Disclaimer: see previous chapters.
Note: contains spoilers for the official series.
There was fallout from Bellatrix’s visit, though that did not become evident until next couple of weeks or so. Ellen Creevy was in the hospital because of her second pregnancy, and Aoife was telling Harry and Colin a story about Camelot.
“...And so, once Mordred entered Camelot, Darkness approached him and said: Hello, I’m Darkness. Will you be my friend? And Mordred replied: Certainly, but why do you look like a winged pig? And Darkness said: Oh, is that a problem? Is this better? and shape-shifted. That impressed Mordred much more and he said: I will be your friend. What do you want me to do? And Darkness replied: Befriend sir Lancelot, he’ll show you the way!”
There was a sound of Apparating and a witch and a wizard appeared in Aoife’s room. The wizard wore the robes of an Auror, the witch of a Ministry worker. Aoife was not particularly impressed by either, so she shrugged and said: “And who are you?”
“Amanda Bones, ministry official,” spoke the witch, clearly dismissing the wizard as less important than her. “We’re here on the behalf of headmaster Dumbledore.”
“You spoke to the headmaster himself?” Aoife asked curiously. “Not, say, one of his staff members, like professor Snape?”
“No,” Amanda hesitated – very slightly. “You’re surprised?”
“Hmm.” Actually, Aoife was thoughtful – and also hungry. Amanda Bones’s chi possessed none of the taint that Bellatrix LeStrange (due to her association with her husband) had showed, and Aoife was hungry, though nowhere near enough to lose self-control. “No. ABPW Dumbledore has never liked me, not since he recognized that I was the person that allowed him and Gellert Grindelward to recognize their mutual need to come out of the closet. That’s why he isn’t happy with me right now, I wager... yes?”
“You’re honest. You’re telling me the truth,” Amanda Bones cast a quick look at her Auror companion but he has gone from their immediate vicinity, busy checking on the boys – they (or rather Harry) were the main reason why they came here after all. “Are you crazy?”
“No, just fearless,” Aoife shrugged as she looked straight at the eyes of the witch: “And I can even get my cousin – who actually did the actual work – to come over to Britain and testify.”
“How can you say that? You look about my age or younger!” Amanda Bones pressed on, more like a woman than a Ministry worker.
“Women in our family age well,” Aoife shrugged innocently. “Why, my mother at my current age-“ she trailed off as she had no intent of discussing her mother at the moment. “What is your flunkey doing? One of those boys is my ward and the other is a son of a good friend of mine, so care to explain?”
“We’re just checking their well-being,” the Auror spoke up finally as he returned to the other two. “You’re aware that both of them are wizards?”
“Yes,” Aoife said peevishly. “And so does Colin’s mother. Are you two done here?”
“I suppose that we are,” the Auror said when it became evident that his superior was not her regular self at the moment. “Um, we are, right?”
“Yes, I suppose so,” Amanda nodded, trying to get her bearings: she never liked Dumbledore or the amount of influence he had in the Ministry (he is the Headmaster of Hogwarts, does he need to be the Supreme Mugwump as well?), but this was something else – something new and potentially interesting, worthwhile of investigation, certainly. “We’re leaving. I have some matters to clarify back at the offices.”
The Auror was loyal to the Ministry, not to the Order of the Phoenix as well. “It’s your call,” he told Amanda simply, and the two of them just Apparated out of Aoife’s home.
Aoife just looked thoughtfully at the place where the pair has been. She had no intention of slipping the cat out of Dumbledore’s bag ever, but since he just did not appear to want to quit, well...
“Life is going to get even more interesting for me, it appears,” she chuckled darkly to herself, and got back to her story about the fall of Camelot for Colin and Harry.TBC