"Shoot," Aurelia muttered as she looked at the time, moving quickly up her street. She hadn't meant to lose track of it, but she'd gotten caught up in her research at the anima labs and everything else had momentarily drifted away. She wasn't awfully late, it was only a handful of minutes, but considering that Sebastian was coming to her house, it might have been better if she was actually there before him.
Though him waiting was something of a role reversal. Before she'd met Emery, and had gotten involved in Anima Magus she more or less just moved between work and home. Hanging on with Seb or Gus when they managed to untangle themselves from their busy jobs. It was admittedly nice to not feel as though she was just waiting for them to be free, she didn't feel anywhere near as lonely as she had in the months before she had met Emery.
Seb was on her doorstep. "Hi, sorry," she said quickly, kissing him on the cheek and then moving to unlock the door. "I didn't mean to make you wait in the cold." Not that inside was really that much warmer at the moment, before leaving fires burning was dangerous, and she had neither the muggle means of heating or the ability to do so magically.
Apparently Sebastian was actually capable of tearing himself away from his work for other people. It was a weird, new thing he was doing. But it wasn't the worst thing to ever happen to him. In fact, it was probably one of the better things. His stress levels had gone down considerable now that he wasn't trying to shoulder everything on his own. Turns out that most of the people under him were actually competent to some degree and could handle things. Especially the ones that had been under him for a few years now. They definitely knew how he liked to run things.
Spending time with Aurelia was always nice too. It didn't happen quite as often as Seb really wanted it too, because they were both busy people, but it was nice when things lined up and they got to spend time. Except that she wasn't answering his knock. That was weird. He was decently sure he hadn't mixed up the days or times again. Maybe. He double checked and found that he was right. Odd.
Then he heard her. Turning, Seb smiled at the kiss on his cheek. He wanted to ask where she'd been off to that made her late, but that could wait until they were both inside and out of the cold. "I haven't been here that long," he told her as they headed inside. The place was a bit chilly, so he did a quick heating spell to fix that. It was better than being cold while it heated up. Maybe he should offer to set up something to keep it warm while she wasn't home. Getting back to the cold can't have been nice. He'd ask later. "How's your day been?"
"That's good!" she said as they stepped inside into the chilly house. It would have been rather unfortunate for him if she had left him out in the cold for too long. It was not the most pleasant weather to be out in. As the house warmed up a little, her eyes flickered to Sebastian. That must have been nice, to be able to heat up a house with such ease. Just took a moment and... it was one of the many things that made not having magic difficult.
Frowning slightly, she moved further into the house and towards the fireplace. "It was nice," she said, bobbing down beside the fireplace to start getting it going. "I got some of my writing done, I saw Emery." She hadn't actually seen Emery today, as her friend hadn't been in the labs, but that was the cover that she used for when she had been there herself - as she couldn't very well say where she had been. "How was yours?" she glanced over her shoulder at him as she asked the question.
Seb was really glad that Aurelia was getting out more. When the two of them had first met it had sounded like she didn't know many people, being sort of stuck in between two worlds and not really belonging to either. It was good that she'd made even just one friend that wasn't him or Gus. They were both so busy, leaving her on her own too often. It had never sat well with him so he'd done what he could to make more time in the day. It wasn't like a chore or anything though. The breaks were good for him as well. "I'm glad you got to spend some time with her," he said sincerely.
Moving further inside himself, he shed the heavier of his two coats, having never really been a creature of the cold despite being born in winter. The spell he'd done hadn't gotten rid of all the cold, but it had done enough that he wouldn't freeze if he took off a layer. "Work is awful in the winter. Everyone decides to be extra foolish." Like playing with spells that froze things when things were already frozen. Apparently the ice over lakes didn't appreciate it and he'd had to take care of some frozen hands and faces and stuff.
Seb's sincerity made her pause for a moment. She did feel a little bad lying to him, considering how big a part of her life this was snowballing into. But there was a reason that it was a secret, and she didn't know how he would react to finding out. Maybe for the time being it should stay one? "I am too," she said with a smile. "She's lovely." Hopefully Emery would be there the next time that she was at anima. That would be nice.
Aurelia gave him a sympathetic grimace. "I can imagine they would." People were foolish enough at the best of times, but she could see how winter would make that worse. "What was your most exciting thing to deal with today?" she asked him.
"It's good that you've got her." It eased his conscience about being so busy all the time and it seemed to make Aurelia happier. That was all he could really ask for. He'd never been concerned with the fact that he spent so much time at work until he had her to worry about as well. It was always just something that was. "Am I ever going to get to meet her?" he asked with a soft smile. He liked to know the people that made people he cared about happy.
He thought about her question for a moment. There were quite a few things he could use as his answer, but he wanted it to be something especially exciting and not just something standard. "Someone had managed to turn their hand into ice. Not just coating it in ice. It was literally like an ice sculpture."