Hogsmeade had never been something Talia took advantage of when attending Hogwarts. She had gone here and there and mainly with Eoghan but even then the trips were few and far between, she had been too busy with her studies. Now as an adult and returning to Hogwarts, Lia had promised herself she would take full advantage. There had been a sale down at Scrivenshaft's Quills that had been going on with the upcoming holidays. Of course Lia wasn't going to pass up the chance to get her hands on a new quill, ignoring the fact she had completely misplaced the last three she purchased somewhere in her office. Still, it gave an excuse to get out of the castle for the day.
Spending most of her time agonizing over buying two different quills, a slight difference in feather sheen, Talia finally settled on one and rationalized getting another container of twinkling navy ink. Leaving the shop with her treasures safely tucked inside her purse, she made her way back through town enjoying the sight of others spending time in the snow. A few children were playing happily and laughing, adults watching nearby with warm drinks in their mittens. The swirl of steam was enough of a temptation for Talia to decide on a pit stop to the Three Broomsticks.
Five butterbeers deep, Talia was sitting happily chatting away with an elderly wizard who appeared to be wanting to make an escape, his cheeks flushed. An awkward goodbye left her shrugging and giving a small wave as he turned the corner of the bar and made his way back to a booth in the back. A chilled breeze swept through the room as the door opened, Talia lifting her eyes from the bottom of her mug and glanced curiously to see who it was. "O'Cleary!" Talia turned herself on her stool and leaned on her arm resting on the counter, waving her other at the fellow Hogwarts professor. "Over here!" It would be nice to get a bit of company, perhaps they could even wander back to the castle together.