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Joe Umland, Teppenpaw
I wasn't expecting something colorful.
Tue Sep 26, 2017 14:58

Joe had not been nervous about the review quiz Professor Xavier had given them, but it was always a relief to see a good result on paper, official. Herbology was not the most mentally taxing subject in his course load, but it required a lot of minutiae and did not run exactly in line with Joe’s strengths or interests anyway – plants were good to know for a variety of reasons, but he just didn’t find them that interesting in and of themselves.

The African savanna unit was one he had no more than a glancing familiarity with off the top of his head – he knew the word referred to grasslands, and…that was about it – but he had to admit that old associations made the thought a bit more interesting to him than plants in general. African history had caught his interest when he was a kid (he didn’t even know why, just that it had and it had been Mom’s practice to allow them to run on with anything that caught their attention, within limits), and then he had been in the Ethiopia group for the Fair a few years ago. He hoped that these associations (along with the fact that…how many magical plants could there really be in grasslands, anyway? At least compared with some regions) would make the unit a bit easier to remember all the minutiae of.

Six months rainy, six months dry, he wrote down on a small notepad, learning something new right off the bat. That…sounded like a challenging environment for anything to grow in, honestly, or live in, or do anything else except drown in. Twenty-five inches of rain would be a massive disaster where he lived, as much as six months with only four inches of rain would be. This increased the chance, he thought, that the plants would be attention-holdingly weird – a chance which quickly became a certainty when Professor Xavier started talking about acacia trees. Joe’s eyebrows rose in surprise as the professor started talking about what were more or less mundane plants (there was really expensive honey from acacia trees in some supermarkets, he knew; he and his siblings had sometimes gawked at all the things that rich people were apparently willing to afford in stores when they were younger, challenging each other to find the most ridiculous price in a shop to keep themselves occupied, and acacia honey was up there) communicating with each other about the presence of giraffes. That…was one of those things that made him glad not to be a vegetarian, frankly, because thinking about that too much seemed like a straight and narrow road to madness….

The grass sample closest to him was…grass-like, he guessed. Untrimmed grass-like. It was composed of long strands with very feathery tips. Some appeared vividly purple at the moment, though there was no telling if they were always like that – he’d doubt it, honestly, given what Professor Xavier had said about the climate, but the professor had also mentioned trees that communicated the immediate presence of giraffes. Anything seemed possible.

“I’m hoping this one won’t be too hard to identify,” said Joe to one of his neighbors. “That’s a lot of purple on the ends.”

  • Intermediate Herbology: African Savanna - Professor X, Thu Sep 21 12:46
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    • This sounds boring. - Arianna Tate, Crotalus, Wed Oct 25 18:50
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    • I wasn't expecting something colorful. - Joe Umland, Teppenpaw, Tue Sep 26 14:58
      • Pretty sure one of them is a very famous type of straw... - Raine Collindale, Teppenpaw, Wed Sep 27 00:42
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          • Raine actually took a glance over the grass in front of them. Part of her sort of saw Joe’s point but it was still hard to let that filter through the blind fog of panic that said she was too stupid... more
            • Looks like it, yeah. - Joe, Sun Oct 8 14:49
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              • “No. I mean, sort of…. But it’s not just the test,” Raine tried to explain. It wasn’t the test, or Joe or Professor Xavier or anyone or anything else’s fault that she was thick. “It’s me… I can’t do... more
                • Whatever works, I guess? - Joe, Sun Oct 22 10:16
                  That it wasn’t just the test sparking a near-breakdown was, Joe thought, a simple enough concept to grasp – it rarely was, he thought, ever really just one thing, even if one thing was the thing that ... more
                  • I just need some way to unwind... - Raine, Sun Oct 22 11:57
                    Raine watched Joe’s little note wing its way to the Professor. It was not met immediately with rage at their sheer presumption and the barring of the greenhouse door. Again, this was difficult to... more
                    • Professor Xavier was a concern, but not a large one, really. The Head of Teppenpaw was mild-mannered - the sort of person Joe tended to assume would not strongly oppose anything remotely reasonable... more
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