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  2. "That's not concerning at all," Danny muttered but sat beside his friend either way. He turned down the drink - he preferred to stay in control of himself. "I'll get it to you tomorrow. Why not spend the night with us?" That way I can stop you if you need me to. It didn't need to be said. Sadly both Danny and Ben had more experience in possessions than most anyone their age. "Him?" He knew Alex had hoped he missed it. "If you know who's doing this why not stop him?" A thousand questions that Danny knew were easier said than done. "I'd ask why you were bringing the students back if the wards are falling but I think I know a last ditch effort when I see one." Magic could build magic. Even the most basic of magical creatures had a natural wall protecting them. When witches and wizards were young they weren't able to reign it it, but as they got older the shield would fall to only be brought out when needed. Accidental magic was usually just those walls reacting to outside stimuli and, if you learned like Danny had, that shield almost never went away but simply moved with you to bend the way you wanted it. Wizards at Hogwarts used wands as conduants. Danny just let the magic flow and borrowed from it when he needed to. There were give and takes to that method - good and bad. It was a thin, dangerous line. One that Danny had been toeing his whole life. Dark, they called it. Magic in its purest form. "Someone's trying to kill you." One of the nicest people Danny had ever met. His brother in everything but blood. Alex had been his best man at his wedding, was Emily's godfather. He felt the fire of his magic tickle his skin begging to be set free. "Why?"
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  4. Alexander still was not used to all of Danny's magic. "Did you want something stronger to drink?" He asked and gestured to the couch in front of them. He had brought the piece from his family vault in Gringotts. It had been in his family for generations and he was sure it was worth a hell of a lot. But, Alexander found it extremely comfortable. "That is possible, he is very strong." Alexander whispered, even though the apartments were surrounded by ancient strong magic. "Any help would be appreciated." Alexander smiled. Then they moment Alexander dreaded came. "I knew you would be able to feel it too. They become weaker everyday it seems." he said with a tiny tear forming in his eye.
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  6. "Or the most popular target." It was cynical but Ben had been trusting with wizards before and literally almost died over it. Positivity, he thought as he listened to Arya talk, was usually a sign of things not exactly going as well as a person hoped. Still, he would indulge her quick topic change for now. It wasn't like he could avoid it anyway. Arya had directed the question to Emily and, man, was that chatterbox ready to go. "Have you seen the squid?! Or the mermaids?!" Emily eagerly asked. "They kept waving to me!" "And, and, the ghosts are so silly, Auntie!"
  7. Danny followed and with just a look set the fire in the hearth ablaze. The cookie tasted stale now but he needed something to do with his hands. "Dissociation." He studied his friend as he spoke. Counted the layers of exhaustion on his face and the pink painting his eyes. "Could be a sign of PTSD." He traced his fingers over the edge of the cookie. "Or... a sign someone's trying to make you theirs." He tilted his head and studied how the fire danced across Alex's skin. "I can help with that. Just give me some time to get everything together." "The wards here." Danny hadn't wanted to bring it up. "They're... poisoned?" That wasn't the right word.
  8. Arya moved to sit against one of the desks, Emily still perched on her hip. "The students are going to love you. A muggle teaching muggle studies, some of these students have never encountered a muggle let alone spent five days a week with one. You will be the most popular teacher of the school." She winks, knowing he won't particularly enjoying being the focus of the school. Arya sighs, "Running the country is exhausting, it's a lot of responsibility but thankfully it is just as rewarding to see our country and relations grow." Running her hand absentmindedly through Emmy's hair she looks down at the sweet girl snuggled against her, "How's my girl adjusting to the new environment? Has she seen the library yet?"
  9. Alexander chuckled, "These portraits have heard worse. Arya and I meet here often so ..." he trailed off. Alexander took a sip of his tea and felt a bit of clam overcome him. "Americans and their cookies, they will forever be biscuits." Alexander chuckled. But then he felt the mood change. "I haven't been sleeping, but it has gotten worse lately. I find myself wondering the halls wondering how I got there." Alexander confirmed, he had not admitted that to anyone. They probably would have thought he was insane and had him sacked. Then Danny mentioned his remedy. "At this point I am open to all options." he sighed. "You have that look, I think we need to move this conversation to the private apartments." Alexander called, motioning him to a bookcase at the far end of the wall. With a flick of his wand the bookcase transformed into a door and opened it. Looking behind he replied. "Very bad."
  10. Ben grinned. Arya looked radiant with her hair drapped over her shoulder and what Ben had been told were dress robes. Hers were a dull purple that shinned against the colors in her eyes. "Oh I'm used to the Emily tornado." Ben stood to greet her. "Not so much for lesson plans." Not for the first time Ben wasn't sure why he had agreed to teach. He had always imagined growing old as a detective, not at the head of a classroom. "We've missed you." Ben folded his arms around her and Emily. Emily clung to her aunt like she was about to disappear, her legs kicking at Ben's side like crazy. "How's running a country?"
  11. "Bullsh-." A sharp look from the portraits reminded him where he was and he flushed. He took the tea out of politeness more than anything, took one sip, and winced at the taste. He had never been a tea guy. "They're called cookies, you know." An age old argument done so much now that they could both recite each other's lines. Regardless, Danny nibbled on the corner of one and followed Alex as he walked farther into the office. "You're not sleeping." He tried to sound nonchalant, but Alex had never fallen for that. "Do I need to get you something for that?" The something wasn't exactly legal. Something prickled at the back of his mind and Danny itched at his nose. Privacy, he thought, sure was a luxury that his friend wasn't given as the head of a school. "How bad is it?"
  12. Arya made her way through the castle, the dull click of her heels echoing through the empty halls. This castle had been her truest home since she was 11 years old, walking into it was always a bittersweet moment typically she would meet Alex at the Ministry or a cafe, but today, today was special. Today, her baby girl was moving in as well as a couple of her best friends Ben and Danny. Arya could hear the faint giggles of Emily before she could see the Muggle Studies classroom. Quickening her pace, Arya smiled widely as the small girl came into view skipping around with the stuffed bunny she never let go of. "Hello Princess" Arya said as she knelt down with her arms held wide. As Emily skipped right into her arms, Arya moved to stand and made her way to Ben. "Hey you, you look positively dead. She running you ragged?" She smiled kindly toward him, noticing the bags under his pale eyes.
  13. The moment the door burst open, Alexander knew exactly who it was. "Danny!!" Alexander smiled, he instantly felt warmth and love. How did he manage to always look so good. But before he could think anymore he was engulfed in Danny's hug. Alexander hugged him back, hoping he could feel how much he needed him. He never pretended to know all of Danny's magic and powers but he could only wonder. Breaking apart, Alexander answered Danny. "Leave it you to comment on the password first." he chuckled. "I've missed you so much." Alexander confirmed. Gesturing the sitting area towards to the left of the office, Alexander smiled half heartily. "I'm the best I can be at the moment." he confirmed. Even hearing the words come out his month, Alexander knew how they must sound to Danny. "Tea, biscuits?" Alexander asked.
  14. Danny didn't knock. Well, to be fair, he didn't have to. The door swung itself open when Danny all but leaned against it. He stumbled in the doorway in a much less fashionable manner than he preferred. He recovered quick, his eyes first meeting the unimpressed gaze of Severus Snape's portrait and then flickering to the quietly amused blue of Albus Dumbledore. "Mister Anderson." It was a Scottish accent that greated him first. The voice of the woman that had lectured him far too long on using the light instead of the dark. McGonagall. Which meant.... Alex blinked at him, startled for all of a moment before smiling wide. It had always used to shock people when they learned that it was Danny that had been a Hufflepuff and not Alex. Alex was handsome, though. Conventionally attractive and warm in a way that Slytherins usually had reservations about showing. It was with relief that Danny observed him, took in the crisp lines of his suit and steam from the tea cup in his hand. "Your password sucks." He didn't give Alex time to answer, instead closing the space between them with an almost desperate hug. He held his friend tight, breathed in the scent of the books he always surrounded himself with and ran a quick diagnositic spell over Alex's body. It wasn't exactly subtle and Danny knew that Alex was talented enough to acknowledge the tickle for what it was. "You're okay?"
  15. "Girl's day!" Emily skipped ahead, her blonde hair bouncing and her stuffed bunny ballerina tucked under her arm. She was on her third lap around Ben's office, her energy never ceasing to amaze Ben. She had been up since five that morning and had already managed to tour the castle close to three times. She was particularly fond of the giant squid in the lake and had told both Ben and Danny all about it during breakfast that morning. "She's just visiting today, Em." Ben said for what had to be the tenth time that hour. She ignored him, as she was prone to do. Arya had a meeting with Alex later that day, apparently, and she insisted on saying hello to her favorite niece. Ben couldn't wait to see her, himself, partially because he missed her but mostly because Emily was driving him insane. Being a father was rewarding but also so very exhausting.
  16. Someone is coming, the wards of the office called to him. With a flick of his wand, Alexander summoned a set of hot tea and biscuits in the sitting area just off the office. Alexander made his way to his desk and wondered who it was that was coming. He did have a hunch though Danny, Ben, and Emily were supposed to start getting settled in the castle today. Alexander made a mental note to check on them in a bit. Glancing at the time, he was glad it was still mid morning because he had so many things left to do. He glanced around at the portraits and smiled when he came across McGonagall. She was his mentor and he loved her to death, they were still in contact every week and he Cherished their friendship. Alexander felt comfort knowing that Danny, Ben, and Emily were moving into the castle. He needed his family close at this moment. Arya was also their family and their almost daily meetings brightened his day. There were so many things happening, and it felt like the weight of the world was on his shoulders. He needed help and his family was there for him. Smiling, Alexander waited for the knock on the door.
  17. Danny had exactly no good memories of visting the Headmaster's office. The stone eagle was still intimidating. Danny could even hear the whispers of the portraits as he walked by. Dark, he heard whispered against the skin of his neck. Disgrace. Not that it was untrue. Danny was dark, it had made the professors uncomfortable when he refused to use a wand and god forbid when he criticized the lack of blood magic in the curriculum. He understood better now, after years in the real world. He could grasp why the light magic was so much easier to use and bend to his will. He chalked it up to personal preference. The other students hadn't liked him back when he was a student, and Danny couldn't pretend that he had made himself an easy person to like. Seventeen was a tough time, and, if it wasn't for Alex, Danny would have died long before he would get a grip on the fire that threatened to consume him. Which brought him back to why he was standing in front of the eagle. Alex. Danny swallowed hard. Problematic, his head of house had said when she thought he couldn't hear. A shame he wasn't sorted with his kind. "Alex your password is so dumb." He mumbled past the nerves in his stomach. Good memories. Hogwarts didn't hold many of those for him. The eagle didn't move and it was with a long suffering sigh that Danny threw his head back and muttered the word. "Espresso."
  18. Yesterday
  19. Danny took a moment to think of how to answer the question. Alex was a handful that Danny wasn't exactly sure how to explain to his husband. There was a lot going on at Hogwarts, and in the Wizarding World in general, that even Danny didn't exactly understand. "He'll be okay." Danny could barely even convince himself of that fact. "Emily's happy to see him anyway." "Free babysitting." Ben smirked. "Win." Danny laughed and thought that, if he closed his eyes, he would be able to remember sitting at these same tables and pretending to care about what he was being told to learn. Alex had saved him back then, back when Danny would get lost in his own head. It was only fair that Danny be there to catch him if he needed it too. "I'm worried about him." It was hard to admit. Alex could handle a lot. He was more than capable. But Alex was also naive in a way Danny didn't have the luxury of being. They were raised in completely different households, both embraced different parts of themselves. Ben didn't say anything, but his look was enough of a question for Danny to expand some. "There's a… spice… a spark in the air." Danny stared unseeing out the window. "I don't know just… just something's not right." "Alex will be okay." Ben reminded him. "He's strong." "Power isn't strength." "But it doesn't hurt, right?" Danny laughed, just a bit. "Yeah I guess." Ben tossed him a chalkboard eraser and Danny barely caught it. "Hey this is why you brought me, right?" "Well, I mean, Alex needed a professor and you volunteered." "Semantics." Ben tapped his fingers across Danny's shoulder. "Would you be so kind to just," he waved his fingers. "Make everything set itself up?" "And take away all your fun?" Danny arched an eyebrow. "Why would I?" "Because," Ben leaned closer so his breath brushed against Danny's ear. He shivered. "We don't have Emily for once and could really be doing other stuff." "Like what, Professor?" "Show me the way to the cafeteria again?" Danny's laugh was loud and startling even to himself, but the crinkle in the corner of Ben's eyes when he smiled was telling enough. It had worked exactly as his husband had wanted. "You mean the Great Hall?" "What's the difference?"
  20. Ever since arriving at Hogwarts Ben had been in an almost permanent sense of awe. The pictures that littered the walls moved, the staircases had a mind of their own, and it had a certain smell that seemed to cling to the stone and remind him that for all of the familiar faces he was seeing that he was still in another world. Ben had never taught before, that much was going to be painfully obvious when he got up in front of a classroom full of students that all expected him to know what he was talking about. Muggle Studies… Alex had said it was fairly easy and Danny had just rolled his eyes and told Ben that when in doubt he could just talk about computers or solving crimes without magic. Arya had said he would be a natural. Emily had giggled and swung her feet from her chair at the dinner table and said without words just how much trouble she believed Ben was getting himself into. The classroom was huge, with big stained glass windows and, oddly, an archaic projector against a back wall. The desks were split to sit two at each, and in the front of the room was his own desk, empty but for the chair behind it. Ben sighed and dropped his bag on the top, the box in his hands going just next to it. He had a chalkboard board which would be hell to clean and an office just behind a closed door. It reminded him of college. If this was the size and extravagance of just the classroom than he wasn't ready to see the office. Nervously, he toyed with his wedding ring. Two years two months ago, and Ben had all but embraced the nervous tick. "Professor," Ben smiled at the voice, glancing over his shoulder to see his husband leaning against the door jamb with no care in the world. He was smiling in that crooked way he did when he wasn't faking it and his eyes sparkled just a little. It took Ben ten steps to cross the room and get to him, Danny straightening up and dropping his arms as he neared. "Better than detective?" Ben teased, his hands linking on the small of Danny's back. Danny's arms came up around Ben's shoulders, strong and steadying. Danny hummed and pressed a welcoming kiss to Ben's lips with a slow hand dragging down his stubble. "To be decided." He smiled and pushed away, stopping beside Ben's desk and cracking his knuckles. "Okay, what do you need from me?" "Turn on the lights?" Ben pointed up at the ceiling where the fancy chandeliers stayed permanently unlit. "Easy." Danny scoffed but with a tap of his fingers against his pant leg the candles were sparkling with light. It must have been the magic, because with the candles lit the classroom seemed to let out a sigh of relief. It was brighter now. More alive in a way Ben would never have thought a room could be. "Hey," Danny tapped Ben's cheek. "You okay in there?" Danny fit here, Ben decided. Was ethereal enough to blend in. "Yeah, Dan." He trailed away. "So you went here, right?" "Yeah." Danny let the subject change. "Only for like a year but…." He shrugged. "I can see the appeal." Ben unpacked his notebooks and laptop. Alex had told him that it wouldn't work inside the castle's walls but Danny had told him that he would take care of it. Apparently, all it had taken was a tweak in the wards Danny was helping prepare and suddenly Ben had the only working pieces of electronics until the "muggle born" students arrived. "How's Alex doing?" Ben asked softly, his framed photo of Emily and Danny from the wedding placed in the place of honor on his desk. It didn't move like the ones in the hallway, but Ben was happy for the sense of normalcy.
  21. Level 1 - Minister of Magic and Support Staff Minister of Magic: @Minister Arya Dumetru Level 2 - Department of Magical Law Enforcement Head of the Auror Office: @Mason Reid
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