December 20, 2013 by Lyn
This is in response to Ziggy’s request in my December Drabbles offer here for a Normal Staff Meeting.
The drabbles were offered at 50-500 words; I can definitely go further with this if someone wants to commission more.
Sixth Week (mid-October), Year 6 of the Addergoole School
The staff gathered together in Regine’s conference room, notebooks out, all chit-chat coming to a halt, as if by mutual agreement, when they stepped into the office.
Their seating arrangements hadn’t changed much in the seven years they’d been doing this; these weren’t people to play office politic or, truly, politics of any sort. They took their jobs seriously – they had to. They couldn’t go home at the end of the day and step away from the office.
Some days, Shira allowed herself the melodramatic thought that they were as trapped as their students. She knew better, however; they’d chosen this, after all.
Regine cleared her throat. It was interesting, watching the meetings without Ambrus there. Hayley, Regine’s assistant, took notes just fine, but Ambrus had done so much for bringing attention to his mistress and, Shira assumed, keeping the emotional tone of the meetings where Regine wanted them (inasmuch as Regine understood emotion).
::You know she understands emotions, Shira.::
::Don’t do that, Reid, without knocking first. And no, I don’t know it.::
::I’m very very sorry.:: Reid’s presence departed her mind, leaving Shira uncertain if he was sorry for her lack of knowledge, for Regine’s actions, or for having been sitting in her mind uninvited.
“I am glad you are all here promptly. I have no issues of my own to bring forward, but I know several of you had agenda items.” Regine nodded politely to Mike VanderLinden, who sat to her left, and to Luke, who sat to her right.
Luke cleared his throat. “I want to talk about Abednego. And Abaddon.”
“And I’m concerned about Lucian and Thessaly,” Mike put in.
“And there’s the problem with Shahin and Emrys.” Luke glared at Mike and kept on. “Ofir won’t be a problem this year – Xaviera dealt with that – but we’ve got other fallout to handle.”
“Fallout?” Regine raised one perfect eyebrow at Luke. “To what are you referring, Luca?”
Shira watched Luke’s face; more than that, she watched his wings. One wing twitched, not the full flap he did when he was normally irritated, but the suggestion of that. “The First and Second Cohort had some problem students.”
Shira coughed out a laugh. Everyone else ignored her.
Luke continued. “We have already seen what can happen to someone after a year of bad Keeping. Ardell-”
“Ardell was a bad seed to begin with.” Regine’s frown was repressive, as was her tone of voice. She should have known it wouldn’t work on Luke. “We’ve known he came into the school with emotional problems. We’ve discussed this in depth before, Luca.”
“Ardell took a bad experience and some emotional problems and turned ugly. Ofir took a bad Keeping,” and now Luke plowed right over whatever Regine was trying to say, and Shira didn’t fault him, “and repeated the actions back to Kendra. Not everyone does this, of course – Eris, for instance.”
“Another emotional unstable one.”
“But with some of the things Bowen has been doing, I think we need to be vigilant.”
“And how would we determine a ‘former bad Keeping’ we needed to watch for an aftermath?”
Shira held her breath. Regine was being snide; that was never good.
Luke leaned forward, fists on the table, wings spread. It was all very slow, very careful. “Those would be the ones we should have stopped before it got to this point, Regine.”
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