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His lip curled. 'Don't you go questionin' my loyalties. I was workin' for Thane all this year while you were who-knows-where.'
'...and I know you can afford it, you've just been lazy, swanning around tea shops with Albus all day.'
'We're starting in Venice,' he said, brow furrowing, because all of a sudden horrible prospects were looming in front of him and they were all called being stuck with his girlfriend's ex in a tent for a month. 'And going on from there.'
Hitch Your Wagon
'I'm just saying,' said Scorpius, and this time feinted high before he flung his Stun at Albus' ankles, making his friend dart to one side to avoid it. 'They think we'd hunt Thane?'
'It's not a festival at all,' Scorpius pointed out. 'This isn't some sort of late spring market, this isn't some sort of late spring anything. Selena was having us on.'
The Bigger They Are
'Because I thought I could convince Selena. I thought she'd come with us so I figured, hey, why start a fight about not wanting to be trapped in a tent for a month with your ex?'
It was less a hall than an expansion of the corridor, four metres wide and stretching forwards a long way. At the far wall was an open arch leading to darkness, the masonry around the doorway carved with intricate markings Scorpius couldn't make out from this distance.
To the Occasion
'This isn't what our parents did. Evil knocked on their door, and they answered. We're looking at danger in the distance and we're riding out to meet it. Last time I did that, you nearly died. And yet, I'm still saddling up.'
City of Light
'First things first. We're. In. Paris.'
Rose, next to him, rolled her eyes. 'New rule: If we want to be discreet, we don't let Albus go anywhere in a t-shirt. I think his biceps are about to make girls pass out.'
In Black and White
Matt sighed. 'We've got about five years to go through,' he said. 'Let's see who was fixated on city matters in the last few days.'
'If he doesn't wine and dine her somewhere fancy I will be astonished, and if it doesn't make her positively swoon into his arms I'll eat my hat.’
Shot in the Dark
Thane leaned on the railing of the balcony that overlooked the Parisian bar's ground floor. 'My dear, you can be so predictable,' he sighed. 'Have you tried solving problems not by killing people?'
'What, so you can bottle this up and let it gnaw at you? Why the hell shouldn't we talk about it?'
Down a Dark Alley
‘Fifty galleons won’t last long in a fancy casino.’
In a Dream World
It was a bare, grey landscape, grey skies, the ground underneath rocky and flat, no sound on the air but the echo of their own breathing. It was barren and desolate and an absolutely perfect blank canvas for what was to come ahead. And she and Paquet were sat at a chessboard in the middle of the wasteland.
Let the Chips Fall
‘You need to dress up to go somewhere like this.’
The Sky's the Limit
She had her hand slipped into his arm, but as he spoke, her mask of tight control flickered. ‘Don’t talk like there’s more than one of us, Doyle,’ she muttered out of the corner of her mouth as they swept inside. ‘They’ll think you’re crazy.’
Upping the Ante
‘We got lucky.’ He frowned.
‘I don’t want to panic you,’ shouted Scorpius as a Stun flew inches past his nose, ‘but I think they’ve spotted us!’
Come Fly With Me
‘Rose, Scorpius - where are they?’
Falling Feels Like Flying
‘The multi-pronged assault from different entrances, manipulation of the wards, diversions, and extractions, were your brain-children, though, mate. You’re getting scary.’
By the Wayside
'You say it like it is. I appreciate that.’
A Snake Lies in the Grass
‘By any means possible? What is this, Inter arma enim silent leges?’ She looked blank. ‘Cicero. “In times of war, the law falls silent.”’
‘Can’t we just transfigure something?’
She looked at him, not breaking step down the narrow road they’d come from. ‘I am not supposed to be seen,’ she said. ‘That is the point.’
‘This city’s been ruled by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuqs, the Ottomans - can’t we at least take a look around?’ said Matt as they stood outside a shop, waiting for Albus and Lisa to pick up supplies.
Valley of the Shadow
Then the breeze came again, and this time it was a chill which raised not just the hairs on his arms, but the hairs on the back of his neck, and he heard Rose’s breath catch the moment realisation came thudding into his chest.
‘Oh, no, everything’s gone abstract again,’ Rose groaned when she realised she was stood in her front garden back home. ‘I am sick of this existential -’
The Sudden Stop
One of the foremost figures, whose brown clothes hung off it in rags, stumbled to a halt. When it drew breath, it was like it sucked both air and sound from the street, and when it spoke its voice was like burning parchment. ‘You ssstand for thisss one?’
Dead of Night
He didn’t move for a while, not until he heard the rustle from the door to the girls’ bunkroom, and when his hands slid down his face it was to reveal the tired and strained form of Selena. He frowned. ‘You look terrible.’
Whistle in the Dark
‘Ah,’ said Lisa in a low, flat voice, her chest heaving. ‘That was only a matter of time.’
Like a Stone
‘I don’t know,’ Rose admitted. ‘Except that I meant what I said. I still -’ She paused, and brushed a lock of hair behind her ear. ‘I made it sound so minor in there, needing you to kick me out of funks. But I do. Need you, I mean.’
The wizard coughed, dust lodged in his throat, before beady eyes locked on Lisa. ‘You. You’re supposed to be -’
The Fall that Kills You
Selena looked at the two halves of the broken dragon statue in her hands. ‘I’m assuming glue won’t work.’
Back in Black
‘Now that’s unsettling.’
‘You stole from me.’
A Star to Steer Her By
‘Pfft. I was going to tell the Prophet. Sell my story, make some money on the side. Do you think maybe they’d let me be the Potter in the headlines if I did that?’
Moonlight and Roses
‘I’m not saying you shouldn’t hate him; I’m saying you should look at all the evidence. He put out a bounty on people who hurt you -’
‘Oh! Sorry!’ Astoria gave another sunny smile so like her son’s. ‘I’ve been making up six rooms, though you can use as many as you like.’
Out of a Clear Blue Sky
‘Nobody would think less of you,’ said Rose hotly, ‘if you walked away from this.’
‘There should be bodies,’ said Rose as they walked down the main street. Albus led the way, she and Selena had taken the flanks, and Scorpius watched their backs as much as he could. They’d never trained in formations or anything like this. It was just sense and instinct as their footsteps provided the only hint of life.
Bad Moon Rising
Just him. Four Inferi. Time to be a hero. And the most maddening thing was that, with impossible odds before him, a do-or-die situation, one thought ran through his head, one question: what would Malfoy do?
In the Dead Vast
‘Compromise,’ Scorpius said, lifting his wand alongside Albus'. ‘We run away together.’
The Darkness and the Light
When she pulled back, her eyes were blazing, hand at his jaw, and she took a slow, shuddering breath. ‘Al. A lot’s going to happen from here. But this is real. You know that?’
The Witching Time
‘War.’ Scorpius rested his hands on the railing and frowned up the cliffs to where his mother’s house sat. ‘I didn’t think of it as a war.’
Leap of Faith
‘I know, right?’ Scorpius scowled. ‘They’re emasculating us with their magical competence and doing this by themselves. Before us, even.’
That Either Makes Me
The voice - voices - rumbled and rolled, and the coloured light coalesced before them to take the shape, once more, of the Guardian. It seemed more real now, no less anonymous, but the colour gave it life, form, emotion. ‘Do not presume to claim it if you are unworthy.’
Or Fordoes Me Quite
‘You weren’t an amazing mentor.’ Scorpius grimaced as the words came out wrong. ‘You were a human mentor. A real one. It’s hard not to feel like a screw-up when the Boy Who Lived or his sidekicks are telling you it gets better. What do they know, they’re heroes.’
In the Pale Moonlight
‘Oh, Kirke.’ She shook her head. ‘The woman who makes Rose Weasley at her most uptight look laid-back and open-minded. Can you imagine how this holiday would have gone if they’d brought her instead of you and me?’
Scorpius squared his shoulders and took another step forward. ‘What do you need?’ he asked, voice low, careful, and he tried to not glance at Rose and Albus. I will hurl myself from the top of these towers before I let you hurt them.
Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night
‘What’re you doing here?’ was all he asked in the end, his voice filled with ashes.
Wander Forth the Sons
The fire in the study was crackling away despite that it was only noon, Draco Malfoy stood before it. One hand rested on the mantelpiece as he gazed into the flames, and had this been any other day, Hermione would have cynically assumed he was trying to paint himself as lord of the manor for his visitors.
‘I’m sorry.’ Tears were how Rose coped. Selena could understand that. Tears and anger and hiding from everything and eventually an international rampage of vengeance were how she had coped. But being sardonic was how Selena now coped with Rose coping, and she had to remember it wasn’t helpful.
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