This office is located in the Auror office in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Elvira put an extension charm on it so it is a pretty large with a lot of open space. Elvira sits behind a mahogany desk cluttered with papers and personal belongings. There are two chairs in front of the desk for meetings and a couch and table to relax.
She sat at her desk, flipping through her file on Celine. THis whole murder investigation had blown up because of the media, making her job much harder. As she read, she started to think of what questions she needed to ask.
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 15:23, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
This whole thing was Olympe's fault. She supposed she could blame society as well, but it was so much more fun blaming the sea-witch that is her sister in law. Still, Celine was composed, wearing her signature red lipstick, which she hadn't been since the news (Bar christmas dinner). She took a deep breath, and knocked on the door.
"Unfortunately, I don't keep alcohol in my office." She grabbed a glass, filled it with water, and handed it to Celine. "So, Mrs.'Baudelaire, can you walk me through the events of your day on the day your husband left on his fishing trip?"
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 17:33, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
"Hm. Well, I helped him pack. He didn't have to take many things, but he was such an airhead, he always forgot things, and so I always helped him pack. I had to make sure he'd take everything, you know?" Celine accepts the drink, and takes a sip of it as she was thinking. "It was a normal day. As normal as it could be. I needed to be at a business lunch, so I was in a bit of a hurry myself. There's one thing neither of us forgot to do, though. He didn't like taking his marriage ring on business trips, so he gave it to me, and I put it on his nightstand before I left for the day. I said goodbye to him I--" She paused, her voice choking up a little. "I told him to be careful... And he left. Then I left... That was the last time I saw him."
She nodded, giving Celine a moment before continuing. "So, it was just a typical day. On typical days like this, do you usually eat breakfast together before? That's a rather typical thing for most families to do."
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 17:40, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
"We had waffles. Neither of us finished, though. Like I had said, we were both in a hurry - He needed to get ready, and I needed to be at that lunch date." Celine thought it an unusual question, but she just went along with it.
"the rest of the family as you and your kids? Or were other people there as well?"
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 18:00, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
"We all try to eat as a family. All of us as in me, my children, Olympe and Francois and their children. That's another reason I did not finish mine - Olympe and I cannot be in the same room without upsetting one another. It upsets our children, so I excused Charlie and I so that we could get started on our day."
She nodded. "Clearly, you loved your husband very much. So, why do you think people would name you as a potential suspect. More than a few people pointed fingers towards you. Were there any...shortcomings in your marriage?"
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 18:14, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
She frowns. "Let's just put the blame on how society and the media portrays widows, shall we? It's not unusual for one's significant other to be blamed for their deaths. You see it in movies, on television, in books, et cetera. As for shortcomings? No. He was my best friend. I've been in love with him since school. That's more than twenty years. We've always been at each other's side. He's always believed in me. While most people just see a pretty face, he knew exactly who I am. I'd kill myself before I ever hurt him."
"He knew exactly who you were, but how aware was he of the details and connections your family had? The Jenners were a pretty notorious family. I myself dealt with them on many occasions. Murder was one of their specialties, as I remember it."
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 18:27, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
"As I remember it, being dead is their specialty as well." She notes. "They are not my family. My parents raised me, sure. They didn't raise me well, but they did raise me. I don't want to be associated with them. My cousins are dead, my aunt and uncle are dead, and my parents might as well be. Charlie knew all about my family. He's the one I went to about them. He also knew I didn't like talking about them." Celine's face had dropped at the mention of her bloodline. "What does that have to do with it? I don't really have any living blood relatives anymore. So you think just because I am of their blood, means I'd kill the one person I loved more than life itself?"
"Not your blood, but the way you were raised. Growing up with that family means that you could have easily picked up so tricks of the trade. Maybe hearing about a common poison and how it works. Perhaps, being raised by them has shaped the way you act.." She pauses for a moment. "You say you were happy in your marriage, but are you 100 percent sure your husband was?"
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 18:42, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
"My parents were narcissistic, annoying, and manipulative, but they never talked about poisons. They're a terrible family, but not all of them are like my dear, departed cousin, Morgan." She basically spat the name. "All they care about is what my face could get them. Not what I could get them myself." She took a moment to collect herself. "If Charlie was upset with me in any way, he knows he'd be able to talk to me. That said, as far as I know, he wasn't. Everything was normal, like I said. I even still have his ring. We were happy that day."
She wrote down as many notes as she could, giving Celine a moment to breath. "And who can I contact to corroborate your story of the business lunch? Who was there, what time, and what was the location?"
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 23:41, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
"Why you would need to corroborate my story is beyond me, but if you must... Ask the board directors of BaudCorp. We were discussing our movement on the latest scandal at the time. I mean, now my family is the latest scandal. But you understand me. We were all in the same place around one-thirty or two that afternoon, and we met at La Lune Bleu. We stayed there until... Oh, I'd say I left around four in the evening. We had a couple of drinks, having fun hanging out, time just flew by."
She raised an eyebrow. "I would think it's pretty clear why I would need to confirm where you were on the day of the murder of your husband. I'll be checking with the owners of La Lune Bleu and confirm that you and the board were there around 1:30-2." She wrote herself a note to check on it. "Can you remind me again, what time your husband left on his trip? Just for clarification."
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 23:53, August 31, 2017 (UTC)
"Well, yes, but it is a ridiculous sentiment that I'd ever hurt the man I love." She adds pointedly. "He left... a bit before I left. Around eleven. I'd have made him stay longer to made sure he ate, but he was promised lunch before they set off on the cruise, so I was assured he was being cared for."
"Love makes people do crazy things sometimes, Mrs.Baudelaire. People hurt loved ones all the time." She paused for a moment. "People can be blinded by different things, act on impulses, and do something they regret. History is filled with stories of situations like these. Sometimes, they don't mean for it to happen, but it does. So, in the grand scheme of things, it's not a ridiculous sentiment, but rather something very common."
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 16:41, September 1, 2017 (UTC)
"Please recall what I said in the beginning about blaming the media. I know there are hundreds of stories like this, but I'd have no reason to hurt him. He's the man I love. We already had each other. Now I have nobody, and that is the only thing making me angry nowadays. I can do without being falsely accused of killing Charlie!" Celine stood up. "Do you have any more questions, Miss Griffin?"
She raised an eyebrow. "I don't see the blame the media carries here. A majority of the time, the culprit is the spouse. It's not a false media story. It's a fact. Another fact for you, deflecting blame onto someone, or something, else is often a sign of guilt. But, no, I'm not quite done yet, so please sit. We're almost there." She paused, going back to her notes. "So, is it true that you took over as CEO of Baudcorp after your husband's death? Did the board vote on this, or did you declare it yourself?"
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 22:52, September 2, 2017 (UTC)
She couldn't help but roll her eyes as she sat. "That's incorrect. I am simply acting head. Charlie stated in his testament that until everyone on the board can decide on a head, that I'll act as one. Frankly, its a drag if anything. I would like my darling Phillipe to be delegated as head... but Olympe, bless my sister's heart, would like her eldest to be delegated." She shrugs. "Its a mess."
"Even just as an interim, you still took over the company and the power, so my point doesn't change.A good majority of interim heads end up maintaining the power, or a large amount of pull in the decision." She paused. "You say you want your son to take over..That's a lot of responsibility for someone so young..What is he, about 20? Interesting."
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 01:39, September 3, 2017 (UTC)
"Given the reason I believe of why you asked, I must make it clear that I do not want CEO. I want somebody competent and able to be CEO. In my eyes, that's my son. Im sure Olympe's daughter will do just fine, but it is typically the last CEOs eldest who knows how to do it best. Its what Charlie would want, too."
"If you say so." She finished writing her notes, adding her opinions on Celine. "For now, I have all I need from you, but I wouldn't go too far. You're going to need to come back eventually, once I see if all your stories check out or not. For now, leave."
Celine BaudelaireBaudcorp CEO - Mourning -More than just a pretty face – 19:27, September 3, 2017 (UTC)
She scoffed. "With pleasure." Celine drawls in reply, sashaying away.
- "Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 05:50, August 25, 2017 (UTC)
After looking through the file on Winston Wolf, he found out who the lead investigator was. Elvira Griffin. Head of Intel and Deputy Head Auror. Great he thinks. I'm asking someone very senior to me if I can take over a high-profile case from them. This will go over well. Either way, he promised to try so he knocked on her door
"Oh, Knight, hello." She smiled a little before continuing. "Oh, Winston..Yes, it's been awhile since I've started investigating it. We continued to reach dead ends as we pursued it, and haven't gotten any concrete evidence of where he might be."
- "Pain is only weakness leaving the body." Message Me - 06:06, August 25, 2017 (UTC)
He cleared his throat, "Well if it's a cold case... and you haven't gotten anywhere with it, maybe I could take it over? Get a fresh set of eyes on it? I've become kind of close with his sister you see. I also learned that Winston's dad served in the US Air Force, and since my dad served in the US Marine Corp, I kinda feel that I owe it to all of them to at least try to find the guy," he says evenly and smoothly
She nodded. "I don't have a problem with you taking it over. Perhaps you'll have more luck than I. I would still like you to have a supervising auror oversee the case while you work on it. That can remain me, or you can choose another if you'd like."