Hi Cassandra. Hope you are well.
Straud, your father's elected trustee, wants us to make a visit to your family Manor.
Well, that should be OK.
Do you want me to come with you?
Well, if it's OK with you, I actually don't want you to come.
Just in case there's anything dangerous within.
I don't really know. It very well could be nothing. But it is good to play it safe.
Sorry that I haven't been back in a while.
No, no -- that's not at all what I'm trying to imply.
Your house has seen some intense strife these past years.
If there is anything unsafe, then it would have been good you've stayed away.
That is part of why your father established the Trust; so that you could go on living your life.
How have you been?
I've been okay, thanks for asking.
Larry's taking a break from the ghostbusting.
Has he been alright?
He was a student of my mother's. Took on the ghostbusting bit sometime after he graduated. Never used his services personally so I couldn't vouch for him in detail. But I knew you needed immediate help.
Yeah, he's been doing well so far as I can tell.
He's pretty nice.
Glad to hear it.
How are you doing?
Without your mom.
I'm doing okay.
I wish I'd been here to help her, but that's not how things went.
I'm sorry, Kev.
She was dueling with another mage. Who knows what really happened.
I could have been seriously injured. Maybe she wouldn't have wanted that.
Maybe that's why she fought with her while I was gone. I really don't know. Maybe it was a spur-of-the-moment argument. I had thought she was friends with this particular witch.
I take it there's nothing in her records, either?
My mother wasn't the type to keep a diary. Not that I'm sure I'd look into it even if she had. Bad things can come to those who don't respect the wishes of the recently departed.
I am at a loss. She wasn't particularly prone to fits of anger, either, which is what makes the duel very strange.
But it is what it is. Is there anything you want me to retrieve from your Manor?
No, I don't think so.
I think I got everything I wanted before Dad died. And the rest of it... I don't know what I want to do with it.
I know I want to involve Alexander.
Oh, I also needed to let you know / ask permission --
I wanted to bring some of my friends along with me to the Manor.
Would that be alright by you?
Cedric and Roxanne.
Yeah, they are.
Sometimes we don't get out much. And we fear for our lives more than you might imagine.
Were you friends with them back... when...?
Roxanne is one of the Younger.
She's about my age but was turned only a couple years ago. She never knew me when I suffered from the Compulsion.
How did they take it?
Cedric, I mean.
I mean, I guess it couldn't have been too bad since you two are still friends.
It was a bit hard on him but he understood.
He's had a number of bad experiences with wizards so he's generally not a fan of their kind.
I think he feels like he can trust me because we both understand what it is to suffer the Compulsion.
You just... don't feel the need anymore?
I think about it from time to time but, no, I'm not Addicted as I once was.
It's like having been given a choice I was never before given.
Every day I can make a choice. And I do.