Behind the scenes, Vincent Veltrino was a monster, a wicked man loyal to the most wicked of all women. To the public, he was a very influential man. He had friends in the Ministry and in the magical celebrity world. To keep up appearances, he held several charity balls throughout the year, with the Ministry and the celebrity world invited of course. The proceeds went to the educational developed of troubled pureblood youths, but there was of course more to it than that. But what those who gave didn't know wouldn't hurt them.
Vincent stepped out to greet the masses, wearing his usual expensive black suit. He raised a glass of champagne to them and formed his false smile.
"I thank you all for attending," he said. "Tonight, we gather to ensure the bright future of the pureblood youths of our society. However, we also gather to enjoy ourselves and one another's company... so by all means... do so." He chuckled a little and nodded to everyone before headed into the crowd to mingle.
Last Edit: Aug 12, 2014 16:22:06 GMT -5 by Deleted
Post by LYLA ROSE HAWTHORNE on Aug 1, 2014 22:17:25 GMT -5
Oh, the irony of tonight. Lyla Hawthorne and the majority of her family found themselves at a charity ball tonight full of rich snobs and ignorant purists. What was she doing here at a charity for pureblood children? She wasn't even a pureblood- she had a muggle mother. The Hawthornes kept quiet about this therefore Lyla blended in, but it took everything she had not to simply stand on a chair and announce her blood status and blow up at some of these people. The only thing keeping her from doing this was that some of the Ministry was here including some of higher positions, and she would get kicked out of the Hawthorne manor.
Vincent Veltrino, a rich man who owned a casino and hotel was hosting and stepped up to speak. She played with the cloth of her dress with one hand, held a champagne glass in the other and rolled her eyes. It was a bunch of rubbish how some could be so closed minded and prejudice about one's blood status, but she couldn't change anyone's mind about that. Especially when she couldn't open her mouth on controversial subjects unless it was to agree and kiss up to whomever was speaking to her.
She turned slowly, trying avoid talking to people and attempted to make her way towards a door that led outside without anyone noticing her efforts. Hopefully no one would pay attention to her effort to escape for a few minutes...or an hour...or a few hours.
Vincent was drawn to beautiful, young women. His wife was a good deal younger than him. He was a minion of the Dark Lady. So when he saw the stunning lady heading toward the door, he casually approached her, taking an extra glass of champagne from a passing tray. Once there, he subtly blocked her way.
"Leaving so soon, my dear?" he asked. "I trust my party has not become so dull so quickly. Perhaps I can find a way to convince you to stay?" He smiled at her as he handed her the glass of champagne. "Vincent Veltrino, your humble host." Truth be told, up until now Vincent was getting bored with his own party. He was used to them by now, and they were all the same. He talked to the same people, made the same under-handed deals with the high and mighty and then departed from the party to his office a few hours prior to the ball ending. But this young woman intrigued him. Something in the eyes perhaps?
Post by LYLA ROSE HAWTHORNE on Aug 3, 2014 17:08:41 GMT -5
She was so close to the freedom of the outdoors, just a few more steps until she would be through the door. A small smile full of hope that her whole evening would not be filled with these mindless blokes slowly spread across her face. As soon as she had hope, it crashed. An older man had snaked his way towards her and began speaking to her. She kept the small smile on only because she didn't want it to be completely obvious that she was wanting to leave desperately. He spoke to her, asking her to stay and she realized that of all people, the host of the event had interrupted her escape. "I suppose I imagined myself spending my time doing other things." she smiled briefly before realizing that what she said could have been taken as rude. "But I will most definitely stay now that I have gained some company, Mister Veltrino. I'm Lyla. Lyla Hawthorne." she sighed very softly, trying her best to not come across as rude for the sake of her family. She didn't want to piss off the wrong people.
Almost as soon as she and Vincent began conversing, another person had made her way towards them, but this time it was someone she would actually like spending time to talk with as opposed to...well... people like her dear party host. Lyla smiled "Hello Mary, how are you?" she greeted her future coworker, recognizing her from the Ministry. She was an Auror and they had run into each other a few times. Lyla looked up to Mary, hoping to move up from a trainee to a coworker hopefully soon. While greeting Mary, Lyla had noticed another familiar face across the room- someone else from the Ministry. Cain Edge, a hit wizard, sat in a chair, eying her small group as if he was cautious, or suspicious. Was there something to worry about concerning Mr. Veltrino (besides his purist views and his dull socialite ball)? She gave a slight nod in his direction, hoping he would see that she acknowledged her presence and would perhaps join them before looking back at Mary and Vincent.
Vincent smiled a genuine-looking smile, but he had that subtle predatory look in his eyes as Lyla responded to him.
"I'm sure you'll find any number of things to do here, my dear," said Vincent. He then nodded as she agreed to stay. "I'm delighted to hear that. Perhaps if you do indeed get bored, I can show you the..."
He turned when Mary approached. He was unaware that Lyla was an Auror-in-Training, but Vincent knew that Mary was a full Auror, and he was quite uneasy around them. He was not present when the Aurors rescued McGonagall, but since the incident he had kept his interaction with Aurors to a minimum, despite even having influence in that department.
"Well, thank you for the high compliment," he said to Mary. "And no, the hotel hosts several charity balls throughout the year. I'm sure I'll see you at a few more?"
He then watched as Lyla and Mary interacted. Damn, the two knew one another. Was Lyla another Auror? Perhaps his little "plan" would have to be reserved for another female guest.
Vincent was put on the spot, first by Mary... and then by the Hit Wizard he has heard about, this... Cain. He was no fool and he could tell they were all trying to call him out... in his own home. But Veltrino played this game many, many times.
He was about to respond to marry when Cain approached and suggested all of them go to this place he was about to recommend. The place he originally had in mind would have been harmless- an art room featuring some of his favorite works. But he had been embarrassed, and there would now be consequences.
Vincent smiled a bit as the check was placed in his pocket, despite having just been insulted by Cain.
"You're far too kind, sir, despite your willingness to call me out on my shortcomings in my own home," he said, chuckling a bit to seemingly show he wasn't offended. "I'll have to send a personal thank you to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement." He then looked at all of them. "Now then, about what I wished to show you. It's my personal library. I think you'll all find it quite fascinating. If you'll just follow me."
True Mary was being civil to Vincent, and Lyla as well, but the fact was that Cain had insulted him and he couldn't take care of the young man and not be suspected of mischief by the two women. Not only that, he was beginning to grow a tad paranoid of having members of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at his party. Most of the Ministry guests there were people from other departments who Veltrino had far more influence in. With Harry Potter running things, he hadn't quite gotten a grasp on the protectors of the common good.
"If you'll just follow me," he said. He then made his way to a wall and whispered a secret incantation to open it. The wall slid open to reveal the private library. Vincent made his way inside and over to a bookshelf before turning to his guests.
"Welcome to my private library, ladies and gentleman," he said. "It is filled with a number of intriguing books, especially those on dark spells, many of them banned by the Ministry." He was waiting for the trio to step over a large V on the floor. Once they were to do so, he would remove a book that would trigger a trap door under them. "I'm sure you'll find this library full of surprises."
(Note: Trap Door leads to an enclosed dungeon. Vincent will explain what will [potentially] happen to the trio from there.)
Post by LYLA ROSE HAWTHORNE on Aug 19, 2014 17:38:28 GMT -5
Lyla was confused about what exactly was going on still and it wasn't making her a happy camper. Her natural thirst for knowledge and a need to be in the loop were causing her mood to turn a little sour, which couldn't be a good thing. She kept trying to have a hold on her mood so she wouldn't make things worse with her notorious temper, especially when Mary warned Lyla that it was a trap. Perhaps Cain didn't know it was a trap by the way he was acting, or maybe he did and he was an adrenaline junkie. She had no idea of what the other Ministry official was thinking but it certainly was not doing them any good. If we follow into it, we can always get out- there are three of us and one of him and we are already prepared... Perhaps if we follow into it, we would then have a reason to either arrest him, or ease our suspicions? Lyla tried to think as loudly as possible for Mary to hear.
"What an impressive collection. Interesting taste in books as well." she told Veltrino coolly, biting her tongue (literally). She wanted to call him out on what a creepy and suspicious collection he had, along with his odd demeanor, but she knew that it could only make things worse. Plus this was going to have a potential impact on her career...Hopefully positive. She tightened her linked arm with Mary, and glanced at Cain. She nodded her head forward towards the library hinting to the other two that she wanted to go in.
A few moments after her nod, she stepped foot into the library giving Mary a soft tug as she slowly entered. She kept her eyes locked with Veltrino's the whole time as she forced a smile onto her face. "Would you mind escorting us? I may end up snagging some of these books if I'm left to my own devices. It'd be useful to know these spells in the future." she then moved her hair, attempting to use her Veela charm on him. She didn't want to lose him while they were in here, because who knows what he would do then. Sometimes her Veela charm worked, especially in Hogwarts. Most teenage boys felt attracted and allured by her when she actually attempted to be appealing. However this was a mature man. She was unsure if it would work but it was worth a shot.
Once the book was pulled and the trip was to fall, Vincent calmly stepped over and looked down. He was quick to notice Lyla giving him an alluring look. It was clear she was part Veela. However his need to be rid of seemingly nosy authority figures was stronger than his... more personal urges.
"How unfortunate that you three 'accidentally' stumbled into this library and triggered an old trap door," he said, making up his lie to cover up their "murders". At least Vincent felt as this point they were as good as dead. "And such a nasty spot to end up in, that dreary dungeon." Vincent gave a mock sigh. "I'm sure you notice the thick webbing all over the place. That would be the handiwork of a number of Acromantulas that dwell down there. I would come to your aid, my friends, but..." He then looked at them coldly. "Even if I wanted to save three members of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement who have allowed themselves to foolishly walk into my own figurative web, by the time I or anyone else arrived down there... well dinner would be served if you catch my meaning. Oh and by the way, if any of you are planning to use your wand on me at the moment, I must inform you that it will be a terrible waste of time as escape is impossible... and will only cause more attention to be brought to yourselves regarding your new companions down there." Vincent turned and looked towards the door leading back to the party, and then back at those in the dungeon. "Now, if you three will excuse me, I do have other guests to tend to. Let us hope they don't need... special attention as well. Do attempt to enjoy what remains of your stay here."
Vincent then stepped over and placed the book back in, causing the trap door to close.
Post by LYLA ROSE HAWTHORNE on Aug 26, 2014 17:53:42 GMT -5
Despite knowing the trap door was beneath them, it was still a shock when the floor beneath the trio vanished and they began to fall. It was a short fall however, so although she landed on her side, nothing was broken or sprained, it'd just be sore and bruised for a bit. But that was the least of Lyla's concerns, because above them, the villainous Veltrino was explaining to them that there were Acromantulas down here and they'd have to deal with those, along with being trapped in a dungeon. "Villain speeches? How cliché. You must be muggleborn or maybe a Squib to be making one and using a trap door instead of your wand." Lyla shot at him with a smirk. She was intentionally pressing his buttons and shooting out everything that came into her mind now that she didn't need to watch her behavior or mouth.
He continued talking and she decided to maybe try to catch him off guard. "Ascendio!" she said while grabbing her wand from its place, tied around her upper thigh. She shot upwards, but it was too late. He had finished his corny little spiel and the dungeon closed. She hit the top of the once open space with a loud, hard thud and fell back down to the floor. She coughed a bit, trying to catch the wind that had been knocked out of her and rubbing the top of her head. Some blood covered her hand but it was a minor injury.
"Acromantulas..." she shuddered a bit. "Spiders were always a part of my boggart." she frowned at Mary and Cain as she picked her wand up from the filthy floor and got up. "Lumos." she whispered and the dungeon lit up. Webs were everywhere, covering parts of the walls and bits of the corners with the silvery-white threads so thick that it looked like cloth was pinned there. A rather small acromantula scuttled in front of her and she gulped. She knew more would be coming and they'd be here to greet her soon. "Ever been in this position before?"
(Now posting as Sang Hee instead of Vincent, but same order as we've been doing.)
Sang Hee had arrived at the party late. Hell, she wasn't planning to go at all until she found out that Cain would be there. She never had a boyfriend before Cain, and was certainly interested in spending more time with him now that they were a couple.
Sang Hee has arrived in a simple black dress and heels. When she had come in, she saw Cain, along with Lyla and Mary from their department, step into a room with Vincent Veltrino, the host of this affair and a man she had been highly supicious of. She was going to patiently await for them to return, but when she saw Vincent step out alone, that suspicion came back. She silently followed Vincent into another room and hid, listening in to get any clue as to where Cain and the others were. She overheard Veltrino talking to another dark wizard about having taken care of them and that there were "down below". Sang Hee quickly put it all together and even more swiftly looked for a way into the lower levels of the hotel.
Post by LYLA ROSE HAWTHORNE on Sept 9, 2014 23:10:43 GMT -5
As much as the eight legged monsters worried her and freaked her out on the inside, they were the least of the trio's worries. How were they supposed to escape this dark and damp dungeon? Lyla scanned the walls the best she could, looking for any signs of weaker walls, hidden doors, along with the roof for spots that could leave above ground. So far, there was nothing. Cain instructed them, slowly taking charge of the situation- a bit too much charge for Lyla's liking. "Excuse me, Cain, I'm right here, no need to speak like I'm not." she snapped, obviously irritated and slightly offended for being underestimated.
As they traveled down the long hall of the dungeon, the blonde had the eerie feeling that there were eyes on her, but no matter where she looked- from the left, the right or behind her, she couldn't spot anyone else but Mary and Cain. Something was off and she could feel it, so she tightened her grip around her wand. And then she could hear it, and so did Mary. "I hear them...sounds like snakes..." she whispered, looking around for the source of the slithering. Soon enough, she spotted slits glaring at them, and Mary conformed aloud what she was thinking. Unlike Mary, however, as she ran, she used one hand to hold up the skirt of her dress, and her wand hand to send stunning spells and other various spells behind them to help fend off the drakons.
The blonde couldn't help but feel like a burden on the auror and the hit wizard- like she was some sort of child when in fact, she was about the same age as both of them. And despite still being considered an auror-in-training, she had surpassed all the tests and courses with flying colors and was expecting to be bumped up to an official auror soon. What had she done to make the two feel like she was inferior to them? "We can create a shield charm strong enough to keep them all off us for a bit while we figure out how to get out or make enough noise to have someone hear us, but we have to do it together." she nodded at them, remembering some of the complex charmwork she had studied in addition to her auror training. "Protego Maximum, on the count of three! One, two," and she came to halt and turned behind her with her wand pointed, "three- Protego Maxiumum!" she shouted, hoping that the others would listen to her and do so too. At least with this charm, the snakes and spider should disintegrate upon contact as long as the charm lasted.
The lower levels were a bloody maze! Even with her skills, Sang Hee would have a great deal of trouble getting through the place, and who knew if Veltrino had someone guarding the place down there, ready to strike as soon as a trespasser made their way to the wrong place.
Then hope came in the form of Cain's patronus. Being the man's girlfriend, Sang Hee of course knew of it by then. With a small smile she followed it. It soon led her to a wall and she had a good guess as to who was on the other side. Knowing Non-Verbal Magic, she didn't have to utter "Confringo". She simply aimed her wand and thought it in her head. True, she didn't know what else was behind that wall, but given how strong it was, the blasting curse was the only thing that could destroy it.
The curse of course work and a hole was blasted, revealing the dungeon. Sang Hee looked around.