Tying up Loose Ends
Here it is the final chapter. I hope you all have enjoyed the story. Those of you who have a account please vote in the poll. Thank you to all of you that have stuck by this story and reviewed it. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
Professor Snape had taken the lead and was followed by Harry and Sirius who were supporting Ron. Behind them walked Remus and Buffy who were only slightly ahead of Cedric and Hermione who were chained to Pettigrew. When they came out of the tunnel it was to a slightly cloudy sky that was beginning to clear. Buffy looked for Harry to see that he was talking to Sirius. She was glad that Harry had somebody just for him. They both had the Giles’s and Remus had been there for Harry but Buffy had always been closer to Remus because he was her godfather.
“Harry!” Hermione called and pointed to what the others were already looking at. The clouds had cleared and the moon could be seen clearly. Remus began to change instantly.
“Buffy, you gave Remus his potion right?” Harry asked. Buffy shook her head no.
“I asked him if he wanted me to get it for him he said he would get. Professor Snape, please tell me he took his potion.” Buffy said with her most pleading tone.
“He didn’t. I made the potion this afternoon.”
“This wasn’t how I wanted to test this.” Buffy said reaching into her pocket and pulling out a pouch.
“Buffy, what is that?” Harry asked.
It’s a potion I found in one of the Wiccan books I’ve been studying. It’s suppose to work like the potion he normally takes only he doesn’t have to digest this. Harry draw a circle around us quick, and no matter what happens don’t step in to the circle. If this doesn’t work we’re going to need the spirit of Godric Gryffindor to save us.”
Buffy took several breaths as she opened the pouch. Remus was almost completely through his transformation. As she began tossing her potion on him she began to chant the words thankful for her photographic memory.
“Body of a wolf, mind of a man, keep that essence that make you man. Retain the control and let the wild go!”
Buffy threw the last of the potion on him. She knew the spell had been completed when a circle of white light went up around the two of them and went down just as quickly. Exhausted Buffy fell out of the circle.
“Buffy!” Harry, Cedric, and Sirius said at the same.
“It worked.” Buffy mumbled as she fought to keep her eyes open.
“You did well Potter. We’ll discuss where you got the ingredients at a later time.” Snape said from where he was standing.
Buffy nods as her eyes close. Sirius picks her up and begins to carry her. Harry picked up Remus’s wand as they begin to walk again. Ron was leaning heavily on him. Werewolf Remus was following beside Sirius. They were coming up on the lake when the air around them grew colder.
“Did it just get colder?” Ron asked.
“Dementors!” Hermione pointed to the sky.
“What’s going on?” Buffy mumbled as she shivered from the cold.
“The Dementors have found me.” Sirius told her.
“Put me down. I can help.” Buffy struggled in his grip. Sirius set her down and watched as she wobbled a bit.
“Sirius catch!” Harry said tossing him Remus’s wand.
Snape, Buffy, Harry, and Sirius all had their wands out each one pointing at the sky and each one only creating a Patronus shield. Buffy’s shield at the moment was the weakest as she was still weak from the spell she did for Remus.
Buffy called out weakly as dropped to her knees and a Dementor had lowered its hood and began sucking.
“No! Expecto patronum!
” Harry screamed. Harry’s wand sent out the biggest brightest patronus Harry had ever seen. Most of the Dementors began to leave and the ones that were still around were soon taken care of by Harry’s stag as it began attacking. Once the Dementors were gone Harry looked to see if everyone was all right. Hermione, Ron, Cedric, and Snape, who had gone over to protect the others, were all fine. Pettigrew on the other hand had passed out from fright. His eyes then roamed to where Sirius and Buffy were. They were both on the ground unconscious. Remus was trying to wake them by licking their faces. Harry rushed over to them and was glad to see that they both were still breathing.
“We should leave before they return. Stand back Mr. Potter.”
Harry watched as Snape did a spell that caused both bodies to float into the air behind him. Hermione and Cedric got Pettigrew awake and on his feet as Harry helped Ron. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
Harry was sitting in a chair beside Buffy’s bed. He had refused to leave his sister’s side until she woke up. Upon their return to the castle they had been greeted by Dumbledore and a few Aurors that had been in to roam the castle and the surrounding area during the day. Harry was shocked that Professor Snape had actually told the truth about what had happened. Snape had explained the chains and that Pettigrew is an animagus and that it was keeping him from changing. That had been hours ago. A groan made Harry jump and he turned around to see that Sirius was waking up.
“Where am I?” Sirius asked.
“You’re in the infirmary at Hogwarts. We were attacked by Dementors. Professor Snape brought you and Buffy in.”
“How are Buffy and Remus?”
“Remus is in his room until morning and Buffy hasn’t woken yet. That spell she did really drained her, and that dementor sucking on her didn’t help.”
“I wish I could have been more help but my thoughts lately haven’t been happy ones. It was hard to come up with one after being in Azkaban for so long. We didn’t get much time to talk. I know that you know Remus is Buffy’s Godfather. Did he tell you that I am your Godfather?”
“He did. Remus was telling us about how Professor Snape liked mom and that if mom had chosen Snape he wouldn’t have been her Godfather. That’s when I asked him who my godfather is and he told me it was you. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but now I’m really glad. Now that you are a free man what are you going to do?”
“I’d like to spend time with you, Buffy, and Remus. Remus is the only best friend I have left, and I would like to get to know my godson and his sister. You two are the last link Remus and I have to Lily and James. Looks like we got sometime until either the hordes of people are let in or Buffy wakes up, so let’s talk. Tell me what living with the Dursley’s is like. I assume that is where Dumbledore sent you two right?”
“Buffy and I don’t live with the Dursley’s anymore. Dumbledore and the Ministry removed us and changed their memories when Uncle Vernon nearly killed Buffy.”
“WHAT?!!!” Sirius roared. “He did what?”
Harry began to tell Sirius about the incident with the cake and the Mason’s. By the time he had finished Sirius was absolutely livid.
“Please tell me that they got what was coming to them before their memories were wiped.”
“Not really. Some suggestions had been put before the Ministry but they turned them down. Fred and George, their Ron’s brothers, left some of their special treats for them. From what Remus has told us I think you would like them. They share your mischievousness and they worship the Marauders.”
“If I had my wand I would turn the whole family to worms and let the birds eat them.”
“The birds would probably get indigestion.” Harry told them.
They both laughed and the two continued to talk until they both grew tired. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
The hospital wing had traffic going in and out all day as people came in to drop off gifts and check on Buffy who was still unconscious. Most of the visitors didn’t stay long as they were leery of Sirius and Remus who were waiting with Harry for Buffy to wake up. Cedric, Ron, and Hermione had entered, and Cedric pulled up a chair on the other side of Buffy’s bed.
“So I talked to Wood and he said that we’re going to play the rematch the day before we’re supposed to leave.”
“That sounds great.”
“What are you talking about? I thought you told me Gryffindor had already won the Quidditch cup.” Sirius said looking from his spot.
“We did, but we want a rematch because Cedric caught the Snitch but I was falling from my broom due to Dementors storming the field.” They all watched as Sirius blushed a bit.
“That would have been my fault. I was watching the match from the empty section of the stands.”
“I thought I caught a glimpse of a dog in the stands. I thought I was seeing things because of the weather.”
A groan from the bed made everyone go quiet and look at the bed Buffy was in. Harry picked up her hand. She groaned again and her eyes began to flutter. When her eyes finally opened she looked right at Harry.
“Welcome back. I was starting to think you were going to sleep for a week.” Harry teased and Buffy smiled.
“I feel like I could. Is everyone else all right?”
“See for yourself.” Harry and Cedric helped her to sit up.
When she was in an upright position she saw Remus, Sirius, Hermione, and Ron were all sitting around the hospital wing.
“I take it since you are still here and Pettigrew’s not that you are a free man?”
“I am and I have you lot to thank for it. In the state of mind I was in I would have killed Peter and no one would have known the truth.”
“That’s what I figured. I’m glad we were able to stop you but I wish we could have done it without running into the Dementors. I feel like I’ve been playing three days of nonstop Quidditch.”
“Doing powerful spells will do that to you. Where ever did you find that spell?” Remus asked.
“Believe it or not in the library. Remember Cedric we were looking for some books for your essay when we came across it.”
“I remember. You were wondering what it was doing in the creature section, and then spent the rest of the time looking through the book making me feel unwanted.” Cedric said putting a pout on his face. That made Buffy and the others laugh.
“Oh poor baby.” Buffy said with a laugh.
“So where did you get the ingredients for the spell from?” Harry asked.
“From Professor Sprout. I asked her if I could gather some ingredients for a potion. I let her assume it was for Potions class.”
“Ahh Miss Potter, I see you’re awake. How are you feeling?”
“Not as bad as the last time you saw me for this but I’m still pretty tired. When can I get out of here?”
“Well I want to give you a full examination. If everything looks good and everyone leaves you alone to rest I’ll see about letting you out of here tomorrow morning. That is only if I think that you are rested enough. Now, everyone out, you can come back and see Miss Potter later today for a few minutes.”
Begrudgingly they began to leave. Cedric kissed her and promised to stop by later. Ron and Hermione said goodbye leaving Harry, Sirius, and Remus.
“Do Joyce and Rupert know about what happened?” Buffy asked Remus.
“I wrote them this morning telling them about had happened. I told them that you were both okay. Since I haven’t heard back from them I’m assuming they are on their way.”
“Okay, make sure you take your potion.”
“I’ll make sure.” Sirius told her. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
Buffy and Cedric were standing on the platform of 9 ¾. She was standing in his arms. Her thoughts quickly thought about everything that had happened the past week. The Giles had arrived at Hogwarts just as she was being released. Gryffindor had won the rematch with Hufflepuff, and she had rooted for Gryffindor though a part of her wanted to root for Cedric. Right before they had left Dumbledore had given Harry, Buffy, Rupert, Joyce, Remus, and Sirius the bad news. Peter Pettigrew had escaped from the Ministry before they had a chance to get him to Azkaban.
“You okay?” Cedric asked.
“I was just thinking about last week. I’m sure going to miss seeing you every day.”
“Me too.” Cedric said.
“We’ll just have to make use out of the floo system. Remus and the others probably won’t let Harry and I out of their sight until Pettigrew is caught.”
“As long as I’m with you I don’t care where we are. We could spend the whole day in your kitchen with everyone encasing us in a circle and I would be happy because I’m with you.”
“That’s so sweet. I’m going to write you as soon as we get home. I’m going to miss you.”
“I’ll be looking forward to it.”
“Cedric, son…” Cedric looked up to see his father and mother.
“Come on I want you to meet my mom.” Cedric said as he and Buffy walked over to where his parents stood.
“Buffy, this is my mom and you remember my dad. Mom, dad, this is Buffy my girlfriend.”
“It’s nice to finally meet you Buffy. I’m glad to see that Ced finally told you. He talked about you all Christmas break.”
“Mom!” Cedric said his cheeks blushing a bit.
“You talked about me?” Buffy asked him with a smile.
“Mom and Dad caught me daydreaming several times and finally I told them that I was day dreaming about you.”
“Buffy! We’re leaving now.” Rupert said coming up behind her
“Mr. and Mrs. Diggory, this is Rupert Giles. He’s one of my guardians.”
“It’s nice to meet you.” Giles said shaking both of their hands.
“It’s nice to meet you too Mr. Giles.” Mrs. Diggory spoke.
“If you’ll excuse us. We really need to be going.”
“I’ll miss you.” Cedric told her.
“I’ll see you as soon as I can.” They leaned in and shared a quick kiss.
Giles took Buffy by the shoulder and led her to where the others were waiting. Buffy looked back at the same time Cedric did and waved before they apparated out. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT That’s it. Let me know what you think and if you want me to continue to the fourth book. I have an idea of how I want to write the next one but I am giving my muse a rest. He’s earned. I hope to start the next by September or October. Please Review.