This makes it all worth it
Sun Feb 4, 2018 20:25

Nathan hadn't even dropped in exhaustion into his chair, nevermind pulled out a piece of parchment to write to Isis to seek her company after this awful day when the knock sounded on the door. He sat down, rubbed his forehead, considered pretending he wasn't here, but whoever was on the other side surely had just followed him to the door and knew he was there. He schooled himself into a pleasant and accommodating frame of mind. "Come in!" he called.

It was Raine Collindale, and he couldn't help smiling genuinely at her obvious joy. "I knew you could," he repeated what he had told her the last time they had met here, and was very glad it had worked out to be true.

She threw her arms around him, and he tensed, hyper-aware of any appearance of impropriety with the students after today's interview with Selina, but Raine backed off before he had to make things awkward, and letting his pride and happiness for her cover his discomfort. "I am so proud of you. You worked so hard for it." He looked at her grade paper, pretending he was seeing it for the first time, because it clearly meant a lot to her to show it to him.

I couldn't have done it without you.

Emotion welled up within him. This was a heck of a day. The worst moment a teacher could imagine, and the best, all within a few hours of each other. Knowing he'd made such a difference to Raine didn't cancel out the horror of Cleo's situation, but it did remind him he had a lot more students counting on him than one third year, and their trials and burdens and triumphs were no less important and valid, even if they were not quite so dramatic.

He cleared his throat. "You're welcome. And thank you. I'm really glad you came to me. I can't help anyone who doesn't want help, and you're the one who had to pass. And you did. You pulled it off when it mattered. I'm so proud of you, Raine."

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