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Professor Mary Brooding
Any ideas? (Tarquin)
Sun Sep 2, 2018 01:18

Mary felt a lightness in her step that she hadn't for a long time. It was still not the lightest she'd ever felt, heavy and gloomy as the Tabitha cloud as she was calling it now was making her feel. Still, it wasn't the worst thing ever and she felt pretty good about her weekend so far. Indeed, she'd assigned herself a quest.

On top of the expected grading, preparing, and reevaluating her upcoming lessons based on what she'd learned during week one, Mary had decided to pursue some minor linguistic competency. She didn't expect that a book could teach her to be fluent in the languages that mattered most to her students, but the least she could do would be to learn some basics in subjects of interest. Maybe she could learn some common home dishes and request they be served at meals occasionally.

Since she didn't have any direct access to these type of books herself, Mary decided the library would be the best place to start, particularly on as lovely and promising a Saturday as this one. Making her way through Sonora (and hoping desperately not to run into a particular Defense professor), Mary had made up her mind about where to start: Chinese.

Of course, since she didn't know where to actually physically start once she got to the library, she decided the best course of action would be to go to the librarian, Mr. Tarquin Fox-Reynolds.

Mary approached his desk with the sense that she was much younger and much smaller than she was, despite being both young and small anyway.

"Excuse me," she asked, smiling softly and speaking in a low voice. "I was wondering if you might help me. I'd like to find some reliable resources to help me connect with one of my students. Do we have any books to help learn Chinese? Or about traditions and everyday practices common to Chinese households?"

    • Getting a fewTarquin Fox-Reynolds, Sun Sep 2 18:44
      Tarquin sat at his desk, a freshly made mug of green tea in front of him. It was not his usual tipple, as evidenced by the brown rings inside the mug, which were visible through the translucent... more
      • Seems like we are mutually inspired then!Mary Brooding, Sun Sep 2 20:09
        Mary smiled at the man's mug, enjoying that someone who seemed initially so gruff might enjoy such things as books, green tea from the smell of it, and things like flowers and the moon. It was a... more
        • But not mutually skilled at peoplingTarquin Fox-Reynolds, Mon Sep 3 05:10
          Mary's explanation did a reasonable amount to quell the doubt that had been nagging at Tarquin's mind. A teacher wanting to make a particular effort to connect with a student had, to him, implied... more
          • Unskilled at Peopling reporting for duty.Mary Brooding, Mon Sep 3 22:21
            "It's not my proudest tactic," Mary laughed, appreciating Tarquin's tension-breaking jokes. She really was a wreck amongst adults, particularly when she was supposed to be one of them. "But it's only ... more
            • Oh no. I thought you had the people skills.Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Tue Sep 4 06:56
              “Oh, pretty sure there’s slogans and stuff about that being the point. ‘If you just get through to one of them then blah de blah,’” he twirled a hand vaguely, “Though I suspect the school board... more
              • All the people skills.Mary Brooding, Tue Sep 4 17:47
                Mary laughed, appreciating Tarquin's dry humor. He seemed like the kind of person who was only secretly invested in students and in Sonora and she doubted he expressed the thought openly very often.... more
                • Phew, glad somebody brought someTarquin Fox-Reynolds, Sat Sep 15 21:26
                  “I don’t know… I think when I was an angsty teenager - a long, long time ago - I’d have given a lot to know that someone was on my side. That someone else had felt what I felt and that it would get... more
                  • One people or one skills?Mary Brooding, Sat Sep 15 22:00
                    Tarquin's advice was kind and encouraging. It was clear that he cared about students and staff and she wondered just how much he saw behind that desk of his. He'd certainly have access to more... more
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