Year Four: Chapter Four
"I think we should tell them," Harry whispered before Natalie could pull out of his hug. He, Hermione and the Weasleys had just arrived at King's Cross Station. Natalie had been waiting on the platform with her parents and grandfather, while Ben was nowhere to be found.
"I agree," she whispered back before pulling out of Harry's hug and moving on the hug Hermione, Ginny and Ron.
The last whistle to board the Hogwarts' Express before departure sounded. The Weasleys and the Skywalkers bid the children farewell one last time before they all ran aboard. Once aboard the train, the 5 young wizards found an empty compartment and all piled into it.
After a while a idle chit chat, Harry felt that it was a perfect time to tell his friends the truth about himself and Natalie. Plus he had only wanted Ron and Hermione to know and since Ginny had left to go find some of her other friends, it seemed liked the best time to come clean. "Umm, Natalie and I have to tell you something."
Suddenly all the eyes in the train compartment were on Harry, including Natalie's. "Well what is it, Harry?" Hermione asked.
"You see Natalie and I are brother and sister. No actually we're twins. Our parents separated us when we were just a few months old."
"You're what?" Ron asked confused. "You're kidding right?"
Harry shook his head no. "Nope, we really are twins," Harry said trying to explain.
"…separated at birth," Natalie added, finally speaking up.
"But why were the two of you separated?" Hermione asked.
Harry and Natalie both shrugged their shoulders. They hated to lie about why they were separated, but they had agreed that some things should just be kept quiet until they were proven true.
"We just found out last year." Natalie said. "So we're still trying to get used to it all."
"But what about Ben?" Hermione asked.
"He knows the truth and knows not to say anything." Natalie answered.
"Who else knows?" Ron asked.
"My parents and grandfather," Natalie said.
"Then Dumbledore, McGonagall, Ron's parents, Sirius Black and Professor Lupin." Harry added. "Promise to keep this between the four of us?"
Ron and Hermione nodded in agreement. Silently, Harry wondered if Draco knew as well.
"Now we're all settled in and sorted, I'd like to make an announcement. This castle will not only be your home this year but home to some very special guests as well. You see Hogwarts has been chosen..."
Flitch running up the aisle in a funny way, which quickly whispered something to the headmaster before running down the aisle again, cut off Dumbledore. That was when Dumbledore began to talk again.
"So Hogwarts has been chosen to host a legendary event. The Tri-Wizard Tournament! Now for those of you who do not know, the Tri-Wizard Tournament brings together three schools for a series of magical contests. From each school a single contestant is selected to compete. Now let me be clear, if chosen you stand-alone. And trust me when I say these contests are not for the faint hearted, but more of that later. For now please join me in welcoming the lovely ladies of the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and their headmistress Madam Maxime."
The doors to the great hall opened up as a group of girls dressed in blue began to come up the aisle. When they reached the front of the hall, the stopped and released butterflies in the air. All the students began to clap.
"Blimey, that's one big woman," Seamus whispered as their headmistress walked up the aisle. Natalie and the rest of the Gryffindors turned to look at her. Natalie thought that she had to be the biggest woman that she had ever seen.
"And now our friends from the north, please greet the proud sons of Durmstrang and their head master Igor Karkaroff," Dumbledore said continuing on with the introductions.
The doors to the great hall opened once again with a line of older boys walking in, carrying staffs that they were twirling around and hitting the ground with every so often causing sparks. Gasps went up from the Hogwarts students when the last two students and the head master entered.
"Blimey, it's him," Ron whispered. "Viktor Krum!"
Harry had remembered watching him in the Quidditch World Cup as the Bulgarian Seeker. He was good.
After the feast with the three schools, Dumbledore and Bartemius Crouch explained more rules about the tournament, including an age limit - much to the displeasure of many students – including Ben, Dumbledore revealed the Goblet of Fire. Many students, Natalie noticed, sat mesmerized by the Goblet of Fire, mainly the boys.
"The Goblet of Fire. Anyone wishing to submit themselves for the tournament merely write their name upon a piece of parchment and throw it in the flame before this hour on Thursday night. Do not do so lightly, if chosen there's no turning back. As from this moment, the Tri-Wizard Tournament has begun."
A sudden chill went down Natalie's spine. Something about all of this wasn't right. Not right at all.
"NO!" Anakin Skywalker screamed out.
Mace Windu was about to strike a downward blow against an injured Palpatine, when Anakin cut off his hand that was holding his purple lightsaber. Windu screamed out in agony as Palpatine suddenly strikes him with the full power of his Force lighting. Mace is flung from the window and falls to his death below. Palpatine laughs evilly as he stands up and pulls the hood around his disfigured face. Anakin watched in horror.
"What have I done?" Anakin asked sitting down.
"You are fulfilling your destiny, Anakin. Become my apprentice. Learn to use the dark side of the Force," Palpatine says turning to look at him.
"I will do whatever you ask."
"Just help me save Padmé's life. I can't live without her. I won't let her die. I want the power to stop death."
"To cheat death is a power only one has achieved, but if we work together, I know we can discover the secret."
Anakin moved to kneel before Palpatine. His once deep blue eyes showing only confusion and willingness to learn. But the image of Anakin suddenly became distorted and reformed to the image of Ben.
"I pledge myself to your teachings. To the ways of the Sith," Ben said.
"Good. Good. The Force is strong with you. A powerful Sith you will become. Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth Trigus . . . "
As soon as Palpatine had said that name, the scene changed to darkness. Natalie could feel herself walking along. Eventually she came upon something wet. She knelt down and felt it.
It was blood.
She looked up ahead and saw her friends, family and Harry lying dead on the ground. Then not far from Harry, lay Draco in a pool of crimson blood. Kneeling down in between her brother and boyfriend, Natalie felt her heart begin to race.
Who had done this? Why had they done this?
Suddenly something caught her attention. But it was too late. Out of nowhere, a crimson lightsaber struck her down…
Natalie sat up breathing hard. Sweat was pouring down her face. She had only one nightmare all summer and now as soon as school begins, the nightmares begin again. Perhaps she was having them now because Palpatine had returned or so her parents said.
Dala purred at her feet and moved up to sit on Natalie's lap. Somehow Dala always knew just what she needed. As she continued to pet Dala, Natalie's racing heartbeat slowed down. That was when Natalie realized who she needed to talk to. And maybe he could tell her why she was having such vivid nightmares.
"Every Jedi can foresee future events to a certain extent, yet you seem to be more sensitive to them," Qui-Gon said.
"But these were past events." Natalie said as she sat cross-legged under an oak tree in the clearing where she would go to meet Qui-Gon whenever she had questions. "I think it was when my grandfather turned to the dark side."
"Even so, did you not say that your grandfather's face was replaced by Ben's?"
"Your grandfather had nightmares like you." Qui-Gon said. "Some of them..."
"But we're not even related by blood," Natalie said cutting the Jedi Master off.
"It is what is in your heart that matters most," Qui-Gon said point a transparent finger at her chest. "If you love him as your grandfather, then he will always will be your grandfather. Blood relation is only part of who we are as beings."
"What about my parents?"
"There you are lucky," he said smiling. "You had two sets of parents that love you deeply. And even though your real parents are gone, they loved you and your brother enough to protect you from evil. And I am certain that the Skywalkers feel the same way about you. To them, you will always be their little girl."
Natalie sighed as she rested her hand against her chin. Why wasn't anything ever simple?
"You do have people who care deeply for you here as well, young one," Qui-Gon said kneeling in front of her. She wearily looked up at him as her mind thought about Draco. Did Draco actually care that much about her? Sometimes she wasn't sure.
"Love is stronger then anything else in the universe. Remember that," he said beginning to fade from view. "As for the dreams, it does not bode well to dwell on the future. The future is always in motion and ever changing. May the Force be with you."
She sighed and leaned back against the tree once Master Jinn had disappeared. Maybe these dreams and feelings were just that and nothing more. She sat there against the tree, watching the clouds build in the afternoon sky.
"There you are!"
Natalie turned her head, startled a bit. Draco was standing on the other side of the clearing looking at her.
"I've been looking everywhere for you," he said walking over to her. He held his hand out to her to help her up. She gladly took it.
"You have?" she asked a bit confused.
He nodded as he wrapped his arms around her. "Did you forget that we were going to meet in between lunch and Defense Against the Dark Arts to talk for a bit since we have so little to time spend with each other?"
"Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry! I had a bad dream last night and I just needed to be alone for a bit to clear my head."
"That's alright," he said, softly kissing her forehead. "Just make sure that you don't forget about our study session for Transfiguration."
"You need all the help you can get in that class," she said smiling at him as they walked back towards the castle together. Perhaps Master Jinn was right – maybe Draco Malfoy did know how to care about others.
The once semi-nice day turned into a stormy night as the champion selection was set to begin on Halloween night. All three schools gathered in the great hall in anticipation to see whom the champions would be. Viktor Krum, Fleur Delacour and Cedric Diggory were the three champions that the goblet had chosen.
"Excellent! We now have our three champions!" Dumbledore said as he revealed the Tri-Wizard Cup. "But in the end only one will go down in history. Only one will hoist this chalice of champions, this vessel of victory the Tri-Wizard cup!"
Everyone began to cheer when the Goblet of Fire began to suddenly glow red again as it spit out another piece of paper. Dumbledore caught it and read it in confusion.
"Harry Potter. Harry Potter?" he said in confusion.
"No...no," Hagrid whispered.
"Harry Potter!" Dumbledore screamed out.
Harry sat there in silence and shock, as did Natalie. It took Hermione to get Harry to move.
"Go on Harry," she said, shoving him slightly. "Harry for goodness sake."
Harry slowly walked up to Dumbledore, who handed him the paper with his name on it. Harry couldn't believe it. The paper actually said his name on it. He turned and walked towards the room where the other champions had gone to. He caught Natalie's eyes on the way out of the Great Hall. He could see her fear in deep in her eyes. He was scared too – the most he had ever been in his life.
"He's a cheat! He's not even seventeen yet," someone yelled out.
Natalie put her head in her hands as tears began to slowly roll down her cheeks. Hermione gently rubbed her back then let her cry against her shoulder.
Perhaps dreams do come true…
AN: See I promised another update and here it is! Enjoy!