Chapter 6:

I cleared my throat and sat up a little straighter. "I have an announcement to make." Everyone stopped their individual conversations and looked at me curiously. "I have just been informed that I will have my first "job" as a part of my Department. I'll be going to an undisclosed dragon reserve for an undisclosed amount of time as soon as my partner from that reserve shows up, which should be any day now. I just got the news at the beginning of the week and I'm told it's a big deal."

Molly was sharp I had to give her that. She immediately looked at Charlie. "So that's what you're doing here!" She looked at him with a bit of ire. "Why didn't you just tell us?"

"Well I didn't want to steal Hermione's thunder," Charlie shrugged. "I doubt she'd have appreciated it if she had come here today intending to make her announcement just for everyone to tell her that they already know."

Ron laughed at that, "He has a point mum. I mean no one likes to have the wind taken out of their sails like that."

Arthur nodded, "It is a big opportunity though. People who do the dragon reserves first almost always end up placed very highly in that department if they succeed and since it's you I wouldn't doubt you'll succeed and be the department head in another decade."

I smiled at Arthur. "Thank you, that is something to work toward." I finally turned to Charlie. "So I'll be going with you to Romania? You're going to be my partner?"

Charlie nodded and swallowed a mouthful of food. "Yeah, you never know how long you're going to be gone though. But at least you have a heads-up; you'll have a familiar face around to help you out. And since we're partners we'll be seeing a lot of each other." Was it my imagination or did he emphasize that last part. "In fact, until you are settled into your job, you'll be staying in my house."

I am not proud to say that when he told me that my brain went into a bit of a spiral, straight into the gutter as several wonderful scenarios played before my eyes. I shook myself out of it and thanked Charlie for his generosity. Apparently it would take a few days at the very least for the managers at the reserve to deal with finding a place for her, or rather making a place for her. Also, according to Charlie, the less of a nuisance she made herself by asking about housing, the faster and better her place would be built.

The rest of dinner progressed rather quietly; everyone seemed to be a lost to the rest of the world all the way through dessert. Finally Hermione, faking fatigue told everyone goodnight and apparated back to her place, not seeing the pair of bright blue eyes that followed her figure as she left the house.