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Who: Draco and Zach
What: Job interview and a drink
When: Early Afternon 
Where: Hekate's Lair
Status: Complete 


Zach walked into Hekate's Lair and looked around for Malfoy. He had been surprised that the other man had wanted to conduct his job interview over drinks. Spotting Malfoy at the bar, he walked over to him. 

"Hello, Mr. Malfoy. It's been a long time since I last saw you. Thank you for your offer." He extended his hand, remembering the man from their time at Hogwarts, and wondered if the years had changed him.

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blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: April 9th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Draco shook his hand and stood. He took his drink and moved to a table, figuring it would give them more room to spread out. "Mr. Smith, thank you for meeting me on such short notice." He took a seat opposite his companion, "What will you have?"
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 9th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled, shrugging. "It wasn't a problem, Mr. Malfoy. Your offer intrigued me." He sat down and ordered a soda. "I don't drink while I'm working. I'd be happy to share a drink with you after the interview is over, though."
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: April 9th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Draco nodded, "Well, why don't we get right down to it then?" He removed a copy of the Daily Prophet from his pocket and laid it on the table. "I've managed to persuade the editor of the Prophet to give great consideration to whatever articles our PR person decides to write."

He took a sip of his drink, "What I would need from you is your cooperation in writing about the progress, which is completed for the most part. I want the public to know that Hogwarts will be opened for business in the fall and that it will be fully staffed. I want the good things publicized. But I'm also a believer in all publicity is good publicity." He sighed, "In case something should happen, which is very doubtful at this point, I'd rather it be left out...until it is taken care of."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 9th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach nodded, considering the offer. "I've worked with the editor of the prophet before, so things should ease up a bit once it's known that I'm the PR person."

He smiled at the waitress as she brought his cola. "I can certainly provide what you've asked for, Mr. Malfoy. Do you have a list of the headmaster and teachers for me, so that I can arrange interviews? Will you be joining the teaching staff? Would you object to me interviewing you, as well?"
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: April 9th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Draco smirked, "We actually don't have a Headmaster as of yet. It was going to be Severus Snape, but I don't know where he is and I'm reluctant to give that position to someone who isn't around. The only staff I can give you, as of this moment, is Blaise Zabini as Potions professor and Hermione Granger as the librarian. I'm going to offer the job of Defense Against the Dark Arts to Harry Potter, and once Hermione works her magic, I'm sure he'll agree."

He shrugged, "As for whether or not I'll be joining the teaching staff, that would be no. I wouldn't know what to teach and I'm much better at the politics stuff than I would be as an influence on other people's children. I also wouldn't object to being interviewed. I'm pretty much an open book."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 9th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled, practically rubbing his hands together in excitement. "There's nothing I like better than a challenge, Mr, Malfoy. I'm going to accept your offer. Please, call me Zach. All of my friends do, and I hope to make friends here."
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: April 9th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Draco smiled, "Brilliant! You'll," he said as he began digging around in his pockets, "be paid very well by the Malfoy corporation and a room has been reserved here for you if you need it." He removed a pen and his check book and scribbled down an amount, "This should be considered a down payment on your services."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 9th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach looked at the paper and nodded, before placing it in his pocket. "You'll take care of seeing about the deposit into my Gringott's account, then? I believe I'll take you up on the offer of the room. It'll be much better than trying too find a flat on such short notice."

He smiled at Draco, thinking about how challenging this new job was going to be. "Is there anything else we need to discuss regarding the job? If not, I think I'm ready to order that drink."
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: April 9th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Draco nodded, "Yes, every two weeks you'll receive a deposit."

He shook his head, "Most of the members on the restoration process live here, with a few exceptions. I'll give you a list and you can find out if they want to do interviews. But I'd be happy to give an interview anytime you're ready."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 9th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled and signaled the waitress. "That sounds good. I'd like to take a bit to get settled and then I'll send owls to see who is interested in interviewing. Your interview is the one everyone will be the most interested in, along with Granger and Zabini. Potter's, if he accepts the job, will probably go front page. Have you thought about hiring Charlie Weasley for Care of Magical Creatures and Lavendar Brown For Divination? Is there anyone else qualified here?"
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: April 9th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC) (Tags)
Draco nodded, "Yes, I've thought about them both for those positions, but with the baby coming and all, I thought I would give them a bit until I put it to them. They have all summer to decide but I think they should get a bit of time for themselves and the baby first."

He sighed, "As for Potter, I think the best thing about him helping and if he does take the job would be that a lot of people put stock into him given that he saved the world and everything. If they know that their children are being taught Defense by a wizard who has truly defended himself against the Dark Arts, they would be even more willing to send their children. I want the parents to feel like their children are safe, which they will be, but I also wanted limited access to the school for the Ministry. Dumbledore was right, years ago, in keeping the Ministry at arms length."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: April 10th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach bit his lower lip thoughtfully as he listened to Draco. "I guess I missed a lot traveling. I can see how a new baby would be an issue."

He ordered his firewhiskey, smiling at the blushing waitress. "Harry will eventually come around, I think. He's a good bloke and he knows how important this is."

Shuddering at the mention of the Ministry, Zach sighed. "Dumbledore was right about that and wrong about other things... The Ministry is best kept out of most things, or on a need to know basis."

He raised his glass in the air. "To the start of a new beginning for Hogwarts and everyone who is part of it."
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 1st, 2006 01:34 am (UTC) (Tags)
Draco smirked, "Speaking of new starts, I seem to remember in the past you had quite the knack for Arithmancy. Fancy teaching it as well as the PR? Once the school is open the PR might drift to the side, but I wouldn't mind having you on staff," he said before he took a drink.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 1st, 2006 01:48 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach thought about it for a few moments and nodded. "I think that would work out nicely. When can I move in?"
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 1st, 2006 01:54 am (UTC) (Tags)
Draco rubbed his chin, "It would be a few days. I'm still working on a few of the rooms being tweaked a bit."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 1st, 2006 01:55 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled. "That will be fine. Is it alright if I move into the hotel for a few days while it's finished?"
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 1st, 2006 01:57 am (UTC) (Tags)
He nodded, "Absolutely." He nodded towards the door, "You're welcome to talk to the woman at the front desk and she'll set you up with a room."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 1st, 2006 02:02 am (UTC) (Tags)
"Thank you, Mr. Malfoy. I appreciate it. I'm looking forward to working with you in both the PR and Arithmancy professor positions." Zach held out his hand to shake on the deal.
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 1st, 2006 02:45 am (UTC) (Tags)
Draco nodded, "I'll have a contract for you to sign soon."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 1st, 2006 02:48 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled at the thought of having so much stability. "Thank you, Mr. Malfoy. You won't regret this, I assure you."
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:03 am (UTC) (Tags)
He nodded, "Good. So, that only leaves a few positions left to fill." Draco smiled, "I was actually worried about Arithmancy. I thought for sure that Hermione would jump at it, but her love of books knows no bounds which has her in the library."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:28 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach smiled, thinking of Hermione teaching Arithmancy. "I was surprised that she didn't accept the position, but when I heard she took the librarian job..." He shrugged. "I can see her doing that, too. So, do I need to sign a contract?"
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:33 am (UTC) (Tags)
Draco nodded, "I'll owl you one. I don't have one on me. I'll have to sign two different contracts, one for PR and one for teaching. The teaching contract is your basic contract saying that under your supervision the children won't get hurt, your wages, your responsibilities, basically what you would expect to see in a standard teaching contract."

He lifted his glass to his lips before continuing, "The other contract will have what your obligations are and your pay as well. You should come out of this with a fair bit of change in your pocket."
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:38 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach shrugged, not worried about the money. "I already made a fortune with my writing. I'm just doing this because I love to write and I like Arithmancy. Teaching the kids will be a nice bonus, though. It'll be nice to be doing something that has a purpose. Other than my wriitng, that is."
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:40 am (UTC) (Tags)
Draco nodded and ran his fingers over the rim of his glass, "I don't have the patience to be a teacher, but a governor I can handle. All the power with little responsiblity," he said with a smile.
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:44 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach thought about what Draco said for a moment and slowly nodded. "I can see how you feel that way. I'm sure that you'll be very successful. I'm looking forward to the staff so far. I think that Hogwarts is going to be even better than it was before the war."
blond_arrogance From: blond_arrogance Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:45 am (UTC) (Tags)
Draco smiled and gave a nod, "I agree." He tilted his head, "I think everyone could use a fresh start, don't you agree?"
freelance_wzrd From: freelance_wzrd Date: May 2nd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC) (Tags)
Zach returned the smile, wondering if it was possible that they could be friends. "I think that everyone deserves one, no matter what. The new staff of Hogwarts is going to mold some of the most influencial minds in the wizarding world, Mr. Malfoy. Just wait and see."
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