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Melinda and Charity[]

Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:21, July 24, 2019 (UTC)
She'd smile. "Good. Work is going well. The trip to Romania went really well so I'm mostly in the office working on writing up all the dragon stuff right now. Things with Eric are good...we're getting to know one another again and I think it's going ok."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 20:24, July 24, 2019 (UTC)

She smiled. "Jonathan loved the trip. He talks about it all the time." She paused. "Just okay with Eric?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:29, July 24, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "I mean we're...rebuilding from a mauling esentially. Things are good...we're working on things. We like spending time together and there was a lot of trauma and stuff we had to get through which we mostly have. I guess okay is my way of saying things are going. They're not...perfect but nothing really is. They're definitely not bad. I think we're...probably moving towards the next step and getting properly engaged." She'd give a little smile. "...but until we're there things are...coming along."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 20:40, July 24, 2019 (UTC)

"So he's still... living with you?" She asked. She smiled. "Engaged? Are you ready for him to propose?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:46, July 24, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yup, still living together. I think we're ready to be engaged. I'm not sure about ready to be married...but yeah ready to at least be heading in that direction."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 20:55, July 24, 2019 (UTC)

She furrowed her brow slightly. "Doesn't... getting engaged mean that you're ready to be married?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:59, July 24, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown slightly. "It means...you're going to get married. I mean most people are engaged for at least six months and sometimes a year or two. I think I'm ready to commit to getting married but we still have a couple things to work out and talk about and assuming that goes well...yeah."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 21:05, July 24, 2019 (UTC)

"Is there... something I can help you work through?" She asked slowly. "I'd hate for you to get engaged... and then realize whatever you still needed to work through turned out to be a deal breaker. Breaking off an engagement isn't like... breaking up with a boyfriend."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:08, July 24, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "No." She'd pause. "I guess I just have...cold feet. I guess I'm comfortable to commit to getting engaged but not quite yet to getting...married?" She'd frown. "I think...as we're engaged and planning the wedding and everything I'll start feeling more comfortable to committing to it." She'd shrug.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 21:12, July 24, 2019 (UTC)

She looked at her sister emphatically. "What is it, Melinda?" She asked gently.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:15, July 24, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown. "I don't know. I'm...not worried about anything specific just...the idea of being tied down sort of scares me. I...like things how they are and I've never been great with change so...it's just a matter of taking one step at a time. Next step is getting engaged and...I'm ok with making that change. I've done that before."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 22:07, July 24, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. She hoped Melinda wouldn't become a basket case on her wedding day as a result. "Well, when the time comes, hopefully you'll have an easy wedding planning process and everything will go smoothly and be fun and you'll have nothing to worry about," she said with a smile.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:55, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "I'm not too worried about it. I am trying to decide between hiring someone to plan and take care of everything or just doing it all myself."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 15:14, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

"Worried planning will be too stressful, or that you won't have enough time to get all the details right?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:50, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
"Stress mostly. I mean if I do it I think I'll be...nitpicky on every little detail but if I get someone else to do it I can just give approval on things and not worry about it."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 16:58, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "Or you could have your maid or matron of honor do that too."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:05, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd frown. "That...doesn't feel right to me. I feel like I'm either going to be...a complete control freak over every detail and I don't want to subject anyone else to that or I'm going to be hands-off to the point where I'd want someone else to give me two or three choices and let me pick but they'd have to do all the research and just give me the final choices which again wouldn't be fair to put that much on them. I think I'd feel better hiring someone to do that stuff or who has experience doing it." She'd pause. "Unless you, Elle, Mal, and Faith want to...basically plan my wedding. It just feels like a lot of work when all you guys are so busy with the kids and everything."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:07, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

"We'll see what happens," she said with a smile. "I mean... he still has to propose first."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:12, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah...and I'm sure it depends on what type of wedding I want too. I mean an elegant indoor wedding is very different from a rugged outdoor wedding somewhere."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:14, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded slowly. "I doubt any of your sisters would know how to plan the latter," she agreed.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:20, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "...and since he hasn't asked I haven't even thought about what type of ceremony I want...or talked to Eric about what he would want either. I don't think he'd mind something outdoors but he's a more...refined guy so I think something more rugged wouldn't appeal to him."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:25, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "I'm sure you guys can find a balance when you get there." She looked at Melinda curiously. "You never planned out your dream wedding growing up?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:31, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Of course but I was...different back then so it involved a dream castle and my on a unicorn and..." She'd pause. "...and I guess I could still do that but it feels a lot more like a child's fantasy than something I'd actually want for a wedding now." She'd shrug. "Of course I don't really know WHAT I want now either so..."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:35, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "That might even be better... that way you can have a wedding that represents you two as a couple, rather than try to compromise what might be two very different ideas."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:40, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "I'm actually hoping for...a lot of input from Eric. We'll see what happens since he's normally pretty open to whatever I want so this might be something new for both of us but hopefully with his thoughts we'll at least get an idea of what we want together pretty quickly."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:42, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

"So long as you also get some say, too," she said. "It's also your day." She paused. "Are you taking his name?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:47, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd hesitate. "That's...something we need to talk about especially since he's using a fake name. I wouldn't mind him taking mine or...maybe even both of us going back to Selwyn...but that seems a bit dangerous." She'd pause looking worried. "I don't know."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 17:49, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

"What if you hyphenated?" She asked. "I mean... all his paperwork and such is legal, right?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:12, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "It is...but I'm not sure I like it." She'd pause. "I suppose we could both change our name to...something new?"

OOC: I can't find his new name...I've been looking but can't remember where it is!


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:14, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

A mild expression crossed her face. "I suppose that's also an option."

OOC: We discussed it over Reddit. Idk that we've ever mentioned it IC. His new name is Jessie Newman.


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:18, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "It's an option. Honestly I think in a perfect world I'd prefer to take his real name...but I just don't know if he'd be comfortable with that since he's the one who insisted on a new name so he wouldn't have to worry about his family finding him."

OOC: No wonder I could find it.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:21, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "Maybe if you bring it up, he'd feel differently now. There's been some time and some distance since he's returned... maybe some of that paranoia has faded. I mean... if someone was going to have caught him, you think that would've happened by now."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:24, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Maybe...but maybe they're looking at...once he pops up they'll be there." She'd shrug. "I mean it honestly doesn't scare me but I also wasn't the one kidnapped and held captive for years so I can't really blame him if he is."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:27, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "I... can't imagine they'd come back... quietly."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:30, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "I know next to nothing about them and Eric won't talk about them...and I don't blame him...so I have no idea how they'd operate or do things. I mean they effectively went into hiding with Eric for years to try to work on changing him which means they can operate quietly if they want."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:32, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "I suppose." She smiled a bit. "I guess I have no idea how the brains of people... like that... work."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:34, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "Yeah, me either."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:36, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She shook her head. "At least he's safe now. And has been for awhile."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:41, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yup...and I'll be around to keep him safe." She'd grin.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:44, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She smiled a bit. "You... know that's not your... sole responsibility though, right? And that it's not your fault he was kidnapped in the first place?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:50, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She would pause for a long couple moments. "Maybe not my fault but...I could have done more to prevent it or...find him faster. ...and given the relationship we're in it is my responsibility to help protect him if he needs it. I mean...nobody else will if I don't."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 18:53, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She looked at her sister with a frown. "He still has magical capabilities of his own, doesn't he? I mean, what did he do when you were in Romania with Jonathan?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:01, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah, he can use magic and he's working...but I feel like he's been heavily traumatized from everything and who can blame him for that. I think he's doing great to get a normal job and help out but I wouldn't want to put him in a situation where he had to actually defend himself because I don't know if he'd be able to do it. Maybe he could...but maybe he'd just fall apart due to the memories and everything. Same with actually encountering his parents...who knows how he'd react." She'd pause. "Honestly he's more stable than I honestly had any reason to think he would be again and I don't see any reason to risk what we've worked on so hard for. I'm more than capable of defending both of us so at least for the near future that's my job while he continues to recover or at least stabilize what's still fragile."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 19:06, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded slowly. "So it's your opinion that he's still fragile. Despite having a job and working full time and... all that?"


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:16, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd pause. "Yeah. I mean he's doing great but so far things have been pretty "easy" right with...just normal daily stress and with nothing really serious going on. I'm concerned that for right now any major...problems could severely impact him." She'd pause. "I guess I see it this way. His mind is like an egg that got pretty cracked by his parents. We've managed to use glue to put it together and I think it'll slowly heal itself back together but that will take time. ...and it's not just a mental thing since he's still recovering physically too. He's much better but definitely not where he was before everything...and he may never be there again. I just want to be careful while things continue to heal you know...like a long term patient at the Hospital. Maybe he's stronger than I think and healed more fully than I think but maybe he's more fragile too and something small could crack him again. It's hard to tell so I'd rather keep things low key and easy to give him time."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 19:23, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "But if he cracks... he'll have a much stronger foundation to build back towards." She shrugged. "I guess I'm just worried you'll forever see yourself as his caretaker... and not as his partner."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:25, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd pause. "I think he's helped me get over that...at least where it comes to actual caretaking. I guess I do see myself as a protector of sorts but isn't that a...normal thing for a wife to be willing to protect her husband when it's needed?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 19:29, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

"Perhaps," she said hesitantly. "But only when it's needed. If you get stuck in that role... especially if he feels like he doesn't need it... you could end up sort of... emasculating him."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:34, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "Honestly I don't think he knows. It's not like I've had to jump up and defend him. I guess I just feel like if it came down to it I should be ready to act because I don't know if he'll be able to." She'd pause. "...and I'm only talking about extreme circumstance like we get attacked or something. Other than that he's fine. I mean how often do people get randomly attacked on the street?"


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 19:39, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She looked more satisfied with that. "Okay. It seemed like you were still talking more day to day."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:45, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "No, day to day I think we're good. I think I do try to make sure things stay sort of...low key so we'll see how things go with wedding planning but even that I think he'll be fine."


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 19:47, July 25, 2019 (UTC)

She nodded. "That's good."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:54, July 25, 2019 (UTC)
She'd nod. "It'll be a good test." She'd glance at her watch. "Well I'm sure I've taken up more of your time that you intended." She'd smile at Charity.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 01:11, July 26, 2019 (UTC)

She waved a hand dismissively. "You are always welcome." She smiled. "And I love our talks."


Melinda Adult
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 11:58, July 26, 2019 (UTC)
She'd smile. "Something else that's changed." She'd lean over to hug Charity.


Charity Prince adult 2

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

 – 12:21, July 26, 2019 (UTC)

She gave her sister a warm hug in return.
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