Klingon, Elvish, Vulcan, Morse Code
Playing with Lego
Type of Childhood
His mom dying
"I was born on March 3 at exactly 3:00AM. Three's always been my favorite number now. Anyway, so mom and dad were always fighting and I was a smart kid so I saw the end soon. They divorced when I was seven, so I had this really fuzzy memory of what he was like for a very long time.
"Mom was kinda overprotective and I never found it too overbearing even though my friends at school thought she was crazy. She was really strict, there was a clear set of rules, and if I wanted to do most things I'd have to ask for her permission. I was not allowed to watch TV while she was in the room because something inappropriate might come on. I was not allowed to eat candy or junk food – just stay healthy. I was not allowed to listen to popular music, only classical. I was not allowed to read books on my own until she was done reading them first, so by the time I got them there'd be paper taped over inappropriate parts.
"You know what kind of books can't ever be inappropriate though? Textbooks. My grandfather on my mom's side was a Chemistry prof at uni and Mom still had a lot of his books and his syllabi lying around. I love Science and I love Math. There's just something pleasing about the fact that everything has a solution. It might irrational, it might be imaginary, but there will always be one. You just need to analyze the problem. And I love Science because it's this definite proof that we're all equal and that everyone is made up of the same stuff. We're like a giant lego set, except instead of lego, we're made up out of atoms and bits of DNA that trace back to the very first living thing on earth. There will always be a part of me connected to someone else. I will never be alone.
"I found out I was magic at the age of nine and I really didn't want to believe it. There had to be some genetic defect that was causing me to act this way, but the accident where it happened was fun enough. I could make the Bunsen burner light up without it being connected to a source of gas, and I could control the flame and make it non-luminous even without opening the airhole. Plus, I could change the color of the flame without even having to do the flame test! Some man in robes came to my house to explain it to Mom, and she understood after extensive research. I got my letter to Hogwarts at the age eleven, like anyone else. I was sorted into Ravenclaw the moment the hat touched my head.
"I didn't have a lot of friends at Hogwarts. I blame knowledge. They don't teach Maths in Hogwarts, and they don't teach Chemistry or Biology or Physics or any kind of Science. Come second year I started bringing books with me. I got a copy of my muggle friend's curriculum and printed it out and when we're not having classes, I study.
"Mom died the summer after I turned thirteen. We were in the car together and someone tried running a red while Mom was driving and it hit us. I made it because it hit her side of the car. The probability of her survival was small but this was the one time I wanted the numbers to be wrong. Still, death is a part of life. It hurts but you have to deal with it.
"Now, I live with my Dad. He has a new family now with this lady who's a witch like me, and her daughter who's magic too. Lilli, her daughter, is in my year but I had never made the connection. Dad's as cool as the Pythagorean theorem. During the first few days we didn't talk much then a while passed and he got me an entire plastic bag of candy. I had never tasted chocolate before. His wife, Anna, is cool too. Anna lets me sleep past nine-o-clock and watch TV. Actual TV. I don't have to wait for the DVD box set anymore. I've found that commercials aren't that bad like Mom said they were. Plus, Anna let me watch rated R movies without any adult around even if I was only (But I still miss Mom.) And my stepsister, well, we don't talk much – rather, she doesn't talk to me – but when I'm not around she smiles, proving that she's a proton like me. Maybe that's why we repel one another."
In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Nikolai became acquainted with Lena Willow, who he finds interesting because she watches Danish robot movies and he wishes that he had done a better job at comforting her in the tower, though he knows that crying girls are really not her forte. He also met Aspirin, who likes technology and the internet, and who has a peculiar though fascinating name. There's also Daniel who likes reading Tolkien, which means that he can't be bad at all. Then finally, Carissa, Daniel's sister and the most perfect human being on earth. He wants to keep her. She went to the Yule Ball with him and he thinks that if anyone had to revolutionize the world with him, he'd like it for that person to be her.