Vivica Dixon
Yah, good luck with that.
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:09

Not only was the door open, but Mr Tennant was there. Well, of course he would be if the door was open, he wouldn’t have left it unlocked. Not that he would need to leave it locked, Vivica didn’t imagine there was a student or teacher in RMI deemed the locking of doors necessary, but he was there. Mr. Tennant was there, and Vivica was going to have to talk to him.

Vivica had not seen a counselor before. She’d seen many doctors and social workers. Even a special assistant who tried to help her at school without much avail. Many specialists had tried helping her deal with her episodes, but never a counselor. ’A shrink. A head doctor.’

Mr. Tennant welcomed Vivica in and sat down in the chair opposite his desk. Her movements were careful, and considered. She made herself as small as possible when she shat down. Her arms were tucked at their sides. Her legs together, knees touching. Her hands firmly clasped in her lap. Her eyes fixated on a point somewhere between the desk and the floor. It didn’t take a fancy degree to see that Vivica was there because she felt like she had to, but she sure as hell didn’t want to. ‘How do I tell him I’m crazy?’

Vivica was quiet. She didn’t know what to say, and even if she did, she wasn’t quite sure how she’d say it. It helped that Mr. Tennant had a slightly calming air about him, his office was neither here nor there, but that kind of helped too. ‘That’s why he has this job, isn’t it. People can relax around him I guess’. Vivica sat trying to work out how to talk to him. All she had done was disturb Mr. Tennant, enter his room, sit on a chair and stare into space. It felt awkward. She was visibly uncomfortable about sitting in silence for such a length of time (whilst in reality, no more than a minute had passed) and it eventually got the best of her. “I don’t have tourettes.”

Vivica looked at Mr. Tennant. “They all just get too much and sometimes I have to make them stop. I shout or scream and it works. They go away.” Vivica’s voice buckled. “But when I got here, they went away anyway but the others turned up and” Vivica started fighting back some tears “that was ok, I got used to it. I’ve had to zone, but not shout.” Vivica pulled her sleeve over her palm and wiped the tears that refused to dissipate from her now soggy cheek. “I thought I was doing well, but then I went home and they came back.” Vivica’s emotional dam broke as tears streamed down her face “I’m not crazy” She blurted out “please tell me I’m not crazy!”. Vivica pulled her legs up and sunk her head into her knees, wrapping her arms around them.

  • We can clear that up - Counselor Garen Tennant, Tue Sep 25 21:16
    Alec Edwards was back in RMI, and Garen Tennant did not care for that one bit. The counselor couldn’t decide whether the portrait was more or less intrusive than the year Alec had frequented the... more
    • Yah, good luck with that. - Vivica Dixon, Wed Sep 26 12:09
      • I’m feeling lucky - Garen, Thu Sep 27 15:24
        Vivica kept her eyes fixed on the ground, avoiding eye contact with Garen. Even though she’d come to his office of her own accord (rather than being summoned, as most students were), she seemed... more
        • All on red. - Vivica Dixon, Fri Sep 28 06:34
          Mr. Tennant was still in the room and he seemed poised for listening ‘...another Clarice situation’ . Vivica felt rough. She’d never let it out before, well, not like that anyway. Mr. Tennant voice... more
          • The house always wins - Garen, Sat Sep 29 13:02
            Garen’s automatic instinct was to reassure Vivica that no, he wouldn’t tell her parents. In part it was because saying yes might make her reluctant to keep talking, which would make it almost... more
            • Learns how to count cards - Vivica Dixon, Mon Oct 1 10:42
              Mr. Tennant’s semi-committal reassurance that he didn’t have to tell Vivica’s parents didn’t exactly inspire confidence in her. Her mind flitted between cautious optimism and deep dread with every... more
              • That’s a clever trick - Garen, Tue Oct 2 21:57
                Garen listened attentively as Vivica answered his question. The mention of thinking about kissing Drew momentarily jarred him, but Garen managed not to show his surprise. He guessed Vivica hadn’t... more
                • Mr. Tennant wasn’t calling for assistance and straight jackets so that was a good thing, but Vivica was taken aback when he asked her to try and tell him what he was thinking. ‘Mind reading, really?... more
                  • Trick or treat! - Garen , Wed Oct 31 13:30
                    Well. That was all the proof Garen needed, then. It was too specific to be coincidence: a young girl laughing at a bow had to be Madeleine wrapping Christmas presents. The counselor had never heard... more
                    • Mr. Tennant didn’t even appear to pause to think about it. A Legilimens. There it was. Vivica had a label, whatever it was. Vivica didn’t know how to react. She was numb. She’d spent the last couple... more
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