Following orders was something that Jason was good at – having it drilled into him from a very early age – and was slipping into the gloves practically before Jon had finished speaking. Even as his attention was still seemingly fixed on the book on the table, he couldn’t help but take in the information about just what the gloves did. They sounded remarkably useful.
A mysterious book written in some sort of code. There didn’t exist a more interesting item in the world as far as Jason was concerned. He was practically trembling with the desire to crack into it and see just what knowledge the new – or possibly very old – tome had to offer.
Jason stepped up into the space vacated by Jon and the older man was right – there was a palpable sense of… energy? – Power maybe? – coming from the book. While he didn’t get the same feeling of darkness that Jon seemed to, Jason marked that down to not being as familiar with it as the more experienced Unspeakable clearly was.
His eyes focused on the stirring energy around the book as his colleague flipped through the pages. It was a really cool effect. A look of horror briefly flashed across his face at the idea of destroying the book – granted, there was some really dangerous information that could be recorded, but he couldn’t think of anything that was so dangerous it shouldn’t be understood before it was destroyed. Fortunately, it seemed like Jon was of a similar point of view.
From the sounds of things, this seemed more and more like it was going to be a lesson rather than an actual project. Still, he considered that it was possible, even probable, that it was both. After all, that would be a far better use of time.
Jason’s eyes focused on the dummy and he wondered just why they didn’t have something like that at Hogwarts. There were many new spells being taught and learned – and even students pulling things out of the Restricted Section or playing around with making their own stuff. It would have been extremely helpful to have something like this around so you could find out just what it was that you were learning to unleash on the world.
The dim light from the line ward gave voice to the power flowing through it and Jason was desperately looking forward to trying out some of the spells. At the given offer, Jason drew his wand and advanced on the ward first. A few quick spells gave him a general idea of how it would work – it was some surprisingly powerful spell work and he was willing to bet that it would stop most anything that could have rebounded back on them. However, there was always room for the unexpected – they were dealing with magic after all.
That out of the way, he advanced on the magical crash-test dummy and looked it over. Just to get a better idea of what the results were going to look like; Jason sent a string of curses and hexes at the thing. The readouts were pretty easy to read and understand and he smiled at it. He could practically feel the layered spells on it and – as much as he longed to take it apart and see how they all interacted – he knew it wasn’t the time to experiment. After just a few more minutes exploring the protective wards that had been put in place, he was unsurprised to find they were strong and likely to be effective.
With the double checking done, Jason returned to the table and asked, “May I take a look at the book?”Jon Crawford