Julius Astley
Let's just get on with it.
Sun Aug 12, 2018 16:07

After the Opening Feast, Julius had been happy enough to be led to the Crotalus Common Room by the Deputy Headmistress no less. That was at least reassuring that the house he had been sorted into was worth something, if she was in charge of it. He'd listened to her speech quietly before retiring to his room without talking to anybody. All he'd wanted to do was unpack, read a book and then go to sleep.

The next morning, he'd woken up early, dressed himself in his uniform before grabbing his bag of school books and parchment before heading down to Cascade Hall for breakfast. He'd spent it in silence and ate relatively little, having just a couple of slices of toast. In a morning, Julius preferred to have a simple pot of tea which, to his utter relief, had been provided. He'd taken the time to flick idly through his Transfiguration text book, not wanting to be totally ignorant on the subject before going to class.

Upon arrival at Transfiguration, he was dismayed to find that all the desks had more than one chair which meant he was more than likely going to end up sitting with someone. With this in mind, he took a seat at the front of the classroom, hoping that anybody else would be reluctant to sit there in case they got picked on by the teacher more than anybody else. A ludicrous notion, he thought but if it deterred anybody from sitting with him and worked in his favour, so be it.

He listened intently to Professor Skies's lecture, writing down notes in perfectly neat cursive as she talked. When the box was passed round, he obediently took a pebble. It was quite thick and big, taking up a lot of his palm. He thought this might be a bit of a challenge as buttons tended to be much smaller by comparison. Still, there was no use staring at it like a goldfish as there were many other similarities between the two. With a sigh, he examined the table that had been given to him and began to work.

  • Beginners - Button ItProfessor Skies, Fri Aug 10 22:04
    “Good morning,” Selina greeted the beginners class, eyes travelling around the room to take note of the new faces. A lot of the surnames on the roll call were familiar, and not just due to the usual... more
    • But what is 'it'?Katerina Vorontsov, Thu Aug 16 10:52
      It had never occurred to Katya to sit anywhere but the very front of the room until the moment she entered the Transfiguration classroom. Then she saw Julius Astley and her mouth thinned in... more
      • 'It' is a pronoun whose meaning changes by contextHeinrich Hexenmeister, Mon Sep 10 07:11
        Heinrich was glad to be in second year. There were a lot of other problems associated to this year, but being the older half of the beginners was not one of them. He had a handle on how most subjects ... more
        • I suspect context can make 'it' a real headache of a word.Katerina Vorontsov, Mon Sep 10 17:37
          Heinrich. That was not a Russian name at all, of course – she had figured out reading history that someone Germans called Heinrich and the English called Henry, Russians would call Genrikh; Katya had ... more
          • He smiled back at Katya. For a moment, Heinrich couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with Katya’s English. It followed all the grammatical rules he knew, and almost could have come right out of... more
            • And tenses. Don't get me started on tenses.Katerina, Mon Sep 17 20:53
              Heinrich used short, straightforward sentences. This was – at least when it wasn’t done for her benefit, as it clearly wasn’t here – a trait Katya appreciated in a person. His grammar twisted on... more
              • Oh, I am with you there!Heinrich, Wed Oct 3 15:03
                German! She spoke German! Not perfectly, it was clear, but enough! Enough that it would have immediately gotten her an invitation to the ball last year, enough that his eyes widened in surprise and... more
                • Glad we're on the same page.Katerina, Wed Oct 10 11:40
                  Katya listened closely, glad for relatively short, straightforward sentences in German as well as English, and then shook her head. “No,” she said, also in German. “I do not go to Germany. Mama war – ... more
    • Let's just get on with it. — Julius Astley, Sun Aug 12 16:07
      • That seems like a good idea.Nathaniel Mordue, Teppenpaw, Mon Sep 17 20:17
        The classrooms at Sonora had not changed much over the summer, though some of the faces in the rooms had changed. Nathaniel had hoped that being a second year, one of the big men in his class, would... more
        • It means I can go back to wishing I wasn't here.Julius Astley, Crotalus, Mon Sep 17 20:54
          Julius had been diligently filling out his transfiguration table, determined to focus on nothing but. He wasn't sure how he felt about transfiguration, still unsure as to its practical applications... more
          • Probably not the most productive use of your time.Nathaniel Mordue, Mon Sep 17 21:24
            Astley, California. Another western family, so Nathaniel recognized the name, though he was confident that their families were not close associates in any way. This was quite possibly a good thing –... more
    • A Button in a Pebble Stack [tag Ness and Malikhi]Evelyn Stones, Fri Aug 10 22:30
      After a quick 'Malikhi, this is Ness. Ness, Malikhi,' Evelyn had taken a seat between them. Having missed breakfast due to her conversation in the library with Ness, Evelyn hadn't actually gotten to... more
      • Can we keep the buttons?Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Fri Aug 10 23:14
        Malikhi wasn't particularly very happy upon arriving into the Transfiguration classroom. He had spent his breakfast at the Pecari table alone and in silence given that Evelyn seemed to be missing and ... more
        • No, they will revert back to pebblesNess McLeod, Aladren, Sat Aug 11 05:50
          It had been a pretty intense morning. Waking up in a new place was always an interesting experience - that little moment adjusting and remembering where you were. In this case, it was a place Ness... more
          • And so it begins....Evelyn Stones, Sat Aug 11 15:41
            Evelyn sighed as quietly as she could. She couldn't help sighing, but she could help whether it caused an issue or not. She wasn't even sure what emotion to feel first, although frustration and... more
            • I am not enjoying myselfMalikhi Hill, Pecari, Sat Aug 11 16:04
              Malikhi kept his eyes firmly fixed on his paper, his hair falling round his face as he scowled. If he'd have stared hard enough at his paper, there was possibly a chance that it would catch fire. He... more
              • Really? What's not to like?Ness, Sat Aug 11 22:50
                “Oh. Ok,” Ness nodded, with a slight curious hesitation as Evelyn revealed that the nickname was something only Malikhi used. The hesitation was because, like with most things, a bunch of follow up... more
                • I've done it all wrong!Evelyn Stones, Sun Aug 12 01:38
                  Upon hearing Ness' thoughts on their task, Evelyn was convinced she'd done it all wrong. She really did care about her relationship with these two, though, so there was no room for lying about it. "I ... more
                  • Everybody thinks differently. Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sun Aug 12 15:33
                    Malikhi couldn't help but smile as Evelyn rattled through her thoughts and explanations. Somehow, it was just so Evelyn . She was somehow seeing beyond just the button and delved deeper, into the... more
                    • And some are buttholesNess, Mon Aug 13 07:10
                      “Different strokes for different folks,” Ness agreed with a cheery smile at Malikhi, “Unless the person’s “perspective” involves denying other people their basic human rights. Then it’s not really a... more
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