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Chapter four: A huge price to payCategory: (general)
Monday, 14 May 2012
06:19:06 AM (GMT)
After the fateful Quidditch match, Harry walked back to the Gryffindor common room.
He picked up a bottle of water on the way. After bumping into Percy ('Honestly,
Harry!') he made it to the Fat Lady. However, he tripped over his own feet. The water
splashed all over the Fat Lady. The paint began to run. Horror-struck, Harry could
only watch open-mouthed as she melted away. At precisely that moment McGonagall came
striding along the corridor.
'What have you done, Potter?!' she said furiously.
'Erm, well, er, I sort of... spilled this water on the Fat Lady.' he stuttered.
'You will pay for this, Potter!' She said.
'Of course, Professor.' said Harry nervously. They had to enlist the help of Flitwick
to charm open the door. The door fell open with a huge bang and all the inhabitants
of the Gryffindor common room stared. Harry had to recount the story to Ron,
Hermione, Neville, Seamus, Dean, Fred, George, and Percy.
'You really should look where you're going Harry', Percy said pompously.
'Shut up Percy, you great prat', said George scathingly.
'Yeah, accidents happen', added Fred. 
'Anyway, my punishment is that I have to go down to the local Muggle village and hold
a car wash.' sighed Harry.
'We'll help', said Ron, Hermione, Neville, Fred and George in unison. The next
morning, the word had spread round. 3 Hufflepuffs Harry had never seen before
approached him at breakfast. The curly-haired girl extended her hand and said 'Jenny.
'David. Enchanted.'
'Jerome. Nice to meet you.' 
'We heard you were being punished, and we just wanted to offer our assistance', said
'Well, I would appreciate it', said Harry gratefully. 
The next Hogsmeade weekend, the group headed to the Muggle village. They made up the
sign, then sat and waited. Eventually, they had their first customer. A dusty red
hatchback spluttered in. They got straight to work. Fred and George wet the car with
the hose, Hermione made up a mixture of soap and water, Ron got a sponge, Neville
made sure all the windows were closed, Harry scrubbed the tires, Jenny cleaned the
licence plate, Jerome turned on the radio which was playing a Muggle song (Girls just
wanna have fun) and David did the windshield. They soon got through a few cars. But
not everything went this well. There were several accidents in quick succession:
Neville slipped in the water and bruised his arse, Fred and George threw wet sponges
at each other and eventually hit an old Muggle lady in the head, Hermione
accidentally snapped an antenna, Ron got distracted and was spraying Jenny for a
minute before he noticed (She was too polite to say anything) Jerome cleaned a car
twice, David accidentally kicked over a bucket and stubbed his toe, and Harry watched
all the racket, shaking his head. At the end of the day, they packed up and headed
back into Hogsmeade. There they went to the currency exchange stand and discovered
they had scraped just enough Galleons to pay for the Fat lady.

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