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Jozua Sparks, Teppenpaw
This is not what I was expecting
Thu Jun 15, 2017 21:00

Jozua was surprised to walk into DADA and see Professor Nash at the front of the room instead of Professor Carter. Maybe she's sick today, he reasoned with himself, not allowing himself to read anything into it. He took his seat and looked attentive, hoping to impress the substitute who was also his club's Dueling Advisor. Nash obviously wasn't a dueler - Jozua had needed to explain far too many finer details to him for that to be the case - but he was willing to help with the club and he clearly had a good repertoire of hexes, jinxes, and blocks, so while he was no Pye, he was worthy of respect, and Jozua wanted to earn the same in return.

When he said he was taking over the Intermediate class, Jozua felt an equal mixture of elation and terror. Elation, obviously, because he felt he had a leg up on the new teacher over most of his classmates, seeing as how he was the president of the Dueling Club that Professor Nash was instructing, and even mentioned in front of everybody. Jozua sat up a little straighter in case anybody looked at him in association with it being talked about.

Terror because it meant the guy was going to have to read his essays and while Jozua wasn't a bad student, he just didn't shine in academic writing the way he did in Dueling. It just got a lot harder to secure the man's respect. Especially if he blew anything up, and he had a reputation to maintain now. This was going to get tricky.

He wasn't sure why he was surprised when the lesson was about poltergeists. That was the next chapter in the Spirit unit they'd been working through, and curriculum consistency was important especially among changing teachers, but somehow he'd expected Professor Nash to launch into a lecture on some new hex.

It was disappointing.

He perked up though when he asked a question Jozua knew the answer to, and his hand shot into the air, eager to show off. "Poltergeists can interact with the material plane," he answered. "Ghosts can't." He was a little put out when Professor Nash accepted his answer but then asked for another answer, too.

He took notes on the rest of the lesson dutifully, not wanting to appear like he wasn't an exemplary student, but feeling a bit resentful about it. He'd done the same for Pye, as Jozua had hoped to impress him, too, but he'd gotten a bit lazy with Professor Carter, and Pye had known him since he was a dumb first year and so the bar hadn't been set as high. Professor Nash only knew him from doing the thing he loved most, so his skills there were far above par.

The lesson though. . . Jozua was totally unprepared for the lesson. Creative writing? In DADA?

He wasn't against creative writing. He loved reading stories, and some of his favorites did feature DADA material creatures in them. He just didn't feel it was an appropriate use of DADA lesson time.

With a heavy sigh of resignation, he pulled out a sheet of parchment and picked up his quill. And drew a complete blank.

He turned to his neighbor and asked, "What's a good poltergeist name?"

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