I fear you will find me inept
Wed Jul 25, 2018 13:45

“I would not mind going first,” Jesse answered the question in the parse it had been asked, because negatively phrased questions could get confusing otherwise (for example, if he had just answered ‘yes’, it would be ambiguous whether he was affirming that he minded going first, or whether he was positively acquiescing to her request: opposite interpretations of the same given answer). Then Leah apologised, which Jesse found quite unnecessary. It was entirely acceptable for him to go first, as he was half of a team and one of them had to instigate the assignment - it was as likely to be him as not - plus he had the perceived benefit of being an existing student, which meant only that Jesse had more experiencing in casting other spells, a fact not relevant to this class, but perhaps Leah could not be certain that this particular spell was new to the second years, too.

“I’m in Draco,” too, Jesse exclaimed at suddenly having something in common with the first year. “That doesn’t have anything to do with magical capability,” he informed her, because it sounded to Jesse as though Leah was suggesting she ought to be better at magic simply due to her House affiliation. “This is your first class in your first year at Rocky Mountain,” he surmised, stipulating the name of the school because he could not be sure she had not attended any other magic school before; all he knew about her was the name and House she had provided. “I imagine there will be room for improvement in all areas of your magical education otherwise there is no point to you being enrolled here.”

“I do not always accomplish a spell correctly on the first try,” he said levelly, having no shame in this because he was here to learn, just like everyone else. There were many things Jesse was naturally good at, but casting new spells sometimes took him a few tries to get right, and that was okay. “So please do not feel as though you need to be perfect. I don’t expect you to be,” he tried to reassure her. Then Jesse held his wand up and put a few feet of distance between himself and Leah, because trying to disarm a person when right in front of them felt like an unnecessary use of magic when he could just reach over and physically take the wand if he wanted to, and cast the spell as per Professor Embers’ instructions. He had already explained to Leah that he did not always get a spell to work the first time, so at least neither of them would be surprised or alarmed if nothing happened.

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    • I fear you will find me inept - Jesse, Wed Jul 25 13:45
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