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PostSubject: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:05 pm

Adam had, truth be told, been a little saddened by his first lesson. He'd hoped to start with enthusiasm, but his lesson had seemed to fall a little flat. But, that would not deter the man as he set up for his second lesson of the year.

He hadn't changed the set up, hoping to get more people to the lesson, and had, instead, moved in to the greenhouses now that the snow had covered the grounds. Inside the greenhouses he'd placed a warming charm to keep both the plants and his students safe from the cold of the outdoors.

In the middle of the greenhouse stood many empty pots, and in a corner, under a silencing charm, today's lesson was concealed. Waiting for the students - who had been advised to bring ear muffs - Adam waited patiently for the students to arrive.

Hopefully they would find today's lesson much, much more interesting than before, but he wasn't sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:09 pm

Naomi bravely shoved her way through the snow to get the the Herbology class, with Finley in tow. She couldn't wait to learn more from their new professor, and she had a pretty good guess what they would be studying today. There were several loud plants, but only one required earmuffs to handle.

Mandrakes.

Practically vibrating with excitement, Naomi kicked snow away from the greenhouse door so she could open it. She sighed with relief as she entered the heated space. Although she liked the cold, even she had her limits. Stripping off her hat, gloves, and scarf, she stuffed them in her bag and greeted the professor.

"Hello Professor Samuels," she said, quiet, but excited. Naomi couldn't help the huge grin that was stretching across her face in excitement. She studied the room, noting the empty pots and playing a game to see how many other plants in the greenhouse she could identify.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:00 pm

Finley had followed Naomi down to the Herbology with a smile on his lips. The snow had fallen on the grounds which meant he could watch it flick off of his shoes - well boots, he'd swapped them for his shoes to go down to the greenhouse - as he walked and look back at the footprints behind him.

Footprints that had grown a lot in the few months they'd been back now as he grew taller too.

Finley had his ear muffs around his neck so he could hear Naomi as they walked along. The pair of them had already guessed the subject of today's lesson, and like Naomi, Finley was very excited for the lesson to begin. Mandrakes were cool plants, even if they could kill you.

Stepping in to the greenhouse and feeling the warmth, Finley shrugged his jacket off almost instantly, giving the professor a smile as Naomi greeted him. He still wasn't completely sure on the larger man, but as of yet they had no reason to dislike him, so Finley was a little less apprehensive for this lesson.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:51 am

Lux sauntered down the path to the greenhouse. She'd dressed in a black turtleneck sweater with navy blue jeans paired with black knee high boots. She was named Ice Queen for one reason - she didn't mind the cold. Well, that and she didn't have a heart - or feelings for that matter. Skull earrings adorned her lobes and a series of black leather bangles and bracelets hung from her right wrist. Her earmuffs hung around her neck.

Lux pursed her lips. There could only be one reason they were asked to bring earmuffs to a herbology class. They would be working with mandrakes. She hated them. They were green monster babies who couldn't keep their mouths shut. Lux did to them what she did to babies who didn't know when to keep quiet. She imagined running a knife down from their forehead and slicing their bodies in half, watching them spill their guts - literally.

She entered the greenhouse and greeted the professor with a nod before scanning her eyes over the two students already present before completely ignoring them. She crossed her arms and waited for the class to start.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:20 am

Nirek had missed most of the first lessons just because he hadn't quite gotten his sleeping pattern in to shape. But, with the second lesson of the year, and December now in swing, he didn't have an excuse. Except, perhaps, the cold.

Following a trail of people in to the ground, Nirek made the turn towards the Herbology greenhouses, hands in his pockets for warmth and earmuffs hanging around his neck as they were told they would need them for the work today. Nirek was not one who bothered to try and work out what they were going to be doing in the lesson, so he hadn't looked up why they would need the earmuffs.

Stepping in to the greenhouse, Nirek moved around the table to stand next to a Slytherin he didn't know. Which, for Nirek not to know who someone was, was a big thing. "Professor." The Gryffindor greeted the man at the front of the room, offering the witch beside him a small smile as he settled down for the lesson.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:09 pm

Evelyn had been careful to follow all of her professors instructions as to not get on their bad side. That is why when she read the notice stating that she would need earmuffs, she went out of her way to find them in her newly organised chest. The girl constantly reorganised things meaning she was constantly losing things. She was lookin forward to today's lesson, as Mandrakes intrigued her quite a bit, however she knew they could also seriously harm you.

Tucking her hair under her Ravenclaw winter hat and scarf, she walked out onto the grounds. Her winter coat immediately began to protect her from the warm and with her arms being crossed over her front to carry her Herbology book, it kept her even warmer.

The girl hated being outdoors, but she couldn't deny the beauty that engulfed her upon exiting the school. As she neared the greenhouses, she could see students and the professor through the walls. Entering, she greeted the Professor before turning to take her place in front a table.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:17 pm

As the class began to fill up, Adam smiled to each of those who entered in turn. He was happy to see more people had turned up for this lesson, which would hopefully mean it would be a better lesson on the whole.

Waiting until he could wait no longer for people to attend, Adam decided to crack on with the lesson. Teaching was still new to him, so sometimes he was unsure on what to expect, but Adam was optimistic about this.

"Good morning everyone. Welcome back to lessons, I hope you're all warm enough in here, but if it's too warm, please let me know and I'll adjust the heating for you." The professor insisted, hoping to come across exactly how he would come across outside the class - as a nice person.

"Today, for those who might not yet know, we will be looking at Mandrakes. Does anyone want to tell me what a Mandrake is?" Adam asked, looking around the class hopefully for answers.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:56 pm

Alfie was a hot mess. There were so many good classes to take, that he wasn't sure which ones he wanted, so he took almost all of them. He was over whelmed, and barley got time to spend with his brother who was almost always on the Quidditch pitch practicing to get on the team for next term. Alfie was proud of Cooper who never seemed to want to get involved in the school before, but now, he was getting more involved, and making friends in the process. He was actually doing better than Alfie was who seemed to be spending more and more time in the library like a typical Ravenclaw would.

So that was why he found himself running terribly late to Herbology. A subject he found most fascinating, and one that he enjoyed. So, he was quiet mortified that he was late, as he rarely was. He had a pile of books, with him as he entered the green house. He blushed as he saw everyone starring at him, and went to the nearest empty seat.

When he heard the question, he remembered the answer almost immediately. He had read the entire book over the summer and thought it was a good read. He learned a lot and thought that Herbology would be quiet easy. To try and redeem himself for being late, he raised his hand to be the first person to answer the question. He said, "If I may sir. The Mandrake, is the root of the plant that looks like a tiny human being. When it cries, it the sound can be deadly to anyone who hears it." Alfie nodded confident with his answer. This was going to be easy.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:30 pm

Noting another student enter, Adam nodded in the boy's direction as he took a seat. Whilst Adam was not a harsh man, he didn't much like tardiness, even if the kid hadn't made a scene of an entry. "Nice of you to join us." He told the Ravenclaw, though unlike most people, his tone wasn't spiteful in saying this.

When the same boy answered his question, Adam nodded a little in response. "Very good." He told the boy, seeing as he'd answered the question quite well. "As Alfie said, the mandrake resembles a small human, this is very true indeed, and the plant does, throughout it's life, act like a human in many ways. It has it's stroppy teen age, it's partying stage, and the stage... well, when it tries more adult things that I won't explain to you." Adam continued, giving a small nod to himself.

"Today, we will be working with the baby version of the mandrake, which means whilst the cries won't kill you, they can still knock you unconscious and earn you an overnight stay in the Hospital Wing. Which, I can assure you, will not get you out of doing homework. Everyone, please put your ear muffs on, and do not take them off until I give you permission.

"Please pair up, and have a go at repotting the Mandrakes, going careful not to hurt them." Adam instructed, motioning for them all to make a start.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:42 pm

Lux had been contented to let the professor drone on, listening but not really paying attention to what he was saying until he asked a question she knew the answer to. Having been curious as to why he had asked them to bring earmuffs, she'd flipped through her textbook and found the section on mandrakes, skimming through what was written.

Just as she was about to raise her hand and answer the question, a late arrival entered the greenhouse and beat her to the chase. Her narrowed eyes, promising danger, landed on the back of his head. Sucking up to the teacher huh? We'll see about that. She schooled her face back to neutrality. Although she tuned out most of what the professor said, she caught his mention of adult things and smirked.

Once he started giving instructions, Lux began to pay attention, feeling her ire rise at the mention of working with mandrake babies. She'd done more than her fair share of work with human babies at the orphanage since besides the usual rotation, she was punished with extra baby duty whenever she broke a rule - which was more often than she could count. Having to work with babies, no matter the species, was not something she particularly enjoyed.

Turning to the guy beside her, she raised an eyebrow and said, "Wanna pair up?" She preferred working alone but since they were told to pair up, she didn't have a choice.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:33 pm

Nirek was not, and never had been, the brightest student in the year. That reward probably went to the stuttering Finley Allen. But Nirek was also not a stupid boy, he knew what he needed to (or rather, what interested him) and the rest didn't matter. He was also more practical than a bookworm, so the answer to Professor Samuels' question was not one he knew at all.

It was, therefore, not a surprise that he didn't answer.

Instead, a Ravenclaw answered - typical bookworms, Nirek thought to himself - and the professor took the liberty of explaining what they would be doing that day. Nirek wasn't much fond of the idea of looking after baby plants, but he knew they had little and less choice on this matter.

Wondering who he should partner up with, Nirek had forgotten the witch beside him, until she spoke. The question made him give a small nod. "I don't see why not." The boy replied, pulling his ear muffs over his ears like the professor had insisted they should. It took a moment for the all clear to be given by the professor, but when they'd been given it, Nirek moved the new plant pot closer to them, cupping his hands in the compost bag, the Gryffindor got on with the task, seeing as it was in his ballpark.

But, his eyes kept flickering to the Ravenclaw boy that he disliked more than anything, wondering if he could... well, get rid of the boy's earmuffs, would be fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:32 am

At his agreement to pair up with her, Lux put on her earmuffs and got to work. Since he'd started filling the new pot with compost, Lux figured it was her job to dig the baby mandrake out of the old pot. She pulled it toward her and glared icicles at it wishing she could freeze it to death.

Taking a deep breath, she stuck her fingers into the pot and began digging around the mandrake. Predictably enough, the thing started screaming and crying. She couldn't hear the disgusting thing but could tell by the way it's mouth opened and it's eyes scrunched up. Oh, shut up! If it had been one of the babies at the orphanage, she'd have given it a tight slap to it's bottom but seeing as she couldn't do that with the professor around, she contented herself with thoughts of causing extreme pain.

She'd freed the baby monster to it's waist when she glanced at her partner to see how he was doing with his task. Surprised to see that he had his gaze elsewhere, she surreptitiously studied him and noted that he looked in the same direction each time. She let her eyes wander to the object that held his interest - a Ravenclaw boy whose name she didn't know or didn't care to know.

Lux returned her attention to digging the creature out as her mind worked to discover the meaning of her partner's interest in the boy. Only two things came to her mind. Love or hate. Those were the only two things she knew of that would keep diverting a person's attention to one person in particular. She ruled out love since she didn't think it quite fit. That left hate. Though it would be fun to do something terrible to the Ravenclaw - Merlin knew she loved making and watching people suffer - Lux didn't know her partner well enough to plan something with him, much less trust him to carry it out properly. So, she kept her mouth shut.

Once she'd gotten the mandrake freed to it's ankles (she'd kept one hand on the plant above to keep it from moving around too much ) she turned to her partner and said, "You ready with the new pot?"
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:25 am

Nirek wasn't truthfully paying much attention to the witch beside him. After all, they couldn't exactly talk, and if she did - through some stupidity - manage to mess this up, he was sure he could correct it. It was only moving the plant from one pot to the other, anyway.

With the sounds of the greenhouse muted behind his earmuffs, Nirek continued with his work in silence. The professor was doing his own pot, by the looks of it, but Nirek wondered if he would notice a spell heading across the classroom.

Most probably.

Sighing to himself - which was weird with earmuffs on, so muffled and unsatisfactory - Nirek finished patting down the base layer of soil in time to see his partner's attention back on him. Managing to read her lips - though only just - Nirek gave a short nod, pushing the new pot close to the older, smaller pot for the witch to move the plant between.

Then, it would be all hands on deck making sure the bloody thing didn't run away. This, was not something that Nirek was looking forward to, but it seemed he had a competent partner, if nothing else.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:38 am

With the task set out for them, Finley turned to his obvious choice of partner for this lesson, Naomi. Giving his best friend a smile that showed his excitement, Finley pulled his earmuffs in to place, taking a moment to make sure they were definitely not going to allow him to faint.

That, Finley knew, would be completely embarrassing, and he really didn't want to have to spend the evening in the Hospital Wing.

Looking at the things before them, Finley picked up the trowel, and scooped some of the compost out of the bag in to the bottom of the new pot. Did they need to pat it down..? Looking up, and around them, Finley tried to take note of what everyone else was doing. Gardening was quite dirty, and Finley wasn't much of a fan, so when he saw people using their bare hands, he couldn't help but feel a little... well, uneasy at the thought.

His eyes trailed around the table a short while longer, before noting that someone was staring at him. Finley didn't need to look twice to know it was Nirek, and his gaze fell instantly, his body shrinking a little in a manner of saying he submitted to the boy. Looking back to Naomi, he gave her a quizzical look towards the pot, hoping she would understand that he wasn't sure how to continue in this instance, and hoping she wouldn't dislike him too much for that.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:00 am

At his nod, Lux took a steadying breath and braced herself for the creature's reaction. It was squirming enough already, it's movement scattering dirt over the table and onto her. Really, if she wasn't in a class with a professor, she'd have killed the thing a long time ago. Didn't they have pacifier thingies? Sticking one of those into babies'mouths seemed to work that it surprised Lux they couldn't use one for mandrakes. Handcuffs would be good too or maybe an anesthetic. That would knock it out for good and make their job so much easier.

Making sure her grip on the plant above the mandrake's head was extra tight, she lifted the monster out of the old pot, her other hand coming down to grip it's legs so it would quit kicking. But that didn't stop it's pudgy arms from flailing everywhere. She could hear some noise coming from the thing and surmised it was screaming it's head off. Oh, plug it up! It's not like I'm hurting you.

Once she'd gotten it over to the new pot, she made sure it was in the center before glancing to her partner. "Fill it up!" she all but yelled as she felt her fingers beginning to grow numb from holding on so tight. He better do a quick job of transferring that dirt into the pot. Merlin knew how long more she could tolerate the disgusting baby.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:38 pm

Naomi pulled her earmuffs on, excited. Mandrakes were really interesting plants and she couldn't wait to work with them. She hid a grin at Finley's lost expression, but gave him a thumbs up. He had the basic start down.

Taking over, Naomi sprinkled some water over the compost to dampen it, then patted it down lightly with her hands. She didn't mind getting them dirty, sine she was already used to it at her garden at home. Next, she watered the Mandrake thoroughly to make sure it would slide out of its pot, then pulled it out easily. It was odd to see the plant obviously wailing, but hearing no sound. She placed it in the new pot and motioned for Finley to hold it in place.

Once her friend had a tentative grip on the plant, Naomi pulled the bag of soil over and poured it around the Mandrake, cutting off its cries. She made sure the soil was packed in firmly so the cries wouldn't be heard through the pot. After watering the plant, she gave Finley another thumbs up to show that they were done.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:08 pm

Working with the witch beside him seemed to have been a good call on Nirek's behalf. She was good at what she was doing which meant they had gotten the work done pretty effectively.

As the Slytherin transferred the Mandrake to the pot, Nirek quickly surrounded it with earth, making sure to pat it down to stop the damn thing from escaping. It took a few minutes to finish the job, but when they were done, Nirek was pretty happy with what they'd done.

Once more, he glanced across the table, looking to see how the blithering Ravenclaw was getting on. It seemed they were getting along much to easily, truth be told, but Professor Samuels was keeping much to close an eye on everyone to make sure nothing went wrong.

Contenting himself with the knowledge that he'd have to try another time, Nirek looked to his partner and gave her a small smile of thanks. At least they'd finished, and hopefully earned their houses a decent amount of points.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:49 pm

As her partner filled the pot, Lux kept her mouth shut tightly to keep the bits of dirt the monster sent flying into the air out of her mouth. It wriggled and squirmed as if it has worms stuck up its rear end and Lux was sure she had clumps of dirt splattered on her face and clothes. Merlin knew her hands and arms were covered in filth. She'd have to clean up before the next class and take a good long shower once she was done for the day. Stupid brat!

Once the pot was filled with dirt and the mandrake's screams were silenced, Lux dusted off her hands the best she could and returned her partner's smile with a nod of her own. He was a decent worker and for that, she was grateful. She'd worked with students who were nothing but  pain-in-the-neck blundering idiots. It had been fun teaching them a lesson of her own and watch them whimper helplessly under her merciless tutelage that had nothing to do with studies whatsoever.

Seeing that the other pair were done with their mandrake, Lux crossed her arms and cocked her hip, waiting for permission to take off her earmuffs. She studied the boy Ravenclaw and wondered what it was that make her partner dislike him. Lux scoffed mentally. Who wouldn't dislike him? To her, he was a goody-two-shoes, can't-break-a-rule kind of guy. Lux had hated and demeaned people for less. But who cared? She only got close to people just to use them for her benefit and amusement, break them then dump them. She didn't need him just yet, but if she ever did, she guessed he'd be an easy target.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbology Lesson Two - All Years   Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:54 pm

OOC: Pre Attack-Thread - Adam is still alive at this point! To avoid confusion.

Adam watched the group do the task carefully, making sure no one tried to take off their ear muffs to early. Once the whole group had finished, Adam waited for people to look to him, and then motioned for them to take off their ear muffs.

"Well done today everyone, I hope you have enjoyed the experience." The professor explained, giving them a warm smile. "The mandrakes will continue to grow in the greenhouse, so if any of you would like to come down after a lesson and see how they're getting on, please don't hesitate, I'm usually here until dusk." The man continued, his enthusiasm for the subject quite clear.

"There isn't any homework this evening, so use the time well to read up on mandrakes. Next lesson we'll look at something else, hopefully you'll find that just as exciting. Until then, see you all next week." With that, Adam waved the students off.

Class Now Closed.


House Points
Nirek Kapoor = 10 points for attendance + 15 points for participation = 25 points.
Alfie Fawkes = 10 points for attendance + 5 point for answer = 15 points.
Evelyn Kovak = 10 points for attendance
Finley Allen = 10 points for attendance + 10 points for participation = 20 points.
Naomi O'Hare = 10 points for attendance + 10 points for participation = 20 points.

Lux Bailey = 10 points for attendance + 15 points for participation = 25 points.

TOTAL:
Gryffindor: 25
Hufflepuff: 0
Ravenclaw: 65
Slytherin: 25
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