Tabitha Hawthorne
Time for a feast!
Sat Jul 28, 2018 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 for her to set both places up as her own. A Potions classroom, however, she could indeed imagine that it would take a lot more effort, given what likely went on in there and it would be callous of Tabitha to not help.

Tabitha laughed at the fact that two grown adult witches were still talking about where to sit as if it was them who were still in school. In truth, while the notion was amusing, Tabitha had been privately hoping that Mary would ask, simply because the Defence teacher hadn't wanted to come across as needy or monopolise Mary's time. It was nice to know that when walking into the Opening Feast that there would be someone at the teacher's table that she could chat with.

"I'd be more than happy to sit together," she told the witch and then, when Mary told her that she was terrified, Tabitha's eyes softened and she gave her a reassuring smile. "I'm sure it'll all be fine. You're no smudge."

Then, Mary extended an invitation for gossip but, by the expression on her face, there was no malicious intent behind it. The subsequent 'gossiping' that resulted was polite and kind, more filled with worries about potential situations that could arise from various students. Tabitha voiced her thoughts about the half-Veela, Cleo, as with teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts, it would no doubt be a sensitive point with the student but Veelas were on the curriculum and would be covered eventually, something Tabitha wasn't revelling in the thought of. She hoped that Mary would have some kind of advice for her.

Then, Tabitha noticed the time and her teacup hit its saucer with a rather loud clink. "Goodness! It's nearly time for the feast. We're going to have to go change!"

She stood up, somewhat reluctantly from her armchair - it had been ever so comfortable - and stretched, trying to shake the stiffness from her body. It had been an enjoyable chat but given the protest that Tabitha's body was screaming as she stretched, the two witches had been there for quite some time. She smiled at Mary, truly believing that she could say that she had made a friend.

"It's been wonderful talking to you," she told her. "And we can talk more at the feast. I'll see you there."

She gave the new Potions mistress one more warming smile and then went to pass her, squeezing Mary on the shoulder as she did so. As she left the staff lounge to go and change for the Opening Feast, Tabitha let out a sigh of contentment. She felt, for the first time, that she had made the right choice in taking the Defence position at Sonora. After making a friend like that, how could it possibly be wrong?

  • 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
      • 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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