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Chapter 13: Snape’s Store

The first thing I did the following day was search out James and it didn’t take long for me to find him. He was flying around the Quidditch Pitch with the rest of the Gryffindor team, no doubt training for the match against us. I sat in the stands and waited as patiently as I could. I watched as James fumbled the Quaffle, as D.J. searched tirelessly for the Snitch, and as the rest of the team did their best to beat the reserve players. I searched the skies absentmindedly not really looking for the Snitch but it wasn’t long before I found it, that glint of fluttering gold, I dragged my eyes around to see if my brother had spotted it but he hadn’t. I kept my eyes on him for the rest of their practice; unfortunately he hadn’t found the Snitch once.

As I waited outside the Gryffindor changing rooms I started to wonder if my perfect plan was in actuality pretty dumb. Losing a Quidditch match to me wasn’t punishment and in all I wasn’t really that angry with my twin anymore. I guess I was growing up more quickly than I thought because it seemed that in six months my whole outlook on life was different. James and D.J. were the last two to emerge from the changing rooms and they stopped when they saw me standing there;

“Hi guys.”

I said looking them right in the eyes,

“I have a favor to ask.”

They looked intrigued and followed me when I started walking to a remote part of the grounds, I didn’t want to be overheard. I explained everything from the betrothal to what those girls had said and ended with what I suspected had happened the night I was called back to the Fairy Glades even though I couldn’t remember exactly. They sat there quietly listening, knowing there was more to the story.

“I’m going to brew Veritaserum, I want to know for sure how he feels about me. If I’m going to marry him some day then I want to know the truth.”

They nodded,

“What do you need from us then?”

I pulled out the torn piece of parchment; they looked from me to the parchment and back to me before realization dawned on their faces.

“How did you get that?”

James said softly.

“Your dad sent it to me when I asked for the Half Blood Prince’s copy of ‘Advanced Potion Making’. Do you know how to make it work?”

He stared at me blankly for a moment before reaching for the parchment, tapping it with his wand and saying,

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

He handed it back to me as the ink snaked across the page.

“Just make sure you say ‘Mischief managed’ when you’re done otherwise anyone can read it.”

I nodded and started looking over the map in front of me; I didn’t see anything that looked like a personal store cupboard for potion ingredients. I sighed,

“I don’t suppose that you know where I could get the ingredients for the potion do you?”

The two boys grinned at each other,

“We…erm…stumbled across Snape’s store cupboard in like our second week.”

They sniggered softly,

“We’ll get you the ingredients, just make us a list.”

I gasped,

“You’d do that for me?”

D.J. nodded earnestly, I jumped up and hugged them both as they sputtered about how un-cool it was to be seen hugging me.

That night I slipped them the list and watched their progress on the Marauder’s Map from the safety of my dorm room. I hadn’t seen Justin at all that day; it kind of made me wonder if he really was only interested in me for my name, my money, and my power. My attention went back to the map as I saw my brother’s dot moving down a hallway I’d never been in before. Sure enough he stopped outside a door that was labeled ‘storage’, kind of sneaky really because no one would think to go in there if it was just a storage closet. I watched D.J. move around the room before I noticed another dot approaching the room. It was Professor Snape! I had to do something and fast! I ran down into the common room, looked around quickly, screamed and fell to the ground convulsing before I passed out. From there I’m not too sure what happened but from what I’ve been told Justin rushed over to me as Georgie raced out of the room calling for Professors Snape, McGonagall, Dumbledore and Madam Pomfrey. Justin cradled my head in his lap as they waited for help to come; it arrived moments later. I was rushed up to the hospital wing, Justin in hot pursuit and Georgie rushed off to find my brother and cousins. When I awoke the Professors and Madam Pomfrey surrounded me; my family, Justin, and Georgie were standing off to the side.

I rubbed my head, trying to remember what happened.

“Why am I in the Hospital Wing?”

Professor Dumbledore answered first,

“You had a seizure and fainted.”

He paused, waiting for me to say something;

“Umm…what caused it?”

Madam Pomfrey spoke next,

“I’m not sure my dear but we’ve talked to your parents and they agree that you should be seen at St. Mungo’s.”

I shot up but was immediately shoved back down by Madam Pomfrey.

“I can’t go to St. Mungo’s! I can’t miss class!”

“You can make up your class work when you return.”

Professor Dumbledore said, a twinkle in his eye as he realized that I was just like my mother. The next afternoon I was transferred to St Mungo’s, forced to undergo test after test and when they were finished they still didn’t know what was wrong with me.

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