Last night, our pickups had to wait for... some incident involving a Muggle vehicle to resolve itself! (And yes, Emma, it was of the same make as some of the vehicles in the "Twilight" series, but different model
Once everything was resolved, everyone got out our cauldrons (large Muggle vehicles are surprisingly good at being able to transport large numbers of cauldrons) for two rounds of Creaothceann... one on the normal set and one on the special Cascade set.
Then, inspired by a discussion about caffeine, everyone decided to choose their favorite performance enhancing potion - either Muggle or Wizarding - and used that to choose teams. But the teams weren't quite unbalanced, so I switched from my natural Wizarding solution of Felix Felicis to a more Muggle, but still delicious, chocolate mocha.
Once teams were set, the Quod came out to play! On the very first question, Will's mocha exploded with the help of the letter C (paragraph C of a certain decree, that is). Three questions later, Shiloh was distracted pondering the meaning of Draco Malfoy's behavior in Knockturn Alley and her (Muggle) green juice exploded her out of the game. The Wizarding team held a small 2-1 lead, which lasted for a few questions (while Emma and her pepperup potion exploded with the help of the Irish chasers: Troy, Mullet, and Moran) until Tarma (and her Muggle coffee) answered three questions in a row, turning a 6-3 deficit into a 9-6 lead. When Scarlet's Elixir to Euphoria succumbed to the brown of wrapping paper, and Tarma answered the next two questions to double the lead to 12-6, it seemed like the Muggle team was going to pull it off! Of course, Tarma and her coffee exploded five questions later, with the help of daffodils, of all things, though the Muggle team had a 17-9 lead at that point. It would be up to Alex and his Felix Felicis (normally disallowed in sporting events, but here in pickups we like to stretch the rules a little
) to see if he could narrow that gap! Two questions later, though, Hagrid's excuse that "he has sensitive skin" was enough to fell Alex and the Muggle team won 17-10.
Switching to the Cascade set, it was time for another game! Two questions in, Shiloh's green juice fell thanks to Moony, Wormtaill, Padfoot, and Prongs. But the Muggle team quickly jumped off to a 7-0 lead nonetheless, having gotten all of the first five questions right (including the one that felled Shiloh). The Muggle team got three of the next four too, but the one the Muggle team didn't get gave Scarlet four points, and one of the ones the Muggle team did
get when Tarma's own last name (and coffee preference), "Black", ironically took out her coffee. After four unanswered questions, Will and his mocha was felled by his own house ghost, the Bloody Baron. While the Muggle team was up 10-4, they had no players left at this point, and the Wizarding team had all of theirs. The Wizarding team quickly tied the score over the next three questions, but after two unanswered questions, the Quod exploded on Scarlet and her Elixir to Induce Euphoria with the help of Melinda Bobbin. The Wizarding team finally won on the next question, when Emma and her pepperup potion scored with the help of one of her own house Chasers, Adrian Pucey - giving them an 11-10 lead.
There was time for one last game, but Shadow Gaunt had just flown into the pitch with some very tasty hot chocolate! While chocolate is legendary among both Muggle and Wizarding circles, it was ruled to be a Muggle beverage for the purposes of this game. Shadow, of course, is one of the best-known players on the Quodpot pitch... would she make a difference for the last game? While the game started out very close and exciting (the Muggle team got the first two questions and the Wizarding team got the next one, tying the game at 3-3)... the game quickly changed tone after that. The next four questions were answered by Muggle players, giving them a 6-3 lead, but half of them were explosions: Shiloh's green juice was infected by Shrivelfig and Tarma's coffee was 'helped' to its end by Hermione's Helping Hand. It would be 21 questions after that before a Wizarding player answered a question; unfortunately for Emma, her Pepperup Potion was susceptible to being knocked down by a flying Abraxan horse (and her team was down 38-3 at that point anyway). Meanwhile, the Quod's explosions were harmless for a while... until Mayhem at the Ministry caused mayhem for Will's mocha, though not before his Muggle team had extended its lead to 57-3. At this point, the last two drinks standing were Shadow's tasty hot chocolate and Alex's Felix Felicis. Shadow got the next two questions, extending the Muggle lead to 60-3; while Alex would get the one after that, it exploded, making 60-3 the final score on behalf of the Muggle team. Ironically, this match ended just like a regular Quidditch match, with the Golden Snitch (it was that ball that ruined Alex's lucky potion!)
The following people showed up: Alexander Brighton, Emma Borg, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, Shadow Gaunt, Shiloh Adlar, Tarma Amelia Black, and Will Lestrange!
The next pickup takes place in a week and a half in #quidditch, on... Thursday, May 3 at 3:30 AM HOL!