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All Hallows Eve; The Bewitching Hour (part 1)

Posted on Friday, 3rd of May, 2013 @ 5:29pm by Madam Margarita Lopez & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Jennifer Collins & Professor Jean-Paul Sangfroid & Fourth Year (G) Satele Dragomir & Third Year (G) Zack Tepes & Professor Fenris Corrigan & Third Year (S) Kelly Smythe & Seventh Year Prefect (G) Evan Grant & Seventh Year Prefect (R) Reece O'Neil (R) & Seventh Year Prefect (S) Reginald Price & Evil Minion Tiger Lily

Mission: September 1 A new Beginning
Location: Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmead
Timeline: 3 am After the Ball

ON

The full moon hung over Hogwarts castle on All Hallows' Eve visible only through the break in the clouds as a gale had besieged the castle with wind, lightning and heavy rain. The castle shook with every clash of thunder. Not even the ghosts were calm. As the lightning flashed it illuminated a body on the marble floor of the great hall.

Keesha was hungry. She'd been studying hard to make up for a summer of playing outside and reading for fun. But now she had to concentrate on her schoolwork. So far so good, but now she was hungry. She slipped through the dark corridors to the dining hall.

Every now and then a flash of lightning would illuminate the corridor so she knew she was on the right track.

"The lightning had flashed again; Tiger Lily was up in the Chandelier looking down at the woman. The woman was of average appearance; nothing that would make Tiger Lily hate her or anything. SHe had remained here to stay out of that torrant rain, it would affect her flight; not to mention being cold and very wet. Tiger Lily hated to be wet and unable to fly.

She was in the main hall, just a few more meters and she'd be able to slip in and see if there was anyone around who could help her get some food when she kicked something laying on the ground.

Uh oh. She bent over and touched whatever it was. It felt softish. Something covered in clothes. She tried to feel what it was when a lightnight flash illuminated the hall and she screamed. Long and loud.

Tiger Lily rolled over to get a look at noise maker; another female who obviously had never seen a body before. To Tiger Lily it was not a bad thing; the one lying on teh floor and the screamer both were a danger to her kind and in a way deserved, they sought to destroy and once in a while they are destroyed.

It was a body. A dead body. She covered her eyes and continued to scream as loud as she could.

Maggie was reading an ancient tome in bed when she heard the scream. She quickly put on her robe and slippers and hurried towards the sound.

She turned the corner into the great hall and waved her wand, lighting all the torches. "Merciful heavens!" she cried, finding Keesha screaming next to a body.

She hurried over to Keesha and shook her gently. "You can stop now, child. I'm here. What happened?"

Keesha let the scream slowly die before taking her hands off her eyes. "I kicked it. In the dark." She hiccuped. "It's a BODY."

Maggie knelt by the figure and checked for a pulse. No pulse. No breathing. And it was cold. Must have been dead for a while. She waved her wand and a glowing white owl appeared. "Get Professor Nostradamus and Mr. Corrigan."

The patronus flew down the corridor and out of sight.

"Now, she said, turning back to Keesha, "While we wait, let's have a cup of cocoa."

Corrigan was in his guest room, upon the balcony over looking the storm. A strange chill went down his spine as lightening cracked through the sky. "Hmm" a bright blue light came flying up to his balcony and landed on his ledge gave its message.

Corrigan took off and moved quickly jumping over the ledge and sliding down from the roof. Heading for the great hall, using the ledges.

Nicholi had been sitting in his study reading an old tome when a silvery owl alighted on his desk and delivered its message in a twirl of his cloak Nicholi was gone and a few minutes later arrived in the great hall a jet of silvery light shooting from his wand and down to the Defense against the Dark arts corridor.

"What has happened?" Nicholi asked bending down over the body.

"Miss Thompson came to the great hall for a bite to eat and found ... a most distressing site," Maggie said, trying not to upset Keesha again.

"I kicked it," Keesha said, her eyes wide with fear. "I've never seen a dead person before."

"Of course she kicked it, that much is obvious." Nicholi said absently, "but what was she doing here and what happened to her?" he said poking the body with his wand.

Fenris walked in, "I wouldn't be touching the body Professor." he said as he took a knee near the body. Taking his wand out and casting a spell over the body to keep it in its current state.

"That is why I called the two of you," Maggie said to Nicholi. "You get to find out what happened and keep the students from panicking. I will take Miss Thomas back to bed."

She wrapped an arm around Keesha and led her back to the Gryffindor common. There, she was sure, she would find other students awake and waiting for information.

(To be continued...)


Professor Jean-Paul Sangfroid
Potions Master,
Hogwarts

Margarita Lopez
Nurse
Hogwarts

Fenris Corrigan
Hogwarts Governor / Auror
Hogwarts / Ministry

Third year (G) Satele Dragomir

Keesha Thomas
Third Year Hufflepuff

Margaret MacAulay
Deputy Headmaster

Tiger Lily
Minion

 

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