DH Skies
An emergency meeting (Tag all staff but especially Nathan)
Fri Jan 19, 2018 16:28

Andrew James was waiting in her office. Cleo was in the third year dormitory crying. It was a hideous start to the year and it was about to get a whole lot worse. There was telling the staff - that was bad enough, hard enough. And that was only going to be the start of actually dealing with this problem… With keeping Cleo and those around her safe, and with trying to somehow get her putting her life back together. And then there was the final blow he’d dealt her. The fear not of what was going to happen next but what had happened up until now, and the very difficult questions she was going to have to ask people... She had called an emergency staff meeting, even pulling Nathan away from orientation - the new kids were mingling and could be supervised by one of the prairie elves for a while - and she had to talk to them all, but especially to him.

"Cleo James' father came to see me this morning," she began, once everyone was assembled and sitting down - she felt that them sitting down was a vital component given what she had to tell them. "As you may be aware, Cleo lives with her father, and her mother has not been involved in her life. Mr. James has just disclosed to me that Cleo’s mother was - is…. Is a veela. Her father has struggled with knowing how to tell Cleo. He hadn't told her when she started school, which is why he didn't tell us. He told her over the summer when he started to notice that people were… taking an interest in her.

"The first thing to be aware of is how upset Cleo is. She started several accidental fires over summer, and keeps talking about herself as if she’s some kind of monster. You will need to keep an eye on her, both in terms of emotional support and potential magical accidents.

"We will also need to put measures in place for her and other people's safety - we have a hormonal teenage half veela with no idea how to control her powers,” she added, in case anyone really hadn’t thought that through. The concept of veela tended to get so romanticised - seen as exotic little mascots for Quidditch teams and the like. They were fun, and far away. The consequences of having one around in reality were somewhat different. “The prairie elves will be helpful in supervising her, but the question is how much supervision? How do we balance her and other people's safety with her freedom? How do we have her adequately supervised without making it obvious to other students that it's her that's being monitored? She needs time to come to terms with this and should be allowed to tell people in her own time. Please don’t disclose this to other students.

“Before you all start telling me she’ll be fine with you, I’m not looking for this to get into personal territory. I don’t want people to feel forced to admit that they aren’t attracted to women - or that they are. That is not something that should be a group discussion. It’s not even something I particularly feel the need for you to tell me when I speak to you on your own,” she added. Those conversations were going to get rather more personal, but simple ‘no’ answers would suffice. There did not need to be any ‘becauses.’ She hoped to Merlin there were no ‘yeses.’

“Speaking of which, that’s what’s going to happen now. I need to speak to all of you one by one about- about this. We can come back to what we do about Ms. James’ safety afterwards...

“Grayson, I’ll be borrowing your office, if I may,” she added. “Andrew James is still in mine, and you’re less likely to have visitors than the heads of houses,” she added, feeling it was polite to explain why she was commandeering her colleague’s space, even if she didn’t really need his permission. She tapped her wand on the staff room wall, and a door appeared, leading through into Gray’s office.

“Nathan, you first,” she added, gesturing him inside. Selina was often a serious person, though more so with the students than with her colleagues. She had a definite “don’t you dare” stare. Around her colleagues, she was usually more lighthearted. However, now she looked downright grim. Not her usual serious face, the one she wore when a student earnt her displeasure or caused her concern, but one that suggested a very unpleasant task was now before her.

“Nathan,” she began, and there was regret and apology in her voice as well. “I… I know you’re probably still dealing with the shock of this. It’s…” she allowed herself to trail off. What the hell adjective covered this? “But I need to ask you a few questions. I will be asking all your colleagues the same ones,” I’m not singling you out. “You should know that Ms. James will also be interviewed regarding her relationships with staff members. You are therefore advised to answer honestly. Given Ms. James’.... Situation, you would be unlikely to be held accountable, but any attempt to disguise any incidents that have occurred would be regarded with suspicion.”

She was sure by now that he understood perfectly well what she was asking him. But there could be no ambiguity.

“Nathan, I’m sorry,” and she really sounded it. This was horrific. This was the first day of term… Friends reuniting. New students being sorted. A feast. A celebration. And this… She had never had to have such a horrible conversation with her staff before. “I have to ask you…. Have you ever had physical contact with Ms. James outside of what would be considered normal in a teacher-student relationship? Have you experienced any sensation of being disoriented, or having missing time when you were around Ms. James?”

OOC - if anyone except Nathan wants to respond, you can assume that Selina asked them exactly the same questions, possibly with slightly less apologetic pre-amble. After all the staff had been spoken to one by one, she would have come back to a group meeting for any comments on what happens next, and you’re also welcome to post as if things are at that point.

    • Not as bad as it could have been. - Grayson Wright, Mon Jan 22 14:41
      One of the things Gray liked about working at a school was how well-organized everything was. With scheduled meetings and classes, he knew any time he got to sit down and write was precious and his... more
    • Emergency indeed - Daniel Nash, Sat Jan 20 09:50
      This was only his second year as staff at Sonora on opening day, so he wasn't thinking the unscheduled meeting was anything too unusual. Maybe Professor Tarnasay had called in with a creature... more
      • There might be about to be a second one - DH Skies, Sat Jan 20 11:11
        Her third interview was Daniel. She had decided to do these in the order in which they were most likely to have something awful to tell her. Nathan had been an obvious first, and she felt a huge... more
        • Oh yeah? - Daniel, Sat Jan 20 12:29
          For a second Daniel just stared at her uncomprehendingly. Then the penny dropped. "Oh. Oh! Oh no. No." He shook his head quickly in denial. "No. I've never even seen her in office hours, never mind - ... more
          • Had her desperation for a Defence professor blinded her, she wondered, or had Daniel simply not been anywhere near this weird or vapid when she had interviewed him? Dear. Merlin. She really wished he ... more
            • Can we avoid both those outcomes? - Daniel, Sat Jan 20 23:05
              Daniel nodded in understanding as she confirmed elves or ghosts would be sitting in on his intermediate classes this year. "Yeah, they're in the sentient creature unit, with werewolves and vampires,... more
              • Seems to be moving that way - Selina, Sun Jan 21 18:53
                “That sounds like a good plan, thank you,” she nodded, as Daniel explained that he’d leave them off this year, and they’d work out an action plan for the future. He was still very… Defence Professor... more
    • Oh this is not good at all - Nathan Xavier, Fri Jan 19 18:14
      Nathan was surprised to be summoned away from the orientation shortly after he finished his speech. The new students didn't seem to need him much at this point, and it would still be over an hour... more
      • Selina waited, letting Nathan let it all out. It was no thankfully. In spite of his panicking, she was pretty sure of that. She felt lost in spite of it. She had had no idea how Nathan was going to... more
        • Couldn't agree more - Nathan, Fri Jan 19 22:36
          "Okay, that's good. Then nothing's happened." Nathan said after Selina clarified that he'd know it if something had. "Not with me, anyway," he added with a grimace. "Not that I think or have reason... more
          • Right. Well then. - Selina, Sat Jan 20 10:26
            He got it. That, surely, was half the battle. There was a whole barrage of issues to deal with here… Some people might not take it seriously - or rather, wouldn’t be able to see the danger they... more
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