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Post by Apollo Zabini on Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:34 am

"No," he confirmed, "it's-- Well. I'm not entirely sure whose it is. We had an absolutely outrageous number of patients come in at the same time and it was a mess. Clearly," Apollo gestured towards the jacket almost sarcastically. The day had been too much for him to really have any other natural reaction.

He frowned a bit at her claim that she was distracted. As far as he understood it, Lily was content with her plans for the summer, as busy or relaxed as they might be. But if something was pulling her away from that, and could make her want to drown herself out with the telly, then Apollo certainly wanted to know what it was. But she moved, and he realized that, inadvertently, he'd managed to worry her himself. Again.

His expression softened and his shoulders relaxed, but he didn't actually say anything at first. Stars above, this woman had ruined him for everybody else, and it seemed she refused to stop making it worse for them.

Apollo leaned down, careful of his balance, and just kissed her. "I love you," he told her as he straightened up again, the emotion evident even behind the rather haunted look his face had taken on. "You're just-- brilliant. And I feel like I say that rather a lot, but it's true."

He glanced at the kitchen almost guiltily. "That said, d'you mind if I grab that out the oven while I explain? You've eaten, haven't you?"

Apollo stood, holding a hand out towards her. If they were both feeling off, then perhaps they could at least steady each other somewhat. "Today was... mental, though. Seriously. This group of elderly witches and wizards had bought this - this black market portkey," he held up his free hand for the necessary air-quotes. "Needless to say, that did not go well. So the lot of them come in at once, and the hospital is uselessly understaffed."

He shook his head, reaching for a potholder as he approached the oven. "But this one woman, she was... Merlin, she knew she was done for. But the Minister? He's able to do this thing... I mean, you may have heard of it. I hadn't. But, he says he's called an Energy Worker. So when he finds this woman, he figures he'd do what he had for the others and sort of, suck the bad energy out and send it down into the earth. Or, something like that," he shrugged, furrowing his brow as he aimed for the cabinet that held the plates.

"But this lady, she grabs him first. And she's got more experience at it. So she just starts, like, throwing the bad stuff at him to the point where he can't reject it or get rid of it quick enough. And he reaches out without thinking, apparently, and manages to grab onto me."

He stopped, his whole body coming to a halt as he tried to work out a halfway decent version of what happened. Enough to explain it to where it makes sense. Apollo left the plates alone, wrapping both arms around her instead and drawing her towards him. He chose to leave out the part where he'd thought the Minister was just using him. The part before he realized Robert had no more control over himself, in that instant, than Apollo had.

"It was, hands down, the worst thing I've ever felt. It was like... the person's worst memories starting here," he brushed his lips against her temple, "and dragging themselves through you until they find a place to escape into the floor. But you can't breathe, or do anything but watch them pass through you, until the person connecting you to that woman finally breaks free. Because there's no way in hell that you'll figure out how to. So you go stumbling back against a wall, and the Minister's just stone cold on the floor." He swallowed roughly, his eyes staring blankly at the wall behind her. "But then people turn round and think you're some -- some hero. Some kid prodigy that just saved the Minister's life when you didn't do a damn thing except wait to see if your stomach was going to turn itself inside out."

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Post by Lily Luna Potter on Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:59 am

Lily blinked as Apollo leaned towards her and a smile smoothed her expression over and lifted her chin to meet his kiss, eyes fluttering closed briefly. She lifted her hand to run up and down his shoulder as she sighed.  “You keep talking like that and my head’ll get so big I can’t get through the door.” She grinned. “Besides, you didn’t even touch on my best quality – my fantastic taste in men.” She grinned and gave him another peck.

“Please,” she said, in response to his request to move to the kitchen. Her hand slipped into his and she followed him into the kitchen. She had not, in truth, really eaten. She had been distracted but she tended to be a light eater anyway. She listened quietly, taking out silverware for him before reaching into the fridge to withdraw the carton of orange juice, pouring herself a tall glass.

She turned so her back was against the counter and her eyes were on him. Mungo’s had never really been of interest to her, despite how many times she had found herself in need of a healer’s attention. There was an obvious link between her subject and Apollo’s chosen field but she had only found her interest piqued once he had donned the organization’s robes.

She followed his story with concern and interest, dark eyes searching his as she tried to reign in her feelings of protectiveness. She knew the job could be dangerous, but the fact that he had already been thrown into the fire so soon was a surprise – and not exactly a welcome one. But she could see it, in how he talked about it, in the look in his eyes when he read through her Christmas present…

He abandoned his dinner and wrapped his arms around her instead. Her arms lifted to his shoulders and his lips rested against her temple. One of her hands crept up his shoulder, along his neck, and moved to thread into his hair, her other hand squeezing his shoulder comfortingly. “At the risk of abandoning all my standards and sounding horribly cheesy – you’re a bit of a hero to me.” She smiled up at him and rubbed his arm again, before her lips dipped into a sympathetic frown. “You’re being hard on yourself. That’s really rough. If the Minister could hardly handle it, and you’ve just gotten back to your internship.”

She shook her head. "All that negative energy running through you... You must be exhausted."
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Post by Apollo Zabini on Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:57 am

Trust me, reader. Apollo would at no point forget she'd said that, though he didn't really plan on bringing it back to haunt her or anything. It would, however, be kept in mind during any rare moment of doubt in her attachment or rivals for her time. He hadn't heard of any blokes aiming to catch her attention, to be fair, but he knew the chance was easily there.

Of course, she didn't help herself by making him laugh despite the roll of his eyes that accompanied it. Lily was right, though. "Yeah, I mean.. I've asked for a couple of days off, so now I've got those and the weekend to sort of.. get past it."

All he wanted, really, was to eat and then settle on the couch or in bed or wherever and continue his read-through of Lily's journal. Some of it he was afraid to get to, provided she reacted to the things he expected she would. And, half the time, he just wanted to watch her face as she read his. Even if that was daunting as well. He had a little tendency to try and read when she wasn't around to witness his guilt and discomfort during the bad entries, but at the moment he just wanted her nearby regardless.

So after he swept a hand up and down her side, he returned to plating up his meal, deciding on a normal tea in hopes that he could forget the taste of that so-called Seers' sort.

"Y'know, now I think about it.. He'd mentioned before that Energy Working was something he thought I'd want to try. That I might be good at it. I'd just -- forgotten, I guess. In the moment. Sure don't know if I want to invest in that like I thought I did." He frowned. "It's supposed to be really difficult, and now I see why."

He nearly sent his plate into the living room before him, but he wasn't convinced it wouldn't spill everywhere with the state he was in. So he gathered his things and made his way over to the end of the couch. His plate and cup were set on the end table, where he'd left her journal. Perhaps he'd hold off on that to check in on her. He hadn't even asked yet, after all. So he fixed that problem as he started nudging his food with the fork she'd provided.

"Other than stopping by, though, how was your day?"

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Post by Lily Luna Potter on Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:21 pm

After all he had said about the Energy Working, she wasn’t thrilled with the idea of him jumping into it, not with all those risks. But she knew that was the part of her personality that had chosen apathy in the past speaking, the part of her that had gone through so many hard times that she shirked difficulty at any cost. But she had gone an entire year willfully putting herself in a vulnerable state for the sake of contributing to those she cared for.

But that wasn’t the life she wanted to lead now. She didn’t want to run away from obstacles and accept whatever was left for her. She wanted more. And she wanted more for Apollo.

She followed him to the living room, grabbing her drink and a napkin for him, as well. “Certainly something to consider,” she said, as she settled onto the couch, pulling her legs up to sit cross-legged. “Sounds like you had a pretty rough first experience, but it also sounds difficult in general. I’m sure you’ll get more opportunities to see it in action.”

She heaved a shrug at his question. “Mostly just going mad,” she said, a small smile softening the sentiment. “Bad enough that I’m not all excited about my job when I’m doing it, but I’m a bit bored. I’ve gotta pick up a hobby. Like, cliff jumping or something.”
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