Nathan Xavier
[Staff Lounge] Fuzzy Timing it back into midterm (Isis)
Fri Dec 9, 2016 09:53

Nathan sat in the staff lounge. It wasn't a thing he normally did much, preferring usually his greenhouses or the Teppenpaw Common Room as his relaxation locations, but today the greenhouses were just reminding him of the grading he was putting off until after Christmas, and the common room felt empty and ghostlike with most of the students home for the holidays. As Teppenpaw was usually so warm and full of friendly chatter, the quiet now felt almost creepy and so he was here, in the staff lounge, which was at least supposed to be quiet and free of students.

He was reading a book he had gotten for Christmas last year and hadn't yet gotten around to reading. When he visited his family tomorrow, he wanted to be able to tell his brother he had enjoyed it, so he was hoping to squeeze it all in before he left. When the door opened though, he smiled, tucked his bookmark in place, and put the book aside.

"Isis," he greeted warmly, eyes brighting as they fell up his, his girlfriend. They'd gone on enough pre-dates that slowly morphed into real-dates that he felt he was allowed to use that word now, as strange as it still felt to his brain, which was only beginning to get past its idea that he was cursed to be single forever. Even stranger had been Alfie's candy gram, and it had taken him an inordinately long time to figure out who the 'her' was he was supposed to take care of, and for that matter who 'A' was, but once one came to him, the whole thing came together and he'd felt a strange combination of pleased, inadequate, determined, and relief that Alfie seemed not to harbor any kind of jealousy of any sort. It was the kind of thing a brother might write to his sister's new boyfriend and that helped Nathan define the obvious affection and familiarity he was sure he hadn't imagined between them.

"I was hoping you might swing in here eventually." He pointed to the counter with the teapot. "I've got peppermint tea brewed and some gingerbread cookies, if you'd like any." He would have made the offer to any of the staff who wandered in, those few left overseeing the school with him, but he was glad it was Isis who showed first. "The elves always give me way more than I can eat by myself."

He waved his own mug of tea, with a candy cane sticking out of it as a stirring rod, and added, smiling, "Thank you for your candy gram."

    • Ah, the holidays. - Isis Carter, Mon Dec 12 00:49
      Her coat was completely inappropriate for an Arizona December, but Isis was just in from a place where winter had more bite. She had settled her mother into the new apartment in Phoenix and promptly... more
      • Yes indeed - Nathan , Fri Dec 23 10:45
        Nathan smiled, pleased that she seemed to like the tea. He had noticed she tended more to the coffee end of the hot beverage spectrum, but peppermint tea was a family staple at Christmas time for... more
        • It sure brings things out of people. - Isis , Thu Dec 29 14:58
          “Phoenix?” Isis repeated, doing her best to squash the immediate bubble of anxiety that filled her chest. She had just settled her mother in that very city, and that was not a run-in she really... more
          • Like photo albums? - Nathan, Sat Dec 31 22:00
            "Great," Nathan smiled, sure his mom would love seeing her again and his dad had been asking when he got to meet the lady who finally broke Nathan's long streak of bachelorhood. "And don't worry... more
            • And mistakes. - Isis, Mon Jan 2 03:05
              “Oh, no, you don’t have to-” Isis began immediately, but her protests died in her throat. She didn’t like hand outs, but, as she reminded herself, letting him buy lunch once was not the same thing.... more
              • It hurts - Nathan, Fri Jan 13 11:29
                Ooc: First let me apologize profusely for an illegally short post last time. I had premature submission and had to run to do New Years Eve family stuff, and there was already a reply before I could... more
                • You can say that again. - Isis, Sat Jan 14 03:51
                  His arm stretched around her. She didn’t lean into it, but still. It was… nice. “Was it… what?” Of course. Of course Nathan was being kind and supportive and sympathetic and understanding and... more
                  • It hurts - Nathan , Wed Jan 18 12:02
                    Nathan was going to go ahead and assume 'a very rough time before this job' was about equivalent to saying 'Santa had a lot of places to visit tomorrow night.' True certainly, but beyond the limits... more
                    • Hopefully it's a meaningful hurt. - Isis, Fri Jan 20 01:30
                      “I’m not going anywhere so you don’t need to worry about that.” He said more than that, and all of quite reassuring and kind and wonderful, but that was what stood out. It was an easy thing to say -... more
                      • Nathan held Isis, feeling closer to her now than he ever had before, though this was not the first time they had snuggled on a couch before. This was different somehow; deeper. He could almost see... more
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