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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.73

Orlando year 6 avie1The foursome stepped into the street from the snow covered knoll known as Dungallan park that rose up from the waterfront. The street was dark between the intermittent lights that hung over the road that crawled up and wound around the bend of the sound. The rise of the earth opposite the street and the smattering of homes over it blocked off most of the city, leaving only a gentle glowing silhouette around the earthy darkness.

Still holding her hand, Orlando squeezed Nicollette’s fingers and gave a nod of the head up the road. “C’mon. It’s no far.”

The four of them strolled along the wet street, soft snowflakes dropping from the starry sky. With every step the lilting din of celebration grew from a faint sound to a rolling buzz...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.72

Nicolette year 6 avie1Tom stood at the full length mirror that stood at his closet door. His face was pulled into a thoughtful scowl as he stared at the reflection. He already had on a charcoal gray shirt, black trousers and highly polished black shoes.

“Why did she have to pick green?” Tom mumbled to himself as he flicked through the forest of ties that littered the inside of his closet. Not a single green among them. He had plenty of reds and blues, a few blacks as well but green alluded him. His eyebrows furrowed in thought an he pulled his wand from off the dresser as he picked up on of the myriad of blue ties and flicked his wand almost nonchalantly toward it...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.66

Nicolette year 6 avie1“May A sit?” She wore a small, almost knowing smile. It wasn’t wholly unlike the smile she had given back at Thanksgiving in the DuMorne kitchen when the girl had cut her palm. This time those eyes looked more creased at the corners. She looked older. Perhaps she was just tired. Either way, the smile was just as warm.

With a small nod, Nicolette gave her consent to her boyfriend’s mother. Unlike the other parent’s she was nervous instead of uncomfortable. This was her boyfriend’s mother, the woman who gave birth to and the only parent of her soul mate. She swallowed hard and looked up to the woman. “Of course.”

The mattress shifted a little as she sat beside her. Rhane’s head tilted, giving just a cursory look at the girl’s injury...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.65

Céilidh year 6 avie1Céilidh stared at Orlando for some time. It was obvious to her that he’d had a rough time with whatever had happened and she could only wonder about the state of Danny’s and Rose’s housemate. Orlando’s girlfriend. The fact that they had called on her mother – that the family had seen fit to call on Dumbledore for support – was more than enough indication on the seriousness of the situation. She could tell by the set of his shoulders, by the way his right heel tapped silently against the deep pile of the rug, that he was more concerned with the girl upstairs than any injuries he might have.

She watched him looking everywhere in the room except at her...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.64

Rose year 6 avie1Under the strength of her cousin and her brother’s arms, Nicolette was carried to the Llewellyn’s guest room. They said soothing and reassuring things as they carefully set her down on the bed. Their fingers slipped from around her and the mattress creaked gently as it adjusted to the weight of her thin figure.

She touched the ugly black and blue ring around her neck lightly and winced. It burned So did her throat. Each breath was pained with the constricting echo from her mother’s wand. She wet her lips, still feeling the searing sting from trying to speak.

Her eyes rose. She was surrounded by three faces. The three closest friends she had known her whole life. Danny, Rose, Tommy. They were more than friends. They had been family.

“Relax, hon. You’re safe now...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.63

Tommy year 6 avie1“Man,” Tommy sighed as he hoisted an empty tray of pasties from off of the mantle, “it’s rubbish that Céilidh and her folks had to leave so early to go see her Grandpa. She’s missing out on some really excellent cleaning.”

“Céilidh was here early to help your mom with the set up,” Rose reminded him, leaning against the doorway for a moment before continuing her quest for empty glasses.

Danny walked by and patted his housemate on her shoulder. “Sit doon, hen. Let me tak’ care o’ they hee haw cups.” He smiled as he steered her to an empty chair. “A’m sure ye’r worn oot frae playing hostess. Keeping a’ they plates spinning ‘n’ th’ streamers straecht.” He hoped the girl didn’t miss the emphasis he’d placed on the last to words.

“Oh no.” Tom grinned...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.62

Nicolette year 6 avie1Her laugh was light and amused as she led him out the hallway and back down the stairs. “You really want to cook dinner in our kitchen?”

“Why?” He followed her back down to the main floor. “Is it juist a big open pit wi a caudron oor something?”

“Of course not! I just never really think about people cooking. We have the elves at school and Nettie has always been the cook here.” They kept on the path further into the house, away from the library. The walls were lined with display cases full of strange containers of all sized filled with all manner of things; horns, hooves, eyes, unidentifiable parts. At the end of the hallway, wooden floors gave way to stone as they entered the large old fashioned kitchen in the back of the house.

“Wow...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.61

Orlando year 6 avie1Nicolette’s parents had only been gone for a few hours and she was already bored. Not feeling in the mood for company, she had sent the help home to spend the holiday with their own families. In their absence, the house was big and dark and quiet. Her parents were in Sur la Mer visiting her mother’s side of the family. Not wanting to be a part of the giant dark wizard gathering it promised to be, she had convinced them to leave her home alone and they had agreed with little resistance. As far as they knew, she wasn’t dating or even remotely interested in anyone so there wasn’t a chance of last year repeating itself. She had been confined to the house and told they would know if she left but she had no intention of leaving regardless.

The girl lit a fire in the hearth and the green ...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.59

Danny year 6 avie1The Great Hall was decked with greenery and ribbons, as it always was for the Christmas feast. A light snow was falling throughout the room as excited students poured in for their last Hogwarts meal before the Holiday.

“I love Hogwarts at Christmas.”Tommy smiled. He threw his arm around his girlfriend and squeezed her tightly. “It’ll be interesting to see what Professor Flitwick has cooked up. The can-caning suits of armor last year will be tough to top.”

“Aye,” Céilidh agreed, snaking her arm around Tommy’s waist. “Ah thought Sur Cadogan wid ne’er stop complaining that na proper knight wid be caught deid daein’ something lik’ that.”

Tom laughed “When he challenged the Professor to a joust of honor, I thought I was going to die.”

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly!” Laun entered the gr...

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Agents of MAGIC – Hogwarts Year 6: The Ties That Bind 2.55

Nicolette year 6 avie1Helena wove through the Slytherin chasers as she shot toward the goal. She glanced around, then pulled up short and fired a quick pass to Danny. As he evaded the Slytherins, Alfie Gallacher pulled up alongside him and batted away first one bludger, then the other.

Danny spotted Owen Mellan shooting for the goal and with a shout of “Hey Irish!” flung the ball to Owen, who juked left to draw Slytherin’s keeper out of position, then blasted right and hammered in a goal.

Nicolette Ainscough watched the game pass along, her chin resting in her palm, as usual. Quick eyes perpetually scanned the field for that little golden ball. She maintained just as much awareness of the whereabouts of her former friend, Mariella Raven.

Just as aware on the field was that Slytherin Seeker...

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