|Lessons That Magic Can't Teach
Author: Last-Babylonian PM
Balthazar believes that magic is the solution to everything. But what about those lessons that magic can't help with? Dave realizes that even when he ditches out on his magic lessons, he's still learning life lessons with a fellow apprentice.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Humor - Dave S. - Chapters: 17 - Words: 23,080 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 04-07-13 - Published: 07-31-11 - id: 7238801
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Hello Sorcerer's Apprentice fans! This isn't my first fanfic in general, but it is my first for this category, so hopefully ya'll enjoy it! And if anyone notices that my OC starts to be "Mary Sue" like, please inform me so I can correct her immediately, thank you.
It was shortly after Morgana's death, and Dave was currently grumbling about the ridiculousness of having magic lessons almost every day.
"I understand that I need to practice but it's not like there's a threat to worry about," Dave mumbled as he walked through the courtyard of the college. He was far too busy complaining about Balthazar's unfairness to notice that he was on a collision course with another student who was also absorbed in their own thoughts. With twin oofs, the students fell to the ground.
"Ugh I am so sorry, I was clearly being a dork and not looking," the student said as they moved to pick up the scattered papers.
"No it's my fault, I wasn't looking at anything but my feet," Dave said as he moved to assist in picking up the papers, stopping to look at some. "Did you sketch all of these?" he asked as he looked at a sketch of a lion crouching for the attack.
"Hm? Oh yeah, I'm an art student here, well of course I'm at this school," the student replied with a slight chuckle, "I'm Charley Wittleton by the way," the student said. Dave looked up to return the gesture of information, but stopped when he realized that he was talking to a girl.
"Um, I'm Dave Stutler," he replied as he numbly held out the stack of pictures he held towards her. Giggling at his dumbfounded look, she reached for her papers and sat back on her heels.
"Dave Stutler; aren't you the physics genius of this school?" Charley asked as she cocked her head to the side with a questioning look in her electric blue eyes.
"Well I am a physics major, but I'm not so sure on the genius part," he replied with a slight blush.
"Well you're known around this campus as such so it must be true. Thanks by the way, for helping me pick up my pictures. I really should get a portfolio for all of these," she replied as she started to stand up and dust off her dark wash jeans and her knee high black boots of the dirt from the campus side walk.
"I highly doubt it's all over the campus but I'll take your word for it. I tend to stay away from the gossip and rumor mills of this school," Dave said as he too stood up from his kneeling position and started to dust himself off.
"It's probably best that you do, but us art kids can't seem to shut up about other class subjects while we're working on our art projects," Charley said as she moved some of her dark brown bangs out of her face and giggled. "So…" she said and left the end of the sentence hanging for Dave to fill in.
"So you…want to hang out…or something?" Dave stuttered slightly, "Unless you have a class to get to or some other plans like meeting with someone," he rushed out as he saw her bite her lower lip in a thinking gesture.
"Hanging out or something sounds like a good plan, and no I don't have a class or else I would have totally rushed out of here, and I don't have someone to meet. But if you do then feel free to ditch me and we could maybe meet up some other time," she said as she smiled at the now blushing man.
"Great! Well uh, I mean, it's great that you want to hang out and all. And I don't have to meet up with my girlfriend till 3:00 so I'm good to go," Dave said as he turned to head towards the campus coffee shop, "Coffee alright?"
"Coffee's great, actually, I was heading that way so I can do some free sketching. So who are you with? I might know her," Charley said as she strolled up to stand next to Dave, "Shall we?" she said as she swept her free hand out in a sweeping motion towards the coffee shop.
"We shall. And I'm with Becky Barnes," Dave said as he dipped and turned foolishly while answering her inquiry, causing a small giggle to escape Charley's smiling mouth.
"You are definitely a nerd. And I'm not familiar with a Becky Barnes," Charley said as she walked next to Dave.
"Well yeah, but at least I'm entertaining. And it's all good that you don't know her," Dave replied with a small blush and a smile.
"Yeah, you are pretty funny, and you're also nice, or at least from the moments I've spent with you. And it seems as though we are holding two different conversations at the same time so I can see that you can multitask," she replied with a nod and a shrug.
"Well hopefully your opinion of me doesn't change while we're having coffee and conversation," Dave said with a smile, effectively commenting on both or her statements about his character. Together, the two walked calmly into the coffee shop.
"Hi; what can I get you two today?" the cashier asked with obvious forced cheer.
"I would like a small green tea please," Charley said as she reached for her wallet.
"Oh don't worry about this, I'll get it," Dave said as he reached to stop her hand, "I would like a small black coffee please," Dave said to the cashier.
"That'll be $5.05 please," said the cashier. After paying and retrieving their drinks, Dave and Charley sat at one to the higher tables the coffee shop offered for customers.
"You didn't have to pay for my drink, Dave, but thank you," Charley said as she popped the lid off her drink so she can add honey and let it cool faster.
"Don't worry about it. Besides, what's a few bucks between friends?" Dave said as he shrugged his shoulders and took a sip of his coffee, burning the tip of his tongue in the process. "Yowch!" he exclaimed.
"Burn your tongue huh?" Charley asked with a large smile, showing off straight, white teeth.
"Ha ha, let's all laugh at my dumb move," Dave said with a sigh. "Great, I manage to make a fool of myself within 30 minutes of knowing this girl," he thought with another sigh.
"Hey now, no need to be upset about anything as simple as a burned tongue; learning to laugh at yourself is a key lesson to enjoying life, or at least that's what I hear," Charley said as she took a careful sip of her tea.
"What are the other lessons?" Dave asked with a quirked eyebrow.
"Nuh uh, you don't get to know those till you need to. It defeats the purpose otherwise," Charley said as she shook her head gently. Looking at each other, they both let out a few laughs just because they could.
"So if I'm going to learn these lessons, I'm going to need someone around that knows them. So what do you say? Hang around with me for a little while longer?" Dave asked with a smile.
"Well I don't know," Charley said as she dramatically sighed, "Of course I want to hang out with you. You're a pretty cool guy…for a nerd," Charley said with a laugh.
"Well that sort of defeats the purpose of calling me cool," Dave said as he joined Charley in her laughter.