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That would be good for my heart.
Fri Jul 27, 2018 22:12
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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 family was clearly not only tough for Mary, and she was silent on the matter. She would not have wanted empty pity or awkward apologies, she wanted to move forward, and so she paid the same courtesy to Tabitha.

"I love your accent," she said instead. "And I'd love to see those artifacts! And, if you're willing, I'd love some help making my own office a bit less...dingy. I'm not sure how it is now, but I'd love your advice to get in some good natural lighting and what not! It's so beautiful here, I'd hate for it to look so gross all the time."

Mary considered this question about the feast. "I'm much more excited than I was," Mary agreed, smiling at Tabitha. "Does it matter where we sit? It sounds so childish but I'd like to sit with you if possible."

Mary tried to stifle a sigh but it didn't work, and the woosh of air escaped her lips. She frowned and chewed the inside of her cheek. "To be honest, I'm terrified. So many people and things to go wrong. It's such a lovely place here and I'd hate to be a smudge or a stain." She gave a sheepish smile. "But I won't dwell on that."

Crossing her legs and rolling her shoulders, Mary forced herself to perk up. "I'm glad to have met you, Tabitha. This year is going to be wonderful, I'm sure of it. Is there anything I should know before we go in there?"

She smiled her best 'gossip with me' smile, but kept her eyes kind, making it clear-- she hoped-- that the gesture was a teasing one and she meant no actual ill-will towards anybody's reputation. It was an easy position to take, but not one that was often respected. To learn about people from the mouths of others was normal, but it seemed that to want that information purely for the sake of knowing it was not, and people tried too often to tear down others behind their backs. Mary would have none of that. She thought to say so, but it seemed that Tabitha would understand, and she didn't worry.

  • 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
      • 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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