What is, exactly?
Wed May 29, 2019 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 floor," she replied somewhat primly. It might have made people who knew her laugh, as at worst she willfully ignored, and at best was often forgetful of what proper ladies ought and ought not to do.

She was tugged towards some feelings of sympathy as Professor Brooding started to speak at least somewhat more sincerely. Émilie believed that she meant what she said about wanting to look after Dorian, although it confused her that she acted so hopeless about it.

"His life is more full of bad things if you do nothing" she deigned to crouch slightly, so that she could more easily look Professor Brooding in the eyes. It felt like a strange reversal - like she was the adult, telling off a naughty child. It didn't feel like a million miles from the truth either, if Professor Brooding was going to act so irresponsibly. Someone had to make her see sense.

"You can do a lot, and you know this. He listen to you. You could discourage him," she replied, "Not roughly, but you could. You know you have so much influence with him. Maybe it hurts a little now but it is better than breaking his whole life. And for something he can never have - what is the use? Encourage him to make good choices. To look at people who can make him happy. If people start to bavarder then his life gets really bad."

  • 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
      • 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
        • We have a shared goal thenÉmilie, Wed May 29 20:29
          "Perhaps this is just a coincidence," Émilie replied, when Professor Brooding accused her of lying in wait and accosting her, though she chose to say it with a smirk rather than playing innocent.... more
          • I'm not comfortable with that blanket statement.Mary Brooding, Thu May 30 00:18
            Coincidence was a funny thought, and Mary indulged Émilie with a smirk of laughter as she summoned a cushion for her. It was funny to see her care enough to ask for one, although Mary had to admit... more
            • But it's so obviouspy wrongÉmilie, Thu May 30 01:28
              "Dorian will not do anything," Émilie confirmed, "He isn't a bad person, and with this situation... There is nothing he can do. I worry more about others. That before he grows up and gets over this,... more
              • Less obviously than you'd think.Mary Brooding, Thu May 30 01:57
                "Words can be very damaging," Mary agreed. "It is important that people are kind and understanding when people are different than they are. It's one thing if someone doesn't like my teaching style... more
                • Émilie opened her mouth and closed it again without saying anything. This was quite an impressive feat for the Professor to have achieved. She scrunched up her mouth. Hadn’t she thought how little... more
                  • Ah, but what if you saw it through mine? Mary Brooding, Thu May 30 12:05
                    The skies had opened up and deposited a greatness in Émilie Montoir, presumably upon her birth. Mary suspected it wasn't the first time that both her great ability to love and her great ability to... more
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