The Lavaeudeen School of Magick or rather, the North American School of Sorcery and Enchantment, is much less rigid than it’s British counterpart. While it does sort students into different houses, it doesn’t factor much into students’ every day lives beyond administration purposes. All students of each year live together, regardless of house, and classes are organized by skill not age. It makes inter-house and even inter-year friendships much easier, though seeing as how most students are thrust into a new environment, they tend to migrate towards those they already know.
So it’s not surprising that it took two years for Norman Babcock and Dipper Pines to meet. To begin with, they were in different years–the Pines twins being a year above Norman–and different houses. Norman had been sorted into Hawkridge, the house of honesty, intelligence, and patience. Dipper had been sorted into Bearglove, which encouraged bravery, curiosity and leadership in its students. Norman, descended from the Prenderghast family, specialized in Divination and Extrasensory Perception. Dipper, in contrast, preferred the more physical supernatural sciences such as Magical Flora and Fauna.
If anything, it was surprising that they met at all, considering Lavaeudeen’s population size. Those two years had been filled with near misses, like broomsticks passing in the night. They had overlapping social circles and had heard of each other, but never actually met.
During Norman’s first year he, like most other first years, clung to those he already knew. Which meant that, except for his Wolfthorn-sorted best friend, Neil Downe, he sought out his cousin Coraline Jones despite the age and house difference (she was two years older and sorted into Lionpride). She rather welcomed it, having only one other close friend herself, one Wyborn Lovat of Foxcrest house.
Although the cousins would have been content with that, their social circle grew nonetheless.
The earlier statement about houses not factoring much into students’ everyday lives was perhaps an overly generalized statement. House sorting doesn’t affect what students have to do, but like any unifying label, people enjoy connecting with similar people. So really, their tiny multi-house group of four should have expected to increase via house networking. What was unexpected were which houses. And considering how shy both Norman and Wybie were.
But Lili Zanotto was difficult to deter on good days, impossible to refuse otherwise, and Mabel Pines was some kind of all-powerful force unto herself. And with them came their respective, male, Bearglove counterparts–Lili’s boyfriend, Raz, and Mabel’s brother Dipper.
It’s funny that it took so long for Norman and Dipper to meet, funnier that they were the last to meet within their group of eight (although the way Neil and Raz met was far more hilarious). Because they sure as hell were getting along quite nicely, if the blushing and handholding were any indication.
A/N: Ha! That’s right, I did a Mystery Kids x Lavaeudeen crossover in order to ship Parapines. Am I late to all three fandoms? Yes, yes I am.
For those of you who have no idea what some of those are, and are unsure of where to go looking for that let me give you a quick rundown:
Mystery Kids is the fantastic crossover of Paranorman, Gravity Falls, Coraline, and Psychonauts. Specifically of each movie/show/game’s two respective main kids. There’s a fan-created show (only one so far), which is pretty rad. There’s also two(?) blogs for it on tumblr, here and here.
Lavaeudeen is the “American Hogwarts” and the houses are, funnily enough, based on the Old Spice deodorant types: Foxcrest, Hawkridge, Bearglove, Wolfthorn, and Lionpride. The characteristics and amazing backstories of the first four houses can be found here, the fifth one I tried do justice since the OP didn’t know Lionpride existed at the time. There’s also a general Lavaeudeen tumblr, here.
And finally Parapines… I’m honestly not sure if that’s the crossover name or a ship name but it seems to be used interchangeably for the crossover strictly between Paranorman and Gravity Falls, and the ship between Norman and Dipper Pines (and/or Mabel Pines?)
But… yeah. Hahaha… I’ve had all three on my mind so I guess it was just… SQUISH THEM ALL TOGETHER.
Now for the headcanons which are behind this drabble:
Norman and Neil are the youngest, Hawkridge and Wolfthorn respectively.
Raz, Lili, and the Pines twins are a year older–Raz and Dipper are again both in Bearglove while Lili is Hawkridge and Mabel is Foxcrest.
Coraline and Wybie are the oldest, Lionpride and Foxcrest respectively.