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A Danger to Himself and Others
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:43

Getting dressed down for fire related infractions was old hat for Jozua, but it was somewhat easier to look miserable and contrite when it really was an accident. He’d been hold his wand, even if it hadn’t been used it for the dousing, when the water poured down, so it probably looked like he had done that part on purpose at least. It was different from the sparks of yesterday, when he had clearly been out of control. Sure, the fire hadn’t been intentional, and hopefully nobody thought it had been (though he thought he might be detecting a bit of doubt on that point from Professor Skies now; he guessed fifth year was probably getting too old to get away with it much longer) but that was a thing that his wand just did. It had always been like that. The wand maker had warned it had a volatile combination of wood and core. Nobody was going to think any less of him for the fire than they did already. So it was all good and well concealed, but Jozua was still concerned.

That water hadn’t been a conscious reaction. It hadn’t gone through his wand. It was a good thing it had happened, he would never dispute that, but it hadn’t been controlled even less than the fire had been. What in bloody Merlin’s name was going on with his magic this year?

It was a question that was echoed out loud by Georgia Kirkly, who Skies had been very blatant in reminding him was a prefect sitting one desk over. That didn’t really bother him at all. First of all, if the teachers, even Professor Nash, couldn’t tell for sure what he was doing on purpose and what was an honest mistake, he doubted someone his own age could. Secondly, he didn’t intend to make any more trouble today or even this month in any case. He had made enough scenes already this year and his magic was acting much too weirdly to trust with that kind of intricate tomfoolery.

In answer to Georgia’s question, he just groaned and shook his head. “I don’t know. I mean, my wand and fire has always been a thing, if I get irritated and swish it too wildly, but that was a lot of fire, even for me. And yesterday,” he shook his head again, not sure how to explain that and knowing that needed the explanation more. “I don’t know. My magic control seems shot for some reason,” he admitted in frustration.

He set his chair back upright and sat down into it, frowning at his plastic stick but making no move to draw his wand again. “Don’t worry, you won’t need to tattle on me. The only bad thing I intend to do for the rest of class is refuse to do the lesson, and she’ll be able to see that for herself well enough. But I really don’t trust my wand or my magic at all right now, and I don’t want to burn down the school by mistake. My grandad literally blew up our house last summer, so that’s actually a thing that happens in my family.” He opted not to mention that he lived in a Phoenix House, which was a bit more flammable than most, or that his grandad was an inventor who enjoyed pushing the limits of fire magic, because those details weakened his point, which was that he really wasn’t blowing this whole thing out of proportion.

  • Oh geez, thank you very muchGeorgia Kirkly, Teppenpaw, Wed Feb 14 21:30
    Georgia knew it wasn’t very prefectly to sit in the back row. She was supposed to be all responsible, keen bean, example to the rest now. But there were some days where the anonymity of the back row... more
    • A Danger to Himself and Others — Jozua, Thu Feb 15 10:43
      • Yeah, I'm getting that vibeGeorgia, Fri Feb 16 07:26
        “Wow. That’s incredibly unreassuring,” Georgia deadpanned, when Jozua basically said he was wildly out of control and had no explanation. “And… kinda sucky. Hope it gets better,” she added, feeling... more
        • I am kinda scaryJozua Sparks, Thu Feb 22 13:57
          “No kidding,” Jozua muttered when Georgia told him he was not reassuring her. At least she seemed to understand that he couldn’t do the lesson after that . . . whatever that was. “Thanks,” he added... more
          • That's not an excuseProfessor Skies, Fri Mar 2 23:27
            Ok. Hair back to normal. Class back under… something approaching control, she hoped. Jozua raised his hand, and she made her way over. It didn’t escape her notice that there was still nothing but a... more
            • I’ll take that zero and detention nowJozua, Tue Apr 10 14:55
              Jozua stiffened his back as Professor Skies not only refused to allow him to leave, but also suggested he try the third year assignment. Didn’t she understand that he was too dangerous to trust with... more
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