I’m feeling lucky
Thu Sep 27, 2018 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 reluctant. Having already invited her to say what she was here for, Garen waited. Sometimes students needed a moment to get their thoughts in order or work up the nerve to say what they needed to. He didn’t think pressuring her to speak would help her feel comfortable enough to share, so he just waited non-judgmentally for Vivica to speak.

I don’t have tourettes.” Garen raised his eyebrows slightly. Vivica’s parents had let the school know that their daughter had been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. Garen hadn’t had opportunity or cause to speak to her about this himself—assessment and diagnosis weren’t really his job anyway—but the Dixons hadn’t requested she see him to receive additional support, and she seemed to be doing well academically and socially at RMI. He had no reason to believe her diagnosis wasn’t accurate, but she knew her own mind better than anyone else; if she said she didn’t have the disorder, it was worth listening to her.

Before Garen had a chance to ask her why she thought so, Vivica began talking again. Her voice broke, and she started to cry as Garen tried to comprehend what exactly she was talking about. It sounded like—he wasn’t sure, because her distraught, frenzied explanation hadn’t specifically mentioned the cause of her distress, but it really sounded like—Vivica was saying that she was hearing or seeing something that other people couldn’t hear or see.

Never a good thing, Garen acknowledged internally, hoping this wasn’t another Clarice situation. When he had been new to RMI, one of the students had claimed to be possessed by the spirit of a Dark wizard. Garen was pretty sure that that wasn’t actually possible given the laws of the universe and that something else had been going on with the girl, but she’d withdrawn from the school before he’d had much time to work with her. Hopefully, regardless of whatever Vivica’s situation was, he would have more of a chance to help. But it doesn’t mean she’s crazy. There were plenty of potential explanations in the wizarding world besides insanity.

“You’re not crazy,” Garen gently told her. He floated his Self-Refilling box of tissues over to hover beside the chair in which Vivica was seated, well within her reach. He waited a few moments for her to regain a little composure. “It’s going to be all right. When you can, why don’t you tell me exactly what’s been happening, and we’ll figure out what’s going on, okay?”

  • Yah, good luck with that. - Vivica Dixon, Wed Sep 26 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... more
    • I’m feeling lucky - Garen, Thu Sep 27 15:24
      • 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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