Mikael Anselm Lundqvist
Is making a light like riding a bike?
Fri Jan 19, 2018 23:37
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Anselm’s first year of Spellwork classes had gone really well. That was to be taken with no grains of sugar, though, because ‘really well’ for him almost definitely didn’t mean the same as ‘really well’ for someone like his friend Remontum. He had arrived at his first-ever Spellwork class only having recently learned to tell which end of his wand was the handle end. Then he had spent what felt like the whole first month struggling to say all the words correctly. But he came out of the year with an overall A for Acceptable, or good enough as his friend Whobert had helpfully explained for him. Anssi was happy with that.

Now sitting in the lecture hall as a second-year student, he was curious for class to start, but almost more curious to learn what Ruben had meant when he promised to “fix the holes in your education”. Anssi knew that the school his big brother had gone to before RMI did things differently. Not just because Ruben had complained a lot about having to leave. Also because of seeing the black, furred cloaks in Ruben’s boxes when they were moving to Houston, and the odd moving photograph of his old glíma team, boys and girls all wearing the same long cloaks and sharply tied-back hair, staring down the camera. Durmstrang seemed like a more formal school culture than RMI. He didn’t think he would be allowed to wear a t-shirt and jeans under his robes at Durmstrang.

Anyways, so Ruben was going to help learn him magic even better. Later this morning they were going to have an early lunch together (or what Ruben called “first lunch”) and pick a time for his first lesson. If it was as interesting as he expected it to be, Anssi was already considering asking if he could invite a friend along. Probably not Whobert - he seemed busy enough, since he was unofficially tutoring most of their classmates - but, hmm. Maybe Roomenten? She was always great to work with in class, because she was so smart and asked all the right questions. Maybe Ruben would be okay with learning her, too.

He was relieved that they would be starting with an easy spell. Anssi couldn’t practice magic at home over the summer, of course, because that was illegal and he didn’t want the magic police to ban him from coming back to RMI. It was worrying, because what if Professor McKindy had set them to work on the harder spells that they had ended last year with, and what if he had forgotten how to do them and something went very wrong? But there were not many ways that you could mess up a light charm. This was going to be fine, he thought.

Being told to pick his own partner still felt a bit intimidating, but he was a second-year now which meant he was at least older than some of the other kids in class. That gave Anssi a good reason to take a deep breath, stand up straighter, look confident, and approach someone. “Hey-hey!” he greeted them politely. “Will you be partners with me? I think I can be OK at making light, but never before have I taken such a long holiday from making any magic and then come back to school.” The admission came easily. He was a second-year and older than some of the kids, but he still was only a second-year and younger than almost everyone else at RMI.

  • Lighting the way [Spellwork, Yrs 1-3] - Professor Aaron McKindy, Fri Jan 19 09:31
    It was the day after the Opening Feast and first thing in the morning, which was always an exciting time for Aaron McKindy to be teaching. He was the introduction to actual magic for the Muggleborn... more
    • Hanging out in the dark - Remington Burnham, Thu Feb 1 16:50
      Remington looked forward to starting her third year of classes at Rocky Mountain International. She’d even dressed in a particularly cute outfit as she got ready for her first classes of the week.... more
    • Lumo.... - Satveer Mittal, Thu Jan 25 15:47
      It was only the first lesson of his second year, and already Satveer felt reacquainted with the school and its surroundings. RMI was a small school and with not many people yet strangely, Satveer... more
      • You forgot something - Jesse Keller, Fri Jan 26 15:50
        First class: spellwork. Jesse had absorbed and committed to memory this information with such fervor that he may never forget it. He had tried unpacking but hadn’t been sure where exactly to place... more
        • The grey man - Satveer, Tue Feb 6 10:43
          Satveer hadn’t seen the new kid in the common room so he didn’t really have much to go on. A quick glance at Jesse revealed nothing. Well other than the stark contrast of his dark hair upon his pale... more
          • I was just thinking 'S' - Jesse, Fri Feb 9 05:48
            His partner was called Sam. Jesse assumed he was one of the older students because he offered to work with Jesse, who was a first year, and he thought may he had heard something about the older... more
            • As the tip of Jesse’s wand illuminated, Satveer couldn’t help but smile. Looking cool, calm and collected was one thing, but encouraging others success, was another. “Well done” Satveer said as he... more
              • You're not wrong - Jesse, Thu Feb 15 15:47
                Sam declared Jesse to be a natural, which seemed like a peculiar comment to make. As far as the first year was aware, there was no synthetic way to make a person magical, so of course he was a... more
                • Jesse was a quiet kid, but he seemed ok. His incantation was clear, and he was thorough in his approach. Jesse’s quip about his father’s viewpoint on life was certainly poignant and fair. Satveer... more
    • At last I see the light - Andrew Tennant, Sat Jan 20 09:56
      Drew and Remington had owled back and forth over the summer. Remington said that her dad made her take a self-defense class with him over the summer, and Drew had told her about the defensive spells... more
      • And it's like the fog has lifted - Magdalena Adler, Tue Jan 23 12:03
        Alena had spent the last portion of her summer in Ireland visiting Benjamin, although Alena had always found Benjamin’s wife a little scary she’d had a lovely time. Benjamin hadn’t made her got to... more
        • And it’s like the sky is new - Drew, Tue Jan 23 23:36
          Drew was pretty sure that Alena was one of Darlene’s friends. At least, they both always looked like they were on their way to a nice tea party or something. Drew was pretty sure that other girls... more
          • And it's warm and real and bright - Alena, Mon Jan 29 16:18
            Once she spotted Drew’s face the fluttering in Alena’s chest died down. He seemed unperturbed by the plunge into darkness which she found reassuring.She was suddenly very glad she’d fallen into a... more
            • And the world has somehow shifted - Drew, Sat Feb 3 16:49
              Alena was whispering, so Drew had to lean in a little closer to hear her. He didn’t know why they were whispering (it wasn’t like they were in the dark because they were hiding from something) but he ... more
    • Is making a light like riding a bike? - Mikael Anselm Lundqvist, Fri Jan 19 23:37
      • Papa says you never forget how - Petra Stiglitz, Tue Jan 30 18:02
        Petra was happy and sad to be back at Rocky Mountain. While she was happy to be away from mama when she was growing the baby, she was also sad because it meant that she couldn’t see all her siblings. ... more
        • I hope that's true! - Anssi, Wed Jan 31 22:46
          The girl he had approached responded with a big smile, and Anssi couldn’t help but smile back. Admitting you were not the best at doing things wasn’t always a good idea, because there was a risk that ... more
    • Don't mess this up. - Leon Finnin, Fri Jan 19 11:51
      Leon’s night was restless, it was his first time away from home. He tried his best to sleep, but he knew he snored and didnt want to keep his roommate awake threw that, especially after just meeting... more
      • Stick with me, kid - Katherine Kendrick, Fri Jan 19 14:47
        Grandpa Aaron was amazing. He was Aunt Jessie’s dad and Drew’s stepdad and he had frogs and things and did the best spells. He was also the Spellwork professor, because in addition to being all of... more
        • Yeah, just dont stick it on me. - Leon, Fri Jan 19 22:53
          Leon smiled in relief as the girl came to him, “yeah, sure!” The boys eyes widened a little in fear as he saw the tarantula on the girls shoulder. “T… that thing i...is your friend?” Leon would never ... more
          • How about sticking with you? - Kit, Mon Jan 22 12:56
            The first-year called Darby a thing and Kit narrowed green eyes at him. Was he also racist against tarantulas? Or no, what was the word Drew had said to use. Specist . It meant racist against... more
            • If you don't mind picking me up. - Leon, Wed Jan 24 11:32
              The young boy stifled a squeak when the girl illuminated the spider on her shoulder. “Alright, why don't you start looking for those boxes. I don't know why I thought I had this in the bag.” The boy... more
              • That may be logistically challenging - Kit, Wed Jan 24 19:18
                Kit didn’t know how to feel about Leon because he seemed to be kind of...helpless. She had never been a big sister so she’d never had to deal with this sort of thing before. Drew was her age and... more
                • Leon took a few deep breaths then wiped his tears on his sleeve and fumbled for his wand in the darkness. “Listen, sorry it’s just my first day away from home and… I’m not used to facing these things ... more
                  • Now that was uncalled for - Kit, Fri Jan 26 06:02
                    Sometimes Kit was a very patient person. She was good at arts and crafts, like making costumes and things. She was going to help with costumes for the school musical this year, and she made cosplay... more
                    • I, however, was called for - Professor Aaron McKindy, Fri Jan 26 06:33
                      It wasn’t as though Aaron McKindy was unused to general chaos erupting in his classes. He had been teaching long enough that the had taught the parents of some of the kids in his classes, and he had... more
                      • Yes, sir, I need some help. - Leon, Tue Feb 6 21:28
                        Leon took the seat next to his Head of House. The boy's eyes still puffy and red, though he has seemed to stop crying for now. He took a loud exacerbated breath, then decided to speak. “Okay, I guess ... more
                        • Yes, yes you do - Kit, Wed Feb 7 14:49
                          Before coming to RMI, Kit had thought that she liked people a lot because she got along with everyone. The other kids in her class at Rock Creek Elementary weren’t all her best and closest friends... more
    • Too excited to sleep! - Keith Allen, Fri Jan 19 10:20
      Keith had hardly slept the night before. The feast had been incredible, and while the person he had spent the whole feast talking to was much older, Keith thought he had found at least an ally in the ... more
      • I'm whatever the opposite of that is - Dade Farnon, Fri Jan 19 16:44
        Overall, summer had been calm. For Dade. By which he meant that he had stayed the pineapple out of the way when it came to his sister because she seemed hell-bent on making what he assumed would be... more
        • So bored you need a nap? - Keith, Sat Jan 20 10:12
          Keith was surprised when the older boy he had spoken to had an accent. If the shows didn’t fail him, it sounded English. Dad had mentioned RMI was an international school and that Keith shouldn’t be... more
          • Naptime sounds great - Dade, Fri Jan 26 09:33
            Weirdly, Dade had actually kind of taken to teaching people magic. A lot of what he and Remington and Kit did was research new spells and then try them on each other. What had started out as mostly... more
            • Naptime is always great. - Keith, Wed Jan 31 20:56
              Keith watched as Dade made the spell look easy. Keith was just a bit jealous. At his old school, he had been top of his class in almost everything. The eleven-year-old wouldn’t admit it out loud, but ... more
              • Everyone should have naptime - Dade, Sat Feb 3 12:54
                So the kid was a halfblood, but his parents had inexplicably raised him like a Muggle. Dade didn’t get it. Like fine, not everyone could have magic parents and that wasn’t their fault but when one... more
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