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Chapter 9 : A Face In Her Mind's Eye
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Bella opened her eyes. She was lying on the floor. Curious, she thought. Bella stood up.
Rodolphus ran in. “Hurry up Bellatrix! We’ve cornered them!”
Bella nodded and ran after him as he hurried towards a chamber with a stone archway that was shaped like an amphitheater. The archway was on the bottom and there were levels with seats going up ten stories.
Lucius and a few others had cornered Potter. Lucius drawled, “It’s over, Potter. Now, the prophecy, please.”
“Let – let them go, and – and I’ll give it to you!” Potter said desperately.
Bella walked down the steps and cackled, “Oh he knows how to play! Itty… Bitty… Potter.”
Potter looked wildly around. Bella smiled with glee. “Potter captured! Tomorrow’s headline: Potter Vanishes After Breaking Into Ministry!”
“Just let them go!” shouted Potter. Bella rolled her eyes.
“Give us the prophecy then, Potter.” Lucius said.
“It''s not there's. It's the Ministry's!” yelled Longbottom. He had entered the chamber, blood gushing from his nose.
Bella’s eyes lightened up. “Neville Longbottom is it? How’re mum and dad?”
“Good, now dat they’re ‘bout to be avenged,” Longbottom said raising his wand. Bella quickly raised her wand and shouted, “Crucio!”
Longbottom fell to the ground in agony, writhing around. Potter screamed, “STOP!!”
Bella motioned for Potter to continue, all the while torturing Longbottom. Beads of sweat had formed on Potter’s head.
“All right. I’ll give you the prophecy,” Potter whispered. He put out his hand with the prophecy in it. Lucius reached out for it. Longbottom crawled away, Bella having stopped the spell.
A jet of blue light shot from the shadows and hit Lucius in the hand. “What the-” he muttered.
Lucius withdrew his hand and his eyes narrowed dangerously. The doors crashed open and five people came flying in.
It was Mad-Eye Moody, her niece, Nymphadora Tonks, Sirius, Kingsley Shackleblolt, and the werewolf Remus Lupin. Bella yelled, “It’s the Order!”
Sirius shot a stunning spell at Bella but she blocked it and shot one back. He dodged it and started dueling Rookwood. Bella growled and attacked her niece.
“Crucio!” she screamed. Tonks dived out of the way and shot a stunning spell at her. Bella yelled, “Protego.”
The spell hit Bella’s shield and fizzled out of existence. “Densaugeo!”
The jinx hit Tonks and her teeth started to grow at an alarming rate. She put her wand to her mouth and tried to shrink her teeth. Bella started sauntering over to her. Tonks still hadn’t fixed her teeth.
Moody came racing over and threw a spell at Tonks that fixed her teeth before starting to duel Rodolphus.
Bella bared her teeth and shot a killing curse at Tonks. Out of the corner of her eye she saw the prophecy breaking. She ran up the levels till the very top. Tonks followed.
When Tonks reached the top, Bella yelled, “Petrificus Totalus!” Tonks fell to the ground and toppled over the edge. Bella laughed with glee and ran over to duel with her dear cousin.
When she raised her wand she saw a face in her mind’s eye. It was Albus Dumbledore. She realized why she had been on the floor in the other room with no idea how she had got there.
As she saw Rodolphus raise his wand and point it at Sirius she yelled, “NOOOO!”
Author’s Note: Ugh, I know short chapter AND a cliffie! You must really hate me now… And it’s been forever since I’ve updated…
All credit goes to Jo Rowling.
Rowling, JK. OOTP. First Scholastic Paperback. New York: Scholastic, 2003. 798-805. Print.
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