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October 4th, 1890 — Outside of PSYR

By the time Marianne left Mrs. Something's house, she had a headache. This was all to Marianne's inability to work smoothly in a team. She and Mrs. Something were tasked to organize a charity lunchon. The proceeds of that luncheon would go to the wives and children of hit wizards who had died or seriously injured, to the point of being unable to provide for their families. It was a great cause that they were both very passionate about. (Well, Marianne was doing it to look good in public more than she actually cared about the people, if she had to be honest to herself.) Problem was, that they were both very headstrong women, so it was hard to reach a compromise. Marianne wanted to host the event at the Hogsmeade memorial ballroom, whereas Mrs. Something wanted the Irvingly Casino. Marianne wanted chocolate for the dessert, Mrs. Something wanted fruit tarts and the like.

In the end, they agreed to host it at the Irvingly Casino, but go with Marianne's menu suggestion. Pff. After her daughter's scandal, Marianne wanted to avoid Irvingly at all costs. She had heard that she and the man who had stolen her brain and ruined her life lived in Irvingly. Marianne wouldn't be surprised if she found out that her daughter lived in some modest cottage, with domestic servants for neighbours. Her poor, sweet girl! Whenever Marianne thought about her daughter's new situation in life, after her anger, she felt concern. Melody would probably die within a year or two. She wouldn't be able to handle being poor. And if poverty didn't kill her, that Reuben Crouch would probably sell her over a card game because the criminals he undoubtedly fraternized with would blackmail him for money.

Those thoughts were racing in Marianne's head as she took the short walk from Mrs. Something's house to the Pendergast finishing school. It was Sunday, so she figured her daughter would be free for a short visit. She was deep in thought, so she almost crashed into another woman.

"Oh, excuse m-" Marianne exclaimed, before it registered to her who she had stumbled upon. Her heart dropped and then her fight or flight mode was activated. Outwardly, she remained composed.


@Melody Crouch


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The hinkypunk incident two days ago had set Melody's nerves on edge. The ministry official to visit their home said it was unlikely for a repeat occurrence, but there was no guarantee. What if the next time a hinkypunk decided to stand outside their home Ben didn't return in time? What if their cook or housemaid followed the light into the woods? Melody would certainly know better now, would everyone else?

She had their new puppy on one of their afternoon walks. The previous owner of Gus insisted he needed frequent walks and exercise otherwise he would be a terror. And, while she enjoyed taking walks with Gus, Melody didn't quite believe anything as cute as him could be a terror. High energy, maybe, but that's why she had Ben. Ben could play with the puppy in a rougher way than she was comfortable with.

Passing by the Pendergast school (an unavoidable relic from her past and her sister's current home), Melody was lost in thought as she felt another woman collide with her. "Oh!" She exclaimed and quickly regained her balance. Only, the woman was no ordinary woman at all, but her mother. "Hello, M-" No, Melody could no longer address the woman with any sort of familiarity. That's what being disowned meant, didn't it? "Hello, Mrs. Finch," she smoothly corrected. "My apologies, I didn't see you."


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It felt odd to be addressed by her daughter as 'Mrs. Finch'. This time last year everything had been normal, Marianne and Melody had probably been sitting at home, discussing something or another. There was something bitter about her child not being her child anymore.

"It's alright, Mrs. Crouch. It is no secret that you are short-sighted," Marianne's tone was cold, veering on the sarcastic. Her lips formed a tight smile. She looked down at Melody's furry companion. The dog was quite cute, even though Marianne was more of a cat person.

"I do not suppose Mr. Crouch is that unable to provide for his family that you need to walk other people's dogs, Mrs. Crouch?"


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Melody bit back a nasty retort of her own and kept her face as passive as she could manage in the circumstance, which, seeing as this was her mother, Melody didn't believe was very passive at all. She took an additional step back from Mrs. Finch so that Gus couldn't sniff or jump on the woman. Gus was still a puppy yet, he hadn't had the grasp of etiquette Melody might've wished for.

"No, he's our dog," Melody said calmly. "We'll have such few nice days left before winter is here, I thought to enjoy it with a walk." Melody would not — could not — address the state of their finances with her mother. As it was, she was all too aware of her slightly tattered hem and last season's dress. "Would you care to join me?"


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Marianne knew her child and she was quite impressed by how gracefully she had taken her verbal attacks. Part of her felt a sense of pride. She had taught her girls to be elegant and composed when they were met with an opponent. She was also somewhat surprised by her daughter's invitation for a walk. It was somewhat brave of her, Marianne thought. If she had gotten herself disowned, she would excuse herself at once and go hide.

"I have some time to spare," Marianne replied and she gestured in front of her for her daughter to lead the way. There was a part of her that felt like she was doing something wrong - as though she was a young debutante taking a stroll with the bad boy. She hoped that they wouldn't be seen by many people, she didn't need this reaching her husband's ears.

As they walked, she carefully regarded her daughter. She was happy to see that she still held herself well, as a proper lady, in spite of her modest dress. "It is a good choice that you have taken a dog, my dear Mrs. Crouch. It will fill the void of a child, without the cost associated with raising one." Melody seemed in good enough shape, though Marianne was sure she lived by her brother-in-law's charity. She and Reuben Crouch were in no way ready to become parents. Marianne hoped that Melody had found ways to keep her fertility in check, as she was sure that her husband would undoubtedly have a higher need for intimacy.


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Much to her dismay, Mrs. Finch agreed to join her. Whether it was to have a pleasant conversation or to shoot more barbs in her direction remained to be seen. "Okay," she nodded and led the way down the street towards the Hollow. Melody did her best to avoid the muggle parts of Irvingly. Not because she didn't wish to engage with a muggle, they were fine people she supposed, but because she feared not being able to use her magic. Magic on the streets of Irvingly was forbidden altogether, but she thought the ministry would be more forgiving of an emergency use away from the muggle homes than nearby.

Melody briefly considered relaying the hinkypunk incident to the other woman. It was an accident that could've happened to anyone, after all. Not just some middle class home far from Hogsmeade. However, Marianne already possessed a strong, negative opinion of Ben and their home. There was no need to provide further ammunition.

"We just got him yesterday," Melody offered as a response. She refused to think of children (of the child they lost) around her mother. "He's a good dog so far, I appreciate the company." Melody also refused to engage in a discussion of finances. Nope. "Have you and Mr. Finch considered adopting one now that your children are all grown or in school?"


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"You know that I prefer cats, dear," Marianne replied, caught her mistake, and added in a sharper tone. "I find dogs much too obnoxious. They are better suited for children or those who have not yet matured." And also people who liked hunting, or having their house guarded, but that was beside the point. Her experience with dogs was the small obnoxious type that her friends had running in their feet at tea.

"How do you find Irvingly, Mrs. Crouch?" Marianne continued. "I hope running a household hasn't been too much of a struggle for you? Then again, I suppose your neighbours are likely knowledgable in the practical aspects of housekeeping."


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Dear. Melody froze for a split second at the term of endearment. Was she no longer disowned, then? Had enough time passed to bury the scandal? Witch Weekly has stopped mentioning her, at least, especially since there was no child in their immediate future. Soon enough the scandal would be far enough from everyone's minds for her to have a normal reputation again. The split second ended, however, and her mother's distant tone returned. Right, best not to get her hopes up.

"We appreciate the added security for the house," Melody said as she discreetly tugged the leash so that Gus would stop dillydallying. "Irvingly is quiet, and now that Mr. Crouch is traveling for work so often we felt a house companion would be appreciated." They certainly couldn't afford a live-in maid, after all. Hell, they could hardly afford to replace the burnt furniture.

"I enjoy it. I have employed a fabulous cook, she always gets great reviews when we host dinner parties." Those dinner parties were rare and few between now, but they had guests at least once a fortnight.


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So they had a cook and they hosted dinner parties. Marianne was surprised - she expected for her daughter to struggle through the duties of a domestic servant her husband couldn't afford. It appeared that he was working, though, and making enough to employ help.

It was surely something illegal! And her daughter had mentioned something about security. Did they worry about some hitman hitting them up so they needed a dog to protect them?

"I see," Marianne replied. "So has Mr. Crouch been employed in the same Department as his brother?" She subtly asked. If she wasn't mistaken, his brother was the Head of the Department of International Co-Operations. Perhaps he had pulled some strings to get his brother a position there. Marianne doubted that, but she couldn't outright ask her daughter if her husband worked as a dragon egg trafficker or something, so she had to be subtle.


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Despite Ben's success as the distillery promoter, Melody sometimes wished he had a more professional career path. He was a talented promoter, but without the prestige of a ministry position Marianne was sure to frown upon any success they found. Melody's grip tightened on the leash as she fought the hint of an embarrassed flush at having to correct her own mother.

"No, he's not employed at the ministry," she said quietly. (How much easier their lives would be if he was!) "Mr. Crouch works for Jewell Distillery. Perhaps you've heard of them?" Surely, Marianne would've encountered at least the champagne Ben made the deal for by now? Melody could hardly confess to the having enjoyed the whiskey! That was a man's drink, after all.


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