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Inconsolable – adj. Incapable of being consoled or comforted; despondent.
Into Harry’s Memories
Draco had remained entirely still throughout the entire encounter. He had to admit that Harry’s reaction was not only expected but perfectly natural, given the nature of their history. At Harry’s request, he grabbed a chair and sat it directly in front of Harry. He motioned for Harry’s approval to sit and, after Harry nodded “yes” he sat and looked Harry straight in the eyes.
A Long, Lost Friend Comes To Visit
“Hermione. I know what it feels like to run away…to leave the ones you love…because of fear. Because you’ve lost faith. I knew as soon as I had gone it was the worst thing I’d ever done. And I wanted to take it back, but I couldn’t…it was too late. I don’t ever want to be without you again, my lover. Don’t lose faith in me, ‘Mione because I’ll never lose faith in you. And never fear, my darling…I’ll always be here to protect you.”
“I know that look, Mr. Potter. That’s the look you get when you’re going to say something you know I’m not going to like, isn’t it?”, chided Ginny.
Master Wu’s Surprise
“Ron’s right. We’ve wasted enough time. The attack made that clear. We’ve lost a step and we need to get back to what we’re really good at. We’re ready to be Aurors.” Harry also was taking on a pinkish hue as his emotions ran higher. Kingsley noticed the effects that the attack had left with them. He wasn’t sure that plunging them headlong into Auror training would be best for them at the moment.
A New Teacher
Harry and Ron tried, but neither could unlock the books. They produced their wands and were just about to try the incantations when Fuji stopped them.
Some Secrets Revealed
“Thanks, love. We solemnly swear we are up to no good!”, Harry incanted, reenacting the wand placement. Without delay the lines darkened and the flagstones began to shuffle themselves, much like the bricks behind The Leaky Cauldron moved when opening to gain access to Diagon Alley.
More Secrets Revealed
“Does that go for me too, dad?”, asked Ron.
Fuji Sensei…And Centaurs
“Speaking of animal instincts…do you think the Centaurs would mind if me and Ginny tagged along tomorrow? I haven’t seen them since the battle at Hogwarts.”
There was quite the uproar at Grimmauld Place when the quartet returned from the meeting with the centaurs. Although Harry had tried to be as nonchalant as possible upon his return from the forest and had succeeded in fooling everyone, he could not keep the secret from his friends (and fiancée) for very long. As they sat at the table in the kitchen eating a fine lunch prepared by Kreacher, he pulled the stone from his moleskin pouch and set it in the middle of the table.
A New Technique
“I see my words have brought a certain enlightenment. Would one of you like to explain?” Ron looked to Harry who looked to Ginny. They all were at a loss to explain what they had realized. Fuji waited patiently as the three tried to arrange their thoughts into some semblance of cohesive thought. Ginny was the first to give it a shot.
A Trip To Ollivander’s
“With all due respect…No. You may not ask. I asked for your services and, without asking any details whatsoever, you’ve made an assumption that’s incorrect.” Harry broke eye contact, looked down at his wand and then back up at Garrick Ollivander. Garrick cast his gaze to the wand that lay in front of Harry.
Rita Skeeter’s Strange Travels
As Harry finished his conversation he saw Rita slinking across the street toward him. Taking a few deep breathes he calmed himself in preparation for…well, he wasn’t sure what for, but he knew Rita would have some ballocks to try and lambast him with.
Harry Visits Some Old Friends And The Trio Works Out A Mystery
Harry covered himself with the cloak and slipped out Hagrid’s back door. He smiled as he remembered the last time he and Hermione snuck out the same way while trying to save Buckbeak and Sirius Black. Shaking his head in amusement, he set off toward Dumbledore’s tomb, staying near the edge of the Forbidden Forest for added cover.
An Interesting Day For…Everyone
“What’s up, Harry?”, George asked as Harry finally stopped.
Disaster at Grimmauld Place
“Master! Come quick! Someone has broken into Grimmauld Place!” Harry spun around, in shock, to face Kreacher.
What Are You Hiding?
“Well, I guess that’s that. I thought you’d be more help than old Fudge or Thicknesse, but I see you’re not. So, I guess we’ll have to do this on our own. Thanks for your time, but we have work to do. Would you please leave?”, Harry said as he motioned towards the hallway with his wand.
A Transformative Decision
“Mate, maybe this isn’t such a good idea, after all.” Harry nodded his head in affirmation, but Ginny sat up straight, gritted her teeth and wiped the tears from her eyes.
A Visitor Comes To Call
“I think that’s the first time you’ve ever not called me ‘Malfoy’, Ron.”
Another Visitor to Grimmauld Place
“Then we’d best be going. She’s not going to wait much longer for you to find the Elder Wand, Rita. I’m doing my best to help you find it but we’re running out of time.”
The Plan Comes Together
“What could be more dangerous than Tom Riddle’s Horcruxes?”, asked Headmistress McGonagall, her lips pursed tightly as she spoke.
“And again I must say…no, you have not. Please understand, Mr. Malfoy…it’s not that I don’t trust you or your abilities. It’s that Potter boy I don’t trust. He’s squirmed out of more trouble than any wizard should be able to. So, to correct that, I’m going to send The Lestranges, The Carrows, Rookwood and Rowle with you. Just make sure Potter’s alive at the tomb…it’ll all be for naught if he’s dead.”
The Trap Continues To Close
Wands at the ready, they quickly and cautiously made their way down to Harry’s bedroom. They took up positions on either side of the door and peeked around the corner. Rabastan was propped up in a sitting position with left hand and rubbing his head with his right. Thorfin was moaning, but still prone. Harry, his wand in his right hand and pointed at Thorfin, touched his upper right arm plate with his left hand, thought Incarcerous and aimed his hand at Rabastan
“That wreckless boy! They’ll be here any second…and he nods to me! What’s he thinking?"
The Golden Quartet decided to have their double wedding on Saturday, August 26th. As most of the bridesmaids and groomsmen had been participants in either George and Angelina’s wedding or Neville and Hannah’s (some had been in both), there was little to do in the clothing category.
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