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?


90. The Second Task





In the champions' tents, we were nervous, but less nervous than last time we were here. 

Professor Dumbledore and the Minister of Magic both came to tell us about the task. 

"For those who haven't figured things out yet, you're not going to be alone in this task alone." The Minister said. "You're allowed to chose anyone you want to come with you to the net task. Now for those who haven't figured what the clue said, good luck. You'll need it more than the others." 

Alex and I both exchanged looks. We were kind of immune. Although not completely, of course. 

"Miss Cross." Professor Dumbledore turned to Alex. "Who'll you chose?" Alex and I talked about this earlier. I know she picked Sirius, not because he's her boyfriend, but because he's a good flier and a good dueler. I picked James for the same two reasons, so when professor Dumbledore asked me, I answered with James's name. Katy chose her boyfriend, Lucius Malfoy, and Ragnar chose some girl called Jade, his friend, I think. 

Minutes later, the people we chose were in the tent with us. Jade though was the only one who seemed puzzled. James and Sirius both knew about the clue, but Alex and I decided not to tell them that we'd pick them, I'm not sure why. James and Sirius looked happy, excited even. They're Marauders, sure. I should be as excited as them, being a Marauder and everything, it's not that I'm not excited but, being the one facing the huge poisonous spider last time, I know these tasks aren't quite - simple. The boys even told me they get harder by time, but then again, who knows? 

"Welcome. You're here because the champions chose you to be with them while they go through their next task. They could choose only one person and they chose you, so you must be really helpful for them. They'll need you to be there for them. 

"First thing you need to do is find the maze. I'll give you a hint - it's covered with clouds. What you have to do, is find the ending of it, and then stay there as soon as possible." 

Just about a minute later, professor Dumbledore and the minister of magic left our tent, and the we heard the sound of the cannon. This was our start sign. We didn't even have time to talk to the people we chose. There were four broomsticks in each one of the champion's tents. I hurried to my tent and got the broomstick. James was by my side and he nodded to me, we ran to the tent's door, then we rode the broomstick, James of course was the one leading it. I sat behind him and held tightly to his robes. James was so fast! It was deadly scary, I don't know how he stands this speed every time he flies or plays Quidditch. That must be why he's a great player, he's really good at flying. That's one of the reasons why I chose him to help me, anyway. 

I closed my eyes, that's like the Hippogriff's ride, I thought - only a bit faster. Thinking about it this way made things easier, I opened my eyes again and tried to enjoy the feeling of the wind on my face. We were going upwards, and I knew that I wouldn't hear James if he spoke, I think he did too, because he kept silent during the flight. Up and up and up we went. Until we found something solid. Then, we stopped. 







We decided I'd fly the broomstick.

It turned out to be a bad idea. 

I started flying as high as I could, which was the point. I went really high, until I suddenly stopped. The broomstick stopped. 

"What's going on?" Sirius shouted from behind me so that I'd hear him from the wind's roar.. I saw James and Kyle going higher. Followed by Lucius and Katy. 

"I can't go higher!" I shouted. 

"What do you mean?"

"Remember my flying skills?" I said. "My magic skills are limited. I can't go higher, I can't."

"Alright, alright." Sirius said. "We can't go down now, it'll make us lose lots of time, everyone's already up there. Let's just switch places." How exactly were we supposed to do this, though, while we're in the middle of the sky. I looked down and gasped. I felt like being in the middle of the ocean without having floaters. The sight was so scary. "Don't look down!" Sirius said. 

"Too late." I said. Then quickly, that I almost didn't realize it, Sirius held me by my waist for a moment I wasn't sitting on anything. My body was in the air, only held by Sirius's strong arms. I never knew he's that strong. Maybe it's the adrenaline or something. I shouted, too high that I thought I might harm Sirius's ears. Less than a second later I was back on the broomstick, sitting behind Sirius now, not facing him. Sirius scooted to the front of the broomstick and I managed to turn around, the way one would do when riding on a horse. 

I remembered our muggles' date, and for a moment I forgot I was in a triwizard task. Sirius didn't.

Sirius was flying high and fast, higher and faster than I ever saw him get. I knew he was doing this for me. My man was doing this for me. I couldn't resist not kissing him, even if he had his back to me, I kissed the back of his head and held him by his waist more tightly. As if -and because- my life depended on it. 

Finally, we found something big and silver, something solid, like a flying ground. That's the maze, of course. 

The solid maze road's , there was a place for only two people, walking next to each other. I smiled at Sirius as we stood there, he put the broomstick on the ground and held his wand, I did that too, and then we both decided we'd better start going, since everyone's been here before us. Of course we can't really tell how far they got, one, because we can't tell where they are, two because we don't know if that's the only entering way to the maze, and three, because we can't tell if they're taking the right ways.

hope Sirius and I are.

And Kyle and James. 

Sirius and I were almost running.

"Stop running! I don't want you to fall." Stupid Sirius being protective while we're in the middle of a task. Stupid, perfect Sirius. I love him. "At least give me your hand." I gave him my hand and slowed down, just a bit. I followed my own heels' guidelines, right, left, right, wherever they took me. If anyone asked me about the way I took I wouldn't know what to tell them because I really don't know were I went. Wherever seemed the right way. The ground was slippery and Sirius almost slipped. If it wasn't for his, Hold-my-hand-tip he'd be dead by now. Him or me.

Holy shit, that's dangerous and scary. 

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