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You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:07 pm

Drunk magic… Don’t try this at home, kids!

Tom made his way through Diagon Alley, tired, nauseous and with a massive headache. He must have tried to drink water, for when he woke he had found himself sloughed in a chair in front of the sink, his neck stiff and hurting from resting on his shoulder for hours, the tap running, and broken glass on the floor.

Well that wasn’t the worst of it. When he had somewhat regained consciousness, he had realized his hand was throbbing, and he noticed pretty nasty wounds on his hand, wooden splinters in the flesh and all. Stumbling into the living room he had found the reason why. He wasn’t sure which spell he had been trying to use the night before, but evidently his clouded mind and drunken gibberish had not resulted in the intended effect. Bloody Samuel and his bloody fire whiskey.

He could have easily patched up that hand with a spell, although he wasn’t sure about the shards of wood. But he would have needed a wand. And so, he was forced to wrap it in a bandage for now and make his way to Jimmy Kiddell’s Wonderful Wands. Wonderful indeed, Tom reflected, as he stepped into the shop.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:23 pm

In the six months that Lionel had been working at the shop it had completely transformed. What used to be a dusty and unorganized shoebox of clutter was now a polished and catalogued shouebox of actual business. Mr. Kiddell has chalked it up to his rise in standards of course, not to his apprentice, but Lionel didn’t mind. He just liked working in a clean place and making wands. It had also helped bring customers in which gave him more to do.

He was cleaning the new shipment of cores when the man walked in. Lionel stood up and began to place the heartstrings in drying position so he would have the use of his hands. “Hello, Sir. How may I help you?” he said in a pleasant Belgian accent from the other side of the counter.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:48 pm

For a moment Tom wondered if he was in the right place. He remembered the shop being a total jumble. When the boy attending the shop addressed him, Tom stepped forward and put his wand down on the counter.

“Good morning.” He muttered, feeling that it was everything but a good morning. He did not know which was hurting more, his head or his hand. “I bought this wand only three years ago from your shop and it’s already damaged.” Damaged was an understatement. The wood had scattered up to half-way down the wand and plucks of burnt unicorn hair stuck out, some splinters entangled in it.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:47 pm

Lionel cleaned his hands meticulously while inspecting the utterly destroyed wand. Quietly and to himself he mumbled, “Holly, 9 inch. Hm.” Bending down, he scrutinized it with keen eyes shielded by his thick plastic framed glasses. He returned to full height, folded the cloth neatly, and places in in the workbench with the heartstrings.

His gaze then turned to the customer. Holly made sense. Quick to anger. Holly wands often broke because of it. His mouth formed a quick close mouthed smile and he pushed up his specs. “It is quite, uh, damaged. Maybe beyond repair? We’re you looking for a replacement or would you like me to run some tests?”
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:55 pm

Tom was not a patient person. Especially not with a hangover. It took all of his effort to keep quiet while the young man inspected the wand. The boy’s precision irritated him. Every minute Tom had to keep standing up here and wait inside this small shop, deprived of fresh air, made him more nauseous and made his head throb more. The pieces of heartstring, which the boy had so meticulously put in order did not make him feel better either. They would normally not have bothered him, but now even the sight of the kid cleaning his hands made him feel sick.

Yes, I know it’s QUITE damaged! he thought as the boy turned back to him. The kid was not from here. His accent had betrayed that much. Maybe Tom should ask for Mr. Kiddell himself, so that he was sure he didn’t get an amateur serving him. “Well, I suppose it’s beyond repair, isn’t it?” he answered. “So testing it won’t matter anymore.” He should now press his case. They should give him a new wand for free! But he wasn’t sure how to formulate that and remain polite. “Look… sir,” he said, dropping his voice a little. It took all his effort to suppress a sigh. Damn this morning. “I need to work tonight and I just need a functioning wand quickly.”
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:00 am

Lionel nodded and smiled. He wouldn't have recommended testing but some people can be sentimental. "I can certainly find you a new wand, sir. Em, same wood, core, and length?" Already he had turned away from the customer to scan the stacks of boxes behind him.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:16 pm

“Yes, please.” He replied, and he waited for the boy to find the appropriate wand. He pulled a bit at the bandage around his hand, for it was starting to get quite painful now. At least when he had his wand, he could try and tend to his wounds. Damn Danna. All of this was her fault.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:39 pm

It took a moment, 9” wasn’t the most common length, but he found it and meticulously retrieved it. “Here you go. Unicorn hair, holly, 9”. That will be 9 galleons.” His customary close lipped smile spread across his face as he set the box down in front of Tom.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:04 pm

“Nine?!” he blurted out. If Tom had possessed any tact he might have thought before spoke. As it was, he possessed none. His earlier concern about how to be polite and still get his wand replaced for free was forgotten. Now he was just indignant. He frowned down at the box and then picked up what was left of his old wand with his left, unharmed hand. A couple more pieces of wood fell on the counter as he did. “Look here. I bought this wand, what?... Three years ago. From this shop. And it just exploded!” Or he seemed to remember something like that, if he dug very deeply into his drunk memories. “You can’t charge me full price for a replacement.”
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:33 pm

Lionel's eyes grew wider the louder the man got, but the rest of him stilled. He glanced down at the bandaged hand. Must have been wounded when the wand 'just exploded'. It wasn't outside the realm of possibility that Mr. Kiddell's wand was of lesser quality, but rarely did a wand simply self destruct. Scratch, misbehave, crack, occasionally splinter, sure. But entirely disintegrate? Unlikely.

But how could he saw all that? There wasn't a way. "Well, em, sir. I - em, Maybe you could, er, tell me exactly what happened?" The smile returned, but it was more out of nervousness than politeness.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:51 pm

If only he would think his actions through, he wouldn’t embarrass himself. But thinking things through involved the word ‘thinking’, and so it was not for Tom. His neck reddened as he put the wand back down on the counter, frantically trying to come up with a reply. What had happened? Certainly, the wand had exploded, for if he had simply knocked in against something, those splinters would not have reached his hand. But what spell had he been trying to use? “Well…” He said, suddenly a whole lot less confident. “I tried to perform a simple summoning spell. And the wand just blew itself up.” If it had been a summoning spell, and he wasn’t sure it had been, it had probably sounded more like AAA-GEEEE-AWW. But no one needed to know that.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:21 pm

"A summoning spell," Lionel repeated, surprised. He did not necessarily think the man was lying, maybe just misremembering. Or, "Are you, um, certain this is the correct wand for you? Maybe another type of wood, or, em, something would be safer?"
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:34 pm

Tom shuffled uncomfortably as the young man seemed puzzled. Looking back, maybe it had not been so wise to pick this battle with someone who was an expert in wand ‘behaviour’. Might be able to uncover his white lie. For Tom these were pieces of wood that either did what they were supposed to be doing or didn’t work. In fact, he didn’t even remember what type of wand he owned – or had owned. Wood was wood. “Erm… I don’t know… sir. This is what they gave me last time. What’s wrong with the wood?”
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:11 pm

"It, uh, isn't that something is wrong with it," Lionel shifted his weight and scrutinized the obliterated piece of wood once more. "But if it is exploding with a, em, summoning charm, maybe it is mismatched?"
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:33 pm

“A wand is a wand.” Tom replied. Of course he knew that these wandmakers made a point of having you try out several wands before they determined that one type was best for you, but Tom had never figured out why it made such a difference. “Well, if you’d recommend another type, sir…” he said, more sulky than angry now. He knew he was not going to win this battle.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:24 am

Lionel's eyebrows lowered. A wand is a wand? Such a simplistic view of such a complicated magic was almost enough to baffle him. Maybe if he explained the intricacies of the craft to the man, he would understand. "It would be hard to, em, just guess. Wands have personalities, in a way. And um many er characteristics could contribute to it's, um, usefulness. The length, for example, can en-enhance the caster's natural movements, or hinder them I suppose. And then also, um, it's core highlight's the type of magic the wizard choses, but it can also undercut it. You see? So your wand didn't seem to be helping if it is uh, exploding." He usually didn't speak that much, but man, he loved talking about wands.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:23 am

Here’s what Tom registered: Bla blababla bla blabla usefulness blabla bla blablabla hinder bla blablabla exploding. It was like being back in his History of Magic class. He raised an eyebrow as he listened to - or heard, more precisely - the boy ranting on and on. He leaned one arm on the counter to support his tired body as he watched the boy. He really seemed almost like a child when he was talking. After the kid was finished, Tom was quiet for a moment, at a loss for words. “Right…” he said slowly. “Well… Let’s get going then. What kind of wand would you recommend?”
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:51 am

Oh good. It seemed like he had gotten somewhere with the man. He smiled brightly, "How else did your wand, em, act up?" He would obviously need more information to diagnose.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Tom Scott » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:28 pm

Damn it! Damn it! They were back at it again. Tom frowned and moved his hand up for a moment place it over his eyes and give a squeeze. His head was hurting and this conversation frustrated him, not the least because it wasn’t getting him anywhere near a reduction.
“Look…” he sighed. “I don’t quite remember, alright… I -,” But he changed him mind. “It all went so fast and all. It never gave me trouble before. It just exploded all of a sudden.” Now his nausea was rising again. If he was going to be sick in this shop… He breathed in deeply.
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Re: You get what you pay for

Postby Lionel Chevalier » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:50 pm

Lionel would not be able to identify the symptoms of someone about to hurl, which was maybe unlucky at the moment. "Oh." He said curiously to the response. Wands shouldn't behave that way. There must have been an underlying cause. Maybe a jinx or something? "Em, that is very unusual. And you are, uh, sure that it was a summoning charm?"
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