Mary Brooding
Undo! Backup! Reverse! Abort!
Mon Jan 14, 2019 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 orientations were discriminated against in the work place. At the same time, she didn't want to lie to him.

"Deputy Headmistress Skies wouldn't do that," she said honestly. "I made that sound worse than I meant it. I'm a professor and I would not work at a school if I thought they'd kick out students for being human beings," she added. "I can absolutely guarantee you won't be without a place at Sonora, no matter what happens."

Mary was contemplative, and well aware of her own sad heart coming to the surface. There were bubbles in her chest that threatened to come out as long-dried tears or as awkward giggles. Neither was appropriate.

"You are a lovely person," Mary said, smiling at him. "You are not a bad person for being scared. This is a big change in your life and a new part of who you are. It's okay to feel everything you're feeling and when this all settles down, you'll look back and know that you never had to worry about some of these things. You're so brave and I really do promise that everything is okay.

Think about this. I say that if your friends stop being your friends because you like boys, then they weren't very good friends, right? You say that they are good friends and it's hard for you to think of them that way? Well, then that won't happen!" She took a moment to consider her logic and decided that it was pretty sound. "That doesn't make it easy if someone is mean to you," she said, "but it also means it isn't your fault. You haven't done anything wrong."

The part about family was harder, as she had very little to relate to on that level. Tabitha's family wasn't totally awful, and it sounded like Dorian's might not be quite as kind in some member. "You said that your mama and sister are kind, good, loving people? They will have no problems then. That doesn't mean they won't be surprised, maybe, and they might even be worried about you, but they won't be disappointed in you."

Mary sighed to herself and sort of shrank into her chest. Leaning away from Dorian to look at him more wholly and separate herself from the kind side for a moment.

"I cannot promise that this will be easy," she said. "I can promise that it will be okay. Some people are mean, some people are kind, just like with anything else. You never owe anybody any part of your identity. If you don't want to tell somebody, even your family or friends, you don't have to. If you want to tell them, but don't want to tell them yet, that's okay too. And if you ever need any help, you have a lot of people here that are happy to talk to you, hug you, and answer any questions they can." She cocked her head at him. "Do you know that you are cared about, Dorian? Because you really truly are."

  • “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
      • 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
        • I'm always here. Mary Brooding, Wed Jan 23 20:51
          Mary allowed her shoulders to relax, surprised by how much tension they'd in carrying through this conversation. She was certain that she was projecting, or possibly just confronting some of her old... more
          • GoodDorian, Sat Jan 26 21:39
            Nothing bad was going to happen to Professor Brooding. That was one less thing to worry about. Well… that was one thing to worry less about. He wasn’t sure he could stop worrying altogether. He... more
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