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Start of Year Staff Meeting (Year 2.)

Joined: 9:43 PM - Apr 21, 2014

11:56 AM - Aug 29, 2014 #1

Minerva straightened her back in front of the mirror. She pursed her lips slightly, she was thinking about the announcements she had to make at the staff meeting today. The last school year was very eventful, in both good and bad ways... but let's face it, mostly in bad ways. What happened last year between those two students, Reiner and Hirata-Wayer was shocking. That Gregory Reiner made her worry ever since he first set foot in Hogwarts, but every student had the right to get proper magical education. Minerva didn't refuse him, what would have become of the boy, had he gotten private tuition at home, would have been even worse than this way. At least that was her reasoning at first. To be honest, after that incident during the Spring break she wasn't completely sure anymore, but it happened outside of Hogwarts boundaries so the decision was out of her hands.

Philip's sudden leaving made the situation even worse. She found his reasons perfectly understandable and acceptable, of course, but it didn't leave her with satisfying options to choose his successor from. Professor Chauncey, Vincent... Minerva found herself wrinkling her forehead as she thought about him. There was something about that man that made it hard for her to call him his first name, as it was customary among the members of the Hogwarts staff. She wasn't sure about him, but he was the most reasonable applicant. In these difficult times, only seven years after the battle of Hogwarts being reasonable was essential for a Head of Slytherin, especially with Sheila as the Head of Gryffindor. Especially now that Hirata-Wayer and Reiner will both be here again. Minerva also accepted the Dorthonion girl into Hogwarts, no matter how much Lord Edgar Steckhouse disagreed. Minerva simply couldn't allow the Ministry to continue that outrageous treatment of the girl, but this all might result in a war among the students. She was aware of that and she needed the full support of all her colleagues in this, and a calm, reasonable attitude. She'll have to keep an eye on Sheila and she can only hope Vincent will handle this situation well.

There will be a lot to talk about in this meeting. She sighed and arranged her choice of dark burgundy colored witch hat for today to stand perfectly before she would step out the door. She walked to the staff room and sat down, waiting for her colleagues to arrive. She was sure they would have a lot of questions to ask, ideas to share or things to complain about this year.
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8:03 PM - Aug 29, 2014 #2

Finally, this moment has come. Vincent was grinning at himself in the mirror. He's been waiting for this staff meeting where he would be introduced to the other professors and officially start his job as one of them. Only getting to teach here was a great step in his career compared to his previous workplace, but here he wasn't only a professor, he'll be the Head of Slytherin. No, from this day on, he was the Head of Slytherin. He fixed his peach colored tie that he chose to avoid looking suspicious, like all new Slytherins were in the eyes of many, and he was very satisfied with his reflection. He already felt right at home in his new role. No doubt it was a great idea to use some Felix Felicis the day he applied, the other applicants must have been horrible. He dared to risk that, he knew his potion-brewing skills were good enough for the position.

He hurried to arrive early, he wanted to outrun his colleagues so he could be the one who would wait for the others in the company of the headmistress. He figured that would make him look more important. He already arranged the scene in his mind, Minerva would sit at the upper end of the table, the DHT on her right and he, he would take the second most important place, on her left. Ambition stops nowhere. Except maybe at the door at first. He was disappointed to see that it was locked and he had to wait standing around there until somebody arrived. He walked a bit away, towards the opposite direction he expected Minerva to come from. He assumed she would be the one to open the door and then he would look like he was just about to arrive. Great minds time alike and everything, that was good, it would make him seem more reliable.

He entered the room only a couple of seconds after Minerva with a wide grin to greet her "What a wonderful morning we have." he sat down next to her trying to spark a conversation. He wanted to create the impression that he truly belonged here, better than his predecessor by looking like he was already in good terms with the headmistress. He positioned himself to look his best for anyone who would enter the door next and flash his winning smile at them. Oh yes, he was here and he wanted to keep this golden job for a very long time.
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4:05 PM - Aug 30, 2014 #3

Quenell liked to take her time choosing her accessories. She intentionally pushed the envelope of good taste with her appearance. Only with old age did she realize that she had the nerve for this, and she truly felt the advantages of wearing intimidating outfits. Very few dared to bother her with trivial things this way.

She took one last glance at her feathery black robe and her green, blue jewels to see if everything looked the way she wanted then she left for the staff meeting. These start of year meetings became more and more interesting every year. There was always a situation from last year that still needed attention, there were always a few special new students to keep an eye on. Ingrid also found the fact interesting that with every year that has passed since the war the Ministry becomes stricter. She was curious to hear about the new excitements and challenges of the next term.

She entered the staff room, as usual, she was among the first to arrive. She found this important, those who come early get the best places. "Good morning!" was the greeting. She was surprised by the company of two that welcomed her. She knew that a new professor would take over from the lovely Philip, but she was genuinely surprised now that instead of the silent and forever enigmatic Professor Goldwyn she saw this man. Peach tie, tanned skin, white teeth that shine out of it with a grin, jovial face. "Oh dear Minerva, you must have been desperate." This thought though rather made her chuckle to herself than feel sorry. "Professor Chauncey, if I'm right. Nice to meet you." She gave it a little effort to make a good impression, it was always profitable to be on good terms with the head of her house, and anyway, if he gets scared of her, he won't be here for long. She held out a hand. "Ingrid Quenell, Head of Security."
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10:58 AM - Aug 31, 2014 #4

Binns was a man of routine, a prisoner of habits and traditions. What else could be expected of a man who was unable to fit his death into his schedule so he's been haunting the halls of Hogwarts ever since? He was never a flexible person, not in the slightest. He always hated changes in his life. He looked for the most efficient or most comfortable solutions and stuck to them. Why change it if it already works, that was his motto. Then he just repeated the same thing every day over and over again, only the texts he was reading or writing were different... sometimes. Every couple of decades though he looked around to see how much the world have changed and adjusted his hairstyle and clothing according to the new requirements, same thing with his manner of speaking, some of the technological advances that were really inevitable and of course his curriculum.

He didn't alter these things much, not more than it was necessary to keep up his original style and level of knowledge. He defined himself as a serious, respectable and highly knowledgeable man and he had to be that at every era. He certainly didn't want to be an oddity... and he actually believed that he wasn't. When fitting in required not changing some of his customs, like sitting down on chairs, going down to the great hall for meals, taking baths or heating the room in Winter, then he didn't. He's been keeping his routine up to this day as if he was alive, not realizing that it only makes him weirder.

It was the day of the start of year staff meeting, so of course he attended. He had to make sure his timetable would be according to his needs. He was punctual, as always. When the gong of the tower clock signaled, Binns floated through the entrance and telekinetically pulled a chair out for himself and sat down. "Good morning, Headmistress and my respected colleagues," he greeted everyone ceremonially in his monotone voice.
PROFILE | Telekinetic Ability | Over 400 years old

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8:50 PM - Aug 31, 2014 #5

Laurel straightened his robe, cursing the old customs and feeling ridiculous, but he wanted to look like a decent professor matching the look of his predecessors in Hogwarts. So he left his favourite green jeans jacket in his wardrobe this time. He straightened his robe again when he came around the corner. He saw that Prof. Binns had just entered the staff room, so he waited for a couple of moments, and adjusted his robe again.

"How weird it is," he thought, "standing here excitedly, like far back in the past, before an exam. It was a long time ago-- the whole world had changed since then. I met much bigger troubles and stood tall. Maybe, this kind of flutter can only be felt in schools. Especially in good old schools."

By crossing the threshold his thoughts centered upon the meeting. He stopped when he caught sight of Prof. McGonagall, and imperceptibly, he made a tiny bow. He felt he should keep to the ritual, wearing that robe. "Good morning, Headmistress, I'm happy to see you. Dear colleagues, it is my honour to join the Board and work with you." He politely nodded to those being present, and pulled a chair next to Prof. Binns, but remained on foot.
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8:54 PM - Aug 31, 2014 #6

Dick woke up later than usual, so he got nervous when he looked at his clock which was ticking continuously in front of his bed. He just threw on his clothes (one of his most elegant brown robes that was also brown like the other ones, but it was made of a shiny material that felt good to touch.)

He had a lot of work in the green houses yesterday to prepare everything necessary for the beginning of the school-year. (He likes things to be ready well beforehand.) Thank to his exaggerated enthusiasm, he overslept this time. (Normally he always gets up in time without needing an alarm.)

After getting dressed and washing his face, he hurriedly made a cup of coffee, but he didn't have the time to drink it in his room, so he decided to go to the meeting with the coffee in his hand. It wasn't always easy to go along the different corridors of Hogwarts in itself, but with a cup of coffee in one's hand trying to avoid spilling it was particularly challenging. It wasn't easy for Dick either. He could move really awkwardly and in addition his coffee was still hot, so he couldn't drink it. On his way he thought of how indecent and embarrassing it would be if he arrived late at the meeting. Dick was always proud of his accuracy and he didn't want to look like an irresponsible person to his new colleagues, Vincent Chauncey and Laurel Greengrass whom he didn't even get to know yet.

He got to the meeting in the last minute. He sighed and knocked on the door smoothly, then entered. Seeing that the meeting was just about to begin, he blushed and apologized to everyone for coming this late. He nodded to Laurel then Vincent (he decided to start with the elder as it was usually the custom) and introduced himself to them shortly, but in a friendly manner as he walked closer. Finally he reached his seat by the end of the table and drank his coffee in one gulp.
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Joined: 12:06 AM - Apr 25, 2014

8:44 PM - Sep 01, 2014 #7

Sheila looked at the parchment full of her notes in front of her and wrinkled her brows. She wasn't satisfied, but she didn't know what was missing. She had a bad dream about a fight between Ken Hirata-Wayer and that Reiner, and the new Head of Slytherin who looked like Reiner's disgusting lawyer in her dream and she had to beat him up. She woke up angry in the middle of the night and the feeling just didn't leave her. She realized how worried she was now that those two will be part of the same class again and who knows what this new professor would be like. All she knew that he was a Slytherin and that could only mean bad.

She jumped right out of her bed and practiced what she wanted to say in the meeting, but it didn't work. She was so tense, she was afraid she would start to yell at her new colleague before he would say anything. All because of that dream and because Philip cowardly ran away from this situation. Cowardly or uninhibitedly selfishly, or both. That was the deal with Slytherins. By the end of the last school year she accepted that Philip didn't mean any trouble, some of them didn't, but to make up for it they had absolutely no sense of responsibility, no commitment to their profession, only selfish reasons. Seriously, Reiner couldn't be expelled from Hogwarts, Hirata-Wayer was back, technically a war started among the students of their houses and what does he do? He leaves it all to some new guy who could very well be even worse.

Slytherin professors were unreliable at best... and not only one but two of them joined the staff of Hogwarts this year. Laurel Greengrass, now that was exactly what they needed, a Greengrass! Sheila tried her best not to question the choice, she tried her best in the case of every Slytherins Hogwarts employed, but her best wasn't very much. Still, there was an excuse this time that could give some hope. He used to be an auror and she heard he had proved himself during the war... Were she in a good mood Sheila could have thought he was only sorted into Slytherin because his perverted family would have tortured him for breaking their tradition otherwise, but now she just expected him to have come with a hidden agenda. It wouldn't be the first time to happen.

Sheila sighed. To avoid very unprofessional behavior she stayed up for the rest of the night to create a list of logical arguments she could use against that Chauncey (even his last name sounded like someone she would hate), if and when it's necessary. She knew how they could get people angry in the sliest ways and then manipulate things to make them come out badly of it. She wouldn't fall for it this time... but damn, was it this late already?!

Luckily she was already dressed and ready to go, so she just picked up the parchment and hurried out of her room. She was relieved to see Dick was only arriving seconds before her. Then she wasn't that late. Still, she was the last one to come, but the others didn't look as if they had been made wait so it was all right. She greeted everyone politely, but she needed her self-control to keep the natural tone up when she saw Chauncey who actually grinned at her. That immediately made Sheila hostile and more suspicious than ever. To top it all Quenell was there too, staring from behind her monster glasses. That woman was creepy as hell and if Sheila hadn't had unconditional trust in and respect for Professor McGonagall, she would have wondered how in her right mind she could hire that Slytherin for Head of Security... but this way she just told herself that there must have been a good explanation for this and kept silent about hating it.

Then there was Binns who was just... Binns. Sheila silently breathed out and said a grateful prayer for Dick. As usual, he saved the day for her. He was the only person who didn't make her feel anything negative here. She actually really liked that fun little man. She smiled at him when she sat down next to him, but didn't say anything, she didn't want to waste the others' time and she was really curious to hear what the Headmistress had to say about the upcoming school-year and the situations to deal with.

:ooc: Wow, the length again. Sheila is very... opinionated :D :ooc:
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9:43 AM - Sep 28, 2014 #8

:ooc: I'm sorry for the late post, it took me a while to open Aedan. He's not a new professor, he's been teaching Drama at Hogwarts for years, but from this year on he'll be replacing Layla as Deputy Headmaster and Head of Ravenclaw. :) :ooc:

For Aedan, Hogwarts was everything. He couldn't get enough of it's magic. He felt, he could spend his whole life discovering the castle... but he wasn't the best at memorizing the different corridors and levels. He still didn't know his way around well. If he had to just choose between right and left he always picked the wrong direction. Even though he woke up early and got ready for today's meeting in time, he managed to arrive late because of the unpredictable nature of the castle. He took a worried look at his watch when he finally got to the staff room and found the door closed, but he didn't waste any more time. He knocked three times, then opened the door.

He subtly smiled at the company of people inside, it was so colorful. Aedan was wearing a dark suit with a fittingly elegant, but not at all extraordinary tie. "I apologize for making you all wait." He wasn't very late, but even if he had been, he wouldn't have explained it any further. He greeted everyone inside with a polite nod, the new colleagues, Professor Chauncey and Greengrass as well. He wondered how they felt about their new position so far. Chauncey seemed to be all smiles... but he didn't want to waste any more time with introductions. He sat down to the first free chair next to someone.

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6:15 PM - Sep 28, 2014 #9

"Oh dear!" Minerva sighed only in her mind when Vincent hurried after her. So soon and so disappointingly like he was last time. She forced a slight smile and nodded to her new colleague. "Good morning Vincent," she'll have to get used to the first name basis with him eventually. "Let us hope you will find it similarly wonderful at the end of the day." She was unable to resist a touch of sarcasm. Luckily Ingrid didn't take long to arrive and relieve her from the burden of this chatting. She could almost hear the Head of Security's amusement at this situation, but Ingrid she didn't mind. Minerva often disagreed with her, but Ingrid had earned her respect.

"Good morning, Headmistress and my respected colleagues," Minerva nodded "Good morning, Cuthbert." She knew the ghost professor's manias well and hoped the new colleagues would greet him the same way, no matter how extremely odd that may feel for an old student of his. Cuthbert rarely had a problem, but when he did it was highly unpleasant.

When Laurel arrived Minerva allowed herself a little smile. She was truly glad that he had accepted her offer. Minerva didn't approve of prejudiced thinking. There were few Slytherins who managed to earn her respect and fondness in her long life, but those who did were some of the most important people for her. It was a relief to have Laurel here, especially now that seven years after the war, with the new generation, the troubles that hadn't been properly handled and closed started to show themselves. She needed his help to fight the tension that remained, both among the students and the members of the Hogwarts staff. "Good morning, Headmistress, I'm happy to see you. Dear colleagues, it is my honour to join the Board and work with you." Minerva nodded to him, she didn't expect for him to be this nervous. She gave him a friendly, encouraging look and lightly gestured to him to sit down. "Good morning Laurel," she would officially introduce the new professors when everyone arrived.

Minerva glanced at the clock on the wall. It was almost time to start the meeting, the room was full of people already, but some of them were still missing. Minerva didn't like unpunctuality, but sometimes the castle itself stood in the way of otherwise organized and respectful people, so she was tolerant with those who were only unlucky. Dick hurried into the room soon, he must have been kept up, he wasn't the type to come late. She nodded at his apology, it was really only a matter of seconds. Dick had a tendency to overreact these things, but she liked his conscientiousness. Sheila entered after him, Minerva unnoticeably sighed. She looked tense and as it was to be expected she eyed the new Slytherin professors suspiciously. That was one of the reasons she needed Laurel for, Sheila was a valuable, very dedicated professor, but she needed to calm down a bit.

Surprisingly Aedan was the last to arrive. Minerva was wondering how come, Aedan was always punctual, but to come late to the very meeting where she would announce his promotion... She gave him an understanding glance and as soon as he sat down, to prevent anyone from making a remark on this, she started to talk.

"Now that we all have gathered, I'd like to welcome you to the new year at Hogwarts." The pride and the calm, but firm dedication in her voice sounded ceremonial. This year will be more challenging than the previous ones were, and she obviously expected every member of the staff of Hogwarts to live up to the respectable name of the academy by meeting the challenge. "As you probably all know by now, there have been changes to the staff. I'd like to introduce our two new colleagues, Professor Laurel Greengrass, who will teach Astronomy from this year on," she waited a little for Laurel to stand up and say a few words if he wanted, "and Professor Vincent Chauncey who took over Philip's positions as the Head of House Slytherin and Potions professor," again, she waited some time.

"To fill in the vacant Deputy Head Teacher and the Head of House Ravenclaw positions, I have asked... she took a second of break here to put emphasis on the name "Professor Aedan Virion." She nodded towards Aedan as a sign of trusting in him and his abilities, then gave him and everyone else a little time to react.

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8:29 PM - Oct 01, 2014 #10

As Minerva nodded him “Good morning Laurel,” Laurel gave way to a smile, and sat down. He realised that his discomposure was way more visible than he wanted it, and on this thought, he just got light-hearted. After the years of recluse life he had chosen when the war ended, it seemed acceptable to be in a flutter among his new colleagues with whom he wanted to develop close work relationship. So he welcomed Professor Coleman’s introduction heartily, and his good mood didn’t change when he met the suspicious glare of Professor Torres. He used to get that reaction to his family name and he didn’t give it much significance.

“...who will teach Astronomy from this year on…” -- Laurel stood up for a few words when Prof. McGonagall paused.

“The world has changed a great deal around us, but Hogwarts, our Alma Mater, I strongly believe in it, teaches us the same basic truth we can build upon. We are able to work together in spite of our diversities. I am happy to be part of this and I look forward to working with all of you.”

Laurel sat down, thinking on friends, enemies, goals and battles for a second -- on old times buried deep inside his heart, and on his wife who taught him to appreciate the values of a Hufflepuff -- something highly different from a Slytherin, yet they fit together. He began to smile as this thought emerged, and listened to the speech of the Headmistress again.
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