Title: The Trip
Summary: Mildred Snape finds herself in a lot of trouble when a walk to Hogwarts has some strange consequences. What will happen to her and will she get herself out of trouble?
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Chapter 26: Saying Goodbye…For Now
Mildred returned the stone back to Dumbledore, telling him that she had gotten it out of the mirror when he had placed it in there in the first place. Dumbledore was surprised that she had managed to do that, but pleased that at least no one evil had gotten to it. At the end-of-term feast Mildred seem to be the center of attention, something that she wasn't use to. She figured that everyone knew, at the most, the part that she played in all this.
Harry arrived shortly after and sat next to Mildred. Mildred saw that Ron was still sour but Hermione was beaming at her. She wondered when she could finally tell her mother the truth and make her even more proud of what she had done. Dumbledore arrived a few moments later and whatever babble had been present had died away.
"Another year gone!" Dumbledore said cheerfully. "And I must trouble you with an old man's wheezing waffle before we sink our teeth into our delicious feast. What a year it has been! Hopefully your heads are all a little fuller than they were…you have the whole summer ahead to get them nice and empty before next year starts…
"Now, as I understand it, the house cup here needs awarding, and the points stand thus: In fourth place, Gryffindor, with three hundred and twelve points, in third, Hufflepuff, with three hundred and fifty-two points; Ravenclaw has four hundred and twenty-six and Slytherin, four hundred and seventy two."
A storm of cheering and stamping broke out from the Slytherin table. Mildred could see Draco Malfoy banging his goblet on the table. It was a sickening sight.
"Yes, yes, well done, Slytherin," said Dumbledore. "However, recent events must be taken into account."
The room went very still. The Slytherin's smiles faded a little.
"Ahem," said Dumbledore. "I have a few last-minute points to dish out. Let me see. Yes…
"First-to Mr. Ronald Weasley…"
Mildred saw Ron going purple in the face; he looked like a radish with a bad sunburn.
"For the best-played game of chess Hogwarts has seen in many years, I award Gryffindor house fifty points."
Gryffindor cheers nearly raised the bewitched ceiling; the stars overhead seemed to quiver. Percy could be heard telling the other prefects. "My brother, you know! My youngest brother! Got past McGonagall's giant chess set.
At last there was silence again.
"Second-to Miss Hermione Granger…for the use of cool logic in the face of fire, I award Gryffindor house fifty points."
Hermione buried her face in her arms and Mildred got the impression that she was crying.
"Third-to Mr. Harry Potter…" said Dumbledore. "For the pure nerve and outstanding courage, I award Gryffindor house sixty points."
The Gryffindor table erupted in cheers and as they cheered Mildred could see her father talking to Dumbledore. He nodded and then called for silence.
"Fourth-to Miss Mildred Snape…" Dumbledore said. "For using her talent and making the choices in face of great evil, I award Gryffindor house a hundred points."
Everyone gaped in shock and then grabbing Mildred's hand, started shaking it. Mildred had gone even redder then any of them had seen her. Dumbledore raised his hand and silence fell.
"There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends, I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom."
The Gryffindor table pounded their fists as even Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw cheered. They had beaten Slytherin by a hundred and ten points. Dumbledore raised his hands and the decorations changed from Slytherin green and silver to Gryffindor scarlet and gold. Snape could be seen shaking Professor McGonagall's hand, a forced smile on his face. Of course Mildred knew that he was only pretending to be upset. She knew that he was very proud of her.
Almost everyone had forgotten about exams results, but they came in. Mildred was below Hermione for top spot for the first years and even Crabbe, who Mildred thought was as dumb as he was mean would be kicked out, but he passed. When she told her father this he told her that she couldn't have everything she wanted in life. Neville managed to pass as well along with Harry and Ron. Neville's wonderful Herbology grade making up for his horrible Potions grade. They were all given notes, telling them not to use magic over the summer and as Mildred stayed behind, watching the other students leave; everyone waved and shook her hand again.
"Have a good summer, Mildred," said a Hufflepuff that she had never talked to.
"Thanks for the win," said Dean Thomas.
Mildred went pink when he said this.
"You know, I don't like you," Ron said. "But, you saved Harry…again, and I guess I can't talk bad about you. But don't think were friends."
"Would dream of it," Mildred said, smiling at him. "But have a good summer."
He grunted and left. Hermione walked up to her.
"You almost beat me," she said. "Have a nice holiday and write."
Mildred promised that she would.
"I'll write to you, Harry," Mildred said, as he passed.
"Um, thanks," he said.
And soon the castle was empty and Mildred was left alone.
"You know, your ruining my reputation," said the voice of her father.
She turned to face him.
"And am I in-trouble?" she asked.
He grinned at her and shook his head.
"You know I'm very proud of you," he said.
She looked at him, shocked.
"Really," she said.
"You have the foulest wizard a run for his money," he said. "And that earns my respect."
She didn't say anything to this and then Snape said, "I wonder what happened to Professor Quirrell?"
"I have no idea," she said. "Maybe, he's in a better place."
"I hope so," Snape said.
"Me too," she answered.
A/N: I hope that all of you enjoyed my story. Next one is called A Touch Of Magic and it is about Mildred's second year at Hogwarts and all the things that she does. Hope you read that one.