Falling under her spell?

Professor Lark is a charming woman.


Once he was alone, Logan sat down on the couch, near the window and stared out. He took a deep, steadying breath. The school grounds were lovely. From this window, he could see the building that housed the horses that the students rode, as well as those that pulled the school’s carriages. The horses themselves were running in a pasture outside the stable.

For a while, he merely stared out the window. Then, he felt the couch shift and glanced to his right. A woman had settled down beside him. She was nearly his age and rather lovely, in a feminine way. She gave him a faint smile.

“You looked like you were in a daze when Keenan introduced you,” she said, her voice low and musical. “I’m Athena Lark. I teach Captivations.”

Logan felt his cheeks warm and nodded. “Nice to meet you… again, I suppose,” he said.

Professor Lark shrugged. “I’m not sure what course it was that Keenan said you’d be teaching,” she said, leaning forward slightly.

Something about her made Logan feel warm. Perhaps it had something to do with being a charms master. He cleared his throat and then smiled faintly. “Honestly, I don’t know if he even said,” he replied. Shrugging, he added, “I’m to be teaching Theoretical Magic.”

“Ah, so you’re replacing Professor Gildheim, then,” she said, smiling brightly. “It’s nice to know they found someone to take his post, in spite of what happened.”

Logan frowned. He hadn’t heard that anything happened to his predecessor. All he’d heard from Keenan was that the man had gone extended leave. “Medical leave,” he said, when he realized what Keenan had meant.

Nodding, Professor Lark said, “It was near the end of last term.” Her brows furrowed and she shook her head. “Some sort of monster attacked him. Professor Gardener said he very likely wouldn’t recover enough to return to his duties.”

“He’s lucky to be alive at all,” another professor said, nodding.


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