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Jozua Sparks, A Killer Teppenpaw
Working on My Class Participation Grade
Fri Jul 7, 2017 15:22

Jozua raised his hand to answer the professor's question about what a bubble head charm did. It had been a few weeks since he last volunteered an answer and he actually knew this one so he figured it he answered now he was probably safe from being called on involuntarily for a while. "It gives you a bubble of breathable air."

I was sort of hoping you’d say ‘it turns your head into a giant soap bubble," the teacher started and Jozua shook his head, and since he was still feeling on the spot and the direct target of the comment, he took it as an opportunity to show off a little bit, "No, that's the Soap Head jinx; the bubble is surprisingly hard to pop, but that's a really good thing, because it can be fatal if your head pops before the jinx gets countered or wears off. You really don't want to get those spells confused with each other."

The lesson moved back on topic and they were instructed to write down a creative use for the bubble head charm.

Jozua could almost feel the time ticking away on Professor Wright's two minutes for the exercise but all he was coming up with was the obvious. After what had to be at least a minute, he just wrote down, "to breath underwater," so he'd at least have an answer even if it wasn't very creative.

With that accomplished, his brain stopped seizing up under the pressure and he could actually think again. With only a few seconds remaining, brilliance struck and he quickly scribbled down his answer: "to keep gnats from flying into your ears and buzzing inside your brain" and only partly got his first answer scribbled out before Professor Wright started collecting them. He slid a line through the rest of it as part of the same motion that put his quill down then folded his paper and turned it in. As it flew off amongst his classmates' papers, he was suddenly struck by the worry that he might not have put his name on it.

Oh well. Nothing to be done about it now.

He listened to the rest of the lecture and his eyes widened in surprised approval of an application he'd never thought of but would definitely come in useful whenever Dad or Grandad had a minor (or not so minor) mishap in the lab and stunk up the house with smoke or worse.

Turning to his neatest neighbor when the professor finished talking, he asked, "Want to spot each other against asphyxiation?"

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