Professor R. Gallico
Don’t feed the plants [Years 6&7]
Fri Dec 27, 2013 01:02

“Please pass your essays to me. And if you don’t have your dragonhide gloves,” Robert warned his small group of advanced students, “go back to your room and get them. We’ll be handling raw meat today, and dragonhide is naturally antiseptic. It’s also less easily punctured than other materials.”

The students would understand why this was important when Robert introduced them to today’s subjects. Robert and the advanced students were really the only ones who used the greenhouses he led them too, which were contained the more delicate or dangerous plants. Today’s topic, the Self-Fertilizing Shrub, fit the second criterion. The four-foot-tall shrubs grew in natural spheres that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a topiary garden. Their green leaves were interrupted by specks of yellow, which resembled roses but proved upon closer inspection to be tightly coiled tendrils.

“Today you’ll collect soil samples to study how the Self-Fertilizing Shrubs work. You’ll collect a soil sample from the base of the plant, feed the plant, and collect another soil sample thirty minutes later. Next class we’ll analyze our samples.” He was feeling lenient, since the students had just submitted a fifteen-page research paper. Letting them out early this once wouldn’t delay the course schedule.

“As you know from last night’s reading, the Self-Fertilizing Shrub consumes raw meat. Due to school rules, we’ll be feeding them deer today.” He’d had a hell of a time convincing Antoine, the house elf in charge of the kitchen, to give him the meat. Stubborn flappy-eared French ninny. Ultimately, Robert had enough experience bossing uncooperative house elves around to persuade Antoine. There was one bucket of venison cubes for every two students. Each pair also had two vials—one for the first soil sample and one for the post-feeding sample. “While you’re collecting the first sample, it may help to have a partner distract the plants with a chunk of venison.

“Try not to let the tendrils touch you; they’re covered in hairlike spikes which help the plant latch onto its food. They shouldn’t be able to get through your gloves, but you don’t want them pricking your arm or anything, because they do contain a mild paralytic.” The advanced students were all used to dangerous plants by now, so Robert doubted any would be alarmed by the reminder.

Robert left them to it, walking over to a chair by the door to get started on grading the essays. Today’s assignment wasn’t especially difficult, so he didn’t expect any interruptions.

[OOC: Welcome to the lesson! I want to see some spell-checked words organized in a creative and grammatically-correct manner. If you need Robert, tag him, but know that there’s no reasonable way for your students to be killed by this plant. For my convenience, please your House in your author box like so: Ika Blackburn [Draco]. Happy posting!]

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