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Tabitha Hawthorne
Or the whole bottle.
Mon Sep 3, 2018 01:54

Tabitha felt as small and as vulnerable as she had all that time ago, pain filling her chest. She wanted to disappear into the collection of her pillows, sink into the assortment of silk, satin and cotton. She felt so horribly guilty, feeling very much like she’d forced Mary to see a memory that Tabitha knew would have a larger impact than anyone else might have predicted. Tabitha knew about Mary’s brother. She’d been told when they first met. It was part of the reason why she’d shared the memory in the first place - Mary deserved to know. Tabitha also felt a crippling survivor’s guilt. Why had she been spared when Mary’s own brother, someone who had been surely worth more, had perished?

She was so wrapped up in her thoughts that she hardly noticed Mary’s sobbing... until the sobbing became retching.

Tabitha looked up in alarm, finding Mary on her knees and a pool of sick just in front of her. The Defence professor swallowed thickly, another wave of guilt washing over her. She had caused this. Numbly, she reached for her wand which had been lying on the coffee table and vanished the mess without a word. The situation was unpleasant enough with the sight and smell it adding its own tinge.

She felt that she should be down on the floor with the woman, doing something, anything. Hugging her, passing her tissues, getting her a glass of water... Yet Tabitha found herself unable to move. What if Mary now resented her? What if she no longer wanted to be with her, now knowing that she had survived what her brother had not? Tabitha didn’t know if she’d be able to bear that.

At least she wouldn’t have any regrets.

Mary was now in possession of knowledge about Tabitha that would allow her to make an informed decision as to whether she did indeed want to carry on pursuing the relationship they had together. Tabitha didn’t want to get her hopes up.

Then, she heard three little words that she felt held more magic in them than any spell.

I love you.

That made Tabitha move.

Suddenly, time seemed to speed up and the brunette was kneeling on the floor in front of Mary, pulling her into her and holding her tightly, like she was a lifeline. She kissed her, gently, delicately before pressing her forehead against Mary’s, their eyes locked. Grey met brown. Tabitha raised one of her hands to gently place it against Mary’s cheek.

“I love you too.”

  • Or a chug.Mary Brooding, Mon Sep 3 01:26
    Legilimency was not a skill that was acceptable to use often, particularly in polite company. Mary hadn't done it many times and almost exclusively in an effort to help someone else practice throwing ... more
    • Or the whole bottle. — Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Sep 3 01:54
      • Maybe just some water.Mary Brooding, Mon Sep 3 02:15
        I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. I love you too. Tears... more
        • Well, I have plenty of that.Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Sep 3 02:46
          The tension from Tabitha’s body slowly faded as she and Mary sat on the sofa together, their hands linked. She’d just been in an emotional tornado, prepared for disaster and heartbreak but found... more
          • Oh good?Mary Brooding, Mon Sep 3 21:57
            Mary was glad Tabitha knew how to dance, as she hadn't gotten much practice herself. She'd only really had the opportunity to learn when she traveled, and when she'd met men who didn't mind dancing... more
            • Everything's good when I'm with you. Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Sep 3 22:30
              Tabitha knew that Mary was right. Absolutely and completely right. She shouldn't be dwelling on something so miserable and heartbreaking when their evening was finally moving in warm and happy... more
              • I blame you, Dear WriterMary Brooding, Tue Sep 4 02:25
                Mary laughed as they twirled. Her smile was easy and relaxed, taking less effort than she ever remembered it requiring before. How could I not be? The question rang in her mind for a moment before... more
                • Feel free, my lovely Reader. Tabitha Hawthorne, Tue Sep 4 10:44
                  Tabitha very nearly took back her words about being able to keep up with the woman. For a moment, Mary was above her and there was a kiss on her nose and another sweet declaration of love and... more
                  • Free Indeed!Mary Brooding, Tue Sep 4 18:49
                    Mary was in fact, not awake. Well, not awake much. She heard Tabitha's 'I love you' and she heard the gentle breathing of her partner that reminded her that her dream come true was flesh and blood... more
                    • Free to sleep, certainly. Tabitha Hawthorne, Tue Sep 4 20:36
                      Tabitha was amused by Mary's sleepy murmurs that didn't really make much sense, the woman clearly falling fast into the world of dreams. She had made some comment about leaving which Tabitha had... more
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