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Underground Coffee Club Only the intrepid few have stumbled upon this niche on level 10. Do you dare for a cup? It's a hole-in-the-wall that only the young and adventurous would prefer... enter wisely.

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This secret coffee niche, tucked into a caved-in passage behind a tapestry on Level 10, was nearly empty when it was first spotted. Over time, employees have been dragging in seating they've either scavenged or donated, leaving plenty of seats available. None of them match.

Take a seat on a crooked, squishy sofa, or pull up one of the kitchen chairs or stools that line one stone wall. Choose wisely - no one is really sure where these seats came from. At least someone has pulled in a few lamps and endless strings of Christmas lights to give the room a festive look.
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As if this had ever been a secret to Eliora... She didn't care for the coffee she could get here, because she liked the coffee she got from her own department a thousand times better. But, she did enjoy the quiet here. And sometimes she brought her paperwork here to avoid her employees being annoying and wanting her to make decisions for them. They knew that they were adults, right? They knew that they were supposed to be independent? That they had been hired for their skill and not their need for being babysat?

SHE WAS NOT A BABYSITTER.

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Her children needed to understand that too. Briar-Rose was also an adult and very close to graduating. Which meant that she needed to have an income soon. But of course, Eliora suggesting that had gone over like a sack of potatoes to the brain and every single day was an argument. Hence why she was coming into work before 6am and leaving after 9pm unless she was getting dinner with friends. Actually, some nights she wasn't even leaving the Ministry. Here was decent enough to sleep if she wanted to avoid being found.

Parenting was stressful.

But not stressful enough that she couldn't get a sleep in at work.

So by 7pm her legs were up on a sofa and Eliora was snuggled into a pillow asleep. Good and night.
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She'd rambled during much of the lift ride, talking mostly about her time at the ministry. It felt like a safe topic, not too personal or emotionally driven, one that she could speak confidently about. Truth be told, she was a little afraid of what she might say if she did allow a silence to drag on, something that had been such a comfort back when they were younger. She'd never felt more comfortable sitting next to someone and not saying a word before she met Andrei and now the thought of that happening was scary. It's funny how time had an ability to change something like that.

After securing them each a mug of coffee, thankful she'd been clued in to leave some of her own down here for occasions such as this, she lead him over to the seating area. "It's eclectic, I'll give it that." A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth as she looked around at the seating, forever amused by the collection of chairs. "Take your pick...just maybe not the orange one. I think that's the one with the spring that pokes out." She'd decided on a plaid arm chair that looked dated and like it had been collected from some sweet old couple who'd cover their furniture in plastic wrap to keep it from getting dirty.
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She'd rambled during much of the lift ride, talking mostly about her time at the ministry. It felt like a safe topic, not too personal or emotionally driven, one that she could speak confidently about. Truth be told, she was a little afraid of what she might say if she did allow a silence to drag on, something that had been such a comfort back when they were younger. She'd never felt more comfortable sitting next to someone and not saying a word before she met Andrei and now the thought of that happening was scary. It's funny how time had an ability to change something like that.

After securing them each a mug of coffee, thankful she'd been clued in to leave some of her own down here for occasions such as this, she lead him over to the seating area. "It's eclectic, I'll give it that." A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth as she looked around at the seating, forever amused by the collection of chairs. "Take your pick...just maybe not the orange one. I think that's the one with the spring that pokes out." She'd decided on a plaid arm chair that looked dated and like it had been collected from some sweet old couple who'd cover their furniture in plastic wrap to keep it from getting dirty.
And he absorbed every syllable she was willing to share with him. He would be a fool to waste this time, seeing how long it had been since he had last heard her voice...and it not be completely full of disdain towards him. So he said very little, completely content in hearing her stories and how she was doing. He was reluctant to share about himself anyway and delve into the time he had spent captive by the Dark fae.

"I am finding it impossible to imagine my uncle in here," he admitted as he took the mug from her, wafting the scent and smiling a little to himself. Glances around a bit and settles on a chair with an obnoxious floral pattern on it that reminded him very much of his great grandmother just off to the left of Emilia's selection. "Thank you, for the coffee."
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And he absorbed every syllable she was willing to share with him. He would be a fool to waste this time, seeing how long it had been since he had last heard her voice...and it not be completely full of disdain towards him. So he said very little, completely content in hearing her stories and how she was doing. He was reluctant to share about himself anyway and delve into the time he had spent captive by the Dark fae.

"I am finding it impossible to imagine my uncle in here," he admitted as he took the mug from her, wafting the scent and smiling a little to himself. Glances around a bit and settles on a chair with an obnoxious floral pattern on it that reminded him very much of his great grandmother just off to the left of Emilia's selection. "Thank you, for the coffee."


Emilia looked around, trying to picture Mr. Flamsteed spending time here. The thought made her smile softly down at her coffee before she took a small sip. "Oh, I don't know. Some things make me think he marches to the beat of his own drum." Truth be told, she liked that about him, even if it was terribly awkward seeing him around the ministry. She never knew what to do, what to say. A polite smile was her go-to.

She turned the slightest bit in her chair so she could see him better, shaking her head when he thanked her. "It's the least I could do, you coming all this way." She trailed off, allowing herself to commit this version of Andrei to memory. Sitting by her in a comical floral chair, sipping hot coffee and looking...content? Happy? Whatever it was, it suited him. She wanted to remember him like this. She hoped she could.

"This is a bit weird, isn't it?" Her voice was soft when she broke the silence, child-like almost.
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Has to have a chuckle at that, because she was not wrong. His uncle was one of the most peculiar people he had ever met and his position had brought him to the far corners of the world and back. His uncle had a very...charismatic eccentricity about him, one he had not encountered anywhere else.

Much like the young woman before him was quite unlike anyone else he had ever encountered. A magnificent creature of her own pedigree.

Rolls his shoulders a bit, his muscles sore from manual labor and other unrelated stresses, and manages to relax a bit more in his seat as he took another sip from the coffee. "If by weird you mean to imply that there is a very palatable discomfort about this situation...then, yes, I have to agree. And it is unfortunate," he nodded as he set his cup down on his thigh. "But...it is only to be expected...considering everything." Manages a small smile over at her, another one of deep apology and regret for things, dark memories, that he could not take back or make the sting feel any less poignant. "But I am glad I came. It gives me some peace seeing how you have overcome and are flowering."

Though that felt like far too delicate a term as well as a bit too predicable in phrasing.
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Rolls his shoulders a bit, his muscles sore from manual labor and other unrelated stresses, and manages to relax a bit more in his seat as he took another sip from the coffee. "If by weird you mean to imply that there is a very palatable discomfort about this situation...then, yes, I have to agree. And it is unfortunate," he nodded as he set his cup down on his thigh. "But...it is only to be expected...considering everything." Manages a small smile over at her, another one of deep apology and regret for things, dark memories, that he could not take back or make the sting feel any less poignant. "But I am glad I came. It gives me some peace seeing how you have overcome and are flowering."

Though that felt like far too delicate a term as well as a bit too predicable in phrasing.


But...it is only to be expected...considering everything.

Emilia nodded, wondering if it was possible to tuck that part of the past away neatly in a box somewhere and move on with a clean slate. She wanted that, had been working towards it for a long time, and maybe she was getting close. She'd lasted this long without crying, after all. She even offered him a small smile in return, one that said she knew he was sorry, that she was too.

Flowering was such an Andrei way to put it and honestly, she wondered if a word like that fit her anymore. It was nice to hear all the same. "I'm a fighter, overcoming is what I do." Her smile softened and she tucked some hair behind her ear, randomly thinking of Bast, thinking of how he'd be proud of her in this moment. All those things he'd tried to tell her back then seemed to finally have sunk in.

"You seem like you're doing well for yourself, too. It's good. I...I always wanted that for you." Just for him to be happy. Feeling those emotions bubbling up again, she took another sip of her coffee and washed down the lump in her throat.
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To him...it wasn't possible and it shouldn't be. What had happened was a reminder of what he could become, the path his father had quite literally shoved him down for most of his childhood. There was far too much regret and he felt it in the earliest hours of the morning almost daily when he went out for his morning routine and caught a glimpse of the stars before they faded against the sky as the sun illuminated it. But he had made his peace with it, with himself, and that was all he could truly ask for.

Anything else, he felt, was too selfish a request.

"That it is," smiles a little as he observes her. "Except for those boat rides during our early years at Durmstrang. I am not sure my fedora ever truly recovered from those times, but it was more than willing to offer its services." And would do so again in a heartbeat with no regret.

This was...his attempt at adding a bit of humor into the tense air, a reminder that there had been more than the hurt he had caused.

"I am learning," he nodded sagely, taking another sip himself. "Though it took some time for my injuries to heal, which meant I was trapped behind stacks of paperwork and official documentation...occasionally I would get to stretch my limbs and train the new recruits. It's where I have mostly settled into now."
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To him...it wasn't possible and it shouldn't be. What had happened was a reminder of what he could become, the path his father had quite literally shoved him down for most of his childhood. There was far too much regret and he felt it in the earliest hours of the morning almost daily when he went out for his morning routine and caught a glimpse of the stars before they faded against the sky as the sun illuminated it. But he had made his peace with it, with himself, and that was all he could truly ask for.

Anything else, he felt, was too selfish a request.

"That it is," smiles a little as he observes her. "Except for those boat rides during our early years at Durmstrang. I am not sure my fedora ever truly recovered from those times, but it was more than willing to offer its services." And would do so again in a heartbeat with no regret.

This was...his attempt at adding a bit of humor into the tense air, a reminder that there had been more than the hurt he had caused.

"I am learning," he nodded sagely, taking another sip himself. "Though it took some time for my injuries to heal, which meant I was trapped behind stacks of paperwork and official documentation...occasionally I would get to stretch my limbs and train the new recruits. It's where I have mostly settled into now."


His fedo-Oh.

Emilia's eyes widened slightly, her cheeks turning pink as she recalled those trips on the ship that sent her stomach turning in the most unpleasant way. She couldn't believe he remembered that and she laughed, covering her face briefly in embarrassment. "Your poor hat. Merlin, I was such a mess. I can't believe I let you see me like that." Not that she'd had any control over the situation. Shaking her head, she smiled at him. "Those were the days."

"I can't imagine that was easy, being stuck behind a desk. I'd have gone stir crazy." She found herself studying him again, gaze falling on the little that she could see of his scars as a hint of a smile graced her lips. "I could see that. I bet they look up to you, the recruits. You being so much older and wiser than them." She emphasized the older, her own attempt at being funny. Her gaze fell on his face again as she lifted her mug, taking another sip of her coffee.
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Smiles fondly at her, at the memories. They seemed like centuries ago and almost like two different people. It was...peculiar how life could turn out. "I can it," chuckles a little under his breath while taking another sip from the mug of coffee. "You trusted me with that side of yourself." Something he almost felt as though he had taken for granted in the years that followed. Something he lamented the absence of now.

He did not miss the charm in her next comments and even ran a hand through his hair to pull some of the rich chocolate locks forward as though inspecting for grey hairs. "Most look up to me in a more literal sense." He did...tend to tower over people now, which was a curious juxtaposition to the small feeble boy who played the flute. "Sitting behind a desk never suited either of us...and it shows," gestures between the two of them, the paths in life they had taken. "But...besides work...how have you been?"

Information he...rather yearned to know. Whatever she was willing to offer.
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Smiles fondly at her, at the memories. They seemed like centuries ago and almost like two different people. It was...peculiar how life could turn out. "I can it," chuckles a little under his breath while taking another sip from the mug of coffee. "You trusted me with that side of yourself." Something he almost felt as though he had taken for granted in the years that followed. Something he lamented the absence of now.

He did not miss the charm in her next comments and even ran a hand through his hair to pull some of the rich chocolate locks forward as though inspecting for grey hairs. "Most look up to me in a more literal sense." He did...tend to tower over people now, which was a curious juxtaposition to the small feeble boy who played the flute. "Sitting behind a desk never suited either of us...and it shows," gestures between the two of them, the paths in life they had taken. "But...besides work...how have you been?"

Information he...rather yearned to know. Whatever she was willing to offer.


"Yeah.." She had trusted him, probably more than anyone outside of her family at that time in her life, and sometimes she regretted giving so much of herself to him. After everything, it left her feeling exposed in a way that she wasn't sure he'd ever understand. That had always been Emilia, though. She didn't do things by halves. If you had her, you had all of her. She wondered if that was a flaw. Maybe it was.

"I bet." He'd gotten so much bigger, taller. Her transformation had been far less impressive, still the small sprightly girl she'd always been. She was stronger now, though. So much stronger. She was proud of that much. Lucky we both found jobs that allow us to escape the paperwork, at least for a little while." They were lucky in that way, the two of them.

She was a little less eager to discuss this part of her life, did he know? It wasn't that she was unhappy outside of work, that wasn't the case. It was just that she didn't have much to share. "Well, I got a small flat for myself. It's a hole in the wall, really, but I fixed it up pretty well." It had been a disaster when she found the place, but now it fit her like a glove. It was home, at least for now. "And I've made these amazing friends here. They drag me out after a long week, make sure I'm not spending all my time working and training." She offered a small smile, shrugging her shoulders. That was about all. She refrained from mentioning her grandmother's health or the fact that she'd taken on the role of her caregiver, as that was not something she cared to discuss. There was also the small fact that she wished she could say she'd found love, that she was serious with someone who thought she was the sun, moon, and stars in his sky, but she hadn't. That was a fail, wasn't it? Not being able to say that to someone who'd broken your heart. Rosie would say so, she was sure. It was for that reason that she was scared to ask him about his life outside of work, but that's what you did in polite conversation, wasn't it? And so she did.

"How are things for you?" She glanced at him, bracing herself for whatever she was about to hear.
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