Title: Confused Memories (23/?)
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.
Author's Notes: Warning--character death.
Chapter 23: In which help arrives
Malfoy laughed delightedly. "You... challenge me...? Oh, that is rich." He stopped laughing abruptly. "Severus Snape, your challenge is accepted." On Lucius’ order, the Death Eaters dispersed, leaving a large area for the duelists to move in.
The two wizards raised their wands in salute. They then moved to their starting positions, each sure not to turn his back on the other. They circled one another for a few minutes, searching for any weak spots. Meanwhile, the battle raged all around them.
Severus made the first move. He threw a curse, which his opponent blocked just in time. "You have gotten lazy in your old age, Lucius," Severus smirked.
"Perhaps," Lucius agreed, ignoring the needling. He cast a hex that Severus dodged.
The duel continued in earnest, neither man speaking except to throw or block curses.
The battlefield was a pyrotechnic display, the likes of which no Muggle could ever dream of reproducing. At the center was Severus and Lucius, struggling fiercely. The two wizards were matched, strength for strength.
Neither man realized when the Aurors arrived. They Apparated directly onto the Hogwarts grounds, the Anti-Apparition wards having fallen quite a while ago.
A strangled cry rose from the edge of the field. Mac turned her head toward the noise. She saw Remus Lupin knelt over a prone body. The man had a familiar shock of soft brown hair. Remus stood, a murderous gleam in his eyes. Suddenly, she realized what had happened. "Clay..." she whispered brokenly. She gripped her wand and headed for the center of the field, where two wizards, one dark, one light, were deadlocked in battle.
AJ grabbed her arm, dragging her away from the fight. "Don’t even think about it, Mac."
"Don’t you tell me what to do. They killed my partner," she hissed.
"And if you go in there angry and upset, you’ll be killed, too," AJ responded.
"I don’t care!" Her eyes filled with tears. "They murdered him! This wasn’t his fight to begin with! He couldn’t protect himself!" She turned away and tried to enter the battle again.
AJ didn’t know how to stop her. He reverted to instinct. "Colonel MacKenzie!" he barked.
She stopped in her tracks.
Severus, dodging a Dark curse, moved backward. Not seeing the large rock behind him, he stumbled, dropping his wand. Lucius smiled triumphantly.
"Tsk, tsk, Severus," he said. "You ought to have brushed up on your dueling skills before challenging me. That was a move worthy of a Gryffindor."
Severus closed his eyes, expecting a bolt of green light to come racing toward him at any moment. He refused to grovel or beg. It didn’t take long to hear the two familiar words.