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Mary Brooding
It isn't me being daft!
Wed Aug 15, 2018 18:59

Mary meant to maintain her casual air throughout the conversation, but Tabitha's reply surprised her and she risked a glance at the woman, her eyes wide. "What are you...?" She took a breath, trying to think through the best way to be as clear as possible.

She wanted to suggest that it would be impossible to be too forward with her, as she was interested in exactly the sort of thing that being forward led to. However, with such a rocky friendship, she was hesitant to say anything about any other sort of relationship.

"Your forwardness caught me off guard," she admitted, speaking carefully as she spread butter and cinnamon sugar on a piece of toast. "But it did not upset me. I... I liked it. I don't know where things stand between us right now or whether you're interested in any further friendship or anything else, but I... well I really enjoy your company, and I'd really like to see...where that goes."

Mary hated speaking like this. She was usually confident in her words and could speak what she wanted to speak. Maybe that was it. She didn't usually want to speak her feelings.

"I asked you to leave because I was afraid that you viewed me as... not really a person, but a challenge or a specimen. Something to study, conquer, and move on from. That's not because of anything you did," she added quickly. "But because I've been... well. People don't usually stick around for very long in my experience, and I was worried I was getting too close too fast."

She frowned and looked up from her toast job to let her burning eyes emphasize her point. "I'm really truly sorry. If you'll have me, I'd like to start again."

  • Why are you being so daft?Tabitha Hawthorne, Wed Aug 15 11:41
    The words coming from Mary's lips sounded so odd for her light tone of voice. She was speaking in what Tabitha felt was almost an uncaring manner and for a moment, the Defence professor was confused... more
    • It isn't me being daft! — Mary Brooding, Wed Aug 15 18:59
      • We're both being daft. Tabitha Hawthorne, Wed Aug 15 19:20
        Tabitha let out a slow, shaky breath. Goodness, she was an emotional mess lately - no doubt a side effect of lack of sleep. Discretely, she picked up her napkin and dabbed gently at her eyes and... more
        • Aye! Mutual daftness.Mary Brooding, Wed Aug 15 19:41
          Mary's blush was fast and thorough, and she felt the heat of it in her chest, her face, and her hands, one of which was held by the Defense professor's. Tabitha Hawthorne would be interested in more? ... more
          • We can be daft together. Tabitha Hawthorne, Wed Aug 15 20:16
            Tabitha couldn't help but let out a merry laugh at Mary's admission that she thought that the British woman was straight. Hadn't Mary been able to tell that Tabitha was very much interested in her?... more
            • She said yes! She said yes! Mary squirmed a little in her chair, trying to suppress the smile she revealed when she lowered her teacup. The room suddenly seemed brighter, as if all the chandeliers... more
              • I'll be waiting for when you return.Tabitha Hawthorne, Wed Aug 15 20:54
                Tabitha helped herself to another piece of toast, repeating her earlier process of spreading butter and jam on it. A smile seemed to be permanently fixed in place on her face. She was just so... more
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