Professor Aaron McKindy
It's a match! [Spellwork, Yrs 1 - 3]
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:57

Everything was strange.

Aaron McKindy finished laying out the materials for his beginner class. Each pair of students would have one large, wooden frame with holes cut out of it in different shapes and sizes - each hole surrounded by a halo of a certain color - and next to that, a small pile of dried, red beans. The frames themselves were actually toys for small children (Madeleine had one when she was younger), and typically came with the shapes already provided, but that would rather defeat the purposes of the lesson.

He walked over to the desk at the front of the classroom and sat on it, first pulling his wand out of the back pocket of his blue jeans. His crimson robes were open, revealing a blue-black t-shirt with sparkling constellations on it. Like many of his t-shirts, Aaron had charmed it to make it more interesting. Drew and Madeleine loved his charmed t-shirts and Aaron had done the same for some of their clothing as well. Aaron sighed. Drew.

Being made Head of House was unexpected. He had taught at RMI for longer than many of the professors (Aaron thought he remembered a time without Boot, but he wasn’t entirely sure) and it shouldn’t have been a surprise, but it was. He had even been the Head of House briefly at one of the other schools he had worked at. But not only had he been made Head of House, but Rey had put him in charge of Cetus when Ivy left. Cetus - Drew’s House. Aaron felt guilty. As a family, they had discussed the importance of Drew having an adult at school to go to if necessary that was not related to him, and Ivy had been perfectly situated for that. And now Drew had been left without a clearly sensible option for an at-school adult. To add to that, Cindra was now working as the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, so Drew had yet another relative on staff. Aaron couldn’t imagine what he would have done if any of his relatives had been working at La Academia when he was attending.

Our family relationships are a little different, to be fair he thought, playing absent-mindedly with his wand, which was emitting colorful rainbow sparks.

Family relationships. Jessie had come home for Christmas with a woman they had never met (or heard about) in tow and had announced that she was engaged, to Aaron’s mild horror and everyone else’s hesitant delight. He didn’t know how to feel, knowing that at least one of his daughters seemed to have inherited some of his..inclinations. And Jessie had been the one he had some role in parenting, even though she had only moved in during her late teens, admittedly after dropping out of Hogwarts and driving cross-country in a Subaru. Aaron had never managed to find out where the Subaru had come from - or where it went, shortly after - but he had learned quickly that asking Jessie questions was a quick road to nowhere. His daughter was quirky, enigmatic, and aggressively her own person. It was unlikely she was intending to follow his example when it came to long-term relationships, but it made him nervous all the same.

And on top of that, Bennet and his grandkids had invited them for a holiday dinner between Christmas and New Year’s. Jessie had not attended and Cara had spent the entire time stonily ignoring him, while the kids had played some sort of game and Garen had managed to cheerily engage with all of the relatives Aaron felt uncomfortable with. The brothers had their customary silent coffee together on the porch after dessert, and it had been as awkward and uncomfortable as it usually was. At the end, Bennet had suggested they get together again in the upcoming months, a proposition that Aaron had hastily deflected and deliberately not told his husband about.

Aaron could not have been happier about getting back to school.

The students began to filter in, coming directly from lunch. Aaron smiled at a few of them and chatted with one particular student who needed an extension on the homework. Normally easygoing, Aaron had no problem granting the extension, although he did suggest that asking for an extension before the due date was probably more advisable than waiting.

Once it looked like more or less all of the younger years were present, Aaron began the lesson.

“Good afternoon,” he said. “Today you’re going to be working in pairs, and we’re going to be doing a project that combines both charms and transfigurations.” Aaron turned and wrote several spells on the board.


“We did the first two spells just before Midterm, so this is a good time to remember what you’ve forgotten over the break,” Aaron smiled teasingly at his students. “The other two are relatively straightforward.” He picked up one of the quills that was resting on his desk and tapped it, muttering “Engorgio,” waiting a moment for it to grow to be the size of a standard loaf of bread. “Apochrosis,” he said, moving his wand down with a small loop to the right. The quill obligingly turned a cheerful orange. “Mutare,” Aaron declared, firmly tapping the quill sharply with his wand. Without protest, it turned into a detailed wooden carving of a fish. Placing the fish on the desk, he got up again and drew the wand motions on the board for those students who would need more than one demonstration to get the motion down.

“Your task is to turn the beans on your desk into wooden pieces the correct size, shape, and color as indicated on the frame. Once you fit all of the pieces into the frame, something will happen,” Aaron grinned. Upon completion, the puzzle would turn into a thin box containing two chocolate frogs. “You should be able to finish up in one class period. So go ahead and get started!” The class started moving around, rustling papers and talking amongst themselves. Aaron remembered something. “And don’t forget to turn in your spellwork packets!” he called over the building noise.

Follow the rules, write nice posts, if you need Aaron tag him in the subject line! If you want to be a loser like B and put year and House in the author box I guess you can go ahead or whatever. First five posts get double points!

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