Does labeling things count as science?
Wed Nov 29, 2017 15:50

In spite of Marissa and Rose’s friendship, having a roommate was not all it was cracked up to be. Drew wouldn’t say he and Huburt didn’t like each other, but they weren’t… roommate compatible. Huburt was an “early to bed, early to rise” person, and Drew was more of a “stay up late and sleep in” person. Drew’s hobbies were having fun and making music, and Huburt’s were doing homework and talking about things nobody cared about.

Right now, Drew would have really liked to practice his song for the Talent Show in his dorm room, but Huburt had said he wanted to study there, so Drew had gone to the theater. He wasn’t complaining about the chance to rehearse with the theater’s acoustics, but it was annoying to have to schlep his guitar all the way there when he could’ve just practiced somewhere closer to his dorm. He wished he was in Lyra; then he would have access to the practice studios in the Common Room. Cetus didn’t have anything like that, and most of his Housemates seemed like the kind of people who would ask him to please stop if he tried to practice in the quiet study room or the common area. If he was old enough to go to Pearl Street, Drew would’ve taken his guitar there and gone busking, because then he might actually make some money off playing guitar. Drew knew he wasn’t amazing, because he didn’t practice as much as he should, but he was pretty good for being twelve.

For the talent show, Drew was accompanying himself to “Lantern” by Grilled Cheese and Thunderstorm. The real version of the song had a piano and percussion, but since Drew was just one person he was doing an acoustic cover. Piano accompaniment probably would’ve made more sense for this song, but he was better at the guitar than he was at the piano. The vocals were in a good range for him and he really liked the song.

The schedule for the show was up and Drew was the closing act, which he thought was pretty cool. Some people might just want to get their act over with, but Drew didn’t really get nerves before performing, so he didn’t mind going last. It’d be fun to watch everyone go before him from the wings. Drew couldn’t decide which act he most wanted to see, but Marilyn’s gymnastics routine and Holland’s charms display both sounded really interesting.

After about half an hour (he had played some other songs too, because hey, he was already there), Drew felt like he was done practicing for the day and made his way back to the common room. On the way to the boys’ stairs, he bumped into an occupied couch, and the guitar strings hummed softly as the body vibrated from the impact. The other Cetus turned around on the couch. Drew recognized him as Dade and Rose’s brother. Out of the Farnons, Drew had probably had the least amount of contact with him, even though they did still have some classes together.

“Whoops, sorry,” Drew said, tamping down the sound with a hand on the guitar’s fabric case. He couldn’t help glancing at the papers in front of Connor. It looked like the Magzoo homework, which Drew had done while he was waiting to see if Huburt would leave their room so he could rehearse. (Spoiler alert: that plan hadn’t worked.)

The plant identification stuff was probably the most boring part of the class; why would you how to identify a venomous tentacula from its leaves if you had a whole venomous tentacula in front of you clearly being a venomous tentacula? That said, Drew’s highest grades were in Magizoobotany. He really just liked the class because of the magical creatures—and because Mr. Arthur was hilarious. “Is that the Magzoo homework? I think I put alihotsy for that one,” he said, trying to be helpful. He’d always felt like homework should be collaborative, since almost all of the classwork was collaborative. Pick a lane, professors. “They both have the spiky bits on the side, but tentacula leaves are red at the end.” Drew paused, rethinking. “Unless Professor Bennett was trying to trick us with a picture of an immature tentacula. They don’t have the red. He would totally do something like that, huh?”

  • Let's do some science, kids - Connor Farnon, Wed Nov 29 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... more
    • Does labeling things count as science? - Drew, Wed Nov 29 15:50
      • “Alihotsy leaves have specks, though,” Connor pointed out. Drew, who was the child of Mr. Tennant and Professor McKindy, somehow, was the one who had made the noise behind him and was now being... more
        • “Oh, yeah. Good call.” Drew made a mental note to go back and fix that part of his homework. His mental notepad also had Finish Astronomy homework and Get Madeleine a birthday present on it. He was... more
          • It depends on the subject line - Connor, Sat Dec 9 12:06
            Quite frankly, Connor didn’t care what Professor McKindy was a big nerd about or not, because there was no way that he was going to spend time alone with someone like him, in an office. If he... more
            • So this one would be fillerology - Drew, Sat Dec 9 13:14
              Drew started to open his mouth to say that he knew Rose was really good at Spellwork, and that she had done an amazing job setting up the beach party. The sand alone must have taken a lot of magic,... more
              • As opposed to your usual punology - Connor, Sat Dec 9 13:39
                It seemed like Drew was confused about what was going on, which in turn confused Connor. What could possibly be unclear about what he just said? Connor was an extremely direct person; he always said... more
                • Connor looked confused, which was about how Drew felt. It seemed sort of unfair for Connor to get to be confused now when he was the whole reason the conversation had gotten weird and confusing. Drew ... more
                  • Yeah my reflex-ology isn't great - Connor, Sat Dec 16 13:49
                    If Connor had thought he was confused before, he had clearly underestimated the situation because now Drew was talking about how Professor McKindy had taught at a bunch of other schools. Was he... more
                    • But your rudenessology is spot on - Drew, Sun Dec 17 11:09
                      Connor had decided to be condescending to Drew, which the first-year decided he really didn’t like at all. The older student was just making things up! That was really dumb and rude. “You don’t even... more
                      • At least I've got something going for me - Connor, Sat Dec 30 08:27
                        Families were confusing because Connor knew how they were supposed to go, and he was pretty sure that most of his family’s problems were related to not having a family the way they were supposed to... more
                        • I wouldn’t count on that - Drew, Sat Dec 30 19:53
                          Connor was wrong and stupid and Drew wasn’t good enough at arguing to tell him why. “Your dad is supposed to be a role model for you,” he said, to start with. All fathers were in a position to be... more
                          • Count me out - Connor, Tue Jan 2 21:22
                            Connor flushed a dark, angry red. He knew Marley was bad. He knew Marley was very bad, and quite honestly he didn’t know how Claudia could deal with her but what this conversation with Drew was... more
                            • Down and out? - Drew, Tue Jan 2 22:04
                              There were a couple of seconds before Drew really processed what Connor had said. Then Drew clenched his fists. No one had ever actually said it about his family before as far as Drew could remember, ... more
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