Mary Brooding
Thank Merlin for that!
Sat Aug 4, 2018 22:12

Selina seemed... something. Mary couldn't put her finger on it. Perhaps the woman was simply careful, a trait that probably served her well in her role at Sonora. Mary was not a particularly careful person, and found it difficult to relate to. She didn't mind, though.

"I'm glad you are alright! You have a full plate and I'm happy that me doing my work well is helpful for you," Mary smiled. She meant it, too.

As much as she loved to work with students and help them, she was also eager to help her team of staff at Sonora, all of whom had worked tirelessly for however long they'd been employed.

"I remember being a student, my favorite professors were always the ones whose passion for their field was the most key part about them. We all know professors are people, but what they can contribute to the teaching of the subjects is all that matters in class. Your devotion is so clear! I'm glad to work with you."

Whatever others thought about flattery, Mary thought it was silly. Why bother flattering people when you could just tell the truth? It shouldn't be very hard to find something you admire about a person, and if you can't think of anything then you probably don't know them well enough. Well, Mary admired Selina's dedication to excellence in teaching, leading, and headmistress-ing, and she wanted to demonstrate that in her own classes.

Office hours were for engaging with the professor, class was for engaging with the material. Mary would be nothing if not emphatic about this. Students in her class were coming for potions and that's what they would get. No matter how lovely a color most potions tended to be.

"I should admit that I have some concerns after our conversation regarding Miss James. Not in my own conduct or anything like that, but I want to just be transparent in telling you that I have had a previous relationship with an adult veela. I do not intend to be alone with Miss James, but would be failing in my own standards if I didn't tell you this openly. I know it makes your job only harder to find things out on the back end."

Mary hated to say anything. She hated thinking of Michelle and she hated that people often thought she was a pedophile for being a lesbian, let alone that she was now admitting to concerns around a child. There was no fear that said child would be a problem for her, but Mary knew the administrative side could be messy, and she preferred to make other people's lives easier, regardless of her own personal embarrassment in doing so.

"Are there any measures you prefer I take with this information in mind?"

  • Well, you're not teaching DivinationDH Skies, Sat Aug 4 04:28
    The jug of orange juice and sandwiches was something of a surprise. It was a sweet gesture though, and she couldn’t fault wanting to be considerate or wanting to make a good impression as traits in... more
    • Thank Merlin for that! — Mary Brooding, Sat Aug 4 22:12
      • That is... unexpectedDH Skies, Sun Aug 5 05:03
        (OOC - as is hopefully apparent in the text, Selina is written as being deliberately a little old fashioned in her views, and some of her comments and thoughts are not necessary appropriate to the... more
        • Thank you for tryingMary Brooding, Sun Aug 5 16:06
          Selina's reaction was reserved enough that Mary could tell she was trying, and the effort was quite sweet. It wasn't as if she was unused to such reactions, although she rarely knew anyone closely... more
          • Oh. Um. You're welcomeDH Skies, Mon Aug 6 08:53
            I would have hated for Ms. James to find out… and for you to find out that way. Selina tried not to think about the ways in which that situation might arise. There was of course, the good old rumour... more
            • Am I doing something wrong?Mary Brooding, Mon Aug 6 13:13
              The more Mary talked, the more she was starting to think that she was making a poor impression. She understood that Selina would have a thousand and one things on her mind and that, not knowing Mary, ... more
              • I don't think soDH Skies, Sun Aug 12 00:57
                Mary had gone from being chatty, verging on rambling, to rather quiet, and Selina suspected she was feeling less at ease than when she had walked into the office. Which was a shame, but not something ... more
                • I'm so glad!Mary Brooding, Sun Aug 12 01:48
                  Selina had smiled . What a relief! Mary was quite sure that this was a woman who, if nothing else, was honest. She was honest with her work and in her work, and she was honest with her staff. At the... more
                  • Me tooDH Skies, Sun Aug 12 03:09
                    That was better. Mary seemed to have got the message, and they were in some sort of middle ground now, whereby she would deal with the students’ issues as best she could, without going out of her way ... more
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