The De Matteos
That's quite alright!
Mon May 27, 2019 13:53
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Ilefonso De Matteo was accompanied by his wife and daughter as he approached the first people who looked uncomfortable. It was in his nature - or practice - to seek out people who may need a friendly face, or even more substantial help. He'd noticed them muttering to themselves as he, Julieta, and Leonor took the time to admire the school, and wanted to make sure everything was alright. The fact that they were confronted with a talking portrait and seemed alarmed was a good sign that this whole thing was new for them.

Ilefonso and Julieta were honestly just too excited that Felipe was at such a well-rounded school, we students of such diverse backgrounds, to be too impressed by things that were relatively normal in their own lives. The number of talking portraits of in-laws, grandparents, and other figures around Los Jardines de Plata was more irritating than either De Matteo would admit, although they weren't sad that the frequency of Muggle visits meant that they had to keep the portraits well out of the more public spaces.

"First talking portrait?" Ilefonso asked with a smile as Leonor looked over the girl with a smile and Julieta smiled warmly at the woman. "I'm Ilefonso. This is my wife, Julieta, and my daughter, Leonor. My son, Felipe, attends here. He's a first year student in Crotalus."

"I'm not coming for two years," Leonor added, frowning dramatically. Julieta chided her daughter with a loving pat and some hushing noises.

Looking up again, Julieta smiled apologetically. "No one in our family has come to Sonora before, so it's very exciting. How old is your student?"

  • Fish out of water.Arthur and Rosalie Hayles, Mon May 27 09:01
    The man who had driven the car had looked almost comically normal. Everything about him had made Arthur Hayles want to hand him something and tell him to go file it - everything, from the lineaments... more
    • That's quite alright! — The De Matteos, Mon May 27 13:53
      • If you say so.Arthur and Ros, Mon May 27 17:32
        The painted man, apparently unmoved by horrified silent stares, lost interest in Ros and her husband and returned to his ledgers. Ros continued staring at him, though, trying to assure herself Arthur ... more
        • I know so. The De Matteos, Mon May 27 22:01
          Ilefonso positively beamed, thrilled to have found that he'd accidentally met the parents of his boy's classmates. "¡Es maravilloso! They must be in the same class, then," he said, shaking Arthur's... more
          • I approve of your confidence anyway.Arthur and Ros, Tue May 28 12:13
            “Yes,” said Arthur. “Jessica. Jessica Hayles.” Jessica, who was causing him such headaches, both professional and personal. Jessica, whom he missed every day. He did not think he had realized just... more
            • Confidence is a man's best strategy.The De Matteos, Tue May 28 14:30
              Leonor's mouth fell open in embarrassment and shame for a moment, before changing into excited surprise. Then, unbidden, words tumbled out of it. "¡Tú también sabes español! Mi hermano dijo que todos ... more
              • Or a woman’s.Arthur and Ros, Tue May 28 17:18
                “Oh, it’s quite all right,” said Ros, smiling at the little girl reflexively. It was easy to smile at a little girl, even...knowing...what she was. Arthur, predictably, looked intrigued by what the... more
                • Ah, yes of course.The De Matteos, Tue May 28 18:39
                  Julieta smiled gratefully. She'd been worried about some of the cultural differences that might prejudice others against them for any number of reasons, and she'd been worried that Felipe would take... more
                  • For a moment, Arthur was sincerely concerned that the strange man might try to hug him, and he was very relieved when Ilefonso refrained from doing so. "Yes, it is quite a coincidence," he said,... more
                    • Is that your slogan? The De Matteos, Wed May 29 01:23
                      "That's wonderful," Julieta crowed, excited by Rosalie's family's work. "It's so important to be invested in education and growth. Mira lo maravillosos que son, Ilefonso," she added to her husband.... more
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