Brynjolf Nilssen [Draco]
I would prefer actual electrocution right now.
Wed Mar 22, 2017 00:31
173.59.238.39

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 good thing. Despite the fact that his mother could never be a teacher, Professor Blair’s temperament was eerily similar to that of his mother. If you handed her a wooden spoon and taught her to yell in Swedish, he was certain that they could almost evoke the same level of fear in the young Draco. As it happened, Professor Blair did not wield a wooden spoon, something that the Nord was ever thankful for. If she ever did have one, well, Bryn would definitely not be present in the classroom on that day.

As it happened, Professor Blair wielded only her usual sour attitude topped with what Bryn could only assume were hormones from the small human she was carrying. Again, just another way that Estelle Blair and Astrid Nilssen were similar. When his mom had been pregnant with Norah, the spoon had been the least of Bryn’s worries. So when it came down to it, he tried his best to be pleasant and not disruptive in class (although he was a fourteen year old boy – so that was easier said than done). As such, it only made sense that by the time the door to the classroom slammed shut Bryn was already set up to take notes and pay attention.

That was until he saw what was on the board.

Were they actually learning about cultural differences? Bryn bit back a groan, instead choosing to fix his eyes on the desk in front of him. His exam was still sitting there, untouched from when it had zoomed angrily across the room. The male had thought about ducking but his instead let his paper hit him and flop uselessly against his desk. With an unworried look on his face, Bryn had left it there. Now though, he flipped it over. Unsurprisingly, an Outstanding sat before him. He hadn’t always gotten good grades from Professor Blair, not until he started taking serious advantage of the fact that they were encouraged to come to her during office hours if they needed help with the material. As long as it was something that you couldn’t find in the book – or as long as you clearly knew what the textbook said – Professor Blair always seemed to be willing to help.

But cultural differences practically bored the Nord to death. It wasn’t that the topic wasn’t important, it was just that well, he wasn’t interested in it. Still, he copied down the notes and added his own thoughts to the topic in the margins of his parchment paper. When the boxes halted in front of them, Bryn stared at the box labeled “situations” with a disdainful glance. Grabbing the box, he turned to the person next to him. “Items definitely would have been easier than situations,” he grumbled a bit, glancing over at the person and offering the box to them. “But we’ll have to make do with this. As long as you have no objections to partnering with me, would you like to pick the paper slip?”

  • 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
      • 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
      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... more
      • 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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