My Castalia (methleigh) wrote,
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Convention Update July 15!

The first true day of the con we all gathered for breakfast. It was a great to start the day with food and friendly company to catch up with our exciting times.

Here are dickygloucester, deemichelle, and pythiadelphi.

Here are sc010f and somigliana, again at breakfast. I will admit I was still a little shy.

annietalbot had been kind enough to get me some shampoo, and when I visited her suite to pick it up they showed me the wonderful box clairvoyant12 had sent! It was the Snape Dental Care Kit! Lil!sevvie and I were overjoyed. I spent some years writing about Doc Holliday, and we are both keen fans of any dental or tooth-related matters! How exciting for us!

Here is lil!sevvie in the box, inspecting.

I wore my Death Eater things, for the anticipated Welcoming Feast. The cloak is silk and pachmina, but Florida is so hot that it actually made very little difference and I was able to wear it as comfortably as anything else. I loved to be a Death Eater with other Death Eaters. I loved to have a mask, cloak, boots and especially Dark Mark. It was wonderful. I thought I never wanted to wear anything else again.

Here I am, so clothed, with lil!sevvie. I apologise for the slightly blurry picture.

In the hallway by the common room I first met dear logospilgrim! What a joyous moment! lil!sevvie had something special for her, and here she is holding him so tenderly. How wonderful and special for a little Snape.

After this it was time for the Welcoming Feast, which was a fine buffet with Mexican food. It was delicious and I was very impressed by the food, but also the organisation of the hotel staff. I ate with others from our hotel.

The dancing lessons for the set dancing before the ball was also held in the afternoon. I was particularly pleased that I was able to do this. It was also at this activity that I met the wonderful beluthian for the first time! He was Snape that afternoon, and it was so satisfying to finally, not only dance lead without complaint, but to have his company, as well as droxy's, also as Snape! I have always wanted to learn to dance something properly, and the opportunity had never presented itself, save at my once-upon-a-time Cornish dancing endeavours. We learned to dance reels, which we called 'processionals' in the old dance group. It was simple memory and formula, which was a great relief, as my rhythm is poor. I had a wonderful time. Someone made off with my ash wand during this session, but I know several other people who lost precious objects as well. Sometimes such things happen.

I did not go to any programming on Thursday. Instead, I was lucky enough to spend more time with droxy, irishlass69, and sabrebabe. I learned so much, not just from what they wished to impart, but by the example of their manner and organisation and the way they interacted with others at the con. And they communicated in such a linear yet warm way that I was enchanted and felt at home at once. There was no small talk or need for it (which I fear more than a gunfight.)

Here is droxy as The Spirit of Snape with a Moaning Myrtle. I am sorry - I do not know her name.

Here is irishlass69 as Hermione mourning droxy as dead!Snape. I think of this photo as Pre-Raphaelite. How beautiful! How fortunate I was to see this moment and take this photo!

Here is droxy as dead!Snape, watching you. I think the expression haunting, aside from the literal meaning of this.

Here are irishlass69 and droxy as Vacation Hermione and Vacation Snape, respectively. How lil!sevvie wanted a photo of himself in his little flamingo boad-shorts with Vacation Snape! I disappointed him there, but perhaps you can picture it.

When ready we went downstairs for the craft fair. My fellow Death Eaters had a table, for recruitment, obviously, as you can see in the following picture. It was an honour. No, I am not going to name them! What do you think I am?! I was also recruiting and branding others with the Dark Mark throughout the con. I bought a wonderful Dark Mark necklace, which I have been wearing ever since.

Also at the craft fair was Petite Potions, who makes tiny things, among which are tiny potions bottles. lil!sevvie has the whole line of her potions, and he is a fan of her marvellous work. The exquisite little labels are designed after the manner of genuine labels of the early 20th century and contains a complete potions collection for any small Potions Master. He wanted me to take his photo with her.

Outside the craft fair, I was able to take photos of other friends.

Out of order, I will first post dearest logospilgrim in the red robes of Repentance. this is clothing as art and eloquence, full of pain and sacrifice in the form of blood, but there is also such a quietness and peace of seriousness. There is such beauty and richness in this! I feel my words very inadequate here.

Here are The Malfoys, with alabastardragon as Spike, and dear logospilgrim. I was very shy at this time, and though I asked for a photo I had not yet spoken with them.

Here is my_preciouss in her school robes, with dear logospilgrim. I had not met mypreciouss before, nor spoken even online, but I was immediately drawn.

I took two pictures that are missing from my camera. One was taken at this time of Lauren as a student. The other, taken at a later time, was of lil!sevvie with The Malfoys. I remember specifically because of the way they carefully ensured he would not be embarrassed in the photo by sliding robes. It seems likely I was using someone else's camera. If you have these, even if they turned out poorly, I would really like copies.

Here is dear logospilgrim in her wonderful robes of Repentance, with me as a Death Eater. I am still thinking about this picture. What does such a thing mean? It seems sad but contemplative. But aside from this, I am so very happy to have a picture of us together as I value the time we spent so deeply.

After this, though I have no pictures, we had a fiction-reading evening back at my hotel. I particularly loved pythiadelphi's dental story, though there were many fine and interesting stories, most of which I had never read. I read my story Father Christmas, 1940. I also wore my Snape robes for the very first time. When I sat down on the floor in my robes I snapped my ebony wand. A second wand lost in the the same day!
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