“I’m going to kill Crabbe,” a male voice whispered.
“Draco may have already,” a female voice replied.
Sofia opened her eyes and found herself staring up into the bright lights of the hospital wing. She struggled to sit up, but felt a hand on her right shoulder holding her down.
“Don’t sit up.”
She looked to her right and saw Daniel sitting on the bed next to her. Her cousins were sitting around her too, all looking worried. Ginny and Natalie were there too, looking furious.
“What happened?” Sofia asked.
“Crabbe rammed you from above after you caught the Snitch. You fell almost thirty five meters. Draco was furious. He tackled Crabbe and they fell off their brooms too. Draco was fine but Crabbe had a black eye and a cracked wrist. If Madame Hooch hadn’t gotten between the two then Draco may have murdered him.”
“At least we won,” Sofia said.
“Quidditch has been cancelled,” James grumbled.
“What do you mean?” Sofia asked.
James looked at Ginny uncertainly and she looked at the ground.
“Snape has cancelled Quidditch until further notice. He said he had been reluctant to allow Quidditch to go on at all this year.”
“But why?” Sofia asked. “Why has he cancelled it now?”
“He said the Adema children are causing too much trouble in the sport,” Daniel grumbled.
“Well I think this is all a bunch of rubbish,” Evanna chimed in from the foot of the bed. “People get so worked up about a game, and they take it to such extreme levels.”
“That means a lot coming from the girl who used to scream whenever she lost in Splash,” Julius taunted.
Evanna threw him a dark look.
“I was never willing to start a fight over it,” she said defensively.
Sofia threw her covers back and swung her legs over the side of the bed, almost kicking Daniel.
“Where do you think you’re going?” He demanded.
“I’m going to speak with our lovely headmaster and give him a piece of my mind.”
“Sof, don’t” Lilliana said. “He blames you for all of this. You’ll only make it worse.”
“Why does he blame me?”
“We don’t know,” Marcus replied. “He said something about you messing everything up, getting into trouble.”
“I’ve done nothing!” Sofia said defensively.
“We know that,” Ginny said. “Neville and I have been stirring up all kinds of trouble, and we’ve managed to keep the Carrows busy, but Snape still has some personal vendetta against you and we can’t figure out why. I even asked Professor McGonagall but she didn’t know.”
“Well of course she didn’t know,” Sofia said. “It’s not like she and Snape are best buddies or something. Look, I have to face him, even if he doesn’t want to see me. I know things that no one else knows.”
“Like what?” Daniel asked.
Sofia stood up and started to walk out. She ignored Daniel’s protests and made her way from the hospital wing towards the headmaster’s office. On her way she came face to face with Professor McGonagall.
“Oh, Miss Adema, thank goodness you are alright. You have us all quite a scare. How are you feeling?”
“I’m fine, Professor.”
“That’s good to hear. But I must ask you, what are you doing in this part of the castle at this hour? It is late on a Sunday and classes begin tomorrow. Shouldn’t you be finishing up homework or getting ready for bed?”
“Um…actually, Professor, I was on my way to see Professor Snape,” Sofia admitted, knowing that McGonagall would not approve.
“I was afraid you were. I am sorry, Miss Adema, but I cannot allow you to visit the headmaster at this time. He is rather busy and does not want to be disturbed.”
“Professor, I know he isn’t really that busy. I know he is just hiding behind that stone gargoyle doing absolutely nothing, and I know that you dislike him as much as anyone. Please, I need to speak with him.”
“No, Miss Adema. That is my final word. I will not allow you to go and start a fight with him. You may think that you can take care of yourself, but it is my duty to protect my students. Why do you think I stayed at Hogwarts, loyalty to our new headmaster? No, Miss Adema, I stayed because I want to protect you all from his tyranny. I am doing the best that I can, but even the other teachers and I have limits to our powers.”
“I can protect the students,” Sofia said. “That’s why I came back. It’s my duty.”
“Right now, you shall accompany me back to the Gryffindor common room where you shall remain for the rest of the night. If I catch you or any of your family out of bed than I shall give whoever it is a month worth of detention.”
Sofia followed Professor McGonagall up to the common room grudgingly. In her mind she was playing through ways to sneak out later that night and get to Snape’s office, but she knew Professor McGonagall would probably be patrolling the corridors outside the Gryffindor common room. Even if she did get to Snape’s office, he would probably just give her detention for being out of bed after hours. It was looking like she would have to find another way to get to the headmaster.
Then Sofia walked into the common room, Ginny was waiting for her in a chair next to the fire. Seamus was there as well, working on a potions essay.
“Have you seen Luna?” Ginny asked. “She didn’t meet me this afternoon which is odd because she is never late. Neville said she wasn’t at dinner either.”
“I haven’t seen her,” Sofia replied, growing nervous. It was not like Luna to disappear or miss a meal. “Have you talked to any Ravenclaws?”
“I asked Andrew and he said he hasn’t seen her since the match yesterday.”
“Luna is gone.”
Ginny and Luna both turned to see Neville coming down the stairs from the dormitories.
“What do you mean she’s gone?” Ginny asked, her calm demeanor unable to hide the worry in her voice.
“I talked to Professor Flickwit. He said a group of Death Eaters came in last night and took her away.”
“Death Eaters?” Seamus exclaimed. “What do they want with her? She’s a pure blood.”
“Do you know, Sofia?” Ginny asked, looking very concerned.
“I have no idea. Maybe it had something to do with her father. He’s the editor of the Quibbler, isn’t he? The Quibbler has remained a strong supporter of Harry all along. Maybe they thought by getting to her, they could shut him up.”
“Will they hurt her?” Neville asked.
“I don’t know. She is a pure blood, which may give her some safety. I think as long as she and her father cooperate then she should be okay.”
“But Luna would never cooperate with them,” Ginny said. “She would never give in.”
“She may not have a choice,” Seamus argued. “I mean, if they can get to her, what’s to stop them from getting to any of us? They can walk right in and take a student right out of their bed in the middle of the night. If they threaten any of us, do you think Luna would risk our safety?”
“She wouldn’t turn against us!” Neville snapped. “She knows what we all signed up for. She knows we’re all willing to fight, and die.”
“That doesn’t mean she’ll let us die without doing everything she can to protect us!”
“Stop, all of you,” Sofia said. “Look, we don’t know for sure what they want with Luna or if they want anything with her other than to shut her father up. Until we know more, we can’t afford to start arguing among ourselves about what she may or may not do if she has to make a choice. We know Luna. She’ll make the right decision, no matter what that decision might be.”
“Then what do we do, sit here and wait until they kill her or make her do something?” Ginny asked.
“Just let me handle it. Tomorrow after classes I will find out what I can and I will let you all know. Until then, do what Luna would want you all to do, and keep fighting Snape and the Carrows.”