Part Four: A Head Full Of Surprises
"I love working here!" Rita said when Jade walked through the Three Broomsticks door.
"Really?" Jade asked seeing Rita nod. Madame Rosmerta walked in holding her hip and limping forward.
"Jade." She croaked.
"Madame Rosmerta, what happened to you?" Jade asked, helping her sit down.
"I'm getting old. Cripes, I pulled a muscle in my hip." Madame Rosmerta said.
"You should go to St. Mungo's to get that checked." Jade said.
"I'm not going anywhere. Healers need to come to me if I need to get anything fixed; otherwise I'm not going anywhere!" Madame Rosmerta said. Jade nodded and took out her wand.
"I'll get Ginny then. It's probably her day off anyways." Jade said tapping her wand. A message zoomed off and Jade tucked her wand back in.
"Now you go upstairs and stay there until Ginny comes and heals your hip. I'll take care of your pub." Jade said.
"Oh Jade, I don't know what I'd do without you." Madame Rosmerta said leaving. Clarissa helped Madame Rosmerta go upstairs and Jade started cleaning and maintaining the pub.
"So Shetty and I were planning to have a small wedding with only our close family and friends. Will you be my maid of honor?" Rita asked taking Jade's hands. Jade raised her eyebrows and gave a pleasant chuckle.
"Really?" Jade asked seeing Rita nod.
"Of course silly. You're so nice to me and you've been a very good friend to me. I can't think of anyone else." Rita said.
"That's…that's so sweet Rita. I'd be honored to be your maid of honor." Jade said seeing Rita tear up. Rita hugged her, smiling and crying at the same time.
"I also have one little request for you." Rita said holding Jade's shoulders.
"What is it?" Jade asked.
"In a few months, I'll be campaigning for Healthy Eating. It's a Vegetarian Cook-Off and I'd love it if you came by to support me." Rita said seeing Jade smile and nod.
"I'll be there and if you need any help at all you can always ask me. Hey, I have a great idea." Jade said as they picked up the garbage.
"What is it?" Rita asked.
"My father is a big fan of cooking and so is my Aunt Molly; you know Ginny's mother. And I can ask them to help you with recipes or cook beside you for extra help?" Jade asked seeing Rita gasp.
"That sounds wonderful! I thought of asking you but they would definitely be delightful and enlightening to have around!" Rita said. Ginny walked into the pub and spotted Jade.
"I'm here, please save your applauses." Ginny said, giving a little curtsey.
"Hey Gin." Jade said as Ginny kissed her cheek.
"How's my favorite cousin? I heard about Madame Rosmerta." Ginny said nodding at Rita who smiled brightly. Jade pointed up the stairs.
"Go up and you'll find her. She's having trouble with her back." Jade said seeing Ginny nod.
"Sounds like Mum. Hey, how about a little girl's night out again? I heard you broke it off with Malfoy and didn't tell me you prick." Ginny said slapping Jade's arm.
"Let me throw this garbage out and I'll tell you about it." Jade said seeing Ginny nod. Jade left with Rita outside to the back of the pub.
"You broke up with Draco? But why?" Rita asked, setting the garbage down.
"It's a bit complicated…but I did the right thing." Jade said, feeling as if she was closed in a box stabbed with knives again.
She thought about Harry and how happy he made her feel but they both ultimately knew that nothing was going to end the way they wanted. Draco offered everything to her too soon and Harry didn't offer her anything at all, which kept Jade from any pressure at all. Deep down inside, she knew she wanted to be married and have children but not now; especially when she still loved Draco and had extremely strong feelings for Harry.
Jade opened the lid of the dumpster and found herself face to face with Crabbe's head with his mouth open and a note that was stuck with a needle on his tongue. Flies had gathered up around his head, zooming madly and Jade smelled the disgusting stench of Crabbe's rotting head.
"Shit." Jade said, releasing the lid as Rita let out a hair raising scream.
The lid fell on Crabbe's head and Rita kept screaming with her eyes shut tightly and her hands on her head.
"So you found his head in the dumpster?" Spinnard asked, twirling his quill on his notepad.
"For the millionth fucking time yes I found his head in the dumpster. Where are you going with this?" Jade asked as Blaise and Albert pushed Spinnard back.
"I'm interviewing the suspect here." Spinnard said crossly.
"Suspect? What the fuck for?!" Jade asked.
"Hey, Raised-In-A-Barnyard-With-Animals buy yourself a nipple and suck on it. We've got it from here." Blaise said.
"I don't like it when a newbie harasses my witness. Being your superior I'd like you to take a break and click on your heels so you can go back to Kansas." Albert said.
"But I'm not from Kansas." Spinnard said.
"You will be if you don't leave in two seconds." Albert said seeing Spinnard leave.
"How can that poor bugger not have seen the Wizard of Oz?" Albert asked himself. He looked back at Blaise and Jade who were staring at him with their eyebrows raised.
"Not like I've ever seen it before. Anyways, do you recognize this note at all?" Albert asked showing Jade the note from Crabbe's mouth.
You're Next Ginger.
"Nope. No idea." Jade said.
"You don't have to lie Jade. Clearly you've been seen with Crabbe just two days ago and he's in the dumpster in the pub where you work with this note stuck to his tongue. Is there something you're not telling us? Is this Potter's doing?" Blaise asked seeing Jade shake her head.
"I have no idea what this note means and I don't know why his head would be in this pub's dumpster. Sorry." Jade said seeing Albert and Blaise nod.
"Well if you have any information, call me." Albert said, winking at Jade who squinted at him.
"Does Jade need a Blaise hug?" Blaise asked, stretching out his arms.
"Gee, I think I can live." Jade said pushing his arms down and seeing him frown.
"Meh, you're not my type anyways." Blaise said turning around.
"Type? I didn't know you had a type." Albert said.
"What is your type?" Jade asked seeing Blaise grin.
"The easy type. So convenient for me but no, women like you give me premature grey hairs. And sorry about Malfoy and you. I heard it was awful." Blaise said seeing Jade go into her little box again.
"He looked awful too. Really bad mood and went on a lunatic rage when he heard that Spinnard had you locked up in Numergard." Albert said.
"I believe it was the first time I heard him say 'I'll chew your wanker for the dogs to eat and then I'll fuck your mother into yesteryear you sodding fat bastard.'" Blaise quoted.
"That's exactly what he said because I remember everyone else in the Auror Department was laughing so hard, we took out our memories and looked into a Pensive from alternate viewpoints." Albert said.
"Draco has a foul mouth." Jade said.
"When he has a foul temper…which is almost always these days but Spinnard really pushed him off the edge that day. The truth is, he misses you and so do we. Cilla can't even put him in a good mood and only worsens it." Blaise said seeing Jade shrug.
"I have to go. I don't feel like talking about Draco." Jade said, feeling Albert and Blaise pat her shoulder.
"If you want to cry on a shoulder-" Blaise started.
"Or two." Albert added.
"We're here for you." they both finished.
"Thanks. I'll remember that." Jade said leaving. She met with Ginny who asked her what had happened and Jade filled Ginny in on the parts that everyone else in the Wizarding World knew.
"That's bloody scary! I wonder who's behind this. Though it's hard to believe Harry would do such a thing. I know he couldn't do something like that." Ginny said, sipping on her butterbeer. Ginny looked up and saw Zane coming towards Jade.
"I heard what happened." He said seeing Jade nod.
"I'm all right. I just saw the head and the note." Jade said.
"Don't you work for Harry? You were there when Jade got shot." Ginny said.
Jade saw a flash of pain come across Zane's face but he quickly composed himself.
"I need to close down the pub. Madame Rosmerta's sleeping upstairs. Come on." Jade said getting up.
She cleaned up the entire pub and closed and locked the pub. Zane, Ginny and Jade walked down the dark Hogsmeade streets. They heard a small scream and the three of them turned around to see Lavender chasing down a man who ran down stark naked with a knife glinting under the moonlight.
"Get out of my way or I'll cut you!" the man roared.
Jade and Ginny jumped away but Zane tried to tackle him down. They both tumbled to the ground and Zane threw punches at him. The naked man roared and swiped at Zane, slicing his arm. In a flash, the man got up and went to stab Zane but Jade jumped in, grabbing his arm.
"Get off of him you brute!" Jade screamed. The man got up and swung his fist at Jade's chest, making her fall backwards into Harry's arms who steadied her.
"You punched my boob! That hurt!" Jade growled, rubbing her chest.
"Harry!" Ginny said.
"Harry fucking Potter!" Lavender said.
"What?" the man asked.
Jade swung her leg at the man but he jumped away and Jade kicked Zane's privates instead.
"Mother of God." Zane wheezed.
Harry burst out laughing and fell back, clapping his hands. The man went to take off but Ginny took out her wand and threw the Bat Bogey Hex at him. The man fell down, clawing at his face as bat wings grew from his nose and started to attack his face. Harry grabbed him up, locked his hands and handed him over to Lavender.
"Thanks Harry." Lavender said seeing him nod, still grinning.
"You haven't seen me around. Not even Parvati will know." Harry said seeing Lavender nod.
"Cross my heart and hope to die." Lavender said. They all saw Lavender roughly grab the naked man and apparate.
"She's definitely going to tell Parvati." Jade said seeing Harry turn around.
"And Parvati's not going to believe her with everyone else coming in with false claims of seeing me around. Did you know I was spotted in India yesterday, dancing on top of the Taj Mahal in a toga?" he asked seeing Jade raise her eyebrows.
"He sliced your arm pretty badly." Ginny said to Zane who sat up, still in pain from being kicked in his privates.
"I'm really sorry Zane. I didn't mean to kick you." Jade said seeing him shake his head.
"It's okay. It wasn't your fault." Zane said. He got up slowly and Ginny held on to his arm.
"Come on then, I'll take you to my place to fix you up." Ginny said.
"Bye Gin, bye Zane. So sorry again." Jade said.
"Bye Jade, bye Harry." Ginny waved.
"Bye Mr. Potter. It's not your fault Jade." Zane said. Jade turned to Harry who hooked his arm around her neck and kissed her forehead.
"I never laughed so hard since you fell off of a broom." Harry said.
They apparated to Jade's building and made their way into her apartment. Jade told him about finding Crabbe's head and Harry nodded.
"I found out soon enough, that's why I sent Zane after you to make sure you were all right." He said, unbuttoning her shirt.
"And what were you doing there anyways tonight?" Jade asked seeing him look up.
"I realized I don't like trusting anyone to take care of you because you end up almost killing them." He said.
"That was an accident! I didn't mean to kick him there! I was aiming for the naked man." Jade said. Harry removed her bra and traced her breast with his thumb.
"You have terrible aim. You shot my car this morning and you kicked Zane where no man wants to be kicked. I probably should be careful with you." he said guiding her towards the bed.