Tarquin Fox-Reynolds
But not mutually skilled at peopling
Mon Sep 3, 2018 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 disconnect existed, which needed to be overcome. He had never thought of Dorian in those terms - he seemed popular and happy. There had just always been the nagging doubt at the back of Tarquin's mind, the one that said shy, sensitive boys - boys who reminded him rather a lot of himself at the same age - were not in for an easy time of it from their peers, or perhaps even from themselves, especially during adolescence. But he seemed to be worrying over nothing. The books Mary mentioned also explained how she had so quickly honed in Dorian, who normally seemed somewhat reserved outside of his close circle.

"I see. Enticing students in with intriguing books and disordered shelves, are we?" he smiled at Mary to show he was joking. He was, apparently, scary sometimes. He thought this was to do with his height (though currently he was seated, so didn't loom too much) and the fact he was not particularly outgoing. People often took quietness for disinterest or, somehow, overt hostility. "Do I need to be concerned about going out of business?

"Oh. Um. Maybe, I suppose?" he managed, when Mary mentioned having him to thank for Dorian's sorting skills. He recognised that she was trying to be friendly, break all that proverbial ice, and so he should be nice and graciously accept the compliment. Except that wasn't a skill he had ever been particularly good at. "I mean... The skill is mostly knowing the alphabet, and I suspect he knew that before he came here. Several of them, in fact. No, wait... Chinese doesn't have one," he added, half to himself, "Good luck learning," he continued, managing not to fall down that mental rabbit hole and bringing his attention back to Mary, "Logographic writing and tones," he grimmaced.

  • 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 peopling — Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Mon Sep 3 05:10
      • 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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