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After January's retirement, Fletcher had her office lightly redecorated to suit his tastes. The office is still impeccably tidy, while the decor is now white, blue, and gold, with a few pops of the Minister's favorite color in the plants here and there. The bookshelves are still filled with books, but Fletcher's selections (some of which have never been cracked) relate mostly to art, business, and transfiguration. Modern art and landscapes consume the wall space above these low shelves, and a few framed tattoo designs dot the other walls of the room. The office smells clean yet masculine, with a faint woodsy scent and a cool temperature setting.

Toward the back third of the room, by the fireplace, rests a handsome dark mahogany desk; this is where the Senior Undersecretary sits in his leather chair to do his most serious work. The desk itself is devoid of any papers, and is polished so well that you can probably see your reflection in it right now. (Merlin knows that he certainly uses it as a mirror.) A golden Triwizard Tournament cup and framed photos of the undersecretary and his wife, just his wife, his daughter, and son rest on the mantle of the fireplace, with one large portrait from his recent wedding day prominently on display on the wall above it.

In front of his desk and closer to the door you entered by are two old-fashioned striped chairs and a mahogany coffee table. The fragrance stemming from a vase of fresh red roses entices you to take a seat here, where Fletcher prefers to meet with most people rather than from behind his massive desk. There are more potted plants, one long powder-blue chaise, and a few hidden doors scattered throughout the room, but please try to be inconspicuous as you stare around the office; you never know who is watching from the giant gilded mirror behind you.

If the door is closed, please knock and wait for an answer. Otherwise, poke your head in to say hey to Fletcher!
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Well that had worked, judging from the kicked cruppy vibe Fletcher was getting from the boy now. But Fletcher wasn't going to let him off so easily. He nodded as the boy spoke, but knew he needed to drive this point home. Because still the Scribe wasn't taking good notes yet.

"The good news is that you can start showing me now." Fletcher again gestured toward the parchment Kodee had in front of him. "Perhaps you'll want to write these things down until you master them. Like a to-do list. For example, my coffee should be here ideally by 9am...." He really was bitter about that coffee, huh? But seriously, his assistant had spilled half of it on his way here and then drank the other half in front of another employee. He was allowed to be peeved about it.

Fletcher paused to allow Kodee a chance to write. "Add on that you should be responsible for general tidying if you see things out of place. At least, in this office. I'd expect everyone else to take care of their own cubicles in the other work areas." Another pause to give the boy a chance to write.

"And," this was the most important one, that Fletcher had been REALLY wanting to bring up, "Kodee, you are to be seen and not heard during meetings. As the Scribe, you really shouldn't speak out of turn unless directly asked for your feedback. Think of yourself as the observer of everything going on around here. It is your duty to take notes without being asked, and then present or read these notes back to me at the end of all meetings. And your notes should be free from commentary or personal bias."

He paused again, suddenly struck with doubt that perhaps Kodee Chosen wasn't the best person for this part of the job. He should have hired some girl fresh out of Hogwarts with pretty little handwriting, even though his wife wouldn't have approved that hire. Uhhh. Fletcher himself was bad at notetaking, but he had a decent memory. He decided to clarify, slightly, for Kodee's sake, in a gentler voice this time.

"I don't care if your notes are legible or fancy as long as you get most everything down. I'll handle writing all formal notices and stuff." Alright? "Think you can manage this?" He did look concerned for the kid, at least, and less stern than before.
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You’d think that with the questions the bossman just asked, Kodee would realise writing needed to become a thing but nope. Wasn’t until Fletcher gestured toward the parchment that 2 and 2 became 4. Right, he needed to be writing this down. Of course. Yes.

Kodee silently scribbled down what he considered to be the instructions for his day. There was a very real chance this would become his to-do list. He’d rewrite it later, add details and annotations bu—

The quill that had been scribbling away stopped suddenly.

Seen and not heard. Merlin’s beard in chicken gravy, when was the last time an authority figure told him that? It instantly transported the man!boy back to his days of primary school...every...year...of primary school. His fingers tightened around his quill and in the few seconds that followed, there was a pause in his writing.

This required an exceptional amount of pride swallowing, to the extent he feared he might choke but he did manage to get it down and forced himself to write down that oh so crucial memo. The muscles in his jaw tightened as he wrote but look he was already doing what he was told; writing but otherwise being seen and not heard.

At the end of it all, Kodee nodded. “I can manage.” He kinda had to. No way was he going to go through having to admit he got fired so soon after being hired. And after what he’d gotten himself and Kenzie into, he...kinda...needed something normal. Painful as this was likely to be.

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Alright, well, he was writing now at least, so maybe there was hope for the lad yet. Fletcher didn't like this stern persona he was having to take on, but it was for the best. He could be tougher at work than he was in his personal life, it was fine.

"One last thing...." he eyed Kodee and then tapped his hand on the desk as though he'd just thought of something. "We'll be taking an extended lunch, tomorrow, just you and me. I insist. Please wear a blazer then." The boy was new here and Fletcher hadn't even bought him a welcome to the team meal yet. He couldn't do so for every employee, but he could for a personal assistant he wanted to train up. And he had a rather luxury luncheon location in mind...

Yeah, that was all he could think of for now. "Alright, you're dismissed, then. Will you grab those cups on the way out?"
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Kodee almost asked about the lunch and the blazer and it being extended and what the occasion could've been BUT that probably all went against the seen and not heard thing so the boy simply nodded his understanding. A lunch meeting tomorrow to discuss important things and he'd take as many notes as the man needed. Not for a second did it cross his mind that this could just be lunch.

Why would the man take him out after telling him he'd been relegated to the role of "work maid"?

He rose at the dismissal and boy oh boy was he about to respond to the cup thing--to say he would, Merlin he wasn't a delinquent looking to cause trouble for himself--but then he, once again, remembered the seen but not heard. It was all his brain really focused on so Kodee silently picked up the cups then headed from the office.

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Having his sister in her new role had been an unwelcome change at first, as it deviated greatly from the plan. But as the months smoothly rolled past and she became more and more needed, Lucien began to see the silver lining in things. Now they were able to use her access to further the cause.

Slipping past her, where she was keeping watch for the night patrol, and into the office of the senior undersecretary, he flicked his wand into his hand and began tapping the panels on the walls, searching for the correct one that led directly into Hollingberry's. He needed to hurry; according to his sources, the feast had just ended and Trent would be on his way to his office now. The man had established a pathetic tradition of teaching the very first class early on the very first day of school. Why?

Timing meant everything for this evening to work. He exhaled, his nostrils flaring, as he angrily tapped and tapped on the wall, and then, at last, discovered the hidden door. Finally. Lucien silently edged through into the next room and immediately made for the fireplace.

He'd been quick and he'd been silent, and soon there would be no trace at all that he'd ever been in the British Ministry of Magic.
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Whatever was going on between these two, James didn't like it. Did they think he was in primary school? Because none of the looks were going without notice. Unprofessional and tired.

If Fletcher thinking James to look like an axe murderer would help get him an appointment to see the minister, then let him think it. Honestly anything to get through this bureaucratic nonsense. "Something wrong with your eyes?" In other words, did he think the eye roll went unnoticed? Who was Charles hiring these days? This Ministry was turning into a joke. No wonder it was all falling on Eliora. She was likely the last competent hire still standing.

James grunted, but followed Fletcher despite himself. If there was anyone to call the Minister over for him, it would unfortunately have to be this undersecretary, wouldn't it? Maybe James would take a turn yelling at him first. Warm up.
Fletcher would have to remind himself to stop by Alphonsine's desk after this stupid little meeting so he could offer her the promotion himself in person, TODAY. He needed a highly reliable personal assistant and scribe. One that could take notes and keep her cool AND make him look good in front of randos from the street... like this guy...

"Please, take a seat. I just need some water. When I get dehydrated, my eyelids tend to twitch." Fletcher opened the door to his office ahead of Draper and gestured for him to sit in one of the more casual chairs by the small coffee table. Meanwhile, he drifted over to the sideboard to pour himself a glass of cool water. "Would you like a beverage?" He added toward the angry man. "Coffee, tea, water?" He could probably use SOMETHING to cool himself down.
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"Please, take a seat. I just need some water. When I get dehydrated, my eyelids tend to twitch." Fletcher opened the door to his office ahead of Draper and gestured for him to sit in one of the more casual chairs by the small coffee table. Meanwhile, he drifted over to the sideboard to pour himself a glass of cool water. "Would you like a beverage?" He added toward the angry man. "Coffee, tea, water?" He could probably use SOMETHING to cool himself down.
James was already tired of whatever game this was that the Undersecretary thought he was playing. "How strange." He fixed his company with a pained smile. He did, however, take a seat though he did not intend on lingering in this office for much longer. This was not the purpose of his visit to the Ministry, after all.

"I'm fine," he quickly denied the offer of beverages. "I'm not here for pleasantries." He was here to give the Minister a piece of his mind. So if they could skip whatever nonsense this was, that would be great. Perhaps then he would even find the time to catch Eliora on her lunch break. Or to swing by the smoothie bar and grab her something before he had to head to his next work call.
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James was already tired of whatever game this was that the Undersecretary thought he was playing. "How strange." He fixed his company with a pained smile. He did, however, take a seat though he did not intend on lingering in this office for much longer. This was not the purpose of his visit to the Ministry, after all.

"I'm fine," he quickly denied the offer of beverages. "I'm not here for pleasantries." He was here to give the Minister a piece of his mind. So if they could skip whatever nonsense this was, that would be great. Perhaps then he would even find the time to catch Eliora on her lunch break. Or to swing by the smoothie bar and grab her something before he had to head to his next work call.
"Isn't it?" Fletcher agreed cheerfully, taking a sip of water and then filling up his cup again. He finally made his way over to a seat beside Draper, trying to pretend not to see the bloke's creepy, strained smile, as though he were constipated and wrestling with it.

No, of course he wasn't here for pleasantries. Fletcher dropped his smile too and stared Draper down. "So why don't you tell me what you ARE here for," he interjected quickly, before the man could go on a rant. "I'll need to see how urgent your request is, of course, so that I can prepare the Minister."

If this were a matter of life and death and international intrigue, Fletcher supposed he could even knock on Charles' door now. But for anything less than that, he wasn't getting up from this seat.
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"Isn't it?" Fletcher agreed cheerfully, taking a sip of water and then filling up his cup again. He finally made his way over to a seat beside Draper, trying to pretend not to see the bloke's creepy, strained smile, as though he were constipated and wrestling with it.

No, of course he wasn't here for pleasantries. Fletcher dropped his smile too and stared Draper down. "So why don't you tell me what you ARE here for," he interjected quickly, before the man could go on a rant. "I'll need to see how urgent your request is, of course, so that I can prepare the Minister."

If this were a matter of life and death and international intrigue, Fletcher supposed he could even knock on Charles' door now. But for anything less than that, he wasn't getting up from this seat.
This cheerful disposition of his was only making James sour further. Not only was it unnecessary, but it was also irritating, infuriating, and getting on his very last nerve. As it was, James only had a few of those left to spare.

"I'm here to have a word with the Minister." Hadn't they been over this? Because James was getting quite tired of having to repeat himself. Perhaps he'd add this to the discussion agenda when he got ahold of Mr. Hollingberry. 'Your Undersecretary is incompetent.' How does that sound? "Surely a professional such as yourself can understand there are matters requiring confidentiality, Mr. Undersecretary. In which case, you can flag it down as a matter requiring his immediate attention and call him in sooner rather than later."

Otherwise, James would simply see to it himself.
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This cheerful disposition of his was only making James sour further. Not only was it unnecessary, but it was also irritating, infuriating, and getting on his very last nerve. As it was, James only had a few of those left to spare.

"I'm here to have a word with the Minister." Hadn't they been over this? Because James was getting quite tired of having to repeat himself. Perhaps he'd add this to the discussion agenda when he got ahold of Mr. Hollingberry. 'Your Undersecretary is incompetent.' How does that sound? "Surely a professional such as yourself can understand there are matters requiring confidentiality, Mr. Undersecretary. In which case, you can flag it down as a matter requiring his immediate attention and call him in sooner rather than later."

Otherwise, James would simply see to it himself.
Fletcher was now staring at Draper as though he were thick, because, well, wasn't he? Repeating himself like that? Could he just put the man in a dreamless sleep for a few hours, get Alphonsine to wheel him up to the street, and then dump him on a stoop somewhere? When he'd wake up, he'd forget he'd come all the way here to waste everyone's time.

"Of course." Fletcher replied smoothly. "The problem is, Mr. Draper, that the Minister isn't available at this very moment. Surely you would have known this if you would have made an appointment with him to deliver your highly personal, confidential request that only his ears can hear."

Did he sound sarcastic and like he was offering Draper faux-pity? Because he was. Fletcher made a gentle tsking sound in the back of his throat and took another sip of water. "Guess you'll have to wait here with me until he returns." Or until Draper changed his mind and/or lost his cool. Fletcher wondered which would come first.
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Fletcher was now staring at Draper as though he were thick, because, well, wasn't he? Repeating himself like that? Could he just put the man in a dreamless sleep for a few hours, get Alphonsine to wheel him up to the street, and then dump him on a stoop somewhere? When he'd wake up, he'd forget he'd come all the way here to waste everyone's time.

"Of course." Fletcher replied smoothly. "The problem is, Mr. Draper, that the Minister isn't available at this very moment. Surely you would have known this if you would have made an appointment with him to deliver your highly personal, confidential request that only his ears can hear."

Did he sound sarcastic and like he was offering Draper faux-pity? Because he was. Fletcher made a gentle tsking sound in the back of his throat and took another sip of water. "Guess you'll have to wait here with me until he returns." Or until Draper changed his mind and/or lost his cool. Fletcher wondered which would come first.
James was staring right back at Fletcher as though he were thick (and James was entirely convinced that he was).

"And you know this because you have his schedule memorized?" Because last time James checked, Fletcher hadn't made an attempt to call upon the Minister yet. It was all arbitrary and James was certain the man was just trying to agitate him further. And it was working.

Speaking of, the faux-pity was ridiculous and disrespectful. "Get off your high hippogriff, Mr. Undersecretary." The Ministry had really gone to the dogs. "I hope you don't speak to your Minister this same way. Might get you into a heap of trouble, eh?" In other words, this was all adding to the list of complaints James would have for the man. He was really testing James' last nerve.
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James was staring right back at Fletcher as though he were thick (and James was entirely convinced that he was).

"And you know this because you have his schedule memorized?" Because last time James checked, Fletcher hadn't made an attempt to call upon the Minister yet. It was all arbitrary and James was certain the man was just trying to agitate him further. And it was working.

Speaking of, the faux-pity was ridiculous and disrespectful. "Get off your high hippogriff, Mr. Undersecretary." The Ministry had really gone to the dogs. "I hope you don't speak to your Minister this same way. Might get you into a heap of trouble, eh?" In other words, this was all adding to the list of complaints James would have for the man. He was really testing James' last nerve.
"Yes," Fletcher answered promptly and confidently. "That is part of my job as the Senior Undersecretary. In case you don't understand the title, I manage the Minister's Office for him." Perhaps only Kaiser and Alphonsine knew the Minister's schedule with more intimacy than Fletcher. Duh.

And look at that, their visitor's true nature was coming out. Fletcher picked up his water to take another sip, and let out an audible snort into his cup as the man ordered him to get off his high hippogriff. Hi-larious. Where had they found this bloke again? He was a riot, and quite annoying too. Just annoying enough that Fletcher's cockatrice tattoo showed itself on the hand holding his water cup. It roared silently at Draper and then scuttled up his sleeve again.

"THE Minister. He's your Minister too," Fletcher corrected after a drink, setting the glass down again. "I never get into trouble with Charles. We get along quite well, actually. Don't be jealous now," he added, flicking his zebrawood wand into his hand to send out a dragon patronus, "if I happen to get his attention right away. I know you've posisbly felt ignored by him, and that's why you're here today with your grievances. But the Minister is a very busy man, possibly the busiest man in all of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, so again, do not be offended if he only has a moment or two for you."

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"Yes," Fletcher answered promptly and confidently. "That is part of my job as the Senior Undersecretary. In case you don't understand the title, I manage the Minister's Office for him." Perhaps only Kaiser and Alphonsine knew the Minister's schedule with more intimacy than Fletcher. Duh.

And look at that, their visitor's true nature was coming out. Fletcher picked up his water to take another sip, and let out an audible snort into his cup as the man ordered him to get off his high hippogriff. Hi-larious. Where had they found this bloke again? He was a riot, and quite annoying too. Just annoying enough that Fletcher's cockatrice tattoo showed itself on the hand holding his water cup. It roared silently at Draper and then scuttled up his sleeve again.

"THE Minister. He's your Minister too," Fletcher corrected after a drink, setting the glass down again. "I never get into trouble with Charles. We get along quite well, actually. Don't be jealous now," he added, flicking his zebrawood wand into his hand to send out a dragon patronus, "if I happen to get his attention right away. I know you've posisbly felt ignored by him, and that's why you're here today with your grievances. But the Minister is a very busy man, possibly the busiest man in all of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, so again, do not be offended if he only has a moment or two for you."

Fletcher again gave Draper a sympathetic look, then pretended to be busy adjusting his expensive wristwatch.
"A glorified administrative assistant, that's right," he decidedly withheld his agitation from his face, but his forehead vein was making its appearance. Eliora loved the forehead vein. James Draper, however, did not. The forehead vein typically only came out to play in times of intense irritation. It was a miracle that it had not popped out before now. "I am starting to remember this from my tenure at the Ministry. This was by no means meant as a jab at January Bones, though it could have such implications. She wasn't a nuisance. The same could not be said about current company.

James had just about had it with this pompous secretary. Instead of shouting, he laughed. A terribly unsettling (borderline murderous) laugh. "Busy?" PAH. PAAAAAAAH. "With all the work he throws at his Department Heads, I'm surprised he has to even lift a finger himself! Making them work like dogs, without a moment's reprieve!" The intention had been to save this all for Charles, but Fletcher liked to play games. "I haven't seen my partner for WEEKS. DON'T tell me about busy, when Charles has Eliora working through the night for months on end!" DID HE GET IT NOW!? "She has a FAMILY. Her own CHILDREN never see her. I know for a fact," (spoiler alert: he did not know for a fact because somebody wasn't telling him the truth...) "that she has requested for help and yet the Minister has not done a bloody thing about it! So he's busy?! Too bad! So is my WIFE!"

.... Did he say wife? Eliora was not his wife.
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Fletcher wouldn't dignify that statement by responding to it. He could tell that Draper was very close to blowing his short fuse from the vein popping out on his forehead now. What was he starting to remember? He had tenure at the Ministry, did he? "And in which department did you work, Mr. Draper...?" Fletcher was a cool cucumber in contrast to this high-strung abraxan. The angrier Draper got, the more relaxed Fletcher became. He could tell he had upset the man enough to get him to talk now... so, what was his true purpose in demanding to see the Minister?

To have a laugh? The murderous laugh of a lunatic? The sound was not at all shocking by this point. "Thank Merlin you no longer work here," Fletcher could barely be heard muttering this behind his guest's insane laughter. Now Fletcher did like to play, and win at, games, as evidenced by that handsome trophy behind them on the mantle. This... diatribe, though, about his wife? Eliora? The Accidents & Catastrophes Head? It didn't fall on deaf ears. Fletcher stopped fidgeting with his watch, looking up and over at Draper with a bit of actual concern now. Bloke needed to calm down. And also... needed to get a few things straight. First Fletcher summoned over the teapot and biscuits from the sideboard, then sat back in his seat with his fingers steepled. See, he was taking this complaint seriously. And he had an idea that Draper wasn't going to like his response.

"Mr. Draper, please pour yourself some tea and have a biscuit while we wait on the Minister," Fletcher replied calmly, once Draper's rant had paused so the man could (presumably) catch his breath, "I see why you are upset, but I must ask... are you certain that your wife is here at work all those hours when she is not with you?" As in... "Have you followed her, or contacted a private detective to have her followed? It's not uncommon for chea--- uh, those who are conducting clandestine affairs to lie to their spouse about their whereabouts. I can assure you that if Eliora were here all those hours, we would have noticed. My own administrative assistant, Alphonsine, often stays late to lock up at night.... and we'd have a record in the security office if she were here all day and all night, working constantly."

He frowned. "I can have those records checked, if that would help ease your mind." This really seemed like a personal matter that Charles shouldn't be involved in, but Fletcher had already sent the patronus. He had just one more question before Charles would hopefully interrupt them. "Mr. Draper, is Eliora at work on level three right now?" And if she was, why wasn't he taking this issue up with her, instead of with her boss?
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One would think the Undersecretary would have done his research before assuming such a position. It really hadn't been more than a few years since James had left the Ministry. Tut, tut. "Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures," he paused for a moment. Did Fletcher get all of that? Was he familiar with the department? Couldn't be too sure these days, apparently. "Department Head." Save them the time of the follow up question. So yes, James did know what he was talking about.

And maybe he did need to calm down. But unfortunately the incompetence of his current company would not allow for that. James also did not want pity tea and pity biscuits. He wanted some damn answers and results! (And to yell at someone, probably). The offer of refreshments went purposefully ignored as James took a moment or two to reel himself back in.

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All of which went to waste as Fletcher said just about the worst thing he could have come up with. James, even more visibly infuriated now, abandoned the seat and stood up. "I don't care if you're the Undersecretary for the queen of the whole damn universe! What you're not going to do is sit here and tell me that my partner is going behind my back. How dare you?!" This wasn't so much a question as it was profound disbelief of the man's assertion and absolute audacity. Eliora would never. She may go around pretending to be heartless to protect herself, but E was as far away from heartless as a person could be. If this was something Fletcher couldn't wrap his thick head around then that was far more telling of his character than it was of hers.

Another thing James' wasn't about to do is hire a private detective to have her followed. He wasn't a madman. He also respected boundaries, something Fletcher clearly thought little about. Furthermore, he was confident enough in his relationship and his wife girlfriend, to know that if they had a problem, they could discuss it. End of story. James wasn't even going to entertain the ridiculous, convoluted explanation that Fletcher had proposed.

????? "No, she's on the moon," he replied with immense irritation, each syllable tainted with sarcasm. "Of course she's AT WORK!"
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The patronus had arrived in Charles' office right as he was in the middle of a portrait to portrait meeting with the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America, which had been a long one already and it felt as though the Minister were talking in circles, so the excuse to dismiss himself and continue the negociations later was welcome. Another ten minutes later and he was making his way down from his office, through his seating area, and through the door to Fletcher's office with a weary weight to his step..and just as there was a bout of shouting. To say Charles was surprised to see James in his Senior Undersecretary's office was a bit of an understatement, though his clearly aggravated and hostile state was less so. Though not for the reasons the former department head was here to accuse him of.

"Fletcher," the man greeted by giving the Glitter Puff a bit of a pat pat on the shoulder before he walked closer to James to greet him properly and formerly with a handshake. "James, good to see you. Though you need not the formality of coming by Level One prior to making your way up to Level Three." Unless... was James here to ask him officially to officiate THE ceremony? It was a thought that cause his tired joints to pop as though on cue. "Though I must suggest that you bring her flowers if you are visiting at work."
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Well well, that had certainly touched a nerve. What could he say? It was a reasonable assumption to make about the woman's long hours...

Fletcher calmly shook his head as Draper stood up. CLEARLY he needed more than a biscuit or two. The man needed an IV drip of fire----

"Charles!" he called out gleefully, nearly jumping at the touch on his shoulder as the Minister entered through one of the secret panels. Ahahaha, see, SEE DRAPER! Fletcher COULD get the man's attention quickly if he wanted to! IF he WANTED to being the operative words there.

As it was, Fletcher just settled into his chair and unbuttoned his blazer, crossing one leg over the other knee lightly as he prepared to watch this saga unfold further. "Mr. Draper is actually here to complain about the long hours Eliora is apparently forced to work," he smoothly informed the Minister, no hint of sarcasm or amusement in his tone, even though he was feeling both right now. The comment about her working on the moon? It was very, very difficult not to laugh about it.

"He seems to think that we at the Ministry are responsible for her being away from home." As though surely there wasn't a more OBVIOUS cause....... Fletcher rested his hand on his armchair in a way that his handsome, smirking mug was covered by one hand.
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Though there was always enough rage to go around, Mr. Undersecretary of Human Incompetence had taken the brunt of it with his infuriating allegations and irritating persona. Funny how things turned out, was it not? James had fully expected to unleash his anger upon the Minister. Instead, he extended his hand to give the Minister a firm handshake and even offered him a small smile. He was pleased that he wouldn’t have to spend another moment alone with Fletcher, but a few more minutes to unleash fury would have been nice. Fletcher had worked him up to a proper state, you see.

"My apologies for raising my voice, Mr. Minister," he looked over at Charles, decidedly ignoring Fletcher's presence for the moment. "Your Senior Undersecretary thought it to be professional to imply that Eliora is guilty of infidelity. As I'm sure you can imagine, it touched a nerve."

James looked over at Fletcher now, entirely unimpressed with his ‘seems to think’ and ‘apparently forced’ nonsense.

”Charles, I understand that the Ministry is likely under pressure with the current state of affairs,” the prison breakouts just being the tip of the iceberg. ”But keeping Eliora well past hours every night of the week is driving her to the point of exhaustion. Surely the Ministry could look into hiring more support staff for her office to alleviate her of such excruciating hours.”

In other news, he wasn’t going to let Fletcher make him out to be some sort of madman. James had dignity. And he could very well turn up the charm when the time called for it. As it was, this was simply another kind of warfare.
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While Charles was not one to jump to infidelity, he had heard a rumor or two around the work place when it came to Eliora. Though Charles had never been one to buy much into rumor, not even in his teenage years. He did keep a sharp ear out for personal reasons, but that was an entirely unrelated matter. His limbs wearing and yearning for a cup of Alphonsine's tea and light chatter, the Minister made his way over to a vacant seat and settled into it.

"Now now, let's put finger pointing aside for a moment as it is anything but conductive to conversation." And Charles had heard enough to understand the situation at hand. "I am sure what my Senior Undersecretary was meaning to imply was that under no circumstances are we forcing anyone to remain at work. It is simply unorthodox." There was an urge to rest his own face in his hands, fingers massaging his forehead and nursing the tension headache he had been fighting against all morning. Just a couple more appointments and he could rest his eyes. "I have given no such demand on her nor any other department head or Ministry employee. But I suppose she tells you otherwise?" He clicked his tongue lightly against the roof of his mouth. "Have the two of you had...any domestic disagreements as of late? Anything that would make her want to create a bit of space. NOT commit adulty, I am not implying that, James. But anything that could have tickled her need for a bit of solitude?"

Perhaps about a certain party in which Charles was still waiting for his official invitation to perform a certain ceremony at.

"I can provide you with a few marriage counselors and point you towards additional information if you see it necessary and informative."
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Fletcher had just been doing his job. An unfortunate part of his job was taking the blame for the Minister and hearing out the Karens unhappy citizens of the wizarding world. He wasn't bothered by the tattle-taling Draper had done; if anything, he had to try harder to hide his smirk, lounging in his seat as he was and cooly watching the Minister interact with Draper.

See? Fletcher's eyebrows rose ever so slightly toward Draper, even as the Minister indulged in the same thoughts as he had. He didn't even have to say he'd implied no such thing. The Minister smoothed it all over in a jiffy. This was why Charles had rightly earned Fletcher's loyalty: he was a good man, he'd never force anyone to work from dawn to dusk, AND he had even offered Draper some counseling advice, free of charge.

Hmmhmhmm. Fletcher could almost be heard humming as he went ahead and poured himself and the Minister a cup of tea. "Here you are, sir," he smoothly offered the teacup and saucer toward Charles. He looked like he needed it. Draper also needed SOMETHING but had refused Fletcher's hospitality, so. Fletcher piled three or seven or so biscuits on the side of his teacup and settled back in his seat to watch the continued... ah, antics..... of this plaintiff.

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This was exciting, the man had a way with words and getting someone to jump up and say yes to helping. She could impress Mr. Fletcher and show she was worthy of this job. Her smile was huge as she listened and with every word it fell deeper and deeper to a frown. She couldn't just magic up anything....

Her mind scrambled and then she was smiling again, "Great ideas, why don't you head back to his office and get started with the magic things and I'll pop to the food court to grab the food. I think I know just what he would like." She had no clue, but offering to grab the food could avoid the magic part of things.

Could he get into Fletcher's office? Alana wasn't sure and wasn't able to help with that task really either. She glanced around the desk and just tried to act cool, "I think his office is just locked with the normal so should be easy to unlock and get started."
The smiles were honestly all the encouragement Kodee Chosen needed. It was...usually all he needed honestly. Smiles meant people were in agreement. It was those frowns you had to look out for. The disapproving scowls that often said they thought you were an idiot or about to get them into trouble. Laina here was a good crowd.

"Great, get a whole ton of stuff, there's bound to be something the bossman likes." And with that, he headed off to the office he used to spend so much time in before the incredibly gorgeous former receptionist took his job and left him a sad boi~

"Alright, inside. Okay."

She said it'd just take opening it. Not exactly how Kodee remembered it but what would he know? He wasn't PA anymore. Fletcher didn't share secrets with him anymore then told him not to tell Minister Charles. He never took him to lunch because the amazingly blessed with nice assets receptionist was now his lunch date.

Kodee put both cups of coffee down then reached for the handle of the d--

ZZzzZZZzzaaAaaAAppPPpp!!!

"Holy kneazle!" The man!boy swore, loud as all get out. Loud enough anyone would hear him from as far as outside the level and onto the lift and stairs. Swore several times. Swore while his hand felt like it was burning itself from the inside out to get away from the rest of him.

Did he even HAVE a hand anymore??? That was his GOOD HAND dammit!!!

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"Great, get a whole ton of stuff, there's bound to be something the bossman likes." And with that, he headed off to the office he used to spend so much time in before the incredibly gorgeous former receptionist took his job and left him a sad boi~

"Alright, inside. Okay."

She said it'd just take opening it. Not exactly how Kodee remembered it but what would he know? He wasn't PA anymore. Fletcher didn't share secrets with him anymore then told him not to tell Minister Charles. He never took him to lunch because the amazingly blessed with nice assets receptionist was now his lunch date.

Kodee put both cups of coffee down then reached for the handle of the d--

ZZzzZZZzzaaAaaAAppPPpp!!!

"Holy kneazle!" The man!boy swore, loud as all get out. Loud enough anyone would hear him from as far as outside the level and onto the lift and stairs. Swore several times. Swore while his hand felt like it was burning itself from the inside out to get away from the rest of him.

Did he even HAVE a hand anymore??? That was his GOOD HAND dammit!!!

Ow ow ow owww!
With that she hurried to the food court. What did her boss like to eat? She didn't really know,not yet at least. It was on her list of things to find out. Right now though she had to think fast and get something good, but what? There were so many choices.

Maybe one of everything?

That sounded like a plan and she just got one of everything and hoped Mr. Fletcher would like something and maybe the cute guy would want one too. Hurrying back to the office she went looking fully expecting he'd be in the office, but was surprised to see him not.

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Kodee was about to enter a second round of aggravated swearing, the searing pain from the electric shock still coursing through him, but them Lana Banana was back with the treats and someone probably told him some time ago somewhere that you shouldn't cuss in front of women. How true that was, he didn't know. Most of his friends were guys and Kenzie only took issue with a few of his words.

Still, he needed to keep this one on his team so the man!boy bit his lower lip and sucked in a deep breathe. Take it in strides, Chosen.

"Just a small roadblock. Nothing we can't take care of, I'm sure."

Blasting the door open would take care of it. Of course....it would also likely get them fired so he'd...save that for a last resort. Kodee squared his shoulders and looked to the door again. How else would this work? "Did you get anything good down in the food court?"

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It didn't take a genius to figure out she was really wrong about the door. He would have been inside if all it was was a simple unlock spell. How could she be so stupid thinking someone as close to the minister as Fletcher would only have a lock on his office door. Though she wondered if her mother had more, because at the moment she knew their house only had a lock and nothing else. Her mother would never feel the need to put more than a lock though, she knew that much about her.

"I'm sorry, I was wrong wasn't I? I guess I just thought being in the secure ministry it would only be a lock." Her eyes were down looking towards the box in her hand. "Yes, I got one of everything so there has to be at least something he will like." Maybe there could be extra for a peace offering if he was mad that she didn't really know how to get into the office.
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Fortunately for Kodee, Fletcher had missed the zap!attack and was arriving just now, perhaps a little grumpy, perhaps a little bit confused as to why the receptionist and his former personal assistant were gathering outside his door??? First thing in the morning????? Before he'd even had any coffee??????????????????!

"Shouldn't someone be manning the front desk?" he mused, crossing his arms and leaning against the corridor wall behind them. "Ms. Potter, Mr. Chosen." He thought about saying good morning and all that but, knowing Kodee.... he said, "What's this?" instead.
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