Connor Farnon
Let's do some science, kids
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:41

Connor Farnon was trying something new in his furthered adventures of Avoid Marley Chapman. He had been incredibly anxious about the whirlwind of terror for far too long, and irritated by her interference in his arrangement with Claudia, although it seemed like Marley had decided to lay off for the time being. She hadn’t tried to talk to him once since his conversation with Claudia, although she had spent some time glaring at him, which Connor found to be quite childish and ridiculous. It wasn’t as if he had done anything wrong in that situation. No, it had been entirely Marley’s lack of basic communication skills and understanding of simple rules of polite society. It wasn’t his fault that the girl didn’t understand how to behave like a civilised person.

Anyway, Connor firmly focused on what was in front of him. His homework for Magizoobotany. That was far more important than concentrating on Marley. Marley made him miserable; Magizoobotany homework made him good marks. It was as simple as that, and he had to keep that in mind.

Today’s homework was focused on plant identification, which Connor had found out that he was unusually good at. Some of it came down to some very detail-oriented differences, like leaf patterns or number of spikes on a branch. Others were easy - mandrakes, for example, which they had also worked with in class. Connor had not been a huge fan of mandrakes, even though Magizoobotany as a whole was kind of growing on him as a subject - pun not intended. The animals part of Magizoobotany was not quite Connor’s cup of tea, largely because they tended to be dirty or dangerous or both (although the most dangerous creatures seemed to be reserved for Defense Against the Dark Arts) but some of the creatures he didn’t mind so much. Puffskeins were cute, even if they were incredibly unsanitary, and nifflers weren’t too bad either. If it had been allowed at school, Connor would have asked his father for a crup. Given the amount of people with less a less than illustrious ancestry at school, though, crups were disallowed. It was unfortunate.

Even if Connor had been a fan of dangerous creatures - Dade was unusually enthralled by them and Rose had mentioned, in the past, that she thought they were fun to deal with in class - he wouldn’t have been a fan of Defense Against the Dark Arts. Professor Rasnick had been tough, but she had been a good Head of House and a competent professor. With her gone, it left Professor McKindy in charge of Cetus, which Connor found incredibly inappropriate, and one Cindra Embers in charge of Defense Against the Dark Arts. In general, Professor Embers resembled some sort of manic clown in her make-up and attire, which Connor found entirely distracting and counterproductive to their learning. Not to mention that her lessons were entirely off the wall. Connor had never been good at Defense, but he certainly was not good at Defense under Professor Embers. He’d heard a rumour that the new professor was the aunt of the absolutely insane first year, Kit Kendrick, and he could absolutely believe it.

But he was distracted again, and with a firm internal jerk at his attention, Connor returned to his Magizoobotany homework, staring at the picture of a leaf intently. Venomous Tentacula he wrote, neatly. That was it, he was pretty sure. Their leaves were apparently very expensive potions ingredients, which made Connor wonder why they would be appearing in a basic Magizoobotany curriculum at all.

Suddenly, Connor heard a noise behind him and he turned around on the couch he had been sitting on to figure out what was going on and, perhaps, politely ask it to stop.

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