The De Matteos
Confidence is a man's best strategy.
Tue May 28, 2019 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 sabían inglés y que tendría que practicar más, pero yo ..." You also know Spanish! My brother said everyone knew English and I would have to practice more, but I ...

She was interrupted by Julieta again. "If you can't be more polite, you'll need to wait for us in our seats. Do you want to stay here or go sit down?"

Leonor clung to her mother's leg in silent protest, an apt response that Julieta accepted in stride.

"I'm sorry about that. It's a very exciting day for her I think," Ilefonso said, smiling sheepishly. He looked very much like his son when he did that, although the Hayles couldn't have known as much. "That sounds like a wonderful school program! Ours have been mostly studying with private tutors until now, so Sonora was a big change. We work mostly with non-magical people as well," he added, slipping easily out of the jargon of the wizarding world.

"It's such an asset to have someone with skills both in witchcraft and wizardry, and in business. The efficiency is unbelievable. It's just a matter of protecting everyone's best interests at that point, and I know the magic world has a lot to gain from business-minded folk as well."

"I'm glad that it sounds like Felipe and Jessica are getting along. Do you know which House she's in? I'm so relieved to know he's made friends with such kind families," Julieta chimed in, adding the last to her husband, who beamed back at her.

  • 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
      • 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
              • Just an abbreviated quote from Dior.Arthur and Ros, Wed May 29 15:43
                "Of course," agreed Ros with a smile when Ilefonso joked about Crotalus' quality being evident simply from Jessica and his boy being in it. Ros did not actually consider this an entirely facetious... more
                • Oh, that's handy!The De Matteos, Wed May 29 18:53
                  Ilefonso relaxed, glad that the Hayles family seemed satisfied by their explanation. He nodded his agreement that Jessica was a good girl, as convinced by her association with his son as he was by... more
                  • And it has a good ring to it.Arthur and Ros, Thu May 30 13:23
                    Hospitality was a virtue in both their cultures, but Arthur was still slightly surprised by Julieta’s invitation to people she had just met, and whose daughter she only knew through comments from... more
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