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Alex Sanders

"Kneen, Reginald."

 

Alex dropped the file on Carina's desk, in the same way that the file had been dropped on his desk a few moments ago. "Spokesperson for WizTrust Bank. He's been getting death threats delivered to his office--all unsigned, of course. What do you think about it?" 

 

Of course, Alex had only given Carina about three seconds to review the file before he asked her for an opinion. In his opinion, they wouldn't have been assigned the case if Kneen was truly in danger. They had been on the job for about a year, of course, but assignments hadn't involved very much risk. Was this different? It was hard to tell.

 

"WizFirst has been in the Prophet--not sure if you've been reading up on them, but they're employing exclusively human staff," Alex rested his forearms on the partition in front of Carina's desk. "He's been in the public eye a lot recently, so there's not a lot of ways to really narrow this down." Just thinking of the number of times that Kneen spoke to the press, business owners, and ministry officials was enough to make his head spin. 

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Carina Wynter-Downing

Her desk was already full to the brim with paperwork that needed to be sorted through. As the sound of another hit the surface, Carina glanced towards Alex, wondering why the name he spoke sounded familiar. She picked the file up gingerly, flicking through the contents quickly before she answered his question.

 

“It’s certainly a name I recognise.” She replied, opening the file once more. Any thought she had about whether the death threats were legitimate wouldn’t be useful. They were still the underlings, attempting to finish jobs in order to show those who had been there for a long time they were credible aurors.

 

“I’m not surprised he has been targeted. Between his own appearances in the pubic eye and the Prophet’s ability to exaggerate, he hasn’t made himself the most trustworthy soul.” She was also not surprised that another department had given this assignment to the aurors. She was certain that a migraine would form before she fully read the file, with the amount of links he had with other influential figures. Carina read one of the paraphrased letters and rose an eyebrow. “The death messages are certainly enlightening.”

 

She has no idea it was physically possibly to kill someone in such a manner.

 

“Have we spoken to his office staff about how these threats were delivered?”

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Alex Sanders

"Should, he's been all over the Prophet and on the Wireless. There's a lot of political commentators who are warning about part-human-exclusionary policies and institutions," Alex said dryly. He was surprised that he remembered that much--he tended to skip over the sections on politics in the paper and on the wireless. Even working in the Auror Office, they didn't tend to interest him very much. 

 

He nodded in agreement with Carina's assessment. "There must be a hundred activists out there that have written about this guy." Kneen didn't profess to have anti-part-human views, Alex knew that much. The man was constantly in the public eye, and he was constantly explaining that the purpose of WizFirst was to offer an alternative to the banking experience that was provided by Gringotts. He'd seen the arguments--from Kneen's office, if not Kneen himself--that an alternative wasn't actually exclusionary or bigoted. It was simply an alternative.

 

Alex didn't consider himself very political, but the whole thing left a bad taste in his mouth.

 

"The Auror on Duty took a statement from Kneen's secretary," Alex said, reaching over to flip through the file to the statement so that Carina could see it clearly. "Three messages in the past week. One was a howler and the others were delivered by owl post. Receiving the howler caused them to elevate it to the Auror Office, but there isn't much in the file beyond that. Do you think that we should pay Kneen's office a visit? Right now it doesn't seem like we have much, to be honest."

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Carina Wynter-Downing

There wasn’t even anything in the manner of deliver. Carina had hoped before Alex had spoken that maybe it would be different. A hand delivery. A fire call. A note with no known origin was not the most helpful of circumstances. Owl delivery meant that anyone within the wizarding community could have sent the messages without any issue. There were various owls that could be used – personal, post office, wild – with a lack of leads to be found.

 

She knew that speaking with those in the office would be the best option. If someone could describe the owls used, or maybe they had seen something they did not feel was important before. They did not have a record of the howler, but if needed, they maybe able to extract the memory from someone who had seen and heard it. A voice would be useful.

 

“I think that’s the best idea.” Carina replied, as she looked towards Alex. “Speak to the others who work in or around the office. See if anyone can report something, they did feel was relevant.”

 

She knew that it was also dangerous. An auror presence within an already difficult situation could cause whomever was sending the threats to make another move. It was a chance they needed to be willing to take, even if she felt that Kneen had brought this upon himself.

 

“Then we speak to Kneen.” She said, standing up and placing her travel cloak around her shoulders. “I am certain he will know more than he is letting on.”

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Alex Sanders

Alex nodded in agreement. "That was my thinking, too." Someone had to have heard the voice in the howler and recognized it, right? Even though Kneen had made a number of controversial statements lately, part of him wondered if the man had as many enemies as he seemed to want to claim for himself. "Someone has to have heard the voice and recognized it. And well, if they don't, then maybe that will be helpful too."

 

Speaking to Kneen did seem like the best course of action, though Alex had to wonder why the case was handed off to a couple of rookies in the first place. Was it possible that the Auror on Duty didn't think that the threats against Kneen were something to worry about? Was it possible that they were being sent on a mission that was only mildly more interesting than the morning coffee runs he seemed to have gotten stuck on since he'd first been hired by the ministry.

 

"We should make sure that we get statements from everyone who works in his office--probably his secretary," Alex added. "Just in case Kneen doesn't want to talk. Maybe someone is going to want to speak to us--"

 

He trailed off for a moment, wondering if he should voice his doubts about the mission, but then decided against it. He wouldn't be a very good auror if he decided that a threat wasn't a threat before it was fully investigated. 

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