Slytherin Born

Chapter 33

“They stole a dragon?” Audrey yelled as she raced around the flat after the twins, making sure they had everything they would need. She just barely grasped onto Fred’s outstretched fingers as they apparated into the Hog’s Head, she had watched Ginny and Lee flash away just before them with George. The climb through the tunnel hadn’t been any kind of fun and she wouldn’t be doing it again.

“Aberforth’s getting a bit annoyed,” Audrey looked over at Fred as she ran her hands over her hair making sure that she hadn’t got any spider webs in it. “He wants a kip, and his bar’s turned into a railway station.” Audrey moved forward as she heard someone else coming through and suppressed a groan when she heard Cho’s voice.

“So what’s the plan, Harry?” George spoke up.

“There isn’t one,” Harry seemed kind of confused at how people just kept popping up without any real prior knowledge that they’d been looking forward to this. Audrey surveyed the crowd around her as she moved along with Fred, her hand still in his, her eyes moving over, searching for more ginger hair. Snapping back to attention she watched Harry and Luna leave.

“Audrey, I’m actually quite surprised to see you hear. Thought you would have gone back home.” Dean smiled at her and she gave one back, hitting him in the shoulder.

“It’s good to see that you look better then you had before.” Audrey winked and Dean looked away, back towards the portrait.

Audrey followed his gaze just as Oliver Wood stumbled out of the portrait hole rushing forward she hugged him. It took several seconds for Oliver to figure out who had just thrown their selves at him but the minute he figured it out he wrapped the girl in a tight hug.

“Was anyone else behind you?” Audrey looked up at him, green eyes wide and hopeful. Oliver gave a small shake of his head, frowning before rubbing his hand up and down her arm. “Alright, come on. Fred and George are over here.” She moved him through the growing crowd toward the crowd of gingers. She sent a small smile to Kingsley and Lupin as she passed them.

The room went silent and she followed the Oliver’s gaze towards the stairs, gripping tightly to her wand. Harry stood, looking at everyone rather shocked.

“Voldemort’s on his way, they’re barricading the school – Snape’s run for it – What are you doing here? How did you know?”

“We sent messages to the rest of Dumbledore’s Army,” Fred put in. “You couldn’t expect everyone to miss the fun, Harry, and the D.A. let the Order of the Phoenix know, and it all kind of snowballed.”

Audrey kind of lost it after that and was pushed forward; almost toppling over if Oliver hadn’t steadied her. She watched as Dean and Luna disappeared up the stairs. To her right she saw Mrs. Weasley grab Ginny and she began shouting.

“You’re underage! I won’t permit it! The boys, yes, but you, you’ve got to go home!”

“I won’t!” Ginny pulled her arm out of her mother’s grasp, her hair flying.

“I’m in Dumbledore’s Army-”

“A teenagers’ gang!”

“A teenagers’ gang that’s about to take him on, which no one else has dared to do!” Fred put in.

“She’s sixteen!” His mother shouted and Audrey resisted the urge to roll her eyes. “She’s not old enough! What you two were thinking, bringing her with you-”

“Mum’s right, Ginny,” Bill put in gently. “You can’t do this. Everyone underage will have to leave, it’s only right.”

“I can’t go home!” Ginny shouted and Audrey could see angry tears brimming in her eyes. “My whole family’s here, I can’t stand waiting there alone and not knowing and-” She looked over at Harry and turned away when he shook his head. Audrey leaned over towards the twins and motioned them a bit away from the group and they followed her. “Fine, I’ll say good-bye now, then, and-”

Audrey stood off to the side whispering heatedly with Fred and George when she saw them both freeze and she herself stiffened when she heard his voice. The whole room was quiet and she couldn’t comprehend a word he spoke, she was just amazed he had finally pulled the stick out of his arse and came. She shook herself when she saw Fred’s lips move.

“Ministry-loving, family-disowning, power-hungry moron.”

“Yes, I was!” George glanced over at Audrey to gauge her reaction to this announcement.

“Well, you can’t say fairer than that.” Audrey’s green eyes followed Fred’s hand as he held it out to the man behind her. She heard Molly Weasley rush towards Percy and she zoned out again, not wanting to intrude anymore than she already was on the family affair. George grabbed her hand and pulled her with him as they went up the stairs with Fleur, Bill, Fred and … him.

Once they had gotten far enough away Audrey stopped, finally turning around to look at Percy.

“Percy.” He gave her a small, strained smile and his eyes trailed over her face.

“Audrey, I’m so sorry. I should have taken you up on your advice earl-” Percy was cut off as Audrey launched herself at him, kissing him with all her might, pulling away before he could register what she had just done and slapped him.

“You arse! I’d told you several times when we were together to make up with your family and it took you until now to do anything about it? I was locked up in the dungeon at my own house with several other people because Death Eaters were lodged up at the house and they were punishing my family! You never listened Percy, do you have any idea what my uncle and aunt did to me when they figured out I was dating you? Neither Draco nor aunt Cissy could stop them without being punished as well. If you even think we’ll be getting back together you have another thing coming to you Percy Weasley! It’ll take more than a bloody apology to have me forgive everything you’ve done. I don’t even know if I’d take you back after all the terri-” Percy cut her off with a kiss, pulling her close to him. She stood stunned, staring into his brown eyes before responding, her arms wrapping around his neck and pulling herself closer.

“Hey, maybe you guys can make up later? Hm? Because we have to go and help defend Hogwarts, you know? Where you two started going out? So Audrey you’ll come with me and Percy you’ll go with Fred.” George spoke up, pulling the blond away from his brother. “I’ll see you later Fred.” George smiled at his twin before pulling Audrey away.

Audrey sent a curse at a Death Eater, glancing over at George when she felt something like ice go through her. Shooting a huge spell around her she moved towards George who seemed to have paled.

“You felt it too?” Her voice was barley above a whisper and yet George nodded in response. “The Great Hall?” George nodded again and flicked his wand, knocking back the Death Eaters that blocked the hall leading to the Great Hall and taking Audrey’s hand began to run.

When they arrived it wasn’t what she wanted to see. The Weasley family surrounded an oh-so familiar boy who looked as if he was laughing, his mother shaking across his chest as George collapsed at his head, staring blankly at his twin and reaching towards where his ear used to be. Percy walked towards her, his face wiped clean of emotion as he wrapped her up in his arms, walking with her towards Fred.

Audrey collapsed down next to George despite Percy’s hold on her, but he kneeled down with her, stroking her hair. “Fred, Fred…” She broke down, utterly and completely. She openly cried for the first time in front of people she hardly knew, the first time since her father’s funeral. “Fred.” Audrey slumped over, balling up the fabric at his shoulder and she leaned into it, clutching it tightly as her eyes flowed with tears.

Percy wrapped his arms around Audrey’s waist, resting his chin on the top of her hair as she stood motionless, looking over at Harry’s dead body lying motionless in front of that snake’s feet. She twitched as she watched Neville move forward, her head shaking in minuscule side to side motions. She screamed as she watched Centaurs and a Giant rush from the forest, as Neville cut off the head of Nagini, watched Harry disappear under an invisibility cloak, heard the sound of Kreacher’s voice and many more house-elves as they also charged into the chaos that Percy was trying to pull her away from. Seeing a flash of very familiar blond hair she broke free from Percy’s grasp and rushed towards her cousin, grabbing him and blocking his wand arm from sending a curse at her.

“You’re okay!” Draco said, mystified. She could hear her aunt and uncle calling for him and looked around for them.

“NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!” Audrey looked towards the voice of Mrs. Weasley as she advanced on her aunt Bella. “OUT OF MY WAY!” She shouted at Hermione, Ginny and Luna. When someone came forward to try to help her she yelled at them. Draco tightened his hold on his cousin’s hand as they watched Bella taunt the woman, mentioning Fred. Audrey felt the grip on her wand tighten at that and stepped forward only to be held back by Draco. “You – will – never – touch – our – children – again!” Bella laughed only to have it cut short as Molly’s curse hit her straight over her heart and she fell. Voldemort screamed. Directing her gaze towards the vile man as he raised his wand at Molly.

Protego!” A roaring voice jolted her as the Shield Charm expanded over the middle of the Hall, Voldemort searched for the source. She noticed a swish of fabric and saw Harry.

“Draco! Audrey! Thank goodness we found you.” Narcissa whispered, gathering both teenagers up in a hug.

“It’s not over yet Aunt Cissy.” Audrey rested her wand hand on her aunt’s watching the confrontation between Voldemort and Harry. Audrey didn’t pay to much attention to the conversation the pair were having, only paying attention to their wands, waiting to see who would strike first.

“The true master of the Elder Wand was Draco Malfoy.” Audrey stiffened and felt Narcissa’s grip tighten on both her and Draco.

“But what does it matter?” Voldemort wouldn’t dare, Audrey glared. “Even if you are right, Potter, it makes no difference to you and me. You no longer have the phoenix wand: We duel on skill alone … and after I have killed you, I can attend to Draco Malfoy …”

“I don’t bloody well think so.” Narcissa hissed and Audrey hushed her.

“But you’re too late, you’ve missed your chance. I got there first. I overpowered Draco weeks ago. I took this wand from him.” Draco gave a short growl before stopping from the sharp tug Audrey gave to his hand. “So it all comes down to this, doesn’t it?” Does the wand in your hand know its last master was Disarmed? Because if it does … I am the true master of the Elder Wand.” Audrey’s eyes widened as a red-gold glow burst across the enchanted sky above them as the edge of a dazzling sun appeared over the sill of the nearest window.

Avada Kedavra!

Expelliarmus!

Audrey looked over towards where she had left Percy and saw him staring over at her in terror that probably showed on her face as well before they both turned their eyes to see Voldemort dead. Audrey’s heart beat harder as she pulled Draco to her, hugging him tightly.

“Aunt Cissy, Uncle Lucius. Could you go sit over at that table? There’s someone I want you to meet. You too Draco, over to the table.” Audrey gave a soft smile before breaking free from her family and rushing through the crowds to where she had seen Percy disappear. “Percy! Percy!” The man turned around and met her halfway, wrapping his arms around her.

“You’re okay.” Percy let out a strained laugh and Audrey stood on her tiptoes, kissing him softly on the lips.

“I want you to meet some people. They won’t bite, I promise.” She pulled him along behind her, towards where she had directed them to go. “Aunt Cissy, Uncle Lucius. This is Percy Weasley.” Narcissa and Lucius both looked at her, confused. “My boyfriend since my fifth year. He’s promised to marry me, promise ring and everything.” Narcissa’s face stretched into a smile.

“Audrey, you’re mum would have been proud. Marrying a Gryffindor.” Narcissa hugged her and then pulled Percy into one as well.

“Uncle Lucius? Are you okay with it? I said it when I was five and I still mean it now, if you’re not okay with whom I choose to marry I’ll reconsider marrying them. Even though I really don’t want to rethink it with Percy.” Audrey looked with big watery green eyes at Lucius. Narcissa, Draco and Percy also looking at him.

“It seemed that through the time you were dating you were impeccably happy Audrey. I can’t deny you happiness, Cissy would kill me.” Lucius stood and hugged his niece briefly before shaking Percy’s hand. “Welcome to the family then.” Audrey smiled and looked at Percy.

“Hopefully you took excellent care of Lucy while I was away.” Percy smiled and leaned down to kiss the blond. “We’ll tell your family soon, just not yet. They need to mourn Fred for a few days.” Audrey whispered against his lips and pulled something out of her pocket. “Want to put it back on?” Percy pulled away to see the promise ring lying in her palm.

“I thought that it had come off Lucy’s collar when I was giving her a bath!” Audrey chuckled as Percy slid it back on her finger. “I’m never going to leave you again. Promise.” Audrey wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him.

“Can’t you save that for when we’re not in public Audrey? Nobody wants to see it.” Without breaking away from Percy, Audrey aimed a well-placed kick onto Draco’s shin. She was content with this.


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