A Smile Safecrackers Understand [Trinity]

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A Smile Safecrackers Understand [Trinity]

Post by Cana Havich » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:04 pm

You thought you caught my sleight of hand, but you could never understand

No not me


It had taken Cana longer than he'd tought it would to get ingredients together. The potions ingredients had been easy. Common potion ingredients could be combined a number of ways, some of which it seemed Hogwarts had never thought of. At least, they must not have thought of, since they were only behind two locking charms on the cabinet doors. The living ingredients had been harder to come upon. The Summoning Spell after all, could not be used on living objects, which would have made things much easier. So he had had to come up with a quick summoning circle to lure the creatures to him. He'd been careful, of course, not to accidentally take a pet rat or snake. But he'd still managed to gather quite a few things in the two wriggling , tied-off bags he carried.

It was the tools and books that were the easiest to get. He'd promised his aunt he'd leave them behind. But then again, he'd promised his father he'd bring them. Father won out. Aleksander usually did.

The area of the lake hadn't been specifically set, but he had a suspicion of where Trinity intended for them to meet. Cana arrived at the copse of trees with a bit of time before Trinity was due to arrive, and he set to work. He took a sharp metal point on a long stick and tilled a large circle on the ground. He carved runes into the earth. He laid out a dozen things in the center, including a large bag of salt he'd nicked from the kitchens. It wasn't quite the purest salt like he generally used, but then again, he wasn't planning on doing anything too awfully nefarious.

Finally, he gathered up a few small branches and built a fire. Placing a concealing spell on it so that only he and Trinity could see it, Cana sat and waited for his new acquaintance to arrive.
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Re: A Smile Safecrackers Understand [Trinity]

Post by Trinity Peters-Stenhouse  » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:34 am

Trinity wasn't sure if Cana had been trying to scare him or make fun of him. Who in the world would he tell? The fact that a guy who towered over him had taken the time to to lean down and get all impose-y almost made him want to go and invite Lyssa to the rondivu. She was a classy bird, though, and probably wouldn't like doing bits and bobs in the dark.

Trinity was sitting on one of the sturdier branches of a large white oak, his back pressed against the trunk with one leg bent to his chest and the other dangling in the air. It was a peaceful night. With a full moon and only a few dark clouds. Felix, a large raven who seemed to have adopted Trinity, sat on the boy's knee, preening his feathers. Trinity wasn't really expecting Cana to show up, so a wave of shock hit him when a large shadowed figure entered the copes.

It was still a few minutes until midnight, so Trinity watched as Cana went about setting things up. Trinity like to be early to things, but he didn't like to be the first to show up. He had taken to the habit of "hiding" until an appropriate time. A minute after midnight, Trinity dropped from the tree. Felix's cry covered the sound of his landing, but he was sure Cana could hear his footsteps as he approached.

His mum hadn't taught him much, but he remembered her saying that you were supposed to bring hosts gifts. This probably wasn't the situation she had in mind, but it would do. He offered the clay jar out to Cana with one hand. "This is for you," Trinity said in Norwegian. It wasn't the best Norwegian in the world, but he'd only had a few hours. He was relying mainly of his grasp of Danish and Swedish, but he had never actually spoken either language with anyone.

The jar held a magically created lutefisk recipe. He hasd been able to get some fish from the kitchen and with the help of an aging potion and a fermentation spell he had found, Trinity had tried his best to recreate the delicacy. He doubted it had really worked, but he had heard somewhere that it was the thought behind the action the counted. That was bullocks, but who cared?
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Re: A Smile Safecrackers Understand [Trinity]

Post by Cana Havich » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:52 pm

Cana hardly looked up and registered when Trinity arrived. It was only when he heard the boy speak to him in Norwegian that he looked up. Standing slowly, careful to extricate his long limbs from themselves, he faced Trinity and looked down at the pot. Raising an eyebrow, he looked down at the pot and took it delicately. He raised it to his face curious as to its contents when it hit him.

It smelled like grandmother's house.

His fingers tightened imperceptibly around the jar. Not enough to break it. But it might have been noticeable. He plastered a fakey smile on his face though. It was clearly meant as a polite gift, and he would treat it as such.

"Thank you," Cana replied in Norwegian. "We can split it later," he added, switching back to English.

He actually didn't mind the taste of lutefisk at all. It was especially good mixed with potatoes, carrots, and bacon. Maybe they could sneak some from the kitchen, and he could choke it down without thinking of his awful grandmother the whole time. It would be nice to have some new memories with the food. It would be nice to have a lot of new memories in general.

Cana silently gestured for Trinity to sit down, and he quietly folded himself up again and flopped into a lotus position on the ground. He adjusted a few bottles carefully, and glanced across at Trinity.

He hadn't gone with anything too extravagant to start off. The words of his grandfather echoed in his mind.

Cana had visited a factory with grandfather once. He had just bought the place. It was terrible and miserable, sweltering hot in a country that Cana couldn't decipher the language of. The people who worked there were clearly unhappy, but didn't have too much of a choice in where they worked.

He remembered his grandfather going to them with a translator to make announcements. Starting that day, they would get sick days. Not many, but a little. And a pay raise. Not much, but a little. They would even get vacation time. Not much, but a little.

Little Cana had never seen people happier. But he was confused.

"Why didn't you give them more, Grandpa?" he'd asked.

"Because, sweet boy, you never give something all away at first. You never put too much forward when you have the upper hand. Too much grease can break down the machine, after all."

And so Cana carried that advice to here. Nothing here would be much for him to do. Nothing would get him expelled (most likely). But it would likely be fascinating to someone who'd never seen it before.

"I have some potions. Those aren't the most visually stunning always, but some are transfiguration potions. I've got some other spells too that require potions to go along with them."

He randomly grabbed three bottles and placed them in front of Trinity. One was tall and had a reddish cast. One was square and had a silvery blue hue. And one was unbearably tiny and had a vaguely glowing green sheen to it.

"Pick one. All of them do something...very interesting."

Well, nothing like the magic he worked with his family.

Or with his old friends.

Or with Gabe.

But it was interesting.

Not much.

But a little.
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Re: A Smile Safecrackers Understand [Trinity]

Post by Trinity Peters-Stenhouse  » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:51 pm

As Trinity settled down on the soft earth, he got the gnawing feeling in his stomach that he had done something wrong. Cana was probably too polite to say anything, but Trinity was sure that something he had said or done had been insulting. He didn't want to be that. Especially since Cana was one of the only people who recognized his presence.

Eyeing the bottles carefully, Trinity picked up the smallest of the bottles. He had found that sometimes the most useless looking of the bundle held the greatest excitement. Some people might look at it and wonder how something so small could do anything at all. He wondered what was so dangerous about it that there wasn't more.

He offered the bottle to Cana, taking effort not to shake or move it too much. "Dis one."
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Post by Cana Havich » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:34 pm

Cana grinned a feral grin as Trinity picked up the small bottle.

"Ah, that one is interesting. It's something I had lying around left over actually. Not that it's particularly difficult to get the ingredients. In fact, I'd say a very determined Muggle could make the formula, if not precisely imbue it with the magic needed."

He swirled the bottle around in the firelight.

"Conquered Heart Oil," he explained. "It's not as strong as Amortentia. Nor it is really a love potion. Not real love anyway. More like an infatuation potion. A dangerous infatuation potion. Watch."

He pulled a squeaking desperate mouse from one of the bags he carried. Laying it on the ground and holding it delicately in his large hand so as not to crush it, he pulled out the stopper of the bottle and dripped a single drop on the crown of the mouse's head. The mouse suddenly went stock still on the ground, processing the magic shakily.

Cana released the mouse and delicately opened the other bag, which was vaguely hissing. He picked up his wand and with a murmur cast a petrification spell into the bag. He slowly pulled out a medium sized garden snake. Not a huge one, but certainly big enough to be of danger to the mouse. The mouse was watching with rapt fascination. As Cana placed the petrified serpent on the ground, he watched as the mouse rushed the deadly creature and began rubbing its body against it. The snake was clearly in a state of madness with a prey animal so near. While Cana might normally relieve its suffering and let nature take its course, he wasn't entirely sure how Trinity would take seeing a mouse devoured for entertainment purposes. Most people, he found, thought it distasteful at best.

"It won't force a person to do what they wouldn't normally," he finally explained, extricating the snake from the amorous mouse. "Well, at least not with humans. It's not quite powerful enough. But if there are already feelings there...." he shrugged. "It's definitely more fun if you both take it," he grinned wickedly, thinking of Gabe. "But like I said, not like Amortentia. Won't let you force somebody into anything, especially not on a longterm basis. But it IS banned most places, despite it being ridiculously easy to make. Most likely because in large enough quantities over long periods, it can be very deadly. For both parties really, as one of the side effects before inducing death is madness and anger."

He hoped the warning was enough to keep Trinity from asking how to make it. Cana knew he himself could use it harmlessly and as responsibly as one could use a potion like that (not that he was about to go using what little he had left here). He wasn't entirely sure about Trinity yet. It was hard getting a read on the guy.

As the mouse finally snapped out of its trance and ran off terrified, Cana ignored it, playing lazily with the now un-petrified snake. It had coiled into a tight ball in his hand, clearly terrified of Cana and what would come next. Most animals, he found, had that reaction him.

Oh well.

He glanced up at Trinity from the snake and queried further.

"Do you want to see one of the others?"
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Post by Trinity Peters-Stenhouse  » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:28 pm

Trinity's throat tightened as Cana pulled the mouse out. It wasn't as if Trinity had never used mice for projects before, but in those cases, he knew what was going to happen. Fascination overtook weariness as Cana started talking about the properties of the potion. He was actually in the presence of an ileagl item.

Trinity watched the mouse and snake interact. The boy was pratically on the edge of his seat. Not that he was antisapating it, but he knew if Felix was in the snakes place, Trinity would be attacked as soon as the patrafication spell had warn off. And then the bird would leave he bleeding body to go after the mouse.

The image was broken when Cana started talking about using it on people. That didn't make any sense. It would be useful to get an animal to likje you. A stray cat or owl if you could get close enough to use it. But on a person? He didn't understand the point. He tried to imagen someone -- anyone -- rubbing against him like the mouse had one the snake. It didn't work. They would have looked unbearably silly. Right?

The madness, anger, and death part he could live without, too. He already had one of the three, and was planning on another later on. He didn't want to go the way of a side effect, though. That would just make him another statistic. A number. No, thanks.

When Cana offered to show another, Trinity plucked up the red one without hesitation. He had no clue what it would do, but it was bound to be something.
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Post by Cana Havich » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:33 am

Cana was genuinely pleased at the stunned silence and enthusiasm shown by Trinity. He so rarely got a good audience. Most people he did this stuff with were already very familiar with the workings of it, so they weren't excited about it like Cana was. But Cana loved talking about stuff like this! It was fun, and dangerous, and exciting all at once! Sure sometimes things got a little...traumatized in the process, but save for what happened to Gabe nothing bad had really come of all of it for Cana. And Cana had learned his lesson with Gabe: never try a summoning if you're not sure what you'll get. Other than that, he couldn't foresee anything bad coming from showing off with potions.

He took the red bottle, and shook it a little. He let Trinity hear the rattling noise it made. So few "traditional" potions, he'd found, took advantage of solid ingredients without first grinding them down or melting them for easier use. While it helped with some things, he'd found that with other ingredients it took away their potency. Now when that potency was toxic in high doses, lessening it was desirable. But for some things....well.

"It's called several things, but my mom's godmother always called it "Crown of Thorns Oil." I think that's the American term though, as I can't find anything about it under that name here. I'm sure it has a fancy Latin or Old English name. Or maybe not! Might be one of those regional things."

He continued swirling it, while the other hand held the snake gently.

"There are several ways to make it. This way is the legal way," he assured. "Well...legal in America and Norway. I never bothered to check on it here, but I can't imagine this version being illegal, unless the Ministry is filled with creeps. So it's possible," he shrugged. "There are some very illegal versions though. Ones that even I wouldn't mess with. I'll explain in a moment."

He took the dropper and poured a generous amount of the potion on the snake. Nothing seemed to happen, other than it being mildly offended. Cana set it down and watched the slightly addled creature get its bearings. He quickly cast the counter spell to his petrification spell on the bag of snakes, and dumped them on the ground around the former serpent.

Cana thought it was incredible really, how much the other snakes fought and flailed to get away from the one on the bottom. It was almost like they were in pain merely being in contact with it. Within a minute, all of the snakes had fled quickly away into the darkness, leaving the bottom snake unharmed, but undoubtedly confused.

"It's like..." Cana searched for an equivalency. "It's like the spell that makes Muggles avoid a place, but it works differently. You can use it to make all people avoid you, or you can make it specific with a few things. Like the hair or blood of the person you want away from you. It's really good if you have someone you're afraid will hurt you or someone who has wronged you. When they get near you, they get an almost painful sense of dread and fear. It can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms: headache, chills, upset stomach. Nothing like, too terrible, just really unpleasant. But if you modify the ingredients?" He winced a little. "I've heard it can be nearly as bad as the Cruciatus Curse. Not quite, but nearly. That version is illegal though. Not that the law matters too much to me, but I don't hate anyone quite that much. Just made some so a few people back home would get the hint and leave me alone. Haven't met anyone here yet that it needed using on."

Cana picked up the final bottle before Trinity could. This one he really didn't want Trinity to accidentally get on himself. He seemed like a decent guy, and Cana didn't want the effects of the potion to harm him. He held it up the the light and let Trinity see the string soaking inside the bottle.

"This one is....very nasty. I've only used it once, and I didn't have to use much. Don't know that I'd use it again if for demonstration purposes, but I suppose without the key ingredient it wouldn't hurt anything. You curious?" Cana grinned sharply.
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Post by Trinity Peters-Stenhouse  » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:45 pm

Trinity watched the snakes scatter with an almost painful understanding. He had never heard of Crown of Thorns Oil or any of its variations. Not even in books. He thought it was one of the dumbest potions potions anyone could ever use. It made it to the top of his list, in fact. Why would anyone want to be invisible? Not just looked away from, but avoided? He couldn't understand it.

Slowly, Trinity reached for the snake. He knew it was bad judgement to go poking at a predator who was upset, and this snake had been kidnapped, assaulted by a mouse, and then had his brotheren dumped all over him. He was sure not to be the happiest thing in the world, but until the potion wore off... Trinity knew exactly how the snake felt.

As he picked up the serpent, he made peace with himself that there was a high chance of him getting bitten. Trinity liked animals, and for the most part they liked him, but he had learned young that if you walk into a relationship with one not expecting it to bit, scratch, or try and kill you, you would be sorely disappointed.

If you expected backlash, however, sometimes they would surprise you. Trinity smiled to himself as the snake twisted around his wrist and forearm. Sure, he felt a little bit of a knot in his stomach, but nothing he couldn't handle. He would see if he could sneak the snake inside for a few days until the potion wore off. If it wore off. He'd have to ask about that.

Cana's description of the third bottle made the blond look up again. All of the potions had been so different from each other that he couldn't even think of what this last one would do. Something so nasty and dangerous that even someone like Cana wouldn't want to use it? He was beyond curious. "So? Wot's't do?"
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Post by Cana Havich » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:02 am

He watched curiously as the snake allowed Trinity to hold it easily. Cana was rather jealous. Animals cowered to him, save for his dogs, and he had raised those since they were pups. All others could sense that he was untrustworthy. Shaking himself from his haze, Cana went back to focus on what he was doing.

Cana took two candles out of the bag he'd brought. They were both red, but not the deep blood color that one might expect. These had more of a pinkish hue to them, and looked more like...Valentine's candles? Cana set them haphazardly on the ground, and stuck his face and forearm back in. He was being very careful of something clearly. It became apparently why when he pulled out an unsheathed knife. It looked like it had survived generations of the Havich family, back before they were even called Havich. And it had. The handle was bone and stained rusty red. The blade, though, was as silver and sharp as ever.

Cana carved two very cartoonish broken hearts into each candle.

"It's not really illegal somehow?" Cana said, his speech tilting towards incredulous. "Mostly, I think, because too many people make it wrong for it to be effective. Like, so wrong as to render it ineffective completely. Basically nasty flavored water. This is one of those potions where if so much as a grain of salt overbalances it, it won't work. It took absolutely forever to get it right. Honestly, it would have been easier to just interfere the old fashioned ways. But, oh well."

"Basically, it's a break-up potion. Girls back home make it incorrectly all the time to win over their 'one true love' by destroying a relationship that their already in. It never works. Not really. If they do break up, it's just because the relation ran its course anyway. Because they never make it right. But," Cana grinned a bit of feral light in his eyes. "I did. Because I'm awesome. And because my cousin's ex...well. She didn't get a torn shoulder blade from horseback riding or anything. But. Sometimes things need a little help along that even a dad and his shotgun can't give. And this is it."

He pulled a pair of gloves out of the bag, and unstoppered the bottle.

"This batch is inert. You have to wrap some hair around the string from each subject to make it work. Or soak it in blood. Or a mix of both. I took hair from my cousin. Took the other from her ex. He wasn't took pleased, but I don't think he liked me much for some reason," Cana rolled his eyes yet smirked.

He delicately took the string, and with dexterity his size belied, tied each end around a candle.

"You light the candles. Eventually it burned down around the string and the string catches fire and poof. There goes your relationship. Up in flames."

"There are a few caveats, of course," Cana finally said. "If the relationship is already healthy and loving and strong as it can be, it's not very effective. They'll go through troubles, but likely not break up. And if you even for a moment accidentally cross-contaminate it with your blood or hair, then you doom your relationship to cinders, as well. Which was honestly, the last thing I wanted," he said somberly. "I just...she wouldn't leave him," he finished lamely. "We all would have killed him for her in a heartbeat. But she wouldn't leave. So I did what I had to. Risked what I had to. And then I snuck the other potion into her perfume for awhile so he'd go away for as long as was needed."

"Maybe I did cross-contaminate it," he said, finally, after a beat of silence. "Heaven knows I'm probably never going to see the guy I love again. But hey. At least she's safe now."

He stoppered the bottle with a sigh, and put it away. He had a few more tricks up his sleeve to show Trinity, but none were quite as dark and dramatic as the three potions.
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Post by Trinity Peters-Stenhouse  » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:33 am

Trinity had never seen anyone as protective as Cana was about his family. He didn't know what the bloke had done to bring on the wrath of the man sitting before him, but Trinity had no doubt about his guilt. He was glad Cana hadn't murdered the guy, only because Trinity didn't want to see him sent to Azkaban. Any man who had the gall to hurt a woman in any way deserved more breaks than a break-up potion. Like his nose.

When the subject of Cana's relationship came up, though, Trinity felt awkward. Not only because he himself had never been in a relationship, but because he could feel that this was a subject Cana usually kept close to his chest. Here, sitting in the dark, though, Trinity was glad Cana trusted him like this. He didn't want to break that trust, but he didn't know what to do.

After a long moment, the Huffelpuff reached out and put his hand on Cana's forearm. "Ah'm surry, dat's hon'r'ble of yew. Duing dat fur yewr family." He knew it wasn't much of a consolation, butg it was true. He couldn't think of anyone who would help their family--a cousin, not even a sister--at the risk of their own happiness. Cana was a much better ma n than he was willing to admit to.
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