You are ever so amusing, Minerva. Ever so.
I just... I feel so ignorant right now.
You're 28. It happens. Wait until you're 75. It's worse.
But tell me, dear, why do you feel ignorant in the first place?
It's just that... No reason.
Hmm. Alright. My office door is open most of the time, you know, Serena.
Why can't any of these Ministry officials work out any problems for themselves? It's past midnight and I get yet another owl from them asking for 'Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall's assitance.' Bloody hell, they should pay me for this...
I think you should. Demand payment for your time. You should get paid if they're keeping you up at 12:30, when you need to be up and teaching their little sprogs at seven.
Six. I actually shower, unlike you, Severus.
And if I demanded payment, one way or another I guarantee that my mother would find out, and then two days later I'd get a Howler from her furiously exclaiming at the gall I must have to ask for payment when I don't need the extra money. And then she'd go on and on about my lack of family, how i never visit, etc.
I'd rather skip all of that and simply do the work.
I shower. I want you to do what I do all day in the lab, and have hair that isn't full of fumes, and damaged beyond repair, nor is it multi colored, unlike some of our less professional staff.
You're how old, Minerva? Tell your mother to go fly a kite. I think we should ask Prof. Flitwick to come up with an anti-Howler charm.
I was born this way. It isn't unprofessional. It's what I am.
You and I both know that there are Potions and charms for hair like yours, Severus, and if you want to be unconventional, even Muggle shampoos. So don't give me that.
I'll be 75 on the 22, thank you. And my mother isn't just any mother. She's a McGonagall. If you think I have a temper and can be annoyingly stubborn, you should meet my mother. No wonder my father died early.
I'm going to bed. I'll see everyone tomorrow.
Oh, I'm sorry, professor. It must be hard to be a leader figure in such a hectic school.
I now understand your problem with hormones. It's hard enough to deal with them while they're happening. However, dealing with them second hand, and on magic?
You have no idea. I'd go crazy if I wasn't, as Severus and Albus so mildly put it, a 'workaholic'.
Someone's got to get the job done, Minerva.
You certainly are very respected for what you do.
Thank you, and what pn earth are you doing up this late?