mistressmaryquitecontrary: (hmphmary)
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Mary has been packed off to school, and she is not pleased. Friday and Saturday, the first two days there, she spent in a sulk; now it is Sunday, and - well, to be honest, she's still sulking.

There are no classes on Sundays. Instead, the girls wake up early to attend church, and then return for Sunday dinner - the one time during the week when the male professors eat with the students and their female teacher-chaperones. The students, of course, sit arranged neatly at the bottom of the long table; the headmistress and the teachers arrange themselves at the top.

Today, the new staff member, Master Wolfe, sits next to the headmistress in the place of honor. Mary's heard about him, mostly because Lottie, who caught sight of him on Friday as he came to arrange his office, can't seem to shut up about him. For that very reason she's determined to take no note of him, and sits, instead, glowering at her food.

It's better on Sundays than it is on other days, but Mary is in no mood to appreciate that.

Date: 2008-04-18 05:03 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
Master Gideon Wolfe spares a moment from chatting with the headmistress to glance around the room, beginning to familiarize himself with the faces of his new pupils.

If his mouth quirks at one corner when he catches sight of a particularly sulky, contrary girl of twelve--

Likely as not it has nothing to do with her at all.

Date: 2008-04-18 05:19 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
Master Wolfe's mouth twitches again (his hearing is quite good, it would seem), and then his attention slides back to the headmistress.

His smile broadens, and he inclines his head just slightly, perhaps to better listen to what she has to say.

Or to get a better look at the quivering pile of lapdog that is attempting to crawl under her arm.

He's usually not so shy with strangers, the headmistress says.

Master Wolfe merely smiles.

Date: 2008-04-18 05:34 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
Gideon Wolfe neither confirms nor denies Mary's thoughts, because his attention is focused on his fellow teachers.

It remains so throughout the entirety of the meal.

Or so it would seem.

And what business does a new Classics Master have with students whose lessons have not yet begun?

Date: 2008-04-18 05:43 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
And if a certain pair of winter-grey eyes flicks across Mary's face, then hold there for a moment, noting her condition and the direction of her movement, it's purely coincidence.

Meanwhile, Master Wolfe takes his leave of the headmistress, bestowing a smile (full of sharp teeth) on the utterly motionless lapdog.

And once the formalities are observed, he, too, heads toward the door, and the corridors beyond.

Date: 2008-04-18 05:55 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"Miss Lennox, is it not?"

Master Wolfe's voice--Galadan's voice--is cool and dry and amused.

"Are you not meant to be elsewhere at this hour?"

It's entirely possible he was waiting for her. Though no one would be able to prove it by his actions.

He is clever, after all.

Date: 2008-04-18 06:01 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"And here I had thought the headmistress explained all that."

His voice is even more dry than it was a moment ago.

"More fool me. And it would hardly be wise to be over-familiar, Miss Lennox. I am, after all, Gideon Wolfe, son of an Englishman sent abroad, and returned when his mother fell ill. I would hardly have an opportunity to make the acquaintance of your uncle, let alone his ward."

Date: 2008-04-18 06:16 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"I may do that easily enough, even here. You have, I hope, not forgotten my ability to travel where I will?"

His smile this time is small and sharp, though no less amused.

"And as for the rest--your reluctance to return here made several of your friends very worried, indeed. I am here, I suppose, primarily to reassure them that you will remain healthy and as happy as your situation will permit."

The exact extent of that depends, in large part, on Mary herself.

Date: 2008-04-18 06:20 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"What other reason might there be, Miss Lennox?"

His eyebrows arch upward, inquiring.

"Which is to say 'yes'."

Date: 2008-04-18 06:27 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"You might consider that I had to, as Gabriel is nominally my employer."

Voice and expression are both full of sardonic humor this time.

"Though perhaps you also recall how ill-suited I am to obedience."

Date: 2008-04-18 06:31 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"As to that, Mistress Mary," and here is smile is amused, indeed.

"You shall have to wait and see."

He steps away from the wall, just slightly.

"We have little time for further discussion at the moment, regardless. You will be missed before long, and I'm hardly desirous of losing my position mere days after I have gained it."

Date: 2008-04-18 06:37 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"There are always extra assignments, I suppose. And mealtimes, at least on occasion."

He is very amused, now.

"And should you find your way to taking a bit of air in the garden, when time allows--a touch of ill health will do wonders for providing fresh air as a cure."

Date: 2008-04-18 06:43 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (GIDEON WOLFE)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"Then I will see you tomorrow for lessons, Miss Lennox."

The corners of his mouth quirk upward.

"I do hope you will be well-prepared."

Date: 2008-04-18 06:47 am (UTC)
wolflord_andain: (the one with the schoolgirls)
From: [personal profile] wolflord_andain
"You shall have time enough to give me ample evidence, Miss Lennox."

He gives her a brief, truncated bow.

"I trust you will be cautious when you return to your room. Until tomorrow."

And Gideon Wolfe turns to move toward his own chambers and, eventually, sleep.

And in the morning he will teach.

Children.

How Flidais would laugh.
Edited Date: 2008-04-18 06:47 am (UTC)

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