Taking a quick sip of her tea, Dom burned her tongue slightly and gasped in pain, putting her cup down quickly. Why did she always do that? Letting her mouth cool for a second, she responded to the Professor’s comment.
“No sugar? Blimey, I could never,” she said and breathed out dramatically, still trying to stop the burn on her tongue, “but I don’t think they will mind- the elves are insanely nice here. Sometimes I think they’re nicer that the people,” she said and smiled at Professor Song.
As the teacher explained the Tarot Cards to her, Dom decided it sounded easy enough and took the deck enthusiastically from her. Wondering what exactly the cards would say- and whether or not the reading would make her feel completely ridiculous, Dom shuffled them a few times and then chose three cards at random. Handing them to the Professor, she sat back and waited to hear the analysis.
“Are you okay!?” Shayla asked, concerned when Dominique burned her tongue. “Sometimes you have to wait a while while the tea cools. I used to have to wait forever!” Her first time trying tea was disastrous, in fact. When she tried to drink it, it burnt her tongue, then by the time she got up the courage to drink it again, it was cold.
“Really?” she questioned at the next comment, “I don’t really care for sugar in my tea… Most people I know don’t.” Perhaps it was an “old” people thing. “Anyway, yes, the elves are so friendly! And they never ratted me or my friends out when we’d go there for a midnight snack.” Usually she didn’t talk about her troublemaking as a student, but she figured all the students snuck out at some point, so they probably assumed that she had snuck out of the dorms at one point anyway.
“Well, it looks like there’s both conflict and adventure in your future. Are you going on the school trip to Romania?” This was definitely what the cards could have meant by adventure, like her tea leaves had told her not too long ago. What was more interesting was the conflict part. “Unfortunately, it looks like this conflict won’t go away easily,” she continued, “but if you lose your temper over things, it’ll only make matters worse.” Well, that didn’t sound too good. Shayla wished she could’ve given a more happy prediction.
Scorpius had gotten bored after having an jam packed afternoon hanging out with Rose and Roxanne. He decided that it was nearing 6 o’clock and he had to get his paper in for Professor Song but he did not understand any of it. The typical Scorpius would just leave it and not care, but he was bored and Professor Song was rather good-looking for a teacher and a red-head, so he decided to get some help.
He walked out of the common room and started his long treck up to her office. It was a quiet evening, not to many people about, just some odd students. He breathed in the fresh air as he made it up from the dungeons. He finally made it there after what seemed like hours. He breathed a sigh of relive and knocked on the door.
The professor hadn’t gotten much reading done before she heard a knock on the door; it must have been Mr. Malfoy! “Coming!” She said, putting her book away and going to open the door of her office. It was indeed the Slytherin student, “Hello, Mr. Malfoy!” Shayla smiled at him and began walking back to her desk. “How are you? … Other than confused about your paper.”
Sitting down at her desk, she flicked her wand so that the chair across from her moved out for Scorpius to sit down, as she usually did when her students visited her office. Looking down at the parchment she had written the assignment on, she tried to figure out what the confusion could be about. Then again, what made sense to one person didn’t always make sense to others, especially when that one person was creating assignments. Differences between tarot cards and standard cards. Well, it was vague, but she had talked about the two types in relation to fortune telling in class, so she had figured it would be alright. “Was the assignment too vague?”
Taken aback a bit by Professor Song’s enthusiasm, and still not quite wide awake, Dom smiled gently and took a seat across from the woman. She knew the woman was fast talking and enthusiastic, and despite finding it a but humorous, she couldn’t help but admire the woman’s dedication to her subject. As she listened to her rattle off the different methods of reading, Dom tried to remember the basics of Divination she had picked up during her third and fourth years, but couldn’t think of what the most effective method might be.
“Oh, I’m open for anything… tarot cards sound like a pretty fun way to begin though, since those are a literal reading,” she said and went to sip her tea before Professor Song asked about adding ingredients. Dom nodded and put the cup back down, “oh, I’ll take sugar for sure! I like my tea super sweet,” she laughed. “So how do tarot readings work exactly? I’ve never had my fortune told that way,” she asked
Perhaps Shayla was being a little over enthusiastic, but she hadn’t done a reading in a while outside of her classes, and some students (mainly third years) didn’t always seem as interested. She nodded when Dominique said she wanted to use the tarot cards, “Tarot cards it is!” she opened her drawer and took out the deck, which was in fabulous condition compared to her last deck!
Before she could explain, however, she had to address the matter of the student’s tea; it was very important to be satisfied with tea, after all. Pulling out her wand again, Shayla summoned a bowl of sugar from the kitchens. “I hope the house elves won’t mind that I borrowed some sugar,” she said, putting her wand back in her pocket, “I don’t usually take sugar in my tea.”
Now back to the tarot cards. “They can work in a number of ways, depending on how you do them, but a common method is drawing three cards, which will tell you something about what will happen and, to an extent, what you should do about the situation.” The professor slid the deck towards the girl, “Now shuffle them, then draw.”
Hey guys, sorry I wasn’t on yesterday! I was busy most of the day, and today I had to work on my final project for German. I have to leave for my night class in about thirty minutes, so I don’t think I’ll be able to type up replies when I come back, seeing as I get home at ten. Anyway, just thought I’d let you know what’s going on. Hopefully I’ll be more active tomorrow. D:
There was something she was forgetting. She had graded the tests, she had responded to her mother’s letter, she had even made up the next week’s lesson plan for her fifth years, but there was something else she had to do. Glancing at her calendar hanging up on the wall, she was suddenly reminded of what was on her schedule; Scorpius Malfoy was coming for help! It was a good thing she remembered, otherwise she probably would have left her office, meaning he would have walked up from the dungeons for nothing.
“Now where did I put my notes on that assignment?” the redhead asked herself, looking through her desk drawers. Of course she knew what the assignment was, but it helped to have exactly what she had said in front of her to clear up any confusion with wording, which did happen once in a while. She hoped no one else was having trouble with the assignment. They would come to see her if they were, right?
She figured Scorpius would be there soon, so she simply sat down at her desk and pulled out a book she found about Giant Squids, which had actually turned out to be quite interesting.
Dominique yawned loudly and gazed out the window. Merlin, that had been a good nap! She had needed it- she had pretty much gone days without more than a few hours of sleep, and despite the homework that kept building up, she had decided it was a better idea to get a nap in than try to conquer it being so sleepy. Plus, she had somehow decided that meeting with Professor Song for a reading would be a good idea…
Sitting up straight, Dom grabbed the watch on her side table and glanced at the time. Luckily, she still had a bit of time to get up to the Divination Tower. Sighing in relief, she threw the blankets to the side and rubbed her eyes. She was looking forward to her reading, even though she still wasn’t quite sure she believed in that stuff. However, Shayla didn’t seem like an idiot and she had actually enjoyed speaking to the Professor, so Dom really couldn’t see the harm in getting one done.
Glancing around the room, she tried to think if she needed to bring anything with her and decided that since Professor Song hadn’t specified anything, she might as well just bring herself. Therefore, it took her only a minute to make her way out of Gryffindor Tower and off towards the Divination Tower.
The squeal of the tea pot indicated that the tea she had prepared was done, and shortly after Miss Weasley entered her room. “Excellent timing!” Shayla exclaimed with a smile, “The tea has just finished!” With a flick of her wand, the pot poured the tea into two cups. With another flick of her wand, the two cups levitated and set themselves down on her desk.
“Now there’s a couple of ways we can do your reading,” the professor began, sitting down and gesturing to the seat across from her. “I can read your palm, we can do tarot cards, the crystal ball, and of course, the tea leaves!” There were many other methods as well, but Shayla had deemed these ways the most effective for basic readings. Were she talking to a student in her class, she may have done things differently. “The tarot cards are the only things I literally read, though…” this was said more to herself than anyone else, however. It was one of the things she always thought of as odd.
“Oh, would you like any milk or sugar for your tea?” She had been so focused on getting started, she had almost forgotten her manners! She also tended to forget that others didn’t take their tea straight.
Any-time. When is best for you?
Any time after classes, really. I have time now if you’re not busy!
Well I dont get any of it so…
Oh, then yes, you should come to my office!
Is there a certain time that’s good for you?
No, I just need some help on the essay you set. Your teaching is amazing.
Oh, alright! Is it just a quick question, or do you need help in general? I would hate to have you walk all the way from the dungeons to see me for a quick question.
They are going well, but I could use some extra help in your class.
Well you can always come to my office if you have any questions! I’m always glad to help out my students!
… Unless it’s something about my teaching methods that’s giving you trouble. In any case, stop by any time you want!