Tarquin Fox-Reynolds
Oh no. I thought you had the people skills.
Tue Sep 4, 2018 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 probably expects that you make most of them pass exams too, so maybe don’t take that too literally.

“I know those things from Dorian. So, count that for whichever box you like,” he explained, when she asked how he’d come to know the very limited amount he had just disclosed about the Chinese language, “I mean… when he said it, it sounded familiar, but,” he let let that thought tail off with a shrug, “He knows a lot of interesting things. However much he protests to the contrary.”
He sipped some more of his tea whilst Mary browsed the desk. He watched her eyes take in the pamphlets with their little rainbow hearts. This was something of his acid test for new staff members, and whether or not they were going to find themselves getting along, or…. Well, Tarquin would have liked to say ‘locked in an argument with him as he strongly stood up for his rights and campaigned to change their views,’ but ‘avoiding them (in a way that was completely unnoticeable given his lack of interaction most of the time) and passively aggressively deprioritising any jobs they asked him to do, and writing the post-it notes he attached to their books in as terse a fashion as possible’ was probably the more accurate summary. Luckily, he had not found himself having to resort to these soul-crushing intimidation tactics with anyone.

“I’ve always found it friendly,” he agreed, wondering whether Mary’s choice of determiner signified anything in particular. A definite article made it sound… more familiar. But one would hardly say ‘a’ community in that context. ‘Their’ community, perhaps, if one wished to show approval but not membership. But… he thought it was rather inconclusive. “Yeah. Kir’s a good kid,” he agreed. This was aside, of course, from using the Potions section as a place to snog his girlfriend and thinking no one noticed, but Tarquin was willing to let both the general crime of heterosexual affection and the specific crime of abusing library shelves go given Kir’s various other merits as a human being, “There’s a new one too, isn’t there? McLeod, I mean. They signed up to be a library helper,” he added, using the gender neutral less based on Ness’ appearance (as he had no idea what the student looked like) but having only seen the name written down and being unsure, though he would have guessed it to be a girl’s.

  • 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
      • 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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