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Jozua Sparks
I am kinda scary
Thu Feb 22, 2018 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 when she wished him luck in sorting it all out.

He couldn’t help a quiet bitter laugh when she informed him he was a bit scary. Yeah. That was him. Jozua Sparks, the spitting image of Grandad when he was a boy and just as hazardous. He’d hoped coming to Sonora where Grandad was unknown, and where he just looked like any other unathletic round faced kid, would divorce him from associations of mass destruction, and being sorted to Teppenpaw had helped with that for awhile, but he guessed there was no avoiding it. He was a Sparks.

It had been his wand at fault at first. For the first couple of months, the fire really was an accident, caused by the unfortunate synergy of a volatile wand core and wood combination and a beginner’s tendency to make wild and exaggerated wand motions.

He eventually figured out how and why it was happening and tamed himself down. But at the end of first year there was the yearbook survey and the category Most Likely to Cause an Explosion. His name was literally ‘Sparks’. It would hurt his family pride not to earn it. That was when he started doing it on purpose.

He’d been so careful though. He didn’t want to hurt anyone. He practiced and practiced, making sure it only ever happened when he wanted it to, always under perfect control. He studied potions harder than anything, and figured out what could cause smoke or flames, and how much he could add to get the desired effect without actually endangering anyone nearby. He had always prided himself on how much control he had over all of it.

And now: you’re kinda scary.

And he really couldn’t argue it. He was only now coming to realize exactly what kind of legacy he was leaving for himself to clean up. He was scary. He regularly blew up his potions, and that meant he was either incompetent or some kind of firebug. He set things on fire with his wand, and again, that could only be explained by poor wand control or pyromania. And Professor Skies, and probably Probably Nash, too, we’re likely beginning to realize there was nothing wrong with his wand control.

He supposed it was time to stop.

He slouched down in his chair in misery. Who was he, then, if he wasn’t Most Likely to Cause An Explosion? He had taken that award and internalized it. It felt like tearing a piece of himself apart to denounce it.

But clearly there was something wrong with him, something that was feeding of his desire to spark and fire, and it wasn’t healthy or controlled or safe. He wasn’t healthy or controlled or safe. He was a danger to himself and others.

He was kinda scary.

He sat up and raised his hand. When Professor Skies returned (his misery and self examination had been so all consuming that he had completely missed the pink hair incident and subsequent threat to the class at large) he asked contritely, “May I go to the MARS dueling room to practice? I think there might be something wrong with my wand, and I don’t want to flame out again.”

It wasn’t the wand. It was him. He was broken. But maybe he could practice himself fixed again. Find his lost control. And until then, at least the dueling room he had set up in the MARS sports room was fireproof.

  • 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 scary — Jozua Sparks, Thu Feb 22 13:57
      • 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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