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Prof. Mary Brooding
My meness is sort of like your youness. Just a lil bit.
Wed Aug 15, 2018 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 crease in the middle from thinking too hard. She didn't think Mr. Montoir was thinking too hard per se, but certainly thinking quite hard. Mary nodded as he spoke, hoping it would encourage him.

"My brother and I were very much the same. My mother and father didn't look much alike and they always said we were the only people in the neighborhood who looked much like them." Mary laughed at the memory and hoped her casual use of the past tense wouldn't worry Mr. Montoir too much. She didn't want to lie, but she also didn't want to dive too much into her family's deaths. "Before I came to Sonora, I was friends with a boy who didn't know any English yet. We were very little and he only spoke Spanish. We used to play together all the time before I left for school here." Another happy memory. Mary's smile softened. "It was nice to know that I wasn't the only kid who was a little bit different than other kids I knew."

She pondered this thought, surprised to remember it all so clearly. "I think that's why I traveled so much when I graduated. It was so lovely to find different people all over the world, with different languages and stories and experiences. I was lonely when I was at Sonora," which was truer than she was willing to admit, "but when I went to Madagascar, there was an Irish family with flaming red hair and a heavy accent, and he felt lonely too, so we became friends."

Mary realized then that she was rambling. She'd been lucky to have traveled so much and didn't want Mr. Montoir to think she was dismissing his differences. She certainly understood how it felt to be different sometimes. Her conversation with Selina came to mind again as she realized that teaching potions was one thing, and teaching children was quite another.

"Do you have any friends like us?" she asked, sending a mental owl to collect some of the Deputy Headmistresses careful words and deposit them in her brain to help her phrase everything just a little bit better.

  • 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
      • 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
            • It is a great thing to be more full of love than of yourselfProf. Mary Brooding, Fri Aug 17 21:48
              Mary watched as a variety of emotions played across Mr. Montoir's face. Some part of him was caught up in the words he couldn't get out the way he wanted, but part of it seemed deeper than that. He... more
              • That sums up the issue wellDorian, Fri Aug 17 23:54
                Dorian weighed up Professor Brooding’s offer carefully. His instinctive reaction was that he was supposed to put on a bright smile and tell her that it was all fine, because that was what he had been ... more
                • So long as it doesn't mutliply the issue, too!Professor Mary Brooding, Sat Aug 18 16:48
                  Mary thought that Mr. Montoir must be one of the most thoughtful adolescents she'd ever met, if not the very most thoughtful. He had a careful countenance but not one that lended well to... more
                  • I fear love might multiply my issuesDorian, Sat Aug 18 20:43
                    Dorian was taken aback by the use of his family name, and was about to tell Professor Brooding to call him Dorian when he remembered that she was a teacher, and he did not have the authority to do... more
                    • Do you really think that? Or just fear it?Prof. Mary Brooding, Sun Aug 19 13:26
                      Mary looked up, pleased that Mr. Montoir had gone to the shelf of books. He'd gone immediately to the section of Chinese language books (although she was quite sure some of them were mixed up with... more
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