Could be worse, could be raining
Thu Aug 10, 2017 06:08

Before today we have only done book research.

Connor did not stare at the boy like he was an idiot, but he was tempted. Instead, he busied himself by focusing more intently on the ingredients he was pulling from his potions kit. Of course Connor knew that the first years had only done book research in class thus far. That wasn’t what Connor had been talking about. If the boy came from a magical family, it wouldn’t be too unusual for him to have a little bit of experience with brewing potions. While Connor didn’t have a lot, for a little while before his first year they’d had a tutor who went over the basics about the coursework they’d be going into. Of course, he recognized that not everyone was as well-off as his family (and he mostly didn’t hold that against them) but again, that was a valid statement. Whereas the statement about book research wasn’t. Who was this boy that thought Connor had managed to not pay attention in class for the past two weeks? Once again, partnering with another classmate was not off to a good start. Connor made a promise to himself to partner with Claudia the next time they were directed to work with someone else. Claudia was from a good family, polite, and very pleasant company.

The boy also had a ridiculous name that had nothing to do with his actual name and sounded particularly foreign, but Connor politely shook his hand anyway. “Connor Farnon,” he said, only sounding a little bit dismissive of Anssi.

“It’s tincture of lionfish spine,” Connor said easily, doing his best not to sound superior. Clearly this boy hadn’t paid too much attention to the first part of class. Although the tincture wasn’t always in a basic potions kit, it was hardly unusual and Connor would bet that it had appeared in the research Professor Hier required the first years to do in the past two weeks. “As it’s very common and somewhat mild, it is the ideal thing to add to a potion. Of course,” Connor added, going under the assumption that this boy was, in fact, a little slow, “it is poisonous so we’ll have to add a purification agent to make sure that it isn’t deadly.” Assuming this boy even knew what a purification agent was, of course.

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