Tabitha Hawthorne
Would you like some tea?
Fri Jul 27, 2018 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 Tabitha managed to keep such thoughts and displays of excitement much more internalised. Not that that was a criticism of the witch now sitting with her. It was rather sweet to see someone so excited at starting a new job. It also, however, made Tabitha doubt certain aspects of her own employment. She had only applied for her own teaching position as she had been desperately in need of money. For a moment, she wondered if she had unintentionally bagged a job that would have fulfilled someone else's dreams.

Dismissing the thought that was now filling her with a guilt over someone who Tabitha didn't even know if they existed, she responded to Mary's question.

"I'm Tabitha Hawthorne, the Defence professor," she responded. "I was employed last year but right at the end and have only taught one proper class so far so I'm still quite new like yourself."

Before she completely forgot her own manners, she produced her wand and waved it idly in the direction of the fine china cups and saucers and summoned one over, letting it rest gently in front of Mary. For a moment, she heard her mother's voice chastising her for not offering a cup of tea sooner and that she ought to be more thoughtful and considerate of others. That had been her mother's constant point of criticism when Tabitha had still been in England - that she thought far too much about herself and Tabitha would frequently hiss back that as long as she remembered in the end, what did it matter?

"Would you like some tea? Do help youself," she told Mary, distracting herself from thoughts of England and her mother, gesturing a hand to the teapot in front of her. After Mary answered her, Tabitha decided that the best distraction from her own thoughts was to find out about the new Potions mistress. With a smile that she hoped was both friendly and encouraging, she said to the witch, "So, tell me about yourself."

  • 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
      • 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
                      • And a friend to eat with - Mary Brooding, Sat Jul 28 11:50
                        Mary was delighted that Tabitha was kind and funny both, as well as smart. There was much more to look forward to with this school year than Mary had anticipated, not least of all the impending... more
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