The fire crackles as you take your seat, a smile on your face. The air hums with the clanking of glasses and the conversations of dozens of people. You smell the rich scent of butterscotch and maple; the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. In short, all the hustle and bustle of Hogmeade's, and often Hogwarts', favourite place to come. You sit, waiting to place your order. "Butterbeer and Firewhisky are one of our more popular options but you pick what you want," says the bartender
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-"Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 01:36, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
He nodded back at Dustin before pouring a drink for another guy who looked like he might be homeless and spending whatever money he had on drinks. He then made his way down to Dustin. "What can I get for you?"
Dustin JamesHufflepuff 7th Year - Hufflepuff Prefect -- – 01:36, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
-"Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 01:58, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
"I don't want her living in there Dustin. I have no objections to using the daycare facility. What's important is that she comes home with me every night."
Dustin JamesHufflepuff 7th Year - Hufflepuff Prefect -- – 02:03, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
He nodded. "Gotcha." He paused. "But... don't you think being an Auror would... maybe keep her in there for more than... just the day? Like... if you got a long case or something? She wouldn't come home with your every night then, right?"
-"Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 02:09, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
"Yeah, if I have a daughter and I'm her sole provider," he says. "I won't be able to avoid them all, so she'll probably have to sleep over at Lil' Bundles every now and then... but she's not living in an orphanage. There's a difference between using the daycare with the occasional, hopefully rare, sleep over and actually taking up residence."
Dustin JamesHufflepuff 7th Year - Hufflepuff Prefect -- – 02:12, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
"I mean... I guess, but..." he shrugged, knowing better than to continually contradict Chris.
-"Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 02:15, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
"I'm sorry you don't see that difference," he says. "But I see a very clear one."
Dustin JamesHufflepuff 7th Year - Hufflepuff Prefect -- – 02:17, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
"That's... not what I'm saying, dude. I'm just wondering if you walk into an interview like that and say 'by the way, I'm the sole caretaker for my younger sister, I can't take overnight cases'.... how much that might impact you."
-"Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 02:52, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
"Nothing. Just me being bitter over some things," he says with a sigh. "You'd think that, given the fact that I had a baby, some special considerations could be made, and that breaking up over a letter would be okay. But apparently not."
Dustin JamesHufflepuff 7th Year - Hufflepuff Prefect -- – 02:54, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
-"Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 22:27, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
"Yeah, there's that too," he says. "I kinda feel a bit... overwhelmed. My dad was a towering figure, even if he was in a wheelchair. I don't know how I can expect to be good as he was, but I want to be for Madison's sake."
Dustin JamesHufflepuff 7th Year - Hufflepuff Prefect -- – 22:29, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
He nodded. "Taking her in- that act alone did that, mate."
-"Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 22:36, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
The bar had pretty much emptied out by this point which causes Chris to check the time. "You may went to head back to the castle. I forget when curfew is... but it's probably pretty soon. Don't want you getting into trouble because of me."
Dustin JamesHufflepuff 7th Year - Hufflepuff Prefect -- – 22:37, February 21, 2017 (UTC)
He chuckled. "It's not for a few hours, mate. I didn't come before close-- I tried to get here before the dinner and evening rush..." He looked around then back at Chris. "How long has your shift been?"
Mark probably should've taken the time to pick out a location that wasn't bland and typical, but he quite frankly didn't know what would've worked best with Melinda. It had seemed safe enough to just go with something that pretty much everybody around here liked: The Three Broomsticks. As he entered, just a few minutes late (mind you), he looked around before his eyes landed on his younger sister. It felt weird actually meeting up with her, and if it weren't for the fact that he had been the one who extended the invitation, he probably would've flaked. "Hey," he said, smiling down at her as he moved into the seat across from her. "I can pay you for the butterbeer, if you'd like. But, um, how have you been?" The Hogwarts alumna internally cringed at himself, already feeling the rough conversation that would probably continue through the time they were there.
She'd push the bottle towards him. "Don't worry about it. As for how I've been...I've been alright. Still settling into the new job, and busy, but enjoying it." She had considered playing up the fact that he was dating Mal and acting the irritated best friend...but decided against it. Mark had always been more...sensitive to her jibes and irritation than her other siblings, so instead she decided just to play it cool.
Mark Bagman- Hufflepuff Alumnus + Owner of the Apothecary
Mark nodded, taking the previously mentioned drink and taking a small gulp of it. "Well, that's good. At least, that you're happy with the job," he said, smiling slightly. "Um, has there been anything else, but work?"
Mark nodded. "I've been...trying to help Charity out with the kids too, but it seems like since Ash is staying back from Hogwarts that they won't need it." he said, shrugging, "Then, there's getting that cauldron line into the Apothecary and there's Mallory, so there's nothing necessarily out of the ordinary at the moment with me." Even though Melinda hadn't asked, he wasn't sure how to really go from what she had previously said, so he answered the nonexistent question anyways.
OOC: I'm going to assume that since Mark is supposed to visit Charity from time to time that he knows Ash isn't going back to Hogwarts. Especially since I think it was speculated that he wasn't going to during their actual last roleplay, if I remember correctly. If not, then I can change it.
Mark was slightly shocked that Melinda wanted to continue down that route. "Umm, things are going well, to my knowledge. With activity having picked up at the Apothecary with Hogwarts starting and all, we haven't had a chance to spend that much time together, but hopefully we'll be meeting up again sometime soon."
She'd nod, getting a frosty look on her face. "Just so you know...if you hurt her or break her heart...brother or not you'll have me to deal with." She'd pause, leaving the cold threat in the air before her face thawed just a little and changing the topic, her tone going back to a casual conversational tone. "So the Apothecary's having good business then?"
Mark Bagman- Hufflepuff Alumnus + Owner of the Apothecary
"I know that, Melinda. I wouldn't ever try to hurt her," he said, unaffected by her threat since had quite frankly been expecting it for a while now. "It's been doing okay. It'll probably slow back to normal come the end of September."