Chapter 9: Manky Old Boot

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"Where are we actually going?" I hear Harry ask from behind Hermione, Ginny, and I.

"Don't know. Hey Dad! Where are we going?" Ron replies and then yells.

Mr. Weasley, Fred, George, Ginny, Ron, Harry, Hermione, and myself are currently hiking through some random woods, god knows where, in search for the "Quidditch World Cup".

Yeah.... I think we're lost. Fantastic.

Mr. Weasley, who was right in front of me, turned his head around briefly to reply to Ron, "Haven't the foggiest, keep up!"

Yeah...as I said...lost. Fantastic.

As we made our way up a small hill, I can barely make out the figure of a man through the brush.

Once we got closer, the man approached Mr. Weasley in a friendly manner. " Arthur! It's about time son," the man greeted.

Mr. Weasley let out a laugh and then replied, "Sorry Amos. Some of us had a bit of a sleepy start. This is Amos Diggory everyone, he works with me at the ministry--"

Suddenly a boy, I notice as Cedric Diggory, Hufflepuff's seeker, jumps down from the tree above, startling me.

"And this strapping young lad must be Cedric, am I right?" Mr. Weasley casually asks Cedric.

"Yes sir." Cedric replies politely.

I notice Amos, Mr. Diggory, staring at Harry, who was awkwardly shifting from one leg to the other under his gaze. I clear my throat to try to avert his attention.

Mr. Diggory looks up at me and then his eyes widen in realization, "Merlin's beard, you must be Ruby a-and Harry Potter."

I take a quick glance over at Harry and see that he still looks uncomfortable.

I turn to Mr. Diggory and smile, "Yes sir, in the flesh."

"Great, great pleasure." He replies over happily while shaking mine, then Harry's hand.

"Pleasure to meet you too sir." Harry replies politely.

After that we all proceed to walk up the hill.

After a few minutes of walking and Ginny and Hermione giggling over Cedric's "handsome" face, sure he's handsome, but.... he's just not my type, Mr. Weasley shouts out while pointing at an object at the top of the hill, "That's it sir, just over there."

We approach the object and then Mr. Diggory says, "Shall we? We don't want to be late."

Mr, Diggory, Mr. Weasley, Cedric, Hermione, and Ginny start to form a circle around the object.

If your wandering what the object is, well, it's a boot. A manky old boot.

"Why are they all standing around that manky old boot?" Harry asks from my left. Woah..... twin power.....

"That isn't just any old manky boot mate--" Fred says appearing at Harry's left.

"It's a portkey." George finishes for him appearing at my right. My face suddenly feel warm, remembering earlier events.

Mr. Diggory picks up the boot and everyone puts a hand on it.

"Time to go. Ready?" He asks.

"What's a 'portkey'?" Harry asks from besides me, apparently still thinking about our previous conversation.

I was about to answer him but I was cut off by Mr. Diggory, " After 3. One... Two..."

"Harry!" Mr. Weasley suddenly yells.

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