THE RUINED FOREST
Moonlight spread all over those
golden brown fur. The wolf was wandering around, no destination, just spending
The fulmoon made almost all
creatures in Forbidden Forest cheerful.
A groaning sound halted the wolf's
Curious, the wolf approaching the
sound. Blurred, he saw a spider, a very big spider, as source of those groans.
Aware of its danger, the wolf quietly stepped away.
Not long before the first sign of
dawn, the first ray of the sun, reach the soil.
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"Professor Lupin! Professor
Lupin!" seems like a big, heavy hand pounded on his door. Remus recognized
the voice immediately, and opened the door.
"Hagrid, what's up?"
"Professor, I .. help ..
will yeh help me?"
"Of course, Hagrid, just let
me know what's your problem. By the way, I'm no longer a professor, so will you
just call me Remus?"
That giant figure entered the
room, throwed himself down the chair, and
"Yeh still be my Professor
for me, I can't call yeh other."
"Whatever then. Now, what's
"Aragog, Professor. Will yeh
"Ara .. what?"
"He's my pet, a .. spider,
Profesor, a giant spider.."
"Yeah. That is. He's sick
Professor, he's dying." Hagrid sobbed even harder.
"But I'm not a healer,
Hagrid.You are better than me in handling those creatures," Remus patted him on the shoulder.
"No, no, tis' wasn't about
healing. Er .. would yeh visit 'em, and let 'em explain to yeh?"
Remus hesitated for a moment,
then grabbed his robe, make sure he has his wand, and follow Hagrid into the
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'The creature I saw last night'
Remus guessed, and he's right. Hagrid took him right into its nest. Carefully
examined, he saw now an acromantula, its legs folded as if it was in pain, and
the groans getting louder and louder.
"Aragog, will yeh tell
Hagrid what yer want? Are yeh allright?" Hagrid kneeled down, spoke
softly, naturally a master would do to his pet.
"Hooome .. I want to be
hoome .." it groaned again, "I'm dying. I want to see my home."
"Hagrid, I think he wanted
to see his homeland, his origin," Remus whispered.
"And where iszat?"
"He's an acromantula, ..
hmm, Borneo I suppose."
"Nowadays Muggles call it Kalimantan.
It's occupied by three countries, in Asia."
"And how can we get there,
Remus's quiet for a moment, then
"I'll try to make a portkey tonight."
* * *
It's already dawn when they
arrived. A big effort needed to bring Aragog with them on a portkey, a tree
"I thought it's still
night," Hagrid confused.
"It's seven hours ahead us,
here. Different time-zone," Remus tried to explain. Hagrid nodden his big
head, still half-confused.
Staring around, Remus confused
himself, "I assumed here'll be a huge, dense forest,"
"That's what they told
me," answer Aragog. "You know I can't see, Hagrid. I just feel
it," Remus noticed now that Aragog's blind.
What they saw was just a plain
ground, with smoke here and there, hot soil, and a smell of burning things.
Trees were rare. Didn't look like forest at all.
Remus told Hagrid to hide Aragog
behind some trees, and he examined at the surroundings. He observed the soil
carefully. Suddenly he heard some people coming, and he hide himself too.
They brought some machines, and
started to cut the trees down. Within minutes they managed to cut many trees
"It's finished," yelled
a man to the others, "let's do another place!"
"Yeah! I can't stand no more
here, those coals burning me," yelled another man.
Those men left. Remus stepped out
his hiding and approaching Hagrid.
"The forest has been ruined.
They cut all trees, and left the soil open. Unfortunately, there's some coal
reserve here, not underground, but right in the surface. The coal used to get
covered by the trees, now openly exposed to the sun. So it burned, burned
themselves, burned those trees, created smoke like this .. what a pity."
"What yeh mean is the forest
is dissapeared, Professor?"
"More or less, Hagrid. I'm
afraid there's not much left trees to be called forest here in Borneo,"
Remus said sadly. He stared at the acromantula, "I'm sorry, Aragog, but
your homeland isn't the same anymore."
The creature groans slowly,
"My homeland .."
"What should we do then,
"It's up to you," Remus
stared at Aragog.
Aragog didn't answer for a while.
Finally he nodded, "Alright. Let's go home. Forbidden Forest."
It's took no time to travel back
to Forbidden Forest. But Remus noticed the silence.
"I'm sorry, Aragog. I'm
"It's not your fault, friend
of Hagrid. Just too much hope, I think. I dreamed that I could die in my
homeland, those green, beautiful forest that others told me. But time changes everything,"
Hagrid's silence too for a
moment. Then he whispered, "Here's yer homeland, Aragog. Here. In
Forbidden Forest. Where everything's still remain untouched."
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