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The weather in November guaranteed today to have a breeze as the students walked towards the greenhouses. Luckily, today’s Herbology lesson was just after lunch so they had had ample time to get a warm drink down them before the short walk. As always, the water station is set up outside Greenhouse Five for students to grab a quick drink before class starts, but they are not permitted to enter the greenhouse with those drinks. So drink up, and get inside! Because it’s definitely warmer in here than it is out there.

Upon entering Greenhouse Five, you’ll notice that it has been cleared of most workstations, leaving one at the front (which Professor Rainwater is leaning against) and another at the back with four boxes upon it. Behind Professor Rainwater is a whiteboard with the opening instructions on, as is with all of his classes. Professor Rainwater hates blackboards, the dust from the chalk makes him sneeze and he much prefers the squeak of a board marker than the drag of chalk. Deal with it. Xo

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PUT YOUR BELONGINGS INTO THE CUBBY HOLES.
YOU DO NOT NEED ANY WRITING UTENSILS, LEAVE THEM IN YOUR BAGS.
WANDS, GLOVES AND GOGGLES ONLY.

THREE OF THE FOUR BOXES CONTAIN POISONOUS PLANTS.
ONE IS SAFE.
READ YOUR CLUES, CHOOSE A BOX, STAND IN FRONT.
DO NOT TOUCH!!!!!!

The four boxes at the back are in the four Hogwarts house colours, each with a flag above. Professor Rainwater is watching (although, he is now currently with his tongue stuck out and trying desperately to pluck away whatever fuzzy had gotten onto it) for anyone to touch and there will be removal from the greenhouse should instructions not be followed. Each flag has a clue written on it in Gus’ uppercase handwriting, making it much easier for everyone to be able to read.

Above the green box: “SMELLS BAD!”
Above the yellow box: “YELLOW FLOWERS!”
Above the red box: “CLUSTERS OF LEAVES!”
Above the blue box: “THORNS!”

Make a choice, kids.


FOLLOW ALONG:
- 23rd January Arrivals and Question 1: Name one poisonous plant that you know
- 25th January Question 2: How could you spot a poisonous plant without magic?
- 26th January Mini-Activity: Introducing Venenum Hortus and practice casting
- 28th January Main Activity: Wheeled Pots and Non-Poisonous Hops
- 31st January Main Activity: Changing It Up!

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Any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Class will begin roughly 36 hours from this post <3 Class has began, please jump in and act like your character has been here all along!
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Despite her earlier annoyance towards Rainwater, Claudine was glad that he was keeping an eye on her progress along with the other students’. It was motivational, really. She nodded in response to his words and afterwards, worked on the plant he had suggested. It happened to be a completely safe one… finally. But it was all too soon that they had to move on. Properly put the spell to the test? Wait… this activity wasn’t it? Interesting.

Practice some more? No, thanks. Claudine felt more than comfortable to take part in this activity, whatever it was. Her interest piqued when those double doors opened to reveal what was beyond. Oh, wow. The Snakette, upon listening to the explanation of what they were to do, couldn’t help but think just how creative this activity was.

Did she want to go first?

Claudine didn’t mind but since they had to get things started, why waste any time. “I’ll go,’’ was the reply. And so she stepped towards the door, wand at the ready. By now, there had been various plants stopping by, one just having done so as Claudine stepped close to the doors. “Venenum Hortus.’’ With the same determination from earlier, the spell was called out and the wand movement made. There was blue light illuminating the space around it. Safe! The second year hopped onto the plant pot and off she went.
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"THE FLOOR IS LAVAAAAAAAAA," Phoebe bellowed as she followed Claudine to the doorway and waited for the next pot to come along. It was a good one, a sturdy trunk to hold on to and no thorns or poking bits. She was tempted to fling herself at the plant, since it looked safe, but that would probably get her detention.

"Venenum Hortus," Phoebe drew the tree, and she was pleased when the plant went orange. ORANGE MEANT... poisonous. But only to eat, and she wouldn't lick it. Plus she had her gloves on. Phoebe threw herself at the plant and pointed toward the far wall. "Onward, Planter!"
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Blake thought this could be kinda fun. He played the floor was lava alot as a kid... which kid didn't. The electric shock thing though ... Blake was not a fan of! All though Professor Rainwater had insured that they would not get hurt ... but he still was unsure about the matter. None the less ... Blake marched up ... took a pot plant and zooooooooommmmmm away he went.

Starting to panicking just slight he raised his wand and shouted "Venenum Hortus" A slight yellow aurora sounded it... yellow wasn't good or was it .... Blake thought he wanted blue ... choosing not to jump he quickly cast the spell on the plant next to it "Venenum Hortus" This time it was blue and he jumped ... not feeling an electric shock.. he took a deep breath composed himself and got ready for the next leg of the 'race'
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Jumping a foot in the air was looking like the norm for this lesson because that's exactly what Lucas ended up doing when Rainwater spoke directly to him. Having a Professor talk to him wasn't........ weird, but it was enough to take him by surprise when he didn't know the man was standing there in the first place.

Besides, 'believe in yourself' was something he was not new to hearing. At all.

And his response? "Uh, yeah, sure. Thanks, Professor." Could he continue practising? Because that's all he wanted to do right now. They still had plenty of time left for the practice, right?

Wrong.

With his wand still held in mid-air, Lucas' green eyes looked up and found Rainwater, who was calling for their attention to explain their next activity. The floor is lava?! Oh merlin. Oh merlin oh merlin. Eyes wide, he immediately glanced over at Shivvy, silently wondering if she was making the same mental connections that he was. Connections that had a little something to do with Zoryn Spinnet. Did Rainwater know? This couldn't be a coincidence, right? Right??

But that was the least of his worries right now. As much as Rainwater was trying to convince them that they were going to be fine, the Gryffindor still didn’t like the idea of trying to make his way across a room of poisonous plants. And if it was up to him, he would choose to stay in here for the remainder of the lesson instead of choosing to take part in The Floor is Poison.

But if he chose to only wait until he felt confident enough, he would be waiting a very long time.

With this thought in mind, Lucas let out a small sigh and gave Shivvy a small shrug before walking to the other room. The extension. One that was filled with a number of plants and plant pots on wheels? Was that safe?! Whatever. When one stopped in front of him, he carefully stepped up on it. Was it sturdy? Uh. Well, no was the answer, which was what caused him to grip onto the plant on the pot he was standing on for dear life.

Breathe, Dakest, breathe.

He didn’t know how long it took for the wheeled pot to stop in front of a plant but eventually, it did. This was it, this was it. His grip on his wand tightened but he tried to look as, uh, ~confident~ as he could. "Venenum Hortus!" he called, doing his best to draw the outline of a tree for the wand movement.

Please let this be safe, please let this be safe.
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There was no way that her pot was going to make it all the way across the room, no matter how hard Phoebe urged it. She waited a bit too long and her plant veered off track, forcing Phoebe to turn her attention to the other planters. One of those heading toward the far wall, because this competitive little muffin intended to be first to cross the room.

A plant zipped past, and Phoebe wobbled on her planter as she pointed her wand at it. "Venenum Hortus," she drew the tree shape... red. RED. "NO ONE TOUCH THIS ONE. Danger danger danger." And now she was definitely headed in the wrong direction. Boo.

Another plant drew near, and Phoebe wasn't going to waste any more time worrying about the perfect plant. Generally right was good too. "Venenum Hortus." BLUE Phoebe shrieked a war cry as she flung herself at the next plant.
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Isla frowned at the professor's response to her. Getting that tree shape exactly like his would take forever. "Okay. Thanks, Professor," she said, not being able to help the hesitation in her voice. She looked up at his tree formation again and began staring at it, trying to commit it to memory. She moved her wand in what she hoped was an exact replica of the shape she needed.

There was only one way to tell if she had the exact shape or not... The first year strolled on over to the first plant she set her eyes on. If someone had cast on it before, she couldn't tell, because nothing looked out of the ordinary. Ahem. She pointed her wand toward the plant. "Venenum Hortus!" she called out. Without taking her eyes off the plant, Isla began making the shape she had committed to memory. Up, around, around, around....around, down...

Suddenly, the plant began to emit a light red color, and then the color began more distinct within second. Ohh, OKAY. Dangerrr! She stepped away from the plant, startled that her very first choice in a random plant resulted in the most poisonous type in the greenhouse.
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After her second attempt at the spell, Naya got some feedback from the professor. She should try again because the color around the plant should have been darker. Good to know. As instructed, Naya moved on and repeated the spell. This time she got a good result and was feeling more comfortable with her spell casting. It was a good thing too because they were about to move on to another activity. A game! Naya was always ready for a good game.

The fifth year listened to the instructions and tried to plan a strategy in her mind. They had to cross the room by casting the spell on the various plants. This was going to be interesting. Naya went through the doors to the adjacent greenhouse. She thought it best to observe things for a minute. Watching as her classmates hopped onto the plant pots, she finalized her plan. Naya saw how fast the posts were moving and knew that she would have to act quickly. There was no time for hesitation, but she had to be smart.

When her turn came, she watched as the next pot approached her. Acting fast, she made the required wand movement and said, “Venenum Hortus”. Lucky for her, a blue haze surround the plant in her pot. Safe. Naya hopped into the pot before it could zoom away and held on for dear life. Hoping that the pot didn’t move in a way that would cause her to become motion sick, she looked out for her next plant.
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Isla didn't know if she felt confident or not, but she'd managed to cast the spell and found an extremely dangerous plant, so she was confident enough. She followed the professor through the double doors and toward an activity that actually looked really cool. Sure, she might find another super poisonous plant, but the professor seemed pretty sure they wouldn't get hurt. The activity looked like it was too much fun to be worried about possible dangers.

Isla reached the area where the plants were zooooming around. She hoped it didn't take her forever to find a non-poisonous plant. "Venenum Hortus!" she called out, as soon as the next plant wheeled around. She quickly made the shape of the tree just in case the plant passed her by before she had a chance to jump on. Red. That was a BIG NOPE. What was it with her finding all these poisonous plants?!

As another plant wheeled around, she cast again. "Venenum Hortus!" she said. She whipped her wand around in the tree shape, which she thought she'd done really well on. The plant was too fast for her, though, and it had gone on its way before anything happened. "Venenum Hortus!" she tried again. She started the tree shape a little sooner and ended up getting it that time. BLUE. BLUUUUUUUUE.

Isla hopped on the plant and grasped ahold of it. WHOOOOOA. This was super awesome and FUN. Well done, Rainwater. WELL DONE.
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As the professor came bad and told her that she was doing well Chloe gave a smile, she wasn't going to not take a compliment even though she had been annoyed at the beginning. Not that she needed encouragement in this class, she knew she did pretty well and enjoyed working with the plants.

When it was time to quit she looked up and paid close attention, the game sounded interesting enough and she thought it would be fun. Looking around she found an empty pot and stood in the starting position. When he said to go she turned to the left first and did the wand movement, "Venenum Hortus" the pot turned yellow so she looked around.

"Found a yellow pot"

She turned to her other side and did the wand movement, "Venenum Hortus!" this time the plant turned blue she smiled and jumped to the next pot.
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Grinning at the professor for moment, he just nodded and continued with his spell practice, knowing he was crushing it and happy the professor had acknowledged his success. Stopping as the professor clapped three times, he lowered his wand and moved ever so slightly away from the venomous plants, his eyes planted firmly on the Professor now was he waited for the next instruction. Being made a prefect really had made him focus a lot more in lessons this year. Not that he didn’t in the previous years, it was just, he knew other students would look to him to set an example and he was ready to provide a good one.

A wide smile spread across his face now at the sound of a game, his competitive instinct took over as he moved to the front of the classroom, his eyes lighting up as the next greenhouse was revealed to them. Damn, this did sound pretty cool. Sure, the floor is lava was a bit of a childish kid’s game but the fact that they’d get static shocks if a plant was poisonous sounded pretty cool, even if it wasn’t deadly. After waiting his turn, he walked forward, his wand at the ready. Quickly, he moved it in the shape of a tree “Venenum Hortus!” his loud and precise as he waited for a flash of light. Blue. Okay, this one was safe. Quickly, he hopped on and began scouting for another plant pot close by.
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Professor Rainwater's words of encouragement was a nice gesture. She had no idea he would be listening or well watching him but then again professors usually walked around during activities like these- especially like these where poisonous plants are involved. She gave him a polite smile after his hurrah and she continued with doing the practicing. As she made her first attempt, she smiled as the plant changed into a different color. That's great.

She was about to do one more attempt however the professor did move on to explain further into his lesson. Her focus shifted when the 2 doors opened and a vast array of plants are found in that room. Her eyes did widen at the different colors and sizes she saw. She did giggle under her breath when he mentioned about the floor having lava, odd but it did put a smile on her face.

Right.

She walked to the nearest plant she could find and stood in front of it, same procedure from earlier. She did the wand movement and uttered the spell out "Venenum Hortus" she awaited and watched the plant turn into blue. That meant it wasn't poisonous. Beginner's luck, perhaps? Maybe. Does this mean she is now allowed to move on to the next plant? She moved to her right and did the same thing. She drew her wand once again and made a tree-like movement "Venenum Hortus" she spoke again. This time the plant changed into a color orange. Ohhh cool. This one is poisonous but then only when consumed and she was not intending to do that anytime today nor in the future.

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Now that she was on a different pot, Chloe looked around and grinned at her friends that were doing very well at this as well. Her wand was up and moving again, "Venenum Hortus!" the plant turning blue again she jumped to her next pot. This pot was closer to Ewan and she grinned, "Be careful my dear Louie, you never know what plants might bight you when you don't expect." Sticking out her tongue playfully toward Ewan she turned to the plant on her right.

"Venenum Hortus!

Red, this one was red, "Oh be careful with this one." She pointed for others to see and turned to try the plant on her left.
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It was only when she was away on the plant pot that she realised that her gloves may or may not hinder her from getting the perfect grip. However, that thought was quickly pushed away when Claudine decided that if she fell, then that was okay. It wasn’t as though the ground was actually covered in lava. Her keen eyes spotted a plant as hers moved around. Not wanting to receive any sort of shock for overstaying her welcome on the current pot, the spell was cast. “Venenum Hortus.’’ Rainwater’s exact tree-shape movement… the other plant flashed red. Ugh.

Abort mission.

Luckily, there was another one approaching and Claudine wasted not a moment with her spell work. This particular plant flashed orange. Wait… what did that mean again? Unable to grasp what the colour meant, she missed the opportunity to jump to that pot. And at that exact moment, she received a mild shock that startled the living daylights out of her.

Drat this activity.
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Naya zoomed around the classroom, waiting for her pot to come near a plant. She noticed that she was approaching one and leaned over with her wand at the ready. When she was close enough, Naya made the tree movement with her wand and said, “Venenum Hortus”. Up came the yellow fog. Poisonous to touch. Naya was disappointed. It looked like she would not be moving on yet.

And on she went. She needed to find an appropriate plant so that she could move on. Crossing the room was not going to be easy.....apparently. Naya zoomed and waited and zoomed and waited. Finally she got close to another plant. It was time to try again. Raising her wand and making a tree, Naya said, “Venenum Hortus” again. This time she saw orange. Okay this was good. She had no plans to eat the plant so she should be good.

Timing was everything. When she thought it was the right time, Naya jumped. Thankfully she landed on the safe plant. Holding on, Naya began to look for the next acceptable plant.
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Gus was thrilled at how well this was going. These kids gave him LIFE, did they know that? And it was safe to say that this part of the lesson was more successful than any other point. Or he thought it was anyway. They still had a few more classes left on poisonous plants because it wasn’t a topic you could cover in one lesson, so in their last lesson of the topic he would get them to fill in a topic evaluation. You know... for pits and sniffles.

He had intended to board his own plant and take part with them, but he had gotten a little too distracted in watching the casting of the spell and also applauding those that realised they were not just limited to plants that appeared blue with the spell. BRAVO. BRAVA. !!!!! Rainwater was a happy camper, okay? He was a happy teacher and he was a happy person. Rounding up a lesson on a fun note was always happy. He’d do it all the more often if attitudes were correct in his class. Some of them didn’t deserve today’s fun activity because of their attitudes but it was okay. For now.

”Let’s change things up, shall we?” He called out loudly across the room. ”THREE TWO ONE!!!” And by change it up, he didn’t mean them changing pots. He meant how he quickly cast and not only did the pots start to spin, many of them that were heading to the far side of the room began to head back to the start. Oh, and the number of pots in the room doubled. Except, only highly poisonous plants had been added. So percentage wise, there were now only 10% of completely safe plants in the room. The kids were welcome.

”About five more minutes, kids!!!”

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Oh, so he was correct in his choice of the blue box? Even if Rainwater said that it meant little without much information to go on, Gunnar indeed had made the best educated guess that he could with what was available. And he had been right, which left him more than a little smug.

But he also found it interesting that the professor apparently knew his father. Were they friends? It was kind of weird to think about actually, and he tried not to think about any implications while he attempted to focus on the rest of the class.

The spell was easy enough, he found, and it seemed somewhat familiar as he was sure he had read about it before. He practiced a few times, trying to perfect the wand movement before moving on to the activity.

Gunnar preferred not to play games in Herbology class, especially what was laid out for them today. He had mild flashbacks of when the Slytherins were welcomed into Gryffindor tower a couple terms ago with The Floor is Lava. But he did want to put the spell into use so he jumped in, albeit a little reluctantly.

He had just jumped to a blue plant after successfully casting Venenum Hortus, when the professor loudly counted down from three. What was...? Gunnar looked up suddenly, soon clutching onto the plant as it started whirling back to the other side of the room. No, he did not like this game at all.

But better keep going. Even though there was only a few minutes left of class, it seemed as his work in front of him doubled. At least he'd either finish soon or class would be done soon.

He looked to a plant near enough that he could jump to and cast the spell, looping his arm in a tree sort of movement. "Venenum Hortus!" Orange... that was safe to touch, poisonous to consume, so should be okay to jump to. Gunnar hopped to that plant, then turned his eyes to the next one in his path.
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Heath positively beamed when Professor Rainwater said he’d done a good job. Maybe it was the professor’s encouragement, or maybe it was him still channeling Poe (or some combination of the two), but for the first time since the start of this lesson, he actually felt confident about something. He was going to practice the spell again, but they were moving on to something else. Heath’s dark eyes widened in amazement at the sight of the plant maze. Where did that come from? For the moment, he was more interested in learning how the professor made the plant maze than in the game itself. Maybe he’d ask him about it later.

Heath blinked, unsure what to make of the game. He had to give the professor props for creativity, but the directions were a tad… confusing. Okay, so they were supposed to basically ride the wheeled plants from one end of the maze to the other, and use Venenum Hortus to figure out which ones were safe to jump onto? Was that it? Merlin, he was glad those plants moved on wheels instead of levitation because Heathcliff Jones did not do heights! He almost laughed when the professor said any dramatics and they’d be out. As an aspiring actor, telling him not to be dramatic was like telling a dragon not to breathe fire, but he’d try his best.

Heath decided to practice the spell a bit more before heading into the maze, just in case his earlier success had been a fluke. Aiming his wand at the nearest plant, he cast, “Venenum Hortus!” A yellow haze appeared around the plant. “Venenum Hortus,” he said again, making the tree shape with his wand. That time an orange cloud appeared. Okay, that was enough practice! Wand in hand, he headed toward the maze. “Venenum Hortus,” he cast at the first plant that stopped near him. A blue haze appeared, and blue meant safe. Whew!

Wasting no more time, Heath got on. He hoped he wouldn’t be completely rubbish at this game! He wasn’t particularly fast at casting spells, and he did not want to get sent back to start! As his eyes scanned the plants for one close enough to jump onto, an idea occurred to him. Pretend they’re TIE fighters, he thought, and each spell cast is a TIE fighter taken out. Brandishing his wand, Heath!Dameron aimed at the nearest TIE fighter plant. “Venenum Hortus!” he cried, making the tree movement. Yellow… what did yellow mean again? Oh yeah, poisonous to touch. Definitely not using that one!

It wasn’t long before Heath was in close proximity to another plant. “Venenum Hortus!” he cast. To his relief, the haze around this plant turned blue. Now came the hard part: actually jumping from one plant to another. Unlike his quidditch player older brother, Heath was not very athletic or coordinated. He hoped he wouldn’t fall, though if he did… Since the floor was lava, was he allowed to reenact Anakin Skywalker’s defeat at the Battle of Mustafar if he fell? Was that the kind of dramatics that would get him kicked out? Probably better not risk it…

Well, here goes nothing! Heath braced himself as he jumped onto the other plant. He wobbled slightly but managed to grab on, and… no electric shock, thank Merlin! Wait, what? The professor was changing things up? What did that mean? Before he had time to think about it, his pot was suddenly spinning. Ugh, now he was getting dizzy! When it finally stopped, he noticed his plant was now going in the opposite direction. No, no no… he’d worked too hard to get sent back to start now! Heath frantically aimed his wand at the first plant he saw. “Venenum Hortus!” Red… no good. “Venenum Hortus!” Yellow… still no. “Venenum Hortus!” Orange.

Seriously, is every plant in this maze poisonous now?! Heath thought angrily, but then he remembered orange only meant poisonous to eat, not touch. That means it’s safe to jump onto, right? Only one way to find out. Heath took a deep breath to steel his nerve and jumped. He half-expected an electric shock that time, but none came. Good! Now it looked like he was finally back on track.
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Naya was trying to find another plant when it happened. Apparently, the professor decided to spice things up. THE-POTS-WERE-SPINNING! Ohhh this was bad. Spinning and Naya.......bad combination. B-A-D. The pot was spinning, Naya’s head was spinning and her stomach was definitely not feeling so good. She had to get off of this ride and quick. She was NOT going to throw up in Herbology class. That just wasn’t going to happen.

Holding onto the plant with one hand, Naya reached into her pocket for the ginger candy she always kept handy. One never knew when one would be riding on a spinning flower pot, did one? Popping the candy into her mouth, she took a really deep breath. She focused in on a nearby plant. Closer, closer. Wand out, tree made, “Venenum Hortus”. Red? Seriously? This was not looking good.

More deep breathing. Naya had to keep it together. She just had to. Was it getting hot in here? “Focus Naya”, she said to herself. As she spun by another plant, Naya repeated the spell. “Venenum Hortus”. It was blue, thank Merlin. Naya jumped into the flower pot with serious desperation. Why did it seem like she wasn’t making any progress. She had to get out.
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Tom was still very nervous about this spell, so he was making sure he got it perfect before moving on. "Venenum Hortus!" Tom repeated it a few times and then he did the wand movement a couple of times, when he was ready, he took a deep breath.

Tom aimed his wand at the nearest plant and he took another deep breath. "Venenum Hortus!" He then did the tree wand movement and watched as a red haze appeared, so that plant should be touched, well this spell was great, but he doubted he could use it out in public.

Tom decided to try again with a different plant. "Venenum Hortus!" He did the tree wand movement and watched as this time the haze turned yellow around near the plant.
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Isla was happy to keep riding around on the same plant she'd been on (because let's just face it, this was fun). However, she wasn't exactly getting to where she needed to be. Besides that, the professor ended up doing something, and Isla's plant start cruising on back to the very beginning.

Noooo way!

Before it could get too far back, she raised her wand. She would have cast on the next available plant, but she was spiiiiiinning around and around. This was honestly too fun to try and move, but she had to get off this one plant at some point.

"Venenum Hortus!" she quickly shouted, pointing her wand at the plant nearest her. Ummm...how exactly was she supposed to manage that whole tree shape with all this spinning? Regardless, she tried anyway. She must have hit something, because the plant lit up in a distinct yellow color. UGHHHH. All that hard work, and all she ended up with was a plant she couldn't even use!

...and now the plant she was on was a few feet away from the starting point. "Venenum Hortus!" she shouted again. She made a super fast tree shape with her wand toward a different plant. BLUUUUUE! She jumped off the plant she was on and on to the new one. She had just enough time to watch the old plant reach the starting point before the spinning started again.

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With a loud whistle, Gus brought all of the plant pots to a halt and offered a smile at the students on them. "Unfortunately, that's all we have time for today! It's time to head back through and get your things. All of the notes from the board have been transferred to parchment and you each have a copy in the cubby with you belongings." Honestly it was the best thing he decided to do in class. They had more time for practical things than taking notes this way.

And it meant that there were no issues or complaints about not being able to understand the notes or the handwriting they were written in. Perfect uppercased consistent notes. Was he proud of himself? yes.

He ushered the students back from the plant room and into the greenhouse that was now completely empty of workstations once more. No plants to distract them with on the way out and it meant he could get the greenhouse set up for what was next on his schedule. What...actually was that????? Hm??? He'd deal with that later. Gus leaned against the desk at the front again and tucked his hands into his pockets. "You're welcome to continue practicing the spell in the greenhouses during your free time. However, working with poisonous plants will require my permission and supervision if you are a fourth year or below. I'll update my schedule on the noticeboard for the next few weeks with my availability for that." All of these things to do and he hadn't written one of them down so there was a high chance he'd forget until he got into bed at 3am and was thinking about everything that had happened in his life.

"Homework is to complete your assigned reading on attributes specific to poisonous plants. The specific pages are listed on your notes. And I'd like a one page descriptive fact file on a plant that would present itself with an orange hue when using Venenum Hortus. Due this time next week. My office hours are on the noticeboard should you need any help with that project. You're free to go!!! Enjoy the rest of your afternoons!!!" Because he couldn't wait until they were all gone and he could slip his dress shoes off and put his feet up on his desk and drink a lovely hot drink.


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You can post your characters getting their things and leaving. I'll close the thread in 12 hours.

Thanks again, and lots and lots and lots of love. <3
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As if Claudine wasn’t having enough bad luck with the activity, Rainwater increased the difficulty of it. She watched in great annoyance as some of the pots spun and head back towards the starting point. There was no way she was going to make it to the other side of the room in five minutes. Especially since the next spells she cast revealed a series of red plants.

Drat it.

“Venenum Hortus.’’ Red.

“Venenum Hortus.’’ Red.

And suddenly the pots quit moving. This meant the lesson was over. Claudine was both relieved and annoyed. Quickly she hopped off her pot and moved to collect her belongings. A mental note was made the homework. And with nothing more productive to do, she slipped away without a word to anyone.
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