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NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:42, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
A bit later Melinda would come in, home late from work. "Sorry I'm late."


NewEric

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

 – 12:59, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He looked up and shook his head with a smile. "I only just got back myself."

Ooc: idk if you saw my messages on reddit. Did you wanna do a Hope/Ferlen follow up?


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:01, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod and give him a quick kiss on the cheek before moving into the kitchen to get dinner going.

OOC: I did see your messages. I'm ok with them just talking off screen but if you'd like to RP it out we can.


NewEric

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

 – 13:03, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He stood and grabbed his cane and followed her, taking a seat at the table. "I got a job today."

Ooc: it can be off screen. That's fine.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:07, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd be working on slicing up vegetables but she'd give him a grin. "Oh? Where at?"


NewEric

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

 – 13:09, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

"Quality Quidditch Supplies," he said with a smile. "Just up front at the registers. But it's full time, and it pays. And the longer I'm there, the more I can move up, I'm sure."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:12, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:25, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown thoughtfully. "I don't think so. I've got some rice going and I'm just going to throw everything in a pan with some teriyaki sauce."


NewEric

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

 – 13:32, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "How was your day?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:37, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
"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.


NewEric

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

 – 13:40, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

"So it's time for another trip?" He guessed.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:48, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod and pause in her cooking turning to face him. "Yeah...if that's ok?"


NewEric

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

 – 14:18, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He chuckled. "Why wouldn't it be okay?" He asked.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:28, 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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:52, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:57, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:07, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd purse her lips. "Once."


NewEric

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

 – 15:09, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "Then it sounds like an extended trip is exactly what you need."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:16, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:34, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod turning to look at him. "Ok...and if it becomes a problem you'll say something or let me know?"


NewEric

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

 – 16:57, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded, but there was a confused look on his face. "Of course. But... I don't remember it being an issue before. Was it? So why would it become one?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:12, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:23, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:01, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:22, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:33, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd dish them both plates then put them on the table. "Thanks."


NewEric

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

 – 19:41, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He stood up and grabbed glasses. "I saw wine earlier... maybe that for our beverage?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:43, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "Sure though sake would probably go better with the stir fry."


NewEric

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

 – 19:46, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

"Do you have that?" He asked looking back at her.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:49, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah, liquor cabinet is over there to the left of the stove...the one that has a fitting for a lock but no lock on it. Just about every kind of alcohol I've found is in there."


NewEric

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

 – 19:51, June 4, 2019 (UTC)

He opened the cabinet and found the bottle. "Is there a glass it's usually poured in? I admit it's pretty foreign to me."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:56, June 4, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:12, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
She'd smile. "Sake is sort of like wine I suppose but since it comes from rice rather than fruit it's more like a dry white wine than something with more fruity flavor like a red."


NewEric

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

 – 12:51, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

Knowing how adventurous Melinda was with food and drink, that description was a welcome surprise. "Sounds lovely," he said bringing the glasses to the table.

OOC: I'm supporting a student on a field trip in the morning, and another student at a kindergarten carnival in the afternoon, so I might not be around as much today.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:15, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod and pour them each a little. "Ready to eat now?"


NewEric

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

 – 17:05, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded, sitting down. He picked up his fork and took a few bites before trying the sake. He nodded. "This is all really good."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:22, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
She'd follow suit starting to eat. "Thanks. It's a just throw everything in a pan meal."


NewEric

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

 – 17:46, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

He noticed how she deflected his praise, and downplayed it again, but chose not to mention it. "So where's your next trip?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:55, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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. :)


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:58, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
"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.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:02, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
She'd chuckle. "No, of course not. I hadn't even thought about it until you were better and then...I thought it would be a fun experience for him."


NewEric

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

 – 19:03, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "And even though he's young, it doesn't hurt to start making connections."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:06, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:11, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
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.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:14, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
She'd eye him speculatively. "You're saying I have a...long fuse and am laid back? I think maybe you don't know me as well as you say."


NewEric

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

 – 19:15, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

"I was thinking more the bit about not being pushed around," he clarified.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:17, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
"Ah." She'd take a sip of her sake. "Maybe it's a youngest child thing...if you have older siblings and let them they run all over you."


NewEric

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

 – 19:19, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

He considered that and nodded. "Probably. I don't remember any of my siblings letting Emmett push us around."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:22, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
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?"


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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?


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:28, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod solemnly. "I hate to break it to you like this but she died while you were gone."

OOC: I never saw it but when I checked it doesn't have a location so apparently it was done off screen. From the description it would be news though so I guess Melinda should have known.


NewEric

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

 – 19:31, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

He frowned, and didn't say anything for several minutes. "Was it my parents? Did they do something to her?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:33, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
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."


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:37, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
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.


NewEric

Eric Selwyn Ravenclaw 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."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:42, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
She'd gently run one hand over his back rubbing lightly. "I know it's not the same but you have me...and my family."


NewEric

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

 – 19:44, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

He nodded. "Yeah," he said. He cracked a little smile. "They're better people in general, too."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:46, June 5, 2019 (UTC)
"Would you like to try to find Elliott? Even if it's just to let him know you're...ok? He's probably feeling similarly."


NewEric

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

 – 19:48, June 5, 2019 (UTC)

"Maybe," he said with a shrug. "Let me think on it."


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