(A/N): Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't been able to update as quickly as I wanted to. I've been trying to work on getting my next book finished. I also have someone from Penguin Publishing looking at my first book, so I might be getting published in the old fashioned hard copy way. It's pretty cool. When I finally finished my first draft for my next book, I went back to my fanfics, hoping to get some updates up before I went back to book work, but then I got really sick. Like, so sick I couldn't concentrate much less write. I hope you'll be patient with me. I wish I could put up a post everyday or, at least, every week, but I can't. It's really too bad because I love writing this stuff. It's a nice break from the dark stuff that I write in my books. This chapter has a bit of dark stuff in it though, so I'm not getting much of a break.
Thank you to these people for your reviews and putting up with my long stretches between updates: Chey21 (You're kind of right. The guys do have to kind of worry. There are some things going on that really start off in this chapter. It's getting darker.), EuthoxiaPena12 (Yay! Another update! And request accepted.), Witch Demigoddess (Yeah, I wasn't going to have Daniela go with them when I first wrote it in, but then I thought that the plot needs her. Actually, it's more Carlos that needs her. Wink Wink. Kidding. Sort of. Yeah, I don't like the 1D/BTR fan war either. It reminds me of the Backstreet Boys/NSYNC fan war in the late nineties/early thousands. I was actually a BTR fan first. I had no idea who 1D was until I went to a BTR concert and 1D was the opening act. I've been a fan ever since. Yes, we're halfway through this story. The first story. In an eight story series. Just like the Harry Potter books, I'm having a story for each school year, but I'm also adding one more to wrap everything up. The Marauders and Lily storyline didn't end at the end of their school years, so neither will these stories. Who knows? I might even add in more stories at the end if I have enough interest from readers and content that I can write about. So, in reality, we're nowhere near the end! We're just getting started! Yes, I realize what I did there.) and Your Biggest Fan (Well, thank you for all those compliments! :) I think you're the only one that actually WANTS to see Logan become a werewolf. Everyone else seems torn at the thought. I really wish I had gotten this update up quicker. I feel so bad for letting you readers down. Hopefully, this chapter gives you just as much happiness as the rest of the story has! Like I've said before, no one else seemed to be writing a BTR/HP story that showed the similarities between BTR and the Marauders. I wanted to read one, but, since there wasn't one, I thought I'd write it myself. And, honestly, I have to agree with the guys. Magic is awesome!)
As always, I don't own Big Time Rush nor the magical world of Harry Potter. They belong to genius people that are not me. I can only play with the characters for no profit. Speaking of playing with characters, there are a few other characters that are OCs of other people and I'd like to thank them for letting me use their characters: Witch Demigoddes (Daniela and Gabriela), JanineBTR (Alexis and Jonathan), tacobell (Gloriana) and Cryss'BTRusher (Crystal). I may not be able to use their characters in every chapter, but they are an important part of the story and I'm grateful that I get the chance to use them. Now that I've thanked everyone, onto the actual story!
Chapter 14: Is It Time To Worry?
Somehow, the guys, Daniela and Andrea made it back to their hotel suite without Gustavo and Kelly finding out they were gone. Things had gone quiet between the six since they left the Ministry, each of them lost in their own thoughts. Knowing they wouldn't be able to get the information back at Washburn, the guys and Andrea had combed over the books, though Logan and Andrea had the most complete notes on the subject. The information they had gotten just made things even more awkward. While Daniela had humored them at first, hearing her friends' attempts at creating parallels, she soon realized they were taking the project way too seriously and tried to debunk every similarity they came up with. It didn't seem to help.
Walking through the door to their suite, Kendall and Andrea quickly separated from the group, heading to their rooms.
"We have no more excuses to leave this suite unless guided by our professors," Andrea told the others. "So, no one should leave or I'll strap you to your bed. Clear, Knight?"
"Wasn't planning on leaving anyway, North," Kendall retorted. The doors slammed shut after them.
After a few seconds of staring at the doors, Daniela turned to the remaining boys, "Okay, so it looks like it's just us! Maybe we should work on some of our essays. Any of you guys good at Transfiguration? Cause I'm stuck on that one."
"Logan's great at everything," Carlos reminded her. "But Kendall seems to be better at Transfiguration than the rest of us." For some reason, James and Logan flinched when Carlos said Kendall's name. They glanced at each other, nodded and left for their room. Carlos stared at the closing door in confusion.
Daniela shot a glare to each of the doors before turning to Carlos with a smile, "Guess it's just you and me then. Did you want to get some work done?"
Carlos scrunched up his nose in disgust, "Not really, no."
"Honestly, me neither," Daniela admitted. "Did you bring some swim trunks? I hear the indoor pool here is pretty sweet."
Furrowing his eyebrows, Carlos remembered, "I thought we weren't allowed to leave."
"It's just the pool!" Daniela exclaimed. "It's not like we're leaving the hotel! I'll just tell Andy that we'll be at the pool so our professors know where we are. Unless you WANTED to obey the rules and stay here, bored."
"Let's go to the pool!" Carlos agreed, heading for the room he shared with Kendall.
The next morning, Gustavo burst into the suite and sounded an airhorn. The doors to the bedrooms opened and the young wizards and witches poked their heads out, eyes droopy with sleepiness.
"Dogs!" Gustavo yelled. "You have five minutes to get ready before we head to the concert hall!"
"What about breakfast?" Carlos asked.
"There'll be food there," Gustavo assured him. "NOW MOVE!" The boys closed their doors to get themselves presentable to leave the suite.
Daniela and Andrea exchanged quick glances before asking, "What about us?"
"If you want to see the concert, you better be ready to go too," Gustavo responded.
"Sweet!" Daniela exclaimed. "Free concert!" She disappeared back into the bedroom.
"Ick, no," Andrea crinkled her nose. "I'm going back to sleep." She closed the door as she retreated from sight.
Daniela watched from a distance as the boys got themselves ready to go onstage. Carlos was having a fight with Kelly, trying to get her to allow him to wear his helmet for the performance. James combed through his hair, staring at his reflection in a handheld mirror. Logan kept taking deep breaths, readying himself to go perform in front of a crowd. Kendall stretched himself out though he kept taking curious glances over to Carlos. Gustavo hummed a Big Time Rush song as he prepared his 'producer' motherboard where he controlled the entire concert.
"Dogs!" Gustavo clapped his hands. Kendall, Logan and James quickly went over to their producer. After Carlos lost the fight with Kelly, he joined them. "This performance is important. Not only do we have to keep quiet that you're wizards and your absence from the spotlight is a cause of honing those powers, but we also have to make sure that you'll still have a fan base once your schooling is over. None of us want to see you graduate only to find out that you're as washed up as BIA." The guys shuddered at the mention of the nineties boy band, Boys in the Attic. "Exactly. Do well out there or the next few years at school are going to be torture. Got it?" They nodded. "Good. Now, get to your spot." The boys rushed over to the place where they would be lifted up to the stage. A minute later, the floor underneath them raised them up to the stage.
There was a television backstage that showed video of the guys' performance onstage. Daniela stood in front of it, arms crossed as she watched the boys go through their concert. With their chemistry onstage, it was a surprise that the boys had been arguing a mere hour before. When Kendall called out Logan's dancing, the smart boy went off in a sort-of break dance. Carlos ran over to the drummer, grabbed the sticks from the man and drummed out a beat for Logan to dance to. The audience cheered and Daniela laughed into her hand. James, being James, couldn't let the attention get away from him for too long. So, naturally, the pretty boy of the group commented on how the ladies of this particular audience were some of the most attractive he's seen. That caused more cheering from the audience and he flashed them his million-dollar grin. After the some more conversations among the boys for some showmanship, they went back into their singing.
Since she had been to multiple concerts of theirs before, Daniela wandered away from the television, deciding to take advantage of being backstage for the first time in her life. She was tempted to check out what Gustavo was doing, but knew that the producer was in his own zone. Anyone that came near him was threatened to be cursed and Daniela didn't want to take the chance that he would actually do that. She passed by the buffet table and hesitated.
After grabbing a few snacks, Daniela continued to explore the place. Finding herself walking down an undecorated hallway, she glanced over the doors. Most of them were unmarked, but some of them had names such as 'maintenance' and 'power'. She shivered slightly, the place showing no real sign of anyone being around. Knowing ghosts were real didn't help the horror movie feeling.
A specific door caught her attention. A temporary sign with the words 'Big Time Rush' had been taped to the door. Daniela had found the boys' dressing room. Curious to see what a dressing room really looked like, her hand headed for the doorknob. Voices made her pull her hand back, glancing around for any clue as to where the voices were coming from. Realizing the voices were coming from the room next to Big Time Rush's dressing room, Daniela moved over to see what was behind that door. Another temporary sign had been taped to this door, this one saying, 'One Direction'. Daniela's jaw dropped slightly.
"No way," Daniela tried to push her inner fangirl back down like she did with Big Time Rush, but she was failing miserably. A squeal escaped her lips and her hand immediately covered her mouth. She glanced up and down the hallway to see if anyone was coming. When she saw no one was around, she looked back at the door, debating in her head if she should venture inside. The slightly open door called out to her. Deciding that peeking through the crack between the door and the doorframe would be okay, Daniela looked inside.
The boys in One Direction were laughing and talking about a school. Daniela furrowed her eyebrows, realizing something was off about their discussion. Suddenly, one of them pulled out a stick and pointed it at a drink just out of his reach. He spoke, loud and clear enough that Daniela could hear, "Wingardium Leviosa." The drink levitated off the table. He guided it to his free hand, took a drink and then used the spell to set it back in its spot. Daniela gasped loudly. The boys immediately stopped their conversation and turned in her direction. She quickly backed away from the door. Searching for a way to disappear before they could find her, Daniela's eyes settled on the door to Big Time Rush's dressing room. She ran inside, closing the door after her.
"Oh Merlin," Daniela whispered to herself. "One Direction are wizards too." She collapsed on one of the couches in the dressing room, smiling. "Awesome! Maybe that means they'll come and perform at Washburn sometime!" She squealed at the thought.
Screaming from the hallway caught her attention. She looked over at the door just in time to watch Kendall enter the room. Carlos followed, apologizing for something, but Kendall didn't seem to be taking it. James and Logan came in afterward, concern mounting for their friends. Gustavo and Kelly hurried in after them. Daniela winced upon seeing the producer. His face was red with anger.
"DOGS!" Gustavo screeched. "GET BACK OUT THERE! THE CONCERT IS NOT OVER! WE NEED THIS!"
"I'm not going out there with him!" Kendall insisted, pointing at Carlos.
"I said I was sorry!" Carlos declared.
"Of course, you're sorry," Kendall agreed. "Sorry that you didn't KILL me!"
"I would never kill you!" Carlos exclaimed.
"Yeah, like I'm going to believe that!" Kendall responded, storming into the bathroom and locking the door after him.
Carlos turned to James and Logan, "You guys believe me, don't you?!" The boy looked desperate for confirmation, but his friends suddenly found their feet rather interesting.
"What happened?" Daniela asked, looking for some type of explanation. No one even heard her.
Gustavo stomped over to the bathroom door and banged his fist on it, "I DON'T CARE IF YOU HATE EACH OTHER! YOU NEED TO GET BACK OUT THERE FOR THE SAKE OF ALL OUR CAREERS!"
Kendall opened the door to yell at Gustavo, "MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE COUNTED ON JUST US FOR YOUR CAREER THEN!" He slammed the door in Gustavo's face. Everyone sucked in their breaths, waiting for the explosion to come from Gustavo.
It didn't come. Instead, he whispered through the door, "Oh, I'm going to make your seven years at Washburn a living hell." He looked over at the others who immediately turned away, pretending to be interested in the scenery of the room. "Kelly, get us ready to leave."
"What about the New Year's television appearance?" Kelly asked.
"Cancel it," Gustavo declared. "We're going straight back to Washburn." Kelly got on her phone and walked out of the room. Realizing that no one was going to tell her what happened, Daniela followed Kelly out.
"What happened?" Daniela repeated.
"I'll tell you on the way back to the hotel," Kelly assured her, holding a hand over the speaker of the phone. "We have to pick up the luggage, check-out of the hotel and get Andrea. Leaving her here in England would be bad."
"So, what happened?" Andrea asked as she put her only piece of luggage on the cart.
Daniela placed hers on next, "Apparently, Carlos thought it would be a good idea to climb up on one of the structures on stage during the performance. Well, the structure wasn't made to be climbed on, so it fell. Carlos jumped off before it hit the ground, but Kendall was inches away. Kendall automatically thought Carlos was trying to kill him. Ridiculous, right? Carlos couldn't kill a fly." She laughed at the thought. Andrea didn't join in. "Oh, come on. Don't tell me that you believe that stupid Marauders thing."
"It's quite a coincidence," Andrea replied.
Daniela's jaw dropped, "I can't believe you believe that Carlos would try to kill Kendall! You're supposed to be smart! Think about this rationally! Do you really think there's any possibility that Carlos is ANYTHING like that idiot, Peter Pettigrew?!" Andrea shifted around uncomfortably. "Fine. Believe that. But if you believe that, then you should start to come to terms that you'll be Mrs. Kendall Knight one day." She grabbed Carlos's backpack and angrily slammed it on top of the other luggage.
Andrea snorted, "Like that's going to happen!"
"If that doesn't happen, then Carlos can't betray you both, leading to your deaths," Daniela pointed out. "So, either you have to believe that both are going to happen or neither. I hope you choose the right one." The rest of their cart packing was silent as Daniela let Andrea think over the situation.
Once the cart was filled with their luggage, the two girls rolled it out into the hallway outside the hotel room, but left the door open. There, they waited impatiently for Kelly to show up. When Kelly did come back, she gave a quick look around the room for stray items left behind. Finding none, she joined the girls outside the room, closing the door after her.
"Okay, we're all checked-out," Kelly announced. "Let's meet up with Gustavo and the guys. They should be at the portkey site." The three ladies headed down the hallway with the luggage cart and pressed a button for the elevator. The doors to an elevator opened and they went inside.
Seconds after the doors closed them in, the second elevator opened. Hermione Granger stepped out, two men following her. One of them fixed his glasses while the other scratched the top of his red hair covered head.
"What are we doing here, Hermione?" the redhead asked.
"I told you, Ron," Hermione responded. "Harry needs to meet this group, especially two of them. There was something about them that reminded me of Harry's parents."
"So, why am I coming too?" Ron asked.
"Because you overheard and decided to come with us," Hermione reminded him. "Honestly, Ron, you didn't need to follow us."
"Hermione, I don't need to meet people that are like my parents," Harry insisted. "I'm sure that there are thousands of people on this planet that are similar to my parents. I don't need to meet every single one."
"It's not you who's going to benefit from this meeting, it's them," Hermione revealed. "They need your experience. They need your guidance. They need your help. Harry, you've been concerned with the recent increase in dark wizard activity over in the United States, right? Well, this group is from the United States. They've been studying your parents and their friends. From what I've overheard about their studies and based on the current trend over in the United States, I fear that history is starting to repeat itself."
"Bloody hell," Ron muttered.
"That's impossible, Hermione," Harry declared. "Voldemort is dead. Without him, there's no chance for history to repeat itself."
Hermione sighed, "I know it won't be exact, but, Harry, these dark magic trends are very similar to before the First Wizarding War. It might not be Voldemort himself, but that doesn't mean there isn't another threat out overseas that could be like Voldemort. And if it is, he could learn from the mistakes that Voldemort made that resulted in his death. You need to give these students a fighting chance by helping them learn from your experiences. It might be easier for them to understand coming from someone who's gone through it."
Harry ran a hand through his hair, the lightning bolt scar on his forehead showing when he brushed the hair off his forehead, "I'll talk to the other aurors, maybe even send some reinforcements over to help the United States, but I can't think of any other way to help with this dark wizard issue."
"Just talk to these students," Hermione continued to push the issue. "Just one conversation. If you don't think you can help after that, then we'll go back to what we were doing before."
"Lead the way to their room then," Harry gave in. "I'll talk to them, but I can't promise anything." Hermione led Harry and Ron over to the door where the group had been staying, knocking on it.
Kendall, James, Carlos, Logan, Andrea and Daniela arrived back at Washburn, going through the portrait to the Knight Common Room. They were immediately greeted by their pets. James, Carlos and Andrea knelt to the ground to scratch their dogs with enthusiasm. Kendall's and Daniela's owls landed on their shoulders, hooting in happiness. Logan winced as his cat climbed up him, claws digging into the smart boy's skin. When the cat got to his chest, Logan pulled her off and cuddled the purring animal in his arms.
The group looked over to one of the couches. Alexis and Jonathan were cuddling there in front of the fire. Upon getting caught in a display of affection, they separated and got to their feet to greet the newcomers.
"Hey, thanks for watching our pets," Logan told the two older students.
Jonathan shrugged, "No problem. It's not like I had any family members to see of over the holidays."
"And I prefer it here instead of spending time with mine," Alexis revealed. She looked over the common room with a slight smile. "This is my home." Jonathan's hand found hers, a smile cracking on his face as well. "So, you guys are back early. How was the concert?"
Kendall's mouth turned downward in a scowl, "Don't want to talk about it." He headed for the stairs to the dorms, his body tense in anger.
"You're still mad about that?!" Carlos yelled after him. "Come on, man! It was an accident!" Jonathan and Alexis exchanged curious looks. Kendall didn't answer Carlos, disappearing up the stairs.
Daniela tugged on Carlos's arm, "Hey, why don't we get Sydney some exercise outside? I bet she could use it." Carlos stared at the stairs in despair. "Carlos, don't worry about it. Just give him some time. Kendall will come around eventually."
Carlos nodded slowly, "Yeah, you're right." He gave her a genuine grin. "Let's go play in the snow with our pets!" Daniela laughed as she let him drag her out of the common room, Sydney following them out.
Kendall didn't come around. The first couple of weeks in January passed and Kendall seemed to be giving Carlos the silent treatment. Carlos just took it a good sign that the blonde wasn't yelling at him. Daniela was in disagreement, glaring at Kendall every time the hockeyhead wouldn't answer one of Carlos's questions. It finally came to the point that the other students at Washburn had caught that something was going on with Big Time Rush. Rumors flew that the band was breaking up. Whenever asked about it, Kendall wouldn't give a response, but the others insisted that that the band was still working together. Logan and James, while not completely freezing out Carlos like Kendall was, were still slightly weary around the boy. Carlos found himself spending less time with his fellow bandmates and more time with Daniela. While she didn't mind the extra attention from her favorite Big Time Rush member, she was clearly upset by the situation.
Meanwhile, try-outs had begun for the winter sport, quadpot. First years weren't allowed to try-out, but Kendall and Daniela got the exception due to their abilities on the quidditch field. Based on the amount of people involved in the try-outs, it was obvious that this sport was even more popular than quidditch. When Kendall asked Daniela about it, she told him that the two sports popularities were similar to the muggle sports of American football and soccer. Quidditch, like soccer or football in Europe, was much more popular overseas while quadpot, like American football, was played exclusively in the Americas. After the try-outs, Kendall decided he preferred quidditch, but that didn't stop him from doing well enough to make the team along with Daniela. It seemed that most of the players on the teams were the ones that also played quidditch. Kendall chalked it up to quidditch being on hold during the next few months and everyone wanting to continue playing a sport.
The day of the first match, Carlos sat with Daniela at the Knight dining table in the Great Hall. The two of them were having lunch though Daniela was also practicing for their Charms exam the next day.
"You should probably practice too," Daniela suggested to Carlos. "With your essay's grade being a D, you'll need at least an E to balance it out."
"In what world is an E better than a D?" Carlos asked.
"In our world," Daniela insisted. "E stands for Exceeds Expectations. Come on, Carlos, you should know this."
"So, does that mean D means Delightful?"
"D means Dreadful."
"Oh. What about A? Is A bad now that E is good?"
"No, A is still good, just not great," Daniela explained. "A is Acceptable. It's the lowest passing grade." Carlos sighed sadly. "Hey, at least it's passing. But, from what you've told me, I think you need to practice more. Don't want to see you held back a grade. Then, we wouldn't be in classes together."
"Yeah, that would be bad," Carlos agreed. "But I don't need to practice. Spells are easy."
"Oh really?" Daniela raised her eyebrow in skepticism. "Let's see what you've got."
Carlos pulled out his wand and pointed at a bowl of mini corndogs further down the table, "Wingardium Leviosa." The bowl immediately levitated off the table and headed over to him. He guided it to land on his plate. Pointing his wand at an individual corndog, he repeated the spell. It floated away from its fellow corndogs. Carlos directed it into his open mouth. While Carlos chewed the food with satisfaction, Daniela stared at him with a slightly dropped jaw.
"Do you learn spells just to help you get more food?" Daniela asked.
"Pretty much," Carlos responded.
"So, you have Wingardium Leviosa mastered, but what about other spells?" Daniela brought up. "Surely you can't practice those on food."
Carlos smirked. He placed the bowl to the side of his plate before picking out another corndog. After placing it on his plate, he pointed his wand at it, "Engorgio." The corndog swelled to an immense size, so large that it couldn't even fit on his plate. Carlos clapped happily. "Yay! Giant corndog!" He put his wand to the side before biting into the piece of food with enthusiasm. Daniela watched in surprise, one of her eyes twitching slightly.
"But that's a second year spell," Daniela noted. "Do you know the counter spell?"
"Why would I want to make food smaller?" Carlos asked with his mouth full. "That's a stupid idea."
Daniela opened her mouth to respond, but before she could, Trista appeared beside them. The Knight girl stared up at the frizzy-haired Gaunt with disgust, "Can I help you?"
"Get out of my way," Trista insisted, pulling Daniela from her seat and pushing her to the ground. Before Daniela could protest, Trista had taken the newly vacated spot next to Carlos. The helmethead stared at her with wide eyes and a full mouth.
"You stupid bi-" Daniela started. Trista turned her wand on Daniela, mumbling a spell under her breath. Voice suddenly going mute, Daniela's mouth moved in a frenzy without a sound.
Trista turned back to Carlos with a smile, "Hey, Carlos. How was your holiday break?"
Carlos swallowed before responding, "Eventful."
"I'd imagine so," Trista told him. "I heard about what happened at the concert." Carlos suddenly looked guilty. "I think Kendall overreacted. It was obviously an accident."
"That's what I've been telling him!" Carlos insisted.
"Listen," Trista placed a hand on Carlos's arm. Daniela immediately stopped attempting to speak, glaring at the spot where Trista touched Carlos with rage building in her eyes. Carlos glanced down at it in confusion. "You look like you could use some true friends. A bunch of us are going to hang out after the game. Wanna come with?"
"Uh," Carlos stammered.
"Great!" Trista took his response as a yes. "I'll meet you after the game and take you there." She placed a kiss on his cheek and got up. After giving Daniela a swift kick, Trista headed for the doors out of the Great Hall. Carlos watched her go. She passed Kendall, Logan and James who were standing frozen beside the doors. They stared at Carlos. After a tense minute passed of this staring, Kendall disappeared out the doors. Logan and James followed him. Sighing, Carlos looked back at his giant corndog, suddenly not in the mood to eat it anymore.
"Wait for me after the game," Daniela told Carlos. She was already dressed in her uniform for the quadpot game.
"But I'm hanging out with Trista after the game," Carlos reminded her.
"I know," Daniela responded. "I'm coming with you."
"You two hate each other though."
"I don't care about her. I care about you." Carlos stared at her, unable to come up with a response to her.
Gabriela walked over to the two of them, telling Daniela, "The game's starting soon, sis. Get back with the rest of the team." She turned to watch Carlos suspiciously.
"Wait for me," Daniela repeated to Carlos. "Promise that you'll wait for me."
"I'll always wait for you," Carlos insisted. Daniela placed a hand on Carlos's cheek. Carlos caught something in her hazel eyes and wondered what she was thinking. Whatever she was thinking, it made her blush and pull away from him. Before he could ask her for her thoughts, she was halfway over to the rest of the Knight team. Kendall glared at her as she sat down next to him.
Carlos looked around the room. The Great Hall had been converted into an indoor stadium for the game. The dining tables had been shoved to the sides and some of the students used them as seats to have an advantage at seeing the rink built in the middle of the room. Shaped like a hockey rink, the structure had wooden floors since the students would be running on it. On opposing sides were pots containing liquid. The liquid was designed for stopping the delayed exploding spell placed on the ball. The rules of the game were rather simple. Get the ball in the pot before it explodes to get a point. If it explodes while you're holding it, you're out of the game. The game ends when there is only one player left in the rink. The team with the most points, like every other game, wins.
Walking among the crowd, Carlos looked around for someone to hang out with during the game. He found James and Logan, but, as he was heading for them, they walked away. Over by the Knights' goal, Andrea was talking to Alphonso. Carlos debated going over there, but changed his mind. Realizing that there was no one to talk to, Carlos went up to the edge. Daniela noticed him from the Knights' bench and gave him a wave. He waved back. Catching Kendall's glare, his arm fell back to his side as he sighed unhappily.
There was a whistle and the two teams got up from their benches to begin the game.
After the game, Carlos waited at the doors outside the Great Hall. Trista came up to him and grabbed his hand, "Come on. The others can't wait till we get there."
"Dani's coming along," Carlos revealed. "Let's wait for her."
A scowl appeared on Trista's face, "Why? She'll just curse me. You don't want to see her do that, do you? Or maybe you don't want some new friends."
"I promised her I'd wait for her," Carlos insisted on staying. "It's either both of us or neither of us."
Trista groaned, "Fine." She crossed her arms and tapped her foot impatiently. "But she better get here quickly."
It didn't take long for Daniela to come out of the Great Hall, still dressed in her Quadpot uniform. She gave Carlos a smile upon seeing him, "Just let me go change."
"Ugh," Trista muttered, gaining a glare from Daniela. "We don't have time for this. Come with us now or don't come at all."
"Fine, I'll go in this," Daniela agreed. "Besides, my team did beat yours so I might as well rub it in your face." She smirked.
"Whatever, let's go," Trista insisted, leading the other two toward the door to the castle's grounds. "We're already running late."
Carlos and Daniela shifted around uncomfortably. They were sitting among a circle of Gaunts, a green tinted fire roaring in the middle of the circle. Some of the older students had put a charm on the area so it felt warm. It was rather odd to look around and see one circle of grass surrounded by snow. The forbidden forest stood inches away from them, animalistic sounds coming from amongst the trees. The Gaunts spoke loudly, each of them bragging about their accomplishments. Most of them involved bullying the younger students in other houses. Trista seemed comfortable with them, talking about her own conquests. Alphonso was among them as well though he was quiet, staring at Carlos and Daniela.
Maddox got to his feet and the group went quiet, turning to watch the prefect walk around the circle. He stopped behind Alphonso, "So, Alph, have you finally tired of that mudblood yet?" Alphonso somehow became paler. Daniela's hand formed a fist, but she didn't say a word.
"I-I just," Alphonso stammered.
"It's fine," Maddox waved it off. "Someone with that body is sure to draw some attention, despite her dirty blood. Man, if only she was a pureblood. I would be all over that." He tilted his head, some of his long, platinum blonde hair falling over his shoulder. "But we do have a new pureblood in our midst." He leaned over, getting close to Daniela's ear. "Don't we, Castillo." Daniela shivered in disgust.
Carlos reached over and pushed Maddox away, "Leave her alone!"
Maddox growled, "You're lucky the superior has taken an interest in you, mudblood. Otherwise, you would pay for that." Carlos and Daniela exchanged confused looks.
"Speaking of the superior," one of the other Gaunts spoke. "Can we see what he gave you over the holidays?"
Smirking, Maddox looked away, "I don't know what you're talking about."
"Come on, show us!" another Gaunt exclaimed. "We've been dying to see it!"
Instead of responding, Maddox sat down next to the flame. He pushed off his robe and grabbed his right arm's shirt sleeve. Slowly, he folded the sleeve up, revealing the skin on his arm. Once the sleeve was up to his elbow, he showed off his inner arm. Black ink stained the skin. The main part of the tattoo was a skull. Coming from the skull's open mouth was a large snake. As though that snake wasn't enough, the skull also had snakes coming out of the top. In the light of the green flames, the snakes seemed to move. Carlos and Daniela stared at the mark, something catching in their throats.
"Awesome," Trista moved over to him, running a finger on the tattoo. "I can't wait until after fifth year when I'm allowed to get one. What's the superior like?"
"He's a genius," Maddox revealed, pulling his shirt sleeve back down. "I was suddenly included in all of these plans. This man is going to make the world a better place for all of us. And it all starts with Carlos." Eyes turned to stare at Carlos.
"I didn't realize I was that important," Carlos mumbled.
"Oh, the superior can't wait to meet you, Carlos," Maddox assured him. "You are the key to all of his plans."
Daniela got to her feet, "It's getting really late. Carlos, we better get back to the dorm before we get in trouble for being out after curfew."
"No worries," Maddox told her. "I'm a prefect. Stay, sweetheart. You can't get in trouble while out here with me." He gave her a wink.
"Yeah, I'm definitely going," Daniela declared. "Coming, Carlos?" She stared down at him with hope.
After glancing over the group of Gaunts with their eyes on him, Carlos got to his feet, "I'll go with you." The Gaunts groaned, some of them urging him to stay. "Can't let a pretty lady go back alone at night." Daniela was thankful that the green fire couldn't showcase her blush.
"Well, if that's the only reason you're leaving, then maybe I should be the one to escort her," Maddox offered. Daniela's scowl was hidden in the darkness.
"No, I've got this," Carlos insisted. He grabbed Daniela's hand. "Come on, Dani. I could use a good night's sleep." Quickly, he pulled her away. Daniela had to jog slightly to keep up with his pace at first. By the time they reached a place lighted from the castle, Carlos let go of her hand and slowed down. Daniela's hand felt empty without his.
"Thanks for leaving with me," Daniela told Carlos.
"I should be thanking you, Dani," Carlos responded. "I didn't even want to go in the first place, but I thought I had no choice. You got me out of it." Daniela gave him a smile.
Things went quiet between them as they finally reached the castle. The duo went inside and headed up the stairs to venture through the moving staircases. Finally reaching the portrait of the knight that hid the Knight common room, Daniela gave the portrait the password and they went inside. The common room was empty except for Logan's cat, Bastet, who slept quietly on the couch in front of the roaring fire in the fireplace.
Carlos started for the stairs to the dorms, but Daniela stopped him, "We have to tell someone."
"Tell someone what?" Carlos asked.
"About that mark on Maddox's arm," Daniela clarified. "Carlos, don't you remember what you learned back in England? That mark looked an awful lot like the dark mark that Voldemort gave all his followers."
"I thought you didn't think that history was repeating itself," Carlos reminded her.
"I don't," Daniela insisted. "At least not with you. You're not like Peter Pettigrew, Carlos."
"But what if I am, Dani?" Carlos asked. "What if I am?" He pulled away from her and disappeared up the stairs. Daniela bit her lip slightly, hearing the door to the boys' dorm close after Carlos.
The next day, sitting alone on the bottom step of the grand staircase, Daniela ignored the odd looks from the other students. She stared into the distance, thinking about the situation going on with Big Time Rush and the history of the Marauders. She hadn't been there long before she felt a hand on her shoulder. Looking up, she found Griffin staring down at her.
"Professor Griffin," Daniela seemed surprised to see the headmaster. "What are you doing here?"
"Well, I do work here," Griffin reminded her. "And I seem to have a knack for knowing when a student needs guidance. Do you need guidance, Miss Castillo?"
"No," Daniela insisted. She hesitated before she spoke again. "Maybe. Yes. I don't know. You might not be able to help, Professor."
"Try me," Griffin responded. "There is a reason why I'm one of the most powerful CEOs in America and the headmaster of the most prestigious magic school in the United States. I'm a very good problem solver."
"It's not my problem," Daniela revealed. "It's Big Time Rush's."
"And Miss North's," Griffin continued. "When history repeats, it seems to become everyone's problem." Daniela gaped at him. "Yes, I know the problem. You were with them when the boys and Miss North realized how similar they were to this group, am I correct?" Daniela nodded. "Well, in their studies, they may have come across a certain name: Albus Dumbledore. He was my hero when I was a kid. Great man. Great wizard. I admired him because he could manipulate things, but he only did that for good. I had a chance to meet him once. We had a long conversation that day, but one phase seemed to resonate with me. 'It is our choices that make us who we are. Our choices make us unique.' My choices have made me successful in both the wizarding and muggle worlds. How will your choices define you? How will Big Time Rush's and Miss North's choices affect them? They know what happened in the past. Are they choosing to be the same or different?"
"Are you telling me to point out their differences from the Marauders and Lily Potter?" Daniela asked.
"I don't know," Griffin smiled. "What do you think I'm saying?" He walked away without another word. Daniela didn't stay to watch, gathering her stuff and rushing up the stairs.
Daniela burst into the Knight common room, breathing heavily from her run up the stairs. Heads turned to stare at her, wondering what she was doing. Ignoring most of them, Daniela went straight for the only person that mattered in the room.
Carlos looked up from where he was petting his dog, "Dani? Are you okay?"
"Shut up," Daniela instructed. She grabbed his ear and pulled until he got to his feet. "Come along." Everyone else in the common room watched as Daniela guided Carlos by the ear to the stairs to the dorms.
"Ow!" Carlos yelled, following Daniela up the stairs. "Where are you taking me?!"
"I said to shut up," Daniela repeated. They went up to the staircase to the boys' dorms and she dragged him over to the door for the first years' room. She didn't even bother to knock before bursting inside with Carlos.
James gave off a mini scream at the intrusion. Daniela froze in the doorway, still holding onto Carlos's ear. The pretty boy of the group was clad in nothing but his boxers. Averting her eyes, Daniela checked to see if the other guys were in the room. Logan and Kendall were there too and, luckily, fully dressed. Logan sat on his bed, textbooks in front of him. A piece of parchment covered one of the pages, half an essay written on it. Kendall was on his bed with textbooks too though, since his wand was in his hand, he obviously was working on a more practical homework assignment.
"I don't want to know," Daniela told James. "Put on some pants." She pushed Carlos further into the room. "Stay. I'll be right back." She left the room. Carlos looked over his friends. They stared back.
"What's going on?" Logan asked.
"I don't know," Carlos shook his head.
"Isn't she your girlfriend now?" Kendall brought up.
"Unfortunately, no," Carlos responded.
"Dude!" James exclaimed. "Why haven't you asked her yet?! She obviously likes you, you obviously like her, what's the problem?!" Kendall and Logan looked over at James with their eyebrows raised. "I mean, whatever." He found a pair of jeans and quickly put them on. "But if you don't do something soon, someone else might."
"I think Kendall has that problem with Andrea more than I have it with Dani," Carlos responded.
Kendall scowled, "You know what? Shut up."
"Ooh, what are you gonna do about it?" Carlos held his hands up in pretend fear.
Kendall didn't get a chance to respond. Not because he didn't have a response, but because Daniela had returned, dragging Andrea into the room by her ear. Upon seeing her, Kendall sprang from his bed, kicked some dirty clothes underneath and leaned against one of the bed posts, pretending to be cool.
"Why did you bring me here?" Andrea asked. She crinkled her nose. "And what smells?"
James took a big whiff, "I don't smell anything."
"Whoever smelt it, dealt it!" Carlos exclaimed, pointing at Andrea.
"That's disgusting," Andrea crossed her arms and tried to leave, but Daniela blocked her way.
"You're going to stay here until I'm finished talking with all of you," Daniela insisted. Andrea groaned, but stepped to the side, waiting for Daniela to speak. "This whole 'history repeating itself' is stupid." The others immediately began protesting otherwise. Daniela just raised her voice, "LISTEN!" Everyone went quiet. "You don't have to let history repeat itself! For a lot of the events that happened back then, it was their own choices that caused it. It was their own damn fault that they died! Carlos, do you WANT to betray your friends?"
"No!" Carlos declared.
"Then, don't betray them," Daniela replied. "Kendall, do you WANT to date Andy?" Kendall opened his mouth. "Wrong person to ask. Andy, do you want to date Kendall?"
"Heck no," Andrea responded.
"Then, don't date him," Daniela told her.
"HEY!" Kendall exclaimed.
Daniela ignored him, "Just because you guys happen to be similar to some people in the past, doesn't mean your life is doomed to repeat theirs."
"What about the things that we don't have choices for?" Logan brought up. "Like Remus Lupin becoming a werewolf."
"Or Sirius Black going to Azkaban," James mumbled.
"Or Lord Voldemort creating the Death Eaters," Carlos added, recalling the mark on Maddox's arm.
"Or the deaths of James and Lily Potter," Kendall mentioned.
"That led to them leaving a child behind as an orphan," Andrea continued with a whisper.
"Oh, Merlin, you're not getting it, are you?!" Daniela slapped her forehead. She was greeted with blank stares. "History can't freaking repeat itself because there are already differences!"
"Sure, there are differences," Logan agreed. "Like ages, years, places, but the overall theme and events are the same."
"You haven't even been through all the events, so how can they be the same?!" Daniela exclaimed. "Logan, are you a werewolf?!"
"No," Logan shook his head.
"One difference," Daniela held up a finger. "James, did the Marauders know each other BEFORE going to Hogwarts?"
"No," James responded.
"Two differences," Daniela held up another finger. "Carlos, do you get scared easily like Peter Pettigrew did?"
"No!" Carlos seemed to take offense at being called scared.
"Three differences," another finger went up on Daniela's hand. "Kendall, was James Potter related to the founder of Gryffindor House at Hogwarts?"
Kendall froze, "Well, um, maybe? He lived in Godric's Hollow which is named after Godric Gryffindor. And he was a pureblood, like me. So, it's possible? It's never been proven otherwise, so he could be. The only reason I might be related to Kyle Knight is because we have the same last name, but who knows? That could just be a coincidence. So, even if James Potter was related to Godric Gryffindor, it might still not be the same thing because I might not be related to Kyle Knight." Everyone stared at him. "What?"
"I'm going to pretend I didn't ask that and ask a different question," Daniela decided. "Are you an only child like James Potter was?"
"No, I have a little sister named Katie," Kendall seemed happy he could give a definitive answer.
"Four differences," Daniela went back to counting, adding a fourth finger to the others. "Andy, did you meet Kendall on the train like Lily did with James?"
"Yes," Andrea answered.
"Okay," Daniela bit her lip slightly. "And who was Lily's best friend at Hogwarts?"
"At first, it was Severus Snape," Andrea answered with a smile. "Who, as you remember, Alphonso got for the History of Magic project. They are quite similar and I consider him my best friend." The guys in the room scowled at her words. "But then, something happened and Severus and Lily weren't friends anymore. She then spent more time with the Marauders, eventually dating and marrying James Potter." That fact made Kendall smile.
"You're in a special group that Professor Rocque picked out," Daniela reminded her.
"And Lily was part of a special group that Professor Slughorn, who taught potions, picked out," Andrea responded.
"You have an older sister."
"So did Lily."
"You're not married to Kendall who is like James Potter, Lily's eventual husband. And you said you'd never marry him since you despise him."
Andrea shrugged, "Lily despised James at first. Who knows what will happen in the future? Perhaps Kendall will stop being a nincompoop and we'll eventually date and get married."
"Yes," Kendall cheered quietly. Then, he furrowed his eyebrows. "Wait a second…"
"Lily made a charmed fish for her favorite professor," Daniela continued to try and find differences.
"I'm making a charmed gift for Professor Rocque," Andrea revealed. "And I started it BEFORE we went to England and I found out about the gift thing." Daniela raised her eyebrows in surprise.
"Whoa," James commented. "Did not see that one coming."
"The odds of that being just a coincidence are astronomical," Logan added.
"Gustavo's your favorite professor?" Carlos seemed confused by the thought.
"Fine," Daniela nodded her head. "You're quite a lot like Lily. But you wanna know something that you have that Lily never did?"
"What?" Andrea asked, clearly getting impatient with the conversation.
"A friend like me," Daniela replied. Andrea's arms fell to her side. "Go on. Think about it. Check the notes for your project. In fact, all of you check your project notes! Did any of the Marauders or Lily have a friend like me?" Heads shook. "Exactly, because if they did, you can be damned sure that they wouldn't have died like they did. I'm not going to let that happen to any of you. Even if some of the same events happen, who's to say that they'll have the same outcome? One tiny little change and history won't repeat itself." Things were quiet in the room as the group thought over her argument. Daniela crossed her arms, waiting for someone to say something.
Finally, Kendall broke the silence, "I wasn't mad at Carlos anyway. I just thought our group could use some time apart. You guys realize that we've been around each other since the start of school? You know how annoying you guys can get?"
"Please, you're way more annoying than me," James insisted.
"And like I really believe that I was going to be turned into a werewolf," Logan snorted at the idea. "Ridiculous. There's no way a werewolf could get close enough to bite me anyway."
"Who would I get into trouble with if I got you guys killed?" Carlos added. "Without you, having magic is no fun." The guys laughed as they each got comfortable on their own beds. They talked like friends again, coming up with reasons why history couldn't repeat itself.
Proud of herself, Daniela turned to look at Andrea. She was quiet, staring out the window of the tower where the balcony attached. Her face was slightly scrunched up, like when she was thinking about the answer to a question in class.
"Andy?" Daniela spoke in disbelief. "Don't tell me you still believe the stupid history thing."
"Not exactly," Andrea sighed. "You're right. We shouldn't believe that there will be the exact same end results as before. No, we shouldn't let this control our lives, but we can't dismiss it either. We do have something that they don't. We have guidance. Because they've already gone through this, we have an outline of what could happen to us. This gives us a chance to learn from their experiences and amend our own actions so that, if we're presented with the same situations, we won't have the same fate."
"So, you're saying that we should remember history, but we shouldn't be controlled by it," Logan realized.
"Exactly," Andrea smiled. "There's got to be some things that you liked from their history that you wouldn't mind repeating."
"Their friendship during their time at Hogwarts was legendary," Carlos mentioned.
"Yeah," Logan agreed. "And I wouldn't mind becoming prefect in our fifth year."
"Ooh, what are you gonna do to us if we misbehave?" James asked. "Give us detention?"
"Maybe if you annoy me," Logan shrugged and the group laughed.
"You know, I wouldn't mind getting a flying motorcycle," James mentioned. "The ladies love motorcycles."
The other guys groaned as Carlos added, "Didn't you learn from the last time you drove a motorcycle?"
"I don't know what you're talking about," James insisted.
"Really?" Kendall raised his eyebrows. "You don't remember driving through the wall of our apartment with your first motorcycle? I still don't know how you did that. Our apartment was on the second floor!" Andrea and Daniela exchanged confused looks while Carlos, Logan and Kendall laughed at James's expense.
"Well, what would you like to do that James Potter did?" James asked.
Kendall smirked, "I'd like to take North out on a date." He gave Andrea a wink.
Scowling, Andrea headed for the door, "Yeah, I'm out."
Once Andrea was gone, Daniela turned back to the boys, "So, have you guys become friends again? This Marauders thing isn't going to tear you guys apart, is it?"
The four guys looked at each other before they gave a simultaneous response, "Best friends."
(A/N): That ended nicely! So, after a few rocky days of tension between the boys, they're still best friends in the end! That's good, right? Of course it is. And Daniela saved the day! If only Carlos would ask her out… Will he ask her out? Will Daniela have to be the one to ask HIM out? Or will they both remain surprisingly stubborn and force their friends into staging an intervention? What about Kendall and Andrea? Will she cave to his continuous attempts to ask her out or will she remain more stubborn than Carlos and Daniela? And, with all this 'history repeating itself' out of the picture for now, will Logan and James have a chance at finding relationships of their own? Perhaps with certain OCs provided by some readers of this very story… Now that we've finished discussing the possible relationships, what about a little event that happened with the Gaunts? Outside by the forest, Maddox showed that there is SOMETHING from history that is repeating itself. A tattoo with a snake theme? Meeting in the cover of night? Some man with the nickname 'Superior'? Carlos being an important part of this Superior's plan? This is starting to sound familiar… And not in a good way. Maybe it's time to do something about it before it gets out of hand. Also, we got to see the golden trio in this! Too bad the group left before Harry, Ron and Hermione could catch them. Will they ever be able to meet? What will Harry think if he DOES meet them?
In case you're wondering, yes, quadpot is legit. It's an official Americanized spin-off of quidditch. If you check out the book Qudditch Through the Ages, it's in there. Personally though, I prefer quidditch. Something about a ball exploding in your face doesn't sound like much fun. Then again, I played soccer as a kid and I prefer that to American football, so maybe there's a reason there other than the exploding ball.
If you like this story and you like viewing artwork, then you'll love what Witch Demigoddess has done. She's taken the main girls of this story (Trista, Alexis, Gloriana, Andrea, Crystal, Daniela and Gabriela) and made some artwork of them! As in actual drawing! I am in awe. She's a great artist! You should check out the picture! It's at this website (minus extra spaces): libroabierto . deviantart art / The - Girls - 446864587. She's also put together covers for each of my major stories! I am SO in her debt since I can't draw and my attempts at making covers are crap. If you can't see the amazing new cover for this story, here's the website for the enlarged version (minus extra spaces again): libroabierto . deviantart art / Big - Time - Rush - and - the - Marauders - Cover - 447525464. You should check out the rest of her stuff. She's a great artist! She's also made a picture for this story before. Little fun fact here: That older picture is the background on my laptop!
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