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Albus Dumbledore sat at his deck with his head in his hands. Alaster Moody sat across from him waiting for a response to the report he had just delivered.
"The ministry has given up the search?" Albus asked in a small voice.
"The only active searchers at this point are myself and Remus." Moody confirmed.
"But surely they…" Albus began but was interrupted by Arthur Weasley's head in his fire.
"Albus!" Arthur yelled even before he could see who was in the room. "Get to the Leaky Cauldron as soon as possible, Remus reports that there has been a fight in muggle London and he thinks Harry and the girls may have been involved. The Aurors are on their way but the muggle police say there is one boy dead."
Molly Weasley was sitting quietly in her kitchen, having tea with her eldest son Bill when all hell broke loose. Ron and Lavender ran in the backdoor clutching glowing coins in their hands and, at the same time, Fred apparated into the middle of the kitchen. Their voices ran all over each other so that Molly could not understand what was being said by anyone but caught Ginny and Leaky Cauldron and so apparated there without waiting for details. Bill and Fred followed suit as Ron and Lavender ran to the fire to floo.
Remus stood watching the muggle paramedics load several people into ambulances. He had worked his way around enough to see a sheet shrouded body resting on the sidewalk. He stared intently at the body until his eyes blurred with tears and he couldn't wait any longer. He began walking purposely toward the police line when a hand reached out and caught his shoulder.
Neville found himself staring into the end of the wand of one scared werewolf. "Professor Lupin? Are you ok?" He asked
"Neville?" Remus wiped the tears from his eyes, "is that…" but he could not finish the question. He could only point in the direction of the body.
"No!" Neville stated, "That's one of the muggle attackers. Hermione says that the bull-ett bounced off Harry's shield and killed him.
"Where is Harry?" Remus reached to take Neville's lapel and pull him closer, he did not see Luna's wand until it was pushing into his chest.
"Back off." Luna growled. The protective look in her eyes would easily match his at his worst.
"They have gone home for the day, and before you ask, we don't know where that is." Neville lied. Remus backed away and turned to go back to the Leaky Cauldron. He found the Aurors, Albus, Authur, Molly, and the rest of the Weasleys coming out the door.
"Remus what happened?" Molly was the first to ask. "Was it them? Are they alright?" Arthur covered his wife's mouth with his hand so Remus could answer her questions.
"According to Neville" Remus began and gestured to the spot behind him he assumed Neville was occupying, "they were attacked by muggles but are unharmed…" He stopped talking because everyone was looking behind him. He turned to see that neither Neville nor Luna was with him.
"Neville was with them?" Ron asked. To which Remus replied "(!"
Harry, Hermione, and Ginny walked into a pawnshop about a mile from the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. Hermione had been against going in this shop so she hung back and watched the entrance as Harry moved to the back.
"Can I help you sir?" The sales clerk asked a 25yr old looking Harry.
"Yes, I was in here last week and saw a sword on display." Harry looked for the weapon on the wall but didn't see it.
"We have several swords in the case over here." The clerk said as he motioned toward a case next to the register. Harry looked through the case of knives, daggers, and swords looking for one that seemed usable.
"They all look fake." He told the clerk.
"I'm sorry sir, these are all I have. Have you tried The Sure Blade in the mall?" the clerk asked.
"No, I didn't even notice it was there, what is it next too?" Harry replied.
"It is in the back of that book shop The Dusty Tome." The clerk offered, "Tell them I sent you at the front register."
Hermione was thrilled at the prospect of a used bookstore and hurriedly led the trio into the mall and up to the second floor. She playfully pulled them toward the shop, all of them laughing at her eagerness until Harry looked up at where they were going and came to a dead stop. "Wands!" he whispered.
Ginny and Hermione, with wands drawn, each surveyed one of Harry's flanks looking for danger. "What did you see?" Ginny whispers.
"Is this supposed to be a wizarding establishment?" Harry asked.
"I don't think so." Hermione replied.
"Well, those wards had to come from somewhere." Harry replied, gesturing to the bookshop.
"You can see them?" Ginny asked.
"Feel them," Harry replied then took Ginny's hand and concentrated on sharing his feelings.
Ginny stood rooted to the spot as she felt the waves come at her from several locations. She turned to look at the weakest wave, it was the store, she looked at a very strong wave, it was Hermione, then she turned to look at Harry. She felt nothing. "I don't feel…" she began but then Harry let go her hand and for a brief second before the sense of the waves faded she felt a tidal wave overcome her and she stumbled. "I can't feel me either." He told her as he caught her. Ginny locked eyes with Hermione and blushed as a smile crept across both of their faces.
Neville and Luna walked out of the movie theater they have been visiting together since the end of term.
"Do you think they are at the rendezvous point yet?" Neville asked.
"They should be, let go." Luna answered. Neville took her by the hand and they headed toward Burger King to meet the trio.