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Professor Wright
I think we will have to touch on them.
Mon Apr 16, 2018 15:12 (XFF:,sams08194.atl,sams08194.atl)

Dorian’s explanation – or explanation of inability to explain – of what had just happened scattered its tenses far and wide, its verb patterns even further, and yet Gray sort of wished it had been more incoherent. If it had been more incoherent, after all, or even in French, he would not have understood that this was yet more Inexplicable Behavior.

Something, Gray thought, was not right. There was too much of this going on. Yes, it was a Ball year, so there were stressed-out teenagers everywhere, and yes, maybe someone was playing pranks – that would explain Selina’s brief stint with pink hair better than anything else – and yes, Jozua Sparks was…Jozua Sparks, but – it was too much. It was as if magic itself were going haywire – he himself had observed straws appearing out of nowhere and doors opening that had had no good reason to open. It was…

…It was not relevant right now. He did believe this was an accident, and Dorian certainly looked stressed enough for it to be an innocuous one. Between his philosophical indignation with Gray, desire to defend Tatiana’s honor, and evident struggle to communicate all this in reasonably respectful English, it was not inconceivable that any second year might not…slip a bit. Just as Nathaniel Mordue’s screaming wooden blocks and face-punches could be written off as frustration from a first year whose magical abilities were not cooperating, and Jozua as a normal teenager in proximity to a girl…except when he’d apparently done it over the holidays as well, but – not relevant. At least not right now.

“Written,” said Gray automatically when Dorian stumbled over the verb, but he concentrated when the rambling explanation concluded in a question.

He was not quite sure what to do with this situation. On one hand, his vague idea of How Teachers Should Behave dictated a strict response to anything even remotely – or even possibly, as he still had no idea what the notes said, just that they were clearly angry – disrespectful. On the other hand, that didn’t seem to make sense to him. When one started punishing people for thoughts, one was a dictator, and dictators, according to his reading on the subject, frequently got stabbed. Gray did not wish to be stabbed. Punishing someone for being angry with him was also fairly pointless – an exercise that would just breed resentment, which would produce more anger and thus extend the reaction he wished to discourage. And accidental magic – well, he could at least see the arguments for punishing someone who did something destructive, anyway, deterrence and all that, but at the same time, it induced stress and stress was the thing that produced the reaction he did not want. Plus, something strange was going on – he didn’t know what, or whether it affected this situation or not, but something was….

“No,” he said after a moment’s thought. “This was clearly an accident – “ either that or Dorian was the best liar in this school, which Gray just couldn’t quite credit – “and I don’t believe in punishing people for what they think even when I know what that actually is.” He was more certain that ever that the thoughts were unflattering now, but this was another thing he couldn’t confirm, at least not without going far out of his way to do so. He did, however, see a way to use this to his advantage in the discussion they had originally been having…. “Just as I’m not punishing Tatiana for the incident with her paper – punishment would be, well, punishment, making her clean classrooms or sort books or that kind of thing.” He decided to keep to himself how devoutly grateful he was that he had not had enough cause, by his own reckoning, to give her detention – if he read the girl right, giving her a disciplinary consequence that required menial work of her would probably result in another assignment to detention before the first one was complete. “Have you been having problems with controlling your magic?” he asked, returning to the other issue on the table. He did not have a theory as such, but he was an Aladren; collecting data was second nature even to him, who rarely used much of it.

  • And not about these bits of paperDorian, Mon Apr 16 06:49
    Professor Wright said that he was ‘afraid’ twice without looking like he was actually at all scared, and which was a very odd reaction to some bits of paper, and a very odd thing for a teacher to... more
    • I think we will have to touch on them. — Professor Wright, Mon Apr 16 15:12
      • Can I give you the Cliffnotes version?Dorian, Tue Apr 17 09:09
        “Right, thank you,” Dorian nodded, when Professor Wright told him that it was ‘written.’ “I mean,” he added, realising how it might have sounded like he hadn’t quite heard, “Right… correct, yes I... more
        • Sure, let's go with that.Professor Wright, Sat Apr 21 21:09
          Ah, there was the reason Dorian, at least, was in Teppenpaw instead of Aladren. Gray had to admit that the child began to seem far more alien to him with this pronouncement about his character than... more
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