The Raggedy Man

It's the year of 2026 and Lily Luna Potter is in her final year of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Lily is eighteen and is ready to decide on what she wants to do in life after her amazing time at Hogwarts. However, a raggedy man in a blue police box arrives and her life is turned upside-down. The wizarding world is in danger and instead of focusing on her future, Lily needs to focus on keeping alive.
(My entry for the crossover competition!)


7. Christmas Eve and Quills

    The next couple of days were hell. I was bored out of my mind without The Doctor to talk to. The whole school was buzzing with excitement about Christmas but admittedly I was feeling more excited about seeing The Doctor again. I was glad that I could be there for him on an occasion such as Christmas. I would hate for him to spend it alone.

   The Gryffindor common room was filled with students eagerly discussing what they hoped to get for Christmas, many first years wishing for the latest broomstick even though first years couldn't join the Quidditch team. Quidditch was a very fast paced sport which all took place in the air on broomstick consisting of seven players. There were different positions to play in and different balls involved. The main aim of the game was to pass the quaffle, a leathery red ball, down the pitch to the three hoops awaiting at the end, guarded by a Keeper. The Keeper would try and save the quaffle but throwing the quaffle into any three of these hoops would score you ten points. Throughout the game, there were also bludgers speeding around the pitch, rock-hard black balls which could cause a very nasty injury. These bludgers were knocked by wooden bats by a pair of Beaters, who would use their bats to try and knock bludgers into their opposition. Finally, there was the snitch - a walnut sized, golden ball with tiny wings which moved like a humming bird's. It was the job of the Seeker to catch it, which would score one hundred and fifty points and would end the game. I was Seeker for Gryffindor like my dad had been and I could tell you it was an extremely difficult job. As Seeker, you had to keep your eyes peeled for the miniscule thing and it could be spotted at any moment in the game, depending on whether you were lucky enough to find it sooner or later!

   My broom was a Firebolt, not the latest broomstick but Dad insisted that it was the best broom ever invented and I had to admit it had been good to me, so I didn't mind. It was one of my most prized possessions and I had caught many snitches with it throughout my time at Hogwarts.

   My friends has already sorted all their presents out and on Christmas Eve morning, I woke up to realise I had no presents for anyone at all. With that, I was out of bed in a flash and dressed warm in quicker time than usual. There was another Hogsmeade trip that day, for people to buy late presents like me, I guessed. Usually, trips were only on weekends.

  After breakfast, Sarah, Daisy and Clara were outside the Gryffindor common room seeing who could perform the best spell when I left them to go down to Hogsmeade with the others.

   On the way, I was thinking of who I was going to buy for and what I was going to buy them. Obviously, I had to buy my friends presents because I already knew they had bought something for me, like we do every year. I was stuck on what to buy them this year though. I decided that I'd buy a box of Honeyduke's chocolates for my whole family to share. I would also have to get The Doctor something, it would probably be the only present he would get for Christmas...

   I shook this sad thought away from my head as we arrived at Hogsmeade, thinking instead of how happy he would be to have a present from Hogsmeade. I entered Honeyduke's and picked up a box of chocolates for my family. I peered around the many shelves for ages, wondering what to buy my friends when I spotted Sugar Quills, a confectionary favourite of everyone's. You could nibble on them during a lesson to taste a delightfully sugary taste and the teachers would not notice, only assuming you were concentrating on your work. I grabbed three of these along with some Fizzing Whizzbees and paid for them at the counter.

   That was my friends and family sorted, now for The Doctor. I noticed Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop looking very festive with a wreath hanging on the door and candles enchanted to hover in the nearby trees so I went to have a look in there. There were many fabulous quills in there of all sorts of different birds, pheasant, eagle and even a peacock one. I immediately chose a peacock quill, thinking The Doctor would prefer a more extravagant quill. I hoped he would appreciate I picked out a present for him, even though it wasn't a very big present but I was running out of money. The peacock quill had cost quite a lot.



   I arrived back at Hogwarts half an hour later carrying my bags of presents. It was around lunch time so I went straight to the Great Hall where a variety of sandwiches were awaiting.

   "What took you so long?", Clara grinned as I sat down beside her.

   "Just took me a while to decide what to buy you lot!", I laughed.

   "Who's that for?", Sarah asked, craning her neck to take a closer look at the peacock quill poking out of the top of my bag.

  "No one", I snapped quickly. A little too quickly.

  "Is it a secret lover?", Daisy said, wiggling her eyebrows.

  "No!". The girls giggled to themselves and on the way to the library (where Sarah wanted to borrow a book to read in bed) I tried to explain to them that it wasn't for a 'secret lover' but they weren't having any of it and were convinced it was a romantic present. I huffed and crossed my arms against my chest, furrowing my eyebrows.

   "We're only teasing you", Daisy said, hoisting the quill out of the bag and stroking my face with it, tickling me. "Even if it is really for your secret lover, we'll stop now!" I yanked the quill out of her hand and began to tickle her with it and she laughed hysterically; Daisy was the most ticklish person I knew.

   It's better they think it's for a 'secret lover' than a mad, raggedy man in a blue box, I thought. I was sure the next day they'd forget about the quill anyway, being caught up in the excitement of Christmas. It was better off them not knowing about The Doctor.

   But how long could I pull it off for before my friends noticed my disappearings? Before they started to get suspicious and follow me? Before The Doctor brought more adventure with him?


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