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Nathan Xavier
Oh this is not good at all
Fri Jan 19, 2018 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 before the tour was due to begin, so he left the elves in charge, and tasked a prefect he saw in the hall on the way up to the staff room to head over there, too. In all the years he'd been at Sonora, they'd never had an impromptu meeting like this on the first day of term - with an Orientation in progress no less - and it did not bode well.

It was as bad as he'd feared. No, it was worse.

Cleo. Sweet, garden loving Cleo, was part - no, not part, half Veela. That was bad enough right there, but . . . Nathan couldn't help just one moment of selfishness: why did this have to be about one of his favorite students? Though, at least she wasn't actually in his House. That would make this much much more awkward than it was already, with her just being someone he thought of as an Honorary Teppenpaw.

Poor Cleo. She must be feeling terrible, poor girl.

He had no idea what kind of suggestions to make when dealing with this problem, so he was initially grateful for the individual meetings, until he walked into Gray's office with Selina, and she laid out what it was they were there to discuss. His expression of horror was as much for the idea that Cleo might have already run into problems of this nature before they'd been aware of a problem as for the fact that this was happening. To him. To all of them really. But to him, especially. To him, first.

"Oh God," he blasphemed, an utterance he almost never used, but was heartfelt right now. "No, not that I remember, but . . . Geez, Selina, she was my gardening assistant since first year. She swings by my office just to chat. I forget she's not a Teppenpaw sometimes. There's countless hours we were alone together. There were usually elves about, but not always, not at first anyway. After the Concert, when her father gave me suspicious looks and made a comment, I made sure there was an elf, a prefect, another student or staff member around, whenever I knew I'd be working with her, but sometimes she showed up unannounced. Nothing untoward ever happened. We were just gardening and talking. I don't recall ever loosing time. But . . . I don't know. It might look bad." He ran a hand through his hair.

"This probably isn't relevant, but should I mention I'm dating Isis?" It wasn't, so far as he knew, a strict secret, but they were being discreet, and he wasn't sure it had come to the deputy's attention before now. He wasn't quite sure that it mattered at all, but if he were to be investigated, Isis could probably at least provide partial alibis for some of the time people might have otherwise thought he'd been alone.

  • 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... more
    • 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
      • 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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