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Remember by lovegood27

Format: Short story
Chapters: 2
Word Count: 3,064
Status: COMPLETED

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong violence, Scenes of a sexual nature, Sensitive topic/issue/theme, Spoilers

Genres: Drama, Romance, Action/Adventure
Characters: Percy, OtherCanon
Pairings: Other Pairing

First Published: 04/10/2017
Last Chapter: 04/21/2017
Last Updated: 04/21/2017

Summary:



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The Battle of Hogwarts is beginning, and staying alive is a miracle for both Audrey and Percy. Whether it's for better or for worse has yet to be decided.

For SilverMoonFairy's Amnesia Experiment | Also written for Crimson Quill's Strong Female Challenge

 


Chapter 1: The Battle
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She stumbled after him as he tore through the passageway, running quicker than she had ever seen him run before. Her long brown hair flew behind her as she struggled to keep pace with him, a few strands of it sticking to her face, which was drenched in sweat. She had a painful stitch in her side, but she had spent months trying to convince him the Ministry of Magic was corrupt and was determined to keep up with him, now that he had finally realised where his allegiance lay.

"Percy, wait!" she gasped, doubling over. She stumbled over her feet as she did so, and tripped over on to the rock. It cut her knee, causing blood to flow.

"Audrey! Come on, hurry!" Percy called, at least 10 metres ahead of her.

"Alright! Just give me a few seconds!" Audrey hastily wiped off the blood on her knee, her breathing still heavy from running. She winced, pain shooting up her leg as she got up. It caught her off guard and she stumbled over again, falling on her ankle at an awkward angle this time. She bit her lip just in time to stifle a gasp of pain.

"Audrey, are you alright?"

"Yeah, I'm fine!" Audrey got up gingerly, and slowly followed Percy with a slight limp as she felt like her ankle was on fire.

"No, you're not." Percy ran over, putting his arm around Audrey to support her. "Does it hurt when you walk?"

"A bit," Audrey said through gritted teeth. "But I can't run anymore."

"I'll wait for you." Percy supported Audrey as they slowly made their way towards the end of the tunnel.

"Don't, I'll just slow you down," she said after a while. "You should go and find your family; you said you hadn't seen them in months. I'll catch up with you later."

"Are you sure? I should stay with you, you're hurt."

"I'm fine," Audrey said impatiently. "It's just a cut. I can heal it easily. Go find your family; they're more important." She decided not to tell him her ankle was probably sprained- there was no point in worrying him when a simple Episkey could probably fix it.

"I'll be fine. Honestly," she insisted when Percy still looked a little doubtful.

"If you're sure..."

"And I am."

"Well...alright then, I'll see you later." Percy leant in to give Audrey a quick kiss on the cheek and dashed off.

Audrey scrambled around for her wand so she could heal her ankle, and watched as the man she had grown to love ran further and further away from her along the rocky tunnel they were in. She heard his sounding footsteps grow more and more distant, until there was nothing but silence and she could no longer make out his vividly red hair in the passageway.

He must have made it to the Room of Requirement, where Aberforth the barman had told them the tunnel would lead to back when they had first arrived at his pub. No doubt he would do what she was also intending to do: plunge straight into the battle that was now taking place at Hogwarts.

She was pretty confident they could both survive, but she thought it was best not to be too sure of it. This was a war after all. This was real life.

Happily ever afters don't always happen in real life.




Hogwarts was chaos. Green and red lights flashed everywhere in the corridors, screams filled the air as Avada Kedavra and Crucio were repeatedly cast, and smashed ink pots littered the floor, where Peeves had aimed them at the Death Eaters. Students ran around desperately dodging any duellers as they searched for missing friends and relatives who may or may not have been one of the many bodies that were being taken to the Great Hall.

Audrey weaved between students and Death Eaters, trying desperately to find Percy. They had been separated after a Death Eater- called Crab or something like that- had cornered her. A quick duel had left him silenced and stunned, while Audrey had escaped with only a few cuts on her arm. Some of these Death Eaters were honestly dumber than a sack of potatoes.

Percy couldn't be found, however. Audrey thought she had spotted him when she caught a flash of ginger hair, but the person she had spotted was much taller, had scars all over his face and had longer hair that was tied in a ponytail. She realised with a shock that this was one of Percy's brothers, Bill. She had heard Percy's descriptions of his family a number of times so she recognised him, even if they had never met.

Better than nothing, Audrey thought. He might have seen Percy.

She quickly ran up to him and asked, "You're Bill, aren't you? Have you seen Percy by any chance?" The words were out of her mouth before she could realise how weird and stalkerish she sounded.

"Percy?" Bill frowned. "You know him?"

"I- yes. I should have introduced myself." Audrey flushed, and held out a hand. "I'm Audrey Clearwater. I work at the Ministry with Percy. Oh, don't worry, I'm on Harry Potter's side," she added as she saw Bill stiffen at her mention of the Ministry of Magic.

"Well, I suppose you already know who I am," Bill said, his face relaxing into a smile. "And I saw Percy chasing after- Rookwood, I think his name was? Somewhere on fifth floor."

Audrey thanked Bill and quickly hurried off. Like he had said, she found Percy on fifth floor near the Room of Requirement. He was locked in a fierce duel with a Death Eater, who Audrey assumed was Rookwood.

"YOU- STUPEFY! FILTHY EXCUSE-PROTEGO! OF A MAN! YOU DON'T DESERVE TO LIVE!" Percy was bellowing. He quickly ducked as Rookwood sent a Killing Curse at him. Audrey quickly whipped out her wand as he was still concentration on Percy.

"Stupefy!" The Death Eater fell to the ground. "Percy, are you alright?"

"Fine," Percy said in a tone that suggested he was anything but. Audrey was shocked to see the tear stains on his cheek when he turned his head.

"No, you're not. What is it? You know you can tell me," she added when Percy remained silent.

"There- there was an explosion," Percy started, his voice shaking. "By the Room of Requirement. A-and my brother...Fred...he was there with me. We- we were both duelling Death Eaters and didn't see it coming. And then- it just happened. H-he didn't survive and-" He broke off as fresh tears poured down his face and it all came flooding back to him.

Audrey, stunned, was uncertain what she should say. She couldn't say she was sorry; she had learned that was one of the least helpful things to say. She couldn't comfort him and say everything would be alright either. His brother had just died. And 'Don't be upset' was just out of the question.

So in the end, she didn't say anything. She put her arms around Percy and let him cry on her shoulder, despite the fact that he was almost a head taller than her. She let all his tears flow until there were none left to cry. For now, at least.

"You'll get through it. The pain won't be as bad as time passes," Audrey whispered.

"OBLIVIATE!"



A/N: I have no idea if this even makes sense. Sorry for the cliffhanger... *evil laugh* This was supposed to be a one shot but I decided to split it so I do have the next chapter written. Please review, I'd love to know what you think! :)



Chapter 2: I'm Not Penelope
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Audrey gave a shriek as she felt a spell hit Percy against her, and he slumped forward into her arms. She looked up and saw Rookwood, whose mask had fallen off and was no longer Stunned.

He seemed to think he had done enough damage, so started chasing after an Order of the Phoenix member with a satisfied smirk on his face, leaving Audrey, thankfully, unharmed.

"Percy." She gave him a small shake, making an unsuccessful attempt to help him stand up properly. "Oh, alright then, let's go find somewhere to sit for now."

Percy didn't respond; he was looking dazed and not really himself. Audrey struggled to get the both of them to a wall where they could sit and lean on. He was a lot heavier than her but didn't seem to want to move, so Audrey had to support most of his weight on herself and pretty much drag him over. Her shoulders felt free and light again as she heaved Percy off her and arranged him in a sitting position against the stone wall.

It took a few minutes before Percy came to himself and was fully conscious again, in which Audrey had cast Rennervate multiple times in an attempt to revive him. He blinked rapidly as he became aware of his surroundings.

"Percy, do you- do you know who you are?" Audrey asked cautiously, knowing Obliviate could cause many different levels of damage, depending on the caster's intentions. Since she wasn't sure how much of his memory had been wiped from the Obliviating spell, so she decided she had to question him first. "Do you know who I am?"

"Of course I know who I am, do you think I'm mad?" he said irritably. "And I don't think I know who you are. We've never met before."

His last sentence came as a blow to Audrey, it would probably have been less painful if he had kicked her in the stomach.

He didn't remember. Audrey could feel tears pricking her eyes...

Not now, she told herself firmly. There'll be time for that later...if we're even still alive.

Taking a deep breath, she continued, "Do you know where you are?"

"Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," Percy responded promptly, as if he was answering a professor's question in class. "It's not safe at the moment, though. There's a battle with Death Eaters going on, so I'd advise you to leave as soon as possible. You aren't one of You-Know-Who's followers, are you?" he added, suddenly suspicious as this thought occurred to him.

"What? No, no, I'm on Harry Potter's side," Audrey said quickly. "And I'm here to help you all fight. Look, are you sure you don't remember me? I mean, do you know who your family are?"

I can't be the only person or thing that was wiped from his mind, Audrey thought desperately. The Death Eater couldn't have only wiped her from Percy's memory. He couldn't have, she wouldn't believe it.

"Of course I know who my family are!" Percy said indignantly. "The Weasleys, obviously! And I've already told you I don't know you. But you do look familiar now that I think of it..." Audrey silently did a happy dance in her head as she heard this. Perhaps he did remember...maybe love really could conquer everything and they could go on as if nothing had happened.

Percy gave a sudden gasp, interrupting Audrey's thoughts.

"Did you remember?" she asked eagerly. "Please say you did...do you know who I am?"

"You're Penelope, aren't you?"

The hopeful smile on Audrey's face vanished. Of all the people he could have mistaken her for, it had to be her sister- who happened to be Percy's ex-girlfriend who had dumped him.

"Penelope Clearwater, right? I don't want to talk to you," Percy said stiffly, without waiting for an answer. He tried to stand up and walk away, but his legs gave way beneath him and he was forced to sit down.

"Percy, no!" Audrey forced him back to the ground, still determined to make him remember. "You have to listen. I'm not Penelope, I-"

"Who else would you be then?" Percy said angrily. "You look like her, you sound like her...you talk like her. I don't want to speak to you. You broke up with me- broke up with me ages ago. It was your own choice, you're not going to get a second chance."

"I'm not Penelope!" Audrey bit back new tears that were springing to her eyes. "I'm her sister! Audrey! Your memory was wiped, Percy, you have to listen to me!"

"Penelope doesn't have a sister, and I think I'd know if my memory had been wiped, thank you very much. Whoever you say you are, you're obviously delusional." Percy attempted to stand up again, and he was successful this time.

"Percy, listen!" Audrey cried. Standing up, she grabbed his arm as he tried to walk away. "Your memory was wiped! I'm not Penelope! She...she has blonde hair, remember? I have brown hair."

Percy frowned. Audrey could see him thinking hard as he took in this piece of information. "I don't believe it," he said eventually. "A simple Colour Changing spell would do the trick. I've already told you that I don't want to see you again. I don't know why you suddenly want us to get back together again but it's not going to happen."

"No, I'm not Penelope," Audrey persisted. "You have to believe me. I know we look alike, but I'm not her. I'm Audrey. You don't remember but...we dated. You loved me, and I still love you. Please, will you at least talk to me?" Percy looked down at her hand on his arm. He looked like he was almost going to agree for a moment, and then his face hardened.

"This is- this is mad," he spluttered. "If you aren't Penelope, you're just a stranger. I don't even know you. Why should I talk to you?" He pulled out of Audrey's grasp and ran away.

That was it. He didn't want her in her life, everything was hopeless and-

What?? No, I'm being stupid, Audrey thought. Of course it wasn't hopeless! I'll just try again another time! It would be idiotic to give up after one try.

She loved Percy. And he had loved her back. They weren't going to end everything because of some stupid spell.




Where was Percy? He wasn't avoiding her, was he? He wasn't dead, because Audrey wouldn't let him be dead and she knew he was more skilled than to let himself be killed by some Death Eater.

She had to find him, though. She had to keep trying to convince him of who she was. Of their past together. It would be helpful if she could show him some of her memories...

Audrey couldn't breathe.

Caught off guard, a masked Death Eater had bound her up with ropes with a flick of his wand. The ropes snaked all the way around Audrey's body, tying her whole body up from her feet to her nose. She'd been disarmed and her wand was scattered on the floor several feet away.

There's got to be some way out..., Audrey thought. She would not give up. To give up was to willingly let yourself be defeated.

That was weak. And stupid. Audrey might have been stupid but she was never weak. Or, at least, she tried not to be. It was like one of her own main rules in life: to never give up.

Did that sound cheesy and sentimental? Audrey decided it did. And that she didn't care.

The Death Eater, who Audrey thought was the same one who had wiped her from Percy's memory, was trying to figure out what to do with her while she slowly sidled towards her wand. It was hard; Audrey could barely move her feet so had to go extremely slowly, but it also meant there was less chance of the Death Eater noticing.

"Well, what shall I do with you, then?" he mused. "Crucio would always work wonderfully...but Imperio would be far more useful. And the Killing Curse would bring me great pleasure..."

He really was very stupid.

Audrey had finally reached her wand, and the Death Eater was still unaware of the fact.

Now how would she pick it up? She was tied up in ropes.

Slowly, Audrey bent down, her hand twisting around frantically before it was able to squeeze through a gap in the ropes to pick up her wand.

Got it.

"Emancipare!" The ropes fell to the ground, and Audrey was free. Before the Death Eater could register what had happened, he had been disarmed and Stunned.

But the odd thing was that Audrey hadn't been the one who had disarmed him. She had Stunned him, but she had never cast Expelliarmus.

Percy had.

Audrey almost stumbled back in shock as she saw him give her a sharp nod. At her inquisitive look, he had strode over and said, "Whoever you say you are, you're still on our side, aren't you?"

"Yeah, but..."

"But what?"

"You don't still think I'm Penelope, do you?" Audrey blurted out. "Because I'm not."

He shot her a look, which said clearly that it was a question he was still contemplating.

"I'm not sure," he admitted eventually. "If I didn't know better, I would say you are. I mean, you're like her physically. But Penelope would have cried when I ran away from you. And she wouldn't have been fighting in the first place."

"Well, who do you think I am, then?" Audrey demanded. "I'm not just the person who might be Penelope but who might not be."

Percy glared at her. "Look, you could be Penelope but just changed. I'm not just going to take your word for it, especially since I have zero recollection of you. I'll think about it."

"Good," Audrey said, surprised at what had happened. She turned away to hide the smile creeping up her face.

He said he would think about it.

That meant there was a possibility they could be together again. It would take a long time, of course, but Audrey didn't mind waiting.

It would be worth it if she could be with him again. She wouldn't give up now.




A/N: I'm not that happy with this. Audrey and Percy weren't doing what I wanted them to do and...yeah. It was cheesy, I know, but at least it's completed! I guess. If you liked it, please review! And if you didn't you can review anyway and tell me what you thought wasn't as good :)


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