Sorry Dia for worrying you. I've started to write a post several times in the past few days, but I've found I have trouble putting my thoughts into words and been paranoid of saying too much besides. Shady and I had been fighting, but we finally came to a decision yesterday, which brought a new house guest. More on that later. I don't particularly like the man, but if he brings answers, then I can deal with his presence.
I've been experimenting with my new ability to see auras. Having torn up Prosper's aura during our fight gave me an idea regarding my spellwork, but it's also made me extremely paranoid that I might screw something up. My first instinct is to close my eyes and go back to doing everything by feel. Safer that way... less chance I'll hurt something. But I don't want this epiphany to only be something I use as a last resort, to do harm. I think it could be so much more than a weapon.
Also, the last day of August is tomorrow. Even though Nothing has happened to lend any weight to the threat of Dodgy and his master hanging over us, in fact aside from Victor's visit it's been unusually quiet, we've still been kind of anxious since Thuggee implied they'd hit us this month. Which is another reason I've been wary of posting, afraid of giving something away about our defenses or reporting our whereabouts (last night for instance if you've read Shady's post).