Claudia Dubois (Cetus 3rd year)
May I be excused?
Sun Jul 16, 2017 15:33
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Claudia was not at all impressed to be summoned to a compulsory Quadpot lesson. If it had been optional, she most certainly would not be found on the Quidditch pitch, wearing exceptionally finely spun woolen black pants and flat, dark blue leather boots along with a bottle green blouse, dark blue cardigan and her school uniform robes. Yet here she was, with her dark blonde hair in a Dutch braid to her shoulders (it wasn’t as neat or as tight as she would have liked, but she was still practicing, and this was the first time she thought it looked sufficiently decent to wear outside of her dormitory), and her Cirrus broomstick clenched uncomfortably in her fist. Despite being a splinter over two years old, having been given to her when she first started at RMI, the broom was in pristine condition; Claudia only flew when it was mandatory.

The presence of a stranger, juggling exploding balls, did exceptionally little to improve Claudia’s mood. While sufficiently familiar with the school and her professors for daily school life to not usually offer much cause for anxiety, the third year was nevertheless still concerned by strangers, and startled by unexpected loud noises (although she doubted she was alone in this second regard). She stood as far from the Quadpot professional - she thought the words with disdain - as she could, putting most of the younger years students between herself and the intruder to her regular schedule. She nibbled reassuringly on the fingernails of her left hand (as her right was occupied with her broom) before she remembered that she was in company and halted the action suddenly, compensating the loss of one repetitive behavior with another: she began discreetly rubbing the knuckles of her left hand firmly into her thigh.

When it became entirely transparent that every student was expected to participate, Claudia continued to linger as far from the exploding quods as was possible, while still being part of the throng of students, some of whom were now excitedly jostling to get their hands on these ridiculous artifacts. Claudia would never understand the self-destructive mentality of some people. Apparently she wasn’t the only sane person in the class, however, as another student nearby seemed equally as reluctant to participate. While not naturally inclined to speak to anyone when it wasn’t absolutely necessary, Claudia did feel a connection, forged on common sense, with her classmate. “Do you think it is merely attendance that is mandatory,” she asked quietly, “or is participation compulsory, too?”

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