Fifth Years: Lesson Five

Professor Angel Castillo

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Angel had been waiting by the lake, peering over his sunglasses at his pocket watch. He’d sent word for the class to meet him out here today rather than the greenhouses for something a bit more exciting than the usual lecture or repotting and was eager for the class to finally arrive.

Smiling when the class began arriving, Angel snapped his watch closed and resettling the sunglasses once it looked like that’d all finally gathered. The weather was starting to turn a bit colder and he figured it was better to try this lesson now rather than later when the cold water was more of a punishment than a treat.

Hey everyone, welcome to the great outdoors,” Angel said grandly. ”I’ve got something a little more adventurous for you lot today,” He said, giving a small metal tin near his feet a slight kick. “But first, get changed, hope you all brought a towel,” Grinning, he motioned to a selection of wetsuits he’d managed to scrounge up from previous lessons involving lake work, flapping his hand to get the class moving. He could tell some of them were understandably curious about the change of scenery and was quite enjoying the drama of it all for now.

Right, now that we’re all suited up, let’s look at today’s plant,” He said, flicking open the metal tin to reveal a selection of rubbery, balled up plants inside, rather reminiscent of rats’ tails. “Everyone take a bit. It's not pretty but it’s perfectly safe fine, just don’t do anything with it yet, please,” He said, passing the tin around the class and giving a few of the more impatient looking students a weighted look as they took their piece.

What you have there is Gillyweed. A Mediterranean plant that is great if you’re a fan of swimming, maybe in the Mediteranean, perhaps. Anyway, eating this plant results in the subject growing gills and webbed fingers and toes. It’s rather a hot topic for debate on the duration effects in fresh versus salt water, but in fresh water like the lake here, it should last for about an hour. Kinda gross, but excellent for breathing underwater.

I figured what better way to get a little break from all this OWL stuff than a little dip in the lake. Feel free to test out your gillyweed, or just take a dip. But I will judge you if you don’t at least have a little nibble. Have a sense of adventure and all that,” Angel said, nodding encouragingly to a few nearby students as they sniffed at their gillyweed. “But seriously, that’s it, go, swim, have fun. If you get into serious trouble, send some sparks up or something, we’ll come fish you out. I’ve been told there are some critters in the lake so play nice,” He said, wrapping up the lesson and settling himself into a deck chair he’d brought along to ‘supervise’ from, pulling out a book. They were big kids, they could look after themselves for an hour.

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RP the lesson, feel free to have some fun in the water. If you’re planning anything too more dramatic, please PM me beforehand.
 

Elsie Baros

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Elsie had almost missed the memo to head to the great outdoors of the lake. She hadn't spent a lot of time by the lake in her normal day to day activities, so she was surprised to be out here for a class. She wasn't upset though, because she rather enjoyed the water for the most part. She raised an eyebrow at the watch and glasses combo, though, given it was sunny, she realised she probably should have grabbed her glasses too. She quickly turned, "Accio Sunglasses!" She would have to wait for a little because they had to come from her bedside table, so she waited, listening to the beginning of what Professor Castillo was saying. She grinned when they were told to get into a wet suit. Honestly, she loved the water, so this was going to be a lot of fun. She couldn't wait. She was about to head over to the wetsuits when she heard a noise and whipped around in time to catch her sunglasses out of the air. "Hehe, excellent." She quickly popped them on her face and turned to head over to the wetsuits. The one she found closest to her size was a little bigger than she would have liked, but she pulled in on anyway and quickly looked back to the Professor. She was definitely curious about what kind of lesson this was going to be. This was a new scenario for sure. Herbology in the water? Once the Professor kicked open the tin at his feet. Elsie looked at it in disgust. She didn't know what it was but it looked disgusting. She grabbed a piece as she was asked to and she looked down at it, wondering what on Earth she was supposed to do with this. She looked up in shock when they were told it was Gillyweed. She knew what Gillyweed was, of course, it was often used in water sports, but it wasn't common. She bit her lip and looked down at it, immediately taking the whole lot into her mouth and nearly bringing it back up again. It was awful, but she wanted to go and swim with the fish, so after waving to both Elio and Rowan, she dashed to the water and jumped in. After she'd had her fill of that, she slowly made her way back to the shore and dumped herself on the ground, pulling her sketchbook out of her bag and beginning to sketch the scene in front of her. She drew Elio, Rowan, the Professor, the water itself, the fish she'd seen some of the other people in the class as well. She used up quite a few pages of her sketchbook. It was all very basic because she could come back to it later, but she had a lot of fun doing all of it.​
 

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Rowan was a little late to Herbology because she'd wanted to make her hair nice. If they were going to be by the lake, she was determined to look good. Normally she had a lot more makeup on than she did today, but she needed to make sure everything she wore today was waterproof. She wasn't wearing as much makeup as she normally did because of this and her hair was up in a messy ponytail as she set her sunglasses on her face and brought a towel with her. She didn't know why they were going to be near the lake but she was determined to be prepared. She'd brought Matilda with her just in case too. If nothing else, she could let her swim around in the lake for the lesson. As she got down there she looked at the tin of gillyweed and frowned. She'd heard it tasted terrible, but that didn't mean she wasn't excited. She was jealous that Elio had grown even taller and she was still her tiny self as she managed to squeeze into a smaller wetsuit. It wasn't the smallest one there, but it was close to it and she didn't think anyone was going to wear the smallest anyway. When they were allowed, Rowan immediately headed for the water, Matilda in her arms. She quickly ate the gillyweed, going a little green before diving under the water, amazed at the gills she grew. She jumped and played around with Matilda, waving to Elsie on the shore when she'd headed over to draw instead of play. She splashed Elio once or twice and laughed at him when Matilda chased him. Matilda was so funny. Matilda mostly did her own thing though, diving for fish and the like and so Rowan spent the rest of the time dancing on the shore as Elsie drew her in different poses.​
 

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Elio was excited to hear that their next Herbology lesson would be a little more adventurous as they headed down towards the lake. Elio hadn't been there since his chat with Rowan but there was a different mood in the air now. He'd spent most of the week feeling stupid in his robes which was now obviously too small for him. He'd had a growth spurt recently and couldn't wait for the holidays when he'd be able to move away from feeling like he was wearing childrens sized robes. Thankfully this lesson he could choose a wet suit that actually fit him properly and he had half a mind to keep it on after class. He wasn't sure if he was more horrified at the idea of eating Gillyweed or the fact that good old Tilds had been brought along for the ride. He followed the twins leads, taking some of the squishy green plants and trying to get it down. It was no pizza that was for sure. He eventually managed to swallow it and watched as his body transformed, gills and webbed fingers and toes appearing. He gratefully joined the others in the water, careful to keep his glasses stuck to his face as he swam, ducking under water for most of it to try out this breathing thing, as well as to get away from the Quacker swimming above him. The few times he did come up to see what was going on, he managed to get splashed in the face by Rowan, and the Gryffindor sent a few waves her way in return. Apparently Matilda did not take kindly to that though and quickly began to swim over to him with anger in her beady little eyes. Nope, Elio was out of there. He pushed himself back under water, kicking off and swimming out as far as he dared, admiring the water of the lakes that not many in the castle would really have the chance to see. It was dark and murky and he couldn't see the bottom at all. If he went too far he knew it would be a struggle to get back, but it was too eery and intriguing down here not to explore as much as he could. When he thought that the hour must have been up soon, Elio swum quickly back towards the shore. His head and shoulders popped out the water, just as the Gillyweed began to wear off, and he ran a hand through the hair now stuck to his head as he pulled himself out the lake. He was still stood in it up to his knees, watching his classmates, his eyes drifting over to Rowan who was dancing as Elsie drew her. Despite how close they were Elio had never seen Rowan dance, and he stood there dazed for a few minutes, leaning against a large boulder in the water as to not get in the way. She spoke about her dancing sometimes but she'd never told him how graceful she made it look. He wasn't going to count things like the Yule Ball either, this was different and showed him more of Rowan's personal style. When she had finished, he was smiling towards the girls, but left them in peace together for the time being, his eyes moving around the space to see what other people were doing. He hadn't meant to catch Chrys' eye, but the second he did he felt a jolt of something zap him as though he may as well have had electricity leading out to the lake. His eyes lingered on the Hufflepuff for a moment, before Elio pulled himself together and left to go and find his towel which hopefully wasn't being used as a duck nest.
 

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Vader had managed to help some of his stress, it was odd, but he knew that it hadn’t really helped it a lot, but it had done a little for it to feel a little better, for him to feel a little better. It wasn’t the easiest task and Vader had fumbled his way through it, but now he was feeling a little better, he felt more comfortable, he felt happier and he was looking forward to being able to the week. He was still stressed about other things and his sleep was still comparatively awful but it was better than the week before and this was something he was pretty pleased about. It meant that things were fractionally better and that maybe his stress wasn’t too bad, his sleeplessness would be dealable without him having to do much. Without him having to go out of his way. He wouldn’t need to go back to the doctor and he would be just fine. The gryffindor was getting himself together for the day ahead, gathering his notes and books and getting all of the other things he would need for class before heading to the class.
Vader walked towards the area where the professor had told them to come, they would be doing something outside of the classroom and that day. He looked towards the man as he got started on what they would be doing. Which it seemed would be to go into the lake. Vader didn’t think he was nearly a strong enough swimmer to swim in the lake. He knew someone had died in it and he hardly wanted to be the second, however, the professor made them put on wet suits and vader did so. He felt a little cold and looked towards the tin of plant the professor had. Gillyweed. So they’d be swimming in the water with a little help. Vader knew he probably wouldn’t swim too deeply, he didn’t think it would be that good for him to do so. The boy ate it when he was supposed to and then went into the water. He felt like it took a few moments to work. He swum pretty well for the rest of the time, he didn’t venture to deep down, but he did more than he had thought he would. He wished his camera was with him so he could’ve taken countless pictures of the water. Eventually the gillyweed stopped working and like everyone else, Vader headed to the surface and the shore to get dried off and back into the school.
 

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Alice hadn't felt much like herself lately, and she was having trouble being cheerful. It felt like her friends had been busy with their own drama, and Alice was starting to wonder if she was easy to ignore now that she wasn't too energetic. She tried to focus on her studies for now, though she wasn't entirely sure if she would still hold the study group. She had no idea if anyone would miss it if she didn't. They would probably be fine without it too.

Alice quietly headed over to the lake, which was now nothing like the quiet place where she had talked with Ilija not long before. All her classmates were there, as well as professor Castillo. Alice waited for the professor to explain why they were at the lake, which he didn't do immediately. He told them to get changed first, which Alice did. She put her hair up too, as she could understand that she'd have to swim if she had to wear a wetsuit. The professor showed them a plant, which was familiar to Alice. It was Gillyweed, and while she knew what it was, she had never actually used it before. She was a little excited, as she had read about the plant before and it seemed like fun. She was relieved that this lesson was a little break from the OWL stuff, and that they were allowed to swim in the lake after taking the Gillyweed. She took it from the professor, then jumped into the water a bit away from her classmates. She still felt like being alone, so spent most of her time diving into the lake and trying to see all the different plants underwater. When the time was up, she had enjoyed swimming in the lake a lot.
 

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Abian was enjoying his fifth year a lot. He'd enjoyed hanging out with Emily, and could mostly ignore that there was someone else he liked as well. He liked Emily a lot, and that was what mattered. She was an awesome girlfriend, and the two of them were very similar. He was a little sad the Quidditch season was over now, but he would cheer for Slytherin against the foreign school. He was a little sad he couldn't cheer for Jacob instead, but at maybe they could meet up in the stands now.

The Hufflepuff made his way to the lake for the next Herbology lesson, smiling at some of his classmates waiting there as well. He listened as the professor told them they would have to wear a wetsuit, and he got changed quickly. He'd never worn one before, and it felt a little strange. He hadn't heard of the plant before, and listened with interest as the professor said what Gillyweed would do. It sounded unreal, getting gills and webbed fingers, but he had seen many unbelievable things in his time at Hogwarts. He watched a few of his classmates dive into the lake before he took some himself, then he ran into the water. It felt very strange to swim like this, but very free too. Abian tried to get a few classmates to play tag with him, and had a fun time. When the lesson was over, he was a little sad to return to the castle.
 

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Chrys knew gillyweed when he was it, so he was very excited when the Professor handed it out. He immediately put the whole thing in his mouth as soon as they were allowed as he walked down to the lake, purposefully splashing both Elsie and Rowan as he jumped in. He loved them, but he had things on his mind lately that he was more preoccupied with. Still, he supposed it wasn't too much trouble to say hi later that day. Most of his time was spent exploring the underwater crevices and seeing the fish not normally visible. He thought he saw a merperson more than once, though he couldn't be sure since it was always a blink and you miss it moment. He saw Elio was doing much the same as him until he sat on the rock to watch Elsie and Rowan. He watched Elio watching them too and laughed a little. He didn't know what kind of relationship the gryffindors had, but he was a little jealous. He'd thought he'd felt like that with Onyx, only it turned out not to be true and now the Hufflepuff was more confused than ever about everything. He caught Elio's eye before heading back to retrieve his towel. This had been fun and all, but it only made hi feel worse.​
 

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