There's no way I'm qualified for this

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There's no way I'm qualified for this

Post by Kenna McBain on Sat May 20, 2017 6:01 am

"There needs to be some investigation!"

"My hands are tied. I was told there will be one, but-"

"Then why aren't you apart of it? I'm the last one to suggest corruption or conflicts of interest-"

"Now you're just outright lying-"

"But I almost lost my job for fixing it, and whoever caused it is off scott free-"

Ironically, Kenna McBain was a trapped Scott, having been enjoying a drink with Kip when Jack dropped into the seat next to her and somehow, within a few minutes, incited the dark-haired man into a heated argument. Stuck between them, Kenna bobbed and ducked as they talked over her and buried herself in the tea in front of her, wishing she had chosen a more relaxing drink - by which she meant gin, of course.

"Look," Jack said, hand flattening on the bartop. "It's almost time to send kids home again. No one would blame the Wizengamot for delving into the train fiasco. Come on. Give me something."

Kip let out a long sigh as Kenna plucked up a strand of hair and held it in front of nose, picking at the ends. "I can... perform an audit, of sorts. Into security plans for this year. And we'll be able to use the year before as a baseline. If I privately contract it out, have someone not on the Wizengamot look into it, they can present their findings in a meeting and it'll open it up-"

"So that some annoying member of the public can demand we look further," Jack said, catching on. She looked much happier now. "I can be that annoying member of the public!"

"Lucky for us, you already are," Kip grumbled. Jack glared at him as she pressed on, undeterred. "So... you can't do it?"

"No. And neither can you. Even though I can technically appoint anyone, it'll be better if it's someone who has some audit experience, or legal background."

"Like Kenna?"

Kenna, who had now been quietly wondering whether or not dogs thought in barks, suddenly jerked to attention.

"Wha-?"

"Sure, didn't you do paralegal type work in America?"

"Yeah but-"

"She counts, right Kip?"

Kenna was staring between them. "Uhhhhh..."

"I mean, she does-"

"Then okay, she can go do it."

"Jack, there are other people."

"Please, I know just how quickly the Ministry lawyers move. C'mon. Kenna was just saying she finally had a free weekend..."

And with her free weekend, Kenna found herself loading up her arms with files and heading off for the school. Kip had informed her that Keiran had agreed - though he hadn't told her any of the details, like whether or not Keiran knew it was her that would be conducting the 'interview.'

She was let through the gates by a young man who claimed to be the Caretaker. Though he offered to take her small box of files, she assured him she was fine and chatted with him about his job as he escorted her to the Headmaster's Office. The boy, Ducky, gave the password and Kenna stepped onto the staircase. At the top of the case, she used her elbow to knock on the door, readjusting her grip and hoping beyond hope that Keiran wasn't too irritated by this intrusion.
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Post by Keiran Hayes on Sat May 20, 2017 7:14 am

There was a problem with Kenna arriving in his office, and the problem was this:

The last time Keiran had seen her, they'd drunk more than expected, and he frankly wasn't certain that he remembered everything that had happened. Nothing outrageous, obviously. He knew that much. But what had he said? Too much, right? Probably.

So it was predictable, really, that the kids were running absolutely rampant around the office when she came through the wards, alerting him that someone was coming in. Bloody hell. Muttering a couple of cleaning charms, he started rounding them up and had just managed to get Darcie to stop squirming when Kenna walked in.

His expression went from embarrassed to just plain surprised. And, unfortunately for him, he couldn't hide it. He'd actually missed her, somehow, though he'd not known her an exceptionally long time. But she'd become a friend to some extent, and he didn't see enough of those anymore.

Without a word of explanation, Keiran sent off a patronus message. Then he shifted Darcie a little higher on his side and offered the most put-together smile he could manage. Because, truly, he'd been ruffled as all hell - and not quite in a good mood, either - before she'd arrived.

"Hi," he said, the word quieter than he'd meant it to be. Whatever this was, he didn't want to start it off on the wrong foot by letting his temper carry over and show itself. He'd already insulted a friend of hers, gotten more drunk than he should have, and now he had inadvertently let her see the crazy, unkempt side of his life.

And we all know Keiran desperately tried to appear put-together at all times.

"Come on in. Is there- Did you need something?" He hadn't received an owl or anything, but maybe someone had forgotten to pass on a message.

To make matters even more bizarre, the floo lit up so suddenly it made Kelly jump, the shock bringing tears to her eyes. But out stepped - unbelievably or not - Frank Longbottom with his best mate, Mai. The man blinked at Kenna, lifting an eyebrow, but then crouched down in front of Kelly, immediately bringing an equally surprised smile to her little cheeks.

"A couple hours?" Frank asked. Keiran nodded, but tilted his head in an almost-shrug. He hadn't a clue. Frank didn't mind so much, though. They were little hooligans like their parents - Darcie less than the twins, obviously - but that could be a bit fun in the end. So he took the twins' hands while Keiran handed Darcie off to a weirdly quiet Mai Tierney. Although he gave her an odd look, she still just offered a weak smile to both him and Kenna.

"Thank you," he told them, suddenly trusting Frank far more than the redhead at his side. But it was much safer for them to take the children that way than Frank trying to bring all three with him. So as they turned to collect themselves and head back out, Keiran moved his attention back on Kenna.

One eyebrow tried to lift of its own accord, but he caught it before it got too far. "Sorry. Like I was saying - Is everything alright?"

Was he in trouble with Kip or, Merlin forbid, the French bloke from the Christmas ball? That, to be quite plain, would not help with the discomfort that had him on edge. As it were, he felt about one word away from letting his frustration take over again.

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Post by Kenna McBain on Mon May 22, 2017 9:08 pm

Kenna felt a sick sinking feeling in her stomach at the look of surprise and confusion Keiran gave her when he answered the door - Merlin, Kip hadn't told him she was coming, had he? Surely, though, he knew what this was about?

Then why was he holding his daughter?

Kenna knew Keiran had kids, of course. It had come up, and a few times too. And the night they had gotten thoroughly and properly sloshed, having certainly earned it after the Zabini Christmas ball fiasco, he had made what seemed to be an allusion or two to their mother, though no true explanation had followed as to why he didn't wear a ring or why he had full custody. And she wasn't about to push either. Even if she knew him better and had less of an excuse to remain ignorant about the workings of his past relationships, Kenna wasn't the sort to push. She could wait.

But, somehow, Kenna was pretty sure that Keiran would have made arrangements for his children if he knew the exact reason she was visiting - a semi-investigation into his school's ability to provide safe travels while probing into the failure from the last year wasn't exactly a toddler-friendly situation.

"Hi," she said, her voice apologetic as he shifted the little girl in his arms. She turned her gaze onto the child and said in a chipper voice, "Good morning, dearie."

He finally confirmed what she had feared - he hadn't been expecting her. It was enough to make her want to assure him that they could reschedule, even if it made her the newest target of one Jack Dyllan. But the Floo was lighting up and she felt obligated to step inside, adjusting her grip on the small box, refusing to set it down until she was certain she wasn't completely imposing herself on him.

Frank, a man she knew as one of Kip's mates from his weird club thing, had joined them, but she remained out of the way as Keiran settled things.

Keiran's icy blue eyes fell on her again and she offered that grimacing look of apology. "I guess Kip didn't tell you. I-" The box slipped and she paused. "I'm going to set this down, if that's alright..." She bent down and set the box on the ground, straightening up and cracking her knuckles as she met his gaze again. "Kip was supposed to owl you, this is... his deal. The Wizengamot wanted to um... look into the safety precautions for the summer trip home. I've done some paralegal-type work before so I'm supposed to conduct an... interview of sorts," she explained. "Hence the box full of boring forms."
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