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June 6th, 1889 — Ministry of Magic

If one held to the letter of things, this was not Aldous' job.

As the head of a department, simple business matters were far beneath him, even when the individual involved was from a foreign nation. For newcomers, though, the wizard tended to make an exception—international co-operation, after all, began at home; it would not do, in his opinion, for a foreigner to return home and claim mistreatment by their British hosts!

And so, the wizard found himself at his desk across from Mr. Holm. Immediately, he found himself surprised by how young the Danish wizard was—family money, Aldous swiftly concluded, but not a great deal of it. Still, Aldous had seen young Hogwarts graduates that he would have placed as older.

"Of course, you'll need not make the journey to the Ministry offices often," Aldous reassured Holm, having slid the paperwork across the table to the young landowner, "but for initial paperwork, I'm sure you can understand why it might be best to handle the matter in person."
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— Aldous walks with a cane and pronounced limp as the result of a splinching accident. —

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Bragi had not expected to be greeted by the Head of the department, and so he was rather flustered. To go from wandering the garden to sitting in a civic kankedort in the space of an hour was quite a culture shock. But he maintained a semblance of grace, no blush on his pale face, no widening of the eyes — though it had taken a bit of effort not to stare when he'd first met Mr Crouch, for he was a most striking fellow. Tall, regal and with a curious limp that made him appear older than his years, he felt like a quiet hero from one of Bragi's novels — making him all the more intimidating.

Having shown the papers to his father when he'd first been given them for reference, all Bragi had left to do now was sign them — a more awkward process than he'd anticipated, what with an important Ministry official witnessing, but he managed it well enough. "Of course", the young Dane replied a little breathlessly as he skimmed a paragraph on farming practices and regulations. "Though I don't begrudge the trip at all. The Ministry is... is rather magnificent", he accidentally over-exaggerated (though he did mean it!). "But I imagine it doesn't always seem as such to those who see it each day."
"I suppose you're right," Aldous agreed after a moment's consideration. Much of the architectural work was quite intricate, and while the wizard himself might bemoan some of the bureaucratic elements of his post, he had to admit these were hardly the fault of the building which contained them. "On both counts," the wizard added with a smile.

"I do hope the translation charms have proven up to snuff—our usual Danish translator recently retired, and his replacement, I believe, is still getting his bearings within the department."

— Aldous walks with a cane and pronounced limp as the result of a splinching accident. —

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