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No, it’s an unpleasant load of baggage
Tue Nov 28, 2017 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 see who had noticed- and thankfully broken- his spiraling panic. He still wasn’t at all comfortable with doing any kind of experimentation today, but he’d been working toward the belief that the whole school was in imminent danger of combusting just because he was sitting in this classroom, and that panic fueled delusion at least had popped with the introduction of another person.

The other person in question was Raine, who he was vaguely aware was on good terms with Joe. He forced a weak smile at her. He doubted she’d ever felt exactly like he did right now, but he could grant other people did have their panic triggers, and hers might look like his from the outside. “Shall we try not to panic or blow up the school together then?” he asked, with more than his normal amount of nerves when seeking a class partner.

“Fair warning,” he added, because it was all too relevant today, “My granddad exploded our house last summer doing this kind of thing. And my family didn’t get the name Sparks because someone thought it sounded pretty.” Of course, Raine was only a year older than him. She was probably already well aware of his propensity to make minor fiery disasters in class, so a family tendency toward that effect shouldn’t completely shock her.

“I just already decided inventing new spells was not a career path I wanted to follow, for the safety of the universe, and I resent being made to try experimentation.” He crossed his arms and looked properly resentful, but inwardly he was just glad he wasn’t panicking anymore. He supposed he should thank Raine for that, and made a mental note to do so after he was done sulking.

  • 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 baggage — Jozua, Tue Nov 28 10:23
      • 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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