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"And I think Harper of Slytherin's seen the Snitch!" said Zacharias Smith through his microphone. "Yes, he's certaintly seen something Potter hasn't!"
Smith really was an idiot, thought Harry, hadn't he noticed them collide? But the next moment, his stomach seem to drop out of the sky- Smith was right and Harry was wrong: Harper had not sped upwards at random; he had spotted what Harry had not: The Snitch was speeding along high above them, glinting brightly against the clear blue sky.
Harry accelerated; the wind was whistling in his ears so that it drowned out all sound of Smith's comentary or the crowd, but Harper was still ahead of him, and Gryffindor was only a hundred points up...
"So you'll do it?" Malfoy asked.
Katie hesitated before answering, as if waiting could change the word she was about to say. But finally she felt her answer come out of her mouth, "Yeah. Yeah I'll do it."
Malfoy didn't smile, though he was completely satisfied with her answer; it just wasn't the time for smiling. "So, umm, I know we already discussed this but...this conversation, this meeting, it never happened. Alright?"
Katie looked at him. It had been so much easier to swear secrecy when she had no idea what Malfoy had to tell her than now, now that she knew that she had given her word that she would tell no one about this; she could tell no one about the fact that she was going to be involved in the murder of Albus Dumbledore. But she remembered what Voldemort would do to her family (both of them) if she went against him.
"Malfoy you have my word. I won't tell anyone."
Malfoy was much more satisfied with her answer this time than the last time she swore her secrecy; this time it was sincere.
...If Harper got there first Gryffindor would lose...and now Harper was feet from the Snitch, his hand outstretched...
"Oi, Harper!" yelled Harry in desperation. "How much did Malfoy pay you to come on instead of him?"
He did not know what made him say it, but Harper did a double take; he fumbled the Snitch, let it slip through his fingers, and shot right past it. Harry made a great swipe for the tiny, fluttering ball and caught it.
"YES!" Harrry yelled. Wheeling around, he hurtled back toward the ground, the Snitch held high in his hand. As the crowd realized what had happened, a great shout went up that almost drowned the sound of the whistle that signaled the end of the game.
"Alright well I don't know how much more time we have..." Malfoy said, thinking. When Katie gave him a questioning look, he said, "I don't know how long it will be before the Quidditch match is over and everybody starts coming back in her-"
"Oh my god the Quidditch game!" Katie realized what was going on outside with a jolt. "I completely forgot! How long have we been here?" She asked Malfoy.
"I dunno, but I guess you can leave now if you want. I told you everything that I needed to. We just need to arrange the time and date of our next meeting."
"Next meeting?" Katie asked.
"...Well yeah. We have to work on this together don't we?" Malfoy said.
Both of them could feel the awkwardness of the moment. A Slytherin and a Gryffindor, Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter's girlfriend, working together to commit the murder of their headmaster. Beyond absurd.
"Well, erm...do you know what the Room of Requirement is?" Malfoy asked her slowly.
Harry clapped Ron on the back and laughed and yelled with the rest of the Gryffindors, overjoyed about their win. The team left the field together, arm in arm, punching the air and waving to their supporters. The atmosphere in the changing room was jubilant.
"Party up in the common room, Seamus said!" yelled Dean.
"Yeah, I know what the Room of Requirement is." Katie answered.
"You know where it is too?"
"Sure. The seventh floor, across from the portrait of the dancing trolls." Katie could tell that Malfoy was wondering how she knew this when she had barely been at Hogwarts for half a year, but he didn't say anything about it.
"Alright, why don't we meet there then. I've already started on something in there anyway, but I'll show you that next time we get together."
"Ok so then when are we meeting?" Katie asked.
"Here, take this." Malfoy said, handing Katie a small golden coin.
"What is it?" Katie asked, rolling the coin around in her hand.
"Its a fake galleon, enchanted with a Protean Charm. I have one too," Malfoy said, holding up another coin, similar to Katie's. "See the little numbers on the edge of the coin?" Malfoy asked. "On a real galleon that's just a serial number referring to the goblin who cast the coin. On these fake coins, though, the numbers will change to reflect the time and date of the next meeting." Katie suddenly remembered the muggle books, the fifth one in particular, where Hermione made coins just like these to use in Dumbledore's Army. Although she knew where Malfoy had gotten the idea from, she didn't say anything; she had already decided not to mention the muggle books to Malfoy.
"And since I've put a Protean Charm on them, when I set the time and date of the next meeting on my coin, yours will change to mimic mine. Got that?" Malfoy asked.
"Yeah I got it." As Katie was putting the coin in her pocket, the sounds of students entering the building began to fill the room; the Slytherin common room was in the dungeons, underneath the castle, which made it fairly easy to hear the loud noises of students cheering and talking and walking around upstairs. Katie and Malfoy looked at each other, and Katie said, "Well I guess I'd better go..."
Ron and Harry were the last ones to leave the changing room. Harry congratulated Ron on the many goals he saved- despite Ron's less-than-satisfactory performance during the practices that had preluded the game, Ron was the hero of the game, not missing a single goal.
"I heard Dean say that there was going to be a party in the common room." Ron said exuberantly. Winning the Quidditch game certantly had an extremely positive effect on Ron's mood.
"Yeah, can't wait. I guess we'll just meet up with Hermione and Katie there in the common room." Harry said, his mind on the plan that he and Katie had thought over so carefully. As if on cue, Lavender Brown came up behind Ron and Harry and said, "Great game guys. Ron, you did amazing!"
Ron's face turned the lightest shade of pink, but before he could say anything Harry said, "Lavender I just saw Katie, she said she was looking for you."
"Oh really?" Lavender asked. Ron, too excited over his performance and Lavender's compliment, didn't realize that Harry hadn't seen Katie since before the game had even started.
"Yeah she had something to tell you, something about Slughorn wanting to talk to you I think." Harry lied. He knew that Katie was supposed to be doing this, getting Lavender out of the way, but he assumed that she was already in the common room with Hermione, waiting for him and Ron.
After Lavender left for Slughorn's office in the dungeons, Harry and Ron started to make their way up to the Gryffindor common room on the seventh floor, talking excitedly along the way.
Katie peered around the first corner. Nothing in sight but some grotesque paintings decorating the walls and the dark, ominous looking bricks on the walls. She looked behind her and saw the green door at the end of the hallway, which she had just gone through seconds before. She rounded the corner ahead of her and sped up the hallway. She had almost made it out of the dungeons when she hear footsteps coming her way.
Katie turned to the left. There stood Professor Slughorn's office, but the door was closed and probably locked. She looked to the right and saw a small closet just ahead of where she was standing. She ran to it, trying not to make any noise, and slipped inside.
Katie made it just in time. Lavender Brown appeared around the corner just as Katie finished closing the door.
But because Katie was behind a solid wooden door, she had no idea that Lavender was just on the other side of the door. Which means that she had no idea that the "plan" was already starting without her.
When Harry and Ron first stepped into the common room they weren't surprised to see- and hear- how noisy it was in the room. Renewed cheers and clapping greeted their appearance, and they were soon surrounded by a mob of people congratulating them. The party was in full swing by this time, and everyone looked like they were having a great time.
"Help me find Katie and Hermione." Harry said to Ron, only to discover that Ron was already at the food table. So Harry looked for the girls himself. But neither Katie nor Hermione was anywhere in the room, and it wasn't long before Harry discovered this.
Lavender walked up to the door that led to Slughorn's office and knocked. Katie distinctly heard the knock, and a second later, the sound of a door being opened and then closed. Katie opened the door to the closet just enough to be able to see out of a small crack. There didn't seem to be anyone in the corridor, so she opened the door all the way, slipped past the open doorway, and then raced down the corridor, not stopping until she reached the front hall, where students were still pouring into the castle from the Quidditch game.
And Katie realized that all of these people had been at the game, supporting their house and their friends. Katie, on the other hand, hadn't seen a single minute of the game. She knew she would have to face Harry, Ron, and Hermione- and possibly some others- about not being at the game, and she had to have a believable excuse for missing it...
Katie started heading for the Gryffindor common room, on the seventh floor, walking as casually as she could manage, not wanting to look suspicious, and at the same time, her brain working to find something-anything- that she could tell Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
She didn't meet anyone on her way that questioned her or looked at her funny. No one stopped her and she didn't see anyone that she was friends with that would want to stop and chat. She had made it up to the third floor already and everything was going just fin-
"Hey Katie!" Katie spun around at the sound of her name, and saw a girl with bushy brown hair wearing Gryffindor robes.
"Oh hey Hermione!" Katie said, trying to keep any trace of nervousness out of her voice.
"Hey, have you seen Katie?" Harry asked Dean and Seamus, both of which were holding mugs full to the brim with butterbeer.
"Nope, haven't seen her Harry." Dean said.
"Well what about Hermione?" Harry asked them.
"Haven't seen her either. Why?"
Harry didn't answer. He and Katie had both agreed days ago about this plan and had gone over it a hundred times before today. Katie was supposed to have told Lavender Brown that Slughorn was looking for her. But Harry ended up having to do that. And now she wasn't here in the common room when she was supposed to be.
'After she had left the Quidditch field when the game was over where else would Katie have gone besides the common room?' Harry asked himself. What he didn't know was that Katie had never been at the game.
Hermione walked closer to where Katie was standing, but didn't speak. Katie knew that the subject was bound to come up sooner or later anyway, so she decided to get it out of the way. "So did we win the game?"
"Yeah Gryffindor won!" Hermione said excitedly. "But where were you? I didn't see you at all." She asked suspiciously.
Katie decided to go with the first excuse that she had thought of, even though she hadn't fully planned it out. "Oh I feel horrible for not being able to go." Katie began, although to her that opening sentence didn't sound as believable as she would have liked. She continued anyway. "See, what happened was, I went all the way up to the fifth floor before I found my glove- I must have dropped it all the way up there," Katie lied. She had actually recovered her glove when Malfoy gave it to her, on the seventh floor. "So I put it on, and then I was coming back downstairs, and I thought that the Quidditch game would have surely started by the time I had searched five floors, and I didn't want to miss any of the game. So I was rushing down a flight of stairs when I tripped and fell."
At this point Katie showed Hermione the bruises on her leg and elbows. Hermione alctually gasped out loud, and that was the point where Katie could tell that she actually had a pretty good chance of Hermione believing her. Proof made everything more believable, although in this case Katie's "proof" was yet another lie- her bruises weren't from what she told Hermione they were from, they were actually the briuses she got when she fell in the Slytherin girl's common room.
"Oh Katie, I had no idea! Are you alright?" Hermione asked, eyeing the particularly large and painful looking bruise on Katie's left leg.
"Well I am now, but after I had fallen down an entire flight of stairs, my leg was hurting an awful lot. So I limped all the way down to the third floor, to the Hospital Wing," Katie was really getting into the story now. "And Madame Pomfrey told me that I had broken my left leg." But after seeing Hermione's startled expression, Katie quickly added, "But don't worry, she fixed it, its fine now. All I have is a few bruises."
"Katie I'm so sorry, I had no idea that that happened to you. Are you sure you're alright?"
'Of course I'm alright, the whole story was a total lie." Katie thought to herself. But out loud she said, "Yeah I'll be fine, I can barely feel it hurting now. I was just disappointed that I couldn't make it to the game in time." She said, bringing the Quidditch game back into the conversation.
"Well what are you doing here on the third floor?" Hermione asked her. "Were you going back to the Hospital Wing or something?"
"...Yeah," Katie said slowly. "Madame Pomfrey told me to come back in about five or ten minutes, she said she'll have some sort of potion ready for me that would help to heal the bruises a little bit faster." Katie made this part of the story up on the spot, praying for Hermione to buy it.
"Oh, well then why don't I come with you?" Hermione suggested.
"Oh, no, that's really ok Hermione, I can make it myself, don't worry about it," Katie said quickly.
"No, come on I'll walk with you." Hermione said. "We're on the third floor already anyway, the Hospital Wing isn't that far. Come on."
Katie had no choice now but to walk with Hermione to the Hospital Wing that she had never even visited. When they got there, Hermione said, "I'll just wait out here, it shouldn't take long, right?"
"No, not at all. I'll be right out." Katie told her.
Harry went over to the food table where Ron still was and was about to say something to him when he saw the potrait door open and who else would walk in but Lavender Brown.
"Hey Ron," Harry said with the intention of having Ron's attention on anything but Lavender.
"Oh hey, Harry. Want some food?" Ron asked him, his mouth full of pastries.
"No thanks Ron-"
"Oh well. I think I'm going to go up to the dormitory and get some sleep. Tired from the big game, you know?" Ron said yawning. Harry thought that this was a good idea, because it would keep him away from Lavender, but then realized that he and Katie wouldn't be able to get Ron and Hermione together if Ron was upstairs sleeping.
"No Ron, wait-" Harry started, but Ron was already halfway across the room. 'Well,' thought Harry, 'Katie and Hermione arent' even in here, so I guess it doesn't really matter if Ron's missing too..." Harry sat down in an armchair and let the Creevey brothers interrogate him about the Quidditch game...
Katie opened the door to the Hospital Wing and went inside, praying that there would be nobody in there, least of all Madame Pomfrey. She was lucky however, probably because everyone had just been at the Quidditch game- the Hospital Wing was completely empty. But just when Katie thought that she was alone, Madame Pomfrey walked out of her office. She saw Katie immediately and said, "Is there anything I can do for you dear?"
Katie hesitated, a new lie forming behind her closed mouth. "No, thank you. I was just looking for a book that my friend left in here a little while ago. She was in this bed right here..." Katie walked over to the nearest bed and pretended to look around it for the non-existent book. "Oh well," Katie said. "She must have taken it with her."
"Is that all dear?" Madame Pomfrey asked.
"Yes, that was all. Thank you." Katie said, starting to feel bad for wasting Madame Pomfrey's time.
Hermione was standing in the same place that she was when Hermione left her.
"So do you wanna go back to the common room now?" Katie asked her.
"Yeah let's go. Did Madame Pomfrey give you the stuff for your bruise?" Hermione asked.
"Oh. Yeah, she gave it to me. It won't start working for a little while though." And Katie and Hermione made their way back through the hallways, which were nearly empty now that everyone had made it to their common rooms.
Harry had been sitting in the same armchair for at least ten minutes after the Creevey brothers left, just staring into the fireplace. The party had already started to die down, and quite a few people had already gone upstairs to go to bed, which left the common room not nearly as crowded as it had been a while ago.
All of a sudden, out of the corner of his eye, Harry saw the portrait door open and in walked Katie and Hermione. After scanning the room both their eyes fell on Harry and they walked over to him, each taking an armchair on either side of Harry.
"So where were you guys?" Harry asked once they had both sat down.
Katie and Hermione looked at each other, then Katie handed Harry the same lie she gave Hermione. And just like Hermione, Harry bought the entire thing.
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