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Tea With Blaise; around 6 pm Friday evening [Sep. 24th, 2004|05:43 pm]
In the center of the storm

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[Severus is wearing a deeper than usual scowl as he stirs a simmering cauldron, adding a dash of several herbs sitting in neat rows to his right. He slams down the ladle and glares at the potion as though that will complete it faster.]
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-02 02:00 pm (UTC)
[Blaise jumps outside the door, startled by a loud sound from within. He takes a deep breath, steeling himself for Severus' bad mood. He knocks, wondering if he'll even be allowed to stay.]
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-03 12:29 pm (UTC)
Come in.

[Severus relents his Boil-Damn-You stare as he realizes that if the potion boils too soon, it will be ruined and he'll have to begin all over again.]
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-05 06:40 pm (UTC)
[Blaise steps into Severus' office, moving cautiously. Voice soft, pleasant and soothing,] Good Evening, Professor.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-06 10:18 am (UTC)
If it has been a good evening for you, I am exceedingly envious.

[Severus steps away from his work table, rolling his shoulders slightly in an attempt to ease his tension.]

But you provide a welcome distraction.

[With a quick, judging glance at his potion, Severus washes his hands and rings a small bell. A house elf quickly appears with tea and buscuits, and vanishes immediately afterward. He gestures toward the fire.]

If you will.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-06 12:57 pm (UTC)
[Blaise chuckles slightly,] I didn't think you allowed for distractions, [He says, walking over to his chair.]
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-07 10:41 am (UTC)
[Severus sits in his own chair and arches an eyebrow as he looks at Blaise.] Everyone needs a distraction occasionally. Even I. [He scowls] Especially dealing with temperamental potions.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-08 07:24 am (UTC)
[Blaise glances over at the potion in question, looks back at Severus,] What are you making?
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-08 10:02 am (UTC)
[Severus remains silent as he pours their tea.] An experimental potion--it's an idea I've been toying with for several months. I would be working on additions to the wolvesbane potion, but... [A smirk tugs at the corner of his mouth] I've already added chaparral, and I have no wish for Lupin to be suspicious. [His smirk deepens as he relives the look on Lupin's face.] I do hope it was especially awful.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-09 08:05 pm (UTC)
[Blaise laughs, looking at Severus like he wishes he didn't believe him.] So it's personal work, then? [He asks, trying not to wonder if the Professor spoke with Dumbledore about his apprenticeship.]
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-11 10:12 am (UTC)
I suppose you could say that--I've been attempting to infuse certain qualities of wandwork into a potion. Take Wingardium Leviosa, although that is a simple example. If I could find some way to infuse that charm into a potion, then you wouldn't necessarily need your wand to cast the spell. [Severus stares at his tea] It hasn't been approved by the Ministry, as of yet--but it's much more challenging than the drivel the Experimental Potions Department sends me to correct.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-11 11:33 am (UTC)
[Blaise straightens, nodding thoughtfully,] But. Couldn't Muggles use them then as well, if they got their hands on them?
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-12 10:32 am (UTC)
[Severus inclines his head] Although I have not had the opportunity to perform any experiments, it is theoretically possible. I was considering finding a way to personalize it for those with magical blood--or simply keeping it for my own private use.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-12 11:38 am (UTC)
[Blaise chews his lip, mulling it over. He sips his tea and, after a moment, says, simply] Interesting.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-12 11:46 am (UTC)
[Severus settles back in his chair] I believe the idea has merit. [His eyes darken, and he shoots another look at his simmering cauldron] Although, at the moment, it is infuriatingly uncooperative.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-12 01:18 pm (UTC)
[Blaise tilts his head,] How do you mean?
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-13 10:38 am (UTC)
[Severus shakes his head] I haven't yet been able to find a stabilizing agent, so my measurements are not as... precise as I would like. Herbs that work well together in theory react violently in actual practice.

[Severus shrugs]

It's of little concern, as I'm sure I'll be able to solve its inadequacies if I had more time.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-13 11:40 am (UTC)
[Blaise pauses, then says tentatively,] Did you. Speak with Dumbledore?
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-14 10:13 am (UTC)
[Severus smirks--he wondered how long it would take Blaise to broach the subject--and clears his expression]

I did speak to the headmaster about you. He said he would consider it, but was worried about the constraints on my time, as I normally have a great deal to do and could not always devote myself to your potions education.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-14 10:26 am (UTC)
But, [Blaise frowns,] Isn't that what you already are doing - essentially, I mean? Devoting yourself to all of our Potions education? Besides, I can be of help, I promise.
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-14 10:33 am (UTC)
Blaise, I don't doubt your usefulness. However, an apprenticeship is extraordinarily difficult and time consuming, if you wish to learn correctly. As for my... responsibilities... I have a great many that do not concern the children at this school.

When the headmaster gives me an answer, Blaise, I shall let you know.
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-14 10:36 am (UTC)
[Blaise looks down, nods. He's already giving up on the idea,] Thank you anyway, sir, [He murmurs, sipping his tea.]
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-14 10:38 am (UTC)
[Severus watches Blaise silently, sipping his tea.]
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-14 10:49 am (UTC)
[Blaise chews his lip, thinking random thoughts and drinking his tea. He doesn't realize he's finished it until his brings it to his lips and there's nothing in it. Frowning, he tries to decide if he should ask for more or just call it a night. It doesn't seem either of them are the best company tonight.]
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[User Picture]From: stopper_death
2004-10-14 11:02 am (UTC)
[Severus pours himself another cup of tea, musing quietly to himself. Hemlock jumps on his lap and he absently scratches behind her ears. Abruptly, he says] What are the ingredients and effects of Gero Juice?
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[User Picture]From: stained_images
2004-10-14 11:11 am (UTC)
[Blaise blinks, surprised, but answers automatically,] Gero Juice is composed mostly of Malaclaw shells, dried nettles and powdered ginger. It's effects being that the drinker becomes incredibly unlucky. It's prohibeted due to abuse by gamblers, and an overdose causes the drinker to grow purple ear.
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