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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.43

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Belle set the three-quarters full bucket on the floor of the carriage in front of Eric. The odd slug was still squeezing through his lips but the worse of it seemed to have passed.

“Rufus is a dead man.”

“I’m not…. I’m not sure it was…. Bleeeeech… him,” gasped Eric as another six inch long slug oozed from his mouth. “I never saw… I never saw who zapped me.”

“It was him Eric. We both know it.”

“Don’t’… get yourself into trouble for me Belle.”

“It’s not for you Eric. It’s for everyone here. He’s a menace and has to be taught a lesson.”

Belle reached over and put a comforting hand on Eric’s shoulder, then slipped the golden snitch into Eric’s pocket.

“What would you do to him anyways Belle,” asked Cass...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.42

Rose year 6 avie1Dierdre stood in the doorway of the last car, making sure the rest of the younger students got off and made their way to the right carriages. First year seem like such a lifetime ago now that she found it difficult to relate to ones this young and new to wizarding anymore. Maybe being a prefect would help her out with that.

She finally exited after the last child and grabbed her suitcase and cloak before turning to find the prefect carriages. Already she could tell, from the commotion on the train earlier, that this was going to be an interesting year at the ancient school of magic. Her blue eyes scanned for Rose, hoping to ride with her to Hogwarts.

After a moment or so she spotted the familiar head of golden hair, way at the back of the station and hurried over to her...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.41

Laun year 6 avieLaun sat back in the carriage still enjoying some of the sweets he had bought off the train. Sam jumped on just before the carriage took off. He noticed she had an odd look on her face as she sat down next to him. Laun non-verbally offered her some of the sweets, holding some of them out to her. She showed no sign of noticing this gesture.

“Hey Sammers… is something wrong?” He asked popping a meatloaf flavored every flavor bean in his mouth. Her eyes flickered from the candy to his face.

“Men. You lot SUCK.”

“Wow, okay it’s gonna be one of those discussions. Are we talking about any man in particular or are we all pigs again?” He said now munching on a pumpkin pasty.

“Both,” she muttered viciously, grabbing a licorice wand and biting into it ferociously.

“Tell me of your tro...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.40

Rose year 6 avie1Belinda had just began to move away from Charlie’s compartment, his golden snitch clutched in her hand as her name was called out by two people moving quickly towards her – Cassidy and Ambrosia.

““Hey there. How is the ride treating you so far? I figure we should be pulling into Hogsmeade right…”

Belle paused as she noticed the concerned look on the duo’s faces.

““What’s wrong?”

“Belle, don’t you usually ride with Eric?”

““Always, the only way I can make sure he arrives to Hogwarts without being transmogrified into a tea cozy before school even starts. I just left him for a few minutes to get something from Charlie.”

“You left him alone?”

““Just for a minute. I locked the compartment behind me. He should be fine. Why what’s going on?”

‘We think...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.39

Danny year 6 avie1Dierdre opened the door to the compartment to find Dan and Cissy chatting and laughing. Smirking to herself at the sudden silence that engulfed the cabin, she fixed her cool gaze on Dan. “I’m supposed to remind you that you’d look foolish if you decided not to leave after the train has stopped,” she reported, clearly sharing some of Ambrosia’s amusement at the situation. “You’re free to go.”

Dan sighed and stood. “This trip seemed to go quick.” He smiled at Cissy. “Talk to ye later, okay?”

A chorus of giggles erupted from the assembled girls, but Cissy replied, “That’d be great. Maybe we can go for a flight sometime?”

Danny sputtered something that sounded vaguely positive as he left the compartment. ‘What’m I thinkin’?’Dan wondered. ‘I cannae fly fer nothing! I have t’ do somethin’.’

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.38

Hogwarts-CrestShawn sat in a posture that many who knew him would have been shocked to see. Shoulder’s hunched, face pensive, chin in hand and elbows on knees as he seemed to engage Major in a staring contest, he was sunk deep in thought.

“I think you were trying to kill me…”

“You reckon he was just trying to get me to shut up old man?” he asked the owl. Major just glared at him, perched on the armrest of the seat opposite him. “Right, he’s not the sort to go in for shock treatment, so to speak.” He chuckled weakly at his own joke, but it was forced, even to his ears.

“I think you were trying to kill me…”

He felt more than saw Major bristle, puffing up in agitation as his head swiveled to look out the compartment door’s window...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.37

Orlando year 6 avie1“You wouldn’t lie to me would you, Fooze?” Samantha Monkshood had her arm tucked into his and was chugging them along down the narrow aisle of the train.

“Samalander, A kinnae lie to ye, hen.” She was moving with enough speed that when he stopped it almost pulled her back off her feet. MacFoozle took a deep breath and, gripping her square by the shoulders, looked deep into her eyes. They were a soft green, like perfectly worn picnic grass. “Sam…” His voice was tender and sincere.

His nose was so close to hers. Sam swallowed hard, realizing for a moment how dry her throat was.”Yeah?”

“A would totally lie to ye.” He winked and started walking again. “But Ah’mno lying tae ye now.”

Sam’s face tightened up toward her nose...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.36

Rose year 6 avie1With that she firmly closed the door and grinned at Cass. “I love being a prefect.”

Cass smiled wanly at Rose. “Just don’t try to ‘prefect’ me into a room with the girl of your choice, and we’ll be fine.”

Ambrosia looked back at him with an expression of mock surprise. “Me? I’d never do such a thing.”

“Of course not,” he replied, smiling a bit brighter despite himself. That was one thing you could always count on from Ambrosia… she could turn rain into sunshine. It was one of the reasons Cassidy loved being around her. While she did little to assuage the feelings of impending doom, she definitely chased away the gloom. And that counted for something.

“So, about this dream…,” she said, looking around to make sure no one else was within earshot...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.35

Hogwarts-CrestBelle made her way through the train, listening closely to the compartments for the tell-tale sign of a laugh she knew all too well.

After wandering the corridor for ten minutes the laugh came ringing in loud and clear. Sliding open a compartment door, she just Charlie Weasley and Terrence Zhang laughing themselves silly as Lou Lou Chesterhaven recounted a tale of the first time she tried to mend a bowtruckle.

“… next thing I knew, Kettleburn had a whole shaft of twigs stuffed up his..”

“Belle!” said Charlie Weasley, cutting across Lou’s tale. “What brings my…” Charlie pretended to count on his fingers, “Eleventh favourite quidditch player by?”

“Very funny Weasley...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.34

Danny year 6 avie1Danny was trapped. Rose had done a masterful job of setting him up. He sat down on the empty bench, only to have Cecilia plant herself beside him.

Cissy smiled, a sweet little smirk that made Danny’s brain lock up. “So… I’m supposed to question you?”

“Er.. Yeah… er.. I um guess so…” ‘Bravo, Danny,’ he thought. ‘That sterling dialogue will surely win ‘er over.’

“Things only you’d know?”

Deciding that silence was golden, Dan only nodded.

“Okay, Danny.” Cissy was not going to be deterred. With a smile, she asked, “Where’d you have dinner last Tuesday?”

Danny’s eyes fell. As he made a detailed examination of the floorboards in the compartment, he replied,”Yuir house.” This prompted a chorus of giggling from the assembled third years lasses.

“And who else was there?” she asked, eyelashes...

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