Last Chapter –

Over at the ministry Mr Waters was having a pleasant conversation with Mr Potter, who had chosen not to tell Mr Waters about Jade. However, he was destined to find out anyway. A note appeared out of nowhere as he read it, before his heart stopped in panic.

We have her. Join us or she dies.

Chapter 25 – Battle of Emotions

Peter Waters kept reading the letter over and over again, positive he had somehow read it incorrectly. His hands shook, as he tightly clenched the letter, shaking his head.

Derek Potter watched his close friend worriedly. He hoped that the letter didn't contain any bad news. "What is it?" he asked quietly.

"They've taken either Meiying or Jade," Peter said, "I don't know who though."

Derek contemplated on whether informing his friend or not, and decided it would save them time. "It's Jade." He said quietly.

"What!" exclaimed Peter, "How do you know – what!" He stuttered for a few moments, unable to speak properly. "Why didn't you tell me? She's my daughter Derek!"

"I know, I'm sorry." Mr Potter said, "But it's ok. I've got aurors looking for her everywhere. We've received some information of a hideout, but we haven't got that far yet."

"No," muttered Peter, "This must be a prank! I won't believe it, why would they take Jade? We haven't done anything to them!"

"I don't think they care whether you've worried them or not. They just take whomever they please." Derek said softly, "Come, let's get you something to drink." He steered Peter towards the breaks room, but Peter shrugged him off.

"No," he said firmly, "I'm going to go find her myself."

Before he could apparate, Derek said quickly, "I'll come with you."

Peter shrugged, before the two men went in search of Jade Waters.

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The great hall was silent, as they watched Matthew being levitated to the hospital wing. Lily in particular was worried.

"Do you think this has something to do with Jade?" she asked her friends quietly, "Maybe something's happened to her?"

Kate frowned, "I don't think so. I'm sure she's fine Lily, they wouldn't kill her."

"I don't know," Lily fretted, "But I think we'd know if she died."

Mel snorted, "Really? What are we now? Psychic?"

Lily rounded on her, "At least I'm trying to be positive, whereas all you can talk about is the worst possible thing that could happen. She is not going to die! If she dies, then -" However, she broke off, unable to finish her sentence.

James saw Lily shake uncontrollably, clearly trying to hold back tears. He looked to his friends, but realised that none of them actually noticed Lily. Remus was reading a book and looking slightly pale – which reminded James that full moon was near. Sirius was stuffing his face, however he looked distracted, probably thinking about some girl. Scott however, was staring at Grace at the Ravenclaw table. She was talking to Luke, and each time she laughed, more anger and jealousy crept into Scotts face.

The marauders were all worried about Scott – however he had blocked himself from them, not participating in pranks. He just sat every day in front of the fire, deep in thought.

James walked over to Lily, as there were a couple of people separating them. He was looking at her, which was why he noticed her sadness. "Are you ok Evans?" he asked quietly, putting his hands on her shoulders.

She shook him off, "I'm fine," she snapped, "Go back to your seat and leave me alone." James felt a pang of hurt, but walked back to his seat all the same.

Kate leaned over to talk to Lily, "Hey Lils," she said quietly, "Don't beat yourself up about this. Otherwise you might do something stupid."

"I wouldn't," snapped Lily, "But its pathetic how we sit here, eating in a nice warm place while Jade's probably on some cold hard floor, starving to death."

"And you said I was being negative!" exclaimed Mel, "Now look who is!"

"Let's just say you rubbed off on me," snapped Lily. "Look, I'm going to bed. I'll talk to you guys when you come up."

Mel exchanged looks with Kate, both of them worried that Lily would do something stupid. "You don't think she would go out and look for Jade herself, do you?"

Kate shook her head, "I don't think so, and I hope not."

Mel sighed, "I hope Jade's alright. I wouldn't want to be on some cold, hard floor, starving to death."

Sirius butted in on their conversation, finally taken out of his thoughts. "What kind of school did she go to anyway?"

"A school far away from you," snapped Mel. "Why don't you just butt out Sirius?"

"Because I feel the need to butt in when you talk about Jade." Sirius said stonily, "You're hiding something! I can tell, where is she really?"

"We don't need to take this." Kate muttered, "Come on Mel. Let's get out of here."

As they left, Sirius shouted after them, "If you don't tell me, I'll find out myself!"

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Lily hadn't gone to bed in the end. She had gone to the hospital wing, in search of something to cure her painful headache. However, as she was about to walk inside, she noticed Professor Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall and Professor Slughorn all speaking in low, somber tones.

"Something dreadful is happening," Minerva McGonagall said quickly, "I can feel it Albus!"

"I know Minerva," He said quietly, "This has something to do with Miss. Waters."

"What has she been up to now!" Minerva reacted quickly, "That girl has always bee -"

"She was captured by dark wizards," Dumbledore said, cutting her off. "I don't know what they captured her for, and why, but it certainly wasn't for socializing."

Professor Slughorn gasped, "You don't think…Surely not…"

"I'm afraid so Horace."

"But Tom was such a -"

"Miss Evans, if you wish to come inside you may." Professor Dumbledore had cut off Slughorn and come to the door. "Please do not stand outside waiting for us."

Lily blushed, "I'm sorry Professor, I didn't mean to eavesdrop."

"Curiosity killed the cat," Dumbledore reminded her, but with a twinkle in his eye.

Lily bit her lip, "Have you received any news about Jade?" This was the first time she had spoken to him face to face about the incident.

"Yes," Dumbledore said quietly, "There are aurors everywhere, not to mention her father and Mr. Potter."

Lily muttered something under her breath that sounded like Good to know the Potters are good for something. However, she couldn't hide the worry in her eyes, and Dumbledore saw it.

"Don't worry Miss Evans." He said kindly, "We'll find her soon."

"Yes," Lily said, before thinking, "Um – Professor?"

"Yes Miss Evans?"

"What happened to Matthew – is that related to Jade in any way?" She asked, twiddling her thumbs nervously.

Dumbledore sighed, putting his hand to his forehead, "I don't know Miss Evans, I honestly don't know."

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Lily was on her way back to the dorms, feeling slightly better after taking something for her headache, when she saw two shadows in a classroom having a heated argument. Ready to storm in and tell them off, she stopped when she realised they were the Lestrange brothers.

"I know what you're doing!" hissed a voice, "I just don't know why."

"Be a good little brother and keep your nose out of it." Threatened the other, "What I'm doing is going to help us, and whether that includes stopping Bella performing dangerous curses under Dumbledore's nose is included or not, it's none of your business!"

"I don't think you're in a position to threaten me," snapped the first voice, "I could expose you!"

"But you wouldn't -" he broke off upon seeing Lily at the door. "Having fun eavesdropping Evans? Haven't you got something more interesting to do like read books?" he sneered at her, shoving his brother roughly out of the way.

Lily glared at him, "What are you up to? I'm a prefect and -"

"I wouldn't if I were you," he said mockingly, "You don't know what I could do to you."

Lily turned as she heard footsteps behind her. Mel and Kate were walking up the corridor, curiosity sketched on their faces as they wondered what she was doing. Kate arrived there first, and her eyes narrowed upon seeing the Lestrange brothers.

"Well well," she sneered, "Haven't you got anything better to do rather than bestow crappy insults on my friend?" Before Rodolphus could open her mouth, cold fury etched in her words, she said "Why don't you go bang your girlfriend and piss off!"

He opened his mouth, ready to retort but seemed to think the better of it. With one last glare at the three girls, he stormed off his brother following him.

Mel widened her eyes at Kate, "What was that about? I've never seen you so angry in my life."

Kate laughed hastily, "I'm just in a bad mood, that's all."

Mel exchanged a glance with Lily, "Um Kate, are you and Lestrange closer than I thought, as in intimately involved?"

Kate glared at her, "How could you insinuate that! Saying his disgusting name the same breath as mine? What is wrong with you?!" She stalked off down the corridor, muttering obscenities under her breath.

Mel frowned, blinking confusedly, "Since when did Kate's vocabulary expand?"

Lily laughed at Mel, sometimes really believing the stereotype blonde saying, "We are fifteen after all," she sighed, "But I think we should let Kate deal with this, because if we keep prodding she's going to do something stupid."

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Rodolphus was in his room in the Slytherin dungeons, angrier than ever, throwing things around his room without even lifting his wand. His anger radiated from him, throwing everything within a metre of him spiraling around. Everyone downstairs in the common room could hear the banging going on upstairs, and even the notorious Belatrix Black knew not to disrupt her boyfriend when he was this mad.

The thing was, even though Rodolphus did possess a lot of magic and was undoubtedly very powerful, he wasn't evil. His father might have turned to the dark side, but his brother and mother and himself certainly hadn't. Rabastan felt a strong pull of loyalty towards his fellow Slytherins however, and this worried Rodolphus that his own blood would turn him in. He knew that he loved Kate, and he knew to prove that to her he just had to figure out how to release Jade before anymore advanced magic was performed on her.

As he was in the Dark Lord's inner circle, he knew that Jade wouldn't be killed unless her father didn't even bother contacting him about Jade. Everyone knew he would, as it was common knowledge that Mr. Waters was very protective of Jade.

He sighed to himself, his anger slowly subsiding. He had to figure out a way, and fast, and then Kate would be able to finally look him in the eye with no anger and pain in hers. It hurt him to see her in pain, but over the years he had learnt to build up his defenses. It was practically a 'must do' if you were in Slytherin. Never let people hurt you easily. He quickly left the common room, avoiding the stares and slamming the portrait behind him loudly, he stormed up the corridor on a mission.

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Kate stormed into the dormitories in a huff, slamming the portrait door behind her ignoring the protests of the Fat Lady. She threw herself onto one of the comfortable couches and glared at the ceiling.

"Why me!" she whispered, "What did I ever do?"

Gideon Prewett laughed amusedly, "I do believe that talking to yourself is the first sign of insanity."

Kate looked at him, and then back to the ceiling, "You have no idea."

"Penny for your thoughts?" he inquired, sitting on another couch. "I guess it is part of my duties to 'counsel' people."

Kate laughed, "Thank you for your thoughtfulness, but I'm fine. Besides, don't you need to talk to Mel instead? I'm pretty sure she has some problems."

"Don't we all," he sighed, staring into the fire. He abruptly turned to the portrait when the door swung open, and got up when he saw Mel. "Yes, well I've got to study. Last year and all." He added uncomfortably, walking towards his own dormitories.

Mel said very quietly so that even Kate could barely hear her, "You don't have to avoid me you know."

Kate looked at them, Mel looking sad and defeated to Gideon looking uncomfortable and confused. She stood up, "That's it! You sort this out NOW, and I'm going to the Astronomy Tower, so if you need me I'm there. I'm sick of you both moping and whining and pretending nothings wrong. Obviously something IS wrong, so sort it out!"

She stormed out of the common room, towards the Astronomy Tower, needing some time to think alone. When she finally arrived there, slightly panting, she immediately started pacing forwards and backwards her mind going haywire with thoughts.

Was Jade ok? Could Rodolphus do anything if she asked him to? Would he? What was happening with her and Remus? Were they friends, or more than friends? Did she like him?

As she was trying to decide whether she liked Remus or not, someone pulled her into a dark corner, covering her mouth with their hand to stop her automatic shriek.

She looked at her assailant and realized it was Roe. "What are you doing!?" she hissed, "Get your hands off me."

He immediately let go, and uncomfortably let his hands fall to his sides. "Sorry," he muttered, "Your pacing was really starting to piss me off."

"Shouldn't you be studying or something," sneered Kate, "With your last year of school and all? Oh wait - no you'd be too busy sticking your tongue down Black's throat."

He pleaded at her with his eyes, "Please don't be like that! I'm trying to help you here."

"How?" snorted Kate, "But pulling me into a dark corner in the Astronomy Tower?"

"I know a way to save Jade." He whispered quietly, "I'll do it! I can help you."

Kate blinked, could it be true? "No," she glared, "You're a Slytherin; you don't think about anyone but yourself."

He sighed, "Then what am I doing here talking to you?"

"You probably want to rape me or something!" snapped Kate heatedly, not truly understanding what she said.

Rodolphus paused, shocked. "Excuse me?" he asked quietly, "What did you just say?"

Kate sighed, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it. I'm just stressed about this whole stupid situation and I want Jade back here. Safe." She looked into his eyes and was tempted to close the small gap between them, but stopped herself.

"But the thing is, it's not stupid," he said quietly, "It's serious Kate, the Dark Lord doesn't do things for fun right now. He's completely serious and he needs her."

"What for?" scoffed Kate, "Company?"

"He needs her family to join the dark side." Rodolphus said, "But I can free her!"

Kate looked at him, staring into his dark eyes, almost the colour of black. "Like your family?" she asked sadly, "Why did things have to change?"

"They didn't," he said softly, "I still love you."

Kate felt her heart squeeze painfully, and laughed softly. "If only it was as simple as that."

Rodolphus touched her cheek softly with his slightly coarse hand and brought her face closer to his, about to kiss her softly when…

"Kate!" someone called, "Where are you? I know you're here, I saw you come up here."

"Great," sneered Rodolphus, quickly withdrawing his hand. "It's Lupin to your rescue."

"Shut up," snapped Kate, "He's a close friend, and I like him very much."

"So that's how it is, is it?" glared Rodolphus. "Well go then, go to your pansy boy and I'll go back to Bella. Just the way it belongs."

"Fine!" snapped Kate, "You do that. Do what was always meant to be" She automatically regretted what she said, had she ruined Jades chance for escape? She took a deep breath, glared at Rodolphus nonetheless and marched right out to Remus.

"I'm here Remus," she said quickly, walking out of the corner. "Did you need something?"

"Oh," he said, looking relieved. "I was just wondering if you were ok, I saw a couple of Slytherins up here before and I was just making sure you were ok."

Inside the corner Rodolphus laughed. What an idiot, he thought, Surely Kate couldn't care about a loser like him?

Kate glared at him and snapped angrily, "I'm not a child Remus, I can take care of myself just fine." She stormed back down the stairs, marching out into the grounds.

Remus watched her run back down the stairs confused, he was only trying to help. He walked towards the corner Kate was in, but instantly red light hit him, and he distinctly hear a male voice shout "Stupefy" before everything went black.

Rodolphus shook his head, "Mind your own business moron," he snarled, glaring at Remus' unconscious body, before running down the stairs following Kate into the school grounds.

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Lily paced the floor in the common room. Could Matthew's episode be linked to Jade's kidnapping? But that would involve either highly advanced magic, or a bond that nobody was familiar with yet. She groaned in frustration, throwing herself on the couch. Everything around her was either crumbling down or on the verge. Mel was tearing herself apart about the current head boy, Kate was acting very strangely – and Lily was sure she was keeping some bizarre secret, and herself! Her normal composure of sensibility and calmness was cracking. But if she lost it, then what about everyone around her?! She was supposed to be the rock! The one stable thing in a schmozzle. She leant back into the couch with her eyes closed. She needed peace. For just one minute. But no.

BANG. The portrait door blasted open, with the four Marauders sprinting through laughing themselves to the point where they couldn't breathe. They had clearly just succeeded in a prank which had ended up with them running for their lives. Just the way they liked it – on the edge.

Lily continued to keep her eyes shut, praying that they'd get the hint and buzz off. Unfortunately, sensitivity wasn't one of Sirius' strong points.

"Evans!" He cried, "Guess what we just did," he snickered, baiting her for an argument.

Lily made a sounded, and changed position on the couch, curling up – completing ignoring him.

Sirius pouted, "Blasted heavy sleepers!" He whined, going over to her and about to poke her with his wand.

"Sirius don't," warned James, on alert. "Let her sleep in peace, the girls are going through something rough."

Lily almost blew her cover by snorting out loud at James' comment. He had no idea.

Sirius laughed, "Oooh, Jamesy is getting touchy about his Lilllllayy," he sing-songed, prancing around the room like a mad man. "Come on, don't be such a party pooper. I'm in the mood for a celebration!"

Lily listened curiously for James' response. "We can celebrate tomorrow night Sirius," he said firmly, "Come on, lets go upstairs and put a silencing spell around it and let Lily sleep in peace."

Sirius groaned, "At this rate mate, your going to be the head boy in two years."

James glared at him, "Just shut up, and let's go upstairs." He motioned Remus and Scott, who both looked shocked. Remus was normally the one to tell Sirius to shut up...When James was sure they were around the corner, he transfigured a nearby piece of parchment into a woolly blanket. He cautiously put it over Lily, and looked down at her.

Sighing, he whispered softly, "One day you'll forgive me, and realize that I really do love you." With that, he quickly followed his friends, not noticing or hearing Lily's gasp.

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A few hours ago, before Mel was restlessly tossing and turning in her bed, Mel and Gideon were in the common room, an awkward silence hanging in the air after Kate's abrupt departure.

Gideon sighed, his gut feeling like it was twisting itself into thousands of knots. What was he supposed to do? Allow himself to like this idiot? Allow her to toy with his mind the way she managed to? Allow her to question himself and all that he believed in? Act like it was nothing that this was the first time that any girl had this effect on him.

He twisted his hands together, wanting to say everything, but unable to say anything. He knew what he wanted. He wanted nothing. No distractions. So this was enough. He stood up, ready to leave, but walked right into Mel. She was in his way. Again. Ready to start yelling at her for absolutely no reason, he froze. There was something in her eyes. Sadness. Her normally sparkling with life blue eyes were clouded with confusion and pain. He breath caught in his throat. Was he the reason for this? He wanted to hold her – to stop her from being inflicted by pain and before he knew it, he was kissing her.

An invisible weight lifted from his shoulders as he felt her arms wrap themselves around his neck as she kissed him back with the same longing and passion. He didn't want to stop – he never wanted this feeling to stop. He pulled her closer to him, deepening the kiss as he explored her mouth. This was the way it was meant to be. All his feelings, ambitions and common sense disappeared into the atmosphere. He felt her hands drift to the opening of his robes, about to wrench them open when he roughly pulled away from her.

He held her hands, stopping her from continuing as he glared into her confused eyes.

"No! Never again," he bit out, before sweeping out of the room, the burning feeling of her lips still hot on his.

It's been a year. And I feel horrible. And it was a short chapter! AAAAH. I'm so sorry? I've just been so swamped, and I've been writing whenever I could – but I could never write more than a couple of sentences, and this has been in my folders unfinished for a year. At least I managed to update… with something…

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