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Andrei Kessler
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PostSubject: Dog Days [Azalea]   Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:20 pm

Andrei wore authority well.

With the departure of Adelaide, he dropped the 'deputy' part of his job title and simply became the latest in the line of esteemed Hogwarts headmasters. Much like his predecessors, Andrei took it all in stride and never once showed the giddy excitement that overcame him in his more private moments as a result of the promotion. Unlike his immediate predecessor, however, the aging man's vision for Hogwarts did not stem from a cutthroat business savvy. Instead, and rather predictability, he took more of an academic's approach to bettering the school. Sure, finding Quidditch sponsors as Adelaide had was all well and good for the bottom line, but a school—in Andrei's more than biased opinion—dereived its prestige from the caliber of its teachers. So, while Adelaide made Hogwarts profitable, Andrei hoped to make it academically prestigious.

He simply couldn't conscience the idea that Hogwarts could be thought of as anything less than the greatest school of magic in the world.

Today—one of the hottest days in July—would serve as the first step of many the man planned to make. Sitting behind his desk in robes of blue, Andrei looked healthier than he had in weeks. Though he still walked with a limp and the wrinkles of tomb sickness had not quite left him, he felt alive once more. Yes, Hogwarts needed better teachers and with the coming interview, he hoped to add an influential potions masters to his collection.

The large grandfather clock on the opposite side of his office chimed thrice, Azalea had five minutes.

Tardiness would not reflect well.

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PostSubject: Re: Dog Days [Azalea]   Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:21 pm

She had applied in secret.

So much secret that she hadn't told anyone. Not Dad, not Josh, not even Victoria. Azalea Harrington knew perfectly well that of the three, the latter two would be nothing but supportive of her decision to come work at Hogwarts. Kit too would come around after a little convincing. She was getting so much better now after all. Slowly but surely, her independence had returned, she had relearned self sufficiency, she only needed her sleep medication sparingly and it only took a glance to see how she now looked as well as anyone on the streets, sometime better than most.

And with each day spent on the company of Ethan, the thirty two year old grew more resolute in her decision. She had a child she needed to see. Just as being around Ethan hand't been detrimental to her fragile mental state, being near her daughter would work out too. At least in her head. Of course, she had also known if she discuses it with Dad, he would believe otherwise. Clara would be the same.

It had ever occurred to Azalea to reach out to Mimosa's other parent for help. That door had shut itself off months ago.

So the witch had gathered up her documents, made copies, obtained an application form, added a personal note, attached her resume and sent off an owl to the school. From her research, the Headmistress was about to retire but responded well to both donations and a famous name. But just in case "Harrington" would not be enough, the brunette had submitted additional proof of her work in the school some ten years ago as well as the research she had been conducting before her "hiatus". The gap in her resume explained away by "unfortunate and prolonged illness" from which she was now nearly recovered.

Uncertain why she had commenced such a runabout measure to do so, Azalea had not used a family bird but rather chosen to employ the post office services of Hogsmeade where she had hand delivered the packet on one of her shopping trips. Why she needed the recipient to think the return address was the post office even she could not explain to herself but perhaps she would really go that are to avoid embarrassment in case she was turned down? There would probably be better candidates, she would never hear back.

The witch had temporarily forgotten about her application when an email from the post office's new digitized services arrived, denoting a letter for her. And upon picking it up, the American felt slightly dizzy with euphoria when she recognized it for what it was - a callback.

Over the next week or so it was almost impossible to keep her secret. luckily Josh was away to Wales on business and Victoria didn't know all of her tells to suspect a secret. Dad might have known but with Victoria visiting, he largely left the two females alone to explore Furz Croft. On the day of her interview, Victoria conveniently decided to spend the day with her family and Azalea therefore had to make no excuses to leave.

Making her way to Hogwarts was another story altogether. Since apperation and floo and brooms were out of the question, the witch decided to borrow Josh's car. He had been kind enough to leave it for her even though at the time she could not imagine a use for the classic vehicle, which just showed how times could easily change. the portals to Hogsmeade were easy and clearly marked, and the village now had a decent hidden away parking lot for muggle transportation devices. Leaving the car there, Azalea walked the rest of the way to the castle, constantly checking the timepiece that hung like a charm from her handbag.

The witch entered the school gates, getting directions from a helpful groundskeeper and avoided the temptation of stopping by the large greenhouses she had once known so well. Making her way into the Entrance Hall, she found the stairs that would lead her into Ms. Goshawk's office.

Reaching the office three minutes ahead of schedule, the witch stopped to take a breath. Patting straight the only dress she had found in her closet that would do for a professional setting such as this, the witch reminded herself that this was only attempt number one. That if it didn't go well, she had other options.

It didn't work, her nerves still stood on edge. But there was no time to give herself a pep talk. So with only a minute to spare, Azalea took hold of the ornate knocker and knocked against the heavy wooden door.

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PostSubject: Re: Dog Days [Azalea]   Yesterday at 7:00 pm

The woman's hand would never reach the knocker. Rather, she would find that the door swung inwards as she rose her hand to the door. The never-knock charm had only one use, but it did its job well and for that Andrei was grateful. One of the lasting side effects of his recent sickness was a sensitivity to certain sharp noises and the resonation of knocker on door was one such sound. In theory, this too would pass or so his doctors told him.

In theory...

The office that around the aging headmaster spoke of transition. The walls were bare save for the dignified portraits of headmasters and mistresses behind where Andrei sat, a few boxes of what amounted to rocks sat in the corner, and the whole room had the smell of something freshly cleaned. Indeed, the only real evidence that Andrei had taken up residence in the office was that he now sat in it at a desk littered with carefully organized stacks of paper. Time had not been on the man's side and he had yet to add his own flair to the room, but that would come in time.

In the meantime, he had work to do.

Rising with some effort as Azalea entered the room, Andrei greeted her with a well-worn smile. Truth be told, he was skeptical of this woman's credentials and she did not seem all there last he'd met her. However, the name Harrington carried weight and, as much as Andrei hated 'political appointments' as he scornfully referred to them in private, Hogwarts needed weight.

"Good afternoon, Ms. Harrington, I trust you had no trouble getting here," he waved to the chair across from him which moved of its own accord to accommodate the headmaster's new guest. "Please, take a seat."

If the woman took him on the offer, then he too would settle into his own seat as the papers on his desk cleared themselves off from the surface and into a nearby filing cabinet until the only paper that remained on the desk was the woman's resume.

"So," the man's tone shifted into a relaxed seriousness as he gazed across at the woman. "Why should I hire you?"

He never saw much sense in all the frills and ceremony that one often went through in interviews. In Andrei's opinion, it was much better to get right down to it. And, so, he did just that. Plus, it would be rather telling to see how the woman responded.

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PostSubject: Re: Dog Days [Azalea]   Yesterday at 7:28 pm

The door moving of it's own accord only slightly startled the witch, giving her adequate time to compose herself before the swinging barer revealed her to the room within. Whatever Azalea had expected inside, this was not it. Granted she had never met Adelaide Goshawk but even so, she could tell the haggard looking man behind the desk was not the redhead she assumed her appointment would be with.

"I apologize, I was told I would be seeing Headmistress Goshawk?" she began, entering as quietly as she could and taking her place opposite the gentleman who may as well have had "professor" written all over him. The witch herself cut quite an adequate figure but looked nowhere near as school worn as he did. If the brunette had to guess, she would assume he'd been teaching for quite some time.

"Good afternoon, Ms. Harrington, I trust you had no trouble getting here,"

"No, no trouble at all," the witch smiled just as hesitantly back, taking a seat when she felt the chair drew nearer. Whether the action was supposed to make her more comfortable or intimidate her,she couldn't say. And now was not the time to ponder it over either. "I parked in Hogsmeade and walked up from the village, it was invigorating truthfully. I'd frostbitten how good the fresh mountain air could be."

Not a fan of wasting time, the man opposite got right to the point, a rather abrupt and unceremonious point. Azalea had expected a few minutes of chit chat, some questions about her father, maybe even about Clara. But then again, that would have been from Adelaide who knew Kit well. Perhaps it was best this way, now she needn't skate around the fact that she was here without her father's knowledge or consent.

"Because I'll keep applying and reapplying until you do," the witch stated simply, unsure if he was serous or simply trying to break the ice. Regardless of his attention, the witch gave an honest answer. "I've been very attached to this school in the past and now that I'm able to work again, I'd like to do it here. At any capacity. I feel there's still a lot I can contribute to the education of the students here."

A generic answer but he had asked a general question. It was probably how the game would begin, general questions leading to more intricate queries of her skill set - of which she still wasn't sure she had any. But she would at last try.

"I hope perseverance is valued here, because I have that in heaps."

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