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Dorian Montoir
Sorting things out [Tag Professor Brooding]
Sat Sep 1, 2018 06:02

It had not taken long for Dorian to come back. He had dropped his bag off in Teppenpaw, still thinking about Professor Brooding’s offer. It didn’t seem like she was going to force him to talk. Unless he was missing the point, she was just offering him somewhere to be. Somewhere to be sounded good. It was remarkable how few quiet places there were in Sonora. The Hall and the library were very public, there was a definite risk of crossing paths with specific people, and almost dead certainty of having to have some kind of interaction with someone. And the library felt like intruding on Jehan’s territory. He had noticed how unconcerned Jehan always was with curfew whenever they met there. And given the house’s reputation… Well, it didn’t actually take an Aladren to figure out where the Aladren Common Room was, at least roughly speaking. If it had just been Jehan he was avoiding, then Teppenpaw would have been perfectly safe. He found himself glad for the first time in his life that he and Jehan were not roommates. The thought of them having to share such a personal space right now was enough to make him burn with embarrassment. But he just didn’t know how to deal with anyone. Obviously Vlad knew something was wrong - he had walked right into the middle of a complete scene, or rather something that had quickly escalated into one. Dorian had no idea what to do with anyone, except fake a smile and say that he was fine, an act that he suspected was wearing thin with all of them. He just wanted some space of his own.

He was a little bit anxious about being around Professor Brooding. She had read him so easily last time. And he knew how bad he was at hiding his feelings. But before now, he had also rarely tried. He had rarely wanted to hide anything, except what Matthieu was doing, from anyone. He had never really thought of feelings as being a problem. Clearly he could not hide that he was miserable from Professor Brooding, but it didn’t seem obligatory that he told her why, and he hoped that, if he was careful, he could keep things to himself. She had, after all, mentioned finding some space away from his peers. And that was what he wanted.

He knocked on her office door, going in when she called to.

“Hi,” he managed. He held her eyes whilst he said this but then seemed to give up on that effort, scanning the interior of this new room instead. His body radiated tension, like he was poised to run at a moment’s notice. “Are your books still need the sorting?” he asked, as his eyes landed on them. He glanced back at her. That had not been on her list of suggested activities, but it sounded appealing.

    • By all means.Professor Mary Brooding, Sat Sep 1 15:09
      Mary was not under any false impressions about her own mental state when Mr. Montoir returned to the classroom and her office space there. Thoughts of Tabitha and their recent fight, if that was even ... more
      • The healing power of book arrangementDorian, Sat Sep 1 19:04
        Dorian wondered whether this was always how Professor Brooding’s classroom looked when they were not in it, or whether she had made the effort in case he came back. He felt vaguely guilty if it was... more
        • And conversation?Professor Mary Brooding, Sat Sep 1 23:43
          "The best time to drink hot chocolate is when you're really excited for it," Mary said as she sipped from her own mug again. "I love that moment. It's best to wait until you are ready," she smiled... more
          • The best time for hot chocolate is when you’re really excited for it. Dorian nodded mutely. He could not fault Professor Brooding’s logic there, although he couldn’t imagine a time when he would be... more
            • Ah, but this isn't the end yet.Professor Mary Brooding, Sun Sep 2 01:35
              "That sounds like a good plan," Mary replied, controlling her excitement. She maintained an even temperament on the outside, but her insides were dancing and singing and just generally being excited... more
              • I hope you're rightDorian, Sun Sep 2 01:54
                Professor Brooding appeared not to want to help with the books, which was fine. He could sort and she could work, and then he wasn’t in anyone’s way, but nor was he having to be out and socialising,... more
                • I promise.Professor Mary Brooding, Sun Sep 2 02:27
                  Mary smiled at first, enjoying Mr. Montoir's explanation of his grandfather and sorting Chinese texts. Then she beamed. "When I was younger, I really wished I was more patient. I decided I would work ... more
                  • You read my mindDorian, Tue Sep 4 06:33
                    Dorian had to listen hard to Professor Brooding’s answer. She went off on quite the tangent. He didn’t mind that as such, although she was one of those people where you had to wait until the very end ... more
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