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*sits up with a start -- her head had fallen forward on a large stack of books*

Ugh... Kate, I'm afraid there'll be a crick in your neck when we go back to normal. My first chance to sleep in six hundred years, and I spend it at a library desk! There's no justice in the world.

*wearily pulls another volume over, skims the index and table of contents... maaay or may not be nodding off again*

*some time later, sits up again sharply, then stands up; Kate's slender fingers tremble as they riffle through pages of notes -- and then Bob roars right above his open journal, unconcerned about the rest of the castle hearing him*

Castiel! Meet me in the Restricted Section, NOW!

[[If you're in Hogwarts, feel free to have happened upon Kate!Bob asleep at the desk. XD The rest of the action takes place in the evening, near (though they don't know it yet) the end of the body-switch event.]]


Date: 2010-06-30 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Be careful with Kate's body there, will you? I find it to be a bit precious to me.

And I think the entire castle heard you screaming for Castiel, or rather they would have if they were here. At least I wasn't asleep, I guess.

Did you and Castiel, ah.. discuss what you needed to discuss?

Re: Private

Date: 2010-06-30 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*impatient* You do know I can read that, don't you?

Well, I'm very sorry, but I may just have had a breakthrough. *still frantically going through all the notes* And it's entirely contingent on -- ah, there, diabolically clever, of course I didn't see it -- where is he!?

..No. Possibly he didn't hear me. *gnashes teeth, is a hairsbreadth from casting a Summoning, but that's against the Laws of Magic, compelling a thinking being against its will... why do all the good spells have to be illegal?*

[[Cas will have to show up so Bob can flail and throw magic at him, but there may be a place for Spence in the action, since we're planning to have the switchback occur right in the middle of it. >D]]

Re: Private

Date: 2010-06-30 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think they probably heard you down in the village...

[How can Bob see through strikes?]

Re: Private

Date: 2010-07-01 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not that far, surely. ..Now if you'll just excuse me while--

*thump as the journal drops to the floor*

[[Aah, sorry; often people use strikes as "stricken out by the writer but the reader can still read it if they pay attention". If that strike was illegible, disregard Bob's; it doesn't exist.~]]

Date: 2010-06-30 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[Only a gust of wind signals that Castiel has arrived, because he doesn't announce his presence.]

Date: 2010-07-01 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*it takes Bob a moment, in this physical form, to realize that Castiel's arrived; she whirls around, frazzled, a book in one hand and a wand in the other*

*strides forward, talking rapidly as she leafs through the book* ..Castiel. Thank heaven. I was afraid we'd all go back to normal before you got here. Isn't that always the way--?

Date: 2010-07-01 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why did you call me, Professor?

Date: 2010-07-01 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*shoves the book forward* Read this. Can you understand it?

[[In Bob's curse was a binding that prevented him, as a ghost, from comprehending (or even really noticing) the spells that might weaken his chains. Now that he's human, he can understand it, and wants to know if Cas can as a ghost -- up to you, though that might be a reason why Cas didn't find it before.]]


Date: 2010-07-02 04:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-07-02 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I can.

Date: 2010-07-02 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*epic frustrated face* ..Just me then.

*recalls that his journal is still open on the table; turns sharply and snaps it shut, cutting off anyone who might have been listening*


*facing Castiel again, the wand playing between her fingers* ..Was it your impression that a spell like that, if properly cast, might weaken certain types of bindings placed on an otherwise self-determining postmortem entity?


Date: 2010-07-02 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was. Why was I called, a second opinion is not needed.

[Because Cas obviously has better things to do.]

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*obviously disgusted with herself* ..Well, that confirms that it was my own particular circumstances that caused these pathways to be hidden from me. That, at least, is a definite step, and I thank you.

*pauses, considering his next question, only now -- faced with the actual entity -- realizing that his guesses about Castiel's nature and bindings are mainly guesses, and invasive, impertinent ones at that; casts a silencing charm around them so no other wandering spirits might hear what they shouldn't*

As to the reason I called you, and not some other ghost... I wondered if you might have a reason to be interested in this particular set of spells.

[[*looooooves how Firefox didn't freeze while I was writing this<3*]]


Date: 2010-07-06 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do.

[Castiel gets what you're hinting at. So he gives Bob one nod of consent and approval.]

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*nods. there'll be time for any talk later, then: the important thing is to get this done before Bob switches back -- Kate is probably not very familiar with the theories here*

*waves Cas closer to the desk, where several books are open: he doesn't have time to ask, but if Cas understands the spells... well, it'd confirm that he knows a great deal more dark magic than the average ghost, but more to the point, it'd save a lot of time if he'd point out the one best applied to his situation*


Date: 2010-07-06 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[Castiel, as if he's reading Bob's mind, points to one of the more... strenuous spells.]

If you wish to try, try this one.

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*raises brows. yes, though... it made sense.*

Very well. *rereads the spell silently three times, almost ritualistically, to make sure of the procedure; closes eyes, opens them again, nods* Stand there please, if you would.

*"there" is a complex pentagram, missing a few essential components, which Bob had been constructing while researching the spells; only a few runes, specific to the spell and the identity of the subject, are needed, and Bob now proceeds to add them with a quick flick of Kate's wand*

*it's a difficult spell, yes. but Bob had, while alive, cast worse.*


Date: 2010-07-06 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[Flits over to where Bob has told him to stand. Castiel makes no move to help or provide aid for. Just gonna stare.]

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*no problem. knowing which spell is the right one, the erstwhile sorcerer could practically do it with eyes closed. all that's needed is the magic and the words, and half the words Bob knows by heart.*

*starts reciting, quickly and fluidly, never stumbling once over the ancient syllables and complex wand gestures, and lights of many colors wind about Castiel in ever-changing patterns. sweat breaks out on Kate's brow, her slight body isn't used to the sheer force of the magic pouring through it, but Bob doesn't falter, though her lilting voice grows ragged*


Date: 2010-07-06 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[Ow. Castiel actually flinches about halfway through the spell and his hand goes to his stomach, grabbing. Painful? Kind of, actually.]

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 07:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*well, yeah. things that mess with the very fabric of your soul tend to do that -- there's a reason this sort of magic barely skirts being Dark.*

*Bob has another hand up, gesturing along with the wand, bellowing the last syllables and pulling the spell tightly through the cage of forces surrounding the other ghost; it's a terrible effort, and has to be very precise to break the bindings without letting them snap back and do real damage, but it's working; the spell won't do everything, but it does seem to be doing a lot--*


Date: 2010-07-06 07:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[Castiel feels like his body is on fire all over again and he can barely stand straight. Instead, he tries to focus on breathing, the mortal act he no longer needs--]

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*yes... focus. focus is good. luckily it's almost over; there's not much more Bob can do without the spell fouling itself and probably destroying the whole room.*

*the unwinding isn't as difficult -- which is fortunate. as it is, when the last of the runes are consumed from around the pentagram, Bob staggers back against the table, gasping in breaths Kate's mortal body does need, trying to focus on whether the spell did what it was supposed to do or was the worst idea ever*


Date: 2010-07-06 08:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[When it's done Castiel actually does let out a bark of pain and basically falls to his knees. Ghostly pain, not used to this. Had it happen before but-- not used to this. It feels like an icefire is spreading from his gullet to ever nerve ending he once had-- It Castiel could pass out, he'd totally be unconscious.]

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*hm. all within predicted parameters. can't be fun, though.*

*also crouches down; it's easier to breathe closer to the floor... of course, the magic did something to the air and it'll take a moment for it to clear*

*watches the ghost's agony -- can't do anything until it's over; it's Bob's turn to be silent and wait*


Date: 2010-07-06 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[It takes only a minute for Castiel to recover, though it feels so much longer, and then he's standing again, passive and chilly.]

Thank you.

[And he's gone. SORRY BOB.]

Re: [action]

Date: 2010-07-06 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*HNNNNNNNGH. should have kept that last rune there so the pentagram would have held him for questioning >P*

*sits back in the empty room, voice shaky and muffled -- confounded feeble female body*

..don't mention it.


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