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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 06-16-2021, 01:52 PM
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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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Soon enough, the room started to fill up with new faces, Theodore was unfortunate not to see anyone familiar just yet. Anywho, so far everyone who had come forth seemed like pretty easy people to talk to. Easy for other people to talk to, I'm sure, but not so much for Theodore. His attention returned to the first man (Alexander) who he had spoken to. "Yup... same here." It was quite an unusual first day. Did this count as a first day? It seemed like just an icebreaker for new employees BEFORE the proper first day. Theo was about to go into more details, maybe, but someone else had joined them. He nodded towards him (Kingston), forgetting to give off a friendly vibe. "Nice to meet you. Theodore." He replied, distracted a little by how much taller than him he was.

"Oh, no, thank you." He replied to Conley, an uncommon smile appearing this time. "I'll probably steal a pancake in a little while." Likely not but he didn't want to appear rude in any way. "It all smells great, though." That was truthful, at least.

What the... was that the... Minister for Magic!? Suddenly Theo was pleased that he had worn his smart threads, which he smoothed down subtly as soon as he saw the public figure. His eyes lingered on Charles Hollingberry for ages.

GASP - he was coming closer, to the pancake station.

Perhaps he'd have a pancake now after all...

Noticing his new department head (Peggy) pushing a muffin trolley, Theodore made every effort to make himself known to her. “Good morning, ma’am, I’ll take a muffin, please.” He smiled. “That’s quite a set up you have there.” If anything decided to fall off her trolley, he’d be there to catch it, of course. So suave.
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Though this event appeared to be laid back and unlike any other Ministry function he had attended in the past, Tomasz still came dressed in his security uniform. It was not clear to him whether he was expected to be on duty today, so he chose to play it safe. Keeping his job was important.

As such, he stood near one of the corners of the atrium, observing those who trickled in. Though he did not know many by name, faces were familiar to him now after having worked here for two years, often being stationed near the entrances for some of his shifts. Among those he recognized, members of the MLE were easier to identify - Mr. Upstead, by the mugs, and a senior auror (Vivi James) with a plate of pancakes. Tomasz did want to speak to Mr. Upstead eventually, but he was hesitant to do so now. So instead, Tomasz offered his Department Head a simple nod, not wanting to get in his way.

Lucille and Gabriel did not escape his notice either and from a distance, Tomasz waved in his direction only to notice that he was in the middle of conversation with the woman wearing bright colors (Dottie). In attempt to recover, he quickly stuffed his hands back into his pockets, hoping that the moment went unnoticed. Coincidentally, unnoticed was also how he hoped to appear in front of the Minister, who Tomasz only offered a firm nod to out of respect. For some reason that Tomasz did not quite understand, he felt embarrassed as he continued to search for familiarity.

Despite knowing there would be new staff members present, Tomasz was not expecting to see Gunnar and Alessandro, the former, a friend and the latter, another classmate from their graduating class. Were they both working here now...? Unsure of whether or not he ought to interrupt the two, Tomasz opted to smile in their direction instead, silently regretting that he hadn't invited Demi to join him as a plus one. Her company would have surely eased this strange way he felt this morning.
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"I am working in the greenhouses on level 4, what about you?" he asked Theodore as he took another sip of his smoothie and then he said "It is strange being back in London after being in the warmth of Australia for 2 years?"
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Jane had returned very late last night (or early this morning, to be exact) from her trip to Europe over the holidays, and hadn't bothered to dress in anything special for this gathering (truth be told, she had forgotten it was being held until she arrived at the Ministry).

She was holding a very strong mug of coffee in both hands--not a custom mug, but the one her boss, Airey Flamsteed, had gifted her with last year as a token of appreciation for her work. To be honest, Jane thought it rather garish, but she was touched that he had chosen to acknowledge her achievement with the healing elixir, so she continued to use it. Besides, it held a satisfyingly large amount of coffee.

Portkeying overseas always made Jane a bit queasy and she was not really in the mood for a large meal, but she felt she'd better have something to avoid offense. It looked like the different departments had tables serving different foods. She looked around curiously, wondering if the Dept. of Mysteries had a table, and then noticed that Conley Singh-Phora was flipping pancakes at one of them. Jane smiled and walked over to try one. Somehow, from the man's harassed manner, she suspected he was not much into cooking.

"Good morning, Mr. Singh-Phora," she said solemnly as she arrived at his table. "I had no idea you were a chef. May I try a sample?"
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Calyx Glen had known it was going to be breakfast, but almost the moment he walked into the Atrium (read: pulled Nina in like an eager golden retriever tugging on a lead), he stopped short, his brain short circuiting at just HOW MUCH breakfast there was! So much! So many options! He wanted to look at everything, but also start eating immediately, and were those pancakes? And SMOOTHIES! OH AND MUFFINS! Muffins were a GREAT place to start, because they were already ready to eat, and pancakes would need cooking first and Calyx Glen Morgan-Bott was hungry NOW.

He didn't notice the restored fountain, and it completely slipped his mind to get a name tag, he also didn't see his sort of-cousin and his fiancé in that moment because Calyx was tugging his own fiancée's hand and making a beeline for the mountain of MUFFINS!
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Food was something Penelope was a big fan of, but she hadn't yet gone up to pile pancakes and muffins onto a plate or grab a smoothie. Maybe later. She did, however, snatch up a plain black mug, but not to decorate. Yet. She was more inclined to take it home and let Zeppelin decorate it. Maybe owl it to Ivy and Sage too. The three of them would make it look far nicer than she could. And then she might actually use it.

Decorated or not, the mug was useful for giving her hands something to fiddle with while her focus was on people watching. Many familiar faces spotted already, even among the new hires, like old Hogwarts yearmate Theodore Kinsley. She wondered which department he had been hired by. He looked to be mingling with a few people already, so she'd find out later.

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And back to watching. Looking out for any bears suspicious people. Things were different now than they were a year ago - the restored fountain was one of the many testaments to that. But even so, constant vigilance.
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This was Angelo's first time surrounded by possible coworkers. He had no clue who was who. Lost, was the nineteen year old. All he was certain about was he was part of the YATI program and the next three years were going to involved with intensive training, and hopefully, some action out in the field.

He felt like a child in a sweets store. His green eyes fell from station to station, his stomach grumbled at the smell of food. As was becoming his roommate's habit, they had eaten Angelo's breakfast, but he didn't care today. Today he was going to have breakfast at the Ministry.

His eyes narrowed in concentration when stepped deeper into the crowd of people. Was that--no. It couldn't be--could it?

It had to be Gabriel. Unless he had a twin. In which Angelo was not aware of. Excited to find a familiar face from back home, the new YATI waaaaved at the older man, a wide smile on his face. HI.

Angelo was so thrilled he didn't realize he was still moving until his arm brushed someone else's...

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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.


Immediately he took a step back. "Sorry, I wasn't looking." Honest. It had not been intentional. Not right now, anyway. That was one of his flirting strategies, but not right now. This was his work area, and like his uncle once advised him; work and romantic life should not mix.
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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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"Smoothies anyone?" Aurora called out cheerily just as she watched how Peggy gallantly positioned her cart of muffins up next to her and Raini's smoothie station. She knew how her friend had dreaded moving the mountain of muffins into the atrium since one wrong move could make all the muffins fall off the cart and that'd turn into an embarrassing mess. Shooting her friend a big thumbs up she said "Hi Peggy, you made it. No muffins lost?" When everything quieted down, Aurora wouldn't mind a muffin or two if Peggy had chocolate flavoured?

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[color=#7094b0][font=georgia]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.
Laurel was examining a pink mug and considering how to decorate it when a man appeared behind the mug station saying something about how you can't roadmap creativity. Shaking her head at the man Laurel commented. "That's pretty unhelpful," Letting her eyes run over the supplies the guy pointed from markers to stickers and feathers and what not she asked. "I bet you don't have any examples of how you can decorate your mug then either?" Laurel had a feeling that she already knew the answer. Picking a sticker of a beautiful fairy that she knew her daughter would like she began to decorate the mug quietly.

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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.
Getting excited as their first smoothie 'customer' approached Aurora plastered on a sunny smile and ignored the silly hat on her head that kept wanting to slip down over her eyes. "Welcome, welcome! How can we help you? We've got a wide range of fruits that you can pick from to be put in your smoothie. We'll mix it right here while you wait to a nice cool smoothie that you can sip on while you mingle." Or the other woman could drink it while she waited to get her pancake or waffle from Charles and Conley, they seemed to be getting a little queue.

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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).
Laurel was about on some glitter and hearts around the fairy stickers on her daughters mug when a guy in his twenties appeared by her side asking about tea cups and saucers. She let the man in charge of the mug station answer that question, but she did point to the stations sign. "It says mug decorating station so I doubt they'll have any teacups on stock." Laurel could be wrong though. She was considering how to putt on the glitter without getting glitter stuck to all places when the younger guy kept talking and including her in the conversation. Shrugging she said with a glance at the man in charge before focusing on the youngling. "I don't see why you can't make two. I'm decorating a mug for my daughter and might decorate one for my husband with a moving quidditch player on it."
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Unable to resist the smell of such delicious food and the sight of some rather delightful people she wanted to mingle with, the Head Reversal Agent grabbed a plate for herself without wasting any time. She gave friendly waves to the department heads and fellow employees she passed by, though it was straight toward Conley's station she went.

"Good morning, Minister!" she greeted the admirable man in a sing-song way as she fluttered by.

Her eyes then fell on Conley and Sachin. "Hello, darlings! How are you both doing this fine morning?" she asked, her eyes twinkling. "And who had the idea of putting Con here in charge of cooking?" She chuckled, knowing that cooking wasn't exactly one of the man's strengths. But she was a good friend and was here to support him regardless, even if it meant getting a couple pancakes that were cooked a little to much. "I'll take two."



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Speaking of pluses, at his side was his wife. Feeling the good vibes over the past few months and positive that this orientation of sorts was going to be nothing like the previous year's, the Auror wanted her to be there. They needed a little break from the kids, who had been whisked away to their grandmother, and enjoy breakfast with actual adults.

"Waffles or pancakes?" he asked her the moment they arrived. The smell of the place was already making his mouth water, and his stomach that already had been rumbling was on hyperdrive right now. He already know what he wanted, which, naturally, was a little bit of everything. The blond was most certainly going to have to hit up the exercise room on his level later to make up for it.
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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.


With his hands sitting comfortably in his pocket, the older gentleman was about to start shouting out to the crowd of people gathered to generate some interest. Could no one see his freshly picked produce? How could they possibly hope to turn down some of the succulent, moist vegetation that had been handpicked by himself? It was bewildering.

Just as he raised his hands to shout out to the crowd, a lucky customer appeared in front of him. “Of course. Of course. Everything is fresh you know? Straight from my very own garden,” his voice getting louder and louder as he started to pull the pancake mixture towards the him. With a crinkly smile at one of his new employees, for Forrest knew all of his employees by sight and had done his fair share of research before the returning, he poured out the mixture onto the hot cast iron pan before adding a generous amount of blueberries. “How are you finding your first day here Alexander? I trust that you found your way into the Ministry without too much bother? Didn’t have any trouble getting past security?” He wouldn’t have put it past the front desk security to make life a little more difficult after some of the recent events.

Flipping the pancake, he waited patiently for it to be a golden, fluffy brown on both sides and then slide it into a cardboard tray. “Do you want anything else with it? Sauces or ice cream? Herbs maybe?” he added finally as a handful of chunky blueberries was haphazardly thrown over the pancakes for good measure.



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Laurel was about on some glitter and hearts around the fairy stickers on her daughters mug when a guy in his twenties appeared by her side asking about tea cups and saucers. She let the man in charge of the mug station answer that question, but she did point to the stations sign. "It says mug decorating station so I doubt they'll have any teacups on stock." Laurel could be wrong though. She was considering how to putt on the glitter without getting glitter stuck to all places when the younger guy kept talking and including her in the conversation. Shrugging she said with a glance at the man in charge before focusing on the youngling. "I don't see why you can't make two. I'm decorating a mug for my daughter and might decorate one for my husband with a moving quidditch player on it."


“I mean, yeah, the name said it all. I just kind of wanted to be a little posher. Maybe send one home to my Ma and Pa in New York. It’s fine though”

With a mug in hand and a few markers in the other, Jude started to carefully draw what he hoped looked like a rather ugly, grumpy, smelly, old cat on the glossy white mug, an amused smile across his face at his own genius. He was sure that Cian wouldn’t be thrilled with his depiction of that stupid feline but he didn’t all much care. It was the thought that counted, right? Turning his amused smile back on the woman, he simply nodded before replying “Great! What’s your name sorry? I just need to know who I’m blaming if they accuse me of trying to smuggle two mugs out of here. Well…three if you count me.” He would never snitch on anyone in any way, shape or form but he did love little bit of ‘cheeky banter’ from time to time.

Having finished with the markers, Jude stopped for a moment and then eyed some of the glitter that the woman next to him had been using. Would his younger brother appreciate a little glitter? OF COURSE, HE WOULD!!! Pulling some of the glitter towards him, he began writing his brother’s name on the mug.
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Alexander smiled at the thought of getting fresh blueberries and then he replied "I had alittle trouble finding the entrance, I walked past it several times" he laughed and then comtinued "I got past security, there was lot of questions to answer but I am here now thank you. Can I have some vanilla ice cream please?"
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Was she late, she might have been late. Anna wasn't a morning person, but she tried to slip in without causing too much of a fuss. Though Anna was not someone who liked just slipping into a background and with that she was already bouncing to be noticed, "HELLO EVERYONE, GOOD MORNING, HELLO! Have we started decorating the mugs yet? I want the biggest cup, I always need the biggest cup to get a moving start." She gave a big belly laugh as she headed to the mug station and greeted Jake and the others there already.

"So what are we all making on our mugs? I think I want to try to design a dog on my, what do yinz think? A pretty dog or maybe even some fireworks or some glitter." She couldn't decide exactly what she wanted, but she knew it had to be flashy just like she loved to be.
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Soon enough, the room started to fill up with new faces, Theodore was unfortunate not to see anyone familiar just yet. Anywho, so far everyone who had come forth seemed like pretty easy people to talk to. Easy for other people to talk to, I'm sure, but not so much for Theodore. His attention returned to the first man (Alexander) who he had spoken to. "Yup... same here." It was quite an unusual first day. Did this count as a first day? It seemed like just an icebreaker for new employees BEFORE the proper first day. Theo was about to go into more details, maybe, but someone else had joined them. He nodded towards him (Kingston), forgetting to give off a friendly vibe. "Nice to meet you. Theodore." He replied, distracted a little by how much taller than him he was.

"Oh, no, thank you." He replied to Conley, an uncommon smile appearing this time. "I'll probably steal a pancake in a little while." Likely not but he didn't want to appear rude in any way. "It all smells great, though." That was truthful, at least.

What the... was that the... Minister for Magic!? Suddenly Theo was pleased that he had worn his smart threads, which he smoothed down subtly as soon as he saw the public figure. His eyes lingered on Charles Hollingberry for ages.

GASP - he was coming closer, to the pancake station.

Perhaps he'd have a pancake now after all...

Noticing his new department head (Peggy) pushing a muffin trolley, Theodore made every effort to make himself known to her. “Good morning, ma’am, I’ll take a muffin, please.” He smiled. “That’s quite a set up you have there.” If anything decided to fall off her trolley, he’d be there to catch it, of course. So suave.


Peggy smiled awkwardly as a fellow came over and called her ma'am. That always made her feel old. Wait--she knew this one, he was one of her new employees. "What flavour muffin would you like, then?" she asked, trying to remember his name. Kingsley? Kingston? No--Kinsley, she thought. "You name it, we probably have it, Kinsley."


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"Smoothies anyone?" Aurora called out cheerily just as she watched how Peggy gallantly positioned her cart of muffins up next to her and Raini's smoothie station. She knew how her friend had dreaded moving the mountain of muffins into the atrium since one wrong move could make all the muffins fall off the cart and that'd turn into an embarrassing mess. Shooting her friend a big thumbs up she said "Hi Peggy, you made it. No muffins lost?" When everything quieted down, Aurora wouldn't mind a muffin or two if Peggy had chocolate flavoured?


"The structural integrity of Mount Muffin is intact," she said with a proud nod. It felt like building a sand castle that didn't collapse when the tide came in, to have her magically supported mountain of muffins only wobble as they were moved. True, once people started taking muffins, that would be a different story, but these were some sturdy and delicious muffins.

She spotted an employee she didn't recognize (Calyx) heading her way, and turned her smile in his direction. "Would you like a muffin?" Would anybody like a muffin?
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Well, didn't Peggy just look smashing there with the cart of muffins! Charles' face lit up a bit and it almost felt a shame to take away from the spectacle that was the muffin mountain she and the party planners had assembled. But...did she happen to have a lemon poppy seed muffin? Oh yes! He believed that he did spot one. "When you have a moment, Peggy, I would rather fancy one of those lemon poppy seed ones you've got there!" he called over to the Games & Sports head with a smile as he switched out his yellow batter for some red and black. He was, of course, making some emoji pancake art at the moment. That was what was hip with the youth these days, yes?

Did he see one there with some raspberry jam AND lemon poppy seed? That would be the one for him. It being at the base of the mountain was rather unfortunate, however.

Finishing up with the first faces, the Minister switched once again to the yellow to fill in the circles and smiled wide over at Conley's husband. "I asked," he answered, a light chuckle to his tone. He would have returned the Namaste in full but, well, his hands were rather full at the moment. "I dare say that it could become a morning tradition in the Singh-Phora household. He does look quite charming with that flipper. No time like the present to try new things." And after surviving a war, flipping pancakes was an easy hurtle to clear.

And yes, Miss Tamerlane, please come fetch yourself a pancake. They were smiling and HAPPY to see her! He was going to do some wearing sunnies next.

Charles' twinkly gaze next fell on Vivi and her overly serious appearance. "Vivi, my dear, where is that beautiful smile of yours I am so fond of," he offered while balancing one of his smiling pancakes on his flipper and depositing it on her plate. "Pancakes are meant to make people smile, not turn more serious. Or would you like a turn at the flipper yourself?" Perhaps he should have seen about his sunspot of a daughter coming to the event as well. Perhaps that would have helped take some of the edge off his newly appointed Senior Undersecretary. "Or try your hand at a bit of pancake art. I have all the colors arranged just here. It is quite the thrilling experience when you flip it over and see how things turned out."

Charles offered Jake a look of sympathy, though he tried not to make it too obvious. Which was a difficult task for the grandfatherly Gryffindor. The man could use a pancake, yes. Perhaps one of the ones the new head of Environmental was making nearby as those had certain healthy additions to them and were more about the practicality than the aesthetic like Charles' were. Though, it was a very pleasant aesthetic, if the Minister did say so himself. Charles also made a little mental note to see about getting in touch with Trentualla again. A bit of a check in. Perhaps with his wife as well. It was all...horrible to think about considering what the world had just gone through, a child missing. He wished for the swiftest of recoveries and wished he could be out there looking himself. But there was something about it being impractical and 'not safe' for him to put himself out there like that. Not until more certainty with the whereabouts of Neo Alliance sympathizers and such were established. He did not envy the burdens thrust upon Jake's shoulders, especially with the man's own children.

Yes, perhaps a tea with the Magical Law Enforcement head was also necessary. Another check-in and another chat, father to father. Grandfather to pseudo-son.

His attention was drawn away from the ache of parenthood and back toward Conley who...well... "Not enough time on that one, but no matter. Still salvageable and I'll eat it myself." He had eaten his share of partially raw pancake over the year as well and was still standing just fine. "Just discretely set it here on this plate..." The one Charles had levitating between the pair of them for any pancakes that became unservable.

Charles also caught the gaze of one of the new Ministry recruits who seemed to be a bit befuddled in the moment before finding some solace in the muffins. "You are welcome to some pancakes as well, my boy," he called out to the young man (everyone was a young man to Charles). "I will be making some with sunnies as well!"

The young man, Tomasz, received a bright smile in return to the nod and was about to see about enticing the young man towards the pancakes when he continued on his way. No doubt looking for the Minister's personal assistant, he assumed. Speaking of...where was that young man? Charles had a deep hankering to make Kaiser's son a dragon shaped pancake.

"Ah! Jane. Lovely to see you," Charles greeted the woman who had single handedly helped the speed of his and other's recovery with her elixir. Charles had not had the esteemed pleasure to speak to her one on one, but he would rather like to have tea with her in his office sometime. Perhaps she would indulge in some of his yogurt covered raisins. He was sure she shared his refined tastes. "Conley is doing a smashing job. Very moist pancakes." Since the majority seemed to be undercooked. Which brought his attention to the Lady Gamp, who he greeted with a brilliant smile and twinkle of his own. "That was my doing," he tapped his own forehead with his flipper and then took a moment to clean it. "No time like the present to practice new skills, wouldn't you say? Now...do you have a favorite one of these...emoji things? They are a bit archaic but make for some charming pancakes. I would be more than happy to make one for you."

And put to rest all the smiling pancakes he had already done. Time for some sunnies. Perhaps a couple with heart eyes as well. OH! How could he forget the ones with stars in their eyes?!

He would also like to make himself a mug. Oh! No, he had a brilliant idea and for that he needed Kaiser to arrive.


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Cooking and the arts were not entirely his cup of tea...and thankfully the Minister had not roped Airey into flipping pancakes or otherwise be around any of the food stations. He was, likewise, relieved that the Ministry himself had not taken the casual dress code too seriously, though Airey had opted to NOT include a jacket with his suit. This was dressing down and casual for the man, behold the rare occurrence. The additional time off over the holidays and family trip to Finland had been just the thing the man needed to continue his recover. Something that Jane Howard had already seen to with her elixir and he was keen to have her see the additions that had been made to the Death Chamber per their discussion after the war.

His first Ministry event in...some years...Airey was not sure how to feel and, in all honesty, he would have much rather stayed home or just gotten straight to work. Even if he had his deck of cards with him for some occasional slight of hand performances during today's minglings. That was his contribution to the day, mild entertainment.

Though, before he could set to that, his eyes fell upon Miss Greenwell Mrs Grimm and he immediately made his way over to her. "Mrs. Grimm," he smiled at her, pleased to see her looking...so much better than when they had last spent time together. He would never be able to look at pudding the same again. "It is good to see you." His arms twitched, an involuntary response to seeing his former student, and for half a second it truly looked as though he may do the unthinkable and hug her.
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Calyx Glen had known it was going to be breakfast, but almost the moment he walked into the Atrium (read: pulled Nina in like an eager golden retriever tugging on a lead), he stopped short, his brain short circuiting at just HOW MUCH breakfast there was! So much! So many options! He wanted to look at everything, but also start eating immediately, and were those pancakes? And SMOOTHIES! OH AND MUFFINS! Muffins were a GREAT place to start, because they were already ready to eat, and pancakes would need cooking first and Calyx Glen Morgan-Bott was hungry NOW.

He didn't notice the restored fountain, and it completely slipped his mind to get a name tag, he also didn't see his sort of-cousin and his fiancé in that moment because Calyx was tugging his own fiancée's hand and making a beeline for the mountain of MUFFINS!

"Calyx, slow down," Nina laughed quietly, placing a steadying hand on his forearm. Though his enthusiasm was endearing, she was wearing heels! It was difficult to keep up and she very well couldn't risk tripping in front of his colleagues and THE Minister for Magic.

......... Was he serving pancakes? How peculiar.

"We'll have plenty of time for food, I promise." Lest he worry that he wouldn't have enough to eat. Even with an appetite like his, she was certain they'd be fine. Not only was there plenty of food, but he could also count on eating at least half of whatever Nina picked out for herself - she never managed to finish a full plate of food. So long as they dined together, Calyx would never starve.

And yet, there was tugging. In the direction of the muffin station, no less. "There isn't anyone you'd like to greet first?"
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"Thank you, I get that a lot," Jake replied breezily to the woman who'd first approached the station (Laurel). Really though. Some of his kids said worse to him (much... much worse, worse than could be repeated in civilised company, and definitely not with the Minister in earshot (who, by the way, received a nod and a half smile in return for that look, and an unintentional shared thought that they should probably catch up again soon)) so it didn't bother him. Water off a... something whatever. As for examples, Jake lifted his half-googly-eyed mug to show her. "Only this."

Now was as good a time as any to take a cursory look around the place, seek out the familiar faces and the totally new. It was at this point that he found Tomasz in the crowd - or, more accurately, on the very margins, lurking hovering over near the corner - and returned his nod, with a smile too. Jake noted he'd worn his uniform, but thought little of it. He didn't memorise every shift of every employee, and thought perhaps Tomasz was on duty, or would be partway through the event. That would also explain the lurking hovering. At any rate, Jake was used to Tomasz and the way he conducted himself, and he understood his tendency to stay at the edges of a social event much in the same way he could see why Penelope Grimm might be doing a similar people-watching bit.

Speaking of, Jake addressed her when she stopped by for the mug. "Morning, Penelope." Except then it occurred to him he hadn't really thought the next sentence through. She'd dealt with a lot only a few weeks ago, that on top of all the post-war recovery, and they were still yet to track down who, or what, was behind the Ministry disappearances. Jake had been about to tactfully offer her the two googly eyes he'd picked up on his fingertips, when Airey appeared and unintentionally saved him from acting the fool. Although... given who Jake had only days ago, and in what context, it was surprisingly difficult to lay eyes on Airey Flamsteed right now, and his greeting caught in his throat. He cleared it, and continued studying the room.

Any kind of door-bursting naturally drew Jake's attention, and that was true even on the days he wasn't on tenterhooks. No message right now. No dramatic Neo-Alliance entrance either - at least... it didn't seem that way, and with all the security in place, it was unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely. No, when Jake looked around, his eyes fell upon the new personal assistant on Level Two. His own personal assistant. He knew him on sight, of course; after the events that had transpired these last few years, it would be a pretty disastrous move to lose track of any employees, forget any of their faces.

Jake went back to googling his mug, and was just considering how he'd go about addressing the handle, when the American lad spoke up from nearby. He looked over at him, fairly certain MacAfee was unaware he was talking to his new department head, but making nothing of it. "'Fraid not. Unless you want to transfigure one and call it decorating." Which... Jake supposed it was, in a way. "Go ahead and make a couple. Plenty to spare." Actually, now he thought about it, he was going to have to keep his googly mug in his office; bring that home and he'd have four five-year-olds waging war to get their hands on it. Horrific.

When Anna rocked up to the mug-decorating station, Jake showed her his decorated mug, dangling it by the handle on one index finger and rotating it slightly so the many many googly eyes could be seen. "Suppose there's some kind of symbolism in there. Might name it Argus." Because apparently he had not learned his lesson on the mythological names score.


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Neither love nor money could get Kaiser to dress up to the nines when it was not required. Smart-casual in the same dark colours as usual was as far as he was willing to go, and he was still sort of considering apparating back to the flat for a long-sleeved shirt, ratty old jacket, and his most worn in pairs of jeans and shoes. No reason why he shouldn't.

Except for the fact that they were already here, and so Kaiser was just going to have to put up with the strangling shirt and clown shoes too-smart shoes. The 'they' in question referred to himself and Candela, and now with added Elio, three years old and with the same brown eyes and mess of brown hair that Kaiser had. At first, Elio had walked between them, hand in hand with both Kaiser and Candela, but now that they were in amongst the crowd, Kaiser had lifted the kid up to carry him so Elio would avoid being all kinds of stepped on.

"He seems busy," Kaiser said to Candela, looking in the direction of the Minister, who was obviously going to be in the thick of it today. Usually Kaiser wouldn't mind keeping his distance, as he'd see him plenty during a regular work day, but Cha-... Mr Holl-... the Min-.......... he'd seemed eager to see Elio, and Merlin knew Elio loved him, so naturally they were going to head that way.

... Sort of. With one hand holding Elio to his hip, and the other holding Candela's hand, Kaiser slipped furtively into the orbit of employees around pancake station, ending up directly beside the new Senior Undersecretary (whose appointment, by the way, made Kaiser feel all sorts of relieved for reasons he couldn't quite articulate) and her plate of pancakes. "Hello, Senior Undersecretary James." Don't make eye contact with the child. He'll steal your heart, but not before he steals your breakfast.

For a moment, Kaiser scanned the room, and quickly found Tomasz. He waited until his friend was looking his way, then attempted to beckon him over, unsure if the kid would make it more or less likely for Tomasz to join them, especially as said kid was now suddenly straining to get to... either Charles or the pancakes, or maybe both, it was impossible to say. Kaiser could speak many languages, and understand many more, but tony upset children were apparently beyond his linguistic abilities.

There were other people here that Kaiser would recognise, once he set eyes on them, but for the moment... "Elio... please." Not here. Not now.
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"Calyx, slow down," Nina laughed quietly, placing a steadying hand on his forearm. Though his enthusiasm was endearing, she was wearing heels! It was difficult to keep up and she very well couldn't risk tripping in front of his colleagues and THE Minister for Magic.

......... Was he serving pancakes? How peculiar.

"We'll have plenty of time for food, I promise." Lest he worry that he wouldn't have enough to eat. Even with an appetite like his, she was certain they'd be fine. Not only was there plenty of food, but he could also count on eating at least half of whatever Nina picked out for herself - she never managed to finish a full plate of food. So long as they dined together, Calyx would never starve.

And yet, there was tugging. In the direction of the muffin station, no less. "There isn't anyone you'd like to greet first?"

There were too many GREAT smells to follow, food-related smells. Calyx stopped short though. He probably SHOULD greet someone. Except... uh.... Mrs Emmons-Clarke had gone, and he didn't KNOW who his new boss was, so he wasn't ultimately sure who to greet, and that meant a lot of scrutinizing nametags and Calyx needed sustenance before that.

"Oh I..." He was CLEARLY torn, and he was about to explain he didn't know who to greet when the muffin lady spoke to him.



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"Oh yes please ma'am!" Actually... actually.... were there enough muffins to grab TWO? Because his stomach was growling audibly and he also had two hands. "Nina, do you want a muffin too? Then we can go find out who my new Department Head is."
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Getting excited as their first smoothie 'customer' approached Aurora plastered on a sunny smile and ignored the silly hat on her head that kept wanting to slip down over her eyes. "Welcome, welcome! How can we help you? We've got a wide range of fruits that you can pick from to be put in your smoothie. We'll mix it right here while you wait to a nice cool smoothie that you can sip on while you mingle." Or the other woman could drink it while she waited to get her pancake or waffle from Charles and Conley, they seemed to be getting a little queue.
Lucille tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and asked, "Could I please have a strawberry and banana smoothie?" She couldn't help but smile slightly at Aurora's chef's hat that seemed to have a bit of a mind of its own. "Be careful of that hat of yours," Lucille said kindly to the woman behind the smoothie counter.
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Ahh, another one of those superhero, environmental rangers, like Kat. Theo nodded towards Alexander, acting like he knew aaaaall about the department, when truthfully, plants and herbology had never been his forte. "Nice, I have a good friend who works in that department." Speaking of - WHERE WAS SHE? Where was anyone he knew? He definitely knew Sophie was coming along but she seemed to be hiding. "Games and Sports for me." Don't say it... "It's kinda what I'm best at." You know - being an ex professional flyer, of course.

BAHHH, who was he kidding? Theodore probably played professional Quidditch before these recruits were even born. Thinking of that, he sighed, heavily.

Speaking of old faces, the man's eyes squinted towards a somewhat familiar face stood a little further away. Penelope, he thought. He remembered her dating Dora's fella... gosh, that unlocked lots of memories, some good, some bad. He lifted his arm and gave a quick wave towards her, unsure if she would remember him.

Sensing a little awkwardness in the air when he spoke to his department head (Peggy), Theo racked his brains as to what he had possibly said wrong. He thought he had opened the conversation so perfectly, the only good thing to come from it being that she at least remembered his name. "Let's go for blueberry, please." HONESTLY, he still wasn't hungry, but needs must. Taking what he thought was a blueberry (but was actually a lemon flavour) Theo gave it a hearty bite and closed one eye at the unexpected sourness of it.

"Aw, yeah... that's a great muffin." You could cut the awkward with a KNIFE. Mid chew - he gave the couple (Calyx and Nina) who were also enquiring about muffins a polite smile.

Meeeeeeeeeeep - the minister was talking to him. Although Theodore did look behind him quickly to make sure that he wasn't in fact looking at someone else. "Great, thanks, I'll take a pancake." He shot a glance to the other guy who was serving pancakes, who Theo had not long declined. Hopefully it wasn't, like, OBVIOUS that he was sucking up to the minister.

He smirked at the emoji pancakes. "They're very impressive." ANYWAY, should he introduced himself? Did the Minister for Magic care? "Theodore Kinsley, sir, pleasure to meet you." He felt like an idiot.


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With a little hurry!scurry in her step, Bette Arbutus glided into the Atrium, overwhelmed to see how full up it already was. She certainly hoped she wasn't late! Adjusting her cardigan that had fallen off her shoulders, Bette studied all of the stations to see what was on offer. Oooh, the smoothies were very tempting after her little dash to get here.

Approaching Aurora, Bette grinned as she skimmed over the colours and flavours that were on offer. "Gooood morning, hi!" The excitement on her first day were very apparent. Listening to the person before her make their order, the brunette piped into the conversation. "Oh, excellent choice. I think I'll order the same." She said to Lucille.

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Bleary eyed, and nursing a headache, the man of mystery was impeccably dressed and groomed, but felt an absolute mess. Like most creatures of the night, a morning person he was not. Being one of the unspeakables, Damian could use that as an excuse not to participate in this gathering, but his need to be noticed was too strong. Plus, he loooooved pancakes.

With his guitar slung across his back, and his equally trusty cane in his right hand, the blue eyed wizard had a plate of pancakes and a banana held carefully in his left. In his heart, and on his lips, a tune. "Maybe we could sleep in."

Placing the plate on his chosen table, and taking a seat, Damian made quick work of peeling his banana. "Make you banana pancakes." With the anticipation of a yummy breakfast on the horizon, he was nearly forgetting how miserable of a morning it had been up to this point. "Pretend like it's the weekend now." Deftly cutting the banana with a small knife he carried, the pieces dropped evenly over the pancakes. "We can pretend it all the time."

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Ahh, another one of those superhero, environmental rangers, like Kat. Theo nodded towards Alexander, acting like he knew aaaaall about the department, when truthfully, plants and herbology had never been his forte. "Nice, I have a good friend who works in that department." Speaking of - WHERE WAS SHE? Where was anyone he knew? He definitely knew Sophie was coming along but she seemed to be hiding. "Games and Sports for me." Don't say it... "It's kinda what I'm best at." You know - being an ex professional flyer, of course.

BAHHH, who was he kidding? Theodore probably played professional Quidditch before these recruits were even born. Thinking of that, he sighed, heavily.

"That's nice i have only meet my head of department so far" he told him as sipped his smoothie and then said "oh did you use to play professional on a team?" Alexander was hoping that he wasn't over stepping the boundaries he didn't want to make any enemies on his first day.
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"Certainly. A mango and banana smoothie, sounds very tropical. Good choice," Raini told the young man (Alexander) who had stopped by his station first. "You can help yourself or I can give you some assistance if you need it." He was here to assist or supervise, and while he was sure Ministry employees were perfectly capable, it was also his job to man this station.

And then Aurora showed up next to him, just in time for more employees to begin arriving to their station for the healthy choice. "Good morning, Ms. Aurora," he greeted her kindly with a pleasant smile. "I like your hat and apron, you really look the part." Perhaps he should have worn the same, but everyone would know he was one of the people in charge, right? Noting that she was also calling out to the people coming in and drawing their attention to the smoothies, he paused in consideration of her question and idea about smoothie specials. "I don't think that's a bad idea," he replied, encouraging her creativity. "Perhaps we should offer themed smoothies, like fruits that go together, tropical fruits and the like." Perhaps this was something they should have thought about before though to be a little more prepared.

"Good morning." Raini gave the young woman (Lucille) who approached them a friendly smile in greeting. She really did appear to be the lost little lamb. But Aurora was on top of it there and he was not going to step on her toes. He'd just wait until the next person approached to help them next. And that seemed to be Bette, who he decided to help while Aurora was busy with Lucille. "Hello there, Miss," he greeted her kindly. "Strawberry and banana then?" He started gathering the correct fruit while the booming voice of Forrest at the pancake station next to him caught his attention as he made the young woman's smoothie. "I don't think shouting is necessary, Mr. Forrest," he joked gently with a chuckle. "The pancakes are already the main attraction. They'll come to you. But I certainly wouldn't mind sampling from your garden when you have a moment." He knew he was plenty busy at the pancake station, even with Charles and Conley there too. But some delicious healthy greens sounded delightful.

"Here you are , Miss," he said to Bette as he handed her the smoothie "Strawberry and banana, enjoy!"


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Gunnar looked back at Alessandro and gave him a small smile in return for the hand squeeze, and he started towards the pancakes, noting the two department heads as well as the Minister were manning the station. Oh... yes, perhaps his fiancé was right. Although it was a social breakfast, it was also a networking event and he should probably play the part now that he was officially a Ministry employee.

"The Minister is a good start, no?" Gunnar mentioned, his eyes still focused in that direction. But next to the pancakes, he happened to notice Ms. Bagnold. "There's my new boss," he told Alessandro, nodding in her direction before turning back to the man at his side. "We should speak to her for sure."

So, pancakes, then smoothies, for their optimal conversationalists, but also for the breakfast choices. He did really like smoothies. Though once he started that way again, he noticed a few more people they both knew. First Tomasz who caught his eye with a smile and Gunnar raised his free hand in a sort of casual wave. Once they'd gotten their breakfast, perhaps they could go say hello. And then - "Oh there's Calyx... and Nina," he casually mentioned to Alessandro. It didn't appear that either of them had seen them but they could say hi anytime. He knew that Calyx was working in a nearby department here, plus he was sort of not really related to Alessandro.

He was just about to step in line for pancakes when a few more people caught his eye - Candela and Kaiser and... must be his kid. Knowing that this could very well be a point of contention for Alessandro, he pretended not to see them and simply turned to his fiancé with a smile. "Pancakes first, then smoothies." He pulled him into the pancake line to wait their turn, but trying to catch the Minister's eye. "Good morning, Minister Hollingberry," he greeted him with a charming smile once the older man seemed to have a free moment, and extended his hand. "Gunnar McCarthy, new employee in the Magical Creatures Department. And this is my fiancé, Alessandro Toussaint." Introductions were necessary of course and only polite.
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Between his light talk with Conley and the Minister, Sachin hadn’t failed to observe the woman {Genevieve} lurking by the Minister. She seemed to be interested in her pancakes and the buzz of activity taking place at this particular station. There was an air of coolness and no-nonsense about her. Maybe it was just him who thought so though?? Still, Sachin gave her a warm smile just because. And because he was the social and friendly type.

Eyeing Conley again, the Ambassador nearly had the laughter which he had been holding back escaping. Conley certainly was redder in the face. He simply smirked at the comment and had almost let the teasing moments pass but he just had to get one more good humoured joke in. “Careful there… don’t want your hat falling into the batter.” Okay, he was done. Sachin took the plate with the pancake. “Thanks.’’ Clearly his own culinary skills had never managed to rub off on Conley despite the years they had been together. He’d be needing lots of syrup to get this crispy pancake down to his stomach. Sachin smirked and threw an amused glance at the flipper. “I suppose it is. You can surprise me with one sometime.” And Radhika with a unicorn one.

Don’t worry, Sachin fully understood about the Minister’s hand being busy. Charles was obviously a pro at making pancakes as he handled everything with ease. The Ambassador chuckled. “I don’t see why not.” His voice lowered, words only for this old gentleman’s ears. “I might have to give Conley some much needed lessons though, before he’s ready to fly solo.” This little activity could obviously help but only time would tell. His voice at the normal tone now, he added, “Won’t take up more of your time, Minister. I’ll be seeing you around.’'

Ever pleased to have more company, Sachin threw Tallulah a beam. “Hi, yourself!’’ Wasn’t she awfully chipper this morning? “I’m doing great! It’s difficult not to be when there’s good food around.’’ He started laughing. Leave it to Conley’s friend to come right out and say that. “Oh, I think there a hint of a chance that he might improve before the morning’s over.”
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"Certainly. A mango and banana smoothie, sounds very tropical. Good choice," Raini told the young man (Alexander) who had stopped by his station first. "You can help yourself or I can give you some assistance if you need it." He was here to assist or supervise, and while he was sure Ministry employees were perfectly capable, it was also his job to man this station.
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"I have been travelling through Australia so I had quite abit of tropical food when I was over there" he told him and then said with a smile " I should be ok but if I do need assistance I will shout"
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Alexander smiled at the thought of getting fresh blueberries and then he replied "I had alittle trouble finding the entrance, I walked past it several times" he laughed and then comtinued "I got past security, there was lot of questions to answer but I am here now thank you. Can I have some vanilla ice cream please?"

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"Certainly. A mango and banana smoothie, sounds very tropical. Good choice," Raini told the young man (Alexander) who had stopped by his station first. "You can help yourself or I can give you some assistance if you need it." He was here to assist or supervise, and while he was sure Ministry employees were perfectly capable, it was also his job to man this station.

And then Aurora showed up next to him, just in time for more employees to begin arriving to their station for the healthy choice. "Good morning, Ms. Aurora," he greeted her kindly with a pleasant smile. "I like your hat and apron, you really look the part." Perhaps he should have worn the same, but everyone would know he was one of the people in charge, right? Noting that she was also calling out to the people coming in and drawing their attention to the smoothies, he paused in consideration of her question and idea about smoothie specials. "I don't think that's a bad idea," he replied, encouraging her creativity. "Perhaps we should offer themed smoothies, like fruits that go together, tropical fruits and the like." Perhaps this was something they should have thought about before though to be a little more prepared.

"Good morning." Raini gave the young woman (Lucille) who approached them a friendly smile in greeting. She really did appear to be the lost little lamb. But Aurora was on top of it there and he was not going to step on her toes. He'd just wait until the next person approached to help them next. And that seemed to be Bette, who he decided to help while Aurora was busy with Lucille. "Hello there, Miss," he greeted her kindly. "Strawberry and banana then?" He started gathering the correct fruit while the booming voice of Forrest at the pancake station next to him caught his attention as he made the young woman's smoothie. "I don't think shouting is necessary, Mr. Forrest," he joked gently with a chuckle. "The pancakes are already the main attraction. They'll come to you. But I certainly wouldn't mind sampling from your garden when you have a moment." He knew he was plenty busy at the pancake station, even with Charles and Conley there too. But some delicious healthy greens sounded delightful.

"Here you are , Miss," he said to Bette as he handed her the smoothie "Strawberry and banana, enjoy!"


Pulling a scoop from a jug of water because he was just that old school, Forrest scooped some vanilla ice cream from a tub and lumped it onto the pancake, a wide smile spread across his face at the sight of his first customer of the day. “Oh, you’ll find your way eventually. I remember when I started here many, many moons ago. I’d always get lost and end up in the most random of places. There was this one time that I…” and his voice trailed off as his mind veered down into the many rabbit holes that it liked to escape to at times when he started to talk. Such is the power of time that that you forget to be in the moment and instead divulge the past.

“Yes. There you go Alexander. How’s that for a welcome to the department?”, sliding the pancake towards the gentleman now, he looked over at the long-haired gentleman who appeared to be calling over to him, although calling over wasn’t exactly the right word for it as he was in the cooking station over.

“Aha, Mr Youngbird, you miss understand my intention” he replied, a wide smile on his face now as he looked over at Raini. In truth, Raini had hit the nail on the head. He wanted to shout to the world that they needed to try his fresh produce, but he wasn’t about to say that. Was he? “I have to agree with you on one thing though. These pancakes truly are the main attraction today. Well, except for the return of the fountain, but that I plan on changing that soOOoooon.” He was sure that his fresh produce would indeed bring all of the Ministry workers to the atrium. Despite this being his first time in the Ministry for what felt like an age, the older gentleman was rather enjoying himself.


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Was she late, she might have been late. Anna wasn't a morning person, but she tried to slip in without causing too much of a fuss. Though Anna was not someone who liked just slipping into a background and with that she was already bouncing to be noticed, "HELLO EVERYONE, GOOD MORNING, HELLO! Have we started decorating the mugs yet? I want the biggest cup, I always need the biggest cup to get a moving start." She gave a big belly laugh as she headed to the mug station and greeted Jake and the others there already.

"So what are we all making on our mugs? I think I want to try to design a dog on my, what do yinz think? A pretty dog or maybe even some fireworks or some glitter." She couldn't decide exactly what she wanted, but she knew it had to be flashy just like she loved to be.

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"Thank you, I get that a lot," Jake replied breezily to the woman who'd first approached the station (Laurel). Really though. Some of his kids said worse to him (much... much worse, worse than could be repeated in civilised company, and definitely not with the Minister in earshot (who, by the way, received a nod and a half smile in return for that look, and an unintentional shared thought that they should probably catch up again soon)) so it didn't bother him. Water off a... something whatever. As for examples, Jake lifted his half-googly-eyed mug to show her. "Only this."

Now was as good a time as any to take a cursory look around the place, seek out the familiar faces and the totally new. It was at this point that he found Tomasz in the crowd - or, more accurately, on the very margins, lurking hovering over near the corner - and returned his nod, with a smile too. Jake noted he'd worn his uniform, but thought little of it. He didn't memorise every shift of every employee, and thought perhaps Tomasz was on duty, or would be partway through the event. That would also explain the lurking hovering. At any rate, Jake was used to Tomasz and the way he conducted himself, and he understood his tendency to stay at the edges of a social event much in the same way he could see why Penelope Grimm might be doing a similar people-watching bit.

Speaking of, Jake addressed her when she stopped by for the mug. "Morning, Penelope." Except then it occurred to him he hadn't really thought the next sentence through. She'd dealt with a lot only a few weeks ago, that on top of all the post-war recovery, and they were still yet to track down who, or what, was behind the Ministry disappearances. Jake had been about to tactfully offer her the two googly eyes he'd picked up on his fingertips, when Airey appeared and unintentionally saved him from acting the fool. Although... given who Jake had only days ago, and in what context, it was surprisingly difficult to lay eyes on Airey Flamsteed right now, and his greeting caught in his throat. He cleared it, and continued studying the room.

Any kind of door-bursting naturally drew Jake's attention, and that was true even on the days he wasn't on tenterhooks. No message right now. No dramatic Neo-Alliance entrance either - at least... it didn't seem that way, and with all the security in place, it was unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely. No, when Jake looked around, his eyes fell upon the new personal assistant on Level Two. His own personal assistant. He knew him on sight, of course; after the events that had transpired these last few years, it would be a pretty disastrous move to lose track of any employees, forget any of their faces.

Jake went back to googling his mug, and was just considering how he'd go about addressing the handle, when the American lad spoke up from nearby. He looked over at him, fairly certain MacAfee was unaware he was talking to his new department head, but making nothing of it. "'Fraid not. Unless you want to transfigure one and call it decorating." Which... Jake supposed it was, in a way. "Go ahead and make a couple. Plenty to spare." Actually, now he thought about it, he was going to have to keep his googly mug in his office; bring that home and he'd have four five-year-olds waging war to get their hands on it. Horrific.

When Anna rocked up to the mug-decorating station, Jake showed her his decorated mug, dangling it by the handle on one index finger and rotating it slightly so the many many googly eyes could be seen. "Suppose there's some kind of symbolism in there. Might name it Argus." Because apparently he had not learned his lesson on the mythological names score.
Had Jude truly not noticed his boss standing there just a few meters away? Possibly. Had he simply not cared and decided to act on his impulses as he always did regardless of the consequences? Who knew. “Aha. Yes. I guess that would count as decorating. You’re completely right boss. I’ll just finish this one first before I grab another. You know, don’t want to hoard all of these snazzy looking mugs and not let anyone else get the chance to decorate one,” his eyes flickering between his mug and Boss-Man Upstead. The slight O shaped hole that had formed where his lips were supposed to meet however may have possibly given away the answer to those who were actually paying attention. The brief surprise that has slide across his face like a runaway Zamboni didn’t last long and his usual chillaxed grin was back before anyone was any the wiser. Hopefully.

Using the new arrival (Anna) as a way to cover up his lack of…awareness, Jude simply jumped into welcoming the woman, although that may have also been to do with the fact that she also seemed to be American. Was this a common thing in the Ministry over here? Did a lot of people come over and work here too? He knew his parents had interned here many moons ago but still.

“You’re not too late at all. In fact, you’re right on time. I’m designing a cat my self although it seems to have uhh…well the face is all flat and it’s a little ugly. Spitting image of the cat actually” and chuckling to himself, he put the finishing touch on his mug. “Aha, she is…magnifique!” and as if no one was watching, he chef kissed the air as his mug simply deserved to be recognised for the fine piece of art that it was.
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