Chapter 10 : Chapter 10
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Dudley and I walked in silence to the gargoyle on the third floor, which guarded the head master... well in this case, head mistress’s office. Stifling a yawn here and there.
“Oh bollocks I don’t know the password.” I grumbled realising my mistake. Guessing Dumbledore’s would have been a case of rambling off every possible muggle or wizarding sweet. With Professor McGonagall it was a complete and utter mystery.
“Can I help you Mr Potter?” Called out a stern voice from behind us. Speak of the devil...
“Professor, we were looking for you actually. About Dudley’s room?”
“Ah yes, Professor Dursley’s new residence of course” She replied with a wry smile. “The staff wing is located on the 4th floor. You’ll find your room located behind the portrait with the three songstresses. The password is television. Be sure to have a pleasant evening. Will Miss Penny be accompanying you?”
“Not that I’m aware of.” Dudley replied turning beetroot.
“Ah well just for future reference the... partners of Professors are allowed to live within their residence however... It is to be expected that this arrangement remains discreet to the students. Understood?”
Dudley nodded silently looking at the ground.
“Well in that case I bid you both good night.” She said as the gargoyle leapt out of her way. “Oh and do try and get some sleep Potter. You look like you could use it.”
“Thanks Professor. I’ll try.”
With that she nodded curtly and made her way up to the head masters office and I can only presume to bed.
“Want me to go with you to the fourth floor?” I asked Dudley with a yawn.
“No thanks. I want to find it myself. If I’m going to be working here I want to learn my own way around. I don’t want to be the idiot professor who needs to be chaperoned everywhere.” He replied.
“Alright then. Night Dud.”
“G’night Harry.” He replied before we went our separate ways.
By the time I got back to Gryffindor tower I was knackerd. I mumbled the password to the fat lady and hobbled my way into the common room. Where Ginny was sat in her pj’s waiting for me.
“Everyone else has gone to bed already. I said I’d wait up and say good night.” She said softly. Standing and giving me a hug.
“You smell good.” I mumbled into her hair.
“Well thank you Mr Potter now off to bed with you. You look like you’re about to fall asleep on your feet.”
“I am.” I yawned. “Good night love.” I said kissing her head.
“Good night Harry. Sleep well, sweet dreams.”
“And to you.” I replied as we both climbed the staircase to bed.
I must admit over the next few weeks Dudley worked really hard. When he wasn’t trying to help out he was in the library with a pile of books. Trying to plan his lessons. Infact... he was almost a little too obsessed with it. I knew he meant well but the poor guy was stressing himself out before he’d even begun. He’d taken out every book on muggle studies out of the library and was often found camped out in the library, his office or private quarters with his nose in at least two of them. It was only the beginning of July. He had a few months left yet. But you couldn’t reason with him.
“I just wanna be ready...” He’d mumble. Penny often made attempts to soothe him, sitting with him and rubbing his back and shoulders.
The progress of rebuilding the school was going well. In fact we even had another two green houses now, as well as a few extra classrooms. I guess you can say with all things bad comes some good. At the rate things are going everything will be done with by the end of the month. I’ll admit I’m looking forward to my own home back in Grimmauld Place... In saying that, that will need some work too. Having something to do and keep me busy will be good though I think.
Kingsley’s popped in a few times, to see how we’re all getting on. Have a feeling he’s not saying something though. He keeps having private conversations with Neville, Ron, Hermione and I., to see how we’re all getting on. Have a feeling he’s not saying something though. He keeps having private conversations with Neville, Ron, Hermione and I.
I have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with working at the ministry. I know their short on aurors at the moment. I’ve had a lot of time to think about it and mull over things. But haven’t really decided yet if I’ll come back to Hogwarts to do my final year or not. I know Hermione is set on it though, I wouldn’t expect any different of her if I’m honest. The big question I suppose is Ron. If she stays will he? I guess only time can tell really.
AUTHORS NOTE: I know it’s a terribly short and uneventful chapter. Especially after such a wait for an update but I promise the next one will be longer. I’m so so sorry. Please don’t forget to leave a review.
Love Ms D