NOTES: Here's the final chapter. For those of you who really wanted the monster to be Hank Summers, don't worry the real Hank Summers is going to get what's coming to him. This story ran away with me. It just kept getting longer. Thanks to all those who reviewed.
Buffy’s head was pounding. She felt like there was a little man drumming constantly in her head. She was trying to open her eyes but it was too much of an effort. As her head began to clear a little Buffy could hear someone calling her name.
“Please Buffy, wake up.” “Giles?”
Her voice was barely above a whisper.
“Buffy?” Giles voice called to her again. It was a slow process, but she finally got her eyes open. “Welcome back.” “Where am I?”
“In the hospital wing. You scared me half to death. I thought I had lost you.” “Takes more than Voldemort. How l-?”
Giles helped her into a sitting position. He held the glass to her lips. She was grateful for the cool, cold, water to soothe her parched throat.
“Thanks. I needed that. How long?”
“Two weeks. Riddle hit you pretty hard with the Crucio curse. It was still affecting you even after you destroyed the diary. If you hadn’t been the slayer I’m afraid you have ended up like Mr. Longbottom’s parents. You and Harry saved the school once again.”
Buffy seemed to be thinking that one over. Giles brushed a stray piece of hair out of her face before moving to kiss her on her forehead. He sat on the bed beside her taking her hand in his.
"I thought I might not ever get the chance to say this to you again, but I want to make sure that you know that I love you Buffy. No matter what happens or what you do; I will always love. You and Xander are the only family I have and I will do everything I can to keep you and Xander safe.”
"I love you too Giles. No one could ask for a better father, and I’ll beat up anyone who says differently.”
Giles hugged her tightly a look of pure love showed in his eyes and his face.
The next time Buffy awoke it was to Oliver placing sweet kisses on her lips. When she was fully awake she returned his kisses. They finally broke apart.
“I love you.” Buffy said looking into his loving eyes.
“I love you more, and so do a whole lot of other people.”
He showed the tables filled with gifts from her many friends. Amongst the gifts was a huge golden cup.
“We won the Quidditch cup?”
“The team won this one for you. We could only postpone it for a week and you still weren’t awake. Everyone played harder than they ever played before to win this for you.”
Oliver picked up the cup to show her. The inside of the cup was filled with gifts and cards from the team. One card in particular caught her eye. She reached for it knowing it was from Oliver. Her hands moved slowly opening it. She began to read it: You are the love of my life and I will never love anyone else the way I love you. I almost lost you this time and it made me think. I love you with all my heart. Elizabeth Anne Summers, WILL YOU MARRY ME?
Buffy looked up from the card to look at Oliver. He was now holding a very antique golden ring with tiny diamonds going down each side with a heart shaped diamond in the center. Buffy was too shocked to speak.
“Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”
All Buffy could do was nod her head yes. She held up her hand for Oliver to put the ring on. A few tears of joy fell down her cheek. Buffy leaned in and gave Oliver a long knock your socks off kiss. When they finally broke apart Buffy patted the bed beside her. He sat down and she began kissing him and touching all over.
“Buffy!” Oliver gasped. “We have to stop. This isn’t the place for this.”
Buffy stopped. “You’re right, but as soon as I’m out of here were going to continue this in my room. Stay with me?”
“Always.” Oliver said as he positioned himself toward the head of the bed. Buffy laid her head on his chest looking at her ring.
“Did anyone know you were going to propose?”
“Mom and Dad. I wrote to them that you were in the hospital and they insisted on coming to see if you were all right. I asked them to bring the ring. My great grandfather had it made special for my great grandmother. The ring has a spell on it to only be worn by ones true love.”
“That’s so sweet. I can’t wait for the whole school to find out. I love you so much Oliver Wood.”
“And I you my love.”
Oliver, Ron and Harry had entered the Hospital Wing. Dumbledore told them that he wanted to talk to all of them now that Buffy was feeling better. Dumbledore entered and the Quartet wasn’t sure how to judge his mood.
“You four realize, of course, that night two weeks ago you have broken perhaps a dozen school rules.”
“Yes, Sir.” They replied.
“And there is sufficient evidence to have you all expelled.” He said having everyone fooled but Buffy.
“Therefore, it is only fitting, that you all receive special awards for services to the school.”
“Thanks Sir!” Ron said his face lighting up.
“And now, Mr. Weasley, Mr. Wood if you could I would like to speak to Miss Summers and Mr. Potter alone.” The two nodded. Oliver kissed Buffy before departing. “Oh, Mr. Wood let me be the first to say congratulations to you and Miss Summers on your engagement.”
“Thank you sir.” Oliver said with a smile. Dumbledore turned to see a blushing Buffy.
“First, I want to thank you, both. You must have shown me real loyalty down in the Chamber. Nothing but that could have called Fawkes to you two. And second, I sense that something is troubling you. Am I right, Harry?”
“It’s just, you see Sir, I couldn’t help but notice certain things, certain…similarities between Tom Riddle and me.”
“I see. Well, you can speak Parseltongue, Harry, why? Because Lord Voldemort can speak Parseltongue. If I’m not mistaken, Harry, he transferred some of his powers to you the night he gave you that scar.”
“Voldemort transferred some of his powers to Harry?” Buffy asked quite shocked.
“Not intentionally, but yes.”
“So the Sorting Hat was right. I should be in Slytherin.” Harry stated.
“It’s true, Harry. You possess many of the qualities that Voldemort himself prizes. Determination, resourcefulness, and if I may so, a certain disregard for the rules. Why, then, did the Sorting Hat place you in Gryffindor?”
“Because I asked it to.”
“Exactly, Harry, exactly, which makes you different from Voldemort.” Buffy told him.
“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices. If you want proof where you belong, in Gryffindor, then I suggest you look more closely at this. Careful.” Dumbledore showed them both the sword.
.” Harry and Buffy read simultaneously.
“It would take a true Gryffindor to pull that out of the hat.” Dumbledore looked at Buffy.
“You did a tremendous job handling the imposter claiming to be your father. The Ministry found that your real father is alive and living in New York City.”
She barely acknowledged that. She had meant what she had told the imposter. Her father died when her mother did.
“Sir, could I ask what happened to Lucius Malfoy?” Buffy asked.
“It seems Mr. Malfoy will be spending quite a few years in Azkaban. It seems that not only was he in possession of those dark artifacts but he was also implicated on attempted murder and kidnapping.”
Both Buffy and Harry looked at him with shocked expressions. They couldn’t believe what they just heard.
“Attempted murder?” Harry choked out.
“Yes. Let me introduce you to someone.” A few seconds later a small light brown house elf entered with a tray with food and drink.
“Dobby? What are you doing here?” Harry asked.
“That’s the elf you said had gotten you in trouble with the Dursley’s?" Buffy asked Harry who nodded.
“Dobby is sorry. Dobby didn’t want Harry to die by coming back Hogwarts. Dobby must also say sorry to you.” He looked at Buffy. “Master made Dobby hex the Bludger. Made Dobby try to kill Buffy.”
“Your master is Lucius Malfoy?” Harry asked everything now making since.
“No. Dobby is free now. Malfoy was my master. Lady Malfoy freed me. Dumbledore offered Dobby job.”
“So it was Malfoy that sent the Bludger after me, and what about the fact we couldn’t go through the platform? Was that you too?” Dobby nodded yes.
“Dobby was trying to keep both of you away.”
“Dobby will you promise us something?” Harry asked.
“Never try to save our life again.” Buffy finished. Dobby just smiled.
“Will Professor Lockhart be joining Malfoy at Azkaban?”
“Ahh yes. Bad judgment on my part I’m afraid. Miss Rosenberg and Mr. Harris told us what Lockhart had said. The Ministry is trying to find away to help all those who memories he deleted.”
“Good the hack deserves what he gets. Maybe we can arrange for him and Malfoy to share a cell together.” At the suggestion Dumbledore’s eyes began twinkling. “The DADA professor you choose can I meet before you hire them? We have to find one that will actually teach us something.”
“It's a deal.”
Buffy and Oliver entered the hall. She waved To Mr. And Mrs. Weasley and Mr. And Mrs. Wood. She saw Hagrid sitting in his usual spot. He was looking directly at her.
“Welcome back, Buffy!” Percy greeted
“Thank you Percy!”
“Good evening, Buffy!” Ginny said glad to see that Buffy hadn’t been hurt because of her.
“Good evening Ginny! Glad to see you aren’t suffering any ill effects.”
“Good to see you up and about, Sir Nicholas!” Buffy welcomed him warmly
“Thank you Buffy! The same goes for you.”
“Hello! Hermione! Welcome back!” Buffy said upon seeing Hermione talking to Harry and
Ron. They followed Buffy to the table.
“Look! It’s Buffy!” Neville pointed out.
“Welcome back, Buffy.” Fred and George called out.
“It’s good to be back guys.”
“Congratulations! I can’t believe you guys solved it!” Lee Jordan said excitedly.
“Well, we had loads of help from you. We couldn’t have done it without Hermione!” Harry told them.
“Thanks,” said Hermione.
“Could I have your attention please?” McGonagall called out to the crowd.
“Before we begin the feast, let us have a round of applause for Professor Sprout, Madam Pomfrey, whose Mandrake juice has been so successfully administered to all who had been Petrified! Also, in light of the recent events, as a school treat, all exams have been cancelled!”
Everyone cheered except Hermione and Willow who were actually looking forward to the exams.
“I must inform you all that Professor Lockhart will not be returning next year due to his stay at Azkaban. On a brighter side Congratulations go to Oliver Wood and Buffy Summers on their engagement to be married.”
The whole hall began to applaud. Oliver held on to Buffy’s hand tightly and they both just smiled. The loudest cheers and calls were of course coming from the Gryffindor table. Dumbledore raised his hand to quiet everyone.
“They have asked to have the wedding here at Hogwarts. This time next year after graduation, there will be the biggest wedding Hogwarts has ever seen. Miss Summers, Mr. Wood, do you have anything to add?” Buffy and Oliver stood up.
“We want everyone to know that you’re all invited." Oliver told them.
They sat down. Dumbledore stood again.
“It is my pleasure this year to award the house cup to Gryffindor.”
He waved his hand and the banners in the great hall changed. Once he sat down the feast began. They had been eating for quite a while when Buffy saw Hagrid coming their way.
“Good tah see ya up Buffy. Congratulations to both of ya.”
“Thank you Hagrid. It’s good to be up.”
“I wanted tah thank ya fer what ya did with the Ministry. I was on my way to Azkaban fer sure.”
“No one messes with my family. Besides I couldn’t have done without them.” She pointed to Oliver, Harry. Hermione, and Ron. Buffy stood up and hugged the giant. “You’re the greatest Hagrid. She sat back down as Hagrid returned to the table. Buffy looked at her family and knew she was the luckiest person alive.
THAT'S THE END OF STORY 3. STORY 4 WILL BE IN THE WORKS SOON. THOUGH THIS ONE WILL BE MOSTLY QUOTES FROM THE BOOK UNLESS YOU WANT ME TO WAIT TILL THE NEXT MOVIE COMES OUT. 8)
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