Chapter 21-The Show Must Go On
Two weeks passed and life at Hogwarts continued. The damages to castle were repaired, funerals held for those who died and through it all, Jenny remained unconscious in the hospital room of the S.P.D. base. Though the hospital wing in the castle had been repaired, it had been decided that she was not be moved just in case something should happen. Three days after the battle, Kyle had arrived, having been sent word that his best friend was currently unconscious.
Harry, Ginny and Kyle were currently sitting in Jenny’s hospital room, seated around the room in various chairs. Her room was similar to the room Harry had stayed in for the three days, two of which he had been unconscious while he recovered from the battle. Her room was slightly bigger to accommodate more monitoring equipment and various magical objects that were currently sitting on the table next to the door.
Kyle sat on the right side of the bed, staring at the unconscious from of Jenny while Harry and Ginny sat opposite him. Ginny glanced up at the clock on the far wall of the room and poked Harry. Harry tore his eyes away from his sister to look at Ginny. “What?”
“It’s almost time for dinner,” she replied, standing up from her chair. Harry followed suit. That day, during classes, it had been announced that Dumbledore would make an announcement that evening at dinner. Kyle looked away from Jenny to see Harry and Ginny move towards the door. Harry turned around at the door and caught his gaze. “Are you sure you don’t want to come to dinner?”
“Nah. I’m technically not a student here,” he replied, standing up and stretching for a moment before sitting back down.
“The Rangers aren’t either,” Ginny pointed out, her hand resting against the door.
“Yeah, but they’ve been here all year,” he countered, crossing his arms over his chest and giving her a look that told her that he wasn’t going anywhere. Harry sighed and shook his head, laughing at the interaction between his girlfriend and sisters best friend. Kyle gestured for them to go, a small smile on his face. “If anything happens, you’ll be the first to know. Right after the doctors, of course.”
Ginny shook her head, pushed the door open, and left the room. Harry laughed and smiled back at Kyle. Kyle nodded for him to go before grabbing a book that had been set on the bedside table and flipping through it. With a glance back at his sister, he pushed the door open and left the hospital room.
At dinner that evening, the Great Hall was abuzz about what Dumbledore could be announcing. Most just thought it had something to do with the aftermath of the final battle. Harry had a feeling of what it was, and it did partly have to do with the final battle. The concert had been scheduled for that night, two days before the graduation ceremony for the seventh years. But with the director of the choirs of the castle currently unconscious, it was most likely to be canceled.
As the desserts disappeared from the tables, Dumbledore stood up from his seat. The hall fell silent as they intently gazed up at their headmaster. He had the tips of his fingers pressed together and a glum expression on his face. “As many of you may have forgotten, due to the circumstances of the last few weeks, the Second Annual Hogwarts Music Festival was scheduled for this evening. However, due to Miss Potter being unconscious, it has been decided that the Festival will be cancelled.”
Uproar of disagreement filled the halls, the members of the choirs shouting their pleas for reconsideration. Harry shook his head and looked at Ginny beside him. She wore a glum expression, but it seemed she had sensed it coming as well. Dumbledore raised his hands and the shouting died down. When he opened his mouth to speak, however, another voice spoke from the doorway.
“Whatever happened to the phrase, ‘the show must go on?’”
Harry turned around in his seat and felt his jaw drop. In the doorway to the Great Hall stood Jenny, leaning heavily against Kyle in order to stay standing. She ignored all the gasps from her fellow students and looked straight at Dumbledore. “The show will go on. Tomorrow night.”
“Are you sure you can handle having the concert tomorrow?” Dumbledore asked. Neither of the two noticed the Rangers, Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione getting up from their seats and quickly walking over to where Jenny and Kyle stood.
Jenny nodded, a smile forming on her lips. “I think I can manage a few hours okay.”
“So the concert’s back on?” Ginny asked expectantly from where she and the others stood beside the doorway. Jenny smiled over at her and nodded.
Cheers came from all the members of the choir, glad that all they worked for would still have a chance in the limelight. Ginny rushed forward and embraced Jenny tightly. Jenny let out a grunt of pain. Ginny quickly let go and backed away, grimacing at the pain she had accidently caused her friend. Jenny laughed at the concern on the redhead face. “I’m fine mentally. Physically, not so much.”
Harry laughed at her comment and moved past Ginny. The twins happily embraced, Harry being careful not to hug her too tightly. Behind them, Jack laughed and poked Sky in the ribs before holding out his hand. Sky frowned and reached down into his front pants pocket. A moment later he pulled out a ten dollar bill and placed it into Jack’s waiting hand. Syd and Ally rolled their eyes at their boyfriend’s antics.
Jenny saw the exchange between the two as she and Harry pulled apart. She looked at them with a raised eyebrow. “You two bet as to when I would wake up?”
“Yeah. I said two week and Sky said three. It’s been two weeks so he is a loser,” Jack gloated, smirking over at Sky. Sky simply rolled his eyes as Ally slapped Jack upside the head. Harry laughed as Jenny rolled her eyes and turned away from the two who were acting younger than they actually were. A smiled grew on her face as she spotted Draco standing just behind Harry.
Harry glanced behind him before moving aside and over to where Ginny stood. Jenny removed herself from Kyle’s support and gingerly moved forward to meet Draco. She wrapped his arms around his neck as his moved to settle around her waist. She laid her head against his shoulder and smiled, closing her eyes in content.
Jenny’s eyes snapped open at the voice echoing in from the entrance hall. She grimaced and removed herself from Draco’s grip and moved back to where Kyle stood. A moment later Dr. Felix, the head medical officer of S.P.D. appeared in the doorway. Jenny grimaced. The cat-like man was livid. Black ears poked out of his black hair and bright green cat slits narrowed in on her.
Dumbledore chuckled from he stood, his blue eyes sparkling in laughter. “I’m guessing she came here without permission.”
Felix turned towards Dumbledore and his expression softened, though it was still obvious he was angry. “I left the wing for fives minute to have a messenger run up here and tell you she’s awake and Mr. Montgomery helped her out of bed to where she stands now.”
“It’s not Kyle’s fault. It was my idea to come up here. He tried to talk me out of it,” said Jenny defensively from Kyle’s side.
Kyle nodded vigorously. “She’s telling the truth. I tried to stop her but she’s just too stubborn.”
Jenny glared at him before turning back to Felix. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t let the concert be cancelled.”
“Sorry doesn’t cut it,” Felix replied. He pointed to Kyle with one of his furred fingers. “Help her back to the hospital wing. You brought her down here; you can take her back up.”
Jenny waved to her brother and friends as she and Kyle were ushered out of the hall, Dr. Felix on their heels. Jack leaned over to Sky and muttered, “Dude, I’ve never seen him that mad.”