Fri Nov 3, 2017 16:30

He had some familiarity with Drew Tennant, basically because the kid had been living at the school the entire time Dardanius had been there, and moreover because Marissa was close with the Tennants, and Danny had been close friends with Marissa for more than five years. In fact it sort of passed Danny by that Drew was still only a first year, so when Drew told him he was only twelve, Danny merely nodded in semi-aware acknowledgment.

Danny thought maybe his yeargroup had been briefly introduced to Lurlina faeries in their beginner classes, but he couldn’t remember much about them, except for the particular attribute that had his pairing up with a younger student today. He started to consider that if everyone stopped seeing the faeries at precisely the same age, this was a strange sort of magic, which didn’t seem to have any use or purpose, either to the faeries or to witches and wizards. It seemed likely, then, that some people saw them for longer than others; in which case, what would the determining factors be? Perhaps innocence or naivety (although that would surely account for a much greater variation in age range of those being able to see the faeries and otherwise), or maybe magical skill, or possibly even something as mundane as adults being less likely to focus on the whimsical, and more on the practical (although if that were the case, Cindra Embers ought to still be able to see the faeries. Maybe she could?).

Drew ascertained that he had seen some of the faeries, which was decidedly a good starting point for the assignment. He asked whether Danny had his wand ready, which the sixth year should have anticipated, since he was the only one of the pair who had been specifically instructed to cast a spell (‘immobulus' was open to either of them, apparently), but he was so much in the habit of trying to cast spells without his wand that his dependence on it was dwindling. “Yes,” he said, pulling his book bag around in front of him to retrieve his wand from the front pocket - it took him a couple of moments to locate it, during which he explained, “I don’t use it much, I’m working on wandless magic.” He had always found defensive spells to be the easiest to cast without his wand, but he supposed the spell he would need to cast to reveal the Lurlina was probably, technically a charm. He might be able to manage it without his wand, but perhaps on the first attempt, at least, he should take steps towards making sure his spell casting would be successful. Finally locating his wand, he retrieved it, and let his brown leather bag swing back against his hip, its singular strap slung across his body and over the opposite shoulder.

His first year companion said he’d seen some faeries disappearing into the trees. “Lead the way,” Danny invited, his wand now ready, held steady in his right hand. His dragonhide boots were ideal footwear for traipsing about in the woodland, but unfortunately (in this instance) he had been accustomed to Ivy’s style of teaching DADA, so he’d opted for his sneakers (grey with neon orange laces) in case some sort of obstacle course might have been awaiting them. Likewise his grey combats and neon orange long-sleeved tee had been selected for ease of movement. At least he wouldn’t be restricted by his clothing if he did need to defend himself against invisible Lurlina, but he hoped it wouldn’t come to that.

  • How is it on Cloud Nine? - Andrew Tennant, Wed Nov 1 23:21
    Cindra Embers was probably technically one of Drew’s aunts (because she was cousins with Kat and Abby and sisters with Cosette) but she didn’t come to family holidays and Drew was pretty sure he had... more
    • Blissful - Dardanius, Fri Nov 3 16:30
      • But hopefully not ignorant - Drew, Tue Nov 7 13:48
        “ I don’t use it much, I’m working on wandless magic. ” Well Danny didn’t have to brag about it but wandless magic was pretty cool. Aaron did it all the time. Things in the Tennant apartment... more
        • Omniscience is an unrealistic goal - Danny, Fri Nov 10 15:09
          This class felt like a slight waste of his time - the same could apply to all the upper years, for that matter - as Danny suspected the younger years could probably manage the assignment without the... more
          • What about omnipotence? - Drew, Wed Nov 22 14:25
            Man of few words, Danny Dubois. Or he just didn’t want to talk about his girlfriend with her cousin, which, like, fair, dude. Drew had been hoping for more details. Just, like, how Danny thought it... more
            • Leaves no room for improvement - Danny, Mon Nov 27 11:42
              Drew was still talking to a spot that contained nothing but thin air as far as Danny was concerned, so he had to assume that the faerie was still there and that his spell had simply missed. That... more
              • Being omnivorous, then? - Drew, Wed Nov 29 10:17
                Danny was sarcastic right back at Drew, which was a good sign. He’d meant it as a joke, so good, Danny didn’t take things too seriously. Not that Drew was testing him, because that was stupid.... more
                • I'm down for that - Danny, Wed Nov 29 14:08
                  Drew said that he couldn’t see any more faeries around them, and Danny had no choice but to take his word for it. He supposed it made sense that if any other faeries had seen what the students were... more
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