Professor Longbottom looked down at what had bumped into him, and Andrea and Albus glanced up. "Well, well, well. Who do we have wandering around in a forbidden corridor at this time of night?" Professor Longbottom asked, patting Albus's head, even though he couldn't see it. "Too short to be James...Oh, don't tell me..." Professor Longbottom groaned and lifted up the invisibility cloak. He sighed as he saw Albus and Andrea both standing there. Albus smiled up at him sheepishly, while Andrea hid her face in her hands. "What are you two doing?" Professor Longbottom asked, disappointment lingering in his voice.
"I knew we were going to get caught. I TOLD you so!" Andrea said, glaring at Albus. Her glare was so hard it almost scared him.
"I just wanted to come down and...I...I don't know..." Albus finally just let his sentence dangle while Andrea began mumbling things that were impossible to understand.
"Do you two realize you were breaking at least two rules?" Professor Longbottom asked, kneeling down to be at nearly eye level with Albus.
"Yes, sir. But, it's all my fault, really-" Albus began, but Andrea cut him off.
"Oh, please. It's not all your fault. Sure, you were stupid enough to get the idea, but I was stupid enough to go along with it! I mean, where's my common sense?!? It's gone! Gone I tell you!" Andrea was practically screaming at Albus, throwing her hands up in the air. She sighed and leaned against the wall, letting her back slide against it until she was sitting on the floor.
"I'm sorry, Professor." She said quietly. Albus nodded.
"Me too." He chimed in. Professor Longbottom sighed.
"Well, it doesn't matter how sorry you are. You still broke the rules, and I still have to tell Professor McGonagal." Both of the children looked up at Professor Longbottom with sad eyes. "After your classes, I'll take you both up to her office to talk with her, and she'll decide your punishment." The children nodded, then began shuffling back to their room with Professor Longbottom behind them.
The next day and breakfast, Samantha just shook her head after hearing the story of Andrea and Albus's midnight walk. "I can't believe you guys did that!" She said. James smiled.
"I can!" He reached over Samantha to give Albus a high-five. Albus didn't give him one.
"I feel really bad..." He said, instead. James rolled his eyes.
"Don't worry, that'll go away...in a few years." James laughed and Samantha biffed him. Her hair was pink again, and pulled back in a pony tail. Holly giggled as James rubbed his arm, and Derek and Peter just sat there, staring at Andrea and Albus.
Suddenly, the mail owls came through and began dropping letters and packages on the tables. Samantha's eagle came right to their table and circled overhead before dropping a letter into Samantha's eggs. Samantha looked up and shook her head. Albus's head jerked up as he heard the eagle screech. He glanced over at Samantha and stared at her.
"Wow, you're eagle sure can talk." He remarked. James had his hands over his ears as he glared at Samantha.
"Oh, that wasn't the eagle..." James said resentfully. Samantha beamed.
"You did that?" Peter asked in disbelief. Samantha nodded proudly. "You know how to speak eagle?!?" He asked, still not believing it.
"Yep. And lots of other animals, too." Samantha said matter-of-factly.
"How?" Derek asked.
"Hello, sleep problem!" Samantha replied in a "duh" tone. Derek nodded, understanding. Samantha picked up her letter and wiped the egg off it. She was about to read it when Peter looked at his watch and gasped.
"We're gonna be late! Come on!" He grabbed Holly by the arm and yanked her up then dashed out of the room, still holding her arm. Holly gave a short scream as they ran. Derek, Albus and Andrea all jumped up while James and Samantha got up a bit slower. They all dashed off to their separate classes.