Katherine Kendrick
Library buddies looking for a library buddy
Tue Nov 7, 2017 15:03

Grandpa Garen had told Kit that Darby had to stay on Kit’s side of the room but he’d never said that Kit had to keep Darby in her room, so Darby often came with Kit to different places around the school. Today, Kit had decided to try to be a Good Student and come to the library in order to do her homework. In general, Kit was well-intentioned when it came to homework, but it frequently ended up being scrawled illegibly on pieces of parchment with questionable stains and too many creases, when it got turned in at all. It wasn’t a huge change from how she’d done at Rock Creek Elementary, but there weren’t parent-teacher conferences at RMI so there weren’t spurts of Mom or Dad trying to help Kit do better with homework. Dad had mentioned homework one time when he wrote her and Mom mentioned it sometimes but without someone to sit down with her and help, Kit’s habits didn’t really change. Anyway she was mostly passing her classes and that was okay with her and if she really needed help she would ask Marissa, or even Rose since Rose was super duper smart. Not that Marissa wasn’t super duper smart, but all Rose did ever was be smart and Marissa did other things sometimes like dance.

Kit lifted Darby out of her bag before lifting out her notebook and two textbooks. They were the textbooks for Potions and Spellwork, which was not what Kit had meant to bring but she’d gotten distracted halfway through because she was deciding what little tarantula carrier to put Darby in. Rose had used her really good skills at spellwork to turn some fabric Kit had Mom send her into little tarantula carriers, like cat carriers but for Darby. The tarantula carrier Kit had selected for Darby today was purple and white, with little pink and green flowers on the outside. It was fleece, so Darby was nice and warm.

Carefully, Kit unzipped Darby’s carrier so that he could come out if he wanted. Darby stuck two of his little legs outside of the carrier, waved them around a little bit, then tucked them back inside the carrier. Kit shrugged. Sometimes Darby wanted to play and sometimes he didn’t. A lot of the time when Kit started to read out loud he would come over and listen. For a tarantula, Darby sure did seem interested in things like Potions and Magizoobotany.

Now with tarantula carrier open, notebook open, and textbook open, Kit proceeded to start her homework. The first step was figuring out her homework, which involved a bunch of flipping through her notebook and searching her bag until she came up with a scrap of parchment that had some numbers scribbled on it and when she narrowed her eyes at it and turned it the right way, Kit could read it well enough to know which Potions problems to do. She wrote them at the top of the paper. Then she looked around. Then she tapped the table in front of Darby, who did not react.

“Keep me company,” Kit whined at the tarantula. When she heard another person’s voice, though, the Lyra’s head shot up, red curls bouncing as she scanned the room with bright green eyes. “Oh hi! Not you,” she said to her new companion. “Well, you if you want. But I was talking to Darby. He’s the best, but sometimes he doesn’t like the library. I don’t really like the library either. But it’s good for your grades and stuff right?”

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