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[October 01, 2008 @ 7:49pm]
Why did I have to walk around a sofa to get to my cubicle?
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[September 25, 2008 @ 12:30am]
Well, the honeymoon is over, but fortunately, only in the literal sense and not in the sense that the romance is gone and we're bored of one another, or even driving each other mad. After all, Frank's had a year to get fed up with me stealing the covers and leaving my work papers all over the place and over-watering his plants and he still married me, didn't he, so we're probably going to be alright.

Italy was absolutely lovely but frankly (ha ha) I'm actually happier to be home, or rather, making a home out of our new house! It's small and cozy but we've got so much more space than before, and Maddy's got a proper yard to run about in and Frank's got a proper garden to putter in and I've got a proper study to read in and Clementine's got... well, Clementine doesn't seem to care one way or another but all the rest of us are simply over the moon about the new place. (Clementine is the cat, and they rarely care one way or another about anything.)

[ Super Order Hex ]
We're too exhausted by the wedding to even think about throwing a proper housewarming party, but once we've put the finishing touches on it you should all feel welcome to drop by anytime.So all of you should come home safe and sound tomorrow night, alright?

[ Private ]
I am selfishly relieved that Frank and I get to sit this one out. Maybe I am a terrible person.
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[September 14, 2008 @ 5:02pm]
You may now call me Mrs Longbottom.

(I may assume you're talking to Frank's mother and not me, but I'm sure I'll catch on eventually.)

[ Private to all wedding guests ]
Thank you so much to all of you for coming! It was lovely to be able to celebrate with so many friends and family. I hope you all enjoyed the wedding at least one tenth as much as I did because even that would be enjoying it very, very much.

But now I've got to go because I'm on my honeymoon in Italy and it's all beautiful and amazing and delicious! Don't be surprised if maybe I never make it back...
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[September 07, 2008 @ 9:28pm]

Is it insane for the bride to want to bake her own bloody wedding cake? My mum agreed to this months ago but now she's acting like I must be mad to want to spend the day before my wedding doing anything other than, I don't know, lying in a bubble bath and getting my toenails painted.

Simple, I told her. A nice, simple wedding.
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[September 02, 2008 @ 11:09am]
Welcome to all our new journallers, it seems we've suddenly got a bumper crop of them and I'm afraid I've been too busy to give you each a proper hello. But I hope to get to know you more in the future when I actually have ten minutes to myself once in a while!

[ Frank ]

Mum suddenly wants all the seating charts for the reception by Friday or she's threatening to do them herself. Could you spare your lunch break sometime this week to work on those with me? I'm all booked up after work the next few days what with picking up the gifts for the bridesmaids and getting my hair cut tomorrow. It shouldn't take too terribly long, but I'm afraid I'm not sure where to start-- it seems obvious to just throw all the Aurors at a few tables together, and your relatives at some, my relatives at others, etc., but perhaps everyone's supposed to mingle a bit more?

And now, because I hate to have any conversation (or journal exchange) that is only Wedding Talk, hello, I love you, I hope work is going well. This will all be over soon and we'll be married and having the world's most amazing honeymoon and it will all be worth it.
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[July 19, 2008 @ 9:50am]
And I've got my puppy back. It turns out she hadn't gone far, someone down the street saw her wandering about and took her in, and luckily she saw my fliers and brought her right back this morning. Thank you to everyone who kept an eye out for her, or helped me look for her, or just had kind words to say. I'm going to be keeping a better eye on her whenever I open the door, and I'm hoping to figure out just what's got into her.

[July 18, 2008 @ 1:19pm]
Maddy's run off. I came home from work late last night and I got home and she ran up as if to greet me as usual but then she just streaked out the door before I realised. She just disappeared down the stairs and I called her name for hours but she hasn't come back.

I'm putting up fliers today and I want to go round to the-- the place where Muggles take found dogs?-- but I'm afraid I'll say or do all the wrong things. But please just keep an eye out for her. I've put her photo in here before, she looks just the same, only a little bigger. I hope she'll come back. Or I hope someone's found her. I don't understand why she ran.

[ Frank ]
She'd been so anxious since I came back from our trip, but then she seemed to be getting better. I don't understand.
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[July 07, 2008 @ 1:42pm]
So, recent graduates of Hogwarts, how has that been going for you? Are you all enjoying one last, relaxing summer, or trying to jump straight into a career? (I'd recommend the former... once you've begun, there seems to be no going back!)
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[June 18, 2008 @ 3:25pm]
[ Frank ]
Would you describe for me the cake of your dreams?

No reason... just curious.

[ Private ]
Maybe baking will help me keep my mind off the fact that I meet his parents in two days and I am so nervous I've had a stomachache since yesterday. I hope they like me. I really, really, hope they like me.

[ Bernadette & Emmeline ]
Do either of you know Healer Longbottom? That is to say, Augusta Longbottom, Frank's mother? Is she as intimidating as
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[June 09, 2008 @ 1:11am]
[ Private ]

He wants to marry me!

I'll try not to think about it too much. But it is really a very lovely thought.

[June 04, 2008 @ 3:20pm]
[ hexed for the eyes of everyone BUT Frank ]

So, fellow journalers, if you could go on holiday anywhere (within reason) this summer, where would you want to go?
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[May 20, 2008 @ 1:50am]

It's official: her name is Maddy.

(And I'm not changing anymore, I promise!)
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[May 15, 2008 @ 4:08pm]
I hope it's not to soon to

Look what I got for my birthday!

This is my new puppy. She is precious and adorable, so precious and adorable that I can forgive her for having so far destroyed or attempted to destroy three shoes, two cushions, and one kitchen chair. Luckily for her I have now bought her about 27 toys so she hopefully she'll stick to destroying those from now on.

Unfortunately, she doesn't have a name yet! I keep being convinced I've found the perfect name and then I try it out for three hours and give it up because it's just not quite right. So have any of you got any suggestions? I know, this is mostly just a thinly veiled excuse to show her off, but I really would be interested in hearing what you suggest!
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[May 10, 2008 @ 3:44pm]
[ Frank ]

If you're not really in the mood now to meet my parents, that's alright. I wouldn't be. I kind of don't want to go over at all, but if I don't, they'll worry.

It's just hard to be in the mood for birthday cake with two Aurors missing and probably dead and the Prophet saying what it is and Scrimgeour... well, you know what Scrimgeour's being like.

I'm glad we had a nice time last night, anyway. I think I'll just pretend yesterday was my birthday. Yesterday was good. I thought I'd die of shock when Scrimgeour bought us ice cream cones. Should have known it was too good to last...
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[May 09, 2008 @ 9:33am]
[ Originally hexed private, changed halfway through to allow friends ]

Birthday tomorrow. 22. I think I'm ready to be 22. I got to thinking about where I was in life when I was turning 21, and it surprised me, how much has changed. I mean, going from finishing up my training and still living at home with Mum and Dad to moving here on my own and being a full-on Auror, and then somehow landing a pretty great boyfriend on top of that-- those are pretty big changes. And then there's the less happy stuff, like losing Grizzie in July, and this war getting worse, it seems, every day... but I try not to let myself dwell on how much I miss her, or on all the attacks, because... well, you just can't.

But, those two things aside-- and I know, they're very big things-- but besides them, I'm going to look on the bright side and say that this past year has treated me well. Really, I think on my next birthday I'd be happy if not much has changed from now. There's not much I could want, except maybe a puppy and a pay raise. Alright, and peace in the wizarding world, if that's not too terribly much to ask.

And yes, I am planning to bake myself a birthday cake, and I'll be keeping it at my desk tomorrow so whoever wants a slice has to come wish me a happy one first. And please do, so I don't slowly work my way through the whole thing myself and then find myself suddenly unable to fit in the new dress I bought myself for my birthday dinner. It would be a terrible shame.
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[May 04, 2008 @ 1:02pm]
[ A Mighty Hex to Order kids ]

First of all, I apologise, this is overdue. Some of you may have read in the Prophet about the recent kidnapping and torture of reporter Caradoc Dearborn; some of you might also remember that Caradoc is an Order member, one many of you met before Easter. We have reason to believe he was targeted because of his affiliation with us, and furthermore, that his attackers may have been successful in pressing him for information about the Order. As his memory was altered before his rescue, we may never know exactly how much was revealed.

Accordingly, until further notice, we're lying lower than usual, and it is particularly important that you students exercise the utmost discretion. You're not to write about the Order in these journals, even behind your strongest hexes; I would also strongly discourage you from speaking about it in person. If you urgently need to communicate with one of us, we recommend Patronuses. Practice them. Practice everything. We'd want to hear from you immediately should you uncover any information about the current whereabouts of Maude Wilkes, or if there is any suspicious activity we should know about.

If you have any questions or comments about this that absolutely must be shared, please limit yourselves to responding to this entry, as my hex will cover your responses. After that, it's lips zipped, at least until we can ascertain the full extent of how much information has fallen into the Death Eaters' hands.

[ James ]
James, don't think this means you're off the hook. I don't believe you, and you either need to convince me that I should, or give me some information and soon.

[April 30, 2008 @ 12:20pm]
[ very carefully hexed private to Lily ]


[ Private - added later ]
I don't think I'm doing this right.
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[April 26, 2008 @ 8:11pm]
[ Order ]

The body's been found. Just now, in some mill ruins, just like she said. And he's just a boy, just like she said.

I don't know what they're going to tell his parents.

We're still working on the crime scene investigation and official report. I'll let you all know if any significant clues turn up, but I wouldn't hold my breath. We know who did it and we know how and why-- just where the hell is she?

[ James ]
I believe it's been three days, Potter.
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[April 25, 2008 @ 12:54pm]

James Potter basically told me that he knows who he was fighting at the Ministry attacks, but he doesn't seem to want to say. Says it's some sort of 'moral dilemma.' I agreed to let him have a few days to-- I don't know, think it over? investigate?-- but then I don't know what happens. If he doesn't say, for example.

I don't know, I told him I would keep this to myself for now at least-- it's important to have them trust us, don't you think?-- but I'm a bit uncomfortable not telling anyone. I suppose I'm looking for a second opinion on whether I did the right thing. But what else could I do? Beat it out of him?
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[April 13, 2008 @ 2:53pm]

I came by St Mungo's yesterday to have my arm checked over, and I'm out of sling now and officially 100% again. I came by to see you, but you were sleeping and I didn't want to wake you, and then my time was up and they chucked me out the way they like to do. Or I could just be making this up so you don't know I've been neglecting you, but I think you'll take my word for it.

Have they said if they're letting you out soon? You looked much better and there's only so long I can handle restricted access to my Frank you. But on the other hand, being sent home probably means being sent right back to work, and you can't even imagine what it's like in the office right now, so, really, get rest while you can. I miss you, though. You know I'd be there every minute more if they'd let me.

I don't even know how to get my thoughts in order.

Kids. On both sides. We suspected as much, but to see it? To-- fight them?

And I can't even imagine what it must be like to be in Hogwarts and have classmates... not coming back after hols, not coming back from Hogsmeade.

And Order members. Sometimes I think I forget that people die, that doing what I do I could die. That people I love could die. I suppose it's better than dwelling on it all the time, but... I don't know. Harsh reminders, is all. How soon can we end this?
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