- both of you know how to swim, right?" River asked, grinning.



We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

The trio has finally made their way to Russia, but one of them has their sights set on a warmer locale. Will she get her wish? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until March 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


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*Flyer for The Shifty Reindeer provided by our HINTory activity winner, loula_belle.
Quote: loula_belle




Description for the Winter Palace taken from Plume's Determining Destinations entry.

Quote: Plume
My dear friends, imagine a place where the great balls were held. The music and Waltz… One, two, three, One, two, three... Beautifully dressed ladies spinning around like snowflakes around the Christmas tree… Such a view!
If you were to enter into the dining room you would be blinded by the variety of foods that were served. From the traditional meat soup with vegetables and grains to fish or meat with garnish and juice. A table was covered with a white tablecloth with bread and salt always present on top. The dining table could seat 1000 guests. You could almost smell food from the kitchen; that’s how fancy it used to be. And please, don’t get me wrong, it’s still very fancy and glamorous. The only thing missing is the load laugh and music. Now it’s quiet but beautiful like centuries ago.
The Winter palace forms a square and has a beautiful interior courtyard. It’s extremely pretty in September. The golden leaves and autumn breeze. The only way to accessed it is via three archways facing Palace Square. Let’s not forget richly decorated facades featuring two levels of decorated ionic columns. The parapets of the building are decorated with statues and vases. The state rooms that could contain up to 10,000 people are facing the sparkling and glowing river, fast flowing through the town.
The palace also has its own war gallery with famous paintings including the collection of Cristoforo Barbarigoc. The Malachite and Gold drawing rooms are also true gems of the palace. The palace also had its own botanic garden within the walls with exotic plants. You could smell the sweet aroma from the flowers from the far distant rooms. There is also a Palace's Grand Church (now cathedral) were the monarchs had their weddings.
The most amazing thing about the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg is that the designs for the exterior of the building have remained almost completely unaltered to this day! If you wish to walk in the corridors were the monarchs walked. See the great hall were the great balls were held, the dining room were the tables were never empty. If you wish to see the view to the river which was only available to the high class the Winter palace is for you and I’m sure you would enjoy this amazing destination for your trip!

 

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Chapter 9 ~ G'Day Mate

"Get dressed, grab your bags; we've got a ship to catch!" River announced excitedly, yelling into Skye's room. "You can go back to sleep on the ship, I made sure we had a cabin," she added, seeing Skye's bleary yet incredulous look. Alex stood behind River, using the wall as a pillow as he drifted off again. She could still see the spiked venoctopus* from her dream -- tusks gleaming, hues of blues and purples swirling together on its skin. She shook her head and started looking for her hairbrush.
The trio stood on the deck of the huge, magical ship clutching hot coffees and watching the Muggle dock workers pass by obliviously. The crew had already set up the protective barrier that would allow the ship to travel underwater, and it was only a matter of minutes until the ship would leave the port.

"I heard.... outbreak." Skye heard a passenger whisper nearby. She couldn't tell who had spoken, but edged closer to where she thought the sound came from, hoping to catch more than fragments. "Some creatures... washing up... with magical damage..." She inched closer, desperate to hear more.

"Here we go!" Alex shouted, breaking her concentration. The ship slowly drifted from the port, sinking as it went. Passengers lumped together against the railing to watch the water rise around them as the ship picked up speed. After only a few minutes, a pod of bottlenose dolphins could be seen following along the path of the ship, changing formation as they went. One by one they peeled off, likely to surface for air. The group was both disappointed that the dolphins couldn't stay, but excited knowing that soon they'd see many more fascinating creatures.

"We'll be there in about eight hours, if I remember what the captain said correctly, so let's finally go get some sleep!" River declared. The others happily agreed to the plan and wandered through the crowds to the cabin, looking up through the water at the sea life as they went.
"I want to linger a little; someone was talking about some kind of outbreak affecting sea creatures." Skye muttered as they waited, hoping to glimpse some familiar faces. The three travelers were waiting to disembark so they could explore Brisbane, already having planned out the next two days, which included a Portkey to Sydney for the next afternoon.

"If we don't go now, though, we'll miss our group's admission to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary," Alex reminded her. She grudgingly agreed, still dreadfully curious, hoping that it wasn't affecting the Great Barrier Reef.

"You know, calling it a koala sanctuary is a little misleading," River remarked, as they watched a pair of kangaroos lounging in the sun. "I've seen at least five other species; I wouldn't call something a dragon reserve if it had erumpents!" The humorous attitude remained as they made their way to the free-range feeding area.

As their first night in Australia came to a close, they saw a large glowing something down the road from their hotel. Curious, they approached and heard music, then realized it was a crowd. A crowd holding up wands! River approached someone lingering outside the mob to get more information.

"They do this every month!" the stranger yelled. "The first time was a surprise, a group coming out of nowhere with music and lights, but now it's just an excuse to party on a Thursday! Whole area's blocked off, repelling charms!" he yelled even louder as the music blared. River looked at the others, shrugged, and walked right into the crowd, lighting her own wand as she went.

"Seems like some kind of wizarding flash mob, huh? Now that's something I haven't seen before," Skye mused as she lit her own wand as well.
"Our Portkey leaves in an hour," Alex reminded them as they ate their lunch. "I want to find a place to get my photos developed before we move on later - I'm pretty sure there's a place in Sydney near the Muggle hotel we're staying at. My photo album has been a little neglected, and my camera's a bit stuffed."

"That sounds like a plan, I only have like three pages filled in but tons of pictures," Skye agreed. River suddenly looked mildly troubled, but readily laid out the plans for the day.

Shortly after lunch, the group had a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. They learned that not only was the designer, Jørn Utzon, really a Muggle, but not an ounce of magic was used to build it! They were fascinated by the outward shape of the building, appearing like stacked sea shells, and the view of the water was absolutely breathtaking.

They had to rush after their tour to make it to the Sydney Bridge, where they planned to climb the entire structure. A workout for sure, but there was no way they could pass through Sydney without getting pictures from atop the bridge.

On their way back to their hotel, River spotted the photo stand Alex must have been talking about earlier. "I can't believe you have four hundred photos to go through!" Skye exclaimed, as she held the few dozen she deemed worthy of her photo album. River looked mildly sheepish as Alex tucked the photos into his bag.

"I want to go back to the Winter Palace but don't know when I'll get another chance. So, pictures," he grinned as if it was the most reasonable explanation in the world, while River just giggled, shaking her head. The three of them sat on the floor showing off their favorite pictures, and reminiscing about the places they'd gone already.

"As awesome as your pictures are," Skye started with a stretch, "I'm too hyped about finally going snorkeling tomorrow. I'm going to the front desk - I heard this place has room service!"


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Our characters have had a fun time so far in Australia, but what will they see next when they go snorkeling? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until April 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


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*Spiked Venoctopus provided by our HINTory winner, Selina Kyle.

Quote: Selina Kyle


Based on the octopus (non-magical creature).
Major changes:
1. Presence of tusks
2. Mouth-like appendage (that has the ability to spit out venom)
3. Spikes protruding from its tentacles and head
4. Colour

Reference image: https://deepoceanfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/octopus.jpg
(From the url: https://deepoceanfacts.com/animals-in-the-great-barrier-reef)

Fact sheet:
• name of creature: Spiked Venoctopus
• diet : Clams, marine snails, crabs, small fishes.
• habitat : Coral reefs (Great Barrier Reef)
• appearance (need to list at least four features of the creature) :
1. Tusks
2. Large gills
3. Mouth-like appendage that has the ability to spit out venom used to paralyze potential predators as well as small prey.
4. Spikes on its tentacles and head are a further deterrent to predators.
5. Colour: Blue to purplish/ pink to allow it to blend into its habitat.
• other information (optional): Highly toxic venom.

 

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Chapter 10 ~ Under the Sea

"We're here, we're here, we're finally here!" Skye exclaimed. The boat rose and dipped as they passed each wave, and the line between the sky and the sea faded into one another as they got further and further away from the dock.

"Well, we're not quite there yet," River stated, "We still have some time yet to go."

The trio had decided to take a two day liveaboard tour from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. This tour allows them to spend the night on a pontoon on the Reef, perhaps do some night time diving, and still have plenty of time to partake in some snorkeling. The trip from Cairns to the Reef would take less than two hours, but Skye was impatient and could not wait to get to her must-see location.

"This is much better than the plane we took from Sydney to Cairns," Alex said, shuddering at the memory of them trying to play "Inferi, Dragon, Niffler" midair to determine who would get which seat after Skye wanted to switch.

"I actually quite enjoyed the aeroplane ride," River piped, "It was like flying on a dragon, hippogriff, or broom, but much safer and easier since we didn't have to worry about our luggage falling off and the wind blowing into our eyes, causing them to water and reducing visibility! I think Skye's playlist* of love and dreaming songs was perhaps the worse part of the trip."

"Oi, there's nothing wrong with a bit of Jefferson Starship and Aerosmith," Skye exclaimed, defending her playlist.

"If you say so," River muttered to himself.

"Guys, less talk about the plane ride and my playlist! The instructor here is about to start the lecture on snorkeling!" Skye cut back in to change the subject.

"Good morning everyone," he started, "We're just about to hit the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, so for those wanting to dive and snorkel, please listen in! First things first, you'll need to know your equipment that you will be using and how to properly use and handle it."

"This is going to be a while," Alex muttered.

Not long after, the trio were all geared up for their first snorkel experience and the ship was stopped at the designated platform.

Just as they were about to go into the water, the instructor spoke up, "One last thing," he said, "Make sure to always stay in pairs or groups. We don't want anyone to get lost now."

Not waiting any longer, Skye hopped into the water. Securing his camera to his waist, Alex spoke up, "We better hurry and and go after her. She forgot to use the Gillyweed and knowing her, she'll swim off further without us."

"Not yet we can't, Alex," River said, "We need to use the Gillyweed first. Skye has hers on her, so she'll be right."

"Uhh, 'she'll be right'?" Alex repeated.

"Yeah, as in, she'll be okay," River replied, "It's a slang phase; I found it in one of your travel guides earlier."
"The ocean is so blue!" is the first thought that popped into Skye's head as she looked around. She saw the multi-coloured colonies of rock and the tentacle-like tips of what could be sea anemones scattered on the sandy underground, with bursts of orange colour dashing between them in a blur. It wasn't until she looked closer that she saw that they were clown fish. She reached out to try to touch one with her webbed hands, but it swam away as quickly as it appeared.


But, one creature, she noticed, hadn't moved since she had laid eyes on it. A dark green head, eyelids closed over eyes that must have been the size of her head, much bigger than would be proportional with its head, peeked out from a bright blue coral. She knew there must have been more to the creature, maybe that's what had piqued her interest.

She swam closer, slowly, hoping not to wake it. She was sure that it was magical. Its eyes fluttered every so often, shocking orange sparks flying through the water, dissipating before they reached her.

Suddenly, the eye opened. It was the most mesmerizing thing she had ever witnessed. She couldn't pinpoint what enraptured her the most. Was it the jet-black pool of a pupil, perfectly round, perfectly huge? Maybe the wonderfully amber iris that seemed to shine a light on all the creatures around it? Or was it the flames spiraling out of control, originating in those big amber eyes, tantalizing her and the other creatures with its burning tip? The dark blue lit up with fire that shouldn't be possible 60 feet deep under water. Her mind was muddled, and she didn't ever want to blink.

It didn't seem to matter to Skye at the moment, that her hand was catching fire, it didn't hurt after all. She hadn't realized she was stretching out one hand. She blinked once, gaze tearing painfully away from the amber, focusing on her hand though her vision was blurry. Her eyes no longer on the creature's eyes, her thoughts cleared.**

Surrounded by rope and shells in glass bowls and jars, boat photography prints, decorative life buoy rings, and a wooden boat centrepiece, the trio sat at a table in the buffet hall eating fish and chips.

"Where were you?" Alex asked.

Swallowing the rest of her mouthful, Skye replied, "I was exploring the reef, of course! The Gillyweed was an amazing idea; I was able to swim further and deeper compared to what I would have if we had just used the Muggle snorkelling gear. The strangest thing happened though... I saw a creature, so I swam down to it, and, well, my hand caught on fire."

"You do realise that fire and water don't mix, right?" Alex retorted.

"I know. I did say it was strange," Skye replied, before taking another bite of food. "Actually, maybe it was a Muggle creature? Which would explain why I hadn't heard of it before in my research of the Great Barrier Reef."

"I don't think-" River started.

Without listening to his reply and turning to the table beside them where the instructor and a few other people were sitting, Skye starting talking again, "Hello, sorry to disturb you. I just have a tiny question that I was hoping you'd be able to answer. You see, whilst snorkelling earlier, I saw a dolphin-type creature that was green with amber eyes. Do you know what this creature is called?"

"- It's a Muggle creature," River said, finishing his sentence as the expressions on the Muggle's faces flashed from cheerful to interested to worried to just plain confused.

Without any delay, River subtly waved his wand at Skye, before turning his attention back to the Muggles, "Don't mind my friend here. She loves to pull pranks, making others believe that she has made a new discovery. I was with her at the time; it was just a normal Australian Snubfin Dolphin is all. Isn't that right, Skye?"

Skye opened her mouth to talk, but no words came out. 'Really, you cast Silencio on me,' she thought, before nodding her head in reply.

"Oh, you were extremely lucky to have been in such close proximity to one!" the instructor replied. "Usually they are very shy creatures, so sighting one is rare."

Nodding in response, River continued, "Anyways, we really must be going now. We want to find a good spot on deck to observe the sunset over the Reef before we go nighttime diving later on. It was nice talking to you."


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Our characters have finally journeyed to the Great Barrier Reef, but their adventure does not end there! But what will happen next? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until May 25th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


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*Skye's playlist provided by our last month's HINTory winner, Samantha Bradley.
**Creature encounter provided by pjkingfisher's entry for HINTory's Dazzling Dreams.

Quote: Samantha Bradley
Imagine - John Lennon
Dream On - Aerosmith
If I Could Change the World - Eric Clapton
I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Miserables)
Miracles - Jefferson Starship
Wouldn't it be Luverly? (song from My Fair Lady)
Don't Cry for Me Argentina - Madonna
Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat
What Is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin
Accidentally in Love - Counting Crows
Black or White - Michael Jackson
There She Goes - Sixpence None the Richer
Bob Marley - Is This Love?
Standing Outside the Fire - Garth Brooks
Your Song - Elton John

This playlist was created for Skye, who I see as the dreamer of the group. I find her easy to relate to, as I think she is much like myself in this respect.

Imagine is a very positive song, a song about hope for the future. I think of Skye as the kind of dreamer who would appreciate this. Miracles is another song dealing with dreams and possibility, as well as love. These themes all strike me as being important in Skye's world.


Quote: pjkingfisher
Skye's Dream Encounter

The sun bobbed far above her, slightly blurry in the sky that was a darker blue than normal. Or maybe she was bobbing. Was she... Sinking? She must be dreaming. After all, the place she had fallen asleep wasn't close to any beaches. Sea life burst in wondrous colors of a wide variety as she swiveled her head. Everything seemed to be moving, nothing staying the same for a complete second.

But, one creature, she noticed, hadn't moved since she had laid eyes on it. A dark green head, eyelids closed over eyes that must have been the size of her head, much bigger than would be proportional with its head, peeked out from a bright blue coral. She knew there must have been more to the creature, maybe that's what had piqued her interest.

She swam closer, slowly, hoping not to wake it. She was sure that it was magical. Its eyes fluttered every so often, shocking orange sparks flying through the water, dissipating before they reached her.

Suddenly, the eye opened. It was the most mesmerizing thing she had ever witnessed. She couldn't pinpoint what enraptured her the most. Was it the jet-black pool of a pupil, perfectly round, perfectly huge? The wonderfully amber iris that seemed to shine a light on all the creatures around it? Or was it the flames spiraling out of control, originating in those big amber eyes, tantalizing her and the other creatures with its burning tip, the dark blue lit up with fire that shouldn't be possible 60 feet deep under water. Her mind was muddled, and she didn't ever want to blink.

It didn't seem to matter to Skye at the moment, that her hand was catching fire, it didn't hurt after all. She hadn't realized she was stretching out one hand. She blinked once, gaze tearing painfully away from the amber, focusing on her hand though her vision was blurry. Her eyes no longer on the creature's eyes, her thoughts cleared. She sighed as the flames and the light were gone, just as quick as they had appeared, not even aware that she was.

It seemed, the creature had woken up merely to suck the energy out of the sea creatures around it. Was it the flames that had zapped the green fish, making them sink to the sea floor? They didn't look dead, just tired. Apparently, fish did sleep. In fact, Skye felt slightly weary as well, but she swam up over the coral. She wanted to take a good look at the rest of the creature before she woke up. Huh, she thought. Looks just like a dolphin from the back. Nothing to suggest that its eyes would be so extraordinary. She didn't think most people saw what she had just seen, and she couldn't wait to tell her friends. She whispered, "Goodbye", as she blinked into the morning.

Inspiration


Fact Sheet
• name of creature: Life Burner
• diet: the energy of surrounding sea creatures, or anything living that approaches
• habitat: underwater coral
• appearance: Dark green dolphin-like skin, unproportional eye size, amber eyes that release water-resistant flames when opened, large size
• other information: likes to sleep (a lot) in coral, head sticking out on one side, body sticking out the other

 

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Chapter 11 ~ Land of the Rising Sun

It was quite the strange thing to have three people hovering over a table, avidly attentive to two notebooks in front of them. Their voices blended together as each compared them, but one voice rose from the cluster. "No, no." Skye said, popping her gum loudly, "I like that one-" she jabbed at the plan to her left, "-the most." River hummed in agreement, his eyes on the notebook, but there was a small grunt from the other boy there.


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"I mean it's detailed and all," Alex sniffed, "But the other trips are intriguing. Who doesn't love history?!" Skye let out one of her famous sighs, she had been trying to explain this to him for ages, and it just didn't seem to get through. "There is history involved in this itinerary. Plus it's two to one, so we win either way." Alex's sullen face twitched, and formed into a small grin. The slightest laugh even escaped his mouth. "Fine," he agreed at last, "I'm too tired to argue with you."

Skye let out a loud 'whoop', causing a few passerby to stare. She smiled at them faintly before turning back to her friends. "So? What are we waiting for? We need to book a trip to London!" River and Alex exchanged wary glances as Skye skipped off, bouncing much like Tigger. "Well, after you, River." Alex said, winking. River smiled back at Alex and began to follow Skye, though with much less energy. But even he quivered with excitement, London! he thought. What a beautiful country. It'll be a nice break from all the crazy shenanigans. How wrong he was.


"Well." Alex said dryly, his eyes planted on the large sign above him and his friends. "Do we want to wait that long to go to London?" Skye's face only showed disappointment. However, Alex could see her cogs turning quickly, calculating the situation. After a long pause, Skye spoke. "Well.... maybe... maybe we could go somewhere else. To pass the-" she looked up, "-three days to the next ship." Skye turned to her two companions, "How does that sound?" Alex shrugged, his eyes still scanning over the board. "Well, the next ship out is in thirty minutes... to Japan." His eyes flicked to River and Skye, "Japan could be interesting." River's eyes brightened a bit, and he smiled, "And relaxing!" There was a loud snort that emitted from Skye, "When are things ever relaxing with us?" that got nods of agreement, "-Now, hurry up! We have twenty-four minutes to catch that ship!"

Somehow, the three had managed to board the ship on time, despite some packing difficulties. And, even more miraculously, Skye had managed to find a brochure with every event in Japan taking place within the next three days. "Oooh!" Skye squealed, "We could go to this celebration here or-- oh this looks fun! Wait, wait, do you think we could do this? I mean, the food there looks fan-TAS-tic! Of course we always have this option- Alex are you looking?" Alex mumbled something quietly, that sounded much like, "Shut up, trying to sleep."

Skye let out a hiss of air and turned to River, "What do you think?" River turned to the brochure she was handling and skimmed over it. His eyes reflected disinterest, until he landed about halfway down the middle panel. "What about this? Nagasaki Kunchi. There'll be dragons! Or, fake dragons."

Skye drew in a sharp breath and turned to River, "Merlin's pants! You're a genius! What do you say, Alex? Oh, never mind. We're going!" Alex peeked his eye open at the two and simply smiled, before going back to his attempted nap.


Hours later, Alex found himself amidst a throng of hot, sweaty people. The thick scent of body odor filled his nose, and he struggled not to gag. Skye and River, however, seemed to be taking it fine. In fact, they were cheering loudly with the crowd as the brightly colored dragons danced by. Alex felt his eyes flick over to them, and for some reason, a pit began to form in his stomach and it wasn't from the B.O.

He was just about to call to them to watch out when it happened. A child reached into Skye's pockets and withdrawn her wand and was hopping around with it in his hand. As he did so, a flash had shot out and hit one of the paper dragons, and a flame-like substance had covered it. Alex sucked in a breath, fearful that the people holding it up would be burned, but before he could react, the flames stopped and a dragon burst forth. A real dragon. The kid cried out and dropped Skye's wand, pointing at the dragon furiously.

Others joined in with the child and River snatched up Skye's wand, handing it to her quickly as civilians raced to get away. Alex let out a reluctant sigh and drew his wand from his pocket, gesturing to his friends to follow him.

The three began to head down the street, their wands out but concealed, as the dragon twirled in the air, spouting small bursts of fire. "So, what's the game plan?" Alex asked, his eyes pinned to the dragon. "Guys?" He turned to the others, and then let out the loudest sigh ever. "River- what are you doing?"

River was staring off into the distance, where a small puppy darted around the street. "Uh- oh. Nothing. Sorry, what were we talking about?" Alex raised a doubtful eyebrow, but repeated himself. River looked to Skye, knowing she tended to be outspoken, but she was deep in thought. "We could try apparating onto the dragon's back?" Alex opened his mouth to protest, but realized that could be a good idea. And possibly their only option. "Let's do it." Alex resolved, and Skye shrugged, seemingly snapped from her trance.

The three formed a small line and clasped hand, all of them focusing on the dragon's back. They summoned images of the spike-studded creature, and with a 'pop' were gone.

They appeared on the back of the dragon, and right away, they almost slipped off. The dragon's back was covered in water from the winding river it kept skimming over. Skye had to force herself not to scream as she grabbed onto a spike on it's back. The two boys did the same , and soon the trio were all hanging onto small spikes for dear life. "We're going to die." Alex said breathlessly, "Why did I agree to do this?" River laughed, but stopped right away as sharp air cut through his throat. "Let's just focus." He said to the others, attempting to drag himself up.

The dragon, thankfully, hadn't noticed them, and still spun through the air. Alex, River, and Skye had pulled themselves up and were not pointing their wands at the dragons neck. "On three!" Skye cried to the others, the sound of flapping drowning out everything else. 1... 2... 3...

There was a cry and a flash, and the dragon was paper again, and it and it's riders were plummeting towards the river below. "Get ready for a really big splash!" Alex yelled as the blue got closer and closer. And, with a loud slapping sound, they all hit the water, sending a jet of water high into the air.


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Chapter 12 ~ It's Tea Time Somewhere

"We have to be out of sight by 8:36 exactly or we're going to break a million Statutes of Secrecy!" The trio heard someone say from a nearby boat. All three had thought that it might be a lot nicer and safer to be on a wizarding boat than in the water where they could potentially be breaking the Statutes themselves. Plus, as Alex was the first to notice, this boat had the word 'London' painted on it.

"It might not actually go to London, but we should ask," Alex suggested to the group. Skye saw no reason why it wouldn't go to London. River understood that it could just be the boat's name, but was hopeful. All in agreement for once, the group swam the short distance to the boat's port. They climbed up, dried themselves off with the Hot-Air Charm, and walked over to the boat. Alex was designated the asker and was nudged slightly ahead. "Er, hello. We couldn't help but hear that you're on your way out. Would you happen to be giving rides to London?"

"We weren't exactly expecting someone to join us, but we are going to London if you need a ride. I'm Kyle, by the way. That's Frank." The talking man directed his hand toward the person on the other end of the boat. Frank waved. "We do need to hurry, though. So, if you want a ride, it needs to be now. Do you have everything you need?" Kyle seemed to be the worried type.

River patted a purse she had picked up in Australia that had an undetectable extension charm on it. River had also had the good sense to protect it, including water-proofing. With the adventures Alex, Skye, and herself got up to, it was necessary. With a nod of confirmation, the trio joined Kyle and Frank and prepared to leave at the right moment. The owners of the boat seemed happy to have the extra hands as apparating a boat was tricky business.
They all got to London safely and Kyle and Frank told them that they could ride with them any time as long as they were willing to lend a hand. The group said their goodbyes and went on their way, excited for their next adventure. Even Alex seemed to have come to terms with the place of the trip. Leaving London's port area, they found themselves in a shopping district, Regent Street. This looked like a fine place to do some shopping! As they passed a window displaying souvenirs, Alex and River had barely blinked before Skye was already inside. They shook their heads laughing and followed her in.

Skye stopped in her tracks, having found exactly what she wanted: the London Souvenir Die Cast Metal Telephone Box Money Box. "Alex. River. I need this. It's the London Souvenir Die Cast Metal Telephone Box Money Box!" She smiled widely up at her friends, who laughed supportively. Alex ended up getting some rolls of film for his camera and River picked up a copy of the book The Hobbit, as he heard there was a cool dragon in it. Soon, however, their stomachs were growling.

They knew they wanted some tea, but there were so many places to pick from on Regent Street alone. Skye spotted a sign for Arthur's Restaurant. She had heard about that place before and knew they served tea. "Alex, you'll love this place!" she said, pointing at the sign. "It's Art Deco. You like art history, right?"

Alex was about to argue that he preferred older designs than that, but he looked up at the place and noticed that the green pilasters running next to the doors looked quite nice. Then his stomach growled again. He smiled at his traveling companion. "Yeah, this seems cool. I just hope they have English Breakfast Tea. I heard the Muggles are very good at making that."
With bellies full and a wish to be back around magic, Alex, River, and Skye made their way to Diagon Alley to continue shopping, wizard style! They stopped by Gringotts to get some wizard money out of the bank and had at it. Alex wanted to go to the Junk Shop, hoping to find something cool and old. River wanted to go to the Magical Menagerie. Skye wanted to go to Sugarplum's Sweets Shop. They all wanted to go to Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, so the travelers decided to split up and meet back together at WWW.

Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes had stuff everywhere. It was hard to go through it all in one day, but the trio did not really care. They got lost looking at the Peruvian Darkness Powders and the Skiving Snack boxes and the Pygmy Puffs. So lost, in fact, that they hadn't noticed the store had closed and neither had George or his workers. The trio found out when they went to buy their findings. They started banging on the front door, hoping someone would let them out. They tried Alohomora and weren't surprised to find that the door was magically locked shut and unable to be undone by a simple Unlocking Charm.

They finally got their wish when the door opened - it just wasn't how they wanted it to happen. "Professor Longbottom?" Skye and Alex asked at the same time as the door was opened by their Herbology professor from Hogwarts. They may not have known each other at school, but they both had been taught Neville. "What are you doing here?"

"Unfortunately, I am here to arrest you for breaking the Statute of Secrecy in Japan," he replied with a disappointed look on his face.


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Our characters exciting trip in London ended with an unexpected twist. We have set up a poll for you to help us decide what exactly Alex, River, and Skye will be up to next. Please complete it by July 25th 11:59 HEX time. You may only submit your replies to the poll once!


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Chapter 13 ~ Curiosity Is a Powerful Thing

It took a few moment for Neville’s words to sink in, but when they finally did it was Skye who responded first. “Excuse me?” she asked incredulously. Neville shook his head and held a hand up in front of him. “I’m afraid anything you say may be used against you in your trial, so it’s probably best to say quiet right now and follow me.” he said, beginning to walk past the trio. Slightly dazed, they had no option but to follow him as he led them to the Ministry of Magic.

It didn’t take long for them to get to a usable entrance. As they arrived, Neville greeted two fellow ministry officials, who were going to help escort Alex, River and Skye to their trial. One of the officials went through first, followed by River. Then Neville went, closely followed by Alex. That just left Skye and a final official, who was the last to pass through. Once the six of them were gathered together once more, they made their way to the elevator. As they walked past one of the offices, they were startled by a sudden onslaught of snow pouring out from the door frame.

“Don’t mind that, it’s probably just an aguamenti spell gone slightly awry.” Neville said, hurrying them along. Alex tried to get a look at what was going on inside the room, but they were pushed past too quickly. Before they knew it, they were crammed into an elevator, which headed downwards at a rather alarming speed. Skye looked over to Alex, who had gone rather pale. “Excuse me,” she said, tugging at the sleeves of the robes of an official. “My friend is clearly struggling, can you help him please?” she asked. The official sighed and pulled out a stick of Drooble's Best Blowing Gum. “Here, chew this.” he muttered, tossing it Alex’s way.

Thankfully, the unintentional thrill ride was short; the trio were herded out onto a floor of the Ministry, and down a dimly lit corridor. Neville, who was leading the way, checked the time and paused outside a rather ominous looking door. “You’ve got 10 minutes until you’ll be collected for your trial. I suggest you take this time to prepare yourselves.” he said, opening the door to a dark, cramped room. “For now, you’ll stay in here. The door is protected so can only be opened by a ministry official, so don’t even think about escaping.” he mumbled, clearly giving a speech he’d had to say many times before.

The group were shoved inside the room and the door closed with a resolute clang behind them. River slumped to the floor and sighed. “Now what do we do?” she asked, her voice barely more than a whisper. Alex shook his head, and sat down too. “There’s not much we can do. We all know what we did in Japan, there’s nothing we need to discuss in my opinion.” The two of them looked to Skye, who agreed. “Well, we may as well see what kind of room we’re in.” she suggested, trying to take their minds off the situation.

She pulled out her wand and whispered the lumos spell. A faint glow began to spread from the tip, illuminating the room around them. The three of them gasped simultaneously; the room was filled floor to ceiling with shelves, containing hundreds of thousands of books and files. Skye cast her light around, reading names as she went.

“Hogwarts Professors Through the Years, A Comprehensive Guide to O.W.L. Level Potions, Quidditch Through the Ages,” she mumbled, trying to make out the words in the darkness. As she moved to the back of the room, one file in particular caught her attention. It was poking out from the shelf slightly, and was crumpled as though someone had stuffed it into the shelf in a hurry. Curiously, the spine and covers were completely blank. She signaled for the others to come closer. Carefully, she pulled the file out and opened it to the first page. Together, they read out loud.

Quote:
History of HINT:

2010

At the very beginning, multiple forums were under the umbrella of the “Information Forums”: Magical Theories, Welcome Center, Ideas and Suggestions, Questions, Arts & Graphics. These 5 forums worked collaboratively and were overseen by a single set of staff.


Without warning, there were footsteps echoing outside, coming rapidly closer to the door. Skye slammed the folder shut and thrust it into Alex’s hands. “What am I supposed to do with this?!” he whispered, panicking. The handle of the door began to turn. Without thinking, he thrust the folder into his bag, closing it just as Neville came into view.

“It’s time for your trial.”


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Chapter 14 ~ TBD

Are you waiting for this month's HINTory story? Well, wait no longer! Well, scratch that, you'll have to wait a little bit longer, but we have good news! The HINT staff has decided that it's your turn to write our story. Head over here to see how your story can be featured as our HINTory story. We eagerly await your entries!


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Even though we don't have a chapter this month, we still would love to have your input on how the story should go. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until September 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


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Chapter 14 ~ It Could Have Been Worse

"And here we are," Neville sighed and took in the trio. "This is courtroom ..." he hummed for a moment, "ah, yes, number six." 

Neville looked pointedly at Alex and Skye before looking at River. There was a severe disappointment in his eyes with a hint of compassion. "While I understand some things happen out of your control, others may not. It would have been best for someone mature to get involved before you broke the Statute of Secrecy. However, what's done is done." 

Nodding for them to enter the courtroom, he finished by saying, "Although unconventional, you three will have a joint hearing. You best go in now before any of the Wizengamot get impatient." 

Skye and Alex looked at each other before locking their hands together and entering first, promptly followed by River. Alex's hands started to get clammy, and a bead of sweat formed on Skye's forehead. To say the least, the fifty or so wizards and witches in plum-colored robes watching them cross the symmetrical, yellow and brown floor had the pair on edge. Alex glanced back to see River with a neutral expression on their face, almost as if River wasn't phased by the mix of bleak and harsh looks they were receiving. 

Soon enough, the three were sitting in dark oak chairs, probably older than time in the middle of the circular room. Skye wiggled in her seat, biting her bottom lip as they waited to be addressed. 'Is someone going to get this thing going, or are they just trying to intimidate us some more?' she asked herself. 

At last, the Court Scribe stood up. "The Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, Lyra Mia Norwood, will now initiate the hearing." 

The Chief Warlock, a woman who was clearly aging with greying hair and crow's feet at the corners of her eyes, took the scribe's place. "Today we have gathered to proceed with the hearing for Skye, Alex, and River. Last names are unknown. Someone, please finish their questioning after the hearing is over," Lyra's voice was steady and broadcast clearly throughout the room. 

"We have no less than 25 accounts of breaches to the Statute of Secrecy, one account of the endangerment of a Muggle - a child no less - and the improper concealment of a magical object," the Chief Warlock recounted the trio's crimes as they stiffened in their seats. Had they really been that careless? Did they cause that much harm while they were in Japan? Where had they gone wrong on such a fun journey? "Oh, yes. We must add on the report of all three defendants not departing from the country by the time listed on their travel permits; this has become an international wizarding matter." 

The woman stopped to look at the three travelers before asking them to tell their stories one at a time. Before long, both River and Alex had gotten through their takes on what had happened. Next, "Right, next up is Skye. For all of the Wizengamot to note, the charges of endangering a Muggle and improper concealment of a magical object both fall onto Skye. Alright, go ahead now." 

Both the Chief Warlock and the Court Scribe turned to look at Skye. Meanwhile, her heart was hammering in her chest as blood rushed to her ears. She was becoming flustered, and her ears started to ring. "Right," she gulped. "I mean, no. This isn't right. While what Alex and River both said was true; we apparated in a crowd of Muggles, but it was only to protect them from the dragon. We were late leaving the country. Of course, but it was only because of the commotion the dragon caused." 

With a sigh, she continued, "I know it was my wand that turned the paper dragon into a real one, but how was I supposed to know a child would reach in my pockets and just happen to grab it? How many of us keep our wands in our pockets or up our sleeves? A lot! So, unless there's a law stating I can't store a wand - the magical object in question - in my pocket then I don't believe I've done anything wrong." 

All eyes were on Skye, including those of her companions, as she huffed a little. Wow, Skye, you were supposed to keep it cool. Now you've probably dug yourself in a hole and embarrassed yourself! Licking her lips, she started, "And I mean, at least it was a dragon. It fitted in with the festival. It wasn't like it was a phoenix or hippogriff or something th-" 

Lyra Norwood waved her hand, effectively silencing Skye. "That is enough. No matter what creature was summoned to that square, Muggles were there to witness and be put in harm's way. Many Obliviators were called in to fix the mess. I think we've heard all that we can from your stories. As there are no witnesses to call in, I think it's time we reach our decision." 

From Alex's point of view, there wasn't much discussion going on between the judges. There were a few looks among themselves and a lot of papers shuffling about. "After taking your accounts into consideration and our own evidence," Lyra told the group, "Skye, Alex, and River have been found guilty." At this point, River clasped their hands tightly together. Alex was freaking out in his mind, and Skye looked like she was going to burst into tears. 

Lyra kept going, "With the circumstances of the accident and points made by the defendants, however, each of you only needs to complete an advanced Muggle Studies course within the next 30 days and stay within the country for 30 days as well. Consider yourselves lucky. I am obligated to let you know this trial and all related matters will stay on your files indefinitely." 

If the three hadn't been so intimidated and unnerved by the whole situation, they probably would've done more than each release a small sigh of relief. "You may go. Someone will escort you back to the streets of London." 

Eventually, the trio all sat around a table in The Leaky Cauldron. They each had their own cool beverage to help them along while they processed the long day they had just gone through. 

"Well," Skye started, "I think that could've gone way worse, but where do we go from here?" 

"I know I'm grateful for how stood up for yourself and us, too," Alex told her. "I mean, who would've thought we'd get in such a sticky situation? I'm definitely not writing about this to mum. 

"I don't think Bilbo's words to Frodo could be any more appropriate: it's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," Alex continued with a chuckle. 

River rolled their eyes before stating, "Perhaps not the best time to be funny, Alex. Though, I think you have a point. Maybe we just go home, at least for the time being? We could meet up towards the end of the 30 days and see how we each feel about continuing the journey." 


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Stuck in their current city, Alex, River, and Skye are not quite sure what to do next. Most of their plans had involved travelling the globe and seeing their dream destinations, but those have now come to a sudden halt for the next thirty days. Can you plan their next adventure? We have set up a poll for you to help them decide what their adventure will lead them to next! Please complete it by October 24th 11:59 HEX time. You may only submit your replies to the poll once!


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This chapter was written by Nicole2013, winner of last month's HINTory activity.
 

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Chapter 15 ~ Food and Puns? Skye is Eggcited!

Alex, Skye, and River all went home and spent the month doing things on their own. After the whole Ministry of Magic experience, it was agreed to let things settle before they determined if they would continue their journey. Initially, they had planned to hang out with one another here and there, but Alex was working, and River had to take care of a neighbors animal. So, Skye was left to her own devices.

Halloween came and passed. Skye was a bit bummed not being able to hang out with Alex and River for the festivities. She really enjoyed Halloween and loved dressing up and going trick-or-treating. Even though she did still do all that, she was a little sad doing it by herself. However, she did feel a bit happy getting her favorite candy, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans*. Those were almost all gone two days after Halloween ended.

A week after Halloween passed, Skye heard about some post-Halloween festival, specifically a food truck festival. The flyer said, "Hey, Boo-tiful! You should come to the Post-Halloween Food Truck Festival because you look radishing! It is the first Saturday of November at 6 pm to 10 pm. P.S. This festival is kind of a big dill." Intrigued and absolutely humored by the food puns, she decided to check it out.

As the date got closer, the more excited Skye was. She had done some reading up on the festival, and the reviews for it were off the charts. There were already a whole bunch of food trucks she had planned to check it out.

Once Skye arrived at the location, the street was already bustling with people. Skye was even 10 minutes early to the start of the event! The road looked terrific. There were some lights strung from tree to tree making the street look like some backyard. There were all sorts of smells, dogs barking, kids chatting, and just the whole lively atmosphere. Walking around, Skye was so amused by all the food puns, it seemed that almost all the food trucks were named using a food pun. She immediately started at the Halloween themed taco truck. From there, Skye slowly made her way to the other food trucks that looked interesting. Skye had been at the food truck festival for about an hour when she noticed River and Alex at a coffee food truck.

"ALEX! RIVER!" Skye yelled as she started to move towards them. Both Alex and River looked confused before Alex noticed Skye was making her way toward them. "Skye? What a surprise to see you," Alex said. "Oh my cookie, I was totally not expecting to see you two," Skye said, once she reached her two friends. After hugging Skye, River said, "It's good to see you, Skye! I feel like I haven't seen you in forever."

"How are you doing? What have you been up to?" Alex inquired in with Skye. "Oh, I've been good, just chilling-" a loud gasp left Skye's mouth as the sight of her favorite chocolate caught her attention. "OH. I want to try your Halloween candy!"

River laughed, "Oh, Skye, I'm not surprised. Sure, have some." River passed their chocolate over to Skye. After chewing on some chocolate, Skye began describing how her past weeks started. The three friends spent the next hour chatting with one another before moving onto the pizza food truck.

After they ordered their pizza, Skye began to speak, "Soo.. why are you guys here?" she asked. "Oh, Alex and I decided we would try out the taste testing hobby out. We've been slowly moving through different hobbies like reading, ping pong, and debating**," River said, then Alex interjected, "I'm not sure if this is working though. I'm getting way too stuffed," as they rubbed their tummy. "Well, what do you guys want to do next?" Skye asked. "OH! We could each write down a hobby, number them, and then choose a number randomly?" River suggested. "That is a great idea," Alex replied. Each of them took turns writing down some hobbies and then they labeled with hobby with a number. Throwing all of the pieces of paper into a hat, Skye turned to Alex and said, "Pick a number."


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Alex, River, and Skye have now met up at a food truck festival. They've been enjoying the time together, but they need some help on deciding what to do next. Can you help them choose a new hobby to try out? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until November 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


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The Trial evidence provided by our HINTory winner, Samantha Bradley.

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The red balloon began floating towards Little Stevie as if it had a mind of its own. It looked pretty ordinary except that it had a note attached to it which said "To Stevie". No one knew what the note said but it appeared as though it had caused him to run towards Skye and snatch her wand, which somehow caused fflames to shoot out out from the dragon.

The boy's behaviour was a mystery until a wizard who had been at the scene, Basil Huffington, decided to investigate the area. He found the note which read, "The lady with red hair is a real life witch! Go and snatch her wand and you will be a hero."

And through this evidence, it should be obvious that Skye was framed by a jealous witch who doesn't care much for redheads. Case closed!

 

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Chapter 16 ~ Name That Hobby!

Alex placed his hobby excitedly down in the hat. I sure do love travelling! I hope that gets picked! He surveyed River and Skye, curiously attempting to figure out what hobby they may have put in. I know Skye loves cooking, so she probably put something about that… but River? What might River have put? I should know this! As Alex kept thinking of the possibilities, Skye gained his attention by ordering them all to pick a number.

Alex eyed Skye carefully, and confidently stated “Twenty-four”.

“Oh, twenty-four, eh? In that case, I pick lucky number seven,” River said excitedly.

“Both great numbers! Alex, you were the closest – the number I was thinking was twenty-one! Come on, Alex! Pick out of the hat!”

Alex reached eagerly into the hat and pulled out a small piece of paper. “B.. board games? Specifically, Cluedo?” he read, in a confused tone of voice. A sudden smile from ear to ear on River’s face told him that she must have put that one in. Alex glanced over at Skye, hoping for a sign she may know the game. However, Skye's confused expression showed that she knew as much about Cluedo as he did. “Is that anything like Exploding Snap?” Alex asked River. Among all the possibilities Alex thought River may put, he had to admit this was not one of them.

“Not even close!” River responded. “Cluedo is a Muggle game where we get to be detectives and solve murder crimes! We have to figure out where the character was murdered, what the weapon was, and who the suspect was!” As she explained the purpose of the game, she couldn’t help but remember all the countless hours her family spent playing this game as a child. It was all thanks to her grandfather that they learned the game, as he had passed it down to their generation. She was so excited for the chance to show it to Skye and Alex!

“Oh… that sounds fun! But River, how do we acquire such a game?” Alex asked curiously. He had never seen this game in Diagon Alley.

“It’s obvious, isn’t it? We’ll have to go to a Muggle shopping store in London! Oh, but… first we need to get Muggle money…” River looked disappointed at the thought of having to go to a Muggle store. After all the trouble they had just been through with the Wizenmagot, they needed to be as careful as possible. Not only that, she was sure that Skye and Alex did not have any Muggle money.

“Oh, that’s easy! We just need to apparate out of here to Diagon Alley! I’m sure we can transfer our Galleons for Muggle money at Gringotts.” Skye responded. With that, the trio made their way to a hidden portable bathroom at the food truck festival. Each made their way into the rest room. Once in, the trio apparated as quickly as possible to the front door of Gringotts. They made their way through the door, admiring the interior of the building. Goblins stared curiously at the trio as they walked towards the head Goblin in charge, located at the end of the long hallway.

“Um… hello sir!” River began nervously. “We were wondering if we could transfer some of our Galleons into Muggle money?”
“Yes, that is allowed at Gringotts. All you will need to do is let me know how many Galleons you are withdrawing, and how much Muggle money you will need,” the Goblin responded in an authoritative tone.

“Oh, we will only be needing 20 pounds worth of Muggle money. Could you help us in acquiring that?” River responded.

“Of course. And whose account am I withdrawing from?” the Goblin asked, peering down at the trio.

“That would be mine.” River looked up at the Goblin anxiously.

“Give me a moment, and I will be right back with the transaction you have requested,” the Goblin stated, as he walked away from the trio.

“Guys! I can’t believe this is actually happening! Soon we’ll be able to play a Muggle game!” River said excitedly. River looked over at her companions, who appeared to be as nervous as she was in the bank. “Oh, don’t worry guys! We’ll be out of here soon!”

“Not soon enough…” Alex murmured under his breath.

After what felt like hours, the Goblin had returned with twenty pounds in his hand. “The money you requested,” the Goblin stated firmly, handing the money over to River.

“Oh gosh! Thank you so much!” River said excitedly. Soon after the money was provided, the trio made their way back outside.

“Now, who’s ready for the real adventure of roaming through a Muggle shopping center?”


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Our trio has their Muggle money and are off to purchase their Muggle game. Excited as they are, they can't help but wonder what's in store for them next. Can you help us figure out what these three will do next? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until December 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
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4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.


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Chapter 17 ~ Observing Game Face

"I heard that there is a really great shopping area in Greenwich!" Skye exclaimed, remembering something some tourists were saying while they had their London adventure the month before.

River smiled. It had been a long time since they had been to Greenwich, but they would love to go again. "That is a great idea! We can take a boat on the Thames to get there." The trio were in agreement and set out for Waterloo Bridge.


"9 pounds each?!" Alex exclaimed quietly to his friends. "That's most of our money." He looked to River for reassurance. River assured him that if they looked in the right places, it would be possible to find a cheap copy. Alex was still skeptical, but he pressed the buttons on the machine which allowed them to buy their tickets.

Alex, Skye, and River piled on to the boat with all the other passengers and naturally decided to sit on the top of the boat to best see the sights along the river. Sure they had seen a lot of them before, but the view from the boat was different and special.

As the boat pulled in to Greenwich, it was hard not to see the observatory which towered over the neighborhood's landscape. "We have to go to the observatory." Skye was wide-eyed, all thoughts of shopping out of her head. She was walking in its direction before anyone could say otherwise. Alex had a bit of trouble with the walk up due to his fear of heights, but even he would agree it was worth it once they arrived.

Inside the main building was a free exhibit based around the planets in our solar system. It seemed as though astronomy would be a hobby they all could gush over. The photo which stood out the most was of Venus without any clouds. "Its fire-y." Skye smiled in awe.

"Actually, those are craters and rock formations on the surface combining with the color of the planet to make it look that way." River explained the science behind it.

Alex interjected, "It looks like fire."

River chuckled and they moved on. "Alright, we should probably go shopping for Cluedo if we want to beat the closing times of the stores." Alex and Skye both clearly looked like they had forgotten, gaining another chuckle from River.


"Maybe this place will have Cluedo." River suggested in reference to a stall near the entrance to the market area which seemed to have many games. However, when they turned around, their friends were nowhere in sight. Frantically, they turned a corner and sighed in relief that it was that easy. As they approached Alex and Skye, they noticed the pair were arguing about something.

"I'm pretty sure it has to be the right thing. It seems to be what River described about detectives." Alex reminded.

"Yes, but what about the name? It just says 'Clue', not 'Cluedo'." Skye was not going to give in that easily, especially when River hadn't caught up yet.

"That's just the American version." River popped up between them, startling them both, the desired effect. "Oh look, just 1.5 pounds. Excellent!" The trio walked in to the charity shop, ready to buy their item. Inside housed exactly the sort of items one would expect to find in such a shop. Rack of random scarves, early Christmas items giving off the sense of jollity, doll houses, unused candles with broken seals, paintings, and more. Off to the side was a doorway which used a curtain in place of a door. Realizing there was nothing telling guests not to go in, they all went through it, finding a magical store beyond.

It seemed as though the "second" shop was themed around transfiguration. Lining one wall were a range of books, all on the subject. In the far corner of the room was a display of wands for sale, all ones which are helpful for transfiguration spells. A pair of small vanishing cabinets sat behind the counter, each about the size of a microwave. Even the furniture was designed to look like it was half-transfigured. It could easily be passed off as a macabre exhibit if a muggle accidentally entered.

"Hello. Looking to buy something?" The store owner asked them as they neared his counter.

"Yes we are. From the Muggle section. There was a game of Clue in the window. We were hoping to buy that." River did the talking.

The man smiled fondly over the game. "Of course, that will be 1.5 pounds." The transaction was made and the three youngsters left the store, ready to head back to the wizarding world.

"Let's apparate. I hardly figure that 50p is enough for all of us to boat back." Alex was right, so they found a secluded spot and double checked it for Muggles.


Another month later and it was nearly New Year's time. Besides Christmas, the only other thing on everyone's mind was the coming of the next year. What would happen? How would they change as people? How much would stay the same?

"So, what are everyone's New Year's Resolutions?" River asked over their Butterbeer from the Leaky Cauldron.


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

Our trio has their Muggle money and are off to purchase their Muggle game. Excited as they are, they can't help but wonder what's in store for them next. Can you help us figure out what these three will do next? We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until January 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
1. 500 House Points
2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.


Winners from the HINTory activity and the poll responses are announced in the HINTory: A HEXian's Edition thread each month. This thread can also be used for chatting about the current chapter!
 

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Chapter 18 ~ Best Built Plans

"Why does picking out a New Year's Resolution always seem so hard?" Skye posed the question, as she, River, and Alex sat together at the Leaky Cauldron. The place felt cozy, as usual, but the snowy cold air made its way inside as each new customer entered. River took a sip of butterbeer slowly before setting it back down onto the table. "Resolutions don't have to be complicated - in fact, they should be fun! What about trying something new, perhaps?"

Skye's face brightened, as it was clear she had an idea. "What about trying a Muggle activity for the first time! That would definitely be new."

"Brilliant! I've got an idea." Alex jumped into the conversation as he took out some parchment and quills from his bag. "Here, everyone. Why don't we write down some new things we could try as our resolutions, we'll pick one out of a hat, and then we can all try it together?" At this, both Skye and River smiled. The three friends set to work writing down a Muggle activity on the scraps on parchment before tossing them into River's hat. Once all the ideas were compiled, Alex reached into the hat and mixed up the papers before closing his fingers around one and drawing it out to read it. "And the winner is..." he started, doing his best game show host impression, "Building something with LEGO bricks."

Skye squealed, as apparently, this had been her idea. "Yes! I remember having a chat about LEGOs with you both back in October of last year, and have always wanted to try it since then!" River searched through the bag and pockets for some money before saying, "What kind of Muggle store will have those? Does anyone know how much they'll cost or how many we will need?"

"It's going to depend on what you want to build. But let's just see what's available shall we? Is everyone available next week? I know of a shop that will probably have what we're looking for."


A week later, the snow had gone but the chill in the air had not. Skye, River, and Alex were bundled up appropriately for the winter weather and were standing outside a Muggle toy shop. The sign above the entrance read "Trevor's Hobby Shop." Alex was the first to enter. Wanting to get out of the cold, he pulled the other two inside and hastily closed the door behind them. As they looked around the shop, their eyes twinkled trying to take in the sight of so many toys.

Skye approached an employee who was stocking the shelves with electronic talking teddy bears. "Um, excuse me." The employee turned to face Skye, revealing a name badge that read "Kami" and a look on her face that seemed to be disinterested at best. "Looking for something?"

"Yes, thank you. We are looking for LEGO bricks, please?" Skye smiled wide, trying to be as sweet as she could to Kami, who obviously would have preferred to be elsewhere.

"Aisle seven, right next to the Lincoln Logs. Just got a new stock in." Kami's voice was blunt and plain, and after a few seconds she turned to face the shelves again. "I'll be right here if you need anything."

Once the trio found the correct aisle, they selected a large box of LEGO bricks that seemed to suit their needs. After another encounter with Kami, the friends paid for their Muggle treasure and made to leave the store. As they walked out the door, Alex pulled his scarf tightly around his neck. "So, what exactly are we going to build?" Skye didn't speak, fumbling with her gloves. River suggested that they find a warmer place to settle in before they made any more decisions.

Not more than twenty minutes later, the trio arrived at a warm diner and selected a large table, with plenty of space to lay out their new LEGO bricks. After ordering some milkshakes, they began to discuss what they should build.

"I don't know... a tower, perhaps?" As the words came out of Alex's mouth, they seemed to drift away. River chimed in next. "Why not build a miniature village - someplace familiar - maybe, Hogsmeade?" At both of these ideas, Skye squinted, considering how they could work. "I know! Why don't we use magic!"

We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

This month, our poll is focusing on building a character profile for River. The winning responses will be used to describe River in future chapters. We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until February 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!


PRIZES
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2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.


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Chapter 19 ~ The Unexpected Resolution

"Wait, what did you say your New Year's resolution was again?" River asked, as they looked up from the magazine they were reading. The trio was gathered in River's living room, enjoying a lazy weekend day indoors. Alex and Skye were hunched over a small table playing a game of chess, while River lounged on the sofa paging through a magazine. Alex looked up from the game board and rolled his eyes. "Really, we don't have to talk about resolutions anymore," he said, exhaling. "It's March now. Shouldn't we be moving on to other things?"

Skye took her turn as she slid a black rook forward across the board to capture Alex's white pawn. "Check," she said as she turned to Alex, smiling mischievously. "Speaking of moving on to other things... why don't you tell us what your resolution was so we can all try it together? I'm getting bored of this game." Alex furrowed his brow and turned his attention back to his side of the board. After a few moments of examining the position of the chess pieces, he realized Skye had won. "Hmm... fine." Alex pulled a tiny, scrunched piece of paper out of his pocket and handed it to Skye. "Here you go." Taking it from Alex's hand, Skye smoothed the scrap of paper with her thumb and read it aloud. "Try acting."

At hearing this, River closed their magazine and set it down on the table. "That's great, Alex! I'll admit I didn't peg you for an actor, but it makes sense! It's just another form of art, like your photography, so if it's something you want to try, why not?" Alex picked up River's magazine, and opened it to reveal a picture of a famous actor accepting an award. "In these pictures, the performers all look so confident and calm. I've never been that way. I have horrible stage fright."

"That's understandable," said Skye. "But acting is just like any other skill, right? There are lots of tips and tricks that you can learn to help you get better and to manage your stage fright. Plus, it'll probably turn out better than my attempt at building a mansion with Lego bricks!" Alex nodded ever so slightly to acknowledge Skye's point. "Don't worry Alex," Skye continued, "We'll figure this out together."


We, the HINT Staff, have decided to try our hand at storytelling. But we must confess, we're not bestselling authors. As such, we would like your help in creating the story, developing the characters, and providing the action for our work in progress! Can you, the users of HEX, help us out?

This month, our poll is asking about your favorite Irish things, as well as giving you a chance to describe the character River in more detail. We can't wait to hear what you think! We have set up a poll for you to take. Please make sure to fill out the poll completely. You have until March 24th at 11:59 pm HEX time, to submit your poll. Remember that you may only submit the poll answers for this month's poll once!



PRIZES
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2. 500 House Points
3. 500 House Points
4. 500 House Points

*Note: prizes are to be randomized among all users who submit a complete poll response.




The Lego construction built by LadyReeseKightkens, our HINTory winner from last month!
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Instructions were for a mansion with a waterfall style pool in the back yard, but with magic you get a waterfall attached to your mansion and your pool as your first floor. Hopefully, brick people don't mind sleeping in water or eating on the roof.



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