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Temporal Arts and Theorem Class

Posted on Sunday, 12th of August, 2012 @ 8:08pm by Professor Margaret (Maggie) MacAulay & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins

Mission: New Semester
Location: Tempora

To say, that after several months of temporal theorem being not on the class manifest, due to exceptionally odd, and unique, reasoning, and then, just as inexplicably, re-added, was likely as much a shock to some of the others, as it was to Alena, and Muriel.

"What do you think, he's going to actually teach us, today?" Muriel asked. "Sometimes, I think he just has students, because he can't stand talking, without having someone to listen-"

Muriel stopped short, looking at the painting. Instead of the more mundane, and simplistic paintings, there was an oddly dressed woman, within the canvas, who appeared to be... crafting a masterpiece. Of a school room. The stones looked almost real. Her attention to detail was amazing.

"Quite. I rather like that. It almost looks like it's not a bloody prison in here." The professor's voice came through the painting's window.

Alena walked right into Emily Williams, literally, and Kelly Smythe, who was just present. "Oi. Watch where you going, Williams." Alena said, annoyed.

"Alena! I thought I heard the sound of something lighting on fire." Professor Fray said, turning to the entry to the portrait.

Jennifer and Fiona walked up just in time to hear the professor comment. They smiled at the other two and waited for them to enter the painting as they were first to arrive.

Emily scowled at Alena. "If I ever had a TARDIS. I would so send you into the time rift..." she muttered to herself.

"It wouldn't work, you know." The professor noted. "Time rifts don't work like that. If you through her through a time rift, you'd just create either a paradox, or an alternate dimension, and then this dimension would have to deal with an alternate-universe Alena, because in some alternate universe, alternate you would do the same thing with her, and when an object transcends a dimensional boundary, in that manner, time tends to equalize things. Not always in the way you would like, either."

"In other words," MacAulay said, walking up behind the girls, "don't play around with time."

"Quite, Professor." The man in the painting said, nodding. "Quite, indeed."

Reginald walked into the painting with a slight smile on his face. He had usually walked into this class with a sort of dread, but lately he rather enjoyed going to classes. Even found the time to actually pay attention in some. He walked to where he saw Jennifer and sat down next her. "Hey." He smirked as he nudged her slightly with a smile on his face.

Jennifer's eyes lit up when she saw Reg. "Hi."

Maggie took a seat in the back so she would be less obtrusive.

"Now then, how many of you have given temporal arts, and theorem, the slightest thought, since my departure?" Gallen asked the collected students.

"On rare occasions, time turners have been allowed to assist with class overload," Maggie said. "Since your last class, I've wondered about the consequences of such use -- beyond the obvious, of course. Could there be compounded consequences to their continued use?"

"To my knowledge, professor, the collection of time turners that the ministry had in their possession were destroyed after that incident, so your concerns are less than relevant, however, the concerns and consequences one would have, would be rather lengthy, to list." Gallen said.

"Quite." The new woman said. "The Ministry of magic did, in fact, destroy all time turners, after their use assisted in the escape of an escaped convict. The re-manufacture of said devices, is, if I have our time-frame roughly appropriate, banned, and punishable by death."

"But," Gallen said, "that is not all the consequences involved. For example, if the item was stolen, by the wrong person, using he-who-must-not-be-named, as an example, then everything we know as fact could have been redacted. There is also a question, as to the eventually compound consequences, that each change made, would have, on time, and space, as a whole."

"Not to mention, that if you did just the wrong thing, at just the right time, you could end up stopping the very chain of events that caused you to go back in time, in the first place." The new woman added.

"Quite." Gallen said, nodding. "However, that incident, Professor MacAuley, is what is known as predestined time travel, or events that had to happen. You can tell, by the witness accounts, which involved the person who traveled backwards in time, witness things that they realized they, themselves, did, after traveling back in time."

"There is no such thing as predestined time travel." The woman said sharply.

"There is, in fact." Gallen said. "Otherwise, there could be no such thing as fixed time points, and we'd all probably have fallen to doom, already."

"What do you mean, by that?" The woman demanded.

"Tut, tut." Gallen said, waving his finger at the woman. "That'll be covered in today's class."

Time turners had not been outlawed, at least not in the present time. Maggie wondered if they would be at some future time. She wasn't, however, going to mention that to the professor. It wasn't pertinent to the lesson, nor was it information she wanted readily available to the other students. Nor did she want them to know that she herself had several time tuners not listed with the Ministry. They'd been acquired privately and she wished to keep it that way.

"Now, let's begin today's lesson," Fray said, taking his place at the front of the class.

OFF

Professor Gallen Fray
Alana Ignatova
Muriel
Emily Williams
Kelly Smythe
Jennifer Collins
Fiona MacLeod
Reginald Price
Professor Margaret MacAulay

 

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