-And you didn't even summon Cedric's wand!?- Delphini asked in disbelief.
-I couldn't even try. Scorpius kept distracting me!-Albus complained, glaring at Scorpius.
-It wasn't my fault!-Scorpius defended himself. -It was the Time-Turner! It must have some time limit or something...
Their mission, if it was even a mission, had failed. Terribly. They had gone back in time for the Triwizard Tournament, 1994. Delphini had made Albus and Scorpius wear Durmstrang robes so the Hogwarts students wouldn't find them suspicious. But Albus and Scorpius didn't let her come with them, and Scorpius was glad. He didn't like Delphini, there was something off about her. Something mysterious and... dark.
-Ladies and gentleman, boys and girl, I give you the greatest, the most fabulous, the one and the only Triwizard Tournament!-Ludo Bagman's voice boomed just as Albus and Scorpius got there. Scorpius and Albus exchanged a glance and a brief smile, as to say: "we made it".
-If you're from Hogwarts, give me a cheer!
The crowd of Hogwarts students cheered loudly.
-If you're from Durmstrang, give me a cheer!
The Durmstrang students cheered, and Scorpius cheered along with them. Albus gave him a weird look. Scorpius shrugged and let out a laugh.
-What? I am from Durmstrang!-he said, pointed to his robe and then added in a lower voice:-If you want people to believe you're from Durmstrang, Albus, you need to do better than that!
Albus stared at Scorpius. Then he sighed.
-Wow, you really love acting, Scorp, don't you?-he said dryly. -Let's continue with our mission.
-And there they are. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, I present to you, the champions!-Ludo Bagman presented. -Representing Durmstrang, what a boy, it's Viktor Crazy Krum!
-Go, go, Crazy Krum!-Scorpius cheered, then nudged Albus. Albus glared at his best friend but started cheering with him. -Go, go, Crazy Krum!
Ludo Bagman kept on presenting the champions, and Albus led Scorpius to a place closer to the champions. He stopped when Harry Potter was presented.
-That's my dad. -he said quietly, turning at Scorpius.
-Yes, it's Harry Potter!-Ludo Bagman shouted, and some cheering followed. Something caught Scorpius's gaze and he noticed a girl, her hair brown, cheering for Harry Potter. Scorpius widened his eyes and shook Albus, as he walked towards the girl.
-Albus, look, it's Hermione!-he whispered, dragging Albus with him. Young Hermione noticed the two of them and furrowed her brows.
-Albus, it's Hermione!-Scorpius repeated. Young Hermione heard him.
-How do you know my name?-she asked. Albus hit Scorpius on the leg slightly. Thankfully, Ludo Bagman announced Cedric starting the first task.
-Facing a Swedish Short-Snout, I give you Cedric Diggory!
Hermione turned and Albus took his wand out. They had planned with Delphini to take away Cedric's wand so he would fail the task. But Scorpius didn't focus on their plan. He turned around, finally seeing some other Durmstrang students staring at Scorpius and Albus strangely. Scorpius took a step towards Albus, getting ready to warn him that the Durmstrang students have found out. Then suddenly, the Time-Turner in his hands started shaking. Scorpius looked at it, tried to steady it, but it just didn't stop shaking. And while Ludo Bagman commented on Cedric Diggory's amazing skills, Scorpius tried to figure out what was wrong with the Time-Turner. Albus had his wand in his hand, ready to cast the spell. But then Scorpius shook him again.
-Albus. -he said seriously. -Albus, there's something wrong with the Time-Turner. It's shaking.
-That's none of our concern right now, Scorpius. -Albus frowned and lifted his wand up again, but Scorpius shook Albus's shoulder harder, making the wand fall down. Albus quickly bent down and took it, turning at Scorpius with an expression that screamed angry.
-What!?-he whisper-shouted. Scorpius showed him the Time-Turner. Albus stared at it. -I don't know what's wrong with it, Scorp, but please stop interrupting and distracting me!
But Scorpius grabbed his hand, and there was a sudden flash. When the two of them opened their eyes, they were back in the present. Before they could say a word, Delphini came to them running.
-What happened? Did you succeed? -she asked. Then she looked at Albus and Scorpius properly, and frowned. -You didn't succeed.
-We didn't. -Albus admitted. -Scorpius, what was that!? Why did you keep stopping me from summoning Cedric's wand!?
-I didn't stop you!-Scorpius said. -The Time-Turner must have a time limit! I think it was 5 minutes before we were back to the present! Oh, and the Durmstrang students were eyeing us, they noticed our robes and our not-very-familiar faces!
-That's not what matters, Scorpius!-Delphini sighed in frustration.
-I don't know, maybe we can try this mission again...?-Scorpius offered, but Delphini shook her head.
-No, we can't, at least not now. -she gritted her teeth. -You're both way too tired.
Scorpius couldn't deny that. His head hurt, and his vision was a bit blurry. The same could be told for Albus.
-And I heard voices a while ago. -Delphini explained. -They're looking for you. I don't know who exactly, but we need to hide. We'll talk about your failure once we're safe.
-Well, we're not safe while we're in the Forbidden Forest!-Scorpius noted. Delphini sighed again and nodded.
-Then let's go to Hogwarts. -she said simply. Albus and Scorpius gaped at her. -You heard me. They won't expect us to hide there, and the students won't recognise me.
-I'm too tired to think of a better plan. -Scorpius muttered. Albus agreed, and then, Delphini apparated them to Hogwarts.
-I didn't know you knew how to apparate. -Scorpius said.
-Every witch does. -Delphini frowned at him. Scorpius looked around, noticing which corridor they were in. Suddenly an idea came to his mind. He led Albus and Delphini to a wall, and then gestured for them to wait. He thought of a room where they could hide, where they would be safe. He waited but nothing happened. Scorpius furrowed his brows; was the Requirement Room not here? Did anyone else know about the room? Did Rose know about the room? And then finally the wall shook and opened. Scorpius quickly dragged Albus and Delphini inside before the wall closed. But when he turned around, he saw that they were not alone. He froze in his tracks.
It was the voice of the girl he liked. It was the voice of Rose Granger-Weasley.
Message from me: Hi!
I know this chapter doesn't really make sense. I know, believe me. But I had to change the plot somehow, so here it is. The 22nd chapter of ROSE & SCORPIUS.
I hope it isn't too confusing and I hope you like it!