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Professor Llwyd

SAFE ZONE: Sixth Floor, Ancient Runes Classroom

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This is where your character will end up if they were on the upper floors of the castle when the Death Eater attack began. If you were in the Great Hall or right outside it, you will end up here. If you were below the fourth floor or outside you will probably end up here.

 

It had been a mellow Saturday thus far. Hogsmeade weekends always ended up as such with more than half the student body gone to the village. Sebastian had taken up his usual pipe and brandy in his office while Stefan lounged in his, reading through the most recent bout of sixth year essays while occasionally answering Lucia's questions. Nothing was out of the ordinary, until a chill went down his spine. There were only two reasons for that to happen, and as Sebastian was in the next office over, it was quickly narrowed down to one.

 

"Seb!" Stefan called, pulling his legs off his desk as he made to stand up. He strode towards his open office door, but instead of going into his colleague's office as originally planned, he stopped, the patronus flying through the classroom door towards him more ominous than the chill he had just felt.

 

"Death Eaters in the castle," it spoke clearly in Rayya's voice. "Protect the students. Upper floors likely." And then it disappeared.

 

He swore, and Sebastian went flying towards the door. Stefan reached out just in time to latch on the back of the older man's robes, the immediate reaction expected. "The students," Stefan grunted as he tried to hold Borage back. "Rayya can take care of herself. Students are the priority, are we clear?" For a moment, he thought of Talfryn, too young to be in Hogsmeade, but he dismissed the thought as much as it pained him. Hopefully the other professors would get the message in time. For that moment, he had a job to do.

 

"Isaacs!" he barked at the Ravenclaw, "I have a ward that prevents certain people from crossing lines. The draft is in my desk, top drawer right hand side. Grab it, alter the parameters to allow no one over the age of eighteen to cross and start marking it around the door." She hadn't been formally taught wards yet, but he hoped she had read ahead. He summoned some parchment and scratched out a short note on them.

Death Eaters in the castle - Llwyd

They folded with a swish of his wand and soon they were flying out of the room towards the four Heads of Houses, wherever they were.

 

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This thread is now open!


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With the notices sent off, Stefan continued in high gear.

 

"Daniels," he addressed the Gryffindor who looked ready to take any order. One really had to love Gryffindors sometimes. "Get the green bottle on the third shelf, far left marked seventh years and pour it in one of the bowls in my cabinet." He'd have to mix a new concoction for his seventh years later. "Start coloring in Isaacs' runes with it as she goes. Seb," he turned to his co-professor as Flynn scurried away, impressed that the man had listened and stayed. "You take the towers and seventh floor, I'll take fourth, fifth, and we'll both cover this floor as we move back and forth. Grab any student you can find." Fourth was as far down as he dared go; There were only two of them. Hopefully the other professors had gotten the alert.

 

Stefan headed towards the door, pleased to see the good progress Lucia was making. "Either Seb or I will be back to activate that for you. I'm going to start searching for stray students. Keep the door shut and be as quiet as possible," he instructed, and then crossed the threshold into the corridors.

 

Welcome to the Ancient Runes classroom safe zone. If you end up here, you were corralled by either Professor Borage or Professor Llwyd and may godmod either of us having directed or brought you here. Lucia Isaacs and Flynn Daniels are waiting for you here when you arrive and will make sure that you all stay safe as Professors Borage and Llwyd go hunting for stray students to bring back. Try not to kill each other!


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Still silently smug that she'd convinced Tarquin that the Head students were forbidden to partake in Hogsmeade weekends, Lucia was content to spend her own revising her Ancient Runes work in preparation for her NEWT exam. Pinned above her bedside table in Ravenclaw Tower, she had a countdown that told her how many days remained until each exam, and the Head Girl was using the deadlines as motivation. One of the perks of being a Runes assistant was access to the classroom as study space, so she spent the first Hogsmeade weekend at a desk in the classroom, occasionally chatting to Flynn about life, the universe and everything, and now and again pestering Llwyd with her questions.

 

Normally a fairly relaxed atmosphere, something changed as the door was flung open. A chill. Then Lucia clocked the patronus. She may not have been studying the right subject at that moment but she knew Patronus Charms were only really used for communication in emergencies, and then it said it. Death Eaters. A feeling of helplessness flooded Lucia's chest, rising and turning to near panic in her brain as she looked wide-eyed to Professor Llwyd as he seemed to threaten Professor Borage. "Yes sir?" she responded hesitantly to the call of her name, but feigned confidence as she nodded to accept her task, making a beeline to Professor Llwyd's desk to find the ward. Granted, she had read ahead as Professor Llwyd had assumed, but that didn't mean she had confidence in her abilities to alter it.

 

Before long, however, the seventh year, mostly fuelled by adrenaline, had etched out the rune around the door and was watching Flynn paint it. "How long do we give them to come back and activate it? What do we do til then?" she asked Flynn. The Ravenclaw was feeling anxious. She had no skills to fight a Death Eater -- hell, a fourth year had destroyed her in the Duelling Chamber and there was only so much book-smarts could do to help people. Perched on one of the corner desks, out of the eyeline of anyone who entered the room, Lucia waited with her wand in hand, eyes trained on the entrance, just in case.

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Having taken his leave from the Gryffindor Common Room, George found himself jogging comfortably through the corridors. It'd been decades since he was last in them, and yet the routes were still fresh in his mind. Funny, how some things never left you. He ducked behind tapestries, and the same, beaten passageways he and Fred used during their glory days were still there. Tap a particular stone with your wand and, voila, a wall opened up. A simple utterance of, "The countess says she would be delighted to see you next Thursday," to a certain portrait revealed a chute that dropped him down onto the sixth floor.

 

As he landed, George rushed to wedge himself behind a statue which..........used to be able to cover him. He sucked in his gut.

 

Mental note, lay off the second helping of pudding after supper.

 

Poking his head out from behind the statue, George saw an older man burst out of a room, leave instructions to people inside, then go charging down the other direction. It must have been a safe room, and George was dying to know if Alayna, Desmond, or Dylan were in there. Alayna was the most likely, in case she had been caught out in the corridors near Gryffindor Tower when the attacks began.

 

Fishing a piece of fleshy string from his tool belt, he set it on the ground and let it go. The strange object came to life, and started wriggling towards the safe room, like a worm. When it got there, it poked one end around the frame and peeked in. On his side, George held up the viewer of his Extendable Eye* and scoped the room out. No Alayna. No Dylan. No Desmond. Reeling the Eye back in, George moved on.

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* A natural branch of the Extendable Ears, the Extendable Eye was never released to the public. George's advisers convinced him of the consumer backlash his company would receive if it hit the shelves, due to the risks of Eyes being used voyeuristically.

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When the Gryffindor common room hit its usual rowdy weekend stride, Flynn packed up her bag and headed to the Runes classroom in the hopes of finding a nice, quiet workspace devoid of sugar-high ickles. Meeting Lucia there was an added bonus. It was great to kick back and hang with somebody who had, like, valuable life advice and similar interests. She was in the middle of piecing together a Potions essay, a question for Lucia hovering on the tip of her tongue, when a burst of sliver light flooded the classroom.

Patronus. Death Eaters. Upper floors likely. Flynn’s quill slipped from her fingers. She was on her feet, but she couldn’t remember standing. Her heart thudded hard in her ears, making it almost impossible to hear Llwyd’s orders. A potion and a bowl. Paint the runes. “Yeah.” She said, “Yeah, I’ve got it.” She raced off to gather the supplies, glancing over her shoulder just in time to see the professors go hurtling out the door. Her stomach twisted but she forced her hands to remain steady.

They stayed that way, calm and deft, as she dabbed the bowl’s contents into every dip and angle of the rune Lucia’d carved. It wasn’t until she’d stepped away and dropped her materials onto an empty desk that they fluttered back to life, her fingers twitching with nerves she couldn’t quite seem to repress.

“I don’t know.” The thought of her favorite professors racing towards a potential army of Death Eaters made her sick. Flynn swallowed hard. “If they find someone -some kids -they’ll come back to drop them off. Unless they have to stall…” She lost herself in the image of flashing lights, spells streaking through the corridors and rebounding off walls.

“Can you activate it?” She asked, “Just in case -you know. They take longer.” Flynn flicked her eyes over to where Lucia was perched, her wand drawn and aimed at the door. That was a good idea. She drew her wand and headed to the opposite corner, but she couldn't bring herself to sit. Instead she found herself running through all the advice she had given her dueling mentees: elbows loose, don’t lock your knees, stay light on your feet for a better dodge.

And yet, even with all that prep, when a strange, worm-like thing wiggled into the doorway, Flynn froze. As quickly as it appeared, it vanished. “What was that?” She hissed. A dark device? Could it tell that they were alone in here? Flynn tightened her grip on her wand. Whatever tried to come through that door next was going to get itself blasted right back into the corridor.

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ooc: timing is everything, isn't it? :D

 

 

Sophia ran up the last flight of stairs to the sixth floor with tears flowing down her cheeks. She blamed herself for what had transpired. She had caused a professor to be injured because she was trying to be careful. She had caused Vladimir to be injured by doing so as well because not only did he support her question but then he had tried to shield her from spells.

 

She hit the sixth floor and took off to the Ancient Runes classroom at a dead run. Stopping for no one and not seeing anyone on the way. Sophia had no idea of what had transpired just moments before her arrival. Of the strange object that had apparently found its way into the room and then was gone again. She had no idea the prefect on the other side of the door was on edge and that no adults had come to reassure them or set an age line. All she knew was that Professor Llwyd had ordered her to run and to head to the Safe Zone and that was what she had done.

 

As she burst through the door. . .


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Any adrenaline she'd experienced earlier in the day had long since been used up. She was beyond weary -the tiredness she was feeling went all the way to the marrow of her bones and there was no end in sight. Worry clouded her mind and Rayy knew that she had to settle something in her mind before she could do anything else.

 

Still keeping a wary eye out for youngsters in trouble and once more under the effects of the disillusionment charm, she made her way up the ancient runes offices. No matter how much she'd looked, she hadn't spotted the three kids. The fact that she hadn't probably meant that they were safe but the nagging doubt that they weren't kept plaguing her. So on the grounds of mental health, she decided that it was time to go see just what her husband and their friend were doing.

 

Fortunately she still remembered all the secret ways that made moving around a giant castle easier and it wasn't long before she was peeking around a faded tapestry to check that the coast was clear. It was and covering the two corridors to Sebastian's office would have been the work of moments only she caught sight of the runes classroom with a couple of kids inside and no apparent staff member.

 

There were runes around the doorway, which gave her some relief. Instantly she dropped the charm that made her blend into the scenery and came into view, her badge held out to identify herself. Rayy half expected to be booted onto her backside as she crossed the threshold but she found herself in the room instead. Her face drained of colour as she realised that these kids were in a room without any protection whatsoever.

 

Where were Sebastian and Stefan?

 

White-faced and grim, Rayy scanned the room, though if either of the men were here, she'd have known it already. Her gaze stopped at an older girl perched on a desk, wand at the ready.

 

"Why aren't those runes activated?" she demanded, indicating with a jerk of her head the doorway she had just come through. She badly wanted to go into lecture mode but whilst that would be maternally satisfying it wouldn't do the kids any good at all; if she could get in so could anyone...

 

Moving back a step, ostensibly to check the accuracy of the matrix, she pointed her wand and revealed that there was a hidden person in the room. Another flick of her wand revealed a much younger girl and Rayy only just had time to jerk her wand above the child's head towards the opposite wall as she had been expecting someone evil and a lot older and had cast a few offensive spells in her direction. Merlin! If those spells had hit the kid, she'd never have heard the end of it!

 

"Auror, Borage-Brown," she stated, trying and failing to inject some warmth into her voice. "Now will someone kindly tell me where the professors are and why you haven't activated those runes?"

 

It seemed that any strength she might have gained from seeing either of the two men was not going to boost her flagging levels. Even if the girls knew where either of them were, Rayy didn't have time to actually go looking. This was only supposed to be a mere minute-long interlude to gain personal intel. Some might cite dereliction of duty but knowing that the runes needed to be activated was now going to be her excuse for being there.

 

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Not stopping long kids, I'll be leaving very shortly and will make that barrier of yours an actual barrier when I do, you're welcome

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Homenum Revelio @ room in general

You know, I'm not the only one running around the place invisible...and smart aurors check for this

 

Finite Incantatum @ Sophia

Look who we have here! You're now visible which will make everyone so much happier than if you'd spoken and scared them half to death

 

Stupefying Charm/Disarming Spell @ a section of wall above and behind Sophia

Poor wall is feeling a little worse for wear but better the wall than you, right?

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A reanimated dragon with bronze scales soared through an opening (window? hole in the wall? door?) into the safe zone. It dropped a parchment onto the nearest individual’s head before fluttering off again.



Safe Zone Roll Call List


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The door creaked open. Flynn’s breath hitched, catching along with the tired hinges. And just like that, the promise she’d made fell through. For whatever reason her brain decided that this, right here, was the best possible time to make her first-ever attempt at nonverbal magic. She saw the door move, saw a blank space of corridor and thought Flipendo-Flipendo-Flipendo.

Only one jinx wound up being well-formed enough to burst from her wand. Well, burst was a rather strong word. Point was, it worked, and it hit whatever it was that’d tried coming through the door. Flynn threw herself behind a desk. She crouched there, forcing herself to remember how to breathe. This must be what it felt like when Gillyweed wore off.

Footsteps. She leapt back up, wand flicking between the whatever-it-was she’d hit before and the open doorway. That’s when she saw the badge. She’d been wrong, earlier -this, now, the incredible wave of relief, the fresh air burning her lungs -this had to be the same feeling as stumbling ashore after an hour underwater.

“Your voice,” she blurted, “it was you who sent the patronus, wasn’t it?” Okay, so this lady def wasn’t here to kill them. Which should’ve been obvious the second she started berating them for not activating the rune. But she’d also blasted the back wall of the classroom like a crazy person, so, yeah, there was that. “They -the professors, I mean -they didn’t tell us how to activate it. They said they’d be right back.”

Flynn ducked her head. She felt so inept, like all that work in the chamber, all the hours pouring over her textbooks, every OWL she’d scrabbled to conquer had been useless. That’s when she noticed the heap of robes on the floor. “Oh, no,” she muttered, rushing to kneel beside the younger Ravenclaw, “I’m so, so sorry. I didn’t mean to -my aim was total crap. Do you need bruise paste? I have some in my bag.”

Standing was a struggle. Now that the adrenaline was starting to fade, Flynn couldn’t seem to keep her knees steady. She’d just gotten herself upright when the dragon came to drop a scroll on her head. They did not cover any of this stuff in DADA. She would so be filling a complaint with the school board.

“It’s a safe zone list.” She bit her lip. Did they even count? Their protective rune wasn’t working, and all of her spell work had been a spectacular failure. Don’t dwell. Regroup. Flynn squared her shoulders. “If you help us with the rune, Lucia and I will be able to handle things here. We can keep the kids safe. Or-” Flynn hesitated, “Or I could go with you, to find Llwyd and Borage. Whatever you need.”


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The last thing Sophia expected was to go flying backwards into a rolled up heap. She lay there dazed as someone else rushed passed her and into the room, tears still streaming as she tried to gather some sense of what to do next. Well, if she had been standing, the answer would have been 'duck' as more spells came her way but thanks to Flynn's Gryffindor response to Sophia's invisible entry, she was already down.

 

However, the voice that she heard held authority and asked the question that Sophia had an answer for. It was the answer to Sophia's question of how to get help to the injured. Sophia did her best to keep her voice steady enough for the auror to understand her words. "Professor Llwyd. . . Vladimir Valentin. . . Fifth floor. . . . Both injured. . . Death eater. . . Help them?" The last coming out more like a plea than a question but they had to be okay. They had to be. It was her fault (at least in her mind) that they were both injured. If she hadn't tried to make sure it was really the professor and not an imposter.

 

Sophia recognized Flynn from the dueling chambers and shook her head at the offer of bruise paste. "I. . . didn't mean. . . to scare you. . . " which was the last legible sentence she got out before she began sobbing.

 

As fast as she had appeared in the Safe Zone, the auror had quickly activated the rune matrix and was off to find and help Professor Llwyd.

 

 

 

Eta: departure with permission for gm from Rayya


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“Yes, I did. I knew that they would get this place safe…plus we’ve got runes to alert each other to trouble…only they haven’t touched theirs, I would have felt it…” Rayy said, though her mind was coming up with the unhelpful fact that she might not have felt it at all… and not only did she not recall feeling a runic chill, she was wrong on the fact that they had left this place safe, only half safe at best. The hardest and longest part was done and all that was required was that she’d activate it on the way out.

 

‘They’d be right back!’ Rayy sighed as the middle girl’s words echoed in her brain. “Naturally,” she muttered dryly. And where these girls couldn’t read between the lines, Rayy, knowing her husband extremely well, did, and being right back was not going to have been on his agenda…not even close…and she would be having words with him on that score later once this whole mess was done with. “Not your fault you believed my husband,” she offered, “Though Stefan is always good on his.”

 

Even as that statement left her mouth she realised that what she had believed to have happened hadn’t been any such thing. Rayy knew to the marrow of her bones that Stefan had been unable to ride herd on her husband and that Sebastian had gone off on his own, doing Merlin only knew what though it wouldn’t take a genius to figure out that he would have gone straight to the kids. Lord love the man but he sometimes had a very difficult time with priorities. Rayya had to think that the three kids she was desperate for news of were safe because she’d be unable to do anything if she thought for one second that her son, granddaughter or her friends’ son was in any kind of trouble. It was much easier to think that Seb was running around for no real reason and was busy saving other people’s kids and not those belonging to them.

 

The sad fact was that this was very unlikely to be true.

 

There was also no way that Stefan would abandon these girls unprotected and clearly something had made him delay his return. Having been out there and dealing with scared and injured children, Rayy knew exactly what he had come across but he’d have come right back with those kids in tow. Only he hadn’t and the reason why was being sobbed out by the youngest girl.

 

Rayy felt her face drain and go white but she moved to the younger girl and gently smoothed the her hair back, fished into a pocket and produced a clean hankie. “Here blow your nose. It’ll be okay...I’ll go help them…” The sobbed words had drained every last ounce of strength she’d had left in her body. This was all her fault, no question, because if she hadn’t demanded that Seb and Stefan watch out for their students, Stefan wouldn’t have been out there to face a death eater and try to do her job.

 

“It’s not your fault…” she stood back up, gathered up every scrap of professional demeanour she had. Pulling herself to her full height she started dishing out orders, “Right, first things first. Get your names on that list…it’ll be charmed to reflect whatever you write…add anyone you’re worried about…” Merlin she wanted to add names here herself but she couldn’t…there wasn’t time. “…give me whatever you used to colour in those runes and I’ll make one addition just in case and then I’ll activate it.”

 

Rayya moved over to the doorway and scanned for the least obvious place to make her addition, which was to put in a backdoor for the three of them and etched it in with her wand. It was the work of the moment to colour it. She brushed off her hands and turned to glare at the middle girl, “You’ll do no such thing! Let me do my job without worrying about whether you’ll be in the line of fire. Stay here and keep whoever I send up safe…the boy will certainly be coming along and possibly Stefan… Now, just be brave and this will all be over soon.”

 

With that, she moved back across the door frame and used her wand to activate the ward with an intricate flourish of her wand. Not being completely unfeeling for those she was leaving behind, she thrust her arm towards the door without touching the additions she’d made. Her arm didn’t get anywhere near entering. “You’re safe here now, look after each other.”

 

Rayy didn’t bother to wait for any acknowledgements, instead plunging into a dead run in the direction of the fifth floor.

 

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I’m out ladies. GMing is permitted within reason wherever required. Sorry for the long post.
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Runes are now activated. Backdoor added so at least your professors can return and get in without dismantling it, though only they'll be able to activate that so no one else will be able to.

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"I mean I could try but --"

 

The door was flung open, the fight or flight instinct tried to kick in, but with nowhere to run, Lucia aimed a lightning hex in the direction of the door, complete with a "bloody hell," as strong as her language got. The footsteps only alarmed her further, and another one of her lightning bolts narrowly miss the auror. "Because, I um, don't -- who are you anyway?" Lucia managed to stammer to the lady, still gripping her wand, just in case she tried any funny business. Admitting weakness and that she lacked the proficiency to activate the runic matrix was a bad move, just in case this woman was a bad guy.

 

Then the lady told them who she was and Lucia felt content to stand down a little. The name alone was enough - the fabled Mrs Borage who gave Professor such a hard time, who he spoke about with equal parts love and a healthy fear... She was every bit as bad-arse as Lucia had imagined. With the revealing of Sophia and Flynn stepping in to provide all the Gryffindor lioness stuff, Lucia took on the issue of protection. "Professor Llwyd told us he'd be back, and I haven't been taught how to do it and didn't want to do it wrong and block out the people who needed to be in here." The logic seemed reasonable, but it probably wouldn't fly with Ms Borage-Brown.

 

Meanwhile, Sophia required their support. With a flick of her wrist and probably the best summoning charm Lucia had cast in all her days retrieved a a chocolate frog from the offices of the Professors. Handing it off to Flynn for Sophia, Lucia quickly had a second task. "I used this, Professor Llwyd told me to use it, I've no idea what it is," she rambled, handing the green bottle to the auror, looking sheepish, as if she'd failed miserably. Failed Professor Llwyd. Trying to ignore the declaration that both the Professor and Vladimir, little Vlad who Lucia had adopted as one of her own were in trouble, Lucia watched as the Auror set about heightening the room's defenses, drinking in the information just in case she needed it again.

 

"Isn't that a bit of a security risk?" Lucia quirked an eyebrow at the golden dragon. Sure, it was Qin, but it indicated there were people in the room. Mrs Borage-Brown, however, had no qualms, so Lucia scribbled her name on the parchment. The list of people she was concerned about was too much to add... Gwen, Tarquin, Connie, Eppy, Selena, Leah... She'd rather exist in blissful ignorance, pretending they were safe than dredging over thoughts that stated otherwise. Before she knew it, and before she could make further comment about the safe list, Mrs Borage-Brown was on her way out, testing the age-line, proving that Lucia had at least done one thing right, even if she hadn't activate it.

 

Small comfort, given the situation.

 

Be brave.

 

"Sophia, are you hurt?" Lucia immediately rounded on the second year after the auror's departure. It would keep her mind busy if she could focus on helping the younger Ravenclaw.

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It had been an arduous journey up the steps back to the Runes classroom. Despite Rayya's efforts, Stefan's leg was starting to give out, but he pressed on, counting his steps as he went to distract himself.

 

Finally, he reached the door and lowered Valdimir to the ground as carefully as he could. He really hoped the boy didn't smack his head on the stone. After a glance around the corridor to make sure they were alone, he reversed the disillusionment on both of them and then opened the door to his classroom.

 

"Daniels, Isaacs," he called, hoping that they had listened and stayed in the room. Relief washed over him as he set eyes on both assistants. "Bring him in please," he gestured out of their line of vision to the prone Ravenclaw. Raising his wand, he looked up at the doorframe and found the addition Rayya had mentioned. He noted the unmentioned part that let her in, and then finding the portion for him, activated it to let himself across the threshold.

 

"Report," he commanded, hobbling over to the desk at the front of the classroom. He was going to be comfortable in his chair, not strapped to one of the wooden monstrosities his students sat on. He nearly fell into the chair, but he managed to get in it, regardless. "Hunter, close the door."

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After bumping his shoulder, knee, and left arm, Vladimir was certain that there would be a need for bruise paste once this was all said and done.

 

Vladimir felt his motion come to a stop, his eyes luckily able to catch the sight of a door in his peripheral vision. It seemed they had indeed arrived at their destination, thankfully without any other Death Eaters attacking them, although the back of Vladimir's head begged to differ as it hit the stone floor once Llwyd brought him down from floating in midair.

 

He would have sighed, but refrained. It would not help the situation any at the moment, and at the very least, his neck remained numb and impervious to the pain his ligaments, tendons, and muscles were in from the awkward angle.

 

Vladimir heard the man open the door and address two people inside; their last names clued him in to who they were, and the boy was relieved that they were quite all right, although that relief didn't show on his face. With the pain nullified at the moment, his face was blank and expressionless as he tried to focus on what was happening around him.

 

In all honesty the boy wanted to pass out from the recollection of the pain shooting through his neck, but he needed to remain aware.

 

Hearing Llwyd ask Flynn and Lucia to carry him in, there was not much Vladimir could do but wait for them to do so... other than to tell them, "My apologies... I would walk if I could but... I do not think it would end well."

 

And then...

 

"Sophia? Is she all right?"

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And the next arrival to the Ancient Runes Classroom was a frightened, contrite little boy with shaking shoulders and tear tracks down his cheeks. But he had just….appeared….since he had just been banished to the Ancient Runes Classroom , from the Castle Corridors.

The note pinned to his chest was signed-and-sealed so that it could only be opened by either Stefan or Head Girl.

((Sorry for short post.))

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So Flynn wouldn’t be going with the Auror. Fine. She jerked her head in acknowledgment of the woman’s orders. Look after each other. Be brave. It sounded like something her mum would say. Flynn’s throat tightened with the realization that she would never be able to tell her parents about this. They’d never let her come back to Hogwarts if they knew. But she could still make them proud. She could still be brave.

“Here, Sophia.” She passed her the chocolate frog Lucia’d summoned. “Eat that if you can, it’ll help.” She gave the girl’s shoulder a reassuring squeeze before backing off to make room for Lucia. Sophia would undoubtedly feel more comforted by the Head Girl’s presence; they were housemates, after all, and she hadn’t been the one who tried to jinx her back into a Death Eater infested corridor.

Yeah, Flynn would be feeling guilty about that for a long, long time. It didn’t stop her from reassuming her post between the Ravenclaws and door, though. Guilt she could work through; if the wards gave way and she failed to step up, well, that was something she’d never live down. And so, when the door swung open for what felt like the hundredth time, Flynn was ready, wand poised, incantation on the tip of her tongue.

Tall. Too tall to be a student - “Professor.” Llwyd had made it back. She could’ve hugged him, would have, actually, if he hadn’t directed her attention to the figure laying in the corridor. There wasn’t any blood, but if her work in the Wing had taught her anything it was that magic could do terrible things without leaving any physical traces behind. “We shouldn’t try to carry him.” She cut in, “Madam Braelin-VonHaus warned us. Magic is best. Here -”

Flynn flicked her wand, drawing up a hover charm and dumping all the energy she could spare into the spell. She guided the boy’s prone body into the classroom, gently setting him down on a clear patch of floor towards the back of the room.

“Oh, no, Vlad.” Her dueling acquaintance’s neck was hideously twisted. Not broken, but not at all normal. She jabbed her wand at her schoolbag. “Accio.” The bag thumped down beside her as she knelt next to Vlad. “He needs a real Healer,” Flynn told Llwyd. She fumbled around in her bag. Bruise paste, burn cream, soothing cloths. “I don’t have much here. And the spells -” She cut herself off with a sharp shake of her head. “Sophia’s fine, Vlad.” Flynn said, folding one of the soothing cloths around his neck like a clumsy scarf. “How’s your head? Do you need a pillow?”

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The figure that appeared at the door set Lucia's pulse racing again. The runic matrix that protected them may have been confirmed by the now departed auror, but that didn't mean that death eaters didn't have a way around it. With her wand tightly gripped in her hand, more hesitant to throw stray hexes lest she hit an innocent (sorry Sophia), a second glance at the figure confirmed she had no need to. "Professor Llwyd," the relief in her voice involuntary and unapologetic, "you're limping," she noted, as ever pointing out the obvious. Her attention then ripped away from Llwyd to the figure on the stone floor outside. Vlad. The Ravenclaw was ready to drag him to safety if she needed to before Flynn intervened and saved him further injury. There was no denying the Gryffindor had brains as well as bravery.

While Flynn tended to the walking wounded, Lucia gave Professor Llwyd a run down. "Ms Borage-Brown secured the runic matrix and Professor Qin has sent out lists of people in safe zones," she took the parchment that had been left astray on a table and place it on his desk, "aside from a brush with a lightning hex," Lucia gave an apologetic look to Sophia, "Sophia is unharmed but understandably shaken. She arrived invisible but was revealed by Mrs Borage. Nothing else to report on our end..." And then a figure appeared. Another one. Another unknown person, this one more obviously a student than an adult. A Hufflepuff with a note attached to him. "Its addressed to us, Professor," Lucia snatched the note from the boy and the wand that appeared with him, handing it over to Professor Llwyd as quickly as she could muster after his request, lest the boy be likely to do damage to the others in the room with the wand.

"Name and year," she demanded of the boy, "where did you come from and are you hurt?" she looked him up and down, trying her best not to seem heartless and business-like, but her job was to help others, and it was impossible to do that without the necessary information.


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Between a knockback jinx, a lightning hex that she managed to mostly dodge, and the events on the fifth floor, the sobbing and the chocolate frog were the closest to any kind of calming that could be had for the time being and Sophia realized that. She thanked the older girls in a tiny quiet voice and nibbled on the chocolate, just finishing it as a figure appeared in the doorway.

 

Unconciously, Sophia was on her feet with the others, facing down the, for the moment, unknown arrivals. Only unknown till she saw the injured professor and a familiar figure laying on the floor. Sophia's breath caught in her throat. It was bad enough that she had caused the two of them to be injured but was Vladimir . . .

 

Sophia shook her head involuntarily trying to shake the idea from her mind. It could not be possible and it wasn't possible because Sophia heard his voice as he apologized to the older girls for needing help to get into the room. She saw the awkward angle that his head rested at and bit her lower lip to keep from crying again. That would not do anyone any good right now.

 

Thankfully, the professor's authoritative voice cut through the room like a commander in charge of his troops, and for the time being, he was. As Flynn carefully brought Vladimir in and Lucia gave a report on the status of things, Sophia remained silent and just obeyed the command she had been given, shutting the door to the room.

 

Once that was secured, she waited till Flynn had Vladimir settled and then found a seat on the floor next to him where he could see her without moving his head to do so as Flynn assured him Sophia was fine.

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Phillip was confronted with someone who seemed to know what they were doing immediately – thank goodness for that. There probably wasn’t a need for middle names though. “Phillip Aldermaston. First Year Hufflepuff. Came from …a corridor… . “ Yes, because he’d been caught with Ryan earlier and he was a first-year and thus wasn’t entirely sure where he’d been in the first place.

The question about whether he was hurt took a little longer for the boy to answer because the slight disorientation was something that he associated with pain (he was prone to ear infections, alright?) and thus after kind of mentally assessing himself, he was rather surprised to find the answer was that he wasn’t hurt and nor was he sick.

But…Phillip didn’t actually know the exact word for his state so he shook his head slightly and offered Lucia a half-smile. “No. Little dizzy but….” The word Phillip was really looking for was ‘disoriented’ or maybe he was looking for the phrase ‘my balance is off’…but still, what he said was enough information, right?

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It was nice to have students do his bidding without question. Flynn seemed to have Vladimir well in hand for the time being. He nodded warily at her assertion that a real healer was needed - that wasn't news to him. He wouldn't say no to a real healer for himself either. He'd have to hit up Aura later when she wasn't swamped with students.

 

"Broken leg," he acknowledged to Lucia at her observation. "Partially healed, I think." There was no real telling what Rayya had done to it and whether it had made it actually better or worse, but he had been able to walk enough on it to get them back to the room and that's all that mattered. For the time being, though, he summoned one of the chairs in the room and propped his leg up on it.

 

He listened carefully as Lucia gave a run down of what had happened since he left, grateful that his assistant was both clear and concise. He knew he had hired her for good reason, especially when a new child appeared in the middle of the classroom and she remained calm. What new horror was this?

 

He raked his eyes over the new boy, taking in the shackles around his arms and legs. It seemed a bit excessive, but he didn't have all the information. How nice that somebody added a note. "Bring it over - yes, thank you, Miss Isaacs," he responded, gently taking the wand and note from her. Touching his wand to the seal, he opened it and skimmed over the contents as he set the boy's wand on the table next to him. "I see," he mumbled, and then folded up the paper, eyeing the boy as he reported the information Lucia asked of him. How did a first year get Rayya this ticked off?

 

He sighed. "Mr Aldermaston, as per this note you have been released into my custody until your charges are handled at a hearing. I expect you to be obedient, silent, and stationary for the duration of this lock down. You will sit at the desk in the back left corner until further noticed. I'll be speaking with Professor Gawkrodger after all of this is finished about your transgressions and he will be responsible for you after that. Are we clear?" He handed the note over to Lucia so she could get an idea of what they were dealing with as he kept eye contact with the Hufflepuff.

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Phillip dipped his head slightly to acknowledge the professor’s instructions. Yes, he’d been told all of that from Aura – he was going to be obedient, still and silent – of course, if the professor got annoyed with him for following instructions to the letter then that was the professor's problem. But Phillip wasn't going to say that ould loud.

And so, Phillip walked over to the dedicated desk and sat down and remained there, still and silent. Since the only other experience in his life so far that demanded such protocol was church, what ended up happening was that the first year sat in the dedicated desk that had been pointed out to him before he bowed his head and opted to apply what he thought of as 'church rules' meaning that bowed his head and was then silent and still.

Of course, he was intending on following any instructions to the letter, regardless of how helpful that was or not. And one of the instructions had been silence which was why the professor wasn’t going to get a verbal acknowledgement.

Thanks to his experiences before Hogwarts, Phillip ducked his head when he was told off though he wasn’t trying to avoid the first scolding but rather, the second scolding. What? Making direct eye contact with Nani or Mum when he was in trouble usually got him scolded further for being disrespectful to his elders.

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Vladimir felt himself being levitated in the air once again, brought across the threshold of the door and to the apparent safety the classroom would be providing them against the assailants inside the castle. He listened carefully to the voices around him, considering his ability to see was hampered by his neck.

 

Were Vladimir any other boy he would have snorted at the point Flynn made about him needing a Healer, but he was not that kind of child, and he remained silent. Instead, the boy focused on the rest of the Gryffindor's words, internally calming down the the girl said that Sophia was all right.

 

As she wrapped the cloth around his neck, his eyes blinked to find Sophia taking a seat next to him where he could see her without moving. The boy would have smiled in content were this any other place and time, and not surrounded by students and, from the commotion that soon occurred, another student joined their midst.

 

No, the boy's face did not change, but his eyes did move to look up at the girl and say, "Good, you are all right." Truthfully had been more concerned with her than for himself.

 

As for himself and the rest of Flynn's questions...

 

"I will be quite all right, I assure you... once I am seen by a Healer. The woman, an auror I presume, placed a numbing spell. I cannot feel my neck at the moment." That meant there was no pain... at least, for the time being. Vladimir did not know how long that would last; he would feel the pain soon enough, he was certain.

 

There was something going on... something about custody? Vladimir was not sure what was going on at the moment.

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Phillip peeped at the professor from under his fringe (he needed a haircut, okay?) Oh, he could do silent, obedient and stationary or….he could do none of those things. Those were the first two options that he had.

A moment’s thought revealed that he had a third option – which was really just being very still, very silent and very stationery and as for obedience…well, it did boil down to doing exactly as he was told and the rest would just have to be trusted to … well, an anatomical quirk.

And so…when Phillip judged the professor wasn’t looking, he took a deep breath. Phillip’s plan here was that when the professor looked back at him, the little boy’s chest wouldn’t be rising and falling because the idea was that Phillip would be frozen and holding his breath at that point.

Of course, there was nothing Phillip could do about his beating heart but….with any luck, that could be trusted to the aforementioned quirk – and specifically , that would be that everything was ‘flipped’ inside the second Aldermaston son thus leaving Phillip with a silent sinister side.

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If even the Professors were coming back injured, it seemed like the students had a lucky escape. She didn't voice these concerns, lest they cause panic among the others in the room, but she had thought of Professor Llwyd as something akin to invincible. He seemed like a pretty tough guy. He read the riot act to Phillip sternly, and Lucia was intrigued to see what she was dealing with, taking the parchment letter and reading it over.

 

For a moment, she looked incredulously between Phillip and the letter from Mrs Borage. One little Hufflepuff had infuriated her that much? "Sitting quietly at the desk with your head on it should help the dizziness," she tried to sound curt with her caring words, referring back to the old primary school methods of fixing ailments - a wet paper towel, a blue one, of course, was her next port of call.

 

With the Hufflepuff in his assigned seat, Lucia puffed her cheeks and briefly widened her eyes at Professor Llwyd in exasperation. It wasn't every day that you dealt with a prisoner of an auror.

 

With Flynn helping Vladimir (and Lucia altogether too attached to the third year to help him) and Sophia seemed quiet but okay, Lucia felt momentarily a little useless. "Professor, can I get you anything? Do anything? To help with your leg?" she was hardly a healer, but she made a good assistant.

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Pleased that the boy didn't seem to be exhibiting the same defiance that Rayya mentioned, he took the silence as an acceptance on the Hufflepuff's part, and after a brief moment in which he confirmed the boy had been seated where assigned, turned his attention back towards Lucia who was just finishing up the letter. He rolled his eyes in response to her exasperated look as an indication of how he personally felt on the matter. It was one of the few times that he actually felt connected to his students. This event had brought them closer together, and while the student/teacher divide would spring back up again after this was over, it was nice to have someone to commiserate with, especially as Borage seemed to have done exactly what Stefan expected him to do and had run off in search of his relatives instead of gathering students. Or he was incapacitated somewhere. Either way, Seb wasn't there, and it was nice to have an of age wizard to keep him company.

 

Smiling at Lucia's offer, he considered it. "I wouldn't say no to a pillow to put under it. There should be some on the couch in Borage's office," he vaguely gestured towards the man's 'cave' despite the fact that Lucia already knew exactly where it was. As she trotted off, another thought occurred to him, and he called after her, "And grab me some of that brandy while you're at it." He was going to need it. Meanwhile, Phillip's eccentricities went unnoticed.

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