Just a curiosity
Wed Feb 28, 2018 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 I’d assume, too,” Danny concurred with Russell’s suggested version of events. It seemed likely the tea reading had already been completed before the incident, whatever it was, took place. He tried not to laugh when Russell advocated optimism (those were not two nouns Danny would normally put together), but a quiet half-chuckle escaped despite his efforts. Considering the class was for all upper years, it would be detrimental to his ego if Danny, a straight-O student in his seventh year, could not manage to complete the assignment, even with Russell for a partner (although, awkwardness aside, the younger student was proving eminently capable thus far).

While Russell handled the broken china, Danny cast dactilio revelio on the wand, and used his own wand to gently nudge the evidence out from under the cabinet. There were prints exactly he’d expect to find them on a wand - or very almost exactly. His own wand would probably represent something like a mirror image. “Yeah,” Danny replied to the call of was he having any luck. “There are prints. This wand belongs to someone who uses it left-handed,” he surmised, holding the very end of the handle delicately between his thumb and forefinger. They would need to move the wand away from where he’d originally found it, he reasoned, to carry out further investigations on it. Danny cast a spell to leave a small white ‘x’ on the floor where he’d first seen the wand before carrying it over to join Russell.

“I’ve definitely never looked at fingers this close before. It’s... kind of beautiful,” Russell said as Danny approached. That… was not something Danny would have predicted Russell would say, but then, as previously considered, he didn’t know Russell all that well. The Lyra had likewise never paid much attention to the tips of his own (or anyone else’s) fingers, and both his hands currently being occupied with holding a wand prevented him from doing that now.

“I guess?” he replied uncertainly. There were lots of things he would call beautiful, including some people of his acquaintance, a perfect catch in a game of Quidditch, and elements of nature, such as the night sky or a smoothly intricate limb of driftwood. If Russell found beauty in fingerprints, who was he to argue? “Unique, like a snowflake,” he said with a grin as he looked at Russell and had to adjust the angle of his gaze minutely to do so. It was easy for Danny to forget Russell was taller than him, probably because while Danny stood confidently with shoulders back and head held high, Russell tended to walk slouched, stand hunched, and direct his gaze at the floor.

“Anything in those profiles about a left-handed suspect?” Danny asked as he laid the wand carefully down on the tabletop, next to the binder. He noticed Russell had transferred the prints from the teacup to his notebook, which reminded Danny that he’d been on the verge of taking his own notebook from his bag earlier on, when Russell had exclaimed over his correspondingly unheard query about a pen. “We’re supposed to be noting our observations and methods,” Danny reminded his colleague. “Maybe one of us should do that while the other one works on matching the prints,” he suggested. “I don’t mind doing either.”

  • 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
      • 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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