Merry Christmas Outcast Academy!
In Albel’s defense, he has only the best of intentions when he calls for a staff meeting, one chilly evening in December. The first storm has come and gone, leaving Outcast Academy frosted in a blanket of white, and the smaller flurries that can be seen out classroom windows have added a magical touch to the time of year that the gargoyle was hard pressed to ignore. They were back into the swing of things around campus, more or less, so why not have some fun, to celebrate the holiday season?
Gathering his colleagues together in the staff room after curfew, he waits until everyone is settled with coffee, tea, or something to nibble before proposing his plans. In the past, winter dances and holiday decorations have gone over rather well, but why not try something a bit different, this year? While something special is always done on Christmas day, and the snow fights, cancelled classes and baked goodies are always inevitable, the students still wake up Christmas morning in separate rooms, in separate dorms and across campus from each other, every year.
Outcast Academy is more than a school. It’s a family. And the students should be able to spend it close to each other, to share that magic. One particularly enthusiastic, pink haired professor comments that the teachers could do to be a little closer
too, if you know what he means. A coffee mug is thrown –not by Abel- and the meeting continues.
Why not let the students spend the night together, all in one place? Nereida looks up from filing her nails just long enough to remind Albel that the Common Room still doesn’t have walls, and with the constant snowfall Magma and Equa dorm students probably won’t appreciate that
. Surprisingly enough, the answer floats down from the rafters, provided by the most reclusive of the staff.Why not have homebase… come to homebase? You’ve had them all here before, when they all dressed up funny and drank spiked punch.
It takes a moment to realize that the Shade is speaking of the Winter Formal, and what an obvious solution the newly cleaned ballroom is! But Albel is distracted by the fact that someone
managed to spike the drinks that night, and Bardi has gone from hiding in the corner to standing on the table, trying to get a sample of Eid’s scarf with a butter knife. Needless to say, the meeting is adjourned, but plans, at least, have been made.
The next day, Albel goes out into the forest, and doesn’t come back through the school gates until he’s found the fullest, tallest spruce that can possible fit through the doors. The monstrous tree is situated in the center of the large, beautiful room, but while the large windows let in cold winter light, and the stone floor is polished to a shine, it isn’t nearly the spectacle it was when Amora had decorated last.
It only takes a bit of flattery and cajoling before Alex is preening and flouncing into the room, declaring it ‘unfit for any sort of party’ and the magic sparkles at his fingertips. Garlands and wreaths decorate the walls, and warm, cozy rugs unfurl over stone floor. Heavy, green and red curtains are draped over the windows and tied back with gold rope, and large, silver snowflakes drop lazily from the ceiling, disappearing before touching their heads.
Just because he’s borrowing the idea from somewhere he’s been before, doesn’t mean he can’t claim it for himself. There’s even a fireplace that’s popped up on the far wall, logs already crackling cheerily in the hearth. Even the Christmas tree is left dazzling, covered in thousands of tiny twinkling lights, but at Albel’s request, no ornaments are placed on the branches. It won’t last, he informs Albel sadly, but it should stay for the next few weeks or so- certainly long enough for the children to enjoy, and a place for them to stay, Christmas eve.
Merivale lends blankets and pillows from her classroom and they find several more, piling them around the base of the Christmas tree, along with the sleeping bags from the summer camp out. Preparations for snacks have been made, and the announcement is given- on Christmas Eve, Outcast Academy will be holding a slumber party in the main hall!
Outcast Academy Christmas Muro Party!
This year, Outcast Academy is celebrating Christmas with a sleepover in the ballroom! Students are encouraged to don their comfiest PJs, grab their pillows and presents for friends, and trek to the main building, where snacks, hot chocolate, and pillow fights await. This event will take place through journal muros, and RP! Draw your characters in their jammies, trading presents and participate in the tree decorating contest
! If your students feel like getting up to some mischief, beware! The teachers may join in on the festivities, too!Side event: Decorate the Christmas tree!
Albel has left the main Christmas tree undecorated, so the students can have a chance to help out! On top of drawing your characters, everyone may submit one Christmas tree ornament or decoration that their character has made or brought to be put on the tree, if they would like to participate. These decorations can be submitted to the Contests folder!
You have until December 21st to help decorate the Christmas tree, and maybe win a prize! Christmas tree ornaments will be judged on-
And it’s a plus if it represents the character in some way!
First place: 150 points
Second place: 100 points
Third place: 50 points
Have fun, and Happy Holidays from Outcast Academy!