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Prof. Mary Brooding
It is a great thing to be more full of love than of yourself
Fri Aug 17, 2018 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 seemed grateful for her attention, which worried her. Was he not receiving the care he needed from family or friends? She was glad that they could relate but hated to think that the closest a 13 year old boy had come to finding someone who understood him was in a grown woman. The thought struck her then that he would have been born about the time Parker and her parents had died, a lovely, albeit painful, reminder that beautiful things come out of the world just as often as terrible things do.

"It sounds like you've experienced a lot of hurtful people," Mary said, peering at him carefully. She had long since learned to look at interesting people like people, and without the face of studying them.

Yet again, Selina crossed her mind. She was sure she'd have a better idea of her own philosophy of teaching after today, but the risk of messing up so terribly on day one was not one that she liked to think of. Her own sentiments came to mind. She'd told Selina that, at the end of the day, the students were the reason they were all there.

Right now, standing in front of her with ghosts in his eyes, was a student. Teaching be damned if she couldn't be a person sometimes, too.

"Do you want to talk about someone that's been bothering you?"

  • 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 yourself — Prof. Mary Brooding, Fri Aug 17 21:48
      • 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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