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Mary Brooding
I say cookie, you say biscuit.
Mon Aug 6, 2018 14:00
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Nodding empathetically was easy enough. Mary certainly didn't envy Tabitha on having to teach a lesson on veelas, and it made her skin crawl a bit to think of how textbooks talked about them at all.

When Tabitha was finished with her thought, Mary hesitated. She was quite sure that the woman hadn't meant to talk about veelas so...clinically. Classing them with dragons and fairies and Graphorns wasn't exactly classing them with humans, after all, but from a woman who had traveled the world to identify and research creature specimens, it made some sense. Mary wondered whether she'd considered that she was her own greatest research subject.

Preferring to believe that Tabitha's phrasing was force of habit rather than anything else, Mary let it go. She wasn't quite ready to jump to the defense of the veela population anyway. Disclosing this seemed unwise altogether, so she changed the topic to something more neutral.

"I've been thinking a lot about that recently, to be honest. Our job is to get students ready to be successful adults, and a big part of that is introducing them to passions and interests they haven't unlocked yet, all in an ethical way. How do I encourage students to be excited about potions?" She mused the question flatly, having asked herself the same thing too many times to put much inflection into it now. "I could start with an exploding potion or something really beautiful, but then what? The rest of the term disappoints? I could start with something really safe to inspire them to do well, but what if they don't? I could start with a discussion of ethics in potion ingredient collection, but that doesn't exactly sound thrilling."

Mary sighed and took another sip of wine. Her glass was empty then, and she set it aside to pour a mug of hot chocolate for herself and one for Tabitha. The witch had been sipping her wine but it was always good to take it easy. She took a cookie from a tray she'd set out and took a bite out of it.

"I thought to start with something practical, so it's easy for them all to understand why potions are so important to learn about, but I'm not sure what would appeal to each of the age groups we work with."

She felt like she was saying too much, but didn't mind. If she was as determined to keep herself private as she had decided to be during her meeting with Selina, then she certainly needed some outlet and Tabitha seemed a mostly safe option.

"I want them to love potions, not me. I'd love if I could teach it without being there at all!" she laughed, not really finding it funny at all.

  • I say tomato, you say to-mah-to.Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Aug 6 13:32
    Tabitha finished shelving the books from the box and turned back round, taking a moment to sip at her wine. She had to admit that it was a very nice pick on Mary's part. It was very smooth on the... more
    • I say cookie, you say biscuit. — Mary Brooding, Mon Aug 6 14:00
      • I say swimming costume which is just the best phrase ever.Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Aug 6 14:38
        Tabitha listened to Mary's dilemma and smiled gratefully when the woman handing her a lovely cup of hot chocolate. Briefly, her thoughts turned to the Opening Feast, remembering that the hot... more
        • Perhaps we should put them on? For science.Mary Brooding, Mon Aug 6 14:50
          Mary grinned as Tabitha discussed her ideas of various potions and strategies for Mary's first classes. She hadn't quite intended it to be a question, but should've known that Tabitha would want to... more
          • Sure. For science... Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Aug 6 15:31
            "I'm happy to co-ordinate our lessons," Tabitha nodded, liking the idea. Mentally, she tried to tell herself that the benefits of tying lessons in different subjects was solely for the students, as... more
            • All the things!Mary Brooding, Mon Aug 6 15:45
              Mary smiled gratefully, glad to have someone on her team. She was more than a little nervous herself and knowing she'd at least have someone to brainstorm lessons with, even if just for themes, was... more
              • Ohh... Are you going to tell me about these things?Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Aug 6 16:21
                Tabitha stopped her sorting in favour of drinking her chocolate and leaned on the shelves with her hip. She remembered the first lesson she'd given, remembering the swirl of nerves she'd felt, the... more
                • Perhaps... in time.... Mary Brooding, Mon Aug 6 22:01
                  Mary laughed once, hard. "That's not comforting at all!" she said, and it really wasn't. If Tabitha Hawthorne, the woman who wasn't afraid of anything, who chased a Wampus Cat to the detriment of her ... more
                  • Oh, I can't wait to find out.Tabitha Hawthorne, Mon Aug 6 22:21
                    Tabitha couldn't help but raise an eyebrow as she watched Mary's magic at work, tidying and putting everything away. She didn't know whether to be amused or shocked that the lovely Mary Brooding had... more
                    • A tidbit here and there.Mary Brooding, Mon Aug 6 22:48
                      A blush rose through Mary's neck and cheeks but she dipped her head to hide it as much as she could. When she looked up, she'd managed a smirk. "Yes, of course," she replied. She hummed something... more
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