“Hey Hugo,” Scorpius said already starting to feel awkward. He was about to drop a bomb shell on a kid that wanted nothing more than to carry on pretending to be a Jedi. “Could you put the lightsaber down for a second, we need to talk to you.”
“You’ve never spoken to me before,” Hugo said looking puzzled.
“Yeah...well...first time for everything.”
“Why are you here and how did you even get into Gryffindor tower?!” Hugo blurted, trying to change the subject from his embarrassing role play.
“Err, Dom let us in,” he said quickly.
“I did? I did!” she said catching on.
“What do you want?” Hugo asked.
“Well...err...this is Cassandra. She’s from the ministry and she’s here to recruit people for a very important assignment,” he said trying to pull some magic out of the lying part of his brain.
“What kind of assignment?” Hugo asked apprehensively.
“A very important assignment with some very important...stuff,” this was ridiculous. Usually he could lie his way out of anything but now he was faltering. Maybe it was the fact that there was an angel standing next to him. “See, there’s this guy, a very bad guy and he is trying to come to power and do a really nasty Voldemort impression. You know, take over the world and such and Cassandra has come here to find people to stop him and we think you can help.”
“Really?” he said not buying any of it. “And what’s this bad guy’s name?”
“Err...Lucy...” technically it wasn’t a lie.
“That’s a girl’s name.”
“I know...maybe that’s why he’s so pissed off,” Scorpius chuckled uneasily. “Look, Hugo, we need your help.”
“Right...because another Dark Lord is about to pop up and this...super hot woman has come here to get a bunch of kids to fight him...hmm, yeah, okay and are we going to find dinosaurs at the centre of the Earth as well because that would be cool,” he spat sarcastically.
“Hugo, this is serious!” he turned to Cassandra. “Tell him.”
“It’s serious,” she nodded doing absolutely nothing to help him out.
“Did James put you up to this?”
“Hugo, it’s no joke. If it were a prank do you think I’d be standing here?” Dom said getting involved.
“I think that half this school likes to have a giggle at my expense so why not you too?” he hissed.
“Hugo, I would never -” Dom protested indignantly.
“Hugo, look, I’m serious. This...this...this is like a rebel run on the Death Star,” he was out of ideas and judging by Hugo’s enthusiasm towards the Force, using a Star Wars metaphor might help. “We gotta destroy that thing before it becomes operational and starts blowing up planets. I know you’re only a fourth year but, I mean, didn’t they all say that Luke was too young to fight the empire?”
“No, they said he was too old to become a Jedi,” Hugo corrected going into nerd mode.
“Yeah, but who was it that shot the Proton torpedoes down that exhaust vent? He blew that mother apart when all the other x-wings got blasted to crap by Vadar. So come on, what do you say?” he couldn’t believe how geeky he was being and more than that, he couldn’t believe he was about to say this... “Help us Obi-wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope.”
He already hated himself for saying it. Especially in front of an angel, especially in front of Dominique!
“Piss off!” Hugo laughed. “I don’t know what kind of game your playin’ but I’m gonna pass!”
“Okay, screw it, I tried!” Scorpius huffed and finally gave up. “She’s an angel, I’m the messiah and we’re going to save the world!”
That sounded so much more reasonable...
“Huh?” Hugo gorked. “The Star Wars thing was better.”
“Cass, show him your wings,” Scorpius sighed and rubbed his face.
“But you said I -”
“I know what I said but I’m out of options, go ahead, show him.”
Just as this conversation was reaching the peak of craziness, a centuries old dead guy entered the common room downstairs. Nearly headless Nick was the Gryffindor house ghost and he floated through the walls of Hogwarts on a daily basis. Now he hovered just about the ground next to Rose Weasley, his neck wound still evident even through his spectral appearance. He just stayed there with a sombre look on his face.
“Hey Nick, what’s wrong? The Bloody Baron giving you grief again?” Rose asked glancing up from her book.
Nick turned and faced her but didn’t speak. He just looked at her with a blank expression.
“You okay?” Rose asked looking a little concerned.
Suddenly Nick’s face filled with murderous intent and he shoved his hand straight into her chest. Rose gasped and her eyes went wide and suffocating pain shot through her body. He was squeezing her heart.
“Rose!” James yelled jumping off the sofa.
“Nick! Let her go!” Albus demanded and rushed towards them but Nick smashed Albus in the face with his free had causing him to fly across the room into the wall.
James pulled his wand from his robes, took aim and fired a stunner at Nick’s chest. The spell passed straight through him doing absolutely nothing.
Rose gasped desperately but she couldn’t breathe. Her face had turned bright red and her hands flapped about trying to push away something she couldn’t even touch. Nick’s eyes burned with rage and his hand squeezed harder.
Rose’s eyes rolled back into her skull and her arms went dead.
Suddenly the entire room was enveloped by a blinding white light. It was like looking at the sun only it didn’t hurt.
The light vanished and Nick was gone. Rose was collapsed on the floor, not moving. Albus rushed over to her and James frantically looked for where the light had come from.
Standing at the doorway to the dorms was Cassandra, wings unfolded and glowing with energy. Behind her Scorpius, Dominique and Hugo stood in shocked amazement.
James was so taken back that his wand fell out of his hand and his jaw practically hit the ground.
“Rose, can you hear me? Rose?!” Albus panicked, checking her pulse.
Slowly Rose’s eyes flickered open and she started coughing hard.
“What happened?” she wheezed.
“Good question,” Scorpius breathed.
“It’s started,” Cassandra said.
“Spirits exist very close to the dimensional void and are therefore much more susceptible to interference from the other plains of existence. This is a sign,” she turned and looked Scorpius dead in the eyes. “Lucifer’s ascension has begun.”
“Sonofabitch!” Scorpius breathed. For some reason all of this had still seemed unreal until now.
“I need to get you out of this castle right now,” Cassandra said.
“No, wait! Why did Nick just try to kill Rose?” he asked quickly.
“Lucifer’s hatred of mankind is flowing into the spirits. This castle is no longer safe.”
“Is this going to happen to the other ghosts?” he shot back.
“Then we gotta do something!”
“What the hell is going on?!” James yelped but was ignored.
“Are you an...angel?” Rose whispered in awe.
“Yes,” she snapped before turning back to Scorpius. “Your safety is my priority. I have to get you out of here.”
“And leave everybody else to be attacked by a bunch of ghosts gone psycho?! No way! You stopped Nick, you can stop the others!”
“Scorpius, you must be protected! These people aren’t of importance,” she stressed.
“What?! Not of importance?!” he couldn’t believe that she had just said that. “These are innocent people! You wanna protect me, you’re gonna have to get rid of these ghosts!”
Cassandra sighed and looked away. “We need to lure them into the open,” she said finally.
“The Great Hall,” Dom volunteered.
“Let’s go,” Scorpius said pushing pasted Cassandra and heading for the portal.
Before he could take more than a few steps he realized he was already standing in the Great Hall. He had forgotten about the angels instant teleportation talents.
“Whoa! How did we get here?!” James freaked. Cassandra had brought the Potters with them.
All around there were screams of students and sounds of destruction echoing around the castle.
“Divine intervention,” Scorpius said quickly before turning to Cassandra. “What do we do now?”
“Get behind me and cover your eyes,” she ordered.
The group of students rushed towards the back of the Great Hall where the teachers were usually seated for meals. They took cover behind the chairs and clutched their eyes shut while Cassandra remained in the centre of the room, almost on the exact spot where Voldemort had fallen.
She unfolded her wings and stretched them out like a bird that was soaring through the air. They were magnificent. White as the driven snow and perfectly symmetrical. They were so big that they practically touched the walls of the hall.
When she spoke, her voice was amplified as if she had used a Sonorus charm.
“Zoad da vas ma da owm badalo en...manifest yourselves.”
The hall started to shake violently, so much so that the windows were in danger of breaking.
Suddenly two dozen ghosts charged through the walls, howling with fury and flying straight towards Cassandra.
Her wings exploded with white energy which flooded the hall in a second. It was as if a nuclear weapon has gone off. The light burned so bright as spread through the entire castle. It has probably lit the school up like some kind of enormous firework.
A second later the light vanished and everything was quiet.
Slowly Scorpius opened his eyes just in time to see Cassandra’s wings folding up on her back. They had to actually fold themselves twice just to become a manageable size. She turned and looked at him.
The Potters and Weasley’s started to emerge from behind the teachers chairs, so stunned that they couldn’t speak.
“Cass...did you just smite ever ghost in Hogwarts?” Scorpius asked looking scared.
“No, I banished them.”
“Banished them where?”
“Jupiter,” she said simply.
“Jupiter?! As in the planet?!” he blinked in disbelief.
“Technically it’s a gas giant,” she corrected without emotion. “They’re a danger to themselves and others at the moment. They’ll be safe there for the time being.”
“Who you gonna call?” He shrugged, still dazzled. For some reason making a Ghostbusters reference made him feel a bit better. Cassandra didn’t get it. He breathed heavily and went to sit down at the nearest table. After a few moments he looked up at Hugo. “So, Hugo, you believe me now?”
Hugo made several attempts to speak before he passed out and hit the floor with a heavy thud.
“He’s important to the future?” Dom asked Cassandra with raised eyebrows. “He just fainted!”
“Hey, take it easy on him. It’s a big shock,” Scorpius said defending the sleeping Hugo.
Dominique smiled at him with devious delight. “You fainted to, didn’t you.”
“No!” Scorpius said trying not to look embarrassed. “That would just be...stupid...”
“Well, you’re not exactly winning any Pulitzers are you?”
“Hey, has anyone seen Sigourney Weaver? She’s supposed to come and blow Dominique out of an airlock,” Scorpius spat back causing Dom to glare at him.
“HEY!” James screamed getting everyone’s attention. “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!”
If they had to go through this kind of crap every time they explained the situation to someone new, they were going to need some serious therapy.
This had been one hell of a day.
This chapter seemed alot longer when I wrote it...meh.
Hope you enjoyed and reviews are always welcome. :)