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Putting in My Hours (Open) - Last Resort
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Today was a long shit. Because of her last drop off on Tuesday Maddie had to pick up an extra shift today. That meant working double shift two days in a row. But still she doesn't have much of a choice. She was sixteen going on thirty, living alone in a one room flat in the middle of a part of town that lookeducation as bad as Knockturn Alley did, and that came worth certain financial obligations; like working a double shift.

Still, it wasn't too bad today. The radio was playing some decent music, not add pretentious as normal, more pop than alt. The customers hasn't been too rudeep today and she only had about an hour till lunch. The tipsame had been decidedly average that morning but the late aftermoon crowd always tipped better anyways.

Cleaning the expresso machine for the third time that day Maddie ran through the hours of work left in her head. She could eat lunch get through the noon rush. During her break she could pull out her laptop and finish the photoshop job on her latest batch of papers and them after work she could scope out the drop.

The very thought of going back into Diagonal Alley again, back home where she belonged made Maddie smile absentmindedly add she put the machine back together and hummed a Weird Sisters tune under her breath. A few short hours and she would be back where she really belonged.
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The espresso machine was cleaned. That was always the worst part of working in the coffee shop. If you didn't do it just right the dang thing would pressurize incorrectly and you would have a mess on your hands, or worse yet, it would shoot out the steam at you and you would burn yourself. Maddie had been working there a few months now regularly so she knew from experience that unless you got that dang thing just right you were apt to get a good scalding from the grumpy old piece of junk that was the espresso machine. Still, once it was done it was done. Best part was she would only have to do it one more time today and she would be finished with the thing until tomorrow and tomorrow she wouldn't have to do it near as much because she wasn't working double. Just the thought of getting out of here and having a few moments of free time made Maddie's lips quirk up in a little lilting smile as she hummed along. And then she realized that she was not humming alone. In fact, there was another really off beat off pitch hum behind her.

It was the thought that counted though. Off beat or off pitch or off anything whoever was behind her was just trying to be pleasant. Maybe they liked the music, maybe they liked to sing, maybe they just got caught up in the tune or were trying to get her attention. In any case, Maddie knew they were just trying to be sweet. It was a nice change really. Some of the pretentious hipster types in here could be real jerks, and that wasn't even talking about the lack of tip as they paid- that was just counting the way they treated her when she dropped off their drinks and food. Well, at least this one didn't seem like he would do anything too awful.

Turning around as she wiped her hands off on the towel hanging from her apron Maddie beamed a bright smile in welcome. "Well, in my experience it doesn't matter with singing so much if you are right on the money, it's the feeling that counts and I think you got that spot on. What can I get for you sir?

Maddie leaned over the other end of the counter and grabbed a cup and a pen and got ready to write down the order and while she did Maddie got a real good look at the bloke in front of her. He looked familiar, that was for sure if nothing else. Pretty decent looking for an older guy, well, older than her. She just couldn't quite place him right off the bat. Maybe he had been at that school her mum had sent her to before she ran away. Maybe he was from the wizarding world and she just couldn't quite place him there.
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Well at least it was an easy enough order. In fact it might have been the easiest order of the day. In trendy districts people tended to focus on what was in or what was most impressive. Plain coffee wasn't always the order of the day. It was usually something that sounded pretentious or complicated- macchiato, caramel mocha with two pumps of sugar free sweetener. The whole thing was stupid in Maddie's humble opinion. Ordering expensive drinks like that was a waste of money and calories. She preferred tea anyway.

Pouring the coffee Maddie turned around and set the coffee on the counter, producing cream to go along with it before reaching out for the money. So, you been out of Hogwarts long?

Hogwarts. The mere mention of her old school and her old life made Maddie start and accidentally knock over the coffee. "Bollocks."She looked up in absolute surprise and stared hard at the man in front of her. Either he knew who she was or he could guess based on the fact that she had carelessly been humming to the Weird Sisters. She shouldn't really be so careless. If it had been a muggle or someone more aware of what she was actually doing Maddie may have not gotten away without other explanation. But who was he?

"Sorry. Really sorry. So sorry. We don't get many non-locals here. I haven't seen anyone from the other side in a couple of years now." Quickly turning about Maddie gathered what she needed to clean up the mess- a mop, a couple of rags, and cleaning solution. She started mopping up and then it all clicked. Hogwarts. Hogwarts had teachers and she had been a student. A bright smile overtook her face for the first time in what Maddie was sure was several years. "Professor Winslow!" How did I not recognize you! I mean I should have right away. It's not like I spent four years in my class. I mean it feels like forever but...."

Mid sentence Maddie just stopped. She was back to herself for a minute, but that minute was over. Just because some old professor waltzed into her life for a brief moment again did not mean that she could go back to Hogwarts, or practice magic again, or have her family back. She shook her head and fixed him another coffee. "I guess some things don't change. I'm still a little clumsy and overly talkative. A new coffee....on me."
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It was a wonder he even remembered what house she was in. After the battle he hadn't come back. So many professors hadn't come back. One or two even died of she had recalled correctly. She didn't want to recall. Sometimes the nightmare of holding her friend's body as her eyes stared up at the ceiling blank and lifeless would flood her mind and she would wake up sweating a screaming. It happened less and less now. In the beginning she had needed calming droughts to help her sleep. She wondered if she was the only one who still shot up in the middle of the night thinking she was under attack.

Maddie finished pouring the new cup of coffee and pulled out a small selection of crexams setting them on the counter. "Well, you got the house right. And to be fair I only had to remember like ten professors. We had you pretty outnumbered. Madeline Jamison. Maddie. I was a fourth year last you knew."
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Julian's friend. She wouldn't have gone so far to say friend but she was certainly classmates with Julian. There was the one incident first year when she kissed him on the cheek and he had never really gotten over that. It would be funny to see what Julian would say now. Maybe at fifteen he would have matured a little, grown up as she had. She was almost sixteen year old now, almost old enough to practice magic on her own despite having no instruction past fourth year. Things would have changed for Julian too- his mum had been part of the Death Eaters for a while and Mr. Winslow had been on the run or something. It couldn't have been easy for her former classmate either. In many ways, Maddie imagined, he had lost his family to the regime too.

"Yeah, Julian's friend. I hope he is well, and little Lydia, well, not so little anymore I suppose, I mean, I was older than her and i'm not exactly a baby. Anyway......Yeah, it's good to see you again. I don't get to talk to many people like....well, people who are different anymore. Been stuck here over a year now. I was starting to think I made the whole thing up in my head."

Except for the nightmares of the attack. The brain could do some pretty tricky things but Maddie was pretty sure there were limits to even the darkest corner of a teenage girl's mind. There was no way it could have made up the attack even if it could have made up magic and Hogwarts and everything else.
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By no means did Maddie think she was the only one effected by the war. She was lucky in a way. She at least was not enslaved or dead. Still, as terrible as it sounded she could not help but feel relieved in a way when Professor Winslow told her that she was not the only one who had been devastated by the regime’s take over-that she was not the only one left alone in a world of monsters. It seemed that Mrs. Winslow was off somewhere as he had not mentioned her. Julian had run away like her. And little, poor sweet little Lydia was dead-killed by her own grandfather from the sound of it. She could not imagine what it must be like to have to live with a dead child. Having her father in Azkaban was bad enough but the thought of losing him forever was almost unbearable. Worse yet to have something die that you were supposed to protect and take care of....she could not understand how Professor Winslow was still standing. She had a pet rabbit that had died once and that was bad enough but a child? That would be the end of a whole world. The man had to either be in unimaginable pain, tough as a rock, or both. Maddie imagined he would have to be both.

And what was with Julian running away? Why would anyone run away from a strong family that loved them. Maddie would give anything to have her grandparents back, her father, her home. If she could take their place she would in a heartbeat. She had in a way done it. Carrying on her father's mission without his knowledge or permission- hell he would probably kill her if he ever found out. Still, if she knew that by stopping the paper reproduction she would get them back, she would do it. Still, maybe this wasn't the whole story. After all, she had run away from home too. Maybe Julian had his reasons. She recalled the relationship between the two Winslows had been strained back at school-war brought out the worst and the best in people; maybe in this case it just brought out the worst. Still, she couldn't say anything else, couldn't ask anything else. It was clear the Professor was pained by the way he shut his eyes and avoided her gaze a bit. Maybe she would find out more later but now was not the time to push.

And then he opened the can of worms-her family. She supposed it was fair. She had started it. Still, could she trust him? What was to say that the Professor wouldn't frog march her right back to her mum? Especially considering he had lost his boy that way? Surely he would side with mum over her. Best be non-committal for now. "Not quite. I'm the last one. Da..... Maddie steadied herself and swallowed hard as she got a quick flash of the men coming into the house to take her away after a night of waiting up. "Da and my gran and gramps are in Azkaban right now. And mum wasn't really ever in the picture." It wasn't a complete lie. Even if he sided with Lord Trevor and the like he couldn't fault her for the actions of her parents and it was true her mum wasn't in the picture. Up until her father's capture she hadn't heard for the woman for years outside the occasional birthday card. No need to say that Mum had tried to quash her magic, had taken her wand, and had attempted to make her something she wasn't before Maddie ran away. There were some things no one but her needed to know. Privacy, even in a world of terror, was still an institution of society-she had a right to some of it.
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She was making it worse. How was she making it worse by telling him about her family? Unless she was reminding him of his own family and his own losses. It was entirely possible. He had reminded her of hers. Loss had a funny way of reaching across families, across lives, across gender and age. She didn't like it, but it was life-especially during war. This, if nothing else, was war. She had a feeling professor Winslow understood that. "Not exactly. Da was pure, so were his parents. I'm not. He....he started looking into how I could stay with him. It went a little farther than looking into things pretty quickly from what I understand. He has charges of being a blood traitor, as well as obstructing justice, and treason against him. My grandparents both have been convicted of aiding and abetting if nothing else. They weren't quite clear when then informed me."
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Well, he was onto her. She hadn't expected to get away from it. No one had ever pried into her story enough to poke holes into it. She should have practiced it more. Worked though it. She was smarter than that. She was better than that. She really should have tried to poke holes in it, at least put it in front of some muggles as a creative writing story or something. She could figure this out. She had gotten out of tighter pinches before. Besides, he wasn't trying to kill her...was he? He seemed to be friendly enough, been though things just like her, so it didn't need to be perfect, it just needed to be enough. Just a few more simple details that is all.

So what details to release? Her mom? Was that too much given that he might feel compelled to return her to the woman who tried to suppress who she was and what she had inside her. "Before he left Da got me some papers. They checked out. They assumed I knew nothing, which I did at the time, Da kept me in the dark completely so they took me away to my nearest relative. They thought she was a squib, but she's a muggle. I outstayed my welcome there very quickly. I had to make a new situation for myself so to speak." There, no mother needed.
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