Start of Term (Hogwarts) (cont'd)

The Harry Potter books focused on the lives of Hogwarts students, but this story centers around the teachers and staff members who are in charge of educating and protecting these magical children. Set in approximately the Cursed Child time period, it follows the stories of the guardians and caretakers who keep Hogwarts safe. With great power comes great responsibility... and lots of magical headaches.
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Rosemary Bain

She nodded, preoccupied with planning out how to trap Darren in the owlery. What spells to use. What she should prepare for. Passing off Bale to the Headmistress, she continued on her pre-determined path.

It wasn't until they were halfway to the rook that things settled into her brain. Rosemary slowed, then came to a stop.

"Cambria, did the Headmistress sound a little...odd to you? I mean, didn't it seem strange that she'd simply refer to us as Eve's friends? A trifle familiar, perhaps?"

She grew a bit pale as she realized that they may have just made a very grave error.
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Eve Travers

Eve gave McGonagall a contemplative look as they walked together in silence, with the confused student trailing behind. After a moment, she spoke up. "Do you remember what you said to me in Azkaban? About Liam? About being a person he could look up to?"

McGonagall gave her a brisk nod. "Yes. I recall. I trust you're living up to that."

Eve let silence fall again. Then softly, "Professor McGonagall didn't say anything about Liam when she talked to me in Azkaban."

McGonagall turned to her and smiled. "You're smarter than you used to be, my dear."

"But not quite smart enough," Eve said with rueful calm. Slowly, so as not to alarm the boy, she moved to block Anthony Bale with her body as she turned to face Darren Forness wearing McGonagall's face. As much to distract him from the boy as because she really expected information, Eve asked, "What are you doing here? After all these years... what do you want from me?"

"From you?" Darren's scornful expression looked out of place on McGonagall's face. "You think I came here for you? Don't be stupid. You don't matter to me. You've never mattered to me. You were only... a convenience. To me. To everyone. You don't really think that anyone could care for you, do you? That anyone could ever love you? You - the ugly, awkward little freak making potions in the basement? You aren't important to anyone. You never have been. You never will be."

Eve showed no outward reaction. She tried not to let it affect her on the inside - not to worry that Cambria, her new love, saw her in the same scathing terms that her first love had. "Why, then?" she persisted. "What do you want?"

Darren smiled. "You know what I want, Eve. It's the same thing I always wanted."

Eve blanched. "Liam," she whispered.

"That's right," Darren said with a grin. "And no one can stop me."

Eve had expected a magical attack. She was prepared for that. But she wasn't prepared for what actually happened - Darren grabbing her by the shoulders and dashing her head against a stone column. She collapsed to the ground, unconscious.

Darren turned to Bale with wand drawn, and aimed it at the boy. "Obliviate!"

***

"Yes, it is odd..." Cambria agreed with a worried frown.

Just then, Lucie returned from the owlery. The bird had discovered two pieces of information that she could relay to her witch companion. Darren was no longer in the owlery. And he had stolen the contents of a package addressed to Madame Malkin's Robes for All Occasions in Diagon Alley. The package had contained clothing being sent for repairs - a couple of green robes, and a green hat.
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Rosemary Bain

"I'm such an idiot" she growled through clenched teeth as she ran full-tilt through the halls back the way they'd come. "I should have seen right through that disguise - polyjuice or no."

Self-beratement aside, Rosemary was absolutely furious at Darren - how he'd managed to get this far. The audacity. The cruelty. She was simultaneously terrified for both Eve and young Bale, whom she'd left with that monster. With any luck, they'd catch them up before Darren was tipped off.

But luck, it seemed, continued to be against them. Two still forms in the hall. Though she ran to the child first, she called out to Eve while scanning the hall for McGonagall's evil twin.

"Eve! Eve, are you alright?"
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Cambria Morehouse

Anthony Bale looked back and forth between the three professors with wide, terrified eyes. Any help they had been able to provide since locating him had been erased, along with his memory. From the glassiness of his expression, Cambria assumed he'd been Obliviated. Again. She only hoped that the magic wouldn't have any serious long-term effects, but time would tell.

Since Rosemary was capably assisting Bale, Cambria hastened to Eve's side.

Eve glanced at Rosemary when she addressed her and shook her head slightly as if to clear it, then winced at the discomfort. "I'm... I don't know. Yes. I'm fine, I think."

Cambria put her hand reassuringly on Eve's shoulder... a gesture she'd done plenty of times, so she was a bit shocked when Eve shrugged her off and drew out of reach. But Eve had just been through a traumatic experience. Of course she wasn't feeling quite herself. No doubt she was anxious, and not necessarily eager for physical contact, when she'd presumably just been manhandled, if the smear of blood on the column was any indication.

"Sorry," Cambria whispered, chagrined. Then at normal volume, she added, "Eve hit her head. We need to get them both to the hospital wing."

The laceration probably wasn't as bad as it looked - head wounds tended to bleed more copiously - but they needed to make sure that neither Eve nor Anthony Bale had sustained permanent damage.
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