Technical Notes: I forgot to mention (though
sure youíve noticed) that I changed "Molly" to
This is for the same reason as why Ginny is "Guinevere" in
Authorís Notes: Iím sure you know by now
aspects of this story belong to me and, by elimination, those which
not; hence, a single disclaimer (found at the beginning of Chapter
should suffice for the entire story. Again, thanks to Seldes Katne
Henry looked up at the sky as Ronald launched into
fresh barrage against Hermioneís belated pronouncement. It was
noon. His friend had been grousing for almost half a day. Henry had
very glad to know that Ronald could join the Seeking, but this was
annoying. "What did your parents say when you told them that
were joining us?" he asked, hoping to change the subject.
The question shut Ronald up more effectively than
Lockjaw Curse Henry had been seriously contemplating.
the redheaded young man replied in a casually clipped tone.
"Nothing?" Hermione asked sweetly.
all that was said by them and the Warders to prevent you from
"Well, Iím the Loyal One," he told her,
sounding defensive, "and if I was bent on disobeying everyoneís
then they couldnít do anything about it, could they?"
"No one knows," Henry concluded
His friend looked away from the smug expression on
Divinerís face. "All right, they donít," Ronald admitted
"When we returned from the funeral, I pretended I had left
undone in Hogsmeade."
"How did you know that we were to leave
He shrugged, looking perplexed. "I just did. I
watched the city gates for three days. I fell asleep at about
last night, planning to get some castle guards drunk or bribe a
or two," Ronald went on, "then I suddenly just awoke,
I had to come quickly."
"Thank Merlin it did not come to
Henry said. "We would have had a grave breach of security on
"I was going to make the servant tell Sirius
the bribe," he defended himself, "and while the Warders
busy I would have slipped away and joined you."
Hermione laughed, an unexpectedly throaty sound.
ingenious ploy, Lord Ronald, but in this group you are the Loyal
Someone else will take care of the subterfuge."
"Someone else?" Both young men looked at
with interest. "Who?"
"We shall see," she replied
"Iím certain we will," Ronald said, a
expression on his face.
"We must see your parents and let them know
will be joining the Seeking," Henry told him before his friend
begin a new tirade.
As before, the mention of his parents brought
up short. "Must we?"
"Yes" was the firm reply. "What
your mother have done if you left and never came back?"
"My brothers never came back."
"Nevertheless, you will do her the courtesy of
goodbye and assuring her that you intend to return." Ronaldís
had always been very kind to him, and Henry wanted to at least
the proprieties where they were concerned.
"Will I return?" Ronald asked,
a sidelong glance at Hermione.
"We must go to your parents," she said,
if she had not heard him. "Something important is to happen
"And in the meantime, Ron," Henry
as his friend glowered dangerously again, "I suggest that you
of what you will say to them when we get there."
* * *
Night befell them just outside one of the
towns along the main highway and Henry wasted no time in finding an
"What kin I do fer you, Yer Honors?" the
asked as Ronald joined his companions inside the warm, noisy front
"We need a hot supper," Henry told him,
and shelter for our horses, and rooms for the night."
"Aní how many rooms will that be?" he
then, stroking his full brown beard and eyeing them
The three travelers looked at each other quickly.
one," Hermione announced.
"Yes, just one," the young woman
drawing herself up to her full height. "I am traveling with my
and our man-at-arms. It is important that they stay close by to
"Yer brotherÖand yer man-at-arms." Henry
Ronald held their breath as the innkeeper inspected them closely.
a seeming eternity, the man grunted and nodded. "I may have
with three beds upstairs, right this way..."
The room was small but comfortable, with a
floor and low ceiling. The beds were made with sheets and blankets
smelled of sunshine. Hermione ran two fingers along a windowsill,
them closely, and finally nodded her satisfaction. "This will
"Iím certain yeíll be very comfortable here,
the innkeeper said.
"Right, then," Ronald said briskly,
his large hands together. "Shall we discuss price?"
* * *
"Shall we wager on which one of us is the
Ronald muttered to his friend as he struggled up the stairs with
his and Hermioneís packs.
"Hush, Ron," Henry muttered back.
will be awkward, but it is only for one night. And you must admit,
was incredibly quick thinking."
"And how, pray tell, was that quick
"Well, we could have asked for two rooms, but
would not have been seemly to leave her all alone-" The
of his reply deteriorated to a dry wheeze when they entered their
Inside was a shocked-looking young woman, perhaps
innkeeperís daughter. She sat by a large tin tub, in which Hermione
now submerged to the chin.
The Diviner glared up at them. "If you
would be so kindÖ!"
Henry turned red, dropped his packs, and left the
dragging Ronald with him. The other young man, however, refused to
"But, my Lady, we must stay close by to protect your person, do
not?" he asked, slowly setting down his burden and lounging in
"I am perfectly capable of protecting myself,
you very much," she replied tightly.
"What are you going to do to your
Ronald laughed. "Wash their ears?"
"Ron," Henry said, prodding him sharply.
"Do you not have some drinking to do?"
"But we cannot protect you properly if weíre
drunk," Ronald replied.
"Rose and I will be fine," she said in an
voice as she extended a pale, slender arm and groped for her wand in
heap of clothes beside the tub.
"Ron!" Henry hissed. "Letís
Ronald arched an eyebrow at the wand now in
hand. "Even if you are capable of looking after
my lady, I shall still worry about you. And I cannot get properly
if Iím worried about something."
"Nonsense. Please, go below stairs and drink
your heartís content. I insist," she told him, her voice
"What about when weíre hung over?" he
Judging from the frantic tugging on his arm, Ronald could tell that
like him, sensed danger; but unlike his friend, Ronald wanted to see
Diviner lose her temper. He was sure it would be spectacular.
He did not have long to wait. "Then I shall
your ale head in the morning!" Hermione, eyes flashing and all
finally gone, brandished her wand. "Now OUT!
Ronald lunged out of the doorway and the stout oak
slammed shut, almost on his fingers. "Youíre the one whoís
mad," Henry told him as they descended to the taproom.
lady was at her bath! What in Merlinís name were you
He laughed. "Harry, sheís been insufferable
morning. She needed to be taken down a notch or two."
"Not in that way. It was most unmannerly of
"Iím an unmannerly sort of fellow." He
still grinning when they returned to the crowded front room.
Harry, when you entered our room just now, how much did you
Henry turned red and gave his friend a rough shove
* * *
The gray owl fluttered down beside Severus and
patiently to be relieved of the bit of parchment tied to its leg
spreading its wings and soaring silently away.
Sirius watched his fellow Warder open and read the
by the light of his wand, the green light casting harsh shadows on
manís bony face. "What does it say?"
"They have reached Wimbourne."
"Ah." Sirius dipped his quill into an
and marked the path of the Seeking on a map of the kingdom spread
before him. He similarly marked the whereabouts of the Death Eaters,
on other dispatches, and noted with satisfaction that Henry and his
were safe - at present.
"Anything else?" asked Remus, noting the
smile on Severusí face.
"Rose says our two young men accidentally
the Divinerís bath." The Warder set the dispatch afire and
it just before it burned away into thin air. "Lord Ronald was
Remus frowned. "We must tell that boy to
"Worry not, Remus," Sirius told him,
broadly. "Ronald will not foil the Seeking simply because he is
healthy young man." Then he, too, frowned. "How about
Did he look, too?"
"He took one look, then turned away,"
"Now I am worried."
* * *
"Are we near?" Hermione asked no one in
as they traveled past a still-green field one crisp afternoon.
"We are perhaps a dayís ride from Lord
estate," Henry responded.
"Good." She smiled at him despite her
clipped tone of voice. The incident at the Wimbourne inn had
Henry terribly, and Hermione took special care to let him know that
was not to blame for anything.
However, the redheaded lout traveling with them was
story. His behavior that evening had been unacceptable. He knew it,
yet he showed no remorse. She sent Ronald a pointed little glare,
he had the audacity to wink in return. The gall of that knave! He
did not intend to let her forget about that evening anytime soon.
Well, Hermione told herself, she was not going to
him get the better of her. It was indeed embarrassing to be caught
oneís bath, but he saw nothing. Nothing!
"You know, my Lady," Ronald told her,
in his incorrigible fashion, "if you sit any more stiffly, you
fall right out of your saddle."
She opened her mouth, ready with a fitting reply,
his suddenly took on a dead-serious expression.
Leading his horse past her, Ronald joined Henry
a sandy-haired young man standing by the side of the road.
my Lords," he said in a country ladís warbling tenor,
you buy my owl? My hog has warts and the cure is costly."
As Hermione rode up, she saw a brown barn owl
on the young manís shoulder. A noticeably smooth-skinned hog sat
at his feet, snuffling to itself.
"Will you take three Galleons for your
At the Seekerís reply, the young man lost his
look and grinned impishly. "Harry. I am ever so glad to see
"Hello, Seamus." Henry and Ronald
Hermione, too, slipped off her saddle to join them.
"I truly am very glad to see
Seamus said, shaking their hands. His voice was much lower and
more urbane than a few moments ago. Hermione surmised that the
about the hog had been some sort of password. "Iíve been
here all day."
"Next time, bring a stool," Ronald told
Henry chuckled and introduced Hermione to the owl
"Hermione, this is Seamus, one of Severusí spies. Seamus, may I
the Lady Hermione, the Diviner."
Seamus smiled, conjured up a bunch of daffodils
his wand and presented them to her. "My Lady. I never knew
were selected for their beauty as well as their brains."
Hermione smiled at him, ignoring a derisive snort
someone so uncouth he merited no attention, and curtsied in return.
are too kind, my Lord."
"You have news from the Warders?" Henry
quietly after all the courtesies were observed.
"Yes. They say that Death Eaters have been
but they are too far west at present to interfere with the Seeking.
is taking steps to keep it so." The spy handed Henry a bit of
"Also, a child has been found in Puddlemere. Born on the second
of the ninth month, and at precisely the right hour, give or take a
Henryís brilliant green eyes glowed at the news.
"Severus said he will let you know if more are
I wouldnít be surprised if there are. Quite a few babies are born
the ninth month, perhaps due to an excess of holiday cheer."
grin faded as he remembered that a lady was present. "Your
"Sirius must see to the protection of those
Hermione told him, pretending she hadnít heard a thing. "Much
be done before the Seeking can truly begin."
"That means more will be added to our
"You will not be going to Puddlemere?"
asked, taking a scrap of parchment from a pouch at his belt.
"Not yet. First, weíre going to my fatherís.
important is supposed to happen there."
Using a thin, charred stick, the spy wrote down the
"Have you need of anything?" he asked then. "Remus
that he be told if your supplies were running low."
"We are all right," Henry answered.
have been staying in inns thus far."
"Weíll be sleeping on the ground and burning
food later," Ronald added.
Seamus chuckled and added to his dispatch.
right. Is that all you wish to say?"
"To the Warders, yes," Henry said,
is there a way that we could also inform Lord Arthur and Lady
that we are a dayís ride from their estateÖ?"
"Certainly." After sending his owl on its
with the note, Seamus wrote another note and turned his hog into
"Can he fly?" Ronald asked, looking
at the former hog.
"Oh, she really is an owl. I always keep an
one handy." Seamus tied his second note to the owlís leg, then
it. "Off you go, Aurora."
"Ouch!" Ronald rubbed his head and glared
the retreating bird. Aurora had tugged sharply at his hair before
off. Hermione giggled, earning her a dark look of her own.
"Thank you, Seamus," Henry said.
"Thank you, Harry," he replied
a grin. "Now that Iíve seen you, I can finally go home, sit
and have a bit of supper. Speaking of supper, you had best be on
way. Perhaps you can reach a village by nightfall."
* * *
They did not, and after making camp in a stand of
by the roadside, Henry and his companions were on their way again
Ronald in the lead. He seldom rode home by way of Wimbourne, but the
was familiar, and the village of Ottery St. Catchpole soon appeared
His stomach began to roil as they rode on. Ronald
over his prepared speech and told himself to calm down. He was the
One. The Seeking would fail if he did not come along. His parents
understand. They were used to having their children leave home. And
was going to return, was he not?
Ronald tried to focus on the meal his mother would
when they got there. It was going to be delicious, especially after
nightís meal. But his mother had a devil of a temper. Maybe, instead
scolding him for disobeying orders, she would poison him.
Perhaps he wouldnít taste it and at least die with
"Are you all right?" Henry asked him.
look like youíre on your way to the headsmanís block."
"Iím fine," Ronald croaked, then cleared
throat. "Iím fine," he repeated more firmly.
"You are rather pale," Hermione said,
at him critically. It was the first time she had spoken to him
since they left Wimbourne. "Perhaps you are ill."
"If Iím ill, then so should you
he retorted. "We all ate the same thing last night."
"Perhaps some of us just have more delicate
than others," she shot back, huffing in annoyance and turning
She had cooked last nightís burnt stew, teaching the two young men
hard way that skills in the kitchen did not come naturally to all
It was sundown when they came to the border of Lord
estate; but before they could go any further, an enormous,
creature, easily the size of a house, crawled up to meet them.
Ronald cried out and snatched up his bow, loosing
arrows almost all at once. They hit the creatureís body with loud
but fell to the ground and were crushed underfoot as the creature
its creaking, ponderous advance.
"Hermione, get back!" Henry ordered,
his sword as Ronald loosed another volley of arrows.
There were more thunks and the creature
stopped as it began to bleed. "Bloody-!" the
Ronald lowered his bow at the startled oath. The
sounded just like his- "Father?" He squinted in the waning
at the behemoth standing before them. "Father, what on earth is
A lid opened at the top of the creatureís body and
Arthurís lanky silhouette, strikingly similar to his sonís, climbed
"This was my watering machine, before you riddled it
holes," he said, pointing to the leak caused by Ronaldís arrow.
was giving it a try and decided to wait by the roadside to meet
He sighed. His father was a passing fair wizard.
Lord Arthur persisted in fooling around with such harebrained
Ronald had not the faintest idea. "Meeting me while riding a
spider is not a good idea," he said, trying to stop the
of his heart.
"It is not a spider, it is a watering
his father insisted. He then caught sight Henry and Hermione.
Henry, Lady Hermione," he greeted them with a lordly salute.
met. We received your message and have been expecting you."
"Well met, Lord Arthur," Henry replied,
the salute before placing a calming hand on Fireboltís neck. The
snorted and shuffled, eyeing Lord Arthurís mechanical mount
"That is an impressive watering machine, my
"Thank you, my dear. I am very pleased with
Lord Arthur said modestly, ignoring his sonís rather audible groan.
we go on to the house? Melinda has been cooking all day."
"Wonderful," Ronald said. "Iím
Will you ride with me, Father?"
"Whatever for? I shall ride my watering
I put a very comfortable chair inside."
* * *
Lord Arthurís estate was humble, but it was as much
a home to Henry as his own. He and Ronald had grown up together,
in the Wizard Kingís household, and the redheaded family had
him to its collective bosom right from the beginning. Lady Melinda
Henry to hers as soon as he handed Fireboltís reins over to Errol,
elderly steward. "Dear, dear Harry! I am delighted that you
"As am I, my Lady," he replied, smiling
down at the plump woman.
"Goodness, you must be tired!" she said
after giving Hermione a hug of her own. "Come inside, now, your
are waitingÖNo, we absolutely insist that you stay the night.
Seeking can wait until morningÖErrol and Hermes will see to the
Clucking that they were probably exhausted,
and perhaps even ill, Lady Melinda hustled Henry and Hermione to
chambers. They emerged that evening, refreshed and dressed in clean
to take supper with their host and his family.
"Where are all the servants?" Hermione
softly as she followed Henry down a gallery lined to the rafters
portraits of redheaded people, all waving madly at them.
"There are only a few that I know of,"
young man replied. "Most of Lord Arthurís children have left
and those that remained here live simply."
"I see." She smiled at a portrait of a
and woman holding an infant and beaming proudly. "They seem
"They are." Privately, Henry wondered why
had not yet appeared to greet them.
He found her with her parents, in conversation with
bluff, bald, bearded older man. Two dark-haired women, presumably a
and her daughter, and a handsome young man stood behind him.
"Goodman Amos and his family," Ronald
in a low voice as he came up behind them. He, too, was freshly
and clothed. "They bought some of our land some time
"Ronald, my boy!" the bald man boomed.
to see you!"
"Likewise, Goodman Amos," he replied,
to the other guests before gesturing toward his companions.
I introduce some friends from the city, Lord Henry and Lady
"Merlinís beard!" Amos exclaimed as he
sight of the mark on Henryís forehead. "íTis the Seeker and the
He pumped Henryís hand and bent floridly over Hermioneís. "I
you both at the Wizard Kingís funeral. This is an honor!
"Allow me to present my wife, Gertrude; and
children, Cedric and Anna," he went on, beckoning his wife and
forward. Gertrude and Anna curtsied prettily but said nothing, while
smiled and greeted them in a friendly manner. "Weíre new in the
Amos explained. "Bought some land from Lord Arthur here.
it was time Cedric had his own farm, give the boy some space to
down and start a familyÖ"
"Of course," Henry replied politely,
that Cedric had colored and sent a look in Guinevereís direction
he did not particularly care for.
Guinevere smiled back at the young man, then turned
her brother and his friends. "Welcome back, Ronald, Lord
she said with a graceful curtsy. "And welcome, Lady Hermione,
"It is a pleasure to be here," Hermione
Supper was held in the castleís hall, where the
standard - a mighty explosion and the motto "Let us all keep
fingers crossed and hope for the best" on a lurid orange
- fluttered bravely overhead. Attending them was a young lad who ran
up and down the length of the dining table, passing dishes and
wine with gusto. It was amusing, but if one were to serve Lord
entire family all at once, Henry reflected as he watched Guinevere
and reward the boy with a sweetmeat, he would indeed have to be very
on his feet.
"This is truly delicious, Lady Melinda,"
complimented their hostess, bringing a flush of pleasure to the good
"Donít tell me Cedricís coming with
"No, he is not," Hermione replied curtly.
were definitely not getting on well.
"Thank Merlin. So what are we doing here,
"Your visit is a pleasant surprise,
Lord Arthur said before the young woman could reply. An ambulant
- another of his inventions - creaked by.
"I could not pass through the area without
my respects to you and Lady Melinda, my Lord," Henry
"And it was such a coincidence that you would
up with Ronald."
"Mm," he agreed. "Yes, it
"Just where did you meet up with Henry,
Lady Melinda asked her son.
"In Hogsmeade," Ronald said truthfully.
met in Hogsmeade."
"And you invited him to visit while you were
"When did you invite him, then?"
"Come now, Melinda," her husband chided
"You know Henry does not need an invitation. He and his friends
welcome here anytime."
"Of course, dear," Lady Melinda replied,
"I was just ever so worried that our Ronald had not returned
Hogsmeade and am very happy to have him home, safe and
Henry suppressed a laugh at the look of
on his friendís face. After raising seven children, six of them
Lord Arthur and Lady Melinda were seasoned veterans at ferreting out
Ronald sighed, knowing that he was beaten. "I
meet Harry in Hogsmeade, Mother, and Iíve been traveling with him
since. I have joined the Seeking."
Guinevere frowned. "Were you not forbidden to
"I found nothing in the books of law."
"You were still expressly forbidden to join
Seeking," she persisted. "I was there. I heard the Warders
"Well, as I said, I am not breaking any
"You are disobeying orders!"
"Guinevere," Lord Arthur chided gently.
"Apparently, I was supposed to disobey
Ronald said, smiling triumphantly at his sister. "The Diviner
I am to come along."
"Oh, honestly," Henry heard
sputter beside him. "He could not win an argument on his own
had to use me as a last resort! The gall of that
* * *
Guinevere was not on hand to see them off the next
"Take care of yourself, Ronald," Lady
said as she pressed another cloak upon him. "It is autumn, I do
want you catching a chill-"
"Yes, Mother. I promise I wonít get my feet
Will you bid Ginny farewell for me?" Ronald smiled sheepishly.
her I will miss her."
His mother smiled and squeezed his hands.
"Send us a message or two from time to
Lord Arthur, standing at her side, instructed. "Let us know how
are doing." He paused and smiled. "The way the Warders
Ronald blinked. They had known all along!
"And look after Hermione!" Lady Melinda
Hermione smiled sweetly down at him from atop her gray mare. Taking
to keep his face averted from his parents, Ronald grimaced at
"We will, Lady Melinda," Henry said
Ronaldís mother nodded briskly, then her eyes
with tears. "I want you home safely, do you hear?"
"Aw, Mother. Of course I will come home
He embraced her tightly and managed a laugh. "I might even
home a sister-in-law for Ginny to play with."
Lady Melinda smiled and pinched her youngest sonís
"That will be the day."
* * *
They had scarcely left Ottery St. Catchpole when
spied a dappled gray horse some distance down the highway, tethered
the worn road marker. Someone, presumably the horseís rider, huddled
the marker, wrapped in a cloak. "A traveler in distress?"
Hermione stood up in her stirrups to peer at the
"That is the Bearer."
"The Bearer. He - or she - is to join the
Ronald looked at her. "You cannot be serious!
we are not going to pick up a stranger off the road!" Given a
was between Cedric and a random roadside stranger, he would choose
pretty boy any day! "This could be a trap!"
"This is not a trap," she said calmly.
They scanned the landscape. There were no trees or
nearby behind which one may hide. The horse and its rider seemed to
alone. "Well, what if that person doesnít want to come
She gave him the glare Ronald had come to hate. It
made him feel like worm entrails. "Must you always be so
He will come. It has been foreordained. And if he refuses to come,
might as well find out what he is doing on the road. He could be
or sick, or dead-"
"-or a Death Eater."
Hermione gave him another worm-entrails glare.
"All right, all right," he said before
could start in on him again. "If itíll make you happy, weíll
the Bearer. Harry, go wake the Bearer."
"Youíre the one with the sword."
Henry made a face at him as he dismounted and,
in hand, cautiously approached the cloak-wrapped figure. Ronald
an arrow and drew his bow, ready to shoot at the first sign of
Tensely, he watched Henry draw nearer and reach out
nudge the Bearer awake.
"Oh, no, you donít!"
There was a blur of green and a glint of steel. The
hood fell back and bright red hair streamed out.
Ronald lowered his bow and groaned. This was worse
any roadside stranger.
Henry, flat on his back, looked incredulously up at
"Hello, Harry." Guinevere removed her
from atop his chest and stood.
Ronald slid off his horse and strode toward them.
what are you doing here?"
"Joining the Seeking," she told him
"How long have you been waiting here?" he
as he hauled Henry to his feet.
She shrugged, smoothing her rumpled cloak. "A
hours. I stole out of the castle while it was still dark. You said
were going east, so I took this road." She smirked at him.
should never have taught me the Four-point Spell, brother
"You waited here, all alone, in the dead of
"I had a knife," Guinevere said. At her
was one of their motherís kitchen knives. A kitchen
"A Death Eater would not have cared." He
his sister around and roughly dusted off the bits of dirt and dead
that still clung to her clothes. "Merlin knows what you were
out here in the middle of the nightÖ" he muttered to
"You sound just like Mother."
Ronald frowned at her amused tone of voice.
only the beginning of what youíre going to get from her, Guinevere.
get back on that horse and go home."
"I cannot go home. I am the Bearer." She
brightly, showing that she had heard them talking when she was
to have been asleep. (Ronaldís voice tended to rise when he was
in an argument.) "The Diviner says I am to go."
He folded his long arms and glared at Hermione, who
a ways behind him. "I will not allow it."
"This is the correct place and the correct
she confirmed quietly.
"And I am the correct person," Guinevere
her brother. "I am the Bearer, Ronald, so deal with
"You did this," Ronald accused the
"You told her to be here so she could come along and torment
"She did nothing of the sort," his sister
"I came here on my own and willingly accept my burden - as did
"How do I know sheís not just trying to drive
"Whoever we met on this road was to come with
Lord Ronald," Hermione said with a frosty smile. "The fact
the Bearer turned out to be your sister is only a happy
He raked his fingers through his hair. "Talk
Ginny," he pleaded with her. "We canít have all of us
around loose in the world with no one left to care for Mother and
Itíd break their hearts."
"Why must it be me? Why donít you write to
to Charlie-to Percival or the twins? Ask them to drag their lazy
home for a visit? I need to get out of the estate once in a
myself, Ron." A look of distaste crossed her face. "Before
clips my wings."
Oh, for Merlinís sake! "Mother and
will not marry you off to someone who will keep you shut up at home
day long," Ronald said in an exasperated voice. "Now if
He looked at Henry. "Harry, Ginny listens to
"If Hermione says she is to go, then she will
His friend looked them over coolly then swung up onto Fireboltís
"I did not protest when the Diviner said you were to go, and I
not do so now."
Ronald fell silent, frowning as he looked from one
to another. "Fine." He unwound the grayís reins from
the road marker and tossed them to his sister. "Fine. She goes.
if she gets herself killed during the Seeking, it will be on your
"I wonít get killed," Guinevere told him
"You wonít let anyone kill me."
Ronald swore under his breath as he climbed into
Henry gave his friend a small smile. "At least
will not have to share a room with us any longer."
"Whatís this about Hermione rooming with
Guinevere asked curiously as the small band, now numbering four,
"Never you mind," Ronald and Hermione said together.