Leopold Harris
I've got this...
Sun Aug 19, 2018 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 with Myffi-it really helped his concentration to know someone was there to pass judgement if he decided to take a nap on the table- but ever since the bonfire Myffi’s presence had become rather distracting. So he was going it alone, and making a real effort to drag his feet to class, sit in the back row, and nod along as the professors talked at him.

All that was missing was a shiny badge on his chest to mark him out as a real brown-noser but he wasn’t seeing a correlation between attendance and grades. Was it all a scam? Probably. If he wanted to Leo could teach himself just as well from a textbook. As it was Leo didn’t have the initiative for that. So he was making do with the substandard education offered to him and all the while trying to hold onto his sanity. After the morning he'd had it was no surprise then that he was not in the mood for a dumb ‘life skills’ lesson clearly tailored toward purebloods wizard who were just a few drops of magic off being called a squib, and were going to be in for a shock when they found out that in real life clean clothes didn’t just ‘appear’ neatly pressed at the bottom of your bed. Leo had only decided to keep on Cultural Studies because, as everyone knew, the entire thing was a bit of a joke. No one took it seriously (except, maybe Blair but even that's debatable) and it was a guaranteed grade. Or so Leo had thought way back when he was taking classes with people the same age as him. Even though Leo now knew firsthand that it actually was possible to flunk Cultural Studies he still had a tough time taking it seriously. The only upside was the lack of snooty purebloods filling up the classroom with their big heads, because they were all too ‘clever’ and ‘important’ to learn what a toaster was. But every now and then the school had to go and ruin this one shiny perk with *shudder* compulsory lessons.

The minute he heard about the ‘Life Skills’ lesson Leo had taken to moaning to everyone he saw about how dumb it all was. It was all going to be a huge waste of his time. Leo wasn’t some prim pureblood who had never had to clean something by hand and even if he had his issues with Jeb, the man had drilled Leo enough over the summers, that he could confidently claim to have a number of useful DIY skills in his arsenal. He couldn’t see what he was supposed to learn from it all, unless it had been dreamed up as a cruel way to test the limits of Leo’s patience. If he got stuck in a cubicle with someone who didn’t know how to make a pineappling sandwich, Leo couldn’t think of a scenario which wouldn’t end with the other person finishing the day with some condiments in their hair- unless he just went for it and let his fists fly- a little exercise in muggle violence would certainly be educational for some RMI students. But Leo was reformed- he hadn’t hit anyone since last Christmas when that guy’d spilled salsa on Leo’s shoes.

He’d wanted to work with Myffi but instead Blair had clearly decided to make a dull task even more unbearable and started assigning people to cubicles. Great. Just fan-pineappling-tastic. Leo didn’t bother to hide his sour expression as Blair directed him toward a cubicle, ripping open the door with more force than necessary, to find...a wooden storage chest and a bunch of white cloth splayed out on the ground? Wait- was that a fitted sheet? “Shit,” Leo exclaimed, as all the confidence was knocked from his body. Where was the leaking faucet, busted wheel and loose tiles? You know, the things Leo had been prepared to do. What the hell was he supposed to do with a sheet? Leo picked it up and dangled it in the air experimentally. He was still holding it, a puzzled expression on his face, when he heard someone else enter the cubicle, “Any idea what this is all about? I mean, merlin. This has be the dumbest thing we’ve done in this class and that is really saying something.”

  • 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
      • 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
      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 ... more
      • 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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