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Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:05 am
by Qingying
“Thank you,” he accepted it with a smile.

Qingying handed it back to him at the end of their next lesson, along with a new parchment.

A grade was not on Lane’s assignment. Instead, in rows of green ink that only appeared when the parchment was gazed at, Qingying had commented on what Lane had written. Some were info related, or semi-related to a sentence, such as ‘xxx was also used with xxx’ or ‘in 17xx an xxx case used xxx for xxx’, or little facts such as ‘xxx used this with xxx xxx and made his patient grow leaf-textured rabbit ears!’ while some others were Qingying’s own opinions, experiences relating to the plant and its usage, or expressions of interest. Other comments were acknowledgements of research or writing well done, or added what he may have missed or could delve deeper into.

Qingying’s genuine interest in both what Lane had written and the subject was obvious. The new parchment read: Compare the main spells used to construct the Natural History Museum of Rome with the techniques used to construct the dome of the Florence Cathedral.

The Florence Cathedral was a muggle church with the largest masonry dome in the world, while the Natural History Museum of Rome was a wizarding museum constructed in 1910 and exhibited a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. Both were known for their architecture. Of course, the Museum was quite a bit more peculiar – even for wizarding standards.

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:22 pm
by Lane Foster
Lane wasn't the most literate person in the world, but what he did write was clearly the product of effort even if he didn't show it otherwise. He'd obviously done research and formed his own conclusions on things, and demonstrated a sharp wit and keen observational skills. I mean, as much as one could expect from a student who opened their next paper with This church is creepy as shit, and then went into the full history of purported hauntings and deaths through the ages.

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:51 am
by Qingying
Qingying returned it to him the lesson after he handed it in. In his comments, Qingying mentioned a few more ‘hauntings’ in other Churches and some additional information about real ghosts, including humorous stories about ghosts and misunderstandings. There were also portions on failed spells that had been used for construction, badly designed buildings that had been unsafe, and information on a few rarer magical beasts not mentioned as much by the museum. He also mentioned that the Church’s organ was actually made by a wizard named Edward Spindle.

He also gave him another parchment, which asked him to discuss a symbol used in muggle and wizarding Renaissance art, and, after Lane had handed that in, asked for an assignment on the conservation of manta rays and a magical creature named Ikee. Some countries were using tourism to conserve manta rays and provide an alternative income for people who’d otherwise catch them. Ikee were often called ‘ITooCan’ as they looked rather like toucans and, due to their ability to both quickly mimic sounds (including voices, with more accuracy than most parrots) and camouflage themselves almost instantly by changing the colours of their feathers to become the same colours as their immediate environment, had been trapped and traded nearly to the point of extinction until conservational efforts in recent years.

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:11 am
by Lane Foster
A week later, Lane had gotten in the habit of staying behind slightly after class. "Yo, what else you got?" he asked expectantly after he handed in his latest assignment.

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:09 am
by Qingying
All of the assignments Qingying had given him involved both the muggle and magical world, and were topics that connected with yet more topics – such as natural history while the main topic was architecture, or history and religion while the main topic was art – that Lane could look into should something pique his interest.

Qingying took careful note of what appeared to draw Lane’s attention, and the responses he wrote were not grades – instead, it was an exchange of information, and sharing of opinions and experiences.

“Which was your favourite?” Qingying asked with a smile as he put the container of spare quills away.

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:54 am
by Lane Foster
He shrugged, realizing that he sounded extra fucking thirsty. "Nah, all the same, mate."

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:20 pm
by Qingying
He tilted his head.
“Was there something you were more interested in?”

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:24 pm
by Lane Foster
He shrugged again.

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:14 am
by Qingying
“Would there be something you’d be interested in exploring further?”

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:44 am
by Lane Foster
He scratched his tie-dyed head. "Ehhh, I guess the church one was alright. Oh, the Royalin murders. Cool shit."

Re: When They Open the Sun Will Shine

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:43 pm
by Qingying
“Are you interested in crime, and mysteries?”