It was a week before Christmas and Sebastian had just hit thirty years old. Due to the influx of work due to the holiday season beginning to bloom, the date had sneaked up on him a little bit until his healers were shoving him back out the door that morning because for whatever reason they refused to let him work on his birthday. It was kind of nice to know that they cared that much, but it was also a bit annoying because there was always so much to do in December. Either way, he had been barred from the hospital for the day and Rei was busy with work herself so Sebastian just decided to go back home and try to relax. Though by relax he meant do work from home. He always had something lying around that he could work on.
However, it seemed the fates were against that today, because no sooner had he settled down with a cup of tea and some paperwork, there was a knock on his door. That never really happened unless he was expecting someone, but he had no plans that day. And the only person that really came around didn't knock anymore. Frowning and taking the mug of tea along for the ride, Sebastian headed to answer his door. "Oh," he said at the sight of his brother on the other side. "Hello, Gabriel."
Gabriel was smiling on the other side of the door, his camera around his neck, his body covered in warm clothing. There was snow on his head and shoulders, but he didn't much mind. Sure, it was cold, but seeing his brother warmed him right up, and he went in for a hug without saying anything.
"Hello, Sebastian," he said against the other boy before breaking the hug. "How are you? Can I come in?" He didn't look particularly busy. Not that Gabriel wasn't going to go inside one way or another.
Making sure the mug of tea wasn't upset with the movements, Seb moved to hug his brother back without complaint. It was a nice surprise to see the boy on the other side of his door. "Of course you can come in," he said with a shake of his head. "What kind of silly question was that?" He would never turn the boy away. He was the only family Seb really cared about anymore.
He moved out of the way to give entry before addressing the second question. "I'm fine. Old, but fine," he muttered the last part to himself more than his brother. "How long has school been out?" Or maybe Gabe had flown the coop early. That honestly wouldn't be surprising.
"I was going to come in anyway," Gabriel pointed out, as if Sebastian didn't expect that. "You're hardly old." He walked through the doorway and shook the snow off himself. "Compared to me, you're ancient, but you've got a hundred years left in you.
"Yesterday, actually. I've been planning to come here for a week, but Hogwarts got in the way. What are you doing today?"
"I feel old," he muttered though it was mostly to himself and not to his brother. Gabriel did have a point though. As wizards, they were expected to live quite a long time. In wizard time thirty was next to nothing. But that didn't help how he felt. There was so much he still wanted to do with his life, but it also constantly felt like time was slipping away from him.
"Hogwarts has a tendency to do that," he said with a smile as he headed back into the apartment now that the teenager was also inside. "I was going to get some work done from home since my team won't let me through the doors today, but that can wait since you're here."
"You should feel old," Gabriel said casually. "You overwork yourself. You've probably worked a lifetime by now." He deposited his coat and gloves and rubbed his hands, fighting off the bit of chill that had still reached them through the fabric.
"Anything exciting? Anything I can help you with? You know I'll never get in the way." He smiled earnestly, hoping to get a look at whatever Sebastian was doing.
"I don't overwork," he argued but it came out weakly. He was actually quite sure he overworked himself. There was little else that he ever did. Work, spend time with Aurelia, work some more. He could probably use a vacation but it never felt like the right time. Even having a day off felt like too much. What if something went wrong and they needed him?
"It's just filing some stuff and making sure reports are in order, nothing terribly exciting." Or well what was in the reports was probably a little exciting to someone that didn't work in healing, but otherwise it was just tedious busy work. "It can wait, like I said."