The next morning, chaos erupted. Umbridge has passed a new educational decree, and all teams, meetings, and groups were suspended and had to get permission from her to reform. This included Quidditch, which had outraged students across the school.
Luke and Sofia were sitting in the library together. He had caught up to her as she was going down to breakfast, and had asked if she wanted to study together later on.
"I can't believe that woman," Luke said. "Do you think she found out about the meeting yesterday?"
"She must have, there's no other reason for her to pass that decree when she did. Besides, she's been after Harry since before he even got on the train to come to Hogwarts. She probably has him being watched."
Luke shook his head angrily.
"We're still going through with it, right? I didn't get to talk to Hermione before she waved us all away."
When people had found out about the decree, they had tried to go talk to Hermione, but she had waved them all away to keep from drawing suspicion to them.
"We have to. We can't let Umbridge win. We have to be ready to fight her."
And Voldemort, she though quietly, though she knew she would never be able to fight him herself.
"And if we don't," Sofia added, "you and I can practice together."
Luke smiled and placed a hand on Sofia's.
"As long as I'm with you."
She blushed as butterflies filled her stomach. She wanted to say something, but she didn't know what. Luckily, he spoke first.
"Let's get out of here. It's a pretty day outside. We can go for a walk."
Sofia nodded and they stood up. In the back of her mind she knew she had an essay to write for potions, but she could do it later.
They walked through the castle, not saying anything. It was not an awkward silence though. It was comfortable, relaxing, and peaceful. They were just crossing the Entrance Hall when she saw Daniel running over towards her.
"Hey Sof!" He called.
"Hey Danny. What's going on?"
"Professor Dumbledore asked to see you," he replied. "He said it was urgent."
Sofia looked apologetically towards Luke, who looked slightly disappointed.
"I'm sorry," Sofia said.
Luke shook his head and smiled.
"It's alright. If you want, I'll wait for you."
"Thank but I'm not sure how long it'll be. How about I meet you for lunch?"
Luke nodded and said okay, and Sofia turned away and headed back the way she had just come. She heard both her brother and Luke call goodbye behind her. She turned and wave before disappearing down the hall way to the Grand Staircase.
As she made her way to Dumbledore's office, she felt her heart beating fast. She did not know why he would want to speak with her. Suddenly, a though crossed her mind. Did he know her secret? Had he somehow found out about her service to Voldemort? What would he do to her?
By the time she had passed the gargoyle guarding his office and knocked on the door, her heart was beating fast. She took deep breaths to calm herself, and tried to clear her mind. Her parents had taught her to always clear her mind when it began to fill with negative thoughts.
She knocked on the door, and it opened at her touch. She stepped into the familiar office. The Headmaster was sitting being his desk, reading a piece of parchment. He did not look up as Sofia crossed the room and sat down in the chair across from his desk.
"Miss Adema, how are you?" He asked, still not looking up from the piece of parchment.
"I'm alright," she replied shortly.
Dumbledore set down the piece of parchment and looked up at Sofia.
"I am sure you are wondering why I have asked you to come speak with me, so I will get straight to the point."
Sofia nodded as he continued.
"Miss Adema, it is my belief that Voldemort will try to recruit your parents to fight with him. It would be a huge gain for his side if they were to join them."
Sofia tried to look surprised.
"Why would he want them on his side?"
"As you know, your family is capable of magic beyond what Voldemort or I could even imagine. Your parents both choose to use this power for good. Your mother researches cures to the darkest magic to exist, while your father works with the control of magical forces and objects. Together these could be quite useful to Voldemort."
"But they wouldn't. My parents would never help him," Sofia remarked, the lies flowing off her lips easily.
Dumbledore smiled sadly.
"Willingly, no, they would never help him. They would rather die. But he has ways of forcing people to serve him without doing them physical harm."
"How?" Sofia asked. "How would he do that? How could he force my parents to serve him?"
Dumbledore stared at her thoughtfully. Though she already knew the answer, she pretended otherwise.
"Through you, my child, through you and your siblings. If he were to get to you, to threaten to harm you, your parents would undoubtably surrender. He knows this, and therefore I believe he will try to get to you."
Sofia shuddered, for though she knew more than Dumbledore, his words still chilled her heart.
Dumbledore continued to speak.
"I do not want you to worry. While you and Daniel are here, Hogwarts will protect you. I will protect you."
"But what about Mathias?" Sofia blurted, for though she knew Daniel was safe at the moment, she constantly worried about her youngest brother.
"I can assure you, that as long as he stays with his parents, he will be safe. Your parents have placed more protections around your house than Hogwarts, Gringotts, and the Ministry combined."
This did little to relieve Sofia's anxiety, but she took deep breaths to calm her nerves.
"What do you need from me?" She asked.
"I need you to trust me, and I need you not to go wandering around alone. You must not leave the castle grounds without someone to protect you. This means no more Hogsmeade visits."
He gave her a very disapproving look, and she suddenly felt very guilty. She had broken school rules and had received little more than a warning on not to do it again.
"I understand. I will be more careful."
"Very well. That is all I have to say. You may go now."