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Joe Umland, Teppenpaw
I, on the other hand, definitely do not.
Wed Nov 29, 2017 15:24
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Care of Magical Creatures was not, if he was pushed past bland demurrals about how all knowledge was important and into real conversation, Joe’s favorite subject. He had been to his grandparents’ mountain cabin on holiday with the rest of his family before, but essentially, he was a city boy. Despite his brother’s…well, second-to-main, anyway, hobby being centered around a particular category of them, Joe had spent little of his life outside of this class around any animals except Mrs. Across-the-Street’s cat and did not see their company as overly desirable. He wasn’t afraid of most of them, or even too often repelled – he just wasn’t particularly enchanted on all but the most occasional of days.

Today was not one of those rare days when he was enchanted, but it was at least more interesting than some – at least at first. Living with a bird enthusiast for all but a year of his life meant he knew what a fwooper was and what they could do to people; it was far beyond him why people would take the chance of keeping them as pets, unless said people were crazier than John (a fairly high bar in his mind) to begin with or it was some kind of decadent pureblood empire scheming/threat to the unwanted spouse and/or potentially untrustworthy underling thing. He looked at the rubber erasers in his bag of pencils, pens, and semi-battered quills and wondered if he could reason out how to transfigure them into discreet earplugs, just in case.

As they had to work with another person, though, he supposed that would have to wait. It was sort of hard to hash out the details of a partnership without being able to hear what the other person was saying. Seeing Raine take one of the birds without apparent hesitation, he started to step up, but she cast the Silencing Charm again without any apparent worry and then observed his presence.

“Sure,” he said. “You look like you know what you’re doing a lot better than I do,” he added, remembering how she had admitted to worrying about even getting through the year before the holidays.

His compliment was reinforced when she removed a tick from the yellow bird without it showing any visible distress at his process. Joe looked between the pair of tweezers in his gloved hand and the bird, then back again, then to Raine. “I’m pretty sure this looks simpler than it is,” he observed as he spotted a bug and attempted to put wiggenweld oil on the area. The fwooper did not make it easy on him, twitching and starting to flutter its wings. “Hey, buddy, hold still,” he muttered, figuring Raine had appeared to be talking to it and that it had not tried to peck her eyes out. “Okay, okay – “ he got the tweezers on what he thought was the bug, but supposed he might have been mistaken, because the fwooper abruptly did flutter its wings aggressively, dislodging him, and then took a try at pecking his hand. The potions gloves protected it from the impact, but even he could tell its body language seemed…irked.

“Yep, definitely looked simpler than it was,” he said to Raine, keeping one eye on the fwooper as he went to retrieve the tweezers he’d dropped. “Is there a trick to it, or is it just practice?”

  • I.... I know what I'm doingRaine Collindale, Teppenpaw, Wed Nov 29 03:19
    No need for your books today, was a sentence that always made Raine smile. She was always excited to come to Care of Magical Creatures. It was very easily her best subject. First and foremost, she... more
    • I, on the other hand, definitely do not. — Joe Umland, Teppenpaw, Wed Nov 29 15:24
      • Are... Are you sure?Raine, Wed Dec 6 06:06
        Raine was glad it was Joe who had come to join her, as she counted him amongst her friends. Or at least… She felt comfortable with Joe. Sometimes even good. She wasn’t sure they were friends in the... more
        • Very much so.Joe , Tue Dec 12 22:42
          “I think you’re right,” said Joe slowly when Raine seemed to doubt her own thought about the mouths of ticks, thinking back through a lot of years. He’d never been as into survival skills and all... more
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