Tabitha Hawthorne
Good. I don't want to see you hurt.
Sat Jul 28, 2018 21:08

Tabitha liked that the idea of her in her teenage years amused the witch and she thanked her kindly for the compliments, mercifully without a blush colouring her cheeks this time. She was getting used to Mary saying such nice things and she felt a rush of warmth every time she did. Tabitha had, for a long time, wondered if she was a reckless, bad person and that idea seemed to have sollidified when her ex-boyfriend had left her stranded in America, the travelling and the dangers having become too much, sick of the woman throwing them carelessly into life-threatening situations. Sitting with Mary, chatting with her, Tabitha didn't feel like quite such a bad person, if only for a while.

"Maybe not all the houses," she replied, thinking about the rivalry that Gryffindor had had and more than likely, still had, with Slytherin. "But yes, in the end, you learn to be more than one kind of person. Though, once a Gryffindor, always a Gryffindor."

There was something about the way Mary spoke about Sonora. Tabitha felt like there was an almost kind of reverence in her voice, like the school was sacred and to the witch, it probably was. Mary had been at school when she lost her entire family so it wasn't all that surprising to Tabitha that she felt a strong connection to the building and, if her tone of voice was anything to go buy, Mary was hopeful that that strong connection would remain.

Then, the conversation turned to their new positions as professors within the school.

"Not at all," Tabitha laughed, remembering her interview with the Deputy Headmistress. "I have never taught before and I have no degree. I find it to be quite the miracle that I'm here at all!"

She took a sip of wine and mulled over the final part of Mary's question. "When I was younger, I thought I'd travel forever and ever. There's so much to see in this world and sometimes I feel that there's never enough time to see all of it. I was travelling with my boyfriend at the time and I thought... I thought we were unstoppable."

She swallowed thickly, remembering the nasty fight they had before he'd left, stranding her in an unknown country. She'd thrown a hex at his back as he'd left, feeling that he deserved to feel some kind of pain.

"My parents didn't approve of my travelling so they didn't fund it. Our travels depended on his money," she explained, gritting her teeth every now and then, refusing completely to shed any tears over the events that had happened and especially not over him. "We came to America, I wanted to see a Wampus Cat, which is native to the North in the Appalachian Mountains but they're dangerous - classified as known wizard killers but I was insistent. We fell out about it and he left me. He took his money and left me in a country that I didn't know."

She breathed in, shakily. That was the first time that she'd told that story in full. She'd pushed it back into the recesses of her mind. For a moment, she thought she might stop and refuse to say any more but something urged her onwards.

"I had next to no money and I knew that before long, I would've starved. I refused to send my parents a letter asking for help so I applied here, to Sonora, and got extraordinarily lucky," she let out a long breath and, to her surprise, felt a weight had been lifted. She laughed a little. "So, in answer to your question, yes. I do want to settle down but not completely. I want somewhere to call home, somewhere I know that I can always return to when I've had enough of travelling."

Silence fell between them for a few moments and Tabitha collected her thoughts. She felt, after admitting all of that to Mary, that she could breathe a little easier, her head was a little clearer and that she could finally put her best foot forward. Suddenly, she let out a proper laugh.

"You know what angered me the most though? It wasn't that he left and took all the money, it wasn't even that he stranded me in an unknown country... It was that I never got to see a Wampus Cat."

  • Then I will, too.Mary Brooding, Sat Jul 28 20:33
    Mary laughed heartily at the idea of her sweet, calm, quiet friend, sporting a lion's badge and crimson sports robes. The image was a joyous one because a little Gryffindor version of Tabitha... more
    • Good. I don't want to see you hurt. — Tabitha Hawthorne, Sat Jul 28 21:08
      • Nor I you, dear friendMary Brooding, Sat Jul 28 23:48
        At some point in Tabitha's story, Mary thought to put a comforting hand on her shoulder. Or leg. Or hand. Where should she put her hand? She settled on the woman's forearm, where she hoped it... more
        • I'll look out for you. Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Jul 29 07:26
          The warmth that Tabitha felt on her arm, simply from Mary's hand was quite extraordinary. If she didn't know any better, she would've said that the Potions mistress had put some kind of heating spell ... more
          • *blushes fiercely and dies*Mary Brooding, Sun Jul 29 15:56
            Mary could see a sadness in her new friend, and she wondered what Tabitha saw in her. Mary knew she was a cheery person, and she went to great lengths to maintain that reputation. She smiled her... more
            • I'm pleased that I can make you blushTabitha Hawthorne, Sun Jul 29 16:14
              If Tabitha had had a different personality, she might have been self-conscious about how obviously British she was. After all, it wasn't just her accent and the way she said certain things that made... more
              • I'll work to return the favorMary Brooding, Sun Jul 29 16:54
                Mary blushed and then smirked as she relaxed again. She'd been caught out and realized she didn't mind. Excitement came over her next, and she leaned into that feeling, appreciating its simplicity.... more
                • I hope you will return... many things. Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Jul 29 17:27
                  It had been some time since Tabitha had been truly curious about something and it surprised her even more that it was about food, instead of a creature or beast that she hadn't yet encountered or... more
                  • Like library books?Mary Brooding, Sun Jul 29 17:51
                    A smirk seemed to have settled itself permanently onto Mary's face. She had never seen someone take such a clinical view of a marshmallow, and the way Tabitha pinched the little squish between two... more
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