Harry & Fleur
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Vertex - Harry Potter and Broken Wands
Chapter 14 - Without a sound
Sorry technically this chapter was about two hours late, I've spent the evening doing a Galleon/Muggle money converter for The Harry Potter Lexicon. Needless to say that took most of my concentration and I've not been able to read this chapter through as thoroughly as usual. If you find anything too disturbing let me know…
Chapter 14 Without a sound
"Is it true?" asked Dean Thomas as he entered the dormitory.
"What?" Harry asked tiredly and looked over at Ron who rolled his eyes and got into bed.
"You are Fleur Delacour's boyfriend" Neville said.
"So what if I am" Harry said as he started to change into his pyjamas.
"It's true?" Dean Thomas exclaimed with a wide grin.
"Maybe" Harry replied and got into bed.
"Ah, common Harry" To Harry's surprise Neville said, Neville usually was a very private person who didn't say much and didn't ask much.
"Yes, she is my girlfriend" Harry admitted.
"How did you manage it?" asked Seamus eagerly.
"No idea, it just happened" Harry said and pulled the hangings close.
"Night" He said before they could ask anything more. Before long, he was in a deep restful sleep.
"Morning Harry" Ron said forcefully the following morning and there by waking him up "We don't want to be late for the sign up"
"Make Dudley do it" Harry replied sleepily and then grunted involuntary as Ron threw a pillow at him.
"Yeah, right the sign up" Harry stated as he realised where he was.
"So what NEWTs are you going for Neville" Ron asked as he got dressed.
"Well I got Os in Herbology and Defence against the dark arts thanks to you Harry. And Es in Care of magical creatures and astronomy" Neville explained "So I'm going for those, what about you?"
"Harry and I are taking Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Defence against the dark arts, Transfigurations and Potions" Ron said.
"With Snape" Dean burst out sleepily from his bed as if he had misheard them.
"Yeah" Ron said bitterly "Up yet Harry?"
"Yeah sure" Harry replied and finally managed to get out of bed.
"Hurry up Harry" Ron said.
Harry groaned a reply and started to get dressed in his Hogwarts robes. They left their dormitories a short while later and found that Hermione was waiting for them in the common room. Harry smiled to himself every thing so far this morning was just as it had been ever since after Halloween in his first year when they had become friends. Sure he and Ron was a lot taller and Hermione had turned into a young woman, but these things mattered very little. He thought of all they had gone through and yet things were the same as ever except perhaps the fact that Ron and Hermione were in love but they had always been in love in a way. Harry had always been a bit of an outsider when it came to their almost constant arguments on the other side Hermione had been left out a lot during long Quidditch talks.
"Isn't it great" Harry asked absentmindedly as they were walking down towards the great hall.
"What is" Ron asked Harry, Harry noticed that Ron and Hermione were holding hands.
"Every thing" Harry replied "It's just the same as ever"
"Yeah" Hermione agreed.
"Remember when Malfoy tricked us out that night in our first year?" Ron asked dreamily "First night the three of us where out of bed"
"Yeah" Harry said fondly.
"So you finally admit that he tricked you" Hermione asked.
"Well, you got tricked too you know a good student should have stayed by the portrait" Harry said "But don't worry I won't tell anyone that you are just as bad as us"
Hermione snorted, but smiled nonetheless.
"I miss our first year" Ron said.
Harry sighted he missed Sirius, and Hedwig badly.
"I just wish Sirius and Hedwig…" He said and trailed off; he smiled sadly at their memory. "They were great weren't they?"
"The best" Ron replied. Harry suddenly recalled that he had Hedwig's ashes in his trunk.
"Want to spread Hedwig's ashes with me?" Harry asked "Just the three of us"
"What about Fleur" Ron asked.
"She didn't know Hedwig" Harry replied sadly.
"Of course Harry" Hermione said "We'll be there… when do you plan to…"
"I don't know, soon" Harry said as they entered the great hall. It was the same as ever. Today it was a clear blue sky outside that was mirrored by the ceiling for them, judging by the some leaves that fluttered by far above them it was blowing hard outside. Harry looked up on the staff table and saw Fleur talking to Tonks. Fleur seemed to sense his presence because she turned her head and smiled at him Harry smiled back. They walked over to their usual place at the Gryffindor table and started eating breakfast.
"You know how Salina is doing?" Harry asked Hermione.
"No idea" said Hermione so coolly that neither of the boys persuaded the subject. The owls swooped inside to deliver the morning mail. Harry looked down on his plate and tried to ignore them completely. This was made rather hard as Hermione's Daily Prophet owl swept down and knocked over his pumpkin juice and there by drenching Ron who was sitting next to him.
"Stupid Owl" Ron cursed as he got up.
"Assiccare" Hermione cried waving her wand at Ron, the dripping stopped and Ron's robes dried though there were huge stains left. "Scourgify" Hermione added and waved her wand again. The stains disappeared immediately.
"Thanks Hermione" Ron said and sat down again. Professor McGonagall was walking around the table handing out schedules to every one except the sixth years who she instead reminded to stay after breakfast for the sign up. They finished their breakfast and slowly most people started to leave the hall. The teachers who by now also were done with breakfast started to bring out quills and parchment.
"Sixth years Attention Please!" Professor McGonagall said, every one in the hall turned and looked at her "As you all know, you are here today to sign up for the NEWT classes you wish to attend. Please step up to the corresponding professor and ask them to enlist you in their NEWT class"
The great hall filled with the noise of moving chairs as every one got up.
"Let's sign up for the defence against the dark arts first" Harry said and walked hurriedly up to Fleur and Tonks, he reached them before anyone else.
Fleur smiled at him for a short moment but then she lost her smile and drew her lips into a thin line "Mr Potter" She said seriously.
"Professor Delacour" Harry replied curtly.
"I see you got an outstanding in Defence against the dark arts, is that correct?" Fleur asked so sternly that Harry had great difficulty not to laugh.
"Yes" He replied.
"And you want to attend the newt Defence against the Dark arts class" Fleur asked, Harry glanced over at Tonks who apparently had as much trouble as him not laughing she held a hand over her mouth in an attempt to look serious.
"Yes" Harry said and turned his gaze back at Fleur.
"Are you ready to work hard and always do your best?" Fleur asked Harry could se in her eyes that she too had some problems not laughing aloud.
"Yes, I am" Harry said firmly.
"Excellent sign your name and house here" Fleur said and handed him an empty list that was entitled "Defence against the dark arts sixth years" Harry scribbled his name and Gryffindor down on the list.
"Har… Mr Potter can I have a word" Tonks asked when he was done and Hermione was going through the same process as Harry just had.
"Of course, Professor Tonks" Harry replied seriously, Tonks bit her lip hard not to burst out laughing. Harry followed Tonks over to an empty corner of the great hall were they wouldn't be over heard too easily.
"What's up" Harry asked as Tonks stopped and faced him.
"It's Fleur really, she got this idea last night when we were talking about the DA" Tonks said.
Harry nodded for her to go on.
"A Dueling Club and you would kind of help me and Fleur teaching it" Tonks explained.
"Oh" Harry said thinking it over, he thought of the dueling club that Lockhart and Snape had tried to start back in his second year it had been terrible, but the idea had been quite good and with Fleur, Tonks and he teaching it would be a lot more fun "Yeah it would be fun"
"We thought that it might be good to meet at least once a week" Tonks said "with lesson planning and all it would take loads of time and you got Quidditch too… anyway that's what Fleur said"
"Have you asked Dumbledore yet?" Harry asked.
"Uh-huh, he thinks it's a good idea and we may use the great hall" Tonks said happily.
"So, when are we starting?" Harry asked also smiling now; he imagined calling his DA with the galleons that Hermione had created later and telling them the good news.
"We figured that it would be good to wait until the Quidditch trials are over" Tonks said happily.
"Great" Harry exclaimed as he saw that Hermione and Ron were approaching them.
"What's great" Ron asked.
"Tell you later" Harry replied with a grin "Let's go sign up for potions"
They walked over to the line leading up to Snape, luckily it was the short line since Snape only accepted students with outstanding in his NEWT class. Snape glared furiously at Harry as he approached Snape, he Ron and Hermione had agreed that it would be best for Harry to just sign his name quickly and then get out of Snape's sight.
"Potter" Snape hissed and a muscle in his cheek twitched angrily "Sign your name and house and get out of here" Harry quickly scribbled his name on the list he noticed that Draco had signed his name first, and then to his surprise Crabbe and Goyle. Harry was certain that Crabbe and Goyle had not received Os in potions. He cast an accusing glance up at Snape when he had signed his name. Snape smirked evilly at him. Harry walked away and waited for Ron and Hermione to sign their names.
"Crabbe and Goyle" Ron said incredulously as he approached Harry "They can't even have gotten a T together"
"Did you see" Hermione asked them as she too joined them.
"Yeah Crabbe and Goyle" Ron said gloomily. They decided to sign up for Care of Magic creatures next. Hagrid was very proud over his OWL takers to say the very least. Hagrid unlike most other teachers accepted all students no matter their grade into his class. Next, they signed up for charms and after that Transfiguration. Flitwick congratulated them happily and told them that he was very happy to have them in his class while McGonagall simply congratulated them. Harry and Ron joined the rest of the sixth-year Gryffindor students at their table they talked happily while they waited for Hermione to sign up for the rest of her classes, she was the last one to join the Gryffindor table as she had more classes to sign up for then any one else. Professor McGonagall waved her wand at the lists that they had put their names on and a short moment late she ordered Ron and Hermione as the Gryffindor prefect to hand out the schedules that she just had created. Harry glanced down on his schedules when Ron handed it to him.
8:00-11:45 Defence against the dark arts
1:00-4:45 Care of Magical Creatures
Harry looked surprised at his schedule he had never seen anything like this, he was quite sure that it must have been a mistake he looked over at Neville and saw that he too was looking on his schedule in disbelief.
"You too?" Asked Harry and gestured at his schedule.
"What… oh the schedule… think they have made a mistake?" Neville said.
"I don't know you got Defence against the dark arts on Wednesdays?" Harry asked.
"All morning" Neville stated.
"And care of Magical creatures Thursday afternoons?" Harry asked to make sure.
"Yes" Neville replied. Harry didn't know what to believe, it didn't seem like much work at all and on Fridays he didn't have a single lesson.
"As you probably have noticed by now" McGonagall said loudly making everyone look up at her "Those of you who have enlisted for my NEWT class have Transfiguration on Monday mornings Please go and fetch your books, parchments and quills I expect you in my classroom no later then 8:15"
Harry glanced down on his watch it was about eight and all the teacher hurried off to teach their morning classes. Harry joined up with Ron and Hermione and left to get their stuff.
"I never thought it would be this good" Said Ron happily as they walked up the stairs towards Gryffindor tower "I don't even have a single class on Fridays"
"Do you really believe that this year is going to be anything easier then last?" Hermione asked.
"Yes" Said Ron and then added uncertainly "why wouldn't it"
"I expect they will give us much more homework then last year" Hermione said.
"Impossible" Ron replied. They entered the transfiguration classroom a couple of minutes later. Harry noticed to his horror that Millicent Bulstrode, Pansy Parkinson and Draco Malfoy were already seated.
"Bloody hell" Ron muttered.
"Yeah" Harry agreed darkly, Malfoy wouldn't be able to do or say anything to him in front of McGonagall but the pure sight of him angered Harry. There was also several Hufflepuffs, Rawenclaws and Gryffindors. They found some free seats and after a few moments, Professor McGonagall rose from her seat and closed the door to the classroom with a wave of her wand.
"Welcome to my NEWT class. The goal of this class is to prepare you for your NEWT transfiguration test in the end of your seventh year. We will be going through advanced vanishing spell this term and next term we will begin with human transfiguration" McGonagall said "Please open your books and turn to page 7"
They spent the most of the first part of the lesson going through what they had done last year. Ten o'clock McGonagall gave them a fifteen minutes break. The rest of the lesson they practiced vanishing Hermione was of course best as usual second best was as far as Harry could tell Draco Malfoy. He felt his hate for Malfoy increase a notch. Malfoy wasn't stupid he was talented both in school work and Quidditch and even though he should know better he used all his talent to make life hard for Harry and his friends. At the end of the class, they received the greatest load of homework they had ever received. McGonagall told them that now that they were in sixth year they were supposed to take own responsibility for their schoolwork. They were dismissed, left her classroom and headed towards the great hall for lunch.
"Potter, heard Weasley managed to get the mudblood" Draco Malfoy said in his drawling voice when they were out of McGonagall's earshot "So you had to resort to halfbreeds"
Pansy Parkinson and Millicent Bulstrode sniggered. Ron made a move towards Malfoy but Hermione managed to hold him back.
"Shut up Malfoy" Harry replied coolly Malfoy would have to do a lot worse to get him lose his temper.
"I would normally have been surprised that you managed to get any girl at all human or not. But then I remembered that she just lost her poor excuse for parents and that little creature she called a sister" Malfoy said. It could not be helped Harry had drawn his wand and was pointing it strait at Malfoy.
"You'll pay" Harry hissed.
"Potter, Malfoy" Fleur's or rather at the moment Professor Delacour's voice said sternly. Harry felt some of his anger fade and he pocked his wand.
"Ten points from Gryffindor for pointing you wand at a fellow student Potter" Professor Delacour said sternly. Harry had a very hard time pretending that he was angry with Fleur for taking points of him. Malfoy expression made it even harder to not laugh he looked at Harry as if Harry had just proven that he in fact was Voldemort then after a moment, Malfoy smirked.
"Mr Malfoy I will expect you in my office at seven to arrange for your detention. Potter will you please follow me to my office now" Professor Delacour said. This wiped the smile of Draco's face Harry wasn't sure if it was the part of his detention or that Fleur had just asked Harry to her office, probably both Harry thought.
"See you later" Harry whispered to Ron and Hermione and walked off with Fleur.
"How were your first lessons" He asked as soon as they were out of earshot.
"It was okay we had the first years first, they were really shy at first but then Tonks made some noses and we had fun talking about recognizing dark artefacts, like Riddle's diary" Fleur said "Then we had third years and we had them prepare for Boggarts next lesson"
They had now reached the door to her office and entered. Fleur and Tonks had not been able to decorate the office yet but they had managed to remove all Umbridge's decorations. Tonks was sitting in the chair behind the desk reading something she stood up hastily as they entered.
"Oh, my look at the time already lunch and I am so very hungry" Tonks said and left the room hurriedly. When the door closed behind them they grabbed each other's hands, Harry never got used to the wonderful feeling of holding Fleur's hand. They squeezed gently so that they could feel their hart beats it was a very powerful feeling.
"So, what happened" Fleur asked after a moment as they sat down in a chair or rather Harry sat down and Fleur sat down in his knee.
"Nothing he just said some stupid stuff" Harry replied he didn't want to tell Fleur exactly what Malfoy had said because he doubted that Dumbledore and the rest of the staff would be able to stop Fleur from burning Draco Malfoy to ashes.
"Oh, well Harry if you are going to teach the dueling club with us you can't hex people in the corridor or people will know I favour you" Fleur said seriously.
"So you admit favouring me?" Harry asked with a grin. He knew that Fleur couldn't help favouring him even if she tried not to.
"Ask no questions and be told no lies" Fleur replied with a grin she let go of Harry's hand and put hers around him in a hug "So got your schedule?"
"Yes" Harry replied softly and handed him his schedule, Fleur looked it over.
"Bet you get loads of homework, I know we will give you plenty" She stated as she handed him the schedule back to him.
"I thought you favoured me" Harry replied with a smile.
"You wish" Fleur replied "Listen Wingbeat we are teaching the seven years how to defend them self against the imperius curse, and I was wondering if you could donate a few pages from your book"
"Yeah, sure when do you need them?" Harry asked.
"As soon as possible we have them after lunch" Fleur said.
"Want me to summon it at once?" He asked and pulled out his wand.
"ACCIO DUELING FOR MASTERS" Harry said clearly and focused on the book in his trunk.
"Better open the door" Fleur muttered and pulled out her own wand. But before Fleur had time to even open her mouth to say the door opening spell the door burst open so violently that it flew up against the wall with aloud crack of braking wood. Harry stood up so quickly that Fleur fell to the floor, Harry didn't mind at the moment. He had seen that door flow open in a similar way when Dumbledore had saved him from the fake Moody. He didn't know what to think he half expected Voldemort himself appear in the door opening, but nobody entered, maybe they were wearing an invisibility cloak.
"Lumos Aparecium" Harry cried it was a spell to reveal invisible objects he had learned from dueling for masters. He couldn't see any invisible person or object. Of course he had never tried this spell before and was not quite sure it was working thought a faint purple light shone from the tip of his wand, as it should. He noticed that the apparently solid wall at one end of the room had a door opening in it probably leading into their bedroom and bathroom.
"Fleur" He asked, maybe she had noticed something he hadn't. He cast a quick glance over at her she too had her wand drawn and was standing in a defensive position.
"Nothing" She replied "BORRIRE" White foam were streaming out of her wand covering every inch of her office in seconds. Harry understood at once that in there was someone invisible in the room they would not be invisible any more, they would be covered in foam.
"Nothing" Harry stated and added "Finite Borrire" the foam faded and vanished in matter of seconds. Harry looked down on the floor as the foam faded and saw that Dueling for Master were laying next to the chair they had been sitting in, he looked at Fleur questionably he had not seen it fly into the room and he had watched the door opening carefully after the door had burst open.
"Do you think it made the door burst open?" Fleur asked with raised eyebrows.
"Accio doesn't work like that, it's not fast enough and not powerful enough to do that to the door" He replied as he investigated the oak door, it had a long crack going from the top to the bottom splintered wood was covering the floor around it. "More likely a prank or something"
"Why would anyone…" Fleur said and then after a short moment added heavily "yeah"
"Reparo" Harry cried and the splintered wood on the floor flew up into the door and the crack vanished.
"Potter" McGonagall's voice exclaimed from the door opening, she stepped inside and saw that Fleur was sitting in the chair they both had been sitting in a few moments ago.
"Fleur, what happened" McGonagall asked urgently, Harry was glad to hear that McGonagall seemed to accept Fleur as a full good teacher even though she just was nineteen.
"It seems as if someone blasted the door in, Minerva" Fleur replied and McGonagall looked over at the door.
"I've just repaired it, Professor" Harry said.
"You say it seems, Fleur" McGonagall asked.
"Yes, we were sitting in this" Fleur said and blushed slightly "chair, when the door burst open"
"There was no sparks or flames?" McGonagall asked raising an eyebrow.
"Nothing not even a sound, besides the crack from the door" Fleur said worriedly.
"You will have to inform Dumbledore about this" McGonagall stated.
"Yes, I have other issues to discus with him as well" Fleur said in a very formal voice and then added "We are planning on starting a dueling club"
"A dueling club?" McGonagall asked in a high-pitched voice.
"Yes, Mr Potter would teach it with me and Tonks" Fleur said uncertainly.
"But what about Quidditch Potter" McGonagall asked panicky "I was going to ask you to become captain"
"Oh" Harry said the thought of who would be Quidditch captain this year had not occurred to him.
"With all your school work I can't let you do both" McGonagall said.
"I can't play Quidditch?" Harry asked desperately.
"Yes of course you can, but who am I going to ask to be captain? Miss Bell has already refused" The older woman said in a much higher voice then usual.
"Ron, is fairy talented Professor" Harry said carefully.
"Yes… Mr Weasley will do a good captain" McGonagall said as if trying to convince herself.
"Yes" Harry said firmly also trying to convince himself.
McGonagall left them after a quick goodbye and Fleur and Harry decided to get some lunch. When the reached the great hall Harry could see that Ron and Hermione were waiting for him even though they had finished their food, he said goodbye to Fleur and walked over to the Gryffindor table.
"Got detention?" Ron asked with a suggesting grin. "Bet most boys will be breaking rules to have a detention with her"
Hermione snorted and Harry sat down and started to pile food on his plate.
"What, don't tell me you wouldn't have minded writing lines for Lockhart" Ron said and then added teasingly "all night"
"Can't you just forget about Lockhart" Hermione asked irately.
"Can't you two have your love arguments when I'm not around" Harry asked, Hermione blushed.
"What?" Ron asked raised his eyebrows.
"Never mind" Harry said "Listen something odd happened in Fleur's office"
"Harry mate, I really don't need to know about odd things that happen between you and your girlfriend when you are alone" Ron's stated and glanced up towards the staff table were Tonks sat. Hermione gave Ron a very doubtfully look.
"Well if you count the door being blasted in as something odd that…"
"The door was blasted in" Hermione shrieked "Are you all right?"
"What happened" Ron asked. Harry told them what had happened leaving out the detail that they had been sharing chair otherwise telling them every thing that had happened.
"Can I see your wand Harry?" Hermione asked when he had finished his story.
"Sure, why?" He said and handed her his wand.
"Well, Ron's old wand made loads of odd stuff when it was faulty" Hermione explained. Harry's stomach turned over, he loved his wand it had saved his life more then once and its core was from a phoenix he knew. Hermione held his wand gently between her fingers as if trying to feel the weight of it. She waved it lightly and finally muttered a spell that filled Harry's goblet with water.
"I'm no expert Harry, but I can't find any imbalance, crack or scratch that may be the cause of bursting up any door" Hermione said and then added disapprovingly "But you should clean and polish it a bit more often"
"Right, thanks Hermione" Harry said as he took a deep breath of relief, he promised himself to polish it at least once a week form now on. Hermione wrinkled her forehead in her typical Hermione way; she was thinking hard.
"That leaves two alternatives, either someone blasted the door to interrupt you two or you lost sense of time and the book burst through the door" Hermione said.
"Why would I suddenly lose sense of time" Harry said irritably.
"I won't blame you if you lose sense of time in Fleur's company" Ron said and then added hastily as he saw Hermione's furious expression "I mean, every boy loses sense of time when… uh, sometimes with their girlfriends"
"I wasn't kissing her" Harry exclaimed "She was just sitting in my lap"
"That can sometimes be enough" Ron said knowledgably and then blushed furiously as he realised what he had just said, Hermione on the other hand looked rather pleased with herself and smiled brightly.
"I am absolutely sure that I did not lose sense of time" Harry said firmly to end the topic on what girlfriends can do to you to make you lose sense of time "And If you remember that door is a thick oak door"
"I know Harry, but why would anyone attack you and manage to do it with out sparks, flames or any sound" Hermione said and then added as an afterthought "I guess a really strong and well placed banishing charm could have done it. But I doubt that any student here is able to perform a powerful enough banishing charm in fact I don't think anyone here but Dumbledore, Flitwick and perhaps McGonagall or Snape could do it"
"Ron" Harry asked jokingly "Where were Hermione when this event occurred"
"I wouldn't interrupt what ever Fleur and you were doing" Hermione said "and I have never banished a door open, alohomora works perfectly fine for that"
"And Malfoy was here all the time" Ron said in a defeated voice.
"Told you it was odd" Harry said.
"Harry you wouldn't mind to just summon something to make sure your accio works as it should" Hermione asked.
"Sure" Harry said "ACCIO FIREBOLT" They waited for a few moments before his broom came flying in to the great hall. It wasn't allowed to do magic like this in the great hall but nobody really cared about these rules at least not as long as McGonagall or Snape didn't notice.
"Same as always" Harry stated as he grabbed his broom and leaned it towards the table.
"So, Hermione got any lessons this afternoon" Harry asked.
"No, I got History of Magic tomorrow afternoon and Arithmancy on Wednesday afternoon and Herbology on Friday morning" Hermione explained eagerly "We really, really need to start on our Transfiguration homework"
"Oh come on Hermione we don't have Transfigurations until next week" Ron said and rolled his eyes.
"So it will be ten times harder to do it today then Sunday night?" Hermione replied, she had a point of course but then again they didn't even have single lesson on Friday if they hadn't done it until then.
"What makes you think we would leave it until Sunday night?" Ron asked.
"If you don't do it today what makes you think you would to it tomorrow" Hermione replied.
"We haven't got a single lesson on Friday we can do it then" Ron said.
"You know on Friday, you will have homework from all the other classes too" Hermione explained for Ron in a triumphant sort of way.
"After Friday, Saturday comes and then Sunday" Ron replied as if he was teaching the days of the week to a three years old.
"Yes, very good Ron" Hermione said acidly "and then when Sunday is almost over it is called Sunday night and that's when you are going to do your Transfiguration homework if you don't do it today"
"Please, I rather have you kissing" Harry stated, Hermione blushed again. Harry knew that Hermione had not been arguing on purpose but she still loved every second of it.
"What" Asked Ron raising his eyebrows "What does kissing have to do with homework"
Harry looked over to Hermione; he wasn't going to tell Ron anything it was her business to do that if she wanted to.
"What?" Ron asked Hermione as he saw where Harry was looking. Hermione was completely lost for words; finally, she decided to change the subject.
"I won't have an afternoon of until Friday, so if you are ready Harry we could go and…" Hermione stopped for a moment and then added very quickly "go and spread Hedwig's ashes"
Harry's mind was wiped blank every thought of anything else then Hedwig was gone.
"Yeah, it's a nice day too" Harry said slowly, he had lost all appetite and stood up.
"Let's go then" He said awkwardly and started to walk towards Gryffindor Tower. Ron grabbed his Firebolt and they walked in silence all the way into his dormitory.
"Harry, you don't have too, you can just go play Quidditch with Ron or something I…" Hermione said very quickly.
"No… I can't have Hedwig… in my trunk… she would hate it" Harry interrupted Hermione in as he opened his trunk and pulled Hedwig's urn out. He stared at it for a moment, before he closed his trunk. He started to regret that he had not asked Fleur to come along he wanted badly to hold her hand, every thing seemed so much easier with her.
They walked away from Gryffindor tower in silence sometimes Ron and Hermione would cast each other nervous glances and several times Hermione opened her mouth to say something but closed it again, lost for words. They walked up the many stairs to the top of the astronomy and finally went outside. Harry smiled sadly it couldn't have been a better day to spread ashes, the sky was almost completely clear and it was blowing very hard. The trees in the forbidden forest swayed dangerously when the wind caught them. Yet it was a warm day, the wind was warm and the sun was still burning bright though it was September 2nd. Harry walked around the tower so that they had the wind in their backs. It was a very nice view they were facing the lake and some of the forbidden forest further away the mountains. Harry opened the lid of Hedwig's urn some of her ashes in the top were caught by the wind and flew away quickly over the landscape.
Hedwig always were a very good flyer Harry thought he knew that every kind of neatly burned ash would probably fly away in the same way as Hedwig's ashes but at the moment it made sense to Harry that Hedwig's ashes could fly.
Harry could feel tears rolling down his cheeks, but didn't care in fact he was kind of happy to be able to cry for Hedwig, she deserved it. When the wind wasn't able to get any more of Hedwig's ashes he slowly started to pour it out. As he saw the small stream of ashes flowing out of the urn and being blown away by the wind he cried even more, it just was not fair why did it have to be Hedwig. He leaned the urn a little more when ashes stopped to pour out of it. He tried to remember when he had first seen Hedwig in Diagon Alley more then five years ago. Harry had been so surprised that anyone would buy him a real birthday present. He wondered for a moment if Hagrid knew about Hedwig being killed. He turned his head over in Hagrid's direction. Hagrid was outside teaching what looked like the fourth years, judging by what only could be Ginny Weasley's red hair, about Nifflers. He turned his head back to the urn and slowly poured the rest of the ashes out of it, soon the urn was empty. He levitated it over the edge of the tower and hit it as hard as he could with a Reductor curse. The urn withered to powder and blew away with the wind like the ashes. Hermione and Ron had been standing in silence behind him all the time and now he suddenly felt very awkward to have them there.
"Could you" Harry said but stopped as he noticed that his voice wouldn't hold, he cleared his throat and continued "Leave me alone"
"Are you sure Harry" Hermione said very softly.
"Yes" Harry said as firmly as he could "I just want to be alone"
"All right Harry" Ron said and pulled Hermione away.
He sat alone for what felt like hours, he saw a few clouds drift through the sky and the sun slowly started to descent. He wanted so badly to tell Hedwig that he would never forget her and that he would always love her, but it wasn't possible. He wondered for a moment if Hedwig had found his parents somewhere and maybe Sirius too, perhaps they where all waiting for him. Then he thought that it didn't really matter whether there was a place you got to when you died, if all just ended he wouldn't complain. Though it would be really nice to know that his parents, Sirius and Hedwig was happy somewhere. Perhaps they had met the Delacour's, he imagined for a moment Gabrielle riding on Padfoot's back. He cried even more now but he was smiling too.
"Wingbeat?" Fleur's French voice asked softly. She must have seen him because after a moment she sat down next to him, Harry looked up at her for a moment before he threw himself in her arms and sobbed loudly. After a few moments, Fleur started to cry too, Harry knew she couldn't see him sad with out thinking of sad things such as her family. They sat in silence crying as the sun slowly made its way across the sky.
"What was Gabrielle like?" Harry asked as the sky started to turn black.
Fleur looked up at him. Her eyes were red from crying "She was so innocent and happy, she couldn't have cared less that Voldemort was back" Fleur took a deep breath "She was very brave too, she was only eight when Dumbledore asked her…" Fleur trailed off but Harry knew anyway that she was talking about the second task in the tri wizard tournament.
"The thing I'll miss most" Fleur spat "Stupid" Fleur cursed badly "Tournament" she looked for a moment as if she was going to transform into her veela shape but then instead she started to cry more miserable then before. Harry placed a Cushioning charm on the stone floor and as the night fell, he placed a warming charm on them. It was a wonderful night for Astronomy not a cloud to cover the stars insight. They lay down on their backs Fleur rested her head on Harry's arm it was very comfortable to have Fleur close before he knew it he was asleep.
Someone was giggling, no not someone several peoples were giggling. Harry opened his eyes and saw to his surprise that several peoples were standing around them and above him the night sky. Then he noticed that he had silver blond hair all over him.
"Fleur" He said without thinking.
"What happened to Professor Delacour" a glee full voice asked him he looked up and saw to his horror that Pansy Parkinson was standing in the ring of peoples that had gathered around them, on each of her sides stood Crabbe and Goyle "It's Fleur now is it?"
"Shut up" An angry voice said that belonged to Neville Longbottom. Fleur was now stirring besides him and slowly opened her eyes.
"What's going on here" Professor Sinistra's voice said.
"Look's like Potter is dating a teacher, Professor" Pansy Parkinson said and Fleur practically flew to her feet blushing furiously. Professor Sinestra had walked over to them but didn't seem to be able to find words.
"Lovely night" Fleur said hoarsely "Mars is very bright" Harry had now gotten to his feet too.
"Yes" Said Sinestra looking up at the night sky "So is Venus"
"Well, we'll just leave you too it" Fleur said and walked away towards the door that lead inside of the Tower, Harry followed her.
"Talk about messing up" Fleur said sadly as they walked down the stairs from the astronomy tower.
"Yeah" Harry agreed, he felt terrible for Fleur. Teachers weren't strictly speaking supposed to have relationships with students and Harry knew that Fleur wanted badly to be a respectable teacher.
"But it wasn't as we were kissing or any thing" Harry said.
"No, it's much worse" Said Fleur grimly "For all they care we were sleeping together"
"Oh" was all Harry could say.
"And they probably think we are desperate enough to just do it up there" Fleur said. Harry didn't know what to say, Fleur was right of course he could practically here Draco Malfoy's voice taunting him. Harry led Fleur towards Gryffindor tower, they didn't have to exchange words Harry knew that she was escorting him to bed.
"Aestas Caelum" Harry said loudly to the Fat Lady, she was sleeping soundly in her portrait.
"What… oh… enter" The fat lady said and flung open.
"Come on" Harry said to Fleur and pulled her inside.
"Wow, it's nice in here" Fleur said "Some English men have a sense of taste after all"
"Yeah" Harry said and led her over to the middle of the common room "This is my home"
"Yes, you mentioned that once or twice" Fleur said with a little grin, Harry knew that he had told Fleur more then once that he thought of Hogwarts as his home, but he couldn't help it.
"Hmm, maybe I should start obliviate you" Harry said teasingly.
"Why don't you try it" Fleur challenged.
"There" Harry said and rummaged in his pocked as if putting his wand back.
"What?" Fleur asked.
"I've just obliviated you" Harry lied.
"You're so full of it" Fleur replied "Could you give me directions back to my office or I'll be lost"
"I can do better then that" Harry said and walked up the stairs to his dorm. Fleur followed him but stopped outside his door.
"Oh come on I want you to know where I live" Harry said "Besides no one is awake"
"Right" Fleur said with a wicked grin and entered after Harry. The dormitory was very dark and not much could be seen besides the shapes of the five four-poster beds.
"Lumos" Harry said partly to be able to see and partly to teas Fleur.
"Cut it out" Fleur hissed and looked frantically around in the dorm.
"Relax" Harry whispered "They wont wake up besides you are allowed in her as a teacher"
"This is my bed" Harry said as he walked over to his four-poster. He bent down on his knees besides his trunk and opened it.
"Found it yet?" Fleur asked. Harry had of course told her all about the Marauder's map.
"Yeah" He replied, as he pulled the old parchment out of his trunk and handed it to Fleur. They walked down the stairs and Fleur tapped the map and said "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good"
"Wow" She muttered happily then her expression changed to serious "What's Tonks doing wandering the corridors"
"Got to go Wingbeat" Fleur said hurriedly "See you at breakfast"
"Bye" Harry said, Fleur gave him a quick peck on his cheek and left Gryffindor tower.
Yep that was it, for this time! Next chapter is called Fame but I think that I might change the title it is not very suiting… Good night all!