This isn't too bad
Sat Aug 5, 2017 14:05

So many of the older students at RMI used big words that Anssi didn’t recognize. He wasn’t sure if it was because they were showing off how smart they were to each other, or if using big words was just something that everyone expected you to do when you got older. Even in his native Swedish, Anssi never fell very fall behind in the conversation, unless adults were talking about a subject where he really didn’t know anything, like Mamma when she was on the phone with her boss. Like the legal stuff and law stuff that Mamma did at work; that was something Anssi had grown up around but still didn’t understand at all.

Anyways, in all his classes where he had been partnered with an older student, Anssi had either had to ask for them to explain their big words or just pretend he understood. For the older boy he had approached, it seemed it would be easiest to pretend he knew what that big del-word meant. He looked like he was okay to work together, at least, which was all Anssi needed to know. “Thank you!” Clicking open his own potions kit, the first-year sneaked some not-so-sneaky peeks at what the older boy was pulling out and began trying to locate the same ingredients.

“No,” he answered slowly, “before today have we only done book research. But to make ice-cream is not too hard, ja? Because we have an instruction?” Of course, Anssi hadn’t been able to listen to Professor Rob and also take notes fast enough to catch all of his instruction for making ice-cream. He didn’t think it would matter, though. Most of the instruction had been just to put everything in one bag, and his partner could help him with the rest...

Oops, he should probably introduce himself, since they would be working together! Pulling out his stock of leeches, he waited until the older boy was less busy and then stuck his hand out properly. “I am Mikael Lundqvist, but you can be calling me Anssi,” he introduced himself politely before pointing at the boy’s potions ingredients. There was some kind of liquid, and it didn’t look different enough from Anssi’s collection of vials to identify it. “What is that one?”

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