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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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Morning with the Ministry might be the most unique Ministry "orientation" your department heads and Minister have thought of yet. Wanting a more laid back and quiet start to the Ministry, they have worked just as hard to bring you this quaint morning event.

As you make your way into the Atrium, the first thing you might noticed are the various stations run by your department heads and even the Minister himself. Hoping you are hungry, the Minister can be found helping make waffles and pancakes for you to enjoy. So grab a plate and get as many as you think you can eat! You may then notice a table to add whatever toppings your stomach would like; from fruit, to syrups, nuts, or candies there is something for everyone. If waffles and pancakes aren't your thing, then maybe you are craving something from the build your own smoothie bowl. Grab a bowl and away you go to the smoothie of your dreams. If you need help don't hesitate to ask a department head for some assistance.

The mug is something utilized by Ministry employees on the daily, so why not have a special customized one all of your own? The third station boasts a coffee mug decorating opportunity, the perfect place to find your new favorite mug for those hard to focus mornings or sleepy feeling afternoons. Many shape and size mugs are available to pick from, so once you have decided jump right in to do some decorating.

As you visit each of these stations or just are enjoying seeing your fellow coworkers and catching up after the holiday, we hope you enjoy the music flowing through the Atrium brought you by the WWN.

Also nice to see? The Fountain of the Magical Brethren back in all its shiny glory.

So get yourself some food and find some colleagues and new friends to mingle with. Welcome to a new year at the Ministry of Magic!
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Alexander walked into the atrium and was amazed at how big it was, he walked over the fountain and was studying all the details in its carves. He noticed the table of pancakes, waffles, fruit and hot drinks but he also realised that he was the first person here so he decided to sit by the fountain and wait for some more people to arrive.
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This was already overwhelming. The bearded man lingered outside and considered not turning up to the event, but anxiety of missing something important, or meeting people that could benefit his career crept in. Who’d have ever thought Theodore Kinsley would have ended up working at the Ministry of Magic? He had to admit that he was feeling proud of himself, a feeling he hadn’t felt in a long time.

Wearing some of the smartest threads he owned, Theodore entered the Atrium, absolutely gutted that he was one of the early ones. He let out a pretty audible grunt, which he turned into clearing his throat, as he quickly glanced at the stalls. He couldn’t even think about food at the moment without wanting to throw up.

Perhaps he’d decorate his own mug. As he headed over, he passed the fountain where someone else was situated. “Morning.” He greeted (Alexander), quickly, before looking around for any familiar face. Kat? Bliss? ANYONE.
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Alexander watched as a bearded man walked into the atrium, he could see that he was anxious and he wondered if it was his first day too. "Morning" Alexander replied with a smile hoping that you stop the man being so anxious and then he replied "this is my first day".
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The quarter-giant man entered the Atrium. Kingston was slightly anxious, the usual first-day nerves that settle in. He hid it though through this closed grin, there was food! Luckily he wasn't alone as there were already two gentlemen (Alexander & Theodore) in the line.

"Mooorning," Kingston said. It was early so his pitch was deeper than usual, given his height and size he did what he could to not make others anymore nervous.. for now. "I'm Kingston." cue his clean teeth showing at any who made eye contact with him.
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Alexander turned round at the sound of a new voice "Morning, I'm Alexander" he said as he looked up at the taller man and then he added "What department will you be working in? I am in Environmental Protection". He started to look around the atrium and wondered where the greenhouses was hidden.
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”Pancakes? Conley asked Alexander with a reluctant shy wave as he walked past. As the man sat down near the fountain, the DIMC head took that as a no and turned to the next person who passed nearby. ”Pancakes?” he called again this time to a guy with a magnificent beard (Theodore). He really didn’t have hope that either man would really want pancakes and frankly? He couldn't blame them. Conley was a terrible cook. Not! that either man knew it.

Which might make one wonder how he had been roped into manning a pancake station. One word. Charles. Yep, Conley had a hard time telling the old man ‘no,’ especially when Charkes had seemed so excited about the idea of making pancakes himself. He poked the griddle with his flipper and tried to look happy to be here fixed a smile to his face. He just hoped he didn’t burn anything.
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Alexander looked up at the mention of pancakes and then walked over to the man that had called him "Pancakes sound great right now" he told him as he took a plate, he watched Conley flipped the pancakes and added "My name is Alexander"
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Raini had gotten to the Ministry bright and early to help make sure everything was set up and ready to go for the breakfast orientation. He hadn't been able to help with the last orientation as he hadn't started working here then, but perhaps that had been for the best. He knew what the Neo Alliance had been about and had heard all about their influence over the Ministry and even just their presence at the last orientation. This would be much more carefree, he was certain of it.

And when it was time for employees to start arriving, Raini positioned himself at the fruit smoothie station to help assist anyone who might want to enjoy something healthy and delicious. In fact, he might even help himself to a smoothie while he was there. Blueberries were his favorite. And as he scooped a large cup of the fruit, he looked up to see the employees were beginning to arrive. Just in time!

"Welcome," he greeted the young men as they made their way over to the breakfast stations. "Be sure to help yourself to some fruit smoothies once you've gotten your pancakes," he added, noting that Conley was busying himself with the main attraction of the breakfast buffet. And Raini would certainly help with the smoothies if they needed it.


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Although this was apparently a casual sort of orientation, Gunnar felt the need to dress well. It was a Ministry event after all and he wouldn't have anything less than making a good impression. And although he was a new employee, he walked in with a confident air like he'd been here for years, with his fiancé by his side. Internally, he might have been slightly nervous to start this new job, but Gunnar had a way of coming across as poised and self-assured. And he dared today to be any different.

As they stepped inside, the twenty-two year old paused to look around, not immediately seeing anyone else he knew yet. But his eyes soon caught sight of the breakfast stations set up not far from them. "Pancakes?" he turned to Alessandro, suggesting they start there maybe. Seemed like a good a place as any. Heh, maybe they could even get the Minister himself to make theirs.
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Alexander looks over at Raini at the smoothie table and replied "oh ya I will a mango and banana smoothie sounds really great with my pancakes". He felt that he might be the youngest person here being only 19, tanned and his voice still had a Australian twang to it after being there for 2 years.
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"Welcome," he greeted the young men as they made their way over to the breakfast stations. "Be sure to help yourself to some fruit smoothies once you've gotten your pancakes," he added, noting that Conley was busying himself with the main attraction of the breakfast buffet. And Raini would certainly help with the smoothies if they needed it.



As they stepped inside, the twenty-two year old paused to look around, not immediately seeing anyone else he knew yet. But his eyes soon caught sight of the breakfast stations set up not far from them. "Pancakes?" he turned to Alessandro, suggesting they start there maybe. Seemed like a good a place as any. Heh, maybe they could even get the Minister himself to make theirs.
Aurora had been up with the birds to make everything ready for a relaxed and casual breakfast orientation at the start of the new ministry year. The blond department head had put on a pink dress along with a pair of black high heels even if they probably were obscured by the apron and chef's hat that she was wearing for the event. Aurora wore the hat and apron only to please Charles, nothing else.

Making her way over to Raini and their station she noted that a few employees both new and old had already started to mingle into the atrium. "Come get yourself a fruit smoothie everyone! The fruit is fresh, sweet and healthy!" It couldn't hurt to advertise a little right? Taking up her position by Raini's side in the station, she asked him. "Hi Raini, do you think we need to have a smoothie special or something to lure the employees over?


Laurel headed into the atrium for this year's Orientation event wishing already on the doorstep that she hadn't eaten breakfast before leaving for work. She saw waffles, pancakes, smoothies and all other breakfast things and felt like turning right on her heel. How was she supposed to eat now? If she managed to stomach down a waffle, some fruit and possibly a cup of tea then it'd be a miracle. Shaking her head and sighing to herself the mysteries worker made her way over to the mug station first. Maybe customizing her own mug would get her appetite up?

A few moments later stopped at the third station to peer around at all the mugs in different colors, shapes and sizes. Picking up a mug, it might look like it was by random to somebody looking on, but actually wasn't since she had been guided by her Inner Eye in her choice. Aurora then asked out loud to nobody in particular. "I chose a mug, what's the next step? Do i tattoo in my name or what?"
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Alexander was wearing some black jeans and a white t shirt, he decided that he was going to get his mango and banana smoothie while he was waiting for the pancakes. He was thinking about maybe adding blueberries to his smoothie and then he remembered the delicious dragon fruit smoothie he had in Thailand.
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”Pancakes? Conley asked Alexander with a reluctant shy wave as he walked past. As the man sat down near the fountain, the DIMC head took that as a no and turned to the next person who passed nearby. ”Pancakes?” he called again this time to a guy with a magnificent beard (Theodore). He really didn’t have hope that either man would really want pancakes and frankly? He couldn't blame them. Conley was a terrible cook. Not! that either man knew it.

Which might make one wonder how he had been roped into manning a pancake station. One word. Charles. Yep, Conley had a hard time telling the old man ‘no,’ especially when Charkes had seemed so excited about the idea of making pancakes himself. He poked the griddle with his flipper and tried to look happy to be here fixed a smile to his face. He just hoped he didn’t burn anything.
Sporting his own matching maroon colored apron, Charles Hollingberry had had the intent of arriving at the Ministry in more laidback attire. He had, however, been sufficiently advised by his personal peanut gallery to not let his first public appearance as the reinstated Minister for Magic be one where he looked casual. His grandson had even been so bold as to imply he would appear the slob and weak for it. Which was why Charles had arrived in a new suit, which Victoria had helped him pick out, that not only helped accentuated the color of his eyes, but complimented the color of the apron.

Now, had Conley also remembered his chef's hat? The Minister had happened to find what he would politely assume was a spare and had brought it with him while double back to get a couple of squeeze bottles filled with a whole spectrum of colored pancake batters.

Excited? Absolutely, and the grin he wore was a clear indication of such.

"Conley, you are in luck. I seem to have stumbled upon a spare hat," he practically purred as he set the white floppy chef's hat atop the department head's noggin. "I have one as well." And he slipped his own on, brushing a bit of hair from his brow in the process. "Just remember, when you start to see bubbles, it's time to flip."

Offering the International Magical Cooperation head a quick wink, Charles began setting up his station to his liking and started in on some pancake art. He was please, as always, to see the rest of the team stepping into their stations and getting into the spirit. It was...odd for him to come in and properly meet the new heads who he had only had some periphery influence in their hiring. Of course there had been meetings to get to know them more so one-on-one once St. Mungo's had given him the clear to resume lighter duties (and Kaiser had been an infallible part in him falling back in stride), but Charles still felt a small disconnect. Perhaps it was just him.

Offering Rainy and Aurora smiles, Charles picked up the yellow colored batter and began by drawing a circle on his griddle.
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Although this was apparently a casual sort of orientation, Gunnar felt the need to dress well. It was a Ministry event after all and he wouldn't have anything less than making a good impression. And although he was a new employee, he walked in with a confident air like he'd been here for years, with his fiancé by his side. Internally, he might have been slightly nervous to start this new job, but Gunnar had a way of coming across as poised and self-assured. And he dared today to be any different.

As they stepped inside, the twenty-two year old paused to look around, not immediately seeing anyone else he knew yet. But his eyes soon caught sight of the breakfast stations set up not far from them. "Pancakes?" he turned to Alessandro, suggesting they start there maybe. Seemed like a good a place as any. Heh, maybe they could even get the Minister himself to make theirs.


Alessandro Toussaint was on the arm of his fiancé and he looked very, very good. Obviously. He radiated an easy cool that could only be wielded after years and years of practice. After all, he was a veteran at networking events, having been forced to endure them for years. But being here with Gunnar made the tedium slightly more bearable.

You see, if he looked very, very good, his future husband looked fantastic.

Al squeezed their joined hands and smirked, "Lead the way, my love." Sure. Pancakes. They were here. Might as well. But-- "Is there anyone you should say hello to first?" This was an official Ministry event, and his boy was now part of that great machine.
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Peggy had been up for hours. Even with the assistance of magic (dozens of bowls being stirred at once, thank you), it was quite the undertaking to create the Muffin Mountain. The tower of baked goods rose above her head, and she was hopeful she'd prepared with enough charms to keep it from toppling over on the first person to try to take a muffin. Maybe she would encourage folks to take from the top. She hadn't signed up to chaperone muffin Jenga, after all.

Just as the first employees arrived, Peggy pushed the cart, Muffin Mountain wobbling into the atrium with one hand, wand trained steadily on the muffins with the other. A lidded mug floated behind her, as she only had two hands and wasn't about to leave her coffee behind. She was nervous about that wobble in the muffins, but there was no room in her mind for doubt with keeping the coffee levitated and the muffins situated.

She positioned the cart containing Muffin Mountain next to Raini and Aurora at the smoothie station and let out a sigh of relief. Moving the muffins had been the scariest part.

She adjusted her apron and took a sip from her coffee mug, keeping one eye and a ready wand on the mountain of muffins. The muffins were carefully arranged by variety, with denser flavours at the bottom and fluffier varieties at the top where they wouldn't be smushed. "Anybody want a muffin?" she called with a smile. This was already more fun than last year's orientation, and much less stressful. Plus, she'd never turn down an excuse to bake an excessive number of muffins.


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Gabriel was pleased for the breakfast themed soiree the Ministry was hosting this year. While he liked getting dressed up as much as the next person, he was much more comfortable in every day clothes. But--he at least wasn't late. Clad in a neat black sweater over a white shirt and grey tie, plus black slacks (obviously), he ran his hand through his hair as he walked into the atrium.

YATI Year Three.

At least he had more friends now, both at work and outside it. Plus, he was one of the oldest YATIs now, since it was only a three year program. He spotted a young woman (Dottie) whom he didn't know yet in...red?? pants and made a slight detour on his way in to greet her. "Good morning," he said cheerfully. "I like your outfit!"

He was a little confused by the brightly coloured pants, but, hey, not everyone wanted to dress in black and white like he was today.
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This was quite the unusual form of orientation. Still, the Indian Ambassador certainly could applaud the initiative. He was here for the food! Yes, he was. He was also here for the husband because the idea of Conley cooking for anyone was just… well, let’s just say that man wasn’t the best when it came to the culinary department.

Sachin’s olfactory sense was having the time of its life. Despite him being an avid tea drinker, the aroma of coffee appealed to him. Weird, wasn’t it? No to mention the main attraction of the hour: THE FOOD! He’d be getting a bit of everything, you could be sure of that! A smirk crept up on his handsome features as his dark eyes found the man he had been seeking.

WOW. The husband looked HOT. Not that he didn’t at home with an apron on but maybe there was something about Conley being out in a public gathering dressed like that? Too bad his cooking talents didn’t match those FINE looks. May the Gods be with those who consumed those pancakes. Sachin stifled a laugh as he watched Britain’s Minister for Magic perch a chef’s hat on Conley’s head.

Of course the younger man made a beeline for the station of the other two. “Don’t you look adorable?” Sachin told Conley extra quietly, words meant only that man’s ears. Then he resumed his usual tone. “Nice flipper, by the way. I'm sure Radhika would like to have one similar to that sometime.” Sure, their daughter was just an infant but they could get her a toy one in the meanwhile. Oh, yes. He couldn’t forget Mr. Hollingberry. “Namaste, Minister,” Sachin greeted {complete with the folded hands}, a big grin on his face. Laughter still threatened to escape him. “How ever did you manage to get Conley to do any sort of cooking?”
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Just the very fact that the Ministry was doing something as casual as a breakfast to welcome everyone back seemed to say that things were much better than they had been the previous year. Possibly more than just the previous year, but this felt especially notable. Not to mention the absolutely welcome appearance of the old and much-loved Fountain of Magical Brethren she saw upon arrival. Dylan had even brought a plus-one: her five year old daughter.

Ari had begged her to let her come, and she hadn’t had the heart to deny her. Even if it felt a little like she was excluding the twins, but the boys were young enough they probably wouldn’t be too disappointed. Besides, this basically was like a girls day. A girls day that included all her coworkers and superiors, but that was beside the point.

It was nice not having to dress up quite as much, too. She had tried to stay professional (even if she’d let Ari pick out whatever she had wanted to wear) in the red sweater and black jeans, but it was still much more comfortable than the formal dresses of previous years. Plus, less concern over breakfast foods staining said formalwear.


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In a weird way, this felt more like a first day than last year’s orientation did. Although, it also felt like she had gone through way more than she had expected. Considering the showdown with Dante and Sian and everything else that had happened regarding the cult’s infiltration. Skye knew that was exactly what it had been, even without her dad having told her it had been during the break. Because he absolutely had done so, and her brother had joined in as well. She was rather tired of the lectures about how she’d been kind of reckless, even if she’d known she hadn’t been.

Either way, nobody had expressed any disapproval over the cable sweater and jeans she had chosen to wear when she’d left to head to the Ministry. Plus, there were plenty of people who seemed like they had chosen similar outfits, as she had noticed upon arrival in the atrium. Nobody could feel bad when there were waffles in the mix. Or pancakes. Or muffins. All that remained was for the twenty year old to decide which looked the most tempting.
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Perhaps most Senior Undersecretaries wanted to look just as sharp and shiny as the Minister of Magic, and wanted to stand just outside the Man's shadow and soak up residual attention. Genevieve James was pretty sure the Minister hadn't hired her for that shiny goodness, though, and she hadn't bothered to try to outshine Charles. Instead, she was dressed in slim black trousers and a light sweater, also black, her blond hair tucked into a tidy knot at her neck.

She had her eyes on the Minister, on the employees running through the line for pancakes, and on her own plate of pancakes that she occasionally held out to Charles for a refill. Put more pancakes here. The employees seemed friendly, hungry... non-threatening, and she was more than happy to turn her attention back to her plate again.

Don't think for a second she couldn't take down at least three people with just a well thrown fork, though. Waste of a good plate of pancakes, but she was aware.
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~Stressed~ was not the word. The holidays had been nothing short of a disaster - kids plain leaving home, or acting out, or being dumped by way of their girlfriend's mother (thanks again, Alexa), or going through yet another health emergency, or just plain rough-housing their way to broken limbs yet again - and Jake was still working on picking up the pieces and spellotaping them back together. Wasn't working out too well, but he was well-versed in mending bones by this point, so at least he had that one covered.

Then there was the report his department had received the previous day, the two missing kids - runaways. Jake had left it to the appropriate division to handle but was a little twitchy about not being able to join them, and had asked for regular and immediate updates. It wouldn't make a difference to the attention the department would give the case, but after what (read: who) he had inflicted on Malachi Trent over recent years, and all of what the man had been through otherwise, Jake was triply determined to give him quick answers regarding his daughter. He was sure they'd find the pair - or maybe determined was the word again here - but cases like this, the ones that involved kids, always got his nerves up. Which was good, really; they could not afford to get complacent up on Level Two.

At any rate, at least stress - of the work variety in particular - was something Jake thrived on. Kind of took the edge off of everything else. Manning a station for the Ministry work orientation was... not the kind of work stress Jake embraced, but he was doing so anyway. It could have been so much worse, so he certainly wasn't complaining. For the moment, he tried to simultaneously not think about work and not forget about work, and kept an eye out for memos or patronuses but focused on... mugs.

The mug decorated station, to be specific, which was where Jake was... stationed.


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Laurel headed into the atrium for this year's Orientation event wishing already on the doorstep that she hadn't eaten breakfast before leaving for work. She saw waffles, pancakes, smoothies and all other breakfast things and felt like turning right on her heel. How was she supposed to eat now? If she managed to stomach down a waffle, some fruit and possibly a cup of tea then it'd be a miracle. Shaking her head and sighing to herself the mysteries worker made her way over to the mug station first. Maybe customizing her own mug would get her appetite up?

A few moments later stopped at the third station to peer around at all the mugs in different colors, shapes and sizes. Picking up a mug, it might look like it was by random to somebody looking on, but actually wasn't since she had been guided by her Inner Eye in her choice. Aurora then asked out loud to nobody in particular. "I chose a mug, what's the next step? Do i tattoo in my name or what?"


And look, here was a mug enthusiast now. Maybe. "Up to you," Jake said, dragging his eyes from the official Ministry entrances and stepping back up to the mug decorating station. "You know, can't roadmap creativity and all that. Although, I mean, technically you can." Not getting carried away, not now, not with this. He pointed at the supplies laid out - magical markers and stickers and an unholy amount of stick-on googly eyes, and plenty of other things too - and looked at the woman again. "Use anything, decorate it however you like."

Jake was going to do the same. He grabbed the largest of the mug options, charmed it black, and began sticking googly eyes on it. Just all over it. Just the googliest mug you ever did see.
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Making her way over to Raini and their station she noted that a few employees both new and old had already started to mingle into the atrium. "Come get yourself a fruit smoothie everyone! The fruit is fresh, sweet and healthy!" It couldn't hurt to advertise a little right? Taking up her position by Raini's side in the station, she asked him. "Hi Raini, do you think we need to have a smoothie special or something to lure the employees over?

Lucille had to admit (though, rather begrudgingly) that she was feeling quite nervous about starting a new work year at the Ministry. This wasn't like previous years. Lucille was now working in a new department, wanting to somehow make amends for that briefest of moments where she had agreed with the Neo-Alliance's stance on things. In fact, she had been interviewed/psychologically assessed regarding her actions during the war. There was regret on her part in some aspects especially when it came to how her aunt and uncle seem to be acting. She had received a letter over the recent holidays from her cousin, Fiona asking her if she could live with her once she turned 17. Lucille had sent her a reply as quick as possible, granting Fiona permission. Miss Pembrooke now knew just how tense the situation between her cousin and her parents were.

Lucille shook her head slightly as if to clear her head and made her way over to where the smoothie station was. "Hello there," Lucille greeted Aurora and Raini as she decided on a strawberry and banana smoothie. At that particular moment in time, she didn't feel like eating anything. Instead she just stood near the smoothie station looking a bit like a lost lamb.
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With a confident smile spread across his face like someone who’d just won the first-place prize in a daily prophet competition, Jude MaCafee strutted into the ministry, ready to schmooze his way into the good books of every head of department he could possibly find. Was his smile at odds with how he felt on the insides? Pfttt…maybe. But that didn’t matter!

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Laurel headed into the atrium for this year's Orientation event wishing already on the doorstep that she hadn't eaten breakfast before leaving for work. She saw waffles, pancakes, smoothies and all other breakfast things and felt like turning right on her heel. How was she supposed to eat now? If she managed to stomach down a waffle, some fruit and possibly a cup of tea then it'd be a miracle. Shaking her head and sighing to herself the mysteries worker made her way over to the mug station first. Maybe customizing her own mug would get her appetite up?

A few moments later stopped at the third station to peer around at all the mugs in different colors, shapes and sizes. Picking up a mug, it might look like it was by random to somebody looking on, but actually wasn't since she had been guided by her Inner Eye in her choice. Aurora then asked out loud to nobody in particular. "I chose a mug, what's the next step? Do i tattoo in my name or what?"


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~Stressed~ was not the word. The holidays had been nothing short of a disaster - kids plain leaving home, or acting out, or being dumped by way of their girlfriend's mother (thanks again, Alexa), or going through yet another health emergency, or just plain rough-housing their way to broken limbs yet again - and Jake was still working on picking up the pieces and spellotaping them back together. Wasn't working out too well, but he was well-versed in mending bones by this point, so at least he had that one covered.

Then there was the report his department had received the previous day, the two missing kids - runaways. Jake had left it to the appropriate division to handle but was a little twitchy about not being able to join them, and had asked for regular and immediate updates. It wouldn't make a difference to the attention the department would give the case, but after what (read: who) he had inflicted on Malachi Trent over recent years, and all of what the man had been through otherwise, Jake was triply determined to give him quick answers regarding his daughter. He was sure they'd find the pair - or maybe determined was the word again here - but cases like this, the ones that involved kids, always got his nerves up. Which was good, really; they could not afford to get complacent up on Level Two.

At any rate, at least stress - of the work variety in particular - was something Jake thrived on. Kind of took the edge off of everything else. Manning a station for the Ministry work orientation was... not the kind of work stress Jake embraced, but he was doing so anyway. It could have been so much worse, so he certainly wasn't complaining. For the moment, he tried to simultaneously not think about work and not forget about work, and kept an eye out for memos or patronuses but focused on... mugs.

The mug decorated station, to be specific, which was where Jake was... stationed.




And look, here was a mug enthusiast now. Maybe. "Up to you," Jake said, dragging his eyes from the official Ministry entrances and stepping back up to the mug decorating station. "You know, can't roadmap creativity and all that. Although, I mean, technically you can." Not getting carried away, not now, not with this. He pointed at the supplies laid out - magical markers and stickers and an unholy amount of stick-on googly eyes, and plenty of other things too - and looked at the woman again. "Use anything, decorate it however you like."

Jake was going to do the same. He grabbed the largest of the mug options, charmed it black, and began sticking googly eyes on it. Just all over it. Just the googliest mug you ever did see.


Dressed to the nines in a new suite that he’d picked out for this very moment, the American teen burst through the atrium doors, pausing only for the briefest of moments to decide what exactly he could stomach which judging from the slight sickly feeling he was getting at the moment wasn’t all that much. Pivoting, Jude strolled over towards…mug…decorating…station…OkAyAAyayyyyyy. Was it for the tea they were going to be having? Sure, he’d noticed that people from BritOn drank a lot of tea but like, was it really enough to warrant decorating mugs at breakfast? Bemused, he placed himself nearby two other employees who seemed to be having the time of their life and stared for a moment at the assortment of mugs in front of him. “What, there’s no tea cups and saucers?” he asked, only slightly sarcastically as he reached for a large mug and a few markers. What exactly he was going to design on his was a mystery but it was better than stomaching some waffles at the moment. “You guys think they’ll let me make two? I really want to make one for my younger brother,” his head turned towards the man in the beige suit jacket (Jake) and the woman next to him (Laurel).



Taking a deep breath, the twinkling, mischievous, playful eyes of Forrest John Roberts III surveyed the atrium floor in search of his very first customer of the day. Sure, he had been back and forth the ministry for a while, taking a few meetings here and there but today truly felt like his first day back.

Day One.

Usually serious and stern looking, Forrest couldn’t help but smile, for today he was back at his old stomping ground and what more, he was actually head of it now, something that he still had to pinch himself to believe. These days, he was far more at ease out in the sunshine with a cold glass of lemonade than tucked behind a desk in a room full of unnatural light. Alas, there truly was no rest, although if he was being honest, it was something that he was thankful for. His wife, Jules, whom he loved with all his heart had been trying to beguile him into going on one of those muggle cruises around the world because “That’s what people our age do Forrest” but he could not bare to be away from his precious garden grandchildren.

With an old, worn denim gardening apron on that was being supplemented for a chef’s apron, Forrest stood behind his station, ready to whip up a variety of savoury pancakes, the ingredients of which came fresh from his garden this very morning. Or, you know, if you’re boring and you want to risk the wrath of your new boss, you could order something filled with sugar. It’s your choice really.
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Alexander looked up at the mention of pancakes and then walked over to the man that had called him "Pancakes sound great right now" he told him as he took a plate, he watched Conley flipped the pancakes and added "My name is Alexander"
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"Conley, you are in luck. I seem to have stumbled upon a spare hat," he practically purred as he set the white floppy chef's hat atop the department head's noggin. "I have one as well." And he slipped his own on, brushing a bit of hair from his brow in the process. "Just remember, when you start to see bubbles, it's time to flip."

Before Conley could reply to Alexander’s introduction, something was being shoved onto his head. He pushed back at it, making sure to keep his pancake flipper out of the way, but Charles was persistent and after a moment he gave up and let the man fix the hat on his head. Not for the first time, Conley felt like his father had chastised him. Was his face a little red? Yes, but certainly that was due to the heat rising off the griddle right? And no, just because Charles had one on did not make Conley feel any better about having to wear one himself.

”Err…” he said poking the pancake that was currently burning on his griddle. ”Bubbles. Right…” And what exactly did that mean? He didn’t see bubbles…

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May the Gods be with those who consumed those pancakes. Sachin stifled a laugh as he watched Britain’s Minister for Magic perch a chef’s hat on Conley’s head.

Of course the younger man made a beeline for the station of the other two. “Don’t you look adorable?” Sachin told Conley extra quietly, words meant only that man’s ears. Then he resumed his usual tone. “Nice flipper, by the way. I'm sure Radhika would like to have one similar to that sometime.” Sure, their daughter was just an infant but they could get her a toy one in the meanwhile. Oh, yes. He couldn’t forget Mr. Hollingberry. “Namaste, Minister,” Sachin greeted {complete with the folded hands}, a big grin on his face. Laughter still threatened to escape him. “How ever did you manage to get Conley to do any sort of cooking?”

Was is possible for Conley face to turn a deeper shade of red? Yes, yes it apparently was. Because Sachin’s comments, while appreciated, made him feel even sillier. His hand went back to the toque blanche (yes, that’s what they are called ) which he poked with a finger making it tilt precariously on his head. ”Ha, ha…glad I amuse you,” he said trying not to sound flustered as he scooped up the burnt pancake and plopped it onto a plate which he held out to Sachin. Sachin had found it highly amusing when Conley had come home and told him he had been talked into volunteered to cook pancakes for this year’s orientation. And as evidenced by the burnt pancake he was trying to give his husband, the cooking lessons Sachin had tried to give him, did not take. As for the spatula? ”I think Radi would rather have a unicorn one. This one seems more your taste.” Maybe the flipper would mysteriously disappear at the end of the morning…
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Just the very fact that the Ministry was doing something as casual as a breakfast to welcome everyone back seemed to say that things were much better than they had been the previous year. Possibly more than just the previous year, but this felt especially notable. Not to mention the absolutely welcome appearance of the old and much-loved Fountain of Magical Brethren she saw upon arrival. Dylan had even brought a plus-one: her five year old daughter.

”Pancake?” Conley called to a lady (Dylan) and her…he assumed daughter. He was still holding the plate with Sachin’s smoking pancake. The pancake, should Sachin get around to eating it would also still be raw in the middle somehow. Yep, that’s how talented Conley was. Was Conley aware that pancakes weren’t supposed to be black? Yes…maybe… clearly Sachin did the cooking in their house.
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Alexander was sipping his smoothie when he walked over to Forrest's pancake stand, he noticed the greenhouse apron and wondered if this was one of his bosses " Can I have a blueberry pancake?" He asked politely as he was smiling at Forrest.

”Sorry Alexander!” he called as the man moved onto another station to see if someone else could make him a pancake. It was probably for the best. Because just then Conley flipped a pancake that was not really ready to be flipped and got pancake batter stuck to his flipper.
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