Post by Deleted on Sept 4, 2020 2:33:44 GMT -7
It was no secret that Aura was a very dedicated and ambitious student. She always submitted her homework on time, and did a thorough job of studying and preparing for exams. She knew she had big dreams and the talent to achieve them, and that almost always showed in her schoolwork.
Almost being the key word, because Aura had not been a good student for the first month of her fifth year at Hogwarts. She and Silver had decided to become animagi, and all of their free time had been dedicated to accomplishing that endeavor. Aura had stopped speaking up in class, stopped attending all her extracurriculars, and spent most of her time locked up in the Room of Requirement studying the process. But the twins had finally finished the task, and now Aura was looking to clean up all the damage from her month not-being-quite-herself. That meant apologizing to her Quidditch captain on her knees and dutifully attending every practice. That meant kicking up her dedication to her prefect duties and watching out for rule-breaking. And that meant cleaning up her reputation in class and seeking extra credit opportunities.
Aura had begun participating in every class again and taking her studies seriously. But she also wanted to speak to her professors individually, to look for opportunities to excel without exactly explaining why she hadn’t done so well in September. It was a tricky balance, but asking for extra credit seemed like the right way to go about it. She’d done so in just about every class, but…she’d been procrastinating doing it for DADA. Professor Zabini was, in a nutshell, intimidating. She might go so far as to say scary at times. He was an impressive wizard, and extremely strict in class. It made Aura nervous to speak to him outside of class, for fear he might uncover more than she wanted him to, but… Show no fear, she reminded herself as she hung back after class one afternoon.
It had been grueling, naturally, as the fifth-years were getting ready to tackle their OWL year. But Aura was bright-eyed and finally ready to approach the professor about doing better in class. Silver knew about her plan, so he left with the rest of the students as Aura lingered to approach the teacher’s desk. She had her book bag slung over her shoulder, and she cleared her throat to prepare herself as she fidgeted with the strap. “Professor Zabini.” Good, her voice had come out nice and clear. Aura opted to get straight to the point instead of wasting precious time with ridiculous small talk. “Do you ever assign extra credit assignments for interested students?”
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