Tina is fascinated with no-mag areoplanes. During the war she followed all the flying
aces, and thought long and hard about learning to fly a no-mag plane. She followed Amelia Earhart’s career with
great interest, and did earn a no-mag pilot’s license in the 30’s. (The first time Newt took her dragon flying
Tina felt free in a way she never knew was possible. Newt fell a little more in love that day.)
Tina is particularly skilled in charms and
hexes, and occulemency, of course. Still
it is her deep understanding of the MCUSA’s labyrinthine legal system that
first piqued Madam Picquery’s interest.
Picquery had started to put paperwork in motion to have Goldstein attached to her
persona lauror detail, but after Tina’s fall from grace she let the matter
Tina didn’t get all of her memories back from
the failed execution. The recent
thoughts, memories of Credence and Queenie and her time at the Ministry, that
all came back within a few hours. But
the older memories, memories of her mother, her childhood, the soft weight of
the quilt Bubbe had sewn by candlelight- that had all become very dim and far
away. She kept this to herself, no need
to grumble when she’d walked (lept) out alive.
But it did make her patronus very weak.
Not that it had been very strong to begin with, but now, even summoning
a mist was difficult. All of this is to
say, after an attack from a rouge band of dementors left her up-chucking in an
alley like an absolute greenhorn Newt felt the need to needle her about the
need to strengthen the charm. Tina nodded,
her head pounding, too tired and sweaty to argue or explain. After forcing Tina to down a cup of coca and
being tucking her into bed Queenie had to have her first argument with Newt -You’re an insensitive lout Mr.
Scamander. I expected better of you- It’s weeks before Newt feels that he’s
Newt has overheard several things about the
Goldstein sisters. Mostly because a lot
of people don’t always notice him. There
have been a few things that have left him blushing- That doll’s a bearcat, the vamps a looker, those gams- on Queenie’s
behalf. It’s when he hears these men
speaking of Tina- the cold fish? Mrs.
Grundy, the milquetoast- that Newt doesn’t
understand. Do they not see how
brave and smart and kind she is? Do they not see her pale, soft skin and her
thick, dark hair? Do they have eyes?
At fifteen Tina worked for Soothsayer’s Times, a
New York daily. Dipping the typeset in
potion was time consuming, but she followed the crime stories closely. Graves was impressed with her knowledge of
New York’s magical underground when she had her first interview.
Before her demotion Tina had a wide web of
contacts. When she moved to the wand
department Auror Almonte offered to take over her informants. Once Almonte referred to them as her
“snitches” Tina vowed to keep their names secret. (Once it became
clear that Gnarlack double crossed Goldstein he found himself shut out of a lot
deals. There was honor amongst thieves after
all, a Goldstein had never turned on anyone that had earned her protection.)