"Tea? Coffee?" Rodolphus asked with a raised eyebrow before calling a house elf to fetch Severus a drink. He reached for his own and took a sip, then leaned back and watched him. He didn't know what it was about the other man, but... he didn't entirely trust him. Maybe it was the fact that he worked for Dumbledore. Yeah, that was it, probably.
"I've been... all right," he said, managing a small smile and shrugging. "Been hanging out here a lot. I think I saw you at the ball in Hogwarts but you looked busy, so I didn't get a chance to say hello."
He paused to take another sip and looked at him. "And how have you been, Severus? It's been a while."