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It felt weird to be returning to Hogwarts after so much had changed, namely being married and having three kids but at least he still had Stella by his side; after all of the craziness that they had went through with the various potion experiments among other things throughout their time together but at least they stayed together. Matt knew that at least everything would have been okay, hopefully Risa would have been able to handle the kids at least for the one day since he hadn’t thought that his wife’s best friend could entirely deal with the children but that wasn’t about to be a major concern at least for the moment. This was all a celebration, getting the opportunity to hang out with people that he hadn’t since graduation when he immediately went on an exploration of France, great travel.

As soon as he stepped into the dancing hall, with Stella’s hand in his, he remembered the weird dancing lessons that happened during one of the few terms he was here which definitely were strange and yet kind of interesting at the same time. Memories like that had been things that permanently stuck into his brain, but at least it was one of the better things. “I think coming to this reunion was a good idea, hopefully there are people that we know somewhere around here.” he commented before looking around the room and so far not exactly seeing any familiar faces but it was still early. Besides, it was a big area after all.
There was so much to be distracted by as soon as she’d set foot back onto the Hogwarts campus, even though it really hadn’t been so long since Stella had been there. Long enough that she’d gotten married and had three kids, along with had a career and then retired. The latter having been rather forced while she’d been pregnant with the twins, but then that was over now. If she hadn’t had three children to look after, she could have thought about going back to acting. She’d honestly thought about it, even part time, but then Matt was busy with his own job most of the time and the only babysitter that lived close by was Risa. Letting Caden have play dates occasionally with her best friend’s daughter was okay, but making the redhead watch all three was a new experience. In a weird way, she missed her babies, maybe even more than she was finding she’d missed Hogwarts, even if the school had basically been responsible for everything that had happened since to happen. For her babies to have been born. There were bad memories from here too, but the good outweighed those. They’d survived the hate potion, and the other obstacles and now they were back.

Back, and apparently heading straight for the dance floor which put a smile on her face. It reminded her of the dance lesson back when she was in school, and how she hadn’t been able to dance with him then. Not by any fault of their own, and there had been plenty of dances since then but it was like they could make up for it. She’d slid her arms over his shoulders and linked her hands behind his neck as he’d spoken, anyhow. “I know it was,” she replied confidently, giving him a smile. “It’s possible, but even if there aren’t we can still enjoy being here again. Can’t we?” There were a lot of people here, and maybe everyone hadn’t arrived yet. It was hard to tell, and honestly, she wasn’t looking. They could go look and see if they recognized anyone later.
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The laugh. Józsua smiled wider, not so shy this time. He worried she wouldn't appreciate him approaching her like this, but those thoughts had been quashed by that small gesture. Paranoid he was sometimes. He really needed to learn that people wanted his company as much as he wanted theirs. He touched her fingers lightly in return. 'Hey, you'.

She remembered his unusual name. Bravo, Louisa! He was impressed. “Would you like to dance?” He asked, the tenseness in his eyes leaving and making way for a mirthful glint instead. He bowed his head in a playful manner and offered his other hand.

So Louisa had attended Hogwarts.. hardly surprising for a British witch. Józsua wondered what she'd been like then.. Which house had been lucky enough to get her?
Hiii, her now-wide smile said once again. Did she want to dance? Louisa grinned and took his hand, giving him a playful curtsy in return to the bow of his head. It didn't work with her casual dress, it would've looked pretty sophisticated on Vivi and her fancy dress though. Anyways, they started dancing to the music.

Louisa wasn't motivated or feeling it the way she was at the festival, so she was moving slowly and gently rather than dishing out all her energy in bursts. "It's... odd. Getting here again, and realizing how much changed in your life. You start looking at this place differently." She didn't feel like her life had changed, but she did. She looked back at Józsua, curious again and fighting the urge to ask anything too personal, yet she yearned to know about his connection with this castle. What house would he be in? He fit in at least three.

... "You're a puzzle. I'm trying to sort you into one of the houses right now but it's not working." She grinned, and thought out loud. "You could be a Slytherin, you have a powerful charismatic presence even though you're too--" She laughed, avoiding calling him a name. "--shy to accept it. Then you have this look that makes people want to trust you, it's like a gentle, earthly element, that reeks of Hufflepuff. But sometimes you say things to someone that are just right. That's intelligent, that's the fun side of being a Ravenclaw." So WHAT was he, exactly? "A hybrid, maybe." She laughed, a bit teasing.

And if it wasn't clear yet from that analysis, she was a hardcore Ravenclaw with a tinge of Slytherin.
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Tiberius had bypassed the food, the donations, the yearbooks, all of it, as he tugged on his husband's hand. "Before I end up spending the rest of the night showing you off," he teased, coming to a stop on the dance floor.

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Tiberius had bypassed the food, the donations, the yearbooks, all of it, as he tugged on his husband's hand. "Before I end up spending the rest of the night showing you off," he teased, coming to a stop on the dance floor.

Just one dance... alright, maybe two... before the introductions and the catching up.

Fussing a little with the lapel on Gabriel's jacket, Tiberius grinned. "You want to lead? Or should I?"
Having never actually stepped foot inside Hogwarts castle prior, only seeing it in the distance from the stands during Triwizard tasks, Gabriel was trying to take the sights in as Tibs dragged him along. He couldn't say that he found the castle more aesthetically pleasing than his own alma mater, but the decorations were lovely and the energy in the room quite contagious.

"Oh please," he laughed, arm snaking around his husband's waist. This still was a way of showing him off, no? "You 'ave already taken zee lead everyw'ere else tonight," he teased, taking a step back, bowing at the waist, and then offering Tibs his hand. "So 'ow about I take zis?"

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Hiii, her now-wide smile said once again. Did she want to dance? Louisa grinned and took his hand, giving him a playful curtsy in return to the bow of his head. It didn't work with her casual dress, it would've looked pretty sophisticated on Vivi and her fancy dress though. Anyways, they started dancing to the music.

Louisa wasn't motivated or feeling it the way she was at the festival, so she was moving slowly and gently rather than dishing out all her energy in bursts. "It's... odd. Getting here again, and realizing how much changed in your life. You start looking at this place differently." She didn't feel like her life had changed, but she did. She looked back at Józsua, curious again and fighting the urge to ask anything too personal, yet she yearned to know about his connection with this castle. What house would he be in? He fit in at least three.

... "You're a puzzle. I'm trying to sort you into one of the houses right now but it's not working." She grinned, and thought out loud. "You could be a Slytherin, you have a powerful charismatic presence even though you're too--" She laughed, avoiding calling him a name. "--shy to accept it. Then you have this look that makes people want to trust you, it's like a gentle, earthly element, that reeks of Hufflepuff. But sometimes you say things to someone that are just right. That's intelligent, that's the fun side of being a Ravenclaw." So WHAT was he, exactly? "A hybrid, maybe." She laughed, a bit teasing.

And if it wasn't clear yet from that analysis, she was a hardcore Ravenclaw with a tinge of Slytherin.
He let out a laugh, loving that she played along with his little bow with a curtsy. He placed his hand lightly on her hip, his other still touching her fingers sweetly. It was nothing like the energy the pair had at the festival.. Józsua hadn't been in the mood to dance, but seeing Louisa on her own out here had changed that.

His gaze left her as she spoke, to take in the great hall.. eyes settling on the charmed ceiling for a moment. He missed that. It's beauty had always touched his heart when he was here. It was like a magnificent piece of art made by magic. He looked back at her. “S'only been a little over a year for me.. but I feel it too. You forget so quickly. We got snowed in in my final year. S'stupid.. but I hoped we'd be stuck here forever.” But the 'real world' wasn't so bad. Even if everything Józsua had feared had happened after graduation.. he liked uni.. he was good at what he did. But he still missed Hogwarts.

Her words brought a soft smile to his face. He'd noticed this the first time he met Louisa—she just had a knack of making you feel special. She knew who Józsua was from the very start. He didn't think he was charismatic in any way, however, but her reasoning made him smile wider. Shy. Stupid. Hmm.. Still, his denial was exactly what she was getting at, wasn't it?

A hybrid. Józsua had teased Olly in the past that the sorting hat had got them confused.. but he had seen what a perfect Huffie she was over the years. “Maybe..” He said, tilting his head and looking upwards. “..I should leave you guessing until the last moment.” He looked back at her, eyes glinting. “Like you did with your name.” Maybe. Maybe not..

So what was Louisa? She DEFINITELY had the Ravenclaw ability to say what was just right.. but Józsua thought that could also be a Slytherin or Hufflepuff trait. Different sorts of intelligence used in different ways. “You could be a Claw..” He pondered. “But you have the boldness of a Gryffindor... an'..” he paused and admired her. “You... look really really good in red.” Yea.. Red with that dark hair. Beautiful. She could also easily have been a Slytherin..

“m'... going to guess Ravenclaw.” Because, boy, was she smart. A way with words and a good judge of character. An intelligent way of flattering you without embarrassing.
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Uh huh. Crinkling her nose as he kissed it, Lima wanted to see if he was right about it. "It's on, Mads. Let's see what you got. Maybe Nico can watch me wipe the floor with you," she joked while really hoping that he would be there. She always had liked Nico, he was a good man.
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"We can go socialize a bit later. We have all night and I don't get to have you all to myself dancing like this much." She laughed knowing they had evenings once the kids were in bed, but that was usually cleaning, him in the greenhouse, or chatting on the couch. So this was just fun. "No it doesn't seem like it was that long ago." She had been gone three years already. THREE! It just didn't seem possible.


Dancing around she smiled, "I'm okay with that." She knew more would come and would happily see all her old friends, but for now dancing was great. "The place looks great, they really did a great job decorating." She looked around and wondered exactly who she'd see. "Wonder who will all come. I know Ariana is coming and Alec." She kept in touch with both of them so she at least knew that much. "Oh I wonder if the professors will come, I know they have duties with the students, but it would be nice to see some of them." She thought of Hadley and wondered if she'd get to say hello.
Smiling as he spun Minerva around a bit on the dance floor, Ethan chuckled along with her laughter. "You won't hear me complaining. You can keep me to yourself as long as you want." But even if he had been somewhat joking, he knew that wouldn't last all night. Of course Min would want to go see old friends - ones she hadn't seen in a while as well as ones she still kept in touch with. But this would be nice as long as it lasted. They didn't always get this opportunity with two toddlers, even if his parents did their share of babysitting. Time really did go fast when you were busy with kids.

Good.. he smiled back as he continued dancing with her. He could sense that there were a few more on the dance floor now, not that he was paying that much attention to the others. "Yeah, it is nice.." He took the opportunity to look around as she did. "Much nicer than when I left.." All the banners and tablecloths were so tattered and worn that year. And he was glad that they didn't have the plastic dinnerware over at the buffet table. "Yeah, I don't know," he started, looking around a bit at some of the faces at the tables. "It would be nice to see some old friends." Was that Louisa dancing not far from them? "Might be nice to see some old professors too.." Though he could think of a couple he couldn't be bothered to ever see again.
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Startled, Neptune stepped back and away when Jim was lifted up and away from her. She was prepared to PROPERLY tongue lash someone that would be so uncouth and manhandly on a dance floor.... but then it was only Ivan. Instead of a telling off, she only gave him a nose wrinkle of non-approval. Hmph.

But then he threw that question at her and Neptune's whole body flushed. It wasn't exactly embarrassment, but it was an uncomfortable-making question, particularly in front of some strange woman that Neptune didn't particularly like the look of.

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Botts don't have to answer such nosy questions, so she gave Ivan a haughty shrug. "I daresay it will take a shade longer than it took you," Neptune JUDGED Ivan.
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But next thing he knew, he was in the air. Not quite long enough for him to lash out, Ivan knew better than that.

"I know you love me, but you can't take me home." He said, giving Ivan a slap on the back and wide grin. He may not exactly approve of some of the guy's choices but they were still buddies and went way back.

... speaking of choices, he rolled his eyes and grinned, adding on a shrug. He kept his mouth shut though because yes, eventually. Aaaaand here he was to smooth over Neptune's judgement, which even though it was in line with his own, well the girl in question was right there so Jim gave her a friendly smile and placed his hand on the small of Neptune's back. The Bott button basically. Like he was pressing the 'on' switch to remind her to be her charming self.

"And this must be Kalla. So far all I know about you is that you must be crazy to take this cat on." Heh. She married Ivan. "Oh, and I've seen you play. You're pretty fierce on the pitch. I'm James Wilkes, and this is my girlfriend... Neptune Bott." Introductions.

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Ivan saw the look Neptune gave him and laughed. He didn't really except anything different from her she always had that look when it came to Ivan's behavior. "Aww but I thought I could shrink you and let my dog play with you," he said teasingly as he gave his best friend a hug.

Seeing her turn red though made him smirk. Had he hit a nerve? good. She kind of deserved it with the nasty look. And if she deserved it then she really deserved it now as he heard what she said. Looking at Kalla he grinned and gave his wife a kiss on her cheek. "I think someone is jealous." Mmhmm. Wasn't his fault that Kalla was perfect for him. It was Jim's for dragging his feet. That's how he saw it anyway.

Ivan slipped his arm around Kalla's waist and smiled. He wasn't going to be brought down by her negativity. Nope. But at least his friend was on his side, or at least hid his dislike better. He didn't particularly care what they thought but surely he could see Ivan was a lot happier than the last time they had seen each other.

Hearing James speak to Kalla he chuckled. He had always been bad about introductions. "James and I go waaaay back. Like little kids trying to get Miles into trouble." He smiled at James appreciating him keeping what he actually thought to himself. He knew very well what they thought of him marrying Kalla and so fast but as long as he was happy it didn't really matter.
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There was so much to be distracted by as soon as she’d set foot back onto the Hogwarts campus, even though it really hadn’t been so long since Stella had been there. Long enough that she’d gotten married and had three kids, along with had a career and then retired. The latter having been rather forced while she’d been pregnant with the twins, but then that was over now. If she hadn’t had three children to look after, she could have thought about going back to acting. She’d honestly thought about it, even part time, but then Matt was busy with his own job most of the time and the only babysitter that lived close by was Risa. Letting Caden have play dates occasionally with her best friend’s daughter was okay, but making the redhead watch all three was a new experience. In a weird way, she missed her babies, maybe even more than she was finding she’d missed Hogwarts, even if the school had basically been responsible for everything that had happened since to happen. For her babies to have been born. There were bad memories from here too, but the good outweighed those. They’d survived the hate potion, and the other obstacles and now they were back.

Back, and apparently heading straight for the dance floor which put a smile on her face. It reminded her of the dance lesson back when she was in school, and how she hadn’t been able to dance with him then. Not by any fault of their own, and there had been plenty of dances since then but it was like they could make up for it. She’d slid her arms over his shoulders and linked her hands behind his neck as he’d spoken, anyhow. “I know it was,” she replied confidently, giving him a smile. “It’s possible, but even if there aren’t we can still enjoy being here again. Can’t we?” There were a lot of people here, and maybe everyone hadn’t arrived yet. It was hard to tell, and honestly, she wasn’t looking. They could go look and see if they recognized anyone later.

Dancing hadn’t been something that Matt had the opportunity for lately, between teaching and looking after the kids; plus getting the time to just spend with Stella, it basically meant he was busy a lot but honestly it wasn’t a bad thing considering he would never want to give up how things were now. Life after Hogwarts turned out pretty darn good seeing as he was happily married and had an amazing family that he cared about with every single fiber of his being, of course there were some times which had been a bit more frustrating than others but it all came with the experience. It was funny being back here, though at least this time he was at least able to have his wife come home as well instead of being separated like how they had been after he graduated while she was still at the school, thing was though, it didn’t feel like he ever really left.

As soon as she had slid her arms over his shoulders, his hands went to her waist as he led them both to the beat of the music playing; this definitely was nice since there had not been too many opportunities at the school to be able to dance together but at least there was right now which pretty much was perfect. A smile slowly appeared on his lips after she spoke seeing as it really was true, they didn’t need to go exploring just yet. “Of course, this is just a nice opportunity to get to spend together without the kids, and at the school where our relationship basically started.” he commented, before just falling back into the comfortable silence of the moment between them.
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He let out a laugh, loving that she played along with his little bow with a curtsy. He placed his hand lightly on her hip, his other still touching her fingers sweetly. It was nothing like the energy the pair had at the festival.. Józsua hadn't been in the mood to dance, but seeing Louisa on her own out here had changed that.

His gaze left her as she spoke, to take in the great hall.. eyes settling on the charmed ceiling for a moment. He missed that. It's beauty had always touched his heart when he was here. It was like a magnificent piece of art made by magic. He looked back at her. “S'only been a little over a year for me.. but I feel it too. You forget so quickly. We got snowed in in my final year. S'stupid.. but I hoped we'd be stuck here forever.” But the 'real world' wasn't so bad. Even if everything Józsua had feared had happened after graduation.. he liked uni.. he was good at what he did. But he still missed Hogwarts.

Her words brought a soft smile to his face. He'd noticed this the first time he met Louisa—she just had a knack of making you feel special. She knew who Józsua was from the very start. He didn't think he was charismatic in any way, however, but her reasoning made him smile wider. Shy. Stupid. Hmm.. Still, his denial was exactly what she was getting at, wasn't it?

A hybrid. Józsua had teased Olly in the past that the sorting hat had got them confused.. but he had seen what a perfect Huffie she was over the years. “Maybe..” He said, tilting his head and looking upwards. “..I should leave you guessing until the last moment.” He looked back at her, eyes glinting. “Like you did with your name.” Maybe. Maybe not..

So what was Louisa? She DEFINITELY had the Ravenclaw ability to say what was just right.. but Józsua thought that could also be a Slytherin or Hufflepuff trait. Different sorts of intelligence used in different ways. “You could be a Claw..” He pondered. “But you have the boldness of a Gryffindor... an'..” he paused and admired her. “You... look really really good in red.” Yea.. Red with that dark hair. Beautiful. She could also easily have been a Slytherin..

“m'... going to guess Ravenclaw.” Because, boy, was she smart. A way with words and a good judge of character. An intelligent way of flattering you without embarrassing.


Louisa didn't stop dancing, but she didn't feel like she had to pay attention to his moving body to set a harmonical rhythm between them. They'd already done that before, and she never forgot. So, her body moved gently with his and she followed his eyes up to the enchanted ceiling, she'd forgotten to look up. She did forget how beautiful the magic was in here.

And she hasn't been here for five years. Louisa suppressed a grin when he said it had been a little over a year for him. It WAS funny, sorry, but it was. She bit her lower lip to keep from grinning too much so it was probably not working well for her. He was so adorable, she wanted to kiss his adorable face and she didn't care. But she didn't, it would make him feel more embarrassed or shy or whatever he was feeling right now. "Truebridge was wearing a cursed brooch all year long in my last year." Louisa shared, too, shaking her head with a single chuckle. "A bratty ghost thing caused havoc during that time. It wasn't so bad, it was sort of exciting and mysterious." The bad things were... other things. Things she was trying to make new memories with Józsua here because of.

Ha! That was a pretty good one, Louisa leaned a little on him laughing. "Ohhh, that was a pretty Slytherin move." Vengeance, even if it was playful and completely harmless. Actually, she liked what he was suggesting, leaving her to guess until the last moment. "Though that comes with a price. You'll have to tolerate my analysis until then." Louisa wasn't a noob, she had friends. She knew how annoying her trying to constantly make sense of everything out loud annoyed people.

... You have the boldness of a Gryffindor...

And she looked really really good in red, which she was wearing right now. So she figured he was trying to tell her she was looking really really good today? Louisa wanted to tell him to wait and see Vivi. Heh. "I wish you knew how funny your thinking I'm in Gryffindor is." She suppressed her laughter, but was very amused realizing that he was right. "Maybe that's why the majority of my friends belong to that rash, sarcasm-deprived house." Her only horror was; in Gryffindor, she wouldn't be able to speak fluently in sarcasm, a.k.a. her second language. He got it correctly in the end, though.

Louisa grinned at him, "What gave me away? Is it my astonishingly attractive geeking out while dancing with a hot guy under an enchanted ceiling?" Maybe she should be swooning and touching his small biceps and hugging his neck instead of trying to break him down to sensible laws and rules?
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Having never actually stepped foot inside Hogwarts castle prior, only seeing it in the distance from the stands during Triwizard tasks, Gabriel was trying to take the sights in as Tibs dragged him along. He couldn't say that he found the castle more aesthetically pleasing than his own alma mater, but the decorations were lovely and the energy in the room quite contagious.

"Oh please," he laughed, arm snaking around his husband's waist. This still was a way of showing him off, no? "You 'ave already taken zee lead everyw'ere else tonight," he teased, taking a step back, bowing at the waist, and then offering Tibs his hand. "So 'ow about I take zis?"

Tiberius laughed, resting his hand on his husband's arm. "Alright, so maybe just some showing off that still lets me keep you to myself for a bit." It had not escaped him that Gabriel hadn't really properly been inside Hogwarts before, but Tiberius supposed there would be time to look around later.

He chuckled as Gabriel bowed. "All yours," he said, slipping one hand into Gabriel's waiting one and resting the other on his shoulder. As they danced, Tiberius looked at the enchanted ceiling, a faint smile on his face. He had spent some years at Beauxbatons, but Hogwarts was his school, even after all that had happened. "Would it be premature to say that I would want our not-yet-existent children to come here?"
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Dancing hadn’t been something that Matt had the opportunity for lately, between teaching and looking after the kids; plus getting the time to just spend with Stella, it basically meant he was busy a lot but honestly it wasn’t a bad thing considering he would never want to give up how things were now. Life after Hogwarts turned out pretty darn good seeing as he was happily married and had an amazing family that he cared about with every single fiber of his being, of course there were some times which had been a bit more frustrating than others but it all came with the experience. It was funny being back here, though at least this time he was at least able to have his wife come home as well instead of being separated like how they had been after he graduated while she was still at the school, thing was though, it didn’t feel like he ever really left.

As soon as she had slid her arms over his shoulders, his hands went to her waist as he led them both to the beat of the music playing; this definitely was nice since there had not been too many opportunities at the school to be able to dance together but at least there was right now which pretty much was perfect. A smile slowly appeared on his lips after she spoke seeing as it really was true, they didn’t need to go exploring just yet. “Of course, this is just a nice opportunity to get to spend together without the kids, and at the school where our relationship basically started.” he commented, before just falling back into the comfortable silence of the moment between them.
Knowing the kids were going to be fine, no matter how much either of them wanted to worry about that, Stella was going to make the best of the night. It was practically a long-awaited date night, after all. Just them, when it hadn’t been that for what seemed like years now. Having three young children did that, not to mention Matt’s studies and now his teaching. Alone time was hard to come by, so this was that much better for it. Not to mention they got to be back at Hogwarts, where it basically all began, and there was the possibility of seeing people they hadn’t seen in what seems like forever. She honestly couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen any of her classmates, and she was certain if she felt that way, Matt likely felt it even more. It was weird to think she saw her best friend from Beauxbatons more than any of the friends she’d actually made here in England, but then the fact Risa lived down the street from them now was weird enough. She knew everyone had scattered after graduation, after all, so all that was left was maybe seeing them here tonight.

Except she didn’t feel like looking right now, as he’d taken her cue and they’d started dancing. She liked this, sort of like they were in their own little place, enjoying the music. It brought back memories, if not necessarily of dancing with him. There were plenty of memories that were connected to music in general, most of which involved either him playing for her or singing. This was just as nice, and seeing him smile was better. “Exactly. It’s almost like coming back home,” she said. Even though neither of them had gone through all seven terms at Hogwarts, she still felt a connection to the castle. Oddly more of a connection than she did to Beauxbatons, but there were more bad memories there than she’d ever had here and it was all because of him. Matt had made Hogwarts that much more like home for her.
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Oh. Look... he was being a brut. Weirdo. Hehehe. She stepped back a ways behind him so as not to intrude... but he was soon being brought back into the conversation... and especially when the other lady said what she did. It didn't make her angry, but it did cause her to heave a rather bored sigh as she cut her eyes to her HUSBAND. Need she say more?

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She gave him a soft chuckle as he went on. "Oh he's actually a perfect gentleman. I'm the one who gets into all the trouble." Ahhh. She was a Bott. As in Bott beans? Kalla gave her a pleasant smile and a nod. "Nice to meet you as well, Neptune." YTD.

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Ivan as a rugrat? The thought amused her. Giving her attention back to the hubs she let the tension go out of her shoulders a bit and leaned against him once more. She could almost FEEL the judgement... or else she was constipated. Or just paranoid. Although likely not the latter.
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Louisa didn't stop dancing, but she didn't feel like she had to pay attention to his moving body to set a harmonical rhythm between them. They'd already done that before, and she never forgot. So, her body moved gently with his and she followed his eyes up to the enchanted ceiling, she'd forgotten to look up. She did forget how beautiful the magic was in here.

And she hasn't been here for five years. Louisa suppressed a grin when he said it had been a little over a year for him. It WAS funny, sorry, but it was. She bit her lower lip to keep from grinning too much so it was probably not working well for her. He was so adorable, she wanted to kiss his adorable face and she didn't care. But she didn't, it would make him feel more embarrassed or shy or whatever he was feeling right now. "Truebridge was wearing a cursed brooch all year long in my last year." Louisa shared, too, shaking her head with a single chuckle. "A bratty ghost thing caused havoc during that time. It wasn't so bad, it was sort of exciting and mysterious." The bad things were... other things. Things she was trying to make new memories with Józsua here because of.

Ha! That was a pretty good one, Louisa leaned a little on him laughing. "Ohhh, that was a pretty Slytherin move." Vengeance, even if it was playful and completely harmless. Actually, she liked what he was suggesting, leaving her to guess until the last moment. "Though that comes with a price. You'll have to tolerate my analysis until then." Louisa wasn't a noob, she had friends. She knew how annoying her trying to constantly make sense of everything out loud annoyed people.

... You have the boldness of a Gryffindor...

And she looked really really good in red, which she was wearing right now. So she figured he was trying to tell her she was looking really really good today? Louisa wanted to tell him to wait and see Vivi. Heh. "I wish you knew how funny your thinking I'm in Gryffindor is." She suppressed her laughter, but was very amused realizing that he was right. "Maybe that's why the majority of my friends belong to that rash, sarcasm-deprived house." Her only horror was; in Gryffindor, she wouldn't be able to speak fluently in sarcasm, a.k.a. her second language. He got it correctly in the end, though.

Louisa grinned at him, "What gave me away? Is it my astonishingly attractive geeking out while dancing with a hot guy under an enchanted ceiling?" Maybe she should be swooning and touching his small biceps and hugging his neck instead of trying to break him down to sensible laws and rules?
Józsua noticed the attempt to hide that grin. It wasn't working very well, Louisa! It took a moment or two for it to dawn on him just why that was funny.. but he got it after a short pause. The age thing. THAT. Yea... He let out a small chuckle and then bit at his own bottom lip like he did when he was trying to subconsciously repress something. Nerves usually. But this time it wasn't that. Not even to stop himself grinning like an idiot. It was because he was so tempted to lean in and kiss that lip she was biting. But it was too public here. Way too many familiar eyes. He focused on her voice and her anecdote about her last year here, swaying gently to the music with her. “What? The headmistress was possessed?” His dark eyes widened, astonished. “Hogwarts could never be accused of being boring, could it?” Ever.

A Slytherin move. He was pretty obvious, huh? Her analysis? “You say that like it's a bad thing!” He teased gently. “Your views on things.. your reasoning... your logic.. ” Were hallmarks of a Ravenclaw. “You've not disappointed so far. I'd like to hear.” And it was interesting (and maybe a little bit vain..) to hear what she thought about him. She'd been pretty spot on so far.

Rash and sarcasm-deprived? Louisa was intelligent AND funny. Did she know that made her instantly attractive even without all her other obvious charms? So she wasn't a Gryff. Innnteresting.. He couldn't see Hufflepuff in her like she couldn't see Gryffindor in him. The hat had toyed with putting him in Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Józsua figured the thing just mixed the two colours together and threw him into the snakepit—not that he'd want to have been anywhere else. “You.. don't speak very highly of your Gryff friends.” He smiled mirthfully.

He smirked at that. “I like your geeking out.” He confessed and the smirk turned into a little grin at the 'hot guy' description. “But I take back the logic thing. You're clearly mad.” And once again he proved his 'shyness'.. unable to take, or deal with, a compliment without being in some way self-deprecating.
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Tiberius laughed, resting his hand on his husband's arm. "Alright, so maybe just some showing off that still lets me keep you to myself for a bit." It had not escaped him that Gabriel hadn't really properly been inside Hogwarts before, but Tiberius supposed there would be time to look around later.

He chuckled as Gabriel bowed. "All yours," he said, slipping one hand into Gabriel's waiting one and resting the other on his shoulder. As they danced, Tiberius looked at the enchanted ceiling, a faint smile on his face. He had spent some years at Beauxbatons, but Hogwarts was his school, even after all that had happened. "Would it be premature to say that I would want our not-yet-existent children to come here?"
Winking, because the French man really did not mind strutting around like a prized peacock if he had Tibs on his arm, he opted for a more classical dance style for the time being - even if it did not entirely match the music. A few pace and step adjustments here and there never hurt anyone. They could be flexible.

Twirling and side stepping to dip his husband, his eyes widened with what Tibs said next. NOT because he was against the thought and would rather the send their not-yet-existent children to Beauxbatons, but because the realization that that really would be a thing and SOON. Parents, the pair of them.

Realizing that he had left Tibs in full dip position for a bit longer than was socially acceptable, or comfortable for Gabriel's dancing partner, he quickly pulled his husband back upright. "B-b-bien sűr que non," he replied, slipping anxiously into his mother tongue as he pulled Tibs close to him to initiate a slow dance. "What I mean iz zat it iz not premature at all," he chuckled as he spun them slowly to the right.

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Józsua noticed the attempt to hide that grin. It wasn't working very well, Louisa! It took a moment or two for it to dawn on him just why that was funny.. but he got it after a short pause. The age thing. THAT. Yea... He let out a small chuckle and then bit at his own bottom lip like he did when he was trying to subconsciously repress something. Nerves usually. But this time it wasn't that. Not even to stop himself grinning like an idiot. It was because he was so tempted to lean in and kiss that lip she was biting. But it was too public here. Way too many familiar eyes. He focused on her voice and her anecdote about her last year here, swaying gently to the music with her. “What? The headmistress was possessed?” His dark eyes widened, astonished. “Hogwarts could never be accused of being boring, could it?” Ever.

A Slytherin move. He was pretty obvious, huh? Her analysis? “You say that like it's a bad thing!” He teased gently. “Your views on things.. your reasoning... your logic.. ” Were hallmarks of a Ravenclaw. “You've not disappointed so far. I'd like to hear.” And it was interesting (and maybe a little bit vain..) to hear what she thought about him. She'd been pretty spot on so far.

Rash and sarcasm-deprived? Louisa was intelligent AND funny. Did she know that made her instantly attractive even without all her other obvious charms? So she wasn't a Gryff. Innnteresting.. He couldn't see Hufflepuff in her like she couldn't see Gryffindor in him. The hat had toyed with putting him in Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Józsua figured the thing just mixed the two colours together and threw him into the snakepit—not that he'd want to have been anywhere else. “You.. don't speak very highly of your Gryff friends.” He smiled mirthfully.

He smirked at that. “I like your geeking out.” He confessed and the smirk turned into a little grin at the 'hot guy' description. “But I take back the logic thing. You're clearly mad.” And once again he proved his 'shyness'.. unable to take, or deal with, a compliment without being in some way self-deprecating.


Weeell... Truebridge wasn't possessed, not in that sense anyway but Louisa didn't think it was important to correct him. "Oh no. It's definitely not boring. I studied here for seven years, I don't remember being bored a second of it." She allowed a sarcastic lopsided smile.

"Hmmm." Since he was insisting on hearing more of her analysis. "You're pretty persuasive, you got my real name last time." She gave him a playful frown. "That's both Slytherin and Ravenclaw. If you were in Ravenclaw, I would know. You have a unique name." So, leaning towards Slytherin. She took a quiet moment, dancing and moving her hands to his shoulders, and trying to finish this challenge successfully. But the thing with shy people is they hide essential personality bits behind that do-not-trespass sign they occasionally raise in your face. "Hufflepuff." She decided uncertainly, catching his eyes and getting stuck in how dark and beautiful his eyelashes were. They brought out his dark eyes giving him that intelligent and ablaze look. "No. Ravenclaw." She looked at his face wholly and admired the freshness and somewhat innocence there. "Hufflepuff." Again? But then his glinting eyes and the way he bit his lower lip.... "No, no, no. You're Slytherin." Yes. Persuasive, quiet, and charismatic power. That was Lafay's house.

She broke the eye connection and with a heavy exhale smiled widely. "No, no, no. My Gryffindor friends know what I think of their house. I diss it on daily basis, serves me good to be mistaken as one of them, I guess. So let's keep that on the down low, yes?" She was joking, of course, but she didn't laugh or chuckle. You had to detect the subtle hint of playfulness in her tone. But... to get real for a moment because she didn't bare another second being mistaken for someone who'd talk lowly of their friends. "My friends are my family. They put up with me for so long. They try to understand why I'm so unnecessarily complicated and obnoxious, and they do it with a smile on their faces." Louisa didn't understand why. "But you don't go around gushing about your family, that's how hypocrites do it. You start insulting their roots, instead. That's how close my friends and I are." They probably didn't appreciate it all the time, but it was common knowledge that as long as Louisa insulted you, you two were good. It was when she started treating you with utmost politeness that you should be careful.

... what! He thought she was mad because she said he was hot? Louisa laughed, "You can't take back logic, that's my most precious possession." Nonono. She wanted logic back. But also... "I am crazy. Just as crazy as you are." She frowned at him. "I don't understand why you're so determined to block anything good being said about you." He did it last time, and now too. It looked like a reflex for him, and it bothered Louisa, just like anything not right bothered her. It could be a growing-up thing. Maybe he had strict parents who were never satisfied and always tried to push him further by putting him down?

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Knowing the kids were going to be fine, no matter how much either of them wanted to worry about that, Stella was going to make the best of the night. It was practically a long-awaited date night, after all. Just them, when it hadn’t been that for what seemed like years now. Having three young children did that, not to mention Matt’s studies and now his teaching. Alone time was hard to come by, so this was that much better for it. Not to mention they got to be back at Hogwarts, where it basically all began, and there was the possibility of seeing people they hadn’t seen in what seems like forever. She honestly couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen any of her classmates, and she was certain if she felt that way, Matt likely felt it even more. It was weird to think she saw her best friend from Beauxbatons more than any of the friends she’d actually made here in England, but then the fact Risa lived down the street from them now was weird enough. She knew everyone had scattered after graduation, after all, so all that was left was maybe seeing them here tonight.

Except she didn’t feel like looking right now, as he’d taken her cue and they’d started dancing. She liked this, sort of like they were in their own little place, enjoying the music. It brought back memories, if not necessarily of dancing with him. There were plenty of memories that were connected to music in general, most of which involved either him playing for her or singing. This was just as nice, and seeing him smile was better. “Exactly. It’s almost like coming back home,” she said. Even though neither of them had gone through all seven terms at Hogwarts, she still felt a connection to the castle. Oddly more of a connection than she did to Beauxbatons, but there were more bad memories there than she’d ever had here and it was all because of him. Matt had made Hogwarts that much more like home for her.

Right now honestly had probably been their first time alone together in ages but life did take control which wasn’t entirely a bad thing considering there were a ton of positives that went on that basically hadn’t made that all too much of an issue, Matt wouldn’t have minded getting more opportunities for time away with Stella but family time was nice too since he was more than happy to have three beautiful kids who without question would all go on to do something big with their lives once they grew up but he wasn’t in a hurry for that either. Thinking about Caden, Cameron, and Kieran all as teenagers had definitely not been something that he was about to think about anytime soon because it was really just a ridiculous notion, they were all still little and at least had pretty interesting things to say for little kids.

His attention at the moment was currently on the dancing which just felt so natural between them seeing as it was just like poetry but without any words, a beautiful act dancing was but yet simple too. The music itself was definitely something along the lines what he had been attempting to teach his wife on the piano when they were at Hogwarts, which definitely had been a memory that he never wanted to forget. “Almost. A home that we never really left.” he said. Just because they physically were no longer at the school, did not mean that they hadn’t emotionally left, it was always going to be a part of them forever.
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Jory knew he'd have lots of time to spend with Ronnie but there was a dance floor so he figured it wouldn't be all that bad if he stole her from her friends for a moment. Besides, he had to catch up with many persons still.

"I told Min at the Puff table you were busy showing off the ring to all your friends, Ronnie,''
Jory remarked as he led her to the dance floor. He didn't care that he couldn't dance that well. He was here to enjoy himself. "It's great to see everyone, isn't it?" But there were still some persons that he hadn't seen as yet but he was keeping an eye out for them.
Ronnie laughed. "Did you now?" She asked with a smile as she wrapped her arms around his neck and began swaying with him to the music. The red head then nodded at his question, glancing around them at the familiar faces. "Yeah, it feels funny doesn't it? Being back in here?" She asked, chuckling. It had looked so much bigger when she was a first year...
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"Of course he will. He's an auror. They're supposed to notice things even if you weren't as beautiful as you are he'd still see you." But whatever. He didn't feel much need to continue talking about Legend. Selfish Gryffindor.

"I hope he has a good night." With his McKenna minder or whatever. He didn't know her but Plymouth raved about her quite often. Best friend or something. "If you're my minder then that means if things go wrong you're the one who has to take the fall." He pointed out with his usual affable grin. It was possible that he was thinking about things he could do that she would have to mind....


But next thing he knew, he was in the air. Not quite long enough for him to lash out, Ivan knew better than that.

"I know you love me, but you can't take me home." He said, giving Ivan a slap on the back and wide grin. He may not exactly approve of some of the guy's choices but they were still buddies and went way back.

... speaking of choices, he rolled his eyes and grinned, adding on a shrug. He kept his mouth shut though because yes, eventually. Aaaaand here he was to smooth over Neptune's judgement, which even though it was in line with his own, well the girl in question was right there so Jim gave her a friendly smile and placed his hand on the small of Neptune's back. The Bott button basically. Like he was pressing the 'on' switch to remind her to be her charming self.

"And this must be Kalla. So far all I know about you is that you must be crazy to take this cat on." Heh. She married Ivan. "Oh, and I've seen you play. You're pretty fierce on the pitch. I'm James Wilkes, and this is my girlfriend... Neptune Bott." Introductions.

Ivan best appreciate.
Too bad Legend hadn't spotted her now. Not that she would expect him to actually be able to tell that his best friend wanted to pour punch on Ivan's head - no, Legend wasn't much for reading and knowing "things". So, she just smiled and let the soothing touch of Jim calm her. Maybe it was time for kiss number two? Maybe he could call her his girlfriend again.

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Ivan saw the look Neptune gave him and laughed. He didn't really except anything different from her she always had that look when it came to Ivan's behavior. "Aww but I thought I could shrink you and let my dog play with you," he said teasingly as he gave his best friend a hug.

Seeing her turn red though made him smirk. Had he hit a nerve? good. She kind of deserved it with the nasty look. And if she deserved it then she really deserved it now as he heard what she said. Looking at Kalla he grinned and gave his wife a kiss on her cheek. "I think someone is jealous." Mmhmm. Wasn't his fault that Kalla was perfect for him. It was Jim's for dragging his feet. That's how he saw it anyway.

Ivan slipped his arm around Kalla's waist and smiled. He wasn't going to be brought down by her negativity. Nope. But at least his friend was on his side, or at least hid his dislike better. He didn't particularly care what they thought but surely he could see Ivan was a lot happier than the last time they had seen each other.

Hearing James speak to Kalla he chuckled. He had always been bad about introductions. "James and I go waaaay back. Like little kids trying to get Miles into trouble." He smiled at James appreciating him keeping what he actually thought to himself. He knew very well what they thought of him marrying Kalla and so fast but as long as he was happy it didn't really matter.

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Did he just.... Neptune gave Jim the look. She didn't wish to jump to conclusions, but was Ivan really insinuating she was jealous of Ivan's position??? REALLY NOW! Need she REMIND him of that time he got totally smitten over her and chased her around like a puppy? Hmph. Pff. She flipped her hair, paying just enough attention to not be rude, but ONLY that. Hmph.

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Kalla let Ivan pull her along even though she was not particularly keen on being pulled around like a rag doll, but it was clear her husband was excited... so she'd let it slide. Hehe. And he was so cute as he did so. Always a plus.

Oh. Look... he was being a brut. Weirdo. Hehehe. She stepped back a ways behind him so as not to intrude... but he was soon being brought back into the conversation... and especially when the other lady said what she did. It didn't make her angry, but it did cause her to heave a rather bored sigh as she cut her eyes to her HUSBAND. Need she say more?

As Ivan kissed her cheek she smiled over at him and leaned into his side. It took her a moment to peel her eyes away, but soon she did and extended a hand toward James with a winning smile in place. "It's very lovely to meet you, James. Yep I'm Kalla Ogd... well I suppose you know my surname now." She just wasn't used to saying Vorpatril. Especially since she used Ogden still for quidditch and promotions.

She gave him a soft chuckle as he went on. "Oh he's actually a perfect gentleman. I'm the one who gets into all the trouble." Ahhh. She was a Bott. As in Bott beans? Kalla gave her a pleasant smile and a nod. "Nice to meet you as well, Neptune." YTD.

Turning her attention back to James she asked, "Are you much of a quidditch fan or only catch the occasional match? You should come take use of the box sometime with Ivan. My family doesn't use it much." Unless Garrick and Benjy were in town it actually never got used...

Ivan as a rugrat? The thought amused her. Giving her attention back to the hubs she let the tension go out of her shoulders a bit and leaned against him once more. She could almost FEEL the judgement... or else she was constipated. Or just paranoid. Although likely not the latter.

"Oh yes, a pleasure, I'm sure," Neptune supposed. Even with her tail feathers ruffled, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to brag on her Jim. "Jim was a wonderful Quidditch player. Seeker for Ravenclaw. Won the first game he ever played in." Though, he had given it up since ... the accident. Neptune had tried to get him back on a broom a few times, even got his old school broom refinished for him.
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Good.. he smiled back as he continued dancing with her. He could sense that there were a few more on the dance floor now, not that he was paying that much attention to the others. "Yeah, it is nice.." He took the opportunity to look around as she did. "Much nicer than when I left.." All the banners and tablecloths were so tattered and worn that year. And he was glad that they didn't have the plastic dinnerware over at the buffet table. "Yeah, I don't know," he started, looking around a bit at some of the faces at the tables. "It would be nice to see some old friends." Was that Louisa dancing not far from them? "Might be nice to see some old professors too.." Though he could think of a couple he couldn't be bothered to ever see again.
Spinning as he guided her she put her arm around him once more. "You are such an amazing dancer, I really should get you into competing at the studio." She only half joked, knowing there was an adult group there, but for now she enjoyed teaching the little once and staying out of the competition scene. That was her childhood and she wasn't bothered with it anymore. Leaning closer she kissed his cheek, "I wonder if we are allowed to look around in different areas." Though students were there, so maybe not, but it would be kind of fun to visit some parts of the castle again.

She gave him a confused look before remembering, "Oh I almost forgot about all those old banners and didn't we have to use plastic silverware for a feast?" Those awful coin slots to get into common rooms as well. She was glad that hadn't lasted long. Though she did wonder if a few were still around.

"It would." She had a few people she was hoping to see, though his next words almost made her stop dancing. She blinked a few times and moved closer leaning her head on his shoulder to dance to the slower song. It wasn't that she didn't want to see the professors, but it was the questions they would ask. She was proud of her family, she loved her family, and she loved her little part time position at the studio, but it wasn't healing, she had broken promises to at least one staff member. Well maybe she wouldn't see any of them and it wouldn't matter, no she was just going to stay here and dance and have fun.
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Right now honestly had probably been their first time alone together in ages but life did take control which wasn’t entirely a bad thing considering there were a ton of positives that went on that basically hadn’t made that all too much of an issue, Matt wouldn’t have minded getting more opportunities for time away with Stella but family time was nice too since he was more than happy to have three beautiful kids who without question would all go on to do something big with their lives once they grew up but he wasn’t in a hurry for that either. Thinking about Caden, Cameron, and Kieran all as teenagers had definitely not been something that he was about to think about anytime soon because it was really just a ridiculous notion, they were all still little and at least had pretty interesting things to say for little kids.

His attention at the moment was currently on the dancing which just felt so natural between them seeing as it was just like poetry but without any words, a beautiful act dancing was but yet simple too. The music itself was definitely something along the lines what he had been attempting to teach his wife on the piano when they were at Hogwarts, which definitely had been a memory that he never wanted to forget. “Almost. A home that we never really left.” he said. Just because they physically were no longer at the school, did not mean that they hadn’t emotionally left, it was always going to be a part of them forever.
There was an odd sort of feeling of being torn in half being here. Stella was entirely grateful for the time with Matt, when they didn’t have to deal with everyday things like what to have for dinner, when he’d be home, etc. Yet she also was finding that she missed the kids, and her mind kept going to thoughts of how they were doing with Risa. Probably more accurately Joshua, if he was home, and Autumn of course, but it was still technically her best friend’s job to watch them. For possibly longer than just a few hours, and it was making her worry. The even stranger part was that she was sensing worry from Matt, too, yet she couldn’t tell the reason. She wasn’t planning on breaking the lovely moment just to ask, though. She knew he’d tell her if it was important. They always did. Honesty was important, even from their children.

She was content, anyway, in his arms as they continued dancing. It almost reminded her of their wedding, aside from the difference in music. The music actually reminded her of other moments in their past, and even just her own. The songs she remembered her mother singing when she was younger, the songs Matt had tried to teach her various times when they’d stolen away to the Room of Requirement while they’d both been students… All happy memories, and she hadn’t wanted to mar that by worrying. “Exactly,” she murmured, leaning her head against his chest. “And our children will get to know that feeling too.” Eventually. Not any time soon. Caden was only almost four after all, and the twins two. She wanted them to be able to come here to Hogwarts, however. To have what she’d only gotten a taste of.
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Ronnie laughed. "Did you now?" She asked with a smile as she wrapped her arms around his neck and began swaying with him to the music. The red head then nodded at his question, glancing around them at the familiar faces. "Yeah, it feels funny doesn't it? Being back in here?" She asked, chuckling. It had looked so much bigger when she was a first year...
Jory grinned. "Yeah. I bet that's what you were doing, anyway.'' And who could blame her? He had seen how happy and excited she had been ever since he slipped that ring on her finger.

Hands on Ronnie's waist, Jory did his best to move in time with her and the music. Dancing was still not one of his best thing. Let someone throw a dozen of the most dangerous spells at him and he would be able to defend himself. But dancing? No way.

"It feels good. Though I haven't seen Gwen. Have you?" Jory wondered what his old Ravenclaw buddy was up to these days. He hadn't seen her in a really long time.
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There was an odd sort of feeling of being torn in half being here. Stella was entirely grateful for the time with Matt, when they didn’t have to deal with everyday things like what to have for dinner, when he’d be home, etc. Yet she also was finding that she missed the kids, and her mind kept going to thoughts of how they were doing with Risa. Probably more accurately Joshua, if he was home, and Autumn of course, but it was still technically her best friend’s job to watch them. For possibly longer than just a few hours, and it was making her worry. The even stranger part was that she was sensing worry from Matt, too, yet she couldn’t tell the reason. She wasn’t planning on breaking the lovely moment just to ask, though. She knew he’d tell her if it was important. They always did. Honesty was important, even from their children.

She was content, anyway, in his arms as they continued dancing. It almost reminded her of their wedding, aside from the difference in music. The music actually reminded her of other moments in their past, and even just her own. The songs she remembered her mother singing when she was younger, the songs Matt had tried to teach her various times when they’d stolen away to the Room of Requirement while they’d both been students… All happy memories, and she hadn’t wanted to mar that by worrying. “Exactly,” she murmured, leaning her head against his chest. “And our children will get to know that feeling too.” Eventually. Not any time soon. Caden was only almost four after all, and the twins two. She wanted them to be able to come here to Hogwarts, however. To have what she’d only gotten a taste of.
Something was bothering Stella and honestly Matt could tell without even having to say a word, he just knew that there had been something on her mind which was almost taking her attention away from the moment, not that he particularly had been worried or anything but it was definitely strange. “What’s wrong?” he asked curiously. The temptation to just leave it alone was there but he was having quite the issue enjoying the dancing when he knew she was distracted. Fact was that he had been as well, though it wasn’t enough to really want to upset the moment seeing as times like these were definitely very few and far between which was okay since life had become a lot different than it was while they were both students.

While he waited for her to tell him what was on her mind, he went back to just enjoying the rare moment of being alone together before eventually having to go off and explore, seeing if there was anyone that they had known around because there probably was but plenty of time for that. The night was still young after all. “They get a better experience here than we did, though at least we got to see what Hogwarts was like even if was only for a couple years.” he commented. Was really the truth though, sure they had not been able to have all seven years here but at least there was something; some exploration of what the school had and he was already strangely looking forward to taking his kids to Diagon Alley to get their supplies when it was time.
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Ivy laughed. Quietly, but it was a laugh. "Liar," she whispered as she leaned into him. She continued to follow his lead, eyes moving around the room at the others. She knew he'd rather be anywhere else than here. Maybe not anywhere, but most places.

Yes, yes, she was relaxing now. After all those years, she still hated how much he made her happy. Dumb man. Sigh. "You think so highly of yourself, don't you?"
Erik just smirked, his trademark happy face for those who knew him well. He would rather be most places than here, but for her he would lie about it.

He gently rubbed the small of her back where his hand rested. "I just know myself, you mean." Erik looked around the room for a moment before his blue eyes landed back on his partner. "Are you going to make some sort ov announcement, so everyone can know how much vork you put into this?" A surprising amount of this successful event was due to Ivy's organized mind, honestly, and he didn't want any of these other lazy governors taking credit.
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