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

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

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

If the door is closed, please knock and wait for an answer. Otherwise, poke your head in to say hey to Fletcher!
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Why was it that she always felt so nervous whenever she came into this office? Even when it had been the office of her former boss January Jones, Delyth always had a small pit in her stomach, a queasy feeling that told her something was in trouble. It was like being called into the headmasters at Hogwarts all over again, not that that had happened too many times. No, the blonde-haired Gryffindor had always maintained a perfect behaviour record thank you very much.

With her usual curls now straight and pulled back today, she took a deep breath and rocked up and down from her tiptoes to her heals and took a deep breath as she faltered outside the door of Senior Undersecretary Fletcher. Did she look smart? She hoped so! But just in case, she pulled down her black, knee high skirt and quickly adjusted her white blouse and pulled a loose strand of hair that had been flitting in the periphery of her vision behind her ear. Finally ready, she gave three, sharp raps on the door and once called upon, she entered, her heels clicking on the wooden floor as she walked.

"Good Morning Sir. You’ve been expecting me, yes?", because you know, it was always important to make sure because memos and letters had been known to missing around here.

Some people may have looked around the room inquisitively when they walked into a newly decorated room, and she was one of those people but she was not one of those people. Instead, she met the eyes of her boss timidly confidently, a winning smile across her face.
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Fletcher was just stacking up some papers and wondering where his personal assistant had gotten to. He still wanted to train the lad in a few things before setting him loose, and could, in fact, use him as a scribe today. But, he wouldn't hold up Delyth waiting on Chosen, so he beckoned the student aid advisor to come in and join him at the small mahogany coffee table in front of his desk.

"Yes, hi there... Please, make yourself comfortable," he greeted her, getting up from his desk and wandering over to a pitcher of water on the sideboard. "Would you like something to drink?" He was pouring himself a glass of perfectly cool filtered water.
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With a polite smile, her nerves suddenly vanished as the blonde moved towards the mahogany coffee table and took a seat in one of the old-fashioned, striped chairs. "A glass of water would be lovely, thank you”.

Her eyes moved around the room, curious as to how it had changed since her last visit, not that it really made too much of a difference to her particularly. Sure, it would have been nice to have her own office and space to decorate but she knew that was never going to happen. At least, not anytime soon anyway. With the cool temperature and the slight au de man, it clearly had been transformed and the finished result wasn’t exactly bad. It was tasteful but in a different way.

Reaching out, she clasped the cold glass of water and took a small sip, her mouth surprisingly dry all of a sudden and then crossed her legs in anticipation for their meeting.
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Ah okay, he'd get her one too. Fletcher brought the two glasses of water over and placed one in Delyth's hand. She was young, wasn't she? He hadn't interacted with her too much except here and there around the offices. He was curious to hear from her regarding her career aspirations.

"So," he settled in the other chair, adjusting his jacket slightly, and looking down at a single piece of paper he held in his hand. The rest was supposed to be on his personal assistant's notes. "Why don't we start by having you tell me about your goals here at the Ministry of Magic." What did she want to accomplish, hmm?
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Maybe it was the fact that they hadn’t spent much time together that was making her feel slightly off but there was just something about being in this office that made her feel anxious or on edge. OR, it could also have to do with it being her boss.

Using the drink as an excuse to word her answer in a way that made her sound like she hadn’t prepared her answer correctly, she replied after a moment. “My goal is to work my way up through the ministry and to really become an important part of the ministry team” , flashing a bright, pearly white smile at the older gentleman in front of her now.

What she’d said was very true. While she was at the Ministry, she really wanted to be…someone? She wanted to be important, to actually help people. “I want to help people. I like that where I am at the moment, I get to help children through their Hogwarts journey but I want to do more” . It was true that she had been slightly frustrated as of late but she hadn’t let that show in her work. She was nothing if not a consummate professional.

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Fletcher really had no idea about Ms. Dominique's feelings regarding his office. He was just pleased TO HAVE an office now. Finally.

"So you're ambitious." He marked something on his paper, as though he were ticking something off. And she did LIKE her general position, but wanted more. That was fine, that was all part of what he was here for. "Tell me about your background and what would make you suited for a promotion." Because that was definitely on the table, if she was really interested.
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She watched closely, her grey, green eyes taking in the fact he was actually marking something down on the paper. Trying her best to put it out of her mind, she just nodded to his ambitious comment. Indeed, she was ambitious but also, she wasn’t about to throw someone else under the bus to get what she wanted. She would work hard and let the fates do their thing.

Unsure exactly how much he wanted to know, she just went from her NEWT year at Hogwarts because she did know that blabbering what a strength of hers and often it often made people feel at ease but…it could also be a pain. “Well, you have my OWL and NEWT results I’m guessing. When I left Hogwarts, I studied Wizarding Education for three years” which was kind of why she enjoyed her job. Even though she wasn’t teaching (which was her eventual goal), she was able to help children and their families which was the next best thing. Still, she wanted to go further in the ministry before eventually moving on.
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Fletcher gestured for her to go on. "What about here? What's something you'd like to change about wizarding education, at the primary or postsecondary level, if given the opportunity to do so?"

See, he had an opportunity in mind for her, but wanted to make sure it was the right fit. Especially with everything going on in the world right now.
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What about here? Did he want to know what she’d change about being here? “Well, here I really focus on helping students to afford Hogwarts but I try to support them as best I can really” . As for changing things at Hogwarts… “Well, if I’m really we’re talking about Hogwarts, you only really need to look at what’s going on right now to really see where improvements need to be made, although I know things there can be…unpredictable at the best of times” . Despite not being there right now, her heart really went out to all of those parents whose children were at Hogwarts right now.

“As for primary, getting them prepared for Hogwarts and being in a different environment and being more independent is something I’d like to look at. I think for me, that was big when I went from one to another” . Having to be more independent in those first few years…that could be hard for her some. Was this what he was really looking for? He wasn’t sure. Either way, she was worried about the little ones and preparing them for the future was important to her.
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Aha, two great answers. Fletcher made another little tick on his paper, nodding for her to continue. "So do you think you have more of an interest in working with younger students, rather than older ones? I am looking for a Liasion to Hogwarts, and, actually, one for the Primary Schools. Either position would come with a bump in pay for you."

He didn't want to suggest that she had to stop being a student aid adviser, but these other positions were a bit more... interesting, in Fletcher's opinion. "You'd have a greater chance to make an impact." Just to clarify, because she'd had an interest in that, no?
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She did consider the question for a moment. What age did she want to work with? When she’d been completing her degree, she’d worked with every age, both primary and secondary. So, with that in mind her honest answer was… “Both. I enjoy working with both. I mean, they both have different challenges so I guess working with both would keep me on my toes” which was something she was really searching for in a job as of late.

The bump in her pay would be a welcome one but that wasn’t the important part to her right now. The smile that crossed her dace when he mentioned being a liaison to Hogwarts was breath-taking. It sounded perfect for her and was just what she wanted! It was a different job and she’d get to be closer to Hogwarts which was what she really wanted. One step closer to becoming a professor at Hogwarts.

“I think the job would be something I’d be very interested in”. Was it not obvious by the smile? “Making an impact is what I really want to do and the fact that I’d get to go between a primary school and Hogwarts…it sounds perfect”. Was he offering her the job? Because she had already had her heart set on it now.
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Here! He was here! A lot little behind on time but he was here and only managed to burn himself with the piping hot coffee four times on the run up. People got in the way, people also got burned, it was a whole thing, he was going as fast as he dared while trying not to spill but he was “HERE!”

Kodee threw the door to the office open with a loud bang, bending double to catch his breath with the half cup—that was all that was left—of coffee in his outstretched hand.

“Here. Your morning coffee. Present and ready for note...taking...” Oh, she was already here. Kodee was sure he’d written down her name somewhere but it wasn’t coming to him at the moment. “I didn’t get you one.” Was he...did she need....UGH. He’d have to go back to the cafe across the street. That line had been long. ”There was a commotion with an order over at the cafe and then these two blokes came in from a night out, singing old show tunes as they like—joined a round, it was brilliant, they were blokes from the bar I used to work at—ONE OF THE KETTLES POPPED. It was sick. Out of nowhere. Coffee rain everywhere, people ducking for cover, oh man you should’ve been there.” Kodee put the half cup of coffee on Fletcher’s desk, got his hand dried then began shuffling along the man’s desk for a blank piece of parchment.

Ah, here we go.

“Alright, from the top.” He told...um...her. Really, what WAS her name?? “Don’t leave out anything. Don’t worry, I can write fast. You just focus on making sure you repeat everything you already said, the way you already said it.”

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So she wanted to take on both jobs? Fletcher wasn't so sure about that; he'd learned his lesson over the years about overwhelming employees. "How about----" he started to suggest, leaning forward slightly and adjusting the buttons on his jacket, when... well, Kodee Chosen happened.

He had to give the kid points for pizzazz because he definitely knew how to make an entrance. He reminded Fletcher of his son, only older, and also, Kodee was over at the desk and they were over at the smaller, more casual coffee table. "Hey, come join us," he gestured to his personal assistant, smoothly conjuring up another chair for him and then tucking his wand away up his sleeve. "And don't worry about the coffee." Kodee had taken so long that it was now well past the time when Fletcher usually drank coffee. So add that to the list of things he'd have to train him on later today...

"Sorry, Delyth." He returned his attention to the soon-to-be liaison, waving his wand hand in a sign that she should disregard Koddee's request to repeat everything. He'd also be training the lad on that, since it had to do with the Ministry Scribe part of his job. "Are you saying you're interested in BOTH positions? What if you try on one first and then see if you can take on more responsibility?" She was, after all, still new-ish to the Ministry, and young. "I was thinking of having you serve as the Hogwarts liaison first, as we really need someone right now working every day on making contact with the school. You might have to sit in on some briefings with Char--- sorry, the Minister, and several of our wizarding families who are owling us daily to inquire about the wellbeing of their children."

It was a whole thing, did she see that? He looked at the younger employee with a bit of concern wrinkling the tanned skin near his eyes. "Do you think you're up to take on this new role?" Because if so, they'd shake on it and then have Kodee write down THOSE details.
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Caught in a moment of pure bliss, the curly haired blonde turned, slightly shocked as a teen barged through the door. It only took a moment for her to decipher from the coffee stains and the cup in his hand that he was some kind of intern and the slightly look of shock was then replaced by a smile. “It’s okay. I’ve had my morning coffee. Too much and I start to…” . Pausing for a moment, she had almost forgot that she was in fact in her boss’s office actually interviewing for a new job. Luckily though, the boy’s story of his escapade to get the morning coffee seemed to have covered up her momentary embarrassment and for that, she was grateful. “Well, uhh..that sounds like an eventful morning” , a somewhat amused smile on her face now as she turned back the matter at hand.

“I’m sorry. I honestly thought they were one job. I’d love to be the Hogwarts liaison though. That sounds perfect”. Usually, the pink tinge of embarrassment would have made another appearance on her face but such was her excitement at starting a new job, it was all but invisible unless you looked really close.

As for sitting in on briefing with the Minister, Delyth was more than happy to do that although hopefully, she wouldn’t make the mistake of calling her by her first name to her face. “I’m more than up to take on this new role and meeting with the wizarding families. I mean, I’m sure it’ll be tough trying to explain what the Ministry is doing to prevent what’s happening at Hogwarts from happening but…I’m ready” . Casting a side eye towards the intern, she hadn’t caught his name, the blonde flashed her brilliant, white smile. How had this gone so well for her? Glossing over the fact that she’d actually be getting a pay rise, her dream of teaching at Hogwarts was one step closer even if it was just a tiny, minute, miniscule step.
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Kodee had just gotten his shirt cleaned and dried when the boss man asked him to join them. What? Oh. Right. Over there. He grabbed the coffee to take over with him but....he ....didn’t want it...?

Okay but like there was a trail of coffee all the way back to the receptionist’s and he had BURNS and and and he didn’t want it?

Well if that wasn’t disappointing.

Kodee abandoned the half cup and moved over to the pair. At least he got a smile—and she’d already had her coffee. Small victories, he would take them. The boy accioed the half cup of coffee, plopped down on the chair and began sipping while he listened. After the dismissal from the boss man and the fact she wasn’t repeating, it gave him the impression he wasn’t meant to be writing at all. That was fine.

Sip.

”You’re right it’ll be tough if you go explaining it like that.” Sip. No one was talking to him you say? Never stopped him before. “Ministry can’t be working to prevent whatever’s happening at Hogwarts from happening because it’s already happening. They’re beyond prevention now.” And some parents were kinda crazy. They’d just lose it even more. “I’d suggest going for explaining what the ministry’s working on to stop it and return the kiddos.”

Sip sip sip. Ugh, if he’d known he’d be drinking this, he’d have asked for more cream.

“I also don’t recommend telling them to stay calm—so there was this lady, yeah? Down by security. Demanding to see the minister. They tried getting her to calm down. Ooooohh maaaannnnn you should’ve heard her. I thought everyone would. You didn’t? Guess the walls are thick. Anyway, she may be stopping by to see you actually.” The last sentence he directed at his boss. If that lady was allowed through, surely this would be her next stop.
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It did make Fletcher nervous to see Kodee casually summoning a rickety cup of coffee all across his new office. He'd had the place professionally styled and had paid it for himself, did the lad know that? Watching Kodee was like trying to allow Dunk to pour himself a glass of juice. It was almost painful.

But then, coffee crisis averted for now, the young scribe slash assistant began responding to Delyth, as though he were conducting this interview. If there was one thing that caused Fletcher's blood pressure to raise these days, it was young people not knowing their place. Who HAD asked Kodee for his opinion? This was an interview, not a conversation. He had no idea how to convince someone to take a job he didn't want to do himself. The boy had no concept of positive persuasion and spin. Not at all. Even if he was right, he didn't need to scare off Delyth just yet.

Fletcher's jaw clenched and he might have made a fist with his hand on the armrest of his chair. "That's enough," he said sternly, turning his head to stare down at his assistant. "Make a note to send Ms. Dominique her new contract, effective immediately, with a five percent raise of her current salary. She will be expecting the woman downstairs, IF that lady calms down enough for security to allow her in." Which, for everyone's sake, Fletcher hoped wouldn't be happening.

As for his newly promoted employee... the Senior Undersecretary gave her a winning, albeit tense, smile. "Don't listen to him. The job's all yours to do how YOU see fit. I'm sure you mean that you'll be working extra hard to prevent future events from happening at Hogwarts, as you'll explain to any angry parents you encounter in your new role. But as we've all come to understand, these weather things happen every so many years, and the current situation at Hogwarts is certainly not the Ministry's fault. We're working tirelessly as it is to continue to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone at the School."

There, did they both need to write that down? Kodee probably should. "Did you get that," he dryly remarked to his assistant without looking at him. "Or will I need to post it on the notice board? Please, if anyone approaches you regarding the weather phenomenon occurring at Hogwarts," he picked up his glass of water and now shot a look to BOTH of the employees in the room, "do not make any official statements on behalf of the Ministry without consulting Charles or me first. Are we all clear here?" It was a rhetorical question, he hoped, so he drank deeply from his water.

Now then, he really did need to send Delyth back to work so that he could work on Kodee. He set his water glass down carefully. "Do you have any questions for me, Ms. Dominique?" Fletcher's smiles from earlier had certainly faded but he did his best to sound warm, for her sake, and not irritated, which is what he actually felt at the moment. Thanks, new kid. "If not, we can shake on this." He opened his fist to offer her his hand.
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For the briefest of moments, the smile on the blonde’s face dropped if only for a moment, mainly thanks to the rambling of the assistant? Intern? Helper? Note taker? Delyth couldn’t be sure but one thing was for sure, his words had somehow punctured a small hole in her bliss and she couldn’t quite put her finger on exactly why she felt this way. Putting aside the fact that he had assumed that she would go about talking to the parents of those with children at Hogwarts without some sort of strategy and official stance from the Ministry, it was the way he had almost inadvertently pushed the buttons of the Senior Undersecretary without even knowing when she herself had seen nothing particularly wrong with his words, except for the fact that he had blurted it out when his opinion was neither wanted nor asked for but people did that everywhere in life so wouldn’t exactly be new.

Blinking for a moment, her eyes still on the Senior Undersecretary and his clenched jaw, her hand shot up to her hair to play with one of her curls as she usually did when she needed to think but instead, was met with the straight stands that she had spent most of the morning doing. Strange. Somehow, she felt like she was missing something? But that would simply have to wait for now.

Focusing on the matter at hand now, her smile almost back to normal, she simply nodded at the idea of being able to do the job as she saw fit and replied, “Thank you and yes, I will be working extra hard to prevent these things from happening”, although looking back on some of the things that had happened over the last few years at the school and in her time there, she wasn’t exactly sure how she herself could have stopped any of it from happening but that wasn’t about to stop her from trying. No sir.

She herself would not need to write this down because her memory was practically infallible but she did cast a glance over the note taking boy to see if he was because that would surely explain his presence although this glance was only momentary. Her attention quickly moved back to the Fletcher.

“Yes. Only one or two” , she replied, sensing that her time in his office was coming to an end. Rising to her feet, she outstretched her slender, tanned hand to shake on it and continued “Will I be moving cubicle or do you want me to stay where I am?” . The quicker she moved, if she had to, the sooner she could begin her new role… "and can I start right now?".
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Did he get what?

Huh? Noticeboard? “That, I vote that one.” Because he hadn’t been writing. The boy assumed there was no need for anything to be written down and had long since put the quill and parchment down in favour of sipping on this here coffee....which...was coming to an end....right...sip...about...sip....now.

Ahhh, that was some good coffee. Kodee vanished the empty cup, only half paying attention. Quite honestly, Hogwarts parents and the press and everyone had nothing to do with his job so he thought the boss man was laying into Dominique here. Poor thing, getting the boss man all up and bothered when the year barely just started.

Reminded him of his Hogwarts years. Very familiar. There was a certain comfort in that.

Kodee eased back into his seat, waiting for Fletcher to be done setting Dominique straight. Official scolding business right off the bat. How very official indeed. “D’you need me to get the message over to the noticeboard for you, Bossman? Make sure everyone gets the memo?” Continuing along that helpful vein. Man, he was on a roll today!
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Fletcher ignored Kodee for now. Just... entirely ignoring him and his questions for now.

He stood up too, gently shaking her hand with his. "Stay where you are, please, though you're free to use any of the vacant rooms on the perimeter of the office if you need more privacy for some...task." He nodded to her second question. "Yes, you start right now. Congratulations, and good luck."

Fletcher walked Dominique to the door with a polite smile and wave, and once she was gone, turned back around to yell at Kodeee. Only joking. He never raised his voice. Didn't have to, to get through to his kids. But who knew with Chosen; he seemed a bit thick.

"Right," Fletcher remained standing and picked up his glass of water, draining it in one gulp, and then picking up Dominique's glass too. He moved them both to the sideboard platter so someone else would clean them up later. "We need to have a talk, Kodee." Fletcher moved to his more formal, official, massive desk, and sank into the comfortable chair there. "Drag your chair over." Or conjure another one, he didn't care.

He steepled his fingers together and leveled a cool glance at the boy, waiting for him to follow his directions.
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He could tell in the way the boss man’s facial features hardened and his voice rid itself of that earlier pleasantry that they were about to get down to some real business. Finally. He was ready. What important proclamations were they gonna discuss now?

Kodee pulled his chair across the room, turning it backgrounds so he could rest his arms and chin comfortably against the back. That little shot of caffeine was good enough to get him a little more focused.

“Oh, hang on.” For a second, Kodee shot up and went to retrieve the parchment and quill he’d left back by the comfy chairs—another indication this was serious. They moved back to the desk. So cool. The boy flopped back on the chair, using the desk to support the parchment and indicated he was ready.

“What d’you need Bossman? Meeting with the minister later? Errands across town?—is it about that court case? I’m trying to get on that jury myself. Gonna be a sick trial. You think they’ll get through all the details?”
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This was painful to watch. Idly tapping his long, steepled fingers together as the Chosen chair quest went on and on, Fletcher wondered if he'd been this insufferable at this age. Sure, he'd eaten the odd sandwich off the floor and yeah, he'd been overly fond of Muggle duelling and girl chasing. But he'd at least been competent at his job. All of his jobs. Ain't no work ethic like a Hufflepuff work ethic. Did Kodee have a similar work ethic, or would he need to be let go? It was time to find out.

And no, they would not be discussing the trial. Not yet. Fletcher sighed and set his hands down on the desk, shaking his head just slightly at lad across from him.

"Kodee," he stated firmly, one it appeared the boy was ready, "we need to talk about you and what you do here at the Ministry." He paused just on the off chance that his personal assistant/scribe was actually taking notes. Even though the lad had parchment, it didn't mean he knew how to use it. "Tell me what you think your job description is, for both of your roles here."

He'd give the kid a chance to talk first, even. Maybe he'd be impressed. Maybe.
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Whatever Kodee had been expecting, it wasn't a reminder of his job duties. In fact, the question had thrown the boy so far left that for a few seconds, he stared at Fletcher. The man may as well have been speaking another language. What did his job here entail? Well...shouldn't he know....? He was the one who hired him and sent him the letter.

Consider his brows furrowed, openly confused. In his mind, nothing that had happened thus far could've led here. Had he...missed something....?

"Well." Kodee started, lowering the quill once more. Gray eyes lock on, lost as they suddenly seemed. This had to be a trick question. There had to be something and he was missing it but he couldn't figure out what and it made him apprehensive about answering. What if he gave the wrong answer and there was another PA waiting just outside to take his place then he and Kaiser went on runs together instead and he became Kaiser's new friend--oh man, he'd have to tell Kenzie.

....Maybe he wouldn't have to.

Not at first.

...Yeah....he could still get dressed in the morning....and if he kept fighting, he'd keep having a steady flow of income. It wouldn't be the only lie he'd ever told her.....yeahhhhh that might work actually.

Kodee straightened against the chair. "As your personal assistant....I....help you around the office and with...anything else you need help with....like filing and coffee....and...meetings....and visits....and...and making notes for you on important things. As scribe....I....write things down for the ministry? Take notes, that sort of thing."

Man he'd have to take Kenzie somewhere great if that was the wrong answer.
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The question wasn't because Fletcher didn't KNOW what Kodee was supposed to do. It was one of those TEST questions, to see if Kodee knew.

And he did. Sorta. So that was a............ start.

"And have you been doing these things, Kodee?" Fletcher asked, another one of those open-ended test questions. He tapped on the BLANK parchment for emphasis, then sat back in his chair, tilting it back slightly. "Have you been writing things down? Getting my coffee between the ideal window of eight and ten in the morning, as I asked you to? Have you been 'doing things,' around the office?" Yes, he used air quotes around that part, and then flicked his fingers toward the empty glasses he and Delyth had drank out of earlier.

The answer was obvious: a resounding no for all three parts of the question. Fletcher himself had cleaned up those drinking glasses. Now, he wasn't so arrogant that he was above basic tidying, but he DID have a personal assistant now that he WAS paying a salary to, and he DID want to train the lad to think of completing these menial tasks before Fletcher had to even mention them. So. How would the boy respond to that? More excuses? Fletcher didn't wanna hear 'em.

But he waited, again, watching the boy with his dark eyebrows just slightly raised at him.
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Kodee opened his mouth...then closed it....then opened it again....before it fell closed once more.

Until about five seconds ago, he'd thought he was doing a great job. Okay...okay maybe not great. Great was a stretch. He never did "great" outside of a small bunch of things but now he wasn't sure he was doing anything right at all.

It was the perfect way to deflate the boy who'd already felt way out of his league and drowning in expectations. For the second time since walking into the Ministry of Magic--after that intern mess of course--Kodee felt like a fraud, an impostor, someone who'd snuck in past security and was waiting to be kicked out. His shoulder's slumped noticeably and he continued in that silence, looking down at the blank parchment.

For a split second, he thought of resigning, while he still could--before he was fired. That thought was quickly replaced by the images of everyone who'd shake their heads; disappointed but not surprised. He'd prove them right and it was that sort of thing that got him in trouble with that landlord in the first place. Just the thought angered him.

This would have to work. "I'll do better." Gray eyes rose to meet those of his boss, defiantly determined. He got in enough trouble, this was going to be the thing he did right. It was the least he could do after what happened to Kenzie. "You'll probably say you'll believe it when you see it, so I'll show you." He meant the words. Whether he was capable of picking up on small things without them being pointed out was another story. Most things didn't occur to him, a fact that had hurt his girlfriend often enough.
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