Petra Stiglitz
Can I just go home?
Sat Dec 30, 2017 17:00
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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 to her downfall. Growing up in a family of so many siblings, there wasn’t really much room to get a word in edgewise but school provided the perfect opportunity for every single question Petra had to become more than just a thought in her head. She wasn’t sure how anyone felt about that, but it never really occurred to her that anyone found it annoying.

Because she was more thought oriented and less practical, things that required her to do something were difficult. Namely, potions and spells. While she found that spells came easier, potions was hard. She didn’t even like it all that much and it was one of those things that desperately made her wish that she didn’t have to have a magical education. More recently, Petra wished she’d never been born magical at all. But she was and she had to deal with that. And that meant doing well in potions despite the mental block that came whenever she was looking at a list of ingredients.

So as she dropped into a seat in the Practical Lab, the Aquila sighed. Listening to Professor Hier, she was fairly certain that this was a potion they had done the previous year. Maybe? She wasn’t really sure because a lot of potions seemed the same to her and she wished that she could remember better. But she didn’t and that was upsetting. Helena had been good at potions and even Hugo wasn’t bad at it. It seemed like Petra was the only screw up in the magical part of the family sometimes. She wasn’t really paying attention to what the professor was doing when he moved to the back of the classroom, too busy looking at the list of ingredients that made her head spin.

“I can’t do this I’m not smart enough,” she said aloud, brow furrowing as she couldn’t stop what came to mind as she stared at the board. “I don’t know why I’m saying this, it’s not like anyone cares. I’ve got a whole bunch of siblings who aren’t as lucky as me but all I want is to be at home with them.” Petra found that she was becoming increasingly upset, something that was unusual considering how often she normally spoke her mind. But this was stuff she didn’t want to tell anyone. “I don’t want to be here at all!”

Her bottom lip trembled as the twelve-year old fought the tears that wanted to spill down her cheeks. She swallowed though, trying to find her courage to not cry and do her best. She practically sniffled though as she took a deep breath. “I’m sorry I’m pathetic,” she said to her partner for this particular class. “I just wish I was better at this wizarding stuff.”

  • 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
      • 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
      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,... more
      • 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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