Masha Adin
Not quite a button
Fri Jan 12, 2018 08:29

Masha breathed out slowly, she wasn’t aware that she held her breath.
'Good, so Jane at least don’t think I’m insane.'

She smiled at the Jane more openly and, thankfully, without frowning this time.

“My mother is a Muggle. We lived among the Muggles, so I know about magic what my dad told me. Or when he did magic, which wasn’t an awful lot. There is no much privacy if you live in a tent.” she paused briefly 'Great, now I put my foot in my mouth' “I mean, we did live in houses as well but mostly in tenths or if there is a village nearby we would get a Shack. My mother is an archaeologist, so we travelled a lot and lived near the digs. Sorry, I’m bothering you with useless things you probably don’t want to know. I… I really don’t know… the only magical person I ever talked with is my father, so I don’t know how to…”

She stopped again, blinking at Jane and trying to see how her words affected Jane. Masha liked Jane, she wouldn’t call her a friend yet but she could talk to her and it was nice.

“Anyway. I like potions, but it is the only thing in magic I ever see how it is done. My dad made all our potions and he let me watch, even cut on occasion. But I am familiar with some Magical Creatures, we saw some on our travels and my father talked about them. Magical plants too. You have to know those two if you want to be good at potions. And I’ll take your word for Charms. I have to.” she added quietly and shook her head “So let’s try again, maybe we’ll have more luck this time! Maybe we should think like grown-ups do?”

With that, she turned to her pebble. She focused on what she wanted to change, said the incantation and made the motion. Nothing happened. But as Masha went through the motions she noticed one thing - she was concentrating more on the word than to the meaning of the word. Maybe that is the reason why she failed, English wasn’t her language. She turned to Jane

“I think I have an idea. Give just one more moment to try something.” She focused on the pebble again mumbling “Right. Кнопка. Легче. Четыре отверстия. Pangolus.”

She took care to start a circular motion at the first letter of incantation and close the circle with the final letter, focusing at the same time on the meaning of words she mumbled in Russian. Few sparks flew out of her wand… Masha glanced down. In front of her was, well, not exactly the button but it was something. It looked like someone adjusted the pebble to look like a button. Ok, it was pebble with four holes, and it could be used as a button if you didn’t have a button at hand.

She raised her head and looked at Jane with a huge grin on her face.

“I know what we were doing wrong, or at least what was my problem. Is English what you speak at home?”

OOC - I don't know how to make letters italic but 'words' quoted like this should be her thoughts. I also don't know if it is allowed to insert words in character's native language - so this is just the testing of the waters.

  • Yup, so talk back! - Jane Doe, Fri Jan 12 07:29
    Jane was a bit surprised by the girl’s reaction, as she seemed to be frowning at her. Or at something, anyway. Maybe she wasn’t frowning at her, but at her pebble. Jane definitely felt like frowning... more
    • Not quite a button - Masha Adin, Fri Jan 12 08:29
      • Still excellent progress - Jane, Fri Jan 12 13:13
        “I totally want to know!” Jane said enthusiastically. She had been a little bit confused at first when Masha had started to talk about living in tents and shacks - she wondered whether they were... more
        • Let's try again - Masha Adin, Sat Jan 13 04:17
          Masha looked at Jane blinking, everything Jane said during her mad dash of words coming back to her slowly. The stupid grin still lingering, even if it wasn’t quite the button she managed to make.... more
          • “Yeah… you’re probably right,” Jane nodded, when Masha said they should save the chit-chat for when they weren’t in class. It was a sensible plan, but it was so hard when she was bursting with... more
            • Slow and steady - Dorian Montoir, Sun Jan 14 14:44
              Dorian took a seat in Transfiguration, listening carefully to Professor Skies. Even though he was a second year, and it was already somewhat familiar, he was sure he occasionally missed details due... more
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