Marley Chapman [2nd year, Lyra]
I'm feeling a little shock
Mon Mar 20, 2017 18:27

Yawning widely, Marley shuffled down the steps of the Lecture Hall and plonked down in an aisle seat, right on the front row. Pulling out her notebook, she began twirling her pencil aimlessly. She had learned pretty quickly last year that it was best for her to sit in the front row during her morning classes. The peppy Canadian liked mornings, but mostly because she liked breakfast; she was not-so-peppy in morning classes. Sitting in the front row meant that she wasn’t allowed to fall asleep halfway through class no matter how much she wanted to. There was an obligation to stay awake, and she would totally fill that obligation.

Front row seats also usually meant an obligation to talk with the professor or answer questions. She knew some people were uncomfortable with being called on in class, but Marley wasn’t one of those people. Even in the mornings when her brain was moving through mud, she was always happy to speak up, as long as the professor was patient with her thinking a little slowly. Professor Blair wasn’t the most patient professor, she thought, but sometimes - like right now, Marley realized, having tuned out the first bit of class - she waited for students to offer ideas instead of actually calling on people. So far, so good.

Due to the aforementioned tuning out, Marley didn’t have anything to offer right now, so instead she turned her attention to the paper that had landed in front of her while she was staring into space. Ooh, was it her test from last week? She grabbed it and flipped it over eagerly. Brown eyes widened at seeing the large P on the top. No way, that couldn’t be right. Cultural Studies wasn’t, like, a hard class. Leaning over, she used her pencil to jab the shoulder of the student beside her to get their attention - jabbing them with the eraser end, duh, not the pointy end. “Hey,” she whispered, “what’d you get on-- oh, sorry,” she cut herself off, remembering that Professor Blair was technically still talking. She zipped her lips and turned back to the front.

The lecture (or at least the parts of it that she heard) was kind of interesting. She knew a bit about different cultures. Her parents were a good example, since her mum was Italian and her dad was from an African immigrant family. Depending on who she was living with at the time, Marley was often skipping off to a different group of their friends and connections in Canada/America, and this usually cumulated in her feeling a little confused because if she was half and half then what culture was she supposed to be?

So this discussion thing should be pretty cool, she thought. Maybe it would help her figure, well, herself, out a little better. Turning back to the person beside her whom she’d pencil-jabbed earlier, she offered them a grin. “Sorry about that. I just like, looked at my test, and I really wanted to compare grades with someone because, like--” She glanced quickly at Professor Blair and dropped her voice lower. “--this class isn’t that hard, yeah? So a bad mark doesn’t make sense. So what’d you get on the test?” she demanded of them curiously. “Oh, and d’you wanna be partners?” Professor Blair had already sent a box their way; it was floating in front of them. She was eager to crack it open, but not until finding out if her classmate had done as badly - er, poorly - as she had.

  • Cultural Studies: Let's Get Shocked! (Years 1-4) - Professor Estelle Blair-West, Mon Mar 20 14:02
    “Umph.” Estelle hefted herself on top of the desk at the front of the lecture hall, wiggling until her back was flat against the blackboard with legs stretched out in front and then smoothing her... more
    • I prefer my jolts from coffee - Russell Drew [4th year, Cetus], Thu Mar 23 22:13
      Russell managed to literally jump off his chair when the classroom door slammed shut. Well, literally wasn’t the right word. There wasn’t quite enough space between the rows for him to jump properly, ... more
      • *~Oooo Shock Treatment~* - Remington Burnham (Draco 1st Year), Sat Mar 25 17:47
        If there was one class that Remington felt was easy, it was Cultural Studies. Her mother, a witch, was a sociocultural anthropologist who focused on understanding Muggle culture and explaining it to... more
        • As long as we don't get burned - Russell, Sun Mar 26 13:53
          The younger girl agreeably drew from the box first, which gave him a chance to study her from behind his sunglasses and try to figure out if he had seen her before. She was definitely more than a... more
    • Thoroughly shocked - Connor Farnon [Cetus], Wed Mar 22 06:26
      As a lofty second-year student, Connor had hit his stride in all of his classes. Spellwork and Potions were okay, Astronomy was boring and chilly but it wasn’t the worst thing ever, History of Magic... more
    • I would prefer actual electrocution right now. - Brynjolf Nilssen [Draco], Wed Mar 22 00:31
      Brynjolf Nilssen was never late to class. But if there was one class he was consistently early to, it was Estelle Blair’s Cultural Studies. The woman reminded him of his mother and that was never a... more
      • ZAP! - Leopold Harris (Lyra), Thu Mar 23 13:08
        Leopold had arrived uncharacteristically early to Cultural Studies and no one was more surprised than himself. Indeed had he been asked the Lyra would have admitted that his original intention was... more
    • "Shockingly" disinterested - Dade Farnon [Cetus], Tue Mar 21 05:14
      Dade Farnon was wearing robes, khakis, an olive-green vest over a light blue shirt, and a grumpy expression on his face. The dark-haired boy had dragged his feet coming to Cultural Studies, as usual, ... more
      • Can't say I'm shocked about your attitude. - Petra Stiglitz [Aquila], Tue Mar 21 21:25
        Petra was not normally afraid of Professor Blair. The woman taught a cool class and it really helped the girl fill in the gaps of knowledge that came from her muggle/wizard raising. Being the third... more
        • What a shock - Dade, Thu Mar 23 04:53
          He hadn’t worked with Petra before but Dade knew her name, if nothing else about her. She seemed to be pretty quiet, unlike some others in their year, so that was nice, but Dade had never worked with ... more
          • Simmer down there, sparky - Petra, Tue Mar 28 15:31
            Petra thought that Dade had some really good questions about the lesson. The first one, the first year really wasn’t sure that she could answer and it made her frown in displeasure. She didn’t like... more
    • I'm feeling a little shock - Marley Chapman [2nd year, Lyra], Mon Mar 20 18:27
      • Shock level is not decreasing - Claudia Dubois [2nd year Cetus], Tue Mar 21 17:37
        Claudia enjoyed cultural studies. She knew she lived in her own privileged little bubble, and she was fine with that, thank you, but she didn’t enjoy ignorance. Cultural studies was fascinating,... more
        • Stabilizing a little, though - Marley, Wed Mar 22 11:59
          “I’m not sure it’s any of your business.” “...Oh.” It was weird to be turned down like that. Marley was, very very briefly, stumped on what to say in response. Because, well, why wouldn’t it be her... more
          • Sure we can shake it up again - Claudia, Fri Mar 24 16:12
            Having observed her peers - especially her own yearmates - for the past year and a half, Claudia was not in the least bit surprised when Marley began talking at a hundred miles a minute. However she... more
            • You've sure shook me up - Marley, Sat Mar 25 14:03
              Claudia confirmed that she didn't actually know much about centaurs, and Marley nodded, happy to go along with talking about humans first. Well, really just happy to go along with talking. Some... more
              • Likewise - Claudia, Mon Mar 27 05:30
                For a split-second, it seemed to Claudia as though she had rendered Marley speechless; her partner was opening and closing her mouth but no sound was coming out. Claudia couldn't think of anything... more
                • Claudia usually took a lot of notes. Marley had noticed that, of course, because she took hardly any and so the scribbling of students around her often caught her attention, if only for a few brief... more
                  • Are we speaking the same language? - Claudia, Tue Mar 28 14:52
                    Stripping down Claudia’s points to their barest minimum, Marley summarised, “So you just wanna marry someone who’s rich and Pureblooded?” There was something in her tone that suggested skepticism.... more
                    • I'm gonna need a translation - Marley, Wed Mar 29 01:26
                      Claudia was obviously trying to make her feel better, except it wasn’t actually very obvious, because she hadn’t answered her question about if she thought a Muggle could be a good marriage partner.... more
                      • Or a mediator - Claudia, Thu Mar 30 05:29
                        For just a moment, Claudia optimistically believed they were beginning to get back on track, but then Marley had to take offense at her use of the word ‘fine’ and they were back to square one.... more
                        • Or a distraction - Marley, Fri Mar 31 22:32
                          Marley had heard about the witch-hunts and stuff like that, but she didn't think it was really relevant. Obviously not all Muggles would be quick to get on with wizards, and vice-versa too (as was... more
                          • Or a brief break - Claudia, Sat Apr 1 16:31
                            Claudia wasn’t sure exactly what she was feeling. She was disappointed with Marley for not being able to sway in her point of view, and she was frustrated that she couldn’t accurately convey her own... more
                            • And a small loop back to the beginning - Marley, Sat Apr 1 23:23
                              As she waited for Claudia to say something, Marley attempted to put their argument to the side of her brain and focus on this new topic. Knitting. Okay. Obviously there was Muggle knitting and... more
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