The Ghoul in Pajamas

TheshockoflosingMad-Eyehungoverthehouseinthedaysthatfollowed;HarrykeptexpectingtoseehimstumpinginthroughthebackdoorliketheotherOrdermembers,whopassedinandouttorelaynews.HarryfeltthatnothingbutactionwouldassuagehisfeelingsofguiltandgriefandthatheoughttosetoutonhismissiontofindanddestroyHorcruxesassoonaspossible.

"Well,youcan’tdoanythingaboutthe"¨CRonmouthedthewordHorcruxes¨C"tillyou’reseventeen.You’vestillgottheTraceonyou.Andwecanplanhereaswellasanywhere,can’twe?Or,"hedroppedhisvoicetoawhisper,"d’youreckonyoualreadyknowwheretheYou-Know-Whatsare?"

"No,"Harryadmitted.

"IthinkHermione’sbeendoingabitofresearch,"saidRon."Shesaidshewassavingitforwhenyougothere."

Theyweresittingatthebreakfasttable;Mr.WeasleyandBillhadjustleftforwork.Mrs.WeasleyhadgoneupstairstowakeHermioneandGinny,whileFleurhaddriftedofftotakeabath.

"TheTrace’llbreakonthethirty-first,"saidHarry."ThatmeansIonlyneedtostayherefourdays.ThenIcan¨C"

"Fivedays,"Roncorrectedhimfirmly."We’vegottostayforthewedding.They’llkillusifwemissit."

Harryunderstood"they"tomeanFleurandMrs.Weasley.

"It’soneextraday,"saidRon,whenHarrylookedmutinous.

"Don’ttheyrealizehowimportant¨C?"

"’Coursetheydon’t,"saidRon."Theyhaven’tgotaclue.Andnowyoumentionit,Iwantedtotalktoyouaboutthat."

RonglancedtowardthedoorintothehalltocheckthatMrs.

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