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Summary: [Complete] Hermione meets her Sunnydale cousin and sees another side of magic where rules are ignored, bent, broken if need be. All UC ships. [WR/BW] [CC/SS] [AM/RL] [HG/COR] Read and find out more about the couples.

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Harry Potter > Multiple Pairings > RomancesarheaFR181536,71867534,01717 Oct 0323 Aug 11Yes

Preparations for Solstice

NOTE: Amy doesn't get changed back. Willow finds Rack by herself and goes to England to recover. AU from there on
NOTE: AtS until Connor. AU from there on. Cordelia accepts demonhood. No Jasmine. AI doesn't own Wolfram and Hart.

NOTE: Brief but I am in a hurry. You'll get to find out the ships in the next few chapters.

NOTE: Everyone thank you so much for the reviews. Sometimes I get so many ideas/plot bunnies/concepts floating in my head in bits and pieces it is hard to write a detailed piece especially when I'm balancing studies and other stuff. I promise I'll be updating this and "It's Tuesday" more often in the coming weeks. Yah! It's Christmas. Well, almost anyways.

NOTE: Belladonnalin. Thanks for reminding me. I often forget to include the AU disclaimer. Everyone out there... This is definitely an AU. I might have muddled up events in the canon timeline so please forgive any inconsistencies. This is after the Glory mess but before the First. There is no First. The Geeks were run of the mill demon worshippers (for power, etc). Everyone still hasn't settled forgiven Willow's actions - nearly destroying the World.

AN: Run of the mill demon worshippers. Should I be worried about throwing a comment like that off-handedly? Sounds like 'oh, they're just terrorists. Sorry, it's just that the Israeli-Palestine conflict is getting to me. I mean it's Christmas and all, a time of peace and forgiveness. Why don't people see that? I don't like Hamas-Islamic philosophy - there are no innocents. It sounds too much like the Catholic doctrine of original sin and that just drives me nuts. I believe and accept karmic philosophy, but being burdened/tainted by others actions? Definitely not my cup of tea. I guess that's one reason why I like fan fiction. In a weird way I'm forming my own philosphy. Sorry, I'm going off track, well on with the story!

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~*~ Preparations for Solstice ~*~

Amy stared at the other people in the park with her. Sometimes she had to remind herself she was a human now and with a voice. For now she was content to follow orders and revel in the sensations of her bare feet on the wet grass. The moisture and lush growth under her hands and knees.

Minerva McGonogall had succeeded in returning her to her birth form. It had been a difficult time for Amy to adjust to the changes.

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"Miss Madison! Please use your spoon, fork and knife! You are a human being, not a cat!" McGonogall instructing a bedraggled Amy who was trying to lap up her soup like a kitten.

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The Transfiguration teacher and school nurse, Poppy Pomfrey, had been very reassuring and understanding as they brought her up to date on events and her witch education. A slight smile curved the blonde witch's lips as she remembered.

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Flitwick was putting out numerous fires ignited by a very intense Incendio charm while Nurse Pomfrey was casting healing and cooling charms on a burnt Amy Madison. "You don't have to be so forceful Miss Madison." Amy cringed waiting for a punishment. "Try relaxing your swish and flick. And whispering the spell."

"Filius, don't be so hard." Pomfrey chided as she checked her work. "The poor girl has been casting spells without a wand her whole life. It is natural her spells are a tad over-powering."

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After they were satisfied with her mental stability Snape had been allowed to take her back to Sunnydale where Willow and Cordelia welcomed her like long lost sisters. It was a shock, a pleasant shock, to know that they truly cared and were glad for her.

Once she was back in Sunnydale Snape had continued her witch education alongside Willow and Hermione. Albus Dumbledore had come through by using a favor from the Department of Mysteries to break the hex limiter on Willow to allow her to be properly trained.

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A stern over-powering Albus Dumbledore staring down the Ministry officials from Britain and America.

"The blame lies with the American Ministry of Education. Professor Severus Snape has taken it upon himself to rectify the situation to prevent any further events. If you refuse to let her be properly trained and she goes Dark..." The Headmaster trailed off ominously.

That was enough to make the Ministry officials see things his way.

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Amy found a kindred spirit in Hermione who reminded her of a younger, innocent Willow Rosenberg. She still couldn't believe the changes that had occurred. The close knit trio of Buffy, Xander and Willow had shattered leaving hurt on both sides. Buffy and Xander were very wary of Snape and any contact with wizarding society.

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"So. You're British like Giles huh." Xander spoke slowly as he eyed the glowering wizard.

"Bad." Buffy stated bluntly. "Nothing good comes from England except for Giles."

"Buffy!" Giles was aghast at his charges blatant rudeness

"Buffsters right Giles." Xander countered. "Remember the Cruciatium? Gwendolyn Post? Wesley? Ethan Raynes? Quentin Travers?" He eyed Severus Snape more carefully. "Are you sure he isn't a vampire!"

Willow and Amy both grabbed onto Severus, anchoring him between them to keep him from hexing their friend.

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Amy could understand their skepticism but she hated their denial of its existence and source of healing. Amy was firmly on Willow's side. She knew enough of the pitfalls of magick from reading diaries of her female ancestors; Willow had had no such guidance after Jenny Calender died.

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"Are you sure you are doing the right thing letting that guy teach Willow magic?" Xander asked Giles hesitantly. "I mean remember what happened..."

"She went Darth Willow. And tried to kill Dawn." Buffy added helpfully.

"Buffy!" Giles was aghast. "Willow is trying to make up for her mistakes. Besides getting proper training means she won't be as likely to make mistakes in the future."

Amy had to restrain the urge to hit the Slayer as she saw the hurt on Willow's gentle face.

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On the positive side Hermione and Connor were getting along fine. The two youngsters shied away from contact with other teens and so spent a great deal of time together. Of course Buffy was in denial about the whole thing.

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"WHAT!?? Angel has a SON!!??"

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Snape decided to take advantage of the Hellmouth activity to conduct advanced DADA lessons. Since most of the lessons were done in pairs Connor and Hermione worked together as Amy and Willow did. When Cordelia showed up she worked with Snape. Snape and Cordelia were another not-quite-couple couple. They spent more time warily circling each other trying to deny the chemistry between them. Amy wished they wouldn't fight it. Amy wished she and Willow could have someone also.

Right now however, the four of them girls were going to celebrate the Summer Solstice. A rite to revel in the glory of ripening fruit and the evidence of the fertile land.

A strident voice interrupted Amy Madison's musings.

"What are we doing out here?" Cordelia Chase asked grumbling as she followed Willow's orders.

Willow finished clearing the last of the debris from the clearing. Hermione and Amy were kneeling on the grass and using spades to dig a shallow trench in the shape of a circle. Cordelia was setting candles at specific points and checking the position with a compass and comparing it to a sketch Willow made earlier.

"We are celebrating the Solstice Cordy." Willow explained patiently. "Amy would you sprinkle the salt in the circle?"

"Sure Willow." Amy picked a box of Mortons table salt from the pile of supplies and went around the circle casting salt carefully to ensure there were no breaks.

"And why are we celebrating Solstice?" Cordelia persisted as she checked to make sure the squat pillar candles were firmly embedded in the terra-cotta saucer holders she purchased from a craft store. She didn't want them being knocked over and starting a forest fire.

"It is one of the great feasts days." Willow explained. "I celebrate them all quietly by myself since Buffy isn't too fond of magicky things. Anya wasn't too interested in giving up a night with Xander to spend it with me in the wilderness where bunny rabbits roam." She mumbled sadly before brightening. "Besides this is the first time I've had female friends who understand the significance of the Solstice," She glanced at Amy and Hermione who smiled. "And are willing to join in the celebration." She smiled at Cordelia.

"Okay okay I'm curious. So sue me." Cordelia grumbled. "What are we going to do?"

"I don't know." Willow admitted. "This is the first time I've done it with others."

"O-kay. So what is it supposed to do?"

"Well, we are celebrating the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year." Hermione explained in professorial tones. "The fields are ripening with fruit and grain. The days are warm the nights cool. It is the time of year to laugh and be merry, to celebrate life. We will call on the Goddess asking for her blessings and protection in the coming year. For her love and affection for us."

"Basically we light the candles and call on the elements asking for their protection before calling on the Goddess and ask for her blessings." Willow summarized.

Cordelia frowned then nodded. "Okay. So when do we do this?"

"Tonight."


TBC...


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