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Charles Hollingberry Era All historical records pertaining to Ministry of Magic RPG under Minister for Magic, Charles Hollingberry [IC March 2097 - present; OOC November 2018 - present]

 
 
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Old 10-20-2021, 01:31 PM
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A month after resuming full-time operations, the Ministry of Magic department heads are providing a special sports day and team building exercises as a change of pace from the grueling routine that comes with being employed by the Ministry. Headed by the Department of International Magical Cooperation and the Department for Magical Games and Sports, this event is held in a spacious clearing in the midst of dense woodland, far from prying muggle eyes and with the usual security charms in place.

The Quidditch World Cup will this year be hosted by none other than Japan. At the food and drink area on the left hand side as you enter the clearing kept comfortable in thanks to some potent Heating Charms, you will find a variety of dishes and snacks specific to Japan among the refreshments on offer, though a smaller selection of foods and beverages from all over the world are also available.

An area has been roped off for any employee or guest who would like to test fly the new broom on the market, the Moontrimmer Supreme, with the aid of Games and Sports department head, Peggy Laplace, and her employees. For those employees feeling extra energetic and adventurous, there is a large adventure course overhead, a ropes course wending its way through the trees and providing several elevated obstacles to tackle. The participant logging the fastest time around the course wins a prize bundle comprising an autographed Quidditch uniform, quaffle, and broom from the most recent British and Irish Quidditch League winners, the Kenmare Kestrels.

To the right of the clearing a small arena has been set up; if you are feeling curious, try out some of the wizarding world's old and more obscure sports like Swivenhodge, Shuntbumps, and Stichstock, in relative safety.

Mingle, eat, throw yourself into the activities, and don't forget to take a raffle ticket from a passing mascot, or you'll miss out on the opportunity to win the grand prize: an all expenses paid trip for two to the Quidditch World Cup final in Japan this summer. The winners of the raffle will be announced by Minister Hollingberry later.

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  • Top prize: All expenses paid trip for two to the Quidditch World Cup final
  • Locker room meet and great with Quidditch team of your choosing (British and Irish League)
  • Special VIP seats at the Quidditch league match final
  • Dinner with the Quidditch team of your choosing
  • Quaffle signed by Quidditch league team winners
  • Luxury Wizard's Chess set
  • Luxury broom cleaning kit
  • Limited edition Gobstones kit
  • Signed Quidditch Through the Ages books
  • Signed autographs from famous sports personalities
  • Front row/VIP tickets to the Gobstones playoffs
OOC: Please do not RP for any mascot characters as we have special accounts that will be popping in to interact with you. You are free to assume that your character has received a raffle ticket, however. Numbers will be drawn OOC based on post number to determine a winner and at the close of the event a master list will be posted.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a start of the year event and is, in fact, taking place in February. This means that your characters have already gone through a formal orientation and welcome cocktails back in early January.
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Isabel’s first month as head of the environmental department involved less outdoor work than she expected. Thus, she had been looking forward to this sports day event, hoping to take a break from the office work - which she still loved, of course! - and get some fresh air. She also wanted to get to know her team and other coworkers better, as she felt that her introversion prevented her from interacting with most of them outside the work setting in the past month.

The blonde woman appeared with a ‘pop’ in the middle of the clearing, swaying a little unsteadily but regaining her balance quickly. She was finding it harder to Apparate long distances recently. Perhaps she should resort to broomsticks … like that new Moontrimmer Supreme! She would most certainly try it out later on. Her eyes darted around the area, taking in everything, wondering what to do and who to talk to first.
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It had been nearly six months since she'd last had to worry about someone falling off a broom under her supervision, but Peggy was plenty prepared. Surely fully grown adults like those who worked at the ministry would be a bit more coordinated than the U14 Quidditch team she coached. One would hope.

She hovered (not literally) near the set up for the Moontrimmer Supreme test rides. She'd tested it herself already. It was pretty a solid broom. She thought people would enjoy it. If only it weren't so cold. She pulled her gloves on more securely, looking around a bit.

Spotting the new head of the Department of Environmental Protection, who shared Aurora's floor, Peggy gave a small wave. Soon enough there'd be a crowd, with everyone's teams arriving. They ought to appreciate the quiet forest while it lasted.
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Most people probably wouldn't have assumed by looking at her, and the stilettos she usually insisted on wearing, but this was Rosie's kind of event. Since announcement she had been eagerly anticipating getting up on the course and racing through. She didn't have much interest in any type of prize, as truthfully most of the things were of no interest to her given her current position or... it was something the spoiled rich girl could have purchased for herself. But that didn't mean that she didn't still want to compete, because that's REALLY what her life centered around.

She'd opted to ditch her stilettos today, choose a clean pair of Adidas instead so she was available to help take shifts with the Moontrimmer for her boss, but also simply because she wasn't so silly as to think she could take the adventure course in them. She'd even managed to logic her way into a comfortable pair of black jeans and a fitted tee, as opposed to the flowy dresses she usually chose. Being February and the air still had some light bite to it, she'd brought a jacket too. But honestly, she wasn't anticipating having to use it too much - so she'd folded it up small and slid it into her enchanted crossbody bag.

Glancing around after arrival, she eyed the course and all of the amazing looking food, while she debated if she should find her level seven employees first or head right into the festivities and find them later.

Her answer was somewhat answered when she saw another woman (Isabel)stumble and tried to move forward to help her, until she regained her balance on her own. "You alright?" It was probably the apparation. That always made her nauseous and dizzy.
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It had taken so much of the combined efforts of the Games and Sports Department {and the DIMC, of course} to pull this off so Lucas Hawthorne fully intended to have a good time today. Since Brody had mentioned that he’d be joining Gabriel, the man had arrived at today’s event by himself. For a forty two year old, he was ridiculously excited about the Moontrimmer Supreme. Like Peggy, he too had tried out the new broom. It was fantastic in every way. Was it bad that he secretly wanted to give it another shot? Not now but you know… later.

“It’s awfully cold, isn’t it?” Lucas said to Peggy as he came up beside her, and by way of greeting. He tucked his gloved hands against his chest for a moment. He saw Rosemary and Isabel some distance from him; there was bound to be lots more familiar faces around soon. Soon, the man’s gaze drifted back to the Moontrimmer Supreme. “I reckon there’s going to be a long line of eager beavers wanting to try this out. Brody included.”

Speaking of which… he didn’t think that nephew of his had arrived as yet. Lucas hoped that Brody would enjoy himself today because Merlin knew he too had worked diligently on the preparations for the event.
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Why oh why had they chosen to have this celebration in this feburary cold? Aurora had a cap over her blond locks, thick red gloves on her hands and a red winter coat on, but she immediatly felt cold from head to toe as she apparated into the clearing not too far away from where her good friend[Peggy] was standing. This was going to be a long celebration she envisioned, hopefully the food area had some steaming hot beverages or she would not be around for the raffle winners and that was a department head must.

Resisting the urge to give a big cold shudder Aurora walked the few meter's over to Peggy, her employee Lucas and the collection of new moontrimmer brooms. Putting on a big smile she greeted "Hi Peggy, and Mr Hawthorne! Those moontrimmer brooms look impressive, but are they safe for children to ride too? My 12 year old daughter is begging for a new broom." In the distance she saw that her new level 4 buddy department head Isabel was already in attendance as well as a few others. Aurora made a mental note to speak to her later.[/font]


Laurel arrived in the clearing in an ungraceful manner, feeling nauseous and giddy as she landed after the portkey travel to the celebration. Getting up on her feet a little unsteadily she looked around to get her bearings straight. At least she seemed to be in the right place, now where was her husband? When they got home after this she'd make sure he'd hear a few words about forgetting to buy floo powder. Laurel sighed and then headed off towards the food area. Hopefully some tea could stop both her head and stomach from spinning. Maybe she'd meet some other mysteries employees there or other friends?
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"Ry! Could you please, for the love of Merlin...quit it!" Healer River Reed arrived at the designated spot for the Ministry's yearly mingling with his older brother Ryden. The news of his older brother coming to visit the UK and the Ministry was surely unexpected, but nonetheless a welcome surprise. What he didn't fancy was his brother picking on him like they were children again. They were already in their late 50s, and he thought it was foolish to act like they were young and loose-limbed. Both were well aware that their bodies weren't like how it used to be.

And speaking of activities, River took in the scene before him, nodding in approval. The G&S and DIMC did a superb job setting the place up. It somehow reminded him of his short stint at Hogwarts when he too hosted an Abominable Snow Race. That had been fun, and he hoped the school kept the tradition. It was something to be had when snow was bountiful.

Anyhow, the Healer was here, ready for all and any bodily mishaps that may occur. "I suppose Conley will be here shortly," he said, flattening and then fluffing his bangs back, turning to his older brother. "Please, behave yourself. Please."


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UNbelievable.

Ryden Reed chuckled as he walked behind his youngest sibling, as they made their way towards the Ministry event. Unbelievable, that River was still the little River he knew from decades ago, even better, his brother appeared to be the responsible one between the two of them. River insisted that they come along early to make an impression, even pointed out that he shouldn't be late being an Ambassador and all that. What River didn't know was he had perks as an ambassador, and being fashionably late was one of them. But of course, Ryden was never late. He rarely used his ambassador privileges, given that he loved his work despite its stressful nature. "You need not worry, brother. I am perfectly capable of behaving." he said, dusting off his jacket and straightened his back as he, too, took a good look around.

Ah, the new broom model. Jakub would've loved to try that one out if he was there. And of course, the Japanese spread. Clever of the DIMC to have a bit of culinary diplomacy going on. As they say, the easiest way to win hearts and minds is through the palate and stomach. Hopefully the majority will love the food, considering that the Ministry chose the safest menu, in his humble opinion.

"Yes, I have been told by the man himself. He'll be here shortly," he replied, half turning his body towards his healer brother, who, by the looks of it, was already on the lookout for possible accidents. "River...do enjoy yourself a bit, will you? Here, have an onigiri." Ryden passed the rice treat to his brother, and took notice of the others who were already at the scene. "And while you're at it, do introduce me to your colleagues." it was just proper, no?
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What a great idea all this was and it was nice to get some fresh air even if that fresh air was colder at the moment. Anna made her way to the area and looked around, "GO Ministry!" Hell she didn't know the difference between a quaffle and a blunger but she didn't have to let anyone realize that and she could still have fun with everything else!

"What should I start with, it all looks quite fun. Good day everyone, yinz go on the new brooms yet?" Anna tried to decide if she should try the broom or go after some of the food first, she surely would be safer with the food.
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An audible yawn heralded the arrival of Damian Pendragon. A man of many names and titles. Ministry employee was one such title that often chafed with his carefree, fly by night, sleep by day, lifestyle.

Without his usual cane, there was a visible limp to his gait as he took in the sights of sushi and circus, a raffle ticket held betwixt two fingers. The unspeakable had been rather sullen lately, personified by the stubble on his normally boyish face, but the sight of the other employees trying to enjoy themselves after the trials and tribulations of the last couple years did strike a chord in his heart.

And if nothing else could raise his spirits, there was sushi! Damian had loved Japan because their people loved his music when few others did early in his bands career. Reaching for a pair of chopsticks, he had found the activity he most wanted to partake in, and was prepared to talk the ear off of anyone that approached him about how he used to chase yokai across the Japanese countryside on his visits.

"Enjoy yourself." Damian spoke softly to himself, then repeating it in his head like a mantra. After last years incident, he felt anxious about the possibility of crimson splashed across the field of white.
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Sophie had been loving the new year at the Ministry for maaaaany, many reasons. The main one - and the one and only that probably kicked off her love for said year - was, of course, the fact her lovely husband was now basically her colleague. Yeah, yeah, they worked at different departments, but still, both Ministry employees, which was the best thing ever! Again, for many reasons.

Anyway, that day was about mingling and possibly meeting new Ministry workers whom they didn't know, and much moooore. Sophie was here for it! Chatting and making friends were her thing, so she went right in with it, no time to waste!

"Hi, I'm Sophie!" She introduced herself to those around the food table (Laurel and Damian) the exact same way she used to back in her Hogwarts years, same intonation, smile and everything. Blessed genes basically kept her face almost as it was back then too, so apparently the only difference now was that she had a wedding ring on.

Oh, and three Hogwarts-aged children and one that was nearly there, but who was counting?


Weeeeeeeell, look at THAT! All Japan-themed! If only his best mate Jace-- OHLOOK. His relative. Fitting. That would work too.

As soon as Matt arrived, he looked over to where the food was - not too big on Quidditch and flying, see, so the way to win his heart would definitely be by his stomach AND that adventure course right there, but that'd be later - seeing his cousin talking to some strangers aaaaaaaand!

"River Reed!!! Mister, professor, healer... sir." The Auror approached his former school healer and professor, once again joking about how he was still uncertain on how to call the (much, lol) older man. The man by his side... seemed familiar but Matt had never been the best at remembering what should've been familiar faces. "Hello to you too, sir." Other sir, he would say, but hey, he was an adult now - an Auror no less - so those days of constant joking were behind him.

Well, the jokes were still being played in his head, but he was pretty good at reining it in now. Progress! A professional, right here.

"I was just thinking how Jace should be here, but I guess another Reed will suffice." Lol. Not all jokes belonged just in his head, alright. It wasn't illegal to joke around, thank you. He would know.
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Jane Howard had only been back at work for about a month, after being discharged from St. Mungo's during the winter holidays. In fact, she'd missed the Ministry opening event this year, but didn't feel one bit guilty about it. Still, she felt obligated now to attend this teambuilding exercise, or whatever it was, though she was not going to be competing in anything strenuous this time around.

Still feeling a bit tired and shaky on her feet, she'd decided it best to avoid apparating solo for a while and had arrived via portkey, softening her landing by floating down the last leg of her journey using her umbrella as a kind of parachute. Now she transfigured it into a walking cane, just in case she slipped on a patch of icy ground. It was topped by an eagle's head and looked rather stylish, if she did say so herself.

Jane was also not up for anything too exciting in the food department, so contented herself with a cup of miso soup, which felt nice and warm against her gloved hands. Pausing under a tree to survey the gathering, she noticed her co-worked, Damian Pendragon, looking out over the scene with a worried look on his face, and she decided to make her way over to him to let him know that she was feeling better, and to find out what had been going on in her long absence from work.
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Mr. Pendragon!” Conley called out jovially at the Unspeakable who was helping himself to some sushi. He hadn’t seen the man since the tapestry debacle in the Atrium. ”Have happy holidays?” The DIMC head was dressed in multiple layers, the outer of which was was a gray coat that had been weatherproofed and charmed to keep him warm. The charms weren’t working - but then Conley was always cold which was why the man tended to wear a lot of layers. He was also wearing a new scarf and gloves he had gotten for Christmas. He tugged on one and felt a small pang. The world cup had keep him a bit busy and his personal life had been suffering for it.

He was distracted then by the arrival of the Reed brothers. But before he could get to them, someone he had been looking forward to seeing appeared. He glanced between the Reeds and Jane and once Merriweather intercepted them. Good that gave him time to approach- Jane!” He hadn’t seen her since before Christmas when he and his daughter Radhika had visited her in the hospital. ”Jane my dear, how are you doing? I’m so happy to see you with some color.”


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Teddy was used to the cold. Growing up in a place where the temperatures annually dropped below 10 degrees fahrenheit (-12 celesus) with a windchill a much colder then that, this was nothing. Still, he wasn’t dumb enough to not dress for it. And he might have let his beard grow out a bit. He wondered what Aurora would think of it. He’d been a bit busy the past few weeks at work. Amazing how much work picked up at a broom factory when a quidditch world cup was on the horizon.

And speaking of Aurora, he spotted her across the way. He snagged a couple of hot drinks off the snack table, flashing Sophie a charming smile as he did. ”Hello,” he said in a clear American accent. It was rude to ignore a 'hello' after all. And then he headed off across the way to his girlfriend. He reached her just as she started yelling at someone. It made him smile. ”Always the worrying mother,” he teased as he walked up behind her. He slipped one hand, still holding a cup around her so she could grab it.
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Ari had begged to go see her grandpa Albert, so there had been a slight detour on the way to the Ministry orientation. Dylan had left her oldest with Albert, telling him all about her past birthday and other random things that had passed through the six-year old’s thoughts, and the twins with their grandma Antheia, before she had Apparated over near the clearing.

The raffle ticket she had been handed had been stowed away in her coat pocket as she had taken a moment to peruse everything that had been set up for the Ministry employees. All the Quidditch references amused her, if only because it reminded her off her uncle, and her dad. There were several family members that came to mind that would have loved to win a trip to the World Cup. It nearly made the Unspeakable wish she’d been even half as interested in the topic as they had been. Alas, not as much. Nor did it appear many of her coworkers had arrived yet, although she’d seen Laurel, Damian and Jane near the food tables. Off in that direction she went.


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The cold never bothered her anyway…Not exactly true but the line had been amusing Skye as she had thought it upon arriving at the clearing. It was definitely cold, but the blonde had bundled up rather well. Honestly, she hardly expected anyone to even be able to tell it was her, but mum had insisted that she stay warm as soon as she had found anything out about the event. Stay warm and preferably not try and accost any cult members, as dad had added before she had left. Dad had been both proud and maybe a bit too concerned upon hearing of that little incident, but at least he hadn’t told her she needed to step down. Besides, the twenty-one-year-old knew he knew she’d have just reminded him of his exploits way back when. Stories were a double edged sword.

However, for now she’d taken to just mingling, seeing as she had yet to see either her cousin or any of her fellow A&C employees. Or her department head. Anyone she particularly remembered speaking to at any point, so for the meantime she’d just mingle.
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Sometimes Chloe realllllyyyy wished she'd been born with an athletic bone in her body. Like, all the quidditch matches her mother had taken to her to as a child did seriously little good. It wasn't that she disliked sports or even that she was unfit.... only that it was practically forced down her throat ... so uh, yes, she basically did dislike sports. The event concealment officer surveyed the crowds present, knowing full well that Apollo would die for a ride on that new broom model and making note to enter the raffle for his behalf, as she went to stand by her younger colleague (Skye)... She did see her Aunt Laurel over there, making note to join her at the food table in a little awhile. She was sure Aaron would be shortly behind her, if Laurel had mentioned today's events since he would no doubt be all over this adventure course. He probably just had to make sure the kids were good first before his arrival... "Don't know about you, but I'm only here for the food," she joked lightly to Skye, hoping the younger girl would find her humor charming. She had yet to really figure out her new colleagues.



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TiaMarie had never been one for sports, unless it involved creatures. So when she arrived the "orientation", which felt a little weird since she'd already been working at the Ministry for a month, she was a little disheartened to find that one, it was COLD and two, well, where were the creatures!?!? The Winged Horse racing?? She'd be all over that, but just simply a ropes course or flying on the new broom, she was uninterested. Also, uh... cold and having just relocated back here from living in Australia for a decade, she was pretty sure her body hadn't yet adapted to these temperatures yet.

She did find her boss talking about her daughter wanting to ride the new moontrimmer and frowned. Didn't ... weren't safety features constantly being improved with new brooms? So like... the new moontrimmer, she was sure would probably be safer than other models for a child? But then again, what did she know? She wasn't a broom aficionado.

"Any chance there's some winged horses around here?" She said to one of the official looking people who were hopefully in charge of this event. Also, that raffle? She most certainly didn't care about any of the prizes, but would be entering cause hey, it didn't really cost anything and she could always sell the prize, right?
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Jake was not exactly in the sort of mood best suited to a day like this. Not because of the nature of it - actually, he very much enjoyed the outdoors, and being active, had worked in teams for a long time, and was by now extremely used to mixing with others (reasonably well too). Very much the extrovert. No, nothing to do with that.

It was the kids. Always the kids. The situation was better than it had been only a couple of weeks ago, in that at least he had one back home again, and had spoken to the other, in a sense. Still not ideal, still walking a proverbial tightrope; one still clearly struggling, and the other still missing, as far as he was concerned, and Merlin only knew how the boys were handling things at school. Felt all kinds of wrong just being here, even though there was unlikely to be any progress he, personally, could make elsewhere. And this being his... uh... job, and everything.

Brushing his raffle ticket over his knuckles, Jake glanced at his watch for the twenty-seventh time and tried not to look as preoccupied as he was, only succeeding in wearing a much more serious frown than usual. He stood a short distance from where the food was laid out, trying to decide if he was hungry enough just yet, when a question from one of the Ministry employees (TiaMarie) caught his attention.

That was something he could answer, and Jake forced his expression to clear (suddenly having become aware of the frowning situation, yikes) before responding. "There's a slim chance, I suppose, if one flew itself here. Nothing with winged horses is on the agenda for today, I'm afraid." Sorry to disappoint. Maybe one of the other employees had flown here via winged horse; you never know. The Ministry hired all sorts.
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Having eschewed all modes of transport considered normal for wizards in favor of his newest acquisition, Ronan was now looking for a safe place to park the 'monstrosity' as he'd heard others call it. Sure, it was huge (and he'd admit, hard to maneuver at times) but it was very practical in situations like this. Plus, it was a classic!

Finally spotting a good place, he parked the vehicle a few feet behind the food table and stepped out (more like, sort of jumped out, but whatever) into the cold February air, declining the offered raffle ticket. He just wasn't that much of a Quidditch enthusiast, despite what having a child with one of the players might suggest. No, he was here because of his job as an auror.

Approaching the food table, he greeted [Jake with a "Hey! Did someone forget the heating charms?" Or, how crazy having an event outside in the middle of winter was? "That thing can move across the ground like a winged horse, though!" he added motioning towards the vehicle he'd just come from and winking at the woman who had apparently asked about the creatures. He had no clue if it really could or not, having never been on a winged horse that he could remember, of course. But, it could go fast......and it had a radio/music player and leather seats, which you couldn't say about any horse- winged or otherwise.
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And there goes his beloved wife, Sophie. A month after the opening of the Ministry, Mordred was still trying to get into the swing of things. It was nice, he thought, that the Ministry opted for a normal welcome to the new employees a month ago, but what he did not expect was the mandatory mingling that they had to endure in the middle of nowhere, and during the coldest month of the year. It took Sophie the usual coaxing, and thanks to Merlin he agreed. While none of the activities actually interested him, he knew his eldest son would've been stoked just by being there, especially that the theme of the gathering had something to do with Quidditch. Noah, too, was not the kind to mind the weather. As long as it was an outdoor activity, he would be game. If said activity involved flying: on a broom or the free-falling kind, or anything that was life-threatening (to a degree), then better. How he sired such child, all the more mysterious.

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While doing so, he took note of the others who were there too. People he didn't know...and wasn't sure if he wanted to know, and Ms. Peggy Laplace. Ah, there. A very familiar figure on account of family connections and their common love for wizarding chess. While Mackenzie was a regular in Ministry held tournaments, it was his grandfather who first established the connection. As a Grand Master and patron for the sport, it was inevitable that they will be acquainted, at the very least. Not wanting to disrupt her conversation with the others, Mordred kept to himself, quietly accepting the raffle ticket that was offered to him, looking at it over in his hand.


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Mid-bite into his onigiri, River slowly turned to the young man who decided to (sort of) full-name him, as if he was doing something illegal. Of course, it had to be that former student of his. One that he still did not expect to become an Auror. Miracles do happen, don't they? Grinning as he bit and chewed his snack, River tapped his brother on the shoulder and gestured towards the newcomer. "I thought so too," swallowing, "Ryden, I'd like you to meet my former student, now Auror, Mister Matthew Merriwether. Matt, this is my older brother, Ryden. Jace's dad, and our ambassador to Japan."
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Ryden, too, turned when his brother's name was called. Ah, he did have his little friends, after all! It didn't take long for him to figure out the relationship between River and this rather charming fellow. His younger brother did have a short stint teaching at Hogwarts, which was quite a feat, he'd have to say. At the mention of Jace's name, Ryden smiled, dawning on him that this must be Mark? Marcus? That one kid who got Jace out of his shell just a tad. Ah! Matthew. "That may be true, but it would make a lot of difference if it had been Jace in my place. Or if Jace was the one who got us introduced. No offence, River." he said, gently slapping River's chest with the back of his hand. "It's a pleasure to have finally met you, Matt. Or, as how we say it in Japan, hajimemashite. I hope you don't mind me calling you without the honorifics." he said, holding out his hand for a shake.
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It was quiet living in his own head. Just him, and his thoughts of sushi, as he reached for a piece with his chopsticks. "Ah!" Sophie's introduction had taken him by surprise. "Hello, Sophie. Pardon me a moment, I've been dying to try this."

Reaching once more for the sushi, Damian nearly dropped his sticks when he heard Conley call out. The unspeakable's head looked from side to side for a moment, before meeting eyes with the DIMC head. Mr. Pendragon was not something he was used to answering to, almost thinking his father had shown up. "Conley! Holidays are always busy in my line of work. Keeping track of the holiday spirits, and ghosts of Christmas whatever. How have you been?" Giving up on his pursuit of food, Damian instead reached his chopsticks into his jacket, producing a piece of parchment to hand to Conley."Just the wizard I was looking for. The Canadians' wanted to make sure you had documentation that I was returned without being killed, maimed, or turned into a Wendigo." He said rather casually, underplaying the mortal danger he had found himself in.

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Jake was not exactly in the sort of mood best suited to a day like this. Not because of the nature of it - actually, he very much enjoyed the outdoors, and being active, had worked in teams for a long time, and was by now extremely used to mixing with others (reasonably well too). Very much the extrovert. No, nothing to do with that.

It was the kids. Always the kids. The situation was better than it had been only a couple of weeks ago, in that at least he had one back home again, and had spoken to the other, in a sense. Still not ideal, still walking a proverbial tightrope; one still clearly struggling, and the other still missing, as far as he was concerned, and Merlin only knew how the boys were handling things at school. Felt all kinds of wrong just being here, even though there was unlikely to be any progress he, personally, could make elsewhere. And this being his... uh... job, and everything.

Brushing his raffle ticket over his knuckles, Jake glanced at his watch for the twenty-seventh time and tried not to look as preoccupied as he was, only succeeding in wearing a much more serious frown than usual. He stood a short distance from where the food was laid out, trying to decide if he was hungry enough just yet, when a question from one of the Ministry employees (TiaMarie) caught his attention.

That was something he could answer, and Jake forced his expression to clear (suddenly having become aware of the frowning situation, yikes) before responding. "There's a slim chance, I suppose, if one flew itself here. Nothing with winged horses is on the agenda for today, I'm afraid." Sorry to disappoint. Maybe one of the other employees had flown here via winged horse; you never know. The Ministry hired all sorts.
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Having eschewed all modes of transport considered normal for wizards in favor of his newest acquisition, Ronan was now looking for a safe place to park the 'monstrosity' as he'd heard others call it. Sure, it was huge (and he'd admit, hard to maneuver at times) but it was very practical in situations like this. Plus, it was a classic!

Finally spotting a good place, he parked the vehicle a few feet behind the food table and stepped out (more like, sort of jumped out, but whatever) into the cold February air, declining the offered raffle ticket. He just wasn't that much of a Quidditch enthusiast, despite what having a child with one of the players might suggest. No, he was here because of his job as an auror.

Approaching the food table, he greeted [Jake with a "Hey! Did someone forget the heating charms?" Or, how crazy having an event outside in the middle of winter was? "That thing can move across the ground like a winged horse, though!" he added motioning towards the vehicle he'd just come from and winking at the woman who had apparently asked about the creatures. He had no clue if it really could or not, having never been on a winged horse that he could remember, of course. But, it could go fast......and it had a radio/music player and leather seats, which you couldn't say about any horse- winged or otherwise.


Tia turned around when one of the officials - the Law Enforcement Head not that she knew that yet had answered her with disappointing news. "Suppose dragons aren't ---" she paused trailing off, her attention drawn away from the head at the arrival of a muggle vehicle instead. Eyes widening when some unfamiliar wizard stepped out, she turned back briefly to the Law Head as if to say 'uh nevermind' and then back to the guy with large vehicle.

"And it's got heat too? So what's it gonna take to get a ride in that thing?" She batted her lashes at him flirtatiously. "Wait..... does it ... did you make it fly!?" She had read of wizards in history tinkering with muggle cars to make them fly, so it wasn't completely absurd of a question.
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And if nothing else could raise his spirits, there was sushi! Damian had loved Japan because their people loved his music when few others did early in his bands career. Reaching for a pair of chopsticks, he had found the activity he most wanted to partake in, and was prepared to talk the ear off of anyone that approached him about how he used to chase yokai across the Japanese countryside on his visits.

"Enjoy yourself." Damian spoke softly to himself, then repeating it in his head like a mantra. After last years incident, he felt anxious about the possibility of crimson splashed across the field of white.



Laurel had just closed her hand’s around a cup of steaming hot pumpkin juice that she was about to raise up to her lips when Damian Pendragon made his presence known in the food area. Gesturing to the chopsticks she shot her mysteries colleague a smile. "Hi Damian, I take it you’re a fan of sushi?" Taking a wonderful hot sip of pumpkin juice that she felt really warmed inside she wondered if she should brave tasting some japanese snacks.


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Anyway, that day was about mingling and possibly meeting new Ministry workers whom they didn't know, and much moooore. Sophie was here for it! Chatting and making friends were her thing, so she went right in with it, no time to waste!

"Hi, I'm Sophie!" She introduced herself to those around the food table (Laurel and Damian) the exact same way she used to back in her Hogwarts years, same intonation, smile and everything. Blessed genes basically kept her face almost as it was back then too, so apparently the only difference now was that she had a wedding ring on.


Laurel was just about to put her teeth into a rice treat known as an onigiri according to the plack when a younger woman stole her attention with her forwardness. A new employee the prophecy maven deduced without much effort. Smiling brightly she greeted back. "Why hello Sophie, It’s very nice to meet you. I’m Laurel." Taking a bite of the rice treat, which actually tasted pretty good she gestured with a free hand to them saying to Sophie. "Have you tried onigiri before? The snack is kinda tasty."

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What a great idea all this was and it was nice to get some fresh air even if that fresh air was colder at the moment. Anna made her way to the area and looked around, "GO Ministry!" Hell she didn't know the difference between a quaffle and a blunger but she didn't have to let anyone realize that and she could still have fun with everything else!

"What should I start with, it all looks quite fun. Good day everyone, yinz go on the new brooms yet?" Anna tried to decide if she should try the broom or go after some of the food first, she surely would be safer with the food.


Sophie headed into the celebration area just on the heels of a woman that was shouting 'Go Ministry!' to nobody in particular. Either the woman was just excited for a fun day or she was one of the people in charge. Not fussed about which the Scandinavian ambassador scanned around, noting that her fellow ambassador Ryden was already in attendance. Of course he’d be, Sophie reminded herself since the QWC was being hosted by Japan this year. Walking up alongside the woman (Anna) that was talking to herself Sophie greeted. "Hi, Miss? I’m Sophie, do you know where it is that you could try your hand at some ancient sports?"

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Growing up in a place where the temperatures annually dropped below 10 degrees fahrenheit (-12 celesus) with a windchill a much colder then that, this was nothing. Still, he wasn’t dumb enough to not dress for it. And he might have let his beard grow out a bit. He wondered what Aurora would think of it. He’d been a bit busy the past few weeks at work. Amazing how much work picked up at a broom factory when a quidditch world cup was on the horizon.

And speaking of Aurora, he spotted her across the way. He snagged a couple of hot drinks off the snack table, flashing Sophie a charming smile as he did. ”Hello,” he said in a clear American accent. It was rude to ignore a 'hello' after all. And then he headed off across the way to his girlfriend. He reached her just as she started yelling at someone. It made him smile. ”Always the worrying mother,” he teased as he walked up behind her. He slipped one hand, still holding a cup around her so she could grab it.


Aurora stood admiring the moontrimmer brooms on display as Teddy, walked up like an angel with a hot beverage in his hand. Smiling lovingly over her shoulder at her boyfriend she murmured "You can never worry too much. I don’t want my daughters falling off their brooms unexpectedly in the air because the broom isn’t reliable." It had happened to her and had resulted in a broken leg she remembered vividly like it had been just the other day. Accepting the cup of hot beverage, Aurora took a long sip of the fruity tea before she said "Hi Teddy, do you think we can ride tandem on one of these brooms?" It would be fun.[/color]

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Laurel was munching on a handful of those tasty rice treats wondering where Aaron had gotten to, when another of her fellow unspeakables joined her at the food table. "Hi Dylan," she waved with a smile. "Have you gotten a raffle ticket yet? I don’t know where you can acquire one." And more importantly where you could take a peek at the raffle prizes? She was not in a hurry though since she knew that when her husband got there he’d want to take a test ride on the new broom before he of course dragged her off to the ropes course.

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She did find her boss talking about her daughter wanting to ride the new moontrimmer and frowned. Didn't ... weren't safety features constantly being improved with new brooms? So like... the new moontrimmer, she was sure would probably be safer than other models for a child? But then again, what did she know? She wasn't a broom aficionado.

"Any chance there's some winged horses around here?" She said to one of the official looking people who were hopefully in charge of this event. Also, that raffle? She most certainly didn't care about any of the prizes, but would be entering cause hey, it didn't really cost anything and she could always sell the prize, right?


Aurora stood reading over the moontrimmer facts when she heard a familiar voice asking about winged horses. Looking up to see who it was, it came as no surprise that the question had been asked by her new employee and old school friend TiaMarie. Before she could answer Tia’s question Jake did it for her. They had no winged horses, at least not at this event. Turning to wave her friend over she smiled. "Hi TiaMarie, you’re still always looking for a horse to ride just like in school?" Aurora remembered some unicorn stories she’d heard about from school that had not exactly pleased the groundskeeper.
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That got Sophie staring blankly and blinking multiple times. How... unusual for a Ministry event. His entrance made her momentarily look around to see if the concealment charms were still working properly and no Muggle cars followed the guy there. Nope, didn't seem like it. And now he was talking about winged horses? Huh. Unusual indeed!

"Hi!" She greeted the newcomer back (Teddy) with a bright smile before grinning in amusement when the man who was already at the food table (Damian) asked for a moment to savour his food before he properly spoke to her. Sophie loved seeing people enjoy their food, so she creepily watched happily waited until him and the other lady (Laurel) had eaten their treats. She busied herself with some chopsticks and sushi. "Wow, this is nice! I wish I knew how to make these." She thought out loud as she sampled a few different things. Looking back up, she shook her head as the woman asked her if she had had any of the rice ones before. "No, never!" She leaned forward a little to see what they were called. "How interesting, is it just... a ball of rice?" Essentially?


Of COURSE! Matt could've facepalmed himself because DUH, that would've been Jace's dad. Alright, saying he could see some resemblance would be lying, because he honestly couldn't, but Matt knew he had to have seen that face before even if he hadn't.

Oh. River and Ryden looked alike. IT ALL MADE SENSE NOW.

The Auror grinned watching the short interaction between the brothers. It seemed they only looked alike physically, because Matt sensed their personalities were rather different. His former professor was waaaaay more like his mate Jace whereas his dad was... well, not. Or maybe it had been his job that had made him more charismatic? Eh, didn't matter. Matt would be happy to chat to all of them anyway.

Look at Jace having an important dad. If only he had posher friends than Matt. "What honourifics?" He laughed, taking Ryden's hand and giving in a firm yet friendly handshake. Being the extremely casual person that he was, the former Gryffindor hardly ever had anyone call him anything other than Matt Solo anyway. It'd be weird if Jace's dad called him any different. "Same, sir!" Oh, honourifics. "It's great to finally meet you! Haji...mehmameh." Lol. But he meant it. "You know you'll have to tell me at least two embarrassing Jace stories so I can make fun of him later, yeah?" It was a given, surely. At LEAST two, nothing too overwhelming. He'd leave the other ones for another occasion.
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The first thing Hwang Minji did once she arrived at the clearing was go and check on her the Moontrimmer. Having been a part of helping get this event going, Minji's favourite aspect of that had definitely been contacting the Moontrimmer company in an official capacity. It's one thing to talk to them as just another broom racer, but definitely another to be able to introduce herself as "Hwang Minji, Ministry of Magic official". She'd even gotten to test fly it before everyone else, which she'd boasted about to Theo and Soyoung endlessly. Coolest job ever, right? Right.

"Hi!" she greeted her boss (Peggy Laplace) as she arrived at the test area. "Everything alright? Do you need me to stick around?" Minji didn't really want to - she wanted to hang out with her coworkers and run the course, obviously - but it was polite to offer. And might score her some points with Laplace, which was always good. Collecting as many good points as she can so she could spend them later by asking to skip work for races.


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Evelyn Jung was uncommonly nervous. Her husband had stayed by her side for exactly a minute before wandering off, leaving her to take long breaths and calm herself down. She assumed he'd gone off to introduce himself to people from the DIMC, for business reasons. The fact that they were her colleagues, and therefore the proper conduct would have been to wait for her to introduce him, hadn't seemed to occur to Ian Lee. Nothing ever bothered her husband, other than her refusal to leave the British Ministry. Deciding to skip the proper ministry orientation only to show up at an event meant for employees only was probably part of his plan to make her quit. It had been a long, hard year of traveling back and forth between London and Seoul every weekend, but she refused to relent. Her work was too important to her. Her life here was too important.

Fighting the urge to take her ring off, as she usually does whenever Ian is not around, Evelyn grabbed herself some finger food and decided to stay within the heated area. If Ian needed her, he'd know where to find her. As would her Minister's Office colleagues. Maybe.
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Although two of the other departments in the Ministry was more or less officially in charge of today's event considering it was a sports-themed team-building day, Raini was still eager to help with the setup and any other details that needed taken care of. It was just the type of person he was. He had been busy making sure the rope course was secure and safe when people started arriving and he eventually made his way back towards the crowd to see if he could find some of his employees.

Ah, look, there were two young ladies in his employ now, and they were already together so it was convenient. "Skye! Chloe! Come join me for some team-building," he greeted both women with a smile, then addressed the entire group. "Would anyone else like to join us for the ropes course?" Sounded like a fun activity to him, plus some brisk movement would be great for colder temps. And perhaps Sophie would join them as well, once she was finished with the refreshments.


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After the formal orientation in January, it didn't even cross Gunnar's mind to ask his fiancé to join him to this Ministry excursion. It was a team-building event after all, or at least as he understood it, and it didn't make sense for him to bring a date, even as he noticed a few significant others in the midst. But at any rate he was here to participate on some level.

Gunnar wasn't exceptionally athletic, even if he did have some quidditch experience when he was younger and he did enjoy the outdoors. The ropes course looked interesting, he noticed, as his eyes drifted upward when the A&C DH mentioned them. Maybe later though as he'd just gotten there and wanted to see what all there was and if his own department was grouping for their own activity.

He headed over to the food table first to bide his time in seeing what all was there before figuring out what he was going to do. "Hello," he nodded politely to the woman (Evelyn) already at the refreshments as he helped himself to some edamame. Gunnar glanced over as he heard someone asking about winged horses. TiaMarie was in his department and there was Aurora nearby. He'd go over to say hello shortly perhaps, but he watched them a moment to see if his own department might be doing something next besides just mingling.
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