Oh em gee, the girl knew her name! That was, like, super cool. Maggie was kind of perpetually in awe of the upper year students. They were all so cool and grown up, but not all old and stuffy like grown ups sometimes were. Maggie liked most of the grown ups at school, but still. The idea of being ~seventeen~ and barely legal seemed super enticing. Some of these kids could drive cars and do magic outside of school and vote!
And she was friends with one of them, as this girl recognized. Maggie Booth was Darlene’s friend. “That’s me,” she grinned. She wasn’t the best at remembering names, but Darlene definitely had two best friends closer to her age that she talked about sometimes, so this had to be one of them. “At first, her gut said Kit, but then she remembered that Kit was the fun redhead. So this had to be…
Oh, yup. Maggie was totally going to say Claudia. (Nailed it.) “Yeah, yeah, yeah!” she said, a little too eager. “I knew I recognized you!” She did not, at least not until a second ago, but whatever. “Darlene talks about you all the time! Nice to meet you!” She unwrapped one arm from her clutched notebook and extended it to shake, a grin on her face.
“So… how are you gonna practice dueling all by yourself?” Maggie asked a moment later, wide eyes blinking curiously. “Ooh, ooh, I know! Can I play dueling with you?”