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An Unexpected Champion

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               Dear Newt,

               I heard what happened in the first task, everyone is talking about it! I knew you would get through it in one piece but to go up against a Hungarian Horntail. I wish I could have seen it. Although its probably better for my sanity that I hadn’t. I would have paid a month’s wages to see everyone’s faces though. I hear you nearly gave the Headmaster a heart attack!

               I hope everyone is starting to see your worth as the Hogwarts champion now. Any more trouble just let me know.

               Look after yourself, Brother.

               Love, Theseus


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               Dear Theseus,

               The first task was the most amazing experience of my life. I had no idea we would be facing dragons. The Horntail was beautiful. I named her Daphne. She was understandably nervous when I showed up, but she was very understanding considering I was there to pilfer her nest.

               I never thought I’d get to be so close to a dragon like her. Her wingspan was immense, though I never got to see them open all the way. I can only imagine how graceful she must be in the air.

               The handlers invited me to visit Daphne a couple of times before they had to leave. They told me I had a natural way with dragons, and if I should ever want to work with them in the future, I could contact them. I’m not sure if I like the idea of a job that included confining dragons, not even for studying. But they assured me that their main objective is keeping the dragons safe and releasing them back to their natural homes. Most of the dragons they have were rescued from captivity or illegal smuggling. They also occasionally rescue injured dragons but try not to interfere too much unless absolutely necessary.

               The egg that Daphne gave me in the first task turned out to be a kind of music box. Though it was a song sung by a merperson, so I had to take it underwater to understand it. I might have gotten into some trouble when Professor Stump caught me climbing back out of the lake but at least have an idea of what the second task will involve now.

               You’ll be happy to hear that while I’ve found myself with more attention than I’m comfortable with, its all been good natured and supportive. I’d still rather be left alone though.

               I hope all is well with you.

               Love, Newt


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               Merlin’s beard Newt! Why didn’t you just use a bathtub?


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               That actually never occurred to me.