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When Percy Met Audrey, Part 13

Haven't mentioned it in awhile, so JKR owns HP, I'm not making money off of this, please don't sue me, etc.

Thanks to my beta winkielovegood who just called me to ask what will happen next. As soon as part 13 is posted, I'm off to keep writing . . . ;)



Part 12

Since Percy did not have to be at work the next morning until he was summoned, he had a bit of a lie in and then lingered over his morning coffee. The Daily Prophet, of course, made no mention of any of the previous day’s goings-on at the Ministry. Percy was getting sick of reading it, but thought he should at least know what the public was being told, even if there were glaring omissions.

Percy was dressed and ready by the time the owl came telling him to report to the Ministry as soon as possible. He left his flat a bit nervously, not really knowing what to expect. When he arrived at the Ministry, Percy could not believe his eyes. Outside the entrance and on the walls inside, there were huge posters of Harry Potter captioned, “Undesirable Number One” and “Ten Thousand Galleon Reward for the Capture of Harry Potter”. Percy guessed they had used press pictures from the Tri-Wizard Tournament to make the posters.

When he arrived at his office, there was not the swarm of memos he had expected. Only one, long memo sat on his desk. When Percy read it, once again, he could not believe his eyes.


From the office of MLES:

The Wizarding world is plagued by a Mudblood conspiracy! The following outlaws are wanted for crimes against the Ministry. All wizards and witches are hereby deputized by MLES to assist in capturing the following Undesirables:

Undesirable #1: Harry Potter, Half-Blood—-wanted for murder, conspiracy, treason, breaking and entering, impersonating a Ministry official, poisoning a Ministry official, hexing a Ministry official, possession of a controlled substance, illegal use of polyjuice potion, theft of ministry property, aiding and abetting the escape of prisoners, Muggle dueling, fleeing the scene of a crime, evading capture, violations against the Magical Department of Transportation, Violation of the Decree for the Restriction of Underage Magic, Failure to Attend Hogwarts, other crimes against the Ministry.

Undesirable #2: Hermione Granger, Mudblood—-wanted for failure to appear for a Ministry hearing, conspiracy, treason, breaking and entering, impersonating a Ministry official, poisoning a Ministry official, hexing a Ministry official, possession of a controlled substance, illegal use of polyjuice potion, aiding and abetting the escape of prisoners, hexing the Head of MLES, fleeing the scene of a crime, evading capture, other crimes against the Ministry.

Undesirable #3: The Impersonator of Reginald Cattermole, Blood Status Unknown—-wanted for conspiracy, treason, breaking and entering, impersonating a Ministry official, possession of a controlled substance, illegal use of polyjuice potion, aiding and abetting the escape of prisoners, fleeing the scene of a crime, evading capture, other crimes against the Ministry.

Undesirable #4: Reginald Cattermole, Pureblood—-wanted for conspiracy, treason, association with Undesirables, marriage to a Mudblood, aiding and abetting the escape of prisoners, fleeing the scene of a crime, evading capture, other crimes against the Ministry.

Undesirable #5: Dirk Cresswell, Mudblood—-wanted for conspiracy, treason, falsifying Ministry documents, bribery, illegal use of a Confundus charm, escaping from Ministry custody, evading capture, other crimes against the Ministry.


The list seemed to go on forever. Percy glanced over it quickly. From #6 on the crimes were the same: “conspiracy, treason, failure to report for a Ministry hearing”. It seemed that all Muggleborns who had worked for the Ministry and had not appeared for their “hearings” were listed in alphabetical order, followed by all Muggleborns who did not work for the Ministry and had not appeared for their hearings. Audrey was “Undesirable #17”.

Seeing Audrey’s name next to the word “Undesirable” made Percy snort. Audrey was extremely desirable. But this was serious. Audrey’s name had been listed in the Daily Prophet almost two weeks ago as one of the Muggleborns who had not appeared for their hearing, but being wanted for conspiracy and treason? How in Merlin’s name was the Ministry making the jump from not appearing for a hearing to conspiracy and treason? From the length of the list, it appeared that every Muggleborn in Wizarding Britain was on it. The Ministry could not possibly want to hand over every Muggleborn in Britain to the dementors. Or could they?

***

When Percy got home from work, he knew he must have looked as awful as he felt, since Hermes flew over to him, landed on his shoulder and began nuzzling against him. Hermes apparently had forgiven him for bringing home Twoey. Percy gave Hermes a head rub, after which, the owl flew off to go hunt. Percy let Twoey out of his cage and refilled his Puffy Chow, as Twoey bounced up his arm chirping all the way, stopping to rest in Percy’s front pocket. Percy’s front pocket had become Twoey’s preferred spot for a nap.

Percy made himself some supper and cleaned up the kitchen. He was going to use the VAPP as he did at some point every evening, but before he could get started, a huge silver, vulture appeared in his kitchen, and Aunt Gussie’s voice issued from its mouth, “Percy. You have to hear this. Apparate over now.” Percy had never heard a patronus talk before, but he apparated immediately.

Part 14

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grandma_kate
May. 20th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, the noose is tightening around all the "undesirables".

A minor point- Mary Cattermole is accused of being a Mudblood but says that her wand "chose her" when she was eleven. I guess the Ministry would conveniently ignore Muggleborn witches.
mollywheezy
May. 21st, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I don't think there is really much difference between accused and guilty once the ministry began sending witches and wizards to Azkaban simply for being Muggleborn.
grandma_kate
May. 21st, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you. The only reason I mentioned anything is that i recently wrote a chapter (January, 1999) in which Molly and her friend Kate interview Mary Cattermole after she replaces her wand at Ollivander's.
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