Chapter Thirteen

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With her bag carefully concealed and Iggy at her side, Anora left down the stairs to find Charlie waiting in the common room for her with his bag.

"Ready?" he asked her.

"Yeah, I'm ready." she smiled. "Are you sure you don't want to head down to the Great Hall to get one last muffin?"

"No," Charlie sighed, "I'll have to be strong and leave them behind. I'm going to miss those damn muffins."

"And they're going to miss you too Charlie." she chuckled. "Now come, we still have to go to Honeydukes."

"I know, I know, you've reminded me like a hundred times already."

"And we still have to get Tonks. We're burning daylight, here!" Anora said leading the way, with Iggy in tow.

"This is going to be a long trip."

Tonks wrapped her arms around the shoulders of her friends as she walked in between them.

"I'm going to miss you two." she said pulling them into her.

"We're going to miss you too, Tonks." Anora said resting her head against hers. "But I promise I will write to you at every stop."

"You guys better."

The three stopped as they saw Professor Dumbledore greeting students on their way to the village.

"Ah hello." he greeted the three. "Lovely morning isn't it?"

"It is." Charlie smiled.

"Yes, good day for traveling.' Dumbledore said before leaving them as he walked on.

The three exchanged glances with one another.

"You don't think..." Anora began.

"Nah!" the three said as they continued on.

"But maybe." Anora added.

"Now what exactly am I supposed to tell your brothers?" Tonks said. "You know they're going to realize that you two are missing."

"Damn, I completely forgot about that." Charlie said pinching the bridge of his nose. "I only thought about sending an owl home once we got to Romania to let Mum and Dad know. But  Fred and George are bound to say something once they realize we're gone."

"So what's the plan?" Tonks asked.

"I got it." Anora said. "Charlie you take Fred and Tonks and I will take on George."

"Anora no!" Charlie laughed. "We're going to have to tell them before we leave."

"What?! No!"

"We have to. But I know how we can get them to cooperate."

"How?"

"Unbelievable." Anora shook her head as she stood in Zonko's shop as the twins went around picking out what they wanted at her expense. Money had never been a problem for Anora's family so she was really to fork out the money to make sure the twins remained quiet, at least until they arrived at the sanctuary.

Of course, allowing the twins to roam free in the joke shop to collect whatever they desired turned out to be a time consuming task. Iggy was growing restless as he followed his owner loyally around the store.

"Charlie, we've been here for nearly an hour." Anora told him. "We need to get going."

"Alright, alright. Boys wrap it up!"

Finally, the two made their way to the register unloading all their supplies. Anora placed her hand on her hip looking at the two.

"Really?"

They grinned. "What is it that you wanted to tell us?" Fred asked.

"Just go outside with your brother while I pay for all this."

Tonks and Charlie stood with his younger brothers as they waited for him to go on.

"Look, you two...I'm going to need you two to do me the biggest favor in the world."

"What's in it for us?" Fred asked.

"How about all the things Anora just bought you? That's a pretty good start."

"Oh right."

"I knew it was too good to be true. I knew it wasn't just a kind gesture. There's always a motive." George shook his head.

"Will you two just listen?" Tonks huffed.

"Alright, what's the favor?" the two looked to Charlie.

Charlie took a deep breath. "Anora and I are...-"

"Dating. Say it with me Charlie, Dating." George said.

"No, we're not dating! Just listen. Anora and I are leaving Hogwarts."

The twins bursted into laughter making Charlie's face go red with irritation as Anora came out with two full bags.

"That was a good one Charlie." Fred said wiping away the non-existent tear from his eye.

"I wasn't joking, Fred. You guys I'm being serious. We're leaving today. From Hogsmeade."

The two stopped and looked back and forth between Charlie and Anora.

"You're serious?" George's face was full of bewilderment.

"Yes." Anora added. "And the reason why we're telling you this is so you don't go blabbing to everyone at home. We plan on telling them once we go to Romania."

"You're going to Romania?!" the two screeched.

"For what?" Fred asked.

"We're going to be working at the dragon sanctuary out there." Charlie answered.

"Wicked." they replied in unison.

"But you two have to keep this a secret..just until we tell everyone back home." Anora said.

"And what about Percy?"

"I think you two can manage, Percy."  Charlie said. "Tell him that we're sick or something. Just give us a couple of days.

"Mum is going to be absolutely furious." Fred said. "And for the first time it won't be at us."

"You two are really going to Romania?" George said looking to Anora. 

She nodded before handing them their bags. "My parting gift to you two. Don't use it all in one day."

The two looked at her before tackling her into a hug catching her off guard.

She frowned slightly as she realized how much she was going to miss the knuckleheads.

"Alright, get off of me!" she said pushing them away wiping her eyes. "Little buggers."

Charlie grabbed his brothers and ruffled their hair.

"Try to be good, I'll have Tonks watching you two, she'll let me know if you two get too crazy."

Anora bent down and picked up Iggy into her arms. Tonks walked over and hugged her tightly.

"Be safe. Be safe. Be safe!" Tonks told her.

"We will. Iggy will make sure of that...won't you Iggy?"

Iggy just gave the two girls a blank stare making them laugh.

"I think I'll miss you the most, Iggy."

"Hey what about me?" Charlie asked with his arms outstretched.

Tonks gave him a hug and then stood back next to the twins.

"Hey you guys, "Fred called to them before they left. The two looked over at him. "Have fun roasting marshmallows."

"Bye Fred!" Anora said sticking her tongue out at him one last time.

In a matter of a a couple of seconds, they were gone.

Tonks stood with the twins for a moment before looking down at George.

 "What sort of stuff did you guys get?" she asked peeking into his bag.

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