Madeleine Tennant

March 18, 2020, 12:50 p.m.

The better to see you with!

What a silly thing to say! Anyone could bake. It was just like Potions. As long as you could read (to follow a recipe) and count (to measure things), you were all set. Leo was a seventh year so he definitely knew how to read and count, even if he wasn’t taking Potions. And luckily, Leo had a positive attitude and was eager to learn. Madeleine would have him baking in no time!

She puffed out her chest proudly when he called her a really great teacher. Madeleine thought she would love to be a teacher someday, if she wasn’t busy being a magizoologist or an artist or a writer or an actress or a detective. She had a lot of experience being a student, which she thought would make her a good teacher because she knew what worked. Example: the teacher doing a soliloquy only worked if the teacher was a really good storyteller, like Aaron-Dad and Professor Boot. In her school before RMI, Madeleine had had some teachers who she’d bet didn’t even do the voices when they read stories out loud. But RMI’s professors were a lot better at that and Madeleine never got bored in her classes now.

“Yes, I am,” Madeleine reassured Leo, wanting him to feel better. The seventh-year seemed really bummed out about not knowing how to bake, but you really shouldn’t feel bad about not knowing how to do something. Nobody was born knowing how to do anything, so everything you knew just depended on who was around and what they could teach you. “It’s okay that you’re a baking novice. I’ll be your baking mentor!”

Hmm, where to start? Madeleine wanted to pick something easy to start with, to build up Loe’s confidence with success. That was something that good teachers did. “Let’s make cookies,” she proposed, after some fingers-drumming thought. Caramel apples were probably the easiest, because all you had to do was dip the apple in the caramel, but Madeleine was the best at cookies, and they were more fun to eat than caramel apples because they didn’t get stickiness all over your face and hair.

“I’ll get the ingredients and you can get the supplies. We need two mixing bowls and a whisk and a spoon, and also some of the cookie cutters. You can pick the shapes,” she said magnanimously. Getting to choose the cookie cutters was a treat but Leo definitely deserved it.

Madeleine scooted on up to the table with the ingredients and got what they needed for sugar cookies and icing, including a big box of food coloring so they could do whatever design Leo wanted. Maybe a pumpkin or a bat or something! “What did you get?” she asked eagerly when they had both returned to their table, already dreaming up decorations. “You’re a Lyra,” Madeleine observed, “and I love making art so I’m sure we can come up with something awesome.”

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