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Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 16:45, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She tapped on Melinda's door.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 16:48, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd be unpacking things, and the room would be a mess of clothes, camping gear, and other things she was in the process of sorting out. She'd still be in plain clothes and unscented per Norman's advice since she hadn't been back long enough to get herself back to normal. "Come in."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 16:50, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

She wrinkled her nose a bit, but didn't comment. "Hey, how was your trip?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 16:52, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd ignore the look, though it bothered her a bit, and smile. "It was good. I really do think the jungles of the world are the best places." She'd sigh. "...and now I'm back and have to be in the office for a bit. Hopefully they won't keep me too long." She'd pause. "How have things been here?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 16:54, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

"They've been good," she said. She paused. "I invited the rest of our siblings for dinner over the weekend... I got the news back."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 16:54, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd look immediately interested. "What was it?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 16:57, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

Her face was unreadable as she shook her head. "I'm sorry, I'm not telling you beforehand. I'm doing this the right way... with everyone finding out at the same time."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 16:58, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd look a bit miffed. "...but I'm the one who..." She'd trail off examining Charity's face. "...I'm not going to be able to change your mind am I?" She'd sigh, her voice a bit dramatic and teasing. "Well...that's just mean to make me wait like this."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:00, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

"It's one day, Melinda. I owled your siblings ten minutes ago. They all have to wait too."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:02, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd consider pushing back some, but decide it wasn't in her best interests right now. Instead she'd just nod. "Ok."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:06, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

It felt weird to just... leave. "Do you want help unpacking?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:08, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "No...I've got a system now that I pack and unpack so much...but I did have a question for you...if you have a minute."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:09, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She nodded. "Of course. What's up?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:11, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd sigh and sit on the bed, making enough room for Charity if she wanted to sit too. "It's about boys."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:12, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

She sat down and furrowed her brow. "Thomas and Mark? What about them?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:16, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "No...about boys and dating and...love." She'd pause, and when she spoke it was clear she was worried and being very vulnerable. "I try to be careful in relationships because...they can really hurt both people. I know I've made a lot mistakes...but I haven't even intentionally hurt someone I was in a relationship with." She'd pause. "So...there's this guy who really likes me and...it's pretty clear he wants to be more than friends...and I feel like I'm hurting him by...keeping him at arms length, but I'm not sure I'm ready to be in a relationship with him since I might...mess it up and ruin what could be great if I just had a bit more...time or experience you know? ...and it would be really complicated with his family and...everything else." She'd look at Charity clearly desperate for...something. Some advice, some help...something.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:18, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

"Sorry, I must have had family on the brain, I thought you said the boys," she said shaking her head before looking at her sister compassionately. She could've been... thirteen again. "Do you like him, sweetie?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:21, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
"I mean...I like him but I'm not in love with him." She'd pause. "I...guess I like him enough I'm worried about messing up our friendship...or even a relationship that could happen in the future with him instead of now that...could be something...special?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:23, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She nodded again. "Okay, so let me ask you this... you said you didn't want anything to happen until you had more time or experience. What sort of experience do you think you're lacking that would... prevent you from dating him?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:25, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "Well...as much as they're been painful or...unfun I have learned things from the short relationships I've had...and I guess I just hope that making those mistakes with other people would mean I wouldn't make them with one that might really matter. Like...practicing or...doing homework so you do well on the real test?" She'd frown slightly. "I...know that sounds horrible when talking about relationships and people though..."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:28, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She chuckled lightly. "A bit. But... we aren't always wholly prepared as people when we meet the person we're meant to be with. Sometimes they're... the perfect person for us because we aren't perfect. In a good relationship, you work together to make the other person better. And you work on yourself so that you can be... the right person for the one you're dating, or... married to, or whatever your relationship is."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:29, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod slowly and look down. "Yeah...I thought you'd say something like that."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:30, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

"If it helps, let me give you an example," she said with a gentle smile. "I tend to... make decisions rather quickly. I don't always examine every option first, which is something that Ash is really good at doing."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:32, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly at Charity. "I've...never seen you as particularly impulsive."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:34, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

"Not impulsive," she said slowly. "But Ash is the one who encouraged me to investigate this stuff about... the man Faith ran into. If he hadn't helped me walk through the decision, I would've just let it drop." She paused. "I guess I tend to make emotional decisions rather quickly, and Ash is good at helping me... not do that."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:36, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod slowly. "So...how do you know if someone will...do that for you or if you do that for them? I mean...we're friends but I have no idea how...compatible like that we are."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:37, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

"You go on dates and... find out," she said. "That's what dating is for."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:38, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
"...but that seems like a catch twenty-two. You have to go on dates to find out...and you want to find out to see if you should go on dates with them." She'd sigh. "Why can't love just be...easy like it was for you and Ash?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:40, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She considered that. "Things weren't... always easy with Ash and I," she said.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:42, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd look curious. "What do you mean? I thought you guys met and...fell in love and got married...and now have babies. I never see you two fight or...even argue. Seems pretty...perfect and easy to me."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:44, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She chuckled. "We keep our arguments behind closed doors, because they're... mine and Ash's problems. The rest of you don't need to... see that part of our marriage." She paused. "When we first started dating, things were... awkward, occasionally. He'd take me some... really overly fancy place that I felt very uncomfortable going into. Places where the staff knew his name and he had a table all set for him and.... I looked like such a fish out of water, that he'd take me somewhere else." She paused, and gave her one more example. "We also disagreed about the best time to start a family."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:45, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd frown. "Really? Why?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:46, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

"Why to which bit?" she asked.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:50, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
"Why...what was the disagreement about when to have kids?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:51, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

"I... wanted to start our family sooner than he did."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:53, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
"...and how did you guys...handle that? Seems like...a big deal."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:54, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

"Multiple conversations," she said with a shrug. "Like... mature adults."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:56, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd frown. "...it just seems like acting like mature adults...is good for relationships but...it's very fun and when a relationship isn't fun...it ends badly." She'd pause. "Adulting isn't fun...so how do you adult and still have fun with someone?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:58, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She chuckled. "I have fun with Ash all the time. We have date nights, when either you or Jewel take the kids. We go out to nice dinners. Watching the kids grow and learn new things is also incredibly exciting."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:00, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
"So...I suppose I should make sure that...the things I find fun, they do too?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:02, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She nodded. "Or maybe they find something fun that you've never tried, and you find something new to love. Or vice versa. Shared experiences are important in building a relationship."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:05, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
{{{Melinda}}}


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:07, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She frowned. "Melinda, can I ask what you find so... difficult about dating?" she asked carefully. She held up her hands. "I'm not trying to pry. But it seems like you keep coming back to that same statement... you can't get to know a person and how you work together without dating."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:11, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd frown, sounding introspective. "I...don't know. I mean...I feel like I'm just...bad at dating. My relationships keep ending badly and while I know it's not completely my fault...I still feel like I'm the cause of most of it. I'm really good at reading people and emphasizing, but it's like when I'm dating someone I just...lose that and have no clue who they really are or what they what from a relationship or...how to make it work."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:13, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

"Well, what kind of questions are you asking them?" She paused. "Or are you... not asking questions?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:17, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
"I've tried both. I've tried asking up front what they want from the relationship and been told I was moving too quickly...and tried being more casual and just...going with the flow and been broken up with for not being serious enough. It's like...whatever I try to do or be...it's exactly the opposite of what they're looking for."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:19, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She nodded slowly. "I think that's also part of reading people. Ash and I talked... pretty explicitly right up front about what we wanted, and that worked out for both of us, because we wanted the same thing and we were on the same... wavelength about that."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:26, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod. "...and like I said I feel like normally I'm really good at that but...for some reason when it comes to relationships I just...never get it right." She'd pause. "Maybe I'm just not as...good as I think...or working so closely at reading animals has just made me...terrible at reading people."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:28, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

She chuckled. "Somehow I doubt that, because you're still good at reading Aria and Jonathan... and your siblings, I'd wager." She paused. "Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? You've never been good under pressure..."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:35, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd give Charity a questioning look. She thought she dealt with pressure fairly well.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:42, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

"Maybe that wasn't the right way to put it." She paused, nearly starting a sentence several times before continuing. "Do you feel pressure... to be vulnerable with guys you're dating? You're... okay at being vulnerable with people you love and trust, but I know your tendency is to shut down...."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:50, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd look at Charity carefully. "What type of vulnerable are we talking about? I mean...I don't just open up emotionally for them but...I'm not exactly guarded either. Physically..." She'd trail off not looking uncomfortable with it, just unsure what Charity wanted that sort of detail since she wasn't normally comfortable with it.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:51, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

She shook her head. "Emotional is what I was referring to. How... guarded are you being with them?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:56, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd consider. "I mean...both? I guess I'm more guarded than not...but when I've tried opening up...it was pretty awkward and...my heart ended up getting pretty trampled in the aftermath." She'd pause. "Maybe I'm just overthinking things too much because of...everything."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:58, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She smiled gently. "Getting trampled is no fun. I know how that feels."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:02, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod. "It...makes it harder to want to...or be able to be vulnerable with people." She'd pause. "I know this is...off topic but that's part of the reason I'm so...interested with this thing with Dad." She'd pause, then take a deep breath. "I think their...disappearance is one reason I'm so...guarded about everything...with everyone."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 19:05, August 17, 2017 (UTC)~

That surprised her. "Really? Why?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:08, August 17, 2017 (UTC)
She'd swallow. "I think...I mean I was so young and them disappearing just...really hurt. I think I...responded by building up emotional walls and barriers and it's just...it takes more of an effort now to take them down then...maybe if they hadn't disappeared?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 19:09, August 17, 2017 (UTC)

She frowned. "You mean if... this man turns out to be Dad, you'll... magically have your emotional issues all solved?" she asked, alarmed.

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