The Element's Intervention
by Jasmine Starlight.
Plot development. Yay!
UESA- United Earth Sphere Alliance, it was mentioned in Gundam quite a bit. I'm pretty sure it would still be around even though this takes place after Endless Waltz.
Sorry I kind of copy/pasted some issues facing us today into this chapter. I just couldn't help it. It seems like something two nerds would fight about.
If some of you are too dumb to notice, I'll say it officially. This story operates in an edited version of the OotP storyline. Which means it is well before HBP or DH.
That means I can make Blaise a girl.
CHAPTER TWENTY TWO
A LITTLE PAIN
This is going to be interesting.
"What are you talking about?" Rei said nonchalantly as she methodically stacked remedies.
"So you're saying that shooting fire out of your hands is normal here?" Heero said acidly, not taking his eyes off pasting labels, but making sure to not to raise his voice. In case Pomfrey decided to enter and check their progress.
Rei was glad that her back was to Heero, it concealed her very visible wince.
"Furthermore, what the hell was that thing you were fighting? Some kind of demon?"
"You're forgetting that demons don't exist here. In this world." Rei said cheerfully, trying to pick up the pieces of her composure.
"Don't try to change the subject. What are you?"
"Mind your own business."
"Why? Is this illegal here?"
"Heero! What the fuck are you going accomplish here? What are you trying to do? Is an interrogation supposed to make me inclined to talk to you?"
Heero was silent for a moment. Intimidation would not work with Rei.
"So I suppose Professor Snape knows about what you're doing."
His flippancy caught her off guard. Fuck. She'd never been caught out like this before. She couldn't go to Setsuna without revealing the existence of the other Senshi. Rei had never met someone so dogged about finding her out.
"How convenient for you not to answer my question." He sneered.
Rei's eyes smoldered and she bit out, "What were you doing in the forest? Pilot 01? Giant fighting robots are about as uncommon here as in the Muggle world. Yeah and I do know about that. What did you think that I thought Wufei was the only Gundam Pilot?"
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Heero's jaw tightened, she was good.
"You may fool the common lay person but not me. And I really don't think you're in any position to question me—what are you here with the Preventers? Is the UESA thinking that magic might be their coveted alternative energy source?"
Heero was silent again. Rei thought she'd gone a little too far and was about to say something when Heero said, "If you know my secret it's only fair that I know yours."
Setsuna narrowed her eyes and gripped her staff tighter before launching into a series of staff exercises. Her entire body was tensed, she wasn't sleeping well.
The future was no longer visible to her. Setsuna didn't need to have an Inner Eye to know that this was bad news.
She needed to clear her mind.
The Room of Requirement was the only place in Hogwarts devoid of teenagers. Setsuna thought she knew what teaching entailed but never realized how irritating children could be.
Her 2nd year Slytherin-Gryffindor class was infuriating. They made her want to speed up time just to get their class over with. Frankly prepubescent children gave her migraines.
Sirius watched his colleague and her movements bitterly. Being around humans again had made him edgy, after a lifetime in a cage readjusting to normal life was a bit of a culture shock.
Setsuna sighed, she couldn't clear her mind. It was about as useful as shaking one of Trelawny's crystal balls.
This had been a bad idea. They were too young.
And concerning the youma.
It was disturbing.
And the risk of exposure was tremendous. Then to factor in the Gundam Pilots conducting their "covert" missions.
There were too many variables.
Yet in spite of it all. Setsuna concluded that she loved teaching.
She leaned against her staff; it had transcended its use as a weapon. It became a part of her, her appendage dealing death and doling fate.
It had become a nightly ritual of sorts, it seemed.
Ginny was able to function normally without a respectable amount of sleep. 4 hours was a good night.
But instead of tossing and turning, she snuck down to watch Wufei in his practice exercises. Whether he noticed or not he offered no indication.
On nights when the common room offered no such comfort Ginny paced listlessly.
Wufei still offered no acknowledgment or respect any more than he usually did.
It was frustrating to need someone so much without reciprocation.
Boys, on the whole, Parvati mused were incredibly stupid. If she had to waste one more weekend in Hogsmeade, cajoling her sister into a relationship with her former fiancé; she was going to break someone's face.
Why were they being so stupid?
They had almost married each other. They had gone further in childhood than most couples get in adulthood.
Quite entertaining to be frank.
And Prem was no help, as usual.
So it was Parvati's sole responsibility to facilitate this fledgling pseudo affair.
Parvati sighed. Life was so complicated.
"What's with the sad face, Babe?" Duo asked plopping down on the barstool next to her.
Parvati frowned at the interruption. "Nothing. Don't call me babe."
"Something has your forehead in a crease." Duo said smiling charmingly as Rosmerta slid him a butter beer from down the bar.
She immediately relaxed her face and studied her reflection in the bar's counter.
After a moment of quiet, she said solemnly, "Quatre makes it really hard for me to be his wingman."
"What?" Duo stared at her blankly.
"Well you see—I'm pretty sure he didn't tell you guys this—but before the war. Quatre and Padma were engaged."
"Like to be married?" Duo asked incredulously.
"Yeah. But then the war happened and we lost touch with Quatre's family. Anyhow, now they're back together and won't even look at each other."
"Maybe they never even liked each other. Sounds like an arranged marriage type thing to me."
"What do you know about arranged marriage? They're in love. L-O-V-E. They just don't know how to act around one another yet."
Duo rolled his eyes. "Are you sure we're talking about the same guy? I feel like Quatre would be all obligated to marry her or something. He's a stand up guy."
"You make it sound like arranged marriage is so terrible." Parvati said, twirling her hair idly.
"It's pretty archaic." Duo said downing his drink. "I mean how can you marry someone you don't even know?"
"Said the man who comes from a country where the divorce rate is about 50 percent."
"I never said that people who don't do it the arranged way get it right more often."
"Are you saying that if your parents arranged a marriage for you, you wouldn't be against it?"
"There's one problem with that, Dollface." Duo said as he drained the last of his beverage and got up.
Duo leaned in close, right next to her ear to whisper: "I'm an orphan."
It had really been a rather mundane day for Draco. He'd gotten up, eaten breakfast and went his classes.
It was that afternoon when everything changed.
When Rei woke up, she noted a few things. 1: She was not in her bed. 2: Every part of her body hurt. 3: Draco Malfoy was sitting across from her staring at her intently.
She sat up slowly and pushed her hair of her eyes. "Why am I here?" she asked, her voice coming out in a hoarse whisper.
"I think you know why." Draco said quietly, not taking his gaze off her.
Shit. This is not looking good. I mean what are the odds that I would be caught out two times in a row! Setsuna is going to murder me.
Rei sighed and made a face. "So you want to know what I am."
Draco's face looked amused.
"I really wish your smugness didn't make me want to punch you in the face."
Hotaru had spent more time in the Hogwarts library than she had in any other library in her entire life.
"I hate being short." She muttered to herself as she struggled to reach a potions text on her tiptoes.
"Here, let me get that for you. Accio!" Prem said from behind her, holding a few books of his own.
Hotaru turned around and quashed the urge to glare at the most irritating boy she knew.
"Advanced Transfigurating Potions and You. Pretty tough stuff."
"I like Potions." Hotaru said haughtily as she held out her hand for her book.
"I guess that makes two of us." Prem said charmingly, as he smiled.
"That's awesome! Can I have my book now?" Hotaru said, her voice becoming tinged with desperation. How much longer is he going to torture me?
"Where are your manners? I just did a favor for you. The least you could say is thank you."
"Thank you for your unsolicited kindness!" Hotaru said, grimacing at the way her voice sounded.
"No need to yell. I'm standing right here. This is a library after all." Prem smirked; he was a Slytherin through and through. He walked out of the aisles of books, Hotaru despondently following behind him and toward the study tables.
He sat down at a table that held his stuff, Hotaru across from him.
"Now, what shall I make you do to repay me?" Prem seemed to derive great pleasure from Hotaru's pain. Sadistic bastard.
That day at dinner found both Hotaru and Rei lamenting their situations, in Japanese of course. Much to Heero's delight.
"What the hell am I going to do?" Rei said morosely, looking at her soup hoping for answer.
"What the hell am I going to do?" Hotaru said glumly.
"I still don't see your problem! So the kid wants a date. Go out with him. At least two people don't know your deepest darkest secret." Rei said stirring her soup, deciding that if it didn't have the answers she sought, the least she could do was eat it.
"That's a huge problem for me! I don't interact well with…people."
"You mean boys."
Hotaru gave up; it was no use trying to hide anything from Rei. She sighed loudly and blew her bangs out of her eyes. The two girls were silent.
"So when's your date?" Rei asked, in English, trying to change to a more cheerful subject.
"Next Hogsmeade weekend. He wants me to help him pick out a birthday present for his mother."
"That's thoughtful of him. Sounds like you guys are already going steady." Rei said smiling.
At Hotaru's venomous glare she amended her sentiment, "Or not."
Meanwhile at the Gryffindor table Ami and Hermione were having an intense debate about something that Harry couldn't bring himself to pay attention to. Ami's bright eyes were too distracting.
"I don't agree at all. I mean we can't keep relying on foreign energy sources and hope that our problem will be solved."
"But what else are we supposed to do? It's useless trying to convince the current administration to try anything else. Politics are so tiring."
"But we can't sit back and destroy our planet. We have options. We just don't want to see them."
Hermione didn't reply. So brainy. Harry thought dreamily.
"What are you lot blabbing about?" Ron said around a mouth of mashed potatoes.
"The current energy crisis." Hermione said breezily as she buttered her bread, "And don't talk with food in your mouth. It's unsightly."
Ron decided to resume his attention toward his food. At least it didn't reprimand him.
Duo nudged Wufei, "I guess renewable sources of energy are a problem for everyone."
"Energy consumption is not something we can fight, Maxwell." Wufei said sagely.
"Thanks, Confucius. It really means something coming from you." Duo said cheerfully as he sliced his meat and ignored Wufei's venomous stare.
Ginny tried to look inconspicuous as she listened to Wufei's conversation. This kid was driving her insane!
He never once acknowledged her! Ever! She spent more time with him than she did sleeping and he couldn't care at all. He barely looked at her.
Ginny couldn't stand it. She'd never wanted one boy's attention more in her entire life.
Funnily the next day's Potion's lesson was way of mirroring the current dilemmas faced by our characters.
When Professor Snape asked his class to pair up, quickly, Draco put his arm of Rei's shoulder and maneuvered her to a table. Rei suppressed the urge to cry.
Blaise mouthed 'Sorry' as she paired up with Heero. Hotaru had no choice but to be paired up with Prem as the rest of the Slytherins had been pairing together for years.
Hotaru sighed; her weekend in Hogsmeade seemed to be looming over the horizon.
"Nothing like Potions in the morning. Right Tomoe?" Prem said as he rolled up his sleeves.
"Really gets my blood running." Hotaru muttered sarcastically.
"That's the spirit!" Prem said, completely ignoring the real meaning behind her words. He brushed her sarcasm off like ducks brush water off their feathers. He had grown up with two sisters after all.
Life is pain.
Rei was having no less of an awkward time with Draco.
"Could you pass me that knife?" she said as she prepared to slice up their ingredients.
"Certainly. I hope you realize that we need to wash and steam the bark off of that holly before we use it?"
"Of course I do Draco. I just wanted to be prepared so I could quickly chop up the holly so as to not waste time." And in case I feel like gutting you.
"How practical of you."
"Thank you." Rei said through gritted teeth.
Rei fiddled with her necklace distractedly as she waited outside of Setsuna's office. She couldn't put off telling her teacher any longer.
It was bad enough that Heero had tricked her into telling him. But now Draco knew too and Rei couldn't get a read on him. What was he going to do with the information? Heero was from the Muggle World. Draco wasn't.
She tensed as Setsuna's door opened and Professor Snape exited.
"Hino. Your potion today received the highest marks in your class." Snape said disdainfully, as if the very thought of her receiving a high grade repulsed him.
"Half of that praise goes to Draco, Professor. I'll pass on the news to him." Rei said trying not to say something smart to her teacher. Oh, I can't wait to tell you about how we're related.
"Very well." Snape sneered before disappearing in a bustle of black robes.
Rei suppressed the urge to roll her eyes and entered Setsuna's office.
"Rei. How are you?" Setsuna said as she marked papers.
"I'm sorry." Rei said without preamble.
"I put all of us at risk for exposure. I should have waited for Jupiter. But I couldn't—what if it had made it into the school--" Rei began to babble.
"Hold on." Setsuna held up a hand. "Start over. What happened?"
"I got found out. Twice."
"First Heero saw me vanquishing a youma. Then Draco saved me from a youma about to eat my heart crystal." Rei said despondently.
Setsuna was silent.
"Don't take away my fuku! Please, I'll fix this I promise!" Rei said trying to placate her teacher.
"Mars. I would never take away your position. Dismiss this foolish thought." Setsuna said reassuringly.
Rei still looked troubled, "It's not your fault this happened. This school is teeming with people. There's no way for you to account for every single one of them all of the time."
"Furthermore, I think that neither Draco nor Heero will divulge your secret."
"Heero can't afford to draw attention to himself because he's here undercover for the Preventers trying to investigate the Death Eaters. And Draco, being the Slytherin that he is, probably is going to blackmail you into doing something for him. So be prepared."
"The Gundam Pilots are here investigating the Death Eaters? Why?"
"The Death Eaters have become increasingly violent towards the Muggle community as of late. They're trying to prove a point by not attacking magical folk. The Preventers just think that they're a normal terrorist group. They don't fully realize how powerful magic is."
"Indeed. Now I'm glad that you came to me about this. I need to ask you, have you been having any visions recently?"
"Yes but they're pretty odd."
"I mean some of them are about how I met Serena and the other scouts. Some of them are about the Silver Millennium. Some of them are about…I don't even know what they're about."
"Have you tried meditating in front of the Sacred Fire?"
"It hasn't helped."
Setsuna hid her grimace. This is bad.
"Is Crystal Tokyo still going to happen?"
"Why do you ask?"
"It doesn't look like it. Setsuna I--" Rei stopped.
"What is it?"
"I don't think it's going to happen. I don't have any visions of it. I mean if it's going to happen, it would have to be soon. And I would have to be having visions of it. And I'm not. I'm having visions of another future."
"How do you know it's the future?"
"It's certainly not the past."
"How do you know?"
"The only visions I've had about the past are about you."
"At Hogwarts, with Snape and Potter's parents."
Setsuna stared at her student blankly.
"Why did you never tell us you used to be with Sirius Black?"
Airlady- I wish I could make the boys blow some things up. But the Death Eaters don't use mobile suits.
Hnub- Sorry to keep you waiting so long!
Firenze- THANKS! I feel like I haven't talked to you in ages. Which is true.
Kitsune Shi- THANKS
Perfection's Scream- Draco/Rei is my primary pairing here. Heero has another lovely lady reserved for him.