Once she had said yes to Nyla, the second half of the year sped up so fast. Time really flies, even in the magical world. The exams came and went, and Joanna was certain she did well enough to confirm her a spot in the ministry once she graduated. Though Joanna and Tom had made up, they were merely on ‘hello’ terms, and slowly but surely, they grew apart. Joanna could not see how she could support Tom as an auror-to-be, and Tom did not want to associate himself with anyone that had to do with the ministry; but they did not see each other as enemies, rather the friend that was once close.
Finally, the year came to an end and as Slytherin, once again, took the house cup, the mixture of groans and cheers made Joanna wish the year could have ended later. Hogwarts was like the home she never had, and even though she had to go through the ups and downs, she made friends whom she loved dearly, that would have included Tom if she wasn’t so unsure about how she felt about him.
Once the ‘Goodbye and good luck’ speech was given by Professor Dippet to the graduating class, the night ended with hugs and wishes among the seniors. Some of the juniors stayed back in the great hall to say their goodbyes, as the following day, everyone would be boarding the Hogwarts express and most of them wouldn’t see each other for a while. Joanna was sure to thank the teachers first, and when she came face to face with Professor Dumbledore, her prediction of what he would say came through.
“I’m glad you’re taking up the Auror job. It’s a very good career,” Professor Dumbledore said with a smile.
Joanna merely returned the smile and nodded. She wasn’t so certain if it would be a good career, considering all the battle scars one would collect over time.
Finally thanking all the teachers, who ended saying the same thing about her job offer at the ministry and how she did rather well without failing a single subject, she naturally headed up to Tom.
Since she knew she wouldn’t be seeing him again she thought that an appropriate goodbye should be said.
“So, I heard you’re the top of the class again,” Joanna said, diverting Tom’s attention away from a junior who kept smiling at him without saying a word.
“Yes, I did. You did pretty good yourself,” Tom immediately replied, turning his back against the junior who narrowed her eyes at Joanna before storming off.
“You have an admirer.” Joanna chuckled.
“Annoying,” Tom said as he rolled his eyes.
“Well, what are you planning to do?” Joanna asked, out of curiosity.
“I thought of coming back, to teach.”
“Teach?” That surprised Joanna.
“Yea. Defense against the dark arts,” Tom said.
“Defense against the dark arts?”
Wasn’t Tom for the dark arts? Not against the dark arts? Joanna thought to herself.
“You look shock. Why?”
“I just thought… I mean… it’s not really you to-“
“It’s an interesting subject,” Tom said with a smile. A smile that hid his ulterior motives, but Joanna didn’t bother to pry.
“Well, all the best!”
“You too,” Tom said.
“I’ll see you around,” Joanna added, before she headed towards Annoria, who had been calling her over for the last one minute.
One year into her training at the Ministry of Magic, Joanna was finally promoted as an official Auror. She was assigned to a team and her first so called mission was to track down a wizard who was putting spells on muggles to do his biding. Once that mission was over, another one came, followed by many many more. It’s strange how some wizards loved abusing their magical abilities, even on harmless animals. Most of them were rather disturbed and Joanna was sure she have not met the worst of the worst just yet.
With all the work, Joanna realized that she had not spoken to her friends for months. This auror job is taking up a lot of my time, Joanna thought, as she sat down one night just to reply the letter Annoria had sent her three months ago.
Hoping to catch her breath, the following day, Joanna requested a one month leave, which was supposedly the unclaimed holidays she lost over hunting down crazy wizards. Once it was confirmed, she wrote another letter to Annoria, hoping to meet up.
Annoria must have been extremely free or jobless as her owl returned quickly. Two days after that, they met at the Three Broomsticks and recollected the days where Joanna took Matilda up on a duel.
“I thought you were going to kill her!’ Annoria said, laughing at the memory.
“I thought so too. Wow, I miss those days.” Joanna indeed missed those carefree days.
“Your job is pretty demanding huh?”
“Who knew animal cruelty would fall under our jurisdiction,” Joanna replied.
“If the animal was used for dark magic that is. So, what are you doing now?”
“I’m working in Gringotts.”
“Is it not busy? Aren’t Goblins rather demanding?”
“No, not really. I handle most of the paperwork, but it’s not something magic can’t do by itself.”
“You know what I heard? Tom was offered jobs in the Ministry of Magic. Is it true?” Annoria continued, clearly wanting to do some gossiping.
“I don’t know. I’m rarely in the office. Who did you hear it from?” Joanna was now curious on how Tom was doing.
“Friends of friends in the ministry. But they said he turned them down, for whatever reason. He disappointed a lot of people.”
“Tom never liked the ministry, it would be against his secret oath or something to work in it.”
“But that’s just a waste of talent. I heard he’s working at Borgin and Burkes now. YOU should pay him a visit.” Annoria failed to hide her smile.
“You should come along with me,” Joanna casually replied.
“I don’t like Knockturn Alley. It’s creepy. But you should go, I mean, you haven’t seen him in a while, and he could have only gotten more handsome than he was before,” Annoria teased.
Joanna laughed as Annoria winked her eye at her. Should she pay Tom a visit? Or should she just scrape the idea all together?
To Be Continued…
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