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Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:36, September 29, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah...I'm feeling pretty spent anyway...mentally AND emotionally."


Faith Willard

Faith Willard Slytherin Alumna - Unspeakable
-To be great is to be misunderstood.

 – 19:33, September 29, 2016 (UTC)

She nodded, moving towards the door. "Sleep well."



Charity[]

Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 16:54, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She came and knocked on Melinda's door.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:02, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
Her voice would come from inside. "Come in."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:04, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She opened the door and smiled. "Hey,"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:05, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd be sitting at her vanity with a letter in her hand. "Hey."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:06, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

"How're you?" she asked moving further into the room. "Who's that from?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:08, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd smile. "Good. Letter from Eeylops. I inquired about a summer job, and they said they'd be glad to have me." She'd look at Charity. "Assuming you or Ash won't mind getting me to Diagon Alley each day over the summer...?"


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:09, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She shook her head. "It's easy enough, since that's where I work, too." She smiled. "Congratulations!"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:11, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd smile. "Thanks...I thought that I'd get to work with the animals and...get some work experience and that maybe it's help me...figure things out you know?"


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:12, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She nodded. "So, you don't think Eeylops is what you'd want to do after graduation?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:13, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly. "I...don't think so. I mean..." She'd glance around and then smile and drop her voice to a conspiratorial whisper. "Owning or running a shop's just a bit...lame don't you think?" She'd grin at her obvious dig on Thomas and Mark.


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:15, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She gave her sister a look. "I think what Mark and Thomas are doing is wonderful. But obviously, it's not a career path for everyone. So what is it you'd like to do?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:17, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd let out a little laugh. "I was just kidding Charity. What they do is fine...but like you said I don't think it's for me. I'm not really sure what is yet. Most of the Ministry path on creatures are dealing with them, or healing what they do to people."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:18, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

"You've mentioned that before. But I haven't heard a lot of what you do want to pursue."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:20, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly, then shrug. "Healing Magical creatures if I can find a way to make it work. Not healing what they do to people or...killing them off when they misbehave or really act in their natures and people just don't understand."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:21, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

She nodded. "There's... dragon sanctuaries in Romania..."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:22, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah...but dragons can pretty much take care of themselves. They're better armored and protected than most, and actually heal at a better rate due to the magic in their blood. It's...pretty hard for muggles or wizard to just...walk over them or take over their habitat."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:24, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

She shrugged, that had really been her only suggestion, but Melinda always seemed to find a way to reject any advice she gave.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:26, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd let out a deep sigh. "I just...I don't know Charity. I...want to help the magical creatures who just get...steamrolled or hurt or...caught and treated badly and sold or worse harvested for...potion ingredients and the like that can't help or defend themselves. I know what I want I just...have no clue how to go about it."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:29, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She nodded slowly. "I know, and while those are great things to want..." She paused, trying to figure out how to word what she wanted to say. "You'll always have a place here, and I'm sure you know that. But... figuring out your plan is part of what seventh year should be used for. Go to Professor Deonte.... ask her to help-- she might have some good ideas. But... don't let yourself get lost in what there isn't for you, and try to focus on what there is. You won't always walk into your dream job when you graduate. Sometimes... it takes stepping stones."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:30, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly, considering that for a minute...then two, before looking pointedly at Charity. "So....what is it that you think I should be doing?" Her tone was cautious but neutral.


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:33, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

"Do you actually want to know, or do you want me to give you advice that you can just... promptly reject?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:35, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
Her face would harden a little and she'd open her mouth...then slowly close it again, her face taking on a more thoughtful look. "I...suppose it must seem like that's what I do isn't it."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:37, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

She nodded. "A bit."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:41, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod slowly, looking away and focusing on her reflection in the mirror...and shuddering just a little. "Well...that's not..." She'd stop, considering. "That's not...really what happens. Faith's recently pointed out to me that...because I so often do things without...really explaining myself to anyone things...probably get lost in translation. Apparently I've just...always assumed the reasons for my actions were...obvious and justified so...there was no need for explanation." She'd pause, then look at Charity. "I don't...ask for your opinions or thoughts just to...ignore them or...find out what it is you don't want me to do. I...really do think about them and consider them. That doesn't mean I always do them but..." She'd frown, then continue her voice breaking slightly. "That...that doesn't mean they don't matter to me."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:45, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

She listened intently to what Melinda was saying, and considered it as she responded slowly. "Well, for instance just now... when I mentioned the sanctuary in Romania... all you did was just... stomp all over my suggestion," she said. "And... that's not the first time it's happened."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:48, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd consider that for a few moments, then give a small nod. "So...let me ask you this then...if I told you that I thought you would be an excellent Auror...and you should consider switching to that as a career...what would you say?"


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:50, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

"I'd ask you... where you got that idea from, I suppose."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:52, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "You had good grades in everything necessary...was Head Girl. You could have helped a bunch of people that way, and still could. So...why not? Why not go be an auror?" Her tone conveyed she was speaking hypothetically.


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 17:54, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She spoke more literally. "I'd thank you for your suggestion, and the flattery I suppose, and explain that... I don't have the... personality to be an Auror. That job is far more than it just on paper for requirements."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:59, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod. "You don't feel right for it, that it's not really for you and that...it's just not what you want to do. So...I feel the same about going to Romania. I didn't intend to just...shut down your suggestion but...it just doesn't feel right to me. Don't think that means I didn't...or haven't considered it. You're not the first person to suggest it. ...but I have thought about it and know it's not why I want...which was why you got a quick response from me. I didn't mean to stomp you or...make you think I hadn't thought about it."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 18:01, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She nodded. "But in my version, Melinda... I also asked more questions-- trying to figure out where you were coming from, to understand, before clarifying my position."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:06, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod. "...and apparently that's what I need to work on. Instead of just...telling you no with...no explanation or reason behind it that you can see...communicating why better." She'd pause. "...and I think that's the...difference between us. Even though we both knew there was no chance or reason that you would even consider being an auror...you took the time and extra words to...express why and...dig deeper, where I tend to just...jump to the end of the conversation and...give the answer I think both people are...expecting while skipping all the...intermediate steps." She'd frown slightly. "I...hadn't considered it before but...doing that does presume I...know or can guess the conclusion the other person will come to which..." She'd smile slightly. "...is pretty arrogant."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 18:12, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

She nodded. "I... had no idea other people had suggested the sanctuary to you. And that you'd subsequently already turned them down." She paused. "So... from what I can hear you saying about what you'd like to do with your future, is that it seems you... want to protect animals that cannot protect themselves." She paused again. "I know you said the Ministry isn't for you, but I think you need to rethink your position on what the Department for Regulation and Control of Magical Animals can do. If you think of regulation and control as bad things, with humans in mind first... that's a pretty cynical view of what the department can do. If you think of regulations that could protect the animals you're interested in... that's a slightly more positive view. Regulating how wizards interact with specific species... things like that."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:21, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod. "So...that's what you think I should do or...another option you think I should consider?"
Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 18:23, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

"Melinda, I know by now that I will never be able to tell you what you should do," she said shaking her head.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:31, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Sure...but that doesn't mean that you don't think you know what I should be doing. So...if I could do anything in the world and...had no personal preference, what...in your opinion...should I do when I graduate? ...and that doesn't limit it to career just...life in general."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 18:32, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

She furrowed her brow. "You should do what makes you happy, Melinda."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:34, October 12, 2016 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly. "That's...general advice and while not wrong...isn't particularly helpful when there's a number of things that could do that or...when I don't know what would do that."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 22:39, October 12, 2016 (UTC)~

She paused and spoke slowly. "I'd want you to do something that makes you happy, and that would provide you with a stable, living income so that you wouldn't have to worry about... making rent each month, or making enough to put food on the table."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:25, October 13, 2016 (UTC)
She'd frown, trying to understand. "So...if other than that you really don't care...why does it bother you when I shoot down one of your suggestions? Sure, it may fulfill those requirements, but other things would too...?"


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 19:28, October 13, 2016 (UTC)

"I do care. But I've... definitely figured out that my opinions don't matter to you guys. You'll do your own thing, regardless of what I think. I'm... trying to hold back what I say to you guys more, especially now that you're all adults, but sometimes it slips out."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:31, October 13, 2016 (UTC)
She'd shake her head slightly. "It's...not that your opinions don't matter...just that we're bad at listening to them."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 19:32, October 13, 2016 (UTC)

She frowned. That didn't make any sense to her.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:33, October 13, 2016 (UTC)
She'd nod slowly. "So...that bring up something else I've...been meaning to talk to you about." She'd pause. "You...won't like it."


Charity Prince adult 2

Charity Prince Hufflepuff Alumna
-"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, so is the art of Humanity."

 – 19:35, October 13, 2016 (UTC)~

"Okay..." she said, wondering what it could be.
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