Title: Confused Memories (15/?)
Category: Drama, Romance, Crossover (JAG/Harry Potter)
Spoilers: Through "The One That Got Away" (JAG); Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter)
Disclaimer: I own none of these characters. The JAG universe belongs to DPB and his gang, and the Harry Potter universe belongs to the goddess, JKR.
Chapter 15: In which friends are reunited
AJ stepped out of the Floo. He still hated that form of travel. Opening his eyes, he found Webb and an older wizard smiling at him. Webb's smile was more like a smirk, actually. AJ glowered at Webb and brushed himself off.
"It is nice to meet friends of Sarah's. She is a remarkable woman, isn't she?" Albus said. He looked directly into AJ's eyes. The piercing blue gaze spooked AJ, who immediately closed his thoughts off. Albus smiled again, eyes twinkling.
"Yes, she is," Clay agreed. "Headmaster, this is Admiral AJ Chegwidden, Mac's--Sarah's--commanding officer."
"Albus, please. Commanding officer? Then it is safe to assume that Sarah is indeed in the military?"
"Yes, it is," AJ replied. "What do you mean, 'assume'?" he asked suspiciously. "Aren't you sure? Where is she? How did she get here? I know she was on leave in London, but..."
Albus held up a hand. "Please, Admiral. Your questions will be answered in due time. There are many explanations that need to be made.
"First; no, we were not sure that Sarah was in the military. You see, one of our professors found her on the path leading from Hogwarts to Hogsmeade. We were not certain at first that she was a witch, much less what her profession was." Albus looked at the two men seriously. "You see, gentlemen, Professor MacKenzie does not recall anything that occurred after she left the Aurory. I offered her a position here in order to keep her safe from whomever it was that forced her to flee here."
"She doesn't remember? What do you mean? I thought she was Obliviated before she left. Wouldn't she have forgotten whatever happened before that?" Clay asked, confused.
Albus sighed. "I am afraid that when Sarah unexpectedly Apparated here, a surge of magic flowed through her brain that reversed the effects of the Memory Charm performed on her by Auror Delaney. She does not recall anything after that. She has, however, been having flashes of herself in a green uniform. She particularly remembered a courtroom."
AJ nodded. "Sarah is a Marine lawyer under my command. Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie."
Albus nodded in understanding. "Ah." He was quiet for a moment, then said, "May I ask what AJ stands for, Admiral?"
AJ frowned, but answered, "Albert Jethro."
Albus' eyes twinkled merrily. "Albert... A very good name. A very good name, indeed."
"So... where is Sarah?" Clay asked.
"Let us see... it is Monday. She is probably in the library, researching."
"Researching what?" AJ asked.
"You are a lawyer, aren't you?" Albus asked amusedly. "Researching prophecies, actually. Shall we call her up?"
"Please," Clay nodded.
Albus turned to the fireplace. "Madam Pince."
Ten minutes later, Sarah entered Albus' office. "Headmaster? You wanted to see me, sir?"
"Sarah, please; come in. You have visitors," Albus said.
Sarah looked around the office. She paled as her eyes landed on the two men seated in front of the desk. "Clay...?" she breathed.
Clayton stood. "Hello, Sarah."
"Clay!" she exclaimed, throwing herself into his arms. "How did you find me? I can't believe you're here! Oh, God... Clay, I'm so, so sorry..." she whispered.
"Sarah, shh... it's all right," Clay said, patting her on the back. "It's all right." The two old friends stood like this for a while, until a throat cleared behind them. They broke apart.
AJ watched the former partners embrace. An irrational feeling of jealousy surged through him. He was confused. He had no claim on Sarah. Why should he feel jealous? He smiled bitterly. Perhaps if Meredith had understood his background a bit more... He shook his head and cleared his throat.
Clayton and Sarah broke apart. "Sarah... do you remember AJ Chegwidden?"
Sarah's brow furrowed. "No... I'm sorry; I don't. Should I?" She turned to look at AJ. She blinked. "You do look familiar... but I just can't place you. I'm sorry, sir."
"Not a problem," AJ said gruffly.
"Well!" Albus exclaimed. "I am sure you have plenty to talk about. Sarah, would you like to show these two gentlemen around the castle?"
"Of course, Headmaster. Mr. Chegwidden, Clay, if you'll follow me, I'll give you the grand tour of Hogwarts."
The two men followed her out of Albus' office. She showed them the high points of the castle--the entrance hall, the Great Hall, the moving staircases. She also stopped by a few of the classrooms so they could peer in and see what was happening.
When the students were dismissed, Sarah said, "Oh! I have a class to teach. Would you like to come, or would you rather explore?"
AJ replied, "I wouldn't mind taking in a class, Professor." Clay agreed. They began the long trek to the Divination classroom.
When they arrived, the students were seated and preparing for class to begin. "Good afternoon, everyone," Sarah greeted the class. "We are continuing our preparations for the NEWTs. I trust you have all brought an object along with you to study." Most students answered in the affirmative. A few, however, were whispering amongst themselves. "Miss Kelly, Miss Norrington, is there a problem?" Sarah asked.
The bolder of the two stood. "No, Professor. We were just wondering who the two men are who came in with you."
Sarah raised an eyebrow. "Sit down, Miss Kelly. Not that it is any of your concern, but the two gentlemen at the back of the class are friends of mine from the States. They will be watching the class today. Please try to ignore their presence and get on with your work." AJ and Clay grinned at each other. That sounded like the Mac they knew.
The students broke into pairs and exchanged items. They began to describe what they knew of the owner--much like what Sarah had done with Ben McCoy earlier.
The two girls who had been talking earlier were now giggling together. "Excuse me," Sarah asked sharply. "Would you like to share the joke with the class?"
"We're sorry, Professor. It won't happen again," Miss Norrington replied as her friend made a nasty face.
"See that it doesn't," Sarah said.
When the students left, Sarah sighed in relief. "Are classes always that difficult?" Clay asked.
Sarah smiled. "No, not really. I think it was because of you two."
"What did we do?" Clay asked.
"It wasn't what you did; it was more of your presence. Those two girls are boy-crazy."
The two men reddened. "Oh," Clay said.
Sarah grinned. "Look at you. You'd think a woman had never found you attractive before."
"Yeah, well, not a 17-year-old!"
"Seventeen is the age of majority, you know..." Sarah said, grinning. Clay just looked at her in shock. She laughed. "Oh, come on, Clay! You know I'm only kidding."
Clay shook his head. "I had forgotten your strange sense of humor."
"What, picking on you? How could you forget that's my favorite activity?" she asked, winking at AJ. He smiled and shook his head.
"Come on; I want you to meet a new friend of mine. She's the DADA teacher here. She's actually the one who found me." Sarah's face darkened, but she shook it off. "Her name is Hermione Granger."
"Hermione? Like in The Winter's Tale?" AJ asked.
Sarah looked at AJ in surprise. "Yes; I suppose you're right. Shakespeare buff?"
AJ nodded. He and Clay exchanged a look. Sarah really didn't remember him.
They made their way down to the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, where Hermione was cleaning up from her last lesson. "Sarah! Come to help me get rid of this mess?" Hermione greeted her.
Sarah laughed. "Actually, I suppose I could do that. But I really wanted you to meet someone. Hermione, this is Clayton Webb, my former partner."
Hermione smiled. "Hello! I've heard so much about you."
"All good, I hope," Clay quipped.
"Not exactly," Hermione grinned. They laughed.
"And this is AJ Chegwidden," Sarah continued.
"It's nice to meet you, sir," Hermione said politely.
"Professor Granger," AJ nodded.
They helped Hermione set the room to rights. AJ was glad for the wand practice; it had been nearly forty years since the last time he got any extensive wandwork in. They then went to dinner.
"Have you told them about...?" Hermione quietly asked Sarah at dinner.
She shook her head. "No. There hasn't been enough time. Besides, we still don't know if it's the autumn equinox or Samhain that I meant."
"I know. But it's probably a good idea to tell them anyway--just in case it is the former. It's in less than two weeks, you know."
Sarah sighed. "I know; I know."