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Mary Brooding
Kindred indeed.
Fri Jul 27, 2018 17:50
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Mary stifled a giggle, afraid it would make Tabitha feel bad. Few people took compliments well, in Mary's experience, and innocent nervousness was better than some things. Besides, it meant that Tabitha wasn't used to such comments, which was always inspirational for saying such things more often.

"That sounds incredible! And dangerous! I'd love to know your thoughts on extracting potion ingredients from various creatures in humane ways, I'm not sure the market is particularly regulated right now and it always concerns me. If you take another trip between school years and are interested in taking another friend, I'm sure I'd have a lot to learn from you!"

She smiled and took another sip from her drink. It was clear that Tabitha's story extended far beyond what she was saying and Mary had no intention of interrupting whatever train of thought was driving behind her eyes.

"Reckless is okay," Mary cooed. She was afraid to sound too much like a mother, though, and didn't say more.

The question about teaching caught her off guard and she wondered at it for a moment. She hadn't thought too much about what she looked forward too most, as she was just excited to teach at all. She pondered her own experiences in potions class often, and asked herself what she'd want to change as a professor.

Suddenly excited, she pulled her wand out with her free hand and tapped the saucer with it, releasing it into the air to float as she tucked her legs underneath her and turned to face Tabitha. "You know that face?" she asked, eyes wide. "When a student who's been struggling with something finally understands it, or a student who doesn't know what they're interested in realizes they're interested in this thing they're doing right now? I love that face and I'm most excited to find ways to inspire students to get there."

Mary's experiences in school hadn't been all positive and she tried not to think of the other faces students make. The face of a crestfallen student talking about bullying or failure or parental expectations was much harder for her to think about. She shook her head to dislodge the thought.

"What about you?"

  • I completely agree. - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Jul 27 16:46
    She thought that Mary was quite right. The last name 'Brooding' didn't seem to suit her, given what Tabitha had seen of the woman's personality. Mary didn't seem the type to brood. She seemed far to... more
    • Kindred indeed. - Mary Brooding, Fri Jul 27 17:50
      • A teacher in more ways than one... - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Jul 27 18:43
        Tabitha blinked, suddenly caught rather off-guard from the sudden turn to the ethics of harvesting potion ingredients and how humane one should be. It was a hard question, to be sure, as it was... more
        • or two or three or four! - Mary Brooding, Fri Jul 27 19:10
          Mary was not one to test new people. She didn't like when couples set challenges for each other to see if they were the people they thought they were, or when teachers asked impossible questions to... more
          • I think we're going to be very good friends... - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Jul 27 20:02
            If Tabitha was honest with herself and she often was as she didn't believe in lying to herself to make herself feel better, she'd admit that the last few months of her life had been very lonely. She... more
            • That would be good for my heart. - Anonymous, Fri Jul 27 22:12
              She replied! She had an answer! Here was a witch who had seen the world, and not just lived in it. She was a participant in life, and Mary could settle for nothing less in her friends. The subject of ... more
              • Time for a feast! - Tabitha Hawthorne, Sat Jul 28 06:53
                "Of course I'll help," Tabitha nodded, offering her services as a classroom cleaner. Her Defence classroom and office hadn't exactly needed a cleaning, just a bit of a dusting so it hadn't taken long ... more
                • And a friend to eat with - Mary Brooding, Sat Jul 28 11:50
                  Mary was delighted that Tabitha was kind and funny both, as well as smart. There was much more to look forward to with this school year than Mary had anticipated, not least of all the impending... more
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