RP: Getting to the heart of the matter Date: 27 May 2006 Characters: Rodolphus Lestrange, others Location: Private/Public: Private Rating: PG Warnings: - Summary: Rodolphus learns some interesting news, and seeks out more information.
Rodolphus had been feeling the pinch as the flow of owls had suddenly dried up to a trickle under the new regime of the current Minister of Magic. Dried up, almost. He had begun to express his own concern at what was going on, only to have Bletchley show up on his doorstep with a report that Baddock had handed to him in the pub.
The report had been very interesting, and had given Rodolphus enough food for thought. Vaisey was attempting to be very discreet as he slept every night at the home of Percy Weasley, the head of the Auror department. Going home very early, and making out that he wasn't actually sleeping there. Rodolphus smirked. That was an interesting tidbit of gossip, if only they could use it to their advantage. Clandestine relationships weren't really anything exciting, although having one with a member of the same sex, and an employer could certainly be exploited.
But as he read over the fact Vaisey regularly sent off an owl at the same time each week, he pondered the destination. Looking over at Nicodemus, he pondered the thought of sending him to follow the owl. He limped (damn leg, why was it starting to play up now?) over to the window, where Nicodemus was keenly watching something beyond in the trees. The bird sensed his presence, raising it's majestic head as Rodolphus stroked his feathers.
Looking into the bird's eyes, he visualised what he wanted Nicodemus to do. He visualised Vaisey's face, letting it form in his mind. It had come as a surprising revelation the day that he had realised that legilimency had interesting side effects when used on animals. If he was looking into the eyes of the animal as he formulated thoughts, the bird could read his wishes. It was testament to Nicodemus' intelligence that he understood what was asked of him.
The mental connection drained Rodolphus, but the bird seemed to understand his mission. He was to locate Cassius Vaisey, wait for him to let his owl go, and intercept the bird should any return correspondence be on its way.
Nicodemus understood what was asked, and with a flash of understanding in its eyes, and a loud caw of approval, took off out the window.
With any luck, Rodolphus would have some very good news to report to his wife. But for now, he'd let her know what they'd already found out about Vaisey. He was sure that would improve her current humour.