A few weeks went by with no more attempts on Harry’s life or Mandy’s. The young couple pretty much had their routine worked out. They would get ready in the morning, then have Dobby take them straight to the entrance, near the castle doors, just in time for breakfast with their friends. Students and professors were under the impression Harry’s secret place was somewhere outside Hogwarts and that’s why a elf was required to take them back and forth so they remained inside the protections of the castle and Harry’s hideaway.
Little did they know.
Dobby was also tasked with shadowing Mandy, remaining invisible of course, whenever Harry couldn’t be with her. This was normally just when she was in Ancient Runes or Arithmancy. It wasn’t likely anyone would try anything in front of a teacher but Harry wasn’t taking any chances.
Some of their friends and acquaintances would ask where they were staying now, but the look of incredulity they were given by Harry or Mandy usually did the trick to warn them off. In the first few days, they made it perfectly clear that they wouldn’t tell anyone and risk compromising their safety.
In fact, it got so bad with everyone asking on that first Monday back, where they were staying and why they were doing that, instead of staying in the dorms, Harry finally stood up in the Great Hall and magnified his voice.
“LISTEN UP EVERYONE SO YOU ALL GET THIS STRAIGHT. I KNOW SOME OF YOU LIVE IN YOUR OWN WORLD AND ARE NOT AWARE OF WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND YOU, HENCE THE STUPID QUESTIONS WE’VE BEEN GETTING. KNOW THIS! WE WILL NOT TELL YOU WHERE WE ARE STAYING AT NIGHT AND ON THE WEEKENDS. WHY? BECAUSE THAT COMPROMISES OUR SECURITY. WHY DO WE NEED SECURITY? VOLDEMORT HAS ISSUED AN ORDER TO HAVE ME KILLED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.” Harry didn’t even stop when several reacted to him saying the name. “I HAVE BEEN ATTACKED IN THIS CASTLE BY FELLOW STUDENTS TWICE NOW TRYING TO KILL ME. THE ATTACK IN HOGSMEADE BY DEATH EATERS WAS MEANT FOR ME. DURING THAT ATTACK, THEY TRIED TO TAKE MANDY JUST TO GET TO ME. WE BOTH LIKE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT SOMEONE KILLING US OR TAKING US DURING THE NIGHT. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. DON’T ASK AGAIN! AND FOR ALL YOU FELLOW STUDENTS WHO ARE WANNABE DEATH EATERS, THINK BEFORE YOU STRIKE. MY REACTIONS TO YOUR ATTEMPTS ON MY LIFE ARE JUST GOING TO GET WORSE IN THE FUTURE. TRY ME!”
Harry sat back down to complete silence while he cancelled the Sonorus.
Most nights back in the apartment, once homework was taken care of, the couple would spend what time they have left snogging each other senseless. After several nights of this, hands were starting to wander and it was growing more difficult to control themselves. They were even ready to admit that McGonagall had a point when she was concerned about impropriety. Teenage hormones wrecked havoc on their control.
What helped, or didn’t help, depending on your perspective, was Harry now had very strong mind control giving his advancement in Parseltongue magic. He was usually able to come to his senses just in time and keep them from going too far. However, after a few weeks of this, Mandy was less sure she wanted him to stop. What was really frustrating her, was how Harry was backing off and even stopping his hands from wandering very far. She was afraid he was going to back off even more and they would spend less time in each other’s arms. That was the natural conclusion after all. Avoid the situation completely.
She also knew that Harry thought she was not interested in going further, that it was just passion getting out of hand. He believed that if she was thinking clearly, she would not want to go that far, so he made sure he was the one that reestablished control for them. He had pretty much appointed himself not only the protector of her life and preventer of Death Eater capture, but he was now the protector of her virtue.
This had to be stopped and quickly, she thought. She had very strong feelings for Harry and she knew he felt the same about her. She was well aware of contraception. She knew how to use the spell and she knew how to brew the potion. The potion was a sure thing while the spell could be less reliable in the heat of the moment. Intent, always intent, as Harry puts it. She opted to go with the potion and used Harry’s extensive potions lab to brew it.
You just had to take the potion once a month. It was best to take it on the first day you were starting your period or when you started cramping, whichever came first. That made it easier to remember and your period was less painful, not to mention you were less hormonal, while on the potion.
They used the potions lab all the time to work on potions, especially Mandy who wanted to be a healer, so Harry was not even aware of what she had brewed. She liked to brew several types of potions, so eventually they had their own stock. Occasionally, Dobby would be sent out to purchase and restock the potion ingredients for them.
They had ended their day pretty much the same way they ended it the night before – a grand snogging session on the sofa. They had to call it quits before it got too late though, since they had classes in the morning. Plus, they planned on eating breakfast with their friends again.
In the morning, Harry was up early as usual and taking his shower and scrubbing himself clean. The bathroom was large and contained a large tub with a separate shower. The counter and mirror had two sinks and plenty of space for two users. Dobby had placed Harry’s stuff on one side and Mandy’s stuff on the other. They hadn’t had any trouble sharing the bathroom so far, so Harry was not expecting what he saw when he came out of the shower.
He grabbed his towel and was starting to dry his hair when he caught something out of the corner of his eye in the mirror. He looked closer at the reflection and in the tub, he saw Mandy surrounded by lots of bubbles. She was watching him dry off. He quickly turned away from her and wrapped the towel around his hips. He then turned back to Mandy in the tub. She was smiling at him.
“Mandy what are you doing in here?” he asked in shock.
“I’m having a soak in a nice bubble bath. Nice show by the way Harry. I was suitably impressed,” she said smiling at him. “Oh look, when you blush you blush all over.”
“I mean why did you enter the loo while I was taking a shower?” he asked trying to gain control.
“Oh, well I thought you heard me come in and use the tub. I didn’t know you were going to come out of the shower all… wet and… glistening. Woo! Mercy,” she said fanning herself with her hand. Soap bubbles were flying as she did that. “Is it hot in here?”
Harry blushed again.
“I’m sorry, Harry. Am I embarrassing you?” she asked innocently.
“No. I think I’m over it now,” he said with resignation. “I guess I’ll brush my teeth and do other things in here until you get out of the tub. Then I’ll get my peep show and we’ll be even.”
“Oh, why didn’t you say so? If you want to see me naked I can take care of that right now.”
She started standing in the tub with soap bubbles clinging to her all over.
“NO!” Harry yelled, closing his eyes and turning away. “No, no, no. I was just joking. If I see you naked, I won’t get a single bit of work done today. All I’ll be thinking about all day is your naked body. …Oh, Merlin, I’m imagining it now.”
Mandy shrugged her soapy shoulders and started sitting back down in the tub.
“Suit yourself,” she said nonchalantly after she was sitting again. “You really would think about my naked body all day?” she asked sweetly.
Harry hurried out of the bathroom and shut the door. He finished drying himself off in his room and got dressed for the day.
Harry had finally marshalled his thoughts toward the end of the day. Off and on through the day, his mind would wander and he would picture Mandy naked, sometimes with soap bubbles covering various places. That was a dirty trick Mandy played on him, he thought. She was such a tease sometimes.
He had just left his Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid who had wanted to talk to him for a minute after class. This was the class he had at the same time as Mandy’s Arithmancy. He always had to hurry a bit without causing a stir with his unnatural speed, to meet up with Mandy. Hagrid’s class was usually down close to his cabin so it was a bit of a trek to get back to the castle and to Mandy’s class to meet her. Of course, Dobby was on duty and shadowing Harry’s favorite person.
Before Harry could get to the castle though, Dobby appeared before him looking distraught.
“Dobby? Where’s Mandy?”
“Dobby is so sorry, Harry Potter, sir. They took her.”
“The misses had to go to the loo after class so Dobby waited outside in the hall. Dobby was tracking the misses with elf magic when he felt her leave the castle by portkey. The Parkinson and Bulstrode girls went in after the misses and came out of the loo talking about what they had done to the misses.”
“Do you know where Mandy is now?”
“Yes, Harry Potter, sir. Dobby tried to go get her but they is blocking Dobby now.”
“Malfoy Manor,” he said wringing his hands.
“Dobby, I want you to get me as close to the manor as possible. I believe I can get in and get her out.”
“Harry Potter, sir must be very careful. Dobby’s old master is a very mean wizard.”
“He’ll be lucky if he survives the day, Dobby. Let’s go.”
Dobby grabbed Harry’s hand and took him just outside the wards of Malfoy Manor.
“The misses is locked up in the dungeons, Harry Potter sir. I can feel her below the house. Dobby will be very angry if the bad men hurt the misses.”
“Me and you both, Dobby. I’m going to try something first before I go.”
Harry turned into Sneak, then turned invisible. He then changed back to Harry. Amazingly, he remained invisible.
“Go back to Hogwarts, Dobby, and inform the Headmaster of what I’m doing.” Dobby couldn’t see Harry but he could sense where he was. “I’ll meet you there when I’m done.”
“Yes, Harry Potter, sir. Please be careful.”
Harry cast a silencing spell on himself and faded even though no one could tell and he appeared just inside the front doors where he knew there would be space for an entryway. No one was about so he started looking for a way to get to the dungeons. He cast Homenum Revelio and saw that there were quite a few people in the house.
Occasionally, he would run across a Death Eater and kill them quickly before they even knew he was there. He never stopped. He just kept looking and killing them without a second thought, as he went through the ground floor. When he made it to a large office, he finally found a trap door that used to be underneath a large throw rug. The rug was off to the side at the moment as if someone had just used the trapdoor.
After opening the trap door, Harry descended into the dungeons carefully. After a few steps, he could hear faint talking up ahead.
Mandy landed hard in a cell and quickly tore off the portkey they stuck on her. She then threw it across the room. She was wondering where she was. She tried the bars and the door but they wouldn’t budge. Parkinson and Bulstrode took her wand from her and threw it away from them in the bathroom when they grabbed her, so she was limited on what she could do. She was locked in. She then tried to apparate but they had wards up.
After a good while, she heard footsteps coming her way, so she waited.
The person who showed up had the same color hair as Draco Malfoy. She immediately knew exactly who he was.
“Miss Brocklehurst!” he said opening the cell door. “I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to have you as my honored guest. We are going to have so much fun while we wait on Harry Potter to arrive. We’re very anxious to see him.”
“I don’t think you really want to do that,” she responded.
“Of course we do.”
As Harry drew closer, he could make out Mandy then Lucius talking.
“Why?” she asked.
“Because you are going to bring Harry Potter to us, Miss Brocklehurst. We know how much he likes you so he will come for you. I know he will.”
“You better hope he doesn’t,” she replied.
“Because he’ll kill you just as sure as you’re standing there. You’re an insignificant bug compared to the power he holds.”
“Yes, really, you pathetic Death Eater!”
“Feel this then, you worthless half-blood. Crucio!”
Harry heard Mandy start screaming so he put on the speed and quickly found himself looking at Lucius Malfoy standing just outside a cell, torturing the love of his life. He cast the first spell that entered his mind. It was invisible, like most all his Parseltongue spells, but it was one of the more darker, deadly ones if used on a person.
Malfoy was just about to release the torture spell when he was hit on the side with a massive blow. His whole body was collapsing in on itself as if being crushed. When the spell finished, his body was about the size of a beach ball. Harry banished the remains down the hall several meters then went into the cell and saw his poor girlfriend suffering from the after-effects of the torture curse. He removed his invisibility with a thought.
She looked up and saw Harry then started crying. She had refused to cry before this but she let it all out when he appeared and she felt safe again.
Harry walked over to her and picked her up bridal style. He then faded out quickly and appeared in Mandy’s bedroom. He gently laid her on her bed.
“You’re safe in your room now, Mandy. I’m going to get you some potions from the lab. I’ll be right back.”
She laid back and continued to cry and tremble from the curse. Harry showed back up with two potions. He gave her the potion for the Cruciatus first, which almost immediately shut down the tremors, then he gave her a Dreamless Sleep potion. This knocked her out in a matter of seconds.
“Yes, Harry Potter, sir?”
“Stay here with Mandy in case she wakes and needs something.”
“Yes, Harry Potter, sir.”
“I’ll be back,” and he faded from view.
He appeared on the stairs to Dumbledore’s office. He went up to the door and knocked.
“Come in,” he heard.
Harry walked in and saw Dumbledore talking to someone in the floo.
“Hello, Professor. I just came to let you know that Mandy is okay and back at my safe place.”
“Just a second, Harry.” He turned back to the floo. “Are you getting this Amelia?”
“Yes, Albus,” she said with her head appearing in the floo.
“Continue, Harry,” Dumbledore instructed him.
“Hello, Madam Bones.”
“Mr. Potter,” she nodded.
“I found Mandy at Malfoy Manor. I went in and retrieved her. I left quite a few dead Death Eaters for you, including Lucius Malfoy. Mandy is sleeping right now. I had to give her a potion for Cruciatus exposure and I gave her a Dreamless Sleep potion after that. Lucius was torturing her when I found them in some dungeons underneath the manor. He had cells down there with bars on them and wards to keep his prisoners from escaping. Nasty place.”
“I’ll send some aurors over there right now. How do you get to these dungeons?”
“There’s a trapdoor in the floor of a rather large and ornate office. I assume it was Lucius’ office. It’s normally hidden under a large, thick throw rug in the middle of the floor.”
“Thank you, Mr. Potter for your service and for saving Miss Brocklehurst. I’ve been in touch with her parents and will floo them back and let them know their daughter is now safe. We’ll take it from here. Bye, Albus.”
“Bye, Amelia.” He then turned to Harry. “Are you alright Harry?”
“I’m fine. However, I will be at the evening meal and I will have something to say to everyone.”
“Very well. Tell me, how did you know where to go?”
“Dobby was watching Mandy but they used a portkey on her in the loo. He was waiting in the hall. He was tracking her so he knew when she left and where she went. He tried to retrieve her himself but couldn’t get through the wards. They had locked him specifically out of Malfoy Manor. I had him take me to the wards so I could go in myself and get her. I then sent him to you.”
“Yes, he told me where you were and what you were about to do. I was trying to get the aurors involved. How did you get through the wards?” he asked curiously.
“Sorry, Professor. That’s another family secret. I need to go check on Mandy. I’ll see you at dinner.”
“Alright,” he said resigned at not getting a clear answer. “I’ll see you then Harry.”
Harry waited until he knew the Great Hall would be full. He then walked in with all eyes on him and went up to the front of the room, just in front of the professor’s table. He nodded at Dumbledore before he turned to the students. Dumbledore nodded back.
“COULD I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE?”
Everyone stopped and looked at Harry.
“TODAY, AFTER THE LAST CLASS WAS OVER TWO GIRLS FOLLOWED MANDY INTO THE LOO AND FORCED HER TO USE A PORTKEY THAT TOOK HER TO MALFOY MANOR. THE IDEA WAS TO GET ME TO COME AFTER HER SO I CAN BE KILLED. THOSE TWO GIRLS WERE PANSY PARKINSON AND MILLICENT BULSTRODE.”
They both jumped up and started yelling.
“YOU’RE LYING! We had nothing to do with it,” they basically said all at once.
“IT MATTERS NOT WHETHER YOU ADMIT TO THE CRIME. I DOUBT MALFOY WILL OWN UP TO HIS INVOLVEMENT AS WELL.”
Malfoy stood up. “Potter! Just because you believe that she was taken to my house doesn’t mean it’s true. Even if it is, it doesn’t mean I had anything to do with it.”
“OH, BUT I’M SURE YOU DID OR AT LEAST KNEW ABOUT IT.”
“If you are so sure she’s at my house then why haven’t you gone after her?” Malfoy asked.
“WHO SAID I HAVEN’T?”
Malfoy, Parkinson, and Bulstrode along with a few other Slytherins were looking a little worried.
“IT JUST SO HAPPENS, I DID PAY MALFOY MANOR A VISIT. I WENT IN AND RETRIEVED MANDY THEN TOOK HER TO SAFETY. SHE HAD BEEN TORTURED WHILE THERE. OF COURSE, THERE WERE MANY DEATH EATERS IN THE HOUSE, SO AS I SEARCHED FOR MANDY I HAD TO DISPOSE OF ANY THAT GOT IN MY WAY. SOME OF THEM I KNEW THE NAME OF, SUCH AS GOYLE AND CRABBE. I ALSO RAN INTO DOLOHOV AND MADE SURE HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED. HE WON’T CAST ANYMORE CURSES LIKE THE ONE HE HIT HERMIONE WITH. NO, HE’S NO LONGER ABLE TO EVEN BREATHE MUCH LESS CAST SPELLS. ONE OTHER HAD THE LAST NAME OF BULSTRODE WHILE ANOTHER HAD THE LAST NAME OF PARKINSON. ALL DEAD NOW.”
“NOOO!!!” the two girls screamed and fell to the floor next to each other crying. Crabbe and Goyle just looked confused.
“DO YOU THINK IT WAS WORTH IT NOW?” he asked the two girls yelling. Everyone cringed at how loud it was since he still had the Sonorous activated. He calmed back down and continued in a normal voice. “WHEN I FOUND MANDY BELOW THE MANOR IN SOME DUNGEONS THE MALFOYS KEEP TO HAVE FUN WITH PRISONERS, LUCIUS MALFOY WAS WITH HER. I’M SURE YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT THOSE DUNGEONS. DON’T YOU MALFOY?”
Draco stiffened at the mention of his father and the question.
“HE WAS TORTURING HER BECAUSE SHE TOLD HIM I WOULD KILL HIM IF I SHOWED UP. WHO KNEW SHE WAS A SEER?”
“I don’t believe you, Potter,” said Malfoy.
“SUIT YOURSELF, MALFOY. YOU CAN ALWAYS READ THE PAPER TOMORROW IF YOU WANT. THE AURORS WERE RAIDING YOUR HOME AFTER I FINISHED.”
“What about my mother, Potter?”
“I NEVER RAN ACROSS MRS. MALFOY SO I ASSUME SHE’S STILL ALIVE. OF COURSE, I STUCK TO THE GROUND FLOOR TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO THE DUNGEONS AND I DIDN’T GO SEEKING OUT DEATH EATERS TO KILL. I SIMPLY DEALT WITH THEM WHEN THEY GOT IN MY WAY. YOUR FATHER HAD GONE THROUGH THE TRAPDOOR EARLIER SO IT WAS LEFT UNCOVERED AND EASY TO FIND ONCE YOU REACH HIS OFFICE. I THEN FOUND THEM BOTH, DISPOSED OF YOUR FATHER, AND RESCUED THE FAIR MISS BROCKLEHURST WHOM I HAVE A GREAT FONDNESS FOR. OF COURSE, YOU ALL KNOW THAT AND AS UPSTANDING CITIZENS YOU PROMPTLY REPORTED THAT INFORMATION TO YOUR DEATH EATER DADS KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT THEY WOULD DO WITH IT. YOUR NOTHING BUT LOW LIFE SCUM! IF I KILLED THE LOT OF YOU, THE WORLD WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE.”
Some of their eyes grew big at that statement. Harry heard McGonagall exclaim “Mr. Potter!” but he ignored her and continued on.
“HOWEVER, THAT’S NOT MY STYLE. SELF-DEFENSE, ON THE OTHER HAND IS, …AND I WON’T HESITATE.”
Harry looked at Malfoy then glanced over at Parkinson and Bulstrode. The two girls looked very upset. Malfoy was trying to maintain his cool.
“ANY QUESTIONS?” Harry asked the room at large.
Everyone was quiet. Not a peep out of any of them, not even the professors.
Harry cancelled the Sonorus, then turned and walked toward the doors. Madam Pomfrey came around and stopped him.”
“Mr. Potter? Where is Miss Brocklehurst? If she was tortured then she needs treatment.”
“She’s fine Madam Pomfrey. I took her back to my safe place where I could guarantee her safety. I gave her a Cruciatus exposure potion, then gave her a Dreamless Sleep potion.”
“Where did you get the potions?”
“Mandy practices her brewing a lot since she wants to be a healer.”
“I see. Good for her.”
“Do you know of anything else I need to do for her?”
“No, Mr. Potter. You did very well. However, if she experiences any complications or has any other problems then I want you to bring her straight to me. Understood? In fact, I would appreciate her coming by very soon so I can run a diagnostic or two on her.”
Suddenly, Harry flashed and saw Pansy casting the Killing Curse from far away. It was a pathetic attempt in her distraught state. Madam Pomfrey saw his eyes flash but wasn’t sure what that meant. Harry was shaking his head before he stopped to answer her.
“Yes, ma’am. I will. Thank you.”
Harry looked around toward the sound and saw Pansy standing on top of the Slytherin table like in his precognition scene. She had just cast the Killing Curse from way across the hall. There was only a wall on the other side of Harry and Madam Pomfrey so he didn’t bother with anything to block it. He grabbed Madam Pomfrey and took her out of the way of the spell. Luckily, Pansy cast at his head so it was going above the tables of students.
“EVERYBODY DOWN,” Harry yelled as he took Madam Pomfrey a few steps away.
The Killing Curse slammed into the wall behind the Gryffindor table and made a mess.
At the same time, Harry also threw out his hand when he started moving and sent a powerful banishing charm that hit Pansy right in the chest and threw her whole body off the table and straight back into the wall a few meters behind her. There was a loud crunch when she hit the wall very hard and just slid down.
Harry helped Madam Pomfrey to get back on her feet then told her that Pansy Parkinson was likely in need of assistance, if she survived. Madam Pomfrey nodded and went to check on Pansy. Dumbledore and McGonagall went as well. Harry followed her but stopped at Millicent Bulstrode’s seat.
Harry just stared at her for a second. She continually looked down at her hands.
“What about you, Millicent? Do you have the same death wish as your friend Pansy?”
Millicent just shook her head back and forth.
“Good. Glad to hear it.”
A few minutes passed as everyone waited on Madam Pomfrey who was frantically working on Pansy.
“I’ve got her in stasis, Albus,” announced Pomfrey after a while. “I’ll need to use my emergency portkey to get her to St. Mungos. It’s up to them now.”
Dumbledore nodded as Madam Pomfrey and Pansy disappeared from the Great Hall.
Harry had gone back to the apartment after he left the Great Hall. They were all in complete shock at what he said and did. Mandy was still sleeping so he accepted a small meal from Dobby, but he wasn’t all that hungry so just nibbled. He was concerned about protecting Mandy. He had no confidence that the idiots who were after him would ever give up. He even doubted the student Death Eater wannabes would quit.
He decided that Winky would be better at protecting Mandy when she was in her classes or needed to go to the loo. She could at least go in the loo with Mandy and keep a better eye on her all the time. Perhaps she could have prevented those girls from succeeding since she would have been in the loo as well. Grimmauld Place was all fixed up now so she likely had time to help.
“Winky? Can you come here please?”
“Yes, Harry Potter, sir? How can Winky help?”
“I have a job for you Winky. I know you guys are done with that wonderful remodeling over there so perhaps you have the time to protect someone for me.”
“What can Winky do?”
“I’m in love with a girl Winky. Follow me.”
Harry took her to Mandy’s room where she was sleeping peacefully. He explained what happened to her and why he needed her to take over Dobby’s job protecting Mandy. Winky was very anxious to help and understood completely what Harry wanted from her.
Harry promised he would call Winky back over when Mandy was awake so he could introduce her.
Harry finally went to bed when it was getting late. Mandy was still sleeping so he tried to go to sleep himself with not much luck. He just couldn’t get his mind to settle down.
It was around two in the morning and he was still laying there awake thinking about anything and everything. Then he saw Mandy come into his room with just her thin nightgown on. She climbed into his bed and covered up as she scooted over and snuggled up next to Harry.
Harry was laying on his back with his hands behind his head so she was able to get right up next to him and lay her head on his shoulder. She then molded her body against his and wrapped one leg over his. She put her left arm across his body and pulled him a little closer.
They never said a word to each other.
Harry lowered his arms. One went around Mandy and pulled her closer, while the other found her hand on his right side and held it.
Harry turned his head and kissed Mandy on the forehead. She sighed and closed her eyes. Harry did the same and fell almost instantly to sleep.