Mary Brooding
I might need them anyway.
Sun Jul 29, 2018 20:46
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Mary was surprised that Tabitha's response was so similar, and so...true. It spoke deeply of Tabitha's depth depth of love for magical creatures and adventure, and Mary was inspired by the sincerity.

Tabitha's hands were soft. She was warm and friendly.

Her eyes were big and dark and full.

Her words were... too much.

Somewhere, in the parts of Mary Brooding that were not lovely or wonderful, she felt something break.

She thought of Parker, her parents, and Michelle. She thought of this new job. She thought of how much this work mattered to Tabitha, even if she thought she didn't want to be a professor.

She was still thinking of all of these things when she stood abruptly, spilling her hot chocolate and knocking her chair back with a loud scraping sound. She didn't see if anyone noticed and didn't care too. The way her hot chocolate seeped across the table made her think of blood and she looked away, but not at Tabitha. Her face was hot and she didn't want to cry in front of anybody yet, least of all this beautiful, perfect, unattainable woman.

"It's been a lovely night," Mary said. "I will see you around, I'm sure. Goodbye."

Pushing past the other professors all in a row at the head table, Mary couldn't have escaped any faster without running. She had made a joke about heels too high to run earlier, and it wasn't really a joke; she walked quickly past the sea of students and out of Cascade Hall.

Defeated and deflated, Mary didn't cry until she was well beyond that beautiful room. The din followed her, but she didn't look back. She hoped desperately for a set of footsteps to follow after her, and hoped desperately that none would come.

She felt stupid, an unusual feeling for her. Mistakes had been made and she had gotten too close. She didn't want to hurt anybody. A scream was built in her chest. Heat blinded her.

Storming towards her new quarters, she stopped shy, and exited through the main doors, into the Labyrinth Gardens instead. She wished desperately to hide, and she cried desperate tears as she left everything she'd ever wanted behind her.

This night would end and then classes would begin, and she would be ready. She would not make the same mistake again. There was too much at stake and Mary was not willing to risk another's happiness for her own.

Laughter and the voices of children shut off abruptly as the doors to Sonora Academy of Magic closed behind her.

  • Ew, I don't want your socks!Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Jul 29 20:14
    Tabitha was quiet through the entirety of Mary's answer as she felt that it was a very important thing to listen to. It was a question that was designed to drag out a revealing part of the other... more
    • I might need them anyway. — Mary Brooding, Sun Jul 29 20:46
      • While I'm left in the cold. Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Jul 29 21:16
        Tabitha sat in her chair, still staring at the space that Mary had left behind. Her hands were still outstretched, reaching for the woman that was no longer there. Reaching for the soft and warm... more
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