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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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Jasper had never been so relieved to have a low-key orientation this year. After spending the holidays traveling around Europe with Benjamin, all he could have asked for was a relaxed brunch to ease back into the workweek. That, along with a strong cup of coffee.

Clad in a new plum-colored suit (which had just arrived in a parcel from Chicago, courtesy of his mother), Jasper made his way into the Atrium. Was he slightly overdressed for the occasion? Possibly. But he didn't know when he'd get another chance to wear it, so a purple suit it was. He stopped momentarily at the fountain, taking in the view. It was a sure sign that things at the Ministry were on the mend.

He noticed quite a few familiar faces milling around the area, but the grumbling in his stomach stopped him from waving hello quite yet. Instead, he jumped in line at the breakfast station, arriving just in time to overhear a new co-worker's (Gunnar) introduction. "Gentlemen," Jasper greeted the Minister and Conley first (you know, seniority rules and all that) before grabbing a plate of waffles. Although it was a bit odd to be served by the big guys. "Didn't know you had such a knack for the pancake arts, Charles," he added, chuckling at the smiley face cakes on the table.

Jasper made his way to the toppings station before turning back to his new colleague. "Gunnar, was it? Jasper Cohen, Creatures as well. Glad to have you on the team." He nodded at the man's guest in greeting as well as he spooned some berries onto his waffle. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed their department head (Aurora) at the smoothie station. He gave her a wave with one hand as he finished scooping a dollop of whipped cream with the other. "I'll come over to your station eventually...as soon as this first sugar rush passes," Jasper called over to his boss with a laugh, gesturing to his stack of fruity waffles.
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Thank you Sir and I will get use to move around one day" Alexander told him as he took the pancakes and licked his lips, it looked delicious. He was glad that his boss was really nice and he had a feeling that he was going to enjoy working in this department.
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Where there was food, there he also would be. When the announcement for breakfast in the Atrium had gone up, Frankie had already marked the date in his calendar. Breakfast at the Ministry was certainly a treat, and not having to wear a mask or having to throw on some overly fancy suit was a plus.

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.
When the New Year rolled around, there was two things to be expected. Their youngest birthday. And the Ministry orientation gathers that her husband attended each year. Hady was always Frankie's plus one expect for last when he didn't want her to attend. That wasn't important right now though. What was important was that they were here.

"I don't even know why you're asking me that when we both know full well that you're going to hit every single table and food cart here," the brunette laughed. Her tone was light and her hazel eyes held a playfulness that it was clear she was teasing him like she always did. However, it was true and they both knew it. "Go on.. make your way from table to table and I will follow and get whatever looks good." Maybe a waffle and a smoothie? Or a muffin. It was hard to decide when it all looked really good.

"Whatever I don't finish you can have."


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This may have been his second year working at the minisry but this felt like his first orientation. Right away when he stepped into the room, Oceanus could feel the immediate difference in the atmosphere from the previous year. It felt really nice to not have a mask on his face and name tag pinned to his clothes.

He looked around at the room full of people, the scent of food hitting him like a ton of bricks and making him realize how hungry he was. "Do you want to eat first or say hi to everyone? Or maybe make a mug for the babies?" he asked quietly, gently squeezing the hand of his girlfriend Stella who was his plus one and also a Ministry worker. Whatever she wanted to do first was okay with him.


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Iliana was here for the second year in a row but for the this year she felt much more comfortable. No weird mask or name tags status categorizing. Her first year on the job had been a strange one but it was over and she was now onto her second year.

The young women had changed a fair bit over the last several months as she's sure most everyone in this room had. Iliana had even brought a plus one with her, Nathan Hale. After conversing with him for a moment they choose to head towards the pancake station. Perhaps there was a vegetarian option?
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Vivi did put her plate down when the Minister addressed her, giving her mouth a gentle pat with a napkin as she took time to swallow the rather doughy pancake one of the men had leveled onto her plate. "You don't pay me to be pretty, sir, and if you tried to, I'd quit. You pay me to run your office efficiently and to keep you safe." And if he thought asking her to smile wasn't going to get old fast... much as Vivi liked Charles, she wouldn't put up with that sort of patronizing behavior.

"And I can't do either of those if my hands are full of pancake batter." She looked past him at the two young men (Gunnar and Alessandro) who had stopped longer than required to pick up their pancakes. One of them had a hand extended, and Vivi brandished her fork in his direction. Just in case things took a turn. The diplomat (Sachin) who kept SMILING at her was getting a little fork brandishment too. Poke-poke-poke.

There were really too many people here for comfort, weren't there? Like how was she supposed to keep an eye on the Minister when people could approach from every direction? She almost took a swing when someone appeared at her side, but her body relaxed (slightly) at the site of Kaiser. And a kid. "Hello. Your boss is a security emergency waiting to happen. Who is this little muffin?" Vivi liked kids a lot more than adults, it turned out.
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When the New Year rolled around, there was two things to be expected. Their youngest birthday. And the Ministry orientation gathers that her husband attended each year. Hady was always Frankie's plus one expect for last when he didn't want her to attend. That wasn't important right now though. What was important was that they were here.

"I don't even know why you're asking me that when we both know full well that you're going to hit every single table and food cart here," the brunette laughed. Her tone was light and her hazel eyes held a playfulness that it was clear she was teasing him like she always did. However, it was true and they both knew it. "Go on.. make your way from table to table and I will follow and get whatever looks good." Maybe a waffle and a smoothie? Or a muffin. It was hard to decide when it all looked really good.

"Whatever I don't finish you can have."


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This may have been his second year working at the minisry but this felt like his first orientation. Right away when he stepped into the room, Oceanus could feel the immediate difference in the atmosphere from the previous year. It felt really nice to not have a mask on his face and name tag pinned to his clothes.

He looked around at the room full of people, the scent of food hitting him like a ton of bricks and making him realize how hungry he was. "Do you want to eat first or say hi to everyone? Or maybe make a mug for the babies?" he asked quietly, gently squeezing the hand of his girlfriend Stella who was his plus one and also a Ministry worker. Whatever she wanted to do first was okay with him.


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Iliana was here for the second year in a row but for the this year she felt much more comfortable. No weird mask or name tags status categorizing. Her first year on the job had been a strange one but it was over and she was now onto her second year.

The young women had changed a fair bit over the last several months as she's sure most everyone in this room had. Iliana had even brought a plus one with her, Nathan Hale. After conversing with him for a moment they choose to head towards the pancake station. Perhaps there was a vegetarian option?

Stella was glad she took her potions for nausea and dizziness before shs left their apartment, the smell of food was making her so hungry and wanting her to load a plate of anything and everything. It was her second year of working as the Greenhouse caretaker, but it felt like this was her orientation here at the ministry now. There was no eerie dark feeling or ridiculous name tagss that they had to wear. This was the ministry she knew and remembered, one she was proud to work for.


Looking at Oceanus she squeezed his hand calming her nerves she was feeling, like everyone she changed over the last time and her sromach was proof enough that she did. Being three months pregnant she felt like a whale and pregnant with twins or so. Although she was so happy and so happy about everything lately, she was practically glowing. "I'm starving can we eat first please?" Biting her lip rubbing her stomach she looked around. Seeing Iliana she smiled and waved at her glad to see her.
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Tomasz was relieved that Mr. Upstead seemed to be occupied, as it was an excuse not to head over. It was not so much that Tomasz wanted to avoid his boss, but he did not know what was appropriate for a setting such as this with so many others around. He would much rather stay lurking hovering in his corner. Penelope seemed to have the same idea and Tomasz did catch her nod and briefly smiled at her in return.

He considered making his way over to the auror, but seeing as she was soon joined by the Head of the Department of Mysteries, Tomasz abandoned the thought quickly, stuffing his hands further into his pockets.

He would not be opposed to observing the entire event from this corner for the rest of the morning, but when he noticed the arrival of his friends and caught on to Kaiser's attempt to beckon him over, Tomasz resigned and began heading in their direction. "Hello," he offered a polite nod to Auror James, before putting a hand on Candi's shoulder in lieu of a proper greeting.

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With all of Calyx's eager tugging, it was surprising that they had made it to the muffin station in one piece. Nina wasn't very hungry, but despite this, she offered a polite smile to the woman offering the treats (Peggy). "Yes, I'll take one too," she added gently. Not for herself, but for Calyx who looked as though he wanted to eat every muffin on display. As they stood there, waiting for muffins, she took the opportunity to adjust his collar.

And now that they were standing still, Nina finally had the opportunity to look around. "Calyx, Alessandro and Gunnar are here," she nudged him, knowing he'd want to speak to Alessandro - Nina wouldn't mind catching up with Gunnar either. It had been ages and she always did appreciate his calm presence. And on the topic of catching up, was Calloway here yet? It would be alarming if he chose to skip out on an event centered around food.

Also alarming? The way the man next to them (Theodore) looked after having taken a bite of that muffin. Unfortunately, Nina's brief, judgemental look could not be helped, but she did quickly recover, offering him a practiced smile. "Which muffin did you choose?" Because Nina wouldn't be taking the same one.
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[COLOR="Navy"]"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.

Was he fine? Maybe. It wasn’t that he didn’t like cooking, it was that he was smart enough to know it wasn’t one of his strengths and well, Conley didn’t exactly like showcasing it to the entire Ministry. ”Fine…fine…” It was a general answer to both men. He really couldn’t say much more at the moment as he was cleaning pancake goop off his flipper with his wand and trying not undercook the next pancake on his griddle. (Was his tongue poking out between his lips? Maybe… ) And then he plopped a pancake that was only a little burnt onto Alexander’s plate. It was probably as good a pancake as Conley was going to make.
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"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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"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.

Conley’s first instinct upon hearing his last names was to look at Sachin. He wasn’t sure why, but he did. And then he looked at Jane. ”I told you,” he playfully chided her after Charles’s greeting. ”To call me Conley. Bon appetite!" He gave her a big smile and a pancake that he had scrapped off the griddle leaving behind half of it and then waved his flipper in Sachin’s direction. ”You remember Sachin?” The two had met briefly at a previous year's orientation and then while fighting the fires in the Technology Center, but it never hurt to reintroduce people.

He glanced over to the Minister as he chatted easily with the Unspeakable. Charles really was jolly and happy to be back wasn’t he? As for his praise? Well, the minister was clearly being nice. It made Conley feel a bit uncomfortable if he was honest and he promptly flipped another pancake too early getting batter all over the place. To distract everyone as he cleaned up he asked Jane, ”How was Germany?” And as soon as he realized it, maybe he shouldn’t have asked her with so many people around.

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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.
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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.

Under normal circumstances, he would have asked Sachin to fix the hat for him, but as his boss was standing next to him making smilie face pancakes that made Conley’s cooking skills look like a chicken trying to fly. As for this becoming a morning tradition? He suddenly got the feeling that the two men were ganging up on him. ”Yeah… I don’t think that is going to happen. Sachin is always afraid I’m going to burn down the kitchen.” He dumped another burnt pancake (this one wasn’t gooey in the center) on Sachin’s plate. To his husband, he said, ”You have a birthday coming up, perhaps you’ll get a fancy flipper of your own. I be it would be great for making grilled cheeses.” Because Conley was a big fan of grilled cheeses and Sachin knew that.
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"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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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.
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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.”

He had been about to tell Sachin to shoo and eat his pancakes (and maybe go decorate him a mug) when he heard a familiar voice. He couldn’t help it, Tally had always been able to make him smile. ”Hello beautiful,” he said to his dear old friend as he plopped two blobs of pancake batter on his griddle for her order and deposited the uncooked one onto a plate for Charles. Clearly the man was braver than most.

”I heard that,” he said to Sachin about the cooking lessons. He was pretty sure that any cooking lesson he endured would lead to someone getting food poisoning. He just hoped Tally didn't hear it or she would like join in the 'pick on Conley' gang that had gathered around his station. He flipped Tally’s pancakes at the perfect time and then got distracted when the Husband and the Good Friend started talking. He probably hadn’t told them this, but he was very pleased that the two got along. Then again, with a smile like hers, how could anyone not like Tally?

As for improving his pancake making…

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He noticed quite a few familiar faces milling around the area, but the grumbling in his stomach stopped him from waving hello quite yet. Instead, he jumped in line at the breakfast station, arriving just in time to overhear a new co-worker's (Gunnar) introduction. "Gentlemen," Jasper greeted the Minister and Conley first (you know, seniority rules and all that) before grabbing a plate of waffles. Although it was a bit odd to be served by the big guys. "Didn't know you had such a knack for the pancake arts, Charles," he added, chuckling at the smiley face cakes on the table.

”Greetings! Pancake?“ he asked. But the man picked up waffles instead. Good choice Sir. Good choice. Because just then Tally’s pancakes started smoldering and Conley was completely oblivious.
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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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And then she blushed a little, oh man ... maybe her outfit was a bit much, she knew it!!! She looking at the gentleman dressed in black slacks. Ugh, she had over done it for sure. "Thank you," She added a looking around to see if anyone else was dressed brightly, or if she had really missed the the boat. Maybe she should go home and change quick before reported to her office? "I'm Dottie by the way" She added shifting her still empty plate to one hand in order to have the right one available for hand shaking.
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Was he fine? Maybe. It wasn’t that he didn’t like cooking, it was that he was smart enough to know it wasn’t one of his strengths and well, Conley didn’t exactly like showcasing it to the entire Ministry. ”Fine…fine…” It was a general answer to both men. He really couldn’t say much more at the moment as he was cleaning pancake goop off his flipper with his wand and trying not undercook the next pancake on his griddle. (Was his tongue poking out between his lips? Maybe… ) And then he plopped a pancake that was only a little burnt onto Alexander’s plate. It was probably as good a pancake as Conley was going to make.
Alexander smiled at Conley 'Thank you this looks delicious" he was wasnt going to mention about the burnt parts as he could tell that Conley was nervous and it was Alexander's first day.
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If Calloway Bennigan ever missed an event that was focused around food - more importantly, BREAKFAST food - call the Aurors, because he was probably tied up somewhere and in need of assistance. There were few things Cal really loved in life, and scrambled eggs were one of them.

Not even bothering to see if there was anyone here that he knew, he headed STRAIGHT to the hot breakfast foods and started shoveling eggs on his plate. Once the first half of the plate was covered, he added a few more piles of potatoes, sausages, muffins...once his plate was close to completely collapsing in on itself, he figured it was time to find someplace to eat and mingle a bit.

He was going to try REALLY hard to branch out and actually talk to people this year. It was a new years resolution of sorts. Also, being more social gave him more excuses to get out of the apartment and away from his sister and nephew. Not that he didn't love them - but it wasn't HIS baby and he was kind of exhausted from all the free labor he was giving Elsa in terms of baby care...

Munching on a piece of bacon, he spotted Nina and Calyx and grinned, heading over to them. "Hey Nina!" he called out, "And Calyx," he added with a head nod of greeting. Calyx was still...a lot to be around, but he was trying. He really really was.
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Ah, Theo had noticed and remembered her too then. Penelope lifted a hand in greeting as well, making a mental note to check in with him later on.

It was interesting to see which stations each department head was at, including Jake there at the mug decorating station. But it made sense too. Far more lowkey than cooking. Easier to keep an eye on other things too. "Morning. Nice mug." It was very...googly. And, frankly, probably along the lines of what she would do as well if she were more inclined to decorate her own mug. Artistic she was not, but she could certainly glue googly eyes onto something.

But before she could reconsider her decision to take the mug home to the actual artists in her family, Flamsteed had appeared. And he was a welcome distraction. "Good to see you too, Professor." She returned the smile, until her eyes caught sight of the arm movement. Her body stiffened in that second, her grip tightened around the mug in her hands. An involuntary response to a gesture even from people she trusted, and it made her irritated with herself every time.

With a quiet exhale, she forced her hands to loosen their grip on the mug. "I never got the chance to thank you."
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“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.


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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.


Before Laurel had the chance to finish her mug and make her way over to the waffle line since she was actually getting a little hungry, they were joined at the mugstation by a bouncy and loud woman. Ignoring the acute urge to rub her ears Laurel casted a look in the other woman’s direction. "Good morning Ms?" A new Transportation employee if she guessed right. "I’m making a mug for my daughter with faeries on it and lot’s of glitter and hearts and other girly stuff." Laurel said as she held up her cup for the other woman to look at. "You want to put real fireworks on your cup?" It was best to ask in case she needed to move a safe distance away or even put up a protective shield.

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"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.
Smiling over at her friend Aurora asked "Great to hear, so what muffin flavours do you have on stock? Any chocolate?" It was then that her new fellow department head on level 4 decided to raise his voice to boom out over the entire atrium. Please, no, is it too much to ask for a colleague that isn’t going to go on my nerves? Plastering on a smile albeit a bit strained Aurora called over to [Forrest] "Good morning Mr Forrest, do you have anything from your garden that can be put in a smoothie perhaps?"

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. Water off a... something whatever. As for examples, Jake lifted his half-googly-eyed mug to show her. "Only this."

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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Laurel stopped mid decorating, with another fairy sticker in hand to give a gander at the man in charge’s example. "Nice mug…." she commented quietly. It was not her vibe though, and not something anyone in her family would like except for maybe her great uncle Angus. She wasn’t going to make him a mug today. At the mention of naming a cup Laurel looked around at the other mug decorators asking. "Is it common to name your cups? I know you do it to pets and some even name their wands, but cups?" It felt weird.

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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.


Pushing the chef’s hat up again for what felt like the tenth time in just a few minutes Aurora wasn’t very pleased to hear that it had been noticed. Holding in a grumble she smiled sweetly as she fixed up the order for the employee. "My hat is fine. One strawberry and banana smoothie coming right up!" Getting the fruits together Aurora quickly mixed together with the other ingredients. In a few moments the smoothie was ready. Holding out the smoothie glas to the woman she asked kindly "Would you like a straw to go with your smoothie?" Not everyone wanted straws, they preferred drinking it straight from the glas.

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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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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!"


"Good morning!" Aurora beamed over the station counter to the young woman; [Bette]. "Is this your first day at the ministry?" The excitement that radiated from the woman was very apparent and cute. Since Raini took care of her order Aurora took it upon herself to cut up some fruit while she waited for more employees stealing a look in Raini’s direction. "Tropical fruit smoothie? I like that idea, we can put it on a list as a special. Got any other suggestions? A vegan smoothie mayhaps with only vegetables in it? Or a coloured smoothie with only red fruits like strawberry, apples and something more?" She had the question about asking Raini why he wasn’t suited up in an apron and chef's hat on her tongue, but she didn’t know him well enough yet. Maybe he’d be offended if she asked that, it wouldn’t be good since they were going to share this station for the remainder of the morning’s event.

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Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed their department head (Aurora) at the smoothie station. He gave her a wave with one hand as he finished scooping a dollop of whipped cream with the other. "I'll come over to your station eventually...as soon as this first sugar rush passes," Jasper called over to his boss with a laugh, gesturing to his stack of fruity waffles.


Taking a moment to let her eyes travel over the employees that had now come into the atrium, Aurora's eyes first landed on the very striking plum suit and then realized who it belonged to, her very own employee Jasper. Returning his wave with an elegant one of her own Aurora called over to him with laughter in her eyes. "Come when you wish, there is no rush Jasper. Nice suit, I do want to exchange a few words with you later." She had an idea that she wanted to pick his brain about. She wasn’t sure if he’d be interested but time would tell.
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Pushing the chef’s hat up again for what felt like the tenth time in just a few minutes Aurora wasn’t very pleased to hear that it had been noticed. Holding in a grumble she smiled sweetly as she fixed up the order for the employee. "My hat is fine. One strawberry and banana smoothie coming right up!" Getting the fruits together Aurora quickly mixed together with the other ingredients. In a few moments the smoothie was ready. Holding out the smoothie glas to the woman she asked kindly "Would you like a straw to go with your smoothie?" Not everyone wanted straws, they preferred drinking it straight from the glas.
Lucille had to admit that the smoothie that Aurora had just made looked very mouthwatering. "A straw would be great, thanks. This looks very delicious. I can't wait to drink this." Lucille was casually looking around now, a bit of a change from a few moments prior where she felt nervous. Maybe she was getting hungry. After all, those muffins were starting to look tempting.
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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?"


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.

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."
Aaron was just a little behind Laurel, which was mostly because unlike her having to only come to this orientation from work, he was from a different location. But he did happen to make it to this year's orientation only a little late and in time to catch his lovely wife at the mug decorating station talking about decorating a mug for her husband. "Make sure it says husband on it. I'll be sure to decorate one with a crystal ball that says wife on it." He commented nonchalantly from the spot next to her.



Ethan Denton was a bit nervous but he knew this was the right job for his education background and personal interests. Also the benefits were pretty great and even though he knew his first year or two would be challenging as he finished out his university degree, but it would also be worthwhile and his boss seemed great. He glanced over to Nora, grateful she'd been able to attend his first workplace orientation with him and smiled, "You think this is enough food for you?" He mused, glancing around the room. Also, was that Calyx and Nina and Calloway???? Wait, did EVERYONE from his graduation class decide to work at the ministry? Where were they working? They should all sit together, perhaps.
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It didn't matter how many times Whitney reminded herself that that that man and his goons had cut off all communication between the school and the outside world so there was no way that the ministry could've known what was happening, the irrational anger still bubbled up at the most awkward times. Like now. So why was she working here? A psychiatrist might say that it was her way of reconciling the truth of what had happened or something like that. The less deep reason? She needed the money since living in London was not cheap.

To cover any awkwardness, she made her way over to the pancake station. "Mmm, those look good." Not so much the burning one, though. That one made her nose crinkle.
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Speaking of boss people, she was made aware that she'd be under a new department head. Kat had always liked Olly and enjoyed the other lady's company, so it was unfortunate to know of such news. This didn't mean she wouldn't give her new boss a chance, though. The blond was quite eager to meet him. It's also always like this at work. People came and left. Such is life.

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The former Slytherin allowed herself to look around the available food. The waffles looked good, though she couldn't help but doubt if she trusted the cooking skills of the department head team. No offense meant, of course. But if all things fail, Kat had the 'build your own smoothie bowl' station at her disposal.
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With all of Calyx's eager tugging, it was surprising that they had made it to the muffin station in one piece. Nina wasn't very hungry, but despite this, she offered a polite smile to the woman offering the treats (Peggy). "Yes, I'll take one too," she added gently. Not for herself, but for Calyx who looked as though he wanted to eat every muffin on display. As they stood there, waiting for muffins, she took the opportunity to adjust his collar.

And now that they were standing still, Nina finally had the opportunity to look around. "Calyx, Alessandro and Gunnar are here," she nudged him, knowing he'd want to speak to Alessandro - Nina wouldn't mind catching up with Gunnar either. It had been ages and she always did appreciate his calm presence. And on the topic of catching up, was Calloway here yet? It would be alarming if he chose to skip out on an event centered around food.

Also alarming? The way the man next to them (Theodore) looked after having taken a bite of that muffin. Unfortunately, Nina's brief, judgemental look could not be helped, but she did quickly recover, offering him a practiced smile. "Which muffin did you choose?" Because Nina wouldn't be taking the same one.
Really, this was GREAT! Calyx didn't stop to consider flavours, instead he took the muffin that was the closest and immediately bit into it, doing his best to keep his mouth closed while he was chewing even though he was smiling at the same time. Hehe. This muffin tasted GOOD. Blueberry, definitely. Officially his favourite.... at least until he had a different flavour and that one tasted good too. He continued munching while Nina adjusted his collar and then when she pointed them out he looked over, spotting Gunnar and Al, and immediately waving at them with great enthusiasm with his non-muffin occupied hand.

Which wouldn't DO! Calyx took a second muffin, one that looked different from the one he was currently half way into, and continued munching happily.

He WANTED to say thank you to the nice Department Head lady who was wrangling the muffins, but Calyx also didn't want to talk with his mouth full, so he instead gave her a thumbs up. Two thumbs up, with his hands full of muffin.


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Munching on a piece of bacon, he spotted Nina and Calyx and grinned, heading over to them. "Hey Nina!" he called out, "And Calyx," he added with a head nod of greeting. Calyx was still...a lot to be around, but he was trying. He really really was.
He swallowed a mouthful of muffin just in time for Calloway's arrival, perking up immediately when he was actually INCLUDED in the former Slytherin's greeting. However, before he could get a 'hi Cal' out in response, he noticed what the other man was munching on and Calyx's brain cheerfully short circuited. "Hi....bacon!" Bacon would go amazing with muffin! "Nina! He's got bacon. Hi Calloway, where's the bacon?" Oh, oh and now that his mouth was temporarily not full, he looked at Peggy and said what he had meant to a moment ago, "Thank you, ma'am!"

Aaaaand.... he'd forgotten about getting a nametag again. Hehe.



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Speaking of.... a smoothie first, and then maybe some socialising of the work variety.
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"One lemon poppyseed muffin, and one chocolate muffin, coming right up," Peggy announced, pulling each from near the bottom of the mountain. The chocolate one she tossed to Aurora, and the lemon poppyseed she used a quick banishing spell on to get it to the Minister's pancake station, taking care not to put it on the cooking part. It was a little excessive to use magic when she could have taken the ten steps over there, but...being head of Games and Sports, sometimes she felt she needed to prove she was good at other things. Life wasn't all Quidditch and chess (mostly chess).

"Help yourself, there's plenty. Let me know if you can't find your flavor!" she told the young couple (Calyx and Nina). She'd tried to make a variety of flavors...including some that weren't her personal favorites. There were definitely more chocolate than any other flavor, but some fruity ones as well and (at the very bottom of the stack) some bran muffins. After an awkward pause when the fellow gave her a thumbs up, she...returned the gesture. Apparently he liked them.

She returned her attention to Theodore Kinsley. Blueberry? There were certainly some-- "Oh, that's not--" she tried to stop the man from eating the lemon muffin, but some people couldn't be helped. "Here, these are the actual blueberry muffins," she gestured to a section of muffins with fancy sugar sprinkled on top, indicating they were blueberry. Because Peggy went ALL OUT for her muffins.


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Dottie was getting in line for some pancakes, because who didn't love pancakes? When a nice gentleman started talking to her. "Why Hello!" Dottie very nearly shouted, she couldn't help it, she was rather nervous and excited all at the same time, it brought her voice volume up a notch despite her best efforts to play it cool.

And then she blushed a little, oh man ... maybe her outfit was a bit much, she knew it!!! She looking at the gentleman dressed in black slacks. Ugh, she had over done it for sure. "Thank you," She added a looking around to see if anyone else was dressed brightly, or if she had really missed the the boat. Maybe she should go home and change quick before reported to her office? "I'm Dottie by the way" She added shifting her still empty plate to one hand in order to have the right one available for hand shaking.


Gabriel waved back at a young man who looked...very familiar. It couldn't be Angelo, could it? This was the wrong half of the world for that...unless...he gave the man a second look. He'd have to find out later. And then nods for all his DMLE buddies as he saw them come in. Tomasz, looking nervous. Auror Grimm, looking awesome as usual. And was Brody here? He didn't see the other man yet.

"Gabriel," he said, shaking her hand as he too got in line for...pancakes? He couldn't remember the last time he'd had pancakes. "I don't remember seeing you around, are you new?" And he certainly would remember, if she usually dressed so vibrantly. In fact, she reminded him of another person who dressed in vivid colors. Maybe he could introduce the two of them later.
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Gabriel waved back at a young man who looked...very familiar. It couldn't be Angelo, could it? This was the wrong half of the world for that...unless...he gave the man a second look. He'd have to find out later. And then nods for all his DMLE buddies as he saw them come in. Tomasz, looking nervous. Auror Grimm, looking awesome as usual. And was Brody here? He didn't see the other man yet.

"Gabriel," he said, shaking her hand as he too got in line for...pancakes? He couldn't remember the last time he'd had pancakes. "I don't remember seeing you around, are you new?" And he certainly would remember, if she usually dressed so vibrantly. In fact, she reminded him of another person who dressed in vivid colors. Maybe he could introduce the two of them later.
Gabriel - that rolled of the tongue nicely! She liked it! That was one she would probably have to add to her list. "Well it's nice to meet you Gabriel" Dottie wondered if he went by Gabe ever???? Turning to face the line again she slide a pancake or three onto her plate. "Yes I am new, first day, first job really. Unless you count student teaching." Which hey, dealing with other college kids who didn't really want to be studying muggle studies but needed a gen-ed class wasn't exactly easy! So yes that counted in her book anyway.

"I've been hired in the Department of Mysteries." Which make her an unspeakable she thought. "But even if I knew things, which I don't since it's my first day and all, I couldn't tell you." Jeez!! Why was she babbling like a crazy person??

"What about you? Are you new to? Which department are you in." Okay ... deep breaths Dottie ... stop acting so strange!! Give the man a chance to reply. She always that the tendency to talk fast and ALOT when nervous... maybe she she start stuffing her face with pancakes then she couldn't talk .... she took a bite of one with her hands ... no syrup yet, so it wasn't messy.
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It had taken her much longer than usual while putting together her outfit for the day and Candela had not been a fan of the way her mind had been overthinking every option and combination of both clothing and accessory. It was less about fitting a certain professionalism, seeing as Kaiser was the personal assistant to the Minister himself, and more about...certain external factors. The ones that still echoed in her thoughts just when she thought his voice had quieted down and disappeared entirely. But also...Elio. There was a need to make sure that she could be quick and comfortable to help make sure he did not wander off anywhere or get into anything he shouldn't. She figured Kaiser deciding to bring his son was somehow related to a not-so-subtle request from the Minister, but she also couldn't help but wonder if it were for other reasons as well.

Being back in the Ministry came attached with certain...discomforts. And while Kaiser had been back here for months already following the war....Candela had not since the day the now former Transportation head had tortured a woman right in front her Candela's own eyes. She hadn't even caught the woman's name, fear and something else crippling her and blocking much of the information out. She was rather hoping to see that woman today.

But, back to Elio, walking in hand in hand with their little embodiment of light made things feel less daunting. While a surge of protectiveness hit hard, Elio's presence was generally a positive one. She felt less afraid and less likely to dwell on these negatives with him here too.

Gently pushing some of her braids over her shoulder, Candela leaned over to make some puffy cheek silly faces at Elio while he clung to his dad's shirt. She had tried to get Kaiser to add just a little more pop of color, but once again he resisted her fashion advice. Not like she was a stylist and designer or anything. "He does," she smiled while her gaze shifted from the Minister himself back to the best friend, wondering for a moment if that was an attempt at an excuse to not go over and speak to the man. But he was leading them over that direction anyway and thus she busied herself with keeping Elio entertained while politely greeting anyone they passed.

Which was when she noticed Gunnar among the crowd and her smile brightened just a little at the familiar but somewhat nostalgic face. It had been a while, though she did still keep up with the sending of herbology related articles she thought he might find interesting whenever she came across them. Though chances were he already knew it or had read them already. She offered a wave to him and his date, Alessandro, and being innocently oblivious to the still lingering tensions between the three of them. It felt like ages since she had first sought out Gunnar after hearing about the situation between him and Kaiser and Chloe from the little sister herself, like several life times ago. But he was turning away from them and...perhaps missed it. She would make sure to say hello later seeing as it would be rude to just slip away right now.

Especially with Kaiser speaking to the new Senior Undersecretary.

The striking blonde's commentary of the Minister elicited a small laugh from Candela, one she attempted to muffle by covering her mouth with her free hand. "This is Elio," she beamed as she introduced the three-year-old while playfully wiggling her finger at his nose and wiggling it just a bit. "And I'm Candela," she added with a beam and, well, she would have offered a handshake or something but the woman's hands seemed full between plate and jabbing fork. "It's nice to meet you, Madam Senior Undersecretary. I read in the Prophet about what all you managed in the battle...thank you."

Her hand instinctively squeezed Kaiser's more severely when she felt a sudden hand on her shoulder, but the jolt of unwanted memory faded quickly enough when she saw that it was Tomasz. How she had not even felt his approach was disappointing, to herself, but she had been distracted in searching the crowd for the woman in Transportation from before the war. "He is," she chirped, her free hand moving from finger wiggling to Elio and over to the hand of Tomasz's on her shoulder for a gentle pat pat and brief affectionate rub to the back of his hand as her greeting to him.
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Looking at Oceanus she squeezed his hand calming her nerves she was feeling, like everyone she changed over the last time and her sromach was proof enough that she did. Being three months pregnant she felt like a whale and pregnant with twins or so. Although she was so happy and so happy about everything lately, she was practically glowing. "I'm starving can we eat first please?" Biting her lip rubbing her stomach she looked around. Seeing Iliana she smiled and waved at her glad to see her.
Ocean had a feeling he knew what she was thinking without her even saying it. He lightly rubbed his thumb against the back of her hand soothingly. The changes from last year were many but things were already looking up and he was glad that he was here for it. Now wasn't the time to be thinking of the past though, they were here to move forward. To meet their new co-workers and chat with those they already knew as well. Plus there was food. And whenever it came to food, they were always in agreement. At least that was good to know. He was a young man, there was no need to argue when food was brought up.

"If that's what you want then that's what we'll do." Spotting Iliana he waved at the young women as well, perhaps she would like to join them? "Lets go get us some food. Waffles or pancakes? Or do you want some muffins? A smoothie?" Did she want a little bit of everything? What did the babies want?!
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After all that had happened on her very first day on the job last year at the ministry and the all out war that had followed, Penelope was highly skeptical that this event would be enjoyable. Hopefully with the Neo-Alliance taken down there at least wouldn’t be name tags displaying her status as a half-blood and references to a very backwards ideology. Even so, people were usually expected to be social at these types of events and she would be more than happy to just grab a quick cup of tea along with some fruit and yogurt and head into her quiet corner of the office to jump right into her research. She was currently learning about some very interesting ancient magic techniques that did not require the use of a wand, and that was surely far more interesting than anything at this event. Were there name tags here? Her face/name recognition was absolutely awful and it was always so awkward when vague acquaintances approached her and remembered her name while she had absolutely no idea who they were. The best strategy, therefore, was to find someone who she knew and hang around with them. With any luck anyone else who joined the conversation would be introduced to her. Penelope looked around the room at what was on offer. She wasn’t much of a heavy breakfast person so she would pass on the waffles and pancakes. Spotting her department head at the smoothie station, she headed over to greet him. ”Good morning, Raini.” Penelope grabbed herself a bowl of strawberries and blueberries. Did the fruit have to be smoothie-d or could she just take a fruit bowl?
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"If that's what you want then that's what we'll do." Spotting Iliana he waved at the young women as well, perhaps she would like to join them? "Lets go get us some food. Waffles or pancakes? Or do you want some muffins? A smoothie?" Did she want a little bit of everything? What did the babies want?!


Of course he knew what she wanted before she said anything, he knew her all too well. Feeling his thumb rubbing against the back of her hand smoothingpy she smiled up at him. She was a lot more calmer then she was last time they were here, she tried to push it out of her mind but it was there along with the war. She wanted to leave those behind her and move forward with how things were now, and they were going great. She was excited to see her co workers and new co workers in her department and make bew friends.


The smell of food coming in all directions Stella spun around for a second confused where to go. "Yes that's what I want to do Ocean." Squeezing her hand she bit her lip looking at what she wanted, it all looked so good she couldn't pick. "I can't choose what I want so a bit of everything? Just no dairy right now please doesn't agree with me, apparently the babies don't like it." kissing his cheek she looked around for anyone else she knew. "Seeing anyone that you know?" She asked him curiously walking towards the closest line wihich was for pancakes.
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Theodore nodded in agreement to Alexander as he, too, had only met his department head thus far. He had to admit it was a nerve racking situation to be in, but that’s why events like today were super helpful. The man was a little taken back when Alexander asked him if he used to play. Was that because he actually knew him as the celebrity he was? Or just a deduction from his last comment? “Oh, uhhh…” he scratched the back of his head, “yeah I guess. Wigtown Wanderers, heard of ‘em?” Suddenly he felt awkward for talking of himself like this.

Turning back to Nina, Theodore’s face has adjusted back to normality once he was ready to respond. “Mostly just a surprise. Still delicious.” That was indeed the truth.

Theodore eyed the burnt pancake that Conley placed onto Alexander’s plate. Uhhh… he thought the ministers pancakes looked much better. Still, he offered the man an encouraging smile.

Hold the phone… was that his good friend over there? Theodore’s attitude changed immediately at the sight of Kat, and he headed to her, almost hugging her but deciding that would look unprofessional. The minister for magic was here, sheesh. “Hudson, good to see you.” He had forgotten her new surname already, okay?

Took your advice, you’re looking at a new employee in the department of games and sports.” He announced proudly, plucking at the collar of his threads, trying not to look too smug with his department head close by.

Theo stifled a chuckle with his mouth full of lemon muffin as Peggy tried to stop him before his mistake. “It’s all good,” GULP. “It was great, all the same. But thank you.” For the second muffin. Merlin, could he fit another in straight away? You bet he would, for the cause!




Yay, she was being served already!! The promptness of the ministry of magic department heads was something to applaud. “Yes, please!” Bette exclaimed as the man (Raini) confirmed her smoothie order. Soon enough, it had been made and she was ready to dive in. “Merci! Thank you, sir. It’s so lovely to meet some of you fantastic workers of the ministry,” was that what they referred to themselves as? “My name is Bette.” She was very excited to be here, could you tell? Her introduction was offered to both Raini and to Aurora, of corse.

Yes, it’s my first day. Truthfully I hadn’t expected so many people to be here. Is this hustle and bustle usual for the ministry of magic?” She would assume that each department would have their quieter areas. Bette couldn’t wait to get stuck into her training.

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Oh, this smoothie is FANTASTIQUE.” Bette exclaimed to both of them.
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Conley’s first instinct upon hearing his last names was to look at Sachin. He wasn’t sure why, but he did. And then he looked at Jane. ”I told you,” he playfully chided her after Charles’s greeting. ”To call me Conley. Bon appetite!" He gave her a big smile and a pancake that he had scrapped off the griddle leaving behind half of it and then waved his flipper in Sachin’s direction. ”You remember Sachin?” The two had met briefly at a previous year's orientation and then while fighting the fires in the Technology Center, but it never hurt to reintroduce people.


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He glanced over to the Minister as he chatted easily with the Unspeakable. Charles really was jolly and happy to be back wasn’t he? As for his praise? Well, the minister was clearly being nice. It made Conley feel a bit uncomfortable if he was honest and he promptly flipped another pancake too early getting batter all over the place. To distract everyone as he cleaned up he asked Jane, ”How was Germany?” And as soon as he realized it, maybe he shouldn’t have asked her with so many people around. [/color]


Jane's attention was abruptly drawn back to Conley as he mentioned her recent trip. She was a little surprised that he would mention it here; it was something she hadn't wanted to draw attention to. On the other hand, Conley might be right in treating it openly, as just a casual holiday. "Oh, you know how lovely Europe is during the holidays. It was a nice outing before I start on my new project this year. And how about our friend from the Pet and Plant Cafe?" she continued, looking from Conley to Sachin and back again. "Was he allowed to come home with you?" Jane, for some reason, really wished for that cat to have found a home. He didn't seem that taken with her, or she would have adopted him herself.

Jane looked down at her plate and contemplated the partial pancake, which managed to be both burnt and underdone all at once--it did not look like it would help her portkey-lag. Perhaps if she put some jam in it and rolled it up like a German pancake.

Hearing the Minister speaking off to one side, Jane turned toward him. He was looking decidedly better than the last time she'd seen him--he seemed fully recovered, in fact. "Good morning, Minister, it's good to see you looking so well."
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