Professor Aaron McKindy
Look Ma, No Hands! [Spellwork, ALL YEARS]
Fri Apr 7, 2017 17:35

“So this is a little bit of an unusual lesson,” Aaron McKindy said, entirely unnecessarily.

It was unnecessary because all of the gathered students had already realized that, presumably once they realized that all the students currently taking Spellwork at RMI were standing around in the Practical Lab, which had been cleared of the benches and cauldrons that took up space during Potions lessons. The students were divided into two groups: on Aaron’s left hand side were the students in third year and below, and on his right were the students in fourth through seventh year; although Aaron hadn’t made it strictly mandatory for Sorsha and Francine, he had made it clear to them that he would strongly prefer it if they attended this particular lesson. Knowing what he did of their personality, Aaron hadn’t thought that more than that would be necessary. And he really didn’t want to force them into something they truly didn’t want to do. It was going to be such a fun lesson.

Circe wandered over to sniff the leg of his faded blue jeans - he had stuck his wand in the back pocket, as usual - and Aaron reached down to pet the cat. The gray tabby had been curiously making her way around the classroom for the past several minutes as students trickled in; Aaron was sure Circe was just as perplexed as the students were, although she probably cared less, in part because she was a cat. Remembering he was in the middle of addressing his class and not playing with the cat, Aaron straightened and grinned as his gray-green eyes played across the room. It looked like everyone who was going to be here, was. Time to get a move on, then.

“Today we’re going to be doing a paired lesson. That means everyone on the left side of the room,” Aaron made a gesture, “will be paired with someone from the right side of the room,” another gesture. There were murmurs from some of the students, and the Spellwork professor’s grin broadened. “But there’s another catch,” he said, pulling his wand out and waving it in a circle, around the gathered upper years. “Accio wands,” he said, and a collection of wands made their way toward him at varying rates; Aaron caught them all in a brown box he had conjured wordlessly while the class’s attention had been diverted. “No wands for you upper years,” he said.

This wouldn’t be too challenging for some of them. His Animagus students had all been working on wandless, nonverbal magic all year and even his fourth years had been introduced to it as a concept. For others, however, it would be nearly impossible - which was why he had paired his older students with his younger.

“You are going to have to complete a series of tasks that can only be accomplished by basic spellwork,” Aaron went on to explain. “And before you ask,” the man said, eyeing one of the upper years known for testing boundaries in class, “you may not use the wand of a younger student in order to accomplish them. There are two ways to accomplish each task, and some tasks must happen with two people casting at the same time. Upper years, that means I expect you to be working on your wandless magic. Animagus students, if you would like to work on your wandless nonverbal right now that’s perfectly fine but please avoid singeing the first years. For you younger students, this is a great time to refine your spellwork techniques and learn some tips and tricks from the older students."

Aaron waved his wand wordlessly again, and eleven separate sets of doorways, covered by a curtain, appeared. There was nothing behind them, or so it appeared - in reality, each curtain opened the way to a wizardspace about the size of a walk-in closet. When each pair walked through the doorway, a wall of magical stones would appear to cover the entrance. Each group would work to break down the wall - and escape the space - by following prompts that lit up on the stones in front of them. Following each successful execution of a prompt, a chunk of the stone would disappear. The prompts could be either pictoral or written in riddle, but if it took too long for a pair to figure out the meaning they would morph into something more immediately understandable. There were more doorways than Aaron expected needing, just in case he had counted wrong.

“Everyone find a partner and then step through a doorway. If you need help, just send sparks through the doorway and I’ll come to you.” Aaron had keyed each doorway such that he could walk in and out with ease, although the students would have to solve the puzzles to get out. He looked around. “Go on, pair up!” he said enthusiastically before stepping back to observe the process.

So to sum up: if you are a fourth year or above, you do NOT have a wand for this lesson. Students in years 1 - 3 must pair with a student in years 4 - 7. The numbers /should/ work out, but if they don’t and we run out of students in one group or the other, tag me and we’ll figure something out. Feel free to be as creative as you want with the puzzles, they’ll be simple things like “levitate both ends of this board at the same time so water doesn’t spill out of a pitcher” etc, unlikely to actually injure anyone. More interesting posts = more points. Have at it, tag Aaron if you have questions.

    • But I need hands to pet this cat! - Marissa Kendrick (5th Year Aquila), Fri Apr 14 14:59
      “Hi, Circe!” Spellwork was one of the only lessons Marissa Kendrick was consistently early to. She liked chatting with Aaron about Quidditch things, or about the kids, or other random subjects she... more
    • Hopefully my partner has hands - Kaye Packman (Aquila 4th Year), Fri Apr 14 14:29
      Kaye decided to show up to Spellwork on a day when everyone would be there. This would have been the best time to skip class. The crowd was big enough that her absence would have gone unnoticed. She... more
    • No doorknobs, either - Holland Keene [Lyra], Wed Apr 12 14:46
      When they were doing an all-years class, it was almost guaranteed that there would be a somewhat physical component to the activity. Professor McKindy in particular seemed to like to mix up the... more
      • Maybe the Hands and Knobs are Behind the Door - Hunter Ioma, Wed Apr 12 22:37
        “So this is a little bit of an unusual lesson,” Hunter perked up. An unusual lesson certainly sounded exciting. Well, any magic lesson sounded exciting, but an unusual one even more so. “Today we’re... more
        • We could look there - Holland, Fri Apr 14 15:42
          Oh, it was Hunter. Holland liked Hunter well enough—in fact, they didn’t truly dislike any of the underclassmen—but he was very—well— Hunter . Holland was not entirely sure what they meant by that,... more
          • What's in the Box?! - Hunter Ioma, Fri Apr 14 21:33
            As Hunter tumbled through the ghost-space-wizard door, the first thing that got his attention was the size of the room on the other side. It wasn’t exactly large, but certainly not the... more
            • Looks like another puzzle to me - Holland, Sat Apr 15 19:02
              Hunter was unsurprisingly optimistic about doing a spell he couldn’t remember learning. The sixteen-year-old left Hunter to it and focused on the lock. They knew a bit about how locks worked; Monty... more
    • Hold my butterbeer. I got this. - Teal Rosse [Draco, 2nd year], Mon Apr 10 05:58
      Classes at RMI were pretty weird, but Teal didn’t think a professor had ever had all the years all together all at once. What in Merlin’s name could Prof. Aaron be planning? This sounded like... more
      • I mean I guess my hands are free - Rose Farnon, Mon Apr 10 06:39
        When Rose ran into Dade on her way to Spellwork, she know that McKindy was up to something. There was no normal reason for him to have a first year and a fifth year going to the same class, and... more
    • I would appreciate a hand with this - Russell Drew [4th year, Cetus], Mon Apr 10 00:09
      It was one of Those days. Russell sighed and shook another Advil out of the bottle. On Those days, he woke up with a pounding headache for no clear reason. Headaches weren’t unfamiliar to him; when... more
      • Fortunately, I have two - Connor Farnon, Mon Apr 10 04:35
        Dressed in an olive polo shirt and khakis under his robes with shoelaces neatly tied in gray sneakers, Connor looked around the classroom uncomfortably. He was used to having classes with his younger ... more
        • Does that mean we each get one? - Russell, Mon Apr 10 18:51
          The younger boy was dressed pretty formal. Russell didn’t understand why some students always wore their robes to classes. Was it actually a part of the dress code? He couldn’t remember - well, he... more
    • But I have hands! - Marley Chapman [2nd year, Lyra], Sat Apr 8 19:18
      “I still can’t believe you, like, almost made a goal in the last match, that was just-- ooooh, hi !” Having just spotted Professor McKindy’s cat, Marley cut her conversation with Skylar short and... more
      • And a head, shoulders, knees and toes - Dardanius Dubois [5th year Lyra], Thu Apr 13 07:57
        Being in a room with all the Spellwork students currently attending RMI caused Danny to wonder - not for the first time - what Professor McKindy had planned. There wasn’t a great deal of overlap of... more
        • And really, really big eyes - Marley, Fri Apr 14 02:11
          She didn't know Danny super well, and really not in a classroom setting at all, but she thought she knew him well enough from playing Quidditch together. Frankie worked them pretty hard in practices, ... more
          • All the better to see you with - Dardanius, Sat Apr 15 14:29
            Following his energetic partner, Dardanius was the second student to enter the wizarding space beyond the doorway, which sealed itself over the moment he was within its confines. “Yep, this seems... more
            • Will it help us make decisions, too? - Marley, Sun Apr 23 18:47
              Danny reassured her that the newly sealed doorway was nothing unexpected. At least, it would've been reassuring, if it weren't for the fact that Marley wasn't actually worried about it. They had... more
    • No fingernails, either - Claudia Dubois [2nd year Cetus], Sat Apr 8 13:55
      A school-wide spellwork class had caused Claudia sufficient anxiety that she had chewed the nail on every single finger on both hands right down. She was supremely disappointed in herself, and also... more
      • I can help with that - Camilla Baird, Mon Apr 10 19:13
        Since she has started her former magical education, Camilla had always been more than adept at the classes that required a wand, and she was proud of her proficiency. The Ceti knew she excelled at... more
        • With my fingernails? - Claudia, Tue Apr 11 14:40
          The girl in front of her was intimidatingly tall; she must be in sixth or seventh year, Claudia guessed. She was also familiar from the common room; unless Claudia was much mistaken, this girl as... more
          • Yes, yes I can. - Camilla, Thu Apr 13 19:53
            “I am Camilla,” she offered her name to the girl, she assumed, was Danny’s little sister. They did look somewhat alike. She smiled reassuringly since Claudia seemed to be out of sorts, nervous if you ... more
            • Show me how - Claudia, Fri Apr 14 11:41
              Her taller counterpart’s name was Camilla, and she acquiesced in selecting a doorway. Claudia followed her through it, her wand already drawn in anticipation, but the only surprise seemed to be a... more
              • Its involves meditation - Camilla, Sun Apr 16 22:24
                Things didn't seem to be going well for Claudia, and Camilla took a deep breath to calm herself from overreacting over a silly grade because a younger student seemed to losing her stuff. Her... more
                • Is fainting like meditating? - Claudia, Fri Apr 21 10:47
                  Her spell had apparently been in vain, because instead of looking at what had appeared on the paper and figuring out a way to get them both out of this hellish scenario, Camilla was putting her hand... more
    • Too bad I'm a handful - Ruben Lundqvist (5th year, Aquila), Sat Apr 8 03:46
      Sauntering down the hall, grey knapsack hanging off one shoulder, Ruben slipped into the lab with hardly a minute to spare before the official start-of-class. This was right in line with his usual... more
      • This is an interesting pair - Remington Burnham (Draco 1st Year), Sun Apr 9 18:17
        For some reason, the class structure at Rocky Mountain International wasn’t always consistent. In primary school, the different years didn’t combine like this. First grade was always with first... more
        • Not feeling too interested about this - Ruben, Mon Apr 10 14:38
          The first girl that he’d started walking towards had apparently no interest in working together, as she had pretty much taken one look and then ran away. Ruben found that possibly more amusing than... more
          • What if I made it sparkly? - Remington, Fri Apr 14 12:21
            The older student had a fun accent, which somehow made him seem less intimidating. It wasn’t a funny dialect, because no dialects were funny, but it took her attention away from the skull on his... more
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