Katherine Kendrick
Where should I start?
Mon Aug 6, 2018 09:25

It was time for History of Magic and Katherine Kendrick was kind of excited for it. Lots of people thought that History of Magic was boring, but Kit loved Professor Boot. He was as old as the wind and had been at RMI forever (although Mom and Dad had never mentioned him, weirdly) and he told the best stories about goblin rebellions. Kit loved hearing about the goblin rebellions, and there were so many of them that she would never, ever get bored! Maybe Professor Boot had repeated himself a couple of times about some of his favorite rebellions (Kit’s personal favorite was the one with the goats, so far) but if he had, she hadn’t noticed. No, History of Magic was just like storytime, but with more defenestration and decapitation - both words she’d learned in the class. See? History of Magic was fun and educational at the same time!

One of the things that Katherine wanted to do actually and for real was to make a comic about one of the goblin rebellions for Professor Boot. She wasn’t great at drawing, but her boyfriend was! Satveer was an amazing artist. He’d made art just for her, even, and he’d taken her on the best date ever. Maybe Kit could work together with Satveer to do a goblin rebellion comic! She could do the words and stuff and maybe make little clay sculptures of her ideas and then Satveer could draw them. Amazing. Such a good idea. Kit knew she would have to talk to Satveer immediately to get it started if she wanted it to be done by Christmas, when she could give it to Professor Boot as a present!

Skipping into the lecture hall, Kit took a seat in the front and slipped her Mokona backpack off her shoulders, placing it on the chair next to her. She got busy rummaging around her backpack and finally ended up with a battered notebook and the pointy half of a pencil. Yep, Katherine Kendrick was ready for learnin’, Captain!

(Her and Madeleine and Drew had played pirate princesses recently, so Kit was still part pirate.)

She was so concentrated on learning that she was staring at Professor Boot and didn’t notice that someone was trying to sit next to her. When they tried to move her backpack, Kit distractedly apologized and slid the bag under her seat, still staring at Professor Boot as he waited for everyone to come in. After a few minutes of staring at him, the professor began his lesson and Katherine bounced up and down in her seat - literally.

Oooh, the goblin rebellion of 1754? In big, bold letters, Katherine wrote down ‘1754’ and underlined it a couple of times in dark, smudgy graphite. She wasn’t sure if she remembered the goblin rebellion of 1754, or if she’d learned about it yet. The only thing that Kit was pretty sure of was that it was not the one with the goats, which made it automatically more lame. Not super lame, obviously, because how could goblin rebellions be lame at all?? But lame-r because no goats. Kit liked goats, but she couldn’t get a pet goat because they weren’t allowed at RMI. On the plus side, a goat would eat all of Darlene’s stuff. On the minus side, Darby said he would eat a goat if it were in the room. Darby was smaller than a goat but he was real determined, so Katherine didn’t want to risk it. Goats were too cute to have her pet tarantula eat them, even if Darby was cute too.

Unfortunately, as it turned out, the class was not about the goblin rebellion of 1754, or about any goblin rebellion at all for that matter. It was all about their own lives, and making timelines. Katherine couldn’t particularly remember making timelines last year, but it looked like timelines and number lines were pretty much the same thing except that timelines measured time, not numbers. Even though time was kind of a number. Or well, you measured time in numbers. So maybe this was really a number line? What kind of numbers should she use? Years, or seconds, or even minutes? Because there were 525,600 minutes in a year (which Kit knew because Mom and Dad sang songs from musicals sometimes. A lot of the times.) and that was a lot, and Kit wasn’t sure how to do the math for more than one year, and even if she was she would probably have to guess what minute something happened, and what if that something took more than one minute? Did she write it down for the entire block of minutes it took?

Minutes were out, but Kit considered hours and then days, and then was bonked right in the head with a piece of parchment. Realizing that she’d missed a lot of the instructions and now had a song stuck in her head, Katherine unrolled her piece of parchment. It was taller than her and blank, so probably they were supposed to write their time-is-a-number line on it. Okay, well. An important number was the number of the day that Marissa was born on, obviously, so Kit wrote that down first. Then she thought about other numbers. The number of the day that Drew was born on was important too, so Kit wrote that down, and then Madeleine’s (although she was less important). Hm. What was Darby’s birthday? Katherine decided to ask him when she got back to their room, where Darby was executing Secret Mission Steal Darlene’s Socks. It was a good, very successful mission so far. Darlene had been resorting to wearing tights instead of socks, which made Katherine giggle because tights were like, the least comfortable thing in the history of ever.

“What are you writing down?” Kit leaned over to her neighbor to look at their parchment, curious. “Are you doing minutes or days or hours?”

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    • Where should I start? - Katherine Kendrick, Mon Aug 6 09:25
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