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Dimitri Porter, Teppenpaw
I can't see the Sumac through the trees
Thu Jun 13, 2013 17:19

Dimitri made his way from the Teppenpaw common room to his Potions class as quickly as he could muster. He had almost forgotten there was a Potions class that day and he for a brief moment couldn’t think for the life of him where the classroom was located. Thankfully he remembered where it was and rushed inside. He managed to make it to a seat before class was scheduled to start. “That was close,” he mumbled to himself as he set his book bag down onto the floor beside his desk. He turned his attention towards Professor Fawcett as he began to speak. “Welcome, Welcome…welcome everyone” he began by saying. He then introduced himself to the class and Dimitri made a mental of note of his name and face. He waved politely from his seat and stayed silent while Professor Fawcett continued. He gave them all their syllabi and Dimitri glanced it over with mild interest. He had to admit it was kind-of nice to know ahead of time when his assignments would be due. Professor Fawcett gave everyone in class another piece of paper that appeared to have a list of items on it with pictures next to the items. Arrowhead, belladonna, sumac, pomegranate, holly, nettles, daisies, yew, mosses, lavender, and hemlock were those items. Professor Fawcett explained that they were potion components. Dimitri tried studying the pictures for each of the items, but found that there were numbers next to the items that didn’t make sense. He was about to ask why when the Professor asked them to grab something to write with and follow him. Dimitri obeyed, stowing his question for the moment.

Dimitri fished his self-inking quill pen from his bag and followed Professor Fawcett and the rest of his classmates out of the classroom. They walked own the hall to the hall just outside of Cascade Hall. Here is where the Professor stopped. He watched as Professor Fawcett began talking to one of the portraits in front of them and introduced the class to Professor Mims. Dimitri smiled awkwardly and waved a bit to the portrait. He watched curiously as the portrait swung away from the wall to reveal a strange swirl of colors behind it. Professor Fawcett introduced them to the Mirage Room and instructed them to wait in the clearing inside for everyone to enter. Dimitri walked into the swirl of color and gasped aloud when he saw the forest beyond it. “Wow…” he whispered as he glanced around the room. Big fir and pine trees sat soo close together you almost couldn’t see beyond them, the chirping of birds could be heard from almost every direction and it wasn’t loud chirping either. It was tolerable compared to most other birds chirping he had ever heard. Once the rest of the class had entered the clearing the door shut behind them. It was here that Professor Fawcett told them what their assignment for the day was.

He had instructed them to collect all of the items they found on the sheet in front of them and to put the correct number next to the correct picture. Sounds simple enough Dimitri thought to himself as he studied the pictures a bit more closely. He couldn’t remember if sumac was the type of stuff that was harmful only if you ate it or just touched it or both. He reminded himself to be careful anyway when he went to collect that one. He was very relieved suddenly when the professor explained that nothing in the room could hurt them. Then I guess I don’t have to be so careful with the Sumac after all he thought to himself. He was only barely listening when Professor Fawcett explained their homework for the class as well before he sent them on their way to find the ingredients. “Your homework assignment will be to write a paragraph summarizing the difference between fresh herbs versus apothecary bought ones. Dimitri absently nodded and began his ingredient search. The lavender was the easiest to find because all he really had to do was look for small light purple-ish flowers. He found a small plant of them near one of the trees and plucked a small bunch from the plant. He marked the correct number next to the picture on the sheet and moved to the next one. The daisies were also pretty easy to find since there were small patches of them all over the clearing. He saw what appeared to be rabbits and deer roaming around nearby and stopped to stare at them. “What in the world?” he began to ask himself when he remembered “Duh dummy…you’re in a forest.” He shook his head smiling to himself as he went to collect the daisies that the rabbits had been feeding off of before they disappeared into the brush and trees. The deer had taken off as well when he tried to get closer to it. He shrugged and went back to work.

He had managed to find, with some difficulty, all but one of the items left on the sheet. He was having a devil of a time trying to the Sumac. He was about to give up his search and turn in his assignment without it when he spotted what might actually be the plant sticking out from under something dark and possible furry. Dimitri wandered closer and froze in place. Lying right on top of the plant he needed was a very large, brown bear. The bear had its head resting on its massive front paws and appeared from the sounds it made to be sleeping. Dimitri swallowed hard at the sight of the bear and began to back away slowly. He kept trying to remind himself that the animal couldn’t hurt him, but his brain couldn’t get past the fact that that was a BEAR! Harmful or not the idea of having to deal with a bear was still intimidating. Dimitri decided he would ask one of his fellow classmates if they had found any Sumac any place else. If not, then he was stuck trying to figure out how to move a sleeping bear. He found one of his fellow classmates not far away and tapped them on the shoulder. “You wouldn’t by chance know where there’s another patch of Sumac around here, would you?” he asked politely. “Because after searching for quite awhile the only patch I could find is currently underneath a sleeping bear and I would like to avoid having to wake it up if possible,” he told them pointing to the furry backside of the animal in question so they could see he wasn’t making it up. “If not…any ideas on how to wake up a sleeping bear without upsetting it?” Dimitri doubted that such a way existed, but he was willing to try if it meant he got the assignment done.

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