Tea and Meetings

Welcome to Tea & Meetings, an extra for subscribers to my mailing list of eight scenes (15,000 words) involving characters from Eclipse. I recommend reading Eclipse first, though there are no direct spoilers for the plot other than references to the success of the romantic aspects of that book in the last two scenes.  

Content note:

Two of these scenes (Summer 1923 and November 1925) contain Isembard in some of his more depressed moments.  
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Why this story?

I wanted to explore about various parts of Thesan and Isembard's past, a few of the events that particularly shaped them.  

Summer 1904

In which Izzy is confused
Isembard Fortier and Alexander Landry have a conversation about learning and goals.  

January 1908

In which Professor Baldwin takes an interest
Thesan Wain's first real conversation as a first year with Professor Mizar Baldwin, Astronomy professor during her own years at Schola.  

Summer 1915

In which men go to war
Izzy, Perry Judson, Alexander Landry and two others meet to begin to make plans for doing their part in the war effort.  

September 1917

In which Thesan begins teaching
It's the first week of Thesan Wain's first year teaching, and she is perhaps a tad overwhelmed.  

Summer 1923

In which Izzy takes on responsibility
Isembard Fortier agrees to become a teacher at Schola and bodyguard to two children of Council Members, and reflects on his life so far.  

July 1925

In which Mabyn gathers information
Thesan Wain visits Mabyn Teague in the aftermath of the events of Eclipse to talk about what a truly excellent education should involve.  

November 1925

In which it is Armstice Day
Isembard Fortier thinks he will spend Armstice Day alone again, and mourning a great many things. Seth Wain and Golshan Soltani offer a different option. (There is a followup to this scene when Isembard returns to Schola that is part of With All Due Speed.)  

May 1926

In which Master Ward is interviewed
Schola needs a new Materia professor, and Ibis Ward is their last interview. Features a number of the Schola staff.