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The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Wed May 31, 2017 11:25 am

Gavi's year had been...difficult. Kidnapped in December by her uncle's former lover, her face had been splashed all over the papers from one end of Europe to the other. She'd been reported dead a dozen times whilst still a hostage, and when they finally did hold a funeral for her, it was interrupted by a cadre of Death Eaters and resulted in multiple fatalities.

As it turned out, getting rescued wasn't the end of her troubles either. The scars she'd kept hidden, souvenirs of of the night her Second War resistance cell was overrun and slaughtered, came to light -- and so did her reliance on a cocktail of drugs to control the consequences of her torture. Mal hadn't made mention of it when she dropped into the office two days after her return to society, but he gave her a bottle of whisky and signed her off, and for a while she simply tried to get her life back together and bury all the family she'd lost.

Eventually though, conning, sneaking, and sidewinding her way through her work fitness test - just the drug part; you could do anything when you had money - Gavi was reinstated, but it wasn't without a caveat. Mal might've had faith that she was up to the task, but HR clearly didn't, and had assigned her Tyler to - as she saw it - snoop on her and report any untoward behaviour.

It was her first day back on the job, and surprisingly for Gavi, she was on time. In a floaty sundress and sandals in deference to the soaring temperatures, she looked out of place hovering in the doorway of her lab as if unsure whether or not she wanted to go inside.
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Tyler Haddock » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:21 am

The girl he was meant to be babysitting was, in addition to being a reasonably trustable and decent Hit Wizard, apparently dead. At least the papers had claimed as much for a while, though what the press didn't know would fill a million libraries across the globe. She was now apparently not dead. And HR wanted to make sure her undeadness would not interfere with her work.

In short, Tyler was babysitting Gavi, a girl whose work he respected, who may or may not have been a zombie, and who was probably as interested in being babysat as he was in babysitting. What a way to reward someone's shitty year.

He took stock of Gavi, the sundress and sandals, outside the lab. Admittedly, given his work attire (his T-shirt had picture of Gandalf the Professor telling a student, "you shall not pass"), he was in no position to judge. As his ass was sweating in his jeans given the weather, he was slmost a little envious. Women did always have a way to have a healthy breeze around their bits and bobs. Lucky wankers.

"Zombiehood suits you, Colquoit." he announced, shaking off his brief envy, and no known Occlumens were around to have picked that up. He gave her a once over and grinned. "What's the diagnosis, coming back in? Ready to blow things up?"
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:15 pm

Her eyes closed in an extended blink, and she forced a smile onto her face that felt utterly alien. "Heyyy, Tyler," she carolled, reminding herself that this state of affairs wasn't actually his fault. "I think I'm going to have to spend some time fixing up my lab first; it looks like a bomb hit it." Her tone was dry as she pushed the door open wider.

Gavi was one of the few specialists who had her own lab space, by virtue of the fact that she'd paid to have it installed. It was an impressive space with tight security, which had been breached by Sebastian Crow using her former friend to access it and steal many of the explosives that had been planted throughout the Ministry during the trial. The lab had lain neglected since then in Gavi's absence, and there was glass and debris all over the floor, the stone island in the middle, and the counters that ran around the room's perimeter.
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Tyler Haddock » Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:10 am

He narrowly avoided a multi-double-u'ed 'howww's it hanging" to match the many y's in her hey, but it was a close thing. The boon of, which correspondingly became a bane you carried within, being a middle child was that you became both very good at annoying people. This, to be fair, could have been a Tyler thing more than anything else, but he was getting a handle on it.

"Ah, the irony," he said, dryly, with a wink, waiting for her to open the door. As he hadn't seen the lab in question since the incidents, he had no idea if she was just touchy about her space or if it was truly still a mess. "Really, are you- holy crap," he concluded, nodding. Yes, she was sure, the place was a wreck. "You'd have thought they'd clean it up as a welcome home present," he said. Or that she could have paid someone to fix it before she got back, but he didn't say that, busy making his peace with being a babysitter and maid all rolled into one. "Coffee first?" he asked, generally game, but ... likely to be more enthusiastic with caffeine.
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:02 am

She'd had coffee at home, but Gavi immediately took the lifeline for what it was and shut the door once more, swivelling around with more enthusiasm. "Yes, definitely," she nodded, taking his arm to guide them down the corridor to the lifts. It was well known that the coffee in the Hitwizards' breakroom was the worst in the country, and suffered only by true masochists when they had the choice of the cafe downstairs.

"So how'd you get this assignment?" she wondered. "Vengeful ex in Personnel?"
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Tyler Haddock » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:14 pm

"Excellent!" announced Tyler, always happy to put off till tomorrow anything that required housekeeping. His apartment was a bit of a mess, partly because he could Panda it into a massive disaster whenever he felt the need, but largely because he was shit at keeping things clean. He allowed her to steer him coffee-ward.

As the lift arrived, he looked a bit sheepish. It was the decent thing to do. "Vengeful exes everywhere," he said, solemnly. "I think I did date-- but no, I'm supposed to be making sure you're not all done in and ready to come back to work." No point lying, he was shit at it. "So far not bad. You display excellent judgement avoiding the gunk they're passing off as coffee in the breakroom."

A memo tried to burrow into his ear as they sailed merrily down to the good coffee.
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:26 am

She snatched the over-friendly memo out of the air, flicked it on the nose, and let it go. Sometimes they just didn't calibrate right and ended up being a nuisance to passing employees - or even a danger if they aimed for the eyes.

Her smile was slightly brittle at his response. "I know what you're here for," she said quietly. "There's no need to dance around the issue. I'm just curious whether HR also considered this to be a punishment for you. They generally find it hard to recruit stooges outside the Auror section."
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Tyler Haddock » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:39 am

"Oi," said Tyler, mildly. "Mind who you're calling a stooge there." He grinned. Truth be told he wasn't entirely sure. It had sort of occured to him that this was a kind of punishment for some of his untimely explosiveness, but he hadn't put much weight to the thought. Anyway, it didn't matter. It had to be done, and it wasn't like this would be time wasted. She did seem a bit touchy, but he couldn't blame her, given what she'd been through. "I'm not sure if you're underestimating me or overestimating yourself, there," he said, slightly teasing. "You don't seem too painful to be around. I haven't mucked anything too huge up lately."
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:51 pm

"It's barely past nine," Gavi reminded him, the side of her mouth curving up in a evil, pointed little smile. "I could have all sorts of horrors in store for you. Maybe I have fondness for pumpkin spice air freshener or country songs about scorned women getting revenge on their cheating men that I'll sing along to in an unnervingly passionate way. You just don't know."
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Tyler Haddock » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:32 am

An expression of mock-alarm crossed Tyler's features. "Terrifying," he said, as the elevator hit the next floor and various memos flew in to tag along for the last rattling stretch. "But I guess you do have to build endurance for these things. Or they stuck me with you because I can harmonise," pointed out Tyler, who absolutely could not hold a tune. "And here we are," he added, neatly stepping off the elevator.
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:44 pm

"I'm going to hold you to that," she informed him in a vaguely threatening way as she stepped out of the lift.

Given that there was over a foot of height difference between them, it probably felt to Tyler as though he was crossing the atrium in slow motion just so she wasn't jogging to keep up with them. However, they eventually reached the Ministry Munchies cafe where she peered into the pastry case for an inordinate amount of time. "Unicorn bagel or rainbow cronut?" she asked Tyler, trying to make a decision between two equally bright and frightening-looking sweets.
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Tyler Haddock » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:26 am

The Hit Wizard found himself mock-narrowing his eyes as she made ominous sounds about harmonising. He was about 95% sure she was kidding, but really, you never knew with wizardfolk. He'd once met a bloke who thought sending singing shoes to women was a good way to woo them. No wooing had occured and many shoes had been cast his way; but he had remained staunch in his beliefs. Weirdos.

Eventually, they were within feet of coffee. Tyler ordered his -- he was a purist when it came to caffeine, so black it was, and lots of it -- and then waited patiently as she examined the pastries. He hadn't been ready to believe there was anything to watch out for with this one; he didn't start out assignments thinking people were nuts. But she had been through a surprising amount in a very short time. It was bound to have something of an impact.

On the other hand, if "Unicorn bagel or rainbow cronut?" was the worst of it, HR had nothing to worry about.

"Good god, woman," said Tyler, sternly. "Both, obviously."

He was not too worried about it being too much or him taking over her decision making process, because he absolutely intended to share the treats. They were alarmingly hideous and he wanted some. "Or two of each," he added, considering, "if you're going to have both." It would be nice splash of colour next to his dark cup of caffeinated goodness. Turning, he angled about the place for somewhere to sit. "Over there?" he asked, already moving. "If you had to make a shoe sing," he added, as he moved, assuming she was coming with him, "what would you make it sing?"
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:14 pm

There was only one bagel, so Gavi had the barista split it, giving them half along with an entire cronut each. They really were obnoxiously loud.

"Depends what kind of shoe it was," she said thoughtfully as she followed him to the table with her own tray. "Are we talking like, a stripper heel or a loafer orrr a track shoe? Detail is important, you know?"
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Tyler Haddock » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:22 pm

Tyler did not care about the loudness of the colour as long as there was plenty of sugar in it. Scooping some of the garish icing off the cronut, he tested the goodies, coming away nodding. Not too shabby.

"That's a good point," he told Gavi, contemplatively. "Let's say you were a .. battered old boot." She looked quite far from a battered old boot, but this was serious business.
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Re: The Bombmaker Shuffle

Postby Gavi Colquoit » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:49 pm

Her gaze went opaque as she carefully considered her options, setting the tray down at the table and perching on the seat. After a few seconds, her eyes brightened and she tapped her fork on the table with three decisive smacks. In an affected, gravelly voice she followed it up with the familiar refrain from Bad Company which turned out to be a passable imitation of Paul Rodgers, grinning the whole time.

When people started to look around at them, she shut up, and challenged, "Alright, what would you make a jelly sandal sing? It'd be glittery, by the way." Pleased with herself, she forked up a wedge of her cronut and shoved it in her mouth.
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