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The strawberry blonde's hands were in her back pockets as she listened to both Willow and Dumbledore. She was thinking about the attempt she and Williw had tried the day before. It might have not been the real thing or the maze they were going to be facing but it still had taken a toll. And she wasn't admitting it but had done a number on her sanity a bit. [b "It's dark in that thing and can really mess with your head. Don't be a stubborn arse when it comes to it. Call out when you need to. There is no shame in it."] Blakely said quietly.
Her words were not directed at just Sirius as she spoke them. It might have sounded like it because the Black boy would be going first. But the words of caution had been for all. And she was sure Willow would know exactly what she meant. Both of them had had had a preview and had had to call out themselves. If a preview had done what it did, then what would the real deal do?
Severus noticed that the girls seemed a little off. And it made him wonder just how bad it could be. "Black, listen to them on this." He said quietly. He was almost certain that Sirius was letting it all go in one ear and out the other for the most part.
Sirius only nodded. Still his excitement was not dimmed even with the warnings given. It was just an overgrown bush. What could it do?
"Got it. Be careful and if it's too much send up the sparks. Can we please get this started?" He all but whined.
"Well, we attempted...it was more like...well, it wasn't that impressive. We weren't great at Herbology or knew those curses like Sev," Willow shrugged to him. They had tried but it really wasn't that great more like hints at whatever it would be, that and it hadn't grown like it had it was now.
Dumbledore almost gave a knowing smile. "When it is too much shoot up a spark and it will be stopped."
Inside it was impossible to know. There would be "people" attacking from different places with disarming spells. But there would also be more personal stuff in there as well.
Blakely's cheeks lit up and she gave Willow a swat at the smirk. [b "Very funny."] She said with a pout as they all headed back. She when getting back towards her room, the young woman perched on the windowsill in the moonlight to read. By now it had become habit for her. Only when it was a couple hours until the dawn did she "roll" into bed to get what sleep she could.
In the mirning, all of them were woken early. And it had Sirius a bit grumpy because of no coffee or breakfast yet. It was well known that with an empty stomach and no caffeine that he could be hard to handle. Well harder than was usual.
But that changed as they stood outside as both Dumbledore and Sprout had the little shrubs soon made a huge maze. And it really was something. For a moment, grey eyes were on it. Or were until the old man spoke.
"Right. I wanna see what this maze can do. They already tried it out." Again with that almost child like excitement at the idea of a new toy. He was even rocking on his heels, eagerly.
"You finally kissed! Oh my God, it's about time...you two have only been making eyes at each other for the last few months..." Willow gave her a big smirk as they walked back. The room was made available by Mateo by the house elf. She at least made sure the he was taken care of.
That next morning Dumbledore, and the Herbology professor was there. Within seconds it went from a little maze into something much taller and larger. Dumbledore soundlessly did some enchantments.
"Miss Taylor and Miss Straite informed me that you wished to go first, Sirius," Dumbledore said gesturing lightly to him.
Blakely gave Remus a soft smile as she returned his hug. [b "Good night.."] She whispered, knowing she wouldn't sleep much of the night. Just because she couldn't didn't mean the others couldn't. And when Willow's eyes came to her after Remus left, Blakely blushed. She moved over to her sister and nodded slowly. [b "Umm..early we kind of kissed."] She whispered to where only Willow heard her.
She then looked to the others still stood around. [b "Come on guys. It's been a long day and some sleep would be good. Besides knowing Dumbledore he'll be here early in the morning and watch each of us face this."] The young woman said with a clap of her hands.
Sirius gave one last pout as everyone was saying it was getting late. But it was and he was even more tired that he was letting on. "Night everyone!" He said as he soon followed after Moony. The hug and kiss to the girl's forehead had not gone unnoticed by the man.
"Could it be the two of you FINALLY made a move? Bloody hell it's been ling enough." The dog animagus said as he clapped Remus on the shoulder.
"It's late and it's been a very rough day, let's get some sleep. We can try this out tomorrow, then get back to the quest we are on," Remus rose, his jacket having seen better days. He went over to Blakely and gave her a hug and kissed her forehead. "Good night."
Willow rose an eyebrow at them before giving a look to Blakely with a grin. Was it possible they actually had made a move?
"Bed does sound good," Willow agreed. "Good night everyone...We already wrote to him so hopefully he will be here tomorrow. "
Blakely was rubbing her temples. The others were giving her a slight headache, well more or less Sirius. This was not something to jump right into. Both she and Willow being more skilled than the group had struggled even and so if they let them now, the maze would eat them alive. But she could not say that and only gave a weak nod and smile.
[b "Willow's right...until we have Dumbledore look this over and make sure we can handle it..no one else gets near it. We only know from notes..and even those alone are not enough to fully prepare us for what lies ahead..."] The young woman said slowly and quietly.
"So does that mean even you two are staying away from it now?" Sirius asked. Even with them seeming tired, the man was still really wanting to give it a try. Only half was he paying attention. Besides if they had faced it, how bad could it be?
"Dumbledore ought to look it over first. We did...an okay job...but it's not great," Willow rubbed the back of her neck. It seemed like an impossibly long day and it was, the feeling after the battle coming back to her. The memories weren't dead, they were just a murmur in the background.
"It's all individualized, I think, obviously we have no idea what happened in the first one. It's only in...well...the notes given to us by someone else..." Willow said, almost saying Snape, it was how she was able to tell them apart. This was Severus the person she was sure she liked as more than a friend.
"This is more than that Sirius. It's different. After Dumbledore okays this then you can go first," she said feeling tired.
Severus was standing with Remus and the others. The girls were calm as they came back. Almost too calm and it had him a little unnerved. It was like they didn't have emotions or thoughts on what had happened. But he knew that wasn't true because he had seen how badly the girls had taken to Lucius' death and the battle they had had.
"So...this is meant to make use face our fears and to become quicker.. And to keep us on our toes and to test our wit? A good way to go.. But do you know fully what will be in this maze? Or will each challenge be focused on us as individauls?" He could not help asking as it seemed the others wouldn't. And he was trying to analyze their idea of this maze.. Only Blakely and Willow knew what it was they would be up against.
Sirius shrugged a little. The man offered a faint smile. "Well we knew this wouldn't be easy. And looks like we got a new challenge too. So since you two faced a basic of this maze, who is gonna be next?" He was wanting a turn to see it and how bad it was.
Almost did he flinch under the looks he was given. But he couldn't help that it was a new adventure and got his attention.
They were all gathered there in a strange form of silence. Remus hadn't experieneced anything like that before, Willow and Blakely returned so calmly, he had to wonder what they had gone through. They were so well trained and quick.
Willow and Blakely explained about the maze how it would be fears, weaknesses and strengths, once it was properly done with an escape in the center.
Remus looked to them. "Is that a good idea?"
"It is," Willow nodded. "They are devoted and will do what it takes. If we are held back by our fear there is no bloody way that we can do anything like this. We need to be more to not have a second war, if we have children they will be the ones that will suffer."
She had expected the maze to be difficult as she and Willow had decided to at least start practicing. It was better for them to test it first before letting the others near it. But when they began, Blakely was not prepared for the magic and traps that had been thrown their way. It was so very different and more complex than anything they had faced before. Almost dizzying and overwhelming to her senses. A couple of times she even thought she would lose it to the vampire in her.
When it became too much and even Willow gave in was when the shrubs retracted and became normal again. Her wand was slipped back into her jeans and she hugged the other girl. [b "I'm sure we'll get better as we go.. And I am too...There isn't anyone I would rather face all of this with. I love you too, sis."] Blakely whispered with a small smile.
Willow had always been someone she trusted. And someone who kept her sane. [b "Should we make sure the others haven't kill the other yet?"] She asked with a laugh.
There didn't seem to be a way to truly know was there? Willow was frustrated, but either way, there wasn't a true way of telling. The future would change with the smallest of changes. She let it go, for the moment, attempting to not focus on that for a moment.
"Let's go practice then..." Willow said, heading out the back. They couldn't get far but they could get started. It was rough to start off with but it seemed to help with them. When there was the polka dots she lost it before the shrubs went back to normal. "We're horrible at this magic...I'm so glad you're actually my sister..."
Hugging her tightly, Blakely would always be her soft place to go to, and she hoped she would be the same to her. "I love you, sis."
[b "We had been told that something else would arise.. A new threat of sorts. I just wish we knew what had been meant when that had come up... The only way to find out as you said would be working for the Ministry... I just wish I could do more to help.."] Blakely said softly and gave the other a sad smile. She knew that Willow was all over the place, but it was not something she could really help with either.
Green eyes went to the maze that was going up and a shiver ran through her. There was something forboding about it. But she snapped back to attention when Willow spoke, giving her full attention. [b "I know what you mean...and I didn't mean to be cruel or harsh..."] She whispered and nodded. [b "Yeah..we probably should."]
"If we play by these rules, finish him off, then there wouldn't be a second war. Right? The centaur did say a new threat would arise...I guess this ministry job is the only way to find out," Willow was everywhere. This haunted her though, it probably would for a long while before she looked to her and nodded.
"I know...but I don't want to go to their level...I keep thinking someone will go through the pain we do even if they are on the other side. I don't like that feeling," Willow rubbed her arms. Looking to the back window she saw the miserable looking maze before standing up. "Should we see what we can do before we contact Dumbledore?"
Green eyes were still skimming the pages within the book. Had that all really happened? It felt like another lifetime ago. Which was an ironic thought because technically it was. But looking at the pages and rereading made her recall all the more who they had been. Remember where they really came from. And she was ashamed of having forgotten because it had been so easy to fall into their new lives and roles.
Willow's voice was what brought her out of her thoughts. [b "It is...if we don't learn to be more cunning...braver...and faster we won't make it. We have to be able to face our fears and we have to step it up to keep up with the Death Eaters...today we had been lucky.."] The strawberry blonde said quietly. It was not her being rude, but honest.
For a second, Blakely looked back to where the others were dealing with Lucius. But she was quick to return her attention to Willow. [b "I know you didn't mean it...He was playing to kill...it was...as horrible as it sounds..'kill or be killed'.. And I really don't know how this rewrote the bits with Draco and changed it all."] She whispered
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