Professor Arthur Bennett
Dracos this way!
Fri Jan 19, 2018 09:29
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Arthur was late. He had a reason for being late, but whether it was an acceptable one depended on who you asked. His lovely wife, Marissa, the librarian, thought the reason was a poor one, but then, at this point they’d been married long enough for her to know all his reasons for being late. She was amenable only to a few of them. Arthur, on the other hand, thought his reason for being late was an excellent, nay, admirable one. He recognized, of course, trotting down the hallway, that he and Marissa were at either end of the spectrum when it came to excusing his tardiness, so really the only fair way to figure out if his delay was acceptable would be to ask someone else. And at this point, Arthur was in high hopes that no one else would notice he hadn’t made it to the Opening Feast.

In life, some answers weren’t needed.

Rounding the corner, Arthur came to an abrupt halt outside the doors to the Finer Diner. This next part was going to be tricky. He cast a quick silencio on his sneakers and with the little grace he possessed opened the door. Luck was with him this evening—he was in time to sneak in under the cover of the Opening Feast speech. He tiptoed towards the staff bonfire in a half-crouch and slid onto one of the cushions on the floor, for once thankful for his short stature. Putting on the most serious face he could muster, he nodded formally to the few staff members who noticed his arrival and then turned his attention to the front of the room. A few seconds later, he turned around. He could always feel when Marissa was glaring at him. He gave her a sheepish grin, his eyes crinkling as she rolled her eyes in response. God, he loved her.

Before Arthur could turn back around, the speech ended and house elves streamed into the room carrying trays of food. They’d really outdone themselves this year, he thought to himself, watching an elf totter by with a full leg of lamb. Suddenly ravenous, he picked up a large bowl of seafood pasta and began eating. At this point he’d been at RMI so long that it was easy to fall back into his regular rhythm, talking with other staff members amidst the hubbub in the room. Time flew by quickly—it seemed to get faster each year—and soon it was time to take the Draco first-years to the dorm room. Arthur stood up slowly and stretched. Just before he took his first step towards the red bonfire, he heard an “ahem” from nearby. Ah. Yes. He took a quick step to Marissa and gave her a peck on the cheek. “See you in a bit.”

With that, he was free to walk up to the Draco bonfire, where he cast a quick periculum and started shouting “Draco first-years! Follow me!” At 5’6”, Arthur was easily lost amidst the older, taller students, so it took a while to for everyone to gather around. Once he was relatively confident the kids had found him, he took off down one of the hallways. “So, I’m Professor Arthur Bennett, and I’m Head of Draco and teach magizoobotany.” He handed some puffa pods to the nearest first-year. “Pass them around, there should be one for everyone. They’re puffa pods, and once they drop to the ground they’ll turn into a flower.” Without further ado, Arthur began waxing lyrical on the attributes of various magical plants in what would be the first of many tangents on their way to the Draco dorms.

After what probably felt like an interminable amount of time, the professor came to a stop near a tall window featuring a beautiful view of the sunset. “Well, here we are.” He waited for any straggling first-years to catch up before continuing: “This is the entrance to the Draco common room. The door has been charmed to look like a window, but don’t worry – you’ll be able to get through. The password for this month is gillyweed, so don’t forget it or you’ll be stuck outside. Now, follow me.” Without another word, Arthur walked through the door.

[OOC: Hi everyone and welcome! The second part of this post takes place in the Draco Common Room. You don’t need to reply to either post unless you feel like it. At this point you can start posting on all the other boards at RMI, like the Quidditch Pitch, Rec Centre, etc. You can also continue your thread(s) at the Opening Feast if you’d like. Happy writing!]

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