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Vane: Family Visit

Considering how busy being a new mother has made her, she's still managed to find the time to arrange a guest room and a door from Milliways for Scorpius. Some of it had been the maids' doing, but Mia had done a lot to help.

She waits in the nursery, Cepheus fortunately settling down after his latest change and feeding. Once Scorpius arrives, the guard just outside of her quarters will greet him and notify her.

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alsoagreengrass
Mar. 14th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
But he will worry about it. The guard is probably watching him now, through the door, calculating.

Scorpius snaps out of his possibly overactive, paranoid musings with a cheery "Alright!" at her suggestion.

He follows Mia into the nursery, only having to stop and poke at one of the sheep on the walls, making a funny face at the yawning Cepheus as he does so.
gorgonfondness
Mar. 14th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
The nursery is bright and yellow, but with plenty of green accents. There are stacks of stuffed animals and a little pile of pink things.

"A number of people here were dead certain Cepheus would be a girl," she explains. "Once Draco's up to it, he's going to put color-changing charms on them and transfigure the dresses."

Cepheus is gently placed in the pram, where he wriggles in search of a comfortable sleep position.

"Now, shall we start our tour with the Guild or would you like to see some of the city first?"
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 14th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
The dresses get a laugh.

"Guild's fine."

There's so much to see, might as well start anywhere.

"Why were they convinced he'd be a girl?"
gorgonfondness
Mar. 14th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
"Because the Ausa family is mostly made of women."

This isn't the whole truth, but either way, Mia's ready to get the tour of the Guild started.

She guides the pram through the doors and leads Scorpius down the hall, discreetly using a spell to get the pram down the stairs with ease.

"I suppose the best place to start would be the living quarters since that's where your guest room is."

She turns them down another hallway where there's a row of rooms. There's laughter coming from a door at the end, one a woman that sounds a bit like Mia and the other a gruff-sounding man.

"That's Mother's room down there," Mia explains, opening the door to Scorpius's sheep-free guest room. "And it sounds like Master Mel is visiting her."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
The room is nice. And Scorpius is pleased to find Mia kept her promise of it being sheep-free.

"Your mother is...?"

He's not sure whether he ever got her name before or not. He realizes there's an awful he doesn't actually know a lot about Mia. But, part of this trip is about getting to know her.
gorgonfondness
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
"Oh, her name is Lemia. She and Mel were comrades in arms during the Heresy War. Master Mel is governor of Meribia, where Draco has his potions shop, and the father of my friend Jessica."

There's the sound of a door opening down the hallway and the woman's voice calls, "Mia?"

Then a new, small voice says, "Auntie Mia!" and runs down the hallway until suddenly there's a little girl with blonde hair and dark skin hugging Mia's leg.

"Well, if it isn't my Rachel," Mia says, scooping the girl into her arms. "Are you and Grandpa visiting?"

The girl nods.

"We have another visitor, too," she says, turning so Rachel can see Scorpius. "This is Uncle Draco's cousin Scorpius."

Rachel waves and says, "Hi, Scorp'us!"

He might notice she has fangs, unusual birthmarks on her face, and pointed ears.
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
The girl's sudden entrance into the room startles Scorpius enough that he jumps about an inch in the air. Her fangs and pointed ears alone are worth a good double take.

He tries not to be rude with a bemused look though, offering instead a slight wave and smile in return.

"Hi."

(He thinks he remembers Mia mentioning the little girl once before, if his hazy memory serves him right.)
gorgonfondness
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
It's enough to surprise Cepheus, too, and he begins to fuss a bit. Meanwhile, Rachel says, "Tummy smaller."

It takes a moment, but when Mia realizes what she's talking about, she gives her a full laugh.

"Yes, my tummy is smaller now, isn't it? My baby's here."

She lets Rachel peek into the pram just as two people that Scorpius can safely assume are Lemia and Mel come to the doorframe.

"It looks like the party's moved here," Mel says. "Is my Rachel being a handful?"

"Not at all."

And before she forgets, Mia gestures with a free hand and goes, "Mother, Master Mel, this is Scorpius Malfoy, a cousin of Draco's."

"Well, any family to Draco is family to me," Lemia says, brushing back some wisps of blonde hair before offering Scorpius her hand.
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Scorpius laughs along to Rachel's comments on the state of Mia's tummy, but when the attention suddenly turns to him, he shrinks back, fighting a rush of color to his cheeks as he shakes Lemia's offered hand.

"Pleased to meet you."
gorgonfondness
Mar. 14th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
It could be worse. Mel's taking his granddaughter back from Mia's arms, so he's too busy to shake Scorpius's whole arm the way he did to Draco when they first met.

"Good fellow, Draco," he says instead. "His shop really helped Meribia recover after the fighting had taken its toll on our economy."

"And without his potions, I likely wouldn't be in any fit state to entertain," Lemia adds.

"If you keep bragging on Draco, that will only encourage him," Mia says fondly. "I was just beginning my tour of the Magic Guild for Scorpius, as well as taking Cepheus for a walk in his pram."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
For all the times Scorpius wants to complain about his father, the praise he hears from Mia's family - even if it is about the other Draco - makes him want to grin and say that's my dad.

He has to bite his tongue - only figuratively speaking, of course - to keep from saying just that. He's supposed to be playing the part of a cousin. So he takes note from his own and gives a slight laugh, adding a "Please don't encourage him."
gorgonfondness
Mar. 15th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
"We'll let you get on with the tour, then," Lemia says with a slight laugh herself. "But first I want to indulge in my privillages as a Nana."

With that, she reaches into the pram and gives Cepheus some loving kisses and happy coos.

Once that is done, Mia leads her group out of the hallway again (though Rachel did attempt to follow once or twice) and into the school sections of the Magic Guild.

"Here are some of our classrooms, over on this side is the Grand Hall, down that way is the Guild kitchen, and over this way is where we'll get to the guest lounge and the offices for Draco, Nash, and me."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 15th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Scorpius is making a mental map of the place in his mind as he follows Mia. Not that he plans on sneaking about on his own. But, just in case.

"How many students do you have here?"
gorgonfondness
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
"That's a good question," Mia muses. "I'd estimate at least half of the population of Vane, if not more. The city was founded for the students and teachers of the school."

Mia would actually let him roam around if he liked.

She leads them into the guest lounge and opens the door, revealing a garden and a stone pool.

"This is probably my favorite part of the Magic Guild. I come out here sometimes to play the lute or converse with the fairies."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
"It's nice," Scorpius comments lightly, looking around the garden. "If I could find place like this at Hogwarts, I'd claim it for my own."

He takes a step around to the stone pool, looking in.

"I didn't know you had so many students."
gorgonfondness
Mar. 16th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
"Well, of course. Vane is the magic capital of the world. Anyone on Lunar who learns how to use magic from a school learned it at the Magic Guild."

She carefully picks Cepheus up out of the pram to walk in the garden.

"Ghaleon liked to sit out here and think. I didn't really know about what until I was older. He would play the lute out here, the same I take out here now."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 16th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
"Ghaleon?"
gorgonfondness
Mar. 16th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
She nods, though her back is to Scorpius right now.

"My stepfather. For lack of a better term for him. He was another of my mother's comrades in arms in the Heresy War and the Premier of Vane before I appointed Draco and Nash in the position."

Mia strokes Cepheus's hair, thoughtful.

"Most people will remember him, however, as Magic Emperor Ghaleon, the man who tried to enslave the world in his mad quest to attain godhood."

She points to a tall, black structure that looks almost like a chess rook in the distance.

"That is what remains of the Grindery, his horrid moving castle."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 16th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Scorpius squints off into the distance, trying to make out the structure points out, and frowns.

"Oh," he says, almost sorry to have brought up what might be bad memories for Mia. Enslave the world? This Ghaleon man sounds like another Grindelwald. Another Voldemort.

He hesitates on saying anything more on the matter, twisting his weight from one foot to the other.
gorgonfondness
Mar. 16th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Squinting isn't really necessary, as we neglected to mention that the distance isn't that great and the structure fairly large.

"The battle became my defining moment," she says, turning to face him now. "Vane had a second purpose: to protect the Goddess Tower. When the Grindery threatened it, I evacuated the city and used the stored magic to stop the Grindery, causing Vane to fall in the process."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 17th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
"So you saved Vane?"

To put it simply.
gorgonfondness
Mar. 17th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Mia opens her mouth to speak, but another voice cuts in with, "Not just Vane, but the entire world."

"Oh, Nash," she says, turning now to see him. "You're being far too generous."

"Nonsense," Nash says. "You were brave in battle and did what needed to be done. If anyone deserves to be one of the Five Heroes, it's you."

And now that he's gotten that out of the way, he takes a look at Mia's company.

And doubletakes.

"Scorpius?! Mia had said you were coming to visit, but you've really grown up."
alsoagreengrass
Mar. 18th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Nash. He remembers a Nash. Vaguely.

He grins nonetheless, offering a hand.

"It's been awhile definitely." Then he glances back at Mia, "The entire world. Really?"
gorgonfondness
Mar. 19th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
"Good to see you're doing well," Nash replies, shaking his hand. "And yes, Mia, you did help save the entire world, and don't be so modest about it."

Mia's currently turning a brilliant shade of pink.

"Is that my nephew?" Nash adds, jumping to a new subject for Mia's sake and reaching to play with Cepheus. "Here, I want a turn with him before his father notices I've left in the middle of the paperwork."
dragonofgrey
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
In fact it was only ten minutes later before there was a loud yell of "NASH! Merlin take it! Where are you? You know self signing charms are line of sight!" This was shortly followed by loud footfalls as Draco swept out from another room, his Premier robes skimming the floor.

"Honestly, how are any of these treaties supposed to be finished? Do you... oh, Mia, and Scorpius, you made it." His earlier scowl disappeared into a smile for his (not)son and his wife and son. He stepped towards them, and tried to shove the paperwork in Nash's face so he could hold Cepheus.
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