Tabitha Hawthorne
I think we're going to be very good friends...
Fri Jul 27, 2018 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 had never landed in America before now and had no family or friendly connections to speak of and had very much had to fend for herself, with no one looking out for her or watching her back. Knowing that fact had led to some very upsetting moments for the teacher. Sitting in the teacher's lounge, just the two of them, led to a blossoming of warmth in Tabitha's chest. It was nice to get to know such a genuinely lovely person such as Mary and Tabitha privately hoped that they would be able to build a strong and lasting friendship.

She a pang of sadness as Mary told her about her family, particularly the murder of her own brother. Tabitha had come into contact with Merpeople in the past and they were terribly nasty creatures. It'd only been thanks to some quick spellwork and some rudimentary Mermish that she'd gotten away at all. Tabitha didn't really know what to say in response to the new information and somewhat regretted asking the question at all. 'I'm sorry' seemed rather a pointless thing to say and therefore, she said nothing.

When Mary told Tabitha about the Veela, Tabitha was not surprised. Veelas were breathtakingly beautiful creatures (unless you managed to anger one, in which case, they became cruel harpies) and had an extraordinarily scary ability to charm humans. The Defence teacher thought it was commendable that Mary was still friends with the Veela she was talking about as Tabitha was not entirely sure how she herself would be able to manage that.

That particular conversation also reminded the Defence teacher to perhaps, if she didn't know already, forewarn her new friend about the half-Veela student that roamed the halls of Sonora, if only to avoid any awkward or troublesome situations later on in the year.

Tabitha was relieved when Mary smiled as she talked about Sonora as it meant that she hadn't killed either the conversation or the friendship stone dead with the question about family. She still regretted asking though because, as all questions did, it returned to her for her to answer about her own family. Oh, how thoughtless she'd been.

"Well, I'm from England, as you've probably been able to tell by the accent," she laughed, as she refilled her cup of tea. "My family is very boring. My mother is a muggle and my father is the wizard. He works for the Ministry of Magic doing something dreadfully boring. They..." she hesitated to admit this and she wondered if it would reflect badly on her, making her seem like an inconsiderate daughter. Well, it was perhaps too late. She'd started the sentence. "They don't know that I'm here. They didn't approve of my travelling."

She took a gulp of tea, almost in a bid to wash down the awkwardness of that last statement. Mercifully, there had been a rush of other questions that Mary had asked as well as the family one which gave Tabitha the opportunity to move on with the conversation and leave that awkward dip about their respective families behind.

"I prefer high tide, myself. The sea is extraordinary and the high tide can wash in all sorts of funny or mysterious little trinkets. I have a few personal momentos and artifacts I've collected from my travels in my classroom and office, if you want to take a look. There are, of course, several stories to go with them," she smiled at Mary. Despite the fact that her personal things were on display in her classroom and office for everyone to see, Tabitha felt that extending such an invitation regardless solidified the fact that the two witches would become friends. "I like both day and night. There are amazing creatures that come out at different times of day and I love to see them all because they're all so fascinating!"

Tabitha, despite the little hiccup earlier, now felt completely at ease and at peace. It was nice to share things with someone who seemed just as interested in her as she was in them. The Defence professor was truly grateful to whatever fate that had caused Mary Brooding to come through the staff lounge door.

"Are you looking forward to the Opening Feast?" she asked the witch. "I wasn't before as I didn't really know anyone apart from the Deputy Headmistress but at least I'll know you now," she smiled at the Potions mistress. Tabitha was sure that she'd build good relationships with the other teachers at Sonora but she felt that there was something special between herself and Mary, given that they were both new to Sonora.

  • 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
      • 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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