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May 5th, 1890 — An empty classroom in the dungeons

It was rarely a struggle to tutor other Hufflepuffs. Most were relatively friendly and easy enough to work with, and the first years were usually particularly eager to learn. Now approaching her seventh year, she'd finally gained the confidence to be the first to offer to help... assuming help was needed in a subject she'd thoroughly studied. Only taking three classes left her with a lot of time on her hands—time that, if not spent studying, was dedicated to fulfilling her prefect duties or club activities.

"So tell me... Miss O'Malley," she said, sifting through her stack of supplies in search of an unblemished piece of parchment. It always helped to have a clean sheet; it made her want to look at her notes more, and she suspected it would help the little redhead. "What part of History do you struggle with? The readings? The essays? Or is the comprehension itself?" She tried not to judge, but she held the intrinsic belief that all the heavy-reading classes were difficult for the poorer students. They couldn't possibly have had the same exposure to book that she'd had.
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Things between Alina and Artemis had been tense over the last few weeks. Miss Fairchild being a hint more busy in terms of spending more time with her sister, and Alina not taking such a change very well. She had to keep up on her tutoring. Pop ins with another family's governess lessons and a couple tutoring sessions were not enough for Alina's standards. She was a determined little wench.

Heavy reading and writing classes were a legitimate struggle for Alina. While she was better off than most of her situation, with all that endless additional waking hours to get some learning in to an already busy work day since the day her ma could no longer teach her all she knew. Mrs. Binns had seen some kind of spark in her. So when Alina was not busy working, which was often, she was busy learning. That didn't mean she had the ability to show up for every lesson. "Readings, and the essays. And understanding the really big words." It was hard on multiple spells as well. Those complicated wordings and complex - yet similar - words. Hufflepuffs drove her nuts, but Alina was absolutely trying to play nice so she could get the help she wanted.



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