Lovegood was in the Forbidden Forest.
course, she wasn’t really there for romance. It was more of a…journalistic
endeavor. She wanted to be just like her father, so in order to do that, she
was going to have to catch her father’s attention with something magnificent.
Something huge, something that would require breaking certain unbreakable
school rules, something that was quite possibly the most daring thing she'd
ever done in her life.
She was going into the Forbidden Forest.
Luna was going to find Fluffy, the huge and famous
wonder dog that had guarded the Philosopher’s Stone. The fact that he had three
heads didn't deter her, nor did the fact that he was probably twenty times as
big as she was. Maybe more -- but no pain,
no gain, right?
Professionally speaking, she needed evidence strong
enough to withstand any case the toughest wizarding courts could gather. Now
all she needed was a picture. Or two…maybe three? Ok, ten would be great.
And who better to take a picture of Fluffy
than Colin Creevey, photographer extraordinaire? Why, he had even taken
pictures of the Famous Harry Potter!
silently through the Forest, while Colin seemed to be trudging as loudly as he
could. She was sure that every creature in the Forest could hear his thunderously loud steps. So, being the wise girl she
was, she turned and hushed him.
he whispered furiously. “I’m being as quiet as I can.” She favored him with an
airy smile, and continued her journey. She held her wand in front of her as a
light, occasionally holding it flat in her palm and muttering Point me in order to figure out where
she was. And although she didn’t really know where she was going, she was
ready. Fluffy would be hers.
Colin wasn't completely sure how he had ended up in
the Forbidden Forest. The last thing he could remember before agreeing to come with her was
talking to her about a job or career as a photojournalist. How it had come to
this, he would never know. He sighed dejectedly.
snapped under his feet – he jumped! – And Luna turned her head to glare at him
with a vengeance. He blushed, grateful for the darkness of the Forest, and wondered why Luna had to be so much like Professor Trelawney.
nothing more than to turn tail and run screaming out of the Forest, and damn
the consequences! Well, he couldn’t really do that without getting expelled –
damn! – So he turned to Luna. Clearing his throat, he whispered: “Do --” His
voice was breaking like an adolescent’s! He tried again. “Do you know where
She turned and glared. She seemed to be glaring a
lot lately, but she deigned to whisper back, “Of course I don’t!” WHAT?!
She doesn’t know the bloody hell where she’s going?
Luna kept her
steady pace and finally came to a stop in front of a cave. The light of her
wand wouldn’t penetrate into the darkness of the cave; she took a step in
anyway. Her breath sounded very loud in her ears, and she gulped. Colin didn’t
seem to be faring any better than she was, since he sounded like he was
hyperventilating. Which he probably was.
Luna almost immediately tripped over a stick. Except
that it wasn’t a stick! It was a tail. She gasped and stumbled back, yelling
“Lumos!” excitedly. “Colin, I found him, Fluffy! I FOOOOOOUUUUNNNDDD him!”
her, tripped over his feet, or her feet -- he wasn’t really sure whose feet --
and was sent sprawling backwards. He looked straight up and into three pairs of
great big eyes. He screeched and tried to scamper backwards but hit the cave
Fluffy was definitely looking menacing, and he also
looked pretty hungry. Colin gulped and yelled, “Luna, sing! SING!”
around excitedly, wondering why Colin was in such a panic. It was just FLUFFY! “NO!
Shut up and take some pictures while I take some notes.”
struggled for breath and hummed a tune, trying to take a few quick shots while
he could. His efforts were rewarded as Fluffy’s eyes slowly closed. Luna was
definitely being unreasonable. This huge DOG was going to kill them! Colin
spared a breath to shout “We’ve got to get out of here!” He hurriedly resumed
had realized the danger, thankfully. Leave it to a boy to state the obvious. She started running towards the exit, only stopping
to holler to Colin, “Hurry up. And take some more pictures!” Colin groaned
inwardly and wondered how she could think of pictures when the only thing he
could think about was whether he was going to die now or when his voice ran out.
He finally shouted to Luna, “You sing! I can’t.” He flew past her as she stood
looking incredulously at him.
expects me to -- She shrieked as
Fluffy began to wake up, started running to the exit, and launched into a
made-up song about Nice and Cuddly, three-headed dogs. She was soon in line
with Colin and gasping out gibberish in order to keep Fluffy asleep.
As they streaked out of the cave, sure that Fluffy
was right behind them, they noticed a blue Ford Anglia stood to the side. Its
lights flashed in their eyes and they both stumbled. They stopped to look at
each other, and looked back at where the car was. Except, that the car wasn’t
at each other for a few seconds and sprinted out of the Forest. When they came to the edge they both stood with their hands on their
knees, wheezing for air.
felt strangely buoyant, and he pressed his hands to his chest. His camera was
gone! He gulped, “Luna, I er…lost the camera. We don’t have to go back, do we?”
“YOU DID WHAT?”