Aug 18, 2019 10:59 AM
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"Yeah."

Miranda likes it even less than Tamara, but feels compelled to add: "Not for very long."
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Professor Reed shakes her head in disgust. "Ugh. Ugh, that prison." Then, remembering that she is talking to a first year and should really be more professional about it, she puts her Professor Face back on. "To the Headmistress' office, then?"

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To the Headmistress' it is, then.

As a teacher, Professor Reed can pretty much walk right in, despite the presence of a student. Luckily for them, Professor McGonagall is there. (Well, she's usually there, but still.)

"Headmistress," Professor Reed says, politely but curtly. "Miss Swan's wand appears to have been stolen."
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The Headmistress stands rather abruptly. "Stolen?" she exclaims. She looks at Miranda. "Swan, what happened?"

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"We got to the Ministry and only my regular wand was in my hair, not my chimaera wand. And Professor Reed couldn't find it with the summoning charm or Point Me. I had it when I put my hair up this morning but didn't check after that. And now the Aurors can't cast any Patronuses at all anymore after I told them how I do it."

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McGonagall blinks, processes all this, and then sits back down. "The Aurors- the Ministry can worry about them," she says sourly. Displeased at the pressure to interfere with a student's life? Maybe. "Unless you think their Patronuses are related to your wand. But- who did you pass, today? Where could it have been taken?"

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"I didn't take note of who we walked by. It could've been anywhere between the Ravenclaw dorm and the edge of the grounds, or in the Ministry."

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McGonagall doesn't look thrilled by this answer- it doesn't exactly narrow down to convenient suspects- but as this is clearly not Miranda's fault, she doesn't say anything. "Very well. I'll tell the Ministry, and make sure they have investigators over here immediately. Let me or a teacher know if you think of anything that might be relevant."

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"I will."

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Two inquisitors arrive that evening. They interrogate Tamara at length; everything from "exactly what time did you leave Hogwarts, and from where" to "and why didn't you protect her better, hmmmm?"

(That last question receives an extremely disapproving look followed by the point that they were going to the Ministry of Magic, isn't it safe there?, at which point that particular line of questioning is dropped.)

They talk to the Aurors Miranda was teaching. They talk to the minor official who guided them through the Ministry. They talk to Miranda, to everyone she (or Tamara, or the Ministry official) could remember passing by. They talk to everyone again.

And then they vanish for two days with no word.

Just as the Headmistress is about to send them another exasperated- and moderately furious- owl, they return to the school, right in the middle of dinner. Because tact, basic courtesy and good timing are for lesser wizards.

And they tell Professor Reed that she'll need to come with them now, please.
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