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The Magic Guild: The Past and the Future

The Magic Guild is an odd but not unwelcome place once classes are over for the year and the students have gone home. The halls are peaceful and the staff is typically more at ease since they only have themselves to control while grading essays.

It also makes shirking easier and more forgivable.

This is why Mia has decided she wants to step out of her office for lunch with Draco.

Being Guildmaster makes this even more excusable but perhaps the strongest argument for Mia taking a break for lunch is her pensive mood. It has a switch that flicks between on and off and she hasn't found what to say or who to talk to in order to get it to stay in the 'off' position yet.

She sends Croix with a note asking Draco if he'd like to join her at the Guild or if he wants her to join him at his shop in Meribia.

In the meantime, Mia has Cepheus with her, telling him what they're seeing and helping him try to take a step or two down the hallway. He's cheery and greeting everyone they happen to see with some happy babbling and a tiny wave.


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Dec. 10th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
There was just a quick Owl back from Croix before Draco Apparated to the Guild to meet them.

He strode over to bus a kiss to Mia and offered to take Cepheus.

"Hullo our darlings."
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Croix barely made it before Draco did, Cepehus waving to the owl.

Mia gladly kisses him back while Cepheus reaches a hand up to him, saying, "Hah, Dada!"

"Hi, honey," she says, picking the baby up and giving him to his father. "I needed a bit of a break from work and thought we could have something to eat."
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
He kissed Cepheus cheek after gathering him up in his arms, and grinned as the baby made kissy faces at him.

"What did you have in mind?"
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
"There's a place nearby with a mushroom and truffle tart in a nice garlic crust if you're interested in something nice."

She tickles Cepheus's belly a bit and he wriggles and giggles.
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
"Sounds brilliant," He smiled as the baby giggled happily.
Dec. 14th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Mia gives Cepheus a kiss and strokes his hair.

"He might have to go and see his Nana again. There's something I wanted to tell you and I don't think his little ears are ready to hear it yet."

"Nana?" the baby asks.

"Do you want to see Nana again?"

His answer is to suck on his fingers, smiling around them.
Dec. 14th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
"Oh? Now? We could drop him off on the way then."
Dec. 14th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
"Well, I thought it would be best to tell you as soon as I could," Mia admits.

She tilts her head down to give Cepheus a kiss on his head, letting him turn his head so that he could get another kiss near his mouth.

"Let's take you to see your Nana, sweetheart."

"Bahbah," he babbles around his fingers.

It's not long before they're walking to the restaurant Mia suggested earlier, hand in hand. It almost seems like a date, particularly when Mia suggests:

"I think we should ask for a private dining room if possible."
Dec. 14th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
"Oh?" He wondered what the occasion was, but followed her suggestion. With their reputation, garnering private seating was easy enough with barely a need to request it. The host was very gracious in leading them to it, and offering menus.
Dec. 14th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
"This is something I want to tell you before anyone else around here knows."

In fact, she hopes no one else finds out. But the walls do have ears and words like to move around at the Guild.

Mia did smile at the host and accepted the offered menu, though she did inquire about the aforementioned mushroom tart to make sure they still had it.

Once they are reasonably alone, she moves her chair closer to his so that she can speak quietly and takes his hand for good measure.
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
Draco cast a few charms around to ensure privacy, and studied her questioningly.

"All right, darling I'm listening." Perhaps a special announcement?
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
If only they could be so lucky.

She sighs through her nose.

"I'll understand if you're not happy with me once I'm done. I'm not too happy with myself about it, either."

Mia runs her thumb over the back of his hand.

"That night we saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione... That wasn't the first time I met her."

She looks at him, a bit nervous and wondering how he'll take that information.
Dec. 16th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Draco paused for a long time, considering her words.

"I... I see. How long before? Before that night?"
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
"In Milliways time, perhaps a couple of years."

She looks pained.

"I knew that, if I told you, you would have warned her more blatantly than I tried. And I did try to warn her, tried to prepare her for what we knew was going to come."

She puts her free hand on her head.

"After it became clear that it didn't work, I've been wondering if I did the right thing."
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
"Of course I would have warned her! For Merlin's sake, Mia..." He then gave a weary sigh, and squeezed her hand.

"I'm sure you did your best. I know she never would have listened to me. She couldn't even look at me."
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
"I know, I know..." she says, sounding miserable. "But we couldn't just tell her what was going to happen to her. What if it changed the whole timeline?"

Mia squeezes his hand back.

"I tried to change things subtly. I gave her a rucksack of supplies. Healing nuts, angel's tears, an angel ring with a shield spell, even an ice pendant. But when she left, she left the rucksack behind."
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
"Probably the Bar's doing if anything else. It would have made things much easier."
Dec. 16th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Mia sighs again and leans on Draco's shoulder.

"I wish I could find a way to explain all of this adequately to Hermione. And to tell her that all you were trying to do at that point is survive, that you no longer meant any true ill will towards them. But I don't even know if I should. We certainly weren't ready to talk about it the last time we saw each other."

She wonders for a moment if she should be leaning on his shoulder after what she's admitted and straightens back up.

"Are you upset with me? About not telling you about Hermione?"
Dec. 16th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
"You could have said something sooner. You could have trusted me."

Draco sighed again, glancing down before adding, "Glad at least you could do more for her in a way at least than I could. She probably still hates me."
Dec. 16th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)

She wants to tell him that she does trust him, of course she trusts him. But he is right. If she truly did trust him the way he deserves to be trusted, she would have told him sooner.

"I'm sorry. I really am sorry."

She lets go of his hand for a moment.

"I think the most good I did for Hermione was comfort her when Ron left. As for how she feels about you, well, she wasn't exactly thrilled when I made mention of who my husband and Cepheus's father was. The last time we talked, things felt tense."
Dec. 19th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
"Right. Now do you understand why I thought it might be better for the children not to have my name necessarily? They are Malfoys as well of course, but I don't want them painted with the same brush. The same assumptions."
Dec. 19th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
This is news to Mia. Not the assumptions but Draco's desire for Cepheus not to have his name.

"I thought you still wanted an heir to the Malfoy name," she says. "If it means that much to you, we can change Cepheus's birth certificate. But Cepheus should have a say when he's older about what names he wishes to go by."
Dec. 19th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
"I do, well it was more because of my family's insistence." Draco then explained further, "I mean when they attend Hogwarts. It's fine to acknowledge both names here at the Guild, but if there was a way not to draw attention to it back in my old world. I've seen how Scorpius is at times."
Dec. 19th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
"We still have over ten years before that needs to be a concern for Cepheus. Right now, there's not really helping the association, not while Cepheus is still a baby."

She glances at the plates at their table, wondering if they should pause the conversation for a while so they can order their lunch.

"Everything will work itself out in time. But if there's anything I can do for you, Draco, I want to make amends for not telling you sooner."
Dec. 20th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
He reached out to touch her hand to reassure her again, "I know, just in the future, you really can trust me, luv. As hard as it would be not to tell Hermione, if you said the word, I would have done my best to abide by it."
Dec. 20th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
"I guess I didn't want to put that pressure on you. It was hard enough for me not to tell and I imagine you could have convinced me to do it."

He is awfully good at convincing her to do things, after all.

She laces her fingers together with his.

"Perhaps we could just do something special for Christmas? Anything you'd like to do while we're in England?"
Dec. 24th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
"Perhaps more in muggle London? I've done a little looking into some of the places there to visit." He's also been trying to expand out to see what he had missed out on previously.
Dec. 24th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
"That sounds like a wonderful idea. And I'm sure Mother would be interested, too."

She smiles bright at her husband.

"I know you'll give us all a lovely time there. And I am so proud of you."

Right about here, her stomach reminds them that they're supposed to be eating lunch.

"Do you suppose we should let the waiters find us now? They might be worried."
Dec. 26th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Draco nodded and dropped the charms. He even stepped away to locate the waiters with their meal, and they immediately came back with a flurry to offer the dishes.

"Here we are then, and we can fetch my parents if you want. I can't make any promises though, knowing their reaction."
Dec. 26th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
"Well, if they're disagreeable, they can stay at home and we can go out ourselves. Mother can stay with them to catch up. It has been a while since she and Narcissa talked and they did enjoy it last year."

Mia nods her thanks to the waiters, mentally making note to leave them a generous tip for their patience with them.
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