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Professor Mary Brooding
Ah, but this isn't the end yet.
Sun Sep 2, 2018 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 that Mr. Montoir was at least interested in coming back. This checked a number of important boxes in Mary's welfare check for the boy. Signs of suicide often included seeing no point in planning for the future and Mary was glad to see that Mr. Montoir didn't seem to be exhibiting this particular signal. She breathed a silent sigh of relief.

Making her first move to actively require something of her companion, Mary went to her desk and retrieved some parchment, quill and ink, and some reference books. Then, she took a seat at one of the student desks nearest Mr. Montoir, where she was clearly available for conversation or to answer any questions, but pointedly not helping unless he requested it. She also tried to look like her work-- planning future lessons-- was extremely interesting. whether it encouraged Mr. Montoir to dive into some as-of-yet undiscovered passion for potions, or whether it encouraged him to acknowledge his curiosity instead of only his grief, Mary would count it as a success.

"That's wonderful!" Mary said when he commented about writing to his grandfather. "Does your grandfather know Chinese?" she asked. "Or did you ask him because he's a clever problem-solver like yourself?"

  • 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
      • 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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