A Magical Year (Magical trilogy book #2)

*Complete* 1976 ... Last year, Alex and Kyle visited Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with their school. They're best friends, and more like a brother and sister. Hogwarts was not the kind of school they expected to ever visit, since it taught REAL magic. And they never expected to meet such people there, people who they'd love.
Because of this love, Alex got the ability to make some simple spells; a talent that it so rare that it's nearly impossible. Now what'll happen when Alex turns from a muggle to a part-witch? And what will the Ministry of Magic decide to do about her?

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71. The Investigators Decision

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

Jane 

 

 

 

I was walking to and fro in our hotel's room. Waiting for Alex. The trial took more time than expected, and it's really causing me to get very, very nervous. Even Ben's nervous, though he's doing his best not to show me his anxiety but I know him well by now, and I can tell he is.

"What if she was accused guilty?" 

"She won't be." He came to me, hugged me and kissed my forehead. "She did nothing wrong, and all she'll be doing now is telling the truth, they'll have to believe her." 

"I don't know Ben, I'm too worried. Maybe that's the thing about entering the magical world. It's just not our world, we're not used to it and we know almost nothing about it and-"

"Jane, dear. Alex now knows a lot about the magical world. Okay, maybe you don't know much about it but it's only expected, how would you know about it much if the only witch you know is your sister in law? Your daughter became a witch only one year a go, and it was only before about a week that you discovered I am a wizard too. Don't be hard on yourself, it's really natural of you, not knowing about it, and it's not even bad. You'll learn by time. Because now, that's your world as well, your daughter's a witch and you have to live with it, no matter if you like it or not, and you should like it because it's such a nice thing to be. Alex is a strong girl, and she's probably doing really fine in there."

"Then what took her so long?!" I asked desperately. When he couldn't find an answer for that he remained silent for a while. 

"I don't know." He answered at last. "I don't really know."

 

 

Alex 

 

 

 

"Are house elves even allowed to be in the ministry of magic?" The judge asked. 

"Only if it's as important as it is now, my miss." 

The judge inhaled and looked at the other investigators who nodded and so she said, 

"One more witness. I've had enough of this." 

Oh great. Now I'll have some kind or creature that I don't know, which is apparently called a house elf, to lie about witnessing my case and probably turn my future upside down. In the worst way.

"I have came here in the request of master Regulus Black. Sirius Black's brother." Oh sweet. The brother who told me I was never gonna be a Black and had a fight with Sirius because of me. Sweet. I'm so going to Azkaban. "Both master Regulus and myself were witnesses of the thing I am about to say. Sirius Orion Black was put under the imperial curse by his own mother." That left the courtroom to buzz with murmuring again, I didn't really notice it much though, I was busy being shocked. Absolutely shocked. A minute a go I would've slapped Sirius in the face for doing such a disloyalty to me. Now I'm not sure what to feel and what to do and how to speak. Now I'm not even sure if the sky's blue or the earth's round. It's too much. 

First I was accused of doing something I never did. Second, I was called for a trial. Third, I found the love of my life who dumped me there and was really delighted by having him by my side. Fourth, all my proofs were not enough. Fifth, professor Dumbledore supported me which made me feel like, 'hey, maybe I'm not losing this, maybe that's such an easy case to win.' Then, the love of my life turned out to be not really on my side but actually, he lied to make me look worse than I already looked and now, I met a creature that I now realized I saw only in books called a house elf coming out of nowhere to tell the others that Sirius is put under an imperial curse!

Yeah, that wasn't a good reason for me to feel all sick and dizzy. 

"So, you're saying that all he said was incorrect?" The judge asked. 

"Yes. He is under an imperial curse. The child's innocent. That's all I know. Now I must leave, for master Regulus told me to come right after I deliver this message." And poof, he disappeared. 

"Alright." The judge started rubbing her forehead with her fingers. Tiredly, she continued, "Those in favour of clearing the witness of all charges?" I looked at the crowd, I couldn't see very clearly, but judging by what I saw, there were many hands in the air, including the judge's and the minister's own hands. I was about to cry. "And those in favour of conviction?" about five to seven people had their hands up, which meant-! "Excellent ... Cleared of all charges. That took long." She added in a low voice. Cleared of all charges. I was cleared of all charges! I couldn't believe it! 

"Wait, does that mean I can continue my education at Hogwarts for this year?" I asked, losing the ability of closing my mouth of shock. 

"Following the ministry's decision the answer will be yes, although we have to take Professor Dumbledore's opinion in that as well." It was the minister who spoke now, and nearly everyone in the courtroom looked at professor Dumbledore questioningly. 

"Of course Hogwarts will be delighted to welcome a student it missed so bad." He smiled. Oh God. Am I dreaming? There, my tears have finally found their way out. 

"Thank you professor, thank you Investigators." 

 

 

Ben 

 

Both Alex and Jane were in tears. Alex's managed to find her way out of the ministry with the help of professor Dumbledore and she came running to the hotel. She's been telling us about what happened with her in the courtroom for about an hour, and now she was in her mother's arms. Both of them crying with pleasure, and possibly because of all the pressure they have been feeling all day.

It must have really been hard on Jane, it's not even my child and I was really anxious about it. The whole thing made me really nervous. Alex is such a poor girl and losing that case would've broken both her and Jane's hearts and I wouldn't have bared to have that. I really care for Jane, so much. In fact, I think I am in love with her, although I'm waiting to be absolutely sure about it to actually tell her. 

What a world, seventeen year olds can be more sure about their feelings than the ones in their their thirties.

"Alex, dear. You're such a strong girl, you know that?" I said to her. She came to hug me now. 

"Thanks Ben, if it wasn't for your help I don't know how good I would've been there. In fact, if it was for me only, I would've been accused guilty." She laughed. 

"Oh don't say that." Jane said. "My clever, brave, strong girl." Alex suddenly remembered something. 

"I must write for my friends. They told me to keep them in touch with everything they were so worried about me."

"Oh well, go and get Snowflake." Jane said. 

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