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Winston Pierce, Crotalus
seeking to partner the right sort
Tue Nov 14, 2017 09:31

Winston was partial to potions. It was straightforward and predictable. He had a bit of skill with the precision necessary for preparation and timing, too, which help his enjoyment of the class because it meant he usually completed the potions successfully and got good grades. Plus, if he was partnering with a girl, he could heroically rescue her from handling slugs or something without much personal risk or discomfort, so that was a win, too.

The potions did increase in difficulty this year, now that he had moved from beginner classes to intermediates, but Winston had been ready for more challenge and had weathered the transition without losing any ground in his grades or success rates. At least, not in potions. Father had given him a pretty long lecture over break when he saw Winston’s DADA midterm report grade had dropped into the E range.

The second half of the year started with a new professor, but that didn’t come as any great shock given Professor O’Malley’s condition the last they had seen her in December. Even if Winston had assumed Professor Carter would be filling in, rather than bringing in a new guy, even that was settled when Professor Philpott explained Carter was sick today and he was actually hired as an elective professor. Winston would have almost rather had Philpott for the interim, but Carter was a familiar enough quantity, that he wasn’t really upset about that expected turn of events. Besides, there was no guarantee Philpott was from the proper social circles either, or that he wouldn’t be an unforgiving task master who would make Winston’s grade drop a letter and get him in trouble again. No Carter was probably for the best.

Though Philpott did seem a perfectly reasonable teacher as he set out the homework questions and assigned the day’s brewing lesson. Maybe Winston would consider taking up an elective or independent study after all, if it wasn’t too late for that. He was still a third year. If Zevalyn Ives, a muggleborn, could start school two years late and still graduate with the rest of her age group, surely Winston Pierce of the New Hampshire Pierces could start an elective half a year late. He’d just have to decide quickly if that was something he wanted to do.

Anyway, for right now, there was a potion to make, and a partner to find because he preferred not to work alone. He could, if he needed to for testing purposes, but given the choice, he liked to have another set of eyes and hands working with his own. It made everything run smoother and less stressfully.

“Would you like to be my partner?” he asked the person seated beside him, once he verified they were an acceptable sort of person.

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    • seeking to partner the right sort — Winston Pierce, Crotalus, Tue Nov 14 09:31
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