Claudia Dubois
These are not My Life Skills
Mon Aug 6, 2018 13:29
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Today’s schedule entailed yet another mandatory session to spend in the company of Professor Blair. Claudia had just about had her fill of those. She didn’t mind the Cultural Studies classes, because she had voluntarily elected to continue with the subject, often finding topics interesting; she enjoyed and excelled at the opportunity to debate an issue from both sides on a wide variety of matters (although there were still some on which Claudia’s opinion could not be swayed). Yet these insufferable one-offs attended by the entire upper years population were, as much of Claudia’s detentions had been, a tedious waste of time.

Even the Professor demonstrated no enthusiasm for this session, and evidently was taking out her frustration on the students as she split up the group surrounding Claudia, making it impossible for her to work with Connor or with Nolan. The blonde fifth year sent the Professor a look that aptly displayed her dissatisfaction at the arrangement as she diligently crossed to her designated cubicle. There was a notice at its entrance that wands were not permitted inside. Claudia rolled her perfectly lined brown eyes, indulging in petty reactions where nobody could see her. There was not a single situation in her post graduation life that would necessitate action without a wand because she was a witch and would always have her wand with her! (Besides, she had started animagus classes with Professor McKindy, so would soon begin practising wandless magic, anyway)

Sighing in resigned frustration, Claudia took her wand from its pocket in her polished brown leather bag - it matched her brown leather ankle boots, worn with a cream damask dress beneath her uniform robes - and dropped it gently into the box provided. So far she was underwhelmed with this class: it was irrelevant, she had to surrender her wand, and she was prevented from working with her friends. She did not see whether Magdalena had also been given a number, or Remington. Either of those classmates would be acceptable working partners, too. Optimistic that one of them might join her, Claudia stepped through the haze into the cubicle.

Inside the small area was a small tent, fully erected, and its empty bag. A simple note explained what Claudia had already deduced: the task was to return the tent to the bag. Great Merlin, Claudia had never once set foot in a tent, thank you very much. She had been beneath awnings and gazebos a-plenty, but every single one of these had been set in place by magic, and similarly dismantled. Maybe her partner would have some idea of where to start (which almost certainly ruled out Magdalena). Hearing a sound at the entrance, Claudia turned her head to see which of her classmates had joined her.

  • Life Skills Training (Years 4-7) - Professor Blair-West, Fri Aug 3 14:57
    Estelle was in a Mood. This was not particularly unusual, but today her Mood was the result of the school administration, and despite their quirks she’d always been pleased to say she got along with... more
    • I'll just do my own thing - Remington Burnham, Sun Aug 19 20:01
      Usually, Remington didn’t mind the chance to take advantage of an additional educational opportunity. At a magical school, those were bound to be fascinating and challenging. There were so many... more
    • I've got this... - Leopold Harris, Sun Aug 19 16:02
      Leo rubbed his temples. His head was throbbing. He’d spent the morning holed up in the library and still hadn’t managed to fill one sheet of parchment for his Spellwork essay. Normally, he studied... more
      • Do you, though? - Kaye Packman, Sun Aug 19 17:39
        Around two that morning, Kaye had woken up with a low grade fever and swollen knees. This hadn’t come as a surprise, since she’d covered up her butterfly rash with foundation the day before, but it... more
        • I'm hurt by your lack of faith in me - Leo, Sun Aug 19 19:41
          Leo was disappointed. There were certain people he expected to take his side on things (especially when the ‘thing’ he was criticising was the establishment, and pointless lessons geared toward a... more
          • Does my lack of faith... disturb you? - Kaye, Sun Aug 19 20:56
            Leo grumpily explained that he knew what he was holding was a sheet, which meant that Kaye had completely misunderstood his statement when she entered the room. She was just too fatigued to pay that... more
    • There's no I in Teamwork - Myfanwy Owen, Sat Aug 18 15:40
      Myfanwy didn’t especially appreciate being summoned to a class by a screeching notice pinned up on the Lyra noticeboard, but she supposed the method had been effective. She didn’t think it was a... more
      • If you squint, it's hidden in the A - Brynjolf Nilssen, Tue Aug 21 21:10
        Bryn didn’t mind the mandatory classes that cropped up every now and then, but the last time there had been one for Cultural Studies it had involved a thing that behaved like a baby. That was not... more
        • It's an optical illusion - Myfanwy, Wed Aug 22 15:55
          Myfanwy wasn’t disappointed to find Brynjolf already in the cubicle she had selected. They shared a lot of classes together (one less since Myffi had dropped potions; she was really good at it but... more
          • Brynjolf quirked a grin at the girl as she discarded her robe and stepped further into the room. He was glad to see the normal bright colors that accompanied Myffi’s personality and it put him at... more
    • My life skill is having money - Connor Farnon, Mon Aug 6 15:02
      It wasn’t that Connor had been present for the last mandatory life skills class, where the upper years had to take care of a baby, but he’d seen the results of that class and it terrified him.... more
    • These are not My Life Skills - Claudia Dubois , Mon Aug 6 13:29
      • Surprisingly, this isn't mine, either - Marley Chapman, Mon Aug 6 15:24
        It was a whole month since she and Teal had broken up, and she still wasn’t over it. That was kind of weird, right? Like, sure they’d been dating for ages (and that wasn’t even an exaggeration, since ... more
        • Some of this is familiar - Claudia, Mon Aug 6 23:08
          “Um, hi.” Claudia paused as if frozen (she would not be surprised if Holland had taught Marley how to execute that spell, but on this occasion her motionless was a result of surprise, not literal... more
          • And some is unknown territory - Marley, Tue Aug 7 22:46
            As soon as the word ‘okay’ had finished, she exhaled in a short sigh, forgetting for a moment not to be too obvious about her relief. She couldn’t help it. Although logically it wouldn’t make sense... more
            • Ready to explore? - Claudia, Wed Aug 8 16:23
              Marley seemed relieved; Claudia wondered why. Did it have more to do with absence of rejection, and with it the need to find another partner, in addition to any negative emotions experienced, or to... more
              • Sure! I think. Maybe. Too late. - Marley, Thu Aug 16 15:31
                “I didn’t say that.” She had spotted the quirk of Claudia’s eyebrows, but her automatic assumption was that it was just a reaction to being called out. She definitely hadn’t expected the other girl... more
                • It started well - Claudia, Fri Aug 17 16:57
                  Marley was infuriating. Claudia hadn’t been expecting anything much when she acknowledged she could have set aside her own reservations to blindly rejoice in Marley’s happiness, so receiving an... more
                  • And keeps dragging on - Marley, Thu Aug 23 20:39
                    It’d probably be super presumptive to say that she had been expecting a “you’re welcome” or even a “thanks for noticing”, because Claudia had never been the type of person to acknowledge the more... more
                    • We could abandon it - Claudia, Fri Aug 24 09:28
                      It felt as though the two of them were incapable of speaking to each other without arguing. Even when they had been friends, they had argued substantially more often than Claudia would consider... more
                      • I'm not good at giving up - Marley, Mon Sep 3 22:53
                        Ears still ringing (or maybe scratching was a better way to describe it) from the sandpapery alarm, she accepted her robes back from Claudia, noticing as she did so that her hand was shaking a bit.... more
                        • Then I have a new challenge for you - Claudia, Thu Sep 6 15:49
                          Marley was measurably more enthusiastic about this next task than Claudia. The paler girl stood towards a back corner of the cubicle, out of the way of its practical assignment, and wordlessly... more
                          • If at first you don't succeed... - Marley, Tue Sep 11 21:54
                            Quickly recovering from the surprise of Claudia requesting to help with the tire repair, Marley bobbed her head, long-ish curls bouncing along with her. “Oh my gosh, yeah, of course.” Laying the... more
                            • Give up and go home? - Claudia, Wed Sep 12 15:48
                              Manual labor was not something to which Claudia was accustomed. Potions and Magizoobotany had both required her to engage in some unpleasant physical tasks on occasion, but Claudia had not continued... more
    • What if this isn't a skill I want? - Russell Drew, Mon Aug 6 12:19
      According to the flyer tacked up in Cetus, not only was Cultural Studies being held at a different time than their usual schedule and in the lab instead of its normal room, but it was also a... more
      • All skills are worth having - Nolan Ramsey, Mon Aug 6 14:27
        Apparently the other students who weren’t taking Cultural Studies—and some of the ones who were—didn’t like mandatory yes-you-have-to-go-even-though-you-dropped-it lessons. Nolan agreed he’d rather... more
        • Not this one - Russell, Tue Aug 7 23:31
          The person to finally approach him was Nolan, whom he knew casually - they shared a few classes and he was pretty sure they’d wound up partners for at least two impossibly vague History assignments... more
          • How can you tell? - Nolan, Tue Aug 14 22:02
            Russell’s response was to go stand in a corner, so Nolan might have chosen wrong in the partner department. Great. He should’ve just picked Buckley. The guy was always going on about how having a... more
            • He took vague stock of Nolan’s question - just enough to deduct that the only way they were going to make it through this was if either they waited for the timer to go off and moved to the next... more
              • You’re so evasive - Nolan, Mon Sep 3 09:25
                Russell said he couldn’t imagine why this was one of their tasks. Nolan agreed, but for different reasons. Why bother learning how to do things the Muggle way? Everyone at RMI had magic—hell, even... more
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