Grindelwald had just declared war on most of the wizarding world. With Hitler by his side, he was slowly taking both worlds by force. He needed some spells performed by an extremely powerful witch, now where would he get one of those? He smiled at his own rhetorical question, Hogwarts, and he knew just which one to take.
Albus was having his usual chess game with Minerva, they were in a dead-lock when Minerva saw something he hoped she would miss. His King was open. She looked at him with worry in her eyes 'man was it fun to mess with his chess games' the look quickly changed to satisfaction as she swiftly maneuvered her knight.
They both knew the war was going on outside, but their chess game was the one time they could almost relax. "Check."
Albus was not surprised to hear those words. "You killed my king" he said, almost childish.
"I was not the one who left him open" retorted Minerva, with a sarcastic glare. They both had a laugh and began packing away the destroyed white pieces, and somewhat whole black pieces.
An awkward silence followed as the box was closed and both Minerva and Albus became lost in their own thoughts, Albus of the war and Grindelwald … and Minerva. He wished he knew how the war was affecting her and how he could help; it was only yesterday that her brother had joined the front line.
Minerva had other thoughts entirely; she was doing her best not to think about the war and had occupied herself with trying to follow the pattern on the floor rug. 'The longer you don't think about the war the happier you'll be' she had told herself just that morning.
Albus finally broke the silence, "well, uh … I'll escort you back to your chambers?"
"Pardon?" Minerva quickly looked up "Sorry, I wasn't listening."
Dumbledore repeated the question and Minerva accepted, heading for the door. As they walked together down the long corridor, Minerva stopped to look out a window periodically. Albus moved by her side and looked too.
"That's the last full moon for two weeks." Albus commented, looking over at Minerva to see her reaction.
Minerva looked puzzled, but at the same time relieved that his words did not concern any of the harsh times they were enduring. "Is it really? Why is that?"
Albus turned to look out the window again as he confided in his infinite knowledge. "An eclipse caused by both mars and Venus is going to occur right when the full moon is up, the only time to perform a 'total protection' spell I believe."
Minerva seemed to take a while before remembering what a 'total protection' spell was, when she did remember her eyes widened and she turned sharply to Albus.
"But couldn't Grindelwald perform it? I mean, shouldn't you be more worried?! If he were to perform the spell he would be as good as immortal for..." she did some quick calculations. "Ten years!!!"
Albus had already considered this fact quite a while ago, and so he had an answer quickly. " It would take a witch with extreme power to perform the spell, and you must take into consideration that the witch performing the spell must be willing to die for the one they are protecting … can you think of anyone that fits that description Minerva?" he asked, turning to her and raising an eyebrow.
She was about to answer when he read her thoughts.
"EXTREME power Minerva, Imelda Husbrey does not even come close."
Knowing that Dumbledore was right, Minerva sighed and drew away from the window. She was now tired and asked Albus if he would mind continuing to her room. He nodded and they began down the hall once again.
Two days passed, Minerva continued to teach and lend as much support to the war effort, while Dumbledore spent most of his time at the ministry, forming battle strategies and providing his opinion on certain decisions, while also taking in as much information as was available concerning Grindelwald's whereabouts.
Then on a Saturday night, he woke from a restless sleep by a magical presence that had appeared in the castle, a presence he had not known. He immediately jumped out of bed, threw some robes on and went in search of Minerva. When he reached her quarters he could not suppress his sigh of relief upon seeing her alert and ready for anything.
She smiled and pulled out her wand. "Knew you would be here any minute, if I felt it, you felt it. Am I right?"
"Sadly yes, we must inform the other teachers immediately and move the students to the great hall." He inclined towards the door and let Minerva walk in front of him. They ran into Snape on their way to the Gryffindor common room, and informed him of the situation. He headed off to the dungeons at a brisk run.
Turning the corner they reached the fat lady, Albus stated "Iron Clad Courage." As the portrait swung open he commented Minerva on a well chosen password. She smiled but then told him now was not the right time or place. He nodded his head and they entered the common room.
Five minutes later the Gryffindors were filing out of the portrait doorway lead by Professor McGonagall. Albus stayed at the back in case of strays. Heading into the great hall Minerva looked around for Snape and spotted him herding Slytherins over the far end to the left corner of the hall. She left control of Gryffindor to Albus and went to talk with him.
Snape and Minerva's conversation was quick and to the point: look for intruder, capture intruder, protect students, inform other teachers of such.
When all the teachers were informed Minerva began her search for the Intruder. She knew Snape had taken the astronomy tower, Filius the Second floor and Madam Hooch the dungeons. "Guess I'll take the third floor", she muttered to herself heading towards the staircases.
Dumbledore in the mean time was in a panic, two students had been reported missing, all the teachers seemed to have already designated patrol areas except him and, worst of all, he couldn't find Minerva. No one had seen her since she had left for patrol and no one seems to know where she was patrolling. 'Just like her to dash off and not tell anyone where she was going', thought Albus.
He wanted more than anything to search for her and make sure she was okay, but he had two missing students that needed his attention.
Minerva, wand at the ready, was walking down the right hand corridor of the third floor. Every time she heard a noise she turned to face it. Most of the time it was just ghosts and she informed them of the situation and gave them a patrol area.
Turning the corner she thought she heard breathing and whipped round, wand held high.
"Lumos." She said loudly and clearly, no whispering when it came to unwanted guests at Hogwarts.
Her eyes darted from one end of the hall to the other, nothing. She turned round to continue on and was nearly knocked off her feet by the sheer shock of seeing someone so close behind her. Quickly gathering her balance she raised her wand to see the face of the Intruder but he was wearing a hood.
"A hood … how original." She remarked not letting her shock show in her voice.
The hooded person shrugged and removed the masking material, they were male, the face was not familiar to Minerva but she still did not let her stance fall.
The wizard blinked a few times in the light of Minerva's wand the calmly stated; "I'm not really one for theatrics, so if you would please follow me."
How Infuriating! Minerva was officially peeved off by the remark and answered in her teacher tone.
"Not on your life buddy" her words oozing with sarcasm and distaste.
"Very well" he turned away from Minerva and just when she thought she would shoot a curse at him for the hell of it, she heard the rustle of robes behind her and turned just in time to see a woman's face and wand before…
Minerva jumped o the side just in time for the curse to miss her by a hairs breadth. She extinguished her wand and stood still in the darkness, listening for any sound which meant movement. Obviously her attackers had the same idea, or they were just dead quiet. One minute passed, two minutes, three min- BREATHING!!
Firing a stunning spell towards the sound then once again resuming her frozen position, Minerva watched the red light head down the corridor. She had missed and realized only a fraction too late that she had given away her position. A red light headed her way and was promptly reflected by a shield charm. The red light exploded against a wall illuminating the corridor for less than a second but it was all Minerva needed to see the man far to her left and so not an immediate threat. The woman however was right in front of her wand raised and mouth moving. Minerva reacted just a fraction too late and the woman's spell hit its mark.
As she was plunged into darkness, Minerva hit the ground with a dull thud.