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Derrick Ackers

Professor Head of Spencer
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About Derrick Ackers

  • Birthday 02/10/1992

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  • Full Name
    Derrick "Sparky" Ackers
  • Birthdate - Day
    10
  • Birthdate - Month
    2
  • Exact Age?
    No
  • Birthday - Year
    1992
  • Birthplace
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Job Title
    Professor of Elemental Magic, Head of Spencer
  • Species
    Human
  • Blood Status
    Halfblood
  • Pronouns
    HE/HIM
  • Played By
    Chris Evans

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    9" Spruce with Sphinx Nail
  • Patronus
    Phoenix

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    GMT -5 (EST)
  • Pronouns
    He/Him

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  • Playerx Kaitore
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  • Birthdate Day 2
  • Birthdate Month 10
  • Birthdate Year 1992
  • Manual Age 0
  • Unknown Age
  • Pronouns HE/HIM
  • Occupation Professor of Elemental Magic at Tally
  • School Superstar 19
  • Class Champion 5
  • Holy Ship 5
  1. In truth, Derrick had been going slightly easy on the class. Finding his footing in what the general level of the student body had been when it came to manifest and developing the most basic of elements. While some seemed to struggle in certain sectors, collectively, they seemed to be at a point that something far more advanced needed to be put into place. It also could've been due to his most recent loss that he took a far more weighted step when it came to teaching but it had also been long over due, that much had been for certain. When the students started to roll into the classroom he'd wait for a moment before speaking. "Come on in, sit down. This time we're in for a slight diversion of a treat compared to what had been originally planned." He actually had spent a bit of time hashing over various ideas and methods with Audrey. An extra bit of school connection while she'd been around taking care of not only her new bundle of joy but Alex's own extended family from previous relations. "Make sure your wand is at ready, fully prepared and managed. No cracks or breaks, because what we're about to do could get far more dangerous with a poorly managed tool." While it wasn't entirely necessary for a wand to be used it made training and learning concepts far easier than jumping right into the 'Wandless' thought process. "Today we'll be investing time into a practice that is universal in understanding with Elements yet extremely difficult to master, even to perform at will due to the complication that comes along with it. What I'm talking about, Party People, is the melding of two elements to create another that isn't of the basic circle." It was then that his hand rose up to cast a spell on a nearby piece of chalk, letting it write out three symbols in runic terminology. 'Air, Water' were two markings set next to one another with the term for 'Ice' set adjacent to both; a connecting line between the three symbols. "By pushing all of ones effort and willpower forward, the elements of Water and Air can be used and melded together to generate a numerous amount of Ice styled or related spells." Gripping the edge of his wand tightly he started to trace through the air, a motion that had been partly connected to Water-based spells and the other half being that connected to Air-Based ones. A white glow of light resonating at the tip of the wand; at first water started to form taking an orbital shape before rapidly accumulating a thicker and chilling shell of translucent ice. The orb of ice hovered above his wand, twirling as if it were waiting to be released from an unforeseeable tether. "This is known as the 'Spera Glacias' spell." Flicking his wrist in a sharp motion the concentration of ice fled from his wand and towards a nearby wall, shattering with a cracking dispersal against the foundation. "Weaving together the elements is no easy feat, even many seasoned Wizards and Witches have yet to master the full wealth it can offer. But it is something that falls under the purview when understanding just how innovative Elemental Magic is on various levels." That being stated he waved his wand once more, summoning forth several dummies designed not only to be durable but intended to be obvious targets with the painted targeting sign etched at the center of their forms. "This will only be one of a few things we'll learn today involving the combination of Water and Air."
  2. 15 - On time Attendance 10 - Performing both spells without danger to others
  3. 15 - On time attendance 5 - Answering a question with an insightful answer 10 - Performing both spells without dangers
  4. 15 - On time attendance 10 - Performing both spells without dangers 5 - Answering a question with an insightful answer 10 - Assisting a fellow student
  5. 15 - On time Attendance 10 - Performing both spells without dangers
  6. 15 for Attendance 10 - For Performing two Spells without difficulties 5 - For an Insightful question involving the Syllabus
  7. It seemed that majority of the students had succeeded in the final exercise of the class. But. . . Why were they still standing there and not gathering up their things to leave? "What, do you all just like hanging around me that much? I'm touched! Though I'm sure many of you have classes to attend towards and probably a case of work to do for those of you in classes like History of Magic." He remembered his time in that class, specifically with the individual who temporarily taught it as well. One of the hell days had always been researching and finding out parts of history that hadn't been kept snugged within the pages of a book held within the school. Pushing himself from the desk he grasped his wand in a tight hold and started to wave it through the air as several of the miscellaneous things that had grown out of sorts during the class had started to situated itself. A stream of water power-washing the floor where the fireballs had been and then a flowing stream of sand coursed across the area as well for good measure in making sure that no errant sparks could plan their assault on his classroom. Afterwards he made his way towards his desk and sat at the seat, pulling out a stack of papers and giving an annoyed sigh at the amount of work he still needed to do. Why couldn't he just hire Audrey to handle it? Or Arti- Nope, he couldn't do that at the moment that would just cause him more issues later down the line with that one! Whether the students decided to talk amongst themselves or continue practicing various spells to try and gain a better hold on the spells taught or even enhancing the versatility of them, in Derrick's mind? The class had officially been counted as over. A quick thought crossed his mind and without even looking up he started to speak. "Just remember, if you've any questions, need any assistance, or have some form of idea that you want to test and need a bit of insight - my Door is usually opened. Or I'm out on the school grounds somewhere."
  8. "That would be -now-, Amber." Derrick offered a smirk as his head shook lightly in amusement towards one of his 'Spencer Wards'. His gaze then shifted towards Samantha which caused the smirk to turn into a soft smile ."It will carry over to other terms. I figured this would be a fun way to demonstrate a unique yet active way to apply the Elements on top of what you'll end up learning in the classroom. To be able to apply what you learned from the various spells as much as from your own personal research in to how Elemental Magic can assist." His hand rose up slightly. "Now, I know what some of you maybe thinking! 'But Sparky, what if we don't have a green thumb!?'" That had been when his lips curled into a far more challenging smile. "For the far more physically inclined or even those that would rather prefer another route than using a plant as a means to test your Elemental knowledge, there will be an option in which I call, 'The Gauntlet of Elements.'" His arms rose up and folded tightly against his chest. "You'll be put through a series of tests for each Element, finding the best way to use them or handle them." He felt that had been an agreeable stance for several students who, for lack of a better relations, just didn't have the concentration that the plant alone would be a fair as the only option to succeed. Derrick wanted to teach them that there would be various paths. "As much as I'm entertained and impressed by your constant desire for dueling, Miss. Knotley." He spoke in the somewhat sarcastic tone often expected of him. "I'm sure many people here would end up only having a personal issue with 'danger' of that level." It at least seemed many of his students were excessively sensitive to the real trials of the Magical world and the many issues that actually came with it. "Honing the trait of keen accuracy will be good for the time being." Derrick gave a confirmed nod towards Ian's question. "Yes, Ian, all of the Elements are expounded on beyond their base existence." After all, as the syllabus had pointed out, the elements and their 'various' forms would be included by it. Lifting up his wand he traced it through the air several times, causing a formation of three balls of fires, all of them the size of a young child's fist. Each set for each student, which the sparks of fire constantly moved in various patterns and ways within an open space within the classroom. "Your objective is to choose one of the set of fires and try to put them out with the spell, Aguamenti." He started to stand up and gripping his wand tightly just in case there had been any accidents that he'd be able to intrude before it could spread or harm too harshly. "After you're finished then we can consider the class concluded! And a job well done! Sound fair?"
  9. A large grin couldn't help but be formed on the older man's face at the excitement that one of his students held. -This- had been one of many moments on why he actively sought to be a Professor, in a world where even the slightest moments of excitement needed to be experienced. Success in the face of unknown adversity towards a trial brought out a sense of accomplishment that could barely be contained, even more so when another acknowledged the efforts. "Keep up that effort and you'll be running stuff in no time, Sam!" Derrick smirked towards Amber, both of his hands pressed against his waist as if he were some posing superhero. "Have to keep you on your toes." It'd been important, in his opinion, to make sure that every student could get as serious about their studies as they could. While adding a bit of fun for no other reason than to break up just how much weight they would be expected to wield upon their shoulders. It didn't help to offer them the opportunity to build on the effort of responsibility either, not when many of them would be moving on to the harsher realities of life in the current and within the next few years. "Excellent observation, Sam! Gained your House some points there!" His gaze shifted across the student body that had been collected in his classroom. "As you've learned in the Fire course of lessons, you can repurpose it for a lot. Using it as a light source that's warming and nurturing is fully within its scope." It seemed as the suggestion ran ahead they were slowly gaining the tools of the class as he'd wanted it, incorporation of the various other elements regardless of what the planned focus had been. "Sharp as a blade there, Rachel. You earned yourselves a bit of a numbers in the points department too! While the weather will be going down, it shouldn't be underestimated that the little scampers won't try to wivel their way through."Then he gave a smooth nod towards Ian. "Yes, there are several spells and styles of way to go about them that could regulate temperature. In fact, it's one of the specialties I use for the classroom. You'll notice, that in my room, at all times of the years? It's entirely comfortable temperature. Chances are if you aren't comfortable? Your body is really wacked out." The young man laughed with a wry smile while pointing towards the various Runes that had been situated strategically at different points of the room, a set of runes in fact at each of those points. "Before the weather ends up turning drastically I go through the process of double checking each one, reinforcing it just in case. I'm a perfectionist with my art in that kind of manner. I'll find my notes on how to perform this method and scaling it down so that it could benefit a plant far better." The Professor's eyes scanned across the classroom for a moment once more. "I'm guessing that's all the ideas currently? If you have any that you're not sure of keep in mind you can talk with me and we'll hash out a plan for it. Now, as stated, these plants will be the culmination of your work with all four Elements in some manner." He made his way back towards his desk and sat upon it. "But, you know. I am -kind of- thinking we can put this class to an expanded use, you all agree, right? We may as well teach you MORE Water spells. Who wants a bit of target practice with something a bit more Offensive? Maybe a bit defensive too?"
  10. "Awesome, Sam!" A wide grin formed on his face as he held his hand out for a high five from the young Bourke student. She often seemed to struggle in certain aspects of the class but he knew she would shine through at some point! Just a bit of faith in the students, that's all it came down to in his mind. Afterwards, he'd wander around the classroom, watching as each student conducted their own test. While it seemed a few had the expected blunder's that came about, some others managed a resounding success. Something that he's come to expect that he often didn't give it a second thought or a high accolade to those that managed to progress on the first try. Those that seemed to struggle often, they definitely needed that kind of boost far more, that notice. "Good to see you on time for class, Ms. Cross." Derrick often hated having to be 'That teacher', the one that penalized students. But there still had to be some rules that needed to be followed and even if they didn't gain anything from the class in future career's there still held the general use of Elements in the most awkward of moments. "Good to see you've been paying attention to your studies too!" It also made the Young Man proud when one of his Houses members showed they weren't all just giggles and laughter for the common folk. There had been an acumen towards Academics, even if specialized slightly. He nodded his head towards Ian in a smooth motion, a cool smile stretched across his face. "Sure, just don't get lost in the jargon here." A small jest in his tone as he spoke towards the Male Flinder. Taking his wand back into his hand then he traced the same motion through the air for Ian to see the movements. "This is the motion for the spell, Redde Aqua. It will offer a revitalizing presence of water to the soil and plant's roots if done correctly." And not frozen over like one student seemed to have done. But it was to expected for someone to somehow manage that to get done. Derrick didn't expect it to be Lisa, even so he allowed for those to attempt to rectify their mistake and giving a few more chances before he started to move on a bit. "As many of you can see, the plant seeps up what you restored. Giving itself a bit more strength. Slightly tipping in its favor towards survival." When he made his way back towards his desk he proceeded to lean against it casually, barely sitting on the edge of it while both of his hands grasped the edge of it. "What I want for you all is to feel -accomplished- from this effort, not just in a single class. These plants? I want you all to start taking care of them using the Elemental magic spells you do know. Keeping them watered, making sure the soil is fresh as possible, that they're getting enough circulation of fresh air." He then turned towards the thriving plant that settled on his desk. "In fact, I want to hear a few ideas of what you all think would be a good way to keep them healthy. We'll spit ball them now, get it stuck in everyone's head. They'll be something important for the Fourth Term too, so it's vitally important that we all pay attention to one another. Sounds good?" Now came the hard part, he imagined, coming together to hear what the students had in terms of ideas on supplement this rest of the year project that they would be engaging in together.
  11. Across every single desk had been a pot, filled with dirt and what seemed to be a fully bloomed plant. Each one had been different in genus but one thing had been the same for each one, regardless of the type of flora it'd been. They'd been brittle, fragile and crumbling in despair, the coloration of petals had been off and they wilted under the light, while planted it seemed as if they hadn't gotten certain aspects of the nutrients it needed to keep hydrated. Stem's held a sickly pallor that reflected just how much they'd been suffering, that intervention had been a necessary option for such poor specimens. This, unfortunately, had been one of the many situations that some may end up running into in different parts of the world but certainly during severe droughts that could hit their current home at any moment - whatever Mother Nature's chaos demanded of it. He leaned against the desk and the usual expression of up-beat optimism had been struck away entirely, whatever had been on his mind still hadn't fully settled in. "Come on in, party people. I'll get right into what we'll be knocking this term out with." After the cursory introduction he awaited for everyone to file in and sit at a desk that seemed comfortable for them, there hadn't been any form of assigned seats as he felt it would restrict the feeling of freedom for the class. Pushing himself off of the desk and side stepping to reveal that his own table sported a pot with withered flower, clearly it had seen better days and it'd been his hope that in this class many of the flowers would be able to see them as well. "As you've all not doubt noticed, in front of you is a potted plant. Each one most likely different from your neighbor's around you. You may as well notice that it's not quite up to certain standards of living. They're dying, not yet dead, but on the brink of it." It had been dire straits but he hadn't wanted them to focus on the unfortunate condition that the fauna had been stuck within. "Considering that my way of saying, 'Welcome to Term Two of Elemental Magic.' " Afterwards there'd been an offered bow of a flourish before he continued on with his lecture. "Water has many applications and one of its primary ones is often in the thread of utility or support. Some of you may end up going into a personal belief or a job that involves preserving the environment in some fashion, this spell I'm about to teach you? It will help with restoring small plants and greenery." It wasn't one tailored towards the restoration of something as massive of a tree but managing the few things that it could target would still assist a bit of the ecosystem and the creatures that relied upon it to some degree. Derrick grasped his wand gingerly and started to trace it through the air to demonstrate the motion that instrument or one's finger would need while reciting the incantation. "Redde Aqua!" A pulse of magic pushed through the wand as the tip started to form a gentle stream of water that encircle the plant, pushing into the soil and towards the roots that had been embedded deep into it. Bit by bit, the health of the flora had started to improve. Perky and stout, the color of the petals vibrantly emitting as if they'd been recently colored by proper care. "I want to stress that this spell isn't designed to be a substitution for what the plant will need in a long term, but it helps it to keep fighting just a bit longer. Consider it more of a band aid to assist until nature's wrath has lessened and the conditions of its environment would end up a bit more amiable." "It is also what I call a 'gateway' spell. As much as it would assist Naturalists, it could also assist those following a path as a general healer." One of things he'd enjoyed about the subject of Elemental Magic, it had a piece of nearly every class that some of the students were most likely taking. Which meant that they would have extended tools that could be equally useful, developing an expansive repertoire in their arsenal. "And don't get frustrated if you don't get a hang of it easily. That's what we're working towards here."
  12. I'm not even going to go the route of asking, 'How', I know 'HOW' I want to know -WHY-?! Not why she's pregnant, why would some twisted fate think it would be every remotely a good idea that I would end up as a father? Okay, yea, I'm probably the coolest guy around, hands down, no competition. But there'd been nothing shown in me, nothing in my mind or my heart or even my very personality that would ever suggest that I could be considered a viable father. Maybe once upon a time, when I was less insan- Well, I don't think I've ever been truly sane, let me be completely transparent here. I'm far more 'Man-Boy' than I ever want to acknowledge and now placed in the position that I somehow, in some twisted way, need to be a 'Man-Man'. It's fine, no one else needs to get that, it's my own words and my own head after all. It's not something to miss either, I know Arti is scared. She's probably thinking the same thing about herself that I think about myself just the more broken and messed up angle than the actual, 'I'm just bad because I'm mentally a terrible fit' road that I'm on. Though, if I were her? I'd doubt me entirely up and down. The fact I'm even a Professor still manages to blow my mind each and everyday, most of the times not even sure if things are retaining in the kids heads. Most of them don't even want to learn they want to goof off more than anything which makes them think my class has nothing to offer. How do I know my own kid won't think the very same thing? If it hadn't been the fact that I have too high of an opinion on responsibility that a person creates well. . . I'd have probably packed up and left, really. I know how cowardly that sounds but running, that's what I know. For all my bravado, all my posturing, the one thing I've always done from my problems had been to run. No solution ever truly reached, no completion of things that could make me satisfied. I ran from Australia, from my friends and family, I ran from the pain that happened to Eleza which I have yet to actively confront. That could be part of it too, I did have this plan once upon a time, to relax and settle down, to actually build some kind of family with someone I cared for deeply. Now it isn't so different, I do care for Arti greatly, vastly, I could even argue it runs deeper than Eleza's own flare and she'd been a full Veela with those addictive hormones of hers. But messing up sometimes seems to be the angle I end up twisting towards. No idea what to do, how to do it, as much as I have people around me I'm not even sure if most of them are actual supports I lean on. Hell. . . What even is leaning on someone when you've always had to push ahead and try to make a difference for yourself? For those that relied on you? My sister keeps giving me the 'Talk' that it's time to get more serious, to think about actively settling roots for the child and for the mother so she doesn't run all crazy and amok in her own mind or guesses. I hate when she's actually right about something. . . I guess I'll have to grow up sometime and actually consider that I'm in this situation and it isn't just my own problem, my own issue, it's a couples issue and problem that would need to be confront by myself and Arti.
  13. Penalized by a Prefector -20 - Breaking Curfew -10 - Lack of Respect to Authority
Derrick "Sparky" Ackers
Professor of Elemental Magic, Head of Spencer 0
27* year old Halfblood Human HE/HIM
Age:  27*
Date of Birth: February 10th, 1992
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Year Level: 0
Occupation: Professor of Elemental Magic, Head of Spencer
Blood Status: Halfblood
Species: Human
Player:  ✩ Kaitore
Pronouns: HE/HIM
Patronus: Phoenix
Wand: 9" Spruce with Sphinx Nail
Play-by: Chris Evans
Education: 

2003 - 2010 - Tallygarunga: Spencer

2011 - 2014 - VMU, Magical Education

Secrets

- Plays Piano exceptionally well as a trained and constant musician

- Actually started to travel the with a significant other who had tragically died, doesn't speak of this detail.

- Is estranged from his Oldest sibling

- Only himself and his youngest Sister gained any Magical Talent

- Comes from a Semi-Broken home, had been constantly bullied and beaten up by Oldest sibling due to the gift of Magic. He always protected the younger sister.

- Humor has always been a defensive mechanism to deal with all of his problems and almost every aspect of his life

General Knowledge

- Is a known practical jokester

- Holds an exceptional affinity towards spells that circulate around Fire. 

- Classes are vastly different than most others, often involving actual activity versus lectures.

- Has a younger sister that he's close with that often visits Tallygarunga to hang out. 

- Is openly known as Professor Sparky

- Can often be seen hanging with Auds as if they were two criminals hatching a plot.

Personality

A man who seems to always be looking for the next big thing in his life in the way of fun or simply an activity to do just to shake up the usual 'same old, same old'. There is rarely a time that he's out doing something that he doesn't try to find the humor in the moment, trying to change the circumstances that seem overly mundane to being something just a bit more fun and exciting. This can range from either suddenly pulling a joke on some poor nearby victim or even just changing up the plans last minute just to add a bit of a surprise and offer up a better time due to the unpredictability of the shift. Above all else he tries to enjoy the life before him taking it a step at a time versus thinking too far ahead and this kind of mentality shows not only in how he operates his classrooms but how he engages with people on a social level. 

He's a friendly individual whose first step in almost any situation whether it's with someone new or an old friend is to break the ice in some way shape or form. If the atmosphere is too tense then there has to be a way around it to suck out just enough tension to make a person more pliable to the idea of just relaxing and enjoying themselves rather than letting the weight of the world in their mind worsen. This had been a trait he had picked up due to his own past histories involving people. 

The more hidden presence, however, is his protective nature that has formed which at first had only been towards his sister. As time went on and he had grown closer to other people that nature started to expand, albeit, to a select few in a small circle. Due to a history of having a bully at home he's often more likely seen taking a hit for those under his protection before striking back if it is a possibility. For all of his joking, smiling, and general constant humor a foot there is deeper sadness and broken nature from what he had to deal with that developed those particular traits as a coping mechanism. 

Even though he is aware of this fact it has now become more apart of who he is as a person to showcase a constant humor rather than dim it down simply from how it had been formed. 

Appearance

Derrick stands tall at the wonderful height of six feet sporting dark brown hair and a well maintained beard that stretches across his face and connects without a break. His eyes are a form of Hazel and his body is well built through a modest exercise regiment that isn't too intense but just enough to keep a tight shape. His hair holds a soft and bouncy countenance to it using very little hair products to achieve much of its shape and continuity in how it flows and weaves back into place. Hygiene is clearly important to the man as he often seems to have a scent of a gentle clean breeze, if one could call it that. 

He's almost always decked from shoulders to the point of his toes in casual wear giving off the air of someone that is often more relaxed than tense or uptight. Usually can be found wearing jeans, some form of sneakers, and alternation between a long t-shirt or a Short sleeved one based on the weather and at times just based on how he's feeling in the moment. He seems to carry a bag around with him that certainly has seen better days yet various things are kept inside from sentimental value to actually useful. A necklace hangs from his neck that seems somewhat more feminine in design of the chain, a locket hangs along the center of it with two pictures on the inside. One seems to be of a younger woman with similar features to Derrick's smiling in some kind of field, the other seemed to be a slightly older woman whose clung to Derrick's arm in a more intimate manner with flowing blonde hair.

History

Born to two Muggles, Conrad Ackers and Regina Ackers, Derrick is one of three children that made up the typical muggle family. Being Muggles with no exposure to the magical realm the idea of 'Magic' was a fantasy book to them for quite sometime. Derrick, being the middle child, had exhibited the signs of magic early on in his lifetime in the way of occasionally setting things on fire. At first it'd be accidental until the connection within his mind made it clear that the triggers always aligned with how his emotions had flared up. The accidental started to become the intentional and nearly any inanimate object was pure fodder for the sudden fire that sparked from his untrained magic. Curtains, Sofa's, even his Mother's unwanted fruitcake - though everyone was glad THAT got set on fire, surely. While the unexplained seemed to occur for several years without any peep from the young man the day finally came when he turned eleven that an unexpected visitor walked into their lives and changed it irrevocably. 

It was an invitation and a messenger, which both had a lot of things to talk about and say. The letter was an acceptance into Tallygarunga while the Messenger was sent to give the family a breakdown of the Magical Community as well as the intense need for secrecy, perhaps even a bit of what would happen should said secrecy ever be broken. No doubt it was then mentioned that the young sister of Derrick, Janet, also possessed the potential and it'd only be a few more years until she was accepted into the school herself. Many feelings swarmed across the feeling with shock and disbelief clinging to at least everyone else except Derrick. This is when thing started to rapidly go down hill, aside from the fact that his parents now knew the random fires were due to his own inability to control his magic but it also began the horrible beatings and bullying that came from Janet and Derrick's oldest sibling, Xavier. 

Xaiver's jealousy of being the isolated sibling grew into an anger that just wouldn't be satisfied as he lashed out in his everyday life at school and at home but the worse of it was when the ire drew towards his own brother and sister. In an effort to spare Janet from the more physical beatings from their brother, Derrick, chose to be a red herring. The distraction that would earn all of the attention through the use of sarcasm and badly placed humor, one of the few things that would irritate a bully enough to close out other targets and tunnel vision to a single one that they felt was worth every inch of a beating. Bruises, sprains, even a black eye or two had been Derrick's daily life until he left for his first year at Tallygarunga. His recently developed attitude towards being a humorous clown linked with his natural propensity towards being a jokester landed him in House Spencer. There he had managed to meet a few people and even picked a couple of neat tricks to really get under his brother's skin. 

Yet, in all that while, their Sister had been catching the brunt of the more esteem tearing ad vocal retort from Xaiver without the oldest boys favorite punching bag around until breaks or holidays. Every holiday, every break, Derrick would always go back to the school with some new bruise hidden under his clothing making sure that he took every bit of the pent of anger and beatings so that Janet never had to feel the force of a fist against her body. Never able to truly fight back and always having to remember to keep his emotions in check to avoid a sudden uncontrolled fit of a magical surge, it left him defenseless unable to truly do much else. Eventually, Janet had made it to eleven years of age and her wizarding letter came to inform her of being accepted into Tallygarunga and that her year would be starting up soon. This was the moment that Derrick had been waiting for as a form of preemptive strike, armed with the proof on his body he petitioned for himself and Janet to be held at the school Campus until they finished out their years largely based on the idea that their lives were endangered at home. 

Without alerting the parents to the full scope of the cause or reasoning it was considered a new change of policy in order to better regulate the use of magic in young witches and wizards. For the time being the two of them were safe from the horrible home conditions but it meant a new strain had been pressed onto Derrick. He needed to not only manage his school subjects but reach out to jobs to build up funds so that he could provide for an actual place that he and his sister could stay after school. Due to the education being paid for them that was one less burden they had to worry about until the graduation bell tolled for them both. He was the first one to graduate and instead of going straight into VMU he took up a job that briefly allowed for him to travel across the world working for a company as a form of liaison where he had met a wonderful woman on the job, A pure-bred Veela.

It was no wonder why he was smitten with her and yet she hadn't used the full force of her nature to attract him, it had all happened fluidly without hormonal suggestion. Her name was Eliza and the two of them had spent quite some time together to the point it looked like an engagement had been on the horizon. At least until tragedy struck and she had been killed while they were touring Europe by a group of anti-non-humans. A spark of tragedy in the young man's heart chased him back towards Australia where he had decided to work towards a better future much like He and Eliza had talked about before as a possibility for him to get involved with other than just moving from place to place. A year after the incident he enrolled in VMU under Magical Education hoping to be able to impact the younger generation enough to avoid the bigotry that often was costly for others.

During his time in VMU he met an extraordinary woman both in beauty and let's face it, the same amount of audacious party spirit as himself, Audrey.  While he was a year ahead of her they were in the same Major which made a good mentorship process - more so she was mentoring him even though he was the upperclassman. There were more times goofing off and tossing paper ball wads at one another during their study breaks. Of course, she was the one who dubbed him Sparky, for the major reason that anytime they would have a party he'd have a gimmick going. Being known as a well accomplished pyromancer in terms of fire magic he tended to use it to light up a series of fireworks that would be placed outside and jettisoned towards the sky as if it were a christening of proof that the party had 'Sparky's approval of explosions'. This, of course, was next to the occasional fruitcake burnings as well as this one crazy night where people kept throwing in random things to be set on fire. 

After graduating VMU he took to travelling the world again but with a purpose, to explore the magical and natural wonders of how the various Elements shaped and worked on their own and in reference towards one another for a better understanding of the topic. Both as 'Elements' on their own and in combination of 'Elemental Magic'. At times he'd visit Australia again and drop off a gift or two for Auds before heading back out to get a better idea of how he could potentially bring understanding to students in not only understanding the fundamental of how Elements worked but engage them in an activity that put them to use. 

It wasn't until the new school year of Tallygarunga that he had reappeared this time to actually settle down ready and prepared to try and put to use all the knowledge he had accumulated both in VMU as well as through his various travels. Recently employed as the Professor for the Elemental Magic course he's looking to make a 'Spark' in the students lives by delivering to them a classroom experience they won't believe they actually witnessed. 

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