Dylan Xavier
I'm not normally such a talker
Sun Dec 10, 2017 22:02
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Dylan thought potions might be his favorite class, now that they were well past reading about ingredients and actually brewing things. It was still insane, like most things involving wizards, because, really, who decided drinking ground up rat spleens (or sneezewort, as the case was today) was a great idea? But at least it was straight forward and repeatable and very nearly scientific. Not like Charms, which looked at physics and laughed hysterically. And DADA was just terrifying. Somehow, Professor Ember's, ah, happiness as she talked about the death some creatures could inflict only made it all the more frightening.

So Professor Hier and his sneezewort were . . . almost comforting. Plus, the homework load was pretty minimal - the essay on following instructions notwithstanding - so Dylan wasn't expecting too much trouble from the day's lesson, especially if he could find an older student to work with, because experience was definitely a help in this class, and Dylan still had some trouble getting the ingredients prepared exactly right on his own. Even being a muggleborn, he didn't think he was the worst option for a partner among his class (that would be Kit, from what he could tell) and he was hopeful he might find a second or third year willing to help him not only pass the lesson but earn at least an E, and ideally an O.

He was still wandering about trying to find an older student who didn't look like they'd partnered up already when he had to dodge out of the way of Professor Hier wheeling at speed (as much as possible in the crowded room) across the room. Following the teacher's line of focus, Dylan saw the shelf collapse under Kit's weight and he winced at the shattering crash. Oo, that wasn't good. He hoped the broken vials didn't have anything harmful in them.

He looked at the Professor, and the guy look clearly upset but not alarmed in a way that suggested that their lives were all at stake, so Dylan shrugged and continued on his mission to find a partner, leaving the clean up to the professor and Kit.

"No," he said, not realizing he was speaking aloud, "your grades aren't high enough, you probably won't help me get an O. No, you talk too much about nothing. No, you scare me a little bit. Oh, you're a good option." He approached an older student and asked, "Will you help me get an O on today's potion?" He frowned slightly, realizing what he'd said was not the question he'd meant to ask. Unbeknownst to him, his tongue was offering the same observation aloud. "You're pretty smart, right? That, that was not how I'd intended to rectify the situation. Oh, my internal monologue is external, isn't it?" he realized. "I don't know what's going on, but we should probably just do our potion as best we can. Those potions that Kit knocked over must have made us all really chatty or something. I apologize, I'm usually pretty reserved and leave the talking to other people, because I learn more that way. I wish I'd just stop talking now." Fortunately, his wish was granted and he managed to still his tongue for real, at least for now. "Oh, good, I did."

  • Kids say the darndest things [Potions, Yrs I - III] - Professor Rob Hier, Sun Dec 10 19:40
    Wheeling into the Practical Lab, Lapis trotting dilligently at his side, Rob Hier realized that he had been slacking off with his younger students. His oldest ones had been working on their... more
    • Can I just go home? - Petra Stiglitz, Sat Dec 30 17:00
      Petra was not very good at practical things. It was one of her more common downfalls. Her mind was always active, always going at what felt like a mile a minute. She was talkative too, sometimes also ... more
      • Only if I get to leave too - Magdalena Adler, Wed Jan 3 14:19
        Once Alena realised they were repeating a potion they’d done last year her spirits fell. She hadn’t done it very well the first time and despite receiving a decent mark on the assignment she knew... more
        • They might notice if we both leave - Petra, Wed Jan 3 14:53
          Petra blearily looked over at her partner and tried wiping her eyes. She and Alena got paired together sometimes and the other girl was quite nice. At least, Petra thought most people were nice... more
    • 'Chatty' just doesn't suit me - Dade Farnon, Fri Dec 22 08:07
      Dade hadn’t spoken to Connor since he’d found out that his older brother had lied to Remington about him. He wasn’t sure Connor had noticed, but Dade had definitely been Not Talking To Him. It was... more
      • Drop the 'h' and you'll be fine - Hunter Ioma, Sat Dec 23 15:48
        Hunter ran. He had eaten as quickly as he could and then run out to the quidditch pitch to spend some time working on his speed. He was pretty good at intercepting passes and could dodge a bludger... more
        • You just get there quick, don't you? - Dade, Sat Dec 23 19:06
          What in Merlin’s name was wrong with Hunter? It wasn’t like this was the first time Dade had interacted with Hunter, because Hunter was in his year. The kid was like Kit, except actually more... more
          • As long as I'm quicker than you - Hunter, Sat Dec 23 19:57
            “I could stop you from jumping by using a body-bind curse, or I could see if I can freeze you like an icicle.” “Jump, jump, jump, spin! ” Exclaimed Hunter excitedly as he did a one-eighty to turn... more
    • I feel like I should just avoid talking - Connor Farnon, Sat Dec 16 14:22
      The second half of his third year had not, thus far, been particularly great for Connor Farnon. First the thing with Marley had happened, then she had gone and upset Claudia, Huburt existed, and then ... more
      • But since you already started... - Huburt Park, Fri Dec 29 00:28
        "Oh, you're leaving?" Huburt questioned as the other first-year scooted out of line. Well, it wasn't really a question because Anselm was obviously walking away and that meant his spot was up for... more
        • I suppose I ought to finish - Connor, Sat Dec 30 08:38
          Although there were better people for him to be seated next to, given the circumstances, Connor wasn’t too opposed to one of them being Huburt Park. Generally, he found the boy unduly smug and... more
          • Let me help with that - Huburt, Sun Dec 31 22:10
            Huburt listened with obvious interest as Connor began to explain. He was a bit skeptical of Connor, having witnessed a few classes where the older student had engaged in completely immature... more
            • I don't think that's helping - Connor, Tue Jan 2 21:04
              “I wasn’t blunt,” Connor objected, finding it the easiest piece of what Huburt said to deal with. “Well maybe I was. No I wasn’t!” he didn’t understand why he was arguing with himself out loud in... more
    • What am I saying?! - Clayton Reinhart, Wed Dec 13 20:18
      Clayton was finally starting to settle into his daily routine. It had taken him almost an entire year, but he was finally figuring out how to do everything on his own without his parents. While he... more
      • What we're all thinkin' - Corriander (Corri) Terrance, Tue Dec 19 23:50
        Corri normally sat in the middle of the class. He’d learn that the best place for mischief or just general tomfoolery was where the teacher would be paying the least amount of attention. Sitting in... more
      • Never mind that, what is she saying? - Drew Tennant, Tue Dec 19 23:02
        Today was not going to be stressful, Drew thought, because Kit hadn’t brought Darby to Potions. Darby was one of the coolest pets ever. Not as cool as Jessie’s dragons, which were hands-down the... more
    • Somebody Stop Me! - Remington Burnham, Wed Dec 13 13:50
      When she went to Potions class, she always tried to be both cute and practical at the same time. She’d started wearing her robes less this year, especially to messy classes like Potions and whatever... more
      • Is this how to stop? - Mikael Lundqvist, Thu Dec 28 20:58
        When the instruction to fetch fresh leaves for their Potions class today had been given, Anssi had quickly and obediantly gotten up from his seat. Some of the students seemed to be hanging back, like ... more
    • I loathe this class - Claudia Dubois, Mon Dec 11 15:21
      It seemed as though Professor Hier had let his teaching standards drop a little lately, which was a surprise, as Claudia hadn’t given much credit to his teaching standards in the first place, but... more
      • I concur - Darlene Knight, Tue Dec 12 22:25
        Darlene was not in a pleasant mood today. Admittedly, she was frequently in moods such as this, because RMI was a stupid American school far away from most of the people in the world who mattered... more
        • A common ground - Claudia, Sun Dec 17 15:40
          Before she’d even begun to contemplate why she had felt it appropriate to voice aloud her personal feelings about other students to somebody other than Connor, least of all to Darlene Knight - a... more
          • Those are convenient - Darlene, Fri Dec 29 09:15
            It was almost always in a lady’s best interest to do as she was told when the instructions were given by a worthy source. Claudia, in this case, definitely fit into that category. Darlene had an... more
            • Sure why not - Claudia, Sat Dec 30 18:05
              While it seemed to be a struggle for the younger girl, Darlene did heed Claudia’s advice and began to settle down, at least temporarily ceasing her panicked outbursts. She did allow another to escape ... more
              • Now that was a creative title. - Darlene, Wed Jan 3 16:11
                Darlene startled slightly at the bluntness with which Claudia spoke about Drew. A part of her was quite offended by this, but in her insulting Drew, Claudia was also complimenting her, and the larger ... more
                • Plenty more where that came from - Claudia, Fri Jan 5 07:50
                  Darlene was under the impression that girls could not date each other, apparently regardless of the circumstances. Claudia was loathe to disabuse her, but unfortunately the shrieked conversation of... more
    • Sometimes everything is just weird, you know? - Marley Chapman, Sun Dec 10 23:47
      Something had seemed wrong when Marley woke up this morning. Not, like, bad-wrong. Just weird-wrong. She’d expected that it might be one of those normal temporary morning weirdnesses, like when you... more
      • Bad-weird, or good-weird? - Teal Rosse, Tue Dec 12 23:17
        There had been, like a lot of drama lately. Teal fortunately wasn’t at the center of it, but she was lurking at the edges, waiting for her opportunity to pounce. There hadn’t been a chance. Connor... more
        • Both! At the same time! - Marley, Wed Dec 13 22:51
          “Yeah, peanut butter,” she interjected with a firm nod to emphasize even more that Teal had heard her properly. Her curly bush of an Afro nodded along with her. “Peanut butter is great, especially... more
          • Let's try to make it good! - Teal, Mon Dec 18 00:35
            The good news was that Marley thought that Teal was cool. The bad news was that Marley mentioned Connor, but the good news to that was Marley had finally realized that Connor was a big butthead.... more
            • Something really weird was obviously happening. Marley usually talked a lot. Like her gran said, there wasn’t a gate to slow down anything from moving between her brain and her mouth, or maybe even... more
              • Yes, we're getting much closer - Teal, Fri Dec 29 15:56
                Teal had been crossing her fingers under the table after her terrifying confession. Marley gawped at her, and Teal couldn't tell if it was in a good way or a shocked way or a scared way. There were... more
                • Yay! - Marley, Sat Dec 30 17:30
                  It ended up being totally fine that Marley's attention had scampered off very briefly for a bit of a walk, because now Teal was talking and she was talking loudly . And also standing up. And smashing ... more
    • I'm not normally such a talker - Dylan Xavier, Sun Dec 10 22:02
      • Well, whoops I guess... - Katherine Kendrick, Tue Dec 19 22:41
        As it turned out, Kit was having a bad day. It had all started when she had decided to work with Drew in Potions like usual. They were doing a new potion today that she’d never made before, and Kit... more
        • Whoops is right - Dylan, Wed Dec 20 09:49
          “Oh-no,” slipped out involuntarily as Skyler walked away, leaving him in the company of none other than Kit herself. Though, after all his inane and poorly worded blabbering, he wasn’t too surprised... more
          • Well at least I'm not wrong - Kit, Wed Dec 20 10:58
            Dylan was saying a lot of very confusing things that made Kit very confused, as confusing things often did. Was he trying to confuse her on purpose? But he seemed to think that Kit wasn’t very good... more
            • Good for you - Dylan, Fri Dec 29 16:10
              “Oh, sometimes you get Es,” Dylan repeated, with a hint of sarcasm, which he immediately felt bad about, but he kept talking in spite of his resolve to bite his tongue, “I sometimes get Os, and would ... more
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