Would something big and safe work?
Fri Jan 19, 2018 18:31

“Yeah, of course they are. House elves like doing work,” Drew said. Muggleborns didn’t really get how house elves worked, which was fair. Most house elves wouldn’t take money or anything even if you tried to pay them. That was just how they were. It wasn’t like slavery or anything because they liked doing work.

Wait a second. Drew was pretty sure that that was what people used to say about slavery. How could people know for sure that house elves liked doing work or if they just had to say that because of whatever magic bound them to their household? Drew wasn’t sure how house elf magic worked, only that it was different than wizard magic, but he knew house elves definitely couldn’t just like stop working for someone if they wanted to. Holy crap, was it like slavery? That was messed up. Maybe he could talk to some of RMI’s house-elves and see if they would answer some questions about it. Kizzy usually made time for the Tennant kids even if she was super busy, but maybe she wouldn’t want to talk about house elf matters.

Drew was having too many big ideas to deal with that in a conversation with a first year right now, but fortunately Leon was moving onto a bunch more questions. Drew also didn’t know how to answer those questions but they weren’t about slavery, so he thought he’d take a crack at them.

“I mean, I’ll try to answer but I don’t know everything,” Drew told Leon. “A lot of the building is magic, like the windows, and the weather, and some of the doors, and some other stuff I guess.” He didn’t think being underground was weird, because he had lived at RMI since he was four, but Dad said that sometimes people took a little while to get used to being underground all the time. Drew didn’t see why. The outdoor area was like, a real forest and a Quidditch Pitch. Between the weather charms and magical windows, if you didn’t know the school was underground you probably couldn’t tell.

It was a good question about the fires. Drew wasn’t totally sure how they worked. Maybe the fire was magic? They looked like campfires, with kindling and a stone border, but they weren’t as hot as real fire should be, and no one had to tend to them, and they were weird colors. Or maybe the fire itself was real, but the ventilation system was magical, to stop heat from getting out and stop smoke from building up in the room.

There were a lot of different ways you could use magic to make a specific thing happen. That was one of the concepts they had talked about in Spellwork. Like how wingardium leviosa and locomotor spells kind of did the same thing, but just a little bit differently, and if you didn’t care how you moved something then they were basically the same. “I don’t know how the fires work. We could ask Aaron—I mean Professor McKindy.” Drew always forgot to call his dad and Aaron by their titles with other students. “He’s my stepdad, and he’s the Spellwork professor, so he probably knows. He’s the Cetus Head of House too, so you’ll get to talk to him later at the end of the feast.”

  • Leon smiled, “Drew… got it!” It seemed like he got away with the change of subject. Drew didn’t seem to press questioning which was good. He didn’t want to have to lie to the friendly older boy. “So... more
    • Would something big and safe work? - Drew, Fri Jan 19 18:31
      • Like a prison or a kennel? - Leon, Mon Jan 22 22:03
        Leon's mind raced with so many questions. Though one thing Drew said stuck in the first years mind, “your step dad is our head of house?” Though the boy didn't know much about magic schools he did... more
        • I was thinking like a bouncy castle - Drew, Tue Jan 23 00:36
          “It’s not that weird,” Drew said, shrugging. His dad was the Head of Lyra, plus the counselor and the director. And his aunt (sort-of aunt—out of all his aunts, Cindra was the least close to being... more
          • Bouncy castles are dangerous - Leon, Fri Jan 26 00:33
            “Oh, How…” Leon started to ask does that work but decided better of it. Instead the boy thought he would just nod and smile in response to him almost making a big mistake. Sure he was told that... more
            • They’re like fun padded rooms! - Drew, Fri Jan 26 12:09
              Leon started to ask a question and Drew mentally braced himself for whatever inappropriate question he was about to be asked by the first year. Honestly why couldn’t people just mind their own... more
              • Like the loony bin? - Leon, Tue Feb 6 12:07
                Leon turned slightly to Drew, “It’s just that… I don’t know… I think I’m in too deep or something. Like, you know how things work and have a normal magical family. Meanwhile, I just have an... more
                • But fun! - Drew, Tue Feb 6 23:26
                  Deep in thought, Drew took a cupcake from the house elf’s tray. Leon had said a lot of really intense stuff. Drew was not really up to dealing with that for a few reasons: 1) because it was the... more
                  • I wouldn't call a padded room fun. - Leon, Fri Mar 9 02:48
                    Leon thought a moment, then he sighed, "yeah, I guess you are right about that." The first year moved into a more comfortable position and just stared at the older boy. He seemed to know everything,... more
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