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Roses and Ashes by justcause
Chapter 8 : The Plan
 
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I shivered in the cold winter air, clutching onto Scorpius' arm.

"Where, where are we?" I whispered, looking around frantically.

I'd thought we were just going to Hogesmeade, and he would have me run an errand, then we would part ways.

But as I looked around the unfamiliar surroundings, I realized just how wrong I had been. We were literally in the middle of nowhere, in a forest, no less. 

"I trusted you!" I hissed angrily. "This is not where you said you'd bring me!"

He only shrugged in reply and began walking away from me.

This made me angry.

"Malfoy, I'm talking to you!" I snapped.

He didn't stop, or even slow.

So I was forced to follow him, glaring the whole way. It wasn't like I could go anywhere without getting more lost than I already was.

We walked for what seemed like hours. I observed the forest surrounding us, trying to figure out where we were.

I had no ideas, because obviously I had never been here before in my life.

Finally, we reached the end, a beautiful lake shrouded by fog. I gasped softly as I gazed across its brilliance.

Only then did Scorpius turn to me. His eyes were indigo, so I knew he was being sincere. Or, at least I hoped he was.

I felt safer when his eyes were indigo. When they were gray, I felt he was hiding things.

"Welcome to Hogesmeade." he whispered. "That's the code for any meeting spot of ours.

Oh. I thought.

"I am now going to acquaint you with the second part of our plan." He seemed to be somewhat enjoying the spy like talk.

"The ultimate goal of our group is simple: to take down Mori. That means destroying his allies. All of them. Including his horcruxes."

"And just how are we going to go about that?" I exclaimed, a little too loudly. "No one knows anything about him!"

Scorpius just smiled secretly.

"That, dear Rose, is where you come in." He nodded at me. "We need information. And soon. The best way to do that is to start with Mori's superstitions. We're going to find the strongest of each element type. Perhaps they can, if they cannot join with us, give us the crucial information we need."

"So...why are we here then? And, where is here anyways? And why do you need me, of all people?"

"This lake is where your mother and Harry Potter once hid while hunting horocruxes. It has a natural shielding from seeking spells and dementors. We'll camp here until James gives us the name of who it is we must find. And, as for you, I told you before. We need your fire. Your excellence with nonverbal spells, as well as your brilliance, will serve us more than anything. Plus, we needed to get you out of Hogwarts for your own safety. Remember, if it weren't for our plan, you'd be dead."

I flinched at that. But it didn't stop me from asking questions.

"How long will we be here?"

"James estimated at about a week. So until he sends word, we'll be here. Making plans. I could teach you what you should be learning at school, since they obviously haven't been teaching you."

"You mean to say....it's just us for a week?" I was getting concerned here. Scorpius was going to be my only company for an entire week, maybe more? How was I going to deal with this?

Scorpius nodded a reply.

"Its just until James sends word. Then we'll disguise ourselves, or you, rather, and find out how to take Mori down. Do you understand, Rose?"

I hesitated, then nodded my assent.

He motioned to the pack on his back.

"James has given us supplies, so don't worry. And we can fend for ourselves if need be."

Scorpius pulled a miscellaneous array of items out of the pack. There were food items, cloaks, a variety of potions, sleeping nags, and one tent.

Wait.

Just one tent.

Great. This was going to be one hell of a week.

I hoped nothing life threatening would occur.

I worried as we set things up.

A lot.

How was this going to pan out?

It wasn't that I didn't like Scorpius. It was just...I owed him my life.

Seriously. That was a big debt to pay, especially to my family's worst enemy. Who was pretty hot, to say the least.

I had no idea how everything was going to pan out.

To be completely honest, I was scared to death.


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