Tabitha Hawthorne
Settling In
Wed Jul 25, 2018 18:56

Tabitha stepped into the staff lounge, for the first time of the new school year. It was truly a new experience for the Defence teacher, being in the teacher's lounge. Well, if Tabitha was honest, being the Defence teacher at all was still very new to her. She'd been taken on at the tail end of the previous year and, as a result of the lateness of employment, had only taught one full class. In her eyes, it had been successful but one class didn't dispel the feelings of being new that she still possessed.

After making herself a lovely hot cup of tea, the new professor sat herself down in a wonderfully squashy armchair. It was quiet and calm in the staff lounge and Tabitha could already tell that this place and her own office would be somewhere to escape the rowdy students.

Classes hadn't started yet but Tabitha had still been busy, settling in to what was now her office and her classroom and putting her stamp on both places. She didn't have much in the way of possessions as backpacking across continents didn't allow for excessive baggage but what she did have were a lot of mementos from her travels and she'd placed them throughout both her office and the classroom, including the tail of a Fire Salamander and the scales of a Mermaid.

Tabitha allowed herself a small smile. If she told the truth, she was looking forward to the new school year. It was the start of a new life for her. She had made some very foolish decisions since leaving school, had a number of regrets but she had the hope that maybe, just maybe, she'd be able to improve her lot in life and make fewer stupid choices. She'd ended up in America by accident more than anything else and had ended up stranded once the money was running out. She considered herself extremely lucky to have gained this position and she had no idea how she was going to repay the Deputy Headmistress for taking a chance on her.

Her thoughts were firmly stuck in the past and they turned to her family, more specifically her mother and father. She hadn't yet let them know of her circumstances, hadn't informed them of her whereabouts. She wondered if they'd be worried about her but she had to admit that she had her doubts. They'd been so against her leaving at all and their last letters to each other had been a frosty correspondance at best. She supposed, though, the right thing to do would be to send them some kind of message, if only to let them know that she was, in fact, still alive. It would only have to be a short message...

She blinked and was pulled from the recesses of her mind and looked up as she heard the lounge door open. She smiled and greeted the newcomer. "Hello, care to join me?"

    • No time to settle - Mary Brooding, Thu Jul 26 22:29
      Mary had gotten lost. Again. After spending some time in what she had thought was the staff lounge and shortly discovered was not, she had wandered around for a while longer, only coming upon this... more
      • Would you like some tea? - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Jul 27 09:28
        Tabitha returned Mary's smile with one of her own and held in a laugh at the witch's exuberance and excitement. She quite agreed with Mary. Everything was indeed wonderful here at Sonora, though... more
        • How wonderful! - Mary Brooding, Fri Jul 27 16:22
          "Tabitha Hawthorne," Mary said, trying out the name. "I like that! My last name is Brooding and I think it's a rather ill fit. That's very kind of you, Tabitha, if love some tea. I was just thinking... more
          • I completely agree. - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Jul 27 16:46
            She thought that Mary was quite right. The last name 'Brooding' didn't seem to suit her, given what Tabitha had seen of the woman's personality. Mary didn't seem the type to brood. She seemed far to... more
            • Kindred indeed. - Mary Brooding, Fri Jul 27 17:50
              Mary stifled a giggle, afraid it would make Tabitha feel bad. Few people took compliments well, in Mary's experience, and innocent nervousness was better than some things. Besides, it meant that... more
              • A teacher in more ways than one... - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Jul 27 18:43
                Tabitha blinked, suddenly caught rather off-guard from the sudden turn to the ethics of harvesting potion ingredients and how humane one should be. It was a hard question, to be sure, as it was... more
                • or two or three or four! - Mary Brooding, Fri Jul 27 19:10
                  Mary was not one to test new people. She didn't like when couples set challenges for each other to see if they were the people they thought they were, or when teachers asked impossible questions to... more
                  • I think we're going to be very good friends... - Tabitha Hawthorne, Fri Jul 27 20:02
                    If Tabitha was honest with herself and she often was as she didn't believe in lying to herself to make herself feel better, she'd admit that the last few months of her life had been very lonely. She... more
                    • That would be good for my heart. - Anonymous, Fri Jul 27 22:12
                      She replied! She had an answer! Here was a witch who had seen the world, and not just lived in it. She was a participant in life, and Mary could settle for nothing less in her friends. The subject of ... more
                      • Time for a feast! - Tabitha Hawthorne, Sat Jul 28 06:53
                        "Of course I'll help," Tabitha nodded, offering her services as a classroom cleaner. Her Defence classroom and office hadn't exactly needed a cleaning, just a bit of a dusting so it hadn't taken long ... more
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