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I think love also has a lot of usness
Fri Aug 17, 2018 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 Dorian knew. Someone who seemed like the opposite of Professor Brooding. It was impossible to imagine she had ever been anything but lovely, and certainly never anything as horrible as Matthieu. Which probably meant she meant something else...

He was a little bit anxious when she told him she was going to tell him a secret. He was not one to gossip but he was not good at telling lies, and he was not sure he could do a good job of pretending not to know something if he really did. Luckily, it did not really seem to be that kind of secret. It was a good kind, the kind that was more... someone telling you a special thing, a feeling that they wouldn't give to everyone but not something deep and dark to keep hidden. Just something to be protected from nasty people wouldn't appreciate it.

"Yes,” he nodded when she asked if he understood. Everything you say..." It was like she had been inside his life, or inside his head. This was what he imagined it was like meeting your soulmate. Not that he thought Professor Brooding was his soulmate. She couldn't be because she was a grown up. But it had to be like this. Feeling that instant, intense connection, like someone you had known for just a few minutes had known you for your whole life. It had been like that with Jehan too. "I believe all these things too," he said quietly, "Love is the most important thing. And the most powerful. When people try to make hurting remarks, it doesn't hurt so much when you know people love you." He sort of wanted to tell her about Matthieu. Maybe not everything but... The trouble with the important realisations that he had had over the summer were that he hadn't been able to fully share them with anyone. He had told his friends how his relatives had been full of praise for him, how he had been compared so favourably to his brother. But he had never told them how bad Matthieu had made him feel growing up, and how he had found a way not to feel that any more. “I stop listening to people like that,” he told her. “And it feels much better. But it’s even more nice finding someone who tells me that that is right. I don't believe you were ever not nice," he told her.

  • 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 usness — Dorian, Fri Aug 17 07:41
      • 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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