yes all of this yes
have you considered galley as the terrifyingly
attractiveantisocial new groundskeeper with a mysterious past and a collection of interesting curse scars and seventh-year bel finding every possible excuse to loiter around broken statues or malfunctioning staircases or particularly homicidal trees like just in case groundskeeper galgal might happen to show up and curse at him (and let him hold the extra mops)
i am considering it right now this second and possibly wibbling a little
thank you for distracting me from my nicotine cravings by providing new things for me to crave with a desperate fervor
erskin probably divides his time between fantasizing about fighting forbidden forest monsters, fantasizing about fighting bel, actually fighting bel and forbidden forest monsters (sometimes both at once) and comprehensively failing all of his classes. the year bel tried to tutor him in charms involved a total of five separate fires (one of them in the fucking library), seventy three hexes, twenty curses, and bel actually being goaded into putting on a suit of armor to have a midnight hallway broomstick joust. erskin keeps not getting expelled because his family is crazy rich. bel’s family is also crazy rich and so he considers this really unfair.
it just keeps getting better and better i love this
Erskin finds Bel lugging around some armor polish and is like aha. YOU WERE HUFFING IT WEREN’T YOU. YOU WERE HUFFING DRUGS. MY GOD THAT IS A WHOLE QUART OF DRUGS, WERE YOU GOING TO SELL IT TO FIRSTIES???? CONFESS! and Bel is just like oh my god why is this my life.
ETA: Erskin later becomes convinced that Galley is Bel’s drug dealer.
FURTHER ETA: Erskin later huffs paint stripper he confiscated off Bel to see ‘just what we’re dealing with’, picks a fight with a dining table while high off his tits, and loses.
bel dumps him in the lake to sober him up, galley shows up to keep them from annoying the squid, and bel actually manages to flirt with galley semi-competently while erskin blows bubbles and warbles to himself
erskin remembers none of this and his conviction that galley is a drug dealer is unshaken
i am so happy sdlfkjhdslfgkjhsdlfgkjhsd;gh yes good yes
my poor cat was startled by my joy squawks :D