Claudia Dubois
A lifetime to forget
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:14

She had not gotten along very well with Professor McKindy last term. In fact, Claudia disliked him more than any of her other professors, and more than most other people she knew. However she had still managed to learn from him, both in Spellwork classes, and in her detentions with her Head of House. She could grudgingly admit he was a good teacher, and seemed to be a very competent wizard, but she was never going to forgive him for reacting to what had, at the time, been the most unsettling experience of her life by giving her months of detention and continuing on as though that Merlin-forsaken Holland Keene had not belittled, antagonized and berated her, nevermind threatened the standing of Claudia’s entire family in society. She had never witnessed such a blatant display of favoritism, and she really thought that grown ups, especially those in positions of authority over students, ought not to be so petty.

Claudia kept her brown eyes fixed, but in her mind they were rolling at the so very predictable, and just as unwelcome, instruction for the students to find partners. They hadn’t even been told the assignment yet, but they had to choose a working companion to stick with, presumably for the duration of the class, if not longer. Thankfully, there were a handful of people in the Spellwork class the fifth year was prepared to tolerate (she was also pleased to note that Dade wasn’t among the gathered students. Now he was in fourth year it would only be a matter of time before they had to spend time together in class), so Claudia approached one of those with whom it would not be excessively arduous to work. “Would it be acceptable to you if we worked together for this class?” she asked.

Again, predictably, Heather Bartel answered the questions. Claudia had never liked the abrasive older student, and even less so as she was certain Heather had spread rumors about her, concerning things that were absolutely none of the Aquila’s business. Prepared to work harder than usual to pull her grades back up to an acceptable standard, after they had dropped in the latter part of the previous term, Claudia was diligently taking notes with an elegant, self-inking, brown feather quill. Still unwilling to draw attention to herself, Claudia did not volunteer any uses for pensieves to the class, but she did write down in her notes the ideas submitted by other students, and she added a couple more ideas of her own to the end of the list. “You can also use a pensieve to alter memories,” she whispered to her partner. She had learned that from the readings Aaron had set her on the topic of using magic for mind manipulation; she was pleased to put her time spent in punishment to productive use.

  • A Moment to Remember [Spellwork, Yrs IV - VII] - Professor Aaron McKindy, Fri Jul 13 18:55
    Mrawr . “No, Circe,” Aaron said absent-mindedly, petting the cat with one hand. The other hand was stuck in the pocket of his blue jeans. His wand was in the back pocket of his jeans, and there was... more
    • My memory's fine, thanks - Connor Farnon, Wed Jul 18 16:07
      In what had probably been a surprise to everyone involved, Connor had ended up with an O in Spellwork last term. His other grades had been passable (an A in Cultural Studies, Es in everything else)... more
    • Let's make some more moments - Teal Rosse, Tue Jul 17 09:40
      Spellwork was one of Teal’s favorite classes. Professor McKindy was funny (in both ways), and the subject came naturally to her. To be honest, Teal felt bad for someone who wasn’t good at wandwork.... more
      • Moment incoming! - Marley Chapman, Tue Jul 17 12:59
        It was at pretty much the last possible minute before sending her updated courselist back to RMI that Marley decided she would continue on with Spellwork after all. After juggling eight classes,... more
        • Shields up, yellow alert - Teal, Fri Jul 20 11:50
          Marley seemed, like, kinda weird, in Teal’s opinion. Normally they were both super bouncy and excited, and today Marley seemed bouncy, but she didn’t hug her. Teal hadn’t gotten to see her as much as ... more
          • Well that's just unproductive - Marley, Sat Jul 21 22:35
            Now that she’d suggested it, it occurred to her that using their memory assignment to help with this conversation might actually be helpful, or at least more efficient. Like, talking about difficult... more
            • What would you consider productive? - Teal, Sun Jul 29 12:07
              Okay, this was not going well. Marley was using the determinedly calm voice that Mom and Dad sometimes used on Violet. It meant you were starting to get pissed off but you didn’t want the other... more
              • Actually hearing me would be a start - Marley, Tue Jul 31 16:05
                She’d tried to explain what she meant, but Teal seemed to have caught onto the word instead and not paid attention to her explanation. Oops, again. This was probably her own fault. ‘Selfish’ was one... more
                • But that’s so difficult - Teal , Sat Aug 4 13:28
                  Teal felt like Marley was misinterpreting everything she was saying and that she must have misinterpreted everything Marley was saying. First it had gone from “we need to talk” to parents and selfish ... more
                  • What's right isn't always easy - Marley, Sat Aug 4 23:37
                    She had been hoping that Teal would agree to just letting her go first, but instead the other girl was… apologizing? Okay, that was a start. They weren’t at the very front of the line yet, so they... more
                    • That’s not great motivation - Teal, Sun Aug 5 10:33
                      There weren’t many times Teal got exactly what she asked for. Surprisingly, her plea had gotten through to Marley. Unsurprisingly, Teal didn’t want to hear what the other girl had to say. Marley... more
                      • Too bad this wasn't motivation enough - Marley, Sun Aug 5 21:00
                        Marley felt an immediate wave of guilt at the look on the other girl’s face. She’d never seen Teal look so sad before, and it made her feel even worse, and she had to hastily wipe an extra set of... more
    • A lifetime to forget - Claudia Dubois, Mon Jul 16 11:14
      • Don't want to repeat the past though - Remington Burnham, Mon Jul 16 11:30
        Remington had spent a good chunk of her summer trying to decide what classes to take. Her schedule ended up being incredibly full, and she wasn’t sure if it was going to stay that way. Spellwork was... more
        • That's the point of this class - Claudia, Mon Jul 16 13:51
          “Memories in general don’t seem to be the most reliable source of information when it comes to facts,” Remington whispered back. Claudia sucked on her upper lip while she considered that. It was... more
          • I'm sure this was exactly the point - Remington, Mon Jul 16 14:54
            Remington managed to keep her desire to immediately delve into a conversation about the trustworthiness of memories to herself, minus the one whispered response to Claudia. See, this is what she was... more
            • Let's get to it, then - Claudia, Mon Jul 16 15:42
              Remington gave Claudia her express permission to show whatever she wanted. Even if she had not correctly guessed at the event Claudia had in mind (and she probably had, because Remy was smart, and... more
              • No turning back now - Remington, Mon Jul 16 16:44
                The more she thought about it and took in Claudia’s body language, the more certain Remington was about what was going to happen. If it was something that someone needed to see, that Claudia needed... more
                • Any regrets? - Claudia, Tue Jul 17 16:04
                  Claudia tried not to flinch when Remington touched her. Her tentatively developing acquaintanceship with the fourth year was based almost solely on the genuinely selfless way Remy had come to... more
                  • Forget regret - Remington, Sat Jul 21 17:13
                    Admittedly, Remington knew very little about the incident between Dade and Claudia. Dade made it seem like he’d been in danger of being attacked and was reacting. If there were more, she hadn’t been... more
                    • Forget forgiveness - Claudia, Sun Jul 22 11:39
                      The fifth year had genuinely not expected Remington to be so affected by her memory, and she might be close to regretting her decision, except for the relief flooding through her that she had not... more
                      • Can you imagine? - Remington, Sun Jul 22 18:24
                        Remington hoped that this would have made things more clear, but instead things were more confused. Why hadn’t Dade told her about this? Like, why hadn’t he told her anything? He was her first friend ... more
                        • I have an exceptional imagination - Claudia, Mon Jul 23 14:28
                          When Remington confessed that she didn’t know whether she was still friends with Dade, Claudia found herself feeling something akin to sympathy for the other girl. She knew what it was like to have a ... more
                          • Remington didn’t realize just how hurt she’d been at Dade’s lack of responses over the summer until Claudia provided her with new information. Apparently, Dade hadn’t even been home to receive her... more
                            • There are so many problems right now - Claudia, Wed Jul 25 15:03
                              Remy didn’t comment on the information about Dade living away from home for the duration of the summer, so Claudia elected to let the matter slide; it was of no further consequence to her, and she... more
    • Thnks fr th Mmrs - Nolan Ramsey, Sun Jul 15 22:27
      The first class of the year was Spellwork, and Nolan Ramsey arrived right on time after eating an unhurried breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast. Having plans to check on the AgriClub garden during... more
      • Even if they weren't so great? - Kaye Packman, Mon Jul 16 15:48
        Kaye didn’t have to go to the first Spellwork class as a seventh year, but she was just so bored . After the feast, she’d gone back to Aquila and hung out on the couch for a little while. It wasn’t... more
        • You could’ve asked for a better one - Nolan, Mon Jul 16 19:37
          “Thought you might say that,” Nolan quipped back, before Kaye made her request. Then he was so surprised (but simultaneously not surprised) that he had to laugh. No one else Nolan had ever met would... more
          • Could've, Would've, Should've - Kaye, Wed Jul 18 21:32
            There were plenty of memories Kaye could choose to show Nolan. Some might be genuinely entertaining for him, like when she went on the dolphin tour in Galveston with her dad. He’d painted this... more
            • All adds up to didn’t - Nolan, Fri Jul 20 11:43
              Nolan, who hadn’t counted upon the possibility that Kaye would accept the challenge, cocked an auburn eyebrow. He had been trying to respond to her request with an equally rude one. Could she even... more
              • Well damn, okay. They were really doing this. This made her respect (or mild interest, she didn’t exactly know the right word to use here) for Nolan to increase by at least half a letter grade. Like, ... more
                • I know my arithmetic - Nolan, Thu Jul 26 14:27
                  Nolan didn’t especially want to watch the accident that had ended with his leg being amputated, but watching Kaye watch it without having a solid idea of what she was seeing was freaky. It’d be nice... more
                  • Kaye wrinkled her nose at the mention of physical therapy. That kind of thing sounded annoying. Lazy by nature, the Aquila couldn’t imagine caring about something so much that she’d put herself... more
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