With a crack, a lone, tall woman in a tea dress appeared in Diagon Alley mere paces away from The Leaky Cauldron.
Kerry Butler was put together as any grown woman attending a daytime social function would be, except she looked visibly upset, and was carrying a stuffed Teddy bear that donned a London Policeman's uniform. She appeared out of thin air, mid-step, and as soon as her foot hit the ground, Kerry stomped towards the door to the magical pub.
At the door, she rubbed a hand across her face to dry remnants of faint tears, before entering the pub and making a beeline for the bar. Depositing the Officer Teddy upright on the bartop, she slunk into her seat, resting her chin in the heel of her hand.
The bartender gave the stuffed animal a questioning look, quirking an eyebrow.
Kerry met his eye, "Mead."
The bartender shrugged and went to fix her drink.
Kerry regarded the bear with a sigh as she waited, poking at its soft fur. Poor Officer Teddy. Mistrusted by muggles and wizards alike, apparently. Nowhere was safe these days from misguided suspicion.
The bartender returned a moment later with two drinks. One, for Kerry. He placed a second, miniature cup in front of the teddy bear too.
Okay. Kerry couldn't help but half smile at that. The bartender nodded at her, acknowledging that his work- cheering up a sulking witch in need of a smile, if only a little- was done, and he walked away to help another customer.