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Seth Graves
God, I love Drambuie. Drambuie and Amaretto. Mmmm! I think I'll call that a Celtic Contessa, or something.

Too bad that git Alessandro had to show up. There Izzy and I were, having a peaceful drinking session in--get this--her villa in Graniti. Though, who am I to talk? What's Gravesend but a villa, English-style?

Anyway...I'd started to ask Izzy about the marks on her arm--and there's a knock at the door. You guessed it--Wonder Boy Alessandro's in the doorway, all bound and determined to guard Izzy's honour from 'The Death-Eater's Son.'

We're both completely clothed, mildly sloshed, and doing nothing in the least compromising. We're even sitting a polite distance apar from each other, because we know we don't want to get into something we'd regret later. I've been through this once with Megan; Izzy deserves the same courtesy.

Alessandro's jealous. He won't even address any of Izzy's male friends by name; we're 'The Death-Eater's Son,' 'Wolf-Boy,' and 'The Bastard' to him. How the hell anyone can call a man as dignified as Marcus Falconer a bastard, I don't know, no matter what his parentage might be.

I wanted to break his face, for that. You don't call a man who helped out at my father's wedding a bastard. You call him 'sir.'

Alessandro worries me. Reminds me of the Bishop of Aquila from Ladyhawke--"If I can't have her, no man shall." I should talk to Izzy about him. He likes to come across all goofy and puppy-like, but I think Izzy should be careful around him. The guy gets my Slytherin up.

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Tomorrow night, Izzy and I are to meet at the Leaky Cauldron to go someplace for a private drinking session. I wish I knew what was going on in her head. I'm guessing most of it is worry over Piotr. One day, we get news that the situation is dire; the next day, we get news that there's light at the end of the tunnel. It's like riding a rowboat across the Severn when the water's choppy.

I think I am going to ask her about these little drops of blood, too. It worries me that she's so distracted, she doesn't notice them, just folds the paper into thirds and sends the message on. The drops probably look bigger than they originally were, because they get spread out when she folds the paper. And they're always on the left side, too. Slow-velocity drops, with tails leading off to the left.

I really don't like the picture this is forming in my mind. It makes me almost wish I wasn't so interested in forensics. She's been wearing long sleeves, lately; I haven't seen her in the black, sleeveless dress in a while.

Damn.

But why? Maybe she'll tell me tomorrow night, once she gets drunk enough, as it seems she's unwilling to tell me while she's sober.

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HONESTLY!

Is this what Azkaban is like? Not only do you have to put up with Dementors, but you also have to put up with human guards who are slime and arseholes?

My God, what did they do to Dad while he was in there? Did they treat him the way they're treating Piotr? Did they just figure he was some soulless husk of flesh that wouldn't mind if they abused him?

I should have visited him. I should have made sure everything was okay, no matter how much I had to maintain the pretense.

I am such a shit.

Why the hell are they doing this to Piotr? Is it just how they get their kicks? They bait their prisoners, instead of shooting pool?

Izzy is back at Hogwarts and not doing too well, in light of the news Thomason sent. I wish there were something I could do to help her.

And what are these little blood droplets I keep seeing on her notes? This one's the second time, now. Just little, slow-velocity drops. Drip, drip--like her nose is bleeding, but that doesn't make any sense. What is she doing, accidentally pricking her finger with the pen nib? Weird. I'll ask her, next time I see her.

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Josh and I joined Izzy and Gerard's younger sister Eugenie for shopping in Italy, today. Izzy and Eugenie were looking for bridesmaids' dresses and wanted male opinions.

I'm guessing Izzy wanted to look hott, because if she'd wanted to look demure, she'd have asked her mother along, instead.

Well, she certainly succeeded, if 'hott' was what she wanted. One of the outfits we looked at was this strapless, blue sequined, bare-midriff thing that would look great at a nightclub--but at a wedding? Honestly, Vince and Greg should have been there. (g) And I didn't realize how much she likes leather. I like leather as much as the next guy...but not at a wedding. And not gothy leather. There are times to be rebellious, and there are times to conform. Reeally, there are.

Maybe I'm just not up on the styles?

It was good to see Josh again, and Eugenie seems quite nice. She looks a tiny bit like Megan, but with straight hair. Okay, so the resemblance is merely superficial. Still, I enjoyed meeting her.

It's hard to believe that school will start in about five days, and I won't be returning to Hogwarts. Something just seems wrong about that.

I hope Lilith and the other teachers who chaperoned us are going to be okay.

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Current Music: "Sarabande" - Handel

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Based on personal writings and second-hand accounts, we've narrowed down possible possessing ancestors to five:

Dmitri Ivanovich
Vladimir Ivanovich
Zascha Kertesz
Ljudmilla Radmilova
Andrei Valtsev

Ljudmila lived in the 1920's and was confined to a mental institution at one time, after which stay she recovered with no apparent further incident. Dmitri and Vladimir were both rather shady blokes, as was Zascha. Andrei was a depressive and an alcoholic who would wander off for days at a time--probably to go on drinking binges, but we can't discount him.

Izzy has asked me along on an expedition to select bridesmaids' dresses with her, Eugenie Leinardy, and possibly Josh. I was pretty startled when she mentioned going to shop at Armani's. I have pretty pedestrian tastes and don't tend to buy my clothes at Saville Row, even if Dad did. I suppose that will have to change, at some point, but I'm not ready to make the switch from (relatively) free-spirited young bloke to Staid, Upper-Class Gentleman quite yet.

Stop laughing, Draco; I can hear you from here. :P

Ah well, I've got something decent enough to wear to Armani's, and if necessary, I can borrow one of Dad's ties, seeing as how I inherited most of them.

I still can't believe he had that painfully gaudy, stained glass window-looking tie in his collection. Where the hell did he get that?

Great News: Megan posted!!!! She's playing her guitar again. And her mood was 'okay.'

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Current Music: "Hazy Shade of Winter" - Simon & Garfunkel

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Izzy is so hiding. I'm very worried about her.

Good news about Piotr, though--Thomason thinks he might be able to prove manipulation on Varvara's part with hard evidence--tampering with Piotr's NEWT scores--to mitigate Piotr murdering the bastard. Best news I've heard in a while. Even the news that Izzy got off wasn't all that happy, because it meant that Piotr went to Azkaban, instead.

This bit about Serafima, though, that Piotr wants to withdraw from the Pack for fear of hurting them...Serafima was not happy to hear it, and I really think Piotr will have to talk to her, himself, once he gets out. There's only so much I can do as a go-between. At some point, you have to talk to each other face to face.

But at least she knows what he's feeling. After he gets out, they can decide between themselves whether he truly feels that way, or whether it's just Azkaban talking.

We've begun reconstructing Erzsebet's family tree, discarding all names but direct ancestors. Next step is to go into their lives and see if there's anything noticeably odd about them. I don't expect that to be easy. Stephen Graves was meant to die, I think, moments after I slipped into his body, when that big piece of building crashed down right in front of me. If I'd been leaning just a bit forward, I'd have been dead. If that's the way it happened with Erzsebet's ancestor, that the switch happened moments before her proper death, we might never know it.

On the other hand, since the reversal hasn't yet occurred, maybe there are still two time lines. Wish I could talk to Draco about the Arithmancy for this. Maybe Professor Vector could help. If this ancestor won't switch back of her own will, and we can't find her in the present, we'll have to get Erzsebet back the hard way--by pinpointing the correct ancestor's body in the past and...and I can see that I'm about to get into a rambling monograph about spiritual inertia and why it's so hard to dislodge a spirit from a body, even when it's not the proper spirit for that body.

Best shut up and get to work.

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Izzy is getting handfasted. This came completely out of the blue; I sure as heck didn't see it coming.

Now I know how Draco must have felt.

I don't think Izzy is any happier about it than Millicent was. Oh, she says she is, but she isn't bubbling over with joy, the way Ben is. Hell, I'm even happy for Gerard.

But I wish it were happening for Nathan and Megan.

Argh. Got to keep my mind off of that. I'm sure Megan's dwelling on it more than enough for both of us.

Other News: I heard from Criscuoli & Sons, today. They sent a pile of reproduced historical documents from various Bureaus of Vital Statistics and private homes in Russia. I'll be visiting the Pack this weekend, so we can go over them. That little translation charm they gave me works better for conversation than for reading. Time to start constructing a family tree and eliminating suspects ancestors.

And Piotr's still in Azkaban. *sigh* Hang in there, mate.

God, that's such a completely inadequate thing to say, compared to what I feel.

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I'm on a more even keel, now. I think the drunken brawl in Gravesend helped, somehow, and so did the talk with Izzy's cousin Giosue--Josh. He seems like a really decent chap; I hope to become closer friends with him. Now that Fyodor, Eduard, and Serafima have moved out and into their new home, and Piotr's in that horrible place, I am really missing male company. After seven years of living in the Slytherin dorm at Hogwarts, living pretty much alone, except for the House Elves and my grandparents feels almost strange.

Speaking of male company, I wonder how Raph is doing? He seemed pretty muddled and dazed, the last time I saw him over here, but that was several months ago. He's got to be better, now. Damn, I need to write him. I don't have the excuse of being crazy with NEWT studying, any longer. I want to know how he is and what the hell's going on with Simon.

At work, we're now brewing Vita-Test Potion. This potion is administered to a patient, then a blood sample is taken an hour later. Depending on the results of the blood test, you can determine whether the patient is getting all the right sorts of vitamins in his diet. Pretty neat.

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2:30pm, and I'm home at Gravesend, finally--the right one.
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Later

With two finger-widths still left in the JD bottle, Seth decided he'd had enough. He paid his tab, then went to the floopoint, stepped into the fireplace, sprinkled floo powder on himself, and muttered, "Gravezen Mannid."

That's odd, Seth thought as he stepped out of the floo, Grandmother must have rearranged the furniture...

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I don't know whether I want to cry or strangle Piotr more. He was lying his arse off. He was at Hogwarts when Izzy was found. We went to the Forbidden Forest on 3rd July, then didn't hear back from Piotr for two whole weeks. Izzy cast the Crucio on the 11th. Piotr was nowhere near London; couldn't possibly have made Izzy do that.

Yet I couldn't raise any objections because I had no proof that Piotr was lying. A couple of dates, sure, but no solid evidence that Alexei Varvara didn't have anything to do with Izzy and the cult. He never mentioned them, but that means nothing.

And now Izzy...It's like watching my grandfather with Dad, all over again. He was furious with Dad, telling Dad he should have let him rot in Voldemort's dungeon, rather than get him out, if becoming a DE was the price for his freedom. Dad agreed with him. But I also know Dad would have done the same thing if offered the same choice, again. I could see it in his eyes. He wouldn't, couldn't abandon Grandfather to Voldemort, and Piotr wouldn't, couldn't let Izzy go to Azkaban.

I feel almost ashamed that I would have let Izzy take her licks--because I would have taken mine. And I know she would have taken hers, if Piotr hadn't stepped in. I'd have willingly gone to Azkaban myself for her, if I'd believed she was innocent, but I knew she wasn't. Damn it all!

So now Piotr's in Azkaban, and he's, if anything, even more messed up than Izzy was just after she remembered her real identity. I have no idea what condition he'll be in, once he gets out, but I can't imagine it would be good.

Just got a note from Izzy. Looks like she is back at Brannigan's of all places. I don't understand that. What kind of goofball family does she have? Why didn't they take her back to Palermo? Does she hate them that much? I can understand being pissed off with Damian, and I'm sure she doesn't always get on well with her parents. But they're decent people, and they care about her. Why isn't she with them? This is just wrong...

I should shut up. I have no right to impose my family's way of dealing with things on her.

I can't believe they left her alone.

Edit: Thank God, her cousin's with her. Izzy seems in a really stroppy mood with me, too. What's up with that? Probably just upset over Piotr. Time enough to deal with it when she's ready to talk.

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Dear Millicent,

I'm thinking of you, tonight. I hope for your greatest happiness. Best wishes, always.

Seth

Enclosed is a blown-glass flower of a deep purple shade.

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Why is it that a simple message from Padma causes tears to run down my face for a good ten minutes? I know I was upset over Parvy, but this is ridiculous!

Go to work. Do not break any glassware today. Or I'll hear more jokes about, "It's okay, Seth; we'll just take it out of your paycheck!" *reluctant snicker*

Damn, just when I was starting to practice my violin again, too. Got to wait until the cuts heal, now.

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Work today was wretched. One of the junior lab assistants spilled water that was boiling for tea all over her fuschia blouse and got scalded. We cast some healing spells on her and got her to the infirmary so she could take something for the pain.

It just kept getting worse. I broke four beakers and three test tubes, today; they just shattered in my hands. When did I become such a klutz? If I didn't own the bloody company, I'm sure they'd have fired me by noon.

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Current Music: "Moonlight Sonata" - Ludwig van Beethoven

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I went to see Gerard Leinardy at the Leaky Cauldron, this evening. He took my testimony, though he seemed to think it might not be necessary, that there had been a confession of some sort, that Piotr was going to testify to something, which is just nonsense. If I remember it right, Piotr was running about the wilds of Scotland half nutters when Izzy cast the crucio. So how could he have been responsible for any of it? I don't remember, though; would have to check the dates. Something's odd about this.

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Piotr wrote, yesterday--and it's a perplexing letter.

He says he's turned himself in--Okay, reasonable. The Ministry were looking for him, and he didn't jump to their beck and call right away. I'm not quite sure I get the bit about him 'revealing himself in person.

But...werecreature detention? Since when has Piotr been a werecreature? I asked Fyodor, and the Pack never saw him wandering around when they'd go Running. He's always been afraid of werewolves; was freaked out by Serafima when he learned that she was one.

Yet he signs himself Piotr and Sergei--and Sergei was a werewolf--if anything that bloody grandfather of Piotr's ever told him was true. Somehow, I think the two of them really did merge. I think I'll ask Professor Adams about that, since he apparently knows what's going on.

I spent a very nice evening with Lilith, last night. I told her she should come visit more often. Mum asks after her, sometimes, and so does Grandmother.

Still no word from Millicent. The contract is up in less than a week. I feel really edgy.

Criscuoli & Sons have accepted the job and have begun looking into Erzsebet's ancestry. I hope to hear something soon. If only I knew what to look for. Strange behaviour, I guess. But if Erzsebet can imitate her ancestor as well as the ancestor imitated Erzsebet, it might be very hard to find any historical record of when the change happened.

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I've written to Piotr in Palermo. Looks like Thomason is on to him, if not the Ministry. I hope he did whatever he wanted to do.

Today would have been Dad and Lilith's first wedding anniversary.

*sigh* I'd ring up Raph and Simon to see if they wanted to go somewhere for a drink, but Simon's missing.

You know...I think I'll go to Flourish & Blott's and then to Megan's cafe. I don't want to be depressed, today; it's just going to get worse in a week. Might as well do something good with the day.

Public

All--I'll be visiting Megan's cafe in Diagon Alley, today. I hope I'll get to see some of you there.

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Piotr,

Time's up, mate; Thomason just wrote here. Come on home, if you're not already on the way.

Seth

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Current Music: "Benedictus Qui Venit" - Handel

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I'm going to see if I can visit Isodora, tonight. My last visit with her was a little rough, but I don't know when I'll be able to see her again, after this, so I'm going to see if Alessandro will let me in.

Work continues. We're still laying away influenza potions, and I suspect we will be tomorrow, too. Yesterday's potions work went well, even if I did have to grit my teeth at some of the lovely pharmaceuticals company politics.

Then, there's the other political issue I want to tackle: lycanthrope rights. I'm in a quandary, here. What I do reflects on GMI and affects its employees. I'm going to have to think long and hard about openly tackling the werewolf issue. God knows I want to tackle it. I want to tackle it badly enough that I'd run for political office, for it. But you can't be a one-note politician--not if you want to serve your whole constituency and have them trust you to serve them.

I am not really interested in politics, but I am discovering that politics touches deeply on things I care about and am willing to fight to change.

I need to think about how I can be the most effective. I've applied to the Ministry for entry into the Auror Training Programme, and their replies to my follow-up owls have been lukewarm at best, completely noncommittal at worst. If the Minisry were a Shaolin monastery, I'd suspect them of trying to test my determination. As it's the Ministry, though, I think they're just giving me the brush-off.

I could continue to work my way up the corporate ladder at GMI. As long as I prove myself at least reasonably competent, I could have a ready-made and likely secure future. But I don't really want that. I want more of a challenge in my life than that. I want to work toward something. If I can't be an auror, then I want to work toward bettering things in some other way. Maybe I'll go to University, at some point; I'm still not sure. I know Ben was going, and Dad went, as well.

So crazy. After months of thinking about nothing but NEWTs, so many possibilities are open, and I don't know which one to go for.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: "Verres Militares" - Rondellus

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Today, we started brewing influenza potions. They take several weeks to ferment, so we brew them now, then complete them in mid-October, hopefully in time for fall and the flu season. Of course, there's still the problem of flu virus mutation, so the pre-made potions are still a big roulette game with regard to effectiveness, but there you are. We can't not make any, so we go with the best research we have available.

There's also work on potions for more difficult diseases, but that has to be done with very close attention to Muggle advances, because of the Muggle Protection Act.

Not much going on, lately. I introduced my friend Tom to the Pack, this evening, and they seemed to get along pretty well. Tom is talkign about doing some rock-climbing in the Mendips. That could be fun. I haven't gotten to go rock-climbing or caving in a long time. I'm looking forward to it.

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Current Music: "Time in a Bottle"

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I went to see Isodora, and I'm not sure whether it was a good idea or not.

First off, I went to her room and wes met by some bloke from the Italian Ministry named Alessandro. I'm not sure if he's her defence attorney, or what. Before he would let me go in, he gave me a whole shopping list of Things I Wasn't To Discuss.

I wasn't even permitted to openly discuss Piotr, despite the fact that he isn't germaine to Izzy's case. I found out why, once I got in to see her.

She is depressed beyond belief--though, if I were faced with the prospect of time in Azkaban, I'd be in about that state, too, I think. I couldn't even offer much encouragement, because when Dad was in there, he'd already been Kissed. I'm actually quite surprised that they would send her there before she's even been tried.

Lukas is apparently already there. These Italian blokes move fast.

Current Mood: pensive pensive
Current Music: "The Pina Colada Song" (Some Muggle had it on the radio.)

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I'm back home and back at work, today. Piotr should have been here, too, but he's decided to go a bit AWOL. After all, why shouldn't he? First the Ministry gives him permission to come to Palermo, then they rescind it? Either he's a free man, with no charges against him, or he's not. I don't know how he was allowed to leave the country, in the first place, but they let him. They know where he is; leave him be.

I still wonder about him, though. How long will this new-found apparent stability last? There's no telling. He didn't revert to the fearful or very young personalities for the rest of the time I was there. Maybe Decisive Piotr will stay around for a while.

I'm going to try to visit Isodora in St. Mungo's, this evening. I've no idea whether the Ministry will let her have visitors, but perhaps I can at least get a letter in to her.

Still no word on Erzsebet. It's like she's vanished into the mist , along with Volkas. I'm going to try some other avenues of investigation, though. This person in Erzsebet's body is an ancestor, so it might be possible to look into the activities of Erzsebet's recent ancestors. With the ease she had, speaking modern English, I'm betting this ancestor comes from no earlier that 1870 or so.

I think I might engage Criscuoli & Sons for this, though. I get the impression, from what I've heard about them from Nathan and Megan that they're a lot more experienced with sneaky detective work than my family's solicitors are.

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I attended my first Catholic Mass ever--in Italian, today, with Piotr. I wasn't sure if I should attend Communion or not. Really, the biggest difference between the CoE and Catholicism is that we don't look to the Pope as the head of our church, among a few other things. But I know Catholics are very picky, so I sat this one out.

I guess you've all seen the news about Isodora's arrest, by now. Here at her family's house, we're still waiting for word.

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It's the middle of the freaking night, and I can't sleep, nor will I bother to try.

I don't know how or why, but the Italian Ministry have arrested Isodora and Lukas. If they've performed a Priori Incantum on her wand, they'll find the imprint of the Cruciatus that she cast on Lukas. I just hope they also find the Potentia Caritas. Maybe that will save her from Azkaban; I don't know.

The idea of anyone I care about having to go to Azkaban makes me want to be sick. Even Blaise's Dad--and he was trying to kill us.

I don't understand what the hell happened. As far as I knew, Izzy and Lukas were just going somewhere to perform the ritual of Hecate's Supper. Why would the Italian Ministry descend upon a religious ritual? Why arrest anybody for performing a religious ritual? It doesn't make sense.

Unless maybe the Italian Ministry have had their eye on these people for their dubious activities regarding the Muggle Protection Act? And maybe Izzy is not considered a victim because she cooperated with them?

The hell if I know.

I'll have to tell Izzy's father sometime today that I knew she had cast an Unforgivable and that I didn't report her. The Ministry here might even argue that I tried to cover it up. They could even charge me with conspiracy to conceal a crime.

They would be right, technically. Makes me no better than the DE, in a sense.

But I still stand by what I did. Isodora is no sadist. Casting an Unforgivable on Lukas was wrong and a cruel thing to do. But she regretted it afterward and tried to ease the pain she caused him. That's more than any Death-Eater would do.

*sigh* After all the trouble Dad went to, to keep me out of DE-related activities, here I am throwing myself into the middle of a criminal mess. Looks like I'll be writing James another letter. The poor bloke will probably wonder if our entire family has gone mad. I should write to Mr. Thomason, as well. I'll wait until later today for that, though. I want to get a better idea of what happened during the ritual, first.

Oh, god...And I've got to tell Grandmother. And Mum. And Lilith.

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I've just arrived in Palermo. Was very surprised to see Izzy there to meet me at the airport. I figured on flooing to Villa Paradiso and then seeing her tomorrow morning, maybe--She has to be somewhere, later.

The woman drives like a bat out of Hell!

Was very good to see her, though. I'm heading for bed, now.

Zzzzzzz...

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I'll be in Italy this weekend, but I should be home Sunday night. Life seems to have calmed down for a bit; the respite from insanity is nice!

Locally, they're gearing up for the Newent Onion Fayre. This September is the first time I'll have been able to attend in seven years. I'm looking forward to it.

I'm also going to see about volunteering at the Birds of Prey Centre regularly again, now that I'm out of school. I've missed doing that.

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Dear Megan,

I'll be in Palermo, Sicily over the weekend. Is there anything you would like for me to pick up for the cafee while I'm there? Biscotti, maybe? Italian coffees or liqueurs? Some recipes for Michael?

I'm due back Sunday evening, and I'll bring anything you want over to the cafe on Monday around lunch hour..

It was so good to see you, last Sunday. I've missed you since school let out.

Much huggage,

Seth

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Current Music: "The Rose" - Bette Midler

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Today's potions-making: Antibiotic eyedrops for the treatment of conjunctivitis.

I've gotten more into the routine here at the lab and am less bored with the work because I'm learning other tasks I can do here. It's not all endless measuring, distilling, and fermenting. There's also the record-keeping and the need to maintain the lab to Ministry Oversight Standards. We spend a certain part of each day cleaning the equipment removing dust, and so forth. Me, I would just have House Elves do it, but Madam Glover says that using House Elves for cleaning is a sign of laziness and insists that we do the cleaning ourselves, so we do.

Hey, Ron--How did your interview at the Ministry go? You never said anything about it.

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I forgot the birthday of someone very important to me--and I bought the gift ages ago.

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I visited Cafe le Rose Rouge et le Serpent Vert today with Isodora. It was great to see Megan and Michael again. Megan's still very sad, and I know she will be for quite some time; she and Nathan were so extremely wrapped up in each other. Eventually, though, I think she'll be able to love again and take some joy in life.

The cafe looks great! Megan said the design was what she and Nathan came up with in May. I wish Nathan could be here to see it.

It looks like I definitely am going to spend the last weekend of this month in Italy as a guest of Izzy's family. I still almost wonder if she's nutters, inviting me, Piotr, and Lukas there all at once. Believe me, if I were to invite three women to come to Gravesend, Mum would be raising her eyebrows and having some stern words with me. It would just...look odd. But maybe the culture is less straitlaced in Italy--though I doubt it, from the way Izzy describes her mother.

I guess we'll just see how it goes.

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