Dardanius Dubois [5th year Lyra]
Between a log and a muddy place
Thu Jan 12, 2017 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. Never more so than today, wearing yoga pants. Danny let out a low whistle and shook his head a couple of times before managing to dump his school bag in a pile with the others and attempt to focus on the class. He had decided to wear the black sports pants he typically used for Quidditch practices coupled with a sunny yellow t-shirt that had black stitching detail. The top alone had cost more than a meal out for two in a reasonable restaurant but the fifth year liked the feel of the fabric. It was thick but lightweight, and soft, and the yellow had a sort of illuminating sheen when he moved.

So the class was like a review of the past few years, which seemed like a sensible way to start a new year, but actually far more interesting. Dardanius was not concerned about his physical fitness; it wasn’t so much that he liked to keep in shape, but he liked Quidditch and swimming and these activities had the added benefit of keeping him in shape. Also his mother didn’t let them eat junk food, so the return to school after the summer break was when Danny tended to be at his physical peak. It was, paradoxically for this exercise, when he was at his academic low. He couldn’t pretend that he even picked up a textbook over the holidays, except to pack it back into his trunk. There wasn’t time for him to be concerned, however, as the professor blew her whistle and Danny set off at a sprint.

He hadn’t gone very far when he noticed the logs and the sign. He did consider just carrying one in his arms for about a second, before considering that this was a class, and those logs looked heavy, and maybe levitating one would be better. Professor Rasnick did specify they needed to keep their wands with them. Slowing a little so he could get a good aim, Danny cast Wingardium leviosa, and then he discovered he had to slow a lot more to stop the log from swinging wildly through the air. “Woah,” he laughed, settling into a walk so that he could concentrate on transporting his cargo. “That could have ended differently.”

Arriving at the mud pit, Danny really didn’t want to wade through it. It wasn’t that he was concerned about his clothes - they could be cleaned, or he could buy more - but he didn’t actually like getting dirty. The occasional mudsplatter was no big deal, but wading through a mud pit was a whole new issue. He hesitated for a few moments while he debated his options, and, making a decision, Danny lowered the log down beside him. With his wand free of the levitating charm, the fifth year used it to cast a solidifying charm on the mud, instead. Not the whole area, but just a line from where he was standing to the other side. Tentatively he stepped onto the path he had created. It wasn’t solid like hard ground, it was still a bit soft underfoot, but certainly an improvement on its previous form. He raised his wand again, repeated his earlier charm and once more carried the log overhead as he moved as deftly as he could and a quickly as he dared across the pit.

It was then he heard a sort of cackling, that distracted him so thoroughly he almost toppled to the side and would have landed in the mud. "Dude what the crap was that?" he asked aloud to nobody in particular.

  • Let's get Physical! [DADA, Yrs 4 and 5] - Professor Ivy Rasnick, Wed Jan 11 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... more
    • 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
                            • And not allegorical - Holland, Mon Jan 23 14:13
                              “It’s just mud,” they said, not flinching as Russell stepped into their hand. Obviously they’d prefer not getting muddy, but it was a lost cause at this point in the obstacle course. The mud would... more
    • Between a log and a muddy place - Dardanius Dubois [5th year Lyra], Thu Jan 12 06:30
      • 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
                            • You sure do - Danny, Fri Jan 20 05:07
                              Once Marissa was in his shoulders, Danny shakily stood, using the sheer face of the wall for support, raising his companion sufficiently that she could haul herself onto the top of the wall. That was ... more
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