Summary: Sometimes, Selena Hopkirk wants to be
alone with her thoughts. Unfortunately, they are not always the good company
she wishes for.
Sequel to Slytherin
I don’t own
Potterverse. I just claim a Fanficcers right of way everywhere I like to go.
Authors Note: I am
greatly indebted to Alkari for unerringly finding not only the weak points I
was aware of, but some I wasn’t as well. She also had some good advice and
suggestions. My beta Beth patiently checked my grammar. Remaining weak points
are entirely my own fault.
A note on
Isobel MacFusty’s dog: I know the Hogwarts letter says students can bring “an
owl OR a cat OR a toad.” MacFustys have always brought a terrier. It’s
It was raining,
the kind of thin drizzle you hardly saw but still had you drenched to the bones
if you ventured out in it. Not to mention flying, which a bunch of loonies
actually were doing over the Quidditch pitch. Probably Gryffindors, Selena
Hopkirk thought. She climbed into the deep windowsill to get a better view. Yes,
that had to be James Potter, soaring high over the other fliers. Hogwarts had
its share of exellent fliers, but Potter was something special, that was
something even a Slytherin like Selena could admit.
Not that he
was the most daring of fliers,
though. That title had to go to his former fellow Gryffindor Dan Dunglass, who
last year flew up to the girls’ dorm to impress Isobel MacFusty into going to
Hogsmeade with him. Naturally he got thoroughly hexed by some irate
seventh-year, but MacFusty had been going out with him for most of last year.
least that was something Potter
wouldn’t try in his never-ending mission of impressing Lily Evans. Maybe, one
day, he’d find that not showing off
would be a much better strategy.
crowd of them out there, flying. Not team practice, then, just out flying for
fun. If one could call it that, in this weather. Selena had heard from Marion
McKinnon that Potter thought that was a good idea, some leisure flying that
gave him a chance to check up on the younger students, without the stress of a
proper trial. And gave himself a chance to impress those younger kids, Selena
had thought to herself.
if anyone would take Dunglass’ place as Gryffindor Daredevil, now he’d left
school, it wouldn’t be James Potter, but Sirius Black.
mentally shook herself. She’d promised herself either to pick up the nerve and
actually speak to Sirius, or get over
her crush. Somehow. Thinking about something else would be a good start.
Sluggys party last night. As usual, Sluggy had invited some interesting guests,
like Madam Titmuss from the International Magical Office of Law, a stern grey-haired
lady who had just come back from a lengthy tour in Australia and New Zealand. Selena had travelled with her
parents, but only within Europe, and she dreamed about seeing more of the world. She had met old and
new friends from other houses, both her fellow Prefects and others. Then she
had successfully rescued Regulus Black from Sluggy -who, as usual, told him
what a shame it was Regulus couldn’t convince his brother to come to these
meetings more often- oh damn – she
was thinking about Sirius again!
been last of the Slytherins to leave, and found she smiled to herself as she
hurried through the dark corridors, keeping eyes and ears open for any signs of
Peeves. But all was quiet, even the portraits were sleeping.
room was almost empty as well, except for a few night owls, Severus Snape among
them. He had been to Sluggys party too, of course, but had left early. Selena
had been relieved when he did; she had felt his glare whenever she talked to
one of her Muggle-born friends. Last year he even had told her off for being a
“Mudblood lover” a couple of times... But she didn’t think he would say
anything in the common room.
wrong. Severus actually waved her over –with an imperious gesture he surely had
learned from Lucius Malfoy- and told her she was “an idiot for running around
with Lily Evans and other of that ilk.” And that she shouldn’t listen to Sluggy
and Dumbledore, they were both living in the past. There were others one should
listen to, people that belonged to the future. Not Mudbloods and
Mudblood-lovers. Selena had retorted he should make friends with Isobel
MacFustys terrier; it probably had the best pedigree at Hogwarts, before
storming off to her dorm.
wasn’t surprised that the story was all over school the next day. Or that the
Duff twins were giggling their silly heads off, claiming that Severus had a
crush on Selena.
was really pouring down now. Were the mad Gryffindors still flying? It was
raining so hard, Selena couldn’t see, but she wouldn’t put it past them. Oh, Quidditch
matches didn’t stop for rain, but this wasn’t team practice, after all. Perhaps
Potter wanted to see how tough his future team members were?
they were walking back to the castle, soaking wet but very cheerful. Potter was
his usual obnoxious self, now he was back on the ground. He had a small crowd
of younger students hanging on his every word, as he was demonstrating
something while making big sweeping movement with his broom. Peter Pettigrew,
as usual scurrying at Potters heels, had to jump aside several times not to be
hit. He was surprisingly agile for his girth. Or perhaps he just bounced.
Sirius? Selena leaned closer to the window. Oh, there, with Remus Lupin. Not
chatting up MacFusty, for once. She was walking just behind them, holding her
dog in a steady grip. Selena wondered idly what it had done this time. Tried to
bite someone or chewed Potters prized broomstick? The school was divided on wether that dog was
a transformed Hebridean Black or if the MacFustys just had bred some dragon
blood into the local terriers. Anyway, according to Lily Evans, dragon ancestry
or not, they were bred to kill vermin. Which explained why it had bitten Filch
at least three times?
In this weather, Aberdeen would seem dull and drab and grey,
Selena knew. Perfect weather for checking out Muggle shops, with their
fascinating mix of the familiar and the unknown. Then, when the sun came back the
town was shining like silver, and there were flowers everywhere, so many things
to see, so many places to go – and that was just one town.
summer, Aunt Mabel had invited Selena over during holidays, to visit her in Aberdeen and to explore the Muggle town as
well. Selena had been thrilled. She felt embarrassed now, but her first thought
had been she might find something to talk to Sirius about. He was interested in
some Muggle things, like those motorcycle machines. Selena didn’t know much
about the Muggle world, but she knew motorcycles were noisy and smelly. And
unsafe. But there were other things, Muggle music perhaps?
always known the Muggle world was much bigger than the real one. Bigger, and…
not exactly inferior, but ... Duller? Blander? Noisier, at least, with all that
machinery they had to use instead of magic.
been right about the noise. She had underestimated the sheer size of the Muggle
world. And she had been totally unprepared for its diversity. Music, clothes,
magazines, radio channels... there seemed to be an endless amount of choices.
in music. . Many of the Muggle-born students and even some wizard-born –Sirius
among them- spoke highly of Muggle rock music, claiming it was much better that
the wizarding kind. Of course they couldn’t listen to it at Hogwarts, with all
the magic interfering with their radios and cassette recorders, but they talked
about it and read magazines.
Selena heard more music than she had imagined
existed. She really liked a lot of it, but not the bands Sirius and MacFusty
liked. They were about as noisy as motorcycles, and from the look of them, the
band members were smelly as well. Probably unsafe too.
There was a
commotion somewhere downstairs... obviously Filch had a thing or five to say
about Quidditch players dripping mud on his floor... He would probably like one
of those hovering things the Muggles had.... funny name, for something you
cleaned floors with, she thought idly. Perhaps because the dirt somehow hovered
never really given the Muggle world much thought. It was better for the
Wizarding world to keep apart from it, she had learned from an early age. She
had heard various reasons for it, from the Muggles wanting magic help with just
about every thing to them killing off anyone magic. She had leaned towards the
former, mostly because…. Well, how did
the Muggles manage without magic?
she had realised. They had their machinery instead. Of course, it was
cumbersome in a way magic wasn’t, but on the other hand once it was done, it
stayed that way. Anyone could buy and use it; too, it didn’t need special
talent. Selena seriously doubted Tina Greatrakes, not to mention one or two
other, ever would learn to Apparate, but to take a Muggle car or bus or train
you just needed some money. And there certainly wasn’t any lack of that, judging by the many shops the
Muggle world had.
thing she had accepted without any further thought was that the only problem
Voldemort and his followers would have in conquering the Muggle world was that
there were so many of them. Otherwise
they were helpless, lacking magic. But now she had a nagging feeling that
Voldemorts supporters were totally off their brooms if they thought they could
conquer the Muggle world. Muggles were ingenious; they were used to change, to
adapting. They didn’t believe things
just because the morning paper said so.
the Wizarding world – now that was
something they actually could do do. All that talking about the supremacy of
pure blood was ridiculous; there wasn’t one Wizarding family without Muggle
blood, if you cared to look. Selena herself had one Muggle-born grandmother and
one born a Malfoy. Both of them highly competent witches. You couldn’t “purge
the magical society from unclean blood” as snobs like Regulus Black, no doubt
echoing dear cousin Bellatrix, liked to proclaim.
could rid it from Muggle-born, Selenas Slytherin brain told her. All magical
children were registered, after all. . Voldemorts followers didn’t shy away
from killing, they had already proved that. It would be easy for them to kill
Muggle children born with magic. It would probably be grudgingly approved by
many respectable witches and wizards as well. Then, on to the next step,
whatever that would be. People with Muggle-born parents? People opposing Voldemort
were already targets, but how about people who had insulted a Death Eater?
suddenly wanted company. She decided to go to the library, there had to be
someone she could talk with, about nice everyday things like school work and
Quidditch. She could even talk about boys with Tina! Or, rather, listen while
Tina gushed about Julian Wong. Anyway, if Selena didn’t show up Tina would
certainly tell anyone who wanted to listen that Selena had been nursing a
hangover all morning, and that just wasn’t on.
wondered if Severus had heard the Duffers “boyfriend” talk and if he had, whether
he would poison them, hex them or simply ignore them.
grinned to herself. That could be interesting!