Professor Ivy Rasnick
Let's get Physical! [DADA, Yrs 4 and 5]
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:04

Everyone thought that Defense Against the Dark Arts classes were always about duelling, hexes, and curses but the one thing that Ivy had learned over the years was that physical fitness was just as important. So for the first lesson of the new year Ivy had her fourth and fifth years meet her in the Outdoor Classroom wearing workout clothes they wouldn’t mind getting dirty.

Ivy stood at the entrance of the Outdoor classroom waiting for her students dressed in a pair of black yoga pants, and a tank top under a black hoody. Her dark hair was pulled up into a high and tight bun. As they gathered, she had each of them put anything that wasn’t their wand into a pile. She made sure everyone was wearing work out appropriate clothing and that everyone with long hair had it pulled up into a ponytail.

Once everyone was gathered Ivy smiled at them a bit wickedly. “Today we are going to be working on our physical fitness while trying to remember what we have learned that last three to four years.” She said with a smile. “You will be running an obstacle course that if you remember all your lessons you should be able to pass without a thought. The faster you are the better grade you get. So everyone ready? On your marks, get set, go!” With that Ivy blew her whistle as the kids were off, some running other jogging, some even were brave enough to walk.

Ivy hopped on the broom she had at her feet and flew ahead of them. The obstacle course was about a mile and a half long with ten obstacles. The first one was about fifty feet from the entrance. A sign said carry me and pointed to a bunch of logs. Ivy never said how to do it, or what classes the spells had to be from. She assumed most of the kids would be smart enough to use the Levitation Charm to carry the log.

From the log station that kids had to bring the wood with them to the next one a giant pit of mud. What the students didn’t know there were four Erklings on either side trying to entice them. Of course, this section was heavily guarded by some RMI house elves so if any students did get to close the House Elves would transport them to the next obstacle with a mark allowing Ivy to know it happened. To get past the students had to have some willpower to get through. They were almost out of the age that Erklings liked but not quiet.

From the Erkling station came the Basilisk Crawl the place the logs could be set down. Not to worry there were no actual Basilisks here no the students had to get into a tight and slick tunnel with a heavy liner filled with water above them, pushing them down. The only way to get through was to draw oneself through using your arms. Or, if using their wands the students could easily use a propelling spell she had taught them last term to help them through.

After another job, this time into the forest the kids came to the fourth obstacle. The one there were fire pits on either side of the path. Smoke would burn the students eyes, and breathing wouldn’t be the most comfortable thing in the world. At the end, there was a pit of fire blocking their way. If the students put out the flames using Aguamenti Spell, the flames died enough to let them pass without issue. If the students just jumped the were instantly sent into a pit of cold water to put them out.
The fifth obstacle was another smoky one this one though forced the students to crawl through a fog of what smelled like peppermint that stung the eyes and again made it hard to breathe. The easy fix to that was casting an air charm to sweep away the fog so one could see again just fine.

At this point, the student would run out of the forest and back into the classroom. But before they could make it to the final four obstacles they had to pass a wall that stood 10 feet high and had no hand or foot holds. There was to be no magic help for this one. This one was all about teamwork, something she had tried to instil in them since she had begun teaching. There would be no defending a great dark wizard without a team to stand by you. So for this one, the students had to use each other to climb the walls.

The seventh obstacle was another get through and crawl through the mud and avoid the electric eels that were above them dangling down. As soon as a student would touch an eel, the water working as a conductor would shock their entire body. Once again there was no magic spell to use this was good old avoid the eels movement.

The last three came in quick succession as they all led into each other. The first of the three was a halfpipe that was slippery. One had to run up it and not fall. While teamwork would help this one did have a spell, a drying spell would work wonders to getting up the halfpipe quickly.

The second to last one was after a climb a ladder to a height of fifty feet the students were supposed to slide down a metal slide that had a large set of flames at the bottom. No amount of water would put them out. The only way to get through was to trust your professor wasn’t trying to murder you.

The slide stopped them after the flames, and the students would look down into a freezing looking pool of water. The polar plunge was freezing and half way through the pool there was a bar that the students were forced to go under to ensure their heads went under the water. A quick warming spell would do the trick.

Once the students were out of the pool they had twenty feet to run to get to the finish line. Once there, the house elves would clean them up, give them blankets and hot chocolate. Ivy smiled as the first kids made to the log station.

    • Just how physical are we talking here? - Rose Farnon [Aquila], Sat Jan 14 08:31
      After deciding that Professor Rasnick probably wouldn’t care if they showed up in bras and yoga pants, both Marissa and Rose had decided to go that route with ‘workout clothes’. While Marissa had... more
      • It's probably not what you're thinking. - Emmett Lawrence [Lyra], Sat Jan 14 18:17
        Ajkhskfhakjgks. Welp. This was the day Emmett would die. He should have known it would end like this, forced into extreme physical activity while he was already concentrating on just keeping blood... more
        • Or is it not what you're thinking? - Rose, Tue Jan 17 13:35
          As it happened, the person who had been trying to capitalize on her frozen mud was Emmett, which Rose really shouldn’t have been surprised by. Marissa’s ex wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer and ... more
          • ....*brain explodes* - Emmett, Wed Jan 18 17:03
            Emmett pondered for a second, trying to decide what looked stupider: to say “no thanks” to Rose’s Healing spell for his chin and look like a stubborn, ungrateful child, or to accept it and stand... more
            • Ew now there's brain juice everywhere - Rose, Tue Jan 24 10:32
              Once Emmett had agreed to let her heal the scratch on his chin, Rose reached down and tilted his head up so that she could get easy access to the cut. It wasn’t that bad, but the fifth year didn’t... more
    • But let’s not get dirty - Holland Keene [Lyra 5th Year], Thu Jan 12 13:44
      To put it lightly, Holland was less than thrilled to discover that the intermediates were starting with gym class. Wizarding school was supposed to drop fabricated subjects like physical education... more
      • I don't mind the mess - Russell Drew [4th year, Cetus], Thu Jan 12 19:07
        Back home in California, Defense Against the Dark Arts had fallen under the category of subjects that Russell found interesting but thought would be infinitely more so when it wasn't just himself and ... more
        • Then you’re welcome to stay in it - Holland, Thu Jan 12 21:06
          Holland thought they knew everyone in their year, and most of the fourth-years as well, but they were certain they’d never seen this boy before. The goggles made it hard to tell, but the only... more
          • "Oh... right," Russell muttered by means of acknowledgement, feeling a bit dumb. He had seen Professor Rasnick fly off ahead of them. But having multiple professors was in itself a very new... more
            • That’s one way to look at it - Holland, Fri Jan 13 13:59
              The transfer’s full name was two first names, which was a thing Holland had always found suspicious, but they answered his question anyway. “Fifth-year. Lyra,” in case the hair wasn’t a giveaway.... more
              • It's a practical approach - Russell, Fri Jan 13 19:17
                Holland, who was not new, was apparently game to work together, or at least game enough to have taken the plunge first into the tunnel. Russell found himself vaguely wishing that he had gone in... more
                • I’m more theoretical - Holland, Sat Jan 14 14:49
                  Mostly using their arms, Holland pulled themself through the mud under the tarp and decided they would love to never do this again. It was a good thing Frankie wasn’t here—Holland’s Quidditch captain ... more
                  • I'm kind of symmetrical - Russell , Sat Jan 14 17:52
                    As it turned out, Russell wasn't entirely the odd one out because Holland's education had almost gone the same way that his had. That was interesting. More interesting was hearing that Holland's dad... more
                    • I’m mostly apocryphal - Holland, Sun Jan 15 17:44
                      Russell’s water charm came out with all the strength of a fire hose, which startled Holland a bit but got the job done. Their own (more restrained) spell was a controlled stream that they used to... more
                      • And a little existential - Russell, Mon Jan 16 02:04
                        He nodded and flicked his wand in a tight spiral with a mutter. This charm was one Russell had practiced a lot. California was basically all summer; avoiding the sun was inconvenient, but more so was ... more
                        • But you’re less hypothetical - Holland, Tue Jan 17 15:14
                          Russell’s spell worked exactly as he said it would, and Holland did their best to commit his wand movement and incantation to memory. He sort of mumbled it, so they would likely ask later. It could... more
                          • That's canonical - Russell , Wed Jan 18 19:13
                            "Oh, really?" was his reply as he tried not to look too relieved. He thought Holland was a little shorter than him, maybe - it was hard to tell accurately since he was still barefoot and that might... more
    • Between a log and a muddy place - Dardanius Dubois [5th year Lyra], Thu Jan 12 06:30
      DADA was more often than not an interesting class, and for this reason it was Danny’s favourite. Also learning about the Dark Arts was cool, and Professor Rasnick was hot. You know, for a professor.... more
      • Let me add another log to that - Marissa Kendrick (5th Year Aquila), Thu Jan 12 22:45
        Whenever a professor gave Marissa the opportunity to wear something besides the school uniform of robes and whatever, she absolutely followed through. It wasn’t like she particularly paid attention... more
        • Let's lose the logs - Dardanius, Fri Jan 13 06:35
          Of course it was Marissa, why wouldn't it be? Danny made the mistake of turning his head to look at her, and he almost lost his footing for a second time. Merlin alive, was that outfit even legal ?... more
          • Then what am I going to carry? - Marissa, Sat Jan 14 18:43
            It felt like, for a moment, Marissa and Danny were frozen in time. From what she knew of Danny, he was also quite competitive, and he was probably contemplating her next move. Marissa was very... more
            • That's not my problem - Danny, Sun Jan 15 10:26
              He had just seen the next task up ahead and was wondering if he could pull off the bubble head charm after two months of no practice, when he tripped over nothing and the ground came rapidly up to... more
              • I guess I can just be empty handed - Marissa, Sun Jan 15 16:39
                Marissa gave a celebratory whoop! as she made it past Danny. In the back of her mind, she thought of going back to check on him because that fall looked way nastier than she had intended, but she’d... more
                • Better than empty headed - Danny, Mon Jan 16 05:43
                  Another advantage of dousing Marissa, besides revenge, was that she was now wet in a sports bra. “What?” Danny asked, her words not matching his thoughts. Then he realised she was talking about his... more
                  • My head is full of knowledge, okay? - Marissa, Mon Jan 16 15:38
                    If they weren’t next to a big thing of fire, Marissa would probably be shivering. How did Danny produce so much water with that tiny wand? The Aquila was almost tempted to stay by the fire a little... more
                    • Okay. Just not useful knowledge. - Danny, Mon Jan 16 17:02
                      “I’ll fix your lip for you when we don’t need the bubble head charm anymore,” Marissa offered. “Thanks, but I’ll pass,” he said, warily. He was not certain she had eptitude in healing spells. Spells... more
                      • Marissa noticed the wariness in his voice, which she found to be a little unfair. She said she was sorry, she meant it, and she thought it had come out very genuine. Danny clearly didn’t trust her... more
                        • Usefulness is to be commended - Danny, Wed Jan 18 15:51
                          How was she still cold? The water from his charm but have been icy . If he’d have known that, Danny wasn’t sure he would have gone through with it. Maybe. Dardanius himself was actually pretty warm,... more
                          • I do what I can - Marissa, Wed Jan 18 17:27
                            Marissa could tell that her shivering was making Danny feel uncomfortable or something. She was a good actress. She wasn’t the best – she’d never do fancy stuff like her mom did, and she didn’t want... more
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