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Chapter 11: Halloween Costumes
"All right, we need to come up with a good costume idea," John announced the following Saturday as he flew poorly made parchment airplanes around the Marauder's Den.
"Definitely," Kaden agreed as his much better parchment airplane flew gracefully over John's head and landed softly on the couch.
"Anyone got any ideas?" Matt asked.
"Haven't even thought about it," Albus muttered as he tried not to move anymore muscles than he had to. He just completed a four hour Hogwarts Quidditch practice, which mainly focused on dodging Bludgers. Unfortunately, Albus hadn't dodged them all.
"You should go see Madam Pomfrey," Matt told him.
"I've already been there twice this week," Albus groaned, "If this keeps up, I'll break your record. I'm fine, I just need sleep. Georgia canceled practice for tomorrow because of the Dueling Tournament, so I think I'll be fine."
"Back to the costumes," John said, "I was thinking that we could be the Marauders. You know, their animal forms."
Albus craned his head to see John. John looked quite excited by this idea. Albus had to admit that it was a pretty good idea. He could affix fake antlers to his head. Or see if one of his older cousins could transfigure some onto his head.
"That's brilliant!" Kaden shouted excitedly.
"I like it," Albus grinned.
"No bloody way," Matt said flatly, "I am not dressing up as a werewolf in front of the entire school."
Albus hadn't even thought about that. No, there was definitely no way Matt could do that.
"Oh, right," John sighed, "Sorry, hadn't thought about that."
"How about we just dress up as the Marauders in their human forms?" Albus suggested. All he'd have to do is get a pair of round black glasses and he'd be set.
"I don't know..." Matt said, "Everyone knows Teddy's dad was a werewolf. What if they realize that I'm one, too, since I dressed up as him?"
"I bet people will just think we dressed up as them because of Albus," John pointed out, "And someone would have to be Moony. Might as well be you. You probably look the most like him anyway."
"He does," Albus said.
"See?" John replied.
"Yeah, but still..." Matt sighed.
"It doesn't matter," Kaden said, "Because there is no way that I am dressing up as Pettigrew unless it's his rat form."
That Albus could definitely understand. "Ok, so I guess we're not doing the Marauders thing."
"Too bad," John sighed, "Would've been cool."
"Says the bloke who wouldn't have to dress up as a traitor," Kaden pointed out.
"And we're back to square one," Albus said, "Any other ideas?"
"The players from Puddlemere United?" John suggested after a few minutes. "You know, if Rose, Amanda, and Linda joined us, we'd have enough people to be the entire team."
"Why not the Cannons?" Matt asked.
"Because they're awful," John groaned.
"Are not," Matt refuted.
"Are to," John said, "Let's be Puddlemere."
"Cannons," Matt said adamantly.
"Manchester United," Kaden interrupted.
"Who?" John and Matt said at the same time.
"Manchester United," Kaden repeated, "Football team."
Both John and Matt groaned. "Puddlemere," John said once again.
"None of them!" Albus shouted. He was already irritable due to his aching muscles and fatigue from Quidditch practice. The last thing he wanted to do was listen to his friends squabble about Quidditch and football teams.
"Well, have you got any other ideas?" John asked.
"Actually, yeah," Albus replied. Matt's mention of not wanting to dress up as a werewolf had sparked an idea. Albus had been mulling it over while his friends argued about Quidditch teams.
"What is it?" Matt asked.
"Well, I kind of thought it would be neat to use Muggle costumes," Albus said, "You know, we can dress up as things Muggles usually dress up as on Halloween."
Matt, John, and Kaden stared at Albus for a few moments. Albus shrugged. He had thought it was a good idea, but maybe his fatigue was clouding his thinking. Then, all three of his friends broke out in huge grins.
"That's brilliant!" Kaden shouted, "No one else will think of it!"
"Yeah," John agreed, "We'll be the only ones at the party with Muggle costumes."
"As long as I don't have to dress up as a werewolf, I'm fine with it," Matt said.
Albus grinned. "Good. Kaden, what are some classic Muggle costumes?"
"Ghosts, witches, vampires, skeletons, mummies," Kaden rattled off, "Oh, and zombies. Frankenstein, too."
Albus had no idea who Frankenstein was and he wasn't in the mood to listen to Kaden explain it, but the other ideas were good. "Who wants to be what?" Albus asked.
"Matt should be a vampire," Kaden grinned.
"Why's that?" Albus asked.
"Vampires and werewolves are mortal enemies," Kaden explained, "At least in the Muggle world."
"In this world, too," Matt muttered, "And I'm not dressing up as a vampire."
"Aw, come on," John said.
"No," Matt said adamantly, "I'm being a ghost. The only question is, how do I make myself transparent."
"Aw, no!" Kaden sighed, "When Muggles dress as ghosts, they just put a white sheet with eye holes over themselves. That's what Muggles think ghosts are. White."
"Oh, that makes things easier," Matt laughed, "But seriously?"
"Yep," Kaden laughed, "White sheets. Now, what about the rest of us?"
A half an hour later, everyone had settled on what they were going to dress up as. With Kaden's help, that is. Albus, Matt, and John really had no idea as to what Muggles wore when they dressed up for Halloween. John insisted on being a vampire, much to Matt's disgust. However, John was going to be a classic Muggle vampire. The ugly, waxy, blood-stained lips, turn into a bat type of vampire that Muggles thought of when they heard the word 'vampire'. Albus didn't know much about vampires, but he knew they weren't completely like the ones Muggles thought of.
Kaden was going to dress up as a mummy, which was a very simple costume. All he'd have to do was obtain a bunch of strips of white cloth. Albus said he'd pick some up in Hogsmeade.
Albus was going to be a skeleton, which was the most difficult of all the costumes. He was going to buy a black long-sleeve t-shirt and a pair of black pants and then paint on bones in white paint. He was hoping Amanda would be able to help with it. She was the only one in their group who had any artistic talent.
"Maybe the girls can be witches," Kaden suggested.
"They are witches," John smirked.
"You know what I mean," Kaden sighed.
"I know," John grinned, "Hey, Albus, catch!"
Albus snapped his eyes open just in time to see a Quaffle come sailing across the room. It hit him right in the stomach before he had a chance to catch it.
"Oh, ow!" Albus groaned and curled up, "That's where I got hit with a Bludger!"
"Brilliant, John," Matt sighed, "Are you ok, Albus?"
Albus squeezed his eyes shut and nodded. It did hurt. It hurt a lot. A lot more than it should, he thought. He was sick of getting pelted by Bludgers during practice.
"Albus?" John asked worriedly, "Merlin, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hit you with it."
"It's ok," Albus whispered. He inhaled sharply. Now it was getting hard to breath. This was not good.
"Albus, you've got to go to the Hospital Wing," Matt announced. He walked over to Albus and helped him off the couch. "C'mon."
Albus nodded. There was no point in objecting. He knew he had to go. But honestly, three times in one week seemed excessive.
The Hospital Wing was empty when Albus stumbled inside, being supported by Matt and John, a little while later. Madam Pomfrey came out of her office when she heard the door open. She saw who it was and threw her hands up in the air.
"You again!" she groaned, "Let me guess. Quidditch?"
Albus nodded and collapsed onto the nearest bed.
"Well, what did you injure this time?" the nurse asked.
"Bludger in the stomach," Albus replied, not bothering to mention that John hit him with a Quaffle as well.
Madam Pomfrey clucked her tongue and waved her wand over Albus. "Broken rib. That's the second one this week," she waved her wand again and pressed it to Albus's ribs. Then she bustled away to a Potions cupboard.
Albus's stomach immediately felt better and he sank back into the bed. The rest of his muscles still ached, though, and he wanted nothing more than to fall asleep right there.
Madam Pomfrey returned a few minutes later and thrust a potion into Albus's hands. He drank it quickly and grimaced at the disgusting taste.
"You're staying the night," she announced in a tone that Albus knew not to argue with. Not that he really felt like arguing anyway. He was just too exhausted.
Madam Pomfrey turned to Matt, John, and Kaden. "You lot can return to Gryffindor. Albus needs to rest."
Albus's friends said good night and then left the room.
"I'll be speaking with Professor Kendrick," Madam Pomfrey muttered to herself, "Honestly, what was he thinking? Twice the amount of Quidditch? Twice the amount of injuries is what I say!"
Albus didn't have the faintest idea as to what Madam Pomfrey wanted Kendrick to do, but he didn't think about it for long. Exhaustion overcame him and he was asleep within minutes.
Albus awoke feeling better than he had in days. One look at the clock told him why. He had slept over twelve hours. It was just after eleven o'clock. Two hours until the Dueling Tournament. Albus pulled the blankets off and started to get up.
"Where do you think you're going?" Madam Pomfrey appeared at his bed.
"Er, the common room?" Albus slowly sat back down, "The Dueling Tournament is in two hours."
"Dueling? You think I'm going to let you duel?" Madam Pomfrey demanded.
"Well, yeah," Albus muttered. Come to think of it, he actually wasn't surprised that the nurse wasn't going to let him duel.
"Definitely not!" she exclaimed, "You're spending the day in bed!"
"Come on!" Albus groaned, "Please?" He had to duel. He was practically the best on his team. What would Malfoy say when he didn't show up?
"I won't have it!" Madam Pomfrey said, "You were dead on your feet last night! You're going to rest today!"
Albus groaned in defeat. He was going to miss the first Dueling Tournament of the year, because of a Quidditch injury. His two favorite things to do were now conflicting with each other.
Madam Pomfrey brought a tray of breakfast, or maybe it should have been lunch, for Albus a little while later. He wasn't in the mood to eat, though. Why couldn't he just go to the tournament? He felt fine now.
Matt, John, Kaden, Amanda, Rose, and for some reason, Linda, burst into the Hospital Wing just as Albus was finishing up his food. Madam Pomfrey looked a bit taken aback at the amount of visitors, but she didn't say anything.
"Albus!" John shouted, "Dueling's in an hour. You going to be getting out of here soon?"
"She won't let me go," Albus muttered.
"What?" John exclaimed, "Why not?"
"She says I need to rest," Albus explained.
"Honestly, it would have surprised me if she did let you go," Matt commented.
"I'll convince her, Albus," John announced and walked over to where Madam Pomfrey was organizing potions. "You've got to let Albus duel."
"I do not have to do any such thing," she replied, not looking up.
"But it's Kaden's first tournament," John pointed out.
"I wouldn't care if it was Merlin's first tournament, I'm not letting Albus go."
"Please?" John begged.
"No," she said, "And if you don't stop arguing, I'll make you leave."
John sighed and walked glumly back to Albus's bed. "Sorry," he muttered, "And this was sort of my fault since I threw that Quaffle at you."
"No it wasn't," Albus assured him, "A Quaffle wouldn't have broke my ribs. It was that Bludger from Quidditch practice."
"But still..." John said.
Albus's friends remained in the Hospital Wing until it was time for them to go to the Dueling Tournament. It was sort of tense, and Albus could only attribute this to the fact that Linda was there. It was strange how someone who never said a word could cause the rest of Albus's friends to remain quiet as well.
After his friends left, Albus was filled with boredom. The Hospital Wing really was a boring place, especially when you weren't actually sick or injured. Albus began to count the cracks on the ceiling, but lost track after 467.
It wasn't until after the tournament was over that Madam Pomfrey actually let Albus leave. He figured she hadn't let him leave earlier since then she would've had no way to know he wouldn't go to the tournament.
Albus jumped out of bed as soon as he promised Madam Pomfrey that he wouldn't play Quidditch that day. He ran as fast as he could down to the dueling chamber, hoping that the tournament was still going on.
Unfortunately, students were already streaming out of the room chattering excitedly about the tournament. Albus sighed dejectedly and slumped against the wall, where he waited for his friends.
"Hey, Albus," Matt said.
"Oh, hey, Matt," Albus replied, "Who won?"
"My team. No thanks to me, of course."
"Who'd Malfoy duel?" Albus asked, thinking of his threat to Rose and Amanda.
"Some Slytherin second year and a Ravenclaw fourth year," Matt answered.
Albus nodded, relieved that he hadn't dueled either Rose or Amanda.
"Albus!" someone shouted excitedly.
Albus turned around and saw Kaden with a huge grin on his face. John was standing next to him, looking equally happy.
"Hey, John, Kaden," Albus smiled.
"I won one of my duels!" Kaden announced, "I dueled a Ravenclaw and I actually beat him!"
"That's great," Albus told him, still wishing that he had gotten to beat a Ravenclaw. Or a Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Gryffindor.
"But he was horribly beaten in his second duel," John laughed.
"At least I won one of them," Kaden smirked.
"Yeah, yeah," John muttered.
"Did you lose both?" Albus asked.
"Yeah," John sighed.
The boys set off for Gryffindor tower, figuring they'd catch up with the girls once they were up there. Albus was eager to see Amanda because he wanted to know how his team had done.
Amanda, Rose, and Linda were talking about the tournament when Albus entered the common room. He was shocked to see that Linda was actually talking. Although, she immediately stopped when Albus and the other boys showed up.
Apparently Albus's team had came in second place. Amanda said they were only two points behind Matt's team, which caused Albus to wish even more that he had been there. He could have easily gotten the two points they needed. Amanda said that Malfoy thought the same thing, because he shouted angrily about Albus not being there once they announced the winner. Albus was kind of amused by this. He never thought Malfoy would ever be lamenting Albus's absence from anything.
The group, including Linda, spent the remainder of the afternoon in the common room. It was sort of odd, though. Linda didn't say a word, yet Rose and Amanda tried to engage her in every conversation. Matt remained almost completely mute, whispering quietly so only Albus and John could hear what he was saying. Kaden of course didn't notice any of this and talked as loudly as he usually did. It didn't really help that various boys kept coming up to Linda and asking her useless questions about Australia and Quidditch and various other topics. Linda gave them very short, quiet answers. John paid rapt attention to every little thing she said.
"So," Rose began, "First Quidditch match in a week. Australia versus New York. Are you nervous, Linda?"
Albus stared at Rose. He couldn't remember the last time Rose actually brought up Quidditch in a conversation.
"A bit," Linda muttered, not looking up.
"Well, I hope you win," Rose smiled, "Since Hogwarts isn't playing."
"Thanks," Linda whispered.
Albus was looking forward to the first match. He was glad he wasn't playing in it. His team would be able to assess both Australia and New York's skill before they played either team. That was definitely good for strategy. Then when they actually played, they'd be able to use the team's weaknesses to their advantage. Wood had given them specific directions to look for weaknesses in both teams. Of course, chances are Albus wouldn't be playing in the first Hogwarts match, or really any of the matches.
Albus walked down to dinner with his friends and Linda sat in between Rose and Amanda. He glanced absentmindedly at the staff table as he scooped mashed potatoes onto his plate and noticed a new wizard talking with the headmaster from Australia. He was a rather short man, compared to Killigan, and his face seemed to have absolutely no emotion on it. His dirty blonde hair sat flat on his head and fell over his eyes. He was wearing plain black robes.
"I wonder who that bloke is," Albus said to John as he pointed at the staff table.
"Dunno," John shrugged, not really seeming interested.
Rose turned to look at him. "Probably some bloke from Australia, I'd be guessing. I imagine a few people from Australia and New York will visit to see what's going on with the tournaments."
"Recognize him, Matt?" Albus asked.
Matt looked up and then quickly turned away. "No."
"How about you, Linda?" Rose asked.
"No," Linda whispered.
Albus shrugged and returned to his dinner. It seemed like he was really the only one interested in the unfamiliar wizard at the staff table. Was he really only there to see the tournament? The Quidditch match wasn't for another week, so why was he there already? Would he really be spending the whole week at Hogwarts?
Kendrick stood up after dinner started to wind down. Albus immediately stopped eating and paid attention. Maybe he was going to tell everyone who the strange wizard was.
"If I could have your attention for just one moment," Kendrick announced, "Thank you. When I first began to organize this competition, I always thought we would continue with the usual Hogwarts Quidditch Cup tournament like usual, but I didn't think about what affect it would have on the players who would play on both their house team and the Hogwarts team."
Albus had a feeling he knew where this was going and it had everything to do with that talk Madam Pomfrey said she was going to have with Kendrick. Albus sank lower in his seat and tried not to look at anyone.
"It's come to my attention that playing on two Quidditch teams at once is much more work than could have been anticipated. Therefore, I have decided to cancel the Quidditch Cup tournament for this year only, while the tournament is going on."
"What?!" Over half the room erupted in various shouts and jeers. Albus sank even lower in his seat. This was all his fault. He was the one who had been to the Hospital Wing so many times that week. He had gotten Quidditch canceled for the whole school.
"Quiet down," Kendrick shouted, "It's what's best for the players. Plus, it's been rather tight to squeeze in so many practices for so many teams. We only have one Quidditch pitch. With four less teams to accommodate, it'll be easier to schedule practices. This is my final word on the subject. Remember that we still have excellent Quidditch going on this year."
"I shouldn't have gone to see Madam Pomfrey last night," Albus muttered.
"Albus, this isn't your fault," Rose assured him, "You're not the only one who's been injured numerous times."
That was true. Pretty much everyone on the Hogwarts team had been to see Madam Pomfrey at least once a week since the start of term. So maybe it wasn't all his fault. Plus, there was the scheduling conflicts on the pitch. Albus had witnessed a few fights between the house captains that certainly couldn't be good for teamwork on the Hogwarts team.
Albus had to admit that life would be a lot easier without Gryffindor team practices. Now he would only be practicing Quidditch twice a week. Well, Wood would probably increase it to three times now that Kendrick canceled the house Quidditch. But even that would be less than he had been doing. He might even have an evening or two off a week now.
The Gryffindor team was sitting together in the common room when Albus returned. Georgia immediately flagged him over.
"I still don't like it," Fred sighed, "Now I don't get to play at all this year."
"Yeah, well I don't get to play for Gryffindor in my seventh year, but it really is for the best," Georgia said.
"I'll say," James agreed, "I'm already behind on homework and it's only October."
"Me, too," Albus said.
"Just think, Fred," Heather began, "Next year, one of us will be captain."
"It'll be me," Fred announced.
"Really?" Heather raised an eyebrow.
"Yeah, Gryffindor's had two girl captains recently. It's time for another bloke."
Heather rolled her eyes. "Not if I'm a better leader."
"What makes you think it'll be either of you?" Bradley asked, "It might be Ryan or I. We'll be sixth years. They don't always choose seventh years."
"Maybe," Fred replied, "I'm still going to miss it, though."
"We could play pick-up matches on the weekends," Ryan suggested.
"I guess," Fred sighed.
Albus remained quiet for the rest of the time with the team. Although he didn't blame himself for the cancellation of house Quidditch, he felt guilty that he was relieved it was canceled. But most of the team was far from happy about it. In fact, it seemed like only James and Albus were relieved.
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Samantha finished typing the requests necessary to set up a full surveillance on Jessica Jui. Not just on her home, but every aspect of her life. Sam had many contacts. All were reliable and trusted, but some were not top citizens. She kept her sources to herself mostly, and gathered them through indirect means.
Samantha decided she needed a run. She changed into some shorts and a t-shirt and put on her running shoes and a baseball cap. She clipped her earpiece in which doubled as her phone and a music player, and as she exited her office she briefly said her plans to her secreatary before pushing the door open to the stairs.
She took them floor by floor, jumping over each railing with ease. Her landings were soft, she was able to control the rate of her fall by literally pulling back on her own gravity. At the same time she flicked a can of coke off the stair she was about to land on with a wave of her hand. It bounced off the wall and crushed itself.
Sam opened the exit door and walked into the carpark, her heart was going at a healthy rate. She started to jog, and then left the carpark via the main entrance. The day was reasonable for jogging. Sam touched her earpeace and selected Rock to jog to. She increased her pace, and started to run on the slope. She followed her usual path, but then was compelled to go a new direction. She turned up an industrial passage, and started to run past some abandoned warehouses. Sam noticed it was nice and peaceful, dispite her roaring rock tunes, because there was no one around. No one that is, except for that guy.
Sam slowed down as the man in the distance appeared over the hill. He was walking a dog. Was there any need to be alarmed. Sam reached up and stopped her music, and instead tuned in her keen senses. Just as she did, the man, who's silouette was seemingly involved in looking at what the dog was doing, paused, and then stood up straight and looked her way. Samantha continued to jog towards him. And he, continued to walk toward her.
As she got closer she was pleased with what she saw. He was nicely built, and had a good looking face. It seemed like he cared very much for his dog, who was devoted to his master and very playful. Then she noticed his hair. It was unnaturally yellow! She hmmed to herself. They were about to cross paths, and as they did, the man looked directly in her eyes. She paused, and so did he. His eyes were as yellow as his hair.
"I... I'm sorry." Samantha stumbled, still completely blown away by his eyes. She disconnected, and then tried walk away, cursing herself. You're sorry? Really smooth. Yet there was something about him. She turned back fast to observe him again, and he was still observing her.
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Posted: Saturday 21 November 2009 08 19 38 am Post subject: Re: RPG: The Six Wizards in topic:RPG: The Six Wizards
Ouki felt herself go very weak, and nearly collapsed right there. She opened her mouth to speak, tears streaming down her face.
"I will ru.... " Ouki's words got stuck in her throat. She felt a sudden panic, and then she was unable to breathe. A presure was building on her lungs, and the panic rose as she recognised what it was; She was drowing.
Ouki fell past Damien and onto the floor like a ton of bricks, cracking her head on the edge of the sink. She lay on the floor, clutching at her throat. She stared up at Damien who's eyes told it all; she was dying. He collapsed to the floor and tried to hold her, but she struggled and convulsed. She knew what she was going through and how long she had left becuase she had mastered this torture so well. She could not counter it now because she could not speak; and she didn't know the source.
Suddenly she went unconcious and her head filled with the most vivid images. Damien was there, and behind him a beautiful forest filled with colourful trees and flowers. Behind her was the rushing sound of a violent river. Damien was reaching out to her, his face warm and inviting, but sad. Ouki wanted to go to him, but the sound of the river was so intense, she had to turn around. There, standing on the bank of the river was Chi Inu.
Ouki stared at him for a long moment, and as she did, the sound of the river faded away. Inu stood motionless beside the water, and then, he tilted his head and smiled at her playfully. He beckoned her to him with one wave of his hand, and she felt her foot automatically step forward one step. But her head turned back to search for Damien. She literally turned around, but her feet were stepping backwards now. Ouki brought her hand up, reaching out to Damien, and he stayed where he was, his hand extended too, still inviting, still so sad. And then Ouki felt Inu's arms wrap around her and his warm breath on her neck as he held her there. He turned her around and held her by the shoulders. Ouki looked up into Inu's face and saw that he was angry. He released one of her shoulders to hold on hand in front of her face. He raised his pointer finger and shook it sternly at her. And then he grabbed her in a strong hold with both of his arms and squeezed. She felt herself exhale extremely, and then she woke up.
Damien was on top of her, pressing on her chest. Her hair was wet; she had thrown up water everywhere. Damien turned her onto her side and she threw up some more, trying to take in oxygen between heaves. She crawled over to the wall and propped herself against it. Her head was splitting, but she was alive.
"I know this sounds... silly right now... but can you please get me some... water?" Ouki gasped out at Damien, who was covered in her watery vomit.
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Posted: Thursday 19 November 2009 10 23 15 am Post subject: Re: RPG: Parst City Super Hero Role Playing Game in topic:RPG: Parst City Super Hero Role Playing Game
High above the city in her the highrise building that housed her law firm, Samantha Yin watched the ant like people move through the streets. The cars were gridlocked already, and even through the thick glass, the sound of the angry population honking their horns was audiable. At least, to her it was. Her senses had always been more hightened since the earthquakes.
Samantha turned around in her chair, and rested her arms on her large desk. She drummed her fingers once, twice, and then picked up the phone and started to dial.
"Where is he?" she asked impatiently. Her secretary complained on the other end. Samantha closed her eyes and rubbed her forhead. "Just find out how much longer. No wait... he's here. I can see him." she hung up and stood up, looking past her secretary who sat on the other side of the window to her office. An entarage of four men and two women flanked a shorter man in a pin striped brown suit. He was confident and important looking, and with good reason. Samantha walked around her desk and opened her office door.
"Good afternoon, Mr. Mayor." she smiled.
"Not really, " the man huffed. He did not waste his flashy smile and butt kissing on his lawyer. Samantha continued to grin.
"Please sit down and tell me all about it." she gestured to the very comfortable seats against the far wall for his, 'pose', and for the mayor himself, a leather chair directly in front of her desk. She gestured again for her secretary to bring in some refreshments. The mayor shuffled in his seat, and once his tea had been delivered, he took a deep drink and seemed to relax a little.
"Now, I am up to my eyeballs in law suits about the mess the quakes have caused, not only structually, but emotional, physcological and of course, the gas issue....."
"Yes sir. This firm has been handling these cases all these years. No one has a case against an act of God. This city was constructed soundly, and an earthquake of that magnitude would have obliterated any kind of structure." Samantha reminded him, a discussion they have had many times.
"I know!" the mayor growled, and took out his hankerchief to wipe his forhead. The air outside was terribly humid, and he was still perspiring from it. "My issue is what has immerged as a result. There is no gratitude for what has been done. The whole town is going ferel again. And just this morning, another murder involving one of... well one of your kind."
It was Samanthat's turn to shuffle in her seat. "Has one of .... my kind... been harmed?" she thought about the actual possiblility of this. Unlikely. All of the people affected would have such heightened senses, nothing could happen.. unless they got careless?
"No no.. But people are dying. And we cannot explain how. This morning we recovered a body of woman... mutilated. The coroner is still trying to determine cause of death. I was present for the viewing.. it is sickening... like something out of horror movie ..." The mayor's skin went shades whiter; he looked positively ill.
"Sir, please have another drink. " Samantha poured another tea. He took it, his hands shaking and drank again, looking past Samantha into the window. "So do the police have a suspect?"
"They saw someone flee the scene. But no identities. Yet." to this the mayor scowled.
"Alright. So we wait. In the mean time, the city cannot be held responsible for every action of it's citizens." Samantha paused and looked over at the group who had come in with them. One of them, a young woman, was far too pretty to be a body guard, and was looking uncomfortable, waiting for an introduciton.
"Oh, sorry dearest, come here." the mayor waved the girl over and she complied and walked over to Samantha. "This is Jessica Jui, the heiress to the Jui Corporation. Her father has asked me to organise for you two to meet. Miss Jui has some issues with the law she would like to discuss, and i told her father, if there's anyone who can handle high profile cases, it's Sam Yin. "
The girl bowed deeply. "So good to meet you." she said quietly. Samantha bowed back.
"And you, Miss Jui." Samantha looked back at the mayor and he stood up, waving to his people to follow him. All but the other woman got up and left with him. The woman, an older lady, slim but strong looking with black hair tied in a bun, watched them from the seats against the wall. Miss Jui took the mayors seat.
"Thank you for seeing me. I want your help with something ,but it's difficult to explain..."
"Try me. There isn't anything I haven't heard." Samantha smiled charmingly at her new client. What could be troubling this little miss? She did recognise the girl now, she was in ads for clothing from her dad's department store, in magazines and on bilboards. Sam even had the handbag from Jui department store.
"I want your help to stop someone from tormenting me. But.. I ... I dont' know who he is. We try to catch him, bugged my phone, tried to follow him, but he gets to me, no matter what, and we cant' get to him. He must be one of the... the ones that the mayor speaks of. I'm afraid. He gets in my room and I know he has been there..." MIss Jui was wringing her hands.
"I see. So you want our help to find your stalker. Piece of cake. We have the facilities to investigate this, and then when we find him, we'll nail him with charges and have him locked up. It's very easy to just skip the steps now. No restraining order. No chances. The laws have changed ,thanks to too many people getting away with too much. " Samantha smiled at this. She loved her job. The law was so strict now, it was always so easy to win.
"See to it that you do. We are at your full disposal. Whatever you need, and whatever expense." Miss Jui stood up and bowed again, and then extended her hand. Samantha moved to shake it, and the frame on her desk moved across the desk with her hand, as if her hand had a string attached and had snagged it. Miss Jui looked at Sam, then the picture and back again.
"Oh woops. That happens sometimes. No problem!" she pulled the picture back to it's original position, and then quickly took Miss Jui's extended hand and moved to help her walk out the door. "We will be at your house later to discuss what is required. "
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Posted: Tuesday 3 November 2009 06 39 33 pm Post subject: Re: The Sorting Hat in topic:The Sorting Hat
*sneaks in with a net and tries to steal the new student*
Ha! I win!
*looks around confused*
Anybody know where the Hufflepuff common room is?
*pokes a wall*
Must be here somewhere... *forgets the net and wanders off*
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Posted: Friday 23 October 2009 05 03 13 pm Post subject: Re: Albus potter and the Path Left Untrodden in topic:Albus potter and the Path Left Untrodden
Chapter 6: Flobberworms and Boggarts
As it turned out, Albus didn't have to wait until classes to know if Linda Morales was his age or not. Rose and Amanda burst out of the girls' dormitory as Albus, Matt, and John were heading down to breakfast.
"Albus!" Rose caught up with him, "Linda is our age. She's in our dormitory."
"Really?" Albus replied, realizing that he hadn't really thought about which dormitory the new students would be in.
"Where is she now?" John asked.
"Still up there," Amanda said, "She's been in the bathroom for ages."
"Girls," John muttered, "I'll never understand them."
The group hurried down to the Great Hall and ate a quick breakfast before their first class. Neville handed out schedules and Albus saw that he had Care of Magical Creatures first.
"Blimey, this schedule is packed," John said as they headed out of the castle towards Hagrid's hut.
"Well, we are taking two extra classes now," Albus pointed out.
"Wonder who we'll have this class with," Matt said.
"With our luck, it'll be the Slytherins," Amanda groaned.
"Maybe Linda's taking this class," John said hopefully.
Amanda sighed, "You haven't even met her."
"Yeah, but this class would be the perfect time to do that!" John pointed out.
Amanda groaned and they continued their trek to Hagrid's hut. Once they got there, they saw that they were indeed with the Slytherins. Albus groaned inwardly and stood with his friends as everyone waited for Hagrid to appear.
"'Ello, everyone!" Hagrid said as he stepped out of his hut a few minutes later, "Welcome to Care o' Magical Creatures."
"Hi, Hagrid," Albus grinned.
"'Ello, Albus," Hagrid grinned back, "Now, today's lesson's abou' Flobberworms. Can anyone tell me anything abou' them?"
Flobberworms, Albus thought. Flobberworms were about the least exciting magical creatures in the world. Albus wished they were doing something a bit more exciting.
"Nobody?" Hagrid said, "Well, I know they aren't the most excitin' creatures, but we've got to start somewhere. Now, flobberworms are small white worms...."
Albus listened as Hagrid explained about flobberworms, but he didn't take any notes. Rose would have, but Albus didn't see the point. Flobberworms were pretty basic.
"Now, everyone can take a worm," Hagrid held up a box, "An' draw them into yer notes an' observe 'em."
Albus and his friends each took a worm and began the tedious task of recording the worms' every movement and sketching them. Albus thought the rest of the class was rather boring and was a bit disappointed. He had kind of been expecting Hagrid to bring in some sort of dangerous creature, like he had when his dad was at Hogwarts. Although, come to think of it, his cousins had said Hagrid had adopted a more normal curriculum.
"I wish Hagrid would bring in a dragon or something," John said as they made their way back to the castle for Transfiguration.
"He probably wishes that, too," Albus laughed.
The Transfiguration classroom was already filling up by the time Albus and his friends entered. Albus noticed that they had this class with the Hufflepuffs. Rose was already inside, sitting at her usual table in the front. Amanda quickly joined her. Linda was there as well, but she was sitting by herself at the other front desk.
"Let's go sit by Linda!" John said excitedly.
"Sure," Albus grinned and started to walk towards her table.
"Wait," Matt said, "There's only two seats. And do you really want to sit in the front?"
"Er, that's true," John said, "We'll sit behind her then."
Albus vaguely wondered why Matt so set on not sitting with Linda, but he didn't dwell on it and sat down at the table behind Linda. Patil walked in a moment later and everyone quieted down.
"For the first few classes we shall be learning about a very difficult branch of transfiguration," Patil said after she took attendance, "And it is called the Animagus Transfiguration. Can anyone tell me what that is?"
Albus smirked as Rose's hand shot into the air. Albus knew the answer, of course, but he was perfectly happy to let Rose answer.
"Yes, Miss Morales?" Patil pointed to Linda.
Albus turned away from Rose and saw that Linda had half-way raised her hand. The rest of the class was staring at her as well, probably because Rose always answered the preliminary questions in class.
"The Animagus Transfiguration is the act of transfiguring oneself into an animal," Linda answered.
"Yes, that is correct," Patil smiled.
Albus noticed that Rose was staring in shock at Linda. He had to stifle a laugh at this.
Patil went on to describe Animagi in more detail and Albus took a few notes.
"Can anyone name a registered Animagus they may have heard about in another class?" Patil asked.
Both Rose and Linda's hands shot up into the air. Patil called on Rose this time.
"Minerva McGonagall," Rose answered.
"Yes, she turns into a cat. She used to teach Transfiguration here and was the Headmistress for a few years. How about an illegal Animagus?"
Albus scribbled the words 'Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs' onto a piece of parchment and showed it to Matt and John. All three of them stifled laughter and then looked back up at Patil.
"Rita Skeeter," Rose grinned.
Patil smiled. "Yes, and it was your mother who discovered her."
The rest of the class passed by at a reasonably quick pace and once it was over, Albus and his friends went to the Great Hall for lunch.
"You've got some competition, Rose," John grinned as they walked down the corridor.
"Shut up," Rose muttered.
"She might beat you on the next test," John laughed.
"And your point is?" Rose snapped.
They walked the rest of the way in silence, as no one wanted to set Rose off even more. Albus had no idea she would get that competitive about grades. Although after two years of easily being the smartest in their year, Rose hadn't previously had any competition.
Half the Gryffindor table was roaring with laughter when they arrived for lunch. James quickly filled Albus in on the fact that Hugo had exploded his first potion earlier in the morning and was apparently quite proud of it.
"Well, you'll have no competition from him," John muttered to Rose. Rose sent him a withered look and sat down to eat.
Albus spent lunch telling Kaden about Care of Magical Creatures. Despite the fact that they learned about flobberworms, Kaden was jealous.
The third year Gryffindors had double potions after lunch, with the Slytherins again. Slughorn started the class with a review of the previous year's potions. Once again, Rose and Linda both knew the answer to every question. Then, when Slughorn had them brew a new potion, both Rose and Linda tied for best potion. Slughorn gave them each a bar of Honeyduke's chocolate. Albus was quite surprised that Linda seemed as smart as Rose. He had never met anyone his age who could compete with Rose with grades. John was right. Rose did have some competition.
"Well, time to go meet the new Defense teacher," Albus said as he finished breakfast the next morning.
"I wish your dad was still teaching," Matt sighed.
"Yeah," John agreed, "The new teacher looks like the kind of bloke who gives a lot of homework."
"You really ought to just keep an open mind," Rose commented as they left the Great Hall.
"Easy for you to say," John muttered, "You're freakishly smart."
"You have got to be kidding me!" Albus groaned as they reached the classroom, "We're with the Slytherins, again!"
"Great," Matt sighed, "Three years in a row, what are the chances of that?"
Albus led the way into the classroom. Linda Morales was already seated at one of the front tables. Rose and Amanda immediately took the other front table.
"Let's sit in the back," Matt muttered.
Albus nodded. He really didn't want to sit near the front. The teacher was already there and was wearing an unreadable expression. If he turned out to be mean, Albus preferred to be as far away as possible.
The classroom looked exactly the same as it had the year before, except for a trunk that was sitting in front of the teacher's desk.
A few more students trickled in and once the bell rang, the teacher waved his wand and the door slammed loudly. Albus jumped in surprise and snapped his attention back to the new teacher.
He walked slowly from behind his desk and stood in front of it. He was holding a piece of parchment and a quill. Albus noticed that he was wearing the same black robes, except now he noticed that there were intricately designed silver fastenings on them.
"Please raise your hand and say 'present' when I call your name," he said in a stern voice. He ran through the list, fixing each student with a piercing gaze when he called on them.
"Brilliant," he said flatly, "All here. I am Professor Balladanis, as you all know from Professor Kendrick's speech. You will address me as Professor Balladanis, or Professor, or Sir. I will not tolerate speaking out of turn or misbehavior of any kind in my classroom. I expect all homework and other assignments to be completed on time, no excuses."
Professor Balladanis began to pace back and forth in front of his desk. "As you shall discover throughout the year, I take defensive magic very seriously." He paused and glared sharply at Linda and Janie Creevey, who had sat next to Linda.
"Defensive magic is a very very important branch of magic. I would make the argument that is the most important. It can save your life. It has saved my life on numerous occasions. I have no doubt that your previous two years of instruction were very extensive and I am sure you all have a basic knowledge of defensive spells courtesy of Professor Potter."
Balladanis stopped pacing and paused before continuing his speech. "However, the third year Defense Against the Dark Arts curriculum focuses on defense against dark creatures." He turned to Albus's table and gave Albus, Matt, and John a piercing stare.
"I will be continuing the curriculum that has been used in this school since after the final battle," Balladanis continued, "I have looked over the curriculum and have deemed it satisfactory. I immensely approve of the first day's lesson for third years. I've always thought a practical approach was good for Defense, although I do expect you to carefully read your text book as well.
"In this box," Balladanis gestured to the trunk, which jumped a little as he touched it, "Lives a boggart. Can anyone tell me what a boggart is?"
Rose and Linda's hands shot up into the air. Balladanis smirked and pointed to Rose. "Yes, Miss...?"
"Weasley, sir," Rose replied, "A boggart is a shape shifter. It takes the form of whatever scares you most. No one knows what one really looks like."
Balladanis nodded. "Correct. 5 points to Gryffindor. Boggarts," he began pacing again, "Take the form of whatever scares us most. The boggart focuses on the nearest person and turns into whatever scares them.
"We will have an advantage over our boggart. There are a lot of us, which means the boggart will become confused about what to turn into. However, that is not enough. There is a necessary incantation for defeating boggarts. It is 'Riddikulus'. Repeat after me, 'Riddikulus'."
"Riddikulus," Albus said along with everyone else.
"Good," Balladanis said, although his voice wasn't exactly cheerful, "You'll also need to think of a way to turn whatever your most feared thing is into something funny. Laughter is what really finishes off a boggart. Then, think of that as you're saying the incantation. Now, take out your wands and stand up."
Albus pulled his wand out of his bag and stood up. He wasn't even sure what he was most afraid of. Snakes? No, he really didn't fear snakes. Spiders? Nope, not them either. He had no idea what that boggart was going to turn into, and that made it even scarier.
Balladanis waved his wand and all the tables and chairs moved to the sides of the classroom. "Form a line," he instructed.
Everyone pushed to be at the front of the line. Albus wound up being towards the back, behind John and in front of Matt.
"Miss Weasley," Balladanis motioned for Rose to step forward, "Perhaps you could go first."
Rose nodded and stepped out of the line. She stood in front of the trunk with her wand raised. Albus had no idea what the boggart would turn into for Rose either. Nor did he have a clue what John and Amanda's boggarts would be. He had an inkling about Matt's, though.
Balladanis stood off to the side and pointed his wand at the trunk. The lid slowly opened and out stepped...Neville. Albus gaped at the boggart.
The boggart Neville opened his mouth. "I'm sorry, Rose, you did not get the highest grades in your year. You've been beaten."
Oh, Albus thought, that kind of made sense. For a moment there, Albus actually thought Rose was afraid of Neville, which was ridiculous.
"Riddikulus!" Rose shouted.
The boggart Neville swayed, but didn't look any different. He opened his mouth again. "Rose, you have beaten everyone in the entire school! You have the best grades in the history of Hogwarts."
Albus smirked. It wasn't entirely funny, but it fit Rose perfectly.
"Interesting," Balladanis muttered, "Next!"
Rose stood off to the side and grinned as Amanda stepped forward. Albus watched as the boggart turned into a very large snake.
Amanda stared at it for a few moments and then shouted, "Riddikulus!" The snake twirled around and tied itself into a knot. Amanda, along with most of the rest of the class, burst out laughing. Amanda stepped to the side next to Rose and Janie Creevey stepped forward.
Janie's boggart turned into a giant rat, which then got transformed into tiny mouse. A few Slytherins were up after her, and then it was Linda Morales's turn.
Albus watched intently as the boggart that had previously been a dragon turn into a raging fire. Linda raised her wand and shouted, "Riddikulus!" The fire turned into a waterfall and Linda joined the growing group of students off to the side.
Marina Jordan-Bell was next, and her boggart turned into a spider, as did her sister, Karina's. Karina had a bit of trouble, but eventually managed to turn the spider rainbow colors. Ethan and a couple of the Slytherins had difficulty as well.
Leigh Montague charmed her mummy boggart into a strait jacket and then it was John's turn. He stepped forward and the mummy turned into a clown. A clown, complete with a big red nose and huge shoes.
Albus could hear a few of the other students snickering already. Albus wasn't exactly a fan of clowns, but he could think of at least ten things that were scarier than them.
"Riddikulus!" John shouted. The clown boggart started to walk forward, but it tripped over its ridiculously large feet, which were growing at an alarming rate. The entire class burst out in the loudest laughter yet as John joined Rose and Amanda.
Albus took a deep breath and stepped forward. The clown with the huge feet started spinning again and when it stopped, it looked like Professor Oteski. The Oteski boggart stepped towards Albus.
"You did not make the Hogwarts Quidditch team," it said.
Albus gulped. Come to think of it, that was what he was most afraid of at that moment. But how could he make it funny. He racked his brains as the Oteski boggart continued walking towards him.
"Riddikulus!" Albus shouted.
The boggart spun around again and then stopped. "You did make the team!" it said, "In fact, everyone is on the team! All of Hogwarts will play at once and therefore win the competition!"
Albus laughed at the thought of a Quidditch team consisting of over 200 people on it and joined John at the side of the classroom. Albus watched as Matt stepped forward.
"Hey, Potter," Scorpius whispered, "I bet the boggart won't know what to turn into with Eckerton. He's afraid of everything."
"Shut it, Malfoy," Albus growled.
"Quiet over there!" Balladanis shouted. Albus immediately shut his mouth and Scorpius didn't say anything else.
The boggart was spinning around again and when it stopped, it didn't turn into the bright full moon that Albus had been expecting. It had turned into a very sinister looking man. He was skinny and rather short and had a mop of untidy brown hair on his head. It wasn't like Roberts's hair, though. This bloke's hair was stringy and dirty looking. His eyes were piercing, not unlike Balladanis's, and he was sneering at Matt. Albus didn't recognize who it was. He hadn't seen anyone that resembled the boggart.
The boggart stepped slowly towards Matt, who looked frozen in place. Albus could see his wand shaking in his hand.
"Who's that bloke?" John whispered.
"No idea," Albus said.
Albus continued to watch as the boggart advanced towards Matt. Balladanis wasn't doing anything besides watching with an unreadable expression on his face.
The boggart was now only a couple feet away from Matt, who still wasn't doing anything. The boggart began to slowly raise its hands and muttered something that Albus couldn't quite catch.
At that moment, Matt seemed to unfreeze. He stepped back and all of a sudden ran towards the door. He wrenched it open and disappeared from the room. Everyone who had already faced the boggart started whispering amongst themselves
Albus turned to John, who shrugged. Albus couldn't even begin to imagine why Matt was afraid of that strange man, but he could sense that it went beyond a normal fear.
"I'm going after him," Albus whispered to John. John nodded and Albus ran from the room without asking Balladanis or even looking back at him.
Albus could hear Balladanis trying to quiet the rest of the students down as he walked quickly down the corridor. Matt wasn't anywhere to be found. Albus continued to walk down the corridor, not really knowing where he was going. Where would Matt go? The dormitory? Room of Requirement? Marauder's Den? That was it, Albus thought. That's where Matt would go. After all, only a few people knew about that.
Albus walked through the empty corridors, thankful that nobody else was wandering around. He glanced at his watch. There was only ten minutes left in class.
The fifth floor corridor was also deserted. Albus quickly pulled up the arm on the appropriate suit of armor and then searched the opposite wall for the tiny paw prints. He found them and glanced up and down the corridor once more before wrenching the door open.
The room looked empty when Albus stepped inside. In fact, it looked just like they left it at the end of the previous year. Albus hadn't been in it for months. He quietly walked further into the room and headed straight for Matt's alcove.
Matt was sitting on his four-poster bed, just staring directly at the wall in front of him. Albus wordlessly sat down on the bed, not sure of what to say. Matt didn't even acknowledge the fact that Albus was there. Either that or he didn't notice.
"Er, are you ok?" Albus asked after a few moments of awkward silence.
Matt looked over at him. He didn't look all right. His face was pale white. "I guess," he said quietly, "But everyone probably thinks I'm afraid of everything now. Nobody else ran out of the room."
"Maybe everyone else's boggarts weren't as scary," Albus suggested.
"Maybe," Matt muttered.
Albus heard the door open and he craned his head around to see that Rose, John, and Amanda had come inside. John and the girls walked over to where Albus and Matt were.
"We've got your bags," John said as he dropped Albus and Matt's bags on the floor.
"Thanks," Albus replied.
"Are you all right?" John asked Matt.
"Yeah," Matt sighed.
"What have we got next?" Albus asked.
"Herbology," Rose answered, "And we'd better go if we don't want to be late."
"Are you coming?" Albus asked Matt.
"Yeah," Matt got up off the bed, "Let's go. I just hope we don't have it with the Slytherins. I'd bet my last Galleon that Malfoy's going to make fun of me for this for rest of the year."
Albus would have been willing to bet that as well. Fortunately, the third year Gryffindors had Herbology with the Ravenclaws that year. A few of the other Gryffindors stole quick glances at Matt during the beginning part of the class, but nobody said anything to him. Neville quizzed them about a few plants they had learned about the previous year for a few minutes. Rose and Linda answered all of them. Then he gave a broad overview of what they'd be doing that year.
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