Chapter 8 : The Ring of Life
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"Harrie, you have to be careful, in fact, we all should be careful, we all saw what happened, we know how powerful he really is," replied Nora with watery eyes. She had been crying the whole night.
Michael and Sean both sat quietly and listened to the conversation, Mr and Mrs Thomas, Prof Alliver and Prof Hagrid were having. The first words came from Prof Hagrid, "Wer' all ter'bly sorry fer the loss, Lisa shouldn't stay here, she should go home," he offered with a twinkle in his small eyes.
"No, Lisa will stay here, she wants to stay," replied Mr Thomas with a shaky voice.
Prof Alliver looked confused, "But, sir, her sister was just killed last night..."
Mrs Thomas interrupted, "We know that professor, but our other daughter wants to stay and we're not stopping her."
"Ma'am, y'ur daugh'er may be in danger! Ya' can' jus' leave 'er here to be an open target!" shouted Prof Hagrid.
Mr Thomas's eyes opened wide, but before he could react to what Prof Hagrid just said, Prof Alliver exclaimed in a low voice, "Calm down everyone. If you want your daughter to stay, then she may stay, but I must say, it's very uncaring of you."
"We believe in letting our children make their own discisions," said Mr Thomas.
Mrs Thomas whispered with a shaky voice,"We'll be going now, professors, good day. Bye, sweetheart, I love you," she said as she gave Lisa a kiss on the forehead.
"Bye, daddy loves you too," said Mr Thomas with a big grin.
Lisa looked straight at her parents with her eyes as watery as ever, "I love you too," she said as she gave them both a hug.
"Goodbye, Mr and Mrs Thomas," said Profs. Alliver and Hagrid in unison as they left the Great Hall.
Michael turned around to see Harrie and Nora with their eyes opened wide, "I can't believe they're letting her stay!" he exclaimed.
"I can't believe she wants to stay," said Sean as he turned around, "I'd do anything to go home right now."
"Me too. I mean, who knows who Mythalius might get next," said Nora .
Harrie frowned, "Probably me," she said to herself, but she was still loud enough for Nora to hear.
"Not with that bracelet. As long as you have that on, nothing bad will happen, not to you at least," said Nora matter-of-factly.
"Yeah, I guess," sighed Harrie with a frown.
* * * * *
Harrie woke up extremely early the next morning. Everything that had happened just two days ago, horrified her. "Don't I realize that I witnessed a death of one of my best friends and it was my fault?" she asked herself. As she looked around the dormitory, she saw someone missing, where was Nora? "It's way too early to get up," she said to herself. She jumped out of the bed, placed her slippers on her feet, and quietly sneaked out of the dormitory.
As she looked around the common room, she heard a strange noise coming from her left side. She heard it again. She walked slowly toward the origin of the sound, it was the bookcase, shaking. "What's this?" she asked herself as she slowly crept toward the bookcase. Then suddenly, the bookcase twirled around to reveal a bright white light. Harrie found herself being sucked into the light, closer and closer she came, but then, the light disappeared, and Harrie found herself in the abandoned part of the Forbidden Forest.
The forest made no sound whatsoever. Harrie walked slowly forward until she sighted a light come right in front of her. It was Nora, holding her lit wand right in Harrie's face, "Harrie, thank goodness you've found me, I've been here for hours, lucky I had Crystal here with me," exclaimed Nora with a bright smile.
"Hi, Nora, who's Crystal?" asked Harrie.
"I am," said a tall, blue-skinned girl with long wings coming from her back and long dark hair.
Harrie smiled, "Hi, er, I don't mean to be rude, but what are you?" she asked.
"I am half Pixy and half witch," she answered.
"Pixy and a witch?" exclaimed Harrie with a surprised face.
Nora smiled, "Don't ask, you don't wanna know," she replied.
"Okay," said Harrie with a confused voice.
Crystal turned to Harrie, "Listen, Harriette, you must not take off your bracelet, for it contains powers beyond which you can believe. Mythalius is after you because you are the only one that stands in the way of his reign, but what he does not know, is that the only way to get past your bracelet is the Ring of Life," she said.
Harrie made a confused face, "The Ring of Life? Whats that?" she asked.
Crystal briefly answered, "It was a ring that was created many years ago by Albus Dumbledore. It was made to revive a person that was near death, not dead. After the death of the Great Dumbledore, nobody has seen the ring since for it was taken, yet I tell you, the one who has taken the ring from Dumbledore is in Hogwarts. You must take the ring from him and deliver it to your headmaster only. Do not give it to anyone else, you must not trust anyone. Good luck on your journey, I will be with you in spirit," she vanished into thin air.
"Wow, Harrie, the holder of the ring is in Hogwarts. We have to do something," said Nora with a worried look.
"We better get going then, the sun may still be down, but it's only an hour until someone notices we're gone," replied Harrie as they ran through the forest.
Nora stopped, "Harrie, we can't get there in time! The castle is way up there and we're way down..." she paused. A dark sillowette of a tall man stood inches in front of them.
"Who's there?" asked Harrie swiftly.
The man spoke with a rough, familiar voice, "Help me."
Nora was taken aback, it couldn't be, "I don't believe it, David? Is that you?" she asked.
"Nora, yes, please help me, the werewolf, he's after me," he answered.
"What do you mean? What werewolf? What are you doing here?" asked Nora.
"I--I can't say, the werewolf saw me and attacked, I'm bleeding everywhere, please," he pleaded.
"NO! I won't help a jerk like you, I'd rather let the werewolf kill you then for you to be my uncle!" she shouted.
He stepped forward, "HELP ME NOW YOU NAIVE LITTLE..." the werewolf pounced atop of him.
"NORA, you can't let it kill him!" shouted Harrie.
"I can and I will," answered Nora.
"Nora, listen to me, if it kills him, it'll come after us after," shouted Harrie.
Nora sighed, "Fine, I'll try sunlight, it won't kill it, but it will knock it out long enough for us to get away. Lumos Solarum!" she exclaimed. An extremely bright light shined from her wand, blasting the werewolf off of David and onto the ground.
"Thank you," said David weakly still lying on the ground.
"Shutup and get up! Your coming with us," shouted Nora.
He got up slowly, "DON'T YOU DARE TELL ME TO SHUTUP!" he yelled.
"ENOUGH! LET"S GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE BEFORE THAT THING WAKES UP!" shouted Harrie bitterly. Harrie and Nora held onto David on both sides as they ran up the hill.
"So what are you doing here?" asked Nora with a suspicious tone.
David grimaced, "I'm here to tell you something. I've been hiding this from your family since I met Ginny," he explained.
"Why are you telling me?" asked Nora rudely.
"Because you HATE ME!" he shouted, "Your onto me, I have to tell you, I'm a va--vamp--I'm a vampire!"
"A what!" exclaimed Harrie and Nora at once.
"A blood-sucking VAMPIRE! I want you to kill me, I may kill your aunt, I can't do that," he whimpered.
"All those times--I can't believe I didn't see it before. That's why the werewolf went after you, your an evil being!" shouted Nora as she dropped him.
"Nora, stop, he's asking you to help him, just do it," yelled Harrie.
"Harrie, you don't understand, vampires are the most manipulating creatures ever known to man! We can't trust him! Besides, you can't kill a vampire! No matter what others say, vampires are immortal, they won't die!" explained Nora.
David smiled and revealed huge vampire fangs, "Your a smart one, Nora, but not smart enough to get out of this trap!" At that moment, his skin turned pale white and his eyes began to glow red.
"Harrie! Get away from him!" shouted Nora. Harrie pulled herself from his grip.
"Don't try to get away from me!" He growled in a deep demonic voice as he turned himself into a bat.
Harrie's eyes opened wide, he was heading toward her! But before he got two inches in front of her, a shield came from her bracelet, but he then flew toward Nora.
"Nora! No! Lumos Solarum!" she shouted, pointing the wand at the bat. There was a flash of green light, not coming from her wand, but from something else, and she felt herself fall hard on the ground.
* * * * *
Harrie woke up finding herself in the hospital wing. She saw through the window, nothing but darkness. She looked around the room and saw Nora fast asleep on the bed next to hers. Still sitting atop the bed, she thought about what had happened before she got here, "I don't remember," she whispered to herself, "I--I said a spell, er, Lumos Solarum!" she exclaimed in a low voice, "That's it! I was trying to keep that monster away from Nora, but what happened?" she asked herself, "There was a flash of green light, then, I fell!" she shouted aloud, waking Nora.
"Harrie, is that you?" she asked in a weak voice.
"Yeah, it's me," answered Harrie.
"What happened, Harrie? Where's that stupid, bloody git?" asked Nora as she sat up.
Harrie answered, "I don't know, it's all way too confusing. Did my spell work?" she asked.
Nora answered, "Of course it did, but that was before someone did the death spell on you! Your bracelet protected you!"
"What!" exclaimed Harrie with her eyes opened wide.
"Right after you did your spell," Nora explained, "That git of an uncle ran away and a man came, pulled out his wand, and said the curse," she continued, "The brightness of the rays made me faint, so that's all I can remember," she said.
Harrie couldn't move, someone had tried to kill her! She asked, "Did you see who it was?"
"No, all I saw was his shadow, it looked like a normal wizard," she answered, "How did we get here?" she asked.
"I have no idea," answered Harrie, looking around the room.
"This is way too crazy, I mean, David came out of nowhere, you don't think he and the other wizard planned all this? They might have something something in common," said Nora.
Harrie answered sarcastically, "Yeah, they both wanted me dead."
Nora looked at Harrie cruely, "Honestly, Harrie, it's not funny. Don't talk about death like that, especially after what happened to Ka..."
"STOP!" shouted Harrie, "Please don't mention it. I feel so guilty, it was all my fault. Why did she have to save me? Why is this all happening?" cried Harrie.
"Harrie, it isn't your fault," said Nora calmly, "That's just how it happened and we have to accept that," she explained.
"You can say all you want, but it's never gonna bring her back!" Harrie screamed, "We'll never get to see her again. She--she's gone forever," she cried.
"Yes, but we have to be strong," replied Nora trying to calm Harrie down, "Especially now that Mythalius is after you, the Dominii are all around us, David is after us, and our Ring of Life quest has to be fulfilled," she said with a tear rolling down her cheek.Harrie smiled. Nora smiled back, "Let's go to sleep, we have a big adventure ahead of us," she said still smiling.
* * * * *
Harrie and Nora were wakened by he doors of the hospital wing opening. Madame Pomfrey, the nurse, and Prof McGonagall stepped into the room. "Miss Potter, Miss Weasley, because of what happened last night, you will have to speak with Professor Hagrid, he will decide your punishment," explained Prof McGonagall.
"Punishment, Professor?" exclaimed Harrie loudly.
Prof McGonagall answered, "Yes, Miss Potter, punishment. You both were found in the abandoned section of the Forbidden Forest, you both were told not to go there, so for that, you will be punished. Follow me," she ordered.
Harrie and Nora put on their robes and followed Prof McGonagall up the stairs and toward the headmaster's office. They stood still in front of the sign that read:
"Chocolate Frog," exclaimed Prof McGonagall. The wall with the sign whirled around to reveal a flight of stairs leading to the office. "Go on, you two," she ordered.
Harrie and Nora walked swiftly up the stairs and stepped in front of the door. Nora slowly opened the door slowly to reveal a, well, mess. Papers lying on the floor, books in a stack on each corner of every room, a dog drooling on a couch, bats flying across the room, and a stench that was so bad, Harrie felt like vomiting, "Professor?" she asked as she an Nora crept in.
"Yes?" said the deep voice of Prof Hagrid.
"Professor McGonagall said that you will tell us our punishment," said Nora looking around the room for Prof Hagrid.
"Yes, but firs' ya' have to tell me how ya' got there in the firs' place," he explained.
Nora quickly responded, "Professor, we can't really explain how we got there."
"An' why is tha'?" he asked curiously.
"Because you might not believe us," Harrie explained.
"Harrie, trus' me, I mean, it's not like ya' fell through a bookcase," he exclaimed jokingly as he began to laugh.
"Actually, professor, thats exactly what happened," said Nora slowly.
Prof Hagrid's laughing ceased, "Oh, well then, tha's odd," he exclaimed, blushing.
Nora begged, "Please, Professor, it's true, you have to believe us."
"Ah'righ', I believe ya', besides, ev'rytime yur' parents told me somthin' I didn't believe 'em, it's kinda sad, really,"said Prof Hagrid wearily.
"Thank you so much, Professor," said Harrie smiling.
Prof Hagrid smiled, "Yur' welcome, by the way, don' call me professor, jus' Hagrid, I can tell you why, but it's a long story, it's kinda sad really," said Hagrid again.
"Is everything really sad?" asked Harrie while trying to hold in her laughter.
"Yes, actually, it's kinda sad really," answered Hagrid, not knowing that he said it again, "Enough laughter, back to what we were talking about. What happened when you fell into the forest?"
Harrie and Nora explained everything with much detail.
* * * * *
It was lunch time by the time Harrie and Nora left the office. "I can't believe he still gave us detention! After all that explaining!" shouted Harrie as they walked toward the Great Hall.
"Trust me, Harrie, it could've been worse," said Nora, trying to calm her down.
"Yeah, I guess your sorta right," said Harrie calmly.
"I am," said Nora sarcastically smiling as they walked into the Great Hall to find Sean, Michael, and a crying Lisa at the end of the Gryffindor table.
"Where in the bloody hell have you two been!" shouted Michael, making every head in the hall turn toward him. He blushed, then slowly sat back down.
"It's a long story, the biggest adventure of our lives so far!" exclaimed Nora as she and Harrie sat at the table with them.
"An adventure huh?" said Lisa in a rude manner, "My sister dies and you two go off on a big adventure!" she yelled, making everyone in the hall stare at her.
Harrie's eyes widened, "Calm down, we didn't mean it like that," she said calmly.
"SHUTUP!" shouted Lisa angrily, "IT'S YOUR FAULT THAT SHE'S DEAD! I HATE YOU!" she screamed. The hall was silent.
Sean responded, "Lisa, they just..."
Lisa's eyes watered, "SHUTUP! You have no idea what I've been going through! Nobody gives a damn about my sister or me! I'd rather die than live in this stupid world!" she cried.
"Lisa, please, don't say that. It wasn't anyone's fault, not Harrie's, not even yours, it was fate," said Nora, trying to calm her down.
"I don't wanna hear your stupid 'fate' speech. I'm leaving, I'm going to the dorm," she said as she got up, "Bye," she said with a shaky voice as she left.
"She's right, it is my fault," said Harrie with a tear rolling down her cheek.
"No, she's feeling the same way you are, she's just looking to blame others for the things that happen," said Nora with a smile.
"I can't believe those things came from her mouth," exclaimed Michael.
"It was almost like she was a different person," Sean replied.
Nora suddenly remembered what she was going to say before the fight, "There's something that we didn't tell Hagrid about," she explained.
"Hagrid? Isn't it Professor Hagrid?" asked Michael wittingly.
"He said it's okay to call him Hagrid," she replied with a smirk.
"Oh, okay, so what was it?" asked Michael.
"The Ring of Life," answered Harrie with a whisper.
Sorry this took so long, I had alot of schoolwork to do. How was it? Chapter nine is coming soon because it's really short. Please R/R if you want.
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