Remington Burnham (Draco 1st Year)
Okay but what if this was secretly a Fizzy Lifting Drink
Mon Jan 23, 2017 13:16

Of all the classes she’d taken so far at Rocky Mountain International, Remington Burnham felt an affinity for Potions. The Professor wasn’t predictable, being the head of Aquila, and the material wasn’t necessarily predictable, but she felt like she was able to get a grasp of it all faster than with spellwork.

Remington was curious about which students felt like she did, and which ones actually found spellwork to be their natural skill. She wondered if it had something to do with how they were raised. If they hadn’t done much Actual Magic before school, like Remington, maybe they’d find spellwork to be easier. She’d be willing to bet that upbringing had something to do with it. Not that pureblood, halfblood, whatever nonsense, but just pure exposure, as well as similar exposure across all cultures. There were, of course, Muggleborns who found themselves to be naturals with a wand, so it couldn’t be just who someone’s parents were.

These were things that Remington usually thought about while waiting for Rob to arrive to class, but, in a surprising twist, their Potions professor made it to class before the students that day.

Remington was almost always early to class, so it definitely surprised her to see Rob and his service dog there when she walked inside the practical lab. She smiled back when she saw him, and she went to one of the lab benches up front, resisting the urge to pet his dog. The service dog was working, so it would be wrong to pet the adorable animal. No matter how cute.

Oh look, the instructions are on the board, what a nice distraction.

Remington spent the time left until the start of class copying the notes into her notebook designated for potions. The front of the notebook was orange, with a picture of a cat inside a cauldron. The picture also moved, so the cat was popping its head in and out of the cauldron, sometimes draping its cute little paws over the edges. The writing under the picture read, “if it fits, I sits.” The notebook had been a gift from her mom.

The bow keeping her curly brown hair out of her face, however, was made by her dad. It was a bundle of black ribbon with silver glitter all over, and on top was a mini-cauldron. Her mom had enchanted the cauldron part of the bow to emit a little bit of steam whenever she wore it. Her Muggle dad designed all of her bows, and he was very excited when he could finally have her mom add magic touches to them, since she wasn’t going to a school with Muggles anymore. She’d received this one in the mail earlier that week after telling them in a letter that she liked Potions a lot.

Her parents were such nerds.

She doodled in the margins of her notes when Rob first started speaking. She looked up so she could properly pay attention to the professor, but was distracted by a tickling constricting in her throat. At first she thought she had breathed wrong, and then she let out a hiccup. While her professor was talking about hiccups. Okay, that’s embarrassing. A small blush crept across her dark skin, and she covered her mouth with her hand apologetically. She tried holding her breath, but that didn’t stop the next hiccup from escaping. Or the one after that. Or the one after that.

Before they knew it, everyone in the class had the hiccups, and Rob looked really pleased. Remington furrowed her brow and her brown eyes nearly glared at the professor. No wonder he was head of Aquila. No. Wonder.

She hiccupped again, quite loudly, and looked around for a partner. She tugged nervously at the sleeve of her robe. A lot of her fellow students ignored the dress code, but Remington hadn’t managed to get herself to do that yet. She didn’t like the look of the grey robe against her dark complexion, but she tried to offset that with what she wore underneath. Today, to match her bow, she had a black top that sparkled with silver glitter – it looked a little like the stars in a very dark sky – and a pair of red jeans. Her sneakers were pretty plain.

Remington wasn’t shy, but even though it was November, she didn’t feel very good at being a Person around Other People yet. She was still getting used to the idea of being at a school for more than one year, which meant making actual friends. She couldn’t tell if Dade, the only person her age she’d really connected with so far, was busy or partnered, and she wasn’t going to monopolize his time.

Before she found someone to move over and work with, someone tugged on Remington’s robe to get her attention. She turned to face the person with a very, very loud hiccup, and she smiled apologetically. “Hey, are you partner – hic! – less too?”

  • Putting a hiccup in your plans [Potions, Yrs 1-3] - Professor Rob Hier, Sun Jan 22 14:08
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    • Inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping. - Raja Nazari-Richards [Aquila], Tue Jan 24 19:13
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      • It seems hic-splicable to me! - Teal Rosse [Draco], Wed Jan 25 18:58
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        • Soooo there was a cute girl hugging him. That was cool. Raja didn’t think he was really into girls yet, but also he wasn’t dumb enough to not realize that this was decidedly a pleasant experience,... more
    • If I hold my breath 'til I pass out can I leave? - Claudia Dubois [2nd year Cetus], Mon Jan 23 17:03
      Potions was probably (not definitely - as there were other contenders, and Claudia may have to reassess her preferences in her second year at RMI; a few things had altered since her first, including... more
      • Why leave? This isn't too bad! - Marley Chapman [2nd year, Lyra], Tue Jan 24 18:44
        Hic She couldn’t stop. She couldn’t stop giggling, either, and every successive hiccough was immediately followed by a sudden outburst of giggles. Marley normally struggled to pay attention in class... more
        • I grudgingly concur - Claudia, Wed Jan 25 15:06
          It certainly could have been worse. Marley was nice enough, in Claudia’s experience of sharing classes and occasional assignments with her over the past year. Certainly the Lyra girl was louder and... more
          • Then let's get to work - Marley, Fri Jan 27 16:06
            It seemed her question was unnecessary, as Claudia had already started rifling through her textbook before she’d even finished talking. “ Hic! Wow, you’re fast!” That was pretty impressive to Marley. ... more
            • I thought he had, already? - Claudia, Sat Jan 28 14:21
              Marley opted to start making the potion, and Claudia nodded her agreement. “Help yourself to my kit if you need anything,” she nudged the leather bag on the floor with her foot to indicate which was... more
              • Well, now it's official! - Marley, Sat Jan 28 16:56
                Marley blinked at the black seeds on the counter. Oh, wait. She’d accidentally pulled out a bottle of sunflower seeds instead of dill. Presumably because her stomach had made a little growl, and... more
                • *waves official flag* - Claudia, Wed Feb 1 05:07
                  Claudia felt bolstered that Marley seemed to agree with her reasoning for salamander blood. She was so pleased with their progresses, in fact, she even consented to skin the shrivelfig. “Yes, okay,”... more
    • Okay but what if this was secretly a Fizzy Lifting Drink - Remington Burnham (Draco 1st Year), Mon Jan 23 13:16
      • This is torture! - Sara de Alba, Sat Jan 28 14:08
        Sara had spent the better part of her time at RMI trying to make all the friends she could, and basically treading through her classes. The Lyra had come to realize that she preferred the classes... more
        • It's just the hiccups? - Marissa, Sat Jan 28 19:15
          “This,” hic “is horrible.” hic. “Please help.” hic. Remington blinked her brown eyes at another student, who she could vaguely identify as a fellow first year. They were in all of the same classes,... more
          • Its like the bubonic plague - Sara de Alba, Sat Feb 4 15:48
            The girl she had approached wasn't really helping her and Sara´s frustration was beginning to reach all time heights. What was this maniac thinking? Part of her - kind of, sort of - understood the... more
    • Well now I'm embarrassed - Connor Farnon [Cetus], Mon Jan 23 06:57
      Of all the classes he was taking, Connor Farnon was most good at Spellwork and Potions class. He wasn’t a genius in either subject, but he was a solid student and he was happy with himself for that.... more
      • I'm embarrassed for you. - Momoka Saito, Mon Jan 23 14:34
        Out of all her classes, Potions held a special place in Momoka’s heart. Although she tried exceptionally hard to be the best in every subject she could get her hands on, Potions was the one area... more
        • A voice broke through his concentration, and the voice said something incredibly misinformed. Connor looked up, brown eyes making contact with a girl he recognized from the Commonroom and his... more
          • Momoka narrowed her eyes, heartbeat pulsing in her ears. This stupid boy was definitely not going to argue with her over semantics nor try to push his chronological superiority on her -- not like she ... more
    • Let's be the Hick in Thickheaded! - Stella E.M. Ramiro, Sun Jan 22 23:52
      Stella was in a particularly good mood this morning, since the day before she had received a package from her parents. Her mother had sent her a few miscellaneous things that Stella had forgotten... more
      • Let's be the No in No - Nalo, Mon Jan 23 00:56
        Nalo hadn’t expected much from potion making class. He’d been crafting potions as far back as he could remember, alongside various tutors and nannies. He thought himself quite good at it, although it ... more
        • Let's be the No in Innovative - Stella, Mon Jan 23 19:47
          “What Hick! are you even saying? That doesn’t Hick! make any Hick! sense!” Stella stifled a giggle behind her hiccups and finally put all of her available ingredients next to her book, she turned... more
    • A Case of Hiccups to End All Hiccups - Hunter Ioma, Sun Jan 22 19:41
      After a little over two months at RMI, Hunter was starting to feel like he knew his way around. It was now almost a full week since he had last gotten lost, and he never forgot his wand at all any... more
      • Hopefully We can Actually End these Hiccups - Tains Basilio, Mon Jan 23 01:37
        Tains was actually on time today. It was a relief not to have to come speeding in and actually have a good seat in the class rather than being forced to the back. For once she didn’t have to squint... more
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