Never Return Again
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Title: Never Return Again
Pairing: W/Oliver Wood
Disclaimer: Don't own anyone.
Spoilers: Season Six for BTVS, all four books for HP.
Summary: As an Auror, Oliver Wood's first assignment is to monitor the activities of a witch who tried to end the world . . .
Notes: Future Fic for HP.
Sometimes I think becoming an Auror was the worst idea I have ever had.
Think about it, it really could be. I had so many choices available to me, so many things that I could have done with my life besides becoming an Auror. I could have played Quidditch professionally, had plenty of offers by the time I graduated from university. Some teams were willing to sacrifice their first born so that I would play Keeper for their team.
But no, I had to do something else with my life. I couldn't go on to play sports professionally, couldn't gone off to have all sorts of fun on my own. No, I had to take a look around at the world I lived in and make a choice regarding that. I had to decide to join the fight against You-Know-Who before he could do any real damage to the Wizarding World. I thought the life of an Auror would be glamourous, me and my Auror partners working to stop the evil masterminds around us.
It didn't quite turn out that way.
Now, I don't want anyone to think that I'm scared or anything, because I'm not. I knew what this job would entail before I embarked on my training. I had several warnings come from all corners of my family and from plenty of my professors. The life of an Auror was difficult, often dangerous and nerve-wracking. But I didn't care for any of that, thinking rather stubbornly that I would give back to the world by helping protect it.
I just didn't think I would have to do it on my own.
Is it so wrong to want backup? A partner who could help me through all this? It's not fair if you think about it. I mean, there are older, better Aurors that they should have given this assignment to. It was a very big deal, it was a huge deal. This assignment was very dangerous and very important.
So why did they give it to some kid barely out of training?
I'm told we're a bit understaffed. That all the veteran Aurors are out in the field, trying desperately to track the movements of the Dark Lord, now that Fudge had finally relented and admitted that You-Know-Who had indeed returned. The office was always in turmoil, people racing about trying to stop a Death Eater raid here, and save some Muggles there. It was all a jumble of confusion and the last thing any Wizard needed was HER and what she did.
Rather, what she tried to do. End the world. Pretty big trick for someone without any sort of magical training. I wonder if she even knows that a Wizarding community existed, though probably not. I'm told she came from the Hellmouth, and any good Wizard can tell you that magic and magic-wielders on the Hellmouth become very warped by the dark power there.
I'm guessing that's what happened to her. I'm not too sure exactly. I wasn't given the whole story. I only knew that she lost someone she loved and then lashed out in petty anger. And it was petty.
Imagine, trying to end the world and killing billions of people because you lost someone. I wasn't going to take anything away from her loss, but still. She didn't have the right to play God like that.
And that's why I'm here. The Ministry quite agrees with me on that one perspective. She doesn't have the right to play God like that. And if they wanted to stop her from doing anything like that again, she was going to need surveillance. A lot of surveillance.
Guess who gets to perform that surveillance?
I'm in over my head here. I can tell you that now. I have no prior experience in field work, and yet here I am. Watching over what could possibly be the second most dangerous being in the world-and trying to keep her from meeting the first.
That's my job all in all. Watch her, monitor her use of magic, and make sure that You-Know-Who and his followers stay the hell away from her. The Ministry didn't even want to dwell on what might happen should the Dark Lord get his hands on this witch. Though I'm pretty sure it would result in the End of Days.
Such responsibility, on my shoulders alone. My first day, can you imagine this? My first day in the office and I'm pulled aside by my superiors. They rattle off to me all these dangers, the sheer threat this witch posed to the world around her, and then told me to watch her closely. ON MY OWN.
How am I supposed to stop this girl should she fall back into her dark ways? I've trained the better half of my life at some of the best magic schools in the world, but I still don't have even a fraction of the kind of power she wields. What am I supposed to do if she decides she wants to end the world again? Throw a Bludger at her?
You can see my point right? I shouldn't be here, not on my own. Especially not if she's as big as a threat as everyone tells me. Damn those Death Eaters. If they didn't insist on so many raids and riots, somebody else might have ended up with this lovely assignment other than me. Somebody who might stand a chance against this girl, somebody who might be able to stop this Willow Rosenburg because I sure as hell cannot manage it.
And you know if she ends the world everyone will blame me.
I am so screwed.