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"Then I would be 'appy te teach ye," he said excitedly. He hoped that at least a handful of his students were so eager to learn the subjects he knew. He nodded. "Astrology, aye, tis a bit o' a mystery te most people. Tis amazing 'ow much the stars know abou' a person, an' can inform abou' situations."

Merrick was no stranger to intimacy with a woman, he was a knight after all, but he lacked a connection on a deeper level. While he had enjoyed the talents of some, he had never had mind-blowing sex. He suspected it was because he had never had an emotional pull toward someone special. Granted, he tended to keep his heart protected but he hoped that somewhere in his future there would be one.

Those were thoughts for another time though, perhaps when he was alone with his mind. Certainly not here with Godric's beautiful sister despite them having friendly chemistry, or at least that's what it felt like to him. He wondered if he felt the same.

"Ye 'ave a wee lass, aye?" he asked. If he was to get to know her, he should know at least a little bit of her daughter as well. Someone should look out for them. Not that he was necessarily up for the job, it was more of an idle thought really. Godric was doing a good enough job for now but with the school in swing, would he be able to mind his sister's needs? Also something he shouldn't worry about. It wasn't in his job description. No, he needed to mind his own business.
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Gwen found herself smiling, a little enthusiastic about eventually learning something and showing off to her eldest brother that the school was doing her some good as well. If she came back spouting all sorts of things...ugh, he might take her away. He always said that women should be smart but not too smart or they start getting ideas or worse. No, best not to give him any reason to take her out when Godric and the others were depending on them to teach their students something that would be so beneficial in the long run.

When Merrick brought up her daughter, then her face really lit up. "Oh yes, my sweet little Loraine, though we all call her Lora. She's just a small little thing, even for her age. So delicate and yet I love her so. Even when she screams endlessly into the night, it's hard to see her as anything but my sweet darling. She's here with me, actually. The castle, I mean. Down in my rooms right now. I had just finally gotten her to sleep when I came up here for some air - one of Helga's sweet house elfs agreed to stay with her so that I could take a quick walk to ease my mind before tomorrow." She explained, knowing that he likely did not care but she couldn't help but gush. Lora had been her great joy through all of her sorrows. If not for the child that had been growing inside of her, who knows what might have happened to Gwen after Shelton died.

"And though my brother has fixed my room with the appropriate silencing charms, I do apologize if you hear her in the night. Sometimes it takes hours of walking to settle her down enough to sleep. The movement just makes her calm, for some reason." Of course, the walls between the staff rooms were rather thick, which would also help dull the sounds coming from the rooms themselves. Gwen just wanted her brother's charms to work so that her neighbors didn't hate her for keeping them up half the night.
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"Lora tis a fine name fer a wee one," he commented, finding that he rather liked the way she brightened when speaking of her daughter. He wondered if the babe had her mother's red locks or perhaps her hazel eyes. He suddenly very much wanted to meet the child to satisfy his own curiosity.

"Tis nae a bother. Babes cry," he said giving a slight shrug of his shoulders. "I know me sister did when she was a wee one. Cried 'er 'ead righ' off she did. Nae matter wha' I o' Maximus did te calm 'er. She grew ou' o' it eventually. I be tryin' te get me Da' te let 'er come 'ere fer trainin' but fer now 'e says nae. I figure Ma' an' Maximus will wear 'im down good an' proper."

Merrick smiled broadly as he spoke of his family of which he was monumentally proud. It didn't matter that his father was a second son as he was a Baron in his own right. His brother was also a knight and heir to the barony. And his sister was being raised to be a proper lady, though his father was having a tough time settling on a suitor worthy of her. She was the apple of their eyes thus not just any person would do. And his mother was a strong woman, capable of handling their stubborn father with ease.

A strong wind blew up suddenly and Merrick caught a slight chill through his thick hide clothes. While he might be noble he was used to living a rough life and thus had grown accustomed to clothes befitting the road. Lady Moore however was not wearing such thick clothing and he grew concerned.

"Tis gettin' a bit cold up 'ere," he commented. "If ye be done wit' the air, may I escort ye back te yer room, m'lady?"
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Gwen smiled when he complimented her choice of name. Her mother had been the only one to say that it was a sweet name. It had been immediately shortened by Godric, who said it was too big a name for such a little girl. She could grow into it when she was older. For now...

And he had been right, as he usually was.

It was reassuring that he passed off her apologies about Lora's crying. Of course, she had been sincere but he was correct - babies did cry. Lora was no longer a little baby anymore, and yet she still struggled to sleep through the night to her mother's concern. And now that she was here, no longer employing a nurse to care for her daughter, it was only going to be more challenging.

Of course, the house elf who was taking care of the children during the day offered to help at night if Gwen needed it but she would feel bad about making the poor thing work so hard. Besides, she was Lora's mother. She would find a way to make it work because it was her responsibility to do so. Even thinking about the endless nights made her want to yawn. However, that would be completely inappropriate to do in public. Appalling behavior, really.

When he offered to escort her back to her room, she hesitated for a moment. What would people think if they were seen together? They had not officially introduced. Then again, who was there to see them? Just her brother's friends and she already knew what most of them thought of her.

Would it be any different than any of the other times a strange man escorted her home to yell at her brother for letting his sister for interfering where she wasn't welcome? It was much better than that! Surely no one could object. And they were just colleagues. Perhaps with a possible friendship in the works. Platonic! But a friendship. And colleagues. Respectful of each other and he was a knight; he was only being chivalrous.

Realizing that she'd left it a bit long, she simply held out her arm to him with a reassuring smile. "I would like that. Thank you, Sir Raine."
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Merrick gave her a smile in return and gently tucked her hand into his offered arm and began the slow walk down from the tower. This had turned into quite an enjoyable night and he had his current company to thank for that. He was careful as he opened the door and began to lead her down the stairs. He was glad for her taller than average height as her long legs kept in perfect pace with his.

"Than' ye fer the wonderful conversation tonigh'," he said quietly as they walked along. "Ye 'ave some'ow set me mind a' ease abou' the morrow. Te know I 'ave someone te turn te should I need advice quiets me soul."

As they reached the bottom of the stairs, he once again reached out with a strong arm and pushed open the heavy wooden door without much thought to using magic instead. He was trying to not let his mind wander with such a beautiful woman on his arm. It was difficult to concentrate, to be honest, but he kept trying his damnedest for Godric's sake.

The last thing he wanted to do was upset his friend, especially given his quick temper when it came to family. He didn't think he could best the man in a duel, magical or otherwise. And he quite liked his head on his shoulders thus he was making a conscious effort not to let her beauty or that lovely scent of roses mixed with a faint underhint of metal and something else that he found familiar but not enough to name distract him so.
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With the more enclosed space, the outdoorsy smell just increased, tickling her nose and making it a struggle to keep her mind on positive, platonic thoughts. While she did not think that Godric would mind so much if she took up with his friend, Gifford most certainly would. Most of the men Godric had spent time with were second sons and Gifford had this obsession with actually making alliances with every marriage arranged with their family. Shelton may not have been powerful but he did own a strip of land at the most northern reaches of Gryffindor land. He'd been a loyal servant and, thus, Gwen had been his reward.

Yes, Gifford was a right bastard and there were time where Gwen did despise her older brother for being the man he was. But she loved him still because he had thought Shelton would take care of her. And he had, for as long as he could.

And why was she thinking of her late husband when there was an excellent specimen of the male species with her now. Technically she was a widow. She could get away with just about anything, if one really wanted to. Discretion was the best part of valor - something along those lines. If she invited him to her bed, who would really know? Honestly? The walls were thick and there were silencing charms on her room.

Lora...she could never do that sort of thing with her daughter in the room! Yes, that's what she needed to remember. The daughter who now depended on her and needed a father, not a man who came and went out of her life. Yet, Merrick was here and wouldn't likely be going anywhere. The Quartet would not have hired someone who was going to abandon them because the going got a little rough. Merrick seemed to be made of sterner stuff than that; he'd have to be to have been formally knighted.

No! Bad! Platonic thoughts!

When they arrived at the bottom of the stairs and he opened the door for her, she thanked him softly. "I am glad that I have managed to ease your mind. You may come and find me at any time and I will be glad to help however I can. And I will hold you to your promise to teach me something! Do not imagine that I will forget." Gwen smiled widely at him.

"I think it's best I go alone from here, just in case anyone's out in the hallways. But I thank you for your companionship. It was the perfect end to my night." Sweetly, she leaned forward and kissed his cheek and then retreated, heading out the door and down the hallway away from him.
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"Consider me 'eld te it," he said before she suddenly kissed his cheek. He felt a spark against his skin like he had never felt before. He looked at her in wonder, unable to argue with her when she insisted she walks the rest of the way alone. He stood there at the base of the stairs watching her form walk away from him and feeling incredibly alone for the first time in his life.

Once she was out of sight, he remained rooted in place for a few more moments. "Bugger all," he finally muttered, knowing he was in trouble. He couldn't be sure she felt anything other than friendship for him, but he certainly felt that electric shock course through his body like lightning. He would have to keep himself in check when around her, that was for certain.

Slowly, to ensure that he didn't come along her transversing the halls, he made his way to his room.
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