Russell Drew [4th year, Cetus]
I would appreciate a hand with this
Mon Apr 10, 2017 00:09
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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 he spent significant time outside (significant here meaning anything over ten minutes) or in brighter-lit rooms, he quite often developed a minor one. But on Those days, the headache seemed to start while he was still asleep, because the first sensation he had upon shifting out of his subconscious was that of skull-splitting pain. This was the first time that he’d had one of Those days this month. It used to happen a couple times a week when he was younger, so he supposed he should be grateful that it had improved, but he couldn’t really feel grateful when his brain hurt too much to think about anything else.

He took a sip of pineapple juice to get the pill down and then, contemplating it a moment, popped another one, because class was starting soon which would probably require thinking and it couldn’t hurt to double up in preparation for that. Stuffing the small bottle in the right pocket of his cargo shorts, he poked his index finger in the left pocket and brushed it lightly over Jaws’ fur. A twitching nose met his finger soon after. While Russell couldn’t muster up the energy to smile at the contact, he did feel marginally better with his mouse-friend (literally) close at hand.

Arriving to find what seemed like the entire student body in the lab didn’t help his headache. Why was it that other students talked so loudly? Ducking his head, Russell found a place to stand that didn’t come off as too crowded and waited with moderate patience for class to start. To pass the time, he pulled off the bandana that he had hastily wrapped around his head this morning and retied it more neatly. His hair was a mess; he’d knotted it back in a bun two days ago, but fell asleep without pulling it out, and then hadn’t been bothered to fix it yesterday and slept on it again, and by now it was just one big tangle. The bandana helped, he thought hoped. Its shade of light-ripe-pear-grey was the same grey used in the camo pattern of his shorts, so it even ​matched, too.

Russell was more confident with wandwork than almost any other subject. He’d put a ton of effort into practicing spells during his studies before coming to RMI - which wasn’t terribly surprising because what else was he going to do all day living in California, practically the sunniest place alive? To the surprise of both himself and his private tutor, he had managed to cast a nonverbal Summoning Charm once by accident, and with some work, had managed to continue to do so intentionally. But he had never tried wandless magic. That was supposed to be pretty hard. Needless to say, he had resigned himself to relying on his younger partner to get them through the class before his wand had even left his hand.

Rubbing his forehead in a failed attempt at distracting himself from his headache, Russell didn’t move when everyone began pairing up. Instead, he waited for one of the younger students to approach, because that saved him the decision. When a student came up to him, he gave them a half-hearted “Hullo.”, blinking at them from behind his sunglasses.

  • Look Ma, No Hands! [Spellwork, ALL YEARS] - Professor Aaron McKindy, Fri Apr 7 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... more
    • 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
      • 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 easy...it 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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