Private You Spin Me Right Round

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This was one of Tilly’s favorite rooms. It was one of the older, dingier places, with old cracked wooden desks that might have been covered with cobwebs had she not cleaned them herself. This was one of the spots she used for a quiet moment alone when she needed a break, usually when she would rather be in her room but was choosing to avoid her RA. Some of the lights didn’t work anymore, and the ones that did hummed with effort, casting yellow light on the room, like some of the older ones did.

The bookshelves in the corner were stacked with very out-of-date textbooks, the kind with cool kids from the 90’s plastered all over them. One of the more prominent books was a biology text that featured a centaur fist bumping what appeared to be an alien, like, little gray men.

It was clear Tilly spent a lot of time here, because the furniture was arranged to her liking. The desks were pushed to the sides,parted to form little nooks and rooms in the corners. She sat in the teacher’s desk, in a surprisingly comfortable leather chair, the kind with the little wheels on the bottom. She was spinning idly in the chair, round and round she went, just killing time.

Lottie should be here soon. She’d told her to come here so they could practice some of the tricks they’d used during their duel. She was eager to learn her little switcheroo spell, and she’d brought the tomes for her portable hole, and some potion supplies in case she wanted to make the sleeping drought.
 

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Lottie prances down the near empty hallways counting each of the numbers listed above the room until finally she found the one Tilly told her to met. After their little duel in the classroom the two of them became fast friends and where eager to learn each other's magical abilities. With a hop and skip she now stands in front of the door and grasps onto the handle to swing it wide open.

"Heeeyyy Tilly! Here for today's lesson and- oh I see someone you are already in the teacher's spot!" giggled Lottie as she invites herself to the middle and greets her friend with big grin "Anyway, glad to see you~"

Lottie would then gander about the room for a bit, marveling how nice seemingly a deserted classroom was in. Hardly a spick of dust to be had and seemed have been in frequent use. The posters that where all over the walls she couldn't help but find amusement with. There was had strange mixture of colorfulness and wackiness to these posters that seem to showcase a bygone fashion trend.

"Heh... do you spend a lot of time in here? You seem pretty comfortable in this place."
remarked Lottie as she then approaches the teacher's desk.
 

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”Hey, Lottie!” Tilly greeted her, spinning her chair quickly to face her. She’d been goofing around mostly, humming a tune while she waited, but she hadn’t been here horribly long. She’d had a free period before Lottie got out of class, so she had just come here to study like normal. ”Yeah, this is usually where I hang out when I have my free period. Or, y’know, if I just need a break from the dorm.” She said, rolling the chair forward so that she sat behind the desk, folding her hands and attempting to look important. ”Step into my office.”

As she spoke, she grabbed one of the books she’d brought with her. ”I wasn’t sure if you practiced alchemy, so I figured we’d start with the portable hole. I’ll be the teacher first, since I’m the one in the chair. Then we can switch. Sound cool?” She asked, licking her pinkie to flick through the pages of her notebook, until she reached the one she was looking for. The writing was all her own handwriting.

”This one I actually made myself, so you’ll have to put up with my chicken scratch. Do you learn better by reading, like me, or do you like to try things the hands-on way?” She inquired, turning the book towards her so that she could have a peek.
 

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"Sounds cool! I'm not really all that tune with alchemy but I have a friend who is! But I'm really excited to learn that portable hole spell cause there is SO many situations where it would have be useful to have adventuring." agreed Lottie as she pulls up a seat up and peers into the pages. The handwriting was a bit messy but still legible for her to make out, heck it somewhat resembled her own handwriting if she had to be honest.

"Oh this is a spell that you created? That is amazing! I hope to one day make my own spell that is entirely my own. Mine are just... eh... borrowed and altered? But yeah I am more of a hand's on approach sort of girl. I meaning reading is good and all but I always felt magic was best learned with experience."

Lottie glazes over the details of the spell and recalled the memory of how Tilly used it against her to whoop her butt! She nods, understanding the fundamentals of the spell and leans back to her seat and pulls out her grimoire. As she opens the grimoire, there was an exact copy of Tilly's notes concerning the the portal spell... chicken scratch and all.

"So you trace out the circle with chalk and say the magical word then poof you have a hole? So you have to draw out one end and the other end can just appear anywhere you want it? Are they any sort of limitations I should know about?" asked Lottie as she then looks to Tilly for confirmation.
 

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She shrugged, spinning lazily in her chair.
”If you ever wanna learn, I’m more than happy to teach. And I’d love to teach your friend about the sleep grenade.” She said, gesturing to a bottle she’d prepared for example, sitting on the table. ”It’s come in handy more times than I can remember.”

She smiled bashfully at Lottie’s praise, waving a hand dismissively. Tilly was one of the easiest people in the world to flatter, and if it were anybody but Lottie, she’d be suspicious that she was trying to get something from her. But no, Lottie was just too sweet for this world. She couldn’t sense even an ounce of badness in her, and she’d been around a lot of that lately. ”I’m sure people have done it before me, but the spellwork is all mine.” She explained, raising an eyebrow at Lottie’s grimoire.

”Huh.” She said, staring at it. ”How did you get a book like that?” She asked, curious. She knew what it did just by looking at it, not that it was hard to figure out with just context.It reminded her of her own spellbook, where she stored most of her magical knowledge, only hers wasn’t, well, real. It resided in her library, a purely mental construct, but it seemed to behave exactly the same.

Curious.

When it came time to prepare the circle, Tilly took out a few pieces of chalk, laying them on the table and approaching the chalkboard with one. She drew a large circle, and, just as before, a hole opened up on the surface of the table, which caused the remaining piece of chalk to fall through, and directly into her hand. ”You technically don’t need the chalk. I can do it without, but it takes significantly more focus. But yes, you’re correct. You can trace the circle anywhere you like, and visualize where you’d like the other end to appear. I haven’t really played around with it much, but I know that the two surfaces need to be mostly flat. I haven’t experimented much with how far away it can be, but I can only really make the other circle appear within my line of sight.” She explained, tossing her a piece of chalk, and setting the other back on the table.
 
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"Huh? My grimoire?" piqued Lottie as she holds up her book. It was just so automatic for her to just open up her grimoire after reading something that it took her a moment to realize why Tilly would have been suddenly interested in it.

"Ohhh! I made it actually. Well partially. I did all of the bookbinding while my grandfather did most of the enchanting. Pretty much anything I have ever read it is stored in here and I ever want to reread something-" Lottie turns another page and there there was the first page of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Even the little illustration of a baby Harry Potter was on the top of the page "-boom there it is along with things like pictures or maps. I can even write my own notes in here for later reference! Pretty neat and useful~"

After that lengthy explanation, the time soon came for Lottie's lesson. She stepped back and watched as Tilly as they created their circle. As they went on about the details on how the magic worked Lottie would nod a few times.

"Ah okay." says Lottie, picking up one of the pieces of chalk on the table and walks over to one of the unused chalkboards. As she presses the chalk against the slate, she looked back to Tilly and asked "So does it matter the size of the circle when you are drawing it?"
 

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She couldn’t hide her interest at Lottie’s book, but there wasn’t really a logical way to explain why it caught her attention. Her own book(s) were a bit more difficult to use and archaic in their function. Lottie’s seemed to copy what she read exactly, where Tilly’s books tended to transcribe things in her own words. Well, her subconscious’ own words, anyways. She’d had to make some hasty corrections after her recent encounters with Shiro and Caissa, on the off chance anybody ever read her mind or something.
”That’s interesting.” She said thoughtfully, glancing at her perfect rendition of the first Harry Potter novel.

She watched Lottie prepare, pressing the chalk to the board, and tapped her chin thoughtfully at the girl’s question. ”I’m not sure. The bigger the circle, the harder it will be to pull off. I’ve only ever made one of like five feet in diameter at most. I wouldn’t recommend trying more, or your hole might intersect with one of the outer realms.” She advised, shuddering at the reminder of her encounter with the Hounds of Tindalos.
 

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"Outer realms realms? Hrmmm..." Lottie tapped her chin for a bit, theory crafting how maybe she could perhaps poke into these realms with this spell but... judged it to be a bit of an unwise idea. Especially after Tilly's shuddering at the mention of it.

"Okay well I don't think I will ever really need one that big. Say do you know if you can have part of the portal open while underwater?" questioned Lottie as she makes a perfect circle with a flick of her wrist.

"Okay so circle... then focus on a spot and-" Lottie starred at a flattish spot on the floor, furrowing her brow as she concentrated on that one spot when a magical black hole suddenly emerged. Lottie grinned at her accomplishment.

"Ah there! I did-" before she could say anything else the hole suddenly disappeared as it had come. She didn't even the chance to toss something through to test it really worked.

"Oh wow... that didn't last too long." she then looked over to Tilly and shrugged "I guess it's something you can't take your focus off of for too long. But with enough practice I'm sure I'll get as good as you with it."

She then beamed her friend a smile, then went to draw another prefect circle to try again.
 

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