Chapter One Hundred Seventy Three

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Anora was staring blankly at Stella, who was trying to grab her mother's attention by tugging on the ends of her mother's hair. The young mother swallowed as Sebastian gave her and Charlie the news that the final battle had come time and was taking place at Hogwarts.  Sebastian had a prominent frown on his face as he watched the parents looking at their daughter's with worried expressions.

"You two don't have to go, you know that." Sebastian told them before Magnus arrived on the scene. "I don't think anyone would hold it against you if you two didn't want to go. You have children."

"We have to go." Anora said. "They're counting on us to show up, especially if they summoned us. We can't just leave them hanging and I don't think we'd be able to think straight if we didn't know what was going on the entire time. "

"Do you think Roscoe and Norberta are ready for this?" Magnus asked them. 

"They have to be." Charlie said. "We don't have any other choice. But I think we'll manage, as long as Norberta doesn't feel like giving me a throw. I just hope that we make it there on time."

The sound of cracking alerted behind them, causing Anora and Charlie to look back in their home to see Simone and Gerald had arrived. Sebastian and Magnus took the twins from them as the two approached the parents.

"Mum? Dad? What are you two doing here?"

"Well, we thought about coming here to try and convince you two to stay behind and not enter the battle," Gerald began as he climbed down the steps and walked towards the two. "But we knew that it wouldn't work, considering we know how stubborn you are. The two of you."

Anora and Charlie smiled at them as Gerald clapped his hand on Charlie's back while Simone stood in front of Anora with a brave face on.

"So we're here to help babysit." Simone told her daughter. "We weren't assure what you had arranged, but you know, there's no such thing as too many sitters, right?"

"Mum!" Anora laughed before pulling her mother into a hug. Suddenly, she squeaked as her mother squeezed her tight enough that her back popped in several places.

"Ooops." Simone pulled away while Anora stretched out her back.

"Actually that felt quite good. You might want to do that for Charlie too. Feels amazing." 

"I think I'll wait until we get back." Charlie said. "For now, we have to get going."

Anora nodded before they turned to their children, she and Charlie lifted them into their arms and hugged them tightly. They showered them with kisses before exchanging twins.

"Be good for your grandparents." Anora whispered to Eliza and Stella as she held both of them after Charlie. "And try not to kill Sebastian, I know he can be a pain, but Magnus should keep him in check. Hopefully. I love you two so much and don't you worry, Mummy and Daddy will be home soon."

Before they were set to leave to retrieve the dragons, they hugged the Forney's receiving several warnings from the two to be careful. 

Anora looked to Magnus. "Wish us luck, yeah?"

"My dear, you two don't need luck, your enemies do."

"An, what are you doing? We need to go get Roscoe and Norberta?" Charlie looked behind him after they left their home and traveled to the fields in search of the dragons.

"I know, but I want to try this out."


Anora let out a shrill whistle that pierced Charlie's ears before he clapped his hands over it.

"What the hell was that?!" 

Anora didn't answer as she looked around , waiting for a few minutes.

"Aww, damn, I really thought it was going to work." Anora said placing her hands on her hips.

"They're dragons, not do-"

Suddenly, they could hear wind flapping in the distance. They looked up and saw Roscoe in the lead with Norberta not to far behind.

"Ha! Yes!" Anora jumped in the air.

"How did you-"

"They're dragons, Charles, not dogs." She grinned at him.

"I swear, if there is one moment where you aren't cheeky..." He said with a shake of his head before smiling at her.

"I figured you'd be used to it by now." She said as Roscoe landed on the ground. 

The plan was to ride Roscoe until they were close and then Charlie would switch off to Norberta so that the smaller dragon wasn't carrying extra weight for the entire trip.

Charlie climbed up first before stretching his hand out to Anora.

"Are you ready for this?" He asked her, as their eyes met.

"Just another part of the adventure, isn't it?"

"Of course. So what do you say? Will you go to Hogwarts with me? Kick some arse? Have the battle of a lifetime?"

Anora looked to Roscoe and Norberta before nodding her head with a small chuckle.

"Let's do it. Let's go to Hogwarts."

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