Chapter Twelve

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The first trip to Hogsmeade was only a day away and Anora was feeling all sorts of jittery for the trip. She sat in the courtyard waiting for Tonks, needing to confide in her dear friend.

"You look like you've seen a ghost, Anora." Tonks said as she walked over.

"Is that another quip about my hair?" Anora rolled her eyes.

"No, it wasn't..snowball. Now that was."

Anora grinned as Tonks sat beside her. 

"Now, what's wrong, why do you look so...scared?"

"Because I am scared Tonks. I'm literally terrified right now."

"About what? Did Fred and George do something again? I swear those two-"

"No," Anora shook her head. "I'm nervous about the whole trip."

"Oh...right." 

The two fell into an awkward silence for a few moments.

"What are you nervous about?" Tonks finally asked.

"About everything. The trip there, our parents' reaction when they find out, how it's going to be at the sanctuary."

"Well, I can help you out a little there." Tonks said. "First, the trip there is going to be a pain in the butt because Charlie is horrible when it comes to Apparition. So prepare for long train rides."

Anora chuckled. "Alright, I can deal with that."

"Second, your parents and the Weasleys are going to be furious in the beginning, there is no doubt about that. However, once they realize that you two are out there doing something you both love, they'll get over it."

"You think?"

"Oh yeah, at least neither one of you are going alone, you'll have each other and that should offer them some comfort."

"I suppose you're right."

"And last but not least, when it comes to the sanctuary there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you and Charlie will make yourselves right at home from the moment you get there. I bet you anything, you'll have the dragons calling you guys Mummy and Daddy!"

"Tonks!"

The two girls giggled.

"Does that make you feel any better?"

"Yes, you always know how to make me feel better. You're sure you won't come along with us?"

"I'm sure. Dragons aren't my thing. Just don't get burnt to a crisp, alright? I already informed Charlie to watch over you."

"What? Why me? I'm not-"

Tonks silenced her with a look.

"Alright, alright, I'll be careful, Mum."

"Don't you take that tone with me, young lady!"

The evening before, Anora carefully packed some of her belongings to ensure she didn't raise any suspicious especially among her peers. Iggy sat on the bottom of her bed watching her with his head tilted to the side.

Anora sat down on her trunk with a sigh and faced him.

"Are you going to behave tomorrow?" she asked him. 

Iggy let out a meow before yawning and lowering his head to the bed. She scratched him below his chin as he began to purr loudly.

"I'm going to need all the cooperation I can get from you tomorrow, Igs. This isn't going to be an easy task at all."

He rolled on his back exposing his stomach for her to pet. She smiled.

"And I'll make you a promise, Iggy. If you don't like the sanctuary, I won't keep you there. Come Christmas, you can go home with Mum and Dad and enjoy your lazy days. Mind you though, you'll be dealing with fire a lot more at home than the sanctuary."

After Iggy dozed off, Anora headed downstairs to the common room to enjoy it one last time. She found Charlie sitting there in front of the fire place, gazing at the roaring fire. She walked over and sat beside him, the two listening to the crackling fireplace in silence until Charlie turned his body to face her.

"Are you ready for tomorrow?" he asked.

"Honestly? No, but I know if I don't go through with it, I'll only end up regretting it."

"That's the spirit." he smiled. "How do you think Iggy is going to do on the trip?"

"Well if we were just apparating there, we would have no problem." she teased him.

Charlie made a face. Apparition was never his strong suit and he like other wizards did not care for it one bit.

"We're going to be apparating out of Hogsmeade, that makes the trip a bit easier on ourselves, doesn't it?" he pouted.

"Oh I'm only teasing you Charlie, I wouldn't care if we had to walk the entire way....well I might but only because it would take us ages to get there and we would get some serious blisters."

He laughed. "Yeah that we would. But even if we had to walk there, I think it would be worth it."

"So do I."

She rested her head on his shoulder letting out a yawn. He wrapped his arm around her shoulder.

"Although, we are definitely stopping at Honeydukes before we go because I definitely need a decent candy stash before we go."

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