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Chapter 44 : Air, Water, Fire, Earth, and Spirit
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Rosevine strolled down the corridor happily on her way to meet Harry and Remus for training. Suddenly she was pushed into an empty classroom next to her, making her squeal slightly in surprise. She stood up quickly, taking a defensive stance. Malfoy approached her slowly, and Rosevine fought the surge of anger she felt at seeing him smirk.
“Move out of my way Malfoy,” she said calmly as she backed into the wall. She didn’t know how much Malfoy or Voldemort knew about her powers, so she put the effort into maintaining her helpless act. If they thought she was weaker than she was, she wanted to make sure it stayed that way. For all they knew, she didn’t know how to use them. The night in the Malfoy Manor could have been a fluke. Malfoy walked up to her taking up his favorite trapping position—placing his hands on the wall to both sides of her head.
“You really shouldn’t have disobeyed me Rose,” he murmured caressing her cheek.
“And why not?” she teased.
“Because you just made things difficult for yourself. This is war—a war that you won’t win,” he laughed. “In the end, Potter will be dead, and you’ll be my wife.”
“You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into,” Rosevine said glaring up at him.
“I’m not afraid of Potter,” he spat.
“Who said anything about Harry?” she challenged before ducking under his arm and striding to the door. She paused for a moment in the doorway and looked back to Draco momentarily, considering trying to convince him it needn’t be this way. Seeing his smirking, dangerous face glaring back at her, she knew it was pointless for now. She settled for releasing a tiny bit of her power, just enough to let her eyes show who she really was underneath her control. She saw Malfoy’s face falter, even if it was only for a moment, and knew her threat had been clear. She left the room after that, quickly reigning in her power.
The rest of her journey to the Room of Requirement was uneventful. She knew she was stupid to bait Malfoy with her abilities, but she needed him to understand she was stronger than him. If it came down to it, she would protect herself and her friends at whatever cost it came with to her own life. Even if it meant revealing just how strong she was. Maybe if he understood her strength, he wouldn’t be so quick to threaten her.
“There you are, Rosevine,” Harry said. “Professor Lupin was starting to get worried,” he added with a chuckle, approaching her immediately after she entered. He placed a kiss on her cheek softly, causing a blush to spread across her cheeks.
“Shall we get started?” Remus asked with a knowing smile.
“Absolutely,” Rose answered awkwardly at her father having seen her boyfriend’s display of affection.
“If you two intend on fighting next to one another during the war, which I expect you do, I think it is important for you to show Harry exactly what you are capable of, Rosevine,” Remus replied.
“I’ve seen Rosevine use her powers,” Harry said a bit defiantly.
“I doubt what Rose has shown you compares to what she bottles up,” Remus answered. “If she is anything like her mother she’s never shown anyone.”
“Is this true?” Harry asked.
“Yes,” Rose answered nonchalantly. “It’s always been far too dangerous to let my walls down completely. What you’ve seen is nothing, Harry. I’m an Elemental. What I showed you was something a witch could achieve. Lowering my walls enough to release my Elemental Curse changes me. It changes everything,” she explained.
“You’ll see. This isn’t really something I can prepare you for. It isn’t pretty. It isn’t natural.”
“Show us Rosevine, you’ll be safe here. It is just Harry and I. No one to see you.” Rosevine nodded silently, and took a step back from her father and boyfriend. She closed her eyes slowly, inhaling a deep breath. When she released it, she let her power go with it. She felt the energy around her change, and opened her eyes, preparing for the shock on Harry’s face when she did. He looked startled but didn’t stop looking at her as she stared back at him. She knew what he was seeing. Her green and red eyes were gone, replaced by glowing amber orbs with flecks of jade and crimson scattered through her iris. For a moment nothing existed but Harry. She was so afraid he would be appalled by her appearance. Unwillingly she felt the furniture around her levitate from her anxiety. She put her face in her hands, prepared to pull her power back in even though she hadn’t really done anything yet. She felt Harry’s hands pull them away.
“You’re beautiful,” he said caressingly. “Even more so like this, because this is you. This is the real you, without controlling who you are,” he added, stroking Rosevine’s cheek with the back of his hand. Rose glanced to Remus and saw him grinning back at her.
“You look so like your mother in this state. I’m so happy you decided to share this with us,” he said, and Rose caught a gleam of a tear on his face.
“I can feel your power. It’s everywhere,” Harry said in awe.
“The elements are everywhere. Air, water, fire, earth, and spirit.”
“Spirit? Like ghosts?”
“No. Like the energy in all living things. Life itself,” Rose explained.
“I didn’t know that was an element,” Harry returned.
“It’s not generally considered one. But elementals have domain over it. Just like the others, I can manipulate it with nothing more than a thought, but spirit comes with a price. To give life it must be taken, and to take life it must be given. It’s unpredictable at best.”
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