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On the wall to the right of the door is a purple box labelled ‘Compliments!’ where Eliora Dodderidge hopes you will leave nice messages about your colleagues that she can share with them in department meetings. Of course, should you use this box for anything other than this, there will be consequences.

Once you’ve knocked and been invited inside of the Department Head’s Office, take a seat on one of the grey seats on the peasants opposite side of the desk or on the window seat available. Keep your hands to yourself or risk losing your fingers. The desk is tidy and organised, much like the rest of the office. Things are in their proper place and there is little clutter besides the coffee cups that are usual for anywhere Eliora is. There are probably ten more in there than you can see and count. If you were to comment on it, though, there would probably be a hot cup of coffee poured over your head.

The shelves on the back wall are minimalistic, just a few vases, ornaments and framed photos of her children Briar and Levi. The drawers at the bottom of the unit contain the important documents one should have in an office, the employee files and Eliora’s favourite issues of gossip magazines. Some days, Eliora will have one of her two children with her in the office as they are homeschooled and annoying. You'll notice that behind the window seat is, naturally, a window. Eliora dislikes feeling cooped up and has charmed the wall to feature a window that changes between her favourite landscape and season of the hour. It will almost never be the same. She's as fickle with her landscapes as she is her men.

Take a cup of coffee from the coffee machine in the office (courtesy of a close friend) as you come in, plus one for Ms. Dodderidge. Common courtesy.

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In response to the owl received in his office, an overstuffed opossum waddled its way through the door and flopped over on to its side for a few beats before lazily rolling over on to its back. An impractical corporal form to be sure, the message 'spoken' from the silvery creature in the voice of one Charles Hollingberry was no less clear.

"Trouble at Hogwarts School at Witchcraft and Wizardry in the form of a pest infestation and accompanying unknown illness infecting students. Assemble in my office immediately."

And then, while still playing dead, the patronus dissipated into thin air.
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In response to the owl received in his office, an overstuffed opossum waddled its way through the door and flopped over on to its side for a few beats before lazily rolling over on to its back. An impractical corporal form to be sure, the message 'spoken' from the silvery creature in the voice of one Charles Hollingberry was no less clear.

"Trouble at Hogwarts School at Witchcraft and Wizardry in the form of a pest infestation and accompanying unknown illness infecting students. Assemble in my office immediately."

And then, while still playing dead, the patronus dissipated into thin air.
With a raise of her eyebrow, Eliora looked up from the coffee she had just poured for herself at what was happening in her office now. Oh for the love of -- why was she even surprised? There was a reason she had pulled her daughter out of that school and it was the same reason that Levi would not be attending in the autumn. Those weren't to be her thoughts right now, though, as she was going to have to help deal with this.

Coffee in hand, Eliora swept herself up from her chair and out of the office straight away.
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Right. This was no big deal. Bambi could totally do this. She'd been prepping in front of her mirror for quite some time and there was no one more ready than she. She'd even done a dry run with Layla! If that hadn't prepared her enough for this meeting with her boss, nothing will.

The freckled blonde knocked twice on the door, and instantly regretted all her decisions. Perhaps she should postpone?? Or cancel! Or have her father arrive and claim she absolutely has to go to some family emergency thing and oh! maybe she could get the daycare to say that Ariadne was ill! Or- no. No no. She could do this. And her precious little baby angel would not be getting ill, not even in this fake scenario in her head. Absolutely not. Ariadne always had to be perfectly healthy and clean and happy. Life rules right there.

Wringing her wrists and adjusting the slightly more formal designer robes, Bambi waited to be let in. And hoped to Merlin she wasn't about to get fired.
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Right. This was no big deal. Bambi could totally do this. She'd been prepping in front of her mirror for quite some time and there was no one more ready than she. She'd even done a dry run with Layla! If that hadn't prepared her enough for this meeting with her boss, nothing will.

The freckled blonde knocked twice on the door, and instantly regretted all her decisions. Perhaps she should postpone?? Or cancel! Or have her father arrive and claim she absolutely has to go to some family emergency thing and oh! maybe she could get the daycare to say that Ariadne was ill! Or- no. No no. She could do this. And her precious little baby angel would not be getting ill, not even in this fake scenario in her head. Absolutely not. Ariadne always had to be perfectly healthy and clean and happy. Life rules right there.

Wringing her wrists and adjusting the slightly more formal designer robes, Bambi waited to be let in. And hoped to Merlin she wasn't about to get fired.
It had been a long week. Things were busy and she was borderline exhausted. She hadn't managed to annoy James in the last two days through being so tired and working so hard and honestly? She missed the idiot. Ugh, feelings. Did they wanna not? She was perfectly content with just being friends and just working together and getting lunch and napping in each others offices. FEELINGS WERE NOT WELCOME IN THIS OFFICE AND SHE WAS HEREBY BANISHING THEM.

And she had also had 6? 7? 8????? cups of coffee today. Maybe 9 or 10. She lost count every single day after the first.

Looking up from her desk, Eliora waved her hand and the door opened inward. "Bambi, come in." And close the door behind you, please? Please. "Would you like some coffee?" She knew what the answer would be. And the smile on her face said outright that she was joking.
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It had been a long week. Things were busy and she was borderline exhausted. She hadn't managed to annoy James in the last two days through being so tired and working so hard and honestly? She missed the idiot. Ugh, feelings. Did they wanna not? She was perfectly content with just being friends and just working together and getting lunch and napping in each others offices. FEELINGS WERE NOT WELCOME IN THIS OFFICE AND SHE WAS HEREBY BANISHING THEM.

And she had also had 6? 7? 8????? cups of coffee today. Maybe 9 or 10. She lost count every single day after the first.

Looking up from her desk, Eliora waved her hand and the door opened inward. "Bambi, come in." And close the door behind you, please? Please. "Would you like some coffee?" She knew what the answer would be. And the smile on her face said outright that she was joking.
As always, the smell of caffeine was overwhelmingly present in the office of Eliora Dodderidge and Bambi was well practiced in the art of not reacting. "Thank you, Eliora," Bambi smiled and her ponytail flicked around her face as she quickly and deftly closed the door. There are some things ones coworkers are better left in the dark about. Like meetings with bosses and possible discussions of the P-word.

Anyway.

Bambi chuckled as she sat, offering a tiny shake of her head. "I hope you know, the day I say yes to that question is the day I should be promptly carted off to St. Mungo's," she had been in here countless of times, which is why she felt as comfortable as she did sitting without asking first, but the moment her knees bent she wondered if she should have asked. This wasn't a performance review, and any little thing that could change Eliora's mood is one big factor that would go into her decision.
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As always, the smell of caffeine was overwhelmingly present in the office of Eliora Dodderidge and Bambi was well practiced in the art of not reacting. "Thank you, Eliora," Bambi smiled and her ponytail flicked around her face as she quickly and deftly closed the door. There are some things ones coworkers are better left in the dark about. Like meetings with bosses and possible discussions of the P-word.

Anyway.

Bambi chuckled as she sat, offering a tiny shake of her head. "I hope you know, the day I say yes to that question is the day I should be promptly carted off to St. Mungo's," she had been in here countless of times, which is why she felt as comfortable as she did sitting without asking first, but the moment her knees bent she wondered if she should have asked. This wasn't a performance review, and any little thing that could change Eliora's mood is one big factor that would go into her decision.
Eliora took a glug of her coffee and a smile stretched across her face. "Bambi, darling, the day you say yes to a coffee is the day I retire." Well, actually, if Bambi said yes to coffee before Eliora was ready to retire then she'd have to clobber the younger woman over the head with an ornament of some sort. Early retirement was for the idiots. And she definitely didn't earn enough to put money aside for retirement. Honestly.

She tapped her foot on the floor along to the song in her head and continued drinking until she finished the cup she had in hand.

"What can I do for you, Bambi? One of the newbies putting toes out of line? Fried food ending up on your desk?" Eliora laughed lightly, the reality of it being that she found herself way too funny. Who would laugh at her jokes if she didn't laugh at them herself?
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Eliora took a glug of her coffee and a smile stretched across her face. "Bambi, darling, the day you say yes to a coffee is the day I retire." Well, actually, if Bambi said yes to coffee before Eliora was ready to retire then she'd have to clobber the younger woman over the head with an ornament of some sort. Early retirement was for the idiots. And she definitely didn't earn enough to put money aside for retirement. Honestly.

She tapped her foot on the floor along to the song in her head and continued drinking until she finished the cup she had in hand.

"What can I do for you, Bambi? One of the newbies putting toes out of line? Fried food ending up on your desk?" Eliora laughed lightly, the reality of it being that she found herself way too funny. Who would laugh at her jokes if she didn't laugh at them herself?
Bambi was quite alarmed by that sentence, as she was unsure what exactly Eliora meant by it, but she laughed as if her boss had said something considerably funny. Best policy when dealing with Eliora, she'd found. The blonde waited quietly until the toxic coffee was all gone before she spoke up.

Or, well, she wanted to, but the boss was making jokes again. "Thankfully, nothing of the sort." Her nose crinkled as she imagined a plate of greasy fried food on her desk, and she forcefully pushed it out of her head. She wouldn't be opposed to a few chips once a year, but certainly no more than that. "Well, I was wondering if we could discuss the possibility of a promotion," Bambi just went for it, her head held high as she tried to appear as if she is the world's most confident woman.

"I believe I have earned it, what with the smooth operations of the Quidditch World Cup last year, and you know I'm the first to arrive at the scene should any charms fail, anywhere around Britain," she added, and internally berated herself for the nerves she could hear in her voice. It's not like everything she was saying wasn't true - she was incredibly proud of her accomplishments in the department, and she knew that people saw. That one time when a building started poking rooms outside of its charm constraints in Gibraltar, she had scheduled a portkey for the department in under five minutes and the issue was resolved without a single muggle noticing the anomalies.

She deserved this promotion. She waned the larger pay grade. She could make her division shine, and the whole department too. So, she forced herself to quieten down, and looked expectantly at Eliora.
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Bambi was quite alarmed by that sentence, as she was unsure what exactly Eliora meant by it, but she laughed as if her boss had said something considerably funny. Best policy when dealing with Eliora, she'd found. The blonde waited quietly until the toxic coffee was all gone before she spoke up.

Or, well, she wanted to, but the boss was making jokes again. "Thankfully, nothing of the sort." Her nose crinkled as she imagined a plate of greasy fried food on her desk, and she forcefully pushed it out of her head. She wouldn't be opposed to a few chips once a year, but certainly no more than that. "Well, I was wondering if we could discuss the possibility of a promotion," Bambi just went for it, her head held high as she tried to appear as if she is the world's most confident woman.

"I believe I have earned it, what with the smooth operations of the Quidditch World Cup last year, and you know I'm the first to arrive at the scene should any charms fail, anywhere around Britain," she added, and internally berated herself for the nerves she could hear in her voice. It's not like everything she was saying wasn't true - she was incredibly proud of her accomplishments in the department, and she knew that people saw. That one time when a building started poking rooms outside of its charm constraints in Gibraltar, she had scheduled a portkey for the department in under five minutes and the issue was resolved without a single muggle noticing the anomalies.

She deserved this promotion. She waned the larger pay grade. She could make her division shine, and the whole department too. So, she forced herself to quieten down, and looked expectantly at Eliora.
Now.. Eliora saw a lot of herself in Bambi, really she did. She had drive, determination and she was dedicated to this department. She'd make a great department head eventually. Just not now. And not any time soon because the job was taken and she had nowhere near enough experience. Eliora was happy to note that Bambi was an excellent working parent, too and she still knew she could count on her whenever and wherever.

But none of that warranted the direction the conversation went in.

Eliora was quick on her feet in situations, but not quite quick enough in that second to hide the way her brows furrowed and she bit her bottom lip in thought as to how to handle this. How best to handle it without hurting feelings, anyway. "Sure, we can discuss the possibility." Discuss. Yes. Discussing was good. As Bambi continued to speak, Eliora clicked her fingers and her mug floated over to the coffee machine in the corner and began filling itself up before coming back to her hand.

She nodded, taking a sip and looking across her desk at the other woman. "I agree that you're quick to any scene that you're needed at, Bambi," she placed her mug down and reached into a drawer behind her for Bambi's file. "You've been with us for... a little over two years now? I remember your first day almost as well as I remember mine." As she flicked pages in her file, Eliora was reminded of how impressed she was daily by the work that happened in her department. "You're incredible at your job, Bambi. But you're not supervisor ready. You don't nearly have the experience under your belt." Looking up, she offered an apologetic smile. "I can see it in the future, yeah. If you stick with us, with me, you'll get there. But right now you aren't ready for that."

Clearly, this wasn't going the way Bambi had wanted it to. Right? "Would you consider... other options? Other responsibilities?"
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Giulia knew that field work happened on a daily basis, but the Italian was always glad that she wasn’t out there. Not that she didn’t believe it was important, satisfying and incredible work. She did. She simply knew it wasn’t within her own abilities -- and she didn’t want it to be. No. She was an organiser. She’d do all of the dotting of the i's and crossing the t's. She was happy to make sure the department didn’t burn down in the meantime.

Which was why, she was currently making sure that Eliora had all of the forms and paperwork she needed for any of the Department who did want to go into the Mist. Had she mentioned that she wasn’t going? While some of her cousins would have been in that Mist before it was even remotely safe, she was not them. Happily so. No. She was staying here.

She’d coordinate with Ruth and make sure the children were fed, bathed and put to bed at night if Eliora wasn’t back in time to do it. She had very important responsibilities both within the office and with making sure her boss’ children were safe. Which was all fine with her, this she could do. This, she was trained for.

Pulling herself out of her thoughts, she rapped her knuckles sharp and quick on Eliora’s door. “Just me.” She called out, “I have the paperwork you need before you leave.”
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Giulia knew that field work happened on a daily basis, but the Italian was always glad that she wasn’t out there. Not that she didn’t believe it was important, satisfying and incredible work. She did. She simply knew it wasn’t within her own abilities -- and she didn’t want it to be. No. She was an organiser. She’d do all of the dotting of the i's and crossing the t's. She was happy to make sure the department didn’t burn down in the meantime.

Which was why, she was currently making sure that Eliora had all of the forms and paperwork she needed for any of the Department who did want to go into the Mist. Had she mentioned that she wasn’t going? While some of her cousins would have been in that Mist before it was even remotely safe, she was not them. Happily so. No. She was staying here.

She’d coordinate with Ruth and make sure the children were fed, bathed and put to bed at night if Eliora wasn’t back in time to do it. She had very important responsibilities both within the office and with making sure her boss’ children were safe. Which was all fine with her, this she could do. This, she was trained for.

Pulling herself out of her thoughts, she rapped her knuckles sharp and quick on Eliora’s door. “Just me.” She called out, “I have the paperwork you need before you leave.”
There was drowning and paperwork and then there was the thrill Eliora got from getting a new stack of information to devour. A new helping of tidbits and history. Looking up from her desk, Eliora smiled slightly at the sight of her friend and beckoned her in with a hand. "Start a new pile to the right for me? That way I can grab, bag and go." She'd always have paperwork with her on a job, especially coded details of everyone involved if she needed to take a head count and could quickly discover someone missing.

"Rusty has access to my office in my absence, okay?" This wasn't new news. It was well known that he was her second in command whether it was official or unofficial. He had been her best friend for years and they knew how one another worked. He was the logic behind many of her decisions and she delivered the judgement about all of his choices. "He's first port of call if anything happens. He knows how this department runs sometimes better than I do. You do anything he needs, wants or asks for. If he tells you something's happened, I want you to go to my house and look after my kids until I can come home." Because she was coming home. She wasn't going to verbalise the plans for if she didn't.

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James Draper did not work at the Ministry of Magic anymore. And yet. He was here. Why? Why was he here? At his former place of employment? That was a GREAT question. And he would surely tell us all about it once Eliora Dodderidge opened this damn door.

A door which James stood on the other side of, knocking rather impatiently. In his hand he held a letter from the Minister of Magic and on his face he wore a neutral expression, despite feeling absolute and utter exasperation.

TWO HUNDRED GALLEONS.

T W O H U N D R E D BLOODY GALLEONS????????????????????????

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Raising an eyebrow at the insistent knocking that was coming from behind her. What on earth… Surely whomever was trying to get Eliora’s attention realised that she would have answered the door by now if she had been there…. The fact that she hadn’t, was obviously a sign that she wasn’t … Right????

The Italian stood elegantly from her chair and walked the short distance from her own desk to the door of the Department Head’s office. Huh. Interesting. She looked at Mr Draper, head cocked slightly to the side as she pondered the situation. A smile slipped over her lips though, even as she judged the man.

“Eliora isn’t in her office.” She told him easily. “You will only hurt yourself, knocking like that.” Giulia smirked slightly even as she tried not too, but she couldn’t help it. The man apparently had no patience. However, feeling helpful she motioned with her head towards the break room. “She is only getting coffee though, I’m sure she will be back in a few minutes.”

But seriously, knocking on an empty office door wasn’t going to get him anywhere.
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James Draper did not work at the Ministry of Magic anymore. And yet. He was here. Why? Why was he here? At his former place of employment? That was a GREAT question. And he would surely tell us all about it once Eliora Dodderidge opened this damn door.

A door which James stood on the other side of, knocking rather impatiently. In his hand he held a letter from the Minister of Magic and on his face he wore a neutral expression, despite feeling absolute and utter exasperation.

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Raising an eyebrow at the insistent knocking that was coming from behind her. What on earth… Surely whomever was trying to get Eliora’s attention realised that she would have answered the door by now if she had been there…. The fact that she hadn’t, was obviously a sign that she wasn’t … Right????

The Italian stood elegantly from her chair and walked the short distance from her own desk to the door of the Department Head’s office. Huh. Interesting. She looked at Mr Draper, head cocked slightly to the side as she pondered the situation. A smile slipped over her lips though, even as she judged the man.

“Eliora isn’t in her office.” She told him easily. “You will only hurt yourself, knocking like that.” Giulia smirked slightly even as she tried not too, but she couldn’t help it. The man apparently had no patience. However, feeling helpful she motioned with her head towards the break room. “She is only getting coffee though, I’m sure she will be back in a few minutes.”

But seriously, knocking on an empty office door wasn’t going to get him anywhere.
Her task for the next hour was going to be fine tuning the whole department training she had scheduled for next week. It may have been months since their trip to Hogwarts but Eliora was still unimpressed with attitudes and disappointed with performance. And they all knew it. Monthly training was mandatory and Eliora was on a warpath if anyone tried to get out of it.

But she had needed coffee to complete all of that, and also to check the fridge in the break room for any lunches with no name on - which everyone knew immediately made them hers. So, with one cup in hand, another three following behind her and also a lovely cheese sandwich, Eliora was making her way back to her office and came across the most wonderful of sights. "I'm here, Giulia, I'm here!" No need for her to bother the man more than necessary. That was her job. A job that she love almost more than the one she was paid for.

"Thank you for keeping him company, G. We'll let you get back to work. Still on for our meeting at 4 to go over training stuff?" That gave her... three hours to annoy James enough that he enjoyed it. The perfect way to spend her day. Opening the door of her office, Eliora glanced at James and grinned. "You should have said you were coming, darling. I would have stolen you a lunch too!" With a wave of her hand, the coffee and lunch she had with her all headed toward her desk and a scrunchie came from the desk into her hand. "Miss me, though? It's not even been twelve hours since you snuck out of my house, Jamesy. I didn't think we were discussing wedding planners again until tonight?"

And another for luck?

She tugged him towards her, leaning up to kiss his cheek and also put the scrunchie on the door handle. "I love when you come to see me. Now shut the door and come look at my wedding mood board!!!"
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Raising an eyebrow at the insistent knocking that was coming from behind her. What on earth… Surely whomever was trying to get Eliora’s attention realised that she would have answered the door by now if she had been there…. The fact that she hadn’t, was obviously a sign that she wasn’t … Right????

The Italian stood elegantly from her chair and walked the short distance from her own desk to the door of the Department Head’s office. Huh. Interesting. She looked at Mr Draper, head cocked slightly to the side as she pondered the situation. A smile slipped over her lips though, even as she judged the man.

“Eliora isn’t in her office.” She told him easily. “You will only hurt yourself, knocking like that.” Giulia smirked slightly even as she tried not too, but she couldn’t help it. The man apparently had no patience. However, feeling helpful she motioned with her head towards the break room. “She is only getting coffee though, I’m sure she will be back in a few minutes.”

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Her task for the next hour was going to be fine tuning the whole department training she had scheduled for next week. It may have been months since their trip to Hogwarts but Eliora was still unimpressed with attitudes and disappointed with performance. And they all knew it. Monthly training was mandatory and Eliora was on a warpath if anyone tried to get out of it.

But she had needed coffee to complete all of that, and also to check the fridge in the break room for any lunches with no name on - which everyone knew immediately made them hers. So, with one cup in hand, another three following behind her and also a lovely cheese sandwich, Eliora was making her way back to her office and came across the most wonderful of sights. "I'm here, Giulia, I'm here!" No need for her to bother the man more than necessary. That was her job. A job that she love almost more than the one she was paid for.

"Thank you for keeping him company, G. We'll let you get back to work. Still on for our meeting at 4 to go over training stuff?" That gave her... three hours to annoy James enough that he enjoyed it. The perfect way to spend her day. Opening the door of her office, Eliora glanced at James and grinned. "You should have said you were coming, darling. I would have stolen you a lunch too!" With a wave of her hand, the coffee and lunch she had with her all headed toward her desk and a scrunchie came from the desk into her hand. "Miss me, though? It's not even been twelve hours since you snuck out of my house, Jamesy. I didn't think we were discussing wedding planners again until tonight?"

And another for luck?

She tugged him towards her, leaning up to kiss his cheek and also put the scrunchie on the door handle. "I love when you come to see me. Now shut the door and come look at my wedding mood board!!!"

There was nothing that he liked about the look gracing Giulia’s features. Not a single thing. Not even one. He was about to let her know just as much with a sarcastic quip, when fortunately (for her) Eliora announced her presence. He turned to give the Italian woman a pained smile that was far more annoyed than it was friendly. Fortunately for everyone involved, James Draper did not yet utter a single word and despite this, his blood pressure was rising by the minute.

The mention of the word ‘wedding’ didn’t help with this. Not the first time. Nor the second.

He did, however, let Eliora pull him into her office, and he did oblige and shut the door behind him. But not because he wanted to look at a “wedding mood board”. He was perfectly aware that Eliora was trying to get under his skin (which was working, by the way). A wedding and yet he still had to sneak around her house every morning and night? He rolled his eyes, not one to suspend his disbelief. She should know better. Even though her words were having an effect on his quickly accelerating annoyance, he chose to ignore all of them.

”I don’t like her,” was what he decided to start with. In reference to that Giulia character. She was far too smug, deserved to be fired in James’ opinion. "Too smug. You should do something about that."
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There was nothing that he liked about the look gracing Giulia’s features. Not a single thing. Not even one. He was about to let her know just as much with a sarcastic quip, when fortunately (for her) Eliora announced her presence. He turned to give the Italian woman a pained smile that was far more annoyed than it was friendly. Fortunately for everyone involved, James Draper did not yet utter a single word and despite this, his blood pressure was rising by the minute.

The mention of the word ‘wedding’ didn’t help with this. Not the first time. Nor the second.

He did, however, let Eliora pull him into her office, and he did oblige and shut the door behind him. But not because he wanted to look at a “wedding mood board”. He was perfectly aware that Eliora was trying to get under his skin (which was working, by the way). A wedding and yet he still had to sneak around her house every morning and night? He rolled his eyes, not one to suspend his disbelief. She should know better. Even though her words were having an effect on his quickly accelerating annoyance, he chose to ignore all of them.

”I don’t like her,” was what he decided to start with. In reference to that Giulia character. She was far too smug, deserved to be fired in James’ opinion. "Too smug. You should do something about that."
Given that he hadn't moved immediately to kiss her, Eliora grabbed for one of her cups of coffee and started to drink from it as she watched him. Or at least watched his top lip twitch as he tried to hide his annoyed feelings. She was used to the lip twitch. Used to seeing it in staff meetings, used to seeing it across her dinner table if the kids were there and used to seeing it when she kicked him out before sunrise in the mornings. Some would say that she thought it was cute, but she certainly wasn't going to tell James or anyone else that.

"You'd know all about smug, of course. And my tolerance for it. I keep you around, don't I?" She leaned against her desk, smirk subtle on her lips but oh so obvious for him.

"Besides, Giulia doesn't spend money just to spend a day with me. She asks me outright. I thought that was very romantic of you, James. I didn't think we were going public with us yet. Not that I'm complaining. But you should have seen peoples faces."
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Given that he hadn't moved immediately to kiss her, Eliora grabbed for one of her cups of coffee and started to drink from it as she watched him. Or at least watched his top lip twitch as he tried to hide his annoyed feelings. She was used to the lip twitch. Used to seeing it in staff meetings, used to seeing it across her dinner table if the kids were there and used to seeing it when she kicked him out before sunrise in the mornings. Some would say that she thought it was cute, but she certainly wasn't going to tell James or anyone else that.

"You'd know all about smug, of course. And my tolerance for it. I keep you around, don't I?" She leaned against her desk, smirk subtle on her lips but oh so obvious for him.

"Besides, Giulia doesn't spend money just to spend a day with me. She asks me outright. I thought that was very romantic of you, James. I didn't think we were going public with us yet. Not that I'm complaining. But you should have seen peoples faces."
That smirk only added salt to injury. Eliora was very deliberately testing him and James Draper was so close to losing his cool. So very, dangerously close. It was amazing how she knew just the right buttons to push. Absolutely incredible. James tried very hard not to give her the satisfaction of knowing how annoyed he was, but his lip twitch was something out of his control.

He didn't so much as change his look of disapproval, though her comment did receive somewhat of a low grunt. He swapped the letter to his other hand, simply for the sake of keeping himself occupied. But as it was, he didn't have to be the one to bring up the topic. "Yeah. We need to talk." He was cool, calm, collected. "Two hundred galleons," he shoved the letter towards her.

He turned around for a moment to collect himself. It was about a lot more than just money. "You're making this very hard, Eliora," this being whatever they were. Because THIS couldn't be spending his money without consent like it didn't matter at all. THIS couldn't be a breach of trust, there was plenty of that in his previous life. "What was running through your head?" Had she even THOUGHT about it?

He didn't want to admit how hurt he was because it bruised his ego. But. He was hurt. Agitated at this current moment, but hurt too.
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Needing to stretch his legs, Charles had climbed his way out from under the pile of paperwork The Ministère des Affaires Magiques de la France continued to burden him and his Ministry with. It was all necessary documents and legislation, but it was a lot.

This third mission better be the icing on the cake for Hogwarts. He needed to get those students and faculty out of France.

But today was not France related, not entirely. He needed to discuss a few operations requiring Eliora's services and the continuous sightings of creatures from the Forbidden Forest. At least, that was all anyone could assume considering the calibre of creature and the manner in which muggle reporters were responding.

So here he was, standing riiiiiiiiight outside the woman of the moment's office with a few suggested strategies listed on the docket tucked under his arm as he knocked. Thrice.

Little did he know how absolute PERFECT his timing was for what was going on inside of her office.
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Oh. He had a letter that wasn’t from her. Eliora didn’t give anything away on her face and instead took the letter, reading over it without a smile. ”He’s right, James. Two hundred galleons is a generous donation towards your former place of employment at an event for another former place of employment.” She knew he was annoyed. Worse than annoyed. And she thought it was funny, but she was also slowly becoming aware that his annoyance wasn’t going to be fixed with a kiss and breakfast in bed at 4am. She placed the letter on her desk and put down her mug of coffee because clearly this was a damage control situation and coffee didn’t have that power for James like it did her.

”You just barged into my place of work with a face like thunder and acting like a toddler. You’re making this hard!” This being her enjoying everything that came with not actually addressing what this was with him. Because she wasn’t enjoying this. Not the feeling of guilt settling into her stomach— no, no, that was hunger. Did he know he’d interrupted her lunch break? ”I didn’t think— I didn’t expect— James, come on. It’s supposed to be funny.”

Clearly it wasn’t anymore. The fun had completely disappeared because even though he didn’t say it.. Eliora knew much too well about how to read the atmosphere and this room was stuffy with hurt and disapproval and embarrassment. On her part.

What was going through her head? Well... maybe that he’d think this was funny. But also things that she didn’t want to admit. But here they were falling out of her mouth. ”I was thinking that I didn’t want to spend my time with an idiot and I’d rather spend time with you. And I THOUGHT you thought the same. That there wasn’t a price limit on my company. I was wrong. Two galleons alone would have been too much.” And the fact that she was so used to that label over her head made her feel sick.

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She stomped toward the door, not giving James a chance to respond and hopefully he’d forget everything she said. ”GIULIA, I’M IN A MEETING! James and I were having—“ When she swung the door open, she was mid sentence and stopped in her tracks. Shoot. ”Charles.........” Well they weren’t having Charles. Or even having him over for dinner any time soon. Because Eliora had gone bright red and was mortified. ”I’m sorry, I— we— sorry... Can I help with anything?”
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……………….. Again, James stood quietly. It was very difficult for him, you know? To keep his anger at bay. He never could do that properly. It was his only flaw. But he was trying very, very hard. For that, he deserved a gold star. Eliora Dodderidge made it quite a challenge, too. She was toeing on some incredibly dangerous terrain. She knew it, he could tell.

“Of course you didn’t think,” he barked back without raising his voice. Cool. Calm. Collected. He let out an exasperated sort of sigh as he massaged his temples. ”How am I supposed to trust you when you go behind my back like this?” There were other words that he wanted to use, but couldn’t use because that would mean that he’d have to admit to something very… soft. And he wasn’t going to do that. Anyway, it didn’t matter because Eliora clearly did not care for them anyway as this was all some sort of supreme joke to her. Whatever THIS was!?!?!?

His blood was starting to boil. It wasn’t about MONEY, Eliora! He would have said as much too had it not been for the knock at the door. SEE? This Giulia woman deserved to be fired. James’ first instinct was absolutely proven corr—

…………………………… Dragon dung.

Charles Hollingberry was the absolute LAST person James Draper wanted to see right now. The universe was really, TRULY testing him today. He didn’t say anything to acknowledge the Minister, instead James stood back in the depths of Eliora’s office and waited for the man to realize he had popped in at an inconvenient time. He would be leaving now, yes?
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Charles Hollingberry was positively BEAMING when the door swung open - he didn't even have to do his robust rendition of the Big Bad Wolf with 'Eliora, Eliora, let me come in!'. Though it was also a missed opportunity that he had not, alas. But he was rendered a bit speechless due to the manner in which she received him.

"James?" the Minister questioned as the gears in his head turned a bit slower than he would have liked due to the sudden change of subject. "Oh! Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaames," he grinned as he leaned over to the side a bit to peer around the department head and into her office where one James Draper was looking particularly perturbed. Which SURELY meant that the former Creatures head was angry that his impromptu date. "No flowers for the lovely lady?" he noted as he glanced about and noticed that the man had come empty handed.

Tsk tsk. Truly.

"Suppose you used all those galleons on the auction then. A forgivable offense as long as you bring them the next time!" Was Charles now stepping inside her office? Only a little, he was still standing within the door frame until properly invited inside. "Now, should you two be requiring my services for any service in the future I want you BOTH to know that I would do so entirely voluntarily. No need to spend a single knut on me as a vow master in what I am sure will be an elaborate stetting."

What had he initially come here for? He had plum forgotten by this point.
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Suggesting that she couldn’t be trusted was the worst thing someone could say to her and Eliora stood at the door of her office, heart falling into her stomach and her stomach well on its way to the floor. That was how she knew just how much she’d hurt him by not thinking about any of this. Because he didn’t deliver that line in a way that suggested he may not trust her again... it was as if he already didn’t trust her. And that was like an unforgivable curse at her coffee machine.

She forced out a laugh (probably really evident if attention was being paid) and stepped aside to let Charles properly into her office. ”We don’t do flowers. James doesn’t trust me enough for flowers.” Well, she wasn’t lying, was she? If he didn’t trust her at all then he wouldn’t trust her with flowers. The blonde raked her hair back with her fingers, pinning the door open with a wedge so any one of them could leave at any set moment. Probably her. Probably running out of here to cry somewhere to Rusty.

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”Oh... Charles...” Well wasn’t that lovely? Eliora shot a look at James, practically pleading for him not to fly off the handle at the mention of a wedding again. Because she knew what was coming. She could feel it in her gut and it was just going to be easier to get this over and done with. So, with a sigh, she spoke quietly. ”We shan’t be needing those services. There’ll be no such event in our futures. In fact, I think James was just about to break up with me. I guess the feelings aren’t mutual. Am I right, James?” Her? Getting married? That was never to be a thing. Clearly.
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For the love of Merlin someone PLEASE rub that ruddy smile off the man’s face it was absolutely agitating, even on a good day.

His hopes of going unnoticed had flown straight out the window the moment Eliora had said his name out loud and it was far too late to duck under her desk. He wasn’t a coward. He just wasn’t in the mood. There was a BIG difference. As it stood, however, he forced a tight-lipped smile on his face and gave the man one single wave of his hand. There. Acknowledged.

………………… And there she went. Her comment about the flowers was a very evident jab at his previous words and James Draper could tell that he did something very wrong. He had struck some kind of chord. How was it that all of this turned into his fault again??? Merlin. This day just kept getting better and better. As did Charles Hollingberry’s ridiculous fantasy of what he thought had been going on in this office before he barged in. Going on about some nonsensical ‘services’? Why would they require any of his—oh MORE wedding talk. ”…………………..” Excellent. Pile that onto the list of things to annoy him further, BY ALL MEANS.

Anyway, did they know it was very difficult to get a word in? Between Eliora and the Minister, why was James even here?

”…………………..” Damn it all. Eliora was upset. REALLY upset. And as much as HE was upset. This was..... dragon dung. Must he get soft now? With Charles here of all people? Was she REALLY going to make him? ”I wasn’t going to break up with you, Eliora,” his voice oozed with the kind of resignation he resented and his eyes were filled with gross sincerity and concern. But a break up? That implied that what they had been doing thus far was considered ‘dating’. James hadn’t ever been sure with all the sneaking around, but he had far too much pride to have ever asked.

........... Not that it mattered now. Everything had amounted into utter abraxan dung and coming back from this would be... exceedingly difficult. He could sense it the moment she reacted to his words.
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Didn't trust her enough for flowers?! Preposterous! Eliora Dodderidge was the department head of Accidents & Catastrophes! The very balance of the wizarding world rested on her shoulders and DEAR James Draper could not trust her with flowers?! What a disappointment. "Well, I would say that that is more his problem than it is to do with yourself, Eliora," he tutted, offering James a fatherly look of disappointment while blatantly mouthing a single word in the man's direction: D I A M O N D S.

Flowers wilted and withered away, typically, but diamonds were forever.

But oh dear, it seemed as though he had stepped right in the middle of some relationship woes. While, as Minister, he was a very busy man, he did have to admit that this was a rather pleasant disagreement to have landed in his lap as opposed to the stack of documents coming from France. Yes, he had pressing matters to discuss with his department head buuuuuuuuut...

"Well carry me out with the tongs and misery me! Relationship problems," he sighed while gesturing towards the door for her to shut it so they all could sit down and have a chit chat. Let Grandpa Charles hear your woes and offer his pristine advice? He and Eliora could count it as their break hours now and clock it all later. "Now, see that? James did not come here to break up with you. The lad is smitten with you, my dear, as you are him. Why else would he show such a range of emotions and he be this furious about...." Come to think of it, Charles did NOT know why his former department head's had his wand in such a tight knot. "Why is it that you are so upset, James?"

Did it have to do about an expectation for flowers?
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Eliora felt awful. She had wanted to take this public... or at least public enough that people know James was unofficially off the market because he was spending his time with her. And now... she wanted to take it all back. She wanted the unproblematic life of sneaking him into her house after the kids went to bed and out before they got up. She wanted to go back to getting dinner with her best friend and not thinking about touching ankles with him under the table to suggest something. Eliora wanted easy and she wanted the guilty feeling in the pit of her stomach to go away.

But she also wanted James.

And she didn't think that was something she would ever feel comfortable to admit. Not to him. Not right now. Not in her place of work. This was her safe space. This was where she felt her safest, where she was away from the eyes of the world and where she mattered.

Oh, but she wanted to matter to him... ugh. This was horrible.

Without saying anything, Eliora closed the office door when her boss suggested to and walked slowly toward her desk where she took a seat. "No one is smitten. There is no smit in this room." Even if James wasn't here to break up with her. Because, just like she knew he was thinking.. there wasn't anything to break up because there hadn't ever been an anything.

"We're just friends." Just. Friends.

And nope. She absolutely wasn't looking away from the sandwich on her desk. Could she marry that? Hm? Hm? This was awkward. She felt sick. Hm. Hm.
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