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Melinda and Eric

Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:45, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
They'd appriate in and get in line. It was dusk and there wouldn't be a lot of people in the place.


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:47, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"I'm surprised they're open this late," he said, as they joined up the queue.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:50, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
"It's still summer...they close earlier in the winter." She'd smile. "So how are you?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:51, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"Good," he said. "Finally over jet lag. How have you been? Did you heal up okay?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:54, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "Still working on it. Might end up with a scar." She'd shrug then order herself a small cone of Dragon Blood.


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:55, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

He frowned. "Should you get it looked at? Your sister was a Healer, right?" He ordered lemon drop and acid pop.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:58, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd slip into a quiet booth. "It's healing fine and since it's on my arm any long sleeve shirt will cover it. I'm not worried about it." She'd pause. "...but the last couple days of the trip and...since we've been home you've seemed especially distant. That does worry me. Is everything ok?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:59, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

He shrugged. "I was giving you space. That trip... it didn't... nothing felt right about it, really."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:01, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd raise an eyebrow in a meaningful way. "Nothing at all?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:02, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"I mean the sex was good," he said rolling his eyes. "But you can't tell me that you feel good about how everything else went."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:04, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd pause to consider. "I mean...we found and studied the dugbogs which was the work goal of the trip. We managed to scare off some poachers and rescue some creatures that needed it and helped restore some balance to the ecosystem there. I wasn't thrilled with our fight or that the trip wasn't what you had thought it would be...but I didn't think it was a complete waste either."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:05, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

He nodded, licking his ice cream. Clearly that had just been a work trip for her.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:07, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly. "I guess it was a mistake for you to come on a work trip with me. Like I said I thought you'd like to see what I did and...maybe be interested in it. I didn't realize that it would be a complete waste of your time. I thought at the very least getting to spend the time together would make it worth it for you."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:09, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"And when you said you were going to bring me on a work trip... I didn't think you were expecting me to... do your work with you. That's not my work, and I don't think I've ever shown any interest... so I'm not sure why you got that impression. I thought you'd be doing some work, but recognize that it was a trip away for us both and... not just do that the entire time."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:12, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd sigh. "It's not like I worked the whole time Eric. We had the evenings most evenings and the nights. It's not like we could just...go to a local theatre or something. I guess I just hoped that since it's my interest you would be interested too. Sorry I was wrong." This conversation was already going badly.


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:13, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

He frowned. "Why...? It's not like I've forced you to be interested in any of the things that I am."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:16, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd shake her head trying not to get frustrated with repeating herself. "I wasn't trying to force you. That wasn't my intention. Like I said I thought you might like to see what I do and spend the time with me. I thought we'd talked and when you agreed to go I thought that meant that was the case." She'd pause. "I'm sorry...I was wrong." She hated saying those words.


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:17, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

He nodded. "I'm sorry our... expectations didn't align." He paused. "Next time we'll have to go somewhere where we both just get to relax and enjoy each other." He grinned a bit. "And sleep in a proper bed."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:18, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
"Did the sleeping bags bother you that much?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:20, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"You realize I've never slept on the ground before that trip?" he asked curiously. "I'd never been camping... any time I traveled, I'd always had a proper bed."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:21, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly muttering something about putting a pea under his mattress. "No...I hadn't realized that...and I guess it hadn't occurred to me that it would even be an issue."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:23, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"I mean... you're a witch," he said with a chuckle. "And a damn good one-- so why isn't your tent bigger on the inside?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:25, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd frown. "Why does it need to be? My backpack is and the tent has a small shower room...I guess I've never felt like I needed more out there."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:27, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"A real bed? A better kitchen? Air conditioning-- or temperature control?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:28, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
"Luxuries that take away from the whole wilderness experience."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:29, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

He shrugged. "I suppose if that's what you're going for."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:35, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Ummm...yeah. I thought about what you said about how I was different and...you're right. I think when I'm out there with the beasts and being a tigress and such that to get into the mindset I need I have to be different. More...primal you know? Part of that is not having those type of luxuries and getting more in tune with the earth and myself. I was thinking about it and you mentioned I like to doll myself up and that's true...I've always enjoyed that but I think it's more important now. I realized when I get back from a trip sometimes I have difficulty...reintegrating myself back into civilization...especially after two week trips or when I've spent any significant amount of time in my other form. I think getting all cleaned up and putting on soft luxurious clothes and makeup and everything helps remind me I'm not out there anymore and helps my mind realize things are back to the norm for when I'm here." She'd frown slightly. "Does...that make any sense?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:37, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

He nodded. "It explains why you'd get back and I wouldn't always hear from you right away. It's part of why... I didn't owl you or anything for a bit when we got back."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:40, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd nod. "I appreciate that. I was trying to give you some time too after this trip since I know you didn't really enjoy it...but the time is appreciated. I remember coming home from one trip and seeing you that same night and all night just wanting to...jump on you and rip your clothes off." She'd let out a little laugh. "Obviously I didn't but sometimes fighting those natural urges can be hard."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:41, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"I wouldn't have minded," he said with an amused smile.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:44, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd laugh. "I didn't think so but it was before we'd slept together and probably would have made things a little more awkward especially if I just assumed you were ok with it." She'd shake her head. "Anyway, it's part of my job and...who I am but I realized I hadn't thought about why I was doing those things until you pointed them out...just doing them."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:46, April 25, 2018 (UTC)

He nodded. "It's... part of why it probably doesn't make sense for me to come on any more work trips. That's clearly more of your element... and it would seem you probably do better on your own."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:50, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd nod...she'd felt the same way but wasn't sure how to say it without hurting his pride. "Yeah...probably."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:51, April 25, 2018 (UTC)

"Which just means the next time we take a trip, we do it in luxury-- and we both know that's what it'll be," he said with a smile.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:54, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Sounds like a plan."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:55, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"You can take the kids camping someday," he said with a chuckle. "And tell them all about how you took me on my first trip and all I did was bellyache the whole time."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:57, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
She'd smile slightly. "I'd hope that any family camping trips would include you."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:58, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"I'll go on the luxury camping ones," he said with a wink. "If you and the kids wanna rough it... that can be your thing."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:01, April 25, 2018 (UTC)
That' bothered her a little...but it wasn't something to worry over now. "Is that something you think about a lot...kids?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 20:04, April 25, 2018 (UTC)~

"I mean, I don't see it happening soon... but eventually."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:26, April 26, 2018 (UTC)
She'd nod thoughtfully. "Yeah though of course I'd want to be married before we have any kids." She'd pause. "I guess I honestly don't think about kids too much just because I have so many nieces and nephews that I spend time with I get that kid craving filled." She'd pause then quickly continue. "Not that I don't want them...just don't have that need a baby fever you know?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 18:58, April 26, 2018 (UTC)

He nodded. "I... didn't mean to imply that I'd want kids before marriage, if somehow I did." He paused. "Your sister... she was pregnant, right? How many nieces and nephews do you have now?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:10, April 26, 2018 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "You didn't...I was just thinking out loud. Charity and Ash have three boys and a girl and Faith and Thomas both have little girls...so three of each right now plus Thomas' wife Elle's brother has three little ones I see occasionally when I visit them."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:11, April 26, 2018 (UTC)

He nodded. "And your brother Mark is married, too, right? Any kids there, or not yet?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:13, April 26, 2018 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "None yet though I think they might be trying...? Mal does have siblings and I know at least one has a kid though I don't think I met them. Most of them are in America anyway though one of her sisters does work with me at the Ministry."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:15, April 26, 2018 (UTC)

He nodded. "Is... getting married or having kids something that's... ever on your mind?"

OOC: I know at one time Mal's sister did... but I'm pretty sure that char got deleted awhile back. :P


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:17, April 26, 2018 (UTC)
She'd look a little surprised by the question. "I mean not really having kids like I said since getting married should...probably come first but I do think about getting married." She'd pause. "Do you?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 19:18, April 26, 2018 (UTC)~

He nodded. "Yeah."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:21, April 26, 2018 (UTC)
She'd look curious. "Oh? What do you think about marriage and...getting married then?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 15:44, April 30, 2018 (UTC)

"I think that... I hope that... it's in the cards for us. I just..." he chuckled a little. "Can't get a good read on whether or not you'd say yes if I proposed." Well... there it was.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 16:13, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
She'd look a little surprised...she'd been more asking what kind of wedding he wanted or what colors more than...if he was actually ready to marry her or not. She'd hesitate then decide honesty was probably the best way to go on this one. "Well before the trip I think I probably would have said yes. With how the trip went...I'm a little more hesitant since it really...exemplified the differences between us." She'd pause and gently put a hand on his cheek. "I mean...I love you Eric. I do. ...but Marriage is supposed to be for life and...I mean do you really think we can make that sort of commitment to one another given how different we obviously feel about some things?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 21:08, April 30, 2018 (UTC)~

He frowned. "I know the trip didn't go well. But I didn't think it was a deal breaker, either. We're different people, sure. But no two people are exactly alike, and no two people in a couple are exactly alike." He paused, his frown increasing. "Did something happen that made you think that we aren't... good together?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:12, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "No...and I don't want to break up or anything but...I feel like maybe we don't quite know each other as well as we thought? I mean I didn't realize how important things like...a soft bed were to you and I know you felt I was very different than you thought?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 21:14, April 30, 2018 (UTC)~

"On the trip, maybe. But you don't act that way in your... regular, every day life. So I didn't see it as an issue as much?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:19, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
She'd take a moment to think about it choosing her words carefully. "I guess...the argument we had also made me...hesitate where you assumed I was going to go kill people. I mean...if we were going to get married I would want you to know me well enough to know that's not even...in my character you know?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 21:25, April 30, 2018 (UTC)~

"You said you were going to attack them, Melinda," he said. He didn't want to rehash this argument... but since she'd brought it up.... "Maybe you weren't going to intentionally kill them, but attacking is... attacking. It's still a threat of violence."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:37, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
"Which is why I'm hesitant on getting engaged. Clearly we don't know each other well enough to move to that step quite yet. I don't want to stop dating or see other people or anything...I just don't know that we're ready to take quite a large step you know?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 21:46, April 30, 2018 (UTC)~

"Maybe, but won't we be getting to know each other... over our entire lives? I mean I'm sure you could ask Charity and she'd tell you there are things she doesn't know about Ash, and they've been married for how long?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:49, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly. "Eric...are you asking me to Marry you?"
Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 21:50, April 30, 2018 (UTC)~

"Well not right now, but it feels like you've pulled it indefinitely off the table."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:57, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
She'd frown. "It's not off the table Eric...but you asked me if you asked right now if I would say yes or not...and I honestly don't know. That doesn't mean that it's off the table indefinitely though."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 21:58, April 30, 2018 (UTC)

"What you said was that prior to the trip, you would've said yes. And now you would've hesitated."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 22:01, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah. That doesn't mean no never though."


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 22:02, April 30, 2018 (UTC)~

"But you said we needed to get to know each other first... and that doesn't really.... give me a way to know when you'd be ready, per se."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 22:04, April 30, 2018 (UTC)
She'd nod thoughtfully. "I mean...do you think we're ready?"


Eric 1

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw Alumnus
-Jack of all trades... Master of none

 – 22:05, April 30, 2018 (UTC)~

"I guess I don't feel... not ready," he said with a chuckle.


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