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A bit like an amphitheatre, the Death Chamber is rectangular, symmetrical and stone. The immediate walking surface is actually the first step of many toward the sunken center of the room. In keeping with the Greco-Roman arrangement of the space, marble is used throughout including the dais at the center of the sunken space upon which sits an old looking arch that looks as if it could crumble at any moment. Hanging loosely from the arch is a veil tattered and so worn that it's black colour appeared shades of bone, green and blue at times. Voices of those passed into the great beyond can sometimes be heard in faint whispers by those to whom they were close in their corruptible states....but impossible to properly converse with.

For a room that boasts such a grim field of study, there are actually not a great deal of things in the sparsely decorated room that could cause severe damage to a person. There is only one but it happens to be one that no one comes back from.
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Jane was roused from her thoughts by Nero's approach. She solemnly accepted the teacup shard he offered her, and was reminded of the other shard she was carrying in an inner pocket. While she was in the Hall of Prophecy, she had absently picked up one of the stray shards from an orb and put it in her pocket. Now she was reminded of it, and wondered if it would yield any information if she subjected it to some...experiments. For that matter, she had not yet asked the question she had initially wanted to ask.

"I'm not sure Mr. Flamsteed will want to see me again so soon--he was in a bit of a temper when he left the Hall of Prophecy. Though his letter did instruct me to report to his office, which I've not managed yet. I'll...consider it." Jane hesitated to make more trouble for herself, though she also doubted that Flamsteed would even recognize her as having been one of those in the Hall of Prophecy, he'd been so preoccupied and dismissive.

"By the way--do either of you know what one does for a workspace in this department? A desk, or a laboratory? As full of secrets as this Chamber is, it's not quite the right place to sit down and take notes, or brew. An alchemist, after all, required space and some specialized equipment. And Jane had not been off her feet all day, not counting sitting on this hard and cold marble step.
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Briefly pausing to take account that none out of the three wanted to be the one to investigate Flamsteed. Jane gave them all an opportunity to talk about something else.

"Well.." Nero cleared his throat, touching his chest with a hand. "Permanent work stations in the Death Chamber are forbidden due to concerns of being near the veil for long periods of time." Another quiet throat clearing, his voice now sounding less like Vincent Price, and more like some lawyer"We are to report to a superior if we experience any of the following: Nausea, headaches, bad dreams, experiencing someone else's dreams, depression, deja vu, or death."

With a laugh, the doctor gave the pair a wink. "I'll make you a key for my work station if you promise not to tell on me. And try not to have any feelings you would not like share if you use any of my equipment. My psychometry has been rather sensitive lately." Adjusting his gloves, Nero was tempted to reach out for Truebridge’s notebook, and see what he could gleam from it.
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"Well.." Nero cleared his throat, touching his chest with a hand. "Permanent work stations in the Death Chamber are forbidden due to concerns of being near the veil for long periods of time." Another quiet throat clearing, his voice now sounding less like Vincent Price, and more like some lawyer"We are to report to a superior if we experience any of the following: Nausea, headaches, bad dreams, experiencing someone else's dreams, depression, deja vu, or death."
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Jane was a little taken aback--were they so short on space here that the Unspeakables had to share workspaces? She was not sure what sort of space Dr. Nero was talking about or if it would be suitable, and she was not quite sure she wanted other people to have access to her work. "That's very kind of you, Doctor. But I hate to inconvenience you--alchemy requires rather a lot of equipment and can get rather messy at times. Is there really no assigned work areas for the staff here?" Maybe she would have to resort to setting up her lab in her flat again--not ideal, but she'd done it before. If working off premises was even allowed, which she suspected it wasn't. Perhaps she ought to pay a visit to Mr. Flamsteed after all.

She followed the doctor's eye over to Mr. Truebridge and his notebook, and smiled again--he rather reminded her of her old pupil, Violet Blackthorne, and her ever-present journals. Speaking of Violet, she was reminded that she hadn't had a response to her last letter to her. Perhaps she'd been unable to respond, though she had sent it to Hogwarts last spring on purpose, hoping the girl would be able to receive it away from the prying eyes of her family. But she'd received no response at all, not last spring nor over the entire summer. Violet must be back at school by now, surely she would be able to write back--if she wanted to, that is. Perhaps she was still angry with her former governess for taking her back to her grandfather. Jane made yet another mental note to check up on this as well.
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"The Assembly Chamber or Chamber of Codes are my favourites to work in," David offered, unprompted, to Jane's question. "There are also some offices off the Love Chamber..." If they wanted to take the risk in entering that room.

He popped open his little notebook again and scribbled something down, not observing Nero's creeping hand from the corner of his eye. He needed to get to work brewing something. "Perhaps you could ask Flamsteed when you set up your meeting with him, Jane," he added, still scribbling away furiously.
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He popped open his little notebook again and scribbled something down, not observing Nero's creeping hand from the corner of his eye. He needed to get to work brewing something. "Perhaps you could ask Flamsteed when you set up your meeting with him, Jane," he added, still scribbling away furiously.
So, apparently the Death Chamber employees had to find their workspaces where they could; interesting. Well, as long as she had some privacy, she could make do. And she had definitely made up her mind to see Flamsteed after all; now that she had business with him, she felt more comfortable about the idea.

"Yes, thank you, thank you both, that's a good idea," she replied watching with amusement the scene playing out between Truebridge with his notebook and Nero's advancing hand. She had half turned to go, but was still looking back over her shoulder to see how this would play out.
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Catching Jane's glance, Nero used his creeping hand to wave her farewell with a wry smile on his face. "Best of luck with your meeting! I'll be sure to have some tea awaiting your return!" The older wizard called up after her, his voice filling the normally somber chamber.

The doctor had seen the sunrise and the sunset of many a witch and wizard, but even the chamber of Death could not darken his spirits when he witnessed a new dawn.

"May I be of any assistance to you, mister Upstead? I really should be spending more time amongst the living." The younger man's scribbling had piqued his curiosity, fighting the urge to pry further.
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Tea...yes, dear Merlin. Jane made a mental note to ask Dr. Nero where he got his tea the next time she saw him. She waved back and exited the Chamber.
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David did not immediately reply to Nero, his hand still scribbling so fast it was miraculous that he did not smear the ink on the page.

Well.

It was a rather charmed notebook, after all.

A long silent moment passed before he realized that Nero had spoken to him, and then there was an awkward (to him) pause as he realized he'd just been called an Upstead? Was Nero unwell, or had David misheard him?

"Pardon?" Davie looked up, shutting his notebook at last. "Who is Mister Upstead?" Had Nero moved on to conversing with those behind the curtain, then?
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A glorious purple memo folded to look like a spin plan shot into the room and circled around Jane's head. It had been a very long time since this room had seen a memo like this. Be amazed people! No more owls! Granted, this level had been saved from most of the horrors troubles caused by the owls.

The bright purple airplane was embossed with the golden letterhead of the Ministry along with the silver emblem of the Department of International Cooperation and the bright red of the word confidential. It was addressed to Jane Howard around whose head it was circling. It seemed pretty insistence that the Unspeakable open it and followed it's instructions which included 'please destroy after reading.'
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The bright purple airplane was embossed with the golden letterhead of the Ministry along with the silver emblem of the Department of International Cooperation and the bright red of the word confidential. It was addressed to Jane Howard around whose head it was circling. It seemed pretty insistence that the Unspeakable open it and followed it's instructions which included 'please destroy after reading.'
Jane was surprised to see the purple airplane that suddenly circled her head, but not exactly amazed--but she was new and had not experienced the Owl Troubles. She reached out with long slender fingers and plucked it from the air, confirmed that it was indeed addressed to her, and raised an eyebrow at the red letters spelling "Confidential."

Glancing over her shoulder at the others in the room, she moved her body to shield their view from the contents of the letter. She read its contents hastily as she continued walking out of the Death Chamber and, the minute she passed the threshhold and was out of view, took out her wand and blasted it into ashes before she departed through the Entry Chamber of the Department of Mysteries.
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"Pardon?" Davie looked up, shutting his notebook at last. "Who is Mister Upstead?" Had Nero moved on to conversing with those behind the curtain, then?
"You?" Nero's mind was wandering, already forgetting what he had said before. "Truebridge! David Truebridge!" A light of recognition lit up his eyes. Maybe he had been obliviated too many times, or perhaps, he's just been alive much longer than a normal wizard should.

"No offense, mister Truebridge." He had hoped saying his name again would help him remember. "I am rather forgetful. Especially with names. Sometimes I forget my own, and have to pick a new one. I find alliteration helps."


Nero, who once struck fear in the hearts of men and wizards alike, looked almost pitiful with the disappointed look on his face as he rubbed his temples with two fingers. "Now was there something I can help you with mister Up-- Truebridge? Your frantic note taking has made me rather curious, I must confess."
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Yes, that was his name. What? David looked puzzled, still, particularly since Nero seemed... frazzled, suddenly. The man had picked his own name? Riiiight.

He shook his head at the old bat and stood up, just in time to nearly be hit in the head by a fancy airplane soaring right over to Jane. David quirked an eyebrow in its direction but did not do much else, moving instead to head out the door behind Jane, but not so close that he'd see where she was going or anything like that. He didn't care, frankly. He'd been spending as little time in the Department as he could, ever since that incident that day in the Chamber of Codes...

...which reminded him that he should go have another look at those gloves, but where had he hid them in this room....? David stopped walking and stood lost in thought for another moment, his face entirely blank as his mind was elsewhere in time and space, ruminating, thinking, considering...... until Nero's speaking again made him blink his way out of it.

"Hmm what?" Now who was the space cadet? "You wish to see my notes?" He hugged his notebook closer to him, suddenly looking more like the Ravenclaw boy he once was and less like the cold, polished man he currently was. "They're of a personal nature, I'm afraid." Afraid, yes, he did sometimes feel that in this room.

Not that he'd ever admit it aloud, nor in writing.

...the gloves, he needed to go get the gloves. He turned and trotted down the stairs again, cutting a swift arc around the veil and then up the stairs on the other side, over by his original seat before Jane had entered this chamber. His gloves were here, they were. He needed to see them again, for research purposes.
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The tide had changed. As David lost his focus, Nero gained his. "There is nothing to fear here, mister Truebridge." The doctor knew exactly who David was, no Upstead to be found. "This is a place of peace."

Nero did not turn immediately when the younger man passed by him to go look for his gloves. Instead, the older man closed his blue eyes with a sigh. Though most saw him as strange and aloof, Nero saw a little of himself in everyone that came into his chamber.

There was no indication that he had followed David back up the stairs, but a shift of the shadows in the room placed Nero in a seat near where David had sat when he first noticed him while talking to Jane. "Something brought you here, David. I only wish to help." Though he put the mystery in the department of mysteries, there was something oddly sincere and warm in his voice. "Whatever happens in the coming days, I will be here."

Nero wanted to reach out towards the troubled young man, but had to rely on his words to touch him. The teacup lay broken on the floor.
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...did he? Only wish to help?

David was immediately on guard again, his gloves quickly in hand and then in his pocket, all in a flash before Nero could really see what he was grabbing. His face was momentarily cloudy and judgmental in Nero's direction, particulalry since the old man seemed to be really laying it on thick toward him. "Glad to hear it," he replied tonelessly. Sure. Consistent attendance did bring about consistent research results.

Then he was heading up the stairs and away, exiting the room.
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Much time had past since the events of the gala and there was a matter that the department head had to address. With a couple of scrolls in hand and a levitating crate following dutifully along side of him, Airey entered the Death Chamber and made his way around the various work stations and alcoves occupied by the Unspeakables who frequented this space. He was searching for something in particular and he acknowledged none.
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He craned his neck to peek at the department head moving through as though on autopilot. (That was the Muggle expression, yes?) And then there were scrolls behind him? How curious.

"Hello, Professor," he called out brightly, though one would think that a former Ravenclaw as intelligent as Davie would have learned by now to not greet his department head in such a manner. One would think this, yes, but an obliviate by the Elder Wand is a rather strong obliviate. And so, he added onto his greeting, in a manner that gave him a faint, lingering feeling of dťjŗ vu: "What do you need help with finding, sir?
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Yes...it was a muggle expression and one that Airey Flamsteed would be familiar with. Typically speaking, that is. Today may yield different results.

The man cast a cursory glance towards the Veil itself, the intelligible whispers and murmurings seeming to increase in volume as the lanky blonde moved. One may have even expected for him to be lured towards it, but he hardly even flinched as he continued his patrol of sorts until he knelt down to pick up a locket that had been discarded here. Perhaps violently so. "Yes," he replied coolly to the young Truebridge, not feeling the need to correct him on the professor at this moment. It did not matter. "I am collecting the belongings and research of Nero Nykto that may be left in this Chamber. The research is property of the Department of Mysteries and needs to be moved to the Hall of Records. Personal possessions and other excess may be discarded." He casually flipped open the locket, a moving image of a woman being affectionate with the departed Unspeakable inside. His cloudy blue eyes looked it over another moment before tossing it haphazardly into one of the boxes.

And then an additional curious thought was tugged in his memory, his lips twitching in resistance before the words formed. "...and tell me...what you know of Jane Howard." She had been close to this Nykto character and had gifted Airey with a very potent brew he was waiting for the opportune moment to try...and a possible loose end to the cause.
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.....hmm. David's cheerful expression definitely, slowly hardened into one of chilly calculation as he listened to the professor's robotic response. He was suddenly reminded of a conversation he, Nero, and Jane had had once, a brief conversation involving a teacup and this very room. How should he reply though? As yes, with the cheer.

"What do you mean, sir, that you need to move Dr. Nero's things?" Davie had slipped out from behind his desk and silently stood next to the professor now, his hands in his trouser pockets, his fine suit (much like the department head's) with not so much as a wrinkle on it, his robes hanging lightly from his shoulders over it. "Did he... resign...?"

Er? David was almost certain he had seen the old man at that strange opening gala, the one where he'd had to pretend everything was alright for Jessica's sake, all whilst parading around with a stupid name tag that read PUREBLOOD in the world's LARGEST font on his chest. He'd hated it, though he had also spotted his department head there, and had been pretty sure they'd made eye contact and all.

He cleared his throat and nudged the former professor lightly with his elbow, elbow to elbow, man to man. "Are you alright, Admiral? You've been looking rather thin lately. I'm worried about you." And he felt terrible that he had waited so long to say anything, but the man was hardly available nowadays. Plus, Davie was no snitch, so he wasn't about to reveal a word about his newer colleague, Jane.... He'd thought it best to just change subjects entirely. Kill two basilisks with one sword. Etc. Etc.
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Any change in the Unspeakable's appearance and demeanor went unacknowledged, though not entirely unnoticed. And if there was a teacup somewhere in this chamber ... it had no place here and also needed discarded appropriately. No one should be having tea in the Death Chamber of all places.

"He is no longer employed here," the man replied with the same monotone but with a sharpness to the enunciation that was not there previously. His shoulders were already rigid prior to the young man's approach, but it was almost as though someone had pulled the strings more taut with the influence of those bright blue naÔve and innocent eyes. "You are not of the authority to be privy to more."

And for David's own sake, it would be best he seek no further information either. Something that was attempted to be conveyed in the awkward twitch of Airey's pinky finger.

Admiral struck a nerve, one that lead to an itch that had that pinky finger twitching a bit more, but the moment passed quickly and efficiently. "I am fine, Mr. Truebridge. Though the same may not be said for you if you do not comply and answer my query."
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"David," Adam said as he walked into the room. He was holding a piece of parchment close to his face as he walked in. "I vas vonder if you haf a moment to look at - oh..." He felt, more then he saw that David wasn't alone and in fact it was the one person that Adam often tried to avoid while at work. Airy Flamsteed. Great...he'd been doing a fairly good job of avoding the man and here he went and walked right into a confrontation...or something. He wasn't quite sure what was going on as he rolled up the piece of parchment and quickly stuck it in a pocket. He certainly was too fair away to see what was going on since he was, you know visually impaired.

He was fidgeting with his glasses. "Forgife - I did not know you vere hafing a meeting. I come back later." And normally, that was Adam's cue to turn on his heel to walk out, but something wouldn't let him. Although he desperately wished it would.
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Yes, there was definitely more than one thing off about the Admiral today. Davie noticed the professor's hands twitching and felt his own fingers twitch toward his wand in its holster. But before he could reply, or not, one of their colleagues walked in....

Adam.

Hmm. This was an interesting wrench in the plan. "Oh, no, you're.... right on time," he replied to his colleague lightly, noticing his fidgeting and pulling one of his own hands out of his pocket so he could...jovially...awkwardly... pat Adam on the shoulder. Just the distraction he needed, huh. David let his hand linger on his fellow Unspeakable's shoulder for a beat too long, perhaps as an extended signal that he should stay, really stay, and join their discussion.

"Adam, what did you need? I'm sorry, Admiral, I'll answer you in just a second." David was careful to keep his tone light and casual this entire time.
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The man's jaw set upon the other Unspeakable's arrival, yet another who needed an evaluation to their usefulness as well as potential longevity in this new world. And then when the younger Unspeakable spoke, the department head's brow creased and eyes narrowed. "Yes, what is it that you require Mr. Truebridge's assistance?" he inquired dryly and without even an ounce of genuine curiosity. Without any real indication of any emotion period, for that matter. "And after you receive your answer from Mr. Truebridge, perhaps you can answer one of my own."

On that his younger co-worker resisted compliance and a strike against him.

Again, Airey's finger twitched and twisted as these unsavory thoughts clouded his vision.
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Adam sorta just stood there fidgeting with his glasses and really honestly trying to turn around and walk out of the room. He was by no means a fighter. Nope if life had taught him anything, he was a survivor, which was why it was odd that he was not fleeing for his life leaving. Perhaps it was an odd sense of 'don't leave me' he was getting from David that was keeping him rooted to the spot.

What did he want? "Um....," He forced himself to stop fidgeting with his glasses and stand up straight. Especially when Airey spoke up with his unusually clipped tone of voice. Not for the first time, in the past year or two, did Adam wonder if he had done something to upset the man. You know, beyond trying to eat the man's pet rock and generally trashing the man's office while under the influence of a way-ward brain. "I am hafing problem vit plant undt I know you haf background in herbology..." Yes, he could have gone up to Level 4, but this wasn't really something he wanted an employee outside of the department to look at.

As for other questions - as long as they didn't involve asking him to go back into the Thought Chamber or the Space Chamber, Adam was game to help. Maybe. For some reason that sense of self-preservation was kicking in again but he still couldn't move. "Vhat questions?" He shoved his hands into his jacket pockets to keep them from fidgeting with his glasses again. Clearly they had been in the middle of something when he walked in and Adam wasn't really sure what he could help them out with. Nothing in this room was his specialty.
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Patience was thin and if he wanted to he had permission, technically speaking, to clean up shop in other ways than simply disposing of those personal affects of employees who were no longer employed here. An inquiry about a plant was yet another curious one and something the man could only assume was related to something being brewed.

Airey nonchalantly slipped the tips of his fingers into the pocket on his blazer where his wand was kept. A threatening gesture? Perhaps. It was difficult to know considering the man's continued vacant expression.

"My inquiry is much more pressing than a lack of knowledge about a plant. Unless you are about to infer that there is a mobile fleshing eating plant on the loose on our level, you will have to wait." There was a bit of an urgent glance towards David with this association, a memory tapped into and, perhaps, exploited. "My instructions come from the Minist------"

And then the department head froze, his eyes wide and fingers clenched with his arms bent at the elbow as though he were holding a large beach ball in his hands. His jaw clenched, teeth grating against one another with such intensity it was a wonder one had not chipped. It was almost as though someone had struck him both with a Crucio and a Full-Body Binding Curse at the exactly same moment. Beads of sweat dotted his brow and in the next moment his lips parted to release a blood curdling scream of pain, terror, anguish. "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" The man's limbs turned to overcooked spaghetti and his eyes rolled back in his head as Airey Flamsteed crumbled to his knees, free of the strings that had been puppeting him, on the ground. At the very last second his hands sprung into action and caught himself, palms down, on the floor of the Chamber. Chest heaving and his breath coming out as shallow wheezes, as though he had been holding his breath for an excruciatingly long period of time, he felt like he could actually breathe again.

And then came words that were deliciously his own. For the first time in so long.

Grunting, he pushed himself back on to his heels and lifted his head. First he looked to Adam, who was unlike to be able to see the subtle changes to the department head's exterior (namely that the foggy sheen to his forget-me-not-blues), and then blinked a few times before looking to Mr. Truebridge.

"Alphonsine...Elder Wand..." he breathed out, the words strained and falling out of his lips like a child discovering that they could make sounds through this face orifice, while pointing at himself. "Mirror...prision...polyjuice...Bain...Nero...dead...deathly...hallows..."
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Mobile flesh-eating plant? Ha! That would be right up Adam's alley. Hey Zita, your boyfriend died because he was eaten by a plant. Although it sounded a little better then he was eaten by a star. No...no...the star sounded braver.

He was trying to decide how to answer Airey when he stopped talking. Adam glanced in (what he thought was) David's general direction wishing he were closer to his coworker so he could better judge the man's body language. But being closer would put him closer to Airey and well, that was one place Adam wasn't going to plac----

He stumbled back, hand clasping around the wand in his pocket as a scream filled the room. "David?" he called out unsure of what was happening. His foot caught on one of the steps of the amphitheatre. He waved his arms around, wand out to catch his balance because he was not going to fall.

And as Adam regained his balance, Airey started talking again. And nothing his boss said made sense. Adam took a few steps forward towards David. "Do you understent him?" He asked David as he waved his wand/hand in Airey's direction. "Airey?" he asked calling the man by his first name in over a year. If someone was going to summon help here, well, it wasnít going to be Adam. The man did not know how to produce a patronus. "Vhat do you need boss?"
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