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Cleo James, Crotalus
I will almost definitely not set you on fire
Sun Sep 3, 2017 09:29

Cleo wasn't sure what her professors had made of her during her first year. She wasn't a bad student by any means, and was certainly not intentionally disruptive. She did try hard with her spells, really, it was just she had this tendency to...well, make fire. Or make other things be on it.She really didn't mean to and honestly wished it would stop. A lot of her accidental magic as a younger child had involved setting things alight and it really scared her because she knew that it could seriously hurt someone, or worse. She had hoped that learning to get her magic under control would reduce her accidental arson. And, to a degree, it had. Now that she was using her magic on a daily basis she was less likely to have fits of accidental magic, but she was also sure that she held some kind of record for the number of times the staff had had to extinguish the projects of a first year student. This problem had contributed even further to herbology being her favourite subject, as she didn't have this problem there, in addition to the fact that it built on her love of gardening. Potions was Cleo's second best subject, as she was much less likely to set herself, her schoolwork or her classmates on fire, and her good knowledge of plants often came in handy. Today looked like one of the lessons where it would be very useful, as their class would be taking place in the gardens.

She listened carefully to Professor O'Malley directions. The only tricky bit was going to be drawing the plants well enough to earn the credit, but the professor assured them artistic ability was not key. It seemed like the plants all looked pretty different from each other, as she could mentally picture most things on the list, and there was always labelling if she couldn't make it super clear. On the whole, Cleo was optimistic about this class... She would actually be good at it, and a useful partner, and very unlikely to set anything alight.

Happily, she was also able to avoid Jen when it came to choosing partners. Jen had knocked Cleo over during their first flying class - an accident that would have easily been forgiven if Jen had apologised but she had only tried to make excuses instead, and the two of them had steadily rubbed each other up the wrong way ever since. It was a new thing for Cleo, being disliked.Between her halo of short blonde hair and her sweet facial features, Cleo was rather an angelic looking child. She was neither a social butterfly nor a wall flower but, whatever people said, they did tend to be swayed by a pretty face, meaning that most people tended to regard her favourably, even if their interactions were more or less neutral.

"Hi there," she addressed the nearest non-Jen shaped person. "Would you like to work together? I think I know most of these," she added, a warm smile reducing any boastfulness that that comment might have seemed to contain. She just wanted to mention it in case the person in question regarded competency as an important factor in partner selection.

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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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        • You have a point there.Tatiana, Tue Sep 12 22:17
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    • I will almost definitely not set you on fire — Cleo James, Crotalus, Sun Sep 3 09:29
      • Thats...comforting.Parker Fitzgerald, Pecari, Mon Sep 4 06:50
        Parker was still a bit confused about classes. What would he actually be learning? He understood the words for the classes, but was unsure of what they entailed. Would they just be teachers speaking... more
        • "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
              “Wow, you really know your stuff,” she grinned, when Parker talked about how they might be able to differentiate the white flowers. Some of the terms he rattled off she had struggled with a little in ... more
              • Indeed!Parker, Sun Sep 24 10:59
                "So that's what Professor X teaches," Parker responded to Cleo before he realized he was using the nickname in his head. He'd have to watch that in the future, especially in the Herbology class.... more
                • One down...Cleo, Sun Sep 24 20:59
                  Although Cleo had grown up with one foot in the Muggle world, she wasn’t much of a comics girl, so Parker’s nickname for their professor didn’t strike her as humorous. She simply assumed he was... more
                  • A hundreds of plants to goParker, Wed Sep 27 04:44
                    Clubs are set up and run by the students. This sentence made Parker think of all the things that interested him and what kind of club he would make. “Well it sounds like your dad’s a great guy,”... more
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