Victory and honor do not grow from timid seeds
Thel felt rather melancholy as he packed away his belongings in his office. He was assured another year of teaching at the school, so some things stayed behind, now coated with an Anti-Dust charm. But many of his books and his personal belongings were being stored away.
He was happy because his first year of teaching, while it had its ups and downs, had gone well, and he was now having a deserved break of rest. He hadn’t been sure how he’d appeal to Durmstrang and to the other schools too, but he was now well loved by both student and faculty from all three schools. It was a wonderful experience for a man who had been afraid he’d just be the “Zombie Guy”, when he’d first taken the job.
But Thel was also sad because…well what was there to do during this summer break? Thel had come to realize during the Easter vacation how…lonely living by himself now made him feel. He didn’t really have any plans to meet up with any non family during the summer. Sure Gomez Addams had asked him to come over for dinner when he made the mistake of mentioning this plight in the staff lounge, but it would be a cold day in hell before Thel visited Gomez Addams in his house with the children he spawned. Most days it would just be him…and Bane too, but bird company was different from human company. Thel would certainly miss the hustle and bustle of school life.
He heard the door open and a familiar voice jolted him from his thoughts, “Of course Nagito you can come in…though I don’t see why you’d come here. Shouldn’t you be celebrating with all your friends? It might be your last night of seeing many of them for awhile.”
Thel knew teachers tended to have that special student. It almost surprised him when he realized Nagito was that student for him, but how could he not be? The two shared an experience that few people could truly wrap their head around, the feeling of Dementors feeding off you 24/7. An experience that Nagito had bounced back from beyond Thel’s wildest dreams. The fact he was graduating gave Thel a feeling of pride he’d never felt before, but one he hoped he’d feel again in his time as a teacher.