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Jozua Sparks, Teppenpaw
I’m sorry. It was an accident.
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:47

Jozua had skipped out of his first transfiguration class of the year. It had come too soon after The Charms Disaster, and he had decided it was probably safest for everyone if he just didn’t go. It was the first day back, after all, how much were they really likely to cover anyway? He’d gotten the homework from Finn and owled Professor Skies to give his excuses and ask for the syllabus so he felt he was no worse off today than if he’d gone.

Still, he was sitting in the back, avoiding eye contact, and trying to keep his head down after his spectacular display yesterday. So far he had managed to avoid further scenes today and he hoped that continued through the rest of the day, and ideally through the rest of his life, but he doubted he was that lucky.

At least Transfiguration could always be counted on to be engaging and challenging. He was pretty sure he’d made flowers before from something inanimate but as Professor Skies said, it could always be made more complex. And Jozua had only rarely worked ahead of his grade level so tulips from a plastic rod was new, too.

He didn’t write out a transfiguration table; he was a fifth year and that seemed a bit rudimentary to him now, but he considered what he wanted his final product to look like, and mentally noted the changes necessary to reach it. He was going to challenge himself. Make a full potted plant with roots and dirt and everything. He didn’t expect it to work on the first try; the whole point of his ambitious goal was so he could keep working on his assignment for a long time and have a reasonable excuse for not engaging in too much small talk with his neighbors.

Elicio tulipa,” he cast and frowned in irritation at the plastic stick that was still sitting, completely unchanged, on his desk in front of him. He hadn’t expected it to be perfect, but he had expected something to happen. He might not be the world’s greatest transfiguration student, but he consistently pulled Es. And he was a fifth year. This was hardly his first plant rodeo. Something should have happened.

Elicio tulipa!” he cast again, snapping his wand too fast and large, throwing too much anger into the casting.

His wand reacted the way it always did when he moved it too grandly. The anger and frustration made it worse. Fire spilled out, uncontrolled and unintentional for once, and Jozua jumped back, toppling his chair over backwards and letting out a startled cry. But as fast as the flames came, they were gone just as quickly as accidental magic rushed from him again, the second time in as many days, but this time at least being useful and quenching the fire before it could do more than scorch the plastic rod and his desk a little bit.

He stood still where he had startled to and stared in horror at the scorched black spots where he had been sitting. That had been an explosive burst. That could have really hurt someone if it hadn’t been put down so quickly. He felt the blood drain from his face and his hands start shaking. He unsteadily tucked his wand away into its sleeve holster, deciding he wasn’t fit to be using it right now.

He turned his head to meet the eyes of the Professor. “I’m sorry,” he said softly. “It was an accident.” And for the first time since first year, it was true.

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