Garen Tennant
Finally checking off that bingo square
Sat Apr 13, 2019 21:12

Recently, Garen’s life had involved a surprising amount of clandestine paperwork. It was Madeleine’s idea, after seeing her friends-slash-mentees’ family, and Garen was in full support. But Madeleine wanted it to be a surprise for Aaron, and that made it a little bit harder. Not too much, but Madeleine had a very clear capital-V Vision of what she wanted this to be, and even though she was only ten it was her decision and her idea so Garen was letting her choose.

This, of course, meant that Garen needed to be careful about what he kept in the McKindy-Tennant suite. Fortunately Aaron rarely went to his husband’s office, so Garen could keep all of the paperwork here until he worked out what exactly needed to be signed and by whom.

But right now the paperwork was sitting in a drawer and Garen Tennant was working out the order of acts for the talent show. He liked to mix things up—try to intersperse the songs with martial arts, puppet shows, and whatever else the students wanted to showcase. He found that was better for the audience than just organizing the show by tone. Tycho (and Madeleine) had talked Garen into participating with them. He pleased with their song choice, but at the same time he preemptively dreaded whatever Madeleine would come up with when she was a student.

He had just worked out how to spread out Eugene Hardie’s acts so that the second year had a break when Drew—his Drew, of all people, his somehow fifteen-year-old son—entered the office with a request for help. “Of course,” Garen said, gently, placing the set list aside. He magically pulled the emerald green armchair closer to the couch, and moved from behind the desk to sit in it. Drew had never, not once, not ever come to his office voluntarily since he started as an RMI student just over three years ago. Garen thought that was a good sign: it meant that Drew wasn’t in trouble, or that if he needed guidance, he could go to his advisor Rob. Garen wasn’t wholly convinced about the suitability of Rob as an advisor—he thought Lorraine or Estelle might be more effective, academically—but the important thing was that Rob was someone Drew would be comfortable going to with problems.

But now Drew was here, in Garen’s office, and he was more keyed-up than Garen had ever seen his son before. “Are you asking your dad or your school counselor?” Garen asked. It was a very subtle difference but one he and Drew both knew. Drew didn’t get special treatment when he was talking to the school counselor. When Garen was talking to his son, it was completely different.

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