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CollectionsWhile Spike and Dawn were staying with Wolf and Declán, Wolf had seconded them to an archiving project she was overseeing.

It wasn't quite as boring as it sounded. The archiving was being done by other people, they just needed to provide their expertise to identify the odd magical or demon related artefact. Wolf's staff specialised in antiques and collectibles, but had little experience in the objects that fell outside their field.

Dawn had volunteered to look through the books and manuscripts. She looked around the great warehouse, it was overflowing with all manner of items, fortunately most had already been checked. Wolf had explained that the warehouse belonged to a man who had been arrested and that the contents needed to be categorised for his upcoming trial.

As she worked her way through the shelves of books that Wolf's team hadn't been able to identify, Dawn marvelled at the collection. She couldn't even begin to guess if he was truly interested in magic or just an avid collector of old and rare books.

"This one's really old, 1700s if I remember correctly. There's only a handful in existence. Make a note to contact the coven about it, they have a copy and can confirm if this one's genuine." A studious young man took notes on a PDA as Dawn dictated the titles and added her own comments.

Looking up, Dawn waited for Michael to complete his entry before starting on the next book. He was not much older than Dawn. Cute, but geeky, he reminded her of Andrew. If Andrew had bright red hair that stuck out in all directions and was a good foot taller.

"Okay, got it. What's next? The blue one with the lock?" Michael nodded to the large tome Dawn had taken from the shelves. "We haven't been able to open that one."

Waving her hand over the lock, Dawn muttered a charm and the books lock obediently opened. "There's a knack to these books. They tend to contain some of nastier spells and occasionally have boobie traps, so it's not a good idea to force the locks." She carefully studied the opening pages. "This one is Escutchic, talk to Mr Diego in Barcelona about this one. He specialises in these books and will be able to give you a full history and price estimate."

It wasn't until she'd got into the swing of checking the books that Dawn realised that she had a wealth of contacts in both the magical and rare book communities. It was also the first time she realised that, while she may not be fluent in many of the demon languages present in this collection, she could identify all of them on sight and generally knew what the particular book was about.

It was funny the things you learned about yourself when you were placed in new surroundings.

15minuteficletsword #73: harvest
Part of the Rome!verse, the London!verse and the Wolf&Declán!verse
Tags: dawn summers, fan fiction, fiction, london, michael, rome, spike, wolf
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