6th Hokage Dimensional Chronicles ~ Chapter 11
CHAPTER 11 – The 3 Champions!
The following day, every single Houses already hung up the diverse schedules for the classes of students. To the second years' delight, their first class was going to be the Defense against Dark Arts while the first years were attributed to start with Ninja & Charms Classes. Rose could almost sense the early morning infuriation of Scorpius back in the Slytherin dormitory.
[Moments later in Professor Flitwick's office]
Flitwick: Well, well, please settle down first years! As you all know, this is going to be the first class for you all since the start of your year was well pretty disturbed.
All the students were looking at Flitwick with a mild interest as everyone was interested to know what kind of classes the ninjas will teach. The primary glances weren't really much reassuring. Whether it was the creepy looks of Gaara, Kankuro and Sai or was the weird fashion style of Naruto, Kakashi and Lee - all seemed otherworldly. Choji, Yamato, Temari, Tenten and Shikamaru all left early morning to start the search for Kabuto on orders of Naruto while Sakura, Neji and Ino were asked to assist the other 6 for the class.
Flitwick: Please take out your books everyone; we'll start with some practical in some minutes. Meanwhile, open on Page 21 and start reading.
Scorpius seemed to fume out of disinterest. The other students exchanged a few perplexed looks towards each other before quietly obeying to Professor Flitwick. Flitwick, on his side, isolated himself near the window to talk with the ninjas.
Flitwick: Well, the Headmasters only informed me that our classes were going to be mixed with mine but I have no idea about how you want to proceed. I got...
Kakashi: Don't worry - you won't have something complex to do. We have been asked to teach jutsus to the students but obviously, this task is going to be quite difficult since we don't really know the basis of your magic. So for today, we're going to see how you perform your Charms and analyze the process with the help of Neji and Naruto.
Naruto: In short, we'll be supervising for today; then we'll see what we can teach.
Flitwick: So, basically, I should just do my classes normally and you’ll only watch it for today...
Kakashi: Indeed. We'll intervene if we learn something interesting but the supervision comes first.
Flitwick: That sounds good.
*10 minutes later*
Flitwick: Attention please!
The students stopped reading and some chatting. Many of them were discreetly glaring at the ninjas who scattered round the class. Naruto particularly caught their attention as he was sitting on the floor in yoga posture.
Flitwick: May I please ask you to keep your books back in your bags for today? We're going to have a practical class.
They all put away their books as they were pretty curious about what they'll learn.
Flitwick: First of all, as you just read in your 'Standard Book of Spells', can someone tell me, what is a Summoning Charm?
With Rose day-dreaming over Scorpius, Albus quickly rose his hand.
Albus: Uh, A summoning Charm is a charm that causes an object to be attracted towards the spell caster; given the caster has a clear mental image of that object.
Flitwick: Excellent, Albus my-boy.
Some claps were heard which brought Rose back to her sense.
Flitwick: 5 Points to Gryffindor. Okay, can someone now tell me the most common Summoning Char...
Rose: It's Accio!
Flitwick: Ex..Excellent Miss Weasley. You clearly inherited your mother's brain. Another 5 Points for Gryffindor.
Flitwick: Okay, we're now going to practice the Summoning Charm. As Mr. Potter rightfully explained, you'll need to have a clear vision of the object you want to attract. First of all, there are 10 cups on the front bench. I'd request 10 students to stand 2 meters from the cup and all the other students, please form a line behind one of these 10 students.
Most students obliged themselves; though most of them were excited to practice one of their first spells.
Kakashi: Get ready, Neji!
Neji: All set.
Naruto was in Sage Mode while Kakashi and Neji had their Sharingan and Byakugan activated respectively.
Flitwick: But before, you start, it is very important to have the correct pronunciation in Charms; otherwise it might not work. Let me demonstrate.
Flitwick: Accio feather!
A feather vroomed into his hand as many watched in awe.
Kakashi: Pretty interesting! Neji?
Neji: It was a pretty fast skill. Can't say much for now.
Kakashi: I see. That means we’ll need to watch even more thoroughly.
Flitwick: Now, if I were to mispronounce it...for example - Akcioh Paper! It is not going to word. Every single syllable is crucial. So repeat after me everyone: Ah-see-oh...
Most students gave several trials to pronounce the word Accio correctly.
Flitwick: Okay, I'll suggest the 10 students in front line to visualize the cup properly and say Accio Cup!
Kakashi: Neji, Naruto, watch carefully.
As all students screamed 'Accio Cup', many cups flew. Some moved barely, some flew pretty well towards the caster and some did not work as well.
Another trial followed and so on...
Kakashi: So Naruto?
Naruto: Nope, there was no Nature energy involved in that spell. Neji?
Neji: Yes, there were definitely chakra involved but it was a really thin line. I must say, it’s pretty impressive how those small kinds manipulate those thin chakra beams with their wands. Kakashi?
Kakashi: Many whose spells failed did not have the same hand movement.
Neji: This means that they are able to control their chakra very precisely but only through their wands as said. Those wands act like transmitters. But what's interesting is that the mental state seems to play a very important part on this spell casting.
Naruto: So, if we want to teach them seals, we'll need to know how that mental works.
Kakashi: Okay, we'll finish this supervision for today. We'll talk with Flitwick next, once his class is over!
[At the End of the Class]
Flitwick: So how was your supervision? Is there indeed a way for wizards and ninjas to exchange their skills and abilities?
Kakashi: Well, as far as we have seen, it’s still quite plausible but we’ll need you to co-operate with us.
Flitwick: I...well…sure! But what will I need to do?
Kakashi: First, you are going to re-perform the spell you just did in your class but with slower hand movement.
After a slight moment of cogitation, Flitwick performed Accio on one of the Cups left on the floor by one student. Flitwick grabbed it and posed it on a table nearby before turning back towards the ninjas.
Flitwick: And now?
Kakashi: Ino, here, is going to enter your mind.
Flitwick’s mind was simply blanked away by Kakashi’s words as he feared the worst.
Ino: Don’t worry, nothing is going to hurt. You’ll just lie in a state of unconsciousness for some moments.
The blond ninja, with her new pairs of specs, was looking much hotter; though persuasion was still not one of her strong points.
Ino: Mind-Transfer Jutsu!
Ino suddenly fell into Sakura’s arm unconscious as Flitwick slowly rose up his head.
Neji: Do you hear me, Ino?
Kakashi: Okay, try to see how much the mental image is going to be necessary. Meditate a bit in Flitwick’s mind and when you feel like it, hold up Flitwick’s wand and I’m going hold your hand to make you reproduce the same hand movements as Flitwick did.
Naruto: Do you think it will work?
Kakashi: Well, from what we’ve seen, frankly, it isn’t going to be an easy task.
Sakura: We should perhaps have join Shikamaru’s team in their search for Kabuto.
Sai: It’s true that there’s big chance that we are just wasting our time here.
[Meanwhile in the Forbidden Forest]
Tenten: I can’t believe I finally got to participate in the more exciting part of a mission.
Shikamaru: Oh, so you say but frankly, it doesn’t really please me to roam in such a dense forest. There’s no completion in it.
Temari: Stop “lazy-ing” around!
Choji: She’s right, Shikamaru. That forest may reside any kind of danger at any moment.
Shikamaru: Oh come on. We should at least have been assigned a sensory ninja with us…
Yamato: *scary look* Did you say something, Shikamaru?
Shikamaru freaked out of the sudden as Temari laughed out big time.
Shikamaru: You should really stop that thing someday
Yamato: Hahaha, well, I’ll see but you should not vex me. I’m actually quite a good sensory ninja when it comes to chase in green and dense areas but I must say, it isn’t the same thing when it comes to search for someone who leaves almost no clues. I’ve been communicating continuously with the trees but none really gives any positive sides when it comes to locate that snake.
Choji: Well, we should perhaps have searched the closer areas first.
Choji’s neck extended to more than meters along the woods as he screamed.
Shikamaru: You found something?
Choji: Come and see by yourself.
All of them rushed where they found quite a stock of bloodied clothes and corpses.
Tenten: Urgh, disgusting.
Yamato: I’ll see if some of them have traces of experiments on them. If yes, we’ll take it for autopsy; otherwise we’ll bury them here.
Shikamaru: These corpses have already been here for quite some time; judging from the numerous animals’ bites and the stinking odor. I don’t think Kabuto is anywhere nearby.
Temari: I agree. We should check them as fast we can and just go back.
[Meanwhile, back at Flitwick’s office]
Naruto: Ouch, be careful with your attempts.
Flitwick/Ino: I’m sorry, we still can’t do it.
Kakashi: It’s been hours that we’re trying but by seeing the results…
Neji: It’s gonna take months before we grasp the concept of magic and usage of wands. Teaching is a much farer topic.
Sai: I’m afraid that I must agree to this.
Sakura: Me too.
Naruto and Lee looked pretty down on this prospect.
Kankuro: Kakashi, you should perhaps explain the complexity of it to the Headmistress.
Kakashi: Well, I…
Gaara: Perhaps, there’s still a glimmer of hope.
Lee: You found a way?
Gaara: Not really but if we could rather go even further inside the mind of the Professor…
Naruto: I guess, this is better than giving up that soon. Ino?
Flitwick/Ino: All right, I’ll see what I can do.
*some hour later*
Flitwick/Ino: I think, I’ve gotta something interesting.
Everyone’s attention suddenly popped to the optimum as everyone lent their engrossed ears to listen to Ino’s find.
Kakashi: So what is it?
4 days quickly passed and the Hogwarts Towers were all getting swarmed up in the await of Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students.
Hermione: All set?
Ron: Yes! Where’s Harry by the way?
Harry: Oh, I’m right here!
Harry joined Ron and Hermione at the top of Astronomy Tower with Kakashi and Naruto next to him.
Ron: Where were you?
Harry: Naruto and Kakashi were talking to me about some students and I was helping them. They did a pretty good job, I must say in the last 4 days.
Kakashi: Oh, it was nothing.
Naruto: Yeah, we must say that your cooperation helped a lot.
Harry: It’s mostly your dedication that…*interrupted*
Ron: Here, they come! It’s the Beauxbatons wagon!
In absolute amaze and awe, students and professors alike were watching the divine descent of the flying wagon. The horde of white horses, pulling the chariot, was a complete divine view.
Krum: And here comes my boys!
With a heavy hint of arrogance in his voice, all eyes forcibly turned onto the rising glorious ship of Durmstrang from the depth of an otherworldly whirlpool. Its skeletal look was equally terrifying and mighty-impressive. Large amounts of water poured off the deck and out the cannon ports; as they sailed towards Hogwarts shore.
Hermione: Let’s get down and welcome them!
The welcoming was a pretty quick one; though extremely pleasant. Madame Maxime; despite having more aging features, looked ever so-gracious as she bent as much as she could to hug Hermione and Krum. Despite her height, all Hogwarts students’ eyes were quickly turned over their foreign guests. The speechless gaping of the boys over Beauxbatons girls and the girls going gaga over Durmstrang boys – especially the two strikingly handsome twins leading the line – definitely showed that the Triwizard Tournament mood was instilled into everyone.
Hermione: I suggest we all go to the Great Hall and enjoy the feast first before announcing the official start.
Everyone began entering the Great Hall that was accommodated for the new guests. Meanwhile, Ron and Harry were chit-chatting among them as people were slowly stuffing themselves through the door.
Ron: Look at those boys’ faces, Harry! It sure reminds us some days.
Harry: Yeah, they remind me of you terribly.
Ron: Oh come on, everyone – including you were getting your head turned by those Beauxbatons gals. Don’t present me as the lone culprit.
Harry: I think you were the first one who was struck by them, my dear. May I remind you who nicknamed Fleur as a ‘veela’?
Ron: Okay, I admit but f**k, she was such a beauty.
Harry: Language, Ron! She’s your brother’s wife now. But those teen days were something though.
Ron: Except that each year, we were cursed to face abnormal events, courtesy that the arch enemy of the greatest dark wizard was my best friend – well, definitely.
Harry: I’m so thankful to you for reminding me that ‘small’ detail.
Ron: Obviously, I’m the mind of our tandem afterall.
Harry: But jokes apart, we had a blast with most moments. I barely regret any moment at Hogwarts.
Ron: Barely? Still thinking of Cho?
Harry smiled and gave a negative nod to Ron but didn’t really reply about what were his regrets at Hogwarts as they also crossed the Great Hall’s door.
*some moments later*
As most plates of the ongoing feast were getting cleaned, Hermione asked for everyone’s attention.
Hermione: First of all, I’d like to welcome both school’s students as well as their Headmasters. The headmasters – Viktor Krum and Madame Maxime – will also be – along me – the exclusive jury of the tournament; in judging the champion.
As almost all students’ attention aroused on hearing the word ‘champion’, Hermione tipped her wand onto the jewel-encrusted casket; as the lid fell down and the Goblet of Fire rose up.
Hermione: This Cup will be the ultimate selector of our 3 champions. As I said earlier, only those having 17 years or older can take part and subsequently, put their names in the Cup. But, to prevent any kind of ill-circumstances like in the last tournament – alluding to Harry’s participation, the boundaries towards the Cup will be re-enforced.
This certainly pricked many’s attention especially the cheaters, who planned diverse schemes in the last days but, perhaps was about hear things that, were going to dust off all their hopes.
Hermione: Besides, a personalized Age line drawn around the Cup, that’ll prevent anyone underage to cross it, two more measures have been decided to wipe off most temptations of those under 17. First of all, a magical Quill has been left nearby the Cup. Only those fitting age requirements can grab that Quill ‘safely’. Thus, even if you miraculously cheated your way through the Age line, it will be wiser for you and your fingers to stay away from the Quill. Also, all names written with some other Quill will not be considerate for selection by the Cup. And lastly, to prevent any underage student to submit their names by intermediate of an elderly person, this Quill will also have another feature. Once you wrote your name with that Quill and dropped it into the Goblet of Fire, the ‘written’ name will be changed into your ‘real and complete’ name.
The students below the Year 7 had a heavy feel to create uproar over the strict measures that perhaps dashed all their glimpsed shot at glory.
Hermione: Finally, I wish remind any of you wishing to compete that this tournament is not to be entered into lightly. Once a champion has been selected by the Goblet of Fire, there’ll be absolutely no turning back. The placing of your name in the goblet constitutes a binding, magical contract. Therefore, be wholeheartedly prepared – both mentally and physically - to play before you drop your name into the goblet. The champions will be announced at tomorrow’s dinner. The Grand Hall’s door will be open all day and night till then, for any wishful student to drop their names. On this, I think it’s high time to say goodnight.
[Next morning at Hermione’s office]
Harry: You called for me?
Hermione: Yes! I wanted to ask you a favor.
Harry: Really? What is it?
Hermione: I’d like it to be you who grab the names from the Goblet tonight and announce the Champions.
Harry: Why me? It’s you, the Headmistress.
Ron: It isn’t that hard to guess. You have quite a history with that Goblet.
Hermione: Precisely. I think you’d be the better person for this.
Harry: Well, I guess I’ll do it.
Ron: Good thing. Anyways, Hermione, any idea of who’s the favorite to represent Hogwarts?
Hermione: Well, we haven’t been here for long and with everything going-on; I didn’t really go into each student’s detailed performances. Maybe Professor Harry could enlighten us more than I can.
Harry: Well, most of the 7th year, I’ve worked with, in the last 4 days were good. Hufflepuff have 2 bright students while there’s someone who’s pretty skilled in dueling in Slytherin but unfortunately, he’s pretty rash.
Ron: A Slytherin stereotype but I do hope that no Slytherin represent the school. Anyone from good ol’ Gryffindor?
Harry: Well, there’s someone but he’s pretty a quiet and laid-back boy. He has got full marks in the recent assignment I gave and is extremely skilled in practical too.
Ron: Sound like a diamond in the rough. What’s his name?
Harry: I don’t know his full name. He’s too secretive for confidence but I’ve heard his first name thanks to his friends calling him. It’s Alistair, if I remember. Perhaps, you can check for it, Hermione.
Hermione: Let me see the Student’s directory. Accio Directory!
As the director fell onto her desk, she made another wand movement as the pages turned quickly.
Hermione: Here we are….Hmmm, Alistair Cyrus. There’s very few information on him. One interesting fact is that he came on someone’s special recommendation. It doesn’t say on whose name though.
Ron: That’s strange. I hope, he’s not one of those spoiled brat.
Harry didn’t answer back. It’s true that since he barely talked to him, his nature remains extremely complex. The day passed quickly, however and the time for the announcement of champions arrived. The candle-lit Great Hall soon filled up as the Goblet of Fire became the centre of attention.
Hermione: The time for submission ends now. The Goblet will soon be announcing its 3 champions. I’d like to request Mr. Harry Potter to announce the selected champions’ names – being the winner of the last Triwizard Tournament.
Hermione waved her wand to turn the bright candles into a dim-blue light as Harry came near the Goblet of Fire.
Albus: So, Dad was the last winner? He never told me.
James: Well, me neither. He’s too awesome.
Rose: Shut up! The champions are going to be announced soon.
Suddenly, the Goblet of Fire turned red and with everyone’s astonishment, two flame shots popped into the air as Harry grabbed both parchments simultaneously. Harry copiously looked both parchments as he felt a bit perplexed. Without hesitating more, he publicly turned to Krum at the Professor’s table.
Harry: Krum, I need some explanation.
Krum: The first time the Goblet turns Red, it announces the champion for Durmstrang. So, I’d suggest you read out the name; or as you’ve guessed already - the names.
Harry: The champion – rather, champions – of Durmstrang are Aeolus Aesalon and Neolus Aesalon!
The twins of Durmstrang got up as Krum and most of the Durmstrang students clapped loudly for them. Their facial traits were strikingly identical. Both had short brown hair – though Aeolus was of a lighter brown color – and both had next the same hairstyle; except that the fringe of Aeolus was swept to the right while that of Neolus were in the opposite direction. Krum got up from his chair to applaud his two champions.
Krum: Congrats, I’m sure both of you will make the school proud. And if I may have everyone’s attention, as you all know, the Goblet’s decision is final and irrevocable. But I’d like to say that Neolus and Aeolus is a single contestant.
Hermione: What do you mean?
Krum: I’m sure; a live demonstration will interest you all, more than my words.
Aeolus and Neolus suddenly joined their palms as they slowly fused with each other and became conjoined Siamese twins as everyone watched agape.
Krum: They are Siamese by birth and even if they were separated afterwards, it’s peremptory for them to fuse together every 6 hours. That, being said, the Goblet of Fire selected both and thus, can compete together as Durmstrang ‘sole’ champion.
Hermione gazed Krum as she knew that Krum wilily outfoxed all of them and decided to move on.
Hermione: Aeolus and Neolus, please go to the next chamber and Harry, move on. The Goblet’s decision cannot be changed.
The Siamese passed by side Harry; as Harry noticed that there was something with their eye color but couldn’t see it properly.
The Goblet turned red soon again as another piece of parchment fluttered out of it and Harry grabbed it.
Harry: The champion for Beauxbatons is Stéphanie Celia!
A beautiful girl, with long platinum blonde hair, gracefully stood up. She walked towards Harry – who welcomed as he couldn’t evade from smelling her delightful sensuous perfume - and went to the next room.
Harry: And at last…
In a wait of excitement to know the Hogwarts champion, the Goblet turned red again as the fourth piece of parchment propelled from the flame-shot.
Harry: The Hogwarts Champion is…
Harry looked onto the parchment but seemed to be flustered about it. He stared at it blankly and continuously as if he was frozen completely.
Harry: The champion is…
Harry: Alistair Emberic Cyrus…
He looked towards a lonesome boy at the Gryffindor table; who lift up the glance of his wine-red eyes towards Harry; as Harry completed his sentence by announcing the full name…
~END OF CHAPTER~
Next Chapter Entitled: TBD
Okay, as promised, this was a quick release from me though, I strive badly to be able to cope with that promise and with the FF Contest deadline. This chapter was the longest I've ever wrote. I hope you enjoyed it as there were much development as many events occurred in this chapter. Also, please leave some comments after reading. I'd repeat that insights/feedback are the most important for a writer. I can't say when the next chapter will be though but stay tuned.