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Ji-Eun Park, Pecari
Taking the academic approach
Thu Jun 13, 2013 15:14
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Ji-Eun had sat up eagerly at the front of the class for Potions. Her parents expected her to perform perfectly in everything but they expected her to be even more perfect in Potions. The fact that that was impossible wasn't going to stop her trying. The subject was especially important as her parents ran Mr and Mrs Park's Emporium of Finest Quality Imported Asian Potion Supplies – known to everyone in the neighbourhood as Parks' Potions. Her mother was especially gifted at home remedies and, although she officially didn't sell them out of the store, she was always willing to make them for friends and neighbours (a term which she readily extended to any member of the Korean community, regardless or not of whether she'd had a conversation with them prior to them coming to ask for one). If Ji-Eun failed the subject, it would be an embarrassment to the family business, regardless of the fact that everything from the ingredients she used to the brews she made with them was going to be totally different to what they sold (and provided) in the shop. She sat bolt upright on her stool, her robes clean and everything about her neat and tidy. The only thing spoiling her image of being a model student was the Pecari emblem emblazoned on her uniform. She had been mortified not to be in Aladren or Crotalus, and even more concerned when she found out that the head of the former was also their potions professor. She fervently hoped that he would not hold her house against her, or make assumptions before he'd seen her ability in the subject. She also hoped that she was more than halfway decent at it, or her life would be over.

When Professor Fawcett handed out syllabi, she was torn between reading it thoroughly – he had said it was important – and continuing to listen to the lecture. She fretfully opted for the latter, deciding it was something to be gone through in her own time, and hoping there was nothing so vital in it that not having read it would spoil her chances of making a good first impression. Most of the rules he listed made sense, though she intended to ask him about extra-curricular brewing at her first opportunity. She accepted the additional document for the day's class – she had had a writing implement out since the start of the lesson. She was readying herself to take notes when Professor Fawcett startled her by announcing they would be leaving the classroom. She stowed her syllabus, along with her Potions textbook and the spare parchment that she had had out, back in her starry pink backpack but kept the class sheet and her quill to hand, as his instructions seemed to imply to do so.

She followed the rest of her class back through the school, mildly perturbed that – having filed out of a classroom – her position at the front had turned into one towards the back. She was confused when he stopped in front of a Portrait and explained that the man in it kept the house points tally. She wracked her brains, trying to think whether she'd ever read anything about the Professor in question being a famous potioneer but nothing came to mind. The reason for their field-trip became a little clearer when it transpired that they would be going through the portrait, into a mirage of a forest. Though, even having grown up with magic, that was still quite a lot to get her head around.

She tried not to be distracted by their surroundings, focussing attentively on Professor Fawcett. She was a little unsure about the need to wander around a simulated forest when all the necessary information could probably be memorised from their books but she barely even dared to voice this thought in her head, as she was sure he must know best. The doubt really only manifested itself in the form of thinking what her mother would have thought of it... She decided to be methodical in her search. The best way to be methodical would be to know where each plant was likely to grow. That had the added benefit that, even if she didn't find it, she would have learnt something about the ingredient's distribution. She settled down to one side of the clearing, opening her textbook to the chapter on ingredients and began working down Professor Fawcett's list... Arrowhead.... Sagittaria latifolia – wet soils or areas of water, e.g. ponds rivers..... Belladonna.... Atropa Belladonna – shady, moist soils, prefers rich limestone, she noted. Admittedly, she wasn't going to be able to spot rich limestone soil just by looking but she thought it might be useful to know, seeing as the entire lesson was about plants in relation to their environments. She continued working her way through the ingredients until someone interrupted her...

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    • Taking the academic approach — Ji-Eun Park, Pecari, Thu Jun 13 15:14
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        • Seems like you're taking a tumbleJi-Eun Park, Pecari, Thu Jun 20 12:27
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          • Yeahh.. So sorry!Ava Fletcher, Sat Jul 6 17:52
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