The boiling point of water is 100°. At this point, Penelope Clearwater was far exceeding that. If Amy were to throw a bucket of water over her now, she was certain it would all evaporate before it reached her body. The look on Clearwater’s face was nothing short of homicidal. If she could murder anyone who had ever smiled at Amy at this point, she would. Amy, however, was not going to give into Clearwater’s death stare that easily. The pair spent a good couple of minutes glaring at each other before Laura interrupted them.
“What do you want Clearwater, we’ve got enough on our minds right now without you barging in!” she snapped.
Yeah, I was just about to convince Amy to tell James how she really feels!
Amy swore internally at her voice.
“I’ve come to make sure this little slut never messes in my business again!” Clearwater growled, never taking her eyes off Amy.
“Oh and how did you intend to do that?” Amy snarled.
“Simple, if you get expelled for, I dunno, fighting with another student?” Clearwater suggested.
“Please Clearwater, even if you could get me to fight a student there’s no way you could prove it or use it to get me expelled!”
“I’ve thought this through and double checked. Surely you’d be expelled if you attacked and severely injured the girl you were so jealous of, and then the head girl as she tried to intervene!”
Laura sat up at this point, as Amy raised her eyebrow.
“What are you talking about Clearwater?” Amy growled.
“Stupefy!” Clearwater roared, blasting Laura backwards off her bed into the wall. There was a sickening crunch as Laura hit the wall and collapsed to the floor. Clearwater smiled saccharinely as Amy’s fist tightened around her wand.
“Unfortunately, I was too late to stop you from severely wounding the poor girl, whose only crime was to date the man you love,” Clearwater continued. “But I was able to subdue you, with considerable effort.”
“And what do you think they’re gonna say when Laura wakes up and denies it?” Amy snapped.
“She won’t. Because once you’re taken care of, I’m going to modify both your memories. You’ll be kicked out after you admit what a naughty girl you’ve been and weep to go home and I’ll be something of a hero.”
Amy struck first, determined to shut up Clearwater. Her spell was easily blocked by Clearwater, who stepped forwards and blasted Amy backwards. Amy groaned as she rolled under her bed to avoid Clearwater’s second spell. Amy felt the force above her as the bed exploded, Clearwater shrieking in rage as Amy dived for another bed as cover. As this one shattered, she stood and struck back, hitting Clearwater in the chest with an electricity jinx. Clearwater screeched as the electricity ran through her, standing her hair on end to give her an even wilder appearance. She managed to flick her wand into a counter curse and Amy’s own spell turned on her, zapping her of all her strength. Down on one knee, Amy groaned in pain as Clearwater loomed over her.
“Game over, slut!”
Ali felt good. Macey had practically dragged him out the hospital wing in time for the evening feast but he was in good spirits. Being back on his feet again reminded him how strong he was and Macey had revenge on her mind. Usually, it was Ali’s job to tell Macey to leave it and that revenge was wrong. However, today, he was in one of those moods where he just wanted to screw with David Summersby for what he had done to him and Amy. Speaking of Amy, he hadn’t seen her since she’d visited him in the hospital with Laura. Still, the two were probably just bonding. Ali winced slightly at the thought of it. Macey had her eyes fixed on Summersby and she nudged Ali as he stood. Ali snapped to attention and as soon as Summersby was out the Great Hall, they were moving, following Summersby as he headed off towards the Ravenclaw Dormitories, yawning slightly.
“Hello there David,” Macey whispered in his ear as they caught up to him. Summersby spun round and took a fist directly to the face, before Ali disarmed him. He rugby-tackled Ali to the ground, only for Macey to lock his legs. Crawling away from Ali, David yelled in pain as Macey placed her foot onto his head. “Not so nice when someone does it to you now is it Davey?” she growled.
“This ends now,” Ali took over. “You don’t bother us, we don’t bother you. Consider yourself lucky, she wanted to rip your head off and be done with you. And so did James. Wherever the fuck him and Amy actually are…”
“Hello James, maybe you can tell me what the hell is going on here?” Remus Lupin asked, his voice remarkably calm.
“You,” James growled, fighting through the tears. “You monster!”
“Me? A monster?”
“You werewolf!” James spat. “You filthy stinking werewolf.”
Remus sighed and sat down beside the tearful James, who was pulling himself together. James barged Lupin over, uncaring about the consequences.
“How do you know I’m a werewolf?” Remus asked intrigued. “It’s always good to learn from my mistakes so no-one else finds out.”
“How about you don’t rip to shreds innocent girls!” James roared, completely losing his composure at Remus’ calm face, which shifted upon hearing this.
“What are you talking about,” he stammered slightly. James stood and pointed his finger at Remus, each word he spoke punctuated with a stabbing motion with said finger towards Remus’ chest.
“You tore to shreds an innocent girl! Your best friend’s girlfriend. The same best friend you’ve been helping enter the castle.”
“Sirius Black?” Remus whispered. “We haven’t spoken in years. Not since he betrayed James and Lily. I’m certainly not helping him enter the castle. But how do you know about Amy?”
“Think about it twat,” James growled. “Who’s my best friend?”
“Her parents…they’re alive?” Remus stammered. “Jake? Hayley? We thought they were killed by Voldemort!”
“Well you thought wrong!” James yelled. “Not that it matters, because you’re never leaving this room.”
Remus put his arms in the air as James pointed his wand at him menacingly.
“James, you were never the type to take prejudices like this so personally. What’s really going on here?” Remus asked caringly.
“My name. Say my name.”
“James. James Black.”
“My full name.”
“I don’t know it, you never told me,” Remus confessed, confused.
“James Jacob Remus Black,” James choked, barely able to get the words out. “She named her kid after you, you fucking bastard and then you murdered her. Like an animal! You fucking ripped her to shreds and you never knew she named her son after you!” he screamed.
Remus couldn’t speak. He sat down, unable to speak as James looked at him with such hatred Remus had rarely seen.
“I’m sorry,” he managed eventually. “If I’d known…”
“Well she never got the chance to tell you,” James continued. “Sirius Black’s son. They screwed up, didn’t use a condom. Jake Hunt helped her hide it from all of you. And then when she went to tell Sirius, he was too busy helping you. She thought he was cheating. She didn’t tell him. By the time she found out the truth, you were already tearing her stomach apart. And guess what Remus? Because of you, I have no parents. You killed my mother and made sure my father never existed.”
“James, please!” Remus almost begged.
“Fifteen years!” James bellowed. “It took me fifteen years to find out the truth about my parents. If I hadn’t met Amy Hunt, I’d never have known. This is all your fault. My life is so shit because of you Remus Lupin and now I’m going to pay you back for fifteen years of ignorance and pain!”
“James,” Remus spoke with tears in his eyes. “What would your mother do in this situation?”
“I don’t have a fucking clue now do I? I never met her!” James screamed.
“She’d show compassion. She wouldn’t kill me. And you won’t either.”
“You deserve to die,” James said, the words cutting through Remus like a knife.
“Yes, I do,” Remus replied. “But not at your hand. I couldn’t burden you with that.”
“Burden? Killing you would feel great,” James retorted. “After everything you’ve done.”
“James, what would Amy have you do?” he asked.
James faltered. He thought of Amy with her silky blonde hair and her adorable smiling face. He thought of how beautiful and kind she was. How shy yet feisty. And how she would fight but never to the point where she didn’t need to. If she could be strong, so could he…
What would James do? James would keep fighting, Amy told herself. As Clearwater prepared to finish her, Amy summoned the last of her strength and just as Clearwater fired her stunning jinx, Amy thought “Protego” as hard as she could. Clearwater’s jinx rebounded off her invisible shield and at such close range, Clearwater was sent flying back, crashing into the wall. Amy heaved a sigh of relief and collapsed, tired yet victorious. She crawled over to where Clearwater was lying. This had to end now. Amy pulled out her wand…
Penelope ached. She was awake and ached. What the hell had happened? Had her spell backfired? She was lying in her own bed, which was something at least. Trying to remember what had happened, Penelope took a warm shower to feel better. She ached a lot less as she left the shower but caught an image of her reflection. There was a huge marking on her stomach, which formed words as she looked closer at them.
This won’t come off easily Clearwater. Powerful magic. Our word against yours, you have lost. Never try to hurt me or my friends again. This ends now. For good. A.H
Penelope’s eyes lit up and after a second of pure fury she realised it was over. Hunt had beaten her. She had Percy, she had the Head-Girlship, but still she had tried to get one-up on Hunt. She guessed that was the one thing she could never do.
“James?” Remus observed as James struggled with his own anger.
“What?” he growled.
“I’m so, so, sorry.”
“I don’t care about that. I just don’t want to be expelled for killing a teacher, even if it is a scumbag like you. You’re the lucky one.”
“What do you mean?” Remus was confused.
“You’ll never have to remember this or what you did!” he growled.
“Even if you make me forget what happened here today, I’ll never be able to live with myself after what happened,” Remus replied. “Jake never forgave me, Sirius pretended he didn’t blame me but in truth he hated my werewolf form. James, Lily, even Hope. They all avoided me for a long time. It was only after me and Hope started dating that things picked up. I have to live with this, so do you. Erasing this conversation…”
“Means I’ll never have to face the consequences of this,” James replied. “It’s cowardly but I guess we’re both just cowards. At least now I’ll know I did the right thing in the end and you still have to live with what happened. Goodbye Remus, I doubt you’ll remember any of this in the morning.”
“In which case I hope you decide to do your homework so we aren’t forced to be alone again for detention,” Remus chuckled, before James knocked him out…
Laura awoke with a huge headache and little recollection of anything other than Clearwater and a wall. Amy was leaning over her, concerned.
“Are you okay Laura?” she whispered.
“I’m not sure. My head hurts like crazy but I guess I crashed into a wall at high speed so that’s to be anticipated. Clearwater?”
“I knocked her out. She won’t mess with us again.”
“And James, any news?”
“He returned to the common room about five minutes ago, Macey came up to tell me.”
“Have you not spoken to him yet?”
“He was with Ali, besides, I needed to check you were okay. This whole mess is my fault,” Amy explained.
“No Amy, don’t worry. At least everything has worked out for the best.”
“Maybe, we haven’t spoken to James yet,” Amy reminded her.
“Well unless he’s covered in blood or in the dock with Dumbledore, then I guess this nightmare’s over.”
“I hope so Laura, I hope so…”
A/N: And so our story nears its end. James and Amy have been through hell and there's a couple of twists left to come... So, what are people thinking will happen in the final two chapters? :) HP
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