Now that it’s autumn in-universe, the Goth Kids are back in school! Time for the next part of their subplot. Plus some sidelong worldbuilding about “the kind of classwork you get in a fantasy world.”
Over on the But I’m A Cat Person reruns, I’ve annotated through the first appearance of the Excitable Teenage Furries. Which reminded me that I repurposed their designs for Leif & Thorn, waaaaay back in the Fish Story arc, and could always use them again.
So now Fox is officially a trans boy in this canon too. (He’s of Sønheic descent, but he’s a Ceannic national, so he went ahead and picked a regular Ceannic name.)
Oh, and Hazel has a canon last name, because I couldn’t sidestep coming up with one anymore.
Teacher (offscreen): Students with an affinity for Nature spirits: if you can coax them to do a demonstration, you can get extra credit.
Everyone else, don’t worry! You’ll get a passing grade as long as you can show you understand the theory. Any last-minute questions before the bell? Too bad we don’t have any full-fledged magical girls in the classroom this year . . . then we’d have some real fireworks . . .
Hazel: Hi, Tilda?
Foxglove: It’s Foxglove now.
Hazel: Right. Foxglove.
Foxglove: Look, Hazel — I don’t think you’re a bad person, okay? So I could forgive you — for that thing you did — if you make a really good apology.
Hazel: . . . I’m sorry I forgot to call you Foxglove?
Foxglove: Well, if you’re just going to make fun of me, then I’m sorry I even asked!
Hazel (thinking): . . . I knew I have trouble hitting the right tone sometimes, but I didn’t know it was this bad.