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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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gorgonfondness
Apr. 7th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Fortunately, the only other person around to hear the slip is Nash, but he's in on the secret anyway.

Mia carefully takes Cepheus, who begins to calm down in her hold.

"Oh, now what's upsetting you, little darling?" she asks, tugging over a little fist for a soft kiss. "Papa said you were fine. Silly dear, making a fuss for no reason."
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 8th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
"I'm not the one making the decisions," Scorpius, who is trying not to grin too widely at the slip, says as much in a stage whisper to Draco with a finger pointed at Cepheus. "He's clearly the one in charge here."

But while he has his father's ear, Mia seemingly handling the baby for now, he lowers his voice to add,

"Er, could I talk to you about something though? Later, I mean, when you've got the time."
dragonofgrey
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Draco glanced toward Scorpius with a quizzical expression.

"Of course, you can always talk to me. And whenever you like," he commented back in a soft voice.

In a louder tone, "I suppose I'm not Cepheus's favorite this week." A small sigh at that.
gorgonfondness
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
"You mean it's possible for a man to prefer someone over Mia?" Nash jokes.

Mia gives Nash a playful "punch" on the shoulder when she has Cepheus on her shoulder once again.

"Oh don't be ridiculous, Beloved," she says when her attention is turned to Draco again. "Everyone knows boys idolize their fathers. Before long he'll be begging you to teach him how to fly on his toy broom. Why, Scorpius has already said Cepheus is behind on his Quidditch practice."
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 13th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
"She's right. About the Quidditch."

And the other thing too, Scorpius supposes, but he's not about blurt that.

"He should be in training right now. Maybe that's why he was fussing, he already knows the importance of missing practice."
dragonofgrey
Apr. 14th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
"I was thinking of waiting another month, but maybe take him out, let him get used to the idea of being on a broom," Draco considered it thoughtfully as he reached out to briefly touch his baby son's head.
gorgonfondness
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
"Do all wizard babies fly before they walk?" Mia asks.

"Hope he doesn't fly like Jessica," Nash remarks.

"Don't even joke about that!" she starts, the sudden jolt causing a bit of renewed fussing from Cepheus.

"Oh, I'm sorry, darling," Mia softly coos to him, hopefully lulling him back to calmness.
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
"Wait, who's Jessica and how does she fly?"

Badly, he's assuming.
gorgonfondness
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
"Remember my niece Rachel from earlier?" Mia asks, Cepheus apparently content again with sucking his fingers now. "Jessica is her mother and one of our friends."

"She was the one barking orders on Mia's behalf while Mia was busy breaking Draco's hand," Nash quips.

Mia looks at him for a moment before she says, "He means she helped with the birth."

Nash continues with, "And she was the one steering our first airship when it crashed. That was a long fall."
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
"Oh. Well, mostly everyone crashes at some point. It should be like a right of passage when flying a broom."

Which this is probably not easing Mia's fears of young Cepheus falling from a broom that he thinks to add, "But, toy brooms are completely safe. You can't even go very high on them at all. And our magic would safe us very any serious injuries anyway."

He pauses, thinking about all the accidents in Quidditch with a grimace.

"Mostly."
dragonofgrey
Apr. 16th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
"He's right. The toy brooms are very safe for children, and we wizards are sturdy stock. Mostly."

Draco added, "We'll monitor when he can fly of course. I remember Mum following me around incessantly until my father reassured her I was fine."
gorgonfondness
Apr. 16th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Mia still looked good and ready to fret even after all of that reassurance.

"Oh, come on," Nash says. "Like anyone would let anything happen to Cepheus. Worst he's ever gonna suffer growing up is scraped knees with how calm everything is."

Mia just takes a moment to look at her baby, already the worried Mother Hen.
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
"You can't keep him grounded forever," Scorpius adds in one last comment before frowning faintly. "Never mind that he's actually only been in the world for - what, how long now?"
dragonofgrey
Apr. 24th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
"Two weeks now," Draco remarked simply. "He'll be fine."
gorgonfondness
Apr. 24th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
"Well, if you're sure," she says. "But you're going to be careful if you're bringing him up in the air. And use the carpet before you use anything else."
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 25th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
"Progress!"

Scorpius all but cheers, throwing his arms in the air as if to celebrate a goal in Quidditch. He then steps lightly over to Mia to slide an arm around her shoulders in a congratulatory squeeze. And to tickle at the baby's foot.

"I'd offer Firewhiskey, little br- cousin, to commemorate this, but I haven't got any on me."
dragonofgrey
Apr. 25th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Cepheus gurgled happily and kicked his foot a little.

"A drink later perhaps," Draco remarked, and added to Mia, "Of course I'll be careful. Don't fret so, darling."
gorgonfondness
Apr. 25th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
It's hard not to smile in the face of all that.

"You're all the same, charming me to get your way," Mia says.

"They had to get into Vane on something besides talent alone to make it this far," Nash quips. "The city is ruthless."

Right about here, the guard who greeted Scorpius earlier comes rushing up, looking quite out of breath and apologetic.

"I'm very sorry- Master Scorpius- " he huffs, "-for the way I received you. Majesty Lemia- has informed me- that you are of the family."

He takes a deep breath and bows his head.

"I should have known only a member of the Malfoy-Ausa family would speak of Majesty Mia in such familiar terms. Please forgive me, Master Scorpius."

Nash quietly excuses himself, biting his lip to contain his laughter, while Mia blinks and glances at Scorpius.

"Did this guard offend you, Scorpius?"
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 25th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
With an arm still draped around Mia when the guard rushes, Scorpius has a fearful moment that he's done something wrong. Maybe he's not supposed to touch Mia?

Only the guard starts apologizing and -

"Er, no? He's actually the one whose feet I almost stepped on. Sorry about that, by the way," he adds to the guard.
dragonofgrey
Apr. 26th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
"Well no harm done I'd imagine then," Draco sniffed at that, and nodded to the guard.
gorgonfondness
Apr. 26th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
"I had no idea Master Scorpius would be as magnanimous as Majesty Mia," the guard comments.

"Then it sounds to me like you're worrying over nothing," Mia tells him. "Now please, feel free to resume your duties without fear of retribution."

"Yes, Majesty Mia. Thank you, Majesty Mia, Master Draco, Master Scorpius."

And the guard takes his leave.

"Well, guess you better get used to the Ausa lifestyle as well, Scorpius. Seems Mother's words really stuck. Maybe we should fit you with some Magic Guild robes and everything."

Okay, she's teasing now...
alsoagreengrass
Apr. 26th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
Scorpius laughs, and only slightly on the embarrassed side. Draco and Mia seemed to have handled the guard's interruption better than he had.

"I don't know if I could handle it. More months out of the year, and I'm more used to being told to watch where I'm walking than being apologized at for my nearly stepping on someone's feet."

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