- Hermione POV -
I sat in the library for the 9th day in a row looking for an answer to why Harry and Nev had black eyes. I was flipping through around about the 500th book when the answer appeared.
I grabbed the book and ran towards the Gryffindor common room. Luna, Reg and Cissa were sitting in the common room studying for OWLs when I busted in.
"Luna, can we talk?" I asked. Luna nodded and excused herself from the other two.
"What's wrong Mione?" Luna asked as I dragged her up to my dorm.
I handed her the book and indicated the passage for her to read. She read it slowly and frowned at the end.
"So the boys were being possessed," Luna summed up and I nodded.
"Now we just have to work out who is doing it," I said. Luna frowned and reread the passage.
"I want to know how it is being done. It would have to have been done fairly recently," Luna commented.
"It was probably someone who could get close to them. We both know how cautious the boys are," Luna made a sound of agreement. "I hope to have it all fixed before next week. That's when OWLs are right?"
"Yea. My last exam is next Thursday. Are we going to leave straight after that?" Luna asked.
"We will leave on Friday night once everyone is asleep. We need to explain things to Dumbledore and I need time to get down to the Chamber with the boys," I answered.
"Be careful down there," Luna said desperately.
"We will be. Now, stop fretting and go study. We'll observe everything at dinner," I said. Luna kissed my cheek and ran back down to the common room. I took a deep breath and looked at the now closed door.
I was loathed to leave everyone behind but I knew it was for the best. It would be a way to keep everyone safe and if Voldemort was gone for good then everything would work out for the best.
I lay back against my pillows and snuggled Eira into my chest. My familiar licked my cheek and nuzzled my neck gently as if she understood by confusion.
Are you ok Mya? Eira asked and I kissed her head.
"I will be honey. I promise," I said. I heard a tapping at the dorm window and I noticed a large owl. I jumped out of the bed and grabbed the letter and package attached to its leg. I smiled when I noticed the return address was Caleb's new place in the US.
I hope school is going well. Life here in the States is pretty hectic but I'm getting used to it. Work is exciting and I'm loving every minute of it.
I asked one of the guys in my department that question you asked me and he gave me this book. He has marked the chapters he believes will be beneficial for you (even though I don't understand why you want to know). I know you are up to something and I just want you to be safe.
How are your brothers and friends? I hope they are well and enjoying school. I'll be home in June so I hope we can hang out then.
I put the letter down on my bed and smiled as I opened the book and started reading the highlighted passages on horcruxes. There was a lot more information in these books than in any of the other books we had read. I was casually flipping through the book when a passage on mind control caught my eye.
Controlling the mind of another is seen as one of the biggest evils due to the fact a person is being deprived of their free will. The signs of possession are: black pits for eyes, memory loss, confusion and anger.
To identify who a person is being possessed by, a third party that is familiar to the possessed must perform an exorcism. During the exorcism, draw a cross on the person's forehead with a mixture of rosemary, sage, lavender oil, salt and ginger root (all measurements below). Draw lines down the body of the person with the rest of the mixture and in your mind chant "reveal yourself". The name of the person(s) doing the possession will appear over the possessed person's body before disappearing and the spell will be broken.
I placed the book down and opened my mind to Harry and Nev.
I know how to fix you both. However, I need to remove the spell on you tonight.
What do you need Mione? Harry asked and I sent them my list. We'll get the stuff.
I grabbed my bag and the book and walked back downstairs. I waved to Luna, Cissa and Reg and walked out of the common room. I was heading towards the seventh floor when a second year came racing up to me.
"Professor Dumbledore wants to see you," she said before running off.
I turned on my heel and began the walk to Dumbledore's office. I said the password to the gargoyle and walked up into the office.
"Come in Hermione," Dumbledore's comforting voice said. I pushed the door open and smiled at my headmaster.
"You wanted to see me headmaster?" I asked and he smiled at me. He indicated for me to sit down and I did.
"Yes Hermione I did. Miss. Longbottom's OWLs are next week," he commented before trailing off. I sighed and nodded.
"Yes sir. We were planning on leaving on Friday night when everyone was asleep. We have a few things to do before we can leave," I explained. Dumbledore looked at me in thought before nodding.
"All I ask is that you come see me before you leave. I wish you didn't have to do this but I understand that it is for the best. May I ask what are you going to do about your families?" Dumbledore asked and I frowned.
"I don't really know sir. If we tell them where we are and what we are doing they will try and stop us. On the other hand, if we don't tell them, they'll think we have been kidnapped by Death Eaters," I said and Dumbledore nodded.
"I will deal with your families once you are gone. Don't worry Hermione," Dumbledore said gently. I nodded and took a deep breath. "This is a heavy burden for ones as young as you four but I fully believe you can do this."
"Thank you sir," I said. He stood up out of his chair and pulled me into a hug.
"Everything will be fine," he whispered into my hair and I cuddled into his chest.
"Thank you," I whispered before I walked out of the room. I headed for the seventh floor and paced in front of the portrait. I entered the room and smiled at both Harry and Nev. They had all my ingredients in front of them and I sat down beside them.
"Any problems?" I asked.
"Not one. When we told Slughorn they were for you, he was practically falling over himself to help us," Harry said with a smirk. I rolled my eyes and opened the book to the right page. I started brewing the potion while the boys watched.
"What will this do?" Nev asked as I sliced up the ginger root.
"It will tell us who has possessed you and will remove the possession from your bodies," I explained. "Hopefully it won't hurt, that is what the rosemary should do. It should hopefully dull the painful effects of the other ingredients."
The boys sat in silence while I finished up the mixture. Once it was done, the boys lay down and I drew the required patterns on their bodies. I moved all objects away from them and started the chant. They both started shaking and writhing on the floor. Both boys moaned and I noticed their hands clenching tightly. Suddenly they screamed and a black mist rose from their mouths. It started to twirl around before forming words. The words were written in runic so I quickly wrote them down before they disappeared. The boys screamed again and their bodies lurched off the ground. Gold light enveloped them both before they slumped back onto the floor.
"Enervate," I said and the boys' eyes snapped open. "Are you two ok?"
"Yea. I've got a headache though," Harry commented and Nev nodded in agreement. "Did you get what you needed?"
"Yea, the spell has been removed and I have the name of the person. It's written in runes though so I'm going to have to decode it," I explained. "You guys should go to bed. That took a lot of energy from you."
"You should to love. It probably took a fair amount from you," Nev said. As he spoke I found myself getting more tired. "See what I mean? Come on now Mione, let's get you back to bed. You aren't going to get any work done when you are this tired."
I nodded and made the room pack everything away. As we walked towards the common room, I felt my eyes drooping and I rested against Harry. I felt him lift me up into his arms and I nuzzled his neck before closing my eyes and drifting off to sleep.
- Sirius POV -
It was the last Hogsmeade weekend before the seventh years and fifth years did their exams and everyone was out in full force. Mya was sitting comfortably on my back as we walked into the village from the carriages.
"Where to first love?" I asked her. She was silent and when I turned my head I noticed she was smiling softly at something ahead of us. I looked and noticed Leo holding hands with Shannie, Stripes with his arm around Maddie, Prongs and Lily talking somewhat civilly, Moony and Luna walking hand in hand like Shannie and Leo and Reg and Cissa walking in the middle rolling their eyes at the obvious couple fest happening.
"Everything is working out," Mya whispered into my ear and I squeezed her knee. We made it to the centre of town before deciding to meet for lunch and splitting up into groups.
"You've been very quiet lately," I said to Mya as we walked down the path heading for the Shrieking Shack. She sat down and I slid in behind her so I could hold her. She rested her head against my neck and I inhaled her amazing scent.
"Hmm? Really?" she asked me. I moved some hair off her forehead and kissed it as she looked up at me.
"Yea really. You and Stripes and Luna and Leo," I answered.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to worry you," she said.
"That's alright babe. Was there anything you wanted to talk about?" I asked her. She turned her head slightly and pressed her lips to mine.
"Nope. Right now, I want to spend as much time as possible loving my amazing boyfriend," she said. I smiled against her mouth and we sat kissing under the large tree before heading off to lunch with the group.
We were halfway through our meal when a voice behind us said "Long time no see Princess."
Mya smiled and jumped to her feet. She squealed as she saw Caleb and pulled him into a hug.
"What are you doing here?" she asked him.
"I wanted to see you. Plus I have something for you," he said. "Mione, can we talk in private?"
"Yea sure. Excuse us guys," Mya said. She kissed me quickly before walking off with Caleb. They sat down at a booth across the pub from ours and I watched them. Caleb slipped Mya a piece of parchment which she read quickly. A grim look passed over her face and she nodded. Caleb and she talked for a while longer before they both stood. She pulled Caleb into a tight hug. He kissed her head and waved to us before walking away.
"Everything ok Mya-bear?" Prongs asked.
"Yep. He was just giving me a list if book selections," she answered before taking a bite of her food. We all ate quickly before we decided to split off again. Mya and I shopped for a few hours before heading back up to Hogwarts. When we arrived back at the castle, Mya and I walked hand-in-hand up to the Astronomy Tower. I pulled her to me as we sat on the window ledge and stared out over the grounds.
"Siri, where do you see yourself in five years?" Mya asked softly. I kissed her shoulder and gazed into her eyes as she turned to face me. I pressed my lips gently to hers and cupped her face in my hands.
"Hopefully either married or engaged to you. I'm going to be an Auror so I can keep you and everyone else I care about safe," I whispered. Tears welled up in Mya's eyes and I pulled her to me. "I'm never letting you go now that I have you. Why are you crying?"
"I don't think you should be with me," she said softly before jumping up and heading for the door. I gaped at her and stood quickly to catch her.
"What the hell do you mean?" I said as I held her shoulders with enough force to keep her in place but not enough to hurt her.
"Sirius, it's dangerous to be around me. And it's fucking stupid on your part," she hissed out.
"How is it stupid that I want to be with the woman I love?" I replied.
"Because you will get hurt if you stick around me. I can't lose you to Voldemort and his cronies. That would kill me," she said. "You would be safer to just forget we ever dated."
"Like hell am I going to forget about the girl I have loved since I was 11. Like I'm going to forget the best month and a bit of my life," I responded as she tried to get away.
"Sirius, let me go," Mya said. I shook my head and pulled her to me.
"Never," I replied. She sagged against my chest and cried. I kissed her head and moved down her face. My lips met hers eagerly and I noticed a sort of desperation in her kiss. I quickly conjured up a couch and after locking the door, I lay my girl down on it. I felt her leg hitch up my side and wrap around my hip and thigh and I tore my lips from hers to kiss down her neck. "I love you so much baby."
I felt her hands tugging at my shirt and soon the buttons were undone and her hands were running down my chest. I slid my hand under her shirt and cupped her breast. She moaned which I returned when she bucked her hips up into mine.
"Mm, Sirius," she moaned. I bit and licked at her neck until I knew there would be a mark. She pulled my head up and stared at me straight in the eyes. "Sirius, make love to me."
I kissed her sweetly and pulled her to her feet. I quickly did my shirt up and grabbed her hand. I led her to the ROR, led her in and smiled at the gasp I got. I had imagined the beach at sunrise and in the middle of the sand was a large bed. I turned her in my arms and kissed her gently but passionately.
"If you want to do this, it's going to be perfect," I whispered. I was answered with a kiss as she jumped into my arms. I lay her down on the bed and removed my shirt. I then ran my hands over her clothed body before removing her jumper. "You are so beautiful."
She pulled me to her and kissed me deeply while I remove her bra. I groaned as skin met skin and so did she. I kissed my way down her chest before taking one of her perfect breasts into my mouth. Her response was a loud moan and her hands moved to my pants. I helped her remove them and I groaned against her breast as she cupped my aching erection in her hand through my boxers. I made quick took of her jeans and the only thing left between us was our underwear. I slowly slid then down her thighs and she was then naked in front of me. There was a glow about her making her look like an angel. Together we took my boxers off and I crawled over her. She whispered something under her breath before looking up at me.
"If you want to stop, we will," I said. She raises her legs and locked them around my thighs.
"Love me Sirius," she moaned.
"I already do," was my reply as I carefully slid into her. It was like I was returning home. As I made love to her, neither of us noticed a purple glow surround us and bathe us in light.
A few hours later, Mya was asleep against my chest. She looked so peaceful in her sleep and I couldn't help but kiss her head. I couldn't believe she wanted me to let her go, something could never do. I decided not to dwell on it as I cuddled my love into my side and fell into a restful sleep beside her.
- Luna POV -
"Are we all ready?" Mione asked for the hundredth time. O.W.L.S had finished today and now it was time to put our plan into action. We had to destroy Voldemort before he could hurt our friends and families. I thought about Frank and James who were asleep in their beds not knowing that their siblings may never return from this mission. I thought about Shannie and Maddie who were expecting Harry and Nev to join them for a walk around the lake in the morning and then my thoughts drifted to Sirius and my Remus. Remi and I were supposed to meet up at the Library tomorrow before we were heading into Hogsmeade for a date much like Sirius and Hermione were supposed to do. I then thought about how our families would wake up tomorrow morning and learn that two of their children were gone.
"Yep," Harry answered.
"Let's go. The sooner we get started on this hunt, the quicker we get home. First stop, Macintosh's wands to get our unregistered wands," Mione said. We walked out of the school gates and turned to look back at the school we had called home. We noticed Dumbledore looking out his window at us. He nodded at us and we did the same before apparating to Knockturn Alley.
- James POV -
I sprung out of bed the next morning and instantly knew something was wrong. Everyone had the curtains drawn on their beds but something just felt off. I walked over to Harry's bed and knocked on the post. I didn't even hear a groan. I opened the curtains cautiously and noticed his bed was unmade but empty. I move over to Stripes' bed and did the same. Like Harry's his bed was empty.
I was about to wake the boys up when Eira came running into the room. She barked loudly and Sirius and Remus sat up quickly.
"Whas goin on?" Padfoot asked as he wiped the sleep from his eye.
"Eira, what's the matter?" I asked. I wasn't expecting an answer so I was shocked when I heard a voice in my head.
Mione and Luna are gone!
"Did you just talk to me?" I asked. She nodded and I continued "What do you mean they're gone?"
Mione woke me up early this morning, around 3 and ordered me to stay here. She said I was to stay with Sirius until she returned. I asked what she was doing but she said she couldn't tell me. Then she put some spell on me to put me to sleep and I woke up to her gone!
I raced out of the hall and up the girl's dorm steps with the boys following. Even when it became a slide I somehow kept my footing. I burst into the girl's room and scared the crap out of them. I ran to my sister's bed and noticed it was empty.
"Remus go check Luna's bed. Sirius, go grab Frank, Shannie, go get Dumbledore and McGonagall," I ordered. If must have been the urgency in my voice but they did as I asked.
"James, what's happened?" Alice asked.
"Neither Harry nor Nev were in their beds and if y assumption is correct Luna isn't as well," I said. Remus soon returned looked panicked and scared.
"She wasn't there," he panted out. I felt even more afraid and soon Dumbledore, McGonagall, Frank and Sirius walked in.
"They're gone," was all I said. I watched as Dumbledore nodded before signalling for all of us to follow. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach and I was absolutely terrified for the safety of my brother and sister.