Maxim shuffled into The Great Hall with the other first years, looking around with bewilderment. His mother was a Muggle, and while his father was a wizard, he never spoke of magic, so Maxim was pretty much raised in a Muggle world and had no idea about anything remotely magical. Everything seemed to surprise him. Maxim looked around again as he stood near the front of the group, having a clear view of the old-looking hat, wondering how the heck it was supposed to tell what house he was supposed to be in. He then looked up at the ceiling again, amazed how it looked just like the night sky outside, as though there was no ceiling at all, which made him wonder if there really was. 'I just hope it doesn't rain,' Maxim murmured.
'Focus,' he whispered to himself as he took a quick breath to try and calm his nerves. Maxim looked back at the hat and wondered what everyone was waiting for. The odd hat suddenly moved and began to recite some verses.
For as normal as I may appear to be
Your fate within these walls rest upon me
There is no greater importance within this school
Than the decision I make as you sit upon this stool.
Due to Maxim's nerves, he didn't pay as much attention as he should to the Hat's song, but he did catch something about other houses' traits, when the next lines caught his attention.
Last but never left out of the whole
Is the house that are made tough
Those placed in Hufflepuff are ruled by their loyalty
Fairness and tolerance is your badger call
With friendships above all, these hard-workers never disappoint
Because it is you that one can always depend
That your loyalty makes you strong, and on that you will defend.
So step right up and place me on your head
I will search within and prove all that I have said
May your colors be yellow, green, blue or red,
I am sure to know
So put me on and listen carefully
As I do my important task of telling you,
Exactly where you're meant to be
When the person next to the hat told them to step forward when their name will be called, Maxim slowly stepped back, because his surname was close to the end of the alphabet. No need to be in way of letters from A to S. After quite some time, it was finally his turn. At the yell of 'Maxim Trevelyan' he jumped and ran to the stool, tripping on his way there, but luckily, he managed to remain on his feet. His cheeks colored with red as he sat down and a hat was placed on his head.
'Hm...interesting, quite a bright mind and imagination,' the Hat said. 'You'd do well in Ravenclaw. You also play fair, but can be rather sneaky when the time is right for it...not very brave, but stubborn and determined. Your friends hold you dear, and you like to see the humor in people, interesting indeed...and where to put you? Ravenclaw or...Of course...HUFFLEPUFF!' it announced the first year's house.
One of the houses cheered loudly and Maxim figured that this was the table he meant to sit at. After the hat was removed, he made a beeline to the loudest table as his tie's colors transformed into black and yellow. The first year shook hands with some people and sat on one of the empty chairs, watching the small number of first years left.
Thank you Dario!