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Professor Wright
Me, too, but you asked.
Tue Feb 6, 2018 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 good job of convincing him that Jozua’s suggestion had merit.

“That could be for the best,” he agreed, carefully not taking a step further back even though he rather wished to do so. He was increasingly sure Jozua was not just being difficult for the sake of being difficult and therefore didn’t want to make him feel even worse about what had to be a rather embarrassing situation. “I’ll write you a pass to the library, if you think you can – er – not do that again in there – fire hazard, you know. The librarian might get a little cross with me if you left my class and then set his place on fire.”

Plus – and on a considerably more serious note, that second line having been delivered in a tone of deliberate understatement - Anne would kill him, because the library was the library and the library was also attached to the Aladren Common Room. Of course, Gray would be sorry to see the old haunts burned down, too – he had good memories of living there – but Anne would kill him. However, since Jozua was a Teppenpaw, and also a student, he refrained from mentioning these concerns.

“Just spend the period studying Charms theory for your CATS prep,” he concluded instead.

Quidditch shop, at home. That was…well, not good, obviously, but better than the alternative. He almost said ‘interesting’ out loud instead, but remembered himself before he did that and acted Far Too Much Like An Aladren. “That sounds like it could be the case,” he said, carefully. “And I’ve read – “ well, he was an Aladren, and it wasn’t even a secret, he was pretty sure horror stories of his lack of skill were still told around campfires to encourage new Keepers to think that no matter how bad they were, they couldn’t be worse than That Guy – “that it can be part of why accidental magic recurs for some people at puberty, so. That could be that.” That would make everything so much simpler. “If it helps at all, I suspect you’re a better player than I was,” he added, noting the Assistant Captain’s badge on Jozua’s robes as he re-opened his door, scanned the room for signs of damage, and waved a piece of parchment and a quill over to write the promised hall pass. “I don’t think I’ve ever met one who was worse, anyway. It helps if you make a joke out of it,” he continued as he wrote:

J. Sparks has permission to be in the library until 10:30 on --/--/---- he printed, his print still almost identical to what it had been when he was a student, before scrawling Wright, Charms on it in undisciplined script.

"There you are. Try not to worry too much about it, and levitate something heavy for your homework," he recommended.

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    • Me, too, but you asked. — Professor Wright, Tue Feb 6 21:53
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