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Joe Umland, Teppenpaw
I've had cheerier days.
Tue Mar 21, 2017 19:11

Normally, Joe might have noticed a decrease in Taransay’s usual level of verbal enthusiasm, but his situation at the moment was not quite normal. Normally, Care of Magical Creatures was just another class he took. At the moment, it was John’s favorite or second-favorite class, taught by someone John had been, for John, downright enthusiastic about last year and in the early part of the summer, before everything had gone directly to Hell without passing Go or collecting two hundred dollars. John had been babbling at one point about Taransay’s connections and the bird study John had been working on since he was a first year and how it seemed possible he could turn it into the beginning of a career. That had not been entirely comfortable, Mom had clearly been forcing herself to look happy for him – if John became a Magizoologist, he would more likely than not spend most of his time traveling around the world getting into dangerous situations on purpose instead of finding a respectable, boring position at the University and staying with her forever – and that had reminded Joe of the downsides to his brother living out his dreams, but that had been nothing compared to the degree to which Mom had been faking any and all positive emotions she expressed since he’d run off.

He was not, therefore, in the best mood himself as Taransay welcomed them back for the year. He still didn’t know exactly how much trouble he was in with his parents, there hadn’t been time for the news to get to Canada and a reaction to get back to him, but his year so far had sucked and it was not improved by the news they were going to study a creature whose puke (or…other substances; Joe was just guessing it was puke because of the fact that they sometimes infested honey hives and what he knew about how honey was produced, a bit of information he really, really wished John had never told him. Joe liked honey, but whenever his brain threw that fact at him when he was eating it, it took just a bit of the edge off his enjoyment of his treat.) literally induced depression.

He put up his hand nevertheless when Professor Taransay asked if anyone knew the risks of the ‘treacle’. He had a year to rebuild his reputation as a good little Teppenpaw, which meant there was no time to waste in starting. “It can make anyone who isn’t suffering hysteria – “ he nodded to Ingrid Wolseithcrafte, who had provided the first answer Taransay had wanted – “get depressed for a while. It causes problems if they infest a honeybee’s hive and people eat the honey.” He assumed it bothered bears, too, but bears were not known for their ability to discuss their feelings. Plus, what did he know? Maybe bears had metabolisms so different from those of humans that it didn’t lower their moods at all.

Joe tried to look at the order to work in pairs as a blessing in disguise. He suspected his own Housemates were currently combinations of horrified and angry with him for the blow he had dealt to the whole House’s reputation and who knew what people outside Teppenpaw thought about it all, but pair work was a chance to prove it a freak accident and restore the student body’s opinion of him. He didn’t know if it was possible anymore, but he still wanted to be Head Boy even if prefect wasn’t on the cards. This meant his classmates had to have confidence that he was not a raving loony.

“This is a great way to start the new year, huh?” he said jokingly to one of his classmates, smiling as usual as he put his gloves on. “Want to collect sedatives with me?”

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    • I've had cheerier days. — Joe Umland, Teppenpaw, Tue Mar 21 19:11
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