"Oh, so he has no idea who this mystery wizard is, then? Hmm.." and try as he might, he couldn't hide how terribly delighted it made him to be able to hold her hand. She said perhaps, if she didn't know better, that he had done this before and honestly it was only a half-truth.
He shrugged slightly, pad of his thumb rolling over her knuckles slowly.
"Mmm.. yes and no. I've charmed women before, I've never done it so slowly. I've never courted before," which was he decided he was doing, whether Ernie liked it or not.
He could've sat there and held her dainty hand in his own for ages had their food not arrived moments later. Reluctantly he let go of the small fingers he had curled his digits around and went about eating slowly, eyes watching her as he did.
Marcus did enjoy the meal greatly, and made sure to mention it several times. The rest of the date went flawlessly, in his opinion. The meal was excellent, even though it was muggle all the way, and her company left him in such high spirits by the end of the night that he was grinning like a fool when he dropped her off at the apothecary again.
He had almost, almost leant in to kiss her proper but something kept him from doing it. Instead, he had ended up letting his lips plant a soft kiss on her cheek instead and left it at that. How that satisfied him was beyond explanation, but over all.. the birthday date was insanely good. He would have to get a reading from Stephen as soon as possible to determine if he was going about things right.
It certainly felt right.
[Hope you don't mind me fading it there, I didn't want to keep you waiting for posts and figured it was a good place to fade it since I didn't want to him to do anything too insane just yet. Lemme know if you want to change this though, cos I can. <33 ]