"Of all my duties as Master Of The Wizengamot, none give me such pleasure as the reason we are gathered together today” Dumbledore surveyed the group gathered in front of him and smiled “The joining of two people together in marriage is a joyful time, and today is no exception” He took a step forward, and turned to face the couple in question “Harry James Potter and Ginevra Molly Weasley have been my friends for many years, and I have watched their love grow and prosper more and more with every day that passes” He beamed as Harry and Ginny smiled back at him “And so, now, let us begin the joining”
“Do you, Ginevra Molly Weasley, take this man to be your husband?”
“And do you, Harry James Potter, take this woman to be your wife?”
Sally sat bolt upright, biting back the scream that filled her mind. The first time she had dreamed of Harry and Ginny's wedding, she had woken the whole house with her scream of disbelief. Now – after two weeks of the same dream, night after night, she had learned to control her reactions.
“Bad dreams?” She looked up at the door to see Sirius staring in. At her expression, he waved his hand in dismissal “I couldn't sleep either, so I thought I'd check on you” He paused “The wedding again?”
“Yes” She nodded “Every night it's the same” She realised he was smiling at her “What?”
“You wore a pale blue dress when you married Harry. The wedding was performed by an American witch named Agatha Jones, and Hermione Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Pansy Malfoy were present” She stared at him in disbelief.
“I think your reality is getting stronger” He grinned “I think it's time” She gazed at him for a moment, wondering what he meant, then she smiled. He nodded “That's right, Mrs Potter - I think we are ready to get your husband back”
The Western Sky
Harry and Ginny Potter,
Ron and Hermione Weasley
Sirius Black and Nymphadora Tonks
Rachel Weasley, Robert Weasley and Lucinda Potter
Episode 1 : When Tomorrow Comes, Part Two.
Guest Staring : Amelia Bones, Tess Chaim, Amos Diggory, Albus Dumbledore, Leo Gray, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Alison Smith, Danforth Taylor, Zach Duvall with Susan Perks, Sally-Ann Perks and Sally-Ann Potter
“Sirius thinks it's time” Sally wrote in her journal. Sirius had convinced her to keep a record of what they were doing so that when they set history right, she would be able to convince Harry and the rest of The Western Sky that she wasn't making it up “His description of my wedding was perfect, except for the names – but for the past ten years he has known Hermione as a Weasley and Pansy as a Malfoy, so I think I can forgive him for that” She paused, then continued “We have been following Ginny and Harry around for the past two weeks, watching their every movement - learning their routine so we will know when she is vulnerable so we can take her” She paused again, then grinned “And then we get to interrogate her – find out exactly when she changed the past, so we can go back and stop her”
“Sally?” Tonks' voice came from the door, and she turned to face the Director.
“Sirius thinks we have an opportunity” Tonks replied “Ron, Hermione and the children are going to visit Hogwarts this morning, but Ginny isn't going with them”
“She and Harry are going to Diagon Alley to get a present for Lucinda – her birthday is coming up soon” Sally frowned at the tone in her voice.
“Sorry. I know you are telling the truth, and that we have to put things right”
“But I have watched Lucy grow up. Rob and Rachel too. And when we are done, they will never have existed” She sighed.
“I know” Sally nodded “And I am sure Lucy, Rob and Rachel are adorable little children” She paused, then sighed “But then I think about Ella, Sirius and Susan. About Pandora and LJ” She looked up at Tonks “And I'm sorry, but there is no comparison” She stood up, and walked over to her “If you want to back out of this, you can – I am not going to force you”
“No” Tonks shook her head “From what you've told me, Ella, Sirius and Susan aren't the only casualties of Ginny's magic. And Amelia was my friend, before she was murdered” She smiled “I am with you till the end, Mrs Potter – you can't get rid of me that easily”
“Nor me” Sirius said from behind his cousin “Ron and Hermione have just taken the kids in to Hogwarts. Ginny and Harry are at the main gates, and should be flooing to Diagon Alley in about two minutes”
“They're not apparating?” Sally asked in surprise, then realised both Nim and Sirius were staring at her “This is something I should know, isn't it?”
“I keep forgetting you didn't grow up in this world” Tonks grinned “Despite the work of The Order, there were a lot more deaths in the last war than there were in yours. After the war ended, The Wizengamot, backed by Albus and The Golden Quartet, decided that Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and a few other areas would be warded against apparation and portkeys, and the floos monitored”
“So how.....” Sally asked.
“How are we going to get to Ginny?” Sirius continued “I am glad you asked. While the areas are warded very well against apparation and portkeys, there are some exceptions” He paused, wondering if Sally would work it out. A few moments later, she smiled.
“Don't tell me – the DDMLE and Senior Auror are on the list of exceptions” Both Tonks and Sirius grinned “Okay – how do we do this?”
“I will go to Diagon Alley” Tonks said “And wander around, on patrol”
“When Harry and Ginny arrive, you and I will apparate in to the Alley in hooded cloaks, and attack Harry......” Sirius held his hand up before Sally could speak “We won't hurt him, but we need an excuse for Nim to take Ginny away to safety. Once she does, we will apparate out”
“Do you think Ginny will willingly leave Harry when he is under attack?” Sally asked “Cause I know I wouldn't”
“I'm not going to give her a choice” Tonks smiled “And, before you ask, I am not bringing her back here. Instead we are going to a little known Black property in Wales. No one will know where she is” She paused “Once we find out what we need to know, we will stun her, and go to The Ministry”
“Okay” Sally nodded, then paused “You realise there will be no going back. That once we do this, the whole of The Ministry, The Wizengamot, The Order and Dumbledore will be out for our blood?”
“We know” Tonks replied seriously, and Sirius nodded “We know the risks, dear Mrs Potter, and we know how hard this will be. But don't worry – we know what we're doing, and this will go off like clockwork”
“Why did you have to say that?” Sirius groaned “Now we have to beat you to death with a shovel!”
“Mr Potter, Mrs Potter – welcome” The proprietor of Flourish and Blotts gave a bow as the couple entered “What can I do for you today?”
“Hello Tess. Lucinda's birthday is coming up, and we wanted to buy her something special” Ginny said “We were hoping the new version of Hogwarts: A History has come out?”
“Ah – well” Tess smiled “Officially I have to say no – it is not due for release until Christmas. The Board Of Governors wanted to capitalise on the holiday market”
“Oh dear” Harry sighed “We were really hoping.....” He trailed off when he realised Tess was smiling “Did you say 'officially'?”
“I did” Tess grinned “However, we have a few..... publisher copies, that are available to our most important customers”
“So.....” Ginny asked expectantly.
“I will get one from the back, Mrs Potter” Tess gave a short bow, then turned and walked to the back of the store. Ginny turned back to her husband, but froze.
“Do you have your wand?” She whispered. Harry nodded “Okay. On three, you go left, I'll go right”
“Three. Two. One” They both pulled out their wands, and span round, but a moment later, the shop exploded with spell light as the robed figures attacked. Harry and Ginny ducked behind some bookshelves.
“Mrs Potter – come with me” Tonks had crept up behind her “Aurors are on the way”
“I won't leave Harry” Ginny hissed back.
“I'm afraid you don't have a choice” Tonks pulled out a portkey, and slapped it against the young woman “HomeHomeHome!”
Harry turned at Tonk's voice, and his eyes went wide as his wife and the DDMLE vanished. A moment later, he realised the barrage of spells had ceased as well.
“This is The Ministry of Magic – come out with your wands up” A voice yelled from outside. Harry glanced over at Tess, who had emerged from the back room, and together they walked out of the front door, to find Kingsley Shacklebolt and Dumbledore facing them “Mr Potter? What happened?”
“We were buying a present for Lucy, when we were attacked by two men in dark robes”
“Death Eaters?” Dumbledore asked.
“I don't think so” Harry shrugged “After Director Tonks had taken Ginny to safety, they vanished” He paused “And they didn't use any unforgivables during..... Albus?”
“Director Tonks was here? Nymphadora Tonks?”
“Yes” Harry's gaze drifted between Albus and Kingsley “Is that important?” Dumbledore stared at him for a moment longer, then handed him a rolled up parchment. Harry took it, then, glancing at the two men in front of him, unrolled it.
“As you can see, Director Tonks no longer works for the DMLE” Dumbledore continued “She, along with her cousin, handed her notice in this morning, citing family reasons” He paused, then frowned “I don't suppose you know where young Nymphadora took your wife?”
“No” Harry shook his head “I think she used a portkey, and the activation phrase was Home, but that could be anywhere” He turned to stare back in to the shop, then span round suddenly “Just after she kidnapped my wife, the attack stopped” He started to pace back and forth “And, come to think of it, Tonks appeared a few moments after the attack started”
“So you think the two men in robes were...... what? A diversion?” Dumbledore asked “So that the Director could kidnap your wife?”
“It's possible” Harry nodded, then turned to Kingsley “Who is in charge if Tonks has resigned?”
“For the moment, I am” The Auror replied “At least until Minister Diggory finds someone else”
“Good” Harry nodded “Because I want to find the people who took Ginny, and explain to them the depth of their folly”
“LET ME GO!” Sally and Sirius apparated in to Sirius' home in Cardiff. Almost at once, they heard a yelling coming from the lounge.
“At least we know she's here” Sirius smirked, then paused “I guess it's a good thing we moved all the valuables to Grimmauld Place a few years ago” He winced as there was a smash “Well – almost all. But eh - I never liked that vase anyway”
“Shall we.....” Sally gestured at the door, but Sirius held his hand up “Uncle Mike?”
“There's something you need to know before we interrogate Ginny” He said “This morning, just before we attacked the bookshop, Nim and I sent a letter to Kingsley, telling him that we were resigning from the Corps” He watched her reaction “I know – it means that he will know that Tonks wasn't rescuing Ginny, and there are good odds that we are now both wanted criminals”
“But once Harry reported the attack, and told them that Tonks took Ginny, there are very good odds that you would both become fugitives anyway” Sally nodded “I understand”
“Good” Sirius gave a wry grin “So – lets get this over with”
“I don't know what you are talking about, Tonks” Ginny snapped “I haven't changed the past – it's just the way it's always been”
“You're lying” Tonks replied “I understand why – tampering with time is a major crime, and anyone smart enough to accomplish what you have accomplished must understand the amount of trouble you are in” She paused “Are you going to talk?”
“Talk about what? Your delusions? How could I have changed history?”
“Oh – lets see” A voice came from behind them “By murdering my mother and me, and stealing my husband maybe?” Ginny turned her head, and her mouth fell open in disbelief “Ah - I see you do remember me”
“Perks?” Ginny continued to stare in disbelief “How.....”
“The how isn't important” Sally shook her head “What is important is that you are going to tell us what spell you used, when and where you went back to, and what you did”
“There isn't an 'or else' Ginny” Sally continued in the same, even tone “Don't make the mistake of thinking you have a choice in this”
“Go to hell, Perks” Ginny spat at her “Harry will find me, and you will get what's coming to you” Sally stared at her for a moment, then turned to Sirius.
“Uncle Mike – will you and Tonks excuse us for a moment?”
“Are you sure?” Sirius glanced at Ginny “Will you be okay?”
“I'll be fine” Sally replied “I just want to talk to Miss Weasley in private” Sirius shrugged, then turned and, along with Tonks, walked out of the room and closed the door.
“So what do you think they are going to talk about?” Tonks asked, but before Sirius could reply, there was a gasp, then a snapping sound, then another gasp. They exchanged glances, then they heard Sally's voice calling them back in. When they re-entered the room, they found Ginny staring up at Sally with anger in her eyes, but Sirius could have sworn there was also a touch of fear.
“Miss Weasley has decided to tell us everything” Sally grinned “Isn't that nice of her?”
“So, Uncle Mike – it's time” Half an hour later, the three of them had gathered in the kitchen “You said once we know what we have to do, you will tell us how”
“I know I did” Sirius grinned “Given that you don't want to use Ginny's method of killing a dozen innocent children, I have found only one other way to send us back to the past” He glanced at Tonks “There is a gateway between the worlds in The Ministry, and if we cast the spell correctly, we can use it to go back to when Ginny did, and stop her before she kills you”
“Gateway?” Tonks asked curiously “I don't remember any gateway......” She trailed off, then shook her head “You've got to be kidding Siri”
“No, cousin of mine, I am afraid it's the only way”
“Wonderful” Sally glanced between the two of them.
“What am I missing?” She asked.
“The gateway also has another name, and its location is.... difficult” Tonks said, giving Sirius a slight glare.
“The Veil of Death” Sirius replied “In the Department of Mysteries, in the basement of The Ministry” Sally stared at him, hoping he was joking. But when it became apparent he wasn't, she sighed.
(end of act 1)
Minister Amos Diggory looked up as three men strode in to his office.
“Albus?” He glanced at the other two men, then turned back to the headmaster “Is something wrong?”
“This morning, Ginny Potter was kidnapped in Diagon Alley” Dumbledore said quickly but calmly “There was an assault on Flourish and Blotts – two men in dark, hooded robes started blasting curses at the shop – and then someone, we think she was their accomplice, took Ginny with a portkey”
“Do you have any leads?” Diggory stared at them in shock “I mean – were they Death Eaters?”
“We don't think so” Kingsley shook his head, glancing at Harry “The woman who took Ginny was Tonks”
“Tonks... Director Tonks?” Diggory leapt to his feet “Could she have been rescuing her?”
“Do you think we needed rescuing?” Harry asked coolly “But to cut a long story short, no - I don't think she was trying to rescue my wife” He took a roll of parchment out of his robes, and handed it to The Minister “Tonks resigned as Director, and so did her cousin”
“You think Tonks and Black turned dark?” Diggory asked in shock “Harry – he's been a father to you since..... since forever”
“And now he has taken my wife” Harry replied, still in the same cool tone “Along with your former Director of Magical Law Enforcement, and one more, as yet unknown, assailant” He paused “Minister Diggory – we came here for two reasons. The first was to tell you what's going on - and now you know”
“And the second?”
“To tell you I am reactivating The Order of V. That, along with every Auror at your disposal, we are going to find my wife, and the people that took her, and ensure that it never happens again” He paused “Do you understand?”
“Mr Potter - I know we owe you a debt for your actions in the last war, but....”
“I would listen to him, Amos” Kingsley said softly. Diggory turned to him with a curious look, then turned back to Harry.
“Do continue, Mr Potter”
“I have nothing against you, Amos” Harry smiled “I think you are doing very well as Minister, and you are a vast improvement over your predecessor”
“I am the Head of The House of Potter. I have the support of the Houses of Longbottom, Weasley and Dumbledore. House Malfoy is at an end, which means I control two thirds of The Seven Houses” For the first time since he had entered, he gave a grin “How hard do you think it would be for me to have you replaced?”
“This is a dangerous game your playing, Mr Potter” Diggory frowned.
“My wife is missing, Minister” Harry stared back “What would you do in my position?”
“So – what do we do with her?” Sally gestured towards the lounge “Do we kill her?” Tonks and Sirius exchanged glances.
“We think that's up to you” Sirius said calmly “Neither of us feel qualified to judge her” Tonks nodded in agreement.
“Then we let her live” Sally replied after a few moments thought “If we do this right, then time will change back, and she will be who she was. And if we fail.....” She trailed off “You do understand that we either complete our mission, or we don't come back at all?”
“Give me five minutes, then we can go to The Ministry” She turned, and walked back in to the lounge and stood in front of Ginny “Miss Weasley – we are going now. If we get it right, then time will change around you, and you will be back to where you started” She gave a short laugh “Even after all you've done, I am going to be merciful, and not let you remember the events of this reality. You will only know your spell failed, and that you are not married to my husband”
“Harry will stop you” Ginny replied “He will hunt you down, and kill you for this” She stared up at her captor, but was surprised when Sally merely grinned.
“It's a possibility” She agreed “But quite honestly I would rather die than continue to live without my husband and children” She shrugged “I have nothing to lose, Miss Weasley, and if your Sirius is anything like mine, you will know what that means” She paused, then pulled out a gag “I'm sorry, but I can't risk you letting anyone know, so.....” She slipped the gag over Ginny's head, and secured it in her mouth “Be seeing you, Miss Weasley” Sally turned, and walked out of the room, not noticing the glint in her prisoner's eye.
“So – how do we do this?” Sally, Tonks and Sirius were stood in an alley near The Ministry “I mean – we aren't just going to walk in an announce ourselves, are we?”
“Actually – we are” Tonks grinned.
“You and Sirius are wanted for kidnapping and terrorism, and I am dead” Sally stared at her “You don't think someone is going to notice if we turn up at the front desk?”
“Of course someone would notice” Sirius smirked “However if Mary Smith, Kate Tyler and Ashley Joshson walk up and announce themselves, I don't think anyone will bat an eyelid” He pulled out his wand and cast three quick spells, disillusioning them to look like three other people “We are part of the Village Green Preservation Society, wanting to set up a meeting with Under-secretary Gray to discuss protection of national wizarding treasures” Sally stared at him “Yeah - I know. But if it gets us past the guard, and in to Grand Entrance, does it matter?”
“I guess not” She shrugged “What happens after we get in?”
“Head for Mysteries. Barricade ourselves in. Cast the spell” Sirius replied “You get the idea”
“Okay then” Sally nodded “Lets go”
“Welcome to The Ministry” The security guard looked up at the trio in front of him “Who are you here to see?”
“We don't have an appointment, but we want to see Mr Gray” Sirius, disguised as Ashley Johnson, smiled “We have some concerns about the way our town of Little Chancery is being treated”
“Very well” He held out a parchment “Proceed down the main corridor, then take the lift to floor six. Second office on the left” He paused “I have to weigh your wands though”
“Of course” Sirius handed his wand over, watched as it was weighed, then took it back. Sally and Tonks followed suit. When the guard had finished, he nodded, and the three of them walked down the main corridor.
“So where do we start?” Harry, Kingsley and Dumbledore were sat around a table at Hogwarts.
“They aren't at Grimmauld Place” Dumbledore replied “The wards I put in there haven't shown a single thing since the attack. So there are good odds they have gone to one of the other Black properties”
“I have got some of the Aurors checking records, but the Black family have properties going back centuries, quite a lot of them unplottable” Kingsley shrugged “We are doing our best, but it might take some time”
“Okay” Harry nodded “Keep them on it, but I can't wait that long” He pulled out another parchment “Minnie's been working on a powerful location spell. It will show us where Ginny is, and we can go and get her” He glanced at Dumbledore “I assume we can get some ward-breakers if we need to storm the building?”
“Good. Then I will arrange to start in half an hour” He paused “Kingsley – can we take the whole squad?”
“You think that's necessary?” The Auror asked.
“We don't know why they took her. We don't know who is involved, or how many. We don't know what wards there are round the house or the area. I am planning on taking every Auror we can, along with the whole of The Order and anyone else we can find”
“That's a lot of effort to go to” They turned to see Ginny stood at the door “I must mean a lot to you” There was a moment of silence, then Harry shot out of his seat, and wrapped his arms around her. For a few moments, they simply hugged, then Harry leaned back.
“It's good to see you, Mrs Potter” Dumbledore stood up “Are you well?”
“As well as I can be, Albus” Ginny smiled “I take it you know what happened?”
“We know about Tonks and Black” Harry nodded “Did you find out who the third person was?”
“She never said, and I didn't recognise her” Ginny shook her head “But there's something else – while they were holding me, I heard them talking” She paused “They are planning an attack on The Ministry. Something about a veil in The Department of Mysteries?”
“The Execution Veil?” Dumbledore asked in surprise “Why would they be going there?”
“I don't know” She replied “They didn't say why, but I am pretty sure that is where they are going”
“Okay then” Kinsgley stood up “I will alert the department, and ensure the area is protected” He started out of the door, then stopped and turned “Any idea if they are in disguise?”
“Sorry” Ginny shook her head “I didn't see them before they left”
“No matter” Kingsley replied with a slight smile “We will find them”
“I hope so” Ginny sighed as he left the room “I really do hope so”
“This place still gives me the creeps” Sally whispered “I keep expecting to hear voices....” She glanced at the thousands of glowing white orbs surrounding them.
“I haven't met anyone who can stay here for more than half an hour” Tonks replied, her voice hushed “That's why the hall was put under the purview of the Unspeakables” She paused, then turned back to Sally “When were you in here?”
“About ten years ago” Sally frowned faintly at the memory “We had to rescue Arthur Weasley after he was bitten by a giant snake. And we found a prophecy....”
“About Harry and Voldemort” Sirius finished “Albus shared it with us after the Tournament – after Voldemort returned” He paused “I take it he didn't inform you?”
“No” Sally said in a flat tone “But we weren't on the best terms, and it was a long time ago”
“A different lifetime?” Tonks asked with a smile, and Sally grinned back “We just have a few more rows to go, then we'll be in The Chamber”
“I'm afraid we can't let you do that” Dumbledore's voice came from behind them “Please – hand over your wands, and come with us”
“We can't do that” Sirius and Tonks moved in front of Sally and raised their wands “But if you turn around, and walk away, we promise we won't hurt you”
“We know you are going to The Veil, Mr Black, and we can't let that happen. So either you give up now, or we will be forced to stop you by any means necessary”
“If that's how it's got to be....” Tonks replied, but stopped when Sally touched her arm “Summer?”
“Wait for my sign” She said quietly, then turned to face the other group “Headmaster – we meet again”
“Mrs Blythe” Dumbledore inclined his head “I admit I had my suspicions about the third person in your little trio” He glanced at Sirius and Tonks, still holding their wands, then back at Sally “I take it this is your doing?”
“I have my reasons, Headmaster” She smiled “And no, they are not under the imperius, nor any other type of compulsion spell”
“I admit, I was curious why two decorated members of the Auror Corps would be involved in a plot like this, but thank you for putting my mind at ease” He paused “I don't suppose you would care to explain what your intentions are?”
“I think you know, Headmaster” Sally's smile faded “We are going to The Execution Chamber – to The Veil. And if you want to stop us, you are going to have to kill us, because there is no other power in the 'verse that will keep us from doing what we have to do” She took a step back, and raised her wand “So what's it going to be?”
Ginny watched the interplay between Dumbledore and Perks with a barely concealed smirk. She knew Albus would never believe Perks, and that in a few moments, Perks would either be dead, or in custody.
“Which” She thought "Is as good as dead once I get through with her”
“Mrs Blythe – do you understand what you are saying?”
“More than you can possibly imagine” Sally smiled “Have you made your decision?”
“We can't let you go” Dumbledore raised his wand, as did Kingsley, Ginny and Harry. Sally stared at them contemplatively for a moment, then shrugged.
“So be it” She span round, holding up her wand “REUDCTO!”
Ginny's eyes went wide as the three of them opened fire...... on the prophecies.
“Start the spell” Tonks said. After the fire-storm they had started in The Hall Of Prophecies, she had lead Sally and Sirius in to The Chamber, casting several dozen security spells behind her.
“Can we help with the defence?” Sirius asked.
“Once the spell is complete” Tonks replied, glancing at the door “You know we need to get it started”
“Okay” Sirius turned back to Sally “Lets go”
“What's the hold up?” Harry yelled “I thought you said five minutes?”
“Tonks is the Director of The DMLE. Black was considered for the Unspeakables” Kingsley snapped back “We are doing the best we can!”
“Oh get out of my way!” Ginny walked up to the shield “KARASHAKLA!” A beam of bright white light burst out of her wand and crashed in to the rippling wall of energy. For a moment, nothing happened, then suddenly the shield vanished. Ginny turned back to the rest of the group “Shall we go?”
“The spell's complete” Sirius said “You can go through at any time” Sally stared up at the veil, then turned back.
“Thank you” She leaned over and kissed his cheek “If this works.....” She trailed off as the door above them burst open, and Ginny stormed in to The Chamber.
“Go” Sirius pushed her up the stairs, then drew his wand and turned to face the group that had followed Ginny in. Sally ran up to the veil, then turned back. Tonks and Sirius were flinging curses up to the entrance, while Ginny and her group were slowly moving forwards.
“Go!” She heard Tonks yell, then her mouth fell open as Dumbledore sent a killing curse flying down in to the central well. Sirius jumped to one side, then returned the favour, sending Dumbledore crashing to the ground.
“GO!” Sirius screamed as more killing curses rained down on him and Tonks. Sally pulled out her wand, and cast a silent spell on him, then she turned, and walked in to the veil.
(end of act 2)
A moment later, she stepped back out of the veil, and found herself facing an empty room.
“I guess it worked” She said to herself, then pulled out her wand “Tempus” The time and date flashed up in front of her “So, I am when I should be. Now all I need to do is get myself to where I need to be” She closed her eyes, and projected herself out of The Execution Chamber.
Ginny Weasley stepped out of the portal and looked around. She could see a small village on the horizon, but the woods around her had hidden her arrival. She was exactly where she wanted to be.
“But” She thought “Am I when I wanted to be?” She pulled out her wand, and whispered “Tempus”. A moment later, tiny white letters appeared above her, showing the date and time. She smiled.
“One month should be more than enough to do what I came here to do” She said to herself, then turned, and walked towards the village, not noticing the shadow that slipped out of the forest after her.
As Ginny walked down the street she heard a voice behind her. She stopped, turned, then her mouth fell open in surprise as she saw the woman stood in front of her.
"Hey Gin" Sally smiled "Miss me?"
"You can't be here!" Ginny pulled out her wand "No one knows what I am doing" As she stared in disbelief , Sally pulled the chain from around her neck.
"Recognise this?" She waved the time turner back and forth "My guess is you cast your spell just as I activated this" She shrugged "Your spell worked - it just didn't affect me"
"You were out of time" Ginny said in a resigned tone.
"Which is kind of funny" Sally grinned "Because now the same can be said of you" She pulled out her wand "The only question is will you come quietly?"
Susan Perks gazed out of her window, looking up and down the street, then suddenly a flash of light caught her attention. She stared for a moment, then turned and walked over to the fireplace.
“Ministry of Magic” She called out, throwing a handful of floo powder in to the flames. A moment later, a head appeared.
“Ministry of Magic – how may I help you?”
“There is a fight going on at the end of my street” She paused “From the looks of it, they are using some pretty violent curses – maybe unforgivables”
“Very well – we will send some Aurors out at once. Until they arrive, may I suggest you lock down your house, and inform your neighbours”
“Of course. Thank you” Susan closed the floo, then called out to her daughter. Sally bounded down the stairs a few minutes later, but skidded to a halt when she saw the look on her mother's face.
“I have to lock the house down. It shouldn't be for too long – the Aurors are coming”
“Yes mother” Sally replied seriously “What's wrong?”
“Oh – it's probably just kids” Susan shrugged “But I thought we'd better be safe than sorry”
“Okay” Sally smiled, then turned and went back upstairs. Susan watched her go, then turned back to the fire, and began the process of shielding the house.
“Looks like you failed, Weasley” Sally grinned as she glanced down the street “Mum's locked the house down, and....” She trailed off as there were two apparation pops a few yards down the street “And I think the Aurors have arrived” When Ginny glanced towards the approaching figures, Sally cast a silent spell at her, then vanished.
“What did you find out?” Susan asked the Aurors. Five minutes before, she had brought the shields down, after the Aurors had given her the all clear.
“Who ever it was left before we arrived” The first Auror said “We couldn't find either of them” He shrugged “We'll keep a patrol round here for the next day or so, but honestly - I wouldn't worry about it. It was probably just kids, or a minor disagreement that got out of hand”
“Okay” Susan nodded “Thank you for coming out”
“No problem” The second Auror, a young woman, smiled “Better safe than sorry, Mrs Perks” The two Aurors nodded, then vanished in twin pops of apparation. Susan smiled, then closed the door.
“I can't teach myself until I get rid of her” Ginny was pacing back and forth “I can't take the risk of letting her know the rest of the plan” She shook her head “But if she is watching over herself, then I can find her there” She stopped pacing, then smiled “And this time, I will be ready for her”
“Madam Bones – you wanted to see me?” Auror Smith walked in to the office of the Director, and sat down opposite her boss.
“I was just wondering what happened this morning” Amelia looked at the report “Two people fighting in a muggle town, and you didn't see either of them?”
“Sorry boss” Smith shook her head “They both escaped before we could get near them. But honestly - I think it might just have been a quarrel that got out of control. They didn't seem to be Death Eaters or criminals” She paused “We have kept a patrol in the area, but I think the danger is past”
“Okay” Amelia nodded “You can leave now” She watched Smith walk out of the door, then glanced back at the report and shrugged “It's probably nothing – just kids, like she said”
Sally glanced down at her parchment, then smiled. She had been watching her old house for nearly two days, but her tracking spell had shown that Ginny was no where near either her, or the Ginny of the past.
But now, it seemed, The Wacky Slytherin on the move. And apparently heading down the high street in Ottery St Catchpole.
“She's going home” Sally grinned “And I will be there to meet her”
“Going somewhere?” Ginny cursed under her breath, then turned to face Sally.
“You are really starting to annoy me, Perks” She said, drawing her wand “Why can't you just accept that this is your future now?”
“Because I don't believe it is” Sally replied, also drawing her wand “I already stopped you killing my mother and me, Ginevra, and I can stop you again”
“For how long?” Ginny smirked “Are you willing to spend the rest of your life here, in the past? Give up your future?”
“I would like to say I am” Sally stared back at her “But the truth is, I want this over. I want to get back to my husband – my children” She darted forward, and grabbed Ginny “Home!Home!HOME!”
"Give it up!" Sally yelled, then ducked behind a pillar as another spell flew over her head "You can't beat me!" After she had dragged Ginny back to The Execution Chamber, Ginny had broken free, and started attacking her.
"But I did, didn't I?" Ginny yelled back "I got my Harry, and took care of you, once and for all"
"When I was a child!" Sally exclaimed "The only way you could beat me was to murder an innocent child - thirteen innocent children!"
"And if you kill me now, those children will be dead again" Ginny snarled back "Are you willing to have their blood on your hands, Perks?"
"My hands are clean, Ginevra" Sally called out, then, aiming her wand at the wall behind her foe, she added "And who said I was going to kill you?" She paused for a moment, then yelled "STUPEFY DERILAXUS" The bolt of red light shot from her wand, then bounced off the facing wall and crashed in to Ginny, knocking her unconscious. Sally waited for a moment, then stood up and walked over to where the red-head lay on the floor.
"Maybe it's my fault" She said to herself "If we'd dealt with you when Harry wanted to - after you cursed me - maybe we wouldn't have come to this" She stared down for a few moments, then shrugged "Then again, maybe you're just a heinous bitch who deserves everything she gets"
She closed her eyes, and started to chant an incantation in Latin. As she chanted, a circle of light appeared surrounding the prone girl.
"El animus transmutam revelus!" Sally finished with a flourish of her wand, and the circle of light flared a bright white.
When it faded, she looked down to see the result of her spell, and burst out laughing as a memory of Christmas past crashed in to her mind.
"She's adorable" Sally said, as Hermione petted the black kitten that was nestling in her arms "And far cute than..... is that a baby tiger?" They both stared at a large ginger cat that had pounced on Harry.
"Oh my!" Hermione grinned as Harry fought a losing battle with the giant ball of fur. A moment later, both she and Sally smothered a giggle as he fell over backwards. Sally gave a half-hearted glare at her friend, then rushed over to help her boyfriend.
When she reached Harry, she tried to pull the cat off him, but stopped when the cat turned and hissed at her, raising it's claws.
"Woah" She pulled her hands back "Good kitty!"
(end flash back)
"At least that explains why the cat hated me so much" She thought as she stared down at the ginger creature in front of her. She closed her eyes, then opened her mind to the big ball of fluff.
A minute later, she opened her eyes again, allowed herself a brief smile, then vanished.
"Hello Ginevra. You are probably wondering why I let you live. Well - I'd like to claim it is because I am noble and good, but the truth is it would have been a mercy to kill you, and I am all out of mercy" The image of Sally paused, then grinned "The fact you came after me is neither here nor there - I am a big girl, and I don't take things like that personally. But you came after my friends. After my husband" She paused again, then glared "You came after my children. And that is something I can neither forgive, nor forget. And so I designed a suitable punishment - one that will allow you to consider the depth of your mistake, and the breadth of your folly" She gave another grin "Look to your left"
Ginny frowned, then turned her head.
"I have bound you in to this form for the rest of your natural life. You will live out the next hundred years as a ginger cat - observing the future, but not able to change it. You will watch as Harry and I grow up, meet, fall in love and return the future to the way it should be - and there is nothing you will be able to do about it"
Ginny stood up, and paced around a little.
"I know what you are thinking - that being the cunning and devious little bitch you are, you will find a way to break the spell, and then make my life a living hell. Well - my dear Ginevra - if by some chance you can break the binding spell, then you will die the moment you transform. So either you live as a cat, or die as yourself" She paused, then grinned "Enjoy your future, Mrs Potter. I know I will"
After leaving the bound form of Ginny behind, Sally appeared in the forest, next to the portal the red-headed woman had originally come through.
"So long Ginny - I will see you in twenty years" She said with a smile, then, pulling out her wand, dispelled the portal. For a moment, it glowed bright white, then dwindled to nothing. She smiled again, then projected herself back to the Death Chamber, in front of The Veil. She looked around, then walked in to the curtained darkness.
An instant later, she found herself back in the Death Chamber, facing a very confused Sirius.
"You cast a temporal shield over me?" Sirius stared at her in disbelief.
"Yes" She grinned back at him.
"So when you foiled Miss Weasley's evil scheme, I was protected from history as it restored itself?"
"Yup" Sally was still grinning.
"You're crazy, you know that?" For the first time, he smiled back.
"I do know that" She nodded "So - you want to go home?"
Half an hour later they were stood in front of The Potter House. Sally turned to Sirius and smiled.
"Yes" He nodded "I think I am"
(the screen fades to black, then a number of short film clips appear)
Dumbledore is running through the halls of Hogwarts. A moment later, a beam of green light crashes in to the wall behind him.
Harry is reading a newspaper with the headline “WESTERN SKY SUSPECTED OF MURDER!”
A demon with glowing red eyes kills Andy.
Harry, Sally, Hermione, Viktor, Andy, Prue, Sirius and Luna are stood on the Hogwarts' battlements, all armed with shotguns and rifles.
Tara is staring up the main street of Hogsmeade, where Xander and Dawn are walking towards her, hand in hand.
A coffin is carried past Hermione and Viktor, who are dressed in black.
Harry is sat in front of the Headmaster's desk in Hogwarts.
Elwyn Moran sitting between Pansy and Andrew, tears on her face.
The Great Hall at Hogwarts is filled with spell fire of every colour.
Harry walks through Gingotts, and comes face to face with a young woman with messy black hair and bright green eyes.
Prue, disguised as Mabel, faces Piper and Leo.
Tara is shot, and blood spreads all over her blue jumper.
Vampires attacking Harry, Sally, Sirius and Remus. A moment later, Buffy and Giles join in the fight.
Ginny's cat form is engulfed in a ball of green light.
(the screen fades to black, then the following images flash up, one by one)
Draco Malfoy casting a killing curse.
Harry with a huge smile on his face.
Vast numbers of infiri walking down the road from Hogsmeade to Hogwarts.
Hermione in a hospital bed, holding a baby.
(the screen goes dark, then the words)
The Western Sky – Series 2
(and then there is one final image)
Harry, Sally and Hermione facing Draco Malfoy. All four have their wands drawn.
(The screen fades to black)