Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter.
I am very excited to start sharing this story with all of you. My method when posting a story is to have finished it (or in this case, almost finished it) before posting the first chapter and then post one chapter a week. So you can expect a new chapter of this story ever Thursday (possibly every Wednesday for most of you though, as I'm from New Zealand).
This story is a sequel to 'Harry Potter in the Claw of the Raven' and I recommend that you read that first.
A huge thank you to Kakariki - who is not only my wonderful sister, but is also my beta. A thank you to my other two two sisters as well, H and T, for their encouragement.
It was all just a bit of fun really. John and his friends had been breaking into the Riddle Place for years and they had become quite good at it – old Frank the gardener hardly ever caught them these days. Of course it was a lot harder to creep around quietly when you were smashed.
A fact that Philip proved when he stumbled and knocked over one of the old dusty chairs in the dining room.
"Shhh!" John slurred. "Old Frank'll hear you."
Philip snorted as he tried to right the chair. "Yeah right, he's so old he wouldn't hear a bomb going off."
There was a weird hissing sound and John spun around to glare at Richard, almost falling over in the process. "Oi, don't do that. It's bloody creepy, mate."
Richard looked offended. "I didn't do nothing!"
"Come on." Philip said impatiently. "I hid the hash upstairs."
They continued their not so quiet trek upstairs, halting suddenly at the top of the staircase when they saw a light in one of the rooms.
"What's that?" Richard whispered loudly.
"How the bloody hell should I know?" Philip snapped.
John walked as quietly as he could towards the door, swearing when he tripped over his feet a metre from the door.
"Shhh!" Richard hissed before giggling.
"Wormtail!" A high pitched imperious sounding voice called from behind the door. "Who is making that noise?"
There was a shuffling noise and suddenly an ugly, pudgy man was peering at them from inside the room. John scurried back to join his friends at the top of the staircase.
"What the hell?"
"Muggles, master." The ugly man announced.
"Kill them." The high pitched voice ordered.
John yelped in shock and took a step backwards, yelping again when he and his friends all fell over and began tumbling down the stairs.
"Shit!" Philip snarled when they landed at the bottom of the stairs.
"What the hell was that?" Richard asked loudly.
"Run!" John scrambled to his feet, ignoring the pain in the shoulder he had landed on, and trying to tug his friends to their feet.
"I'm coming, I'm coming." Philip grumbled as he tottered to his feet and began stumbling towards the door.
John looked towards the stairs and was horrified to see that the ugly man had followed them and was pointing a stick at them.
"Come on, Rich!" John tugged his friend upright and began pulling him towards the door.
"Avada Kedavra." The ugly man said loudly and John stared at the green light that suddenly began flying towards him. It was just like in that stupid Robot Jox movie his brother had made him watch.
Remembering just how dangerous the green light had been in the movie, John dodged away from the light and continued to drag Richard out of the house.
The ugly man snarled and sent the green light at them again. It almost hit him, but John managed to dodge it again and finally he and Richard were outside. He slammed the door behind them and looked around for Philip who was staring at the closed door, his mouth open.
"Did you see that?" Philip asked in amazement. "He had a ray gun!"
"Come on!" John snapped. "Help me carry this idiot. I think he passed out."
Carrying Richard was a lot easier with Philip's help and within minutes they had made it back to the edge of town. When John was sure it was safe, he dropped Richard on the ground and flopped down beside him.
"What the hell was that?"
"Hell if I know." Philip sat down beside him. "Did you see that ray gun? It was awesome!"
A.N. I have entered the prequel to this story, 'Harry Potter in the Claw of the Raven', into Inkitt's Fandom Competition and would really appreciate your support and votes. You can find it at: (w*3). inkitt (dot com) (forward-slash)stories(forward-slash)42344
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