Evanna had no backbone, and Riona Belanger questioned whether her brother had a backbone for dating her. Riona tried her best to be civil and encouraging; her brother had experienced a terrible tragedy, and with all her might, she would support Kody because she loved him more than anything besides their sister, except maybe power. It was a difficult toss-up. She would probably choose her siblings if it came down to it, but in the meantime, it was probably best that never happened.
So she would prime Evanna. She would get to know her. She would pretend that she was okay with them becoming sisters-in-law. She had invited Evanna out to eat for lunch, Riona's treat, and Riona had arrived early to wait, a glass of wine on its way and a proper Belanger smile on her lips.
It was interesting, that Evanna was about the same age difference from Kody as she was from Riona. Considering that they were both girls, it was probably expected that she would have gotten on better with the eldest Belanger girl, than she did with Kody. It had clearly not happened that way. That probably said something.
But Riona had invited her out for lunch, and Evanna would never dream of saying no. Imagine the issues that that would cause, and frankly, she did not need that in her life. Reaching the restaurant perfectly on time, as was her habit - unless it was Kody, in which she occasionally arrived early because she knew that he would certainly already be there - she was directed towards her table.
"Riona," she greeted, once she was appropriately close enough.
Riona rose from her spot abruptly to take Evanna into her arms as if she was her sister. Evanna was, of course, no such thing, but she was dating her brother, for better or for worse, and she would make an effort to at least give her a chance, even if Riona was sure she didn't deserve one.
"How are you, my darling Evanna?" she asked calmly, moving away to size her up before returning to her seat, just as her glass of wine arrived. "Please, help yourself to anything--wine, food, dessert, it's all my treat." Her mind was active as she tried to analyze Evanna's, her eyes set perfectly on the other woman and a perfectly innocent smile adorning her features.
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As Riona rose to her feet, Evanna returned the embrace. She was not really one for hugging - it had never been a common occurence in her family at all, and so it being done so casually was not exactly a thing she was used to. However refusing an embrace was rude, and Evanna did have her manners.
"I'm really well," she answered, which was the truth. Work was perhaps a little bit messy, with them investigating some disappearances but... She was good. She'd moved in with Kody, and that was exciting, and nice, and had been a wonderful decision to make. "How about yourself?"
Disappearances? Riona was very intrigued. "I'm wonderful, Evanna," she said, and she slid back into her seat, just as her glass of wine arrived. "How is work?" Perfect conversation. Perfect segway into what she'd overheard. She sipped on her wine but set it down and sat up properly, waiting, anticipating.
How was work? Well that was a question and a half. "Interesting," she answered, sitting down in her own seat. When Riona's glass of wine arrived, she ordered herself a glass of wine to drink. "We've been investigating a couple of disappearances, and there's the usual spike of crime that seems to come around this time of year." Not that they had found much of anything yet. "What about yourself? How are you finding it?"
"Disappearances?" Riona said almost immediately. "Do you have any leads?" She leaned forward a little in her seat and quirked an eyebrow. Even if Evanna wouldn't properly talk about work, maybe Riona could convince her to think about it. "Work is work. Nothing particularly fruitful yet to report, but I am just the lowly assistant, so I won't expect anything just yet." It wasn't entirely truthful, but it wasn't entirely a lie either.
Did they have any leads? The short answer was no, not quite. The longer answer was that she had to be careful with what she was saying to Riona. "I'm not going to go that far into it," she stated. "We're following a couple of leads. They don't look to be connected at the moment, so that is making is harder." There didn't seem to be a lot suggesting that at least.
She looked at Riona and her lip curled a little bit. "Lowly assistant doesn't mean that you do not hear things. Sometimes people are less careful around what they say when they don't think you're that important."
"But the disappearances, Evanna--do those seem related too?" Riona asked, sure the answer was obvious. "Are they Ministry workers, common people--when will the Ministry of Magic release more information to the public?" Her company was right, of course, about people being less careful around "the help," as Riona might call them, but sometimes people were less careful even in their own thoughts.
"Nothing of particular interest, I'm afraid," she lied, but she said it so nonchalantly, sighed so boredly, that her words were perfectly befitting a woman who was tired of her work. Riona sat up in her seat instead of leaning forward now; she had no reason to be so interested anymore. "Do you know what you want to order yet? I can summon a server when you're--oh, il arrive maintenant avec du vin. Yours, I suspect."
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"They don't, no," at least not at this point in time. There was only one thing that was tying all of the disappearances together. Their blood status. And that was not a strong enough connection to decisively say that they were linked. She didn't answer the first question, instead going to the next one. "You can try weaseling that answer out of your brother." He would have a better idea of when the ministry planned on releasing more information. She stewed over the question that she had not answered - they were not just one group of people. There was ministry workers, there was shop workers, there had been others from all types of jobs. It just didn't seem to link.
Nothing of interest? How tiresome. She briefly wondered whether that was the truth, but did not stew very much on that thought. "Yes I'm ready to-" and there was her wine. "Thank you," she said, as the server placed it down onto the table, and then gave them her meal order.
Riona tried weaseling many things out of her brother: gossip, common sense, better taste. She always seemed to come up short. They shared a glass of wine, a good laugh, and then went their separate ways, not to speak again for quite some time, perhaps too long for siblings who might want to remain united against the tyranny of their parents.
It was a difficult life.
"Merci," Riona said to the server, even though Evanna had already given her thanks; she ordered her meal and waited for the server to leave; and she turned back to her lunch partner and said, "Where do you see yourself in a decade, Evanna?"
As the server walked away, Evanna turned her attention back to Riona, and then raised an eyebrow. "I was not aware I was coming to dinner for a job interview," she said mildly. Though talking to Riona did have its similarities, you did tend to have to watch what you were saying.
Ten years from now, where did she want to be? "I'd hope to have a family." She would be thirty five - that was not a pleasant thought - so she would hope to have some children. "Depending on how the department plays out, I'd like to move up from being a standard auror." If somewhere along the line Kody got promoted again... "What are your thoughts?"
Riona ignored the retort but said to Evanna's initial answer, "With my brother, of course," as if it was, in fact, not bothersome to her and should be accepted worldwide. "Of course we would both hope for promotions: we're smart women, you and I, and we won't settle.
"Enough about me. Tell me more about you." She swirled the wine in her glass slowly and carefully and watched her company with an expectant smile.
Evanna looked at Riona, it was difficult to tell at times exactly what the other woman thought of her. Some things would be so much easier if people were forthright with their thoughts. Though that could also create a great deal of problems. "I hope so," she answered. "I would like to still be with him in ten years."
"And what else would you care to know about me, Riona?" she asked. "Though you have said so little about yourself. I would hate to dominate the topic of conversation."
What are your intentions with my brother, she thought, and why have you chosen him over anyone else? "Who are you as a person, Evanna? I mean, really, besides what people see when you're on duty. We've barely talked since we were children, and my brother is careful not to talk about you too much, lest Maia and I tease him.
"You're dating my brother, whom I love dearly, so I'm naturally very curious. You say you want a family. Do you plan to marry my brother? Will you take time off work to raise them, or will you hire a caretaker? What are you really passionate about?"
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