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Tabitha Hawthorne
I want to find out though.
Mon Jul 30, 2018 16:43

Tabitha breathed shallowly. There was a tightness in her chest that she didn't feel often. It made it hard to breathe, hard to think, hard to do anything at all. There was a stinging in her eyes and she felt them, for the first time in a long time, well up with tears. Her throat constricted and her lips parted, trying to breathe. Tabitha wasn't a loud, vocal crier. She was a private person, favouring to hide away in the privacy of her rooms and yet, here she was, revealing her vulnerability to Mary.

For some reason, the words 'sweet one' whispered in such a low tone, so quietly, so intimately, shook her to her core. If she was honest, the time that she and Mary had shared felt intimate and private and the reason Tabitha was now on the edge of blubbering like a small child was because she was both overwhelmed and extraordinarily relieved that Mary had deigned Tabitha worthy of her friendship and companionship.

Tabitha found that her lips were trembling as she fought to hold back her tears. She could understand where Mary was coming from, it was all so perfectly logical and made complete sense. They were both lonely people that had been hurt and had sought comfort in the first person who listened to their pain which, as it turned out, was each other.

"You..." her voice cracked, threatening to break completely. The wind picked up a little, blowing through the gardens and snatched a long lock of hair from Mary's mess of braid, making it fall in front of her face. Without really thinking, Tabitha lifted a hand and tentatively, gently, brushed the stray lock behind her here, accidentally brushing her fingers against Mary's cheek.

For a moment, Tabitha didn't entirely process what she'd just done. When she did, her eyes widened and she bit her lip, taking a step back away from Mary.

"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have done that," she sniffed, pressing her face into her hands. If there was a trophy for how badly somebody could screw up, Tabitha felt convinced that she would have won it. "You... are an amazing person, Mary. You truly are."

  • Me neither.Mary Brooding, Mon Jul 30 15:28
    Certainly Tabitha had looked confused while Mary spoke, but now it was Mary's turn to wonder at her friend. She couldn't remember when Tabitha had said anything to ruin anything, although she... more
    • I want to find out though. — Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Jul 30 16:43
      • Let's find out together.Mary Brooding, Mon Jul 30 17:16
        Mary smiled, her nose wrinkling. "Don't you worry a bit, that hair is always falling and I don't mind you pushing it back. I...I like it." Sensing that Tabitha needed something-- anything-- to... more
        • I'd like that. Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Jul 30 17:55
          Tabitha wiped at her eyes, brushing away any remaining tears and managed a weak smile at the Potions mistress who seemed to have an uncanny talent for finding something positive in everything.... more
          • As would I, sweet one.Mary Brooding, Mon Jul 30 19:30
            Mary busied herself with a gentle smile, and the nervous smoothing of her robes. She hoped it didn't look nervous, but she wouldn't deny it if she was caught out. Memories of a certain quiet starry... more
            • Let me show you the starsTabitha Hawthorne, Mon Jul 30 20:59
              Tabitha wondered if she'd done the right thing as she lay on her coat, next to Mary. This was the closest the been the entire night, their shoulders touching and Tabitha could smell the subtle... more
              • Let me travel them with youMary Brooding, Tue Jul 31 02:19
                Mary stifled a giggle as Tabitha spoke, not because the witch's words were silly but because they were utterly un-silly. The story was new to Mary and fascinated her, but when Tabitha was finished,... more
                • When I'm with you, I already feel like I'm among them.Tabitha Hawthorne, Tue Jul 31 13:35
                  Tabitha eyes were focused on Mary's face, a warm smile playing on her lips as the woman considered the telling of Perseus and Andromeda and then questioned whether Perseus had truly won at all,... more
                  • I feel...something.Mary Brooding, Tue Jul 31 15:20
                    Tabitha's story was sad, but completely beautiful. It was a heartbreaking reminder that life and love happen no matter what, so all anyone can do is live, and love back. Mary did her best to live... more
                    • So do I... I don't know what though. Tabitha Hawthorne, Tue Jul 31 18:14
                      Tabitha let out a sigh and rolled onto her back before answering Mary. It wasn't that she had a problem with Mary's request as it was a perfectly reasonably and logical one and ordinary. However,... more
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