Note:Right, the ideas are piling up, and this is a semi-permanent solution to that. These ideas are up for grabs, let me know what your take on them would be. These will be full of holes, from plot to grammar, there will be spelling errors. Think of these as quick writing exercises, rough drafts for the taking if you will. Some parts of stories won't make sense because I had lost my train of thought mid writing and topped it off. Perspectives will change because I'm a bit too lazy to correct them. These short stories will have nearly no correlation between each other, and majority will probably be in first person. Sometimes differen't 'chapters' may take place long before a previous chapter. That's just the nature of these types of fics.
Some of these might make it to the main "Fighting Chance" series, if modified and refined. Currently this includes "Gamer Potter: A Fighting Chance" as well as "A Fighting Chance: Chakra Edition". There may be possible other crossovers eventually. For now, we are sticking to two series. The original series is still ongoing! never fear! Updates eventually, cheers!
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Omake: Time Travel Gone WRONG!
Summary: This takes place in some parallel universe where much didn't change, Harry only made a party to include Ron and Hermione. This particular scene takes place in Harry Potter and he Order of the Pheonix, during the battle of the ministry.
With an explosion we were thrown together into the workbench and table. The Death Eaters attacked early! Another explosion, this one hitting where many jars fell on us. It was me, Ron, and Hermione. The gold sand started reacting.
Warning! Chaotic Time Shift! Space time ripping! Warning!
The world shifts, golden sand flying in a cyclone around us, slowly blocking the view. Before it does, I notice panicked Order members before everything rewound itself, before jumping forward, and going back. The Death Eater that attacked us had their spell leave the wand, hit us, and reverse. There was even moments where we walked by earlier as a group. At some point there was even Unspeakable workers waving their wands back and forth intrigued. All of this happening at once, we were frozen in time!
Safety commands activated! Shifting Affected Players to a safe timeline!
We were jerked out of position, spinning like in some kind of tornado! For one wild moment I could have sworn I seen a bright blue police box, a man in a leather coat watching in horror.
We all fall in a heap, as the world rights itself for a moment we lay confused, before there was loud strange noise, then a flash!
"We have to do something Hermione. This isn't a good place to be!" I whisper to her, Ron was keeping watch. This time period was chaotic, there was abuse of power, and the orphans were treated with pity and contempt. We were found shortly after an air raid. It was assumed that we were recent orphans, if the burning apartment building was any indication. Since we were friends, it was decided to keep us together. A good thing, we were able to watch each other's backs.
We had ended up in 1940 London.
The I.D. cards given to us, supposedly temporary until they could find records of us, were like waving a flag saying 'pick on me'. It only took a single night here to determine that it was a Terrible Idea. So far we've been here for two weeks now. We never let Hermione out of our sights for long.
"There's no where else to go Harry! We don't have records of any kind! Besides that, what are we going to do? Get jobs? Go to school?"
At this point Ron spoke up "We could join the war effort?" it was a joke, but it gave me an idea.
"It would make us safe, make you safe 'Mione."
It would too, there were some... disturbing stories going around here. There was also talks of sending Hermione to The Church, and sending me and Ron to the 'Youth Exchange' or something. It sent my hairs rising at the thought. The looks that some of the caretakers were giving her, even some of the older boys.
The training was almost not worth it. Sure we managed to lie our way into His Majesty's military, but we were almost forced into homeland defense. No better off than we were now. Training was brutal. It was only made bearable knowing that the others were going through it as well. It cost me a pretty good handful of points to fix my vision to be accepted.
After our sped up training, then came the assignments. Me and Ron fought nearly tooth and nails to be on the same roster as Hermione.
Ron and I were to serve as a last ditch defense for the first and only combat branch of the Woman's Auxiliary Corps. These women had fought hard to get a combat branch, and the Majesty's army allowed them one combat field artillery battery. We were to learn that these women take no nonsense from men, especially those in uniform.
This wasn't a problem for Ron, he was used to a woman yelling. It startled Harry a bit, soon he was used to it though. Either way, somehow Hermione outranked them, which was fine by them.
I ponder what to do next. The skill looked very tempting, especially here.
With some quick work, you are able to load any weapon faster and easier. For manual weapons, this leads to less fumbling, and no chance of dropping ammunition. Clips won't catch, and magazines slide in easier, and belts don't jam as often. The chance of loading failure decreases with more use. This is a passive skill, and improves with use.
It only cost three points, and it would help greatly. I would need to talk Hermione and Ron into getting this.
"Ready guns! The men are moving out, and we are to provide covering fire! Ready up!" Our officer shouted, everyone rushing to their spots.
I make my way to my spot, we had raised hell to stay behind with Hermione, who had joined up with the Woman's Auxillery Corps. Me and Ron were expected to hold the line with the few other youths that joined. We weren't in the front lines, but we were still in enemy territory. I explain lowly to Hermione my plan for skills.
"It makes sense. This thing is technically a gun... With you and Ron it may even save our lives if something happened." She kept an eye on the skies, scanning the horizon. "Although for me, I think I'm going to have to go with [Eagle Eyes] or [Enhanced Perception]."
"Potter! Get back to your post boy! Leave us ladies alone! We got business to attend to!" The Officer commanded, "Be ready to hold the line. We just got intel of a rogue group, believed to be a scouting force on the look out for us. We don't have the time to retreat, we make our stand here! Ready up Women! Max deflect the guns, load out the flak and load in the high explosive!"
There was sudden tracers flying through the air, they were here!
I quickly press accept on the [Quick Load] before returning fire. We had fortified the position, many sandbags and trenches. Ron was at a Bren, firing in bursts into the tree line. There were many shouted commands, untill "FIRE!"
It was deafening, three of the nine cannons were aimed at the trees, blasting away. There were many screams and shouts once the smoke cleared. There were no titles, health meters. For some reason that feature had been disabled since we arrived.
I take aim once more, searching for targets. My Lee-Enfield kicking back with each shot. With everyone shooting at the same time, none of them didn't notice my marksmanship as I tried to make every shot count. Unknown to any of us, it was a turning point in the war, our position in another time was overrun. It was the difference of three very young adults that changed history. In another universe, there was no combat branch of the W.A.C., no dedicated troops to hold the line. In many other realities this position fell, nearly every single time.
Quest chain unlocked! Cause a Distraction! Complete the following!:
-Infiltrate Enemy Outpost!
-Cause a sufficient enough Distraction!
-Escape from Enemy Outpost alive!
-Return to base!
Quest chain rewards: EXP, 15 Skill points, [Infiltrator] and [Sapper] Titles.
Bonus Objectives: ?, ?
I crawled in the dark, slowly making my way towards my objective. The moon was full, making it easier to see, and to be seen. Any noise had me freezing, a well warranted decision considering where I am.
Somehow, I made it past enemy lines and making my way to some outpost. My job was to plant explosives and get back out. To cause as much as a distraction as possible. The few bricks of Composite B wrapped in cloth to prevent any noise. I remember the twenty minute lecture on it's use by a man in the engineer corps, how sensitive the explosives were. I was essentially a dead man crawling if my bag gets shot at. He had given me multiple fuses with caps, simply insert into the explosive, and pull the cap off, it should ignite. "Ten minutes to clear the explosion, be clear when they go off! If you are captured, toss the satchel after arming this grenade, we cannot allow them to have these to use against us."
I did not fancy using it.
Hermione tried to reason with me, Ron was pale in fear, they were about two miles back waiting for my return. I hitched a ride for a mile out on a motorcycle, they dropped me off and wished me luck before leaving. My friends made me get the [Silent as a Cat] perk.
[Silent as a Cat]
Your ears are fine tuned, you have minor night vision, and can move unnoticed if needed. Perfect for stealth and ambushing others. More effective the closer to the ground you get.
It was nervewracking doing this. The only weapons available to me was a german made pistol, a few magazines for it, and a german carbine with an adjustable stock. The idea was that if I did get caught, I wouldn't be found by 'enemy' gunshot noise. Causing confusion, and remaining hidden. I had to wear some German soldiers top and boots, to further confuse if needed. There was nothing to be done though about how I looked, my commander frowned at the get up, saying that I wouldn't fool anyone for long. "Look at him, he doesn't resemble any foot soldier I've ever seen."
The American officer tried to teach me a few phrases in German, in hopes that I could sneak on by if seen. "Well Potter, you're barely passable in the greetings, and only barely. I would recommend you shut up and try not to be seen. Your accent is terrible. Just stick with 'good day comrade' and 'hail' you might be fine, maybe."
Three more hours by my watch, and two patrols before I made it to the outpost. It was more than that, it was a supply cache! Trucks were moving in and out at an average pace, loading and unloading supplies, troops, and equipment. It was well dug in, if the few dozen trenches were any indication. There seemed to be a column of tanks getting ready for some sort of mission.
There were many talks going on, some men gesturing, others smoking. How was I going to do this? There had to be a hundred soldiers down there, and a good portion were on look out. I crawl about, before coming across something curious.
It was a coat someone left behind, about my size, strange. I quickly put it on, it perfectly covered my pack. Almost as if it was made for me? Was that strange?
[Observing] the others, I slowly pick up the language, pass phrases, and what not. There seemed to be a hole in their defenses, slowly crawling around, running across the road before anyone could see me, I make it to the breach. It appeared to be the 'relief' area if the smell was any indication. I grab a helmet someone left behind, before making my way out from a tree.
Quest complete! Infiltrate Enemy Outpost! 1,500 EXP Earned! Title [Infiltrator] Earned!
'Good day.' I jerk to my left, and there was an officer standing there! Where? How?
'Hail! Good day!' I awkwardly stumble, trying to remember the salute.
'Peace. Relax. You must be a new guy, I'm Herr Muller.' The officer says, holding out a hand, I awkwardly shake it. 'Come, briefing starts soon. Just be quiet, pay attention, and follow orders.' While the Muller's back was turned I quickly activate [Infiltrator] after a quick read.
Those with this title have a better chance of sneaking into places they shouldn't be. So long as you act like you belong, you should be fine.
I follow him, few others give me pitying looks, especially the older folks. It was then I realize that those around me now were also young, and awkward looking as me. These were just kids! Like me!
It turns out that this was the auxiliary supply outpost. More for refueling and rations than munitions and intel. I keep [Observe] up, quickly learning the language. It did nothing though to help it stick. Understanding is one thing, replying was a whole different matter. For a quiet moment I frantically search through my skills for something to help. I come across a skill that may do the trick, at the cost of my final five skill points.
Guten Morgan, Hola, Greetings! The master of multiple languages! This could be you! The ability to learn multiple languages quickly, by listening, reading, watching. With enough practice maybe even write in it! Go forth and communicate better in multiple languages!
I send a quick blessing to my mum for gifting me this before hitting accept. I would learn as much as I could, quickly coming up with a story for me being here. 'Yes, I was working on my parents farm when they came. We didn't believe in schooling, not when the motherland needs food.' I would mumble, 'My grandmama was british, and tried to teach us.'
A lie that people believed, it wasn't that long ago when The Great War ended. It wasn't too surprising to believe that my 'grandmama' emigrated to Germany. No one would question my accent after that, believing me to be an illiterate farm boy. This was a lucky break, as I tried to find places to plant the bombs. It was tough seeing as there were many tasks that needed to be done. Even here private was put to grunt work. It was good experience though.
Hours later, and I was competent in German to hold a brief conversation, when an officer rallied us together. 'Men, we are getting ready to advance to the front lines! Be ready to make your country proud! We leave in thirty minutes! Be ready!'
Another officer came by to select a few of us for other jobs. Separating us to do different tasks. I manage to slip away, having found some decent spots to 'cause a distraction'. The radio tower, gasoline supply, and the rations tent. It was only pure luck that everyone was busy bustling to prepare for the next battle. I plant them in hard to reach places, pulling the cap and rushing away. The last one was planted, and I was making my way out when a commanding officer Muller managed to get a hold of me. 'Ah! Just the one I'm looking for. I need a loader for a tank. Come!'
I was dragged to a tank! We climb aboard, he pointed for me to sit, and told the other guy to train me quickly. It had been only minutes, and we were leaving the outpost. 'Right boy, the shells are here, your job is to grab one, and jam it in here, like so!' he demonstrates, pushing the shell into the breach of the cannon, closing it with a flip of a lever. 'Be sure it doesn't jam! This headset is yours!' It was loud, and I gladly took the set. The man shows me how to reply back, we did a quick check before radio silence.
Quest 'Cause a Distraction' complete! 50,000 EXP Rewarded! Successful Escape from an enemy outpost, 1,000 EXP Rewarded! Title [Sapper] earned!
Quest Updated! Find a way back to base! 25,000 EXP Reward! Failure Cost: Imprisonment and 250 EXP!
It was only moments later when the radio came back to life. 'We have been sabotaged! I repeat we have been sabotaged! Be on the look out for possible saboteurs!'
The officer went on alert, commanding us to be ready. I take a look at my current company, they were dressed the same as me... Was this... a tankers uniform? I look back at my coat, indeed it was. Somehow, I managed to get myself inside a german tank! Potter luck strikes again! Just what was the catch then?
'Ready up! It turns out there was indeed an enemy battery position nearby! They have been pushed back, it was that woman's auxiliary corps or something. How desperate must they be to draft women into their ranks. We are nearing the front lines, we are to provide fire support if needed, but we are only to observe. There are rumors of a Sherman Pack roaming about, our tank isn't good enough to take them on. We are splitting from the main group.'
Pushed back! Oh merlin! Were they alright?
'Upper chain wants to form up another tank charge, to take back some town northwest of here. Something about taking a bridge from some paratroopers. I mean, its only a few, how could they hold up the entire line?' The tank suddenly shudders as an explosion barely misses the tracks! 'Man the gun!'
"This is the American 4th armored division! Surrender or prepare to be annihilated! You are surrounded!" Someone yelled to us, the officer's face tightened as the others look on in fear and confusion.
'What is going on?' the gunner asked, trying to look for a tank.
The officer sighed, deciding it was probably best to live for another day, even if it was a prisoner of war. 'Put down your weapons, if you want to see another day.'
With that I take off my helmet and aim my carbine at the officer, switching back to english, he seemed to understand it well enough anyway. "Put your arms up! Private Potter of the English Army!"
He put his hands up in surprise, the rest wide eyed, too surprised by my outburst. I carefully open my hatch, shouting out "English Soldier! Hold your fire! I got prisoners!"
"What the hell is an englishmen doing here!? Get out! Slowly now!"
I relay back to the rest, as they open their hatches. I make sure they all leave before climbing out, a few G.I.'s already cautiously approaching with weapons raised. I shout back "Exiting the tank, now! This is all of them! Hold your fire!" I take off my borrowed coat, carefully holding the rifle.
Bonus Objective! Recover Enemy Tank for Research Purposes! 50,000 EXP earned!
Bonus Objective! Recover Important Prisoner! 30,000 EXP earned!
It had taken some doing, but I managed to convince them that this was no trick, providing my credentials multiple times. They wouldn't give me any news, even after asking about the WAC battery. I was detained away from the german tankers, as the American officer ran the radios.
It would be another day, and some interrogations before being released back to the WAC, who had evacuated with minimal injuries and no casualties thankfully.
Quest Complete! Return to base alive! 25,000 EXP Rewarded!
"You are very lucky you know that Potter!"
"Breathing 'Mione, air!"
It was a happy reunion, with Ron sitting at the fire watching, slowly munching away at a ration. A punch to the shoulder followed by a hermy hug. Now if only we can survive this somehow.
I hobble my way to the front, cane tapping away. My best mates behind me, one forever wheelchair bound, the other scarred for life. We could have died, should have died. It was the final push when the Russians turned on us, re-directing their artillery to us. It was a surprise to Hermione, we had reached Berlin before the Russians, capturing it piece by piece. With Germany close to surrendering, it would only be months before Japan did as well from the Americans. It was a welcome surprise to many. If only it wasn't Patton that led the charge into Berlin, anyone with a cooler head actually.
Then Stalin happened, turning upon the allied forces. We were on our way to securing the city when the great bombardment happened. The Russians leveled the city with over nine thousand different cannons and rockets. We had thought the war was over, it had shifted once more. The WAC was a good mile out, when we were ordered to redirect fire. It wasn't to be, they had us zeroed in, waiting for us to do something. I guess they were expecting a retreat, as we usually did. Once our cannons fired though, a veritable firestorm hit our position. of the six batteries set up around, ours was hit the worst.
I managed to survive somehow, with a broken leg. Making my way through the debris, fire everywhere. Ron was pinned between a broken wall and a cannon barrel, both of his legs broken. Hermione looked worse off, there was blood everywhere. She would have scars across her arms and face, shrapnel damage. Everyone was too shellshocked to notice me use magic to save them.
Our WAC company was nearly wiped out, there was three others that survived the bombardment. We were saved by the retreating forces. Due to our injuries we were going home. Without it being obvious, we couldn't use our potions to heal ourselves, probably not ever now. We spoke it over, and it was agreed, that until we could return Home, we shall keep the injuries for now.
There was talks about refilling the WAC as well as expanding upon it by two more batteries.
The last I heard, we managed to force an armistice on the Russians after the bombing of Japan, we could not have prevented that, especially from Europe. We knew though that they only had less than a handful of bombs... We hope. Word is spreading that we managed to capture many hidden research facilities along the way while pushing back the Russians. It was a temporary fear that the same would happen to Moscow and Stalingrad, news leaked out that those were the proposed targets.
It was a shaky future for this world, where the Russians were more determined and ruthless. It was then Hermione brought up the point, it was the satisfaction of taking Berlin that stopped the Russian war machine, and that didn't happen here. For now, we all recuperate, waiting for the peace to end.
At the moment, we were expected to meet King George VI for services rendered in the war. We wait to be announced.
"You may enter now."
Squaring my shoulders I walk in, and immediately became surprised. Was that... "A Blue Police box?"
I look back at Hermione with disbelief, this couldn't be happening. Why here? Why now? Even Ron is surprised, although for a different reason. "It's him! The War Doctor! He's supposed to be a myth!"
"Ah! Fantastic! Just the people I've been looking for! Rose, I'd like you meet some very special people!"
The Doctor had finally found his wayward time travelers.
Cue the Doctor Who outro!
I couldn't resist, a madman with a box. Who knows, maybe I'll continue this in some other omake in the future. It will not be it's own fic, probably. A bit research heavy for something like this.