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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: 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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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 07:46 pm (UTC)
[Blaise's smile is almost coy,] Oh, it's not discipline I have a problem with, it's just that I stay on top of my school work and, really, the work isn't all that hard. [He shrugs lightly,] If I'm being honest a lot of times I'm not challenged in your class either - then again, I share the period with Longbottom and Potter so it's not surprising.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 07:54 pm (UTC)
[Severus frowns]

Perhaps I should exert myself when it comes to your lessons in particular. Talent such as yours should be nurtured.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-16 08:01 pm (UTC)
[Blaise smiles,] Your classes are very well run, and more challenging than most - I just. enjoy potions too much I suppose. But. [He flushes a little, toying with his tea cup before taking a quick sip.] Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-16 08:04 pm (UTC)
[Severus nods slightly]

You're welcome.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-19 05:25 pm (UTC)
[Blaise's smile turns a bit shy and he takes another sip of his tea,] Are you working on anything fun?
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-09-20 08:39 am (UTC)
[Severus frowns in thought]

Unfortunately, not at the moment. I'm brewing the Wolvesbane potion, and the delicacy and control necessary to prepare it properly does not lend itself well to other projects.

[Severus smirks, a thin-lipped expression]

Wolvesbane is a jealous potion.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-09-20 10:48 am (UTC)
[Blaise laughs, smiling a bit at Severus,] Well then, I suppose it's a good thing you're devoted.
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