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Empty Nights (Jan 5, '18)

By Adele DeVylissea, in 2018

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Tally Staff ☆ Tallygarunga Librarian★ Mousie
35* year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

The best part about the summer holidays (in Adele's opinion) was the lack of students. It gave her a chance to go through the library properly, organise the shelves in the order that they should be in, and find all the contraband that had been secreted away by students through the year.

Why was it that students insisted on using her library as a hiding place? Adele would never understand that. She was the champion of hiding contraband, surely they knew she would find it? So far, she had an excellent stash of cheap alcohols and off-brand cigarettes. Adele felt sorry for the students, it seemed that none of them knew quality.

She would have to dispose of all this. There was no point in keeping it. Someone had to save the children from themselves.

The collection filled a washing basket on her desk, next to a pile of books that had been incorrectly filed. For all her faults, Adele was a dilligent librarian. She also had a list of students that would be cornered at the start of the year for the crime of dog-earing pages.

The door to her quarters was ajar, and from her desk she could see Caleb curled up and sleeping. His most angelic state. Since David's leaving, they had taken up living at the school. Somehow it was easier.

Somehow, the hours had also crept away from her---sleep didn't come easily in an empty bed, so she worked. She was running out of things to do. The library was near perfect now. Adele feared the moment she would no longer be able to use work to procrastinate the bundle of legal papers shoved in her bottom drawer.

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It wasn't always fun and games taking care of the students that stayed over the summer because they would get antsy and want to just have fun. That was easier when they picked fun subject matters that could be made tangible and interactive very easily. However, some of the requests of the students this summer left Kasey with more challenges than their usual course load did.

Tired of writing lesson plans and needing an escape from the students, Kasey figured the best place to go would be the library, so they made their way there. The trip from the Eureka Underground Hallway, where their office was wasn't exactly short, but at least they wouldn't have to supervise many students there.

Walking into the Library with the sense of confidence they always presented as a means of self-defense as a queer individual, they smiled when they saw Adele. They were glad to see someone who probably could also use a break from the kids. Perhaps they could find something else to do.

"Well, am I glad to see you today, Adele," they greeted her, smiling. "I could use a break from the kids right now, so I figured I'd come somewhere they hate to be in the evenings in the summer. No offense. It's not you, they are just probably really tired of reading at this point in the summer. I just know I need to do something for me. What about you?"

Kasey wasn't normally the kind to make demands and they loved working with the kids, but everyone needed to do a little bit of self care and have some fun every so often. It would be nice if they could make sure to have some kind of fun, even if it was nothing compared to their antics as students.

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Tally Staff ☆ Tallygarunga Librarian★ Mousie
35* year old Halfbreed Sorceraic ☆ She/Her

Adele turned to face Kasey, a sly grin on her lips.

"Oh, I know," she said. "They wouldn't dare come in here this late. A librarian has rules, you know---and at this hour, the library is mine."

The stories about Adele were polarising. It depended on who you talked to. To some, she was a terrifying dragon librarian who guarded the books like a hoard of gold. To others, she would bend over backwards to ensure they had the resources needed for their study. It all depended on how they treated the books. Adele was loathe to let any book into hands that she felt would damage it.

And these hours, when the kids should be tucked away and sleeping, they knew that breaching the library threshold would earn them a lecture far worse than any leading teacher. Adele would rip them to shreds and escort the twitching remains back to their dorm rooms. And that was taking it easy on them.

She leaned back to peer through her door, checking that Caleb hadn't stirred. The other reason she so fiercely guarded the night quiet of the library---she needed time to herself without Caleb as much as she needed time without the students. His temper lately had been wearing, especially after he found out he was going to be a big brother.

"I've been catching up on some tidying," Adele gestured to the basket. "Look at this rubbish---I thought at least some of them would have better taste than this. It's as if they bloody well got Alan to buy for them."

She was so disappointed. So very, very disappointed.

"If you want any of it, feel free." Adele waved a hand. "I have no use for it."

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Kasey quite enjoyed Adele's responses, making note of her more dry sense of humor. It was good to have someone at work to go to with the struggles of the day and get responses that help you feel better about your situation, in that you were not alone.

Knowing quite well that Adele earned her reputation as the librarian with a mean streak when they were in school, Kasey figured they'd end up being good friends. The two of them would have the opportunity to spend time away from the kids and other stressful people in their lives and just relax without the expectation of constant intelligentsia when they got to spend time off together.

Tidying the library was no small task, as Kasey was quite aware from their work as a circulation desk worker at VMU. It also came with its share of rare finds including contraband, yet this contraband was a bit more than disappointing, as Adele had put it.

"I don't have much use for rubbish myself when I could go back to my room and grab some nice rum or scotch. Thank you for the offer, though," they answered to the offer of the contraband. Kasey would have much rather went on a night on the town than drink bad smuggled in secondary school liquor.

They wondered what Adele did when she was getting a bit antsy from being on campus for a couple of months and she was wanting to have a little fun.

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"Good choice." Adele nodded approvingly. Not that Kasey could have done anything else, given how Adele had absolutely trashed the contents of the basket. To accept something from within would be... awkward to say the least.

Adele sat on the edge of her desk, kicking a drawer open and lifting out a pack of cigarettes. With grace that was near magical in itself, one found its way between her fingers, the pack tilted toward Kasey.

"You smoke?" she offered, indifferent as to whether Kasey took her up on the offer or not. Though Adele had many rules about smoking around Caleb and her grand children, those same rules did not apply in the library. Not after hours anyway, and bugger Alan even if he found out. Adele was not at all concerned with Alan's opinion.

And this was more like the Adele that Kasey would have known during their time at school. Her drinking habits had never been secret, and she'd been caught many times with cigarette in hand. Adele didn't really care. She had come back from the dead, she didn't have time to be bothered with rules.

Her bare foot kicked another drawer, and this one clinked with great promise. As it slid out, at least some of her stash was revealed---some in bottles decorated in language unknown, most of them incredibly expensive. Because what else did you do with money?

"My husband hated me drinking and smoking." Adele added, by way of explanation. "But I'm not his problem anymore."

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Adele had been a figure in Kasey's life for a while. She became the librarian back when they were in school. This added an element of oddity to the experience of being offered liquor and cigarettes by her, especially after the time she normally closed the library, but that was one of the joys of beginning working at a school back at the one you went to.

Those feelings aside, Kasey definitely needed a break from the constant hubbub of life as a teacher in the summer and so despite not taking up the offer to smoke in the library, they did decide to ask for a drink. They figured that would chill the nerves and give them a chance to relax.

"Sorry, I don't smoke, but thanks. I wouldn't mind a few shots of brandy, however," they responded. They knew that as long as they weren't getting pissed it wasn't bad for them to drink, so they figured it wouldn't hurt. Almost all of the professors had a stash and drank a little every so often.

Kasey remembered that Adele was known to be drunk family often on campus, however, so they made note not to let their own behavior get out of hand, because that kind of reputation could crush their career. They were mostly looking for an adult to talk to and to relax, nothing more than that, so if things went to far, they could easily make their way back to the dorms.

Despite overthinking the entire scenario and feeling a bit odd about it at first, Kasey figured Adele was good people to hang out with because she really truly cared about the books and about learning, she kept things interesting, and she provided something different to the school environment. Sometimes, being prim and proper took away from experiences and it was important to experience life as it was. Cigarettes and all...

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Adele shrugged, slipping the pack of cigarettes away, and lighting her own. The movement was natural for her, well-practiced. No sooner had she finished that, she fished the brandy and a glass from the drawer, pouring a healthy amount for Kasey. For herself, a different bottle---filled with a clear liquid, ornate in design. It wasn't marked, but the scent that rose as she poured the drink was strong and sweet.

It was Adele's current favourite, at least in that---it seemed to get the job done. The problem with chronic alcoholism (aside from the obvious) was the bleeding tolerance that built up over the years, requiring more, and stronger alcohols to bring the same level of numbness.

In her time at Tally, Adele had always been a functional alcoholic. Her wild misbehaviour had very little to do with the drink, Adele was far from a messy drunk. When Adele was out of control, it was because she refused to be controlled. A few years out of the habit had lowered her tolerance and made her a little more unsteady than she used to be, but it was the only way she knew how to deal with this burning anger and hurt.

"Make yourself at home." Adele said, beckoning for Kasey to take up one of the chairs. She sat on the desk still, smoke in one hand---cigarette in the other. Queen of the library, with a devil-may-care attitude.

"Never thought you'd come back," she observed. "Figured you had a much wider world to explore than this place."

Adele shrugged, flicking ash into a tray beside her.

"But then, coming back to Narrie seems to be the trendy thing this year."

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Kasey wondered what it was like to numb the pain away and still be able to hide one's coping mechanism, because Adele seemed quite adept at it from what they could remember when they were young. In fact, they never remembered knowing from experience that Adele even drank. It was mostly conjecture and rumor that made people assume that she did. Where they right? Yes. Could they prove it? No, she was pretty functional.

Yet, now, those distant memories seemed to fade. The world of adulthood didn't leave time for them to worry about that kind of thing. Adele was a good librarian and didn't let people control her, something to be admired. Adele seemed to be in a pretty good position in life, or at least portrayed herself that way. She was a strong woman with strong convictions.

Kasey had never really questioned coming back to Tallygarunga. They had not truly considered making a life for themself outside of Australia and as a strong advocate of public education, they couldn't bring themself to teach at a private institution. So, Kasey had always thought they would end up back.

Yet, Adele made them think about this choice. They had just mostly stayed in the same place. Maybe it would do Kasey some good to travel and explore. Yet, this costed money. They would have to earn that privilege, not coming from the same kind of background as some of their more fortunate peers.

"I wanted to help contribute to the place that made me who I am and the future of Australian magic. I know it's all flowery and wild-eyed and innocent, but it's important to me that we make Tallygarunga meet its potential. Once I help with that, I have earned my wings and I can explore," they added, their tone of voice showing they were still in their brain more than the present moment.

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"So... you can't leave until Tallygarunga has reached its full potential." Adele laughed, blowing a column of smoke up to the ceiling. "Oh you sweet thing, you will never leave, then."

If Adele knew one thing about anything, it was that nothing ever ran at full potential. Under-funded government schools not least of all. There was always something that needed to be better, and you couldn't really get hung up on perfecting anything. You did the best you could for as long as felt right, and then you moved on.

Which begged the question---why hadn't Adele moved on? Somehow she'd found herself in Narrie far longer than she'd intended. Gods, she hadn't even intended to be here at all. Just... driven until the car ran out of petrol and she had to stop. Running from her own broken heart yet again.

That was a thought. Maybe it was time to pack up and move.

Adele considered it for half a minute, before a noise behind her made her stop---stub the cigarette out and slide her drink further back on the desk. At the door to her quarters, stood Caleb, half-asleep and rubbing his eyes.

"Oh hey baby," she said. "Did we wake you up?"

Caleb shook his head, stumbling over. Nightmares again? Adele frowned slightly. At ten years old, he was perhaps a little big to be coddled, but she did it anyway. She scooped him up and nestled him beside her on the desk, holding him tight in both arms.

"You remember my son, Caleb?" she asked Kasey. Caleb peered at Kasey through messy platinum blonde hair, and he seemed rather displeased, but he said nothing. Just gave Kasey a dirty look and held to Adele in a fierce and protective hug. This was his mother. He would surrender her to no one.

"He comes to help out in the library, sometimes, don't you sweetheart?" she ruffled her son's hair affectionately, which somehow both placated and irritated the boy further. "We've been staying here more over the summer. Getting the place ready for the new year, and..." Adele shrugged. "... Procrastinating going through the house and turfing the husband's belongings."

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Kasey was not foolish enough to believe that they could get the school to its full potential themself. In fact, Kasey knew that they could not make much of an impact on their own. They did know, however, that they could make a deep impact on the future of the school and help it move forward to the best of their abilities. Once they were satisfied with that, then they could potentially move on to explore the world before working on their higher degrees.

Wanting to set the record straight on that bit, Kasey opened their mouth to let Adele know this and then an old friend woke up and joined them. Kasey remembered baby sitting Caleb when he was younger when Adele needed to get away. They would go to play outside, read books in the library, and have little adventures together. They'd never forget little Caleb. He was a huge part of the reason Kasey realized that they would be good with kids.

"Of course I remember my little man. We used to do all sorts of fun little things when he was younger," Kasey doted, "What has he been up to? Does he remember our fun little adventures?" Kasey was smiling pretty widely as they were recounting their adventures mentally. There was something rather nostalgic about seeing him again, even if he was a bit different.

When Adele commented on their situation, Kasey looked back at her, saying, "I could only imagine," and added on by saying "I bet Caleb's been really helpful, though. He was very helpful to me whenever we spent time together."

Yet, there was an odd energy between the two Kasey noticed, but would never be brave enough to comment on. It seemed the two had bonded rather... strongly. They seemed to have an uncanny energy between them that was more intense than before. It wasn't that they weren't close before, but something was a little off about how Caleb had looked at Kasey, something they pushed aside in the moment, but would stick with them later. That made Kasey curious, but not curious enough to do anything about it.

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Adele smiled as Kasey spoke so warmly of Caleb. He'd always been a moody little thing, but even so Kasey had made the time to try and entertain him while Adele was busy. Kasey didn't pose a threat to Adele in any way, so the young boy had been more amenable to the student (as Kasey was then) than he was with most people.

"He has been the most helpful, haven't you?" Adele murmured into his hair. She loved that smell... her sleepy little boy curled up in her arms. When did she get this sentimental? He was growing up too fast. Way too fast. "You remember Kasey? They used to play with you sometimes."

Caleb shook his head, and kept a dark glare on Kasey. The older he got the less he liked people interfering in his life and family. Kasey may have been acceptable then, but now Adele was hurting from the latest person to leave her. He had to protect her.

The boy spoke suddenly, in words that sounded liquid---like soft rain they flowed together. Adele thinned her lips a little in response, and returned a gentle stream of similar words, a language that sounded almost like music. Adele made every effort to conceal her heritage, including the fact she was foreign at all -- though most guessed by the remnants of her accent, she would never confirm or deny any rumors as to where she was from.

"English, baby." she chided gently. "Don't be rude."

Caleb pouted, and tightened his embrace.

"He's going to make quite the big brother, my Caleb." Adele said to Kasey. "He's not happy about it now, but I know he will be. Améa was the same, if you remember... though she..." Adele sighed. How to catch Kasey up on her eldest daughter? Kasey had been there for most of that train wreck.

The sullen Sturt girl who wouldn't speak, except in her rare broken English---cutting down any who dared look at her wrong. Failed class after class. Who wouldn't talk to her own mother, but would fight anyone who dared speak a word against her. She'd been so spirited, that girl. Now she was so broken.

"She is still married to the Nedvidek boy." Adele frowned. "They are back in Narrie now, though. So maybe there's hope for her."

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Kasey noted the strength of the bond between the two and was a bit concerned by it, but figured, as was the case in most circumstances that this would eventually resolve itself. Sure, Caleb looked at Kasey as a threat now, but hopefully that would be something that could be worked on to help him to form a more healthy attachment.

What did catch Kasey off guard was Caleb not remembering them, or at least claiming not to. It made sense because he was so young at the time, but they still didn't expect it. They thought that they had made a better impression when babysitting them. Perhaps they were getting to caught up in their head about it, though given how young he was.

Then Kasey heard words that were distantly familiar. Something about them harkened to one of their first languages, French. This sparked curiosity in Kasey, that at this point they were used as holding off in the conversation. Where were they from? The language was not quite like French and not quite like Portuguese. There was something about it that made Kasey want to know more, but they just let it go, smiling as Adele told him not to be rude. Kasey understood the desire to speak a native tongue and just tried not to say anything in particular.

The Adele brought up her daughter. This was not a topic Kasey expected her to bring up of her own accord, given how contentious it was. They had gone to school together and Kasey remembered Améa refusing to speak English and eventually being expelled from the school. Kasey did not look down on Améa or Adele for it, but imagined that Améa's entire circumstance was a difficult topic for Adele.

"Yes, it must be nice to have her closer." Kasey said in response to Adele's sharing of Améa's situation. It wasn't like Kasey to get involved in such personal family matters so quickly, so they tried to keep their comments supportive and to the point. They did not want to cause pain or bring up anything too personal.

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"It is nice," Adele murmured. "We'll see how that story ends soon enough."

Améa's situation was of great concern. Adele wasn't sure how this was going to play out, and the lack of control was bothering her. Would Améa come back to the family once she knew the truth? Or would she break Nika's heart and burn the last of her bridges? Adele didn't want to think the last could happen, but Améa had always been unpredictable in her choices.

So was Caleb. He looked up at her, speaking a soft phrase in native tongue that made her lips press together in a thin, displeased line. Caleb's distrust of anyone else in the company of Adele was getting old. She knew he had his reasons, she knew that perhaps she had indulged him a little too much. He even spoke of Améa as the enemy, poor Kasey didn't stand a chance.

"Do not." Adele snapped softly to her son, in English. "Kasey is here as a friend, and a colleague. I will not ask for her to leave. If you are so distressed by her presence, you know where your bed is."

It was a hard line that she hated to pull with Caleb, but knew she should have been doing more often. The boy snarled a deep frown. Adele withdrew her arms, folding them so that he could no longer cling to her.

"And you will apologise." she added. "In English."

Torn between his pride, and the sting of being chastised by his mother, Caleb turned a sulky glare at Kasey. "Sorry." he mumbled, before looking back at Adele and blurting a panicked stream of words in their own language, Adele's arms unfolded and scooped him in once more.

"Good boy," she said. An apologetic smile was thrown to Kasey. "Sorry." Adele said. "He thinks I am all he has---and he fears that I will leave for someone else."

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Something about this entire scenario was a bit unsettling to Kasey, but they knew that this was the nature of family and interaction within a society built upon family units of this kind. There was something enriching about seeing how families worked together, something Kasey still hadn't fully wrapped their mind around, especially the role of a parent in all of this.

There must have been some kind of pain in not being able to save one's children from things and people they suspected would hurt them. Kasey suspected this was at the core of Adele's relationships with her children. That was a very human element, something that many parents experienced and yet, Kasey felt they might never fully understand the scope of it, as they had no children, nor did they have anyone with whom to build a family.

The young boy apologized to them and they nodded they head. Adele apologized, explaining the situation and Kasey smiled softly, saying, "It's perfectly fine. It's natural to feel that way. He's very lucky to have such a loving mother to love so ferociously. I imagine he just wants to protect you the way you protect him." Kasey looked down, hoping they didn't get too personal or say something contrary to his feelings.

Then they looked back up and added, "Are you ready for the students to come back? I imagine all of your sorting has at least helped you get part of the way there." Kasey was afraid to be too intrusive and didn't want to push the matter any further, but if Adele did need to talk about it they would have understood, they just figured it would be a good idea to offer a change of topic in case Adele did want it.

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Adele laughed, a loud and sarcastic sound that verged on a honk.

"I don't think I'm ever ready for the students to come back," she said. "Look at how peaceful it's been all summer---not once have I caught any students using the back shelves to hide their hormone-induced activities." Which happened more often than anyone would have thought, even though Adele had a reputation for disrupting such behaviour with a loud and humiliating remark.

They kept coming back. Adele wondered if she wouldn't be better served spraying some sort of child-repellent around the shelves that provided darker, hidden corners. Could you get child-repellent? How mad would Alan be if she sprayed the entire library?

Wait.

Would child-repellent work on Alan?

This was something to investigate. Maybe this year she could maintain a nice neat library and stop Alan from interfering with her business. He'd already managed to whine at her until she agreed to step in and sub for History of Magic. Remembering that, she groaned.

"The library should be fine, but it seems our dear History of Magic professor has taken an extended holiday. And why would Alan go to the effort of getting a proper substitute in when he can just badger me until I say I'll cover?" Adele rolled her eyes. "Just cause I used to be the full time History of Magic teacher. It's been a while since I've taught properly though. I hope the kids are ready for it."

She gave Kasey a wink. Kasey knew. Kasey had been in the dictatorship that was Adele's class, an environment where learning happened whether you liked it or not. For those who already feared the librarian, they were about to experience a whole other level of horror: Adele the classroom teacher.

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