Shyla being so positive and supporting was really great. Grace missed having a friend that was just there for her. A few months ago she would have said that she was super close with Oliver and Tristan, but since the Sorting Hat had split them up into different houses they didn't see each other as often as they had once used to. They hadn't fallen out or decided not be friends anymore, but each of them had gotten busy with other things and their friendship had fallen by the wayside. Studying with Shyla now reminded her how much she missed having somebody.
The tips her housemate now gave were ones she had anticipated. She knew spells didn't work well if you were nervous and timid about it. That had always been the case. It was nice though to be reminded of it and even nicer to hear that Shyla believed in her. Lately, with how much she had struggled in some of her classes, Grace hadn't found the confidence to believe in herself, probably making her problems worse than they had to be.
She decided that Shyla was right and that she could do this. With the other girl's help she'd already gotten the book to move once and that was right on the first attempt she made today. She would succeed.
Grace adjusted her stance, straightened her back and felt herself standing a little taller. She clicked back her shoulders and moved her wand to cast the incantation again. "Flipendo," she called, this time sounding a lot more comfortable in what she was doing. The book flew off the desk with such force it kept flying until it crashed into the wall a few feet away. Ooops.
Grace started to giggle, then went to retrieve the book. "Don't tell Professor Montgomery," she said, grinning from ear to ear. She set the book back down on the desk. "Thank you so much for helping me, Shyla," she said cheerfully. "That really made a difference. Do you want to do something fun now, or do you still have homework to finish up? We could play outside on the grounds and maybe take Easton with us." She paused for a moment. Did Shyla know about Easton? "My mum, the librarian here, has a dog, Easton. Well, that is if you fancy it."