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by: Markus von Wolfram
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His return to the Ministry after the Hogwarts fiasco had been nothing but hellish. As the captain in charge of the investigation ultimately the fault for the way the guard had conducted itself fell at his feet. He'd spent weeks under internal review and had been accused of gross negligence and incompetence. Had not a few of his own guard spoke up and defended his character, Markus was sure the Ministry would have gotten away with throwing him under the bus and that would have been the end of his career. Even then he'd been eaten alive by the press and since he'd been the fall guy for the Ministry he was currently confined to he desk, at least until the higher up s could figure out what to do with him. From his last meeting with the higher ups Markus understood that his skills were to valuable to simply be sacked, thus he was to doomed to desk work until everything blew over. It was a small consolation after everything but at least it got him out of the house.

Home was the last place he'd wanted to be. The death of his boys weighed heavily on him and with all the mess the Ministry was in he hadn't had a chance to properly grieve. Kirsten was another issue in a long line of issues. She'd blamed him for their deaths and somehow she knew about Anne. They fought and when he'd called her out on her closeness to her team lead and when she didn't deny she left. Went home and said divorce papers would be sent by owl.

Markus hadn't talked to anyone after that and he threw himself into his paper work in hopes that he wouldn't have to deal with fact that he was alone. Hell he hadn't even had the courage to talk with Anne. Hell, he wasn't even sure if she'd still want to talk to him after everything that had happened. he knew he wouldn't. So he stayed at his desk and kept himself distant from anyone that didn't pertain to the work he was currently throwing himself in. When that was done he'd go home and attempt to sleep though more often than not he was not successful and it was starting to take its toll.

Today however, was shaping up to be the same as every other bar an excessive amount of people that had tried to get him to take lunch with them. Clearly his current state was starting to become more noticeable. Eventually Markus' hunger made itself known and for whatever reason he decided a trip to the lunch hall seemed in order. If anything, perhaps it would convince the rest of the team that he was fine.

The Captain was moving on auto pilot, queuing in the food line before looking for a place to sit. the sight of Anne made his stomach drop. He'd hardly talked to her since everything had gone down and he felt terrible. The feeling he'd felt for her hadn't dimmed in the slightest it seemed. Markus supposed since he was supposed to be trying to give the impression he was feeling more like his old self he figured that maybe Anne wouldn't mind his company for an hour or so. He moved toward her table and stopped just short and gave her a small half smile.

"Hey... got room for one more?"
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"Promise you won't bite?"

The way the line was delivered brought a soft chuckle and more genuine smile to the man. Two things he hadn't done since being back from Hogwarts. "No promises, but I'll make every attempt to restrain myself." Markus placed his tray down on the table and took a seat and the captain felt more at ease than he had in a long time.

Markus poked at his food a bit when Anne asked how he had been. It was a fair question but Markus wasn't sure Anne wanted to know the answer. Hell he wasn't even sure he wanted to tell her either. That would mean he would have to admit things were not good, not even great, but out right terrible. But could he lie to her and be convincing enough to have her believe he was ok? No he couldn't. Most of the guard knew he was anything but ok and Anne was IA. She'd see through any tale he'd try to spin in a heart beat. Plus he respected for and cared to much for her to do that.

He offered her a shrug and a sigh. "I'd like to tell you I've been fine, but in truth I've been anything but. Just taking one day at a time and hoping for the best. Still have a job for now at any rate. How have you been?"

The captain took a bite of his food before setting his fork down and pushing the tray away suddenly finding himself not hungry at all. Hopefully Anne wouldn't push the point, or at the very least not here where everyone and their dog could see. He was almost certain that he would loose it if she brought up Kir or his kids. Markus knew he would eventually have to deal with it someday, but that day could be far away as far as he was concerned.
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Surviving. That seemed to be the common thread between everyone who had been stationed at the school and unlucky enough to have been caught in that vampire's killing spree. All the innocent people of Hogsmead, the students and professors of Hogwarts, his boys... his breath hitched slightly as he forced those thoughts away. Instead he tried to keep himself focused on the here and now, and on Anne. He wanted so badly to wrap her in his arms and never let her go.

"Can't say I'd ever thought childhood dreams of gloriously fighting all the magical creatures that were the bane of wizarding kind was top of my list either. Don't know what the Ministry was thinking when the taught us about them. The books are nothing like the real thing. No amount of study would have prepared us for that... good thing we had that wolf."

Wish that was all I had nightmares about, the captain thought bitterly to himself.

And again his thoughts drifted down darker pathways. Bloody hell. He felt tired. So very tired and old. He let his eyes take in the woman across from him and he didn't miss the way her smile lacked they joy it previously had shown. Suddenly the mess hall was the last place he wanted to be. It was far to loud and far to crowded.

"It's good to see you too Anne. Want to get out of here for a bit? Don't know about you but I could use some air."
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He followed when she stood, silently thankful that Anne seemed alright with going somewhere else. Absently he cleared off his tray and placed the tray on the garbage can as well.

"I was thinking the muggle world maybe, unless there is somewhere else you'd like to go. Any place but here really," he answered in reply to Anne's question. Markus supposed Diagon Alley would be an alright second choice. It had been a while since he'd last visited and wondered if it was finally back together. The past few years had been anything but kind to it.

But first they would have to make there way to the Foyer and the Fireplaces so they could get to their desired destination. He nudged her in the general direction they needed to go and offered a small smile. As the walked and without meaning to, his hand sought out hers. Fact of the matter was, he honestly didn't care if someone saw. Markus missed having Anne around. He missed her closeness, their snogging sessions, he missed her smile, the way she chewed her lip when she was nervous or unsure. Her playful nature. He missed everything about her.
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HIs heart fluttered when Anne's hand closed around his rather than pull away. They traveled in silence until they reached their destination. Unfortunately the easiest way up to the muggle world was through the toilets and was not something the captain was looking forward to. It was odd that they couldn't come up with an easier and less disgusting way to travel. Markus opened the door with a small grin and motioned for Anne to go ahead. "Ladies first."

He followed behind her and watched as she was transported to their above ground location. As soon as she was through, he stepped in and was soon above ground as well and stepping out of the stall and into the washroom. Markus scanned the area for Anne a saw her over by the mirrors and he assumed she wanted a minute to freshen up. Catching his own reflection in said mirror had Markus reaching for his wand. He needed to do something about his uniform jacket. It was far to Military for walking about in muggle London and would draw attention, something the captain did not want. A quick transfiguration spell had it changed into a decent looking coat. There, that was a bit more acceptable. He then leaned up against the wall and let his eyes rest on the stunning woman that had chose to come with him as he waited patiently for her to finish whatever she needed to do.
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Luckily he didn't have to wait long, not that Markus would have minded in the least. At her offered hand he pushed himself away from the wall he had been leaning against and took it with a smile and lead her outside. Maybe it was because they were away from the Ministry, or maybe it was because he was in the company of someone he genuinely cared for and wanted to be around but he was currently feeling more like his old self than he ever had this past month. It was as if her touch was grounding him to the present, making it easier to forget the past.

It had been a couple of weeks since he'd been topside, at least not since he'd dropped in unexpectedly on Kara, but he'd been through Muggle London enough that he had a decent idea of places they could go. Markus doubted Anne would appreciate another trip to the Abby after their last visit. Merlin, what a fiasco of a date attempt that had been, even thought the rest of the night had gone well. So where to go? They couldn't just wander aimlessly. Markus doubted that would go over well. There was a small little cafe a couple blocks from where they currently were that he used to frequent before all hell broke loose with the change in government. Someplace they could talk without having to worry about what was being said... maybe it was still around?

"I know a place, small cafe nearby we can head to if you're interested?"
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Markus nodded and began to walk but was stopped only a few moments later when Anne's hand entwined his and she stepped forward as he turned toward her, their lips meeting. It only made him realize how much he missed their closeness. The intimacy of something so small wasn't lost on the captain either and it sent his heart fluttering as if he were a teen all over again. He didn't want the moment to end.

When she pulled back, thoughts of the cafe flew from his mind and he had eyes only for her. Markus reached forward to brush a stray strand of hair back behind her ear as he leaned in to kiss her again. Hell he didn't care what the public thought. Right now she was the one bright light he had left and like hell he was going to let anyone ruin their moment. Whatever they had Markus enjoyed it, and he wanted to nurture it so it could perhaps grow into more.

"I've missed you Anne. This, us, all of it."
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