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Zevalyn Ives, Aladren
Science! Yes!
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:53
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As she always did, Zevalyn Ives took a seat in the front row. She hadn’t been a front row seater back in normal middle school, but that changed last year. With the amount of extra help she needed, combined with it being a reasonably ‘cool’ thing to do amongst her Housemates, being a habitual front row sitter had lost its Social Death aspect. Not that she really had much of a Social Life anyway so far, between her excessive studying habits, being a transfer, and having been considered a first year when she was fourteen years old. But at least she wasn’t actively disliked as a smarty-pants nerdy teacher’s pet, at least as far as she’d noticed.

Not that she felt like a smarty-pants here. On the contrary, she felt she was constantly playing catch-up, always behind the rest of her year group, never really in full grasp of some basic information everyone else seemed to have been born with. She wasn’t entirely sure how much of that was due to starting late, and how much of it was because she was a muggleborn witch. Most likely it was a combination of both.

She was glad today’s syllabus notation promised a day of theory in Transfiguration. She was getting better at the practical wand work, but the fact was she’d had at least one year less time to practice the beginner stage spells than everyone else, and the intermediate stage spells built on techniques she simply hadn’t refined as well as any other intermediate level student. It was hard. Theory she could keep up with better because she was smart and always did the extra readings.

So, it being a theory lesson, she was expecting to earn a good participation grade for answering a question or two that third years would be expected to know, and maybe even make some educated guesses for questions intended to challenge the fourth and fifth years.

She wasn’t expecting a lesson on a topic she knew backwards and forwards and lived and breathed for most of her life. Professor Skies was explaining the scientific method. Zevalyn had to cover her mouth to keep from laughing out loud. Finally. Finally, something she was genuinely comfortable with, something she was maybe even ahead of her peers on.

She hadn’t felt this on top of a lesson since she finished the eighth grade. She’d almost forgotten what it felt like to be competent in academic material aimed at her own age group. It was a good feeling.

Applying the scientific method to wandwork was, admittedly, a little strange, but suddenly magic didn’t feel so foreign and impossible and scary and strange. People invented new spells and potions the same way they invented anything else. The magical world abruptly became more familiar and welcoming and understandable to her.

She was actually breathing easier than she had in months. Tension she hadn’t even known had been building up left her muscles. It was kind of weird, honestly, but she wasn’t going to complain about it. She was a square peg in a world of round holes, who just turned a corner and discovered they had square holes here too, she just hadn’t known how to find them. She did fit here after all. It was very freeing, really.

She absolutely beamed at her neighbor as they were allowed to start. “This is so awesome! My mom’s a scientist and researcher, and I thought I’d had to leave science behind when I came here instead of going to high school!”

  • Intermediates - she blinded me with scienceProfessor Skies, Fri Nov 17 16:27
    “Good morning,” Selina greeted the intermediate class. Today they were probably in for a pleasant surprise. Whilst this lesson was down on their timetable as ‘theory’ it was going to be quite a... more
    • It's poetry in motion.Joe Umland, Teppenpaw, Thu Nov 30 21:10
      Experimental methodology was a pair of words Joe regarded without confusion, or even – entirely – lack of interest (he often wondered how, exactly, he had ended up in Teppenpaw and not Aladren; the... more
    • Science! Yes! — Zevalyn Ives, Aladren, Wed Nov 22 11:53
      • I'm happy for you.Tasha DuBois,Aladren, Thu Nov 30 18:34
        Tasha settled in her seat for Transfiguration. She usually enjoyed this class quite a bit, though she supposed that was true for all her classes. It was going to be hard to choose which ones to... more
        • Oh? What was the fair like? Sounds fun!Zevalyn Ives, Wed Jan 3 15:50
          “I guess so!” Zevalyn agreed happily, still grinning at the girl sitting next to her. Tasha, she thought, was her name, but she wasn’t certain enough of it to use it. “What was that?” she asked with... more
          • It was!Tasha, Sat Jan 6 16:50
            Tasha nodded. "It was a lot of fun. I was in the Ethiopia group. " It had been great, as she had developed a love of Ethiopian food and made friends with Joe. Until then, she hadn't had any friends... more
    • I’m petrified. No seriously. This is a panic attack.Jozua Sparks, Teppenpaw, Tue Nov 21 15:50
      Jozua was not expecting much from today’s Transfiguration lesson. It was theory, and while he could follow most theory discussions without too many headaches, he much preferred practical work.... more
      • That doesn't sound goodRaine Collindale, Teppenpaw, Sun Nov 26 08:47
        Raine’s standard method for dealing with class was to keep her head down and just do as she was told, as best she could. It didn’t always work, because sometimes she found the work too difficult, or... more
        • No, it’s an unpleasant load of baggageJozua, Tue Nov 28 10:23
          Jozua flinched slightly as someone touched him. Fortunately, he did not yelp or draw a wand or do anything else to draw further attention from anyone else. He drew in a deep a breath and turned to... more
          • How about we put it down?Raine, Wed Nov 29 02:20
            “Um…” was all Raine managed to Jozua’s comment about not panicking or blowing up the school together, followed by “Oh,” at the rest of his explanation. “I’m sorry about your house. Was anyone hurt?”... more
            • Great plan. Where?Jozua, Wed Nov 29 09:34
              Jozua sighed and relaxed his cross-armed stance as she asked in concern after the well being of his family. “Nah,” he said, shaking his head. “We’re Sparks. My great great granddad figured out how to ... more
              • Chuck it out the window?Raine, Thu Nov 30 09:18
                “Those sound very interesting,” Raine commented with a smile, as Jozua explained about his house. She wanted to tell him how nice it was to meet someone else who thought in usual ways, or at least... more
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