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Mary Brooding
All the people skills.
Tue Sep 4, 2018 17:47 (XFF:

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.

"He really is a smart kid," she said, nodding. "Honestly, I have the worst time trying to figure out how to talk to students, though. Kids like Mr. Montoir are so easy to talk to but I worry that I'm breaching some unwritten code of professional distance by getting into conversations about anything that really matters. And then there's the whole issue of wanting to make sure that he's as interested in having those conversations as I am, and I don't want to impose. Puberty was bad enough without my own professors trying to get involved, I'd hate to be one of them now." She grimaced at the thought and appreciated the change of topic.

"They both seem lovely," Mary replied about the McLeods. "Ness is very analytical, and I admire that. Kir seems a bit more fanciful, which is more along my own tendencies, so I really admire both their intellectual streaks for different reasons. "I'm excited that Ness will be helping in the library. This seems like the sort of place Ness would really like and with the Aladren Common Room so close, that certainly makes it convenient for Ness." Mary noticed that Tarquin used genderless pronouns even without needing to mirror herself and she wondered at him in a new light. This was the sort of person that she needed to spend more time with, just by default of being someone who was open-minded and a lovely sort of grumbly type. She suspected he didn't spend much time around other professors and made it her own personal goal to be befriend the man.

"I wish I'd gotten to be a library helper when I was younger," she mused. "I spent a lot of time here."

  • 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
      • 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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