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To enter the premises of St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, one need only find a large, old-fashioned, red brick department store called Purge and Dowse Ltd. in Muggle London and step through the glass display window featuring a dummy modelling a green dress. Upon stepping through the threshold, the world you can from will have disappeared and you will find yourself in the crowded reception area that doubles as a visitors' entrance and an emergency room waiting area. There you need to speak to the Welcome Witch or wait for a Healer to collect you.

Past the reception desk and through a set of double doors lies the gateway to the rest of the hospital. The ground floor, lit by floating candles in crystal bubbles, is the Artefact Accidents corridor where the Healers deals with cauldron explosions, wands backfiring, broom crashes, etc. At the end of the corridor is another set of double doors, which beyond is a staircase that provides access to the remaining floors -- first floor, Creature-Induced Injuries; second floor, Magical Bugs and Diseases; third floor, Potions and Plant Poisoning; and fourth floor, Spell Damage.

Each floor contains a fair amount of rooms, long-term wards, and portraits. There is also bound to be a wandering patient or two. The fifth floor of the hospital, however, is less chaotic and provides a tearoom for visitors to relax as well as a shop that sells cards, balloons, and other gifts. Also located on this floor is the Midwife/Infant Care wing, a Healer break room (with sleep pods and locker rooms), and the administration offices.
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The war had left Frankie in quite a state. War wasn't pretty, and being an Auror after all these years had been just a taste of what to expect. He knew what was at risk by rushing off to battle. Cuts, bruises, and other battle wounds were to be expected, just like with his day-to-day work bringing dark wizards to justice. What he didn't expect, however, was needing to spend days at the hospital.

How long had he been in this particular bed? Nearly a week now? The days at this point had started blurring together. In his honest opinion, he didn't feel like he needed to be here this long. One day would have been enough. He had been tempted to sneak out and get back to his family and work, but the blond knew he would never hear the end of it if he snuck out on his healer mother's watch.

Deep down, though, he knew staying at the hospital was for his benefit. He had been badly cursed. Fortunately it had been stopped before it had spread throughout the rest of his body, though the arm where it had started had gotten the worst of it. It had healed significantly over the past few days; it still burned a little, but it was bearable.

Another benefit to being at the hospital was getting as much pudding as he wanted. Today might very likely be discharge day, so he was currently sitting up in bed and helping himself to as much pudding as he could while he waited.
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The war had left Frankie in quite a state. War wasn't pretty, and being an Auror after all these years had been just a taste of what to expect. He knew what was at risk by rushing off to battle. Cuts, bruises, and other battle wounds were to be expected, just like with his day-to-day work bringing dark wizards to justice. What he didn't expect, however, was needing to spend days at the hospital.

How long had he been in this particular bed? Nearly a week now? The days at this point had started blurring together. In his honest opinion, he didn't feel like he needed to be here this long. One day would have been enough. He had been tempted to sneak out and get back to his family and work, but the blond knew he would never hear the end of it if he snuck out on his healer mother's watch.

Deep down, though, he knew staying at the hospital was for his benefit. He had been badly cursed. Fortunately it had been stopped before it had spread throughout the rest of his body, though the arm where it had started had gotten the worst of it. It had healed significantly over the past few days; it still burned a little, but it was bearable.

Another benefit to being at the hospital was getting as much pudding as he wanted. Today might very likely be discharge day, so he was currently sitting up in bed and helping himself to as much pudding as he could while he waited.
The war had been more than what Hady expected. Never in her life had she thought she would ever be involved in one, especially willingly. Let alone at Hogwarts. Not when she had family there. It had been a nightmare come true.

Holding onto her siblings and cousins when all had been said and done, that's what it had all been for. How her father had been able to let them all remain there was beyond her but that man was tough. Who was even stronger where the kids. The way they had all stuck together and taken care of one another, she was so proud. All she could hope for them was that they didn't completely lose who they were because of all of this but only time would be able to answer that for them.

Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately for Frankie, Hady couldn't be at his side at Mungo's every second of everyday. Not only did she have a job that required a fair amount of her attention but they also had four children at home. Children that demanded to know when their father was going to come home and no matter what she told them, didn't work. Somehow though she always found a way to stop in everyday, today being no different.

"You act like you've never had pudding before," the brunette laughed as she walked into the room, shaking her upon seeing Frankie eating as always.
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The first two weeks Charles Hollingberry had been admitted to St. Mungo's following his duel with Lucien had been ones spent unconscious. Whether this was out of medical necessity or his own body simply needing to shut down and hibernate for a while remained unknown to him. One of the healers had surely given him the full run down and lengthy analysis of just what was what, but Charles had hardly paid it much attention. He had full faith and confidence that the healers here at St. Mungo's would take care of his physical needs and have him back on his feet as soon as possible. Only going through the motions during his first week awake, Charles had begun striking up conversations and inserting the occasional grandpa joke here and there as an attempt to lighten spirits and let those assigned to him know that they were doing a fine job. And while his limb mended and he regained control and functionality to his own body, the wounds inwards (those deep metaphorical ones) struggled to mend.

Holding his grandchildren again had provided a taste of dittany to his spirit, but the weight of the rest of the wizarding world still burdened his shoulders. Particularly when he had been presented a recording of the broadcast his Acting Minister had produced. He...would have a sit down to discuss public speaking tactics and form at a later date. It was a good thing Charles had been unconscious after an intensive examination and rehabilitation session and therefore missed hearing the broadcast live. Fond of Fletcher as he was, there were certain moments during the broadcast that may have given Charles a heartattack. Then again, it reminded him of his own son when backed into a corner and forced into a responsibility they did not feel ready for. The lack of polish and candidness reflected a certain fear...and Charles respected Fletcher for stepping into this with stride.

Which only added to the guilt that burdened the Minister. Once again, when his wizarding UK was in dire need, Charles could not deliver. Yes, he had been praised for the duel...but Charles hardly felt it a victory. Lucien's demise had not been his intent and it had been an accident rather than a purposeful act. Then there was the fact that...he had never himself killed another and he felt a horrible tear in his soul because of it, guise of self defense be damned.

Out of bed and taking his 10 am walk around his private room, Charles stopped by the window to look out at the dreary weather. Visiting hours would be starting now and Charles was rather looking forward to doing something other than laying in bed 'taking it easy' and filling out the Prophet's crossword puzzle.
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Holding his grandchildren again had provided a taste of dittany to his spirit, but the weight of the rest of the wizarding world still burdened his shoulders. Particularly when he had been presented a recording of the broadcast his Acting Minister had produced. He...would have a sit down to discuss public speaking tactics and form at a later date. It was a good thing Charles had been unconscious after an intensive examination and rehabilitation session and therefore missed hearing the broadcast live. Fond of Fletcher as he was, there were certain moments during the broadcast that may have given Charles a heartattack. Then again, it reminded him of his own son when backed into a corner and forced into a responsibility they did not feel ready for. The lack of polish and candidness reflected a certain fear...and Charles respected Fletcher for stepping into this with stride.

Which only added to the guilt that burdened the Minister. Once again, when his wizarding UK was in dire need, Charles could not deliver. Yes, he had been praised for the duel...but Charles hardly felt it a victory. Lucien's demise had not been his intent and it had been an accident rather than a purposeful act. Then there was the fact that...he had never himself killed another and he felt a horrible tear in his soul because of it, guise of self defense be damned.

Out of bed and taking his 10 am walk around his private room, Charles stopped by the window to look out at the dreary weather. Visiting hours would be starting now and Charles was rather looking forward to doing something other than laying in bed 'taking it easy' and filling out the Prophet's crossword puzzle.

Kaiser's days were rough, his nights were worse, and things weren't getting any easier. Also rough? These visits. With Mr Hollingberry in St Mungo's (and guess who was blaming himself for that) avoiding him was that much easier (and guess who felt even worse for considering the Minister's need to be in hospital a good thing), so back on Level One it was mostly Mr Fletcher that Kaiser had to focus on keeping his distance from. Not literally, that was near impossible (but guess who still tried) now that he had been diverted to helping the Acting Minister instead of the Actual Minister, but other kinds of distance. Not even necessarily because he felt directly responsible for all that had happened, though that was part of it, but... No, it didn't matter. There were just... things. Reasons. Things and reasons that didn't matter.

It would have been the same with Mr Hollingberry if he were around, but instead they just had these visits, where Kaiser actively came to him. Honestly, it was almost cruel, but he still did it. Part of work, you know, and Kaiser really was just trying to throw himself into completing as many tasks as possible so he didn't have to think or feel anymore, despite knowing how risky it would be to overwork himself. Maybe he sort of wanted to see Mr Hollingberry too, just as much as he didn't, just like that was exactly the situation with Mr Fletcher. Merlin. His head hurt. Constantly.

Kaiser was, at least, skilled at keeping up appearances and acting a-okay on the job, functional and functioning, all professional all the time. Outside of work was a little more patchy, but he tried not to think too much about that when he didn't have to.

He was here to see Mr Hollingberry for work reasons, was the point; the personal assistant had become the personal owl, and today that owl brought a file with a list of detailed updates from Level One, plus other information for the Minister to cast his eye over, make comments on, that sort of thing. Could have used a real owl, maybe, but some of this stuff was a bit too sensitive to be entrusted to a bird beak. Kaiser supposed he was marginally more reliable than a bird - on his good days - so here he was.

After pausing for a long moment outside the hospital room to gear himself up, Kaiser steeled himself and knocked on the door, then poked his head around it. "Mr Hollingberry, sir," he said, finding the man in question over by the window. "Are you okay to meet today?" Please say no. Please say no. Please say yes.
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Deep in thought and nostalgia, Charles watched as the rain trickled down the glass and pooled in the pavement outside. All the water pitter pattering on the pavement and grass reminded him of the walks he would take with his grandson in their wellies. That little hand in his, they would search the ground for any and all earthworms who had wiggled their way on to the pavement and roads so that they could 'rescue' them and return them to the soil. Of course, his little curious and resourceful beansprout would pocket a few of them to keep for himself. Even at age three, his grandson was already thinking about his own potions stores. He couldn't help but wonder when he would get to take those same walks with his first great grandchildren.

Soon? Soon would be good. Charles, as it turns out, was not getting any younger.

Hearing the door creak open (was it time for his medication already?), Charles averted his attention from the illusion his memory had created outside and to the young man standing in the door. Impeccable timing, considering his own train of thoughts. "Kaiser," he greeted, his expression smile warming instantly and eyes softening. "I am always okay with meeting if it means the pleasure of your company." It would always be yes for you, Kaiser

Moving away from the window, Charles moved to the little kettle and filled it with water. "We can share a spot of tea," he chuckled. "...and I'll see if I can use my sway as Minister to get us some biscuits."

Assuming he would remain Minister after all this was over.
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Kaiser smiled at that, and entered the room proper. "I don't know about pleasure, sir." Okay, so he had a tendency to veer sharply towards self-deprecation sometimes, but he wasn't referring to the quality of his own company right now, per se. This time it really was just a stab at humour, with an allusion to the wake of the Neo-Alliance... situation.

That was his story, at least, and he was sticking to it.

Tea, though. Kaiser looked anywhere but directly at the kettle, and nodded. Didn't say anything. He'd known about the tea. Guessed, really, and not entirely correctly, but close enough. Shared his suspicions with the Order, even, but hadn't noticed soon enough for them to be able to do anything about it. Why he'd not been fired for that yet was beyond him, unless Mr Fletcher was simply waiting for him to do the decent thing and quit of his own accord, without actually telling him as much other than in subtle, cryptic hints. These thoughts had been returning to Kaiser over and over and over. And over. And over and over.

And over and over and over again. And yet he'd still not done it, because he'd never been good at doing the decent thing.

Kaiser was still stood just inside the door, not yet having stepped in any further. "Door open or closed, Mr Hollingberry?" He asked this question every time they met, without fail. Often without thinking, too; after what he'd let happen had happened with the Rosier woman behind closed doors, it was the natural thing to ask, even though Ch-... Mr Hollingberry generally seemed relatively comfortable around him. Kaiser just wanted him to stay comfortable, and happy, and healthy, and alive. That was all.
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The war had been more than what Hady expected. Never in her life had she thought she would ever be involved in one, especially willingly. Let alone at Hogwarts. Not when she had family there. It had been a nightmare come true.

Holding onto her siblings and cousins when all had been said and done, that's what it had all been for. How her father had been able to let them all remain there was beyond her but that man was tough. Who was even stronger where the kids. The way they had all stuck together and taken care of one another, she was so proud. All she could hope for them was that they didn't completely lose who they were because of all of this but only time would be able to answer that for them.

Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately for Frankie, Hady couldn't be at his side at Mungo's every second of everyday. Not only did she have a job that required a fair amount of her attention but they also had four children at home. Children that demanded to know when their father was going to come home and no matter what she told them, didn't work. Somehow though she always found a way to stop in everyday, today being no different.

"You act like you've never had pudding before," the brunette laughed as she walked into the room, shaking her upon seeing Frankie eating as always.
Frankie was minding his own business has he stuffed spoonfuls of pudding into his mouth. While a few patients nearby muttered to their visitors or the occasional healer that fluttered in and out, he savoured his food with his eyes closed. A grin are on his face and his blue eyes opened, however, when the sweet voice of his wife sounded.

"Doctor's orders," he replied a nonchalant shrug of his shoulders. The shrug didn't go without consequence as an annoying stinging sensation surged throughout his arm. The blond couldn't help but wince ever so slightly, but the expression lasted for mere seconds. He shoved another spoonful into his mouth, the plate in his hand now empty.

"Plus, you know, it's basically an all-you-can-eat buffet here. The perks of having a healer for a mum." The empty plate was simply set aside as he busied himself with grabbing another that was waiting for him on the bedside table. A vase of flowers and a picture of the family caught his eye before he was back to facing Hady, a different plate at hand. "Everyone ready for me to come home?"

Without hesitation, he then scooped up a bit of dessert into his mouth. As he chewed, he nodded toward his plate. "Want some?" War had not impacted him enough to forget his manners.
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[QUOTE=Zoe;12493130]Frankie was minding his own business has he stuffed spoonfuls of pudding into his mouth. While a few patients nearby muttered to their visitors or the occasional healer that fluttered in and out, he savoured his food with his eyes closed. A grin are on his face and his blue eyes opened, however, when the sweet voice of his wife sounded.

"Doctor's orders," he replied a nonchalant shrug of his shoulders. The shrug didn't go without consequence as an annoying stinging sensation surged throughout his arm. The blond couldn't help but wince ever so slightly, but the expression lasted for mere seconds. He shoved another spoonful into his mouth, the plate in his hand now empty.

"Plus, you know, it's basically an all-you-can-eat buffet here. The perks of having a healer for a mum." The empty plate was simply set aside as he busied himself with grabbing another that was waiting for him on the bedside table. A vase of flowers and a picture of the family caught his eye before he was back to facing Hady, a different plate at hand. "Everyone ready for me to come home?"

Without hesitation, he then scooped up a bit of dessert into his mouth. As he chewed, he nodded toward his plate. "Want some?" War had not impacted him enough to forget his manners.


"Is that so? Do those orders carry over to when we get home as well because if they do we may need to stop at the store and pick up quite a lot of pudding." This was said with a hint of playfulness as she hoped the husband wouldn't take her up on this. For if he did, they would be needing a whole LOT of pudding.

Hadleigh laughed softly. "In other words, you're being spoiled. Yes, I know. You've eaten nothing but pudding everyday you've been here." She smirked at him. This wasn't at all true, she knew very well that he ate real meals and was very taken care of exceptional well here thanks to his mum being a healer but that didn't stop her from worrying anyhow.

"They are. The house is all clean or at least is was when I left." Can't say for sure if it will still be that way once they return home. As for the offered pudding, Hady shook her head. "No thanks, I can't be depriving a healing man of his recovery food now, can I?" Hady winked at him teasingly.
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Unaware of the current depths to his personal assistant's self deprecation, Charles chuckled warmly in such a way that his nose seemed to turn into a ripe cherry at the young man's response. "Always our own harshest critics," he mused, though there was a heaviness to his tone that may not have been their prior to his battle with Lucien. Prior to...all of this. "A cruel sort of luck that evaluation is not entirely for us to decide." His eyes seemed to compassionately hug Kaiser in the way they looked at him.

Or perhaps the man of advanced years simply yearned for a hug himself.

Moving about with a bit of a limp, though one not nearly as prominent as it had been last week or the week before. Three weeks ago he had been almost exclusively bedridden, so Charles was pleased with this progress for what it was. The railings and bars positioned purposefully in the room, along with the furniture, assisted with any strain that came to pass. Like right ow when he paused to rest against the coffee table after setting two cups for their tea upon it. "Door closed," he nodded with another smile. "The healers know how to knock or make use of the intercom should they need to enter."

Another breath and the Minister was hobbling the rest of the way back to the kettle to check on it. "How have you been, my boy?" he inquired while patting his pockets for his spectacles before he remembered they were hanging around his neck and slipped them on so he could sort out from the little menu which number he needed to dial to get in touch with one of the welcome witches for some biscuits.
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Unaware of the current depths to his personal assistant's self deprecation, Charles chuckled warmly in such a way that his nose seemed to turn into a ripe cherry at the young man's response. "Always our own harshest critics," he mused, though there was a heaviness to his tone that may not have been their prior to his battle with Lucien. Prior to...all of this. "A cruel sort of luck that evaluation is not entirely for us to decide." His eyes seemed to compassionately hug Kaiser in the way they looked at him.

Or perhaps the man of advanced years simply yearned for a hug himself.

Moving about with a bit of a limp, though one not nearly as prominent as it had been last week or the week before. Three weeks ago he had been almost exclusively bedridden, so Charles was pleased with this progress for what it was. The railings and bars positioned purposefully in the room, along with the furniture, assisted with any strain that came to pass. Like right ow when he paused to rest against the coffee table after setting two cups for their tea upon it. "Door closed," he nodded with another smile. "The healers know how to knock or make use of the intercom should they need to enter."

Another breath and the Minister was hobbling the rest of the way back to the kettle to check on it. "How have you been, my boy?" he inquired while patting his pockets for his spectacles before he remembered they were hanging around his neck and slipped them on so he could sort out from the little menu which number he needed to dial to get in touch with one of the welcome witches for some biscuits.


Kaiser had to nod; cruel luck was right. More cruel than luck, because he always felt that nobody else was nearly as harsh on him as they ought to be, while at the same time he put so much effort into keeping anyone from seeing for themselves exactly why he deserved it. He was aware of the contradiction, had always hated it, yet had never wanted to do anything about it. The evidence against him was forever piling up.

Another thing he had to do? Look away. Again. Kaiser could not look compassion in the eye; honestly he may as well just never look at Charles again for the rest of eternity.

Mr Hollingberry. Not Charles. Mr Hollingberry.

After shutting the door so it closed with a soft click, Kaiser finally headed for the chairs they'd occupied for these visits a number of times before. "Ah..." Question, he'd been asked a question, and it took Kaiser a moment to register the words, and then find an answer for them. "Fine." Oh yes. Great. Superb answer. Really worth the delay. "And you, sir? You're moving around better now, yes?" Not nearly as well as he had when he'd first met him, but... same spiral, different day. Kaiser set the file down on the edge of the coffee table for when Mr Hollingberry was ready for it, then straightened and looked back his way, unwilling to sit down just yet. It occurred to him that, being Mr Hollingberry's personal assistant, he should be doing all of this tea business. It didn't feel right when it was the other way around.
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Anyone who knew Charles knew that subtle was not something that he did...and that included his little chat with the Welcome Witch and his request of biscuits. A simply little tin would hardly suffice, naturally, and thus he had selected the basket option that included no less than four dozen cookies. Something he was aware Kaiser likely overheard before he hung up the little room phone. That is assuming that the young man was not too consumed by his own thoughts and they not being loud enough to drown other sounds out.

Hardly in Minister mode at this point, Charles had slipped into that grandfather role as he returned his attention to the kettle and served the tea. Being a grandfather was something he was confident in, a certainty that he would not fail in that role. If his grandson could claim to despise him and then come to forgive him, then he was truly set for life. Was it too soon to start hinting about great grandchildren? He probably should not push his luck.

Knees creaking a bit as he sat, Charles looked over the rim of his glasses at the still vacant seat opposite him and pursed his lips for a moment. Ultimately he drew no further attention to the situation and simply reached for the file which he casually leafed through for a few seconds...but it soon returned to the table as well. Tea, biscuits, and a chat first.

"Your head is well?" he asked pointedly but gently. He was not trying to fuss over the young man, but that image from his office was scorched into his memory. Impossible to forget. "Physically I am making great progress," he nodded with a smile, now leaning forward again to grab his tea and lightly blew over the amber surface of the hug in a cup. "The rest will --- COME IN!" The knock that had interrupted the man's thought was the delightful Welcome Witch with that basket of biscuits. Not lingering long, she quickly set it on the table with a somewhat star struck look towards the Minister before squeaking a 'please enjoy' before scampering back out. Charles simply smiled and gestured again to the seat opposite him for Kaiser to please sit. "Don't fret about the volume. I hardly expect us both to finish all these off. Thought you might like to take some back home to that precious little bean Elio and ray of sunshine Candela."

Being a grandfather meant you spoiled your family, did you know?

Bit more color to his cheeks, Charles leaned forward and plucked a biscuit with a bit of raspberry jam and powdered sugar on top to nibble on between sips of tea.
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"It's..." For a moment, Kaiser considered lying, and may well have done if Mr Hollingberry was not already as aware of the situation as he was. Kaiser had been in this very hospital at the same time as him for a while, and of course the Minister had been... present, when it happened. In a sense. After a fashion. "It will take some time, they tell me. I was still, ah... recovering, before, and now it..." They needn't get into the details. "It's fine, really."

It would have been difficult to miss the implication in Mr Hollingberry's words, or rather, what he didn't exactly say. Kaiser didn't expect that the Minister's mental - emotional, whatever they called it - recovery would be any easier or faster, but the reminder was nevertheless... uncomfortable. He tried not to make his discomfort all that obvious as he finally sat down, once they were alone again, but the thought kept tumbling around, demanding to be acknowledged, so he kept acknowledging it.

"Thank you, sir." Candela - ray of sunshine was right, too bright and warm for someone like him - no doubt would be overjoyed by the treat, and especially given where it came from. Kaiser wasn't even sure Elio was supposed to have this sort of thing, but was reluctant to make it so obvious to Mr Hollingberry that he still didn't have a clue what he was doing as a... parent... type person. Mr Hollingberry knew, at any rate; he knew this sort of thing much better than Kaiser did. "Maybe I can bring Elio to see you, if that would be okay." He picked up a biscuit for himself, turned it over in his fingers.

Home. That's how people often referred to the flat. 'Are you going home?' 'Take some back home.' 'Let's go home.' 'You should be set to have him home very soon.' Kaiser had still not managed to say it, but not because it didn't feel like his own space, and not because of that whole... 'home is other people' thing either. He just couldn't bring himself to use such a word with so much weight behind it, and didn't think he ever would. Some words held so much power; it was almost frightening, at times, just the idea of putting them out into the world.

That thought instilled a sudden impulse in Kaiser that was utterly impossible to ignore. He seized on it, acutely aware of exactly how much he was likely to regret it later. That part was always easiest to ignore. "Can I say something, sir? It's important."
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It was fine. Strapping young men all too often struggled with acknowledging when they were not fine and had even more difficulty with accepting help. He ought to know, he was one of those several eons ago. "...and now being struck with Dark magic has aggravated the condition and cause a few set backs in your healing process," he nodded, feeling those were safe assumptions to have considering what he did know about Dark magic and his own first aid experience. Which, granted, was mostly limited to scraped knees and bumps of the head on the kitchen table...but he had raised four children of his own and three of them boys. "In any case, it is good to see you on the mend, my boy."

Charles was able to smile often these days, even if those smiles may not always reach his eyes nor bring out his signature twinkle...but the prospect of seeing one of his work grandchildren managed to do the trick. "That would be an absolute delight," he beamed, chest puffing out a bit. "You know, on occasion they do let me head to the children's ward for a bit of story time for those in the waiting room or for those long term patients. If you give me an idea for a when, I will see about borrowing some of their picture books." He could read a couple of stories to Elio from his bed or on this very couch. Perhaps the whole family could come together for
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Reaching forward again for his cup, Charles nursed the temperature with a couple of gentle blows over the surface and took a small sip. The Minister assumed this had to do with all the paperwork that in those folders on the table, or perhaps something to do with Fletcher's surely outstanding job with being acting Minister, or anything work related at all. Perhaps Kaiser was about to tell him about his sinking approval ratings, though he had no evidence of this being true. Nor did he false. "But of course," he chuckled, taking one more sip before setting his cup back down and then folded his hands one over the other and rested them on his slightly propped up left knee. "I always value hearing what you have to say."
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