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Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:10 am
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

2:55 PM

The office of Richard Hawthorne was naturally lit, which made it look bigger than it was but was the only thing natural about it. The green carpet is soft and lush under footprints. There is a large, mahogany desk that is neatly covered in papers and file folders, a leather desk chair on one side, two wooden chairs on the other. Everything is in straight lines- each pencil, each legal pad, each post-it note. The desk matched the cabinets and counters on either side of the room, which held even more files and notes. A large, French-styled window towers behind the desk, flooding in autumnal light into the room. It doesn’t feel like it has ever been lived in, just occupied in.

Richard is sitting at the desk. He’s just a couple inches short of 6 feet tall, but his presence made him loom larger than anyone he had ever shared a space with. His cunning hazel eyes had an intense intelligence that added to the overall aura of intimidation that surrounded the man. His lips are thin, his nose long, his hair a neatly styled, thick salt and pepper wave. His rectangular glasses lay on his desk, next to the black desktop computer that is humming with life. A black coffee mug sits next to a black office phone, which occasionally rings. The only “decoration” in his office is a framed picture of his family: his wife, stepdaughter, and three young boys. Other than that, this office could be the office of any lawyer in the world.

He is looking through his notes, comparing to a file, his face in intense concentration. He makes a couple of notes, his handwriting impeccable and meticulous. He picks up his mug without looking, sipping, and puts it back down. This concentration was unrivaled by anyone. Well anyone except the obvious.

“Mr. Hawthorne, you’re three o’clock is here.”

The voice is fuzzy from the intercom. Without looking again, Richard presses a button and says, in his steel grey voice “Okay. Bring him in Samantha.” He doesn’t look up until his appointment arrives. He knows what he was expecting, as he had read the file non-stop since he received it.

Tobias Rudolf Maynard.

The case was interesting- he had to appeal to the board of directors of his school, as well as his department heads in order to receive his scholarship for next year. Too bad that there was an incident on the night of October 11th. The school hadn’t even suspended the poor boy, choosing to sweep the incident under the rug, but that meant they would try to sweep his potential client as well. And if he was going to represent Tobias, that wasn’t an option.

This case also was personal to him. It was a chance to make things right between him and his past. But he didn’t want to focus on that now.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:28 am


Tobi had followed the impeccably dressed secretary through the impeccably decorated waiting room into the crisp hallway of the law firm. The bus ride and possible threat of losing his scholarship had already drained him dry; waiting in the smaller waiting room had put him on edge. At least there had been a window. Lots of windows really. Place was full of them. ‘Small graces,’ he supposed.

He had tried to dress to dress up to meet this lawyer type, though walking around the interior and seeing the people inside, he became aware that his ‘dressing up’ was nowhere even near what these people considered nice.

He had on his only pair of jeans without holes, though the thick fabric was one walk away from tearing at the knees. He had cleaned off his boots so that they were no longer caked in mud, and the sweater Noelle had made him had been slipped on for moral support. His leather jacket, as scuffed and beaten as it was, was doing wonders for warding off the strange chill of the office. Place must have the air conditioning on high. He wondered how this poor lady wasn’t freezing in that skirt and heels.


She drops him off at the door. He says a quick, “Thank ye, ma’am,” but she was already gone down the hallway. ‘People move right quick here.’ He thinks before turning and pushing open the door. It opens on a spacious office. First thing he notices are the large windows. ‘Thank t’Lawd.’ He thinks. He moves across thick green carpeting and dark mahogany. Space feels like it’s trying to be comforting, but there just isn’t enough there to really put him at ease. He steps a few steps in, stops, and looks at the man behind the desk.


“Uh, Mr. Hawthorn?” He asks. His pale grey eyes rest on the man. “I ‘spose t’meet ya a’ three. I’m Tobias, Tobias Rudolf Maynard.” He clarifies after a beat.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:18 am
"Yes. Tobias. Please, sit."

His voice was still a steel vise; hard and cold. Impartial. Richard doesn't look up from his file as Tobias enters the room. He doesn't need to, he knows what he was expecting. Once he does sit, however, he raises his gaze, looking at him up and down. Boots, worn jeans, a leather jacket. He wasn't making this a walk in the park. The sweater. The stitching was immediately familiar to him, and his lips turned to an ever so subtle frown, the corners of his mouth a micro-fraction in movement. Finally, his eyes meet the boy in front of him. The smart and cunning hazel met the cool grey, almost in a battle. After a minute of complete silence, Richard begins.

"Before this consultation, I need to ask you a few questions."

He pauses, his hand holding a pen, which rests on a legal pad. Then he starts again "Did you intend to hurt the other party on the night of the infraction? If so, was it in self-defense or the defense of another party present? Were you under the influence of any substances, drugs or alcohol, that night?"

He rattles these off, without pause for an answer, his voice still hard and clear, then waits. Silently. This manner of interrogation, the stare he gave, it was familiar. Not only to Richard, Who had made his Career with his callous manner, but also to Tobi for some reason. The hardened tone didn't need to be loud or booming, it was powerful on its own.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:49 am
Tobi sits in the wooden chair opposite the desk. It’s slightly uncomfortable and puts him just a tic more on edge. He settles his large frame as well as he can before Mr. Hawthorne raises his head to look him over. He doesn’t look pleased with whatever he sees, Tobi can’t help that though. He’s struggling as it is, he doesn’t have the money for anything nicer. The sweater’s the nicest thing he’s wearing, honestly, and the man still seems displeased by it. Hawthorne’s eyes meet his own; Tobi holds the stare as long as Hawthorne does. The silence doesn't bother Tobi, he's used to it, lives in it. Though, it almost feels like the older man is sizing him up before he begins asking questions.

Tobi answers them after he rolls through the list. “Nah, sir, didn’ go into tha’ night aimin’ t’hurt the boy. Rather not ‘ave seen him, if I’m bein’ honest.” He shrugs, just an easy roll of his shoulders. This chair is doing nothing for him. “When he wen’ after Noelle, well.” He raises a hand to the back of his neck. “I jus’ wanted her safe. Tried t’warn ‘im off, he’s a scrawny thing. Thought myself would’a been ‘nough t’send him runnin’. I mean, I know what I look like. Had the boy any common sense, he would'a ran.” He pauses in his telling to settle his arms back on the armrests.

“But he threw a punch. Broke m’nose, I think. I punched ‘im back.” He says it easily, though he narrows his eyes with his next sentence. Something a little dangerous burns behind the grey. “He were assaultin’ her, sir. I weren’t about t’stand by and let him hurt her.” His tone is low and even, and he lets the silence settle between them before answering his last question.

“And I weren’t on no drugs.” He closes his eyes and sighs. “Clear a mind tha’ whole night.” He opens them again, focuses on Hawthorne and waits for what he has to say.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Hawthorne's face and eyes stay the same throughout the story. It was just as he thought- matched the other statements. Except for one crucial point, but he decided to talk more about it if Tobias agreed to his terms. Agreed to work with him. Which he would.

"Well, that's a start. I'm very pleased that you decided to meet me. I know my letter came at an inopportune time for you. I'm going to lay this out for you as simple as I can." He's staring at Tobi with intensity now, sitting up straight, rigid but relaxed.

"Here is the situation. Your scholarship for the mutant immersion program is up for reevaluation due to this incident. That scholarship is the only thing that is giving you funding to be in school. And you will need to present your case to the board of directors and the chairs in your department. You can do this on your own, but due to the delicacy of the case, you are going to want legal counsel, someone who can show you what hoops you can leap through."

Richard's eyes start to search him again, gauging his uncomfortableness "Now, that legal counsel does not have to be me. In fact, I can connect you with any lawyer in the state. In the entire Northeast region. But they will not do it for free. You will be paying full legal fees with a chance that you will fail and leave school with even less money than you have now. Most of those other lawyers don't care what will happen to you, and the ones that do don't have the skill to navigate this. I do. In fact, if you decide to work with me, I can guarantee a win. And I will do it all pro bono."

Richard reaches for a manila folder stuffed neatly to the brim with papers. He pushes it to Tobias' side of the desk "Here are all of my personal reports on civil dispute cases that are similar to your situation. And this-" He takes a thinner folder and pushes it "Are all my personal reports on every mutant rights case I have ever taken. I've won each one."

He's confident, but not swarmy. "This is your best option, Mr. Maynard."
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:50 pm
Tobi stares down at the two folders. His hand reaches out to pull the thinner folder towards him and he inspects it. The wire frames of his reading glasses slip further down his face as he does. "I ain't one t'look a gift horse in the mouth, Mr. Hawthorne," he starts, then pauses. His sharp eyes flick towards the other man, the gaze of them is wary. There's a distrust there. It's quiet, but there. Tobi's used to his independence, used to working for everything he has. He had agonized over taking the scholarship for a few years after he graduated highschool, simply because he couldn't believe that an opportunity like that wouldn't come without a catch. Looking at the folders in front of him, the office around him, and the man sitting behind the desk, he can't quite believe that all of this comes at no price. Men like him and their time are expensive, he isn't just giving it away.

"I jus' am havin' trouble believin' all this comes fer free." Tobi meets his confidence with his own self-assured attitude. He knows this is his one chance to stay in school, knows that having someone who knows what they're doing is invaluable in situations like this. He can't afford school without this scholarship, and he can't afford different legal council. This man knows that and has effectively backed him into the only option: Mr. Hawthorne. It's a hell of a move, and if he can back Tobi into a corner this effectively, Tobi knows that he could do a hell of a number on the advisory board. Still, the thought of being caged so effectively has him bristle.

" I'll take it, got no money an' no better option, but jus' tell me straight up. What you gettin' outta this?" He leans back in his chair and pushes his glasses back up to stare at Mr. Hawthorne with tired eyes.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:09 pm
He respected the question. So he considers it while staring into Tobias' eyes steadily. Finally, after another bout of silence, he answers simply "I have interest in this case. I have recently found myself interested in situations like this, Mr. Maynard. Many mutants unable to defend themselves due to the lack of laws and the abundance of regulations, and I simply find that ridiculous. But why this matters to me doesn't matter. What does matter is that I am giving my word that I am fully staked in the outcome in your favor. And, as you can see with those reports, that can mean a great deal for you. Especially with no legal fees."

Richard's eyes soften for a microsecond but quickly reset to their hardness. He respected this kid, his confidence, his self-assured attitude. Even though he was rough around the edges, Richard saw a sympathetic case starting to build. Even the distrust in his eyes clued him into the genuineness of this child. He wasn't going to let anyone else do the work for him.

"Now, if we are going to continue, I have a couple more questions." He pauses, allowing Tobias to either leave or stay. "Now, I understand that you had used your abilities during this time. Environmental Manipulation and Consciousness. Was this use of your abilities completely under your control?"

Another pause. Then, Richard throws him a bone "This goes without saying, but everything in these sessions is completely confidential. I will only build your case with the information you deem fit."
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:32 pm
Tobi listens to the man quietly, hardly shifting in his seat. When he finishes and give him an out, Tobi considers it. He could just walk out that door and wait for the next bus back to campus, petition his own case. 'Get thrown outta' school,' his mind tacks on.

He stays where he is.

'Yeah, sure did." he answers. "Ain't ever heard it said like tha, but sure did. Figur'd a little shock and awe woul' help the whole intimidatin' look. Get him t'back off wi'out a fight. But y'know. Didn't." He looks down at the papers on his desk. "It was under my control for the mos' part." His voice is quiet. He stops and thinks over what he says next. "Halfway through I think I, I think I lost it." He pauses and shakes his head. "Couldn't turn i'off. It were jus' rain and wind and a little earth shakin', but I would move and it would move and I was jus' a little too deep."

"I jus' couldn't shake it. Sister knocked me clean out an'it stopped. Was out cold for a day." He finishes. He knows that sounds bad, sounds like the mutant kid lost control and his temper. It sounds like he used extreme means to subdue someone who wasn't even near his level.

"'Riginally jus' used it t'check on her, that was it. I never wanted to hurt him with 'em." he adds. He shifts in the chair, looks toward the window behind Richard. It's a sunny day outside. He'd bet it was plenty warm too. This office was too damn chilly, he thinks as he absently fiddles with the hem of the sweater cuff.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:50 pm
He listens and gives a very short nod. This is his first definitive movement. Richard pulls the ticker manila folder back, placing it neatly on the corner of his desk, then says "Understandable. You were pulled too deep. In fact, it is up for consideration if the other boy, Evan Richardson, passing out was more towards the alcohol in his system rather than the wind knocking him back. It doesn't help the situation, but it does help the case. It wasn't intentionally used to overpower, it was used to 'check in' on Ms. Scott. It's a noble response even though it got out of hand."

"It happens much more often then you think. And not just with those with mutations." His face moves subtly again, almost into a grimace, but his face shifts back. "But it's not a deal breaker. This situation, your loss of control doesn't define you if we frame it right. Understand that."

He pauses as if considering something. He scribbles a note on his legal pad and says while writing "Noelle Scott. What was your relationship with her prior to this infraction?"

It's a simple question but the weight is heavy in Richard's heart. He doesn't show it, but the question was going to lead to a complicated road of many other questions. It was important that this situation wasn't seen as a crime of passion, but a well-meaning kid helping a defenseless victim. The eyewitness reports match this- Evan and Noelle were seen to leave first, and then Tobias ran after them. If the school had better security, Richard thought bitterly, they would have concrete proof of the assault. But alas, that wasn't the case.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:19 pm
"Long as you say so, sir." He hums quietly in response. Despite how much of a dick Evan is, despite his feelings towards Noelle, and despite how good it felt in the moment to see him hit the ground, he still feels guilty about it. One hit to the nose was enough for him, he hadn't intended to knock the boy prone.

Speaking of feelings, though...

"Nah, sir, ain't nothing between us at the time." He shakes his head. "I mean, we in the same program and she's a good friend. We danced that night." He shrugs, his voice even. The only thing that betrays him is the burn in his ears, the very, very slight flush of his face. He's debating what to tell. He's an honest man, sure, but if it'll help his case...

He doesn't know what to say. Were he and Noelle together? He thinks so; they've discussed their feelings, went on a few dates, he's met her parents. Well, parent. Still hasn't met the dad, doesn't know a whole lot about him. Noelle's been pretty sketchy on the details. But he's pretty sure they're together now, and Hawthorne did say this meeting was confidential.

"To be a hundred percent honest, sir, we datin' now. Curren'ly." He pauses. "Weren't that night, honest t'God. I was jus' worried for her."

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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:37 pm
Hawthorne watches Tobi, evenly. This was good news, but it doesn't register on his face. The fact that they hadn't been romantically involved before the incident was good. They had danced, but it was a school dance; if they were good friends, there was nothing suspicious of that at all. One of the biggest setbacks of the case might have been resolved.

Then, he notices the faint blush across the boy's face. If Richard hadn't been a master of observation, he would have missed it. Tobi was hiding something, and he had a clear idea of what it was. Comparing the eyewitness accounts and his own intuition made it even clearer. And then he said it.

Dating.

Something bit back in his chest, but he pushed it down. He needed to keep it together, for everyone's sake. As long as their relationship had started after that evening, the 'crime of passion' angle would be mute. He considers his next question He listens, patiently, staring at Tobi. "Why were you worried? What did you see?"

Hawthorne knew this was a tough question for both of them. For Tobi to relive it, and for Richard to hear it. But he needed a whole gallery, not just a section of one painting. He waits patiently and silently for an answer. No prodding, only his gaze perpetuating the golden autumnal light pouring from the window.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:17 am
The question causes everything to come crashing back for Tobi in vivid, panoramic detail. He didn't just see it, he experienced it in three sixty surround, saw it from nearly every angle. He can feel their feet against the ground as Evan pushed Noelle up against the wall, hear Noelle's cries for help, smell the alcohol on Evan's breath. He can taste the fruit he had been eating before he checked his phone once, twice, three times and decided to check in on Noelle. He sees the pulsing lights, the dark dance floor, feels and hears the bass reverberate through the building. He focuses on the man before him, all this happening concurrently behind his eyes, and begins to speak.

"The beginning?" he sighs.

He explains the lead up to the dance, how Noelle and Evan had gotten together. He tells Hawthorne how he had been happy for her at first but became more and more worried each time he would see Noelle. She was working herself to the bone for this boy, not eating and not sleeping. He would try to get her to do both and to take some time for herself, but she wouldn't do it. He tells him of the night in his dorm room (leaving out certain details), how she had been so tired and so scared when Evan called, how he had to talk her down from a panic attack with stories of his own life. Tobi tells Hawthorne of the incident in the library, of his many ill feelings, of his own intuition. And then he starts on the dance.

He tells him of how Noelle had been alone that night, tells him of how they had danced, of the night that followed. He tells him how Noelle had wanted to break up with Evan.

"I saw he were drunkin' n' a skunk, an I still let her go alone with him. I mean, how stupid was that?" he's still beating himself up over it. "She was so sure'a herself an' it was the firs' time I seen her confident in so long. Figured, she derserves t'feel in control for once, y'know?" he pauses, fiddles with the sweater again. "I tol' her ten minutes an' I was going lookin' for her. She left, and I jus' get this bad feelin' that don' shake."

"But I waited, long as I could. Came out t'bout six minutes 'fore I went lookin'. Music and lights threw me at first, disoriented me, but I found her. Evan had her..." he stops and ducks his head. "He had 'er..." Stops again. This time when his eyes meet Hawthorne's there's a fire there, boiling with just as much rage as Homecoming night. "He was assaulting her." he growls out the words. "Weeks a' pushin' her to her limits fer the sake a' his good time an' he were there, takin' advantage a her." His hands ball into tight fists. If it weren't for his stubby nails, he'd be drawing blood.

"She was fightin' him, but not eating or sleepin' ain't doin' her no favors. I tried t' give her an advantage, a distraction with what I could till I got there, give 'er a chance t' get away. I step out, and he were holdin' her by her hair. Like she's nuthin'." Tobi spits the last word. He's angry now and he can feel that pull, that roar in the back of his mind that yanked his mind hard Homecoming night and didn't let go. But he swallows it. Forces it back.

"He threw her t' the ground, came at me, broke m' nose." His nose is still just the slightest bit crooked from where Agnes had set it that night. "Broke his and a little bit more."

He then tells what he can remember of the rest of that night, which isn't a lot. He had been knocked out soon after.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:05 am
Richard Hawthorne listened intently to the recount. And he wanted to do many things.

He wanted to go and talk to the boy, this Evan, and give him a piece of his mind.

He wanted to charge Evan for assaulting this poor girl who had no real way if defending herself.

He wanted to tell Tobi that the kid deserved the broken nose and the subsequent trip to the hospital.

But he didn't show this. Because he knew for them to have any credibility, they needed to play this right. And flying off the handle would do no good for anyone. It would give a motive behind everything, give people a reason to rally against Tobi. He obviously was planning to do this all along. No witnesses to the actual assault. She should have defended herself. For a moment, Richard was lost, playing the scenarios in his head how this would play out, and decided that they would take the safest option.

Still. This retelling was tough for him to hear. He kept his eyes on his notes until Tobi started talking about what he saw happen. Noelle was being taken advantage of. And as much as he tried, he couldn't think of her as the nineteen-year-old who was studying Literature. All he could think of was the 9-year-old girl who had stopped talking and couldn't even ask for the bare essentials of life. The 10-year-old girl who didn't have any friends, who would sit up in her room all day, not talking with anyone, lost in her own worlds. The 11-year-old child that was allowing herself to feel worse and worse about herself until it would hit breaking points. This young girl was the one he saw being assaulted in his mind eye. The defenseless little child that he had abandoned all those years ago. If he had stayed would...

No, he wasn't dwelling on that thought. He stays silent for a couple minutes, his eyes meeting the boy across from him "So, let me get this straight. Ms. Scott was unwell and unfit to defend herself. She and Mr. Richardson were seen leaving out the door. Six minutes pass, and you use your mutation to pull yourself into the world. You saw Mr. Richardson taking advantage of the weakened Ms. Scott. You tried to help her by giving a distraction until you got out there. Once you did, Mr. Richardson was holding MS. Scott by the hair then threw her to the ground and punched you in turn. Then, you punched him because he did not back down after multiple warnings?"

He said it so clearly, without the trace of emotion tainting his facts to sound like opinions. It sounds convincing, even though he wasn't there. But he continues "For this case to come out in our favor, you will need to focus on the immediate call to action and Evan's response. How you allowed them to go talk, checked in, and saw what was going on. Anything before that, except Ms. Scott's weakened state, isn't going to matter. In fact, it will give them a finger to point towards a bias. We need to approach this as sympathetically as possible. You only punched Evan because he threw the first punch. You only went out there because Ms. Scott was unable to take care of herself and she needed assistance. These points are going to be key to this story."

He pauses, putting his pen down "And you need to get used to telling this story, Mr. Maynard. It needs to be airtight. Because the minute they see holes, inconsistencies, bias- they are going to tear you apart. They are looking to villainize you the moment you step forward with this. They're already sweeping the incident under the rug, and they plan to do the same with you."

Hawthorne looks Tobi up and down, thinking deeply "Is there anything else that you deem fit I should know before I take this case? Have you ever been involved in a civil dispute similar to this? Were there any witnesses to the assault besides you? Did you ever mention hurting Mr. Richardson before the incident?"
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:10 pm
Tobi listens to the man in front of him. Yeah, he knew they were gonna tear him apart, he kind of figured that the moment he punched the boy. He was already under so much scrutiny: being a mutant, being in the medical program, coming from a poor background. He knew what it was like to be under that kind of pressure to be the model citizen and the model student. So he nods along.

He doesn't want to tell that story over and over again, though. It was a bad night for everyone involved, Noelle most of all. He didn't want to drag her suffering to light every time someone asked, telling it from every angle like he could. He didn't want to do any of this, honestly. What he wanted right now was to go home, curl up under some blankets, and avoid every watchful eye, every little bit of scrutiny until he was old and maybe dead. He blinks slow. Any fire that had been in him during the telling if Homecoming night has bled out, leaving him tired and worn. Maybe he can't curl up till he dies, but a nap at least would be nice.

When Hawthorne asks him his last question, he shakes his head. "Nah, sir. Ain't even been in trouble with the law. Ain't e'er hurt nobody, ain't e'er been arrested, ain't e'er harm a hair on no one's head." He continues on.

"Shoul' be one student, Winter. She were there, took care'a Noelle real well. Sister was there too. Can ask them for a little bit more."

"An' I ain't never said any thing 'bout hurtin' him before hand." Doesn't mean he didn't think it, though. Maybe said it to Noelle a couple times, he can't remember.
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:33 pm
Hawthorne looks at him one last time, and then starts to pull out an envelope “Thank you for answering all of my questions, Mr. Maynard. I would highly recommend that you refrain from using your mutation until we can get this all squared away. We need to show the advisory board that this was truly a rare event of no control. Also, you are going to need to keep your grades up. Be a model student. Here-“

He hands him the large envelop, which is sealed by a clasp. “If we are going to continue, I need you to sign these. It just goes over what I can and can not do as legal counsel. Next time we meet, you can hand this over. I’m going to make a couple phone calls, see if I can get a few things to work in our favor.”

Hawthorn stands, his hand outstretched for a shake. He stares at Tobi with his alert, hazel eyes “Thank you for coming in today. We are going to get your scholarship back.”
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Re: Jules, Connecticut: Krause&Lovett Law Offices

on Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:03 pm
Well. That's gonna hurt, he thinks as Hawthorne tells him he shouldn't use his powers. It's as natural to him now as breathing, something he does to feel more connected to the world. It helped with his claustrophobia, helped him feel more connected to his home. He'd try his best, though. He couldn't blow this one chance to stay in school. The rest he could do easy. Not like he hasn't been that up till now.

"Sure, sir." he says and reaches forward to take the envelope. His fingers close around it and he holds it at his side as he stands. With his free hand, he reaches out to take Hawthorne's in a strong, steady grip, sharp grey eyes meeting the alert hazel.

"Thank ye, sir. 'preciate y'time." He nods his head at the man. He's grateful for his time, but he still can't shake that small feeling in him that something just doesn't seem quite right, like he's missing something big. He chalks it up to the chilly, enclosed space though, and his discomfort at being told he shouldn't use his powers, and dismisses the thought.

Tobi turns to leave the way he came, out the door and down the hallway. He passes by the receptionist and gives her a little wave that she doesn't return. Out the door, down to the bus stop he arrived at, on a bus, and back to the campus. He watches the scenery pass, whipping past the windows in a blur of green and brown. He just wants to get back to campus, curl up under some blankets, and forget about legal troubles and forget about his problems for a little bit. The manila envelope sits heavy next to him on the bus seat.
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