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The Lost Prophecy
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Special Delivery to Rosemerta of the Three Broomsticks Tavern 
18th-Jan-2006 12:00 am



“Your not one I would have suspected to find here.” Fenrir idly remarked to the bird in his hand. No a well known symbol of peace, serenity and devotion was not anything one would think to find in the large aviary of one Bellatrix Lestrange. “But I think you will do very well for this particular delivery.”

“Then again knowing your mistress, I bet you have a couple of tricks up your sleeve don't you?” He smirked, stroking a finger down the soft tufts of the snow white doves' dainty crest.

Setting down a small package, Greyback gave the bird a sharp look, stopping it's hopping instantly as he scrawled a quick note in accompaniment in a stark, bold hand.


My Dearest Bereaved Barwench

For Remembrance

You can do so much better, his insides were boringly ordinary compared to his frilly little robes.
I couldn't even be bothered to keep him all bark and no bite as it were.


Tucking his missive into the small box, Greyback attached it to the dove and barked the address “Rosemerta of the Three Broomsticks,” and sent him out the window where the werewolf watched the bird soared into the horizon with it's species' customary grace.
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23rd-Jan-2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Rosie felt a glimmer of hope when she saw the snow white dove land on the bartop. That glimmer became a surge of joy when she saw the small box attached to the dove's foot.

"Li! Come here! Sirius, Oliver...LOOK! See the dove? Chinese kanji on the package? I think it's from Chow. I think he's alive!"

Rosie squealed with delight and began to tear open the paper covering of the package before anyone could stop her.
23rd-Jan-2006 12:20 am (UTC)
Li stood in the doorway to the pantry, unable to get to Rosie in time.

"Rosie! Wait! Don't open that yet!"

She looked directly at Oliver and Sirius who were much closer to the sparkling barmaid than she.

"Stop her! Please, Oli, Sirius, someone should look at that first!"
23rd-Jan-2006 03:57 am (UTC)
Oliver had been distracted and did not take notice till Rosie had called to him and seconds later Li had shouted out a warning. Turning, watching Rosie, he dashed to the end of the bar and put his hand over the sparkling witch's own hand.

"Rosie, wait!"

He tried to take the package from her grasp but she was unwilling to give it up so easily.

"Rosie, think about this, please. What if it is not from Chow...I know...I know...but what if...please, just let someone else open it first. You know Chow would suggest the same thing," he tried his best to convince, never taking his hand from hers.
30th-Jan-2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Rosie looked at Oliver as though she didn't understand what he was saying.

"Oli! It's from Chow! What are you talking about? Have you lost your head? Now please stop. Chow's alive! Don't you see it? What if he's cold or hurt and is sending directions to find him? He might need help. Now stop this."

Rosie's expression was turning from confused to hard about the edges as Oliver clasped her hands. Tugging gently at his grasp, her gaze challenged him to stop her.
30th-Jan-2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Oliver was at his wits end in what to do other than physically taking the package from her grasp forcefully and that was something he did not want to do unless it was a last resort.

"Rosie, think about this, just think of the possibilities that it is not from Chow. We honestly don't know what has happened to him, and if he were hurt, he'd contact...others," he spared a fleeting look at Li for though he trusted her and her instincts of her father, even now part of him just needed the proof that Chow was not coming back.

"Please Rosie, let myself or Sirius open the package, I promise you if it is a personal delivery from Chow I will give it back without question." He met Rosie's determined gaze and lowered his voice. "Rosie, we're not sure Chow is truly alive or even dead...and if he has fallen...don't open the package..."

He didn't have to see the look in her eyes as the sparkling witch snatched the package from his hands. But it was also in that instant that the dove flew to the rafters and instead of the gentle, soothing coo of normal, it's call grew more brittle and biting and sent a chill to race down Oliver's spine as he looked about him to the ceiling to see what was happening--turning his attention from the witch momentarily for the blink of an eye.
30th-Jan-2006 05:38 am (UTC)
Rosie cast a momentary hard glare at Oliver as she tore the package from his grasp. What was he thinking, keeping her from news of Chow?

Her hands worked swiftly, ripping the paper off and eagerly opening the box inside.

Rosie never even heard the caw of the Raven - for that is what the dove had become - as she screamed in shock. She scrambled for a stool as her legs gave out, one arm braced against the bar top for support.

Just then, the evil bird swooped from the celing and was on Rosie in seconds. Scratching and pecking at her arms and hands, drawing blood and screeching.

The barmaid swatted at the foul creature, but at that it flew up towards her face, still pecking and scratching, screeching and flapping it's wings all the while.
30th-Jan-2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Li pulled her wand in an instant and flung a curse at the hideous raven, sending black feathers into the air as the bird fell to the floor with a heavy, sickening thud.

"Kill it! But keep it in once piece!" She called to Oliver and Sirius as she hurried across the room to examine the grotesque messanger.
30th-Jan-2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Oliver had wand drawn and at the ready as he and Sirius as one destroyed the hideous messenger, but did as told, leaving it in one smoldering carcass.

Just then, Oliver turned his attention to Rosie and her pale features as she still sat upon the chair crying and speaking incoherently. But she was not in hysterics over the attack of this dark bird, no, she was pointing a shaky hand to the open package upon the bartop.

"Damnit! What the bloody hell is in there?" He demanded, stepping back in that direction before Rosie clutched his arm most tightly to stop his approach to investigate himself. "It'll be fine...it will," he soothingly insisted, but the look in her eyes startled him most deeply as she wouldn't let go of him.

"Li...don't," Oliver tried to warn, knowing he didn't wish for his lover to do what she'd surely do.
3rd-Feb-2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Sharing young Wood’s grizzly fear for what they would find inside the ominous package, Sirius took a hold of Li’s arms as she passed on her way to the bar and quickly picked her up, swinging her behind him before letting her drop back to the ground.

Given the reaction of the usually unflappable Rosie, Sirius bellied up to the bar and swallowed hard before cautiously peering into the open box.

Cursing violently and fluently under his breath in horror, Sirius reached a tremblingly hand into the box. Remembering the company of the ladies, and what this undoubtedly meant, especially for them, the dark wizard dropped the item in his hand and focused his eyes with an out pouring of sorrow and self-reproaching guilt at the older witch being held in Oliver’s arms.

“Rosie… I’m so sorry,” he was murmuring as Li shouldered aggressively passed him to find what everyone was so eager to keep her from finding.
5th-Feb-2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
"Damnit, Li!" Oliver exclaimed as she barreled her way to the parcel and looked inside.

As this was happening, Rosie struggled most fiercely to see for herself what had Sirius most somber. Finally, after a sharp elbow to his ribs, a high heel ground into his foot, Rosie shoved Oliver aside so she could see for herself.

Oliver, stepped closer, then noticed how deathly pale Li had become and how her hands were trembling as she closed her eyes and bowed her head.

"Sirius, stop her! Stop Rosie!" He warned to Black, definitely not wanting Rosie to see what had upset Li and Sirius so terribly as he walked up behind the young woman and he could feel her strength waining, so he just soundly grasped her hand. "Let's step away...please, Li," he softly whispered against her ear.
13th-Feb-2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Rosie stood next to Li and hugged her. She reached for the box with a slight shake in her hands.

"I told you he was dead, Oli. He was a buddhist, since this is all...His remains will need to be cremated."

She placed the box containing Chow's scalped braid into Oliver's hands.

"His...His blood's on the tissue, burn that too. It's important...All of his remains. An urn...We'll need a jade urn..."

It's not your fault, Sirius. Chow always did just what he thought he needed to do. He wouldn't have gone back with you had you found him. He'd have stayed to fight whatever it was that did this to him. Will you help us arrange a memorial?"

Rosie's word's trailed off and she began to cry.
13th-Feb-2006 10:39 pm (UTC)


Willing his hands to be still and not betray his
unnerving for Rosie and Li's sake, Oliver accepted the box from the stunned witch. He did not dare lose her gaze as he nodded his head in understanding as she told him what must be done.

"It will be done," he said softly. "I will take care of it," Oliver reassured her. "I can go into
China Town, it has been a long time but I
know of a small shoppe there that had the most
amazing Jade..." Oliver's voice then trailed off, he was rambling.

He was at a loss as Rosie broke down in tears and he stood there, box in hand, it's contents a horrifying sight--but he would not look, he could not. He had wanted proof that Chow was truly gone. Now that he had it, he didn't want the proof.

Sirius came up to support Rosie as she cried in his arms. That was when Oliver looked to Li. And the blaze or anger in her eyes truly worried him even more.


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13th-Feb-2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Li looked up at the two men with fire in her eyes.

"Once this is done, once we've laid my father to rest properly, I am going with you."

She saw the two of them pass a look between them, as if to form some consipiracy to exclude her from their mission of revenge.

"I am more than ready for this." She hissed at them. "I've spent my whole life being trained by my father. He deemed me ready when he gave me this..."

Li rolled up her sleeve enough to reveal the head of a tiger, snarling and flexing it's claws at them.

"I am going to find the animal that mutilated my father, and I'm going to kill it."
14th-Feb-2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Oliver clutched the box in his hands for all he was worth.

She can read me better than I realized...

Leaving Sirius to comfort Rosie, Oliver then stood beside Li and nodded to the fierce, aggitated tattoo that was seemingly hissing at any and all around her.

Then leaning close to her ear, Oliver began and nodded to her arm. "You should not show that to everyone, we do not know friend from foe amidst the patrons who have witnessed this today. And about you going along, we're all angry and upset...but revenge is not truly what we want now, is it? I think your father would be the first to say we want justice...not just blood."

"We all need to calm down...myself included," he confided in a low voice so only she could hear, for he could feel the anger rich and deep in his blood boil with each passing moment.

"Trust me, Li...we will find out who did such to your father. But about you going along..."

14th-Feb-2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Heaving a sigh as he held Rosie cradled to him, Sirius knew the last thing any of them needed was the fight he felt brewing between the two young lovers. So in a very uncharacterstic Sirius behavior, he became the peacemaker instead of the insigater.

"Both of you just stop it. First off neither one of you even know where to start looking. And if you," he looked pointedly at the angry girl, "can't control yourself neither of you will."

"Now I'm going to take Rosie upstairs and the two of you are going clear this place out and close up." The many stares of the bar's patrons had not gone unnoticed by the wizard and the last thing any of them needed was wild rumors and whispers flying around.

"And once you get back from Chinatown, then we will talk." Sirius promised as he nodded meaningfully to Oliver before leading the sobbing witch in his arms to the back stairs so she could grieve in private.
17th-Feb-2006 12:29 am (UTC)
Li jerked her chin angrily and looked around the pub. People were staring. Shooting Oliver an angry glare, she removed her hand from her sleeve and let the fabric slide down to cover her totem tiger.

It was bad enough he was telling her what to do, but the fact that he was *right* made her all the more angry.

Her stoney stare made her position very clear that she *was* going along on whatever mission the two men had planned. Oliver may have been right about showing off her totem, but he was completely wrong to think her not ready.

"You can't keep me from my destiny, Oliver." She hissed into his ear. "You have no right to keep me out of this."
17th-Feb-2006 04:54 am (UTC)
Oliver spared a knowing glance with Sirius and nodded his head in understanding before turning his full focus back to Li.

Taking a deep breath, Oliver met Li's determined gaze. "Sirius is right, first things first...we need to clear this place out and close it up."

But Oliver never took his eyes off this fierce creature daring him to object or make any move deemed wrong in her eyes.

"Li, I don't want to keep you from your destiny...I just selfishly want to keep you alive," he confessed as the muscle in his jaw clenched with the effort to calm down. "Maybe I don't have any right to keep you out of this mess...but it's not the reasons you might think."

"I know you are capable of taking care of yourself...you could more than likely beat my sorry arse up one side of the room and down the next. It's the fact that...you just lost your father, Li...your father, that could cloud your judgement and then...damnit...I could lose you."

Oliver began to take two steps away but stopped abruptly and turned back to look to her once more. "And that I am not willing to do. I will not lose you just as I've now found you. Do you understand that?"
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