It had been at least 30 hours since Theo had last left the DoM office. Right at the moment things were amping up and not wanting to leave any work untouched he'd holed up inside, sleeping only when it couldn't be helped, eating what he could have brought to him and just pouring over his research. His calculations were almost done, he had his baseline readings compiled for the castle. Now with Pettigrew's information from the house elves, it seemed he would have to go out again on the weekend to record readings where the mysterious objects were discovered, or as he liked to think of them, the rubbish rummage sale items. Which meant more numbers and more numerology and just thinking about it felt a little tedious. Still it had to be done, and it had to be done correctly, and he wasn't handing his instruments over to just anyone to use. The background noise of the Great Hall was distracting and he found himself grateful it was fairly occupied today. Everyone seemed to be taking the time to mingle around before heading off to do whatever task they had assigned to them for the day.
Theo idly flipped through the pages of his journal while finishing off the last of his cup of tea. Scorpius had his weather update and holiday list and he just sighed and thought about when he'd save a few of his twenty days off for. Then of course was the posting from Potter about the Veil and teams and the forbidden forest. That was all well and good he thought. Close to nothing would make him want to go into that horrid place, he thought while making a face. It was better that others did it. Glancing down at the list for a moment he made a mental note to ask Regulus about the information that was only for the teams about the mission, or plan, or whatever.
Closing up his journal he placed it in his pocket and sat quiet for a moment, letting himself zone out for a brief moment before he heard a familiar voice behind him. What Roxanne had said hadn't registered yet when he felt the tug of his hand and found himself being lead out of the hall and off to who knew where. He smiled softly, letting himself be guided along the way and watching the excitement with which Roxanne bounded off towards her room. "I'm glad you waited," he admitted and realized he had been so caught up with his work he had for the moment forgotten about it entirely. "I could use a break."
Theo headed directly for the workbench taking in with notable enthusiasm the rather impressive mechanics of the astrarium. "You did make some bold choices." He liked the prominent choice of bronze and the way the light caught it just so, giving it a warm glow. Most of all he wanted to hear it, the way it started up and the clicks and turns of the gears in motion. He held out his hand to take the wheel, eager to give it a start and stopped.