I was just thinking 'S'
Fri Feb 9, 2018 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 students working with the younger, but he might not have, he might have imagined it - he was only about half sure that had actually happened. He’d been too interested in looking at everything else in the room to really hear what had been said. Also because Sam said he had tried the spell a few times before, and you weren’t supposed to do magic at home if you were underage, and Sam was definitely underage, because he was small and in the beginner’s class, and it was only the first day of classes, so he probably hadn’t had much time to try practicing spells. Sure he could have tried a few out between the Opening Feast and now, but it would have been very good luck to have chosen a spell that was being taught in their first class. So yes, Sam was definitely, almost certainly, anyway, an older student. Also he had more confidence, which pointed to - oh, he was doing the spell already.

“You did it,” Jesse said, without emotion; he was merely commenting on the scenario, not attributing value to it. The not-a-first-year Sam was not emotional about his achievement either, so it was probably fine that Jesse had reacted similarly. It was, however, now his turn to try, and he was a bit excited, a bit nervous, to try his first spell in his first class. “Lumos,” Jesse incanted. The tip of his wand glowed with a dim light for almost a second before it extinguished itself. In mimicry of the mixed feelings he’d had moments ago, before casting the spell, he now felt a combination of pride at his success and disappointment at its immediate cessation. “Maybe if I try again I’ll do better,” he said, elucidating his thought process aloud.

Jesse proceeded to try the spell again, resulting in the exact same effect as before. “Is magic one of those things that gets easier with practise?” he asked. Some things just did. Riding a broomstick had gotten easier with practise, but choosing his own clothes was still an effort. Jesse often thought it would be easier to just wear pajamas all the time - they came in co-ordinating sets so you didn’t have to match them up yourself, and they were comfortable - but just about everyone he’d ever voiced that theory to had disagreed with him. Today he was wearing some new-ish (for him but probably old-ish for the person who’d owned them before) jeans and one of his favorite t-shirts that was blue all over with small orange fish near the bottom. Of course his uniform robes covered most of everything anyway so he didn’t have to think as much about not matching when everyone could only see his shoes. Maybe nobody here would care anyway, but Felix and Lola and his mother always told him he wasn’t good at matching, so he thought they were representative of people in general, but maybe his family cared more about matching than anyone else. Jesse didn’t care about matching.

  • The grey man - Satveer, Tue Feb 6 10:43
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    • I was just thinking 'S' - Jesse, Fri Feb 9 05:48
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        • You're not wrong - Jesse, Thu Feb 15 15:47
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