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28 September 2019 @ 11:12 am
Clues for the Professor  
   A brief break before the freshmen came in, to hopefully show that they’d learned a lot during the fall semester.

Rael, shot a quick look around. No one in easy hearing distance. “People keep thinking you brought me here to investigate Dr. Yppo’s death. Was there anything off about how he died?”

Urfa snorted. “That’s just our reputations. Yppo appeared to have died of a completely normal heart attack. He had a history of cardiac issues and his doctor was recommending a pacemaker. There was one odd thing about the body . . . his shirt was untucked and a shallow scallop of skin had been sliced off his side. I talked to the police about it, but they came up with nothing. Finally decided he'd tried to remove a mole with Slice and overdid it.”

Rael wrinkled her nose. “A scallop?”

“Oval, six centimeters by three. Half a centimeters thick.”

“Huh. Definitely weird.”
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2019 11:50 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure 5mm is through skin & into muscle, & a 60mm long isn't that small either, even if were just a straight cut of those dimensions.

Pretty sure there should've been blood everywhere, seeing as how context suggests it was around the TOD (& therefore a lack of blood suggest post-mortem not ante).
matapampamuphoff on September 29th, 2019 12:19 am (UTC)
Thumbs length, half that at the widest, on an old professor, mostly like into the fat layer. Yes, blood. Shocking enough to give a man with a bad heart, a heart attack?

Well, one suspects foul play, but what do they need a slice of skin for? :)
matapampamuphoff on September 29th, 2019 12:51 am (UTC)
I shall have to ponder whether there was a bandage of some sort stuck on it, pre-mortum.
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2019 01:08 am (UTC)
3cm ~= 1.2 inches, that's a largish thumb, even if that's just the widest point of the missing chunk.

And 0.5cm depth is approximately half the thickness (top-to-bottom vs. side-to-side) of my thumb, so even if that's just the deepest point, I think readers who think in metric are going to perceive this injury as more significant than you want.

Though admittedly, not enough to cause a heart attack (except in someone who might trigger one when they stubbed their toe).

That being said, my first thought isn't "why do they need this chunk of flesh", but rather "what was under it that was dug out"?
matapampamuphoff on September 29th, 2019 01:30 am (UTC)
It is not intended to be either unnoticeable nor fatal in the ordinary sense.

Yes, Rael figuring out the why is important to solving Dr. Yppo's murder, and is tied up with infiltration and cultural sabotage of the Empire's magical abilities.
(Anonymous) on September 29th, 2019 03:52 pm (UTC)
It was Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Slice, wasn't it? :P

matapampamuphoff on September 29th, 2019 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to write the murder scene just so I know what I'm detecting.