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(Vague, apologetic gesticulating... This dude ain't talking, but he also doesn't seem to know sign or anything... Odd.)
(He meekly pushes her candies into a little pile and nudges them toward her bag. Dude's quiet, but at least he's helpful!)
...Smooth enough, yes. And thank you. It will still be an adjustment, but...
(Looks back over his shoulder at the apartment building, his expression vaguely sad... Kinda wistful?)
...I'll live. I always do.
Edited by MobileLeprechaun on Apr 14th 2019 at 8:24:02 AM
"Oh, thank you...don't think I've seen you around before. Are you a professor here, too?"
What sorta place're you from? If that isn't too much prying or anything.
(Shakes his head, pulling a little ID card out of his wallet that shows... Ooh! He is a TA. And his name is apparently Gordon Freeman.)
(He smiles, sheepish.)
...It's a city sort of like this, I suppose, perhaps a little bigger. That was where I had settled down and done my work and research... So I suppose this will similar enough.
Ooh, what kind of research?
"...Are you busy? I could...use a hand. My name's Miranda, I teach physics."
Mainly robotics, these days. Prosthetics happens to be my specialty, but I've done the odd bit of cybernetics here and there...
(Smiles a bit.)
...It's all rather dry, however. Nothing terribly groundbreaking.
(Shakes his head, gestures to all the little grades he's written on each of his papers, which are now mostly gathered up. Begins to mouth something... then sorta clears his throat, and extends a hand for a shake. That's a nice lil' smile, though!)
Edited by MobileLeprechaun on Apr 14th 2019 at 9:12:26 AM
-Shakes his hand...strong grip on this lady-
"I...have an office upstairs. This place is kind of understaffed so I got my own office, which is kind of cool...I really appreciate the help. If you're mute, um..."
-Crosses back into the lecture hall and grabs a pen and paper...which seem to slightly float towards her hand as she grabs them, though she's clearly hoping nobody noticed that-
Hey, nothing wrong with not being groundbreaking, right? You're building a foundation for the future, and if something bad comes from the field it won't be pinned on your name!
(lil' jokey smile)
(...he may have... Though, if he did, he's either just being polite about it or assuming there's something on his glasses. Maybe both!)
(Takes the paper and writes.)
"THANK YOU. I SPECIALIZE IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS. GLAD TO HELP HOWEVER I CAN, A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU."
Eh heh. That's true, yes... I suppose that's the perk of all those contracts I sign, isn't it?
-Well that piqued her interest-
"Theoretical physics? Perfect! Exactly the kind of help I need."
Yeah, definitely! If there's one perk from getting involved with bigwigs' business, it's that.
(BEAMS! Nods very enthusiastically.)
(There's a certain weary aura about this man, kind as he seems, like a little undertone of omnipresent sadness... That said, he looks pretty damn happy now. Very happy!)
(Tilts his head downward a bit, his glasses getting that odd shiny opaque quality.)
Mm... I suppose my employer will have to figure out what to do now that I've suddenly disappeared. Makes me wonder just how replaceable I really am to him...
(Pushes his glasses up.)
...Uh, not to diverge into grim waters, of course. I'm sure he's found someone by now...
-Notices this and just...slyly pulls a candy bar out of her bag, handing it to him as they walk upstairs-
"Always cheers me up."
Well, why not put your skills to use here? Do some good with 'em!
(ooo... sweets... Smiles and nods in thanks to her, popping it in his wordless gob and savoring its sweetness. Mmm...)
(Fondly reminded of Eli and his penchant for keeping butterscotches in his own office... Good ol' Eli...)
(Gets a certain glint in his eye, fingers running idly along the straps of that little backpack.)
...There's only so much good someone like me can do... but nonetheless, this is a worthwhile proposition and I will strongly consider it.
"...If it isn't too personal...you don't talk. Is there a reason?"
(while surreptitiously looking over at said knapsack)
(Nod nod... Takes a moment to think, then writes.)
"SELECTIVE MUTISM, HAVE HAD IT SINCE CHILDHOOD. WAS PERIOD WHEN IT IMPROVED, BUT THEN SOME RATHER STRESSFUL LIFE EVENTS OCCURRED."
(damn... One must wonder just how stressful.)
(Looks like there's something heavy in there, maybe a few things... The backpack itself is kind of lumpy from the cargo's weight, leaving the straps tight on this poor old loser's shoulders.)
...If you decide to move in, mine is in that building right there, mind you.
(Points to a specific building, rather drab and homely despite generally looking liveable.)
...In case we become neighbors or something of the sort, I mean. I'm not the type to fraternize with neighbors much, but it's always a decent idea to at least know of them.
“...I won’t pry. It sounds like a lot...you’re doing okay now, right? Anything I can do to help? I mean...I’m one of the only professors here so far, I like to think I have a little pull?”
-The door to her office opens SLIGHTLY before she touches it and she chuckles at her own apparent joke-
Well, I'm already living somewhere! Just looking around, wondering if moving elsewhere's worth it, stuff like that.
(Sees this and makes a voiceless little chuckle, smiling like a dork. He's seen enough magical people from weird places not to be surprised, but finds it nice... Kind of like the better times at that little room.)
"VERY KIND OF YOU TO OFFER, I MUST THANK YOU. RESEARCH ALWAYS HELPS ME. IF MY MIND IS DISTRACTED BY GOOD THINGS, IT CANNOT LINGER ON THE BAD."
...Ah. Well... I suppose it can be kept in mind, if you ever need an appliance repaired or something.
(Small, vaguely dead inside smile of trying feebly at dry humor.)
“Then I hope you consider grading essays ‘good,’ because I have a stack of them.”
(THUMBS UP, big ol' smile.)
Edited by MobileLeprechaun on Apr 14th 2019 at 11:14:41 AM
-...There’s a framed picture◊ on her desk-
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