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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."
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