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Joe Umland, Teppenpaw
And don't forget to put the kettle on.
Thu Nov 30, 2017 21:30

Joe had no idea if fears that Professor O’Malley would explode in front of them all were actually part of the reason for her absence from Sonora or if she’d just had the baby, but either way, Joe had heard that he and Jozua had been correct in their reasoning for why she had vanished. As a result, he expected to find Professor Carter presiding over the potions classroom, and was surprised to instead find a guy who looked like the physical incarnation of the idea of a certain kind of professor standing in front of the room instead.

Joe stopped for a moment in surprise before remembering this was rude, smiling vaguely, and heading for his seat. His assumption that all would be explained directly was soon proven correct, and he nodded to himself as he wrote down the new professor’s name, as he figured he was morally obligated to deal with the guy in some capacity next year – he lacked the intense interest in some oddity which was supposed to go with independent study, but not the ambition, and thus was already trying to decide what to fake the intense interest in. History and magicivics seemed like the easiest and most interesting options, but he was afraid that if he stuck to those, he’d feel obligated to add something more challenging on top of it to stack his resume, and he did like to eat, sleep, and visit the facilities without his work materials in hand occasionally….

The Draught of Peace itself was, he thought, a fairly tough one, so he was glad that the short answer questions they were supposed to do looked pretty easy. Appropriate uses was delicate territory, but the other two he scribbled down his preliminary ideas for at once – dangers probably included addiction and psychological dependency and dying (albeit presumably very, very calmly) from overdoses, and while he didn’t have an extensive knowledge of mind-magics, he knew of the Cheering Charm and a cheering potion offhand, so he could frame some kind of answers for those two questions quickly without worrying about a) accidentally making the new guy get a negative impression of him because of how he handled a somewhat controversial topic or b) writing something that would not get him credit. With that more or less done, he now just had the hard question and the potion to work on.

The first few steps of the potion interested him, if he was to be honest, because they just involved one component – powdered moonstone. Since Joe thought non-powdered moonstone flashed bits of different colors based on how light passed through it and its internal flaws and so forth, he could only assume that the extended heating and agitation from the stirring reshaped the…crystals until they were uniform enough to reflect one color to a noticeable degree all at once. He wondered if he’d be able to watch it closely to see if he noticed any change to the particles floating around in the cauldron or if the steam would be too much to allow him to look that closely at the contents of his brew. Either way, he’d mention it in his next letter to John; his brother would be entertained by that sort of rumination even if Joe couldn’t provide data about it, and if Joe lacked data, John would probably provide him some that might come in handy on his exams or in his CATS or the like.

“I think my mom has a bracelet with non-powdered moonstones in it,” he remarked to his neighbor. “I know in theory about how they’re magical and all, but it’s still really weird to think of drinking jewelry, isn’t it?”

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