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Professor Mary Brooding
So long as it doesn't mutliply the issue, too!
Sat Aug 18, 2018 16:48
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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 self-advocacy and Mary worried that he seemed surprised to have the offer of talking about his troubles. She hoped it was because they were minute, and not because he'd never been asked before.

She gave him time to think and when he decided he didn't have anything to say just now, she smiled. "That's quite alright, Mr. Montoir," she said warmly, hoping her tone and eyes sparkled enough to make him know she meant it. She'd had people think it odd that she used last names like that, but she'd always appreciated it from her own professors so she maintained the practice into her adulthood.

"You know where my office is and I hope you know that any of the professors are happy to speak with you if you want to chat," she added this not because she thought he didn't want to speak to her specifically, but because she thought it might bear reminding. "It's been such a pleasure meeting you. Feel free to grab a book if you'd still like to."

Then, she turned her body very carefully away from the bookcase. She didn't want him to feel like she was watching if he did select a book and didn't want there to be any pressure to discuss his choice. She also didn't want to seem like she was trying to force him to get a book at all. And so with that, she set about collecting her papers and generally making herself busy, keeping a friendly smile on her face and keeping her face turned enough towards him that the conversation could either continue or not and there was no pressure either way.

  • 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
      • 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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