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This story is No. 8 in the series "The key shard realms". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: The further adventures of the Scooby Gang's bloodlines. A continuation of the gang's adventures.

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Harry Potter > Multiple PairingsMistofRainbowsFR181897,08453619,3377 Apr 1215 Apr 13No

Chapter Seventeen

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of the Buffy characters. I also don’t own any of the various Harry Potter characters that people recognize. I also don’t own the stuff I borrowed from the elder scrolls game. I also don’t own any of the DC characters I borrowed. I of course don’t own any Star Wars stuff either. I don’t own the summon stuff from the final fantasy games either.

Chapter Seventeen or You taste good with Ketchup.

November 26th

Ginny gazed in the guest room’s mirror as she played with her newly pointed ears. “Mum is going to kill me…”

Luna smiled as she thought about her friend’s ears. “They’re cute.”

Caitlin Rosenberg laughed, “They make you look like a cute little elfling.”

Ginny ran her fingers through her hair and let her hair fall back down to cover her ears. “I guess it could be worse.”

Cassie Potter giggled as she watched her naked friend frowning at the mirror. “Next time, you’ll know better than to make a deal with a faerie queen.”

“You made a deal as well…” Ginny sighed, “Besides, it’s not like anyone really mentioned that Gabrielle was more than a little bit faerie…”

Cassie grinned as she reached up and ran her fingers over her slightly pointed ears. “I’m more than happy with my niece’s gifts.”

Bella yawned as she turned her head so that her face wasn’t resting on her pillow. “At least you aren’t all that sore… I‘ve still got a headache…”

Cassie shrugged, “Not particularly though I didn‘t get my horns removed either...”

Bella sighed, “I agree that they stood out a bit and I wanted them gone but now that they are…”

“You miss them?”

She sighed as she turned to look at Cassie, “Yeah…”

“Understandable.” Cassie turned to look at Caitlin and asked, “How are you feeling?”

Caitlin shrugged, “Other than a bit tired not too bad, considering I had a tongue in every hole last night… I could have done without Bella licking my nose or ears.”

Bella giggled, “Sorry, it just looked like fun and you were so cute…”

Ginny looked away from the mirror and glanced over the rest of the girls. “So, now what do we do?”

Luna tilted her head as she looked at her friend, “What do you mean?”

“I mean… after last night…”

Caitlin shrugged, “I figure we go get showers so that we aren’t stinky then we get some breakfast.”

“That’s it?” Her mind went over the ritual a few times as she remembered some of the rather embarrassing things she had done the night before.

Cassie smiled at Ginny, “I’m a bit too sore for a repeat if that’s what you’re asking.”

Ginny blushed, “No, but shouldn’t everything be different…?”

Cassie shook her head. She decided to pretend that her friend was talking about the magical side of things rather than the fact that they had had sex the night before. “Gabrielle said it might take a bit for the differences to really sink in. We should get something to eat and find something that is relaxing to do for the rest of the day.”

Caitlin grinned, “I vote video games.”

Luna smiled, “I bet they have waffles.”

~

Tara Maclay grinned as she handed her daughter a plate of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream on top. “How are you doing?”

Caitlin Rosenberg smiled as she took the waffles with a smile, “Pretty good, I’m a bit tired and sore but that’s to be expected.”

“I’m glad that you’re doing all right.” She glanced over at the kitchen where Vivian was helping Willow hand out the rest of the waffles to the kids. “So, did you have fun last night?”

Caitlin grinned, “I’m a little sad that you weren’t there but mom and I had a lot of fun.”

“Maybe when you’re older.”

“She’s got a wicked tongue.”

“Yes, yes she does.” Tara smiled as she ruffled her daughter’s hair. She whispered, “If you need to talk…?”

Caitlin grinned as she worked on cutting up her waffles, “I’m good. I had a really great time and I got a power upgrade out of it. It‘s not really something I want to do all the time… but I had fun.”

Tara watched her daughter’s face for any signs that she wasn’t all right and smiled when she realized that either her daughter had gotten a lot better at acting recently or she really was all right. “Okay. I should get back to helping pass the rest of the waffles out.”

Caitlin smiled as her mom walked away. She loved the way her mom’s tail swished as she walked.

Cassie giggled as she sat down next to her friend, “Are you sad that you don’t have a tail?”

“Only a little bit. I blame getting zapped while still in mother.”

Cassie shrugged, “At least you have Vivian’s powers.”

Caitlin chuckled, “True though sometimes I think that I would rather have Hermione’s powers.”

Cassie laughed, “That’s because her powers are insane. You’ve got some neat powers.”

“Electrical generation and telekinesis.”

“Not to mention shrinking stuff and sneaking peeks on people from far away with clairvoyance. I‘d love your sky-walking power as well.”

“I’d rather have flight but I guess it’s not really needed with Harry’s flight rings.” Caitlin worked on eating her waffles.

Cassie smiled at Luna as the other girl sat down next to her. She raised an eyebrow at Luna’s plate of fruit and peanut butter covered waffles. “Did Dawn fix your waffles?”

Luna Lovegood smiled brightly, “She might have helped.”

She laughed, “That explains it.”

Ginny frowned as she walked over, “That explains what?”

Cassie grinned at Ginny, “Why Luna has such an interesting collection of toppings for her waffles.”

Luna grinned, “I like whipped cream.”

Ginny blushed as she thought back to the night before where she had been covered in whipped cream.

Caitlin laughed, “I think all of us do.”

Cassie smiled as she set her fork down on her empty plate, “Entertainment?”

Luna grinned, “Video games!”

Cassie laughed, “Sounds good to me.”

~

Harry smiled as his yawning wife walked into the kitchen, “Hey sleepyhead.”

Ginny flipped Harry off good-naturedly as she walked over to where the teapot was resting.

He laughed, “Did you at least have fun last night?”

“Yes.” She smiled as she poured herself a cup of tea.

“That’s it? That‘s all I get?”

“Until I finish my tea, yes.”

“You’re evil.”

Ginny smiled as she inhaled the aroma of the tea before taking a sip.

He smiled as he noticed Gabrielle walk in, “Fine, I’ll go ask my daughter how it went.”

Ginny smiled as she added some honey to her tea then headed off for the living room.

“How did the ritual go?”

Gabrielle smiled at her dad, “Delicious.”

“I’m going to assume that means it went well?”

She nodded, “Yeah, Aunt Cassie was especially tasty.”

He rolled his eyes, “So, now what are you planning?”

She sighed, “I’m actually not sure. Have you been keeping up on the changes here?”

He nodded, “It was either that or spend time with Ron in Avalon and Molly is on the warpath again with her desire for great grandchildren.”

She laughed, “Yeah, no thanks. She’s actually one of the reasons I‘m perfectly happy working on Avalon by computer like I have been. I‘m actually happy that she‘s not going to take a drink from the fountain of youth so that she can be with her family when she dies.”

He shook his head, “Dieing wouldn’t be my first choice but then again I have my parents back.”

“Me either.”

He shrugged, “Was there something other than the potential horde of monsters that is probably going to show up around the world that I should be concerned about?”

“Not that I know of but the records are incomplete.”

“Annoying isn’t it?”

She sighed, “Yeah, you would think that they would have kept better notes. As far as I can tell we can expect the giants and possibly the dragons to change back to what they used to be.”

“Frost or fire…?”

“I’m not sure. We’ll have to see how that turns out. We should probably see about visiting Hagrid as well.”

Harry grinned, “That’s a good idea. I bet he’s got that dragon egg as well by now.”

She said, “Hey that’s right. At least this Hagrid‘s hut is stone rather than wood.”

“I wonder if we grabbed the Hagrid from our world if he would change…”

She laughed, “Now who’s the mad scientist?”

He shrugged, “What, you thought you got all of your evil ideas from your mother?”

She smirked then said, “Nah, I just sometimes forget that the hat almost put you in Slytherin.”

He muttered, “Stupid books.”

She grinned, “Anyways, we should probably see about fortifying the town with walls or something. Now that magic is out and the firestorm is calming down a bit here, do you think the Queen will warn the people about what’s coming?”

He nodded, “Probably, I don’t think it will be enough but yeah I think she will. I know the new American president will.”

She nodded, “We should send him a copy of his alt’s jazz CDs.”

Harry chuckled, “I’m sure he would get a kick out of them. I‘ll send a memo reminding Andrew about it just in case he forgot. How did the investigation into the witch burning go?”

She sighed, “The church is claiming that they aren’t responsible for it but no one believes them. The Prime Minister is doing his best to spin things so that the church looks like a bunch of terrorists. It seems to be working.”

Harry nodded, “Hopefully.”

She sighed, “I’m just hoping things don’t deteriorate into a bloodbath. We’re going to have enough problems when the monsters come back…”

He sighed, “Yeah… great world you picked.”

Gabrielle said, “It’s interesting. We’d be bored out of our minds on a sane world.”

He smiled, “Probably.”

~

November 30th

Heather Potter smiled as she watched Mione and Leo work on turning the new large earthen walls that surrounded the town into crystal to form permanent walls for the town. While Mione could have done everything without Leo’s help, the walls were twice as strong with his help. She knew that Mione’s crystal was normally harder than steel if Mione created it herself but this way it was almost as hard as adamantium. Not that most of the magicals helping on the project would understand just how strong the walls were other than that they couldn’t be blasted apart by any of the townsfolk. She hoped they were strong enough to hold up to everything the monsters they knew were coming could toss their way.

She was still a bit surprised that the town had gotten permission to build the walls from the government but she suspected that it was a case of the government not really understanding how strong the sixty-foot tall walls were either. That and a lot of towns and cities were looking into building some type of wall to keep the rumored monster horde at bay. While most people didn’t believe that whole armies of monsters were going to return to the world, there had been enough monsters slipping through the cracks in the crumbling protections in the last couple of weeks that the world was reaching for any solution to keep their people safe. High-powered gun sales had gone through the roof in America after some gun nut had shot and killed a minotaur on camera and posted the video.

She had been pleasantly surprised to learn that most of the townsfolk had helped at least a little with the wall either by helping with childcare for the witches and wizards that donated their magic to building the earthen walls over the last couple of days or donating their time in other ways to make sure that the town would still work even with a large wall around it and Gabrielle’s forest. She was proud of her town, while she had expected all of the veela-blooded girls to help, just about every wizards that lived in the town had pitched in even ones with no real connection to their family. It was rather nice to see them step up and help considering that while it was now legal to practice most types of magic in public, thanks to the Queen’s new rules, the remains of the international wizard‘s association was still trying to enforce the old laws despite having no real legal right as the United Kingdoms as well as a number of other nations had refused to acknowledge their right to interfere anymore.

She frowned as she spotted a group of wizards appear outside the town’s wards. “This is going to be a long day…” She reached out with her telepathy and broadcast to her group. “We might have a problem.”

~

Crimson Black scowled as she stalked out to confront the group of wizards that Heather had spotted. She muttered, “Sometimes it sucks being the mayor.” She wasn’t sure exactly where her invisible sheriff was but her mental snicker at least told her that she was close enough to help if she had heard her muttered comment.

Mione ignored the group of wizards as she continued working on the wall. She had a signed permission slip from the headmaster for an outside project so her using magic outside of school was legal. It wasn’t until she was hit in the back with a spell of some type that she stopped working and turned to look at the group of twenty wizards trying to look important. It wasn’t that it hurt or affected her but as she was thirty feet up in the air on a broom, she took being shot with something that could have knocked a normal witch off her broom as a problem. She turned and noticed that the group of wizards had their wands out and were shouting at people to stop working on the wall. She grumbled as she took her in-ear headphones off and flew down to figure out which walking dead man had shot her.

Crimson glared at the group of wizards, “Hey you can’t just go shooting my townsfolk. There are laws against that.”

Erik laughed, “I can when they refuse to stop an illegal activity after being told to.”

“You have no jurisdiction here.” She was a bit too pissed to consider the fact that there were twenty wizards staring at her with wands out.

He snorted, “The international Confederation of Wizards gives me all of the authority we need.”

“Not true, Britain pulled out of the confederation and thus you have no authority here. Now leave before things get ugly.”

“Nonsense you can’t expect the International Confederation of Wizards to accept a muggle revolt as valid can you?” He sneered at her.

She sighed, “I really don’t care what your stupid council thinks. I would worry more about the attempted murder charge I’m going to be bringing against you.”

He sneered as several of the wizards around him laughed. “I think we should bring her in for questioning, don‘t you boys?”

Mione scowled as she stalked toward the group of wizards.

Crimson spat on the ground as she thought about some of the looks on the wizards’ faces, she might like sex but she liked it on her terms and didn’t like the insinuation that they were going to rape her if she didn’t cooperate, “I’m sorry you feel like that… sheriff!” She snapped her fingers.

Gabrielle was rather glad that most wizards didn’t have a way to detect her invisibility as she reached out with her magic and detonated the wands of the group of annoying wizards. She then lunged forward and slammed her foot into the lead wizard’s knee causing it to snap like a piece of kindling.

Erik screamed in pain as he suddenly found himself on the ground without a wand or two working legs.

Gabrielle smiled as she turned visible. “You are wanted for questioning for attempted murder, resistance is futile. Ah fuck it.” She reached out with magic and slammed a stunner into each of the wizards.

Mione groaned as she heard Gabrielle use the bad Star Trek quote. “Really? That’s all you could come up with?”

Gabrielle shrugged as Mione approached, “Blame Andrew and the Star Trek marathon he was showing at the community center last night.”

“You like blaming him don’t you?”

“Why else would we keep him around?”

Crimson sighed, “Would you be so kind as to take these wizards to the jail, Miss. Sheriff?”

Gabrielle frowned, “Sure, I’m not sure they’ll all fit in the cells we have but maybe if we stack them like cordwood…”

Mione rolled her eyes, “You could always cast an expansion charm.”

“Not as much fun though.”

Crimson grinned, “Strip them and make sure they don’t have any portkeys then see if one of our telepaths is available to figure out how guilty these guys are.”

“Happily.”

Mione grinned, “I’m going to get back to work if you don‘t mind.”

Gabrielle laughed, “No, you can do miles at a time with your power. You’re not the hold up, Rebecca and the wizards building the earthen walls are the ones that need the breather. Besides, I could use the help.”

“We could always ask Heather to help.”

“Considering they shot you we would be lucky if she didn’t teleport them into space.”

Crimson smiled, “That would save on paperwork…”

Gabrielle shook her head, “Nah, we have a few too many witnesses that aren‘t part of the family.”

“Point.”

Mione grinned as she reached down and lined up a couple of the wizards and applied a sticking charm to their hands and feet to connect them together.

Gabrielle laughed, “Just make sure you use a cushioning charm on their heads or our telepath is going to be annoyed about scrambled brains.”

Mione sighed, “Fine… We still have to figure out which idiot tried to kill me.”

Crimson sighed and pulled out her phone as she watched Mione drag a line of wizards off to the jail. She searched down her contact list until she found the number for the department that handled terrorists.

~

December 1st 1991

Neville smiled as Harry walked into their dorm room after dinner, “How was your weekend?”

Harry smiled as he set his bag on his desk, “Long and tiring but productive. We got the town’s wall finished.”

Neville frowned, “I know I’m not an expert but even with magic, walls aren’t exactly quick are they?”

Harry grinned, “Not really but between Rebecca’s earth magic and a town filled with wizards we got it done. It helps that the walls were already mostly in place when we got there yesterday.”

Neville grinned, “Still, good job.”

“Thanks. You should see the gate that Xander built.”

“What’s it made out of?”

“Clear crystal so that the guards can see who is on the other side when it’s closed.”

“I guess it’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you.”

Harry laughed, “True. Did anything interesting happen while we were gone?”

He shrugged, “Not really, Ron beat a couple of people at chess but that’s not exactly new or exciting. I got a letter from mum and dad but that’s nothing new.”

“Are you going home for the holidays?”

“Avari and I are probably going to end up at grams for most of the holidays as mum and dad are likely going to be working because of the increase in monsters. I‘m trying to figure out if it‘s better to just stay here.”

Harry chuckled, “Understandable. You know you and your sister are always welcome for Christmas.”

Neville laughed, “I’ll keep that in mind. Actually mum said we might come for Christmas dinner as she got your mum’s invite and really didn’t want to have to cook this year.”

“That would rock.”

“Can you stop your sister from hitting on us?”

Harry shrugged, “Probably not, Cassie is sort of a flirt.”

“It wouldn’t freak me out so much if she didn’t flirt with both of us at the same time.”

“I wouldn’t worry about it. I‘m sure she‘ll grow out of it.”

“That’s easy for you to say, she doesn‘t flirt with you.”

Harry laughed, “For which I’m very glad.”

Neville chuckled, “Any ideas for presents?”

“We’ll have to see what happens this year though with all of the monsters I‘m expecting a lot of weapons as gifts. So probably anything that isn‘t a weapon would probably work.”

“You have a strange family.”

Harry laughed, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Neville grinned, “As much fun as chatting is I should probably get back to working on your mum’s potion essay.”

“Sounds good, I’ve got some physics homework that I should work on.”

Neville chuckled, “Have fun with that.”

Harry grinned as he pulled out his advanced physics textbook and started reading while Neville worked on his potions essay. It wasn’t that it was due any time soon but it was a correspondence class so it was nice to stay ahead.

~

Heather grinned as she allowed her visual perception to flutter around Hogwarts as she lay on her bed with her arms stretched out. “So what are we looking for tonight, cute blonds, gorgeous redheads or other?”

Mione chuckled, “Other.”

“Any particular flavor of other?”

“Maybe cute centaur girls or we could see if there are any cute giant girls in giant land?”

“Giant girls?”

“Well, you did tell Gabrielle that you would check on new monsters.”

Heather grinned, “I guess that makes sense.”

Mione waved a hand over Heather’s eyes, “If you closed your eyes when you did that it would be less freaky.”

She closed her eyes so that she freaked her friend out less. “Let me see if I can find something worth finding.” She concentrated on the forbidden forest and looked for one of their favorite centaur girls. “Shit… a monster is trying to eat Morning Glory.”

Mione shook off her shock and grabbed Heather’s hand. “Not acceptable. Send me.”

Heather teleported Mione into the forest.

Mione stumbled as she tried to orient herself as she found herself going from a well-lit dorm room to a dark forest. She squeaked in surprise as something massive slammed into her and tossed her into a tree. She raised her hand and shouted “Lumos.” She frowned as she saw a massive three-headed boar charging her position. Rather than scramble to her feet she rolled toward the beast and slammed her fist into the creature’s throat.

Morning Glory watched in shock as the human looking creature killed the beast by ripping its throat out. “Please don’t hurt me.”

Mione turned to look at the obviously injured though still attractive centaur girl. “I’m not going to hurt you. My name is Mione.”

“I’m Morning Glory…” She looked at the girl nervously as she tried to unsteadily get to her feet. She whimpered in pain, as her rear legs wouldn’t support her. The creature had taken a swipe at her with its tusks and clipped her before she had fallen. “I can’t walk…” She tried not to cry as she realized that her tribe would leave her behind, as she couldn’t run with them anymore.

Mione sighed, “Okay… give me a second and I’ll take a look if that’s all right.”

Morning Glory gulped nervously as she watched the other girl. “Please…” She knew she would have been a goner if it hadn’t been for the girl’s help but she was also fairly sure that humans couldn’t punch through a creature’s neck like that… especially creatures that had shrugged off dozens of arrows while it slaughtered the hunting party she was with. Still as she couldn’t run, there wasn’t much she could do about it if the young looking human like creature turned out to want to hurt her.

Mione approached closer so that she could see the damage to the centaur’s legs. “I’m going to need to set your bones… then heal them… this is going to take a bit. Is there someone I can get in touch with that can help?”

She fought back tears as she shook her head, “No, my group died trying to kill the beast… I‘m not sure where the rest of the tribe is right now.”

She winced as she realized that she didn’t know where she was exactly and had no way to carry the centaur girl that wouldn’t hurt her. She pulled out her wand slowly, “I have to fix the legs and it’s going to hurt.”

Morning Glory nodded, “It hurts anyways…”

“Try not to move after I set your bones until I heal your legs.”

“I understand.”

Mione cast a pain-numbing spell then a spell to set the girl’s bones. She reached out with her mutant powers and worked on regenerating the girl’s legs now that the bones were back to where they were supposed to be. She would rather have had the school’s nurse cast a couple of healing spells but she trusted her mutant powers more than she trusted herself to cast a difficult healing spell. “I know it feels funny but you’re going to want to stay as still as possible.”

Morning Glory sniffled, “Thanks… you‘re not like the others told me humans were.”

Mione smiled, “If it makes you feel better you’re the first centaur I’ve met.”

Morning Glory smiled slightly as the pain started to fade, “What now?”

“I’ll give it a few more minutes of healing then we should probably get you some place safe.”

“I’m not sure the forest is safe anymore. We’ve been dealing with monsters for a week now. This is the first time we found something that we couldn’t kill though.”

“I think getting to Hagrid’s will be the best.”

Morning Glory glanced over at where the three headed bear carcass sat, “What are you going to so with the boar?”

“Turn it into leather, if it’s as magical as you said than it would make some nifty leathers for a couple of friends of mine.”

Morning Glory frowned as she rubbed her stomach. “Do you have any food?”

Mione shook her head, “No and that’s another reason we need to get to Hagrid’s healing you with my power takes a bit out of you.”

“It’s still better than being dead…”

“True.”

“Are you going to get into trouble for helping me?”

“Nah, Hagrid knows how to keep his mouth shut. I hope.” She enjoyed the silence for a few minutes until she was fairly sure that the girl’s legs were regenerated enough that they would support her without breaking or damage. She didn’t want the girl to run before being checked out by a real healer but for now, it should be safe enough for her to walk. “If you want to try to get to your feet.”

Morning Glory was rather happy that all of her legs seemed to work now even if her back two were rather stiff. She took a couple of hesitant steps, “I think they work…”

“Good, let’s get out of here. You and Hagrid can check things out in the morning and see if you can find any survivors. The forest is way too dangerous right now for you to be out here by yourself.” She held out her wand, “Point me.” She smiled as her wand twisted to point to the north. “Okay, assuming I did this right Hogwarts should be that way.” She pointed toward a large tree. “I’ll go grab my kill and then we can head to Hogwarts.”

Morning Glory watched the girl pick up the animal that was a couple of times larger than she was like it weighed nothing and start marching toward Hogwarts. “Okay…”

~

Hagrid ignored Fang’s barking as someone knocked on his door. “Just a minute. Who goes there?”

“It’s Mione Summers and I need some help. I’ve got a centaur girl that needs a medical exam.”

He pulled his wand out, walked over to the door and unbarred it. He opened the door carefully keeping his wand between him and the door until he recognized Mione and Morning Glory. He blinked in shock as he noticed the massive three-headed boar carcass laying on the ground near the two of them. “What happened and what is that?”

Mione sighed as she decided on a version of the truth, “I’m not actually sure. Heather was scrying for monsters and we found this thing chasing Morning Glory. She sent me to save her.”

Morning Glory shuddered as she looked at the boar, “We shot it full of arrows and it didn’t even seem to feel them… We couldn’t stop it…”

Hagrid sighed as the girl burst into tears as she was finally somewhere safe, “Well you’re safe now…”

“I had to heal her legs to get her out of there… is there someplace she can sleep until you or Madam Pomfrey can make sure I didn’t mess anything up?”

He nodded, “Yeah, she can sleep in one of the stables around back. I’ll get a blanket.”

Morning Glory sniffled, “Thank you.”

Mione smiled, “I’ll just be going now…”

He shook his head, “Oh, no I don’t think so. You were out of bounds without permission. I think that calls for a detention.”

“Detention?”

“Yes, what were you planning on doing with the beast?”

“Skinning it and using the leather for enchanted gear. If it’s as harm resistant as Morning Glory says…”

He grinned, “Then it would make some fearsome armor. It’s a shame you had to kill it but it’s understandable. How good are you at skinning things?”

“I had a lot of practice over the summer.”

“Good, you can start your detention while I get Morning Glory settled. If you need tools I have some in my cabin.”

She shook her head, “I think I’ll need something better than simple steel to skin this beast. I’ll call Heather and have her port down my tools.”

Hagrid grinned as he ducked back inside for a couple of seconds and came back out with a large blanket for Morning Glory, “Looking forward to seeing them.”

Mione shrugged as she realized that serving a detention doing what she was going to be doing anyways wasn‘t the worst thing that could have happened. “Sure.”

~

December 2nd

Harry stared at the Daily Prophet in shock, “I’m so glad that I don’t have my money there…”

Ron frowned, “What are you talking about?”

Harry slid the newspaper over to Ronald Weasley. “Their dragon went on a rampage…”

He stared in shock at the picture of a destroyed Gringotts with a massive dragon sitting in the ruin of the bank breathing fire at anything that came near. “Bloody hell.”

Hermione shook her head, “Watch your language…” She blinked in surprise as she caught a look at the sheer size of the dragon compared to the bank. “Holy shit… four legs…”

Ron’s widened in surprise as he realized that dragon did in fact have four legs. “That’s not right…”

Harry nodded, “Yeah… I wonder if this will give the idiots enough proof that the monsters are returning or changing…”

Ron gulped, “I feel sorry for the ministry task force that has to deal with them.”

Seamus frowned, “I suddenly find myself glad to be at Hogwarts…”

Harry nodded, “Yeah…”

Neville gulped, “I hope mum and dad don’t have to deal with the dragon.”

~

Alice Longbottom stared at the massive dragon, “Maybe it’s time to quit.”

Frank frowned, “When it’s just starting to get interesting?”

“Remind me to have the mediwitch check your head for damage if we make it through this.”

He grinned as he looked across the street at where the dragon was having a goblin snack. “Will do.”

Alice frowned, “How many goblins do you think made it out of the bank?”

Frank shrugged, “Judging by the chains still hanging off the dragon’s neck I’m guessing this beast was the dragon the goblins had guarding some of the higher security vaults… It doesn’t look like it particularly likes goblins much.”

The dragon roared out, “I don’t.”

Alice blinked, “It can talk?”

Frank gulped, “It can hear us?”

“Yes and yes!”

Frank sighed as he got ready to toss up a shield and apparate away. “In that case what do you want?”

The dragon thought about things for a bit before turning its head so that it was looking at the two humans, “I want to be left alone with my treasure and I want a tribute of two goblins a day for food. If this happens I’ll not eat everyone I can find.”

Frank frowned as he realized how insane the dragon’s demands would seem to his supervisor, then again they had already seen that wizarding magic was next to useless on the dragon. “I’ll take your message to my boss.”

“You do that.”

Frank glanced at Alice, “Let’s head in.”

~
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