[One week ago...]
Lessons were schedualed to begin today.
He'd been awaiting this moment ever since Lykos Mulciber Senior told him about a charm that would mimic the Animagus transformation but with none of the training and study involved. It would not be permanent, but it would last a sufficient amount of time for the user to do whatever she or he wanted or needed to do.
To say Rodolphus was giddy would be to put it mildly. Even ecstatic wouldn't begin to cover it.
Thus the reason why Rodolphus was willing to overlook Lykos' tardiness just this once.
"I'm here," the familiar voice said.
"Lykos! How good it is to see you!"
"Spare me the pleasantries Lestrange; you wanted me to do something for you and here I am."
"Yes I did."
"And I agreed to do it."
"You did." He was grinning.
"Right. Well. I suppose we'd best begin now."
Lykos extracted his wand from where he'd stashed it away.
"Hold still. You move too much the spell either will not work or... Let's just say you won't like the results."
"Do it then." Holding still wasn't going to be easy, but if he was to get what he wanted he had to follow instructions.
"This might feel a little weird," he said, tapping various parts of Rodolphus' body with the wandtip, muttering incantations at each tap.
Lykos was right; this was complicated.
"And now..." The final incantation was spoken, and suddenly Rodolphus felt a lot weird. A familiar weird too. It was just like when Asar-Suti transformed him into a rat back in the bar. His body was altering, stretching, compacting into a new shape.
But not a small, rodent-like shape.
"There. Go have a look in the mirror," Lykos said, pointing to a nearby mirror.
He let out a strange cry of surprise. A cry that wasn't unlike a human cry, save for the fact that he'd spoken no words.
Staring out of the mirror was the nastiest creature anyone could think of.
Nasty. And lethal, if appearances were an indication. He liked it. It suited him.
The time to admire the effects was short. Just as he was admiring his teeth, he noticed that the changes were undoing.
"RRrrrrrrrggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhat?" he said, voice shifting along with his body.
"This part of the spell is the revealling part. It shows you what you'll become whenever it's applied. It'll happen each time the spell is renewed, too." Lykos shrugged in response to Rodolphus' annoyance. "That's the way this magic works, mate. You'll just have to get used to it."
Getting up, he gave Lykos an ugly stare. He'd hoped that the effects would, well, last longer.
Lykos seemed to have read Rodolphus' mind.
"The spell lasts five hours each time, and five hours only. Also, you can only use it on three seperate occasions. After that, you come back to me for any reapplications. Understood?"
He stared into the mirror, thinking of the animal he saw, and envisioning what it could do.
"Five hours each time; three seperate occasions. Sounds good to me. And it's understood."
"Good. There's other instructions I want to pass on to you before you leave here."
Lykos then indicated that they were to go to the kitchens, where they'd discuss anything else over a good round of Ogden's Old Firewhiskey....