Even worse luck to report. C mode REALLY hates me.
First try I got, I went back on with my friend and the first guy to join has the same name as the guy who laughed at me. He was a different char but his name was too obscure (ending in punctuation marks to get good cmode ID) for it not to be the same person. I quit after realising my friend did not know c1, and the kid was going to poke fun again. in the previous game he had shortcutted in English "You are a beginner" so part of his fun would appear to be joining games with an E player in and tormenting them. I was J, my friend was E on both occassions.
OK, second game, I teach my friend where to stand on switches. But of course while doing this I can't get anywhere. I also get confused again. I know the area backwards now, but I still felt stupid at the time. Quit and went to bed for a bit.
Third game, my friend has left. I play with my bf. HUne who joined dies on dragon. I calmly ask for another game.
Fourth game, HUne does well, I DC on dragon.
Fifth game, heading for a time of under 11 mins, I DC on dragon AGAIN.
Sixth game, same team. I swap cable cords with my boyfriend because I'm CONVINCED the router hates me - why doesn't he DC on same ISP? We get THREE Monests on F1 and a ridiculous amount of monsters on F2, including FOUR Hildes. We finish with a time of over 15 mins, meaning I will have to do it AGAIN.
This is WORSE than the horrible time I had on c4. I was convinced I'd never get past this stage, because of people dying and DCing. I had a terrible time of it as a HUne, found out that HUnes were fairly pointless on c mode, then I made a HUcast. Got him to c4 in an afternoon, then my boyfriend died on Do ron ron (la la la, whatever he's called) after I offered him my scape NUMEROUS times. Male pride, I guess. But a RAcast can die in one hit and a HUcast can't, so bleh. Second time on c4 I DCed. Third time we made it, nightmarish c4 is OVER, and we did c5 on first try. I said at the time "I will never have to do c4 again, yay!" How ironic this seems now.
Immense thanks to Rudoku for your help. Now I'm not a noob, I know it backwards, and no little shit will make fun if I try to improve my time with the JP TAers, even.