A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

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A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:27 pm

First Year - Fall

Jason woke up promptly to the sounds of his fellow Slytherin students getting ready to head down to the Great Hall for breakfast before their first day of classes. "What's all the ruckus?" Jason whispered to himself. At first, he felt a little out of place as he was in a whole new world away from his familiar childhood home. To him, Hogwarts was so foreign. He didn't miss his childhood home but it would definitely take some time to get used to his new surroundings. The young man was still in awe of the night prior after being able to take part in the beginning of the year festivities. It was no surprise to him The Sorting Hat placed him in Slytherin. His entire family were Slytherin alumni and he knew to expect nothing but great things from his House placement. Gently rubbing his eyes and letting out a small yawn, he decided it was wise for him to be on-time for his first day as a Hogwarts student. His first class of the day was Potions at eight-fifteen in the morning with his Head of House, Professor Snape. This was definitely a pleasant surprise as he had heard Snape prefers those in Slytherin. Jason carefully lifted himself out of bed and dragged his feet to the bathroom to brush his teeth with his eyes half shut. One would think the excitement of being in a new place would get the adrenaline pumping so early in the morning. However, this was not the case for Jason Schoen.

After completing his morning daily hygiene routine, Jason walked over to his trunk and put on his robes proudly displaying the Slytherin logo. He picked up his green and silver tie and tried to manually tie it. The tie did not look proportional and after several tries pointed his wand at the untied tie in order to get the perfect fit. This was a handy trick learned from his older brother. However, he accidentally tied the tie too tight and immediately loosened it with his index finger letting out a relieving sigh after a slight cough from the surprise choked feeling. "Guess I need to work on that one," Jason muttered to himself. He carefully tucked his tie underneath his vest and looked at himself in the mirror. Giving himself a nod of self-approval, Jason picked up his books, his schedule, and tucked his wand in his right robe pocket. He was ready for his first day of school.

Jason walked down the stairs from his dormitory into the heart of the Slytherin Common Room. There were several older Slytherins lounging in the Common Room obviously taking advantage of not having a class first thing in the morning. After noticing, Jason immediately wished for the same as he was never a morning person. To his delight he saw a familiar face, a young girl named Marissa Norman which finally got the young adrenaline pumping despite it being so early in the morning. The two had met on the Hogwarts Express the day prior and it was clear Jason had developed a little childish crush on her. He grinned widely when he saw her thinking he was beginning stages of love (as any eleven year old would). "Marissa!" Jason called, "Good morning!" Jason saw that Marissa recognized him and watched as she walked over to him returning his kind greeting. "What's your first class this morning?" Jason was hoping they had a similar schedule and in alignment with his wishes they both had Potions for their first class.

After grabbing a quick bite of breakfast at the Great Hall with Marissa, Jason ran into another friend he had known since he was a small child. His name was Liam Harrington, a lean tall blonde with a feisty attitude. The Harrington's were good friends of the Schoen's and Liam's father was a Death-Eater like Jason's. Liam had acknowledged that his first class of the day was First Year Potions too. "I just hope we don't have the class with the Gryffindors, what a terrible way to start out the year," Jason sneered while the other two let out a slight cackle in agreement. Even though it was his first day of class, Jason already felt like he had made lifelong friends which boosted his confidence. As they made their way back down to the dungeons, Jason saw a group of Gryffindors making their way to where he thought the Potions Class was. "Guess we have to show these Gryffies how its done," Jason opened the door to the classroom and motioned for his friends to enter the classroom before him but intentionally slammed the door behind him cutting off some of the Gryffindors.

Jason had never been a "front row" kind of guy and thankfully the front row was already filled up. Instead, he sat in the middle of Marissa and Liam on the right side of the room in the third row. Jason looked around and took notice of how divided the room was. Slytherins on the right and Gryffindors on the left. It was only the first day of classes for these first years and the House rivalry was already full speed ahead. Jason smirked and thought to himself, 'These Gryffindors better not mess with me." While trying to boost his eleven year old bad boy ego, he pulled out his Potions book and neatly wrote his name on the top of his parchment (like the good student he was) and could not help but to get a couple glances of Marissa, nonchalantly of course.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:50 pm

As it would become routine over the next several years, Mindy woke up late for her first day of classes at Hogwarts; more of a night owl than a morning person, the new Gryffindor would find it a struggle to arrive on time to her classes her entire career at the school. It rather annoyed her housemates; she would cost them precious house points with each late morning. Pulling the dark curtain back, she looked around her new bedroom. Several other beds lined the room, all empty as expected. Apparently her roommates were better at getting up in the morning than she was. Checking the watch on her left arm, Mindy did the quick math and decided that if she skipped breakfast and rushed getting ready, she’d make it to her class on time.

What was that class again? The brunette had spent more time socializing with her fellow Gryffindors than paying any attention to what her schedule actually looked like. She shuffled through some spare parchment and a letter from her parents until she found the schedule Professor McGonagall, her house head, had given her. Apparently, someone had thought it wise to allow the Gryffindors, who were not known for their potions skills, to have Potions with Professor Snape first thing in the morning. Having no older friends at Hogwarts, Mindy had shown up to Hogwarts without a real idea of what to expect from her professors. Her parents had both had mostly different professors than the ones currently teaching at Hogwarts and her childhood friends were all either her age or younger. Shortly after being sorted into the Gryffindor house (which had been expected-her mother was a former Ravenclaw and her father a former Gryffindor, she took after her father), Mindy had been showered with new friendship as well as warnings about all the classes. Apparently Professor Snape, the aforementioned Potions Master, was the head of Slytherin house, which didn’t bode well for Mindy.

Passing a mirror, she ran around her room, trying to get ready. A quick glance at her reflection caused a shudder from the girl. Her curls were unruly as ever. Ignoring it for the time being, Mindy threw on her school uniform and shoved her necessary school supplies into her backpack, Mindy finally turned to her hair. She would have given anything to have more manageable hair, but of course, fate was against her. Her brown hair was a curly mess, stopping about an inch above her shoulder, doing whatever it wanted. To combat some of the less tamable curls, Mindy soaked her hair with water from the sink and threw it into a ponytail. There was no reason to put effort into her hair anyway.

Grabbing her bag, Mindy raced out of her room and through the common room, waving and smiling at her newly expanded circle of friends. She ran down the stairs, hurrying to the dungeons, dogging other students along the way. Reaching the beginning of the dungeons, Mindy let out a sigh of relief; somehow she had avoided all of the trick steps between the Gryffindor Tower and the dreary dungeons. At a slower pace, she walked toward the classroom, arriving just a few minutes before class should begin. Glancing around, Mindy noticed that, to further the cruel joke of Potions, she’d be sharing the class with the Slytherins. Mornings truly were going to be awful. Unsurprisingly, the room was clearly divided. Mindy wandered over to the empty seat between Cole and Lexi. Mindy had grown up in London with Lexi, a halfblooded witch, but friendship with Cole was new to her. He was from further north in England, more of a country boy, unlike Mindy and Lexi. “So I was almost late,” she said with a giggle, earning a chuckle from Cole. Lexi, used to the girl running behind for everything, simply rolled her eyes. “I’m going to have to wake you up most mornings, aren’t I?” Lexi sighed. The blonde would eventually end up spending most her mornings attempting to wake a sleeping Mindy, usually with little success.

Mindy looked across the room at the Slytherin first years, glaring at any of them that she unintentionally made eye contact with. More likely than not, the lot of them were all bad seeds. The Gryffindor had heard enough stories about the group to never want to associate with any of them; that would lead to nothing but trouble. Having to attend classes with them would be bad enough. Mindy turned her attention to the front of the classroom when a rather creepy, greasy haired person walked to the front; the first year assumed it was Professor Snape. She focused on his words as he began his discussion for the day, but she was less than thrilled about the subject. Who honestly enjoyed putting random things into a caldron and using whatever came out of it? It sounded terrible and gross.

After more talking than Mindy cared to hear, the professor waved his wand towards the board. Writing filled the entire area, half of it instructions and the other half partner names. Crossing her fingers, Mindy scanned the list of names, hoping either Lexi or Cole would be her partner. No such luck; she didn’t immediately recognize the name, which meant it was a Slytherin. Was her luck really that terrible? She leaned back in her chair with a groan. “Who do you two have as partners? I have some Slytherin.” Lexi was lucky enough to have a fellow Gryffindor as a partner, but Cole had also been forced into partnering with a Slytherin. It was going to be a very long morning. Mindy shot a glare over towards the Slytherins, trying to pick out which one was her partner, but not making any effort to walk over there. Whoever he was, he could come to her.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:55 pm

Looking at the clock, it was just a few minutes past eight-fifteen and Jason eagerly awaited the entrance from Snape. It seemed a majority of the class was present because the room looked completely full. While looking around the classroom, Jason's eye caught Marissa's which made him grin unexpectedly. Jason suddenly heard a loud slam come from the back door when he saw Professor Snape walking briskly to the front of the room, with his robes flowing behind him. This startled Jason which immediately turned his attention from Marissa to his Professor. Snape's charisma fascinated Jason, which others might find strange. To some, Snape had an intimidating demeanor but Jason did not feel threatened nor belittled by it. This was a great way to start his first few hours as a student at Hogwarts. He also admired how Snape didn't give the same old heart-warming, "Welcome to Hogwarts," rubbish he was expecting to hear from the rest of his Professors. Instead, Snape got right down to business with the smallest introduction possible. He was proud to have Snape as his Head of House, even though his parents had mixed feelings about him since he had allegedly pledged his allegiance to Dumbledore after the Dark Lord went into hiding.

After listening to Snape lecture the class for a few minutes, Jason watched as Professor Snape pointed his wand towards the board. Instructions appeared on the left side of the board, directing the class to make one of three fairly simple Potions. The first choice was a Strength Potion which seemed to be the most elementary. It only had a few ingredients which consisted of a purple thorn blossom, an arm bone, as well as a snake fang. The second option was an Invigoration Draught which boosted energy levels. Jason thought this was the perfect choice to compliment the early hours of the morning! However, it seemed a little bit more complicated than the Strength Potion. The final Potion listed on the board was a Healing Elixir which was used to heal cuts and sores on one's body. Jason knew the Strength Potion would be the easiest to complete but he wanted to impress Snape. Having Snape on his good side could only lead to additional benefits, right?

On the right side of the board, Jason suddenly saw a list of pairings. Jason squinted his eyes hoping he was paired up with Marissa. Skimming over his own name, Jason desperately searched for Marissa's and saw she was paired with a Gryffindor named Cole. This angered Jason as he scanned back down the list searching for his own name. "Jason Schoen - Mindy Macule," he saw etched into the board. The name didn't sound familiar but Jason remembered hearing the name called out the night prior during the Sorting ceremony. Obviously, she was not in Slytherin so she must be a Gryffindor. Jason scowled and wished Marissa good luck in dealing with her Gryffindor counterpart. He looked over at Liam who was lucky enough to be paired with a fellow first year Slytherin, Max Carmichael. As most of the students had already found their partners, Jason looked over to the Gryffindor side of the room and saw a girl who was still sitting alone; he presumed it was Mindy.

Jason stood up from his desk, brushed off his robes, and picked up his school supplies. As he grew closer to the girl he thought was Mindy he muttered, "So I'm guessing your Mindy?" The girl shook her head and pointed to another first year in the room. Slightly embarrassed, Jason scowled without thanking her for her help as he walked to the real Mindy's seat. Secretly, Jason hoped Mindy didn't see him make a fool of himself but a part of him really did not care. Jason was annoyed at Mindy already. Why was she making him go on a scavenger hunt to find her when they could have easily met in the middle? He was sure this was already an ominous sign.

Running his hand along the desks and pacing cautiously towards Mindy, he glared at her. Examining her he could tell she had a rough morning as it looked like she just rolled out of bed. To Jason, it wasn't flattering. Jason sat down next to Mindy without introducing himself. Why would he need to make an introduction when his name was up on the board? "What Potion do you want to make?" He said shortly, without making eye contact. The class he was looking forward to the most turned into a class he wanted to promptly leave. He was completely baffled as to why Professor Snape would force him to work with a Gryffindor. "I guess what doesn't kill you makes your stronger," Jason whispered under his breath.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:56 am

The young girl watched as all the partners found each other and began to discuss the project. Lexi seemed to be the only one well off. Cole had a grimace on his face; he was matched with some girl from Slytherin. She seemed cute, for a Slytherin. There was some odd twinge at Mindy felt due to the girl being partnered with Cole, but she wasn’t sure what it was, so she ignored it. Similar grimaces could be found on other students all across the room, where Slytherins and Gryffindors were paired together. This must be how Professor Snape gets his kicks. No one in their right mind would pair up Slytherins and Gryffindors for anything. It couldn’t possible end well. Maybe the resulting chaos would get her out of having to go to her next few classes.

Mindy sized up her partner when he sat down next to her. What was his name again? She glanced to the board. It was Jason Schoen. What kind of last name was that? If he wasn’t going to introduce himself, neither would she. Obviously, all of this was off to a terrible start. Potions was going to be as bad as she expected it to be. She took her time responding to his question. She hadn’t even really looked at what her options were. “I dunno,” she mumbled. She glanced over at the board and skimmed through her options. The Strength Potion would be the easiest, which was the most ideal situation. Perhaps this Jason kid would agree with her? Just because Snape was his head of house didn’t mean that he would be good at Potions, did it? “I think we should do the Strength Potion,” she stated with more confidence than her first response.

Perhaps she shouldn’t have been so judgmental so quickly. Stereotypes weren’t necessarily the standard for everyone, even if it did seem to be that apparent with Jason. He was judging her just as much as she was judging him. She shouldn’t worry about trying to be nice then. She wanted to introduce herself, but felt awkward since he obviously knew her name and she knew his; it was just custom for her to introduce herself whenever she met someone new, whether or not she instantly had a disliking for them. Her parents had managed to at least teach her some manners by the age of eleven.

“Which one do you think we should do?” she asked. She could at least have the courtesy to his opinion, even if she didn’t really like him. He did ask her opinion, even if it wasn’t very friendly about it. Looking back around the room, Mindy caught Cole’s eye; he gave her a small smile before turning back to his work. She looked to the board to see what his partner’s name was- Marissa. Mindy liked the name, even if she would never ever admit it out loud. She looked around for Lexi; when she spotted her, she smiled. Lexi seemed to be having a good time for being in a Potions class. School was an area that Lexi did very well in; apparently she got a good partner for the project as well. At least one from the trio did. Mindy turned back to her partner, her smile mostly fading.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:00 pm

Looking away while biting his lip in frustration, Jason was very disappointed in Mindy's choice. He laid his head in the palms of his hands, gently rubbing his eyes trying to hide his discontent with his partner. He was surely going to have a headache by the end of this class. Through his peripheral vision, he indirectly looked at Mindy sizing her up as someone who was probably incompetent with the art of brewing potions. "Don't you think the Strength Potion is a little too simple? I don't think Snape would be too impressed with our choice." Jason replied. After all, he was trying to impress his Professor and felt like this first day was a trial run to see what the students actually knew. "Let's try the Invigoration Draught. If you start heating up our cauldron I'll go and get our ingredients." Completely ignoring to see whether or not Mindy was going to respond to his request, even though it probably sounded more like a demand, Jason stood up from his seat leaving his partner behind.

When Jason approached the front of the classroom he tried to look for Professor Snape and eventually saw him standing at the back of the classroom merely supervising the students without offering any help. Perhaps it was for the best. He admired Snape for teaching the students to be independent without relying on asking too many questions. Jason grabbed a tray to help transport his potion ingredients back to his working station with Mindy. Looking up at the board Jason saw the list of ingredients needed to complete the Invigoration Draught. There were eight ingredients used in this potion: asphodel, boomslang, cabbage, scarab beetles, moonstone, gillyweed, monkshood, and peppermint (presumably for the taste). Very satisfied with completing his task, Jason picked up his tray praying Mindy would not need assistance in preheating the cauldron.

Jason put the tray down next to Mindy which might have been mistaken as a slam. "Here are the potion ingredients, I trust you had no trouble heating up the cauldron." Jason laughed. He truly was joking but his demeanor might have said otherwise. "Have you ever made a Potion before? Hopefully mummy and daddy must have shown you something back home." It was clear Jason wasn't looking for a new friend, he had already made those. However, it was strange. Jason felt like apologizing for his comment but quickly decided against it. He would never appear weak. With that said, Jason started preparing the ingredients for the potion as instructed in his textbook.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:54 am

Mindy raised an eyebrow and stifled a giggle at Jason’s response. It wasn’t that big a deal to her which one they did; she just knew that Potions wasn’t going to be her strong suit at Hogwarts, a pretty standard fact amongst Gryffindors. Perhaps he wasn’t aware of that fact. Maybe he didn’t care and just expected her to do well enough anyway. “Whichever then,” she responded with a shrug. It was definitely too early in the year for Mindy to start arguments over which potion to complete. If she was lucky, Jason would balance out her lack of skill with his skill, if he had any.

Mindy began to feel slightly apprehensive once Jason walked off, expecting her to heat up the cauldron while he was gone. Of course, she could heat up the cauldron; that was simple. It was everything that came after that: chopping this, dicing that, stir this way 30 times, wait this long to add the next thing. It took too much concentration for Mindy. She much preferred Charms or Transfiguration; a specific wand motion and a few words (that sounded a bit like gibberish some days) and she’d have results. Setting the cauldron up, Mindy glanced around at her fellow classmates, seeing if she could tell what everyone was doing and where they were at within the process; from what she could tell, no one was much further than she and Jason were, but she couldn’t tell what potions most people had decided on. Instinct told her than most of the Gryffindors grouped together probably went with the Strength Potion.

Was it really that important to impress Professor Snape this early in the year? He would probably never like her anyway, so Mindy saw no real point to it. For a brief moment, Mindy entertained the idea of making Jason somehow do most the work while she got away with doing the simpler steps. More likely than not, the Slytherin would make her do an equal share of the work. If Jason didn’t say anything, Snape most likely would. She glanced around quickly; Snape was simply sitting somewhere, watching; he didn’t seem to be very useful. Mindy hoped he wouldn’t be this way the entire year; that wasn’t really teaching, was it?

Realizing she had gotten distracted by her own thoughts (which probably happened more than it should), Mindy looked at the instructions on the board to check the proper temperature and finished heating up the cauldron just moments before Jason returned to their work area. She grimaced when Jason slammed the tray down and saw the contents; none of it looked remotely appealing; she would never understand how people could stomach potions of any sort; it simply made her want to gag just thinking about it. “Cauldron is heated,” Mindy mumbled. She found it rude that he was cracking jokes at her parents. What if she had been a muggleborn? If that were the case, her parents wouldn’t have a clue about potions. She didn’t respond to his question, but simply rolled her eyes. Watching Jason begin preparing the ingredients for the potion, Mindy had half a mind to lean back and just watch, but something in her wanted to show him up since he had been so rude moments earlier. Instead, she simply looked in her book and began preparing the second set of ingredients to add. He could add the first step and she’d do the second. Perhaps this way, things would work out well enough.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:14 pm

It was definitely a surprise that Mindy maintained a calm persona after his shrewd comments. He could tell she might have been a little offended but that was the fun of it all. Jason grinned at himself, proud of his passive Gryffindor bullying. Thankfully, his partner was not as daft as he thought. In his opinion, every Gryffindor was a little off but Mindy was proving she had more "moxie" than her house peers. Jason could live with that because he wasn't a big fan of pushovers; he liked a bit of a challenge. Not that he was out to get Mindy or anything. In fact, he had no clue what heritage the first year Gryffindor came from, nor did he really care. Jason was very proud of his pureblood lineage. He had grown up in a family that wasn't too fond of halfbloods or muggleborns. Mudblood was the common term for them, at least in his family who believed in true pureblood supremacy.

Jason finished preparing the asphodel by stripping apart the leaves, pedals, and nectar. Each one of these items would be used in the potion, just at different times. He walked over to the cauldron just to double check everything was prepped, heated, and ready to go. He couldn't have some Gryffindor make him look like a fool in front of his Slytherin peers, Snape, or worse - Marissa. Marissa had been on the back of his mind since he left her to find his partner. He looked over at her trying to make some sort of eye contact but with no avail. She seemed frustrated with her partner which lifted Jason's spirits. He didn't feel threatened by her Gryffindor partner but for some reason he was jealous. Unsure with the reason why, Jason turned his attention back to his concoction.

With the cauldron at the right temperature, he poured in the potion's solution that would mix and dissolve everything together from the three large flasks sitting on his table. He reached across the table for his textbook explaining the heating of the solution. "Pour in solution and wait a few minutes for the liquid to bubble. After the solution turns a bright bubbling blue, first put in the leaves of the asphodel. The solution should turn green. Second, add the flower pedals and the solution will turn yellow and the nectar last. Once the nectar is added, the solution will turn from a bright yellow to a darker gold. Once the asphodel mixes in the potion, add the wings of the scarab beetles." Jason waited a few minutes and as the book instructed he added the asphodel parts to the potion in the same order. It sounded simple enough, Jason could already foresee Snape congratulating him as the First Year Potion's Master. He had no clue if there was such a thing but Jason had a feeling was about to out do himself.

He looked over at Mindy to see how she was preparing the second ingredient for the potion. His face felt hot, "No, no, no! That's not how you prepare the scarab beetles! We only need their wings! Can't you read?" Jason shrieked. Everything Jason had thought prior of his partner had just changed. Mindy was definitely one of those daft Gryffindors who fit in with the rest of her house. "Surely you must know how to brew potions, did you grow up with muggles?"

Taking the tray from Mindy, he finished preparing the scarab beetles and kept their wings. After throwing away the small beetle remains, he turned towards Mindy pointing at the cabbage and said, "Do you know how to slice the cabbage? Or do I have to do that to?"
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:45 pm

Mindy let her mind wander as she prepared the Potions ingredients. Hopefully the class pairings for today were far from permanent. She wasn’t sure she could handle an entire year with the git she was sitting with currently. If this was more permanent, maybe she could talk to Professor McGonagall about convincing Professor Snape to pair her with someone less Slytherin. She’d go to the Potions Master herself, but she already knew what he would say to her. No need to jump to conclusions just yet. Perhaps Snape would switch them up often. Unless Snape had something against her, she should be lucky enough to end up with Lexi or Cole at some point or another.

Thinking of the two, Mindy stopped her preparations for a moment to find them. Lexi seemed well off enough; nothing else was to be expected. She was paired with a housemate after all. Mindy couldn’t quite remember the boy’s name, but she was sure Lexi would gush about him later on at lunch. Cole’s situation, on the other hand, was much more similar to hers. He looked a little pained at the moment. Hopefully the little Slytherin ninny hadn’t done anything to him; she might have to have some sort of ‘run in’ in the hallway if the girl had, after Mindy had some of the older Gryffindor teach her hexes. Being an only child did have some flaws; not learning the ‘fun’ spells was definitely one of the flaws.

Coming back from her thoughts, Mindy went back to finishing up the Potions ingredients she had been working on. She was only slightly aware of Jason still being next to her. The silence was incredibly welcome. She did her part and he did his; maybe they could get through this without some kind of scene being made. The last thing she really needed was to look like she couldn’t handle herself around some silly little Slytherin boy in front of her housemates. He was talking while he read and worked, but Mindy assumed that it wasn’t actually to her. He was being much too casual about his words to be talking to her. Anything said to her so far had been much ruder.

Apparently things going smoothly weren’t going to last. He had finally decided to pay attention to her again and she, apparently, wasn’t doing her job to his standards. Whatever. He was the Slytherin; she was the Gryffindor. Her desire to have potion skills were minimal compared to the ones Jason apparently already had. She huffed at his comment about muggles. “What would it matter if I grew up with muggles or not? I don’t see it to be any of your business or even relevant to the actual class.” She chose to ignore the question of whether or not she had ever made a potion before. Thinking, Mindy couldn’t truly recall the last potion she had attempted to make.

“Why don’t you do all of it if you’re going to be such a jerk,” Mindy grumbled, crossing her arms and leaning back, avoiding eye contact with anyone. She was being immature and she knew it, but that wasn’t going to change her attitude at the moment. Glancing over, she did see Professor Snape watching the two. Wonderful. She huffed again and took the cabbage, being careful to do things properly this time. The last thing she wanted was a verbal assault from her professor in front of everyone just because she didn’t like the boy sitting next to her. Cutting the cabbage didn’t take long, thankfully. She put a piece over the cauldron, looking at Jason. “Is the potion ready for the cabbage?” she question, keeping her voice as even as possible, although she just wanted to dump the contents of their cauldron onto the Slytherin.

Whether or not the potion was ready for the cabbage, the cabbage seemed to be ready for the potion, as it slipped out of Mindy’s hand and landed straight into the potion. Jerking her hand back, Mindy looked at Jason to see if he noticed her slip up or not.
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Brian » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:38 am

"Yes it does matter if you grew up with muggles! It would explain your obvious daftness in the making of a simple potion!" Jason snapped. Time definitely needed to go faster. Jason was not entirely sure if he was going be able to handle working with the Gryffindor for the remainder of the hour. Jason silently muttered a prayer begging whoever was in charge of the cosmic universe to never allow his path to cross with a Gryffindor as a partner. Was this bad karma? Was he serving a penance for past wrongs? Whatever it was, he was willing to repent so he would never be punished like this ever again. Jason's eyes were set on Marissa. Jason thought maybe he could bargain with Snape to have Marissa has his permanent partner. Maybe Snape would probably be sympathetic to his request. However, this was just wishful thinking.

"And no, the potion is not ready for the cabbage. The cabbage should be added last and --" Jason stopped mid-sentence flabbergasted. Did she really just slip the cabbage into the potion without reading the instructions? The potion was ruined. In fact, the potion wasn't only ruined but since the cabbage was added before the ingredients were able to synthesize and mix properly it could cause the concoction to become over heated and bubble over. Who would actually think cabbage, a simple vegetable, would cause such a problem? There were directions for a reason and this was a prime example why they should be followed. Jason frantically pushed Mindy out of the way to determine a way to quickly diffuse the problem.

Jason turned off the burner, just in time. However, some of the Potion was dripping down the side of the cauldron but not enough to cause any real damage. "You're a nitwit, you know that right?" He exclaimed to the Gryffindor girl. Jason's dreams had been crushed. He was trying to impress Professor Snape and that obviously went down the drain. He looked around trying to locate Snape but was afraid to make eye contact with him. "Uh, Professor... I think we have a problem?"

Snape walked over to the workstation, his eyes beaming with disappointment and disapproval. "Why do you insist on being incompetent students?! Care to tell me what happened here?" Jason stood there paralyzed and explained the story in the most respectful way possible, obviously sucking up to Snape. However, his tone changed and his explanation ended with, "Professor, unfortunately I think we have students here at Hogwarts who don't know how to read instructions. I do not feel as though I am the incompetent one." He was proud of how he stuck up for himself but was not entirely sure how it would go over with Snape. He glared at Mindy, with his arms crossed.

Snape looked at Jason his expression unchanged, "I saw how hard you were working. Next time I expect you to be a little more aware of your partners actions. This is a group exercise after all." Jason was satisfied with Snape's reply but he was definitely upset he failed his favorite teacher. Snape turned to Mindy, "As for you young lady, for your carelessness you have earned a Saturday morning detention with me. Eight o' clock, do not be late. You are both free to leave." Jason let out a sigh of relief, no Saturday detention for him. Jason childishly stuck his tongue out at Mindy trying to rub it in that he had been let off the hook! He left his work station to go collect the rest of his belongings. Suddenly his eyes glanced over at Marissa. Snape let him off the hook but would Marissa be as easy?
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Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane (Mindy)

Postby Mindy » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:35 am

“And here I thought being a Gryffindor was explanation enough,” Mindy commented, mostly to herself. She still hadn’t answered his question. She wasn’t ashamed of being a pureblood, but she was too stubborn to give him the knowledge of knowing her heritage. He’d probably find out soon enough anyway; blood status seemed to be something everyone at Hogwarts was aware of. She could always lie and say she was muggleborn; maybe Jason would lay off of being a jerk to her about her inability to do potions. Of course, then he’d harp on her about being muggleborn, which was definitely not worth it.

Mindy had to resist the urge to push Jason back when he shoved her out of the way of the potion after her screw up. Normally, she would apologize for ruining a potion, but she wasn’t actually too apologetic this time. Instead, she just watched him try and do what he could with the potion. Apparently, there wasn’t much he could do. He did look a bit flustered, which amused Mindy to no end. She did all she could to keep her face straight. “Well, that was interesting,” was her only comment about the whole ordeal as she watched it start to ooze.

Her demeanor did change at Jason’s insult. She was not a nitwit; she just didn’t care about the potion and Jason had made her mad, so she got careless. She glared at the Slytherin. “Am not. You’re rude and I don’t like potions. Not like I took this class by choice.” Indeed, she couldn’t wait until she was no longer required to take Potions anymore. Things got worse for her as Jason got the attention of Professor Snape; she had completed forgot that he would know of the error and that it would affect her grade. Her stomach dropped. She managed to catch Cole’s eye for a second; he gave her a sympathetic smile. This couldn’t possibly end well.

She let Jason do all the talking. The entire error was her fault, so she couldn’t argue it. She knew Jason wouldn’t say anything to Professor Snape to make him go easy on her, so she just stood quietly, taking whatever he dished out to her. It was definitely a losing battle for her. Her Gryffindor bravery left her when the intimidating professor reprimanded her for her failure. Detention with him on Saturday was going to be miserable at best. Upon Professor Snape’s dismissal, Mindy avoided eye contact with Jason and gathered her things. Embarrassed, she walked out of the classroom, only seeing Lexi look at her, mouthing to wait for her and Cole so they could talk. Hopefully Gryffindor loyalty would kick in and they could all grumble about how awful Slytherins were together. Perhaps they could plan out some form of revenge within the coming weeks?

A rivalry was definitely forming. And it was only the first day of classes.
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