If only the next few months would move quickly. Maia tired of being an intern - as interesting as it was. She wanted to move up, to keep on rising, and moving from an intern to a specialised part of the department was certainly the step towards that. In a couple of months that would be a possibility, it was quite frustrating to have to be an intern. Although she was still certainly proving her worth.
She was pleased to find that the elevator was empty when she entered it - which perhaps meant that she would not need to interact with someone again for the day. Not that she was particularly opposed to holding conversations - they could be a great deal of fun, and use - but an overload of it was also not what she wanted.
Post by NIKOLAI VITALI ALEKSANDROV on Mar 19, 2017 23:36:57 GMT -6
telling lies like second nature.
The amount of time Nikolai actually spent in the Ministry building proper largely depended on his mood that day. There were days when he was so full of restless energy that the only place he could deal with it was out on the field, but there were also days when he was actually quite content to sit at a desk and fill in the many papers he neglected on his restless days. It paid to do his job well after all, or he'd just forgo the papers entirely. They were often a waste of time, but he supposed he could understand why having everything documented could come in handy. That didn't make it any less of an annoyance though.
Luckily he'd gotten all caught up with his papers and wouldn't have to worry about them again any time soon. He was free to spend more of his time out of the office and chasing after people. The magical aspect was why he'd followed his sister into her career path and he was loathe to be separated from it for too long. Plus it was nice to be doing things legally. It was less troublesome later.
Noting the time, he stood and stretched. It wasn't too late yet, but it was still a respectable time to be leaving work for the day. Hopefully the more obscure time would allow him the luxury of not running into anyone for the rest of the day. However, that idea was shot straight down when he reached the elevator only to find someone already inside. Nikolai walked inside the small enclosed box and stood to the opposite side of the young woman without striking up a conversation. This had not been part of his plan at all.
Quite unfortunately, an elevator to herself did not seem to be happening for Maia today. A man got into the elevator on the Department of Law enforcement, and she eyed him. Almost everyone in the ministry was worth talking to, it did not hurt to grow your sphere of contacts. You never knew when people could be useful, even in departments that were not quite so political.
So despite having wanted an empty elevator, she was not about to stand there in silence. Things did not get done if you let time or possibilities get away from you simply because you did not feel like dealing with them in that moment. Maybe this person could be useful. She did hope so. "Good afternoon," she greeted with a smile.
Post by NIKOLAI VITALI ALEKSANDROV on Apr 21, 2017 22:33:01 GMT -6
telling lies like second nature.
It would seem like his plan of just standing in silence wasn't going to be fulfilled today as the woman sharing the elevator with him spoke. Through some miracle, Nik managed to keep his expression neutral, turning his eyes to the young lady. She didn't need to know that he was annoyed. That would not serve any purpose, so it was something he'd keep to himself. He could play along with her games for now. Elevator rides weren't very long after all. "Afternoon," he replied before turning his eyes forward again. His body language made it quite clear that while he wasn't going to be so rude as to ignore her, he wasn't going to expend more effort than he had to either.
Maia watched the man, and while she kept her expression neutral and pleasant, she was the faintest bit amused. His posture showed that he did not want to talk, and his thoughts betrayed that even more clearly. Perhaps she could have left things well enough alone but that was not in her nature.
A lot of people that worked in the ministry could be useful, and she was not going to let people or opportunities get away from her until she had decided whether they were worth it or not. Though it was unfortunate that some people seemed to make that difficult. "What department do you work in?" The answer to that might determine whether or not it was worth pulling teeth.
Post by NIKOLAI VITALI ALEKSANDROV on Jun 9, 2017 18:52:58 GMT -6
He would really like it if people that weren't his sister would just leave him alone, but of course Nikolai wasn't that lucky. It was just his luck that he'd gotten stuck on an elevator with someone that wanted to chat with him. This was incredibly inconvenient when all he wanted to do was leave. "I'm a hit wizard," he said again to not be too rude. But that was all she was getting from him. He didn't care enough to ask what she did or why she was interested in him.
Well, he was not a very talkative one, was he? At the very least he could be polite and return the question. People were so often not polite. What a shame. A Hit Wizard. Did she care enough about a hit wizard to keep trying? Knowing people within the law could be beneficial in certain circumstances, but was this one? If she wanted to encircle people within law enforcement - ignoring that her brother headed a sub department there - she would be better off finding someone more receptive. There would be people that would be worth it. But perhaps she could learn something about the department, and what was going on. Questioning Kody would hardly get her anywhere, if her brother was not doing his best to avoid meeting up with her. "Must be interesting right now," she mused.
Post by NIKOLAI VITALI ALEKSANDROV on Jul 5, 2017 22:31:08 GMT -6
He really was not here for a conversation right now. After a long day at work all he wanted to do was be left alone. It was bad enough having to deal with his coworkers all day, never mind some strange woman in the elevator.. This ride couldn't end fast enough. His eyes trailed over to her at the comment. "Interesting is one word you could use, I suppose," he conceded. Work was sometimes interesting, though not in the way she was alluding to, because there was only one thing the people in other departments wanted to get out of the law workers.
Well, he had said something more than a direct response to a question. That was something, she supposed. Perhaps his thoughts would betray him and give her something interesting if she prodded some more. Perhaps she would simply end up with an unimpressed elevator partner - though he was there already. "Then what word would you use?"
Post by NIKOLAI VITALI ALEKSANDROV on Jul 23, 2017 16:29:36 GMT -6
"Bothersome." Much like the lady he was stuck in the elevator with. He wasn't sure why people felt the need to strike up conversation with him. He didn't exactly give off the most approachable aura. At least he didn't think so, not usually. Sometimes he could pull out the charming, but that was only if he needed the person for something. A truly rare occurrence.
"If it's bothersome, why do it?" Why stick at something that was bothersome? What was the reason that then made it worth it? People did not do tiring or bothersome things simply for the sake of it. There had to be some sort of higher purpose, of reason for it.
Post by NIKOLAI VITALI ALEKSANDROV on Aug 3, 2017 16:50:31 GMT -6
"Legally sanctioned murder," he said evenly as he looked directly at the young blonde woman. What a great venue for aggression and anger that was. Most people laughed it off when he said that, thinking he was trying to be comical, but honestly he really wasn't.
He was being honest, which perhaps to anyone else should have been concerning, but she felt a somewhat steely amusement. This was interesting. Perhaps he was expecting her to become apprehensive at the comment, but Maia met his gaze, her lip quirking. "Well I cannot blame you for that."
Post by NIKOLAI VITALI ALEKSANDROV on Aug 9, 2017 3:35:00 GMT -6
Eyes already on the woman, it was impossible to miss her lips quirking up. But it was different to people laughing off his morbid answer. It wasn't a poor attempt to clear the air of something that made them uncomfortable. "It's not quite as satisfying as choosing targets myself but beggars can't be choosers." Though choosing was fun at times too. That just ran a higher risk with him permanently in one spot rather than moving around.
This conversation had suddenly gotten more interesting. This was why you pushed strangers into conversations, because there was always the chance of learning curious things. "I can imagine that it would not be," she commented. "The price you pay to appear to be following the laws."