When a lavish engagement party ends in tragedy, Teddy Lupin takes on the case, despite its personal ties. What begins as a search for the killer soon turns into something much more, and Teddy is startled to witness the personas of the people he thought he knew melt away in light of the crime.
It doesn’t take long for him to realise that nothing is what it seems to be.
Nominated for a 2011 QSQ - Best General Fiction and Best Same Sex Pairing Story
Nominated for a 2012 QSQ - Best Same Sex Pairing Story.
This is lucca4 of Gryffindor writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 2.
I think this was one of the best-crafted, hands down best written fics in this challenge. You have such a way with words and the emotions your characters have are just so... guh, real and intense. The relationships between the various characters were written so incredibly well, and I really, really enjoyed reading this. Brilliant work.
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much for this amazing review! It means so much coming from you. I'm so glad that you liked the story and the characters. I had a lot of fun writing this story, morbid as it sounds, so I'm very happy that it was just as fun to read :). Thanks so much again! xx Ariana
Summary: Elaine Carrick is an apprentice to a magical art restorer. When she is given her first assignment without supervision, things go further awry than she could have guessed: the portrait is stolen right from under her nose. None of the other paintings were touched, and the thief was in and out in a matter of seconds.
Who could possibly have got past both Elaine and the locking spells on the studio undetected?
This story was written for Prompt 1 in the Mysterious May challenge, and it won first place in that category! It was also nominated for two QSQs in 2012 (Best General story and Best OC).
This was great, Minna. I loved the characters, I loved the story itself. It seemed kind of simple, but it took me to those mystery books I read as a kid-- Enid Blyton, and the like. Great fic :D
Author's Response: Aw, thanks BB. =D I think, much as I enjoy complex mysteries, I'm not very good at trying to write them, so yeah, this is definitely a simple mystery. Glad you liked it anyway, though. =)