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Posted: Dec 7 2017, 11:12 AM
feel the fire cause it's all around
burning for forever and always
She smiled as he seemed so taken aback by her praise, almost seemingly unable to take it. She had never experienced someone so humble, and it was actually quite refreshing. Coming from a place where strength, beauty, divinity seemed all too common-- to see someone truly humble to their positive attributes.. fascinated and intrigued her about the great half-giant that she was humbled herself to now call a new friend. "Do not be discouraged, dear. I'm simply observing and reporting. No need to lessen the wonderful attributes you've displayed. It was adorable, really. A mortal so full of life and love, and yet so modest. A rare gem.
"It's such a treasure meeting someone with their head out of the clouds-- though metaphorically speaking of course," She chuckled," I tower over most and you just surpass even my height. You could likely reach and steal the moon, if you so chose," She poked fun playfully in the hopes to lighten up his mood a bit. He seemed rather wound up and worried. Not that she could blame him.. or anyone for that matter when it came to Athena.
While she was generally calm and accepting, seeing the best out look and the wisest strategy to things.. that didn't always make her right. It didn't mean she was perfect. In fact, she believed even as immortality gave her more time to study, it also too away many simple things that immortality made her numb too-- and at times, her "greatness" made her prideful. It was no wonder that people saw her as a logical heartless at times. She had made many mistakes out of anger.. The gorgon, Medusa, whom had only wanted to serve the great goddess, was punished for relations with Poseidon in Athena's temple. Then there was Arachne, whom she turned to a spider.
So.. Many mistakes.. And yet she was too stubborn to try to make things from the past better. She moved on, and left those whom she wronged behind as a memory. Not her greatest attribute, and not one that she put out for everyone to see, but it was a part of her. She couldn't erase it.. She couldn't erase it. She just tried her best no to ruin things that she had. The good things.
She chuckled a bit," Well, to be honest, I hoped to talk to you. I saw you, and found you fascinating, but this would be a happy coincidence.. I do love animals. Perhaps a companion of my own wouldn't be a bad idea," She mused, walking along the cages, petting some of the sweet pups as she walked along, looking for the right one. Maybe she had come to ask him to join her, but after talking.. After seeing his pain and his feelings.. She didn't feel right about it. Instead, she would make this a happy occasion for the both of them, and a new pup companion for her.
"Minerva, yes, that is my name in Rome," She smiled, looking over at him," I've been given many lovely names over time.. When you're nearly as old as the stars themselves it's no question that you pick up a nickname or two.. or thousand. I'm not quite sure how many i've accrued over the millenia." Rubeus Hagrid
Posted: Dec 13 2017, 02:13 PM
I am what I am,
AN’ I’M NOT ASHAMED
Hagrid had never meant to get into such a worried mood at this, and it had cast rather a shadow over their discussion. But lingering on things that concerned him wasn't his way - what could worrying do? It didn't help him, didn't do anything to help the situation - and at Athena's words he brightened, a little, slowly but surely.
Though he didn't know what all of the fuss was about with what the goddess was saying, mind you. The whole point of being a goddess was that she was one, in Hagrid's mind. How much better did you get than a goddess - particularly one of wisdom? She was amazing, and was erudite in a way that would've intimidated him if not for her kindness. He was just him in comparison - Hagrid, groundsman, nothing special. Modesty didn't come into it, just a sense of vague confusion and a kind of embarrassment.
"Certain'y could give the moon a good kick about," he said though, game for a joke. Those he could handle perfectly well, and free from talk of war he was eager to put that kind of discussion behind him. "Muggles call it 'football', or summat. Anythin' that doesn' need a broom an' I'm happy, yeh know? Don' like heights much." His bushy eyebrows rose in amusement. "Part me own, course." Bit ironic, that, but their shared height was a point. He looked to Athena and their height similarities. She really was tall. For everyone else, that was; for him it was just a different kind of normal.
He smiled. "Quite nice ter talk ter someone with the same view as me, ter be honest," he said. "Not lookin' over people's heads. Yeh must know what that's like." Being asked what the weather was like up there etc etc. Hagrid quite liked his height, though - it meant he could work with the dangerous animals he worked with without getting hurt. Despite, of course, the fact that he'd work with them anyway. And they weren't dangerous; they were misunderstood. There was a big difference.
As was bumping into someone and looking for someone. Hagrid didn't know quite what to do with that information. "Me?" He blinked. "Oh. Well, er, I'd say the same about yeh if I'd known yeh were here," he said politely. It wasn't just for civilities, though. She was refreshing to talk to, and despite talk of war...or maybe because of it, he found himself liking her. She was like some of the nicer Ravenclaws at Hogwarts like good old Luna Lovegood; clever, but not smug about it. And obviously of very good taste, if she wanted an animal of some description. Hagrid's face visibly lit up into a ruddy-cheeked smile. "Oh, yeh woulda love one o' these," he gushed, watching her go up and down the corridor. "There's plenty here. Must be one yeh like."
The way the groundsman went on maybe it looked like he had some ulterior motive for getting her to adopt an animal here, but really all Hagrid could think of was the idea of a dog or a cat or anything - it didn't matter what - went home with this lovely lady.
He went down to look at some of the animals himself, Fang following behind. He wasn't exactly keen on the whole arrangement, so it would seem, but he stuck his nose through the bars anyway to greet a passing terrier. "Shame it's not yer real name. 'Minnie' woulda worked." He chuckled. "There's another name fer yeh righ' there, Athena. Bu' must get confusin'. Postage must be a nightmare. Or the - yeh know, offerin's or whatever. They must get lost in transit or summat." Really, he wondered how good the goddess life was cracked up to be if everyone knew you by a different name. He just about struggled with writing and spelling the one he had. As old as the stars. Hagrid couldn't help but whistle. "Blimey. Yeh must moisturise," he joked. "Any tips, lemme know." He was perhaps not as old as the stars, but he was getting on. Wizards lived longer than muggles, of course, but he still felt his age.
Not around animals, though. That was the only place where he consistently felt young. "What about this one?" he asked, beckoning Athena over to look at one dog in particular. "He looks nice. Atta boy!" The dog wagged its tail noisily against the bars and barked.
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Posted: Feb 15 2018, 10:47 AM
feel the fire cause it's all around
burning for forever and always
She smiled as he joked, a calm laugh gently escaped as the dark haired woman shook her head," I'm quite certain your right," She was often quite a serious woman, holding a professional, stoic-- yet inviting prescience about her. The air had cleared of formality as he seemed to enjoy the conversation more, and she was certainly relieved about it. She hoped to be that of a calming and rational presence. Too often did people believe as the goddess of war strategy that she was meant to intimidate and control the chess board. She was capable of errors, contrary to belief. She may have taken more time to consider, and that often led to better results, but that wasn't perfection. She found less casualties was better than the win. If she could orchestrate a truce over a win, then she had truly perfected her title.
She had made many mistakes in her time, and she hoped that he pride wouldn't lead her to follow down those same paths..
She laughed with a small nod," I couldn't agree more-- though we gods can shapeshift, so I suppose if I wanted to be smaller-- But that only way I plan to change into something small is if I'm planning to fly off in the night as a lovely owl," She smiled gesturing into the air. She adored owls, among many animals. However, that animal always felt akin to her. Wise, graceful, attentive.. One of her favorite designs of Zeus.
"Minnie? I like that," She smiled, thinking over the name," It's less regal, and personal. Honestly, any of my names are my true name. I accept them all as a part of me. Athena just happened to be the first, and now Minnie is a wonderful name to add as well," She chuckled, she liked it quite a bit. It wasn't quite as stuffy. As much as she loved all her names, she felt her regality at times made her difficult to approach, and maybe a new name for a new face would be nice. "But, you may call me whatever you like, Hagrid."
She laughed mirthfully as he asked for tips," Becoming immortal is my only tip," She chuckled," Though, immortality doesn't make us perfect. I just.. Don't age or change. I came into existence this way. I quite envy your ability to age and experience life to completion. I can't love a god, as I'm forbidden- though, to quite honest their all quite incorrigible.. And I can't love a mortal. The few times I'm taken away, or they pass.. It hasn't happened often, but it's.. not a fulfilling life when you are on your own," Of course, she loved her family, but that wasn't the only life she had wanted. "I was blessed with children, but none by a conventional means. I adopted or created them, but again, many weren't immortal, so I've outlived many of them."
She smiled, looking at the excited dog-- a rather large great dane. She smiled," I believe you're right, Hagrid," She mused, petting the smooth black fur through the chain length as the dog calmed and rubbed excitedly against her hand. Rubeus Hagrid
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