"Of course that's all right, Ernie." Susan said softly, giving him another smile. "I was just wondering if something was wrong." Shrugging slightly, Susan rinsed off the jar that she was cleaning and placed it on the shelf to dry. Grabbing a towel, she finally turned to face him, wiping off her hands. Green eyes studied him closely, he looked so uncomfortable, and nervous. It was almost like they were back at Hogwarts, and the awkward unsureness surrounded them. Glancing down at the towel, Susan suddenly felt a pang of guilt in her chest. She hated that she was making Ernie feel this way, but she knew this was how it was going to be - at least for a little while.
Why wasn't Susan allowed to date freely? All she's ever known was Ernie. He was her first everything, and she wanted to be sure that he was the right one before she actually went through with marriage. Besides, she was young and she wanted to try about other possibilities. Ernie surely understood that, right? He didn't want her to feel pressured into marriage and she didn't want to be forced into marriage when she knew she was questioning it every step of the way. Besides, Marcus was actually showing a side of him that she never thought possible. All through her years at Hogwarts he was such a brute, a troll of a bully and just cruel to her friends. Now, though? Now he was showing her a side that seemed human, a side that wasn't caring and compassionate and patient. The thought of Marcus brought her hand up to her neck to feel for that necklace that he gave her on her birthday. However, she stopped once she realized she took that necklace off.
Clearing her throat, she looked down at the towel in her hands, before tossing it onto the edge of the sink and pushing off from the sink. "Would you like some tea?" Brushing past him, she smiled and fixed his collar before moving into the green house. A few of the plants perked up at the sight of Susan, which made her smile even broader. Her plants were her life, there was no doubt about it. While others were willing to judge her plants didn't know better, especially magical plants. They responded better than regular non-magical plants.
"How is work, Ernie? I thought you would be working today." She said almost as an after thought.