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Welcome to the office of Charles Hollingberry, current Minister for Magic and appointed leader of the wizarding government in the United Kingdom. The office is located at the far end of Level One, and it is only accessible through the Senior Undersecretary's Office where guests are all escorted to a gaudy but comfortable waiting room. Help yourself to one, or several, of the individual packets of yogurt covered raisins tied with thin red ribbon found in the bowl on the coffee table. The Minister has been informed of your visit will be with you soon.

Boasting vibrant crimsons and warm gold tones, the office of the Minister for Magic is even more gaudy than the waiting room. The wooden walls are almost entirely covered with bookshelves, framed paintings of landscapes, and portraits of most of the previous Ministers for Magic - who the Minister may consult from time to time. Dark wooden cabinets and tables are adorned with artifacts from around the world and countless framed family photos of his children and grandchildren in various stages of their lives. Chances are you have already seen these on more than one occasion as the Minister also carries copies in his leather wallet sized photo album he keeps in his robes pocket at all times to shamelessly whip out and share should any and all opportunity arise. There is no desk to be seen but rather too luxurious red leather couches in the middle of the room.

So just where does the Minister do all his important work? Tap the right series of book spines along the shelves and you may be able to find out, though highly unlikely. This intricate beat is the sole knowledge of the Minister himself and the Senior Undersecretary. Nothing personal, the simply Minister prefers to keep all visitors away from sensitive documents and his affairs private.

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As long as the cat did not CLAW at anything on his desk or otherwise knock off what he had painstakingly organized then they all would be fine. But even an optimist like himself knew that it was a bit too optimistic to assume that a cat would leave ANYTHING alone.

Would comment on Victoria's intentions but will keep those to himself and address them with her in private. "What if I were to offer you a bonus on the day, Fletcher," he huffed in gentle exasperation. The Minister was not actually sure that he COULD pull strings to make such an offer a reality, but he could at least walk over to payroll and get the paperwork going for him to receive his bonus earlier rather than later.

"Consider it a personal favor to your Minister and a vital service to the functionality of the Ministry."
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....aaaaaand now the Minister was speaking Fletcher's love language. The junior undersecretary had his hand on the doorknob, preparing to exit, when the Minister mentioned one of Fletcher's favorite five-letter words: bonus. Well. Well. He could at least hear the man out, no?

"I...could make that work, sir," Fletcher decided, finding himself drifting back into the room and over to the cage and even over to the kneazle, which was innocently sniffing things on Charles's desk. He scooped it up and held it loosely it against his chest, which it didn't like necessarily, as it immediately started wiggling. But Fletcher didn't care; he was here for duty to the Minister and the Ministry. So noble of him, no?

Fletcher held out his hand for the Minister to shake, as though to GUARANTEE him a promise of the bonus. "I'll be happy to take on this task for the vital service and functionality of the Ministry." Seriously. Just ignore Fletcher's twinkling, mischievous brown eyes, sir. This was a serious and Very Important task.
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Good. Outstanding. Charles would show more outward appreciation but he wanted to make sure they had sealed the deal officially before he considered this any sort of victory.

"Perfect," he nodded while stepping to the Junior Undersecretary and placing a fatherly hand on his shoulder while giving it an appreciative squeeze. "You may bring...him...her...back at the end of your shift. I have a long day ahead of me and shall still be here."

And he would be skipping his lunch break and eating at his desk while he continued with all his paperwork.
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"Yessir," Fletcher replied, even as the kneazle let out a loud MeeEEeeEEOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwww HISSSSSS at being 'cuddled' by the junior undersecretary instead of the Minister, as Victoria had intended. OH WELL, Catto. The thing would just have to get used to Fletcher for a while.

At the hand on his shoulder, he felt a small twinge of sympathy for the overworked Minister, but hey, a bonus is a bonus. Fletcher gathered the kneazle's cage and smiled at the bossman before slowly making his way out of the office. He only nearly dropped the cat once the entire way. This would be fine, just fine. What was a few more hours doing everything except his actual job? No harm in it, none at all.
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Relief washed over the Minister's face as Fletcher committed to the task of cat sitting for the remainder of the day. That meant that he could get back to his paperwork in peace and go through the massive report for Flamsteed on his monitoring of magical flow within the Ministry. At least they had successfully ruled out Chizpurfles.

"Thank you, Fletcher. You are dismissed," he nodded somewhat curtly as he, and the cat, departed.

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Fletcher entered through the secret-ish door in his office and settled into the plushiest chair, flapping open his Daily Prophet to read until Charles should appear. He was a bit early, he knew, but he'd wanted to finish catching up on the news about the market after that stupid escapee attack, and the price of gold today was...

Well, it was what it was. He let out a small sigh to himself as he read.
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Charles was looking thinner these days and more taxed despite his more relaxed looking posture around the Ministry these days. Almost like butter scraped over too much bread, some would say. But he was pressing on and would assure anyone that the Ministry was becoming more stable despite the opposite feeling true. Some might believe him if the interdepartmental memos were working again...which they absolutely were now and it was becoming a real mess in some corners of the Ministry.

He had accidentally almost forgotten about his appointment with Fletcher and had only remembered at the last minute while looking through his office for...something. He could not entirely recall what it was that he had been looking for in his high security folders and chests in his office...only that he had had a conversation with Airey Flamsteed earlier that morning and...he could not remember much after that either.

Fresh cup of coffee in hand, Charles descended from his private office down to the public office with the same jovial look upon his face as he always did. Minus a few obvious features. "Ah, Fletcher. Have you helped yourself to any of the yogurt covered raisin yet? No need to hold back."
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Ah, Charles was here! Fletcher resisted the urge to jump up and offer the Minister the bowl of raisins, because frankly, he looked like he needed them. Instead he just rose slowly from his seat, tucking the paper beneath his arm as he did.

"No, thank you, sir. I brought in some treats to the breakroom, though, if you need a pick-me-up at some point today...." And not to worry: Fletcher hadn't cooked (baked??? was that the correct term???) any of them himself, so they were entirely edible. They were probably even delicious.

He tried to smile some as he waited to see if Charles would sit or stand or whatnot, taking a few steps closer to him and hesitating a little. "I wanted to talk with you about my assistant, before we get into our usual business..." he started in a low voice, "...he is, as you know, in...disposed currently, and will be needing some time off... I am wondering if perhaps there is someone more suited to the PA job, just for now?"

Fletcher's eyebrows rose slightly in harmless suggestion, as though he were just innocently floating this idea past Charles. "Mr. Chosen does not have as neat handwriting as some in the office, and it does take him a while to transcribe meetings...." And also, hadn't he broken a wrist or something? That would be making his eventual return to work all the more difficult. "I already have a transfer in mind for him, still within our office, and just while he is on the mend..."

Unless, of course, Charles had a better plan.
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Charles could not even remember the last time he had been in the break room, come to think of it. "You know me. Never one to turn down a pick me up," he chuckled a bit while giving his stomach two firm pat pats.

And the Minister would be sitting and gestured to the lush red couch opposite the chair he situated himself in for Fletcher to do the same. "Ah yes, our Mr. Chosen," the man nodded with an undertone of a grunt as his knees popped a bit and his palms rubbed them. He had assured Trentula that he would do his best to find a place for the boy her in the Ministry as a sort of personal favor to the Hogwarts headmaster but within reason. The boy had caused quite the fuss during his summer internship and there had been a handful of incidents since his employment. Some of those being that which his Senior Undersecretary was currently listing off. "I am aware of the situation you speak of," he nodded gravely. "Including the endangerment of another of our citizens." The Minister leaned back in his seat, his palms rubbing his knees a bit more and his temper rising more quickly and prominently than he would have any other day. Recently it had been a bit of a struggle to keep his emotions in check, his mood waxing and waning with seeming no context.

At least none that he was aware of...but it was a contributing factor to his snap judgement on what to do about their employee.

"If he is not up to the task then he is not up to the task. He was given an honest trial and that is what I promised Headmaster Trent I would do," he nodded sagely. "The demand for more personnel in custodial positions is on the rise thanks to the necessity for owls to deliver memos...we can transfer him there for another trial run of employment upon his release from St. Mungo's. Perhaps he will earn his way upwards again depending on performance." He paused for a moment to consider lending Kaiser to Fletcher from time to time as the young man was proving to be a great asset to the Minister despite the time he had taken off out of necessity.

Perhaps that too was a lesson to them both to not hire such youngsters as PA's. Another thought for another day.

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Was he though? Because Charles was looking pretty thin these days and Fletcher was a bit concerned for him. Of course he followed him over to the red couch, sinking down gently, and trying not to look worried at Charles' general old man noises. Fletcher had "lost touch" with his own "father" many, many years ago, so Charles was the closest thing he had to a paternal figure. Maybe the Minister should take a fall vacation, or a long weekend? He'd have to suggest that when the time was right.

"Yes......." he drawled simply, nodding a bit at the Minister's explanation. The senior undersecretary had not known the specifics of any involvement with Hogwarts' Headmaster, er, but it was true that they had given Kodee his shot. And he would, OF COURSE, still look out for the boy and look for an opportunity to help him. He was now invested in Kodee's affairs, after all, and couldn't just shuffle him around divisions without some kind of explanation.

Anyway, back to the proposition, before Fletcher got lost in his thoughts and caught in his Hufflepuff feelings. "I think Alphonsine, our receptionist, would do a nice job. She was so efficient with helping us handle everything with the trial... she might even be better suited to serve as your PA, sir, though Kaiser is doing alright? Kodee will... well, he'll be fine in Magical Maintenance. I'll be sure to speak to him on his return." To smooth things over, of course.
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His daughter had been among those voices echoing the suggestion he take some time off, but Charles simply could not fathom doing so under the conditions circulating the wizarding world still. While the Azkaban escapees had nearly all been accounted for now, the increasing instances of graffiti in Diagon Alley were concerning. Not a single trace left as to who was behind it. There was an unsettling feeling in his chest, one that burdened him but no matter how much he tried to tap into the inkling he never could quite reach it. It was as if there were an emotional and mental block in place preventing him.

His thoughts returned to Fletcher easily enough and with a heavy sign nodded in agreement. "A fine choice," he concurred with an almost ethereal brightness to his tone at the mention of Alphonsine. "I have no doubt of her abilities. You can offer her the promotion yourself if you wish." Just another task to add to the list, he supposed. "Kaiser is doing a fine job. Still room for improvement but he strives to put his best foot forward each day."

The Minister closed his eyes for a moment and pinched the bridge of his nose in a fervent hope to massage away a bit of tiredness.

"Do we have any leads yet on what happened to Roller?"
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Wonderful, he approved of Alphonsine. As though Fletcher had had any doubts, heh. "Good to hear," he replied lightly, settling into the couch and studying the Minister. LOOK. He was even doing the tired-dad move of closing his eyes to rest them! Fletcher's own brows knitted together as he continued to watch the Minister. The concern was there. Fletcher's own face was looking wrinkly with worry now.

"That's a bit of a dead end, I'm afraid." Yes, he went there. Had to, because how else could he put it? "I need to follow up with Conley and the American ambassador... luckily they seem used to this kind of violence over there."

He probably shouldn't be editorializing this much with the Minister but the Glitterpuff was sometimes too honest for his own good. Fletcher again looked up at the Minister in concern. "Are you sure you don't want to take a long weekend away? You know we'll handle things here, and with Alphonsine stepping up, I'm sure everything will be smooth sailing."

Did he dare mention that Victoria could accompany Charles? It'd be fine, all fine for a few days without them.
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Sometimes Charles found himself feeling paper thin, other times fit as a fiddle. In the moment he was writing his fragility off as stressed from all the comings and goings of the past year. He was still waiting for that final report from Airey and it was a bit uncharacteristic for the man to be taking so long turning that in. The Minister, typically a man who gave the benefit of the doubt, was beginning to feel like he should press the man on the subject...though Alphonsine always steered him otherwise.

"Word choice, Fletcher," he warned with a gentle laugh to his tone, not entirely scolding but it was still not polite to use such terminology when a man had been murdered in cold blood in their own Ministry. "Let me know when you do, I trust you to handle that particular matter." His hand moved away from his face and reached for the cup of tea on the table in front of him. "I'll be needing to make another address on the topic over the WWN in the coming days as well as our progress with the Azkaban clean up...who I assume are also behind the graffiti that has been going around Diagon Alley."

He was soon shaking his head again at the suggestion. "The winter holiday season is nearly here. I can take time off with the rest of you. Our citizens would not take well to their Minister taking time off during these times." And he did not need anything else drawing attention to the fact that things were still silently falling apart at the seams despite their extensive efforts. "I appreciate the concern, my boy," he smiled a bit and leaned over to rest a hand on the man's shoulders while giving it a gentle shake. "Always good to know you have my best interests at heart."
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"Oops," Fletcher grinned a little bit about that unfortunate business. "Will do, sir."

He nodded in agreement. His shop hadn't been hit by the graffiti (yet) but they seemed to be targeting high-traffic areas as though they wanted to rub it in that there were still punks and escapees on the loose. "The graffiti seems to be resistant to most magical cleaning spells," Fletcher added, as the topic was on his mind. "Luckily it can be painted over, but what a nuisance." A nusiance was all it was though. Not an actual secuirty threat at this point in time. They had bigger fish to fry, so to speak.

"No one would know if you took a long weekend, or had an appointment in another country," Fletcher pointed out again lightly. But he WAS concerned. He sighed at Charles' friendly touch. "I hope the people know how hard you work here, sir." Genuinely, he did. He wore the weight of the wizarding world on his elderly shoulders.
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It was early on the first day after the disastrous masquerade ball when Kendra made her way to the Minister's office. She had stopped into her own office first to check that everything was in order before heading to Level One.

Kendra hadn't gotten much sleep the night before, the tiredness probably contributing to her mood. She stayed late, securing all the fireplaces and helped maintenance clean up the entire atrium. But she'd run the gamut of emotions - frustrated, mentally exhausted, and apprehensive. Her irritability this morning didn't help as she remembered the previous evening. The worst part - as bad as the failing floos were - was the way Charles screamed at her. No matter how bad things were, she found that unacceptable. But she still knew she was responsible as she oversaw transportation and she mentally prepared herself for pleading her case. And anything else that might come of it.

She knew that Charles was already expecting her as she took a seat in the waiting room outside his office. Had his decorating taste always been so gaudy? Or did someone pick out this decor for him? Never mind. Kendra tried to clear her mind as she waited to be seen.
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Charles had been sitting up in his private office, hands in his face, and yet another mountain of paperwork laid out before him. The most prominent was a particular garnet colored piece of paper that he still had not been able to bring himself to sign. He had discussed the matter in great length with his team and the reports he received from Sian and Bain could not be disputed. Alphonsine had been particularly patient and nurturing with him and looking at the evidence clearly laid out in front of him. It was her words that echoed in his head as he picked up a quill and dipped it into the well, the last signature required to seal the magical contract.

Signing and rubbing his face one more, The Minister received the alert that Kendra had arrived and it was with a groan that he pushed himself to his feet. Paper in hand, he descended the stairs down and appeared through one of the numerous hidden doorways. His chest felt heavy and drained. "Kendra," he smiled weakly and with a sadness to his eyes. "Thank you for coming in. I...I will make this brief..."

He stepped towards her some more, his posture straighter and harsher than usual, and offered the slip of paper to her.
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Clearing her mind had proven to be difficult however. Kendra kept playing the events of the night before over and over in her mind, as well as trying to mentally compose the words she was going to say to Charles in defense of herself and her department. And although she kept her outwardly composure, she was a mess on the inside. She didn't really have a defense, just what sounded like excuses. Kendra knew that her team continually tried to manage and fix the problems that the Ministry kept having in regards to the floos and lifts, but the fact was, they kept running into the same problems with little results. And then last night's disaster.

She was so consumed by these thoughts that she almost didn't hear Charles enter the room, until... he was there. "Minister.." she greeted in return as she stood from her seat. She was about to say more, when he handed her a piece of paper. "What's this?" she asked as her eyes skimmed the first few words. But she knew. Was this really happening?
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Sighing heavily, his hand did not drop even after she had taken the notice from him. His stomach churned and he felt the blood rushing away from his face, and from his heart, to the effect that it was numbing. In some ways, it made this easier. In other ways it felt disrespectful to Kendra and to this administration.

Speaking of disrespectful.

"I should not have behaved as I did at the ball. For that, my temper...raising my voice...and treating you as such in a public setting is inexcusable..." he spoke as evenly as possible, the remorse palatable and adding to the tension seizing his office. His eyes even seemed to go out of focus for a moment, almost as though a rehearsed mantra of someone else had taken over as his lips continued moving. "...but my hands are tied, Kendra. This has gone on for entirely too long and someone could have perished because of those floos that night. The public are outraged. Our employees do not trust you nor your leadership. You are no longer a department head of this Ministry...effective immediately."
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While a part of her heard his apology - or what she would have normally taken as an apology - Kendra's attention was focused on the words of the paper in her hands. Fired. She was really being fired over this. And even though she knew she shouldn't be surprised considering the continued malfunctions that she knew the entirety of the Ministry was tired of, she was stunned.

But it wasn't until Charles continued that she looked up and spoke somewhat bitterly. "They don't trust my leadership?" That stung. But perhaps he was right. Someone would have to take responsibility. But she wasn't so sure she was to blame. She knew there was something wrong that she couldn't quite explain.

"Fine, Charles, if that's what you wish," she began, pushing the emotion from her voice, knowing there was no use in arguing. In fact, she was quite defeated over the entire ordeal of the past couple years. "But you must know that there is something very wrong with this situation. Neither myself nor my team is incompetent and we've consistently worked towards resolving these continued issues. Magic doesn't just fail so considerably." She stopped short of calling it sabotage because... well, she didn't have any proof of that.

"You wouldn't have hired me if you thought me so incompetent," she added pointedly. And then, before she would turn to leave, "I'll await your owl with details of my severance package." At least that would soften the blow some, but she wasn't going to make a fuss about his dismissing her. She was much more dignified than that.
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Despite hearing the words leave his mouth, they still sounded and felt like someone else's. It was a truly horrendous situation. One which Charles yearned to remove himself from. But he had relinquished such luxury a long time ago.

"Neither Bain, Sian, nor Eliora have found any evidence of tampering," he frowned as his shoulders became more tense and his posture straightened further. That was all he was at liberty to say on the subject and under these conditions. He was, regrettable, now speaking to a former employee and therefore certain topics were no longer negotiable.

Otherwise, the Minister remained silent. Though he did stand as a formality of respect, hands clasped behind his back, as Kendra dismissed herself. He could only bring himself to nod at her words. He had done what had to be done. For the greater good.
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Curiouser and curiouser, things were getting around here, and Fletcher couldn't hesitate any longer in addressing them with Charles. He flapped open the Daily Prophet to read while he waited for the Minister to appear; a bit of a habit of his, now, you could say.
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His brain in a bit of a fog as of late, Charles had taken to jotting down to-do lists more and more often. While there was always a schedule with which he kept to, tasks of course included in those, the Minister found himself with additional tasks that were more...off the record, so to speak. One of which he had the feeling he was meant to discuss with Fletcher while another part of him said he was not meant to at all.

With his own set of documents in hand, mostly the standard review of the day features he and his Senior Undersecretary went over on the norm, Charles descended from his more private quarters and emerged from one of the many secret entries. He had a cup of tea in hand, as always, though it lacked a certain finesse that came from the ones Alphonsine so affectionately made for him. It just was not the same.

"Fletcher, my boy," he smiled as he emerged, his steps still a little sluggish but with more of a twinkle to his eye at the moment. "Have you helped yourself to any of the yogurt covered raisins yet?"
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Uh, what?

Twitching his newspaper aside, Fletcher felt like he was living in a pensieve memory as Charles shuffled in, looking even older and more tired than always, and talking about those damn yogurt-covered raisins again. But perhaps the Minister was just teasing him. "Always with the raisins," he murmured in reply, folding his newspaper up with a half-sad, half-bemused smile.

And, for the record, no, he still had not tried them. Fletcher was just fine and regular without the aid of raisins OR prunes, for anyone wondering. He didn't even LIKE raisins but had never said so out of respect for Charles.

He waited a moment to see if Charles would select a seat, casually asking, "How are you doing today?" Just had to gauge the temperature (and temperament) of the room. He did recall, after all, a bit of heat from the Minister not so long ago when he met with a different department head... and then proceeded to fire her. Fletcher had no wish to be next.
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Tsking a bit as he selected one from the bowl and settled into a seat, Charles carefully untied the ribbon and set it on the coffee table in front of him. "Because they are an absolute delight. Seem to be quite the hard sell though. Perhaps I should ask Sian for something from her pantry. No matter. More for me then," he chuckled a bit as he poured the contents out into his palm and popped one into his mouth.

"I'm quite well," he nodded to his Senior Undersecretary, even if he may not particularly look it. More and more these days he was looking his age. "Lamenting missing tea time with Alphonsine today. I do enjoy our chats. You have quite the lovely assistant there Fletcher. We were right in promoting her."
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Fletcher tried to refrain from rolling his eyes, though, to tell the truth, "I heard Sian has quite the sweet tooth," he admitted, dragging out the Irishness of her name, "though I haven't been to her floor in a while." Why should he? The floos were working again, the lifts too, even the memos. Fletcher didn't have as many excuses to go stretch his legs as he would have liked, what with everything functioning and all. He did, however, have a small problem even his personal assistant couldn't fix.

He nodded, genuinely happy Charles was well. But.

"Speaking of," he segued into his first line of questioning query for Charles, "Where has Alphonsine been? Did you grant her a leave of absence?" He was frowning, obviously, as he said this. He didn't disagree about promoting her; she was, ah, a sight for sore eyes around here. But she had definitely taken more to Charles than to Fletcher, and the Senior Undersecretary had never been able to figure out why.....

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