A/N- Okay, this is the last chapter of One No Longer. I look forward to your reviews on this one. Here ya go!
Chapter 16- Reassignment
Harry and June walked slowly back to the castle. The sun was rising over their heads. When they had cleared the forest, they could see a bunch of tiny fires burning.
"Bodies?" Harry asked. June nodded.
"Any of ours?"
The siblings walked past many of the burning heaps, hoping against hope that it was no one they knew. Finally, they reached the steps of Hogwarts, where they found a large group waiting for them. Dumbledore and Buffy headed the group. Once Harry and June topped the stairs they could see that Hermione and Ron weren't far behind them. They could also see that not everyone was present.
"Who did we lose?" Harry asked.
"Moody, Karkaroff, and some of the Order members that came to retrieve you from the Dursleys' last summer," Dumbledore said quietly.
"Tonks and Lupin?" Harry asked, his eyes wide.
"No, they're inside. They were injured, but none of them killed. And…we lost one more…"
"Percy," Ron said, wiping his eyes. Upon closer inspection, June could see that his eyes were red rimmed. Hermione placed a comforting arm around him. He shook his head and continued, "Mum's near inconsolable. Dad's with her."
Harry looked up at June.
"I'm going to go with Ron and Hermione to check on Mrs. Weasley. You go and check on your Slayers. I know you need to do that," he said, without a hint of malice. In fact, his tone was one of full understanding.
"Are you sure?" June asked.
He nodded. And with that, Hermione, Ron, Harry, and the rest of the Wizards standing on the steps went inside. June turned to Buffy.
"Lord Voldemort is dead. Harry killed him. What about the ubervamps?" she asked.
Giles removed his glasses, wiped them over once, then put them back on.
"They're all dead, to the best of our knowledge. Now, June, about this power of yours…we seen you use it," he said.
"So did I," Willow said.
"Us too," Angel said, motioning to Spike and Illyria.
"I have it under control. I get it now," June said quickly. She didn't want to be locked up in that room again. She knew that they weren't being cruel when they had done that, but there was honestly no reason for her to go.
Buffy laughed. "We know, June. Like Giles said, we seen you use it. Not the other way around. We were just wondering how you did it."
June let out a relieved sigh. "Let's just say…I figured some things out. I figured out another emotion to use…that allows me to control it."
"And we're leaving it at that?" Giles asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Yes…for now, at least."
"Works for me. Now, about your friend…" Buffy began.
"Snape! Oh my God, I'd forgotten! Is he all right?" June asked, her eyes wide.
"He's in the Hospital Wing, I think is what Dumbledore called it," Giles said.
"Then I'll be back," June said, turning and leaving.
"We'll be in the Staff Room, luv," Spike called after her. June waved her arm to show that she had heard him.
Severus Snape groaned as he felt the soft pillow beneath his head. His eyes were closed. He was too afraid to open them. Was he dead? No, that wasn't possible. He was sure that wherever he went when he did die, soft pillows wouldn't be a part of it.
But what had happened? He had been cornered by those monsters, and they had beaten the hell out of him. That was the last he could remember…no…that wasn't it. June had arrived. Yes! She had gotten hit by one of the creatures. But then…what?…then she had called upon her powers. Yes! She could control them now! He'd been so proud, even though he had had nothing to do with it. Then what? Then, the Slayers had arrived. That friend of June's had taken him…to the Hospital Wing! That's where he was! And he was now vaguely aware of someone staring at him.
He opened his eyes, slowly. There was a light above him and a voice.
"Severus? Severus, are you all right?" it said.
He recognized it, though he could not see its source to be sure. Then, a head appeared over him, blocking most of the light but making a halo around itself. It was June. She was smiling down at him. Oh, it was just wonderful to see her alive! He had been so worried about her! He wanted to leap of the hospital bed, take her in his arms and…whoa…what was he thinking? Especially about her? She was just a Potter, after all. His student, at the very least…or that's what he was now telling himself. Somewhere inside, he knew he felt more. But she must never know, he thought.
"June. Is it over?" he asked, trying to sit up.
She placed strong hands on his shoulders and pushed him back down. "Yes, Severus, it's over. Harry killed Voldemort. We won."
Snape raised an eyebrow at her. "Since when do you call me Severus?"
"It's your name, isn't it? I could call you worse, you know," she smiled at him.
He slid out from under her hands and put his feet on the floor. "Any losses?"
"Yes, but you can hear that from Dumbledore," June said, standing back and folding her arms in front of her.
"Where is he?"
"In the Staff Room, with the others," she said.
Snape pushed himself to his feet. "Then, shall we?"
Dinner that evening was held in the Staff Room, due mainly to the fact that once everyone had arrived there, no one had wanted to leave. The majority of the Slayer Army was in the Great Hall, because the Staff Room couldn't hold them all. Their chain of command--Willow, Buffy, Giles, Spike, Angel, Illyria, and June--however, remained in the Staff Room.
"So, what will you do now, June?" Hermione asked.
"What do you mean?" the young Slayer replied.
"Well, you've graduated Wizarding School and you're still a Slayer, but what about the friends you've made here? And Harry?"
June looked around. First, she found Dumbledore's eyes.
"I've graduated?" she asked.
He smiled kindly at her. "Who needs final exams when you've fought a war?"
Laughter, which was a great sound, followed this. Then, June found Buffy's eyes.
"What is my next assignment?" she asked.
"Well, I thought that it might be about time to expand our reaches a bit. I thought that you, Angel, Spike, and Illyria could go to Los Angeles and set up…I don't know…maybe an Anti-Wolfram and Hart?" she said.
"Wolfram and Hart?" Lupin asked.
"Evil law firm," June said simply to him. Then, she added to Buffy, "Well, if that's my assignment…"
"Well, you know, the dangers for Harry are not over," Dumbledore interrupted.
"They're not?" Harry asked.
"No, Harry, they are not," Dumbledore stated firmly.
"You know, Slayer policy understands if, say, a younger sibling must accompany a Slayer on a mission, but only a sibling," Buffy said.
"So Harry can come to LA with me this summer?" June asked.
"That's right, luv," Spike said, patting Harry on the back.
"Want to come?" Angel asked with a smile.
"Gee, let me think…Dursleys or my sister? I think I'll go with June!" Harry said, smiling.
"Now, what about Severus?" June asked.
"Only a sibling, sorry," Buffy said, glancing a Giles with a smile.
June found it strange that Buffy would smile at this. Buffy knew that June fully credited Snape with her control of her powers. Why would she smile?
"Yes, it's a shame you can't go as just her Watcher," Giles said, winking.
June still didn't get it.
"I can solve this too," Dumbledore said gleefully. "Severus?"
Snape turned slowly toward the Headmaster. "Yes, Albus?"
Ron was desperately trying to hide a smile. Suddenly, June understood. She turned quickly to Buffy.
"I would like to make a formal request that Severus Snape be hired as my Watcher," she said.
"Well, do you feel up to it, Mr. Snape?" Giles asked.
Snape shrugged, then smiled. "How else will I pay to keep my potions in stock?"
With laughter in everyone hearts, conversation turned merrily to the subject of the up-coming election of Minister of Magic.
End Notes: Ladies and gentlemen, I present, the end of One No Longer. Now, never fear, the sequel will be out soon enough. I plan to work really hard on one of my other fics, Little Red Riding Hood. Also, during my weeklong vacation, I had a sudden Star Wars inspiration. So sometime in the near future I will be starting the sequel to my Star Wars/Harry Potter crossover. It will be called Prophecy Lady, if anyone cares to know. Now, as for the sequel to this, it will be called One Is Better Than None. It will also be posted in this category. There will probably be a sequel to that one, but it is currently untitled. Well, anyhow, did you like this one? Please R & R! Thanks!