Jesse Keller
Nothing out of the ordinary
Fri May 11, 2018 10:06

The patch of worn fabric on the sleeve of Jesse’s uniform robes had long since become a hole. He had attempted to mend it on a couple of occasions with a spell he had found in his textbook, Reparo, and it sort of worked, fusing the fabric together so it looked only marginally more worn than when Jesse had begun wearing the second-hand robes in September, but inevitably over time it became damaged again. The hole was now big enough for Jesse to poke his thumb through it, which he did as Professor Boot decided to start addressing the students. Although as his words didn’t reference a particular topic, it was possible that he had already been addressing the students and Jesse had been too distracted by pushing his thumb through the hole in his robes to notice. In fact that seemed the most likely scenario, as Jesse often became sufficiently distracted in class that he missed the focus of the lecture, and he didn’t think that even Professor Boot, who was almost as distracted as Jesse, judging by his erratic skipping from one rebellion to another with such fluidity that a person not paying enough attention could easily get lost, would set a group project assignment with no topic.

Tugging his hand free of his clothes - not of all of his clothes, because then he would be experiencing a reputedly common nightmare of sitting in a classroom without being fully attired, and although Jesse had never had that nightmare himself, it did not sound at all like something he would want to experience while he was asleep, let alone while he was awake. He didn’t even like to wear his swimming shorts where people could see him, because Felix always made comments about him being fat whenever Jesse took any of his clothes off, even though their mother said he wasn’t fat really, he was just stocky and growing into his frame, and his round cheeks were adorable and not fat at all, despite Jesse’s opinion that he was too old to still be called adorable by his mother, so he definitely didn’t want to take his clothes off just in the classroom. Anyway he pulled his thumb free from the hole in his uniform robes, and left all his other clothes in place, as was normal behaviour for this situation - Jesse picked up his quill and made notes: informative, creative, 2 diagrams. Props. No soap. That seemed like enough direction for a group project. All Jesse needed now was a group, preferably including someone who had heard the topic.

The first year turned in his seat to speak to the person closest to him. “I have different colors of ink,” he said by way of recommending himself as an appealing candidate for group work. He was good at drawing, too, but didn’t know whether the diagrams they would need ought to be pictorial illustrations or visual presentations of numerical data; without a topic he was quite clueless. He could not justifiably recommend himself as an able academic in this class particularly, either: in every other class it seemed that his grades were a steady average, but History of Magic was proving to be a perplexing outlier: sometimes Jesse’s grades were concerningly low, and sometimes surprisingly high, and sometimes the professor decided not to grade his work at all. The assignment were sporadic, and while Jesse enjoyed reading his textbook and learning about magical wars, revolutions, and other events of historical significance, he could not be certain that he was digesting the material in an appropriate way. He did not want to boast that he had earned an O for his essay on deregulation of unicorn hair as an illegal trade, in case it later became apparent that he had been graded D for the article he had written on the International Warlock Convention of 1289. “I’m not terrible at history, either,” he added, as an honest compromise.

  • Everyone loves a group project (HoM 1-5) - Professor Samuel Boot, Sun Apr 22 18:52
    The Headmaster (he was even cheerier this year, and he was also Welsh this year, which Samuel would have found more interesting if not for the off-putting cheeriness) had not been especially... more
    • Nothing out of the ordinary - Jesse Keller, Fri May 11 10:06
      • Same stuff, different day? - Petra Stiglitz, Tue May 15 13:48
        If there was a class that Petra was willing to skip altogether, it was one-hundred-percent History of Magic. It was one of those classes that the Aquila couldn’t wait to stop going to altogether. She ... more
        • No two days are the same - Jesse, Tue May 15 14:50
          The girl Jesse had spoken to was not a first year. He didn’t know her name, or anything much about her, except that she was in one of the yeargroups currently taking this class, and probably he could ... more
    • Doing less of the work is always good - Andrew Tennant, Wed May 9 09:12
      History of Magic was an interesting balance of being bored by Professor Boot and actually caring about the subject. Drew was a couple of years off from having to choose which subjects he would... more
    • Dazed and confused - Satveer Mittal, Fri May 4 11:57
      Satveer sat semi-slumped at his desk. His elbow perched atop the wood and his hand cupping the side of his chin, supporting his thumping head, as he listened to Professor Boot. Having gone to bed... more
      • Perplexed and concerned - Marley Chapman, Wed May 9 19:29
        It didn’t take long into Professor Boot’s announcement for Marley to conclude that she really must’ve zoned out last class. What had they even been talking about then? She very clearly remembered the ... more
        • erm. yes! - Satveer, Thu May 10 11:45
          Satveer’s was happy with how his appearance had changed since he had started RMI. After the embarrassment of his first few weeks (where apparently he was the only one who wore shirts and trousers to... more
          • Also a tad worried about you - Marley, Tue May 15 18:25
            Satveer’s reassurance that his, well, whatever was going on with him, had nothing to do with their mysterious History of Magic project was not exactly the most reassuring reassurance Marley had... more
            • Which one of us are you worried about? - Satveer, Wed May 16 11:10
              Satveer couldn’t help but feel somewhat sorry for himself. His rough night and inability to eat topped off with his feeling conscious about his flaky appearance really had really hindered his ability ... more
    • I actually kind of do though - Remington Burnham, Thu May 3 12:49
      Remington Burnham never missed a class. She could imagine very few situations where she would. One of those happened recently, when Dade disappeared during boggart day during Defense Against the Dark ... more
      • I used to. - Magdalena Adler, Mon May 7 13:33
        History of magic was not the showiest class. It involved less wandwork and gave Alena ample opportunities to use all fifteen of her coloured quills for her revisions notes. In theory it should have... more
        • I bet we can figure it out again - Remington, Wed May 16 10:34
          Remington gave Alena an apologetic smile. “I’m pretty sure asking Boot would be the worst idea. Well, it’s the worst idea if we don’t have something to offer him, like a pastry or a baked good.” When ... more
          • I'm a little doubtful - Alena, Thu May 17 19:08
            “I don’t suppose a Fizzing whizbee would sweeten him up?” Alena joked tensely, seeing as that was about all she had to offer. She chewed her lip worried about what the sporadic lesson plans of the... more
            • That's okay, I'll help you be sure - Remington, Sat May 19 22:01
              “If only,” Remington sighed, “But I get the feeling that Boot is more into pastries than candy. We’ll have to bring him fancy donuts or something next class. I bet he’d lose his mind.” While the... more
              • Phew. Thanks. - Alena, Mon May 21 12:47
                “I don’t know a lot about the feminist movement,” Alena admitted. Alena wasn’t well versed on feminism. It had come up in class a little but Alena’s mind often drifted as new worries popped into her... more
                • You're welcome! - Remington, Tue May 22 07:59
                  Despite Alena not offering much help, Remington still managed a smile and a shrug. So she didn’t know much about the feminist movement or about Muggles. Well, good, they were here to learn. It would... more
                  • Alena let out a little sigh of relief when Remington confirmed that this would be the topic of their project and then began to rattle off a list of things to start things in ernest. Alena sat by her... more
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