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Alexander made his way to the Great Hall, ready for dinner. It had been a long day and he was ready to relax. Danny, Ben, Emily, and Victor were all set to join him as well. Entering the hall he saw that most of the students had already eaten so there were not a lot people there. That was probably for the better, Alexander thought.

Walking up the sets to the staff table he nodded to the professors that were there eating. "Hello." he greeted and sat down at his spot in the middle of the table. There were two empty chairs on either side of him. Of course his family would be closest to him, Victor would have to settle with being a littler further away.

Alexander honestly considered it Victor's punishment for the way he had acted towards Danny. There was no reason at all for it. If that was how Victor was going to act around his family, he had another thing coming.

Now, Alexander patiently waited for everyone to arrive.

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There was something about watching Danny and Emily interract that made Ben feel like everything in the world would be okay. Who had time to worry when they could listen to Emily's uninhibited laughter and see the soft crooked smile on Danny's lips? Ben certainly couldn't. 

Honestly, though, Ben was pretty tired. The castle was huge and Ben had gotten lost on his way to the hall for lunch earlier and, if it hadn't been for an equally lost eleven year old Ben might have just sat on the ground and waited until someone had come looking for him. His office was all set up now, and his classroom would always look too big for him. It had taken all day, and more than a little help from a house elf named Lini but it was finally ready. 

"Papa hurry up!" Emily ran back towards him, her hands grabbing onto his forearm tightly. "I'm hungry and I want to see Uncle Alex!" 

"Okay, okay." 

Ben let himself be pulled, sharing a look of solidarity with Danny as they shuffled toward the open door. "Hey Emmy," Danny grabbed her attention and pointed to the table facing the rest of the room. "Look who it is." 

She squealed loud enough that the bodies that remained in the hall jumped. Emily took off running her Moana light up sneakers blinking loudly with each step. Her light brown curls bounced and Emily weaved through the groups of friends that had been standing in the 

middle of the room. Ben laced his fingers through Danny's, his thumb tracing the tip of the bandage he knew was hidden underneath. "What did you do?" Ben asked lowly, concern in his gaze. 

He trusted Danny, really he did, but he also knew how much his husband would sacrifice for Alex. His magic was dangerous, Ben had learned that the hard way and if Danny lost control.... 

"Just something to strengthen the wards a little." Danny assured in that way he had of shrugging off problems. 

"Uncle Alex!" Emily collided with her uncle's legs, her squeals loud in the bit room. 
 

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Alexander has not been thinking about much when something or rather someone ran into his leg. He looked down and his face automatically turned to a smile.

"Emily, oh how I've missed you!" Alexander said and picked up the girl to sit her on his lap and hug her.

"Do you like the castle?" Alexander asked her. He then turned attention to bed. "Long time no see, Professor." Alexander chuckled. "Ben, how have you been? Please take a seat." Alexander greeted and gestured to the seat to his right.
 

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Ben grimaced. "God, don't call me Professor." Ben waited until Danny had put together a plate of food for Emily before sitting down. "This is, honestly, the weirdest place I've ever been." 

"At least this time I'm not the only American." Danny winked and kissed his cheek, sliding a cup of water towards him. 

"Do you know the mermaids, Uncle Alex?" Emily said around a mouthful of mashed potatoes. "Or the squid? His name is Raymond and he's so cool!" 
 

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Alexander smiled as Danny got everything ready for Emily. He loved to watch the three of them just interacting with each other. It really warmed his heart.

"You might as well get used to it, just wait until you start classes. All the students and professor this and professor that." Alexander chuckled. "Did you settle in alright?" He asked. Alexander was glad Ben was pushing Danny to drink water, he never seemed to drink enough of it.

Alexander took a bite of his chicken and sip of water and looked down at Emily. "Oh yes, they're so lovely. I actually meet with them often their city under the lake is just amazing." Alexander recalled. He also made a mental note that it was probably time for his next visit.

"I didn't know his name was Raymond, did he tell you that?" Alexander asked, she had peeked his interest.
 
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Victor entered the Great Hall, running late. His meeting with his Uncle running late. He had seemed to become more and more agitated as time went on. Victor was beyond confused as to why he kept asking so many questions about Alexander.

Looking up at the staff table, he noticed Alexander at the center and Danny and a man he did not recognize as well as a child. Ugh why did Danny have to be there. Victor rolled his eyes and continue up to table.

"Hello everyone, sorry I am late." Victor excused. Turning to Ben and Emily, he said "Hello, I'm Victor. I don't believe we have met." Ben nodded and turned to Alexander. "Hey you." He smiled and looked for a seat. It was then that he noticed that the only open seat was farthest away from Alexander. Victor was already starting to dislike his family even more. Maybe his Uncle was right, he was too good for Alexander.

Victor slumped into his seat and piled a plate high with food.
 

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"Yeah!" Emily enthused. "Raymond talks a lot, he just said old people couldn't understand him." 

"Emmy," Danny scolded distractedly, "You can't just call people old." 

"didnt, daddy." She insisted with a roll of her eyes that looked to Ben just a bit too much like his husband. "Raymond said it." 

"I have yet to teach so I am not yet a professor." Ben insisted with a smirk at Alex out of the corner of his eye.

Ben remembered when he had first met Alex years ago. He remembered seeing the relationship between him and Danny and the way Danny had said "he saved me". He remembered the jealousy that had gribbed him so much that he did quite a few ridiculous things. 

The look on Victor's face screamed jealousy to Ben. 

The side eye he had sent Danny screamed hostile. 

"What did you do?" Ben hissed out of the corner of his mouth. 

Danny smiled that stiff, fake smile Ben hated and didn't meet his eyes. "For a book store owner you sure hang around Hogwarts a lot, huh Vic?" 

Victor flinched. 

Ben groaned internally. 

Oh. 

So they were doing it this way were they? 

Ben cleared his throat and wiped at his mouth with a napkin. It was a good thing Ben was used to being the nice one. "Victor you said? I'm Ben. The new... muggle studies... professor?" He hoped he remembered that right. 
 

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Alexander wondered, he had never heard of the Squid talking before. He would need to look into that more. When Emily called everyone old, Alexander chuckled. He did feel older by the day. Alexander gave Danny a nod.

"Technicalities." Alexander waved.

Danny once again called Victor Vic and Alexander had to stifle a chuckle. This was going to be fun to watch. Victor had mad his so mad, he didn't care if Ben and Danny gave him the third degree. 

"You got it right Ben." Alexander encouraged him, hoping to ease him into his new job.
 

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Oh for the love of the gods this was going to be a long night, Victor thought. He loathed Danny more and more. Threw gritted teeth he responded. "Well I do like to spend time with my boyfriend." Hopefully that would shut him up.

Victor took a bit of his food and found it rather unappetizing, apparently he was not hungry.

"It's nice to meet you Ben." Victor replied, then hesitated. A man did not know even the basics of Hogwarts. He then took a breath in and smelled. Oh a muggle, this place was really going to the dogs. Alexander needed better judgement. Putting on his best fake smile, he continued. "How did you come to position at the castle teaching?"
 

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"So you close up your shop at random times during the day?" Oh god... Ben resisted the urge to faceplant into the table. "As a fellow business owner, I have to say that's really not a smart business plan." 

Please stop, Ben begged his husband with his eyes. He could already practically bathe in the tension. 

Danny, it seemed, was channelling every bit of Bianca Warren that was in his DNA. He going to eat Victor up and spit it back out. 

Danny slid his arm around the back of Ben's chair, his fingers trailing lightly over Ben's shoulder. "Alex needed a professor," Ben shrugged and cataloged how Victor's eyes seemed to rake his body up and down. That was fine. Ben had been underestimated plenty of times before. "And I needed some time away from my sister's crazy wedding planning." 

"Alex thought it would be best for a nomaj to teach a class that surrounded around them." Danny's smile was a bit more real when he directed it to Alex this time. "One of the smartest moves he's ever made." 

"Uhm," Ben said over the awkward lull that had settled over them. "Did you go to school with Dan and Alex?" 
 

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This man was getting was getting on his last nerve. "Actually I have a shopkeeper thank you very much." Victor spit back at Danny. He didn't care how it sounded he wanted Danny to know that he did not like him at all.

"Ahh so you're a muggle." Victor said through tight lips. What a pathetic excuse for a professor. "Ah you have this uh child? Huh, who would have known." Victor gestured to Emily not particularly happy. He did not like children.

"Oh gods no, I went to Durmstrang a highly superior institute." Victor smiled. In fact he hated Hogwarts so much that the only reason he was here was for his uncle. Victor turned his attention back to Danny. "So what do you do, besides walking around a castle and whatever it is?" Victor stated bitterly.
 

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Was that a dig? At their kid? Ben's cheeks flushed in anger and he pursed his lips.

Ben opened his mouth to reply but Danny beat him to it. Sharp like a knife and twice as deadly. 

Victor had given his husband exactly what he had wanted, apparently. 

Danny smiled wide, his blue eyes sparkling with the joy of the hunt. He was his mother's son, after all. "Clearly superior," he seemingly agreed. "That's why you failed your wandless magic exam three times?" 

Victor opened his mouth as though to argue more but Danny talked over him. "I own and run a popular bar in Salem, Mass, thank you very much for asking. Oh, I'm also the head of a large coven of witches and wizards that are experts in dark magic. The Warren Coven. Look it up, it's pretty cool." 

Danny's smile slipped then, his expression turning serious. "While we're at it, Vic, I'd be sure to remember my place here. My little girl has more power in her dead ends than you have in your hollowed out starving child cheeks. One wrong step and all I have to do is snap my fingers and..." Danny did just that, the napkin Victor had placed next to his plate going up in flames and burning it to a pile of ash. 

"My job is to protect the people I give a shit about, Vic." Danny smiled like a shark then, all teeth and a threat in his eyes. "Please give me a reason to show you exactly how powerful I am." 
 

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Victor was seething with rage. "How dare you!" he screamed not caring who heard them. Why the hell was Alexander not backing him up. "You have NO right or excuse to dig so called dirt of me. I'll have you for this, just you wait."

"Oh a little bar with these pathetic muggles, how special. I also don't give a damn if it's a coven or a pack of rats you run. It's all the same." Victor called. Then he looked over at the child. "This child has no business being here, she'll only be in the way." Victor chuckled.

Victor quickly let inched away from the napkin before it was set aflame. "As you think I didn't know that you were going to do. I have more powers then you think, foolish witch." Victor spat. "I have a job too, just you wait." Victor screamed, standing up from his seat towering over the table.
 

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Ben stood too, though he didn't have much choice on where exactly he stood. Danny and Alex had both pushed their way in front of him, Emily quickly transferred to his side with tears in her eyes. "Oh baby girl." Ben bent to pick her up and she clung to his neck. 

Alex looked both furious and concerned, his eyes darting around the room. 

Danny... laughed. 

He was laughing. 

That crazy bastard was cracking up. 

Ben felt both more in love and terrified. 

"The funny thing? I didn't dig up anything on you." He laughed a bit more. "I made an educated guess that you just confirmed." 
 

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Alexander had jumped to his feet before even realizing it himself. Speaking calmly he turned to Victor"I think you have warn out your welcome here, you need to leave. Even better, how about you not return and never darken this doorstep again. No one insults and hurts my family." Alexander began calmly and then escalated. But before he could say anything else, he was interupted and Alexander smiled.
 

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"Get away from my daddy!" Emily pulled back from Ben so quick he couldn't stop her. 

Victor had taken another step towards Danny and raised his wand to do something Ben was sure was harmful when Emily spoke. 

The room darkened, cold seeping in through the stone. Ben could hear the creak of the floor, could see the way the candles seemed to tremor from where they hovered in the sky. 

Emily was at the center of it all, her glare that was usually adorable absolutely terrifying by the black that flowed from the corners and down her pink cheeks. Ben reached out. 

Emily stood toe to toe to Victor now, looking up at him with pitch black eyes and pale skin. "Go away!" 

Danny was closer to her than Ben was and he pulled her back and to his chest with an abruptness that shocked her out of whatever stupor had just overcome her. Emily blinked, the room turned bright, and then she started to cry. 

Victor, though, had disappeared in a manner of moments and Ben hadn't even seen him move. He scrambled to his family and hugged Emily and Danny close. He rested a hand on Alex's shoulder, steel in his eyes. 

Next time, he was bringing his gun. 
 

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Leave it to Emily to fix everyone's problems. "Sweety, you're alright." Alexander cooed, brushing her hair as she cried. "Well I think that takes care of that." he chuckled.

Turning to the remaining students in the great hall, and spoke loud from his spot. "Everything is alright, if you are finished please return to your common rooms." He stated, his voice being magically amplied for a moment.

After, he turned to Ben, Danny, and Emily. "Everything is alight." Alexander said once more gathering the three of them into a hug.

~Finished RP~
 
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