Claudia Dubois
What a delightful premise
Sun Nov 4, 2018 15:32

Deputy Headmaster Bellamy Fell’s continued presence in Defense Against the Dark Arts classes was reassuring whilst being frustrating. Professor Embers was admittedly somewhat scatterbrained and unobservant. Her teaching methods were sometimes unorthodox, but she did teach relevant material, she was so much more approachable than Professor Rasnick before her, and she really had improved her teaching standards over the past couple of years. If Professor Fell had begun to inspect the other professors (this is what Claudia assumed was happening; if he was observing them to learn then he would spend more time with Professors more capable than the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher) a couple of years ago then certainly Cindra Embers would be in trouble, but as she was really much better than she had been previously, it seemed unfair to punish her gain by excessive micromanagement from the administrative staff. Clearly the school board was hoping to stay ahead of the proverbial game by sending Fell to report back to them (Claudia was making this assumption based on everything she knew about Headmaster Morgan), which was reassuring for her own continued education at Rocky Mountain International, but frustrating that it had taken so long to action.

Besides, having a relatively unfamiliar person in the room was not conducive to settling Claudia’s nerves. Defense classes were already those most likely to make her anxious, due both to their content and her previous past experiences, and while Deputy Headmaster Fell had been at the school for several months now, Claudia had interacted with him very little. He dressed smartly, spoke curtly, and had very little interaction with students beyond occasionally asking their opinions on a relevant subject matter (although Claudia would guess from his expression and the infrequency with which this occurred that he did not enjoy this opportunity). His manner was abrupt, rendering his appearance in any room quite the opposite of reassuring. Furthermore, Claudia didn’t know what Bellamy Fell knew of her own recent history at the school, and as such could not be certain regarding his opinion of her. By now she was quite sure of how several of the staff members viewed her, which afforded her guidance on how to behave when around them to best suit both parties. Fell was an enigma, and she wished he wouldn’t continue to haunt her classes like an unbanishable ghoul. At least he’d had no reason to comment on her pristine robes, correctly fastened over a red pencil skirt, white collared blouse and gold embroidered cardigan, and dark blonde hair fastened neatly in a high ponytail, as she’d entered the room.

Trying her best to ignore the interloper, Claudia neatly set up her desk for the class and diligently began to take notes on the opening lecture. She couldn’t resist glancing over at Malachi Crenton at the mention of their last class spent together. It had occurred shortly after the Draco in question had not attended the date he’d scheduled with Remington. Claudia had tentatively liked Malachi up until that point: eloquent, intelligent, and from a good family, on paper he was an ideal companion. Then he’d made Remington cry, and so Claudia had been sure to partner him in the practical lesson, and had used the opportunity of practicing anti-jinxes in pairs to hex his knee-caps backwards. She had pleaded accidental mis-casting of the jelly-legs jinx, which had apparently been accepted by the professor, however the victim had been left in no question of her intent, nor the reason for her petty revenge. The younger student quickly averted his gaze when Claudia looked his way, which was immensely satisfying.

Unfortunately, hexing Malachi created one more person who bluntly refused to partner Claudia in practical classes involving offensive spells. Again, it was a satisfying feeling to realize that people found her formidable, but she wasn’t about to go around hexing people without cause. It would be agreeable if that could perhaps be acknowledged by the student population in general, but Claudia would not hold her breath for that event. Instead, she made eye contact with a couple of people who resolutely looked away, and then resigned herself to sitting in her chair and waiting, either for the unfortunate person who had yet to partner anyone and was left over when every other position had been filled, or to perhaps be that person herself and be obliged to hex one of the professors. Either way was acceptable to the fifth year, but it was a student who approached her.

  • Have a Hex of a Time (DADA 4-7) - Professor Cindra Embers and (uninvited) Guest, Sat Nov 3 22:32
    The fourth through seventh years were sometimes separated for lessons, fourth and fifth in one group with sixth and seventh in another, but today wasn’t one of those days. The lesson plan in the... more
    • Come hex or high water - Nolan Ramsey, Thu Nov 22 14:56
      It was almost a shame that Nolan’s leg stump was cooperating with him today, because he didn’t wear his robes when he was on crutches (too much risk of getting tangled) and Deputy Headmaster Fell was ... more
      • Pun Here - Remington, Sun Nov 25 18:40
        Sometimes, Remington considered dropping Defense Against the Dark Arts. It was nothing against Professor Embers. Kit and Drew’s family member - their family tree was extremely confusing but she knew... more
        • You gotta try harder than that - Nolan, Fri Nov 30 14:22
          Nolan hadn’t put all that much thought into spell development, but now that Remington mentioned it, he couldn’t let the idea go. It had to be just one guy coming up with these nose spells, right?... more
          • Was that a challenge? - Remington, Mon Dec 10 19:15
            Her brain immediately made a note to look this up. Someone had to have asked this question already. She knew there were a few books about the history of spell development in the library. In fact, she ... more
    • What a delightful premise - Claudia Dubois, Sun Nov 4 15:32
      • Is it really? - DJ Finn, Sun Nov 11 13:46
        DJ had always liked Defense Against the Dark Arts at Wallowa but here not so much. At Wallowa, there was less emphasis on defensive and offensive skills for dueling but more practical things like how ... more
        • I suppose we’ll find out - Claudia, Sun Nov 18 10:15
          Claudia knew very little about the student who approached her, besides what she had learned from Remington. Dwight preferred to go by his initials instead a a full name, which Claudia found an... more
          • I suppose we will - DJ, Sun Nov 25 15:16
            DJ smiled when Claudia stated she would have no objection to being his partner. That was a weird way to say yes but it got the point across, he wasn’t her first choice in partner. Yet, DJ smiled... more
            • Happy Hexing - Claudia, Tue Nov 27 15:42
              “You can hex first,” DJ said, which Claudia was pleased to hear. She liked to set the standard, to make clear the sorts of spells she thought most appropriate to use in this scenario. As it happened, ... more
              • No Horns! - DJ, Thu Nov 29 16:28
                DJ listened as Claudia spoke about how the class stecture worked and why she valued it. He nodded and hadn’t thought of it that way. Maybe she was right. “I hadn’t thought of it that way. That makes... more
                • How about butterfingers? - Claudia, Fri Dec 7 16:12
                  DJ seemed to consider Claudia’s positive appraisal of the practical way the advanced students (and sometimes the beginners, too) learned defensive magic. “From your reluctance to embrace these... more
                  • How about that! - DJ, Sat Dec 8 20:56
                    “Sorry no interest in dueling,” he admitted. “My parents are both military and they always let us train with them after our first term at school.” He wouldn’t admit that the reason he was averse to... more
                    • This is acceptable to me - Claudia, Sun Dec 9 07:48
                      “You were the only student to transfer in after midterm,” Claudia pointed out. “It’s a small school, so the sudden arrival of a new face doesn’t go unnoticed.” It was therefore inevitable that... more
                      • Acceptable works. - DJ, Tue Dec 18 18:47
                        Claudia pointed out he was the only student to transfer in. "Makes sense. Does RMI get a lot of transfers?" He asked not really thinking they would. After all his application to RMI had taken forever ... more
                        • It’s a passing grade - Claudia , Wed Dec 19 07:09
                          “Not loads,” Claudia answered DJ’s question about transfer students. “About one per term.” She had considered transferring herself out of Rocky Mountain at the end of last year, but so far fifth year ... more
                          • Yes it is! - DJ, Thu Dec 20 09:01
                            DJ nodded when Claudia stated that RMI got about one transfer per a term. That made sense to the Draco, after all, it was long progress to transfer to RMI. From his understanding, more kids left RMI... more
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