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Chapter 9 : Honor
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It was Halloween night and many people in the Great Hall had been wondering where the Ravenclaw Seeker, Cho Chang, had been for the last couple of weeks. Many figured she had been transferred back to Asia where she had studied previously. Harry and the other D.A members knew better.
Harry had held a meeting previously that had warned the D.A. members that Dumbledore would tell the school in his own way. Harry wanted to respect Cho and Cedric in any way he could. So by keeping the rumors low, he could keep Cho’s death a secret.
Dumbledore had a serious look on his face. He was not smiling, he was not laughing, he was just gazing at the student with his old, tired eyes. Professor McGonagall had tears in her eyes. Dumbledore motioned for the students to silence. He began speaking and Harry paid his utmost attention to the words.
“I understand that there has been some confusion as to the whereabouts of Voldemort. I also understand that there is confusion as to the whereabouts of the seventh year Ravenclaw, Cho Chang. Normally, the two would have no connection. Unfortunately , in this case, it is not a coincidence that I am bringing it up,” he approached.
Many confused heads turned to look at one another. A series of shrugs followed the unanswered questions. The members of the D.A. just bowed their heads in silence and respect.
He paused, reflecting on what he would say. Many students had put two and two together and realized Cho was gone. The question was, how? Ginny had tears in her eyes, silently streaming down her face. She turned to look at Harry and he gave her a saddened expression.
“Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter are also a connection to the whereabouts of these two individuals,” Dumbledore said. The whole Great Hall had turned their head to the Gryffindor table to look at Harry and Ginny.
“A few weeks ago, Ginny Weasley was kidnapped from the castle by Voldemort and his Death Eaters. They then took her to the Forbidden Forest, the same place they had visited previously and killed Professor Remus Lupin. Voldemort sent one message to Harry Potter and Harry clearly understood the meaning,” Dumbledore paused. There was not a dry eye in the castle, other than the usual grinning Slytherins including Draco Malfoy and his posse.
“Harry sent for his group of Defense Against the Dark Arts Members known as the D.A. They all flew to the forest where they began dueling with Voldemort and his followers. I received news of their departure from Professor Sinistra, the Astronomy teacher, who saw the students depart while star-gazing. I then called upon many others and we set out to help the students,” Dumbledore paused again, and set his eyes upon Harry. Harry did not return his gaze.
He wanted Dumbledore to know that no one was killed until the Order showed up. Not that Cho wouldn’t have died anyways, just that the Order couldn’t stop Voldemort any better than Harry.
“When I came into the forest, Harry had taken over a duel with Lord Voldemort, upon personal risk, to stop Cho Chang’s earlier duel with Voldemort. I then took over so the students could escape from danger. Unfortunately, it seems that the D.A. were a little too determined and did not want to leave until Voldemort was killed. Another unfortunate thing is that Voldemort was not the one killed that night. Cho Chang received a killing curse from him before there was anything I could do. I know that this all may be too much to take in at the moment, but I don’t wish to dishonor Cho’s memory and by telling you, you know that she went down fighting for all of our safety. I think it is only right to award Ravenclaw house 80 points in Cho’s memory. 40 points to Hufflepuff for their help in fighting, and 70 points to Gryffindor and Harry Potter for their courageous efforts. Now, please raise your goblets in honor of Cho Chang,” he concluded. The name Cho Chang spread through the Great Hall.
“Harry, do you think that Voldemort is going to come back to Hogwarts?” Hermione asked in a worried voice. She, Harry, Ron, Neville, and Ginny were sitting in the Gryffindor Common Room in front of the fire.
“There is no doubt in my mind,” Harry answered. “But, Dumbledore will have put extra security on the castle, don’t you think? He wouldn’t let it happen again,” Ginny said.
She had been keeping to herself a lot lately. Harry couldn’t help but feel that Ginny was blaming herself for Cho’s death. He had been feeling the same way.
“I don’t know if he’ll enter the castle again. But I am almost positive he will try and lure me out somehow,” Harry replied. Ron was sitting, staring at the flames. Neville had been silent as well. They knew it was Harry and Ginny’s battle not theirs, Hermione on the other hand, had no problem voicing what she thought.
“But Harry, you have to remember how Sirius died. You need to stay on guard at all times because Voldemort has lured you before. Keep your eyes open,” Hermione said.
She was looking at Ron for support but he gave her a look that clearly said, ‘Don’t mention Sirius.’ Harry just shrugged her off. He had been going to Occlumency with Dumbledore, as an extra precaution.
Cedric was sitting in the darkness with Cho by his side. They had not talked much, it felt too weird. They often watched their friends at school’s lives but mainly they had been watching Harry with the Potters and Sirius Black and Professor Lupin. Cho had watched the Halloween dinner and had tears to her eyes. She had been to a ceremony just like that where Dumbledore had announced Cedric’s death.
“Cedric, um, I have a question?” she asked. She often asked questions about the new place she had been brought to.
“Yeah?” he asked her, without taking his eyes off of Harry.
“Why haven’t any of the Death Eaters or Peter Pettigrew turned up here? You told me Harry had killed him. How come they don’t have to come here?” she asked.
“Well, they’re probably in hell right now. We are here because we were killed by Lord Voldemort himself or one of his followers. Unfortunately we are here until he is killed,” Cedric said.
“Oh, but when is Voldemort going to die?” Cho asked.
“I really don’t know. I hope soon, because I cannot live any longer with this cold dark feeling inside all the time. Harry better hurry soon, he isn’t the only one suffering,” Cedric said, gripping his hands together.
“What do you mean ‘Harry’ better hurry. How do you know he’s going to be the one to kill Voldemort?” Cho asked, kind of suspicious as to how Cedric knew all this information.
“Simple. Fifth year Harry discovered a prophecy that mentioned him being the one to conquer the Dark Lord forever. So basically, he is our only chance of leaving this place,” Cedric said quietly.
They returned to watching Harry.
“Hurry soon Harry,” Cho whispered.
“Harry, I am going to go to bed. We can talk tomorrow about this. It’s getting late. Goodnight you guys,” Hermione called as she walked up the stairs leading to the girls dormitories.
“Yeah, we better crash too,” Ron said as he got up, stretched, and yawned. Neville nodded and followed Ron up the stairs. It was Harry and Ginny alone again. They had been left alone a lot and had not talked about what had happened.
“Gin, listen. We need to talk,” Harry said.
She looked at him and nodded.
“I have wanted to for some time but couldn’t really say what I wanted,” she said.
“Well, I want you to know that I won’t let anything like that happen again,” he said.
She looked at him once more and said, “Harry, it’s not your fault they took me. I don’t even know why they did. Probably some weird plot to get me back in the diary.”
“I know why Ginny,” Harry said quietly.
Ginny looked at him.
“They wanted me to go into the forest to rescue you. They used you to get to me,” he said.
“Why would they take me?” Ginny asked.
“Because I love you,” Harry said quietly.
“You what?” she asked.
“You heard me. I have for a while. When they took you I thought my whole life had shattered. I had to go. Unfortunately, Voldemort knows how I think and knew I would come after him to rescue you,” Harry said, looking her square in the eyes.
“Oh Harry, why didn’t you tell me?” Ginny asked.
“I thought you were over me and wouldn’t want to hear this load about me loving you. You’d have to know that to know why they took you,” he said.
“Harry, I love you too,” she said. It was his time to be surprised.
“YOU WHAT??” Harry asked.
“Yea, I love you. I always have, well, not always, before it was a schoolgirl crush. But since fifth year I have secretly liked you. I had to do everything to take my mind off of you,” she said.
“I don’t want anything else to happen to you,” he said as he got up.
She got up too and stood in front of him.
“I can take care of myself. You worry about defeating V-V-Vold-e-emort to save more people.” she said. He looked at her, in her eyes, and saw that she was dead serious. He leaned down and pressed his lips against hers.
“Aw. She’s the one James, the one,” Lily cried.
James found that his wife got more and more emotional as the years passed. When Harry graduated he was sure he was in for Niagara Falls.
“I knew it would be her. I knew it!” Lily rejoiced.
“I just hope he thinks about Voldemort’s plans before getting serious with her. If he really cared he would keep her out of danger,” James said.
Lily looked at her husband with disgust.
“James, would you have let Voldemort stop us from falling in love?” Lily asked.
“Well, no, but this is different.”
“How?” she asked.
“Well, I don’t know.”
“Ok, fine you’re right. She is the one he is supposed to be with,” James finally said.
Sirius and Remus just shook their heads. Lily and Cho returned to the scene, with tears in their eyes.
A/N: I can already inform you that this story is my least favorite. It had an ok plot but I did not write it as well as my others. I only posted this because someone asked me to. I hope this reaches you all soon. Please review.
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