Mermaid Merlynn by Maitri Harys
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It was an owl, a rare bird to be seen in daytime. Of course, she has heard the hoots at night, but this was the first time she ever saw one. It was beautiful. She hooted softly trying to catch its attention, and succeeded, to her own surprise. The owl hooted back and briefly brushed her shoulder before flying away.
Stop This Train
The hanging leaves rustled as the train gently pushed through them. It was as if they were whispering to the train. Whispering praise and wonder, and astonishment. A word of courage here and there. A signal of a new course, a new switch of the tracks. They whispered until the train completely disappeared into the cave.
There's A Place
“Wow,” Maitri said at the same moment that Dumbledore drew a sigh. “What a place!”
Somewhere Only We Know
“I’m Muggle-born,” Lily declared after a few minutes, breaking the silence. “ And I really hate that boy next compartment.”
Hello, Little Girl
The whole Great Hall burst in laughter, and many older students shook their heads knowingly. Dumbledore had been declared insane unanimously among the students.
The Headmaster Ritual
“The four founders each left behind something of theirs at Hogwarts,” Dumbledore said. “That sword over there is Gryffindor’s, And the Ravenclaw tower retains her huge personal library. Slytherin left behind a secret room in the school -”
Green Is The Colour
The whole of the common room remained silent, transfixed by the little girl in the strange posture, whispering foreign words. So transfixed, that none of them noticed their pets moving towards her until one toad hopped up to her shoulder and croaked.
I was distracted by both James and Albus yawning at the same time - identical yawns to those I witnessed years ago. It was painfully familiar. James and Sirius, a Christmas dinner, a sleepy round of yawns and stories.
“Duelling in the corridors!” Madam Pince shrieked, giving Maitri the answer. “And Second Years - have you any discipline at all! What do they teach children nowadays in this days!?”
Life In A Glasshouse
Even though others would say it was like being in a zoo or a museum on the other side of the glass wall, where people deigned to look at you, and never speak. Accurately right, but Maitri loved being like this. Surrounded by animals that didn’t think and discriminate her. By friends that were always there for her, never speaking, never going away.
Pocketful Of Miracles
One moment there was this inhuman, skeletal man standing there, gazing through the door as if it weren’t there, and the next second, a boy, not but few years older than herself, stood in the same place, his cold grey eyes staring into her own brown ones, an expression of extreme hatred etched on it.
Interlude : 2
“Mommy,” Rose Weasley whined, tugging on Hermione’s jacket. “Albus is pulling my hair!”
Where No One Knows
“I wanted you to meet Mother,” Regulus replied. “She has a good voice with the Dark Lord, and she knows contacts from the Ministry’s foreign embassies. Basically, she’s the head of the pureblood society.”
“What’s that?” Maitri asked Paul, tugging on his baggy jumper. He looked at what she was referring to, and smiled.
Make A Miracle
It was a ring. A strange one, that looked like a snake. Set in silver and a large green stone for the eye, the snake appeared to be closing its jaws upon its own tail.
Spread Your WIngs
“Asking you to Hogsmeade?”
Status : Seeker
And Elena Rozvitz was playing for Gryffindor. Being one of the fastest seekers in the history of the red-and-gold team, her presence in the Gryffindor team made it near invincible.
The Best Things In Life Are Free
He stopped suddenly and turned to Maitri, who realized it was part of a carol that he was singing.
Five Days Of Glory - Part 1
“And what’s good about this week?”
Five Days Of Glory - Part 2
A Secret Revealed
“It is, afterall, my birthday. Aren’t I supposed to get my wishes or something?”
The Harder They Fall
Song Without A Name
"Was it a... song?"
Heaven Out Of Hell
The Penseive was a beautiful basin, as big as a baby’s tub. It had some beautiful swirling material in it, which seemed as light as a feather and as liquid as oil. It moved even if she blew at it from the distance of a few feet.
Interlude : 3
The other kids were happy with the story. Perhaps, someday, they’d get to know the whole version, but, for now, this substitute would do.
“Come on, Akka,” he pleaded. “Let’s go to the ground. I’ll teach you how to play tennis, and you can watch me do my famous moves.”
Bodhisattva - Part 2
Maitri watched as the Bodhisattvas erupted into form in each species. He was a pigeon, a hawk, a sparrow, a fish, a deer - and so on. In each birth, the Bodhisattva was exceeding singular, and easily distinguishable from the rest of the herd, pack or shoal, with his pure white skin, and the beaming benevolence that radiated from him.
Watching Rainbows - Part 1
“There have been bad happenings in the Wizard world, too,” he said in a low voice. “Not only muggles; Woodlewart’s hunting muggleborns, too.”
Watching Rainbows - Part 2
"Grandpa, about the wedding – it was like nothing I know! We were only a few of us – the Prewetts, the Weasleys and Ted Tonks’ Muggle sister, and me. They screamed a lot, cried a lot, and laughed a lot, that I wonder how we were never discovered by the Death Eaters all the way down the country. Magic, I suppose (!).
Message in Blood - Part 1
“Ta DA!” a voice shouted as the compartment door opened and a burst of smoke issued forth. Both Maitri and Severus shot to their feet, their wands in their hands, reacting to unusual stimuli as instructed by Professor Fenwick, whereas Lily remained seated - her expression slightly manic.
Message in Blood - Part 2
Peter refused to be pulled by her. “No,” he said in a slightly panicky voice. “They will only humiliate us further if detentions fell.”
“I read a lot.” Maitri sniffed a little, pausing. “It comes in handy when you have people ‘round you who want to mess up your life.”
“I, Regulus Black, am not an insensitive hypocrite!” her friend declared, puffing out his bony chest.
Maitri blinked, running her mind through all possibilities. Though she could come up with only muggle solutions – a tape recorder of sorts – but they were incredibly expensive and not fit for magical use. Perhaps, a charm or two – on a parchment, with an Infinite Ink Quill, activated by the sound of human voice or some password; after all, she had researched quite a bit on password charms…
Somewhere I Belong
The elf and the boy pointed their fingers at each other and cracked an identical grin that was almost shocking. Then, both of them looked at each other, and realizing what they had just done, frowned at each other and shook their heads solemnly. And then dissolved into laughter.
The Boy In The Bubble - Part 1
The Boy In The Bubble - Part 2
A Rose For Emily - Part 1
A Rose For Emily - Part 2
It had never occurred to her that she could be of help to others who couldn’t duel as well as she could – she had taken it for granted that Lily Evans and Dorcas Meadowes and most of the other chosen captains were all for that role; so what was indeed different about her?
Once Upon A December
“That’s…” insane, stupid, silly, crazy, extremely far-fetched, annoying, idiotic, so funny as hell, downright ostentatious, frilly, eighteenth-century Crusader-style, ancient pharaoh-style, green-fingers-style, eco-conservationist-ic, phenomenally obsequious; Alex had more all the more words in his head, but refrained from any of the negative ones, and settled instead for a positive one. “Fine. You guys must know to namesomething.”
Once Upon A December - Part 2
Witchcraft - part 1
Then, quite suddenly, something hit his shoulder. Stunned, Sirius turned around and picked up the object. Now, confused, he stared at the lake, rubbing absent-mindedly at the spot that smarted on his shoulder.
Witchcraft - part 2
“Move, Maitri,” Severus ordered through gritted teeth. “Don’t meddle with what’s not your mettle, girl!”
Fall of the Peacemakers
“‘Nobility’, ‘loyalty’, ‘resourcefulness’, etc.”
One of Us
"Why would someone you never know not introduce himself by his name?”
The unicorn’s horn, though fully developed, rested lightly on the top of Maitri’s head. The beast itself breathed in the same rhythm as the girl, who couldn’t help but notice that there was some overpowering familiarity in its beautiful, deep, amber eyes, and the way it met her gaze.
"You start with getting the word out about it.”
Interlude : 4
I laughed. I think I like this girl.
“You can see it your way, Maitri, but the day will surely come and when it does, you will still yield to your parents’ words. What difference would it make if you considered the option now, or five years later?”
A pale witch sitting three chairs down turned and bared her teeth at both of them, neatly establishing the fact that iced dragon blood didn’t do much for her vampiric thirst. Paul Trump hastily pulled Maitri off her seat at the Leaky Cauldron and into the Diagon Alley, safe in to the sunlight.
“James Potter will not join your ranks,” Maitri pointed out. “He hates you more than anything.”
In Only Seven Days
Before him stood a person Sirius would not understand, despite the fact that Regulus was his own brother,and more than a year younger. However, Sirius couldn’t figure out who was the bigger person in that moment – his own angst-ridden, lovesick self, or the boy who had pushed away an entire lifetime of beliefs just in order to help a brother who had publicly treated him lesser than he would treat a disobedient house-elf.
In Only Seven Days - Part 2
Maitri’s strength waned. Her hands shook as she gripped Emily’s shoulders. Her vision became blurry and hazy. She was about to fall over when a hand grasped her shoulder, preventing her collapse.
“The color does narrow the nature – and the speed, down,” Holmes assured her. “Perhaps the Spellogists will be able to work out the kind of curse that will give out a green color, be dark and aim to hurt. Unless, of course, it was the Killing Curse, then we just found a new way to counteract with the deadliest curse in Latin.”
Hagrid took a step back. In all his life, he had never seen or known a creature that could be a talking leopard one moment, and just transform into a near-extinct creature in the next.
How can we be friends?
"If you could just look up on Mermish activities, you’d find that they are, among other magical water creatures, the most skilled in healing, speed and plant-care. Selkies are also reportedly the most intelligent creatures underwater and are said to be as wise as centaurs pretend to be.”
The Great Compromise
Tom Riddle seemed to take half an eternity to revert back into the mask of Lord Voldemort, his eyes brightly alit as he scanned the faces of the uptight witches and wizards who fancied themselves part of his army. These were insufferable fools he was looking at, but nevertheless, his means to achieving the end that he had spent most of his life working towards.
The Great Compromise - PART 2
“A changeling is a wild child – a human child of inhuman origins,” Salazar explained. “It was the term anyone would call a child that exhibited signs of magic that couldn’t be called wizardry or witchcraft.”
Definition of Wrong - Part 1
“That’s the panic uninhibitor,” Maitri replied, still looking at the vial. “It’s a prolonged spell that an ingredient is exposed to in order to weaken the barriers between the panic centers in the brain to reduce the stress. It sort of works like a weak Veritaserum by loosening the thought barricade in the brain – the voluntary action of holding back –,”
Definition of Wrong - Part 2
An End Has A Start - Part 1
The girl in question sighed and put her hand to her face before answering. “It felt like kissing a brother or something,” she admitted. “And we both had a good laugh over that for a week.”
An End Has A Start - Part 2
Good and evil was inside everyone, Slytherin or Gryffindor, and he or she who chose which side to follow never thought their way was the evil one—
"This theory, also known as the Paradoxia Existentialis Magus, states that life-magic, especially the root of existence for wizards and witches to be what they are, must also have such a super-being or race, like dragons to fire, or krakens to water, in order for magic to run in our veins and not harm us as it would a muggle."
“Well, I’m sixteen, your sister and I are in the same academic year, we have classes together, and she may be famous, I guess,” Sirius replied in a single breath, reaching out to tickle the fruit that will open into the kitchens. “Now, you shouldn’t be scared, there are some tiny people in this room who look like—,”
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Uncertainty twisted with intrigue wove around her insides, and after a long moment, she slipped her school shoes off, softly, and then the green and silver socks. The floor, that looked so cold, felt warm under her toes. And sure enough, a dull glow grew under her feet as well.
“You’re right,” Sirius admitted in a small voice. With a swish of his wand, his trunk closed and locked itself shut. “Come with me, Reg.”
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