|Theodore Nott (bd_theodore) wrote in beyond_dark,|
@ 2008-03-23 11:02:00
|Entry tags:||* march 2006, - complete, - owl, kevin entwhistle, severus snape, theodore nott|
OWLs: Theo to Severus and Kevin. RP: No news is not good news.
Date: March 23, 2006
Characters: Theo, Severus, Kevin
Location: Forter Castle
Summary: Theo is not happy with what he's hearing – or about the fact that there isn't a single thing he can do about it.
Theo was frowning, reading through the various reports for what had to be the third time. He really wasn't happy about any of this and he snorted as he got up from the desk.
First there was the sheer lack of reports. One contact had died. Another in a coma. At least three additional contacts had failed to report to him, and as far as other contacts said, neither was very seriously ill. Which meant they were purposely ignoring him. That in itself was worrying.
More worrying was the information he did get. The disease was now spreading through Upper Slaughter too, which meant that the vaccine he'd got (he was fairly convinced that was what it had to have been seeing what was happening) was useless. And in Hogsmeade things were even worse.
Minerva was in a coma and might very well die, Kingsley was already dead – which left no one but Tiberius (who seemed to have locked himself up) and Harry knowing he was a spy. Tiberius was old. If he were to catch the disease he might very well die. Harry hadn't been seen for quite some time, which left the option that he too could be ill.
To top it all off, Theo didn't know who was replacing Minerva as head of the order, could only hope it would be Harry, and with Auror's hit as hard as they were by this, he now had no contact within the Auror office at all.
It also meant that if Severus died, his name would very much stay on the list he made, as he had yet to strike a deal with Severus to remove his name. With Kingsley and Minerva promising to take care of it he'd not bothered. Now he would need to do that.
If Severus was still all right, that was. No one had heard from him for a while and in times like this no news was not necessarily good news, though if the Aurors had got their hands on that list there would have been arrests. As far as he knew there had been none.
Then again that only meant that Severus was still alive, not that he wasn't ill or that he wouldn't die. If he did die there would be hell to deal with. A list with his name in the hands of Percy Weasley. Unfinished Legilimancy lessons. That man better be alright. He needed to write to him directly and find out what was going on.
Picking up another report, he looked at the flyers going around town. Three so far. Though the agitation against Muggles and Muggleborns mattered less to him than other implications in them. There was a Muggle living in Hogsmeade. How? Who? And what did it have to do with Tiberius and the Aurors? It was yet one of those things his contacts should know, that someone obviously did know, but that was failed to be communicated to him.
As hard as it was, it was time to act. Somehow he needed to get to the contacts not reporting to him. Somehow he needed to find out the information not reaching him. The question was only how.
Picking up the list of contacts who'd failed to check in with him completely, he pondered how to get to them, knowing a trip to the vault under the castle might be in order if things did not change. He'd try another approach first though – if that failed…well then he'd have no choice. Right now though, he needed to write some letters.
I have not heard any news about you for quite some time and in times such as this that is worrisome. I trust that Draco has done what he can to keep you safe from this disease going around and that you are not seriously ill. If you are ill, then I hope you'll get better soon.
I was hoping you'd have some news about Minerva's condition. Very little is leaking out from the school and to hear she is in a coma had me most concerned. Is there any way to tell if she will recover, and if not do we know who is taking her place for running the Order?
As you are one of the few who knows of my position, I trust that you will know the reasons behind my asking. With her out of commission and Kingsley dead there is also another matter I need to bring up with you. The list you wrote – I need my name taken off. What do you need in return?
I am writing you to remind you of the deal we made many months ago. You helped me with getting rid of a threat to my wife and her sister, and in return I promised to find your uncle for you.
I have been looking since then, true to my word, and I now have an inclination of where he might be. I do, however, need a few more crucial pieces of information before I can be certain. Unfortunately, the people sitting on these pieces of information have chosen to stop communication with me.
Now normally I would of course handle this situation myself, but with a newborn child I cannot risk bringing the disease infecting people home. Therefore I was hoping you'd once more do a bit of work for me. The people on the enclosed list are the ones I need information from. I need you to persuade them, in what manner you yourself choose, that giving me this information is a good idea. If you fail in your persuasion, offer the word next to their names to them. They will understand the meaning of their choice even if you don't.
If this is a problem then let me know, but this is the only way I can find your uncle for you, and rest assure that neither person on that list is innocent or pleasant. They'd sell their mothers to the Death Eaters for the right price, and at least one could very well be involved in those horrible flyers being posted around town.
Of course any expenses you have will be paid for, and if you need anything let me know and I'll arrange if for you.
I hope you and yours are doing well in this epidemic going around and that I will soon be able to follow through on our deal and offer you your uncle's location.
Enclosed: a list of three names:
* Robert Frost (Scarborough)
* Rebecca Cruz (Dancing)
* Linnea Lauder (Unicorn)