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Mary Brooding
or two or three or four!
Fri Jul 27, 2018 19:10
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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 see how a student might answer in the face of it. However, when naturally occurring conversations provided opportunities to learn more about a person, it was only natural, in her mind, to make judgments based on this new information.

Mary had not tested Tabitha by asking these questions of her, she'd merely been curious. But she sat back, still curled into her chair, and relaxed when she realized that Tabitha would have passed if it had been a test. She reached again for her tea, filling it up with another wave of her wand. She tucked the wand behind her head, into her braid, and listened to Tabitha's response.

As eager as she was for the school term to start, Mary was also eager to get to know Tabitha more over the next few months, and perhaps travel with her afterwards. It was a desire she truly hoped Tabitha didn't forget she'd expressed. Christmas in the wilderness would be much more exciting than anything that might happen here.

"That sounds like you had a professor that inspired you to do just that," Mary said. "It's obvious that you've grabbed life by all your hands!" She assumed the woman only had two, but it was better to be safe than sorry. "That can be so hard, because some people want to hold one of your hands and expect you to be in one place or another, doing one thing or another. I'm glad you've not let anyone stop you."

She smiled, hoping she wasn't wrong. It was always awkward to say something thoughtful, only to discover it was rather thoughtless.

"I don't have much of a family," Mary admitted. "I had a brother, but he passed away after attempting a new potion. The potion itself worked fine, which was good, but he hadn't anticipated that making it so he could breathe underwater for an extended duration to interact with merfolk might not mean that the merfolk would relinquish their new conversation partner. Whether they didn't understand that restraining him at the bottom of the floor of a lake would be detrimental to his health, or they didn't care is unclear, but they did return him to us for burial at least. He was a good man and quite the jokester, I think he'd make that story much more interesting.

"My parents passed away shortly after, and I think it was a broken heart. Parker, my brother, was the good child and their sweet little boy. He was born with a variety of disabilities and they were so proud to have seen him grow up so well."

Mary hated this conversation. Often, discussion turns towards family, which is all well and good, but it's a hard topic to keep light when your family has all died.

"But that was a long time ago, and I'm sure that they would be thrilled to know I've come so far since then. I fell in love once, too, but you know how Veelas are. Sweet as a summer rain and brilliant as a winter blizzard. I couldn't hold that against her, and we're good friends now."

Mary smiled, and it was genuine. Her tales weren't so hard to tell anymore and she enjoyed the opportunity to think of her loved ones, scattered across time and space.

"Sonora was my home and my family as a child; my brother and parents died when I was still attending. So really, all of these people here are my family, and I think that that will make for a lovely school year. Or a dreadful one! One big family reunion with a bunch of strangers. What a dreadful idea, indeed!" She beamed at Tabitha, excited at the prospect.

The witch was quiet and collected and set Mary at ease. She was the sort of friend every strange person should have, or no one will remind them to be careful or to be safe. She reminded Mary a bit of her young mother, packing lunches and saying things like "don't forget to pack extra socks" or "write me when you get there so I know you're safe." Tabitha positively exuded the sort of warm love that is so hard to find outside of parents and siblings, and Mary had missed it very much.

"I'd love to know about your family," Mary started, hoping not to offend with her question. "But I'm really curious about you! Do you prefer high tide or low tide? I like low tide myself, but there are some real positives to a high tide. Do you prefer day or night? I suppose it might be different if you're out for pleasure or work. Tell me about you!"

  • 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
      • 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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