The next...
Wed Jan 9, 2019 06:49

This time, Dorian had more of a chance to focus on the request Professor Brooding was making. Walk her down the aisle. He blinked in confusion, not really having heard that part the first time. He knew those words, on their own. He thought he knew their meaning in a sentence relating to weddings or he had done until a minute ago. But the image those words conjured up in his mind did not gel at all with a student-teacher relationship. Even a very fond one. Maybe it was just a turn of phrase about being at a wedding.

"You want me to come to your wedding," he clarified, starting with what he was certain about, "And wear this - and this is so beautiful and thank you, and you did not have to do this," he added hastily, remembering the manners that had been so thoroughly drilled into him. And then things started not really adding up because Professor Brooding really didn't have to have done this if she was just asking him as a guest and it really sounded like she was asking him to do something, because she had said he could just come as a guest if he didn't want to do the thing but... but what thing? "And you want me to... help, at the wedding?" he said it questioningly, feeling like even this strayed into the seriously presumptuous.

"That's beautiful," he commented, regarding both the locket and all the information that came with it. His mind spun with the information he had acquired too. In some ways, her assertion that women could propose to men was the strangest. He couldn't see why that would ever be necessary. The only thing slightly more perplexing was the idea of "something else" and he had no idea what she could possibly mean by that, the relevant portions of Professor Hawthorne's lecture the previous year having gone somewhat over his head. The important bits, however, stuck. He had pictured the future as being with Jehan, but only insofar as the the things they had now - each other, a place of their own, affection. The place was bigger than the MARS room and the degree of affection a lot more intense but... But that place had looked very lonely in his head, until Professor Brooding had started talking to him about her relationship. That had made him realise that there would be other people who understood. And now there was a model for his future. He could ask Jehan to marry him. Or maybe one day, Jehan would ask him… Or they would both ask each other. Although if Jehan asked him to marry him, there was no way he’d need time to think about it. He hoped to Maugris that Jehan wouldn’t either. If he asked Jehan to marry him and got anything less than an emphatic ‘yes’ he was sure his heart would break.

"And-" he began, wanting to ask a million more questions but stopping himself. He had so many more things he wanted to ask. So many things he was curious about. But they were supposed to be focussing on her now, not the wedding for which he didn’t even have a fiancé yet… "Am I allowed to ask you questions?” he asked instead. “I worry that I'll say something wrong or be rude by mistake. It's just... at home... At home there's all these rules. Some are actual law, and some just what everyone thinks. Good Pureblood boys marry good Pureblood girls and…” And he had always dreamt of getting married to the perfect person. And that had always meant someone who loved and understood him, but it also had always meant someone his mother was happy with - someone she was pleased to see him marrying. He had pictured her and Émilie there, celebrating with him, loving whoever it was almost as much as he did… And that part was still in jeopardy. He wished he could think about them, two of his favourite people in the world, without it feeling like someone had stabbed him in the heart. “I can’t imagine that something like this would happen there.”

OOC - as we are soooooo not done with the wedding strands of conversation I’m opting to pretend that last paragraph of yours didn’t happen. Hope that’s ok.

  • And the next you're hugging it.Mary Brooding, Tue Jan 8 21:03
    Mary laughed, surprised by the reaction although she really shouldn't have been. "Oh, you're excited?" she laughed, bouncing and jostling with the hug and the umpiring and the hug and the shouting.... more
    • The next... — Dorian, Wed Jan 9 06:49
      • I think you get to decide. Mary Brooding, Wed Jan 9 22:58
        OOC -- fine by me! XD. IC: Mary considered Dorian with a careful gaze. He was obviously excited, but she wasn't sure whether his reluctance to accept the proposition was due to his uncertainty that... more
        • The next, I'm at rock bottom.Dorian, Fri Jan 11 07:42
          You know that my family passed away when I was young? Honestly, the answer to that was no. He had not known that. He couldn’t remember ever really talking much with Professor Brooding about her... more
          • I had a pet rock once.Mary Brooding, Fri Jan 11 10:41
            Mary grimaced at the realization she had perhaps field to mention her family members' deaths before. It was a morbid topic and not one she preferred to spring on people. Her grief ran deep but it had ... more
            • Over and over, all day longDorian, Fri Jan 11 20:38
              OOC - oops realised I never specified him sitting down and then suddenly he was. I pictured him more having taken a seat at some logical point, rather than collapsing to the floor in a miserable... more
              • This too shall pass.Mary Brooding, Sun Jan 13 01:58
                Mary considered quietly and carefully. She was loathe to frustrate or embarrass Dorian, but he was a rational boy and she doubted that comfort would help him any. She couldn't use Tabitha as a... more
                • “Can she do that?” he asked, in a frightened voice when Professor Brooding talked about the risk of Professor Skies firing her for marrying Professor Hawthorne. He knew people could be mean but there ... more
                  • Undo! Backup! Reverse! Abort!Mary Brooding, Mon Jan 14 17:45
                    Mary grimaced, realizing with a big lump of dread that she shouldn't have used the example that she did. This wasn't exactly the time to admit that yes, sometimes people of non-normative sexual... more
                    • Come back!Dorian, Tue Jan 15 19:40
                      "Ok," Dorian nodded, when Professor Brooding assured him that he wasn't about to be kicked out. "And are any of those other things going to happen? To you?" he asked, noticing that she had only... more
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