Disclaimer: I don’t
own any of the characters or situations of this story. Some of the dialogue was
taken from chapter fifteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,
American Edition, by J.K. Rowling. No copywrite infringement is intended nor is
any money being made form this story.
Firenze often strolled through the forest to clear his
mind. Ronan always focused on studying the stars and preparing for what was
going to happen, but Firenze was tired of it. He knew that that was how the
Centaurs predicted the future, but he always wondered if anyone could truly
divine what was to happen. He also knew the stars had been wrong in the past,
and there were other forces that needed to be taken into consideration.
He was lost in thought when he heard voices up
ahead. He recognized the unaccommodating voice of Ronan and the friendly one of
Hagrid. Knowing Hagrid didn’t often come into the forest simply to visit,
Firenze decided to go see what was happening. He got there just has Hagrid was
leaving with a couple of students.
“Well, if either of you do see anythin’, let me
know, won’t yeh? We’ll be off then.” With that, Hagrid led Harry and Hermione
“Unicorns in danger? Such sweet
creatures, who would want to harm them?” Firenze asked as he joined Ronan and
Bane. “I hope they find it and whatever
“Firenze, you know that what happens to others in
this forest is none of our concern. And that we Centaurs do not interfere with
fate,” Ronan admonished as he headed back into the forest.
Firenze stood and watched as Bane followed Ronan into
the dark. He knew Centaurs kept to themselves as a general rule, but couldn’t
help feeling that this was a time to ignore the rules. Sometimes you had to do
what you felt was right even if it went against what others thought or what the
fates had written into your life. Having spent most of his life studying the
stars Firenze knew that it was possible to alter fate, even though it was not
done very often.
Heading off in the opposite direction from the other
two, Firenze meandered through the forest looking for any sign of the students
or the unicorn. The forest was such a vast place that he wasn’t sure if Hagrid
and the students would be able to search all of it. At one point he paused,
thinking he heard something moving though the brush, but then it was quiet
again so soon that he didn’t trust his ears.
He started to wonder if anything
was to be found when the forest in front of him lit up with red sparks. Without
any thought of danger, Firenze took off in the direction of the sparks. He
slowed his pace as he got closer and was just about to come out into the path
when he heard a familiar voice.
“Neville! Malfoy! What happened?
Where are yeh?”
It was Hagrid. Firenze stayed
hidden but near, in case he might be needed. One of the boys was doubled over;
at first Firenze thought he was hurt until he heard the laughter.
“Your face, Longbottom, it was
priceless. I’m surprised you didn’t wet yourself. You are such a gullible
“What’s goin’ on here? Why’d yeh
send off the sparks?” Hagrid charged into view, crossbow gleaming in the
moonlight filtering down though the leaves overhead. Firenze moved a little
closer to where they were standing so that he could hear better and maybe find
out if they had found anything.
“It…it was Malfoy. He jumped out at
me and I…I sent off the sparks he startled me so.”
“All right then. Stop yer laughing
now. Both of yeh come with me.”
As soon as the three of them were
out of sight Firenze headed off in the opposite direction. “I don’t see what’s
so funny about scaring a classmate in this forest. He could have been seriously
He went down the path for a ways
before turning off in a different direction. He was rather deep in the forest
when a rustling overhead attracted his attention. It was hard to see anything,
but there was definitely something up there. And though Firenze wasn’t
positive, but he believed it wasn’t native to the forest, although it seemed
used to roaming around the forest.
Just as he was about to give up and continue on his
way, Firenze saw something leap from the tree and slither away in a crouch. He
stayed a respectable distance back and made no noise as he followed it. The
creature moved out of the darkness and into the moonlight of a small clearing.
It stopped and bent over something white.
I need to go find Hagrid,
Firenze thought, turning away. He hadn’t gotten very far when the air was
suddenly split by a scream.
Turning towards the sound Firenze galloped
back to the clearing. He saw the blond-haired boy who’d played the earlier
prank running away. But another boy, the one he saw with Hagrid first, just
stood there with the creature heading straight for him.
Without pausing, Firenze jumped over
the boy to challenge the creature. But at the sight of the Centaur the creature
backed into the darkness of the forest and disappeared. Firenze turned to the
boy and was surprised to see that it was Harry Potter.
“Are you all right?” he asked
reaching out to give Harry a hand up.
After seeing Harry safely back to
Hagrid and his classmates Firenze went back into the forest thinking about what
he had told Harry. And about what Ronan and Bane had said. The forest belonged
to everyone, not just the Centaurs. They couldn’t just sit by and watch evil
take over if there was something that they could do about it.
Hagrid is a good person, he
thought. Sometimes he doesn’t understand the dangers of some of the
creatures that he takes a liking to, but he means well. And he wouldn’t just
bring students into the forest for an idle reason.
He now knew what the creature in
the forest was and that didn’t make him feel any better about their situation.
When it was still unidentified it could have been either evil or good and he
might have ignored its presence, but now he could not. He just hoped that he
wouldn’t become its next target because of his interference with young Harry
Nor was he looking forward to
seeing Bane or Ronan any time soon. He probably shouldn’t have reacted to them
in anger, but some things were just too important to ignore. And if they wanted
to pretend that what happened in the wizarding world had no effect on them,
then he would let them. But he would read all
the signs, not just those in the stars, and be prepared for what was to come.
Author’s Note: A huge thank you to Lady Narcissa, my fabulous beta reader. Also, thanks to
Sammy Weasley for being my unofficial beta and for your help with the initial
write of the story.