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Mirror Image

By WolfCharm3629

Mystery

Chapter One - Caught

Summary: Set in fifth year. A strange boy is caught in Diagon Alley by the Order of the Phoenix. Secrets will be revealed and the wizarding world will be turned on its head. Is what we know really what is true?

Chapter One - Caught:

They had been tracking him for days. The boy had been walking around Diagon Alley calmly, though he was anything but safe. Dumbledore had been trying to catch him for months now. Every time the Order was on a mission he was there. He knew everything they did, everywhere they went and they couldn’t figure out how. All they ever saw was the black billowing cloak with the oddest of clasps; the howling head of a wolf made of silver with a thin snake of gold curled around its neck.

When the boy had been located, the whole Order had celebrated and begun their work. So far each shop had an Order member inside while others lingered about pretending to shop. They were so close. With everyone watching, nothing could go wrong… could it?

For the past hour they had waited patiently and now it was time to act. The signal had been given causing everyone to begin moving into place. Gradually they edged towards the boy until they had formed a ring around him. But the boy didn’t react. He just continued to walk forward. The brows of the Order furrowed as each swiftly pulled out their wands, ready to attack.

“You want to stop where you are boy. There’s no way you can escape us.” No one saw the smirk on the boy’s face as he continued to walk. A slight nod from the speaker alerted the Order to the danger and they acted. A sharp cry of ‘STUPEFY!’ echoed from each member. Spells flew from every wand and in every direction toward the boy. Amazed, the Order watched as he skilfully dodged each spell thrown at him. Worry sparked in the Order as they begun to realise how good he was. But one had a plan. Sirius Black, escaped convict and head of the Black family, snuck out from the shadows he’d been hiding in. Oh, he wasn’t staying back like a good little dog. This boy had been confusing the Order for weeks. Silently he crept behind the distracted boy and with a flick of the wand, he shot a wordless stunning spell at him. Just as planned, the spell hit the boy square in the back. As if in slow motion, the boy fell gracefully to the floor at their feet. After a moments silence, cries of triumph rang out. Quickly the Order grabbed the boy and apparated away.

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Impatiently, the Order waited for the boy to wake up. It seemed that he was good with magic. Too good. They had brought him back to headquarters only to find that none of his possessions could be located and his hood could not be lifted. With the used charms unknown, all they could do was wait. Time ticked by slowly. Even though they had only returned to headquarters minutes before, it had felt like hours. But, as promised, they would wait. According to Dumbledore, that was the safest thing.

After the first hour, the boy had surprisingly begun to groan. Every head whipped toward him in shock. Agonisingly slowly, he lifted his head to face the Order.

“Morning,” was the first word to leave his mouth. Dumbledore nodded back to him while surveying his guarded appearance.

“Good evening, you seemed to have caused quite a bit of trouble with us.”

“Your incompetence is no fault of mine.” The comment had the Order shouting loudly. Each one loyal to Dumbledore and hating the meddlesome stranger. Never had they backed down when another insulted their leader. Usually Dumbledore allowed the protests but today he had more important things to take care of. With a wave of his hand the whole Order was silenced.

“Now let’s not cause more trouble here. I assume you know what we would like to know.” Dumbledore’s eyes narrowed in warning.

“I know what you want but seeing as you didn’t say please, I don’t think I’ll tell you anything. Besides, this is far too fun,” the boy responded in a cheeky way.

“At least allow us to see your face…” Dumbledore trailed off in an attempt to gain the upper hand before anything went wrong.

“Of course.” This was a surprise. No one had expected him to comply so easily. But he wasn’t done talking yet. “Not what you were expecting. I’ll ask you this: what is the point of confusing you to the point of insanity, if I can’t watch as you realise what I have actually done?” Seemingly amused by the shocked expressions on their faces, the unknown boy reached up to his hood. Gradually, the dark hood was lifted bit by bit. Every person in the room froze in their place for whom they saw was not whom they had anticipated to see.

A/N Can you guess who it is? Any suggestions are welcome and I will try to answer all questions/requests given. Please review.


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