Holland Keene
This one’s a cold case
Thu Feb 1, 2018 21:33

Last night, there hadn’t been any astronomy classes for the first time in a few days, so Holland was happy but tired. Not that anyone could tell they’d been up later than normal; their makeup, impeccable as always, hid any hint of dark circles. Like their makeup, Holland’s outfit was also perfectly composed, although the ink blue sweater, floral-patterned shorts, and sheer tights were hidden by silver RMI robes. Professor Taylor was one of the few staff members who enforced the dress code, and given her low tolerance for anything that could be construed as disruptive, staying on her good side was sensible.

It was easy for Holland to stay on track during Professor Taylor’s classes; Magical Sciences was one of their favorite subjects, second only to Spellwork, which was mostly due to the professor. The forensic science unit wasn’t their favorite Magical Sciences subject—they’d always been interested in technomancy and, specifically, magical device development—but forensic science had a puzzle-solving aspect which Holland enjoyed quite a lot. There were no guarantees of answers in real criminology, but in Professor Taylor’s assignments it was usually possible to draw satisfactory conclusions.

Holland answered the professor’s request for details about forensic science by offering a comparison between some Muggle and wizarding methods. If Muggles had access to some of the most basic techniques available to wizards, then everyone would know the truth about the Kennedy assassination. In addition to the less precise measurements that Muggles had, it was impossible to say how many crimes against Muggles had gone unsolved because the perpetrators were wizards using magical methods. D. B. Cooper had obviously been a wizard who Apparated out of his plane, and the killing curse left no marks, so of course Muggles wouldn’t be able to solve things like the Lead Masks case.

The seventh-year enjoyed theoretical discussions, which was part of what made Professor McKindy and Professor Taylor’s classes so fun for them, but practical work was just as good. Professor Taylor always put a good deal of thought into her assignments, so if she had simulated crime scenes then they would probably be comprehensive. Par for the course for RMI classes, the students had to work in pairs. Although it was actually warranted in this case; real investigators typically worked in teams.

Danny was already off following Russell across the room. Holland was proud and pleased to see that Russell’s current outfit was not an offense to color vision. They’d have to make sure to tell him, so he would know to use the same combination in the future. Although Holland hadn’t followed through with their idea to index every single item Russell owned so that he could color-match without color vision, he had somehow made it work today, and they wanted to reinforce that.

Holland looked around at the rest of the class before locking eyes with someone across the room. “Partners?” they mouthed, gesturing between themself and the other student. Upon receiving confirmation, Holland pointed to a door and then made their way over. The profiles in the binder included a picture of Professor Blair-West, a man identified by the caption as Liam West, a house-elf, and a few other faculty members who Holland recognized.

With their partner having joined them, Holland was ready to enter their mock crime scene. They drew their wand first, though, because a DMLE officer should be prepared to encounter hostility on the other side of a crime scene door. “Ready?” they asked, waiting for an affirmative response before they opened the door. Holland stepped cautiously into what appeared to be an ancient Egyptian tomb, with two model skeletons wrapped in decaying bandages embracing each other on the floor on the far side. The walls were covered in runes and hieroglyphics, and there were several ancient tools and jars scattered around the small room. Holland lowered their wand. “Well,” they said, turning to their partner, “I guess we won’t be needing any of the pathology spells after all.”

  • The Perfect Crime [MagSci 4-7] - Prof. Lorraine Taylor, Fri Jan 26 17:05
    Several weeks into the semester, the Magical Sciences class was approaching the end of their first unit. Although today’s class was not the final exam, it was an opportunity for students to... more
    • This one’s a cold case - Holland Keene, Thu Feb 1 21:33
      • Super cold. Zero emotional attachment here. Nope. - Marley Chapman, Sun Feb 11 15:06
        When she was first signing up for her electives, Magical Sciences had seemed like it would be really fun and interesting. And, yeah, that assumption turned out to be true, except Marley hadn’t... more
        • Arctic, even - Holland, Mon Feb 12 20:19
          Holland noticed their Housemate was not as effervescent as usual, but the crime scene distracted them from asking. They wanted to investigate the runes and hieroglyphics. Holland had had to drop... more
          • But not quite Antarctic - Marley, Mon Feb 19 23:54
            Marley was, at first, a little reassured that they had responded with a “no”. Because she didn’t actually completely want to stop being friends with Claudia, and she didn’t want to feel bad for... more
            • Are you anti-Antarctic? - Holland, Thu Feb 22 13:49
              Marley didn’t seem to understand what Claudia had meant with some of her comments, but Holland thought they might. Passing privilege was a thing for some queer people in relationships that appeared... more
              • Well, no, but it seems a lonely place - Marley, Mon Feb 26 16:00
                There was a reason Marley liked confiding in Holland and just being around them so much. Well, okay, there were actually lots of reasons. They were super patient and understanding with all of her... more
                • The penguins are friendly - Holland, Sat Mar 10 13:07
                  “ But Danny’s old? ” Torn between affront and amusement, Holland stifled a wry laugh. They knew what Marley meant, even though neither of her suggestions seemed likely to hold water. Claudia was... more
    • Is perfect even a thing? - Kaye Packman, Tue Jan 30 18:46
      Kaye Packman and Professor Lorainne Taylor had an interesting relationship. Most of the professors at Rocky Mountain International had gotten used to the Aquila by this point. They knew that she had... more
      • Politeness is - Myfanwy Owen, Thu Feb 1 10:19
        To start with, Myfanwy had only taken Magical Sciences because none of the other elective classes had really sounded all that interesting to her, mostly because they seem to focus a lot on reading... more
        • Not only did Kaye get a potentially boring room, she got a partner who practically came with a guarantee to annoy her. She’d done her best to actually avoid the – whatever she was – girl. Kaye didn’t ... more
          • I think you picked me - Myfanwy, Tue Feb 13 07:43
            Kaye had her own style, that was sort of a gothic-punk look designed to make people think she didn’t care, but from her colour-matched eyebrows to her perfectly manicured nails, Myffi could tell the... more
            • And what a mistake it was - Kaye, Sat Feb 17 20:34
              If Kaye knew she would be working with Myffi today, she would’ve made a bet. How long would it take before Captain Planet started talking about the environment? Ruben would have taken the bet. Emmett ... more
              • I have feelings, you know - Myffi, Tue Feb 20 11:17
                “There’s no need to be coarse,” Myffi pointed out to Kaye, her expression pinched into an distasteful grimace as the other girl swore at her twice, using words and also a hand gesture. Myffi took the ... more
                • Feelings are lame - Kaye, Fri Mar 2 21:10
                  “Oh, but it brings me such joy,” Kaye responded quickly. She’d be as coarse as she’d like, thank you very much. It was part of her freedom of speech, yes, and it made her happy. Sometimes Kaye didn’t ... more
                  • Denial is a waste of time - Myffi, Sun Mar 4 11:15
                    Kaye made some fingerprints appear, and Myffi took out an A4 sized notebook (made from recycled paper) from her bag. She roughly sketched out the crime scene and began numbering where they had found... more
    • Might not be the perfect crime-solver, though - Russell Drew, Sun Jan 28 22:23
      Avoiding pairing differently-patterned items (and same-patterns, too, for that matter) was one of the rules that had been explained to him throughout Holland’s whole makeover series. He hadn’t... more
      • Might not be the perfect partner, either - Dardanius Dubois, Tue Jan 30 16:09
        With his recent distractions impacting his grades, Danny was less inclined than usual to show off in class by providing correct answers to class-wide questions. He passed up the opportunity for... more
        • --what was his name, again? Russell knew he’d seen the man before, but he couldn’t remember what he was called, or even what class he taught. His chest felt too tight for thinking. It had started... more
          • Is that your mantra? - Dardanius, Tue Feb 6 15:16
            The scene that greeted the two students as they entered the room was reminiscent of a cafe, as Russell suggested, but with several jarring differences; for example, there was no food counter, a... more
            • More like a lifestyle - Russell, Sat Feb 17 21:00
              “Scrying café?” Those existed? Russell looked around the room once more, and this time identified what looked like an empty box, about the right size to be from a deck of cards, lying near one of the ... more
              • Are you enjoying it? - Danny, Tue Feb 20 16:22
                Maybe Russell had already been about to step further into the room, or maybe he’d been so deep in thought that Danny’s tap on his arm startled him, but the aborted stumble that followed was so...... more
                • I don't think that's the priority here - Russell, Sun Feb 25 16:07
                  Even if he had been completely confident in his interpretation of the teacup’s landing, he still would have found Danny’s agreement reassuring. As it was, with no protractor or weights to calculate... more
                  • Just a curiosity - Danny, Wed Feb 28 15:39
                    Russell confirmed - with superfluous, self-doubting commentary, naturally - that there were tea leaves where the cup had fallen (or more likely been thrown, or swept, or whatever). “Yeah, that’s what ... more
                    • In that case, no, not really - Russell, Mon Mar 5 22:33
                      For once, it didn’t bother him very much that Danny sounded disagreeingly hesitant when reacting to his comment. (It was worth noting that ‘very much’, in this particular case, like in all particular ... more
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