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Professor Mary Brooding
And conversation?
Sat Sep 1, 2018 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 softly.

She watched as Mr. Montoir made his way to the bookcase and she decided to drop the topic of snacks until he expressed a greater desire. The last thing she wanted was to put more pressure on this obviously stressed out young person.

"I was thinking," Mary began, considering his question as she pushed herself to her feet and stood a short way off from him, facing the books. "That that makes the most sense to me. Sub-categories would be nice but lots of them are general, so maybe just the author? If it's easiest to just take them all off and sort into stacks, I can always float them back into place in whatever state you end up leaving them. This isn't a project for one day I think." She made a point of examining the nearest collection of books, although her attention was focused on Mr. Montoir in her peripherals. "What do you think?" she decided, turning towards him. "What would you do if this was your bookcase?"

She nibbled the edge of a marshmallow as she turned back to the shelves, preferring not to stare at Mr. Montoir while he thought of an answer. "Let me know if you'd like my help at all," she smiled.

  • 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 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
                • Sorry about that.Professor Mary Brooding, Tue Sep 4 17:22
                  Mary was surprised when Mr. Montoir seemed to recoil some, and even more so at the fact that she found this so surprising. She'd been a student once; how creepy would she have thought it if her... more
                  • It was probably my faultDorian, Wed Sep 5 04:06
                    Silence reigned. Dorian tried to focus back on the bookshelves. But it didn't feel like comfortable silence any more. It didn't feel like they were two people working companionably in the same space. ... more
                    • Certainly notProfessor Brooding, Wed Sep 5 17:48
                      Guilt and sympathy washed over Mary in equal measure and she felt herself relax into the situation. Realizing she and Mr. Montoir were equally human was encouraging and she smiled warmly at him. "Not ... more
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