(Well, 'Alchemy' got more replies than the entire rest of my livejournal put together, so I figured there might be a little interest in a sequel...)Alchemy: Litmus Paper
So an FBI investigator found a case file involving Magically Appearing Nitric Acid stashed in an evidence room behind some plasma TVs, and told someone, who told someone, and then eventually via the Houdini clause...
(If you know what the 'plasma TVs' deal is, then you now know approximately where the Aldriches live.
If you don't and want to, you might look here
, or here
for my inspiration regarding oddities in the evidence room.)
As per usual, feedback welcomed -- especially constructive criticism or gentle notification that I've gotten some technical details wrong, as I'm getting into areas I know very little about.