Chapter 6 : Gone but people are looking
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“How are they trying to get in?” Ron asked, his eyes scanning the room looking for any sign of intruders.
“I don’t know, either the back door or the front door,” she replied, running a hand through her hair.
“Well let’s split up and cover them,” Harry suggested, but before anyone could so much as nod, four death eater burst in through the door that led into the kitchen.
“Get them!” Shouted one of the hooded figures from underneath his mask, his voice sounded familiar to Hermione but she couldn’t quite put her figure on it.
Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Harry where stood in a circle in the middle of the room as the four death eaters started firing spells at them.
“Crucio!” Yelled one of the hooded figures, his aim towards Ginny but she deflected it and started to send her own attacking spells towards him.
A Cruciatus Curse missed Hermione by inches and Ron retaliated by shouting “Avis” to the un-suspecting death eater who was suddenly being attacked by a flock of yellow canary. Hermione barely had time to marvel at the irony of Ron using that spell before the fight consumed her thoughts again.
They were dodging spells left right and centre and they barely had time to get out their own attacking spells before they were forced to block the death eater’s spells. A spell hit Ginny square in the chest. She fell to the floor. Harry tried to check on her but he was now fighting two death eaters at once so he moved in front of her and prayed that she wasn’t dead.
“Expelliarmus!” Shouted an angry Harry and he looked like he was ready to kill someone, especially when the figures he was fighting scorned at him for his use of spell.
“Avada Kerdavra!” Was the retaliation from one of the figures which he only just managed to block. After 10 minutes Harry, Ron, Hermione were looking more than a bit worse for wear. The hooded figures looked ready to fight to the death and there was no doubt about it, they were winning.
“Now!” Came the voice of one of the death eaters and the room was suddenly plunged into darkness. Almost instinctively Ron reached for Hermione the same time that Harry knelt down to get Ginny. Suddenly a hand caught Hermione’s leg. She tried to kick it off but the grasp was too tight and she was tired from all the fighting.
“Ron! Help!” she shouted tightening her grasp on him so she wouldn’t fall into the hands of the hooded figure. Suddenly a blast of white light hit Hermione in the chest and she started to scream and thrash about. Ron couldn’t keep a hold of her and the minute his hand slipped off her, the figure disapparated out of the apartment with Hermione. The other figures, seeing him disappear, stopped pointing their wands at Harry and disapparated to. The moment they were gone Harry stood up and turned around to check on Ginny. She had sprained her ankle so Harry helped her up and placed her on the sofa before turning to Ron.
“Ron, you ok?” Asked Harry quietly as he saw Ron staring at the floor, it didn’t look like he was aware of the fact that Harry and Ginny were in the same room as him. “Come on mate, we need to go after her!” Harry shook his shoulder when Ron didn’t respond.
“Its not like we know where she is or even who took her Harry,” he muttered “It’s my fault…,” Harry quickly interrupted him.
“It’s not your fault Ron, it’s the people who took her, they’re the ones to blame, and we will get her back, I promise you that,” Ron just looked at him.
“You mean that, we’ll get her back?” He asked a trace of hope on his voice. Harry nodded. Ron breathed in deeply.
“Are you two ok?”
“I’m fine but Ginny’s hurt her ankle,” Harry said.
Ron walked over to his sister and sat next to her. “You should go to St. Mungo’s and get that checked out,” he placed one hand gingerly on Ginny’s ankle, and she winced.
“Try not to stress too much Ron, we’ll get her back, she’s strong, you’ll see,” She tried to comfort him, to no avail.
She began looking around for her wand. Harry, seeing what she was looking for, picked it up off the floor and handed it to her.
“Thanks. Expecto Patronum,” A magnificent horse appeared from the tip of Ginny’s wand “Hermione Granger has been kidnapped by suspected Death Eaters. Come to 57 Saltwell Avenue, London,*” she waved her wand and the horse galloped off through the door.
“Harry, take Ginny to St. Mungos, I’ll keep you updated,” Ron commanded as he stood up and looked around the flat. Harry nodded reluctantly, and Ron could tell he didn’t want to leave. He walked over to Ginny, and made to help her stand up, but Ginny cleared her throat.
“I’m not going anywhere, my ankle isn’t that bad, it’s always been weak since that time at the Ministry and it certainly isn’t more important than Hermione. I’ll stay thank you very much,” she crossed her arms and lay back on the sofa. Ron shook his head but didn’t press the point. Nobody spoke until they heard a knock at the door.
“I’ll go,” Ron said quickly, glad for something to do. He re-appeared a couple of minutes later with two of Harry's work colleagues, Danny and Shane.
“You obviously know Harry,” they nodded to each other “and this is my sister, Ginny.”
“Hello,” she acknowledged them.
“Hello Miss Weasley,” They both replied. Danny was tall and lanky with long blond hair and piercing blue eyes that gave the impression he could read your mind, but he looked like a friendly bloke nonetheless. Shane was also tall but he was more muscular with short brown hair and pale grey eyes. Ginny thought he looked evil but then she remembered that he was an Auror who Harry obviously trusted. She knew this, because his shoulders were relaxed, she could always tell what mood Harry was in from his shoulders. Still she couldn’t deny he looked a little bit dodgy.
“Why don’t you tell us what happened, I believe it’s Miss Granger who has been kidnapped,” asked Danny as Shane pulled out a quill and a piece of parchment. Ron just nodded, not knowing where to start. “That’s a shame, we met her once, didn’t we Shane, she seemed like a nice girl,” Danny said pleasantly. Harry knew what he was trying to do, keep everyone calm. Pity it didn’t seem to be making any effect on Ron. Shane just grunted in response.
“Well we, Ginny, Harry, Hermione and myself were just in the living room when the Caterwauling Charm went off… and then when she had been hit with a spell, I think it might have been the Cruc- the Cruciatus Curse, I couldn’t keep hold of her and the Death Eater grabbed her and disapparated,” Finished Ron as he blinked back the tears that were threatening to fall as he told the Aurors exactly what had happened.
“Ok, well we will see what leads we can find and we’ll let you know if we hear anything. Again, I am sorry for what has happened but we will try out hardest to find her,” Ron nodded and went to show them out. Harry put his arm round Ginny who had tears flowing down her cheeks.
“Sshh, there some of the best Auror’s in the office, they’ll find her,” he muttered in her ear, in an attempt to comfort her. Ginny could only nod, too scared to voice what she was thinking. Ron walked back in the room his shoulders slumped forward. He just looked at Harry and Ginny and seeing his sister's tears falling broke him and it wasn't long before the tears broke free and started to fall down his face.
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