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Tea With Severus; around 6 pm Friday evening [Sep. 10th, 2004|07:58 am]
In the center of the storm

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[Blaise straightens the collar on his robe one last time before heading down to the common room. Pansy and Draco are fighting, again, and no one pays him much attention as he slips out of the portrait hole and begins making his way to the Potions Master's office.

Once there he runs a hand through his hair, tries to squash down on the nervous-excited jitters that always seem to accompany these teas and knocks at what appears to be a random spot on the stone wall.]
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 03:05 pm (UTC)
[Severus looks curiously at Blaise]

It is hardly feasible for me to think about accepting an apprentice while I am a professor at this school, Blaise.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 03:13 pm (UTC)
[Blaise flushes darker, ducking his head again and nodding.] Of course, that was silly of me. [He chews his lip, debating with himself for a moment before asking,] Do you know anyone who. might be? Later, after graduation? Or even for a summer internship? [He doesn't really want to study under anyone else, but he has to do something once he leaves Hogwarts.]
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 05:20 pm (UTC)
[Severus tilts his head thoughtfully]

Several come to mind. Is there any particular place you wish to be?
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 05:24 pm (UTC)
[Without really thinking,] Here, [softer] with you.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 05:33 pm (UTC)
[Severus goes completely still.]

I'm, ah. Flattered that you hold me in such high esteem.

[Slightly softer] There are several potion professors in my aquaintance whom I believe you will get along with quite well.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 05:38 pm (UTC)
[Blaise frowns in a manner that could be considered pouting.] But you're the best and I know you and you know me and I'm sa -- I like it at Hogwarts. And I could do all the little things for you and it would. give you more free time to. to write scathing comments on first year Hufflepuff essays or. whatever.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 05:48 pm (UTC)
[Severus arches an eyebrow and smirks]

I do not need any time for scathing comments. I make it a substantial part of my daily routine.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 05:49 pm (UTC)
[Blaise chuckles, though their's still a decidedly disappointed tilt to his mouth,] Of course, how silly of me.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 06:00 pm (UTC)
[Severus' smirk deepens]

I am accustomed to dealing with silly children.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 06:03 pm (UTC)
[Blaise flinches slightly, flushing, and takes a drink of his tea. He looks away from Severus, into the fire and says,] It's no wonder then, that you don't want to take on an apprentice.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 06:10 pm (UTC)
[Severus ponders his next comment]

It isn't that I have no wish to take you, it is simply that I do not have the time to adequately consider your tutelage.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 06:13 pm (UTC)
[Blaise shrugs, still looking into the fire,] It's okay, I knew that you wouldn't want -- be able to. I just. wanted to ask, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 06:18 pm (UTC)
[Severus strokes the side of his tea cup unconsciously again]

Perhaps...

[He looks at Blaise speculatively]

We might test your knowledge and abilities for a short period of time, and see if we suit each other. Albus might reduce my professorial duties if I had more important matters to attend.


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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 06:22 pm (UTC)
[The corners of Blaise's lips twitch and he looks back at Severus, softly,] Is that a maybe?
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 06:30 pm (UTC)
It is a trial, if you will. If your performance is not adequate, we will consider it a failed experiment.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 06:33 pm (UTC)
[Blaise smirks,] Have my performance ever been less than stellar?
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 06:38 pm (UTC)
[Severus smirks again]

In potions? No.

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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 06:40 pm (UTC)
[Blaise smiles softly, knowing that, from Severus, it's a compliment.] I'll still work extra hard though, [he says, trying to clamp down on his excitment and leaning forward a bit,] and I'll make sure none of my other marks drop and really, you wouldn't regret it, I promise.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 06:44 pm (UTC)
[Indulgently] I have always expected a great deal from you, Blaise, and you have not failed me yet. I don't expect you to now.



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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 07:13 pm (UTC)
[Blaise flushes from the praise.] And you wonder why I don't want to study under anyone else.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 07:17 pm (UTC)
[Severus refills his teacup]

I am curious, actually. I'm not precisely the easiest taskmaster, and it could be quite stressful for you to retain appropriate marks in your other classes and satisfy my exacting demands.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 07:20 pm (UTC)
[Blaise laughs,] I'm actually looking forward to it. And my schoolwork is easy, I'm not worried about it.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 07:22 pm (UTC)
[Severus arches his eyebrow]

N.E.W.T. courses are easy, are they? Perhaps I should speak to your other professors, as they are obviously not challenging you.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 07:34 pm (UTC)
[Blaise smiles, shrugging. He doesn't think he's been in this good a mood in months.] Maybe you should, or maybe they just don't have your. exacting standards.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 07:41 pm (UTC)
[Severus smirks]

Shall I tell them you have a problem with discipline? I'm sure Professor McGonagall would be appalled to know of a Slytherin who isn't being challenged. Idle hands, and all that.
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