Reading Time: 140 Minutes
Title: What the Hell is an Imprint?
Fandom: Harry Potter, Twilight
Genre: Action Adventure, Crossover, Drama, Family, Male Pregnancy, Paranormal/Supernatural, Slash
Relationship(s): Harry Potter/Jacob Black
Content Rating: R
Warnings: Major Character Death, Violence – Graphic, Violence – Domestic and/or Against Children , Canon violence against children. Main character death for a blink and you miss it moment.
Word Count: 53,788
Summary: Sirius has had plenty of time to examine Harry’s life while trapped in his old house. What he sees, he doesn’t like. His near death in the DoM gives him the opportunity he needs to free his godson and maybe save himself.
Harry stood next to his godfather, wands drawn as the battle went on around them. He reached out and gripped Sirius’ arm as he watched Bellatrix stalk towards them.
Harry thought this was a bad idea as his grip tightened on Sirius’ arm. Very bad, he added as Bella raised her wand aimed at his godfather.
Without even thinking, Harry pulled Sirius down sharply as Bella cast a Stupefy at him, and he rolled them off the side of the platform they had been standing on.
“That was too close,” Harry murmured as he rolled to his feet and pulled Sirius with him.
“Thanks, Pup,” Sirius said as his eyes roamed the room. Bella was already running towards the exit, and Harry was itching to chase her.
The bitch had nearly killed his godfather. It took everything in him to stay where he was.
“Harry.” He turned to his name being called by his godfather and smiled at him in relief.
“You have to be more careful, Sirius; that was a close call, ” Harry said, pulling Sirius into a hug.
“Yes, it was. Way too close,” Sirius replied as he pulled Harry closer to him.
He spied Dumbledore slipping away as he looked up through his lashes and knew it was time to put his many months of planning into action.
“Sirius, we need to leave,” Remus said, pulling Sirius gently away from Harry.
“Did you see him?” Sirius whispered to Remus and frowned at the nod he received.
“He’s right. If you get caught here…” Harry broke off, unable to finish his thought. He couldn’t lose his godfather.
“When you get back to the Dursleys, I want you to stay packed and wait for me. Don’t tell a soul. Can you do that, Harry?” Sirius asked, and Harry could hear the desperation in his voice.
“Yes,” Harry croaked out, his mind whirling with why Sirius would want that, but he pushed down the hope that had begun to swirl. It was never good to hope. Harry had learnt that lesson early.
“Go now,” Sirius said, pulling Harry into a last hug and kissing him on top of the head before gently pushing him in the direction of his friend, Neville, who was standing there stoically waiting for him.
Harry turned and walked away with one last look at Sirius, causing Sirius to sigh.
“He will be fine, Sirius, but we have to go,” Remus said before grabbing hold of his friend and activating the portkey he had to take them back to Grimmauld Place.
“Kreacher,” Sirius called as soon as he landed.
“Nasty Master calls Kreacher, and Kreacher must answer,” the elf murmured, looking murderously at Sirius.
“Pack everything and take it to the Black vault in Gringotts. I want this whole house empty as quickly as possible,” Sirius barked out.
“He won’t be able to do that by himself soon enough for us, Sirius.”
“He has six days until school lets out, and Harry is on the train back to the Dursleys. You will be at the train station as per Dumbledore’s orders. When the Order finishes their threats to Dursley, you wait for them to go and sneak Harry away if you can.
“If you can’t, you go to his house and get him from there, bringing him straight to Gringotts, where I will be waiting for you.”
“You had better lock down the wards before Molly comes; she’s due soon.”
“I’ll do that now. It will make anyone trying to floo in forget they were even coming here. Luckily, Albus will be busy trying to sort things out at the school and with the Ministry. It will give us some time to get things in motion without his interference.”
“What about that elf that Harry talks about?” Remus asked. “Can you ask him to keep an eye on Harry and help us get him clear of Dumbledore?”
“Great idea, Remus,” Sirius said, smiling brightly at his friend. “Dobby,” he called.
“Harry Potter’s dogfather be calling for Dobby?”
“Yes, brilliant,” Sirius replied.
“Kreacher keeps a bad house, Harry Potter’s godfather should give him clothes,” Dobby said, looking around in disgust.
“Dobby,” Sirius said, getting down on his knees to talk to the elf. “We need your help to help Harry.”
“Dobby be doing anything for Harry Potter,” Dobby said, ears flapping in his excitement.
“We need you to keep an eye on him; stay close. Keep anyone from reading his mind or putting any spells on him. Check him for spells in case he already has some. Keep him safe until we get him to Gringotts and out of Britain. Can you do that?”
“You be getting Harry Potter away from danger?” Dobby asked, eyeing Sirius carefully.
“Yes,” Sirius answered.
“Dobby be coming, too. Dobby be getting Harry Potter many things to take with him. Dobby be getting back all Harry Potter’s things the Headmaster be snatching with his wrinkly old fingers, that Dobby has spied in his office, Dobby will.”
“Okay, Dobby, just remember Harry’s safety is your priority.”
“Dobby knows that, Dobby always protect Harry Potter,” Dobby said with a frown at Sirius. “Kreacher such a bad elf, Dobby send Winky to help, she be wanting a family very much. Harry Potter’s dogfather should be taking Winky as his elf, Dobby tell Harry Potter so he makes sure,” the elf said before popping away.
“Sassy elf,” Remus said with a small smile.
“Just like Harry,” Sirius said, smiling brightly at his friend.
“The wards, Sirius,” Remus said, rolling his eyes at his friend. He couldn’t help but agree, though. Harry, against all odds, was still sassy and sarcastic, which pleased Remus greatly.
“Right, right,” Sirius muttered as he moved to the office to fix the wards just as an elf that looked drunk popped in.
“You must be Winky,” Sirius heard Remus say as he entered the office and smiled at the softness in the wolf’s voice.
It took Sirius a few minutes to fix the wards, but he smiled in satisfaction when they answered his call. Then, dusting off his hands for no other reason other than nerves, Sirius entered the sitting room to find Remus with an armful of a sobbing elf.
“This must be Winky?” Sirius asked as he took a seat and watched the elf cling to Remus.
“Poor thing is distraught,” Remus replied, patting Winky on the back gently.
“Dobby said you would like to find a family?” Sirius asked.
“Winky want a family very much,” Winky said, trying to smile through her tears as she let go of Remus and turned to look at Sirius.
“Well then, how about we bond, and then you get some rest, and we can start fresh tomorrow. How does that sound?”
The bond formed well, and Sirius put Winky to rest while Remus started packing. They had six days, and Sirius and Remus were going to use them all to get done what was needed to save Harry.
Remus stood aside and waited for the train to pull into the station. Sirius had made it safely to Gringotts, and Grimmauld was cleaned out and locked down.
He chuckled softly to himself as he remembered Winky berating Kreacher after the old elf had thrown a tantrum about leaving Grimmauld. However, after Winky had finished with him, the old elf had a sudden and very noticeable attitude adjustment.
Sirius had never been so grateful for another elf in his life, and he had thanked Dobby every time he would pop in for bringing Winky to him.
“You ready, Remus?” Moody asked, causing Remus to frown.
“Are you sure we should be doing this as a group?” Remus asked. “We don’t want to make things harder for Harry, and he still has Sirius to protect him. Harry told us he just has to drop Sirius’ name to get his Uncle to back off.”
“Dumbledore was worried about how Harry looked after the holidays and wanted us to remind Dursley to treat the boy properly,” Moody grunted.
“Fine, but maybe I should do it. It would be better for Harry if we didn’t mob the muggle,” Remus said, trying to reason a little with Moody.
“Dumbledore wants us all to do it, so we will all do it,” Moody replied, side-eyeing Remus. “What is going on with you?”
“I’m just worried about Harry, after the Ministry, is all,” Remus said, trying to smile at Moody. He groaned quietly when Tonks showed up just as the train pulled into the station.
“Wotcher,” Tonks said as she sidled up to Remus. He hated when she clung like this.
“Tonks,” Remus said as he moved away towards the train as the kids started to disembark.
He spotted Harry and noticed the fake smile plastered to his face as he listened to his friends rattle on. Then, when he caught Remus’ eye, his smile turned real, and he beamed up at the werewolf.
“Hi, Professor,” Harry said as he moved over to the man.
“It’s just Remus now, Harry, or Moony, remember. I haven’t been your Professor for a while now.”
“Remus,” Harry said with a shy smile.
“You ready?” Remus asked.
“Yup,” Harry replied, looking expectantly at the man.
Remus lent down and whispered to Harry, “Just a heads up, Dumbledore wants some of the Order to speak to your relatives.”
“That won’t go well,” Harry muttered just loud enough for Remus to hear.
Remus put his hand on Harry’s shoulder and squeezed gently in support. Harry nodded to his friends and let Remus lead him into the muggle side of the station.
Vernon looked beyond angry at the sight of the people with Harry, and the boy knew he was in for it when he got home. He just hoped Remus wouldn’t be too long before he came to get him. If he actually arrived.
“What’s all this about?” Vernon asked the group gruffly as they stood in front of him.
“Dumbledore would just like us to remind you of a few things,” Moody said, causing Remus to look at the man in surprised shock.
Remus listened carefully to the threats Moody was making. They weren’t really threats, just insults that seemed to rile the man up the more Moody talked.
Remus was positive that Harry would not be safe after this conversation and put his arm around the boy when he saw him shaking slightly. Harry was terrified; he could feel it.
“Why are they doing this?” Harry asked quietly while leaning into Remus for support.
“I have no idea, unless it is their way to make sure you are punished for something.”
Nothing else made sense. It was like there was a hidden message in everything Moody was saying. Dursley looked more and more homicidal with each word, and by the time Moody finished ranting at the man, Vernon was apoplectic.
Remus didn’t have time to grab Harry before he was shoved into the car by Vernon, so he quickly said his goodbyes to the Order and apparated to Privet Drive and let himself into the house.
Remus made use of the hour he had before the Dursleys would make it back and looked through all of the rooms, taking special attention of the cupboard under the stairs.
He became increasingly angry the more he looked around. “Dobby,” he called and smiled at the little guy when he popped in.
“What is you doing at Dursley house?” Dobby asked.
“I’m waiting for Harry to get here so I can take him to meet Sirius at Gringotts. I didn’t have time to grab him at the station. The Order was watching too closely.”
“What can Dobby be doing for you?”
“I need a camera to take some photos of this place. Look at this,” Remus said, opening the door to the cupboard under the stairs.
Dobby looked inside the small room and frowned at what he saw. “Master Harry’s blood be in here,” Dobby said, glaring at the small space. “Master Harry slept in here?” Dobby asked.
“It looks that way,” Remus answered, trying to hold in his own anger.
Dobby made a growling type of sound and slammed the door to the cupboard. “We be taking Master Harry away?” Dobby asked, even though he already knew that was why they were there.
“Yes, but while we are waiting, let’s see if anything that belongs to Harry or Lily is here.”
By the time the Dursleys pulled up, Remus and Dobby had found quite a few items that belonged to Lily and even some Potter items. There were a couple of trunks in the attic, and Petunia had taken a few pieces of Lily’s jewellery.
Even the fine china wasn’t theirs. It was Potter china. Remus wondered how they got their hands on so much of the Potter family property. He could only guess it was a bribe from Dumbledore to keep Harry downtrodden.
“You little freak, you wait until I get you inside,” Remus heard Vernon say as they approached the front door.
The next thing Remus knew, Harry was at his feet, where he had been roughly shoved through the door, and Vernon was looking at Remus in shock, his hand raised as if to punch Harry.
“I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” Remus said, his eyes gleaming golden as he picked Harry up off the floor. “Dobby, take all of Harry’s things, including his trunk and Hedwig, you know where. We will meet you there in a little while.”
Dobby popped out without a word, all of Harry’s belongings going with him, including a necklace that pulled itself free from Petunia’s neck, as Remus pulled Harry behind him and growled loudly at the Dursleys.
“Now, what should I do with you?” Remus asked menacingly as he moved towards the Dursleys.
Harry was still laughing when they met Sirius in the Black Account Managers Office, much to Sirius’ delight at the look on his godson’s face.
“What’s this all about then?” Sirius asked as he pulled Harry into a hug.
“Remus was brilliant,” Harry replied as he hugged Sirius back tightly.
Sirius looked over Harry’s shoulder at Remus and saw the man looking at Harry with affection. He raised an eyebrow at the man when he looked at Sirius.
“I may have decided that the Dursleys needed a bit more of a goodbye than what was planned,” Remus said, smiling brightly at the giggle coming from Harry. “We can discuss that later. Right now, we should get a move on.”
“Right, everything is set for Harry to take his inheritance test. I have already had my statement taken. I have a meeting with Aurors from MaCUSA tomorrow at Gringotts in the States, and then I should be free and clear. Ironfist will have the custody papers for Harry waiting for us.”
“You have been busy,” Remus said with a smile as they watched Harry take his test.
“I had a lot of time. You took longer than expected,” Sirius said, smiling at his friend. “I also had Dobby organise the trunks, so Harry can have a look and see what he wants to take and what he wants to put in storage.”
“Yes, well, it took them an hour or so to get back, and then I had to have a little talk with Vernon,” Remus replied, his eyes flashing golden as he recalled the man’s words.
“We have a bit of an issue here,” Ragnok said as he looked down at the parchment with Harry’s results.
“What?” Sirius asked as he placed a reassuring hand on Harry’s shoulder when the boy tensed.
“It seems Mr Potter is not only Lord Potter, but he is also Lord Peverell and Lord Gryffindor. He owns Hogwarts, and all the surrounding land, including Hogsmeade.”
Harry’s eyes widened, and then he smiled at Sirius, a smile that he had seen on the boy’s father many times, right before he was about to do something he thought would be funny.
“What?” Sirius asked, smiling at Harry.
“Well, since it is my castle and land, maybe we should, I don’t know, shut down the school and reopen a new one, run by the goblins, for ‘magical creatures’. I mean, witches and wizards can attend if they like, but it will cater to mainly ‘magical creatures’.”
Sirius burst out laughing at Harry’s words and pulled the boy into a sitting hug.
“Can we do something like that?” Harry asked.
“You can do whatever you like, Lord Potter, since you own the land and building.”
“Then let’s do that,” Harry said excitedly before frowning, “how do we do that?”
“If you would like, Lord Potter, we could organise that for you,” Ragnok said, smiling at the boy. Of course, that would be a massive blow to the British Ministry and an enormous boost to Gringotts.
“How about you get started by closing down the school, filing all the paperwork needed, and sending in a team to empty out the school of all of Harry’s property. We can go through his possessions later. Just keep a hold of anything that will help with teaching at Hogwarts for Magical Creatures, etc.”
“We really need to change the term magical creatures,” Harry said, frowning. It just sounds so…” Harry broke off, shrugging his shoulders.
“I know what you mean. It’s unpleasant calling Remus a creature,” Sirius said, frowning.
“It will be great to have them all there though,” Harry said, smiling brightly, “and that would stick it to Umbridge.”
“Where are we going?” Remus asked, changing the subject. He loved the idea and hoped it would work out, but they needed to get out of Britain.
“Ironfist found us a Black property in the US. It’s in a tiny place in Washington called Forks.”
“Will we be safe there?” Remus asked.
“Yes, we will be registered with MaCUSA and under their protection. Ragnok has organised with the government to have us protected. The only way the Order or Dumbledore or any of the Death Eaters can get us is if they sneak into the US, which would make them targets.
“We will even be given emergency portkeys to the Woolworth Building that houses the American Ministry in case they decide to do just that and find us.”
“Pending Lord Black’s testimony,” Ragnok added with a grin.
“Then let’s get moving, get everything organised, and get out of Britain while we can.”
“One last thing, we will have to keep all your assets in England. If you want us to run Hogwarts, we will need to keep your assets here to give us more protection. We can easily transfer funds from one branch to another, but if you want to view the vaults, you will have to come back to England.”
“That’s fine. We can floo to Gringotts from our home in Forks, right?”
“Of course. Floo travel internationally is a bit stomach-churning, but it’s not an issue unless pregnant,” Ragnok said.
“Well, we don’t have to worry about that,” Harry said with a chuckle. “Let’s get going.”
It was a substantial list that needed doing, including healing for Harry and Sirius. They would have to do the property recall at a later date once they fixed the problems with Harry’s estate. It was going to be a while before they could finally start their new lives, but Harry couldn’t wait.
A New Start
Harry stood in his new bedroom, Hedwig perched on his shoulder as he looked around the room. He was grinning from ear to ear though he was still having trouble believing what was happening. He couldn’t count how many times he had actually pinched himself.
Sirius had gotten complete custody of him in both the magical and muggle world. He was cleared of all charges by the ICW and they were looking into the misconduct of all involved within the British Ministry.
He fingered the medallion around his neck that had been given to him by one of the Aurors from MaCUSA, and was also given information on his ancestor Abraham Potter who was one of the twelve to start the first Auror force.
“So, what do you think, girl?” Harry asked Hedwig as he moved to the window to show her the forest outside.
They’d’ moved into Black Manor, which butted up against the Quileute lands, surrounded by forest. It was breathtakingly beautiful as far as Harry was concerned.
“You have to be careful here though, remember. There are a lot of wild animals around that you have to stay safe from. This should help,” Harry said, stroking the harness on Hedwig. It was layered with as many protections as he could get applied to it, but he still worried for his owl.
Hedwig nipped his ear in response and lifted off to land on the window sill, waiting for him to open it.
“Okay, but remember, be safe,” he said as he opened the window and watched her fly out into the forest. He needed to remember to get Sirius to add the charm so his owl could come and go as she pleased.
“Harry,” Sirius called up the stairs and Harry smiled as he turned and headed out his bedroom door.
“I’m here,” he called as he ran down the stairs towards where he had heard Sirius call.
“Come into the kitchen,” Sirius called as he heard Harry thumping down the stairs.
“What’s up?” Harry asked as he entered the kitchen and took a seat at the island. He marvelled at the kitchen. It was spacious, actually spacious was an understatement, it was huge and looked nothing like the kitchen at Privet Drive or Grimmauld Place.
He was pretty sure he could fit the whole house from Privet Drive in the kitchen. The thought made him laugh.
He ran his fingers along the white marble of the countertop as he studied the kitchen. The green backdrops and cupboards highlighted the white marble and tile throughout the space. Harry loved the aesthetic of it.
“We were wondering what you wanted to do about school?” Sirius asked as Remus put a cup of tea in front of him.
He took a sip and smiled at Remus as he considered the question. What did he want to do? No one had ever asked him that before, so he was going to take this seriously.
“I’m not sure. What are my options?” Harry asked.
“Well, you could go to magical school here in the states.” Sirius quickly reassured Harry when he started to shake his head in denial.
“Okay, we can homeschool you on your magical studies, and Agilbert Fontaine has agreed to let you take the American equivalent to your O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s.”
“What are they,” Harry asked, “and why do I need to retake my O.W.L.s?”
“Well, Ilvermorny test standards are higher than Hogwarts, so they need to see where you are to set your homeschooling to prepare for the H.A.R.Es which are the American N.E.W.T.s equivalent. The O.W.L.s equivalent are the E.A.G.L.E.s.”
“Okay.” Harry nodded and blew out a breath.
“Remus is going to help you study to take the E.A.G.L.E.s. So we can do that over the summer holidays, and while we are doing that you can think about what you want to do for muggle school. Since we are living in the muggle world, we need to figure out if you are going to go to the school here in Forks or if you want to go to the school on the reservation.”
“How would I be able to go to the school on the reservation?” Harry asked, surprised.
“We are related to the Blacks here, or they are related to us. Well, me really, through my ancestor Marius Black. It’s a long story, I will leave out the journals for you to read,” Sirius said, waving his hand about.
“Well,” Harry hesitated as he looked at Remus and Sirius.
“You have a while to decide, so don’t worry and take your time. We can settle in and get to know the setup around here. Check out the town and the reservation and, if you don’t like either, we can talk about adding your muggle schooling with your magical and homeschool you for both.”
“That sounds good,” Harry said, breathing out a sigh of relief. He had no idea what he wanted to do and was glad Sirius was giving him options.
“Ok, well now that is settled, we are planning on exploring. Do you want to go into town or down to the reservation first?” Sirius asked, smiling at Harry.
“I don’t have a preference,” Harry replied with a shrug.
“How about we go into town first, do some shopping, look around. Then after we can go down to the reservation for a look since it’s closer to home,” Remus said.
“How are we getting to town?” Harry asked, as he stood up, moving through the house to the entryway to put his shoes on, as the other two followed to do the same.
“Remus is driving, he learnt when he lived in the muggle world. He just couldn’t afford a car, but we have a couple now and he is going to re-teach me to drive.”
“Do you even have a licence?” Harry asked. He was going to ask about Sirius’ motorbike but figured if he needed to relearn to drive, it maybe had something to do with Azkaban and he didn’t want to mention that.
“Yes, Ragnok got that all covered for us,” Sirius answered. He even got one for you, so you will be learning!” Sirius exclaimed and smiled at the look of shock on Harry’s face.
“You will need to be able to drive to get around,” Remus added with a smile of his own.
“Thanks,” Harry said, smiling widely at the two of them.
“You’re welcome, now let’s get going,” Sirius said, slinging his arm around Harry and leading him out to the garage.
Sirius, Remus, and Harry spent a lot of time wandering around the town of Forks. There was plenty of gossip to be heard about the Chief of Police’s daughter and the local doctor’s boy.
The girl had apparently gone on a date with the Cullen boy and then left town. Apparently, the Cullen boy had followed with his father to talk her into coming home and the poor girl had fallen down the stairs and through a window.
“Small town life,” Sirius said with a chuckle as they sat in the local diner and listened to the townspeople gossip.
“Going to Forks High would never be dull by the sounds of it,” Remus said, smiling at Harry.
“You have to take a placement test first, to see where you would be placed,” Sirius said, rubbing his chin.
“I will begin tutoring you after we get settled and you can take the placement test in July before the new school year starts.”
“It will be a lot easier now that that parasite has been removed from your head,” Sirius added with a grimace.
Harry shuddered as he remembered that bit of his healing before they left England. He had been bound up and potioned and had a Horcrux in his head. He wondered how much more damage Dumbeldore would have done to him if Sirius hadn’t saved him.
The waitress arrived with their meals then and they ate in silence for a moment until Harry spoke up.
“I do find learning and retention a lot easier now,” Harry said as he pulled himself together.
“That’s to be expected,” Remus said, smiling sadly at him.
“The way you have been picking things up you might be able to skip a grade or two,” Sirius said, smiling proudly at Harry.
“If I skipped a couple of grades I could graduate with one year of high school right?” Harry asked.
“You would actually only need to skip one grade,” Remus interjected. “At the moment, you will be sixteen before the school year begins so you will be a Junior.”
“I don’t understand how the muggle system works, especially here in the US,” Harry moaned.
“Don’t you worry about it, you just concentrate on the tests and I will get you where you need to be,” Remus said, ruffling Harry’s hair. “Deal?”
“Deal,” Harry replied, smiling up at Remus in relief.
They finished their meal and Harry and Remus moved to the door as Sirius paid the bill and followed, remembering to leave a tip.
“So strange,” Sirius muttered as he met the two at the door and headed out.
“What is?” Harry asked as Sirius threw his arm around Harry’s shoulder and started to walk down the street.
“Tipping,” Sirius said. “It’s hard to remember to do it.”
“They treat their servers worse than the Wizarding World treats creatures,” Remus said quietly as they wandered around. “It’s a travesty.”
“Well, maybe you could buy the diner and pay them more,” Harry said, as they made it to the car and got in.
“Maybe I will,” Sirius said with a smirk.
They drove to the grocery store and picked up a few things before heading back home. It was all for show since Dobby and Winky took care of that stuff, but they needed to be seen buying something.
Kreacher was still back in England taking care of the Black properties, much to everyone’s relief, though Winky did check up on him from time to time.
“Want a driving lesson when we get back?” Remus asked.
“Yes,” Sirius and Harry answered at the same time, causing Remus to chuckle.
“It’s going to be a busy summer.”
“Maybe only you and I should drive, Remus,” Harry said as he sat at the table and accepted the cup of tea Winky handed him.
“He’s just a speed demon from his motorcycle days, he will calm down,” Remus said, giving Sirius a look, before smiling reassuringly at Harry.
“Sorry, pup,” Sirius said, looking quite sincere in his apology. “I was just excited to be driving again.”
“It’s ok. I usually like speed, but all that turning and squealing of tires,” Harry waved his hand around as he remembered the horribleness of it.
“Well, you did great, Harry. Only a few more lessons and you will be good to go,” Remus said, ruffling his hair.
Before any more could be said, Dobby popped in letting them know someone was coming through the floo. Only a few people could use their connection, so they waited for Winky to lead whoever it was through.
“Ragnok?” Sirius asked as the goblin walked in. “What has you looking so smug?”
“We have evicted everyone from your castle, Lord Gryffindor, as requested. My people are now going through all the property and cleansing the castle and wards.”
“How bad was it?” Sirius asked.
“Worse than we expected. There are a number of dark curses around the castle and the wards have been heavily tampered with. They will be our first priority.”
“How is the Wizarding World taking the shutting down of Hogwarts?” Remus asked.
“As expected. They have already started to file complaints within the Wizengamot, but the Charter of Hogwarts has been found and clearly states the government can not interfere with the school in any way.”
“So, what Umbridge did?” Harry asked.
“Broke the accords, especially since she tortured the owner of the school in his own castle. She has been arrested and we have released a statement as to why the school has been closed down.”
“Where did you find the charter?” Remus asked.
“In a hidden compartment in the Headmaster’s office. We also found a lot of the Founders’ Grimoires and other fascinating items. I’m sure you will have fun going through them all,” Ragnok said with a smile aimed at Remus.
“Though we didn’t find any Potter property, I was expecting to find a fair bit of your stuff, Mr Potter, since Dumbledore was known to take what he wanted.”
“Dobby said he took anything he could find from Dumbledore’s office that belonged to me,” Harry said.
“That makes sense then.”
Ragnok then flicked his wrist and a small bag jumped into his hand from his bracelet. He expanded the bag and placed it on top of the table.
“Letters that have arrived for Lord Potter,” he smirked at the glare Harry gave him. “Forgive me. Harry”, he corrected using his first name. “They have all been checked for curses and such. A few had tracking charms, they were from Dumbledore and Molly Weasley.
“I included them in case you wanted to read them, and there are a few letters from some of the teachers.”
Harry poked through the letters like they might burn him and looked to his godfather, “Could you?”
“You might also want to read the Charter. Let’s just say it is good that you want to include witches and wizards in the school as well as the others. Hogwarts was always supposed to accept everyone that could do magic.”
“That’s going to be a nightmare to reopen then,” Remus said looking at Ragnok. “There are probably a lot of people that never got invited in the first place.”
“Yes, the enrollment book was also tampered with, as was the Sorting Hat.”
“I am so glad I left you in charge,” Harry said with a sigh as he listened to the mess his heritage had become.
“We have started to clean up the forest as well,” Ragnok said, side-eyeing Harry but nevertheless moving on. “The centaurs were up in arms until we showed them the Charter and the plans you have made.
“I reminded them that they stayed in your forest at your leisure and that you left the goblins in charge.”
“How did they take that?” Remus asked.
“Fairly well, considering,” Ragnok said, smirking. “We also have some issues with your land, which is Hogsmeade. There are people that have built on that land without permission and we have no idea who is collecting the rents required to live in your domain.”
“I’d check Dumbledore’s pockets,” Sirius said.
“He is being thoroughly investigated by the Goblin Nation and the ICW. We have also taken back possession of your property in Godric’s Hollow, and are in the process of rebuilding at your request. There is a lot of land, so we can make the house as big as you requested also.”
“Harry?” Sirius asked.
“I asked Ragnok if he could get it back and turn it into a magical orphanage since they don’t have one,” Harry said, looking down at the table and tracing a pattern with his finger.
“That is a brilliant idea, Harry,” Sirius said, as he stood up and moved over to hug Harry from behind, as the boy stayed seated. He placed a kiss on the top of Harry’s head and moved back to his seat, smiling widely at Harry.
“That’s as far as we have gotten and we are working hard to have everything completed by September 1st.”
“We are halfway through July, and you have already gotten so much done. You are doing wonderfully, Ragnok, I’m so glad I put you in charge.”
“Thank you, Lord Potter,” Ragnok said, and Harry could swear the goblin was blushing. “One last thing,” Ragnok said as he cleared his throat and pulled some papers out of his bracelet.
“How are you doing that?” Harry asked. He couldn’t help himself; he was fascinated.
“This is a storage bracelet,” Ragnok said, amused by the look on Harry’s face. “Most Account Managers and higher have them to help them keep important papers close and to carry other things. We call them a dimensional storage bracelet, and they can carry an unlimited amount of our possessions.”
“They are so awesome,” Harry exclaimed. “Where can I get one? Can I get one, I really want one,” Harry babbled.
“I’m sure we can see about getting you one gifted from our nation for all you have given us,” Ragnok said, smiling at the boy’s enthusiasm.
“Excellent,” Harry breathed out.
“Now, about these,” Ragnok said, shaking the papers still in his hands. “It seems your Wizengamot seat has been active since your parents’ deaths and yours, Sirius, has been used since your incarceration.”
“By whom?” Sirius and Harry asked together.
“Well, Dumbledore has been using the Potter seat, the Peverell and the Gryffindor seats are still inactive until you claim them. And Lucius Malfoy has been using the Black seat, by claiming his son is the rightful Heir.
“Both have been removed and the votes they used in those seats have been invalidated. You will have to find new proxies.”
“Can I just have you do it?” Harry asked Ragnok, causing the others in the room to smile at him.
“You could, technically, but it would stifle any hopes of any changes you want to make. While putting us in charge of Hogwarts is fine, it is your personal property, after all, the government seats are a different thing altogether.”
“So what can we do?” Harry asked.
“Well, Sirius could take up his seat and proxy for yours. I am sure that the ICW and MaCUSA would send an appropriate amount of guards should he decide to take up that offer,” Ragnok said, smiling at Lord Black.
“We can talk that over and make a decision. If we don’t like it, we can just find a proxy for our seats,” Sirius said to ease the worry on Harry’s face.
“I’m just worried they will find a way to hurt you to get to me,” Harry said, frowning.
“Well, I don’t think even Dumbledore would be stupid enough to try that with the amount of protection the ICW and MaCUSA will send with me. They are very invested in keeping us safe.”
“Would I have to go back to open my other seats for Sirius or could he do it himself as my legal guardian?” Harry asked.
“He could do it without you there, you would just need to grant him access to the Regent rings for your houses,” Ragnok answered.
“Then let’s do that and layer him with as much protection as we can,” Harry said, still frowning slightly. He understood it needed to happen, but that didn’t stop the worry.
“I will bring the rings next time,” Ragnok said, smiling. “Couple more things, we have found a hidden room at Hogwarts, the elves call it the Come and Go room, and in one of its configurations, it is the Room of Hidden Things.
“There is a room bigger than the Great Hall filled to the brim with stuff. But the biggest issue is that we have found a Horcrux there.”
Harry watched as Sirius’ mouth moved without sounds and Remus growled.
“How many did he make?” Sirius asked as he finally got himself under control.
“We plan to use the one we found in Hogwarts to do a ritual to discover how many he made. But with the piece from Harry and now this one, we will be able to call the soul forth and banish it completely.”
“So no more Voldemort?” Harry asked.
“No more Voldemort,” Ragnok said. “We will be able to get someone from the Department of Mysteries for the British Ministry and an audience from the ICW and MaCUSA to watch us as we destroy Voldemort for good. Then, it can be reported worldwide.
“That should help keep Dumbledore away from you.”
“You would think,” Harry muttered.
“You leave that to us, Harry,” Sirius said. “You just concentrate on studying and having some fun for a change.”
“That I can do,” Harry said, smiling at his godfather.
“Lastly,” Ragnok said, “the family quarters at Hogwarts are blood locked, so we will be unable to access the area until you officially claim the castle. There is no rush, but you will have to go back to Hogwarts to open that area up for us.”
Harry sighed but nodded. He would put that off for as long as possible.
“What about the Chamber of Secrets?” Harry asked.
“That is real?” Ragnok asked.
“Yes, you need a Parselmouth to open it, the password is open, funnily enough. I killed a basilisk down there in my second year.”
“We have some Parselmouths that work at Gringotts, we will explore it as soon as possible. Where is it located?”
“The girls’ bathroom that Moaning Myrtle haunts on the second floor.”
Healing and History
Harry spent the rest of his summer studying and doing tests. He was exhausted most of the time and barely had any time to sightsee, but he was beyond pleased with the results.
He had met a few people from the reservation, including the Blacks and Sam Uley, his second Jarod Cameron, and his third Paul Lahote, when they had attended his surprise party that Sirius and Remus had thrown. He could still picture Jarod’s face as he took him up on his broom.
They were rather surprised when they discovered they were not werewolves, but shifters. They were even more surprised when they met Remus on the full moon.
Harry still wasn’t sure what went on that night, but there was some kind of worry about the two different species since Remus and Sam bit each other. Sirius and Billy were still debating the consequences, especially with magic involved.
He had met Jacob a few times, but the boy had been so distracted by Bella Swan, who was apparently dating a vampire, that he barely spoke to him and didn’t even look at him. It seems the Cullens were all vampires and the head of the coven was a doctor.
It made him wonder what really happened when Bella Swan left Forks and came back. He thought for a while that the vampire had forced her back, but they were still dating and apparently in love. It was a little bit fascinating though, like his Aunt Petunia’s stories.
It also still boggled Harry’s mind as to how a muggle vampire could be around all that blood. He kind of admired the head of the coven for his dedication. Apparently, they also sparkled, like human-sized glitter balls, in direct sunlight.
Harry would chuckle every time he thought about that.
That wasn’t the only quirk of the muggle supernaturals, it seems the shapeshifters imprinted.
Harry’s first question had been, “what the hell is an imprint?” Followed by, “do they follow you around like ducklings?”
He had thought they were valid questions, but by the laughter that followed from Sirius and Remus, he guessed not.
Sirius had gotten him books from MaCUSA about the different types of vampires, werewolves, shifters, and many other creatures, magical and muggle alike, that they didn’t teach you about in Hogwarts.
He discovered that imprinting was more like a magical soulmate bond since it kind of worked both ways. Which made more sense to him and was easier to understand.
The wolf would imprint and the recipient would develop feelings naturally. He could sort of understand that, since who could not feel something when confronted with that kind of unconditional love and devotion.
No thought to their own happiness, only to whatever the imprint wanted. It would be horrible if it was just one way, so he liked the soulmate bond explanation better.
“Harry?” Sirius called, pulling Harry from his musings.
“In the library,” Harry answered.
“Want to come down to the res with us? We just finished brewing the potions for Billy and Emily to try,” Sirius asked as he came into the room.
“What potions are you using?” Harry asked, as he nodded and started to pack up his books.
“You tell me?” Remus asked as he entered the room.
“Oh, um well, the Wiggenweld Potion is a healing potion so that could work on Billy or a general healing potion. A nerve regenerator or something like that? And for Emily, Essence of Dittany?”
“Very good, Harry,” Remus said, smiling at him. “We can also use some spells, including Vulnera Sanentur.”
“I’ve never heard of that spell,” Harry said, frowning at Remus.
“That’s because it was invented by Severus Snape,” Remus replied, giving Sirius a quelling look to keep him quiet. “I will show you how it works when we see Emily.”
Harry pulled a face of his own at his ex-Potions Professor’s name but remained quiet after Remus’ look at Sirius. He was with Sirius though, that man was awful.
“Alright, let’s go. Billy is going to be meeting us at Sam and Emily’s place. He wants to keep Jacob out of it unless he goes through the change. Jacob thinks it’s all hogwash anyway.”
“I get that,” Harry said. “I haven’t really seen Jacob much anyway. He is always going on about Bella Swan.”
“Have you met Bella yet?” Sirius asked as they walked down the stairs and headed for the garage.
“No, not yet. I have been too busy studying and taking tests to hang out much at the res, and apparently, she only goes down there with her dad for those dinners with Billy.”
“Oh, that’s right, she’s dating that vampire. Billy was telling us all about it. Jacob doesn’t like him but he can’t figure out why, so he thinks it’s because he’s jealous.”
“So Billy thinks he is going to shift soon?” Harry asked, surprised. The boy was so tiny compared to Sam and the others, though he was starting to gain a little height and muscle lately, Harry mused. He did make Harry look like a toddler, which was rather infuriating. All the wolves did though.
“He’s not sure,” Sirius said. “He doesn’t know if it’s just a tribe instinct or a shifter one. I told him I would let him read the journals once you have finished. All I remember is the stories of how they came to be and how my line was discovered,” Sirius said as they got into the car and Remus pulled out of the driveway.
It didn’t take long to get to Emily’s since the Black property was on the border of the res. When Harry got his first look at their house he loved it. It seemed to radiate love and affection. Family.
He smiled as he saw Billy Black in his wheelchair on the porch of the house and waved at him. He was a funny man and Harry liked him a lot.
“Sirius, good to see you, and Harry and Remus of course,” Billy said in his gruff voice, smiling brightly.
“You, too, cousin,” Sirius said, jogging up to the porch and leaning down to hug Billy. “Hopefully, we will have you out of this thing soon,” he added, slapping the man on the shoulders.
“Come inside, they are waiting rather impatiently for you,” Billy said and turned, his wheels squeaking as he rolled himself into the house.
“How are you going to explain it to Jacob and others?” Harry asked as they entered the room and sat down. “Thanks,” he said to Emily when she placed a large muffin and a cup of tea in front of him.
She made excellent tea and Harry was grateful for it after all the bad stuff he had heard about Americans and tea.
“Are you sure you can do this?” Sam asked, and Harry could see how anxious he was. He couldn’t imagine how he would feel if he had done something like that to someone he loved. The whole imprinting thing aside.
Harry watched as Sam once again scanned Remus’ face and all his scars.
“As we said before,” Sirius said, moving to place a comforting hand on Sam’s shoulder, “you are not a werewolf. Remus has a kind of poison in his claws and fangs that make healing his scars impossible.”
“Couldn’t you try adding some of Sam’s shifter blood to a potion, they seem to be able to heal from anything, even Remus’ claws,” Harry said innocently, causing mouths to drop open around him.
“What?” he asked, feeling uncomfortable at everyone staring at him. “Was it stupid?”
“No, Harry. Everyone is staring ‘cause we feel stupid we didn’t think of it,” Sirius said as he ruffled Harry’s hair. “Out of the mouths of babes,” Sirius added, laughing.
“Okay, let’s get started,” Remus said, feeling Sam’s anxiety. “Let’s start with Emily, hers should be the quickest.
Remus studied Emily’s face and Harry watched on in fascination. “What do you think we should do here?” Remus asked Harry.
“I think you should use the spell first to close the wound, then the Dittany to erase the scarring. If there is any scarring left, then use a balm, but I don’t think there will be any after the first two treatments,” Harry said.
Fifteen minutes later, Emily was staring in the mirror in shock. Her face was perfect again, all traces of what Sam had done gone.
“I can’t thank you enough,” Sam said, smiling brightly from his place behind Emily, his arms wrapped tightly around her waist.
“No thanks needed,” Sirius said. “Now Billy.”
Harry pulled out the potion and handed it to Billy, “Drink this,” he said, adding “it tastes disgusting.”
“What will happen?” Billy asked and then downed the potion with a grimace without waiting for an answer.
“Well, first, you will start to feel a tingling sensation in your extremities. Then, when you start to get feeling back into your legs, you will need to take this,” Sirius said, handing Billy a muscle regenerator and a nerve regenerator.
“This might get a little painful, but I have a pain potion here if it gets too bad. It will take at least twenty-four hours for the potions to finish their job and, then, up you get.”
“That’s it?” Billy asked as he started to feel the tingling sensation. He reached out and took the other two potions when he could feel his legs and downed them as well, spluttering at the taste.
“That’s it, you should wake up tomorrow and up you get. You might need a cane to help you remember how to walk again. Depends on your muscle memory. You may just wake up and get up without even thinking about it. I’ve seen both happen,” Sirius said, smiling.
Sirius could see the grimace forming on Billy’s face, and turned to Emily, “He is staying here tonight, right?”
“Yes, he didn’t want to freak Jacob out,” Emily said.
“Okay, let’s put him to bed, the pain potion should knock him out and keep him asleep until morning.”
“You still didn’t say how you were going to answer any questions about the healing?” Harry asked as Sirius levitated Billy to the spare bedroom Sam pointed out.
“Oh, Billy has been telling people in the tribe that Sirius is a Shaman, a great healer who works with what the earth gives him to heal and has already started on Billy,” Sam said, laughing in delight at the look on Harry’s face.
“He told them of how Sirius is related to Ephraim Black, from Ephriam’s father Marius Black, down through the line to Taha Aki’s brother.”
“Is that true?” Harry asked, he hadn’t read the journals yet. He should really get on that.
“Yes,” Sirius said as he entered the room. “Taha Aki had a brother and, though his name was lost to time in the records of the tribe, we know the original name. He did change his name when he became what was known among the Black family as the founder of the House of Black. It was considered a great honour to be named after him,” Sirius said and gave Harry a smirk.
“Sirius,” Harry said, “he changed his name to Sirius.”
“Yes, as a nod to his brother, Alpha Canis Majoris. His brother being the Alpha of the Quileute Tribe and lands. The story of the shift is a little different from the way it was told in the legend since magic, real magic, was scrubbed from the muggle side.
“Taha Aki was a spirit walker and he did get trapped in the spirit plain by Utlapa, but he went to his brother, Askii, for help. He was the Shaman of the tribe, but he always felt a pull to be something else, something better and felt trapped by his brother, but he loved him, so he couldn’t resent him.
“When Taha Aki came to him for help from the spirit plane he saw his brother’s sadness and despaired at being the cause of it. But he had bigger worries at the moment so he asked his brother for help.”
“Why didn’t Askii know that his brother wasn’t himself?” Harry asked, wrapped up in the story.
“Because Askii was on a retreat of sorts, looking to the stars and the spirits for answers to why he felt so restless,” Sirius answered.
“Anyway, Askii helped his brother by performing a spell to link his brother’s spirit to a strong wolf, and the legend of the tribe was born. Taha Aki melded with the wolf and banished Utlapa with the help of his brother and regained his body. But the Black magic was strong and the side effects were permanent.
“Taha Aki and all his future ancestors would be able to call upon the wolf. As the family grew and spread out, marrying into different lines, they took that power with them. All who descend from Taha Aki would have the ability to shift.”
“That means that I’m,” Sam hesitated.
“Yes, you are a descendant of Taha Aki, though the main Black line would always rule the packs, the descendants were always meant to be pack. The reason for that is that Billy is a descendant of both brothers, Taha Aki and Askii.”
“So why is Sam Alpha then?” Emily asked.
“Because Billy is or was damaged and Jacob is too young,” Sirius said. “If or when Jacob shifts, the Alpha spark would be his by right of birth.”
“And Askii?” Harry asked.
“Taha saw into his heart and set him free, where he roamed the world and learned all he could. His descendants helped found the Wizarding World, and the House of Black has always been powerful there, until recently.”
“When was the Wizarding World founded?” Sam asked.
“In the 1700s,” Sirius answered.
“That is so interesting,” Emily said from her seat beside Sam.
“It’s so confusing,” Harry said.
“I have the history written in journals. It’s all very fascinating, but most of the journals I have seen so far are more concerned with Marius and his son Ephriam, Billy’s grandfather. Though there are many more in the vaults.
“Marius was born a squib and left the wizarding world to go back to the roots of his other ancestor, Taha Aki. He found the Quileute tribe and changed his name to Joseph Black, where he married Jane Clearwater.
“He had four children, including Ephriam Black, Billy’s grandfather, Chief of the Quileute tribe, a shifter, and first to meet the Cullen family. He was the one that made the treaty with them, which I heard Jacob broke by telling Bella about vampires,” Sirius added with a chuckle.
“I think that’s enough of a history lesson,” Remus said, smiling at the glazed look on Harry’s face. He never did well with family trees. Especially the Blacks, he found the whole lack of forking in some areas horrifying.
“We should head home,” Sirius said, looking at Harry. “You have your last test for your E.A.G.L.E.s. in about an hour and then you will be done for the summer.”
“Have you done your high school test?” Emily asked.
“Yes, I managed to ace it, I only have one year of high school left for the muggle world,” Harry said with a large smile. He was so glad he didn’t have to do more than that.
“Have you decided where you are going to school?” Sam asked.
“Yes, I’m going to attend Forks High,” Harry said, still a little unsure, but after all the talks he had had with Remus and Sirius, he decided it was for the best.
“You go back on Monday, are you ready?” Emily asked.
“Yes, I have everything I need,” Harry replied. Though he was rather nervous, not just going to a muggle high school, but also attending with vampires.
“How did you manage to learn all of our histories? It must be difficult learning to study in an American school?” Emily asked.
“Ironfist got me a Learning Orb. It teaches me while I sleep,” Harry said smiling.
“Then why go to school, why not just test out completely?” Sam asked, curiously.
“Because Sirius wants me to have the experience since I have never had any real schooling that wasn’t fraught with danger,” Harry said with a put upon sigh.
“And going to school with vampires is going to be less dangerous?” Sam asked.
“Well, considering everything he has been through,” Sirius said, with a small chuckle, “yes, vampires are the least of his worries. Besides, he knows the fire spell.”
“That sounds like a very handy spell,” Sam said, smiling at Harry. “I would love to be able to do that one.”
Harry opened his hand and bounced a fireball in it, smiling at Sam, “Remus taught me,” he said, before closing his fist and extinguishing it.
“Awesome,” Sam said, leaning forward slightly in his seat. “Can you do that?” he asked Sirius and Remus.
“We can produce fire, yes, but we can’t do that. Harry is quite powerful and an elemental. We are only just now scratching the surface of how much power he has.”
“Why?” Emily asked.
“Well, Harry had a powerful block on his magic, causing him to only be able to use a fraction of it. Now that the block has been removed his power has been released.
“But since he was doing magic with the blocks in place, and quite powerful magic at that, his own core has expanded and we are still discovering his power and abilities.”
Harry blushed and hung his head down. He hated that he was different, it made him feel like the freak his Aunt always said he was.
“None of that Harry, it’s not your fault and you have nothing to be ashamed of,” Sirius said, ruffling his hair.
“I would be thrilled to have your abilities,” Sam said, smiling brightly at Harry. It was a bit disconcerting considering the man was usually very dour.
“We should head home,” Remus said, noticing Harry’s discomfort. “We will be by in the morning to check on Billy and get him home.”
“You okay?” Remus asked Harry as they got into the car.
“Yeah, I’m fine,” Harry said, waving as they pulled out of the driveway.
Remus smiled sadly at him but didn’t answer.
“Do you think you have everything for school Monday?” Sirius asked, changing the subject. “We didn’t forget anything, did we?”
“I’m pretty sure I have everything, but I will check again tomorrow night when I pack for school,” Harry answered.
“You should check tomorrow so we can pick up anything we did forget. Better safe than sorry,” Sirius said with a smile.
“Fine, I will,” Harry replied with a smile of his own.
“Get some sleep, Harry,” Sirius said as he moved forward to hug his godson. He kissed Harry on the top of the head and then released him.
“Night Sirius,” Harry said. “Love you.”
“Love you, too, kiddo.”
The next morning, everyone was up early, excited to check on Billy. It didn’t take them long to get through their morning rituals and get on the road.
“Well, look at you,” Sirius said as they walked into Emily and Sam’s place.
Billy frowned as he looked down at himself, standing in front of the coffee pot waiting impatiently for coffee. He grunted at Sirius and looked back at the pot.
“Billy?” Remus said, trying hard not to laugh at the man. “Notice anything different this morning?”
“Yes,” Billy grunted, “Sam’s coffee pot is slower than mine.”
“And how are you finding your feet?” Sirius asked. “Walking ok?”
Billy stumbled slightly, frowning, looked down at himself again and then his eyes widened in shock before settling into pleasure.
“I think he’s catching on,” Sam said, laughing. “He has only been up for a few minutes, and we decided to see how long it would take for him to realise what he was doing. He just walked out of his room and went straight for the coffee.”
Billy started to walk carefully around the room, running his hand along the table at his side, just in case.
“If you were going to fall you would have done so already,” Sirius said, with a large smile on his face.
“This is unbelievable. I mean you said, but I didn’t fully. I can walk!” Billy exclaimed and moved over to Sirius to hug him tightly. “Thank you, cousin.”
“No thanks needed between family,” Sirius said, patting the man on the back and smiling brightly. It was going to be a good day.
First Day of School
Harry double-checked his school supplies before heading down for breakfast. He had already checked yesterday and last night but he knew Sirius would ask again. He was sure his godfather was more anxious about his first day than Harry was.
“Got everything you need?” Sirius asked as soon as Harry reached the kitchen, causing Harry to smile.
“Yes, I have everything, I triple checked,” Harry said. “Now, all I need is food and I’m good to go.”
Sirius fussed over him for the rest of breakfast, causing Harry to smile and let him. It was nice having someone worry, he knew most kids complained but he didn’t think he would ever get tired of the amount of care Sirius and Remus showed him.
After saying goodbye to a rather clingy godfather, Harry got into his car and drove to school. He’d left a little early since he needed to check in at the office to get his schedule.
Harry pulled into the parking lot, grabbed his bag, and got out of his car, locking the doors behind him. He smiled at the few kids that were lurking around the parking lot and made his way towards the office to check-in.
“Hello,” he said as he walked up to the desk, “I’m Harry Potter, I need to pick up my schedule.”
“Right, yes, I’ve been expecting you, Mr Potter. My name is Ms Cope, here is your schedule. Please get this signed by all your teachers and bring it back to me after class. Here is your map of the school.”
“Okay, thanks, Ms Cope,” Harry said as he took the papers from her and smiled brightly.
“You are welcome, young man,” she said and waved him off, after giving him the other information he needed, like where his locker was.
He walked out, checking the map and his schedule as he went and made his way to his first class.
English with Mr Berty.
Harry made his way to class and went directly to the teacher to get his form signed. Mr Berty was a grumpy looking man, but Harry just smiled at him, causing the teacher’s eyes to widen in shock. Harry laughed internally. He had a Snape, he didn’t think anyone could be worse than that.
He was just about to sit when he had to do a double-take as he spotted a boy in the seat behind the one he was about to take.
“Cedric,” he whispered in shock as he looked at the boy, but quickly shook his head and sat down. Though he couldn’t quite stop his hands from shaking.
That boy was the spitting image of Cedric Diggory and he could hardly believe his eyes. Pain, regret, remorse, and so many other emotions flooded him as he took some deep breaths to try and calm his nerves.
He just had to get through the class, then he could find a quiet place before his next one to calm down properly and figure this out. They say everyone has a doppelganger right?
He didn’t quite know how he managed it but he did get through class without making a complete idiot out of himself and, as soon as the bell sounded, he made his way out of the class and straight for the bathroom.
Harry splashed some cold water on his face and tried to calm his breathing, working closely on his occlumency to get control of himself. Five minutes later, he was ready to go and almost late for his next class.
Getting through the rest of the day had been an exercise in patience for Harry. He kept seeing who he now knew was Edward Cullen everywhere. He was in nearly all his classes and they had the same lunch.
A vampire that looked just like Cedric. He had a small bit of hope for all of a second that it could have been Cedric, except he remembered that Edward Cullen was over one hundred years old.
He would have to do some research, maybe they were related somehow. He would have to find out if Edward had any surviving relatives.
Cedric had been handsome as a wizard. Strong, kind, friendly, and selfless. As a vampire, he would have been stunning going by Edward Cullen. The man, because he certainly wasn’t a boy, was gorgeous. Lucky Bella Swan, Harry thought with a smile.
He made it through the first day smiling, even though hardly anyone spoke to him. He was the weird English kid that skipped a grade. He wondered if that was going to be his label from now on. He hardly cared, it was way better than The-Boy-Who-Lived.
Sirius had also told him that if he didn’t like muggle school, after giving it a try, since it was his choice to go, that he could do homeschooling instead.
“Sirius,” he called out when he got home.
“In here, how was your first day,” Sirius answered.
Harry followed his voice into the sitting room and plopped down onto the couch next to his godfather and leaned into him seeking comfort.
“That bad?” Sirius asked.
“It was fine, just as I expected,” Harry answered.
“Edward Cullen was in my classes,” Harry said, pulling away to look at Sirius. “He looks exactly like Cedric.”
“Exactly, exactly?” Sirius asked, his eyes going wide.
“I actually thought it was him for a minute. Had a panic attack in the middle of class, but managed to not look like a complete idiot,” Harry said, frowning.
“I haven’t met any of the Cullen’s yet,” Sirius said. He pulled Harry close, “I’m sorry you had to go through that. You know I would understand if you wanted to not go back,” Sirius added.
“It’s fine,” Harry said, curling into Sirius. “It was actually nice not having anyone know who I was. No Dudley to scare people away, no magicals to stare at me. I was just another boy, who nobody seemed to care about,” Harry said smiling widely.
“That must be a very novel experience for you,” Sirius said with a small chuckle.
“Very. I don’t mind it right now but it would be nice to find someone to talk to eventually,” Harry added. “The school was still gossiping about Bella and Edward, though. Every move they make seems to be fodder for gossip. Apparently Edward never even noticed a girl before Bella showed up.”
“Wow, that would set the gossip off. Billy doesn’t know much about the Cullens other than what Charlie says, but they end up arguing over them so they don’t discuss them anymore.”
“Not a surprise considering,” Harry said with a shrug. “How was your day?”
“Ragnok said that they will be ready to open the school on September 1st. Everything is going fine,” Sirius smiled down at Harry when he was given an incredulous look. “Well, as well as expected. There has been talk of the darker families trying to open their own school, but they don’t have time.
“I have heard many have been pulled and sent to Durmstrung and some to Beauxbaton. Honestly, Ragnok is really happy with that result, since they had an influx of muggleborns, squibs, and adult students who were never invited due to whatever reason the Headmasters at the time could think of.”
“Squibs?” Harry asked.
“Yeah, there are quite a few classes they can take without active magic,” Sirius said. “It was quite the revelation,” he added with a smile.
“When do you have to go back for the Wizengamot?”
“Oh, excellent news on that front, too. Andromeda has agreed to take up Proxy for the Black seat and has been made the new Headmistress of Hogwarts, so I can be, with your permission, Proxy for the Gryffindor seat. I only have to go once to set everything in motion.”
“What about Potter and Peverell?”
“Minerva McGonagall has agreed to do that if you like,” Sirius said,
“But what about Dumbledore?” Harry asked.
“Well, it seems you weren’t the only one suffering under spells, Minerva seems to have been heavily spelled for years. The goblins did a ritual cleansing for her, it took hours to get her back to rights. She’s furious, beyond hurt, and really upset about how she treated you,” Sirius said.
“That’s terrible,” Harry said. “How could one person be so awful?” Harry asked.
“I don’t know but maybe the ICW can find out. Until then, how do you feel about Minerva being your proxy for those two houses? She would also like to be able to write to you and visit.”
“As long as she isn’t working for Dumbledore, sure,” Harry said. “But how do you know he can’t get to her again?”
“She is wearing a medallion like ours,” Sirius said, pulling his necklace up and showing Harry. “Ragnok made it for her and a few others they found under the same spells. Most of the teachers are staying at Hogwarts, you see. They even have a goblin healer on staff.”
“That’s great news,” Harry said.
“Even better news, Voldemort is no more. The goblins did the ritual and it was made known through the magical communities as it was witnessed by the ICW,” Sirius said, pulling Harry close.
“I’m free?” Harry questioned, looking shocked.
“Yes, you are free, though you were given credit for the discovery of how he kept himself alive and the final destruction,” Sirius warned.
“I’m finally free,” Harry yelled and jumped up from his seat and did a happy dance.
“You can concentrate on just being a normal kid, going to normal school doing normal things,” Sirius said.
“Except for the vampires and shifters,” Harry added with a laugh.
“There is one other thing,” Sirius said, causing Harry to pause in his celebration.
“What?” Harry asked, suspiciously.
“Don’t give me that look,” Sirius said with a chuckle, “it’s not the end of the world.”
“What is it then?”
“These,” Sirius said as he flicked letters out of his bracelet, causing Harry to smile and then grimace. He loved the dimensional store bracelets that Ragnok had gotten for all three of them, but he hated the letters.
He had been putting them off for a while now and he knew it, but he really didn’t want to have to deal with people judging him or telling him what he should and shouldn’t do.
“Don’t pout,” Sirius said, laughing at the look on Harry’s face. “I took out all the ones you just didn’t need to read, which I have to say was a lot. People who think their opinions matter just because they have them are beyond the pale.”
“I know, right? It’s really annoying how they think they get a say because of something that happened when I was a baby,” Harry said, still pouting, which just made him look adorable in Sirius’ opinion.
“Oh, trust me, I know,” Sirius said, thinking of all the letters he got telling him he should have just stayed in Azkaban and left Harry alone.
“Okay, who are they from?” Harry asked.
“As I said, I took out all the ones you didn’t need to read but put them aside in case you ever wanted to,” Sirius said. “These are from Neville, the twins, Luna, Professor McGonagall, Hermione, Seamus, Dean, a bunch of the kids from Hogwarts,” Sirius said, getting tired of mentioning names.
“Also, Hagrid, and a few of the other Professors. Andromeda Tonks just wanted to introduce herself and ask if you had any requests for the school, and some of your standard fan mail.”
“Fan mail?” Harry asked, “I’ve never had that before.”
“That’s because Dumbledore had it redirected. The stash of it was found in Hogwarts and Ragnok had the elves go through it. A lot of it was kids’ toys and the like, he has it put aside for you, I just have the letters.
“He wants you to go through it and keep what you want, but figured you probably wanted to donate most of the toys and books and stuff to the orphanage.”
“Okay, that sounds like a plan. Maybe on the weekend I can go through it just to see and then make a decision,” Harry said. “Did Ron write?” Harry asked, after a moment.
“Yes, but it was put in the, you don’t need to read that, dribble pile,” Sirius said, wrapping his arm around Harry and pulling him close.
“I figured,” Harry said.
“Want your letters? We have a standard reply for your fan mail, with an apology for why you haven’t responded. There was also an article written in the Daily Prophet as to why you never answered fan mail.
“It was a whole thing and, according to my sources, caused Dumbledore to get a few Howlers.”
“What’s happening to him?” Harry asked as he snuggled into Sirius.
“He is awaiting trial. The ICW is still gathering information on all his dirty deeds. Apparently, you are not the only orphan he messed with. The man had sticky fingers and a total need to control.”
“Is he in prison?”
“No, he hasn’t been formally charged yet, it takes time to get all the details and there is a lot to uncover. But you don’t have to worry about that too much. I mean, I know you will worry, but I will keep you up to date.”
“Thanks, Dad,” Harry said, causing both boy and man to freeze for a second as they realised what Harry had said.
Sirius squeezed him tighter and kissed the top of his head as a tear escaped his eye, “You are more than welcome, Son.”
They spend the rest of the evening going through Harry’s letters and doing homework. Both of them smiled the whole time, confusing Remus when he returned from the reservation.
“What’s got you two looking like that?” Remus had asked, concerned that a prank was about to be pulled on him.
The double reply of “nothing” didn’t help the poor man’s nerves at all.
School was going well for Harry, he started to make friends, slowly. He found a lot of the gossip annoying as he was never one to try and tear a person down like Lauren.
He didn’t like the girl, she was just so snotty and unkind. But Angela and Ben were great, so he put up with Lauren.
Things were also going well down at the reservation. He had been making a lot of friends down there and Sirius and Remus had opened a little shop selling herbal remedies and the like.
Word of what happened with Emily and Billy had been the talk of the reservation for days afterwards and people had flocked to the store.
Harry was fairly happy, he kept in contact with his friends, Hermione kept him up to date on all of Ron’s crap, including his constant moaning at having to attend school with ‘creatures’, as Ron called them.
Hermione was barely speaking to the boy right now, and most of the school was following suit.
He also got a behind the scenes view of the school from the students’ perspective. Most of them were loving the new subjects and the upgrade in teaching.
A few were not so happy, such as Ron, and there was talk that they would be asked to leave if they couldn’t fit in.
Harry left all that to Headmistress Tonks but did send suggestions from the kids and a list of things they liked and didn’t like because of Hermione’s constant nagging.
Harry also now called Sirius Dad all the time, much to the joy of both of them. Sirius had even mentioned adopting him officially. Harry was more than excited about the prospect.
Things were great. Until they weren’t anymore.
Something had happened at Bella Swan’s birthday party, thrown by the Cullen’s and now the Cullen’s had left town and Bella was missing.
That was how Harry and Sirius found themselves in the woods by the Swan residence, wands out doing a find me spell to locate the girl.
Harry heard snuffling behind him and turned to see Sam in his wolf form, looking over towards the brush just off to the side of where Sirius and he were.
“There,” Harry said to Sirius and they moved over to the girl, who was laying on the ground, shaking from the cold, but she seemed to be almost catatonic.
“Is she alright?” Sam asked as he moved towards them in human form, already dressed thanks to the new runes on the dimensional store bracelet Ragnok and Remus had come up with together. All the pack wore them and theirs had the pack emblem on them that matched their tattoos.
“I think she is in shock,” Sirius said as he waved his wand over the girl. “And almost hypothermic, we need to get her inside.”
“I’ve got her,” Sam said as he picked her up as if she weighed nothing and cradled her to him. Bella shivered from the sudden body heat and seemed to snuggle into Sam.
“Ok, let’s get her to her father and I will slip her a calming draught once she is settled,” Sirius said, frowning down at the girl. “You know, I think she may be a squib.”
“I’ve heard that Cullen can’t read her mind,” Sam said. “But it’s only rumours. We are not even sure that the Cullens have the powers they are alleged to have,” Sam finished as he started to walk.
“Yes, I heard from Billy, that apparently the boy is a mind reader and the girl can predict the future. I have to wonder how much of that is true.”
“I guess we won’t find out, now that they have cleared town,”
Sam said, sounding relieved. He didn’t hold on to the hatred he once had now that Emily had been cured, but he still didn’t much like them.
“Well, if Bella is a squib, it would explain why he can’t read her, she may have a natural Occlumency ability,” Sirius said, as they broke the treeline and saw a group gathered around Charlie.
“Charlie, look,” they heard Jacob say and Charlie ran over to meet them.
“She’s fine, Charlie. A little cold and seems to be in shock but otherwise unharmed,” Sirius said as he led Charlie by the arm to his front door and had him open it for Sam.
“Lay her down there,” Sirius said, pointing to the couch. “Harry, could you put the kettle on, please?”
“Sure,” both Harry’s answers caused a small chuckle from the group still there.
“I’ll get it,” Harry Clearwater said. “Harry hasn’t been here before.”
Sirius stood over Bella and took her pulse, “Can someone get me a glass of water, please?” he asked.
“Here,” Harry said, walking in from the kitchen and handing him the glass of water before going back to preparing the tea.
Sirius pulled a vial out of his pocket and Charlie placed a hand on his arm, stopping him.
“What are you doing?”
“It’s a calming drought. Herbal remedy, to help calm her mind and heart and bring her out of this catatonic state,” Sirius said.
Charlie nodded and stood back, he had seen what they had done for Billy and Emily and he was willing to try anything to help Bella.
Sirius poured the whole vial into the water and had Sam hold her up. “Here, this will make you feel better,” Sirius said as he helped Bella drink.
A few minutes later, Bella started to come around and she blinked rapidly at the people standing around her.
“What happened?” she asked and then curled in on herself, “Edward,” she whispered.
Harry spent the better part of the next three months, while he was in school, watching out for Bella Swan. He rolled his eyes every time he thought about her.
He had never been in love before, but he was sure he wouldn’t be acting like that. She was a complete mess and he didn’t understand how someone could become so despondent with her own life.
A lot had changed in those months, including Remus. His scars were long gone, and his lycanthrope had mutated with the addition of Sam’s blood to his system. They had mixed it with the wolfsbane and it had rather interesting results.
They weren’t quite sure what was going on and were still studying the effects, but Remus could shift on demand and he no longer was affected by the full moon. His shift was also different, he looked more like Sam’s wolf than he did his old wolf shape.
He had lost his sickly look as well and had put on muscle and a bit of height. It was hilarious watching Sirius around the new Remus whenever he entered the room.
Remus and Sirius had included Ragnok and they were still running experiments with Remus and Sam’s blood, with permission of course. Some of the findings were fascinating, for magical and muggle applications.
But with all that to preoccupy him, Harry still didn’t understand what Bella was going through, no matter how much he tried.
“Is it a vampire thing?” Harry asked his dad one day, trying to understand.
“I think it’s just a first love, but really intensified,” Sirius said, scrunching up his nose. “I don’t know, Harry, I don’t get it either and I’m a werewolf mate.”
“Well, I heard at school today that she is going to the movies with Jessica tonight, so that’s something,” Harry said.
“It only took three months and a kick up the arse by Charlie,” Sirius said. “Billy was telling me all about it.”
“You old men do love your gossip,” Harry said, laughing at the outraged look on Sirius’ face.
“You need to be careful when you are out and about now, Harry,” Sirius said after he was done giving Harry the stink eye for his earlier comment.
“There have been rogue vampire sightings,” Sirius said, “and not the golden eye type.”
“Really? I wonder why?” Harry asked.
“No idea, but just be alert.”
“Might explain the bear sightings I’ve been hearing about,” Harry said. “One of the girls at school mentioned wolves, giant ones. I guess the pack has been patrolling more.”
“I’ll talk to Billy about the rumours,” Sirius said. “Are you coming down to the reservation tonight?”
“I wouldn’t miss it,” Harry said. “Seth asked me to bring him another book on magical animals.”
“That boy is adorable,” Sirius said.
“He’s very nice,” Harry said. “Like the little brother I never had. He is going to freak out when he finds out all those animals in those books are real,” Harry added. “He’s been extra clingy since he found out about his dad’s heart condition and how Remus fixed it.”
Everyone at the reservation was rather kind to all of them. Remus and Sirius were like rock stars and Harry was the adorable son that helped out from time to time.
“What else are you going to do besides hanging out with Seth?” Sirius asked. He saw the look on Harry’s face so he figured something was up. Either cliff diving or getting Sam to give him a ride on his back. Harry loved speed and the wolves could move.
“Sam promised to take me for a run,” Harry said, grinning from ear to ear.
The following day, Harry was working with Remus at the store when he noticed Bella Swan’s truck drive past headed for Billy’s.
“Does she have motorcycles in the back?” Harry asked as he went to the door and opened it, going outside to get a better look as the old truck slowly made its way down the road.
“I’m sure we will find out at dinner tonight,” Remus said.
“I won’t be there, I promised to study with Angela and Ben tonight.”
“Well, I guess I will find out tonight and let you know. We have been invited to the Clearwaters for dinner tomorrow night,” Remus added.
“Yes, I know, Seth begged to be able to stay at our place and skip it. Apparently, Leah is getting on his last nerve. He would have spent the whole weekend but I have to study tonight. Don’t be surprised if he shows up anyway,” Harry added with a laugh.
“How was your run with Sam yesterday?” Remus asked, changing the subject.
“Awesome as usual,” Harry said. “Next Sunday, he is taking me cliff diving,” Harry added.
“Remember your warming charms,” Remus said, smiling at Harry. He couldn’t be happier about how much Harry had come out of his shell since meeting the Pack.
They adored him too and kept him safe, which was an added bonus for Remus and Sirius since Harry was a trouble magnet most of the time.
Monday arrived way too quickly for Harry’s liking, but he packed his bag, ate his breakfast, and off he went to face another day of torture.
He rolled his eyes at himself and smiled. He actually enjoyed school and was having a lot more fun now that he had become good friends with Angela and Ben.
He tolerated the others as much as he could, but it was rather annoying to watch Mike pine for Bella while Jessica pined for Mike.
Lauren was the worst though, she never had anything nice to say to anyone, but she was extremely bitchy about Bella. Angela had told him it was jealousy since Tyler liked Bella and Lauren liked Tyler.
High school drama, he thought, as he walked into the school heading for class. He was surprised to see Bella actually talking to people.
Lunchtime and Bella actually joined the table, giving Harry a funny look. Harry realised that she must have never noticed him sitting there before because she was always preoccupied with the Cullens.
“Hi, Harry, right?” Bella asked as she sat down.
Hi,” Harry said. “Are you feeling better?” Harry asked, concerned.
Bella just gave him a strange look so he added, “I was there that night, I was one of the people that found you in the woods.”
Bella just gave him a look and turned away so he focused back on Angela.
“I heard they were large wolves,” he heard her say.
“I’ve never seen a wolf before,” Harry said, wondering why Bella was giving him dirty looks.
“You don’t have them in England?” Jessica asked while giving Bella the side-eye, which she noticed and looked down at the table.
He wondered what happened on their movie night to make Jessica so hostile, but at least it stopped Bella from looking at him.
“They went extinct in England in the 1500s or thereabouts I believe,” Harry answered. “But there has been talk for a while to reintroduce wolves to Scotland and the British Isle to help with the deer population.”
“I had no idea,” Angela said. “That’s fascinating.”
“What are you doing this weekend?” Jessica asked Harry.
“Hanging out at the reservation, working some with Remus and my dad at the store there, and then on Sunday, Sam and the other boys are taking me cliff diving. I can’t wait,” Harry said, excited.
“Do you spend a lot of time in La Push?” Bella asked, and Harry could hear a tone in her voice he didn’t like but tried to ignore it the best he could.
“Yes, my dad and his partner opened a shop there. My dad is cousins with Billy Black.”
“I thought you were an orphan?” Lauren asked.
“Lauren!” Angela chastised.
“What?” Lauren asked, flipping her hair and turning away from them.
“I am, or was. Sirius Black was my dad’s best friend and my godfather, he is in the process of adopting me,” Harry said, not the least bit affected by Lauren.
“So you know Jacob?” Bella asked.
“Sort of. He doesn’t really spend much time around us. He spends most of his time hanging out with you or talking about you or, as Seth would say, mooning over you,” Harry said with a chuckle.
“Oh,” Bella said, looking annoyed at that statement, but couldn’t stop the blush appearing on her cheeks.
“Didn’t your dad and Remus help Mr Black get out of his wheelchair?” Jessica asked, changing the subject.
“Oh, and clear up those scars on that poor girl?” Lauren added. “I”m going to go down there and check out their face creams,” she added, smiling.
“They have some great stuff, you should check it out,” Harry replied, emphasising the word you, before turning back to Angela, “So, wolves?” he asked, causing her to laugh.
“Happy Valentine’s day,” Harry said as he laid out breakfast for his dad and Remus.
“You’ve been busy,” Sirius said as he sat and picked up his teacup. “Perfect,” he said after taking a sip.
“This is great, Harry,” Remus said, cutting into his heart-shaped pancakes.
“Well, it’s our first official Valentine’s day as a family,” Harry said, smiling brightly.
The blood adoption had taken place last night and Harry was thrilled with the outcome, even though some of his features had changed. He didn’t look that different, his face had just slimmed down and his jawline was more pronounced.
There were a few tears as they hugged and then got back to their breakfast.
“Did you finalise the purchase of the diner in town?” Harry asked. He had been wondering what had been happening with that since Sirius had first said he was going to buy it.
“Oh yes, that went through last month. I kept on the staff, and the current manager and upped their salary and gave them paid sick days, medical and dental insurance. They were thrilled.”
“I bet they were,” Harry said. “A couple of the kids at school work there, I heard some chatter about working conditions, so I thought I would ask.”
“You want to work there?” Sirius asked.
“No, absolutely not,” Harry said, “I like working at Lupin’s,” Harry said, talking about the store in La Push.
“I still can’t believe you called it that,” Remus grumped.
“I think it’s a brilliant name for a store,” Harry said.
“See,” Sirius said, pointing to Harry.
“Fine,” Remus said, then changing the subject, “these pancakes are delicious.”
“Did Remus tell you what happened when they experimented with that new face cream they were working on?” Sirius asked, switching back to the store.
“No, what happened?” Harry asked.
“It seems one of the creams for anti-ageing actually worked. It lessened wrinkles and kind of deaged a person,” Sirius said with a laugh.
“No!!” Harry exclaimed, “Really?”
“Yes, really. Remus would have cosmetic companies from all over the world trying to buy his product.”
Remus rolled his eyes at Sirius and said with a huff, “We made a new one that works more like a muggle one, it just actually works to reduce wrinkles,” Remus added.
“Is it any good?” Harry asked.
“The customers are loving it,” Remus said. “Though I’m sure Mrs Myers is loving the results of the tester version,” Remus added with a grimace
“Tell me!” Harry said.
“We had a few testers from town who are in on the secret, and well, let’s just say Mrs Myers is now looking thirty again.”
“No way, she’s like ninety years old,” Harry said, bursting into laughter.
“It was a sight, seeing her face so smooth and young, but her body was still old and worn,” Siris said, laughing his ass off.
“What did you do?”
“We had a deageing potion made and reverted her to a thirty-year-old woman,” Remus said. “Unfortunately, Mrs Myers passed away and her granddaughter came down to take care of things. She liked it so much she decided to stay around,” Remus added the cover story for Mrs Myers.
Harry was howling with laughter as Remus told him the story.
“Suffice to say, we will not be going public with that version,” Remus finished.
Harry had a typical weekend either hanging out with Seth, the Pack or working at Lupins.
Monday at school, Bella was sitting with them again and Harry overheard her telling Mike that it was going to be a group going to the movies on the weekend.
Harry turned to Angela and raised an eyebrow and she just rolled her eyes, “You want to come to the movies, too, Harry?” she asked, smiling at him.
“I would love to, Angela, thanks for asking, but I have plans this weekend.”
“Oh, what are you doing?” Angela asked.
“Working and hanging out at La Push,” Harry said, shrugging his shoulders. “It’s nice to be asked though,” he added, with a look at Bella.
It was kind of annoying that she just overlooked him most of the time. He figured since she was only sitting back with the group recently and hadn’t interacted with him before, that she just forgot he existed.
He had no real clue if that was true or not, but it did feel that way to him.
After a busy week at school, Harry was looking forward to the weekend. They were having dinner at Billy’s house tonight and Harry Clearwater was cooking. He was making his famous Fish Fry and Harry couldn’t wait, it was one of his favourite dishes.
Pulling up outside of Billy’s, Harry could already smell the Fish Fry and jumped out of the car.
“Someone is excited,” Sirius said as he and Remus got out of the car too.
“It’s Harry Clearwater’s Fish Fry,” Harry said enthusiastically.
They heard a laugh and saw Billy standing at the door.
“Come on in,” he said, opening the door to allow them entrance.
“It smells even better in here,” Harry said as he walked in.
“I made an extra big serving for you, Harry,” Mr Clearwater said, causing Harry to cheer.
“Thanks, Mr Clearwater,” Harry said, smiling brightly at the man.
“I brought some of that Elvin wine you like,” Sirius said as he handed over a couple of bottles to Billy.
“Fantastic, this stuff is like the fruit of the gods,” Billy said, taking the bottles and opening both.
“We are out on the back patio,” Sue, Harry’s wife, called.
“Who’s here?” Sirius asked.
“Sue, Harry and the kids, of course, Sam, Emily, Jared, Embry and Paul, you lot, and Old Quil,” Billy said.
“Party or council meeting?” Sirius asked with a chuckle since all the council members were there.
“Did you warn Harry that Leah is here….never mind,” Remus said as he heard the commotion.
Harry and Leah rarely got along since Harry was so close to Sam and Emily. Harry didn’t take it personally, but Leah could be a real bitch when she wanted to be.
Harry always made allowances for her, especially once he found out about the imprinting. Sam and Leah had been happy and everyone thought they were going to get married.
Then Sam shifted, met Emily, and everything changed. The worst part was that Emily and Leah were cousins and best friends. Harry thought the whole thing belonged in a bad romance.
Then he had asked if there was something in the water in Forks, cause there was so much drama about relationships and everyone was rather dramatic to his thinking.
Billy had told him that Americans just showed more emotion than the Brits, which had caused all three Brits to laugh. It was probably partially true.
“Let’s eat,” Harry called as he finished up the Fish Fry, causing a few whoops of joy from a certain black-haired boy with the same name.
Dinner was delicious and the company was even better, but soon it was time to leave. The Clearwaters were the first to go, taking Old Quil home along the way.
Sam and Harry were making plans to go on another run tomorrow and maybe do some cliff diving, which Embry was angling for. Most of the pack didn’t have a preference, but Embry loved the water. They were discussing the pros and cons of both when they heard Jacob pull up in the rabbit.
“Dad,” Jacob called, and everyone was on alert at the sound of his voice.
“Jacob, what’s wrong?” Billy asked as he went into the house to find Jacob in the kitchen holding on to the back of a chair. He did not look good.
“Dad, I think I have the flu or something,” Jacob said as he lowered himself into a chair.
“Jacob?” Sam asked as he entered the kitchen, frowning as he looked at the boy. “Move back,” Sam said abruptly as Jacob looked at Sam and frowned, then he seemed to shimmer.
“What are you doing here,” Jacob roared as he saw Sam, and anger rushed through him as he stood up. Fire seemed to rush through his veins and in the next moment, there was a giant russet wolf in the small cramped kitchen.
“Holy shit,” Harry said, causing Jacob to look at him and still. “Um, what do I do?” Harry asked as wolf Jacob moved towards him slowly but deliberately.
Sam shifted immediately and stood in front of Harry, growling lowly at Jacob, before cocking his head to the side as Jacob growled aggressively back. Harry was so freaked out that he barely noticed the room getting bigger, or Sirius keeping hold of his wand.
“Well, that changes things,” Sam said after he quickly shifted back and moved out of the way of Harry, but stayed close. “Jacob, be careful, you could hurt him,” Sam said, causing the wolf to whine.
“What happened?” Billy asked, concerned.
“Jacob shifted and immediately imprinted,” here, Sam paused and looked at Sirius and Remus before looking at Harry.
“Seriously?” Sirius questioned and rolled his eyes at Sam’s nod. “Only Harry,” he muttered as Harry stared at the giant wolf with wide eyes.
Sam shifted again, so he could communicate with Jacob and let him know what was going on. Jacob listened intently as he sat near Harry and nudged the boy with his nose.
Harry sighed and ran his hands through Jacob’s fur causing a happy rumbling sound to come from the wolf.
“How long do you think it will take for Jacob to shift back?” Sirius asked Paul.
“Not sure,” Paul said. “Took me a few days,” he admitted a bit sheepishly.
“Only took me a couple of hours,” Embry said, puffing out his chest.
“It will take however long it takes,” Jared said, stopping Paul from reacting. “Behave,” he added to Paul, “or you will set Jacob off.”
“I’m sure Jacob will break that record,” Sirius said, “he is a Black after all,” he added smugly.
“What I don’t understand is why he shifted. The Cullens left, right? And there is only one stray vampire, Sam and the pack are more than enough to deal with them, so what caused this?” Harry asked, looking at the wolf who was taller than he was.
“No idea, but it does leave a lot of questions open. Like are there more that we are not seeing?”
“It’s going to be a long weekend,” Harry said as he sat on the floor next to Jacob and the wolf placed his head in Harry’s lap.
Bella Swan, Harry thought, was a little bit self-centred. She seemed to be all about what she needed and wanted, no matter how much she hurt someone else.
He didn’t believe she was a spiteful person, just that she couldn’t see past her own needs right now, and most of him blamed Edward for it. But right now he was starting to rethink that whole thing.
“You should go,” Harry said as he stood next to Jacob.
“Jacob?” Bella asked, ignoring him.
“Harry’s right, Bells, you should go,” Jake said, barely even looking at the girl.
She had been calling and calling after her scare in the woods. Jake said it was a clearing that she had them searching for when they were hanging out.
A vampire had attacked her there and only the pack tracking him had saved her life. Jacob had been pumped after the event. He had jumped around the whole time he told Harry how the pack had taken on the vampire.
That was when Harry had learnt the fine art of vampire body disposal.
Now here she was, standing in front of him demanding that he tell her what was going on.
“Jacob, you won’t return my calls, you barely even look at me, what is going on? Did you get sucked in by Sam and his gang?” She asked, giving Harry a dirty look like it was his fault.
Harry couldn’t blame her there. Anytime she had seen him at the La Push he had been with Sam and his pack, so she probably thought he was causing this. If only she knew, Harry thought.
“Don’t look at him that way,” Jacob said, moving in front of Harry as if to protect him from her. “He has nothing to do with this. If you want to blame someone, blame those bloodsuckers you love so much,” Jacob said.
“What?” Bella asked as the colour drained from her already pale face.
“You know, your precious Cullens, it’s their fault. All this is their fault, not Harry, so don’t you dare try to blame him,” Jake said, as he grabbed Harry’s hand and started to pull him away. “Go home, Bella,” he threw over his shoulder.
“That’s not going to go over well,” Harry said as he peeked over his shoulder and saw Bella get into her truck.
“She should have thought about that before she tried to blame you. I saw the look she gave you,” Jacob said, still holding Harry’s hand.
Harry was still trying to get used to the whole imprinting thing, but Jacob wasn’t. He was totally focused on Harry now and only seemed annoyed at Bella. Though Harry thought Jake now understood that it wasn’t Bella he was attracted to, it was the wolf trying to get the vampire away.
“She is still your friend, Jake, and she is going through a tough time,” Harry said. “I couldn’t understand why she is so out of sorts still over Edward, but now I think it might be something like how you would feel if I was gone.”
Jacob stopped dead in his tracks, eyes wide, “Don’t ever say that again,” he said, panting slightly at the thought of losing Harry.
It had only been just over two weeks since Jacob’s shift, but he had said having Harry had made it so much easier on him. Harry didn’t really understand it, but he felt the pull that Jacob felt and he found it a little unnerving at times, even though he was expecting it from his research.
It was quite different in theory than when it was actually happening to you.
“Any more sightings of that red-headed vampire?” Harry asked, changing the subject and squeezing Jake’s hand in a silent apology.
Jacob smiled at him for his efforts, “Yeah, she keeps trying to break through our defences, but we have managed to keep her out so far,” he said. “I understand what you are saying,” he added, “about Bella and I will try to be a better friend.”
Harry just smiled at him, “Let’s go see what Sam and the pack are up to,” he suggested.
“Jacob, is that you?” Billy asked as Harry and Jacob walked into the house later that day.
“Yeah, Harry’s with me,” Jake said as they made their way into the kitchen.
Now that Jake was in the know about it all, Sirius and the elves had expanded the house room by room to allow for the wolves’ increased size. A rune cluster had been added to the door so everyone who entered that wasn’t in the know thought the house always looked that way.
Jake had been ecstatic at the change in his room. He had plenty of room to spread out now and his bed was massive and comfortable. He was hanging over it before, with his growth spurt.
“Charlie called, said something about you fighting with Bella?” Billy questioned.
“She came down to see why I wasn’t answering her calls and tried to blame Harry. I told her to go away,” Jake said.
“After you blamed the Cullens,” Harry added with a smirk at Jake.
Jake shrugged, “It’s true, she lied the whole time about what they were and then expected me to just tell her everything. It’s bullshit.”
“Language, Jake,” Harry said, channelling Hermione, which made him smile. “Besides, it wasn’t her secret to tell. And wasn’t it you that broke the treaty?”
“Shut up,” Jacob grumbled good-naturedly, nudging Harry gently and giving him a sheepish smile.
“Do you think they will ever come back?” Harry asked, curiously.
“Who knows, maybe in another hundred years, when everyone who knew them is dead,” Billy said.
“We won’t be, though,” Harry murmured.
“What was that?” Billy asked, while Jacob just looked at Harry.
“Wizards live longer than humans,” Harry said. “The Headmaster at my old school was already one hundred and fifteen, there have been wizards and witches as old as one hundred and thirty-five,” Harry answered with a shrug.
“So I don’t have to worry about you dying any time soon?” Jacob asked. He had been worried about that.
“Not unless it’s an accident or someone murders me,” Harry answered, causing Jacob to growl.
“Are you still going to Gringotts later?” Billy asked, changing the subject.
“Yes, now that Ragnok has gotten my estates sorted, I need to do the retrieval spell. Seems when they were securing my properties, some of the things had gone walkabout,” Harry said, shaking his head.
“Is Jacob going with you?” Billy asked.
“Yes, he rather likes to stay close right now,” Harry said, nudging his, well, he would probably be classified as his boyfriend. “You can come if you want,” Harry added to Billy.
“That would be fun,” Billy said. “Maybe we could see if there is any more information about the Blacks in the vaults there. Sirius said he hadn’t gone through them yet.”
“Well, I am sure he will let you have a look at the ones that you can get into,” Harry said, smiling at Billy.
“I’m rather excited to see,” Billy said, rubbing his hands together.
Harry just smiled at him. Billy was a new man since the healing, excited to see the world again and participate in it. He had even shed quite a few pounds with the help of good exercise and a few potions.
“We can leave now if you like, that way we can spend more time at the bank,” Harry said. “But first you should call Bella and apologise, ask her to come down to the res tomorrow, you can explain about shifters since she is already in the know.”
“Fine,” Jacob grunted, “but just because you asked,” he added, kissing Harry on the cheek as he moved to the phone.
“We really need to get the Pack some mobile phones,” Harry said. “Cell phones,” he corrected as both Blacks looked at him.
“Clear it with Sam first before you tell Bella,” Billy said.
“Oh, right, Alpha. I keep forgetting since it’s supposed to be a Black and Jake shifted,” Harry said and Jake frowned at him. “I know you don’t want to be Alpha and that’s fine, but you might not have a choice eventually, remember that,” Harry added.
“I know and we will deal with that when the time comes,” Jake muttered as he punched in Bella’s number.
“You have forever,” Harry teased.
“I’m not going to live without you,” Jacob answered, causing Harry to frown. He had forgotten about that.
“Bella,” Jake said into the phone.
“Jake,” Bella said, causing Jacob to sigh.
“I’m calling to apologise, Harry made me see I was being unreasonable,” Jake said.
“I see, so you’re only calling because Harry told you to?”
“Maybe you should come down to the res tomorrow and we can talk more,” Jake said, ignoring the dig at Harry.
“Sure Jake, see you then,” Bella said and hung up.
“Happy?” Jake said to Harry as he hung up.
“Thrilled beyond measure,” Harry said with a laugh.
“Let’s go,” Billy said, getting up and moving to the front door. “Who’s driving?”
“I have my car,” Harry said, following them out.
The drive didn’t take long and Harry smiled as they walked through the door. He wondered if they were flooing over to Ragnok’s office or portkey. Either way, it was not going to be nice for Billy and Jacob.
“Dad?” Harry called out.
“In here,” Sirius called back.
“He says that like ‘in here’ tells me the room he’s in,” Harry grumbled.
“Library,” Remus called out, and Harry could hear the laughter in his voice.
“It’s okay if Billy and Jake go with us to Gringotts, right?” Harry asked as they entered the library.
“Sure,” Sirius said. “Portkey or floo?”
Harry had told Jacob all about magical travel when they first started to get to know each other. The first two weeks after his shift and imprinting, they had spent what seemed like every moment together.
Jacob had a hard time leaving Harry’s side and Harry tried to be a good sport about it. They had talked about everything, Harry’s life prior to coming to Forks, Jake’s weird infatuation with Bella, their relationship, and everything in between.
“Floo,” Jake said. “I always wanted to walk through fire,” he added with a chuckle.
“You should go through with Remus,” Harry said. “I still fall on my butt seven out of ten times,” he added with a huff.
“Maybe if I go with you, I can keep you up,” Jacob said.
“Or I could pull you down,” Harry said.
“Just remember international travel is more daunting than normal,” Remus said for Billy and Jake’s benefit. “Don’t worry if you faint or throw up.”
“I’ll take Billy,” Sirius said, laughing at the look on their faces, “you lot figure out the rest, let’s go.”
Harry went with Jacob and, to his surprise, the wolf did keep him from falling over. Jake looked a little worse for wear but not too bad considering it was his first floo experience.
Billy on the other hand looked horrible and Remus had to give him a stomach soother.
“Ragnok,” Sirius greeted as he helped Billy to a seat and took one himself.
“Sirius and company, ready to do the retrieval?”
“Yup and Billy wants to check out the Black vaults,” Harry said.
“Let’s go check out the vaults then do the retrieval spell,” Sirius said.
“Okay,” Harry answered.
Billy and Jake were both thrilled by the cart ride down to the vaults, much to Harry’s delight.
“We should go to an amusement park one day,” Harry said.
“That would be great,” Jacob replied.
“Black vaults,” Ragnok said, “we had them inventoried like you asked and moved into two of our bigger vaults. One for money and jewels, the other for everything else.”
“I appreciate it,” Sirius said. “Let’s check out the money vault first.”
“Why?” Harry asked.
“Never you mind,” Sirius said, causing Harry to pout. He gave his son a look and added, “I needed a few gems for the rune clusters we are working on for the new protection jewellery we are developing, nosy boy,” Sirius said, smirking at Harry.
“Holy cow,” Jacob exclaimed when the vault opened and they saw the massive size of it and the amount of gold and jewels were in there.
“It’s not as much as Harry’s,” Sirius said, causing Harry to blush as Jake just stared at him in shock.
“What’s mine is yours,” Harry said to Jake.
“I only need you,” Jake said, smiling at his boyfriend, causing Harry to blush brightly.
Harry turned and frowned at Sirius who was busy making gagging noises.
“Okay let’s look in the other vault now,” Sirius said as they moved to the vault next to the one they had just entered.
The group spend a while going through the content of the vault, looking for anything that caught their interest, while Billy settled in by the books.
“Billy, come look at this,” Sirius called.
“What?” Billy asked, not even taking his nose out of the journal he was currently reading.
“It’s a family tree with both sides of the family,” Sirius said. “I’ve never seen this before. Look, Taha Aki is there.”
Billy hurried over and looked at the tapestry in fascination.
“You should take that and hang it in the council rooms, for when you have your meetings, and to help teach the wolves when they shift,” Sirius said, causing Billy to look at him in surprise.
“Really?” Billy asked.
“Of course, it has preservation spells on it and many protection spells, and with the extra wards we put on the council rooms it will be safe there,” Sirius said. “It’s the tribes’ histories too,” he added, “and they should be shared, not sitting in a vault doing nothing.”
“This is a wonderful find,” Billy said, “the council will love it. Thank you so much,” Billy said as he ran his hand down the fabric, his fingers tracing his grandparents and parents, down to his deceased wife’s name and his children’s names.
“You can see exactly where the other lines came from, here. Look Clearwater, Uley. Oh, look at that,” Sirius said.
“I guess that puts an end to that debate,” Billy said as he looked at Embry’s name and realised he was Quill Ateara IV’s son.
“At least it will stop the gossip,” Jake said. “Though, I’m sure his mother is not going to be thrilled.”
“Okay, let’s pack up the tapestry and anything else you want to keep looking at and head out,” Sirius said.
Sirius carefully packed up the family tree tapestry while Remus helped Billy grab the journals he wanted to look at plus a few other books they had on magical creatures and the like.
On the way back up they were led to a large ritual room, and everybody waited outside of the space while Harry was led into the centre to do the ritual.
Dobby had already gotten a lot of stuff from Dumbledore, so Harry wasn’t expecting too much, just some knick-knacks and maybe some books.
“Omnium oculis res redeant ad me,” Harry chanted the spell Ragnok had given him to return all his property.
Pops of light appeared around the room as objects began to appear. Books, furniture, jewellery, three wands. When they appeared he looked at Sirius when the man’s surprise intake of breath caught his attention.
A black stone appeared causing Harry to wrinkle his nose, why did he own a black stone and who would steal it, he thought.
But when two paintings appeared Harry’s knees buckled and he fell to the floor, tears he couldn’t hold back fell as he looked at the paintings of his parents.
“Son of a bitch,” he heard Sirius say and turned to see both Sirius and Remus barely holding it together.
Harry barely noticed anything else that appeared around them, he was so focused on the painting of his parents. So still it was, and Harry had heard rumours of paintings being unable to be revived due to age.
“Sirius,” Harry called out as the spell seemed to stop and Harry was sitting among a pile of his stolen property.
Sirius was beside him and Jake was right there, both hugging him from either side.
“Harry,” Ragnok asked, and continued when the boy looked at him. “Do you have your invisibility cloak with you?”
“Yes,” Harry said and called it forth from his bracelet. As soon as the cloak was in his hands the black stone and one of the wands appeared next to him and Harry started to glow along with Sirius and Jake who were attached to him.
“What the hell is happening?” Remus asked as he tried to get close to the trio.
“I have no idea,” Ragnok said, “but I know what the items are. The cloak of invisibility, the resurrection stone, and the Elder wand,” he said in awe.
“What?” Remus asked, “no, it can’t be. The Deathly Hallows are a myth.
“It seems not,” Ragnok said. “But what it means we do not know, there are only the legends, we have no idea what it means to reunite the three.”
The light faded around the three and Harry collapsed, followed by Sirius. Jacob seemed entirely unaffected though looked rather scared.
“What the hell was that?” he asked as he held tight to Harry.
“Apparently the Deathly Hallows have been reunited,” Remus said, shock evident in his voice.
Harry and Sirius groaned then, and Sirius’ voice was hoarse as he asked, “what happened?”
“Remus said something about the Deathly Hallows,” Jakes said, causing Sirius to jerk upright but quickly hold his head.
“Ouch,” he muttered. Remus handed Sirius and Harry a pain potion each and watched them carefully as they both downed them and seemed to relax slightly.
“What’s the Deathly Hallows?” Harry asked. “No, never mind, you can tell me later. First, I want to know why my parent’s paintings were missing, where they have been, and if they can be activated,” Harry said, moving over to the portraits.
“They seem fine,” Ragnok said after running a few spells over them. “In stasis, but they seem free from any interference. So I guess Dumbledore didn’t have them, they must have been hidden.”
Harry seemed to relax and calm at that news, “So, we can take them home and put them up?” he asked.
“Yes, you can activate them when you get home.”
They spend the next few minutes looking through the other things that had been recovered, including Lily and James’ wands.
They had been spelled and Ragnok had promised to have them cleansed and returned to Harry as soon as possible.
Everything else was going to be catalogued and checked over before being added to his vault of things to go through before figuring out where to put them, as Ragnok called the vault they had put aside for stuff just like this.
They made it back to Ragnok’s office and Harry finally asked, “So what are the Deathly Hallows?”
“The Deathly Hallows are famed to be three items given to the Peverell brothers, Antioch, Cadmus, and Ignotus. A wand that was meant to be unbeatable was given to Antioch at his request, Cadmus asked for power over the dead and was given the resurrection stone, and Ignotus, your ancestor, asked for a way to hide from death. He was given the cloak of invisibility from a piece of Death’s own cloak, so the tale goes.
It was written down in Tales of Beedle the Bard, the Tale of the Three Brothers.” Ragnok said. “Most believe it is pure fiction, but there are those that have hunted for the Hallows for themselves as it is said that to reunite the three gives the owner the power over Death. He becomes The Master of Death.”
“What does that even mean?” Harry asked, “and who would want to be the Master of Death? How could you even master Death? That’s just stupid.”
“We have no idea what it means, but I guess you will find out eventually when you need to, I suppose,” Ragnok said. “Until then, I would just put it out of your mind and just put the pieces somewhere safe.
“Just put them in your dimensional store, Harry. Remus and I will do some research, but I guess we can only wait and see.”
“Well that’s not daunting at all,” Harry huffed.
“Let’s go home and put up your parents’ portraits, take our mind off of things,” Sirius said.
“Yeah, that sounds like a good idea,” Harry said, “Thanks Dad,” he added leaning into Sirius as much as he could with Jacob wrapped around him.
Only time would tell, so Harry was just going to trust in his dad and Remus and get on with his life, he had other things to worry about as it was.
“Let’s go home.”
Harry spent the evening talking to his parents with Sirius and Remus. They introduced Jacob and Billy and told them all about the imprinting.
Lily was rather thrilled to have someone strong and powerful want only to protect her son, it was what she had died for after all.
Lily had told them that she had made a secret room in the basement of Godric’s Hollow that only a Potter by blood could enter and hidden the portraits there.
“You should go and look when you have time, I only entailed the portraits but there are some journals I left there and also other trinkets,” Lily said, with a smile.
“I’ll look, I promise,” Harry said. “I’ll do it when I go to check out the private family area of Hogwarts,” he added.
“There’s no hurry,” Lily said, smiling at her son.
Their conversation, in the beginning, had been hard, covering what had happened to Harry and Sirius after they had died. Harry had learned his mother had a potty mouth when she had listened to his life with the Dursleys.
“I’d like to have a copy of us made and put in Hogwarts so we can travel there,” Lily said. “It would be nice to talk to Filius again.”
“I would love to talk to Minerva again too,” James added. “She must be furious over your treatment and hers, and that woman can hold a grudge,” he said with a chuckle.
“Pity Severus is gone,” Lily said, with a wicked glint. “I’m sure I can get someone to find him and bring him to speak to me,” she added with a malicious sparkle in her eyes.
“I adopted him,” Sirius blurted out, “and he calls me dad.”
“Severus?” James asked, confused, causing Harry and Remus to burst out laughing.
“No, Harry,” Sirius answered, with a scowl.
Harry moved to Sirius and put his arms around him in comfort, as he realised Sirius was worried about what James would say.
James chuckled at the look on his face, “I would hope so,” James said, causing Sirius to sputter slightly. “Sirius, we named you as his godfather for a reason. We wanted you to raise him if anything happened to us. We didn’t expect it would take so long after our deaths for you two to be together, but I for one am glad you are there for him.”
“Me, too,” Lily said. “You can call Remus mum, too, if you like,” she added with a laugh.
“Maybe not,” Harry said with a laugh at the growl Remus gave Lily. “But I was thinking about calling him Papa.”
“I would love that, cub,” Remus said, his eyes filling with unshed tears.
“I’m going to wait till after the wedding. They have been putting it off to get me settled, but I think they should do it soon,” Harry added.
“Subtle,” James said, laughing.
“It wasn’t meant to be,” Harry huffed.
“We thought we would wait until you graduated high school,” Sirius said.
“I can live with that,” Harry said, smiling.
“I’m glad that’s settled,” James said. “Now tell me how has school been going, are you enjoying muggle school?”
They spend hours talking until Harry’s eyes started to droop and he was carried to bed by Jacob.
“Are those two intimate?” Lily asked.
“Of course not, Lils, Harry is only sixteen and so is Jake. Plus they have only been together for a few weeks. They are taking it slow but Harry is talking to me about it and asking questions,” Sirius said.
“They are both new to this,” Remus said. “I don’t think they have even had their first kiss yet, just a kiss on the cheek or forehead from Jake to Harry.”
“They are just joined at the hips for Jake’s comfort, he needs to be close due to the imprint. I’m told he will be more comfortable being apart for longer periods of time as the imprint settles.”
“But he will always want to be around Harry every day. So they usually spend the night either here or at Jake’s.”
“I see,” James said.
“Don’t worry, I’m sure he will be coming to you for advice as soon as he remembers he can,” Sirius said.
“I’m sure he will,” Lily said, smiling.
“As long as he comes to someone,” James said.
The next day, Jake and Harry went to meet with Bella. Harry was not sure he should be there, since Bella didn’t seem to like him much.
“It will be fine,” Jake said after Harry had brought it up for the fifth time.
“Sure it will,” Harry said, rolling his eyes as they parked out the front of Billy’s house.
Bella was waiting for them, much to Harry’s surprise since it was so early.
“Hi, Bells, have you been waiting long?” Jake asked as he ushered Harry out of the car and towards the front porch where she was waiting.
“A little while,” Bella said, shifting her feet nervously. “Are you a werewolf?” she blurted out.
“What?” Jake asked, surprised.
“Last night I had a nightmare about you and Edward and then I remembered the story about the wolves and the vampires. You’re a wolf right?” Bella said, impatiently.
“Yes, I am.”
“Are you one too?” Bella asked Harry. “Did you drag him into this, are you the one making him kill people?”
“Are you serious right now?” Jake demanded.
“Yes,” Bella said, hands on her hips. “Something is killing people, Jacob, and there have been wolf sightings, what am I supposed to believe?”
“That vampires are killing people and we are defending them,” Jake said, throwing his hands up in the air.
“And where does he fit in?” Bella demanded.
“Harry is my boyfriend,” Jake declared, causing Harry and Bella to look at him. “And he is not a wolf, just me.”
“Boyfriend?” Bella said, frowning.
“Yes, us wolves imprint,” Jake said, and then shook his head. “It’s a long story,” he added. “Anyway, we are not killing people, we are trying to save them, it’s what we do. There is a red-headed vampire in town and we can’t figure out what she wants.”
“I know what she wants,” Bella said, shaking. “She wants me.”
“Why would she want you?” Jacob asked.
“Edward killed her mate to protect me, now she wants me dead,” Bella said, rubbing her hand.
Harry spotted the crescent-shaped scar on her hand and realised what had happened.
“That’s what happened when you ran away, you didn’t fall downstairs, you were attacked by a vampire,” Harry blurted out.
“How do you know about that?” Bella asked. “You weren’t even in town yet.”
“Gossip,” Harry answered with a shrug. “So that vampire is after you?”
“And the Cullens left you without any protection?” Harry pushed.
“Yes,” Bella answered, clutching her chest.
“We should let Sam know,” Harry said to Jacob.
“Sure, sure, let’s head over to Emily’s,” Jake said, wrapping his arm around Harry.
“You’re really dating?” Bella asked, still confused.
“Yes, I’ll explain later. Right now, let’s go. You can follow us in your truck.”
“Cullen really messed her up,” Harry said as he started the car and headed for Sam and Emily’s place.
“Looks like it,” Jake said, “you okay?”
“I’m fine, though I don’t think she is. She must be suffering from extreme PTSD. Attacked by vampires, abandoned by the one person she loved and thought would protect her, and then attacked again.
“And now this other vampire is after her for revenge. I feel sorry for her,” Harry said.
“Take her cliff diving, she likes adventure,” Jacob said.
“Are you okay?” Harry asked.
“I feel a little stupid about the way I acted around her. Before I shifted I mean. I was like an obsessed stalker,” Jake said, frowning.
“Well,” Harry said, drawing out the word.
Jacob frowned as he looked at Harry’s face. “What?”
“You never even looked at me, and then bam I was all you looked at, it was a little weird for me, as you know since we already discussed it,” Harry said, with a smile, “so imagine how weird it is for her. You were all about Bella and now you barely acknowledge her existence.”
“I guess I just never thought about it,” Jake said, with a shrug. “Should I apologise?”
“No,” Harry said. “She was using you to make herself feel better, you don’t need to apologise for no longer being that for her. But you can be nicer,” Harry said.
“Alright, I’ll try,” Jake said.
“You don’t have to do it for me, Jake. Only if you want to be nicer,” Harry said. He had to be more careful how he worded things since Jake lived to make him happy.
Harry really didn’t like that kind of power over someone, and he had told Jake that repeatedly. Harry thought he would be much happier when the imprint settles and they could argue like Sam and Emily, instead of just over Harry’s safety.
“I know, but I also know you are right. I can’t just drop out of her life. She needs a friend and I am glad I can be that friend properly now.”
“Wow Jake that was very mature of you, Maybe you are starting to think like the adult you resemble,” Harry said with a laugh.
It was another fact that caused people to stare around Forks, though not at the res since people knew Jake and how old he was. But going from looking fifteen to looking twenty-five was a big deal.
Harry did appreciate the muscles though, and he was used to being shorter than everyone when he was at Hogwarts, so Jake and the Pack towering over him wasn’t an issue either.
They pulled up outside Sam and Emily’s place and the Pack was waiting outside for them.
“Billy called,” Sam said.
“Good, we need to talk,” Jake said and then proceeded to tell Sam and the Pack about what Bella had said.
“So she is after you because Cullen killed this James vampire?” Sam asked for clarification.
“Yes, her name is Victoria. Don’t underestimate her, she’s fast,” Bella said.
“So are we,” Embry replied, not impressed with Bella at all.
“The wolves were made to kill vampires,” Harry said. “You don’t have to worry.”
“Aren’t you worried about Jake?” Bella asked Harry.
“No, he can look after himself and, if he can’t, he will ask for help. He’s not stupid,” Harry said, before turning to Sam.
“You will probably need to set up some protection for Bella and Charlie. Billy would probably help, inviting him down to the res a lot.”
“Good idea, we can have some patrols around Bella’s house for when they are there. The rest of us can keep our borders safe,” Sam said.
“I can talk to Dad and Remus about some protection and perimeter spells to help,” Harry added, in a whisper.
“That’s a great idea, Harry,” Jake said, flinging his arm around Harry from where they were seated while munching on one of Emily’s muffins.
Those things were huge. Harry could barely eat one, but the Pack managed to eat dozens. Dobby and Winky loved the Pack coming over for dinner, they ate so much.
Winky would even come down and help Emily since the Pack spent most of their time there.
“Don’t look so worried, Bella,” Jake said, “we’ve got you covered.”
“It’s spring break so we don’t have to worry about school, it will give us more time to get rid of this Victoria and get back to normal,” Embry said.
“We can organise a BBQ tomorrow at Billy’s, invite Charlie and Bella to spend the day,” Harry said. “We can come up with other plans as we go.”
“Alright, we have a plan,” Sam said, smiling, his own arm wrapped around Emily.
Harry watched Bella out of the corner of his eye and saw her hugging herself, as she watched Sam and Emily, with a few glances his and Jake’s way. He internally rolled his eyes, she really needed some therapy, he thought. Maybe Mia could help her like she helped him and Sirius.
The next few days ran like clockwork. The Pack guarded La Push, Bella, and Charlie, and managed to stop Victoria quite a few times, but she always managed to get away.
Harry was starting to wonder if it was some kind of power.
On Thursday, Harry had a meeting with Ragnok at the house. They were still trying to figure out a spell for vampires.
“You think they would have had them already,” Harry huffed as he looked through the research they had gathered. “Vampires have been known for a long time.”
“They don’t even have them for werewolves,” Sirius said. “You act like witches and wizards have logic.”
“You would have probably caught the vampire before we even get a hint of something,” Ragnok said, frowning.
“She is a tricky one,” Jake said. “She seems to know what to do to get away.”
“We knew that some vampires have extra talents, maybe that’s hers, The ability to escape,” Sirius said.
“If Jake would let me go with him, I could just throw a fireball at her,” Harry said, annoyed.
“No way,” Jake, Sirius, and Remus said at once, causing Harry to blink at them.
“Seriously, all three of you?” Harry asked, annoyed.
“Yes, especially if she has the power to evade. There is no way we are risking you,” Sirius said, while the others nodded along.
“Fine, I get it,” Harry said. “As long as you never attack a vampire alone,” Harry said to Jake. Though Harry was thinking of ways to be allowed to help with patrols.
“I already promised,” Jake said, smiling in reassurance.
“Where is Bella?” Harry asked.
“She said she was going for a walk along the beach. The Pack is out patrolling as well.”
A howl sounded through the house followed by the responding howls of the Pack, and Jacob got up quickly and made his way outside to shift.
“I’m going to Billy’s and then the beach to check on Bella,” Harry said and apparated away.
Harry arrived in Jake’s room and quickly made his way out of the house. Billy wasn’t home so he figured he was probably out with Charlie.
He ran down to the beach looking for Bella but couldn’t find her anywhere. He was frantic when he noticed her on the rocks where the Pack cliff dived from.
He was about to yell for her when she jumped.
“What the hell, it’s way too stormy for cliff jumping,” Harry said, talking to himself.
He watched in horror as she hit the water, watching intently for her to surface, as sighed in relief when her head appeared.
“Crap,” he muttered as he watched the current take her under and went to enter the water, only to be beaten by Jacob as he watched his wolf dive in after her.
He could hear the wolves getting closer as they howled, but focused on Jake, as he watched him get a hold of Bella and drag her from the ocean.
“How stupid is she?” Harry asked, as Jake laid her on the beach and checked her breathing.
Harry pulled out his wand and waved it over her, causing water to be expelled from her lungs and Bella started to cough roughly.
“Get her home,” Sam said. “We are headed down to Old Quil’s, he had a heart attack, they don’t think he’s going to make it,” Sam added.
“Get Sirius and Remus,” Harry said, “they can help.”
“Paul’s already on the way to get them, but we don’t think they will make it on time. He’s old and they think it’s just his time.”
“Let’s get her back to Billy’s and get her warmed up and cleaned up, then we can get her home,” Harry said.
Jake picked her up and carried her back to Billy’s with Harry. Once they had her comfortable, Harry lit the fire and then turned to Jacob.
“I’m going to see if I can help with Quil,” Harry said. “Wait for me to get back before you go anywhere, okay?”
“Alright, but don’t take too long,” Jake said, kissing Harry on the cheek.
“I won’t,” Harry said and moved to Jacob’s room where Jake heard the tell-tale sound of apparition.
Harry popped home first to make sure Sirius and Remus knew. They were gone when he got there so he went to grab his car and drove down to Quil’s house.
When he got there, there was chaos. Old Quil had passed away and there were new werewolves in the yard.
“What the hell happened?” Harry asked as he got out of the car and rushed over to Sirius’ side.
“Old Quil had a heart attack, there was nothing we could do, it was just his time,” Sirius said.
“Quil shifted and it freaked Leah and Seth out. Sam told them to pull it together and Leah got so angry she phased, Seth followed along not long after. Though their dad has been expecting it since both of them have been getting antsy and pissy lately, his words, not mine.”
“Merlin,” Harry whispered, and then took a step back as one of the wolves growled viciously at him, causing Sam to snap at them.
“Leah,” Sirius said. “You still seem to push her buttons, though I have no idea why.”
“I think it’s my closeness to Sam and Emily, but I’m not sure. Maybe she will let me know when she changes back. Where’s Charlie?”
“He went with Joy to help make the arrangements for the funeral,” Sirius said.
Harry realised there wasn’t much he could do, so he only stayed a few hours before heading back to Billy’s.
“Hey, how are things?” Jake asked as he entered the lounge where Bella and Jake were watching TV. Jacob looked like he had just woken up.
Harry plopped down in his favourite chair and sighed. “Old Quil passed away,” Harry said. “Dad and Remus are down there with the Pack. Charlie is with Joy organising the funeral.”
“Shit, how is Quil?” Jake asked.
“Well,” Harry said, looking at Bella and then back at Jake.
“I should get down there to see him,” Jake said.
“Let’s get Bella home first,” Harry said as Bella looked at them both in shock.
“Old Quil died?” Bella asked.
“Yes, he had a heart attack,” Harry answered. “We should go, the Pack will need you later.”
“Okay,” Jake said, “let’s go.”
“I’ll drive, we can return Bella’s truck tomorrow,” Harry said, as he guided them to his car.
In the fifteen minutes to Bella’s house, not much was said and Harry enjoyed the silence. He was sad about Old Quil, he really liked the old man and his stories.
As he pulled up outside of Bella’s house, Jake stiffened when Bella and Harry opened their doors.
“Vampire,” Jake said, causing both to close their doors again. Bella looked around widely and then opened her door again.
“Bella?” Harry asked as Jacob’s eyes roamed the area.
“I know that car, it’s Carlisle’s car,” she said.
“As in Cullen?” Jake asked.
“Yes,” Bella said.
“We should walk her in,” Harry said, “just in case.”
“I can’t protect her here if the Cullens are back.”
“If they are back, you won’t need to; they can do it. It’s their fault Victoria is here anyway,” Harry said as he exited the car with Bella and walked her to the door, Jacob following along anxiously.
Bella opened the door and let them in before shutting it and turning the light on. Harry jumped slightly and Jake growled at the sudden appearance of a small girl.
“Alice,” Bella yelled, throwing herself at the girl and hugging her tightly.
“Bella?” Alice asked, confused. “I thought you were dead, I saw you jump off a cliff.”
“We should go,” Harry said, laying his hand on Jake’s arm to calm him. But he knew only leaving would help that. “I’ll leave you to explain the mess the Cullen’s left behind,” he added before pulling Jake out the door.
Jake finally relaxed fully as they entered the res, and turned to Harry, “It was so hard to keep myself together with a vampire that close to you,” he said, breathing heavily still.
“Sorry about that, but we had to make sure she was safe,” Harry said. “And now the Cullens can take over,” he added as he pulled up outside of Quil’s house.
“Quil, Leah, and Seth all shifted,” Harry said, as he got out of the car. “We have enough to deal with.”
Saturday, Sam asked Harry and Jake to go to Bella’s and ask about the Cullens. So that’s why Harry found himself pulling up in front of her house, again. He had already returned her truck and hated every second of driving it.
Charlie was already at the funeral and Harry and Jake promised they would be there soon if a little late so they could talk to Bella without Charlie around.
“Jake? What are you doing here?” Bella asked.
“Hi,” Harry said, rolling his eyes at the blatant disregard for his presence.
“Come in,” Bella said.
“We came by to actually talk about the Cullens,” Harry said. “Is Alice here?”
“Yes,” Alice answered as he swept into the room.
“Ah,” Harry said, as he felt Jake start to shake, “calm down,” he whispered to Jake though he knew Alice could hear him.
“What can I do for you, Harry?” Alice asked, her little nose wrinkling as if she smelt something bad.
“What’s wrong?” he asked, “Do I stink?”
“No, it’s your companion, he smells like wet dog,” she said, with a frown.
“You don’t smell too good either,” Jacob growled.
“Okay, Jake, go into the kitchen while I talk to Bella and Alice,” Harry said.
“No, Harry,” Jake said, frowning.
“It will be fine, I promise,” Harry said.
“Fine,” Jake pouted but moved into the kitchen. He hated leaving Harry, but after having been frozen in place by the wizard multiple times to teach him a lesson, he knew Harry could look after himself.
“So what can I do for you?” Alice asked.
“The Pack was just wondering how long you are going to be in town and if any of the others are coming back?” Harry asked.
“No, no one else is coming,” Alice said, causing Harry to frown.
“Don’t you think they should? At least to take care of the Victoria problem?” Harry asked.
The phone rang in the kitchen and they heard Jacob answer it.
“Charlie’s not here,” they heard Jacob say, “he’s at a funeral,” he added, “but Bel..” that was as far as he got then he hung up the phone.
“Who was that?” Bella asked.
“No idea, I was going to tell them you were here if they needed a Swan, but they hung up on me,” Jake said with a frown as he entered the lounge room.
Alice stiffened and seemed to zone out before she started to shake herself, “Bella, it’s Edward, he thinks you’re dead. He’s going to Italy, he wants to die too,” Alice said.
“Who was on the phone?” Bella said aggressively to Jake.
“I told you I don’t know,” Jake said, frowning at Bella’s tone.
“Why didn’t you let me speak to them?” She asked more aggressively.
“Bella,” Harry said, “he tried to get them to talk to you, you know that. Don’t take your fear out on him, it’s not Jake’s fault.”
“Bella, we have to go. I won’t be able to get close enough, he’ll hear my thoughts, think I’m lying, and act quicker. Only you can get close enough,” Alice said.
“We will leave you to it,” Jacob said as he pulled Harry from the room and out of the house.
“I was listening to that,” Harry said, laughing at the look on Jake’s face.
“That’s their drama and we have a funeral to attend,” Jake said. “We got all the information we could, let’s leave it at that. Besides, there is only just over a week left of break and I don’t want to waste it.”
Harry and Jake had only gotten five minutes away before the Cullen car was flying past them.
The rest of the holidays consisted of Jake trying to convince Harry to switch schools, running with the wolves, and cliff diving.
There was also a lot of talk about the Cullens being back in town. Charlie had told Billy that Esme Cullen hadn’t liked the big city and convinced Carlisle to move back to Forks.
Bella had gotten back into town a few days later with some story about going to see Edward with Alice because he wasn’t coping or some such crap.
Harry was tempted to tell Charlie the truth about the whole thing, but instead, they continued to watch the man in case Victoria attacked. Harry was furious with Bella for just leaving him without warning.
“Back to school tomorrow,” Sirius said at the dinner table.
“You got everything?” Remus asked.
“It’s usually Dad who asked that question,” Harry said with a laugh, “and yes, I have everything I need.”
“I still say you should come to the res school,” Jacob said with a pout.
“I’m in my final year, Jake, it’s too late now,” Harry said. “Besides it’s not much longer and then I will be done with muggle school.”
“And then we really start preparing you for your H.A.R.E.s,” Remus said with a chuckle.
“I’m already studying for them,” Harry said. “It will just be some extra study for my exams,” Harry told Jake when he looked at him with a raised eyebrow.
That night Jake lay with his arms wrapped around Harry, “I love your bed,” he whispered.
“Yours is just as good now,” Harry mumbled from Jake’s chest where his head rested.
“Not as good as yours still though,” Jake teased.
“I can get Dobby to fix that if you like?” Harry said, tilting his head back to try and see Jake.
“No, I like it the way it is,” Jake said. “Besides, it gives me more reason to stay here,” he added, squeezing Harry to him.
“I like staying with you, too,” Harry said, holding tightly to Jake. “You are like my personal heater,” he added with a chuckle.
“Glad to be of service,” Jake said, smiling.
“Jake?” Harry asked after a few minutes of silence.
“Hmm?” Jake answered.
“When do you think you are going to kiss me properly and not just on the cheek?” Harry asked. He could feel the blush climbing up his neck to his face, but he was rather tired of waiting.
“I was waiting for you to be ready,” Jake answered as he sat up and brought Harry with him. “I mean you got stuck with me when I shifted and I really wanted to do everything at your pace.”
“That’s sweet, but we have been together for a while now, and I think I would really like to kiss you,” Harry said, turning to face him.
Jacob moved his hands up to cradle Harry’s face gently and then pressed his lips softly to Harry’s. Harry’s heart tripped in excitement as he pressed his lips back against Jake’s.
Softly, gently, their lips pressed together, over and over again, until Harry put his hands into Jake’s hair and tilted his head, opening his mouth slightly and licking Jacob’s bottom lip.
Jacob pulled Harry tighter to him and opened his mouth, their tongues meeting and dancing with each other as they kissed passionately for the first time.
Harry pulled back after a while and whispered, “Wow.”
“Yeah,” Jacob said as he moved in for another kiss.
The make-out session lasted a while, but they finally calmed before things went too far and cuddled up for the night.
“Night, Jake,” Harry said, kissing his lips one last time.
“Night, sweetheart,” Jake murmured.
At breakfast the next morning, Sirius and Remus were giving Harry and Jake smirking looks, causing Harry to blush brightly.
“We just kissed,” Harry blurted out, unable to help himself in the face of the looks he was getting.
“Oh, we know. I would have interrupted anything else,” Remus said, giving them both a serious look before smirking again.
“It’s too soon for that, Remus,” Harry said. “We just had our first kiss is all.”
“Told you,” Remus said, looking at Sirius.
“I know, but I still worry,” Sirius said, messing Harry’s hair, as he moved past him.
“Eat, Jacob,” Remus said, “you can come with me when I head to the res to open the shop. Plenty of time before school starts,” he added as Jake just stood there looking like a deer in the headlights.
“Okay,” Jake said, sitting down next to Harry and eating the breakfast Winky made. “Thanks, Winky,” Jake added.
“You be welcome Master Jakey, sir,” Winky said, smiling and putting on more food. She loved the wolves.
When they were ready to leave, Jake kissed Harry goodbye as he opened the car door for him and then left with Remus while Harry drove to school. He couldn’t stop smiling.
That didn’t last long when he remembered the Cullens were back so Edward would be in school. He grumbled as he made his way through his classes.
At lunch, he was surprised to see everyone had split into two groups. Jessica was sitting with Lauren, Tyler, and Eric, while Angela, Ben, and Mike were sitting with Edward, Bella, and Alice.
“What happened?” Harry asked as he moved to sit with Angela, looking between the two tables.
“Apparently you are either Team Bella or Team Lauren,” Angela said with a huff.
“And Jessica chose Lauren over Mike?” Harry asked, “What did you do?”
“They broke up,” Anglea answered for a disgruntled Mike.
“Dude,” Harry said, “Edward’s back, you’re never going to get Bella now.”
Mike stood up, gave Harry a shove and left the table, causing Harry and Ben to laugh and high five each other.
“He’ll be back, he hates Lauren more than he hates putting up with your teasing,” Angela said.
“Pity,” Harry answered, frowning.
“That new movie we were talking about last week is out, Harry, wanna go see it this weekend?” Ben asked, changing the subject.
“I’m working at Dad and Remus’ shop this weekend, and going cliff diving with Jake and the rest of them,” Harry answered, “maybe next weekend?”
“Can’t, have to work, we will figure out a time we can all go,” Ben said.
“You could always go without me,” Harry said, laughing.
“What fun would that be,” Ben said, smiling at Harry and shoving his arm playfully.
“What are you staring at?” Harry asked, having gotten sick of Edward staring at him since he sat down.
Bella looked over at Edward in concern, but he just shrugged it off. “I’m Edward Cullen, we haven’t met.”
“I know who you are, we go to the same school,” Harry said, frowning at him.
“I thought it would be polite to introduce myself,” Edward added, with a slight frown on his face.
“You’re Edward, Bella’s boyfriend, that’s your sister Alice, and I’m Harry. There, we are all introduced. Now, you can go about your business of ignoring everyone but Bella and your family and I can continue my conversation with Ben,” Harry snarked.
Alice laughed out loud, a strange sound to human ears, and Harry couldn’t help but turn and smile at her.
“You’re adorable,” Alice said, smiling at him.
“I’m taken,” Harry said, smiling back at her.
“Pity,” she said, “so am I.”
“I like you,” Harry said, before adding in a whisper under his breath so only the vampires could hear, “You’re okay for a vampire.”
The bell rang then and Harry left with Ben for class, getting ribbed for his attitude during lunch. It was a pretty good day in the end.
Until he got home and Jacob got growly.
“You stink like vampires,” Jake said, wrinkling his nose.
“Well, there are two at my school and they sit at my lunch table,” Harry grumbled. “Let me go shower, then we can go talk Harry Clearwater into making us some Fish Fry. I deserve it after my day.”
“Alright, I will call and ask while you shower,” Jake said.
“Oh,” Harry added before he headed up to shower. “I think Alice Cullen wants to be my friend,” he said before running up the stairs to get showered.
“No way, Harry,” Jake shouted after him. “Did you hear me?” he added.
“Yes,” Harry called back down, getting into the shower laughing.
School continued in the same vein for the next month or so. Harry talked more to Alice than normal, but mainly kept to Ben and Angela. Mike never did rejoin their group, which Harry found hilarious.
Bella never came down to the reservation, but Charlie still spent a lot of time there. He spent most of his time grumbling about Edward, which was highly entertaining.
He was shocked by Jacob and Harry’s relationship at first but then he congratulated them, even though he voiced his disappointment that Jake was no longer interested in Bella. Though he told Billy he couldn’t blame the boy.
Bella did call Jake a few times and left messages with Billy for him to call her, but he never did. Even after Harry reminded him to give her a call, at Bella’s request, he just kept forgetting.
Harry was getting rather annoyed by the whole thing since Bella always seemed to confront him at school and ask him why Jake wasn’t calling and for Harry to remind him.
Harry was spending Saturday at the res with the Pack when there was a ruckus just as it was getting dark. The wolves shifted and took to the woods, to meet up with Paul and Jared who were currently on patrol. Harry tagged along on Jake’s back, glad that his wolf was almost the size of a horse.
It had taken a while but eventually, they had let him go on patrols, usually riding one of the wolves. Most often it was Jake or Sam.
By a while, Harry meant he had used magic on the wolves repeatedly until they caved.
Then as punishment for taking so long, he had made harnesses for the wolves for when he rode them. He could have just used a sticking charm but where was the fun in that.
They took off towards the river bed that flowed through the woods, a sort of boundary line between the res and Forks, where they heard the two on patrol growling and chasing something.
As they met up with them, Harry watched as Paul took a snap at what could only be Victoria with her bright red hair flowing behind her as she jumped to the other side of the river bank.
Harry’s hands curled into the handle of the harness as he spotted the Cullens running on the other side of the river bank and Victoria jumped just ahead of them, seeming to spiral out of a male blond vampire’s grip.
Harry guessed that was Jasper, since Alice talked about him enough.
Victoria seemed to crisscross over the river bed, evading each attempt to capture her, before the large vampire on the other side jumped across the river bed to get to Victoria.
Paul charged at the big guy and knocked him back, causing him to fall into the water and now both sides were focused on each other.
“Idiots,” Harry called out, “she got away ‘cause you were being stupid.”
“He crossed the line,” Paul said after shifting back.
“Yes, yes, he crossed the line, but only to get Victoria. We need to work together if we are going to catch her. She is a pain in all our asses,” Harry said trying to be a voice of reason.
“Maybe we could have a sitdown and discuss what we can do to get her,” the older vampire said. “I’m Carlisle Cullen,” he added, “and this is my family, Esme, Alice, Jasper, Rosalie, and Emmett.”
“We will discuss it and get back to you,” Sam said, giving Harry an exasperated look.
“What?” Harry questioned Sam’s look, “You know it needs to happen.” Sam just grunted and the wolves shifted back and took off.
“Bye, Alice,” Harry called as Jacob took off with him still on his back still.
“Bye, Harry,” Alice replied with a giggle.
Harry could feel Jacob’s annoyance at him as they ran back to Jacob’s house.
When they arrived and shifted back, Harry looked at Sam expectantly.
“Harry,” Sam began.
“You know it’s a good idea,” Harry said. “We haven’t been able to get her on our own and neither have they. If we work together, maybe we would be able to finally get her.
“Plus all those deaths in Seattle I’ve read about in the paper. That sounds a lot like vampires, are they part of Victoria’s coven, or what? We have no idea.”
“He’s right,” Jake said. “Besides, she had that other vampire come here for her, so if she does have more in Seattle she can bring them down here, too. We have had quite a few making the shift lately and it can’t just be because of this Victoria.”
“I know,” Sam said, “it has me worried, too. We don’t know how many she could bring with her when she finally makes a play for Bella for real.”
“We have to keep the tribe safe,” Harry said, “plus Charlie, since we can’t trust the Cullens to do it or Bella, considering past actions. I mean she just took off to Italy and left Charlie completely unprotected. And there is my dad and Remus,” he added.
“Okay, we will come up with a schedule to patrol around Charlie’s house as well as the res. Jake, you can spend your nights at Harry’s as usual. On Monday at school, Jake can go with you in the morning to let Cullen know and we can set a meeting to arrange a schedule.”
“Okay, but we can keep Paul on the Res patrol,” Harry said, laughing as he nudged Paul, causing him to put Harry in a headlock and ruffle his hair playfully.
“Isn’t Edward a mind reader?” Jared asked.
“Apparently,” Harry said, grabbing hold of his pendant, grateful for it. He was sure it was the only reason Edward couldn’t read him. “Oh, crap,” Harry said, coming to a realisation.
“What?” Jake asked.
“Edward can’t read Bella’s mind, he can’t read mine either,” Harry said, holding up his necklace, “thanks to this. That’s probably why he’s been staring so much and being creepy,” Harry finished with a laugh.
“Would those work for us?” Sam asked.
“Sure, you all have magic in you, otherwise your bracelets wouldn’t work and there would be a lot more nudity and damaged clothing and shoes,” Harry said, remembering all the complaints before they had come up with the bracelets.
“Can you get us them before the meeting?” Sam asked.
“Sure, I can get them tomorrow, so Jake can have one for Monday and the rest of you can get yours then too,” Harry said, smiling at Sam’s relief.
“He’s always known what I was thinking,” Jacob said, with a smirk. “It will be a shock to him to not be able to anymore,” he added with a laugh. “I haven’t seen him since we imprinted.”
“That’s sure to get a reaction,” Harry said. “I don’t think they know about me or the magical world.”
“Let’s keep it that way for as long as possible,” Sam said.
Sunday morning, Harry and Jacob were sitting around the breakfast table when Sirius and Remus came in looking slightly startled but extremely happy.
“What’s got you two smiling like that?” Harry asked.
“We have some exciting news,” Remus said, holding Sirius’ hand and guiding him to a seat, smiling brightly at his mate.
“What is it?” Harry asked.
Sirius turned to Harry and smiled at him, “You’re going to be a big brother.”
“What?” Harry asked, frowning in confusion. “Are you adopting another child?”
“No,” Remus said, “Sirius is pregnant.”
“But he’s a boy?” Harry questioned the two men like they were crazy.
“Wizards can get pregnant with the help of potions and spells, Harry,” Remus said. “We never thought we would try since there is an extreme risk to the male that carries it, which is why it’s not common.
“But Ragnok has been helping us develop better potions and stronger spells, and with those, the risk is drastically reduced, much the same as it would be for a woman.”
“So I’m going to be a big brother?” Harry clarified, caught between extreme confusion and joy.
“Yes, we are going to Gringotts today for Sirius to have a check-up, if you want to come?” Remus asked.
“Wait, how long have you known?” Harry asked.
“We found out a while ago, but we needed to make sure that it was going to take,” Sirius said. “I didn’t want to tell you in case I lost the baby.”
“Wow you have had so much going on and I had no idea,” Harry said, shaking his head. “Yes, I would love to come with you,” he added.
“You can get pregnant?” Jacob asked, looking directly at Harry.
“I guess so,” Harry said with a shrug, “you know as much as me right now.”
“Not for many many years yet,” Remus said.
“We can have kids?” Jacob asked again, glancing at Remus with a small nod, but stuck on the idea.
“Yes, you can,” Sirius said to Jake and Harry who was just staring at his wolf.
“We can have a family,” Harry said, finally catching on. “Merlin! I can be a parent!”
“Yes, but as Remus said, not for a very long time,” Sirius said, chuckling at the look on both boys’ faces.
“Of course,” Harry said to Sirius, still distracted, “not until we are older and married,” he added before looking at Sirius. “You need to get married.”
“Yes, plenty of things to organise,” Sirius said.
“Did you tell Mum and Dad?” Harry asked.
“I told them last night, they are at the school today spreading the news there,” Sirius said. “James and Lily were so excited for you to get a sibling.”
“We will be inundated with letters,” Remus said.
“You should get ready if you are coming, our appointment is soon,” Sirius said.
“You can get pregnant?” Jake said again, causing everyone to laugh, as Harry dragged him up the stairs to get dressed.
“I think it might take him a while to process,” Remus said with a laugh.
“I’m still processing,” Sirius said, smiling at Remus.
“Happy thought, right?” Remus asked, moving to hug his mate.
“I never thought I would get any of this, so yes, extremely so,” Sirius said, nuzzling into Remus.
“Ready,” Harry said, popping back into the room.
“That was quick,” Remus said.
“I’m excited!” Harry exclaimed. “I’m getting a sibling!”
Jacob was hugging Harry from behind, still stunned by the news but very happy, not only for Sirius and Remus but for Harry and himself.
“The baby looks great,” Mia said, after running her tests. “I’m very pleased with the progress of the baby and you, Sirius.”
“When can we find out what it is?” Harry asked as he watched the baby’s form floating in front of them in a three-dimensional image. So much better than any muggle machine could do, in Harry’s opinion.
“Around twelve to fourteen weeks,” Mia answered Harry. “Sirius is only around nine weeks along.”
“That’s like two months,” Harry said. “Is there still a risk?”
“Well, normally, yes, even with female pregnancy there is a risk until the third month, but with magic, a lot can be done to help. With Sirius being a male, we will monitor him more closely, even with the new potions and spells, but we will keep him safe and healthy,” Mia promised Harry.
“That’s great, thanks, Mia,” Harry said, smiling brightly at the healer.
“You are more than welcome, young Harry. Now, Sirius, we will be starting to come to you from now on. International flooing and other magical travel can interfere with the magic needed for the baby, so we will want you to stop that.”
“Already?” Sirius asked.
“Yes, we don’t want to take any chances. I know it’s usually later on that the restrictions start, but we don’t want to put you through any unnecessary risks. I am more than happy to do home visits,” Mia added, patting Sirius’ hand.
“Okay then,” Sirius said.
“Here,” Mia said, as she made some pictures from the image and released it before handing the photos to Sirius. “Now, off you go, and I will come and visit you in a few weeks, but get someone to call if you need me before then.”
They spend the rest of the day celebrating down at the res, with the Pack and family. There was a lot of shock and awe before the congratulations started and Jacob was teased mercilessly about his reaction.
He took it good-naturedly since he was too happy to be upset about the teasing. He was going to be a father someday and that was something he had given up on when he had imprinted on a boy.