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Mary Brooding
Thank you for trying
Sun Aug 5, 2018 16:06
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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 enough to tell them such things about herself, and some people certainly didn't try so hard to be kind. There was a reason Selina was Head of Crotalus-- careful and intentional, she was clearly making an effort.

Mary smiled warmly, enjoying the moment. The business with Miss James wasn't her favorite thing to consider, but Selina didn't seem too worried and Mary was able to enjoy the rest of the situation instead.

Clear as it was that Selina was uncomfortable, or at least put off her guard, Mary decided this was not the appropriate time to educate. She also didn't particularly want to. She wasn't sure the makeup of staff and students at Sonora, but didn't particularly want to be the token lesbian. She'd heard there were a few other LGBTQ+ people, though, and she was excited to meet them.

"I appreciate the steps you've taken, both for Miss James and for your staff," Mary smiled. "And no, I did not feel forced. I would have hated for Miss James to find out my...inclinations," she stifled a grin at Selina's choice of words, "and you find out that way. I know your job must be easier when you know exactly what potions you've got in your pocket."

Mary smiled at the idiom. She'd often heard of 'playing the hand you've been dealt' and other such things, but liked to include potions where possible. Everyone should have a little more exposure to the art and science of brewing.

"I'm also happy to be included on any discussions about veelas where my experience may be helpful. I don't know whether Miss James has heard of any positive encounters with them."

She also wasn't sure that telling a teenage girl about her own history with relationships would be helpful, but at least she wanted to offer. Selina would make the right decision in the end, she was sure of it.

  • 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 trying — Mary Brooding, Sun Aug 5 16:06
      • 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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