If she liked spending time on the grounds, baking and doing archery, she liked even more spending time in a good bookstore. She loved running her hand across the spines, feeling the finality of their weight as she lifted them from their places. She liked to learn - she always had. She probably always would.
Today was a rare Saturday where she could actually get away from Hogwarts. She'd decided to take advantage, needing to stock back up on her books - she went through them so quickly. They, of course, had the library at the castle, but she also just liked to get out to Diagon Alley when she could.
She was filled with excitement - perhaps more than any normal person should be at the thought of books - when she entered the shop. She headed straight back to the area that held cookbooks, thumbing through a few, beginning a stack in her arms. As she rounded a corner, she found herself running straight into another person. Books scattered to the floor, and her cheeks flushed. "Whoops. I swear, I have some grace." She joked, reaching down to pick up the books. "Sorry about that." She said, straightening to measure up the man she had basically just assaulted.
Taking a young child into a bookstore probably wasn't one of Adrien's better ideas, but it was one of the few days he got to devote entirely to spend time with her and he wasn't going to waste any of that time by leaving her with the sitter while he did some errands. Perhaps they could pick out some new books for her as well since she was starting to learn to read. That might be enough to keep her happy until they could leave the shop again.
Keeping Adeline's small hand held firmly in his own so that she couldn't wander off, Adrien moved through the shelves of the shop. It wasn't the most crowded he'd ever seen it, so that helped with keeping the five year old in line. However, that changed quickly enough when a young woman turned a corner.
Through sheer father magic, he managed to get Addie out of the way of the falling books despite having just been run into. Immediately after making sure Adelin was okay, he let go of his daughter's hand long enough to help the woman pick up her books, though his eyes stayed mostly on the child. "No harm done," he assured her once they were all collected and both adults were standing again.
Zen brightened at the sight of a child by the man's side. She had always loved children, that was probably what had drawn her back to the teaching atmosphere a few years ago. It didn't matter that she'd learned that she couldn't have kids of her own last year, due to a muggle doctor finding some sort of mass and ultimately deciding her health was more important than her possible future children. She guessed she'd just live vicariously through the Hogwarts students. That, and adoption, someday, when the time was right.
She turned her smile to the actual adult part of the conversation, straightening her books in her arms. "No, but I really just need to pay more attention where I'm going." She stuck out her hand towards him then, such a formal, muggle-type gesture. She did it without thinking. "I'm Zen....I figure you should know the name of the person who tried to attack you in the bookstore."
Once everything was collected and everyone was on their feet properly, Adrien immediately reached for Addie's hand again. The bookstore had a few people in it and he wasn't really keen on losing his child among them. And she did have a tendency to get distracted and wander off if he wasn't keeping a close enough eye on her. It made going out an adventure each and every time they did it.
When he was presented with a hand, Adrien followed his instinct to shake it. It was the only polite response after all. "Adrien," he returned, giving her a smile to show that he really meant it when he said he wasn't fussed about being run into. He motioned down to the child at his side. "And this is Adeline." The woman had not asked about the child, but it was a habit of his to introduce them both if they were out together. "I also wouldn't call it an attack. An accident, yes, but not an attack. Unless you were aiming to run into me?"
She let her eye wander over the little girl. She was very pretty, with dark hair and dark eyes that mirrored the man who held on so tightly to her. She didn't want to creep her or the man out, though, so she didn't let her gaze linger too long. Wouldn't want anyone to think her some sort of kidnapping psycho or something, after all. Best not to come off as too much of an oddball.
The man introduced himself and the girl, and she beamed at both of them, before addressing the girl directly. "That's a very pretty name. I like your jumper, too." She said, paying the girl a compliment and hoping it wasn't too out of place. "And, no. I had no malicious motives behind my movements, I swear. What brings you guys to the bookstore, anyhow?"
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Adrien couldn't help the soft smile as the woman addressed Addie. Some parents might find strangers talking to their kids weird, but he honestly preferred that to ignoring the child was there. That certainly didn't seem good for her development as much as learning more social skills. Plus he knew Addie liked people much more than he did, so it was probably even enjoyable for her.
"We were just picking up a few things that came in. And maybe getting some new books for the little one here," he said as he smiled down at Addie. "And you?" Asking what someone was doing in a book shop seemed a bit silly, but she'd asked first so Adrien felt comfortable with it.
Zen hadn't been able to resist addressing the girl. She was always so conscious of the presence of children, and her eyes always went immediately to them when they were in the room. Maybe it was overcompensation on her part, but she just liked talking to kids. Maybe someday she'd adopt or something. That could be the next step in her life, moving forward.
She looked back at the man as he asked her business there, and she shrugged a little. "Partly, I just wanted to get away from the castle for a bit - I teach up at Hogwarts. Another part of me also needed to try some new recipes, so I thought I'd look for some new cookbooks. I like to bake, and I feel like I've run a little short on inspiration lately..."
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Adrien could understand and respect the need to get away from work for a little while. He often found himself wishing for the time to do that when he was particularly swamped. Although that was probably a lot to do with wanting to be there for his daughter and less because his job was draining him. He really did like his job.
"Oh?" he said looking at her curiously. "What do you teach there?" He would never be able to teach. That was too much pressure, because running a whole department in the ministry wasn't pressured at all. But there was a difference between that and being responsible in some way for the next generation. All he really had to do was organize professional Quidditch and a few other things.