Russell Drew [4th year, Cetus]
I prefer my jolts from coffee
Thu Mar 23, 2017 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, so it was really more of a panicked flail combined with an upper-body hopping motion and sliding sideways off his chair in the process. It didn’t matter how many times Professor Blair did it; he was a naturally jittery sort of person, and the suddenness of the sound always got to him. It was aggravating and loud and unnecessary.

Cultural Studies itself, he didn’t find aggravating, as evident by the A written on the top of his test. His interest level in the class varied day by day and he was possibly going to drop it next year - he’d signed up for it more out of curiousity than anything else, having never experienced a class like this before he transferred into RMI. But it was mostly discussion-based, which at least meant a low risk of injury compared to classes like Potions or Defense, and he liked that. It was, however, still loud and unnecessary, because on top of slamming the door, Professor Blair seemed to enjoy shouting all her lectures, especially recently.

Well, maybe it was necessary. Russell was an only child, and his parents didn’t have siblings either, and somehow it had worked out that none of the other adults he had interacted with before had been pregnant while he was interacting with them, and he also never watched television (screens were awful for his head) so he hadn’t even seen pregnancy in movies. He didn’t have a clue what pregnant women were supposed to be like. Maybe they were all loud and glare-y. (It was a relief that he had gotten a passing grade, because it made him feel justified in ducking his head and refusing eye contact when she started glaring around - not that eye contact was very easy anyways when one was wearing sunglasses, but whatever.)

He listened attentively throughout the lecture, although he didn’t jot down more than a couple lines in his special dark-papered notebook. The fourteen-year-old thought it all sounded a little weird, but still straightforward. Just draw from a box and talk about it. That shouldn’t be difficult. Of course, the lighting in the lecture hall made it more difficult for him, because there were lights near the front of the room that reflected off the wall and made him cringe to look straight ahead, so he couldn’t properly read what had been written on the blackboard. Those terms were the ones he had put in his notebook, though, so it should be fine.

Reaching a finger inside the pocket of his cargo shorts, he confirmed that Jaws was still sleeping. The tiny mouse was fairly nocturnal, but occasionally Jaws woke up and wanted to run around during class, which made it rather a challenge for him to get any work done since the whole reason why he carried his mouse with him was to keep out of the reach of any cats in the school. Russell readjusted the hem of the polo shirt he had paired today with his usual shorts and sandals, and then glanced around awkwardly for another student to work with.

When he turned his head to the right, someone was already looking at him. Oh, good. “Er, hi,” he greeted them, offering a hesitant smile. The professor had already sent a box towards them, so Russell picked it up out of the air and held it out to the other student. “You can draw first. If you want to. Or not, that’s fine. But you can.”

  • 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
      • *~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
      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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