Cassandra Harlesdon
Study Hall: ready, aim, fire
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:05

Cassandra's Christmas had been, for the most part, calm and enjoyable. She had put her foot down several Christmases prior about manic and stressful festive seasons because Amelie just did not cope. Most people, she suspected, didn't. Most kids and parents went home utterly frazzled after the chaotic round of visiting every different relative but, although their behaviour was bound to deteriorate somewhat and their whinging increase, being frazzled was something most kids could cope with. For Amelie, who thrived on routine and who benefited from not being over-stimulated, her behaviour simply escalated the longer any such disruption went on until it was just unpleasant for all concerned. Things usually got thrown.

So, their Christmas routine had become to go to Cassandra's parents' on Christmas Eve. Her two brothers would bring their families over for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, depending on whether it was their turn or their spouses' to be home for Christmas. The two day visit was just long enough to celebrate but without becoming too much, and all of her own side of the family got ticked off in one fell swoop. It had been a little awkward this year as Amelie's cousins were going through a less pleasant phase. When they had been little, they had happily played with her, oblivious or unperturbed by her difficulties. It had been painful to watch them catch up and overtake her, and they struggled to understand why she couldn't follow their games and currently lacked the patience to help her join in. She knew that it wasn't borne of spite, they just didn't understand, and that they would get through that, and come back around to being compassionate but it would forever be a case now of them slowing down to accommodate her, being the patient 'older' cousins to the small child even though they were younger than her, and that was rather depressing. Amelie had still seemed to enjoy her Christmas though, and that was the main thing. They had also got through the duty visit from the Other Grandparents without Cassandra wanting to strangle them over-much. Her ex-husband didn't have much contact, other than financially, with them but his parents had maintained an interest in their first grand-daughter. The fact that Cassandra felt this interest had waned since they acquired other non-disabled grandchildren was a gripe she kept to herself. They always visited some time in the Christmas holidays, for a brief afternoon and to drop off a present which either insulted Amelie's abilities or wildly over-estimated them. She wasn't sure they'd ever quite got it right...

And now they were both back at their respective schools. There had been some tears and some clinging on Amelie's end but not enough to require a time out, so Cassandra was hopeful of a relatively smooth settling back in phase. She herself had the first study hall of term to prepare for. Nominally, it was the wandwork subjects, although she had a large area set aside for paired or small group theory study, as she suspected many might have holiday homework to catch up on. The notice board, as usual, had any questions that had been submitted to the question box pinned up on it, and a blank stack of parchment for students to provide answers on. The wandwork element of the study hall was focussed around aiming, as this was something a lot of first years had difficulty with. There was a a row of little booths, each charmed to prevent the students' efforts escaping their confines, and each fire-proofed (even though the students weren't working with fire, it always paid to be safe rather than sorry, especially with the younger ones). Half the booths had a fish with a wide open mouth. The students were to use 'aguamenti' to shoot water into the fish's mouth. Once the fish was full, a little light would appear above the booth to show that they had succeeded. It would automatically empty itself before the next student took their turn. The other half of the booths had dummies with large archery style targets on their centres. The students were invited to hurl their preferred hexes and jinxes at the targets, their efforts would show up as a brief glowing light to indicate where they had hit.

As usual, Cassandra moved around the area designated for Study Hall, keeping a close watch on the goings on. The top of the notice board had crossed out figures of a smoking cauldron and two fighting figures – no brewing, no duelling. She had not found a symbol yet that successfully noted 'Just use your common sense, for Merlin's sake' so just had to hope that that was apparent, and that she would not be forced to add any more symbols for next time...

OOC – Welcome to study hall. This is an opportunity for first to third years to work on their skills. It is not compulsory but house points are on offer for those who do post. 200 words minimum, but more detail and creativity gets more points. Please state your house in the author line, and tag Cassandra if you need her.

Cassandra is keeping watch so please do not allow a situation to get out of hand without giving me an opportunity to respond. She can only keep tabs on a finite number of different activities, which is why you do not get free reign to do absolutely anything. Therefore, please stick to the activities offered, or give her a chance to step in very promptly if you do not.

    • ApologeticBen Brogren, Draco, Mon Jan 27 17:02
      Ben arrived at study hall early. He usually arrived to most classes early as he loved to learn. The Draco often sat with his older sister, but he felt the need to break away. Not that he didn't love... more
      • Slightly sympatheticAukley Justesen, Sun Feb 2 21:20
        Study halls at Rocky Mountain International's reference center were one of Aukley's favorite activities. Oh, there hadn't been any as fun as the one in her first year that there had been all kinds of ... more
    • Stress reliefKrystal Baitman [Aquila], Fri Jan 24 16:14
      Study Hall was alright in that it was basically a doss, as far as Krystal was concerned. The librarian tried to make them do stuff, always putting out loads of things that she chirpily suggested they ... more
    • Welcome back everyone. I never left.Astien Badeaux [Draco], Thu Jan 23 17:56
      Astien lazily ambled into the library, perching upon his favorite seat in the room. He felt the cushion fold familiarly under his weight, heard the wood creaking once again as he levied his weight... more
      • I wanted to leave.Darcie Thomson [Lyra], Fri Jan 24 16:40
        Darcie flitted through the halls of RMI, heading towards the Reference Center. If she’d had a better sense of time, she would have known that she was nearing the point where she would be tardy for... more
    • Launching off and prepared for duty!Noah Goodridge, Thu Jan 23 12:30
      Even though it was his second semester at his new school, Noah hadn’t quite got used to wearing robes. He tripped on them sometimes and thought they were dumb most of the time, but he didn’t really... more
      • We had homework? Oh..... yeah....Luke Calloway , Fri Jan 24 10:38
        Although Luke’s body strolled into the library for another inane session of study hall, his mind was wandering far, far away; still reliving his exhilarating Christmas break. His parents had... more
    • "Studying"Jesse Ramos, Wed Jan 22 10:48
      Jesse Ramos did not like study hall, he found it a waste of time for someone like him. Sure, he had homework to do but he would rather spend the time now cleaning his broom, reading broom, Quidditch, ... more
      • Feeling impatientKejan Szyszko (Lyra), Wed Jan 22 17:55
        Normally, Kejan’s entry into the library was followed by the protesting form of her brother, who was of the vocal opinion that Study Hall wasn’t a “real class” and thus something totally appropriate... more
        • Showing off for the pretty girlJesse, Tue Jan 28 14:22
          Jesse smiled at Kejan, to him Kejan was very pretty. He thought it might be her super blonde hair and perhaps the odd little accent she had. Sure, Jesse had an accent but it was light and hardly... more
          • Playing along with the boyKejan, Fri Jan 31 14:01
            The booth was a bit crowded with both of them in there, and to her mild surprise Kejan realized that it didn’t bother her. ‘He’s Pure. That makes all the difference.’ Having to share a dorm last year ... more
            • Glad you came to play! Jesse, Fri Jan 31 15:31
              Jesse thought that Kejan’s smile was very pretty. He wondered why he hadn’t noticed her in the three years they had been roommates? He wondered if it was really because of her twin brother? Did Jesse ... more
              • Surprisingly, I'm glad too.Kejan, Tue Feb 4 06:11
                Helpfully, Jesse supplemented his visual demonstration with an explanation of what exactly he had been doing in order to cast the spell correctly. ‘Great.’ The Belarusian witch nodded along at his... more
                • Soooo....Jesse, Fri Feb 7 20:17
                  Jesse couldn’t help but want to touch the girl’s hair. She was smart and pretty. Plus, she was a Pureblood and Uncle Sandro would be happy that Jesse was making friends with Purebloods. When she... more
                  • *hums thoughtfully*Kejan, Wed Feb 12 04:36
                    Kejan was not the sort of girl who willingly loaned out her notes to absent classmates. It was their own fault for missing class, and missing class obviously meant that they didn’t care about their... more
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