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?


70. The Trial

~Three Days Later~






We left at dawn and now we're in London. Ben found us a hotel and we're staying there for the night. Tomorrow's the big day. I am too damn nervous about it. What's worse is that I'll have to face the judge alone. I won't have anyone by my side, not mom or Sirius, or even Ben. 

I was at first a bit furious about Ben, but mum and I talked about him. I was upset because she didn't tell me about him. I used to tell her about almost everything that happened with me at Hogwarts, my lessons, my talents, well, not all about my relationship with Sirius but I wasn't even supposed to tell her about it. It would all sound weird, especially in a letter. She knows everything she has to about my relationship with him. She knows we're both in love, she knows we kissed many times, she even let him sleep in my bed. It was nice then, just sleeping in the same bed. Doing nothing but cuddling, talking and sleeping. We didn't even talk much. Now we never talk. We never will. That's all mum needed to know about us. I didn't even tell her that we broke up. I had my reasons though, the first one was that I didn't really feel like talking about it, and the second one is because she never mentioned such thing, so I didn't have to tell her about it, and the third one, is that I don't want her to pity me more than she already does now.

"Are you nervous?" Mum asked. We were to share the bed and Ben would sleep on the sofa. 

"Very." I said. "I wish you could be there." 

"Oh, you'll be fine, Ally. I know you will." took my hand. "I never got to tell you how much you've changed after going to Hogwars. You really have. You've grown much, and you've become such a beautiful young woman. You're smarter, braver, tougher. I love the new you. I love her so much." I kissed her hand. 

"Thank you mum. I love you more." And slowly, I slept in her arms, just like I did as a baby. I needed her then, I needed her protection and her confidence in me. I needed her tenderness and kindness. I needed my mother, because tomorrow, I was going to face something terrible. 




I stood facing the court's door. Ben by my side, staring at me, apparently. I wasn't looking at him, but I felt his gaze on me. 

"Are you ready Al?" After thinking, I liked Ben. He's hepled me a lot through this whole court thing. Mom didn't come with me to the ministry, because she's a muggle, but Ben insisted on coming with me, even that he won't be allowed to enter the courtroom. He's really kind and helpful, and he's given me a nickname, I love it when people give me new nicknames. Most importantly, I think mum likes him. I shook my head no. 

"I won't ever be ready, I think." 

"You know what? Take a deep breath and tell yourself you're ready. You are ready, you are." 

So I took a deep breath and did as he told. It did make me feel a bit better to be honest.

"Remember, you did nothing wrong." I hugged him as he wished me luck and entered the courtroom. 

"There she is. Miss Alex Cross." The judge sat on her high chair, facing an empty seat which apparently was supposed ot be mine. I wasn't late, in fact I was a bit early. We waited for some other people to come and I just sat on that seat, my heart beating so loud and fast that I almost believed the judge herself could hear it. 

I decided to look at the crowds. There were many people there, surprisingly. I remembered Sirius's words when we first met this year at my uncle's wedding, he told me that I became really famous, and maybe I did, but sitting right here in this seat I realized, a person can be famous and hated at the same time. Fame is not everything. What's the point of it anyway, if nearly everyone hates me for thinking I did something I never could!

As I studied the crowd I found... Sirius! 

Oh God, yes! I really needed him to be here. He'll be a witness for my innocence. Despite everything I was feeling, I smiled. That's my Sirius, he manages to make me smile even when I'm in misery. That's not your Sirius anymore. I reminded myself. But there he sat, when I needed him, even as we broke up. Broke up.. Oh, we really did that, didn't we? The word seemed distant, even to my mind.

Though Sirius himself looked distant, really distant, as if he was looking through everything he saw. As if he was not aware of anything going around him.

Instantly, my smile vanished, and the judge asked for silence and started talking, 

"Disciplinary hearing of the eighth of October, for thievery of magic by Alex John Cross, resident at  2207 Lakeside Drive, Orlando, Florida.

Investigators: Amelia Susan Bones, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement; Nobby Leach, minister of Magic; Witnesses for the defence; Albus Percival Dumbledore and Sirius Orion Black.

"The charges against the accused are as follows:" She looked at the parchment in front of her and read, "That she did knowingly and in full awareness of the illegality of her actions, steal some of Sirius Black's magical powers in order to become half a witch and use the powers for herself's desire.

"You are Alex John Cross, of  2207 Lakeside Drive, Orlando, Florida?" She asked as she looked at me. 

"Yes." I said, my voice almost shaking. 

"Did you steal some of Sirius Black's magical powers in order to become half a witch?"

"No." I said more strongly. 

"No? And do you have any proof?" 

"No, but - yes, actually I do." I said. "My proof is that I love Sirius, and without a true love's kiss I wouldn't have become a witch. A person would never do such thing to the people he or she loves."

"That's not a proof. Believe me, greed and wanting for power can make a person do anything, even if it was harmful to the people he or she loves. Love isn't everything. You have any other proof?" 

"Y- yes." I said, but did I? I thought again about it, I've been playing this scene in my head thousands of times ever since I lay in bed yesterday and yet, actually living it was way much harder! I couldn't really remember every proof I found for myself. Um, "I never knew what I did was capable of making me half a witch." 

"Well, we need proof for this proof." I was silent. "Alright, let me ask you another question; did you know that what you did was illegal?" 

"Because with my muggle's knowledge, I would've really guessed kissing my boyfriend would cause me to attend a trial and turn me into half a witch." Oh Alex, sarcasm would be very helpful at court! I was starting to lose my temper, and that wasn't good. Calm down Alex, I said to myself. Calm down.

The judge just stared at me for a while. 

"I say we call the witnesses for the accused's sake. First, Albus Dumbledore." 

"I see in the accused's words nothing but truth. The girl was in love, she had a special kiss that she never knew would turn to be magical and change her life. She knew nothing about the rules and she meant not stealing his powers. All she did was kissing him, and really, with all respect, how's is that considered a crime?" 

The courtroom buzzed with voices of both agreement and disagreement to his words. The judge once again asked for silence and spoke,

"Sirius Black. You're probably the most trustworthy witness -forgive me Albus- for this case, since you were basically a part of it. What do you have to say about what Alex did?" 

Finally, now that'll cause them to shut up and let me go. 

Sirius stood, he still looked the way he did when I first saw him here, distant. After minutes of silence, he finally spoke; 

"I will tell you my part of the story, ms. When I first met Alex, I fell in love with her instantly, I was blind and I couldn't see the evil in her that we see today in this trial." What. The. Flaming. Hell? "She tried to trick me and make me think she was in love with me, and we kissed several times before the magic thing happened, nothing happened before that one time, because then Alex fell in love with me. Yes, she did, only temporarily. She loved me then and when I gave her what she wanted at the first place, she stopped loving me, and so did I. She became half a witch, took most of my powers and-" 

"Objection!" I yelled. "I never did what he's saying!" 

"Please Miss Cross, it's his turn to speak." She had her eyebrow raised and looked quite interested in his words. But that's bullshit! She can't listen to lies and believe them! "You were saying Mr. Black?" 

"Yes. Well she took most of my powers and then dumped me, which shows just how much I'm right about her being a liar and a thief."

"Objection!" I tried again. 

"Oh please, Miss Cross. Do stop." 

"I can't stop!" I said in the urge of crying now. "He's not telling the truth!" 

"And are you?" 

I was so furious that I barely heard my voice squeaking one weak, "Yes." 

"Well, honestly I doubt that-" And by that, a strange creature appeared out of thin air and stood right in front of me. Almost blocking the judge's face. It was wearing some raggy clothes and had long ears. I'm almost sure I shouted, although I can't be quite sure about it. The creature turned to look at me, its eyes huge. He (He? It? What is that?) then turned to the judge and said, 

"Would you take one more witness Miss?" 



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