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Jozua Sparks
Yeah, I got elected Patient Zero. Tell me about it.
Mon Feb 5, 2018 21:24
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Jozua, corridor. The command was simple and straightforward and utterly humiliating. But Jozua followed it because, well, he was a font of static charge that was snapping at everyone within five feet of him. So he left the room and slumped down against the wall outside, burying his face in his hands. Without anybody nearby, the sparks fizzled out and stopped.

After a while, he heard the door open again and feet walked over to where he was crouched. “Care to tell me what was going on there?”

"No," Jozua answered honestly, but he didn't think he'd be able to get away with that given the scene he'd just caused, so he told Professor Wright about what was going on in there anyway. Still crouched down against the wall with his face mostly covered by his hands, he could pretend he wasn't getting chewed out by a teacher, and so the sparks did not return as he answered, "I don't know what's going on. That's the second time this week I've had an accidental magic outbreak."

He looked up then, and asked uncertainly, "Is this a puberty thing?" Dad never warned him about accidental magic coming back due to hormones, but it was the only explanation he could come up with. "I just started needing to shave." Well, needing was maybe a strong word for the tiny pale hairs he had been removing so far, but there were hairs on his chin some mornings, so that counted as puberty onset and probably indicated more testosterone or something than he'd had before. He wasn't sure Professor Wright was exactly the best choice for asking these questions, but Professor Wright was the one who was here and demanding an explanation for what was going on, and 'puberty' was really the only thing Jozua could think of to explain it. Puberty sucked.

He dropped his head back against the wall and regarded the ceiling as if it had personally wronged him. "I can't believe I sparked out on Lily. Usually it just happened to strangers. Merlin, I hate ball years. They always make things so complicated, but I've never seen anybody else go all sparky asking a girl out, so why am I such a dork?" Then a better question occurred to him. "Is she okay?"

  • This year is not off to the best start.Professor Wright, Mon Feb 5 20:46
    Gray had almost decided that there was not going to be a disaster in his class today (he felt renewed pity and a wish he could do something about the situation when he observed how Cleo had... more
    • Yeah, I got elected Patient Zero. Tell me about it. — Jozua Sparks, Mon Feb 5 21:24
      • Gray was rather glad Jozua appeared to be attempting to sink into the floor (thankfully in non-literal fashion – Gray suspected Selina and housekeeping would be equally displeased in that case) when... more
        • Lily was fine. That was good. She'd backed off pretty quickly in surprise and looked more than a little horrified when she called him 'a bloody firework' but she hadn't been hurt, and that was the... more
          • Me, too, but you asked.Professor Wright, Tue Feb 6 21:53
            Gray thought he might have liked Jozua’s idea better than his own anyway, but the sparks which went off around the boy again, though less of a dramatic show than the first time, would have done a... more
      • I don't remember class ever being this interesting.Lily Spencer, Pecari, Mon Feb 5 23:18
        There was no euphemism Lily could think of for the way she'd been acting towards Jozua lately; just avoidance. It wasn't purposeful ; she just happened to be physically compelled to sit with other... more
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