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So that you can be aware of how he's doing, this entry is simply to let you know that I just finished a heart-to-heart talk with Linus Moon.

I think the first shock and numbness has worn off a little, and so the grief is definitely welling up. He seemed to blink back tears at a couple of points in our conversation, although his speech was--oh, you know Linus. Perhaps it would be easier if he went ahead and let himself cry, but he is, after all, a very proud young men and--well, I've raised six boys of my own. I understand why he doesn't want to let himself go. He is very grateful for Ernie Macmillan's offer to help with any arrangements which must be made, but he's fretting about the difficulties presented by his estrangement from Karo. Understandable, certainly.

I judge he is also suffering quite a bit of agony over whatever caused the falling out with Lavender--I didn't get a clear picture of exactly what's going on there. 'The Love of the Muse must burn within the heart of a true poet like a torch when the fire of Love itself falters.'

Or something.

His conversation was rather elliptical (at times downright mystifying) and kept wandering back to Arithmancy. I think his impulse is to bury himself in arithmatic calculations--but he has a most exquisite delicacy about asking you for more projects, Aurora, because 'I don't want to be a burden to her.'

Rachel, I included you because he was also fretting over other people he wanted to inform of his family's death, specifically Padma Patil. I gather they were friends. I told him quite firmly that he must obtain permission from your security personnel before making any attempt to contact her. I was worried he might argue, but instead an expression crossed his face that--oh, he seemed so very tragic and hopeless.

I don't think that he will attempt to contact anyone in defiance of Alice's latest directive, despite how brittle he is, but I just wanted to make you aware.

I do think we should keep a close eye on him. The poor young man.

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Date: 2015-08-13 12:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alt_sinistra
Thank you, Molly. I appreciate the concern, and I'm sure he does too. (And I am certain there are things he will tell you, as a mother to someone his age, that he won't tell me, who he knows principally as a teacher.)

I had a somewhat unexpected nap, but I am now working on finding him more to lose himself in. And I was already thinking that perhaps a bit of watching the Perseids was in order (and if you know anyone else who could use a bit of meteor shower in their night, they are also welcome. Big tower, plenty of space.) Sometimes people will talk in the dark, when they wouldn't if someone was watching.

He has always found Arithmancy particularly comforting in times of distress, and I certainly have plenty of it that needs doing. I will make it very clear that he is not a burden, as well.

(And the process for getting messages cleared, should he wish. He is - mmm. Rather used to restrictions due to his lack of common sense, shall we say, but he has always obeyed once the lines were made clear.)

As to Lavender, I have gotten parts of it out of him, translating around the bits of poetry. He has been speaking with Rosemary Roche and various of the others about the plans to reconstitute Oxford, and having determined that Muggles have poetry, and are therefore people (it makes sense to him, however odd the route is), he wants to learn their poetry and how they do history, and a number of other things.

Lavender, as I understand it, declined to join him. From the things he's said, she was quite gentle with him, not cruel, but of course, he felt strongly about her (and she about him) and was already hurting, even before we got the news about his family.

Padma is rather more complicated. I'm not sure friend is quite the word I'd choose, but they were the top Ravenclaws in their year, with the mingled high standards that implies. Competition with each other, cooperation in maintaining the standards of the house. Certainly Padma is one of his yearmates he felt closest to, for a variety of reasons.

Rachel, Alice: Linus had asked about her, a few days ago, but if there's any particular news I may pass along other than what I told him (that I had heard she was somewhere safe, but not at liberty to use her journal regularly), that might be a help.

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Date: 2015-08-13 03:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alt_sinistra
First, Alice, Linus has just had a rather interesting suggestion, about filtering some of the excess energy in the leys into some sort of storage. Is that a question for Fu Lee, or the twins, or who would you suggest? I think it's worth at least exploring.

Second, meteors were apparently the right sort of thing. We were up there rather late, and the dark was clearly helpful and "Did you see that one!" is both undemanding but not entirely solitary as a conversation. I did hear him sniffling, but didn't draw attention to it.

Molly, I was thinking about his family. His mother was a Hufflepuff, and warmer, but his father fairly rigid. (Not unkind, as some people like that are, but - high expectations, and a lot of structure, and trying to ignore things that are outside the tidy lines and numbers.) Mum offered whatever help, when I talked to her on Tuesday, but I think if you're willing to keep checking in with him, your approach might be different enough to be comforting without being too painful, if you see what I mean.


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September 2015


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