I opened my eyes to see the Hospital Wing with Clay, still unconscious, in a bed; Omi lying awake with his foot in a cast, probably since the leg wound was so bad; and Raimundo sitting up in bed and arguing with Madame Pomfrey. "Look, I'm perfectly fine! Just let me up! I have to-" He noticed me sitting up too and his face filled with relief.
Madame Pomfrey followed his line of sight and allowed herself a small smile, a knowing smile, if you ask me. Why is it that everyone does that around us? "Alright, as long as you eat that." She pointed to a chocolate bar on the bedside table and walked back to her room. Raimundo picked up his chocolate, I picked up a slab that I found on my bedside table and we headed over to Omi's bed since Clay was still asleep. "What happened after you chased after the dog and the werewolf?"
"Well, Sirius was injured and Lupin chased after some wolf call in the forest. Then, we followed Sirius and were swamped by Dementors."
Just then, Master Fung walked into the Hospital Wing. "Master Fung, you've got to stop them! They've got the wrong man!" I exclaimed. I could only assume that if we were found and brought here, Sirius was too, and what they would do to him, would not be pretty.
"Sirius is innocent!" Raimundo backed me up.
"It was Scabbers that did it." Omi spoke up.
"Scabbers…?" Master Fung raised an eyebrow in the way that meant he had no clue what we were on about.
"Clay's rat, Master Fung. Only, he's not really a rat. Well, he was a rat, he was Clay's rat and-"
"The point is; we know the truth."
"Please, Master Fung, you must believe us."
"I do believe you, Miss Tohomiko, but I'm sorry to say that the word of two thirteen-year-old wizards and a twelve-year-old witch will convince few others." Damn it! There had to be something we could do!
Just then the clock struck midnight. Wait… "Mysterious thing, time." Master Fung stated in his usual airy tone. "Powerful. And when meddled with, dangerous." He lowered voice. "Now, pay attention. Sirius is locked in Professor Flitwick's office on the seventh floor – thirteenth window from the right of the West Tower. If you succeed, more than one innocent life may be spared. Miss Tohomiko, you know the law – you know what is at stake… you – must – not – be – seen." He walked back towards the door. "I'm going to lock you in. You would do well to return before the last chime. Oh, three turns should do the trick." And with a wink he was gone. Of course…
"What the bloody hell was that all about?" Raimundo stood there with his head cocked to the side.
I pulled the necklace from the front of my t-shirt and looped the chain around Raimundo's neck as well. "Sorry Omi, but seeing as you can't walk…" I twisted it three times, raising my free hand to slap Raimundo's away as he tried to poke it. I felt the familiar sensation and soon we were standing in an empty Hospital Wing. "What happened? Where's Omi? And Clay?"
I ignored him and glanced at the clock. "Seven thirty." I muttered to myself, wracking my memory. "Where were we at seven thirty?"
"Dunno…going to Hagrid's?" Raimundo answered, his face twisted in confusion.
I grabbed his arm and dragged him behind me. "Come on, and we can't be seen!"
I pulled him to a stop as we came to the small clearing where we confronted Jack and Ashley earlier, and grinned as I heard myself threatening Spicer. "But that…that's us…" Raimundo's eyes were wide. "This is not normal…" Of course not, when had anything been normal in our life?
I pulled the necklace from my t-shirt again. It was a simple, long chain with a mini hourglass set in a circle with a knob so I could twist it. "See this? This is a Time Turner. Well, sort of. It's actually the Sands of Time on a chain, modelled after a Time Turner, but that's not the point. Professor McGonagall gave it to me first term – it's how I've been getting to my classes all year."
"You mean…we've gone back in time?" I rolled my eyes in a sort of 'duh' gesture. "But why to here if we're supposed to save Sirius?"
"Master Fung said that 'more than one innocent life could be spared'…" I trailed off and I glanced at him and knew he was thinking the exact same thing.
"We'll fly him to the window to save Sirius – they can fly away together!"
"If we manage that without being seen it will be a miracle!" I shook my head, grinning. "But, we've got to try. Come on."
It felt weird this time. I had gone back in time before – every day, but that had been to go to different classes, there was no way I could run into myself. Now, however… But that just made it all the more exciting.
We hid in the pumpkin patch while the four of us in real time were in Hagrid's Hut. "Why can't we just get Buckbeak now?" Raimundo whined as we crouched behind the pumpkin.
"We have to let Fudge and the executioner see him. Otherwise they'll think Hagrid set him free!"
He groaned. "You do realise that that'll give us about a minute, right?"
I nodded brightly. What's life without a little challenge?
We hid in the trees at the edge of the forest as we came out of Hagrid's hut and ran back up to the castle with Pettigrew. As soon as Fudge, the executioner and Master Fung were inside Hagrid's Hut, we dashed out and bowed to Buckbeak, attempting to get him up and out of sight before the minister saw us. Boy, would we be in trouble then! It seemed that Master Fung had an inkling that he would send us to do this, as he kept stalling, insisting that he would sign his name on the official papers, "It's such a very long name." he had sighed. Also, he ensured that they had their backs turned for another few moments, pointing out a field of blackberries, apparently planted when Armando Dippet was headmaster, and giving us just enough time to escape with Buckbeak.
We ran with Buckbeak through the forest until we sat on the edge, the Whomping Willow within our line of sight. We saw ourselves go in, then Lupin and finally Snape. "And now, we wait." I muttered.
"Kimiko? What happened at the lake? You know, after I – uh – passed out."
"I don't really know." I admitted, straining to remember. "The Dementor tried to give me The Kiss-"
"It WHAT!" Raimundo exclaimed.
"It's no big deal, Rai, it didn't do it."
"Rai?" He cocked his head to the side, an eyebrow raised.
I froze. "I…uh…I'm sorry…I didn't mean…"
"I like it." I returned his shy smile. "But it is a big deal." He insisted and I rolled my eyes.
"Okay. Then there was this really bright silvery light and some sort of creature, and it drove the Dementors away. Then I fainted too."
"I heard Snape and some others talking. The only thing that could've done that was a Patronus; and a really powerful one too. Only a really powerful witch or wizard could've conjured one."
"I couldn't see them. My vision was too blurry. Well, we can go back and see who it was." We lapsed into a comfortable silence then we saw ourselves emerging again. We watched Lupin transform and ran along the edges of the forest to keep ourselves in sight as we chased after Lupin and Sirius.
I saw myself throw the stone at Lupin and remembered something I had read in a book. Werewolves respond to the call of their own kind… I cupped my hands around my mouth and made my best attempt. Oh, how I wish I had the Tongue of Saiping right now! Raimundo grabbed my hands and tried to pull them away from my mouth. "What are you doing?" He hissed.
I shoved him off. "Saving our lives." I hissed back before calling once again.
"Oh. Thanks, I guess."
"Now, come on!" I grabbed his hand again but he planted his feet.
"Why?" I raised an eyebrow and pointed over his shoulder to where Lupin was now charging straight towards us. His eyes widened comically and he tightened his grip on my hand as we sprinted away from that spot, Buckbeak following us.
I noticed the Dementors gliding overhead and headed for the lake. It was horrible. Sirius and Raimundo were lying motionless on the ground and a Dementor was lowering its hood and wrapping its clammy hands around my neck to try and force my face up. I shuddered at the memory of the feel of those hands and- Did Raimundo just…growl…?
I looked to where I had seen the blurry figures, but there was no one there. The Dementor was getting closer and closer to the other me and then it hit me. I ran to the edge of the lake, the opposite edge from where the other me was, pulling out my wand. "What are you doing?" Raimundo hissed, running after me.
"Expecto Patronum!" I cried out and my eyes widened as a silver stag erupted from the end of my wand. It galloped towards the Dementors and chased them all away, and as it returned to me, I saw the other me sink to the ground.
"You…you just…" Raimundo stuttered, amazed. I grinned widely.
"I guess I'm the 'really powerful witch', huh?" he continued to gape. "I knew I could do it because…well, I'd already done it! Does that make sense?"
A wide grin spread across his face. "No, but-" he stopped abruptly and pulled me behind a tree. I blinked owlishly at him. "Sorry," he whispered, rubbing the back of his neck, a pink tinge spreading across his face. "But Snape's there now. Couldn't have him seeing us." I peered around the tree and saw Snape magically lifting us onto stretchers.
We hurried back to fetch Buckbeak and returned to the edge of the forest, keeping an eye out for Lupin. "D'you reckon he's up there yet?"
"There's Macnair gone to fetch the Dementors! This is it – let's go!"
We climbed on Buckbeak's back and since I was tiny and Raimundo was still thirteen, there was enough room for both of us on Buckbeak's small back. When we reached Sirius' window, I jumped off of Buckbeak, conjuring fire to hold me in the air, and cast Alohamora at it. It swung open and Raimundo jumped off too, allowing Sirius to climb on, since he was a full grown man. I closed the window again, to avoid suspicion, and Sirius nudged Buckbeak on, Raimundo bent the wind to carry him through the air and I propelled myself with the flames like a rocket. "Goodbye, Sirius! And good luck!" we called as the two figures disappeared in the distance, my enhanced hearing allowing me to hear his final, "You're truly your mother's daughter, Kimiko!" as he vanished.
We flew in through the window nearest the Hospital Wing and saw Master Fung about to lock the doors. "Well?"
"We did it, Master Fung, they're both safe."
He beamed at us. "Well done. I think," he paused to listen at the door. "Yes, I think you've gone too. Go, I'll lock you in."
We hurried inside and saw ourselves leaving. Omi turned to face us with wide eyes. "How did you get there? I was just talking to you there – and now you're there!"
"What's he talking about, Rai?"
He shrugged. "Dunno. Honestly Omi, how can anyone be in two places at once?" We cracked up laughing and climbed back into bed, sending Omi the memories to sift through.
We heard voices, raised voices, coming along the hallway towards the Hospital Wing. "He must've disapparated, Severus. We should've left someone in the room with him-" That was Fudge.
"YOU CAN'T APPARATE OR DISAPPARATE INSIDE THIS CASTLE! THIS – HAS – SOMETHING – TO – DO – WITH – TOHOMIKO – AND PEDROSA!" And that was Snape.
"Severus – be reasonable – they've been locked up-"
An amused, Master Fung, an angry Fudge and an absolutely furious Snape entered the Hospital Wing then and Snape strode towards us and stood between mine and Raimundo's beds which were facing each other, looking from one to the other, quite purple in the face from all the yelling. "OUT WITH IT TOHOMIKO, PEDROSA! WHAT DID YOU DO?"
"Professor Snape!" shrieked a horrified Madame Pomfrey. "Control yourself!"
"See here, Snape, be reasonable," Fudge implored him. "This door's been locked, we just saw-"
"THEY HELPED HIM ESCAPE, I KNOW IT!"
"Calm down, man! You're talking nonsense!"
"YOU DON'T KNOW THOSE TWO! THEY DID IS, I KNOW THEY DID IT-"
"That will do, Severus," Master Fung spoke for the first time. "Think about what you are saying. This door has been locked since I left the ward minutes ago. Madame Pomfrey, have these two left their beds?"
"Of course not!"
"Well, there you have it Severus. Unless Kimiko and Raimundo are able to be in two places at once, I'm afraid I see no point in troubling them further."
Snape stormed out and it was all I could do to control my laughter. "Fellow seems quite unbalanced." Fudge stared after Snape warily. "I'd watch out for him, if I were you, Master Fung."
"Oh, he's not unbalanced. He's just suffered a severe disappointment."
"Yes, well… I'd better go inform the ministry…"
"And the Dementors? I trust they'll be removed from the school?"
"Oh, yes, of course, they'll have to go. Never dreamed they'd try to administer The Kiss on an innocent girl…" Fudge and Master Fung left, Fudge still rambling and as he left, Master Fung winked, and the three of us that were awake burst out laughing.
Lupin resigned when Snape, in his anger over Sirius, let it 'slip' at breakfast that Lupin was a werewolf. I went to his office before he went and we had a chat about mama and my grandparents before he gave me back the map.
Telling Clay about Scabbers wasn't an easy task – he'd had him since he was four years old. But we told him, and eventually we found ourselves on the train back to King's Cross station, Clay, Omi, Raimundo and I in a compartment. About halfway along the journey, a tiny excitable owl appeared by the window, which we opened and he plopped down in my lap with a letter. It was from Sirius and he told me that he and Buckbeak were in hiding until it was safe for them to return to Lupin's house, where he had been staying. It also told me that he and Lupin had bought me the Firebolt, 'as a joint twelve years worth of birthday presents from my godparents.' Well, technically, eleven years, since they did buy me a first birthday present…
It also contained a post script, "PS: I thought your friend Clay might like to keep this owl, since it's my fault he no longer has a rat."
"Keep him?" Clay muttered.
Raimundo eyed the little owl and then scooped him up from my lap and held him out for Hanabi to sniff. "What d'you reckon? Definitely an owl?" Hanabi purred.
"That's good enough for me!" Clay grinned, lifting the owl from Raimundo's hands and we all burst out laughing.
"What's so funny in here?" Ricardo stuck his head into our compartment, Fernando following him with a pile of books.
"Oh, you know your idols the Marauders?" Raimundo asked them, a mischievous glint in his eye.
"What about them?" Ricardo asked, sitting down on the seat.
"We know who they are?"
"Really?" The twins exchanged eager glances. "Who are they?"
"Well, you know Moony." I began, watching as Fernando hurried to put the books on the overhead rack so he could sit next to Ricardo to hear.
"Oh yeah," Raimundo nodded nonchalantly. "Since you've been taught Defence by him for the last year."
Fernando dropped his books on Ricardo's head, but he didn't seem to notice. "No way… Professor Lupin's Moony?"
"No wonder we couldn't get away with anything in his class!"
"What about Wormtail?" They asked eagerly, not noticing all of us tense at the mention of his name.
"He used to be my rat." Clay cut in. The twins just looked confused.
"An animagus." I explained. "And the one who sold out my grandparents to Wuya." They didn't look quite so happy about this.
"Padfoot is Sirius Black."
Their eyes widened in horror. "We've been looking up to a mass murderer?"
"Well, yes, but Sirius is innocent. It was really Pettigrew – Wormtail."
"And Prongs?" they asked. Raimundo and I exchanged glances. Time for the big finale.
"Prongs was my mother."
They stared in shock. "But…why would her nickname be 'Prongs'?"
"Oh, they all became Animagi so they could accompany Moony when he transformed, but when mama was doing the spell, Sirius distracted her and she messed it up – becoming a stag rather than a doe."
"S-so… your mother was a marauder?" I nodded proudly and they dropped to their knees. "We are not worthy!" They chanted. I giggled.
"Plus, the other two true marauders – not that backstabbing little rat – are her godparents." Raimundo added and the twins looked as if they were about to faint.
"We definitely made the right choice in giving you the map." Fernando said weakly.
"Definitely." Ricardo agreed. Then his face lit up. "Hey, can you introduce us?"