The Viaduct Courtyard (also known as the Entrance Courtyard) is a quadrangle in Hogwarts Castle. A covered stone cloister with an open colonnade runs around it, and two checkpoint towers flank its entryway via the Viaduct. There is a stone walkway leading from this courtyard into The Quad, and into the Viaduct Entrance. The courtyard is partially paved, in a cross pattern. A popular hang-out spot for students of all Houses, this courtyard is where some students spend their spare time playing Gobstones.
On 1 September 1998, Hogwarts students marched through this Courtyard, under the supervision of Death Eaters Alecto and Amycus Carrow and Headmaster Severus Snape, as they were led into the Castle.
He was moving through the courtyard on a Saturday morning, his hands shoved into the pockets of his jeans, whistling quietly under his breath. He didn't wear his serpent jacket, for once, but instead wore a navy blue hoody and a pair of tracksuit pants. He was originally going out for a jog but instead got distracted by the greenhouse (as you do) so now he was heading back.
Xavi had been hanging in the courtyard for awhile now, waving his wand around and casting harmless Charms for his amusement. Except, it wasn't very amusing considering he was thinking about other things and his head was buzzing with thoughts. He was so out of tune with reality that he didn't realize he had thrown a Rictusempra Jace's way.
Luckily, he caught the spell out of the corner of his eye and jerked back, missing the spell by a millisecond, and his eyes snapped over Xavier with a small frown. Part of him considered slapping the kid with a detention but...he didn't. "I'd watch where you're sending spells," he pointed out, "someone might take it as a challenge."
"I got here around the time you shot a spell at me," he responded with a small shrug. The kid was a serpent, he knew that, but...his name was escaping Jace. Which wasn't a new thing. "So about...two seconds ago?"
"Well that's pure convenience," he pointed out. "At the time of casting spell, I had no realization you were nearby. Actually, I don't think it would've changed anything anyway. I wouldn't have notice you either way."
He stopped himself from rolling his eyes. Snarky. It didn't matter, he'd dealt with worse and he didn't really care. "Yes well, I don't think many people notice you either," he said with a shrug, "I certainly wouldn't have if you hadn't tried to knock me over with whatever spell that was. You're a serpent, right?" He asked, tilting his head, "I don't remember your name."
"I don't think you catch my point," he said bluntly. "Like I hinted, the spell was purely accidental. Anyway, I don't remember yours either. Shall we trade or are you busy going wherever you're going?"
"Sixth," he answered, "not seventh yet. Part of me wants me to be so I can get out of this place, but the other part of me doesn't want to deal with the stress of seventh year." He rubbed the back of his neck before shrugging, as if saying 'what can you do?', "I'm guessing you're fifth, then?"
"No, that was a one time thing really. I blanked out, usually I'm more focused when playing with Charms but a lot's been on my mind recently," he said, twirling his wand between his fingers. "If anything, I'm usually in the library but I decided to get some fresh air today."
He narrowed his eyes. He wasn't a, "Let's talk about our feelings" type of person. One, because he didn't really know how, and two, he learned a long time ago not to trust anyone with his secrets. Only person he could ever think about doing that would be with Felicity. He shifted his weight to his other foot. "What's the catch?" he asked. Watching the Serpents, they seemed... close but they had obviously been together a lot longer than he had. And plus, he had no interest in making friends anyway.
"No, and for the last time, it wasn't on purpose," he huffed. "I'm just... This is weird okay? All of this is weird. I don't talk to people, people don't talk to me. And then you're here and you actually want to talk to me. About my thoughts. There's always a catch. Always."