Aurelia had not had Christmas with her parents since she had moved out. Considering that she hadn't even been of age by the time she'd moved out, and gone to live with Ignatius for a couple of years until she got on up on her feet, it had been some time. She had no intentions of changing that. The less that she saw her parents, the better that it was for her.
So it was Christmas day, and Rei was lying on the living room floor. Mostly because that's where Rowan had decided to sit, and doing nothing except for patting a rabbit, seemed like the best way to start the morning, actually.
Hearing a knock at the door, she rolled off the floor, brushed rabbit fur off of her clothes, and went to answer it. She was expecting Sebastian, having invited him over for Christmas lunch. And then later in the day, she might dart over to Gus'. She had invited him to lunch too, but he'd sent her a message just a bit before saying that he'd been called into work on something urgent.
That seemed unfortunate. Working on Christmas day. She hoped it wasn't too dangerous. Opening the door, she smiled brightly at Seb. "Merry Christmas."
Since graduating from school, Christmas hadn't really been a time of celebration for Sebastian. He'd joined healer training as soon as he could and so spent most of his holidays making sure other people didn't die from being absolute morons. Part of him new that he should be doing that right now, but surely things wouldn't explode if he left for an hour or so. It was horribly irresponsible of him to duck out on his team, but if he didn't step back for a moment things would probably only get worse. He was exhausted and honestly, stepping away for a bit would refresh him enough to get back to it without accidentally endangering anyone.
When she'd initially posed the idea of Christmas lunch, Seb hadn't been so sure, because of how much he worked over the holidays, but as things got closer it was more than apparent that the time away could only be beneficial. Plus, he could always pop back in at a moment's notice if the need arose. This would be fine. He'd earned a break.
Making sure that nothing would actually explode while he was gone, Seb apparated his way as close to Rei's as he could get without being spotted before quickly walking the rest of the way to her door, knocking once he'd reached it. When it opened and he saw her smiling face, the worry he'd felt all but disappeared. "Merry Christmas," he returned.
She wanted to have a nice Christmas. The way that Christmas was meant to be. A day to spend with the people that she cared about - she would have said her family, but outside of Gus she did not quite care for her family. Not that they cared for her either. But she wanted a Christmas like that. She'd spent her Chrismas' since moving out with Ignatius, but he had about the same feelings on the holiday as she did - both stained by the memories of their parents. But maybe this one could be different.
"I'm so glad you could come," she said brightly, stepping aside to allow him to enter. "I did invite Gus, but he got called in to work on something," she gave a slight shrug. It was a little disappointing, but it might actually make the lunch run more smoothly. Considering that the boys still did not quite get on. Well, that was an understatement. "How are you though?" she asked, leading him further into the house, where Rowan was still sitting on the living room floor.
There was a small part of Sebastian that was happy to hear that Rei's brother would not be joining the two of them, and he immediately felt selfish for it. But it was the first Christmas he'd taken away from the hospital since starting to work there and he didn't really want to get into an argument with someone for his trouble. "Working on Christmas is what I normally do," he admitted a bit sheepishly. She probably already knew that, considering how he was. All the same, he was glad to be near her for such a day. "I've been... well, busy. People get up to all sorts of things this time of year," he replied. "How have you been?"
As they entered the room with Rowan, Seb smiled a bit, moving ahead so he could sit down near the rabbit to pet it before looking back at Aurelia with a sheepish grin. He hadn't meant to abandon her for a rabbit, but it had demanded his attention for a moment.
"I suppose that's a benefit of mostly working for myself," she said. "Though, not quite anymore." She had picked up a job at Flourish and Blotts after all. Which was nice, she liked books, and it kept her busy. Not that her research didn't, but sometimes research was a lot of dead ends.
"I can imagine that they would. Especially if you've got people having poor family get togethers..." She gave a slight shrug of her shoulders. "I'm good. Everything's a bit quiet on my end honestly." He'd just said that he was a busy a lot, and Gus was also busier now that he was heading the Hit Wizards. So that was the people she spent the most of her time around. Not that she could begrudge them that... it was their work, they were going good things. And it wasn't as though she'd ever had a great amount of people in her life, she hadn't had much of a chance to make friends.
Watching Sebastian move over to sit next to Rowan, she smiled. "Oh I see how it is," she said teasingly. "Just here for my rabbit."
"What can I say?" he asked with a teasing smile. "You have a very saucy rabbit and I just can't deny her snuggles when I come over." All the same, he didn't actually stop petting the rabbit. He didn't have any pets himself, having no time to devote to them, so spending time around something that wasn't human was nice. It was refreshing in ways only an animal could be. "You want to join us down here or were you going to sulk in the doorway?" His smile showed her that he was just teasing, keeping the mood light as he tried to keep his mind off his work.
"No, I'm going to keep standing in the doorway," she said, crossing her arms over her chest. And then she grinned, and moved out of the doorway to come and sit on the floor beside Sebastian and Rowan. Leaning against Seb, she reached out to scratch Rowan on the top of his head. "Not going to steal my rabbit there, are you?"
For a brief, admittedly very silly second, Seb thought she actually meant to stay in the doorway. Except then she moved to join him and the rabbit on the floor. He leaned back against her with a smile, still petting the rabbit softly. "I might have to steal your rabbit," he said with mock seriousness.
"Yeah I'm not going to let that one happen," she said, leaning back against him. She was very fond of her pet. "You can go get your own rabbit." Maybe she should get another rabbit, that could be fun. Give Rowan a friend. Give herself another pet to play with... Buying more animals was a great way to deal with feeling lonely, right? Sighing softly, she reached out to gently bop Rowan on the top of his head.
Seb sighed a bit dramatically. "But no rabbit will hold the same place in my heart as Rowan," he said as he bumped his shoulder against Aurelia's a bit. "Plus I have no idea how to actually take care of a rabbit." He couldn't recall any pets when he was growing up, now that he was thinking about it. That seemed a little odd, but he supposed life hadn't really afforded him that luxury.
smiling, she knocked against his shoulder in return. "They're not difficult pets," she said, booping Rowan lightly again. "Though they do need more attention than most people tend to give them. They're social creatures, you can't just leave them in the hutch," she glanced at him. "You weren't really wanting an actual answer to that, were you?"
As Aurelia gave her answer, Seb found himself watching her. He loved to see her when she was passionate about something, even when it was something as simple as caring for her rabbit. "No, I did," he protested. "I can't very well get a rabbit with no idea what I'm doing, can I?" He wasn't sure if it was a serious statement, but he was actually considering it. Rowan would like a friend surely.
At his words Aurelia eyed him. "You're going to get a rabbit?" she questioned. Sometimes she debated getting another rabbit, someone for Rowan to spend time with when she was out of the house. And it wasn't as though adding another rabbit would add that much more work to do... they weren't like dogs, you didn't need to be walking them. "Having pets to come home to is nice." Coming home to something, even if it was a pet was nice.
"I might, yes," he said with a nod. He hadn't seriously thought about it until now, but it wasn't the worst idea he'd ever had. It would be nice to have something there at the end of a long day. His eyes unintentionally moved to Rei at the thought, but he diverted them to Rowan again instead. "I can't remember having a pet before, so it might be a nice change."
Smiling, Aurelia reached out to boop Rowan lightly again. Having a pet around the house certainly made things a little bit less lonely. "I didn't have any either, growing up," she said, glancing back at him. "Well, we had owls but," she gave a slight shrug. That wasn't quite the same. Maybe her childhood would have been a little bit more bearable if she'd had a pet to give her attention to... a being in her house that wanted her there. Ignatius had been away at school most of the year, which left her largely on her own. She sighed softly.