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Chapter 18 – Fear Factor
Harry and Edward stood in front of Lily and James' grave. Harry took out two pictures from their wedding day and attached one to his parent's grave, and the other to Sirius' memorial site. Edward wandered around a bit while Harry sat and talked with Sirius and his parents. He told them all about the wedding and his life and how things were going.
"I am truly happy for the first time in my life mum," said Harry. "Edward is a wonderful person that loves me. I wish that you, dad, and Sirius were alive today to meet him. I know that you would love him. I also know that he would love you as well. I guess everything works out the way it is supposed to in the end though. I know that you all are watching me from up there. I know that you are all smiling down on me and supporting me as much as you can."
"Do not worry about Harry," said Edward softly. "I promise you Mr. and Mrs. Potter that I will treasure Harry with everything I have. Harry will be in good hands with me. Thank you for giving him life so that I may live it with him. I am sorry that we had to turn him into a vampire, but it was the only way to ensure that he would be able to have a life at all. I promise to stand by his side forever."
Three golden lights formed around the grave and encircled Harry and Edward. They were impressed with the magic that was flowing around them. Then Harry heard something that would have stopped his heart if it still beat.
"My son," said Lily. "We have been watching over you since we were taken from you. We know the hardships and trials that you have been through. We are sorry that we are not there to give you the love and support that you need. Please know that your father and I love you with everything we have."
"We are glad to know that you are happy," said James. "Your choice of mate does in fact please us. All we ever wanted was for you to be happy. It is very obvious that Edward makes you happy. Know that your mom, Sirius, and I will me watching over you both always."
"Hey pup," said Sirius. "I am happy that you are no longer blaming yourself for my death. You were never at fault. Like Lily and James, I too am happy that you finally have something in your life that is stable and reliable. We love and miss you pup. Give Voldemort a kick in the ass for me. Also if you get a chance to get Bella, please send her my way so that I can punish her for all eternity."
"Edward," said Lily. "Welcome to our family. Please continue to take care of our treasure."
"We will always be watching," said James. "We love you both."
"Give the world hell for us pup," said Sirius. "Edward, take care of him."
"I promise," whispered Edward. "I will always take care of your greatest treasure in life."
"Thank you all for everything," said Harry. "I love you all and miss you."
"We miss you too," said Lily. "Live free and love hard."
"Stay strong my son," said James. "We will be watching you."
"We will rejoice in your victory pup," said Sirius.
With that, the glow died. Harry held on to Edward for a few moments.
"Well I guess that answers my question," said Harry.
"What question would that be love?" asked Edward.
"I always wondered if my parents would approve of you," said Harry. "I knew Sirius would. He has been supportive of all of my choices since I found out he was my godfather. Now we know that my parents approve of you as well."
"Aren't you surprised by the fact that your parents were able to talk to you?" asked Edward. "Even in the magical world, that still seems a bit strange."
"I am going to ask Dumbledore about that," said Harry. "With everything that I have seen since I turned eleven, nothing really surprises me anymore. I am curious as to how this happened and will be asking about it."
"I think we better head back to the castle now," said Edward. "We still have some things to take care of and I don't like us being out in the open like this."
"Hagrid is standing over there," he replied. "I think it is a good idea for us to go."
They approached Hagrid and with a smile, he apparated the trio back to the Gates of Hogwarts.
"Thanks for taking us there Hagrid," said Harry. "It is good to know that they are in a better place and are still watching out over me."
"Yer welcome," said Hagrid. "I will talk te yer later. I have to get some work done. Off you go now."
Harry and Edward laughed and headed for the castle. They were met in the entry way by Minerva and Hermione.
"Well?" asked Minerva. "How do you feel?"
"Everything is fine," said Harry. "We saw the memorial to my parents and me. Then Hagrid took us to the ruins of the house. From there he led us to their grave. The strangest thing happened while I was talking to them though."
"What happened?" asked Hermione at once.
"Well while I was talking to them, a golden light came from their grave and I could hear them talking to me and Edward," he replied. "They told me that they were happy for me and Edward and a few personal things. Even Sirius talked with me. He told me that he was happy that I am no longer blaming myself for his death. Do you all know why that happened?"
"I read about it in a book," said Hermione promptly. "It says that sometimes a parent or guardian loves the child or children so much that they leave a sort of imprint on the earth and will wait for the child or children to come to their final burial place to give them the chance to tell their loved ones how much they love and miss them and such."
"So my mom and dad have been waiting for me this whole time?" asked Harry.
"It would seem so Harry," said Hermione. "The fact that Sirius was there meant that they had important things they wished for you to know."
"Well not really," said Harry. "I mean they did tell me how much they love me and that they are watching out over me, and that all three of them were happy that Edward was in my life. They also asked Edward to keep on being there for me."
"Don't you think that is important information?" asked Minerva. "The fact that they shared their love and support for both you and Edward is very important in my book."
"I agree," said Harry. "You are right, I was thinking along the lines of information about anyone or where something important was hidden."
"I see what you mean," said Minerva.
"Has anyone really gone through Grimmauld place with a fine tooth comb so to speak?" asked Harry.
"Not that I am aware of," admitted Minerva. "We didn't because it is your house."
"Can a house elf get through the wards and such?" asked Harry.
"If you tell them where the house is they can," said Hermione. "It will work the same way as if you told Draco the address."
"I thought Dumbledore was the secret keeper," said Harry confused.
"He was," said Hermione. "However when ownership changed hands and you inherited the place, you became the secondary secret keeper as it were. You also have the ability to tell people the location of the manor."
"I guess that makes sense," said Harry. "Maybe we can go there this evening and thoroughly search the house. Has anyone been in it since Sirius died?"
"No," said Minerva. "We have been holding meetings here in the castle."
"Tomorrow is Sunday," said Harry. "How about we get a team together and give the house a thorough search?"
"That is fine with me," said Minerva. "I assume that you want Miss Granger to help."
"Also Ginny, Neville, and Luna if possible," said Harry. "I can talk with Draco and Jacob. That way we are not totally alone without someone to cover our backs."
"Good thinking," said Minerva. "It is always best to have someone watching your back even in your own home. Also with the heightened sense of smell that you all possess, it may be easier to find something that you missed previously."
"Such as hidden rooms and passages and such," said Hermione. "When we were there, we were never really allowed in certain parts of the house and such. We may be surprised at what we find."
"With Draco being related to Sirius, he may have some forgotten memories about hidden things as well," said Harry thoughtfully.
"That is true," said Minerva. "Ok I will write to the parents of each student and get permission. We should hear back from them this evening. I need to borrow Hedwig and Magus to help with letters."
"That is fine," said Harry. "I am sure that Draco won't mind either."
Everyone nodded to one another as they left. Hermione handed Harry a condensed version of what they discovered about his gifts as an elemental. Harry read it over and then handed it to Edward.
"Did you send a copy of this to Albus?" asked Harry.
"I did," she said. "It would seem that now that you have the ability to work with the elements, you will have an easier time dealing with fire. Fire of your own making will not harm you. However regular fire that is created by someone else will still do damage. It will be significantly less, but it can still hurt you."
Harry pondered this as he headed to the dungeons with Hermione and Edward.
"Have you talked with Dumbledore about your situation with Paul?" asked Harry. "Ron caused lots of trouble for us at the meeting yesterday because of it."
"Yes I heard about what he said," admitted Hermione. "I spoke with Professor Dumbledore and McGonagall and told them my view of what happened. Dumbledore told me that it was almost identical to what you said. I also told him about my feelings for Paul. He told me that it was not necessary for me to worry about how Ron is feeling. I told him that I wanted to be with Paul and he gave his blessing. I also spoke with my mom and dad. When I graduate from Hogwarts, I will be going back to America with Paul. It has already been set up with Professor McGonagall that Paul will stay here until I graduate. Jacob told me that Paul could stay here and that he would talk with his parents about it. Dumbledore said that he would take me and Paul to America soon so that we can talk to Paul's parents."
"Well as long as you are happy and this is what you want, then I support you to the fullest," said Harry.
They arrived in the dungeons to see Draco and Jacob talking with Severus. Harry knocked quietly on the door frame and Severus bade them to enter.
"I hope that I am not disturbing anything," said Harry.
"Not in the least," said Severus. "Draco was just telling me about your time in Washington. What can I help you with?"
"Actually we are here to ask Jacob and Draco if they want to accompany us tomorrow to Grimmauld Place," said Harry. "We are going to go through the house carefully to see if there is anything hidden in there that we need or should know about. Plus we want to get rid of any dark artifacts in the house."
"We would love to go with you," said Draco while Jacob nodded. "I have always wanted to visit that place."
"May I join you?" asked Severus to everyone's surprise.
"Of course," said Edward with a grin. "The more the merrier. We are thinking of leaving here at ten in the morning and staying until late in the day."
"Sounds good to me," said Severus. "Who is going to be joining us?"
"Paul, Neville, Ginny, Luna, and those of us present," said Harry quickly. "More than likely other Order members will be popping in from time to time once Dumbledore finds out."
"Professor," said Edward. "Have you all decided what you are going to do about the Weasley boy?"
"Yes," said Severus. "He will be confined to the Gryffindor dorm until the fruition of the war. We are not going to take the chance of him getting out and going to the Dark Lord."
"Wait," said Harry suddenly. "Ron wants to go to Voldemort?"
"I am sorry love," said Edward. "When his mother took him out of the hall, I read his mind and he is planning on it. He really wants revenge on you for him losing Hermione."
"I can't believe he is that immature," said Hermione. "Harry I am so sorry about all of this."
"Why should you apologize?" asked Harry. "It is not like you twisted Ron's arm and asked him to be an asshole."
"I have to agree with Harry," said Draco. "Weasel has always been a jealous git. Why should now be any different. If he can't get what he wants, he throws a temper tantrum and acts like a child."
"One would think that with the way Molly raises her children that he would have a better head on his shoulders," said Severus. "I am surprised that she hasn't strangled the brat yet. There is no reason for Miss Granger to apologize for wanting to be with someone that is more to her taste. However in observation, the shape shifter has some of the same characteristics as Weasley."
"He is hot headed and angers easy," admitted Jacob. "I do have to say that he has calmed down loads since he met Hermione."
"Maybe Miss Granger will have a better influence on his grasp of emotions," remarked Severus.
"It looks like she already does," smirked Harry.
Hermione blushed down to the roots of her hairline. She rarely got praised by Severus and she was delighted that everyone was taking her relationship with Paul so seriously. The group chatted for a few more minutes and decided to leave for the day. When they got to the stairs that led to Gryffindor Tower, they were met by Minerva.
"Harry," she called. "So far I have heard back from Molly, Madam Longbottom, and Xeno Lovegood. They have all given their permission for their children to go with you tomorrow. We should hear back from Hermione's parents any time now. They have already signed a paper saying that she could go on field trips, but we just want to make sure that this is alright. I have no doubt that they will give their permission. So meet me in my office around ten to floo to Grimmauld Place."
Harry nodded and smile. After thanking her, he led Edward and Hermione to the portrait of the Fat Lady. After giving her the password, they entered to a commotion. Ron was screaming at Ginny who was crying.
"How dare you side with Potter," screamed Ron. "HE is a danger to us. You will NOT be going anywhere with him ever again. You stay away from him from now on Ginny. I mean it."
"You can NOT tell me what to do," she screamed back. "I have permission from my mum and dad to go with Harry and there is NOTHING you can do about it. My advice Ronald is for you to LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE."
"I will stop you," threatened Ron pulling out his wand.
"EXELLIARMUS!" said Harry lifting his hand.
Ron's wand flew out of his hand and he caught it.
"Just what in the hell do you think you are doing Ronald?" asked Hermione. "You have no right to talk to Ginny that way. You also have no right to talk about Harry in the way that you are."
"I will take one hundred points from Gryffindor for trying to attack another student," said Harry fingering his badge. "I am also giving you detention for one week with Professor Snape for disturbing the common room."
"FUCK YOU POTTER," said Ron. "I HATE you."
Edward raced over and had Ron up in the air by his throat. Harry and Hermione both yelled at him to stop.
"Edward please put him down," said Harry. "He is not worth it."
"Please Edward," said Hermione. "He is just angry that I broke up with him. He doesn't mean it."
"Like hell he doesn't," said Edward. "He blames Harry for everything that has ever gone wrong in his life. That does include things that have absolutely nothing to do with Harry at all."
"Its just words," pleaded Harry. "Ginny go and get Professor McGonagall. Tell her we need her here right now."
"Ok Harry," she said before darting out of the common room.
"The rest of you need to give us some privacy," said Harry. Neville, Dean, and Seamus, please get the younger students out of this area. Parvati and Lavender, please help them."
Harry watched as the sixth year students started herding the younger students to their dorms. The seventh year students helped out.
"Edward," said Harry softly. "Let Ron down. Please. He isn't worth it. It is just words. They can't hurt me."
"Please Edward," said Hermione as tears started to fall down her cheeks.
Edward dropped Ron then. He leaned over Ron as Minerva came into the room.
"I am going to warn you just once," said Edward. "You will NOT call him Potter anymore. His name is Harry Cullen. You will NOT threaten your sister again. IF you do, I will break your neck. If I ever hear you say anything negative about my husband ever again, I will make sure it is the last words you ever speak."
"Professor," said Ron. "Make this animal get away from me."
"What is going on in here?" asked Minerva. "Harry, please tell me what is happening."
"We walked in on Ron threatening Ginny," said Harry handing her Ron's wand. "He pulled his wand and was going to hex her. I disarmed him. I took one hundred points from him for attempting to attack a student as well as a weeks worth of detention. Upon hearing this, Mr. Weasley told me to fuck off and that he hates me. That was where Edward lost his patience and grabbed Ron. We had the sixth year students get the younger children out of the room while Hermione and I convinced Edward to let him go. You came in as Edward was giving his threat."
"Explain yourself Weasley," said Minerva. "What were you thinking of?"
"I don't want my sister anywhere near these dangerous animals," said Ron. "They attacked me for no reason."
"You were the one that was going to attack Ginny," said Hermione. "We all saw it."
"Why would they believe a Mudblood like you?" Ron sneered.
"Twenty points from Gryffindor," said Minerva. "I will be contacting your mother. You will come with me. You will be placed in a room that you will not be allowed out of. We will make further decisions from there."
"I will be lodging a formal complaint against Potter and his animal friends," said Ron. "My dad works for the Ministry of Magic. I know my rights."
"By all means," said Minerva. "Place your complaint. I am sure that the testimony given by your sister, mother, father, older brothers, and other members of Hogwarts will go a long way in discrediting you."
"So you are not going to tell the vampires anything for attacking me?" asked Ron in disbelief.
"Very well," said Minerva sarcastically. "Edward Cullen, you will not physically reprimand a student in the castle. You are to take points and give detentions. Harry, you did a great job on being diplomatic. Fifty points is awarded to Gryffindor for your actions."
"HE gets rewarded?" screamed Ron. "How is that fair?"
"SILENCE!" said a new voice. "What is the problem here?"
"Minister," said Ron. "I wish to file a formal complaint against Potter and his animal boyfriend."
Edward growled in anger, but Harry and Hermione held him back.
"Mr. Weasley," said Albus truly angry. "If I hear you say that once more, I will jinx your lips sealed. You are NOT to refer to Mr. Harry Cullen and his family as animals. Now I do believe that I asked what was going on here."
"Ronald thought it was necessary to threaten me," said Ginny. "Harry, Edward, and Hermione came in as he was about to hex me. Harry disarmed him and Ron started saying negative things about Harry and his husband. Edward got upset and lifted Ron up by his neck. Harry asked me to go and get Professor McGonagall while he and Hermione talked Edward into letting Ron go."
"I have asked Mr. Cullen to not man handle the students," said Minerva. "I instructed that he was to deduct points and give detentions. It seems that Mr. Weasley can not control his mouth."
"Yes," said Albus. "From what I am to understand, he wants to report to Voldemort and let him know everything he knows about Harry and his family. Sit down Mr. Weasley. We held a meeting of the Wizengamot about your actions and such. We have come to a consensus. After speaking with Arthur and Molly we have decided on the following. Your memories will be obliterated and you will be given new memories. This way you will not do more harm."
"You can't do that," said Ron. "It is illegal to erase someone's memories."
"Actually it isn't," said Hermione. "The law books state that if a person is going to cause harm, then their memories CAN be modified to keep the person and target safe. IN the event of a war, the head of the DMLE and the Minister of Magic can erase the memories of a person that is threatening to become a spy and reveal the locations and information about the allies. In this case, they are actually doing you a favor by erasing your memories. Not only will this keep you out of danger, but it will keep Harry and the rest of the allies safe from what you could pass on to the Dark Lord."
"Very impressive Miss Granger," said Albus with a twinkle in his eye. "That was very impressive indeed. You are one hundred percent accurate in that explanation. We do not want to hurt Mr. Weasley nor do we want to send him to Azkaban. Therefore we will modify his memories."
"I would like to speak to my mum and dad first," said Ron. "I want to hear from their traitorous lips that they are approving this."
"In that you are in luck Mr. Weasley," said Albus as he opened the portrait and allowed the Wesley parents access to the common room. "Your mother and father are here and have heard everything that you have said."
"Are you really allowing them to do this to me?" he asked. "You would allow them to do that to one of your own children?"
"If it means that you will be safe and that you will get to continue your life then yes," said Molly with a glare.
"It is the best way we can save you," said Arthur. "We had to beg the Minister to step in on your behalf when we heard that you were going to go to the dark side."
Albus raised his wand and pointed it at Ron. He gave the incantation and the room watched as his eyes became unfocused. He then implanted new memories into Ron's head. When he was done with his work, he turned to Edward.
"He thinks that he was sick," said Edward. "He thinks that Harry has helped to save him from a huge spider and that he was bitten. He is confused as to why so many people are with him. He doesn't remember anything about Hermione and he being a couple. He thinks of her as a sister. I think it is safe to wake him. He will no longer be a danger to our cause."
Albus nodded his head and lifted his wand. Ron stared up at them in confusion.
"What is going on?" he asked. "Harry! Thank you for saving me from that spider mate. I think I would have died had it not been for you and Hermione."
"Think nothing of it Ron," said Harry playing along. "What are friends for? We got to you before you could be bitten. You passed out and hit your head on a rock. Madam Pomfrey patched you up."
"That would explain why I don't remember making it back to the common room," said Ron. "So what is the plan? What are we going to do until the Volturi and Dark Lord get here?"
"We are going to Grimmauld Place tomorrow to look for clues and secret rooms and passages," said Harry. "Do you want to come with us?"
"Sure," said Ron with a smile. "If it is ok with mum and dad I think I would enjoy that."
"Of course you can go Ronald," said Molly. "Why don't you go upstairs and take a nap. You will need to rest up from your rough day."
"Ok mum," said Ron hugging her. "Someone wake me for dinner alright?"
"I will see to it personally," said Harry. "Tell Neville, Dean, and Seamus to come down please."
Ron nodded and waved and went upstairs to lie down. The three boys came down moments later.
"Anyone that was present here today is to be informed that they are not to repeat what they seen or heard," said Albus. "It is very important that Ronald not be told of what is happening."
"We will pass the word," said Neville. "Between Harry, Edward, Hermione, Ginny, and us we can get it taken care of in no time."
"Excellent my boy," said Albus beaming at him.
AUTHOR'S NOTE – I will stop right here. I want to give some time for the exploration of Grimmauld Place as well as work some more with getting the Volturi and Voldemort into place. Thanks for your patience. I will update soon.