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The Greenhouses house any and all plants the Department of Environmental Regulation and Protection is currently working on, both indigenous and foreign. This is where the Botanists work their magic - literally and figuratively. A place where Potions ingredients and rare plants are being grown and where the Research and Development team conduct their experiments. After the incidents under Nickles' reign, some of the more aggressive plants have been quarantined into a separate smaller greenhouse, to be tended to only by those specifically assigned to the task.

If you do not work for the Department of Environmental Regulation and Protection, you are NOT permitted to enter any of the Greenhouses without being accompanied by a DERP-employee; unless you have been given explicit permission by the Department Head, Olly Emmons-Clarke.

Should you find any of the greenhouses to be short on supplies of any kind, please contact one of the Greenhouse Caretakers.
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This particular orientation made him feel no different. He found it odd to house it in a greenhouse of all places, and the pièce de résistance of the event had no appeal to him. Nevertheless, the Frenchman was there to shake hands and appear like he was enjoying himself. He gave the plant a glance, mainly because of its positioning in the room, and feigned interest as he made his way over to the refreshments area.

Welcoming a drink in his hand, he turned so that he could assess the area and make a move on who to go brush shoulders with. A woman nearby caught his attention, mainly because it appeared she was doing the same. "Anyone interesting out there?" he casually asked her.
It was interesting what one could find out simply by watching body language and the dynamics between people as they interacted with each other. Alphonsine already knew who her boss was, but she was also starting to suss out who held positions of power based on some of her observations. And though she was biding her time, she was just calculating who to approach first when a voice at her side caused her to turn.

"One can always find something interesting if they know where to look," she said with a smile, the hint of a French accent colouring her words. Alphonsine paused a moment to look this man over, not immediately placing him, but she soon extended a delicate hand to him. "Alphonsine Rosier. I work in the Minister's office."
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Her attention was drawn back to the group at Bryant's introduction and she wasn't about to deny that the wizard was GOOD LOOKING. LIKE wow. Although Chloe really shouldn't be terribly surprised; Jessica had been a beauty contestant where they'd met and she let out a small grin of amusement when Genny inquired how they'd all met four months ago. It was really a chance meeting, which David was quick to inform his escort of their meeting.

And Jessica remembered where she worked? "Yup. Transportation. Good memory." So it seemed she was living up to the fact that she was more than just a beauty after all.

David's escort who was a famous quidditch player?? Truly a shame that Chloe was not more like her mother and father in their following and love of quidditch. She enjoyed the sport enough to know what was going on in a game and even knew how to play, but sadly the eldest child of Tancred and Amelia Adara did not follow the quidditch players. And yet.... "I'm quite sure my mother would love an autograph" she found herself admitting aloud. "If you don't mind, Genny Tate of the Holyhead Harpies." And David and Jessica were talking about how they would have won in the competition to which Chloe let out a loud HA. "Puhhhleeasee. Erik and I would have totally won." Actually probably not true, but even though she didn't know half the answers, she did have confidence.

Alsoooo HOW was Bryant still single and looking?? She looked between the siblings and made a quick decision, "Sooo single, huh, Bryant? and what is it you do for work?"
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Bryant was almost accustomed to the people Jessica mingled with, and he liked to muse himself with the idea that her type of clients were the narcissistic Quidditch blokes. It got him thinking...was this poor lad (David) a friend of hers? The lack of introduction from the other man did not go unnoticed, but Bryant let that slip for the meantime. That was until his sister mentioned that they were partners during that contest she signed herself up for. Ah! Now, that rang a bell. "Pleasure to officially meet you, David."

Bryant turned towards David's date, Genny, and no wonder she was a familiar face. "I've seen you play on the pitch before. Scarily accurate swings you've got," he mentioned with a polite smile.

And he was about to divert his attention elsewhere when Jessica—even Merlin would have spat his drink upon hearing that, because it was so uncharacteristic of her—started...well...whatever was going on in that head of hers. There was certainly a hint of surprise on his face when the mention of his recent relationship status was being thrown out there, free for anyone to hear. "Her favourite roommate, I'd say," he said while oh so casually patting her arm, now looped around his. That's enough embarrassment for the night, Jessica Mariel. Lucky for his sister, though, he isn't about to roast her about that chasing men away remark in front of her colleagues in a formal event like this.

He was going to take back that organiser he gifted her when they got home. She was the worst, taking this opportunity to mess with him.

Of course that introduction from Jessica caught the attention of other people, which Bryant did not mind at all if it were under better circumstance. However, he had promised himself he would be in his best not-ridiculous behaviour. He smiled and shrugged a shoulder nonchalantly at the mention of his status again. "Professionally an architectural technologist here in London. I also make vlogs of all kinds." That is when he's got spare time, at least. He had thousands of subscribers too. They should check his channel out, just saying.

"Would you like a drink, sis? And you...Chloe, is it?" the twenty-six-year-old inquired. The night was young, and a few glasses of sparkly drinks would do them no harm.


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Holiday break, who?

The first thing Anya wanted to do the moment she arrived was to acquire a drink for herself. She may not have brought a plus one to the event, although she considered asking Hazel but she was aware that social gatherings just weren't his cup of tea, but she made sure that her outfit would garner attention. This shade of yellow was particularly lovely, and she knew it looked good on her given her early years of experience in the modelling industry. One would not look so stressed if they dressed a certain way, and that was a look she was going after.

"Hello, Mr. Flamsteed," Anya brightly greeted her boss as she passed by, on her way to the beverage table. She would be chilling there while she waiting for a familiar face to arrive. Perhaps Angelica, or any of her colleagues from level 9. They could hopefully talk about something that wasn't related to the Rheticus Vortex because Merlin knew how much Anya needed a break from that.


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Kat had been particularly wary about having non-DERP employees in the greenhouses. While Greenhouse One wasn't as dangerous as the quarantined greenhouses, even the most mundane of plants would be vulnerable to the type of people who can't seem to keep their hands to themselves. It gave her mild relief, though, knowing they'd placed protective charms beforehand.

Work was work, even when she was extremely worried for both the plants and her daughter at Hogwarts. It had been a difficult holiday break in the Belrose residence. Everyone missed Cassie.

The enforcement division head walked around, smiling and nodding politely to anyone she made eye contact with. Those she personally knew, however, received verbal greetings. "Evening, Penelope," Kat said to the former Gryffindor, now auror. Then, she came across a familiar face she hadn't seen within the department for some time. "Welcome back to the Ministry and the department, Eureka." It's great to have them all returning, especially for someone who's been working here for nine years now.

She momentarily eyed Lucille and Mr. Flamsteed for their exchange. For someone who struck Kat as a very stick-to-the-rules person even during her Hogwarts years—of which she's aware that it's been a while—her former Astronomy professor was being quite odd.

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Jessa, who tried her best not to look like a lifeless corpse (like the flower, geddit?), beamed when she was acknowledged by Jonathan. "Not at all." He wasn't rude, she understood that she didn't fit into this party technically. She was just here to support her husband and make him look as successful as possible, because let's face it, without her... he would be successful but with a poor taste of clothing. "Jessa... Fletcher's wife," she shook hands with the man. She didn't offer a last name because she hadn't decided yet. She wanted to take Fletcher's name, but... it was his name. It was weird.

Oh, the Minister is here! Jessa was fond of the man, he was a great fatherly figure as well as an authoritative one. Fletcher had a great boss from what she saw from his mental state when he came back home. She nudged her husband, still linking arms together, "We should go say hi." Duh.










Oh, she was in the middle of beauty vs brain reunion? Genny grinned as Davie explained further. "Wow." So, Davie was a brain, and Chloe and Jessica were beauties? Jessica must be a beauty if her partner was Davie, right? Also. "Davie, how come you never told me about your partner? She's gorgeous." Felt that emphasis Davie on the word 'partner'? Genny kind of hated him right now but also LOVED this.

Aww, shuuuucks, people were being so lovely & feeding her Gryffindor ego. Genny did get recognized some on the street but in a ministry party? This was some high profile stuff. Although she wasn't the type to blush, she looked a bit coy while answering Jessica, "Thanks, I'm happy I officially met you too." Ya know? Because being on a contest was not a common occurrence, so they basically were celebrities too. Genny's smile grew when Davie's other friend talked about her autograph. Chloe's mother must have great taste in sports heh heh. "She would? I would love to give you a signed something, then. Is she into Quidditch?" A signed napkin? Genny looked at Davie to solve this for her.

Bryant, actually, took the cake with his immaculate perception! /biased opinion. "I take that with pride, thanks Bryant!" Genny didn't mention how her perfect aim was a downside when you were on the other side of the object she was throwing in a fit of anger... ahem. Also, did everyone else see Chloe and Bryant hitting it off or was it just her? Cupid had some serious work tonight.






Eureka shook Ambassador Sachin's hand energetically. "Nice to meet you, too." Instinctively, the young woman pushed her shoulders back to stand up straighter. "I did when I was doing my degree in Oslo, but now I'm not sure. It depends on the ministry's needs." Her boss was so cool, though, so she didn't put it far. "Which country are you stationed, Ambassador?"

Finally a familiar face! Eureka's smile relaxed at the sight of Kat. "Hi, oh thanks. It's been a while, almost five years." Eureka extended her hand to shake Kat's hand. She would hug but she didn't think they were that close yet. "How have you been?"
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"Jonathan is the new junior undersecretary. I just promoted him," Fletcher added on to his friend's humble introduction. He wanted Jessa to know that he'd been busy all of December, hiring people, promoting people, all that jazz. See, he had a very valid reason he hadn't been able to help with all of the wedding preparations.

He caught her glance in the direction of the Minister AND two of his new hires. Oh, they were friends, huh? Perfect. Fletcher loved when everyone got along, and he started to guide Jessa that way. "Jonathan, come with us. I'll introduce you to two of our new scribes and personal assistants." He arrived to the hugging group in a few strides and positively grinned at the sight of them all. Didn't they just look so COZY and FRIENDLY already? Oh look, Victoria had made her way here too.

"Charles, Kodee, Kaiser..." Err, what was his first name again? It didn't matter to Fletcher, he supposed, since he also exclusively went by his surname. "Good to see you all here! Cheers to the new year?" He gestured that they should all clink glasses.

Oh wait, not everyone had a drink in hand. "Jessa," he turned toward his gorgeous wife and flashed her a winning grin, "would you be a dear and fetch us all another round?" And she could take Victoria with her to get those drinks, heh. Ya know, so the men could talk VIP business.


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"Pleasure to meet you too, Bryan," David replied automatically, almost robotically, as he had been taught to do. He did get the other man's name wrong, but it wasn't on purpose. Mostly he was distracted by Jessica calling out her brother for being single. Yikes. Big yikes for Bryan. Davie gave the man a sympathetic glance, or at least as sympathetic as he could manage, which mostly just looked like his regular facial expression with a slight frown in Bryan's direction. See, this was just another reason to appreciate being born an only child. Davie only had plants and books and the occasional odd artifact or brooch to compete with for his parents' hearts.

"Only the one famous friend, actually," David turned his blue eyes back to intently stare at Jessica. Funny; tonight he hadn't said aloud that they would have won.... was she a legilmens? Or just recalling their conversation from the bar after the first night of the contest? He stared at little more at his former partner until Genny decided to pipe up. PARTNER. What was wrong with Geneva, emphasizing the word like that. He again began to turn a bit pink, and hastily tossed back the rest of his drink while now GLARING at Genny. He'd...he'd just not comment on Jessica's good looks, alright? Didn't it go without saying that she was very, very attractive??! They were at a professional work function, for Circe's sake. The last thing he'd need would be to accused of workplace harassment before his career even took off. AND Genny should have known that his partner for the contest would be gorgeous; it went without saying when one was in a contest involving Beauties (like her) and Brains (like him). David clearly didn't fit into the Beauties category. He barely knew how to dress himself!

Hmmph. "For the record, Erik didn't know anything," he laid his icy eyes on Chloe now. "But it would have been nice to see how the contest would have ended."

Eh, anyway. "Anyone want a refill?" Yes, David was going to excuse himself now, thanks, since he was feeling a bit salty about all this PARTNER talk. He'd get a cocktail napkin or five for Genny to autograph, but first, he'd need a few more glasses of sparkly...juice. Maybe he could knock one back at the refreshments table before returning to this group. He headed that way and caught sight of Admiral Airey giving him the old three-fingered, webbed-hand salute. David didn't quite recall what Muggle program this referenced, but the hand gesture did make his face light up a little, and he did his best to wave back to the man with the same hand movement.



Jessica smirked and nodded as she tapped her own temple at Chloe. "I've got a great memory. Gotta' keep all those stories I make up about my clients straight so they don't get into trouble. FORMER clients, I should say..." Famous people could be dodgy.

She had to admit that she was veeeeery amused at the chat between Bryant and Chloe, though. Didn't Chloe have kids??? Was she divorced? Or single-mum status? They hadn't gone into detail about THAT exactly. "Uh, sure, Bry," she said with a smile in his direction. "Something bubbly, please." And nothing strong. This was a work event, after all. Genny must be one of the nicer quidditch players - Jessica had worked for both pleasant AND unpleasant ones, and she was happy to see her offer to give Chloe the autograph she asked for.

Was Genny putting down the HINTS that she wanted her, Jessica, to get to know David? Well that would be easy considering they now worked together. Granted, it was in separate departments, but still. It would be exciting to have all these new friends...like, maybe Jessica would actually make some decent ones. In the world of publicists and dealing with famous people, Jessica found it difficult to make lasting relationships among those kinds of people sometimes. She had even DATED a famous Quidditch player once, and...well.

Yeah. He was clearly no longer in the picture for a reason.

She watched David sputter a bit, look nervous, then dredge off to get drinks. Poor Mr. Truebridge. Jessica felt for him. He must be quite the nervous Nancy, she decided, and she smirked to herself as she watched him go. Jessica would simply have to help him, clearly. Side project, perhaps? "I'm good, David, Bryant's getting me something I hope." If he didn't get lost on the way. And by getting lost, she mostly meant him socializing. The man was a social butterfly. Jessica COULD be, but she was not mingling widely tonight. She would make her rounds eventually...but nothing too major.

She SHOULD probably go see her department head at some point, though.

"Chloe, honey, I have to agree with ole' Davie there. You would have lost." She grinned playfully before turning back to Genny. "What made you sign him up? He seems like an anxious guy. Did you think it would make him come out his shell?" And how had that worked thus far, eh? Heh.

ALSO ALSO...it just hit her that David had called her brother Bryan. HAHAHAH. She wasn't going to correct him - nah nah, she would let Bryant deal with that.
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No Jessica, Chloe was not divorced nor did she have multiple kids. She had one kid and one fur baby. But of course she was no legilmens and did not know this of Jessica's thoughts but definitely would have informed her if she had asked. She also lowkey was wishing that she followed quidditch moreso because she might have been able to pick up on the talk about Genny's skills. Fortunately it didn't seem to be a pertinent thing to the conversation which shifted back to Bryant talking about being an architectural .... what??? "That sounds fancy. I guess you had to go to some sort of education to be able to do that. Do you like ... design buildings or something?" Or how was that different from an architect? Was it the same thing? And Bryant offered to go get his sister something to drink and included HER in it!!! OKAY soooo there was still hope for mankind after all. "Oh sure, thank you Bryant." She smiled graciously, her eyes gazing around the room to see Stella made her appearance. Young girl and to be frank, Chloe still wasn't particular on her opinion of the young woman yet. She seemed almost floozy-like but professional? Was that a thing?

No matter though because the discussion in their little conversation was back on the beauty and brains contest and she barely missed Genny's emphasis on partner. Took everything Chloe had to hold back the giggles. Fortunately she contained herself when Genny surprisingly agreed to an autograph?!? She hadn't been expecting it to be so easy but figured it never hurt to ask. "Into quidditch is an understatement really. My whole family is though. She played for the Bats for a few years back before I was born." So uh three decades ago?? "And then was the team healer for the Portree team for like twenty years after she had kids." Basically Amelia Rose lived and breathed quidditch. "And I got an uncle who played for the Kestrals."

Also did Davie just call Jessica's brother, Bryan??? She scrunched her face up in confusion, thinking perhaps she'd heard wrong particularly when Jessica didn't correct him. "True actually, but I think that Erik was also just on the shy, quiet side. I actually think on the contrary that he did know things, just didn't care to speak, ya know?" Probably why he was on the brainy side of the competition. Even though he was quite easy on the eyes. Although it would have been interesting to see how things played out for sure.

And now David was off to get more to drink, but Bryant (Bryan?) was going to get her something anyway she just shook her head at him.



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Louise giggled at the arm squeeze. Honestly she couldn't be more ecstatic about the best friend working with her again. "What good wifey material it would be," she noted to Arabella, amused at herself. Honestly she was a GREAT wing-woman when it came to talking up her friend. Why hadn't she found her a man yet?? Of course the fact that she was out of the country for almost a year and Arabella was doing education things didn't help romantic prospects but now they were in a more stable place in their career and well, let the romance games commence. "Aw shucks. You're looking quite splendid yourself, ya know?"

Also who was THAT? A curious glance got spared over at a woman (Alphonsine) who seemed more interesting in taking everything in then mingling. Curious. Very curious. Even as a man struck up a conversation with her. Hmm, was it intimidating for men to approach her and Arabella? Perhaps, but honestly if a man couldn't handle a confident woman with another confident woman, then what kind of man was he?

"I think that's a great idea," she nodded at the drink suggestion, just as she saw the man she'd pointed out earlier be approached by a girl (Alba) who gave him a kiss on the cheek?? Okay it seemed romantic and yet maybe not?? Rule him out, obviously.

Just as she was about to tug at Arabella in the way of the refreshment table, they were approached by a man with a woman on his arm. Who seemed to have been eavesdropping on them?? He was kind of cute, although a woman on his arm made him think he was already taken until he heard sis. Her turn to squeeze Arabella's arm. "Career first. Romance second." She answered simply enough, which was her way of saying that they did not have boyfriends. "Are you two new hires?" She grinned at Penelope who apologized on her brother's behalf. "It's fine, Penelope. We actually are both very much single and ready to mingle. I'm Louise."


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Aaron had just finished hanging up their coats, when he glanced around the greenhouse to search for his wife again. Where had she gone?? It had been two minutes. He did take a moment to give a small wave over at his niece, Chloe who seemed to be ever the social butterfly surrounded by a gathering of people, which was when he finally noted Laurel headed off towards the refreshments. "Laurel. There you are! I said two minutes." He grinned, giving her a small kiss on the cheek. "Apple cider?" He raised an eyebrow questioningly. "You don't like apples?" He turned and gave a small nod towards Anya and Airey as well, two people he knew to be her coworkers and boss from previous orientations.

Also.... was that......... Is that ... His eyes widened as he took note of the corpse flower on display.
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”Ask me again when we get home.” There no way he was relaying the story here, others might overhear. Having Sachin laugh at him was one thing. But other people? Well, Conley wasn’t sure he had the self-confidence to face that. As for this second question? Conley shrugged. Aiery marched to his own drum and so Conley didn’t know what the man had been thinking when he set off the wards. ”At least other people now know not to touch.” He turned back to Eureka ”It’s that bad is it?” he asked smiling. ”Well, thank you for the warning. I’ll make sure we’re on the other side of the green house by then.”

While Eureka began talking to someone she appeared to know, Conley watched Sachin slip off. It was then that he spotted Valentin. Why was the French Ambassador here? Conley swore the man lived to make his life miserable. For a moment, he wondered if Sachin was heading towards Valentin, but no…he was approaching another young man. From this distance, Conley couldn’t make out who it was though. ”Excuse me ladies,” he said looking towards the drinks table. ”I think a glass of something is calling my name.” He slipped off towards the drink table.


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He had been completely aware for both Arabella and Louise’s eyes on him as he passed by. Had they not been engaged in conversation with others, he might have stopped to flirt with them. He could have used the practice. Since he’d met Alba, he hadn’t been on a proper date or properly flirted with anyone. Yet another thing to blame on Alba. First she softened more of his snarky edged than he’d care to admit. Then she weaseled her way into his weekly schedule (when he was in Britain). And now? Now she killed his mojo.

And speaking of Alba, apparently he had thought her name too many times for she suddenly appeared at his elbow. ”You look lovely. Nu drez?” He took her hand and twirled her so she could show it off. As for what he was drinking? He looked into it then handed it over to her. ”Ai am not éxact-lee sure. But join me.” He reached for another drink.


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Adam had been in the greenhouse for a while. He’d just been hiding busy observing the fanged geraniums in the back corner. Unlike his plant at home, the fanged geraniums here didn’t seem to have it out for him. In fact they didn’t’ eve seem to care that he was around. Maybe the wards that had been tossed up in here to keep people from messing with the plants blocked out whatever it was he had that seemed to aggravate Fang at home. And yes, Adam named his plants, in case anyone was wondering.
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Kiko froze in place when someone called her by her last name. Drinking the entire glass of juice to calm her nerves before facing the man who called her. Oh hey, it's from someone in her department. Good thing she has a good memory with names and faces of people. Ryder Medina, right? She gave him a soft smile and faced the flower again "Corpse Flower..." she hummed before glancing back at Ryder "makes sense" Her knowledge with plants are very little to nothing and it shows. "I'm not a big fan of plants. Plus, it's too colorful for my taste" she chuckled.

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Penelope didn't want to be here right now. She didn't dislike these events - she'd enjoyed a lot of them in the past - but she just wasn't in the mood for something like this, not with the way the last few months had gone. She was restless, and she wanted to be out doing something. Patrolling, training, searching Hogsmeade and the surrounding area, just something. She couldn't relax until every last escapee had been found, until Alexa had fully recovered, until she finally had her daughter back...

Christmas hadn't been the same this past holiday. She and Zeppelin had tried to make it as fun as possible for Sage with the current circumstances, but it wasn't the same for any of them without Ivy, and it was extra frustrating being unable to do anything about it.

Mulling over these thoughts, Penelope kept herself positioned so she could keep an eye on all the arrivals. Her attention was briefly diverted when a yelp sounded - from Flamsteed? But there were quite a few people gathering around him already, so her eyes turned back to the door as people continued to arrive. She spotted Toussaint, their new Department Head, and Burton, and they both received a polite nod if they happened to look her way.
Ryder chuckled at Kiko's comment about the plant's color. It was a typical DME response, and he couldn't deny that he felt similarly. Herbology was not a subject that he was very interested in, nor was it one that he ever really enjoyed in school. To be perfectly honest, he thought it was a little strange to be having a Ministry party in a greenhouse, surrounded by a bunch of weird plants. "You and me both." He shifted on his feet, noticing another woman from their department, who seemed to be keeping an eye on the door. "Evening, Grimm," he said, giving a nod to the auror. Funny that the point of these gatherings was to mingle with people from other departments, but Ryder much preferred chatting with coworkers he already knew. "Did you ladies have a nice holiday?" It was a bit more small-talk-y of a topic than he would usually prefer, but at least it was better than talking about the rheticus vortex. If he had a sickle for every time he heard the term mentioned at the Ministry over the past few weeks, he'd be a very rich man.


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The first thing Anya wanted to do the moment she arrived was to acquire a drink for herself. She may not have brought a plus one to the event, although she considered asking Hazel but she was aware that social gatherings just weren't his cup of tea, but she made sure that her outfit would garner attention. This shade of yellow was particularly lovely, and she knew it looked good on her given her early years of experience in the modelling industry. One would not look so stressed if they dressed a certain way, and that was a look she was going after.

"Hello, Mr. Flamsteed," Anya brightly greeted her boss as she passed by, on her way to the beverage table. She would be chilling there while she waiting for a familiar face to arrive. Perhaps Angelica, or any of her colleagues from level 9. They could hopefully talk about something that wasn't related to the Rheticus Vortex because Merlin knew how much Anya needed a break from that.
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Laurel headed into the greenhouse wishing that she could skip it all together but it was mandatory so here she was but not feeling the party mood. Dressed in a silvery dotted dress for the evening the blond unspeakable quickly scanned off the room, noting the giant flower. Her husband was nowhere in sight since she had lost him by the coats so Laurel headed towards the only familiar faces in the room meaning Airey and Anya off by the refreshments table. Coming to a stop near them she plastered on charming smile as eyed up the selection of drinks on offer. "Good evening Airey and Anya! I'm glad for a night without vortex talk arent you? Have you seen any cheese straws anywhere? Or some apple cider?" She had an urge for some, which was weird because usually she disliked them as much as she did brocoli. Turning to look at the giant flower or really all the flowers in the greenhouse she wondered if any of them were touchable.
Grae was on her way to get a refill on her drink when she noticed a woman by the beverage table (Anya). She gave her a smile, trying to figure out if she had met her before. "At least I'm not the only one without a plus one!" Grae said with a laugh as she approached the table. Not that she was bitter about being single. But it just got old talking to all these couples. She set down her glass. "I don't know if we've met, but I'm Grae. Transportation." And then there was another woman joining them (Laurel). Grae was fairly certain that she had seen her on the Ministry lifts before, and that she was an unspeakable, but she wasn't totally sure. She laughed at the comment about apple cider and cheese straws. What strange things to crave. She could relate, though - she'd do pretty much anything for a Hogsmeade butterbeer. She had been craving one since Christmas.
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Penelope had looped her arm around her twin brother’s elbow as they made their way into the ministry event. Looking over at him she just watched as he tried to loosen his tie, her blue eyes flicked to the flower he was indicating and shrugged. “Chla...something” she paused looked again “clematis or columbine, I’m not sure” she shrugged and grinned at him. The venue was great, the flowers, the scent of the soil everything reminded her of herbology classes.

Penny looked at the girls for a moment, her eyes lingering on Arabella and Louise’ outfits. They looked so put together for this little winter garden party. It was nice, refreshing really. The young womans eyes did linger on the women before glacing around. Oh, there were a lot of attractive people here and she would loooooove to meet all of them. “Oliver,” she laughed as he asked Louise and Arabella if they had long-term boyfriends waiting for them. “I’ve told you its always fine to look, I mean I did when I was with that guy Carter back in school,” sure, Carter had eventually cheated on her but that made it almost better. Turning to the girls she smiled, “I’m sorry about this one, I’m Penelope, its nice to meet you two” she smiled at them.



Clematis? Columbine? Oliver turned to raise his eyebrows at his sister as he shook his head with a wide smile. "Nope. I'm totally positive that none of those are the right name for that giant flower, Sis." It had a different name it just eluded him at the moment. If he wanted to know he had to read the plaque but he was good where he was right now, next to his sister. Often Oliver felt shy in these kind of networking events, but when he just took the first step things went smoothly. He was a fairly likeable dude and fairly good-looking too or so he had heard.

Just now taking in the scent of the soil and all the other flowers he mumbled to his sister. "This reminds me of being in greenhouses at school after hours, nursing plants for extra credit and getting in trouble for touching some that we shouldn't." It had been fun. Oliver eyes couldn't help, but notice another attractive black haired woman with fair skin (Alphonsine) that he was pretty sure he had seen on level one that was also a new hire, but he was yet to make her acquaintance. Focus back on Penny he couldn’t help but roll his eyes and sighed heavily at the mention of Carter. "Oh Penny, why do you have to bring up that guy now? I told you, you were too good for him then and you still are." Penny deserved better than someone that lied and cheated and Ollie was going to keep guarding her emotions until that happened.


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Just as she was about to tug at Arabella in the way of the refreshment table, they were approached by a man with a woman on his arm. Who seemed to have been eavesdropping on them?? He was kind of cute, although a woman on his arm made him think he was already taken until he heard sis. Her turn to squeeze Arabella's arm. "Career first. Romance second." She answered simply enough, which was her way of saying that they did not have boyfriends. "Are you two new hires?" She grinned at Penelope who apologized on her brother's behalf. "It's fine, Penelope. We actually are both very much single and ready to mingle. I'm Louise."

Aaron had just finished hanging up their coats, when he glanced around the greenhouse to search for his wife again. Where had she gone?? It had been two minutes. He did take a moment to give a small wave over at his niece, Chloe who seemed to be ever the social butterfly surrounded by a gathering of people, which was when he finally noted Laurel headed off towards the refreshments. "Laurel. There you are! I said two minutes." He grinned, giving her a small kiss on the cheek. "Apple cider?" He raised an eyebrow questioningly. "You don't like apples?" He turned and gave a small nod towards Anya and Airey as well, two people he knew to be her coworkers and boss from previous orientations.
Also.... was that......... Is that ... His eyes widened as he took note of the corpse flower on display.


Laurel was perusing the refreshments in search of the apple cider when she sensed and felt her husband come up beside her. She leaned in for an extra kiss before she pulled back to pout bigly at him. "Yes, I want apple cider, and they don’t seem to have any which is bad of them." Confused she said back to him. "I’ve never said I don’t like apples Aaron, you must be confusing me with Amelia." Getting a little irritated now she added. "They seem to be out of cheese straws too. Can you find me cheese straws darling and some apple juice? I’m going to go check out the pretty flowers around the greenhouse." And turned her back to him to look at the fanged geranium that looked interesting and not to mention the corpse flower.

Oliver could perfectly well, apologize for himself if needed, but one of the women reassured that it was fine. Career first and romance second sounded sensible to his ears but maybe a little boring choice considering that the woman was attractive and still pretty young so why not date? Widening his smile, he extended his hand for a shake wondering if her hand would feel smooth as silk. "It’s very lovely to meet you Louise! I’m Oliver and I’m new in the ministers offices, hired as one of the new healers. And where might you be working? I’m assuming you’re not new too?" He gave a glance to the wingwoman by Louise’s side. "Didn’t we meet the other day at the mandatory information meeting for new hires?" He was good at remembering faces, but her name escaped him as well as where she had been hired but that wasn’t odd considering the number of people that had attended that meeting.

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And then there was another woman joining them (Laurel). Grae was fairly certain that she had seen her on the Ministry lifts before, and that she was an unspeakable, but she wasn't totally sure. She laughed at the comment about apple cider and cheese straws. What strange things to crave. She could relate, though - she'd do pretty much anything for a Hogsmeade butterbeer. She had been craving one since Christmas.
Hearing a laugh from a woman not standing two feet away which Laurel assumed was directed her way she turned her blue eyes on her. "Is it weird to want cheese straws and apple cider?" Not totally forgetting her manners she introduced herself. "I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m Laurel, I work as an unspeakable for the department of Mysteries."Indicating her husband with a hand wave she said "And that’s my husband Aaron, he works in Games & Sports." Gesturing at the flowers around the greenhouse she asked "Want to tag along to look at the flowers on display that the greenhouse is showcasing tonight?" Laurel wanted to get up close and personal with some of the more interesting flowers. It was why they we’re here right?
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Jonathan and Fletcher barely talk about their private lives especially when they're in the office so it is quite embarrassing for him to ask Jessa. He greeted her with a smile and then grinned at Fletcher. "Another congratulations to you both" he responded. He was about to ask more, cheesy stuff mainly which Jonathan wants to know if he is but alas Fletcher interrupted them both. "This man was quite the busy bee during the holidays" he chuckled before taking a sip.

Without hesitation he followed Fletcher, it was time to mingle. He smiled upon approaching Minister Hollingberry"Good evening, Minister" he greeted. He was going to ask about Hogwarts stuff just in case he has word from them and all BUT this was not the time to ask that. He doesn't want to spoil the minister's mood by it really.

His eyes glanced at the new hires, he remembers one of the new employees that Fletcher hugged. Kodee Chosen was it? He specifically remembers him being frozen by Flamsteed from awhile back. Wow, time surely did fly fast.

He glanced back at Fletcher and raised his glass as well. We're they all going to clink glasses? "Cheers" Yes? Yeeeesss?



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Kiko chuckled as well and then glanced back at the flower again. She's still concerned about the flower blooming. Ryder said that when this flower blooms it will smell like a dead body and that's something she's not looking forward to. She did not cancel her plans of staying at home and doing absolutely nothing for this. "What do you think will happen if it blooms tonight? I'm sure they have a plan B for this." right? Perhaps not.

She smiled when Ryder greeted another familiar co-worker. See, Kiko can only remember faces and names of people she worked with................. and the Minister, obviously. Which is also why she convinced herself to come to this party. It was part of her New Year's resolution to at least do something about her shyness in crowds. This is great practice for her. Speaking of holidays, she nodded at his question "I traveled in France alone for the holidays, it was fun" she got to drink and dine in great restaurants. "How about you?"
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He bowed a bit in response to Genny. "Pleasure's all mine, getting to meet you," Bryant said. It's not all the time he ran into and got the opportunity to introduce himself to professional Quidditch players.

"Bryant...with a T," the man politely corrected with a smile, and with yet another casual pat on Jessica's arm. He could just sense his sister's amusement, he was right beside her. It's not the first time the last letter was dropped either, but he seemed like an honest mistake. Bryant had also caught the look from David which, to him, almost made the other man look grumpy. But he understood that look, especially when it was him currently on the receiving end of the sibling embarrassment. The twenty-six-year-old replied to him with a casual one-shoulder shrug. There will be no words of protest from Bryant when they were in a formal event—one where he was only a guest.

Ah! That question from Chloe about his job wasn't the first time he's heard it too. The two professions were sometimes interchanged or considered as one, but it's just a misconception. "I use softwares to 'put' buildings together. My job focuses more on the functionalities and technicalities." That is opposed to architects who handle the aesthetics, on top of those. While that's fun too, he preferred doing things with a computer.

With both ladies accepting his offer to get them drinks, Bryant unlooped his arm from Jessica's hold and smiled. "I'll be right back. Excuse me." With that, he moved towards the direction of the beverage table. He could handle holding three glasses in his two hands, yes? Of course, he can. Everyone has that one friend who keeps offering them drinks, and Bryant was exactly that designated friend.


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From her peripheral vision, Anya had already noticed her colleague approaching and so she took one sip from her drink, for that dramatic effect, and then looked at Laurel with a pleasant smile. "Evening, Laurel," the astronomer greeted. "Quite am. A quick break from time to time is appreciated." Even when she had just mentioned the vortex, but Anya was personally determined not to mention it again.

As for the cheese straws, she shook her head. "I'm afraid I haven't." Anya didn't need any of them, so she hadn't actively looked for it at the beverage table or wherever. "But apple cider, they probably have some here tonight." Then again, that particular beverage wasn't her kind of drink either.

.......That was until a man (Aaron) arrived and told Laurel that she didn't actually like apples. Then and there, a look of mild confusion masked Anya's face. Nevertheless, she greeted the man with an acknowledging nod too.

Anya was thankful for someone to distract her from the rather awkward exchange their between her mysteries coworker and her plus one, she assumed. The astronomer turned to the side, facing the other woman (Grae), though she did not know her but Anya was a fan of women sticking with women. "We like independent women in this household," she grinned. "I believe we haven't, indeed. Anya, from Mysteries. Space chamber." She held her glass up for Grae. A clink for single women out there, perhaps?

She let Grae and Laurel introduce themselves, and then turned towards Laurel's husband. Not her plus one, but apparently a ministry colleague too. That was duly noted. "Great meeting you, Aaron," Anya said.

Anya was not feeling strongly enough about plant-watching but at the same time, she didn't mind. She side-glanced at Grae to see if she wanted to go. "I'll come if you want," she offered. Third-wheeling was not ideal, and she sort of knew Grae would get the unspoken message there.


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Kat had noticed the man (Sachin) with whom Eureka was talking to. While she did not want to insert herself in their conversation, she had managed a polite smile as a greeting to him. She was, however, able to catch a tidbit of information about him. An ambassador. That was interesting.

"Almost didn't think you'd return," Kat replied. Many would take at least a year or two away, so five to her was quite some time. "But it's great to have familiar faces come back." The blond has indeed seen so many people from their department come and go, both temporarily and permanently.

"I would say it's been the same old, work as usual." Except she wasn't about to bring up that misty expedition to Hogwarts three years ago. That experience left invisible scars in Kat. "That aside, I'm also worried about the vortex situation at Hogwarts. My eldest, it's her first year there." No communication of any kind just wasn't sitting well with the enforcement head.

Enough of that rather troubling news, though. "What about you? What were you up to in the past five years?"
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Frankie did have to admit that he personally would have enjoyed bowling or doing karaoke again for the beginning-of-the-new-year orientation. Not that there was anything wrong with this year's setup, but a plant was not exactly high on the Auror's ranking of interests. But there was free food and drink, so he was more than happy to attend.

Accompanied by his wife, the blond entered the greenhouse. It was a miracle how they managed to get out of the house without one of their kids attached at the hip. "How long do you think we've got before a Patronus appears and says we need to go back home?" he jested as they walked further in the room. "I still don't know how we managed to get Cora to agree to watch them for the night."

He then gave the place a look over, more out of habit than anything. It always was good to be familiar with ones surroundings. Plus there were certain people Frankie wanted to mingle with, and he was certain Hady was bound to see some familiar faces as well. Speaking of a familiar face, he caught sight of the new head of his department. "Hey, Evangeline! Congrats on the promotion!"

While this was certainly a different atmosphere for Hadleigh, she welcomed it fully with open arms. Accompanying her husband to the ministry's new year orientation meant a few hours surrounded by other adults that weren't family or co-workers. A few hours that she could focus on something other than what things the children were getting themselves into or what was taking place at Hogwarts.

With her hand lightly clasped around Frankie's she gave the greenhouse a once over. There was already quite a large amount of people standing about chatting. "Hmm, that depends. Would the patronus be telling us that Logan was the reason we need to get home?" If so then they might have a half hour tops. It was always something when it came to their only boy. "Maybe she wants to ensure that she will never have her own children one day?" She laughed softly joking about it.

Mingling would likely happen shortly but for now Hady was happy to stand at her husbands side until she ran into someone she knew.
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Though it had been no small task helping to prep the greenhouses for the party, Mariana had enjoyed lending a hand, and it felt good knowing she'd had a say in how to ensure the flora was safe and sound during such a big event. It was equally nice that her babies the plants were being showcased for all the ministry to see. They were looking amazing, right? She was looking pretty amazing herself and after securing a drink, the brunette decided to do a lap and enjoy the atmosphere. No matter the occasion, this place was always magical to her.

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It felt strange being back after everything and though Emilia was doing her best to enjoy the festivities, she couldn't help but focus on who wasn't in attendance and all that had happened leading up to this event. Being an auror had always been her dream, but she was discovering just how difficult it could be at times, and turning it off was that much harder to do with each passing day.

Jumping a bit as a guy about her age shouted across the room to another man, the brunette frowned slightly and ran a hand through her hair. "Relax, Em." Maybe some food would help. She looked around briefly and then headed over to make herself a plate.


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Accompanying Kodee here hadn't been entirely selfless, as Mackenzie was still jumping at any opportunity to spend time away from their flat in as discreet a way as she could manage. Today's occasion being that Kodee had quit a job that he enjoyed to pursue something that helped them and their future together. It had been this huge step, one that he'd decided on without needing to be asked, and she was just feeling really proud of him. She was also feeling kind of guilty, but that feeling quickly went away when she heard her boyfriend shouting across the room to Kaiser. Merlin, some things were never going to change, huh? At least she'd escaped to check out the corpse flower before he'd decided to-

Wait, Kaiser?

When she turned, the uni student did find that Kaiser was here, and apparently also working for the ministry, which made all of this so much better in her eyes. Kodee wasn't going to be alone here. He'd have someone to look after him, someone he liked. She couldn't have planned it better herself.

Thank Merlin.

Also, centering this event around the blooming of a flower that gave off the smell of rotten meat had been whose idea again?

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Arabella smiled at Louise's compliment. Oh Arabella knew she looked good but hearing a compliment from her best friend was the highest praise indeed. She glanced around the greenhouse, thoroughly participating in her favourite activity. People watching. She noted Louise's glance at a woman who seemed to be waiting to approach the group. Smart, she thought, as she noticed a man join her. Hm... Maybe she ought to have done that instead of going to greet her family and friends so quickly. Hmm.. That may have been a better move.

The kiss that Alba gave the handsome man (Vincent) didn't go unnoticed. She watched the two interact before leaning over to Louise. "Y'know I think there more friends... I got this strange feeling about it, y'know?" she suggested. "We should still get drinks regardless. Do some intel." Live a little dangerously, Louise, but act innocently while doing so?

Then an interesting pair approached them. Arabella remained silent, taking in the brother and sister pair before them. She nodded when Louise spoke explaining that they were career girls before romance. Well... now Arabella was. She had gone back to her old self prior to meeting.... She pushed that thought away from her as she thought of her ex. He was happy and she should be happy for him which she was... but moments like these made her unhappy. The woman turned out to be Penelope who was apologizing for the man (whose name turned out to be Oliver). She gave them both a kind smile. "Pleasure to meet you, Penelope, and Oliver," she nodded her head towards them very civilly and extended a hand to them. "I'm Arabella Morgenstern. I'm a IUMO Junior Investigator in the MLE Department." She was not expecting to he paused when Oliver asked if they had met before. Umm.. She looked... familiar? At first, she thought it was some lame pick-up line before she analyzed his face, noting his eyes. AH. She'd never forget eyes like those. They were was just something about his eyes... Something playful that she knew she wouldn't forget.

Her own golden hazel eyes widened when he seemed to recognize her. "I did attend that meeting that is correct," she nodded. "You do look familiar. I think we sat next to each other." Her cheeks flushed pink when she realized how rude not recognizing him could have come across. "[/b]Sorry for not recognizing you sooner. We were going to grab a drink. Do you want to come with us?[/b]"
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Adam had the funny feeling that someone else had found their way over to the fanged Geraniums. He had squatted down to get a better look at one of the plants, but at the feeling he looked over the tops of a few of the plants. Hmmm…he adjusted his glasses and then stood up. He couldn’t fully see who it was, but something about the energy the lady was putting out told him it was his favorite fellow unspeakable. ”Laurel,” He said taking his glasses off so he could clean them, as if cleaning them would make him better able to see. ”You look lofely zis efening.”

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With a bright smile, she made her way into the greenhouse. She waved at Chloe joon (dear), who was busy in conversation. Yassi did not want to be a bother and opted against interrupting their current moment. She would surely have the time to chat with her friend later. And time to chat was very much needed as Yassi wanted to hear all about everyone's holidays.

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She found herself admiring the vibrant color of Lucy's dress when she heard someone shouting. Yassi immediately looked around with concern in her eyes, but when she saw the two young men (Kaiser and Kodee) hugging, she was no longer concerned. Instead, she smiled to herself. They must be good friends. She laughed softly to herself as she continued her way towards the center of the room to admire the centerpiece.

Settling near two others whom she did not know (Luther and Kiko), she smiled warmly. She nodded, having caught Kikos' exclamation of awe just as she had stopped. "I am sure it will be even more beautiful once it blooms." It looked just about ready to do so as well.
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She had spotted Chloe when she walked in, but did not interject herself in the younger woman's conversation as she appeared quite busy. But Kendra did give her a warm smile in greeting as she passed. And there was her dear assistant in the company of a bearded man. "Hello, Stella. Hope you had a nice holiday break," she greeted her pleasantly as she walked past. She didn't want to interrupt, so she'd catch up to her later perhaps.

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It felt strange being back after everything and though Emilia was doing her best to enjoy the festivities, she couldn't help but focus on who wasn't in attendance and all that had happened leading up to this event. Being an auror had always been her dream, but she was discovering just how difficult it could be at times, and turning it off was that much harder to do with each passing day.

Jumping a bit as a guy about her age shouted across the room to another man, the brunette frowned slightly and ran a hand through her hair. "Relax, Em." Maybe some food would help. She looked around briefly and then headed over to make herself a plate.
Milo actually enjoyed these orientations, especially the refreshments, though he didn't care much about this plant that was supposed to bloom. And what was with the name - corpse flower? Weird.

Leaving his sister to mingle, he decided to help himself to some food. As he reached for a plate, he noticed a woman who seemed rather jumpy. "Are you okay?" he asked, a little concerned, but gave her a friendly smile.
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The Ambassador eyed Conley. Was the cabbage story that embarrassing? Well, that just made him want to know the tiniest of details even more. “You can count on me reminding you about it,’’ he assured.

After chatting briefly with Kaiser, Sachin sought Conley out and eventually found him at the drinks table. "I just met one of the Hogwarts... well, former Hogwarts student who interned in DIMC sometime ago. Kaiser.'' Sachin knew Conley would remember the young man. His eyes drifted to the Minister whom he now really noticed. "Should we go say hello to your boss?''

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Sachin never was sure what to make of Kaiser. He had been a dedicated enough intern from as far as Sachin could tell. At least Conley had never complained about Kaiser as far as his memory served. Then again, the Ambassador and Conley rarely spoke of work related topics when they were out of the Ministry. “Oh?’’ Sachin was only mildly surprised. “Congrats then!’’ The man was genuinely pleased for Kaiser; even if Kaiser wasn’t in DIMC then the Ministry still was a great option. “Mind if I ask what position you hold?’’

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Eureka had a firm grip and her shake was strong. This told Sachin that she was a confident woman. “Well, I hope you get to travel on occasions at least, if not often. Any place you’d like to visit in particular?’’ He did know that some Herbologits/Environmentalists had their wish lists of spots they’d like to see because of the plant/animal life there. “Oh, that would be India. I’ve been the British Ambassador to India for eleven years.’’ Now that he said it, Sachin realised what a huge accomplishment that was. That and the fact that he was getting older.

Kat also interested him. “Environmental protection too?’’ he asked politely, making a hazardous guess. Since she and Eureka seemed so chummy, hence the guess. Not that it meant much as the two could have been close even if they were in other Departments.
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Hearing a laugh from a woman not standing two feet away which Laurel assumed was directed her way she turned her blue eyes on her. "Is it weird to want cheese straws and apple cider?" Not totally forgetting her manners she introduced herself. "I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m Laurel, I work as an unspeakable for the department of Mysteries."Indicating her husband with a hand wave she said "And that’s my husband Aaron, he works in Games & Sports." Gesturing at the flowers around the greenhouse she asked "Want to tag along to look at the flowers on display that the greenhouse is showcasing tonight?" Laurel wanted to get up close and personal with some of the more interesting flowers. It was why they we’re here right?
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From her peripheral vision, Anya had already noticed her colleague approaching and so she took one sip from her drink, for that dramatic effect, and then looked at Laurel with a pleasant smile. "Evening, Laurel," the astronomer greeted. "Quite am. A quick break from time to time is appreciated." Even when she had just mentioned the vortex, but Anya was personally determined not to mention it again.

As for the cheese straws, she shook her head. "I'm afraid I haven't." Anya didn't need any of them, so she hadn't actively looked for it at the beverage table or wherever. "But apple cider, they probably have some here tonight." Then again, that particular beverage wasn't her kind of drink either.

.......That was until a man (Aaron) arrived and told Laurel that she didn't actually like apples. Then and there, a look of mild confusion masked Anya's face. Nevertheless, she greeted the man with an acknowledging nod too.

Anya was thankful for someone to distract her from the rather awkward exchange their between her mysteries coworker and her plus one, she assumed. The astronomer turned to the side, facing the other woman (Grae), though she did not know her but Anya was a fan of women sticking with women. "We like independent women in this household," she grinned. "I believe we haven't, indeed. Anya, from Mysteries. Space chamber." She held her glass up for Grae. A clink for single women out there, perhaps?

She let Grae and Laurel introduce themselves, and then turned towards Laurel's husband. Not her plus one, but apparently a ministry colleague too. That was duly noted. "Great meeting you, Aaron," Anya said.

Anya was not feeling strongly enough about plant-watching but at the same time, she didn't mind. She side-glanced at Grae to see if she wanted to go. "I'll come if you want," she offered. Third-wheeling was not ideal, and she sort of knew Grae would get the unspoken message there.
"Not weird at all," Grae reassured the woman with a smile. "I had a weird craving for a chocolate frog all afternoon yesterday. And I haven't had one of those since my Hogwarts days!" Which were starting to feel like distant memories. It had only been three years since she graduated, but she missed the school every day. She was especially worried about everything going on with the vortex. Grae laughed at Anya's comment about the independent women. "I'll toast to that!" She clinked her champagne glass with Anya's. "Well it's great to meet you both." It was always fun to meet people from Mysteries. A curious department indeed.

And then Laurel was asking them to check out some plants. Grae didn't really feel one way or the other - she'd be happy to do whatever. She was just happy to be surrounded by so many nice coworkers. Some of the plants did look pretty, and even though she didn't know a whole lot about herbology, she would be happy to peruse the greenhouse. She nodded in agreement. "Sure, let's check them out!"


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Kiko chuckled as well and then glanced back at the flower again. She's still concerned about the flower blooming. Ryder said that when this flower blooms it will smell like a dead body and that's something she's not looking forward to. She did not cancel her plans of staying at home and doing absolutely nothing for this. "What do you think will happen if it blooms tonight? I'm sure they have a plan B for this." right? Perhaps not.

She smiled when Ryder greeted another familiar co-worker. See, Kiko can only remember faces and names of people she worked with................. and the Minister, obviously. Which is also why she convinced herself to come to this party. It was part of her New Year's resolution to at least do something about her shyness in crowds. This is great practice for her. Speaking of holidays, she nodded at his question "I traveled in France alone for the holidays, it was fun" she got to drink and dine in great restaurants. "How about you?"
Ryder peered up and down at the plant again before giving Kiko a shrug. "Honestly? No idea. But I'm hoping they have at least have some fragrant potions on hand to diffuse the smell." Or perhaps they could put a shield up around the plant. "Or maybe they modified it somehow." Herbologists were able to change the genes of plants to make them have different characteristics, weren't they? So perhaps they changed this flower to make it smell better? Either way, he hoped the DERP employees had some sort of plan in place.

As the conversation turned to holidays, he nodded in admiration of Kiko's Christmas plans. So he wasn't the only one that had spent this holiday alone. Traveling solo sounded wonderful, actually. And it would have made a much better excuse for missing out on his family's gathering than 'I'm stuck at the office with some pressing cases.' Maybe he'd have to put traveling on the list for next year. Although it did make him wonder why his coworker hadn't spent Christmas with a significant other or her family. "Ah, I miss France. Spent two summers there during University." The best part was definitely the food. Much better than his atrocious cooking. Ryder shifted on his feet a bit, unsure of what to tell Kiko about his own Christmas. It sounded kind of pathetic to admit that he had really spent it totally alone, preferring the solitude over the Medina family party. "Mine was nothing special. The usual," he said, running a hand through his hair. "But perhaps I'll try a holiday trip next year. I've always wanted to spend one Christmas in a different country."
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Ryder chuckled at Kiko's comment about the plant's color. It was a typical DME response, and he couldn't deny that he felt similarly. Herbology was not a subject that he was very interested in, nor was it one that he ever really enjoyed in school. To be perfectly honest, he thought it was a little strange to be having a Ministry party in a greenhouse, surrounded by a bunch of weird plants. "You and me both."
Cupcakes? Oh yes, please. "Thanks. Did you take those off the table or did you make them?" He couldn't tell. Luther took one of Kiko's cupcakes anyway and munched on one nodding his head at her approving of the taste. Mhmmm. Oh? Someone joined them. And then someone else. And... okay, wow the MLE people were a lot in this party, weren't they? They were easy to spot, too, as ironic as that was considering they had to be subtle in almost everything.

"Excuse me, then," he informed the small group but mainly the girl (Kiko) who he was chatting with. If she already had her drink, he needed his. And off he went to the drinking table.


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Oh wait, not everyone had a drink in hand. "Jessa," he turned toward his gorgeous wife and flashed her a winning grin, "would you be a dear and fetch us all another round?" And she could take Victoria with her to get those drinks, heh. Ya know, so the men could talk VIP business.
Jess was smiling and nodding gracefully at all the people her husband was greeting. Wow was he popular! And hot when he acted all bossy and well-connected. Though it got less hot when he was being bossy to her. She forced a bigger smile on when he asked for more drinks. Was he trying to get rid of her to mingle with his work friends? Mkay, she was gonna accidentally drop some salty treats in his drink. "Yes, dear." She turned and headed for the drinking corner.

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"Only the one famous friend, actually," David turned his blue eyes back to intently stare at Jessica. Funny; tonight he hadn't said aloud that they would have won.... was she a legilmens? Or just recalling their conversation from the bar after the first night of the contest? He stared at little more at his former partner until Genny decided to pipe up. PARTNER. What was wrong with Geneva, emphasizing the word like that. He again began to turn a bit pink, and hastily tossed back the rest of his drink while now GLARING at Genny. He'd...he'd just not comment on Jessica's good looks, alright? Didn't it go without saying that she was very, very attractive??! They were at a professional work function, for Circe's sake. The last thing he'd need would be to accused of workplace harassment before his career even took off. AND Genny should have known that his partner for the contest would be gorgeous; it went without saying when one was in a contest involving Beauties (like her) and Brains (like him). David clearly didn't fit into the Beauties category. He barely knew how to dress himself!

Hmmph. "For the record, Erik didn't know anything," he laid his icy eyes on Chloe now. "But it would have been nice to see how the contest would have ended."

Eh, anyway. "Anyone want a refill?" Yes, David was going to excuse himself now, thanks, since he was feeling a bit salty about all this PARTNER talk. He'd get a cocktail napkin or five for Genny to autograph, but first, he'd need a few more glasses of sparkly...juice. Maybe he could knock one back at the refreshments table before returning to this group.
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Was Genny putting down the HINTS that she wanted her, Jessica, to get to know David? Well that would be easy considering they now worked together. Granted, it was in separate departments, but still. It would be exciting to have all these new friends...like, maybe Jessica would actually make some decent ones. In the world of publicists and dealing with famous people, Jessica found it difficult to make lasting relationships among those kinds of people sometimes. She had even DATED a famous Quidditch player once, and...well.

Yeah. He was clearly no longer in the picture for a reason.

She watched David sputter a bit, look nervous, then dredge off to get drinks. Poor Mr. Truebridge. Jessica felt for him. He must be quite the nervous Nancy, she decided, and she smirked to herself as she watched him go. Jessica would simply have to help him, clearly. Side project, perhaps? "I'm good, David, Bryant's getting me something I hope." If he didn't get lost on the way. And by getting lost, she mostly meant him socializing. The man was a social butterfly. Jessica COULD be, but she was not mingling widely tonight. She would make her rounds eventually...but nothing too major.

She SHOULD probably go see her department head at some point, though.

"Chloe, honey, I have to agree with ole' Davie there. You would have lost." She grinned playfully before turning back to Genny. "What made you sign him up? He seems like an anxious guy. Did you think it would make him come out his shell?" And how had that worked thus far, eh? Heh.
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No matter though because the discussion in their little conversation was back on the beauty and brains contest and she barely missed Genny's emphasis on partner. Took everything Chloe had to hold back the giggles. Fortunately she contained herself when Genny surprisingly agreed to an autograph?!? She hadn't been expecting it to be so easy but figured it never hurt to ask. "Into quidditch is an understatement really. My whole family is though. She played for the Bats for a few years back before I was born." So uh three decades ago?? "And then was the team healer for the Portree team for like twenty years after she had kids." Basically Amelia Rose lived and breathed quidditch. "And I got an uncle who played for the Kestrals."
Genny watched Davie glare at her and overthink the singular word she uttered with a big grin. She kept looking at him from over her glass as she drank, looking very much like a trolling older sister. Although he'd hate that analogy. "Yes, please!" She chirped when he offered to deliver refills. He better be serious about this drink deliver because she was going to wait for him.

Jessica was just proving to be a fun person the more Genny saw of her reactions. She was almost the complete opposite of her nervous friend. "Ahhh," Genny sighed dramatically when Jess asked about why she signed him up. "WELL, yes. Davie is someone who you have to push into social situations? I think he's a great person, he's intelligent and good looking but this whole brooding persona he's taken on since we turned thirteen is hindering some people from knowing who he is. So, I signed him up! To meet people. Beautiful people." DATE. She signed him up to find a date. Or two. Or three. She was a good friend not to say it out loud though. It wasn't hard to know the underlying meaning behind Genny's words, though. "Why did you sign up?" She was interested in hearing the answer from a normal person as opposed to a forceful friend.

Chloe's family was proving to be the family Genny had always wanted (just kidding, Genny actually adored her parents no matter how Quidditch-less they were). "Oh wow! You have to tell me their full names, I must know of them! I've been into Quidditch since I was... five? Maybe four." Genny can't remember a time where she didn't play or go to Quidditch games. "You don't seem to play, though." What a weird turnout for her family, huh? That she didn't play.


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Her focus was distracted by Airey though for a moment. Was there always something going on with him? She hesitated if she should go see what was going on, but decided to leave it for now and headed to Charles. She greeted those around him and smiled towards him. "I'm glad you got to make it."
SPEAKING of Quidditch! Genny saw the head of sports across the greenhouse, Victoria, and squeaked excitedly. She was definitely going to go say hi once Davie came back! Maybe ALL of them should go and say hi. SQUEAK.

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[COLOR="#003a6c"]Kat had noticed the man (Sachin) with whom Eureka was talking to. While she did not want to insert herself in their conversation, she had managed a polite smile as a greeting to him. She was, however, able to catch a tidbit of information about him. An ambassador. That was interesting.

"Almost didn't think you'd return," Kat replied. Many would take at least a year or two away, so five to her was quite some time. "But it's great to have familiar faces come back." The blond has indeed seen so many people from their department come and go, both temporarily and permanently.

"I would say it's been the same old, work as usual." Except she wasn't about to bring up that misty expedition to Hogwarts three years ago. That experience left invisible scars in Kat. "That aside, I'm also worried about the vortex situation at Hogwarts. My eldest, it's her first year there." No communication of any kind just wasn't sitting well with the enforcement head.

Enough of that rather troubling news, though. "What about you? What were you up to in the past five years?"
Eureka nodded smiling at Conley when he left the scene, she was definitely going to see more of him when she started her work. She turned back to Kat, holding her drink with two fingers, "Five years were more than I planned. I essentially went there for research with the Norwegian Ministry of Magic. Then they offered me a research degree if I stayed for a while and I enjoyed research so I stayed." She sipped from her glass. "Although to be honest, even I didn't know if I wanted to come back or not." Not until a months ago.

Kat had a daughter in Hogwarts? Did Eureka know Kat had a child even? She looked slightly worried at what Kat said. "I can't say I understand, but I'm sure it's hard for you. Hogwarts is a great school, I loved my time there more than in Durmstrang, but it's hard." In fact, ever since her grandfather passed away her last year there, Eureka couldn't push herself to even talk of the school. She didn't share her feelings now, though, Kat was already worried enough as it was.

"Oh I'm good, thanks for asking. I settled in, rekindled some friendships here and there." Particularly one that she was happy about. "Just excited to be back, I love working with Olivia." Olly. Though she refused to call her something other than Olivia, it seemed disrespectful.


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Eureka had a firm grip and her shake was strong. This told Sachin that she was a confident woman. “Well, I hope you get to travel on occasions at least, if not often. Any place you’d like to visit in particular?’’ He did know that some Herbologits/Environmentalists had their wish lists of spots they’d like to see because of the plant/animal life there. “Oh, that would be India. I’ve been the British Ambassador to India for eleven years.’’ Now that he said it, Sachin realised what a huge accomplishment that was. That and the fact that he was getting older. .
"Thank you. I will get in touch if I ever get to go to India, too, if you're free." Eureka would love to go and experience that rich culture. It was rooted deeply in history. He was there for eleven years, too, wow! "That's quite impressive, Ambassador. You must really understand the context there, and like living there. Do you have your family with you?" Because how else would he tolerate being away, ya know?
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Adam had the funny feeling that someone else had found their way over to the fanged Geraniums. He had squatted down to get a better look at one of the plants, but at the feeling he looked over the tops of a few of the plants. Hmmm…he adjusted his glasses and then stood up. He couldn’t fully see who it was, but something about the energy the lady was putting out told him it was his favorite fellow unspeakable. ”Laurel,” He said taking his glasses off so he could clean them, as if cleaning them would make him better able to see. ”You look lofely zis efening.”

Just then another familiar face came walking by. ”Mariana!” he called with a wave. He honestly would be surprised if she stopped to talk to him. Last time she had at one of these events, she had been pulled into the worst drama imaginable. And speaking of drama…Adam didn’t know it but the source (James) had just walked into the green house.


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"Hey Adam, how are you?" Did he see how great all the plants were looking? Did he see the corpse flower? It was magnificent.


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Milo actually enjoyed these orientations, especially the refreshments, though he didn't care much about this plant that was supposed to bloom. And what was with the name - corpse flower? Weird.

Leaving his sister to mingle, he decided to help himself to some food. As he reached for a plate, he noticed a woman who seemed rather jumpy. "Are you okay?" he asked, a little concerned, but gave her a friendly smile.


"Me?" The brunette looked around before confirming that yes, she was the only one he could be referring to. Emilia had really been hoping no one had seen that. How embarrassing. "Yeah, sorry. Just didn't anticipate yelling at a ministry function." She offered the guy a small, embarrassed smile and then grabbed herself a plate. "Are you enjoying yourself?" It wasn't a terrible set up. The scenery was pretty and the food looked delicious. The smell, however, she could've done without.
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Did Kenzie SEE?

It took him a second after Kaiser had let go before he did and only because the Minister himself was talking to him, to them, to--whoa whoa whoa. Kaiser was his personal assistant?? The universe had conspired in the right way for once and put them in the same office?? He could faint. If Kodee Chosen wasn't such an obviously manly type man, he might even have cried. This had just become the most perfect night in existence--in the last few months at least. Finally, something was going right.

Sweet Merlin on toast the minister. Minister Charles. There. Not yelling or angry or about to kick him out. Kodee sorta not so subtly gestured for Kenzie to come over. Who cared about a PLANT when the man that ran the wizarding world was WINKING at him??????

"Yes, sir." Kodee said at once. Not missing a beat. If the wink was any indication of things--if getting this job was any indication of things--Minister Charles was not holding his internship against him...much and after that talk with his parents, he sorta felt like he had a lot to prove this go around.

Even more so when his own boss man came over, the SECOND most powerful man in the wizarding world. Look at him, here toasting the new year with these kinds of people. Who'd have thunkit? "Mr. Fletcher." See? Professional. He could do that.

"Is the plant the thing that goes wrong this year?" He asked. Pardon him, Hogwarts had gotten him used to near death experiences and last year there were PRISON OUTBREAKS. He was ready, okay?? Trained for this for the last 7 or so years.

"Kaiser, mate, we gotta grab lunch this week. Maybe we grab lunch while we grab their lunches." He was flexible and could multitask not really.
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The Ambassador eyed Conley. Was the cabbage story that embarrassing? Well, that just made him want to know the tiniest of details even more. “You can count on me reminding you about it,’’ he assured.

After chatting briefly with Kaiser, Sachin sought Conley out and eventually found him at the drinks table. "I just met one of the Hogwarts... well, former Hogwarts student who interned in DIMC sometime ago. Kaiser.'' Sachin knew Conley would remember the young man. His eyes drifted to the Minister whom he now really noticed. "Should we go say hello to your boss?''
Kaiser…Kaiser…oh yes. The irritable one. He never did get the chance to follow up with the young man. ”He was a good worker, if a bit surly. Is her working here now?” Conley asked, because surely the young man had graduated from school. Conley handed Sachin a glass of ginger ale and then helped himself to one of the signature cocktails for the evening. He followed Sachin’s line of sight and found himself looking towards Charles. ”Hmmm..” he took a sip of his cocktail. ”I guess we should.” He grabbed a cookie and headed towards the man.
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Pausing when she heard someone call to her, Mariana looked around to find Adam nearby. She smiled, approaching him. He was still struggling with those glasses, apparently, and the brunette couldn't help but wonder why he didn't just get himself a new pair. It was probably rude to suggest such a thing, right?

"Hey Adam, how are you?" Did he see how great all the plants were looking? Did he see the corpse flower? It was magnificent.

” Gut, danke. You?” Adam flashed her a big smile. ”I vas admiring ze Fanged Geraniums. Zey are lofely.” And very docile. At least compared to his own plant at home. Maybe it was the plant food they fed it? He’d have to ask her about it sometime. Tonight didn’t feel like the correct setting to talk shop. However, if Marian wanted to talk shop, Adam would have been happy to. He loved herbology and had he not fallen into potions, he might have followed his parents footsteps into growing plants. ” I haf nicht made mein vay ofer to ze great schow. Or ze food table. Care to choin me?”
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Did it just get warmer in here?

It did!

Which means the show was starting. The heat increase was especially noticeable the closer to the star attraction you are. A few other details also signaled that the plant of the hour was starting to bloom.

The red ‘skirt’ of the plant began to fold down looking very much like a deep red and glistening, a raw steak. Oddly enough, the chemicals produced by the corpse flower vary in range. At first, you may smell the faint scent of jasmine. But soon, pungent smells begin filling the room.

Perhaps to you it smells like a funky cheese? Rotting garlic? The Sulphur of rotten eggs?
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The woman turned out to be Penelope who was apologizing for the man (whose name turned out to be Oliver). She gave them both a kind smile. "Pleasure to meet you, Penelope, and Oliver," she nodded her head towards them very civilly and extended a hand to them. "I'm Arabella Morgenstern. I'm a IUMO Junior Investigator in the MLE Department." She was not expecting to he paused when Oliver asked if they had met before. Umm.. She looked... familiar? At first, she thought it was some lame pick-up line before she analyzed his face, noting his eyes. AH. She'd never forget eyes like those. They were was just something about his eyes... Something playful that she knew she wouldn't forget.
Her own golden hazel eyes widened when he seemed to recognize her. "I did attend that meeting that is correct," she nodded. "You do look familiar. I think we sat next to each other." Her cheeks flushed pink when she realized how rude not recognizing him could have come across. "[/b]Sorry for not recognizing you sooner. We were going to grab a drink. Do you want to come with us?[/b]"


Oliver was here to mingle, and network not flirt, but these two very attractive ladies were making it hard to hold that promise. But Penelope’s presence kept him grounded. "It’s perfectly okay Arabella. There is no need to apologize." Oliver reassured. First day and many faces to remember so he could relate to why she didn’t recognize him right away, but didn’t you always remember good-looking faces a little extra, especially when they sat next to you? Maybe it was just him? Smoothing over her flushed cheeks he asked hoping to distract her. "MLE department, that’s cool! Did you want to work with catching bad guys when you applied for the ministry?" He exchanged a questioning glance with Penny before he responded. "A drink sounds lovely. I hope they have something cold and refreshing to drink." Like cider or pumpkin juice or even a butterbeer. [/FONT]

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Adam had the funny feeling that someone else had found their way over to the fanged Geraniums. He had squatted down to get a better look at one of the plants, but at the feeling he looked over the tops of a few of the plants. Hmmm…he adjusted his glasses and then stood up. He couldn’t fully see who it was, but something about the energy the lady was putting out told him it was his favorite fellow unspeakable. ”Laurel,” He said taking his glasses off so he could clean them, as if cleaning them would make him better able to see. ”You look lofely zis efening.”
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From her peripheral vision, Anya had already noticed her colleague approaching and so she took one sip from her drink, for that dramatic effect, and then looked at Laurel with a pleasant smile. "Evening, Laurel," the astronomer greeted. "Quite am. A quick break from time to time is appreciated." Even when she had just mentioned the vortex, but Anya was personally determined not to mention it again.
As for the cheese straws, she shook her head. "I'm afraid I haven't." Anya didn't need any of them, so she hadn't actively looked for it at the beverage table or wherever. "But apple cider, they probably have some here tonight." Then again, that particular beverage wasn't her kind of drink either.
Anya was not feeling strongly enough about plant-watching but at the same time, she didn't mind. She side-glanced at Grae to see if she wanted to go. "I'll come if you want," she offered. Third-wheeling was not ideal, and she sort of knew Grae would get the unspoken message there.
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"Not weird at all," Grae reassured the woman with a smile. "I had a weird craving for a chocolate frog all afternoon yesterday. And I haven't had one of those since my Hogwarts days!" Which were starting to feel like distant memories. It had only been three years since she graduated, but she missed the school every day. She was especially worried about everything going on with the vortex. Grae laughed at Anya's comment about the independent women. "I'll toast to that!" She clinked her champagne glass with Anya's. "Well it's great to meet you both." It was always fun to meet people from Mysteries. A curious department indeed.
And then Laurel was asking them to check out some plants. Grae didn't really feel one way or the other - she'd be happy to do whatever. She was just happy to be surrounded by so many nice coworkers. Some of the plants did look pretty, and even though she didn't know a whole lot about herbology, she would be happy to peruse the greenhouse. She nodded in agreement. "Sure, let's check them out!"
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Did it just get warmer in here?
It did!
Which means the show was starting. The heat increase was especially noticeable the closer to the star attraction you are. A few other details also signaled that the plant of the hour was starting to bloom.
The red ‘skirt’ of the plant began to fold down looking very much like a deep red and glistening, a raw steak. Oddly enough, the chemicals produced by the corpse flower vary in range. At first, you may smell the faint scent of jasmine. But soon, pungent smells begin filling the room.
Perhaps to you it smells like a funky cheese? Rotting garlic? The Sulphur of rotten eggs?


Laurel was waiting for Aaron to find her some apple juice, but until he did, she settled on a glass of what looked like iced pumpkin juice. As she took a sip the unmistakable voice of Adam’s reached her ears. Looking around she spotted him and called over, not bothering with a wave knowing how bad his vision was. "Good evening Adam! Why thank you. You look very dashing yourself." Peering past him at the fanged geranium she warned. "Adam you should take a few steps away from that geranium or something bad will happen." Regardless of security spells, some plants had other ideas and she didn’t want to see him get hurt.

She couldn’t agree more whole-heartedly with Anya’s sentiment. Grae then interjected that cravings weren’t weird at all, but Laurel’s came very frequent because of her current condition which she had told very few about. Smiling she said, "I'm relieved to hear I'm not being weird." If they knew she was an experienced seer too, then maybe they’d change their minds. Taking another ice-cold sip of juice she joined in the toasting. "It’s great to meet you too Grae."

For a second or two she wondered where Aaron had gone before she focused on her plant watching wing-women and gestured to the main star of the greenhouse. "Shall we go take a closer look at the main attraction of the night then? The corpse flower looks exquisite." Not waiting for an answer Laurel started to lead the way over to stop in front of the corpse flower’s do not touch sign and minimal decorations. "It’s really beautiful. Have either of you seen a corpse flower before?" She wondered, with a look at the other two ladies. She hadn't stood there long before it was starting to get very warm and soon her dress felt like it was sticking to her skin. Laurel was about to ask Anya and Grae if they felt it too when the corpse flower began to bloom and she looked on mesmerized until the acute pungent smells of rotten eggs and garlic combined with the extreme heat started to make her feel very dizzy and she began to sway heavily on the spot. "I don’t feel too good." She mumbled almost inaudibly to nobody in particular before she fainted and singled down to the floor like a falling shedded flower petal.
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Ryder peered up and down at the plant again before giving Kiko a shrug. "Honestly? No idea. But I'm hoping they have at least have some fragrant potions on hand to diffuse the smell." Or perhaps they could put a shield up around the plant. "Or maybe they modified it somehow." Herbologists were able to change the genes of plants to make them have different characteristics, weren't they? So perhaps they changed this flower to make it smell better? Either way, he hoped the DERP employees had some sort of plan in place.

As the conversation turned to holidays, he nodded in admiration of Kiko's Christmas plans. So he wasn't the only one that had spent this holiday alone. Traveling solo sounded wonderful, actually. And it would have made a much better excuse for missing out on his family's gathering than 'I'm stuck at the office with some pressing cases.' Maybe he'd have to put traveling on the list for next year. Although it did make him wonder why his coworker hadn't spent Christmas with a significant other or her family. "Ah, I miss France. Spent two summers there during University." The best part was definitely the food. Much better than his atrocious cooking. Ryder shifted on his feet a bit, unsure of what to tell Kiko about his own Christmas. It sounded kind of pathetic to admit that he had really spent it totally alone, preferring the solitude over the Medina family party. "Mine was nothing special. The usual," he said, running a hand through his hair. "But perhaps I'll try a holiday trip next year. I've always wanted to spend one Christmas in a different country."
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Cupcakes? Oh yes, please. "Thanks. Did you take those off the table or did you make them?" He couldn't tell. Luther took one of Kiko's cupcakes anyway and munched on one nodding his head at her approving of the taste. Mhmmm. Oh? Someone joined them. And then someone else. And... okay, wow the MLE people were a lot in this party, weren't they? They were easy to spot, too, as ironic as that was considering they had to be subtle in almost everything.

"Excuse me, then," he informed the small group but mainly the girl (Kiko) who he was chatting with. If she already had her drink, he needed his. And off he went to the drinking table.

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"Yeah, something to look forward to" she replied, of course she had to smirk. Fingers crossed really. Kiko was not thrilled at the idea that seconds or maybe hours from now this plant will somehow bloom of all days and release the stinkiest and deadliest smell. Times like these the universe is clearly right that she shouldn't attend social events because something like this could happen. But hey, right now... free drinks.

Kiko managed to finished most of her drink as they talked holidays and vacations. She rarely travels since she's always working, even when she was still in uni she still had to work all the time. But it's nice when people talk about their journeys. It was her way to see the world differently without having to travel. "France is fascinating. Just like you, I also want to travel every Christmas" she agreed. She had a nice experience with her recent escapade. "Do you like to travel, monsieur?" Kiko chuckled.

Blink. Blink.

Uhmmm... Kiko just bit into the last piece of cupcake when the man asked him if he made them. Kiko was a lot of things, quite the workaholic, loves milk pudding and can mountain climb but she is never the baker. Her only attempt to pastry making or cooking is making her morning coffee. Kiko chuckled under her breath and shook her head "I wish I can bake something this marvelous but no. I found them on the table next to the beverages" she explained. Yummy, right?

Kiko nodded at the man when he excused himself but just when she was about to respond to him an awful putrid smell filled the room. She made a face. Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew! She looked at Ryder and took out her handkerchief "Are we allowed to leave?"
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He had been completely aware for both Arabella and Louise’s eyes on him as he passed by. Had they not been engaged in conversation with others, he might have stopped to flirt with them. He could have used the practice. Since he’d met Alba, he hadn’t been on a proper date or properly flirted with anyone. Yet another thing to blame on Alba. First she softened more of his snarky edged than he’d care to admit. Then she weaseled her way into his weekly schedule (when he was in Britain). And now? Now she killed his mojo.

And speaking of Alba, apparently he had thought her name too many times for she suddenly appeared at his elbow. ”You look lovely. Nu drez?” He took her hand and twirled her so she could show it off. As for what he was drinking? He looked into it then handed it over to her. ”Ai am not éxact-lee sure. But join me.” He reached for another drink.
Alba giggled at her twirl .. and because it was her it was only natural that she stumbled a bit on at the end and had to grab onto Vale slightly to keep her self upright. It wouldn't really be her if she didn't trip over something at a party. "Whoops, sorry about that." Alba added steadying her self and joining Vale at the bar for a drink.

"So listen ... I've been thinking...." Alba wasn't sure what to do about her thoughts .... or how she felt about them. Valentin had become her best friend, she really didn't know anyone else, and though she loved him for who he was, she often found herself in mixed feelings over him. She drifted between friendship and something more regularly ... something she was sure Vale knew about but was a gentleman and didn't say anything at least not directly to her.

"I think we need to get out there and meet people." There she said it ... she wanted a boyfriend ... she wanted to start dating again. "So ... let's find some handsome gentleman and flirt crazily tonight." Okay ... Alba had to admit if it wasn't for the glass ... or two of wine she had at home before coming she may not have been as brave and bold about that statement.... if she had had anymore she might very well have told Vale she wanted to date him .... it was a happy medium right?? Well maybe not.
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“I remember that he was good. And surly too,’’ Sachin confirmed to Conley. Yes, he vividly remembered all three interns: Holly and Brody were the other two. Interns were nice to have around and it was something he’d like to see done often at the Ministry. “Yes. He’s with the Minister’s office.” The Ambassador took the ginger ale with a word of thanks, as his eyes one again found Valentin who seemed to be busy. He hoped the other Ambassador wouldn’t try to talk to him.

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Laurel was waiting for Aaron to find her some apple juice, but until he did, she settled on a glass of what looked like iced pumpkin juice. As she took a sip the unmistakable voice of Adam’s reached her ears. Looking around she spotted him and called over, not bothering with a wave knowing how bad his vision was. "Good evening Adam! Why thank you. You look very dashing yourself." Peering past him at the fanged geranium she warned. "Adam you should take a few steps away from that geranium or something bad will happen." Regardless of security spells, some plants had other ideas and she didn’t want to see him get hurt.

Distracted by Mariana Adam didn’t hear Laurel’s warning in time to stop the fanged geranium from biting him on the backside. ”He!" (oye) he exclaimed. He moved away and immediately attempted to inspect his backside, only with his eyesight being so terrible, he couldn’t tell if there had been any damage to his clothing. The chomp was likely to leave a big bruise. He wasn’t sure which would be worse to explain to Zita. The bite-looking bruise or the damage to the shirt she had gotten him.

So much for the plants being docile! Maybe it was just him that fanged geraniums didn’t like?


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“I remember that he was good. And surly too,’’ Sachin confirmed to Conley. Yes, he vividly remembered all three interns: Holly and Brody were the other two. Interns were nice to have around and it was something he’d like to see done often at the Ministry. “Yes. He’s with the Minister’s office.” The Ambassador took the ginger ale with a word of thanks, as his eyes one again found Valentin who seemed to be busy. He hoped the other Ambassador wouldn’t try to talk to him.

Sachin started to follow Conley when suddenly he realised just how hot it had gotten. The new, unexpected heat made him want to take his jacket off. He was just about to ask Conley if he noticed the temperature when he smelt something like Jasmine. That’s when it hit him and he quickly turnt to see the changes of the plant that had just occurred. “Con. Look!’’ He grabbed his husband’s arm to get his attention.

All of his interns had been good hard workers that Conley would have been happy to hire, if they applied to DIMC. Especially Brody and Holy. Both had been pleasant and eager to learn and exhibited signs that they would excel at working with other cultures. ”Good for him. I’m sure I’ll see him around Charles’ off at some point.” He’d go over and say hi tonight, but the young man looked swarmed with admirers already.

If Conley thought the greenhouse was warm when they entered earlier, now it was sweltering. Still, he was busy trying to plot his way through the crowds in order to avoid say hello to his boss and so he didn’t realize what was going on with the corpse flower. With the heat the way it was, why was Sachin grabbing at him? ”What?" Was someone dying? "Sach wha- Merlin’s soggy bottoms. What a smell?!” It hit him then, what Sachin wanted him to see. He turned at Sachin’s urging to see the plant starting to open. Soggy bottoms indeed. It smelt a bit like a week old dirty diaper. He wished he had a handkerchief


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Alba giggled at her twirl .. and because it was her it was only natural that she stumbled a bit on at the end and had to grab onto Vale slightly to keep herself upright. It wouldn't really be her if she didn't trip over something at a party. "Whoops, sorry about that." Alba added steadying herself and joining Vale at the bar for a drink.

"So listen ... I've been thinking...." Alba wasn't sure what to do about her thoughts .... or how she felt about them. Valentin had become her best friend, she really didn't know anyone else, and though she loved him for who he was, she often found herself in mixed feelings over him. She drifted between friendship and something more regularly ... something she was sure Vale knew about but was a gentleman and didn't say anything at least not directly to her.

"I think we need to get out there and meet people." There she said it ... she wanted a boyfriend ... she wanted to start dating again. "So ... let's find some handsome gentleman and flirt crazily tonight." Okay ... Alba had to admit if it wasn't for the glass ... or two of wine she had at home before coming she may not have been as brave and bold about that statement.... if she had had anymore she might very well have told Vale she wanted to date him .... it was a happy medium right?? Well maybe not.

Valentin hadn’t been prepared for Alba to stumble, but he quickly steadied her with his other hand. Given their history, he should have probably passed on the spin, but he had been trying to be fun. Sadly, fun was not something that people usually associated with Valentin, perhaps this was why. ”Steady on…”

And speaking of steady on, at the words ‘I’ve been thinking,’ Valentin felt a chill run up his back. In his experience, nothing good had ever come from those words. A few of the conversations that contained those words started rolling through his head. ‘So I’ve been thinking…we’re better off as friends.’ '...you should invest in this-'‘ – white wine is far superior to red…’ ‘…about puppies –‘

Valentin helped himself to a cocktail while Alba gathered her thoughts and then stood quietly giving her his attention as she spoke. ” 'ave you been drinking?” he asked, but quietly so that nobody else in hearing range might mistake his question and thin Alba had a drinking problem. Where was this coming from? Had he ever stopped her from flirting? Had he somehow, despite being very upfront with her when they met, given her the wrong impression? Or maybe…yes. She was probably just looking for a wing-man! Flirting? Flirting Valentin could do. It was the relationship part he had a problem with.

”Eet might be a big 'ard haire. Ai think we are ze best lookeng ones haire, non?” He looked out over the crowd, eyes landing on Singh who was with….Phora. His eyes narrowed a little. Where was Singh’s petite but highly spirited fiancé? Minnie? Ginny? Surely he had brought her along? Maybe he’d go over and ask. Singh always did seem to enjoy their exchanges. Okay, maybe Valentin got a bit more pleasure out of pushing Singh’s buttons then like cared to admit.

And then Valentin spotted a young man who looked promising. ” ’im?” he asked Alba, indicating Milo. He was talking with a lady, but didn’t seem to be here with her.

And before he could do anything else, Valentin was hit in the face the smell of poisse de Bourgogne (the world’s stinkiest cheese). ”Quelle odeur,” (What a smell). He waved a hand in front of his face as if he could waft it away.
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