|| #24. Duel. ||
∞ P.O.V. Harry Potter ∞
"You're a good learner Mila", Voldemort said. Mila stopped the curse and looked to me. Her eyes were red and emotionless. I crawled over the grass and tried to get up. Voldemort came closer and talked to me. I tried to disarm him, but he was faster. "I'm going to kill you, Harry Potter. After tonight, no one will ever again question my powers. After tonight, if they speak of you, they'll speak only of how you begged for death. And I, being a merciful Lord obliged. Get up!" he said and used his powers to get me up. I felt a burning sensation through my body. I tried to ran away, but suddenly I got hit by something. "How dare you, Harry Potter to turn your back to the Lord!" Mila said. She flew to me and tried to battle me. I had to save myself and knew that I had to hurt her. "I'm sorry Mila!" he whispered. "Expelliarmus!" he yelled. Mila got pushed away and landed with her head on a grave. Unconscious. I stood up and knew that I had to fight him. I wanted to disarm him and yelled: "Expelliarmus!" At the same time Voldemort yelled: "Avada Kedavra". Two rays of magic fought against each other. I tried and tried, but he was so strong. I took my wand with both my hands and new that I would lose. Suddenly a shield was build. I looked up and saw Cedric, an old man - the one from my dreams - my mother and my father. "Harry, when the connection is broken, you must get to the Portkey! We can linger for a moment to give you some time. But only a moment. Do you understand?" my father spoke to me. "Harry, take my body back, will you?" Cedric asked me. I nodded my head. "Take Mila with you", my mother said. "Let go now! Sweetheart you're ready! Let go! Let go!" And I did let go. I ran to Cedric, Mila her body lay beside him. "Accio!" I yelled. The cup came towards me. And in no time we were back at the arena.
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Everyone was cheering and the music was still playing. I started to cry, looked to Cedric and Mila. Dumbledore came. "Harry! Harry!", he tried to pull me away but I refused. Dumbledore looked at Mila and yelled: "HAGRID! SNAPE! TAKE MILA TO THE CAGE, NOW!" Hagrid and Snape came and took Mila. I looked how they dragged her away but couldn't react. The minister of Magic came: "For God's sake Dumbledore, what's happening?!" - "He's back. He's back!" I said. "Voldemort's back! Cedric, he asked me to bring his body back. I couldn't leave him, not there. And Mila? I don't know what happened with Mila, but she knows him. She's one of them." I cried. "Dumbledore put his hands on my head. "It's all right, Harry. It's all right", he said. "They're home. The three of you!" Soon Cedric his father came and started to cry. Professor Moody took me with him. "This is not where you want to be right now. Come on." - "Where's Mila?" I asked him. "She's okay, lad. It's all right, I got you!"
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We arrived in a room. Moody closed the doors. I've stopped crying, but I couldn't stop thinking about everything that happened. Cedric is death. Mila I don't know if she's alive or death. Is she one of them? Moody took me to another room and gave me a seat. "Are you alright Potter? Does it hurt? That?" he asked and grabbed my arm. "Not so much now," I replied. And I wasn't lying. I didn't feel a thing, I only felt sadness. "Perhaps, I'd better take a look at it", he said. "The cup was a Portkey. Someone had bewitched it.", I explained to Moody. "What was it like? What was he like?" he asked. "Who?" - "The Dark Lord! What was it like to stand in his presence?" - "I don't know.. It was like I'd fallen into one of my dreams.. into one of my nightmares.." He didn't respond and I heard bottles fell. I turned my head to look at Moody and saw him shiver. He ran to another room and asked: "Were there others? In the graveyard, were there others?" How.. how does he know from the graveyard? "I.. I don't think I said anything about a graveyard, professor?" - He came back and looked at me. "Marvelous creatures, dragons, aren't they? Did you think that miserable oaf would've led you into the woods if I hadn't suggested it?" He said, opened some cabinets and searched for something. "Do you think Cedric Diggory would've told you to open the egg underwater if I hand't told him first myself?" he said a bit mad. "Did you think Neville Longbottom, the witless wonder could've provided you with gillyweed if I hadn't given him the book that led him straight to it?" he yelled and pointed to his head. Suddenly I saw him doing something with his tongue. Something I've seen before. "It was you from the beginning. You put my name in the Goblet of Fire. It was you who put Mila her name in the Goblet! You bewitched Krum, but you .." - "But.. but .." he said. "You won because I made it so, Potter! You ended up in that graveyard tonight because it was meant to be so. And now the deed is done", he said and took my arm. "But why Mila!" - "Because she serves the Dark Lord. I had to put her name in the Goblet, because the Lord needed her blood too! There run powers trough her veins which the Dark Lord dreams off", he explained. He walked away and his face started to move. I tried to escape but got stuck in the corner of the room. He pointed his wand to me, and for a moment I thought my life would end here. Again.
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"Expelliarmus!" I heard the voice of Dumbledore. Professor Moody fell back straight to the wall. Professor Dumbledore (followed by McGonagall and Snape) ran into the room and grabbed moody by his neck. Professor Snape poured a potion - Veritaserum - in his mouth. "Who am I?" he asked - "Albus Dumbledore", he replied. - "Are you Alastor Moody?" - "No." - "Is he in this room?" Moody didn't answer. Dumbledore asked it again. Moody looked to the chest in the room. "Harry, get away from there!" Dumbledore demanded. Snape opened the chest. There were several chests in that chest. Down there lay the real Alastor Moody. "If that's the real one, who's that?" I asked. Snape smelled at the bottle that Moody always had with him. "Polyjuice potion", Snape concluded. I looked at the Moody in the chair. His face and hands started to move. He changed into.. Barty Crouch Jr. "I'll show you mine if you show me yours!" he said to me. Barty rolled up his sleeve and the dark sign was moving. Dumbledore took my arm and rolled up my sleeve. There were cuts in my arm and if you looked good, you could see a similarity between the cut in my arm and the dark sign. "You know what this means do you? He's back", Barty Crouch Jr. said with excitement. "Lord Voldemort is returned!" - "I couldn't help it sir!" I tried to explain. "Sent an owl to Azkaban. I think they'll realize that they're missing a prisoner." Dumbledore demanded to McGonagall.
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