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Low key oddity
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:17

Zevalyn raised her hand as high as it could go without lifting her butt of its seat. It was so good to be able to know and volunteer answers again. “It’s a kneazle,” she said when she got called upon, sounding just a little bit proud of herself. She was totally on top of wizarding world housecats. Pity it was the substitute and not her regular professor who saw how far she’d come since she began only two years ago, more muggle than witch, but there would be other opportunities, she was sure.

The assignment sounded interesting. Not quite as mathematical as the recent potions lesson, but it involved ranking, and that was definitely more quantitative than subjective, which was more that Care of Magical Creatures could usually claim. Of course, recognizing where to place a ranking was a bit more subjective that she really would have liked - there was no easy way to measure ‘how capable is this cat of detecting dishonesty?’ into neat little numbers, but by applying consistent tests, she thought discovering an accurate spectrum ought to be achievable.

She drew a table into her notebook, titling the colums: 100%, 50%, 25%, 0%. Beneath that she numbered the next three lines 1, 2, 3, for recording which three cats fell into each category. Below that, she made space for writing down notes that would support her conclusions.

She started by wandering around just noting what the twelve collar colors were, then based largely on appearance, wrote down which of those had the most notable physical characteristics of a kneazle. Pronounced Tufted Tail, Large Ears she wrote next to Dark Blue, which made it likely it was either a full blood kneazle or at worst a fifty percent one.

She decided to start with this one, figuring she’d get a baseline for what a strongly blooded kneazle was capable of. “I hate pizza,” she told it, and jumped back a bit in surprise at the vehemence of its hiss. She went to mark Dark Blue firmly under 100%, and was startled to find it already written there. “That’s weird,” she muttered, then shrugged and dismissed the oddity, almost immediately forgetting it even happened as she approach a cat in a punk collar.

“I hate pizza,” she told it, and it just mewed at her pitifully and rubbed itself again her leg. She petted it and it purred. She wrote, Pink: No tail tuff, normal cat ears, no apparent ability to detect lies. She added “Pink” to the first line of the zero percent column, then petted pink again.

“You want to try out lying to this one?” she asked another student, trying to push Pink toward them. “She’s very affectionate and I’m have trouble convincing myself to move on while she’s being so sweet. You think any of these kitties are up for adoption?”

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