As she came into the office, Evanna's mind was whirling over the things which she needed to achieve that day. She had to finish off a report over an arrest she had made the evening before, she had a couple of leads to try follow up about some of the disappearances, and then there was probably eighty four different things that were going to get thrown at her over the course of the day. Such was life in the department of law enforcement.
Despite the fact that she was living with Kody, he had left for work earlier, and was already somewhere around the department. He did have a lot more work on his plate since he had become head auror. She was trying to help where she could.
Moving through the department towards the auror office, she saw Hermione Granger coming the other direction, and gave her a nod of greeting. "Good morning."
The woman sighed as she looked over the file before her. It seemed as if all the case files that passed over her desk recently was about the disappearances of people. On the one hand she found she was fine not being in the thick of all of the investigations as the Aurors were, on the other she felt as if there was more that she could do. Dreadfully so and handling the things she did now just didn't feel like enough.
Biting down on the corner of her lip, Hermione closed the file and put it in the small stack she was currently dealing with. She was nearly always in early to work in spite of her husbands protests at times. There was just too much to do and not enough time in the world, which went dreadfully when you were used to being able to accomplish everything weeks in advance compared to your friends. Shaking off the growing exhausted-restless mix she seemed to be in a permanent state of, Hermione gathered up her folders and made to go down to the next hall over.
It was just as she opened the door that a memo flew in, landing atop the rest of the items she carried in her arms. She frowned at it, bemused, before pulling it open and exiting the room. Hermione's in the midst of half-reading and half-paying attention to her surroundings when she hears a voice. Immediately stepping back as a precaution she stops to find who hailed her.
"Oh!" She exclaimed in minute surprise, soft smile tugging on her lips, "morning to you, too, Evanna! Just getting in?" She moved a hand to the top of the cases to align them properly before glancing up. She didn't have much time today but, well-- "Would you like to go for lunch today? Ron might murder me if I skip lunch as well as breakfast today." Especially considering she barely ate the night before and he knew she skipped lunch, too, but that wasn't something she always paid attention to. Eating at work felt more like a privilege some days.
Evanna liked to make a point to try and be friendly towards her supervisors, because that was how you kept your job, and kept moving on upwards. Though she was now dating one of her supervisors, but that was a different matter, they had been dating before Kody had been promoted to head auror. The point was, that being on friendly terms with the people in her department was something she aimed to do, because it could only seek to benefit her. And well, Evanna was also just a friendly person, and liked being on good terms with people. A little bit of both.
"I am, yes," she said, and wondered how long that Hermione had been here for. Probably at least a little while. She must have an awful lot on her plate - if the papers in her hand were anything to go from. She was a little startled at the offer for lunch, but smiled. See, being friendly paid off. Because going for lunch with one of the higher ups in the department was certainly a good thing. Both in building a reputation for herself, but also perhaps Evanna could prod a little about the other goings on in the department and learn some things.
"I would love to," she said, and despite the benefits that she was thinking about, it was earnest. "Might help draw me away to actually eat too," she said with a joking smile. "Whenever suits you, I can work around that." Hermione was very likely far busier than she was, so working around her schedule seemed better.
Hermione smiled softly, relaxing if even for a moment. With all the disappearances she'd found she hardly time to breathe lately. It didn't help that Christmas was quickly passing them by and she hardly had time do anything of the festivities with her children. It seemed Ron had taken up that with vigor, but it didn't assist her in feeling any less like a poor mother for not properly managing all of the factors of her life.
But interpersonal relationships in her department remained important to her-- Knowing the staff and the men and women who worked hard to protect them and risked their lives for them was of the utmost importance to her. As was finding the answers they needed or changing the way things worked, but those were slow, never-ending processes. She'd been working hard on her communication skills.
So she's gladdened when Evanna accepts her offer. Hermione had grown quite fond of having lunch with the other woman on the occasions they managed to. "Oh, excellent," she exclaimed with half a laugh at the pair of them-- She liked meeting someone who was as hardworking as she was.
"Noon, I think. Will that do?" She questioned easily. Well aware of the fact if she didn't set a proper time she would certainly work through lunch entirely and return home to a rather upset husband. "I was thinking of stopping by the bakery nearby if you'd be interested," she suggested, "other wise the sandwich shop has a wonderful special today." It's feeble conversation, really, and she knows it. But her mind seems to be running full course ahead to the workload ahead of her and maybe lunch was a terrible idea today--
She wished she knew what was going on in the minds of those higher up in the department. She knew the details that Kody shared with her, but outside of that... how worried were they actually? What did they know that they were not sharing with the rest of the department? Or was there anything they knew that they were not sharing.
It was times like this where Evanna could really feel the weight of being an auror, and she couldn't imagine what it must be like during a time of war. She'd barely been old enough for Hogwarts during the war, let alone doing anything about it. What it must have be like to have to try and protect the people then... and with Voldemort in charge of the ministry...
"Noon sounds perfect," that was about the time she took her lunch break regardless, so she wouldn't have booked anything over that, and things could be shuffled around if need be. "The bakery sounds fine for me," she said with a smile.