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Professor Sophie O'Malley
Adventure! [Beginners Potions - Years I and II]
Sat Sep 2, 2017 15:34

If she had twins again, she was gonna kill somebody.

All of the medical professionals Sophie had seen thus far in her pregnancy assured her that this was going to be a singleton, but she just felt so huge. As a rather tiny person in general, pregnancy exaggerated her body significantly, and while she was just now cusping on her third trimester, she already felt ginormous. Rolling might have been more effective than walking.

It was more of a waddle, really, with which moved, noting with some distress each time she entered her classroom that she had to keep her chair scooted much farther from her desk now and hoping no one noticed how difficult it was for her short arms to accomplish much. But they were not in her classroom today. It was the first lesson of the year, but she had sent notices to all her beginners that they would be meeting in the Gardens. Just in case anyone forgot - which was inevitable - she had signs posted on the locked classroom door, too, to direct them.

She waited in a clearing at the edge of the Gardens, checking her numbers after every few arrivals. “No worries,” she smiled to the last of the stragglers patiently. “We waited for you.” When she was certain she had as many Beginners as she was likely to get, she offered her introductions. “Welcome once again to Sonora, first years, and to my second years, welcome back. To those of you who don’t know, my name is Sophie O’Malley, and I’m your Potions professor.’ Even now, it felt weird to be on this side of the speech. She remembered her own first year at Sonora so freshly.

“I’m going to take attendance, so please answer when I call you. We’ll have to do this for the first few weeks while I get used to the new names and faces, so bear with me. Loren Aalto?” She proceeded alphabetically, all the way to Jennifer White, before she could continue. “Great. So what we’re here to do today is to talk about ingredients. Lots of the things you will be using in your potions can be found growing here, so we’re going to do a scavenger hunt to find them. First years, use your textbook as a resource on what things look like if you brought them, or else buddy up with a second year - I’d like you in pairs, anyway.” It was possible for them to have a faint familiarity with them anyway, if they had done the suggested reading that went out with their material supplies list, but it wasn’t explicitly mandatory. Likewise, she had recommended them not to bring their books with them because lugging them around was likely to be a chore.

“I have worksheets for you all up here. When you find one of the items on the list, I’d like you to try it in the box to the best of your ability. You don’t have to be a great artist, as long as I can tell what you were going for. Peyton, would you pass these out, please?” Sophie didn’t do it consciously, but there was a good chance the first year Crotalus would get volunteered quite a bit in this class. After all, that was her husband’s baby sister. It was crazy that she was old enough for school now, let alone that she was in Sophie’s own class, but she supposed that must’ve been how Alfie Pye had felt about his brother Barnaby when he was teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts.

“Take note that none of these things should be too far into the Labyrinth,” she added once the papers were out. “I know you’ve had some tours, but I really don’t want anyone to get lost. Bring me back your papers when you’ve finished, and come find me if you need anything. I will be…” she glanced around and, happily, found a nearby park bench. “Sitting out here. Or trying to, anyway. Go ahead and partner up, guys, and good luck!”

OOC: Welcome! Please be sure to follow all site rules in your posts, including standards on length (200 words at least), and to be as creative as possible. First years should know the OOC rules by now, but as a refresher, make sure you don’t godmod anyone else’s character (writing for them without their consent).

Your student is looking for:
Wiggentree (for the bark)
And Moondew

Happy posting, everyone!

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      • Joining you.Connor Priory,Crotalus, Tue Oct 17 18:07
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    • Looking for a partnerPeyton O'Malley, Crotalus, Wed Sep 20 16:09
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      • Sure, I guessJennifer White, Aladren, Tue Sep 26 14:05
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        • Your enthusiasm is overwhelmingPeyton, Wed Oct 11 17:45
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          • You noticed, huhJen, Mon Oct 23 04:55
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    • But not the kind I spent half of this post thinking of.Tatiana Vorontsova, Pecari, Tue Sep 5 21:02
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      • There are many kinds.Madison Leifsson, Fri Sep 8 14:58
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        • You have a point there.Tatiana, Tue Sep 12 22:17
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    • I will almost definitely not set you on fireCleo James, Crotalus, Sun Sep 3 09:29
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      • Thats...comforting.Parker Fitzgerald, Pecari, Mon Sep 4 06:50
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        • "Sounds good," Cleo smiled, as Parker tried to think of how he could help. She was glad to pair up with a first year. After all, Professor O'Malley had expressed a preference for them doing that, and ... more
          • Very true...partnerParker, Fri Sep 15 09:04
            Cleo seemed nice enough and whenever she smiled Parker became a bit heated. It could just be this cloak I have to wear. Parker thought, knowing it wasn't, or at least not entirely. Cleo listed off a... more
            • Off we go! Cleo, Mon Sep 18 02:48
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              • Indeed!Parker, Sun Sep 24 10:59
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                • One down...Cleo, Sun Sep 24 20:59
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                  • A hundreds of plants to goParker, Wed Sep 27 04:44
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