"Have you found anything yet?" Niki asked for the third time in five minutes.
"My answer is the same as it was two minutes ago, Niki." Harry responded. "NO."
Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Niki were all three sitting in the library, researching Nicholas Flamel. While talking to Hagrid, he had let slip that Nicholas Flamel was the only one other then the teachers and himself who knew what Fluffy was guarding. Since they assumed that it was a Sorcerer's Stone, they were now trying to find out who Flamel was.
"Hey, I found something!" Hermione whisper-yelled across the table. "Nicholas Flamel, alchemist, blah blah blah, is a good friend of Albus Dumbledore and the only known maker of the Sorcerer's Stone!"
"Well, that's not very informative, is it?" Ron said. "We already knew that."
"Yes, well, know we know who he is." Hermione said.
"I heard Snape and Quirrel arguing yesterday." Niki said conversationally. "Snape asked whether Quirrel knew how to get past Fluffy yet. And then, later yesterday evening, I heard Quirrel saying that he was going to go past Fluffy tonight."
Ron and Harry leapt to their feet, and Hermione actually screamed. Madam Pince was on them immediately.
"No respect for the other students, none at all, out, out, OUT!" The four friends fled the library and ran to Gryffindor Tower.
"Niki, do you realize what this means?" Hermione yelled. Lowering her voice, she continued. "This means that Quirrel is the one we need to look out for, not Snape as we thought, and we're obviously going to have to go after Quirrel, because we can't let You-Know-Who get the Sorcerer's Stone!"
"Well, I worked that much out." Niki said indignantly. "I just thought I'd let you know with out freaking you out before-hand by sounding all scared when I said it!" she paused. "Well, thwarting Voldemort's return is a nice way to spend Christmas Holiday."
"Well, now we have to plan for tonight." Harry said, and the others nodded in agreement.