Chapter 8 : Worry and Guesses
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“I got your patronus Harry,” Hermione Weasley stated as she hurried into Harry’s office, “It sounded quite urgent. What is it that you wanted to talk about?”
“Close the door,” Harry replied.
Hermione did what her friend asked her to before sitting next to her husband, Ron. By the look on his face, she assumed he already knew what was wrong. A knot formed in Hermione’s stomach, dreading the news that was about to come.
“What happened?” Hermione asked, trying to sound calm.
“Louis and Alyssa are dead,” Ron replied, staring straight at the wall in front of him.
Hermione opened her mouth in shock. Her nephew and niece in law dead? They were only 22! How could they possibly be dead?
“Are you serious?” she asked, hoping she had heard Ron wrong.
“I wish we weren’t,” Harry replied, running a hand through his hair, “Their bodies were found early this morning. Apparently Louis was supposed to meet James, Fred, and Andrew last night and when he failed to show, they went looking for him.”
Hermione’s draw dropped slightly more and she felt her heart break at the pained expression that was forming upon Harry’s face.
“Those three found the bodies?” she asked, wishing it wasn’t true.
Harry nodded sadly. Throughout his lifetime, Harry had seen a lot of death. It was something that he never wanted his kids to go through. Yet James had walked in to see that death had claimed Louis and Alyssa. Harry felt that he had failed and that was one of the worst feelings he had ever felt.
“Do Bill and Fleur know?” Hermione asked.
“We’re going to notify them as soon as we’re done talking,” Ron replied.
“Why didn’t you tell them before hand? After all, Louis was their son.”
There was no easy way to say what had to be said next. There was no way to easily say what he was starting to suspect.
“Hermione, we’re afraid that this is the start of a movement similar to the death eaters,” Harry stated.
Silence filled the room. Even though it had happened decades before, all three of them vividly remembered the death eaters. They remembered being cornered in the Department of Ministries by the death eaters and fighting them when they invaded Hogwarts on the night Dumbledore died. Most of all, they remembered fighting for the safety of the Wizarding world during the Battle of Hogwarts. They had lost friends and mentors to these terrible people; Ron had even lost his brother Fred. These were not pleasant memories.
“The death eaters were against muggleborns. None of the people who have been killed have been muggleborns,” Hermione said, trying to think of a logical possibility besides the death eaters, “If they were like the death eaters, and trying to affect this family, wouldn’t I be dead instead?”
“Don’t talk like that Hermione,” Ron stated quickly, unsettled by the topic of his wife’s death.
He finally turned away from the wall to face her. Hermione could tell how worried he was. He had lost so much to the death eaters and these new people; he didn’t want to lose the love of his life.
“It’s true though! They are expressing different beliefs than the death eaters did!”
“That doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous,” Harry argued.
Hermione got up from her seat and started to pace. Ron and Harry watched her, eager to hear what ideas she had. They needed to come up with something.
“Let’s see, so far Rolf, Hannah, Louis, and Alyssa have been killed,” Hermione stated, using her fingers to count.
“What about Charlie?” Ron asked, causing the other two to face him.
“What do you mean?” Harry asked, “He was attacked by a dragon in Romania, not murdered by a wizard here.”
“It seems like too much of a coincidence to me. Those dragons loved him, and never showed any sign of hurting him. Then one day, they just kill him out of the blue, days before the murders here started occurring. Besides, Charlie should have been able to stop the dragon using his wand.”
“That does sound a bit odd to me,” Hermione agreed, “How would they get the dragon aggravated enough to kill Charlie and disarm him at the right moment?”
“Maybe we aren’t dealing with one person,” Harry stated.
Ron and Hermione turned to him, waiting for him to explain his statement.
“In order for everything to happen as successfully as it did, I think they’d need two people,” Harry explained, “What if one of them aggravated the dragon while the other disarmed Charlie? The dragon would probably go after the nearest person.”
“It is sounding more likely that there were multiple people there,” Hermione stated, slowly agreeing with Harry.
The idea that it was more than one crazy person going on a killing spree was quite frightening. It meant that these people had specific targets in mind and could be carefully orchestrating all of their attacks. These people could be even more dangerous than they had originally thought.
“Maybe they are like the death eaters in a way,” Hermione said, “However, instead of targeting muggleborns, they’re targeting people close to our family.”
With Hermione’s words, it confirmed what Harry and Ron had already feared. These killers were going after members of their family. They could target their friends. Their wives. Their children. It meant that no one was safe.
***I hope you enjoyed that chapter :) Even the golden trio is getting worried about where Raven and Viper will strike next. Who do you think they will try and kill next? Who do you think Raven and Viper really are? I'd love to know. As always, I hope you continue to read, review, and enjoy :D ***
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