Jahx Yes, I’m having a devil of time keeping the boys focused on their studies. They all want to be outside.
Arinda I’ve been taking mine outside to begin our work on the botanical life cycles.
Jahx How are they doing?
Arinda Not as well as I’d like. They keep collecting stuff and making crude potions trying to do silly things like turn each other purple, or grow bat wings, or something.
Jahx You don’t encourage this behavior, do you?
Arinda Of course I don’t! What’s that supposed to mean?
Jahx Nothing. Just want to make sure that you’re keeping control over your class. Don’t want them to get the better of you.
Arinda And why would you leap to that conclusion? Do I look like I can’t keep control of my class?
Jahx I didn’t mean anything by it, Arinda, I was just saying…
Arinda What? Saying what? That I’m too big an ignorant weakling to know what I’m doing? I’d like to remind you, buddy, that I scored higher on my Master exam than you did!
Jahx Well, you’re exam board was a bit prejudice, but be that as it may…
Nathan Oh, Jahx… no. You’re in for it now.
Arinda My exam board… my exam board gave me hell! They were tougher on me, if anything, and I’d like to see you score perfect marks with Cristov glaring you down!
Jahx My exams where just as tough as yours… probably more so because I was going to be a real Master.
Nathan Are you trying to commit suicide?
Arinda Yeah? How’d you like nice pair of bat wings, you big buffoon?
Jahx I think they’d fit better on you. Ow! Hey!!! Stop it, you crazy woman!!!
Arinda You can sleep in your study!
Nathan Are you ever going to learn to zip it, Jahx?
Jahx How am I supposed to deal with such an unreasonable wench?
Arinda WHAT?!?I’m unreasonable?
Nathan Jahx, I despair of you I truly do.
Jahx Well, she is!
Nathan SHUT UP, Jahx, before she turns you into something.
Jahx Don’t give her any … ***squeak*** ***squeak squeak squak******squeak squeak*** ***squeak squeak squak squak squak squawk ***
Nathan Turn him back, Rinda.
Arinda Don’t want to. He was insolent.
Nathan Turn him back, or I’m telling Cristov.
Arinda Fine! Telltale!
Jahx DON’T DO THAT AGAIN, YOU EVIL ***squak***!
Nathan OK, not that I blame you, but cut that out!
Arinda He asked for it.
Nathan ***sigh*** Fair enough.
The Mage Sister So… stormy in places, would you say?
Nathan You might say that.