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Professor Narsinghani

Am I making a fool of myself? I hope so.

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Hogwarts hated him.

 

This he knew to be true. He had he gotten lost six times trying to find the way to the last class he had to sub. Plus, he was almost positive the building was hiding all the bathrooms on him because he hadn’t seen one all day.

 

Granted it might have had something to do with the fact that he’d not had time to adjust to his new surroundings before being forced into them, but he preferred the one where the building was sentient and had a vendetta.

 

“If was so much easier at the Academy. None of our stairs moved.” He groaned to whoever managed to find themselves in the unlucky position of being in the staff room with him. He plopped himself down in an empty chair and let his head land with a ‘clunk’ against the table.

 

He hefted a deep sigh. This had to be his punishment for attending a school outside of the country. The castle had to realize that it hadn’t been his choice to do that, right? It wasn’t like he had a personal vendetta against her or anything.

 

“Are, like, most of the staff here old Hogwarts alumnus?” He asked, lifting his head up to address the room, “Is that why the castle doesn’t hate you?”

 

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Hogwarts was home.

 

This was a truth Kasper had always known. Sure, his parents' house had been a wonderful place to live and he'd had loads of opportunities growing up there, but Hogwarts had always felt more like home than anything else. The corridors were familiar, the portraits the same. Hell, even the ghosts were just as rowdy as they'd been when he had been in school. And the Common Room was still as cozy and warm as he remembered.

 

Basically, Kasper was pleased as punch to be back within the familiar castle after spending the past twenty-something years traveling the globe with nothing but two enchanted trunks to his name. He glanced up when he heard Sam come in with a complaint, chuckling. "That might be the reason for it, yeah," he chuckled, tapping his fingers on the table between them. 

 

"Maybe it's just because you're not familiar with the layout, so they think it's fun messing with you," he added thoughtfully. "That's it, I'll bet. You just need a proper tour of the castle, so it can stop turning you around all sorts of ways." Kasper remembered his own experiences as a student of getting lost in the nooks and crannies of the castle. 

 

Pushing off the table with a loud scrape of his chair against the stone floor, Kasper stood up and gestured for Sam to stand as well. Like the poor guy hadn't probably just been wandering the halls. "C'mon, I'll give you the tour and you can get familiar with the place." Because they were both new teachers, and they should stick together. 

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How did this place not have a map? Or, like, at least a floor plan.

 

That would have made it easier for people who didn't know the area to get around. Like new students, new teachers, visitors, unwanted guests... yeah, that was probably why they didn't have those. The odd assembly of the castle probably saved a lot of people. No murderer would be able to navigate the place to kill them.

 

"A tour? Like with walking?" Sam complained. His whine was high-pitched sounded the same as it had when he was as young as the students he would be teaching. It was almost as if he was managing to re-enact what a real fist day at Hogwarts might feel like. Even though he'd been making a fuss, he rose from the table at Kasper's gesture.

 

Sure, Samaksh was over dramatic and a little bourgeois. However, that didn't mean he was going to turn down a perfectly good offer from a pretty decent person. He might have even called them friends, but only if Kas said it first so that Sam wouldn't accidentally make himself look uncool.

 

"Can you at least show me a bathroom first?" He asked, "I've had to pee for like a week."

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A map would probably have been far too kind to the students and staff of Hogwarts, and Kasper had learned to make do and try to find his way. Some students in the past had left little notes on the walls to try and help find their way, but those usually got cleaned away after a few months when someone finally found it. Still, all one needed was a decent enough knowledge of its nook and crannies. 

 

"Yes, with walking. You can do it, I have faith in you," he said with a grin, clapping his hands quickly. The man did stand, thankfully, so Kasper just beamed and started for the door. At his question, Kas paused, glancing over at him. "You haven't peed in a week?" he asked, horrified. He doubted it, but also ... well, he wouldn't put it past the castle. "The closest one is this way," Kasper said, worry lacing his voice a bit as he led Sam to the nearest bathroom.

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Exaggeration was a man's best friend. Or, well, it was if that man was Samaksh Narsinghani. So perhaps a week had been a bit of an over dramatization, but when you had to go a minute felt like an eternity. Therefore had he really lied? Wasn't time a made up fallacy anyway? Either way, he kept his mouth shut and let the other man lead him to the bathroom.

 

Once finished with the most important part of the tour (at least according to Sam), he was ready to proceed with the other bits of it. It would be nice to see something other than grey walls and horrifying drop offs. He dried his hands on his pants as they left the vicinity of the only bathroom he would ever know the location of.

 

"So, you went here as a kid then?" Sam asked, the question rhetorical which was why he didn't wait for an appropriate answer before continuing, "Did you have a cool hiding spot you and your friends met up at?"

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The best part about being grown ups was that they were allowed to exaggerate as much as possible and it was seen as clever, rather than overdramatic. So really, Kasper was more than happy to let himself believe that Sam hadn't peed since he got to the school. He had waited outside, bathroom etiquette making it slightly awkward for him to wait around while Sam did his business.

 

Once they were both back in the corridor, Kasper grinned and began the rest of the tour. "I didn't. We mostly hung out in the dueling chamber, taking turns dueling and heckling each other," he said, chuckling. "We were a bit rowdy." But they had been a group of mostly boys, why shouldn't they be rowdy?

 

"What was your school like?" Kasper had met a few people who had gone to other wizarding schools, but he always liked listening to the stories of the different schools. 

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Hogwarts was a peculiar school. The founders had laid claim to an isolated castle in the highlands of Scotland, which was a bit remote for Sam's liking, but considering the time in which it was founded, everything was probably remote. He did have to wonder if the forest had been there all along, and if they'd called it forbidden back then too.

 

Fingers gently brushed against the stone wall as they'd walked, his mind was wondering but he'd kept one ear on Althaus. The dueling chamber had been a bit of a let down. He'd expected there to have been a secret clubhouse somewhere they all met or a cool alcove they'd carved their names into.

 

Kasper's question came as a bit of a surprise to him. People tended not to ask much about his schooling. Most of them, in fact, had been under the assumption that he too was a Hogwarts alumnus come back to relive their glory days. "Oh, um, the Institute was," He paused, attempting to find the best word to describe the place he'd considered home for seven years, "different."

 

Elaboration on that word was probably to be expected by his tour guide. People didn't typically accept one word answers like that, and Sam wanted to share more, he just had to flip through his memories to think of something that might interest Kas. "Back when I went there, we called it golamaal. Kind of like chaos or hodgepodge." He explained, the word felt so familiar on his tongue, "They often tried to marry traditions with modern inventions. Never quite got around to making wands popular though."

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