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    Surrey Hills



    Surrey Hills is a an area of countryside in England that has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value. The highest summit of the Surrey Hills is Leith Hill near Coldharbour, which is 294 meters (965 ft) above sea level. It is part of the Greensand Ridge, which traverses the area from west to east, and is the highest point in southeast England. The Surrey Hills area has three long-distance walks running through it: the North Downs Way, the Greensand Way and the Pilgrims' Way. Blackheath Common is also part of this area. The northern ridge of these hills, predominantly formed by chalk, is separated by the Vale of Holmesdale which continues into Kent from the southern ridges which are predominantly greensand. They provide a haven for rare plants and insects.
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    It was a nice day to enjoy the sunset, and despite the relatively cool temperature the beauty of the sun going down would be able to warm any onlooker on the inside. The sunlight was reflecting from the surface of the nearby ponds and showing the hidden tints of orange. However, for Cecil this place had more meaning. It was where he would come with Élise during holidays. Her home wasn’t far away from here so they would often meet up at Leith Hill, the highest summit of the entire area. The man let out a sigh; despite having tried to leave all of his memories behind him he would still often find himself visiting this place. It appeared that even the Dark Lord and the leader of the fearless Death Eaters had something that affected him deeply. Sliding his hands into his pockets, Cecil stood on top of the hill and watched the sun with an empty mind. Momentarily he relaxed, and closed his eyes to maximize his comfort.
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    お前の死は確実だ。お前の野望は大きすぎた…

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    Anna may be tough, sometimes they break her up too. Her brains throbbed against her bones, hand up to her front in an automatic movement. She needed air, and now. You’re breathing air she’d dryly tell herself usually, yet it was another urge, the urge to vanish from the busy and crowded city London was, to get herself back together. Her thoughts went back to the hills around her childhood home, the stunning hills she played all days till the sun set and mother would call them inside. That’d be too confronting, she couldn’t permit herself to be weak again, for the couple of years she had been. It had lost her most of her friends, and if they still stayed true, they’d slowly drawn away later on. Who could she trust, when even the ones closest to her could hurt her, both physically and mentally.

    Damn bitch, you still need a place to go was there anywhere else to relax? There the words "Surrey Hills” came across her mind, as if this was the moment this particular memory fraction had been waiting for, the ultimate solvation. Whom she heard those words for, stayed quite vague, just the words ‘So stunning and peaceful’ came clear to mind. One second later she had apparated at the foot of a hill, covered with high grasses in all sorts of colors. A wide smile formed on her face, this is why she loved the hills, the nature, especially as it seems so typical British as well. Never was she able to see so many shades of colors on one hill at this time of the year. With her eyes closed, Anna took a deep breath and spread her fingers to feel the smooth feeling of the wind going through them. Her wavy blonde hair flying up and down on the chords of the whistling wind. No regrets, that for sure.

    That was until she noticed the slim, rather tall figure of a man, a particular figure she recognized a bit too much. Cecil. What the fuck is he doing here? She was in utter shock, and at the same time so aware that it was due to her own naivety to assure it’d be a place of her own. And there she remembered. How his dead girlfriend, Élise, had happily shared with Anna how they, Cecil and herself, had their own place to go, pretty private, somewhere in the Surrey Hills. It was known to her that he remorsed her death every day, it shouldn’t surprise her the slightest to find him here. Still it had to be a great coincidence to first be here at the exact same time as Cecil, secondly to be at almost the same spot. While making a 360, Anna confirmed her thoughts on how legit fortuitous this all was. The Dark Lord, Anne rather just called him Cecil, had been an acquaintance since Hogwarts. Now that they didn't seem likely to be spied on, she would rather grab the chance to point him out, yet it stayed a difficult task to herself. Anna took long strides, determined to have some ‘chit-chat’ till she got what she wanted: him to stop from taking law into his hands. When she approached him, she called out to him in a calm, yet firm voice. “Cecil, what a coincidence to see you here this afternoon”
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    A breeze. A sudden movement in the air. And a shift in presence. There was nothing that directly indicated towards it, however Cecil knew that he was no longer alone on top of the Leith Hill. Not much later his senses received the first concrete evidence of there being another person around: the sound of footsteps. As it got closer and closer, Cecil slowly moved his left hand within his pockets, reaching out for his wand. However, the owner of the footsteps soon called out to him and the voice was familiar and nostalgic, if anything. It was the Minister of Magic without a doubt, who also happened to be a friend of his back when he was still a naïve student at Hogwarts. She made a rather interesting statement, commenting about her seeing him being a coincidence. A simple “hrmph” was the only thing Cecil could utter in response. After several seconds he slowly opened his mouth and gave a more proper reply.

    “You do know that I come here occasionally.” he said, his tone similarly untroubled but serious. For the Dark Lord to be interacting in such a manner was quite unheard of. But again, the idea of him talking to the leader of the single institution that opposed him and his movement itself could be considered blasphemy. One would normally expect the two to duel each other and be at each other’s necks, though their connection went beyond that. To the point that Cecil relaxed his left arm and retracted it back to its previous position after being able to identify the stranger as Anna. He was confident that neither of them would attack the other, so he was comfortable enough to not turn towards her as she addressed him. She was one of the few exceptions anyway; it was quite rare that Cecil left himself open for attacks like this.

    Even then there was one thing he was not particularly looking forward to. Anna’s presence meant that she would most probably try to get him to stop whatever he was doing. One could expect Cecil to feel disdain towards that, but in reality he was just curious. Curious to see what sort of argument the blonde woman would come up with next in order to stop him and his plans. It was quite laughable really; the Ministry was such a frail organization that it was vulnerable to almost any sort of attack and yet they strongly opposed to anything that managed to do their job for them in a much more efficient way. For a long time Cecil believed this was probably something only he thought, however now he had countless followers to back his claim up.

    He glanced over his shoulder to get a proper look at her. She seemed to be the same: there was no visible change from the last time he had encountered her. The only thing that worried him was that each time they saw each other he felt getting closer to an inevitable match up on a battleground. Did she feel the same way? Perhaps. Cecil supposed that it didn’t really matter after all, since the outcome would be pretty obvious. He turned back to watch the sunset once more. “What do you want?”
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    お前の死は確実だ。お前の野望は大きすぎた…

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    Anna’s eyes fixed upon his hand in his pocket, out of usuality. She held the possibilities high that he’d already recognized her, her eyes still suspiciously focused on his left pocket. Her hand brushed against her coat’s pocket, to make sure her wand was at the ready, just in case. One couldn’t trust nobody, even her very own sister wasn’t one to trust. A hard lesson learnt, yet the outlines of the wood in her pocket was a relief, and the tenseness drew away, enough left to stay alert whenever this encounter would take a sudden swing, never could Anna be careful enough around Cecil. Job-related, it was still a riddle why they never duelled and stayed formal and calm when they meet, a criminal-killer, in all sorts, against the one responsible for everything in the wizarding world, including laws. There would be no paper left if Anna had to sum up all crimes Cecil and his Death Eaters did, still she did no movement to arrest him, nor to duel. That tactic wouldn’t work, she knew how advanced Cecil was at that area. There was no way she’d come out alive. She got more comfortable when Cecil put his hand out of his pocket, he wasn’t intending on attacking her, not yet, she kept in her mind.

    “Yeah seeing you here just refreshed that” Anna replied calmly, noticing a hint she thought sounded reproachfully in his tone of speaking. It didn’t bother her, they stopped being friends a long time ago, when he chose his path and she hers, and now they crossed as rivals, so would outsiders say, still their friendship way back in Hogwarts left their marks, the reason they hadn’t attacked each other yet. However so, she should try to stop him in a mature way, as they say. Sure, he didn’t just attack innocent wizards and witches, he attacked those who broke the laws created by the Ministry themselves, and secretly she’d rather just don’t give it too much attention, he and his Death Eaters do help the Ministry reducing the criminals, yet by law this wasn’t the way this number of criminals should decrease. Death or murder was never the solution in her opinion.

    Just as she expected, he’d certainly ask her whatever brought her to him. The corners of her mouth pulled up slightly, in a ‘ah was waiting for that’ smirk. How would she approach it? He sure was determined as hell, but so was she to give it another try to talk in on Cecil. A new idea bubbled up, hopefully a bit more convincing than the last attempt she did. “Well I don’t think you’ll have to guess, not even once.” she replied in an airy way. “Why don’t you give people second chances? Don’t we all do something in our life that the law forbade us to do? I consider your tactic of ‘solving’ this as unacceptable, of course. I’d once again ask you nicely to stop it, your way of dealing with criminals is simply barbaric, Cecil.” she told him in a calm yet very serious and firm voice. “That’s what I want.” she added a few seconds later, to empathise her statement. Her hopes weren’t up high, but again she was curious what Cecil himself had to say and what lame excuses and Ministry insults he’d throw at her today. Oh yes, Anna was prepared mentally, at least that’s what she thought so.
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    Cecil smiled when the woman said he didn’t have to guess. Just as he had anticipated she was going to ask him to stop what he was doing, and she did. And she had a point; everybody did something in their lives that was either directly or indirectly in violation of some rules or laws. When he was at Hogwarts, Cecil had been sorted into Gryffindor and he was a student that often displayed the qualities of his house. Having been daring and quite brave even when he shouldn’t have been, there had been countless times that he had ended up in detention. But again, that was different. He had never really put other people at risk, maybe except for watching his friends pull a prank on others. But even then there had been no serious issues.

    Giving people second chances was okay. What he disagreed was giving criminals second chances. People rarely changed and he believed that letting them loose or not punishing them appropriately was the same as enabling them. There needed to be serious setbacks so the same sort of wrong would not be done again. Though apparently that was something Anna failed to see. “That’s rich. I mean, what do you expect me to say? ‘Yeah sure’? Just so the Ministry can do things the old way again and let the criminal activity rise once more?” The man spoke a bit more loudly this time, a tint of questioning behavior and sarcasm tainting his tone.

    He turned around to face Anna properly. She was determined, to the point that Cecil could see her resolve from her piercing grayish-blue eyes. Neither of them was going to back down and that lead them to quite a dilemma. It was a paradox, even. Cecil was the unstoppable force that would never halt until he got what he wanted and Anna was the immovable object that would just not bend from where she stood. So the best thing he could do right now, for the sake of the argument, was sticking to the facts and concrete evidences. “Barbaric or not, the Death Eaters carry out justice in an effective way. That’s something the Ministry simply can’t do.” he continued as a response, more seriously then before. His slight smile had long vanished as well.

    Cecil could pretty much see how their interaction would continue to play out, and he was ready for it. Every single time he saw her something like this would be the case anyway; at this point he had gotten used to it. He could counter whatever argument she threw at him, knowing that he had the right grounds to do so. He believed in what he and his Death Eaters were doing, it was a fact that they had lowered the crime rate in the Wizarding World. Anna could deny their ways all she wanted, though the one thing she could not ignore were the statistical data and numbers. Cecil was right and he wanted to make sure that Anna saw that as well this time.
    この状況でお前はどうすることもできないよ。

    お前の死は確実だ。お前の野望は大きすぎた…

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    Anna couldn’t suppress a snort, in her opinion it was simply pathetic someone thought killing any criminal, even those who only did a minor fault, had to be killed. Deep inside she already knew this would in no way change his mind or his aim to track down criminals, still she kept hoping her words could somehow move something inside his head, so he’d at least take his actions into consideration. Just like herself, Cecil seemed ready and determined to get through this discussion and it annoyed Anna, she didn’t like to be spoken against, especially not by someone who took law into own hands and thought getting rid of criminals by killing them all was the best solution. Or ‘efficient’, as he called it so.

    Despite her annoyance, Anna stayed calm without any wrinkle, not even from frowning. People often wondered how she managed that, it earned her the name “Ice face” as she never seemed to move anything an inch. Though it belonged to her nature, plus it’d decrease signs of aging when she got older. Now that Cecil turned himself towards her and she looked into his piercing green eyes, the argument was on. Anna suspected him to be a legilimens, as with no one other than him, she felt the urge to control and protect her mind with occlumency, at which she skilled and regarded as crucial for a Minister of Magic. Time to reply, she felt more prepared than ever. “Does each one of them deserve death? Simple thieves? Many change their mind when they get caught and get themselves into preventing others from making the same mistakes. They are the only ones who know what it’s like to get in that situation, they can really talk in on those who might take that risk. But with killing them, you destroy the core of prevention. And prevention is better than cure, don’t you think so?” Anna said, in a confident voice, the last sentence with a faint hint of sarcasm. Hell yes, she was proud of her statement, her confidence grew, control was in her hands, for how long it would last.

    Control was power, yet Anna wasn’t one to long for power. The one thing she longed for was the power of ‘ruling’ the wizarding world in Britain. To make sure everything runs smoothly and people feel safe and happy. Cecil here was a blemish on her otherwise spotless leadership. And how much she sometimes thanked Cecil for killing that extremely bad criminal, with several murders on his record, he still had to be stopped, to conserve order so no one would fear their life by making even a minor mistake. And she, Anna Jane Rogers, felt fully responsible to give that to all wizards and witches living in this part of the world. With that confidence she added a little thing to her point, intending him to know she listens to him carefully and is sharp-minded. “Besides, people do weird things out of fear, that wouldn’t really make your tactic 'efficient'.” After this point she looked him directly in the eyes, if she could not stand above his moral, she could at least make a try to make herself equal to him, make him know she wasn’t stupid or one to easily give up. No, adrenaline of a good discussion rushed through her veins. Whatever he’d say, she’d be ready to fire back.
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    “Curing something means it won’t happen again. Preventing on the other hand is a lazy quick fix that just saves you on the short term.” replied Cecil quickly. The woman had a point; what she offered really was nothing else but prevention. However she overlooked one small detail: prevention wasn’t absolute. Just like she had said, Cecil offered a cure to society and carried it out whether it was agreed upon or not. Of course as much as he had followers there were also lots of people who found him vile and wrong. But at the end of the day that didn’t change anything. His net impact on the wizarding community was still positive and as long as that was the case he would not stop.

    Anna kept sounding more and more confident as their interaction continued, however it seemed to be pretty ineffective towards Cecil. Unfortunately for him he saw her as someone who could only give him a good fight but still lose in the end. Perhaps this didn’t reflect the reality but having had no opponents that seriously posed a threat to him in a very long time the Dark Lord had learned not to expect much from other wizards and witches. He looked at her, unimpressed. He hadn’t even tried to pierce her mind and see what she was thinking. Not like he really needed it. So far he had been able to counter everything she had said perfectly anyway. Or at least that’s what he thought.

    He narrowed his eyes slightly when the blonde lady mentioned fear. She argued that the usage of the latter urged people to act out of order and thus made his way inefficient. For Cecil this was yet another laughable point, one that sounded a lot like it was coming from a textbook. How could the theoretical standpoint correspond to the practical circumstances anyway? Even if it seemed like something bad, fear had a great impact on people. “Fear teaches the lines that shouldn’t be crossed. It’s not a bad thing. Besides, good people don’t have anything to fear. At least not from us.” he explained, ending his sentence with a sarcastic tone. It was his way of hinting the misconducts made by the Ministry like the false trials and the imprisonment of people who were actually innocent. He was sure Anna would understand what he meant. That said, the young man saw no point in continuing the discussion any further. He looked away from Anna and to the sunset once more. The big ball of fire was going down bit by bit as the weather was getting darker. He slowly slid his hands inside his pockets; not because he was reaching out for his wand but rather because he liked walking like that. “Say anything you want, but you can’t deny that the crime rates have plummeted. Period.” he spoke as he continued walking away from the woman. He had nothing else to add to their short interaction since he felt like he had made his point well enough.
    この状況でお前はどうすることもできないよ。

    お前の死は確実だ。お前の野望は大きすぎた…

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    With each single new word which sounded out of Cecil’s mouth, Anna got more and more annoyed. Partly for the sake of losing control, she thought she was doing well after all, and partly as Cecil literally made no sense to her. Did Élise’s death make him lose his mind so badly? No pity, pity for someone as Cecil would weaken her, exactly how he’d like her, the Minister of Magic from his plate would be awesome right? The thought made her shiver, happy that he turned away from her way before he’d spoken out his words. He had to be stopped, and quickly.

    To Anna, there were two types of stupidity. The one being that you know you’re wrong but keep acting as if it isn’t. The other one being that they really don’t see whatever they did wrong. Cecil fitted with the second option, which was the worse one in her opinion. Or rather, in this case seeing he won’t even believe her and will stick to his own philosophy. Again she could hit herself for her endless pride and overconfidence. Hadn’t she thought she was ready for anything he would throw at her? Yet again he blocked all her arguments, lead by revenge and the belief that the Ministry wasn’t capable to do anything right. At some point, he’d insulted their way of functioning, and it made her more furious than she’d like to be.

    Anna didn’t move an inch, she simply raised her voice when speaking to him. “Cecil, just stop.” she said in a faintly desperate and pleading voice. Now she could definitely swear to herself, he got her on her knees once again. She would never been able to stop him if she stayed as weak as she is now. She’d need to defend her honor with a sharp comeback, but just when she really needed it, nothing good enough came up into her mind. It had come naturally to Anna, in each Ministry assemblage, whenever she needed to affirm or defend her strategies, new idea for a law or any transition she’d like to make in the system. It was then that her knowledge was enough to convince, yet not at the moment. Cecil thought on a way different level than any of the Ministry workers. He seemed to walk away slowly, it was now or never. Out of frustration she added “I don’t think Élise would approve of your strategy either.” Was it professional? Probably not. Would it be effective? Anna would see that soon enough.
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    The Dark Lord continued to walk away, even after Anna pleadingly asked him to stop. She was the Minister of Magic, the highest position of the main establishment that opposed him and his Death Eaters. So seeing this kind of approach from her was kind of pathetic. It almost felt like after on point she would be the one apologizing to him. She obviously didn’t want him to go but to do so she needed to come up with some good argument. And Cecil could easily see that she was blanking right now. He didn’t even bother to give her a chance to find something that could make him stop. He didn’t even feel cautious to face her directly. He knew Anna very well and as much as he was aware of the things she could do, he was also aware of the ones she couldn’t.

    The smug expression on his face soon vanished, however. Even though there was nothing she could come up with against the things he had said, since he had been stating facts so far, Anna had thought it was alright to mention his long lost love. There was nothing that could ever hurt Cecil more than Élise and with that; the blonde lady had managed to struck a nerve. As a result, the man stopped from moving further. He didn’t even take a single more step. Instead he just stood where he was and laughed loudly. “HAHHHAHAHAHHHA,” he exclaimed as his voice echoed over the area. “Fine then,” he continued as he turned around. Now he was facing Anna once again. He laughing image had long reclined to a simple smile. “I’ll stop. But I want something in return.”

    He waited for her response but he could already see what she was going to do. She would probably try to make a compromise and get him to play by the rules or disband the Death Eaters. Neither of them would happen of course, but there was no harm in letting the woman think of those as two possible outcomes. After all, it had all gone normally right until she had brought Élise into it. How dare she do that? She would learn of the consequences soon enough. But for now, Cecil appeared to be a regular fellow waiting contently for the blonde lady to ask him his demands.
    この状況でお前はどうすることもできないよ。

    お前の死は確実だ。お前の野望は大きすぎた…

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