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The Task of Life by checkerschance
Chapter 1 : Dumbledore's request
 
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 'Nargles were out again today' I thought to myself, as I made it back to the Ravenclaw common room. It was still very early in the morning, most other people were still at breakfast, but I decided that I could use some alone time. Just me, and the Nargles, but they never came close to me, my radish earing always kept them away.

I got up to the top of Ravenclaw tower, and I was happy to know that the riddle was one that I had heard before, so I didn't have to sit there thinking for a long time, like I often had to do. The eagle never lived my answers about Glupling Pimplies, Nargles, or Wrackspurts!

"Which came first, the phoenix, or the flame?" the eagle asked.

"A circle has no beginning." I said in a really happy voice. The door opened and just as I was about to go up into my room, a voice stopped me.

"Miss Lovegood." Professor McGonagall said.

"Yes Professor?" I turned, confused.

"Professor Dumbledore asked me to ask you to come by his office tonight after dinner."

"To his office? Have I done something wrong?" I asked, completely surprised.

"I don't know dear, but please make sure you are there." She said, smiled and walked out of the common room. I was taken back, in the five and a half years I had been at Hogwarts, I had never been asked to go to Dumbledore's office by myself. I had been in there once in fourth year, but that was because of what happened at the Ministry of Magic. I was completely lost in thought that I didn't realize that I had been walking out of the room, and was almost at the great hall. Why was I going here? I shrugged and started back up to my room.

Almost as soon as I had turned to leave, a voice stopped me.

"Hey Luna" I turned and saw Harry walking towards me.

"Hi Harry, I see that you're still having that problem with the Wrackspurts." I pointed to the small creatures flying around his head.

"What? Oh, yeah, I guess." He laughed

"Anything you need Harry?" I wondered

"Just wishing all of my friends a Happy Christmas" He said with a smile. "I'm leaving for winter break to go to the Weasleys house" He explained.

"Oh that's wonderful!" I smiled, "I hope you have a great time!"

"So what are your plans for Christmas?" he asked me.

"Oh, I plan on staying here, I've never stayed for Christmas here before, so I thought I'd see what it's like." I said with a big smile.

"Oh, that sounds like a good time, Hey I have to go, the trains leaving soon. Bye Luna" He waved, and started walking away.

"Bye Harry! Tell Hermione and Ron I said Happy Christmas!"

"Will do!" He yelled halfway down the hall.

I smiled, and walked back to Ravenclaw Tower.







After dinner, I walked quickly to Dumbledore's office, when I got there I realized that I needed a password to get in, Nobody told me! So I sat on the ground, and waited for someone to show up. After about ten minutes, Dumbledore came down his stairs, saw me and smiled.

"I realized that I had never given you the password, I apologize. It's "Santa" That's a holiday character that muggles came up with! He brings people toys on Christmas! Isn't that wonderful!" He grinned. "Well come along!" He said, not giving me a chance to reply to the 'Santa' Thing.

"Yes sir." I said, and followed him up into his office. He sat down behind his desk, so I sat in the chair across from him. "What is it that you asked me here for sir?"

"Well Miss. Lovegood, you are here because I have to ask you to do me a favor. It is completely alright if you say no to my request."

"Okaaay?" I said

" What I am about to ask you to do might be dangerous, but could result in saving thousands of lives."

"What is it that you want me to do?" I asked, very eager to know how I could save so many lives.

" I want you to go into the past." He said.

"To do what, Sir?" I asked.

"Before I answer, do you know what a Horcrux is?"

"Yes sir. I overheard Harry and Ron talking about them."

"I need you to stop Tom Riddle from making his first Horcrux. I need you to stop him from becoming the Dark Wizard that he is today. I need you to stop Tom Riddle from becoming Lord Voldemort."

I was completely caught off guard, and terrified at once. I was also confused as to why he was asking me, and not one of the Golden Trio.

"You're probably wondering why I chose you." He said, it was almost like he was reading my mind, which he very well could have been doing, he is a wizard after all.

"Yes, Sir." I managed to say.

"I picked you, over everyone else, because I believe you can make a difference, without killing him. If I sent anyone else, they would kill Tom on spot, without blinking an eye. But I think that you can change him. You are a very bright girl, with a very kind heart, and I know that you're the only one who would be able to do this the right way, and change the future."

I was at a loss for words, and Dumbledore obviously noticed this.

"If you accept this task, and succeed, Tom will never be Voldemort. He would just be Tom Riddle. There wouldn't be any death eaters, the war over sixteen years ago never would have happened. Thousands of people would be alive again. Cedric Digory, and James and Lily Potter would have never died either."

"What happens if I fail?" I barley whispered.

"If you fail this task, things would either be the same as they are now, or quite worse.." He looked at me, with an apologetic look in his eyes.

"I accept." I said firmly, then wiped the tears out of my eyes.

Could I really do this? Could I, Luna Lovegood, the girl nobody understood, save the Wizarding world once and for all?

 


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