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Dorian Montoir
After lesson one
Wed Aug 15, 2018 00:34

“I will come in a minute,” Dorian assured his friends as they prepared to leave after the first Potions class of the term. It was the last class of the day, so he wouldn’t be late for anything by hanging back, and although he was keen to talk more with his friends, there was something important he needed to say to Professor Brooding first.

He had packed up deliberately slowly to make it less obvious that he was hanging back, lest the other intermediates thought he was a swot or worse still, an idiot over wanting/needing to speak to the professor this soon into the term. Neither of these was actually the case, although he had remained quiet throughout the lecture. He thought he had probably made a very limited first impression, if he had been noticeable at all. By second year, Dorian had got over the majority of his self-consciousness about speaking up in class, and had become a regular contributor. But stepping up into the intermediates had caused him to take a step back. The other students seemed such a lot older than him, and there was also the fact that they included Victor Callahan, Jehan’s brother. Victor had never given Dorian any reason to suppose he disliked him. In fact, he had given Dorian relatively little reason to think he had any kind of opinion on him at all, which Dorian found to be entirely fair and unsurprising. As someone whose own older brother hated his guts, bland anonymity and no obvious dislike was a perfectly happy and comfortable place to be, and he had no wish to cause Victor to have to revise that opinion downwards by saying something truly idiotic in class. Ordinarily, a new professor might also have been a cause for concern and self-consciousness, but Professor Brooding was clearly nice. It was this niceness and its clear manifestation that had Dorian hovering by her desk now.

“I just want to say thank you for the languages,” he said, rather rapidly and self-consciously, gesturing to some of the bottles in the room. Dorian thought he had been unnoticeable, but that was probably only the case in terms of actual verbal contributions. His face was always animated. He had noticed the bottles as soon as he walked in, and his eyes had taken them all in with clear delight and a wide smile. He had not said anything in class discussions, but that delight and enthusiasm had remained throughout, and he had clearly been paying keen attention the whole time. “I think it did take you a long time, and I like it a lot. Especially the Chinese.” He wondered whether this remark made sense to Professor Brooding, coupled as it was with a strong French accent. Had she merely asked what languages were spoken in the school, and got a list - French, Chinese, Russian, German - or had she asked which students spoke other languages, and thus had those paired with their names Dorian Montoir, French/Chinese, and so on?

“My mama is Chinese,” he clarified, just in case. “I am missing it most, more than French, when I am at school.”

OOC - Mary said in chatzy that lesson one would have been theory, and her author confirmed that class discussion would have been a part of this.

    • A Welcome ConversationProfessor Brooding, Wed Aug 15 01:24
      Mary had managed to survive one whole day of classes. It was a bit overwhelming starting with the advanced students, but as the day went on, she couldn't decide which group was the hardest. They all... more
      • Very very much so!Dorian, Wed Aug 15 10:10
        He was not sure that the labels were exactly 'helpful' to him. His textbooks were in English, and he was more likely to try to find ingredients by their English names. He was not even sure how to say ... more
        • Your excitement is so exciting!Prof. Mary Brooding, Wed Aug 15 19:28
          Mary chuckled softly, enjoying Mr. Montoir's enthusiasm. His comments about ancestors and descendants seemed fairly straightforward but Mary could tell there was a cultural element she was missing.... more
          • Your... youness is so excitingDorian, Wed Aug 15 20:11
            Professor Brooding was so... so... He was not sure what word to use, but she made him feel warm and safe. She seemed to just understand and be lovely about everything, and it felt like nothing he... more
            • My meness is sort of like your youness. Just a lil bit.Prof. Mary Brooding, Wed Aug 15 20:28
              Ah, Quebec made sense. Mary was inspired by the careful way Mr. Montoir seemed to think over his words before speaking and she was reminded of her brother. Parker's eyebrows had always had a little... more
              • I think we have quite a lot of usnessDorian, Thu Aug 16 07:06
                The use of the past tense did not strike Dorian as worrying. Somewhere between the fact that they were talking about the past and the fact that it wasn't his dominant language, it didn't stand out to ... more
                • Usness has a lot of loveliness!Prof. Mary Brooding, Thu Aug 16 22:10
                  Mary smiled sadly at Mr. Montoir's question. She had indeed been lonely at Sonora, but wasn't sure that was an appropriate conversation to get into with someone who was just starting their teen years ... more
                  • I think love also has a lot of usnessDorian, Fri Aug 17 07:41
                    Professor Brooding's comments about her time at school were a little strange and concerning. People trying to control those in their family... People being not nice... That sounded a lot like someone ... more
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