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Charles Hollingberry Era All historical records pertaining to Ministry of Magic RPG under Minister for Magic, Charles Hollingberry [IC March 2097 - present; OOC November 2018 - present]

 
 
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Old 06-21-2022, 05:10 AM
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After taking an whimsical yellow submarine from the Ministry’s meeting point on the shores of a secluded section of the English coast, you arrive an hour later to the ancient city of Atlantis to the Underwater Gala. As you step off the submarine you are treated to your first breath-taking sight of the magnificent city of Atlantis as you stand in an underwater cavern entrance covered in exquisite shoals of fish and enchanted to sustain all you land lovers while still accommodating for your aquatic companions - meaning you can breathe freely within this air bubble. A beautiful yet elderly and powerful looking merperson, the Chieftess of Atlantis, suddenly appears encased in an orb of water that gracefully floats towards you. While she happens to possess the same greyish skin as those merpeople who dwell in the Hogwarts' lake, her long wild hair is pure white and her eyes do not appear to have that yellow tint in them, and instead are a pale shade of blue. At around six and a half feet in length, she is both breathtaking and intimidating. "Welcome to Atlantis! Please proceed inside!" she announces loudly as she gestured everyone into the gala.

Coming into the festive rooms of the gala you might become mesmerized by the lightning that looks like giant jellyfish with festoons of tentacles spreading light in all the rooms. The main party room that also provides the night’s entertainment from a high stage is bathed in tropical blue hues. You listen to the variety of mermish artists (all of whom are also encased in translucent bubbles of water), take a spin on the dancefloor, or stop by the coral reef bar to get a special pink fantasy drink (there will be both wizard and merpeople drinks on hand, so why not try both?!). You may occasionally find your dance moves interrupted by a school of colorful fish encased in a watery orb of protection swimming from one side of the underwater dome to the other. The dining room is a pink palace of luxury, featuring a wall with constantly flowing confetti. Everyone has an assigned seat around circular clothed tables with a series of natural pearls in varying sizes and colors sparkling overhead. The food you can feast on tonight is a wide variety of mermish and wizard cuisine from entrees to dessert served by mermish waiters.

Remember, you are a guest of this exquisite city and it is a true rarity that merpeople have shown such hospitality. As ambassadors to the land above, be on your BEST behavior!

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Why yes, Alessandro Toussaint was bored to tears. It was not the fault of his darling husband whose passions about plants were not only acceptable but adored. No, it was more the monotonous nature of these events that inspired his apathy.

All his life he had been forced to endure parties where the main goal was networking. A ludicrous notion. That influence could be gained or bought in the halls of some silly party. People will real power hardly haunted these things.

Still. Alessandro dressed his best and was determined to be a beautiful adornment on his husband’s arm. He would smile when prompted (within reason) and turn every conversation to Gunnar’s brilliance. There was a lot to point toward.

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Elian’s eyes were fixated on the wall of water as Vale guided him toward the edge where they could look out into the ocean. Vale had taken him a lot of places, and he had seen so many things that were truly beautiful and magical, but he had never expected to see this… mostly because he was certain Vale was terrified of him drowning. His eyes were wide as they followed an interesting-looking fish he’d never seen before when Vale suddenly halted. He turned back to look at him and saw him smile at a person who had spoken to them. Elian hadn’t even noticed, but that wasn’t surprising. The amulet often left his senses hyper fixated on Vale to the point of noticing no one else.

But he smiled at the stranger, now and took a half step back to Vale. He took Vale’s hand in one of his and, after a moment of hesitation, extended his other to shake hands. This was the one exception to the way his amulet worked: skin-to-skin contact. The sudden influx of emotions could be jarring, but it was brief, and usually he received something between polite boredom and genuine cheerfulness, which was manageable. ”My husband exaggerates. There are many people here who speak French, but none of them as well as him,” he said in his unusual American/English/and now French accent, turning those blue eyes up to Vale with one of those smiles that betrayed how smitten he was with his husband even after several years of marriage.
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Rosie smiled back at Peggy, nodding her head in acknowledgement to her thanks while she took a sip of her own drink and glanced around the room. "Were you excited for this event or are you an above ground person?" Rosie much preferred the skies to under the sea, though different was sometimes enjoyable. And this so far was passable, if not more so. The merpeople were far more stunning than Rosemary ever would have given them credit for prior to meeting them. And while she needed some time to warm up to the drinks... well, she could see the Minister and one of the newer Department Head's seemingly enjoying them. Good thing that was, given the merequeen herself seemed to be making her ways towards them and the gathering surrounding.

"Have you heard of the band before?" She assumed not, given they seemed to be primarily mermish but... small talk was not really her forte. Perhaps it would have been easier to slip away and find her seat. Looking around the room for any other familiar faces, she caught the wave from Brody, Lucas' nephew and managed to send a smile and a small wave back towards him and his date. What a handsome pairing they were!


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The longer Sookie stood at the entrance, the more she was wondering if she'd already missed the majority of her team having snuck in to the event. This wouldn't be surprising, giving how frequently she was distracted by the contents of a passing bubble. Realizing her inability to have focused, she looked more inwards on the event, spotting Darej who got a wave and a nod of her head, forever amused and slightly uncomfortable with having run into someone again who knew her when she'd been so young. Outside of her former Koldostorev peer, she also could spot Ms. Mancini, looking beautiful in a vibrant colored gown and already out on the dance floor, as well as McCarthy-Toussaint with his husband. She sent smiles and waves again towards these employees as well, and with a small sigh decided her post was ineffective as they were already all gathering and enjoying their evening.

She went to move to greet them one by one, however she was distracted by the entrance ofMrs. Zunther, and Sookie changed the direction of her feet in order to offer her greetings. "Mrs. Zunther, good evening. You are certainly looking lovely. Are you here alone this evening?" If she remembered correctly, the young parents had a brood of children. Perhaps only one of the parents had planned on attending for the night.


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It had been quite awhile since Gray, a level four employee, had to dress up for any type of an event. Ever since he'd taken his post at the ministry, he'd fully ceased with his modeling. Not that it had ever been anything other than a means to an end. It had actually been rather nice to be able to revert back to wearing more comfortable clothes, though he still tended to dress to impress for work. Slacks and a nice button up were far easier to move in than full suits. And far more covering than just boxers. But for a single evening, his return to suits would be alright, and as they disembarked from the submarine and began to make their way towards the Cavern Entrance, he adjusted his coat before offering his arm to his companion.

Smiling at Jin Ae, Gray led her along with the rest of the crowd, his eyes darting around at the scenery around them. "It's rather impressive isn't it? I certainly never imagined we'd actually be able to attend such an event in Atlantis. You?"
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It had been quite awhile since Gray, a level four employee, had to dress up for any type of an event. Ever since he'd taken his post at the ministry, he'd fully ceased with his modeling. Not that it had ever been anything other than a means to an end. It had actually been rather nice to be able to revert back to wearing more comfortable clothes, though he still tended to dress to impress for work. Slacks and a nice button up were far easier to move in than full suits. And far more covering than just boxers. But for a single evening, his return to suits would be alright, and as they disembarked from the submarine and began to make their way towards the Cavern Entrance, he adjusted his coat before offering his arm to his companion.

Smiling at Jin Ae, Gray led her along with the rest of the crowd, his eyes darting around at the scenery around them. "It's rather impressive isn't it? I certainly never imagined we'd actually be able to attend such an event in Atlantis. You?"
She took the offered arm and wrapped hers around his. She offered him the slightest of smiles before, once again, admiring his suit. Selfishly, she'd have to find a way to get him dress up in suits more. Saying that he cleaned up nicely was an understatement. He made the suit look ten times better.

She diverted her eyes momentarily to their surroundings which she was also in awe in.

Jin Ae couldn't believe what she was seeing. Yes, she knew this place existed and had learned about it in school but actually being in Atlantis blew her mind. She was certainly star- sea struck by all of this. At his question, she looked up at him and offered a nervous grin. It was rather impressive. "Mhmm.. Impressive. I'm almost speechless," she joked. She was never speechless. Leave it up to Jin Ae to always find something to say. She was an expert rambler at times. "I... I just... I never thought I'd see something like this... or that we'd be here together... but I'm glad to be here... with you. Thanks for asking me as your date. I'm honoured." She winked at him before glancing at all of the people here. It was certainly the event of the year and she was HERE. Part of her couldn't wait to brag to her fellow band members about this; however, she would be good. She would only brag a little.

"Not too sound cliché but its magical, Gray. The perfect place for a Siren Sister to be," she teased, offering him a cheesy smile. Heh. She had been waiting to use that one. "Just look at the lighting.. it's incredible... I wonder how it works..." And were those artists over there? WOW!
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Gabriel couldn't help it. He rolled his eyes at Brody's comment, though the corner of his mouth edged upward in a reluctant smile. He didn't feel the need to return the compliment, as he presumed Brody knew how he felt. "Thank you," he muttered instead, still glancing curiously around them. Unlike Brody, though, he was more interested in the merfolk. Who knew they'd have so many different colors of hair and tails? He briefly wondered if the variations were due to the water temperature and light available in their ancestral homes, like an adaptation, or if it was purely random variation. He decided it would probably be rude to ask.

Instead, he nodded politely at the merpeople and humans he passed as he followed Brody to Ronan's table. "Good evening, Ronan," he said when they arrived, his eyes focusing on the Auror briefly before he turned to look around some more. But he was still listening, even if he was vastly more invested in this new environment than in small talk.


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"Above ground person," Peggy readily admitted. "You have to admit it's very beautiful here, though," she said, in case anybody overheard and thought she was anything less than enthused about the gala. "The merpeople are very gracious hosts." As if to demonstrate, she took a sip of the drink Rosemary had handed her earlier. She gazed at the merpeople wandering in their bubbles of water inside the bubble of air inside the vast depths of the ocean. It truly was remarkable magic. Clearly more than a bubblehead charm.

She laughed lightly at Rosemary's question about the band, thinking it was a joke. "Good one," she said, smiling much more naturally than she had been before. "Though maybe I should listen to more mermish music. It's far better than some music I listened to at university," she said more seriously, though still smiling. Then, she glanced back at Airey, curious if he was still licking the barrier. It looked like an employee had joined him, though, so she decided it must just be that Mysteries eccentricity that she'd observed earlier.
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Oceanus had attended these galas each year since he had started at the ministry straight out of Hogwarts. And it seemed to him that every year whoever was planning them tried to out due the planner from the previous year before. Yes, he had been told that this year they had all been invited here but still, this was one fine venue.

Entering the gala with now wife Stella Zunther, as they had just had their wedding over the holidays, the young man couldn't stop himself from looking around. "This is amazing. I don't know about you but I don't think I've ever imagined it like this before." His words were whispered tunes for the gorgeous woman at his side. "What would you like to do first? Are you hungry? Shall we mingle with everyone? Dance?" Did she want a drink? Maybe to find their seats at the table.
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If the venue was impressive, the merchieftainess at the entrance intimidating and breath-taking, the event itself an inspiring convergence of wizard- and merkind, Daxton Prince did not appear to notice. Position in the government workforce acquired - not without its obstacles - gala attended, another box ticked. That was all.

Daxton gave few, if any, signs of recognition upon noticing the familiar faces around him, and instead did a silent circuit of the gala immediately off the back of his arrival. He had little interest in rubbing shoulders with his new reluctant boss (and ample reason for that), not to mention some of the others around here who seemed irritatingly exuberant, possibly because Daxton had grown far too used to maintaining a healthy distance from such people. Excepting Char, but then she always had been an exception to most things.

Having established the layout and made his estimations as to the general atmosphere, Daxton passed by the bar long enough to nonchalantly take two drinks from a couple of wizards perched there. One for him to not drink, and the other saved for a non-existent plus-one, lest someone incorrectly interpret his standing alone as desiring the company of anyone who cared to give it. Both hands full had the added advantage of limiting conversation options, though given he was new here, the implication was likely to be lost on most. If Aslan saw fit to arrive, he could stand her company more often than not, and Daxton had already clocked Indigo, whose acquaintance he had already made before. So he had options.

For the time being, however, Daxton stood with both drinks in hand and observed the goings-on around him, occasionally turned his eyes to the surrounding water, and ignored his growing impatience as best he could.
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Unlike some of his impatient, goblin-like newly-hired coworkers, the oddest of which always seemed to find their way to the Department of Mysteries, David was here because he wanted to be, because he appreciated what a modern marvel this gala was. What an undertaking and feat of magical cooperation this must have been. What a pain to organize. What a gift that he just had to appreciate and not involve himself in. Ah. It was lovely to be on the outside looking in sometimes.

He was also here because he hadn't forgotten the trident they'd all inspected shortly before the holidays. What were the chances that that had been related to this? David was sure there was a connection to the shore, but he might need a little liquid inspiration to get his gray matter working properly as he wandered beneath the sea this eve.

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He snagged a drink and so happened upon a sight he wished he could have unsubcribed to already, standing there with a glass in each fist. It would be rude of him to just stare at the tattooed hands clutching those glasses though, wouldn't it? Maybe David could get away with a few more moments of staring, a few more... ah, no, he'd better be the more intelligent party and use his words.

"Why are you here?" There, yes, there was a greeting for his old classmate. So good to see him all grown up like this and somehow permitted into this function. Rehabilitation works! And all that other nonsense David did not believe in. But his curiosity had gotten the best of him and that was that. He couldn't take the words back now so he just sipped his wizard beverage and stared some more.
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She went to move to greet them one by one, however she was distracted by the entrance ofMrs. Zunther, and Sookie changed the direction of her feet in order to offer her greetings. "Mrs. Zunther, good evening. You are certainly looking lovely. Are you here alone this evening?" If she remembered correctly, the young parents had a brood of children. Perhaps only one of the parents had planned on attending for the night.

Hearing a voice, Stella turned and smiled seeing her new department head. "Hello there Mrs. Ho- Sook, thank you kindly you look amazing yourself I might add. " Seeing Oceanus beside her she shook her head. " No ma'am, got my other half right beside me now." Smiling at her husband she lookd at their Department head. "I look forward to knowing you more, as you probably know I'm one of the greenhouse caretakers. "

For some, it might be a easy job but it wasn't as easy as people thought that was for sure. She loved her job and prided herself on keeping the greenhouse in top shape at all tines. Plus she worked with all type of beautiful and unique plants how cool was that?

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Oceanus had attended these galas each year since he had started at the ministry straight out of Hogwarts. And it seemed to him that every year whoever was planning them tried to out due the planner from the previous year before. Yes, he had been told that this year they had all been invited here but still, this was one fine venue.

Entering the gala with now wife Stella Zunther, as they had just had their wedding over the holidays, the young man couldn't stop himself from looking around. "This is amazing. I don't know about you but I don't think I've ever imagined it like this before." His words were whispered tunes for the gorgeous woman at his side. "What would you like to do first? Are you hungry? Shall we mingle with everyone? Dance?" Did she want a drink? Maybe to find their seats at the table.

Looking around still in awe, she nodded her head. " So magnificent and beautiful, this is the best we been to hands down!" Although the last couple of ones ended on the wrong foot they were still fun. Biting her lip she looked around. "What about finding a place and if we see any more people mingle?" She didn't want to be standing all night, plus they couldn't crowd the entrance much longer. Although she wanted to see everything else, it looked so beautiful.
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To find the ladies room to freshen up after the long submarine raide had not been easy to say the least. A merperson who had tried to be helpful had lead her in the wrong direction so when Becca finally came back to the gala room's to find her hubby, Darej must be wondering where she had gotten to. Spotting his familiar figure by the crowded coral reef bar, Becca headed over there with a smile pursing her lips and her dark purple dress billowing out behind her. Coming up by her husbands side she leaned in to give him a kiss on the cheek. "Hey darling, sorry for the wait! I was lead in the wrong direction. Shall we get some drinks/food, or do you want to dance first?"


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If it hadn't been for her talented team of transportation experts that had worked tiresly last few months to set things up for the gala then Aurora knew that she wouldn't be standing here in this exquisite Atlantis cavern on this magical night. Thankfully she had only acquired a few new grey hairs over those little last minute hiccups that always seemed to surface when you least wanted them to. Turning in her sea blue dress for the evening Aurora noted that many of the guests and her DH colleagues too, had already gone inside.
Lingering just outside the door, she listened to music from the mermish artist on stage and started to sing along. "Under the sea i swim, waving my fintastic fin in a flirtatious way.........."


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Laurel sat in a chair at one of the round tables, drumming her fingers on the tablecloth as she waited for Aaron to come and join her. Where had her hubby gotten to? Had he gotten an owl from his mother that was watching the kids about some problem or other? Grabbing a bread stick Laurel started to chew on it as she let her eyes wander around the room, taking in the beautiful dekor and the interesting confetti rain. The kids would love a candy rain at the next birthday party wouldn't they? Adjusting her red dress so that she didn't wrinkle it too much on the chair she was glad for the night out. A trip to Atlantis was something that you didn't pass up. The myths and stories around the ancient city were intriguing.
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Knowing Elian would enjoy the view he had started making his way to the wall so they could look out for a moment before perhaps hitting the dance floor. There was very little that Valentin liked more than dancing with Elian. Listening to him sing and spending a quiet evening in front of the fire reading with Cassian asleep on his chest were two things that he liked more, but neither of those were going to happen tonight. Cassian was at home with Valentin’s father and Elian hadn’t sung at a big government event in years.

However, he stopped, having heard someone else speaking French. He turned looking and found Indigo greeting them with a very big happy smile. ”Bonjour,” he replied with his most charming smile. A few years ago, the interruption might have made Valentin cranky, although he wouldn’t have shown it. But years of having Elian around had tamed a little of his ornery nature. ”Well, you 'ave found pairhaps la deux peoplé een zis space zat do.” He offered a hand to shake. And then, making the assumption that the man also spoke French, he continued in his native tongue. {“Valentin Roux,”} he said placing a hand over his heart. He waved the hand then in Elian’s direction. {“And my husband, Elian. And who do we have the pleasure of meeting?”}
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Elian’s eyes were fixated on the wall of water as Vale guided him toward the edge where they could look out into the ocean. Vale had taken him a lot of places, and he had seen so many things that were truly beautiful and magical, but he had never expected to see this… mostly because he was certain Vale was terrified of him drowning. His eyes were wide as they followed an interesting-looking fish he’d never seen before when Vale suddenly halted. He turned back to look at him and saw him smile at a person who had spoken to them. Elian hadn’t even noticed, but that wasn’t surprising. The amulet often left his senses hyper fixated on Vale to the point of noticing no one else.

But he smiled at the stranger, now and took a half step back to Vale. He took Vale’s hand in one of his and, after a moment of hesitation, extended his other to shake hands. This was the one exception to the way his amulet worked: skin-to-skin contact. The sudden influx of emotions could be jarring, but it was brief, and usually he received something between polite boredom and genuine cheerfulness, which was manageable. ”My husband exaggerates. There are many people here who speak French, but none of them as well as him,” he said in his unusual American/English/and now French accent, turning those blue eyes up to Vale with one of those smiles that betrayed how smitten he was with his husband even after several years of marriage.


Indigo was even more delighted when the first man introduced the other as his husband. If he had to talk to strangers, the fact that they spoke French made it a little better. The fact that they were husbands made it even better. French gays were exactly the sort of people Indigo wanted to associate with (being one himself). He smiled and reached out to shake both of their offered hands.

"Indigo Rousseau. It's a pleasure to meet you both." He continued in French. It was always his default language if he had the choice. His own accent was vaguely French, for those that knew what they were looking for. But he had been living primarily in England long enough that it wasn't super distinctive anymore. "What brings you to this gala?" He was assuming that one of them worked for the Ministry, but he wasn't sure if invitations had been extended to others so maybe neither of them were. He hadn't seen them around, but this was only his second year working for the Ministry and he did do his best to avoid meeting new people so that wouldn't be that out of the question.
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Kendra might not have been the one to have originally suggested Atlantis as the location of their next black tie affair, but once it had been established as means of diplomacy between wizardkind and the merpeople, she latched onto the idea as if it were her very own. What a glorious and perfect idea! Why hadn't they thought of this before? The Accident and Catastrophes department head felt so drawn to Atlantis as if something in her very soul was calling to her.

The submarine ride seemed to take forever - she was just so anxious to get there! But even though she longed to be submerged in all that water (for real, not just in this dry vessel), one good thing about the ride is that the beautiful melody that had become such an earworm over the past few months seemed to grow louder and more clear. How lovely it was! She did not know the words or if there actually were any, but, not exactly humming, she vocalized along with the tune the entire ride, unaware of any looks that might be directed her way.

She was in awe as they entered the cavern. It was so beautiful and they were surrounded by so much water.... which somehow made it even more desperate that she get to it. She was suddenly so thirsty. Kendra veered off towards the coral reef bar. If she noticed Charles and Hugo there, she did not acknowledge them. She was far more focused on the arrangement of refreshments being offered... and that song! It wasn't the same song she'd been hearing for months, but it was so similar! So beautiful!

Kendra grabbed one of the mer-drinks without even looking to see what it was and downed it quickly before turning her attention to the mermish singer as she hummed along. She was still parched, but the song held her rapt attention. And then she applauded enthusiastically when the song ended. "Brava! Brilliant!" She just had to find out the name of that song and see if she could get her sister to put it into regular rotation on WWN. But first another drink... er, make that two.

A drink in each hand, she made her way over to the merperson who had just finished her number. One of her employees, Chloe, happened to be there as well, though Kendra did not immediately notice her. Instead she greedily drank from one of the glasses before addressing the merperson. "That was simply wonderful! I must know the name of that song." And... this orb of water was so interesting. It looked so refreshing. Kendra reached out to touch its barrier. "How can I get one of these?" She just needed to be a part of the water.
She was pleasantly surprised when a second land-dweller came to join her and the first with the lovely dress. This one had a lovely dress as well, shiny like bioluminescent algae. And the compliments! The mermaid straightened to her full length as her orb of water adjusted its shape accordingly. "Oh, thank you," she said, baring her teeth in a smile. "It's called, Begin Anew, have you heard it before? It compare the the love of two merpeople, divided by the oceans, to the never-ending lifecycle of an Immortal Jellyfish."

Her eyes narrowed suspiciously as the shiny dress woman reached for her orb. "How can you get...water?" she asked, confused. These land-people were not what she expected, though some were rather prettier than the stories said.

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”What did I do?” he straight out asked Vivi both hands out as he shrugged. He might have glanced at Charles quickly as if the Mister might have the answer to his question too. The action caused a second round of steam to puff from Hugo’s ears. It wasn’t like he had to worry about someone trying to take him out and quite frankly, his team had done more than one or two passes around the place to make sure things were on the up-and-up. Furthermore, assuming that their hosts might try and poison anyone was rather poor diplomatic form. Clearly the MereQueen who had swam over to welcome them agreed. Where was Singh-Phora when he was needed? He didn’t speak a word of Meremish, but Singh-Phora did. ”Madam,” Hugo said, scooping up two more of the drinks that had steamed his ears. He held one out to her while simultaneously holding a second drink out so the MermQueen could see it. ”Cheers!” He put on his most charming smile.
The Atlantian Chieftess could not be swayed from offense this quickly, nor without an apology. She, however, unlike the sun-haired woman, understood diplomacy and respect. One brow arched at his familiarity, she accepted the drink from the man. "To health," she said, a brief response but one honestly meant. The health of her kind was important to her. Without delay or any sign of distaste, she swallowed the concoction in a single gulp, her own ears free of any steam.

Once the drink had been consumed, she resumed glowering over the sun-haired woman. Perhaps if this one partook in their customary cuisine, the Chieftess would be inclined to forgive her actions.

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He meandered among the land-walkers, expression solemn as his pale eyes darted around, looking for any suspicious-acting humans. Or merfolk, he supposed. His tail, pale as though the color had been drained entirely from a life spent far from the surface, flicked lazily as he propelled his protective orb of water clear of obstacles and people. The merman had been disappointed to hear he wasn't assigned to his Chieftess's security detail, but that didn't mean he wasn't on duty. It was his duty, every merperson's duty, to represent the best of their kind tonight.

He paused near the edge of the crowd, despite the lack of smile not quite as intimidating as he'd like to be given his relative shortness compared to some of these humans and the other merfolk.
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The mere fact that Sachin was quiet informed Conley that he had done something or said something or was acting in a manner that his husband was not happy with. One didn’t survive eightish years of marriage without learning a thing or two about their partners. Instead of fighting him, Conley let Sachin direct him to the bar. Perhaps his husband was right. A drink would help. It hadn’t been easy to set up this diplomatic outing with the merepeoples of the world and merepeoples weren’t the most understanding of air-breathers.

As was evidenced by the reaction of the Cheiftess’s reaction to whatever was going at the other side of the bar. Conley leaned back, trying to see if he was needed but then Hugo stepped up and Ambassador Despret and his - guest? - approached. ”Ah Herr Despret,” Conley took a moment to drink a good third of whatever it was that Sachin had placed in his hand. He promptly hiccuped and a big bubble appeared in front of his face. He blinked, turned a little red and then waved the bubble away. ”I’m not – Sachin, are you hungry?” Was he trying to make amends to his husband? Yes and food always seemed to be the way to do it. Or Chia, but there wasn’t any of that around it seemed. ”You two have met, yes?” He waved between Jerald and Sachin and then just in case, ”Ambassador Despret, my husband Ambassador Singh-Phora.” Did he sound a little proud of Sachin? Because he was. Had he noticed Jerald’s nerves? Nope.


Sachin knew very well that Conley had him figured out. Then again, it didn’t take much for anyone to realise how quiet he could get when he was annoyed. The Ambassador had chosen the wrong time for being this way, however. Events like these are where he was most in his element. Not this one though and he really aimed to try his best not to interact too much with anyone.

Now that Conley had something to drink, and other attendees of the gala to occupy his time with, Sachin hoped he could stew in peace. Was he hungry? The younger man shook his head. Food would not work on him this time around. Instead, he turned his attention to Jerald and his date and forced a smile. “Yes, we have,” he replied and smiled warmly at the two newcomers. “We’re about to. I was just ensuring Conley here got something to help him destress a bit.” Here, Sachin gave his husband a brief pointed stare before turning back to Jerald. “Being an Ambassador's working out just fine for you then?”


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Gabriel couldn't help it. He rolled his eyes at Brody's comment, though the corner of his mouth edged upward in a reluctant smile. He didn't feel the need to return the compliment, as he presumed Brody knew how he felt. "Thank you," he muttered instead, still glancing curiously around them. Unlike Brody, though, he was more interested in the merfolk. Who knew they'd have so many different colors of hair and tails? He briefly wondered if the variations were due to the water temperature and light available in their ancestral homes, like an adaptation, or if it was purely random variation. He decided it would probably be rude to ask.

Instead, he nodded politely at the merpeople and humans he passed as he followed Brody to Ronan's table. "Good evening, Ronan," he said when they arrived, his eyes focusing on the Auror briefly before he turned to look around some more. But he was still listening, even if he was vastly more invested in this new environment than in small talk.


Brody was not surprised that the compliment was not returned. He wasn’t looking for one, just thought it would be nice especially when he himself struggled with making his feelings known and could sometimes need reassurance. But he simply smiled widely in response, before gazing around once more. Magic never ceased to amaze him and the Consulate wanted to take everything in at once. The merfolk was interesting, yes and he thought it awfully kind of them to let this gala be held here. Maybe circumstances would improve considerably now…? One could hope.

Brody made a mental note to go say hi to Peggy, Rosemary {who looked extra beautiful at the moment} and the other Games and Sports staff. He may not belong to that department exactly but he felt as though he did because of how at home he was with everyone there. “Hi, Ronan!” He always was grateful for the protection the Auror had provided during the showdown with Bain. And from the other man’s body language Brody was able to guess how he was feeling. “Keeping an eye out for trouble then? Would you care to join Gabe and I for a drink though?” At that moment a merperson {the apparent small one} caught his attention. The merperson looked so alone but don't ask Brody why, he simply offered the merperson a smile. No one liked to feel alone, right?


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"How unfortunate." Imagine having to give up a passion over legalities. Darej was quite tempted indeed by the sounds, though it wasn't what one could express, "Hmm, yes.. as ministry employees it is important that we uphold the law as someone who would want it would have to hear it discreetly." Wondering if Damien would catch the infliction on his words, ahem.

He smiled brightly at Rebecca his beautiful wife joining, "Becca," Gladly returning the cheek kiss with a quick one of his own before resting his hand over hers. "We could have a drink before we dance, what did you want to have?" Admiring her stunning figure in the dress, he was excited to get to moving with her later on. He was quite thankful on their family watching the kids so they could have such a nice outing here.


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Kingston was low-key still heated from the sight of an individual who wronged him in the past, but this was to be a grand night. He wouldn't let them ruin his fun, and bless his Jerald for taking over in his momentary clouded judgement, "Kingston, Kingston Dolph, from Transportation Department" He added after Jerald introduced him as his partner. After a moment, he considered the sight of them which got his smile to return, "Say, perhaps we should get a table together, if you'd like." Knowing this might shake up his partner a bit was part of his reasoning. He liked to keep him on his toes occasionally, plus the distance would be good. "Otherwise, first round's on me," This was exactly what he needed, a good distraction.

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Now that she was there though, all she could think about was water. Yes, they were underwater, but she needed to drink water. Finding some glasses at a table she took one and nicely sipped it, but it wasn't doing the job. Picking up another glass, and then another she gulped them down so fast she started to spill it down her nice dress.
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There had been the briefest of thoughts about letting Ari come along with her to another Ministry gala, but it had been summarily dismissed as likely not entirely the best place for an excitable eight year old. Although, as Dylan had walked around the edge of the dance floor, she had to admit to herself that her daughter would have loved being so close to the fish and everything else. And the jellyfish lights. And likely just about everything that was there. Her daughter certain had inherited the love of animals from someone or other. Odds were, it was her grandpa Morgenstern.

Either way, she had found herself nearing the spot her cousin Chloe was conversing with one of the merperformers, along with the department head for A&C (Kendra). Feeling rather like she was underdressed, she paused and gave the merperson a smile. “I agree, that song was lovely,” she added, giving Kendra the briefest of glances in confusion along with the mer. There was plenty of water around their little bubble, after all. Unless the woman had meant the bubbles the mer were traveling in specifically?


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It was an odd feeling, knowing she might qualify as a seasoned employee at the Ministry by now. Especially as in many ways, Skye still felt like a rookie. She was still younger than many of the other employees, even some of the new ones, she imagined. And her father still went through the lectures about constant vigilance and staying prepared for anything any time she left for events like these. Actually, he still reminded her every day as she left for work, unless mum distracted him. Or Finlay, when he was around. Or any of the agency employees.

Part of her wondered if her cousins were roaming around the gala somewhere, as she casually reached up to try to touch one of the tentacles draped from the ceiling. If just because she still enjoyed spending time with Scott and Logan, and whomever the two might have around them. Not to mention, there was a part of her that liked reminding them she was old enough to be working there, however much she might not outwardly look as if she was. It wasn’t her fault she rather didn’t appear to be 23 going on 24. She liked looking young for her age.


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Galas were certainly not the usual habitation of one Conall MacEachern. The Scottish hit wizard was much more content being out in the field on a mission, or in the kitchen. There were times he even might have admitted to be more comfortable going home to be teased by his brothers and parents, especially given his relationship with Emma Ferguson. Wherever that was headed, as there were moments when he certainly wondered how he’d managed to snag her.

Either way, he was in attendance. He’d even managed to get his hair looking somewhat presentable, even if family members kept at him to cut it. He didn’t want to. His hair was practically one of his notable identifiers, or at least he thought it might be. Dressing up wasn’t his thing at all, but this wasn’t a war, or even one of his cases. He had to at least attempt to look the part, if just for his girlfriend if she was around here somewhere.

That and he was choosing to ignore the fact they were underwater.
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He gave the slight nod of his head. "I think so too." It was in the very least the most elegant one they've been to so far. "Alright, it looks like there's assigned seating so we'll have to find our places at one of these lovely tables." Hopefully that didn't take too long but they could always mingle with the other guests while they were looking for their seats.
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But Jane did not seem to hear him, so intently was she staring out at the ocean, so near and yet so far. Looking down at her drink, she stared at it a moment and then put a forefinger into it and began swirling the liquid around and around and around. Suddenly she glanced up at her boss, Airey Flamsteed and began talking rapidly and very intently to him. "There's water in this drink, you know--all you would have to do would be to separate out the various substances and remove them, and you would be left with---water! It can be done, I know how to do it, I've done it in the lab many times!" And with that, Jane turned her attention back to her drink and began murmuring incantations over it while making strange movements with her finger.
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Vale might have rolled his eyes at Elian’s compliment. Yes, he had a talented tongue. Yes, he could pick up key similarities in languages he didn't speak with those he did and therefore communicate enough to get by, but saying he was probably the best French speaker in the room was silly. He’d been speaking it all his life. Elian on the other hand, had learned it after they met in a bar and decided he wasn’t going to let Valentin push him away. Still, Elian would have been able to sense that Vale was a bit pleased by the complement. {“Well, that would be because I have been speaking it my entire life.”}

Still, to say that Valentin didn’t enjoy speaking his native language when he was not in France was an understatement. There was always less of a chance of being misunderstood or him saying something in the wrong syntax. {“Nice to make your acquaintance Mr. Rousseau. I guess you could say, international relations and some wayward Lolabugs washing up on French shores.”} Still, that didn’t really explain things and so after a slight pause Valentin added. {“I am an ambassador for the Ministry of Magical Affairs of France.”}




”And to all who need it,” Hugo replied to the MereQueen before tossing back his second mere-drink of the night. His eyes watered again, this time tearing fiercely at the corners. He had to hold back a cough, knowing that to let it out might upset his drinking companion. The puff of steam from his ears was so fierce that this time the hair around his ears curled. He managed a smile and then turned to Vivi. He lowered his voice as he picked up another glass and held it out to the cranky woman. ”Better partake Ms. James, lest you start an international incident.”



”Nice to meet you Mr. Dolph,” Conley said, noting silently that Sachin had turned down food. Clearly he had put his foot in it badly this time. He was going to have to work harder to make things up to his husband, starting with an apology which he couldn’t really do in front of others. So for starters, he reached over for Sachin’s hand. Whether or not his husband would let him take it would indicate to him just how much groveling he had to do later, or whether some flowers and sweets would need to be purchased tomorrow. ”Well, I’m hungry. I wouldn’t mind a table. And another drink,” he’d drank his rather quickly. As they returned to the bar for another drink, Conley was distracted by Alana who seemed to be rather parched. ”Ms. Potter,” he called out. ”Care to join us for something - perhaps a bit more - ah - satisfying?” Perhaps she needed something with salt in it? Or perhaps there was something else wrong. Conley looked to Sachin to see if he had any input on the situation.
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Noah honestly felt underdressed for the evening, but the more and more he tried on various button ups either with a tie or bowtie the more he felt suffocated. The thought of being submerged in the deep as this gala demanded was unnerving to say the least and the only reason he felt even an inkling of comfort and bravery about attending was because of the man on his arm. He just hoped that Bean kept Picadilly proper company in his absence and did not chew up too many more of her things - cardboard cutouts were still an exception to this. Just...no one alert her to this fact. Dressed exclusively in black, he would have been baffled that Joseph's primary concern with being this deep down was the potential to ruin his suit.

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"Shall we fetch ourselves something to drink first and then find our seats?" he offered as a timid suggestion while his fingers settled in the spaces between those of his boyfriend's. He figured Joseph would likely wish to dance, but Noah would very much be needing to fortify before he exposed himself to such things. Though, in suggesting that, the appearance of the Atlantian chieftess had the red head second, third, and fourth guessing the option. He also noticed Indigo and tried to a casual sort of wave to his co-worker who always treated him kindly, but the fellow Unspeakable seemed preoccupied with other company for now. Perhaps later.



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It was uncanny as well as refreshing with just how easily Genevieve could make him feel like a toddler caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Charles was certainly not getting any younger, just a ripe...considerable number and still with the heart of a child. He knew his Senior Undersecretary's heart was in the right place and he was just an old man making it difficult for her to maintain a certain high standard of James efficiency. "Genevieve," he cooed affectionately while taking a stride towards her to place a fatherly hand upon her shoulder. "This is an event to promote international magical cooperation and peace, such heinous acts would be entirely against such desires. Rest assured that ---"

The return of her royal highness silenced the Minister, but only briefly. It was a bit of a diplomatic pickle they had found themselves in, but nothing that couldn't be smoothed over. The same gesture seeming to cross Hugo's mind as well as Charles reached for two glasses as well - one for YOU, Genevieve. "A celebratory round, in honor of our hostess, her people, and her magnificent kingdom. May this be the beginning of flowing prosperity between our worlds." Yes? Right? Right, Genevieve?!


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Unaware that Peggy may be giving a bit of a questionable stink eye in his direction, well warranted if he had his wits more about himself, Airey continued to lick and paw at the bubble in hopes that some of the water from the outside would trickle in somehow...or he would simply fall through it and into the liquid heaven that was just beyond his reach. The seraphic song that had been playing on and on inside head for months now seemed louder here, more pronounced, and yet also a distant quality was now added to it as well. A longing that went much deeper than the depths of the sea within which he stood. He did find his attention drawn to Jane as she joined him, his own cheek now pressed against the magical barrier...that is until she began speaking more of his language. Of course, it was simple science with a very precise magical twist!

He only wished Minerva had decided to come. He could use her particularly set of skills given the current environment.

"More...perhaps more drinks in that case! I shall not be more than a moment," he reassured the Unspeakable before taking several long and hurried strides over to the Coral Bar where he lunged right between the Minister, Senior Undersecretary, Head of Magical Law Enforcement, and MerChieftess towards the non-Mermish drinks. Giving no regard for the state of his suit, the man scooped up as many as his arms could carry and hurried back towards Jane. Several glasses fell and broke on the floor before them...but perhaps that was not the worst of things. They could make a puddle and then lay in it! Therefore oops ... but not entirely oops ... Airey tipped glass upon glass and poured the liquid on to the floor for Jane to work with and end their torture of being so close to the water and yet so far!


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It was like being acknowledged by a wrock star, the manner in which her boss had smiled at her and Becky could not help but give her boyfriend's arm several overly excited pats before remembering her manners and offering a wave in return. She was so elegant and breathtaking and Becky's cheeks most certainly brightened in rouge. She noticed her fellow greenhouse caretakers as well, Stella and Oceanus, though the pair tended to be very much enthralled with one another and she never felt it polite to try and insert herself into their space even when she wanted to. She loved making new friends and the department was full of fascinating people!

And speaking of fascinating people and a face erupting with blush, she giggled entirely too much when Sam pulled her against his side and she couldn't help but wrap her arms around his middle. She also hopped up on to her tip toes to give his cheek a quick peck. He looked very handsome tonight, did he know? She had only said it a couple of dozen times on the submarine ride down and she hadn't even noticed his tie was in his pocket because his handsome eyes and fluffy hair were far more alluring.

"You are so hospitable," she beamed up at him before giving just ooooone more quick but very enthusiastic peck. "And after...we have to have a dance or two..." Or maybe ten. "Their voices are so beautiful...like nightingales. Isn't that fascinating AND awe-inspiring how there are so many comparable things and aspects of life that mirror and reflect other aspects despite them being in such different places? Like daisies and anemones...swimming schools of fish and bird..." She was entirely too excitable, could he tell?

Looking over the tray of options, Becky's eyes widened and she tapped her lips trying to sort out just which to try. "They all look so delightful. How do you even decide which to eat?" Sam would know and he could make the impulsive decisions while she ooh'd and awe'd over everything.
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Damian wasn't always the most observant, but he immediately knew something was wrong with Jane when she ignored him. She always had an ear to lend him, no matter how inane his stories might be. "Jane? I was just talking about how I made that song with the sirens, and the ministry forced me to destroy any recordings of it. But, of course, I kept a few copies for myself." He said, only trying to fill the air while closing the distance between the two unspeakables. "What's going on?" His voice now a whisper.

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Airey had returned and began deliberately spilling drinks on the floor. "Lemme help you out, mate." No longer feeling thirsty, Damian joined in and upended his cup, dumping his drink out on the floor. "What's the game plan, boss man?" Not wanting to confront his department head outright, he thought perhaps playing along might get him some answers.
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"More...perhaps more drinks in that case! I shall not be more than a moment," he reassured the Unspeakable before taking several long and hurried strides over to the Coral Bar where he lunged right between the Minister, Senior Undersecretary, Head of Magical Law Enforcement, and MerChieftess towards the non-Mermish drinks. Giving no regard for the state of his suit, the man scooped up as many as his arms could carry and hurried back towards Jane. Several glasses fell and broke on the floor before them...but perhaps that was not the worst of things. They could make a puddle and then lay in it! Therefore oops ... but not entirely oops ... Airey tipped glass upon glass and poured the liquid on to the floor for Jane to work with and end their torture of being so close to the water and yet so far!
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Before anything else could be said. Airey had returned and began deliberately spilling drinks on the floor. "Lemme help you out, mate." No longer feeling thirsty, Damian joined in and upended his cup, dumping his drink out on the floor. "What's the game plan, boss man?" Not wanting to confront his department head outright, he thought perhaps playing along might get him some answers.
Jane was by now on her knees on the floor and, having pulled out her wand (from somewhere in her billowy skirt), was feverishly murmuring incantations over the growing puddle on the floor, which was by now a murky grey as the different colors of the drinks blended into a discolored mess. She had managed to isolate a very small circle of clear liquid which appeared to be water, but it was a very laborious process. "Too long, this is taking too long!" she cried in frustration. Suddenly a thought struck her and she looked up at Airey and Damian. "Ice!" Is there any ice at the bar? For the drinks? Because when ice melts it turns into...turns into..." She was so excited she couldn't even finish her statement.
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He smiled brightly at Rebecca his beautiful wife joining, "Becca," Gladly returning the cheek kiss with a quick one of his own before resting his hand over hers. "We could have a drink before we dance, what did you want to have?" Admiring her stunning figure in the dress, he was excited to get to moving with her later on. He was quite thankful on their family watching the kids so they could have such a nice outing here.
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There would time for more kisses later. At this gala you presented the wiz world and ministry and had to be respectful and mannered. "A glass of something pink and bubbly would be nice from the human drinks." Becca commented as she let her eyes dart briefly over the drinks menu. "It's nice to have a night out to ourselves without the kids. We should do that more often, don't you agree?" Becca asked as she gave Darej's hand a stroke as she let her eyes admire the beautiful sea themed decorations.


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Now that she was there though, all she could think about was water. Yes, they were underwater, but she needed to drink water. Finding some glasses at a table she took one and nicely sipped it, but it wasn't doing the job. Picking up another glass, and then another she gulped them down so fast she started to spill it down her nice dress.
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Wearing a dark pink dress for the night and being in a faboulusly fantastic mood the blond ambassador entered the bar area to find something to DRINK. Sophie's thirst had sadly not been quenched during the submarine ride. Coming up next to a woman that was gulping down glass after glass of water and spilling some on her dress Sophie got the most perfect idea. Giggling a little she looked left and right before she grabbed the biggest bowl she could find on the bar and dumped the bread sticks uncermoniously on the floor. With the bread sticks out of the way she pulled out her wand and casted with a small cry "Aguamenti maxima!" over the bowl. When the bowl was filled to the brim with glorious cold and fresh water she turned to the woman [Alana] and asked "Want to drink some water with me?" Not waiting for an answer Sophie put the bowl down on the floor before she sat down without a care about wrinkling her dress and started to lap water from the bowl like a kneazle. It was the best way to drink when she needed Waterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!



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Galas were certainly not the usual habitation of one Conall MacEachern. The Scottish hit wizard was much more content being out in the field on a mission, or in the kitchen. There were times he even might have admitted to be more comfortable going home to be teased by his brothers and parents, especially given his relationship with Emma Ferguson. Wherever that was headed, as there were moments when he certainly wondered how he’d managed to snag her.

Either way, he was in attendance. He’d even managed to get his hair looking somewhat presentable, even if family members kept at him to cut it. He didn’t want to. His hair was practically one of his notable identifiers, or at least he thought it might be. Dressing up wasn’t his thing at all, but this wasn’t a war, or even one of his cases. He had to at least attempt to look the part, if just for his girlfriend if she was around here somewhere.

That and he was choosing to ignore the fact they were underwater.
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Aurora left the cavern entrance after a quick chat with her personal assistant, Stella. Tonight she was solo, since Sebastian had decided to not go after their latest argument had ended with him storming off to a quiddith pal. Aurora couldn't even remember now what they had argued about. It had probably been something about her work or the kids or something..... Sighing Aurora took a breath and said to herself. It's a magical night, stop thinking unhappy thoughts and enjoy the gala even if you have responsibilites to look out for trouble.

She had the dress, the shoes and the makeup so maybe she could at least try to find someone to chat with? Letting her blue eyes wander around, they eventually stopped on a guy with long hair and a demeanor Aurora interpreted as lonely. Grabbing two glasses from a passing with something green in it and a white flower on top she approached the man, plastering on a bright smile "Hey, are you enjoying the gala?" Holding out one of the green drink glasses she asked "Would you care for a drink? I think it's drinkable." Or so hoped at least.



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He meandered among the land-walkers, expression solemn as his pale eyes darted around, looking for any suspicious-acting humans. Or merfolk, he supposed. His tail, pale as though the color had been drained entirely from a life spent far from the surface, flicked lazily as he propelled his protective orb of water clear of obstacles and people. The merman had been disappointed to hear he wasn't assigned to his Chieftess's security detail, but that didn't mean he wasn't on duty. It was his duty, every merperson's duty, to represent the best of their kind tonight.

He paused near the edge of the crowd, despite the lack of smile not quite as intimidating as he'd like to be given his relative shortness compared to some of these humans and the other merfolk.
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Laurel left the dining area in a quick pace to look for Aaron that still had not returned from the men's restrooms. She was getting a bit worried. Had her husband drunk a mermish drink that had made him wander off to look for lobalugs or worse to kiss a merrow? Not looking where she was going or how the merman waved his tail lazily from side to side Laurel of course stumbled over the tail and was proppelled forwards. Waving with her arms she grabbed onto the first thing she could find to stop the fall, which was the merman's left arm which pulled him down ontop of her and they both landed on the floor with a THUD and Laurel lost her breath and everything went black.
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Somewhat pleased by the charming land-dweller's willingness to imbibe in their mermish fare, the Merchieftess gave an approving nod and a teeth-baring smile to the man (Hugo). "There is no need," she said in reference to the woman (Vivi) who clearly did not trust their beverages. Her eyes, squinted slightly at the woman as though daring her to try at least one mermish food or drink, said otherwise. To the minister's proposed toast, the chieftess took another glass, bowing her head graciously for the toast. "Flowing prosperity," she echoed. The metaphorical high ground, it seemed, was not as dry and terrible as the literal one.

Before she could take her drink and drink to the prosperity of Atlantis, and the collaboration with the land-dwellers, she was jostled by a hasty blond man's dash for...far more drinks than she had believed a single land-dweller could consume. "What in the seven seas...?" she exclaimed as her drink fell from her hand, steam rising from the puddle of broken glass and beverage on the floor. She watched as the man broke several more glasses and then proceeded to dump the remainder out, soon joined by two others (Jane and Damian).

What treachery was this? She was less concerned about the mess and the wastefulness (all liquids eventually returned to the sea, after all) than by the disruption and the general rudeness of the acts. They came into her city, were welcomed in, and this was how they responded? "Control your people," she hissed to the minister.

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The merman continued to scan the crowds, catching what he thought was called a smile from one land-dweller (Brody), which he returned with his own attempt at baring his teeth and curving his lips upward. There. He was good at this human interaction. His "smile" soon fell from his face, replaced by a look of concern as his brows furrowed. That land-dweller (Alana) was spilling water. He had thought the land-dwellers had good coordination skills, so this...not normal. He swished his pale tail to cautiously approach her.

Before he could get to her, another land-dweller (Sophie) joined her and, aside from making a mess of some breadsticks, was lapping water from a bowl on the floor. THIS, he was certain was not normal human behavior. He swished his tail more forcefully, propelling the bubble right up to the two women and coming to a stop. "If you'll please come with me," he said, straightening to his full (not very tall) height and glowering at them. The Merchieftess would want to know about their suspicious behavior, he was almost certain.

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And yet another land-dwelling person had joined them (Dylan)! The mer singer felt bubbly with all the compliments. "Oh, thank you," she said, inclining her head in thanks toward the newcomer. "Are you familiar with mermusic as well?" Surely it were so for the first one, otherwise they would be unable to discern the bad from the good. Unless they were just complimenting her for the sake of being nice, which...yes, that would be acceptable too. She liked compliments, whatever the motive.
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