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Bare feet and slippers
Thu Aug 30, 2018 22:04

Slowly, details about Tabitha’s appearance began to percolate into Nathan’s consciousness. As he had been entirely unconscious not ten minutes ago, he wasn’t terribly embarrassed it took him this long to notice that she was carrying-dropping-picking up her high-heels, and she was not dressed in a professorial manner. (Besides, he had plenty else to be embarrassed about just now, all things considered - thank Merlin Tabitha pulled her coat tighter so where his eyes wandered by accident didn’t have to be one of them.)

Then she seemed to feel as obligated to explain herself as he did - he assumed it was the hour. Their brains wanted to be asleep but weren’t and were consequently making bad conversational decisions. Case in point. Nathan’s response back to her, which was, “Oh. Okay.”

She had congratulated him, so it only seemed fair to return it. “Congratulations to you, too.” Dating a woman was was something he enjoyed very much, so he was glad Tabitha was getting to do that if that was what she was interested in doing.

“I mean,” he added, quickly, “assuming it went well. You had a good time, I hope?”

Merlin, what was wrong with him? That was a very prying question to ask somebody he barely knew, and it was, as he noted earlier, 3AM and he was in his slippers. And she was barefoot. They should both be asleep.

“Sorry, you don’t have to answer that.”

  • Or just a professor with a lot of responsibilities - Tabitha Hawthorne, Thu Aug 30 17:07
    Tabitha was smiling to herself, her cheeks still coloured a soft pink and her lips were still tingling from the kiss she and Mary - her girlfriend! - had shared in the entryway of Sonora Academy. It... more
    • Bare feet and slippers - Nathan, Thu Aug 30 22:04
      • I think your feet are warmer than mine. - Tabitha Hawthorne, Thu Aug 30 22:43
        Tabitha's good feelings, while they were still simmering under the surface, were slowly being smothered by the awkwardness of this interaction. She couldn't seem to be able to get her blush to... more
        • That seems likely - Nathan Xavier, Fri Aug 31 10:12
          He was glad that prying or not, his question seemed to break the awkward heaviness of the conversation so far, as she smiled brilliantly and confirmed that she had had an absolutely wonderful time.... more
          • Oh, it feels nice to sit down. - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Aug 31 14:29
            The staff room was dark when they entered it as there was obviously nobody else in there at such early hours. While Nathan busied himself with the tea-making, Tabitha made herself comfortable on a... more
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