Saturday came with something like the exact opposite attitude than Friday night. The grounds were damp and moist from the rain, and the bare trees swayed with pleasure in the early springtime air. Although Godric, Salazar, Rowena, and Helga had taken Beetle's parting words to heart, none of them were keen to mention it, making this morning particularly difficult. They understood that Beetle had meant, if there were enemies out there, those enemies were themselves.
The four slowly decended the grand staircase in to the Great Hall for breakfast, not looking at one another with pursed lips and hands locked behind their backs. They each sat down at one of the four large tables arranged there, and waited for breakfast to be served from the House-Elves below. Then Godric, Rowena and Helga whipped around as Salazar heaved a very obvious sigh from the end of the Hall. "This is stupid!" he said, an angry gleam in his eyes. "We're friends, aren't we? Why on earth would we suddenly become enemies?"
"He has a point," Godric interjected. "Why should we listen to Beetle? For all we know, he could have been one of the people trying to find out our secrets!"
"You saw him use magic!" Helga pleaded. "He is a wizard, and I think he was giving us advice, not to destroy us, but maybe to bind us together!"
"But what if he wasn't," Rowena said darkly. "What if he followed us to find out what we were doing-maybe he didn't want Hogwarts built!"
"Don't!" Helga said miserably. "Just don't! You see, we're already destroying ourselves! I...I don't want this to happen. We have to do this, for ourselves...everyone! Even the people!"
"Wait." Salazar said it quietly, though his voice shook violently with anger. "You-we're even doing this for the people? I though we built Hogwarts to protect our kind-to prepare them to face-maybe kill-the people!'
Helga stood there, dumbfounded, with her mouth gaping open and her face screwed up in rage. "HOW DARE YOU!" she screamed. "Of course this is for everyone! I thought we were an inseparable team, with a goal to create a better world! A better life for everyone-even the people! But no! I suppose you're just some stupid tag-along, following the rest because they-we have better hearts than you! Heck, when we first meet you, you weren't even trying to save your own kind! You wanted to escape and save your own skin! The only reason you came back is because Rowena and I forced you!"
Salazar looked shocked, and when he spoke, his voice barely above a whisper, it was in a tone of remorse. "I-I'm sorry. I guess I got carried away and-"
Helga interrupted him, still angry. "If you think you can just waltz back into our forgiving arms, then you're completely wrong! I still don't understand why on earth you would think this wasn't for the people too! I thought we made it completely clear-"
"I said I was sorry! What else do you want? And anyways-this is beside the point! Rowena was right, it's Beetle we should be angry at-"
"Don't you dare pull me into this! I only suggested why he might have come here, and in any case, I'm on Beetle's side! You two are already doing the thing he feared the most! I-"
"I didn't want to be in this conversation! Do you think I would waste my time here, arguing with you guys? I have much better things to do! If Helga hadn't-"
"Oh, so now It's my fault! Wow! In a few minutes you've gone from bad to worse, Salazar! How you can stand there, defending yourself-"
"QUIETUS!" Godric shouted, pointing his wand at all of them, making their voices vanish temporarily. "You three are being ridiculous!" he looked around at them, with an angry and indignant look on his face. They all stared at their shoes with ashamed faces. "I don't know what has gotten into us, but it isn't good. I heard what Beetle said, and.... I don't think he wanted to destroy us. Perhaps he only came here to warn us of other dangers, like what's happening right now, and perhaps he came here to find out our secrets. We will never know. But what we do know-" he pulled himself up to his full height "-is that we are not going to let him tear us apart. We-"
"I've had enough," Salazar said exasperatedly. "I'm leaving."
Helga thrust her hands into the air and on top of her head in frustration, and let out a highly obvious, "UGHH!"
Rowena rolled her eyes and gently pretended to bang her head on the table. Salazar stubbornly strode out of the Great Hall. Godric hurried after him muttering to himself, "Did he hear any of what I said? I thought my speech was quite good actually..." Then shouting, "Wait! Salazar-don't do this! Nobody's leaving--!"