DH Skies
There might be about to be a second one
Sat Jan 20, 2018 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 relief in knowing that nothing had gone on there. She doubted that any of the other staff had even really spent time alone with Cleo, although she had to be sure, and there were other things too. Their reactions to the news. Whether they were alright. Whether they were going to be alright in the way they treated her. It had been an imaginary coin toss between Rory and Daniel for second and third. She wasn’t sure whether it was private, irrational bias that had led her to rank Grayson as less of a threat than the other men - he was quiet, and she couldn’t imagine him talking to many women under normal circumstances, not that these were normal circumstances - or whether there was something to be said for the theory that the kind of testosterone fuelled male who spent their time wrestling dangerous creatures or duelling for fun was more likely to be susceptible to the charms of a veela than the bookish little charms professor, especially as she couldn’t decide whether she could picture him more easily with the kind of girl who wore exceptionally sensible shoes all the time, or with some flamingly camp boyfriend to counter him (or which he’d rather have, because it was entirely possible that he was an Aladren spinster who hadn’t taken his nose out of a book for long enough to find either). After Grey would be Philpott (who hadn’t been on staff very long and wasn’t one of Cleo’s full time teachers), followed by the two female members of staff, both of whom she now knew to be in relationships with men, followed by Tarquin, who was openly gay (as much as anyone who hid in a room full of books and didn’t interact with their colleagues was openly anything) and Mortimer, for whom she felt she might change the line of questioning to simply ‘Do you even know which one Cleo is?’ and leave it at that.

Her feeling that she was through the worst part of all this hit a rock, when Daniel started apologising and talking about resigning. Oh Merlin. Oh Merlin, no. She assumed that the rest of the staff were curious about what was going on in here, and whilst she was interviewing Rory, they would have had plenty of time to hear from Nathan what it was all about. She hadn’t forbidden him from saying so…

“Daniel, just-” tell me what you did she began, more calmly than she felt - it wasn’t his fault, whatever had happened, and she had to keep calm - but she had only got half way through her sentence before he carried on. And he was rambling about how he should have spotted the signs, and making some frankly stange and catty comments on Jozua Sparks which might have made her question her running order if she hadn’t been too preoccupied with worrying about the point he was building up to… And then she realised. This was it.

“Daniel,” she took a deep breath, trying to override the screeching panic that had surged through her body when he’d started talking and pull her thoughts back into some kind of coherent shape, “No one is judging you for not noticing anything. I think, until this point, there has been very little to notice. Except, as you say, the fire and that happens with a lot of people.
“Are there any other signs or symptoms you need to tell me about? Have you noticed other students being drawn to Ms. James. I mean…. More than average for kids their age. Or have you ever… experienced any symptoms yourself. I have to ask everyone, Daniel. It’s not a judgement on you, and you wouldn’t be facing resignation given the circumstances. But have you ever had missing time around her, or had any physical contact with Ms. James outside of what would be considered normal in a teacher-student relationship?”

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