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Zevalyn Ives, Aladren
You don't find it motivational?
Thu Jun 29, 2017 09:20

Charms held a comfortable place among Zevalyn's classes. It was satisfying. You said a word or two, did a specific action with the wand, and magic! Something happened. It was the closest thing to instant gratification she had yet found in the magical world. The theory was pretty straightforward and it was a simple matter of memorization to get a good Charms vocabulary. She expected to test well in it at the end of the year.

That said, it wasn't her favorite class. This was partly because they were already on their third teacher of the year, but mostly she thought that it was a just bit too easy for her. Not that she minded not having to struggle with one of her classes - especially when she was trying to finish all of her beginner courses in a single year - but she found it harder to respect a class that wasn't trying to trip its students up on the underlying complexities. Charms, so far as she had seen so far (which admittedly consisted only of beginner level spells), didn't have underlying hidden complexities. And that kind of bothered her. She felt like she was missing something.

As she had finished her notes on Chapter 15 and turned them in as she arrived, she was again not burdened by hidden complexities when Professor Wright predictably announced the day's lesson was on the locking and unlocking charms. She was glad to hear that the same charms got stronger with age and practice, which at least implied there was something more to them the surface incantation and wand motion, though she supposed that could just be caused by nothing more that a strengthening of the caster's magical potential. She wondered, if that was the case, did being fourteen give her an advantage over the eleven, twelve, and thirteen year olds who made up the rest of the beginner class?

In any case, she'd already done some practice alongside her reading, so she could handle the instruction for second years if they differed. It was the same lesson for both years though, so she just contented herself with the self assurance that at least she wouldn't make a fool of herself in front of her partner.

She returned to her seat with her box of things to lock and turned to the boy sitting beside her. Issac, she thought his name was. Now more than halfway through the year, she was pretty sure on most of the names of the other beginners, but she didn't want to use it without confirmation first, just in case she was wrong.

So instead of addressing him by name, she got right to business. "Works for me. Since everyone got boxes, it might work best to each lock our own then trade them to do the unlocking. Boxes first?" she suggested, mostly because that was what was right in front of her at the moment.

  • It's too early for that kind of talkIsaac Song - Pecari, Sat Jun 24 20:36
    Isaac hated Charms, but it wasn't because it was boring or he hated Professor Wright or couldn't understand the material. It was because it was so incredibly early. Isaac and his whole family knew he ... more
    • You don't find it motivational? — Zevalyn Ives, Aladren, Thu Jun 29 09:20
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