Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop is a small establishment located on a side road off the High Street in Hogsmeade. It is owned by Madam Puddifoot. The decorations are very tacky and frilly. A bell over the door announces customers with a "tuneful tinkle"; the round tables are arrayed with lacy napkins and china sugar bowls.
Andre sets foot inside the tea shop, and while it's not very obvious, he's actually very excited to see his twin brother again. He easily spots him, he knows those looks too well, and makes his way towards the table. He sits down on the seat across from his brother and stares at him for a while, before muttering, "Hi", with a brief smile. He wants to give him a hug, but he's not really the type of person who initiates physical contact. He yearns for it, but he doesn't know how to ask for it. That has always been his dilemma.
He's a bit surprised, but he hugs back after a few seconds, wrapping his arms tightly around his twin brother. "Hey, Alfonso. It really has been. How are you?" He then steps back, pulling himself away from the hug but still standing close.
He wrinkles his face, a bit surprised by the amount of things that has happened in his twin brother's life. It makes him feel a bit guilty, not knowing about them, but he shrugs it off. "Well, why don't we sit down and have some tea, and then we'll talk about it." He urges before taking his seat. "My life has been rather boring, I've just been researching, writing dissertations and the such."
"Well, if you must know, I just finished one about the Mating Habits of Erumpents." He explains, delighted when the tea he's ordered arrives at their table. "Anyway, enough about me. You're the one with the adventurous life. Tell me more about your, er, new business? And about your termination from the Ministry!" He continues. Andre is not usually this chatty, but for close family, he makes exceptions.
- "Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family."
Message Me - 15:57, October 16, 2017 (UTC)
He chuckled. "Mating habits of Erumpents? Interesting. As for the ministry, its this new minister. He was searching for anything to get menout of there. Claiming i was more interested in domestic affairs, my age? It was ridiculous. So when he said I shouldn't be head, I quit."
"Well, the new Minister's a douche, then." He says with a tinge of annoyance in his voice. "It's a shame, I always found him kind of cute, but, anyone who slanders my family is automatically on my blacklist." He rambles, slightly laughing afterwards. "So, how about this new business of yours, then?" He asks, taking a sip from his cup of tea.
Selena and Anastasia
Selena TyrrellEx-Gryffindor -Ministry Employee – 15:04, September 29, 2017 (UTC)
She sat at a table, waiting for the tea she ordered to be delivered. She picked up a nearby magazine, flipping through the pages to kill some time.
Anastasia Hartman♥ Ilvermorny Graduate ♥ Pukwudgie ♥ Single ♥ 21 ♥ Unemployed -♥ "My weakness isn't that I'm too nice, it was thinking that you were also as nice." – ♥14:31, October 3, 2017 (UTC)
Anna sat a couple of tables over, wondering what to order. Being in one of these cute British tea-rooms she sort of felt obligated to go with tea, but continued to think.
- in case you haven't noticed, i'm Weird.
Message Me - 14:32, September 10, 2017 (UTC)
He arrives at Madam Puddifoot's, looking around at the very disgustingly sweet aesthetic the tea shop is trying too hard to keep together. Spotting Aline in the shop, he breathes out a sigh of relief. He sits next to her, a small smile on his face. "My only reason to live," he greets her, "Just who am I meeting today again?"
- "Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land among the stars," Message Me - 14:39, September 10, 2017 (UTC)
She knows Emmett warned her to stay away, but this meeting with Aline had been planned weeks ago. It wasn't polite to cancel last minute. She enters the tea shop, albeit somewhat hesitantly, placing her sunglasses on the top of her head. She looks around for a moment and smiles when she sees her younger cousin, approaching her table. She manages to catch the boy's question, but just barely. "Me, most likely," she says lightly, examining the boy for a moment before her eyes drift over to her cousin. "Hi, Aline."
- in case you haven't noticed, i'm Weird.
Message Me - 14:58, September 10, 2017 (UTC)
All the years of proper manners training kick in and he stands to greet Aline's cousin. He pulls out her chair for her (because that's something he was always taught to do but never really got around to doing, but hey, he had to be the perfect boyfriend right?) and then offers her his hand for her to shake. "Nice to meet you."
- "Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land among the stars," Message Me - 15:04, September 10, 2017 (UTC)
Evangeline returns the hug gladly. She's not seen her cousin in what feels like eons. She's surprised the boy with Aline is such a gentleman - she'd expected someone with no manners. She smiles and shakes his hand, sitting once her chair's out. "Nice to meet you, too."
- "Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land among the stars," Message Me - 16:52, September 11, 2017 (UTC)
"Eric and Elliott are as rebellious as ever, and Emmett is... being Emmett, I suppose," she answers, giving Aline a look when she takes the menu - Aline knows how bigoted he can be, and what her words must mean. Though she isn't one to talk, since she does have her moments, too.
She stands up, and kisses her father on the cheek. "Papa! Good to see you. You got out of work alright?" She asks, as they sit. "I didn't get you anything yet, I wasn't sure what you'd want." She explains.
She nods. "Me too. Penbury's not the same without him. You can see it on Philippe and Louis' faces." She explains. "Plus the whole thing with Uncle Charlie...." She trails off. "I can't help but feel things won't feel normal again. Tell me I'm overreacting, papa."
She feels a little better, with this coming from her dad. "Alright. Mamé is definitely burying herself into her work to avoid coming to terms with Uncle Charlie. I can't blame her, but it does mean more work for the rest of her employees." She says, taking another sip from her cup.
She chuckles, "I'm glad. I don't think the family could deal with a wedding anytime soon." She says, before remembering, "Oh! Adele and Estelle wrote to me! Estelle is debating on writing for the school newspaper, and Adele is....well, she's being herself. Trying to start her own business in school. Between Séphora and Maman, I think she's going to be the shrewdest of us all." She says with a playful smile.
She understands. It's been hardest on her mother, but she can't help but feel worse for auntie Celine and her kids. "It's worse that there was no will left behind either, right? How will the board of directors decide a new CEO?"
"I'm on the board at your mother's request," he said. "And its more your mother's legacy, than mine. I'll support her choice." Not having an easy answer about Cyril, he chose to answer with, "Remember, I said it would all work out, cherie. Your uncle will be back."
She smiles lightly, before suddenly remembering "Oh, that reminds me." She says, "Harkness Legal Practice got in touch. Mrs Harkness said she's got important news for us, and she wants to visit this weekend." She recounts. "I thought I'd rather tell you than Maman, seeing as she'd probably just not tell Auntie Céline." She says with a smile. "I do wonder what was so important that she couldn't write it on the Owl..."
She frowned. "Well...Neither did I..." She says slowly. Lisette was aware that Aretha was their lawyer, she'd been their lawyer forever, "Maybe it could be something to do with a will. They are solicitors, after all." She says, thinking of a possible explanation.
"That would be good....It would give us some peace." She says, debating whether she should tell Francois about Philippe....but deciding against it. "Let us hope that the weekend brings us good news, then."
She chuckles, "No, I'm sorry. I skipped breakfast because grand-mere had me starting at the office at 6, and I just forgot." She explains. "And then I got so caught up at work, I didn't get a snack from the vending machine." She grins.
OOC: do wizards have vending machines? what a concept.
"I know you will, papa." She says, before the alarm on her wristwatch goes off. "Oh no....grand-mere will be expecting me back soon." She says, "You know hat she's like when people are late.." She says with a smile.