Chapter 10: No Need for Hogsmeade
'This woman is one of the most deplorable people I have ever met,' Ayeka Jurai noted in her head as she conversed with Dolores Umbridge.
In the weeks since revealing their identities to Harry and his friends, Hogwarts had undergone a complete change. As expected, Dolores Umbridge's appointment as the High Inquisitor brought about several changes, including authority over all of the staff save, it appeared Dumbledore. While she proceeded to dismantle every club and organization in the school, somehow the Muggle Movie club survived as did Lord Tenchi's morning training. Ayeka assumed this was due to their perceived ties to the Minister.
As for the teachers, it was readily apparent that very few people found her to be a pleasant woman. She had tried to kick one of the teachers out of the school (it was a teacher whom Ayeka was not familiar with personally but recalled from the memory that Dumbledore showed her over the summer as the Divination teacher) but was blocked by Professor Dumbledore. Yet, somehow Mihoshi seemed to be protected despite her class being what Umbridge no doubt thought was a waste.
"Miss Jurai, what are your thoughts about that?" the toad woman asked.
Ayeka thought for a moment, trying to force herself to smile. "Well Professor, I must say the idea of students forming their own club under your leadership has merit. Would it be a Defense Against the Dark Arts club or something more...concrete?"
Umbridge raised an eyebrow. "Concrete, eh? Do follow that thought."
"Think about it Professor; now is the time to consolidate the power necessary to bring this school in line. While I find Professor Dumbledore amusing, his methods would never fly in Japan. We need a strong leader, one who can unite the school!" Ayeka cried theatrically. She noted that she technically did not say that the person in her opinion that should unite the school should be Dumbledore, but it was vague enough for Umbridge to see the point she was intending to make.
"100 points to Slytherin for a cunning idea. We shall see what can be done. I am sure Cornelius would be more than willing to assist in such matters. Now is there anything else I can do for you, Miss Jurai?" she croaked.
The princess paused. "I do have one request, if I may. I know your methods of detention can be rather...archaic. I admit that some students, like Potter, deserve it," Ayeka winced, hating to wish that fate on anyone other than this vile creature sitting in front of her. "But I humbly request that you do not subject my sister or Lord Tenchi to it. I know that they are Gryffindors but it would mean a great deal to me if you could do this one favor."
The purple haired Slytherin bowed, and she could see Umbridge's face contort in a grin. "We shall see Miss Jurai. Do hold your sister's tongue, won't you?"
"Oh course Madame Umbridge. I live to assist!"
"So how'd it go Princess? Did the toad give you warts?" Ryoko asked after Ayeka made her way back from Umbridge's office.
Ayeka shot her a look. "I'll have you know Miss Ryoko that it was one of the most unpleasant experiences I have ever undergone. I doubt that you could have managed it."
Ryoko laughed the laugh that haunted Ayeka's worst nightmares. "Oh please Ayeka, it's easy to just be yourself in front of a monster. Hell, I'm doing great right now!"
The princess' eyes narrowed. "Are you calling me a monster Ryoko?"
"Gasp, she noticed! I mean, it's not like everybody doesn't already think it."
"Grrr....You forget that Lord Tenchi thinks of me as a goddess!"
"Ladies, yet again I find you arguing over Masaki and yet again I must inform you to cease your bickering," came the all too familiar voice of Severus Snape.
Ryoko sneered. "Oh, it's you. What's up Prof?"
Snape's eyebrow twitched. "Hakubi, I will overlook your flippant disrespect of my title solely due to your being in my house. I must admit, I find myself curious as to why both of you care so much over one boy."
Ayeka was shocked that a teacher would ask such a question, especially this particular teacher, but regardless answered it as she would to anyone. "Well Lord Tenchi and I are connected by royal blood and..."
"And what the 'princess' here is saying is that she would gladly let me join the 'royal' bloodline," Ryoko interjected. This infuriated the princess until she realized her own slip up.
"Really. Well keep your silly titles to yourself 'Princess' and go about your business. Do not let me see you act in such a manner again or else you will force my hand. You too Hakubi," the greasy haired professor told them as he turned to walk away.
Ryoko nudged her. "You are an idiot, you know that?"
"Well...I just got so passionate about Lord Tenchi and I..."
"Oh shut up. Come on, we've got to get to Mihoshi's club. I need to get to Tenchi first!" Ryoko laughed as she walked through the wall.
"You monster woman! You will not get to Lord Tenchi first! I will claim his seat if it is the last thing I do!" Ayeka yelled to the wall, oblivious to the students staring at her.
The hall was filled with various students from every house, including Slytherin. The viewing of the 'Star Wars' trilogy made a giant impact on the student body. Since watching it, students have begun to start quoting the movies in classes and somehow Lee Jordan managed to procure a record of John William's score to play The Imperial March whenever the Slytherin's played Quidditch. However, the house took the insult with pride and have since adopted it as their House Anthem.
Ayeka was annoyed to see that Ryoko and Sasami had found seats next to Tenchi. As such, she was forced to sit behind them next to Neville and Ron.
"Oh hey Princess! Long time no see!" Ryoko mocked.
"Miss Ayeka! How is your day going so far?" Tenchi asked. Just hearing him inquire about her well being made her heart flutter.
"Oh, Lord Tenchi, thank you for asking! Well, I just had a horrible meeting with Dolores Umbridge and seeing you is the only thing that has made this day salvageable," Ayeka sighed.
"Bloody hell Ayeka, that sounds positively mortifying. Did she use those blood quills that she used on Harry?" Ron asked, concerned for one of the only Slytherins he had respect for.
Ayeka beamed at the younger student. "Oh no Ronald, she did not such thing. We merely talked about her position and her authority. Regardless, that woman is dreadful."
"Well I hope you know that we appreciate everything Miss Ayeka. If Washu thinks its important for you to do this, it must be," Tenchi posited.
"That it is Tenchi, my boy. That it is," said Washu, who was sitting by them with Luna and Hermione.
The school itself had taken a notice to the tight-nit group of students. It seemed that they are apparently just as loyal with each other as one of the Quidditch teams, which was saying something. Of course, most people assumed Ayeka was only there because of her obvious attraction to Tenchi so her cover with Umbridge was not known. In fact, it made more sense to the other Slytherins that she was only using the group to get closer to the poor boy.
Ayeka did not correct those rumors.
"Jurai, Hakubi; you know you give Slytherins a bad name by associating with Potter and his lot?" came the oily voice of Draco Malfoy.
"Hey Bleach Head, who gives a damn?" Ryoko said, sipping out of her cup.
Malfoy eyed her glass. "Say Hakubi..."
Ryoko handed the glass to the minor. He eagerly chugged it. Ayeka was outraged.
"Ryoko, you can't keep doing that! He is underage!"
"Please. I knew he was coming over. There isn't anything worth drinking in there. Besides, watch this," Ryoko whispered as Malfoy drifted out into space. "Hey Malfoil, there's a price for the drink."
Draco hiccupped. "Oh, what would that be?" he slurred.
The space pirate patted a seat right next to Harry. "Sit here tonight. No Dumb and Dumber over there or whatever the hell that Tanooki faced girl's name is. You have to sit next to Harry here and have fun."
Both Harry and Malfoy looked appalled.
"Hey, them's the rub! Haha, live a little you two! Just look at me and prissy pants here! We can manage sitting next to each other and we are rivals!"
Ayeka rolled her eyes. "Please you devil woman. The only reason I deign to sit near you is because you are sitting next to Lord Tenchi."
"You know, I have to ask. What is it that you see in him?" Draco turned to Tenchi. " No offense Masaki, but you have less personality than a log. Hell the only interesting thing I see you do is that sword crap you do every morning."
Tenchi sighed. "Why doesn't anyone give me any respect here?"
Washu patted him on the back. "Sorry Tenchi, you are merely a catalyst for us great gals to be attracted to. But hey, we all love ya!"
Draco just stared. "Potter, are they always this odd?"
Harry shrugged, looking like he was still trying to figure out why Malfoy was being asked to sit here. "You get used to their charm."
"But they make Lovegood over there seem normal!"
"Normalcy is overrated," Luna chimed in.
Malfoy turned to Ryoko, "Why ARE you making me sit here anyway? I am honorbound to do so by my title as the Scion of the House of Malfoy, but it baffles me nevertheless."
Ryoko smiled. "To piss you off, of course!"
Ayeka watched as Mihoshi stumbled into the Hall with her various Earth videos that she procured from Tenchi's father and from various stores. She had to sigh at the prospect of the biggest clutz in the universe teaching students and NOT being the worst teacher in this school somehow. 'Magic. Who knew?' she thought to herself.
"Oh nooooo!" the blonde haired professor said as she tripped, causing various VHS tapes and Laserdiscs to be tossed everywhere. Washu groaned and got up, assisting her friend before she would inevitably ask for aid.
"Thank you Miss Washu! I don't know what I would do without you!" she cried.
"Destroy a whole lot of priceless items Mihoshi, all while having the time of your life," Washu responded.
By now the room was full. As it turned out, a great deal of the teachers and students enjoyed coming to the movie nights. All of the teachers used to show up until Lee Jordan brought in his copy of "Die Hard" to watch. Though Umbridge was furious that a movie with such language was shown to children, it was Professor Snape who took the worst of it. Several of the non-Slytherin students took to calling him "Professor Gruber" and as such he refused to attend another movie night (after assigning several dozen detentions, of course). In response, the past few movie nights have been more of the tame variety, including "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." Needless to say, the school has never been more united. Dumbledore seemed pleased.
"Professor Kuramitsu, we are happy to see that you have joined us for your own extra-curricular activity," Minerva McGonagall told her colleague.
"Aww thank you Professor! That means so much coming from you! Now we have our movie schedule coming up and I think that we have a great list going on! We have one my Muggle Study class will appreciate and something several students who aren't taking the class have been asking for!"
Ayeka lowered her head. 'Oh for the love of Jurai, if she is doing another damn thing with that childish hero again...'
"We are going to watch 'Batman the Movie!'"
A cheer went up through the crowd. Ayeka could not help but bury her face in her arms.
"Cheer up Princess, the kids love it. Isn't that what matters?" Ryoko told her.
Ayeka eyed her foe. "You are just saying that because you find enjoyment out of this childish nonsense. Oh why couldn't we do something that I would enjoy, like watch 'Mito Vice-Shogun?'"
"Probably because if you like it, it must be terrible," Draco added. Ryoko gave the prefect a high five.
This was not turning out to be a good night for the Eldest Princess of Jurai.
"How can you say with a straight face that the movie was not childish! The hero had 'Bat-Shark Repellant!' That is one of the most childish things I have ever seen!" Ayeka barked at the group.
The movie had long past and, as had every night thus far since their talk, were sitting on the subspace couch enjoying Luna, Sasami, and Ginny's treats.
"It's called satire Ayeka. It is played for laughs. Honestly, it is rather funny when you think about it," Hermione pointed out.
"Aren't you the one here who is all about things making perfect sense?" Ryoko asked from behind her glass.
Hermione shrugged. "What can I say? You lot have showed me that sometimes it is good to appreciate the humor in a dark situation."
"Astounding," George Weasley admitted.
"We have been trying to get Granger her to say that for four years!" Fred added.
Ryoko handed the twins and Lee their own glasses of sake. Earlier in the month Tenchi had told Ryoko to quit it but it was pointed out to him that technically the three were not minors in the Wizarding World, so he was forced to concede. "I'll drink to that! What about you Princess? You in?"
Ayeka snatched her own glass of sake and drank it. "You can be so disgusting sometimes Ryoko."
Lee sat right next to her and put an arm around her. "Live a little Ayeka! We are just here to have fun, right?"
Lee Jordan was replied by him getting flipped into the wall.
Suddenly, Washu opened up the door to her lab. "Hey, quit it! I'm in the middle of some very serious tests down here! Don't go throwing around every Wizard you see Ayeka! I need to analyze Harry's blood to see if I can find any irregularities Tom Riddle can use against him."
Mihoshi, who herself had grabbed a glass, looked curiously at the door. "Hey Washu, why are you wearing your nurse's outfit?"
Ayeka and Ryoko thinned their eyes and ran toward her. "Harry my ass! You had better not have Tenchi in there tied up again or you'll be sorry!" Ryoko growled.
The two hit the door just as Washu locked it, her laughter echoing from inside.
Neville blinked. "Man, Malfoy was right. You guys are odd."
'Well at least I have the weekend to look forward to. It can't possibly get as bad as this,' Ayeka dejectedly thought to herself, sad and angry that she was already away from her beloved Tenchi.
The first Hogsmeade weekend for the Masaki visitors had arrived. The twins had taken Ryoko off to Zonko's Joke shop and the younger students had predictably led the rest to Honeydukes to sample various chocolates.
"Wow Ayeka, you have to try this! It's great!" Sasami called to her sister.
The princess took a piece of the odd chocolate and ate it. "I must say Sasami, this is delectable! Was there any magic done to the process Hermione, or is it just the ingredients?"
Hermione, who was nearby getting her own stuff, came by to see what they were looking at. "I believe this type of chocolate uses cocoa beans taken from the Dark Forest, so it would not surprise me if there was additional magical properties in it. Take some back to Washu; I'm sure she'd love to analyze it."
Sasami laughed. "Actually, we are gonna buy a little bit of everything today! We have so much money now that Washu converted the leftover gold that Father sent us from Jurai that has been sitting around for a few years to Galleons. We don't have to worry about practically anything!"
Ayeka gave her one of her sisterly looks. "Now, now Sasami, we can't be too frivolous. We want to make it last, regardless of how much we have in our Gringots bank."
"I know sister; I just want to stock up on ingredients for the kitchen when we go back home."
'Hmm...I wonder if Lord Tenchi has tried this yet...' "Oh Lord Tenchi; you must come here! I have the tastiest treat that you must try!" Ayeka's voice rang.
Hermione and Sasami both stared and then laughed at how love-struck she actually was.
As Ayeka ran out of the shop to find her beloved, who was talking with Harry on the street path, she paused. In the corner of her eye she thought she saw a woman with blue hair.
'That's peculiar. I would have thought that Sasami would have been the only girl with blue hair,' she thought to herself.
Ayeka paused for a moment. 'No...she wouldn't. There isn't any possible way that she could...'
"LITTLE AYEKA!!!!" rang an all too familiar voice.
The heads of every witch and wizard in the village turned toward the one woman whom Ayeka hoped never to see around the school. Her eye began to twitch as her face turned red.
'Oh my goodness...happy face...happy face...' "OH MOMMY!" Ayeka forced herself to say as her mother Misaki ran up to her to give her a giant hug.
"Wha...Lady Misaki?" Washu said, baffled at the sudden appearance of the queen of Jurai.
"Tenchi, who is that woman?" asked Harry, drawn to the strange, energetic woman.
Tenchi looked flabbergasted. "That's...that's Ayeka and Sasami's mom! But what is she doing here? How did she even know where here is?!"
"I'm afraid that would be my doing," came a voice behind them. Ayeka saw the two turn around and could barely see the unfamiliar man through the powerful hug she was currently locked into.
"...Professor Lupin? What are you doing here?" Harry asked.
"Why, escorting these two fine ladies around Harry. And hello to you too," the man named Lupin added.
He motioned to another woman whom Ayeka could only just manage to make out but realized that it was Lady Funaho.
"Shall we stop by The Three Broomsticks for introductions and a drink?" he suggested.
Deep in the embrace that she could not escape from, Ayeka wished only for the sweet taste of a drink to calm her own nerves.
'Why have I gone from the princess of Jurai to the universe's punching bag?' she wept inside.
"And so that is everyone," Tenchi said, introducing the various students that made up their menagerie, save Ryoko, the Twins, and Lee Jordan.
Lady Funaho bowed. "It is a pleasure to meet each and every one of you."
"Wow! This 'butterbeer' drink is great! Sister, you must try some!" Misaki exclaimed as she thrust her glass over to the other Queen of Jurai.
Hermione looked at both women with confusion. "So the pair of you are both the queens of Jurai? That seems rather odd. Why isn't there a monarchy in place, or Democracy? How does your legal system work?"
Misaki laughed and hand-waved it. "Oh it is way too complicated to explain now! I'm just sooooo happy to see my girls again!"
"But Mummy, how did you come to know Mr. Lupin over here?" Sasami asked innocently.
Lupin shrugged. "Blame 'Snuffles'. He grew bored at home and when Harry sent his letter, he used it as an excuse to stretch his legs, so to speak." Harry had already told the group to refer to his wanted godfather as 'Snuffles' to avoid suspicion.
Washu turned to Harry. "Letter? What letter?"
Harry turned a shade of red. "In our first week I asked 'Snuffles' if he had heard anything about the Jurain Academy. I suppose your little trip is why I never received a reply to my other five letters."
"That would be correct. It was by mere chance that we came across your Grandfather and Funaho here Tenchi, or else we would have come back empty handed," Lupin added.
"But wait, didn't Dumbledore want 'Snuffles' to stay put? He must not have been too happy about that," Ginny interjected.
Lupin gave a nervous laugh that reminded Ayeka of the several that Tenchi does in a day. "Ah...Dumbledore was not pleased when we eventually returned, but I think it is a good thing that we went. There are now three members of the Order who know what is going on behind the scenes now. Still, Dumbledore was as calm as a kitten compared to your mother Ginny."
Ginny put a hand up. "Say no more. How is mum anyway?"
"Worried for you lot, as usual. But otherwise Molly and Arthur are doing well."
"We have heard so much about all of you. How do you all feel knowing about everything you know now? Is it hard to bare the secret?" Funaho asked the wizarding group.
Neville shrugged. "Please Queen...Funaho? Funaho, we are used to this kind of stuff. When your best friend is Harry Potter, these things happen often."
"Is that what you think Harry?" she pried.
"I mean, I have to say it took awhile to process everything, but I've come to terms with it. The group was there for me at a time the whole world was beating me down. It meant a lot," said The Boy Who Lived.
Misaki grabbed him and started to hug him. "Oh you are adorable! Come to Misaki!"
"Well look here! Potter is getting so red that he could pass for a Weasley!" laughed the voice of Pansy Parkinson.
Misaki got up and into the child's face. "Let me make one thing perfectly clear to you little girl. You will NOT make jokes about the friends of my daughters. Next time I will not be so nice. Do you understand?!" the queen threatened. Pansy nodded and ran away.
"I always hated that brat," Ayeka calmy said.
Hermione looked around. "Curious that the bar never even quieted down when you threatened her, Lady Misaki."
"Not so, Hermione. If you ever want to hold a meeting, do it in the building with the most people. That way it will be harder for you to get caught. Most of these patrons don't care what the other one is doing," Lupin responded. Hermione nodded her head in understanding.
"So, tell us about school Sasami. Are you enjoying yourself?" Funaho asked the young princess.
"Oh yes Auntie Funaho! We are learning so much about the Wizarding World and about Mihoshi's favorite things about Earth!" she smiled.
Funaho looked around. "Ah, that reminds me. Where is Mihoshi, and for that matter Ryoko?"
"Well Ryoko is in a joke shop, I believe, with the Weasley Twins. Trust me, with how much that girl downs I am sure she will find this bar in no time. As for Mihoshi, I'm honestly not sure she even came on this trip. She didn't come with us," explained Washu.
"Hopefully she is back at the school pestering that dreadful Umbridge woman. She deserves every second of her attention," Ayeka said cooly.
"Umbridge? Dolores Umbridge? She's your new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher?" Lupin asked.
"Yep, she told us that you were an incompetent teacher Professor Lupin. We all defended you," Neville told the man. Lupin beamed.
"Well I truly appreciate it, but that woman hates me solely due to my 'furry little problem.' She has tried to limit werewolf rights for years and loathes anyone considered a half-breed."
"Well that would explain a lot," Hermione concluded. "The woman is trying to ruin the school. She's dubbed herself High Inquisitor and isn't even teaching us any defensive spells! If we were attacked at school tomorrow, we'd be helpless."
"So why don't you teach them!" Funaho suggested. "I've been told you are the brightest witch in your generation Hermione. I think you can manage to organize a club of some kind. It is a school, is it not?"
Lupin shook his head. "It would never work. You are giving her too much credit. Umbridge, I mean. Not you Hermione, you truly are as bright as you have been given credit for."
"Thank you Professor Lupin, but I can't do defensive spells! I don't know anything about fighting!" Hermione sighed.
"Harry should do it," Luna simply stated. "If he fought You-Know-Who last year and lived, I think that he would be the best pick. If anything, it's help salvage your reputation that Fudge has tainted."
Harry freed himself from Misaki's hug. "Wait, I can't teach! I only know 'Expelliarmus' and how to produce a Patronus. Besides, would they even listen to me? Everybody thinks I am crazy, remember?"
"I'd listen Harry," Ginny defended.
"Well, why doesn't Tenchi teach too! He does all that wicked sword training every morning! I'd love to learn how to do that!" added Ron.
"Now wait a minute..." Tenchi started before he was cut off.
"That Ronald, is a fantastic idea. Tenchi and Harry: co teachers! Divide the work, multiply the success! It is settled!" said Washu.
Lupin thought about it. "While I believe there might be merit in the idea, where would you train? No teacher in the school would allow such an event to take place. I don't even think your friend would be able to get away with that. Umbridge would fear that you were building some kind of Anti-Ministry Wizard Army."
"This is true. Her cover would be blown instantly. We are supposed to be here to observe the 'peacefulness' of Wizarding Britain, so Mihoshi is out. I suppose I could create another subspace room to practice in..." Washu trailed off, starting to do calculations in her head.
At that moment, the sound of familiar laughter echoed through the Three Broomsticks. Ayeka looked up to see Ryoko and the pranking trio entering in. They had several dozen bags of merchandise from that Zonko's store.
"Hey Barkeep! Let's have a round of your finest liquor for everyone who is of age on me!" she cried, producing stacks of gold.
"Miss Ryoko! You can't go around flaunting money like that! We have to conserve it for emergencies!" Ayeka stood up.
Ryoko flipped her off. "I'll do what I want Princess. Listen up everyone, this round is on me!"
The bar erupted in a sea of cheering. The bar maid used her wand to send new drinks to every patron of the pub, including Ayeka, Misaki, Funaho, and Lupin.
"New magic!" Misaki squealed.
"What's the name of the lady of the hour?" came a voice from the crowd.
"Name's Ryoko Hakubi! Drink up!"
"Well here's to Ryoko Hakubi! The hero of The Three Broomsticks!" came the voice. At once the simultaneous sound of glasses clinking for a toast shot through the hall. There was much rejoicing.
Ryoko and her friends walked over to the group. Suddenly, Ryoko became as pale as a ghost. Ayeka took a bit of satisfaction in this, knowing full well why she was acting this way.
"What is it Ryoko?" asked Lee Jordan.
Fred and George lit up. "Look, its Mooney!"
"Help me," Ryoko whimpered.
Misaki got up to come greet Ryoko as she slowly backed up, clearly fearing the woman.
"Hello Ryoko! I missed you! Come here!" the blue haired matriarch exclaimed as she ran after the teal haired pirate.
"It seems like we missed a lot brother."
"Who want's to fill us in?"
"Harry and Tenchi are going to start a club to teach us defensive spells," Sasami explained. "It's gonna cause all kinds of chaos!"
Fred raised an eyebrow. "Chaos?"
"We are in!"
The Hogsmeade trip came to an end as quickly as it began. Lupin and the queens gave their tearful goodbyes and promised that they would see them for the holidays. The group grabbed their bags and stumbled out of The Three Broomsticks; some having more difficulty than others.
"Are we really going to do this Tenchi?" Harry asked his friend. Tenchi scratched his head while trying to think of a response.
"I mean, I suppose we are; but I have no idea how we could possibly do anything like that covertly."
"Let me sleep on it," said Washu. "I'll figure it out in the morning. Sowing the seeds of discord in a school is a typical rite of passage for any student, Tenchi. We must embrace its eccentricities."
"The hell does that even mean?" Ryoko asked.
Washu shrugged. "Hell if I know. What I do know is that we have to be careful. It's bad enough that so many people already know of our true origins. We cannot let the student body know what is going on. If they do, we will be in big trouble."
Ayeka thought about the situation. 'It is going to be hard to do this and keep Umbridge out of the loop, but I suppose that is going to be my job. If I can pull this off, Lord Tenchi will never forget my sacrifices and will have to accept me as his one true love.'
The thought of Tenchi being pleased with her calmed Ayeka down and made the stressful nature of the past two days worth it. 'I just hope it lasts.'