Professor Mary Brooding
As sure as you are.
Tue May 28, 2019 01:10

When Émilie didn't push too hard, Mary realized that she had no way of knowing anything one way or the other. It was not, of course, her business, but she wanted to be helpful and supportive. Either Émilie knew and wanted to know if Mary was a safe person to talk to, or Émilie suspected and wanted to see what Mary knew, or she didn't know anything and it was all in Mary's head.

The risk of it being the third meant that neither of the first two were things Mary could bank on, particularly since, again, it wasn't her business. But oh how she would love to encourage some comfort for Dorian . . . what was Émilie's stance on things? She wondered if she might causally bring Tabitha into the conversation. That seemed unhelpful, though, considering how worried Dorian had been about the nature of Mary's spouse when wedding arrangements were being made.

"He is at that," Mary laughed, knowing full well that Dorian was indeed both honest and a bad liar. Honest by default, she supposed, since he couldn't be anything else when he lied so terribly. Still, it was a good fault to have in most cases. "Do you have any reason not to believe him? It is usually best to take people at their word in those cases, or else you might push them into a situation they don't like," Mary pointed out, trying to imagine how hurtful it would be to try to push anyone into something they didn't like, be it a relationship or a party or anything else.

This all coming from a professor, whose job depended on making students do stuff they didn't like sometimes. Que sera sera.

Émilie's face was so perfectly innocent, and utterly dastardly, that Mary laughed aloud again, a hearty, warm sound. "You shouldn't talk to me?" Mary asked, tilting her head in concern. "Why's that?"

If it was anything serious, Mary wanted to know. Boundaries should be respected, and Émilie wasn't her student, so there was no grounds for speaking to the child if her mother didn't want them to. On the other hand, Mary suspected Émilie had Dorian in mind, and was worried about that as well.

  • Are you sure?Émilie, Tue May 28 00:56
    There had been nothing. Not a flicker. Either Professor Brooding was a much more expert liar than Dorian or there really was nothing to know. Émilie supposed she would just have to go to the source... more
    • As sure as you are. — Professor Mary Brooding, Tue May 28 01:10
      • I know what I thinkÉmilie, Tue May 28 04:29
        "I said I do believe him," sighed Émilie with a small huff of impatience, wondering why Professor Brooding was choosing to question that. "Est-ce que je ne l'ai pas dit clairement?" she muttered,... more
        • That's more than I can say. Professor Mary Brooding, Tue May 28 18:22
          Mary spread her hands innocently, accepting Émilie's soft rebuke. "I wasn't sure if you were telling me or trying to convince me," Mary told her honestly. So far, her experience with Montoirs told... more
          • And it's all in my head but....Émilie, Tue May 28 21:03
            Émilie shrugged impatiently at Professor Brooding's defence. Ordinarily, she might have pointed out that she was not Dorian, and that she tended to mean what she said and not hide behind vague... more
            • Not quite, but I didn't say a word.Mary Brooding, Tue May 28 21:29
              Mary stifled a grin. Émilie, it turned out, was very much like her brother. If Dorian had it in him to pout, or be sassy, and if he was on the more confident side, they might be the same person. Mary ... more
              • It's very frustrating of youÉmilie, Tue May 28 23:32
                Professor Brooding was just so nice. So nice, and floaty, and soft and pretty. It was maddening. Didn't she have any real feelings about what they were discussing? Rationally, Émilie knew that adults ... more
                • That's not quite my goal.Professor Mary Brooding, Wed May 29 00:53
                  Mary nodded, agreeing. She'd love to make that happen. "Is it alright if we sit down?" she asked, taking the lead and leaning against the wall, sliding down to sit on the floor in the hall a short... more
                  • What is, exactly?Émilie, Wed May 29 02:37
                    On what? Émilie was about to ask, when the Professor asked her if she would like to sit. However, the woman surprised her by simply sliding to the floor. "Proper young ladies do not sit on the... more
                    • Well, now I forget what I said.Mary Brooding, Wed May 29 10:53
                      Mary smirked. "Nor do they accost their brother's teachers outside the restroom, but I think we can put such things aside," Mary told her, adjusting her seat to be more comfortable. When the girl... more
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