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Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 03:35, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
He came into the house, and sat down on the couch, setting his cane next to him. He set a stack of catalogs on the table-- merchandise from the store he'd need to look through and familiarize himself with.
She'd finish chopping the vegetables and smile at him. "That's great. It's a good fit and you're familiar with the products I'm sure." She'd go get some meat out of the fridge and start working on chopping it up too."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 13:14, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
"For the most part," he said nodding. "What are you making? Can I help?"
"Long but productive. I think I've finally got a flow down for the book rewrite and gotten caught up on all the material I've been collecting out in the wild so..." She'd pause not sure how to broach the topic.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 13:40, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "I guess I've been sort of...curtailing my trips lately trying to make sure I was around as much as I could. They've all been little quick trips for only a couple days and all relatively close. I should probably really start doing the week or even two week ones again though to really buckle down into what I'm supposed to eb doing."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 14:47, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
"Melinda, I hope you know by now that I'm fully capable of taking care of myself. I'll be fine."
She'd nod throwing food into a large wok to begin frying. "Yeah, I know...it's not that just..." She'd trail off trying to figure out what it was. "I guess it's just another thing changing. I just wanted you to know what's going on and make sure you're ok with it."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 14:54, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
"Are you wanting to make sure I'm okay... or that you're okay?" He asked gently.
She'd want to snap a retort but would take a moment to actually consider if what he was saying was right before answering. "Making sure you're ok with it. Ok with me being gone weeks at a time. I know it's been something we had to work around before and...I'm making sure you're still ok with that." She'd give a small smile. "I'm honestly a bit excited about it. It's been a while since I've been on any adventures."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 15:05, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
"I'm glad you're excited," he said with a smile. "You should be. You've been cooped up in these same walls for far too long, honestly." He paused, then asked. "Have you even had a chance to use your Animagus form since you've found me?"
She'd put in some spices and the teriyaki sauce turning down the heat a little to let it simmer in the sauce. She would sound tentative. "Maybe." She'd pause. "Is that wrong?"
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 15:31, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
He shook his head. "Of course not. Everyone needs alone time, some more than others. And in your case... you have a specific way that you take yours. I won't pretend that I fully understand it, but the fact that it's important to you is crystal clear. And I want you to get what you need."
She'd shrug. "Just me being away. I feel like part of the...tension that was between us before was because I was gone or you didn't understand what I really did which is why I invited you along to Brazil." She'd pause. "I guess I worry with me traveling more with us just starting out again it might...hurt things?"
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 17:16, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
He chuckled. "While Brazil didn't go super well... what it taught me is that you need that. The traveling is your world, and your way to truly be yourself." He frowned. "And if I ever implied that I needed you around more... then I'm sorry."
She'd shake her head. "You never did." She felt like she'd been repeating herself over and over but not communicating well and she didn't know how else to phrase it. "I just...want to make sure if it becomes and issue you'll say something not just...stay quiet because you know how much I enjoy it."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 17:33, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
"If it's an issue, then it's my issue. You would never tell me to work less or... do something I enjoy less, right? We might be in a relationship, but that doesn't give me a monopoly on your time. We still have things that we do separately from each other, for our own sanity. Asking each other to give that up, even in part? Doesn't seem healthy to me."
She'd purse her lips and move a step closer so they were within arms reach. "I...mostly agree except for one thing. If it's an issue, then it's our issue. We're...a couple. Together. Any problem one of us has is a problem we both have...and the solution could be something we both have a part in. I agree with the rest."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:15, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
He nodded. "Alright." He reached out to grab her hands and slowly pulled her closer, until she was practically in his lap. "It's our issue. And I'll let you know."
She'd nod and smile at him extremely aware of their proximity. "Ok." She normally would have leaned in to kiss him...but she wasn't sure if that was ok or not yet. She'd hesitate, then stand and move to go finish the food and dish plates.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:30, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
He had more than wanted to kiss her. He let out a slightly defeated breath when she pulled away. "It smells wonderful."
She'd smile at the unintentional joke. "Yeah...there's a couple ceramic cups near the wine glasses. A lot of people drink Sake hot which is ok for the low quality stuff but for good stuff like that if you heat it, it loses a lot of the flavor."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 20:07, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
He listened as he grabbed the cups and poured. "What's it taste like? Any similarity to other liquors? Or is it too unique to describe?"
She'd shrug. "Not sure. I have planned for the summer with Jonathan to Romania so I could go there first to lay the groundwork. Honestly I've done most of the equine beasts so I'm trying to pick which sub-category I'll really jump into next and that will really determine where I'll go. I think I'm leaning towards aquatic beasts...I've always loved the water."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 18:44, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
"How long will you be gone in Romania?" He asked. "I heard you mention that at Christmas."
Ooc: student who was supposed to do the carnival had a meltdown, so I might be able to post more this afternoon than previously expected. :)
"A week at most. I don't really think Jonathan will be ok going for that long since he's more used to a castle than roughing it and even Dragons can only hold your attention so long...but at most a week."
OOC: That sounds...fun? Sorry about the meltdown.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:01, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
He nodded. "Okay. I was afraid you were gonna leave me for the whole summer," he said jokingly.
OOC: I think more than anything it's cause the carnival was mostly outside and it's really warm and humid today. And with it being out of routine is hard too.
She'd nod. "Connects are especially important in my field since if you don't know someone to talk to you're required to do all the legwork on your own and it's a nightmare." She'd pause. "Well...not a literal nightmare...but it's tough." She'd smile. "It's also good early to get a feel for the field you might want to go into so if he decides he doesn't like it better now than later."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:08, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
He nodded. "He strikes me as quieter than the rest of the bunch, so it's nice he has that good relationship with you."
She'd consider it. "I don't know about quieter but more laid back I think. He's got a long fuse which is one reason he's probably good at working with animals but that being said if he's pushed hard enough he can push back. I've seen his older sister do it once or twice." She'd shrug. "So mostly yeah but he's also not someone who just lets others push him around." She'd finish the last bit on her plate.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:12, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
"Sounds like someone else I know," he said, covering his grin with his cup as he finished his sake.
She didn't want to insult his family so she'd try to be tactful. "Well all of your siblings have pretty strong personalities. Speaking of which...have you talked to your sister since...you've been back?"
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:24, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
He shook his head. "I... didn't know what her status was."
OOC: Jaye told me that she was killed off in the serial killers expansion?
She'd slowly shake her head. "I doubt it. They would have had to be around where you were most of the time. Besides I think they would have tried to capture her like they did with you. There's been some...grisly murders over the past year and it's suspected she was one of the victims."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:34, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
He let out a slow breath. "I suppose... all I can do is pray that it was swifter than what I endured."
She'd give a slow nod and take another sip of her sake before standing and moving over sitting back down beside him and gently wrap her arms around him.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 19:40, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
He put his arm around her as well. "With Emmett in Azkaban... I think Eliott is in America... but I'm not even certain of that. It's just... me." He let out a breath and shook his head. "Never would have expected that."