Daniel Nash
Emergency indeed
Sat Jan 20, 2018 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 emergency and they were fishing for volunteers to handle the Aladren Head of House duties tonight, or there had been a gnome infestation in the Gardens and Nathan needed someone to help take care of that before he brought the first year tour through. So expecting a fairly mundane emergency, as far as emergencies went, the revelation about Cleo James was . . . disturbing.

Not least because he felt like, as the DADA professor, even a temporary substitute one, he was kind of expected to have noticed this kind of thing before now. So he shifted a bit guiltily in his seat and tried not to draw too much attention to his incompetence.

When he was called in individually, somewhere in the middle of the pack of such interviews, he slunk in with slumped shoulders and dropped into the seat across from Selina (he was mostly used to calling the staff by their first names, now, which was helped a lot by almost everyone being different from his time as a student; even so Selina had taken most of year before he started using her name and he still didn't quite dare to do so with Mortimer) and a guilty look. "I'm really sorry," he apologized, sounding miserable. "If you want me to resign, I can."

Without waiting for her to ask her own questions, he just started talking, sounding ashamed. "I know I'm just a substitute, but I've been the acting DADA professor for a year and a half, and I feel like I failed at my job. Spotting a half-Veela in my own class seems like something a DADA professor ought to have been able to do. I mean, obviously, I noticed the propensity toward fire, but Jozua has that, too, so -" he froze for a moment, considering Jozua, then shook his head, "No, he's fifteen. There would have been other signs by now. And he's not attractive enough. But anyway, I should have figured it out, about Cleo, and I didn't. I'm sorry."

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        • Couldn't agree more - Nathan, Fri Jan 19 22:36
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